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08 November 2012 @ 11:22 pm
usual random-ass post, where I talk about stuff and SPN and Gaslight Anthem and etcetera  
Extra that goes outside the list:



Congratulations, US. I'm not in the habit of blathering about politics that aren't my own but considering who was the alternative, congratulations. Also, just one thing even if it's late and probably not relevant anymore: dear Mitt Romney, Italy's economy is fucked because all the policies adopted here have *not* been the same as Obama's in the US. Check your facts.

That stated, on to less worldwide things.

1. First thing goes first: GASLIGHT ANTHEM ARE IMMENSE. Seriously I so don't regret the Milan trip - it was *amazing* and I got first row and they're as awesome as I thought they'd be AND THEY PLAYED FILM NOIR DSFKDSHFKSH I CAN'T COMPREHEND HOW AWESOME THAT CONCERT WAS. Not to mention the Wolverine action figures on the speakers - nerds, NERDS! - and the incense going on so that it'd cover the fake-smoke-they-always-use-in-concert smell. NO SERIOUSLY. ALSO BRIAN FALLON YOU'RE SO CUTE IN PERSON I DIED. HE SMILES ALL THE TIME I CAN'T.

LOOK AT HOW LOVELY HE IS.



sjafhkdsfgdkshfg. mollivanders you're in for a treat when you go see them. ;) Aaand I don't have time for full reviews but there might be one later. That said: I LOVE THESE PEOPLE OKAY.

2. So I'm doing mini_wrimo again. Hopefully I'll use it to finish stuff I have to finish rather than starting stuff at random that is never going to see the light of day.

3. GISHWHES killed my soul, but it was awesomecakes. Except, do never, ever do something stupid like reading The Raven to a crow. Or read anything to a crow. Stupid birds. I might post some of the pictures at some point, but ugh seriously it was a lot crazier than last year. I don't dare imagine what Misha is going to cook up next time...

4. Since we're talking Misha: random-ass-sort-of-late-but-not-for-the-last-episode reviews of SPN 8x05 and 8x06.

a) Starting with 8x05: so, while he's still no Balthazar in the scale of my affection for Gray People Who Are Friends With One Of The People In My OTP, Benny can stay as far as I'm concerned. While the backstory was kind of seriously cliched (not to mention that I'm 99% sure that Ben Edlund has read GRRM's Fevre Dream because seriously, that book has VAMPIRES ON BOATS ON THE MISSISSIPPI with a uber-boss who controls all other vamps and who ends up fighting against a reformed vamp who's bffs with a human who is all no frills and get the job done - like, come on!) I still like it better if the dude is not straight-up evil. I like morally gray people, I like that Dean got himself a friend (seriously, when your only connections are a) your brother, b) ONE bff, c) your putative father who's also dead and when you were THIRTY when you met said bff in b), regardless of the rest - well, I'm glad he can connect with ANYONE at all, even as fucked up as it gets), I like that he seems straight and I like that even if he wasn't on board with Cas going along in Purgatory he didn't let him bite it. Dean was grateful, oh so much. So as far as I'm concerned, we're good. He can hang out with the rest of the gang.

b) Dean being like 'I CAN'T EVEN WITH YOU TWO' in Purgatory while Cas and Benny argued about Cas not being Benny's aunt was hilarious. Lol. Can I have the odd three-people spin-off where they bicker the entire time and Dean is like 'FUCK WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS?'

c) I'd have liked moar Cas and moar Purgatory, but I get that they're doing a few scenes but *good*. If it means that then he gets moar screen time later, then I'm cool.

d) I like this Sam and Amelia thing more now than I did in the beginning. She's cool. Even if the flashbacks being shot like a Pushing Daises episode are kind of distracting.

e) Also I still like how they're using the flashbacks as if they're PTSD triggered in most cases. I love everythingabouthowtheychosetodoit.

f) Okay, going into 8x06: I *do* get Sam's resentment at Dean being bffs with a vampire - and I'm glad they didn't handwave the Amy thing because seriously, that was fucked and I still think it was badly written, but whaaatever. I *don't* want him to off Benny without even hearing the guy out or being that set on being the person staking him though - really, it's just that I want Dean to have a sort of decent relationship with other people so hard that unless the guy is out to betray him (and I don't think he is) I don't want him to die and cause ulterior angst. Especially if Sam offs him.

g) Now: I still don't care about Garth either way - I don't hate his guts but he's not my favorite ever, but the nice thing about the dude is that apparently there's someone doing hunting business who *can* do Normal People Things. Like getting decent hotels and hugging people because it's a nice thing and TALK FEELINGS OUT and generally not being a repressed ball of drama. He can be a therapist for the category. I don't mind the whole taking Bobby's place part - as he put it, someone *had* to - and I liked when they made the point that Bobby was important for the entire community of hunters rather than just the two of them. I didn't exactly like that they had to *push* it - like, idk, Garth using Bobby's catchphrases or his hat etcetera. It also might be that I still think that killing Bobby off at all was a stupid-ass decision in the first place, but not going into it or I'll be over next month.

h) It's also interesting that Dean can apparently say what he thinks or feels just when he's under supernatural influence. But fuuuck that speech *hurt* (even if I don't really get why he'd think that Cas let him down if as per 8x02 he feels guilty about Cas not having gotten out of Purgatory, but I suppose it might be cleared up in future episodes). And the thing is that both he and Sam have a point - from Dean's POV he's totally justified to feel that way about Sam never trying to search for him, but Sam *did* think that he was dead and was without resources to research, and his side of the situation is entirely understandable. You can't begrudge Dean for wanting to hang out with someone who hasn't let him down yet (according to his mindset) even if he's a vampire and you can't begrudge Sam for running/wanting to leave hunting behind/not trusting said vampire dude. Still, since these two idiots obviously NEVER TELL THIS SHIT TO EACH OTHER WHEN THEY'RE IN FULL POSSESSION OF THEMSELVES, I can feel the angst coming over like a ton of bricks.

i) Side story: I watched this ep after reading that masterpiece of 'I can't even believe someone had the guts to write this' of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter on the train. The moment they came up with the Confederate soldier I started snickering and wondering if there was some vampire behind it. /o\

l) In conclusion: I liked both of these, 8x05 especially but this one was great too - and miles better than both previous Garth episodes. (Also, worth noting that I was livetweeting while I watched, the moment I saw Garth's attire I was like 'dude you trying to be Chuck Norris' and a second later Dean calls him Chuck Norris. Me and Dean are spirit souls, dammit.) In further conclusion: everything I've seen this season is better than 80% of S7 put together and of a good half of S6. Carver ilu. See you all next week when I *think* a real review post will finally happen. I'm not spoiled/I haven't seen any promos but I know generally what happens and it'll cause a lot of flailing, I think.

5. Non TV related and concerts related: Mumford and Sons are coming to Rome in March (SCORE FOR ME - TOTALLY GOING) and Bon Jovi after finally learning that Italy is Not A Place To Be Feared are coming to Milan in June! MORE CONCERTS FOR ME! And less money for me I fear, but you only live once I suppose.

6. I finally settled things re my study plan. Which means I can do my Masters thesis with the professor I want. And I didn't even have to argue with the office (too much). I think the Apocalypse *is* coming after all.

7. The indecent number of spam comments LJ left me this week is mind-boggling. I haven't had that many in ages. :/

8. Aaand that's all there is for the moment. Hopefully I'll have some half-decent concert review up at some point soon, along with other stuff. And I'll manage to update properly.
 
 
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the female ghost of tom joad: politicsjanie_tangerine on November 8th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
pff rant away, politics ranting is good for the soul and needed. that remark (of Romney's) kind of pissed me off because while I *hate* Germany's policy with all my heart and I *don't* think that Europe should necessary follow Obama's economical politics (I mean it should be obvious by now that by following Germany's lovely advice we aren't going anywhere), but the problem *here* was that we had that idiot of my former PM who (other than being friends with Bush jr and thinking that he was a greaaat role model) spent the last ten years doing a policy that basically was 'I do nothing except fucking with laws so that I don't go under trial and whenever I do something about the economy, I facilitate tax evasion and cut on school/sanity', which is mostly the reason why *we* are fucked. And since Romney basically said that Obama = Berlusconi I went and threw up in my mouth because you just can't make that comparison. That said

it's so fucking fucked-up that we're happy obama won because it's good for europe, when germany keeps making us do the opposite

yeah. I'm so seriously hoping that someone with some sense wins the next German elections because they can't keep on dictating policies that are good for them and destroying us (not counting that I have the whole 'I'm happy about someone in charge also because the opponent is not' multiplied because my current government is all YAY LET'S DO WHAT GERMANY SAYS WE SHOULD and it's been a year and a half of getting money from people who DON'T have money, and even if I hate their guts I have to be happy about them because they're not Berlusconi..) - and tbh I already feel kind of ridiculous that I have to worry about the US elections, but then again if the alternative to Obama is someone who'd end up making things worse for us other than his country I'll be happy that at least it didn't happen. And considering that here if you're under thirty it goes like 'well okay you're done with uni you'll spend six years doing odd jobs that have nothing to do with your educations with contracts lasting less than a year without benefits or vacation time or else' if you're lucky and 'do not-paid stages FOR EXPERIENCE at the end of which you WON'T be hired' if you're not I totally get what you mean. This system is utterly fucked and we'd probably be better off on another planet I think =_=' and yeaaah, thanks for the Nobel prize but no thanks, it doesn't solve problems whatsoever.

Edited at 2012-11-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
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the female ghost of tom joad: avengers > hulkjanie_tangerine on November 9th, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
Meh it sucks. The odd jobs thing imo should have some kind of regulation like you do it but *then* they have to hire you because other than having half a nation going on because of people working for free it also means that when *we* have to retire we'll probably starve because no benefits, so.. yeah. yay indeed. Let's not add to the mix one of the lovely people in my government who said that 'young people shouldn't be choosy when picking jobs if they want to work'. Like, er, I didn't go to university because I wanted to work at McDonald's part time. :/

I wish I couldn't care about the US but tbh the idea that Mitt over there would win and thus be in charge of a nuclear arsenal, when he thinks that Russia is 'their geopolitical enemy' and when he was totally intent on bombing Iran asap was enough to make me care. I had enough of that with Bush jr, I don't need a revival. But yeah it's fucked up that we have to care about who they elect in the US in the first place. And let's hope that it goes as I hope in Germany because another five years of Merkel policy and we can go to another planet for real DDD: and amen about the last line. If only we DID.

Edited at 2012-11-09 09:35 am (UTC)
goldenusagigoldenusagi on November 8th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
What sort of spam comments have you been getting?
the female ghost of tom joad: EPIC FAILjanie_tangerine on November 8th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
stuff like this - they're all screened so I unscreened one for example, but just on that post I have like ten.

Edited at 2012-11-08 11:19 pm (UTC)
goldenusagigoldenusagi on November 8th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Ah. I heard about a sort of spam recently that was linking to Youtube videos, and I got one of those a while ago.
the female ghost of tom joad: EPIC FAILjanie_tangerine on November 8th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
They're weird - some link to videos or other stuff, others are just wall of text full with nonsense, but getting ten of them each day when it's a good one is starting to annoy me. :/
The Cleaverage: end is nighkel_reiley on November 10th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Did you get the "I have a crush on you" ones? I just deleted them all and reported the user as a bot.
the female ghost of tom joad: EPIC FAILjanie_tangerine on November 10th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
Yep. I get those, the youtube videos, the ugg boots and the cyrillic spam. DDD:
cassiopeia7: Bugs Bunny: what's up doc?cassiopeia7 on November 9th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Hey, you KNOW you're special when Bruce plays especially for you. ;)

In other news, Romney's an idiot who probably couldn't even find Italy on a map. Which most Americans figured out. ;)

You should've read "The Raven" to a legit RAVEN. Crows don't know nothin' 'bout Poe. ;D

I'm 99% sure that Ben Edlund has read GRRM's Fevre Dream

OMG, you've read Fevre Dream?! That's probably my all-time favorite vampire novel! *loves your brain even MORE.

I *do* get Sam's resentment at Dean being bffs with a vampire .... I *don't* want him to off Benny without even hearing the guy out or being that set on being the person staking him though - really, it's just that I want Dean to have a sort of decent relationship with other people so hard that unless the guy is out to betray him (and I don't think he is) I don't want him to die and cause ulterior angst. Especially if Sam offs him.

Yes to everything you said, especially the bolded part. Dean needs a DECENT relationship. Just let the guy have a friend for once. And Sam . . . I think he said what he said just to get under Dean's skin. But then again, the mood Sam's in now? He'd probably stake Benny right in FRONT of Dean. Just because. Cue neverending brotherly angst.

Congrats on getting the professor you wanted (your thesis advisor, I assume?), because getting a grad degree is stressful enough. Make things as easy on yourself as you can.
the female ghost of tom joad: supernatural dean 2.0janie_tangerine on November 9th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
Lololol one day he'll play for me! ;) (I should hope XDDD) and yeah I doubt the dude even knows what he said, but when you say that Obama = Berlusconi I go ballistic. You just *can't. Sigh.

YEAH BUT THE ITEM SAID 'READ THE RAVEN TO A CROW', not to a raven. DDDDD: crows are horrible and insufferable and ungrateful. D:

Seriously. I don't care *who* Dean decides to be friends with as far as they're straight when he's concerned. Like, come on, we're talking about mr. 'you don't need friends there's family for that', PLEASE LET HIM HAVE ONE FOR ONCE. And yeah Sam would probably do that just because and I can totally see how *great* this would turn out. Ugh. Just no. DDD:

Also yessss I totes read Fevre Dream! :D it's an awesome book. And VAMPIRES DON'T SPARKLE. And I had a crush on Joshua of horribly big sizes. It's not my favorite non-ASOIAF GRRM book (that'd be The Armageddon Rag which is just insanely awesome) but it totally ranks high. Sortofrealisticvampirenovels ftw!

Yeah the point was that in my uni you can't have a specific thesis advisor if you didn't do a class with them, and apparently I *couldn't* take a class with her but it was sorted out and now I can and it's good enough for me really. Took me two years to manage it, but at least.. ;)
cassiopeia7: Sam&Dean: thinky thoughtscassiopeia7 on November 9th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
when you say that Obama = Berlusconi I go ballistic.

Oh, wow. WOW. No, just no. *goes ballistic with you*

I don't care *who* Dean decides to be friends with as far as they're straight when he's concerned.

This. Let the guy have a buddy he's NOT related to, let him have a taste of normal life, of normal human cameraderie, just this once. I understand that Sam's mad about Amy, but has he totally forgotten Lenore?

VAMPIRES DON'T SPARKLE.

Damn straight. Now, I'm wondering if Sera Gamble didn't read Fevre Dream, too, what with the events of "Bloodlust." Lenore and her tribe are very close in spirit to Joshua and his group. Lenore would have loved Joshua's ideas. And his special elixir. Hmm . . .

Don't know how I missed it, but I'll have to read Armageddon Rag. If it comes with a Janie recommendation, it's gotta be good! :)
the female ghost of tom joad: musicjanie_tangerine on November 9th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
Yeah. I mean, saying that voting Obama = ending up like us would be like saying that Obama's policies = Berlusconi's policies (because *he*'s the main reason we're fucked), so.. no. Just no. Thanks.

THIS. Patience if the buddy isn't a normal person, but then again I doubt Dean can ever be friends with a normal person. Let him have it please DDDD: I physically need this entire Benny thing not to turn out awful. Can we? Please?

... SHE COULD HAVE. I didn't think about Bloodlust because I saw it before and in this one the parallels were a lot more blatant, but Joshua could have been a general inspiration. ;)

Armageddon Rag is *awesome*. It's, like, a washed-up music journalist ends up having to stop the Apocalypse which is being triggered through a rock group named NAZGUL out of everything and in the midst of that he goes to meet all his former friends he used to hang out with in the seventies and wonders where his generation went wrong and the summary looks totally weird but he totally pulls it off and I LOVE IT FIERCELY. Sadly I think it's the least known GRRM book ever which is a pity. I'll recommend it forever. also I have a crush on the rock journalist but THAT'S NO NEWS
cassiopeia7: Dean: readingcassiopeia7 on November 9th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
I doubt Dean can ever be friends with a normal person.

O_o Whoa. Way to hit the nail on the head, Janie! ON. THE. HEAD. Wow.

a washed-up music journalist ends up having to stop the Apocalypse which is being triggered through a rock group named NAZGUL

"a rock group named NAZGUL"

NAZGUL?

*RUNS to library*

Woohoo! Thanks for the rec!
the female ghost of tom joad: booksjanie_tangerine on November 9th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Poor baby. *pets him and offers cupcakes* but if he wants to make the effort with me, I'm game. We can marathon Clint Eastwood movies and mock Chuck Norris.

YES. IT'S NAMED NAZGUL. AND IT HAS LOTR THEMED SONGS. XDD Let me know what you think about it if/when you find/read it because I've been dying to discuss it and I'm the only person I know who read it, lol. ;)
The Cleaverage: end is nighkel_reiley on November 10th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
YEAH BUT THE ITEM SAID 'READ THE RAVEN TO A CROW'

You should've dressed someone up as a man of the Night's Watch and read it to him ;)
the female ghost of tom joad: asoiaf > tullyjanie_tangerine on November 10th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah oh my god THAT'S GENIUS XDDDDDD next time I'll hunt for some cosplayers because that'd have been a lot easier... ;)
The Cleaverage: dean/caskel_reiley on November 9th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
THAT CONCERT LOOKS AWESOME I AM SUPER JEALOUS!

SPN!
a) I am actually loving Benny a lot, like way more than I ever liked Balthazar... DEAN MADE A FRIEND! I'M SO PROUD. (His FACE when Benny saved Cas? Yeah, right there, that is Dean's loyalty.)
d) I like Amelia, too, and I'm glad that Sam had someone to talk to (hopefully he actually DID tell her stuff) but I really can't stand the cheesy flashbacks :(
g) Aw, I kinda like Garth. I think mostly b/c he's the most well-adjusted person they've ever met.
h) I think Dean was counting Cas's previous betrayal (all of season 6 and into season 7) where he still hadn't forgiven Cas yet. I'm not sure Dean HAS forgiven him completely now, either, but he is Dean's friend, and Dean LOVES HIM even when he hates him (like Sam) and obviously it's Dean's job to keep them safe. But yeah, both Sam and Dean are idiots, and they're both not wrong (for once).

7. SO MUCH SPAM >:(
the female ghost of tom joad: supernatural balthazarjanie_tangerine on November 9th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
IT WAS AWESOMECAKES AND I LOVE THEM SJDHKJDSFHGKSDFG <3

a) haha no one will ever replace Balthazar in my heart in the 'gray bffs' category because BALTHAZAR AND HIS FRENCH/ENGLISH ACCENT AND SEBASTIAN ROCHE'S FACE AND HIS MUSCLES AND HIS HATE FOR CELINE DION, but Benny can totally stay. And hahaha yes I'm so proud of him for making a friend too! :DDDD and haha I like that in order to get Dean's loyalty you have to be nice to Cas. ;)

d) The Pushing Daisies flashbacks are starting to bore me so much. I get that they're trying to do them visually different both from Dean's and from the current storyline, but that style is so grating. But yeah, Amelia is cool as far as I'm concerned.

g) I like that he's well-adjusted really. I'm not attached to him at all tho, but he's not bad at all. I'm just still badly scarred from the first ep he showed in probably. ;)

h) Yeah good point. In his head that's probably still all jumbled together, and Cas *did* let him down previously so it totally makes sense he'd say it. But I totally get Dean's speech - I'd just wish those two idiots actually TALKED IT OUT LIKE NORMAL PERSONS AT SOME POINT.

7. .... I know? It's driving me crazy.
The Cleaverage: Winchesters of the Deadkel_reiley on November 10th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
d) The Pushing Daisies flashbacks are starting to bore me so much. It's not just that, though the soft focus is making it feel completely unreal, like some waking dream that Sam keeps slipping into. Also how they keep going into them, with Sam staring off into space all wistful and random shit triggering them. Dean's flashbacks make more sense in comparison. I keep expecting someone to snap their fingers in Sam's face and ask wtf is wrong with him, why has he been gazing into the distance for the last 20 minutes!

Also, I wish they'd given her a different name (b/c I keep thinking of Amelia as Jimmy's wife. I've started calling Sam's girl "Molly" in my head...

h) lol Sam and Dean being normal lol
the female ghost of tom joad: supernatural -> generaljanie_tangerine on November 10th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Lololol yeah you totally have a point with the dreamy feelings. If someone started theorizing that Sam is pulling a Dallas and dreaming everything they'd have some good points... and YES so much about Jimmy's wife, that thing is so confusing DDD:

Right. Sam and Dean can't be normal. ;) ;)
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the female ghost of tom joad: ILUjanie_tangerine on November 11th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
YAY FOR AMERICA FOR ONCE.

I think everyone is getting it. :(
Creature Of Hobbit: damon salvatoretellshannon815 on November 10th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
I keep getting lots of spam comments saying "I have a crush on you". It's really getting annoying now.
the female ghost of tom joad: the vampire porn damon 2.0janie_tangerine on November 11th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah I had a surge of those lately. Ugh. I can't even deal. Can they just stop?
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the female ghost of tom joad: three minute recordjanie_tangerine on November 11th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
BE EXCITED BECAUSE THEY'RE WORTH EVERY CENTTT <333333 I CAN'T EVEN. My crush on Brian Fallon is spiraling forwards fast but I CAN'T THEY'RE TOO GOOD FOR THEIR OWN GOOD.

Handwritten is excellent but word on 59 Sound. EVERYTHING THEY DO IS AWESOME.

how does one band give me this many feelings?

no idea. And they give me feelings of Serious Proportions which are usually reserved for Acts That Started Playing In The Previous Century, so that's even more impressive. ;)