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Jul. 24th, 2017 02:09 pm
emma_in_dream: (CaptainAmerica)
Is sylph the longest word in English without a vowel?
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1.7 Una salus victus

First aired 11 November 2001

With a deadly plague on the loose, Andromeda, captained by the inexperienced Harper escorts medical ships through Drago-Kazov space while Beka seeks stragglers from the convoy. When both Beka's ship and her enemy ships are damage by each other, both women talk as they work to get their ships repaired in order to destroy the other ones ship. Harper finds being a captain is not as easy as it seems. In the end, Beka proves she is the better repair man, and destroys the enemy's ship, but not before both women get the chance to understand each other's families and cultures. Dylan and Tyr try to stop the missile batteries trained on them; even if it means killing themselves along with their enemies, making the enemy surrender, but at a cost of wanting not just Tyr dead, but Andromeda's crew as well. Dylan gets an explanation about Tyr's "special cargo," which causes him to mistrust Tyr's intentions. After their mission is complete, Dylan denies Tyr access to his cargo, which in turn causes Tyr to mistrust Dylan, and that his "little stunt," has proven that he is vulnerable.

I liked this episode too - a bit of a roll. The Tyr plot was progressed a bit, and I loved the Harper plot. He is not a natural leader and it was good seeing him challenged.

I like the concept of the repair-off between Beka and the Nietzchian but it was undermined by the fact that she looked so much like the actress playing Beka that I kept wondering if it was some kind of dream sequence. Once again, life for Nietzchian women seems pretty grim, what with the endless emphasis on reproduction.
emma_in_dream: (trance)
OMG, I have been the adultiest adult of all time today. Achievements:

* Rectified overpayment at work.
* Set up superannuation payments.
emma_in_dream: (BTTF)
This picture book is a retelling of Molly Tasman Napurruria's dreaming narrative in English. It was translated by Christine Nicholls and illustrated by kids at the Lajamanu Community Education Centre. The story comes from Warlpiri country in the Northern Territory.

As a children's book, it wasn't terribly successful. The Pangkarlangu is a scary looking creature that takes a boy away. My kids (now nine and six) disliked the pictures of it looking spiky and disliked the story about the boy being separated from his family.
emma_in_dream: (Sound of Music)
Terri-Ann White (Ed), Desert Writing: Stories from Country, 2016

This anthology represents the fruits of an ARC grant to foster story telling in the desert areas shared by Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia. The story telling workshops were available to all people living in those areas.


On the whole, the stories written by non-Indigenous people are written with a higher level of literacy and with more engagement in literary conventions – there are attempts at mystery and horror stories.


As another generalisation, the stories produced by the Indigenous people are more personal narratives. These range from straightforward ‘what I did on the weekend’ stories by high school students to the autobiography of one of the hunter gatherers who was bombed at Maralinga. All of these stories seem pretty alien to me, as I am a committed city dweller.
emma_in_dream: (trance)
2.6 All Too Human

First aired 5 November 2001

While Rommie tries to save a defector from a planet that hates AI's, the Eureka Maru plunges deep into the ocean after being crippled, leaving Harper, Tyr and Rev struggling for survival as Dylan, Beka and Trance attempt to stop a planet-destroying ship armed with Magog weapons. Sadly they fail, so they rush back to save their crew. Back on their crippled ship it soon becomes up to Tyr and Rev to save the ship, for Harper overdoses on his medication to keep the Magog eggs from hatching and falls into a coma. Rommie defector is killed by its people. She finds out that the planet has allied themselves with the Magog and have a Magog ship; she steals the ship and rescues Rev, Tyr, Harper, and the Eureka Maru.

OK, I really love this episode. I like the plot line with Rommie proving her humanity again. Of course I like the Byers actor in the background, becoming convinced of her worth. But what I find most fascinating is that yet again it is strongly hinted that the roots of android hatred lie within the Commonwealth and did not come out of nowhere once it fell.

And the underwater plot rocks for me. I was always a Harper/Tyr shipper (though on rewatching I see how cool Harper/Rommie is, also the strong Harper/Beka friendship). I can see no motivation for Tyr rescuing Harper other than affection and trust.
emma_in_dream: (trance)
1.5 "Last Call at the Broken Hammer"

First aired 29 October 2001


Dylan and crew attempt to find a long-lost Commonwealth leader and bring her back into the fold, but the question of her identity proves more complicated than it initially appears. And while trying to protect her from the people who want her dead, Trance loses her tail. After faking her death to her pursers, she joins the fight to rebuild the Commonwealth with Andromeda's crew.

I assume there was some kind of budget problem with the show, because there are a run of bottle episodes where they just lock the characters in a room and go from there. I like these opportunities to explore character, so I do not mind at all (even if they couldn't afford to have all the actors there).

I liked the links between Dylan and the woman they were seeking - Commonwealth leader who has given up, Commonwealth leader trying.

Plus the Trance's tail plot was fabulous. A touch of humour in an otherwise grim episode.

Rocks

Jul. 6th, 2017 12:10 pm
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We are going to leave some sweet rocks at the park near Princess Margaret Hospital this afternoon.

History

Jul. 5th, 2017 05:47 pm
emma_in_dream: (Henry Moore)
While proof reading a truly terrible paper my mind began to stray. My co-worker accused me of procrastination when I attempted to engage him in a conversation about the length of the 20th century.


But then he did engage with me. While technically 100 years, of course, the main narrative of the 20th century has to be WWI, WWII, the cold war, so it runs 1914-1991. This could be compared with the very long 19th century, with the main narrative in Europe of industrialisation and liberalism, running from the American revolution/French revolution to the twilight years before WWI.
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Our agency has been merged with another and the new one is more proactive about monitoring our private social media. We were vaguely warned about not posting ‘political’ content which may be difficult for me.


Because, frankly, is every aspect of our lives not political in the sense that it stems from the distribution of power in our society. I know that if I write about a fundraising drive at my kids’ school my overseeing overlords would probably not view it as political, but I certainly do. If public education was properly funded in the first place, then there would be no need for school fundraising. If I write about making and hiding rocks in parks that would probably not be seen as political, but I literally argued with my local council for years before they built the local park on reserved land. I physically took my local counsellors down to view the site. As far as I’m concerned, the park exists because of lobbying. If I mention money troubles, surely that is inseparable from the wage gap, funding for public servants, the cost of out of school care, etc, all of which seem like issues about the distribution of power to me.


What can I possibly talk about?
emma_in_dream: (trance)
2.4 "Pitiless as the Sun"

First Aired 22 October 2001

While Andromeda investigates mysterious attacks on an isolated, somewhat xenophobic Inari, Trance is interrogated by that same species as they try to determine her origins, blaming one of her kind for inciting a recent war.

The 'Made of Awesome' icon seemed appropriate for such a Trance-intensive episode. This was a really interesting episode - with the gradual revelation that another of her kind had been there, toying with the planet.

Trance's usual evasions came across as much scarier than usual.

June Books

Jul. 1st, 2017 12:03 pm
emma_in_dream: (Default)
Georgette Heyer Envious Casca 1941

Anna Reid Leningrad: Tragedy of a City under Siege, 1941 2011

George McDonald Fraser Flashman and the Great Game 1975

MC Beaton Finessing Clarissa 1989

George McDonald Fraser Flashman at the Charge 1973

George McDonald Fraser Flashman and the Tiger 1999

Antonia Fraser The Warriror Queens: Boadicea's Chariot 1988
emma_in_dream: (bucky)
I’ve just rewatched *Jurassic World* and I feel that the marketing pitch of the fictional park owners is wrong. They say that no one would come to the park if they didn’t make bigger and better dinosaurs, but this ignores the reality that people do go to zoos to watch the same animals. I visit the elephant at the zoo every time I go, even though it is the same elephant that I saw as a child (and, indeed, that my mother saw as a child).


I think there would be a market for small, herbivorous dinosaurs. I think people would be very happy to visit zoos to see little, non-lethal dinosaurs. And of course you could run zoos for small plant eaters without the inevitable disasters that these movies call for. That would also resolve the massive insurance and public liability issues inherent in running a dinosaur theme park.


In addition, of course, I am infuriated by the weird chain of command in the control room at Jurassic World, where everything depends on the leader being present and if she is not there, then apparently total strangers can walk in and make decisions. They need a far better disaster management plan.


I must also record my sneaking approval for the mad scientist ™ who managed to survive all four movies by knowing when to bug out. Bravo to him, last seen scurrying off carrying his research prototypes with him.
emma_in_dream: (Corellia)
Oliver Heywood, a nonconformist minister who was imprisoned in the 1680s certainly knew how to party…


After dinner, Mr. Whitaker [another imprisoned Nonconformist minister] and I read in turn for an hour in Fox'es Acts and Monuments of Martyrs, Latin edition. Then went to my chamber; if my
wife were absent, I spent an hour in secret prayer, and God helped usually. After supper, we read in the book of Martyrs, studied, went to prayer, read in Baxter's paraphrase of the New Testament.

Old TV

Jun. 26th, 2017 06:23 pm
emma_in_dream: (Corellia)
I’ve just watched the whole of *The Sentinel* on DVD. I had previously only seen edited highlights, on third generation videos sent over from the USA.


Having now seen the whole, I see that we were indeed lucky to reach PEAK ROMANCE in 1999. I can think of no image on TV that more literally depicts the whole soulmate idea that that of Jim’s panther jumping into Blair’s wolf so that the two become one (with accompanying low budget 1990s special effects). Not to mention the accompanying images of Jim cradling Blair’s face. PURE ROMANCE people. He brings him back from the dead!
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1.22 Its Hour Comes Round At Last

First aired - 14 May 2001

Harper accidentally activates a hidden personality stored away in Andromeda's system, causing her to forget the events of the past few years and re-enact a top secret mission. Since the mission pre-dates Dylan's assignment to Andromeda 300 years ago, he and the crew are powerless to stop the ship. While executing this mission, Andromeda becomes overrun by Magog.

What a great season end!!! That final shot of the crew lying on the ground as the ship calls out for help.

Spoilers







An aside - It's like the end of Blakes Seven! The actual end!

I like Harper's relationship with Rommie, when he is shown inside her. I like his partial explanation about how the disaster might have taken over.

Finding the Magog world ship - good reveal. And Harper and Tyr have finally got to the point where they are working together. 'Shall we dance?'

May books

Jun. 1st, 2017 05:38 pm
emma_in_dream: (steve)
I have a shocking cold.

In May I read the following:

Lois McMaster Bujold The Sharing Knife: Horizon 2009
Lois McMatser Bujold The Sharing Knife: Passage 2008
Val McDermid The Vanishing Point 2012
Dorothy Sayers The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1928
Holiday in Queensland 2015
Georgette Heyer A Blunt Instrument 1938
Catherine Helen Spence An Autobiography 1910
Sophie May Dottie Dimple's Flyaway 1869
Elizabeth Peters Crocodile on the Sandbank 1975
Agatha Christie The Witness for the Prosecution 1933
Andy Weir The Martian 2011
Georgette Heyer Envious Casca 1941
emma_in_dream: (Buffy)
1.20 Star Crossed

First Aired: 30 April 2001

Rommie falls in love with an android who was rescued from a destroyed ship, but she is betrayed when it is revealed that he is the avatar "Gabriel" of the warship the Balance of Judgement, whose AI has gone insane over the years. The AI is the leader and founder of the Restor faction, and Gabriel, under its control, infects Rommie with a virus so she will broadcast the crew's plans to the Judgement. However, Dylan and the crew use Rommie to draw the heavy cruiser into a trap, distracting it by leaving Gabriel and Rommie alone aboard Andromeda and then deploying missiles along its trajectory from the Eureka Maru using only basic inertia. As his ship breaks apart, Gabriel is briefly freed from its control, but Rommie is forced to destroy him after discovering that the Judgement AI managed to transfer a backup copy of itself into him.


I enjoyed this - though it was problematic in the treatment of Rommie. Despite what they say, the Commonwealth seem to treat AIs as second class citizens.

I like Harper's jealousy of Rommie's relationship, though I would have preferred there to be fewer twists at the end. He's good! Bad! Good again! No bad again! When obviously he was bad because otherwise he'd be a continuing character.
emma_in_dream: (CaptainAmerica)
I am charmed by Lucie Cobbe Heaton Armstrong’s social column, originally appearing in the issue of * Women’s Suffrage Journal* for 1 May 1884.

It begins “Mrs. Frank Morrison gave a highly-successful ‘At Home’ the other day, at the South Kensington Hotel, for the principal supporters of women’s suffrage. There was quite a brilliant company assembled. I noticed Lady Harberton and Lady Wilde amongst the guests. The meeting was held in a charming room, with cream-coloured panels picked out with a narrow line of pale pink and pale blue,”


I for one applaud the combination of feminism and fashion, bread and roses too.
emma_in_dream: (trance)
Despite my utmost foreboding, Pearl’s party was great. There was a break in the weather and the kids could play outside. They were captivated by some very simple party games, with the most popular probably being a Harry Potter Time Turner variant of charades.

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