[syndicated profile] puck_daddy_feed

Posted by Greg Wyshynski

It’s Christmas morning in Canada, as the NHL Draft Lottery finally arrives. 

We broke down which teams most deserved to win the lottery, which basically means everyone but Edmonton. We’ll be live-chatting the Draft Lottery beginning at 7:45 p.m., with the draft going off around 8:05 p.m. on NBC (the real one, not the cable one) and CBC in Canada.  

Join us for all the shock, awe, laughs and Hamburger Women!

Live Blog NHL 2016 Draft Lottery Live Chat!

[syndicated profile] puck_daddy_feed

Posted by Greg Wyshynski

When one breaks a limb, one gets a cast. Usually that cast gets covered with illegible scribbles from friends, as we all realize that Sharpies aren’t exactly made for writing on plaster. 

But when one hockey player recently broke their leg during play – getting their foot stick between the boards and the ice, snapping it when attempting to clear the puck – their cousin decided to properly decorate the cast: as a Washington Capitals-influenced hockey skate.

NHL
NHL
NHL
NHL
NHL

If you're wondering about the buttom of the cast, "It is indeed a piece of rubber that the doctor attached to the cast so I could walk on it after about four weeks," said the player, via Reddit.

This is pretty awesome, ahem, breaking news.

s/t Reddit Hockey for all of it.

[syndicated profile] puck_daddy_feed

Posted by Josh Cooper

ANAHEIM, Calif. –  The focus for defenseman Hampus Lindholm is on the ice. Ask him a question about his contract and the pending restricted free agent points to controlling only what he can control. 

“At the end of the day I just want to play hockey,” Lindholm said. “Whenever (a new contract) happens it’s going to happen. It’s not something I’m thinking about right now. Whenever that conversation starts I’ll deal with that then.”

[Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today]

One day after Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray indicated he doesn’t want to be as liberal as before in giving out long-term contracts or no-trade clauses to his pending restricted free agents, Lindholm still believes everything will work out and he’ll get the contract he deserves.

“I think any player in the league wants security. Whenever we start talking I’ll have to see my options and whatever they want to do with me and what their plans for me are and my own plans for myself,” Lindholm said. “I can’t start talking about something that hasn’t happened yet. Whenever stuff starts going in the right direction I’ll think what my plans are and then I’ll know my place.”

Lindholm is probably the most pressing RFA position player contract Murray needs to complete. The slick 22-year-old Swede is a budding all-situations star who averaged 22:00 per-game and notched 28 points in 80 games. He just finished his entry-level contract.

The other two are defenseman Sami Vatanen and forward Rickard Rakell. 

The 24-year-old Vatanen is a swift skater and an excellent minute-crunching (21:19 per-game) offensive (nine goals, 29 assists) defenseman, but he’ll likely demand a major raise from his two-year $2.525 million contract. Rakell, 22, broke out this year with 20 goals in 72 games but was derailed near the end of the season because of an appendectomy. He’s at the end of his entry-level contract.

If the Ducks are looking to change course to try to make improvements after losing their fourth straight Game 7 at home, both Vatanen and Rakell are more chips Murray could use to add a different piece.

Both said they preferred to stay in Anaheim, but understand it’s not their choice.  

“I mean I really hope I can stay here. I really enjoyed it so far and am really motivated to do more stuff with this organization, so I’m just hoping it is going to work out,” Rakell said.

Added Vatanen, “I hope at some point before this next season I have a contract somewhere. I would like it to be here.” 

Rakell was asked about Murray’s thoughts on long-term contracts and again noted he wants to be in Anaheim for many years to come. 

“I enjoy it here and I think we do have the potential to do big things here, so obviously I want to be here for a long time,” Rakell said. “It’s not really up to me so we will see what happens and hope for the best.” 

Murray said that he’s open all different options based on his budget moving forward, but he hasn’t decided exactly how to plot the course with his RFAs yet. This also includes goaltender Frederik Andersen – arguably his biggest offseason trade piece. 

"To change some things, some people are going to get moved,” Murray said. "You’re going to have to change money around, it what you’re going to do. My budget is my budget. As I’ve said before, I have no problem with that. Our revenues were up a little bit this year, so I get a little bit more. That’s a good thing. I don’t think the [salary] cap is going to move [much], which could be very favorable to us, except we’ve got a bunch of guys to sign. It’s going to take a lot of work and decisions on who to keep and who not to keep."

MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

 

- - - - - - -

Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

 

 

[syndicated profile] puck_daddy_feed

Posted by Greg Wyshynski

Ben Bishop was pulled in Game 1 of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s series against the New York Islanders. Which was sort of embarrassing on several levels, since it was also a day on which he was nominated for the Vezina Trophy. 

But here’s what happens when Ben Bishop gets pulled: His team usually wins the next game. And the Lightning bounced back to take Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 4-1, over the Islanders.

“It’s a team thing. The guys played really well in front of me,” said Bishop, who improved to 12-3-1 after being pulled. “We just wanted to get pucks deep. Last game, we had too many turnovers, fed their transition."

It was Tampa Bay’s transition game that fed the first goal, led by a reunited Triplets Line.

It was set up by defenseman Victor Hedman thanks in part to having Cal Clutterbuck and Nick Leddy collide in the neutral zone. Ondrej Palat easily fed a puck to Tyler Johnson, with Matt Martin forced to play defense, and he converted for the 1-0 lead at 6:03 of the first period.

Full marks to Nikita Kucherov, who forced the turnover that forced the Islanders to collide.

“We had a little traffic in the neutral zone there, and Kuch made a great play,” said Johnson on NHL Network, who now has four goals in the playoffs. 

Jonathan Drouin made it 2-0 as he stick-handled in a phone booth, and scored one that Thomas Greiss wanted back:

Nikolay Kulemin cut the lead to 2-1 with a deflected shot on an Islanders’ power play. But Hedman scored a power-play of his own, off of Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan’s skate, to earn the 3-1 advantage. Johnson closed out the scoring with an empty netter.

Like Bishop said, the Lightning played a hell of a game in front of him, as he bounced back with a 19-save effort. They limited the Islanders to three shots on goal in the third period, after a five-shot second period. (That included a seven-minute stretch without a whistle in the third.)

The Lightning smartly held onto the puck more this game, ending with a lopsided possession advantage.

"They had more puck possession in our zone," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. 

The Islanders, meanwhile, played a tentative, pass-happy game. And when they did shoot, Bishop saw it.

"We didn't get in front of him enough. We started the game with power play after power play, and they pressured us all over the ice," said Capuano. "We didn't take his eyes away."

-- 

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at 

Captain America: Ship War

Apr. 30th, 2016 11:08 pm
dhampyresa: (Natasha and red)
[personal profile] dhampyresa
Guess what movie I saw? Yup, it was Captain America: Civil War.

I greatly enjoyed it but WOW IT WAS INTENSE.

I saw it with a group of friends and on either side of me were a Steve/Bucky shipper and a Steve/Tony shipper, which was an interesting experience. They each walked out of the cinema with a new appreciation for each other's ship. I walked out SHIPPING ALL THE THINGS as I pretty much always do.

There is literally no ship in this movie I would be down with. Like, you know how the poster that has the team lined up on both sides starts with line-ups that make sense as ships (Steve/Tony, Nat/Sam) and get progressively more nonsensical (Wanda/Rhodey, Vision/Bucky, Clint/T'Challa)? I would read fic for every single one of those.

If there are any questions about spoilers or things you want to know or whatever, feel free to ask.

I saw the movie in 2D with French subtitles. I was also pretty much unspoiled going in.

Here be spoilers )

Yeah, that's about it. I ENJOYED IT A LOT. I kind of want to write fic, but I'm not sure what kind of fic yet.

April recs

May. 1st, 2016 08:31 am
iamshadow: Image of the letter A and dragonfly in pink with caption #REDinstead for Autism Acceptance Month (Default)
[personal profile] iamshadow
There's a mix this month, of Avengers recs, like usual, and a section of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. recs (the television series, NOT the movie). With the exception of a delightful fic that straddles both fandoms (to be found grouped with the UNCLE fics), you can easily find the fandom you're interested in by scrolling until you find it. I don't anticipate that amount of UNCLE fics being a regular thing in my recs post - for one thing, it's a tiny fandom with a closed canon, and I'm still very much a Marvel fan - but you might get a handful now and again.

Read more... )

Three Vintage Postcards

Apr. 30th, 2016 10:45 pm
[syndicated profile] endpaper_feed

Posted by Callum


Three vintage postcards picked up today. The first, (above), because it just makes you smile. The second, (below) because of the delightful message on the back in which Grace tells Ciss all about her fancy dress costume. Real-photographic postcards like this one were produced by photographers who simply printed a photograph directly onto a stock postcard and so very often the one in your hand today might be one of only a handful ever produced and, one has to imagine, often the only one surviving.

"My Dear Ciss, Here I am in my fancy dress. The walking stick is the prize I won, second prize. We both did enjoy ourselves. All the beads are real amber, dad's gold silk curtains are around me, the scarf on my head is the blue one you bought at Mr Privett's sale. Don't you think I make a good East Indian Princess?"

The third postcard (below), has a slightly darker edge to it. It is written in pencil now too faint to decipher even for a German-reader, which I am not, for that is the language it is written in. The presence of the ink stamps saying "Abraham" all over it is horribly reminiscent of Jews in Nazi Germany having a "J" stamped on their passports, and having to change their names to either Israel or Sarah, though the postcard predates the Nazi era. It could simply be a child called Abraham with a home printing kit having fun. Any insight from FFEP readers is, of course, always appreciated.





[syndicated profile] puck_daddy_feed

Posted by Josh Cooper

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Frederik Andersen knows he’s an NHL level No. 1 goaltender. Not only has he proven himself as an everyday starter during the regular season, in the playoffs he’s taken the Anaheim Ducks to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

“Of course, you want to play. That's the bottom line. You want to be in net. When you know you can play, you want to be in net,” Andersen said.

For most teams re-signing him as a restricted free agent in the offseason would be a no-brainer. But the Ducks have a bit of a different situation with their goaltenders. John Gibson was re-signed last September for the manageable salary cap hit number of $2.3 million per-season over the next three years. 

[Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today]

The 22-year-old Gibson made the NHL All-Star team this past year and had a 2.07 goal-against average and .920 save percentage in 40 games as Andersen, who came into the season as the Ducks' No. 1, dealt with a few different health problems. Andersen finished the year with a 22-9-7 record, a 2.30 goal-against average and .919 save percentage.

Gibson started the first two games of the playoffs, losing both before relinquishing the net to Andersen. 

The 26-year-old Andersen’s two-year $2.3 million contract is set to expire on July 1. While he’s arguably the Ducks’ most experienced goaltending option, he’s also Anaheim’s most valuable trade chip this offseason.

The Ducks don’t need two starting goaltenders and could plug another roster hole by trading a netminder. Andersen will likely command a greater per-year salary than Gibson in his next deal.

“I think when the time comes some decision will be made,” Andersen said. “I like playing here. I know all the guys love having me in the net. I like it here, so obviously would love to play.”

Speaking with reporters at Ducks getaway day, Andersen sounded like a person who didn’t want to leave Anaheim. The Ducks picked him in the third-round of the 2012 NHL Draft and worked with him to help him become a solid NHL netminder. His status won’t change how he prepares for next season if he’s in Anaheim or somewhere else.  

“I've got to talk to my trainers, plan my summer and take it from there,” Andersen said. “It doesn't matter where I'll play. It doesn't matter how I prepare. I have to make sure I prepare the right way and prepare for next year.”

Andersen didn’t sound 100 percent comfortable when asked about sharing the net next season with Gibson again.

“It's possible. Never write anything off. Who knows? It's too early to tell,” he said. “I don't know if it'll happen. We'll see. I want to play a lot.”

General manager Bob Murray understands that both Andersen and Gibson may not want play on the same team next year simply because they both want the majority of ice-time.

“I mean, they’re No. 1 goalies. Any good No. 1 goalie I’ve known in my life wants the bloody net,” Murray said. “So, do they want that? That’s an issue. But, they’re a pretty good team. It would be nice, but we’ll see."

Expansion could also play a role in Murray’s goaltending decision. If teams are only allowed to protect one goaltender, he’ll have to trade one to not lose him for nothing. Expansion could happen as soon as 2017-18. 

“We have two very good young goaltenders, and again, you have to remember when you’re talking about this - expansion draft… if we have expansion,” Murray noted.

Even though the decision is tough, it’s a choice a lot of general managers would like to have. But it has to be right for the team and the goaltender. And it sounds that the Ducks embarrassment of goaltending riches has hit a tipping point. 

MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

- - - - - - -

Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

[syndicated profile] puck_daddy_feed

Posted by Josh Cooper

The NHL announced Saturday that Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar, Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson and Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov were finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, given annually to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”  

The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association voted for the award.

[Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today]

So which one of these guys will win the Byng?

Why Aleksander Barkov deserves The Lady Byng

From the NHL: 

Barkov established career highs in goals (28), assists (31) and points (59) – nearly doubling his production from his first two NHL seasons combined (24-36—60 in 125 GP) – to help the Panthers set franchise records for wins (47) and points (103) while capturing their second division title. He also established a career high and shared fourth place in the NHL with eight game-winning goals, the most by any Florida player since 2006-07. Barkov’s eight penalty minutes – in 66 games – were a career low and tied for the fewest among the League’s top 50 scorers. He is an NHL Trophy finalist for the first time and the Panthers’ first finalist for the Lady Byng since 2011-12, when Brian Campbell won the award.

Barkov has often combined his high skill level with gentlemanly play. He’s never accrued more than 16 penalty minutes in a single season. This year, Barkov took his game to another level with 59 points in 66 games to give himself more Byng cred. 

Why Loui Eriksson Deserves The Lady Byng

From the NHL:

Eriksson registered 30-33—63, his most points since 2011-12 (26-45—71), while playing in all 82 games for the fourth time in his career. He reached the 30-goal milestone for the second time (also 2008-09: 36), including his third career hat trick and first since the 2009-10 campaign. Eriksson received just six minor penalties and 12 total penalty minutes over the course of the season – only three players who appeared in at least 82 games posted fewer totals in either category. He is a Lady Byng finalist for the second time after finishing third in voting in 2010-11 (w/ DAL). Eriksson is looking to become the first Boston player to win the Lady Byng since 1981-82 (Rick Middleton).

When Eriksson was a member of the Dallas Stars, he received some Byng votes, finishing third in the race for the 2011 Byng and fourth in 2012 Byng voting. This year with the Boston Bruins Eriksson rediscovered his scoring touch with 63 points in 82 games. His 30 goals were the second-most of his career. His 12 penalty minutes were his lowest full-season total since 2011-12. 

“It is a great honor to be considered for the Lady Byng Trophy, an award that has been won by some of the best players of all time,” said Eriksson in a statement from the Bruins. “There are many deserving candidates so to be named one of the finalists with Anze Kopitar and Aleksander Barkov is very exciting for me. Thank you to my teammates and the coaching staff and I appreciate all those who voted." 

Why Anze Kopitar Deserves The Lady Byng

The NHL says:

Kopitar (25-49—74 in 81 GP) led the Kings in scoring for the ninth consecutive season, the longest active such streak in the NHL, to help the team set a franchise record for wins (48). He also ranked second in the League with a +34 rating, matching a career high established in 2013-14. Kopitar totaled only 16 penalty minutes despite pacing NHL forwards in total time on ice (1,690:12) – an average of 20:52 per game. He is a Lady Byng finalist for the second straight campaign after finishing third in voting in 2014-15. Kopitar, who also was announced as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, is attempting to become the first Los Angeles player to win the Lady Byng since 1993-94 (Wayne Gretzky).

Kopitar was recognized for his gentlemanly play in the past, finishing in the top-10 in voting five times. Kopitar was a finalist last season.

Though Kopitar plays a rugged, physical cycling game, he’s never gotten himself in trouble and always plays clean and within the whistles. In his career, Kopitar’s had just one fighting major – in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against Alex Burrows.

Who Wins The Lady Byng?

Eriksson has been one of the cleaner players in the NHL for a long time. Playing in Boston likely gave him more exposure with the voting populous.

Who Should Win The Lady Byng?

There’s no wrong decision with all three of these players. They all played smart hockey with a high level of sportsmanship and didn’t put their teams down shorthanded at crucial points in games.

MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

 

 

- - - - - - -

Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

Adventures Elsewhere - March 2016

Apr. 30th, 2016 04:33 pm
helloladies: Horseshoe icon with the words Lady Business underneath. (Default)
[personal profile] helloladies posting in [community profile] ladybusiness
Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet (sort of) recently in March! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


Read more... )
[syndicated profile] onmytiptoes_feed

Posted by Sarah

Remember when I said I was going to do a post on skin, making your own skin products, and why that’s a good idea? Let’s get into that a little. I mean, I have PLENTY of other things I should be doing right now, but to hell with all that- being responsible is for next week.

Just to make sure we’re setting off on the right footing: while I love granola as much as the next hippie, I didn’t get into this because I’m against using modern medicine to take care of my skin. Skin is the largest organ of the body and while we tend to take it for granted, it’s actually pretty important— this isn’t just a vanity thing. I grew up with a pretty nasty case of eczema, which had me thinking about this kind of thing pretty early in my life. My folks didn’t have eczema, so they were figuring it out, which sucked a little. We didn’t have much money, so we were mostly listening to a GP who, in retrospect, didn’t really know what he was talking about.

In his defense, he was a very nice man and I’m certain he gave out the advice of his day, but it was terrible advice that horrifies/ amuses modern dermatologists and was better suited to a case of contact dermatitis than my actual problem. While I love my friend Keri very much, Keri lotion is actual garbage that should go directly from shelves to the bin, and Dove soap is the worst. The WORST*, friends. Better, sure, than other soaps in the grocery store, but you know what’s best for any sort of skin- but especially any skin that’s at all damaged? REAL, ACTUAL SOAP, made with lye. Don’t get too caught up in that, though: we’ll get into the details.

(*Agreed: there is also Ivory or Irish Spring but I am neither scrubbing out bloodstains nor trying to age my skin 15 years in a quarter, so we’re going to pretend that those just don’t exist.)

I learned about oil cleansing in my twenties from (of course) the internet. I’d been using topical & oral steroids to manage my eczema for most of my life at that point, and that worked moderately well, although it wasn’t until I acquired good health insurance and got in with a dermatologist that things really improved. As I’ve found in other areas of my health, lifestyle changes made the biggest differences of all: stress reduction, hydration, lukewarm showers (advice I’d also gotten from the GP), and- very importantly!- eliminating all mineral oil products and harsh soaps from my regimen. No Dove, no Keri lotions or oils, no Tide laundry detergent, no fabric softeners, no commercially scented products, and nothing with sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). (I know this is a controversial ingredient. I won’t be getting into that, and I actually don’t have any opinions on the debate. I just know it has a tendency to make my skin unhappy.)

There are products without harsher detergents like SLS. There are a few things that draw me away from those: first, I’m cheap, and it doesn’t cost much to make these- far less than buying a product, and they’re so much nicer, too. They smell better, feel better, last longer- the whole shebang. I started my adult life broke- broke– broke, and you don’t forget that kind of hungry. So cheap- or “frugal”, as Sam likes to say- that’s good. Plus I just plain like making things, obviously.

Outside of that, though, I love the simplicity of these products, especially when I’m the one making them. I regularly put things on and into my body that are pretty complicated, chemically speaking. I don’t think that’s necessarily a terrible thing- it can be, but it can also be fine. It’s all situational. I’m okay with what I’m putting into my body, but I don’t want to add much else to the mix— especially not now that I’ve got my MS cocktail going on.

I prefer using straightforward things on my skin so that in this area of my health I know exactly which ingredients are being used. We apply the same idea when we prepare meals- made- from- scratch dishes, both for our health and due to Sam’s food issues. It’s really helpful in that if I have any problems, I can quickly figure out precisely which component is causing it- it’ll almost certainly be whichever is newest. Knowledge is power, y’all. If I’m using a commercial product, there’ll be a list of ingredients on the back and that is helpful, but I won’t have any idea how old a product actually is, exactly how much of each ingredient is in a product, or, maybe, what some of those ingredients actually are. (I know, JFGI, and I do, but- why?)

There are things I still get off the shelf; I’ve used dermatologist- grade sunscreen since my early twenties and I can’t make that (nor am I ever going to try), and I use that spray-bottle rosewater/ glycerin that you see in every grocery as a toner. Oh, and I love love love Bar-Maids– their Face Pudding is my favorite winter night cream. (I know, but THAT IS THE PRODUCT NAME.) Does that even count, though? It’s handmade, so I’m not counting it. My daily routine, though, that’s all very simple: hand- blended facial oils to cleanse, moisturize, and spot- treat; I’m using a handmade cleansing conditioner and a hair oil I love, too. I know- so much oil, right? And yet I am remarkably not greasy at all.

We’ve graduated to making our own salves, lotions, and hand & body bars, and soap is on the docket, too- I’ve learned, but I keep picking up locally made bars instead of making a supply for the house. I like variety! I learned how to make more luxurious items, too, like bath melts & bombs when I returned from the UK and found that LUSH hadn’t made it across the Atlantic yet. (It arrived about a year later, thank glob.)

The end result of all of this is that I haven’t needed oral steroids for my eczema in at least a decade, possibly longer, and my use of topical steroids has decreased dramatically; I hardly use them at all. I can’t remember the last time I opened the one tube I have, actually, and the prescription that I have is far weaker than it used to be.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with medication. There’s nothing inherently wrong with chemicals! If my eczema were to jump into a full- body flare like it did in basic training (I do not react well to Texas in the August) I would absolutely head over to my dermatologist for a prednisone scrip and it would work like a charm. All medications come with side effects, though, so whenever I can cut down, that’s really great.

There are recipes out there for everybody; I don’t want anyone to leave this post thinking this is only suitable for a single condition or skin type! I know folks with oily skin, rosacea, acne, sensitive skin, average skin, etc, who make their own products for reasons similar as well as wildly differing from mine. For those who asked, though, this is why I do it- a combination of enjoyment, simplicity, and cost. Oh, yeah, and laziness. I really can’t be bothered to run out and get a separate makeup remover, but there is no makeup that oils can’t get through. There’s also no running out to the store because I ran out of face wash or body lotion— I just mix those at home out of our groceries. Granted, our groceries don’t always look like some folks’— I think I probably buy more castor oil, grape seed oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter than most— but it’s still not that weird, and we smell pretty awesome.

Okay- there’s the spiel, loosely. Let me know if there’s anything else you want to know? I’ll be working on a new salve next week and posting the results on the blog once it’s finished— I’ve been kicking my own teeth in doing upper body work lately, and I wanted a deeply warming salve, so I’m working with cayenne & capsaicin extract this week. Here’s hoping I remember to wear gloves (for once) and don’t wreck the house. I have reservations about dealing with warmed- up capsaicin, friends. Tear gas sucks. We will see how this goes.

 

 


ursamajor: people on the beach watching the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] ursamajor
#BookstoreDay stop 5: @tridentbooks! With a SCAVENGER HUNT!

(no subject)

Apr. 30th, 2016 03:47 pm
meganbmoore: (Default)
[personal profile] meganbmoore
I've started watching Goodbye Mr. Black, the still-airing kdrama based on an 80s manhwa that is loosely based on The Count of Monte Cristo. This somehow resulted in it being more recognizably Monte Cristo than most direct adaptations. I actually spent about a week trudging through the first episode in 5 and 10 minute increments until I hit about the 3/4 mark last night and I have now finished the 5th episode. I guess I just needed Moon Chae Won to show up.



I'm not overly invested in the revenge aspect yet, largely because I like Ji Won/Black (Dantes) well enough, but am not overly interested in him yet, but I like the characters and have liked a decent number of the actors in other things. More importantly, the male lead's assumed name is Black and the female lead's assumed name is Swan. The subtlety there is downright kethal. So very very subtle. He also gave her the name (her name was Kaya because she was found abandoned in a garbage pile in Thailand as a child and "Kaya" means "garbage" and he decided that wasn't ok) based on his nickname for his sister, " Ugly Duckling."



BUT MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, as of episode 5, this is the 3rd kdrama I've watched in April in which "inexperienced but determined young reporter takes on impossibly huge and powerful opponent" is a plot point (this is actually pure coincidence aside from the "overlapping people who like them" part), though I doubt it'll be as central here as in Healer or Pinocchio. There was also a scene in episode 5 that was straight out of Healer with a bit of City Hunter thrown in. All that was missing was Park Min Young. The show can feel to have scenes straight out Healer anytime it wants. I suspect I may have been better off waiting until the show is finished to start watching, but South Korea seems to be largely over the "a tragic ending is the best ending 4 out of 5 times" thing.



As of this series, I've watched 4 complete kdramas and started 2 more that I intend to finish in April alone. And The Flower in Prison started today, though English subs arent out yet. I don't think I've ever had such a concentrated period of watching kdramas in the 12 or so years I've been watching them, even adjusting for the superlong sageuks I've watched. That said, given the shenanigans US-and, to a lesser degree, British- TV have been up to the last few months, and the lack of airing anime that I want to watch, it isn't really surprising.

"Believe me"

Apr. 30th, 2016 08:20 pm
[syndicated profile] languagelog_feed

Posted by Mark Liberman

A video compilation of Donald Trump in the role of a salesman:

And the evidence from the 12 Republican and 9 Democratic debates:

Count of "believe me"
Clinton 0
Cruz 1
Kasich 2
Sanders 0
Trump 28
kaberett: A sleeping koalasheep (Avatar: the Last Airbender), with the dreamwidth logo above. (dreamkoalasheep)
[personal profile] kaberett posting in [site community profile] dw_dev_training
I've put up a post in [site community profile] dw_dev with details of the contributor event on the 14th and 15th of May. For bonus points, account creation is now working for the wiki, so documentation efforts are welcomed and encouraged!

I've also updated the masterlist of introductory bugs, with one new issue for a total of 18 unclaimed issues. If you've been thinking of getting involved I would be delighted if you showed up (virtually or in person) to the contributor event. As ever, here's how to get started. :-)
kaberett: A sleeping koalasheep (Avatar: the Last Airbender), with the dreamwidth logo above. (dreamkoalasheep)
[personal profile] kaberett posting in [site community profile] dw_dev
Hello folk!

A reminder that I am running a Dreamwidth contributor weekend on the 14th of May, with spillover to the 15th. To get a sense of what goes on at these events, you can take a look at the November event summary and the February event summary.

If you need the physical address, please let me know and I'll PM it you along with instructions on how to get here by public transport. This is not the same address as the last time I hosted, so please do make sure you know where you're going!

If you'd like to attend remotely, find us on IRC or add me on Skype (ekabrett): I'm intending to have a spare machine running a video Skype call to interested folk from the corner of one of the rooms from about 11am on the Saturday (i.e. if you're attending in person and would rather not participate in the Skype call this will be avoidable).

More logistics! )

Profile

highlyeccentric: Sign on Little Queen St - One Way both directions (Default)
highlyeccentric

April 2016

S M T W T F S
     1 2
3456789
10111213141516
1718 1920212223
24252627282930

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated May. 1st, 2016 12:23 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios