DVD-style commentary for A Distant Sound of Cannon, for [livejournal.com profile] rodlox, as requested here.Spoilers for all three Pirates films )
From a review for this: You have evidently deep knowledge of life at sea and your writing style is one in its own.

This is what reading all of Patrick O'Brian will do to a person. *hee*

PotC fic

Jul. 13th, 2005 08:54 pm
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I found an old Pirates of the Caribbean fic, and put it up on the Pit of Voles:

A Distant Sound of Cannon

They have an extremely annoying word limit on their summaries, and they don't allow hyphens in the title or summary. I had to change 'far-off' to 'distant'. Bother them.

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Jul. 9th, 2005 09:47 pm
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Saturday night Tv is totally pants now. *sad face*

There was a thing on RTE (very fuzzy as always with Republic channels) about the Tall Ships. Pretty, pretty ships (and barques and ketches and stuff). They were playing the music from the end of the Master and Commander film, the jiggy sort of piece where Jack strums the violin and Stephen plays the melody and then they swap over and the crew are dashing around everywhere madly busy...

Still miss Doctor Who madly.

Meme time!

Apr. 6th, 2005 07:53 pm
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Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] sarah531

a. Post a list of 15 fandoms. (tv shows, musicals, movies, books, etc.)
b. Have your friends list guess your favourite character/person from each one.
c. When guessed, bold the line, include the character/person name, and write a sentence about why you like that character/person.

I modified it to nine as I seem to have run out of fandoms.

Read more... )

From [livejournal.com profile] hymnia:


Your results for Christian Traditions Selector

Find it here.

Rank Item Percent
1: Congregational/United Church of Christ (100%)
2: Presbyterian/Reformed (93%)
3: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic) (77%)
4: Church of Christ/Campbellite (54%)
5: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England (53%)
6: Eastern Orthodox (50%)
7: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist (49%)
8: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene (47%)
9: Lutheran (46%)
10: Seventh-Day Adventist (46%)
11: Roman Catholic (42%)
12: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.) (29%)
13: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God (19%)

I worked out that that reason it puts me as Congregational instead of Reformed is the one about losing salvation. 'No' gives you Congregational, 'Wrong question' gives you Presbyterian/Reformed. Hello, let me introduces the 5th point of Calvinism, the perseverance of the saints. I wanted an option that included 'You're asking the wrong question' and 'no'. Actually there were several questions where for the options given, none of them matched exactly what I believe.
The recent discussion on Hogwarts houses has reminded me of a subject I always meant to post on.

We've all discussed such things as where Mad-Eye Moody was sorted, what House had the dubious honour of producing Umbridge and so on, but one of my favourite pastimes in an idle moment is Sorting other fictional characters. I've seen other people do it, too. I suppose it's a neat and identifiable box, like Myers-Briggs-ing them.

So here's my take on my favourite fandoms. Feel free to disagree or to add your own. For the benefit of your ad hominem (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] fernwithy! ;) ) arguments, I self-identify as Ravenclaw with a Gryffindor streak.

Star Wars:
Palpatine is of course a Slytherin. I don't think anyone could argue with that.
The Skywalkers (plus Padme) are all idealistic, courageous Gryffindors. Yes, even Anakin. I consider him to be a good example of the bad Gryffindor. But before I get sidetrack into Anakin Apologeticcs or whatever...
Han. Han is hard to place, but I think he's either a Gryffindor pretending to be a Slytherin or a Slytherin pretending to be a Gryffindor (although he Myers-Briggs as ENTP, at least inmy characterisation. Generally the NT=Ravenclaw is the strongest connection between MB typing and the Hogwatrs houses.).
Obi-Wan, I am firmly convinced, is a Hufflepuff, especially compared to the Gryffindor Qui-Gon.
Yoda. Virtual cookies for anyone who can convincingly sort Yoda. ;)

Age of Sail
Jack Aubrey is a Gryffindor, a pretty strong type IMO. Stephen is a Ravenclaw: it's the total ignorance of anything (ie all things naval) that's not his 'fandom' that convinced me of his geekish credentials.

If Anakin is my quintessential Bad Gryff, then Hornblower is my quintessential Good Slytherin. Or, at least, Slytherin with autorial approval. Ambitious, check. Cunning, check (unless it's to do with women :) ). Self-centered, check. Book!Hornblower, that is. TV!Hornblower comes off as pratically Gryffindor, IMO, but that's because one of Slytherin!Book!HH's ambitions is to appear as this fearless, noble Gryffindor type. At which he has varying degrees of success.

Bush, bless him, is a Hufflepuff. I am of the opinion that Voldemort out to concentrate on Hufflepuff Minions instead of Slytherin ones catching Cunning Plots left, right, and centre. Puffs make wonderful Minions, and where would HH be without his long-suffering Bush?
Barbara, IMO, is a Gryffindor, and poor Maria is so featureless she's hard to pin down.

Dorothy L Sayers
Peter and Harriet are both Ravenclaw, IMO. Bunter is another of those Hufflepuff sidekicks so invaluble to authors. (Jeeves, OTOH, is so Slytherin. Bertie Wooster, I haven't a notion.

Jane Austen
I could be at this all week. I will just say that Anne Elliot and Fanny Price are Hufflepuffs, and Emma IMO is Ravenclaw. I'm sure lots of you have opinions on the Austenverse. :D

Antonia Forest
The Marlow family ethos is predominantly Gryffindor (something to do with all those gallant naval forebears, perhaps? Tim Keith would doubtless have an opinion). Peter, for one, feels he has trouble living up to this. I know [livejournal.com profile] rose_and_lizard has all but the twins as Gryfindors, but I would make exceptions myself.
I would sort Giles, Rowan, Ginty, Peter and Nicola as Gryffindors. Peter and Ginty not for their conspicious courage, but because of the value they place on it, although they usually confuse it with fearlessness. I'm most dilatory about Ginty, since she shows a Ravengeek tendency to live inside her own fantasy world.
Karen is a Ravenclaw, with some Slytherin tendencies (see A Ready-Made Family for a couple of examples, and Cricket Term for Nicola's comment on this.
Ann is a Hufflepuff to end all Hufflepuffs. I believe the girl actually enjoys doing the work of Peter, Ginty and Lawrie on top of her own.
Lawrie, Slytherin. It's the lack of interest in anything no connected with Lawrence S. Marlow. However, she does have a Luna-like dislocation with reality at times. (Lawrie and Luna in the same fic. Now there's a scary thought).
Tim, also Slytherin, though of a different type than Lawrie. Miranda, Ravenclaw, I think. Patrick, Ravenclaw, most probably. Open to argument on all these last.

Anyone have thoughts to add?

[livejournal.com profile] living_force and [livejournal.com profile] padawanroo both want a rant on the post-RotJ EU. It will come, I promise. Just give me a few days to gather my thoughts ;)
I've been in a rather naval mood with my reading lately (blame it on whoever decide to publish omnibus editions of the Hornblower novels), and have been working my way through Patrick O'Brian. I didn't used to like the Aubrey/Maturin books, but I think I was rather too young for them then. Incidentally, few people seem to like both Hornblower and POB, but then I've always been odd.

I just finished The Unknown Shore, which I borrowed from the library.It's one of his early books, before he wrote the Aubrey/Maturin series, and it tells the story of the Wager, part of Anson's squadron on his voyage around the world. The main characters are Jack Byron, a midshipman, and his friend Tobias who is a surgeon's mate with a taste for natural history. These two are a sort of proto-version of Aubrey and Maturin, and their unlikely friendship. For example, Jack's comment to Toby: "The last time it came on to blow the squids got mixed up with the spare blankets—most unpleasant." An echo of Aubrey's half-amused half-exasperated tolerance of Maturin's creatures (I seem to remember a swarm of bees in the quarter-gallery once).

The book has more laugh-out-loud passages than the Aubrey/Maturin series, although these come mostly in the seaborne parts; the chapters towards the end, after the Wager is wrecked on the coast of Chile and Jack and Toby are starving on a diet of barnacles and seaweed, are rather dismal. But both the characters and the narrative perk up once they have been rescued. Take this description of the behaviour of convoys:
Ships that behave perfectly well alone become over-excited in a crowd: the merchant captains lose their seamanship, the seamen forget that there is quite a difference between port and starboard and the vessels fall aboard each other in the most stupefying manner [Pause to observe that this effect extends even to a fleet of dingies on a quiet lake.]
At one time...there were no less than eight all together in the morning, some with their bowsprits through the others' shrouds, some with their yardarms entangles, some apparently lashed together for mutual support, while the men-of-war fumed with impatience and fired whole broadsides to enforce the signal to make sail.
At this point I rolled out of bed with laughter, but fortunately my camp-bed is low to the floor.

So it was a very enjoyable little book, different to the Aubrey/Maturin series but well worth reading. Now I want to get The Golden Ocean, which some pest has borrowed from the library before I could get hold of it.
...by [livejournal.com profile] happy_troll. I must be at least a small-to-medium-name-fan now, alksjlaj;dj;kjd;akjd;ask;alsklask;lask

In other news, have revived obssession with Pirates of the Caribbean, seeing as the soundtrack is one of the few bits of music I have in the house. It's got tot the point where I can say, 'Okay, here's Ragetti and Pintell scrubbing the deck...Jack and Barbossa are fighting...Norrington is doing his sacrificing bit...

Point: how, exactly, did Norrington explain how he a) lost the Interceptor and b) let Jack escape to his superiors at the Admiralty? Reading Hornblower (again, limited as to choice here) forces one to look at the events from the naval point of view.
Pirates of the Caribbean in AOL-speak

WTF1!!1 teh funny11!!!....no. I cannot murder the English language like that.

On that topic, what does '733t' mean? I have wondered this for some time.
Norrington s character and the Ending of the Film )

And the man actually has a first name!
I made six cakes today, unintentionally. Somehow I managed to put six times the right amount of sugar in, and had it mixed with the butter before I realised. However, it's an ill wind blows noone any good. We now have six lovely chocolate cakes. Made on eggs from Joel's hens. Funny to think his hens are here and laying away while he's in Peru!
I'm only getting an hour online tonight, and lucky to get that. My family are such a pain as regards computer time.
And Pirates: I knew Norrington reminded me of Hornblower! *hugs Hornblower* [livejournal.com profile] angua9 unfriending those posts was great. I'll think I'll have to join that Yahoo group.
Just been to see it on my afternoon off--it's been out for a week or so, but I hadn't had time. That's one ROXIN film.
Spoilers, if anyone ELSE has not seen this film yet. )

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