benedict: (reference books)
2019-03-25 06:09 am

Homework issues

I've been working on a 15 page thingermadoodle and the devil is tempting me at every turn.

Little Hamster is not allowed to:

  • Call the humans domesticated apes

  • Answer 'What is a homo?' with 'A miserable little pile of secrets!' He MUST answer 'A bipedal ape that uses tools'

  • Giggle at homo erectus every time

  • Say 'because I have cast it out' for why he is not including Australopithecus amanensis on the tree

  • Imply that the process of evolution is to make us wussier

  • Claim the fossil skulls with honing complexes are actually evidence of ancient draculas

benedict: The hamster is saying bollocks. It is a scornful hamster (Default)
2019-03-19 12:30 am

Two panels, no waiting

As I sort my ergasters, erectuses, and antecessors for class, please enjoy these two panels from my latest reading:

a panel from Detective Comics

Comment: They're not wrong. Issue ends with Batman insisting a black revolutionary will get a fair trial because justice is 'raceblind' while people look at him like he's an idiot.

From Detective Comics #421

Superman placing a building in Orphan City

Comment: Tragically Orphan City is destroyed in the next panel by the Legion of Super=Villains while Superman goes "NOOOO!" and I assume the orphans go back to the mines or chimneys where they came from.

From Superman #147
benedict: (reading looking up)
2019-03-15 08:44 am

I don't know what she wants

Just trying to read comics with a cat standing on my head hollering.

If you've guessed by the past few entries that I have assignments AND homework to do that I'm avoiding, you know me all too well.
benedict: plain text that says we call it the aristocrats (aristocrats)
2019-03-14 06:03 am

Tonight's comic talk and a word from our sponsors

Hi, I'm John, player of videogames such as World of Warcraft.

I'm going to have to say the quest where I ride a giant parrot and poop on pirates is probably the best quest in World of Warcraft.

Thank you.

Onto tonight's comic talk, a while back I tried reading Fantastic Four from the start and in issue 2 (1962), Reed Richards hypnotizes three Skrulls into thinking they're actual cows.

Now, they go on to have quite a history! A history where they get down with other cows, get milked, and also go to the slaughterhouse and get eaten by humans.

Which leads to a super(?) group called the Skrull Kill Krew (1995) which gained powers from eating the tainted skrull beef. When they were mentioned as part of the origin of a character in Howard the Duck I thought Chip Zdarsky had made them up to make fun of the 90s. He did not.

That was tonight's comic talk, thank you.

Addendum: There were also cow skrulls in 1776. There is a good chance that all cows on Marvel Earth are part skrull and that would go a long way to explaining some things for most of the population.
benedict: (comic reading with bearspot)
2019-03-13 12:33 am

Comic Update

I'm reading the 2000s Power Pack series and I love them.

The art style is adorable and Katie is The Best.

Although issue #4 of Power Pack and Avengers confirms the unsettling theory that Franklin Richards is the first boyfriend of half the second/third generation Marvel Universe's women.

Also they ask the important questions:

benedict: (comic reading with bearspot)
2019-03-12 12:32 am

New Mutants, New Teen Titans

I was reading New Mutants from the start and came across Karma.

At first I just wanted to know if the art for the Thai pirates in her flashback was really racist or they had really been gorilla men, but it turns out it was just racist.

And then I decided to read up on her. Who was she? What was her deal? I had only read the later stuff.

I found out she was a lesbian, she was Vietnamese, she was actually an adult with legal guardianship of children when she was a New Mutant, etc, and I was like 'gosh, why does no one talk about her?'

After reading her plotlines on the wiki I now no longer want to talk about her either.

Anyway, I've also been reading New Teen Titans and I still have no idea what Raven's powers are because even as she told the others what she could do she didn't mention half of what she'd already done in the comic including teleportation (empathic teleportation I guess) but anyway, I am enjoying them!

Wally is a lot more angry/angsty than I was led to expect by Justice League/Unlimited.

Also I am now firmly on the Cyborg train.

Also also I enjoy how Wonder Girl and Robin call eachother pal and are bffs.
benedict: (fantasy: unicorn hunt)
2019-03-05 03:01 am

Pencil update!

To clear things up: I never went to buy new pencils, I just WANTED to and then I found some shelved art supplies (shelved items become invisible almost instantly) and I've been sorting them/preparing them.

Here are 132 (sort of, 6 I couldn't identify their spectrum) pencils sorted by colour spectrum:

Cup 1: Grey/Brown
Cup 2: Yellow/Orange
Cup 3: Blue/Green
Cup 4: Red/Purple

The end result leads me to believe it's a lot easier to make distinct shades in the blue spectrum than the yellow one.

Also, I need to replace my burnt out lightbulb and yellow dim light is really crap for sorting things.

My friend Morbane suggests there's something in my wires eating my lightbulbs because there's always at least one burnt out.
benedict: (pugs not drugs)
2019-03-03 10:33 pm

I have eight thousand pencils

And yet I crave more.

I'm not even that good of an artist but I was still cursed by a wicked fairy at my christening (when I was thirteen, mom's request upon hearing I was an atheist and I am nothing if not obliging) to crave all the art supplies.

72 pencils for 20 dollars canadian! That's 10 cents American! I can't beat that!

I have so many pencils already.

It occurs to me I should mention these are coloured pencils, not like a really excessive amount of hbs.

That was my other curse, from the other wicked fairy, to crave office supplies.

There were no good fairies.

I have a lot of enemies in the magic kingdom.

EDIT: after making this post, I found a box of 132 prismacolours on a shelf that when I pulled free, a bunch of hb pencils fell on me. This is not a joke.
benedict: (reading on a couch)
2019-03-01 04:01 am


Right now I'm reading/watching/listening to:

The Magnus Archives - as of tonight I just finished episode 69 (nice) in a big binge. I started today on episode 63! I share a house with people who, right at the scariest moments, sure love stomping across the ceiling above my head and now I have 20% more grey hair. I like how the general theme of the show is 'learn about a career, write a horror story about career'.

The Batman (2004) - Lately when I have a bat-craving, I've gone to this cartoon. It makes some odd choices, although my favourite by far is having the Penguin be Batman's physical superior.

Titans (Netflix) - this is so gritty it's like eating sand as I watch each episode. Robin castrates someone. They use naughty words. I keep watching more.

Umbrella Academy (Netflix) - the music in this show makes me very happy and I like the characters and it turns out I pretty much guessed how it was going to play out in episode one which makes it very relaxing viewing in an odd way. I do not have a favourite sibling yet. I have mixed feelings on Hazel and Cha Cha.

Teen Titans (2003) - I started watching this around Titans and the tone is somewhat different. I find Sunfire to be absolutely delightful.

The New Teen Titans (Marv Wolfman) - Bought a few volumes of this a while back during a comixology sale and just started reading. Raven's backstory is *dark* and I'm not sure what empathic powers is supposed to mean since it apparently contains flight, your soul flying out of your body as a raven, and Sorting Hat. That said I'm really enjoying it and I wish someone would hug Cyborg.

Archer's Goon (Diana Wynne Jones) - Right now the Goon is peeling potatoes so small they're like marbles. It is delightful.

What I SHOULD be reading:

I have a lot of Squirrel Girl, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Wasp, and Mr. and Mrs. X to catch up on.

At some point I'm gonna have to man up and read the rest of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye but I don't want it to be over.
benedict: (reading on a bench)
2019-02-10 04:20 pm

Dear Once Upon Author

Hi! I'm Rosencrantz on AO3 and thanks for reading my letter!

While I never gave any pairing preferences in my prompts, if you wanna hook people up with other characters or ocs, that's fine with me!

Likes: Adventures, happy moments, happy endings, for a lot of these a plotless scene if them just interacting would be totally fine too!, humour.

Dislikes; Non/dubcon, unhappy endings, underage wherein it's a relationship between an adult and a minor. I don't care if it's two teens dating eachother.

I hope I gave you enough to work with!

Hans, the Mermaid's Son, The Singing Rose, Thor's Wedding, Hansel and Gretel )
benedict: (comic reading with bearspot)
2019-01-29 12:38 am

I like comics as more of an abstract thing some days

This this this this this. Especially with the treachery of comics where I casually check the wiki page a few years later to find out they turned into a yeti and ate a Summer clone.

Right now for comics I am trying to finish the original Spider-Girl run (100 issues! pray for me), catch up on Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Wasp, and finally finish More Than Meets the Eye. Also reading the old Claremont run of X-Men because it's delightful.

I have a Personal Opinion that the really huge comic runs should be compiled into omnibuses so it's not like 'well all you can get is these collections of storylines from series that were cancelled twelve issues in. You're not going to have any luck accessing all 200 issues of xComic'

They've been doing it for the really old ones, so I have hope that one day I'll be able to buy a hecking huge volume of like, 90s Legion of Superheroes. Princess Projectra was a HUGE PSYCHIC SNAKE in that one.
benedict: Well, it's a person. With a bag on their head.  Perhaps they are sad? Perhaps they're just embarassed. It is hard to say (bag onna head by wendleberry)
2019-01-28 04:05 am

Mark your calendars: In January, Canada was extremely cold

We're talkin' regularly hitting -30 and me deciding that you know, I bet I can live on granola bars and beef jerky a little longer instead of going out in that to get groceries!

Ironically this current 'diet' had the doctor amazed at how much better my tests were coming out so there ya have it. I'm going to die.

So since I can't go outside, my schoolwork is supremely easy to stay caught up with, and except for running [community profile] once_upon_fic (fic exchange dedicated to fairytales, legends, myths, and folklore), I've decided to try catching up on tv.

In the past five years, I have finished 1 show and as of last week, I finished the last four episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender and would you believe it, I actually felt accomplished. I'm gonna keep going ahead and finally know what a Voltron is, finish Transformers Animated, watch Batman Beyond, and... see all the episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

The sky's the limit.

Also trying out: Hilda, Carmen Sandiego, Dragon Prince, Miraculous Ladybug, Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, and both She-Ras.

Sky's the limit!

If I ever update that I've decided to take up traveling or triathlons, call the police. I've been killed and replaced by someone my parents are proud of.
benedict: (anne of green gables)
2019-01-21 01:04 pm
Entry tags:

Dear Worldbuilder

Hi! I'm Rosencrantz on AO3 and this is my letter! Thank you for reading!

DNWs: Non/dubcon, underage.
Likes: Meta, ghost stories, mysteries, original characters, unexpected pov characters, humour.

Okay with: Pairings between adults or between teenagers (please no on-screen sex) if you want to include that in your story, ratings from g to mature. Character death. Meme images.


Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
Marvel (Comics)
DCU Pre-Flashpoint

Onward )
benedict: (reading looking up)
2019-01-18 08:49 pm

It's that time again: January

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

- The Cremation of Sam McGee - Robert W. Service

If you read that poem, you will see why it's on my mind every January without fail.

It's that time of year again where the extreme cold warnings are out (-27 Canadian, -17 American) and I feel like I'm being punished for having skin even in my own home. I have to take a shower before I'm warm enough to sleep. My face feels like it's being punched.

I sniffle a lot.

At night, the ice weasels will come.
benedict: An amazingly cute kitten gazes at you. She waves her tiny feet in the air. Her itsybitsy widdle feetsies. (look at her TINY FEET OMG)
2019-01-12 03:38 am

I should be reading or grinding rep

So this past few... years? Two years? I've started playing World of Warcraft and it is deeply addicting. Thankfully it hasn't interfered in my schoolwork because I haven't read my eight chapters this week for a totally different reason! It's called laziness!


I'm studying archaeology. I wanna dig in middens, man! I have 'THE GOOD STUFF!!' written behind that in my notes.

So last entry I mentioned I had a lot of comics to read to catch up on so today I spent a few hours reading comics! And those comics were the first issues of Silver Age Teen Titans and 80s Teen Titans! I didn't catch up on anything! I have come to discover Beast Boy was a lot more charming in the cartoon than he is at the current start of 80s Teen Titans. He even turns into a pig to emphasize his... particular character trait.

I'm accumulating a lot of neat pages and panels from my reading I'd like to share, but no idea where. I heard you could have subtwitter accounts but I just (while writing this) spend some time deep in the settings and discovered this may be the 'team' setting but it looked like a pain to set up.

Also found proof Batman smokes. At least, I assume that's what was in that pipe.
benedict: (reading on a couch)
2019-01-09 05:08 am

Happy 2019!

I posted a decent chunk of fic in a lot of fandoms and not-fandoms in 2018, enough that just linking them all fills me with ennui.

I also got a quality assortment of gifts! I'm a lucky man. I can't even choose my favourite out of all of them! Fandoms include original work, She-Ra, X-Men (Mostly Gambit), Fairytales, and even Zoo Tycoon! Also my sister wrote a Jeeves and Wooster/Ranma Fusion for my birthday that gets special mention because she's my sister.

I wrote 33127 words that the world got to see in 2018 and that's pretty good. Pretty good indeed. I try not to compare myself to my friends who wrote 100k+, though I am properly admiring of them considering that on top of that they're damn good authors. Prolific, consistent, and good quality. That's the dream!

Honestly the reason most of my recap of last year is about my fanfic is because that is the only aspect of my life I can click on a statistics page for. I can't actually remember most of 2018. I know it wasn't too bad and the parts that were bad for me passed. I know that I forgot to drink my New Year champagne.

I don't know, is last year the year I disconnected my stove and started using a plug in skillet? Did I reach season 11 of Murder She Wrote last year? The year before?

Did I disassemble my lego table then? I don't know. I'm starting to see why people use these things as diaries, because I can't seem to keep things straight in my head.

I was going to end this with a comic recommendation, but then I realized I'm ten issues or more behind on all my comics. So I don't know if they're currently good or not.

The last time I decided to have a nice reading session in the library, someone had placed a plastic skeleton in My Chair. It's still there, but now it's on the arm with its face pressed against the window to look at passerbys.
benedict: (star trek riker/picard)
2019-01-01 06:54 pm
Entry tags:

Dear Chocobox

Hello! Welcome to my Chocolate Box letter! I'm Rosencrantz on AO3 and I'm grateful you're reading this!

This pretty much contains just what is in my sign up, but in a handy easy to reference url!

Fic Likes: Romance, casefic, adventurefic, mysteries, ghost stories (I may not have prompted ghost stories in all of them, but if one comes to you, BY ALL MEANS), domestic, awkward situations dealt with humour.
Romance Likes: I'm fine with any rating from general to explicit! I really like reading about kissing and when it comes to sex I enjoy things that play with character differences and in places like walls and tables. I would prefer that you keep the anatomy to canon (so no a/b/o) and no watersports/scat. A bit of power dynamics is okay and I don't need negotiation.
DNWs: Non/dubcon, underage, and unhappy endings.

Onto the prompts!

Overwatch, Pokemon (Videogames), She-Ra: Princess of Power, Lord of the Rings books, Marvel Comics, DC Extended Universe )
benedict: (comic reading with bearspot)
2018-12-08 12:32 am

Canada is SUPER SHADY in the Marvel Universe. Do not trust.

I'm reading Ye Olden X-Menne Comics like grandma used to make, and I'm on the storyline where Alpha Flight has come to reclaim Wolverine for the Canadian government (Wolverine's all 'I resigned!') and it's been three issues but I just now realized that James Hudson really is called Major-Maple Leaf and that's not just Wolverine being super mean.

While I was googling to confirm spelling, I discovered that there was also Major MAPLELEAF, no dash, another Canadian hero (two of them, actually) without the dash, also at Marvel.

Thank you, Marvel, for giving us all these diverse manners of spelling maple leaf for our Canadian heroes.

Also at one point Cyclops says 'I spotted a big concrete tower! We can meet up there!'

Readers, that was the CN Tower. THAT WAS NOT THE CN TOWER. It was actually a place in Calgary. Someone (thanks to Ann for the link) took photos of the actual locations in the comic and photoshopped the panels into them!

I am sorry for doubting Claremont and Byrne.
benedict: (pugs not drugs)
2018-12-07 04:18 pm

Man! I am so mentally checked out lately.

I've got at least two fics I've Got To Do There's Deadlines, one I want to do for funsies (Pokemon/All Creatures Great and Small fusion), and maybe remember to eat a full meal at some point. Right now I'm sustaining myself on beef jerky and coffee.

I went to Nebraska to visit my friend Ann and we spent a lovely week being terrible at Guess Who because we didn't realize there were three skintones, not two, until things had gone too far. Also we'd go 'is your person a woman?' and the other would answer 'yes' and then we'd... put down all the women because we are not a smart people.

Also we played Othello and the whole you start first if you're the black tokens? That's a trap. You will lose. So hard.

I had an American Thanksgiving in the sense we bought a pre-cooked meal from Hy-Vee and I reheated it in he oven but it was very nice! I quite liked it! Yams! Stuffing! Giant hunks of bird! And the world's worst possible chairs. They had seats that were maybe five inches wide. If that. My ass is... a bit bigger than five inches.

I've been playing a lot of World of Warcraft because that game's incredibly addictive and it makes me miss City of Heroes a lot because if someone talked to me in City of Heroes or asked me to team, I'd be all 'sure!' or I'd even start my own teams but if anyone talks to me in WoW I call the cops.

But I DO love all the mounts and battle pets. I have a cat that follows my rogue everywhere! It's a calico named Softsteps.
benedict: (jane austen)
2018-11-16 03:24 pm
Entry tags:

X-Men X-Mas X-Changer!

Hi! Welcome to my XXX_Change letter!

My AO3 name is Rosencrantz and I really appreciate you checking this out!

Cameo suggestions, X-People, X-Men Animated, Generation X )