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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw     HD720p 132MB   HD1080p 249MB
Second full,extended trailer for the franchise spin-off, probably more fun than of the franchise itself. Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. Eddie Marsan, Eiza González and Helen Mirren are also part of the cast. Directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2).

Someone Great     HD1080p 27MB
Romantic, comedic drama in which aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has just landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, she gathers up her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City.
Now streaming on Netflix.

Anna     HD1080p 34MB
After having more or less bankrupted his studio with his previous movie, as well as battling rape accusations, the trailer for the latest action movie written and directed by Luc Besson (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Lucy, Nikita). Beneath Anna Poliatova’s (Sasha Luss) striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy and Luke Evans are also part of the cast.
Looks like a "best of" of a number of Bessons's previous films. An effective one minute teaser: HD720p 5MB.

JT LeRoy     US HD720p 85MB    CDN HD720p 67MB
Biographical drama that tells the story of the most compelling literary ‘hoax’ of recent times. Laura Albert (Laura Dern) writes as her “avatar,” a disenfranchised young queer man named JT LeRoy. When her debut novel becomes a best-seller and JT becomes the darling of the literary world, she comes up with a unique solution to preserve her anonymity but give life to her nom-de-plume. Enter her boyfriend’s (Jim Sturgess) androgynous fun-loving sister Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart). Diane Kruger and Courtney Love are also part of the cast.
Sounds complicated. I'm not particularly interested, but Stewart seems well cast, adding yet another "meta-level". There was already a well-received documentary about the story. You can choose between the US and the ... Canadian trailer version.

Wine Country     HD1080p 40MB
Ensemble comedy with a little drama in which, in honor of Rebecca's (Rachel Dratch) 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a scenic Napa getaway with their best, longtime friends. Workaholic Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), post-op Val (Paula Pell), homebody Jenny (Emily Spivey), and weary mom Naomi (Maya Rudolph) are equally sold on the chance to relax and reconnect. Yet as the alcohol flows, real world uncertainties intrude on the punchlines and gossip, and the women begin questioning their friendships and futures. Tina Fey and Jason Schwartzman are also part of the cast. Directorial debut of Poehler.
Will start streaming on Netflix May 10th. If you're for some reason alarmed by the German subtitles in the trailer, the subs-free version.


Apr. 19th, 2019 08:43 pm
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NAME: Merry, but I also go by Mer, and Mermaid from my family.

AGE: I'll be 29 in August.

INTERESTS & HOBBIES: I like a lot of things, but I do not participate in any fandoms. I love reading. I enjoy: history(NetGeo History magazine is awesome), some science and sci-fi, fantasy, classics, anything by Lewis Carroll. Douglas Adams makes me giggle to myself like an idiot, and reading Tolkien makes me feel like I snooping in someone's old scrolls and tomes, and it's such a nice way to be. Also,  I like spending my time making graphics and figuring out how GIMP thinks. And I just love classic movies and TCM! My favorite actors/actresses are Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, and Audrey Hepburn.

Lately, I've been drawing portraits of random musicians, and I'm considering picking up playing music again after too long of a break. I can play piano and trumpet, and I'm learning how to play tin whistle, ukulele, NAF, and I can play Scarborough Faire and Epona's Song* on my ocarina (no, it's not the one from Zelda, but rather a Ren Faire purchase.) Yes, I was a bandgeek, and I don't think that wanting of walking in synch will ever leave. I'm currently listening to music from the '70s and '90s a lot, like Collective Soul, Fleetwood Mac, and , of course, Stevie Nicks. 

I'm slowly getting back into gaming and some anime. I have recently acquired a Wii and 2DS, so I'm waiting for the right time to buy Zelda games, and whatever else that won't play on my little, pink DS Lite. I'm currently looking around on the net for good solo RPGs to download ( I do not share well with others); my favorite disk game ever is Neverwinter Nights, not the online version. ;) As for anime, I used to really enjoy (and hope to enjoy again!) Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Inuyasha, The Slayers. Haibane Renmei is my favorite hands down, though. Just thinking of it will make me cry!

LOOKING FOR: Geeks are encouraged to use the front door, and nerds can sneak in through the back window. 

ANYTHING ELSE?: … ice-cream is my favorite....

Hooray for needles?

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:36 am
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I heard back from my doctor's office and they don't have a Measles Mumps Rubella shot listed on my immunization record, so I checked and a shot is fully covered by my insurance, without me having to first get a blood test to check the antibody titer. So I plan to go and get stuck with a needle at lunch, rather than go through all the business of getting a blood test and waiting for results. ETA: Done!

I had mumps when I was, I think, seven years old (I suspect, but do not know, that the vaccine either wasn't required or widely available when I was getting childhood vaccinations), and childhood measles vaccine, and I think the booster I had back in the 1980s was a full modern MMR. But I have no records of any of that, and apparently, immunity can be imperfect, especially for measles, depending on several factors. Also, there have been cases of mumps at the university where I work and nearby, and measles keeps popping up all over due mostly to self-centered idiots who don't vaccinate their children. I don't mind getting a shot to increase herd immunity.

My gym schedule this week was off due to me being sleep-deprived on Wednesday. Last night, I did my half-hour jog and some leg/core exercises. The first fifteen minutes or so of the jog was rough, but I kept going, and it got easier so long as I didn't try to go too fast. I managed to speed up a little for a minute or two here and there. My new Superfit Hero leggings had arrived, so I wore those, and they worked out very well. The brand has pockets now (which I don't actually need, but pockets!, and the fabric feels a little thinner and smoother than my Kickstarter pair.

Sidetracks - April 18, 2019

Apr. 18th, 2019 04:53 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.

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Wednesday Reading

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:26 am
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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine follows the new ambassador, Mahit, to the powerful Teixcalaan empire as she tries to figure out how and why her predecessor was murdered. So far as names go, and a tendency to honor willing blood sacrifice, and physical appearance, the Teixcalaanli seem roughly based on the Aztecs, except in space, and possibly with more poetry. There's a succession crisis happening, and a looming threat near the ambassador's home space station, and a mystery surrounding Mahit's imago, which is a personality/memory impression of the previous ambassador. This may sound like a lot, but it's all tied together and the plot clicks over swiftly and entertainingly. I really liked it, and though the ending isn't exactly a cliffhanger, it very clearly sets up the next book.

Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky is a novelette, I think, but that was all I could handle, anyway. The first person narrator is stuck wandering a physics-bending alien space artifact out beyond Pluto, alone, while becoming more and more unreliable. It was not pleasant reading, exactly, but was gripping. I was left unsatisfied by the ending, but am not sure what I would have preferred. The setting was perfect for generating additional stories, though, so I'm curious if that was part of the intent.

Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older is a Middle Grade fantasy set in an alternate version of Civil War-era New York City. The alternate part is there are dinosaurs living among people and being used as beasts of burden, though the possibilities aren't as fully explored as they might have been in an adult novel; I got the feeling they were around because dinosaurs are cool, and dactyls are cool, and I think that's cool, because why not? When I was a kid, I would not have blinked at this setup. (Adult me was wondering how the presence of dinosaurs would affect the Industrial Revolution and the development of associated technology, which appears to have happened here pretty much the same as in our world.) Magdalys Roca, the protagonist, is one of the kids from the Colored Orphan Asylum who get caught up first in the draft riots, then in a plot to rescue black people who've been captured to be sold in the southern states. The history is very beautifully integrated with the kid-focused action plot, and doesn't shy away from the racism non-white people are facing. The assortment of kids have interesting characterization, even those with smaller roles. Possible trigger warning: early on, a kindly adult figure is discovered to have been lynched in the riots after heroically giving children time to escape. Recommended because dinosaurs.

What a Day

Apr. 16th, 2019 08:14 am
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I was so underslept and exhausted yesterday, and all the news was bad, and then Notre Dame Cathedral was burning. I am numb, and trying not to look at the coverage, because I know it's gone and knowing more just makes it worse. I'd like to keep my numb distance, thanks.

Even the most careful reconstruction will never match those huge, brilliantly colored windows that I saw breathtakingly full of light back in 1990. [ETA: there might be survival of stained glass!] There will be reconstruction, of course, because we are humans, and some things we do not give up, and people will continue to go, and look, and marvel. But I still grieve what was, even knowing that this is what happens to all the works of our hands, eventually.

My brain keeps saying, "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair; nothing beside remains." Not strictly accurate for the occasion, but that's what I got. I took a pill to help me sleep last night, which sort of helped; when I roused, each time I felt drowsily unsettled until I remembered: Notre Dame. Then I fell back under, praying that sleep would soothe over the harsh edges.

I'm going to see a performance of Handel's "Semele" tonight; more ephemeral art, that will live in my mortal ears and brain.
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Cover of Any Old Diamonds

Lord Alexander Pyne-ffoulkes is the younger son of the Duke of Ilvar, with a bitter grudge against his wealthy father. The Duke intends to give his Duchess a priceless diamond parure on their wedding anniversary—so Alec hires a pair of jewel thieves to steal it.

The Duke's remote castle is a difficult target, and Alec needs a way to get the thieves in. Soldier-turned-criminal Jerry Crozier has the answer: he'll pose as a Society gentleman and become Alec's new best friend.

But Jerry is a dangerous man: controlling, remote, and devastating. He effortlessly teases out the lonely young nobleman’s most secret desires, and soon he’s got Alec in his bed—and the palm of his hand.

Or maybe not. Because as the plot thickens, betrayals, secrets, new loves, and old evils come to light. Now the jewel thief and the aristocrat must keep up the pretence, find their way through a maze of privilege and deceit, and confront the truth of what's between them...all without getting caught.

Alec Pyne is the cast-off son of a duke, who hires a pair of jewel thieves to rob his father in revenge. Cue constant threats of betrayal, unexpected feelings, and HEISTS. Oh, and as you may have noticed when I squeaked about this before, I really liked it. It has possibly knocked Spectred Isle off its spot as my favourite KJ Charles book, which em>seriously takes some doing.

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