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12 February 2011 @ 02:31 pm
214: If I Had Any Sense, I'd Wait Two Days and Post Set 214 on 2/14  
I have been sick. Notice I don't say "recently." I have been sick, it now seems, forever. ("Your son is educating his immune system!" a chirpy doctor told me recently. "That's so great!" And then he looked at my face and added hastily, "Of course, it would be even better if you weren't getting bronchitis every time he gets the sniffles." Yes, Dr. Pollyanna, it would be.)

And because I love you guys, I am going to warn you about something. See, if you're sick, and you can't really sleep because you're coughing and feverish, but you also can't do anything that involves getting out of bed because you're exhausted (and coughing and feverish), and you've read some fan fiction during the course of the day, maybe that is not the best time to re-read Bonk. Yes, re-reading, always a good choice when sick, but eventually your beleagured brain will start mapping out a Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Sexologist AU, and - seriously. No one should have to think about that. No one.

As a direct result of this unfortunate AU, I have retreated to re-reading my most beloved and safest stories. I have loved The Student Prince basically since it was posted, but I tell you what: until now, I never truly appreciated its total lack of Holmes and Watson, Rogue Sex Researchers. I should probably send some kind of note to the author. (Or not. I'm not sure how "I especially love how there aren't any worrisome science of sex scenes!" ranks, in feedback terms.)

Anyway. Obviously, I have to sidle carefully back up to fan fiction, since Holmes and Watson are waiting in the back of my brain, ready at any moment to reveal multiple terrifying devices designed entirely for research, and to discuss their various corpse-measuring studies, and also, oh god, their use of Pyrex tubes. And I just - I can't. Not the Pyrex tubes. So while I am waiting for this horror to let go of my brain, I thought I'd recommend some vids.

Safe vids. Ones certified to be entirely Pyrex tube free.

The One That Features Its Own Built-in Apocalypse AU. Unless You Have a Better Explanation for the Clip of the Dude Working out in Rubble. What About Love?, by trelkez. Youngblood.

The first two Festivids I showed Best Beloved this year were for Point Break and Dirty Dancing. (Both, by the way, were great.) This was the third. Festividders, it's going to take me a long, long time to convince BB that the rules don't look like this:
  1. You must request (and volunteer to vid) at least one source featuring Patrick Swayze. Please label this source SWAYZE on your signup form.
  2. You may also request up to six additional, non-Swayze sources.
My current story is that Patrick Swayze was just the patron saint of this year's Festivids, and next year it'll be someone else - Val Kilmer, say - and there might be no Swayze vids at all. She's not buying it, people.

But despite the persistent ongoing discussions of Patrick Swayze's back catalog ("What do you suppose Road House is?" "Wait until next year. Someone'll vid it, and I'll explain it then."), I am delighted with this year's crop of Swayzelicious vids. And I am entranced by this one. I had not previously heard of the source for this, and that is clearly a tragedy. I am always up for movies about gay hockey players and their dramatic, angst-filled love shenanigans! Particularly when the casting director, in a fit of brilliance, elects to cast a baby-faced twink as one of those hockey players. (I am less excited about the hair on the other player, which is horrible right up until it becomes a hilarious hair-hat thanks to the careful application of bandages, because this movie is set in a land where you never, ever cut a dude's hair, not even if he has a head injury. People, you need to see this hair-hat. Need. Especially if you've been at all down lately.) And particularly when there are scenes of meaningful and symbolic puck-exchanging, and also hospital-bedside-vigils-with-bonus-touching, and, just, wow.

I watch this vid, and I think, hey, I've read this AU! And then I remember, this isn't an AU. This is the canon.

I really do not see why there isn't a bucketload of fan fiction for this canon, actually. (Just think of the titles! High Sticking! Stickwork! Stick It to Him! Okay, this stops now.) Fortunately, we have this vid, which basically is what 80% of the fan fiction in this canon would be. Including the apocalypse AUs. (And the farmer AUs. I am not kidding.) So watch this. Watch this for the fan fiction we'll never have. Watch this for the forbidden love of twink hockey players. Watch it for the hair-hat.

The One That Teaches Us That Life Will Get Better If You Just Dance More. Beat Control, by [dreamwidth.org profile] absolutedestiny. Lilo and Stitch.

If I were to do a recs set of Vids My Son Loves (as you will see, this set is half that, anyway), this would be on it. He finds this entrancing, to the point where I figured I'd better recommend it now, while I'm still in the Could Write a Paper on This (But Won't) mode. Eventually, I'm going to move into Oh God, Not Again, Please Not Again territory with this, because even the greatest vid cannot withstand a toddler's intense love of repetition.

It's going to take a while for me to stop adoring this vid, though. It's fantastic. On the one hand, it's pure fluffy happy lightness, of the kind that might make you spontaneously need to hug any small people who happen to be watching along with you. (Man, that's another recs set waiting to happen: Vids That Induce Hugging. I could name four of those, easy.) But there's gorgeous stuff going on underneath the adorableness. I love the arc of this vid, as Lilo and Stitch become more themselves and more free. And the movement in this vid, oh my god - seriously, I could watch it almost as often as any toddler, just admiring that. And it's amusing to me that a vid called Beat Control has such perfect control of the beat - I love how there's a perfect hit for every bit of the lyrics and every beat. (I also love the lyrics matches [dreamwidth.org profile] absolutedestiny chooses. But, um, I'm not going to spoil them. Just suffice to say, you will want to watch this more than once)

Oh, just, wow. This vid. It's a perfect example of what I love about Festivids, because that's when people bring their best efforts out for the kinds of vids that don't usually get made. I mean, yes, people do from time to time make vids that are pure happy shiny love from G-rated sources (we will be seeing another one very soon!), but, well, Festivids seems to encourage that. A lot. And I'd love the fest even if I never liked anything else it produced, just for that.

This is a sweet, beautiful vid. Watch it.

And if this rec is just too long for you to bother with - I would understand! - you could go with the slightly more concise summary offered by the toddler member of the TFV household:

Frog. Guitar. Water. Dancing! Hugtime.

The One That Almost Makes Me Triumphant about the US Political Process, and Thus Should Probably Be Classified as a Controlled Substance. Rise, by chaila. The West Wing.

I have never seen the West Wing, but I have seen another Aaron Sorkin show, so I'm going to guess that West Wing features a lot of people sitting around talking, and also sometimes standing and talking, or maybe even walking and talking. Which does not, historically, make for greatness in the vid arena.

And yet. Oh god, this vid. It is amazing. I love it extremely.

Partly, that's because chaila manages to convey actual action in this vid. It's like things happen! Besides talking! (Look, I do love Sorkin's dialogue. I do. I just think his ultimate TV show would be one about a therapist and his (yes, it would be his) patients. It would be perfect: everyone would spend every episode talking, and Sorkin would never have to write a single direction beyond "enters, sits.") Watching this, I get a sense of the emotion and context of these shots, and that's almost miraculous, given the source. And fabulous.

Plus, what emotion it is. I love the arc of this vid, the way it starts still and grim and then - well. Rises. To the point where you almost want to make, like, a fist of triumph. Or at least I do, and keep in mind that I have reached the point where I can only deal with watching anything related to US politics of any stripe if someone funny is sitting behind a desk and telling me about them in a segment that lasts no longer than nine minutes. And even so, this vid still makes me happy.

Also, I love the fact that this is a vid with a good beat, that you could dance to, and the source is the West Wing. As far as I can tell, that's a feat on par with someone making a Club Vivid vid for 12 Angry Men.

(Yes, now I want to win a vidder in a charity auction solely so I can request a peppy, danceable vid to 12 Angry Men. I am a bad person. You knew that already.)

Anyway. Watch this vid. You will not regret it.

The One That I Swear Features Ken in Lederhosen. I - I Was Just Hallucinating That, Right? No One Would Actually Put Ken in Lederhosen, Right? Infinity and Beyond, by [dreamwidth.org profile] leanwellback. Toy Story series.

This, by the way, is another favorite of the earthling's, and again falls into the "better recommend it now" category.

The music for this is Tik Tok, and I was really, really unsure about that song for this source. And then I watched the vid, and realized how very wrong I was. Partly, I just didn't appreciate the full scope of the Toy Story series - I watched the first movie once and the others not at all, and what I took away from the first one was mostly just a love for the three-eyed alien toys. But, most of all, I don't have [dreamwidth.org profile] leanwellback's brilliance.

Because, oh god, brilliance shines from this vid. I love the movement in it, and, oh, the humor of it - I can't even list all the lyrics matches that make me giggle, because I would basically be listing the entire vid. (Okay, I have to mention one: when the dudes are lining up. That - that was fabulous. I mean, the whole vid is perfect, but even so, that part stands out for me.) And I am deeply enamored of what I am choosing to view as the Yes, Ken Really Is That Gay segments. (I'm sorry, manufacturers of Barbie. Ken really is just that gay. Speaking of which, why is there no Yuletide fan fiction about Barbie and Ken? Ideally including a story where they realize that the only things they ever had in common were their mutual loves of fashion and hot men? Oh god why is it ten more months until next Yuletide? I need Barbie-Ken coming out fic now.) And I even love the very tiny sad part of the vid, which seriously had me sniffling the first time I watched it. (This is, yes, why I don't have much familiarity with the Toy Story movies. Best Beloved has deemed them Likely to Cause Weeping.)

But mostly what I love about this vid is the way it is absolutely joyful. Like, if there's such a thing as over-the-top joy, this vid has it. It just makes me deeply, profoundly happy every time I watch it.

And, since this is an earthling-approved vid, here's his (entirely unsolicited; this is just what he told me after we watched the vid together) rec:

"I like this. I like this vid! Toy Story. I like this."

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sophia_sol on February 12th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
Holmes and Watson, Rogue Sex Researchers, you say? Have you yet read Homo Ex Machina?
tried to eat the safe banana: Secret societiesthefourthvine on February 12th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I have! And loved it. Although the sex machine aspect, in conjunction with your Dalek icon, is giving me thoughts of new and even MORE horrible sex researcher AUs.

*whimpers sadly*

*hides head*
(no subject) - sophia_sol on February 12th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Oceana: XF Doggett Holy Crapoceana_ on February 12th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the vid recs, which I would totally watch if my brain wasn't currently eaten by Generation Kill, and I'm really just checking my flist to see if anyone's posted new GK fic (I know, it's pathetic and sad, but it is the way it is).

Anyway, despite the brain-eating qualities of Generation Kill, I HAD to stop by and comment on the fact that you have never watched West Wing: WATCH West Wing!

It's a really really good show. And there's a bit more going on than just sitting and talking, although there is a lot of that. There's also a lot of walking and talking, and that made me think of Laura Shapiro's WW vid "Circles", which might be interesting to you.

*runs back to Generation Kill fic*
giandujakissgiandujakiss on February 12th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
There's a Generation Kill vid in festivids. Just sayin'.

Also an awesome West Wing vid that shows off the visuals in a way I didn't think was possible.
(no subject) - oceana_ on February 12th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Proactively Untwist Octagonal Hippopotamus Pants: hockey - pottereddramaturgca on February 12th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Dude, you have no idea how ridiculous the innuendo gets in hockey RPF. THERE IS AN ACTUAL NHL PENALTY FOR "SLASHING".

Also, Toy Story 3 would make you sob a lot. But the Ken sequences are SO AWESOME.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on February 13th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
...Do they just want us to write a lot of hockey player/hockey player sex, or what?

I think I'll stick with the vid. I get some of the Ken sequences and none of the weeping.
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thornyrose42thornyrose42 on February 12th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Great vid recs!

And glad that the earthling is being indoctrinated into the wonders of Toy Story and Lilo and Stitch at an early age. Just out of curiosity has he seen the full length versions yet? I mean he might still be a bit young but I'm pretty sure I remember my sister watching long Disney films around that age.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV dogtagsthefourthvine on February 13th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
He's seen Lilo and Stitch. I can't watch Toy Story again, let alone the sequels, so he's going to have to be older before he sees that. But, I mean. Lilo and Stitch. Of COURSE he has to see that! It's so wonderful.
cathalincathalin on February 12th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
Excuse me... I thought for a moment there I heard you say that you haven't watched West Wing, a show that is obviously Made For You.

\o/ for recs!!

/o\ for child-crud infecting mommies. Your immune system is getting ~educated too?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV flowersthefourthvine on February 13th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I can't watch West Wing. It would take forever. The rest of my life. I am not kidding. I mean, I love Sports Night (the dialogue!), but I haven't even watched all of that, and that's two seasons of half-hour shows! The West Wing is - more. A lot more.

(Plus, also, I am somewhat wary of Sorkin's woman issues. He can write, oh my god yes, but sometimes I don't like to get too near his id.)
keerawakeerawa on February 13th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I want to win a vidder in a charity auction solely so I can request a peppy, danceable vid to 12 Angry Men
I now feel this strange compulsion to whore my vidding talents out in a charity JUST so you can force me to make this vid.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV glowythefourthvine on February 13th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
OMG DO. The world NEEDS this vid! To, you know, something by Lady Gaga, maybe. *considers*
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joyce: west wingjoyce on February 13th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
You want to watch the West Wing. I've seen a lot of good TV, but it is the only TV where I've wished that every single person on the show was a real person. Yea, it is a lot of sitting around talking, but they're amazing, wonderful, broken, lovely, fantastic, smart, utterly broken people.

(Ok, it gets a little dodgy around Season 5/6. But, the West Wing's "a little dodgy" is another show's "My gods, why am I still watching this?")

You're in a perfect position to watch it right now; it's great sick TV. Smart, but still totally watchable if you're adlebrained from being sick.

That vid made me want to watch all seven seasons again, from the beginning. :)

(I might be a bit of a fangirl. My love for the new Hawaii Five-O is epic, but my West Wing love is unholy. :) )
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV Katamari Damacythefourthvine on February 13th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
You're in a perfect position to watch it right now; it's great sick TV. Smart, but still totally watchable if you're adlebrained from being sick.

*falls over laughing*

You have way, way overestimated my TV-watching skills. (I had not watched TV at all before finding fandom, and my early forays were - um. Memorable. I've gotten a lot better! Just, you know, I would still be in the special remedial class.) It takes all my mental acuity to watch anything I haven't seen before. It also takes FOREVER. I am not one of those people who can just perch in front of the TV and three hours pass. I need BB, and she needs to be quick with the remote, because we will spend a ton of time rewinding and pausing so she can explain to me a) who all those people are, b) what they're doing, and c) why. I am the most pathetic excuse for a TV-watcher ever.

Which is why I say it would take me the rest of my LIFE to watch TWW. One hundred fifty four hour long episodes. Seriously. Forever.
Rena Katzuneprofessorkatze on February 13th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I look forward to reading the Consulting Sexologist AU. You know, when you write it. As you so clearly are going to do.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV lettersthefourthvine on February 13th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
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The sanest lunatic you've ever met: farscape: Rygel says - Word yosdwolfpup on February 13th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
"Your son is educating his immune system!"

Ugh. AHH keeps pulling that "it's GREAT that he's getting sick so often!" Yeah, great for YOU because you aren't keeper of Noms. Heh.

Toy Story 3 made me cry SO FRIGGING MUCH. I mean...basically the last 20 minutes of the movie, I was a mess.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV menorahthefourthvine on February 13th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
I just - I want his immune system to GRADUATE. Ideally before I'm on a respirator. Seriously. My lungs cannot take much more of this.

And I have now made a mental note: there will be NO Toy Story 3 for me. I cry over everything. A movie that makes a normal human cry for 20 minutes could easily kill me. Especially with the whole lungs situation.
Girlfriend Resplendent Valentine: bobcat loveimkalena on February 13th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
Oh! I love Mary Roach, and I haven't read that one! And I'm not sick!

I hope you recover fastly, 'k?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV shoesthefourthvine on February 13th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
It's my second favorite of hers! (My favorite is Packing for Mars, but I am not about to re-read that right now. The last thing I need is some kind of Holmes in Space AU in my head.)

When you read it, imagine Sherlock (BBC) as Kinsey. I THINK YOU WILL SEE MY POINT.
Innocent Bystanderfiresprite1105 on February 13th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
I am pretty damn sure I traumatized the people I was sitting next to on the two flights when I was reading Bonk, so I completely understand. And speaking of deeply memorable vids, have you seen the video of Mary Roach's presentation of some of her Bonk research at TED.com? She shows the pig insemination video! You will NEVER BE THE SAME.