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22 June 2006 @ 05:35 pm
Slashy Awards 146: Code Monkey Not Feeling So Great  
I am having a total I-suck day. And apparently I'm not alone. Did anyone not have a job disaster today?

Anyway.

I am going to cheer myself up, or at least get past the I-want-to-die point, with totally self-indulgent recommendations. From the general look of the old friends list today, I am not the only one who needs this, so I refuse to feel guilty.

The One in Which a Bowl of Soup Changes Everything. Marry into the Family, by julad. Smallville, Clark Kent/Lex Luthor.

This story never fails to make me smile. Possibly it's the line "Say ten 'Hail Luthors' and perform an act of Callous Economic Rationalism." Possibly it's just - come on. Maybe your day was bad, yes. Maybe mine was. But I think it's safe to say that none of us came out to both Lionel Luthor and Jonathan Kent today, and don't you feel better already?

Story summary? Well, please just imagine an announcer doing a voice-over that says, "In a world where real love is sometimes real hard, Lex Luthor is about to learn that a bowl of soup can make all the difference." But it's not the plot that gives me the hit of pure joy when I read it; the joy is in the details, people. First of all, there's the way Lex totally throws Lionel for a loop, thus proving that soup and the love of a good man really can make your strength as the strength of ten. And then there's the scene with Clark showing that he learns entirely too well from example. (Oh, Clark. You're the archetypal impressionable youth.) And then there's the way that the ending of the story is actually the beginning of it, so by the time you find out that Lex and Clark are in a certain amount of trouble, you know it ends happily. I just - is there a better definition of comfort FF than this story? I would say no. (And if you'd say yes, please please give me a link.)

The One in Which J.D. Doesn't Quite Get a Unicorn Called Sparkles and Feed Her Gum Drops and Candy Canes. My Space Adventure, by skoosiepants. Stargate: Atlantis x Scrubs. And in my opinion, this is gen, because, well, everything that happens here could happen in Scrubs. Including the unicorn.

You know, until I read this, I had never once thought to myself, "J.D. is a perfect fit with Atlantis. I don't know why he isn't already there." But now I see clearly; only in Pegasus can J.D. achieve a true match between his life and his fantasy world. Actually, it'd be kind of a cage grudge match: J.D.'s twisted imagination v. Pegasus Galaxy. They'd go 40 rounds for sure.

This is another joy-is-in-the-details story. Like, of course Ted would have an iPod filled with motivational podcasts. (And a few prime time theme songs, I'd wager. You know, I hadn't heard of Charles in Charge prior to that particular episode of Scrubs, and - well, am I the only one who thinks that the show pretty much had to be about the wacky BDSM dungeon hijinks of a Master and his crew of misfit slaves? Oh, don't look at me like that. You're totally wondering what channel that's on.) Anyway. My point is - J.D. is a natural for Pegasus, and so is everyone else in the cast. Dr. McKay and Dr. Cox were clearly meant to have a tense, hostile, sarcasm-filled relationship until they night they get drunk together on Athosian krrrrup and spend three hours arguing about whether J.D. or John Sheppard is the greater burden on a sane man who wants to keep all his limbs attached. And Elliot would obviously be sent to Atlantis because no one could think of a place that was even further away. It's just - it's fabulous. You need to read this story.

The One in Which We Learn That There Are Two Types of Kids in This World: Those Who Take Applied Science Way Further Than It Should Ever Go, and Those Who Always Know Where a Fire Extinguisher Is. Aviation, by penknife. X-Men movieverse, gen.

(Yes, I'm trying to figure out which kind of kid I was, too. And - wow, I can hear Best Beloved laughing from all the way across town. But! Seriously! I could very well have been a fire extinguisher kid! I was just very accident prone. And, okay, slightly too interested in things that burn, but...) This story makes me happy in that quiet, joyful way where I just want to hug my monitor. Because - Scott! Being grown-up and worried! And Hank! Being HANK! It just does not get any better than this, people.

And, on another level - the very small number of levels that aren't totally occupied saying OMG HANK I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, which is, believe me, a very few of them when I'm reading any story in which the Real Hank appears - there's also substantial Xavier love in here for me. Which is something I don't feel that often, mostly because I do not like telepathy. Or telepaths. They just - seriously, I have a major telepathy phobia. (I have actually told Best Beloved, on more than one occasion, "If you develop mind reading powers, it's over." And I meant it, too. See why Best Beloved is a three-state smiling and nodding champion?) But I love Xavier most when he's displaying the wisdom telepathy has given him, and here he so does that, and I just want to kiss his shiny, shiny head.

The One That Manages to Make MREs Romantic. I Am Totally Not Kidding. You Will Never Look at Military-Produced Eggs and Cheese the Same Way Again. (Actually, I'm Hoping You'll Never Have to Look at Them at All.) Downtime, by merryish. Stargate: SG-1, Jack O'Neill/Daniel Jackson.

What with destina_fic and the Jack/Daniel ficathon, SG-1 has been my total happy place lately. And I do believe that this story made me the happiest of all the ones I've read (thus far - that's a wondrously massive backlog of brilliant FF, folks, so it'll be some time before I've managed to process it all). It's like all the things that drew me to this pairing - the crazed missions, Jack's determination and quirky sense of humor, Daniel's intelligence and astonishingly deep kindness, missions gone awry, inexplicable aliens, involuntary camping trips, convoluted excuses for Jack and Daniel to get some alone time together off-world - packed into one glorious story.

This story made me so happy that I was genuinely depressed when it was over. And then I remember that there's a surefire cure for that, and I scrolled right back to the top and started reading again. And, you know, it made me just as happy the second time. This really is almost everything I love about these guys, and if there's a sadness there - I mean, as far as I know, the canon has closed the door on this pairing - it's the kind of wonderful ache that comes from thinking, "I was really, truly happy there" about a place you know you can go back to. And, oh my god, I need to stop before Hallmark offers me a job. (Of course I'd take it. But I'd probably end up making cards with pretty pictures on the front and verses like, "You were tortured/By a cruel snob/Let me heal you/With this blowjob.")

The One That Proves That Anime Vidders Don't Always Have Their Minds Fixed on Higher Things. Unless the "Higher" Applies to the Vidder Himself, As in "He's Been Higher Than Me Ever Since He Got the Really Good Crack." Waka Laka (for Osaka), by Scintilla. Azumanga Daioh.

Okay, anime vid recommending day was - um, back whenever I did it. But. I dug out a bunch more links for elishavah (And she's in a place of great weakness right now, people, so if you've got any shiny pretty anime or anime vids to show her, seize this moment.), and in the process I rewatched this one. And then I did it again. And I learned a great truth: this is the vid equivalent of cotton candy. Substance? Not so much. But it's sweet and wonderful and as soon as it's gone you want a lot more. Obviously, I watched it a few more times today.

And then I learned a second truth. A horrible, hideous truth, at that. Namely: this song is just - wow. It burrows into your skull and sets up home in your cochlear nuclei. And, as we all know, there are only two cures for persistent earworms. First, you can try to pass it on to someone else. I'm giving that my best shot here. (And, truly! Do not let the song dissuade you! This is all things shiny and pretty and you don't need to know a thing about the canon. It's cotton candy crack, basically.) Second, you can listen to the song a whole bunch of times and pray that you'll build immunity through repeated exposure. So, um...does anyone have this song? It's Waka Laka (E=MC2 Remix) by Jenny Rom vs. Zippers, apparently.

Bonus: Speaking of songs - the title of this post comes from Code Monkey, by Jonathan Coulton. (As far as I know, this is a totally legal download - he encourages people to share his music. I, in turn, encourage you to visit his website and maybe buy stuff from him.) If you haven't heard this, you so need this song. Especially all of you who have been having work problems lately. It's just - well, it's yet another thing that's making me happy today.

Courage in adversity, people.

Also, if tomorrow isn't better, I'm going to bite someone.
 
 
 
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on June 23rd, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
When a Strawberry Is Pushed into a Mountain -- have you ever read this one? This one is my stressing from finals, oh god, make it all stop and give me something that makes me feel good story.
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
I have read it, but not for a while. Clearly the time to re-read is now.

Fan fiction: the best damn company you can have while you're wallowing.
most amazing damaged cupcake ever: Dinah is not a pretty girl.ficbyzee on June 23rd, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Well, I didn't have job problems today--the opposite, someone *finally* called me back for an interview. which I am now freaking out about. PLEASE LIKE ME, JOB PEOPLE.

...anyway, I appreciated this recs set regardless. Thanks!
fictionbyafictionbya on June 23rd, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)

A-MEN! Except I haven't gotten a call for an interview *criez*

I feel like changing the objective on my resume to "Your company giving me a job, bitchez!" but I somehow guess that wouldn't fly.

Also, I like your username because it is like mine only the other end of the alphabet.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 08:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ficbyzee on June 23rd, 2006 09:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
eli: cheers w/beerelishavah on June 23rd, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Hey, evil lady. Just left you a comment that should cheer you up.
tried to eat the safe banana: Harriet Vane at typewriterthefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
*beams*

I totally win at anime vid pimpage! And I have Even More Vids, some of them from daegaer, for you.

Although, you know, usually vids are a bridge to further pimping, generally with FF at the end of it. Whereas in this case I'm just going, "Yay! Someone likes the shiny!"

Probably I should have a larger goal of some kind.

*thinks*

Nope. Still in YAY SHINY mode. Well, I'll figure out my evil scheme sooner or later.
(no subject) - elishavah on June 23rd, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
alison wonderlandgodream on June 23rd, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
OMG Atlantis x Scrubs -- I haven't even clicked the link and I'm *already* in the happy place. You rock, thanks for the recs!
tried to eat the safe banana: Little Citythefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
I actually spent several days wibbling about reading it, because the mere thought of SGA x Scrubs made me smile, and I was like - what if the thought is better than the deed? But I forged ahead, and I'm totally glad I did.

(You know, there's a happy place just in the idea of Rodney McKay having to deal with J.D. It makes me all sunny inside.)
kellifer_fic: scrubskellifer_fic on June 23rd, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
The One in Which J.D. Doesn't Quite Get a Unicorn Called Sparkles and Feed Her Gum Drops and Candy Canes.

This story appeared the same time I saw the episode where JD and Mandy Moore (!!) get a picture of themselves in wizard's robes atop a unicorn...

I think it was a tie for whether the story or that episode officially broke my brain... *grin*
tried to eat the safe banana: Dinosaurs and sodomythefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
*stares at you*

I...uh...sorry. My brain has been fatally sprained just trying to imagine J.D. and Mandy Moore wearing wizard's robes and riding a unicorn. No. The world cannot contain such fabulousness. It would violate a fundamental physical law, and the universe would have to be rebooted.
(no subject) - kellifer_fic on June 23rd, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
fictionbya: TE Lawrence - Omar Shariffictionbya on June 23rd, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)

My job disaster was last week, but as always, your posts bring me a smile.

I don't watch SGA (but by way of flist osmosis, I know things about it) but I love Scrubs and am going to have to get in on some of that crossover action! Sounds great! =D
tried to eat the safe banana: Workthefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)
Yours counts, too; I was just referring to the general Aura of Employment Angst hovering over my friends list, and yours was definitely a part of that.

I love Scrubs

I always knew you were a woman of sagacity and taste. Have you read all of these?
KRIM: brains?bitter_crimson on June 23rd, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
*submits self for being bitten if necessary*
tried to eat the safe banana: Evil planthefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
I was going to say *bites*, because I do not ever turn down the opportunity to bite someone, but I got distracted by your icon. Now I'm all confused and my biting skills - which are, needless to say, top-notch - are no good to anyone. Is that really zombie Spiderman?

*looks at icon again*

OMG THE TEETH. I don't know whether to be envious or to run screaming.
(no subject) - bitter_crimson on June 23rd, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I made this beat with my panflute and my keyboardjanet_carter on June 23rd, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Yeah. I stopped at the library on the way home to stock up on trashy y.a. books; same principle. But, oh, these recs all look delightful - two of them I had bookmarked to read and now won't wait any longer *clicks*
I made this beat with my panflute and my keyboard: MLP is totally hotjanet_carter on June 23rd, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
OK, wow, that anime vid helps a lot. Thank you :)!
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 10:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - janet_carter on June 23rd, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 23rd, 2006 10:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - janet_carter on June 23rd, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
flyingtapesflyingtapes on June 23rd, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
*stares* are you sure you're not me? that you don't inhabit my body sometimes just for kicks? because I seriously just read “marry into the family” the other day for the first time in forever, and I never expected it to show up on a recs post like the next day.

also, I just read that scrubs/sga one, which was wacky as hell and disturbingly in character.
tried to eat the safe banana: OH MY GOD!thefourthvine on June 24th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)
*checks*

I don't think I'm you. But if I'm spending half my time inhabiting someone else's brain, it would explain a lot.

*thoughtful*

What would the Five Warning Signs of sathinksism be?
(no subject) - flyingtapes on June 25th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Wyoming Knott: bad day (rodney) by siriaevewyomingnot on June 23rd, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Yesterday was my bad work day.

And thanks for the Code Monkey link. You've seen mousewrites' vid for that song, right?
tried to eat the safe banana: Fish tonguethefourthvine on June 24th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
You were one of the people I had in mind, though. When I said "day," I apparently meant something a lot more like "lately." As in, "Lately, my entire friends list has the Employment Star in retrograde. Or something, because there has to be an explanation for this crap."

And I've downloaded the vid - I mean, come on, it's Code Monkey! I had to! But because of my randomly generated approach to watching new vids, I haven't actually seen it yet. (No, of course we don't just pick the ones we most feel like watching, because then the ones with file names like "heartbreaknostrils.avi" would never, ever get watched. And sometimes it turns out that those are the best ones. (Sometimes it's totally just as bad as you'd think, though.) So we have a strict system for determining what we'll see next, and it does not include freedom of choice. *is Vid Tyrant in this household*)
(no subject) - wyomingnot on June 24th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bettybrown_betty on June 23rd, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
On the subject of Jonothan Coulton, people in prolonged contact with me are forced to listen to re: Your brains so that they may not be alarmed when I spontaneously start singing the chorus.
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on June 24th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)
I am in AWE of your excellent taste in music.

Actually, I'm pretty much just in awe of you, period. Every day, in every way, you get cooler and cooler. You sing "re: Your Brains" spontaneously! How...how can you be this amazing?
bibliokatbibliokat on June 23rd, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Eeeee, the X-men fic was so cute! Work is screwing with me so I needed some cheering up. Thanks for reccing! SGA fics by skoosiepants always make me happy;)
tried to eat the safe banana: Workthefourthvine on June 24th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
Work is screwing with everybody right now. It's too coordinated to be mere coincidence.

I'm starting to suspect there's an evil genius behind this.

...Wait. Has anyone seen Lex Luthor recently?

(And, uh. I hope your work situation gets better.)
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tried to eat the safe banana: Sorrow's end fractalthefourthvine on June 24th, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)
*beams*

Thank you!
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tried to eat the safe banana: Smilethefourthvine on June 24th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)
Re: you are my favorite.
Then my work here is done.

*dusts off hands*

(And I feel better, too. Comments with subject headers like that are designed to elevate moods, aren't they?)
Iphiginia Saberhagen: Cleo YUSS!!!fanofall on June 23rd, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
I just have to do a drive-by MWAH and say thank you for the yummy fic recs!
tried to eat the safe banana: Happy umbrellathefourthvine on June 24th, 2006 09:37 am (UTC)
MWAH right back at you!