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Monday, January 1, 2018

1:02AM - Last minute Yuletide recs - Murderbot-palooza!

The Exchange
Murderbot fanfiction exchange AND fighting pirates (at the same time) fic

https://archiveofourown.org/works/13036839

Handshake Protocol
Murderbot travels the galaxy in search of peace and quiet and keeps running into other sci fi characters who get in the way, to humorous effect.

https://archiveofourown.org/works/13037643

My Immortal Sanctuary Moon
Murderbot writes an idfic.

https://archiveofourown.org/works/12083133

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

10:08PM - Come to my online birthday party! Cartoons! Takarazuka! NOTHING DEPRESSING!

YOU are invited to my Singin’ in the Rain BIRTHDAY PARTY stream!

Festivities will start at 8 pm EST with cartoons and random silly videos. If you have a fun video to share, bring it on! If you don't feel up to Singin in the Rain or just want silliness, this is your cue!

The feature presentation will be the Singin' in the Rain Takarazuka stream! Yes, that's right, an all female, all Japanese cast doing Singin in the Rain live, and boy do they ever do it justice! This production is Singin in the Rain 2003 with Aran Kei as Don, Yamato Yuuga as Cosmo, Hizuki Hana as Kathy! 12/28 8:30 pm EST

Also, a Yamato Yuuga video-fest after, bring your favorite clips!

https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project

The Takarazuka cast of Singin in the Rain laughing on a couch
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Monday, November 27, 2017

11:06PM - One Kindle Fire tablet, free to good home

 I have one, several year old, Kindle Fire 7 in perfect working condition. It has 26 gb of usable harddrive space (after OS etc). Case, charger and screen protector included. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It was a generous gift from a dear friend a few years ago, I got good use of it, and it is time for it to move on.


I would like to give it to a good home with someone who actually needs it - or at least someone who would make good use of it and does not currently have a working tablet.
 
If you or someone you know fits this description, comment, message me or email me at fitzrose at msn dot com.
 
Free with free shipping anywhere in the USA


TAKEN! Thanks for helping out, everybody!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

6:23PM - Happy Blog-o-Ween!

Say “Trick or Treat!” by comment, message or email at fitzrose at msn dot comand I’ll write you 50 words of fic or meta for the fandom that we share of your choice.

Prompts accepted but not guaranteed. Offer valid through the end of the Day of the Dead. Void where prohibited. You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth (comment count unavailable comments)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

9:28PM - Star Wars brainstorming helpers wanted?

So I’m trying to write a plot-centric Rey & Finn or Finn/Rey (not sure yet, depends on how bad I am at writing romance) fic set in the same universe as Let The Dice Fall Where They May, my Phasma plots a First Order Coup while Maz and Lando just sort of plot in general post-TFA fic.

I’ve come up with some world building stuff I want to use, and I definitely know I want Luke, Leia and Poe to also have significant roles, but beyond that, I’m stalled out. Now’s your chance to foist plot bunnies or things you want to see in fic on me! (Note for people who know who they are: Kylo Ren and his parentage will not be a significant part of this fic)

If you’re interested, reply, message me, or email me at fitzrose at email dot msn dot com

Note: No, I don’t need to know you personally yet, as long as you don’t act creepy. You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth (comment count unavailable comments)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

9:09PM - Fic: "Things You Missed in History Class" (Star Wars) Gen / Pre-Het, Finn & Rey, PG

Title: Things You Missed in History Class
Rating: PG
Tags/Warnings: Time Travel Fix-It, Caper fic, Humor
Characters/Pairings: Finn & Rey, Pre-Finn/Rey

Summary: Having traveled back in time, Rey and Finn have decided to set right what once went wrong. Too bad they have no idea what actually once went wrong.

Note: Written for Lady FuHao in the 2017 FinnRey Exchange.

 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

10:17PM - To whoever

If you want to hang out and get ramen please comment here or email me, tell me who you are, and please DON'T pop up in Takarazuka stream and freak out my other friends. Thanks, whoever you are.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

1:01AM - FinnRey exchange author letter

Watching The Force Awakens, I loved both Finn and Rey on their own as equally interesting and strong characters, but I also really loved their interactions and the way they worked together.

I love adventure stories, slice of life in space/world building, future fic, time travel and both happy and happy-for-now endings. Epistolary, Five Things and experimental story formats are all fine with me! One thing I'd be fascinated to see is them in your take on any era or version of the Star Wars Universe past, present, future or alternate timeline. I'm not a purist, mix and match or go wild! Alternately, I'd love to see a what-happens-next set at some point after The Force Awakens, or any kind of AU your heart desires. 

I don't care whether the story is about them getting together, if they're in an established romantic relationship, if it is a pre-relationship story full of UST, or if it is just a really, really close Rey and Finn gen story.

What I am not interested in is a traditional het romance novel style story in which one character is the main character and the other is only their love interest, or a story about pregnancy, infidelity or rape.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

5:12PM - Takarazuka Flashback Stream: Jazzmania (Shibuki Jun version) & Revue '99

Shibuki Jun in Jazzmania
SUPER impromptu stream (forgive the terrible picture): I’ve had a tumultuous last couple weeks (lots of downs, and a big up), but things seem to be settling down now, and dammit, it’s Pride here in Brooklyn and I need something sparkly to celebrate.

SO! Come share an All-Revue Takarazuka stream with me tonight! If you don't know what Takarazuka is, it is an all-female musical theater company in Japan, and their revues are Vegas-style song and dance extravaganzas.

Jazzmania (Shibuki Jun lead version), and Revue ‘99 (Aika Mire in a Revue-themed revue) possibly with other surprises after. 8:30 pm EST at https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project , come join me! You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth (comment count unavailable comments)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2:42PM - Legend of the Galactic Heroes Takarazuka stream!



Legend of the Galactic Heroes
@ Takarazuka stream, tonight 5/28, 9 pm EST on https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project

LITERAL space opera!

Yoshiki Tanaka’s science fiction series “Legend of the Galactic Heroes” aka “Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu” and the all-female musical theater of the Takarazuka Revue. There are no subtitles yet, but as a  book fan, I will be able to explain the plot in chat.

Note, if you like Star Wars Clone Wars I suspect you’ll like Legend of the Galactic Heroes. The first three novels are out in English, and the new anime is supposedly due out this fall. (There’s a very, very, very long 90′s anime of it bootleg translated on Youtube, but you could just, you know. Read the books.)

The European timezone rescreening screening to come in the near future.

 

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

11:01PM - Fic: "Let the Dice Fall Where They May" (Star Wars) Gen, Phasma-centric, PG-13

Title: Let the Dice Fall Where They May
Rating: PG-13
Tags/Warnings: Character death, Anti-hero protagonist
Characters/Pairings: Gen, no pairing. Phasma, Maz Kanata, Lando, Armitage Hux
Summary: When the First Order and the New Republic go to war, who wins? Phasma, if she has anything to say about it.

Captain Phasma has begun to realize that her vision for the First Order conflicts with that of the Supreme Leader - specifically, she would prefer that they continue to survive.

Meanwhile, Lando pretends to be Rick from Casablanca, Leia finally gets to do some really hands on diplomacy, and Maz Kanata is a funny, terrifying force of nature.

Notes: Super TLDR, but if you want to see them, and have spoilers for who dies, click here.

Opening crawl: Turmoil shakes the galaxy following the destruction of the planet Hosnian Prime at the hands of the FIRST ORDER. Alliances and factions spring up at every turn, on the edge of all-out war.

The RESISTANCE led by General Leia Organa grows in strength as fighters and resources from every corner of the REPUBLIC flood in to face the First Order threat. Luke Skywalker has returned with Rey, seeking a new path for the Jedi.

The First Order's power grows as well, for some planets come to its banner or try to appease the warlike fleet.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

9:14PM - Ooops, starting now

A work thing came up and I started an hour late. Pop in to see Singin in the Rain here! https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project We're starting with a few minutes of finale to give people time to show up.
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3:45PM - Takarazuka Flashback Stream: Singin in the Rain

VHS cover of Singin in the Rain 2003 Hoshigumi

Back for another stream by popular request! Singin In The Rain (Hoshi, 2003). Starring Aran Kei, Yamato Yuuga and Hizuki Hana!

TONIGHT! March 29, 2017, 8pm EST at https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

2:56PM - Takarazuka Flashback Stream: Great Pirates (2001) and Blue Moon Blue!

Poster with Shibuki Jun dressed as a pirate

Great Pirates (2001) and Blue Moon Blue (2000) stream! Tonight, 2/25, 9 PM EST!

Great Pirates: Shibuki Jun turns pirate to get revenge on other pirates!  Pirate dances ensue, as do wigs of varying quality. Bonus Yamato Yuga!

Blue Moon Blue: A revue with Makoto Tsubasa as a reincarnated prince looking for love, plus Shibuki Jun as an overly forward snake god. Great music, sparkly costumes aaaaand random bunny girls.

ETA: It’s going to be https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project after all, but we may need to move after Great Pirates for Blue Moon Blue. I’ll keep you posted.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

2:17PM - Help? Creating an overseas iTunes account

So I bought an iTunes Japan giftcard to buy Takarazuka songs, followed all the online how-to instructions on creating an iTunes Japan account when you don’t live there, and it still didn’t work.

Here's the relevant screen:

It may be something about the latest iteration of iTunes + Windows, I don't know. Or it may be that I screwed this up in some way that is not obvious to me.

Does anyone have any help or advice? Whatever you can do for me, fellow fans, I'd appreciate it.
 
ETA:

Fixed! Thanks bizarro-sai and chibi-koun! Apparently it was Windows that was the culprit, and once I got brave enough to use my ipod (After backing it up) and get over my fears of it erasing all my data, it worked great.

Bought my songs, converted them to MP3, copied them to my non-iTunes-purchased music folder, logged out, logged in as my US account, and “added new files”. Woo!
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Monday, January 2, 2017

9:43PM - A Clarification

So I’ve made the offer to fellow Takarazuka fans that I will rip their VHS tapes to DVD and/or video file for preservation for free.

If you want me to do that for you, I promise, I will not stream those video files without your permission. I will not give those video files to anyone else, except:

A) Someone else who has the exact same VHS, because I’m too lazy efficient to rip the same tape twice.

B) An academic librarian, on some far off day, for the preservation of the art form, if you fall off a cliff and die.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

4:12PM - Crackvid/Takarazuka New Years Party is a go! You're invited!

Drop by https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project starting at 10 pm EST tonight for an online New Years Eve party of ridiculous. Luna with Shibuki Jun and Makoto Tsubasa and wee!Yamato Yuuga will be playing (Rock Stars! Moon gods! Mad scientists!) as well as selections from Action!

I have a mission for you, though, dear readers: Bring me links of delicious crack! If you know a ridiculous vid or clip* currently on Youtube (or other similar platform) and you feel like sharing.... Share with the party! We'll watch it together!




(*Please no rape, gory murder or other massively triggering things. Those can definitely be the subject of cracky dark humor, see the Game of Thrones vid "Heads Will Roll", but maybe not the right thing for tonight)


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

12:47AM - Takarazuka Flashback Stream: Singin in the Rain and Takarazuka Dream Festival ‘94

Singin in the Rain Takarazuka cover

Singin in the Rain the Takarazuka musical, starring Aran Kei as Don Lockwood and Yamato Yuuga as Cosmo Brown

Also, Dream Festival ‘94 celebrating 80 years of Takarazuka with all four troupes at the time, various musical numbers and FOUR different takes on Gone With The Wind including a comedic version and a set-in-Japan one.

TODAY Saturday, November 26, 9pm EST. There will be a morning stream next weekend for people residing in Europe, or who miss this stream.

You can find the stream here: https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project , and you can check what times these are in your timezone at the Takarazuka stream schedule here: https://trello.com/b/zPKbMvay/streaming-schedule You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth (comment count unavailable comments)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

11:20PM - Fic: "Star Wars: The Jedi Fall @ Takarazuka" Star Wars, Takarazuka Revue Gen, PG


Star Wars: The Jedi Fall @ Takarazuka (2704 words) by Grey_Bard
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Padmé Amidala/Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi/Satine Kryze
Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala
Additional Tags: Takarazuka Revue, References to Takarazuka Kagekidan, Imaginary Musicals, Humor, Yukigumi

Summary: The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, as adapted into musical theater by the Takarazuka Revue of Japan.

(Let's just imagine that licensing out the Disney songbook for an album was only the beginning of Disney's relationship with the all-female musical theater troupe, the Takarazuka Revue. Sparkles, discontinuity, casting and lightsaber interpretive dance ensue. )

A Detailed Summary of The Jedi Fall @ Takarazuka as written by an American fan
 

Act 1 - The Phantom Menace: As the curtains and the suns of Tatooine rise Shmi Skywalker, a slave, sings "As the Suns Rise, so Rises Hope" to her son Anakin. In it, she tells him that like the suns, hope always returns, including her hope for her child. The music is influenced by and includes parts of "Binary Sunset" from the original Star Wars score. Collapse )

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

10:44PM - Takarazuka Flashback Stream - Tango Argentina and Prestige



Tomorrow, Sunday 10/23, 9:30 pm EST, I welcome you to the Takarazuka Flashback Project’s next stream of converted VHS vintage takarazuka, Tango Argentina (Hanagumi 2000) and the revue Prestige (Tsukigumi, 1996). I'll try to open the stream a half hour early with some music or clips from other revues.

Contrary to what I originally believed, it does not feature tango in Argentina. No, it features an Argentinian immigrant (I think) dancing tango in Paris. Because he’s an artist, and all artists must live in Paris, obviously! Also it features characters angstily dancing their feelings about World War I and a happy ending.

Prestige starts out as a dignified revue, and then degenerates into delicious crack. I heavily endorse it.

There will also be a morning stream on Monday 10/24 at 10:30 am EST.

Everyone welcome! (Even if you don't know me or anything about Takarazuka.)

You can find the stream here: https://cytu.be/r/Flashback_Project , and you can check what times these are in your timezone at the Takarazuka stream schedule here: https://trello.com/b/zPKbMvay/streaming-schedule

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