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I was at my desk at work at 7:30 PM when the Discord app chat pinged. There was a legendary raid across the street from my home. Was I coming? You bet! How fast did I turn off my work computer and dash to my car? How far did I push up against the speed limit?

I'd been on 4 previous legendary raids: 1 Articuno (flying/ice), 3 Lugia (flying/psychic). The first was on Saturday night (as previously related), and the others on Sunday (one in the park across the street from my church after mass, one near my home in the afternoon, and one not far from my work in the evening). Each time, those gathered had beaten the raid boss together! Each time, my individual post-raid legendary had fled.

This time, I was down to 3 premier balls when a fellow trainer started helpfully offering advice. I was a little grumpy with him, I'm afraid. (That is not the moment a trainer wants to reconsider her ball-throwing style.)

With my second-to-last premier ball, the Articuno stayed in! 96% IVs. Front breath & Blizzard. I am very lucky!

I understand that Niantic announced this afternoon that Articuno will be around for only a week, at which time Moltres will get a week, and then Zapdos. Lugia will apparently stick around permanently, but get less common...? We shall see. One of each would be perfect! :-D

(Oh, and the bonuses are extended until 5 PM Pacific on Thursday!)

my Lugia raid adventure

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:22 pm
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
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I'd walked down the block for a simple little Weezing raid (Level 2) before dinner, to wrap up my GoFest day. I'd done my bit to help during each global challenge window; I'd heard about the problems in Grant Park (poor connectivity, server overload, long lines, etc.); and I was wondering when the bonuses would turn on.

I bumped into a fellow trainer who lives across the street. We beat Weezing together, naturally, and discovered that we work for the same (very large) company. She started to add me to an internal company pokemon group that I hadn't known of... and we saw posts about a Lugia raid boss (Level 5) hatching within the past 15 minutes, 10 minutes drive away!

Read more... )

(BTW, the bonuses have gone live and will stay so until 5:00 PM Pacific on Monday. Double stardust, XP, candy, spawns.)

Now, wasn't I going to do something about dinner...?
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 "I called the number on his 'Wanted' site once, far from here. Just for fun."--Hannibal Lecter

brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
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Fellow pokémon trainers! As you know, Saturday is GoFest. And GoFest is not only for the lucky few in Grant Park in Chicago. We around the world will also play our parts in releasing the legendaries!

Per Niantic, those in Grant Park can unlock rewards (like double stardust) for everyone globally, while we outside can extend the length of these rewards (like for more days). If we all — inside and outside — win our challenges, then the mystery challenge will unlock. Everyone believes that the mystery challenge is legendary raid bosses! The only question is which.

(Golem with 2 rock moves is the go-to counter for all the legendary birds, as Tyranitar with 2 dark moves is for Mew and MewTwo. If you don't have those, try Omastar and Houndoom, or Sudowoodo and Gengar.)

During the worldwide challenge windows, if you can, go out and catch! Every capture counts. Check your time zone on GoHub. In Pacific Time, the windows are:
  • Challenge #1  9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Challenge #2 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Challenge #3  1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Have fun!

(Sources: TrainerTips, Mystic7, Reversal, ProdigiesNation, GoHub, The Silph Road, GamePress, PokéAssistant, Niantic, Forbes...)

Damn it, Mads!

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:01 pm
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It looks like Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to play the villain in the the Chaos Walking YA movie adaptation with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland.

One one had it's got a great director in Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) with a pair of solid young leads, but on the other hand there's been some definite YA fatigue. I loved The Hunger Games movies. I went to see the first one completely blind and came out a total fan. I read all three books in one week and threw myself head first into the fandom and the fic. It's why I got a Tumblr. I know people point to the splitting of Mockingjay as a cash grab and part of the reason why people tired of YA movies but I loved those last two movies so much.

It's another villain role for Mads. Gosh darn it Mads! American audiences are never going to stop seeing you as a villain if all your English language roles are bad guys. However, Wikipedia describes his character Mayor Prentiss as "the mastermind behind the takeover, and later becomes self-proclaimed President of New World. He is extremely charismatic and manipulative, often choosing to play mind games instead of resorting to brute force. He learns to control his Noise, and can even use it as a weapon. Despite his cruelties, a running theme throughout the trilogy is whether or not he can be redeemed". That sounds pretty complex and Mads is no stranger to manipulative and charismatic characters. It's totally in his wheelhouse and he always plays those roles with great aplomb.

A high percentage of Mads' characters die in their movies. Chaos Walking is based on a trilogy of books and apparently Mayor Prentiss is in all three of them. So if the movies do well enough least we can count on three movies with Mads playing a significant role. And watching Mads' pretty, pretty face on the big screen is always such a delight.

I have no idea how big the role is. All I keep thinking is Donald Sutherland's role in The Hunger Games for reference, but something tells me the role might be bigger. Filming starts before the end of the summer and will likely go on for about 3 months in Montreal. I know some people were starting to wonder about a conflict with any potential Hannibal season 4. If the gods smile down on us I think the best case scenario for season 4 will be that it won't get started until late summer or early fall in 2018. By then season 2 of Bryan Fuller's American Gods should be wrapped. I think Daisy Ridley's schedule on the final Star Wars movie will inform when the second Chaos Walking movie will go into production. I don't think it should conflict with the Fall of 2018. And even if there's a slight overlap with Mads' schedule, Hannibal films in Toronto which is obviously only a hop, skip and a jump away from Montreal. Now if we do get some location shooting in Buenos Aires or if they can swing Cuba, well then that's something both productions are going to have to negotiate schedule wise.

I'm happy Mads is working again. After the huge promotional obligations he had for Rogue One and Doctor Strange he deserved some major time off. I just don't want to read another trilogy of books. I remember coming across the premise of the series and it struck me as pretty ridiculous. However people whose opinions I trusted would rave about the books on Tumblr. Then Doug Liman got involved and Charlie Kaufman for the screenplay I started to wonder if there was something there. I seriously don't want another obsession but I desperately want to know more about Mads' character. The character sounds interesting but boy does that premise sound hokey.

Mads has a history of picking some really interesting projects. That's one thing I've really appreciated as I've delved into his back catalog. I also think he and Tom Holland are going to get along famously. They're both former dancers with gymnastics backgrounds and their energy levels are both off the charts. The promotional tour is going to be bursting with cuteness. I can feel it in my bones.

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"I told him to leave, 'cause I wanted him to run. Because...because he...he was my friend. And because I wanted to run away with him."--Will Graham


New due South snippet

Jul. 17th, 2017 05:16 pm
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Title: Drowning Is Just Not Part of a Normal Desire
Fandom: due South
Relationships: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Characters: Ray Kowalski, Benton Fraser, mention of Diefenbaker
Rating: Teen and Up
Genre: Pre-slash, UST
Length: 251 words
Prompts: from the dSc6dsnippets comm on DW are: "disobey," "disturb," "distress," and "distill" -- and I used all four of them.
Summary: Fraser and Kowalski: introspection after the buddy-breathing incident.




Fic at AO3.
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So for those following the progress of the movie, they have been lately working on what the vampire characters will look like once they are vamped out.  They are still tweaking the details, but the new pictures of what they have so far for Nick have been posted on their site. 

Looks like there will be physical changes, the most obvious being upper fangs and colored eyes (red).  The skin area around the eyes becomes darker, which enhances the eyes and makes them more noticeable.  There will also be, how shall I say it, alterations to the nose, brow, and eye area.  If you are familiar with the facial changes to the vampires from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, picture that, but some more.          

For more info and to see the pictures, check out the FK Movie Facebook page.

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