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Dec. 31st, 2020 11:09 pm
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Default)
Hi! This is a catchall post if you'd like to drop me a line - feel free also to send me a PM or email me at such.heights at gmail dot com.

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Accessibility:

Every fanwork I post will have a 'content notes' field. Elements that I will signpost should I make something involving them include graphic violence, sexual violence, major character death, and anything under the umbrella of mental illness and PTSD. I will also note when my vids contain particularly rapid cutting, bright flashes or sudden changes in volume. If you would like any further information about anything I've posted, feel free to get in touch.

I include image descriptions in the alt text of pictures that I post, and subtitle tracks for my vids, though in both cases that only goes back so far - if there's a particular vid you'd like a subtitle track for that doesn't currently have one, please ask and I'll be happy to put one together.
such_heights: martha, donna and rose (who: companions)
Having done the first one of these in 2016, I now theoretically never have to come up with a vidshow idea for Vidukon again!

This year's Retrospective show will be vids from 2009. A fine vintage, I have many vids already on my shortlist but would be very happy for more to make sure I don't miss anything!

Notable fannish moments of 2009 from my POV included: the first new!Trek film, Merlin, Community, Leverage, the end of BSG, the Tenth Doctor's final episodes, Torchwood: Children of Earth and the subsequent fallout. The MCU was barely a glimmer in Nick Fury's eye. It was the year of Racefail, of DW and AO3 starting to take off, and looking back it really was around this time that I was most active in fandom. I miss it, and feel one million years old also.

So, I would love your recs! Vid must have been originally posted in 2009, but that's the only restriction. If you were vidding then, what's your favourite vid that you made that year? I'll be going through con premieres and LJ comm announcements etc, but recs for personal favourites very welcome.
such_heights: amy, the doctor and rory hugging at the end of 609 (who: amy/eleven/rory [group hug])
I'm delighted by [personal profile] trelkez's vidshow challenge. I made a playlist of 13 of my vids. There are links and some notes here.

I tried to pick a broad selection of my vids that cover the various things I've tried over the years. Also a triad of Vienna Teng vids because I can. I chose:

01 Many Hands (Multifandom)
02 Call Me Maybe (MCU)
03 We Go Together (Star Trek XI)
04 Comedy Tragedy History (Hamilton)
05 Blank Soace (Doctor Who) made with [personal profile] purplefringe
06 The Skins (Multifandom)
07 Counting Stars (MCU)
08 She Keeps Me Warm (Saving Face)
09 Around Us (Avatar: the Last Airbender)
10 The Breaking Light (Pacific Rim)
11 Antebellum (Merlin)
12 Blue Caravan (Doctor Who)
13 Fly (Multifandom)

You can view them in their individual DW posts, download all 13 in this zip file or play them in a playlist here:



One exception: Blank Space, which is currently available for streaming here on sendvid. I designed it to play fifth after my Hamilton vid, but you know, whatever's easiest.

Let me know if there are any broken links or other problems. I'm also uploading a zip file of all 13 vids, I'll update this post when that's done.
such_heights: dax with her head turned to the side (trek: dax)

So sorry for the delay! Requests are Hercules (1997), Buffy, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Star Trek TNG/DS9/VOY.

Requests:

Hercules (1997)

My favourite Disney film as a kid. Hercules is such a good precious awkward muffin, and I adore the rest of the characters as well. An ensemble vid would be wonderful, and so would a vid focusing on any of the characters - a Hades vid would be amazing!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I believe the first four seasons are eligible? I'd love pretty much anything here - character study, action vid, comedy, whatever moves you. I love all the women on this show and would be delighted with any Buffy/Faith or Willow/Tara. I would prefer something not focused on Spike (part of an ensemble is fine).

Legends of the Hidden Temple

Pretty sure I haven't watched this in twenty years, but I loved it when I lived in the US as a kid. The Purple Parrots were always my favourites.

Star Trek

If you have any ideas for a multiple source 90s Trek vid I would be delighted! Some of my favourite themes/tropes in Trek include time travel, holodeck hijinks, identity issues, and parallel universes/timelines, if you feel inspired to explore those across the shows or any one of them I would love that.

Deep Space Nine

Some of my favourite ships include Bashir/Garak, Dax/Kira and Kira/Miles/Keiko. I also enjoy all the major canon ships. Characters I'd especially enjoy a character study vid for include Jadzia, Sisko, Jake and Worf. I really just love this whole show, so vid as your heart moves you.

Voyager

Rewatching this recently, I deeply appreciate how few fucks Janeway gives in so many situations. I'd love a vid about her charging headfirst through the Delta quadrant. I also especially love Tuvok, Seven, B'Elanna and Kes. I'd also love something about Naomi Wildman, who is a very precious cupcake.

The Next Generation

This show is like comfort food for the soul. I love all of the main cast, as well as Guinan and Ro Laren. I'd love something about Geordi and Data or Picard and Guinan.

such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Default)
Tubthumping
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: Nailed It!
content notes: none
music: Chumbawumba
summary: They (or their cakes) get knocked down, but they get up again.
download: 196MB zipped .mp4 | 85MB .mp4

notes: made for [personal profile] seekingferret for Festivids 2018 Also at AO3. For those now interested in checking out the show, it is a half hour comedy baking competition on Netflix, where amateur bakers are given challenges way above their skill level, and shenanigans ensue. It's very good natured and I love it a lot. [personal profile] seekingferret requested something about the joy of failure, so really there was only one possible song choice.

lyrics and embed )
such_heights: silhouette of eliza hamilton from the broadway musical (h: eliza [shadow])
My 2018 was a mixed bag. A significant improvement on the previous two years but that was an extremely low bar. I went to a christening/baby full moon party, a wedding, and a funeral. Things have been going pretty well at work, I started playing D&D and watched a mind-blowing amount of Critical Role. My health got worse, but led me to several diagnoses, which is a help so far. The horrendous political situations at home and abroad drove me to near-paralytic despair more than once, and I don't expect any relief on that front any time soon.

Things I enjoyed this year:

Live Shows
Lady Windermere's Fan
Dry Powder
Hamilton London
Bill Bailey
Taylor Swift
Translations
My Brother, My Brother and Me & The Adventure Zone in Atlanta
Measure for Measure
Critical Role @ MCM

Films
Black Panther
Ocean's 8
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

TV
Doctor Who
The Good Place
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Queer Eye
Star Trek: Discovery
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Sense8 series finale
Star Trek: Voyager with [personal profile] purplefringe
Critical Role

Podcasts
The Good Place: The Podcast
McElroy shows: MBMBaM, TAZ, Wonderful, Sawbones, Til Death Do Us Blart, Positiviteeny

Games
Spider-Man (PS4 2018)
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Horizon Zero Dawn

Music
Dessa - Chime
The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl
Kendrick Lamar et al - Black Panther: The Album
The Hamildrops

Things I Made This Year:

VID: Change of Time (Sarah Connor Chronicles)
VID: Shrimp (Black Panther)
VID: Learn to Let Go (Star Trek: Discovery)
Podfic: Exceeds Expectations (The Adventure Zone)

I'd like to post more and create more this year. I'd really like to be better at replying to comments! But I'm not holding my breath. Still here, still reading, just keeping on keeping on.

Happy new year. <3
such_heights: eleanor from the good place holding cacti captioned 'pobody's nerfect' (tgp: pobody's nerfect)
After a long time wondering and obsessing about the question, last week I booked myself into an ADHD assessment with a private psychiatrist. Turns out I have 'mild to moderate' ADHD. I should be starting medication sometime in the next few weeks. I am hopeful, relieved, excited, a bit lost. This simultaneously sits somewhat at odds with the picture I have of myself while also making a lot of things about my life make more sense.

All of this came to a head after another diagnosis, fibromyalgia, earlier this year. There's an interesting study suggesting there's a lot of crossover between the two conditions, and certainly my experiences of cognitive difficulties through fibro felt like an escalation of problems that had always been there, and were now harder to manage. And one possible explanation for the fibro onset is that it's a reaction to emotional trauma from my dad's illness and death.

It's been a rough couple of years.

But! I'm hopeful this diagnosis is going to help in areas of my life where I've felt really stuck. I am trying to read/watch/listen to as much as I can, though I'm finding some aspects to be far more relevant than others. I've been enjoying [youtube.com profile] howtoadhd and going through ADDitude magazine. I'd love recommendations for any and all media, books etc. And if anyone has advice for a newly-diagnosed inattentive-type (probably) 29 year old then I would love that too.
such_heights: a girl reads a book in the grass (stock: fairy tales)
Hello hello new subscribers, and welcome to Dreamwidth if it's your first time here.

Exciting book news! My fabulous wife ([personal profile] happydork/[twitter.com profile] krfabian/[archiveofourown.org profile] imperfectcircle) and our dearly beloved friend Iona ([twitter.com profile] singlecrow) have co-written a novella for the holidays, out today. A beautiful queer adventure awaits. Get the ebook from any of these fine establishments.

Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night
by Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma

The world you know is underneath the substance of another, with cracks in the firmament that let the light of its magic in...

Layla and Nat have nothing in common but their boyfriend – enigmatic, brilliant Meraud – and their deep mutual dislike. But when Meraud disappears after an ambitious magical experiment goes wrong, they may be the only ones who can follow the trail of cryptic clues that will bring him safely home.

To return Meraud to this world, the two of them will confront every obstacle: the magic of the wild unknowable, a friendly vicar who's only concerned for their spiritual wellbeing, and even the Thames Water helpline. All of which would be doable, if only they didn’t have to do it together.

But the winter solstice is fast approaching – and once the year turns, Meraud will be lost forever. In this joyously queer novella, Nat and Layla must find a way to overcome their differences before it’s too late.
such_heights: a woman, sitting, holds a standing woman's hand (stock: make a stand [mignolagraphics])
Change of Time
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles
content notes: none
music: Josh Ritter
summary: Time, love.
download: 234MB zipped .mp4
notes: made for [personal profile] seekingferret as part of [community profile] equinox_exchange Fall 2018. Also at AO3.

lyrics and embed )
such_heights: tahani from the good place looking flattered (tgp: tahani)
Hello dear festividder - so sorry for the delay! <3

Some kinds of vids that I like include: vids that explore the world of the source, swishy dancey action vids, emotional character-driven vids, vids about awesome women whether focused on one individual or a group of them, vids about people who love each other, vids exploring big thematic ideas and imagery, vids about comedy hijinx.

All of the sources I've requested are very dear to my heart in different ways, and seeing one of them come to life in your vid is going to be awesome, I'm so excited. Musically, I haven't met a genre you can't make an awesome vid out of.

Some other bits and pieces that I like - parallels, characters growing into their own awesomeness, hugs, montages, pretty fight sequences, pretty dance sequences, big emotions, sentimentality, meta analysis.

Fandoms: Ocean's 8, The Adventure Zone, Critical Role, My Brother My Brother and Me (TV), Hidden Figures, The Good Place.

original requests )
such_heights: the tardis giong through the time vortex (who: tardis storm)
Enjoyed last week's but didn't have time/enough to say for a post.

spoilers )
such_heights: the tardis giong through the time vortex (who: tardis storm)
Series 11, my god. All right pals, I've got the cushions, the kettle's on, let's hop back into the blanketfort of squee!

spoilers! )
such_heights: sylvia tilly from star trek discovery (trek: tilly)
Hello, friendly vidder! I am very excited about whatever you're going to make. If you have an idea, please run with it, otherwise here's a little more detail about what I like about each fandom I've requested.

Fandoms: The Adventure Zone, Star Trek (Discovery, DS9 & The Voyage Home), Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, Doctor Who (2005), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.details )
such_heights: shuri explaining something to t'challa in black panther (mcu: shuri & t'challa)
Shrimp
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: Black Panther
content notes: none
music: Dessa
summary: "Just because something works doesn't mean it can't be improved." A Shuri vidlet.
download: 67MB zipped .mp4
notes: Premiered at Vidukon 2018.

embed and lyrics )
such_heights: t'challa smiling in black panther (mcu: t'challa)
42 Black Panther icons below, mix of trailer screencaps and character posters, most characters. Take, use, enjoy!

preview:


'It's challenge day.' )
such_heights: nakia and shuri from black panther (mcu: nakia and shuri)
This really was the afrofuturist, feminist, anti- and post-colonialist superhero film of my dreams, I loved it so much.

Note: there are, as usual, two mid/post-credits scenes.

An incomplete, and spoiler-filled, list of things I loved below. spoilers )
such_heights: the enterprise orbits a planet, text reads 'boldly go' (trek: boldy go [427])
Learn to Let Go
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: Star Trek: Discovery
content notes: none
music: Kesha
summary: 'Choose redemption, your happy ending's up to you.' A Michael character study.
download: 195MB zipped .m4v
notes: notes: for [personal profile] colls in Festivids 2017. Spoilers up to 1x09. Also on AO3.

embed and lyrics )
such_heights: eleanor from the good place holding cacti captioned 'pobody's nerfect' (tgp: pobody's nerfect)
This started out as a reaction post to the finale and then turned into an essay on ethics. On behalf of my fellow philosophers, I'm very sorry that we really are the worst. :D

spoilers! )
such_heights: the enterprise orbits a planet, text reads 'boldly go' (trek: boldy go [427])
+ I've been permanently exhausted for a while now - my life feels more or less like work, sleep, work, sleep sleep sleep, maybe some video games. But we may have found a culprit - hello, folate-deficiency anaemia, welcome to the chronic illness party that my body continues to throw for herself. It's easily treatable and I should start feeling better soon, but oof. January's already enough of a slog!

+ A month late, this is the podfic I did for ITPE:

Exceeds Expectations [Podfic] (4 words) by such_heights
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Adventure Zone (Podcast)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lup & Taako (The Adventure Zone)
Characters: Lup (The Adventure Zone), Taako (The Adventure Zone)
Additional Tags: Podfic, Podfic Length: 30-45 Minutes, Pre-Canon, Siblings, brief lup/omc and taako/omc, IPRE, University
Summary:

"Wizards? Don’t get tossed out on the side of the road. We become wizards and we’re set for life!”



+ I got four wonderful Festivids gifts! <333

Relativism (Arrival)
Human of the Year (Arrival)
Speak Your Heart (Moonlight)
Beautiful Hopeful (Star Trek: Discovery)

All utterly gorgeous and moving and I love them. Thank you, kind vidders.

+ New job is going really well - I get to spend almost all my time doing stuff I'm good at, for a good cause, which is a great feeling. And so far, touch wood, my curse of jerk bosses seems to be at an end, everyone here is lovely.

+ I am deeply enjoying both The Good Place and Star Trek: Discovery, and I can't believe how excited I am about the upcoming finale of a half hour sitcom. I can believe how excited I am for the last two episodes of Disco, because Star Trek. Aside from brief spoiler cut )
such_heights: (sense8: amanita [sunglasses])
So this has been a horrible year for me, but I did like some things.

Films
Hidden Figures
Moonlight
Wonder Woman
Thor: Ragnarok

Music
Rainbow - Kesha
The Adventure Zone OST - Griffin McElroy

TV
Doctor Who
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Voyager (watching with [personal profile] purplefringe - first for her, rewatch for me)
The Good Place
Sense8

Games
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Dragon Age: Inquisition

Podcasts
The Adventure Zone
My Brother, My Brother and Me
Rose Buddies/Wonderful

Books
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz (the audiobook read by Lin-Manuel Miranda)
The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet & A Close and Common Orbit - Becky Chambers

It also occurs to me that I have been somewhat criminal and not put any pictures of our perfect cats on here yet, though I have been tweeting about them plenty. We adopted them at the start of the year and they have settled in beautifully.

cat picture! )

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