Only managed to watch one episode of Guardian today, because I came home late, but this show just continues giving me so much joy! This ep in particular was rather good for the secondary ship of Brother Chu and Little Guo, who got some very nice moments.
Also watched the first episode of last year’s The First, because I love near-future space exploration. But it was canceled, so I’m not sure if I’ll continue, since series 1 ends before they even get to Mars. Also, not the biggest Sean Penn fan.
If you’re into Mars stuff, I can recommend the National Geographic Mars series – half present-day documentary, half drama about Mars colonization. I think at least the first season is on Netflix.
But on to my Masto livesquee about episode 18 of Guardian…
Because apparently #guardian isn’t enough, I’ve been checking out a few other movies & tv shows while doing other stuff today (sth I can’t with Guardian)… I didn’t get far into the “A Discovery of Witches” book for some reason (although it’s technically still on my “currently reading” list), but the tv show has a few things going for it – like Alex Kingston (River Song! as a lesbian witch!) and Matthew Goode. 🙂
Okay, time for some more Guardian… Extensive liveblog of episodes 16-17 under the spoiler cut:
Over the course of the past couple of months I’ve become more aware of the privacy issues of the modern internet. I’m not paranoid, but I’m also not a fan of big corporations tracking me and trying to sell me stuff.
Back in the day, I left Hotmail and signed up for Gmail, when it had a 1 GB storage limit that far exceeded most other services as well as probably the best spam filter around. I liked the company with its “Don’t be evil” motto – and somehow, over the years, I came to rely on it for a big part of my online life, especially after switching from the original iPhone to Android (because I’d gotten tired of having to jailbreak after every update just to get functioning video recording and of having only 4GB of storage).
However, recently I started to feel that it was more than a little creepy, how much Google knew about me – plus I got sick and tired of having ads in my email. So I made some changes, and now I can say that the only Google service I still use regularly is Youtube (mostly because that’s where the ASMR videos live *g*) and the Android app store on my phone.
This might not interest anyone, but here’s what I’ve done so far:
switched from Chrome to Firefox, which seems to best option if one doesn’t want to go full on Tor… I’d also considered Opera, but there seem to be privacy concerns as well.
signed up with Protonmail, a Swiss-based encrypted mail service – they do have a free option, but I chose to pay, because I wanted several email addresses. (Another provider I looked at was Tutanova, a German company. Both Switzerland and the EU have stricter data privacy legislation.)
signed up with a Nextcloud provider for calendars/contacts (easily set up to sync with my phone) and the Collab online office suite. Nextcloud can also be self-hosted (for full privacy and control), but that doesn’t work on my shared hosting (plus I’m not sure my tech skills are up to scratch), and I don’t need a lot of space, so the free options suffice for now. I figured it can’t be worse (and is probably better) than saving files in Dropbox, for example.
installed F-Droid on my phone, an open-source app store alternative.
already quite a while ago I switched from Google as my default search engine to DuckDuckGo – this works on Chrome as well as Firefox, btw.
I was also reccced Privacy Tools for some additional tips – glad to see that I’m already using most the Firefox extensions they recommend (Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin, etc.).
Also possibly relevant: for a couple of years I’ve been using a paid-for VPN when accessing public wifi with my phone or laptop. Also, for my home server, because I *cough* torrent onto it (downloading isn’t illegal in Switzerland, but uploading is). I’ve used AirVPN before switching to PIA for money reasons – both get good reviews online and were relatively easy to set up.
Additionally I’m checking out Mastodon, a federated Twitter alternative.
(Edited Jan 28 with some more links, since this post seems to get a bit of traffic.)
A gender-affirming fairy tale. Originally a Romanian folktale translated and adapted into French as “Jouvencelle/Jouvenceau” by Jules Brun, translated and adapted into English as “The Girl Who Pretended to Be a Boy” by Leonora Blanche Alleyne, gently adapted into the 21st century by Paul B. Sturtevant. Find out more about it in our article, “A Transgender Fairy Tale”. Once upon a time there lived an emperor who was …
This adaptation is awesome! The article about the original version is also very interesting.
I “only” watched three episodes today (13-15) – but what episodes! I honestly thought I’d die at times, they were so glorious (and unbelievable). *g*
And in between I sat down and drabbled, because that’s what happens when a ship eats my brain. It’s only 250 words, I’m not confident to write a full-length fic in this fandom (yet), and only spoils the very first episode a little bit.
Not Guardian fic, though, I wouldn’t dare quite yet. 🙂
However, with the help of writingstreak.io (which is currently down for me) I’ve written at least a couple hundred words each day, enabling me to finish the next chapter of my Jalec vampire academy!AU: Prince & Guardian – Chapter 3
And then of course there’s Guardian. I’ve reached episode 12, and somehow the show just keeps getting slashier and slashier. I honestly can’t with these two!
Copying my squee for episodes 9-12 over from Masto, which originally directed at asya (SPOILER warning):
Seriously, it’s 100% fanfic come to life. There is no heterosexual explanation for pretty much anything to do with Shen Wei and Zhao Yunlun. The glances! The taking care of each other! The half-hidden smiles! Mild spoilers for ep 8 below…
I’m at episode 4 of Guardian. It really is like fanfic come to life, and my one complaint is that I can’t really do much else while watching it (because of the subtitles), which is my usual MO.
And then there’s this:
(Okay, my other, more serious complaint is that the female characters are usually crying and helpless or duplicitous, often both. But then, this is a live-action slash fic, which unfortunately all too often means the ladies get short shrift – I know that’s something I’m guilty of as well.)