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astridv: (Simmons)
Monday, July 28th, 2014 04:47 pm
Maybe you will, maybe you won't (one day maybe you might) by [archiveofourown.org profile] SmilinStar
Simmons/Ward UST; future fic/mission fic/undercover; teen; 4453 words
Summary: She can feel his heart thumping away under her fingertips, remarkably steady, unaffected as she whispers, “I don't trust you.” “I know.”

And here's a particularly cool thing I've found on YouTube: Parkour meets cosplay!
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Saturday, July 26th, 2014 01:14 pm
"Look, have I made some questionable choices along the way? Yes, but, I'm also that scared little kid at the well and I don't think we can forget that. You know, that scared little kid who couldn't shoot his dog even when Bill Paxton told him to." -- Brett Dalton

God, these two are ridiculously cute together.
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Friday, July 18th, 2014 10:08 am
A slightly different vid rec today. :)

(If you're in Germany, you'll need Youtube Unblocker to watch.)
astridv: (Ward 4)
Saturday, June 28th, 2014 12:16 am
vid rec: Grant Ward is 'The Specialist'.
Summary: Sixties spy flavour meets Agents Of Shield.
Also Featuring Skye as Ms Emma Moneypenny.

For everyone missing the good old days.

bonus rec... Escheresque architecture found on Amazing Places: La Scarzuola (Montegabbione/ Italy)
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Thursday, June 26th, 2014 11:33 pm
Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer
Summary: Every Best Picture Nomination Ever.
Clever, funny and very meta. High production value too - it really looks like the real thing.

(Plus, one of the rare Youtube videos where the comments section is worth reading...)

bonus rec:
Faith the Vampire Slayer - Opening Credits
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Sunday, May 25th, 2014 11:05 am
via [community profile] disobey_gravity: Adorable rock-climbing cat. I was making incoherent squeaky noises as I was reading.
My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever
Most pet cats will become timid or defensive when outdoors, but not Millie – after being adopted by her mountain-climbing owner Craig Armstrong, Millie has become a feline hiking and mountain-climbing legend.

She's got her own little harness omg.
astridv: (coffeepot hawk)
Friday, April 18th, 2014 10:54 am
People here who still remember the eighties... if you want to feel really old, I got the vid for you:
Kids React to Walkman Technology With Shock and Horror
astridv: (worktime by raebird)
Friday, March 28th, 2014 11:03 pm
Ugh. I've stared at this double-spread page for so long, I feel like my brain's gonna leak out of my ears. The layout and the main elements of the page are done; what's missing are a couple dozen period details and an amusing side gag or two. Think I'll call it a night. Maybe inspiration for the rest will come to me while I'm sleeping.

Now I'm in the mood for a nice, long SHIELD action/casefic with bonus Ward/Simmons to reward myself but sadly, such a thing doesn't seem to exist yet? (Or if it does and I overlooked it... please link me!)

[personal profile] rydra_wong on [community profile] disobey_gravity linked to this great climbing film La Dura Complete, the story of the combined Sharma and Ondra quest to send La Dura Dura (5.15c / 9b+) (~20 minutes).
astridv: (natasha 3)
Friday, March 7th, 2014 10:33 pm
fic rec: A Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. crossover.
Unusual Suspects by kitlee625, Sarahastro
Gen; ensemble; casefic/crossover; G; 4233 words
Summary: The detectives of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine investigate a series of burglaries where it almost seems like the thief is invisible. But that’s impossible, right?

(I'm not familiar with Brooklyn 99, so I read those guys as quasi OCs that provide an entertaining outsider POV. The fic did make me want to check out that show.)

Avengers rec:
Ghost Towns by [archiveofourown.org profile] enigma731
Clint & Natasha, Fury; teen; 4000 words
Summary: S.H.I.E.L.D. did brain scans the day they brought Natasha in. Clint doesn’t recognize half of the words in the report he’s given, but he knows enough to understand that there are signs of chemical tampering in her brain, of the pathways that form her memories being repeatedly wired and rewired again.
For the prompt: "Whisper a dangerous secret to someone you care about. Now they have the power to destroy you, but they won’t. This is what love is."

A beautiful interpretation of the prompt.

Here's a new trailer for The Winter Soldier, several minutes long, and it's looking good!. It really looks like Natasha is going to play a significant role as promised. I'm so excited!

Meet the Somalis - The illustrated stories of Somalis in seven cities in Europe
Very interesting webcomic based on real experiences. Each story is four pages long and can be read very comfortably frame-by-frame.

on buzzfeed: 37 People Who Failed So Spectacularly They Almost Won
(I'm mostly linking it for the cuteness that is #14.)
astridv: (hawkeye 3)
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 08:51 pm
Hi everyone and a merry seasonal holiday of your choice. I just got recced the perfect vid for the occasion, which I have to share: Captain Picard sings "Let it Snow"
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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 01:39 pm
Found on tumblr: video of a snowboarding crow :)

Still no snow here. The temperatures are ridiculous. 12 degrees today, no change in sight. But, I went back through my photo posts because I seemed to remember that the weather has behaved in similar ways a lot of these past years. Here's a post from January '12, and here's one from only a month later when we went iceskating on the lake. So I'm not giving up hope yet that we'll get a proper winter eventually.
Hopefully soon - one of the bushes down the street has started to blossom already.
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Saturday, December 21st, 2013 09:19 pm
Happy solstice, everyone!

Avengers rec:
hey, remember that time when by [archiveofourown.org profile] pollyrepeat
Steve & ensemble, Bucky; teen; 1590 words
Summary: In which Cap makes new friends, becomes an accidental Internet troll, swaps a lot of stories, and gives Bucky Barnes a hug.

Shield rec:
Girls' Night Out by [archiveofourown.org profile] Elleth
Skye/Simmons; fluff; teen; 1719 words
Summary: Wilderness survival training à la Skye and Jemma. Written for the "by the fire" prompt for the first day of Femslash Yuletide on tumblr.

And finally, some fanart (Avengers & others) in an interesting retro noir poster style:
Noir Series
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Sunday, December 8th, 2013 09:44 pm
Avengers fic:
ASOS by [archiveofourown.org profile] Jadesfire
Gen; teamfic; post-movie; G; 6623 words
Summary: After The Battle of New York, the whole world has seen what the Avengers can do. They've seen it in person, and on their TVs and in a thousand grainy clips taken on shaking cell phones. And now, the Avengers can see it too.

Agents of Shield fic:
(note: My virus scanner gives me a warning for the hit counter used at the link below; I suspect it might be a false positive but I couldn't find any confirmation either way so I'm mentioning it just in case. But I do like this ficlet...)
Five Secrets the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Are Keeping, and One They're Not by [personal profile] vikingprincess
Gen; ensemble; character studies; 429 words; spoilers through ep.1-9

Yeah. Exactly what it says on the tin.
The guy isn't even doing half bad.
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Saturday, December 7th, 2013 07:29 pm
I'd like to post another rec but I don't have my trusty bookmarks folder... hm.

Oh! First thing off the top of my head is this six-part series I found on Youtube, created by the makers of The Wire and starring many of the same actors as well: The Corner. It's based on real events, about the life of an inner city family in the drug scene of Baltimore, and it's even more raw and gritty than The Wire. The actors are all amazing, but Khandi Alexander as Fran in particular is just, so good. I highly recommend this for all Wire fans.

Posting from rainy Mülheim, where I'm visiting my dad. Earlier this year I made the decision to try at least one new thing whenever I'm in the area - since the Ruhr area has a lot to offer, culturally and also in terms of, heh, climbing. Today I checked out the Citymonkey bouldering hall, which turned out to be a great idea. It's easy to reach, cozy and has a lot more variety than our boulder at home... dozens of routes in my range, I couldn't even try all of them. Definitely something to keep in mind for my next visit.
astridv: (hawkeye 4)
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 10:36 pm
Youtube is working for me again! Some links from the folder random cool stuff. :)

Bishop & Barton - Hawkeye Trailer
Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton aka Hawkeye

INSANE Domino Tricks!

Mouse vs Cookie!
Мышь vs. Печенька

Fake miniature worlds:
The Sandpit
Beautiful tilt-shift video about the life of a ski village

And two more urban climbing vids
Foundations of Buildering (ep.1) and ep 2
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Friday, November 1st, 2013 12:53 pm
Avengers fic rec:
angles on an angel by [livejournal.com profile] sweetwatersong
Clint/Natasha; spies and secret agents (and kids); teen; ficlet
summary: Elton John's tiny dancer was iconic. Clint's are tinier, nosier, and safe for the moment - because it's his job to keep it that way. Maybe his lie holds more truth than he knows.
for the prompt: Natasha is undercover at a private boarding school as a dance instructor. Her primary objective is keeping the daughters of a diplomat(?)safe. Clint is doing the hard work, watching Natasha's back from any and all high spots he can find. In any other time and place, he doubts anyone would have noticed him. Unfortunately, he's been spotted by a few of the young girls (who knew that children could be so observant when adults so rarely are) and he and Natasha have to think quick before everything falls apart.

Pretty pics: A Peek Inside the World's Largest Cave

more pretty pics (or at least strangely fascinating): Ten of the World's Most Disorienting Places
I think I've been to that maze!
astridv: (skye)
Monday, October 21st, 2013 12:36 pm
Ride, Sally, Ride by [archiveofourown.org profile] Isabear
Gen; Skye, Coulson, Lola; teen; 1946 words
Summary: Skye never meant for this to happen, and the normally badass Coulson is not having his best day. Luckily, they have one sweet ride.

Here's something cool: Amazing Miniature Scenes Shot with Model Cars, Forced Perspective and a $250 P&S