masqthephlsphr: (OUAT3)
Last of the pics. The Sculptor and I had the opportunity to head up to [personal profile] midnightsjane's farm and see her horses and the new house. Bonus trip to Fort Langley afterwards.

Fraser Valley

Thanks to [personal profile] midnightsjane for letting us visit!

North Vancouver, including Capilano Suspension Bridge

Still pretty sure the forest area around Capilano Suspension Bridge is where they film forest scenes for OUAT and Highlander.


Jul. 17th, 2014 04:05 pm
masqthephlsphr: (borg)
More of Vancouver.


Stanley Park

Steveston and Gastown sans fannish comparisons

masqthephlsphr: (EmmaFire)
With bonus Highlander.

Anyone who's watched OUAT, Highlander, X-Files, Continuum, or a dozen other made-in-Canada TV shows will recognize Gastown. It is the semi-gentrified "hip" neighborhood along the waterfront in downtown Vancouver. Like such neighborhoods in many cities, you can turn a corner and go from a trendy shopping area to a dodgy skid row. Most of the OUAT "Manhattan" scenes were filmed in the Alexander/Powell/Carrall street triangle.

On-screen and off-screen photos follow. Warning: Image heavy. All screencaps courtesy of

OUAT takes Manhattan )


Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:10 am
masqthephlsphr: (Baelfire)
Lake Cowichan (7/1)

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Averill Vineyard, Cowichan Valley (7/1)

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The bulk of our Wednesday was taken up with traveling. First, Nanaimo to Victoria to return our rental car, then a bus to Sidney to catch the ferry. From there, we caught the Tsawwassen ferry to Tsawwassen, BC (natch), then clambered back onto the bus again for the trip up to downtown Vancouver.

All of this is very scenic. We did not get the chance to see the Saanich peninsula by car while we were tooling around the island, so it was nice to travel through it on our way out of town. The ferry is a commuter ferry, so cars and busses drive right on--parking on the lower levels, shops and restaurants and seats on the upper levels. This ferry curves through several of the smaller islands off Vancouver Island, and the weather was great.

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At the bus station, we claimed our new rental car and drove into the wild and crazy streets of downtown Vancouver. We had some time to kill before our room was ready, so we headed out to wander a bit around Gastown, and found photo ops for several Highlander and OUAT filming spots as well as numerous souvenir shops all decked out in red and white.

The main event of the day, though, was meeting up with [personal profile] midnightsjane for pizza right in the heart of Gastown. Although dinner had a few awkward accompaniments (screeching freight cars on the nearby tracks, the restaurant playing "Jaws" on their television), the company more than made up for it.
masqthephlsphr: Halt and Catch Fire (girl geek)
... but I know why.

First, a rec from the man behind Wesley Crusher:

I have only been aware of this misogyny-in-geekdom problem in the past year or so via LiveJournal links and posts on the topic. I've been a girl geek all my life )

So, in conclusion:

"Geeky is just shorthand for enthusiastic and enlightened" --[personal profile] scrollgirl
masqthephlsphr: (highlander)
The Sculptor and I are headed off to SoCal in a couple weeks and are looking for road trip music. One idea we had was featured music from Highlander: the Series, which we are currently marathoning. But I can't seem to find soundtracks from the series that contain the rock music featured on the show--e.g., Joan Jett, Fine Young Cannibals, Queen. What is out there either seems to be the Queen stuff exclusively, or the original instrumental score written for the series.

I can cobble together a playlist off lists of the music featured in the eps if I have to, but I'd much rather just buy a pre-existing collection. So is there one? Or is this one of those things that tripped up early due to copyright issues?

Any non-rock extras, like Bonnie Portmore, etc, would also be cool.

Fannish 5

Jun. 9th, 2012 11:39 am
masqthephlsphr: (angelsartre)
Five canon events that you found unbelievable and wished had not happened.

Agreeing with my flist on a number of these:

Spoilers for some ridiculous character deaths )
masqthephlsphr: (highlander)
< Tongue in cheek > I sometimes find myself patronizingly befuddled at people who feel the need to write fan fiction AU's. What's the matter, you can't find a way to work whatever you need to see around the canonical narrative? After all, most narratives, especially in film and television, are open to some play of interpretation (I would consider most slash writing a play of interpretation, for example, rather than an AU).

And why do you need to see certain things so badly? It's the writer(s) story, after all, not yours. S/he/they owe you nothing. Find a story that works better for you. There's a universe of them.

Believe me, I understand the feeling of disappointment after you've invested emotionally in a story and it veers wildly askew of what you wanted to see. Witness Angel season four Congel, for example (Or don't. *Cringe*). Okay, they managed to patch some of that up in Season 5. And it's possible if they hadn't, I would have had to forget that show even existed. Which would have been a shame. But I wouldn't have written an AU. Got no use for them.

Except for what supposedly happened to Richie in Highlander. I know for a fact that never actually happened. He's in Nepal as we speak. Duncan was so relieved when he found out. </ Tongue in cheek >
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Jan. 26th, 2011 06:28 am
masqthephlsphr: (Sisko)
Ganked from [personal profile] butterfly

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, and if they're so inclined, to draw conclusions about you based on the patterns they've spotted.

In no particular order (other than the order they occurred to me):

1 Connor (AtS)
2 Angel (AtS)
3 Faith (BtVS/AtS)
4 Be'lanna Torres (ST:Voyager)
5 Sisko (ST:DSN)
6 Data (ST: TNG)
7 Ensign Ro (ST: TNG)
8 K'Ehleyr (ST: TNG)
9 Harry (Harry Potter)
10 Susan Rodriguez (The Dresden Files)
11 Richie (Highlander)
12 Spock (ST:TOS)
13 Hurley (Lost)
14 John Connor (Terminator)
15 Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
16 Armand (Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles)

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