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Oct. 12th, 2012

Brain Need Coffee

You know you've been watching too much Doctor Who when you go to Google's news page, see entries about last night's USVP debate, and wonder why CBS is talking about the Tardis:

Sep. 1st, 2012

Saturday musings

First things first - it's Bring Back the Porn day at InsaneJournal, and you can find it all at [info]bbtp_challenge (master list). I even got my act together this year and wrote Our Scandalous Days Behind Us about the secret sex lives of the inhabitants of Downton Abbey. I've never written these characters before, so I'd love to hear what you think.

Second, Doctor Who's back! And I thought it was both frustrating and fabulous.


Third, I'm excited that I just this minute ordered Space Fluxx after playing a similar game (Martian Fluxx) at a friend's birthday last weekend. Anybody ever played it? I'm crap at card games that require you to remember numbers and stuff, but this is fun and silly and the rules change often enough to suit my limited attention span.

I thought I deserved a little gifty for myself because fourthly, I dyed my hair a colour that can only be described as "shit brown." It was supposed to be a lot lighter - I didn't want to go darker because I had such trouble getting it out the last time I dyed my hair black - but this is almost as dark as the black and not nearly as pretty. Am now contemplating pink or purple to fix this. But at least the profusion of white hairs I'd gotten in the past two weeks are gone, as is the source of the white hairs, so that counts as a win.

Fifth, there's really no fifth, other than that I'm relaxing tonight with some Upper Canada Dark Ale, cuddling a kitten on the couch beside me, and exploring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Youtube. I don't know much about hip-hop so I can't say how unique Macklemore is, but I find his music so moving in how he's using it to say something important, whether it's speaking out for music or for hope in his community or against consumerism and disconnectivity, or here, with SAME LOVE, for gay rights and marriage equality.

And if you want one more, this vid left me in sappy tears, partly because I got the worst homesickness for Seattle but also just because of the joy and the potential he sees in the kids, and in what they can become, and his acknowledgement that it won't ever be the same and the RKcndy's not coming back, but they need to have something like that too, they need that chance.



Hope you're all enjoying the weekend!

Jun. 26th, 2010

Doctor Who just rocked my world

I'm speechless, utterly speechless. Except for the love sonnets I'm composing to Steven Moffat right now, of course.

Feb. 21st, 2010

Is it easter yet? *bounce* Also, activist hats



I know Steven Moffat's already married, but I wonder if he needs another wife... or maybe a love slave... even just a slave...?


In more serious news, Dennis asked us to use our powers for good and spread the word about what's happening in Uganda. [personal profile] aldiara made a fantastic post urging people to speak out against the fuckwittage. I never know how useful petitions are, but hopefully the increased awareness will do some good.

Dec. 30th, 2009

First I stole a panda bear...

Internet win of the day: 10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling. I'm tempted to send this to all my clients, but I think it would just confuse them...

So that bit of genius was ganked from [personal profile] nefernat, who ganked it from Neil Gaiman, who has a really intriguing non-answer to the very last question of this interview. Hypothetically, were this to be true, I might possibly be a little unbearably giddy. Just warning ya.

P.S. Forgot to mention that I did see Statuesque the other night (Gaiman's holiday story with Bill Nighy and Amanda Palmer0. It was whimsical and charming and all, but um, I was really scratching my head there at the end. If anybody cares to explain it in comments, I'd love to hear, because I'm feeling a bit dumb.

Dec. 25th, 2009

Thoughts on Doctor Who

... )

Jul. 7th, 2009

Tickled Tuesday

I am ridiculously tickled about this: David Tennant will be in the next St. Trinian's! (I do hope my gorgeous Head Girl is back for this one.)

Also in the ridiculously tickled department: Look at all the Merlin Big Bang stories and art! Wow! This is going to be incredible!

I'm still ridiculously tickled and reeling from the AWESOMENESS that was last night's Torchwood. I was going to write something about it, but others have already done it so much better, so all I'll add is is it tonight yet?!!!!!

(Oh, I lied, I have to add one other thing: when did Gwen get awesome? I know, she's got four more nights to revert, but damn! That thing she did with her hands... It's like the world's gone topsy-turvy!)

Feb. 18th, 2009

Randomy stuff and Winterlude picspam

I'm giddy! Not only is [info]muppet (who says she doesn't read fanfic) now reading Merlin fanfic, but [info]kabal42 is watching and analysing the symbols and totally feeding my obsession. And [info]astolat wrote kinky softcore porn about magical people, aka The Court of the Summer King. So YAYs all around!

Now if I could just figure out how to redeem my Big Bang story idea from horrifying MarySueness, I'd be completely happy.

Then there's this: They've announced the Doctor's next companion. I like her -- she was awesome in Lost in Austen and Mansfield Park -- but I resent this line in the article: Duncan, who is starring as Baroness Thatcher in the BBC2 drama Margaret, will play Adelaide - the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet. Way to diss Donna and Martha, guys. (And Rose, too, I guess, tho I always found her more lucky than clever.) Not the actress' fault for that phrasing, of course -- hyperbole sells. It'll be interesting to see the dynamic between her and Matt Smith.

Also, some of you might be interested in this: How to watch Hulu & BBC iPlayer outside the US or UK. I saw it as a comment on LJ -- haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.

I really must do productive things today. My boss is making these low grumbling noises that sound kind of like I imagine a volcano sounds before it explodes.

But first, some pics from Winterlude.

Jan. 3rd, 2009

Eleven

Yeah, this could work...

Aug. 2nd, 2008

Saturday ramble

The Guardian posted pictures from the dress rehearsal of Hamlet.

Quite a few more here.

And how's about that SGA last night? I think I read this episode on Wraithbait a few years ago. )

I am studiously avoiding all mention of anything HBP related, I know there's news surfacing about some new scenes lalalalala. I'll just be over here imagining how the Septumsempra scene should have turned out.

I've completely blown my budget today ... not only did I go to the yarn store, but I just ordered Thai delivery because I'm in a lazy, lazy mood. Oh, did you hear the television calling to me, telling me to have a glass of wine and relax with dinner? I think I did...

Jul. 30th, 2008

I'm obsessing over this

Dang it, will somebody with some vidding talent hurry up and do a mash-up of the new HBP trailer with Doctor Who's "The Empty Child" before my brain explodes? It has to be done!!

Jul. 18th, 2008

Trianne, your prayers might've been answered

Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease let this be true!

And to counter that very cool news, check out the lamest trailer EVER. Come on, can't you guys give us more than Mumbledore?

I took some time to play around with my fic journal layout. If you have a sec, can you take a look? One big change is that I set it to show just one page at a time, which is people use the index should work just fine -- it will take them to the first posted entry for each fic. But it does make it difficult to freely browse. How do you prefer to explore someone's fic journal? Do you like the ease of scrolling through?

Finally, if you are heading to Comic Con, please read this. Make fandom count, people. And if you manage to abduct Gareth David Lloyd, email me and I'll be on the first flight down. I have duct tape.

As of 8 minutes ago, it's officially been the weekend. As of 4 minutes ago, I've been sucking down wine. There may be drunken posts later.

Jul. 13th, 2008

This is your brain on drugs

OK, tell me if this is a completely crack-fed idea...

contains spoilers for last epi of Doctor Who )

Jul. 6th, 2008

I didn't see this one coming

Ganked from [info]telesilla

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?


I don't believe in the no-win scenario. An impassioned commander with more respect for individuals than for authority, you have a no-holds-barred approach to life and its obstacles.

I'm still recovering from Doctor Who. I admit, I was blubbering like a baby for a good while there. I want to watch it again tomorrow before I talk about it -- I'll have the tissues handy this time.

Oh, and it's that time again! Go forth and pimp:


Clicking the banner will take you to the asylum.

Last year's BBTP holds a special place in my heart -- that's when I wrote my very first HP story. Not to mention that it was an all-around incredible porn-filled day. I can't wait for this one!

Jun. 29th, 2008

Sunday thoughts

I cannot get over "The Stolen Earth." The ending just left me all aquiver, and those three dreaded words -- TO BE CONTINUED -- did not help one bit. Nor did finding this teaser (emphasis on the teaser) trailer for next week. GAAAH!

Of course, it was Donna and the Torchwood team that did me in. Wee spoiler within. )

Last night: I shared a delightful dinner with [info]trianne, [info]alchemilla, and [info]westmoon. We ate oodles of chili-butter chicken and korma and naan bread at my favourite Indian restaurant, then followed it up with coffees and ginger-flavoured gelato at Piccolo Grande. Mmmmmmm. Delicious food and wonderful company, what else could you want?

Today: It's poor [info]trianne's last day in Ottawa and we're giving her another grey, overcast day, I don't mind it, though, it's the perfect excuse to stay in. And rewatch some more Doctor Who, methinks. I just watched A Noble Return where the soothsayer says, "You, daughter of London, there's something on your back." *shivers*

Oh, and also, very important:

HAPPY PRIDE DAY!!

Jun. 23rd, 2008

Home again, home again

I've been back for a few days actually, but it's been a little hard to step back into my online life. This always happens when I'm away from my beloved laptop, I actually start reading real books (finally picked up The Yiddish Policeman's Union) and cleaning the apartment and crazy stuff like that. But that is NOT to say that I didn't miss you all! I do ... I just feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of catching up. Soon enough I'll fall back into my compulsive IJ ways I'm sure.

The conference was excellent though. We had some great "field trips" to college campuses and talked to a lot of people in the biz -- I'm certain it's going to help loads with my clients. And aside from a few people who just really enjoyed hearing themselves talk (nothing turns me off faster!), it was nice meeting my fellow consultants. In fact, much as I usually hate (and fear and dread) networking, I would've liked another day to get to know some of these people better.

And Chicago itself was fantastic. The Art Institute was a bit of a bust since most of the exhibits that interested me were closed for construction (should've checked that before I left), but Second City was lots of fun, and just walking around the city is always a thrill. And I think I gained 10 pounds from all the incredible meals. We had a fabulous dinner at Osteria Via Stato -- they made this one dish, parmesan-crusted sweet onion, that was quite possibly the tastiest thing I've ever put in my mouth. These thick slices of onion were grilled until they were practically carmelized and then drenched in cheese, and the combination was heavenly!

So food good, company good, ents good. However, I did notice something disturbing: how completely segregated Chicago is. Everywhere we went it was white people being served and people of colour doing the serving -- not once did I see those situations reversed. And it wasn't just me; the other foreign consultants noticed it as well. I haven't been to Chicago since 1997, and I don't remember being as aware of it then, so either I was just unobservant or it's gotten worse. It was kind of creepy, though.

And somewhere along the way I exposed myself to some funky germs that sapped my energy and made me all sniffly. Sleep seems to be keeping it from developing into a full-blown cold, though, and that's where I'm headed soon. But I'll leave you with some fun links I've stumbled across:

These people are definitely kindred spirits: Typo personalities

Another Doctor Who trailer. Now with 25% more Ianto! And creepy Dalek voices. (And have the last two eps not just kicked ass, I ask you?)

A music rec from my brother direct from N'awlins: The Zydepunks. They describe their music as "New Orleans, Cajun, Irish, Breton, Klezmer, Slavic, Zydeco in six languages." I've been listening to 'Madeleine' all night.

Missed all of you!!

Jun. 1st, 2008

GIP

Thanks to [info]sarcastic_jo's new icon, I don't even have to review "Silence in the Library."

May. 20th, 2008

Happy Tuesday news

To quote [info]sarcastic_jo:

OMG
OMG
OMG
OMG
OMG

Steven Moffat to be Doctor Who Lead Writer and Executive Producer

Steven Moffat says: "My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven.

"Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May. 18th, 2008

Links roundup

Even after going to bed at 4am, I managed to drag myself to the Ottawa Slashers' brunch. Definitely worth it -- nothing like starting the day with smart women talking about pretty men. Just wish I wasn't so kludgy afterwards. Too much coffee/food early in the day wipes me out! Ah, well, it's a good day to get caught up reading pr0n.

I meant to post a few links yesterday but never got around to it:

[info]cocoajava has some information about that elephant art you may have seen on the webz. No surprise that it's not a good thing. Read CJ and obey.

Neil Gaiman on David Tennant's Hamlet:
"To be, or not to be, that is the question. Weeelll.... More of A question really. Not THE question. Because, well, I mean, there are billions and billions of questions out there, and well, when I say billions, I mean, when you add in the answers, not just the questions, weeelll, you're looking at numbers that are positively astronomical and... for that matter the other question is what you lot are doing on this planet in the first place, and er, did anyone try just pushing this little red button?"

And now some shopping linkage:
Ah, ThinkGeek, how I love thee.

Finally...[info]malfoycest_day has some very tempting prompts, I'm sitting on my hands trying to resist. The next month is going to be hellish enough without starting another story. But still..... I failed.

Apr. 22nd, 2008

Hobbity news?

You may have seen seen this already. It must be good news -- no one would go to that much trouble for bad news, right? If you have any clue what it means, please to be telling me.

The city's working on the pipes right now and my street's in pieces. Jackhammers are breaking my brain!!! (Hmmm. I'm thinking I should switch my tunes to something harder. I think Amy Winehouse has met her match.)

Oh! I almost forgot -- has anyone else had trouble feeding [info]official_gaiman? It used to feed into my IJ, but stopped a little over a week ago. I thought he'd just gone quiet (silly me!) but when I go to his page I see he's written every day. I'm wondering if it's just me or if something's changed somewhere that's affecting the feed (I'm still getting my other feeds with no problems).

And my quicky post gets longer with this picture that [info]sarcastic_jo just sent from the next Doctor Who Christmas special. Not really spoilery, but some people might not want to know anything )

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