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Nov. 6th, 2012

Strength comes from within. And from guns.

I’ve just finished watching Battlestar Galactica. Overall it was epic, although I do think the series dragged on a bit too long. What I enjoyed most were the characters – the battles got repetitive and the politics were a bit silly – but some of the characters were outstanding.

Oct. 27th, 2012


If anyone's wondering, this is where I've been. And will be for the rest of today.

eta: Gah! Starbuck was only mildly annoying until Season 2, then they had to whip out the ol' trusty "you're special, you have a destiny" line. Why, people, why?

eta2: I just got a skype spam from someone who's been searching for someone with my name and believes it is the will of God/Allah for us to meet on skype. For a moment I was tempted to ask if he was an angel of God sent to see my through to the end of mankind. Just afraid I might freak out if he said "yes."

eta3: Stupid show. Stupid Gaius, with your stupid "I miss sports" speech and your stupid too-late declaration of love to Six/Gina. Stupid Bill and your stupid kiss with Laura with her stupid stupid cancer. This was not supposed to happen. This was supposed to be a quick run-through a show that everybody else had seen so I could be nonchalant when they told me how great it was. I was not supposed to have all these uncontrollable FEELS.

Sep. 21st, 2012

Such Promise Wasted: Watching Parade's End

Aug. 20th, 2012

The drug of the nation

It's the first Monday evening without Teen Wolf. I am bereft.

But it got me thinking about the next series I might want to watch. I have quite a few in the queue, but I'm having trouble deciding what it's going to be. So I thought, "Why not ask the flist?"

Jul. 26th, 2012

Well, crap

I was happily ending my brief relationship with Once Upon A Time for reasons, but I just heard two bits of news that might lure me back in...

Jul. 23rd, 2012

True Love. And not how you might think.

Has anybody else seen the BBC's recent miniseries, True Love?

If you're a fan of David Tennant, Joanne Froggatt, Lacey Turner, Billy Piper, Kaya Scodelario, or good acting in general, you must watch it. (And fortunately, they seem to be available on Youtube in their entirety - I've linked to a few of them.) The series is a set of five 25-minute vignettes around the subject of the title. But this is no "destined to be together" nonsense. No, this is about the complications of destiny, real moments in what feel like real lives when love is not so simple, and yet at the same time it's a celebration of love.

I've just finished the first three episodes and felt the need to flail now, rather than waiting until the end. It might be a bit spoilery if you care about that sort of thing, but the stories are really not anything new and surprising. That's what I find so remarkable about them - we're not talking crazy plot twists or sudden solutions dropped into the characters' laps. It's ... just what happens.

May. 29th, 2012

Once Upon A Time; or Why Do Heroines Always Suck?

I lost my internet last night so I plowed through the beginning episodes of Once Upon A Time - anybody else here watching it? I'm only about 1/3 through the series and enjoying much about it (can Robert Carlyle just be in every scene already?), but I have a real problem with the "heroine."

Jul. 28th, 2010

Flaily reaction to Sherlock

Despite my Busy Day of Stupid, I took a break this morning to finally watch Steven Moffat's Sherlock. Daaaaaaaaaaaa-uhm. Also, how? How does he do it? The man just finished Doctor Who!!! Granted, I know that his part's been wrapped for a while now, but still! I'd take some time off after that, hang out and just be adored. He... goes and makes more magic!

Needless to say, I am all kinds of envious right now. And it's all percolating in my head, how that creativity must just beget more creativity, because there's no other explanation for how this happens. And the question is how to execute that, not in some crappy formulaic way cranked out for mass audiences, but in a way that goes beyond but still manages to connect with people and still challenge. And still have me sitting on the edge of my seat, marvelling at how the pieces are falling together. That's the goal, for me, and that's what this man manages to do, time and again, taking the familiar and riffing it new.

Sorry, gushy fangirl here, but like I said, just daaaaaaaaaaa-uhm.

May. 21st, 2010

Ashes To Ashes finale


I think my brain just got the best blowjob ever in the entire universe.

Might be back with comments later. Right now I can not stop flail!!!

May. 3rd, 2010

My guilty pleasure

Yes, I've been addicted to this show since the beginning, when Henry and the King of France were shirtless wrestling while something that sounded like bom chicka wah wah was being played on lyres. HELLO! But tonight it reached new heights in trashiness. I love the Canadian-Irish mix of the cast, resulting in something that looks like jPod meet Dirty Epic. I mean srsly, the 23 yo virgin in jPod is boffing the queen of England. Who has ant-bite sized tits, by the way, there's a bit of history you probably never knew until the cameraman zoomed in on them. Also, the men on the southern coast have west of Ireland accents -- who knew? But I do like that it's not clean and sterile olde England, there's crap in the banquet halls and people spit and such. Which lends an air of authenticity to the trashy. Because did I mention the queen's tits? Which we see A LOT OF. And then there are the ghosts, who at first were just a sign that dude had drunk too much wine at the feast, but are now TALKING. And getting quite stroppy, actually. And my own bottle of wine is joining in and reinforcing just how much I love my histori-soap!

Bottoms up!

Feb. 4th, 2010

My wish list

Know what I'd really like? A director's cut of the X-Files, going back to Chris Cooper's original arc/vision. None of this "oh all these clues you thought were important were all red herrings, and all these things that we abandoned/disproved years ago, they're suddenly going to be blown up, and aren't we clever?" Nope, I want it to end like it was supposed to end in the 5th season.*

That's what I want, that and world peace.

* This random thought brought to you by the news of a 6th season for Supernatural. Where do you go after the apocalypse and the ultimate battle between good and evil? Personally, I think Kripke should take the money and then show videos of kittens playing for as many episodes as he can get away with.

Dec. 19th, 2009

I am just one big ache

I just took on Winsor Pilates for the first time, and I lost. I had no idea I was this out of shape!

Time to flop on the couch and watch the season finale of Beautiful People... yes, again. And you can't tell me they haven't watched AWZ. I swear I heard strains of "Unzertrennlich" playing during the tabletennis rooftop confessional! (Is anybody else watching this show besides [personal profile] omarandjohnny? And if not, then why not?!!! Take Glee, make the musical numbers glitter even more, swap out the moralistic lesson-per-episode with naughty innuendo, slap on an extra heavy coat of campy sparkle, and you've got this show. So much love!)

Nov. 15th, 2009

a title? you want a title too?

I keep meaning to update, but my life seems to consist of:

* dragging myself from bed to the coffee machine
* staring dully at work for a few hours
* falling deeper in love with AWZ (is that even possible?)
* cursing the technical difficulties that complicate sharing of said soap
* crawling into bed feeling like I'm behind on life
* rinse and repeat

I wonder if writing EKP descriptions and commenting on vids counts for WriSoMiFu. Because I'm writing fuck all else these days. The month's half gone and plot bunnies are happily breeding, but actually sitting down and harnessing them? Writing, why so hard?

What's keeping me going is discovering just how AMAZING some people are! Get this: When the backdoor we were using to snag our video files from RTL was closed, some fabulous souls stepped in, including one woman in Slovenia who spent her entire weekend figuring out a different way for us to grab them. I'm just overwhelmed by the thought that somebody would do that for people they don't even know. Not only that, but we had other people--in Russia, in the U.S., in France--all offering what help they could.

Fandom, you seriously rock my world!!!

Of course, now that we've got this new method, I'm obsessed with going back and redoing the poor quality vids we posted for a week. If I don't, that will haunt me forever. Just like ep302 still does after nearly a year...

The best thing I did this week was entice the lovely [info - personal] aldiara into marathoning the most recent EKP playlist with me. Soaking in the bubbles. )

OK, enough blather about AWZ. There are other things on TV, yes there are! Like Merlin, which if you block out the first four episodes and say this season started with #5, is having a pretty kick-ass year! And that messy ending, YUMMMM! Like Misfits, the most wonderfully warped superhero series imaginable. Like my beloved Beautiful People just starting its second season, and I've just got my hot little hands on a copy. Simon, I've missed you!!!!

And there is real life as well, much as I want to avoid it. I'm off to Montréal in the morning. Grrrr. Normally I'd be all over a trip there, but going to hear a bunch of MBAs rattle on? Shoot me now.

But I probably should pack at some point.

And stop being curmudgeonly, yes.

Apr. 18th, 2009

This is my brain ATM

Time for a disjointed post, facilitated through interpretative dance. Um, I mean bulletpoints. Divided into thematic divisions, of course, because I desperately need to control some part of my life.

Merlin )
Other )

There were other bits and bobs I wanted to include in random post of randomness but the sticky notes have fallen off my brain and gotten lost in the clutter of obscure trivia and strings of miscellaneous foreign words. Gone forever.

Hope you're all enjoying your weekends!

Feb. 21st, 2009

"You can enjoy the two boys all the time!"

Yep, that's what the GMTV host said about Bradley and Colin when they were on his show this morning being ridiculously cute. Have a look! Colin's accent is adorable and Bradley's wearing last-night's clothes over Colin's too-small black t-shirt, and his hand rests possessively right behind Colin's shoulder through the whole interview. And for an instant he goes to touch Colin and pulls back at the last minute. And no I haven't watched this a zillion times today, why do you ask?

So yeah, that took up much of the day. And my DVDs finally arrived too, so there was much fondling there. (I can enjoy the two boys all the time!) I've seen all the extras already but they're still so shiny! But I still managed to get down about 1000 words of my ebook, which isn't nearly enough but is so much more than I have been doing that I considered it a productive day.

I might have had a little more luck with Big Bang:

But even with the outline, getting started is still very hard. I bashed my head over the intro, then gave up, jumped ahead to another later section, and it just started to flow. *sigh* I wonder if the intro will be the very last thing I write.

For inspiration, I might just have watched "The Labyrinth of Gedref" again and felt a little breathless during the confrontation between Uther and Arthur.

I also decided to give Skins one more chance and they knocked it out of the ballpark. This episode ("Freddie") felt just like the old series and I loved it! The adults weren't caricatures this week, and I actually cared about the kids for a change. And dammit if I don't want to shake Effy and say "what are you thinking?"

Another rambly Friday night post. Here, have some wine!

ETA: Here, enjoy another WTF moment from David Yates and HBP.

Feb. 16th, 2009

Monday blather

Thank you, client, for scheduling an early morning appointment with me and then not bothering to call. I appreciate that. Really.

At least getting up early is getting me motivated to DO STUFF. My sleep schedule's seriously out of whack. I'm up until dawn, then the animals pounce on me a few hours later, and I'm feeling sleep-deprived and sluggish.

Which has been my excuse all weekend for doing NOTHING but indulging in writing and reading and television.
But today I have Being Human to look forward to, which is turning out to be rather brilliant. And there's that whole "doing stuff" thing too, which so far has involved throwing in some laundry and thinking about diving into my taxes and pondering fic. Haven't gotten much further than that.

At the moment, though, I have to see what the dog wants. He's looking at me with those intent eyes, but it's not dinnertime and he's been out I've already lifted him onto the couch twice and he's jumped off, so that's not it. Why can't you talk, dammit!

Happy Monday, kittens!

p.s. [info]sarcasticchick just found Thomas Jefferson/Alexander Hamilton slash. I boggled for two seconds and then asked for George Washington/Benedict Arnold hatesex. I NEED SLEEP! (She does more, she's been up all night. FEAR US!)

Jan. 28th, 2009

Bits and bobs

I have a new icon. Which I adore. *points and giggles*

I also have a new desktop image on my laptop--and instead of my programs being on the left side and icons of projects/work on the right, I've had to move them all to the left-hand side. For some reason, that makes me feel like I've got a lot more to do. What's with that?

This week I've been mainlining Merlin fics. I do love this crack-fed fandom, but I have a low tolerance for fluffy, and too many of these stories threaten to strip the enamel from my teeth.

And yet finding these two gems has been worth it: Waldorph's All the Laughter From Before (Summary: It's pretty, but very distressing. And lo, all is sunshine and daisies... and death, but what can you do?) and headspin_x's In Your Fire, And In Your Flood (Summary: There are moments when Merlin can't tell if he is awake or dreaming; can't quite decipher the slight difference between the two shades. The lines are starting to –). They are very different stories so I shouldn't lump them together like this, other than that they've made me feel similar emotions -- basically, intense flailing and the certainty that I should give up writing altogether because I will never, ever approach anything as complex and layered and ... fuck, I almost used the word transcendent in relation to fanfic, which is just wrong, but these two stories have a beauty that I know I'll never be able to match. And I love that and hate it all at once. But. You should read these stories, I'm sure they'll amaze (and hopefully inspire) you too.

In much, much more frivolous news, you have to read Ask Captain Jack. This is why the Internet exists.

And I watched the new Skins today. Not loving it. The previous season was over-the-top in what the kids got away with, sure, but I never felt like the adults were treated as such one-dimensional characters. (Or am I just blinded by S2 and forgetting S1?) I'm not giving up yet -- I couldn't believe how happy I was just to hear the theme song -- but I hope they can rein it in a bit next time.

Now off to watch the new Shameless. How I've missed my telly!

Oct. 22nd, 2008

Television fun and the ongoing battle with shoes

Has anybody been watching My Own Worst Enemy? Its premise is so illogical that it could be unravelled by my 18-month-old nephew, but Christian Slater is just so damn entertaining to watch! He was always a favourite in those teen movies, and this Jekyll-like role is perfect for him. And thank goodness I wasn't the only one who was wondering.

Speaking of logic being shredded in a cheese grater, Alles Was Zaehlt might have gone to hell in a handbasket, but just when my attention threatened to disappear they have Ingo and Roman just hanging out in their Unterhose. As you would. Featuring a close-up of little-Roman at 0:37. *cackles*

[info]omarandjohnny, did you see that SwissLady posted the subtitled interview with Dennis Grabosch talking about his own experience with gay bashing?

With no attempt at a segue whatsoever, I'm starting Year 3 of trying to break in the cruel shoes. I've had them stretched out twice and they're still rubbing my heels raw, although it seems that with this last stretch they're a little less painful. In the past, I gave up because I had my Clark's boots to fall back on. I'm still wearing them, but the soles are now full of holes (got my socks soaked the other day), and the shoe repair place tells me they're beyond help. So that means I either need to buy a new pair of boots for winter (these are tempting me) or build up the calluses on my heels.

So anyway, I did wear them today to the store, just 1.5 km total, and not only was I walking funny on the way back but now I can't move my foot into a right angle because it hurts too much.

But I got stuff to make the tastiest chicken & spuds curry tonight, and I'm very impressed with myself (even if it did come out of a jar).

And tomorrow I'm popping band-aids on and wearing them again, dammit. They shall not defeat me!

p.s. You've probably seen this on the OTW list, but just in case: Add an Amazon widget, support the OTW. Spiffy, eh?

Oct. 18th, 2008

New US shows; or How To Drop A Few Stone Crossing the Pond

Recently I've watched two US remakes of British shows: Life On Mars and The Eleventh Hour, and both were deplorable. This is not about the terrible new scripts that take the focus away from the relationships and put it squarely on the action, though it could be. It's not about the remakes really seeming to miss the point of what both shows were about, making me wonder why they even bother to remake and don't just start with a clean slate. It's not even about the fact that there are about 20 times more guns in the American versions, to the point where in both movies a gun was pulled (or almost pulled) on a little kid (although I may still rant about that, because it was despicable.

No, this is about the fact that Americans are not allowed to see fat.

Oct. 7th, 2008

Dear John

It's a John Barrowman kind of day -- I cannot resist posting this picture:

(From a quite nice interview in the Daily Mail.)

And I watched the latest Heroes.
Umkay... )

Still massively crushing over the Alles Was Zaehlt and found what I believe is the only English fanfic ever written in this fandom. And I'm not tempted, no, not at all...

While I waste my life on television, technology marches on. Here's Google's latest attempt to help you out with Mail Goggles to keep you from sending those embarrassing late-night booze-inspired emails. What do you think? Would that have saved you? Personally, I think it'd be much more useful to have a name blocker on google to prevent late-night booze-inspired searches. Those are never a good idea.

ETA: Rudy's had an exceptionally energetic day today -- he's feistier than he's been since that whole experience with the vet a few weeks ago. I don't know if it's the cooler weather or what, but I'm glad of it.

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