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Sep. 18th, 2012

SGA feels

For nostalgic reasons, I watched the pilot ("The Rising") of Stargate Atlantis tonight. I think I'd forgotten just what a wonderful start that series had. The world building was insanely intricate, the underlying themes were progressive and positive, and the characters were ridiculously good with realistic motivations and complicated relationships. What amazing potential it had back then, before the showrunners failed so, so hard.

And how beautiful was the Lost City?

You'd also be hard-pressed to find anybody made of more awesome than David Hewlett.

Dec. 23rd, 2008

Well that sucked.

Fuck you, SGA.

Dec. 12th, 2008

A much longer post than I'd planned

First and most important: if you get the chance, try this. Because soooooo amazingly good. *slurps* Perfect for relaxing after what's been a crazy week.

But at least we have this bit of fun. I do so love when my fandoms cross!

I hope you're all all surviving the week. Stay warm and cozy. And if it's warm where you are, I do not want to hear about it!

Sep. 20th, 2008

Update on Rudy. And some random links of interest.

The short version is that the vet thinks he's going to be okay. The long version is longer.

So it turns out I missed Talk Like A Pirate Day. I can't really talk like one, but I love songs about them and I wanted to share one of my favorites: Stan Rogers' Barrett's Privateers, about the "privateers" from Nova Scotia who raided American ships during the American revolution. And here's a live video of Stan singing it (which admittedly I first watched for Stan's sexy brother Garnet ... he's the one with the long luscious hair).

There's a nice interview with Neil Patrick Harris at the Onion's AV Club: I would say I'm about 75 percent technique, and 25 percent Red Bull.

The new Stargate: Universe sounds ... well, awful. Could these characters get any more clichéd? And speaking of Stargate, I think Keller ought to be climbing Ronon like a jungle-gym and bring Rodney in for a threesome. Meanwhile, Shep can find solace with his new Runner. That's how I would write it anyway.

Are you a knitter? [info]sarcastic_jo found this cool Java charting tool that I'm going to have to try out.

And finally, I found this article on white privilege really thought-provoking.

Now I think it's time for a good long nap. I hope you're all having a great weekend!

Aug. 19th, 2008

Promo for "The Shrine"

Spoilers ahoy. But OMG this looks good. This whole season has been like fanfic, but this? This is one of my favourite plots.

And there's this one too, but it lacks Ronon carrying McKay.

Can it be Friday now?

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. 26th, 2008

Fly-by squeee

I thought I'd be skeptical of Woolsey's arrival on Atlantis, but he's just become my favourite character.

Read more... )

Feb. 14th, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day to you all

(ganked from just about everybody)

hp_hardcore presents Hardcore Valentines! Click here to get your own!

And [info]sarcastic_jo just sent me a picture that made my heart flip: Jason Momoa without his dreadlocks! I'm not sure what I think. Well, he's heart-stoppingly beautiful, that's for sure. But Ronon needs dreads! Wherever will he keep his knives?

Jan. 5th, 2008

Kicking back

The first weekend of the new year, and as of January 3rd, another busy season is behind me! I always love this time of year, but after this crazy one it's even more welcome.

Of course, that means it's time to start digging into all the projects that I've put off for months. Finishing Architects of Memory's my top priority (2 chapters to go), and then I want to start on my Durmstrang fic. There's also closet organising ([info]aristoboule, I am going to ditch the grad school notes!), lots of knitting, and visiting Dad (who's started to say things like "I'll be here ... I guess I'll be here, at 82 you never know" when I ask when I should come). Guilt aside, I am looking forward to my new projects.

I'm also looking forward to reading, both offline and off. Speaking of reading, I think I might've found my favourite of the Drarry holiday fics: Now The Shining Sun Is Up. I haven't read enough yet to be able to peg this author, but when they're revealed tomorrow I want to read everything else they've written. Draco's perfect here, snarky and determined, and the story tackles the big questions of what it means to be a hero and who the enemy really is. I highly recommend it. ETA: It's tkp at LJ, who hasn't written any other HP, unfortunately. I hope she does, she brings such an intelligence to the HP-verse.

I want to say thanks for some fabulous packages I received this week. [info]sarcastic_jo sent me Heath bars (!!!) since I can't get them up here, a book on knitting shawls, and a gorgeous handmade card. And from [info]noorie I got CDs galore -- lots of Boosh and music -- and a very cool wooden keychain. My brother also sent me framed pictures of my nephew all dressed up in his monkey suit. I feel so loved!

This weekend also benefitted by the long-awaited return of SGA. I quite liked it. Wanna know why? )

In other news, I've been following the copyright debate here in Canada (I read Michael Geist's blog regularly) and found this really interesting article by David Byrne on models for recording artists. It's an interesting read, even for non-musicians like myself -- it's fascinating to see how technology has given music creators a real choice and different modes of control (and explains why the dinosaurs are so eager to hang on to the old ways).

Speaking of artists, check out this rice paddy art (and the harvest photos too). Amazing! I can't even imagine the effort that goes into creating something like that -- but then, I can't even keep my silverware drawer organised!

Finally, I did that Name Meaning meme that's going around (ganked from [info]angela_snape. I first did it with Lilith, my penname, and came out with a description that's nothing like me. I've been using my handle for four years now, and it feels like a second skin now, so I was surprised that when I did the meme with my real name, it was so much more accurate. Meme ahoy! )

And now it's time to put the mutt-lucks on Rudy now (oh, how he hates them!) and take a long walk in the snow.

Nov. 25th, 2007

der hell?

From the Edmonton Sun: "The Harry Potter series will lighten up on the darkness and turn into a romantic comedy for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Emm ... did the scriptwriters read the same book that I did? The one about Tom Riddle's horrific upbringing? And the sense of dread surrounding Harry's foray into the dark arts? And surely I'm not the only one who read HBP as Draco's story ...

This part of the article was interesting though:

"When I mention that "everyone's delighted" to have a tonal shift from the brooding atmosphere of The Order of the Phoenix, Radcliffe smiles and says: "Everyone's 'not' delighted to be on this!" He is referring to himself. "I think the script's great and I think it's going to be a really great film. But I'm just one of those people that, in what I'm doing, I always lean toward the dark side and I really enjoy doing the dark stuff. I know Emma and Rupert really, really like the lighter stories and all that. And Rupert particularly is really going to have a field day on this, because he's got fantastic comic timing and he'll be able to use all of that to great effect on this film with his relationship with Lavender Brown. (But) I'm actually going to miss doing all the morbid stuff, I think."

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On a completely different note, behold the adorableness that is the Flan!

Nov. 6th, 2007

I knew it!

So if you go to any of the IMDb listings for SGA episodes (say, for instance, Doppelganger) and you look at Plot Keywords, "Homosexual Subtext" is the first one that comes up.

Interestingly, if you just click on the Homosexual Subtext keyword you get some really interesting films. (Although someone called Soldier's Girl "subtext". I do not think that word means what they think it means.)

Oct. 27th, 2007

Season so far? 2-3

Just watched last night's disappointing SGA. This season's turning out to be a real yo-yo, bouncing between being exceptional or being really, really stinky. Review of the stinky and some questions to ponder. )

So now I want to know what you'd say if you were getting the big bucks to consult on SGA. What are the three things you'd suggest to make the show better?

Oct. 21st, 2007

I can't believe I'm glad the weekend's over!

Hope it's been a good weekend for everybody. Mine was kinda rough. It started off on a very high note with yet another viewing of SGA's "Doppelganger", which aside from some really odd OOC moments (since when does Rodney fear whales?) is quite possibly my favourite episode of the entire series. And that's saying a lot. Of course there are only the two of them in Shepherd's dream ... as if we didn't already know that.

Then yesterday was all aflutter with the news from JKR that Dumbles is a Big Gay Wizard. Well, duh. )

Sorry for the rant there. I have lots more to say about more of the ludicrous things she "revealed" in that interview (if you're interested, here's a transcription: Part 1 and Part 2) but I'll spare you. All I can say is I'll have what she's having.

Now, when I tell you that I've immersing myself in fandom to avoid the RL craziness that is my family, you'll understand just how bad things really are. :(

Finally, at 11:00 p.m. I'm starting to unwind. This picture helped immensely:

from LJ's verav

And I posted Chapter Six of Architects of Memory, right on schedule. Not sure if I can keep up this pace, work's picking up drastically, but I'll do my best.

Now it's time to sink into Farscape and knitting, and brace myself for Monday.

Sep. 30th, 2007

Is it the weekend yet?

I swear, my plan to take yesterday off and have a long weekend completely backfired.

It started with getting the post in the morning and finding a long-awaited letter from the IRS. (For my new friends, the quick story is that when I moved to Canada I mistakenly paid my taxes to the US; I was audited by the Canadian Revenue Agency last year and had to pay them instead, and I'm entitled to a refund of what I paid the US. I filed this in March and it's supposed to take 6-8 weeks to process.) Unfortunately the letter wasn't the $6000 refund that they owe me; no, it said that they understand that I live in Canada now and paid them in error, but before they can give me my money back they want confirmation from the Canadian government that I'm covered under the social security plan up here. The accountant who prepared my taxes says he's done US returns for 8 years and has never heard of such a thing; the CRA says that this would be a huge administrative burden and they don't provide such a thing. Nonetheless, the woman at the IRS who I finally talked to after waiting on hold for an ungodly length of time said that they can't begin to process my refund until I get something official.

What really gets me about this whole thing (besides the fact that if I owed them $6K they wouldn't be so lackadaisical about waiting six months!) is the assumption that I'm going to be unfairly demanding social security from the US someday. I've known for a decade that that'll be gone waaaaay before it's time for me to collect.

To cheer myself up, I decided to go vote. That helped some, just to remind myself of why I like living up here better than down south. Polls are open every day in Ontario, 9am-9pm, have been for a week and will be up until the 10/10 election. They make it so freaking easy to vote! I walk in, I get handed the paper ballot, and I mark my choice in the big circle by the candidate's name -- none of those pesky issues with lining up ballots or making sure the lines/names match (even in uber-liberal Washington state this could be confusing). Afterwards I told the election officers that I was voting for the first time -- they seemed so tickled about that!

Figuring my day was pretty well shot by that point, I decided to trek over to IKEA. Seriously, I'm glad I wasn't having my blood pressure checked yesterday, because between the IRS and IKEA, I'm sure I was off the scale. I don't know what it is about that store that brings out the stupid in shoppers. However, I did end up getting a mattress -- that they were able to deliver this afternoon!! -- and escaping with most of my sanity intact.

I've been hunkered down at home since then. Last night was SGA!! )

Today (after watching SGA again) I finally got down to writing. I wanted to take part in the [info]phoenix_flies drabble-a-thon, but I felt too guilty that I wasn't working on my own story. I'm determined to stay two chapters ahead of what I'm posting, just in case I need to go back and make any changes. I'm pretty well on track after today, at least if I can manage to finish off this chapter tomorrow.

In any case, I just posted Chapter 3 of "Architects of Memory" in my fic journal. I really enjoyed writing this chapter, it had a lot of very clear visual images, at least in my head; I really hope that translated into the writing!

And I think that's it for me. I'm going to go test drive my comfy new mattress now. Good night, everybody!

Aug. 18th, 2007

Saturday ramblings

I've just got a few things on my mind this morning. First, and most important ...

[info]florida_minxie is pimping an idea that's well overdue. In all the panic and politics, we've been neglecting a very important thing: porn!

Your Mission is...

(1) Pimp this in your journal
(2) Write or Draw fandom smut
(3) Post on September 01
(4) Comment, Comment, Comment

So spread the word, peeps!

Awesome SGA video
This is completely over-the-top wonderful fun, with slow-mo and sparkles and Jefferson Airplane. Thanks to [info]mirabile_dictu for the link.

HP rec of the day
Harry Potter and the Inconvenient Condition by Mirabella: This story was pure sexy fun. Harry's a vampire and Malfoy's got a blood kink. Hermione tries her damnedest to keep them apart, but Ron knows to just give up and enjoy the show. Read it!

Daily LJ rant; or How Your Mar-Com Can Be Even Worse Than LiveJournal's
Uber-peppy cheerleader PepsiBetty says "...be sure to check out Black in Style. If you're tired of those boring Black History Month things, this is a TOTALLY cool new way to view black people! In their totally awesome clothes! It's such a beautiful day, we're going to watch the guys play football!" and then bemoans the fact that her f-list only has two friends.

One of her "friends" is the even more obnoxious PepsiBrian who says "One of my boys passed me an icy bottle of Pepsi Max. I yelled, 'what's this shit!?' and he said, 'just try it, bro.' I was like, 'no, dude. This has ginsing and I ain't one of those new age fags,' but I took a sip and DAMN this shits good!" and then "so like I was sitting with my bros after Football Strategy class, drinking Pepsi MAX, when this one wigger walks by and knocks it over with his $400 pair of Nikes. He then bitches me out because it got on his shoes and I was like 'hell no!' so I picked up the half empty bottle and crammed it down his motherfucking throat. He was all fight until the Pepsi MAX hit his taste buds, and he was like 'damn, bro! This is good shit!' And all was cool." And then he rants about hating Asians for awhile.

This is a marketing campaign? How in the world could someone think this would make a person buy Pepsi? Granted, I'm not their chosen demographic -- they're obviously targeting assholes with shoe sizes larger than their IQs -- but to think they had a marketing team put together something like this? I'm completely baffled.

eta: Some people have suggested that these might be spoof journals. Could be ... what do you guys think?

Saturday plans?
Well, first I have to track down a funny smell in my apartment (o_O) and then it's off to see Stardust. I'll be back to review later today.

Enjoy the weekend!'

Aug. 15th, 2007


[info]seleneheart and I were casually discussing the fact that there didn't seem to be an SGA slash site here at IJ yet. The next thing I know, she's gone and created one and I'm co-modding! So much for the foreplay...

However! You are hereby instructed to go and join [info]atlantisslash, and to pimp it far and wide. I haven't seen many SGA fans over here yet, which I find very disappointing. Let's get something started!