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nebula--iamza
Taking advantage of heatwave to laze about in A/C comfort and watch Person of Interest. Thoughts so far (two point five discs in):

Cut for possible spoilers...Collapse )

Tomorrow, I am definitely leaving the house. For the first time in a week...

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Better late...?

daleks--meret
Merry Christmas, those who celebrate it!

And to everybody, may your Tuesday be/have been a good one.

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And 2012 starts with a grump

nebula--iamza
Nuts, the next big supernatural/paranormal romance thing is going to be angels again, isn't it. It's like a circle: angels, faeries, vampires, werewolves, angels, faeries, vampires, werewolves, angels...and on and on and on.

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Holiday wishes

daleks--meret
Happy holidays, everyone. And if I don't post before then, happy 2012, too!

(Sorry, kind of wrapped up in work projects at the moment, so posting will be light for the rest of the year. All six days of it. Six days?! WTF, where did the rest of 2011 go? *hands*)

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Today's lesson learned

nebula--iamza
Q: How do you know when your baked potato is cooked through?

A: It explodes in the oven...

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Meh

tv--made by me
Three thoughts after watching the first two episodes of The Vampire Diaries Season 1:

1. I'm ageist. I don't think that watching century old men chasing after pretty high-school girls is cute or endearing or romantic. I find it creepy as fuck. Not to mention there's the whole dead thing, and the throat ripping thing, and these guys are centuries old and chasing after schoolgirls!

Yeah, maybe this series isn't for me.

2. At least the vampire played by Ian Somerhalder is supposed to be scary and creepy and just generally evil. And the fact that he's being mean to Stefan makes me like him a whole lot more.

Still, dead. And centuries old. And throats. Ugh.

3. Why is it that teenage TV heroines all have dark and/or tragic pasts? Is normal happy childhood the new code for freak?


Yeah, I think I'm ready for the next big thing that isn't vampires now. Unless it's angels.

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So, you want to be special...

reading--livia
After reading a few more Amanda Hocking novels, I am beginning to wonder why I'm still reading these books. I mean, I was quite impressed with Switched, the first book in Hocking's Trylle trilogy -- partly because I knew nothing about the book before starting it, and so had no preconceived ideas about what the story would be about or how things would unfold, and so everything that happened seemed to come out of left field. I really wasn't expecting much from Switched, so finding the story entertaining made it feel about a million times better.

But then, about halfway through Torn, the second book in the trilogy, it was hammered home to me that the whole reason for these books is simply to see if Wendy and her soulmate can get together or not.

I decided to try Hocking's "My Blood Approves" books to see if they were any better, but really, the first three books have been more of the same. Spoilery comments on books to follow...Collapse ) This entry was originally posted at http://iamza.dreamwidth.org/484217.html. There are comment count unavailable comments there for this post.

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I think I found a new fandom love...

nebula--iamza
Newcastle has eaten my brain, and there is no fanfic about it! (Well, I did find one Fergus/Andy fic, but it kinda didn't work for me because I want the whole friendship thing continued from the movie, and less of the "longing looks instantly equals twuluv4eva!" aspect. Apparently, not only am I a spoiled entitled fan, I'm a spoiled entitled fan who wants fanfic written to order. And preferably written by somebody else because I am a much better reader than I am a writer).

Instead, I am reduced to reading reviews -- some of which make me squint because, wait, did the reviewer actually watch the movie all the way through with the sound turned on? -- and interviews with the cast (which are kind of depressing to read because most of the cast appears to be just out of high school). (Although I did have to laugh at one of the interviews, where Lachlan Buchanan (Jesse) is telling a story about how some lady in Australia sent him a picture of herself and her cat, and how he doesn't know what he's supposed to do with it, and I'm thinking, well, clearly you need to send her back a shirtless signed photograph of yourself and your cat! Cat-pals, dude, why is this so hard to understand? And then I remembered he's just out of high school, and I got depressed all over again).

Really, though, I think I want a Newcastle rewrite, which makes the Jesse storyline the subplot. Frankly, the best parts of the movie were not the parts with Jesse in them. He pouts and whines and sulks about how tough he has it, all while sitting on a beach next to the bright blue sea, and living in a home where he has two parents who care for him and feed him, and, well, I just wanted to punch him in the nose. A lot. (Of course, it doesn't help that there were a few too many moments where I recognized myself in him -- the getting jealous and possessive over friends, in particular).

No, if there's ever a remake, I hope it'd be more about Andy and Fergus, because this is the relationship that, to me, makes the movie. Well, this relationship and the surfing. I could watch the surfing all day long...and I don't even know anything about surfing!

Speaking of surfing, I watched Billabong Odyssey yesterday. OMG, the first two minutes alone are worth the price of rental! The size of the waves in this film have to be seen to be believed, and the image of tiny men on skinny planks of wood sliding down the face of them just highlights how massively huge the waves are (and also how utterly insane the big wave surfers must be to go out there). 'Course, they don't show the really EPIC wipe-outs until right near the end of the film, long after the audience is salivating about jumping on a ship, surfboard in hand, and steering towards the nearest hurricane induced waves they can find. Or was that just me?

One other minor observation: Funny how all the biggest and best waves are also located in beautifully scenic paradise spots like Tahiti and Hawaii and somewhere off the coast of Mexico. :-D

Now, I kind of want to learn how to surf. Or possibly I'm coming down with a heady case of early-onset midlife crisis... :-(

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nebula--iamza
I have discovered I find astronomical objects in general, and the moon in particular, a whole lot less interesting at 4 a.m. (especially when I only got to bed at 1 a.m. on account of leaving the office at midnight). I looked out the window, and lo, the moon was glowing with a bright planet right next to it, and all I could think was, "Who forgot to turn the bloody lights off?!"

On the other hand, waking up at 4 a.m. means three whole hours to read before I have to get ready for work!

On the other, other hand, despite having three extra hours to get ready for work this morning, I was still the last one to arrive. I think my brain shifted into neutral while I wasn't paying attention...

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Things I have learned about Texan cockroaches

nebula--iamza
1. They are HUGE.

2. They move both quickly and like mini-ninjas through the night. One minute, you're enjoying a quiet moment looking in the mirror, and the next there's a bloody cockroach right there beside you, checking out his antennae.

3. They like bathtubs.
3a. Especially when buckets of water are thrown into the bathtub to try to drown them.
3b. They know how to swim.

4. 11 p.m at night is not the most opportune time to figure out how to get rid of unwanted visitors of the six-legged kind. (Hi, neighbours, sorry about the yelling and splashing).

5. No matter how much I hate them, standing on cockroaches is right out. (I was once told that the one thing you didn't want to do with cockroaches was step on them because they have these sticky eggs that will glue themselves to the soles of your shoes. So, just when you think you've gotten rid of the damn things, there'll be an explosion of cockroach babies following in your footsteps. Now, the last thing I want to do at 11 p.m. at night when faced with a giant mutant Texan cockroach splashing about doing backstroke in the bathtub is google to check if this is an urban myth or not. After all, better safe and feeling stupid than sorry and being kicked out of my apartment by an army of cockroach babies).

6. Newspaper was invented for situations like this.
6a. Thank god I signed up for that "free newspaper on Sundays except for the whole part where I still have to pay for it" deal.
6b. Squooshed cockroaches have an approximate surface area three times their actual size...
6c. Throwing trash out for the next six months is going to be half mad Syfy adventure, half science experiment.
6d. If there is an invasion of pissed-off, people-eating, pool-loving mutant Texan cockroaches that take over the southern states, it was probably my fault. Sorry.

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A book or three before tea

reading--livia
1. Part of the fun, I am discovering, of getting back into reading after a fairly long break is the joy of finding fantastic new authors with large backlists. Except now I'm padding out the backlist to-read pile of new favourite authors with authors whose works I know I enjoy reading marginally less because once that backlist is gone, it's gone...

Still, it could be worse. I could be reading something like Gordon Kendall's White Wing, which is awesome and amazing SF, somewhat Battlestar Galactica-esque (the old version) in flavour -- and is also the only book I've found by that author. (Of course, I then bought copies of White Wing from two different publishers (one UK, one US (the UK cover is so much prettier!)), so there's the illusion of more than one Kendall novel on my bookshelf).

2. I am kind of in two minds about reading Stephen King's The Colorado Kid:

On the one hand, I mostly enjoy King's novels -- especially his more recent ones -- and I am beginning to really love Haven, and Haven is based on The Colorado Kid, and so it should all be good, right?

On the other hand, Haven isn't a straight TV adaption of The Colorado Kid the way Peter Jackson's LOTR films seemed to be of JRR Tolkien's books (or at least, the first film seemed to me to follow the first book pretty closely. I never did get around to reading the second and third books in the trilogy to compare and contrast against their movie equivalents. For me, there is not enough caffeine in the world to combat the Zzz-power of Tom Bombadil's poetry). I mean, you have only read the back cover of the novel, and watch the Haven pilot to know that "based on" does not equal "same story, different medium". The characters in Haven seem very different from those in the novel.

And, well, I've been following this story from the POV of the TV characters. I'm not sure I want to read a story that doesn't have Audrey Parker and Nathan Wournos front and center. (Also, um, I am really hoping the Syfy version has a better ending because the novel's ending seems to catch an awful lot of flack from the amazon reviewers! *grin*)

Perhaps, once the TV series is done, and I find myself in need of another great author's extensive backlist, I will see things slightly differently.

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Lost in time

nebula--iamza
Wow, I'm lazy. I keep meaning to update, and get as far as navigating to the update page and sitting and staring at the empty box, waiting for inspiration to strike. Alas, inspiration is not lightning nor my fingers a rod -- hence the ongoing lack of updates.

I am finally reading manga again -- did you know it was available on the kindle? Awesome! Except for the whole part where the text is too tiny and faded to read. Really, I need to download the kindle software for my laptop -- except that kind of pisses me off because isn't the whole point of owning a kindle that you can read all your books on it, so you only need to lug around one electronic reading device?

Some of the more recent manga releases do a better job of upping the contrast so the letters aren't a muted grey on a pale grey background, but more black on grey, which is slightly more legible. But I'd still love to have the option to be able to zoom in a bit, so that there isn't this 1 centimetre-wide empty border around the edge of the scanned manga page, mocking me with its screen wastage.

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O.O

nebula--iamza
Whee, new glasses! New frames are awesome; new lenses make me feel like I'm living at the bottom of a fishbowl. It's kind of dizzy-making, and cool, and also dizzy-making -- I kind of want to get really drunk to see if that makes the world spin into focus again... :-D

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Jun. 16th, 2010

nebula--iamza
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch: Cosmos, with Carl Sagan. Given the show was made in 1980, it's a little out of date, but the joy and enthusiasm and sense of wonder that Carl Sagan brings to discussions about the universe and our place in it are unsurpassed. 

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30 days of TV (again)

nebula--iamza
Day 07: Least favourite episode of favourite showCollapse )

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30 days of TV (cont.)

tv--made by me
Day 4: Favourite Show ever...Collapse )

Day 5: Show I hate...Collapse )

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30 days of TV (Day 3)

tv--made by me
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this TV season):

On this one, I'm going with Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The violence and sex are beyond OTT, but the story has heart, and the full frontal nudity is equal opportunity. Batiatus is a pretty awesome worm, and I loved watching Lucretia and Batiatus plot and scheme to better their fortunes through the course of the season. I also liked watching the rivalry between Crixus and Spartacus -- kind of a foreshadowing of events to come. It's not Rome, but Spartacus: Blood and Sand was a lot of fun to watch.

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30 days of TV (cont.)

sci-fi--livia
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching: Hmm, tough one. There are a few shows that I wish more people were watching. Eureka, Sanctuary, Fringe, Chuck... (Since I used Legend of the Seeker for yesterday's question, I'm going to leave that one off the list for today. Oh wait, no, I'm not. :-P )

Heh, I sense a theme. Why don't more people watch scifi/fantasy shows anyway?

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30 days of TV meme

tv--made by me
(snagged from everyone, everywhere)

Day 01 - A show that should never have been cancelled:

Hmm. For me, the answer to this question changes with the year. I mean, last year I would have answered SGA, for sure; the year before, I'd probably have gone with The 4400; the year before that, Firefly or Farscape. This year, though, I'm going with Legend of the Seeker.

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Women writers meme

nebula--iamza
(snagged from marag )

The Rules of the Game Are:
Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count).
*Star those you don't recognize
Unmarked are those whose work you have not read

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