Jun. 16th, 2007 11:01 pm

DW: Utopia

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Oh! That was lovely!

But they didn't do one think I was hoping for: minor spoiler for teaser and credits )
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I've been rewatching series two of the new Dr Who and just finished Age Of Steel. I can't believe I'd forgotten Mrs Moore! She was one of my favorite characters. One thing I love about Dr Who is the inclusion of strong female characters. Blon Fel Fetch. Harriet Jones. Jackie Tyler. That is not to say that I don't like the young folks. Jack, Micky, both doctors, Martha and Rose. But it is nice to see people more like me playing a significant role in that world.

Mrs Moore said she took the name from a book. Does anyone know which one?
Mar. 5th, 2007 02:43 pm


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I'm not sure how often I'll actually use it, since I tend to keep this journal rather sedate, but after hearing Al Murray's impression of what "Dr Who for adults," aka Torchwood, would sound like, I couldn't resist making this:

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Apparently it isn't just Michael Rosenbaum who gets the crazy fans. From this interview with John Barrowman:

"He brought a box that had a vibrator in it, but with a picture of me sitting on a bomb on the front. It was called 'the Captain Jack stimulator' and this guy gave it to me as a gift. He didn't say he used it. It was just a Klingon who gave me a vibrator."

As if John Barrowman talking about vibrators and stimulators wasn't enough, that being thrown into the conversation certainly wasn't expected. He looks at my dropped jaw and just sort of shrugs 'yeah-a-Klingon' before carrying on.

"I went home to Scott and said 'Look, a Klingon's given us a vibrator' and he said 'Well fucking chuck it out 'cos they're filthy.'"

I first got a link to Jonathan Coulton's Skullcrusher Mountain from someone on my friends list and went on to download the rest of his free stuff, which includes some pretty good songs. Skullcrusher mountain has inspired an hilarious filk as well as some slashy fic.

On the topic of cool stuff these pavement drawings are really impressive. I think this one is my favorite.
Feb. 19th, 2007 12:59 pm

Books 6-8

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I didn't like Imperium by Robert Harris as much as his other books. The first half, about Cicero's early legal career was more interesting than the second half, which I think ended too early.

Warchild by Karin Lowachee reminded me of early C.J. Cherryh, before she got so long winded that a whole novel covered less than 24 hours. I think there are two more in this series that I will have to track down.

Keeper by Greg Rucka was a decent thriller that kept my pro-choice hackles raised throughout.
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I'm way behind on watching tv, and it's not as if I'm getting anything else done. But it is a pain to have to bookmark all the Heroes and BSG posts to read later.

I did find a cool page of creepy food manips.

Here's my favorite:

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My daughter's birthday is a few weeks before the release date and I am thinking of preordering the book for her. Can any of you tell me how good Amazon is at getting the book to you on it's release date? We could do the bookstore thing, but I'd rather just get it in the mail.

Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:37 pm

Books 3-5

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I read Sorcery and Cecelia six years ago and didn't realize there were sequels until I saw the third book, The Mislaid Magician, in a bookstore last month. I got the second book, The Grand Tour, from the library. It was perhaps not as good as the first and I was acutely aware of both class issues (these girls have money for a year abroad, personal maids, etc) and technology issues (I had never thought about how cold and uncomfortable carriage travel could be. Overall, a fun book. The third is already on request at the library.

I just finished reading The Tale of Despereaux to my daughters. A good tale, although I found the author's interjections a bit tedious after a while. I think they are making a movie of this, so I'm glad we read the book first.

The first half of Steel Drivin' Man - John Henry - The untold story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson was fascinating. It described how he tracked down who John Henry really was and the roll of the steam drill in his death. It was a historical mystery with lots of interesting tidbits thrown in. The second half was a bit drier and described the evolution of the folksong and it's roll in different communities, but there were still interesting details. The sad thing is, writing this more than a week after finishing the book, I can remember enjoying it, but not many of these interesting tidbits. But, hey! There was a Superman tie-in: John Henry as a proto-man-of-steel in early comics and John Henry Steel in Adventures of Superman #500.
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I was actually kind of hoping Smallville would be my last fandom. But now I find myself rewatching scenes from Torchwood and trying to figure out how long until we get more Captain Jack.

Does anyone know when the new season starts? or the next season of Dr Who?

Any recommended TW fic ljs or communities?
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I enjoyed this episode more than any in some time. Spoilers ahead )
Jan. 19th, 2007 12:57 pm


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I liked this episode overall,

(spoilers) )
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The guy who runs the bad astronomy website posted a link to someone else's flash movie showing the so-called Face on Mars as seen with more recent probes. It is really cool.

While I'm on the topic, he blogged about another film which shows how the full moon changes its appearance over the year due to the slight non-circularity of it's orbit and some wobbling around it's axis.

On a non-science note, I finished book 2 for the year: Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin. This was a young adult novel, a sequel to Gifts which had more of a fantasy element (paranormal abilities). This one was more anthropological. Le Guin has yet to write anything that I prefer to my old favorites of hers (The Left Hand of Darkness and The Tombs of Atuan) but this was a good story.
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Oh my, is Captain Jack ever charming. I might even find myself looking at fanfic for this show, which is saying a lot, since I have stubbornly resisted getting sucked in by any new fandoms since SV.

What is spoiler courtesy for shows already broadcast in their country of origin and not likely to be aired in the US? )
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I read exactly 50 books last year, if you include the 3 audio books I listened to while at the gym. I hope to read at least as many this year, partially by cutting back on web surfing.

My first book of 2007 is The Last of Her Kind by by Sigrid Nunez.

I forget where on the web I saw this book recommended. It might even have been here on my friends list. I enjoyed reading this book tremendously. I think one reason is that, while I was too young to really be aware of the political activism in the late 60's and early 70's, let alone participate, I find it fascinating to read about things that happened while I was growing up. This book is incredibly rich and has a wonderfully strong narrative voice. I highly recommend it.
Jan. 1st, 2007 12:30 am


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I only made one resolution last year (more nookie) which I'm pleased to say I kept. This year I'll try a few more. (Repeating last years is a given).

In no particular order:

1. Read more books, fewer blogs

2. Eat less junk

3. Make time to listen to my kids regularly

4. Get my youngest fully weaned, potty trained and into his own room by December 2007.

I think these are the ones I am serious about. I'd like to post more often, but SV hasn't inspired much this season.

Can I make resolutions for AlMiles? 1: More clex, even if it's rifty angsty clex. 2: Clear, consistent character motivation. Number 2 is probably more important, but I don't think they are capable of it.

Happy New Year Everyone!
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You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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A few weeks ago someone posted links to the deleted scenes from season 5. I didn't get them because we were in the middle of a computer upgrade and I fogot where they were. Does anyone know if they are still available?

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I'm Nicola Tesla! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

I didn't know Tesla was so cool. He built a frog catching machine as a child.
(Hm, the link the test provides just gives the picture, not the bio. That's a shame.)
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While I am firmly in favor of lumping Pluto with the soon-to-be more than 50 confirmed similar outer solar system objects, I found this hysterically funny.

On a related note, a poll:

[Poll #806720]

I loved Land of the Lost when I was young and felt sad when I learned that there is no such thing as a Brontosaurus. So I can sympathize with those who think Pluto should still be considered a regular planet. But the planet/dwarf planet distinction makes a lot more sense in light of what we are still learning about the solar system.
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A quick question for those who have seen the movie: is it too violent for a 10 year old? How about an 8 year old?
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I fell asleep with my toddler Thursday night so I had to avoid LJ all day yesterday.
But now that I've seen it ... )
May. 5th, 2006 07:44 am


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spoilers )
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LJ Interests meme results

  1. angel:
    This is probably out of date. And to be accurate, it should be Lindsey instead of Angel. Season 1 and 2 Lindsey. Later Lindsey not so much.
  2. astronomy:
    My profession, even though I've been bogged down in the technical end of things for the past several years.
  3. buffy:
    Also out of date. I never read the fanfic much and the show is off the air, but I'd love to get my hands on mp3s of Once More With Feeling.
  4. chocolate:
    Mmm. Especially dark chocolate. Truffles with coffee, hazelnut, orange or raspberry. No liquers.
  5. figure skating:
    I'm a little burned out on this what with the olympics and all. I still have lot on Tivo I haven't watched, but will probably get to in rerun season. I would love to see Kwan come back if she is healthy enough, but doubt she will be. I hope Weir gets his act together as I love his skating.
  6. gardening:
    I am limited in what I can grow due to deer, groundhogs and a toddler, but I like working on the garden bit by bit, even if it takes a few years to get everything set up the way I'd like it.
  7. smallville:
    Lex, Clex, Clark, Lionel back when his character had continuity and people remembered he was evil. I still watch the show but it is getting more painful. I love the fanfic and get a little sad when favorite authors get pulled away to shiny new fandoms.

Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.

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I saw some great stuff on TV last night. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (DVD) was lots of fun. I wasn't expecting a lot, but they really did a good job with it.

Then there was Smallville ... )
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Octavia Butler, MacArthur Foundation grant winner, Nebula winner, great science fiction writer died over the weekend. She was 58.

Kindred was my favorite of her books, but I enjoyed all of them, particularly the Xenogenesis series. She will be missed.
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Am I the only one who disagrees with Roslin?

spoilers )
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Do to a screw up with our TIVO, we didn't record Justice league last night. Does anyone know where I can find a torrent for it?

ETA Never mind, found one.
Jan. 13th, 2006 11:32 am

SV Fanatic

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For once I agree with something Bo Kent said.

cut for spoilers )
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The Kansas supreme court just ruled that they can't have longer sentences for statutory rape involving same sex couples than for cases involving opposite sex couples. Matthew Limon, who had received a 17 year sentence instead of the 13-15 months he would have received for a heterosexual encounter, will likely be re-sentenced and/or released.

OB CLEX: I guess, since Clark is 18 (shouldn't he be 19 if he was 15 in the 1st season?) this doesn't change the situation between him and Lex
Oct. 7th, 2005 11:30 am


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Serenity was good, but not great. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more or less if I had never seen the TV series? In a movie, there is less time for individual character development and the larger plot has to come to some closure. In the series, the larger plot carried over from episode to episode and could have taken years to resolve, but the fun was in the smaller escapades and character interactions. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had gotten to watched two previously unknown TV episodes rather than the movie. But if I had never seen Firefly, I might have enjoyed just getting to know the crew without missing the richness that was in the series.

My favorite bit of meta )
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Clark, you're an astronomy buff. You know the difference between a galaxy and a solar system. At least when Blake's 7 made that mistake it made a good, if unintentional, sight gag.

Poor John Glover. Are you signed on throught year seven, too?
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From Lisa Tuttle's The Mysteries a pretty good fantasy/mystery story:

...the baby is part of you. At first, she can't survive without you. And then, more and more, she can. Until, finally, she can't survive with you--everything you try to do for her is wrong--so you just have to let go, and stand back, and let them make their own mistakes and realize, maybe, they aren't mistakes, they're just somebody else's life.


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