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Reading:

1) Just began reading The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader. The intro is thoughtful, as you can imagine, and I look forward to reading the rest.

2) I often ask the kids to recommend books to me (partly because I like YA and partly as something to talk about with them). Right now, I'm in the middle of City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare. I have some vague notion that there was some dust-up about her in fannish communities, but I don't remember details. Anyway, the book is fine. The kind of recreational reading I enjoy, but so far, there's nothing exceptional about it.

3) And speaking of what I usually read, I'm reading Chronos, which appears to be a monster-movie-ish thing, aout a gigantic sea creature that's threatening to gobble up everyone. Not my usual thing, and that would have made me put it down sooner, but the writing is decent and I'm almost out of books that aren't packed away, so I'll stick with it for now.

4) Next up will be Hour of the Rat, by Lisa Brackmann.

Watching:

James and I cycle through (mostly) old TV series for our evening hangout time. We did Columbo, most of the Star Trek series (we couldn't bear Enterprise, so we quit), Farscape, Murder She Wrote, Miss Marple, the Suchet Poirot, Miss Fisher, and now we're re-re-watching Columbo, which is probably our favorite.

On my own, I have been binge-watching some series:

1) caught up on Orange Is the New Black, which I find to be troubling in terms of how it handles race, but also terribly good television.

2) Also watched all that Netlix has of Last Tango in Halifax, which is quiet and beautiful and soap-opera-ish. The acting is really good and the characters are complicated and engaging.

3) Then I switched to Happy Valley, which is an intense crime drama with one of the lead actors from Halifax (she also played Miss Foster in the adipose episode of Doctor Who).

4) And I've just started Awake, which I'll need to watch more of before deciding. It's got an odd premise, but it may be fun to see how they handle it.

Notes

Apr. 9th, 2011 02:09 pm
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1) Probably sick. Fortunately, also off work for a few days.

2) [personal profile] maevele speaks for me.

3) Listening to an album start to finish. I don't do that much. Really enjoying it.

4) The boyfiend and the kid cleaned the house yesterday, so when I got home from a late and frustrating day at work, there was clean and peace to come home to. I love them a very huge lot.

5) I keep looking at my financial aid offer letter and shaking my head with disbelief. It's a lot of money, and a lot of help in making my long-awaited dream come true. I am in awe.

6) That said, I really really really am feeling impatient for April 29th to come, so that I can know where I'll be going to school!

Merlin

Feb. 26th, 2011 07:59 pm
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[Alert: there may be spoilers for the TV show "Merlin" in the comments]

So, I've seen maybe six or eight minutes of the first episode of the first season.

Magic = Queerness, yes/no?
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Quoting [personal profile] stonebender, who made the meme: "I'm not much for best or favorite kind of lists. I can always think of several whatevers that would fit in whatever category. So feel free to pick one or more than one to answer any of these. I'd be interested in people's answers, so letting me know where your responses are would be great. I'm going to leave the meme here without my answers. I'll answer the meme in another post. One last thing: context and stories are encouraged." [Note: I'll put a blank set of questions into comments.]

Cut because I care. )
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Because I've had little or no energy to do actual stuff lately, I've been watching a lot of videos and reading a lot, so I thought I'd share. It gets quite long, and in reading it over, I realize I mostly review stuff based on how much fun I found it. Fortunately, I'm okay with being that shallow.

Things I've been reading, with mild spoilers:

The Second Book of Fritz Lieber )

Scarpetta )

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland )

The Outline of Science, Volume 1 )

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes )


Things I've been watching, with spoilers

Robin Hood (BBC) )

MI-5 (Spooks) (BBC) )

Farscape )

Heroes )

Lost (oops!) )


The Oscar-nominated animated shorts )

The Hurt Locker )

Of the other nominees, I saw Up a while back (I liked it fine; nothing special) and District 9 in the theater (I disliked it). I also got A Serious Man and Inglourious Basterds from Netflix and will do my best to see them before the Oscars this weekend. Doesn't look like I'll get around to seeing the live-action shorts.

This year, we're just going to have a quiet Oscar viewing at [personal profile] stonebender's. We haven't invited anyone who's bored by the whole Oscar thing (which includes everyone I live with), because they tend to harsh on our mellow. So popcorn and soda and Oscars with my boy and a movie-loving friend, pure and simple, is the plan.
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Wisecrack quote of the evening, from gorgeous African-American comedian Andre Kelly: "And they think they can invite their gay friends to every wedding. I don't want to go -- I can't get married, why would I wanna go to your wedding? You know what I'm sayin'? Really! If this were 1950, I wouldn't want to go and watch you vote, either."
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You get stuck with my newly found pop culture knowledge, which just now is that Judy Gold, whom I've always loved, is a lesbian, and she and her partner have two kids. ("My partner had a C-section, and I had a vaginal birth, because I'm the guy.")

Wisecrack

Jun. 7th, 2009 11:34 pm
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My furlough (unpaid three-week vacation) started this afternoon. I'm watching TV and not even worrying about being too tired for work tomorrow, yay!

If you have Netflix and like stand-up comedy, they've got Wisecrack on Watch Instantly, and it's a lot of fun. Wisecrack is a gay and lesbian (maybe bi/trans, but not so far) comedy program. Right now I'm watching Alec Mapa, and he's great.
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1) Seems I'm among many people whose weekend plans turned into "Oops, sick. Staying in bed." Ah, well. Glad I don't have to be at work early tomorrow.

2) [livejournal.com profile] mommaduck bought me this! I'll let you know tomorrow if it means I can now sleep through the night.

3) [livejournal.com profile] simplykimberly is a better source for pet-related cuteness than Cute Overload and LOLcats put together (youtube video; sound makes it MUCH cuter)

4) Evil Dead the Musical! [clips]

5) Looks like I'll have two weeks off from work, and [livejournal.com profile] wtfpotatoes will probably be visiting her parents for that time. I'm resisting any and all urges to make plans for that time beyond working on the magazine, puttering around my house, and having sex. Never thought I'd have any need to *plan* sex, but that was pre-teenager. :-)

6) Current favorite podcasts: Selected Shorts, Quirks and Quarks, Between the Covers, and This American Life
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My current faves among the podcasts I've been listening to, in no particular order:

1) Quirks and Quarks (CBC) -- did you know they're finding ways to make severed spinal cords pass signals without reattaching them, using phosphorescent algae? Well, they ARE, no shit!

2) Vinyl Cafe (CBC) -- like Lake Wobegon, but not in Minnesota

3) Escape Pod -- hit or miss on story quality; A+ for the geekboy host who knows that "science fiction" gets demerits if there's magic in it

4) Daily Mayo (BBC) -- good daily talk show. The ones I listened to today had Steve Guttenberg being all cute about doing Panto and John Barrowman being all cute about his new album.

5) A Point of View (BBC) -- Today's thoughtful radio essay was on how movies glamorize violence and evil by removing historical context. He hit on what I disliked about "Schindler's List" -- the movie made it all about the people who survived and how one person can make a difference, when the real story was the people who died and that it took armies to make a real difference -- not comfortable truths, just truths.
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Movie survey stolen from clawfoot )
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Forgot to post the answers to the music thing yesterday. Well, actually, I forgot to do anything except sleep. This cold kicked my butt, but here they are: )

Music

Sep. 27th, 2008 07:31 am
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I think I may have a cold. I don't *want* a cold, but it reinforces my plan to spend the whole weekend resting and puttering around my house.

Used to be I couldn't do the randomize-your-music-player memes, because I had a stack of CDs that weren't on a music player, but now I have my own personal jukebox, so I stole this from [livejournal.com profile] micheinnz:

Put your music player on random.
Post the first line from the first 32 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

(I'm also leaving out the ones that have the song title as the first line -- too easy.)

I took 'first line' to mean first coherent clause, unless there wasn't one. :-) And I may have gotten some wrong. )
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There's a movie meme thingy going around, and I'm weary of bolded/italicized lists, but there were stories for two of the movies, so I'll post that instead.

ET: The Extraterrestrial: This is the only movie I ever remember going to with my family as a group. My mom and my two brothers and I stood in line for something like four hours. The theater had made an event of it. They'd even brought in this guy who was a locally famous mime and juggler to entertain the crowd, and they were passing out bottled water. I was around sixteen. I liked the movie, but didn't think it was as huge a deal as it was being made out to be. Still, it was An Event, and it was fun to have that memory to share with my siblings, who were 10 and 13 at the time.

Titanic: Never did see that. Didn't have any interest in seeing it in the theater, and then when my family rented it on video, they wanted me to come watch it with them. So I tore myself away from the computer, where I was nurturing a new love affair with TOTGA, and sat in the living room. I can still remember how fidgety and bored I was. I did not WANT to be watching a movie about love. I wanted to be down in the computer room talking about this new love experience I was having, with the person I was having it with. I think I lasted about 45 minutes. It was excruciating. I neglected my family a lot those nine months.
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MI5 ("Spooks" in the UK; understandable why they changed the name for US consumption) sure doesn't fuck around, does it?

No spoilers, but damn.

(there may be spoilers in comments, however)
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Yesterday was a Convergence of sorts -- my "day job" and two of my contract gigs? All. Needed. My. Full. Attention. Holy fuck, I worked hard yesterday.

And I got it all done. I even worked while we watched Chuck and Heroes and JourneyMan (liked them all enough to continue watching, but didn't have three hours to spend not working).

I am the rockin'est of rockin' people. And now to decide whether or not five hours of sleep will suffice.
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More brief-with-spoilers reviews of the new fall season:

Spoilers: Reaper; Cane )

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