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May 29th, 2015

The end of editing

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One reason I no longer see a book's commercial publication status as some mark of quality can be put to an experience in the 90s. I was so incensed by the sloppy, rip-off nature of this book that I wrote to Pocket Books to demand my money back. (No, I never received a reply). I thought the letter had gotten deleted along with a lot of other old stuff from my early computer.

However, I discovered a copy while going through a bunch of office supplies for Freecycle. I've long ago forgiven a lot of egregious stuff in fanfic if it's otherwise a good story, but from a published book? Sorry, not willing to cut much slack.

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May 25th, 2015

1) Part meta/part review of the recent iZombie episodes (through 1.10) Read more...Collapse )

2) Ripper Street Read more...Collapse )

3) Turn Read more...Collapse )

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May 23rd, 2015

More endings plus deja vu

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1) Everything old is new again. Reading about how companies are increasingly creating their own press outlets for information makes me think about the early days of TV and radio when single companies sponsored shows. Not entirely the same as a company starting its own magazine or podcast, but certainly all about moving into content. Read more...Collapse )

2) Speaking of advertising, this UK campaign to adopt pets has them following people around a shopping center on billboards.

3) The Flash finale Read more...Collapse )

4) Call the Midwife Read more...Collapse )

5) Mr. Selfridge Read more...Collapse )

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May 20th, 2015

The End of Everything

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Appropriately, Mike is currently programming our replacement DVR. After a technical failure we had to change devices and luckily for us it happened when most of our viewing was going on hiatus, because we've been watching stuff like crazy to clear its memory. I haven't said much about some of these shows but for what it's worth:

1) Avengers Age of Ultron Read more...Collapse )

2) Agents of SHIELD finale Read more...Collapse )

3) The ongoing departures at the Daily Show are getting a little depressing. Read more...Collapse )

4) Although I've generally been enjoying The Nightly Show, the recent appearance of Vincent Kartheiser was a total waste of time. Seriously, could no one think of anything more interesting to discuss with him than the finale of a show 3 days away?

5) Mad Men finale Read more...Collapse )

6) Gotham finale Read more...Collapse )

7) Once Upon a Time's finale Read more...Collapse )

8) Forever Read more...Collapse )

9) Arrow Read more...Collapse )

10) Castle Read more...Collapse )

11) Brooklyn Nine-Nine Read more...Collapse )

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May 5th, 2015

1) The starlings have been caught! Read more...Collapse )

2) The season finale of Vikings Read more...Collapse )

3) S2 of Broadchurch was, I thought, as good as the 1st. Read more...Collapse )

4) Mike and I have taken part in his workplace bowling league for the past year. The play is very low key, which is a good thing given how terrible I am at it. Read more...Collapse )

5) I don't buy many items for the apartment, mostly because there's so much in it already and I hate clutter. But this fish bowl seems to win people over. Read more...Collapse )

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May 1st, 2015

Have you missed our birdies? Well there's a full report below -- and we do have our first nest but it's a bit of a surprise this year. Read more...Collapse )

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April 29th, 2015

Continuing the Struggle

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1) Mad Men is finally going somewhere interesting in its last episodes. Read more...Collapse )

2) Granted it's in the NY Post but even so this comment seems especially clueless. Writing about "the sturdy series that don’t pretend to revolutionize TV" their comment on Castle was Read more...Collapse )

3) I was amused when watching the "making of" feature of The Imitation Game that a co-star commented on what a hot streak Cumberbatch was on, playing Sherlock, Stephen Hawking, and Alan Turing. Irony there, given that Hawking was played by the actor who beat Cumberbatch for the Oscar he might have gotten for playing Turing. (Presumably he'd meant Julian Assange)

4) Community continues to delight -- I'm enjoying this season as much as ever Read more...Collapse )

5) The anniversary season of Dancing With the Stars has had some memorable dances so far. For once, Derek Hough's numbers have not been among my favorites. Two of the latest were Riker's "Pirates of the Carribean" dance (not least because he was so clearly an enthusiastic Jack Sparrow fanboy), and the wonderful choreography Sharna Burgess came up with to feature paraplegic contestant Noah Galloway.






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April 18th, 2015

I watch TV, ask me how

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1) Today I was finally offered a survey I really wanted to take. It turned out to be about Netflix and high quality TV programming, but very specifically about the latest season of House of Cards, its characters and plotlines. It was very detailed (sometimes too much so as I was forced to use terms I didn't think applied). I was finally asked what any fan generally wants to be offered as a question: "If you could tell the producers of HOUSE OF CARDS to change just one thing about the show, what would it be."

I'm curious what others would have answered if offered the choice? Spoilers for S3 under the cutCollapse )

2) We didn't find out about the free on-demand week until it was almost over. The result was that we binge-watched Outlander over a weekend. Read more...Collapse )

3) I caught the latest episode of iZombie through On Demand as I haven't been watching it. Hearing it was Rob Thomas' new series was of interest, but given how Veronica Mars devolved, it wasn't something I was rushing to see either. Read more...Collapse )

4) Lastly, speaking of the unexpected, during my viewing of iZombie I caught the CW superhero vs. villain showdown. Read more...Collapse )

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April 11th, 2015

The XX factor

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1) Because I have news alerts set for fanfiction and other fandom terms, I tend to come across a lot of not well written college (and sometimes younger) newspaper columns. However, I came across one the other day that, while not about fandom, is about the experience of growing up female in the U.S. I thought it was a good read, maybe you will too.

2) Speaking of good reads and the experience of being female in the public eye, A NY Times profile had some interesting thoughts about interpreting what Orphan Black is saying about that. No significant spoilers for the new season that I saw, but if you want to stay completely unspoiled about the series so far, best skip it.

3) Also about being female, I found the perspective in this movie review, which doesn't actually say much about the film, to be eye opening. It certainly explains why internalized hatred leads to less diverse representation on screen. But this quote amused me: "As someone once said, “You are not fat, you have fat. You also have fingernails but you are not fingernail.”

4) Looks like .fan is a domain coming soon.

5) Always great to hear about someone's plan to recycle and simultaneously solve problems.


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March 31st, 2015

Like in the icon

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1) I'm so ready for spring. When I went out for a walk the sky was so blue and clouds so fluffy that it seemed like it must be photoshopped. The tulips are starting to poke their shoots out of the ground and one of the trees near our windows is popping out red buds. It was a nice comfortable temperature and made me just want to sit outside and look at the sky.

2) I was reading a definition of culture (by Larry Samovar and Richard Porter in Communication Between Cultures) as "the language, values, beliefs, traditions, and customs people share and learn."

That made me ponder how localized fandom cultures can be and where they overlap. For example some areas of fandom use different terms for the same things, or have traditions that are shared by no other fandom. But then the same fandom can be very divided in terms of beliefs (such as about certain key characters), and I'm not sure what would count as common values. Read more...Collapse )

3) I'm rather excited by the announcement of Jon Stewart's replacement. Read more...Collapse )

4) This brought me to tears. They give a written summary but nothing will beat listening to the whole 2 minutes.

5) While Perception was never a great show, I liked different things it did and was sorry to hear it's been cancelled. Read more...Collapse )


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March 28th, 2015

Goodbye & Welcome Back!

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1) We have another lone duck (and this is definitely a duck and not a goose!)



This was the only photo I was able to snap before it spooked. At first I thought it was a mallard but it seemed a little small somehow. It wasn't until I uploaded the photo that I could see it really was a different kind of duck. Well, either that or it's got quite a mutation.

2) Ever wondered what mourning dove courting looks like? We've tried catching it on video but every time we do they spot us and stop. However, through repeated observation I can say it follows these steps. Read more...Collapse )

3) What the ephemeral Internet means for the future. Read more...Collapse )

4) So Glee finished its run. Read more...Collapse )

5) Oh Community, I've missssssed you! Read more...Collapse )

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March 18th, 2015

Pretty Sights & Ugly Truths

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1) We seem to have a new lone duck out on the lake:



No idea if it got lost while migrating or what.

2) We've also had some nice sunsets lately. What I liked about this shot was the way the yellow light seemed to be shooting up like a sword. Read more...Collapse )

3) From a Joss Whedon retweet: "This comic about race, skin color, and how it's portrayed—and asked to be portrayed—in comics is fantastic."

4) The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous "Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective." Read more...Collapse )

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March 15th, 2015

Ravens are not your friend

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1) When we drove home yesterday we passed a squirrel and raven fighting. We circled around and parked across from them to watch. At that point the squirrel had run up a tree while the raven it had fought with remained on the ground. Read more...Collapse )

2) Looks like Autostraddle picked out The Top 10 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Femslash Fics

3) Good article in the Atlantic about sex and disability that targets a lot of different issues. "Some disabled people argue that the state should decriminalize sexual-assistance services for people who are not able to have sex independently, and even fund them to use these services. Others call for other forms of help, such as peer support on subjects like how to regain sexual confidence after acquiring an impairment. There is broad agreement that sex education should be more inclusive of disability. And disabled people would like to challenge the negative attitudes that mean that they are not seen as valid sexual partners."

4) For Petzi, The Highland Mall's redevelopment seems something to shoot for.

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March 13th, 2015

Nature Drama Post 1

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1) Our temperatures have soared in the past 10 days, which has thrilled us. It's not warm but it's also no longer cold. The wildlife is also feeling the itch to be active. In the first day when our mounds of snow began to melt off into rivers of water, the robins were out in force. In the small area near our mailboxes, at least 10 were hopping about the muddy ground eagerly chasing out worms. Read more...Collapse )

2) We also had another surprise today -- a return visit from the hawk! Read more...Collapse )

3) I finished Netflix's Happy Valley in a few days. Apart from amusing me with its scattering of very differently cast actors (The vengeful O'Brien is an empathetic former heroin addict! The prim and proper Miss Audrey is a baton battling police sergeant! Grantchester's crime-solving pastor is a psychopathic rapist!) it was certainly a wonderfully complex story with such a collection of human failures at its core. I thought the character of Catherine Cawood was one of the most interesting women I've seen on screen in some time. What a plum role!

4) So one, NPR ran a story about how schools are dealing with gender identity issues, and how some children will likely face an easier time in the future. And then there was this.

5) Seriously? " Hello Barbie is WiFi connected and uses speech recognition to respond to kids. The doll will record children's voices and send the data to the cloud, where it can be stored for up to two years. "


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March 5th, 2015

We could all die today

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1) Amusing coincidence. I was listening to a story on "The Moth" of a guy describing how he overcame fear of flying, and as he said in realization "I could die today" the broadcast was interrupted by the Emergency Broadcast System signal. Personally I think that would be a good prefix to the signal when it's not just a test.

2) Because I couldn't start watching House of Cards since Mike was away, I decided to instead check out The Fall. It had been in our queue for a while but I watched now because I saw in a news report that E.L. James wanted Jamie Dornan for the part of Christian Grey after seeing him in it. Read more...Collapse )

3) Downton Abbey's finale (Christmas ep in UK) was pretty sentimental but enjoyable. Read more...Collapse )

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February 27th, 2015

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That is all.



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February 26th, 2015

Hit and miss

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1) I'd been looking forward to the Oscars but I suspect everyone expected too much of NPH. Some bits were well done (notably the quip about Benedict Cumberbatch being John Travolta's effort to pronounce Ben Affleck) but on the whole very little paid off and I was surprised how many stumbles there were given how polished he usually is and how much practice he has doing this. Read more...Collapse )

2) I liked the concept of Agent Carter much better than the actual show. Read more...Collapse )

3) I enjoyed this season of Downton Abbey. During Spratt and Denker's suitcase faceoff, I told Mike that I bet someone was hatesex-shipping them already. Read more...Collapse )

4) Brooklyn99 continues to be highly enjoyable. We've found Black-ish to be fun at times, but I suspect part of my disinterest is that it's a family-centered sitcom and domestic storylines rarely appeal that much to me.

5) Along those lines we've recently been watching Moone Boy and SPY. Also fun to a degree, though we've already burned through all the Moone Boy episodes.


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February 10th, 2015

Me? Drabble?

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1) So, I have, er, written a drabble.

I realize this does not merit trumpets sounding but doing any creative writing is unusual for me. I wanted to take part in International Fanworks Day and I will be busy this weekend so I decided to get a head start. Read more...Collapse )

Anyone else preparing anything?

2) I've been really enjoying Larry Wilmore's show. One plus of his format is that there have been no interviews with celebrities plugging their latest ventures, although the panel discussions are hit and miss. But I have found it interesting how the "keeping it 100" and very direct opinions the show is an interesting counterpart to The Colbert Report, which was founded on artifice. Read more...Collapse )

3) On the other hand, Colbert had such a lot of latitude to do all sorts of novel things with his show which the strict format of Nightly Show will not allow for. Even Daily Show tends to be more restrained, both by Stewart's own personality as well as a certain number of recurring features (like correspondent segments in the field).

I was kind of shocked to hear his show won't appear until fall. That's an awful lot of time to be out of the game given that TV, while still not on Internet time, keeps getting faster. There have been more than a few shows whose long hiatuses or poorly timed ones have hurt them in the long run. It might help Wilmore though as he gets all that time to build up an audience.


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February 7th, 2015

Not-so-silent judging

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1) Glee is getting stranger with each episode. It's like someone wrote an OOC season for the show, only whoever it is doesn't think much of fanfic. Read more...Collapse )

2) Rolling Stone will be making 47 years of articles available for free through Google Play.

3) George Takei has a great response to the My Husband's Not Gay special.

4) Canada is monitoring all file sharing activity. "If successful, the searches will return a list of results showing other websites visited by the people downloading the files – in some cases revealing associations with Facebook or Google accounts. In turn, these accounts may reveal the names and the locations of individual downloaders, opening the door for further surveillance of their activities."

5) The importance of playing gay characters in video games.


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January 28th, 2015

Watching

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1) I have begun pointing out how every time we watch a crime-related show there is always some convenient homeless person around to give useful information to the police. Read more...Collapse )

2) Painfully true but thankfully quite funny: How to Interview a Woman Writer.

3) A discussion of whether the growing popularity of podcasts will help the audiobook market.

4) Lots of good stuff recced at [community profile] buffyversetop5. So far this has been my favorite, One Day Like This by il-mio-capitano. Giles becomes the headmaster at his old school and doesn't think he's fitting in. A game of cricket gives him a different view. Nicely warm and amusing by turns.

5) These numbers indicate more women watch lesbian porn than either gay or het porn, and there is speculation as to why.



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January 20th, 2015

Yawn

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1) I am apparently in the minority when it comes to Galavant. I found it dead boring from the first episode and am only still seeing it because Mike's somewhat curious. To me, it's like a live-action Family Guy episode. Read more...Collapse )

2) Speaking of formulaic musicals, not that I had been watching Glee consistently anyway, but this 'coda' season is particularly unendurable. Read more...Collapse )

3) Girlfriends Guide to Divorce seems like a look at people from another planet. I swear I've been able to relate to alien species on sci-fi shows more than I do with the cast.

4) I've been in my usual mix of agreement and disagreement with the judging on Project Runway Allstars. However I've been continually distracted by Dmitri who seems like a dead-ringer real-life version of Loki minus the crazy and the funny.

5) Not about TV but continuing with the musical topic, the other day as we walked to a restaurant the 1812 Overture came on my player as we left the apartment. Read more...Collapse )



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January 17th, 2015

1) Buffyversetop5 will run through Monday, so if you've been waiting to contribute recs from 2014, now's the time!

2) There is a new event on the horizon, International Fanworks Day.

Does anyone have plans for activities or know of any events being run to celebrate it?

3) My friend Paula pointed out to me that the second episode of Downton Abbey brought together two former co-stars from The Scarlet Pimpernel, which helped answer the nagging question I had about why that seemed so familiar. Read more...Collapse )

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January 8th, 2015

Free Time

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Not that I leave home to work but yesterday was ideal for having a short workday. The temperature climbed up by a few degrees but the wind increased as well so most of the afternoon was just blowing snow and near zero temperatures. Who'd want to go out?

Instead I was able to catch up on a few things, including the premiere of Agent Carter. Read more...Collapse )

I also have some photos to share. Read more...Collapse )

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January 2nd, 2015

So, on the plus side, time away and seeing family and friends is good. On the downside I soon came down sick upon my return plus, of course, catch-up, laundry, restocking the fridge, etc. But I have a few things to share: Read more...Collapse )

In other news, we enjoyed the who's who of the Colbert Report's final episode but really laughed when we watched it all the way to the end of the credits and noticed that they made one final "Apologies to Doris Kearnes Goodwin." No doubt all the Jon/Stephen shippers were thrilled that some of his final words were "I love you Jon Stewart."

Speaking of shippers and endings, I wonder how the finale of "White Collar" went over with fans? I thought it was ok. Read more...Collapse )

We've watched a bunch of movies lately. This Property is Condemned was less interesting than I'd hoped -- it was a production of its time. For one it was clearly a play turned into a film -- there's a certain self-consciousness about a lot of monologues that always marks them as plays. For another there was always this kind of trapped desperation in a lot of dramas of the day. One could tell from the start there would be no happy ending but I thought various threads were left dangling at the end.

Space Cowboys was ok, but the ending was rushed. Cuban Fury was entertaining but rather lightweight. My favorite part was the hate-danceoff, which had to be a first. From Time to Time also had its moments, but was most entertaining for the Downton Abbey who's who in the cast -- we spotted at least 5 people who appeared in both productions. Maybe it'll be even more since one of them was from the current season and we've only seen the first episode.

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December 12th, 2014

Final Words

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1) I enjoyed the meeting between Colbert and James Corden. He seems adorable! And no surprise that Stephen developed an excuse to sing with him. I also really enjoyed the opening appearance from The Daily Show's new correspondent, and Obama sitting in for Colbert this week. He'd obviously spent time studying Stephen's mannerisms and did a great job.

On a different note, I'll probably rarely use my Colbert icons anymore. We might watch the Late Show debut but I can't see watching it regularly -- in part because it's far longer than the half hour CR and we'll be tuning in to catch Larry Wiltmore's show in its spot.

2) We're finally caught up on shows -- it took the Thanksgiving hiatus to do it but we're finally turning to Netflix this week given the shortage of stuff on the DVR. It seems most stuff won't be back until mid-January -- I guess we'll be watching quite a bit of it when we return from the holidays. Our queue continues to grow into infinity while I spend maybe a few months a year actually watching it.

3) All I can say is that it's about time and I hope we start seeing this happening across the board.



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November 28th, 2014

Stuff of thankfulness

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1) Thanksgiving was an odd little day. Read more...Collapse )

2) So this is why Net Neutrality has been revived.

3) A recent study profiled what are the most common sexual fantasies for men and women along with some discussion of overall results. In case you're wondering, interest in slash rated around 20% for women.

4) Supernatural's 200th episode was not something I was interested in seeing given their past meta episodes. Read more...Collapse )

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November 5th, 2014

Looking at results

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1) Boy, LJ communities must be deader than dead on the average day. I'm happy to say that buffyversetop5 had a good round of Classic Recs with some very good stuff shared. However, while the activity was steady over the five days, I wouldn't have expected anyone to call us a high traffic community. Yet apparently we jumped up to 274th community overall and were in the Top 20 communities during the days we were open. Read more...Collapse )

2) An interesting discussion of Gone Girl vs. 50 Shades with spoilers for both.

3) This did make me laugh pretty hard (so a well titled account!)

4) Fascinating discussion here about the need for conclusions and tidyness in storytelling, and, to me, what that might say about fanfiction which by definition defies structured endings.

5) Gacked from petzipellepingo -- favorite TV shows of Democrats and Republicans. I am unsurprised.



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October 30th, 2014

Isn't October over yet?

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You know it isn't a good month when I only manage one post in it. The short story is that there has been travel and illness (yes, together), more travel, and a busy time workwise.

But -- BUT! buffyversetop5 has just opened for its Classic Recs session in which recs to fics, vids, graphics, anything and everything fandom has produced in all the Whedon fandoms prior to 2014 are eligible for posting!

So stop in over the weekend and share some of your favorite treats!



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October 1st, 2014

So, as I was puttering around in my docs, I came across the following and, as far as I can tell, never posted these recs. (And if I've somehow missed them in my journal search, they're awesome so just go look at them again!)

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September 29th, 2014

Sunrise sex

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1) We've had some great sunset photos over the years but Mike finally caught some great sunRISE photos last week. Read more...Collapse )

2) Some interesting data in this Guardian study of British sex lives.

3) The thing that caught my attention in this study on gender roles was that 1) Male interviewees were paid more for the study and 2) That the process of interviewing was different for the two sexes. Is this irony in action?

4) I never want to read the words "clever fingers" again. (Also, what about knees? Or chins? Are all other body parts intellectually challenged?)

5) So far the only new series we've seen is Gotham which was ok. I have a few more set to record but have been slow to set the DVR. We have so much stuff starting to come back that I haven't been paying much attention to the fall lineup. Read more...Collapse )



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September 23rd, 2014

People to see, places to go

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1) So, we have been watching Foyle's War as it's not only back on Netflix but the latest season is now also available. And this reminded me that I'd meant to post about closed captioning that is SO bad it is just hilarious (and distracting). Read more...Collapse )

2) Look how much Comcast makes just by renting cable modems.

3) The mourning doves only made 3 nests on the balcony this year, but the hummingbirds have been hanging around as of a day ago. What we've gotten a lot of in the past weeks have been moths around the garden plot. A few have come onto our balcony but the plots had so many of them around it seemed like a swarm given how rarely we generally see moths or butterflies.

4) I recently had a niece visit. Read more...Collapse )

5) Speaking of trips, I will be in L.A. on Oct 12-13 and my friend has been looking around for Whedon related events for us to go to. I know that I'll have missed the area CSTS showing, and an art gallery exhibit and am too early for a Halloween Dr. Horrible singalong. Any other ideas anyone?


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September 3rd, 2014

1) We just had a near Marx Bros moment this morning. Read more...Collapse )

2) Snobbery vs. opportunity. Read more...Collapse )

3) Holy moly, the editing in this Avengers vid by lim is amaaaazing. Read more...Collapse )

4) Also, reccing this The Musketeers vid by el1lie which has wonderful editing.

5) And in case people haven't seen it, I am intrigued by a number of stories listed in the crossovering fest.



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August 31st, 2014

Is it September already?

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1) I can tell that I wasn't mistaken in thinking June and July were quiet months and August has gotten busy -- at least if my recent posts are anything to go by. September and October are not looking much better but maybe I'll be wrong about that.

2) I finally saw the Veronica Mars movie. Read more...Collapse )

3) Speaking of directing failures, wow, I had to look up Peter Hammond after suffering through two of his episodes of Inspector Morse. Read more...Collapse )

4) I am puzzled by the ending of Crossbones. Read more...Collapse )

5) This article about the need for physicians to share their notes with patients strikes me as a no-brainer. Due to geographic and doctor changes I have several times had to request my medical records. Reading through them can be eye opening in terms of both the mistakes included as well as the things that don't get recorded. The last time I requested them I had to pay a fee for paper copies and mailing, which I'm sure inhibits a lot of people, but right now I don't even get copies of lab test results which would be very helpful for me to track.



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August 7th, 2014

Tracking the changes

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1) You know what, I want to hear the case for why men can't seem to be motivated by anything but dead women and distant fathers. Women don't often get to be fully fleshed out as characters either but I've got to say men sure are seeming pathetic in the internally shallow sweepstakes. Where's the professional passion? The obsessive hobbies? The moral desire for a more fair world without any particular personal gain?

2) I thought this was a good story about how women's history gets erased even as it's happening.

3) I know I've mentioned to some that Mike plays in a vintage baseball league. A local news show ran a segment on his team a few weeks ago for those who are curious.

4) Gacked from petzipellepingo, a look at how women are seeing setbacks in the Supreme Court just as gay rights are gaining speed, and how female representation matters.

5) The weather here has been so unusually cool as a summer season that I'm starting to see trees and bushes starting to turn and we're only at the start of August!


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August 3rd, 2014

Categories

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1) I was rather annoyed with a question on "Says You" this weekend, where the clues were Scarlett, Claudius and Gertrude, Wicked, and something else I've forgotten. Read more...Collapse )

2) Why parallel relationships might be less disruptive, plus a celebration of friendship.

3) This discussion of comics fandom on FB was rather interesting to me terms of the gender demographics. It certainly does seem to confirm men's use of the site primarily for dating purposes.

4) I didn't realize this about Christina Hendricks: Hendricks met her husband in 2007, in the middle of the first season, through their mutual friend, Vincent Kartheiser.

5) Obviously ignorance + Taliban are to blame for this obscenity but I also blame the U.S. government for utilizing a needed humanitarian/medical effort to cloak its spying and therefore sowing distrust and violence against aid workers.


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July 22nd, 2014

Hustling

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1) New Planet of the Apes movie. Read more...Collapse )

2) American Hustle. Read more...Collapse )

3) Teen Wolf. Read more...Collapse )

4) Obesity is not just a human problem: "As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice." Studies have shown correlations to various factors including chemicals, climate control, artificial lighting, and bacteria and viruses.

5) What the World Cup cost companies who guessed wrong about how teams would do.


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July 15th, 2014

On and off

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1) Final World Cup thoughts. Read more...Collapse )

2) We had a lot of rain over the weekend. Read more...Collapse )

3) The Politician's Wife. Read more...Collapse )

4) Speaking of Netflix, it's so annoying how content appears and disappears unpredictably. We were 2/3 of the way through Foyle's War only to have it vanish. Given that we've seen Lewis and are watching Endeavor, I want to start on Inspector Morse but am wondering how much we'll get to watch.

5) Halt and Catch Fire. Read more...Collapse )


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July 12th, 2014

Snap judgments

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1) While the Men in Blazers segments are somewhat hit and miss, when I was talking to a friend yesterday I told her she'd have to see this one about England's World Cup exit, which I thought was by far their best. Hard to believe it's just about over.

2) Speaking of the World Cup, a look at Google's statistics: "In 2010, the World Cup had more interest than the Olympics, Tour de France and the Super Bowl combined," says Roya Soleimani, Google's Trends Manager, who monitors global trends for the search giant. "So I think we shattered that even more this year with 1.5 billion searches so far. Other big sporting events generally are in the hundreds of millions." The Cup is also being blamed for a low U.S. movie box office.

3) Brazil and The Netherlands Read more...Collapse )

4) Seriously, for the second year in a row Tatiana Maslany got snubbed by the Emmys? Are they serious? (though I was amused by a number of these tweets by critics).

5) Information on the decline of author incomes in the UK. What raised my eyebrows more though was a linked article with the headline "The future of the serious novel, argues Will Self, is as a specialised interest." When was it ever NOT? Not only was it always a minority of people who read for leisure but a minority of regular readers who care for serious literature. It's just becoming a smaller sliver. Read more...Collapse )


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July 9th, 2014

The low lows

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1) World Cup. Read more...Collapse )

2) Orphan Black. Read more...Collapse )

3) Teen Wolf. Read more...Collapse )

4) Speaking of female roles: women who didn't want to be the random female body parts in a country song.

5) I've also been trying out Crossbones and Last Ship. Read more...Collapse )


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July 6th, 2014

Boom goes the vegetation

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1) Bird nest update Read more...Collapse )

2) In other news, plants grow really fast. Read more...Collapse )

3) I'm a little late to this news but yay, Community!

4) Health care providers are using patient purchasing habits to determine health care options.

5) Netflix and Google are both releasing reports on ISP speeds.



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July 3rd, 2014

Colorado Rocky Mountains

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We got back a few days ago and are still catching up on things work-wise and home-wise. However, I was eager to get to our photos as I was pretty happy with a number of them. I'll scatter them through this roundup of what happened. Read more...Collapse )

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June 23rd, 2014

1) World Cup! Read more...Collapse )

2) Loved seeing how the living room and the public spectacle of World Cup viewing can be combined in Germany.

3) Discussion of Western musical theater being underwritten by the Asian market, using Andrew Lloyd's Weber's companies as an example. " The Phantom of the Opera, running for 27 years, is the highest grossing musical of all time, raking in $5.6 billion worldwide, according to The Economist. That’s more profit than any television show or movie, including all the Star Wars films combined. The show has been seen by more than 130 million people in 145 cities in 27 countries. The initial investors of Cats received a 3,500% return."


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June 19th, 2014

Fandom freedom

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1) My friend who's a new Buffy fan is interested in going to a con or two, specifically to see James but preferably to see as many other cast members as possible. I'm rather out of touch on news sources these days -- do any of you have recommendations on good places to keep tabs on his appearances? And is he still doing his own conventions?

2) World Cup! Read more...Collapse )

3) Not only is Sherlock Holmes now in the public domain but it could be the start of a number of similar cases.



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June 17th, 2014

More World Cup

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1) Germany vs. PortugalRead more...Collapse )

2) I was so relieved the U.S. finally played its first match. Read more...Collapse )

3) I don't know how well this would work for others, but Mike has this problem of following printed lines so maybe it can help.


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June 14th, 2014

Drips of all kinds

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1) World Cup! Read more...Collapse )

2) Our third mourning dove nest may be underway. We think it's the same couple who just finished their second nest. They settled at first on a hibiscus pot but now seem to be looking at a dahlia one...

3) We've been spotting leaks in our dining room ceiling for a while but as of last weekend it started dripping inside. Read more...Collapse )

4) I also now have a brand-new phone I don't know what to do with. Read more...Collapse )

5) Not that I have any great sympathy for Amazon, but I have a lot less sympathy for cultural snobbery. Read more...Collapse )


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June 7th, 2014

1) When Jon Stewart was going off about Chili's, Mike quipped "Arby's, you're off the hook," seconds before Jon said the exact same thing. We were having dinner and there was a choking hazard as we rushed to high five each other. Read more...Collapse )

2) We went bowling for Mike's birthday. We thought of it because he still has a bowling ball that he won while playing in a league on his 16th birthday. His new scores proved that that was clearly a while ago... Read more...Collapse )

3) The babies from our second nest will be heading out soon. Read more...Collapse )

4) I've been getting a little more time to bead. Read more...Collapse )

5) This could be an important case, as I expect a lot of people have suffered online threats.



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June 6th, 2014

Blooming and cutting back

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1) Given the temperatures, it's definitely summer. I'm relieved to get my dining room back, now that all the plants have been moved out to the balcony. Read more...Collapse )

2) While out for a walk recently I was surprised to see an old style prop plane flying surprisingly low overhead. I snapped these with my camera phone, so not great resolution but the fact that you can see any details probably gives you an idea of how close it was. Read more...Collapse )

3) I should have figured that the last Ghostbusters episode on SPN was based on an actual character but this is a very creepy outcome.

4) The importance of non-routine work: "The more your job involves thinking, creativity, innovation and problem-solving, the better off you’re likely to be. Women, it turns out, have adapted better to this workplace dichotomy than men. Men have been more likely to move from the middle of the skill ladder to the lower end, while women tend to move from the middle to the higher end. That’s probably because women have been earning a larger share of college and graduate degrees, with better education making them more adept at climbing the skill ladder."

5) *sigh* Yet another massive telecom merger planned. If anyone thinks an oligopoly is going to be good for consumers, I need only point to the supermerged airline industry as an example.

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June 3rd, 2014

The pretty & cosmic

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1) I rather like Stephen Colbert's new facial hair and immediately wondered if someone was already writing Colbert/Tony Stark crossover slash.

2) I saw Maleficent and liked it. Read more...Collapse )

3) I will actually miss Mad Men, a show which most certainly doesn't idealize relationships. Read more...Collapse )

4) Well this certainly explains a lot about Lost: Read more...Collapse )

5) It seems Orphan Black & Cosmos are the only shows that still have some episodes pending. Read more...Collapse )


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May 26th, 2014

Not great news all around

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1) Well if all the news about how ill-prepared Brazil will be for the World Cup wasn't enough, apparently sport-viewing can also be bad for your health. I'd be curious to know how true this is for media fans.

2) I suppose it's a plus that research has proved what I've noticed for some time. Read more...Collapse )

3) Speaking of sexism -- talk about the ultimate case of "nice guy" syndrome and male privilege coming to its natural conclusion.

4) Things said to authors contains some of the typical stuff, including, unfortunately, this one, proving that a lot of the stuff people say online they really will say to your face: Read more...Collapse )

5) Well, none of this is good news unless the speculation about a Ms. Marvel movie comes to pass.


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