Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I spent the last hour reading the epic ONTD post about Bea Arthur's passing. Laura told me about it on Saturday, and I yelled out, "NOOOOOO," like I was Darth Vader. How many of us grew up on Golden Girls? Even today, I'll be flipping and run across an episode, and sit and watch, and it is still so funny. Today, if someone pitched a sitcom about four elderly women living together, they wouldn't even be able to sell a pilot. Sometimes I think about how lucky we are that certain shows came out when they did, and made it, because I'm trying to imagine a world without those women, and I can't.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The first tornado of the season! This one was just an F1, but it touched down not much more than five miles to the west of us, and was headed our way before it ran into cooler air and dissipated. We didn't get much more than some heavy wind and rain, but my Grandpa got hail, which is always fun. It's storming again right now, but the lightning's a ways off, so we didn't have to shut down all the computers, which is always a hassle. Better to be cautious, though, as I definitely do not want my computer and hard drive to be fried. That would majorly suck.

This has been a hell of a weekend. Bought new carpet for the bedroom, unloaded it, decided it needed paint, painted it, laid down new carpet, went through clothes and closet stuff, threw away a ton of stuff, packed up a ton of stuff to give to Goodwill, finally got things settled today after starting on Thursday and pretty much working from morning to night. It's amazing how much random, useless crap can get shoved into what is relatively so small a space. I kept looking at the bags piling up all, where did this come from? How did it all fit in there? I did find some treasures, including the Battlestar DVD that's been missing for over a year (not a big deal, as it's the one with Black Market), and a few other odds and ends that I'd assumed had gotten thrown away at some point or another over the years. I'm not much of a pack rat, but there are still some things that I did end up hanging on to, like my keys from high school and old magazines. Still, I'm totally tired and hope I don't get called in tomorrow so I can spend a day not hustling up and down the length of my house two hundred times.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Warning: I am a horrible photographer. Both of these objects look ten times better in real life than they do in these pictures. Why is flash so hard to figure out? Why do I always get the camera too close? Ah well.

Laura made this for Sarah. She bought a pattern and the fabric, and then whipped it out on the sewing machine all by herself. I find this to be extraordinary.

The blanket I just finished. FINALLY. I started it two years ago, but do not take that as an indication of how long it actually takes me to do this kind of thing. It would sit for months and months at a time, especially in the summer, when it's way hot to have an afghan draped all over you; but I decided that I wanted to start new projects, and absolutely had to finish the ones languishing unfinished first.

It's a simple shell stitch, all in seafoam green, with a cream border. Again, I tried to get a better close-up, but not only was it blurry as heck, the flash turned it into this, like, pea green color? And I couldn't fix it in Photoshop, which was frustrating. Anyway, you get the idea. I had nowhere to really lay it out for scale, but it's about 55 inches by 70, or around full bed size. I have a pink one I made back at USC that's around the same size, and let me tell you, it's very warm and heavy.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Yesterday we went to my Uncle Paul's to celebrate my Grandpa's birthday; we originally had planned a get together two weeks ago, after his actual birthday, but then my cousin Angela spent four days in the hospital because of a particularly virulent stomach bug, so they quite wisely canceled.

It was a nice, low-key affair, and it was nice to see everyone, as we only get together three or four times a year. My cousin Duncan's wife Heather is eight and a half months pregnant, so we had some fun talking about upcoming baby stuff. And my cousin Elliot's wife Tabitha is a serious crocheter, so we had a lot of crafting chit-chat.

I didn't get called in to work today, and Sarah was home sick, so we worked on blankets and watched TV together. The library got in the Angela Lansbury Sweeney Todd on DVD, and as you may remember, Sarah was obsessed with ST when it came out, so we had fun watching that. I'd seen a few numbers on YouTube, but I enjoyed everything a lot more watching it in context. Loved the set design; that kind of deconstructed, movable set is just about my favorite when it comes to theater. Speaking of which, watching that and listening to my parents talk about going to the local dinner theater in the next few weeks has made me decide that I definitely miss the theater as well. I'm not really in a position to act in anything, but I would very much like to at least go see something. I wish everything weren't so expensive, though. :(

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Yesterday was a gorgeous day. The grass greened up a few weeks ago because we had a lot of rain, but the last few days have been warm enough - at night, as well - that the trees are starting to leaf out. Right now, there are just light, ephemeral dustings of color here and there; greens, whites, yellows. Like if the all-knowing, beneficent Bob Ross in the sky reached out with his mighty feather brush and went tap-tap-tap.

Also, for the last block at the HS where I was subbing, they needed someone to cover the girl's PE class, who normally get bussed to the Y because the HS gym is being redone; they wisely decided not to send a sub to do that, so instead I took them down to the track, where they walked for about half an hour, and then just lied down in clumps on the turf. I ended up burning the back of my neck, but it was so nice to just sit in the sun for an hour and a half.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The babette blanket is very popular; on the Flickr group photo pool, you can see a lot of different color combinations. Some are almost monochromatic, some are very bright but still definitely within a more limited palette, and a lot are somewhere in between. I actually like the kind of retro feel of some of the really bright blankets with a lot of colors - it's that look of an older grandma using up all her yarn scraps, you know? But I would definitely get rid of the brown, in any case.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's been nice, doing the workshop thing, continuing to write scenes here and there, because usually when I finish a script I'm like...but what do I do now? How will I spend my afternoons? What do I think about in the shower? It's kind of disconcerting.

Nice weather today! Very exciting. I was going to sit and read outside, except that I read all day at work, and I need to take a break so my eyes don't explode.

Sarah and I bought this pattern yesterday, although both of us have blankets to finish before we start on a new one (speaking of which, Sarah wants me to ask you all if any of you would like to commission a blanket, hee).

Although I'm going to go for a more sedate color palette, I think.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Laura decided that yesterday was my grandpa's Best Day Ever. He went out to my Uncle Paul's for Easter lunch and had ham. He came out to our house for Easter dinner and had turkey. The Royals won, and he got to watch The Masters. He had four different desserts. Really, if he'd only won the lottery, too, it would have been the Best Day Ever For Anyone, I think.

I always find big holiday meals to be anticlimactic. You prepare and cook for hours and hours, often starting a day or two before, and it takes, like, less than an hour to eat, tops. Then you spend more time doing dishes than it took you to sit down and eat. Then you don't feel good, and dessert always comes too soon. It was kind of a blah day, especially since it was around 40 and drizzling ice-cold rain the entire time; let me tell you, I am so COMPLETELY DONE, I don't even know what to say. It's cold and wet again today, I can't tell if I'm just stuffed up or if I'm developing another cold, and I slept poorly last night and now feel very spacey and tired. At least I'm only working a half day.

Friday, April 10, 2009


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4. 5. 6.

7. 8. 10.

I'm really happy with this batch. Pretty much every one came out how I wanted it to, and they certainly didn't take me as long as icon sets have in the past. Although I think I now have more Picard/Crusher icons than Roslin/Adama ones, which is kind of funny; when I get into an icon-making mood, it's just whatever I happen to be watching at that time that gets the treatment.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The last three days I've watched eight episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and have one left to go before I'm caught up for the season finale this Friday. I normally don't burn through TV like that, even when it's a show I really like a lot. The only other time I've done that was when I caught up with BSG mid-S2, when I started watching.

I don't necessarily want to compare TSCC too much to BSG because it's not as good a show; what is, though? But in a few ways, there are some similarities. Obviously, they both raise the questions of artificial life, how and when and if it becomes sentient, morality, if a machine can overcome its programming, etc. Both shows could have been Cylon/Terminator Battle of the Week, and for the most part didn't take that easy route. And both shows have flawed protagonists, who don't always make the right choice, who have the entirety of humanity depending on them; the stresses and pressures of that are what generate a lot of the drama, and not techno-whatsits and the like.

I've had a lot of plots and threads I've liked, but I'm going to share with you my single favorite scene from this season; all you need to know is that John Henry is an AI who has been loaded into a deprogrammed Terminator body, and Mr. Ellison has been hired to teach him ethics.

ETA: My number-one favorite Terminator scene, from S1. Cameron, a Terminator, went undercover and took ballet classes, as the teacher's brother had bought a computer system that would go on to create SkyNet. It's driven home in the episode that she isn't a human, she's a machine, her decisions to protect the mission at all costs end up costing human lives. Sarah's VO, which you hear the very end of here, basically says, when the machines learn how to value human life and have souls and all that, they won't need to kill us, they'll be us. (Brian Austin Green, who you see at the end, hates working with "metal" and has tried to convince everyone that she'll eventually end up turning on them, and that she's ultimately evil.) SUMMMMERRRRR.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

It's snowing. Snow is falling from the sky.

Why is it snowing?




Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Yesterday was my 1000th post on this blog. Wow! Although I have been blogging here since 2002, so it comes out to one post every three days or so, which is much less scary sounding.

March new media.

19. Get Smart (2008). 3-3.
20. Watchmen (2009). 3-10.
21. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008). 3-26.
22. The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006). 3-31.

7. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King. 3-5.
8. A Distant Mirror, Barbara W. Tuchman. 3-10.
9. The Mauritius Command, Patrick O’Brian. 3-18.
10. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller. 3-30.

Television Episodes
107. Heroes - 3x17 - “Cold Wars.” 3-2.
108. Dollhouse - 1x03 - “Stage Fright.” 3-2.
109. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x05 - “Goodbye to All That.” 3-2.
110. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x06 - “The Tower is Tall But The Fall is Short.” 3-3.
111. Big Love - 3x06 - “Come, Ye Saints.” 3-3.
112. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 2x21 - “Peak Performance.” 3-4.
113. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 2x22 - “Shades of Gray.” 3-5.
114. The Office - 5x16 - “Blood Drive.” 3-5.
115. 30 Rock - 3x13 - “Goodbye, My Friend.” 3-5.
116. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x07 - “Brothers of Nablus.” 3-6.
117. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x08 - “Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today.” 3-6.
118. Dollhouse - 1x04 - “Gray Hour.” 3-6.
119. Battlestar Galactica - 4x18 - “Islanded in a Stream of Stars.” 3-6.
120. Star Trek - 1x04 - “The Naked Time.” 3-7.
121. Star Trek - 1x05 - “The Enemy Within.” 3-8.
122. Spaced - 1x01 - “Beginnings.” 3-8.
123. Spaced - 1x02 - “Gatherings.” 3-8.
124. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x01 - “Evolution.” 3-8.
125. The IT Crowd - 3x05 - “Friendface.” 3-8.
126. Spaced - 1x03 - “Art.” 3-9.
127. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x02 - “The Ensigns of Command.” 3-9.
128. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x03 - “The Survivors.” 3-10.
129. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x04 - “Who Watches the Watchers?” 3-10.
130. Star Trek - 1x06 - “Mudd’s Women.” 3-11.
131. The IT Crowd - 3x06 - “Calendar Geeks.” 3-11
132. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x05 - “The Bonding.” 3-11.
133. Heroes - 3x18 - “Exposed.” 3-12.
134. The Office - 5x17 - “Golden Ticket.” 3-12.
135. 30 Rock - 3x14 - “The Funcooker.” 3-12.
136. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x06 - “Booby Trap.” 3-13.
137. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x07 - “The Enemy.” 3-13.
138. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x08 - “The Price.” 3-13.
139. Battlestar Galactica - 4x19 - “Daybreak: Part I.” 3-13.
140. Little Britain - 1x01 - “Bath of Beans.” 3-14.
141. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x09 - “Complications.” 3-14.
142. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x10 - “Strange Things Happen at the One-Two Point.” 3-14.
143. Little Britain - 1x03 - “Hard-Boiled Egg Eating.” 3-15.
144. Little Britain - 1x04 - “Most Cigarettes in a Mouth.” 3-15.
145. Little Britain - 1x00 - “Domino Toppling.” 3-15.
146. Little Britain - 1x02 - “Tallest Man.” 3-16.
147. Big Love - 3x07 - “Fight or Flight.” 3-16.
148. Star Trek - 1x07 - “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” 3-16.
149. Dollhouse - 1x05 - “True Believer.” 3-17.
150. Star Trek - 1x08 - “Miri.” 3-18.
151. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x09 - “The Vengeance Factor.” 3-18.
152. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x11 - “Self Made Man.” 3-19.
153. Little Britain - 1x05 - “Biggest House of Cards.” 3-19.
154. The Office - 5x18 - “New Boss.” 3-19.
155. 30 Rock - 3x15 - “The Bubble.” 3-19.
156. Little Britain - 1x06 - “Smallest Ant.” 3-19.
157. Battlestar Galactica - 4x20 - “Daybreak Part II.” 3-20.
158. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x10 - “The Defector.” 3-23.
159. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x11 - “The Hunted.” 3-23.
160. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x12 - “The High Ground.” 3-24.
161. Dollhouse - 1x06 - “Man on the Street.” 3-25.
162. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x13 - “Déjà Q.” 3-25.
163. Little Britain - 1x07 - “Largest Mince Pie.” 3-26.
164. The Office - 5x19 - “Two Weeks.” 3-26.
165. 30 Rock - 3x16 - “Apollo, Apollo.” 3-26.
166. Star Trek - 1x09 - “Dagger of the Mind.” 3-27.
167. Heroes - 3x19 - “Shades of Gray.” 3-27.
168. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x14 - “A Matter of Perspective.” 3-27.
169. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x15 - “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” 3-28.
170. Big Love - 3x08 - “Rough Edges.” 3-28.
171. Little Britain - 1x08 - “Most People in a Mini.” 3-29.
172. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3x16 - “The Offspring.” 3-29.
173. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x12 - “Alpine Fields.” 3-29.
174. Dollhouse - 1x07 - “Echoes.” 3-30.
175. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - 2x13 - “Earthlings Welcome Here.” 3-30.