For the record

Friday, May 8th, 2009 10:18 pm
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1. I really, really want there to be a second season of Dollhouse.

2. Yes, I know that's not bloody likely.

3. I'm too tired and migrainey to give a real-life update now. Maybe this weekend?

Trauma. Horror. Despair.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 09:40 pm
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Which of the myriad demons of marketing had to possess someone to create a commercial featuring The Burger King, Spongebob Squarepants, and "Baby Got Back"? Was the world not full of pain enough before this monstrosity was released into the wilds???


Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 11:52 am
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[ profile] thewronghands brings us "88 Lines about 44 Presidents." Both fun and educational (and also a bit awe-inspiring)!

In other news: Aretha's hat makes everything better (Note: lots of pictures).

On a television-related note: I watched the new series Lie to Me last night. On the minus side: I do not need any more TV shows taking up my time and brainspace right now, and this series is on FOX. On the other hand: GUILDENSTERN! Will watch again, assuming it isn't canceled before the second episode has a chance to air.
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The weather was remarkably warm for late December, the kind of day that makes people wonder what Mother Nature is up to and why she's smiling that way. Tomorrow should be even warmer (till the next cold front comes in). Time to make sure there are clean, lightweight shirts for me to wear!

Spent entirely too much time in a bookstore, which, since I had cash on me, meant that I spent entirely too much. Was quite happy to find those books, though.

Saw a sunset with colorful combinations of clouds and contrails.

Via one of the LJ communities (possibly [ profile] linguaphiles), discovered the existence of a site devoted to the Buffy musical--en français. I don't know much more French than the average ignorant American, but this makes me happy all the same.

Quick Update

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 10:09 pm
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Thanksgiving: Celebrated with friends! Five people eating lots of tasty food and watching Dresden Files episodes (which a couple of us had not seen before). Also fluffy cats to pet. Good times! Well, good until the late evening migraine kicked in, which necessitated me leaving earlier than I might otherwise have done so I could get home and take pills to deal with the pain before trying to sleep. Still in spite of that ending, it was a good day overall, and I am grateful to [ profile] stardansr and [ profile] hasufin for the hospitality.

Friday: Day without a major headache, fortunately, but I was tired enough to spend the day dozing, reading, dozing some more, and drinking lots of tea. Never left the house.

Saturday: Really, really wanted to go out for a walk, but when I began, my left ankle reminded me that I'd twisted it last Wednesday night and it had not decided to forgive me yet. So, came home, ate lunch, innocently followed a link to the TV Tropes Wiki, then looked at the clock and wondered where the last several hours of my life had gone. Even for those folks out there who have little to no interest in television, there's probably some page that will suck you in. Of course, the site is even more dangerous for those who enjoy certain shows....

...hey, what just happened to the last twenty minutes?
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First of all, a game people of any political persuasion can enjoy (if they care about U.S. politics, that is): Truth Invaders! Choose to shoot down the opposing party's deplorable lies! Heck, choose to shoot down your own side's regrettable exaggerations! Have fun either way! (Link via [ profile] hai_kah_uhk.)

This next link is more biased, yet educational: Preview of the Third Presidential Debate (video), or: Life Imitates Old TV Shows. Link via [ profile] compostwormbin. I'm voting for the Batman.
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It's time for kittens.

In other fluffy news, last night's Supernatural was highly enjoyable. There are many worthwhile things that SPN fans can say about the episode and all that it revealed, but the part that sticks with me the most is spoiler within )

Hummingwolf goes "Baa"

Saturday, April 5th, 2008 03:46 pm
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While I wait to find out if the drugs will chase this headache away in time for me to enjoy the lovely spring day, here is a fairly frivolous survey-type thing all the cool kids are doing which will show you just how out of the pop-cultural loop I've been.

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the "50 Greatest TV Shows" ever. Below is the list and here be the rules.

1. Bold the shows of which you've watched every episode
2. Italic the shows of which you've seen at least one episode
2a. Star the shows you consider "the best" (Addition by [ profile] tidesong)
3. Post your answers

50. Quantum Leap--Might've seen a fraction of an episode once? Not sure.
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine *--Best of the Treks, IMO.
46. Sex & The City

45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek--I'm reasonably sure I've seen every episode. It's not as if the reruns weren't on the air all through my childhood.
42. Only Fools and Horses--Never even heard of this one.
41. Band of Brothers--Nor this.

40. Life on Mars--Have I heard of this? The David Bowie song running through my head isn't helping.
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus--Watched parts of episodes.
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation--May have eventually watched every episode in reruns, but I did miss most of season 2 when it first aired.
36. Father Ted

35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5--Watched seasons 2-4, but missed much of season 1 and all of season 5 (no cable).
31. Deadwood

30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers--Not sure if I've seen this, but possibly.
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf Read more... )
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau sure is pretty.

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... but I just can't help myself. After only two episodes, and seriously against my better judgment, I feel myself getting sucked into a new fantasy-type TV series on FOX. This can only end badly.

On the plus side, the lead actor on New Amsterdam is definitely easy on the eyes. I intend to enjoy that aspect of the show as long as possible.

(no subject)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 04:05 pm
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All the good guys from Buffy the Vampire Slayer were teaming up to fight the new season's mysterious villain. Rumors around the internet were that, for some crazy reason, Joss Whedon had decided that the Big Bad would be named Nicolae Carpathia--which happens to be the name of the Antichrist in the absurdly popular Left Behind series of novels (ably critiqued by Slacktivist each Friday). Those rumors were never confirmed, alas, as the dream ended abruptly halfway through the story arc due to the WGA writer's strike.

If all my dreams from now on are stupid reality shows, I am going to be so very upset.


Friday, January 11th, 2008 11:24 pm
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For fellow fans of House, M.D.: The Metaphorical Medicine of House. Includes bits of interview with the technical advisor for the series.

The 2007 International Privacy Ranking from Privacy International. According to this report, the U.S. privacy record isn't the worst in the world: in 2007, this country actually ranked better than Singapore, Russia, China, and Malaysia. Woohoo! We only did worse than nearly everyone else on the planet. On the plus side, as about half of you lot have already noticed, "A telephone company cut off an FBI international wiretap after the agency failed to pay its bill on time, according to a U.S. government audit released on Thursday." While one must admire the elegance of the checks and balances set forth in the United States Constitution as well as the nobility of much of the Bill of Rights, one sometimes suspects that the greatest guardians of freedom in this country are general laziness and incompetence.

On an entirely different note: Ghee Happy, "a brand that celebrates Indian/Hindu mythologies and culture thru design and storytelling in a fun and charming way." Do check out the free Kali desktop. (This is one of those links where it's hard for an outsider to tell just how serious/reverent/etc. the artist is being. That odd Spiderman Ganesh photo going around a while back was from an actual Ganesha festival, was a serious attempt to meld East and West, even as it seemed to so many people that it must have been blasphemous. So I at least feel compelled to reserve judgment about the cute little deities, just admiring the cuteness.)

Last and probably least, a link for my own reference, though it could be useful for anyone else with an analog TV: The US Government's TV converter box coupon program.

There was going to be more to this post, but I decided I was too sleepy to say it.


Thursday, November 29th, 2007 07:55 pm
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First: If you are a LiveJournal user and you don't follow [ profile] news, you probably should. Anyway, the most important bit is that LiveJournal now has new settings & flagging tools for "adult content," which you can read more about here. Note that by default, your search settings are "Use Moderate Filtering"--filter out explicit adult content. My guess is that many of you, when you do use the search feature, don't want to filter any results out at all, so it's a good idea to go to your viewing options (settings) page and change that.

Right then. In news unrelated to LJ, but related to the late great TV show Firefly: "I, Malcolm" by Nathan Fillion. Oh, Captain! (Link via [ profile] musesfool.)

Unrelated (or at least not directly related) to any Joss Whedon show, [ profile] nancylebov links to The Fantasy of Being Thin. The essay begins with this quote:

Obese patients are often encouraged to believe that weight loss is an appropriate way to combat depression, save a failing marriage, or increase the chance of career success. The irrationality of hopes pinned on weight loss is so striking that dieting might almost be likened to superstitious behavior…. Passing from childhood into adolescence, leaving home, marrying, starting a new job, having a baby, experiencing marital difficulties, adjusting to children leaving home, and growing old — all these life situations may become unexamined reasons to diet. In other instances, concerns over weight mask even more serious problems.”

-Wooley and Garner, from “Obesity treatment: the high cost of false hope,” published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 91, no. 10, 1991.

Many of you will recognize that the essay applies to more than just dieting. "Because, you see, the Fantasy of Being Thin is not just about becoming small enough to be perceived as more acceptable. It is about becoming an entirely different person – one with far more courage, confidence, and luck than the fat you has." Replace "being thin" and "fat" with, oh, "having a college degree" and "being a college dropout" or whatever other combination of words applies in your life.
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How Long Before Your Shows Go Dark?

More on "how this season is being rewritten" at this blog at Though I suspect the most addicted among you already follow that page.

I still miss being able to watch Buffy reruns, darn it.
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You know those anxiety dreams everybody has? The dreams like the one where you're in school, say, and you've just found out that you have an exam in five minutes in a class you'd forgotten you were supposed to be taking and if you don't pass it you will FAIL at LIFE with no chance of repentance, no opportunity for clemency? I don't have those dreams. Not a single one. Ever since sometime in the nineties, I have had, instead, dreams in which I suddenly realize that tomorrow is the last scheduled day of classes, I haven't been to class since the beginning of the semester, I don't even know who all my professors are--and it doesn't matter. All of the professors are kind and understanding, they all recognize that circumstances have made things difficult, and they all are willing to wait as long as it takes until I am finally able to do the work that was supposed to be done. No matter how stressful my life has been on the outside, in my dreams, at least, there has been acknowledgement that patience is necessary.

Since the latest diagnosis, my dreams have taken a different turn. I have had one dream that I remember clearly and another half-remembered one where it's been made clear to me that some assignments will be due soon and I need to get working. This still isn't the standard hectic anxiety dream, but it is a dream involving a deadline and an implied threat. Is this my subconscious mind's way of saying that it believes my limitations will be reduced soon and I'll be able to tolerate the levels of subconscious nagging everybody else has to deal with? If so, that's kinda nifty, in a perverse sort of way.

One of my other recent dreams was a rarity for me--a nightmare. This one involved people being tortured and small, furry animals feeding off the--
no, you're quite right, you really don't want to know. Anyway, the man directing the torture was Detective Tritter from this last season of House, M.D., though he seemed to be working for the Initiative from Buffy season 4, which means that one single dream managed to combine pain, adorable animals, and really crappy story arcs from two otherwise entertaining TV shows. Buffy the Vampire Slayer did recover from that one substandard season (though I know some of you think some later season was worse); but I have substantially less faith in the writers of House, possibly because the writers of House are the folks trying to convince us that a character who is in genuine, chronic, incurable pain for perfectly valid reasons; has been prescribed pain medication in accordance with best practices (at least as far as anyone on staff can tell); and has proven that he functions much better when he's got some kind of pain relief, is somehow a bad person because he wants to keep taking the drugs rather than go cold turkey and endure more pain for no good reason. (The previous sentence did not spoil the latest season of House, by the way, since the writers have apparently been compelled to pull this stuff every half-dozen or so episodes since the series began.)

I really do miss the Joss Whedon shows. I said as much in comments at [ profile] house_md recently, mentioning that I'd like Charisma Carpenter, J. August Richards, and Alexis Denisof to appear on the show. "I don't think they should be ducklings, necessarily, but people House can bounce ideas off of who are capable of restraining him when he loses his soul is about to do something stupid..."

Speaking of bright doctors doing stupid things, I was looking through some of my old medical records and saw in a neurologist's notes in early 1995 that "She [me] will have an EEG for possible partial complex seizures." This never happened. After my father died two months later, the doctor decided that all my health problems must be related to my reaction to Dad's death--in spite of the fact that my health problems had begun several years earlier and my father died from meningitis, which isn't exactly what you'd call a chronic disease of long duration. I do wonder how different life would be now if the neurologist had listened to me after that point. Maybe nothing would have shown up on the EEG back then anyway; maybe nothing major would be all that different now. I still have to wonder, though.
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Now wearing: Black shirt, blue jeans, white socks, boring underwear, and glasses I would really like to get replaced.

Today's television: Smallville finale: It was enjoyable, but certain characters should be deader than they probably are.

Supernatural finale: Oh, Dean! And [spoiler]! And ohh, [spoiler]!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Yeah, that ep made me rather squeeful.

Today's walk: I've been keeping approximate track of how many miles I've walked in the new shoes, but I already forget how many of those miles were today. It's roughly 18 miles since last Friday, though. The right shoe started making an odd squeaky sound today. Is air leaking out of my Nike air shoes already?

On today's walk, I saw a man and a woman chasing a ferret. Well, am not sure if the woman was chasing the ferret or following along behind so she could laugh at the man.

Also on today's walk, I checked out the bird's nest I first saw on Mother's Day--the nest that was built about five-and-a-half feet above a sidewalk, right where most adult humans can bump into the branch it's built in without even trying. A couple days ago I managed to count at least three baby birds alive in the nest begging for food, so perhaps the location wasn't as bad for survival as I'd thought. Today as I stood and looked at the little birdlets with their fresh little feathers growing in, zoom! goes something past my head. Look up, and there's angry Mama Robin glaring at me. "It's okay, I won't hurt them! I promise!" Zoom! goes Mama Robin again, just barely not touching my hair. I back up a bit, try to reason with her... ZOOM! at my head. At this point I decided to leave the family alone, assured that Mama Robin really is very protective of her cute little babies.

Music of the week: Been listening to two albums by Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies (Tenterhooks and The Parish Notices) as well as all of Kalinnikov's symphonies (all both of them). Didn't set out to listen only to music you've never heard before; it just kinda worked out that way.

Today's reading: Lots of stuff on LJ. Very little out of the library books that are due soon. Maybe I'll make up for that tomorrow.

Today's napping: Rather a lot. Tried to deal with my tiredness through use of...

Today's beverage: Entirely too much black tea.

Candy of the day: Crispy, crunchety Butterfinger. I was more in the mood for peanut-butteriness than I was for chocolate, which was weird.

Fruit of the day: Fresh strawberries! Mmmm, lovely, lovely strawberries.

Useful stuff done today: I think I balanced my checkbook or something. This really wasn't a day for getting much accomplished, though it started out promisingly. I feel like I must have cleaned something, but I can't remember what. It wasn't anything here in my bedroom, that's for sure.

Linguistics for the day: lolcat linguistics.

Headline of the month: A May 3 story from the Associated Press which [ profile] mariness linked to yesterday. The page she linked is no longer online, however this still is. In the words of Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, "So you just can't improve on that. Anyway, my compliments to the AP headline writer, who had a good day that day."
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Because I am full of antihistamines and no deep thoughts can survive in my brain at the moment.

So, is everybody who ever had a role on Buffy going to show up on House eventually? If so, can we have more who play basically the same character on the new series that they did on the old one? Because I would dearly love to see Faith the Vampire Slayer getting treatment at Princeton-Plainsboro.

Is it spoilery to say that this was a great episode for House/Wilson? That's not spoilery, not really. But it may be spoilery to mention being so amused by spoiler )

Like I said, no deep thoughts at all. Now I need to go to bed. With any luck, the antihistamines & decongestants will help me breathe well enough to get some sleeep.
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FOX is airing repeats on some Mondays--including tonight, and also including next week since they canceled the OJ show. C&Ped from a post over on [ profile] house_md:

Mon Nov 20 - Forever (S2) - 9pm
Tues Nov 21 - S3 ep 8 - 9pm
Mon Nov 27 - repeat - 9pm (since they've cancelled the OJ show)
Tues Nov 28 - S3 ep 9 - 9pm
Tues Dec 5 - Three Stories (S1) - 9pm
Mon Dec 11 - back to back repeat eps - 8-10pm
Tues Dec 12 - S3 ep 10 - 9pm
Mon Dec 18 - back to back repeat eps - 8-10pm
Tues Dec 19 - repeat - 9pm
Tues Dec 26 - repeat - 9pm
Tues Jan 9 - S3 ep 11 - 9pm

Here again

Thursday, October 26th, 2006 10:41 pm
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Thanks to everybody who answered yesterday's question! I'd answer tonight, except I'm not all that coherent at the moment. See, on tonight's Supernatural was one of the scariest moments I've seen on television since the glory days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Oh, yes, Supernatural spoiler here. ) So disturbing.

Also watched tonight's Smallville and there's something I'd like to know: When did that show become watchable again? I stopped watching it at a time when every episode was another flavor of Kryptonite providing another excuse for a bunch of people to get nekkid; and while the show certainly does have some attractive actors, I still like some decent storylines on my television. But each episode I've caught this season has been enjoyable, even if Lana Lang is still annoying as heck. Another question: I know everybody hates Lana, but am I the only one who likes Lois? There seems to be much Lois hate out there and I'm wondering how common that is.

In elementary school I tried hard to get into the habit of writing about my life in my diary every day, but all I ended up putting into it were random thoughts about the latest episode of Mork & Mindy. Fortunately I'm an adult now and have much deeper and weightier things to write about than TV shows. (Ooh, new House, M.D. episode on Halloween! I can hardly wait!)

In other news, I seem to be getting some of my energy back. Walked 2.5 miles yesterday and somewhere around two this evening. Still feeling a need for chicken soup, though.
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Episode was much too short. It should have been at least 22 hours longer.


Still Here

Friday, April 9th, 2004 12:22 pm
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I'm still reading others' journals and such, I just haven't had much to say these last few days. Well, I very nearly posted a deep and meaningful post yesterday, but the fit passed. Mostly my thoughts have been about boring, practical things: Is this a good day to go to the grocery store, or will my body decide to punish me if I do? If I go, should I buy chicken parts? I'll see if they're on sale; maybe I can buy one of the more expensive kinds of cheese for a change as well, since I've mostly been eating beans and rice...

Little things bubble to the surface of my consciousness. These jeans feel tighter than I'm used to--am I getting too fat? Look in the mirror while wearing both jeans and glasses and sanity returns. Not as skinny as I used to be, but "not as skinny" doesn't even come near the region of "too fat." Now that I remember that fact, I can consume my strawberry cheesecake ice cream with a clear conscience.

TV viewing next week: The Apprentice has a 2-hour finale! Oh, but can I stand to miss Tru Calling? Well, yes, though I do like that show too. I won't be watching the Dateline segment on the apprentice-wannabes though, not if there's a new Angel episode on at the same time. I do have priorities.

Little thoughts. Mostly I'm trying to avoid thinking about the Social Security hearing. I don't want to think about the possibility of things not working out well, since I really don't see any other ways for me to continue my existence without the help. How can anyone think I could get and keep a job when I couldn't even make it into DC to see the cherry blossoms in peak blooom? (I keep waking up with the song "Cherry Blossom Girl" running through my head.) Even making sure that I can get to the hearing means that I'll be spending Easter here alone to conserve energy. But I look healthy (my mother got so many compliments on her looks while she was dying of lung cancer) and I'm so used to people making assumptions based on that, or based on the fact that when I do have energy I like to be as active as possible. "If you could walk two miles yesterday, why can't you do X, Y, and Z today?" I'm so tired of this.

So I'm not thinking about my future. I'm looking at the trees putting forth small pale leaves, outlines of the branches still obvious and yet it seems as if you're looking at them through a green mist. Other trees, the ones blooming so profusely a few days ago, start to cast their petals away in favor of green as well. Everything's changing so quickly, new kinds of beauty replacing the old. Walking down some of these streets feels like walking into magic.

(no subject)

Friday, February 6th, 2004 12:09 pm
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The one thing I remember from last night's dreams is that the contestants on The Apprentice suddenly had their goal change from profit-making and pleasing Donald Trump to "Christlikeness and suffering-servanthood."

No matter what your viewing habits or religious beliefs, imagine this: A group of young, attractive, highly ambitious people, some of whom have been gleefully stabbing each other in the back on camera, are suddenly told one morning, "Today your task will be a bit different. We are going to see just how adaptable you are. Instead of making the most money you can or getting the best deals on needed supplies, your job is to be humble, to put others first, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Your first task this morning will be to wash each other's feet in humility and grace. After that, each team must design and implement a plan for demonstrating love and service to a suffering world. Your success in this task will not be measured in numbers. Your day's activities will be evaluated by a team of men and women you've never heard of who spend their days quietly working with folks who are poor, sick, or in prison. Your evaluators want me to stress that they will not be evaluating your motives, since only Almighty God can know what's in your hearts. But they will be looking carefully at all that you do today and watching to see which team does the best job of helping those in need, demonstrating meekness, acting with mercy, making peace, even turning the other cheek if that's necessary--in short, which team best exemplifies the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

"I'm leaving now to negotiate a multimillion-dollar deal. I'll see you all back here at five. Good luck."

Is it so very wrong of me to get all giggly every time I think about this?

A geek dreamed it.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2003 08:07 am
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We were on a train rushing through a wonderfully detailed yet barren grey fractal landscape created in POV-Ray (obviously done on a computer much more powerful than the Pentium I 200 I've got here). I knew which program had rendered and continued to render this lifeless land, because I was the one who had created the scene file we were traveling through.

"We," by the way, were a group consisting of several characters from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and myself. I hadn't spoken to the others on the train yet, could only bring myself to quietly observe. Xander, impetuous as ever, demanded to be allowed to try to break the spell he was so sure enveloped the land. Giles, rather imperiously, told him no and proceeded to declaim rather useless phrases in Latin. I was still depressed and had yet to manage to find enough strength to click the program's "Stop" button so we could see where we really were.

No, I don't need an analysis of this one, I think I've got it.


Friday, December 6th, 2002 10:59 pm
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Just to show you how sick I am... I entirely forgot that Firefly was on tonight. And it was a new episode. And people tell me it was a very good episode.

First time I've missed the first airing of any episode of any Joss Whedon show.

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Random questions from the new episode, "Never Leave Me." Spoilers here. )
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Was looking for something else just now, and found this story I wrote for a school assignment in 7th grade. I don't think it's at all bad for a 12-year-old; in fact, in spite of the subtitle, it strikes me as rather better than any story I've completed in the last decade. See what you think...

Teevy: A Rotten Imitation of a Greek Myth )

(no subject)

Saturday, May 11th, 2002 01:55 pm
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According to Jamie Kellner, chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting, every time you skip over a commercial or take too many bathroom breaks during commercial time, you are stealing the programming, you thief.

In other news, three members of a Florida family received microchip implants on Friday, as you can read about here and here and here and various other places. So far, these chips are essentially high-tech versions of MedicAlert bracelets, containing information which hospital technicians can scan in an emergency in order to provide the best care.

One day, however, you know that these chips will be able to send information about your location and medical status to some central database. And on that day, if you are detected leaving the room during commercial breaks without a valid medical excuse as determined by a panel of experts, you will be fined accordingly. Additionally, your monthly bill for certain premium cable channels may be raised if your hormone levels are regularly found to exceed expected levels during late-night programming hours. Please plan your budget accordingly.

(no subject)

Wednesday, March 13th, 2002 02:55 pm
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Soon after my father died, an offer was made. I couldn't tell you who made me this offer or why, but the offer was this: I was given the grand and glorious opportunity to lose my mind. I would no longer have to deal with my long-term health problems, brand-new financial problems, or raw and burning grief. I would have no more hard choices to make, no more worries, no more responsibilities to anyone. I would no longer have to deal with the dreary world I found crashing around me. All I would have to do was make the simple choice to go insane, and I would be whisked off to a delusional world. It was as easy as flipping a mental light switch. The choice was mine: on or off--sane or insane--here or there. Just one flick of a switch and I would be free.

I had the sense of having this choice for a few weeks, the option always presented to my mind as a viable alternative to dealing with reality; and then one day I realized that the chance was gone. There was no longer an escape hatch. The real world was where I'd have to live. I still wonder sometimes why I never touched that switch.

(The more I think about it, the more I like last night's Buffy episode.)
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Just remembered: Last night I had a dream involving every regular character on the TV show Roswell--except Max.

What good is Roswell without shirtless Max?


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