afterthree: (would you like to go for a ride)
Oh hey LJ, how you doin'? I know I've been ignoring you lately, but I don't mean anything by it, really. *pets*
  • Doctor Who! :D Non-Spoilery Quick Hit: I enjoyed it, though I thought it was too long and kinda dragged. What can I say, I love me some firm structure and a little less window-dressing, even if it's character based. I'm fascinated by Amy (and given this is a Moffatt female, I'm kinda shocked about that), and am enjoying Eleven so far. Also love the new style of direction/cinematography and hope that sticks around. Most exciting bit? That I don't have to wait 6+ months for a new episode! Hurrah for a proper Who season! *hugs season five*

  • Went to the Muse concert last Monday, and it was all kinds of epic win. I was on the floor, which I'd never been before, and while at times it was a little anxiety-ridden (like when the high guy in front of me started waving his lit joint around willy-nilly) it was a great show. Part of its greatness was my proximity to the stage, and the ability to actually see some of the details, including the musician's faces. Also awesome was Silversun Pickups opening for them. :D




  • Have finished season 2 of 24. It wasn't nearly as good as season 1, and I found myself getting a bit bored, especially in the last handful of episodes, which is probably not the way things are supposed to go. The first season had a very personal story to anchor it, something definitely lacking in the second season. It's harder to identify with large-scale stakes than with one or two people in peril, which probably explains a lot about the human race in general. Wars don't affect us the same way one person we know dying tragically does. Sort of a quality over quantity argument, in the most callous terms. I have heard seasons 3 thru 5 are the best ones, though, so I'll keep watching.

  • Have watched all of season 1 and 2 of Big Bang Theory, and I'm still digesting it. It's definitely hilarious, but whoa does it not even ever come close to passing the Bechdel test. I can't decide if it's supporting or subverting gender and nerd stereotypes: I'm leaning more to the first with occassional appearance of the second depending on the character and the situation. The character of Howard is deeply problematic on so many OH BAD levels, but at the same time I say that I see that's what they're trying to do there: sometimes they succeed and sometimes they don't, largely depending on the female component of whatever story is being told. There are many things about the character of Penny I really like, and the friendship between Penny and Sheldon is often really interesting. Leonard is by far the least interesting part of the entire show, and seems mostly there as the backboard to bounce Sheldon off of. There may or may not be meta about this in my future, but I'd appreciate being pointed in the direction of any existing meta y'all have seen about this show.

  • Saw "How to Train Your Dragon" and it's excellent. Two thumbs up. If you're a cat person, the dragons will be particularly amusing. Most bemusing was how all the young Vikings have American accents and the adult Vikings have Scottish accents. I assume that's some sort of 'coming of age' rite. ;)

  • Busy week at work last week, and another this week. This week should be more fun, though. Wireframes and functinal specification documents FTW!

  • Have been listening to several of the Skeptically Speaking podcasts that cross over into my interests (and a few that don't, but I'm one of those people who will happily watch/listen to documentaries and interviews about paint drying if it's delivered with passion and enthusiasm). As someone who is guilty of researching anything and often everything, the Skeptic movement is interesting. Sometimes the science gets WAY too deep for my brain, but I like the focus on critical thinking and logic-based analysis. It's caused me think a little harder about a few things I might not have otherwise.

  • Four day Easter weekend was full of family and food, but not the traditional Easter fair. Birthday dinner at Sister's house, then Easter combined with Grandparent's 60th Anniversary at a restaurant on Saturday. As a result I have not had my ham dinner, and dammit I wants one! :( I'm thinking of buying my own ham tomorrow, just to fill the void.

  • I need some season 5 Who icons, but as yet haven't had much time to look for them. Please comment with your favourite ones and expect stealing. :D
afterthree: (typewriter)
By doing this in my own journal instead of in [profile] penny_lane_42's comments I'm probably turning this into a meme, but it's kind of awesome and I think deserving of meme status.

The idea is that we all watch different shows, even when we all watch the same ones. BtVS and Joss fan [profile] penny_lane_42 posted about the shows she's watching, and got my thinking about the ones I watch.

When it looked like I was watching Gargoyles I was actually watching Blond, Bland Gentlemen Have More Fun Serving Amoral Megalomaniacs, and The Magnificent Seven was absolutely The Con Man with a Soft, Mushy Centre he Resents.

What appeared to be a book about a boy named Harry Potter was in fact The Baggage of Severus Snape and A Werewolf Tries Very Hard Not To Be Happy, For Everyone Else's Sake. The last could of books were also Dumbledore Plays Wizard Chess and You Are All His Pieces.

From the beginning, The West Wing was Lemon Lyman and his Quirkily Brilliant and Impervious Assistant Fall In Love with the occasional CJ Is Awesomer Than Pretty Much Everybody, Bitter, Angry, Sad Toby Tries to Save the World with Words, and Jed and Leo: It's Good Friends Who Keep Us Sane spinoffs. The first two seasons are definitely Dialogue That Plays Like Music, and that show was the first one that made me realize dialogue can be just as flexible and brilliant and god-damn evocative as narration.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was primarily I Love Allegory and Metaphor Like You Cannot Even Believe and Important Stories in Dark Places. Season Two became A Librarian Was Not How I Thought I'd End Up, But Somewhere Where I Was Always Headed, while Season Three was The Mayor and Faith Need Each Other, and Are Good People Gone Astray, Really. Season Four was, to my surprise, mostly When Did Xander Become So God Damn Brilliant, and Why Didn't I Notice Until Now?. Season Five was definitely My Sister is More Important than the World Entire, and That Is Just Fact so Live With It, and Season Six I watched Buffy Learns to Feel Again after getting Really Good at Not. In the end, it turned out I was also watching A Girl Who Forgets How To Be a Girl Because she Has To Be a Man the whole time.

When I watched Doctor Who with David Tennant I was watching The Loneliest Man in the Universe Searches for Distraction That Usually Makes it Worse. When Season Four started it absolutely became Donna is Awesome and the Doctor Needs Her More Than Anyone Else in the Universe. I also admit to watching the Unashamed Sci Fi Crack is Cracktastic Win show on a regular basis and loving it the most.

Torchwood was mostly Torchwood Makes Everything Worse, But In a Good and Often Hilarious Way but also sometimes Sex and Love and All the Awkward, Strange, Niggly Spaces In Between Make Us Human. CoE was, by and large, Gwen Finds Her Awesome.

I watch Criminal Minds for Garcia Is My Hero In All Ways, but also for Women, Even When They're Victims, Are Not Just Victims and Playing With Gender Roles and Identities in Smart Ways.

Dollhouse started out as Victor and Sierra and Nothing Else Matters, but then suddenly and wonderfully became Topher Doesn't Want to Hurt Anyone Else But Can't Help It Because That's Who He Is.

There are others, of course. I could go on forever, but these are the ones that leap immediately to mind. What shows within shows have you watched? What tinted glasses do you wear when you watch or listen or read the stories you do? I'm intrigued by this discussion and by discovering other people's points of view.

afterthree: (do a blog)
  • My office is like a ghost town. So many people on holiday.
  • Two-weddings is one wedding too many for one month. These things are very expensive and, even when you're not in the party, suck up a lot of time. There are showers and stagettes and gifts and RSVPs and dress buying and then the actual wedding day itself. I generally have a good enough time at the showers and the stagettes -- at the one I went to on Sunday we made sushi and it was awesome -- but it's a bit draining, meeting and socializing with a load of people I don't know very well or at all at the frequency I've been doing it at this month. No more weddings until B's next summer, okay?
  • My cat is becomming a big bed hog. Given one human-sized creature and one cat-sized creature, I would expect they would occupy a proportional ratio of space each. As it turns out the inverse ratio rules supreme here. The things no one thinks to tell you before you venture into cat ownership. He also keeps trying to sleep on my back and meows crankily at me when I shake him off.
  • I woke up unusually early this morning, so I watched last night's True Blood and had a leisurely breakfast. I may be a little bit in love with Godric. And Eric's... Ericness... continues to amuse and delight me. I also may ship Bill/Jason now.
  • Um, I'm going to need a Doctor Who beta in the next week or so if my writing pace keeps up as it has been. Any takers? I need someone to tell me whether or not I'm writing Ten at all correctly.
  • Am finishing up the Five Things meme. Anyone want to add anything to it before I post?

afterthree: (?!?!?)
In the Waters of Mars trailer, why is the Doctor is wearing the blue suit Handy got stuck with in Pete's world?

Obviously all that talk about the unbreakable world-ending walls was all rubbish if the Doctor can pop over and get his suit back.

afterthree: (i just awesomed all over the place)
New Who Trailer for Waters of Mars. _thirty2flavors already posted this, but if we're going to spam you at least it's Who-spam, right?

Trailer & Christmas Special casting spoilers behind the cut )

I have also made an icon just now, thanks to some highly subliminal suggestions.

spacesuit up icon

Use it as you will.

afterthree: (o ten)
I am rush-posting before heading to work. Let's hear it for a quickie!

Eleven's new look behind the cut. Link to more pics also under the cut, including pics of a major casting spoiler.

Spoilers for Who Season Five )

afterthree: (bleep bleep)
Speaking of creepy things, Digital Spy has a clip from the upcoming Doctor Who special, Waters of Mars.

Nobody does the talking-over-each-other thing quite like the Whoniverse.

afterthree: (brainy specs)
So I've hardly posted at all so far in June for obvious reasons, and as such several things have amassed that beg for my comment. So, in no particular order:


  • Doctor Who casting spoiler (this is a few days old, so most of you have probably seen this) I hope comes true. All I want for Christmas, RTD. Do it!

  • Saw Up! and thought it was really excellent. The story was very different from what I anticipated, but I like it when a movie surprises me like this one did. The opening sequence basically broke my heart. Pixar, I love you. Also: Toy Story 3! I dare to hope for more good things from this franchise.


  • I am nearly completely moved in now. All that remains is to break out the pretty decorative things and sort out the corner I'm going to use for sewing, which is still in disarray mostly because I need a small desk (I'm currently thinking this one from Ikea if I can't find something the right size on kijiji) and because I also need to take a door off its hinges, and I think it's smarter to wait to do this until after my walk through.

  • I have buckled and decided to pay someone to do the move-out clean of my kitchen and bathroom at the old apartment. It is booked for Monday, and while they're cleaning those areas I'll deal with the other rooms. I'm still attempting to find someone to clean the carpets for less than $150, which I feel is too much for my 350 square feet of carpet.

  • I am adopting a coworker's cat, and if all things go according to plan will obtain ownership of said cat this weekend. *squees*

  • Transformers movie next week. I have tickets to a midnight showing on opening night. I anticipate I will be stupid tired on Wednesday as a result. Let's hope the movie is worth it.

  • I saw this on Fandom Wank today and it made me laugh. I play Magic (shut up) and heard about the rule changes the day they were announced. I'll admit to being a bit thrown by the changes to the combat rules, mostly because it changes the usefulness of some of my favourite cards, but some of the fanboys could give the Twilight fangirls a run for their money. For serious, guys. CHILL. THE. FUCK. OUT. Holy fuck, you'd think the world was ending or something.

  • I'm woefully behind in Hourglass judging. Good thing one of my categories is drabbles. *is thankful* Some of the Drama stories are loooooong, though. *sweatdrop*

afterthree: (wibbly wobbly)
More potential spoilers for Tennant's Doctor Who finale from The Sun.

You know there are gonna be spoilers in here, don't you? )


afterthree: (who)
[personal profile] thirty2flavors already posted this, but I will accept my second-place gracefully.

Doctor Who & Related Casting Spoilers )

Aaaaaand there's a Torchwood trailer that I can watch yet because of weird streaming issues, but just 'cause I can't watch it seems a vindictive reason to leave the link out. I think the latest adventure of the Torchwood Team is supposed to drop in July.


afterthree: (we are stuck in your icon)
[Poll #1383573][Poll #1383573]

Hijack at will, if you like. I'll try to keep up. (Stupid formating stupid poll... broken layout in the post view... sorry all. I'm trying to fix it, but no luck. It may be stuck like this. *sadface*)
   
afterthree: (x-ray glasses)
Currently uploading Planet of the Dead. It'll probably take a few hours. For anyone who's interested, ninjavideo.net has a working download.

You Bet There's Spoilers )

 
afterthree: (space cowboy)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] _thirty2flavors, 'cause she always seems to find this stuff first. This is scheduled to air at some point over the Easter weekend, though I'm not sure of the exact date and time. I'll be uploading it as soon as I get it downloaded to my Circle of Who sharing list. Let me know if you want to be in the circle and aren't already by commenting.


 
afterthree: (so not insane)
Calling all Doctor Who fans on my flist!

I need from you Doctor Who fic prompts, in the comments. Should be set some time during season two, three, or four. Prompt must include Ten (or Handy, if you prefer) and at least one of the known companions. Other than that, there are no other restrictions.

You want to participate. Trust me on this. *grins*

 
afterthree: (Default)
Here are all my collected facts for that meme I posted the other day. They were fun to write up, so if there's someone not on this list you want to ask me my personal canon about, leave their name in the comments and I'll add it on!


Harry Potter Characters )
How I Met Your Mother Characters )
West Wing Characters )
Doctor Who Characters )

 
afterthree: (x-ray glasses)
So. Y'know the whole Wizard Rock thing?

Now there's Time Lord Rock.

Just thought y'all might like to know.

 

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