Made of Win

Dec. 8th, 2007 08:11 am
I need this as an animated icon.

Oh, you'll see.

Again, the TV is doing exactly what it did on Saturday - same error codes and everything. High voltage shutdown caused by problems with circuits related to the horizontal. I'll definitely be calling the warranty service line tomorrow. We'll see if we can get someone out here in the next few days. Maybe it will work again tomorrow, maybe not. I knew I was taking a chance when I turned it off last night; I thought it might not start again today.

It's a good thing I'm not a football fan.
Heroes tonight was more or less predictable, but I'd be surprised if I was the only person who, just after the flurry of text messages between Claire and her nerdy swain, piped up,

Im on ur lawn, throwin ur stonez!

Internet memes may actually be the lowest form of humor.
Some interesting commentary on tonight's Lost premiere.

Bread and Circuses, a blog about late Roman antiquity.

CRAFT - not a new discovery by any means, but maybe you haven't seen it yet? Lots of good craft links with only the occasional eyeroller.


Sep. 25th, 2006 10:30 pm

If you watched Heroes, what did you think of it?
You scored as Locke. You're Locke! People underestimate you, but you know you can do anything you want to. You hate limits being put on your life - you don't like it when people don't believe in you.




























Who is your "Lost" alter ego?
created with

Tom got Claire as his top result and is really traumatized, wishing he'd been Jack or Sawyer. I was sure that I was going to end up as Shannon - we have really similar backgrounds - but apparently I'm not bitchy enough. ;)
Apropos of my last post, Medium in 3-D was a mild disappointment, mainly because the 3-D sections were black & white, also because we had a difficult time establishing the proper distance and angle to view from. When it worked, it was cool, but it only worked in flashes here and there.

On the other hand, the season finale of Rome was really good, albeit a little bit predictable (if you had the appropriate information). Anyone over the age of about 14 probably would have picked up on the fact that Caesar was not going to make it out of the season alive, but the other death was equally evident if you had any idea of who was and was not contracted to be in the cast next year and whose closest co-star was speaking of working with them in the past tense. Even the manner of their death wasn't unexpected.

No replies to my post about bangs. I've been poking around in some communities, like [ profile] vintage_hair and [ profile] banged_predator, but I haven't found the perfect information yet. Not sure I'm going to cut them. I usually wear my hair up. I have a long face and kind of a big forehead, but I'm heavier than I used to be, with strong cheekbones, and I like my hairline. So it's a toss-up. It'd take just a few months to grow out if I didn't like it, but I don't want it to be a pre-wedding problem.

Tom has been out all evening assembling the new issue of Panel, and I'm a little worried that he hasn't gotten home yet. Normally they get all the books together in like 2-3 hours; it's been 5. They had a bunch of extra steps this time around; I hope they didn't have to get certain things reprinted; I hope nobody has had an accident; I wish Tom would charge up his cellphone and carry it. It's not that I'm trying to keep him on a leash, it's that I like to know that he's OK.

Edited to add: he FINALLY just called me at almost 2:30AM; he'd gotten home at 9:30PM and gone to sleep without remembering to call me. Which is really the best-case scenario except the one where he actually remembers to call me and I don't spend the whole night worrying and staying up even though I'm tired, which is itself way better than "My fiance is stranded and freezing because his car broke down" or "My fiance got in an accident and is in the hospital" or "My fiance got robbed & shot at an ATM" or etc.
I know when Rome first started, I was disappointed with it and complaining; the last few episodes have been outstanding, though. Last week and this week were riveting and tragic. "How could they do that to Vercingetorix?" "Not Pullo!" "God, Atia is such a bitch." "Poor Brutus!" Etc. I thought it was just a 12-13-episode series, but they say next weekend will be the season finale rather than the series finale. This and Lost are my fave shows right now, but Rome is, of course, the more predictable of the two.

I have had a really lousy day today and am glad it's over; my mom was in a terrible mood, and we argued a lot; Tom was too busy with Panel to do anything. He's not doing the onscreen assembly of the whole book this time around, but I think he's still doing the design. He also keeps nagging... er, encouraging me to submit something to TokyoPop as a writer. All my current plots are novelistic, but maybe I can come up with a one-volume, 160-pg manga that they would like.
Sinead O'Connor is on Leno right now. She's a little off-key. She looks good, though. Still no hair. Reggae?

Sick House developments: nausea on my part, which the mom has been experiencing since this morning. I don't feel nauseated enough to throw up, but I almost have a few times anyway, which was surprising and alarming when it happened. (I think this will distress at least one of the well-wishers replying to my last post.) My stomach just hurts very vaguely. I slept a lot today. I also started Jonathan Carroll's new book, Glass Soup.

Tom is over in Tomland - his apartment - and seems to be doing OK.

And I worked on the pattern from Knitty that I started almost 18 months ago, Sueet - it's a little bag made in Berroco Suede. And you know what? It sucks. It hasn't been the least amount of "fun" to knit, and the construction isn't really intuitive (it's one of those projects where circular needles or double-pointeds would have been best and would have saved some finishing, but it's written to be made on straight needles because circs and DPNs scare some people). That's why it took me 18 months to do a tiny project... obviously, I hadn't worked on it a lot in the last year. I still have to line it, which I may put off for a while. But I want to finish all my unfinished projects before I start anything new, with the exception of some hats for the putative in-laws, which I'd like to make before Thanksgiving. That's mainly my sweater in Colinette Tagliatelli and this bag, as I finished my Koigu socks in the spring (and can wear them soon! yay!). And then that's it for me and multiple projects - I will work on one thing at a time until it's finished.


Sep. 30th, 2005 01:39 am
OK, seriously, seriously, seriously. I am renaming Alias. It will henceforth be known as Ali-ASS. Because that show jumped the shark last year. In fact, all JJ Abrams's shows jump the shark when he goes to work on his next major TV project: Felicity sank in earnest with the advent of Alias, so I thought there was a pretty good chance that Alias would quickly become lame once Lost was on the air. And it is, and it did, and so on. And I don't believe for two minutes together the stuff that happened at the end of the episode, even if they are currently saying it's for real.

Though the end of tonight's episode did finally cause my mom to disavow the show and any interest therein. I like to punish myself (I watched The X-Files religiously up until the last season or so, and even then I caught all key episodes and skipped MOTW episodes), so I'll probably keep watching it. Actually, it resembles The X-Files in a bunch of ways in the last year or so.

So does NightStalker, but at least that show has an excuse... it's a remake of the show that inspired The X-Files. Wasn't so hot, but didn't completely suck. "At least," Tom said, "it's better than Invasion."

Ummm... I watched last night's Lost tonight, too. Much better.

I think we've now pretty much covered all the new TV shows. My viewing schedule will probably pretty much slide back to Lost, Veronica Mars, and Gilmore Girls (which has also been sucktastic in the last year or so, but whatever). TV is bad for you.
Since I rarely do much but talk about TV and movies in here anymore... tonight I watched Veronica Mars, so I haven't seen Lost yet, except the last five minutes and next week's preview. As far as Veronica goes, I will say that I think the new story looks promising, and that I am very happy about the identity of her current boyfriend.

Tonight my mother bought "blueberries" which turned out to be concord grapes, which are one of my favorite things in the world and which I only get the chance to eat once every few years. Now, it did say "TABLE GRAPES" in 3/4"-tall letters on the front of the package, so I don't know how she made this mistake. A good mistake, though.

I have been really suffering with the girly stuff in the last day or so. Headed to sleep soon.

Currently reading: Bandbox by Thomas Mallon (which so far I would definitely recommend to [ profile] kore and [ profile] nadja and anyone else who likes flash 1920s stuff). New Jonathan Carroll, Glass Soup, which I haven't started yet. Some stories from new Gene Wolfe anthology too.
So the Lost premiere was Wednesday night... Lost spoilers )

We didn't really love Invasion, but we'll probably watch it a few more times. There was a lot about hurricanes that they got wrong just in that first episode. Not terribly exciting, and feels a little low-budget when shown just after Lost, which clearly has higher production values and a more epic, filmed look to it.

Reunion makes me want to eat my own eyeballs; I'm glad Alias will be starting next week, along with Night Stalker, giving me an excuse not to watch it. The suspense is developed very cheaply and poorly on Reunion and the historical setting is only hinted-at. I've seen the first few episodes and I'm more pissed off by the amateur storytelling tricks than in suspense about what they're hiding from me. (I'm irritated that they're hiding it from me. It's lame to have something happening and have everyone but the audience know, because that's the only way you can maintain audience suspense and therefore interest. They don't have superior characterization, good production values, or a compelling story, so they're resorting to a flashback-laden murder investigation in which we don't actually get to know who's dead.)

Criminal Minds is OK, but on Wednesdays at 9PM, I think it's probably doomed (opposite Lost AND Veronica Mars - the latter of which has low ratings but a growing following that the network has taken great care to build over the summer). It's a "quality" show about a behavioral profiler; it somehow professes to be groundbreaking, but is just like any other show you've ever seen about an FBI profiler. Good characters/acting/production/writing, but nothing special.

Within another week or two I will have tried all the new shows I'm going to try, and probably settled into a routine of watching almost nothing, maybe 3 shows a week at most.

Also watched The Transporter last night. Several reviews referred to it as ludicrous, and they were right. It was a lot of fun, but very silly. I was rambling off my questions about the plot to Tom maybe 3/4 of the way through. "So, who arranged to have Lai kidnapped? Her dad or her dad's business partner? What were they going to do with her, scare her? How did they know that Frank had 'opened the package' when he delivered it? Was the suitcase wired with a remote bomb so they COULD blow him up IF he had 'opened the package' - which they planned to figure out later? Or was it just set to go off either way?"

Finally he smiled, and piped up, "There are fight scenes!" ;)
Mom safely home. Oh, you didn't know she was away? Well, she went up to Cleveland Friday afternoon so as to celebrate her birthday with my uncle, the one who is currently my fave. They celebrated her birthday last night by going out to eat and then to a bunch of clubs. I think strippers were involved. Huzzah!

Everyone watched the Six Feet Under series finale tonight, and spoilers )

They just showed the preview for The Brothers Grimm on Adult Swim. I'm pretty excited about the movie - Terry Gilliam, the kind of story that appeals to me, my girlfriend Lena Headey. But doesn't the basic outline of the plot - charlatan "ghost hunters" who then run into a real supernatural menace of some kind - remind anyone else of The Frighteners?

I have not been sleeping well the last few nights, and will probably go to bed earlyish, instead of keeping my regular, much-lamented but hard to change vampire hours.
Today I won a game of Scrabble, had good coffee, finished watching series 3 of Jeeves and Wooster, and managed to do a reasonable amount of housework without too much exertion. That is, you can see a difference but I didn't break a sweat or feel like I spent the whole night cleaning.

As far as Scrabble goes... I'm lost against anyone who actually has a good strategy. I rely too much on my fancy vocabulary. The good news is that most people won't challenge me when I put down a word because they assume I know what I'm talking about. The bad news is that anyone who is actually a good and frequent player can kick my ass even if they don't have the fancy vocabulary, much more so if they do or if they've made a point of memorizing some of the useful word lists. I rely on "qi" a lot - it's the same as "chi", the energy that's supposedly addressed in feng shui. Apparently I shouldn't rely on it, though, since I'm not seeing it on word lists. ("Xi" IS legal: a Greek letter.)

Very disappointed that an apartment complex that LOOKED nice from the outside, and is in my basic neighborhood, has a plethora and panoply of truly horrible reviews on internet apartment review sites. May be the worst complex in town. Is under investigation by Columbus housing authorities. Overall, it seems like people writing reviews are forgiving of problems in apartment complexes if several factors are in play: the maintenace team must be decent (at least making a strong, skilled effort to fix something properly, as well as being friendly), and the management staff must also be polite, friendly, and effective. Bad maintenance or rude management? Way higher incidence of complaint. I saw buildings with fairly high reviews that had serious problems, but because the staff was kindly and made an effort, people were willing to say positive things about the complex. Places with fewer problems and a very rude, ineffectual staff got lower reviews.
Last couple of days have been just OK... good times have been had, but I'm just so fatigued that I'm having problems enjoying them as much as I'd like.

Last night, my mom took me out to a relatively fancy Mexican restaurant. They'd sent us several $10 discount coupons a few months back, and we still had one left. The food was good, but no better than another place we normally go, which gives you more food for less money.

I came home and finished my very enjoyable re-read of Howl's Moving Castle, the first time I'd read it all the way through since 1988.

Then I went about the business of washing my white LAMB purse, which has a violently pink lining that I was sure was going to bleed into the white. It mostly behaved itself, but despite several soakings in several detergents, I was unable to get the purse completely clean, and I decided to stop pushing my luck. I was surprised that the only thing that did run was the strap - one side is black, one side is white, and the black side bled a little. This may have been partly because I used OxyClean to really remove the dinge from the white side. Don't carry a white purse through late winter and half of spring, whether it has cute medieval illustrations of sheep on it or not.

Today I continued to be terribly fatigued, and ended up spending half the afternoon writing an email to Maud about books I'd suggest for her 12-year-old stepdaughter who likes Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, and Roald Dahl, but has so far disdained Sherlock Holmes, Old Yeller, and Anne Frank. I recommended the aforementioned Howl's, which is somewhat different from the movie, and also listed off a bunch of books I loved at that age and books that are similar to those books. Heavy on quasi-feminist fantasy in a Girls Who Save The Day sort of way.

Then Tom picked me up after work and took me to the library, where I totally blew stuff up! No, I sat around reading about how Kathleen Battle sabotaged her own opera career, because I've noticed that her star dwindled like crazy in the mid-90s after she was fired from the Met. Beverly Sills - always known for her niceness - said she thought Battle's difficult behavior was caused by anxiety. I can see that as a reason for SOME of what went on, but not ALL of it. Anyway, after the library, we went out for ice cream and stopped at the Korean store so that I could buy more Lucky Star paper. Now I'm home, making stars and watching TV.

I wish I liked the show Empire (which is really a miniseries), but I don't; I find it disappointing so far. Holding out greater hope for HBO's ROME when it appears next month.
Do you get AZN Television? You know, the new Asian-American channel that used to be the International Channel? If you live in an area of the US where there are a lot of Asian immigrants, and you have cable, you probably get this channel.

If so, you have absolutely no excuse to not be watching King of Hades. (others may stump for Korean dramas Hotelier or Rooftop Room Cat, but my heart belongs to Yan Luo.) It's on three times each day, and one will surely suit your busy schedule.

King of Hades is a Chinese supernatural soap opera. I don't know if it's made in China proper or, say, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, etc. It's pretty low-budget, has about the production values of the average American daytime soap, or of the later episodes of Dr Who. Basically, from what I've caught of it in the three or four episodes I've seen, it's about people who die going on to live and intrigue in the underworld, and their occasional ability to affect the lives of their friends and family who are still living. It's all set sometime way back in some legendary historical period. There is minimal kung-fu, but people do occasionally float around. I don't think Yan Luo, the title character, is actually King of Hades yet* - it seems like he's an up-and-comer in the underworld, with some favor from the Celestial King or something. It seemed like the person in charge of the underworld a few episodes ago was a nasty trickster.

There's a show that's often on just preceding or following KOH, called Legend of Heaven and Earth, which seems to be kind of similar in type, but has slightly better production values and fight scenes. It could be just as addictive. However, it's in either Mandarin with Cantonese subtitles, or vice-versa; this keeps me from watching it, because I just look at the pretty costumes and wonder what the heck is going on. The Powers That Be have seen fit to provide the Mandarin King of Hades with English subtitles. This is good, because I really don't know how you'd be able to figure out that two guys are competing for the title of Top Scholar of China by doing an impromptu poetry slam without them... unless, in fact, you speak Mandarin.

Anyway, the show is crazy fun, and addictive, and melodramatic and silly, so if this sounds appealing to you and you have the opportunity, check it out.

* I actually didn't know that Yan Luo was to become King of Hades, except that the name popped up during a google search I just did. But it IS him they show during the opening credits, and during the last episode I saw set in the underworld, someone else was wearing the same ceremonial costume (as the one he wears in the credits), and making deals, and issuing commands, and that someone was pretty evil. In the handful of episodes I've seen since, Lord Yan seems to be up-and-coming, accruing power and followers.
We are playing the lyric guessing game HERE. Join us! There are still plenty of unanswered questions, but they are getting harder....
(link opens in new window.)

I will probably do this again with all new lyrics sometime in the next few weeks.

This weekendRead more... )

And Six Feet Under started again tonight. Man, Lisa's dead, and her appearance is only a mirror of Brenda's inner voice, but I STILL hate her. I don't really know what to make of this season yet, but it always takes a few episodes to settle in. I'm not sure whether this being the last season is good or not... we'll see.

Then T. and I got sucked in to watching a repeat of the pilot episode of Medium. So I guess tonight was ALL ABOUT DEAD PEOPLE.



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