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Fandom-related. Specifically - House

there's gonna be some angry words here; if you like the current 'set-up' on House - stay far, far away )

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1st - got tired of having all these baseball posts w/ no baseball icons, so, made a few. If you're reading on LJ or IJ, you can't see it, but the current one looks like this:



2nd - local MiLB team didn't lose tonight! \o/ The game was really good and I took lots of shiny photos that I'll show once I have the film processed. (Film will be processed at anywhere that is not Target.)


writing stuff: k_b card finished, kind of working on an extra, no idea if I'll finish it; bigbang is in final edits; and I found this nifty site that explains common English usage errors... all kinds of errors. It's a good read. (*cough*sneaked-not-snuck*cough*)


Premiere dates for shows I'm planning to watch this season:

* 9/20 - House, MD (tho it's gonna have to work real hard to keep me interested - I love Hugh, but fuck-all if I'm not angry about the current character arcs)
* 9/20 - Chase (is a maybe)
* 9/21 - Glee
* 9/22 - L&O:SVU
* 9/29 - L&O:LA - which will get about 2 eps to hook me, just like CI did

In Plain Sight - whenever it starts up again

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'Had a day off today. Days off are win. Today was pretty lazy, b/c my only real obligation was to have lunch with [personal profile] diamond9697 and family. =) We met at a local pizza place that has really good pizza (which is saying something coming from me, b/c I don't really like pizza) and there was fandom talk and baseball talk and other talk and pizza having and just stuff. Then there was ice creams and random Trivial Pursuit questions - the ice cream shop had cards in baskets on the tables, don't ask me why. The in-coming T-storm sort of made the decision for us to part ways... otherwise we probably would've been standing at the ice cream shop for most of the night. =)

[personal profile] diamond9697 - on the way back north-ward, depending on what time ya'll head out, there are breakfast-y places we can go. Ping me closer to then and we can try to work something out.


In other news:

I've been trying to catch up on reading the ever-growing stack of comic books that have been collecting over the last few months. Astonishing X-Men I'm still reading and keeping up with mostly, Wolverine Origins I'm really behind on - it's more regular than AXM - but that subscriptions all expired and I don't think I'm renewing that one just now. Probably wait for the TPBs. Dark Wolverine I'm just gonna let run out. It's not that appealing. Dresden I'll keep up with no matter what, b/c it's Dresden. Buffy and Angel I may shift over to TPBs with, mostly b/c comics are just too expensive. Honestly, I'll probably mostly keep AXM going b/c if I can get a couple issues in the middle, I'll have an unbroken string of them and my collector mind thinks that's pretty cool. =)


And: Local MiLB team won their away game tonight - \o/ team for finally winning a game. However, their AA MiLB affiliate didn't fare as well - they lost in the 13th for the 2nd night in a row. Sad sad sad showing for them. I'm only paying attention to the AA team b/c the catcher there was here until mid-way through the season and he got promoted. Which is great, but we kinda miss seeing him play. The AA team isn't that far away, so we may go to one of those games if we can work it right.

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Originally this was a post about annoying, offensive commercials, but I decided to change it to something else.

Instead, I'm gonna write about how awesome In Plain Sight is and maybe get some folks into the show.

It's on USA Network - typically on Wed nights at 2200 EST (repeats at 0100 EST). It features two US Marshals who work as WITSEC inspectors - Mary Shannon and Marshall Mann. WITSEC is the Witness Security Program - commonly referred to as 'Witness Protection'.

Mary and Marshall butt heads as partners often do, but they've totally got each other's backs when it counts. Their boss is Stan McQueen, who some might recognize as Bobby Hobbes from The Invisible Man. (Vincent Ventresca actually guest stars in 2nd episode of the 1st season.) And that rounds out the main cast.

Then there's Mary's family. They are about as dysfunctional as they get. Her mother is an alcoholic; her sister gets into relationships with drug dealers; and her father left when she was little.

It's not perfect, but it's well-written and interesting. The characters are fun - as in, I could see Mary giving someone like Tony Stark a run for his money. And Mary believes in taking cookies out of the oven two-minutes early. =)

Quick version: I love this show.

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More icons. (Still [personal profile] katernater's fault. XD) These are actually made from wallpapers I did the other day - that I'll put up later/ =)

Rules:
01) feel free to snag!
02) please credit!
03) textless icons are textless!

I did you all a big favor... )

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So, I spent my morning making icons. (These are all totally [personal profile] katernater's fault. XD) Then I had to go to work, so wasn't able to post 'em 'til now.

Rules:
01) feel free to snag!
02) please credit!
03) textless icons are textless!

I have successfully privatized world peace. )

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Dreamwidth added a nifty little gadget! It's been a greasemonkey script-y bit for a while, but it's now part of DW code. The 'in-line cut expander' thingy - DW has that now on the entries. It's v. cool!


ION - I've been watching episodes of The A-Team... it's classic cheesey '80's TV - really. And as I'm watching, I remember seeing some of these...

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Found this while milling about looking for some images... Sillof's Steampunk Avengers - action figure prototypes, anyway. Kinda cool. =)

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Musics: Meatloaf, this song of yours - "If I Can't Have You" is lovely, but your drums and cymbals are so loud that I can't hear Mr. Laurie's beautiful piano playing all that well. This makes me sad, b/c I like piano music. And I especially like Mr. Laurie tickling the ivories. It's a thing. So, this song would be lovely 'unplugged'. XD


Houses: Dear Fox/Universal/et al - as lovely a birthday present as House, MD Season Six on DVD would be, it would be far lovlier if the season wasn't so damned disappointing. Please to be trying harder next year.

I'd like to know how a season starts off so epically awesome (hello, "Broken pts 1 & 2" that were gorgeous), then spend the rest of the season sinking into the abyss? "Teamwork" was an okay episode and the ending was really good (except the part where $teammember left), but with $teammember's reappearance in "Lockdown" (which was not as epically awesome as you think it was, despite Mr. Laurie being behind the camera), the season stooped to nearly shark-jumping depths. Not a stellar season by any stretch - though I kept hoping - so, not the best birthday present ever.*


Butchers: have a Nook? Or the B&N e-reader app installed somewhere? Then head off to your local B&N store before 30 May 2010 to get a code for a free download of Storm Front - book one of the Dresden Files! =) It's shiny! And this week w/ the code - it's FREE! Alas, it's also probably US or North America only.

However, for those outside the US, Amazon offers the first 11 books for Kindle (AFAIK) and I've also heard/read that Amazon and Penguin got the bugs out of their butts and Changes (book 12) will be available for Kindle again soon.




* House S6 releases on DVD on my birthday this year - thank you so much Fox/Universal... ugh

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...and I'm using this Cameron icon b/c, well, b/c it's Cameron (who should totally still be on House) and b/c I think I've used it all of once since I made it.

Okay, so on a mailing list, there was discussion of TV show things and I'm too lazy to log into Y!Groups to answer the poll since there's only one thing listed on it that I watch, which wouldn't help with what the poll's for anyway... yadda yadda yadda...

So, imma list the few shows that I watch on TV here lately:


  • Law & Order - tho it won't be back next season :(

  • Law & Order: SVU - tho, unless they bring Alex back, I may stop watching it so much - Sharon Stone just ain't cuttin' it

  • In Plain Sight - probably one of the best shows on TV right now *g*

  • Glee - the show's so great at poking fun at itself, you can't help but watch

  • House, MD - which I almost forgot b/c S6 was so disappointing (apologies to the cast who is lovely, but not to the writers who've pissed me off lots)




Yup, that's it. That's all I watch with any regularity.

I was watching Heroes until it a) sucked and b) the peeps in charge of it talked out of their asses. I couldn't get into Supernatural; True Blood I find ridiculous; Bones never appealed to me; I tried to get into Burn Notice and it didn't work for me; Psych's okay, but it's not a 'must watch'; I can't watch SGU with my eyes closed and my ears blocked b/c it sucks so much it's not worth my time. I tried Castle, and while I got through a couple more episodes of that than I did of True Blood, it's not really my thing - plus, Nathan Fillion kinda gets on my nerves.

So, instead, when there's nothing on and I don't have anything from Netflix, I've been watching The X-Files. I'm in the midst of S7 and, I'm still thinking, this show is much better experienced anticipating week-to-week what's going to happen next. The show isn't bad and the characters are a bit more real than some other shows', but sometimes I wanna smack the shit out of both Mulder and Scully. They do some unintelligent things sometimes that has me shaking my head.

Between seasons of X-Files, I skip back through old SVU - back when it was good, before Alex left the first time. C'mon Stephanie! Just do SVU so the show doesn't get stuck in the 'OMG! What do we do w/o an ADA or when the new one just isn't good?' - grrrrrr.

I also make it a point of not watching a show starting when it first airs, b/c, invariably, it will be canceled in the first season - ala American Gothic.

On a non-TV note: I need a cheering (aka: prodding and nudging) section for by [community profile] scifibigbang story. I'm a smidge behind w/ the wordcount.

And, [personal profile] katernater - I'm *so* thinking about a Glee-based music mix... *eg*

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Fuck you.

ranty-spoilery-or something ...  )

er - that ranted longer than i'd expected...

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for right now is - saw Iron Man 2 - it was worth the price of the ticket - can discuss more at length in comments if you'd like... as long as it's tomorrow-ish....

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meme what I stole from [personal profile] helens78

Here's a theme that goes "post your five favorite TV shows in no particular order, and answer questions!" This changes based on my mood, but we'll give 'er a go!

A. House, MD
B. In Plain Sight
C. Stargate SG-1
D. MacGyver
E. L&O:SVU


The questions and answers lie beneath )


And, god(s) help me, I'm watching another ep of SGU - how does one show suck so much? It just sucks all over the place - story, characters, set, camera - 'shaky cam' just doesn't do it for me. Even the aliens are awful. I kid you not, they look like stick figures, only blue.

Also - most contrived plot to get Rush back onna ship ever. Seriously? Was that the best ya'll could come up with? FAIL.

ETA: WTF? SGU? What the fucking fuck? ROB THOMAS as a closing montage? Please to be getting your suck off of Rob Thomas' awesomeness! NOW!! *cleans off "Now Comes the Night" so there's no more SGU suck on it and stores it in a shiny airtight container so this doesn't happen again*

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First: This was posted by PONDcast on twitter -> http://twaud.io/RYx

It's from after the 4/10 game vs. Minnesota - possibly Modano's last game. :(

Anyone happen to have that game DVR'd or taped or something somewhere? And would they like to share it with me? I a) have no DVR and b) if I did, still wouldn't have been able to catch it b/c the only station I have that airs NHL games doesn't run either the Stars or the Wild. :(



Second: double-header at $local_milb game tonight. OMG so so long. Also - cold (though not nearly as cold as last night OMG!). They won the first game, but lost the 2nd one.

This year's team is not the same guys from last year's team b/c they changed affiliations. Got some good players though. I seem to always like our catchers - they're usually good all-around players on our team.

Also - our mascot is hilarious! If you've seen Glee, specifically ep 4, you know 'The Dance' Kurt does as a 'warm up' for kicking the football - to that 'Put a Ring on it' song. Yeah, our mascot did that dance - as well as a mascot can do that dance given the outfit. It was definitely fun to watch. I still hate that damned song, but the dance was fun!


Third: (not related to hockey or baseball - tho, vaguely indirectly) - I was reading some answers Jennifer Morrison posted to questions she'd been asked on twitter (she's @jenmorrisonlive if anyone wants to follow) and found this:

2. I continue to produce and write. I am one of the producers that found GLEE and brought it to Ryan Murphy. I did not stay involved creatively, but I am credited as an associated producer on the first season for my involvement in finding it and helping to get it into the right hands. I am working on pitches for other projects of my own as well.


I need to start reading the credits more closely on the shows I watch. XD

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TV viewing dilemma!

Stars hockey game 3rd period vs. L&O:SVU vs. Season premier of IPS!!!

Sure, I can watch hockey while the vcr tapes SVU like any other Wed, but IPS is in the lurch! I don't have TiVO (since I don't pay for the cable, I don't get to choose), and tho I have 2 vcr's, they won't tape 2 diff channels at the same time... at least, I don't think they will. And I'm not keen on attempting to test that and end up getting NEITHER show.

Alas, I'll have to wait for an online version of IPS.


Hell, I still have Monday's L&O to watch.

How did I do this when I was watching at least one show every night or watching twice as many shows AND hockey?


ETA: crisis averted! USA re-airs IPS at 0100.... *goes to set vcr*

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BEST. (author) INTERVIEW. EVER.

Harry Dresden - interviewed

'author' is in parens up there b/c this interview, while conducted w/ Jim Butcher, is really, kind of JB role-playing Harry in the interview w/ a role-played ex-demon. 'Tis v. cool! *g*

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I was tasked with making my nephew's birthday cake and as I'm now summarily opposed to using boxed mixes, I did some FoodNetwork.com surfing.

I came across this recipe: Chocolate Cake Recipe - yup, the name's that simple. The batter is really runny, so I ended up turning the oven back by 50 degrees and letting it bake a bit longer than suggested.

Then, b/c nephew had to have chocolate frosting on the cake, I did another search and found "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING - it's after the cake recipe. It makes a 'pourable' frosting that slides over the cake nicely and is very chocolatey.

The cake itself really doesn't *need* frosting (in fact, the recipe calls for dusting with powdered sugar), but I have yet to meet a 9 y/o who will eat cake w/o frosting (and [personal profile] katernater says she's not met a 25-y/o who will eat cake w/o frosting *g* - though, there's me - I'm not a frosting fan, but I liked this frosting).

On top we had race car candles and chocolate race cars we'd made with a candy mold. They're not bad, but I'd like to find a candy chocolate that has better texture and flavor if we plan to try that again.

*****

In other news... SVU )

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2 things -

Thing 1: I can haz new fone! =) It's shiny and qwerty having... and why does Firefox not see 'qwerty' as not-a-word?... and *crosses fingers* gets better reception than $old_phone.


Thing 2: One more reason I love Jim Butcher -> his take on the Harry Dresden vs. Conan the Barbarian match-up in the Suvudu cagematch. XD

... make that 3 things

Thing 3: to whomever it is on IJ tryin' to get the pw reminder? Stop it. That account isn't yours. Guess you musta missed that clue-by-four, yeah? Just in case, I've modified the e-mail addy and made it visible. See if that helps.

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Sample chapters are going up each week for the next four.

Chapter one is up now: http://jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/12/

As for warnings? Um - if you haven't read the first 11 books, a few things might be 'spoilerish'. I dunno. It's Harry Dresden. XD

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