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30 May 2007 @ 12:34 pm
Where does the weekend go?  
It was a rush to the end of last week, never as productive as I'd like at work-- too many project snippets, too many distractions. The death blow was someone over my cubicle wall turning something on repeatedly that had shop-vac volume. I finally got up on the desk to ask what that was and when it would be over. Looks like a new hardware box, and if THAT continues it will be tested out in one of the sealed rooms across the building, because the nearby engineers are not putting up with that noise!

I dug out my Marcy Playground CD to cover up the noise, and promptly got way too distracted by the music. I'd forgotten how much I loved that CD.

Finished betaing the J-Squared Sweet Charity Fic for jasmasson. I think people are going to really like it. Just a final sweep over the revised ending, and it's off!

Still stalled out on writing my own fic for same, and on a birthday fic for particlesofgale, thanks to the Hell Quarterly story that's due tomorrow. I'm creeping through that one (again, it got longer than I wanted, which I hate). Fingers are crossed, mood is nervous.

Cycling: Nicely uneventful Saturday ride. Far too many people out on Monday, but the saving moment was a woman coming the other way with a bicycle basket, in which she had a plastic ET doll covered with a blanket. That made my day!

The Shield: Started Season 5 of this show on DVD, and damn but I love Forrest Whittaker. Last season, with Glenn Close guest-starring, was also fantastic. What a show...

John Doe: We're starting to rewatch this, thanks to the DVDs from thelana. ♥ We remember why we liked it so much, and darn Fox for cutting it off after one year. For those of you who follow this at home, in rewatching episode one my husband said, "Gosh, he's really pretty good-looking, isn't he? In spite of the tiny ears." Yes, we have convergence!

Read too much Sentinel almost-slash and watched vids on YouTube, and must stop it now! Darn that "smarm" discussion-- I don't want to get hooked on a dead show. Must say that I'm starting to find Blair's eyes compelling (Jim's muscles were always a win), and the shots of the Cascades (again, probably Vancouver) make me homesick. *sigh*

Gardening: Some planting done, but mostly I got sidetracked on cleaning up dead stuff. I got rid of those extra Green Waste cans a couple of weeks too soon, apparently. Also, mini-rant: why is it so hard to find cherry tomato plants? That's the kind I really want-- I like them raw. I can take/leave other tomato offerings.

Reading: Got some recs to make later...

Anthrogeeke (Brynnydd): TS Geek Loveanthrogeeke on May 30th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ahh, Sentinel. I got addicted to it through fic. I didn't get UPN at the time so It was in the last season before I ever saw an episode. Still remains one my favourite shows.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 30th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
It's funny how fic can suck you into a show-- moreso when the show is already gone.

I remember it being on way back when, and that I thought the concept of Blair (too much of a stereotype) would really bug me. And looking at the meta-concept of the show, that might have been the right decision. The backstory "mysticism" on the Sentinel is kind of... Yeesh.

But it's the homoerotic subtext in the fic and the sweet Odd Couple love that's kind of getting to me now. That and Richard Burgi trying to kiss Garett in that blooper reel, and the "Blair, honey, it's me... Jim..." like he's forgotten his own name or something.

This all makes me sound very naughty, I realize.

Your username-- Ydych chi'n gallu siarad Cymraeg?
Anthrogeeke (Brynnydd): TS Geek Loveanthrogeeke on May 31st, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
there are so many of my fandoms that I started reading fic first, or have since gave up on the series but continue to love the fic.

It was definitely the "odd couple love" that pulled me in also. The plots were often...eh and they played lose with the newagey (is that a word) stuff. But, I loved Garett and Richard's chemistry.

I about died when I saw the bloopers. In fact, I found a wave file of the "Blair honey" one and it's currently my ring tone. Confuses the heck out of whomever I'm standing by but I inevitably end up answering the phone giggling.

I drift in and out of TS fandom, but I often go back and reread my fic. There was some amazing stories to come out of that fandom.

I just hope they get around to putting the rest of the seasons out on DVD.

No, I don't speak Welsh. I really wish I did. I attempted to teach myself...mmmm it didn't turn out so well. I think I got as far as Bore Da and then I got completely lost. (of course I was also struggling to learn Spanish at the time so it probably wasn't a good idea to tackle two languages.) I keep telling myself I'll try again soon.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on May 31st, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
eh and they played lose with the newagey (is that a word) stuff.
Not a word, but I know what you mean-- and it's one of the things that scared me off of the show, originally.

My sister picked up a word from Texas for the New Age stuff-- "Woo-woo." I kind of like it, as it almost implies the eye-rolling just with the sound. ;)

Ah, I see you love that quote as much as I do. :D The whole rant Burgi goes on, with "Just you and me" and "I hope you crush them like little ants" was hilarious.

I think I got as far as Bore Da and then I got completely lost. (of course I was also struggling to learn Spanish at the time so it probably wasn't a good idea to tackle two languages.) I keep telling myself I'll try again soon.
I was lucky enough to have it be a one-time offering in college, so I took a year of it. The instructor had made a syllabus out of the "Living Welsh" book, and he'd been through the advanced course at Lampeter for it.

The pronunciation is actually the easiest part, and it has the advantage of not conjugating any verbs other than the "to be" verb (this is unheard of in languages, and a real help). However, there's the gender thing (for native English speakers, genders are always a problem. At least Welsh only has 2). The mutation of beginning sounds can also be a little confusing, but the main difficulty (other than hanging onto vocabulary) is the mutating adverbs. Whose great idea was that? :0