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21 January 2008 @ 11:59 am
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Saw 27 dresses on Saturday, which was cute and better (for its genre) than the 2 stars it got locally. Katharine Heigl was just wonderful in it, so much feeling from that character. Though at the end, there was a 'climactic' scene where someone just blew off the writing, almost like they thought, "Yeah, hand-wave, move to big kiss." Gah.

Watched most of The Namesake last night, which has been good though different than I expected. But my daughter had a 'sleepover,' and when I went up to tell the girls to be quiet for the 3rd time, my husband channel-surfed his way over to Masterpiece Theatre: Northanger Abbey, which is where the rest of the evening went. Saw about the last half of it (the main actress looked very much like a less-pretty version of Tom Welling, oddly enough). Then I flashed back on seeing The Jane Austen Book Club months ago, which we enjoyed (except for the Maria Bello dog lady kind of driving me nuts). When it was over, my husband said, "It was good, but it was too much of a chick flick." So last night's thought was, "What's that sound? Oh, yes! It's the sound of hyberbole being punctured by reality!" Because it's my husband who's the huge Austen fan at our house (personally love the movies, but have yet to read the books). Dei had better not be defriending me right now. *is worried*

Cycling: Chose my time carefully on Friday to avoid the school dismissal time, and school was let out an hour early anyway! Gah! I pass by a minimum of 4 schools on my from-work route (with potentially 2-4 more, depending), and 3 of the 4 were rife with parents parked in the bike lane (under the "No Stopping At Any Time" sign), people drifting in and out of parking lot entrances without looking carefully, and teenage drivers at the high school. It's nervewracking, to be honest. The nice surprises on the ride? Ducks in a 'temporary pond' (caused by last week's rain), and one spot I hadn't ridden past since mid-December, which was "Ooh! Christmas tree smell!" The city apparently grinds up and mulches the trees, and deposits the mulch in that area. Second year running!

"Fact-free discussions": Christopher loves this phrase I used to describe parts of the wonderful Toys Go Out book I mentioned last week. However, the irony of how it applies to his life entirely escapes him. Just last week, he and his sister were arguing over whether the whale-cat is heavier than a bowling ball. The fact that they didn't know how heavy a bowling IS (or that they come in many weights) was no impediment to the argument!

Prison Break Fic Exchange: Round 6 fic deadline is next week, so I'm working on finishing mine. Already paid a few visits to Wikipedia for research. One of the weirdest pieces of research was for the last Supernatural Gen story I wrote, where I was looking up the various flammability levels of certain fluids (and waiting for the Homeland Security people to flag my IP address). Ah, fanfic— you never know where it'll take you!


 
 
 
wrldpossibility: fab wentwrldpossibility on January 21st, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
One of the weirdest pieces of research was for the last Supernatural Gen story I wrote, where I was looking up the various flammability levels of certain fluids (and waiting for the Homeland Security people to flag my IP address).

LOL! Trust me, this rings true, because I just know I'll be carted off for terrorist activity someday soon. The scariest research I've done lately was how to make a homemade explosive--the creepy skinhead website I found was bad enough, but even worse is when I meantioned what I was trying to figure out to my husband, and he knew how to make it. The things you learn about someone you've lived with for 12 years...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
but even worse is when I meantioned what I was trying to figure out to my husband, and he knew how to make it.
Does it involve fertilizer (well-communicted after the Oklahoma tragedy), molotov cocktails (movies everywhere in the last 15 years), or the amonia/bleach combination? That last one was a "thou shalt not" from as far back as I can remember, as in "Don't blow up your toilet by mixing these cleaning chemicals!"

If it's none of those, then... *boggles.*
wrldpossibility: Whoawrldpossibility on January 21st, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
LOL, nope, it involved pennies and zinc and I used it in What Hurts the Most. He used to make this lovely combination out on the street in front of his house with his buddies, just to see the explosion. YIKES.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, boyhood Evil With Chemistry-- I hadn't considered that one!

I asked for a chemistry set for years as a birthday/Christmas gift and never got one. My dad kept saying that he was worried I'd blow something up with it.

When I was about 33, he finally relayed some story about his OWN childhood where he blew out the porch of the house with one of his chemistry experiments. And I was peeved: "That's the kind of kid you were, not the kind of kid I was!"

Because of all the kids likely to do that in my family, my dad and brother were the only ones. The others being female, they actually had some SENSE where stuff like that was concerned. Oy.
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Thank Youbadboy_fangirl on January 21st, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Saw 27 dresses on Saturday, which was cute and better (for its genre) than the 2 stars it got locally. Katharine Heigl was just wonderful in it, so much feeling from that character. Though at the end, there was a 'climactic' scene where someone just blew off the writing, almost like they thought, "Yeah, hand-wave, move to big kiss." Gah.
Thanks for saying this. I was having a hard time remembering just what it was about the movie that made me not love it 100%. I was too mesmerized by how bloody good looking James Marsden is, but now that you've pointed it out, I really remember it. Especially in contrast with the scene where he gives her the electronic planner, it fell very flat. I'm sure glad it wasn't the ending and we actually got to see their wedding too, otherwise, I would have been more disappointed, I think.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I was having a hard time remembering just what it was about the movie that made me not love it 100%.
That moment, because it was so out-of-keeping with how well the rest of the movie had gone, was a real jolt to me. Given some of the awkward moments (some of them cliche) that the movie made work, I was unprepared for the writer to drop the ball like that.

Makes me think of one of my earliest multi-chapter SPN stories, where I was really struggling with the ending-- a lot. The first ending I wrote kind had a flippant tone where the rest of the story had been moody, and the beta reader (one of the few times I had one, and thank goodness I did) said "What just happened? Seriously, I have no idea where this came from."

And boy, was she ever right. :0 Wound up writing the ending three more times before I had the one that was right. So while I understand the temptation to handwave and be done... I also know that you shouldn't do it, and especially not if you're getting paid real $$ to write the story!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on January 21st, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm just wating for the black boilers suits to smack my door in. I've got links to bombs and criminal stuff and guns. My bank account is a Sharia'h account because you don't get charged interest or bank charges and they can't not give it to me if I ask for it and I live in a Pakistani area, so I've got a fair amount of Muslim friends.

*facepalm*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
You're looking more suspicious by the moment!

Hm, in the U.S. you receive interest on a savings account, though most banks charge fees for "managing" your money. With their automated computer software. ;)

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on January 22nd, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
There's no bank charges in the UK as long as you stay in credit. Then they hit you. there's a court case happening just now
happybug on January 22nd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
I saw 27 dresses on friday and i thought it was really good. The male character, Kevin, was just too cute (randomsquee)! I have to admit that i enjoyed his smile a lot (!!!!!!). And was i the only one who thought that all those dresses were actually pretty, just unwearable?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I don't find the actor as handsome as other people (for instance, even as much as my husband does), but he was goodlooking enough and I found him fun. As opposed to the guy the character was head-over-heels for-- he became more of a stuffed shirt with every passing moment. And her sister... Gah!

And was i the only one who thought that all those dresses were actually pretty, just unwearable?
Some of them were, to me, on the borderline. As in, great colors and cut but the bows/ribbons/rouche went over the line. Though for some of them... no redeeming qualities, other than the amusement factor. ;)
Deadbeat Nymph: dean lip curldeadbeat_nymph on January 22nd, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Then I flashed back on seeing The Jane Austen Book Club months ago, which we enjoyed (except for the Maria Bello dog lady kind of driving me nuts). When it was over, my husband said, "It was good, but it was too much of a chick flick." So last night's thought was, "What's that sound? Oh, yes! It's the sound of hyberbole being punctured by reality!" Because it's my husband who's the huge Austen fan at our house (personally love the movies, but have yet to read the books). Dei had better not be defriending me right now. *is worried*

I just saw that movie last night, and I basically agree with both you and your husband. Not that I have anything against women's movies - I really don't - but this one was just a tad, I don't know, annoying? Overall, though, it was basically good.

As for Jane Austen in general, yeah, I've never read her either. I don't know why, exactly. I guess I just haven't felt moved to do so. *shrugs*

One of the weirdest pieces of research was for the last Supernatural Gen story I wrote, where I was looking up the various flammability levels of certain fluids (and waiting for the Homeland Security people to flag my IP address). Ah, fanfic— you never know where it'll take you!

This made me giggle because I'm currently tidying up my first SPN Gen fic (got it back last night from my beta), and we discussed the research I did for that, which was pretty odd, too. Gay bars in Iowa City, steering columns on Sixties' Chevys, and the most redneck-looking towns along the I-29.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
I just saw that movie last night, and I basically agree with both you and your husband. Not that I have anything against women's movies - I really don't - but this one was just a tad, I don't know, annoying? Overall, though, it was basically good.
The meanness of how the guy at the book-club was treated was irritating, and the dog-lady repeatedly foisting him off on her friend ("Her divorce hearing was today. Go to her! You're a virtual stranger, and that will somehow make her feel better") was obnoxious. Basically, the way that character was utterly tone-deaf about people was obnoxious.

My favorite moment, the one where I burst out laughing and the rest of the audience was silent, was when the guy was at home and his cell phone rang. It was configured with R2D2 noises, and when he didn't answer in time it went to that horrific R2 scream! It was a 2-second joke that only I caught, apparently.

and we discussed the research I did for that, which was pretty odd, too.
The steering column is the most random thing in the list. :0 I do endless amounts of MapQuest research for both my fandoms (road trip!), but the weirdest might have been the research for the Wincest Pirate Fic, where (again) was researching flammable liquids and discovered that indeed... kerosene had not been invented in pirate times. ;)
Deadbeat Nymph: lincoln scrapedeadbeat_nymph on January 22nd, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Basically, the way that character was utterly tone-deaf about people was obnoxious.

It also just didn't make sense. I feel that she was smart enough to figure it out, but also that the other women would have told her, because it was so obvious.

My favorite moment, the one where I burst out laughing and the rest of the audience was silent, was when the guy was at home and his cell phone rang. It was configured with R2D2 noises, and when he didn't answer in time it went to that horrific R2 scream! It was a 2-second joke that only I caught, apparently.

No way! I totally caught that, and laughed heartily. And I'm not even a big Star Wars fan. Wow, I'm surprised with that audience. Too many old women or too many young ones?

kerosene had not been invented in pirate times. ;)

LOL! But it sounds so old... Didn't Mr Burns try to buy several quarts of kerosene for his automobile? And surely he's as old as pirates.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
No way! I totally caught that, and laughed heartily. And I'm not even a big Star Wars fan.
Well thank god, I am not alone!

I just think it went by too fast. Or maybe the average theatergoing intelligence is low. I remember seeing "Robocop" in the theater, and when the ad for the car of the moment, the 6000 SUX came on I guffawed. Into the cricket-laden silence. :0

And surely he's as old as pirates.
It's only 1800s old, and pirates are 1400s-1600s. As I discovered, at 1:30 a.m. while finishing that story. And looking up the South Seas on MapQuest for likely places, and finding that Tortuga is indeed... well-located. ;)