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23 September 2009 @ 04:14 pm
Random Rants and Updates...  
Really enjoyed the House season premiere, and Andre Braugher in particular. Oh, Andre—why are you not getting more work (recent chubbiness aside)? Your talent is going to waste! You were the only reason I ever sat through any part of Homicide, and you were a revelation...

Last night, amid the slowest code-building session in years, I set about checking HSH's wiring job on the DVR/Antenna/Converter Box setup to see why we can't record anything. And (*engages death ray*) the manual for our DVR states that if something like a cable box or a digital converter box is needed, we can AT BEST record the show that we're watching. Thank you Congress—you've added tons of TVs to landfills with the mandate for Digital Television, and now you've invalidated my DVR and forced me to buy yet another piece of equipment for your conversion. Gah! The front room TV is a few years old, and is biggish, so we're not replacing that with digital. The back room TV is digital, and the VRC/DVD player is older, so that's what we'll replace. *is pissed off*

With the few shows we're watching now, how are so many of them in conflict? We've got Glee vs. L&O: SVU tonight, and The Mentalist, Fringe, and SPN all at 9pm on Thursdays (we have "early prime-time CBS in our market. Bleh). So we'll need that new DVR soon.

We watched the premier of The Good Wife last night, and enjoyed it. BUT (and I probably shouldn't admit this)... this new method of scheduling commercials doesn't work for me at all. Running shorter commercial breaks every 5-7 minutes frustrates the hell out of me—I keep getting up to do things, and not returning in time. This is where I wonder if some of my mother's ADHD might have been passed down. :0 And whether my inability to work a story over 5-7K (maximum) might be related...

In the world of books, I finished Await Your Reply a few weeks back (a grown-up novel—loved it), Toys Dance Party (juvenile fiction, the sequel to the Toys Go Out, and MUCH less fun than the original—depressing even), and am working on The Bell At Sealey Head. That last is a Patricia McKillip novel, and I love her work in general, but held off on this because for some reason I thought it was set in modern times (that apparently was a different book, which I couldn't get into at all).

Lauren is deep in the lore of sparkly vampires (*cries*), and Christopher is reading the Warriors series (about warrior cats and clans, and he's finished 12 of the 18 in the last 3 weeks). Most of his friends love that series, and it took him until this summer to give that and the Pendragon books a try. I also found the Mistmantle series, which he enjoyed quite a bit. He was understandably very upset when a character killed a baby hedgehog in one of the earlier books, and relieved when that character later turned out to be a villain. That series is about woodland creatures having adventures (I think there's a squirrel with a sword on one of the covers). Interestingly enough, he mentioned that he can't dream or daydream adventures from these books the way he often likes to, because he can't dream himself as an animal. I don't know whether I ever did as a kid either, but as an adult I've had at least one dream where I was a frog. And? Not as fascinating a life as you might think, either. ;)

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When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on September 23rd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Andre Braugher has a new series coming out on USA this season called Men of a Certain Age.

I might give it a whirl.

Totally unrelated, my old dog (who is now 14 or 15 years old and lives with my sister) was originally named Pembleton after Braugher's character on Homicide. He resembled less a sophisticated city cop than an Arkansas football player, so he was renamed "Bubba."
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on September 23rd, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Wonder if I can watch it via Hulu, to see if I like it? We don't have cable, so I might forget about it otherwise. I'd love for him to be in a show again.

He resembled less a sophisticated city cop than an Arkansas football player, so he was renamed "Bubba."
:D This sounds much like our tuxedo cat, "Lightning," whom we never call that anymore thanks to his becoming chubby as an adult. Now, the grownups call him The Whale (because the kids won't rename him Shamu), and the kids call him "Tubby." I've been known to call him "Fat Baby" too, I'll admit.

He's still very fast when he wants to be, but when you can hear the resultant "thudding" of his movements across the house... Lightning no longer seems like an appropriate name. :0
Maerhysmaerhys on September 23rd, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Quick FYI, L&O: SVU is being re-run on Saturday night at 9 or 10. I am watching it then since I have CM and Glee running at 9.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Ooh, that's good news-- when we're home on Saturday nights, there's NOTHING on before 10pm (reruns then of "Cold Case").

Can you believe that L&O: Classic is scheduled for 8pm on Fridays right now? That's the kiss of death. :(
Maerhysmaerhys on September 24th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
It was last season too; it will run forever though so I am not too worried about it being canceled. But CBS owns Friday nights.... they have for 5 years and not even L&O is gonna beat them out.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Hm, I thought it was on Weds. at 10pm last year.

There is SO LITTLE for me to watch at 10 in this market, that for awhile I had a good thing going with Castle (Mon), L&O:SVU (Tues), L&O: Classic (Weds.) and Life On Mars (Thurs).

Then Life On Mars moved to Weds. at 10pm, where I immediately forgot to watch it, and now it's the all-Jay-Leno channel on NBC. *eye roll*
Maerhysmaerhys on September 24th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
You must give Numb3rs a try. =D 10 PM, Friday, CBS.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
:( I HAVE tried it, but I kind of hate Rob Morrow, and while I like Charlie and I love the Dad... I was also a math minor in college.

Which means my suspension of disbelief is regularly trashed by some of the mathematical "stunts" they pull on that show. :(
Maerhysmaerhys on September 24th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)

I still ♥ you. I love Rob like an insane amount. Although I am definitely a Charlie!girl.

I actually hated two whole seasons of the show and yet I wait with glee for the premiere on Friday. I can forgive anything for incestuous love with pretty hair. I am that shallow.
happy is as happy does: me + laptop = otphappywriter06 on September 24th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
I think Andre Braugher is coming back to TV on a series. I could've sworn I seen a commercial for a new show with him. I've loved him on 'Homicide', too.

With all the new shows I want to try out it's like what to watch? what to record? what to watch online since the DVR can only record two shows at a time. They need to work on that.

I DVR'ed the 'Good Wife.' Good to know it didn't disappoint.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Two shows at a time is much better than one, especially one that you have to also be watching!

I think I need to find some "old" shows instead, specifically the remaining episodes of S2's "Pushing Daisies" (which ABC never aired), and everything after Episode 5 of "Better Off Ted."
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 24th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
This digital thing is a pile of shite. I have no idea why they're pushing it on us. All it seems to be is shitloads of repeats or folk selling me shit.

My asics have just come.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
In the U.S., I have the feeling that it's heavily backed by the Cable TV lobby.

Make it inconvenient enough to watch regular TV, and people will be more willing to fork over for cable.

Ours has had no benefit that I can see, though the number of times I've seen the "frozen signal" problem or the "out-of-synch squares" on the screen has certainly lowered my TV-viewing experience.

Hope the running works out! I'm a little nervous for you, because of the hip, but at least your parents paid for the shows...
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 24th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Our system's different to yours, so I don't think the major satellite companies would benefit much - we're more satellite than cable, especially in the hilly/middle of nowhere regions.

I think it sucks because, like I say all they show is repeats and buyme shows. On the other hand Mother gets to go on QVC when they take phone calls and has emails read out. She even won a card.

I didn't go running in the end today - no time, but I did go swimming and did a whole 1000m.

I'll try running tomorrow. If it hurts too much, well then, at least I won't need shoes for a while.