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15 February 2010 @ 07:13 pm
Happy Birthday Col, Jen and Danni  
I hope master_chatnoir had a wonderful birthday today, including a little reprieve from the Chicago weather. And a day off-- whoo!

And given how flaky I've become, I'm wishing happy birthday to rejeneration and winterlive for tomorrow, in case I forget to post then!

If any of you ladies would like a birthday drabble, please leave me prompts and info in the comments below.

Was there cake? Or just massive Valentine's Candy gorging? Now at 50% off! \o/

 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on February 16th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
*waves*
I know it's OT, but just wanted to say hi, long time no see :)
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: bunnies pair of vampire bunniesthelana on February 16th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Re: *waves*
BTW, is there no chance at all I could ever entice you to give The Vampire Diaries a try? Because I was just thinking that something about the shows storytelling style really reminds me of PB Season 1. Which is crazy because they really have nothing in common. It's not even the brother thing (the brothers actually remind me least of various existing brothers), it's really just the way the story is told, the way that there are so many interlacing storylines and so many minor characters who nonetheless are really memorable and have their own story. You know the way you had Abruzzi, Pope, Lincoln's guard, Westmoreland etc, etc. It totally reminds me of that type of storytelling.

Alas neither brother is really hot, so I can't try to entice you with eyecandy. Even though there actually *is* adult eyecandy, like Uncle Zach or Alaric Saltzmann history teacher with a mysterious secret, you just never know how long they'll be around. But argh, there are just so many good concepts.

Ah well, have some nekkid Spartacus instead.
(yeah, I'm not even gonna try to sell you this one. Though, Spartacus and his bromance friend are shaping up to be kinda slashy. And John Hannah is really good as Batiatus)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 16th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Re: *waves*
I can't bring myself to watch Vampire Diaries. Part of it is the hatred of the Twilight concept and the piling on of imitators, and the other is that it seems to be a derivative "Pretty People" show (the WB's trademark), which really isn't my thing. Also, the Pretty People are kind of "young" for me-- it's happening in romantic comedies too! I've gotten olllld.

I did see someone on my flist saying that this Spartacus mini-series was her current guilty pleasure.

Is John Hannah able to sound non-Scottish in Spartacus? He has a whopping accent, which I normally love. ;)
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on February 16th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: *waves*
I did see someone on my flist saying that this Spartacus mini-series was her current guilty pleasure.

If you ever try it, the first episode is TERRIBLE (it's mostly set in Spartacus' homeland to explain who he was before he got captured). But it's slowly edging upwards to being more fun (and Spartacus slowly becoming less of a dick).

But yeah, it positively revels in the gore and (mostly male) nudity. It's kinda like Oz almost except with clunkier dialogs?

Is John Hannah able to sound non-Scottish in Spartacus? He has a whopping accent, which I normally love. ;)

Heh, he might and I might just not be able to tell. But he is totally fun, I think. He plays like this somewhat downtrodden owner of a gladiator school who is married to Lucy Lawless and who's constantly in money troubles and coming up with the next scheme to not completely fall off the radar of high society.

Also, the Pretty People are kind of "young" for me-- it's happening in romantic comedies too! I've gotten olllld.

Believe me, I feel the same way. None of the supposedly "hot" guys from TVD is hot to me at all (random: this is the first time though that I have ever seen Ian Sommerhalder be good in anything; I always kept hearing his praises, but I saw him on Smallville, Lost and that SVU episode and thought he was pretty awful and not hot in all of them. At least in this particular badboy role he gives me a "Ok, he's still not my think but I can see for the first time why others might like him"). I guess I really mostly like the story. Truth to be told, I saw the pilot, thought it was laughably awful, then only watched some other episodes with subtitles because I wanted to improve my French. The entire show pretty much held no interest to me till they revealed that the parents and generally the grown up town people have their plot. I mean, can you imagine Buffy with the backdrop of all the parents having their own secret cult dedicated to fighting vampires? It was just such an unusual concept for one of those teen shows where the whole point of the grown ups is usually to be completely clueless. And now those people had some actual personalties. Like the town's sherrif. She has some of the typical sherrif killjoy tendencies, but you can also see that she is a deeply good mom who seems genuinely distraught about not being able to communicate with her teenaged daughter, while being unaware that this is partly because her daughter is being brainwashed by the very same vampires she is hunting. It's also one of the few shows where there are probably narrowly more memorable female characters than male ones.

Should you ever decide to give it a chance though, I'd reccommend skipping the first few episodes and starting with episode 4 (which incidentally starts with some hilarious making fun of Twilight). I guess I mostly like it for the writing style. I'm just amazed how fast it moves and how the things you expect to be dragged out are instead dealt with really fast.

I still wish they had more than one hot vampire slayer for guys that are actually adults.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Re: *waves*
Interesting to know that Vampire Diaries became more... subversive?... after awhile.

I mean, can you imagine Buffy with the backdrop of all the parents having their own secret cult dedicated to fighting vampires? It was just such an unusual concept for one of those teen shows where the whole point of the grown ups is usually to be completely clueless.
One of the things I loved about Buffy actually was the combination of the mother trying to ground Buffy because Buffy was "out" after curfew (doing her slaying), while the graduation episode had one of the kid speakers mentioning the difficulty of living on a Hellmouth and having your classmates randomly disappear (! The show's first nod to the idea that someone else outside Buffy's crowd HAD noticed the weirdness of Sunnyvale).

And the cracktastic Ward Cleaver/Evil-Plotter combo mayor, of course.

Did you ever see "Wolf Lake" during its brief run? It involved an entire town of werewolves, and one of the late episodes featured a twelve-step meeting on "Not Eating People." Hilarious!
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on February 17th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
Re: *waves*
Never seen it. Only heard that it's the same show that the guy is from who plays Stefan (the same guy who played Lucas, Lex's halfbrother on Smallville). Oh, CW!
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: KANK orange prettythelana on February 16th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
To speak of a different show
Are you still watching Burn Notice? LOL, how weird is it to see "Whistler" hitting Michael. It took me ages place where I knew him from.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
Re: To speak of a different show
I'm behind on Burn Notice! We've seen the first episode of S3, and still need to get caught up!

Just need to remember that I have those episodes waiting on my computer, instead of falling into the lure of "Play-Now" Netflix episodes of "Lord Of The Manor" (or "Laird Of The Glen," as I always think of it.

Whistler's solo show last year didn't last long.

And 11th Hour didn't come back! :(
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: JuCon OTPthelana on February 17th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
Re: To speak of a different show
Whistler's solo show last year didn't last long.

I've only seen the first episode of that one and just based on that it looked really terrible.

And 11th Hour didn't come back! :(

I know. Whaaaaaaaaa :((((((
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: To speak of a different show
I know. Whaaaaaaaaa :((((((
Rufus Sewell! Even my husband noticed that he was good-looking. Mainly, I find his eyes captivating. They're almost an amber color instead of just green or brown.

I don't know if you ever read "The Beans of Egypt Maine," but it was full of regional dialect and phrasing, and there was one character whom the others always said had "fox-color eyes."

And I could never be sure what that meant-- was it broken English for "fox-colored eyes" (i.e., reddish-brown)? Or did it literally mean eyes the color that a fox's are (i.e., yellow)?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 16th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Re: *waves*
I know-- I haven't been around much in the last 4-6 weeks, but after I finally got all caught up with my flist I saw that you hadn't either. Hope the holidays were good, and I don't suppose you were able to get one of the jobs you'd hoped for?
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on February 16th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: *waves*
I got one! It's a bit on the crazy side, but fun :) A lot of really nice people and all roughly my age aside from a few bosses who are rarely ever around because HQ is another city. The pay isn't earth shattering or anything (though better than the last 2), but the hours are extremely flexible.

And almost all my friends I went to school with complain about huge problems with unpair overtime or being more or less forced to stay and work even when they have other things to do. I have a flexible contract and it's actually respected so far.

It's really crazy some of the work conditions of some of these people. A friend of a friend got her master in Arabic studies in record time (without any non-local background btw), travelled the world for a year, worked for the Austrian embassy in Sydney for half a year then came back and now works for some travel company for 1800 Euro with taxes not subtracted that. Which in turn is exactly the rate you get when you start out as a supermarket cashier. She also has to constantly do overtime that isn't paid and they wouldn't even let her leave work one time despite her having an agreed upon doctor's appointment. Needless to say she wants to leave but can't bring herself to quit before she hasn't found something new first.

And of course there's my friend who has been working at a science lab for the last 2 and a half years and is hired there for 5 hours a week but works 40+ every week. She can do it because her parents still support her financially, but it's insane. And she was supposed to finish her thesis 2 years ago but the guy in charge keeps stalling. It drives me crazy that she won't leave or even threaten to leave simply because she doesn't want to get worked into a new lab. ARGH. It's insane.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: *waves*
Slightly more pay and better hours is always good, especially in the present economy (which might not be as bad in Austria as it is here in the U.S.)

Your friend at the lab should demand backpay or quit. That's ridiculous-- a full-time job where she's paid for five hours of it, and it eats up her thesis time. Nooooooo! Where is her spine? :(
hurricanes & heartachesrejeneration on February 16th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, darlin'. ♥ Oooh, drabble! -puts chin on hand- Sam/Dean, fire light (any kind, really, candle, some sort of flicker), momentary decision. =D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Hope the birthday was good!

And I'm done with my backlog now, so your drabble should be done in the next day or so. *birthday confetti*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on February 21st, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Sorry this took so long (and I wasted a day on the title--grrr).

It didn't make it to being Slash, so I can try again if you want. But I think you'll recognize your prompts in it very clearly. They drove it from start to finish!
Chat Noir: hazmat lurvemaster_chatnoir on February 17th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Thank you for the B-Day wishes!! {{hugs}}

We got 2 inches of snow! grrr...tho, actually, I suppose that *is* a reprieve this time of year! ;D

A drabble? Gosh, I've been so unfannish lately, I wouldn't know what. I've been morosely rewatching Star Trek Enterprise, I don't suppose you ever watched that? (I'm embarrassingly a Trip/T'Pol fan) If not, I still have a sweet spot for PB Michael/Sucre or Angel Wes/Gunn. Or anything Hazmat!Pr0n. ;)

Or just massive Valentine's Candy gorging? Now at 50% off! \o/

I gotta say, V-Day is the BEST holiday candy-wise!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
I guess 2 inches of snow in February IS Chicago taking it easy. In Peoria, at least, after mid-November that stuff never really leaves the ground until March-April. It just becomes deeper, dirtier sludge.

BUT... half-off Valentine's Day candy sure lessens the sting, doesn't it? And hot chocolate...

How about something Fringe, House, PB Gen, or Reaper-related? Or other?

It's been years since I watched Enterprise, and I was a Trip/Malcom shipper and vaguely liked the idea of Archer/T'Pol, but that was about it. I struggle with Michael/Sucre (the slash doesn't work for me there, though Gen's possible), and I kind of hated Wesley on Angel. Loved Gunn, thought he should've had more to do.

What is Hazmat? Is that what's in your icon? I've never heard of it, but I like the icon!
Chat Noir: bros a little joymaster_chatnoir on March 10th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm this far behind (okay further) and trying to catch up. ;)

In Peoria, at least, after mid-November that stuff never really leaves the ground until March-April. It just becomes deeper, dirtier sludge.

Lol! Actually, I live in Springfield, so I *totally* get your description. We've warmed up quite a bit lately, but there's still those nasty vestiges of the plowed-up icebergs in all the parking lots. You know, the ones that will be here til May when they finally dissolve and reveal the giant pot holes underneath.

I was a Trip/Malcom shipper and vaguely liked the idea of Archer/T'Pol,

I'm surprised we are so totally opposite on some of these pairings, since we see eye-to-eye on others like M/L. I liked Trip/Archer, but couldn't do your ships. But you know, that's what I like about cheesy mainstream sci-fi shows, they aren't as quick to pair people off so us fen have more opportunity to mix and match. And then it's all good!

And I totally understand hating Wesley from Angel. Lots of ppl do and I did at first, too. I probably would have continued to if I hadn't liked Gunn so much and adored their friendship. After Wes got shot it was too H/C-ish for me to resist. That was the only fandom/pair I was big into reading fic for. Still love them...my first vid and fannish mug...sigh...

What is Hazmat? Is that what's in your icon? I've never heard of it, but I like the icon!

Lol! tuesdaeschild and I made it up. It's any of our favorite pairs (we've done Mike/Sucre) doing the nasty in hazmat gear. Yes, hazmat. We're the only two ppl in the LJ-verse with it listed as an "interest." I don't know where it came from. I think we were on crack. But hey, a fangrl's gotta pimp her fandoms, yanno? Viva la Hazmat Pr0n! ;D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on February 28th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
It's not slash, but I hope you like it anyway.

Many happy returns, and I'm sorry it's taken so long to finish this!