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08 September 2011 @ 04:12 pm
Buckets O'Random  
I had trouble getting to sleep last night, followed by dreams where Craig Ferguson and Matthew Perry (Friends)were having an affair—or posturing an affair for media consumption. Good lord. I don't even like Matthew Perry! Must be those mankissing vids I was watching at youtube before bedtime. :0

I did get farther along in Twilight Watch, one of the many books I'm reading right now. I've hit an interesting part, where I'm hoping Anton will be forced to confront the concept of gray areas. He already knows one Dark Other (Edgar) who is not terribly dark (I find Edgar adorable), and has a former friend who became a vampire and whose feelings he regularly hurts by assuming the guy is now 100% evil. Plus, Anton's boss clearly is not entirely good. Now Anton has encountered a powerful witch who long ago chose to abdicate the whole concept of choosing sides. *rubs hands together in glee*

Other books I'm reading:
  • Under The Banner of Heaven (Jon Krakauer's book on the history of the Mormon church and the many current offshoot cults that claim to follow its "true" path). Krakauer is one of the few non-fiction authors I enjoy—I loved both "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air."

  • Torquai, which is a mystery novel involving stuffed animals. No, I don't know why the author chose that gimmick. It's the third in a series, too! But kind of fun. I've almost finished it.

  • One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing, by Jasper Fforde. I've barely started this one (Christopher got first crack at it), and it's due in a few days, AND the hold-queue at the library is probably massive. *panics* I really want to finish this one, or I won't see it again for months!

  • For Amazon VINEs, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist. I'm only a few chapters in, but this proved too heavy to hold while working out at the gym. Where will I fit this one in? :(

  • In TV news, we finished Dexter S5. I have mixed feelings about it. There were great performances in this season, especially Julia Stiles and Julie Carpenter (Debra Morgan). While Debra's inability to form a sentence without cursing like a sailor (and her bedroom habits) get on my nerves, she is a consumate cop and has such a strong (secretly tender) heart. I love the complexity of her. For Dexter, we've seen hints that he is not the sociopath his adoptive father thought him to be. He can't stand the suffering of the women on the videotapes, and he's boggled by evidence of pure evil. At the same time, he's out of touch with the emotions he has.

    My negatives for this season were that I didn't like Rita being brushed aside so easily in Dexter's feelings, and I didn't like the idea of Dexter finding an accomplice in Lumen. I can understand Lumen's desire for revenge, but his ritualistic weirdness should have been too much for her. It recalls for me the premise of the "Silence Of The Lambs" sequel and why that was doomed aborning: "Dear Clarice, let's go be murdering cannibals together!" Uh, no.

    One bright spot this past weekend was the new Allstate Mayhem Raccoon Commercial. I love the whole series, but the more absurd ones are my favorites: the jilted teenage-girl-Mayhem who randomly mows down cars in a parking lot after being betrayed by her BFF Becky, or the 'perfect Douglas fir Christmas Tree'-Mayhem, who gets rolled up in netting and tied to the roof of a car. The new one, with "I've already had, like, four babies in here" is pure genius. Raccoon-Mayhem doesn't know how many babies he's had? Gah—the only thing worse than baby raccoons in an attic is dead baby raccoons in an attic. Followed by vermin chewing through the wiring and the roof. \o/ Blind-Spot Mayhem was less funny, but new Mayhem ads are always welcome.

    a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: JDM - gigglingembroiderama on September 9th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
    I love the Mayhem ads, too. The whole other layer on top of the funny is that it always makes me think of CMM. Hee!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on September 9th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
    Chad Michael Mayhem! Thanks to fandom, I'll never hear the word "mayhem" in its original context again!

    Those ads kill me. I need to rewatch them-- and HalfshellHusband has never seen the one where Mayhem is the team flag hanging onto the car by a thread. :D
    colleenish: Yay!penguincolleenish on September 9th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
    Oh god, I love the Allstate Mayhem commercials so much. Teenage-girl Mayhem is a favorite, and so is jogger!Mayhem with his pink headband who causes a middle-aged businessman to drive into a tree. Whoever came up with those spots is a genius, and getting Dean Winters to be Mayhem was inspired!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on September 9th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
    Haha! I forgot about the pink headband on jogger!Mayhem!

    And I do love the one where he gleefully drives the riding mower across a bunch of gravel, spewing missiles out every which way.

    It was such a (nice) surprise to see Dean Winters reappearing onscreen, and his dry delivery is perfect for Mayhem. Plus, even better-looking with the long hair.

    My husband has never seen "Oz," where Winter got his start, but I swear I'll tempt him to it one day, just because of the sheer number of great character actors in the show. :D
    colleenishcolleenish on September 9th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
    Oh, yes, I had quite a, hmmm let's not call it a crush, healthy appreciation for Ryan O'Reily. Funny, the first time I saw a Mayhem commercials, I heard it before I saw it, and thought, jeez that sounds like ... it is, it is! Wheee!

    Seriously, "Oz" was one of the best acted shows I've ever seen on TV. It sometimes got too much for me, and I missed huge chunks of it - I'll have to revisit it one of these days.
    jeza_jezaro: hugjeza_jezaro on September 9th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
    O.o I thought I was the only one who has read the Nigh Watch series. Cool :D
    I remember really liking Twilight watch, because I was very disappointed with Day Watch. Yes! And I loved Anton's character development! It was interesting how the more he discovers the borders between light and dark start blurring, but in the end he comes out with a better understanding of himself. Magnificent series.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on September 9th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
    I was disappointed with some of the structure of Day Watch (I remember finishing part 1 and thinking, "You just did what now?"). Plus, the idea that anyone who could sacrifice someone else as a "pawn" could still call himself a Light Other... that bugged me too. Kind of like the vampire/werewolf lotter-- seriously, you think randomly picking an "allowed sacrifice" is OKAY?!?

    But I did like getting the Dark Other POV, because that's where you really see how very biased both sides are. Wow. They each have their own brainwashing, except for some (like Edgar) who see the larger picture better. I have the feeling the author adores Edgar as much as I do. ;)

    Such an interesting series. The cover of the first book tempted me over and over until I finally bought it. I've read the others via our library system, and by the time I'd finished Day Watch I think I'd gotten my husband interested in trying the series. \o/
    jeza_jezaro: bqlo_cvetejeza_jezaro on September 10th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
    Day Watch is my least favourite of the series mainly because I don`t like the writing style of co-author Vladimir Vasilyev.

    I don`t remember about the sacrifice thing. The way I understood the difference is that the Dark ones do evil for their own personal goals. But Light ones will only do something like that for the Greater Good. It makes sense in my head.

    The thing I was most interested in was the Twilight. There was almost no information about it and you couldn`t just figure it out, so when they actually got to it I couldn`t stop reading.

    I don`t know why, but when I saw the series I just had to have them. I bought all of them right away without even checking if I`ll like them or not. I rarely do that.