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10 October 2012 @ 11:06 pm
Quick detour while I wait for story inspiration to arrive...  
Still cranking away on the 5K Zombies thing. SO slow. I think this wanted to be about a 2-3K story, but I am committed to making that minimum word count! I haven't written a story this long in a couple of years...

So, SPN... still haven't made it past 7x03, so obviously I'm not up on S8. I keep imagining I'll watch it someday, but I haven't liked the story arc in years, so that seems unlikely. Watched L&O: SVU, which is still suffering from its casting choices. Thought there was hope tonight, but my doubts returned by the end of the episode. :(

We're mainlining S7 of The Closer via Netflix. Last week, there was an episode with Fred Willard as a drunk Santa. That plays to all his strengths! I rewatched all his scenes a second time, remembered that he was the only good part of Kelsey Grammar's 1-year Back To You TV series, and thought about whether Hulu might have the show so I can rewatch all of Willard's work in THAT. \o/

In RL news, HalfshellHusband arranged for Christopher to meet a Cal Berkeley astrophysics professor last week. Christopher has become a fanboy, after watching the guy on The Universe, and they went to a lecture last Friday and met with the guy for a little bit before and after. This is now Christopher's current career goal (his sister is planning to be an FBI Criminal Profiler, after last year's lawyer plan and the previous year's architect plan...)

That would actually be a good field for him, given his aptitude in math and science, and he'd never be bored. But first, he has to get past this year's science teacher—who just marked a test answer as "wrong" because Christopher gave a more complete answer than the teacher was looking for. Yeah. One of my least favorite traits in teachers. It's going to be a long year with that guy, I can tell.

All right, back to the salt mines armies of the undead...

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mercurybard on October 11th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
That's horrible re: Christopher's teacher
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
No kidding. There is nothing worse than teachers who punish you for being interested in a subject and learning more about it.

What's worse, apparently the answer Christopher gave IS implied in that chapter. It's just not the "bold face section heading" the teacher was looking for.

So... remembering more of the material apparently counted against him. Gah!
Sallyi_smell_apples on October 11th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
Wtf is that teacher on :/

You're not a fan of the two Stabler replacements on SVU? I liked Danny Pino in Cold Case so I don't mind him, and the blonde girl whose name I can never remember is pretty, so I'm way on her side ;) If Olivia wasn't straight as an arrow I'd totally slash them... *whistles innocently*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Wtf is that teacher on :/
A control trip, I think.

I think every gifted student has run into at least one teacher like this. Hopefully not more. It's like my childhood repeating all over again. :(

You're not a fan of the two Stabler replacements on SVU?
Not at all. One of the things the L&O franchise does not do well is introduce new main characters. The ones that have succeeded have done so despite the writing, it seems, because new people tend to either come off as bland (see L&O Classic) or as mouthy and trying too hard (this show). The two final detectives on L&O Classic were both really good, and good together, but Benjamin Bratt's character was a snooze, as was Jesse L. Martin and (mostly) Dennis Farina. I like all of those actors, but their characters just seemed flat.

I don't find the blond woman pretty, and it wouldn't help me anyway, so no luck there! Really, I think the best choice would have been to pair Olivia with Fin. He has SUCH personality, and did well with Elliot when Mariska was on medical leave. Munch, I could always take or leave. And Captain Cragen is so dull. I was seriously hoping their guest star last night would be permanent. *cries*
Sallyi_smell_apples on October 13th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
The funny thing is, I still haven't gone back to watch the first six or seven episodes of season 13... so I still have no idea how the new two were introduced. If at all. One thing though that kind of began to bug me last week, was how Nick's family life storyline is basically a rerun of what Elliott went through a few seasons before, with Kathy getting fed up and leaving... made me wonder why it couldn't have been blonde chick with a fed up husband for a change. Because only the guys can have families or something?

Munch has some good one-liners but is kind of a snooze I reckon. I LOVE FIN THOUGH. SO MUCH. He and Olivia would rock.
never trust a big butt and a smile: girl!samobeetaybee on October 11th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
So it's not just me who didn't make it far into last season? I think I made it farther than you, to at least episode 5 I think but one day I just stopped and that made me realize I didn't even miss it. Which makes me sad because I loved this show for such a long time. I still kinda pay attention to what's going on, I wouldn't be able to be on Tumblr and not, but watch a whole episode? Not in a long, long time.

Besides, I think Jared Padelecki's hair has gotten ridiculous, and not in a good way.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I hated S5, except for a few isolated episodes, because I really didn't want to see that story told. I stopped watching S6, and later forced myself through the episodes but didn't enjoy them.

I really hate the perpetual disconnect between Sam and Dean, which has run for long, LONG parts of each Season after S2. It just tires me out, because their connection is one of the things I love about the show! The distance between them finally wore me down as a plot device. It makes me miserable. And the show has destroyed its own canon so many times over that I'm ready to write off everything after S3. Sam's "Demon Blood" addiction felt wrong to me (actually, the whole "There's a God and angels, they just don't care" pissed me off), and everything with the Campbells and Robo-Sam and so forth... no thanks. I love Mitch Pileggi, but the show started to badly retcon itself with his first appearance (the big reveal about Mary), and I'd gladly give him up to undo all of that mess. I could go on, but it's depressing, so I won't. :(

I agree with you about the hair. It doesn't look good, and I can't suspend my disbelief when he tries to pass that off as "FBI hair," either. It's distracting.
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on October 11th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
Ohhhhh, I hate teachers like that. Although my least favorite teacher trait is um. My high school Physics teacher who mocked me in front of the class for a question I asked. To the point where I was in tears. And then when I stayed after class, still trying to get my question answered, he refused, saying I was a genius and if I didn't know it was because I wasn't paying attention. Really, dude?

Fun fact: I have never taken another physics class.

Although now that i think about it, this was probably cosmic payback for the teachers I may have given nervous breakdowns by screwing with them. I didn't know any better, really. But there were at least three of them. It's not nice to pick on the stupid.

Edited at 2012-10-11 12:07 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, humiliating the student! Also a fun trait in a teacher.

There are very few teachers who do things like that, but they can easily destroy a subject for a student forever, or worse-- destroy their interest in school altogether.

Cosmic payback for something you cluelessly did is not really the same as deliberately humiliating a student, though. I'm sorry for the teachers you unwittingly tortured! But the one who picked on you decided independently to be a complete asshole. Boo.
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on October 11th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know it's not really the same. I was 30 or close to it before I ever even understood what I did. Well, at the time I did understand I was being a snotty asshole but they started it! And they were ridiculous and illogical! And I didn't get why they were getting so worked up and that I might actually be, you know, damaging them. Oops.

In his defense (whyyyyy), the teacher who humiliated me was going through some kind of horribly nasty divorce involving an epic custody battle for his daughter, who was maybe 4. It apparently affected him a lot as there were a couple of days where he came in and was like "I can't teach today". Also he told us about the divorce/custody battle, which is why I know. So, um, totally professional? But I think destroying some random-ass student was not high on his list of concerns at the time.
whipchickwhipchick on October 11th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
I remember talking to a teacher who had to train her students not to answer a test question based on having read the whole book, because the standardized test people would mark it wrong if it wasn't just about the paragraph quoted on the test. He may be trying to set that up. Poorly.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I think it's more of a control-freak thing.

In most standardized testing, you pick from multiple choices. Ideally, if there's a more complete answer, it isn't one of the choices. Otherwise, the test sucks.

I've taken plenty of tests in my life, though, where if you know the RIGHT answer, all of the multiple choice dumbed-down versions are equally wrong. That's not fun either!
java_fiendjava_fiend on October 11th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
An astrophysicist and a profiler in the family. Sounds like you have smarties running around in your household!!! :-) I would have loved to have been a profiler. That is just fascinating stuff.

I cannot believe that a teacher marked him down for giving a thorough and complete answer... even if it's not covered by current material! Right is right and obviously this teacher is a douche!

Good luck with the armies of the undead!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
I would have loved to have been a profiler. That is just fascinating stuff.
It is, though it exposes you to a lot of human ugliness and I worry that it might make a person cynical and descpairing of human beings in general.

I cannot believe that a teacher marked him down for giving a thorough and complete answer... even if it's not covered by current material! Right is right and obviously this teacher is a douche!
No kidding! My husband emailed him about it, and apparently the teacher wanted the "boldface section heading" answer and not the one that comes from reading the material, noting a concept presented in the material, and then correctly applying it.

I.e., a question whose answer stems from something metal having rusted. The what happened? was supposed to be answered with "Chemical change" (the bold-face section in the book) and not "Chemical reaction with O2, causing the bike to rust."

I have no words for how much of an asshole you'd have to be to mark that second answer wrong. Seriously.

The armies of the undead-- why are they so slow? Oh, wait...
cindy: worlds enough and timetsuki_no_bara on October 11th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
christopher wants to do ASTROSCIENCE! how cool is that? his current science teacher sounds like a terrible teacher, tho. you don't mark a student wrong for giving the right answer, especially if it's a detailed right answer. yeesh.

sam and dean spent at least the last half of s7 on the same track and actually acted like brothers who liked being together, if that helps. but sam desperately needs a haircut. i'm with obeetaybee on that.

you don't watch sons of anarchy, do you? because walton goggins was the secret guest star this week. he was like boyd in drag, but with much more WTF. he was fabulous and i love him like pie.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that science teacher... ugh. He's the husband of a fantastic teacher Christopher had last year, but sadly, that doesn't mean squat.

I watched S1 of SOA, but that's it so far. We switched to Justified. Damn, though, Walton Goggins? This makes me want to watch just the one episode in isolation from the series.

He was on The Shield, too. His character made you crazy, but he was damn good at that role. :D
cindytsuki_no_bara on October 11th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
if you don't mind being spoiled for his character, there's an interview with him here, with photo. the rest of the episode probably won't make any sense if you stopped watching soa after s1, but i think you can watch walton's scene without prior knowledge.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: niki dark glassesastrothsknot on October 11th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
You can borrow my WTF?School tag
Silly husband. you don't email the teacher, you email his boss, after telling them you've set up an appointment with their boss, to discuss the grievance procedure.

Stewart's school years were so much fun, I just wanted to make sure the teachers were having as much fun as I was.



Edited at 2012-10-11 08:32 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 11th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: You can borrow my WTF?School tag
Since it's 8th grade, we're presently going with the "Try to push back but otherwise tolerate this idiot, because it's not a high school grade yet." But still. :(

I just wanted to make sure the teachers were having as much fun as I was.
Hahahahaha! Fair enough, I say!