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05 October 2015 @ 12:11 am
Still adjusting...  
Boy, it is really hard to shake the funk I've been in since our daughter went off to college. My husband's feeling it, too. Our daughter, OTOH, is having a marvelous time.

Something she'd been watching before she left was this cute pet penguin story. Awwww... Of a similar vein, there is this penguin chasing a butterfly video, which is mesmerizing.

Speaking of things watched... we're not sure yet how we feel about Minority Report or Blindspot (the fact that I can never remember the name of that second show is a bad sign), but we're definitely enjoying Limitless. I wasn't even sure I wanted to watch that, because we've seen the movie! Plus, it seemed as if there was the potential for a lot of smugness, which... meh. But what's really winning us over (besides the supporting cast) is the snarky humor. I have to stop multitasking when that show is on, so I can fully absorb the fun of things like the You're fired! song. :D

Still binge-watching Fringe with our son. We're in S3 now, [Spoiler (click to open)]and how are people not more suspicious of Fauxlivia? Her personality is totally different, not to mention the way she talks, the major increase in eye makeup, and—as my son pointed out—that she undoes one more button on her shirts. (I kidded him about noticing that, as a teenaged boy, but his response was, "The regular Olivia isn't sexualized. She dresses for comfort, not attention." You know, he complains about all the "Tumblerinas" at school, who are alienating him with their politics, but he's clearly listened to some of them. He explained that better than I would have).Universe One Olivia will always be my favorite. Her pain makes her so compassionate.

Now, for the utterly random: I was wondering a few weeks back what it would sound like if a Scot were to say "Six sexy saxophones"—because of the migrating vowels in the dialect. I knew what the first two would be, but I've never heard a Scot say "saxophone." An Irish friend posits that it might have a very long 'o' at the end, so... "Sex saxy soxophones" is what I'm guessing? I'd still like to hear it, of course.

Hey, where would life be without those random questions?

So, good weekend? We had rain, thunder and lighting last night, with the thunder so loud it rattled the windows...

Port: arthurdesertport on October 5th, 2015 07:43 am (UTC)
I'm a little ahead of where you're at in Fringe and also had to suspend my disbelief a little re: people not noticing Fauxlivia. The things you and your son noticed went right over my head, but seem obvious now. I mostly noticed the different way the actress carried herself. She had an entirely different energy.

Universe One Olivia will always be my favorite. Her pain makes her so compassionate.

This. Also, I feel a little traumatized by her entire experience in the other world. /o\

Btw, will I see you at wincon in a couple weeks? :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fringe- Astrid Walter Cowhalfshellvenus on October 5th, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
My husband and I have seen all of Fringe (I'm crying inside a little over where this is all headed), but it's new to our son. All the physical details aside, Fauxlivia is so cocky, where Olivia is competent and persistent but even "confident" is not how I would describe her demeanor.

Universe One Walter is also my favorite-- he's the looniest of the Walters, and yet he also knows such pain. The high-low contrast in his character is the most marked, and John Noble as Walter... his Universe One character can make you laugh and cry in the same five minutes.

I won't be at Wincon this year-- too far East again, and I'm pretty sure this one falls on my birthday (every other one seems to). But I hope you and Cindy will have fun there, and say hello to all the fangirls I'll be missing!
Port: brothers... right.desertport on October 10th, 2015 08:07 am (UTC)
(I'm crying inside a little over where this is all headed)

lol Noo! I have suspected this show will break my heart.

I love U1!Walter too! He keeps startling laughs out of me and then turning it around into moments of poignancy. What a character. The actor is gonna be on Elementary this season, I hear, so now I have more motivation to catch up on that too.

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by TV for some reason. :D

Aw, man! Wincon won't be the same without you there! I'll miss seeing you. *hugs*
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on October 5th, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
Random questions are what make life fun I think. What is a group of scorpions called? A cyclone.

We had rain too. It rained most of Sunday, a gentle rain that soaked the ground instead of running off. No thunder or lightning but the air smells fresh today.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 5th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
A cyclone of scorpions? Really? Given their habitat, a scirocco would make more sense to me. Though I will always think of them as a "nest," because they're kind of nasty (bugs!) and a group of them is definitely trouble!

The Blue Angels or some other military precision-flying group was putting on an airshow over the weekend, and practicing now and then. It took me awhile on Saturday night to decide if they were nightflying or that was actually a storm. The rain clinched it.

Either way, the cat was highly alarmed. :O
michellecertainthings on October 6th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
okay, but are you watching Quantico?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on October 6th, 2015 01:07 am (UTC)
No, though I thought about it. Any good? Much of this season's new shows seemed unimpressive-- including Morris Chestnut's new show, which got such awful reviews that I didn't even try it. Much as I really like him!
michellecertainthings on October 6th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
well, I quite like it. The first ep was really intense. But then I am liking those other shows you mentioned, Blindspot, Minority Report and Limitless.

I'm not sure that I know who that is. *googles* Oh! The Rosewood guy, okay. I'm also liking that show. It really doesn't take much for me to like something.
cindy: penguins - the big chill (by rjcardinal)tsuki_no_bara on October 6th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
the rockhoppers hopping around after the butterfly are so, so cute. bouncy!

i don't know how i feel about minority report or blindspot either. i like minority report, but that could be because i like stark sands. and i like the way it looks.

soxophones? i don't know any scots i could ask, but now i'm curious.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 6th, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
My husband hates the whizzy, glossy look of Minority Report, so clearly he's noticed it too... from "hate" side instead of the "wow" side. :O

I love the Scottish accent, and don't hear enough of it now that my coworker moved back home years ago..

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 6th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 7th, 2015 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That was lovely. :)

So, it's still saxophones much the way Americans would say it, but the others are as I expected-- "sex" and "saxy."

The "sex" is courtesy of the coworker (Edinburgh) and Craig Ferguson (Glasgow), and Craig Ferguson is the source of "saxy". That last was from a Letterman clip, where he did an impromptu T-Rex-like impersonation of Mick Jagger, and said he was kind of like "A saxy dinosaur." I will never be able to not think of Mick Jagger as a T-Rex now.

But the last one was a mystery, until you resolved it! I was hoping one of my f-list Scots would. :)