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20 August 2016 @ 12:41 am
Erm...  
And after my last post, in which I mentioned my intent to update later in the week... another big gap goes by. I blame the Olympics. ;)

We've been watching lot of them—mainly because we have different tastes in what we considering interesting. The whole family likes watching gymnastics, and most of us like the various platform diving competitions. But HalfshellHusband and our daughter are big on swimming (which mostly bores me), and then everyone BUT our daughter likes the track and field events. The reality is that what usually SEEMS to be on all the time is women's beach volleyball, and none of us likes it. Who knows what we're not seeing. I'm starting to get a niggling suspicion that the steeplechase event may already have happened. :(

We've been enjoying An Idiot Abroad, and started watching The West Wing with our daughter. West Wing is all politics and life behind-the-scenes, so she loves it. We didn't see it when it first aired. Back in the day, we just had the two VCR/DVD machines, so if more than three interesting shows aired in the same time-slot, we had to forego one of them. The first seasons of 24 and Chuck were also victims of that situation. You would think we'd finally be watching House of Cards, as that's also politics, but it's a darker, more cynical take on them. Our daughter wants to be inspired, not demotivated.

Other news: HalfshellHusband is almost 6 weeks post-op now. He's moving more freely, though he still can't drive and bending over his hard. Things hurt if he stands too long or pushes his limits, but it's all trending upward. I'm looking forward to not having to sleep in the guest bedroom, which gets too much light and also abuts the master bathroom. As in, the sinks and bathtub/shower are on the other side of the wall. Being a light sleeper is a curse.

And now, for fans of the weird: a Star Trek Opera, in which The Abduction from the Seraglio is now re-imagined as a Star Trek adventure, complete with KirK, Spock, and Klingons. \o/

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Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on August 20th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
Had a mani-pedi yesterday and they had the Olympics on--first time I watched it. Not a sports fan. I have been watching all the drama. Wait! That should be "DRAMA." Has there ever been so much drama in any other Olympics?

I'm so glad to hear Halfshellhusband is on the mend. He's had a really rough time. Besides you need to get back to your own bed. ;-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2016 05:33 am (UTC)
All of the Olympics, at least as broadcast by NBC, seem to be laden with drama. The last Summer Olympics, the U.S. Swim Team started off badly, and NBC just wouldn't let up on it. I joked that NBC seemed to think the swim team belonged in "Loser-Pants Village" instead of the Olympic Village. Sheesh.

Thanks for the good wises for HalfshellHusband! He said last week that he's had 3 surgeries in 8 months (wrist, pacemaker, hip), and that it's been a bad year overall. It's true. He perseveres really well, but there have been a lot of challenges recently.
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on August 20th, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
Glad that Halfshellhusband is mending. It'll be nice to be back in your own bed and hopefully soon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)
I sure hope so! That corner of that room faces East, so both windows light up much earlier in the morning than I want to get up... along with any light in the hallway/kitchen/bathroom coming through the french door panes. Argh.
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 20th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
i'm glad hsh is doing better!

i watched the rhythm gymnastics qualifying round this morning, and it's so different from the primetime coverage. it's all performance, all the time, and when they come back from commercial, half the time it's in the middle of the next country's routine. and they showed everyone!

and yeah, what's with the women's beach volleyball? does nbc think everyone wants to watch it? does it take that long to determine who gets the gold?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2016 05:55 am (UTC)
I can't believe rhythm gymnastics is still part of the Olympics! They should have dumped that years ago. We call it "ribbon gymnastics" at our house, because that's kind of what it looks like. More like dance than anything.

I think that if the women's beach volleyball did not involve bikinis, it would not get half the airtime it does. I suspect the suits at NBC think the bikinis are a better draw than most things-- because they still want that male viewer demographic above all. :(
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on August 21st, 2016 05:54 am (UTC)
OMG that opera was in Oakland! If I had known I would have gone to see it because it looks crazy.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 22nd, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)
I know, isn't it tempting?

It wouldn't have been the right time for HSH and me to try it, since he hasn't been able to travel, but it does look as if they put it on in the Bay Area from time-to-time, so it may yet return. :D
penpusher: TV Guide Logopenpusher on August 23rd, 2016 10:45 am (UTC)
I'm doing the "Master Class with Aaron Sorkin," which is pretty amusing but not quite as informative as I would have hoped. No, this isn't an "in person" opportunity - it's video and workbooks and such. One of the exercises was in writing the Season 5 premiere of "The West Wing," which was when he left the program. He says he never viewed it, so that made the whole thing a little strange. But the fact that the class members who were in his "writer's room" likely saw every episode of the series made it that much more odd.

For the record, Sorkin is a better writer than speaker and he tells you so, frequently.

The first seasons of "24" and "Chuck" were amazing. It's difficult to believe that 15 years has gone by since "24" began. They're talking of bringing it back without Jack Bauer, who, apparently, is going to be President this fall on a different show on a different network.

The better way to watch the Olympics was online via the nbcolympics.com website... You had your choice of any event that was happening, not just the ones Americans were involved in, and you always got to see the events live, including the closing ceremony, which they showed with NO commentators and no commercial breaks, which made it an incredible pleasure. They televised version tape delayed the closing an hour, as they did with the Opening Ceremony.

And of course, Good wishes for continued healing to the HSH!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 23rd, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
He says he never viewed it, so that made the whole thing a little strange.
I wonder if he was uncomfortable with the idea that someone might have scarred his "baby" and couldn't stand to risk finding out.

likely saw every episode of the series made it that much more odd.
It's so hard to tell whether fans are dedicated or obsessed. There's a fine line there. Imagine writing an episode that you think is good, but you've moved on, and later encountering people who can recite it to you word-for-word. :O

I don't think I could watch "24" without Jack Bauer. Season 2 is my favorite (and the first one we watched-- we caught S1 on DVD). Those early seasons, they made much better use of the split-screen effect. They would show 4 things happening at once, ALL of which could advance the plot, and then select one of them-- but you never knew which it would be. Later on, the other 3 windows would be meandering "meh". It lost the edge. *sniff*

My son watched the US Men's Basketball games on streaming, because NBC would not broadcast them. I should see whether any of the major events are up on youtube. I would like to have seen more of Ashton Eaton's events, for sure.

Thanks for the good wishes for HSH!
penpusher: 24 logo by <lj user=peloquin3>penpusher on August 24th, 2016 05:09 am (UTC)
I wonder if he was uncomfortable with the idea that someone might have scarred his "baby" and couldn't stand to risk finding out.

He mentioned that Larry David told him, "you'll watch it and it'll be terrible and you'll hate it... or you'll watch it and it'll be great and you'll hate it," so Mr. Sorkin is better at name dropping than at talking.

I don't think I could watch "24" without Jack Bauer.

Kiefer always said that the star of the show was the clock and that he fully expected Bauer to be killed off at some point during the series. Certainly there were any number of points where that could have happened, usually several times each season.

Those early seasons, they made much better use of the split-screen effect. They would show 4 things happening at once, ALL of which could advance the plot, and then select one of them-- but you never knew which it would be.

That really is right! And they had little cutaways in the middle of the commercials where you see other stuff still happening, but that ended I think on Day 2 or 3. But that's just how a show runner can affect what you see on the screen. Everything was fodder for advancing the plot.

I should see whether any of the major events are up on youtube.

I think there's a website called olympicchannel.com. I didn't look into it yet, but I believe they have all the events there. Or so they claimed!