the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
It's been about two years since I got my fangirl squee on about anything (except for maybe some books I've read that have no online fandom, so my RL friends have had to endure my gushing). Then yesterday I got a notice from Midwest Tape. They sell A/V materials to libraries, and I order DVDs and Blu-rays from them for the anime collection at work.

Gatchaman II is coming out on DVD next week and Gatchaman Fighter is coming out in July! I never thought I'd ever be able to watch that whole series all the way through. I nearly had vapors at my desk. And I sense a Gatchaman marathon coming on.

P.S. -- You may better recognize the Gatchaman franchise from one of the names it was aired under in the U.S.: Battle of the Planets, G Force, or Saban's Eagle Riders.
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
I remember when summer was all reruns all the time and I could turn off the TV for four months and catch up on my reading or backlog of videos. Now I think I have just as many shows in the summer as I do during the regular season.

Hawaii Five-0 -- Yes, I know this isn't really a summer show, but I stopped watching it last December and CBS is just now rerunning the episodes I missed. I'm trying it again because I kind of miss it, but ultimately I miss the way it was when it was good. Everything that made me stop watching it is still there (seriously, why is Jerry on the show at all, besides Lenkov's seeming determination to give a main role to anyone who has ever appeared on Lost for more than five seconds?). I guess I'll just have to sustain myself with Tumblr GIFs.

Humans -- I only started watching this because Colin Morgan was in it, but I wound up liking it more than I thought I would. The show doesn't really cover any new ground in the philosophical debate of at what point does an AI become human, but I'm interested in seeing what's going on with Anita/Mia and Leo, and I love what the show is doing with Niska. Also, the actors cast as the synths are uniformly outstanding.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell -- I only made it through the first episode. The special effects when the characters were using magic were very cool, but that wasn't enough to sustain my interest when I didn't care for the plot, the characters, or any of the actors.

Killjoys -- This is one of my favorites. I love the characters and their interactions. The action scenes are a nice bonus. The thing I love most is the portrayal of a man and woman working together, trusting each other implicitly, respecting each other's abilities, and loving each other platonically. There is no sexual tension between them at all; they love each other like the found family they are.

Read more... )

How's your summer viewing going?
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
So, it looks like I've stopped writing episode reaction posts. This was not a conscious decision on my part, more like a confluence of circumstances. Most of my shows are currently engaged in long-term story or character arcs that I actively dislike, while at the same time I've hit an amazing run of really good books in a row. I keep looking at the TV and thinking I should watch my shows, then reading instead. As a result, I'm way behind on many of my shows and uninspired to write about them, but I've completed 80% of my reading goal for the year on Goodreads.

I have no plans to leave LJ; I'll just have to find something else to post about. I also can't swear I'll never do episode posts again, but I just can't dredge up the squee to do them right now.

P.S. -- Where has Listopia been all my life? Gay Romance Featuring Psychics/Mediums/Shamans/Spiritualists was not a thing I knew I needed in my life, but guys, I am reading all the things.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Goodness, I actually went out and did something for once and I totally forgot to post about it.

Last Sunday, John Scalzi made an appearance at my library to support his new book, Redshirts. Scalzi didn't do a reading from Redshirts on the theory that we're all capable of reading ourselves and nothing would be gained by him reading it to us, so instead he read two snippets from other works we've all been sworn to secrecy not to discuss (there was an oath and a code phrase and everything--it was hilarious), and he also performed a sketch with Mary Robinette Kowal based on Redshirts, where he was a senior officer for the Universal Union and she was an attorney representing the redshirts in a class action lawsuit. I especially liked the diatribe about crew losses due to exploding control panels and how surely the Universal Union could afford a few fuses. During the Q&A session afterward, he spent a good chunk of time answering my question about how he came to be involved in SGU. Scalzi was great fun as a speaker. He also signed my book (in red Sharpie, of course) and complimented me on my Miskatonic University Dept. of Library Sciences T-shirt.
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
I'll miss your potential more than anything.

I'm actually kind of relieved I won't have to watch the show anymore, but I'll miss the hilarious snark over at [ profile] heroes_meta. It's been the only thing keeping me going for 2 seasons.

I'm totally running out of fandoms now. All of my shows have been canceled except for Supernatural, and next season will almost certainly be its last. I haven't been without a fandom since I attended my first Doctor Who convention in 1984. That's 26 years of continuously having at least one show to be fannish about.

I have no idea what I'll do with myself if I run out of shows.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
So, I was watching the Stargate prop auctions on eBay as a spectator sport again and decided to bid after all. I thought the SG-1 communicator earpiece would jump out of my price range like the SGA earpiece did last week, but it didn't. I won it with one bid. It didn't even go for half my maximum bid!

I also wasn't planning to bid on the Genii portable lamp thing until I read the description more closely and found out it worked. That one was more exciting. I upped my maximum bid by $10 at the last minute, and that made the difference between me winning by $5 and me losing by $5.

Since I now have one prop from each show, I think I'm set unless something really super awesome yet still affordable comes up in the next round of auctions.

I just can't believe how little things have been selling for this time around. Previous Stargate prop auctions have never had anything even close to my price range.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Have you ever had a series you really loved? A series you loved enough to buy each new volume on its release date? And when the last one came out, you still got excited and bought it on its release date, but then put off reading it, possibly for years, because you weren't ready for the series to be over yet? Or is that just me?
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Chibi Wee!chester Bedtime Story)
Today is the last day. I have to go back to work tomorrow. Bummer. I could get used to watching DVDs and reading fic all day, not that I've done either yet today. My BF came over this morning and I spent the afternoon at my mom's house. However, I'm now at my BF's house and we'll be watching an episode of Lie to Me I missed, possibly followed by some season 1 X-Files episodes, as soon as the 3-year-old goes to bed.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Chibi Sam Yuck)
I suck. I completely failed to watch any DVDs again today. But I did finally succeed in completely catching up on my flist. This will be the first time in about a month that I'm not running days and days behind, so that's something. I got to read lots of fic and I picked up 3 new icons, although I haven't loaded them yet. Depends on if I need to use them.

I can't believe it's almost time to go back to work. This week went by so fast.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Bookstack)
No DVDs today either. I got sucked into a couple of long fics instead, one Supernatural and one Stargate Atlantis.

Hopefully, I'll get to take another crack at the DVDs over the weekend.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Bookstack)
No DVDs today. Not even anything particularly productive. After the exterminator came, I took myself out to lunch at my favorite restaurant, then took my Christmas gift card to Best Buy for a new pair of headphones. My fellow librarians and I monitor a virtual reference queue a couple of hours a month each, and the software we use lets out an annoying electronic alert when a patron logs on, so we all use headphones to spare our fellow cubicle dwellers while we're on duty. My current headphones are from the '80s. The cord is too short for me to do anything at my desk but sit still, and the foam earpieces are starting to disintegrate and leave an itchy black residue on my ears. So, new headphones.

I spent the rest of the day trying to catch up on my flist. I got behind while watching all those DVDs. I've read a lot of fic today.
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
It's pilot day! I watched two failed pilots on DVD today.

1. Nick Knight: This was the original pilot for the series that eventually became Forever Knight. I don't know why the big gap between the original airing of the pilot and when the show got picked up as a series three years later, but by then Rick Springfield was committed to a craptacular series called Human Target (which lasted seven whole episodes before getting canceled) so he wasn't available for Forever Knight. The original pilot script was reshot with Geraint Wyn Davies and went on to air for three seasons. I never could get into it. Geraint Wyn Davies was all wrong for the part to me, the dynamic of my favorite relationship on the show (between Nick and the medical examiner) was changed by turning the M.E. into a woman, and the only major character/actor that was kept was the one I hated the most (Schanke).

Meanwhile, I have a love/hate relationship with Nick Knight. I really loved it when it originally aired, but I've thought it was really lame every time I've seen it since. Yet, I keep remembering how much I loved it originally, so I wind up talking with friends about old fandoms, get nostalgic for Nick Knight, forget how lame it is, and buy another copy. Then I watch it and decide it's lame, and get rid of my copy. Lather, rinse, repeat. This time I think I'll just hang on to my copy so I can watch it and decide it's lame again for free. Funny how our tastes change over time, isn't it?

Since the show doesn't hold my attention like it once did, I paid bills and went through my junk mail while watching. Good thing, too. I found an emissions test notification that I'd forgotten all about. Fortunately, the due date isn't for awhile yet, so I'll try to get out and do that sometime this week.

2. Thoughtcrimes: This was awesome. It was a pilot that didn't get picked up about a telepathic young woman, Freya McAllister (Navi Rawat), who goes to work for the NSA. Her adorkable partner, Agent Brendan Dean, was played by Joe Flanigan. I wish this series had gotten picked up because it looked like it would've been a lot of fun, but then Joe Flanigan might not have been available to play John Sheppard on Stargate Atlantis, and that would have been bad. He was really cute in this, though. The pilot also featured Peter Horton from Brimstone as the guy who trained Freya on how to use her telepathy instead of being overwhelmed by it and Joe Morton from Eureka as Freya and Brendan's boss.

I also made more progress on the scummy dishes. I finished the silverware, which got the worst of it. I'm down to just plates and bowls now. They need to be soaked for a bit before they get washed, but they're coming clean much more easily than the silverware did.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Bookstack)
Today, I mostly focused on trying to catch up on my flist. I started out 8 days behind, but I'm about 3 days behind now, so I call that progress. I read quite a bit of Supernatural and Stargate Atlantis fic while I was at it. I also washed some more disgusting, scummy dishes. Hopefully, I'm through the worst of them now.

I'm at my BF's house at the moment. We're going to try to watch The Dark Knight in a little bit, but it depends on how quickly the 3-year-old falls asleep. She has a habit of climbing out of bed to come see what we're doing. Considering she did that during The Princess Bride and it scared the bejeebers out of her, we really don't want her to catch any of The Dark Knight.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Peter v. Hiro)
It's time once again for me to take some vacation days before I lose them, so I'll be home from work this week. Normally when I have to take vacation days and have nowhere to go, I use the time to read epic length fics, since I normally don't have time to read them. I have some fics bookmarked that are over 200,000 words long. However, I now have Mobipocket on my PDA and have been reading the aforementioned epic length fics on my lunch breaks at work, so I'm not really feeling motivated to read them this week. Instead, I decided to make a dent in my giant pile of unwatched DVDs.

Today, I started with DVDs that aren't mine. I checked out season 2 of Heroes from the library. I don't want to watch the episodes again because I hated season 2, but I did want to watch the extras and listen to the commentary tracks. I made it through all of them today. I really miss Molly, and I miss Matt and Mohinder playing My Two Dads to Molly. Matt and Molly were especially cute together. I also noticed that the actress in the photo at Hiro's mother's funeral looked nothing like the actress who actually did play Hiro's mother in volume 3.

The really cool parts were all the extras regarding the virus storyline that had to be scrapped due to the writers strike. There was a lot of footage that had already been shot plus a couple of storyboards, and some of TPTB (including Tim Kring) talked about how volume 3 was originally intended to play out. It looked awesome. It certainly looked a lot better than the Bug!Mohinder/Hunger/Woobie!Sylar stuff they actually did for volume 3. It's too late now, but I wish the virus story had worked out.

So as not to be a complete and total slug, I took a break between each episode to wash some dishes and check my email. Mostly, I washed dishes. Why so much dish washing? Well for one thing, I hate housework and tend to put it off as long as possible, so the sink was completely full. For another thing, the sink seems to have backed up at some point without me noticing because the sink was full, so the dishes and silverware and glasses in the bottom 3 inches or so of the sink were caked with brown and greenish-grey sludge. They were really disgusting. I had to buy rubber gloves because I totally refused to touch them. Before each episode, I would put some items in scalding water with detergent to soak while I watched, then would wash them afterward. I got through quite a bit, but I have a way to go yet. That stuff is murder to scrub off.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Badass Peter)
The season 3 premiere of Heroes was just shown at Comic Con and there are links to spoilers all over my flist. The sheer volume of them is wearing on my willpower. I need a pep talk. Somebody tell me how much more I'll enjoy the season premiere when I see it if I don't spoil myself to heck and gone in the next five minutes.


Jun. 20th, 2008 08:02 pm
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Determined Souji)
I can't believe how little I've posted this month. I've been trying to dig out from skip=520 after MediaWest. It hasn't been going too well. I'm only down to skip=460.

Dear Flist,

Please stop writing interesting things I want to read. It's summer. Why not take a relaxing vacation away from your computers? Just for a week or two?


Sandy (no, the other one)
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Sam by Candlelight)
I've been a bad LJ friend lately and not commenting on entries I should have/wanted to comment on. Spanish class ate up much of my free time and I was averaging 7-10 days behind on flist posts. Now that finals are over, I'm attempting to dig myself out from skip=380. As soon as I catch up, I'll try to be more active on my flist. I just always felt so stupid adding comments to entries or participating in polls 8 days after they were posted.
the_other_sandy: Kaleidoscope (Kaleidoscope)
I can't believe it's Friday already. I must've needed the vacation, because today was the first day I had the energy to do anything. Today's attempt at productivity involved running errands (including a trip to the comics store to pick up the Supernatural magazine they had on hold for me), doing laundry, and making hotel reservations for MediaWest.

I could use another week off. I'm not ready to go back to work.
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
This week is spring break at Ye Olde Community College where I take Spanish classes. I also had some vacation days at work that I needed to use or I would lose them, so I decided to take this week off from work as well as school. As a result, I've been a big giant slug all week. I've been watching TV, burning CDs into iTunes, and reading lots and lots of fic. The only remotely productive thing I've done is to play some vocabulary games in My Spanish Coach on my Nintendo DS. I could get used to this. I suspect I will be very disappointed when I go back to work (and class) on Monday.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Chibi Sam w/Headphones)
Are all of your friends, relatives, and coworkers going on and on and on about the NCAA basketball tournament? Are you feeling left out because you don't have a bracket, or even like college basketball particularly?

Well, pop by the Tournament of Supernatural Episodes that [ profile] mrstinkles is running over on her LJ and vote for your favorite eps in each bracket. If "No Exit" wins, you only have yourselves to blame for not voting.


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