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 (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 & Dean Brothers)
The only fan gatherings I've been to before this have been for my SGAHC Yahoo!Group at various conventions. All the planning in the world usually only manages to get about a dozen of us in the same place at the same time.

Tonight was the Supernatural fan meet-up, hosted by [ profile] spn_creationcon, for the Chicago Creation event. There were about eighty people there. We took over an entire section of the restaurant. Each place setting included a goodie bag containing a flier from Fandom Rocks (proceeds from the purchase of raffle tickets went to them), a bumper sticker ("Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole"), a season 2 trading card, a keychain of both Winchester boys, peanut M&Ms, salt packets, matches, a fake fake ID (mine said Dean was Mayor Richard Daley), and a mix CD of songs that have been used on the show. Dinner consisted of soup or salad, an entree, and dessert. A very nice woman sitting across from me decided to say hello by buying our end of the table a round of purple nurples. I'd never had one before. It was very sweet of her, but man those things are vile. I'm glad I waited until the food came to try it. It took me three spicy chicken strips to wash the taste out of my mouth. Also, through sheer random plopping down in a vacant seat, I wound up sitting next to [ profile] kroki_refur and [ profile] buffyaddict13, whose fic I've read. Dinner was followed by a raffle of Supernatural merchandise (the comics, tie-in novels, trading cards, etc.) at which I totally failed to win anything. The whole event lasted about three hours. Kudos to those who planned it for being able to pull off such a huge group activity.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Bookstack)
Today was the last day. I have to go back to work tomorrow. ::cries:: Is it too late to ask for another week off? I read an insane amount of fic this week, the vast majority of it very good. I also probably looked at over 1000 icons, but I think I only snagged 4 (and made 3 myself). I also watched 7 DVDs.

1.) Watched the men's final at Wimbledon this morning. I can't believe Roger Federer won. Not that he isn't good, but he played like crap for 4 sets before finally getting in gear in the 5th.

2.) Read fic in 3 fandoms: Stargate Atlantis, Supernatural, and Man from UNCLE.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (John)
Only one more day, then back to work. This week went by really fast. I didn't get to do nearly as much as I wanted to.

Today, I read craploads of fic in two fandoms: Stargate Atlantis and Supernatural. Most of it was on LJ, but I also finally got to my story alerts folder for and read a bunch of fic there too.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (John)
1.) Read lots and lots and lots of fic in 2 fandoms: Stargate Atlantis and Supernatural, including some Supernatural/Lost and Supernatural/Star Wars crossovers.

2.) Tried to work up some enthusiasm for the new season of Doctor Who but was unsuccessful. I think I'm going to give this season a pass, at least until the last couple of eps when Spoiler )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Default)
My vacation is 2/3 over. I wish I had next week off too.

1.) Read fic in 2 fandoms: Stargate Atlantis and Supernatural.

2.) Watched the last 5 episodes of Peacemaker Kurogane. Yay! Now I have to find something else to watch tomorrow. I have no shortage of unwatched DVDs to choose from, it's just hard to pick just one from the pile.

3.) Made contact with my panel co-host for Kazcon. We're starting to pull some conversation starters together.

I've been to panels where the host takes advantage of being the host and talks all the time. I hate panels like that, so I usually make a list of questions, throw one out at the audience to get started, then let the audience do all of the talking. I only step in to make sure that the less assertive people in the crowd get a chance to talk and to throw out a new question if there's a lull in the conversation.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Default)
My vacation is half over. ::sniffle::

1.) Read a whole lot of fic in 2 fandoms: Stargate Atlantis and Supernatural.

2.) Watched eps 16-19 of Peacemaker Kurogane.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Default)
Almost at the halfway point.

1.) Read fic in 3 fandoms: The A-Team (shut up), Stargate Atlantis, and Supernatural.

2.) Watched eps 13-15 of Peacemaker Kurogane.

3.) Tried to download a Supernatural vid off Putfile, but my computer hates Putfile, so I was unsuccessful. :(

4.) Browsed a whole bunch of Heroes icons and grabbed one.

I seem to be addicted. I now have about 2 1/2 times as many icons as I have space to host them. However, I figure if I manage to keep this journal up and running during rerun season, I'll upgrade to a paid account in the fall when my shows come back on. At that point, I'll need icons for the shows, right? (Is this excuse working for anybody?)
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (1x2)
1.) Read fic in 2 fandoms: Gundam Wing and Supernatural.

2.) Watched eps 9-12 of Peacemaker Kurogane.

3.) Ordered 2 T-shirts for Kazcon.


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