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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.

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How's your summer viewing going?
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Or at least that's what I've been calling it in my head. Look at this adorable grumpy face:





Pattern by Shylah Addante (a.k.a. Books and Hooks) on Craftsy.

Yes, another chibi. I can't help it; they're cute.

And I finally figured out why all my pictures have suddenly been looking so green lately. The tree outside my apartment got off to a late start this spring but has finally filled in, and it fills the entire field of view of my windows. All the light coming in is now being filtered through the leaves.
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Yes, I made another thing. I actually finished this two months ago, but it was looking really dingy due to ten years of sitting partially stitched in my closet and about a year and a half of actually being worked on, and it took me this long to give it a good washing and pressing. I’m very happy with how it turned out, except that maybe I should have used two strands for backstitching, even though I don’t like to.

This is the spot where I normally link to the pattern and give credit to the pattern maker, but in this case I genuinely can’t. I bought the pattern from File 40 (a Man from UNCLE fan club) as part of a kit at MediaWest back in 2002 or 2003. As far as I know, it’s never been offered on the Internet, and the pattern doesn’t credit the pattern maker anywhere, although I assume it was a member of File 40. Just know that it wasn’t me; I just did the stitching.





the_other_sandy: Kaleidoscope (Kaleidoscope)
Pattern by XStitchMyHeart. I would normally link to the pattern, but I got it from her Etsy store, which no longer exists.

I did manage to finish this during the season finale last week, but I wanted to wash it and press it and make it look nice for its final photo. However, my sink was full of dishes that I was deeply uninspired to wash, and then there was a burst pipe under my building that cut off my water for a day.

The original pattern includes the show’s name under the characters, but (a) stitching letters is one of my least favorite things to do, and (b) I think the characters are clearly identifiable without the label. I also shaved off one column from each side of Katrina’s skirt because she just didn’t look right to me.






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Hi! No, I'm not dead. I've been cross stitching my way through Teen Wolf and The Musketeers. Also? Tumblr is an enormous time suck.

Anyone else watch Intruders? The showrunner is Glen Morgan from The X-Files, but Intruders reminded me more of Shaun Cassidy shows like Invasion that have an interesting premise but where you could die waiting for something to happen. Shaun Cassidy shows try to distract you from all the nothing going on with Drama and quirkiness. Intruders tries to distract you from all the nothing going on with the occasional X-Files reference and random act of shocking violence. Still, a whole lot of nothing happened for an hour.

The premise is interesting enough that I'll give it another go at least, but my preliminary impression is that, like Shaun Cassidy shows I've tried, I'll get so bored waiting for the plot to advance that I'll just slowly lose interest and stop watching before anything actually happens.
the_other_sandy: Kaleidoscope (Kaleidoscope)
It turns out that the third full weekend of every month is International Hermit & Stitch Weekend. I did not know this. I found out too late to participate last month, but I thought I'd give it a try this month. (There's an official sign-up and blog community, but I'm not much of a joiner, so I just did this for me).

I also thought I'd take a break from the big project I've been working on for months and months, and do something small to remind myself that sometimes these projects can actually end, so I made this:

Chibi Johnlock


Chibi Sherlock and Watson are based on a pattern by Caroline Selby over at Crafty Companion. If you just clicked through to look at it, you'll see that I took rather a lot of liberties with the colors. I just wanted John and Sherlock to be wearing the outfits I most commonly think of them in. I've never chosen my own colors before and I'm mostly pleased with the ones I picked, except for Sherlock's scarf. The colors looked warmer on the skein than they did when stitched, and I should have chosen blues more than two shades apart. The contrast looked good on the skeins but was less obvious when stitched.

Oh, well. Call it a learning experience. I still think they're adorable.
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It's only been 2 years since I last completed a cross stitch project, and I've already finished another one! (Yes, that dripping sound you hear would be sarcasm. I am the slowest stitcher in the entire world.)

John and Sherlock Pixies


Pattern by Dork Stitch.

It's BBC Sherlock and John! I did make one slight alteration to the original pattern by making John Watson one pixel shorter. I just thought his legs were too long and that he was more than one pixel shorter than Sherlock.

This was my first time cross stitching on plastic canvas. I screwed up one of Sherlock’s eyes, but it ended up kind of looking like he’s raising one eyebrow, so I’ll live with it. I plan to glue magnets to the backs as soon as I figure out what type of glue would work best (the backs are lumpier with thread than expected).

I did most of the stitching while listening to a series of Great Courses lectures on the history of the English language. Because apparently cross stitching Johnlock wasn’t nerdy enough.

TV Meme

Nov. 3rd, 2013 01:56 pm
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
Filched from [livejournal.com profile] mangacat201.

- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've watched 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk * if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

The List )

It appears that I've managed to watch entirely too much television in my lifetime. It also appears that I was willing to watch damn near anything back in the days when we only had 4 channels.

• I re-alphabetized the list because I'm a librarian and it was killing me not to have it in ALA filing order. I also added Max Headroom, QED, and Spy Game because they are criminally underrated shows that more people should have watched.
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
Why is no one writing great gobs of hurt/comfort fic for this series? Seriously, people, how much more motivation do you need?
the_other_sandy: Bodie and Doyle reading, captioned Reading Fic (Fic)
The BBC is starting up the new season of Sherlock on New Year's Day. The last I heard, we're not getting it on PBS until May. That means that in order to avoid spoilers, I won't be able to read Sherlock fic for five months. Five months. Yes, there are tools like Read It Later or Delicious where I could stash fic to read later, but five months. There will be so much fic stashed after five months that it'll be too overwhelming and I'll just wind up deleting it all without reading it anyway. I'm going to miss five months' worth of fic. And yes, I would like some cheese with my whine.
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There were very few new shows that interested me this season. There were quite a few actors I like starring in new shows, but unfortunately they were in shows that didn't appeal to me. Apparently I'm over the phase of watching just any old thing because an actor I like is in it.

Bedlam: It had an interesting premise and I liked most of the characters. I'm just sorry that the season long B-plot was about saving Kate, because Kate was a real pill. I don't understand why her roommates put up with her, let alone why anyone would repeatedly risk his life to save her. I just hope there's a second season because the season finale didn't resolve anything and left several characters in jeopardy.

American Horror Story: About halfway through the pilot I realized that I hated all the characters, didn't care what happened to them, and didn't want to spend one more second in their company. So I didn't.

Grimm: A lot of people have been complaining that it's a rip-off of Supernatural. Of course when Supernatural debuted, they complained it was a rip-off of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, so whatever. I like it so far. The mythology is decent and the acting is adequate. There's just nothing about it that really stands out. I'll keep watching it for now, but it wouldn't kill me if it got canceled.

Once Upon a Time: This season's other fairy tale show. I'm not as enamored of it as the rest of my flist, but I like it enough to watch it streaming (I'm not home on Sunday nights). It certainly has better production values than Grimm and a more creative use of the fairy tale source material. I like watching Emma square off against the mayor every week, but Henry is starting to grate on my nerves. But then I have a much easier time saying no to bossy children than anyone on this show seems to.
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
I had intended to post this sooner, but the new shows I tried this year had start dates anywhere from August to November so there never seemed to be a time when I'd seen enough episodes of everything to post. Now that it's the end of the year, I figured I'd better get a move-on.

Rubicon )

Sherlock )

The Walking Dead )

The Event )

Chase )

Hawaii Five-0 )

Law & Order: UK )



ETA: The entry referred to in comment 2a has been deleted because all of the linked videos it contained are no longer available on the internet. Boo.
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
I haven't posted anything in 2 1/2 weeks? Must be the heat and the utterly ridiculous humidity getting me down. Summer TV isn't helping.

The state of my summer TV watching:

Lie to Me -- I gave up. I really liked the sciencey bits in the first season, but this season Lightman just cocks his head to one side like a bewildered golden retriever and announces the subject is lying. ::cocks head like a golden retriever:: Nope, not so much with the interested.

Persons Unknown -- I gave up on this one too. I liked it at first for how much it reminded me of The Village on The Prisoner, but the big difference between The Prisoner and Persons Unknown is that The Prisoner focused on the tribulations of one person, not an ensemble. I eventually realized that I loved the town but hated all the people in it and didn't care what happened to them, so I quit watching.

Eureka -- Go on, you'll never guess. Yeah, I gave up on this one too. I've seen a lot of people post that they think this is Eureka's best season ever, but it's boring me to death. And if they reset the timeline like they did after Henry brought Kim back, then none of this season will have happened anyway, which makes me feel like I'm wasting my time watching it. So I'm not.

Haven -- I didn't think I would like this one, but I do. It's a nice throwback to The X-Files, and I like the characters and the town. I'm also dying to find out what happened between Nathan and Duke. I get the feeling that they used to be good friends once, and that whatever ended that friendship is more on Nathan's side. If Nathan ever gets over whatever his issue is, I think Duke would take him back as a friend in a hot second.

Top Shot -- My guilty pleasure reality show. The challenges are really creative and fun, although I could do without the Drama. The host is kind of annoying too. Sadly, my favorite contestant was bounced last week, but there's only one episode left.

Rubicon -- The jury's still out on this one. There's a nice atmosphere of paranoia and suspense, but not much is actually happening. I'm not really feeling anything for the characters yet, but every time I think about giving up on the show, the plot shows up and does something interesting. I don't know if I'll make it 'til the end of the season, but I'm hanging in there so far.

I can't wait for the next round of Ninja Warrior on Saturday.
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Today was a really full day. Panels started at 9:00 a.m. with a review and discussion of the apocalypse storyline. That was followed by a presentation on Lucifer's representation in myth, religion, and literature.

Then we had the annual script-to-screen panel where we were all handed scripts and assigned parts. We read each scene, then watched it play out in the actual episode to see how things differed from the printed page. This year's episode was "Asylum." I played the rookie cop who fell under Ellicott's influence (after being volunteered by [livejournal.com profile] seesmooshrun), which made me happy because I got to die before the opening credits.

After lunch, we had a panel on what not to do when writing fan fic (we all seemed to have very similar pet peeves), which ended with a group round-robin fic writing exercise. Then we had an actual outside guest come in (all the other panels except the Q&A with the art department were presented by con attendees) and talk about various types of energies and how they affect us, from spirits to chakras to other people's feelings (I applaud myself for not giving off visible waves of skepticism).

The coolest panel of the day was the one I mentioned yesterday that I was looking forward to: arts & crafts. This is the first time I've done arts & crafts at a con. We were running super late by this point, so we didn't get to see the presentation on making LJ icons (it's now up on [livejournal.com profile] winchestmidwest), but we did spend about twice as much time as allotted either making tin hats or scrapbooks with supplies handed out at the con. One thing I learned was that glittery, textured paper may look very pretty as a background, but it's murder to glue anything to, even with the spray adhesive I borrowed from the tin hat group.

The final panel of the day consisted of video clips of classic rock used in the show. At that point, everybody split up with some people going out for dinner and a psychic reading, while others stayed behind to watch movies with some sort of Supernatural connection (mostly through starring Jensen or Jared, but there was also that crappy horror movie Kripke wrote). I've seen all the movies and don't believe in psychics, so I came home to watch the first 2 episodes of The Guard.

The Guard is a Canadian series about a search and rescue team with the Canadian Coast Guard. I mainly gave it a try because the cast includes Steve Bacic (Dr. Sexy, M.D. from "Changing Channels") and Gordon Michael Woolvett, who were both on Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda a few years ago. I love Gord's character, but so far the show isn't grabbing me. My main problem with it is that the 2 actors carrying the heaviest dramatic load (alcoholism and PTSD storylines) aren't very good. In particular, the guy with PTSD spends a lot of time doing the thousand yard stare o' trauma, but instead of looking broken, he just looks kind of creepy. I keep wanting to call Mulder & Scully or Sam & Dean to exorcise him or something.
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So I was watching NCIS:LA last night and Kensi was interrogating a suspect.

Kensi: "Tell us about your involvement with the ELE!"

Overtired me: He works for the Evil League of Evil?

Yes, Sandy. Clearly he's Bad Horse's stableboy. ::rolls eyes::
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I waited until now to offer up opinions because I wanted to see at least 2 episodes of every show I tried. I've seen too many good shows with bad pilots and bad shows with good pilots to judge right away if I'll like something.

The Vampire Diaries: Not to damn it with faint praise or anything, but it wasn't as bad as I was afraid it would be. It wasn't fantastic, but I might still be watching it if it wasn't on at the same time as FlashForward. As it is, I didn't like it quite enough to track it down on Hulu later.

NCIS: Los Angeles: This one surprised me. I never liked the original NCIS, but that was mostly due to hating a couple of the main characters to the point where I couldn't watch any scenes they were in. NCIS:LA has pretty standard plots for a show of this type, but I like the characters a lot more, and for those who like that sort of thing the slash practically writes itself. Since Stargate Atlantis got canceled, Nathan Petrelli died on Heroes, and the Winchesters stopped getting along on Supernatural, I have been all out of buddies on my buddy genre TV shows. Callen and Hanna should keep me going until Sam and Dean make up.

The Forgotten: This show was the biggest disappointment. It has a fantastic premise (about a group of volunteers who investigate John and Jane Doe cases after the police run out of leads and have to move on to fresher cases) and stars Christian Slater, but so far the characters don't interest me and the cases have been straightforward enough that I don't understand why the police couldn't solve them in the first place. The only thing I like is the way Christian Slater's ex-cop character keeps reflexively reaching for the gun he no longer carries when trouble breaks out.

FlashForward: I really didn't like the pilot all that much, but the second episode was much better. I still don't really feel anything for the characters, but the mystery is starting to get interesting. We'll see how long the mystery can hold me if I wind up not caring for the characters.

Already?

Sep. 9th, 2009 08:06 pm
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I must be too used to the fall TV season starting in October, at least for my shows. I just can't wrap my brain around new episodes starting this week. I haven't been able to psych myself up for my shows at all. I want another 3 weeks of reruns!
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I was just watching Mega Disasters on the History Channel and one of the scientists was talking about the tsunami in Lituya Bay, Alaska, in 1958 being taller than the Sears Tower. Then they showed footage of the Hancock Building. ::facepalm::
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
American Movie Classics just remade The Prisoner. With Jim Caviezel as Number Six. I'll give them Sir Ian McKellen as Number Two, but Jim Caviezel as Number Six? Sic 'em, Rover.

Lie to Me

Jan. 21st, 2009 09:35 pm
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Did anyone watch the pilot of Lie to Me? I really liked it, which I find perversely worrisome. With a few rare exceptions (like The X-Files), every time I've really liked the pilot of a show, I've wound up not liking the show itself. Since most of my other shows are either on hiatus or canceled, it would be nice if this show didn't suck so I could have something to watch on TV again that wasn't on the History Channel or National Geographic.

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