dbskyler: (Four and Sarah)
Yuletide signups are open! I am having my usual anxiety about signing up -- what if I can't finish my assignment? What if I write a bad story for my recipient? -- but I am most likely going to sign up again. So, I have to figure out what I'm going to request and offer. I think for requests, I am going to repeat my ficless requests from previous Yuletides, with one exception: Sarah Jane Adventures. I have received fic for SJA in Yuletide, but if I get more Gita!fic, I will somehow deal with that. :) And actually, I think I will request any of the characters, because I would also be perfectly happy with fic about the other nominated characters, especially as I haven't received fic about them for Yuletide yet.

vague spoilers for Downton Abbey )

"Three things make a post," but I can't think of a third thing. Let's see. Well, Halloween is coming up, and it's on a weekend this year, and I got invited to a party, but I have no idea what to wear. I am really bad at coming up with costumes. This is why I don't do cosplay. I mean, I'd like to do cosplay, but I suck at it, to the point where I can't even come up with one costume once a year for Halloween. I'm the target audience for all of those "buy/rent a Halloween costume here" stores, except I don't have enough money to feel comfortable splurging it on a Halloween costume. If I did, I'd own a whole collection of Doctor coats by now. ;)
dbskyler: (Sarah SJA)
Just some random thoughts about some of the TV shows I've been watching lately (pretty non-spoilery).

Broadchurch episode 4 was better again. I wish we were getting more of Rory and less of Gwen, but I'm still enjoying it. (Yes, I know those aren't their names in this show, but that's how I think of them, okay?) I am particularly enjoying the scenes between Hardy and Miller. Their relationship is great.

Thanks (or blame) to [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook, I went and watched the pilot episode for Adam Adamant Lives! It reminds me of a very strange mix of Avengers, Wild Wild West, and Doctor Who. I think the Doctor Who part is mostly because of the accents and the '60s vibe, but it was there nonetheless. In fact, it drove me slightly crazy that at the end of the pilot episode the woman just lay there and didn't do anything to help in the fight, because she kept reminding me of Jo, and Jo would've waded right in there! Or else done something clever. I would've liked the episode better with Jo, in other words. But it was still fun. I do have a special fondness for old 1960's era television.

Speaking of old 1960's television, watching Adam Adamant Lives! put me in the mood for Wild Wild West, so I went and watched some of that. What a great show. Some of it is a definite product of its time, but most of it still really holds up. That is, if you like wacky spy stuff in the old west that sometimes strays into sci-fi with brainwashing and shrinking people, with super-villains like Miguelito Loveless, who is awesome.

Then there's the Flash. I'm still not very into it, but I did see the last episode with its trailer for this week which will feature MARK HAMILL as THE TRICKSTER!!!!!!!!! Whoo hoo, I am really looking forward to that.

Finally there's the surprise addition to my television habit of Better Call Saul. I found Breaking Bad to be way too dark for my taste, but Better Call Saul is hooking me. We'll see.
dbskyler: (up to eleven)
I just re-watched "The Girl Who Waited" and it made me cry. Even though I knew exactly what was coming. Damn, that's such a good episode.

Fruit flies are mostly gone. I have two left. They refuse to go into the fruit fly trap, and they refuse to die. Hopefully they're not a male and a female, waiting to repopulate.

My garbage disposal is broken because I put too much ice down it to clean it as a method of getting rid of the fruit flies. Oops. On the other hand, it was old and had been making wonky noises, so perhaps it was on the verge of breaking anyway.

Almost time for the Scottish independence referendum. Best wishes to all of my UK friends on a good outcome, whichever way the vote goes.
dbskyler: (up to eleven)
I just found out today that Karen Gillan is in Guardians of the Galaxy. I am SO out of the pop culture loop! I'm sure everyone else has known about this for months. Anyway, I'm glad I found out now, because I've been meaning to go see that movie, and if I'd just been sitting innocently in the movie theater and been unexpectedly confronted with Karen Gillan, I would have probably made all sorts of inappropriate noises.

In other news, I have re-read one of my old WIPS, and I've actually gotten myself excited about the story again. This is big news. You see, for ages I had tried forcing myself to work on it, and I never seemed to get anywhere. So I gave up and put it aside. But now, as I was re-reading the fic, instead of experiencing "oh god, this thing again," I wanted to keep reading. And when I got to where I had left off, I wanted to read more! Except of course there is no more. So I am now attempting to channel those feelings of wanting to read more into wanting to write more. And, I think I might be succeeding. I even have new ideas for how to end it, which is good because I wasn't ever that enthusiastic about my original idea for the ending (which might just have had something to do with why I never did manage to finish it). Anyway, I'm feeling the motivation again, although before I really start writing I'm going to have to do some episode re-watching -- specifically "Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane" and "Turn Left."

In other news, my kitchen has been overrun with fruit flies. It is so bad, I can't even cook in there right now -- flies land in whatever I have cooking on the stove. Yuck. I have cleaned everything I can, and taken out all the food-related trash, and poured clorox down the drain as I suspect they are breeding in the drain. And I have a fruit fly trap, which has successfully caught quite a few of them, although there are still tons more. Not sure what else I can do except wait for the current batch to die out and keep everything food-related out of their reach so they have nothing to eat or breed on. Which is kind of hard to do in a kitchen. I think I might be eating out for the next few days.

Hello!

Aug. 12th, 2014 05:13 pm
dbskyler: (tom baker)
Hello flist! I am back and will hopefully spend more time on LJ again. I've missed you!

What's up?

I have no news to report, except for a dream where they showed the 12th Doctor's premiere, and it was a terrible episode. (There were no specifics; just a general "wow, that was bad" reaction from me and everyone else who had seen it.) Perhaps my subconscious is trying to lower my expectations for me?
dbskyler: (this is a fake)
When I was a teen, I was a HUGE fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. I could reel off Elven poetry (and Bilbo Baggins poetry), and I don't know how many times I re-read them, but it must have been around seventy-umptillion.

I know that for a fact, because when I saw the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, I noticed every single little detail that was different from what had happened in the books, even though it had been years since I'd read them.

Okay, perhaps I didn't notice *every* different detail. After all, how would I know what I didn't notice? But I do know that I noticed a LOT of discrepancies, and I also know that they severely detracted from my enjoyment of the movies. Perhaps it's a case of being too much of a fan to be a fan? I don't know. I didn't go in with a "this better be an exact dramatization of the books" mindset, but I noticed the discrepancies. They just kept hitting me over the head, and every time it took me right out of the movie experience. So overall, I didn't find the movie trilogy very enjoyable.

Now I'm worried about the exact same thing happening with the new Hobbit movie. Of course, they apparently are purposely putting in a lot of stuff that wasn't even included in the book -- how else could they get it to 3 cashboxes of movies? -- and I don't know, maybe it won't bother me at all to see dramatization of new stuff. But out of curiosity I went and read Wikipedia's entry on the movie -- I want to know what I'll be getting into if I see it -- and already I find myself getting annoyed at the little plot points that were mentioned that aren't correct. spoilers for The Hobbit )

If I'm going to get this annoyed at the Wikipedia entry, I suspect I will get even more annoyed at the movie. But then I'll feel culturally left out if I don't go to see it. On the other hand, at least I know what happens. Or at least, what's supposed to happen . . .

Avengers!

Jul. 4th, 2012 12:36 am
dbskyler: (eleven smile)
So I'm a little bit behind the times, but I just saw The Avengers tonight! Wow, that was a really good movie!

Now I have to go and rent Iron Man.
dbskyler: (freema_peter)
One of the reasons I started getting "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" DVDs is that I have been waiting for season two of Downton Abbey to become available on Netflix. Strictly speaking, those DVDs *are* available, but they are sitting on my queue with a little red tag next to them that says "very long wait." They have been so sitting for awhile now.

Come on, Netflix, how much can it cost to buy another set of Downton Abbey DVDs? Let's get a move on, okay?
dbskyler: (Eleven proud)
My television is broken at the moment, so to make up for this lack, I have been searching out television programming on the internet. And what a bounty I have found! Free, legal bounty! Tonight I watched an old episode of The A-Team at NBC.com and was amused to recognize none other than Marc Alaimo, who played Gul Dukat on Deep Space Nine! It was a lot of fun to see him doing scenes with Murdock, played by Dwight Schultz, and imagining that this was actually some weird time-traveling meeting between Dukat and Schultz' TNG character, Reginald Barclay. Then I discovered the original Battlestar Galactica, with Galactica 1980 mislabeled as "season two." LOL! But it's not all decades-old TV classics on the internet. There are new episodes, too. CBS.com has Big Bang Theory. Comedy Central has The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Syfy.com has Being Human. CWtv.com has Ringer. And PBS.org has Downton Abbey, but unfortunately only season two, and I'm still on season one (but the next DVD is in my Netflix queue!)

I really ought to hurry up and get the TV fixed, but I find that I am surprisingly in no particular hurry. Of course, new Doctor Who won't be on for a long time. ; )

greetings

Aug. 13th, 2011 10:05 pm
dbskyler: (up to eleven)
I'm back, which some of you know already as I've been leaving comments on people's posts. For some reason I haven't been feeling much like posting, though. Maybe because I don't have much to post about?

Anyway, how's it going? Let's see, what can I say?

I'm watching the BBC America special "Best of the Doctor" right now. It's a little weird; clips from S5 and S6 interspersed with "celebrities" (most of whom I don't know -- I'm so out of the loop) talking about the Doctor and Doctor Who in general. I'm a little bored by it (which is why I'm posting during it). I think it's mostly geared towards new viewers who need an introduction to the show, but then I wonder if any new viewers would be bothering to watch it.

Ooh, my favorite "Law and Order UK" commercial just came on. "Out of the police box, into the courtroom" intones the narrator, as they show us close-ups of Peter Davison and Freema. It's Doctor Who as a courtroom drama! Maybe I have to watch it now.

Okay, this special is picking up a little bit finally. It's still fairly mindless to watch, but fun to see the clips, and Chris Hardwick is complaining about how Steven Moffat is driving him crazy, which is amusing. He doesn't know how Moffat is going to write his way out of what happened at the beginning of "The Impossible Astronaut." He's looking directly at the camera and kind of whining, "Steven." I think we're all feeling that way, Chris!

Oh, and now the special's over. Well, that killed an hour. I should go do something productive now, shouldn't I?

Hi!

May. 18th, 2011 06:24 pm
dbskyler: (tardis)
I had a crazy busy weekend, and I'm following it up with a crazy busy work week -- I didn't even get the chance to watch the new Doctor Who episode until yesterday -- and things will remain busy for the next few days, but I feel like poking my head up above water for a quick post.

--The world is ending this weekend! Does that mean I don't have to finish this report for work after all? But wait, what about this season's Doctor Who story arc? Will there still be television for those of us left behind? (You can see where my priorities are . . . )

-- For those of us who don't think the world is about to end and want to keep watching Doctor Who, you might like to know that the S6 episodes become available for rent at the iTunes store shortly after their airdate. Very handy in case you don't get BBC America, or live in Australia. (Assuming Australians can access the iTunes store. You can, can't you?)

-- I got recced on Calufrax, yay! And can I confess something really silly? I'm especially pleased that I have finally gotten recced for a non-humor story. Not that I don't love humor stories -- I do, which is why I write and rec them so much -- but I did wonder if any of my non-humorous writing was worthy of getting recced. This feels like another little milestone reached.

Speaking of milestones, I should get back to work . . .
dbskyler: (Ten expression)
Now that I've figured out the html code for posting a picture on LJ, I have to see if I can manage to get the lovely illustration that [personal profile] tempestas_inu drew for me of a scene from "Miles from Aberdeen" onto the fic itself at Teaspoon. Wish me luck!

Changing the subject completely, but has anyone seen Casanova with David Tennant? I just started watching some of it, and it's a bit of a trippy experience -- like watching the Tenth Doctor pretending to be a Venetian womanizer. I've seen David in other roles and never before been reminded of the Doctor, but there are so many scenes in Casanova where he sounds exactly the same, it just keeps hitting me in the face. I suppose it's not too surprising considering that Casanova was written by RTD, and David used the same accent for both roles (or close enough to my ignorant American ears), but the result is a very surreal experience.

And that's it for the rambling. I'd love to give an update on my writing, but it's currently dead in the water again. I'm busy tomorrow, but I'm going to sit down on Sunday and see how much of a marathon session I can pull off.
dbskyler: (Ten expression)
Now that I've figured out the html code for posting a picture on LJ, I have to see if I can manage to get the lovely illustration that [personal profile] tempestas_inu drew for me of a scene from "Miles from Aberdeen" onto the fic itself at Teaspoon. Wish me luck!

Changing the subject completely, but has anyone seen Casanova with David Tennant? I just started watching some of it, and it's a bit of a trippy experience -- like watching the Tenth Doctor pretending to be a Venetian womanizer. I've seen David in other roles and never before been reminded of the Doctor, but there are so many scenes in Casanova where he sounds exactly the same, it just keeps hitting me in the face. I suppose it's not too surprising considering that Casanova was written by RTD, and David used the same accent for both roles (or close enough to my ignorant American ears), but the result is a very surreal experience.

And that's it for the rambling. I'd love to give an update on my writing, but it's currently dead in the water again. I'm busy tomorrow, but I'm going to sit down on Sunday and see how much of a marathon session I can pull off.
dbskyler: (mona lisa)
It's a beautiful Saturday here -- sun in the sky, roses outside the window, and Doctor Who on tonight! I'm really looking forward to seeing River again, and it should be very interesting to see how the Doctor reacts to her. Based on "Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead" there should have been some unbroadcast encounters between River and Ten (picnic at Asgard, etc.), so this should not be the first time the Doctor has seen her since those episodes. Of course, the question is whether Moffat cares about that continuity or not.

(Of course, most -- all? -- of you reading this already know the answer, having seen tonight's episode already. Is it boring to have me post about two-weeks-old speculation? Or do you just laugh in your superior knowledge?)

ramblings on Hamlet )

ramblings on Time Meddler )
dbskyler: (Default)
It's a beautiful Saturday here -- sun in the sky, roses outside the window, and Doctor Who on tonight! I'm really looking forward to seeing River again, and it should be very interesting to see how the Doctor reacts to her. Based on "Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead" there should have been some unbroadcast encounters between River and Ten (picnic at Asgard, etc.), so this should not be the first time the Doctor has seen her since those episodes. Of course, the question is whether Moffat cares about that continuity or not.

(Of course, most -- all? -- of you reading this already know the answer, having seen tonight's episode already. Is it boring to have me post about two-weeks-old speculation? Or do you just laugh in your superior knowledge?)

ramblings on Hamlet )

ramblings on Time Meddler )
dbskyler: (tardis)
-- So, I have seen "Eleventh Hour!" Not only that, but having seen it, I can say that I made it through successfully without being spoiled! (I had picked up a few things here and there, but nothing that turned out to be integral to the plot.) As for the next two episodes, so far I have heard nothing at all, which is great. Maybe this two-weeks-behind thing will work out!

-- Because I'm not as paranoid about casting spoilers, especially casting spoilers that are part of official BBC press releases, I have heard the news about SJA casting spoiler )

-- I realize I didn't quite finish out my "10 favorite Tenth Doctor episodes" posts, but I got kind of tired of doing them, and I figured that if I was tired of doing them, everyone else was probably tired of reading them. Also, there's no point in doing a reaction post if you've lost the energy / excitement behind it. I might still post the last three later, but for the curious, the last three episodes are: "Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead," "Midnight," and "Waters of Mars."

-- Speaking of not quite being in the mood to do reaction posts, I don't feel like doing one for "Eleventh Hour" yet, but I will ask: spoiler for Eleventh Hour )

-- I saw the Roger Delgado tribute on the bonus "Frontier in Space" DVD, and the first half was boring and made me fast-forward, and the second half made me cry. So overall I'd say it was disappointing, but if you happen to have it lying around, go ahead and watch. I do hope that his widow knows how many legions of fans Roger has, and how many new fans he makes every day as people like myself discover his work for the first time. He truly left a legacy.
dbskyler: (tardis)
-- So, I have seen "Eleventh Hour!" Not only that, but having seen it, I can say that I made it through successfully without being spoiled! (I had picked up a few things here and there, but nothing that turned out to be integral to the plot.) As for the next two episodes, so far I have heard nothing at all, which is great. Maybe this two-weeks-behind thing will work out!

-- Because I'm not as paranoid about casting spoilers, especially casting spoilers that are part of official BBC press releases, I have heard the news about SJA casting spoiler )

-- I realize I didn't quite finish out my "10 favorite Tenth Doctor episodes" posts, but I got kind of tired of doing them, and I figured that if I was tired of doing them, everyone else was probably tired of reading them. Also, there's no point in doing a reaction post if you've lost the energy / excitement behind it. I might still post the last three later, but for the curious, the last three episodes are: "Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead," "Midnight," and "Waters of Mars."

-- Speaking of not quite being in the mood to do reaction posts, I don't feel like doing one for "Eleventh Hour" yet, but I will ask: spoiler for Eleventh Hour )

-- I saw the Roger Delgado tribute on the bonus "Frontier in Space" DVD, and the first half was boring and made me fast-forward, and the second half made me cry. So overall I'd say it was disappointing, but if you happen to have it lying around, go ahead and watch. I do hope that his widow knows how many legions of fans Roger has, and how many new fans he makes every day as people like myself discover his work for the first time. He truly left a legacy.

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