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Peter quashes Neal's attempts to pick up cute boys in bars:

This brings so much joy to my life in so, so many ways.
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I may have finally reached that age where birthdays are to be dreaded rather than celebrated; but thankfully the internet is an ageless wonder, an anomaly of time and space, and a perfect venue for a "Things That Make Me Happy!" post! AND YOU CAN PLAY ALONG! (Seriously, please do.)

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years, nothing's gonna touch you in these golden yeeeeeeeaaaaaars!! )

I'd like to keep this open until I leave on Wednesday, so please! Spam away! Picspams, gifs, fanvids, basically anything in the history of ever that you feel like linking to or flailing over... all expressions of joy and happiness are welcome.
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Now that I am finally catching up on the internet at large from the past few weeks, it's time for some linkspam!

I'm still trying to get through all of the greatness that came out of various Robin Hood-related gift exchanges. Not to toot my own organizational horn or anything, but the [ profile] capslock_hood Secret Santa turned out AWESOME, even if the comments completely ate my inbox. LINK IN CASE YOU MISSED THE GREATNESS. (And actually, oh, I just realized -- there's still one gift missing, but hopefully we'll have it up soon enough.) My own contribution of a shameless Guy/Robin vid:

Guy/Robin - Shackled to Each Other from ForYourEdification on Vimeo.

Then [ profile] an_lagat_glas wrote me some Mazabella (!!!! I KNOW!!) for [ profile] isabella_giz: the red queen and the white

[ profile] lalumena made made me a rockin' desktop for [ profile] robinxisabella.

And then I got two completely fabulous gifts for [ profile] gxm_secretsanta, which I guess you can't see if you aren't a member... but [ profile] hulamoth very kindly reposted her fic: (This is Not a) Dinner Date. AU Guy/Marian collegefic. YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT.

A few vid recs embedded behind the cut: )

Now that I have some free time to catch up on sewing projects, I'm going back to my old habit of browsing etsy for some handmade inspiration -- and, as usual, I have happened upon some true horrors. WHAT, PRAY TELL, IS THIS? NO, REALLY, WHAAAAAT??!!?! It's like that episode of Daria where Jane wants to become The Lady and The Tiger by bleaching streaks into her hair. Looking at embroidery pieces always depresses me, though, because on the one hand I deeply appreciate the sheer number of long tedious hours that go into making these things, but on the other hand... sorry. Why on Earth would somebody pay $40 for this? I really really love this store, though, and wish I had $30 to drop on a pincushion. LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE THIS ONE IS.

I also picked up my final paycheck from Retail Job today, and it was quite a bit more than I anticipated because I forgot that I was getting paid for two weeks instead of just one. Whee! Unexpected money! (Or, alternately -- whee! I have no handle on my personal finances and forget when my pay periods are!)


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Merrrrlin, spoilers for 2.09 )

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After all of the massive blabbing I've been doing lately -- lookee here! Insubstantial post ahoy!

I've picked up watching Big Wolf on Campus again, and... just... I wish I could come up with more bigger better smarter deeper things to say about the show but all I can really muster is EEEEE followed by GLEEEEEEE followed by WE NEED THINGS LIKE THIS ON TV AGAIN. It's such a perfect mix of lowbrow flat-out dumb slapstick humor and nerdy pop culture references and pithy metaphorical commentary on adolescent relationships. Also, even though the show is basically just a giant mishmash ripoff of every scifi/horror/fantasy narrative ever, I think it's interesting to note certain storylines tackled by BWoC before some of my other shows did. Like the alien boyband episode! (Middleman, anyone?) Or the one where Merton's strategy game turns out to be real life! (Umm... SGA, yes?) And then I find all of the absurdist elements to be legitimately engaging on an artistic level... Actually, okay, I was kind of having this same thought while rhapsodizing about the Disney Hercules cartoon TV series to one of my friends (and, really, the two shows do have a lot in common! Herc/Icarus/Cassandra = Tommy/Merton/Lori Y/N? And they both rehash every mythic creature ever) -- one of my favorite qualities of programming aimed at kids is the unquestioned whimsy, that weirdly happy and satisfied feeling I get when something COMPLETELY EFFING BONKERS happens and everybody just rolls with it... Anyway, um, I'm not quite sure whether I was going anywhere in particular with that thought, just that sometimes I love to watch totally incomprehensible nonsense because... it's refreshing to my brain/soul/inner twelve year old?

Anyway, off to watch "Play It Again, Samurai"...
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I finally managed to see an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series today. Final assessment? It is faaaabulous. The fact that it's effectively been purged from canon already also gives me a comforting sense of security going into it, because when/if I hit something that's not entertaining-dumb but in fact just dumb-dumb, I can pretend that it doesn't exist. Win/win! I did really enjoy the first episode, though -- maybe it's just because I'm so starved for new Trek that I'll take what I can get, but I thought it was fun and worthwhile. Brief thoughts:

- I wonder what shirtless cartoon Kirk looks like? Also, I wonder why this was literally the very first thought I had when watching?

- Ugh, Uhura is the coolest. This has nothing to do with the episode in particular, it just needs to be said.

- The transporter effect is cool!

- Wait, how are they hanging around without space suits? Do they beam with... magic bubbles now? *confused*

- How come none of the characters have whites to their eyes?

- Every time Spock runs, I just... OMG... *dies*

- The episode starts off really talky, but the plot is actually kind of interesting. Go figure! AND HOLY CRAP THE MIDDLE OF IT IS ACTUALLY REALLY SCARY. OR MAYBE I JUST SCARE EASILY. BUT. YEAH.


- Mr. Kyle. And his mustache. Have I already said "OMG" enough times? Hmm, probably. Okay, then: LOLOLOLOLOL.

- I love that Spock is still such a bitch, and especially to McCoy.

- The bridge has a discoball. MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.

- Kirk's plotting face... dare I say it... OMG OMG OMG.

Anyway, yes, it was rather delightful (except for the part where it made me miss De, meep) and I plan to steadily work my way through the rest.

Other things that amuse me perhaps far too much: this recent metaquote about pre-internet fandoms. Well, mostly it just brought up all my fond memories of my Byron course, and the complete hilarity of nineteenth-century fangirls (and fanboys!). One of these days I will finally get around to reading Glenarvon, which is basically just published self-insert fanfic; ditto The Vampyre, although I have actually read that one. I find it fascinating that both works were created expressly from a place of overwhelming hatred of Byron, too, ahahaaa -- kind of like the anti-fandom surrounding Twilight, I guess, of people who despise and yet are still endlessly fascinated by and irresistibly drawn to the books. It does rather typify my own love-hate relationship with the man... although I suppose it veers much closer to hate-hate, to be honest... I've been trying to watch the Jonny Lee Miller biopic for ages but as soon as I start it I get overwhelmed with "arrrghhhh Byron why are you such an epic douche" and have to stop. But! Philip Glenister! I must continue! ...Eventually. Maybe it'll get more compelling once I get to the Caroline Lamb bits.

ETA: Oh, and one more fandom "hee!" moment, this time Lost-related. Do I really need to be cutting for spoilers? Probably not! But somehow I feel guilty about discussing anything in the land of Lost outside of a cut. )

Double ETA: Man! Why must I have so many fandoms? But but but crappy quality House S6 promo!!!
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I've started and re-started this entry about a half dozen times because I feel the need to correct my shoddy posting record as of late, and yet all I can come up with is a continuous stream of moping about my current Real Life woes, but I've been doing enough of that to those unfortunate enough to ask me, "So, how's life going?" and it is now at the point where it is no longer cathartic but instead quite simply wallowing. But then making my usual recourse to fictional alternatives seems less than savory at the moment, considering that LOST DESTROYED MY SOUL AUUUGHHHHHHHH YOU THINK I'D BE USED TO IT BY NOW, BUT I'M NOT.

(Actually, I only have one Lost-related revelation that I feel up to sharing, and it isn't even spoilery. You know what connection I finally made? LOCKE'S MOM IS LILY CHARLES. HOW DID I NEVER REALIZE THIS? Well, probably because Lily is one gorgeous fierce bitch whereas Emily is, ummm... is there a polite way to say old and nutty? No? I didn't think so. Anyway.)

So to switch it up to something nicer (err, sort of), I shall instead commence shameless begging for some good Sam/Gene recs. I know I'm a million years behind the power curve on this one, but I just finished the first series of Life on Mars AND I AM SO IN LOVE. Right now I'm torn between wanting to finish the whole thing straight away and wanting to hold off so it lasts as long as possible...
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Proof that I am possibly a hypochondriac: after viewing in close proximity to one another episodes of both Lost and M*A*S*H involving main characters requiring an appendectomy, I have been experiencing pain in that general region all day. Probably just cramps, but -- IT COULD BE MY APPENDIX AND MAYBE THE TV WAS TRYING TO SEND ME A MESSAGE!! Hey. It could happen.

It is interesting, though, to see how much overlap I notice between shows now that I watch waywayway too much TV. For instance! This week's episodes of both Lost and Leverage featured similar gags involving Hot Pockets (both of which made me cry to the television screen, "But that's what the protective cooking sleeve is for, hello!" Maybe they weren't cleared to show its miraculous patented technologies on screen). Then there was the earlier noted incident over the summer where both SGA and Psych had their teams get attacked by hostile monkey forces on the same night, no less. Oh, and both SGA and Legend of the Seeker aired an episode entitled "Identity" within the same week of each other in which a guest actor unwittingly swaps bodies with one of the leads.I seem to have wracked up an impressive ability to recognize the guest stars in basically everything, too. You'd think this might be an incentive to watch less TV, but if anything I'm more motivated to hone these skills and absorb more pointless knowledge. Also, speaking of (TOTALLY AWESOME) actor crossover -- more pimping for Leverage! Both Danny Strong AND Sam Anderson in the next episode! The showrunners must be soooo smug in their geek street cred, sheesh.

To revisit my topic that got cut off last time, more thoughts on the Lost S5 opener. Spoilers! )

Man, I've been using the same Lost icon for a really really really long time. </ random observation>
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Hoooome for the holidays! HUZZAH. No more classes for another five weeks! DOUBLE HUZZAH. New SGA! HU-- well. Um. Thoughts!

Spoilers for SGA 5.18 Identity )
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Taking a break from homework to watch some Star Trek over lunch (mmm peanut butter sandwich and Oreos, how nutritious) -- and HEY NOW WHAT IS LIONEL LUTHOR DOING ON DEEP SPACE NINE? I can't believe I've managed to never see this episode before. :O *runs off to finish watching*
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In case you guys haven't already seen this: Pysch/The Dark Knight crossover trailer by [ profile] tinted_glass. I AM BOWLED OVER BY AWESOME. Very, very cleverly put together, and it gets milk-squirting-out-of-your-nose funny after about the :50 mark.
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I was feeling quite self-satisfied last night when I managed to peel myself away from the computer at the not-totally-ridiculous hour of about a quarter to midnight and head to bed.

And then, of course, I couldn't fall asleep.

("Time to establish normal sleeping patterns before going back to school!" the sensible half of my brain says. "But... but... think of all the Stargate we could be watching!" counters the other half. ...You see my dilemma).

I turned to my old standard method; viz., popping on the headphones and cruising the frequencies for some music to help me sleep. Fact: the radio is about a thousand times more awesome in the middle of the night. Less morning chatter, more "When did my adult contemporary station suddenly turn into a jivin' disco party mix on Saturday nights? *scandalized* *but intrigued*" My ultimate late night radio guilty pleasure -- Delilah. Oh yes, I listen. And occasionally cry, even. "OH MY GOD CYNTHIA FROM TEXAS EVEN THOUGH HE'S A JERK I AM SO SO SORRY THAT YOUR EX-HUSBAND WENT TO JAIL BECAUSE YOU CLEARLY AREN'T OVER HIM BUT GIRL DON'T FORGET YOU ARE SMART AND BEAUTIFUL SO DON'T BE AFRAID TO LIVE YOUR LIIIIFE!!" Although often ridiculous, it is sometimes genuinely sweet; and it plays the perfect sort of late 80s/early 90s "smooth (AKA boring) hits" for me to fall asleep to.

Last night I happened to be in the middle of listening to Genesis' "In Too Deep" when I gave myself a sudden case of the giggles because, well -- for some reason I've always connected this song with House/Wilson, and that is... so very, very lame. On so many levels. Once I started thinking about it, I realized that I actually have a tendency to do that with a lot of lame songs. You know, songs that are waaaay too embarrassing to ever include on any sort of fanmix, and yet that you can't help intimately associating with a particular show/ship/character/etc. A few of mine:

House/Wilson: ...I have no idea how/when/why I subconsciously appointed Genesis with providing the soundtrack for these two, but there you have it. "In Too Deep" (AHAHAHAHAAAA THE VIDEO MAKES IT ABOUT 125,947 TIMES BETTER *WIPES EYES*) as previously mentioned.

I know you're going, but I can't believe
It's the way that you're leaving,
It's like we never knew each other at all
It may be my fault,
I gave you too many reasons for being alone
When I didn't want to
I thought you'd always be there

Perfect for upcoming S5 post-Amber angst Y/Y?? And then "That's All" (IF POSSIBLE EVEN BETTER THAN THE LAST VID) offers a nice Wilson perspective (fits BEST ca. S2, I think):

Turning me on, turning me off,
Making me feel like I want too much
Living with you's just putting me through it all of the time
Truth is, I love you
More than I wanted to
There's no point in trying to pretend
There's been no one who
Makes me feel like you do

Star Trek: TOS: If I had the proper clips from the show, I would vid this one in a heartbeat. I mean, I can visualize it perfectly as an OT3 vid, and it's what plays in my head every time I listen to Michael Bublé's rendition of "I'm Your Man".

If you want a partner, take my hand
Or if you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I'm your man
If you want a boxer
I will step into the ring for you
And if you want a doctor
I'll examine every inch of you

(Most ridiculous lyric ever? "Howl at your beauty like a dog in heat"? WHO WRITES THIS STUFF? And yet... I love it shamelessly.)

Robin Hood: I'm pretty sure I've already shared this one, but it's so perfect that it bears repeating. Robin/Marian (!! I KNOW!) to the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice":

Wouldnt it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong
Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true
Baby then there wouldn't be a single thing we couldn't do
We could be married
And then we'd be happy

Coincidentally, I love it for all of the reasons I ultimately don't ship Robin/Marian: it's youthful and sweet and over-idealized and way unrealistic for their situation. But, still, d'awww... it would be nice.

And, err, I think I already shared my embarrassing Guy/Marian pick.

SGA: Okay, the other thing that convinced me that this "ridiculous fandom songs" thing was a decided trend and not just a freak occurrence -- I also listened to my Emmy Rossum CD a bit last night, and "The Great Divide" (with a bonus PotO vid, as if we somehow needed to up the dork factor on this) has inexplicably become a central SGA song for me. I picture it, like... you know, mid-disaster McKay? Worn paper thin and hating the world but somehow using this moment to remember what he's fighting for and who he's fighting beside.

Help me calm this hurricane
Before this moment slips aways
Are you listening?
Don't turn away when I say
I need you

I think what makes me happiest about this is my complete and utter assurance that Rodney would, like, actively loathe it. *cackles*

Finally, this is suuuuch a silly John song: Adam and the Ants "Los Rancheros":

Soon my worries
Will be gone
There's a bullet with my name on it

To make me feel less epically lame, I now invite you all to share your own goofy inner soundtracks (fandom or otherwise).
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Because new Mad Men is on tonight, I am reminded that I wanted to post this-- earlier I shared my epiphany regarding the mental affiliation that I have subconsciously created between Mad Men and There Will Be Blood; and then the other day I was browsing AMC's promo gallery for the show and this one shot in particular... well. FROM MY BRAIN TO REALITY. )
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I might be slightly MIA for the next few days because I just had my wisdom teeth out this morning, and... ow. And, well, it's not even that bad, but the times that it doesn't hurt are probably even worse for me to be online because that means I'm probably strung out on painkillers and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a keyboard (I was trying to write one of my friends from school and had to literally retype every other word because the letters just wouldn't travel properly from my brain to my fingertips. Thank God for Firefox's automatic spellcheck for saving me from many a faux pas.

Recent TV catch-up:

Psych 3.04 - I didn't like it quite as much as I thought I would, if only because there wasn't a single explicit Goonies reference! Ah! I thought at least with the dropped pennies everywhere, we'd get some sort of, "Yeah? Well this was my wish, and it didn't come true. I'm takin' it back!" But whatever, it was still a lot of fun. Loved the intro: "Okay, Henry's right, it isn't real gold -- BUT IT IS REAL CHOCOLATE! YEEEAHHHH!!!"

Mad Men 2.03 - No Pete. Woe is me. But but lots of extra Sal so I consider myself contented. Next week looks fun: "My mom has bigs ones, too!" Oh, out of the mouths of babes...

The Middleman 1.09 - Ah, see, wasn't I just complaining about the missing James Bond feel in 1.07? Obviously they were saving it up for this week. And, oh, Tyler is cute. And he cooks! KEEPER.

SG-1 first half of S1...ish - I think I've managed to overcome the part of my brain that still misses James Spader's Daniel Jackson, and instead embrace Shanks as a floppy haired geek alternative. A lot of the writing is... well, wow, kind of bad, and makes me appreciate SGA more (who thought I'd ever say THAT), but again I'm easy prey for any sort of building team dynamic, so yay for that. Also, Dr. Fraiser = awesome. The show also breaks one of my Rules for All Good Dramas -- namely, don't introduce cutesy kids every other week -- but ohhh they're so cute. (Yes, I did just watch "Singularity" yesterday, how could you tell?) Finally, actor crossover! I squeed right and proper at Armin Shimerman's name in the opening credits of "The Nox," only to probably injure a few vital body parts in laughing so hard once he made his appearance.

Ferengi make-up, I can live with, maybe even fall in love with (which reminds me, I keep meaning to do an Aliens I Love post. ...After I finish my girl!crushspam. And redhead spam). Stowing house plants in your hair... not so much. XD
snowystingray: (stargate: atlantis)
I don't believe in coincidences. And here's another addition to my long list of reasons why:

So I just finished marathoning SGA earlier this month, falling victim to its irresistible charms of slashy undertones and cracked out storylines. Then last week [ profile] goodnightsong reintroduced me to "Big Wolf on Campus," which, uhh, wow I sure don't remember it being that overtly gay when I used to watch it in middle school, but that's about 99% of the fun. It's delivered in conveniently bite-sized episodes nice for fitting in between homework sessions, and I snacked my way through the first season and just started on the second last night. And. Ha haaaa!!! Second season occasionally credited co-producers? Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozzi. XD XD After nosing around a bit, it seems the show only gets one mention on Joe's blog in which he kinda disowns it: I moved into live-action with my writing partner Paul Mullie, working on a teen comedy called Student Bodies. After work on various shows, some good, some not so good, some not even not so good (Big Wolf on Campus, Lassie, Largo Winch, The Lost World) we were invited to pitch for Stargate SG-1. Pssht, Mallozzi -- I think you mean some of the not so anything-other-than-AWESOME! (You know he secretly loves it. I mean, how can you work on SGA and not have a fondness for a family horror drama stuffed to the brim with ridiculous pop culture references and badly written female characters and canon mpreg and need I go on??)
snowystingray: (star trek: ds9)
Still watching SGA, but I just HAD to pause the episode and come on here and flail: I'm on "Underground," AND HEY LOOK GUYS ITS COLM MEANEY!!! The fandom collisions continue... kind of like when I watched the DS9 episode, errr... whateveritsnamewas... and our Other-ly friend Goodwin popped up (whatevertheactorsnameis)!!

ETA: Despite the Trek references, it seems as if nobody on this show has ever heard of the prime directive....

ETA 2: "You know, if people could just learn to keep their secret underground hatches locked--" And now we're back to Lost again! XD XD (And maybe I should stop posting and start watching because I'm only 13 minutes into it.)
snowystingray: (star trek)
I leave for school tomorrow. Technically, I should be packing right now (OH GOD OH GOD WHY AM I DOING THIS ALL SO LATE???!!?), but I wanted my last journal entry of the summer to properly reflect how I've spent my break. It's been almost two weeks since I finished up my viewing of all the TOS films, and with the exception of some fangirly flailing over The Final Frontier, I haven't really posted about them yet. So finally, here I have my own personal ranking of the films from best to worst, with whatever random observations I felt like sharing.

Spoilers for Star Trek I through VI )


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