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Jul. 10th, 2009

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Torchwood: Children of Earth

 Just saw the last episode (5). It was good. Edge of my seat, biting my nails, and so on.

But also, made me so, so sad. I usually love plausibility and real consequences, but here's one time I really wouldn't have minded an easy out: reset, McGuffin, deus ex machina... anything.

Between that and the lyrics to "Smile" running through my head, I need to go take my mind off of it all.  :-(
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Mar. 3rd, 2009

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan, et cetera

 In an article in this Sunday's Daily News, there was an article about "The Watchmen" (March 6th! Yay!). Director Zack Snyder was asked about the casting and was quoted as saying, "...Jeffrey came in and was grumpy and cool and grizzled, and I was, like, 'OK, Jeffrey is perfect!'"

Oh, Zack, I know what you mean and that's exactly why I like JDM so much.

Also: Supernatural and Leverage renewed! Excuse me while I do the dance of joy. It sort of almost of makes up for Pushing Daisies. With that, Criminal Minds and Dexter, I could live without the rest which are either ending or should end. Yes, I include Lost.

Lastly: books. Rob Thurman's Deathwish and Larissa Ione's Desire Unchained are out. Finally! I just finished Octavia Butler's Fledgling and I'm supposed to read Kindred next, but I may have to save that one for another day. If only I had more time.

Jan. 26th, 2009

Obama

Stupidity is Eternal

She has written a couple of my favorite stories from years ago, so I don't want to put her on my 'do not read' list. However, what she said offended me. After all that's been going around LJ, I don't have the energy to do more than point it out and wish some people would think a lot more before they speak.

Robin McKinley puts her foot in it

To quote, for those who don't want to read the whole thing:

I'm an American. And yes, I'm proud of the fact that Americans in aggregate have just conspicuously demonstrated that Bush was not our ideal leader. That we don’t want more of the same. That how we look and behave not only at home but in the world matters to us. And . . . that America can produce a chap like Obama. Can you imagine him as . . . British prime minister? And okay, he's officially African-American§ but he still looks like a white guy with a tan to me.

Beauty and The Blue Sword, but I don't know if I'll ever be able to read them without thinking of this. :-(

ETA: Got this link from nilchance who got it from unusualmusic.

Jan. 25th, 2009

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Writer's Block: Robotic

Who (or what) is your favorite fictional robot?


R2D2.

No matter what George Lucas does to the franchise, my love for R2 will never change!

Nov. 5th, 2008

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Election Day 2008

I haven't been very chatty in this journal and not much recently about life outside of fandom, books and movies, but I feel compelled to make a note of this day. I've been smiling for over an hour, but also feeling teary because Obama being elected President of the U.S.... I can't find the words to express how much it means to me. I'm in my 30s and I feared that it was something I'd never see in my lifetime. I feared that the complexities of race relations in this country would create insurmountable barriers. I feel lucky that I got to see that barrier broken and that in educating myself and casting my vote, I was part of a historical moment.

Obama's "Yes, we can!" really resonated with me and makes me look to the future with renewed hope.

And I'm still smiling.
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Oct. 26th, 2008

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2008 Fall TV season so far

There's some literature I need to read for work, but I'm fighting off a cold or something, so I can't concentrate. Instead, I'm wasting time, but I'll try to be brief True Blood, Dexter, Heroes, Fringe, Friday Night Lights, Pushing Daisies, Supernatural, CSI, SGACollapse )

To sum up: Loving Pushing Daisies, Supernatural, Dexter. I like Fringe., FNL and CSI. I'll stick with SGA until the better end. I'm this close to giving up on True Blood and maybe Heroes.
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Sep. 6th, 2008

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Stargate Atlantis: Whispers

I often try to figure out what the writers have been watching that "inspired" them. Sometimes it's really obvious, like the Aliens episode. So obvious, one of the characters (usually John) makes a reference to it so the audience knows that the writers know it's obvious. Last episode ("The Shrine") was Grey's Anatomy in Pegasus. Keller was Lizzie (only not quite as hysterical) and Rodney was Denny. And doing brain surgery on the field with a dirty power drill? Lizzie on Grey's totally did that 2 seasons ago.

This week's "Whispers", I've decided, was brought to us courtesy of
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Mar. 4th, 2008

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Race and Speculative Fiction

The more I read and see, the more I wish I could find the same sort of diversity in my entertainment as exists in my real life. That has taken some digging and I've had many disappointments, particularly with TV.

I've been thinking about it more because it's been a hot topic in 2 of my fandoms. Over the past year, to satisfy myself, I've turned to the written word. Lately, I've been drawn to essays and discussions about these issues. I have 2 recommendations:

Dark Matters, published in 2000, is subtitled "A Century of Speculative Fiction From the African Diaspora". I haven't read the stories yet, but I've been enjoying some of the essays, particularly Samuel Delany's tale of his experiences as a black sci fi author.

In December 2007, a relatively new online magazine, Fantasy Magazine started publishing a 3-part round table entited People of Color in Fantastic Literature.

In light of the above and to celebrate Nalo Hopkinson's status as a Nebula award finalist for her novel, The New Moon's Arms I finally got a copy of the book and plan on reading it and the short stories she contributed to Dark Matters.
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Feb. 23rd, 2008

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GIP

This gratuitous icon post is all about loving Teyla.

Icon by pentapus.

Feb. 20th, 2008

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Timmy! (or Taylor Kitch=Gambit)

Got this from SciFi.com

Superhero Hype!'s message boards reported that Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch will play Gambit (aka Remy LeBeau) in director Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, joining Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth), Danny Huston (William Stryker) and Lynn Collins (Silver Fox).

He will be so adorable.

Also, I seriously hope they get him a dialect coach. He's a good actor, but he's not so great with the accents.

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