lodessa: do not want (doctor who)
Via [personal profile] beck_liz: Neil Gaiman says to entitled hoes: George R. R. Martin is not your bitch. Awww Neil Gaiman! You are awesome. Maybe I will just utilize my insomnia to stay up all night reading more Sandman (yes, I finally started).

In other news, my siblings are currently both on my shitlist to varying degrees. My sister needs to grow the fuck up and realize there are certain standards of adult behavior she needs to adhere to if she wants to be treated as anything other than a bratty self-absorbed child. On the other hand, my father called me without any prompting the other day. You win some; you lose some.

Sibling-geddon threatened to ruin my belated birthday festivities but crisis was eventually averted and fun and alcohol were had by all.

I have seen the new Star Trek movie twice. It really could have been subtitled: Spock PWNS so much that times two was necessary.

In TV news: I love Castle to pieces, Bones is still kind of weird this season, Dollhouse's finale was a little sloppy, and OMG Grey's Anatomy... way to realize like 3 years late where you went wrong.

We watched Caprica. There was man-pain. And gratuitous cyber sex-drugs-violence. And racism. Plus terrorism and religious persecution.

Meme: Give me a letter and I will tell you 5 things I like that start with that letter.
lodessa: lol (bones-bones/booth-innocent)
So I read Turn Coat last night, which was awesome as I've come to expect from the Dresden books. Somehow, Butcher always manages to bring it in a major league way. Seriously people, you should start reading them, they are delicious fictional crack and will make you happy. Sadly at least part of all three of my 3 fic ideas are totally jossed by the events of the book. But the events were worth being jossed by, even if sad.

This year, I finally attempted a seder of my own (after planning to for like 3 years and flaking or giving in to family pressure). It could have gone better; it could have gone worse. It was just Jeremy and I and [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and [livejournal.com profile] actoplasm, which was good in the sense of my only having a very small table, but weird in that I was the only one who'd ever been to a seder before. I felt sort of awkward, at least until the wine kicked in.

On BPAL news, I definitely need to swap my Bhagdad for one that is more spicy. Lady Macbeth, Frumious Bandersnatch, and March Hare are all lovely on me. Juke Joint smells great in the bottle but turned sort of baby powdery on me, losing it's refreshing edge. I'm trying Siren right now; so far it has sweetened up somewhat on my skin but still seems distressingly woody (Must be the white ginger since I doubt it's the jasmine, vanilla, or apricot), probably just as well given my issues with ginger.

With the TV season wrapping up quickly (Oh Life! Why did you have to pick the pace back up and end awesomely and therefore make me sad that you will not get renewed even though it is your own fault you wasted this season for the most part? Oh Sarah Connor Chronicles! How are you so awesome?) it is sort of accidentally nice that Fox has kept fucking with Bones' schedule and doing weird empty weeks, because now there is still a lot of it left. More even than Dollhouse with it's late start. Does anyone know how many episodes Castle has this season?

Ugh! I never should have tried BPAL with ginger in it! It is making me want to die as well as not smelling good. Time to go scrub myself clean and then I will reward myself by trying Bengal on at last, which in the bottle smells perfect. Then in a few hours Jeremy will come home and we will go enjoy the fact that Little Caesars has opened up right down the street (my favorite big pizza franchise and one that is generally disappearing) and Jeremy got paid today and we have paid all our bills. But first, to get rid of this terrible judgment error of scent.
lodessa: lol (life-google myself)
My BPAL came today! I am currently wearing Frumious Bandersnatch because the some of it escaped the imp when I was sniffing them all. It smells SO GOOD (spicy-sweet-fruity honeysuckle) but is possibly disappearing too fast on me.

On first sniff: My bottle of Baghdad seems way less spicy and more musk/soapy than [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix's but hopefully that's an in the bottle issue and it will not wear that way. Siren seems a little musky too. Bengal, Lady Macbeth, March Hare, and Juke Point smell promising and I am excited to try them all out over the course of the next week.

My frimps are: Anne Bonny (intriguing), Wolfsbane (bleh), Golden Priapus (possibly awesome?), and Nuit (meh).

I will report on all of these as I experience them more fully.

I spent the evening Facebook stalking former acquaintances with [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix, which was amazing as always, and trying to decide on recipes for tomorrow night's Seder. Also a stupid quiz tried to tell me I should live in Fresno... ummm NO.

I am way behind on talking about TV (but up to date on T:SCC [omg wtf how are you so amazing], Dollhouse[wow this show is really stepping it up at last], Bones[finally we get to where we should have been at the beginning of the season], Life[better but still underwhelming, they have wasted this season], and Castle [LOVE!]... all of which I am feeling happy with). Also I finished watching season 1 of Dexter, which was just as compelling as promised, possibly I will talk about this when I get around to summing up Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica (two sci-fi shows that are polar opposites in how to make a TV show... or how not to in one case).

AND THE NEW DRESDEN FILES BOOK COMES OUT TOMORROW! Of course this means all fic writing needs to be put on hold for new canon absorption, but I am seriously ridiculously excited.
lodessa: lol (t:scc-john and cameron)
A few days ago, looking through [livejournal.com profile] who_daily I came across the vid Mood Rings(Doctor Who: Ten/Martha/Donna/Rose) by [livejournal.com profile] anagraphic and while watching it I was torn in two for a minute. The vidding itself is very good but I was really bothered by the actual song choice. The id part of me found it adorable and cute, but the thinking rational part of me was extremely aggravated, by the entire premise of the song but specifically in light of Doctor Who and Ten especially. The underlying assumptions were like rubbing salt in an open wound. Because we all know that Martha, Donna, and Rose are OVERLY EMOTIONAL TICKING TIME BOMBS and poor Ten is SO INCAPACITATED BECAUSE THEY ARE PRETTY. Because, guys that is how girls are right? But it's okay, because they are pretty and make nice arm ornaments. And their being crazy people is the problem, not that perhaps THE DOCTOR IS AN ALIEN and maybe doesn't completely get certain things about being human. But seriously, the companions in question are not particularly hysteric, I would even say that the reverse is true, and last time I checked it is Ten who GETS AWAY WITH MURDER because people find him oh so special. Anyway, that the song exists speaks to the existence of this mentality in our culture, but I think we all know that already. It is supposed to be funny and cute to talk about how girls are so pretty but so crazy but... really all it is is more of the last panel of this. And that comic is amazing, but because it is pointing out a ridiculous thing, not being it.

The actual plot for Castle this week was not as amazing, but I still really am enjoying the show and especially the stuff with his daughter.

Castle - Episode 1x03 )

The Sarah Connor Chronicles continues to be amazing and wow me every week.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronoicles - Episode 2x19 )

Dollhouse is still problematic but now in an interesting and possibility good way that makes me excited to keep watching, instead of in a waiting for it to be something more than meh way.

Dollhouse - Episode 1x06 )

I found the BSG finale to be better if I didn't connect the dots and just looked at the immediate images and let them resonate in my brain instead of trying to follow the path of the show. I will probably post about it in more detail later.

I finally started to watch Dexter this week after being told to do so for a long time and actually owning season 1 for almost a year. I have watched the first two episodes now, and I am hooked. It is just so bizarrely engrossing.

I also finally gave in to the temptation and ordered my first BPAL. This is all [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix's fault since yesterday she was like "I'm playing with my BPAL, come play with me". And then my wrists smelled like cinnamon honey-sticks. Which of course made me want actual honey-sticks but neither the natural foods store nor Whole Foods had them, (Fuck you Whole Foods; this is just another way in which you are inferior to Wild Oats) Anyway. I ordered a bottle of Bhagdad (which is what I was wearing yesterday) and imps of Frumious Bandersnatch, March Hare, Lady Macbeth, Juke Joint, Bengal, and Siren.
lodessa: lol (ats-lilah)
Title: Additional Dimensions
Fandom: Crossover - Dollhouse/AtS
Characters/Pairings: Adelle DeWitt, Wes/Lilah, Illyria, mentions of other characters from both shows.
Word Count: 1,115
Rating: General
Summary: My take on who the inside source might be, and a way that Dollhouse fits together with Angel the Series.

Sometimes Adelle DeWitt, suspected that this dimension really wasn't any less hell-like than the one she'd grown up in. )
lodessa: lol (t:scc-sarah-bitches can walk)
1) While getting our livescans done, [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and I were looking through those "The Year You Were Born" pamphlets and discovered the amazing fact that the year I was born was the year of the first recorded incident of a ROBOT killing a human. Go 1984!

2) This week's episode of Dollhouse was actually GOOD. Not just not bad, but genuinely interesting and even a little funny. Maybe this opinion is a result of the realization that Adelle DeWitt is clearly the love child of Wes and Lilah, raised in a hell dimension, and that Wolfram and Hart is behind the Dollhouse and possibly Adelle and maybe her parents are plotting their escape. I think it was just a better episode though.

3) Sarah Connor Chronicles, why are you so awesome? Spoiler )

4) I bought a super expensive bathing suit on Friday. It is really cute and has actual straps and closure and not stupid ties and halter. Now I have to go work out though, because my stomach is not really up to standards for swimsuit season.

5) I watched some more early X-Files (season 1, disc 2, I think) on Friday. Mostly I am enjoying the show, but I cannot seem to turn off the part of my brain that keeps pointing out things like that they introduced some agents of color, but then they were super incompetent. I know it is hard because the whole set up of the show is Mulder and Scully vs. the rest of the world, but I keep ticking off incidents like that and judging. I worry what will happen if this spreads to everything I watch.

6)I watched the Lost pilot last night. Meh so far, but I know pilots are rarely representative of shows.
lodessa: lol (dr. who-martha-possiblity and prosperity)
Last night we watched Castle, and we laughed out loud and enjoyed it greatly. Seriously Nathan Fillion I adore you forever (see: sitting through Slither and not hating him at all in Waitress) and it was so nice to just enjoy something for being enjoyable. Of course that just made me wish Dollhouse was better than it is (not hating on, just underwhelmed). Seriously, David Boreanaz, Summer Glau, Alyson Hannigan, and Nathan Fillion are all rocking the shiny awesome new shoes and Eliza Dushku can't? When she is the one with Joss Whedon? I call foul.

Here, have a Doctor Who gen vid to Regina Spektor (spoilers for Season 4): The Call

Also, I just finished up reading Allison Croggon's Pellinor Series and while there is definitely room for it to have been more awesome, I found myself super pleased it existed. It is, at last, a book one can give to a teen/tween girl that is an epic fantasy with a female hero, which is both totally safe in both the sense of it does not espouse messed up gender/relationship ideas (I'm looking at you Twilight) and that it has no possibly protective parent angering content (much as I like the sex and multiple partners in The Lioness Quartet). Also I really loved the characters and sort of wanted to write fic about them while reading last night. So next time you are looking for something give a young lady in your life, I strongly suggest these books.
lodessa: lol (btvs-faith-bad example)
So I caught up to date on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and got through book 4 of the Temeraire series.

I continue to be pleased with the prior but have hit a roadblock with the latter. Basically the increasingly negative and stereotypical exoticism as the books go on in really getting the way of my escapist fantasy enjoyment. The first book it's a non issue, the second has some classic orientalism but at least there are some things that are better about the Chinese than the British and at worst they are presented as foreign not inferior or evil, by the third I started getting tingles of an issue with the depiction of the Ottoman empire, but only in vague ways, but then we get to Africa in book 4 and I keep expecting things to get better but they get terribly worse. Given how aware the author seems to be of issues like slavery, racism, sexism, classism, etc. in other ways, I am pretty disappointed and surprised to see her fail so wholly here. I may write more about it at a later date, but for now I just wanted to jot it down and see if anyone else had thoughts on the matter.

The only TV I am behind on is one episode of BSG (we had company over and then I was out of town and there was only time for T:SCC and Dollhouse before Jeremy passed out last night).

And of course I have to say a little something about Dollhouse. Basically, it's too soon to tell, I think we will all be happier just thinking about this as the Eliza Dushku show than considering it as a Joss show... because so far I see a lot of highlighting of the prior but not much trace of the latter. But hey, so far I have no complaint of a show about Eliza Dushku being hot and awesome in every possible way, with extremely creepy undertones and a cross gender primary relationship that is more child/parent than romantic. So we will see. Maybe it will turn awesome, maybe it will continue to be alright, or maybe it will soon horrify us.

ps. Helo is still heart.


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