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watching a lot of tv these days

May. 6th, 2018 | 03:12 am

Brooklyn Nine Nine! family happy show! we are up to date, which is a little sad, but also happy that they are going through with the wedding with sentiment but also unexpected (expected) twists


I'm going to cancel acorn.tv soon, so I'm going through and watching stuff
  • The Clinic -- is an Irish soap opera, but fun, with Chris O'Dowd (of course), but also Aidan Turner in a pastel yellow jumper, which is adorable
  • Love, Lies and Records -- comedy with some drama, I liked the parts about the Records Office best, as anyone who knows me will understand
  • Delicious - Dawn French and Emelia Fox, reluctant collaborators on a restaurant, gorgeous Cornish scenery, family comedy
  • No Offense -- interesting police procedural in the Midlands, two female leads I liked it until the very end when it became about yet another brilliant psycho killer and his schemes (which I hate)
  • Girlfriends -- surprising twists there, and and all about middle-aged women, which I enjoy very much
  • The Good Karma Hospital -- despite the cover image, the main character is a desi pediatrician escaping to India, which changes the dynamic for the better
  • Raised By Wolves -- I like the snappy dialog and am still trying to figure out why and with whom Della had all those kids: theories, anyone?
  • Restless -- weird structure, set back and forth in the 1940s/1970s, glossy design, gorgeous Hayley Atwell spying in WWII, the more modern part is not as good
  • Mayday - Twin Peaks-esque take on murder in an English Village, meh
  • Murder in Suburbia -- relatively light, with two female leads including Caroline Catz (from Doc Martin), police semi-procedural comedy, everything nicely tied up every episode
  • East West 101 -- South Asian police investigator in Sydney, heavy on the immigrant aspects, a bit fraught and angsty
  • The Last Days of Chez Nous -- best part is baby Miranda Otto
  • Alibi -- not sure if I'll keep watching, if so, it will be just be for Sophie Okonedo
  • Vera -- I like the older woman but it's all about family, every time, and I'd rather have variety
  • Second Sight - Clive Owen being all angsty, meh

On Amazon (we have Prime, but I feel like every stream makes them slightly poorer)
  • Case Histories -- Edinburgh! Jason Isaacs! apparently that's supposed to be a Yorkshire accent. Way too many coincidences and confessions though
  • Tennison -- backstory for Prime Suspect, set in the 1970s, decent story with fun period details
  • The Night Manager -- feels more like James Bond (chiseled hero, beautiful woman, lush settings) than a Le Carré novel. I preferred the Smiley books, and even The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
  • The Tunnel -- yet another psycho killer who makes taunting phone calls, also very male gaze-y, noped out of this one
  • I Capture the Castle -- way better in print or maybe that's just gauzy memory, noped out as well
  • The Lobster -- so not my kind of thing




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March for Our Lives

Mar. 24th, 2018 | 04:05 pm

We should be safe from gun violence in our schools, houses, backyards, streets, clinics, clubs, and country music concerts. Other countries regulate guns, the USA can do it too.



Off to Oakland.

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watched, watching, will watch, your recs?

Dec. 31st, 2017 | 01:09 am

Watched in the past few months
  • all of The Good Place with baffled enjoyment.

  • Game of Thrones just because everyone else watched it (peer pressure!)

  • The Get Down, I liked most of it, except the plot

  • Dirk Gently I was even OK with the plot

  • eta: Crazyhead which was very Buffy-ish for me, with more explicit sex

  • teengirl also binge-watched Skam a Norwegian high school ensemble drama, and is showing it to her friends

  • various superhero and space opera movies

Watching
  • Slings and Arrows, legit on youtube! - five episodes in & the fam is hooked

  • Doctor Who, 12 and Bill, who is great. The manic horror aspect is not my favorite.

  • Timewasters modern black British jazz band flung back to the 1920s, random but fun

  • Brooklyn 99 - we are halfway through season four, it's teengirl's happy place during her senior year of highschool and college applications

  • Our annual rewatch of LOTR -- this time with the actor commentary, which she finds amusing and I find very nostalgic for Lotrips (I love everyone in this room!)
  • </li>

Going to watch
  • Tremé - as we still have HBO and I bought the first season because I kept seeing parts of it in hotel rooms while traveling and loving it

  • Black Sails the chorus of recommendations is so big!

  • Suggestions?


ps acceptable sleep, CPAP mask is a pain

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LiveJournal has begun suspending journals.

May. 29th, 2017 | 05:34 pm

TL;DR - back up all accounts and communities from LJ, they may disappear at any time.

from yuidirnt's post Regarding the recent suspensions
You might or might not have noticed, but in the past month or so many journals have been suspended without warning or notification by LJ. This appears to be because LJ implemented a new script to catch spambots, except this new script seems to potentially mark as spam any post containing links that go out of the site (to Mega, MediaFire, etc.) Once a journal has been marked as "spambot," it will be deleted without warning or notice.
from [personal profile] dawn_felagund's post "It has begun"
At the risk of succumbing to a slippery slope here, my main worry concerns item 6.1.1: "The Administration reserves the right to delete Account and Blog if User did not access the Account or the access was restricted for more than six months due to a breach hereof." There is a lot of fandom history on LJ on journals owned by people no longer active in the fandom, and possibly no longer even reachable. Now spambots are obviously less desirable on a site than old journals that haven't been updated since the Second Age, but content = server space = money, and an unused journal isn't holding its weight in terms of ad views either. It's digital dead weight.
If anyone wants help backing up to DW, please let me know!

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US Politics: keep Obamacare safe

Apr. 30th, 2017 | 07:30 pm

Repost from [personal profile] monanotlisa, [community profile] thisfinecrew

The latest attempt to repeal the ACA (which is designed to placate the Freedom Caucus) is now being opposed by some of the more moderate Republicans who were on board with the first attempt. With the House Republican leadership trying to figure out how to proceed next week, here's a target list of representatives who need to be contacted today or Monday to let them know you oppose ACA repeal.

source: https://mobile.twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/857975457106538497



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Grump.

Apr. 23rd, 2017 | 03:02 pm

I seem to be a fandom lurker now, except with people who I know well or fangirl hard or both. I miss the community but I'm shit at creating it these days.

But I still love you all.

Currently failing to see Billy Boyd at a comic con in San Jose. And Gina Torres. Because driving on a stressful freeway, parking, walking, waiting in line: all too much for me.

Writing this all out, it seems clear that depression is getting to me. Fuck.

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LiveJournal is getting truly ugly

Apr. 4th, 2017 | 09:09 pm

They are making us "sign" a user agreement in Russian. Who knows what they will choose to do with all our stories and conversations? I just hate this. So much lovely fandom memory is going to disappear.

Dreamwidth can import journals with default set to private, and there's something called https://www.blogbooker.com/ that charges $30 for up to 12 journals and creates PDF or Word docs from them. Keep whatever you can.

I'm msilverstar pretty much everywhere, please friend me wherever you go.

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Wanna feel old? Orlando Bloom is 40.

Jan. 17th, 2017 | 04:10 am

...but damn does he look good!



(he’s in the center, his hair is still kinda blond from some movie in China.)

He’s almost the same age Viggo and Sean Bean were when filming LOTR.

So, happy birthday to me too.

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Win the Ultimate "Hamilton" Experience as a Guest of Lin-Manuel Miranda

Jan. 9th, 2017 | 02:09 am




Just $10 donation to Planned Parenthood, you get 100 chances to win!  PP is one of the most important groups in the country now, worth donating (you can always unsubscribe later if they send you too many begging emails).  So doing a good thing and possibly getting an amazing thing!  You can also buy gift certificates but they start at $25.


https://www.prizeo.com/prizes/lin-manuel-miranda/the-ultimate-hamilton-experience-as-a-guest-of

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Elijah Wood answers questions (Empire, January 2017)

Dec. 23rd, 2016 | 02:44 pm

Elijah Wood ~ Questions set by John Rhys-Davies



1 What surprised you most about The Lord of the Rings?
How intimate it felt. I had nothing to compare it to then, but this quality has become more special over time. All of us embarked on something that had never been done before, tucked away in beautiful New Zealand, and if felt homegrown, like the world's largest independent film

Elijah Wood at ComicCon 2016

2 Did it open new doors for you?<
Certainly. More profoundly, living abroad for the first time and the personal growth I experienced as a result set me forth on the rest of my life.

3 Was there any detriment workwise to doing it?
I don't think so. I definitely remember a feeling of not wanting to rest on the success of the films, but I didn't feel pigeonholed. I just knew I had to keep working and challenging myself

4 Have you acquired any new interests?
I DJ as a hobby which has increasingly become a source of enjoyment and expression. I've always wanted to open a restaurant, as I'd love to marry the creativity of designing a space whilst giving a great chef a place to create. And opening a record store is something I've wanted to do since I was a teenager. Certainly no shortage of things I've dreamed about.

5 What car do you drive?
I have a 1984 Mercedes diesel wagon. It's long been a favorite car of mine and I finally found one in excellent condition last year.

6 I hear you have a new TV series, what's it about?
It's called Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and it's based on Douglas Adams' series of books. It's difficult to summarise, but essentially it's a wild funny mad detective show with a case that is constantly revealing itself as it goes along. I'm excited for people to dig in.

7 Are you seeing someone?
Yes, sir.

8 What do you say when young people ask you about being an actor?
That one should love the craft and have no other motivations besides that passion. That it takes hard work and perseverance. Don't wait for opportunities to come to you. Create your own.

9 Where do you see yourself being another 15 years down the road?
Still making films and hopefully directing. And I imagine I'll still be talking about the films and my love of New Zealand, the closeness of the cast and crew, the craftsmanship of the various departments and the new roads they paved, and so much more.

from Empire Magazine January 2017, pp. 95-97

Dirk Gently PR:



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