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August 18th, 2016

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I seem to be writing more Due South fic...

April 12th, 2016

Thoughts on Daredevil

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Season 2 was really really bad.

A show about a blind catholic attorney, written by people who know nothing about blindness, catholicism, or the lawCollapse )

Anyway, Matt's an idiot. And this season was a mess. And between the Hand and the Foot New York is gonna end up with enough ninjas to build Kraang a new body.

April 10th, 2016

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April showers bring snow plowers.

Come on, Ohio. I thought we were cool. Don't do this to me.

April 7th, 2016

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Darths and Droids just made a joke in RotJ which relies on TFA.

This makes me unutterably happy for some reason.

March 23rd, 2016

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I spent today singing space songs to children and pontificating about Mars and it was AWESOME. Really and truly awesome. And then I showed them videos of astronauts dropping things, and we talked about space disasters, and I got to pretend to be a robot while they gave me programming instructions, and one little girl kept bringing me plants to botanize and I love my job.

These kids are so lucky though. I am extremely jealous. It turns out the wheels on Curiosity are wearing out earlier than anticipated, and NASA is crowd-sourcing the solution. So they spent all afternoon working on wheel designs for the Mars rover and tomorrow they're going to telecoference with a guy from NASA at the Glenn Center in Cleveland. asdkfjglasjdflkajg.

So, if you need me, I'll be here being really emotional about things in space.

March 21st, 2016

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The Seder went well - another twelve people, which is seriously stretching our hosting abilities to their limits. And it cleaned up pretty quickly too. Dishwashers are the BEST. But there were adorable children and it was just really great. A success. And the Other One made his very first cheese cake.

It looks like it's only going to be the three of us (with my Aunt) for Easter, so that should be a lot easier - although we're still going to cook a million things because it's a Feast Day so we're going to definitely Feast. It would be heretical not to, you know? But I can't do my traditional lasagna this year because she can't do gluten, so we're going to have to figure out something else. I'm still doing Pizza Rustica of course (you have to) but I'll make a side one with no wheat berries...and probably no crust.

I am excited about this season of Daredevil. We're only two episodes in, but it looks like the main adversary is the Punisher - and he's played by the guy who was Shane on Walking Dead, so that should be good. Now I've never been terribly into the Punisher, but I will always remember that episode of the Tick with the obvious Punisher expy. At the end, the Tick was just like "Guns and Super Heroes don't mix." And my stepbrother always said that that put very clearly why the Punisher had never really worked for him - because guns and superheroes don't mix. Having the option of just shooting people doesn't work very well with the superhero narrative. But that's almost precisely why I think it will work well here - they're already raising the question of what makes one kind of vigilanteism okay and a different kind not okay. Having the Punisher as a foil for Daredevil is going to be a really cool way to start to examine the rules of being a superhero and the logic and reasoning behind those rules, and I'm looking forward to it.

I also very much appreciated the absolute horror of Matt starting to lose his hearing as well as his sight, and how those scenes have been handled thus far. The sound design in this show has always been very good. Matt, honey, don't try to fight crime while you're severely concussed. This will not end well for you. You got a warning shot in the head. Take the hint already!

...having the Irish gang eating corned beef and cabbage was perhaps just a little too on the nose though. It was just silly.

March 20th, 2016

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Okay, yes, that was the Hamish Macbeth finale. Good. It...was very final.

Oh British shows. Three seasons, total of 20 episodes. The last of which was actually a two parter so... 19 episodes. If I understand correctly, it was filmed all in one go too.

I wonder if anyone has written Due South crossover fic. I mean...why would they have?

Still, the pub argument about existentialism remains one of the best scenes in all of television. And St. Patrick's Day always puts in mind of the wonderful "Out, Snakes!" exchange. ...gosh, I think I might have a real thing for legitimate and accurate theological debates played as comedy. I've already talked about how much I love the four religious leaders fighting about the Trinity in Hail Caesar! And L. Sprague de Camp has violent barroom debates about the various early christian heresies in Lest Darkness Fall that are just delightful. "I'm a Congregationalist - that's the closest thing we have to an Arian/Nestorian/Monophysite/ etc. where I come from."

Barfights about early christian heresies are just inherently funny though. I have nothing to apologize for.

...why is this a genre???

March 19th, 2016

Hamish Macbeth

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So I think we may have finished Hamish Macbeth last night. It's a little hard to tell - the disc said Season 3, disc 2 (which means there should be one more) but it felt very Grand Finale-ish: epic quest, resolution of romantic and sexual tension, MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH... if this wasn't the finale perhaps it should have been? I am a little confused.

Anyway, this show is lovely. Also, Due South and Hamish Macbeth should be friends. Think about it:
- Dog Cop
- sex in a snow cave
- low-key magical realism
- comparatively unlikeable main character but goofy and delightful supporting cast
- the joke is SCOTLAND instead of CANADA and the fish are firmly in the water, but it's otherwise the same basic joke
- HORRIBLE GHOST DAD! HE DIED AND BECAME A HORRIBLE GHOST DAD. HIS OWN HORRIBLE GHOST DAD TURNED UP AND WAS LIKE "OH YEAH, HE'S GONNA BE YOUR HORRIBLE GHOST DAD NOW, JUST AS SOON AS HE FIGURES OUT TO DO THAT." I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY ACTUALLY FOR REAL KILLED HIM BUT NOW HE'S GONNA BE A HORRIBLE GHOST DAD AND I JUST CAN'T...

I'm...okay, I'm really upset about the MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH (I can't believe they for real killed him! This is another reason why this needs to be the finale because I can't imagine the show going on without him...) but they did it really well and now he's going to be a horrible ghost dad and aaglkdgjaslgkjasdkjsgklajglksajdg

Anyway. Hamish Macbeth is (was) a good show, unlike Due South which is delightful but not a good show. I do want Diefenbaker and Wee Jock to be friends. And if they did a crossover, TV John would definitely be able to see Bob but would probably be too polite to say anything about it. DID I MENTION THIS EPISODE FEATURED THE GHOSTS OF PAST SCOTTISH KINGS???

See, this show looks like it's just going to be a quirky small town cop show, and then they do insane episodes like this one. And this is definitely not even the first major character death in the show. It lures you in with this false sense of security. And the scene where they're debating existentialism in the pub remains one of the greatest scenes of any show ever. Would recommend.

March 17th, 2016

St. Patrick's Day

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, all. Drive the snakes out of whatever they're plaguing why don't you.

We're having folks over tonight, so that should be fun. At the moment I'm trying to find a soda bread recipe that is at all good. (Soda bread is not good - it's a lost cause). Also we're corning a beef and making an assortment of other green colored foods, so that should be good. The best part of course is making colcannon out of the St. Patrick's Day leftovers, but that'll wait for Saturday. Then we're doing our Seder on Sunday and then it'll be Holy Week o.o Spring is bustling on apace.

The b5 audioguide just got to "Passing through Gethsemane" so that was a hoot and a half - and also nicely seasonal.

March 14th, 2016

March 14th

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Best day of the year, amirite?

Happy Cirith Ungol day to all and sundry. My trees are in bloom, and it doesn't look like it's going to freeze again, so I should get to enjoy big beautiful tree full of big purple flowers, instead of big lumps of brown goop. It was stunningly glorious this morning, then thunderstormed all afternoon, and now is stunningly glorious again. All the little sisyrinchiums are up in their purple starry glory; my daffodils are blooming and my little mini tete-a-tetes as well. And there are sprouts for my poppies (TAKE THAT OHIO MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!) *ahem.* The grass is greening up and all the plants are coming out of the ground, the sky is wet and clean and, well, it's March 14th! As I type the sky is dark and stormy but the late afternoon sunlight is making the trees and buildings glow.

Oh and I made pie. Lemon black-bottom pie for Pi Day, naturally. And I actually got the meringue to work and the cool little cross hatches! Like, I finally actually did what the recipe tells you to! Most successful black-bottom pie to date - I just hope it tastes good. Who am I kidding it's gonna be AWESOME.

March 14th. Yeah. It's gonna be all okay.
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