guanin: (halloween pumpkins)


( May. 27th, 2010 08:06 pm)
As I finish the final episode of Legend of the Seeker, I find myself reliving that gutwrenching feeling I felt after first watching Firefly. As in: Why did this show have to get canceled?!?! Damn you, ABC! *weeps* Then again, after Firefly, they managed to make a movie so there was just a bit more. But there are books! Which I really should read. I might have time in the summer of 2023. *head desk*

I've just spent 2 and a half straight days watching this show. My brain is fried. And yet... I want to watch it again. Now. *headdesks real hard*
This heat is making me thirsty. Just being awake is making me thristy. It hit 90° today. 90°! The avergae first day for 90° is June 17! I'm being cooked alive!

I'm noticing something. I'm geeting more used to 12 episode seasons than 22 episode ones. Most of the shows I watch lately are from either BBC (6-8, Doctor Who is only one I've seen that has as many as 12), Showtime, or HBO (both have 12). So ABC's V wrapping up its first season with 12 episodes feels good to me. I wasn't expecting it, but it feels right. And they could even have lost one. One of the recent ones dragged a bit, imo. I've always felt that 22 episode seasons get stuffed with filler episodes when they don't have a long enough arc to cover it al. Sometimes the filler episodes are fantastic by themselves, yet for some reason the only ones of these I can think of are in Buffy. But I've never been good at remembering things off the top of my head. Although I don't appreciate the humongous hiatus that having only 8 episodes results in. And it is wonderful to have as much as possible of a show you love.

I just came back from taking my first class at my old junior college in... hell, I don't remember how long. It feels so great not having to drive all the way up to Chicago. It's just 20 minutes away. No traffic. Half the price of the Chicago photography courses. *relaxes*

Oh, and I finally started watching Legend of the Seeker. My intention was to start watching a show with a nice fandom with eyes toward the future since Heroes is kaput and I'm feeling fandom deprived (*clings to fandom friends*), but Netflix has all the episodes on instant, so... I don't know if I'll stick with it yet, so I probably shouldn't even be commenting at this point. There's a lot of cliches going on (I'm mostly talking about the music and cinematography, which I'm paying way too much attention to lately, but I'm supposed to do that) and personally, I find prophesies to be a turn off in my fiction. And the spoiler ) has been done to death. But again, I've only seen one episode. And I liked that episode. So far so good. Now if they would only ease up on all the slo-mo a bit.
guanin: (The Doctor acurrucadito)
( May. 14th, 2010 09:03 pm)
Then again, maybe not at this hour. I have to be in the city by 9am for a photo workshop which thankfully is in an area I'm familair with and where I can find parking. I'm really hoping to have some energy then, but I'm probably going to have to take my meds, which makes me sleepy. Ugh. This cold has the worst timing ever. I don't even know when I'll be able to watch Robin Hood. And I really wanna see it.

So Heroes was cancelled. I'm surprised they didn't make a final decision on that sooner. On this "finale event", I'll believe it when I see it. HBO promised us Deadwood fans two movies to wrap up the series when they cancelled it (now that was a crime), but they never happened. I'm still miffed about that.

I want True Blood to start already. As in, now. Really HBO. Right now would be good. I need me some Eric eye candy.
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( Apr. 20th, 2010 01:34 pm)
I finally watched the end of the fourth season of Doctor Who. Yes, it took me this long )

Meanwhile, I need a scene for tomorrow and I have nothing. Well, I might have something, but not really, because I can't find anything that fits the requirements in the hilarious script for In the Loop, except for maybe one scene at the end and another with a humongous amount of inventive swearing and if we all keep cracking up on set, we're never going to get this scene finished. With all this hubaloo about getting actors for the shoots, I forgot that I need an actual script to shoot. Great. Oh, and thanks to this, I'm adding another show to my "to watch" list: The Thick of It, as if I didn't have enough time wasting activities as it is, although then again, I do have to be aware of the key shows out there, even if they're across the pond and ABC's planned remake of it went nowhere (they have so many desperate writers pitching them new ideas, yet the execs insist on rehashing the same stuff over and over again, come off it, already, will you?)

This post might be a little rambly. I'm not sure. I also need to remember to eat. I haven't felt like it lately and all this stuff keeps distracting it, but my stomach isn't buying it.
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( Apr. 9th, 2010 10:54 pm)
I finished Being Human. *dances* My life can resume now. I'm really hoping the SyFy remake is good because bad remakes are so much more painful. And I do want SyFy to do well. I've given up on wishing that they would stop doing remakes because it's futile. Really. They're never going to stop.

I have flamenco and Final Cut Pro classes tomorrow, guaranteeing that my Saturdays will continue to be draining for 5 more weeks to come. Following dancing with anything, much less a three hour class, is really not the best of ideas, but it's the best timing I could get.

ETA: And why am I still up reading Being Human slash when I need to be in bed?
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( Apr. 6th, 2010 07:52 pm)
I had a phone interview for a photography internship. I have no idea how that went since a) my phone hates me, b) I can never understand people on the phone, c) he was an intern himself so my answers to the formulaic questions have to go through his superiors before they'll consider me for an in person interview. *sigh* I was expecting a yes or no answer today, so that's irritating. So I still don't know exactly what my availability is for the film festival I'm volunteering at the end of this month. I'm also going to call the local public tv station to volunteer there. And I'm registering as an extra, something which would actually give me money. I just feel really frustrated right now for some reason, which is completely irrational. Probably because I haven't gone out since Saturday.

The writing is sluggish, thanks to my muse sneaking off to dimensions unknown, but I strive.

I started watching Being Human, so now that's six shows I'm watching. Ooh, V is on today. Must remember that.
guanin: (The Doctor holy crap)
( Apr. 5th, 2010 05:48 pm)
Listed because not even I know what I'm watching anymore.

Shows I am currently watching:
United States of Tara
Modern Family
Doctor Who

Shows I watch that are on hiatus:
True Blood

Shows I want to watch even though I have zero time to do so:
Mad Men
Being Human

*sigh* And I still haven't watched the new Doctor. ETA: Saw it.
Read Hello, Lied the Agent by Ian Gurvitz. It will boggle your mind just how fucked up the tv industry is. With so much network interference, I'm shocked that anything of quality ever makes it onscreen. So I'm kinda glad that I haven't gotten any tv ideas so far, because probably no one would buy them anyway and then they would note it to death until it became a horrifying mutant of itself.

And now I'm wondering how much of the crap in Heroes might have been due to the execs sticking their noses where they don't belong. Now I don't know what was the writer's idea or some command from on high anymore.
So all this time I've reading reviews on Amazon by "serious photographers" complaining that the video feature on some DSLRs is a fancy frill designed to lure in the amateurs who want to shoot crapy home videos instead of using a real video camera. However, not only do DSLRs not shoot crappy video, it's actually pretty damn good and rivals the quality of digital video cameras. Not quite film, but no one's contesting that one. Oh, if film were only not so horrendously expensive to deal with. Apparently, you need a set of equipment around the camera , not just the camera itself, but it's still way cheaper than a $5,000 HVX or the like. Neat. But of course, I bought a DSLR that doesn't shoot video. Of course.

Oh, and never, ever, ever use the mic on the camera on pain of death, or crappy sound, which is the same thing.

It feels a little odd that I don't watch television anymore. I'm down to Caprica, which I can't watch live due to a slight lack of the SyFy channel, and Modern Family, which is also for Hulu cause I have class Wednesday nights. I keep meaning to watch Mad Men, but right now I can't afford the time investment. I feel weird without fandom. It's like part of me is missing. *frowns*
guanin: (Plaude walking)
( Nov. 11th, 2009 09:18 pm)
--reading a biography of Christopher Marlowe (or Merlin, or Marlin or Marlinge in this 'we don't do spelling rules' age). It's kinda interesting reading about a time when being a scholar was considered cool. Where did those good, old days go? Although I gotta say, a 16th century curriculum sounds really boring.

--finishing up the first draft of a story for a submission. It looks like I'll actually make it between the word limit this time. Yay!

--going from skimming through a depressing (but wonderful) novel I've read before to reading another depressing novel. Not good.

--being sad at the big Heroes spoiler, though I knew that had to happen sooner or later.

--also being sad because I missed Modern Family. *cries* I've been looking forward to it all day and now I missed it. I know I can catch it online later, but... :(

--wondering if I should watch some past episodes but my grandfather’s going to bed and uproarious laughter might be a little too loud.
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( Nov. 10th, 2009 06:01 pm)
I'm considering watching V today. I haven't gotten around to watching the pilot, but there was enough praise on my flist last week to get me intrigued. Not that I have time to watch yet another show (I'm still behind on Dexter), but I'm weak for word of mouth.
Or at least I am. Yes, I am still in Illinois. Yes, it is still cold. just not in my room, which is never cold, ever despite the fact that I have the vent completely covered up yet it is still sweltering in here. It's ridiculous.

The most frustrating thing about writing a novel set in 1525: the humongous amount of similes and references you can't make becuase they make no sense. Like "running on autopilot" or "lit up like neon signs" or saying "OK", when all this had yet to be invented. Weeding the anachronisms out of this thing is going to be insane.

I just discovered that 30 Rock is on at 8:30 tomorrow. Boo. Fringe is on at 8. I suppose I'll have to download it, then.
guanin: (Milo hat)
( May. 22nd, 2009 02:33 pm)
Damn you, tv networks! Fringe's Kirk Acevedo gets fired, My Name is Earl gets canceled (Reaper too, but I saw that coming *sigh), but other stuff that is only so-so or total drivel gets renewed. Argh! And on a side note with no judgments as to present quality because I haven't seen this show in years, but when is Smallville going to end? Because there is such a thing as shows just ending versus getting canceled. I got the impression that it was supposed to be prequel to the Lex vs Superman conflict, not the conflict itself. Not that I know a damn thing about it. It's just weird that this show has been around since I was in high school. High school! That was eight years ago! I don't know why, but it makes me feel really old.

On another note, I have yet to see Star Trek. This is sad, but I keep missing the first showing which is much cheaper. However, I did get to watch another movie about a gay restaurant owner who falls for this extremely cute football coach and has to deal with the kids he never knew in the meantime. I absolutely loved it. I'm really tempted to go see it again even though it's in the expensive theatre. It's a Spanish movie, called Chef's Special in English (Fuera de Carta). If it appears around your neck of the woods, you should definitely check it out. Allow me to entice you with a little picture.picture. )

In yet other news, ohmygod is it hot here. And it's not really that hot. Just mid 80s, but it feels really unbearable. I'm used to wearing shot sleeves in high 60s now. Man, can I not live here anymore. My body is set to London temperature now. And soon it'll be set to Chicago temperature. Brrr! Although hearing the coquies (cute, little frogs we have here) and hearing the rain fall through the foliage is so refreshing.
guanin: (forest)
( Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:54 am)
This is the coldest day ever since I've been in London. Every limb is frozen. My thighs feel like ice cubes. My fingers are ice. The water bottle I had in my bag is as cold as if I'd taken it straight out of the fridge. It snowed three times! I haven’t seen it snow once since I've been here and now three times in a row! Very light snow, so not troublesome, but oh my god it's freezing. I'm not built for this kind of weather. My tongue froze! Not literally, but I was actually having problems talking.

I officially finished the essay this morning, although it was only the conclusion, which I hashed out in ten minutes. Wow. That's the first and only time I've ever finished an essay early. Huh. I'm all amazed at myself.

I think I'm becoming a bit of a TV addict again- Technically, I'm watching stuff on the computer, but they're TV shows and I feel this urge to watch at least one before doing anything else. Bugger.
Can someone please explain to me what the hell is up with this tv license thing and how the hell did it became legal in the first place!? There is no way this thing would ever pass in Puerto Rico. Half the population wouldn't be able to afford it (it's 139.50, by the way). You know, this is why people steal cable. On the other hand, now that comment on Doctor Who makes sense. And why is it that every official paper in this country insists on threatening me? This TV Licensing company sent a letter to every student at the dorm and I swear it sounds exactly like the application for the student visa. The gist: if you step one toe out of line even if you're not aware that you’re doing it, you're screwed. Well, I don't have a tv or a tv tuner or a fancy phone with tv. So shove it. Just goes to prove that no matter where I go, I'm always going to be disgusted by the authorities.

ETA: Here's a site on TV License Resistance I found interesting. Most of the pages are empty, but the forums's got stuff. And another on the bullying of the TV Licensing pushers.
guanin: (Sark green)
( May. 27th, 2008 10:27 pm)
I am so hooked on this show. So totally hooked. I didn't know crab fishing could be so much fun to watch. Emphasis on watch, not do, cause damn, that job is hard. Seriously. I wouldn't last a day. I still have the theme music running in my head.

Now my eyes are tired from looking at the screen for too long, but I have to write. Not good.

WTF is up with my spellcheck? A week ago, it didn't want to recognize the word "go", now the word "not". The hell?


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