jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (smokin' matt albie)
In my tags list, I have 14 tags that refer to specific "canons." Of those, 5 are reality shows, one is a book series, and the other 8 are scripted television shows. I'm going to talk now about a summer in which many of them ended, and others ended for me.

Six Feet Under and Buffy, two ends of the spectrum )

Ugly Betty, CSI, Studio 60, Veronica Mars, and oh, yeah, that book series I was reading )

So, what have we learned?

Lesson 4: Don't get involved in a serial narrative whose narrative priorities are different than yours--namely, character change/development and, if there are romances, a satisfying romance. The narrative will work to preserve its own priorities, and even if it threw a few crumbs to these other issues, it will jettison them all if it has to in order to preserve its priority, be it world building/philosophy or action/adventure or a kind of procedural "plot." In other words, be really, really careful about "genre", because most of it won't you what you crave.

Lesson 5: Best case scenario, don't get involved in an unfinished serial narrative, especially in American network television, with their sort-of-but-not-really narrative arcs that don't lead to satisfying endings and their need to "shake things up" to create drama by never letting the couple get together, or breaking up the team.

Lesson 6: Steer clear of canons with open shipping, because if there's really a love triangle it means they're not going to build either of the pairings up very well. Also, it makes for a vicious fandom.

Next: How Avatar almost, but not quite, soothed my PTSD, and why I went running off to reality television.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Gil/Nick)
I wanted to upload a few icons, and nowadays that means losing a few, but before I take down my Gil/Nick icon I just wanted to say a few things about the CSI that is, that was, that never will be.

Many spoilers for last night's show herein. )

As I said in the meme entry yesterday, I was going to make a Gil/Nick rec list but rereading those stories, with their hopes for actual Nick character growth, was too sad. But there's one story that I do come back to, and that I will recommend, and that's a series by [livejournal.com profile] janissa11: Spare Parts / Metadata / Meridian. It's melancholy and tinged with regrets, and Nick actually leaves Las Vegas, finally, to become the man he should be. Which, I've realized, is what would have to happen.

Good bye icon. Good bye show.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Gil/Nick)
One of the things I've done with my flist on this journal is try to surround myself with positive energy. I find a lot of negativity and snark to be incredibly draining. Now, I can be as sarcastic as the next person—probably moreso—and bitchiness can absolutely be funny, but I think I've just drifted out of wanting to be around that sort of attitude all the time. In addition, I don't much like being around naysaying—like, if you're into something that I'm not, I'm not sure why that's a bad thing. I really like watching people getting really excited about new things; it's fun, because it's such a positive energy to be around all that WHEE! (I'll admit, though, when people have really short attention spans I get a little motion sick; I have a really long attention span which I don't think is very fannish of me.) And when someone says, "Alas, for this thing does not have my love anymore, as it once did" I can relate in a way that I can't to "I'm so over that" or "that was so last Tuesday." I was reminded of this in an offline way this week, where someone was talking down about something. I don't know, I'm not perfect but I try not to do that because I'd rather use my energy to be positive. I don't always succeed, but that's my goal.

One of the things I've been talking about recently is my need for good endings. I've pretty much washed out of current fiction series television because I hate it when things go pear shaped (see above about long attention spans). So the rest of this is Alas, for this thing does not have my love anymore, "this thing" being CSI ).

It's odd because I've always been a big television watcher, and I've been wondering where my trust in the writers had gone. Certainly it's been trampled on by Veronica Mars, by Studio 60, by the middle stretch of Six Feet Under, heck by Harry Potter. But I think it's more that I am being asked to have so much more trust in writers that aren't that interested in maintaining it. I know I've been talking about this rather endlessly, my decision not to pick up any new shows this fall, but I can't say enough how really odd this is. It was why advertising was such a good fit for me for so many years. I'm really resistant to the idea that fanfic has "ruined" television for me; rather, it's made me see what I like in narrative and what I don't.

I'm not sure that the days before Hill Street Blues, when all shows were episodic, returning to a "zero state" at the end of the episode, were all that bad given that American television writers don't seem to know how to write a proper arc, be it overall plot or individual characters. Perhaps it's this change in series television that has me so unfulfilled, so dismayed, so disappointed. The "teasing" of the viewers is just silly, like the little House/Wilson moments in a show that is never going to end with House and Wilson wandering off into the sunset. [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose said recently that tv writers should never give interviews and that's probably true because they appear to get bored with their own arcs and want to do something different just to "surprise" the viewers. But that leads to unsatisfying endings and grouchy viewers. The pleasure, for me, of watching a film or reading a book or watching a really good television show is feeling that satisfaction with the ending, be it happy or tragic or someplace in between.

And at least there's always Idol in January!
jlh: Neil Finn playing a guitar (music: Neil Finn)
I'm going to spam you guys because so much has been going on and I want to do PR in digestible chunks with lots of detail because [livejournal.com profile] mistful demands it.

First, Monday night I came home mostly to my cat, but also to [livejournal.com profile] ziggy1278 with tickets to Damien Rice at Radio City, and it was a truly amazing concert, much more sonically interesting than the production of his records might lead you to expect. He's also quite a showman; no Elliott Smith is Damien Rice. I wish the woman behind us hadn't been singing along quite so often, but at least she was on key. Damien was in great voice, which was a good thing as Lisa was back in Dublin working on her own album. TONS of percussion which you know I love, and also cello. Now I know why Z has seen him so many times.

Also after American Idol last night [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose and I watched On the Lot, the new filmmaker competitive reality show from Steven Speilberg. It was fantastic, but what was even better was watching it with Ali, a film school graduate who works in the industry. Listening to her handicap the contestants as they did their pitches was brilliant. You can see her recap of the show here. Between So You Think You Can Dance, On the Lot, and Top Chef this is going to be reality summer, man.

I haven't seen Veronica Mars yet because I was doing all of that, but on my first night in NOLA I did watch the CSI season finale with [livejournal.com profile] alissomora and [livejournal.com profile] eibbil_libbie. Spoilery thoughts on CSI )

I'll watch the resolution of this plot, but after that it's going off the TIVO. The maybe yes maybe no of the character arcs, plus their still going to Nick to be the dumb guy after all these years, has me burned out. It's sad, because VM has ended, Studio 60 never really got started, that Henry VIII thing was disappointing, so the only scripted shows I'm really watching right now are Ugly Betty and How I Met Your Mother, which are both comedies. Everyone wants me watching BSG, and I'll probably just watch Heroes with everyone else since that seems to be the show we'll be group watching next, but I'll admit I'm not particularly enthusiastic about either. Eh, I should be watching less TV anyway, yeah?

Less TV, more music! The new Maroon 5 CD is out and I'm really liking it. I'm sure it will be near the top of my songs of this summer and I can't wait to see them in concert! Never mind OMG NEW CROWDED HOUSE which requires the Neil icon.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Henry from Ugly Betty)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie, I saw Alan Tudyk in Prelude to a Kiss last night. He was quite good, though I'm not the hugest fan of this play. His character, Peter, spends most of it being frustrated, and that just makes me frustrated. However, he spent nearly the entire first act and some of the second sans shirt. I'm very sure that in preparation for spending most of the night topless he's worked out like a mofo, because he had a six pack and shoulders you wouldn't think were under those clothes. No ass, though.

Ugly Betty was excellent, wasn't it? )

CSI was sort of ridiculous. I wonder what the whole playing up Hodges thing is about.
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
  • Real world stuffs first.
    • I wore orange and maroon on Friday. At first I thought of the college I attended, but once I started hearing the stories of the teachers and the departments left to pick up the pieces and try to keep things going, I was even more affected, imagining such a thing on the campus where I teach.
    • I flipped $25 to Planned Parenthood on Friday, too.
    • Thanks to NPR's excellent coverage, I am totally obsessed with the French elections. I was on the edge of my seat for the first round!
    • First Kurt Vonnegut, then Boris Yeltsin, and now David Halberstam dies in a car crash! WOE. Halberstam was one of the great journalists of our time and I always looked forward to interviews with him on the history show American Experience and on Charlie Rose's show.
    • Schoolwork is going VERY slowly, but at least it's going.

  • General Fannishness
    • Sooo much smut is sitting with betas right now. So much!
    • I'm glad, myself, that Idol will be over before any of the HP happenings of the summer because if it was all happening at once my head would explode.
    • One bit of HP-ness that will be happening sooner than that is Phoenix Rising, which will be awesome, and at which [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai and I will step aside and yammer about Idol, which will be headed into the finals that weekend. Yikes!

  • Books for reading when May ends.
    • The "friend shelf" in my bookcase has grown by two volumes, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare ([livejournal.com profile] cassandraclare) and Ironside by Holly Black ([livejournal.com profile] blackholly), and everyone should run out and buy them right now. Oh, and if you haven't read Tithe and Valiant, Holly's first two books, then get on that.
    • The shelf will grow again in late June when Julia Quinn's new book comes out, her first one since finishing the Bridgerton series, and I have good hopes for it.
    • And, she says mysteriously, it may grow yet again in some little while.
    • Then I thought, yesterday, it will also grow with all the people I'm in graduate school with, not just my classmates but also [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay and [livejournal.com profile] kalichan and that is amazingly exciting!
    • I might reread the HP books in July, immediately before the new book comes out. I haven't reread OotP or HBP yet, mostly because reading OotP was so traumatic the first time, but friends say it will be easier on a reread. No disrespect to those of you that loved the book, now!
    • Z gave me a copy of Arcadia, which we duly looked up on ibdb and wow, it had a fantastic Broadway cast. Day-am.
    • AND I have new Fruits Basket teasing me, and Antique Bakery borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose.

  • Movies watched and to be watching.
    • Before we decided to stop breaking the bank (see below) [livejournal.com profile] ziggy1278 and I saw a billion movies, including
      • Blades of Glory, awesome in that Will Farrell and John Heder sort of way, and better the more you know about skating.
      • The Hoax, with a top notch cast and a really interesting way of telling its tale. I already knew of Clifford Irving and his fake biography of Howard Hughes, but the little period notes that brought you back to 1971 were fantastic, especially the Nixon touches.
      • Grindhouse, which we saw at a late night show opening weekend and which totally rocked and everyone should see it.
      • Reign Over Me, which was horrifically manipulative but at its core had great performances from Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle.
    • Then with [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay I also saw:
    • I'm looking forward to
      • Order of the Phoenix, obv. I'm pleased that Dan Radcliffe has decided to get better as an actor in time for OotP, but I will still be watching this movie scrunched down in the seat, through my fingers, with tissues at the ready. I mean, I cried in the PoA film, so I'm sure I'm going to be just a mess.
      • Talk to Me, with Don Cheadle as a 70s DJ in DC.
      • Spider-Man 3, but mostly because Z wants to see it so much, and I'll have to rent the first two before I see the third one, eh?

  • Television I've been watching
    • Idol Gives Back starts tonight, and I've been spoiled for the songs that some of the kids have chosen, and let's just say, love that Blake, but sometimes he is really literal. Hint: the three of you who have heard Kathy Griffin's hilarious story about Sharon Stone at the AMfAR fund raiser? THAT song.
    • Ellen DeGeneres is hosting Idol Gives Back on Wednesday night. We've gotten a lot of hints that Ryan and Simon will be up to something that night …
    • Z and I are watching (well, me for the first time, him decidedly not) Deadwood, two eps a night, and I'm so glad. It's amazingly good and there was even gratuitous shirtless Timothy Olyphant. I'd meant to get into it when it came out but I was overwhelmed by television at the time, I think.
    • Despite all the Idol talk, there really isn't much I'm following—I'm not actually a SF/F TV fan, so I'm not on the Heroes/SGA/DW train. I know a lot of you are having fun with those shows, so good for you!
    • I think CSI is going off the DVR after this season. My true love for it is gone with their continual raising and then dropping personal issues and I don't care enough about the procedural stuff to stick around. (Not, of course, that they need me for the ratings!) I'm intrigued by the miniature killer, and the last new episode with the lab rats running around trying to help solve it—lots of Hodges but where was Bobby Dawson?—was a clever way to remind us of that ongoing mystery. Also, I'm still worried about the ultimate fate of Grissom given that in the promotional poster, which last year was a hint about Brass's shooting, is a parody of the Beatles' Abbey Road cover, with Grissom as the barefoot Paul—back in the day, one of the key "Paul is dead" clues!
    • Z also gave me the Firefly box set as an early birthday present because he felt I should own it. That was already on the list of shows to watch when the term and regular TV was over, so yay!
    • And yes, due to the demand of Ely, Emily and S, and the enabling of S and Z, I will be watching BSG this summer. Totally.
    • I can't wait for the return of Veronica Mars on 1 May! Paul Rudd! More Mac! Five episodes that hopefully aren't the last five!
    • Speaking of on the bubble, I wonder if they'll even bring Studio 60 back for the final episodes; I've seen nothing on that. I do want to see it through to the end; I want to see Jordan have her baby and say goodbye to the gang and all that. I just wish it had been a better show.
    • In Shows You Should Be Watching news, Marshall and Lily's wedding on How I Met Your Mother is going to ROCK. I hadn't realized that [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe was also a fan. It is such a great show; too bad TWoP, for understandable reasons, isn't recapping it so more of you can see its awesome glory!
    • This past week's Ugly Betty was sort of a drag, wasn't it? A very necessary transitional episode (and my GOD I'm glad we've seen the last of Constance) but in itself, not fun. But this week looks like TOTAL AWESOMENESS.
    • Another show I need the DVDs for is WKRP in Cincinnati. OMG the Johnny Fever/Bailey Quarters fic I would write about that show. Ooh, I should put that in as a request for Yuletide this Christmas.
    • When is Sifl and Olly ever coming out on DVD OMG. Goddamed MTV not putting their shit out on DVD.

  • Music should go here, but there isn't any to go here, because I have filled my harddrive with the stuff so I'm waiting for my new external harddrive before I can even listen to the things that are in my house, like the new Shins and the new-ish Death Cab and a bunch of other things. Though now that Z bought a new DVD/CD player that he is storing at my house for Deadwood and other watching (since I'm the one with the TV) I can listen to the CDs. My DVD/CD player? Ded, my friends. Woe! So you tell me, what releases should I be looking forward to? Other than, of course, Donny Osmond Sings Love Songs of the 70s.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Have you met Ted?)
You know, one of the things I really don't like about LJ is that if you post on the weekends you don't get comments. Anyway, despite lack of interest, on with the television:

How I Met Your Mother: Lucky Penny )

Studio 60: The Friday Night Slaughter )

Veronica Mars: Postgame Mortem )

Top Design is no Project Runway but Todd is still delightful and Goil is still awesome.

Ugly Betty: Derailed )

CSI: Monster in the Box )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
So I'm watching five fictional television shows pretty regularly right now: How I Met Your Mother, Studio 60, Veronica Mars, Ugly Betty, CSI. I also watch whatever Magical Elves is doing (Project Runway/Top Chef/Top Design) though I felt that Top Chef 2 was really disappointing and seeing Tim Gunn's cameos on Ugly Betty made me miss PR all the more. I'll add American Idol as soon as they get out of Hollywood. And this was a really mixed week in my television universe. Let's take them in order of airing:

HIMYM: Monday Night Football )

The Harriet Dinner, Part 2 )

Veronica Mars: There Has to Be a Morning After Pill )

Ugly Betty: Brothers )

CSI: Law of Gravity )

I'm glad I'll have Top Design and American Idol to get me through the March and April reruns. AI have finally gotten to Hollywood for this week so it's not long until voting! As for Top Design, so far it's pretty innocuous, not a lot of drama, pleasant host and judges (I adore Jonathan Adler and the way he calls bf Simon Doonan his "bloke"). I like Goil, Dorky Cute Asian Architect, the best so far.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Henry from Ugly Betty)
Had a great time at [livejournal.com profile] soupkills's Superbowl extravaganza with the usual pot of chili—veg this time, yum!—and wings and chips and I brought three kinds of dip. I ate the leftover dip for breakfast this morning, and it was good. Pre-show, we watched the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet; post-show, we played Guitar Hero. My kind of party.

The game itself was even fun to watch (and when's the last time you could say that?) with all the turnovers and the falling in the wet grass. On their radio show this week Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann had bemoaned the lack of weather in Super Bowls due to the use of southern and/or domed stadiums so I'm looking forward to listening today. I think they had a point; football is often played in the snow or the pouring rain and just because it's the Super Bowl doesn't mean it should be pristine, at least in my opinion.

You know, I'm actually not going to comment on the ads! I know! But I'm sort of enjoying the whole "I'm not in the industry anymore" vibe of this Super Bowl. (Last spring I was freelancing so I still had a hand in.) However, I encourage you to check out the USA Today coverage and Bob Garfield's Ad Age podcast.

Instead, let's talk television.

Ugly Betty )

CSI )

Veronica Mars )
jlh: Charlie Brown and Linus van Pelt standing at their wall in the snow, from A Charlie Brown Christmas (duos: Charlie and Linus)
Well, it did snow last night, in that I was out in the snow, but it didn't stick so I'm not sure it counts. We're supposed to get more snow showers tonight, but it looks like we'll be lucky to get a real snow before February, and I must say I'm vexed.

Thoughs on the SAG's and Dreamgirls. )

By the way, folks have been asking if/when there have been more than one song from one movie nominated for the Best Original Song award, and it's happened 10 previous times, all since 1980:
  • 2003: Cold Mountain, neither song won
  • 1994: 3 from Lion King, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" won
  • 1993: Philadelphia, "Streets of Philadelphia" won
  • 1992: Bodyguard and Aladdin each had two, "A Whole New World" won
  • 1991: 3 from Beauty and the Beast, the theme won
  • 1989: Little Mermaid, "Under the Sea" won
  • 1985: White Nights, "Say You Say Me" won
  • 1984: Footloose, neither won
  • 1983: Yentl and Flashdance each had two, "Flashdance" won
  • 1980: Fame, the theme won
You can look up all nominees and results in the Academy's easy-to-use database at oscars.org.

Meanwhile I caught up on CSI the other day and damnit, every time I think I've given up on the show it sucks me back in, though that very unevenness is what is most frustrating about it. Thoughts on Liev Schrieber, and Nick as leader. )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
First, does anyone have either Susannah McCorkle or Jane Monheit singing "Waters of March"? Will trade for whatever.

Second, in this comment (the original post isn't important; it's about how H/Hr won't happen because Hermione is toast) someone lays out a parallel between the Black sisters and the Mitford sisters. My question: is this like, floating around all over the place and I just hadn't come across it? Is there a place where this has been laid out and debated in any way? Is this from JKR at all? ([livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie, help a sister out!) I read an excellent group bio of the Mitford sisters a few years ago, and I find the idea intriguing (though I wish there was room for a Debo; I think she was my favorite!)

Third, CSI was really creepy tonight. I just want to note that I was (fanon) shipping Gil/Nick and Sara/Sophia but I can be happy with (canon) Gil/Sara and Nick/Sophia if I have to be.

That is all.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Tell me he looks fat)
So I'm really giving into the idea that for the time being this LJ is going to be mostly about television. My real life can be summed up as: I go to class, I teach class, I research, I read, occasionally I get anxious, I see friends. I don't think that makes for very compelling posts, so, television. CSI musings cut for length and spoilers.

I took Six Degrees off the TIVO. I wasn't watching it and there were plots that I didn't find compelling. In the end the presence of Campell Scott and Hope Davis doesn't make up for crappy JJ Abrams plots. I feel sort of sad about this, because I'm sure they think that they're making quality television or whatever, but while the characters were interesting the situations were annoying.

I'm almost caught up on CSI and WTF? )

How I Met Your Mother continues to be awesome. There isn't much you can say about it that I haven't already said, but it's just so clever without being arch, and silly without being a farce, and I hope that the Emmys recognize it in some way this year.

Ugly Betty is also so much fun, yet it allows itself to be complicated, and go places you don't think it will. I like that Daniel is aware of his little-boy-lost appeal, and he knows he's spoiled, and he doesn't care. I like that Betty gets called on her control freak/martyr tendencies. I like that Hilda isn't just a flake and wants to take on more responsibility. I like that Vanessa Williams is working. And I'm pretty sure that Betty and Daniel won't end up together, nor should they really, but I'm really getting sick of Walter, who is annoying.

As for Veronica Mars, I think I'll have more to say when this arc is over, two episodes from now. The episode commitment from the CW has been raised from 13 to 20, so we'll definitely get through the second arc and I can't imagine we won't get through the third and get the full season order; I think it's less VM's performance and more CW's inability to plan that is the issue here. But I love it when shows allow their leads to be unlikable but in an understandable way, and we got piles of that in this week's episode. Rock on, Rob Thomas.

TV, so far

Sep. 25th, 2006 08:23 am
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
Yesterday I had a terrible sick headache and wasn't able to do any reading really, though I did manage a good bit of housework so all was not lost. Still, today will be a reading marathon. At least I was a little bit ahead so it isn't a total disaster. Anyway one of the things I did was to clear out the TIVO of the new-season TV while I was puttering around making meatloaf.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Like a lot, don't love (yet) )

Six Degrees: Fingers crossed that the JJ Abrams curse doesn't carry over )

How I Met Your Mother: No sophomore slump here )

CSI: I think I'm off this train )

Flavor of Love, aka, Why Do I Watch This Show?: Because it's like a train wreck and the girls are so trashy and bitchy? )

[livejournal.com profile] slytherincess: They're doing another season of Breaking Bonaduce starting in October. !!! Other things I'm looking forward to in October are Top Chef, Nigella Lawson and of course, Veronica Mars!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (VM and Weevil)
I'm annoyed because my computer randomly crashed and therefore I lost an entire post I was working on when I should have been writing my paper. Good goddamnit!

Anyway, my week: Dinner/drinks with, variously, [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe, [livejournal.com profile] blackholly, [livejournal.com profile] bowdlerized, [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay, [livejournal.com profile] cassandraclare, [livejournal.com profile] idlerat, [livejournal.com profile] ladyjaida, my friend S; Holly's reading; Emily's pub night; my department's end of semester party even though the semester doesn't end until next week; drinks at the pub with my class, during which I was proclaimed "a remarkably positive person" by my professor; writing papers. Paper tally stands at: one half done, two 3/4 done.

S reminded me last night that I hadn't posted my thoughts on the Idol results. Following, therefore, summing up on the seasons of CSI, Veronica Mars, and How I Met Your Mother, plus thoughts on the penultimate weeks of Top Chef and American Idol.

American Idol: Don't leave me this way! )

CSI: A disappointing season. )

Allow me a moment for a non-spoilery minirant. [livejournal.com profile] iscaris posted not long ago about her preference for shows that aren't about emotional relationships, but sprinkle them in among the crime solving or whatever. I have to say, having dipped my toe into some of them, that I disagree because they handle the personal relationships so badly. [livejournal.com profile] blackholly once said that writers sometimes use sexual or romantic tension as a way to keep the story interesting while not having to advance the adventure/mystery/whatever main plot. That's fine in a book or a film or anything that is finite, but in series television it ends up being kind of a mess. Sexual tension lasting for years and years eventually becomes exhausting. Will-they-or-won't-they can only last so long. Writers often give as their reasoning for not having their characters happily pair up that it isn't "real life;" well, neither is URST with the same person with no action for seven years. It just gets boring, and it's lazy. Resolve it or drop it, and if you're going to resolve it, do it well. Have we learned nothing from X-Files?

Veronica Mars: Everyone deserves a sophomore slump. )

How I Met Your Mother: The Best Show You're Not Watching, but the rest of America is. )

Top Chef: I'm a Harold girl. )

Grab-bag

Mar. 16th, 2006 12:20 pm
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
I realized there were things I hadn't actually posted about, so thoughts on the Project Runway finale and winner, Top Chef, CSI, the return of (Veronica) Mars, and the American Idol results show below. Or as Waldo Leidecker would put it, 'her usual roundup of bizarre and nondescript characters culled from every level of society.' )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Nick was found)
I remain Neutral Good which surprises exactly no one. In that spirit, my condolences to my St. Louis friends. Next year!

I've finally come back from my cold-induced haze, though I still wasted my morning by finishing up the great tagging project. Now all my entries, all the way back to the beginning of this journal, are tagged for your convenience and mine, and I see that I average about an entry every day and a half which feels reasonable.

I also changed the colors, having tired of the blue I'm now doing a whole brown-cream thing which I like a great deal.

I've been greatly entertained watching [livejournal.com profile] oh_no_nicky explode in the wake of a Nick-centered CSI episode. [livejournal.com profile] elmyraemilie made the icon here from that particular episode. Sadly for us, no new episode this week.

Me, I found some screencaps for a VM moment I needed an icon for. Next weekend icon making will be my reward for being a good girl and doing my work. I'm loving VM so far this year though I do not like that Jackie. No I don't.

Which, I should be doing now. Well, the newly re-named [livejournal.com profile] wordplay is faffing off so I'll be able to find the strength to get offline like a good girl.

Hmph.

Sep. 26th, 2005 11:42 am
jlh: Jan from Grease, smiling (Charming Jan)
Sorry to anyone I might have vanished on last night--AirPort decided to stop working for a while, randomly, which was unkind.

In a moment of weakness, my mind has tricked me into caring about canon shipping. (No, not in HP.) I am irritated. It's much easier to separate fanon and canon when your canon comes out once every three years rather than every week. I've just had a brief conversation with [livejournal.com profile] tea_and_toast that has resulted in my worrying about the love lives of people who do not exist and the careers of people I do not know. I feel this is a trick my mind is playing to keep me from obsessing about my own love life and career, but that doesn't make me feel much better.

I just want everyone to be happy. Is that so wrong?

And now if you'll excuse me, I have to write a lecture.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (gil/nick)
I didn't mean to not post for over a week. I've been here, reading LJ, reading my class work and such. I guess I didn't think I had anything to say. Been busy, though.

  • Went out to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose and [livejournal.com profile] bowdlerized, which was awesome. Hot dogs and milkshakes on St Mark's Place—who wouldn't want that?
  • Went to [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay's fabu birthday brunch; saw many, was seen by many, good time was had.
  • Saw Proof with [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe yesterday. More on the film below, but spending an entire day from lunch to evening with Val (yes, you read that right, out and about in the sunshine) was incredibly awesome.

And now some spoilerific musings on Proof and the CSI season premiere.

Proof: Go see it )

CSI: 'I'm not a pervert.' )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (gil/nick)
full of safe but bad-for-me behavior, [livejournal.com profile] aegeus, [livejournal.com profile] tea_and_toast and P. Much fun was had, much music was exchanged. No details are forthcoming.

Also, got home to see that season 5 of CSI is coming on Spike this week, so I will once again have new episodes as a carrot for doing my work, and I won't have to wait for the DVD to come out to see them all which is pretty excellent.

I also got home to a mailbox stuffed with election flyers for the primary next Tuesday, an elevator that I really hope will work again some time in 2005, a hot apartment, and an annoyed cat.

And now I have a two-page paper to write.

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