jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Hawaii 5-0 team)
[personal profile] iberiandoctor and I were talking yesterday about how ships can be the same, that what drew you into one ship can draw you into some other one because it pings the same little place in your heart, and that reminded me that I hadn't written that Danno-is-sort-of-Bones thing. It's become more than that in the thinking about it!

details on many ships, plus one picture )

tl;dr: I've realized that I'm drawn to hyper verbal emotionally volitile characters, over and over again, and it doesn't matter all that much what they look like or what gender they are. It's much more about how they are able to put words together to describe exactly how they are feeling at that moment, because they have MANY FEELINGS, and how the people around them react either by talking right back to them, or by letting their words flow over them like a comforting rain. Give me that, and you'll get a shipper.

(I've attempted to talk about my personal tastes and preferences without apologizing for them or defending them against disparaging remarks that are often made, and instead presented them as something that is actually awesome because you know? They totally are! But that doesn't mean that other tastes aren't actually awesome, too.)
jlh: Woodward and Bernstein in the Library of Congress from the film All the President's Men (duos: Woodstein in the library)
Introduction to the NewSouth edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Fantastic reading. If all you've seen of the current controversy is "they're taking out the n-word!" and/or sarcastic comments on Twitter, I urge you to read the introduction. (Particularly because they aren't just removing the word, but replacing it with "slave", and also because they're removing a perjorative term for Native Americans and replacing it with "Indian". They're also replacing "half-breed" with "half-blood.")

I find that I can’t get all that worked up about this. Part of the reason is that if this is what it takes to put one of the books on most people’s shortlist for The Great American Novel* into the hands of more people and off the list of books most frequently removed from school libraries, I’m all for it. Part of it is that we have a certain hysteria over the n-word that means that all historical instances of it need to be painstakingly put into context and even then some students (black and otherwise) refuse to accept the text. (Believe me, I’ve gone through this many a time, teaching American history using mostly primary documents.) In fact, when I was in high school in the 80s, there was a movement of African-American parents to remove the book from schools because of its use of the word. Part of the reason is that this novel has long since passed into the public domain, so it’s not like this particular edition will be the only one that exists—and surely there are somewhat expurgated versions of The Canterbury Tales that get read in schools as well.

What this particular controversy makes me think of, again, is how unfortunate it is that for so many Americans their only exposure to literature, other than the occasional Oprah Book Club selection, is their high school English classes. And I’m just not sure if the average room of 14-year-olds is the right environment for a classroom discussion of the use of the n-word in Huck Finn. It has a tendency, by its mere presence, to overshadow everything else that’s going on in the book, which I think is really too bad. Because otherwise, it’s an incredibly accessible text, funny and clever and narrated by a kid who stands a little outside of the culture he’s observing. And Jim is one of my favorite characters, ever.

So if a few more people get to meet Jim in a book where he’s referred to as a slave rather than the n-word, I really can’t see that as a bad thing.

*My own shortlist is Huck Finn, Gatsby, Moby-Dick, and Beloved.
jlh: Neal, Peter, Mozzie and El from White Collar (white collar: four)
New Crowded House came out in the US today! Pre-ordered, obtained, listened to a lot. I swear, if I ever met Karl Urban, the first question out of my mouth would be, "So do you love Neil Finn only sort of, or oh my god so much?" I'm so pleased that I have new music for the plane (this, plus the new National and Erykah Badu).

Another thing that came out in the US this week is the recent adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express and I found it strange. I had to go back to the book to double check what I remembered.

Spoilers behind the cut for the book, the 1974 movie, and the recent BBC adaptation. )

I love David Suchet as Poirot, but I think I'll stick to the 1974 movie for this title. Bringing out the inner life of a character is one thing, but changing up the book this much in order to make a point feels like a bit much.

And now White Collar is back! YAY!
jlh: conan o'brien (gents: Conan O'Brien)
This entry isn't about one thing that one person said, but probably about five different things I've been told, by many different people, in the last little while.

The other day I was at Target, and as I sometimes do, I went over to the music section to see what they put on sale, because sometimes you can get amazing deals since indie rock tends to go unsold at a place like Target. And I found the new CDs by The National and Erykah Badu both on sale for $10, so I bought them.

And that $20 I just spent on CDs that I wanted? Was probably a complete and utter waste on my part.

I am really trying to support the artists I like, and also my friends. )

I don't know, you guys. I have a headache.
jlh: Clara Bow (It Girl)
So I had this recent online experience that I found exasperating in a very specific way, whatever, [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose had to talk me out of it, and I'm thankful to her and also sorry that she had to do that, etc. And I thought, well, instead of bitching about it, I could do something useful, y/y? And who doesn't love a poll?

[Poll #1375823]

I say no shame because damn, them books is trashy but I gobbled them up over the course of ten years (as the newer ones came out).

Discuss! I looked up the minis on imdb, and I knew that Barry Bostwick was in a lot of them, but I didn't realize he was in that many of them. Gosh.
jlh: Debbie Harry, recently (music: Debbie Harry)
I was just reminded of zombies (can we be done with them already? Also all non-food uses of the phrase "om nom nom" and possibly even the food related ones, because it isn't a funny phrase and never was, and repetition just makes it worse?) Anyway, news of this zombie Pride and Prejudice seems to be filling my flist with glee, but it fills me with massive DO NOT WANT. True, I don't care about zombies, but it isn't even that; in the past when I've wanted to point to a book that is awesome even if it doesn't have much of a plot, I've pointed to P&P. The squeeing over the zombie P&P implies to me that all things are better with the addition of an adventure plot. And that makes me sad.

It's sort of like the whole "we like women who kick ass" trope. Women who kick ass are great, it's true, but so are women who don't. Which is why, while I'm excited about the Glorious Revolution vid (and think you all should watch it) it was the One Girl Revolution vid that made me cry.

I think scientists and pilots and explorers and warriors are great, but my own heroes are writers and historians and musicians and artists and diplomats and people standing on their own two hands going crazy and mostly people just trying to live in this life and not make so many compromises that they lose themselves. I'm reluctant to say these things, even about the zombie P&P, because I don't want to offend anyone who does prefer those things, and I can't get rid of the second-wave feminist niggling in the back of my mind that says, "but there ARE enough women writers and there AREN'T enough women pilots and so you should care more about THAT!" But you know, this is part of that whole project of saying what I think a little more often, even if no one else agrees.

In similar news, apparently I am not old for liking the Oscars after all: cranky old television critics hated it and wanted Fred Astaire to be there.
jlh: Bennett Cerf smoking a pipe (Bennett Cerf)
Special to [livejournal.com profile] goraina!

I'm eating breakfast and watching What's My Line on the dvr, as is my usual morning routine. (What's My Line was an American panel show in which the celebrity panel try to guess the occupation of the guests, using a series of yes/no questions. Game Show Network airs it daily at 3am.) I'm in mid-1959 now and the very first guests on tonight's show were five boys from NJ who together run a babysitting service. So there for boys not caring about babysitting!

(Bennett Cerf, in my icon, is a regular member of the panel, and also the founder of Random House, and I have a little crush.)
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (smokin' matt albie)
We have Bill Kristol to blame for Sarah Palin, apparently. Rove wanted Romney; McCain wanted Lieberman but no one else did.

Idolator doesn't think much of the proposed cover of D.Cook's record and I have to say, neither do I. It makes his head look like an ICBM.

Justin wants you to put something else in the box. Ryan played this on E!News last night and then went on and on about the mustard scarf JT is wearing and the importance of proper accessorizing.

Defamer shows that movie critics are kind of white dumbasses. I want to know what Elvis Mitchell has to say about it. I very much do not want to know what Ben Lyons has to say about it.

I link to this post on Christie Brinkley's ex's possible sex tape less for that and more for the vintage 80s GQ cover. And they wonder why Gen X women keep trying to date gay men.

Gawker calls bullshit on small differences in Playmates having anything to do with economics. I think that stupid skirt theory was disproven, too.

Christopher Buckley, son of the original neocon God William F. Buckley, decides to endorse Obama because McCain ain't no neocon. After all the hate mail columnnist Kathleen Parker got for calling on Palin to resign for the good of the party because she was bringing McCain down, Buckley puts his endorsement not on the website of the National Review, that stalwart conservative magazine founded by his father at which he is still an editor, but at Tina Brown's brand spanking new website. Hate mail arrives anyway, and eventually a pink slip from said National Review. One wonders what Buckley pere would have said about all this.

Jezebel doesn't have a lot of time for that stupid New York Observer cover story about how what career women really want is Don Draper. However, I think I need to get my hands on the first season, don't I, as apparently season 2 is available on On Demand.

Thanks to Jezebel I found out that Katy Sparks, the chef from my old favorite Quilty's, is back to restaurant cooking in New York at Compass on the UWS. It's a little pricey, but not save-for-months pricey, so I'll be putting my loose change toward that $35 tasting menu, I think.

Finally, from late last week, Jezebel breaks down the social dynamics and political economy behind The Long Winter. A fascinating read.
jlh: Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, from the TV miniseries (duos: Anne and Gilbert)
I totally changed my mind about what I want to say about Avatar. Pardon the slight delay.

Avatar! )

So where does this leave me? )

So. As television moves more toward genre, and toward a sort of no-ending continuing drama, it moves further from the kind of narrative that I prefer. And I'm more aware of that now not because of fandom per se--or rather, not because fandom has led me to "over-analyze" television shows. Instead, it's because fandom has let me to write narratives of my own, and in doing that I've become much more aware of what turns me on and what doesn't.

The sad thing is, in coming into HP for the reasons I did (mysteries! coming-of-age!) I've gained friends--wonderful friends!--who pretty much have the opposite narrative priorities that I do. And I've spent a lot of time (because I'm fairly ridiculous, among other reasons) feeling really badly about that, as some of you know. I want to like the same things my friends do! Particularly because so many of my friends speak so disparagingly about the things I like that I don't really try to recommend things to them anymore. I've tried sort of forcing myself to watch a variety of things for the company--Heroes most notably--and looking for little side things that I might like. But I think that the lesson I learned from the spring of 2007 is That Way Lies Madness, or at least, a deep sort of dissatisfaction that I've been struggling with as though it was a personal failing.

But you know, it isn't. I'm not a bad geek girl for not liking science fiction television very much. I'm not a bad geek girl for liking reality television, or sitcoms. I'm not a bad geek girl for liking a well-written romance. My liking established relationships is not actually a sign of emotional immaturity on my part. My dislike of dark angsty stories, and of villains, doesn't mean I'm a wimp. Ideas aren't enough to get me through a story--I have to be emotionally engaged with the characters in some way--but that doesn't mean that I'm an idiot.

And I'm saying these things as a kind of mantra, and as a hope that some of you like these other things too, like Anne's House O'Dreams and How I Met Your Mother and American Idol and 30s romantic comedies and Little Miss Sunshine and will care if I talk about them. I'm tired of feeling like I don't like things; I want to like things! I'm tired of saying to people who are exhorting me to watch a show or read a book that I'd rather not, because that makes me feel sad. I'm tired of people putting down the things that I like to read and watch, because that also makes me feel sad. I'm a positive person and I want to be positive about the things that I like! And I'm going to try much harder to do that moving forward, which means posting about things whether I think anyone else likes them.

But don't worry, Z. I'll watch season two of BSG if it kills me!
jlh: Bennett Cerf smoking a pipe (Bennett Cerf)
I'll admit it: I've got the awesome-weekend-letdown-blues. [livejournal.com profile] ziggy1278 is on a plane, probably somewhere over the Rockies by now, and I'm back to reality, etc. Much fun was had—I adore road trips hard core, and despite some potential disasters it pretty much came off. We went up to Boston to see C____, then to Northampton for a Sam Phillips concert followed by a visit with [livejournal.com profile] theoblack and [livejournal.com profile] blackholly. I actually hadn't been to New England since Christmas, and it was fun showing Z my native sod, and the beauty that makes me homesick. Not to mention, of course, Newbury Comics. Z left half sandwiches wherever he went, so both C____ and I had lunches thanks to his largesse.

Nothing much seems to have happened while I was gone, either, though I did manage to finally track down and read vol. 20 of Fruits Basket and I basically am annoyed I have to wait until November for vol. 21 and probably the end of 2009 for the final vol. 23. Other than HIMYM and sort-of BSG, it's the only continuing narrative I'm currently following so the goodbye is definitely bittersweet, even if I do love things that end (so I can read them again!). I also recently read Ironside—I'd been saving it for a plane trip and then never went anywhere. I thought it tied up the Tithe-Valiant storyline incredibly well and highly recommend the trilogy to any of you who like YA urban fantasy with a touch of romance.

I'm going to watch the AMV's that [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose posted last night, but anything else I should look into for happy-making?

aside: I wish that writing in all lower case didn't look pretentious and/or plebey; I'd like to do it for a while to counter all the capslocking, which gives me a headache.
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] mistful asked me why I like [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets so much. I was thinking about this—I had an answer in the immediate but it took me a second—and I think that the reason I like f!s is the very close to the reason Yuletide was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had in fandom.

They're both massively multi-fandom. While f!s isn't as purposefully skewed to small fandoms as Yuletide is, it still over-rewards small fandoms because when people post about them, they often get a lot of feedback. It's a way of feeling like, wow, I am not the only one who cares about this thing.

And I find that this is really valuable for me, at this point in my LJ life, because—and if I were more worried about conforming to my friendslist, this would totally be a secret—I don't like good v evil narratives. Why they don't work for me, and why I feel sort of guilty about that. )

At my advanced age I'm trying harder to assert who I am, bad fangirl and all. I'm still not always able to just "let the chips fall where they may" because of course I like having friends and people to talk about things with and all that, but that part is getting better. So for me, what [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets does is remind me that however hegemonic my friends list might seem, or however much the latest cool thing seems to have completely taken over, there are people out there who are interested in something else. There might not be enough of us to coalesce around any one thing, but there are enough to give me daily encouragement that difference is also good.

Besides, yesterday someone posted a secret about how Bruce McCulloch and Michael Ian Black should play brothers and how fucking awesome is that?
jlh: Alexander Hamilton, with a banner that says "Federalist" (gents: Alexander Hamilton)
So this is what I did:

Thursday night I watched SYTYCD with [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose, [livejournal.com profile] honestys_easy, and [livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie as usual. I agreed with the eliminations this week, and [livejournal.com profile] jm_cats was totally right about the bottom three.

Friday [livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie and I saw Gonzo, the Hunter S. Thompson docu by the guy who did the Enron docu. The movie was fantastic and very appropriate to the holiday. However, SM was covered in butter due to fake butter dispenser blowback. Then we got pizza and a beer at an old pub nearby, where some young drunk was very loud and eventually left. The bartender was awesome, though.

Saturday I went to [livejournal.com profile] erinfinnegan's and read a great deal of yaoi, and then was recorded for a podcast talking about it. Some of it was good, some inexplicable, and some was obsessed with jewelry. We also ate cake and baked potatoes and watched the first episode of the Antique Bakery anime, and now I want an icon of the cgi cat. Ali stayed over as [livejournal.com profile] emsariel was out of town.

Sunday Ali and I had brunch with friends and then wrote quite a lot and ate gazpacho.

Re writing, I've been working on two long projects lately and thinking about a third. One is the endlessly talked about sequel to EWFS, which went in a rather long wrong direction during planning and was pulled back from the brink by excellent suggestions from [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose, and so has life and spark and lots of things and is fun to write and move forward, especially thanks to lots of help from [livejournal.com profile] sisterpandora. (And yes, I do plan to finish the Seamus/Dean [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100!) The other is a new Idol AU, Rymon-centric, which is probably slightly past the halfway point right now, and I want to have it all written before I start posting it as it's a fairly complicated story and I do keep going back and putting little things into earlier chapters. I have a third fic, for Avatar: The Last Airbender, percolating in the back of my brain, but I'm waiting for that canon to close before giving it serious thought. But a look at my icons would likely tell you which character it would focus on.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
These are the 106 most common unread books on LibraryThing’s collective bookshelves. The meme:

Bold the ones you’ve read
Underline the ones you read for classes (at least once)
Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish
*star it* if it’s actually on your bookcase and you haven’t read it

There are, of course, caveats )

If it weren't for [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay's apartment is book country, I'd have more stars, like for White Teeth anyway, but I get rid of books I don't read. The Corrections is what I told people I was reading when I first came into my first fandom and I was reading piles of H/Hr fanfic—obviously, this was back in the fall of 2001—but when I did start it I hated it.

Also, why are all these Austen novels going unread? It's not like they're difficult.
jlh: Ryan Seacrest with his hand up, text says "talk to the hand" (gents: Ryan talk to the hand)
I am so excited about my Yuletide gift fic, Where There Is Peace! It's Anne of Green Gables (which I secretly thought it would be given the fandom counts) and is all about Leslie and Owen and their family during WWI, the time period of Rilla of Ingleside.

It's funny, I was talking to [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne the other day about my childhood holidays, when I'd mostly sit in the corner reading because there's no one in my family around my age. Well, I'll do it again this year, because the story has sent me back to canon--I admit, I hadn't read Rilla or Rainbow Valley in quite a while, so good thing I'm home in Maine, where all my Anne books still sit on the small bookshelf in the small bedroom.

AND, AND, I got the loveliest comment from my own fic recipient, so this first Yuletide experience has been pretty much aces! So hard to sit on my hands until the reveal, though!

In completely unrelated news (since AI is too big to make Yuletide) yesterday was Ryan Seacrest's 33rd birthday, and like [livejournal.com profile] lessthangreat I saw his new P&G Oral Care commercial while watching the VH1 marathons (how great is that shit, btw? fun, and you can totally watch it with your mother). I hate the "backstage" chatter part because it's so badly written (by D'Arcy, I'm pretty sure) that I can sit down write now and tell you what the advertising brief was, never mind that I hate those ads where people "just happen" to be talking about either the Key Benefit or the Reason to Believe. Oh, P&G, never change.

But what I do love is the "on the set" part with Josie Moran. When she is so entranced by Ryan's Scope-fresh breath and Crest-white smile that she gets all up in his grille, he reveals his usual discomfort when women behave in a non-faghag-like manner. Oh, Ryan, never change.
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. (Curse this!)
Does this trade mean I can't use my Johnny Damon icon anymore? Or maybe I should to immortalize what he should look like, because I'm telling you people, I've seen him clean-shaven with short hair and he looks like a moron, and I'm willing to bet there will be a Samson effect. (Which reminds me, need Varitek photo for a Schroder/Varitek pitchers thing.) As for the Red Sox themselves, there are many things I could say, but mostly: Not getting too overheated about the stupid shit they pull in the off season is one of the ways I've been able to maintain my sanity all these years. The 2004 team will always exist, world without end amen.

Then again, I'm training to be an historian so you might not want to listen to me.

There's a meme going around about favorite fictional romantic couples, which reminded me that I'd done this post a while back. I may revisit by trying to get to 10 books, 10 movies, 10 television, if I've a mind to.

Sweet!

Nov. 11th, 2005 10:01 pm
jlh: a sign in Lynchville, ME that shows distance to various Maine towns named after countries/cities (Paris, Norway, etc.) (Maine sign)
Did you ever have one of those days where you thought you would shake so much with sheer frustration that you might completely disintegrate? Yeah. And I was going to post about one of those things, but you know, I'd rather feel my positive energy or whatever. It's more healing.

So tonight after dinner I had a craving for caramel corn which I get on occasion. And I thought well, I have popcorn to pop, and I have caramel sauce for ice cream. This is what you do:

  1. Pop some corn in whatever method you like. [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay taught me how to do it on the stove in a pot, which is easy and quick.
  2. Decant a couple tablespoons of really good caramel sauce. I had some rich, not too sweet stuff in the back of my cabinet and that made a lot of difference. You need to heat it in the microwave for a little bit longer than they instruct, as you want it less goopy and more syrupy-liquidy—say half again as long; 15s instead of 10s.
  3. Pour the caramel over the popcorn in thin ribbons, stirring the popcorn all the time. If you've ever made the real thing, that should look familiar. It won't be fully coated, but each piece should have a little bit of caramel on it.
  4. You may want to eat this with a spoon. It's really fucking sticky.

That's it! I don't care for cake and never have, so my grandmother, who was the cake decorator in the family, made me caramel popcorn balls every year for my birthday, and this reminded me of those big pans full of caramel corn that we'd make the balls from. Yum.

Last night I went out to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose (food okay, waiter pretty mean) and then we met up with [livejournal.com profile] emsariel et soror for a really fun reading by Rob Brezsny (of Real Astrology fame) and Kelly Link. Kelly read a great story called Monster, and Rob had us all singing about positive energy: Evil is boring. Cynicism is stupid. Despair is lazy. Color me a convert!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Who's Your Daddy?)
Joss Stone and Rob Thomas singing "Stop Draggin My Heart Around" will not make me want to give money to the relief effort. I'm just sayin'.

Meanwhile, I think that everyone who plans on seeing Brokeback Mountain needs to go to the bookstore, find the E. Annie Proulx book with the story, sit down and read it. It's a short story so it won't take you long. It's almost breathtaking in its beauty so it won't "spoil" the movie for you. And that way you'll know what you're getting into.

I'm really looking forward to new Veronica Mars and CSI, and to seeing what shows folks seize on this year.

I'd love reqs on fluffy, romantic or fluffy/romantic fics in the following pairings: H/H, D/G, R/S, Seamus/Dean, James/Lily if anyone has some.

Tomorrow I will endeavour to do more than I did today.

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