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1. Okay, I can't do a poll, because no paid account, but I'm many people who watch Doctor Who see it as a kid's show? And do your kids, assuming you have any, watch it? I'm particularly interested in the non-Brits. Because it's apparently marketed as a kid's show in Great Britain. But it isn't here. (It's shown at 9 pm here on Saturday nights. Not exactly what I think of as the prime kid-viewing hour.)

2. What is everyone watching? Anything interesting?

3.Sense8 got cancelled. Is it worth watching now that it is cancelled? Or will it irritate me because it ended on a cliff-hanger? What else on Netflix, Amazon Prime is worth checking out?

So far Bosch, Sense8, and Iron Fist have been mentioned. Anyone seen the Woody Allen/Elaine Page series?

4. Has American Gods finished yet? I'm waiting to binge watch as a 7 day trial on Starz.
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1. Question: Are any television shows worthy of obsession?

Answer: Probably not. Doesn't keep me from obsessing about them, though. Or anyone else for that matter, apparently.

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2. Question: What qualifies as kid fare and adult?

Answer: I've been wondering about this for a while now. I will go through the children's shelves in book stores, and while much of the books on the shelves are obviously kid's fare, such as Goodnight, Moon. Other's I wonder about from time to time. Peter Rabbit has some disturbing bits in it. As does The Hobbit and Harry Potter, and Twilight.

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3. Television Reviews well sort of...

* Doctor Who - The Lie of the Land

Don't have a great deal to say about this episode. It was okay. I thought it was better than last week's episode, less obvious plot holes. But I also felt like I've been there done that...which was the problem with this particular arc, well amongst other things.

I did like some things about it, which are spoilery, so beneath the cut:

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* Riverdale

Two episodes left. I'm enjoying the series. It's beautifully shot and has an amazing color scheme. The production, set design, cinematographer, editors, makeup and costumes are doing a great job. The only weak points are well, the direction and writing...which is rather limp. But I'm enjoying it.

It has a graphic novel feel to it. Jughead is my favorite character. The actor is doing a great job...emoting. And I love Skeet Ullrich as Jug's dad "FP". Molly Ringwald, who plays Archie's mom, looks weird. Has she done botox or plastic surgery? Her face is oddly stiff and lop-sided. It's admittedly odd to see her as a Mom, but then it is also odd to see Luke Perry (who played Buffy's high school boyfriend Pike in the Buffy movie) as a Dad, and Ringwald's hubby.

I like the tone of the series and find it captivating enough to stick with.

*Still Star-Crossed

Well, I'm not sure it's very good, but it is definitely intriguing. (Reminds me a bit of Reign actually in quality - so more a CW series than an ABC series...). But it is intriguing enough to hold my interest at any rate. It focuses on the twenty-somethings in the cast. But I like Grant Bowler's turn as Montague. Head, I'm on the fence about at the moment. The casting is the most diverse and colorblind that I've ever seen. They have interracial couples all over the place and aren't blinking an eye. Romeo is black, with a white father, white cousin, and in love with white Juliet, who has black cousins. It's startling because a mere ten years ago, such a thing was...well rarely done.

Don't get me wrong, I love it. But it surprised me a little. Time was, the networks would have prohibited it. And this is on a major network - ABC.

The first episode pretty much retells the Rome and Juliet storyline, except from Benvolo (Romeo's confidante) and Rosalind's (Juliet's confident) perspectives.

And it changes a few things from the Shakespearean version which I found intriguing.

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The only drawback? It feels like a CW teen show. Not that this is a huge problem. But ...I wish it focused more on the older characters.

* Nashville

Hmmm, I'm really enjoying the new writers of this series. The show's quality has improved. Also certain storylines have opened up. It's not predictable and has surprised me time and again. Completely different show than the past several years. Instead of a soapy melodrama about the music industry, it's become a relatable drama about the country music industry.

There are some...sentimental moments, but nothing too manipulative and overall it worked.
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The review in The Atlantic about Wonder Woman, I pretty much agree with in its entirety.

Directing from a script by Allan Heinberg, Patty Jenkins (Monster) favors character over conflict, an approach that yields precisely the happy results one might have anticipated. Gadot, in particular, is a delight as Diana: supremely capable yet utterly innocent, a big fish who has left her little pond and now finds herself out of water altogether. As her guide to the ways of the masculine world—which consist principally of lying and pointless fighting—Pine’s Steve is equal parts incredulous and enraptured toward Diana.

Wonder Woman does have its share of flaws. At two hours and 20 minutes, it is considerably overlong. A more compelling villain would have helped matters, and one scene in which Diana brutally impales a foe with her sword is an incongruous fit with the movie’s overall tone. Also, it seems a bit retrograde to have the first big female-led superhero film end with the lesson that “only love can truly save the world”—especially given the abundant evidence that what actually saved the world was Gal Gadot kicking ass all over Belgium.
[Actually, I don't entirely agree, I liked that theme, although it did seem incongruous, after she won by fighting.]

The final big action sequence, as now seems always to be the case, is a messy and overwrought CGI extravaganza. But at least the movie that precedes it involves actual characters—likeable ones, even!—exhibiting recognizable human emotions. Here’s hoping that DC and Warner Bros. have registered the value of such straightforward pleasures in time for Snyder’s upcoming Justice League. If even he can learn such a lesson, perhaps there’s hope for the human race after all.

And A.O Scott of the NY Times, who I rarely agree with. (I liked Dark Knight more than he did and was not a huge fan of Toby MaGuire's Spiderman.)

Once franchise continuity is established — a mysterious package from Bruce Wayne arrives at the office of Wonder Woman’s alter ego, Diana Prince, who works in the Louvre’s antiquities department — we are transported back to the heroine’s earlier life, long before she became mixed up with Wayne and Clark Kent. “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins from a script by Allan Heinberg, briskly shakes off blockbuster branding imperatives and allows itself to be something relatively rare in the modern superhero cosmos. It feels less like yet another installment in an endless sequence of apocalyptic merchandising opportunities than like … what’s the word I’m looking for? A movie. A pretty good one, too.

By which I mean that “Wonder Woman” tells an interesting, not entirely predictable story (until the climax, which reverts, inevitably and disappointingly, to dreary, overblown action clichés). It cleverly combines genre elements into something reasonably fresh, touching and fun. Its earnest insouciance recalls the “Superman” movies of the ’70s and ’80s more than the mock-Wagnerian spectacles of our own day, and like those predigital Man of Steel adventures, it gestures knowingly but reverently back to the jaunty, truth-and-justice spirit of an even older Hollywood tradition.

This is an origin story, first and foremost, establishing the mythic background and modern mission of its main character. That kind of movie can be tedious, but “Wonder Woman” is leavened by touches of screwball comedy, espionage caper and romantic adventure, as well as by what might be the most credible superhero screen kiss since upside-down Tobey Maguire planted one on Kirsten Dunst way back in “Spider-Man.”

After seeing "Man of Steel", "Batman vs. Superman", this was a breath of fresh air.
And it was lighter and more uplifting than the Nolan films. More humor, and wit.

I wouldn't mine seeing it again, when it's released on demand. But recommend a movie theater. I did not see it in 3D. 3D gives me a headache, particularly with action movies. Although there were sequences that were clearly meant for 3D, and I could tell it was filmed with that in mind.
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So, I saw the Wonder Woman movie with cjlasky today. It exceeded expectations.

Granted my expectations after trying to read Whedon's stab at it, were fairly low.
But, this surprised me. My only quibble, is well, the same quibble I have regarding all Zack Snyder films...and that's basically the man has problems with pacing. Patty Jenkins was the director and quite good, but it felt like a Snyder film, pacing issues and focus on cinematic paintings. Lots of pausing for the beautiful F/X painting. Snyder is a great visual artist, and excellent at F/X paintings...but, his pacing can slow down a film.

That said, I still love the movie. It did the opposite of what Whedon's script did -- it put us in Diana's point of view from the beginning. Just like Steve Rodgers, Clark Kent, et al, we got to be in Diana's perspective throughout. Not Steve Trevors. The movie also much like Captain America has a framing device -- she is in present day, and flashes back on her past. The story is told in flashback. And it starts when she was a child on the Amazon island, and who she is.

It's not campy. Yes, there is Greek mythology, but they treat it respectfully, and Ares, the villain..was a pleasant surprise. Not at all what I expected. Completely unpredictable, I had no idea where they were headed with it.

In many respects it is an anti-war film, and it ...slyly references what is happening politically at the moment. Uplifting and with a strong message about war and love.

Gail Gadot is perfect as Wonder Woman, building on her nuanced performance in Batman vs. Superman. And the other actors, Chris Pine, David Thewlis, and Robin Wright are excellent as well.

Highly recommended. Best DC film I've seen since...Dark Knight Rises. Except this was a bit more up-lifting.

Only downside, besides the pacing here and there, was the woman next to me, for some odd reason, felt the need to keep checking her cell phone every 20 minutes. I finally nudged her and said in a half-whisper, please stop doing that, it's irritating.

People? You cannot use your cellphones in a darkened theater without people noticing. It's like turning on a flashlight. Turn the frigging things off. Some places will fine you or confiscate it. They do in rural and suburban movie theaters. I think they are afraid to do it in the city.

I haven't finished reading the Wonder Woman script by Whedon yet, but so far, very happy they passed on it, and waited to get this one made. Actually I don't think I'll change my mind regarding that.
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Weird. I had to go into my edit friends page to make sure I had subscribed to people. Because even though I thought I did, it didn't happen. DW has it's little quirks too.
I miss being able to do polls, but am not willing to pay money just for the ability to do polls.
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1. Started reading Whedon's Wonder Woman Script last night and...bwa- ha-ha-ha.. And not in a good way or rather I don't think its intentional. I can see why he had writer's block. He no idea what he was doing.

In fact I wondered for a moment or two there if I had the right script. It has Silver Pictures as a watermark, and starts with Steve Trevor going down in plane over a mysterious island. A "girl" pulls the plane door open, she's insanely beautiful, in an elemental way, and her shift that she is wearing is from another era, we'll call it Greek.
[And I'm getting flashbacks of the 1970s Wonder Woman television movie and series starring Lynda Carter.]

It is funny though. But weirdly amateurish so far, not at all what I was expecting.

Not that far into it. Steve's gotten out of the plane, been tied up, and taken prisoner by Diana and her companions.

So how's the movie? I'd like to see it. Maybe this weekend or next.

Wonder Woman admittedly has an odd history. The character and story was originated by William Moulton Marston a psychologist and feminist who...well created her as a sort of dominatrix, hence the lasso and the outfit. She first appeared in comics in 1941. Like Superman and Captain America, she first appeared in the comics during WWII, literally during WWII, not years later in WWII stories.

2. Lucifer Season Finale.

I can't believe they killed the baby grand piano. I liked that piano. And he'd just gotten it tuned and everything!

Other than that, it was a kick-ass season finale with a cliff-hanger that surprised me. I did not see that coming. I like Lucifer in part because it's unpredictable. Most of these types of series are predictable...this is one isn't. And they make fun of Christian mythos. And I love the characters.

Damn, I'm going to miss this show. After that cliff-hanger, I don't want to wait for the fall. I rewound it twice. Debating deleting it from DVR, because I actually have rewatched segments of it before. Lucifer has great season finales.

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Overall? Great finale. No quibbles. I even found the mystery of the week entertaining, although lately it's been firmly in the background. This week it was sort of surprising, because it was firmly in the background with the focus more on Lucifer and his dysfunctional family.
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1. What I just finished reading?

The drakon trilogy by Shannon Abe, which included "The Smoke Thief", "The Dream Thief", and "The Queen of Dragons".

While she's good at witty dialogue, the writer sucks at plotting and structure. And while I adored "The Smoke Thief", the later two books don't quite work, in part because for some reason or other she feels this need to write a first person expository perspective that pops up intermittently in book. For example, first chapter (hero's pov), second chapter (heroine's pov), third chapter - brother's pov, fourth chapter -- some weird omniscient party commenting on everything in first person perspective. I thought it was the heroine for a bit, but then I realized it couldn't be, so I've really no idea. While certainly ambitious, it was mainly jarring and disruptive of the action, also added nothing to the story. I skimmed after a while.

The last book in the trilogy, Queen of Dragons, irritated me. There's a plot about the hero's brother (Rhys) and a little girl (Honor) being taken, and his sister (Lia) and her husband (Zane) (from the last novel) infiltrating the sanf ( the drakon hunter sect) in order to protect and save the sister's family of drakon. Also, the hero/heroine (Kit/Rue) from the first book have mysteriously disappeared without a trace -- to find the hero/heroine (Zane/Lia) from the second book. But...this plot sort of takes place off-page. And every once and awhile pops up. Also, there's subplot about the brother who was taken by the drakon hunters, Rhys, being in love with the heroine as well -- but this dropped when he's kidnapped. The heroine, Mari, finds him, but loses him when she's taken by the hunters, one of which is the hero from the previous book, Zane. Zane uses the Dramur or dreaming diamond to keep her from turning into a drakon. He's trying to keep everyone safe as a double-agent. But can't keep the sanf from torturing her. Before they do, she's rescued in dramatic fashion by the hero, Kimber. Kimber and Mari go back to Kimber's house, he recuperates, they swear their love for each other. The end.

And I'm thinking...okay, but what about Rhys, Zane, his wife, the missing girl Honor, the missing Marquess and Marchioness (the hero/heroine from the Smoke Thief).

Confused? Yeah, so was I. The damn book gave me a headache.

Like I said, bad plotting.

Also read a review in The Economist on a new book that I'd been flirting with by David Goodhart entitled The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics is published by C Hurst & Co.

And realized, I sort of agree with the reviewer, although I admittedly have not read the book. But mainly I don't think I agree with either on the depiction of the divide or I find myself heavily questioning it - which would pose problems in reading the book. It could just piss me off. And I'm trying to avoid things that piss me off. (grins)

And of course, now the silly Economist won't let me access it again without subscribing so, I had to go to the Guardian and read its review. Which sort of agreed with the Economist, interestingly enough and I found myself agreeing with. (I like The Economist slightly better, because it's less emotionally charged, and more objective in its analysis, at least for the most part. But the Guardian is cheaper and easier to access, so there's that.)

He argues that the key faultline in Britain and elsewhere now separates those who come from Somewhere – rooted in a specific place or community, usually a small town or in the countryside, socially conservative, often less educated – and those who could come from Anywhere: footloose, often urban, socially liberal and university educated. He cites polling evidence to show that Somewheres make up roughly half the population, with Anywheres accounting for 20% to 25% and the rest classified as “Inbetweeners”.

I don't agree with this categorization. Too many generalizations. Although it may work in Britain, (or not according to the Guardian) it doesn't quite work here.

Let me try to explain.

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2. What I'm reading now?

Eh, a bunch of stuff.

* Let's Develop! by Fred Neuman -- basically a primer on social group psychology and emotional/creative developmental psychology

*White Hot by Illona Andrews

* Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman Script -- which I'm going to try to access on my ipad via email download.

And whatever else...catches my eye.
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1. Well this is odd, my google chrome extension that is supposed to be turning Trump pictures into kittens on social media sites, is randomly turning pictures of other people into kittens. Such as photos of Buffy cast members and writers in friends recaps of Whedoncon. (ie. Instead of photos of Nick Brendan, David Fury, Tim Minear and Mark Lutz, I've photos of kittens.) While it appears to be leaving Trump alone.

2. Co-worker, DPL, told me today that she thought the world of me, and wanted my help on a huge design/construction project she'd been given. And was going to ask that my boss assign me to help her and supervise her on it. Made my day. Particularly considering the last three weeks.

Same co-worker had read and written a glowing review of my novel.

3. I downloaded the Wonder Woman script by Joss Whedon. More out of curiousity than anything else. It's gotten really bad reviews. People do not like that script. I sort of feel sorry for Whedon. He's gotten a lot of bad press lately. Also how would you feel if a rejected script that you wrote got released to the internet without your permission? (Makes me happy I'm not in that business. You have to have incredibly thick skin.)

OTOH -- he does get to pitch hit for the Justice League Movie and do the film Batgirl.

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Hmmm...I'm going to have to try Still Star Crossed because guess who is playing Juliet's father, Lord Capulet? Anthony Stewart Head. And Lord Montague is Grant Bowler from Defiance. It's basically what happened in Verona after Romeo and Juliet died. (Basically all hell breaks loose, not the optimistic ending Shakespeare opined.) Which is an interesting premise, just wish it wasn't adapted from a successful YA series. Although that could be a good thing, sometimes book adaptations give a series a bit more cohesion.

I was thinking about favorite Shakespearean plays, adaptations and film versions...and really the devil is in who performed it and how.

On paper? My favorite is Hamlet. It just has the best lines.

Performed? It's more of a toss-up. I've seen really good live theater presentations of
King Lear (Anthony Hopkins played Lear vis RSC in London) and Twelth Knight in Stratford Upon Avon. Not much else.

Film? Franco Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet, and Fassbender's Macbeth, also Ian McKellan's Richard III. Kenneth Brannagh also made Henry the V very accessible.

Adapted? Harder. I think West Side Story is by far the best adaptation. The others I can't remember or didn't quite work. Romeo and Juliet really lends itself to adaptation.
Although I do have a fondness for the film Ten Things I Hate About You which is a teen adaptation of Taming of the Shrew, a bit better than the musical version Kiss Me Kate.
(You can tell I was an English Lit major and a theater geek, back in the day, can't you?)

2. There's a list of 65 television shows popping up this summer in TV Guide. 65. Half of them are game shows, which makes me nostaglic for the 70s. Half of the television series in the 1970s and part of the 1980s were unscripted game shows. I don't enjoy game shows that much, but my best bud at the time adored them. So I saw all of them. She loved two things -- game shows, science fiction and horror.

Midnight, Texas looks sort of interesting, it's another adaptation of a Charlain Harris series. (I don't understand how Harris gets adapted let alone published. Her writing is abysmal. But then I didn't understand the appeal of Twilight. So what do I know?)

The adaptations are actually more interesting than her books. This one is about a down-on-his luck medium, a waitress and a town filled with ghosts, angles, a were-tiger, and something else.

It's more about community and family then sexual relationships, partly because it is on NBC and not HBO. So, if you're curious to see what a non-cable subscription channel would do with it, check it out.

What else? I think I should try Wyonna Earp on Syfy at some point. People seem to like it.

Can't really remember anything else. Oh, Nashville and Younger are popping up again.
I'd like to try The Last Kingdom...but not sure where it can be found in US. I like Bernard Cornwell for the most part, was a fan of his Sharpe series. Everything else is on HBO or Showtime, which I don't get at the moment. Starting to wish I hadn't let go of it. Although I could always grab it back again.

Salvation is a..."meteor is falling to earth how do we stop it series". I like some of the stars.. Santiago Cabrera.

And a whole host of other things...The Sinner is an odd miniseries about a woman suddenly going nuts and stabbing someone and the detective who investigates why. The detective is portrayed by Bill Pullman.Will is basically a TNT series about Wild Man, Will Shakespeare who wants to revolutionize theater. And yes, it's the actual William Shakespeare.
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1. Apparently I'm not the only one who didn't enjoy this week's Who all that much and had issues with it.

I didn't hate it. But, I'm admittedly not quite as fannish about the series as others. But I did think it was rather clumsily written.

Hmmm, while hunting down the listing of this season's Doctor Who episodes (hard to do when you have no clue which season this is supposed to be), I stumbled upon an announcement of the NEW DOCTOR or rather who will be replacing Capadali and when it will happen.[ETA: Fake announcement. Just found out it was fake. So never mind.]

Looked up Peter Harness, who co-wrote Pyramid at the End of the World, and yep I don't like his writing. He'd also wrote the Zygon invasion episodes, which I also had issues with. In fact, I think I gave up on Doctor Who during that season in part because of those episodes.

2. Dinner was lovely with U last night. She's very wise. She refuses to discuss or talk about politics at all. With anyone. I'd bring it up. She'd say nothing. Or change the subject. (U voted for Clinton.) Avoids it completely in every way.

3. My crazy church friends on FB are still throwing cats at me. The latest is a poor cat who is depressed after just losing her owner of ten or twelve years. This is getting ridiculous. Although it is rather amusing. My friends on Dreamwidth are trying to talk me out of it, while my friends on FB are trying to guilt me into adopting a cat right this very second. Who knew adopting a cat was such a controversial subject? I blame all those cat videos.
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Well, I actually watched an episode within 24 hours in which it aired. Usually it's fourteen days later. Also, dear BBCAmerica, please stop airing the last five minutes of Doctor Who within the same time slot as Class, because my DVR keeps cutting it off. In order to see the last five minutes, I had to start DVRing Class. No haven't watched any episodes of it yet, in part because I'm annoyed that I have to tune in order to see the last five minutes of Doctor Who.

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1. Pilot
2. Extremis
3. Smile
4. Pyramid at the End of the World
5. Thin Ice
6. Oxygen

How many episodes does Doctor Who have? Is it ten a year? Or six? Or thirteen? I'm guessing ten.
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[Have a dinner date with Uhurua around 7, who I haven't seen in a while. We considered a movie. But Wonder Woman isn't out yet. And U didn't see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, sort of impossible to see 2, without 1. U did ask if I wanted to see...Alien: Covenant.

Me: I'm not sure I want to see a horror movie...and I thought you hated horror movies?
U: Well if it's sci-fi and not Nightmare on Elm Street...I can usually do it....Never mind, lets' keep it simple and just do dinner.

LOL. I don't know. I think of the Alien movies as full fledged horror films. But then I also think of Doctor Who as horror, so what do I know?

Anyhow, we'll see if I can write this in under two hours. ]

So, I finally saw the Doctor Who episode "Extremis" which apparently revealed who was in the vault and why. Feel sort of silly for thinking it could have been anyone else. Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar or the simplest choice is the right one.

I liked the episode. I could tell Moffat wrote it, has the intricacies of plot that Moffat is famous for. With some good dialogue throughout. Particularly liked Bill's exchanges with the Doctor and Nardole

If an episode has good dialogue, I'll usually enjoy it. (And no, not all the episodes have good dialogue, at least three did not. I'm picky about dialogue. Some people are picky about plot, some about moral messages, some about theme, some world-building, some consistencies, for me? It's dialogue. (Well, dialogue and character development, which often go hand in hand). Which you'd think wouldn't be a problem in a medium that is basically 98% dialogue, is.)

I also agree with the people who said River Song's tale is far from over. There were numerous allusions to River Song, in particular the whole idea of a simulation world where people were data feeds, set up in a manner similar to the Library. Maybe one of the reasons I liked this episode is in some respects it reminded me of Silence in the Library?

spoilers although I think everyone but me has seen it by now )

Overall I enjoyed the episode. (just the one quibble about the villain). It has a big of a chinese puzzle box of a plot, but that's Moffat and why I enjoy his writing.

Ranking of episodes?

1. Pilot
2. Extremis
3. Knock Knock
4. Smile
5. Thin Ice
6. Oxygen.

[Sigh. The Opera Singer is back. It sounds like a Russian Opera singer, singing in Hebrew...So a Russian Jewish Opera Singer? I live in an interesting place. Today I bought earrings at an African Street fair, which was packed. And the only white people there were possibly me and ten other people spread throughout. All the vendors and 90% of the customers were African-American or Carribbean-American descent, ie. black. The earrings are gorgeous. They'd bussed people in. This was in Fort Greene, which otherwise is wall to wall yuppie or hipster in today's lingo. Under 40, hip, white, and pretty. They all look a like. All thin. All active. Guys wear beards. Women long hair. I
feel like I'm looking at the cast of one of those shows on Freeform.]
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1. I posted this on FB..."how would I go about adopting a kitty?" And...for some reason people interpreted that as meaning, I want to adopt a cat right now. (Uh no. I wanted to know how to go about it, because I've been considering it and want to explore the idea. If I wanted to adopt one right now, I'd say -- I want to adopt a cat, can you help?)

One friend emailed an ad from a real estate friend of hers, who'd apparently rescued a cat from a chimney. Apparently the rescuer can't take care of said kitty. The kitty is two weeks old, had just gotten some stitches on her chin from falling down the chimney. "See," said friend, "an incredibly beautiful kitty just fell from the sky for you."

I wrote back..."uh, thanks, but I need to figure out a few things first, such as where to put the kitty litter, etc..."

Her response..."well, I know someone who put the kitty litter in the bathtub and took it out when she needed to take shower. Always thought that was a bit dirty and gross myself, but worked for her. And when the time comes remember to buy 'The World's Best Kitty Litter'. "

Sigh. I told this story to my Mom.

ME: "I posted on FB about how to go about adopting a cat. They interpreted that as meaning adopting a cat this minute or this weekend. So now, people are throwing cats at me."
Mother: They clearly don't know you very well.

Yes, I plan on doing it eventually. I just have to work my way up to it. Just as I have to work my way up to buying new furniture.

It's not that I don't necessarily like change...I just have to worry my into it.

2. Finally watched the televised version of Dirty Dancing all the way through, from beginning to end, instead of snippets.

Mother: Why did they feel the need to do a televised remake of the film?
Me: Well it's actually adapted more from the musical version of the film.
Mother: Except it's more like the film version -- I can't see how they could do the logs and lake bit in a stage musical.

We both agreed the original movie was better. spoilery review )

3. Very happy it is Friday. Work has been making me crazy all week long. Overslept this morning. But there was an early quit due to the holiday weekend. So hurray.
Yay -- three day weekend.
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I should be working on my sci-fi novel, but after writing all day long at work. Just can't. So doing a meme instead. And no, this isn't the same thought process. It's easier somehow, more interactive.

1. Place of Orgin

Illinois, US

2. Where I've Lived

Kansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York

3. Places I've stayed.or lived for one-two months

Brittany (Bretagne), France, London, England, Wales, Australia

4. Favorite Movies of the 1980s (from memory, don't look them up)

* Dirty Dancing (1987)
* Raiders of the Lost Arc
* Empire Strikes Back
* Pretty in Pink
* Silverado
* Die Hard
* Top Gun
* Risky Business
* Chariots of Fire
* Breaking Away

5. Star Wars or Star Trek

Star Wars


Weirdly? The characters. I just found them to be more relateable and better developed somehow. I'm not really into world-building all that much. Nor do I care about theme. If I did, I'd have chosen Trek. But I'm more character and metaphor driven, also like mythology.

But mainly: I fell in love with Leia, Han, Luke, Chewie, R2D2, CP3O...they lived in my imagination long after the movies ended. There was a richness there that stayed with me years later. It's also the first ones I wrote fanfic about...if only for my own eyes and in my own head.

6. Buffy or Angel


My brother didn't get this -- he thought I'd prefer Angel, because he saw it as more adult. I didn't. I thought Buffy was more innovative and broke more rules. Angel, well, I'd seen it before with Forever Night, Brimstone, Koljak the Night Stalker, and half a dozen noir anti-hero mystery/horror shows. I mean yeah it was different in some respects, but overall, it felt like well-traveled dirt.
Buffy on the other hand surprised me. It basically subverted so many things, including old horror tropes...and high school show tropes. I found it harder to predict, and in many ways more relateable than Angel.

And I liked the characters better. My brother, of course, completely disagrees with me.

7. Favorite 1980s songs/artists...

* The Cure
* Berlin
* Pink Floyd (okay maybe not exactly 1980s, but I saw them in concert in the 1980s)
* Peter Gabriel
* Kate Bush
* Fleetwood Mac -- although more 70s in some respects
* Stevie Nicks

I can't frigging remember song titles. I have no memory for songs, lyrics or tunes. No matter what they are. It's one of the reasons I can't sing to save my life. I might be able to recall half a tune in my head but not enough to reproduce it. I don't have much of an auditory memory -- can't remember anything spoken well either, unless I write it down, and repeat it in my head. This throws off people who do have auditory memories. They just don't get it.

I'm a visual think not an auditory thinker. It's what makes me a good artist. I think in words and pictures and images, not really sounds.

8. Favorite Children's Books that you read as a kid

* Chronicles of Narnia
* Circle of Light books
* Nancy Drew mysteries
* Witches of Worm by Zelphia Keatley Snyder
* The Hobbit
* The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
* Watership Down by Richard Addams
* Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
* Restoree, Dragon Riders of Pern, Crystal Singer, Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey
* Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
* The Outsiders by SE Hinton

9. Five Favorite Television Shows from 1980s

* Hill Street Blues
* Night Court
* Cheers
* St. Elsewhere
* Dynasty

10. Sunrise or Sunset?

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1. Lucifer -- this week's episode was even better than last weeks. I laughed throughout. Also found it oddly cathartic.

Really going to miss this during the summer. Why is it the shows that I like have less episodes?

spoilers )

2. Wed Reading Meme

Read an interesting bit in an Amazon review of the novel "The Romance Reader's Guide to Life". A romance novelist was reviewing the book and stated that it was obvious that the writer of the novel was a literary writer who'd never really read romance novels until she'd become an adult, and just picked one randomly off the shelf. As a result, the novel she'd written was not an accurate take on the romance genre and a somewhat insulting view or romance reader's in general. Her review reminded me a little of my reaction to another literary novel/best-seller, the name of which I've managed to completely block ...the Marriage Arrangement? Contract? Can't remember. I was written by the same guy who wrote Middlesex and the Virgin Suicides, but whose name escapes me for some reason.

At any rate, I agree with the reviewer to an extent. And decided to skip the book, because it most likely would trigger me right now. (And I'm avoiding triggers as much as possible or at least until I survive my current work stress situation. My boss and workplace has become increasingly absurd, anal, illogical and irrational, and it's driving me crazy.) She makes an excellent point on why it is not a good idea to write about what you don't know. If you've never read any mystery novels, or have only read a couple here and there, and have little knowledge of the genre, it's probably not a good idea to write a critique of it or a commentary on it, fictional or otherwise. Nor do I think you'd get away with it in the same way literary writers get away with besmirching the romance genre. The mystery genre is more respected. But my point is -- people shouldn't bash a genre they don't know. Or write about a genre they don't know.

Also, it's probably good to keep in mind that every genre has good and bad books in it. Which are good and which are bad is largely subjective and often a matter of opinion. And all books have merit, all have something to someone.

It irritates me when people bash genres I enjoy. Considering I enjoy all the genres...this poses a bit of a problem. Also, since I have enjoyed and read all the genres...I figure I have the right to be critical of them. LOL!

Anywho..What I've finished reading?

The Smoke Thief by Shannen Abe -- which I bought on Amazon for .99 cents. It was dirt cheap when I bought it. It's sequels weren't, damn it. I don't think Kindle e-books should be more than $5.00. Mine (as in my independently published novel) is $4.99, although I'm considering trying to take it down to $2.99. To be fair, for the expensive books on Kindle, sometimes that's the publishers not the writer's idea.

It was good. I rather adored it. It's a 1700s historical paranormal romance about a female thief who turns into smoke and into a dragon. She uses disguises to infilterate the homes of the well-to-do, then turns into smoke to steal into their quarters and steal their jewels. She has an affinity for jewels because drakon (dragon folk) can hear and feel them. The love interest is the head of drakon or dragon people in GB, he lives in Scotland, and tracks the theif to London, but he doesn't know it's a woman. Much chaos ensues.

The dialogue/banter is fun and made me laugh. And the writing is well a style I happen to enjoy, simple, clear, poetic, and not jarring. So many writer's styles are jarring to my inner ear.
Just a fun book all the way around.

Will the word Alpha is said a lot, and the hero and heroine are continuously referred to as Alphas.
So if that bugs you, you might want to skip. Also, they are very strong willed people and described as breathtakingly beautiful, so if that bugs you, best to skip. There's also a young boy/thief who is great with animals named Zane, featured in the novel.

The Dream Thief is what I'm reading now. It's the next in the series. It's about their daughter, and the thief, Zane. He's grown up, as is she. And they are hunting a magical diamond, which allows the holder to control the drakon people. Zane is not drakon. Lila their daughter has been dreaming that he takes the diamond and uses it to control her and destroy her family. Her dreams often come true.

There's a legend behind it about a Princess who was stolen by a peasant along with the diamond and who used the diamond to do just that.

Probably will read Queen of the Dragons next which is about Lila's brother and the Princess Mari, who is introduced in the book I'm currently reading.

3. Dirty Dancing The ABC movie version appears to an adaptation of the West End and Broadway musical. It works and it doesn't. Very different than the original in many ways. The plot has been changed in places. Some things work better, some really don't. Also, I'm not sure there would have been mixed races at a resort, in 1963, in upstate NY. I asked my mother, and she said, no, they wouldn't have hired black dance instructors to work at a white resort in the early 60s. This was the start of the Civil Rights Movement. And the presentation has black dancers and dance instructors. While the original film just had the black band conductor. So, not sure about that.

Also...they changed it so that instead of Johnny reluctantly teaching Baby to dance so that they can do this Tango entertainment dance at another hotel as the entertainment. If they don't do it, Johnny and Penny lose their bonus and any chance of performing or getting a gig for next summer as dance instructors -- since it is part of their contract. Anyhow, instead of doing that...Baby pays the $250 for Penny's abortion in exchange for Johnny giving her dance lessons. So she can dance in the final talent show. This just doesn't work. The other plot point worked better. But they must have found it to be too confusing...and simplified it.

Haven't seen all of it yet. I recorded it. Too frigging long.
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To all my friends in Great Britain, I hope you are okay. (I don't think anyone is an Ariana Granda fan?) and please stay safe.

So sorry this happened. I know how you feel though...the security alert in NYC went up as well.
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1. Old college friend has been posting her journey through South Dakota on FB. She's been hiking a South Dakota national park trail for her friend's 50th birthday. I tell this to my mother over the phone.

Mother: South Dakota?
Me: Yep.
Mother: There isn't anything in South Dakota except Mount Rushmore and the Badlands.
Me: I guess they are hiking the trail to Mount Rushmore.
Mother: Your grandfather was born there...why would anyone?
Me: I don't know. Just that it's really cold there and they got snow, so it go adventurous.

Admittedly this is the same college friend who thought we posted something about tourists boycotting Iowa.

2. Finished watching Victoria on Masterpiece finally. It was okay, I liked the acting. But the writing..and pacing had problems. Frankly? It drug. We spent a lot of time watching people walk through hallways, cross-stitching in silence, wandering about the countryside, and staring at each other. I kept falling asleep. Also it made me aware of how frightfully irresponsible the aristocrats were...there was poverty around them, and here they are wandering around bored in this huge castle or palace with hardly anyone in it. Made it hard for me to feel sympathetic to their plight. I think they should have gotten rid of the downstairs bit, which was hard to follow or care much about.

It should have been closer in structure to The Crown and less like Downton Abbey.

3. Big Bang Theory made me laugh hard for the first time in a while. That ending was precious.
And I adore Mayim Balik's Amy. Her facial reactions are perfection.

4. Another college friend on FB posted that she was shocked that Alan Cummings had come out that he was gay. And how disappointed she was, because she'd been crushing on him forever.

Posters: Are you serious? I mean, it's sort of obvious...
Friend: yes, I thought he was just being British.

Me: How could you not know this? (I mean it's not like he hid or anything, and he came out ages ago.)
(Also as an aside, what does being British have to do with it? LOL!)

See? FB can be rather entertaining if you avoid the politics. Right now everyone appears to be. It's either a slow week, or they got burned out. Probably the latter.

5. Riverdale -- on the fence. I like Jughead, and find Betty weirdly hanging around. Actually I love the cinematography. This thing is well shot. I mean it's just beautiful in places. The writing and acting unfortunately don't quite do it justice...but it could have just been a bad episode. (I've about 6 or 7 episodes behind.)


May. 20th, 2017 10:31 pm
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1. I'm not sure if anyone is watching Lucifer outside of shapinglight?

Anyhow...I'm finding I'm enjoying it for the most part, except for the procedural bits or mystery of the week, which the writers don't appear to care that much about anyhow.

This past week's Lucifer was really good. Even brought back that 1990s song, What if God was One of Us by Joan Osborn.

eh spoilers )

2. Once Upon a Time Season Final -- this could have very easily been the series finale. And in some respects it was. And it ends happily. They make a big point of talking about new beginnings.

Over and over and over again. As if the writers want to slam home to the viewer that guess what, we are rebooting the show. Next year we'll have a whole new show, it's the same one, but a new beginning, new hero, new villains, etc.

I wish had faith in the writers to be innovative in this regard. But I read the break down and it's just a gender flip on the Henry/Emma bit. Now it's a little girl who finds her father, who has no memory of her, and asks him to help her, because his family needs him. The father is Henry Mills. So, instead of Emma being found by Henry, asking her to have belief. It's a little girl bringing the Once Upon a Time book to Henry and asking him to have faith...and the story she holds, is the story of his life in Storybrook.

My mother said the ending reminded her of Back to the Future 2 -- where they come back and say..."your family needs you". (This synced into a conversation about how the middle Back to the Future sucked, but parts 1 and 3 were pretty good. The only two things interesting about 2, was they predicted that the Cubs would win the World Series, and that someone like Trump would become President.)

The episode itself felt repetitive. I'd seen it before. Started fast-forwarding. The show, I think, has been stretched too thin. Not sure what they are going to do with Hook, Rumplestilskin and Regina...felt those characters had been sort of stretched thin as well, also redeemed as much as possible. What else is there to say? I mean how many times...can we revisit the same issues?

The problem sometimes with television series is they don't seem to when to call it quits.

3. In other news, finished The Smoke Thief -- and liked it a lot. Surprised me.
Granted the ending was...a bit on the syrupy side, but they all are. Anyhow, decided to read the next one in the series..."The Dream Thief".
shadowkat: (Default) I finally saw this episode and liked more than I thought I would.

There's some good character development. A rather interesting take on racism...and how two people, who normally struggle with racism or being treated as different, both make verbal faux pas when addressing a blue space alien. I rather liked that and thought it funny and thought-provoking.

And some interesting themes. See below. Cut for spoilers.

1. The Evil Corporation Sci-Fi Trope, cut for plot spoilers )

At least this theme didn't overwhelm the episode. But it did seem to be a repeat of The Smile episode, making me wonder if they are trying to make a point about the control people have over others, and themselves? Actually that was the interesting theme that I saw.

Which brings me to what I think is actually one of the overarching themes of this season. And a far more interesting one than the above. Because frankly, I'm bored of the evil corporation theme. It's been a tad overdone.

Agency or Control )
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1.How did you name your pets?

Eh, I am not good at naming things. My brother did it for the later pets. And we had no real plan. It was just -- oh whatever came to mind. Sort of similar to coming up with passwords.

Don't own any pets at the moment...

2.Poirot or Miss Marpel?

Depends. Poirot was a little more darker, and exotic. Marple more homespun and somewhat down-to-earth. I think I liked Poirot better -- more variety. Marple's cases got a bit like Murder She Wrote after a bit. (Repetitive and rather dull, although I did like Sleeping Murder). And Poirot...was a bit more clever in how she wrote him and killed him off. (It is telling that Christie killed off Poirot and never did kill off Marple.)

I don't read many mysteries now...because unless they are hybrid genres (ie sci-fi, romance, fantasy, etc...they can be rather repetitious and dull. Let's face it there are only so many ways you can kill someone and then investigate it, hence a tendency towards serial killer plot-lines -- more drama, more urgency, and more danger.)

3.Do you have a FB account too?

Yes. It's how I stay in contact with old college chums, my extended family, and to some degree people on past fan boards that I met in person. Interestingly enough, there's people on FB who used to be on LJ and DW and have given up on DW and LJ ages ago and stick only FB, or Twitter. While there are people on DW and LJ who gave up on FB and Twitter.

4.Books - hardcover or paperback

Ebooks, largely. You can increase the size of the print, it lights up in the dark, doesn't take up any space, no moldy or dusty smell, tends to last longer, easy to cart around, and easier to hold and read while in transit.

Paperbacks -- take up less space, easier to lug around, cheaper.

Although should be mentioned I saw a book on Amazon, where the e-book was more than the hardback, and that's just odd.

5.Mobile(cell phone): Windows/Android or Apple?

Apple, currently. Android for my last three phones. I don't recommend Android. The Apple has lasted easier to use in some respects, although there are ticks with both. Apps work better with Apple - I've discovered. As do calls. But Apple did away with their "ignore/take" bit and copied Android's slide to take phone call bit, which just

Also the photo capability is much better.

Android is for techies, Apple is for the rest of us.
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