Taking a four day weekend - since have President's Day off as a holiday, so taking tomorrow as a personal day. I need a breather from work. Want to go furniture shopping. Depending on weather.
1. Is it just me or is the LJ spam even worse than it was before? I get two a day now, and they are always weird drugs that I would never use in a million years. [Note to evil marketing people spamming my lj with pharmaceutical products? Stop wasting your time. No one sees them but me and I'm immune to marketing.]
2. Vampire Diaries
rocked like nobody's business tonight. It was like a cliff-hanger every ten minutes, plus plot-twists galore. And oh...I was so right about that big death. Go me. Although, admittedly quite tragic. And I so did not see that final plot-twist. Vamp Diaries like Once Upon A Time never fails to surprise me, yet, weirdly makes sense and is not out of nowhere. In other words it surprises me in a way in which I think, damn, why didn't I think of that?( eh spoilers of course )
3. Fun workplace conversations about Game of Thrones.( Read more... )
3. Day 03 – Your favorite series
And this continues to be the hardest meme on the planet. I don't know. I've read a lot of series and it depends on my mood which is my favorite also which year it is. Let's see...PD Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster? Nah. Lord of the Rings? No, I got bogged down in Return of the King, how people managed to read it and the Silmarrion, I'll never know - although I should talk, I loved and read James Joyce's Ulysess five times in undergrad and some people find that unreadable. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files? Eh...no. The Chronicles of Lymond by Dorothy Dunnett - now that is tempting, that was a fun series, even if Dunnett's writing style gets on my nerves - she could give the engineers at the Railroad and several contract lawyers I know a run for their money on being dense and indirect in her prose. Harry Potter
I'm sorry, it may not be the best written or the most literary work on the planet. But it was fun and it took me out of my head and it dealt with some interesting themes. Specifically class issues in a wryly witty sort of way. Rowlings reminded me a great deal of Ronald Dahl, except less misanthropic. Sort of Ronald Dahl meets Charles Dickens by way of PD Wodehouse and CS Lewis. And her world was delightfully textured, witty, and satirical. A series that appealed to all ages, creeds, and nationalities. Rare thing that.( rest of the days )
4.Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
The problem with favorite tv series is that you can't make up your mind which episode is your favorite. Actually that's why it is your favorite, generally speaking, 60-75% of the episodes fit into the category of - this is my favorite episode. And which takes precedence often has a lot to do with mood and what you did that day. Although I suspect this is true with most things.
Decisions, decisions...or rather eeny, meeny, miny, moe...I pick, eh...Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling
- this week, mainly because I'm a sucker for musicals, it was an ingeuous take on a musical, and everybody in the cast was given something interesting to do that furthered their emotional journey and the plot at the same time. This was generally true of episodes Joss Whedon wrote, less so of episodes the other's wrote. Whedon played favorites less on Buffy than his other writers did. Oddly Buffy was the only show he worked on that he did not play favorites as much with - which I find decidedly odd.
At any rate - I remember a friend who was a bit critical of Buffy or didn't take it seriously, catching this episode, and commenting - "now that was interesting, they don't take themselves seriously and the whole time they were making fun of themselves and musicals, it was like a fun witty satire on filmed musicals."
So true. The magic, much like Rowlings Harry Potter series, was in the small details.( Read more... )