alexiscartwheel: (dw - nine & rose)
And today, in the spirit of randomness, my answers to a set of questions from [ profile] isiscaughey

Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

Her questions and my answers under the cut )
alexiscartwheel: (carmen ohio)
Every weekend should be a three day weekend. (Except for the part where I'd no longer be able to pay the rent, that would be AWESOME.)

It's been a very relaxing and geeky weekend. I had dinner with [ profile] bookwench31 on Friday night, and in addition to tater tots, I got an opportunity to talk Sci-Fi TV, including Doctor Who, Stargate Atlantis, and my recent obsession, Eureka. I started from the beginning of the series about two weeks ago, and I've almost caught up to the currently airing episodes. I'm sad that it got cancelled just as discovered how great it is.

Saturday was a football sandwich. Ohio State vs. Akron (Go Bucks!), then a trip to Ikea (on the weekend after students moved back to campus, smart), then Georgia vs. Boise State. Once again I missed the marching band alumni game. Maybe someday I'll make it back.

I'm reading two books: Death's Daughter by Amber Benson and The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. The former is pretty awful, and I'm basically just reading it because [ profile] chuunthor, [ profile] d4ni, and I for some reason thought that would be a smart idea. The latter is Fforde's latest, which hasn't been published in the U.S. And Seanan McGuire's newest comes out this week!

I'm currently rewatching the Library episodes from Doctor Who series 4 with friends. Now that we know more about River Song it seemed necessary. There's been a lot of Ten this weekend... Gridlock, Blink, Midnight, Turn Left, and now Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. That plus the last two new episodes. Semi-related, I think I'm going to put together an Amy Pond costume for Halloween this year. Maybe I'll even go all out and dye my hair red.

Back to work tomorrow. :(
alexiscartwheel: (dw - rose)
It's been over a year since I posted about Doctor Who, partly cause I'm too busy these day to watch and rewatch the episodes and dissect and squee over and icon them. That all changes now, because I just finished watching "A Good Man Goes to War" and OMG. Spoilers below, but first... BBC I DO NOT APPROVE OF YOUR HIATUS.

Spoilers. Obviously. )
alexiscartwheel: (alex drake)
Drive by thoughts on the premiers of Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who, then I, unfortunately, have to go actually do some schoolwork before Easter Dinner. It's been a busy couple of days though. Ashes to Ashes was my reward for cleaning all day on Friday, and Doctor Who had to wait yesterday while I worked on projects and finally filed my tax return. Boo.

Ashes to Ashes 3x01 )

Doctor Who 5x01 )
alexiscartwheel: (lots - kahlan is a bamf)
Usually about a couple weeks from the end of an academic term (quarter, semester, whatever) I get overwhelmed by and/or stop caring about school and end up reading tons of YA novels and marathoning TV or anime. Now as a general rule I watch too much TV—it is my grad school procrastination tool of choice—but lately I am taking that to a whole new extreme.

[ profile] d4ni kept talking about how great Legend of the Seeker is, and I was kind of "oh, whatever, it's just some syndicated swords and sorcery thing." And then I finally watched some. I thought the first episode was okay but a tad cheesy, and then I watched the second and OMG THIS SHOW IS SO AMAZING. I'm almost completely caught up on seasons 1 and 2 in only a week and a half because I just can't stop. It somehow has the absolutely perfect combo of magic, sword fights, hot people, bamfy women, pretty scenery, CRACK, and actual good vs. evil plottiness. And the fandom is full of frivolity and femslash and more crack.

My icon right there *points up* is Kahlan from LotS. She's a Confessor, which basically means she can kill you with her brain, or alternately her daggers, and she's on a mission to help the eponymous Seeker defeat the big baddie who's terrorizing New Zealand the Midlands.

You should all go watch! Really! Here are 10 good reasons to watch Legend of the Seeker and then I will shut up about it... for now.

This is an exciting week, because everything is new! First there was Chuck and spoiler ) Then there was Bones and Fringe finally returning from hiatus last night. I tried to watch, but the Princess had a friend over and they were talking really loud (in the same room) and watching YouTube videos, so I couldn't completely follow what was going on in Bones, and I just gave up on Fringe. Bones made me laugh though, cause the crime was in the Metro system, you know, the one my mother thinks I should write a book about. I wonder if the mysterious Rock Creek Metro station is like the Tube stations in Neverwhere.

As if that were not enough, there is new Ashes to Ashes tonight and new Doctor Who tomorrow. I've been totally out of the loop Whoniverse wise, but I saw a couple of the recent trailers and the episode synopses from the Radio Times, and now I'm excited for it! And to top it off, I've got two more episodes of Caprica to catch on Hulu and all of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has suddenly become available on Netflix instant play.

I am never going to get any schoolwork done. Ever.
alexiscartwheel: (carmen ohio)
Still waiting for "The Waters of Mars"... if it doesn't finish soon I'll have to wait until tomorrow to watch. Which would be horrifying, I know.

I think I've reached a new Zen state wherein I've stopped worrying about my various stressors, choosing instead to eat chocolate, watch Spooks, reads novels, and, of course, laugh at myself. This was especially effective yesterday when I discovered a) that I left a jam jar in my backpack, which had then leaked onto my laptop power cord and my neglected day planner and b) that I completely forgot about an assignment due two days earlier, a whole new standard in slacking off for me. Normally, either of these things would make me freak out. Not so yesterday.

Ohio State is going to Rose Bowl! I kind of wish I could go, but it's probably uber-expensive. I'm jealous of my younger band friends, even though I hate long parades and don't fancy learning Nickerson turns. Cause it's the freaking Rose Bowl.


That is all.
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
We're heading into the second week of November, and it's 75 degrees here! (That's like, I dunno, 24 or something for Canadians and Brits out there.) I'm wearing shorts because it was so hot in my room earlier when the sun was streaming straight in the window. I guess this is what it'd be like if I moved to Texas, or some other warm all the time climate. Of course, Target is decorated with Christmas trees and snowflakes, like it could totally start snowing in just a moment here. I don't buy it!

Usually there's a point in the semester when I start obsessively watching TV or anime episodes. It tends to be during the last few weeks of class, leading into finals. It seems this year I've hit that point early. Over the past two weeks I've watched the first three seasons of The Office then finished off series 2 of Spooks. Priorities, what?

Don't get me wrong, I've also written a few assignments, gave presentation in class, and accomplished a bunch at work. This week I've taught my student assistants about Depeche Mode, Top Gun, and, um... metadata. No amusing videos for that one.

Because it has nothing to do with anything, I really like the new Weezer single (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To much better than their previous couple of singles.

Also, new Doctor Who in a week. I've decided I really don't like this whole spread out specials deal. I'm kind of out of the fandom loop right now. I do at least have a few Whovian friends in the area to geek out with.

ETA: I want some new icons, but I am lazy. Suggestions are very welcome for fun icons posts for Bones, Doctor Who, Dollhouse, PGSM, Harry Potter, Star Wars, 30 Rock, BSG... anything awesome, basically.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - three)
Doctor Who fandom is going batshit today, but at least it's not Torchwood wank! (I don't usually read [ profile] fandomsecrets [because it is a wretched hive of scum and villainy I don't care about your thoughts on yaoi] but yesterday's was basically the all Torchwood special wangsting edition.) Moving right along...

The Doctor has a new outfit! And a new companion!

I don't really consider a picture of their outfits is spoilery, especially once released by the BBC. If you do, don't click, and just stop reading now, kay? I really had no expectations for Matt Smith's attire (I figure if you build up this image of "OMG the eleventh Doctor must wear a dickie" then you're just setting yourself up for disappointment.) but I think I quite like this. The bow tie is awesome and sort of old school. Apparently there are also suspenders/braces, which is also fun. (It is my opinion that suspenders are superior in functionality to belts, but suspenders on females seems to be limited mostly to those who are either strippers or genderqueer, of which I am neither, or marching band members, which I'm not anymore.) Anyway. The only thing I'm not so sure about are the rolled up trousers. Is that a permanent thing, or did he just get off his bike and was trying to keep his trousers out of the chain?

Also, I want Karen Gillan's magenta/maroon/whatever Converse. I think it's been well over a year since I bought a new color, so it's totally time, right?

Spoiler cut for that casting thing that's got fandom's collective knickers in a twist )
alexiscartwheel: (dw - three)
We can expect to see Matt Smith's face in the credits, all Old School and vaguely creepy-like.

So says some dude on a forum. Which surely means this is true. ;)
alexiscartwheel: (dw - three)
That Who meme that's been going around, snagged from [ profile] fiery_twilight and others.

1. When did you start watching?
Summer 2007

1a. Why?
Cause the Doctor Who thread at the Sugar Quill was always busy, and I wanted to know what the big fuss was all about.

2. What was your first episode?

3. Which episodes have you seen?
All of New Who through “The Next Doctor.” I’m working my way through Classic Who; so far I’ve seen 1 Hartnell, 8 Pertwee, 9 Baker, 3 Davison, 2 McCoy, and the TVM.

3a. Favourite?
New Series - The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, Human Nature/Family of Blood, Blink, Turn Left, Midnight
Classic Series - Inferno, The Sea Davils, The Time Warrior, City of Death, Castrovalva

meme is bigger on the inside )
alexiscartwheel: (bsg - adama/roslin)

  • Last night I set two alarms to ensure that I'd be out of bed and out the door on time. I made it to the Metro, then had to wait half an hour because some train with mechanical problems was blocking the track and was late for work anyway!

  • I've read plenty about those fancy pants ebook readers, but never seen a real person using one, until today, when I saw two. I'm still not sold.

  • Apparently, Lake Superior State University publishes a yearly list of words that should be banished from the English language. Although I agree we were a bit over-mavericked this year, I find this type of linguistic whining irritating. Blah blah they're ruining "the Queen's English" (say some folks in Michigan, lol). CRY MOAR, BBS!!

  • My roommate cleaned up his huge mess in the kitchen, so now it is safe to cook in with out poisoning myself. I'm making pasta with pesto right now. Yum!

  • Only two weeks til Inauguration Day! I still haven't decided whether to brave the cold and the crowds, or just watch on TV from the comfort of my sofa.

  • And speaking of TV, Bones and Battlestar Galactica come back next week! Sadly, I don't have cable, so I'll have to wait an extra day for BSG. :( I've been meaning to rewatch the first half of S4, which I think I can manage at one episode per day if I start tomorrow.

  • Still listening to the CD101 Top 2009. Still awesome.

alexiscartwheel: (dw - ten)
The BBC is announcing the Eleventh Doctor tomorrow (ZOMG YOU GUYS!!), and I will MISS IT!!!!! I will be in my car somewhere in West Virginia or Maryland or some interstate highway. Woe. :(

Um, I also need to pack still, if I'm ever actually going to get on the road. But I'm trying to finish a library book so I can return it tomorrow. I'm upset that I will have to return the first 39 Clues book without reading it.
alexiscartwheel: (hp - ginny weasley)
Today I went to campus to work on some homework. Basically, it was a ploy to guilt myself into working by driving to a different state and sitting in a library. I still have a presentation on Thursday that I need to finish preparing for, but that'll probably mostly happen on Wednesday, my "day off." I'm making a website as my visual aid, but so far it is a bit craptastic. I've got a few half done pages up so far, only two of which are actually linked to each other. On the positive side, my article is about high school libraries, so I was able to justify spending time yesterday looking for screencaps from The Breakfast Club, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Harry Potter movies.

Speaking of Harry Potter, since the SQ forums closed this summer, I haven't been involved with fandom much (other than chat, which is also dying and is usually just me and Stu). So my question for any HP fans out there: what are your favorite HP related places on LJ? Fandom at large seems to favor fanfic featuring the most wildly implausible pairings possible, so where do the canon embracing fans hang out?

As for the Doctor Who fandom news: I'm both sad to see Tennant go and excited about Eleven. I really love Ten and would've enjoyed seeing where Moffat went with him, but it wasn't a huge shock since we've been hearing about the possibility of Tennant leaving for awhile. And since everybody else is doing it, Eleventh Doctor speculation wishlist! My favorite right now is Chiwetel Ejiofor. He was in Serenity, Children of Men, and Love Actually, among other things. Or how about Anthony Head? So what if he already played a villain, he's awesome!

Another super-busy week starts tomorrow. I miss free time.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - mummy)
I got up for work at 5:30 this morning and just got home.

*iz ded*

I drove into the District for the first time this weekend and got lost three times. I officially FAIL at Rock Creek Parkway. Somehow, I managed to get where I was going only fifteen minutes late.

I went to a different church this Sunday (cause I was too lazy too get up in the morning) and they had a folk group that was actually really good. That was refreshing. I learned that I still know all the words to "One Bread, One Body."

I've started watching Bones several years late, and I listened to my first Big Finish on the Metro. There was more Sarah Jane Adventures tonight, but I'm too tired to hunt it down right now.

In 1938 the Maryland band's two drum majorettes were suspended after parents and alumni complained that their skirts were too short. (I learn important stuff like this at work.) Also, the Wisconsin band got suspended this weekend, thus proving that Dr. Jon R. Woods actually knew what he was talking about all those times when he warned us not to act like the Wisconsin band.

Tomorrow... MOAR DEBATES!! *registertovote* I got my absentee ballot on Friday. I have eight choices for president. Cool.

And that's all she wrote.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - martha jones)
I'm reading this article for class, and whoever scanned it left these giant black spaces around the edges. Back when I worked in a university library, we had to measure the journal pages and program the size into the copier. If we screwed up and left an 1/8th inch of black space the document delivery people sent the request back with angry admonishments written on it. I could totally do this better!

I have another job interview. :) It's for a job... wait for it... SCANNING THINGS! I can honestly say I never thought that particular job experience would ever come in handy again. Sometimes, it is good to be wrong.

The Torchwood radio play "Lost Souls" was on this afternoon, and it had lulz and weird skience. ) You can download it here for the next 7 days.

Shameless self-promotion: I entered some icons at [ profile] dw_icontest this week, and although I can't say which are mine, I encourage you DW fans to vote! :)

I want a purple iPod nano. I'm not actually going to buy one; there's absolutely nothing wrong with my silver one. (Besides not being purple.) And speaking of Apple-y things, I downloaded the newest version of Firefox today, and I swear graphics are slightly duller colored than they are in Safari.

Anyway, about that article I'm reading...
alexiscartwheel: (dw - billie on set)
The past week I've mostly been reading news articles that have left me frustrated or angry, so today I've got some other stuff I found interesting in the Sunday papers.

I know some of my f-listers may be interested in the Billie Piper interview in The Observer today. She talks both about her pregnancy and the upcoming series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which begins this week.

This is from last week, but I didn't finish last Sunday's Washington Post until I went to throw it in the recycling yesterday. (It's such a good thing we don't get the paper delivered every day. We'd never finish anything!) Anyway, there was a nice feature editorial about Ohio and being a Midwest transplant to D.C. written by Emily Langer. She writes:
I miss Ohio most when I hear other transplanted Midwesterners belittle their parents for being intimidated by subways that they have no occasion to ride, or mock the suburbs that seemed pretty great when they were running through sprinklers in their big backyards, or dump on cornfields and cows, especially when most of them spent their childhoods not on tractors but in minivans. But of course, I too have sinned by leaving Ohio, and there are days when I feel downright traitorous for having done so.

I don't think she mentioned in the article, but Ohio has a major problem keeping college graduates in the state. I know Governor Strickland is doing some work to reverse that trend, so it'll be interesting to see how successful that is in the coming years. (Says the Ohioan turned nomad.)

And for those who like to go to Magnolia and mack on some cupcakes, Jennifer 8. Lee asks Will Cupcakes Be the Next Krispy Kreme?. We had some pretty darn good cupcakes in Montreal, but I can't remember the name of the shop. Forget Krispy Kreme, though: why is there no Timmy's near me?

Video Spam!

Sep. 3rd, 2008 11:17 pm
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
I banned myself from reading the news, because it was making me angry, and from TV because the convention is on every channel. But never fear, there is distraction on YouTube!

So I was watching some random video and a thought came to me. (It happens sometimes. When I'm not busy forgetting what to type into Google searchbars or walking into my furniture.) "I bet someone's made that video by now," I thought. And someone had.

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. )
alexiscartwheel: (dw - romana ii)
12 Doctor Who icons - various Classic and New Series companions


More under the cut. )
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