Saturday, January 31, 2004

Friday TV Recap

Stargate SG-1 was very good last night in many respects. It had never occurred to me that Osiris would use Sarah's past with Daniel to extract information but I'm glad someone thought of that. I'll be interested to see how Sarah adjusts to being "normal" again. Will she remain with the show in a recurring capacity? That might be interesting.

Overall I wasn't too interested in the Carter love story but now that her new boyfriend knows everything, I wonder what will happen. He doesn't seem like the type to blab to the press but what if agents of Anubis or Baal kidnap him to get to Carter? Then again, they seemed to be able to protect Cassie from Nurti so maybe everything will work out. I'm interested to see how it's done.

Friday, January 30, 2004

The Wildest is Yet to Come!

goodbroken
Your wings are BROKEN and tattered. You are
an angelic spirit who has fallen from grace for
one reason or another - possibly, you made one
tragic mistake that cost you everything. Or
maybe you were blamed for a crime you didn't
commit. In any case, you are faithless and
joyless. You find no happiness, love, or
acceptance in your love or in yourself. Most
days are a burden and you wonder when the
hurting will end. Sweet, beautiful and
sorrowful, you paint a tragic and touching
picture. You are the one that few understand.
Those that do know you are likely to love you
deeply and wish that they could do something to
ease your pain. You are constantly living in
memories of better times and a better world.
You are hard on yourself and self-critical or
self-loathing. Feeling rejected and unloved,
you are sensitive, caring, deep, and despite
your tainted nature, your soul is
breathtakingly beautiful.


*~*~*Claim Your Wings - Pics and Long Answers*~*~*
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Damn! That's Accurate! (Why Am I Happy About This?)

Alone
loneliness dominates you. You can hide it well, but
its there, and your friends can see it. You
constantly feel alone, and need to do things to
fill your time. Your afraid to tell people
this, but sooner or later it gets out in a bad
way, and you think you screwed up everything.
And when you are in love is when you are sad
the most. (Please Vote)


What Emotion Dominates you?
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Today at work I did a lot of tech stuff. I apparently have become "the tech guy." I don't mind though. I much prefer helping with computer problems, such as connecting a monitor to a computer cabinet (Known by lay people as "the brain.") and attatching a file to an e-mail as opposed to signing people in to use a computer. That is so monotonous.

I also helped, much more than I thought I'd have to, with a bibliographic instruction class. This means we showed them how to find a book in the online catalog and use our databases to find an article. It wasn't that these people weren't smart. It seemed mostly to be a language problem. (Although I have never seen someone try to put a 3 1/2 floppy in the drive upside down before...)

Thursday, January 29, 2004

I Think This Pretty Much Sums it Up

you suck, and that's sad
you are the "you suck, and that's sad"
happy bunny. your truthful, but can be a bit
brutal.


which happy bunny are you?
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Thoughts Before I Shower

OK, I admit the best part about Smallville was the fight between Lana and Chloe. Poor Chloe. Agent White, ok he's Dr. Grimes or something here, really wanted her dead. I do have a question though. How did Jonathan get brainwashed? Wasn't it Martha's e-mail? My mother prints out her e-mail to show the rest of the family but I doubt the subliminal message would transfer to paper. And wouldn't Chloe wonder why Jonathan used kryptonite, or "meteor rock" on Clark?

Ah, the return of Andrew, "the best" Giles had to offer...It was so great seeing him with Spike again. They are hilarious together. The story was interesting. It was hard for me to grasp the concept that Spike would torture a girl, as opposed to just vamping her, but, at the same time, I wasn't sure it really wasn't him. As a side note, I was mildly surprised Spike remembered Principal Woods' name. Yeah, sure they fought together but this is Spike we're talking about here.

So now that Angel is in league with Wolfram and Hart, Buffy no longer trusts him. For the people that said this season was just too different, that seems the very point of this season. Lindsey and Eve had nothing to do with this yet the ramifications from it play right into their hands. I love it!

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Day Two or Five Depending on How You Count

You like it fast and strong and you drink for one reason: to get piss-ass drunk!
Congratulations!! You're a shot of some good old
hard liquor!


What Drink Are You?
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A work study student started at the library today and the snow which, I swear, didn't start until after I arrived at work (WTF?) seemed to keep the crowd down from yesterday. Today wasn't as bad at any rate.

The Green Line this morning was a bitch. It was so friggin' crowded, I was illegally standing on the entry stairs until the Arlington stop, I think, which is just a couple stops before I get off anyway. My knee started to spasm so that was fun...

I found out today that my Physical Therapy will start a week from today. Hmm.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Well, Well, The Quiet Geek is the Quiet Beatle.

Well Done your George
George


Which Beatle are you?
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Let me just tell you right now that if you ask to use a computer, I will kill you. This is how I spent my morning as well as helping new patrons go on a "Library Treasure Hunt." Wanna snazzy new pencil? (I hope six inches fall through tomorrow morning because I don't know how much more I can take.)

I then took a taxi, after having to call them a second time, to the Trauma clinic. I was like a half hour late but thankfully I was taken right in. My arm supposedly will feel better in about a week or so and I'm done with them. (I still have to deal with PT and the orthopedist but that'll be over before long.) The laceration on my nose has seemingly fully healed. Yay!

Did I tell you I've started classes? My teachers (in order of class time) Orville Redenbacher, A fat, and much less funny, Marcia Wallace of Bob Newhart fame as well as the voice of Mrs. Kerbapple on The Simpsons and that guy who plays Elliot on Just Shoot Me. My interest level in the classes is ordered that way worst to best. (I was on Motrin for all three so that wasn't it...)

Monday, January 26, 2004

Charmed I'm Sure

I just had a full day of class so I apologize if this makes no sense.

Charmed would have been the best episode of the season if Phoebe wasn't in it. The Swarm demons were cool. Richard trying to rid himself of bad karma was cool. Piper all worried about Wyatt turning evil was cool. I also absolutely loved Jason's "prolonged pee break" line. That was awesome.

Phoebe does not need an excuse to look and act slutty so they really didn't need to give her one. Maybe it's just me but the ribbon tats on her back are fugly. I also am rather glad her relationship with Jason is on the rocks. He really bored me.

I'm not happy that it'll be revealed next week that Chris's parents will be Piper and Leo. This makes no sense. It was Chris who split them up in the first place or at least seemed to want Leo killed by the Valkeries. Also, if he really is Wyatt's full-blooded brother why is under powered? He can't even heal! ::Shrugs:: I pray the rumors are wrong.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

I Guess I Missed Blogging

Other actors that should be added to the list of recurring actors in Trek is Carolyn Seymour and Vaughn Armstrong. They each also played at least three characters in the history of the franchise. Seymour has never worn enough make-up to hide the fact it's her and her voice is always recognizable anyway but she deserves a mention.

Armstrong has put a little more effort into it (or at least make-up supervisor Michael Westmore has.) He's appeared as numerous roles. None, except Admiral Forrest and a couple others perhaps, have been all that recognizable.

Another argument for Jeffrey Combs to be a regular cast member of a series is that both Tim Russ and Armin Shimmerman appeared as multiple Trek characters and both landed main cast roles in series. (To this I also add that Tim Russ played a human twice and Tuvok is a horrible character.)

The best argument is that while all the actors I've mentioned have appeared in at least three episodes or movies, they each have only one recurring role. Combs has three now. Hmmm.

Saturday TV Update

You are Gollum!
You are Gollum! Oooh. Slimy. You are totally
devoted to the Ring, to the point where it has
actually driven you schizo. Though not really a
looker, you are hugely cunning and always
scheming to get what you want. Very easily
corrupted, but at least you do get the Ring in
the end which is more than Sauron can say! You
are our favourite baddie of them all. Be proud!


Which Lord of the Rings baddie are you? (FINISHED WITH PICS!)
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Because my cartoons are into repeats, again only one show to cover here. ( I see that Alias is a repeat tonight by the way so this pattern will probably last awhile. )

Deuce apparently believes, if I understood him correctly, that this week's episode of Enterprise was the best of the series. Personally, I don't think it was even the best of the season. ("Twilight" comes immediately to mind.) Don't get me wrong though. This episode was very very good. Shran is a very interesting character and definitely does not appear enough in this series. (Oddly, he appears as often as Q did on TNG yet I still say this.) Even his antennae convey emotion well. Talas was an interesting glimpse at a female Andorian. (I don't recall ever seeing one before.) Deuce said she "was hot." I personally am not into blue-skinned women with antennae but she was not totally hideous and her scenes with Malcolm clearly had sparks flying. Archer's relations with Shran and Malcolm's interaction with Talas finally show in this series a glimpse at how it's possible Humans, Vulcans and Andorians all work together to found the Federation. (I guess we need more Tellerite episodes.) One downside to this episode, and this was pointed out in a another review I read, the scene with Shran and his superior should have been taken out. It would have been better to find out about the Andorians duplicity when Archer did and I can't be the only one watching this episode expecting the Andorians to do something like that anyway.

The aforementioned review wondered why Jeffrey Combs has never been part of a regular cast. At first, I was thinking that you might as well add the late Mark Lenard (who was up for the role of Spock) Mark Alaimo, Suzie Plakson, James Sloyan and J. G. Hertzler to that list since they all have appeared in Trek as numerous characters.

I then thought that with some exceptions, such as when Mark Lenard played the Klingon commander destroyed by V'Ger, you always knew it was them. Not so with Jeffrey Combs. It was a long time before I figured out he was playing both Weyoun and Brunt and you maybe didn't know that, in addition to Shran whom he plays a bit different from the other two characters, he was one of the Ferengi who encountered Enterprise. Yes, I agree. Why hasn't he ever been part of a regular cast?

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Friday TV Update

There is only one show to cover on this night so this post should be short.

The best part of Stargate SG-1 last night was the end. I know this sounds mean but let me explain. One would think I'd care about a planet blowing up but everyone on that planet are assholes. O'Neill breaking the deal to help them evacuate was probably a good move. (Hell, the planet was saved anyway.) In itself, the revelation of a Go'auld spy was not that exciting but Sam clearly stating they weren't leaving her to die caught my attention. I would have liked to know where O'Neill disappeared to in the middle of the episode but I suppose that's nit picky. It also might have been nice to know why Baal didn't send anyone to investigate why his spy never reported in. (Since she's dead, she not ever likely to.) This episode was based on a story by Corrin "Jonas" Nemeck which means he wanted work...

Friday, January 23, 2004

Wednesday TV Update

You are MARLIN!
What Finding Nemo Character are You?

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Before I get into what I thought of Smallville and Angel let me try to update you on my condition. I saw the orthopedist today and my arm, which did sustain a small hairline fracture, is no longer in a sling and is more or less usable if I don't put too much weight on it. My knee is in a smaller, more flexable "patella stabilizer." So I'm back in Boston and have much female support already. Heh.

Smallville technically had an FOW plot but I'm not going to talk about that. Clark gained superhearing and glasses. Because the hearing developed to compensate Clark's blindness, I wonder if kryptonite affects it. Offhand, I can't think of any example either way to answer this from the comics. I always thought that Clark's glasses as an adult were fake, and maybe they are, but this episode does make you wonder. As a man, I recognize certain women's individual scent whether it's the soap they use or whatever. Clark did not recognize that Lana got into the truck with him. I'd like to think I would. At the very least, I'd know it ain't my father.

Ok, get this, I say Angel doesn't sleep and what does he do the very next episode? Sleep through most of it. He was drugged though!! Lindsey and Eve tipped their hands a bit too soon but Lindsey did so deliberately. Think about what having Spike save Angel's life does to his status as the world's new champion? The old champion can't save his own life. Think about it. I am curious if Lindsey is working for himself or someone else. It's cool either way.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Notice

I apologize for not posting but I was hit by a car on Friday afternoon. My left knee dislocated and is now immobilized. My right elbow is either slightly fractured or sprained, depending on who you ask, and is in a sling. I am home in CT.

My condolences go out to the Tuthill family on the loss of the Colts. Go Pats!

Charmed was pretty good although Phoebe and Page's good intentioned meddling was juvenile. The demons were interesting though. There's more still to Chris than meets the eye. My gut feeling tells me he's really just a quarter Whitelighter and he's Paige's son but we'll have to see. Also, I really didn't like the message that you can't give up sexual love or you'll die. Isn't mother and child love enough?

Alias was quite good. Lauren works for the Covenant? Hmm. Are the writers caving to fan reaction or did they plan this from the beginning?

Addendum to last post: Angel really doesn't sleep but I now recall Spike sleeping a lot. Also, while traditionally vampires are nocturnal, they can be diurnal as well. Wolfram and Hart seems to keep human business hours. That is all.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

At Least I'm Not Tony Blair Whom I Like for the Most Part




"Wait, I'm not a dictator!" you cry! Well lets look at the check list: Unelected? Check! Use wars and xenophobia to boost popularity? Check! Total control of the media so they never say a bad word against you? Check! Kill scores of innocent people to get what you want? Check! Do anything to get your hands on oil? Check! Inhumane treatment of prisoners? Check! Face it, you're a dictator, and no amount of gloss will hide that fact… or the fact you're a borderline retard who looks like a monkey!

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Smallville was a good diversion last night with the cool moments. Clark has exhibited stupidity that goes along with his age but he thought of the fact that if his powers were stolen so was his weakness rather quickly. I liked that. I also thought that those two past FOWs were two of the better ones. (It doesn't hurt them that they happen to be played by actors people actually know.) I agree with pretty much everybody that Clark should back off pressuring Lionel about Lex. If he's willing to risk giving his own son brain damage to save his ass, no telling what he'd do to the Kents or Chloe. I also like the scene with Martha going to see Lana. I can picture my mother doing the same thing. Not that I'd want her to, of course...

Harmony rocks! She's a left biter! We have that in common. ::grin:: Too bad she's an idiot. (Then again, I'm W so maybe that's not a problem...) Why am I always attracted to blonde vampire babes? First Darla, who's actually quite intelligent, now this. Ah well. Two questions. Vampires sleep? Angel never seems to. Why is Buffy in Europe? What is she doing now? (Ok, I guess that was three questions.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Oddness and Memories

Mr. Darcy
You are Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.
You're pretty arrogant, but that pride stems
from the deep-seated knowledge that you are
generally the most superior creature in any
given room. The good news is that you are
deeply loyal to your family, and you have a
generous and charitable streak, even though
most people don't notice because you are too
busy practicing a large vocabulary of stern
looks.


Which Jane Austen Character Are You?
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I found out today that it's the anniversary of the first Human Be-in that took place at Golden Gate Park. As Lady Vader, and maybe Deuce, knows this was a fairly major plot point (appearances by people pretending to be Grace Slick and Janis Joplin might have been good but what can you do) of this week's Charmed. Of all the shows to commemorate anything Charmed is not the first show I'd think of.

Dark Skies had an episode about it as well with Don "Ralph Mouth" Most as Timothy Leary. Odd casting if you ask me. At the college Deuce and I went to, the Vice President of Student Affairs was also named Timothy Leary. My father got a huge kick out of that.

"Hurricane" is blasting on the stereo now; the original Bob Dylan version not the disappointing Ani DiFranco cover. It's so nice when a radio station plays an 8 minute song. This was my friend Jarred's favorite Dylan song until I introduced him to "Ballad of a Thin Man."

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

The Return to the Working World

HASH(0x87d9330)
Earth


The Force of Nature Quiz
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I started my internship today. The 3 1/2 hours were mainly spent watching a video seminar on customer service. Not knowing what had been going on in the library, I really couldn't contribute to the discussions on how to improve things in the area of customer service. I did realize one thing though. Actions really do speak louder than words or, more to the point, body language is what is picked up not words. The lecturer told people to touch their cheek but touched her chin. What did I touch? My chin!

Because it took an hour fifteen to get there last time, I allowed myself and hour and a half this morning, getting up at 5am. It took 45 minutes. I could have slept an extra half-hour! Argh!

It did take an hour fifteen to get home though. Why does the trains go slower at non-rush hour times? Obviously, because someone feels no one needs to get anywhere important if they're already at work. My question is, why should this matter? I'd gladly pay an extra quarter to get home quicker if it came to that.

HASH(0x87d9330)

Go to Cyborg Name to try it for yourself.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Sunday TV Recap

Your: Happy eyes! Your cheerfull, bright and always want to try something new. Your inquisitive and quite lovable. You have many friends and will succseed in life.
Your: Happy eyes! Your cheerfull, bright and always
want to try something new. Your inquisitive and
quite lovable. You have many friends and will
succseed in life.


What type of eyes do you have?
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Charmed was much more entertaining than I thought. Young Penny and Alan were not as stereotypical hippy has I was afraid they would be. "Luther" was but what can you do? The scenes in the 60's were fun until Phoebe arrived and that pretty much killed it for me. I didn't particularly understand the slime plot but Wyatt rocks.

Alias revealed it's secrets last night. Why would Syd trust Kendall at all? As bizarre as the truth was it actually makes a lot of sense. So that's what Dixon was hiding! Is the "passenger" the baby? Hmm Just when you think you can cut Lauren some slack they pull that. What's her game? Which side is she really on? We'll have to see I guess.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Back in Boston

HASH(0x847e3c0)
Rain: You are the sound of rain. You have two
important sides. There is your strong, powerful
side and your calm, gentle side. Both are very
important. Rain also reflects a bit of darkness
in your personality. It isn't bad, just shows
that along with the good, you also can see bad,
which can come in handy. (please rate my quiz)


What Sound Are You?(now w/ pics)
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He-man finished up the Snakemen storyline last night. Serpos was apparently the snake part of Snake Mountain. There were some very cool battle sequences. One final note: Chris Judge's voice is starting to rival Ed Asner with the amount of appearances in action cartoons. First Magneto now Zodac.

Now I talk about the Red Sox a lot on this blog but I really should mention the Patriots. Did I call it or what? They beat the Titans last night and played rather crappy while doing it. Just as I predicted on Lady Vader's tagboard. Not that I'm rubbing it in or anything...They will take the Colts and the Super Bowl. Nothings seems to stop them. They still probably won't get any respect of course.

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Stargate SG-1

It was worth the wait I think although there were some problems. They didn't have their priorities straight I think. The a-plot with O'Neill rescuing Daniel in Central America should have been the b-plot while the mission to Tartaras should have held more importance since it will for the rest of the season if not the series.

Specific thoughts on the A-plot are that it was kind of MacGuyver-like. O'Neill should have stopped the zombie using only a rubber band, a paper clip and a drinking straw. I loved Burke though and would be very happy if his new assignment was to the Atlantis team but probably won't be.

With the B-plot, aside from wanting more of it, it might have been nice to discover who that Go'auld queen was. I loved the end where they used to the rings to transport the soldier into space. That rocked.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

The Return of Wednesday TV Recap

Enterprise was better than I thought it would be last night. Finally, we see Archer beginning to act like himself. He didn't want the Sloths' killed or their livelihood destroyed. (It was a nice touch having Reed and Hayes argue for that though.)

I think I finally understand what the writers are doing with Archer this season. They wanted him to start out on a revenge kick then slowly accept that not all Xindi are evil or know anything about what's going on with the weapon. This will probably lead up to the end of the storyline with Archer having to make a decision that'll affect the lives of innocent Xindi. Just a guess, of course, but could offer some good drama in episodes to come.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Rant

With a gift certificate I received for Borders, I bought The Very Best of Sheryl Crow which is missing a few really good tunes if they choose to call it that but over all is a very good album.

"Picture" is on it so, yay, don't have to buy Kid Rock's album but I'm disappointed that the word he says at the beginning that's edited out on the radio is "cocaine." Somehow I pictured, no pun intended, that he was referring to a part of the female anatomy. I never understand why drug use is edited out of songs nowadays. They rarely, including this instance here, glorify it. (Gangsta rap excluded) I mean he's clearly not saying that doing cocaine is a good thing. By the same token, are the censors saying that going on a "liquid diet" of whiskey is acceptable for people to hear or is just the fact cocaine just happens to be illegal? I don't get it.

Sunday, January 04, 2004

A Few Things to Say

taf
You're taffy!! You're a clever and kind person,
but you tend to hold grudges. You are not big
on dishing out forgiveness.


Which kind of candy are you?
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Because I miss doing a review, let me share my thoughts on the two He-man episodes I saw recently. The first one concerned them going down to Subternia to stop King Hiss from getting the amulet of Serpos the snake god. They are joined by Fisto who I guess was an old army buddy of Duncan. The Snake men get away but the episode was cool anyway.

The second episode was more complicated. King Hiss planned to summon Serpos but was distracted first by Adam, Fisto, and Man-E-Faces infiltrating their hideout then by the news that Evil-Lynn planned to cast a spell at the Well of Darkness to release Hordak. Apparently, it was Hordak that stopped the Snakemen the first time before being stopped himself. Not knowing what was really going on, He-man fights the Snakemen on the River of Fire on the way to the Well. After being told that the danger concerns Hordak, He-man seals the Well shut. It doesn't look likely that they will bring him into the show anytime soon. Oh well.

I also just want to say what an awesome movie Mask of Zorro really is. The right amounts of action, comedy and romance. I read not too long ago that they're finally doing a sequel but many of the best parts were the training scenes between Diego and Alejandro so I'm unsure how good it'll be.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Holiday Potpourri

My parents are skiing and I'm home alone with a cold. Now on to the post.

Some of you may want to know what I got for Christmas. The entire first season of Alias on DVD, Sarah McLachlan's new album, gift certificates, clothes, a Dave Barry calendar, a book of Paul McCartney's paintings and a couple books which I have since read.

I've seen three more movies: Seabiscuit, Pirates of the Caribbean and K-Pax. I'd say Seabiscuit was the best of the three but I need to think about it more how the other two films rank. There were pros and cons to both films.

sam
Congratulations! You're Sam!


Which Lord of the Rings character and personality problem are you?
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