aruan: (30 Rock - bored now)
The tl;dr of my three-week radio silence after the fannish renaissance that was VividCon was a whole lot of real life stuff crashing down on my shoulders, and my response to stress is keeping as busy as possible so I can't think about anything else and just collapsing into bed at the end of the day.

So let's talk about the fun bits of the past week!

I have it on the good authority of a guest star that Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane on my favorite new guilty pleasure, Sleepy Hollow, is a very funny man who finds humor even when it wasn't in the script. They had me at doughnut tax outrage.

Speaking of new fall TV: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Blacklist, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Big Bang Theory, Masterchef Junior )

We had a seasonal beer tasting at work on Wednesday (journalism doesn't suck ALL the time) where many good brews were had, but the surprise of the event was finding a pumpkin-flavored beer I actually like: the hoppy and not at all sweet Saranac Pumpkin Ale, a 125-year-old brand brewed in upstate New York.

It looks like I've got a lead on a pair of Bastille tickets for Monday's show at the Bowery Ballroom, at face value too, which would be an amazing birthday gift to myself. The milestone birthday was last year, but we were too busy trying to get settled in New York to do much more than eat take-away Chinese food just before midnight and pretend the fortune cookies held some particularly profound significance. This year, to say that we don't have anything to celebrate is an understatement, but damn it there won't at least be good music.
aruan: (Sherlock - all these things I've done)
It feels like there hasn't been any new news for two weeks. Of course, this doesn't mean we didn't put out a paper, because the 24-hour news cycle doesn't need something worthy to happen to keep churning along as anyone who's watched cable news will tell you. But it did make for some long coffee breaks while we wondered what the hell the world has been up to, and the hilarity of a weeklong Miley Cyrus twerk binge morphing into whether we should retaliate for the chemical attacks in Syria.

Speaking of those long coffee breaks, a male colleague told us about a party where they played a game that involved everyone trading phones and having free rein for five minutes, and I can't imagine a more heinous way to spend five minutes. I don't want to know that much about anyone else, and vice versa.

Rewatched Order of the Phoenix today, and didn't remember the showdown in the Ministry for Magic being that underwhelming. However, this was only my second time watching this movie, since of all of them it was the worst offender in terms of omissions.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappucino: An A+ way to tide your cravings over until the weather turns cold enough for lattes.

There will come a time when my life isn't all Nicki Minaj all the time, but this week was not it. Now if you'll excuse me, my pumpkin coffee and I are going back to scrolling through all the beautiful pictures of Cumberskittles at the Toronto Film Festival (speaking of him, ICYMI, there's now glorious footage of the Star Trek Neutron Cream prank.)
aruan: (sometimes I just need to sit)
So, one resolution among many: post to LJ at least once a week. Even if it's memes that get me there!

Name a fandom or a fannish topic and I will share my unpopular fandom opinions on the matter. Or any opinion, because I have lots of those and don't always know which ones are unpopular or not.

Harry Potter Voldemort was only marginally more evil than Dumbledore.

Stargate Atlantis Can't stand Dr. Keller. My husband talks over her dialogue in a high-pitched voice with things like, "The name 'tongue depressor' makes me sad, so I just call them popsicle sticks!" and my personal favorite, "Is a concussion when you swear a lot?"

Podfic I want just one story read with a modicrum of emotion, to hear the narrator get breathless during action scenes and convey fear or cold through their pitch and speed. I cry and hold my breath and feel my heart pound while reading, but listening to even chase scenes puts me to sleep.

Doctor Who I like the ninth Doctor best. And Rose.

Battlestar Galactica I liked the ending. That Starbuck was a being of light but maybe she was meant to learn something too, that Baltar and Six are like a divided Loki, that Adama got to Earth, that the world spins madly on and maybe someday we'll have to learn the same lessons all over again.

Supernatural I love all the ladies on my friendslist who love this show, and even read their purely squee posts because who doesn't love fannish love, but I just don't care, and never will.

Warnings on fanfic Make them the same color as the background so they must be highlighted to be read. It's not that difficult.

Bonus meme! My one-month-delayed effort at 30 days of ME, if for no other reason than to have a ready reason to open the update window.

Day 1: Favorite song! I actually pondered this while organizing my iTunes playlist a few months ago, and came up with Duran Duran's Ordinary World. It's the scale of the narrator's loss that gets to me, that any one thing can mean so much to a person's life that it can throw off their bearings completely, but it doesn't matter how important it is because it can still be lost. It's motivational, in a way? Because as broken as this person is, there is the resolve to figure out how to move on.

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