So I watched Person of Interest
3.09 "The Crossing" and had a plethora of feelings.( spoilers, obviouslyCollapse )
In other TV news: still watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine
--I like comedies that don't make me hate humanity. Way behind on Elementary
, which seems to happen now and then. I'll catch up next week. I decided to skip Parks and Recreations
's recall vote episodes, because the whole "Bad things happen to Leslie" is NOT why I watch that show. Wake me up when that part is over? Sleepy Hollow
continues to be ridiculous and awesome, though I haven't watched this week's episode yet (no spoilers, please!).Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/276249.html. Comment where you wish.
userpic is for Kirk Acevedo, aka Charlie, who made a guest appearance on Person of Interest
3.06. His hair was shaved, which was EVER SO DISTRESSING. The episode was good; not the same caliber as 3.05, but that's a high level of excitement to sustain. Weirdly enough, Acevedo's character was a bit of a weak link for me. I think they made him too sweet; he needed to be a bit more prickly.
Anyway, back to Halloween stuff. cleolinda
has amusing? creepy? Babysitting instructions
And back here you can watch the best zombie movie I've ever watched. Okay, the only
zombie movie I've ever watched. I don't like zombies, but this is only seven minutes long.( maybe have a tissue ready?Collapse )Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/276150.html. Comment where you wish.
I need to get off this couch and go make a dessert for tomorrow. (Co-worker's birthday.) But I don't waaaaaaaaaaannnnnna get up. Also, Buckeye Brownie cookies
or chocolate chip cheesecake
? Huh, looking at the second recipe, it calls for two 3-oz. packages of cream cheese. I don't think I've ever seen cream cheese sold in packages that tiny. The package in my fridge right now is eight ounces.
The school year continues apace. That is a really weird word, now that I think about it. Apace. And I'm pretty sure I've only seen it used with the verb continue
. You could say he worked apace
, but no one does, right? Or She ate apace. We danced apace.
Okay, rather than write about the other stuff I was going to mention the next time I posted, I'm going to get up and make dessert. Cheesecake wins, simply because I have an inherent distrust of recipes that call for boxes of cake/brownie/cookie mix. (Or rather, that don't make a list of what supplies you could
use if you don't happen to have the required box mix on hand.)Really, cheesecake wins because CHEESECAKE.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/275943.html. Comment where you wish.
Okay, all of those exciting Yuletide letters pulled me in, so I went to look at the list of available fandoms, and I found a dozen that I could probably write.
Oops. I didn't mean for that to happen. And I do, in fact, have enough ideas for requests in different fandoms to meet the minimum requirement for that, which leaves me wondering: YULETIDE YES OR NO? (Sign-up deadline is tomorrow. Wow, that's really early compared to previous years.)
Unrelated, since Person of Interest
isn't available for Yuletide this year, but I watched a spoilery clip
from an upcoming episode--the clip was screened at New York Comic Con--and now I am all agog and impatiently waiting for episode five. And we haven't even gotten episode four yet. It's all over Tumblr, so if you want to avoid
rather than embrace the spoilery nature of the clip, stay away from the Person of Interest
tag. And the Joss Carter tag. And anything else related, as well.
It's good to be excited about upcoming stuff, since ( spoilers for Person of Interest 3.03Collapse )Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/275455.html. Comment where you wish.
Ack, I've already entered the "can't ever catch up on grading papers" zone! Nooooo! *sigh*
I was at the thrift store a few weeks ago--a place I visit regularly, because I like clothes and I like cheap and I like reusing stuff that still has some usefulness--and found a copy of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones
. It was two dollars, so I bought it. I finished a week ago and I've already forgotten the names of most of the characters, and my smidge of interest in what happened next was completely extinguished by peeking at an online description of book two and realizing that I just didn't care about any of these characters. Not even enough to read a short and spoilery summary.
I started a book by Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl
, and couldn't even make it past the first quarter without terminal disinterest.
Time to find a new book.
TV: I've watched the first three episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
. It's a sitcom set in a police station, with an ensemble cast. Andre Braugher is the new precinct captain; he's always fun to watch. The element that concerns me the most is Andy Samberg, who's young and theoretically funny, and who hasn't been very interesting for me. In spite of that, I'm still enjoying it enough to watch when I have a moment. Not a ringing endorsement, I know, but I'm not much of a sitcom fan, so consider this a recommendation if you want a sitcom to watch.
Interesting link about TV and other media: I'm always sad, I guess, when people feel jilted by creative works that show age or have flaws. Good things burn through their periods of greatest creativity and go down blind alleys now and then, while less complex things often don't, for the same reason real plants die and plastic ones don't. You know what never lets me down? Judge Judy, because it's a plastic plant. It doesn't change, and it's nobody's baby. It's there to decorate and specifically to require no upkeep and no attention.
belated addition: Person of Interest
has started season three. The show is clearly evolving, with two new cast members for this season and Carter's change in work status. That means it feels different, but that's not necessarily bad. ( non-spoilery thoughts for season three so farCollapse )Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/274973.html. Comment where you wish.
I finished season two of Scandal
. Somewhere midway through the second season I started comparing Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant to Cathy and Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights
; they're semi-tolerable facsimiles of humans on their own, but together they're toxic. The AV Club's profane review puts things into perspective really well: Characters in Scandal don’t have relationships so much as play two-person improv scenes based on interactions they have seen other, healthier humans have.
This show really didn't do
what season one (which, as a mid-season replacement, was only seven episodes long) established. These people are not the good guys. They may not be the worst
guys, but they're not in the right, they're not heroes, and when they "save the day" people get damaged. Ultimately, the season ends in a sudsy (non-literal), gory (literal) mess. It was weirdly compelling, but I don't know if the writers can compete with themselves for a third season. Will I watch just for the "what are they going to pull out of that hat now?" effect? Will I watch because Scott Foley has pretty eyes and I want to know if he makes it out alive from that underground cell? Will I watch to see how Olivia lies to herself in new ways to renew an affair with Fitz? I don't know.
And speaking of Fitz, NPR's Linda Holmes says that Fitz is the most dumpable man on television.
Haha, so true.
I also watched the first two episodes of Sleepy Hollow
, which is just as ludicrous as Scandal
, but with far more sympathetic characters. Scary only if you're really good at suspending your disbelief. Entertaining as long as you don't expect it to make any sense. I liked it enough that I'll go for episode three.
And lastly, Person of Interest
comes back tonight for its third season, so... catch you later, I'm gonna go watch my show.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/274926.html. Comment where you wish.
Hi! *waves* I've been feeling a bit swamped with the new school year, but my brain has been nicer about it than last year, so that's a plus. In other words, some of the depression-related stuff is not so bad right now, in spite of stressful situations. Which is good.
At some point last spring I declared that I was going to alter at least five items of clothing in May. Pretty sure I missed doing that before the end of May, but I did do several sewing-related things over the summer: sliding elastic inside the waistband of a few jeans and trousers, fixing some tears and hems, etc. I even sewed a couple of new shirts, using a really simple pattern. The second one turned out quite cute, if I say so myself. (And it was made from a curtain panel and men's XL tee-shirt, whic makes it
unique.) I haven't done any pics yet because my current camera doesn't take good pics when I use the timer. Maybe I should dig out the older camera and try that instead.
Anyway. Media stuff now:
Finished reading The Gift of Asher Lev
, and I'm not sure what I think. I sort of knew how the end was going to work out, and I don't know if I like it or not. Potok's writing style is catchy, which makes me want to take my current stuck-on-this-and-can't-finish fic idea and rewrite the whole thing in first person present tense.
Maybe that's why I'm so stuck on the fic, come to think of it. Heh. (I really don't plan to rewrite it in first person present tense.)
Reading Potok's work so soon after The Poisonwood Bible
was an exercise in frustration at times, because PB had the voices of four women alternating throughout the story. Asher Lev
only had Asher's voice. I wanted to know what the other characters were thinking and feeling, especially Asher's wife and mother.
I've started watching Scandal
--through episode 2.03 so far--and I'm certain that the way I appreciate it is NOT what the show creators intended. It's a soap opera/procedural, and Olivia Pope is the center of the show. She's been labeled (by herself and others) as a white hat, but I don't believe it. She's trying to do the right thing (I think? by her definition of it, anyway), but at this point I find myself rooting for (former) district attorney dude to find out all the laws she's broken and bring her to justice.
Also, the show's favorite couple is my anti-couple, the pair I find completely ridiculous to the point of actually yelling at my TV screen when they're together. Hee!
It really is fun in a sudsy, over the top way. What makes it perfect, though, is that enough of the information is verbal that I can grade papers while 'watching'. Which is why I'm moving forward with it instead of deleting it from my Netflix queue.Scandal
has edged out Longmire
in recent viewing for the simple reason that I actually like the other two enough to watch
, and I haven't had time lately.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/274619.html. Comment where you wish.
Announcement: I have no strong feelings about Ben Affleck playing Batman in a movie. Just thought you should know. Heh. (Apparently I'm supposed to be literally angry with rage
at this news, or some such thing.) Though I do have slightly positive feelings toward the idea that someone other than the Nolan brothers would be adapting this version of Batman, I also think that 1) it's really too soon, and 2) if it's the same team that made the newest Superman movie, this may not be an improvement anyway.
So I watched Savannah
through Amazon's instant video service. Poor movie--it's like it wanted to be three or four different films, but succeeded at none of them. Even the soundtrack suffered from a weird split between genres. I liked parts of it, but the film didn't work as a whole.
Conclusion: if you're a completionist sort of Caviezel fan, it's certainly not going to scar you for life, but... eh.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/274391.html. Comment where you wish.
My summer travels are really
over, instead of mostly over. So you know what happens next. (Work. That's what happens next.)
I've been reading The Gift of Asher Lev
, the sequel to Chaim Potok's well-known My Name Is Asher Lev.
Someone should tally up how many times the author switches from past to present tense. It doesn't really bother me, and when I do notice, I can almost always pinpoint a reason for the switch (it's deliberate, not random), but it's definitely weird.
In addition to watching occasional episodes of Nikita
(2010), I've started watching Longmire
on Netflix. I'd call it a cowboy procedural. :) It's set in Wyoming, and the crime-fighters are a sheriff and his deputies. Katee Sackhoff is one of those deputies, which was part of the initial draw, but it's proven to be enjoyable as its own thing so far. I've watched maybe nine episodes?
As for Nikita
, I'm about halfway through season two, and I'm not in a hurry to finish that, because season three isn't available on Netflix yet. Which probably means I won't be watching season four 'live' anytime soon. Hm. (Live usually means online within a week or so after it airs. That's how I watched Elementary
, at any rate.)
One last TV note: I watched the first two episodes of The Bridge
. It's a summer show on FX, a remake of a Swedish/Danish production. I actually used my blu-ray player to watch through Amazon's instant video service, which was way easier than watching on the FX website. (I did have to pay, however.) Anyway, I just couldn't keep watching: too much suspense waiting for another woman to get murdered, too much of Ciudad Juarez as "that place where the murders happen" and nothing else to the town. Too bad, though, because I really liked the possibilities of the show.
Seriously tempted to use Amazon's instant video thingy to watch Jim Caviezel's movie Savannah.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is in it! And so is the woman who plays Sif in Thor
and Thor 2
. Anyway, maybe this weekend.
Any interest out there in a post filled with pictures of France? If yes, one big post or split into three or four?Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/274124.html. Comment where you wish.
I've been traveling--visiting family in the US for most of it, though I did take a trip to France as well. It's been almost a decade since I went to Europe, so I took one of those organized tours, just to France. It was great, but far too short. I want to go back and just stay for a few weeks in one area.
Anyway, I'm not quite done with summer trips, even though mentally? I'M SO VERY DONE TRAVELING.
Media consumed recently: this is not a complete list, but oh well.
I saw Pacific Rim
, which was thoroughly entertaining. Yes, giant robots punched dinosaurs with huge ships. No, it wasn't deep. But it was nicely plotted and characterized for a B movie, so if you think you'd enjoy it, you probably would.
During airplane trips I watched Populaire
, which was a very silly French rom-com. Enjoyable fluff, but the best part was the clothes, since it was set in the late 1950s. The women's outfits were just fantastic. I want to own all of the dresses.
The other airplane movie was Blancanieves
, a black and white Spanish tribute to silent movies. Made last year but set in 1920s Seville, it was a work of art, and I'd love to see it again on the big screen. Or just on a bigger screen than the back of the seat in front of me, at any rate. As for the title, it means Snow White... and this version of the fairy tale has a decidely Grimm/grim twist throughout. (DB, there's a section early on with a little girl, and I think you'd enjoy it.)
I finally finished reading the memoirs of Queen Noor. Leap of Faith: An Unexpected Life
was primarily a straightfoward chronology of the woman formerly known as Lisa Halaby, leading up to the death of her husband, King Hussein of Jordan, in 1999. Personally, I'd love to know her perspective on she's done since then as well; she's only 61 now. Anyway, it was interesting, reading about the politic maneuvering juxtaposed with the efforts to raise a family. Lots and lots of politics here, although that's to be expected. Very readable, even with all of that.The Poisonwood Bible
was my most recent book. Most of the story happens in what would now be the Democractic Republic of Congo. Narrated by a (white) woman and her four daughters, their lives are permanently altered when the husband/father takes them from the still-segregated South (USA) to Africa in the late 1950s so that he can do missionary work there. I'm still not certain whether I liked the book, but it's definitely one of the most memorable stories I've read.
Right now I'm dithering over which sewing project to do, so... back to that, I guess.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/273880.html. Comment where you wish.
Somewhere around here I have a booklet, four pages stapled together, labeled [last name redacted]'s Familiar Quotations
. Inside are numbered quotes, lines that my high school trigonometry teacher was fond of repeating: phrases such as "You kids are gonna tank me one day when you get to cahlidge." The student who typed it up--a boy who was a year ahead of me--tried to spell the phrases with the Colonel's distinct northeastern pronunciation. His accent made quite the impression on us Okie kids.
The Colonel--who insisted we use his title with his last name--was a military colonel who started teaching after retirement: trigonometry, a computer programming class, and I'm not sure what else. That might have been it, in fact.
I was terrified
of him. He had a reputation for being demanding--and it was true. Looking back, he had a fantastic dry wit and was interested in us as individuals, but at the time his reputation outweighed any other perceptions for me. He always wanted us to do better. In particular, he wanted the girls to do better; he would occasionally take a few moments of class time to point out, "You women, you get into these dead-end jobs like teaching." And then he would make a plug for math and sciences, any kind of job that would involve a pay scale that wasn't as stagnant as a teaching pay scale is.
At the time I was in absolute agreement. I was never
going to be a teacher. This was before the discovery that 1) I was pretty good at teaching and 2) I enjoyed it.
One time he asked me to come by after school to talk. I worried about it for the rest of the day, until the time came for the meeting. I went back to his classroom, even though I felt like hiding in my locker. (Not actually physically possible to do that, but work with me here.) He told me that I was making a B in his class, and then pointed out a couple of missing assignments, and how I had done poorly on one section of a quiz, and that I could come in for tutoring to practice that skill...
...and all I could think was I'm making a B! This is so awesome, I'm passing the Colonel's class with a B!
In other words, teenage me completely missed the point of that discussion.
I haven't seen the Colonel in well over a decade, but I'm thinking of him as I finish my eighteenth (!?!) year of teaching. I don't regret going into a 'dead-end job', but I do wish I'd pushed myself more in his class. More importantly, I hope to show the kind of individual concern for my students that he showed for his.
Thanks, Colonel, for wanting good things for me.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/273085.html. Comment where you wish.
I finished the twenty-nine episodes of Jericho
. ( non-spoilery thoughtsCollapse )
Moving on, though, I've watched the first two episodes of Nikita
(2010). ( still no real spoilersCollapse )
And that's the TV report. Summer TV will probably continue to be via Netflix rather than what's currently airing. When I have the time, that is. School's not over yet, and when it is, I'll be busy with other things for a significant amount of time.
(Which leaves me wondering when I'll ever find the time to write utterly ridiculous pregnancy fic. I have notes, but no time to put them into a coherent form.)Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/272417.html. Comment where you wish.
I'm just going to admit the appalling truth: I don't care much about Phil Coulson in the Marvel Avengers
universe. There's a vague Oh, he survived, that's nice
sort of feeling lurking about somewhere, but that's about it. So I hadn't really considered whether I would watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
this fall or not.
I finally watched the trailer for it. Y'all didn't mention that J. August Richard is going to play a super-hero on the show. Now that
is a reason to tune in.
TV-related: I've now watched through episode 19 of Jericho
. Too bad I can't watch more tonight; I have a ginormous stack of papers to grade.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/272000.html. Comment where you wish.
Hey, livejournal, why did you lose my last two posts? This is not good, LJ. I wonder if they'll come back?
Still watching Jericho
. It's regularly okay and intermittently awesome. I watched episodes 1X12 and 1X13 yesterday--I had planned to watch just one, but I wanted to know what happened next. Both episodes fit into the intermittently awesome category, obviously. ;-DPosted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/271772.html. Comment where you wish.
I've watched the first six? seven? episodes of Jericho
. So far I don't find the characters themselves very compelling, but the universe and some plot threads are very interesting. The musical score is a bit over the top at times. "This part is supposed to be... DRAMATIC!" Which makes me want to tell my TV, "Okay, drama. Can we ease up a bit?"
After all, a pilot episode in which Denver is hit with a nuclear bomb is pretty inherently dramatic. I get it. Even without the music.
The way the show has handled ( slightly spoileryCollapse )
And of course, the whole "We lived through the beginning of the apocalypse, now how do we survive?" question is just fascinating. It was a big part of BSG's background, and I loved it then. Still love it.PS
This doesn't mean I'm never going to watch [insert name of show you liked better here]. I was just in an apocalyptic mood Saturday, that's all. And then I had to watch more, because that's the great thing about Netflix. (Or the terrible thing about Netflix, I suppose, depending on your point of view.)Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/270993.html. Comment where you wish.