Sunday, August 24, 2014

Three Brief Bits Of TV Talk

1. I need not have worried, of course. Peter Capaldi is just as good as we were all expecting him to be.

2. I am deeply bummed about the (surprisingly unceremonious) dismissal of the secondary team from Mythbusters. And not just because I have a terrible crush on Grant Imahara. Although I do.

3. On the DVD front, I've now started season two of Dead Like Me, and I've come to enjoy it enough that I'm feeling miffed that there isn't all that much left to watch. Up until now, I had not realized what a sad deficit of Mandy Patinkin there has been in my life.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Preparing For The Oncoming Storm

I am getting super excited and nervous for the new Doctor Who -- and the new Doctor! -- tomorrow. Peter Capaldi, from everything I've seen, is a fantastic actor, a true-TARDIS-blue Who fan, and a really good guy, and I have nothing but positive feelings about his casting. But right now, some treacherous little voice in the back of my mind keeps whispering, "But... But what if you inexplicably hate him? What then?" I am attempting to beat these unworthy thoughts off with a mental baseball bat (much like Ace using one to smash up a Dalek).

Seriously, I'm sure it's going to be great, and I so am very much looking forward to it. Isn't it tomorrow yet?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

No Raccoons Or Tree People Were Harmed In The Making Of This Movie

So, I did finally get out to see Guardians of the Galaxy. And I enjoyed it lots, good, old-fashioned, goofy/awesome space opera stuff that it is. It did maybe leave me feeling a little off-balance at the beginning, because, boy, does it just drop you into its universe without giving you much of a chance to get acclimated. Although I suppose that might be less true for people who, unlike me, are already familiar with the comics. And it's better than bogging everything down in tons of tedious exposition, anyway, so I'm not really complaining.

But, yeah, mostly it was great fun, with enough going on that I'm sure I could easily watch it again without being bored. Whether I will or not, I don't know -- so many DVDs, so little time! -- but I'm already looking forward to the sequel. Also (among many other things) it kept giving me Farscape flashbacks, which is never a bad thing. Seriously, Peter Quill and John Crichton? Tell me those guys aren't long-lost cousins!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fortuantely It's Not My Job To Defend The Galaxy, Because I Give Up Really Easily.

I'd hoped to go up to Los Lunas today to see Guardians of the Galaxy, since four people so far have asked me if I'd seen it yet, and in such cases there's really not much to do but give in to pop cultural peer pressure and see the thing. Plus, it looks like great fun. But after peering closely at the sky and at the Weather Channel website, it's looking like I'd have a good chance of being caught in a downpour on my way home. And not only can that crap be super stressful to drive in -- "when it rains, it pours" could be an official motto of New Mexico, and I've been caught in storms where visibility was practically nil -- I'm also not at all sure about the current state of my windshield wipers. (Possible alternate motto for New Mexico: The Land Where Your Windshield Wipers Deteriorate Rapidly in the Sun Until They Are Useless Just When You Desperately Need Them.) So I think maybe I'm gonna do it this weekend, instead.

Bah. Stupid monsoon season. Now I've got no excuse not to do the vacuuming this afternoon.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August Currentlies

Yes, it's this thing. Again!

Current clothes: Blue jeans. White socks. Black t-shirt that says, "I'd rather be sleeping" (aka, my Official Night Shift T-Shirt).

Current mood: More or less OK, with some kind of lurking restlessness/annoyance/anxiety hanging out in the back of my brain.

Current music: More random-shuffle stuff from the iPod, while I was doing some housework the other day. I don't remember what-all it gave me, other than that at one point there were back-to-back Stevie Nicks songs, because randomness is interesting.

Current annoyance: So many annoyances. So. Many. Basically, the human condition is inherently annoying, and I am not exempt from it the way I TOTALLY SHOULD BE. Dammit.

Current thing: Playing lots of Zombie Tsunami on my new laptop.

Current desktop picture: Still this one.

Current book: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. As a Peter Pan prequel, it's a bit odd, maybe in part because it's less J.M. Barrie and more Disney. But, on its own terms, it's a really fun little kids' adventure story.

Current song in head: My brain has mostly been playing medleys of Weird Al songs lately. At the moment, it's mainly "Perform This Way" with occasional diversions into "Living with a Hernia." Which certainly makes for an interesting combination.

Current refreshment: Nothing. I just brushed my teeth.

Current DVD in player: I just finished season 1 of Dead Like Me. I wasn't too sure about it at fist. I think its sense of humor is perhaps a little too deadpan to be easily appreciated. But it really grew on me. I will definitely be watching the rest of it.

Current worry: I have done so much worrying over so many stupid things lately that I am now only allowed to worry during designated periods. Of which this is not one. So, next question.

Current thought:I wouldn't actually rather be sleeping right now, since I only woke up a couple of hours ago. But I would like to go out for some pancakes and then spend the rest of my evening lying on the sofa reading, cuddling my cats, maybe watching a movie. But it's off to another 12-hour night shift I go! Hopefully it should at least be pretty quiet.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Got A New Thing

I sort of have this mental list of Things That Really Need to Be Replaced, Except I Don't Want to Spend the Money, and for quite a while my laptop had been steadily creeping up towards the top of that list. My mother bought it for me, used, several years ago. It was a bit obsolete, even then, but perfectly adequate for browsing the web, processing the words, and playing the occasional game of Spider Solitaire. But, increasingly, it'd been struggling with even that kind of basic stuff, and I think the last Firefox update was just more than it could gracefully handle. I may have kept on limping along with it, anyway, slow and stuttery as it was, but then, a few days ago, the power button broke.

Actually, it was sort of half-broken for a while, kind of mushy and loose in its socket. But then, finally, I went to turn the computer on, and it just sort of collapsed into the casing, and all my efforts to get it back into place availed me not. You could still power the machine on, but you had to stick a pen or something down into the hole to do it, and that was just... stupid.

So I broke down and bought myself one of these. (Well, almost, anyway. I got the version with the DVD drive.) It's another basic, inexpensive machine, but hopefully it will manage to keep me going at least as long as the last one did. And it has the advantage of not weighing eight pounds. The only annoying thing about it is that it's running Windows 8 -- well, OK, 8.1 -- and it took entirely too much effort for me to get the damn thing to stop behaving like an overgrown smartphone. (I'd do the "Honestly, Microsoft, what the hell were you thinking?!" rant now, but you've probably heard it all before from people no doubt more eloquent on the subject that I am, so I'll forbear.)

Still, yay for shiny new technology!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Science Hilarity!

Still talking about Weird Al -- which, rather marvelously, everyone seems to be doing right now -- I thought I'd share this, too. Because it is currently my very favorite thing on the internet.