thistlechaser: (Sigh cat)
While I haven't posted about it here, my money situation is getting tighter and tighter. I live in one of the most expensive places in the country (more so than even places like New York City). My rent is significantly over 50% of my pay... and my rent keeps going up while my salary does not. Add on the endless medical crap that I seem to always be going through, and I'm losing $300-$1,000 in savings per month, every month. That's a serious problem.

Fun fact: My sister's rent for a four bedroom home is less than a quarter of my rent for a one bedroom apartment.

I had posted about turning off my TV service a couple months ago, but then I chickened out. Part of it was that I had months of Tivo service left, but most of it was that I just didn't want to let it go. However, Tivo is up for renewal mid-November, so this seems the time to do it. I discontinued that this morning.

My mother is coming for a visit. And while I love her, this is going to be a hard visit. She does not understand/believe that I'm having trouble with money. She thinks I "deserve" to live well and buy what I want -- I understand why she says it, but that logic drives me crazy. How much money you have, your spending ability, is not based on what you "deserve". She loves shopping (I hate it) -- for her it's just a fun activity to do. She has a very very rich long-term boyfriend who gives her money for whatever she wants, so I think that skews her view of things. Once she leaves, I'll be turning my TV service off. (Edit: Not to hide that I'm doing it, I already told her I am, but she likes watching TV so I want to have it while she's here.)

This shouldn't be a hard thing to adjust to (I hope). The rare times I turn my TV on, it's to watch something I Tivo'ed -- so I could just as easily download it or watch it online.

I just need to make a list of shows I want to catch (which will be surprisingly short, I think it's about three shows right now -- Great British Baking Challenge, Face Off, Ink Masters (four I guess, and whatever that post-Ink Masters show is called). Most of the rest of what I watch is on Netflix or downloaded.

Eventually, hopefully this December, I might get a promotion/raise at work (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE). If it's not this December, it will be next December, and I don't know if I can hold out that long. I mean technically I can, but it will be rough, and the idea of living paycheck to paycheck would keep me up at night.
thistlechaser: (Book with cat: Litterbox)
Dog by Bruce McAllister
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



I hated this book so much, I don't even want to write about it now. Usually there's some positive thing in a story that I can focus on, but for Dog there's nothing I liked other than the cover, and I didn't even like that much.

I believed none of the characters -- not a single one, from main to most minor, seemed like a real person.
The plot was unbelievable, from biggest point to smallest.
I disliked the writing ("I got up on the broken safety glass, stood, and began, like a frantic foghorn, to call Jennifer's name.").
The editing/typesetting was awful (endless spacing issues after dialogue tags).

The plot was about some ~~evil~~ supernatural dogs that "helped" people die who were supposed to die. An American couple who seemed straight out of Tumblr ("We were young and loved each other very much. Like two puppies playing in a big back yard someone else took care of (which any First World country is) we were enjoying life as the young should...") went to Mexico to teach English. They decided to take a bus tour to someplace, the bus was on a road that cut straight through the jungle, and lightning hit the road in front of the bus. That's right, lighting ignored all the taller things than the flat ground, and struck the road exactly in front of the bus. This blinded the driver, and the bus rolled through the jungle. The American woman got badly hurt, a compound fracture in her leg. Wild dogs (and/or these supernatural evil dogs) came out of the jungle and tried to drag her off. How'd they do that? Did these dogs try to pull her off by her clothing? Did they bite into her flesh? No. They grabbed her by the bone sticking out of her leg. How in the world does that even make sense?

Mumble mumble grrr.

Age of Ultron: I don't read the comic books, my whole exposure to canon is through the movies and fandom stuff. Somehow I was expecting Ultron to be polar opposite of what he was in the movie. (I suppose, while I'm probably one of the last people on my friends list to have seen the movie, it's still new enough that this might be considered spoilery, so I'll cut.)

Age of Ultron minor spoiler )

The non-main plot stuff I liked well enough. Liked the twins a lot. Liked the character interactions and humor, especially Steve's.

I have zero desire to watch AoU again, but I'll still happily watch other movies set in that world.

Speaking of movies, I'm going to try to see Jurassic World on Thursday, during FFXIV's 24 hour pre-expansion downtime. :DDD

TV: Other folks have been listing the shows they're currently watching, and I thought that would be a good idea if for no other reason then maybe I won't lose track of a show and forget it exists. Which has probably already happened, so this list is likely to be incomplete.

Shows I'm currently watching, in no special order:

Sense8: When Netflix sent me an email about it, I put it on my To Watch List, but it was [livejournal.com profile] doxxxicle's recommendation that bumped it higher on the list. Oh. My. God. I love this show! I'm only three or four eps in (because it's not a show I can multitask during, so that makes it harder for me to watch). While there are a few small plotholes, all in all, I love the show to death.

Orange is the New Black: Loved the first season, liked the second. Haven't seen any of the third yet. Not terribly driven to see it, will eventually.

Game of Thrones: Loved the first season, enjoyment quickly went downhill from there. Was mighty indifferent last season. Saw the first ep of this season, not at all driven to watch the rest, though will eventually. Probably. No real reason for not wanting to watch, I'll probably enjoy this season once I do see it. Probably.

Masterchef AU: I still have the bookmark for this show, but haven't really felt the need to watch more. On ep 15 of season 7 (first/only season I've seen), 52 eps in the season. Might get back to it eventually.

Reign / The 100: CW shows. I enjoyed both, but end of season/midseason breaks killed my momentum to watch them. I really want to watch more of them both. Eventually.

House of Cards / Marco Polo: There sure are a lot of Netflix shows on my list, huh? Loved Marco Polo, at the point of not really liking House of Cards. Caught up on both, will be all over the new Marco season, might watch House of Cards eventually.

Blake 7: I've heard so much good about this show, and think it will be a good match for my taste, I just need to make time to try it.

Farscape: Hopefully I'll get back to it one day...

I know I've forgotten a bunch of shows off that list...

Edit: Adding SW Clone Wars. I like the show a lot, it just sort of fell off my mental (and LJ) list.

TV

May. 19th, 2015 09:45 am
thistlechaser: (WoW: Dandelion cartoon)
After finishing Lost, I was able to go back to watching regular TV, only to (again) realize that I wasn't missing all that much. I really should consider ditching my cable TV service. I can't remember the last time there was something on TV that I wanted to watch. Sometimes I turn on the news (UGH), stupid daytime court TV shows (UGH UGH), or sitcom reruns (meh). I used to watch cooking shows, but so many of them have turned into game shows, personality shows, or whatever else. I do like watching PBS cooking shows, but those only account for a couple hours a week.

On one hand, it's "only" $120/month, but adding that up for the year... that's the cost of a nice new computer. Wonder if I could get the basic channels with rabbit ears or something? (But then, I may just be too lazy to download/find elsewhere the few shows that I am interested in. Defiance will be returning soon, and I always like Face Off and that'll be back soon. Um... there have to be more shows than that...)

Hm, if I got rid of cable, I suppose I'd drop Tivo too. I have no idea how much I'm paying a month for that, though I think I took out a year contract at some point.

Something to consider, anyway.

Needing a new show to watch, I poked at Netflix a bit (people gave me such good suggestions, I just was too lazy to go back to check that post). Because I've been reading so much on Ask Science Fiction, Star Wars: Clone Wars caught my eye. I'm a bad, bad nerd, and not really much into Star Wars at all. No real reason, it's not like I think the movies are bad or anything. I saw the first three back when they were originally released (or soon after), but not since then. I seemed to remember [livejournal.com profile] tersa saying she watched it? So I figured I'd give it a try.

Turns out I liked it a whole lot! I'm only three episodes in, but I loved the first ep tons, and the next two were pretty good as well. I dislike the "spunky" young female lead(?) character. Google tells me I'm talking about Ahsoka Tano.

The eps are only 20 minutes long, which is almost jarringly short after the hour-long jam-packed Lost eps. The animation is surprisingly nice -- not movie quality, but the designs of the alien races are quite creative and interesting.
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Stargate: Universe, how I missed you! How amazingly Battlestar Galactica-ish you are! I love every minute of you. I love the characters. I love the darkness. I love the situation. I love the plots.

I forced myself to watch every ep of Caprica, waiting for it to get good, waiting for it to become Battlestar Galactica-ish. Nine minutes of SG:U have given me more enjoyment than nine entire eps of Caprica. No exaggeration.

Even after nine eps of Caprica, there's not one single character I care about. They could all fall over dead and the only reaction I'd have was hope that maybe the new batch of characters they'd have to bring in might be more interesting.

SG:U, on the other hand... It's like the midseason break never happened. From the very first seconds I was drawn back in, caring about the characters, the situation, everything.

Watching Caprica was a chore. Watching SG:U is a delight.
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Stargate: Universe, how I missed you! How amazingly Battlestar Galactica-ish you are! I love every minute of you. I love the characters. I love the darkness. I love the situation. I love the plots.

I forced myself to watch every ep of Caprica, waiting for it to get good, waiting for it to become Battlestar Galactica-ish. Nine minutes of SG:U have given me more enjoyment than nine entire eps of Caprica. No exaggeration.

Even after nine eps of Caprica, there's not one single character I care about. They could all fall over dead and the only reaction I'd have was hope that maybe the new batch of characters they'd have to bring in might be more interesting.

SG:U, on the other hand... It's like the midseason break never happened. From the very first seconds I was drawn back in, caring about the characters, the situation, everything.

Watching Caprica was a chore. Watching SG:U is a delight.

TV!

Oct. 13th, 2009 02:42 pm
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Yay new TV season! What I'm watching, in no special order.

House: Woot! Some people are bitching about the change in the character (and thus the show), but I don't see it. Characters need to change, evolve -- how could the character be exactly the same five years later? Still my favorite currently-airing non-comedy show.

Merlin: I got through the whole season. Go team me! I actually enjoyed it near the end, and almost loved the last ep (alas they copped out on a character death and so lost a lot of standing with me). I think there's a second season going on? I'll download it eventually.

Dexter: Meh. The first season was The Best Thing Ever. The second season was okay. This third season is like a totally different show. Blah.

Star Gate: Universe: I only watched the first ep, but I like it quite a bit. It feels almost BSG-ish. (Hey, if you're 487194031470 billion light years from Earth, you might as well be the last humans alive!) I'm going to download the other available eps tonight.

Smallville: Enjoying it, but not OMG MUST WATCH IT NOW. I don't generally think about female characters all that much, but Lana has such pretty eyes! I can't stop watching her when she's on the screen. It's sort of hard to suspend disbelief long enough to buy Clark being in high school (how old is the actor, 28? older?), but it's still enjoyable in small doses.

Hetalia: Speaking of small doses... An anime series where the eps are only about 4 minutes long sure is easy to catch up on! Still, I can't watch more than a few at a time, it's cute but almost too cute. <3 Germany! (But he's about the only character we've met so far, other than annoying "PASTA!" Italy.)

Big Bang Theory: The only show I have to watch when it airs instead of downloading it later. I can't remember the last show that made me laugh so much and so often! I have no idea at all why it does so well in the ratings, since Americans generally don't like smart folks, but I'm happy it does!

Burn Notice, Castle, GI Joe: Still semi-watching these, as in watching an ep every week or two when I get bored of other things.

TV!

Oct. 13th, 2009 02:42 pm
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Yay new TV season! What I'm watching, in no special order.

House: Woot! Some people are bitching about the change in the character (and thus the show), but I don't see it. Characters need to change, evolve -- how could the character be exactly the same five years later? Still my favorite currently-airing non-comedy show.

Merlin: I got through the whole season. Go team me! I actually enjoyed it near the end, and almost loved the last ep (alas they copped out on a character death and so lost a lot of standing with me). I think there's a second season going on? I'll download it eventually.

Dexter: Meh. The first season was The Best Thing Ever. The second season was okay. This third season is like a totally different show. Blah.

Star Gate: Universe: I only watched the first ep, but I like it quite a bit. It feels almost BSG-ish. (Hey, if you're 487194031470 billion light years from Earth, you might as well be the last humans alive!) I'm going to download the other available eps tonight.

Smallville: Enjoying it, but not OMG MUST WATCH IT NOW. I don't generally think about female characters all that much, but Lana has such pretty eyes! I can't stop watching her when she's on the screen. It's sort of hard to suspend disbelief long enough to buy Clark being in high school (how old is the actor, 28? older?), but it's still enjoyable in small doses.

Hetalia: Speaking of small doses... An anime series where the eps are only about 4 minutes long sure is easy to catch up on! Still, I can't watch more than a few at a time, it's cute but almost too cute. <3 Germany! (But he's about the only character we've met so far, other than annoying "PASTA!" Italy.)

Big Bang Theory: The only show I have to watch when it airs instead of downloading it later. I can't remember the last show that made me laugh so much and so often! I have no idea at all why it does so well in the ratings, since Americans generally don't like smart folks, but I'm happy it does!

Burn Notice, Castle, GI Joe: Still semi-watching these, as in watching an ep every week or two when I get bored of other things.
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Perhaps I was too hard on this summer's GI Joe movie. I'm rewatching the original cartoon series and it's just... gah. I feel so bad about it, because at the time it aired I deeply loved it.

Episode one: Cobra's plan is to set up a grid that will stop all electricity on the planet. This will, somehow, allow them to take over the world.

The plan: Attack the space shuttle. While the battle is going on, they use a pair of hands made out of beams of light to open a hatch on the shuttle to put a box in. Because I'm sure the space shuttle has tons of unlocked hatches.

This box is no small box! In it are four men, four personal vehicles, and a collection of monsters. Yes, monsters. Little creatures called "Fatal Fuzzies" that start out looking cute (one of the female Joes hugs one) and, when a whistle is blown, they transform into eight foot tall, fire breathing, English-speaking monsters able to use weapons (guns and whips). Okay, stop right here. So Cobra has the scientific know-how and power to do some serious genetic work... strong enough to make monsters that transform from two foot tall cute things to eight foot tall monsters at the sound of a whistle being blown. I'm sorry, but why aren't they ruling the world now? Why not just release a bunch of these monsters instead of attempting the illogical plan of blocking all electric power from working?

For lord knows what reason, Snakeyes the ninja has a timber wolf. It not only follows him like a dog, it can do any human task (climb a ladder, pump on one of those railway hand-pumping car things, and save a guy's life all in the first ep). In this first ep Snakeyes and Shipwreck are together, so we get to see a lot of the Timber the wolf and Polly the parrot. I swear to god, this parrot is smarter than the two men put together. Of course it talks like a person, and it, too, saves their life.

What does the parrot save them from? All Cobra workers (working on making the cubes needed to stop the electricity) have to go through a voice scanning thing to go to work. They have to say a long bit "Hail Cobra Commander! The great snake rules forever!" or something along those lines. It's not enough to just get the wording right, Shipwreck can't get the tones perfect, so two walls full of spikes and 10 saw blades through the floor come at them as he frantically retries the phrase. Finally Polly the parrot gets it right. Now think about that for a moment. You have thousands of Cobra workers -- probably the lowest ranking of them all, just physical labor people. People at my job, high tech and highly educated people, have trouble with a badge system to get in the doors. You're going to expect these little workers to not just remember a multi-sentence pass-phrase, but to get the tone exactly right? Why isn't the floor covered in blood where all the workers who failed the phrase got killed?

But that's hardly the worst of the painful logic bits. At one point a Cobra on the ground says something. A Joe flying in a fighter jet overhead hears him and responds... then swoops down and cuts the tank in half with the jet's wing. *pulls hair out*

Then there are the little things. Two Joes sneaking up on one Cobra guy, intending to shoot him. Right before they fire, they yell their battle cry "Yo Joe!", which of course gives the Cobra guy heads-up on the sneak attack... *facepalms*

There's an amusing bit where a captain won't let the female Joes onto his ship because women are bad luck at sea. (How well would that fly in a cartoon today? Ha ha.)

All this is in the very first ep. I'm not going to stop watching it, even though it's so very painful. Embarrassing, too. For the longest time, I thought this was the best thing to ever be shown on TV... (At least I was a young kid when I thought that! Gah!)
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Perhaps I was too hard on this summer's GI Joe movie. I'm rewatching the original cartoon series and it's just... gah. I feel so bad about it, because at the time it aired I deeply loved it.

Episode one: Cobra's plan is to set up a grid that will stop all electricity on the planet. This will, somehow, allow them to take over the world.

The plan: Attack the space shuttle. While the battle is going on, they use a pair of hands made out of beams of light to open a hatch on the shuttle to put a box in. Because I'm sure the space shuttle has tons of unlocked hatches.

This box is no small box! In it are four men, four personal vehicles, and a collection of monsters. Yes, monsters. Little creatures called "Fatal Fuzzies" that start out looking cute (one of the female Joes hugs one) and, when a whistle is blown, they transform into eight foot tall, fire breathing, English-speaking monsters able to use weapons (guns and whips). Okay, stop right here. So Cobra has the scientific know-how and power to do some serious genetic work... strong enough to make monsters that transform from two foot tall cute things to eight foot tall monsters at the sound of a whistle being blown. I'm sorry, but why aren't they ruling the world now? Why not just release a bunch of these monsters instead of attempting the illogical plan of blocking all electric power from working?

For lord knows what reason, Snakeyes the ninja has a timber wolf. It not only follows him like a dog, it can do any human task (climb a ladder, pump on one of those railway hand-pumping car things, and save a guy's life all in the first ep). In this first ep Snakeyes and Shipwreck are together, so we get to see a lot of the Timber the wolf and Polly the parrot. I swear to god, this parrot is smarter than the two men put together. Of course it talks like a person, and it, too, saves their life.

What does the parrot save them from? All Cobra workers (working on making the cubes needed to stop the electricity) have to go through a voice scanning thing to go to work. They have to say a long bit "Hail Cobra Commander! The great snake rules forever!" or something along those lines. It's not enough to just get the wording right, Shipwreck can't get the tones perfect, so two walls full of spikes and 10 saw blades through the floor come at them as he frantically retries the phrase. Finally Polly the parrot gets it right. Now think about that for a moment. You have thousands of Cobra workers -- probably the lowest ranking of them all, just physical labor people. People at my job, high tech and highly educated people, have trouble with a badge system to get in the doors. You're going to expect these little workers to not just remember a multi-sentence pass-phrase, but to get the tone exactly right? Why isn't the floor covered in blood where all the workers who failed the phrase got killed?

But that's hardly the worst of the painful logic bits. At one point a Cobra on the ground says something. A Joe flying in a fighter jet overhead hears him and responds... then swoops down and cuts the tank in half with the jet's wing. *pulls hair out*

Then there are the little things. Two Joes sneaking up on one Cobra guy, intending to shoot him. Right before they fire, they yell their battle cry "Yo Joe!", which of course gives the Cobra guy heads-up on the sneak attack... *facepalms*

There's an amusing bit where a captain won't let the female Joes onto his ship because women are bad luck at sea. (How well would that fly in a cartoon today? Ha ha.)

All this is in the very first ep. I'm not going to stop watching it, even though it's so very painful. Embarrassing, too. For the longest time, I thought this was the best thing to ever be shown on TV... (At least I was a young kid when I thought that! Gah!)
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TV: I watched the Burn Notice pilot. Enjoyed it. It wasn't 'EEEE the best thing ever on TV!', but it was entertaining.

RP: Blah. I hadn't felt like RPing tonight (shock!) but I did anyway. I feel like maybe I shouldn't have, because I suspect I messed up IC -- I backed myself into a corner I have no idea how to get out of. My actions were IC, but I don't see an IC way of solving the issue (which basically keeps me cut off from the group I've been RPing with for weeks). Blah.

WoW: Yet more PvPing. I have my 28 boots and belt from AB marks of honor points, but I was nearing cap so I went off to buy my 38 belt and boots... and I ended the night near cap again. >< I switched over to WG (because I need 30 marks from there for my mount at 50), but boy do I hate WG. I'm level 26.5, so I suspect I'll be buying level 80 armor soon and still being at cap...

PS: I don't think anyone on WoW knows the difference between "their" and "there". My temper was really short tonight, and I almost, almost commented on it. However I know, when I'm close to commenting on typos in WoW, that it's time to stop and go do something else. (Unfortunately that something else had been RPing...)

Blah night in general, which was in no small part food related. I basically ate one meal today, which is bad bad bad. Dinner failed again and again and again. (Attempt one: plastic wrap melted into my chicken. Attempt two through four: freezer-burned frozen dinners. Attempt five: Frozen leftover blueberry pancakes which somehow turned into cold mush when I microwaved them. Attempt six: Bagel... found mold on it when I tried to cut it up. At that point I just gave up.)

Blah. Hopefully tomorrow will be better, on every score.
thistlechaser: (WoW_Haken_backup)
TV: I watched the Burn Notice pilot. Enjoyed it. It wasn't 'EEEE the best thing ever on TV!', but it was entertaining.

RP: Blah. I hadn't felt like RPing tonight (shock!) but I did anyway. I feel like maybe I shouldn't have, because I suspect I messed up IC -- I backed myself into a corner I have no idea how to get out of. My actions were IC, but I don't see an IC way of solving the issue (which basically keeps me cut off from the group I've been RPing with for weeks). Blah.

WoW: Yet more PvPing. I have my 28 boots and belt from AB marks of honor points, but I was nearing cap so I went off to buy my 38 belt and boots... and I ended the night near cap again. >< I switched over to WG (because I need 30 marks from there for my mount at 50), but boy do I hate WG. I'm level 26.5, so I suspect I'll be buying level 80 armor soon and still being at cap...

PS: I don't think anyone on WoW knows the difference between "their" and "there". My temper was really short tonight, and I almost, almost commented on it. However I know, when I'm close to commenting on typos in WoW, that it's time to stop and go do something else. (Unfortunately that something else had been RPing...)

Blah night in general, which was in no small part food related. I basically ate one meal today, which is bad bad bad. Dinner failed again and again and again. (Attempt one: plastic wrap melted into my chicken. Attempt two through four: freezer-burned frozen dinners. Attempt five: Frozen leftover blueberry pancakes which somehow turned into cold mush when I microwaved them. Attempt six: Bagel... found mold on it when I tried to cut it up. At that point I just gave up.)

Blah. Hopefully tomorrow will be better, on every score.
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Sleepy sleepy. Cat decided to sleep between my legs last night, which meant I couldn't roll over or anything. Didn't sleep well. zzzzzz

But! Yay RP! And yay PvP! Well mostly yay!

RP rocked! I got into the middle of a server-wide plot (which made me eek at being the center of attention, but I got to meet a lot of new people to RP with and made a new IC friend!), and it worked out! I'm just trying to figure out the long-term effects of such major wounds on my character. Hello having all the flesh removed from his legs and then having the bones crushed! Oh and one hand crushed into mush and the other one badly wounded. Poor rogue, there goes all his DEX!

PvP was fun and annoying. We went 0/10 on runs before I gave up, but like I had said, I still have fun when I lose... other than when the other people are asshole. The battleground is simple: There are six bases. Capture and hold as many as you can. Some bases are easier for one side or the other to hold (depending on location). It's really, really, really not complex at all... yet the fricking idiots on my team were just 100% unable to grasp the idea of it today and ignored all else just to try to take and hold the hardest base... thus we lost ten times in a row. Worst is that they argued that holding this one base was better than holding multiple other ones, which is clearly and totally wrong. Arg!

Anyway, the game made me stop PvPing! There's a cap on the marks of honor (per BG) that you can hold, and I hit it. Blah! 100 is a fricking low cap. :/ They mail you any over that... but the mail expires in 24 hours. So I had to go spend some, which showed me another issue with leveling through BGs only: No FPs! So I ran across the world, picking up missing FPs on the way, to get to the vendor. Now I have two rocking blues waiting for me at 28! And a crapton (70) marks of honor left.

TV: I'm not sure how a TV show generally annoys me but sometimes amuses me as well. I hate (HATE HATE HATE) The Office... though sometimes it makes me laugh. Humor based on "he's so stupid it's funny" just generally doesn't work for me, and that's the central theme of The Office so far.

Three eps of The Office sure did make Merlin seem like a smarter show though! I enjoyed the one ep I watched of it after that. (Lancelot helped that a hell of a lot. Oh My God. Hottest man ever! *drools*) The show sure does amuse me though: Man sees woman, man wants woman. Woman sees man, wants him too. They draw near, music swells... and no kiss! Ha ha ha, so very slashly! So amusing!
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Sleepy sleepy. Cat decided to sleep between my legs last night, which meant I couldn't roll over or anything. Didn't sleep well. zzzzzz

But! Yay RP! And yay PvP! Well mostly yay!

RP rocked! I got into the middle of a server-wide plot (which made me eek at being the center of attention, but I got to meet a lot of new people to RP with and made a new IC friend!), and it worked out! I'm just trying to figure out the long-term effects of such major wounds on my character. Hello having all the flesh removed from his legs and then having the bones crushed! Oh and one hand crushed into mush and the other one badly wounded. Poor rogue, there goes all his DEX!

PvP was fun and annoying. We went 0/10 on runs before I gave up, but like I had said, I still have fun when I lose... other than when the other people are asshole. The battleground is simple: There are six bases. Capture and hold as many as you can. Some bases are easier for one side or the other to hold (depending on location). It's really, really, really not complex at all... yet the fricking idiots on my team were just 100% unable to grasp the idea of it today and ignored all else just to try to take and hold the hardest base... thus we lost ten times in a row. Worst is that they argued that holding this one base was better than holding multiple other ones, which is clearly and totally wrong. Arg!

Anyway, the game made me stop PvPing! There's a cap on the marks of honor (per BG) that you can hold, and I hit it. Blah! 100 is a fricking low cap. :/ They mail you any over that... but the mail expires in 24 hours. So I had to go spend some, which showed me another issue with leveling through BGs only: No FPs! So I ran across the world, picking up missing FPs on the way, to get to the vendor. Now I have two rocking blues waiting for me at 28! And a crapton (70) marks of honor left.

TV: I'm not sure how a TV show generally annoys me but sometimes amuses me as well. I hate (HATE HATE HATE) The Office... though sometimes it makes me laugh. Humor based on "he's so stupid it's funny" just generally doesn't work for me, and that's the central theme of The Office so far.

Three eps of The Office sure did make Merlin seem like a smarter show though! I enjoyed the one ep I watched of it after that. (Lancelot helped that a hell of a lot. Oh My God. Hottest man ever! *drools*) The show sure does amuse me though: Man sees woman, man wants woman. Woman sees man, wants him too. They draw near, music swells... and no kiss! Ha ha ha, so very slashly! So amusing!
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This is the strangest summer ever. It rained this morning, which is so very rare here. (Most of our rain falls in a three month period during winter.) Plus this week we had two days where the high temperature was 68. In August. Cooler is much better than hot, but it's just very strange.

Merlin... I hadn't had really high expectations, and I got even less. I just watched the first ep, and it just was... blah. Not horrible, but far far far from good -- it was more like some kind of fluff show aimed at high school kids than anything else. I was in the mood for something deeper, something with more meat to it. And why use computer animation if it's going to be of horrible quality? The talking dragon was just painful to watch. Do the old 80s werewolf transformation trick instead! Keep everything in shadows or off camera, hint at the dragon instead of making it look like a rubber mask with some guy inside moving the lips.

Blah. I really want another show like BSG or House to watch, but I can't think of one. Maybe it's time for another anime series...
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This is the strangest summer ever. It rained this morning, which is so very rare here. (Most of our rain falls in a three month period during winter.) Plus this week we had two days where the high temperature was 68. In August. Cooler is much better than hot, but it's just very strange.

Merlin... I hadn't had really high expectations, and I got even less. I just watched the first ep, and it just was... blah. Not horrible, but far far far from good -- it was more like some kind of fluff show aimed at high school kids than anything else. I was in the mood for something deeper, something with more meat to it. And why use computer animation if it's going to be of horrible quality? The talking dragon was just painful to watch. Do the old 80s werewolf transformation trick instead! Keep everything in shadows or off camera, hint at the dragon instead of making it look like a rubber mask with some guy inside moving the lips.

Blah. I really want another show like BSG or House to watch, but I can't think of one. Maybe it's time for another anime series...
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I ended up getting the 24/7 feed, and boy am I sorry. Is this one annoying group of people! (Last year's group did anything but annoy me, other than the one person who picked his nose and never washed his hands after using the bathroom/before touching food.) I can't believe how mean and stupid most of them are.

Jordan: Gods above, they were sitting around telling grade school jokes and she kept not understanding them. Not to mention, she says she doesn't understand what most people talk about (other than music/movies) and so she just nods and laughs and hopes it wasn't a question she had to answer.

Russell: A thing of nightmares. Big, muscular, racist, homophobic. (He's insulted both the Mexican guy in the house ("beaner") and the gay guy ("fag").) The whole house has turned on one person now, and he is just horrible. He follows him around the moment the guy dares come out of his room, yelling at him and insulting him, getting so close he's nearly touching him...

It's just like high school... (spoiler back here) )

Grumble mumble. They no longer sell a one month access pass to the feed, so I had to buy for three months. If it were one, I'd have canceled it by now. Grump.
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I ended up getting the 24/7 feed, and boy am I sorry. Is this one annoying group of people! (Last year's group did anything but annoy me, other than the one person who picked his nose and never washed his hands after using the bathroom/before touching food.) I can't believe how mean and stupid most of them are.

Jordan: Gods above, they were sitting around telling grade school jokes and she kept not understanding them. Not to mention, she says she doesn't understand what most people talk about (other than music/movies) and so she just nods and laughs and hopes it wasn't a question she had to answer.

Russell: A thing of nightmares. Big, muscular, racist, homophobic. (He's insulted both the Mexican guy in the house ("beaner") and the gay guy ("fag").) The whole house has turned on one person now, and he is just horrible. He follows him around the moment the guy dares come out of his room, yelling at him and insulting him, getting so close he's nearly touching him...

It's just like high school... (spoiler back here) )

Grumble mumble. They no longer sell a one month access pass to the feed, so I had to buy for three months. If it were one, I'd have canceled it by now. Grump.
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TV first, since I'm melting. I'm not usually interested in American Idol once the auditions are over, but this season there's the hottest guy on it. He's openly gay, which makes him even more interesting. He was a stage performer before this, so he's really comfortable on stage.

Click this and tell me it's not the hottest thing ever. Song starts at 1:45 in. (Watch it quickly before You Tube removes it for copyright issues.)




LJ: I've finally, belatedly, starting using tags. I want to go back and edit my old posts, but I have 3,846 untagged ones to edit. Blah. Am I insane enough to try to do that? Especially since so many of them are so old I'd have to read/skim the post before I could correctly tag it? Blah.

RL/food: I've decided I'm going to throw away the rest of those stuffed shells I made this weekend. I had some for dinner, doctored up with more sauce and more cheese (!!! -- Pasta stuffed with cheese, covered in sauce with cheese in it, now with even more cheese on top!) . They must have a kazillion calories in them, and since they still tasted "meh" at best, what's the point? If you're going to have something with a lot of calories, you should enjoy it, not force yourself to eat it. Oh well, I tried.

WoW: I've taken on a new project, and while it's sometimes boring/annoying, it sure does fill up my time well! Tauren are big ugly critters, and putting them atop a big ugly kodo only makes it worse. So I'm working on my orc reputation so I can get a wolf! WoW quests are pretty boring even when you're getting XP/good rewards from them. WoW quests without the XP/rewards are... blah. There are good points to it though, I can do a lot of group-type quests that I had to skip when I was low level. Plus it's sort of fun to be able to ride right into the middle of mobs to fetch X from their camp, or one-shot some named guy I have to kill.

I went back to try to level my DK. Since he had no professions, and since skinning is such good money on my hunter, I picked that up on him. Killed a mob, tried to skin it... no go. Blah. He has to skill it all the way up. Maybe one day. At least I finally got his talents in what seem a workable format (Veloxe's hybrid idea).

I want to make a new DK on the whatchamacallit RP server that Nai is on, too.

FFXI: Another good Hot & Cold day -- 180K gil in the couple minutes it takes to do the event! I got two wooden flower pots again, woo woo. They sell for about 90K each, fast moving.

Dynamis was tonight, and happily I finally got some AF. WAR and MNK hands, which are the last two things I need from Jeuno! One zone down, a bunch left to go. :/ Inventory -2, but one step closer to finishing both sets (2/5 WAR, 3/5 MNK). BRD, RDM, BST are still 4/5, WHM is 2/5, BLU is 1/5.

Nothing I need to/want to do in FFXI, but lots to do in WoW, so I guess it all works out. Maybe when the expansions come out things will change.
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TV first, since I'm melting. I'm not usually interested in American Idol once the auditions are over, but this season there's the hottest guy on it. He's openly gay, which makes him even more interesting. He was a stage performer before this, so he's really comfortable on stage.

Click this and tell me it's not the hottest thing ever. Song starts at 1:45 in. (Watch it quickly before You Tube removes it for copyright issues.)




LJ: I've finally, belatedly, starting using tags. I want to go back and edit my old posts, but I have 3,846 untagged ones to edit. Blah. Am I insane enough to try to do that? Especially since so many of them are so old I'd have to read/skim the post before I could correctly tag it? Blah.

RL/food: I've decided I'm going to throw away the rest of those stuffed shells I made this weekend. I had some for dinner, doctored up with more sauce and more cheese (!!! -- Pasta stuffed with cheese, covered in sauce with cheese in it, now with even more cheese on top!) . They must have a kazillion calories in them, and since they still tasted "meh" at best, what's the point? If you're going to have something with a lot of calories, you should enjoy it, not force yourself to eat it. Oh well, I tried.

WoW: I've taken on a new project, and while it's sometimes boring/annoying, it sure does fill up my time well! Tauren are big ugly critters, and putting them atop a big ugly kodo only makes it worse. So I'm working on my orc reputation so I can get a wolf! WoW quests are pretty boring even when you're getting XP/good rewards from them. WoW quests without the XP/rewards are... blah. There are good points to it though, I can do a lot of group-type quests that I had to skip when I was low level. Plus it's sort of fun to be able to ride right into the middle of mobs to fetch X from their camp, or one-shot some named guy I have to kill.

I went back to try to level my DK. Since he had no professions, and since skinning is such good money on my hunter, I picked that up on him. Killed a mob, tried to skin it... no go. Blah. He has to skill it all the way up. Maybe one day. At least I finally got his talents in what seem a workable format (Veloxe's hybrid idea).

I want to make a new DK on the whatchamacallit RP server that Nai is on, too.

FFXI: Another good Hot & Cold day -- 180K gil in the couple minutes it takes to do the event! I got two wooden flower pots again, woo woo. They sell for about 90K each, fast moving.

Dynamis was tonight, and happily I finally got some AF. WAR and MNK hands, which are the last two things I need from Jeuno! One zone down, a bunch left to go. :/ Inventory -2, but one step closer to finishing both sets (2/5 WAR, 3/5 MNK). BRD, RDM, BST are still 4/5, WHM is 2/5, BLU is 1/5.

Nothing I need to/want to do in FFXI, but lots to do in WoW, so I guess it all works out. Maybe when the expansions come out things will change.
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My first night off was my busiest night of the week. Ha ha, how's that for backwards! FFXI, RP, TV, diet in that order.

BLU: Finally got 57. Took me 6 hours to get 3K XP. Campaign sucked tonight. I finally look like a "real" BLU -- I can wear my scorp harness! Yay!

Damask: Hit cloth 77. Finally. Spider webs are killing me, so hard to get my hands on any. One more level of them, then I can fly to 82 on the 40-something stacks of puk wings I have saved up.

RP: I finally got to RP, yay! Thistle "came out" about not being able to read, Squall and/or his SeeD people are going to teach him. That's kind of wacky as not being able to read has been a defining trait of Thistle for so long. I'm going to have to do some research on how long it generally takes a non-kid to learn to read.

CSI: I was so so so sad about Gil leaving, but... wow. Laurence Fishburne is really, really good. He won't be the same, but I bet he's going to be at least as good.

BSG: *drools* I wish I had more time to watch more eps! Love love love Battlestar Galactica! I've only watched six eps or so, but it's reallllllly good. And I darned well need to find the miniseries! It's killing me not knowing why that hot blonde Cylon chick is following the doctor around all the time. Well, I call her "hot", but I'm not sure something so evil/scary really could be considered hot. :P

Diet: I need to somehow get my portion control under control. I find when I cook X amount (the whole package/item/pizza/whatever) I eat the whole thing. I can't just eat some and put the rest away. I'm going to try just cooking the amount I want to eat (instead of thinking I could actually put some away for another meal, like tonight). I refuse to weigh/measure/whatever everything I eat, but I could do a whole lot better at estimating than I am now. I'm not going to cut out any food 100%, but I do need to control how much I eat of that thing.

Exercise, too. I start, stop, start, stop, endlessly. :/ I suck.

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