ladymercury_10: (Romana)
1. So I finally got to watch the first episode of Single Father.  I thought it was very well acted, passably entertaining though not particularly gripping, and full of delightful Scottish accents.  It struck me as very slice-of-life--even though it was one of those "serious issue" dramas, it was rather focused on day-to-day life.   

I'll be looking forward to part two.  What did you think of it, dear flist?

2. I watched the miniseries of Battlestar Galactica.  It was terribly long and a bit boring, but I love the characters already.  Starbuck is fantastic, and I love the deck crew people.  I hear it picks up in season one, so that's something to look forward to.  It's a bit dark compared to my usual taste in television, but maybe it'll be an interesting change.

3.  Things are looking good for my independent study.  Got the proposal written up, so I just have to turn that in and hope for the best.  School continues to be school, but I have some odds and ends of time off this week, so maybe it'll be a bit of a break.  I did have a fun weekend.  
ladymercury_10: (Romana and Four)
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA FINALLY MADE IT TO INSTANT ON NETFLIX!  Now I can try it out without dealing with all the mailing and waiting, &c.  Any BSG fans, dear flist?  Thoughts?

In other news, midterms have arrived.  I have a horrendous math test this week, a stats test next week, and a paper due at the end of next week.  My English class is reading Book 2 of the Fairie Queene, and I think I like it, even though it's nearly impossible to read.  Writing a paper on it will be...interesting, to say the least.

I spent most of the day rereading my math book, so I'm going to go watch some Merlin. 
ladymercury_10: (Amy and Elev--errr)
So I finally caved and pre-ordered Doctor Who S5.  So excited!  I can't wait for it to come now!  Never mind that it will be practically finals by then.

And also finally, I got around to watching the first episode of Merlin.  It wasn't as silly as I expected, and it wasn't super exciting, but it was cute and low-key, and I think I might watch again.  I like the characters and how they banter. 

ALSO, I love my house.  The other students I live with are ridiculous in the best sort of way.  :)

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Sep. 21st, 2010 05:19 pm
ladymercury_10: (eleven ties)
I am a creative writing major.  Math is my life now.  I feel this is problematic.  It is all my own fault. 

You'll have to forgive me if I start speaking  in Mathematica code.  I love the math department dearly, but this is a bit of an overload. 

I have no ideas for fic!  I've got some good prompts, but I'm just not writing.  Maybe some math prompts would help? (*looks pleadingly at [livejournal.com profile] eve11 *)
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I'm set up on Dreamwidth now, thanks to an invite code from [personal profile] kaffyr. We'll see how I like it over here.

dreamwidth

Sep. 16th, 2010 05:18 pm
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Has anyone any thoughts on the differences/pros/cons of DW vs LJ?  Might I trouble one of you, dear flist, for a Dreamwidth invite code?
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1. So I'm back at school now.  Renaissance lit/culture looks good--it's focused on travel and speculative fiction of the period, so it should be kind of fabulous.  Stats is going to be just fine.  Linear algebra....bah.  It's already eating my life.  I have no idea what's up with my homework.  And I need to take this class for my minor, so I guess I'll have to just muddle through and stick it out. 

2. My mom bought me a copy of The Book of Common Prayer.  I know there are some Anglicans/Episcopalians on my flist--what would you say one does with such a book?  I'm quite pleased to have it, I'm just not certain what its purpose is.

3.  If you haven't seen it yet, go watch [livejournal.com profile] saywheeeee 's video Starscape.  It's a Doctor Who-themed song she wrote, sang, and put together herself, and it's gorgeous

4. I'm bored and going through autumn Doctor Who withdrawal.  So let's discuss it!  Leave me your favorite theory, your most beloved moment, your personal canon, or a rec, and let's have a Doctor Who party in the comments!
ladymercury_10: (curious eleven)
...especially if they are library books.  So after all that about The Time Traveler's Wife, I thought I might give it another try, and then I forgot entirely and picked up Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.  I really, really want to like it.  It's a very low-key novel with science fiction themes.  It's supposed to be atmospheric, page-turning, etc.  But I just can't get into it.  It's well-written, yeah--but it's so boring.  

The movie is coming out next week.  I feel like maybe slow and moody would work as a movie--it's got Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, and I think it'll have some really pretty cinematography.  But I'll be back in the middle of nowhere for school, so I might not get to see it. 

Wow.  Three posts in one day.  It must be time for school to start.  I'm pretty bored. 

Anyone have any thoughts about Never Let Me Go?
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So I borrowed The Time Traveler's Wife from the library, and all it's done is sit on my parents' coffee table.  I got about a chapter in and gave up.  I just can't muster up the interest.  Which feels odd to me, since there are so many reasons that I should love it.  It has time travel, the fantasy/science fiction element, lovely local details (I'm from Chicago), etc.  It comes to me highly recommended by one of my favorite teachers ever.  And it's supposed to be well-written; literary fiction and whatnot.  But I just can't get into it.  I wonder if it's just long, and that puts me off, or if it has too much sex for my taste, or if I've read one too many bad reviews. 

Anyone a TTTW fan or hater and want to tell me why I should/shouldn't just get on with it? 
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I just love how many of the answers to this are "the TARDIS." 

Incidentally, I would be quite happy with the TARDIS as a time machine as well. 
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1. Anybody have strong feelings one way or the other about Merlin?  I keep seeing posts about it on LJ, and I can watch Season 1 on Netflix Instant Play, but I'm so bad at making decisions.....

2. Open letter to the universe at large: When you spell "Greek" with the "squiggly e," yes, the first time, it is cute.  After that, it's more like, "Do they not know they're spelling it 'Grssk'?"  Because sigma is, after all, equivalent to s and not to e....

3. Finally finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  It takes a while to really get going, but it is really sweet, and the characters are most endearing.  Isola Pribby in particular is truly hilarious.  Definitely recommend it.  It's a little predictable but the characters are all so good-hearted that I could forgive it for that. 

4. I go back to college next week.  Stats and linear algebra--what was I thinking?  And Renaissance lit/culture on top of that!  But it should be fun, if filled with homework.  If I disappear, assume I've been eaten alive by Mathematica....

5. I started my first [livejournal.com profile] calufrax rec week today!  I'm very excited, since there are some stories I've been wanting to share.  But a lot of what I want to rec has been recced already....although, I suppose, in a sense, that is a good thing.

6. I think I've finally found a default pic I really like.  It's a crop of a piece of a wallpaper by [livejournal.com profile] summerdisregard, and it has space and Amy Pond and I love it!

7. Doctor Who, when are you coming baaaaaack?
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1. What is a "big bang" or "bigbang," in the context of fanfiction writing?  (Not The Big Bang, as in the episode of Doctor Who, nor a theoretical cosmological event, nor The Big Bang Theory, the television show.)
2. What does the rating "U" indicate?  Unrated?  Unspecifed? 
3. How does one make a sticky post?  Is there a button for it in the LJ text editor?
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I used to be so good at being the spelling and grammar police.  I'm a creative writing major!  Bah......
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I'm working on making some changes to my layout and the like.  But it's still me! 

Also, while I'm here, some random thoughts.

A. Why are cats so weird?  A cat bit me in the face today because it was happy I was petting it.  What is that about?!
B. I saw the Atraxi today!  Well, no, not really.  But a giant sculpture that looks like a giant eyeball and thus, the Atraxi.
C. I really want to read more fic.  I could just write it, but that would be work.  Bah.  I really like comment fic/prompt trading.  I saw something like that over at [livejournal.com profile] dwsanta  but it's pretty involved and the due date is near exam time for me.  Plus I'm signed up for a last author standing and a ficathon already.  Hmm....
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So Amy and Rory remember the Doctor even in the new universe, and they remember their adventures.  But if those adventures, strictly speaking, never happened, is everything they did all season now undone?  Is the star whale still suffering?  Is the Silurian situation still unresolved?  Is there still a Krafayis wandering about in Holland?

Clearly I think about this too much.  Anybody thought their way to an answer?

Also, and I think I'm borrowing someone else's question here, In the end of Flesh and Stone, River says she'll see the Doctor again "when the Pandorica opens," which means that episode happened first in her personal timeline (maybe in a linear timeline, too, I don't know).  So how are there still cracks in time all over that spaceship?  And if this is just another thing that will be erased when the universe restarts, isn't that awfully weird from the perspective of River's travels?
ladymercury_10: (Default)
A dragon lives forever, but not so little boys
Painted rings and giant's rings make way for other toys.
One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.
--Puff the Magic Dragon




The Doctor and other imaginary friends )
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Oh, what a long and spoiler-filled month it has been!  And what a wonderful finale was waiting at the end of it.  It made me cry, and the whole evening after I had this little ball of emotion sitting in my chest.  But a happy ending!  When I heard the rumors that Rory was coming back, I couldn’t imagine it would be in as lovely a way as this. 

 

Happy endings don't come easily anymore. )

 

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