ladylarkrune: (Naruto - Gaara - Ignoring you)
Okay

Seriously hate Michael Westen's new hair on Burn Notice. He looks like a tool.

Just saying.

Shark Week

Jul. 3rd, 2011 01:43 am
ladylarkrune: (I'm following you)
Is it totally bad that I am severely bummed that I am going to miss part of Shark Week because of Otakon? Seriously. Bummed. If I could, I can likely can, I might make it so that the tvs at the Dead Dog location are switched to Shark week. Because I am odd like that.

Also I am totally psyched that Adam Samberg is the host for Shark Week this year. My inner Lonely Island fangirl is totally down with this.
ladylarkrune: (Star Wars Chemistry)
I love the Stanley Cup playoffs. Love them. The gameplay is so fun to watch and the players are at their best. And where else can you get triple overtime? And it makes for good background TV when you are having to rebuild a castle or two.

Tonight's game between Chicago and Vancouver was bloody awesome. I am kind of rooting for Chicago despite the fact that the Blackhawks and Red Wings do not have a good relationship. Vancouver is the top team this year, well deserved, but I am a Wings fan. So any team that can take the Canucks to at least 7 games or even take them out is a good one in my book. It was so close. Down to the wire, but Vancouver won. Le sigh.

I am happy the Red Wings seem to have gotten their act together. Playing better away than at home, come on! It was a good game and I want Phoenix to go down in 4 so that the Wings can get a rest. Dude and can Datsuk do some amazing things with a puck...

I am not much of a professional sports fan. But this is the one time of year I actually like to watch the games.
ladylarkrune: (Choo Choo angry Typing)
Seriously Target, are you trying to make me hate you? First you did the most annoying commercials during the holidays. Now you've got the Shirley Temple annoying song of doom going. I hate you. I really do. I used to like Shirley Temple movies when I was a kid. Now, I am growing to hate her perky little voice.

For those of you not being subjected to this every other commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2xrIXmMB0s


I am not imbedding this. It is just that evil.
ladylarkrune: (Spike: WTF)
I'm watching this thing on History Channel and guess who's playing Buzz Aldrin... James Marsters. I did a literal spit take.

I'm glad that he is moving on, but this isn't where I expected to find him.
ladylarkrune: (Candles)
One of the bad things about not watching TV is that you miss stuff. And in general, I don't watch television on 9/11 because i get angry at how many of the documentaries are skewed. I'm too much of a purist historian to like listening to talking heads mumble mumbo jumbo about various theories. I like facts. I like evidence. I like primary resources.

102 Minutes that Changed America is that it is a visual record in real time starting from immediately after the first plane hit to a few minutes after the last tower's collapse. The footage is raw and jerky, punctuated by gasps of horror, cries of fear, and even panic. It covers people watching from their apartment windows a few blocks away, to those at the base of the buildings, to those watching in times square and around the area. It has phone calls of scared people trapped in the buildings pleading for help and the 911 operators being unable to give them anything because they don't know what to do. It has the radio calls of those firefighters who were trying desperately to put out the flames and get people out.

There is no commentary only an occasional splash of a ticking clock to give the viewer a frame of reference and a little subtitle to let us know just where the footage was taken. All the conclusions are left up to the viewer. It is History at its most raw. It speaks more to our dawning understanding, our shock, our horror at this event. It is not presented up to provide an explanation. But to show how we went from an innocent nation to a scared child to a vengeful mass in less than 2 hours. It was frightening to watch and remember.

For me, the most poignant scene is toward the end where a camera was left running pointed at the towers while in the background you can hear the owners try to comfort their kids. Then in an almost eerie silence the North Tower collapses and the dust and smoke cloud clear to reveal clear blue skies. Devastating in its simplicity.

I found out about this work when I checked the Emmy winners. This documentary rightfully won several awards. So curious, I watched this online this morning before going to bed. It is a powerful piece of work. But it isn't for those who can't handle watching stuff like this. It is also not for those who don't handle jerky and frenetic camera movements. But I do recommend it. I do recommend it.

Part 1
Part 2
ladylarkrune: (What are you doing?)
I hate it when MTV and VH1 sync up. Right now both stations are playing Pink's "Don't Leave Me"

Would it be so hard to make sure that you don't play the same videos at the same time.

The last time it happened was with a Kelly Clarkston song...
ladylarkrune: (Ranting Man)
While Skipping out accounts for work, I flipped on VH1 since there is nothing on at 5am and SST wasn't doing it for me.

Well this song by Taylor Swift came on called "Love Story" and I couldn't stop laughing at the Music Video. They obviously were going for the whole Romeo and Juliet thing. But they put her in pseudo 18th century clothing - minus the panniers and wasp waist and powdered hair. And while watching the ball scenes I saw a few Regency style gowns.

Then there was the male clothing. And the cravat. Oh gods the cravats. I think they wandered in fashion from the Napoleonic era to the civil war.

So naturally I started yelling at the screen "Find a decade and stay in it!"

It amused me muchly. Along with the randomly appearing horse and the badly positioned cherries on a non cherry tree.

Back to skip work.
ladylarkrune: (B5: Gethesmene)
Well I finally sat down and watched Season 2.0 of Battlestar Galactica. It was good.

My favorite character is still Sharon - all versions of her. Kara Thrace is getting up there in terms of characters I like. Tigh continues to annoy the crap out of me - probably because I can see a lot of myself in him. Not the drunk part but some of the other things.

I don't have a BSG icon, so I figured a B5 one would work. I still like B5 more than BSG but that I think is because I like the over arching plots.

I can definitely see hints of things to come (considering I have seen parts of Season 4) but getting the backstory is nice. Now I need to watch 2.5 which I have queued and cued up. But after I grab a shower, vacuum, load the dishwasher, and start a load of laundry.

I sent off my budget for Otakon's HR section to the comptroller as well as to my two assistants for this year and the president. It is over the limit they gave me, but as I said in my email. We have to consider the cost of living increases as well as the staff increases and we can't short change our staff otherwise we won't have one. However I did trim a lot of chaff so now the fight for funding begins - and I will not be at the meeting. But I am going to fight for our staff to make sure that we continue to be the best convention in the U.S.

So how was your morning?
ladylarkrune: (Naruto - Kakashi - Yay Porn)
So I set up the DVR at my parents to record the finale of So You Think You Can Dance I even checked the TV guide and Online guide to make sure I was good to go.

Today, when I go over to my parents to watch it I get a huge, and unwelcome, surprise. A Detroit Lions Game. Who the Hell cares about the Liions!!!!! I sure don't. Apparently they ran the show from 10:30pm until 12:30am after the game and the local news. But that pisses me off. I missed it due to Otakon and now I won't be able to see the end. My parents told me who won but I still feel cheated.

It makes me want to yell "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" From the rooftops. Pathetic I know. But still frustrating.

Kinda Cool

Aug. 2nd, 2008 09:21 pm
ladylarkrune: (Lunch!)
Only not so much.

This shark week has pretty much sucked. The new episodes weren't all that interesting and I think I've seen the Mythbusters special for this year at least 5 times this week. No joke.

Most of the stuff wasn't even all that well put together for the week. I think the best special was on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and even that was mediocre. My favorite part was Quint's monologue from Jaws in the beginning. Which what does that tell you?

The rest of it was kinda blah. Lots off contradictory things. One show, Survivorman, says use flashlights underwater at night because it scares off sharks. Mythbusters says don't use them because they attract them. So basically from what I can tell is that you are screwed either way.

I found repeats of Jaws and Jaws 2 more entertaining. And the specials from previous years more educational -- even though I had already seen them.

Kinda pathetic, ne?

SYTYCD

Aug. 1st, 2008 11:50 pm
ladylarkrune: (Yuna Twirl)
I don't know if anyone out there on my Flist watches So You Think You Can Dance? But if anyone does, is it just me or are the top four dancers some of the strongest dancers ever? And does it seem like we are getting more contemporary and hip-hop this season than normal?

This show is seriously one of my sercret obsessions and I love watching it every year. ^_^

Irony

Jul. 28th, 2008 09:16 pm
ladylarkrune: (I smell Irony)
Most of you know I love sharks. So since this week is Shark Week on the discovery channel you can make a fairly educated guess what channel my is on.

Well I just saw an ad for American Dive Schools as a sponsor for shark week.

The program? A recreation of several gruesome attacks.

Excuse me while I laugh at this. I love crap like this.
ladylarkrune: (B5: OTP Delenn & Sheridan)
With the writer's strike - which I will admit I haven't noticed that much since I don't watch a whole lot of T.V. to begin with and the fact that I need to do something else other than just play the Sims2 and read fanfic - I broke out my Babylon 5 unopened boxsets. I had never really seen much of the first season. An episode here, a snippet there. I wasn't all that fond of Sinclair and I think that colored my viewing pleasure. And I skipped most of the fifth season - without a few key characters it just wasn't the same.

So I am watching it now. The first season was better than I expected. Sinclair wasn't bad I just like Sheridan a lot more. I like looking back at it and seeing all of the set up for the later seasons. JMS really knew what he was doing and I have to really respect that. The Second Season was really strong but the third season just blew that all out of the water. That season really is the pinnacle of the series -which is really sad considering that there are two seasons to go. I am about a fourth of the way through the fourth season and I can feel my heart dropping. I know what is going to happen to a few characters and I am not looking forward to watching that.

But I look at Babylon 5 and think that this is really how Television should be. Strong with over-arching plots but not so interconnected that you have to watch from the beginning or be lost. I feel that way about Heroes and Lost that at this point I would like to watch the shows but every time I try I feel lost - where as with B5 I came in late in the second season as a real fan and I still didn't feel confused. I did the same with Buffy. The other thing about B5 is that it is massively quotable. For Example: "It's like I've always said, 'You get more with a kind word and a a two by four, than just a kind word.'" and "If you value your lives; be somewhere else!" Excellent! Sorry smiling gleefully just remembering those scenes.

The other thing I like about B5 were that some of the non-arc episodes are really true gems. For example: "Passing through Gethesemene" is probably one of the most beautiful pieces of television out there - right up there with "The Body" from Buffy. It makes me cry every time I watch it. And most of the episode focusses on a one-off character. It is just lovely.

B5 also had two romantic arcs in it that captured my attention - one joyful and the other tragic. It is the tragic one that makes me so upset and is part of the reason why I am dreading the end of season four. But I still love the pairing in my Icon enough that I read a lot of fanfic for it in my time. There are also a few homoerotic pairing potentials in there - to the point that even the actors make commentary on it. I like it. ^_^

Anyway. Back to my B5-a-thon.

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