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Family Christmas [Saturday 25 Dec 2010 at 10:53 am]
Owen
Everybody came home midday so we do get to have a family event, but we'll probably do it tomorrow. The travelers need some rest.

Is it cheaper to do Christmas shopping on the 26th? Don't the retailers have a word for that day that reflects the inherent pugnacity of bargain hunting?
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Where'd everybody go? [Friday 24 Dec 2010 at 07:18 pm]
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I flew into to town to visit my extended family, and they all packed up to take a trip to the cabin and leave me behind for a day. Now they're not coming back tonight.

So here's wishing everyone an Oliver Cromwell and Ebeneezer Scrooge Christmas.
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Home For The Holidays [Monday 20 Dec 2010 at 08:01 pm]
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Raiding my parents' liquor cabinet is like dating a nun.

Flavored vodka, cheap tequila, blended scotch, mint liqueur, pink wine. And so forth. My parents are twelve years old.

How about a little Glenlivet, some pleasant Chianti, a touch of dark brown rum without "spices," or maybe a good old bottle of gin? No such luck.

This alcohol is the alcohol I would buy if my sole purpose in purchasing alcohol were to seduce fifteen year old girls.
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What I'm Eating [Tuesday 14 Dec 2010 at 09:19 pm]
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Now that I made a Buffy post, I can get back to the usual topic of this eljay.

I made a nice squash curry. I boiled and smashed a small butternut squash (remove seeds and skin) with a bit of coconut milk and added stir fried broccoli, onions, potatoes, and red peppers with a just a little chicken to keep it meaty. Then I cooked it all together for a few minutes, turned down the heat and added fresh garden basil (yes, it's December! A friend has a greenhouse.), roasted garlic, salt, garam masala, chili powder, cumin, and fresh ginger.

Did a last bit of heating over low to mix the spices and I served it over brown rice.

Oh, it probably needs something a little sweet, too. I threw in some frozen peas this time after trying apples last time. Maybe I'll try raisins next time. Apples and peas are interesting, but I feel like I haven't found the perfect thing yet. I'm not going with high-fructose corn syrup, though your local curry spot probably does.

Note: Food, Inc. is a fine movie, but not to be watched over dinner. See if Hulu has the latest Castle instead. I looked up the total number of murders in the Southern District of Manhattan last year and I think it was less than the number solved by Castle and Beckett. Very impressive.
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Issues 35-39 Grab Bag [Friday 10 Dec 2010 at 12:07 am]
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"I woke up alarmed
I didn't know where I was at first
Just that I woke up in your arms
And almost immediately I felt sorry
Because I didn't think this would happen again
No matter what I could do or say
I didn't think this would happen again
With or without my best intentions"
-"Season 8 Buffy-Angel Love Theme" Joss Whedon and Liz Phair

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I know! We should do a reboot of Buffy.Collapse )
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Pumpkin Pie On Sale [Friday 3 Dec 2010 at 11:18 am]
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There was pumpkin pie on sale at the market. Fifty percent off after Thanksgiving. I'm not a penny pincher, so I don't care so much about the dollars.

It's the calories I'm excited by.

Fifty percent off 2000 calories is just 1000 calories. I can eat half a pie today and another half tomorrow. I can balance it out. I'll cut 1000 calories out of my diet by skipping all vegetables for a week. Easy!

Now I need a reward. Where's that eggnog?
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Three days, three quarts [Thursday 4 Nov 2010 at 09:33 pm]
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Three days of eggnog season, three quarts quaffed.

This cannot go on, so I've booked myself a plane ticket out of the country tomorrow morning. My flight leaves at 9:45 am.

Here's a recipe that I used to distract myself until I finally gave in at midnight and raced to the store:

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Beet Greens Paneer

-1 tbsp butter
-greens from a bushy bunch of beets
-one half onion
-3 oz tomato paste (half the tiny can)
-8 oz full-fat cottage cheese (half a pint)
-1 tbsp garam masala (if the grocery doesn't have it, check your local Indian/Pakistani store or Hop'n'Shop)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp chili powder

-rice to serve it over, if you like

Sautee the half onion (chopped) in butter. Add washed and chopped (half-inch or so bits) beet greens. There should be about two pints of loosely packed greens from a typical bunch of three good size beets.

Cook beet greens and onions until the greens soften. Add cottage cheese and tomato paste and fold the ingredients in a skillet until they mix well. Cook about ten to twenty minutes over medium heat until the creamy liquid begins to just start to thicken.

Add the spices, fold them into the greens mixture, and serve over rice.

Feeds two. It's green and red for the holidays and it's spicy, so kids love it.

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Okay, save that recipe. It's insanely good. And it's full of vitamins and protein liek woah.

But four hours later, don't give in to your basest impulses and rush out for more eggnog like I did. You don't want to have to flee the country.
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Stuff [Tuesday 2 Nov 2010 at 12:49 am]
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Thanks to seasonal_spuffy participants. I always like this time of year.

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Wait, it's the First. Does that mean there's another S8 comic coming? Ug.

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The very pretty girl from last year posted to my facebook page. "It's been so long since we saw each other; I bet you don't remember me," and "hugs and kisses!" Is there a place where you score points for a bizarre sense of entitlement?

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I keep finding myself making up a grocery list,

-eggnog
-dark chocolate
-ice cream
-eggnog
-peanut butter and honey
-bananas, custard, milk, eggs, and Nilla wafers
-bittersweet chocolate
-eggnog
-chocolate candies
-chocolate ice cream
-eggnog

I don't think I'm even doing it consciously. It's like the grocery part of me has a mind of its own.

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Maybe I'll make beet soup for dinner.

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Get out there, hold your nose, and vote Democratic tommorrow. It's important.

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Please pass prop 19, Californians. Your neighbors to the South are dying in the streets in mass murders every day funded by black markets your government makes. Close black markets down -- legalize.

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Snow! And Indian Summer.
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Eggnog [Sunday 31 Oct 2010 at 01:26 am]
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My name is Owen and I have an eggnog problem.

I love eggnog. I can't resist it. And I can't tell when to stop. I start with a half cup and tell myself I won't take any more. Then another half cup seems perfectly okay. And forty minutes later I've had a quart, the bottle is empty, and I still don't feel like I've reached my limit.

I like the premium high-fat kind from the Whole Foods market. I like the cheap kind from the grocery. I like the kind my friends make from organic eggs, heavy cream, fresh ground spices and nutmeg, tupelo honey, and rich brown rum. I like the kind my ex-wife made from a sixty-year old imprint of The Joy of Cooking.

It's a relief for my arteries when they stop selling it at New Years Day.

I find myself sneaking out to the store half an hour after midnight when the family is asleep to buy just a little more.

The first step is to recognize that I have a problem. It's not right, it's bad for me, it has no redeeming qualities. It might as well be a thick, smooth, creamy, sweet, rich glass of tobacco. But I can't say yet that I truly want to change.
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Robot Girlfriends [Thursday 28 Oct 2010 at 01:52 am]
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I'm looking forward to the era of robot girlfriends and boyfriends. It's coming real soon now.



When everybody has access to these, the people who want perfect robot mates will get them. The minority of awkward, irritating, imperfect, less than model-gorgeous, real people with faults and secret dreams and angry moments and irrational fears who surprise you (and not always positively) will know what we're in for when we opt out and let ourselves fall in love with other real people.
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Season Eight Comics Batter's Box [Tuesday 17 Aug 2010 at 01:29 pm]
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So I understand that we're about to see another Season 8 comic book in a week or so. I'm not keeping up; maybe it's already been delayed until October.

Anyway, this is a good time to decide whether to take this outline I have of how the next few issues should proceed and write them into a fic. Last time we had a tipping point, I did. It turned out fine. I don't think I have time to get one produced in time for the next issue though. Logic suggests that a fic divining a new and better direction than the original author is likely to find should be released before the official publication date.

Best of all is that quinara has thoughtfully put together an alternative future I really enjoyed. So go read The Frayed And Weathered Mantle and I'll just relax and go have a bike ride. (Ed'd)
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Natural Election [Tuesday 10 Aug 2010 at 06:16 pm]
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"The voting for the captaincy is complete." -Pilot

Pilot announces the results of the election to select a captain for Moya at the end of 4x06 Natural Elections. It was a secret ballot so we don't know exactly who voted for whom but I suppose we can guess.

Now Scorpius doesn't get a vote and Moya abstains but Pilot does vote, making eight main cast members voting.

The results:

1- Dominar Rigel XVI
1- Officer Aeryn Sun
1- Scorpius
1- The Divine Eternal (it's implied this was Noranti's vote)
4- D'Argo

So I figure

Rigel votes for Rigel
Noranti for "the Divine Eternal"
Sikozu for Scorpius

Crichton for D'Argo
Aeryn votes for D'Argo
Chiana votes for D'Argo

Pilot votes for Aeryn

and that leaves D'Argo to vote for himself.

I'm not sure I feel right supposing D'Argo is voting for himself. He seems to take it seriously but I suppose he also wants it. So it does make some sense.

Pilot, of course, remembers DNA Mad Scientist.

Do you agree? Who voted for whom?
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FIC: One Hundred Forty Four [Thursday 5 Aug 2010 at 07:50 pm]
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Title: One Hundred Forty Four
Format: Flash Fic
Fandom: Buffy

Xander awoke with the image of a dodecahedron pressed into his face.Collapse )
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Farscape problem [Wednesday 14 Jul 2010 at 10:34 pm]
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I have a problem with Farscape episodes Die Me Dichotomy and Season Of Death, the end of Season 2 cliffhanger and Season 3 intro. (spoilers follow) When the doc drills into Crichton's brain to retrieve the chip that was inserted there, Crichton's speech centers are removed and he can't speak.

The problem is that Crichton is a human and therefore his speech centers are located just left and behind his forehead on the left side. The doctor drills into the mid-hemisphere of the right side. That wouldn't have any effect at all on the speech centers. It's not as bad as Giles' new theory of evolution, but it really breaks the suspension of disbelief when something so basic is done so wrong.
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The world's greatest sporting event [Saturday 3 Jul 2010 at 08:56 pm]
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The world's greatest sporting event is finally underway. I'm pleased to see Armstrong and Contador already stepping up in the prologue and I'm glad the senior man starts a few seconds up. Schleck will prove a presence once the mountains come.
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Harvard Student Will Not Be Deported [Monday 28 Jun 2010 at 05:06 pm]
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Harvard Student Will Not Be Deported

AP (Boston) 27 June 2010 - Customs and Immigration
Enforcement officials said they would not seek
to deport illegal immigrant Eric Balderas. The nineteen
year old Balderas was caught at a Texas airport without
his passport. He was on his way back to Boston to continue
his studies at Harvard University.

Balderas was granted deferred action, a status that
can be used to halt deportation. He intends to apply
for a visa to settle permanently in the United States.
Customs and Immigration Enforcement has said that it will
not enforce the mandatory ten year prohibition on visas
for those who enter or remain in the United States
illegally against Balderas.

Harvard University has identified the American who would
have gained admission to the exclusive university if
Balderas had followed the law. Customs and Immigration
Enforcement officials have said that Jack Stone, a resident
of Lowpoint, Illinois and student at the University of
Chicago will be deported to Mexico in place of Balderas.
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Season 8 commentary from NASA [Friday 21 May 2010 at 03:38 pm]
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http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970603.html

From the now extinct page http://medlib/jsc.nasa.gov/intro/vacuum.html:

How long can a human live unprotected in space?

If you don't try to hold your breath, exposure to space for half a minute or so is unlikely to produce permanent injury. Holding your breath is likely to damage your lungs, something scuba divers have to watch out for when ascending, and you'll have eardrum trouble if your Eustachian tubes are badly plugged up, but theory predicts -- and animal experiments confirm -- that otherwise, exposure to vacuum causes no immediate injury. You do not explode. Your blood does not boil. You do not freeze. You do not instantly lose consciousness.
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You're Thinking Of Some Other Show [Thursday 6 May 2010 at 08:43 pm]
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Sometimes I think people get confused about what television program they're watching.

Like, when your cousin puts episode after episode of SpongeBob and Barney on the television over the holidays and you keep wishing you could take them out with a photon torpedo. Wrong show. Or maybe Law And Order is on and you're expecting that respecting a suspect's legal rights will turn out to be the right thing to do. Sorry, wrong show.

Now, people especially get confused about Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Some people even claimed once that Buffy and her friends burst into song to explain the plot as a dance number. Probably they accidentally switched to Glee during a commercial.

This week I've heard complaining about a certain comic book where a character named Angel wanted to destroy the world where a child named Connor lived. But there never was such a character as Connor on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Surely if Angel had made a deal with the devil (literally) in order to abandon his son Connor just before an episode called Chosen, he wouldn't have been cheerfully flirty and childish. He'd have been broody and morose. But he wasn't.

Because the Connor thing happened to a different character on a different show. It might just have well have happened to Seely Booth.

I will grant there are some coincidences. David Boreanaz left his job on BtVS and took a job at Angel just the next year and the characters did have similar names. But you have to respect that actors need to work to survive and there is a finite number of good character names. Actors who met on BtVS may have worked together on other projects. Numfar played a car rental agent on the same show where Cordelia was a sexy stepmom. But that doesn't make Veronica Mars a Buffy character. And the character that James Marsters played on the Fifth Season of Angel didn't very much resemble the Spike we got to know on Buffy.

In fact, we don't know anything about what Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Angel has been doing in the seven or eight or nine or five years since he left the show up to Twilight. Surely it doesn't have anything to do with anyone named Connor. And vampires can't even have children.

As for Spike, I'm pretty sure he hasn't be sleeping with spiders and Harmony.
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Thoughts on Buffy Comics 8/35 [Wednesday 5 May 2010 at 06:50 pm]
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These are my thoughts on reading. Better thinking will have to wait.

Click to spoilCollapse )
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Thinky Thoughts on Buffy Comics Season 8 Number 34 Omnibus [Wednesday 5 May 2010 at 02:09 am]
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Now that 35 is about to come out, I'd like to publish a last minute thought on 34.

Call Me Nostradamus

I wrote a fanfic called Queen Maud just after issue 33, back in March, which I labeled with a sarcastic warning, “contains spoilers for Buffy Season 8 comics issues 34 and 35.” Officially, I don't get to see previews of the issues a month before they come out, but I predicted the story structure, the events, the narrative technique, the exposition and revelations, and a fair amount of the scenes and blocking of issue 34.

More thoughts, plus Friendship Flash FicCollapse )
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Visited map [Thursday 29 Apr 2010 at 12:10 am]
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I'm only including places I've actually done something interesting with the local people, woodland creatures, or geography. A week-long expedition deep into the woods, a steamy love affair, a high paying but risky short-term job, an incident where I bribed a public official to allow a couple of us access to public property after hours for illicit purposes, or permanent residence counts. If I've just driven across the state and stopped at a hotel and a diner, that doesn't count.


visited 30 states (60%)
Create your own visited map of The United States
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Buffy Conversation [Saturday 24 Apr 2010 at 06:46 pm]
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TWILIGHT: Buffy.

BUFFY STOPS SUDDENLY

TWILIGHT COMES INTO VIEW

TWILIGHT: Buffy Summers.

BUFFY TURNS TO LOOK

TWILIGHT: It's you. I mean ... You don't remember. How could you?

BUFFY: How did you know my name?

TWILIGHT: I waited. I waited here for you, but you never ... I was supposed to help you.

BUFFY: (SKEPTICALLY) You were going to help me?

TWILIGHT: The Master Rose. He let me live ... to punish me. I kept hoping maybe you'd come. My destiny.

BUFFY: Is this a get in my pants thing?


From Buffy Season 3 Episode 9
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Sigh. [Saturday 17 Apr 2010 at 05:39 pm]
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Why So Few Women In Silicon Valley?

"There’s a really strong image of what a computer scientist is — male, skinny, no social life, eats junk food, plays video games, likes science fiction...It makes it hard for people who don’t fit that image to think of it as an option for them."
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Thanks for the rec [Saturday 3 Apr 2010 at 11:26 pm]
Owen
Somebody on my flist just rec'ed Things Present, Things Past by Estepheia and Marcee, a nice early S6 adventure with a well interconnected plot, a small AtS crossover, some time travel and OCs, all our favorite characters, a couple quick Spuffy kisses, and a very Xandery Xander.

I liked it a lot. Thanks for the rec. Be warned, friends; it's about 150k words.

Happy Easter, all! It's time for rebirth, resurrection, germination, ducklings, and Spring.
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A Harmonius Post [Saturday 27 Mar 2010 at 05:40 pm]
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This is my unicorn avatar. What does your unique unicorn avatar look like?

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Not my turn to cook [Wednesday 24 Mar 2010 at 04:23 pm]
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I pulled out the double boiler and the frying pan this morning and actually thought about how to make up some chocolate scrambled eggs. Then I realized that I was not in a sane state of mind for cooking and just heated up a can of soup.

Afterwords I had a couple squares of chocolate because if you think about chocolate, you should eat chocolate.
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Scene At The DVD Store [Saturday 20 Mar 2010 at 06:53 pm]
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There I was, there I was, there I was, at the DVD store.

At The DVD Store

Notice that all the seasons of Angel and Buffy are for sale, except Season Seven. I should note that this was the front shelf section and the shows started over at 'A' in the main aisles. I was pleased to see Buffy still meriting such placement.

So way no Season Seven? They weren't sold out; the labels and semi-permanent stickers only counted up to six on the shelves. Maybe it was the mess of the plot and hash of dropped character threads rendering even a faceless multinational retailer too embarrassed to sell such mish-mash.
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Sapir/Whorf [Saturday 20 Mar 2010 at 01:40 pm]
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English may need to import words for such subtleties as angst or ennui, but can a native speaker of French or German ever truly plumb the depth of meh or squee?
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Dark Horse releases new preview panels of Spike's appearance in issue 34 [Monday 15 Mar 2010 at 02:31 am]
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Finally Dark Horse has released the preview pages for issue 34 where Twangle is explained and Spike finally shows up. Scott Allie said in an interview this week that the photo of his desk had to have some really spoilery panels covered before he could release it, ones that were much more spoiler-ful than the Spike flashback panel. Boy was he serious!

Allie also promised us that Spike and Buffy would be treated with respect and I guess they are, in a sense. The really surprising thing is that we get more detail on the Spike/Buffy relationship than we expected. They actually get a chance to talk about their relationship and how they really feel now that Buffy finds out he's still undead.

Spoiler under the cut; careful when you click, it's intense.Collapse )
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Angel out of character? Not really. [Saturday 13 Mar 2010 at 02:00 am]
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Would it be a significant change for Angel to really be Twilight? Is the Angel we know the type to kill two hundred six slayers and countless ordinary humans? Could he be trying to f@#% Buffy and also to destroy her? Would he decide that the end justified the means even ehan that meant leading his supposed forever love to destruction?

Compare.

"Good, bad, Angel, Angelus— None of it makes a difference. I wish it did, but, you know, an ant with the best intentions or the most diabolical schemes is just exactly an ant. There is one thing in this business, in this apocalypse that we call a world that matters: Power. Power tips the scale, power sets the course, and until I have real power, global power, I have nothing. I accomplish nothing."

Comics.

"I didn't kill anyone. This was happening... You really don't know how much worse it could have been? Powerful people--Governments--lining up to wipe out the 'terrorists' you created. Demons weren't thrilled either."

Thx, BVDDB.
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Comics preview [Thursday 11 Mar 2010 at 02:13 am]
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Note: Spoilers ahead, especially under the cut; Don't read!

Well, there's an image of Spike and a girl in some upcoming issue of a Dark Horse comic. I suspect it's a Season 8 issue from the context. I can't tell who the girl might be, but she seems to have brown hair. Maybe it's his new sweetie from L.A.

Also, they seem to have him out in the Sun if those shadows are any indication. Maybe that's a message to us that while Angel got the super powers, Spike got the Shanshoe.

Or maybe they just forgot about vampires again like that stretch of five or so issues early on of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" without a single vampire in them. Possibly it's just like issue 33 where they forgot about Angelus being a vampire and drew him in the Sun. Gosh, are they even trying anymore?

I think I might prefer to not see Spike in the character assassination that Season 8 threatens. I might have to exercise my inclination to limit myself strictly to the best corner of fandom from now on. Yes, it's the high latitude waterfowl AU world for me. Not Spuffy, but Spuffin.

Read more...Collapse )
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FIC: Queen Maud [Sunday 7 Mar 2010 at 02:15 am]
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Title: Queen Maud
Rating: 15
Warning: Contains spoilers for Buffy Season 8 comics issues 34 and 35
Disclaimer: F#@% the copyright holder.

The heat is so pure. Angel feels her love surround him in mid air. And the friction of her tight embraceCollapse )
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Did I call it? [Friday 5 Mar 2010 at 01:27 am]
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No, but nearly. Check out the date on this LJ entry. And my comment that nearly gets it.

But I totally failed to anticipate the big reveal in #35 where Spike has been Shanshod into a penguin. Oops, that last sentence should be labeled *spoiler alert*.
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FIC: Triumph Of The Guardians [Wednesday 16 Sep 2009 at 03:34 pm]
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Title: Triumph Of The Guardians
Setting: Comics issue 26, but not issue 27 because in this story Tibet is a high desert plateau near the Himalaya suitable for pasture and dry farming. It is not a lush, green grassland with deciduous forests somewhere in Guangdong or Fujian as Joss, Georges Jeanty, and the Red Chinese Junta seem to think it is.
Disclaimer: I don't even know who owns what.

The dragon's teeth snapped shut around Buffy Summers' ponytail just as she launched herself through the curtains. Kennedy watched with mixed emotions, her eyes peeking over the barley spikelets as Buffy flew out the window of the abandoned mountainside temple. The amulet twisted on its chain in Buffy's left hand while her silver and candy apple red weapon held steady in her right as she made three full somersaults in the air and stuck a perfect landing in the field far below.

“She's got it,” announced Kennedy, back down among the barley and placing herself in the way of Daniel Osborne's view of the volume of old Tibetan lore he had brought. “Don't you think that's close enough, wolf boy?”

“I need Oz's help to get this spell right, Ken.” Willow moved around to share the book with him again.

“Fine, but I've got my eye on you two.”

Buffy raced across the field toward her companions. The dragons followed. But the temple's guardians didn't come just from behind her. They were surrounding her and and her team, coming from every direction around the field. When Buffy arrived with the amulet, they were in a panic.

“Buffy! I've got the spell. I can drive the dragons off, but I need one more ingredient. And we can't seem to get it. And we can't fight hundreds of dragons at once.” Willow was nervous. “Oh, god, we're going to die and the world is going to end and it's all my fault 'cause I couldn't read this darn rune. If only I knew we could have been prepared.”

Buffy turned to Oz as Willow continued and Kennedy struggled with a dagger, apparently digging barley seeds out of rachis from the plants around them. “Four handfuls of barley,” reported Oz.

“But I can't get it off the plant fast enough with this dagger,” reported Kennedy. “And the sword is no use at all.”

The dragons were getting closer.

“And if we can't get the amulet back home we can't cast the sky hiding spell and the Chinese spy satellites will report the submarine and the prophecy says war and the secret Republic of Korea nuclear weapons and the world will end and it'll all be my fault. Again. And I promise to study harder on my languages and oh Goddess,” continued Willow.

Buffy calmly stood up to her full height, barely visible above the barley stalks. Her voice carried such a tone of calm and command that all, even Daniel Osborne, visibly relaxed as they stopped what they were doing and saying to listen. “I've got this.” Silhouetted by the full moon behind her, she lifted the weapon above her head, and its shortened ponytail, in both hands.

She pressed an invisible switch and the axe blade of her weapon relaxed back to the opposite of its usual curve and formed a long, thin snaith extending out from the shaft. With her right hand she slashed the weapon down and mowed a swath of the barley leaving piles of easily collected seed pods behind.

And the world survived another day.
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Thoughts and Weeds [Wednesday 2 Sep 2009 at 09:22 pm]
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I like Weeds.

I went over to visit the Television Without Pity folks to check on a detail of a recent episode. I liked TWOP back when The West Wing was on the air. It was snarky and fun. But I've heard that it was a tough place to be a Buffy fan.

I checked out the Weeds message board on TWOP and was blown away by the Nancy hate. She's a rapist-lover, they said, and a filthy person for dealing with her new husband.

Seemed like the old times I heard about. Lucky for me I was already planning not to care what they thought.

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I took the Very Religious Date on an out of town vacation for a week to a charming old town in the mountains. She packed everything she needed into a single school sized backpack. That's how you know you've got a good one.

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Speaking of Weeds, how come we never see Nancy with the baby? That's not the parenting a neonate experience I remember. My two little ones practically lived attached to me in the sling for months.

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I like Sarah Palin. I don't think she's competent enough to be president but I find her family charming and their hunting and roughnecking Alaska lifestyle appealing. She seems like a good person who kept everybody together and having fun while taking very good care of herself, too.

Plus, forty-something who still looks great in a bikini holding a rifle? Awesome.

John Edwards, on the other hand, is scum.

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Pilar Suazo? Delicious.

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"Some foods you thought were 'healthy' may really be increasing your stomach fat." -internet ad

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Did I mention about the delicious Pilar Suazo?

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I saw Taken, a big budget thriller about a fellow wreaking righteous destruction in a dozen different ways on the bad guys who threaten to put his little girl into a refrigerator. Nicely executed overall. But it really grated on me the way they set up the older teenage travelling companion to imply that she deserved to be kidnapped and raped because she was acting too unchaste.

Also I felt like Paris really went to waste in the filming.

In this action revenge genre, Man On Fire has better action and much better scenery, and while Liam Neeson is nice Denzel Washington is something else.
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Morbid Thoughts About The United States Supreme Court [Tuesday 26 May 2009 at 10:54 pm]
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Republicans know how to play this game.

An appointment to the Supreme Court is an appointment for life and it doesn't really require a top notch individual to do the job. Anyone who can serve as a decent federal or state judge can hire five smart clerks and figure out all the Supreme Court cases. There are tens of thousands of qualified and experienced candidates.

The important part is that it's a lifetime appointment. Lots of policies are decided by the court, there's no avenue for appealing its decisions. Republicans are expanding the court's power all the time to get their policies past the elected branches of government. The result is that appointing younger judges eventually stacks the court in your favor and wins political battles for you even as you lose elections.

So the Republicans appoint Roberts (50), Alito (54), and Thomas (42). Democrats appoint Ginsberg (60) and Breyer (56) and Sotomayor (54). And thusly the Republicans maintain power because the Democrats won't accept responsibility for exercising it.

The Democrats' theory is that more senior, proven, qualified people will do a better job for the nation. But it's not a matter of doing a better job anymore. The Republicans have made the Supreme Court a venue for policy by striking down or reinterpreting state and federal laws on development rights, censorship, sentencing, respective state and federal powers, and a million other subjects. They've chosen a president against the will of the people. And they do it all for mostly partisan political reasons.

The essential thing is to appoint a young, healthy loyalist to oppose the Republican abuse of the system.

But Sotomayor is a Type 1 diabetic. I know some diabetics and have seen them age. The life expectancy of a middle aged Type 1 diabetic is 15-20 years shorter than that of an average healthy person the same age.

This is morbid I know, but her qualifications matter little and her health matters a lot. And her health isn't good enough.
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Deep Canon Question [Tuesday 26 May 2009 at 04:39 pm]
Owen
Okay, who's older -- Dawn or Illyria?
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Dating The Very Religious Date [Tuesday 19 May 2009 at 08:16 pm]
Owen
What makes you suspect that?

"Owen, you know I've never felt like this about someone so fast."

"Yes, you already said that."

"How many girlfriends have you had before me?"

"I don't keep count. Plenty, I guess."

"About two hundred?"

You've already been tested, girl.

"Is your roommate gay?"

"It's not polite to ask. I think he's still in the closet."

"You know it doesn't bother me, right? I have lots of gay friends."

It's okay to kiss in front of Jesus.

"What should we do today?"

"The weather's nice. We could walk to the park or take the train downtown."

"Oh, let's go downtown. We still haven't been to the big main cathedral together."

"I've been before. Twelve years ago. It was pretty."

"But you haven't gotten the campanile ringers to let you up into the bell tower to kiss any other girls, have you?"
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On The Week Past [Monday 11 May 2009 at 09:49 pm]
Owen
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On Star Trek:

Not yet showing at my corner megaplex. Now I'm both excited and desperate.

On Testing The Very Religious Date:

Owen: Wow. Maine just passed a law recognizing gay marriages.
Date: That's great. How many is that now?
Owen: Five states I think.
Owen- Loves it when they pass

On Dollhouse:

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On Cooking Chilaquiles:

Not as complicated as it looked and darn tasty.

On The Imminent Cancellation Of Dollhouse:

That guy who makes Dollhouse and the other good shows should work with someone who respects great work and knows how to market it. Fox doesn't fit the bill. Maybe chasing the big budgets is less important than keeping a show on the air, Josh. Try HBO or Sci-Fi or UP/WBN (whatever they call it) or Showtime.
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Finally The Internet Is Good For Something [Friday 1 May 2009 at 07:40 pm]
Owen
Network engineers and medical researchers have finally found a use for the internet. After years of research and weeks of development, we now have an online test for the swine flu. Find out from the privacy of your own home whether you have escaped or caught the latest epidemic.

Type http://www.doihaveswineflu.org into your browser and take the test.
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