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I made my first post as the new mod for [ profile] the_wireless .  So, you know...there's that.  Fun times.

To cheer myself up, I have been watching The IT Crowd in my copious amounts of free time.  I have to tell you, flist, Moss is my hero.  The s4 episode "Final Countdown" made me ridiculously happy.  ETA: I am watching the next episode and OMG Roy is wearing a Dinosaur Comics t-shirt!  I'm so proud of myself for knowing what one of his t-shirts was about.

Other things making this shitty week less shitty:
-Rewatching all of the Game of Thrones promos and wishing it were April 17 already.
-The knowledge that Community and Parks and Recreation have both been renewed!
-Katee accidentally starting a #thingsstarbuckwouldntsay meme on twitter.  "Oh, Baltar!"  Hahaha.  (Not that I am on twitter.  I just engage in some harmless Katee Sackhoff stalking.  Like you do.)
-This music video: She Don't Like Firefly.  My version would be "He Didn't Like Chiwetel Ejiofor's Performance in Serenity" or something like that.  True story.

P.S. [ profile] help_japan  auctions are still going on (and my thread is here)!
shah_of_blah: (never fade away)

For the third and final installation, we have the following fandoms: Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Wonderfalls, The Education of Max Bickford, 30 Rock, Lost, and a bunch of books.  Also some music.  Oh, and a thing about Ripley.

25 awesome women )

And that's it!  Who's on your list that I missed?
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Meme!  Stolen from everybody.

the year in fandom )
shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
So, here's a meme that I got from [ profile] coffeesuperhero .  I put my iTunes on shuffle and wrote down the first lines of the first twenty songs that came up.  Your job is to guess the song & artist!  I expect some of these to go un-guessed, but I'd be curious to see if anyone can get them. 

ETA: I put the answers in white text so if you want to see, you can highlight them.

twenty songs )
Also I went to the midnight screening of HP7, yes I did.  It was good.  Really good, actually.  And I never say that about this franchise.  Also there was a fistfight right in front of me in the line.  Fun times!
shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
How's that for a title?

I. I had almost given up on Farscape.  I was a couple discs into season two, but I hadn't been watching it recently.  Too distracted by life, current tv, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and also 30 Rock (I'm only two seasons behind).  I liked Aeryn, and John, and Chiana and Zhaan but the show was boring me.  And then, just randomly, I returned to Farscape yesterday...and dammit, they've sucked me in again!  The episode was "Out of Their Minds" and it was just so fun and cute.  Dammit.  I just...I get so tired of these problem-of-the-week episodes, and their bad guys are seriously boring.  And I can forgive that stuff in the first season but so far there's no sign of a genuine arc and it's just...well, now I'm watching Farscape again, but for how long?  Will I make it to the end of this season?  Or will I lose interest again?  I do not know.

II. spoilers for Chuck )

III. A meme from emmiere:
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter. (If you ask)
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

Love is a Hard Waltz by Nanci Griffith
Like a River by Kasey Chambers
Latika's Theme by AR Rahmann
Let It Blow by Richard Thompson
Little Rock & Roller by Steve Earle

IV. In case you haven't been listening to me ramble about it in the last couple of weeks, I've been re-reading His Dark Materials with BSG in mind.  the Grumman problem )
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Day 3: Favorite Song Used in an Episode

Now, first I thought I was going to say "Goodbye To You."  Then, I thought about "Transylvanian Concubine."  But both of those songs are kind of intrinsically tied to pre-teen me.  And college me is a little tired of them.  Then I thought of this "Wild Horses" cover, which I do love kind of a lot.  BUT in the end this one won out.  The internet is failing me and not giving me a video of the song in the actual episode, which is too bad since she's performing at the Bronze.  And she even has a line at the end.  Anyhoo, here's "Pavlov's Bell" by Aimee Mann, used in "Sleeper."

rest of the meme )

I am perpetually behind on TV, so maybe I'll just do a weekly round-up or something.  Too lazy to post about every episode.  Also I just watched that "Wild Horses" clip and now I want to watch the Prom.  This whole meme is one big trip down memory lane that adds up to me wanting to watch ALL SEVEN SEASONS for the umpteenth time.
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For the last couple of days, I've been trying to write a new scene for my [ profile] pilotsbigbang  fic.  I decided (rather suddenly, with no prompting from my beta or anyone else) that this particular scene needed to exist.  Sort of worked out what I wanted to say with it ("sort of" being the operative phrase) and when it ought to take place.  And then proceeded to spend most of my time staring at the Word document. 

I have this problem, and I'd be curious to know if other writers on my flist get this too, where I find it very difficult to write new material for a story that feels 'finished' (you know, there's lots of revision to be done but I've got the beginning, middle, and end).  Like, when I was writing the first draft of the story, I wrote furiously for weeks (months, even).  This story consumed my brain.  And then I finished it, and floundered around for a bit before I found a new project.

Now I can't get that energy back.  Frak.  I'm at that 'just write something and worry about the quality later' stage, but it's frustrating.

One thing that has helped, actually, is listening to The Symphony of Science.  They're videos/songs made with clips from, like, science movies/presentations/whatever and autotune.  That may not sound good, but I found them quite stunning--visually, lyrically, and musically.  My favorites so far are "We Are All Connected" and "Our Place in the Cosmos."  They're beautiful in this really odd, almost haunting way.  And I find them to be very good writing music.  If I didn't already have a title for pilotsbigbang, I probably would have snerched something from the 'lyrics' to one of these.  So you should all be grateful I didn't discover this website a couple of months ago, or you might have found yourself reading "We Are Made of Star Stuff" or "The Brink of the Known" or some other equally pretentious title.  Actually, that last one's not so bad...

What else do I have to complain about?  Well, this isn't such a point of frustration as the last, but [ profile] radio_silent  and I are planning to start a blog where we post reviews and stuff of all the television we consume.  Perhaps on tumblr?  Not sure.  We want something with a fandom presence but more officious-looking than LJ.  Like, something I would actually show people I know.  I know some of my flisters are on tumblr...any thoughts?  We'd be posting mostly essays (with pictures probably) and I'm not sure if tumblr's the right place for that, since most of the blogs I read there are multi-media/graphics-based.

The other problem is we can't think of a name.  Need something snappy, geeky, preferably meta, or perhaps containing a pun.  Bah.  When we do get this figured out, I'll post a link.

Days 22 & 23 )
shah_of_blah: (river)
So I got this writing meme from [ profile] ivanolix .  It's super long, so I think I'll be doing it in installments (I'm sure you guys can't wait for my long-winded musings on my own writing...).  The full list of questions is here.

1-10 )

In other news, I finished Community yesterday and am very distressed over the fact that I have to wait now.  Grrr.  Fortunately, Glee is coming back tonight.
shah_of_blah: (bees!)
freaking out. beware of capslock )

Also completely unrelated to Chuck, but earlier today I was listening to "Song For You" by Alexi Murdoch, a song that I have listened to many times (48, according to iTunes) but apparently never really listened to.  Because holy crap is it about Kara (with a side of your ship of choice).  Holy crap!  

A sample:
'Cause you know it's a simple game
That you play filling up your head with rain
And you know you're hiding from your pain
In the way, the way you say your name

And I see you
Hiding your face in your hands
Flying so you won't land
Think no one understands
No one understands

shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
I. I'm reccing BSG fic over at [Poll #1520999]
shah_of_blah: (bitch)
1) Question: Does anyone know how to burn my iTunes-purchased episodes onto a DVD? Is this at all possible? I have a Macbook. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)

2) A couple of months ago, I made this playlist--my Starbuck playlist--for some reason that I have now forgotten. But, I thought I would share it with you all. This is a collection of songs that remind me of Kara.

There were a couple of songs that I couldn't find on grooveshark and couldn't figure out how to upload properly (technologically incompetent, thy name is Shah). But I have included links (to megaupload) with the notes on the playlists. Because I felt like it.

i ramble )

Status of my rewatch: 3 episodes of Glee, 3 of Dexter, Katee's Big Bang Theory epi, and the first episode of the Office.


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