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Now that it's over (it being either the season or the series....remains to be seen) I thought I'd pull together a few thoughts on Dollhouse.

I admit,the concept squicked me out...and the first few shows (that were apparently showing Fox's heavy hand) did nothing to alleviate that. But I was still willing to go ahead and watch, in no little way aided by the fact that I didn't have to tie myself to the Friday night airtime and could just watch on Hulu on Saturday mornings.

For those who didn't watch/don't know. The dollhouse is a mysterious organization under the streets of LA. It's comprised of "volunteers" who agree to have their minds wiped and then reloaded with different personalities based on what a client wants: hostage negotiator, bodyguard, perfect girlfriend, etc. That last, of course, being where the squick comes in as it brings up all kinds of issues about consent...issues that never really get resolved.

On a storyline front, the show did start to pick up mid-season, when the focus became less about the individual engagements and more about the over-arching mythology of the show.

While I was able to get over the squick for the most part and just enjoy the show (one key casting decision really helping with that), by the time the end of the finale came around, I realized that...I was really OK if that was it. I mean, yes, I'd thoroughly enjoyed the last few episodes (to the point that I was watching it on air on Friday night, often at the edge of my seat yelling things like "I knew it!" and "No!"). And true, there's not all that much resolution--in fact, in a lot of ways you've just come back around to the beginning. And yet, if that ends up being the end...I'm not going to be all that upset.

This is a pretty good analysis of how I feel (if a bit more negative about the show overall).
taerowyn: (AnyaBook)
Oh dear god...WHY?!?!

(Though gotta love some of the "video" responses.)


May. 3rd, 2009 03:22 pm
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I've been waffling back and forth on whether or not to get a digital SLR camera body, but finally decided to go for it. I got my Nikon N80 (film) camera as a college graduation gift along with two lens (a basic 28-80mm and then a good zoom: 70-300mm). I also have a small point and shoot digital (Nikon Coolpix). While I love the utility of the SLR, I was using the coolpix more and more since I didn't have to bother with film, drop off for development etc.

Now I have both SLR utility and digital ease!

Since the D80 is discontinued, I've been keeping a watch on craigslist for somebody to upgrade to the D90 or similar and then need to sell their D80 (I liked the look of a new D60, but the autofocus on my lens wouldn't work with it, so no). Finally found one for about 3/4 of the cost of an Adorama refurbished one (my last resort if need be). I've only had it for a few hours, but so far am happy.

The big thing was I wanted something before my July trip to Puerto Rico. Having it in advance of my mom's visit (less than two weeks!) is actually ideal as that will give me a good excuse to put it through it's paces.

Anyway, if you follow me on Flickr and or Facebook, be expecting a lot more photo updates as I use the new camera and the nice weather as an excuse to play...

Was considering selling my N80 body, but I think I'll keep it. Every once in awhile I sign up for a photoclass and/or darkroom time so it'll be good to have that on hand should I so desire. Besides, looking around, I'd probably get <$100 for it so might as well hold on to it.
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Yesterday couldn't have been more gorgeous if it tried. Beautiful sunny weather with the perfect breeze to maintain temp. I went to the Cambridge Science Festival opening day and just did a ton of walking/window-shopping to bask in the prettiness of the day.

Course I also caught my first summer cold...where my body has yet to figure out the transitions from hot outdoors to A/Ced indoors. Part of me wonders if I should postpone my jury duty tomorrow, but I'm afraid if I do that it will magically be rescheduled for one of my two vacations this summer, and you only get one postponement....
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So I realized that after my two accusatory posts. I didn't do any follow-up here on the whole Amazon thing.

While it does seem that it was mostly a cataloging/technical error, I think that this author does a pretty good explanation that the error still highlights a deeper issue with Amazon's thinking:

The issue with #AmazonFail isn’t that a French Employee pressed the wrong button or could affect the system by changing “false” to “true” in filtering certain “adult” classified items, it’s that Amazon’s system has assumptions such as: sexual orientation is part of “adult”. And “gay” is part of “adult.” In other words, #AmazonFail is about the subconscious assumptions of people built into algorithms and classification that contain discriminatory ideas. When other employees use the system, whether they themselves agree with the underlying assumptions of the algorithms and classification system, or even realize the system has these point’s of view built in, they can put those assumptions into force, as the Amazon France Employee apparently did according to Amazon.
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Awwwwwww...my LJ turned eight yesterday. Can't believe I've been doing this for eight years now. I feel I should have something worthwhile to write about to commemorate the day, but nope...same ol' same ol'.

I could sit here for awhile and try to come up with something, but it looks gorgeous out, so I think I'll actually step away from the computer *gasp* and enjoy some time outside.
taerowyn: (Happy ME)
Was sent to two sites/videos today that I can't stop grinning about so I have to share.

The first is a smile through the tears video via my Twitter stream. As the poster says: This would be borderline unbelievable if you saw it in a movie but is probably one of the most PERFECT moments ever captured on television. From top to bottom. If this doesn’t make you say to others nearby, “Ah…there’s something in my eye,” before you run off to the bathroom, your heart is made of tar.

The second comes from [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs. This little story of someone who wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of the city itself? To answer these questions, I built robots.
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So apparently it was a "cataloging error"?

"This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error," Drew Herdener, spokesman for the online retailer, wrote in a statement.

"It has been misreported that the issue was limited to gay- and lesbian-themed titles," he said. "In fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as health, mind and body, reproductive and sexual medicine, and erotica."

Part of me would like to give them the benefit of the doubt that it was a technical not judgmental error...but the conspiracy theorist in me can also see how those "broad" categories could all be classifications for different sorts of GLBT titles. Guess we'll never know for sure...
taerowyn: (AnyaBook)
Apparently, some idiot(s) at Amazon decided that any book dealing with GLBT issues should be dubbed "adult," stripped of sales ranking and invisible to search. You know...to protect the children, or something. That's ANY book.

Best-selling non-fiction book about Don't Ask Don't tell? "Adult"

Academic treatise on homophobia? "Adult"

But, as this petition site points out, still publicly searchable and with sales ranking we have:

--Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds by Chronicle Books (pictures of over 600 naked women)
--Rosemary Rogers' Sweet Savage Love" (explicit heterosexual romance);
--Kathleen Woodiwiss' The Wolf and the Dove (explicit heterosexual romance);
--Bertrice Smal's Skye o'Malley which are all explicit heterosexual romances
--and Alan Moore's Lost Girls (which is a very explicit sexual graphic novel)

Yeah, nothing "adult" there.

They're claiming it's a "glitch," but it's a glitch that has been going on since February and comes with its own "explanatory" email:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature,

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services

Anyway, news stories abound (LA Times blog seems to be doing good on updating.

You can:

Sign the petition.
Participate in the Amazon Rank Google bomb.
Contact Amazon directly and tell them they're morons.
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No really...48 hours of weekend thus far, I've slept for 27 of them. I don't feel sick or anything thing, just can't. stay. awake.

Was feeling tired and out if it at work on Friday so went for a quick nap. Quick apparently equaling 14 hours. Another 2 hour nap yesterday. 8 hours last night and woke up from another 3 hour nap just now (and woke up slightly afraid is was 6am not pm the way things have been going). WTF?!

At least I have groceries in the fridge and fresh laundry to prove I did something other than sleep all weekend, but seriously...wtf?
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Ohmigod I love me.

So, Trader Joe's has this frozen gnocchi w/ Gorgonzola (little frozen gnocchi, with disks of frozen cheese so that when you fry it for about 7 minutes you get gnocchi w/ cheese sauce). So I bought some... I set it to cook and while it was cooking, I cut up some green onions and put it in. Then cut up some baby roma tomatoes and put them in for the last minute. Then I poured the whole cheesy, tomatoey, oniony, gnocchi-y yum over a bed of baby spinach and Mmmmmmmmmmm.

New favorite fast dinner.

We'll pretend it's healthy (hey, there's lots of vegetables!)
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Just read an interview where David Boreanz is bitching about the new show Castle ripping off his show Bones. I guess cause it's a crime/mystery procedural with co-stars with romantic chemistry?


Not only did they also mention Moonlighting in the interview (hey look, a crime/mystery procedural with co-stars with romantic chemistry), but can I also point to this, and this*, and this, and...yeah, you get the idea.

Which is a roundabout way to get to my other point that I watched Castle on Monday...formulaic (see above) but I think Fillion will make it worth watching, though find the female lead fairly meh. To me, the dynamic between him and his daughter was one of the best parts, so here's hoping they keep that strong.

* Random aside, but can this please come out on DVD at some point? Yes, I'm a dork, but if you haven't realized that yet, you haven't been paying attention.

ETA I don't think I've ever said this before, nor will ever say it again, but I love AOL.


Mar. 8th, 2009 03:19 pm
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So I'm not a diehard fan of the graphic novel so didn't have as much invested as others...i.e. don't know how much my opinion counts here...but overall I liked it. Sure, there were a few too many slow-mo-see-see-it's-an-exact-frame-from-the-book moments, and quite frankly, much as I love the song "Hallelujiah," I'm all in favor of a 5-10 year moratorium on using it in any movie or TV show, but overall...pretty damn good. Vague spoiler )And finally...if you can see it in IMAX, ohmigod do it.

I just...

Mar. 3rd, 2009 09:07 pm
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So, in the last ten minutes I:

  • Bought tickets to see Joss Whedon receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard Secular Society & Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy. Hey, I like humanism and I like Joss Whedon so I can spend $15 on that.

  • Bought tickets to see Paula Poundstone. Have started a tradition of seeing a comedian on/near my birthday. Two years ago was Steven Wright, last year was Craig Ferguson, saw that Paula Poundstone would be in town this October, so had to go with it

  • Confirmed that I have PAID OFF MY CREDIT CARD!!!! Ahem...bit of a stealth item there considering the previous "bought shit" items, but yes, it's true, no more credit card debt for me....just, you know, massive amounts of education debt, but that's the "good" debt, so having to live with that is OK. Which it had better be, seeing as it will be with me for the next frickin' decade.
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So our heat went out yesterday.

Well, to be honest, I don't know if the heat doesn't *work* (as in not produce heat), but when it attempts to, it makes this God awful grinding noise. I'm not going to be the one to test its efficacy in that state. Leaving that to the professionals

Plumber is supposedly coming by today, which works somewhat well with the office being closed due to snow. I was actually looking forward to going in on the snow day, cause I have a ton of work to do either way, and am REALLY productive in an empty office (since my commute is a five minute walk to an underground train, snow really has little effect on it).

Instead, I have to work from home using the web-based mail client, which I hate (pretty sure the feeling is mutual), huddled in my room under multiple layers, with my space heater blasting and downing tea.

Not all that conducive to productivity.

I was good though and dug out a spot in the driveway for the plumber. Course if he waits to long it will be snowed under again.

So he should get here now.

How about now.

taerowyn: (Amused)
So the target of Fred Phelps' latest protest (the God Hates Fags dickhead) has a brilliant counter-protest. Instead of having an actual counter protest, they're having a Phelps-a-thon, where the longer his group protests, the more donations pour in to what they're protesting.


You know you want to make a pledge.
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Evilest web feature ever (for certain personality types at least).

I really don't need anything there, but want! And so easy to get sucked in while exploring/browsing.

Must. Stop. Looking.


Feb. 17th, 2009 09:25 pm
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Back from visiting [livejournal.com profile] eeyorekdm in NC last week, which means I've finally stopped sneezing (evil kitties....no really, you can ask her, they're evil even beyond their allergen-producing capabilities. OK, maybe mischievous is a better word, but still...)

Beyond the happiness of getting to see [livejournal.com profile] eeyorekdm (which doesn't happen nearly frequently enough), it was also blissful to be in the land of 70 degree weather for a little while.

Now it's back to Boston in February.


On the upside, Roomie is gone til next Monday, so I'm flying solo at home, which is always nice. Trying to get inspired to use the time to do some spring(ish) cleaning, but have only managed to rearrange my bookshelves/find some used books to trade in. That's at least a step. I'm really feeling the urge to purge a lot of stuff. Going to try to attack at least one storage space a night this week...see what I can accomplish.
taerowyn: (AnyaBook)
I admit, Super Bowl ads aren't generally known for their taste (wish Go Daddy would just....go....), but I really think they sunk to some amazing depths this year and this gem from Teleflora was really the lowest of the low. The tastelessness of Teleflora )

Apparently Southwest Airlines is partnering with Teleflora for their rewards program...which got the wheels in my head turning. If Teleflora (obviously) doesn't want to hear about unhappy potential customers, maybe their business partners do?

In a perfect moment of serendipity, Southwest's blog includes an entry about Super Bowl ads in the past. Perhaps we should let them know about ads of the present...

Here's my (yet to be published) comment:

Although there have been great commercials in the past, this year's ads seemed to sink to new lows, especially when it comes to the portrayal of women. And I'm sad to say that one of Southwest's new business partners, Teleflora, which you just added to your Rewards Program, was one of the worst offenders. Their ad was tasteless, classless, and offensive.

Cervantes said "Tell me what company you keep and I'll tell you what you are."

By doing business with Teleflora, you're not saying anything good about what Southwest is. Perhaps it's time to reconsider the company you are keeping...


Jan. 23rd, 2009 08:12 am
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My brother, [livejournal.com profile] schwa242, made this for "fans of inaugurations and bad 90s television":


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