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Apr. 7th, 2017 07:38 pm
hildy89: (dangerous weapons)
It's been awhile, hasn't it? I was plain "hildy" over on LJ but someone had that username named. I have imported over this journal from livejournal. The only things that haven't come over yet are the comments, but I imagine they're caught in the LJ-DW logjam. I'm toying with folding in other LJ accounts into this account or others, so I have fewer to keep track of.

Watch TCM

Nov. 11th, 2013 10:43 pm
hildy89: (girl friday)
Reposting from my other journal: TCM has started Watch TCM online service and iOS/Android apps. You have a choice between watching the East/West coast feeds or whatever's available on their Demand titles. Comicsworthreading also gives a recap of the program. It's dependent on your cable service participating, unfortunately.
hildy89: (dangerous weapons)
Sad news on the internet today.

Barbara Mertz, the writer better known as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, dies at 85.

I was more of a fan of her other series with Vicki Bliss and Jacqueline Kirby, but I had accepted that after Laughter of Dead Kings we weren't going to get any more of either of those series. I hadn't realized how many Amelia Peabody books were published!

Number 12

Aug. 5th, 2013 12:14 am
hildy89: (blue box)
It seems like only yesterday I was joining the Internet in freaking out over Matt Smith's casting. The age, the hair, then "Ooh, what is he doing with his hands?" and "Wow he talks fast" and then the evitable "But.. but... I liked him!" Smith hasn't quite worn the tread off the tires the way Tennant did for me. I watched end of "End of Time" before the Big Announcement on BBC America and I swear it was a special form of torture. (I may have giggled inappropriately at Anneke Wills referring to 8 as the "prettiest Doctor". No argument from me, Polly.)

The new Doctor casting pleases me greatly. (Also I saw the rumor earlier and I said "Oh. Oh yes." Not least because I just finished watching BBC's The Hour and he was one of my favorite characters. I'm glad to see an older Doctor, but I'm curious which direction they'll go. Ornery and crotchety or serious and edgy? Or neither? Matt Smith's first promo pic screamed Twilight gothy and he turned out quite madcap. I can't wait!

I am debating whether to indulge in Big Finish's sale/discount on the early releases. There's even a special "Early Years" subscription option that's really tempting if I can figure out which chunk I'd want -- the ones in between Storm Warning and Chimes of Midnight are the current option, but oof, there are some I really haven't liked.
hildy89: (always miss shaw)
Sorta update: I talk a little over here about what I'm reading/watching/etc lately. I also talk about how I'm not writing. I'm trying to nudge it into life with some goals. I honestly don't know why my writing urge has been so quiet lately. I've been reading a lot, so maybe I'm just priming the pump trying to figure out what I want to really write. It's frustrating as hell.

I'm trying (and failing) to keep up with some of my podcasts. Um, Radio Downloader was shut down by the BBC, so anyone I recced that to earlier may need to find another source, which is really a shame. I liked the way it'd grab the episode whenever it aired for later. I do have a massive backlog of "In Our Time" to get through. I've also been listening to Verity Podcast, a Doctor Who podcast compromised of a bunch of women. What's eerie is listening to Deb Stanish who basically sounds very similiar to [livejournal.com profile] neadods. And maybe I've watched entirely too much BBC if I can make out Scottish Liz's accent without subtitles. (And now I've challenged her -- she's suggesting doing one in broad Scots -- I'm fully expecting to go "The Doctor did what now?")

I bought but haven't listened to the new box set of "Counter Measures" and subscribed to the "Confessions of Dorian Gray" that I inexplicably fell in love with over Christmas. Big Finish is also twigging my Emma Peel by giving us audio versions of the David Keel-John Steed era The Avengers, starring Milner from [livejournal.com profile] foyleswar as Keel. I wonder if they'll bother adapting the two that survived -- "Frighteners" and "Girl on a Trapeze".
hildy89: (ellery queen)
Wonder Woman!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines: Documentary on Wonder Woman that just aired on PBS' "Independent Lens". Some of it is on Wonder Woman's history and others are more on feminism and how women are portrayed.

For the BBC Sherlock fans, Diane Duane wrote up a lengthy tumblr post on Dr. Watson's CV and what it tells us (or doesn't)

Odd mood

Apr. 13th, 2013 09:33 pm
hildy89: (dangerous weapons)
[livejournal.com profile] bentleywg introduced me to the BBC's "In Our Time" that covers a wide range of cultural and historical topics, some I have a passing knowledge of and others I have none. Fortunately BBC has seen fit to have them all available online in some fashion, so I've been wading in.

With the anniversary of the sinking looming again, I also listened to a few of their programs on the Titanic and its storied history. Titanic Town talked about Belfast and the Harland and Wolff shipyard and how until fairly recently they didn't like to play up their connection to the ship of dreams. I was reminded of last year's "Titanic Minute by Minute" that included a repurposed Elvis Costello song "Shipbuilding" performed by Hue and Cry. (A little odd listening to that song in light of Thatcher's death since Costello wrote it during the Falklands.) I also listened to the Titanic Letters podcast that use actual letters from Titanic passengers before and after the tragedy. The early ones sent from Southhampton/Queenstown are so jubilant and hopeful and awed and then the ones written from the Carpathia and later are so... broken. I can see why some survivors never wanted to talk about the experience ever again.
hildy89: (nats)
When the weather turns to spring (if ever so briefly) and the boys start playing the national pasttime again. So my default icon is a curly W for my Nationals. Our home opener was a delight. Bryce Harper can hit as many home runs as he likes. If this season is remotely like last year I will be pleased...
hildy89: (liz shaw)
The good news is I didn't lose power at all. The bad news is there was water damage near my living room windows. The apartment building people are still trying to determine what caused the leaks – windows, a/c, upstairs/outside. I know it could have been worse. At least I’m safe and sound. But I'm a total wreck. I slept very badly last night. I'm somehow maintaining my patience with my coworkers, especially my teleworking/business as usual now types that think their emergency is mine.

I'll update as I can.

EDIT: The maintenance types came by with a high powered wetvac/etc to clean up the carpet. They pulled out the bookshelves and didn't see any damage thankfully. They only have limited fans though and many people were having issues today. All I can say is I hope it doesn't rain again anytime soon.

EDIT2: And we have our own heavy duty fan. I feel like I have a prolonged train whistle in my apartment.
hildy89: (liz shaw)
Something to make [livejournal.com profile] lizbetann pause: CW is developing Reign, a fantastical reimagining of teenage Mary Queen of Scots:

"The CW’s project is described as Game Of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette — if Marie Antoinette had a girl posse and was coming of age as a warrior queen. It’s about the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue."

(Full story)

C'est moi!

Sep. 25th, 2012 12:37 pm
hildy89: (carnevale venizia)
I went to see Nathan Gunn at the Kennedy Center over the weekend and wrote it up on my blog over here. I do wish I knew a little more about opera to appreciate some of the pieces. Metro was being a pain that weekend, which made travel difficult.

I'm through with both of my book challenges. I had challenged myself to read 30 books on Goodreads, I'm at 37 right now with three months to go. I also joined the TBR challenge and scaled Pike's Peak, which meant reading 12 books that I owned prior to the beginning of this year. I'm hoping to keep going, but I doubt I'll reach the next summit, which is Mt Vancouver and 25 books!
hildy89: (Barfy the Cat-Owl)
So my biggest needlework project in forever, Ink Circles' "Book of Ink Circles" aka Celtic Mystery SAL aka BoINK, is finished. Since reordering a few colors (and flailing a little over mismatched overdyes), I've been steadily working on it for the last week. Then the Olympics started and I needed something to work on while watching swimming heats, gymnastics, and current favorite volleyball. Fabric is 28 ct Platinum Jobelan and the colors are all Vikki Clayton's Hand Dyed Fibers silks.

Finished Book of Ink Circles photos )

Liz Shaw

Jul. 12th, 2012 09:30 pm
hildy89: (always miss shaw)
So yes, I haven't been updating here as much as I used to. I'd like to blame my health, the weather, and possibly my job, but truth is, I haven't been updating much elsewhere either, other than twitter and occasionally other LJ. I nattered a bit on ballet again, blame CW and other odd sources. I think it's taken the place of LJ for my instant reactions for things, so I sometimes forget people won't see it. I have dabbled back into needlework and I'm hoping to finish the Celtic Mystery SAL/Book of Ink Circles before the Olympics start, so I can focus on new and different projects. LJ may force me to reevaluate how I store my needlework progress photos though. The Scrapbook upgrade basically made it next to useless, since I can't rename folders or move pictures to their right location.

Doctor Who has left me a little depressed lately with the passing of Caroline John aka Elizabeth Shaw. She had a brief run as the Doctor's companion/assistant, but I loved her anyway for her combination of style and smarts.

[livejournal.com profile] lost_spook posted a lovely collection of Liz Shaw tribute with fanfiction recs and icons.

[livejournal.com profile] dw_straybunnies is hosting Liz Shaw prompt month, leaving me pondering ideas. I still need to finish that one crossover with her and Harriet Jones. Bless SJA for giving me the out on the book canon I wanted to pretend never happened. I would like to listen to the Big Finish Companion Chronicles, although I had an iffy reaction to "Blue Tooth".
hildy89: (newsflash)
I remember when I said "long weekend" wistfully. My July 4th was more like a death march or a bad episode of Survivor. First the air conditioning conked out on the building. Not surprising, the a/c dies at the first rumble of thunder. But when it wasn't immediately reset I started to get worried. At one point, I stupidly went to the library for a quick respite. And promptly dinged my ankle while puttering around the stacks. Several friends have suggested I need a suit of armor. While practical, it'd be completely uncomfortable in summer. I actually spent the night at a very nice hotel last night -- after the temperatures climbed to 80 degrees in my building, I considered that I was not a hothouse flower. The building is waiting on a part to fix the problem, so we'll see what I go home to tonight. I hope everyone else had a better 4th.

Bright side, I did finish Gail Carriger's Soulless over the weekend. Very funny mix of steampunk and supernatural and romance... now if only the author can sort out her POV issues in later books. Maybe she was going for omniscient/Victorian style narrative, but the end result was switching POVs in literally the next paragraph. Loved the world and the characters though.
hildy89: (Default)
Dining alone is always an adventure of some kind. They'll stuff you in some back corner near the kitchen or some odd alcove. They'll forget about you occasionally, as has happened at breakfast. There's no one to talk to, so I usually remember to have a notebook on hand... except when I forget a pen of any kind. Oops.

PF Changs is if nothing else unique in its issues. I only usually order one thing: crispy honey chicken. Wherein I have way too sensitive a palette )
hildy89: (girl friday)
Thanks to Netflix, I've gone on a bit of a ballet bender. I've watched several documentaries off their Instant Watching. "The Dancer" (or "Dansaren") was about a Royal Swedish ballerina and her training from ballet school up through performing with the company. "Etoiles" showed behind the scenes at the Paris Opera Ballet. "Ballerina" showcases five ballerinas from the Mariinsky's Kirov Ballet.

Alas most of my notes on the first two are lost to the twitter archives in the sky. I do remember liking "Dancer" a lot more than "Etoiles". (Alas Dancer has been taken off Instant Watching, so I'd have to get the dvd to rewatch it.)

"Ballerina" was fascinating because of my reactions to the various dancers. In figure skating, I notice the technicians with the jumps and spins. I don't hate the ultra artistic skaters, but I sometimes feel like they're over reliant on that aspect of their skating. With ballet, I was really noticing the actresses, the ones that became their roles. They had an immediate presence on the screen. I wanted to watch them. From the minute Diana Vishneva covered her face in "Cinderella" rehearsals, I was captivated. Evgenia Obraztsova reminded me of a slimmer dancing Christina Hendricks a little with her red hair and bubbly personality. With her age and experience, Ulyana Lopatkina was more interesting to me than Alina Somova, the young star the documentary focused so heavily on. I don't know how much the competitive aspect of skating plays into this, especially for Olympic eligible skating.

The one side effect of watching all these ballet documentaries is I wind up wanting to watch full length ballets. Netflix has them available, but not instantly. One that intrigued me was George Balanchine's "Jewels".

Long winded ballet geekery on Jewels w/ caps )
hildy89: (Default)
Hello everybody. Isn't it a fine day? *growls* All right, enough of my Tracy Lord impersonation...

I am home! Yes, I traveled down to Florida for the holidays. It was warm for the first day and then the cold front showed up with vengeance, just as everyone else in the Northeast was buried in snow. I'm glad I prepared for a variety of weather possibilities. DC seems to have completely missed that boat, which is pretty typical for this area. I'm just glad I didn't have to fly a day earlier or later. As it was, we were delayed an hour and a half in Melbourne because they didn't have a de-icer. That cut squarely into my layover time Atlanta, so I had to make a mad dash for the Hartsfield former cylon train and hope I could get to my terminal in time -- no mean feat. At least I'm home safely. I'm slowly trying to catch up on LJ/etc. I had very little proper computer access over the holidays; I mostly made do with my phone, which is fine for twitter, but not great for anything else.

This was a quiet Christmas for my family. We're still in doctors and recovery mode to a degree. I'm a little depressed to see my father -- so vibrant and intelligent and barely able to move or concentrate for long periods.

Discovered my parents adore Top Gear (not surprising given my father's love of cars) and HGTV and several antique/pawn shop related shows. Ironically one show we found on HGTV was on this year's White House Christmas decorations -- would have loved to see that *before* I went on the tour so I'd know the significance or notice particular things.

Still need to find time to watch the Doctor Who special. I have stayed surprisingly unspoiled.
hildy89: (fox in winter)
So the snow did appear. It's a slushy slippery mess outside, but it's only an inch, if that. It makes for some nervous moments walking home from the Metro, but otherwise it isn't too bad. What is really worrying is if the temperature drops tonight and it promptly freezes over. That would be bad.

Bad internet news of the day: Yahoo is apparently closing down Delicious, causing much consternation amongst some fandom circles. Some of the bigger communities use Delicious as their archives. Looking at alternatives is a little depressing though. You seem to need to install Google's toolbar to use their bookmarks option. Someone recommended Diigo as an alternative in the comments. You can easily import delicious but it'll take awhile. And I can imagine they're swamped with people with exactly the same idea.
hildy89: (Default)
So Netflix had a perverse sense of humor/timing. For my last batch of 3-dvds-a-day, they sent me a hodge podge of material. I'd actually seen "Next Avengers" already, but the featurettes were amusing if only to see how many young teen groups no longer existed. And to realize how many of that crowd is still working with Marvel in their movies and animation. I had the first dvd of season two of "West Wing" since I've gone on a rewatch binge again. Since my dvds dropped down to one on the 15th, I had to quickly pack first season and then slam right into the second. I still react the same to most of the episodes. It's funny what parts are more dated than others. "What Kind of Day has it Been?" is weird for me because of the Columbia references and having the Newseum in Rosslyn, where it's not located anymore. In some ways, Washington stays very much the same and in other ways time marches on.

I was supposed to get three dvds, but Netflix couldn't get me "Avengers 62" immediately so they sent me wait for it, yes the next one on the list. So suddenly I had to pare down 4 dvds to 1. The next one on the list was the "My Name is Modesty" movie in my attempt see all the versions of Modesty Blaise. I've written about the god-awful 60s spy version over here. I've also "ahemmed" the failed TV pilot with Ann Turkel. "My Name is Modesty" covers her earlier career with the Network and a version of her history. I did like the conceit that that may or may not have been the truth with Modesty pulling a Scheherazade stringing the villain along with her stories. It was closer to the comics/novels, but still missing the mark on several fronts. The story was basically split between the current storyline and the flashbacks. I really missed Willie Garvin's presence. Alexandra Staden was a tall slim Modesty, but she almost seemed too slight for my tastes. She reminded me of someone I can't put a finger on who though. Seeing the New Amsterdam lead actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a villain was certainly odd. I haven't watched the extras, but I'll try to look at them in my copious free time.

"Avengers 62" is early Cathy Gale/fill-in episodes. Those are fairly slow going so far.

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