shinyjenni: The Fifth Doctor cupping his ear (five)
1) Happy birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] elyssadc and [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1!

2) Have finished first piece of coursework, exciting. Though by "finished" I mean "have got the IT IS TERRIBLE BUT I DO NOT CARE ANY MORE stage". Er, it is probably not terrible. Most of the spelling is more or less right. My attitude to grammar and punctuation is a little more intuitive than technical ("I feel in my HEART that a semicolon is required") but this seems to have served me well so far in my life.

3) Downton Abbey finished last night. I am not entirely sure what I thought of it; I did enjoy it a lot, but some of the editing was a bit odd (a lot of scenes finished rather abruptly) and I didn't think it did a very good job of showing time passing - I was rather surprised to find that two years had passed, it felt more like two months. I have other opinions but they are spoilery, hence a cut. here is the cut )
shinyjenni: Ruth from Spooks, talking on the phone (ruth)
- Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] invisigoth51 and [livejournal.com profile] ravenskyewalker!

- OH SPOOKS. spoilers )

- I redid my dreamwidth layout! [personal profile] shinyjenni I got the theme from here and then fiddled a few bits and pieces: colours, text size, getting the mood theme pictures to display. I kind of miss having a header, but other than that I really like it.
shinyjenni: Rani from SJA with a magnifying glass (rani investigatin')
Also, happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] wondygal! Hope you have a lovely day.
shinyjenni: Ruth from Spooks, talking on the phone (ruth)
1) Happy birthday, [personal profile] cosmic_celery!

2) It's Spooks time of year again! I thought I would try a liveblog type thing, unfortunately this means that the internet is at my fingertips and I am therefore not concentrating on the actual episode quite so much as I might have been. OH WELL.

spoilers )
shinyjenni: Martha Jones looking happy (martha happy)
1) Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] hhertzof! ♥

2) Had an induction morning at UWE today and am SHATTERED despite it not being that busy; just an introductary talk, registration and a bit of mingling. This does not bode that well for the actual start of term, does it?

3) 30 days of Who: Day 03 – Your Favourite New Series Episode )

all the days )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (eliot)
1) Happy belated birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] revolutionaren and [personal profile] glinda!

2) I had the day off yesterday, and I have more days off on Monday and Tuesday, hurrah. Yesterday I went shopping and tried on many dresses, all of which looked terrible on me. Possibly this is my mutant power. Today I got started on cleaning ALL the things with much tidying and hoovering and dusting, so now I am exhausted. Boo.

3) Other plans for the weekend involve catching up on telly. I have begun by watching the last but one episode of Leverage (3x07, "The Gone Fishing Job"), which I loved a great deal. It made me howl with laughter many times, and spoilers )

4) Also, I knitted something! And finished it! (Well, almost, haven't woven the trailing yarn ends in yet, due to laziness.) And liked it! And even managed to take a picture of it that I don't hate.

this is rare! )
shinyjenni: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier; text reads: "big finish" (big finish are love)
Happy belated birthdays, [livejournal.com profile] agapi42 and [livejournal.com profile] kiran59!

Saturday is Big Finish Day! Big Finish are reducing the price of the first fifty audios in the main range to £5 for the day. I am only missing seven so will probably be buying them all, hurrah! [livejournal.com profile] neadods posted a recommendations post; this seemed like a good idea so I have shamelessly pinched it like the thief I am. (There's quite a lot of crossover between the lists, presumably because we both have excellent taste.)

The Fires of Vulcan (Seven, Mel) Particularly recommended to Mel sceptics (and Mel fans!) since she is great in it, and to fans of pure historicals, since... it is one. And a rather good one, I think!

The Shadow of the Scourge (Seven, Ace, Benny) A nice tight story that gives both companions good stuff to do, and also has some great lines. The fact that one of the characters has the same name as my dad is not influencing my love for it all in any way. Plus, it gives anyone who hasn't heard the Benny audios a taste of how good Lisa Bowerman is (hint: she's VERY good).

The Holy Terror (Six, Frobisher) This is a beautifully creepy (and very funny) story.

The One Doctor (Six, Mel) Because it's entirely hilarious. Enough said.

The Chimes of Midnight (Eight, Charley) This was the first Eighth Doctor story I heard, and it made me love him right from the moment where he explains a complicated bit of temporal physics whilst wearing a paper hat. It's a Christmas story, so a little unseasonal at this time of year, but it's good enough that it doesn't matter.

Seasons of Fear (Eight, Charley) A romp, in the best possible sense of the term. Eight and Charley career through history on the trail of a very well-drawn villain, exchanging quips along the way. I go back and forth on Charley, but this is one of the stories where I really love her. You'll need to have a vague idea of what happens in Storm Warning to understand it, but nothing more in-depth than can be gleaned from wikipedia.

Spare Parts (Five, Nyssa) This is moving, chilling, and generally just great.

The Church and the Crown (Five, Peri, Erimem) My favourite Big Finish TARDIS team (except when the Seven-Ace-Hex team is my favourite) doing The Three Musketeers with wit and style, excellent.

Jubilee (Six, Evelyn) I want to recommend this but the heat has scrambled my brain and I cannot think of any words to explain why! Just buy it, it's fab.

Doctor Who and the Pirates (Six, Evelyn) Blends the funny (Six and Evelyn squabbling over the story they're telling) with the sober (why exactly they're telling it) very well. Also, songs!

(I also recommend Neverland and Zagreus, but they're very arc-y; you'll need to have listened to Storm Warning and Seasons of Fear at least to get the most out of them.)

Off on holiday later today (well, tomorrow, but I'm going to stay with my parents tonight); am in a tearing hurry trying to get everything sorted out before then (and am consequently in a terrible temper), hence the sparseness of a couple of those! As usual, consider this a catch-all post if you want to link me to anything that you want me to comment on/think I should see etc. See you when I get back!
shinyjenni: Sophie on a rooftop; text reads "wwpd?" (what would parker do?)
- Happy birthdays to [personal profile] azarsuerte for today, and [personal profile] lesbiassparrow for yesterday!

- Last night I watched Leverage's "The Juror #6 Job". Here are some words and pictures about it:
and some spoilers )
shinyjenni: Lynda and Spike drinking coffee (press gang)
1) Happy birthday, [personal profile] paranoidangel!

2) I've been watching The X-Files recently, since I hardly saw any of it when it was on the telly. It is very good, but I am here to ask for anti-recs: which are the really disturbing episodes? I would like to skip them, I think. ("Home" is already on the list to skip.) I'm ok with gore but less so with creepiness (er, it is possible I am watching the wrong show. But I do like it otherwise!). For context, I have already seen most of season one, only skipping "Squeeze" and "Tooms" since I have already seen 'em.

3) This article by Johann Hari in the Indy, on what Britain under the Conservatives might look like, has been all over twitter today, and with good reason. I also read a good article in Saturday's Guardian by Polly Toynbee, "The vote is precious, but we can't be":
If precious voters choose regardless of consequence they could wake up to the result they most deplore. What kind of conscience is it that says, "I don't care what happens. I have clean hands, I voted with conviction regardless of the outcome"? Many don't understand the wicked ways of the voting system, but those who do should know better.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (one vicki steven)
1.) Happy birthday, [personal profile] nwhyte!

2.) Here are some Big Finish type things I have been listening to recently:

- The Suffering: I really enjoyed this, it was a nice, enjoyable pseudo-historical, and Steven's Adventures in Shopping made me laugh and laugh. I was also rather tickled by Peter Purves describing Sara Kingdom as a very important space lady in the extras!

- City of Spires: I loved about this audio VERY MUCH! spoilers )

- The Genocide Machine: pretty solid Dalek story, I thought. spoilers )

- Red Dawn: this would have been much better if it wasn't for the rather dodgy science. spoilers )
shinyjenni: Lynda and Spike drinking coffee (press gang)
1.) Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] munditia for yesterday! Hope you had a lovely day.

2.) I am back from Brussels! There are over a thousand unread items in my Google Reader and I have missed EVERYTHING so please link me to things. Brussels was lovely, I took some rather haphazard photos (it is a feature of my camera that in the daylight it is nigh on impossible to see the screen so one cannot tell what one is taking pictures of), they are all on Facebook here and some are below. The weather was pretty good, except on Monday morning when it was freezing, and the Mother and I looked at many things. Sadly we failed to look at the Atomium, we got halfway there and then the metro was unexpectedly suspended, so we had to come back, which was a bit of a pain. Anyway, pictures:

I am at work and the guide book is at home so do not expect terribly informative captions )

3.) Oh, I started reading Victory of Eagles just now thinking it would be full of JOY but then I remembered what happened at the end of Empire of Ivory. NO JOY TODAY.

"I dabble."

Apr. 7th, 2010 06:35 pm
shinyjenni: Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Anji; text reads: "time and space adventurers" (time and space adventurers)
1) Happy birthday to [personal profile] bubbles83 for tomorrow!

2.) Between the library move and being at my parents' for Easter, have not been around much recently, and since I am away again next weekend this is not likely to change; if there's anything from the last week or so or in the next week or so that you think I should/would like to see, leave me a link! ♥

3.) I think Dreamwidth may have been looking through my brain for ideas for their new features; now if you click on someone's icon it takes you straight to their userpics page, and the drafts saving feature now saves subject lines etc too. I like!

4.) Sign I have possibly been watching too much Leverage: I found myself in the hat department at TK Maxx and the first thought I had went: "ooo, that looks like a hat that Nate would wear. I should TOTALLY buy it." I did not in fact buy it, so there may be hope for me yet.

5.) Also in the watching things department, "The Eleventh Hour"! I liked it a lot, though there was one thing I didn't like. all thoughts under here, with spoilers )

5b.) My sister, this weekend, on New Who as a whole: "They have spent too much money on effects and not enough money on QUARRIES." ...I cannot fault her logic.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (scoundrels)
1.) Happy birthday, [personal profile] stellastars!

2.) I have been listening to Sian Phillips talking about Juliet and her Romeo on Woman's Hour. It sounds interesting; any Bristol or Bristol-adjacent people interested in going?

3.) LJ's question of the day is about the first news event you remember being aware of. Sadly in my case the answer is "Robbie Williams leaves Take That", I have a very clear memory of Newsround showing footage of hordes of weeping fans. OH SELF.

4.) Here is some more Leverage squee!

'The Mile High Job' and 'The Miracle Job' )
shinyjenni: Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Anji; text reads: "time and space adventurers" (time and space adventurers)
1.) Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] ecossefilmmaker!

2.) [livejournal.com profile] agapi42 and I went on the Reclaim the Night march on Friday. It was great: there was drumming and dancing and chanting (and, ok, a fair bit of raining), and the turnout was really good. I was pleased to see that there was someone there from my union, waving a big purple Unison flag.

3.) London at the weekend! V. exciting. I met [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy for lunch when I got there on Saturday (after some time spent wandering around looking for her in completely the wrong place, WHOOPS), we went to a very nice Turkish place near Victoria station and had mezze, yum. Then I met up with Izzy, Phil and James and we went to see Wicked. SQUEE. I really loved it (apart from the rather too neat ending), especially "Defying Gravity", of course! Then we went back to Izzy's and watched Hot Fuzz (on the grounds that if you have four people from Gloucestershire in the same room you practically have a legal requirement so to do), which I love, and 300, which I... did not love. Anyway. On Sunday we went and queued in the rain for the Natural History Museum. We'd booked to go round the new Cocoon section, which was quite interesting but hampered somewhat by the touchscreens, most of which we couldn't get to work properly, so there was a lot of irritated stabbing at them as we tried to persuade them to tell us stuff. But then we found to display of Things In Bottles, which cheered us up tremendously. Semi-digested squid fished out of a whale's stomach and put inna jar! Yay. After that, we had a quick mooch around the Science Museum (and I spotted [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson's Rebel in the bookshop, which I didn't realise was out, or even imminent, and would have carried off if my rucksack hadn't already been pretty heavy). And then I went home and discovered that my shoulders hurt, my legs were on strike and my brain wouldn't brain. This is what happens if you go to London, everyone! You should all move to Bristol instead, it is much better here. (Cheltenham or Bath are also acceptable.)

4.) Am trying to decide what to bake this afternoon: bittersweet chocolate and pear cake or chocolate yoghurt snack cakes. Opinions? (If you are [livejournal.com profile] tigerpixie or [livejournal.com profile] amicu I am particularly interested in your opinions as the said baking is for tonight's Stitch 'n' Witch.) Usually the correct answer would be "both" but I am not sure I have time, woe.

birthdays!

Feb. 26th, 2010 03:06 pm
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] settiai for today, and to [livejournal.com profile] library_of_sex for tomorrow! Hope you both have lovely days.

Birthdays!

Feb. 21st, 2010 07:32 pm
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] misscam and [livejournal.com profile] everlasting_day! Hope you both are having and have had a splendid day.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (sarah jane look)
- Thank you for all the virtual snowflake cookies! They made my face make this shape - :D Alas, they all seem to have gone now so I can't send any back, but nevertheless, I ♥ you all, flist!

- Happy belated birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] vonquixote (for Saturday) and [livejournal.com profile] harveypenguin (for Sunday)! And happy early birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] marah_sarie (for tomorrow) and [livejournal.com profile] _catharine_ (for Thursday)! I hope you all had or have lovely days.

- All weekends should have three days in them, you can get more done that way. I did lots of Christmas shopping yesterday and felt very virtuous, but also like I'd been stepped on by a Pythonesque Giant Foot. Not good! I have the afternoon off today so I'm going to spend it putting up the tinsel and the baubles and the lights that I bought. Normally I would not approve of putting up decorations this early, but I'm not going to be here over Christmas and I'm hosting Stitch 'n' Witch tonight, so decoration time it is.

- Does anyone have any recs for CDs of carols? I bought this one from iTunes last year and it's nice to listen to and has all my favourite carols on it, but it's but a bit... choir-y? maybe? and I'd really prefer something a bit more singalongable, if you see what I mean.

- Yesterday I watched The Brain of Morbius. I was expecting to enjoy this one and was not disappointed.

spoilers )

That was the last story in season thirteen (ETA as [livejournal.com profile] everlasting_day has just pointed out, this isn't actually true, it's the penultimate season thirteen story. So... never mind!), which means that by seasons I am now (almost!) half way through watching everything in order. Eek! So far I think that One's era is the one that's benefited the most from watching this way: it really makes it obvious just how diverse and daring his stories were. ♥ Other thoughts so far: it's a huge advantage that I like all the companions - I don't get too sad about one leaving because I know the next one is also awesome! I did miss Steven quite a bit, but since I love Ben and Polly I think that was mostly because he got written out in such an unsatisfactory way. I'm also pretty pleased that I've seen all the recons now and won't get stuck with lots of them to watch at the end!

(ETA2, much later: let's all pretend that I can spell "irresistible", ok? *facepalm*)
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
- Thank you for all the virtual snowflake cookies! They made my face make this shape - :D Alas, they all seem to have gone now so I can't send any back, but nevertheless, I ♥ you all, flist!

- Happy belated birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] vonquixote (for Saturday) and [livejournal.com profile] harveypenguin (for Sunday)! And happy early birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] marah_sarie (for tomorrow) and [livejournal.com profile] _catharine_ (for Thursday)! I hope you all had or have lovely days.

- All weekends should have three days in them, you can get more done that way. I did lots of Christmas shopping yesterday and felt very virtuous, but also like I'd been stepped on by a Pythonesque Giant Foot. Not good! I have the afternoon off today so I'm going to spend it putting up the tinsel and the baubles and the lights that I bought. Normally I would not approve of putting up decorations this early, but I'm not going to be here over Christmas and I'm hosting Stitch 'n' Witch tonight, so decoration time it is.

- Does anyone have any recs for CDs of carols? I bought this one from iTunes last year and it's nice to listen to and has all my favourite carols on it, but it's but a bit... choir-y? maybe? and I'd really prefer something a bit more singalongable, if you see what I mean.

- Yesterday I watched The Brain of Morbius. I was expecting to enjoy this one and was not disappointed.

spoilers )

That was the last story in season thirteen (ETA as [livejournal.com profile] everlasting_day has just pointed out, this isn't actually true, it's the penultimate season thirteen story. So... never mind!), which means that by seasons I am now (almost!) half way through watching everything in order. Eek! So far I think that One's era is the one that's benefited the most from watching this way: it really makes it obvious just how diverse and daring his stories were. ♥ Other thoughts so far: it's a huge advantage that I like all the companions - I don't get too sad about one leaving because I know the next one is also awesome! I did miss Steven quite a bit, but since I love Ben and Polly I think that was mostly because he got written out in such an unsatisfactory way. I'm also pretty pleased that I've seen all the recons now and won't get stuck with lots of them to watch at the end!

(ETA2, much later: let's all pretend that I can spell "irresistible", ok? *facepalm*)
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (sarah jane suit-tastic)
- Thank you for all the virtual snowflake cookies! They made my face make this shape - :D Alas, they all seem to have gone now so I can't send any back, but nevertheless, I ♥ you all, flist!

- Happy belated birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] vonquixote (for Saturday) and [livejournal.com profile] harveypenguin (for Sunday)! And happy early birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] marah_sarie (for tomorrow) and [livejournal.com profile] _catharine_ (for Thursday)! I hope you all had or have lovely days.

- All weekends should have three days in them, you can get more done that way. I did lots of Christmas shopping yesterday and felt very virtuous, but also like I'd been stepped on by a Pythonesque Giant Foot. Not good! I have the afternoon off today so I'm going to spend it putting up the tinsel and the baubles and the lights that I bought. Normally I would not approve of putting up decorations this early, but I'm not going to be here over Christmas and I'm hosting Stitch 'n' Witch tonight, so decoration time it is.

- Does anyone have any recs for CDs of carols? I bought this one from iTunes last year and it's nice to listen to and has all my favourite carols on it, but it's but a bit... choir-y? maybe? and I'd really prefer something a bit more singalongable, if you see what I mean.

- Yesterday I watched The Brain of Morbius. I was expecting to enjoy this one and was not disappointed.

spoilers )

That was the last story in season thirteen (ETA as [livejournal.com profile] everlasting_day has pointed out, it's actually the penultimate season 13 story. So... never mind), which means that by seasons I am now (almost) half way through watching everything in order. Eek! So far I think that One's era is the one that's benefited the most from watching this way: it really makes it obvious just how diverse and daring his stories were. ♥ Other thoughts so far: it's a huge advantage that I like all the companions - I don't get too sad about one leaving because I know the next one is also awesome! I did miss Steven quite a bit, but since I love Ben and Polly I think that was mostly because he got written out in such an unsatisfactory way. I'm also pretty pleased that I've seen all the recons now and won't get stuck with lots of them to watch at the end!

(ETA2, much later: let's all pretend that I can spell "irresistible", ok? *facepalm*)
shinyjenni: Fourth Doctor and Leela coming out of the TARDIS; background text reads: "excitement adventure really wild things" (really wild things)
- Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] elyssadc! (Sorry I missed you out of my post the other day, for some reason LJ didn't tell me it was your birthday :/)

- Quick plug: [livejournal.com profile] who_daily and [livejournal.com profile] torchwood_three are looking for new editors! I've only done backup editions of both, but if anyone is considering applying and wants to ask me any questions, I shall do my best to answer.

- Had a slight booktastrophe earlier when I finished the book I'd brought to read at work (The Game, by Diana Wynne Jones, which I found slightly unsatisfactory: it was enjoyable, as ever with her books, but rather slight. I thought I was only about half way through and was rather surprised to find myself at the end. I think it needed more middle) rather sooner than I had planned. But then I remembered that I work in a library, so I nipped down to the Children's Fiction section and picked up a copy of Margaret Mahy's The Changeover, which I'd been thinking about rereading anyway. Crisis averted.

- In my attempt to watch All of Doctor Who In Order, I have got to Robot (sidenote: last time I complained on here about some post not arriving, it was there when I got home, so in that spirit: where is my copy of About Time 4? I waaannnttssss it (ETA that actually worked! Awesome! *clings to shiny new book*)). I think the things I enjoyed most this time round were all the little reaction shots and things like that - minor spoilers )

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