shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (sarah jane suit-tastic)
- Radio 4 is currently doing well at broadcasting things that make me angry just as I am waking up. On Saturday they had Michael Winner on the Today programme talking about the new Playboy club. (To be fair, they also had Kat Banyard, who was awesome.) Michael Winner. WHYYYYY. One of his points was that if you go into an art gallery many of the pictures are of women. Because that is a) just the same as making waitresses dress up as bunny girls and b) completely the natural order of things and in no way influenced by any historical or sociological factors. *sigh* And then this morning I heard on the news about Vince Cable warning the unions that if strike activity increases, the laws on striking might be tightened. I have a lot of feelings about the importance of the right to strike, but even if I didn't, how is it ok to say "btw, you totally have this right, but if you try and exercise it or anything we will absolutely take it away. JSYK!"? Ugh.

- In happier, more Doctor Who related things, I am v. pleased to see that we seem finally to have found something all of fandom agrees on, and that it is spoilers for 'A Good Man Goes To War' )

- I watched K9 and Company on Friday! THE CREDITS. OH THE CREDITS. I had heard they were a sight to behold, but I wasn't entirely prepared for their full glory. ...I sort of want to go and watch them again. :D Lis was amazing, of course, and made the whole thing much more entertaining than it had any right to be. (There were almost tears at "Oh, Doctor, you didn't forget!") And I do love K9. ♥ I adored the scene where it was the very last scene so, spoilers! ) Plus, one of the DVD extras was a spoof interview with K9, which is the sort of thing I would watch ALL DAY if I could. :D
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
On this morning's Today programme -
Presenter*: When was the last time the army were brought in for something like this?
Alex Salmond: ...Monday.

Well, it made me laugh, anyway.

*I am not awake enough at that time in the morning to remember which one it was.

~

I went to see Deathly Hallows (with [livejournal.com profile] amicu and Rhiannon)! IT WAS AWESOME. If a little bleak. OK, very bleak. But in a good way. spoilers! Including some for part two! )
shinyjenni: Five, Nyssa and Adric in a wood, the TARDIS is next to them at an angle, text reads "experiencing technical difficulties (technical difficulties)
- Meeeeme: Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or literary or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! Fandoms, books I might get around to writing one day, women in my fandoms, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs. And I will answer them all in a new post (or in comments).

- This is the bit where I witter on about Radio 4 comedy. Cabin Pressure is excellent this series! I thought the last series was pretty average but everyone seems to have upped their game a bit and now it is great. (Sherlock fans: Cumberbatch is in it, though so is someone else with a very similar voice so nine times out of ten I can't tell if it's him or not.) Just a Minute has been great this series too; this week's taught me that I like Ross Noble a whole lot, and last week's had Sue Perkins, who makes everything better. Not so keen on Chain Reaction, but it's possible I'm judging it rather harshly because it is in the Friday slot and I am always disappointed to find something other than The Now Show or The News Quiz in there.

- My laptop is running out of hard drive, woe. Does anyone have any clever hints for freeing up space (short of "delete everything!")? Or any recommendations for external hard drive type things?
shinyjenni: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier; text reads: "big finish" (big finish are love)
1.) Wrote and submitted my pitch for Big Finish's opportunity for new writers thing over the weekend! It is not that great, but I think it follows all their rules, is reasonably in character and is mostly punctuated correctly, so should hopefully not be the cause of too much headdesking. I know a few other people on my flist have sent in pitches too - good luck, everyone!

2.) Last night I picked up a knitting project that I hadn't work on for a couple of months. Within three rows I'd made a huge mistake that needed lots of unpicking to make right. Why you do these things, self?

3.) I listened to the latest Big Finish audio, A Thousand Tiny Wings, over the weekend. It was fantastic. spoilers )

4.) QI was great this week! As was The News Quiz, which had two female guests for the second week in a row. Since the chair (the wonderful Sandi Toksvig) is also female , that meant more women's voices than men's, hurray! This may sound like a small thing, but the The News Quiz is about the only thing I can say this of, out of all the things I watch/listen to (except deliberately women-focussed things like Women's Hour, obvs), so... yeah. More like this, please!
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (lovely merlin team)
- Merlin was much better this week, I thought, apart from two things. One wasn't their fault; it was the massive banner plastered over the top of the screen informing me that if I am over 75 I can get help upgrading to digital TV before the switchover. Alas, there was no way of telling it that a) I am not over 75 and b) I have a digibox, it just chooses not to acknowledge the existence of the BBC at this time. The other was their fault and is spoilery: Read more... )

- I was IMDBing Idris Elba last night, as one does, when I suddenly stumbled upon the fact that Vampire Bill from True Blood also played Jack in Ultraviolet (the TV series, not the film. I have not seen the film but I JUDGE IT for not being the TV series). Possibly everyone but me already knew that, but I did not recognise him even a little bit! In my defence he had very different hair ten years ago. Anyway, I also found out that Idris Elba is going to be in a BBC 1 thriller type thing with Paul McGann and Indira Varma. DO WANT.

- The Unbelievable Truth was excellent last night, I had to stop eating a few times because I was laughing so much. Highly recommended. Sadly it was the last one in the series but happily next Monday the new series of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue is starting.

- I only have one Anji EDA left, woe! I've been trying to string them out by going back and reading the early Eight 'n' Sam ones which I skipped, and to that end I read The Bodysnatchers a while ago: quite fun, but it got a bit unnecessarily gory, grr. And I am trying to like Sam, because I feel guilty about hating her so much and I know I'm going to warm to her later on, but she was still quite annoying. I assumed she was joking when she asked, of Victorian Londoners, something along the lines of "haven't they heard of global warming?", but from the context... possibly she wasn't.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (buffy and cordy shocked)
- Merlin was much better this week, I thought, apart from two things. One wasn't their fault; it was the massive banner plastered over the top of the screen informing me that if I am over 75 I can get help upgrading to digital TV before the switchover. Alas, there was no way of telling it that a) I am not over 75 and b) I have a digibox, it just chooses not to acknowledge the existence of the BBC at this time. The other was their fault and is spoilery: Read more... )

- I was IMDBing Idris Elba last night, as one does, when I suddenly stumbled upon the fact that Vampire Bill from True Blood also played Jack in Ultraviolet (the TV series, not the film. I have not seen the film but I JUDGE IT for not being the TV series). Possibly everyone but me already knew that, but I did not recognise him even a little bit! In my defence he had very different hair ten years ago. Anyway, I also found out that Idris Elba is going to be in a BBC 1 thriller type thing with Paul McGann and Indira Varma. DO WANT.

- The Unbelievable Truth was excellent last night, I had to stop eating a few times because I was laughing so much. Highly recommended. Sadly it was the last one in the series but happily next Monday the new series of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue is starting.

- I only have one Anji EDA left, woe! I've been trying to string them out by going back and reading the early Eight 'n' Sam ones which I skipped, and to that end I read The Bodysnatchers a while ago: quite fun, but it got a bit unnecessarily gory, grr. And I am trying to like Sam, because I feel guilty about hating her so much and I know I'm going to warm to her later on, but she was still quite annoying. I assumed she was joking when she asked, of Victorian Londoners, something along the lines of "haven't they heard of global warming?", but from the context... possibly she wasn't.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
- Merlin was much better this week, I thought, apart from two things. One wasn't their fault; it was the massive banner plastered over the top of the screen informing me that if I am over 75 I can get help upgrading to digital TV before the switchover. Alas, there was no way of telling it that a) I am not over 75 and b) I have a digibox, it just chooses not to acknowledge the existence of the BBC at this time. The other was their fault and is spoilery: Read more... )

- I was IMDBing Idris Elba last night, as one does, when I suddenly stumbled upon the fact that Vampire Bill from True Blood also played Jack in Ultraviolet (the TV series, not the film. I have not seen the film but I JUDGE IT for not being the TV series). Possibly everyone but me already knew that, but I did not recognise him even a little bit! In my defence he had very different hair ten years ago. Anyway, I also found out that Idris Elba is going to be in a BBC 1 thriller type thing with Paul McGann and Indira Varma. DO WANT.

- The Unbelievable Truth was excellent last night, I had to stop eating a few times because I was laughing so much. Highly recommended. Sadly it was the last one in the series but happily next Monday the new series of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue is starting.

- I only have one Anji EDA left, woe! I've been trying to string them out by going back and reading the early Eight 'n' Sam ones which I skipped, and to that end I read The Bodysnatchers a while ago: quite fun, but it got a bit unnecessarily gory, grr. And I am trying to like Sam, because I feel guilty about hating her so much and I know I'm going to warm to her later on, but she was still quite annoying. I assumed she was joking when she asked, of Victorian Londoners, something along the lines of "haven't they heard of global warming?", but from the context... possibly she wasn't.

BBC = love

Aug. 12th, 2009 01:33 pm
shinyjenni: Polly dressed as a mermaid (underwater menace)
1) The recording dates for the next series of The News Quiz have just been announced, would anyone be interested in going? Same deal as The Now Show was: you have to apply and be put into a random draw.

2) I've been watching Bang Goes the Theory on BBC1; I haven't caught up with the latest episode yet, but I can't help but love a series where the first episode involves someone constructing a vortex cannon and using it to knock down a) a house made of straw, b) a house made of sticks and c) a house made of bricks. It's v. interesting and entertaining, but it does make me miss Rough Science.

3) Is it weird of me to feel like I can't make an LJ post with just two things in it? One would be fine, three or more, also fine, two is RIGHT OUT.

BBC = love

Aug. 12th, 2009 01:02 pm
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (zoe isobel)
1) The recording dates for the next series of The News Quiz have just been announced, would anyone be interested in going? Same deal as The Now Show was: you have to apply and be put into a random draw.

2) I've been watching Bang Goes the Theory on BBC1; I haven't caught up with the latest episode yet, but I can't help but love a series where the first episode involves someone constructing a vortex cannon and using it to knock down a) a house made of straw, b) a house made of sticks and c) a house made of bricks. It's v. interesting and entertaining, but it does make me miss Rough Science.

3) Is it weird of me to feel like I can't make an LJ post with just two things in it? One would be fine, three or more, also fine, two is RIGHT OUT.

BBC = love

Aug. 12th, 2009 01:02 pm
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
1) The recording dates for the next series of The News Quiz have just been announced, would anyone be interested in going? Same deal as The Now Show was: you have to apply and be put into a random draw.

2) I've been watching Bang Goes the Theory on BBC1; I haven't caught up with the latest episode yet, but I can't help but love a series where the first episode involves someone constructing a vortex cannon and using it to knock down a) a house made of straw, b) a house made of sticks and c) a house made of bricks. It's v. interesting and entertaining, but it does make me miss Rough Science.

3) Is it weird of me to feel like I can't make an LJ post with just two things in it? One would be fine, three or more, also fine, two is RIGHT OUT.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (lovely merlin team)
I am going on holiday tomorrow! Well, tonight, sort of: I'm getting the train to Cheltenham after work (fingers crossed the TORRENTIAL RAIN will have stopped by then) and staying the night with The Parents (and possibly seeing The Sister if she has not gone to Manchester, as she is wont to do), then on Saturday morning Jess is picking me up and she and Vanky and I will all zoom off to Anglesey to meet other lovely school friends. Yes.

What with coding [livejournal.com profile] trek_news, failing at cookery and generally having a bit of a flap on, I didn't pack until 9.30 last night, so have probably forgotten many things. I was also scrambling desperately to finish the cardigan I've been knitting so I could take it with me: I got it all done apart from the buttons and weaving in the ends, tried it on and... yeah, I shouldn't have bothered. D: It doesn't fit quite right and I cannot work out what I need to do to make it More Better. Will have to canvas opinions at the next Stitch and Witch.

ANYWAY. The point of all that waffling is to say that I won't be around for the next week. I'll try and at least skim my friendslist when I get back, but if there's anything you think I really ought to/would like to see, please link me in the comments!

Quick radio rec: Shappi Talk, a comedy series about growing up in multi-cultural families with Shappi Khosandi plus various guests and interviewees. Very funny!
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (lovely merlin team)
I am going on holiday tomorrow! Well, tonight, sort of: I'm getting the train to Cheltenham after work (fingers crossed the TORRENTIAL RAIN will have stopped by then) and staying the night with The Parents (and possibly seeing The Sister if she has not gone to Manchester, as she is wont to do), then on Saturday morning Jess is picking me up and she and Vanky and I will all zoom off to Anglesey to meet other lovely school friends. Yes.

What with coding [livejournal.com profile] trek_news, failing at cookery and generally having a bit of a flap on, I didn't pack until 9.30 last night, so have probably forgotten many things. I was also scrambling desperately to finish the cardigan I've been knitting so I could take it with me: I got it all done apart from the buttons and weaving in the ends, tried it on and... yeah, I shouldn't have bothered. D: It doesn't fit quite right and I cannot work out what I need to do to make it More Better. Will have to canvas opinions at the next Stitch and Witch.

ANYWAY. The point of all that waffling is to say that I won't be around for the next week. I'll try and at least skim my friendslist when I get back, but if there's anything you think I really ought to/would like to see, please link me in the comments!

Quick radio rec: Shappi Talk, a comedy series about growing up in multi-cultural families with Shappi Khorsandi plus various guests and interviewees. Very funny!
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
I am going on holiday tomorrow! Well, tonight, sort of: I'm getting the train to Cheltenham after work (fingers crossed the TORRENTIAL RAIN will have stopped by then) and staying the night with The Parents (and possibly seeing The Sister if she has not gone to Manchester, as she is wont to do), then on Saturday morning Jess is picking me up and she and Vanky and I will all zoom off to Anglesey to meet other lovely school friends. Yes.

What with coding [livejournal.com profile] trek_news, failing at cookery and generally having a bit of a flap on, I didn't pack until 9.30 last night, so have probably forgotten many things. I was also scrambling desperately to finish the cardigan I've been knitting so I could take it with me: I got it all done apart from the buttons and weaving in the ends, tried it on and... yeah, I shouldn't have bothered. D: It doesn't fit quite right and I cannot work out what I need to do to make it More Better. Will have to canvas opinions at the next Stitch and Witch.

ANYWAY. The point of all that waffling is to say that I won't be around for the next week. I'll try and at least skim my friendslist when I get back, but if there's anything you think I really ought to/would like to see, please link me in the comments!

Quick radio rec: Shappi Talk, a comedy series about growing up in multi-cultural families with Shappi Khorsandi plus various guests and interviewees. Very funny!

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