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Apologies for the randomness of the wibblings.

Some comments on recent TV:

  • Darklight about on par for a Sci-Fi Pictures Original: a little bit Witchblade a little bit Buffy and Blade. I had a chat about it with burkhardt in the wee hours last night.

  • OK, Lost is pretty good. I know some don't care for the King-meets-Spielberg "Amazing Stories on a creepy deserted island" flavor of the series, but it's rather refreshing to have predictability juxtaposed with shock. I'm still not so great at picking up the hints, and so I welcome the "D'oh! How could I have missed that?" kind of reaction I get from M. Night Shyamalan films, that actually makes me go back and watch again (on VHS or .avi). Self-contained puzzles and thought exercises that take up hours rather than days are good mind-candy.

  • Enterprise is off to a rollicking start. You might not think so from the TV Guide listing: "The crew of the Enterprise must stop a fanatic time-traveler who has altered the outcome of WWII." This was a good aftermath of the Xindi storyline, though. The plot was fairly predictable, but the Temporal Cold War is an interesting premise. My only cavil is the very literal reset button. I had to suppress an inner groan at Daniels popping in to say "Good job; timeline rebooting - BRB..." You might as well have put a little counter next to Archer's head, racking up the level bonus! (BTW, was it just me, or did the alien Nazis look rather similar to Hirogen?)

  • BitTorrent r0><0rs j0r s0><0rs, d00d!1!!! Thanks to miajesbar for introducing me to it.




Some quizzes:

From allisnow by way of aricadavidson, passed along to istari_ala and CRG:

You are .xls You have a good head for numbers. You like to keep things neatly arranged.  Change one part of your life, and you change it all.
Which File Extension are You?


I feared it was so.


Seen with aricadavidson:
Greatest gun ever! Feel special. Beautiful and reliable but can still scare the living bejesus outta anyone.
Sig Sauer P226. Greatest gun ever! Feel special.
Beautiful and reliable but can still scare the
living bejesus outta anyone.

What handgun are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Hrm, I really expected a Beretta (cf. sui_degeneris). Even a Glock (cf. narvi)...






  • 13:00 - The Alien Green LED Light of the Two Trees: I recently acquired two identical COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX (2.7GHz Celeron) boxes at about $400 apiece. I named them Telperion (purchased 26 June 2004) and Laurelin (purchased 07 Oct 2004). Laurelin came with a monitor; both had WinXP Home and have a veritable traskload of spyware and pop-up adware pre-installed. I've decided to install Laurelin with a fresh copy of WinXP Home that I got from one of the CIS department's student sysadmins. I will then bring Osse (the Athlon 2400 XP that is currently the fastest of the 12 computers in my home, 10 of which are working). I will then format Telperion's drive and install Linux on it. What say you? Red Hat? Debian?

  • 19:00 - Mail is back up on New Fingolfin. Thanks to AK for assisting on a Saturday.
  • 20:00 - Project Presario Extreme: Various things I've read and heard have tentatively convinced me to go Gentoo on Telperion. hfx_ben's post in gnodal was the final clincher. Yes, I know - I'm frelling nuts.

  • 21:00 - 247K/s downstream from New Fingolfin to Laurelin! AK, this Bud's for you. Or something like that.




Apropos de rien: While looking up Bob Burckel yesterday, I found this entry for myself in the Mathematics Genealogy project. istari_ala told me later that one of my LJ friends already posted about it! I must have missed that - could someone kindly direct me to the post?

Edit, 19:20 CDT Sun 17 Oct 2004: Found it - it was borgseawolf, posting in teunc.

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Banazir

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thanatos_kalos
Oct. 17th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
Darklight about on par for a Sci-Fi Pictures Original:

It would've been better if given to a competant director...

(But they had David Hewlett in a state of undress for most of the movie, so why should I complain?)
banazir
Oct. 17th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
Lilith Fair
It would've been better if given to a competant director...
This is true.

(But they had David Hewlett in a state of undress for most of the movie, so why should I complain?)
Lemme guess... Anders?
:checks: Yep.

(spoiler warning... highlight to read)
I still can't see how she took a dull lid from that Convenient Toxic Sludge and decapitated him with it. Of course, the first rule of Darklight seems to be that it transmutes flesh, clothing, and soft PETA plastic into wicked cool razor-sharp demonic exoskeleton, so I guess I needn't boggle.

"Besides! There was only 2 minutes left in the time slot!"


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Banazir
thanatos_kalos
Oct. 17th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Lilith Fair

(But they had David Hewlett in a state of undress for most of the movie, so why should I complain?)
Lemme guess... Anders?
:checks: Yep.


aka Rodney McKay from Atlantis.

(spoiler warning... highlight to read)

Yes, well...I would've ended the movie differently as it was...
banazir
Oct. 17th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
Uhh...
aka Rodney McKay from Atlantis.
... and you know, you'd think I woulda noticed that. D'oh!

Of course, I also didn't notice that Shiri Appleby was the girl from Roswell, but at least I have the excuse of never having watched a whole ep of it.

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Banazir
thanatos_kalos
Oct. 17th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Uhh...
aka Rodney McKay from Atlantis.
... and you know, you'd think I woulda noticed that. D'oh!


::g:: Anders was actually closer to Rodney than I was comfortable with...
banazir
Oct. 17th, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
Working well with others
Heheh... I wonder whether McKay ever wrote papers with any colleagues of Carter. I think he mentioned meeting her once? (Haven't seen that ep, if it was in SG-1.)

Did Rodney ever mention his family? I could see him going diabolus on the Atlantis team, but I have no idea whether his dad is alive, nor whether he gets along with him.

"Why can't we just devolve into lemurs, frogs, and spiders like in the good old days?"
(Remember that TNG ep? Worst... science.... ever!)

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Banazir
thanatos_kalos
Oct. 17th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Working well with others
Heheh... I wonder whether McKay ever wrote papers with any colleagues of Carter. I think he mentioned meeting her once? (Haven't seen that ep, if it was in SG-1.)

oh dear gods...I can't do 48 Hours or Redemption 1&2 any justice...let's just say Sam nearly killed him. (Then they bonded, and she kissed him on the cheek, either to screw with his head or as a murder aytempt.)

Did Rodney ever mention his family? I could see him going diabolus on the Atlantis team, but I have no idea whether his dad is alive, nor whether he gets along with him.

Redemption 2: "My folks hated each other. Blamed me."

The scene I have just quoted from was beautiful. The first time Rodney got to be human.

"Why can't we just devolve into lemurs, frogs, and spiders like in the good old days?"
(Remember that TNG ep? Worst... science.... ever!)


dear gods...awful, awful ep...

banazir
Oct. 17th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Working well with others
oh dear gods...I can't do 48 Hours or Redemption 1&2 any justice...let's just say Sam nearly killed him. (Then they bonded, and she kissed him on the cheek, either to screw with his head or as a murder aytempt.)
So he wasn't bragging when he talked about her in the back seat of that puddle jumper (just before they crashed on the euthanasia-at-25 planet)?

Redemption 2: "My folks hated each other. Blamed me."
Gotcha.

The scene I have just quoted from was beautiful.
The first time Rodney got to be human.

Was he in any of the other eps, by your recollection?

dear gods...awful, awful ep...
No kidding. That gets my nomination as one of the three worst ST eps ever, and the worst TNG.

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Banazir
thanatos_kalos
Oct. 17th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Working well with others
oh dear gods...I can't do 48 Hours or Redemption 1&2 any justice...let's just say Sam nearly killed him. (Then they bonded, and she kissed him on the cheek, either to screw with his head or as a murder aytempt.)
So he wasn't bragging when he talked about her in the back seat of that puddle jumper (just before they crashed on the euthanasia-at-25 planet)?


he was...glossing over some things. Like his being a total sexist jerk to Sam-- it seems to have been more his inadequacy issues than any real sexism; he interacts equally enough with Teyla and Elizabeth, por ejemplo. And yes, they did save the world-- but it was Jonas' idea and Jack actually flew the mission.

Redemption 2: "My folks hated each other. Blamed me."
Gotcha.


it's actually very sad. And it recalls the conversations you and I have had about art and science...just a beautiful scene.

The scene I have just quoted from was beautiful.
The first time Rodney got to be human.
Was he in any of the other eps, by your recollection?


He was only present in 48 Hours (s5) and Redemption 1 and 2 (s6 premiere.)

dear gods...awful, awful ep...
No kidding. That gets my nomination as one of the three worst ST eps ever, and the worst TNG.


Shades of Grey was still the worst TNG ep. But Genesis is second...
banazir
Oct. 18th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
Save the worst for last
he was...glossing over some things. Like his being a total sexist jerk to Sam-- it seems to have been more his inadequacy issues than any real sexism; he interacts equally enough with Teyla and Elizabeth, por ejemplo.
Yep yep.

And yes, they did save the world-- but it was Jonas' idea and Jack actually flew the mission.
Ah, OK. Well, someone has to sit in Mission Control and mind the problems. Or, in his case, wibble about how screwed everybody is.

it's actually very sad. And it recalls the conversations you and I have had about art and science...just a beautiful scene.
Must make note to watch it, now that TVtorrents (and at least one of my six CD-R drives) is working...

He was only present in 48 Hours (s5) and Redemption 1 and 2 (s6 premiere.)
Got it. Thanks.

Shades of Grey was still the worst TNG ep. But Genesis is second...
Shades of Grey...
Goodness! Here's one I don't think I've seen! There are about half a dozen (including Descent Part II). Hrm, think I will save the worst for last.

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Banazir
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