eye_of_a_cat: (restart/resume?)
I haven't seen 4.08 yet, and so I fully accept that everything I am about to say might be dealt with in that one and that I will sound fairly stupid to everyone who's further ahead than I am. But I am saying it anyway. So, okay, here we go, with spoilers for 4.04 and up to there behind the cut.

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Wednesday, 21 May 2008 01:48
eye_of_a_cat: (restart/resume?)
Have internets at home. Yay!

Spent whole day alternately marking student essays and catching up on BSG. Have overdosed on both and am still not finished with either. Getting increasingly mixed up and now want to mark BSG down for failure to reference correctly and shout at students for irritatingly misogynistic tendencies. (More worryingly, am beginning to suspect it could work that way round, as well.)

Need coffee. Also sleep. But where sleep fails, coffee steps bravely in.

GIP

Monday, 11 June 2007 22:21
Stephen Moffat should write every Doctor Who episode from now on. Every Doctor Who episode. Can we appoint him Who Laureate or something? I for one would consider this a worthy use of my license fee. Also, if Jack turns out to be the Master with conveniently retconned amnesia and/or Jackie Tyler returns as the Rani, I called it first.

I'm now all caught up with Battlestar Galactica, too. Spoilers... )

Back in this world, I would like to have a word with whoever put all these hills around my house - I'm looking at you, retreating glaciers from the last ice age - about how much nicer it would be to jog on a flat surface. The fact that I will have absolutely killer legs again in a couple of months is not making my calf muscles feel any better today.

And now, back to the wonderful world of changing the style of a journal article from MHRA to MLA, which sounded so simple at the time and which is turning out to be the kind of punishment bad academics get given in Hades. GAH.

Some fanfic

Saturday, 3 June 2006 21:53
eye_of_a_cat: (River)
Because it's far too hot to get any work done, I've spent the past few days re-reading about half an Internet worth of bookmarked fanfic. It reminded me that I still had these lying around unfinished from something I was trying a while ago. So, with some final dusting to get them up to shape: four fandoms, four ficlets, all beginning with the same line. Anna Sheridan, Simon and River Tam, Leia Organa, and, er, BSG weirdness. (I don't think anything here would be rated above PG.)


Z Minus (Babylon 5) )

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Firefly) )

The End Of The World Was Long Ago (BSG) )

In Memoriam (Star Wars) )
eye_of_a_cat: (River)
Today, one of the university porters told me I shouldn't be working on a Sunday. Not in a jokey "tsk! you students, working all hours!" way, either; there was serious disapproval there. And a stern look. All of it lost on me at the time, since I was distracted and on a five-minute processing delay with reality, but definitely there. (He was at work on a Sunday, but not in uniform and therefore presumably not on duty.)

I'm not quite sure what to think about this. Pissed off with him for (presumably?) assuming anything about my religious practice, or that he had the right to dictate it, yes, but also, I'm curious. Scotland does have a sizeable church (the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland) that takes a very strict line on keeping the Sabbath holy; they're mostly in the north, where Mr. Third Commandment's accent came from, and so I'm guessing he belongs to them. On the other hand, while their reputation for disapproving of work on Sundays is pretty well-founded - protesting Sunday ferry travel between the islands, chaining up swings in playgrounds - I've never heard of any attempts to extend that to the rest of Scotland, on an individual or collective level. Puzzling.

On other matters, a fandom meme from [livejournal.com profile] selenak:

Six shows you like (which I'm expanding to include films, because otherwise I'd be listing the things I watch semi-frequently now, and that would be the kind of daytime TV that resulted in none of you ever speaking to me again):

1. NYPD Blue
2. Star Wars
3. (New) Battlestar Galactica
4. Babylon 5
5. BtVS/Angel
6. Firefly

And the questions )

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Sunday, 12 March 2006 16:01
You lie, BBC Weather. This is not four-to-six inches of snow by the end of the day. This is eight inches of snow overnight, and no snowploughs, and no gritters.

On the other hand, it's very good for jumping in.

Meanwhile, I am watching BSG 2.19. Eee! )
This was my present to myself for reaching 5,000 words of my chapter. And it was a good present, better than watching Serenity to cheer myself up you bastard, Joss Whedon, I will never smile again. Except, something is bothering me.

spoilers )

BSG 2.08

Monday, 19 September 2005 22:11
While I wait for 2.09 to download:

Spoilers for BSG and B5 )

*collapses*

Thursday, 16 June 2005 23:54
Thesis chapter written (in draft form, anyway) and sent away to supervisor. (And apparently I can't pull off all-nighters any more, and collapse on the keyboard at around 3am. Hm. That's annoying.) I'll have to wait a few weeks to find out what my supervisor thinks of it, but it's possible that for the first time ever I'm actually on schedule with the PhD. This feels weird.

My brain was reluctant to get out of writing mode, so behold: three short ficlets, all about ink. (With apologies in advance for any grave and terrible canon mistakes, since my in-depth knowledge of Star Wars has evaporated long ago, leaving me with nothing but a couple of planet names and a vague feeling that I've got some kind of major issue with the New Jedi Order books.)

Babylon 5 )


Star Wars )


Battlestar Galactica (2003) )

Catching up

Saturday, 23 April 2005 01:04
Why is the National Library full of undergraduates who steal all the best seats insist on whispering loudly about their plans for the weekend for hours at a time? Apart from setting a bad example for all future slackers by actually being in a library during (what I'm guessing is) exam season, they appear to have lives. For shame. Edinburgh's still pretty, though, and I spent a long and happy day reading books and talking to wondrous and interesting people. And wow, free time - my current thesis chapter is pretty much writing itself, thereby letting me do things other than worry about it.

On which note - [livejournal.com profile] selenak, I've now finally watched all of Battlestar Galactica, and thank you very very much for giving me the opportunity to. (Should I send you the whole lot back, or just the DVD?) Spoilers... )

Anyway. I'd write something about the kinds of characters I like (or don't), since it was so interesting when [livejournal.com profile] selenak and [livejournal.com profile] deborah_judge did it, but I think my favourite characters can be described well enough by the word "doomed". (Plus Delenn, and I don't know what category she'd manage to fall into on her own. "Probably should be doomed, but reengineers the universe so she gets a happy ending"?) Instead, here's the meme where you post the first few lines of some books you like and see if anyone can guess what they are:

1) There were four of us - George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency.

2) 1801. - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. This is certainly a beautiful country! In all England, I do not believe that I could have fixed on a situation so completely removed from the stir of society.

3) Indian summer is like a woman. Ripe, hotly passionate but fickle, she comes and goes as she pleases so that one is never sure whether she will come at all, nor for how long she will stay.

4) At that very moment, in the very sort of Park Avenue co-op apartment that so obsessed the Mayor... twelve-foot ceilings... two wings, one for the white Anglo-Saxon Protestants who own the place and one for the help... Sherman McCoy was kneeling in his front hall trying to put a leash on a dachshund.

5) 3 May. Bistritz.-- Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.

6) It was the summer of 1923, the summer I came down from Cambridge, when despite my aunt's wishes that I return to Shropshire, I decided my future lay in the capital and took up a small flat at Number 14b Bedford Gardens in Kensington.

7) The story of Zenia ought to begin when Zenia began.

8) Whenever my mother talks to me, she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument.

9) It was a nice day. All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn't been invented yet.

10) In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This was beginning with God and the duty of every faithful monk would be to repeat each day with chanting humility the one never-changing event whose incontrovertible truth can be asserted.
"Hi. Um, did you sleep in for your nine o'clock class? Because it's five past now, and...'
'IHAVEACLASSTODAY?"
"...oh, wait, no, that's Wednesday, isn't it? Never mind, see you at the lecture."

It took my heartbeat about three hours to return to normal, and then I fell down the stairs, which made it a pretty interesting day all round. (I'm fine apart from a weird-looking bruise on my arm and some very battered pride.) But it still counts as a very good day, because - thanks to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] selenak - I got new!Battlestar Galactica to watch!

Thoughts on the miniseries/pilot thing... )


I'm being called away to investigate the weirdness of the boiler in my house. Possibly more later.

Oh, great.

Monday, 21 February 2005 14:01
It turns out that Sky (the satellite TV company people) didn't just buy the rights to the new Battlestar Galactica - they co-financed it, so it can stay exclusively on Sky as long as they want. The chances of it ending up on terrestrial TV at any point soon are pretty slim.

I can't afford Sky, and I can't afford the DVDs that'll probably still end up being released before they sell it to a terrestrial channel, and it's incredibly unfair of the universe to let me watch repeats of all the original series and not the remake. I even watched - and I know We Do Not Talk About This, but it's warranted in the circumstances - that Starbuck-and-the-Milkybar-Kid thing. I am owed a decent version of Battlestar Galactica, damn it. *sulks*

Because girls like sci-fi too )

Ficlets

Thursday, 6 January 2005 11:23
With thanks for giving me the opportunity to write things I wouldn't usually write and that none of you asked for Byron.

Lochley + teacup, for [livejournal.com profile] selenak:

Left Behind )

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Gimli + elves, for [livejournal.com profile] meg_the_ebmod:

Secrets )

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Grima, for [livejournal.com profile] kakodaimon:

Following )

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