May. 25th, 2014 11:22 pm
darkemeralds: Image of an open book whose pages are turning into wings and flying away (Winged book)
It's been a peculiarly stressful week, beginning with a short visit from my brother, who flew up from Santa Barbara for our oldest sister's milestone 60th birthday.

(First of all, oh my god how do I have a sixty year old sister?)

I both love and like my brother, and we get along well. We had a nice time together.

DarkEmeralds and her sisters, brother, nieces and mother
from left to right: DarkEm, niece, younger sister, niece, niece, Mom, niece, brother, the birthday girl

But... )
darkemeralds: Sam & Dean leaning on the Impala on a lonely highway, text "It's a long long road from which there is no return" (long long road)
I'll have to read a lot of meta before I get all the plot-bits straightened out in my mind. Very often, other people help me understand what I liked and didn't like about a given show. But I know I liked some things right off.

Spoilers below the cut from which there is no return )

I feel like Show has dug in and found one more catlike life, and I'm surprised and very happy to be looking forward to a tenth season.
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Listening to fiction )

Listening to nonfiction )

Watching TV )

Watching a movie )

Reading things )

And, a propos of very little:

My fellow Fanmericans - The State of Our Union is...#SuperSleepy is canon! May God ship you & may God ship the United States of Fanmerica

(@TheOrlandoJones tonight on Twitter)
darkemeralds: Hellfire and tormented faces with caption Yay Hell (Yay)
I still feel like I'm just on vacation. Today, as I begin my fourth week of retirement, I officially exceed my previous record for most consecutive days off work since 1989.

I was doing the night-owl thing to an unhealthy degree the first week or two, but that's wearing off, and today I actually got up a little before 9:00 a.m. That seems a decent hour for getting out of bed in the morning, don't you think? Civilized.

Everyone who recommended taking plenty of time before imposing a new structure on myself: you were so right. Thank you.

And as to how I'm spending my time? [livejournal.com profile] roxymissrose Someone whose name shall be crossed out in a transparent attempt to point blamey, blamey fingers, mentioned re-watching "All Hell Breaks Loose" (the last two episodes of Supernatural Season 2) and was all OMG it's still so powerful and amazing, so I was going to Netflix it and then I thought what the hey I'll just watch all of S2, and now...

...Now I'm having a heart attack all over again watching the Impala get smashed into by a semi, and Sam is yelling "DEAN!!!" and the helicopters are coming, and I'm remembering how absolutely great this show was and why I've been such a fan all these years.

(And wow, Jensen doesn't age.)

10/31 SPN

Oct. 8th, 2013 09:37 pm
darkemeralds: Screencap of Dean Winchester with caption Darkness Darkness (Darkness darkness)
How can a show going on nine years old suddenly become so good again? Is it just me being sentimental, with the return of the fundamental Supernatural "he ain't heavy he's my brother" theme? I really enjoyed 9x01.

Edited to add this because it's the perfect accompaniment to my nostalgic, fannish feelings this evening.
darkemeralds: Screencap of Dean Winchester with caption Darkness Darkness (Darkness darkness)
If it weren't for [livejournal.com profile] vampirefan and our longstanding tradition of chatwatching Supernatural, I don't think I'd have the nerve to face this week's meta episode. I mostly hated the previous ones, and there they only played around with fanfic and fan conventions.

Well, here goes... (Spoilers) )
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What a splendid birthday! )

Not exactly a party animal, I know (well, I never was), but I had a lovely, lovely day from start to finish, and I hope everybody else's birthdays will always be as nice as mine was yesterday.
darkemeralds: Screencap of Dean Winchester with caption Darkness Darkness (Darkness darkness)
I liked "Live Free or Twi-Hard" so much that I'm rewatching it this morning. That's...I don't remember when I enjoyed an ep of SPN quite this much for quite these reasons.

So let me count the ways. Totally self-indulgent, sporadically-illustrated rewatch-a-logue under here. Because I liked the episode that much. )
darkemeralds: Screencap of Dean Winchester with caption Darkness Darkness (Darkness darkness)
Dear Supernatural, You have many flaws and stuff, but can I just say... )

ETA: Hey! I really enjoyed tonight's episode. Watching it, I felt my fannishness and SHOW love coming back. I'm engaged again, I'm really interested to know what's wrong with Sam, I loved scrappy heroic Dean, and even Pa Campbell seemed okay to me--though I gather the fandom as a body kind of hates him.

I enjoyed the absence of angels (not that I don't love Cas--I do!--but I find the angel storylines murky, at best), and the whole episode moved along at a good, almost exposition-free clip that didn't give me too much time to think about, say, why Lisa's still putting up with Dean, let alone time to check my email.

So, yay for the return to a form of SPN like what I fell in love with. Also, Jensen. Guh.

SPN 5.14

Feb. 11th, 2010 10:04 pm
darkemeralds: Dark Emeralds in red glasses (Supernatural)
I sort of...hated tonight's Supernatural.

Spoilerish )

Also? Jared, seriously. Is it steroids?
darkemeralds: Dark Emeralds in red glasses (Supernatural)
I'm never good at summing up and analyzing an episode of Supernatural right after watching it--partly because my attention span is crap, and partly because it's just not that lucidly written.

But I must try. Cut for spoilery comments )

And also? It's time for Dean to stop using the cutesie lame movie and TV references. It's gotten really old. That said, "Six Degrees of Heaven Bacon" was just stupidly funny.

And also, also? They SO don't need a Season Six.
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Supernatural 5.08: My overall assessment is "dumb episode": no forward plot motion, still more uncomfortable and shark-jumping-esque self-referential hilarity, and another new player in the Apocalypse Games.

I laughed, I admit it. And seeing Jensen shot in bright, colorful light for a change was interesting and strange and made his eyes very, very green (though frankly, he and Jared are both far more beautiful in the greyed-out Supernatural world). It was amusing, but come on, let's get on with it! Stop with the fanservice already, Kripke.

In other miscellany, I NEED A CAMERA. Mine was stolen months ago, and I'm about ready to splurge on a replacement. I miss taking my unartistic little illustrative photos.

Oh, and I liked this, from Warren Ellis by way of Wil Wheaton:

At least half of all writing involves just sitting and staring into space. Letting your brain out to hunt down ideas, bringing them back all warm and bloody between its teeth.
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Every once in a while you come across a story that does just exactly what you turn to fanfic to have done; a story that exemplifies what fanfic is all about

Brothers by [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat is that story. It fixes a major issue with its show (Supernatural, natch!), it explores with a light hand a relationship that doesn't get quite the canon airtime we'd like (Dean/Castiel--friendship); it provides THE answer to THE issue that canon is dancing around, it has perfect character voices, it's funny, and it makes you want to leap out of your chair and shout "Yessss!"

If you're a Supernatural fan at all, go read it. It's short. It's worksafe. It's absolutely a gem.
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Oh, SHOW. You are getting really, really harsh and good. I made a new icon for the occasion, because that? Was utterly cool.

Random and not very coherent musings )

Oh Show

Sep. 11th, 2009 10:53 pm
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Supernatural has had some beautiful design and direction over the seasons, but I don't know when I've seen a frame I liked quite as well as this one from 5.01.

Sam is very, very low!

Supernatural screen caps and a theory. )
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My break from working on Restraint has borne some fruit. I woke up this morning knowing that I should leave the serial numbers on.

Why? It just felt better. And if I don't follow my gut in creative matters, what the hell am I doing being creative at all? Huh? Look at all the glee I get to retain if Restraint stays fanfic:

  • Owzers's fantastic manips
  • All four prologues if I want
  • Posting in parts
  • Posting in ebook form to OTW's Archive of Our Own
  • Soundtrack!
  • Minor RP character glee
  • The silly Supernatural in-jokes that got in there on Day One and have resisted being edited back out
  • The ridiculous Latin pun on Mr Acklebury's name

So, fic it is. Yay! I can get back to writing.
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It came! It's here! It's my new Xperia X1 phone, and it's fabulous.

It's slim and cool-metal sleek, and satisfyingly heavy in the hand. The keyboard slides out in this sort of little curvy way. The display is sharp and bright and high-res, and the touch screen is incredibly sensitive and responsive. It has an FM radio--a feature I didn't care about till I tried it this morning on my way to work and realized that the radio owns way more music than I do.

I'm riding the bus and listening to KGON Classic Rock (aka Dean Winchester music) and reading my instructions and pressing buttons and just generally geeking out, and just as I get downtown and step out into the rain, KGON starts playing "Renegade" by Styx. I am not kidding.

(*sings* Oh, mama, I'm in fear for my life from the long arm of the law...)

My fellow Supernatural fans will appreciate how much this put a big shit-eating grin on my face.

So I pass a good-looking kid on the street who, though I can't hear him (because of the rather good in-ear earphones that came with the phone), makes it clear by sign language that he would like me to spare him some change.

In my mind, I'm all, well, I can't because I just spent a perfectly ridiculous sum of money on a new phone. And then I felt like crap and started blaming the world for being topsy turvy.

Which it is. But my new phone is making me kind of happy.
darkemeralds: Dark Emeralds in red glasses (Default)
You know that last scene in "Heaven and Hell"? The one where Jensen should win an Emmy?

I got to thinking...

After the director says 'Cut!' )
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*waves at friends from the World's Tallest Basement*

Yay! It's Monday. [/sarcasm]

  1. The secret to losing weight is to eat a whole lot less than you've been eating. The secret to doing that, apparently, is to take it in phases--first give up all crap food* but eat as much as you want of good food** for about six months; then for another six months cut good food consumption back to the caloric levels recommended for your height, build and age by "recognized authorities"; and finally decide that you're gonna have to get used to being hungrier than that because the authorities are wrong--which for me is involving some hypnosis.
  2. Google Chrome does not yet apparently support Windows XP Professional in the NT Server environment. Alas! Because I really like it at home, and I'd like to like it at work.
  3. Dean Winchester really is a very attractive character.
  4. It is a bit of a slog, getting through Battlestar Galactica season 2.0 because of all the dire containing no Leoben.
  5. Working thirteen hour days--news flash--continues to suck***.

*Crap food contains: HCFS or any other kind of corn that isn't actual yellow kernels you can see, MSG in any form (and oh! there are so many forms!), hydrogenated or altered fats, growth hormones, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial flavors, stuff with more than five ingredients--particularly if you're not sure how some of them are pronounced or can't picture them in your head; flesh of animals fed their own kind.

**Good food: Pretty much everything else.

***Although I overslept and came in quite late, so really? More like an 11.5 hour day. Slacker!

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