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( Dec. 11th, 2008 07:40 pm)
I keep reading that a concern with Obama's likely appointment of Steven Chu as Energy Secretary is that he doesn't have a political background. I argue with two points:

a) When it comes to energy, Nobel Laureate scientist > Arnold Schwarzenegger. I LOVE that the (presumptive) nominee for energy secretary isn't just a political appointment. It's a practical appointment.
b) No one should discount the absurd political maneuverings required to succeed in the ranks of academia.

Tangentially related, Michigan State Picked for Half-Billion-Dollar Accelerator. \o/ The only thing better would be replacing "Michigan State" with "University of Michigan."

The new Sci-fi Magazine has an article of season 4.5 of BSG. I didn't read it because I'm spoilerphobic but I scanned it in the event anyone else is interested. (If you do d/l and read the article, please let me know if there are spoilers or if, at the very least, I can read the bits about the actors.)

[Tag line is blurred to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen 4.0.]

Download 11 pages of scans here: right click/save, zip file, 12.4mb, please comment if you download.

Also in the BSG world: BSG: The 13 minute recap. It's funny (and, actually, a good refresher). Spoilers through season 4.0. Thanks to [ profile] titti for the head's up.

[ profile] arsenicjade tagged me to to talk about one thing that has made me happy for each of the last eight days.

Here I go starting today and working my way back... )

Thank you to [ profile] runerinrun, [ profile] between_names, [ profile] worldwouldend and [ profile] cruisedirector for the holiday cards!!

I'm starting season 2 of The L Word tonight and then it's Grissom's penultimate episode on CSI. Tomorrow I'm off to NY for the weekend. My sister and Chase beckon!
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( Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:22 pm)
Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer, and Grace Park have a Barbarella inspired spread in April's GQ. *brain explodes* I think I'm in lust with the entire cast of Battlestar Galactica.

In other, non BSG related news (except how, these days I can relate everything to BSG), [ profile] lilysaid asks, "What makes a pairing work for you?" I answered there but I'm answering here, too.

* While I love the spark of something on screen and that definitely pushes me toward pairing two characters (Jack & Daniel, Dan & Casey, Bones & Booth, Adama & Roslin), what I need most of all is the idea that, based on what I've seen and learned about characters, even independently of each other, they would work well together.

* I have to care about the characters and have an interest in investing more in the character than we're given on screen. Zelenka is a perfect example. I like him just fine but I'm not looking for more so I don't read Zelenka fic.

* I love pairings that come together against all odds. Sam & Dean (moral taboos!), Harry & Snape (personal history and power differentials), Jack & Daniel (DADT!), John & Rodney (more DADT!). Initial bickering/difference of opinions that leads to a meeting of minds is the perfect set up for me.

* I'm a huge sucker for crossovers. I love when an author writes a crossover so plausible it's hard to believe the universes will never collide in canon because clearly these characters are meant to be together.

* I have an OTP in every fandom but I am not OTP-centric. I read multiple pairings in almost all of my fandoms including fic where 1/2 of my OTP is paired with someone else (as evidenced by my SGA OTP).
SGA: Rodney/Ronon
SG-1: Jack/Daniel
SPN: Sam/Dean
Torchwood: Jack/Ianto
HP: Harry/Snape
BSG: Adama/Roslin

Now let me talk some more about how much I love Ianto Jones. In particular, how 'Fragments' solidified everything I was already thinking. )
Happy Birthday to [ profile] cranberryink! May 30 bring you the best life has to offer (and many more seedy hotel rooms)!

My trainer quit the gym and today was my first session with trainer!Staci. I was a bit uneasy with the change after all the work trainer!Andrew and I did together but Staci kicks ass. She's smart and fun and focused and I already like her better than what's his name. :) And my sister is coming to visit! It's her first trip out since she came house hunting with me prior to the move. She booked the flight tonight and I'm already counting down. (Between 2/27 and 4/9 and I have two trips to NY, a trip to FL, a trip to London and two weekends of guests. Busy times!)

The new Dreamwatch magazine has interviews with Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber.

Three more pages of scans behind the cut )

ETA: I have a mood theme again!
Tricia Helfer is featured in the February issue of Playboy and there are some gorgeous photos. She's absolutely stunning.

Ten more pages of scans. Obviously not work safe. )

So Justin and Cameron officially broke up. I liked them together and I also liked the way they handled such a public relationship - both in the beginning and the end. And, somewhat related, my Justin concert tickets arrived in the mail today! The concert reviews have been fantastic. I'm ready!

It turns out my DVR was set up to record the Indigo Girls on Ellen after all. They performed "Little Perennials" which I don't think was the best choice for a TV performance but my joy at actually seeing them on on my television outweighed any of that. They're the coolest. L.O.V.E.

Have I ever mentioned that I hate it when people call me "sweetie" or "sweetheart" or "hon?" Older relatives can get a away with it. So can a boyfriend. It doesn't work for me, though, when it's friends, business associates, or strangers. (Read: it drives me nuts.) Today I had to respond to an e-mail from my real estate agent and tell him that, while I appreciate how well we work together, I'd prefer it if he not call me sweetheart. Because, seriously? I'm not his sweetheart nor am I ever feeling particularly sweet hearted when discussing my property in Florida.

  • I've done nothing of note today. Unless staying in bed until 2:15 is of note. Gooooooood times.

  • Help! A while back, someone posted a link to a site for an orphanage that takes in kids at high risk for trafficking. I think someone around LJ runs the orphanage (or is responsible, in some way, for raising funds). Does anyone have a link to the site I'm talking about? ETA: Found! It's [ profile] viggorlijah's riverkids. Thanks [ profile] copracat!

  • Does anyone else watch Top Chef? I'm about ready to stab Betty with one of her knives. God. I actually liked her in the beginning but she's a nightmare.

  • HP fic rec: Splinter by ?? (Harry/Snape, NC-17) Harry's still determined to save the world. Snape's determined to accept it as it is. This currently tops my list of HP holiday fic exchange stories. It's incredibly intense and an extremely unique concept.

  • Thank you to [ profile] cranberryink for my first holiday card of the season!

  • I'm waiting to find out when I'll get a copy of my Jason Momoa photo op picture and, still high from the Burbank con, I'm considering next October's BSG con and August's Stargate con in Chicago. (Chicago's an easy sell as I can drive from Ann Arbor.)

  • TV Zone, Starburst, and Sci-Fi Magazine all showed up this week so I come bearing scans including interviews with Edward James Olmos, Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh), Jim Menard (SG-1), and James Callis (Gaius Balta) and photos of Jensen Ackles, Jamie Bamber, and Grace Park (from the Sci-Fi "Sexy in '07" list).

    45394576 scans )

  • In all of the Stargate con e-mails I've received, the FAQ on the photo op has the most priceless gem:
    Q: What should I wear? A: Your photo will no doubt be highly prized and saved for years, so we suggest giving some thought to your wardrobe. White does not photograph well. Highly. Prized.

  • Part 1 of the Discovery channel's Everest mini-series starts tonight at 10pm! I rarely stay up for 10 o'clock shows but I can't wait for tonight! (Somewhat related, I just finished Left For Dead: My Journey Home From Everest by Beck Weathers. It's a terrible book. It's poorly written and smattered with first person accounts from Weathers' friends and family which would be entirely unnecessary if he was able to tell an engaging story on his own. That said, it's a quick read. Unfortuantely, if you're familiar with the '06 Everest disaster, "quick read" is all it has going for it.)

  • The skin crud from the gym? It's worse. I've been through topical treatment and oral treatment so I'm going back to the doctor tomorrow. Again. (I realize skin crud is probably in the realm of TMI but I'm living it which means I'm taking all of you with me.)

  • I'm trying to access fic on Survival Instinct - the Adama/Roslin fanfic archive - but, despite attempts with two different e-mail accounts, I can't register. *sobs* What fates conspire to keep me from Adama/Roslin?

  • Jamie Bamber was let loose on the BSG set with a camera and the results are in this week's EW. The best is the photo of Tahmoh Penikett with his food. (Click on the image for a larger version.)

The new issue of Dreamwatch (July 06, issue 21) includes interviews with Katee Sackoff (Starbuck redux) and the original Starbuck, Dirk Benedict. Sackhoff discusses Starbuck - particularly her character in season 2 - and Benedict discusses the response to his July 04 Dreamwatch article, "Starbuck: Lost in Castration," an article taking issue with the reinvented BSG and the decision to cast Starbuck as a woman (full text below).

Click on the image to open a larger scan in a new window.

The remaining scans... )

'Starbuck: Lost in Castration' - full text )

What a schmuck. I love the new BSG and I love my Starbuck.

The zip file includes 16 pages of scans including:
"Born Three" – producers dish on season 3
"Saving Grace" – 7 page interview with Grace Park
"The A to Z of BSG"
"Operative Intel File – Gina"

Battlestar Galactica Magazine - J/J issue - 17mb, zip file, commenting is lovely

The next issue has features on both Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber! Wheeeee!

"17 People" is on Bravo right now. It's truly one of the best episodes of West Wing. And "Alien Nation" is on one of the Encore stations. How did I not realize that Mandy Patinkin was George???

Less than two hours until the season finale of CSI!
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( Apr. 6th, 2006 07:34 pm)
A CSI spoiler for 06x22 that I stumbled upon over at IMDB. *meep* )

The new issue of Dreamwatch has an interview with Richard Hatch. I haven't watched episodes 02x19 or 02x20 of BSG yet so I didn't read the article but here are scans for anyone who's interested.

Click on the image to open a larger image in a new window )

PS. Josh/Donna icon from [ profile] theantimodel. Because they're canon.

ETA: The CSI spoiler is also noted in comments.
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( Mar. 22nd, 2006 10:12 pm)
This was the moment I fell in love with Spencer Reid: )

I loved tonight's Criminal Minds though I probably shouldn't keep watching the show home alone. (Oh, and Rufus Wainwright's Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah is officially the most OVERPLAYED background music in episodic television.)

Screencaps of the new Battlestar Galactica magazine are achieved. See?

Staying true to my handy, dandy poll, here's a link to a 28mb zip file that includes 27 pages of interviews with Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, Michelle Forbes, Tahmoh Penikett, and Aaron Douglas:

Download! (Commenting if you download is lovely.)

I love BSG a whole, whole lot.
I'm torn between a desire to catch up on BSG so I can stop avidly avoiding spoilers and a desire to draw this out as long as possible because it's so much fun to have episode after episode waiting for me!

The March issue of Dreamwatch was on my desk when I got to work this morning and it has features on both SG-1 and BSG. I scanned both and read neither - mostly because I don't watch SG-1 and the magazine noted S2 spoilers in the BSG article. But here they are for anyone who's interested.

Click on the scan to open a larger version in a new window.

Eight more scans behind the cut... )

Don't forget! Brand new House tonight at 8pm!


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