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( Jan. 22nd, 2009 07:56 pm)
It's only been three days since I posted but it feels like a lifetime. Maybe because, last time I posted, W was still our president and now he is NOT. That's glee if I ever knew it.

I had an off-site vendor meeting on Tuesday and they were kind enough to bring a tv into the meeting room at noon so everyone could watch the inauguration. That night, some friends and I got together to rewatch and eat pizza and just, generally, share glee.

The only glaring exception to the elation of the day was the reminder that our country is a tad closer to a theocracy than I'm comfortable with. The Lord's Prayer at a presidential inauguration is not okay with me.

The past few days have been crazy, crazy, crazy. I'm supposed to be on vacation tomorrow through Friday but, right now, I'm hoping at least Tuesday materializes as a vacation day.

I've seen four of the five best picture nominees and loved them all. The only one I haven't seen in The Reader and I probably won't but I highly recommend Milk, Frost/Nixon, Slumdog Millionaire, and Benjamin Button.

I went to bed at 10pm last night and, around 11:15, a loud noise woke up me up. I was startled, Sally was freaked out, and I was convinced an intruder was in my house. I worked myself up into an horrible, angst laden panic that lasted for the better part of 90 minutes. No good. Fortunately, there was no intruder and I am alive and well to tell the tale.

All I have left is this youtube video which is 100% LOVE:

I am still riding the high from the preview for next week's CSI. Here is the extended preview from Next Thursday can not come soon enough! It looks SO GOOD! PS. It's nice to know how predictable my CSI interests are. At least I'm consistent. ;)

Yesterday's appointment at my bank was completely pointless. It took ten minutes for the guy to tell me that he can't help and I need to call someone at the 5/3 corporate office in Cincinnati. He couldn't have told me that over the phone? The good news is that I was home by 4:30 and was able to go for a run (outside!) by 5pm. It was perfect weather. The sky was clear blue and it was 55 degrees out. Running off rage = very cathartic.

I have a pile of links I've been meaning to post:

  • Following the Script: Obama, McCain and 'The West Wing'

  • BBC (video) interview with David Tennant on his decision not to return to Dr. Who in 2010. I share Kiffle's WOE over this news but am somewhat comforted by this opportunity to list to Tennant speak. He's dreamy.

  • And so is Viggo. Here he is in Rome. Wednesday night Viggo was presented with an award at the closing night of the Chicago film festival. I'm going to have to see if "Good" is coming to any theaters in MI.

    Back to Dr. Who for a second...I'm curious to see how they use the 2009 movies to tie up open bits of canon from s4. In particular, I'm hoping we get to see the meeting between The Doctor and River Song. "The Library" left me with the impression that River Song knew the doctor in his current form and, given what was clearly between them, I'd love to see them meet rather than having to assume it's part of this Doctor's history that falls somewhere between movies. On the other hand, I'm very interested in seeing Jenny meet up with the next Doctor.

  • Carta turned me on to the next blog and today's entry sums up so many of my feeling about Obama and how far I've come in support of his candidacy from where I was during the primaries (and a vocally strong Hillary supporter): After the primaries, while there never was any doubt that Obama had my vote, my heart wasn't quite with him yet. It took time, both to heal and to grow. Slowly but surely, it happened. The more I heard him speak, the more I watched him work, the more I witnessed his temperament, the more I knew that this was the man who could create the America we yearn for. The America that is smart, the America that is just, the America that is kind.

    And here's a quick poll:

    [Poll #1288753]

    After work I'm off to a friend's house where four of us will cook dinner and hand out candy to cute little kids. Today I'm dressed as a BSG fan wearing my "I [heart] Cylons" t-shirt or, as everyone at work is saying, I'm dressed as me. :)

    ETA: I loooooved last night's SPN. I love this whole season! I'm so happy with the introduction of Castiel and where they're taking Sam & Dean.
  • This morning, on NPR, "Krulwich on Science" had an interview with Brian Greene - author of the new book, Icarus at the Edge of Time. Brian Greene, if you're not familiar, is a theoretical physicist specializing in string theory, and I'd liken him to Stephen Hawking in that he's written physics books that reached a mainstream audience. (Most popular among these is The Elegant Universe which I've read and enjoyed but recommend that you follow-up with The Trouble With Physics because Greene is quite biased in his support for the untested, not-yet-theory of string physics. But I digress.)

    "Icarus at the Edge of Time" is, at it's core, a cross between a picture book and a science fairy tale. Greene uses images from Hubble to illustrate the story of Icarus - a young boy who ignores his father's warnings and heads to the edge of a black hole. His intent is to illuminate a core concept of relatively through an accessible and visually stunning story.

    But don't take my word for it. Listen to the NPR piece here!

    Bravo is running a West Wing marathon today with a focus on the Bartlett/Ritchie election. I miss the West Wing. Especially now. "In the future, if you're wondering, 'Crime. Boy, I don't know' is when I decided to kick your ass."
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    ( Oct. 11th, 2008 05:21 pm)
    Paris Hilton Gets Presidential with Martin Sheen: Paris seeks the advice of the most esteemed fake president of our generation.

    See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

    HahahahaHA! A million points to Martin Sheen.

    My quick review of "Burn After Reading" is B-. The acting was great but the movie wants to be a lot more than it is. Save your dollars.

    Now I'm off to round two of pizza night. We have enough ingredients left over from yesterday to cook some more. Homemade pizza with portabella mushrooms, olives, and artichokes! \o/ (For the record, my role does not involve any actual cooking. I supply wine and cheese. Gladly.) I'm about 400 pages into Endymion with another 160 to go and I'm at a place in the story where it's difficult to put the book down so I'm hoping to come home early, crawl into bed, and read. Mmmmmm.
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    ( Sep. 21st, 2008 09:28 am)
    Last night's date went well enough to last into this morning. He's smart, attractive and focused with a really great sense of style. He was also upfront about wanting to date for the future, not just for right now. (To be clear, that future didn't necessarily mean us - just that he's not into casual dating at this point in his life.) It's an interesting start with a guy who asked me out at a cheese counter. We have plans next weekend and I'm looking forward to it.

    All of that said, I'm still pining for A even though it's looking more and more like that's a road to nowhere. We spend a lot of time together - like good friends do - but she officially knows I'm interested in dating women and has given no indication of the same. To think, at 15, I thought dating would eventually get easier. :)

  • Have a meme: Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 46.

    I don't have a book right next to me but I do have the new issue of Scientific American: "Einstein's great insight was that spacetime is no mere stage on which the drama of the universe unfolds."

  • While on topic, the Large Hadron Collider is down for at least two months. How disappointing for all of the scientists involved.

  • Word is that Mary McDonnell will have a 3- 5 episode arc on Grey's Anatomy. I don't watch Grey's Anatomy but, at this point, I'll follow Mary McDonnell anywhere.

  • I didn't place the face until [ profile] gdg pointed it out but Jen Halley, who plays Seelix on BSG, was the Demon Waitress on this past week's SPN.

    See? )

  • Also, in exciting guest cast news, this week's SGA preview reminded me that next week is Daniel Jackson week on SGA!! Daniel! On Atlantis! I know he was there before but it was part of an SG-1 team mission. This is his and, therefore, so much better. \o/

  • I stole this from [ profile] bethbethbeth and am now seeing it everywhere. It's perfect.

    Ever wonder what a meeting between Jed Bartlet and Barack Obama would be like? Columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York Times actually called Aaron Sorkin to ask him, and here's what Jed had to say:

    Full text )

    I've actually been looking at parallels between Governor Ritchie of FL and Sarah Palin with that, "aw, shucks, I don't need to be intellectual or informed to lead" shtick. Which leads me to this bit of inspiration:

    "In the future, if you're wondering, 'Crime. Boy, I don't know' is when I decided to kick your ass."

    Or, even better, on video here.
  • Amazon bought Shelfari so I migrated all of my books to Library Thing. You can find me at saturn_reads.

    I'm a bit torn over the decision because I prefer Shelfari and, right now, it's still free. For competitive reasons, though, I have a really hard timing supporting Amazon ventures so Library Thing it is. (I've also been waffling over how to use Library Thing/Shelfari for a while now. Part of me wants to try to load everything I remember reading [ever] but that's an absurd project. For now, it's books read in 2007 and on with the exception of series I started prior to 2007 e.g. HP and The Dark is Rising sequence.)

    Anyway, hi! I'm back from my long weekend in NY. It was perfect and I'm very sad I'm not there right now. My sister is a fabulous host and an even better mother. We had so much time to just talk and be together.

    Here. Have a photo of my nephew. )

    And here, have a funny little rap about the Large Hadron Collider:

    Also a Dr. Who fic rec:

    In Another Life by [ profile] sam_storyteller - Doctor 2.0/Rose, PG-13 Summary: An all-too-human Doctor begins to build a life with Rose Tyler, but old ghosts — both real and imagined — still haunt him. And there’s only so much human life you can live without a name...

    And a West Wing fic rec:

    That Way Lies Madness by [ profile] ygrawn - Donna/Sam, Donna/Josh, PG-13 Summary: "For years, I thought we were friends because that was the closest we could each get to Josh. But that isn’t true. We’re friends because that’s the closest we can get to each other." This story is set post-series and is AU from about midway through season three. It's told from Donna's POV, a wonderful, mature, flawed Donna, and the character voices are fantastic. Ygrawn is a bit hard on Josh but I dare you to read this and not fall in love with the woman Donna's become and with Sam, oh, with Sam.

    Now back to the ST:TNG marathon on sci-fi.
    Of all the shows I own on DVD, The West Wing is the one I pop in most frequently and I'm watching season three. Again. It's just that it's so good. "Hartsfield's Landing," "Dead Irish Writers," and "Stirred" are probably three of my all time favorite episodes of television.

    I'm watching "Stirred" right now and this exchange is perfect. If only the quotes came with Martin Sheen's inflections and sarcasm.

      Leo: This is exactly why I'm not going to my meeting anymore. It's a luxury.
      Bartlett: I know. If only technology could invent some way to get in touch with you in an emergency. Some sort of telephonic device with a personalized number we could call to let you know we needed you. Perhaps it would look something like this Mr. Moto. *grabs Leo's pager out of his pocket*

    I saw "There Will Be Blood" today. Has anyone else seen this movie? My friends and I all had the same reaction but I'm interested if other people felt the same way. More on 'There Will Be Blood' )
    'The Shroud.' Alsdkfjldskfs! )

    West Wing writers! There's a West Wing AU ficathon with your name on it. Put Bartlett in office when the Stargate program resumes. Or have Sam bump into Dean in a lonely roadside diner after a long night out on the campaign trail. How about CJ and Laura Roslin after the BSG crew finds Earth!?! OMG, yes! Write that one! CJ and Laura Roslin. It's perfect.
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    ( May. 14th, 2006 09:01 pm)
    The West Wing... )
    I'm a fan. Anyone else who's a fan, which is most of the people who'll come across this post, understand the difference between enjoying a TV show/movie/book and and being a fan. There's HP and SGA and BSG but, every now and then, the investment is deeper and the characters mean more. In those cases, even without "fandom" simply being a fan is enough - more than enough. It was ST:TNG first and West Wing next. I love these characters. I love the world Sorkin created even when it wasn't quite his world anymore. The characters were immersed in the most high pressured of worlds and they weren't perfect. They were flawed and imperfect and made mistakes - both professional and personal - but they tried and they worked and they believed. In the words of Martin Sheen, at their worst they were better than anything else out there. I'm glad I was along for the ride.
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    ( May. 11th, 2006 07:27 pm)
    The cast of The West Wing on Ellen was as good as any retrospective I could have asked for. I laughed from start to finish. )

    I love them all. I'm so grateful to Ellen for this episode. (I'm continually checking for torrents.)

    And [ profile] crossmymind posted an interview with Brad and Janel from Backstage magazine. They have such chemistry. After all these years they bounce off each other seamlessly.

    I leave you with a quote:
    Sam: Where are you going?
    Josh: Where are you going?
    Sam: I was following you.
    Josh: I was following you. All right, don't tell anyone this happened, okay?
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    ( May. 10th, 2006 08:36 pm)
    The May 12th issue of EW has an article on the development of The West Wing with contributions from Sorkin, Wells, Schlamme, Janney, Maloney, Schiff, Sheen, and Whitford. It's an interesting (and nostalgic) read about how the show came to be and the casting process for the key players.

    Click on the images for larger scans.

    Two more pages... )

    My thoughts on what they all have to say... )

    Don't forget! The cast is on Ellen tomorrow!

    Unrelated, on the flight home from TX I read the Anderson Cooper memoir excerpt in the current issue of Vanity Fair and, oh, my heart. He carries so many burdens - even ones that aren't his to bear alone. I'm definitely going to see out the book.

    (This statement about Katrina struck me: Some 20,000 people took refuge in the Superdome, told to come by the city's mayor, who called it a shelter of last resort. He'd hoped that help would arrive from the state or federal government within two days. It didn't. Hope is not a plan. Even if you don't read the memoir, I highly recommend the excerpt in Vanity Fair. It's all about Katrina and how that unleashed issues related to his father's death and brother's suicide.)

    The rest of the plan for the night, in no particular order, is dinner, a house_notice update, and Criminal Minds. It's the season finale with a well publicized cliff hanger. Summer hiatus may kill me. Thank god for new SGA in July.
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    ( May. 9th, 2006 11:09 pm)
    I came to Amarillo, I conquered, and I feel good. (I'd feel even better if I hadn't gotten up at 4am but, right now, I'm not all that picky.) The day exceeded even my hidden hopes for the meeting. We have a bit of work to do before the business is ours (all ours!) but we turned the tide. This was one of those career days I'll remember for a long while.

    Now I'm spending the night in Amarillo amidst tornado warnings. I think they're an hour away but I'm not down with the north Texas counties.

    It's West Wing Week around these parts so I leave you with this quote:

    Bartlet: 27 lawyers in the room, anyone know "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc"? Josh?
    Josh: Post - after, after hoc, ergo - therefore, "After hoc, therefore" something else hoc.
    Bartlet: Thank you. Next?

    ETA: Oh! Oh! In addition to snagging a copy of Vanity Fair featuring Anderson Cooper, I bought the LotR edition of Trivial Pursuit! If only I knew someone locally who'd actually play with me.
    Thanks to [ profile] liz_w, here's a zip file of 11 stills from the series finale of The West Wing.

    Tomorrow (07x22) - zip, 11.6mb

    And, since [ profile] between_names, [ profile] liz_w and I all guessed the same last line, I turn it over to the rest of you to see if we're all on the same page. No cheating!

    [Poll #725154]
    In honor of tonight's long over due but somewhat nostalgia inducing series finale of 7th Heaven, I share my "classic dysfunction" Camdens icon. As far as hypocritical, sanctimonious families go - they take the cake. But somehow I kept watching even in the (many) moments I wanted to lobotomize myself after it was over.

    [ profile] crossmymind posted an as of yet unaired West Wing promo pic that's simultaneously squee worthy and heart wrenching (but only because of the impending END). This is clearly the week of WEST WING MELODRAMA.

    And, with that, I bring a quote:

    Sam Seaborn: There are lots of hungry people in the world, Mall, and none of them are hungry because we went to the moon. None of them are colder and certainly none of them are dumber because we went to the moon.
    Mallory O'Brian: And we went to the moon. Do we really have to go to Mars?
    Sam Seaborn: Yes.
    Mallory O'Brian: Why?
    Sam Seaborn: Because it's next. Because we came out of the cave, and we looked over the hill and we saw fire; and we crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west, and we took to the sky. The history of man is on a timeline of explorations and this is What's next.


    Oh, and this:

    Josh Lyman: You know what, CJ? I really think I'm the best judge of what I mean, you paranoid Berkeley shiksa feminista... Wow, that was way too far.
    C.J. Cregg: No. No. Well, I've got a staff meeting to go to and so do you, you elitist, Harvard, fascist, missed-the-dean's-list-two-semesters-in-a-row Yankee jackass.
    Josh Lyman: Feel better getting that off your chest there, C.J.?
    C.J. Cregg: I'm a whole new woman.

    In the ongoing saga of "Saturn falls for SG-1," John DeLancie was on an episode tonight ("Ascension") and I hear there's talk about another Stargate movie!

    I'm off to Amarillo tomorrow (early! early! early!) for what's probably the biggest meeting of my career. A huge piece of business is at stake and I'm on in front of our Executive Vice President without my boss for backup. It's game time.
    The West Wing (07x21)... )

    I'm going home for Mother's Day and booked a Monday flight so my mom and I can watch next week's series finale together. She doesn't know what she's in for.

    I love these people.
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    ( Apr. 23rd, 2006 08:59 pm)
    West Wing (07x19)... )

    I love this show. I will miss this show. A lot.

    ETA: [ profile] crossmymind has some great quotes and comments here.
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    ( Apr. 16th, 2006 09:00 pm)
    West Wing (07x18)... )

    Last night was lovely starting with a tapas style dinner followed by drinks, drinks, and more drinks. I'm still hungover and flying back to FL was a bitch but it was worth it. My love and thanks to [ profile] kiffle, [ profile] eleanor_lavish, [ profile] thegayboyfriend, [ profile] rossetti, and [ profile] schuyler for celebrating with me!

    [ profile] deleerium took requests for 28 Orlandos and I claimed "obedient Orlando." The result is an Orlando/CSI crossover ficlet! Orlando Bloom and Gil Grissom! It's perfect!

    Bed now.
    Travel forced me to miss last night's House so I'll have to catch up when I'm back in FL but I did get to spend the night at case de [ profile] kiffle. I finally met King. He is magnificent as well as a whole lot of cat. (Thank you for the hospitality, E!)

    I had a terrible flight from Amarillo to Houston yesterday. It was bumpy and terrifying and I was a mess - so much so that the flight attendant had her pilot fiance come sit next to me. I really hate flying.

    Today I'm working from our NY office before I head to Long Island for the first night of Passover. I love his holiday and no seder will ever feels as right as it does with my family.

    When you see this on your friends list, quote Leo McGarry:

    "The President likes smart people who disagree with him. He wants to hear from you. The President's asking you to serve... and everything else is crap."
    - In This White House

    Because when Leo asks, you walk of that cliff...

    [ profile] fuskeez posted scans of West Wing and House articles from the current issue of TV Guide. I didn't read the House article yet so I can't attest to spoilers but I did read the West Wing article. It's all about Sam and spoilers abound. Sam, oh Sam. My heart is full. I couldn't bear an end to the series without him.(Let's not question the logic that allows me to read this spoilerific article but prevents me from reading the NYT article with one minor throw away spoiler about the final scene. There is no logic to be had.)

    Fandom likes/dislikes meme... )


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