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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] the_con_cept: Television of 2011 meme

Which TV shows did you start watching in 2011?
U.S./Great Britain: Downton Abbey, Camelot, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Homeland, Grimm. Japan: Usagi Drop, Tiger and Bunny, Ao no Exorcist, Bleach, Nodame Cantabile, Princess Tutu, Chibi Devil, Hell Girl, Trigun, Ouran High School live-action. (Tried and quickly abandoned: D-Gray Man, Darker Than Black, Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru, Nabari no Oh, Petite Cossette, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. Tried and put on hold: Durarara, Seka-Ichi no Hatsukoi, Break Blade, Deadman Wonderland, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2011?

Grimm was fine but I'm not so much into the horror aspect. I couldn't get into The Borgias, so, that one went. (I looked at My Little Pony. I really did. I wanted to fall in love with it. Didn't happen. Oh, well.) And there were a host of anime series I gave at least one episode but they didn't click (see above). I'm on hiatus from Bleach, somewhere around episode 70. I would like to resume it but am not sure when.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2011? Why?

I would like to try more comedies but it rarely happens. I keep meaning to start The Big Bang Theory.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2012?

I'll keep on with the current ones, but I don't really know of any new ones showing up.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2011?

Any reality show I happen to wander past. Don't like reality shows as a whole. I need plot. (Okay, I confess to an irrepressible fetish for Say Yes to the Dress and the "which of the three houses will we buy" shows.)

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2012 unless things significantly improve?

I hung on with Homeland for a little longer and I think it's kept me, but I might not go past one season with it. And I read something in Entertainment Weekly that criticized The Office, saying watching it is "starting to feel like work," and I realized I agree. The new uberboss is just so depressingly overwhelming.

Which TV show impressed you the most in 2011? Why?

I'm really enjoying Once Upon a Time but what surprises me most is that mainstream audiences are too! And Revenge surprised me in making its premise work for me even without a direct character-to-character translation in its modernization.

I loved Game of Thrones and Camelot like mad. I'm sad about Camelot. They say couldn't secure the leads for more, darnit.

Which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?

I can't wait for the next Game of Thrones season. I'm sure I'll stick with that one all the way through. I can't imagine I'll ever drop Doctor Who, either. I don't feel the backlash disappointment that everyone else seems to feel for Glee; I really love the show and can look past its flaws.
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(Answers to the "Guess the 'ship" meme!)
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I love this meme. But I've turned out to be a terrible guesser on everyone else's, so I'm going at it from this angle.

I haven't written all of these pairings; maybe half of them? But I love them all.

"Guess the 'ship"

1. The young cripple/The scarred loner
2. The terrorist prince/The patricide
3. The guy with the red sportscar/The geezer
4. The plucky reporter/The devil
5. The black-haired chosen one/The mouthy blond
6. The altar sacrifice/The perfect servant
7. You were trying to impress him/You assumed he was their chief
8. The infinitely rich alien/The one who is not his son
9. "Don Jose"/"Carmen (understudy)"
10. The Englishman/The Russian
12. The would-be god/The one who knew it was him all along
13. His socks are so disgusting that.../...they cause this person to inadvertently fire employees
14. The time-traveling medical person/The redhead with great legs
15. Hates being called "little princess"/The one who's starting to root for him
16. The L.A. cop/The shopkeeper
17. The one named after the inquisitor/The one named after the Marlowe character
18. The vampire/The Italian
19. The watchdog/The spider
20. The one who's not left-handed/The not-so-master of disguise
21. She knew he would save her when she jumped/His heart dried up long ago
22. Always number two, but at least you have chocolate/Always number three, but at least you have number two
23. The bleached blond/The pageboy
24. You couldn't leave him to burn/You couldn't give him up to your parents
25. Rather had than a heap of gold/Rather had than any ship in the navy

Some are meant to be a little misleading and some are from more obscure fandoms. To me they feel so obvious it makes me blush. ^_^

ETA: The answers! Below the cut.

Answers! )
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OH MY GOD. I hate myself. That foodie meme? The one that I said I wasn't filling out because it would take all day?

FOUR HOURS. Fuckity. I could have watched an entire anime series in that time.

Anyway, here it is. Gah.

Fifty-one question Foodie meme. )
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My, it's nice to have a little time to meme-play.

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] lycoris:

Death Note meme--16 questions! )
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The "twenty-five first lines" meme, from multiple people ([livejournal.com profile] cluegirl, [livejournal.com profile] schemingreader, [livejournal.com profile] bookshop, etc.)

Post the first lines from each of your 25 most recent fanfic pieces and try to find a pattern.

I love this meme, because it's showing me the flaws that I perceive in my own writing in a stark way. That surprises me because I'm always talking about how important an opening line is. Guess it's easy to talk about but harder to do.

Meme this way )
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Oooookay, no one seems to be answering my comments at this hour, so, since this is driving me bonkers, I'm seeing if anyone else has answers.

That "which way will the dancer turn" thing? I first saw it at a spot I can't link because it's a locked post, but the picture was still. It asked, "Which way is she turning?" and I looked and gave my answer based on how she was standing--how it looked like she would turn based on that pose--then you scroll down further and it says, "Click the picture to see her turn," and I did and I was correct, she was turning in that direction. Some people, the explanation goes, will see her turning in the other direction--but I assume once they click they find they were wrong, correct? And the question is "Were you wrong or right," and that links into the whole right-brain left-brain thing, whether that's accurate or not.

Because I'm really confused--people are starting to link to a page where the woman is already spinning. But why ask "Which way is she turning?" when she's already turning?? And why are people still saying they see different directions when she's already turning??
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Answers to the Quotes Meme:

Read more... )

(crossposted to insanejournal)
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From [livejournal.com profile] villainy, Ten Quote References I Expect My Significant Other To Recognize. (Some may not be exact, because I couldn't be arsed.) (And there are only TWO Mystery Science Theatre 3000 references! MST3K comprises about 75% of our quotes to each other, but I had to show some restraint.)


"Hey, why are you all still alive?--Oh, that's right, it's only Tuesday."

"Are you with the bride, or the failure?"

"'Allo, poppet."

-"It is for want of better graces, for my accent and my station, that I am to board this prison vessel."
-"...And for all them murders you done."

-"Where's your husband?"
-"My husband is dead."
-"Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first."

"I wet 'em."

-"And any plan vhere you lose your hat is...?"
-"...A bad plan?"

"That was Speed in French, which in France was called La Vitesse. Except it wasn't, it was called Speed."

-"You know, son, forty percent of all traffic accidents--"
-"Oh, shut up, willya?"

"So the dog's name is fuckin' Pongo."

And one I expect him to get except he never does because he still hasn't seen, this, damn him:

"Let's do some crimes! Let's get sushi, and not pay!"


I wanted to include something from The Lord of the Rings films, but we don't really quote those, we just watch them and hold onto each other and cry.

(crossposted to insanejournal)
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That "fandom relationship" meme that's going around? Okay. Here's mine.


1. You're it. It's fun to go out occasionally after work and hit the oyster bar with a friend, and have a bit of conversation over a half-dozen Malpeques. But after? I want to come home to you. First you were a gorgeous set of spine dimples above a backless spangled dress, then I grew to love you even more when you were in flannel pajamas sprawled in front of the tv. You taught me what it means to commit to a relationship, both when it was easy and when it became tough to soldier on. After all this time, the sight of your jacket lying askew on my couch still makes my heart go pitter-pat. Yours is the hand I want to hold when we board the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World, yours is the hair I want to hold back from your face when stomach flu has you being sick in the toilet, yours is the phone call I want at 4pm asking me if I want you to pick up mango ice cream on the way home. You are the reason any time I spend away from you is just my "day job." Here's to another four years, darling. Put on the flannel pajamas with the Hello Kitty print; I'm bringing home oysters. Rowr!


So, yeah, that's, um, it.
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Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] dien!

List five songs you are currently digging.

a. Confrontation With Count Dooku and Finale, John Williams, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones soundtrack. John Williams rules. The AotC soundtrack is the only one of the six SW films whose finale does not end with the traditional "Dum, DUM! Da-da-da-dum!" notes of triumph. Go listen. It ends with the softest slip of Princess Leia's Theme, and underneath is the deepest, you'll-miss-it-if-you-have-the-wrong-settings-on-your-sound-system bass line of those nine distinctive notes of Darth Vader's Theme. It stays in a minor key. Goosepimples EVERY time.

b. Royal Courtship, by Al Stewart, A Beach Full of Shells. Yes, "Year of the Cat" Al Stewart. He just put out this album earlier this year. It sold itself to me when I heard a snippet of Gina In the King's Road (and that's really the one you should go hear)--but this track has a word in it you rarely see outside a few texts--and I've certainly never heard it as a lyric. The song begins: "I sent my major-domo to your amanuensis/ To ascertain your feelings, and strip away pretenses..." Yes, I was totally tickled.

c. I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme), John Rzeznik, Treasure Planet soundtrack. A lot of people have heard me lament how underrated this film is, in the canon of Disney films. It's marvelous, and this sequence featuring Jim and Silver (and Jim's flashback to his absent father) works perfectly for this song.

d. If Only, Fiction Plane, Holes soundtrack. Those of you who read the Newberry-award-winning Holes by Louis Sachar and then saw the film may know that it's one of those book-to-film translations that works wonderfully. Helps that Sachar wrote the screenplay himself. I love this reworking of the little folk song that runs through Sachar's story.

e. The Drunken Piper, Natalie MacMaster, Women of the World: Celtic II. I never get tired of modern Celtic music. This one's the first track on the album for a reason.

Cyborg Me

Aug. 23rd, 2005 09:32 pm
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All right, it's memeage, but I thought this one was fun.

A.M.A.N.U.E.N.S.I.S.: Artificial Mechanical Android Normally for Ultimate Exploration, Nocturnal Sabotage and Immediate Surveillance

Go find your cyborg name.

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