delga: ([Random] old-fashioned train wreck.)

Was waiting for Big Love and realised there was probably a podcast to go along with the show; ended up watching a selection of preview/explanatory clips which made me even more excited for the show's return. I'm tempted to watch all of the previous two seasons before I dive in again, but that's not really practical.


Other fandom: finally watched CSI's season 8 premiere. spoilers. )

Hopefully I won't be at the store tomorrow night, so then I can watch the next one on TV.


I'm finally caught up with Private Practice, though I'm still behind on Grey's Anatomy. People: please explain to me why I keep allowing myself to get caught up in this annoyance. This show is about a bunch of grown adults behaving like teenagers, constantly going against patient privilege/request, and cheating on everyone. WHY AM I STILL WATCHING?

re: Grey's Anatomy, see above x100.


On the plus side: omg, United States of Tara! The parts of the pilot that weren't leaked in the trailer were good enough to make me want to watch again, which I would be doing anyway, if only for Rosemarie DeWitt who I have taken a great liking to. T is grating, but I really like Buck, and I hope we get to clue in to Alice asap. Plus, I really like the relationship between the brother and the sister in the show. So. Yay?


I must have seemed extremely frustrated at the centre this morning (I didn't feel it) because Boss Lady asked me twice if I was okay. It was a strange morning because there were a lot of people there but there wasn't really a lot for me to do. Then I had a shift at the reception after which I sent off a meeting report to the College Rep who visited on Friday. Hopefully that's all in order.

This evening I have to work the late shift at The Store. Again. Kill me; kill me now.

delga: ([merlin] to the end of the road.)

I'm trying to keep these fairly short because rambling doesn't make for an easy read, and because otherwise I will be here altogether too long. Some quick round-ups for episodes that I don't have much to say about: Bones was really rather FABULOUS and I don't know that I can say much more than that; CSI: NY was also very good, and I don't know about other people, but the Flack storyline is breaking my heart (and also the other thing made me Super Happy because I'm all about Flack-love); and I've yet to watch The Unit but it's a double, so I'll watch them together. Also, Life was very funny, but I confess to not having anything to say about it, and also not having any clue whatsoever about that last Dani and Tidwell scene. No, seriously, I was watching it and I just didn't understand what the fuck was going on.

Okay. Next!


Merlin, 1x06-1x09 )

Californication, 2x07, In a Lonely Place )

True Blood, 1x10, I Don't Wanna Know )

Sarah Connor Chronicles, 2x08, Mr Ferguson is Ill Today )

NCIS, 6x07, Collateral Damage )

Criminal Minds, 4x07, Memoriam )

Grey's Anatomy, 5x08, These Ties That Bind )

Supernatural, 4x09, I Know What You Did Last Summer )

delga: ([Random] J'approve!)

I don't remember the order in which I watched these, so I'm going by air date. Likely y'all don't care but it matters to meeee.

Also, I watched a lot of them with The Sister this week which I think changes the way I see things. Mostly because she finds a lot of things funny, and it makes me more sympathetic to the kinds of joke that I would usually stomp all over.


re: Numb3rs. I didn't even finish last week's episode (5x03, Blowback), even though the first act looked good. I just. I think I'll wait for it to air on TV some time next year. Maybe time will make me more sympathetic to it? I don't know. It's a bad sign when you can't even watch the scenes with characters you don't actively dislike. And whilst Nikki Betancourt is fierce, I just don't care about her if she's been set up to be the fall guy, instead of a foil to Don & co. which is what she was originally described as being.

Farewell, show. Farewell, Don's Awful Hair.


True Blood, 1x07, Burning House of Love )

The Unit, 4x04, The Conduit )

Mad Men, 2x12, The Mountain King )

Californication, 2x04, The Raw and the Cooked )

Sarah Connor Chronicles, 2x06, The Tower is Tall, But the Fall is Short )

My Own Worst Enemy, 1x02, Hummingbird )

NCIS, 6x05, Nine Lives )

Pushing Daisies, 2x04, Frescorts )

Criminal Minds, 4x04, Paradise )

CSI: NY, 5x04, Sex, Lies and Silicone )

Private Practice, 2x03, Nothing to Talk About )

Grey's Anatomy, 5x05, There's No 'I' In Team )

Supernatural, 4x06, Yellow Fever )

Life, 2x06, Did You Feel That? (In which I talk in circles) )

I still haven't seen this week's Merlin (worked during the repeat on Sunday, and now I'm waiting for The Mother). Speaking of, it took The Mother a year to get into Northern Lights. A YEAR. Then, last week, she picked it up, finished it, finished The Subtle Knife and started The Amber Spyglass which she's quickly making a dent in. I am a little bit eye-roll-y about the whole thing, but also a little bit triumphant. I KNEW she'd like that damn series.

delga: ([grey's] just trepidation.)

Merlin, 1x05, Lancelot )

Supernatural, 4x05, Monster Movie )

Grey's Anatomy, 5x04, Brave New World )


Boy cousins have gone to visit The Dad; I am cooking. Still haven't finished this week's Numb3rs. It's looking like a better episode, and yet the character choices are still entirely infuriating. Wtf, show? What's with you?

delga: ([csi:ny] flack&mac.)

Apparently I spent this week being mostly underwhelmed?


CSI: NY, 5x03, Turbulence )

Bones, 4x07, The He in the She )

Private Practice, 2x02, Equal & Opposite )

Supernatural, 4x04, Metamorphosis )

Grey's Anatomy, 5x03, Here Comes the Flood )


Wonderfully, I finished typing the above and new Life arrived. Impeccable timing!

delga: ([grey's] just trepidation.)

After all the fannish woe that's been circling the screens this week, Grey's Anatomy was a perfect antidote. Silly and sentimental - I can get behind that in a big way. things I especially liked. )

Relatedly: the CSI: NY finale was lolarious. I love that ridiculous little show a disproportionate amount. I finally got caught up with Mad Men. New season this summer, not to mention new Weeds, huzzah! It's the little things.


I am doing other things, though that doesn't seem to be apparent, heh. One of those things includes correspondence, and the other involves haiku. I feel like the latter isn't actually that good, but hey, it's only until Monday which is when I'll start my exam prep proper. This time next week I'll be drawing into the last half hour of the exam, which is a pretty scary thought. Thankfully I'll be in the Sports Hall, not in the Refectory, a building which I faintly detest.

Haha, this weekend is a Bank Holiday! Smashing.


Tonight! Tonight is fantastic. Tonight we are going to the local theatre to see a production of A Streetcar Named Desire and then we are likely going to hang out at the bar with T's friend (who I think may be moving into my room when I leave? Cripes!) Should be excellent. I am expecting greatness.

delga: ([grey's] just trepidation.)

Dear Grey's Anatomy,

OKAY GOD I ADMIT IT. I am a sap. But it's not my fault. Damn you, End Montages! DAMN YOU.

from, M.


Music-o-rama today, on so many levels. My weekend is disappearing too quickly. Even if we get an extra hour tonight.

delga: ([numb3rs] malapropism.)

I wasn't going to do one of these, but I happen to have some free time. So. You know. I'm still catching up with three weeks worth of Damages because of the new stuff, but I've finished all of Saving Grace which was made of many brilliant things, and which I'm glad to report there will be more of, huzz. I was watching Chuck but I didn't finish it and now I don't know where it is? Um. Yeah. And I was going to watch K-Ville but I lost that, too. I don't really know. I'm trying to mainline Friday Night Lights because, well, Kyle Chandler, and I've read some good fic. Also, giving Burn Notice another shot. I have all of Mad Men so far, but I haven't seen past episode 4 or 5. I'm still obsessed with the costumes. (And DeWitt's wigs. !)


Bones, 3x01, The Widow's Son in the Windshield. )

NCIS, 5x01, Bury Your Dead. )

The Unit, 3x01, Pandemonium Part 1. )

Criminal Minds, 3x01, Doubt. )

CSI: NY, 4x01, Can You Hear Me Now? )

Grey's Anatomy, 4x01, A Change Is Gonna Come. )

CSI, 8x01, Dead Doll. )

Stargate: Atlantis, 4x01, Adrift. )

Numb3rs, 4x01, Trust Metric. )


I have yet to finish Private Practice. So far, so good, though. Have you guys been watching Weeds and/or Californication? The latter continues to engage me for reasons unknown, but the former is SO GOOD. Really. I say this every year so I hope some of you are listeing: watch Weeds. You won't regret it.

delga: ([Random] Mrs Dalloway)



Psalm 119:27-29 by [ profile] viciouswishes
multiple pairings.

They call him the good prophet. He makes sure that his flock is cared for, provided for. No one goes hungry or without shelter. Sure, once in a while, he has to turn a blind eye; but it's for the good of the people, for the good of the compound. He might drive around in his Hummers, but he's no Roman Grant.

[ profile] viciouswishes takes a step into the (probable) future, and places Bill Henrickson in the role of the Juniper Creek prophet. The family falls apart and falls together in all the ways you expect, and then some. By turns heartbreaking and endearing, this fic follows the various threads to their conclusions. What I liked most about this fic was how natural the turns felt, and the closing section which is poignant and disarming, the way the show itself can be.


Five Things Jack Never Expected by [ profile] odestructogirlo [apocalyptothon]
Jack O'Toole (episode: The Zeppo).
The thing is, of course, that you don’t have to intentionally start the apocalypse. You do a few little things, the other guy ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and apocalypse, always the mistress of opportunity, steps in.

This fic is hilarious whilst maintaining the pathos the show so often displayed. Written from the perspective of one of the minor characters from The Zeppo, this outsider's perspective is wry, witty and sometimes even touching. A fun read.


The TARDIS and the Slow Path by Roz McClure [twicetoldfandom]
gen. Martha. au.
That was when Martha realized the TARDIS had a sense of humor: later. When she was going over the timeline in her head for the memoir she would write someday, and figured out who else was taking the slow path in 1869. Ha. Until then, she'd just thought the TARDIS was jealous.

I'm always glad to find Martha fanfiction, even more so when it deals with the TARDIS. I love how this fic is both linear and non-linear, just like the series, and I like the slightly disaffected tone. Martha's comments of the sigh - what now? variety are a treat to read, and the whole fic is light and thoroughly enjoyable.


And Walked the Night Alone by [ profile] elohvee [apocalyptothon]
gen. Jayne. River. post-Serenity.
Things were supposed to be better. They fought a war for this, right? Not Jayne, 'cause he ain't the sort, but Mal. Mal and Zoe and all those other people, and it don't make sense, because they were always right before, in the end.

Confession: I've read a fair few Jayne-and-River-survive fics, and I love nearly all of them. The irony of Jayne being left to care for River is almost too much, but it also brings the best out in him. This haunting apoca-fic leaves Jayne lonely; I was drawn to how quiet and eerie it is.


Ring The Bells That Still Can Ring by [ profile] cherryice [apocalyptothon]
ensemble. Izzie/Denny.
It begins on a Wednesday. The morning dawns like any other: grey clouds low overhead, cool air heavy with the threat of rain. Light slanting through the plate glass window of Seattle Grace is muted, soft. The sound of quick footsteps, the beep of monitors, the hiss of lowered voices fills the halls.

Zombies in Seattle Grace, and whilst it sounds like it should be funny, it's not. Izzie - typically, Izzie - decides to hide Denny to stop him from being killed. Re-killed. Whatever. But it's really more of an ensemble piece, the main cast trying to hold on, make sense of things in the context they have. The writing loosens a bit towards the end, but I still thought it was a good piece for what it was, and the majority of the characterisations are spot on.

Clinging in the Wreckage (& part 2) by [ profile] toestastegood [apocalyptothon]
gen. Bailey. Derek.
Just stomach pains, but by the time the surgical team got inside, half of her internal organs had been black and rotten. A rancid smell had invaded the theatre, a scent that not even the masks covering their mouths could defend them from. Despite their best efforts, the girl had died as little more than a medical mystery.

OH MAN. I love this, the first part especially. A horrible, horrible virus comes to Seattle Grace and Miranda eventually has to say enough is enough, and leave the interns to themselves. A wonderful character piece detailing Bailey's position, and whilst the second part (same fic, Derek's perspective) is weaker, it's still a good fic. The situation is horrific and somewhat hopeless in the truest sense, but Bailey does what she has to do - sticks to what she knows.


Missing by [ profile] oxoniensis [haikuathon]
gen. Ziva. running.

Sounds Like by [ profile] stateofsoul [haikuathon]
Tami/Eric. baby.

Both of these are beautiful. The first is one stanza, and is so Ziva that even on multiple re-reads it lives up to its flash-promise. The second is from a fandom I don't even know, but the rhythm and repetition is infectious, and the obvious affection in the voices is warming.


A Balmy Morning in Hell by [ profile] caitn [apocalyptothon]
gen. Briscoe. Munch.
Detective Lennie Briscoe winced as another explosion reverberated from outside. "It sounds like all hell is breaking loose out there."
"This country's been going to hell for years, my friend," John Munch announced. He wound up for a lengthy rant. "It's been going on long before the conservative right-wing power mongrels--"

This was written for me! I would have been pleased for any of my prompts to have been chosen, but [ profile] caitn took the one I thought no-one would touch with a pole and produced a brilliant dialogue-fuelled ficlet. They're being attacked, sure, but the old-timers are babysitting. I'm filled with glee over it.


Single Step by [ profile] blufamingo [femgenficathon]
gen. Teyla.
Teyla believes, for the first two months, that every day is the day they will return. It is not the first time they have gone back to Earth, and every time they have come back to Atlantis, to Pegasus. She is sure this time will be no different.

Hands down one of the best Teyla fics I've ever read, discussing her attachment to the Atlantis crew and her estrangement from her people. It's what I call a "silent" fic, where the dialogue doesn't impinge on your interaction with Teyla's story. There's hope in the long run, but also sadness and Teyla's strength. The long haul is the harder battle, and re-aquaintance is harder than first contact. This fic epitomises all those things that I love about Teyla, her quiet, her good sense and her patience which is often taken for granted. A lovely, lovely fic, and one that I strongly encourage you to read.

Watched by [ profile] inlovewithnight [twicetoldfandom]
gen. Ronon. Sheppard.
When he was on the run, Ronon had known he was being tracked all the time, but that isn't the same as being watched. Feeling eyes on the back of your neck. Knowing every step you take, every turn of your head, every motion of your hands is being broken down to be used against you by whatever bastards are holding you prisoner.

Ronon and Sheppard have been imprisoned, and they're both unspooling, though in different directions. But really, this is a fic about Ronon and his history, the skills that make him an asset to the Atlantis team. It probes notions of confinement and, like the previous rec, estrangement. Things he cannot say. There are moments when you think he's being taken for a ride, and moments when you feel for him intensely. But you cannot connect to Ronon Dex. And that's entirely the point.

A Method for Introducing Heuristics by [ profile] general_jinjur [apocalyptothon]
Mckay, McKay/Sheppard; slight crossover with Heroes.
Rodney doesn't realize he's seeing her for the first time when he sees her for the first time. He takes her for Esposito, for all that she's taller, and her hair is pulled into a smooth twist where Esposito is all curls. She has a different look to her, too - a readiness, like she's assessing potential threats, constructing strategy at the unlikeliest times. Steel in her shoulders and spine. It's an oddly military look. That's not quite the way to put it - not oddly military, but military in an odd way. Like Sheppard, never acting like a soldier until it suits him, but always a soldier nonetheless. In any case, the first time he sees her, she's up to her elbows in one of the access panels in corridor 27. Rodney's mind leaps from puzzlement to dark-haired mechanical engineer to full-blown tirade against unauthorized tinkering in well under a second. He figures it's to his credit that he doesn't so much as flinch when she turns to face him and isn't who he expected.

OKAY, I KNOW. (TRUST ME, [ profile] wliberation, I KNOW.) But, seriously, this is genfic! It's like... okay, it's like taking for granted that McKay and Sheppard are a couple and just assuming you know that, so get past the shippy and onto the plot(-y). Really, this is a Rodney fic, and the way his brain works as the city begins to collapse from the inside. It's about Trojan Horses and the end of the world. The rhythm here is so strong, and the ideas so potent, you get carried away. What I love about this is the hum of activity, of things going wrong too quickly to be remedied, until the end where there's a sudden halt, a deceleration. Also, [ profile] general_jinjur has the most acute turn of phrase. I'm content to read just about anything she's written because the writing is completely worth it.

edit: Authorial intention versus reader response! Which is to say that I read the fic counter to what the author intended (see comments!) BUT. It's still a great fic, so however you read it, you should at least, you know. Read it.


Like a Slinky Down a Stairwell (She'll Be in Her Bunk) by [ profile] viciouswishes [sg_femslash, Carter round]

Vala's discovered the Spice Girls, and Sam blames Daniel. She doesn't know why she blames Daniel, who likes Vivaldi and Mozart, but she does. He's supposed to be the one keeping Vala under control.

Hilarious ficlet. Pop-culture references, Vala, sexual repression, femslash and just an overall tone of lightness and gaiety that was lovely to read. So much fun.


The Great Zombie Invasion of 2001 by [ profile] netgirl_y2k [apocalyptothon]
ensemble. Josh/Donna.
"There are zombies in Ireland."

I think what I love the most about all the West Wing fics to come out of the [ profile] apocalyptothon is that they all start with Donna because she, naturally, is the most likely receptacle for the tidbits of information to trickle through. [ profile] netgirl_y2k's fic is short, but very funny, with lots of one-liners, all of which made me giggle. Zombies, and the Bartlet administration at its most ridiculous.


I am not a fan of the blockquote style I've got going on, but I can't make the code do what I want it to do. Basically, I want to gmail-i-fy it so that the text indents with a bar to the left. Any help? Dear [ profile] twincy, I have stolen from your code. Please forgive the impromptu theft? love, M x

delga: ([unit] holding my breath.)

OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS SONG. (How is it that I have yet to see Kal Ho Na Ho?)


Was so productive today, which was new. Avenue had some books I needed which is where I figured out what my question was actually asking me; got there at 10am, got kicked out at 1pm (Avenue opening hours are fucked up). Headed over to Hartley, found more stuff that I needed, got back at 3.30pm. What I need to do now is collect evidence from my two texts (Stein's Melanctha and James' The Aspern Papers) and re-read Eagleton's The Revolt of the Reader so that I can write out a proper plan. The idea is to write half tomorrow (or more, if I can) and then finish on Monday.

The essay topic is actually interesting now that I've decoded it and (sort of) know what I'm doing. I still don't really know how I'm going to answer it but that's what the plan will help with.


Fandom, yay.

Grey's Anatomy, 3x22, 3x23, The Other Side of This Life. )


The Unit, 2x23. )


I have CSI, CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, Bones, Numb3rs and The Black Donnellys to watch. I'll probably watch one of the CSIs or Numb3rs tonight and then shore up fr when the essay is done.

delga: ([numb3rs] fucking try me.)

This morning, I finished reading Tom's Midnight Garden for children's lit. Later I have to catch up on Uncle Tom's Cabin and Native Son because I didn't read yesterday. I also have to remember to finish the research I'm doing for research skills.

But anyway. Tom's Midnight Garden. I remember this story quite vividly because I saw a film a long time ago, one that struck me very strongly. Having now read the book, I think it works much better as a screenplay. What links me to it so much, I suppose, is that it's set in parts of England that I recognise. I didn't think Flatlanders could evoke their surroundings, but apparently they can.

But what really gets me, in both the film and the novel, is the sadness of the passage of time. As an 'adult', I find the happiness at the end of the book to be subversive, because it's not happy at all. What if the brothers return a year later and Hatty has died? What about Abel and Susan, what happens to them? And this nature of Hatty's getting ever older, and Tom becoming ever more indiscernible, it's breaking. I really enjoyed the book, but it leaves me feeling anxious, the same way that the film did. (The film has an addendum with Tom finding a house which owns the grounds to the Melbourne house; he has the tree with the cat/hat symbol on it and then, as an adult, he comes back to claim it. But he can't really reclaim it, can he? Because the evocation of the memory begins with Hatty. Tom can't do it himself.)

Anyway. That's another one done. Maybe I should write for that in my essay instead of The Secret Garden?


So, yes, essaying today, properly this time around, and then I really do have to do research. If anyone knows where I can find information on the lives of people in country houses/palaces in 16th/17th Century, I'd be grateful for a link. We;re studying Hampton Court Palace and whilst there's scant information on King Henry VIII et al, there's nothing on the servants. Hate this project with a passion.


Erica has been located! Hurrah! Just have to find Baby Duck, now. Speaking of, new photos to post at [ profile] duck_cheer, yay.


Yesterday I watched Grey's Anatomy (something about it felt a little off - I could see what emotional space Shonda Rhimes was aiming for but she just missed it) and Numb3rs. OH, DON. I have lots to say about One Hour and not nearly enough time. Sigh. SIGH.

delga: ([unit] holding my breath.)

Who remembers my born-again Christian friend, JP? Well, haven't heard from him in over a year when BAM! email. About one of the churches he supports or something. I'll check it out later. It always surprises me when he gets back in touch.


Grey's Anatomy was less shocking than I was expecting, mostly because it really, really felt rushed and unfinished, like the end scene was the first act closer. This makes sense, though, what ith it being a three parter. They're airing a double next week so that should be cool.

Speaking of fandom, I made icons for The Unit because I kept finding that I was lacking in that department. I also keep finding that I don't have icons for certain fandoms and then, like, 7 for CSI: NY that I don't use in association with fandom. Huh.

I'd better go read.

delga: ([grey's] just trepidation.)


Radio 2 played Matchbox 20's The Difference.



In other news, didn't end up watching all of Studio 60 last nightso will save thatf or this evening. Right now I'm writing up all of this semester's Modernism notes in an attempt to revise. Yay?


I love the official Grey's Anatomy podcasts. LOVE.

delga: ([Random] der Meuchelmörder.)

It upsets me that of all the shows I watch, Grey's Anatomy is the only one that makes me tense to know what happens next. Admittedly, other than GA I don't really watch anything that isn't a procedural drama, but still. It's sad.

This is not a spoiler about something that happened specifically but it's enough to make you draw a line between two points and have an apostrophe. )

Now for CSI: NY and then Numb3rs.

eta: I want to use some of these but even though I don't still have mad love for my current ones, I can't get myself to change them. So. another icon amnesty. )

delga: ([Random] fragile.)

CSI: Mothership. No real spoilers but reactions )

Also, Grey's is still love.

delga: ([csi:ny] flack&mac.)

FIC REC!!! In which Mac Taylor meets Addison Montgomery Sheppard in some bar in New York. Um, it's very good.

Away for the weekend but no doubt I'll find time to log on tomorrow morning. Also, thanks to the people who replied to the Stupid Entry. Calmer now, and a little pissed with myself.

Logging off now. Please send Carson-related plot bunnies in my (mental) direction.

{ woe }

May. 30th, 2006 08:20 pm
delga: ([thandie] peekaboo)

Oh man. So, the two exams that I have left? The first is on Monday, dammit. I thought it was on Tuesday (don't ask why that's better, it just is). So. Sigh. Tomorrow will be spent going back to the books and, apparently, doing laundry. Not that I'll have the chance to be all that distracted because everyone has left me. The Flatmate, [ profile] wliberation, [ profile] tigertrapped, [ profile] xanitia...woe.

However, tonight will be spent with Criminal Minds and Grey's Anatomy podcasts, huzzah!

delga: ([bad cop] the special crack)

I have yet to see the two part finale but GA, 2x25, Spoilers )

I am so pissed off right now. I didn't put in half of my wash load because I had two laundry bags (I'm doing laundry early this week anyway) but it was mostly towels and this week I decided to put 70p into the drier, not £1 like I did last week and now I've had to put in another 60p (which is the usual fare wtf) so that the towels will dry. And if it turns out that the drier is just defunct I am going to be so pissed off.

delga: ([fandom] whore)

OK. I'm home. Much happened today. But the most potent detail of the day? OW FRAKKING OW ARMS OW FREAKING SUITCASE OW MANY MANY STAIRS OW.

In other news, I am watching House. I can no longer watch the worst humour parts of this show. Reason: I HAVE LOST MY IMMUNITY TO TV BADNESS. And please, the colouring! Why? But this is still fucking awesome. And next? Grey's Anatomy, yo!

ETA: This flat is always so freaking cold.

{ mafia }

Mar. 8th, 2006 10:08 am
delga: ([BSG] podium)

Fans of BSG, Atlantis (and Grey's Anatomy) should totally check this shit out. THE BEST CRACKFIC - EVER.


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