kindkit: Picture of the TARDIS, captioned "This funny little box that carries me away . . ." (Doctor Who--TARDIS)
Thanks to a friend of [personal profile] malnpudl's, I have a functioning computer again. It's a somewhat old and creaky computer (how old, you ask? well, its hard drive capacity is a whopping 25 GB), but it works.

Because of my old computer metamorphosing into a brick, I didn't get internet access set up in my new apartment, and I'll probably wait a while longer on that. It seems silly to get expensive home internet for this computer, and I'm trying to be financially responsible and not buy a new computer until I have a reasonable amount of savings (= the cost of the computer plus a month's rent), which will take a while. So my online time will still be intermittent, but at least now it will be at my convenience and not dependent on when the library is open and has a computer available.

I've been sitting at Starbucks for the last couple of hours, using their wifi to download things the computer needed, like the up-to-date version of Firefox and some antivirus software (I grabbed Avast, which is free but which installed Google Chrome all of its own accord, damn it). And VLC player! I will be able to watch movies and TV shows again, yay!!! Acquiring (*ahem*) them will be another matter, but at least I can watch what I already have. I haven't even been able to watch DVDs, since I don't have a TV and always just played DVDs on my computer, and I was surprised by how much I missed watching things after a couple of weeks.

In my computerless state, I've been reading a lot of books about paleontology, a few about the Second World War (I've gone through everything worth reading at the library, alas), and failing to read fiction. I tried Felix Palma's A Map of Time but gave up about halfway through, since I didn't care about any of the characters and the plot read to me like one of those "science fiction influenced, but really it's Literature" novels produced by people who hold sff in contempt and thus don't actually know anything about it, and raved about by reviewers who also don't know or read sff and mistake well-worn tropes for groundbreaking genius. I badly want to read C. J. Sansom's Dominion, an alternate history of the "the Nazis conquer Britain" variety, but it seems like it won't be available in the US until next year. *weeps*

I also saw Star Trek: Into Darkness. About which I can say that Benedict Cumberbatch was a pleasure to watch, as always. As for the rest, well . . . I'm not even a huge Star Trek fan, but apparently I'm enough of one that I can get angry about the ridiculous amount of violence, and the sidelining of all the reboot characters I actually like, and the unearned (oh, SO unearned, SO VERY VERY unearned) climactic moment(s). Anybody seen any good (by which I mean smart and critical) reviews of the thing that you could link me to? (BTW, I'm trying to avoid being spoilery, so if you happen to comment with spoilery details, could you ROT-13 them or grey them out or something for the sake of the unspoiled?)

And last but not least, I'm in time to wish a happy birthday to the marvelous [personal profile] halotolerant! I promise that someday I will actually post a story for you.
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
I'm not sure how ranty these rants are, but I tried.

Spoilers are possible for any of the listed fandoms, although I've made huge/not ubiquitously known spoilers highlight-to-read.

[livejournal.com profile] brewsternorth asked about Raffles/Bunny )

[livejournal.com profile] biichan asked about Charles/Erik, X1-3 )

[livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil asked about Charles/Erik, XMFC )

[livejournal.com profile] executrix asked about Avon/Tarrant )

[livejournal.com profile] silver_sandals asked about Dax and Sisko, Deep Space 9 )

[livejournal.com profile] vandonovan asked about Spock/Uhura, any version )

[livejournal.com profile] ansketil_rose asked about Vetinari/Drumknott, Discworld )

[livejournal.com profile] mcicioni asked about Robbie Lewis/Laura Hobson, Lewis )

[livejournal.com profile] halotolerant asked about Tim Ferguson/Paul McDermott, Australian comedy RPS )

[livejournal.com profile] lady_twatterby asked about Holmes/Watson )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Professionals: Bodie is literary)
Here are my answers to this meme: Name a character I've written about, and I will tell you three things that I think are essential to keep in mind when writing that character.

[livejournal.com profile] verasteine asked about Edgar Wield from Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels )

[livejournal.com profile] dolores asked about Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer )

[livejournal.com profile] mcicioni asked about Robbie Lewis )

[livejournal.com profile] sallymn asked about James May )

[personal profile] lemposoi asked for Leonard McCoy from Star Trek: TOS )

In other news, today at work we had a mandatory 7 am meeting. And I'm scheduled to work from 12:30-9:30 pm. And I slept really badly last night, in part because I was worried about oversleeping, missing the meeting, and getting fired. Not looking forward to my shift, oh no.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
I've finished watching TOS. It's a shame S3 wasn't better, because I've slogged through so many slow, pointless episodes that I keep forgetting the show was sometimes good. *sigh*

Anyway, here are my last reviews. Spoilers under the cut for "The Savage Curtain," "All Our Yesterdays," and "Turnabout Intruder."

click here to read )

The first two Star Trek movies are now on their way to me from Netflix. I've been looking forward to watching them, as I want to see more exploration of the characters' relationships and emotions than happened in TOS.

*****
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
Spoilers under the cut for "The Lights of Zetar," "Requiem for Methuselah," "The Way to Eden," and "The Cloud Minders."

click here to read )

TOS reviews

Aug. 7th, 2009 11:46 am
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
These reviews are somewhat brief, because I'm getting burned out on S3. There are a few excellent episodes, but also a lot more dull ones than before.

Spoilers beneath the cut for "Whom the Gods Destroy," "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," "The Mark of Gideon," and "That Which Survives."

click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
Spoilers under the cut for "Plato's Stepchildren," "Wink of an Eye," "The Empath," and "Elaan of Troyius."

click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
Below the cut there's discussion of "Day of the Dove," "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky," and "The Tholian Web." Contains spoilers for these episodes; also contains my thoughts on OT3s and hairpieces.

click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
Discussion (with spoilers) under the cut about "And the Children Shall Lead," "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" and "The Spectre of the Gun."

click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
I needed a little time away from watching Star Trek, but I've resumed now and have started season 3 of TOS. Spoilers under the cut for "Spock's Brain," "The Enterprise Incident," and "The Paradise Syndrome."

click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
I've now finished season two in my TOS viewing, although I skipped "The Omega Glory." Life's just too short to watch aliens say the pledge of allegiance.

Spoilers for "The Ultimate Computer," "Bread and Circuses," and "Assignment Earth."

click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
Spoilers for "Return to Tomorrow," "Patterns of Force," and "By Any Other Name."

click here to read )

more Trek

Jun. 14th, 2009 08:29 pm
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
Since the last batch contained two episodes I really adored, I guess it's only fair that this one has two episodes that skeeve me mightily. Preserves the balance of the universe or something.

Spoilers for "The Gamesters of Triskelion," "A Piece of the Action," "The Immunity Syndrome," and "A Private Little War."

read more )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
This batch includes the show's best serious episode and best funny episode so far. Spoilery discussion of "Friday's Child," "The Deadly Years," "Obsession," "The Wolf in the Fold," and "The Trouble with Tribbles."

click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
Spoilery discussion of "The Apple," "The Doomsday Machine," "Catspaw," "I, Mudd," "Metamorphosis," and "Journey to Babel."

click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
More TOS thoughts; spoilers for "Amok Time," "Who Mourns for Adonais," "The Changeling," and "Mirror, Mirror."

click here to read more )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
I've finished season 1 of TOS! I think I've gotten used to British-length series, because 29 episodes seemed like a lot. Not necessarily in a bad way, but still a lot.

Spoilers for "The Devil in the Dark," "Errand of Mercy," "The Alternative Factor," "The City on the Edge of Forever," and "Operation: Annihilate." click here to read )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (ST TOS: Spock Warholian)
I've been watching Star Trek: TOS for the first time and writing up my reactions, but this is the first time I've remembered to cross-post here at DreamWidth (previous posts can be found at my LiveJournal if you're interested).

Spoilers for "Court Martial," "The Return of the Archons," "Space Seed," "A Taste of Armageddon," and "This Side of Paradise" under the cut. Click here to read the rest. )

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