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rodney mckay - taking it personal (sinde

Hello, my name is Bettina, and English is not my first language.

I've been tracking the Merlin anon meme a while now and last night I stumbled across something that still makes me angry. I thought I'd calm down after a good night's sleep and doing something else all day long, but apparently not. :-/

Someone asks if anyone else is a bit disappointed with the Merlin Big Bang stories and someone else replies with: Is it any wonder with so many ESLs participating?

I'm just... wow!

I doubt that any non-native speaker says that they have a perfect grasp of the language. I know I don't. I have to look up words too often for that. I'm not always sure that the way I say things are correct and of course my spoken English could be a lot better. (That seems to happen when you know the words and how they are written, but have no clue how to pronounce them.)

But to look down on ESLs for daring to write fanfiction? For dismissing them like that? It's insulting! Writing is hard enough and then writing in a foreign language? Even if it's not perfect, I believe that it deserves some respect.

Aside from that, there are plenty of stories from native speakers where you have to "slog through weird grammar and misused words". (If I'd get a Euro for every native speaker, who writes "definately" instead of "definitely" or confuses they're/their/there...)

I'm angry and it probably hurts more than it should, considering that I haven't written anything in ages.
merlin and arthur #2

There ain't no such thing as wrong food.

This weekend I did precisely nothing, except for watching stuff on my computer, sleeping, and reading. Hmmm... I'm having a deja vu. In addition to doing the same things every weekend I also write about this fact almost every weekend. I guess you have to live with it or defriend me (please don't!).

Like always, I've composed tons of LJ posts in my head, thinking about various fannish things or episodes or personal stuff. The reason why I never actually write them down and post them is because a) I'm lazy, b) they sound way better in my head than written down, c) I'm lazy, d) I simply forget to write it down, and e) who would want to read them?

Or maybe I should just get over myself and write them down. In note form. Or something. Sort of like this:

-- It always bugs me (especially when I do it myself), when people say things like, "I know this is a sucky TV show (or movie/book/story), but I just can't help it! I have to watch it!" Do we really have to justify why we enjoy watching something that someone else considers to be bad? We like things for various reasons and bad is not always bad. In fact, in can be really, really great! ;-)

-- I don't think I've mentioned it, but I'm now up to date with Collapse )

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-- And now let's talk about Collapse )

-- I get dizzy after drinking some kinds of soda, but not all of them. It's not the aspartame, because I get dizzy from drinks with and without it. Anyone has an explanation for that? Maybe my body is just very weird.
As for the cold, I'm still coughing but not as much and I've got a sore nose (from blowing my nose so much), but the worst is over. Yay.

Oh yeah, another reason why I don't write down and post all the entries in my head; f) it takes so damn long to write everything down!

ETA: Bin gerade über das hier gestolpert und ja, ja, Deutsch ist halt nicht immer Deutsch oder die Tücken der österreichischen Sprache ;-).
Das Cola von Red Bull: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4.

The only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform.

Happy (belated) Birthday, erilyn! I hope it was a good one! *hugs*

Every once in a while I come across someone saying "When X happens, I will stop watching the show." And that's something I don't really get. There has never been one specific thing that made me stop watching a TV show, not even the death of a favorite character. I've only ever gradually lost interest in a show, because the episodes got weaker or several things happened that weren't my thing.

But then I'm more of a mainstream watcher than anything else. I don't really nitpick episodes to death and try to figure out the motivations of every single character. I can accept a lot of things the writers throw my way, even when characters behave weird and stupid. TV rarely gives me exactly what I want anyway (some come close, though). That's why I read fanfiction (or it's one of the reasons).

Also, I don't really get why people think that certain things will ruin their favorite show without having even watched the episodes in question. So many people bitched about the casting spoilers for season 5 of SGA, that this will certainly bring the death of the show and whatnot. The thing is, those episodes haven't even filmed yet. No one really knows what exactly will happen! One shouldn't make up their minds until they've actually seen it.

How many people were pissed about this new Ronon character back before season 2 started? How many people were pissed when they learned that Sam would take over Atlantis before season 4 started? And then everything turned out so differently and I really love Ronon (hee!) and I also like Sam.

Why all the panic beforehand? I just don't get it.

And while I'm already talking about it. I find it... interesting how many people watch the same episodes I watch, but don't really watch the same episodes I watch. Which probably just means that I should just stop reading episode reviews of certain people. Why don't I remember that? *puts a post-it note on my calendar*
mckay/sheppard pray to athar

Science fiction warps your mind. Engage warp factor 10.

Thank you so much, amikara and mabiana for the awesome cards! They are very pretty and in comparison the cards I mailed out seem so boring and very lame. And Mabiana, thanks so much for the little gift. It's very beautiful and I can't wait to wear it :-).

I've been watching Star Trek - The Next Generation on the German SciFi channel in the past few weeks and I can't tell you how much I love this show.

I think I've mentioned a few times that I loved Star Trek when I was a kid. That I was glued to the TV set whenever the show was on. And I will tell anyone that Spock was my first crush ever when I was six years old. This is all true, but TNG is the show that opened a whole new world for me.

I first found out about the show when they had the first few episodes on video at the video rental store. I made my dad rent the videos. I fell head over heels in love. I needled my dad so long until he finally bought a satellite dish so I could watch it on TV. I went out and bought all the novelizations as soon as they came out. And when I found an ad for a Star Trek club (and realized I wasn't the only person obsessed with a scifi show) I didn't hesitate and wrote and joined the club. And there it was: fandom. It was amazing!

Of course, those are not the only reasons why I love TNG so much. Because even though it's been 20 years (20 years! It doesn't seem that long!) since the first episode aired, it's still an awesome show. There have been so many great episodes, like the one where Picard and a few others got turned into kids and then they had to save the ship. I remember that the kid who played kid!Picard was fantastic and imitated Picard so well. Or the one where Troi got kidnapped and turned into a Romulan. The one where they created an alternate timeline where Tasha Yar hadn't died and the result was that Tasha had a Romulan daughter in the real timeline. The Q episodes!

I've thought posting about TNG for a while now, but they aired "All Good Things..." today and it seemed appropriate. "All Good Things..." another great episodes and a fantastic series finale. ♥

This is my show! I love it so much!

In other news: word of the year 2007:

w00t (interjection)
expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word "yay"
w00t! I won the contest!
angel and his team (krabbypatty)

A vampire with a soul? How lame is that!

After reading a few posts about the yuletide discussion/wank I'm even more worried that I unintentionally offend someone by sending them a Merry Christmas card (or something else stupid), because I was too ignorant to realize that they aren't even Christian. :-/

Most of the time it doesn't even occur to me to ask, because I've never really been very religious. I'm undenominational* with a Roman Catholic background. My mom was shocked when I told her that I'd left the Church.
Mom: "But what will happen when you die? No priest will be there to hold your service!"
Me: "Mom, I'm dead then. I won't care that there's no priest."

*That doesn't stop me from celebrating Christmas and Easter, though. Heh.

Okay, now for something completely different. Namely, Collapse )

Yesterday, I watched Collapse )

I napped this afternoon and I dreamed that, because I was missing her, saba1789 jumped on a train and visited me. That was a cool dream!

Oh, and Joe Mallozzi posted some interesting things about Reunion. Nothing spoilery beyond that.
sleepy kitty

I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.

Happy Birthday, i_am_schizo! I wish you all the best! *hugs*

So yesterday I taped (is it still called "taped" even if there is no actual tape involved? DVR'd?) the last three episodes of SG1 for my brother and since I had nothing better to do I had the TV running with SG1 in the background. Let me tell you, the German voice for Vala sucks! I actually think that the German voices for Daniel, Sam, Teal'c, and Jack fit very well (or I'm just so very used to their German voices), but the one for Vala just doesn't. *shudders*

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meego me

Household tasks are easier and quicker when they are done by somebody else.

I'm sure most of you have already seen the pictures of Joe Flanigan and dog playing guitar that Joe Mallozzi posted on his blog. Can he get more awesome? Joe F. that is, not Joe M., because I couldn't care less for him, except when he posts pictures of SGA cast ;-).

Anyway, Joe M. didn't just post yummy pictures of Joe F., but also very yummy pictures of Collapse )

About LJ:
Livejournal is not only a place where I can talk about... well, me, but it's also a place where most of my fannish needs are satisfied. It's a central place where I can have fanfiction, meta, squee, rants, songvids, etc. without having to hop from website to website to find all the stuff I want to read and see. It's almost like back in the days of mailinglinsts, where you get all the cool stuff delivered to your inbox. Now you get all the cool stuff delivered to your friendslist/readinglist and not only that! It's also a central place where you can talk to people, discuss stuff, keep in touch with people from current and past fandoms and even people who aren't even in fandom.

However, now with people talking about leaving LJ and moving to places like JournalFen, GreatestJournal, InsaneJournal, and other blogging services my central LJ space isn't all that central anymore. It's not even the worst of it all, because some go to this LJ-clone and some go to the other LJ-clone and some go to all of them and some go to entirely other places and my little corner in the LJ-fandom world gets kind of torn apart. At least it feels that way. :-/

It's not as if I don't have a JF and GJ account myself, but finding all the people I want to stay in contact with is kind of hard. No matter what I do, I could never duplicate the space I have over here. It's also tiresome to read several different friendslists, instead of just the one on LJ. Some post different things, some post the same things, it's tedious. It's not a central place anymore.

Another problem is that I've had the JF and GJ accounts for years. I've got people on my friendslist that I friended ages ago and I don't really remember why I even friended them in the first place. Or who they are and I'm embarrassed to admit that. I should really go over there and trim the friendslist, but I'm lazy and in denial ;-).

The whole thing gives me a headache... and apparently a backache. I can't sit straight anymore, which was fun at work. I need a massage!
kitten - hello world

If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.

I'm sitting in my comfy chair, which is slowly falling apart (woe!), enjoying my non-dizzy state. Yay. We watched PotC 3 Thursday night and after that I started to feel better, therefore I attribute it to the healing powers of Johnny Depp ;-).

Last night we went bowling again and this time I managed to break the 100 points twice! I also managed to break my own record and my new personal best is 119. Considering that my fellow bowlers are all way better than me (most of them have an average of 140 points, the new personal best of the top player is 200) this not all that much, but I'm happy. With some training I think I can manage to break the 120 in the next couple games (or not).

Anyway, no more bowling talk, more fandom talk: In the light of he recent kerfluffles (sp?) I wondered if I just could stop using my LJ and move somewhere else. Despite all the things that happened, I don't know if I could do that. The main reason is that it took me years to shape my LJ space/fandom space just the way I wanted it. It's certainly not perfect and it's more of a work in progress thing, but it's mine.

Even though I've had a JF (username: bettina) and GJ (username: _bettina_) account for years, moving there seems like an impossible task. It would take a lot of time and energy to recreate my space over there. It's like when you lose all your bookmarks and then you try to find them all again and arrange them the way you had them before. It just takes time and more likely than not you won't find some of the bookmarks again and well... I hate to lose people, because they moved to other places or have different usernames and I don't recognize them anymore and since I'm bad with staying in touch with people that's probably it. And I hate that.

So, yeah, I'm probably going to stay on LJ as long as possible and as long as the majority of fandom is here, too. In the end I'll probably follow fandom anywhere, but I don't have to like it.

P.S.: After years on the Internet I finally figured out what FTW stands for. I really suck at all those acronyms. *sigh*

ETA: I forgot to say that I updated the GSSU archive last weekend. Can you imagine that the archive is now 7 years old? And I still love doing it! Wohoo.
chris - talk to me (jchalo)

I ran over a ninja because I'm sexy and I do what I want.

So, when readers feel silly/weird to comment to a story with just a "I liked this." and writers feel silly/weird to reply with just a "Thanks. Glad you liked it." then where does that leave us? *ponders*

The bowling crowd (btw., my bowling high score was 97 last night, will I ever get over 100 points? who cares anyway?) is having a barbecue this afternoon. This means lots of yummy food, but also lots of heat and sun. I already see myself looking as red as a lobster. I have very fair skin (because I rarely go into the sun) and I just turn red. Note to self: Don't forget suncream!

It seems as I've been out and about pretty often lately and while it's been fun it's also very exhausting. I'm really glad we have a long weekend. Sunday and Monday are just me-days where I'm going to be as lazy as possible and try to get some energy back. My little introverted self needs some alone time.
teyla is zen

Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky...

...and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling.

Happy Birthday, kageygirl! I wish you all the best *hugs*.

I'm pretty much mono-fannish, which means that I'm only focused on one fandom at a time. I may read in other fandoms occasionally and I'm interested in many TV shows, but I'm only really fannish in one. At the moment that would be SGA. Even though I'm only into one fandom, I can barely keep track of everything that's going on.

Not for the first time I've wondered how multi-fannish people do it. It'd be an impossible task for me to keep on top of everything. It's already hard in just one fandom. It's puzzling, but then I always had trouble multitasking.

And on top of that people read tons of real books. I'm barely into my third book this year, while other people have already read 20 or more. How do they do that? Don't they sleep?!? ;-)

I'm probably just very bad at multitasking and managing my time. *sighs*