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Books as far as the eye can see

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I'm pretty sure my next book will be Bitterblue (I finished Fire like five minutes before I started reading Ashes of Honor), but after that I'm sort of at a loss (at least until Dark Star comes out in October). Therefore, a book poll!

Which of these books/series I'm considering would you recommend?

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer - I keep hearing the name a lot, but I have no clue what this is about. Except I read the blurb on GoodReads, so I should know. Something about magic?
Bartimaeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud (The Amulet of Samarkand) - I've started the first book, but I haven't made it past the first couple of chapters.
The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer (Cinder) - The idea of fairytales rewritten as sci-fi/fantasy appeals to me, but there's something about the cover that puts me off.
Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth - Is this just people jumping on the Hunger Games bandwagon? Or actually good in its own right?
The Giver Series, by Lois Lowry (The Giver) - I've read good things on GoodReads, but I don't feel that the site is always to be trusted and I haven't heard anyone talking about it elsewhere.
Lorien Legacies, by Pittacus Lore (I Am Number Four) - I get the feeling this series might skew too young for me to really enjoy it? But I'm far from certain.
Harmony, by Project Itoh. - Bought it on a whim because the premise sounded interesting. It's been a couple of years now and I haven't even picked it up.
The Wind-Up Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi - Enjoyed Shipbreaker okay, but I haven't gotten far on the sequel. Should I really be starting a separate book by the same author?
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman - I've been meaning to read this for ages.
I have another recommendation for you! It may even be a book for grown-ups!

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Since Downton Abbey season 3 premieres tonight, I'm gonna cap/rewatch the Christmas Special now. Yay! New TV!
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Copyright conundrum

I just got an email from a guy (interestingly enough also from Sweden), who wanted to use one of my screencaps at a site that prints images on canvases. The site wants reassurances that the image isn't copyrighted and I'm not exactly sure what the deal is.

My thinking on it is this:

The screencaps are actually copyrighted material, but since I'm not making money at it (it actually costs me money) and since I'm not depriving the production company of income, they have no interest in pursuing legal action and turn a blind eye to the whole practice of screencapping.

HOWEVER, if a screencap is used in the way this person mentions (uploaded to a site and printed on canvas, which is then sold for a profit), it will be an infringement of copyright that deprives the production company of income and they may very well sue the printing company over it.

Would that be a reasonable way of thinking about it? Also, if that's the case, how does one go about making those types of one-of-a-kind art that are an infringement of copyright, but that can't be obtained easily through legal means? Can one approach the production company? Are there images (stills and promotonal images) that are devoid of copyright? Enquiring minds want to know!

(Enquiring minds also wants to know what site this guy is using, because I may be interested in some of those canvas pictures myself. Just not interested in paying shipping costs from the States.)
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I dropped off the face of the earth (again) because as soon as the US television season ended, I became reobsessed with kdramas. I have a feeling this may become a regular thing for me. Summer=drama!time, that's just how it'll be from now on.

I've rewatched a few dramas (just this weekend I rewatched Coffee Prince. LOVE. Like, every time I rewatch it - and it's been a few times! - I feel like I love it more than the previous time. This rewatch I didn't even FF through Secondary Couple Issues I Don't Care All That Much About.), but I'm mainly watching shows that are airing currently. In order of obsession:

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As for the US finales, here are a few quick reactions:

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  • I've capped quite a few more Good Wife episodes - I'm now up to episode 16.

  • I'm still capping Farscape season 1 as I rewatch, but I've been stalled on episode 11 for a while.

  • And I finally got my Cougar Town season 1 DVDs, so I capped/rewatched the first few episodes. Honestly, now that I love the characters so much, even the early episodes are tolerable.

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All the News That's Fit to Print

I'm going on vacation in a month! Which is why I've been been on a buying spree for all the things I've been meaning to buy so that I can take it with me. So far I bought a camera (a Nikon Coolpix - purple), a new eReader (I've been getting annoyed with the format limitations of my old one, and the BeBook Club is pretty damn cheap as eReaders go), an mp3 player and a bunch of clothes. Now I just need a suitcase to put it all in and I'm golden.

I'm keeping up with my capping amazingly well so far this year. Right after my previous post I watched Sherlock, so I capped that. And I've been inching along with my Good Wife, Fringe and Farscape rewatches, capping all the while. This weekend I got a craving for Terminator: TSCC, so I resumed capping that. And I finally got my Downton Abbey DVDs, so the first three episodes are done and done! Oh, and I'm sure I got some Community episodes squeezed in there, but linking that would require me going to another gallery so...

I have lots and lots of TV to watch every week, and I'm doing pretty damn well keeping up for a sweeps month (or is March a sweeps month? Or was that only last year? I'M SO CONFUSED. Oh wait, it was special last year, right? Because of the switch-over to digital. Or something...)

Reality shows first:

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Now dramas:

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I started watching Fairly Legal, which I'm enjoying because it gets Sarah Shahi back on my TV screen. It's fun and bubbly and nothing to get all worked up about. Also, Leo is the best!

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And last but not least: Comedies

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I know that Leslie Knope hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell of winning Fandom March Madness, but man, I really want her to, because she is just FLAWLESS. I love her to death and I want everyone else to.

But I'll settle for Troy Barnes winning the whole thing. Which I don't believe he will. My flist makes his inevitable triumph seem like a sure thing, and if my flist was the only one voting, I'm sure he'd win with little to no problem. But I doubt fandom at large is as awesome as my flist and I'm sure House or someone equally non-worthy will once again - inexplicably! - make it the final four. But we're going to give him a run for his money, of that I'm pretty sure!

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I haven't posted in over a month and the sad thing is that I still don't feel like I have anything to post about. But I'm going to give it a try nonetheless, because this is getting ridiculous.

My Year in Entertainment
I'm trying for the 100 / 100 / 100 trifecta this year. That is: 100 movies watched, a 100 television seasons completed, 100 books read. I'm totally counting rereads/rewatches or I'd never make it in a million years. So far I'm doing pretty good on the books and movies front (13 books read, 9 movies watched), but the TV seasons category is probably not going to start paying serious dividends until all the May season finales.

Last year I tried to get back into capping, and I must say, it's paying off this year. Over my holiday/Christmas I capped the first discs of three of my DVD sets:

And I also started my Farscape rewatch (now stalled) by capping the first six episodes of season 1.

I Shop, Therefore I Am
I've been spending TONS of money this month. Most of it came from Christmas/birthday money, so it's not too bad (my favorite purchase was a Global chef's knife. Cost me my parents a fortune, but soooo worth it. Damn, but a good knife will just make your day when you're cooking), except that last night at three am I went on a spending spree at various online clothes stores. Collapse )

I Watch TV, Therefore I Am
At least, that's how it used to be, but while I'm liking a lot of stuff, I'm obsessive about nothing right now. The closest I get is Fringe, but it's been so long since we've had a new episode that it's not at the forefront of my mind at the moment.

Recently, I have watched:

So that's the state of me. I'll try not to crawl into a hole for another month. If I could only find the inspiration to picspam...
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brand new religion

After my last post I was completely embarrassed and at the same time, perversely proud to notice that the episodes I listed as having watched since the previous post amounted to 87. In NINE days. And over the next 24 hours I watched another 13 episodes, bringing my total for those ten days up to an even 100 (ten of which were Collapse )). All this while working full-time (but not very hard, I must confess), having at least two game nights with friends and reading tons of fanfic. I'm not sure how I did it.

But considering my resolve to watch at least the first seven seasons of The X-Files before the movie premieres (which is August 1st here, giving me an extra week), I'm hoping I'll stay in this strange time vortex for just a little while longer. Right now, I'm on 2x10, and I'm hoping to finish seasons 2 and 3 before the end of the week.

Also, I'm thinking I should cap some episodes as I go (because even though there ARE caps for most episodes, the quality is sadly lacking), but I can't really figure out which ones to cap except for Paper Hearts, so any suggestions/requests would be welcome.

crackers4jenn's recent icon post made me remember this set of pictures, so I set about making myself a wallpaper from the cover (now that I can put it into rotation!). The fruit of my labors, if anyone's interested:

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Good PR and bad PR

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For the longest time, I've been pulling for NBC. They're the underdogs of the big four, they seem to be more willing than most to foster good shows and they do have some great programming. They're pretty much the only network that I've ever felt some modicum of affection for (with ABC and CBS I just don't care and with FOX there's outright hate), but during the writers strike they've eroded that goodwill and the last bits crumbled today when I read that they sacked the entire writing staff of Days of Our Lives. Wow, what TOOLS.
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Various and sundry

  1. Am I the only person who thinks that Brad Pitt is wholly unremarkable? Like, zero charisma (except for when he played Tyler Durden and I think most of that was in the writing).

  2. I spent the afternoon installing my new DVD/surround system, and of course I can't find a sound cable to connect the TV to it (so that I can get surround sound for my computer). OF COURSE. I probably have about a billion of them somewhere, but a fat lot of good that's doing me now. I'll probably pop out and buy one tonight - I'm not wired for patience.

  3. The rain that was forecast only showed up intermittently, so I haven't done much capping. I only capped PotC: Dead Man's Chest and the Eureka credits so far. And nothing has been uploaded. Go me! /sarcasm

  4. I recently switched to a new layout that goes all wonky with images that are 600+ px (on my widescreen, at least), and suddenly it seems that everyone on my flist is posting HUGE images uncut. What's up with that? I think I'm going to have to go find myself that Greasemonkey script that cut images over a certain size...

  5. While I did continue watching Studio 60 when it picked back up, I haven't seen the last few episodes, and I think I'm done. I can't imagine the kind of fundamental shift that I need in order to care has taken place, so... In the end it wasn't anger that made me stop watching, it was apathy. As is usually the case for me.

  6. Hi, Laura!

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Did you miss me?

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I returned home to find some DVD sets had arrived in my absence: The Closer season 2 (despite all your sage advise in my poll, I started with The Closer instead of Bones since it had a much shorter season. And found I liked it well enough to want to keep watching. And now I can!), and Eureka season 1. (Hey, Tissa, want caps? ;-)

Speaking of caps, the weather is going to be pretty bad for the foreseeable future so I thought I'd use a few rainy vacation days to cap some stuff. I had a few requests that I thought I'd get out of the way (Rushmore, The Mothman Prophecies, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and some others I can't remember right now), so if you want to add to the pile (movies or TV), feel free.