Tags: tv: west wing

∞ | lit | topsy-turvy

Things that are awesome

I saw this linked on Twitter this morning. Can't remember who linked it, though. Probably txvoodoo, she has all the best links. Anyway, TANGENT.

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Also, West Wing cast reunion. AND! Alias! Spy!Daddy and Spy!Daughter, together again (and I'm glad that was it, because that reunion could have been aaaawkward). For some reason, though, I got the biggest kick out of the Back to the Future reunion.
αΩ | ψ | veronica mars

This is turning into a bad habit


Does anyone know of a Firefox extension that saves all your extensions, passwords, etc, either into a file, or somewhere online? I could have sworn I found somthing like that a year or so ago, but right now I can't even think of what search terms to use.

I'd just really like to make getting a new work computer as painless as possible.

Tissa linked Stickies and I'm already in love. For the longest time, I haven't been using any type of paper to take notes, and my memory just isn't up to storing all this short-term info I've got to retain for an hour, a day or a week. I've tried Google Notebook, but opening a web site is just too work-intensive for something as simple as writing down a phone number. This application is just perfect.

I'm making to do lists all the time, saving often-used text (not the ones I use online, though, I've got Clippings for that), and I think I'm even going to start making post-its for birthdays, since there's a "sleep" function that means you can have a post-it appear yearly, or monthly, or weekly. There are also alarms and all kinds of other fun stuff.

Here's a chicken-or-egg conundrum for you: Am I feeling lacklustre about TV right now because I don't have time to focus on it because work is sucking up all my time, or is TV actually lacklustre and thus leading to me getting even more caught up in work than I otherwise would? Who knows, but I can't say anything's wowing me right now. Collapse )

Also, I am an episode and a half away from finishing my complete rewatch of The West Wing, Collapse )
αΩ | ¶ | § | no way out

I can never resist an icon meme

Snatched from moireach.
Reply to this post, and I will tell you my favorite icon of yours. Then post this to your own journal using your own favorite icon.

Of course, this is just my favorite icon right now, it'll probably change within the hour. I'm just feeling seriously nostalgic for The West Wing at the moment. And I can't decide if I should start a new rewatch or try to pick up from early season 5 where I left off. I just...I really don't like season 5. I think it's because I don't feel that sense of family anymore, and while I've gotten used to it by the time season 6 rolls around, coming on the heels of season 4, it feels awfully abrupt.

However, I know that if I just power through the early season 5 episodes, I'll get to The Supremes, and after that it's just a short while until I can watch the pretty that is season 6 (yes, I am, in fact, that shallow. Sure there are issues with seasons 6 and 7 too, but they're infinitely prettier than season 5 and that makes all the difference).
αΩ | ¶ | § | no way out

books and words

So, I just finished something I had to have done by tomorrow morning, and even though I have to be up in about five hours I'm too wired to go to sleep. Figured I'd wait up for the TAR torrent while I was at it. I mean, at this point, why not?

It was a script for an instructional DVD that has taken me the better part of the weekend to translate, but at least it got me caught up on my movie watching. Since Friday - when I started - I've watched six movies. And I think I could even pick the plots of those movies out of a line-up if I had to. I did elect to only watch those movies I only had a passing interest in since I'd be working while watching, so I've seen nothing I'd recommend.

I've also spent an obscene amount of time (considering I should have been working) reading J/D fics. Today I started on this AU season 8 and it's making me miss the show something fierce. Even though I'm in the middle of a rewatch, go figure.

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αΩ | • | don't get any big ideas, αΩ | • | great taste in men

don't get any big ideas

In the comments of my post last week there was a discussion about the second (in actual fact, the third) door in Josh's office, and whether anyone ever used it. A lo and behold, in the very next episode I watch (Celestial Navigation for those playing at home) what do I see? That's right, Sam entering through the door. Of course, when I said in the comments that I knew that Sam entered through that door in a scene, that wasn't the scene I was talking about, so I'm still going to have to keep an eye out for that one.

For some reason I fell behind on Dexter and I only just watched the last couple of episodes in the past few days. Collapse )

Here's hoping Long Way Down isn't as late this week as it was last week, because 2 am is really altogether too late to start watching something that's an hour long.
αΩ | Φ | weak, αΩ | Φ | strength to strength


I haven't signed the petition yet, because if I pledge to do this, I want it to actually be a positive thing, and I'm not so sure it is.

First of all, I buy A LOT of DVDs, so pledging not to, especially at a time when there's nothing else to watch would be a big thing for me. Especially since I'd probably be sacrificing my download ratio at my torrent site of choice and then still be buying the DVDs when the strike is over.

However, I would not hesitate to do this if I knew this was actually a good thing for the writers. But is it? My concerns are twofold:

  1. Will the writers' residuals from DVDs be retroactive so that they'll get more per DVD sold after the deal is struck, no matter when it was written, or will they only get more for what they write after the deal?

  2. Since the writers' only source of income at this point is the residuals, will they really thank us for depriving them of it by not buying the DVDs? I mean, if they won't be getting more money retroactively, I'd say we were doing them a disservice (while, yes, screwing The Man at the same time, but how big a factor is that really for them if they can't pay their rent or eat?), and if not, they might think those very real 4 cents are better now than a potential 8 cents at some point in the future.

However, joining wga_supporters and adding the interest "i support the strike" can't ever be wrong, can it?

I've been both watching The West Wing and reading some fic, and the layout of the the White House has been driving me CRAZY. Please tell me that some enterprising young fan has made floor plans, complete with screencaps and stuff.

One thing that really throws me is the fanon that C.J.'s office and Josh's office are connected. Huh? They're on opposite sides of the bullpen, right? But where does the second door in Josh's office lead? And where exactly is the writing staff located, in relation to the other offices? Where the heck is the Roosevelt room? And the situation room is downstairs, but where exactly? These, and many more questions, need to be answered pronto. Before I start trying to suss it all out myself. And I SUCK at that sort of stuff.

Related to my fic reading, but in no way disconnected from real world concerns, where do people get the idea that saying "I'm not a feminist" is a good thing? Do people really think that I, or any women in their right minds, want to hear that they don't advocate equal rights for us? Just because they have some distorted idea of what feminism is, that doesn't mean that it's not a matter of just that: equality. Just... URGH!
αΩ | Φ | nobody said it was easy

When you see this on your flist, quote The West Wing.

I don't usually do these things, but I thought this was particularly apt today. From The Midterms:

BARTLET: I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an "abomination!"

JACOBS: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.

BARTLET: Yes it does. Leviticus!

JACOBS: 18:22.

BARTLET: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I wanted to sell my youngest daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown Sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?

While thinking about that, can I ask another? My chief of staff, Leo McGarry, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? Or is it okay to call the police?

Here's one that's really important, because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you?

One last thing. While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building when the president stands, nobody sits.
αΩ | Φ | nobody said it was easy


I was so amused when I saw this pop up on my BBC News feed. OMG, Stephen's right, the bears are coming for us! They're mutating and pretty soon robotic bears will roam the streets! Save yourselves!

There is something extremely weird going on with my West Wing screencap gallery. I put up all the caps a while back and since then I haven't been getting many views. Completely understandable, the show's almost over, I've had the caps up elsewhere and I don't really advertise. So sometime either early this week or late last week it eeked over 20 000 views in two months. Almost as many views as caps.

Then suddenly on Thursday it had 60 000 views. I was kinda startled by that, but figured someone must have linked it from somewhere. On Friday I checked the stats and didn't see any referral reports so I kinda wondered how people had suddenly found the caps. I checked the gallery again, and the view count was up to 100 000. This morning I checked again. 140 000 views. Right now it's nearing 150 000. And still no referrals. Nothing that tells me where all these people came from all of a sudden. WTF is going on here?

The absolute weirdest thing is that I on a whim checked the Top Rated category and dude! The higest rating any cap seems to have gotten is 1 star. Most of them have gotten 0 stars. Why are there people who hate these caps viewing them? I repeat: WTF?!

Got up early this morning to get my passport situation sorted out because as it turns out I'm not going in June sometime, I'm leaving next Saturday (I'll be getting home June 1st or 2nd). I only hope my passport arrives on time or I'll have to get a temporary one - and shell out even more money, twice what a regular passport costs.

My mother, always up for a road trip, is driving me down to Ostend. Which is generally kind of insane because it'll cost loads more than a plane ticket would. But, like I said, she's always up for a road trip and she wanted to do some shopping. So it's only natural that one would drive to another country, right? Right!