1. I've realized that I really, really need to start working on my sleep schedule. Staying up too late several days in a row brings on dreadful insomnia, like today. My goal for the next six weeks of school (only six more weeks!) is to attempt to go to bed at a reasonable hour. I suspect I will be unsuccessful.
2. Knitting injuries! I've mastered the magic loop method for socks, and I'm loving it. No more sock ladders! (The loose stitches where you join DPNs.) I've knitted up a storm this week, and I'm close to finishing a fabulous sock for a friend. The downside? Pain in my right wrist and elbow, and these super-pointy needles keep poking holes in my left index finger. I've now got a band-aid wrapped around it, which makes both knitting and typing more difficult.
3. The Office was almost unbearably awkward, but it also made me laugh aloud at several points. I haven't done that with the show in way too long. Yeah, I *get* the humor; it just didn't feel quite as funny anymore.
4. Thunderstorms and ice cream. Two great tastes that taste great together. Except for thunderstorms not being edible.
5. How much do I hate the Comcast DVR? It ate last night's BSG. I can probably snag a rebroadcast, and I can watch the .avi on my DVD player... but that's not in HD. I'd planned to use that (stupid) tax rebate to get a new mattress, but now I think I'll use it to replace my iPod (which is officially dead, according to Cute Apple Store Guy) and my beloved TiVo.
6. A few more thoughts on "Six of One":
-- I'm still not at all fond of Tigh essentially pimping out Tory. I think some (but not all) of the squickiness could've been avoided if she'd been the one to suggest it. Still very problematic from a gender standpoint, but not quite AS exploitative.
-- While the two farewell scenes might've been a bit much, I have no problem with the Fleet celebrating Lee's departure, even after the Baltar trial. He was a former Commander and their current CAG (third-in-command) and generally loved and/or appreciated throughout the fleet. He's now leaving to become their equivalent of a Senator. So I can see why they'd make a big deal out of his discharge. (And who's to say they don't do that with all the soldiers who choose to leave?)
-- Also, how did Lee avoid getting alcohol poisoning after downing six shots in approximately three minutes? Wow, impressive!
-- I've actually seen quite a few comments that Mary's face looks rather different, as if "she's had some work done". Hmm. It does look a bit off, though I'll chalk that up to the makeup crew emphasizing that, oh, her character's dying of cancer. I also noticed that Katee looks strangely different. Paler, and almost too gaunt or just too stretched-thin. It really emphasizes her bone structure and the apples of her cheeks when she speaks. And while I love the longer hair on Katee herself, I've never been a fan of Kara with longer hair, such as the S2 ponytail, which made her face look too thin (that again!). At least so far it's not pulled back. That said, one of my favorite things about Katee's performance is that she's so fearless and without any of the self-conscious airs that so many other young actresses have. She's willing to look messy and make weird faces and look awful when the script calls for it.
-- Bear McCreary's blog post about last night's music is really fascinating. I like that he really thinks about the music, especially with regards to theory and composition. And yes, I'm a shipper, because this part made me smile:
I wanted the score to this scene [the K/L farewell] to somehow sum up their entire rollercoaster relationship, to remind audiences of how much these two have gone through. As a result, this single cue incorporates nearly every theme ever written for either character. The music matches the writing and physical staging of the scene, underlining that these two people began the series as very distant rivals, but have come to realize that they share a unique bond. To illustrate this point with the score, I underscored each character’s individual lines with their unique themes, and brought them together with their shared Love Theme.
7. dionusia and I have been joking around about how we want to write crackfic featuring a sekrit pilotician baybee. She said, "Imagine the tabloid covers!" That reminded me of The Flickr Magazine Creator, which I used with my students last fall. So I came up with this. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)
8. Well. Certain girly things plus a week off work are making me very lethargic right now (and, as evidenced by the above, very silly.) So I'm going to curl up on the sofa and watch the new Doctor Who. And maybe eat some more ice cream.