Tags: tv - doctor who

*gen - tiffany

The Legs, The Nose, and Mrs. Robinson

I'm eager to see the ratings for the Doctor Who premiere. The NYT has an article about the semi-simulcast and how it was specifically intended to curb all the downloading. I downloaded the episode, but mainly because Comcast doesn't offer BBCA in HD, and I want to watch it in a format that looks *good* on my television. However, I did tivo the BBCA airing and am about to watch it, because I want to support the decision to air it on the same day. I'm really curious how many of the downloaders will wait a few hours to legally watch. Of course, it would help if more cable companies carried the channel in their HD tier!

So. It's Easter weekend. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and it's time for new Who. Excellent. Collapse )
*gen - tiffany

The girl in the red coat.

1. Lovely day! A friend invited me to see Red Riding: 1974, the first of the trilogy that was on Channel 4 in the U.K. and in theaters here. Collapse )

2. If you've never seen Doctor Who, then tonight's "The Vampires of Venice" would be a great entry point. Collapse )

3. While at Trader Joe's this afternoon, I bought a three-pack of their fabulous milk chocolate bars. The only problem is that I have nowhere to stash them to avoid the temptation of eating all three at once. My car would be ideal if not for how they'd melt in ten minutes. Could I stick them in the freezer without damaging the chocolate?

4. Making the rounds: Kristin Chenoweth's marvelous takedown of the recent Newsweek essay about how gay actor supposedly cannot play straight characters.

5. Another thing I forgot to put in the latest linkspam: daybreak777 linked to this fun article on how to give yourself a "mini spa moment" while watching an hourlong TV show.

6. Even though I watched the season via downloads, I still eagerly tuned into last night's season premiere of Friday Night Lights on NBC. And I love Vulture's guide to how each episode will make you feel.

7. And to round out the list of funny links, check out Paul Rudd's obsession with watching himself dance. Sometimes naked.
*gen - tiffany

Ding-dong, the bells are gonna chime.

1. A few thoughts on Doctor Who 5.05. Collapse )

2. Every year I see the results of the Kentucky Derby and think, "I should've watched that!" Well, this year I remembered. The race itself wasn't as exciting as I'd expected, perhaps because I know nothing about anyone involved. Still, the tradition is fun, along with this photo of Johnny Weir in a hat.

3. Monsters of Men, the third book in Patrick Ness's trilogy, is coming out in the UK on Monday, though it won't be available stateside until September. I just ordered it from Book Depository, which has free worldwide shipping. Good deal! While I didn't *love* the first two books, I found them fascinating enough to want to read the third. Damn, they are SO dark and fucked-up. I got the second book from my school's library after a former student returned it, and although she's such a smart, thoughtful girl, I wanted to tell her, "No! Don't read this! Preserve your innocence for a little while longer!"

4. I hate going to the post office, so I was pleased to find that I can now go to the USPS website and type in my packaging info to purchase the mailing label without having to step foot in a queue. I selected priority shipping and put my Mother's Day present in the mail on Tuesday morning. Mom didn't receive it until today, which was two days later than it should've arrived, but at least she got it. I was a bit worried when the tracking number kept showing as "Awaiting pickup by postal carrier".

5. "Lather, rinse, repeat" on shampoo bottles always struck me as a scam to get us to buy shampoo more often. When I got my hair cut last week, my stylist told me that it's actually a good move. The first time you shampoo, it just breaks up the oils in your hair. Rinse it out and shampoo again, and shampoo lathers like crazy. Turns out she was right. My hair feels so much cleaner now!
*gen - tiffany

Time-shifting.

1. A few thoughts on Doctor Who and "Victory for the Daleks". Collapse )

2. I spent this afternoon finishing S1 of The Wire, and I liked it much more as everything built to a head. So I started watching the first two episodes of S2, but I turned it off after that. Too boring. Hopefully I'll have the same experience and enjoy it more as I go. I was thrilled when Amy Ryan showed up, but I still wish that this show had more substantial female characters.

3. Y'know, I think my life would be much better if I liked vegetables. Oh, there are a few that I can deal with, but overall, not a fan. I was even a vegetarian for a few years during grad school, but I quit because, well, didn't like most of the available foods!

4. I finished my Mother's Day present last night. Collapse )

5. Linkspam:
-- Ten simple Google search tricks. I was familiar with several, and I look forward to trying the rest.
-- If you're into obscure history, I recommend the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast.
-- The Timeline of the Inevitable Glee Backlash. I'm ambivalent about the show, but this was quite familiar from other very-hyped series!
-- Vulture also has an interview with Matt Smith.
-- If you're concerned about privacy, be wary of all those online store coupons.
-- I got a kick out of a professor's analysis of Kesha's "Tik Tok".
-- This writer hates word-of-mouthers who nag you to watch a certain show.
-- MonkeySee discusses the thin barrier between "high" and "low culture.
*gen - tiffany

Silence will fall.

Just finished watching the new Doctor Who. Collapse )

Saw a post on Vulture that DirecTV might pick up Damages, which I haven't watched since the first season. They'd be using the same production model as with Friday Night Lights. I laughed aloud at this line from the post: "Until Buddy Garrity surfaces as Glenn Close's long-lost lover, that's all the shows have in common." I would so love to read Patty/Buddy fic. That whacked-out ship rivals my love for the truly amazing hookup potential for Sue Sylvester (Glee) and Ron Swanson (Parks & Recreation).

While waiting in a very long line at Trader Joe's this afternoon, a woman cut in front of me with "I only have a few things!" Sweetie, I didn't have many more than you did. She kept smiling and pretended to ask permission, but she was obviously going to cut whether I liked it or not, so what was there to do? Even the clerk and the man behind me commiserated once she was gone. And in sympathy for me being put on the spot, the cashier offered me a free chocolate bar. Excellent.

And now I'm off to catch up with my roll call post from Thursday. That was fun! Thanks for checking in, friends. :)