ksmith: (dr_chris3)

Not feeling grumpy, for the first time in years.

It’s the little weirdnesses. Like the fact that some of my fave shirts are no longer “work clothes,” and I can wear them anytime. Or that I can plan yardwork for a weekday morning. That I can get away from my desk by walking outside, maybe pulling a few weeds.

In other news, just saw the new Dr Who reveal. Looks like they’ve gone with older David Tennant, but won’t know for sure until the first eps.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

Hmmmmm…

Oct. 6th, 2012 11:23 pm
ksmith: (matt_doc1)

Watching “The Doctor’s Wife,” and wondering how Auntie and Uncle could get bits of Time Lord implanted and not be changed given that Time Lords have to be burned when they die in order to prevent their genetic material from falling into the wrong hands.

Of course, if they lose a hair from their head or shed skin cells, someone with a piece of tape could get some anyway.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

PSA

Sep. 29th, 2012 07:00 pm
ksmith: (River_Song1)

If you purchase a high-end small appliance or other specialty item for yourself or as a gift, and you notice in the catalog/store/website that they offer replacement parts like bulbs or somesuch, get at least one set. Because it is possible that the thing you purchase could be of such soundness and high quality that the replaceable parts will not require replacing for *years* after purchase, by which time the part may have become obsolete/restyled, thus necessitating a redesign of the specialty item by the vendor, who would then decide to no longer stock the earlier-model replacement parts.

Case in point, the lighted make-up mirror that my Mom bought for me sometime in the early/mid-00′s. The mirror now being offered by the company looks exactly the same, but the replacement bulb that a few years ago was a T-type fluorescent with a screw-in connector is now a circular fluorescent with a prong connector. I have spent part of each of the last two weekends hunting through hardware big boxes for T-type bulbs. The fluorescent with the screw-in connector is nowhere to be found. The T-type incandescents/halogens/whatevers that I have found with screw-in connectors OF THE CORRECT CIRCUMFERENCE are about half the wattage, so that the daylight-like lighting I used to have is now duller and yellowish.

I may need to resort to an online search. But the circumference of the connector is key, most of the ones I’ve seen in stores are larger, and online product descriptions/measurements/illustrations often leave something to be desired. IOW, it’s going to be a bitch to find a suitable bulb online.

I want to keep trying. The mirror is in great shape otherwise, and now costs $130 (Mom paid $90-100). In fact, it might be worth getting it rewired to accommodate the new bulbs, if possible. I ordered replacements from the original online store, which was how I found out about the redesigned bulbs, a pair of which are now mine to keep as the store credited my account without requiring a return. So hey, I have my heir and a spare all set to go.

In the meantime, weak, yellow, light.

In other news, where in hell did the day go? It’s my own fault, really. Up until 3am working/reading/online/TV watching. Slept in until 9am. Didn’t head out to run errands until 11, and I had a lot of errands to run. It was one of those days where I felt like I spent more time driving from parking lot to parking lot then actually accomplishing anything. Dogfood, bulb hunt, groceries, drugstore, gas up Kuro. Home at 3. Unload Kuro and stash every frickin’ case and box and bag. Feed the pups. Feed meself. Try to enjoy the remains of one of the last warm afternoons of the year with an extra glass of wine out on the deck.

It’s already getting dark. Damn.

And later tonight, Rory and Amy say goodbye. Given that the Weeping Angels are involved, I have this feeling that one or the other will be sent to another time and the one left behind will have to Wait Once More. Or maybe they will wind up sometime else together. But I hear about tears being shed on the set and rumbles about the storyline and I just don’t want anyone to die. That would be shitty, however well done. So much has been said about the Doctor losing companions to death and how he outlives them all and how he is taking care to leave Amy and Rory now while they’re both still in one piece….

…and I will be pissed if anyone dies.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

ksmith: (matt_doc1)

Watching Dr Who. “The Lodger.”

Anyone know anything about that OMG creepy painting in the hallway? I have a feeling that it was just Moffat or someone playing silly buggers, because whoever hung it there must have known it was a scene-stealing prop.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

ksmith: (matt_doc1)

I do enjoy the series music, but after the show is over, I tend to forget about it. Then Julie Czerneda mentioned that she received the Series 5 soundtrack for Christmas and it hit me that whoa, the stuff is out there and I really do like listening to it. “Onwards!” is a favorite, and Amy’s music is lovely and poignant.

Not sure how it happened, but I tripped over this nifty two-minute clip of Murray Gold, the composer, playing the Matt Smith theme:

That led me to this interview. Take note of his comments about working under pressure, which start at about the 4:20 mark. Applicable to any creative process.

I need to get the S5 CD, I think.

As an aside…that 2-minute clip…funny hat and good bones and goofy and a bit talented. I don’t know, Mister Gold. The Lure of the Minstrel.

I think you have a fan here.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

ksmith: (christmas tree)

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! A little early, but I doubt many folks will be posting tomorrow so.

1) I like pies, quiches, tarts, but I usually eat solo so one huge whatever is too big. So I committed Kitchen Gadget and bought a Mini-Pie Maker. For those who have never seen one, it’s looks like a waffle iron or sandwich press, but it has molds on the inside top and bottom that come together to make a pie. I used pre-made crust and puff pastry. Didn’t even have to roll it out. I made two kinds, blackberry-ginger and pear-cranberry. They look nice. Not sure if I’ll take one tonight because stuff like that tastes better the next day. But, I’ll see. The night is young.

2) For ages, I swear I did not have BBC-America. It came in an extra package with a bunch of channels I didn’t want, and I didn’t want to pay $16/month for just it alone. But I was flipping through channels today and hey, I do get BBC-America. That means I can watch the Dr Who Christmas Special tomorrow night, along with everyone else.

3) It feels like a weekday. Not like a Saturday at all.

4) Finally learned how to say Kylie Minogue’s name. Well, I had been saying it, but tonight I learned that I’d been saying it right.

5) Finally treated myself to fave DVDs. Kill Bill Vols 1&2, WALL-E, and the Chris Eccleston season of Who. I’ve only seen the Kill Bills on AMC, so I am a little trepidatious about what bloody bits I’ll be seeing that had been edited out. Eyeballs and samurai trepanning. Yea!

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

ksmith: (dr_chris3)
Dr Who 9

Whether it's the 9th Doctor Who plate in the state or a fan of Chris Eccleston, couldn't really tell.

But I would like to think there's another fan of the Ninth Doctor out there.
ksmith: (matt_doc1)

Dr Who Meets Narnia from the looks of things. Can’t wait!

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

ksmith: (dr_chris3)
By way of Bad Astronomy, a really enjoyable Dr Who trailer/mash-up:

ksmith: (River_Song1)

My favorite bit in this episode was River and Amy’s meeting in the backyard of Amy’s house. Mother and daughter syncing their diaries over a bottle of wine. It made me happy.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

ksmith: (matt_doc1)
...about the spaceman )

Monday

Sep. 12th, 2011 09:49 pm
ksmith: (matt_doc1)

The blog is getting pounded with spam tonight. Mostly Facebook links w/ gmail accounts. Not sure if they’re quick ‘n’ dirty set-ups or hacks. Make sure your accounts are secure.

Spam quality is pathetic. My postings have “saved much time.” Key words misspelled. Where are the imaginative names, the fortunes awaiting me if I send key personal information to an email address in Serbia? Dull, dull, dull. Sherlock-shooting-the-wall dull. Try harder, you dull people!

I love Akismet. Have I mentioned that?

Not much new. Had the furnace check. Outside temp at the time? About 82 degrees. Got a bit warm inside, yes.

Watched “The Girl Who Waited.” I can’t say I enjoy an episode like that. Too emotional. Too sad. I wanted them to save Rory the Robot, too–isn’t that idiotic? And we got to see a little more of the manipulative chill behind the bow tie.

It’s a wonder that more companions don’t come to hate the Doctor.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

Friday!

Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:27 pm
ksmith: (River_Song1)

Three-day weekend! The night is lovely so far, but storms possible tomorrow. I’ll worry about them tomorrow.

Spent the past hour making hotel reservations online and setting up awards accounts. And watching the new Dr Who. I had heard the episode was, well, hectic, and it is. No spoilers, but I will say that a great deal about the early life of a certain individual is left out and I hope the gap is filled in over the course of this half-season. Because otherwise things are just a bit too flip.

And the sudden change in attitude? Didn’t buy it, sorry. Too great a magnitude too quickly. I can hear my editor going “Ummmmm….”

I had three appointments tomorrow and canceled them all. I needed the time more. There will be grocery shopping and tomato blanching and cookie baking and writing. And SFWA voting. As soon as I get my hands on the ballot. Which I assume is awaiting me in my PO Box.

Mirrored from Kristine Smith.

ksmith: (romana1)
Watching Forest of the Dead, and I have a question for the Whovians--why was Romana's name just a name? She didn't hide it like the Doctor did his. It didn't seem to be something she could only share with a select one or two. Is that just a case of canonical hiccup, or was she of a different rank than the Doctor, or what?
ksmith: (romana1)
Watching Forest of the Dead, and I have a question for the Whovians--why was Romana's name just a name? She didn't hide it like the Doctor did his. It didn't seem to be something she could only share with a select one or two. Is that just a case of canonical hiccup, or was she of a different rank than the Doctor, or what?
ksmith: (matt_doc1)
Watched it last night, and again this evening. Twice. Cried in the same place even when I knew what was coming.

They needed a *good* actress for this, and Suranne Jones was very, very good. Matt Smith was good as well. MyGod, but how the level of acting has ramped up since the old days.

A boy and his little blue box, coming soon to a universe near you.
ksmith: (matt_doc1)
Watched it last night, and again this evening. Twice. Cried in the same place even when I knew what was coming.

They needed a *good* actress for this, and Suranne Jones was very, very good. Matt Smith was good as well. MyGod, but how the level of acting has ramped up since the old days.

A boy and his little blue box, coming soon to a universe near you.
ksmith: (River_Song1)
It's been a few days since I posted. Nothing much to say. It hasn't rained for the last few days, which is a goodness. Today was sunny, but cool.

Here's something cool, courtesy of Amy Sheldon: Sea urchins use their entire body as an eye.

Tonight was take-a-break night. Caught the first two eps of the new Dr Who. My fave parts? The scary search through the orphanage--for me, the best Drs contain a healthy dose of horror--and the chemistry between Alex Kingston and Matt Smith.

Bulls lost. Cubs losing. Sleepy. G'night.
ksmith: (River_Song1)
It's been a few days since I posted. Nothing much to say. It hasn't rained for the last few days, which is a goodness. Today was sunny, but cool.

Here's something cool, courtesy of Amy Sheldon: Sea urchins use their entire body as an eye.

Tonight was take-a-break night. Caught the first two eps of the new Dr Who. My fave parts? The scary search through the orphanage--for me, the best Drs contain a healthy dose of horror--and the chemistry between Alex Kingston and Matt Smith.

Bulls lost. Cubs losing. Sleepy. G'night.

Ood

Apr. 24th, 2011 01:00 am
ksmith: (dr_chris3)
Am I the only one who has trouble seeing the Ood on an icy cold world? I see that cephalopod head, and think tropical, or at least temperate. Wouldn't they lose a lot of heat through that bare head? I'm not even considering the exposed brain thing. Evolutionary advantage how?

Going to stop thinking about it now.

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