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Day 13 - Favourite childhood show

Define 'childhood'.

Very young: Sesame Street, Electric Company, Zoom, The Friendly Giant*, Mr Dressup*, Mr Rogers, The Magic Garden**.

* Courtesy of CBC
** Courtesy of one of the New York City channels our cable company carried

A bit older: Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Three's Company.

That last one, by the way, it amazes me my mom let us watch that, as filled with innuendo as it was. Of course, being young and innocent, it went RIGHT over our heads.

Oh! Bionic Woman and Million Dollar Man, too! And Knight Rider!
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Hello, and welcome to Day 12.

Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times

TNG's "Attached", because given what the promo showed us, it seemed that all of those years of hoping for a get-together for Crusher (doctor, obv.) and Picard was finally gonna pay off. Plus I was extra super jazzed because it aired during my birthday week.

Sigh. What could have been! It's a good episode, don't get me wrong; I thought it was a lovely character piece, the dialogue was snappy, the acting was first-rate (oh, that fireside scene was wrenching) and it gives Beverly something more to do than just be caregiver and moral compass.

The ending, however, was completely disappointing, and my disappointment was only compounded when I laid hands on the shooting script, courtesy of Lincoln Enterprises. There were Changes, and I don't just mean changing "tea and crumpets" to "coffee and croissants" (for breakfast). There were Big Changes. Two.

My proofs, let me show you them. )

Anyway. I have watched this OHHHH too many times, and, as you can see, still get a bit passionate about it. :) And I've already mentioned the awful, awful dress.

The door was tantalizingly peeked open again on the prospect of a relationship for these two in "All Good Things…", only to get a nose in the door to learn they've divorced. *facepalm*

(Wow. That was wordy!)
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Day 11 - A show that disappointed you

I tried watching one of those dance competition shows, and I was completely disappointed in the chatter and babbling and drama compared to actual, you know, dancing.

I know there have been others but the disappointment usually means I blank it from memory.
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Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

I think I was really put off by the idea of Firefly when I first heard about it--I mean, it looked like cowboys in space, fer cryin' out loud!--but when I actually saw it? Absolute adoration.
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Day 09 - Best scene ever

Well, I don't know about ever, but it's the first one to come to mind. it's all [ profile] brinshannara's fault, getting me hooked on Lost: that opening scene when Jack wakes up. Interesting to watch in light of the series finale. Link to the video on YouTube.

Embedded video behind the cut. )
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Went to see a show at the theater last night. These are short enough, though.

Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show

I was going to say "all of season two" of TNG, but then I looked at the episode list and realized I actually liked a few ("Elementary, Dear Data", "The Emissary").

Anyway, I'd probably have to choose "Shades of Gray", which was the lame-ass season finale that was essentially a clip show. A CLIP SHOW.

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch

The IT Crowd. But that's a bit difficult, as it airs in the UK. =)
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Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show

(Which, you will recall, is TNG.)

This is a tough call. "Remember Me"? "Yesterday's Enterprise"? "Tapestry"? "The Inner Light"? That last one still makes me tear up when I think about it.

I wish I could say "Attached". I really wish I could.
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Day 05 - A show you hate

They fed us wine at the company meeting (well, afterward, and with dinner), so filters are sort of off.

I can't think of a singular show that I hate, but rather, a genre of shows: those sort of 'reality' shows that glamorize and give fame and notoriety to people who really don't deserve it. I won't even watch them, any of them. Anything with the Kardashians (is it just me, but does anyone think of this?), Bridezilla, Bachelor, Bachelorette... you name it. These people are getting more than their 15 minutes' worth, and we really need to stop rewarding them for it.

(I did rather enjoy season one of RuPaul's Drag Race, when we had cable.)
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Day 04 - Your favourite show ever

This will probably come as absolutely no surprise to anyone, but...

Star Trek: The Next Generation.

I can say with certainty that no other TV show has inspired such amazing levels of squee in me. It was the one and only TV show for which I could actually say I was an active part of its fandom (I frequented some Lost forums, but nothing compared the fangirlism of TNG). I've met some pretty awesome people because of that show, and the confluence of the rise of the early internet (mailing lists, usenet and IRC) helped to nurture those friendships between those of us so geographically distant. Heck, when you come right down to it, I met [ profile] grian_ruadh because of TNG. :)

I still get a bit fangirly whenever I happen to catch an episode. I can even still name that episode before the teaser and the opening credits... well, for some episodes, anyway. ;)

Plus, dude! Patrick Stewart! Gates McFadden!
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Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season)

I literally cannot think of a single show off the top of my head. Looking at the series premieres listed for last autumn (and I'm sure there are others, like V, that I'm forgetting), I saw about two episodes of Community (eh), one of Flashforward (I liked it; too bad it got canceled), and several more of The Cleveland Show. I was amused by the one episode of The Good Guys that I saw. I didn't feel the pull that said 'you must move mountains and part seas to watch this show' with any of 'em. I've been much more excited by shows that are new to me, namely True Blood and The IT Crowd.
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Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching

Hm, this is a hard one, because the amount of television I've been watching and keeping up with since we dropped cable has plummeted significantly. I have been contenting myself with DVDs and shows airing online, etc.

So I guess I'll say The IT Crowd--because it's hilarious and only airing currently in Britain, guaranteeing a fairly low viewing audience amongst those of you not living there. Like me.

There are only 6 episodes per series (seasons to you and me), so it's both fairly easy to get caught up, and frustrating because you want more. New episodes (series/season 4) are currently being aired; #4 was on last Friday, and no, I have not seen it. :)
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[ profile] brinshannara made me do it! :D

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled

My first, knee-jerk reaction was to say Firefly, Wonderfalls or Pushing Daisies, but I realized that in a way, through fandom, these shows are still going strong.

So instead, I'm going to name two others I have always wished could have stuck around longer:

Nowhere Man: From the Wikipedia page: "Nowhere Man is the tale of a photojournalist named Thomas Veil. After leaving to use the restroom while out to dinner with his wife, Tom returns to find that his life has been "erased." His wife does not recognize him and is living with another man. His ATM cards no longer work. His best friend turns up dead. His mother was previously recovering from a stroke, so she is incapable of confirming his existence. In the course of a single evening, every trace of Tom's identity has been erased."

I loved the premise, I loved the execution, and I was disheartened when it only lasted a season. I'd love this series on DVD. (1995??? I don't remember it being that long ago!!)

Journeyman: From Wikipedia: "The series centers on Dan Vasser, a newspaper reporter living with his wife Katie and young son Zack in San Francisco. For an unknown reason, one day he begins "jumping" backward in time. He soon learns that each series of jumps follows the life of a person whose destiny he seems meant to change. Dan's jumping affects his family life and his job, and instills suspicion in his brother Jack, a police detective. While in the past, Dan reconnects with his ex-fiancée, Livia, whom he had believed was killed in a plane crash…" [spoiler snipped]

This too only lasted a season, and had great potential, but was a casualty of the 2007 Writer's strike. It was a little bit Time Traveler's Wife, a little bit Quantum Leap. There was so much more to tell. I was so disappointed that it only ran for 13 episodes, and this one is not yet available on DVD.

The rest of the meme, if you want to play along. )
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Monday night: While in Word, mouse cursor disappears, and keyboard becomes unresponsive*. Had to hard boot by pressing and holding down power button. Never a good way to power a computer down.

Tuesday: more and more erratic behaviour. Keystrokes repeating and mouse focus disappearing. I am freaking out, because the solution to the problem (which is not entirely uncommon with this model of MacBook Pro) described seems to universally be a new top case. As in, the top half of the computer. As in, $300 or so. I am 6 months out of warranty, and pretty damned broke at the moment.

(Mind you, Avery the Mac wizard said he has a top case that's a bit beat up, and that would have made a dandy test... and while I would have gratefully accepted the help, that would have meant a trackpad with the edges curling up...)

Wednesday morning: More really wonky behaviour, culminating in a Finder window opening when I click on the Mail icon in the Dock. That was not okay. I leave for work; upon further reflection, I become concerned that this might be exacerbated by the heat, so I send a message once at work to ask someone to shut down my computer, which [ profile] janabard does for me. I'm feeling despondent and generally upset that I might have to resort to an external keyboard and mouse when I've become completely addicted to trackpad gestures.

And then, while researching during lunch at work?

I find this.

<cue choirs of angels>

Solution is to wedge a piece of paper between the trackpad cable and the battery to increase the pressure on the cable that's bowing up. The ultimate in low-tech.

After I took out the battery (which is situated right beneath the trackpad), I ran my finger along the cable and I swear I heard a tiny little click. That might have been enough to solve the problem, but I stuck the paper in there anyway just to be safe. And put a tiny piece of tape on it so it doesn't move.

Keyboard and trackpad are working like a charm now without a lick of trouble. And I am relieved beyond measure! \o/

(* = If I'd been thinking I would have tried the pen tablet i.e. externally connected by USB.)
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To those who celebrated... or even those who did not... I hope you had a fantastic day filled with love and joy!
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What is "iBotnet"?

Last January, malicious programs, called trojans were found hidden in pirated copies of Apple Computer’s iWork ’09 and Adobe Photoshop CS4 posted on some peer to peer (P2P) networks. We do not believe that these threats are widespread or likely to affect the average user. However, users are advised to run a good quality internet security suite and to download software directly from the software publisher or from reputable software distributors and resellers.

There's a bit more in the article (which I am, by the way, dying to edit for errors). No, it's not believed to be widespread; you have to install this on purpose; it creates a botnet; and it doesn't spread on its own. This is NOTHING compared to Downadup/Conficker or Virut on Windows machines, so don't panic, Mac weenies. Just spreadin' the awareness.
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You will remember that my cat Nefret thinks the best place in the world to sit is in the middle of my laptop's keyboard. To wit, on the previous laptop, now in [ profile] redcoast's possession:

And she's looking at me like *I'm* the crazy one. )

(I don't just close it when I'm away from it because there's an external hard drive connected that [ profile] janabard and [ profile] grian_ruadh store files on.)

So last night, after dinner, I went off to lie in bed as I felt like my heart was racing and my face was flushed and hot (no idea what that was about, probably too much caffeine). I was back there for a little while, never really did fall asleep but felt better, when [ profile] grian_ruadh came back to deliver the news. (I'm paraphrasing here.)

G: So, you forgot to put the butt guard down on your laptop.
Me: Whoops. Did you put it down for me?
G [continuing]: I was at my desk and I hear this little click-click, pick-pick sound coming from the direction of your desk.
Me: *dread washing over me*
G: I turned around and that little brat was sitting there, trying to pry your keys off with her claws.
Me: !!!!
G: She only got one off...
Me: !!!!!!!!!!
G: ...but it popped right back on and seems to be fine.

And yes, the 3 is fine, no tool marks (as it were). And she also managed to press and hold down the power button, turning the machine off too.

Guess who's now quite vigilant about the butt guard?

Ahh, cats.
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It's no secret that I adored Mamma Mia! for the eye- and brain-candy that it is, have no illusions that it is high art... but this is brilliant and hilarious.

Embedded YouTube video behind the cut )

(If you don't get why the 3rd father is a rutabaga, this may help you out.)
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A lot of new threats use AutoPlay/AutoRun as an attack vector. One of my co-workers recommended doing the following to prevent this from happening. Of course, disabling AutoPlay/AutoRun is a better option. (ETA: Windows only.)

  1. At the root of your thumb drive (or C: drive, whichever drive, etc...), create a folder/directory.

  2. Name it autorun.inf.

  3. Within this folder, create a plain text file. It doesn't need to have anything in it, and it doesn't really matter what you name it.

  4. Right-click, choose Properties.

  5. Near the bottom, put a check in front of where it says Read Only.

  6. Close the file.

  7. Ta da! \o/

At this point, threats (viruses, trojans, worms, etc) are not smart enough to be able to delete a folder with a file in it*. If it can't write over autorun.inf, it can't propagate that way.

(* = Yet. :P )
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I sent these to a couple of friends, but then said to myself, "Self, you should share these with LJ peeps."

Courtesy of Brian at work, I give you, for both Mac and Windows:

System 47: a LCARS-style screen saver (ST:TNG). I currently have this on both my home laptop, and my work Mac Mini. It's totally sweet. It's got the sound sounds and everything, though I turned the sound down, 'cause it kind of gets to you (and those around you) after a while. (Mac Leopard kicks up some Quartz-has-been-deprecated errors if you're nerdy enough to scope out your Console logs, but it doesn't seem to affect the screensaver at all.)

The HAL Project: Brian has this running on his Mac Mini at work, and I just downloaded it to try it out. It mimics display animations from HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Once you enter the site, you have to follow Downloads, then Screensaver, then choose your screen's resolution. Ta-da.

Have fun. :)


Feb. 15th, 2009 09:52 pm
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If you're planning on seeing this on the big screen, try to catch the 3D showing. It was more than I expected to pay for what I thought was going to be a matinee, but it ended up being well worth the price. Visually impressive, haunting, spooky, dark, beautiful, and compelling, and the 3D made it quite the experience. Also, I want the gorgeous soundtrack. (Surprise (to me) appearance by TMBG, too.)

Definitely recommend this movie. (I would probably not bring very small children, though.)

ETA: Oh yes! Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders as the voices of the actresses with the Scottie dogs... BRILLIANT CASTING. (And John "I'm a PC" Hodgman as Coraline's father.)


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