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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-fiancĂ©e, 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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From Love, Actually. ♥

peppermintesse: (Happy Mac)
Pizza night!

Also? The Rachel Maddow Show.
peppermintesse: (Rockstar!)
My lovely coworkers, without whom I never would have known the joy of 'Batman on Drugs lol':

The video itself is ridiculously pointless. It's 1:20 minutes of a loop of a video of 60's Batman with a moronic, nonsensical vocalization laid over the top (I don't know if there's a surprise at the end; I didn't let it run all the way through).

And yet... we were all laughing as if it were the most brilliant piece of comedy ever conceived. Even now, playing it for [ profile] grian_ruadh we were having trouble breathing.

Imagine then, if you will, this video link being circulated to each of my coworkers, and as they each brought up the link, the 'music' (I use that term loosely) starting up in a sort of round... which was, if you can imagine, even funnier.
peppermintesse: (Darcy)
It's Winter Solstice. Days will only get longer from here. :)
peppermintesse: (Merry Bloody Christmas)
I'm happy to be at home and NO LONGER be in Borders, which was In. SANE. I've only seen that many people in there for, like, the HP book releases. Note to self: in future, be sure, when you forget your coupon late on a Friday night, GO HOME AND GET IT. Don't go back the next day, especially when the next day is the Saturday before Christmas.

I'm also happy that it's 40°F and raining, not freezing ice or snow.
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It's Friday! \o/

And we learned that we met the company goal for a bonus of sorts, so, yay!
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Because who doesn't like to hear about happy things?

Tagged by [ profile] makaze_:

The rules:
1. Post about something that made you happy today even if it's just a small thing.
2. Do this every day for a week without fail.
3. Tag 8 of your friends to do the same.
[Note: do it if you want to. It's a busy time of year.]

Homemade mac and cheese for dinner. OM NOM NOM.


Oct. 10th, 2008 04:50 pm
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Via [ profile] hrothgar1:

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.


Vizzini: ... You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!


May. 12th, 2008 10:15 pm
peppermintesse: (Sweet Zombie Jesus!)
I was Righteous!
I scored 100% on the
Take the 80s quizby SheGoddess:

My 80s street cred is secure!

Only 65%???

Apr. 1st, 2008 09:30 pm
peppermintesse: (OMG)
You Scored 65% Correct
You are a solid child of the 80s
You'd never confuse Tiffany from Debbie
And while you may not know Prince's first #1 hit
You know every word to Little Red Corvette

I want to know which ones I got wrong! I demand a rematch! ;)

peppermintesse: (Darcy)
Because really, who doesn't like to talk about themselves? ;)

Seriously, thank you to [ profile] gaaneden for choosing my seven :)

If you want to play along, comment; I'll pick 7 of your interests for you to write about, you post with these instructions in your LJ to keep spreading the fun.

"house of leaves": A really fascinating, weird, creepy book by Mark Z. Danielewski. (The album "Haunted" by Poe is a soundtrack of sorts for this book--the author of the book is the brother of the singer or something. I used to know exactly but I've slept a lot since then.) If you can find a copy printed in colour, get that one. It's been some time since I read it, so I don't have a good summary off the top of my head. It's too difficult to summarize, anyhow.

(I'm not sure why I put this book title in quotes and the next one I didn't.)

american gods: The Neil Gaiman book. Fan-freaking-tastic.

cold case files: I can't remember what exactly I was referring to here; probably the A&E series about cold cases. I find it fascinating when new technology can be used to solve old crimes.

eddie izzard: Hilarious "executive transvestite" British comedian probably best known in the US now for the fx series "The Riches", in which he looks rather like an ordinary guy (facial hair and all) speaking in a pretty darn good American accent. (Also starring Minnie Driver, similarly convincing American accent.) Anyway. He's hilarious--if you watch his DVDs, be sure to turn the captioning on, as he likes to mutter a lot and some of his funniest utterances would otherwise be missed.

mystery novels: What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good mystery novel. I've always been a puzzle-solving freak.

pacific northwest: Where I've lived for the last 10+ years, hard to believe. Love it, love the greenness (in more than one sense).

true crime books: I guess what it boils down to is that I'm fascinated by broken people, but not enough to study them for a living. The crimes themselves are horrific and I don't particularly take pleasure in reading those details, but I love reading about the investigation and the insights into the minds of monsters after they are caught and opened up for the world to see. This fascination started at a young age with "The Trial of Steven Truscott" by Isabel Le Bourdais, "Helter Skelter", and so on.
peppermintesse: (Crush your head!)
1. Go to
2. Create a profile for yourself
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questionnaire.
4. Post the top umpty results.

Be sure to click on the link to "answer more questions" until you have answered them all for best results.

1. Artist
2. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator
3. Animator
4. Website Designer
5. Computer Animator
6. Illustrator
7. Desktop Publisher
8. Graphic Designer
9. Video Game Developer
10. Data Entry Clerk

Interestingly, I've done all of the above to some extent. Maybe not the "cartoonist" or "animator" ones, but the others, yeah. *is somewhat depressed*

(I don't know how that last one snuck in there. Probably the "attention to detail" question.)


Sep. 11th, 2007 04:50 pm
peppermintesse: (Danger of Death)

create your own visited states map or check out these Google Hacks.

That's, I'm sure, from having lived in New York, California and Oregon. (With a trip to Orlando at age 6.)


Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:49 pm
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Haiku2 for shiningmoon
and the rest were friends
i got it and my brain broke
i was in london
Created by Grahame


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