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02 March 2008 @ 09:26 pm
 
I can hardly believe how long it's been since I posted... very unlike me. I've been around on and off in the last couple of weeks and have been browsing LJ, but I've struggled to find the concentrated time to post. Part of it is having a houseguest still, part of it is work pressure, and part of it is medical. I took an unscheduled reduction in my depression meds (for a mix of reasons both valid and stupid) and I've copped a stack of withdrawal symptoms as a consequence. I'm fine, but it's been a bit rocky, and I've responded by being a little reclusive until I got better.

So. Anyway. Fandom.

I'm a little fannishly restless right now. There's a lot of anticipation and not much pay-off for the spoilerphobic Smallville or BSG fan right now. Thank you to everyone who continues to cut-tag spoilers, because there's sure as hell a lot of them out there right now. *bites nails* On the plus side, I've ordered my Season 3 BSG DVDs from the US at an unbelievably cheap rate due to the ROCKING exchange rate right now. :D :D :D Now I just have to wait patiently for them to arrive...

It feels like my shows have been off air for eons... and with spectacularly poor planning, I'm actually going to be AWAY for the first BSG episode. *weeps* (Though I think the fact that I'll be in a cabin in a tropical rainforest will take the edge off that, just a tad.) Ah well, I've waited this long, I can wait another week. And yes, I am completely resisting all leaked clips.

I'm also craving more Smallville. What is WITH this crazy schedule?! I hate it being strung out like this. Especially with how great the last couple of eps have been.

Enough whingeing from me. Here's a couple of cool things that have cheered me in the little while:
- charmax made another adorable Pushing Daisies vid
- dionusia (comedic GENIUS!) helped Lee get his B-Boy 'tude on
 
 
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: calmcalm
 
 
 
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on March 2nd, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
It sounds like stuff in your life is very hectic now--I hope things get better soon. *Hugs*

And re: spoilers--I am very grateful for people who cut-tag them, because there do seem to be an awful lot of them floating around these days.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: spoilerphobic!bop_radar on March 2nd, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! Things are not BAD, per se, they're just busy and a bit unpredictable--not the way I like it, but it's good for me to learn to deal with a bit more spontaneity in my life. (At least I'm trying to see it that way!)

How are you recovering from the fl and your car accident?

Spoilers are SCARILY PREVALENT right now--sometimes I'm almost too scared to look at my f'list.
Silja: bsg - lee secret handshakesiljamus on March 2nd, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
I was just taking a break from my email-writing to check the flist, before writing to - you - and there you were. You had me a bit worried there.

And word on the restlessness....staying un-spoiled for BSG is getting harder and harder *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois no morningsbop_radar on March 2nd, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Truth be told, I had *me* a bit worried too for a little while. I feel really really bad about dropping the ball on the comm, btw. And I think I missed your birthday? Happy birthday!
Silja: mood - sleepysiljamus on March 2nd, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
Hon, you could have been on that ball for most of this month and I wouldn't have noticed at all. I've had a very bad month and been absent from LJ a lot, but I'd noticed that you weren't posting which is unusual.

And yes, my birthday came and went as these things tend to do *g* Thank you!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on March 2nd, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you're not doing so great. I hope things pick up for you! *hugs*

Yeah, very odd for me not to post--i've been kind of spacing out a lot recently, but I think I'm getting it back together.
Enderenderwiggin24 on March 2nd, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
the ROCKING exchange rate
its really a pay off these days to be a European, the euro is going through the roof!

and *send you some vibes for your concentration*

i dont know what the reasons good or stupid , were to let you drop your dosis, but i am sure there must be valid stupid reasons :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: the ROCKING exchange rate
I feel only a little bit guilty about enjoying the slump in the US market. It's just so rare for the Aussie dollar to be strong against any other currency!

i am sure there must be valid stupid reasons :D
Well *I* think so! But I'm stubborn like that. ;p
seacrystal on March 2nd, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you've been having a rough time, hope you're doing okay. *hugs*

There's a lot of anticipation and not much pay-off for the spoilerphobic Smallville or BSG fan right now. Thank you to everyone who continues to cut-tag spoilers, because there's sure as hell a lot of them out there right now.

I'm also trying hard to avoid spoilers for Smallville, they're everywhere these days LOL.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: spoilerphobic!bop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! And it's good to have spoilerphobe company. *clings*
Zoi: bsg-kara3gomez on March 2nd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Seems you are going through a difficult situation...but I hope things get better in your life soon.

On a sillier note,I am a spoilerphobic myself.I try very hard to remain unspoiled(especially about BSG) and when I enter a site/journal I always have this fear that I will get to learn something,accidentally.
Thank God,this hasn't happened yet.

Smallville,I quit a couple of seasons ago,so I have no idea where it's going.Is this the last season?Or there is schedule for some more?

**That Dionysia girl seems HILARIOUS.lol**
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee frak betide!bop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words! And yes, I so relate to having trepidation about entering sites where there might be spoilers. I'll never forget the time I got spoiled by someone's wallpaper for an episode that hadn't aired yet. *scarred*

As far as I know it's still undecided whether this will be the last season of SV or not. It's quite likely to be the last one though, since Michael (Lex) is leaving the show.

That Dionysia girl seems HILARIOUS.lol
She is that! It's worth scrolling back in her journal for crack!poetry if you enjoyed that little serving. ;)
jude_judith82: Cate Blanchettjude_judith82 on March 2nd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
I hope things get better. I know having a house guest can totally mess up with your equilibrium. I also hope you feel better very soon I love reading your post.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's funny how guests can do that, isn't it? I do like her and enjoy her company, but yes, equilibrium is all skewed!
Third Mousethirdblindmouse on March 2nd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of anticipation and not much pay-off for the spoilerphobic Smallville or BSG fan right now.

Heh. That's what I've been saying.

On the plus side, I've ordered my Season 3 BSG DVDs from the US at an unbelievably cheap rate due to the ROCKING exchange rate right now. :D :D :D

*scowls, postpones all trips to Australia*

(...because you have Season 3 spoilers there; what did you think I meant?)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh yes, you have it even worse than I do! *pats*
Third Mousethirdblindmouse on March 3rd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Although in my case it is entirely self-imposed. Every intense relationship needs a break, see.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: books are lovebop_radar on March 4th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Fair enough! Though I personally find the BSG hiatuses long enough.
Third Mouse: Starbuck (Player)thirdblindmouse on March 5th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
This has been more of a year-long break. I've been seeing other shows. I just don't know if I'm ready yet to be in that involved a relationship again.
squirrelhavensquirrelhaven on March 2nd, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Hey there! It's really good to see you again (so to speak), and I'm sorry things have been so rough. I hope it's all getting better, and send you as many feeling-good vibes as I can. And meanwhile I completely sympathize about being reclusive; I've been doing a fair amount of that myself lately.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Hi there and thanks! I'm pretty much ok, it's just been a weird time. I hope to post a bit more regularly again now. *vows*
smact46smact46 on March 3rd, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
It's so good to hear from you again. Sorry to hear things have been a bit rough. I just thought that things were still really busy for you or that like me, you were trying to stay spoiler free which is *really* hard.

You know what though, I am so glad to hear that someone else has my problem. We have been planning a trip to Europe for a couple of years now, saving hard and we leave at the end of May. I have to say that my private concern has been that I will be away for BSG - meep - and my husband will think that I am totally crazy if I tell him. He is sooo excited about this trip. Hopefully I will be able to keep internet connected while we are away or maybe stay at places with cable? *coughs*

Where are you off to? Cairns? The Daintree? It sounds blissful.

I have been trying to remain spoiler free for bsg and have avoided the recent spate of clips. The promo shots were enough to set me off.

I have been coping by going to the cinema a little more. We are lucky enough to have a cinema with couches and a bar that runs towards arthouse movies.

I have particularly enjoyed hunting and gathering (swoon), the jane austen book club (I think I am developing a thing for Hugh dancy), after the wedding, once, no country for old men, atonement, the assasination of jesse james, and shooting dogs. I loved into the wild as well.

Hope that things are getting better.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ameliebop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
trying to stay spoiler free which is *really* hard
SO HARD.

my private concern has been that I will be away for BSG - meep - and my husband will think that I am totally crazy if I tell him
HA! OMG YES! I went to Europe the year before last and missed some Smallville eps. Luckily I got to catch up on one when I was in London since I caught up with an LJ friend there, but the rest of the time I was very angsty about missing online content. Still had a fab time though, but came rushing back to the computer when I got home like reunion with long lost twin soul!

Where are you off to? Cairns? The Daintree? It sounds blissful.
Yup! Daintree. I have never been there before. *bounces with excitement*

I have been trying to remain spoiler free for bsg and have avoided the recent spate of clips. The promo shots were enough to set me off
Stay strong!!! It will be SO MUCH BETTER if you don't watch the clips. *nods* Nothing would entice me to watch them! Context (and shock - ha!) is everything on this show.

You've seen lots of the movies I want to see!! Your cinema sounds lovely. I have seen a few of those movies but it's been hard with a guest around. Picking up some cheap tickets this week though so should be able to entice people to more movies shortly... have you seen Juno yet? I really enjoyed it.
smact46smact46 on March 3rd, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
"Context (and shock - ha!) is everything on this show."

Yes *nods*. I have even stopped reading comments about promo shots because it was starting to drive me crazy. I just couldn't help looking at the Lee / kara promo though...it's just mesmerising.

"Yup! Daintree."

Oh, you will love it. It is just so beautiful. I have only been there once and I would dearly love to go back. I am actually working on applying for a secondment from my hospital for 12 months or so and hoping to do some further study at the james cook uni at cairns. I am trying to talk wilson into the idea (HUSBAND IS ALREADY MENTALLY THERE!). I am actually really fretting about being apart from him while we are away. I couldn't do 12 months.

"have you seen Juno"

How could I forget Juno?? That was a great movie. Ellen is such a talent. Did you happen to see her in hard candy?

"Your cinema sounds lovely."

It is great. It has a lovely vibe. The sound isn't as good as the multiplex places but I would suffer that to see a better quality film any day.

Did you like europe? what did you like best? where did you go?



K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nathanbop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
The Lee/Kara promo photo is great! :)

. I am trying to talk wilson into the idea (HUSBAND IS ALREADY MENTALLY THERE!).
Ohh, that sounds great! Surely Wilson can be persuaded?! Or is he not one for the tropics?

Actually the last trip I did was really just to the UK for a cousin's wedding. I've been to Portugal and France before that, but haven't travelled as much in Europe as I'd have liked to. Having relatives in the UK is both good and bad--every time we fly there, we end up spending all our time seeing them. ;)

So where are you off to?
smact46smact46 on March 10th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
we are off to mediterranean europe I think...parts of france, italy and spain. we are also going to spend a little time in Hawaii on the way home. I am really looking forward to that.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 10th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
That sounds really idyllic! Hope you have a fab time!
Ariel: BSG adama Papa love youlunar47 on March 3rd, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
hey there, welcome back :) I suppose I can't really say that since I myself have been gone for a ridiculous amount of time. lol. It sucks to cut back on those meds. I remember that a while ago you had told me you were on effexor too: worse drug to titrate off (it took me 2 months to cut back to zero). Hope the withdrawls get better.

Lucky you who lives in Australia. I remember being there like 5 years ago and enjoying how far my dollar went. Not so much anymore :(

It's easier going spoiler free when you're not strapped to a computer. I think I'm really going to enjoy this season of bsg. I was spoiled for too much last season.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Woah!bop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
Two months?! That sounds FAST! That'd be super-fast for me to come off it. I've gone down a third so far and I think I'm levelling out again but it's been 5-6 weeks now.

Yeah, BSG is WAAAY better when you're not spoiled and I'm sure that will be especially the case in the final season.
brokenmnemonic: Silhouettebrokenmnemonic on March 3rd, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
Has the SV schedule been interrupted again? I know Ben was saying at dinner last night that the network is keen on a season 8 because the ratings are still solid, but that all the cast contracts are up at the end of this season. I'm thinking it's time for the Lois & Clark show, but realistically... MR would be a huge gap to try and fill in the cast. And no, that's not a joke about MR's gap ;)

I was just thinking I need to hurry up and send you another message rather than being reclusive when I spotted this entry. I'd forgotten how used I was to seeing Boppy posts abounding :) And it sounds as if you have things to be squeeful about, even with life being fast and frantic for you.

I discovered that the house I'm interested in lies halfway between the main railway station and the large cinema complex. I keep having to remind myself that I shouldn't buy a house because of convenient cinema access... but it's damn tempting.

Anyway, I'm meant to be working, so I should hurry up and find a point. Hrm. Oh, I know... Mum was so happy with her Mothers Day present from me that she gave me the little koala stuffed toy that Grandad picked up when his ship was in Australia, something like 45 years ago. It's old and battered and lovely, about the size of my fist, and as mum said, possibly made of koala fur for all we know... but I was really touched by it, and I thought it might make you grin to hear that koalas are having a positive effect even as far away as rainy England.

If I end up with that house close to the cinema, allow an extra week on any visit schedule you might have for the UK, because you and I would have lots of movies to see...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Empire Records leanbop_radar on March 3rd, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
Yes, that's correct about the cast contracts. And yeah, we got two Smallville eps and now we're on another break. Sigh. It's all very strung out.

I keep having to remind myself that I shouldn't buy a house because of convenient cinema access..
Yes, you should!!! (Ok, I would...) But seriously, it's a lifestyle benefit! Those should DEFinitely be considered when buying a house. After all you're going to be there paying a mortgage off for ages, yes?

I'm going to try and post more regularly again now. *promises*

And that's sweet about your koala--and it's great your mom liked her Mother's Day present too. :)
brokenmnemonic: Clois - Strange Timebrokenmnemonic on March 4th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
Yes, that's correct about the cast contracts. And yeah, we got two Smallville eps and now we're on another break. Sigh. It's all very strung out.
See, in the old days the filming schedule would've been really tight, and the cast would've been strung out.

I have to wonder, does MR have people knocking on his door with offers of extra work? If he does, more power to him... but if he hasn't, it's always worth sticking with some definite income. But then, you knew I'd say that ;)

Yes, you should!!! (Ok, I would...) But seriously, it's a lifestyle benefit! Those should DEFinitely be considered when buying a house. After all you're going to be there paying a mortgage off for ages, yes?
Most likely, yes - although they are about to sack 10,000 of the 29,000 people working in procurement (this is on top of the one in three people they sacked over the last four years) so I have definite concerns about moving to Newport and being redundant inside two years.

There are three cinema locations in Newport, apparently - there's an in-town cinema that looks like it has one screen going by the website - although the website is largely unintelligeable - a small arthouse cinema that seems to do two screenings a month and which looks cool, and the out of town complex. I like the idea of all of them, particularly as I don't want to be in Newport City Centre at night...

I'm going to try and post more regularly again now. *promises*
Hey, no burdens taken on my account, ok? It's a delight when you post, and it shouldn't be a burden on you. Don't make me post cute Cleo pictures at you to reinforce my argument, 'k?

And that's sweet about your koala--and it's great your mom liked her Mother's Day present too. :)
Yeah :) First time I've really bought her anything like that. Goes to show that Q's a good influence on me, as she recommended I go take a look in H Samuels for things ;) And for once, it was really good to have a present I could give mum that didn't involve chocolate...

The koala is now sharing my bed along with elephant, little elephant and moo. You're never short of a pillow in my house...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on March 4th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
but if he hasn't, it's always worth sticking with some definite income. But then, you knew I'd say that ;)
I reckon he's got lots of stuff planned actually. He does a lot of voice work. Besides, I think he's pretty sick of shaving his head every day!!

I have definite concerns about moving to Newport and being redundant inside two years.
Eeep! But you're awesome. They will keep you. *nods*

The koala is now sharing my bed along with elephant, little elephant and moo. You're never short of a pillow in my house...
Quite the menagerie!

And don't worry--I do enjoy posting and hope to do so more anyway--no obligation issues (though I agree they are bad! nothing worse than feeling obliged to post!).
brokenmnemonic: Hidingbrokenmnemonic on March 4th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
I reckon he's got lots of stuff planned actually. He does a lot of voice work. Besides, I think he's pretty sick of shaving his head every day!!
I can understand that ;) Although, given the mess that my hair usually is, if it wasn't a case of shaving my head making me look like the michelin man I'd shave my head on regular basis ;)

So, the question becomes... can they make Smallvile viable without MR?

Eeep! But you're awesome. They will keep you. *nods*
I don't know, I really don't. They're going to merge 3 IPTs together including mine as a savings measure to meet this 33% cut in manpower, and I'm in an area that's duplicated within the other IPTs. Anywhere that there's duplication (office management, performance reporting, business management, health and safety, security, etc) is likely to be among the first areas to be raped for posts to give up, and I'm very much the low rung on the ladder.

You know, I've been in the MOD more than 10 years now, and it seems as if I've spent my entire career under threat of being privatised/sacked/done away with... and they say that civil servants accept lower pay because of the inherent job security.

Quite the menagerie!
That's not counting the dog and seal over on my DVDs, French bear sitting on the beer and miscellaneous other animals dotted around. Stuffed toys are a real weakness for me - I adopt the ones nobody wants.

And don't worry--I do enjoy posting and hope to do so more anyway--no obligation issues (though I agree they are bad! nothing worse than feeling obliged to post!).
Zigackly. I keep trying to work up the enthusiasm to make some more posts, but I can't even use the excuse of being busy for not posting because I'm not that busy. Although I should try and get a grip. Maybe I should do the second installment of that ships in films and tv post. Although I'm feeling a little burned at being told that a number of people don't consider ships to be ships if they're in films because films aren't long enough. Stupid, I know, but I feel extremely exposed talking about ships I like.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on March 4th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
ve been in the MOD more than 10 years now, and it seems as if I've spent my entire career under threat of being privatised/sacked/done away with... and they say that civil servants accept lower pay because of the inherent job security.
Really!? Here in Aus the public service seems a really cushy option: high salaries, not much work, GREAT terms and conditions... I'm a little shocked to hear the pay is considered low in the UK. I guess it depends what area you're in though... the pay is great in comparison to the publishing industry here. But that really ain't saying much.

As for job security, yeah that does sound really stressful. But if it's something that's a near-constant threat/possibility then you can't really do anything about it, right? I guess if it's a very recent development it will be preying on your mind though. What are your job prospects outside the civil service?

I'm feeling a little burned at being told that a number of people don't consider ships to be ships if they're in films because films aren't long enough. Stupid, I know, but I feel extremely exposed talking about ships I like.
That's just silly! The whole term 'ship' is MADE UP anyway! I hate the artificiality of fandom-imposed rules on terminology. It's like 'dude! people outside of fandom think ships are a boat! Get a grip! The term means WHATEVER WE MAKE IT MEAN.' *opinionated and cranky today*

I know what you mean about feeling exposed though--I do think those sort of posts are very self-revelatory--that's what makes them great, but when you're feeling fragile it's also what makes them hard.
brokenmnemonic: Hidingbrokenmnemonic on March 4th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Really!? Here in Aus the public service seems a really cushy option: high salaries, not much work, GREAT terms and conditions... I'm a little shocked to hear the pay is considered low in the UK. I guess it depends what area you're in though... the pay is great in comparison to the publishing industry here. But that really ain't saying much.
It's still perceived as a cushy option, but that's by the public in general - not those inside. As an example, for the next two years (or more) it's frozen pay or pay rises well below inflation, because the PM wants to "get tough" on inflation. We had 20% in the MOD over four years back a few years ago because the minimum wage was inbound and the bottom two grades (all the clerical grades and equivalents) were below the minimum wage limit. That tends to happen a lot - there'll be periods where there are no pay rises/low pay rises over and over until things get so far behind inflation that there end up being massive strikes, at which point there are a couple of boom years for pay and then it's back to the same old. As a case in point, I'd been in my grade for 5 years, my grade had a 20-point pay scale, and I was still 1 point off the bottom of the scale... because the bottom of the scale was going up faster due to increases in the minimum wage than my pay spine progression was. Pensions have also been massively devalued; it used to be pensions based on years served and your highest final salary point in the last 3 years of service, but now it's based on your average pay across your career.

People hate civil servants, though. There was a huge amount of flak recently over "luxurious" pensions - and yet the average civil service career pension is only £1800 a year more than people who have no pensions at all get as top-ups to the basic state pension from the state. It's quite the advertising coup; "put in a 40 year career for a pension that gives you £35 a week more than if you didn't bother saving for a pension at all!"

I guess if it's a very recent development it will be preying on your mind though.
That's a big part of it - there's always been pressure, but there was always the feeling that there'd be somewhere to go, given a chance. The last few years have seen massive cuts in headcount though - half the civil service in the MOD is being done away with completely over 8 years. That's 50,000 people. They're trying to manage it at the moment by doing early release schemes where people retire early, but that means there's a huge outflow of experience, and it's those experienced people who've been keeping things going during past cuts. It's much easier to do what were two jobs before and are now one if you're an expert at one of them. If you're a beginner...

What are your job prospects outside the civil service?
I don't honestly know, although my first reaction is that they probably aren't good. A lot of the skills I've got are bespoke to the civil service because they relate to performance reporting and suchlike. I'd probably end up trying to get into retail of some kind as a management trainee, but I'm certainly not one of those civil servants who can walk into something like an engineering, accounting or finance job with big salary bump.
brokenmnemonic: Pilotsbrokenmnemonic on March 4th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
That's just silly! The whole term 'ship' is MADE UP anyway! I hate the artificiality of fandom-imposed rules on terminology. It's like 'dude! people outside of fandom think ships are a boat! Get a grip! The term means WHATEVER WE MAKE IT MEAN.' *opinionated and cranky today*
I know that I don't watch many films because of a relationship portrayed in them, but a good relationship in a film really does make that film more enjoyable to me - and I treat films the same way I do books, as individual standalone encounters where I'm given momentary peeks at other lives. It feels a bit like saying that Romeo and Juliet couldn't be a ship because the play/film is only a couple of hours long. While series at their best can show the gradual evolution of a relationship and really add background and flavour, I can't help feeling that the nature of a series - especially US shows - acts against showing good relationships because they artificially stretch things out and are set up to keep that stasis in play to stave off the end of the series in the interests of making more shows.

I know what you mean about feeling exposed though--I do think those sort of posts are very self-revelatory--that's what makes them great, but when you're feeling fragile it's also what makes them hard.
Yeah. I have the definite fear that I'm setting myself up for Simpsons-style "you're stupid! Hah-hah!" moments whenever I do these posts, and I genuinely don't seem to be comfortable talking ships because of it. I know nobody likes being put in a situation where they can be made fun of, but given that ships are special for me, I'm really reluctant to end up with my feelings towards them souring because of the reactions of other people.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Madame Pompadourbop_radar on March 5th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
From what you've said the system in the UK for public servants is pretty different than the one we have here. But then things like pensions/superannuation are completely different here too.

It's much easier to do what were two jobs before and are now one if you're an expert at one of them. If you're a beginner...
Yeah, that makes sense. It sounds similar to what happened here with teachers about ten years ago--they pushed heaps into early retirement and voluntary redundancies to cut down on numbers, and now some years later they are forced with a crisis of a different sort because there are so few new teachers and the ones there are are struggling with the expectations and lack of support from more senior staff. Very silly and frustrating to watch these cycles.

I'm certainly not one of those civil servants who can walk into something like an engineering, accounting or finance job with big salary bump.
Yeah, sympathy. I imagined without specialist training in a particular field that would be the case. I'm also nervous of my job prospects outside of my current role--there have been a lot of redundancies in other publishing companies recently and while I don't think my job's on the line here (if I keep my mouth shut!), it doesn't make me want to rush into finding another job.

can't help feeling that the nature of a series - especially US shows - acts against showing good relationships because they artificially stretch things out and are set up to keep that stasis in play to stave off the end of the series in the interests of making more shows.
Yeah, I agree. Much more artificial!

I have the definite fear that I'm setting myself up for Simpsons-style "you're stupid! Hah-hah!" moments whenever I do these posts
Hmm, I really feel you shouldn't feel that way. I honestly think very few people would laugh at a post like that. I love posts where people share what they love about something. Even if I don't agree, it's always interesting, and I'd WAY rather read that than some whingeing about what they DON'T like. But then everyone's different. People on your f'list shouldn't mock though! If they do they're not real friends. Or are you maybe just feeling a little ultra-sensitive right now?



brokenmnemonic: Jake Shinebrokenmnemonic on March 4th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Have you seen this piece on what's being done to try and save FNL, btw? http://www.eonline.com/gossip/kristin/detail/index.jsp?uuid=31c9256f-8933-49b2-8997-a6356b1fc1f4
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL silhouettebop_radar on March 5th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
I hadn't seen that one, but it's great to see it getting the publicity it deserves. Kristin's always been a BIG supporter of the show so I'm not surprised. It's at least promising to hear that the idea of a third season hasn't been shelved completely. Thanks for the link!
brokenmnemonic: Amelie swirlsbrokenmnemonic on March 5th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
I'm still waiting for my S1 DVDs to arrive from the states. I think Amazon is sending them by snail mail... and the snails have drowned.

I hope it's not just wishful thinking on Kristen's part - ok, I don't even watch the show, but just from reading what people on my flist have had to say about it makes it sound like a quality programme.
ProgGrrl: BSG Ask me about the 5th Cylon / Leeproggrrl on March 4th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, boy have we missed you! {{hugs}}

I am totally looking forward to your BSG stuff for S4, now that OUR ONE YEAR FRAKKING ENDLESS HIATUS is coming to a close. A year! A frakking year! How did we survive?!? *g*

The spoilers are out there alright. I'm so relieved that apparently no one has posted any of the eps online. I am having a seriously hard time not partaking myself. *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee's farewellbop_radar on March 5th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!! I've missed you too. *hugs*

I can't believe it's been a year either! Hilariously enough I've actually finally reached a place of calm about the lack of BSG... I feel I could stick it out another couple of months. BUT I DON'T HAVE TO! Wheeeee!!!

But yeah, the spoiler madness is making LJ a pretty nerve-wracking place for me right now. The only good thing is I really have NO sense of temptation personally because I truly do not want to give up the chance to be unspoiled for the final season! Having watched the show spoilerfree until now it would be a tragedy!
obursts: Love & Joyobursts on March 5th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, there you are! *hugs* I hope things start getting better.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy Willow friends hugbop_radar on March 6th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Eee! *hugs* Yes, I was a bit MIA... things looking up though! :)