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02 January 2009 @ 11:59 am
2009 begins sleepily  
Happy New Year, all!

Confession: Every so often when I feel weird, I check my daily biorhythms to see what's going on. Today it told me that in physical terms I 'feel beaten and you'd prefer to lie down all day' but that intellectually 'you can finish demanding tasks without any great concentration efforts' and 'have many good ideas'. Now does that sound like a day to spend on LJ, or what?! :)

We had a BBQ party for NYE which turned into an exhausting karaoke battle. I think it was fun, but got too wiped out to really know. (And my slaved-over party playlist was underappreciated! *sniff*) My puppy still has a hangover.

I'm having rather the love affair with The Sarah Connor Chronicles at the moment, thanks to a particularly challenging vid bunny. I've rewatched season 1, and all the DVD extras, and have--as anticipated--had the Derek epiphany. I looooooove him, guys! I do think that I was initially just very very protective of the female-awesome in the show and reacted defensively to a potential alpha male in the mix. But he's so very broken = I'm mesmerised. Who is it on my f'list who ships him with Cameron? I forget. But I wanted to say I, um, kind of had a moment with them! I still adore Charlie as well. I like Ellison a lot less on second viewing--he's really annoyed me in season 2 and I think that's affected my viewing.

Having just got up to Samson & Delilah, I find myself reflecting on John and realising that on first viewing I took him to be a lot more naive than I did on second viewing. I think I used to think he was fooled by Cameron, that he had feelings for her. On second viewing, I think it's different--I think he's stronger than his mother (and I) gave him credit for, that he believes in Cameron for a different reason than affection. When she says she loves him, he appears shocked--moved, yes, but shocked as well. He wasn't expecting it and it's not the only reason he reactivates her. I think it does create in him curiosity about what their relationship is in the future, but it's not a reflection of their relationship at that point in time. It's something Cameron says to 'hook' him, and he sees it as manipulation while still also believing that he needs her. The sequence ends with John and Cameron on one side of the burning car and Sarah, Derek and Charlie on the other. This season is about John isolating himself. But it's a simplification to say that he chooses to trust Cameron over anyone else. That's not the case... yet. (The 'yet' being very important).

The DVD extras for Season 1 were really enjoyable too--I love the enthusiasm everyone has for the show and I'm particularly impressed by Summer. Thomas Dekker has rather the ego, huh? Brian Austin Green is adorable--that was an added bonus.

I think I'm going to need to go and re-read aycheb's meta posts.

It's resolution time, and yes, I have several. I am trying not to think too much about how they potentially conflict with/undermine each other.
1. Improve work circumstances. I had to phrase it this way because a move to a new job is not an immediate option for me--but it is probably 80 per cent likely eventually. In the mean time, I am committed to improving things in my current workplace, not just for me but for my friends.
2. Travel around the world. I need to get overseas again and I have many people I would like to visit.
There are 'secondary' ones which are more like a reaffirmation of goals I'm already working on:
- Save for a house.
- Get debt free.
- Lose 10kg.
- Deepen my yoga practice.
One thing I'm very determined about is not letting world affairs be an excuse for inaction. In fact, I rather like the phrase 'action, not reaction' as an expression of how I would like to approach this year. I believe that this will be far more effective than emo-ing around about how bad things are.

Finally, birthday fic! daybreak777 completed Circuit for me, a five-part BSG fic. It's a very original look at different incarnations of Kara and Lee--check it out, if you haven't already done so!
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: calmcalm
Vacuum state of peace: dw_sally_smilebzoppa on January 2nd, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Yay for a SCC vid! I watched your I kissed a girl (even though I don't watch Smallville) and it was very cute. I can't wait to see one where I know the characters :D

If you ever want to come to DC (or Chicago when I move there in a couple years; I too am moving forward with work/plans, along with everyone else) you've got a place to crash. We can practice yoga and marathon shows :) I guess that sight-seeing thing too, if you want...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Sally Sparrow coffeebop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! That is very generous and sounds wonderful. :)

I'll have to work on a vid for you... (I'd love to do a Sally Sparrow one if I could find a song!)
Anoel: vidding fandomanoel on January 2nd, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
I know I've said this before but you should come to Vividcon. You get to travel AND meet 120+ amazing vidders/vidfans all in one place!! The money really is completely worth it and then some. And too true about how action helps.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
Ahh, but is it worth the money from Australia?! ;) This is something I ponder on a near-daily basis. :) Which probably means I'll try to get there just so I can find out!
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Jayne L.: sccchillserrico on January 2nd, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Ooo, SCC vid bunny! *slips it carrots behind your back*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Cameronbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Hee! It's taken hold. That other vid which you know about kicked my ass so I needed a break. This one is shiny and new!
serenography: TWbdayserenography on January 2nd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Happy New Year, boppy!

And a very belated, but still sincere, Happy Birthday as well. I hope you had some fun to celebrate.

I'm seconding the suggestion that you come to Vividcon. Not that I attend, but it is held very near to where I live and it would be great to meet you.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Ohhh, it would be lovely to meet you! I'd like to get to the States, I just wish it was not a) so much money and b) far from Europe (since I want to go there too!)
Call Me OneTrack: bsg boyscallmeonetrack on January 2nd, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
I'm not a huge T:SCC fan, but I do kinda love Cameron and I wanted to point out this John/Cameron fic (which isn't that shippy at all) just because it's awesome and an interesting look at their relationship and the ways they might understand/misunderstand each other and I love the Cameron parts
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Cameronbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
Mmm, that was an interesting read: thank you! I'm definitely doing a lot of thinking about these issues at the moment.
daybreak777: 2009daybreak777 on January 2nd, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Yay, resolutions! And yay, come to America! I don't care which state, I will find you, Boppy!

Hee! And thanks for the rec!

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy Willow friends hugbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee, it's a homing Daybreak! (like a homing pigeon but more awesome)

Bring on the 09!
The First Evil: TSCC - Group - Resilientsasta77 on January 2nd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I've read stories about Thomas Dekker. Did you follow the one about how his character on Heroes was written out because the intent was to make the character gay and he and his management wouldn't be a part of it?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: bsg kara eeek!bop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Er... no, I did not. EEK. Until now the only thing I really knew about him was that we shared a birthday, exactly ten years apart.

I do vaguely remember that kerfuffle about his character--I always thought he was gay, but didn't know it was him and his management that canned it (I assumed it was the network).
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Batgirlbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Happy new year!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Derek just believes he's a pawn in this game of power, not the Ultimate Savior of Mankind or the protector/progenitor of the Ultimate Savior of Mankind.
And that's a very human and probably (normally) more accessible viewpoint for me. It's been quite fascinating having the curtains pulled back on Derek for me this time around. I so blocked him out the first time! I remember being all 'what?! the dying guy is sticking around? Noooo!' Jessie is definitely my 'in' for Derek though--I spend a lot of my time thinking about how he differs to or is similar to her, and since he is the 'good'/honourable version of Jessie (he may be insubordinate but he's not out to stop them!) I like him heaps. :D

I feel this very strongly because his reaction to her is not just a reaction to ANY machine, but such a PERSONAL one.
First time round I didn't realise that! ;) Also this time round the 'I know you' at the kitchen table REALLY got to me.

I also like the way Derek kind of sneaks around and whispers in Sarah's ear. 'Hey, Sarah, what if this is NOT the right thing to do...' Bloody annoying for Sarah but also useful for her to hear a different point of view.

And he's so very broken--I didn't notice that the first time either. He kills because he thinks it's the way to save the world not because he likes it, and he's twisted up in the process. I remember being chilled by his treatment of the little girl first time around, but this time I saw that he treated her with as much tenderness as he could--it's just that he saw her as a pawn as much as anyone else, if he didn't use her he may not be able to save the future.

I've just got up to Jessie's arrival and his revulsion at her saying that she wants to be with him when the world ends, his insistence on it NOT happening again delights me.

Whenever I feel my love for BSG flagging, I pull out "Middleman" (which I've burned onto a DVD so I can watch it on my TV) and enjoy that ALL OVER AGAIN :D
Awww! Maybe I need to try that. ;) That is so awesome--thank you!

A Derek icon may be required!

Happy new year to you and the Dauphin and KoT too! :)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thomas Dekker est insupportable!
HEE! Yes. Until now the only thing I knew about him is that we share a birthday, ten years apart. Now I'm not so happy about that... ;)

Action! \o/
chimosachimosa on January 2nd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
That bio rhythm thing is *AWESOME* Thanks so much for sharing!! It totally was spot on for me so now instead of berating myself for my lack of motivation I'm like "ok, it's my bio rhythm and it'll be over by monday"- really helped my state of (almost) well being!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya Raibop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oh YAY! A biorhythm convert. Yes! That's exactly the effect it has for me too. It is uncannily accurate and it really can help you change the way you think about your energy levels. I like the idea that there are three different levels too--because its so true that one can be low but the others can be higher. And knowing it's not forever helps so much! :)
chatchien: Whatchatchien on January 2nd, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yearly Greetings
Happy New Year!

May you fulfill all your new year resolutions.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on January 2nd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Yearly Greetings
Hee! Love the icon! And thank you--I hope 2009 is a terrific year for you too!
smact46smact46 on January 3rd, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year Bop!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on January 12th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
Belated thank yous!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on January 12th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Thank you, yes, we should nudge each other! :)

We are nothing if not predictable, are we??? One tormented and conflicted guy with a personality made up of shades of grey and we're there....
Hahahaa, yes. I am making a SCC ensemble vid and he keeps threatening to take over... I am helpless!
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Cosette: laughscosetteferaud on January 3rd, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
I like a lot your resolutions! (I haven't made my own resolutions yet, I'm lazy, I think :-) ). I see we share the first two of them (all the work stuff -yeah, my professional life is a total fisco right now, but I'm working harder to improve it-, and traveling around the world (hey, you should come to Spain... have you ever been to Barcelona? It's such a beautiful city! :-) ). And I completely agree about the "reaction" thing... just forget about being emo!! :-)

And about Sarah Connor... I have only watched the first episode and seems interesting. Besides, everybody is telling me that the show improves very much... And well, I think I'm going to like Derek right from the beginning (he looks sooo cool, right?). Anyway, now I can barely focus on anything but BSG... I'm in an obsessive state with my show!!! (OMG, only 15 days!!! :p).

Oh, and I read your birthday fic by daybreak! I enjoyed it a lot! What an amazing gift, isn't it? :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on January 12th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
I have never been to Barcelona, no! But a close friend lived there for over a year and loved it--I would love to go there.

Yes, BSG very very soon! No time for new shows for now... but maybe after it's over you can catch up on Sarah Connor Chronicles? ;) It's pretty good.

Daybreak is such a wonderful, generous person--I feel very lucky!