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06 January 2006 @ 04:56 pm
Much amusement  
Surprisingly, it has been a day of much amusement. The following things have kept me sane, while finishing all 480 pages of accounting pages. Sort of.

1. svmadelyn's Badfic summary ficathon thingy. Endlessly amusing - and still more entries to come!

2. supacat's first entry in our new comm: mahabarata. For anyone who is curious, it relates to a New Years' Resolution to read the Mahabharata (sacred Hindu text of enormous length). Quite frankly, I would be already regretting this were it not for supacat's greatly amusing first post. Me next! Eep! (btw, if you are curious, feel free to friend the community - yeah, like anyone will do that! - and then we can all be enlightened (or not) together! Personally I'm just aiming to be able to spell it properly in a year's time!

3. Anticipation about Battlestar Gallactica Season 2: I'll begin watching tomorrow night. Hooray! I'm a very recent convert to the show and am on the Season 1 cliffhanger right now... so... *bites nails* I can't wait for more!

4.kristiinthedark's book recs for me. *hugs* We've been squeeing muchly about our love of books and really there is nothing I like better than that.

Which reminds me - I'm going to use my LJ for my reading log from now on. I keep a diary of what I read - mostly I just write a summary of the book and note anything of interest (or squee if appropriate!). So that I won't bother all the fannish people, (*g*) I will lock the posts but if anyone on my f'list would like to be on the filter to be able to see it, you're most welcome. I promise neither great analysis nor consistency of subject matter.

Hooray it's the weekend!
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
Enderenderwiggin24 on January 6th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
raises hands!
I would like to be on your books filter!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex strollingbop_radar on January 6th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: raises hands!
Hooray! Oh cool. Sing out if it gets boring any time and i can take you off. ;) Didn't know you were book-y!
Enderenderwiggin24 on January 6th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
I used to read more novels before my slash time, but now, i am more of a non-fiction kind person.

well, here my current list:
Samuel P. Huntington
Who Are We?

Francis Fukuyama
State Building
The End of History and the Last Man

Fiction novels I still want to read
SW: the revenge of the Sith
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Blade: trinity
Mo Hayder: Tokyo

you see, I am not picky :D

Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 6th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'd love to be on your book filter. And congratulations on getting to see BSG season 2! I just got season 1 for Christmas, watched it in about 2 days, and now am very excitedly working my way through season 2 (which is already out on DVD here). I was feeling kind of bummed that I won't be able to watch the new season (which starts tonight in the U.S., but not on *my* lame-o cable station), but if you're looking for someone to be excited about season 2 with who won't spoil you, I'd love to talk about these episodes! I didn't want to join any communities for fear I'd be spoiled.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex strollingbop_radar on January 7th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh yay! I would love to talk about Season 2 with you. I watched the mini-series ages ago and Season 1 over the New Years break. Is S2 on DVD already? Wow! I need to catch up. Like you, I am fearful of joining any comms in case of spoilers. This is a show I really don't want to be spoiled for! I have so much love for it already - it's brilliantly written and acted and I love how no characters are entirely flawed or entirely likeable. So the big question - Lee or Starbuck? I'm watching it with supacat who is a big Starbuck fan. Me, I was more drawn to Lee. So that has made for a lot of interesting conversations! Also I have immense Gaius rage - more so than she does. But I'm very intrigued by his plot. I was reading Six at first as purely his psychosis but I figure it's more likely she is actually a cyclon plant. Still, it is interesting to do a double reading on. Ok, i'll stop now until I've seen more tonight! *bites fingernails* Adama! Ee!
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 8th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in replying--I got my computer repaired and then my keyboard broke! I seem to be under the curse of the computer gods!

Anyway, I guess if I were pushed to choose between Kara and Lee I would go with Kara, but I think that's because I have this tremendous kink for tough girls who are a little damaged underneath. I actually like Lee a lot, both his complicated relationship with his dad and his interesting relationship with Laura Roslin.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on January 8th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Oh that's ok! Computer gods are nasty. Ugh!

Kara is wonderful: the ep where she was in the horrible cylon hospital was amazing and I absolutely adore her. She is the more glamorous of the two and I am blissfully happy that such a strong female character has been created on tv. So I guess I'm surprised to find that she's not my sole and only focus in the show. supacat teased me that 'I finally got into Kara when she had an ep on her own with Lee not on screen' and while that is an exaggeration (*frowns at Cat*) as I adored Kara a lot earlier than that, it's kind of true in that when Lee is on screen I'm so 'in' his story that I can't rip my eyes off him so I miss some Kara stuff.

My liking of Lee doesn't seem to be intellectual primarily - I just understand his character instinctively. I love his relationship with Laura Roslin and I love that it's not simply a rebellion against his father. Every relationship he has is subtle and multi-layered - that's true of all the characters in the show I guess. God, it's so good!
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 8th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oops. Somehow that message posted before I finished it. Anyway, you have huge Gaius rage? Is it bad for me to admit I kind of like him? Ok, not *like* like him, because if I were teleported to Galactica I would just assassinate him and be done with it, but there is something fascinating about how deeply narcissistic and fucked-up he is, I think. And I totally love the way Six is playing him, although again, if I met her in real life I'd want to kill her.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on January 8th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Hee! No it's not bad at all. In fact, I've been discussing him with mskatej and she loves him. I do find him totally fascinating and without his plot the show would be much weaker. It's not that I'm bagging him for being a bad character in *any* way - rather the opposite. He is so effectively a frustratingly flawed charcter that he provokes a massive kind of visceral reaction in me of rage. It's kind of great! Yes - like you I would kill him and be done with it if I could. Yet I'm fascinated by his dynamic with Six and his plot is so unique and dark and brave on the part of the writers.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 8th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I completely worship at the altar of the BSG writers. So many amazingly complex themes and characters, so deftly handled--and I've never seen a show with continuity like this one. I love, for example, how sympathetic they make Sharon, even though the audience *knows* she's a Cylon. Even Six, sometimes, seems strangely sympathetic even though you know she's playing Gaius completely. (If she's not a hallucination in the first place).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on January 8th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
*nods* I second that. Sharon is fascinating. She's incredibly sympathetic yet because she is such a 'human' character, she's also chillingly effective as a cylon.

I agree that Six is strangely sympathetic too, although less obviously so.

It's fascinating that all the Cylons seem to have some kink in them for humans and a desire to grow close to them, to love them.

I find the breeding thing really creepy. *shudders*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 9th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
I actually had a dream last night that I was captured by the Cylons and slowly being genetically altered *into* a Cylon. And I think it's interesting that they've kind of left the question up in the air as to whether or not there ever was, for example, a real Sharon Valerii, or whether Sharon has always been a Cylon.

I take it, from your reference to breeding, that you've seen "The Farm"? Damn, that was creepy, I agree. Though what I thought was really interesting about the episode was that for a while you weren't sure whether or not creepy Doctor *was* a Cylon or not. And really, if Starbuck had remained trapped on the planet, there's a good chance that she would have been pressured--or even coerced--into breeding by the resistance. As Roslin put it back in the miniseries, having lots of babies has to be a human priority now. Which is going to be even more disruptive given how egalitarian this society is. I think that only the fact that they have been on the run, what, less than six months? has prevented this issue from coming up before.

You do have to wonder about what the plan is with these Cylon/human children, though. Why intermarry at all? Six mentions that it is a command from God, but I'd really like to know where the Cylons are getting their Bible of the one God from: religious factions on the colonies we haven't heard from yet? Their own internal source? Earth?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on January 9th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Oh, creepy dream! But the show is so haunting that I can imagine having dreams like that. I spooked myself out in the episode where the cylons boarded Gallactica - I thought there was a prowler in my house!

I'm still bad with ep names. Yes - 'The Farm' - I saw that one. It was brilliantly done and wonderfully creepy when you weren't sure if the doc was a cylon or not. The issue you raise about breeding is definitely an interesting one. I'd love to see Laura try to persuade Kara to breed - ha! I agree that it will be disruptive to this egalitarian society.

Why interbreed? Yes - big question. Would love to know where the Cylon bible comes from! Like you I find it fascinating that they are the monotheistic religion and so far its tenets seem to be very similar to Christian doctrine. Did humans perhaps originally program them in some way to be controlled by a religious-like force/belief system?
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 9th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
I don't know any episode names at all (actually, I'm really bad with this even in Smallville. I always have to go the the television without pity recap page to get episode titles. I really don't know how everyone else keeps them straight!)

I just posted a longer post about religious stuff on my lj, though I didn't want to spoil you, so it doesn't really have any specific details past Home part 1.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 9th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
I really should read over what I write before hitting "post comment." I said "intermarry" above when I meant "interbreed."
blowjobs for jesus: clexkristiinthedark on January 6th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)

nehellania on January 8th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Yo! Book filter! Me!