lance_sibley: (too busy to fcuk - by xokadieox)
I feel like I've spent all weekend sitting in front of the computer. I managed to get through 14 of the 21 outstanding items on my Anticipation "to do" list, and several of the items currently outstanding are dependent upon the answer to an email I sent this afternoon. (I think there may be one item that isn't.) I also got some Polaris stuff done, and tested the CUFF ballot website (there's a slight snag there, and I've asked [livejournal.com profile] dx4 to give my code a look as everything looks like it should work correctly), and sent out a couple of emails pertaining to Gaylaxicon. Overall, I've sent out 71 85 emails since yesterday afternoon, and processed roughly 120 that came in. I have a few Polaris things I want to attend to before going to bed. (Yes, I'm already thinking about bed. Having to get up at 6 in the morning does that to a person.)

The only thing I didn't get done this weekend was going for a haircut - I called the salon that my stylist moved to a couple of months ago, but apparently they're closed on Sundays. And Mondays. Since I'll be in Montreal next Saturday, and have the Polaris programming scheduling meeting the following Saturday, it's going to be another three weeks before I have a chance to get it done. (I thought about calling to see if [livejournal.com profile] ghostleegirl was working today, but decided instead to attack my overdue To Do lists. It is getting rather desperate, though.)

The last few days before the weekend were kind of tiring as well - but starting a new job is always a bit overwhelming for me (and probably for most people) until I get used to a new routine. I met so many new people on Thursday and Friday that I'm thinking it will take me months to remember any of their names (aside from [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy, whom I already knew, of course). I'm already quite busy there, though - no time to get used to things!

I've been saving up a few things to share, that I've seen in various places around the web.

First, I'm surprised that nobody has picked up the story that Gillian Anderson is being approached to be on Doctor Who. The producers apparently want her to appear as the Rani. That will be cool, if it comes to fruition.

Second, I forget who posted this link initially (though it looks like something [livejournal.com profile] ozreison may have linked to), but someone has knitted a Guitar Hero scarf, depicting a section of the song "Hotel California". The knitter is willing to do custom orders for US$45.

Third, in the latest instance of epic fail, some fanfic writer with delusions of grandeur named Lady Sybilla, claiming that copyright should not exist because all ideas come from the collective unconscious, is taking it upon herself to write a sequel to Twilight called Russet Noon. Peter David - described by this writer as "a comic-book author and Trekkie geek who refuses to retire and is still trying to be a hero after all these years" - has started a communal response. A group of people are writing a Twilight parody, in 500-word increments, to mock this writer's efforts. The parody's title is Potato Moon, and the first three parts have been posted on Peter David's blog, here. (Alternatively, you can get all of the posts except for part 3 together here.)

And now to check my email, deal with one outstanding Polaris item, and check my email again one last time before getting ready for bed...
lance_sibley: (wake me up)
I said yesterday (I think it was yesterday) that I was so tired that I'd probably sleep until some ridiculous hour today.

I thought I was joking. I didn't know that I would actually do it. And then I woke up and it was 3:30 in the afternoon.

So much for most of the things I intended to accomplish today. Laundry, cleaning, catching up on the emails (which are back up to over 200)... I'll get some of it done, obviously, but I'll have to try to do the rest tomorrow.

I managed to get out the door by 4, and while I was out having my coffee, I wandered into Future Shop just on the slim chance that they'd gotten a copy of Doctor Who S4 in the past week - and they HAD! There was one copy on the shelf. *Mine!*

Oh, and I picked up the Dead Like Me movie while I was in there. I was a little miffed that they'd packaged it with the whole series for less money than I had paid for the two box sets, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Almost everything these days seems to be half of what I originally paid for it. That's what I get for being impatient. (The stupid thing is, I hardly ever watch anything as soon as I buy it, which is why I may have trouble exchanging my copy of Heroes S2 - now two of the discs won't play in my DVD player. They told me today at the store that they'll only exchange stuff within 30 days of purchase. Like I have the time to watch anything within 30 days of when I buy it... but I may be able to prevail upon the manager. I've done it before when I've found, six months after buying something, that it wouldn't play. I just tell them that I have something like 20 box sets on the shelf that I still haven't even gotten around to unwrapping. And that's not a lie or an exaggeration.)
lance_sibley: (boywhocantsayno)
My weekend has been less busy than I expected it to be, but I suppose that's not a bad thing...

Best laid plans, part the first. )

Best laid plans, part the second. )

Taking care of some long-needed maintenance. )

Caught tonight's episode of DH... )

I suppose I should also weigh in, like many others have done, on the news about the new Doctor... )

Well, that's it for now, I suppose... back to the grind tomorrow.
lance_sibley: (Default)
I was searching on YouTube for a particular music video, and stumbed across this, which I found amusing. The song is "Integral," from the Pet Shop Boys album "Fundamental":



I think my bed is calling me now...
lance_sibley: (fantastic)
Another silly Doctor Who vid, found on TrekBBS and passed along for you to enjoy:

lance_sibley: (If Looks Could Kill - by hoskie)
Okay, Madonna winning the Grammy for "Confessions On A Dance Floor," I can see, but Justin Timberlake? Excuse me? I'd puke, but I haven't actually eaten yet. (Okay, I'm biased, I admit it... :) )

I gave in today and picked up the Doctor Who S2 box set today - Best Buy had it for $89.99, which from what I'd been hearing/reading, seemed to be about as cheap as I was going to find it. Now, whether or not to watch "Army Of Ghosts"/"Doomsday" before they're aired on CBC, that is the question...

On the way home from my excursion to the Eaton Centre, I was subjected to something that no music lover should ever have to hear. There was a busker in Eglinton station playing "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"... on an accordian. My ears may still be bleeding. (Yeah, I know Weird Al did it, but he's Weird Al.)

BTW, [livejournal.com profile] gurudata, did you see this news story? It seems Telus is making pornography available to its cell phone customers, and the Archbishop of Vancouver is all up in arms about it, and trying to get Catholics to cancel their Telus contracts. I'm curious as how Telus will react.

Oh, and Alvaro Orozco, the gay Nicaraguan being denied refugee status, has been granted a two-month reprieve to allow him to file a request to stay in Canada on humanitarian grounds. The battle has been won, but the war is not yet over...
lance_sibley: (Bondage Dalek)
First posted by [livejournal.com profile] nexstarman:

*headdesk*

Nov. 14th, 2006 12:43 am
lance_sibley: (Not amused - by suzvoy)
Yup. No midterm tonight. It's been put off until next week, after we get through the entire Javascript section of the text.

The instructor admitted tonight that it's his fault, though, that we're behind where the course outline had us by this point. Personally, I figure it's because he had us spend one entire class working on a very simple lab exercise, with no lecture that night.

And to think I read 200 pages this past weekend... argh. I could have watched some of my video backlog... or the episodes of Torchwood that I've been downloading but haven't made time to watch yet.

Tonight we covered objects and the methods that go with some of the built-in objects (like strings, windows, dates and numbers). Wednesday we're supposed to learn about cookies, and then the midterm will be next week.

When I got home tonight, I watched the Doctor Who episode I had taped this evening, "Rise Of The Cyberman". Was it just me, or was that villain a little over-the-top? I kept expecting him to twirl his non-existent moustache and tell Rose that she must pay the rent. (Oh, and note to the director: there's not much point in constantly backlighting the Cybermen or only showing their feet as they march in unison in order to build up suspense for the big reveal. The title of the episode kind of gave away the punchline.) Interesting that Torchwood exists in the parallel universe, though...
lance_sibley: (Bondage Dalek)
I'm surprised I haven't seen this posted elsewhere on my friendslist. ([livejournal.com profile] brendan_moody, you're slipping. [livejournal.com profile] basebrat at least has the excuse that he hasn't posted anything in over a month. And [livejournal.com profile] nexstarman and [livejournal.com profile] indefatigable42 are too busy getting ready for TT.)

Hidden behind a cut for those whose spoiler definitions differ from mine. )

Oh, and the S2 finale, "Doomsday"? All of you members of DWIN who scoffed at me at the pub last year can apologize to me this weekend. :P
lance_sibley: (bombs away)
The good news first: Digital Spy is reporting that CBC has signed on to co-produce Torchwood for the BBC - the first international network to pick up the show.

The bad news is that it's been confirmed that we're not getting season two of Doctor Who until the fall. :(

I really ought to go to bed. I was on the go most of the day, with a Gaylaxicon concom meeting this afternoon, followed by a walk down Church Street with [livejournal.com profile] marahsk and [livejournal.com profile] andromakie to look for establishments to include in our Restaurant and Services Guide, followed by a TT20 chair cybermeeting. And I have a TT20 meeting at 10:30 in the morning, followed by a full concom meeting at 1...

*zonk*
lance_sibley: (Intense)
You know you need to be more creative with LJ entry titles when a little box pops up with the exact phrase you were about to type in...

It's been a busy, but productive weekend. Friday night, I went to a small gathering to celebrate [livejournal.com profile] twiddler's 30th birthday. I didn't get to spend much time with the birthday boy himself, and I had to leave at midnight (which is probably when the real fun started, right guys? ;) ) in order to try to get some sleep as I was meeting with [livejournal.com profile] gurudata and [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes Saturday morning. Not that I actually managed to get to sleep until about 4:30 in the morning, alas. :(

Said meeting was at the Metro Reference Library downtown; for non-Torontonians, it's a five-story library that takes up about half of a city block in the east-west direction, and a whole block north-south. I arrived first, but not knowing this I guzzled three-quarters of my coffee in about ten minutes (they used to let people bring drinks into the library, but no more - not that that stops people from bringing sealed bottles into the library in their backpacks, but it's hard to sneak a cup of coffee in when you don't have a travel mug) and went up to the fifth floor, where we were to meet. [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes showed up about five minutes later, and we went back downstairs to wait for [livejournal.com profile] gurudata. After we waited for a few minutes, [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes called him on his cell, and it turned out he was just turning onto the side street where the entrance to the parking garage is located.

We went back upstairs and worked for a couple of hours, then decided to go find some food. We ended up in the food court of the Hudson Bay Centre, which is undergoing a bit of an image change since the buyout of HBC by an American company. (They'd better not mess too much with it - it's even more of a Canadian icon than the Canadian Tire guy!) We continued to work there after lunch, until the fire alarm went off. We then made our way over to the food court in Cumberland Terrace, the mall across the street (where I once bumped into Randy Harrison from QAF, actually) and worked for a while longer. [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes had to leave shortly before we were done, so [livejournal.com profile] gurudata and I finished and then went to meet [livejournal.com profile] kaelsu2, as she had also been invited to [livejournal.com profile] yellow_freshia's place along with us.

We stopped off first at [livejournal.com profile] gurudata's and [livejournal.com profile] kanecool's house to pick [livejournal.com profile] kanecool up, then went to Appleby's to grab a bite. As we were waiting for a table, who should walk by, but [livejournal.com profile] rosemary_ca and [livejournal.com profile] hi_co, on their way to [livejournal.com profile] yellow_freshia's...

Following dinner (I have gotten so unaccustomed to eating two meals in a day, I couldn't finish my chicken pasta alfredo), we made our way out to [livejournal.com profile] yellow_freshia's. A good time was had by all; lots of silliness, as should be expected. Apparently my explanation of why I wear sweat pants to bowl was deemed to be TMI. (Well, maybe it wasn't the explanation so much as the demonstration.) We also watched some of the Muppet Show on DVD; Candace Bergen's episode (my god, she looked young back then) and the unaired pilot - which, for the record, actually wasn't all that good. There was almost no Kermit, no Miss Piggy, and the main character appeared to be Sam the American Eagle. There were two or three amusing bits - they had a recurring bit where various muppets were ballroom dancing. In one bit, Bert from Sesame Street comes dancing into the shot. He says to his partner, "You look awfully familiar." The partner turns toward the camera - and it's Ernie in drag. ROFL!

We left around 3ish, I think it was. [livejournal.com profile] gurudata first dropped [livejournal.com profile] kaelsu2 off, then dropped me off, and then he and [livejournal.com profile] kanecool headed home. I shudder to think of what time they finally got to bed, since it had been a looooong day; even I went to bed within about 20 minutes of coming in the door! *shock* The sun wasn't even up yet! *bigger shock*

And naturally, I woke up around 9:45 this morning... then again at 11... then again at 12... and finally got up around 1:30. I went up the street to grab a coffee, then decided to try Future Shop (again!). I know they had said the other day that they would call when they found their copies of Doctor Who, but they had also said that I should be able to pick it up by Sunday. Since today was Sunday, I thought I'd go see if they had found it despite not having gotten a call. And lo and behold, there it was on the shelf. After a slight hiccup - they had it in the computer as $5 more than the sticker price, and when I pointed this out to the cashier I was told, "They must have put the wrong sticker on" (so how does that explain the price on the website matching the sticker price, huh?) - I now, FINALLY, only a month after it was released, have a copy of the Doctor Who box set. (That being said, last night someone at [livejournal.com profile] yellow_freshia's place said that Wal-Mart was selling it for less. If I can find an advertised lower price within the next month, Future Shop has to give me a further 10% off their competitor's price, but Wal-Mart doesn't even have it on their website, and there are no Wal-Marts anywhere near me anyway. :( )

I had a cybermeeting this evening with [livejournal.com profile] gurudata and [livejournal.com profile] rockgoddes to wrap up some stuff from yesterday, and now am all caught up and ready for tomorrow night's meeting.

Oh, and my thought on the demise of the Canadian Tire guy and his wife from the national ad campaign: last year, John Doyle (the Globe and Mail's TV critic) ran a poll to determine the Most Annoying Canadian. The Canadian Tire guy beat out the host of Canadian Idol handily. But now that the Canadian Tire guy is no more, we need to choose a new Most Annoying Canadian. My nomination goes to the cranky old woman from the cheese commercials... the one who bangs on people's door while they're trying to eat dinner with their adult children who still live at home and shrills, "Can't get your kids to leave home? STOP COOKING WITH CHEESE!"

HASH(0x85a1268)
"You Give Love a Bad Name" - Bon Jovi

An angel's smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven, then put me through hell
Chains of love got a hold on me
When passion's a prison, you can't break free
You're a loaded gun
There's nowhere to run
No one can save me
The damage is done


What is Your 80's Break Up Song?
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I've been tagged for a couple of memes, but I'm going to have to put them off for a bit as they're the kind that require a lot of thought. Maybe later tonight, or maybe later in the week, I'll get around to them.
lance_sibley: (too busy to fcuk - by xokadieox)
I had my appointment with the specialist at the sports medicine clinic this afternoon. His first words after looking at my forms were, "you're 38???" Yes. I am. For the fourth time since New Year's...

Anyway, he poked, he prodded, he twisted, he pushed, he pulled, and he had me try to resist various movements that he was putting my arm through, all the while asking, "Does this hurt?" WELL, IT DIDN'T BEFORE, BUT IT DOES NOW!!! ;) He couldn't tell what was wrong, so he sent me next door for X-rays (wait times? What wait times? I was in and out of the X-ray office - which was a separate company - in five minutes, with the X-rays in hand). When I came back, he looked at them for a minute, and said, "Hm. That's weird. It looks perfectly normal." One of the images (presumably the one where I had my arm flexed) was almost completely white, though, and when I asked about it, he said that was likely because of the swelling in the soft tissues and the blood in the bruised area.

The upshot is, next Thursday I have an appointment for an ultrasound at 10:30 AM, at Don Mills and Eglinton. [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy has already agreed to fill in for me at the bowling alley for the next few weeks (since the doctor told me I should definitely skip bowling - surprisingly, he didn't give me hell for going last night).

More news as it comes in.

Oh, and news for my TrekBBS friends, if you haven't already heard. [livejournal.com profile] gurudata passed this along:

In addition, BBC Video has moved the US release date of the DVD from February 2006 to July 4, 2006 to capitalize on the exposure from the TV broadcast. As part of the deal, BBC Video and SCI FI Channel have agreed to work together on joint marketing promotions to support the brand launch.

So it looks like you Yanks are going to get to see Doctor Who after all. Now give me my DVDs!!!

Now I have to get ready to head out for the Gaylaxicon hotel tour...

(Edited to add: I haven't been able to get "Xanadu" out of my head all day. Most irritating.)
lance_sibley: (lie down)
New icon snagged from [livejournal.com profile] brokenelevator. There are a few other new ones I've snagged in the past week or so... you'll see them eventually. :)

It's been a while since I posted here last, so I just thought I'd let people know that I'm still alive. (I'm still posting on the TT lists, and TrekBBS, so there are likely very few of you who were worried about that. :) ) Blame it on the Firefly DVDs I've finally gotten around to starting to watch. I just watched "War Stories" tonight. I was supposed to be seeing Serenity tonight with Scott - or so I thought, from what he said Friday night - but he never called after his German class.

(With regard to "War Stories," I was trying to place the actor who played Niska, and it turned out he'd been on The Practice, The X-Files and DS9, as well as other shows I used to watch like L.A. Law, on which he played a recurring role as a judge. Thank the gods for IMDb.)

The Gaylaxicon meeting on Saturday went better than the past couple - more folks showed up, though there were still a couple of people who didn't make it who haven't been attending regularly whom I need to talk to (don't worry, [livejournal.com profile] thespian, I'm not looking at you - I'm well aware of your more than legitimate reason for not being there). A few decisions were made, some things which need to be clarified were identified, and overall progress appears to be being made, albeit slowly.

I just got off the phone with [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy - if anyone was trying to reach him by email and wasn't getting through, the problem has been fixed and you should be able to get through now.

This has been all over my friendslist already, but for the two or three of you who care and didn't already know: Doctor Who S1 is being released on DVD in Canada in February 2006!.

Bowling tomorrow night, and my elbow is still sore. I wonder if I'm getting a repetitive stress injury from being on the computer eight to ten hours a day.
lance_sibley: (Gaylaxicon)
But in retrospect I'm glad I didn't - it just started raining, which was emphatically not mentioned in the weather forecast I saw earlier tonight.

OTOH, some of the lightning flashes have been spectacular. There was one forked lightning bold that zigzagged across the sky for a good three seconds.

I updated my website to activate the link to the Gaylaxicon 2006 site as well as to upload the updated version of my resume (I changed the paragraph on my volunteer activities to reflect my current position with Toronto Trek).

There's an interesting photo over at the Gallifrey One website: apparently Peter Davison visited the Doctor Who set recently. (That link goes to the picture; there are other interesting pics on the site as well.) I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] shaunskywalker will pop up here to let us all know that PD is not actually going to be on the show, but just dropped in to say hello... :) (Hey Shaun, if you do see this, did you get the message I asked [livejournal.com profile] esprix to pass along?)

And speaking of Doctor Who, am I the last person to find out that it's currently being aired at 7 on Sundays? When did that happen? I watched all the eps the first time around at 8 on Tuesdays... are the new eps going to be on Sunday nights? And why does it have to be so frigging long until the new series? Argh.
lance_sibley: (flag)
This should be interesting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/news/cult/news/drwho/2005/07/25/20752.shtml

Not only are they bringing back Sarah Jane (one of the Companions to the Third and Fourth Doctors), Anthony Stewart Head is slated to guest star and Stephen Fry is writing for the show...

This should be good.

I spent some time browsing in the IT section of my local Indigo. Why do computer books have to be so #@!?*&% expensive? I was thinking about picking up books on Javascript and Dreamweaver, but for $75 each? No.

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