lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
For any who are interested, tonight's episode of CSI will feature a murder at a science fiction convention (depending on whom you believe, it's either a Trek con or a Galaxy Quest con). The guest cast includes:


  • Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh on BSG) as Dr. Penelope Russell

  • Michael Welch (Young Jack O'Neill on Stargate SG-1, Luke on Joan of Arcadia and Artim in Star Trek: Insurrection) as Steuben Lorenz

  • Joshua Cox (Lieutenant Corwin on Babylon 5) as "Commander Artemis Bishop"

  • Ronald D. Moore (creator of BSG and former Trek producer) as himself

  • Arne Starr (comic book artist) as "Convention Artist Guest"



CSI isn't normally a show I watch (though if there's nothing else on and it happens to be on the channel I'm watching, I don't bother changing the channel), but I may try to check this episode out.

Hopefully they'll do a better job than they did with the furry episode a couple of years ago...


On the job hunting front, I applied for another one today (a mainframe job at CIBC), and one last night before I went to bed (a web developer position, using PHP). That brings my total to 38 so far.
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
... because this is nearly impossible to believe. *grin*

Leonard Nimoy is joining the cast of Fringe.

I may actually start watching the show. :)
lance_sibley: (balcony - by evenstar_estel)
For anyone who was interested in watching the "Flashpoint" filming, I was incorrect in my previous post - they're filming tonight, not tomorrow. I must have been remembering the bit about when they're going to be removing their equipment and letting people park on my street again.
lance_sibley: (Intense)
I heard a few hours ago that Patrick McGoohan had passed away at the age of 80. The Prisoner is one of those shows I've always wanted to see, but have never had the opportunity - I've never heard of it being aired on TV (I'm sure it has been, I've just never heard about it), and the DVD set is awfully expensive. I wonder how he felt about the upcoming remake of the show.

And just now, I got the news that Ricardo Montalban has passed away at 88. (I had no idea he was that old... I figured he was around 75. He looked damned good for a man in his mid 40s during "Space Seed", not to mention being in his early 60s at the time of "Wrath Of Khan".) He was someone I'd always wanted to meet, not only because of his larger-than-life portrayal of Khan, but because I grew up watching "Fantasy Island". Alas, his failing health over the past few years meant that he wasn't accepting invitations to conventions (though I only ever heard of him being at one or two, anyway).

I always found it amusing that in one review of TWOK, the critic wrote that Montalban was "hilariously miscast as Khan". Guess that critic never watched TOS...

Rest in peace, gentlemen.
lance_sibley: (Strike)
... but I'm not complaining. :)

First, Friday... I bowled poorly - in fact, it was my worst week of the season so far - but perhaps that was to be expected as I'd been away the previous two weeks. 165, 161, 140. 'Nuff said about that.

Afterwards, I came home and fired up the laptop, which is still connected to the Internet via the USB cable from the modem, as the guy from work who said he'd look at the router didn't have a chance to get to it. (Hopefully he's had a chance this weekend, or will tomorrow.) Had a good evening with Eric, watching two episodes of BSG and chatting until about 4 in the morning.

Saturday, I was supposed to be at a TCON meeting at 12:30, but woke up at 12:45. Oops. :( (I'd set the alarms for 10:15/10:30/10:45, but have no memory of shutting any of them off. Sometimes the alarm clock doesn't go off the first morning after I change the time it's set for, though, and the PDA doesn't always wake me, especially if I've gotten less than seven hours of sleep.) I managed to make it to the meeting around 2:30ish, I think it was, and the meeting continued for a couple more hours after that. After the meeting, [livejournal.com profile] whitesangria gave me a ride home, where I had dinner and watched the first period of the Leafs game (:P to any Senators fans on my friendslist), then headed over to [livejournal.com profile] aprilsnark's for her birthday party. Bacon-chocolate-chip cookies may be my new favourite snack food. (Yes. Chocolate chip cookies baked with bacon bits in them and a little strip of bacon on top. It may sound strange, but... mmm, bacon. My cholesterol levels may be a bit elevated after having eaten six or seven of them last night. :) )

I stayed until the end, when [livejournal.com profile] gurudata and [livejournal.com profile] kanecool gave me a ride home. I think it was about 4 when I got to bed again.

Today, I didn't wake up until 2. (I'm not sure why - sure, I had some alcohol last night, but I wasn't drunk, not by a long shot.) I had several plans for today, but most of them didn't come to fruition because I slept so late. I need to get a new shower curtain (all but one of the holes has torn open, and it's dangling), but I couldn't find any that came remotely close to matching the colour of the walls in my bathroom at Kitchen Stuff Plus or at the local dollar store, and I'm not painting my bathroom to match a new shower curtain.

So I just came home - sopping wet despite having my umbrella with me - and started doing laundry. I came upstairs while loads #3 and 4 were in the dryer and #5 and 6 were in the washer, and called Eric. We chatted until I had to go downstairs to switch the laundry over, and then again when I came back upstairs after that. While I was down there, I saw that someone whose clothes had finished washing before I had put the first two loads in the washer had finally come downstairs to put his clothes into a dryer. We had a bit of a snippy exchange when I told him that several people had been looking for a machine earlier, and he responded, "I have better things to do with my Sundays than spend all day in the laundry room." I said, "So do the rest of us... that's the problem with living in an apartment building. You have to share." He didn't say anything after that.

Anyhow, following dinner came Desperate Housewives - tonight's episode was constructed in an interesting way, with the various flashbacks leading up to the climax that we'd already seen in the teaser. I kind of like Mrs. McCluskey - I hope they're not writing her out of the show. It was also kind of funny hearing Jackson tell Susan that he'd fallen in love with her and wanted to move in with her, while she kept insisting that they keep their relationship casual - I still think "Brian Kinney" when I see Gale Harold on-screen (despite the fact that this character is straight), but hearing Brian-like lines coming out of Susan's mouth struck me as amusing.

Anyhow, after DH, Eric called again, and we just finished watching the S2 premiere of BSG together. He had to call it an early night, though, as he has a job interview tomorrow - everyone keep your fingers crossed for him!
lance_sibley: (drama queen)
... with a shared laundry room. And this would be one of those times.

I got home from the Polaris concom meeting and subsequent dinner around 8ish, I think it was. Might have been about 8:20. First thing I did was to go into my bedroom and sort out two loads of dirty clothes: one white and one dark. I decided not to go downstairs to put them into the washing machine right away because I thought Desperate Housewives was coming on at 9, and I didn't want to miss any of it because I had to go down and switch my laundry over to the dryer - I figured I would wait until it was over at 10. That way my laundry would be done by about 11:30.

Best laid plans...

First, there was no Desperate Housewives tonight. ABC was airing the American Music Awards, I think it was, and CTV was airing a new episode of Cold Case. I've watched the odd episode of the latter, and I was sufficiently intrigued by the teaser that I decided that I would still watch some of it before taking my laundry downstairs. (It was about a transgendered teenager who had been murdered in 1963.) Then I saw the opening credits, and the SO of someone I know was guest-starring in the episode (though I've never actually met him, at least not to my recollection), so I decided to watch the whole thing. Turned out he only had a very tiny part right at the beginning, I think... though I still enjoyed the episode, so it wasn't a complete waste of time. Bit of trivia: the guy who played young Dom, Jonathan Keltz, went to high school about a five-minute walk from my apartment. (He looked vaguely familiar, so I looked up his IMDb profile; it turned out he'd been in a season five episode of Queer As Folk.)

Then I took my laundry downstairs. I took two books down with me: Jasper Fforde's The Big Over Easy, which I was almost finished, and Jim Butcher's Storm Front (the first Dresden Files book), which I'd bought last year in L.A. but had yet to read. (The Fforde was as brilliant as ever - how can you not love the concept of a murder mystery about the death of Humpty Dumpty, with Jack Spratt as the police detective and Mary Mary as his assistant? - and the Butcher is a fairly quick read - I'm already on page 98.) When the wash was done, I took the clothes out... and the white load was still sopping wet, as though the spin cycle hadn't kicked in. Looooovely. So I tossed the darks into the dryer, and went over to the sink to wring as much water as I could out of my whites. (Since there were about 20 pairs of socks in there, it took me a while...) Then I tossed them into the dryer and settled back down with my book.

About an hour later I took the clothes out of the dryer... and the whites were still sopping wet, as though the dryer hadn't done anything at all. So I spent $4 to get a load of clothes wet. Argh. (Though now that I'm thinking about it, I don't actually have any memory of turning the dryer on - but I can't believe that I would do something that stupid. None of you say anything. :P )

The shirts and underwear are now hanging over my bathtub, air-drying (and dripping, the sound of which is going to drive me up the wall when I'm trying to get to sleep, despite my attempts to wring them out again). The socks are just piled in the basket because there isn't enough room to hang them... I'll have to do that tomorrow.

Well, at least I have 15 pairs of clean black socks, plenty of clean shirts, and my tan cargo pants (which somehow picked up a large black stain during my last trip to Atlanta) are clean, so I won't have to scrounge to find clothes for work in the morning...

I really hate the fact that I'm not allowed, by the terms of my lease, to have a washer/dryer in the apartment (or a dishwasher, for that matter). It's a pain to have to schlep down to the basement whenever I want to do laundry, and even more of a pain when the machine I choose (of seven) is out of order but there's no sign or other indication that would warn me before I wasted my money. (Okay, it would be more of a pain if I had to leave the building and go to a laundromat, like I did for a bit when I lived in Ottawa, but you get the idea.)
lance_sibley: (Strike)
Bowling was terrible tonight. There was no oil on the lanes, and instead of a slight inward hook from the right side of the lane, my ball was veering way off, so I had to bowl from the left side instead and try to throw the ball across the centre. I only managed a 156, 121 and 135, and that 156 was only due to having a strong finish. This was my worst week of the year to date - I lost four pins off my average tonight. :( (It probably wasn't as bad as the weeks I tried to bowl a few years ago right after I hurt my elbow, admittedly.)

It should have been a quick night, as Mario, Randy and [livejournal.com profile] h8torun were all away, but the other team had all five of their bowlers tonight and they tended to be slow. Plus, tonight was the annual Hallowe'en costume contest - which, for the first time in my memory, wasn't won by whichever guy showed up in the most outrageous drag. In fact, our opponents tonight were the winners - they were wearing foam bowling pin and ball costumes.

I got home at 11 or so, after a quick stop to pick up a Quarter Pounder meal at McDonald's (I hadn't eaten since lunch, and didn't feel like cooking), and spent the rest of the night watching stuff I taped while I was at Gaylaxicon and Con*Cept. Two episodes of Torchwood, two of Blood Ties, and one of Desperate Housewives. I did seem to have screwed up setting my VCR and missed an episode. The one I did get was hilarious - it involved Bree breaking into a neighbour's house to try to steal her lemon meringue pie recipe - but reading an online recap, it seems I missed a few important plot points from the missing episode. :(

So now I just have this past week's House and Boston Legal and tonight's Torchwood to watch. But tomorrow afternoon I have email to catch up on and laundry to do first.
lance_sibley: (True Love Forever)
... that means I spent all night in front of the TV, watching the season premieres of House and Boston Legal (a 90-minute episode).

Watching House being forced to essentially work alone was interesting. It should be fun to see him "interviewing" the candidates for his new team (of course, we all know that the old team are coming back - as [livejournal.com profile] ozreison pointed out, the actors' names are all still in the opening credits). Watching him go up against Wilson was a lot of fun, too - I've missed those two over the summer. (Yeah, I have the DVDs, but it's not the same.) And the ending was just tragic - the show sometimes gets criticized for being formulaic, but tonight's ending was anything but.

And Boston Legal... ah, how I love Alan Shore and Denny Crane. From the opening, in which Denny's "date" turned out to be an undercover cop busting him for trying to pay for sex (I loved his reaction to having the handcuffs slapped on him), to watching Clarence in his alter ego as Clarice performing a song from "Hairspray", to watching Judge Sanders trying to figure out what he's saying while he's in the middle of a sentence, to watching the firm interact with Carl Sack (John Larroquette, replacing Rene Auberjonois, though Rene is supposed to be back later this season), they hit all the points that make me love this show. The one drawback is the revolving door for the supporting cast - just when I was starting to kind of like Brad, the character left the firm (though Mark Valley is still appearing occasionally as a prosecutor). I'm wondering where the plotline with Shirley and Carl is going, though - I suspect it won't end well.

Only problem is, I need some new Boston Legal icons, and there seems to be a paucity of appropriate images on the web. :(
lance_sibley: (taking aim)
... and that's always dangerous, I know. ;)

Having been inspired by seeing [livejournal.com profile] gurudata's and [livejournal.com profile] kanecool's big-ass TV, and being fed up with the colour being off on my ten-year old 26" Zenith (it's not adjustable - one of the colour guns died, then came back, but the image is still blurry in sections of the screen when there's a lot of red in the picture), I was looking at flat-screen TVs at Bay/Bloor Radio on the weekend.

They have a 37" flatscreen Aquos HDTV, with a two-year warranty, for $999. (I think it's this model.) They're offering (IIRC) a six-month subscription to the digital cable service with a PVR for very little extra (about the same as what I'm currently paying for cable, I think). It would certainly be nice not to have to worry about whether or not I have a tape handy for those nights when I'm not sure I'm going to make it home in time for the shows I want to watch.

I wasn't sure that I would have the room for a wider TV in my entertainment unit, but when I got home I took a look and thought, "What was I worried about?" I have plenty of room, even if my stereo speakers have to go behind the set.

The question is, do I want to bite the bullet, or can I manage with the TV I have for a little longer (since I honestly don't watch that much TV, though I have a ton of DVDs backlogged)? It's really tempting... though I'm not sure how I could get the dang thing home. I'm pretty sure they deliver, though I'm never home by the time they close on weeknights, and they're not open on Sundays, and I'm going to be away for the first two Saturdays in October... but I'm worried about missing out on what seems like a really good deal.


So yeah, as I said above, I have a huge DVD backlog at the moment. On Saturday, I picked up Boston Legal S3, American Dad S2, Family Guy S5, Animaniacs Vol. 3, and - one I COULD NOT RESIST - Benson S1. That makes 13 box sets I've bought in the last three weeks - yikes.

I kind of wanted to watch as much of Heroes S1 as I could before tonight, so that I could be caught up and then tape the season premiere (sorry, Doctor Who was always going to take precedence), but that didn't happen. Sigh. I could still have taped the season premiere, but I wasn't sure that I was going to be home in time for Doctor Who, and the VCR can only tape one show at a time.


And while I'm talking about television, and Doctor Who in particular, that was quite a season finale tonight.

Cut for spoilers... )
lance_sibley: (balcony - by evenstar_estel)
Muuuuuch better - I can see now, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] travellingone's reminder last night that Canadian Tire sells halogen light bulbs. There's even a CT about a ten-minute walk south of where I work, so I picked up two this evening. No more stumbling around in the dark. No doubt, when the one currently in the lamp burns out, however, I'll forget that I bought two, or forget where I stashed the second one. (You can all feel free to remind me that it's in the left-most drawer in the kitchen, if I should post in six months or so about stumbling around in the dark again.)

And tonight featured the return of the DVD Monster, I think... I made it into Future Shop and HMV tonight and picked up a bunch of stuff that I saw last weekend when I was up at Yorkdale to get my hair cut, but hadn't bought because I didn't manage to make it back to the store before it closed. Tonight's haul:


  • Battlestar Galactica, season 2 - I know I swore I wouldn't buy it in two separate box sets, but Future Shop had them bundled together for $70, which is probably what the full season would go for anyway

  • The Practice, season 1 - how come I didn't know this was coming out?

  • The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (the "Special Frills" edition)

  • The Princess Bride (the "Dread Pirate Roberts" edition, which is exactly the same as the "Buttercup" edition except for a booklet that I wasn't paying an extra $10 for)

  • The Producers - the film of the musical (I know the reviews all said it sucked, but hey, it has Matthew Broderick and John Barrowman, so I had to have it)

  • Dr. Strangelove - I didn't have an overwhelming need for this, but since it was on the "2 for $30" shelf and I didn't see anything else there I particularly wanted, I figured why not? It's a good movie.

  • Light At The End Of The World (the new Erasure album)

  • Release The Stars (the new Rufus Wainwright album)



Yes, I probably do have more money than brains. (That's because the zombies got my brains the other day, no doubt.)

As a result of all this, I didn't get home until about 8:45. I was kicking myself because I'd forgotten that CBS was airing Bob Barker's final The Price Is Right episode, before he goes off into retirement, tonight. I did catch the end, though, and I was disappointed that he didn't say much beyond his usual "have your pets spayed or neutered" schtick. However, they segued directly into the Daytime Emmy Awards, so I watched him make his entrance with three of the show's models hanging off him. (Dirty old man. :) ) possible spoiler for the Emmys )

I should probably work on memorizing my lines for tomorrow's filming. (I'm being good and not going out tonight. :) ) I've been working on it a little during my commute home for the past few days. Most of the scenes aren't too tough, but there are one or two that I'm having a little trouble with. Fortunately I have the file open here on my computer, so I can alternate between reading my friendslist and running lines. :)
lance_sibley: (Go Leafs Go!)
The Stanley Cup finals: Ottawa Senators vs. Anaheim Mighty Ducks. (Yes, I know they dropped the "Mighty" a few years ago. I don't care - the team was named after the movie, I'm going to keep reminding them of it.)

It's not right to hope for the return of the 1919 influenza epidemic, but surely something can happen to prevent the Cup from being awarded this year...

And if that weren't bad enough, tonight's Boston Legal episode didn't air. CH was showing NCIS instead, and I have no idea what ABC was showing.
lance_sibley: (Hmm  - by little_icons)
We finally had the midterm tonight in VB class, though only four of us showed up. I think I did reasonably well, though again there were a few questions where I blinked and said to myself, "What is he asking?" I guess that when the questions are short (95 multiple choice or true/false questions), it's hard to phrase them in such a way that the questions themselves don't give away the answers. I managed to finish the test, and go over all of my answers once, in about half an hour. (I did discover two questions which I think I had answered wrong, and changed my answers. We'll see whether I should have left well enough alone on Tuesday.)

When I walked into the classroom around 6:15, the instructor told me that he hadn't gotten the assignment I emailed him on Tuesday night (and which he had witnessed me emailing to him) - it seems that George Brown's firewall blocks emails from Yahoo. Looooovely. (This was never a problem in the C# class because the instructor had us email our work to a non-college account.) He had a diskette with him tonight, though, so he just told me to copy it onto the diskette and give it to him tonight.

It's been all over my friendslist already, but for the three or so among you who aren't connected to one of my various networks of friends except for through this LJ, John Inman, who played the flamboyantly (yet somehow, simultaneously ambiguously) gay Mr. Humphries on Are You Being Served and its sequel Grace And Favour (aka Are You Being Served? Again!) passed away today (well, yesterday, now) at 71. Here's the BBC obituary.

I've seen pretty much every episode of both shows more times than I can count; I think I started watching it when Joe and I moved in together, as he was a big fan of the show, and I continued to watch it every night at midnight on YTV right up until a couple of years ago. I always loved his interactions with Mrs. Slocombe, and I think that he probably performed the best spit-take I have ever seen in my life, in the episode "The Hero", when everyone is trying not to mention that Captain Peacock has been discovered to have a boil on his rear end:

Capt. Peacock: I must say, any resemblance between that and tea is purely coincidental.
Mr. Lucas: That's because they never bring the water to the boil.
Mr. Humphries: *spit-take*

(As I said, I've seen every episode more times than I can count.)

I was surprised to learn that he was only 71. I don't know if it was the prematurely grey hair, or just the fact that I knew that the show premiered in 1972, but I had figured he was older. (In fact, it seems that most of the principals from the show are still alive - Frank Thornton, who played Captain Peacock, just finished a movie, and Nicholas Smith, who played Mr. Rumbold, was in the Wallace & Gromit movie and was in another, more recent, movie as well.)

I was also a little surprised to learn that he was gay, since I remember seeing an interview with him in which he expressly stated that there are certain "things" that Mr. Humphries would likely do that he wouldn't. I guess those were different times, though - and, in fact, in the clip on the BBC website in which they interviewed Frank Thornton, he actually says that John never actually meant to play Mr. Humphries as overtly gay, though that was a valid perception - he was just supposed to be a mama's boy. Again, I suppose, they were different times... but I think most of the audience perceived the character as gay, regardless of the intent.
lance_sibley: (Strike)
Damn it, this is the third time I've tried to post this... Firefox keeps shutting down on me every time I try to start a post. Hopefully the third time is the charm...

First, bowling: I had a decent night, with scores of 198, 154 and 159, and we won all three games. [livejournal.com profile] h8torun was declaring her scores tonight, so it's good that she was over her average in all three games. Once again, however, we were the last ones out despite the fact that Mario was away tonight. The other team seemed to have a small problem realizing when it was their turn to bowl, which may have been the main contribution to the issue. Though the second-last group to finish included a rather cute guy named Spencer (who has a bf, alas), so I had some eye candy while I was stuck there to the bitter end. :) Randy had the car tonight, so he gave me a ride to the subway.

The painkillers seem to be working - my arm was just starting to get sore toward the end of the night, but nowhere near as bad as it has been. (I had tentative plans to go out with [livejournal.com profile] cuteteenboy tonight, but this time I had to call and cancel as I'm not supposed to drink with these painkillers. Dagnab it.)

I tried calling the recruiter again today to find out what's happening with the job I interviewed for (three weeks ago, now), but again, got her voicemail. I keep hoping that this indicates that they're still making up their minds, rather than that she's avoiding me.

And now some miscellaneous links from other folks on my LJ:


  • From [livejournal.com profile] evawhitley: The Baptist Bulletin is on their high horse about gay marriage. In what I take to be an ironic typo, they refer to the third state to legalize civil unions (and about which I saw nothing on my friendslist despite the fact that it happened this week - what's up, folks?) as "Jew Jersey". I'm pretty sure that's an innocent typo, though, as they got it right further down.

  • From [livejournal.com profile] defenestr8or, apparently the Polish president thinks that acceptance of homosexuality will lead to the end of the human race. Someone ought to tell him that legalizing same-sex marriage doesn't make it mandatory...

  • From [livejournal.com profile] montrealais, another publicly-homophobic Baptist minister has been caught soliciting a man for gay sex. Unfortunately for him, it was an undercover police officer. The lawyer is claiming that the minister has a Constitutional right to solicit for sex. I can't speak to that point, but there may be laws in Oklahoma against solicitation.

  • From [livejournal.com profile] chase820, there are full-frontal pictures of Daniel Radcliffe rehearsing for the upcoming production of Equus. Speculation is, however, that the picture at that link has been Photoshopped. Let's not have any jokes about Harry Potter's wand, 'mkay? *grin*


And courtesy of a comment by [livejournal.com profile] sarcasm_hime on [livejournal.com profile] sandwichboy's LJ, I present to you a preview of the upcoming series Blood Ties, based on the Tanya Huff novels:



Apparently it's not being aired in Canada until the fall, however. *sigh*

Oh, and if you want a chuckle, check out Conservapedia, the right-wing version of Wikipedia. I particularly enjoyed the edits the page on the United States has been undergoing recently, though it still needs a couple of tweaks. Some pages strike me as being more bloglike than encyclopedic, though - when I searched for the page on the U.S., I saw listings for things like Should the United States Have Entered WWI? (that one made me laugh) and Should the United States Have Entered WWII? (still not encyclopedic, but a teensy bit more worthwhile than the previous one, if you ignore comments like "At this moment we could be speaking German and not be celebrating Christmas the Christian way!"). I don't think I'll be giving up on Wikipedia just yet...

Oops.

Jan. 29th, 2007 01:02 am
lance_sibley: (sleepy)
I had hoped that getting to bed by 2:30 or thereabouts this morning would have been the start to getting back on a more normal schedule, but sleeping until 2 this afternoon kind of put the kibosh on that idea.

I knew I was tired from yesterday, but that tired??? Sure, I'd only gotten about four or five hours of sleep the night before, and spent all afternoon and part of the evening at the TT/Polaris crew party, but I didn't think I needed nearly 12 hours of sleep.

The party was fun, though concom members once again outnumbered the volunteers whom the party is meant to thank for their work on the convention. It was held at a pub called "Rails & Ales", which serves the largest hamburgers I've ever seen. A couple of years ago, one of our group was heard to exclaim, "My God, that burger is as big as my face!" As I recall, it took me over an hour to eat mine. Last time we were there, there seemed to have been a decline in both the size and the quality of the burgers, but they seem to have rectified that (though the tzatziki burger is no longer on the menu :( ). I had the roast beef sandwich this time, though, which was excellent, and probably had as much meat in it as the burgers.

People started to trickle in around 2 (I'd gotten there early to meet [livejournal.com profile] gurudata and put together prize packages). The "who am I?" character guessing game went over well (we all drew a slip of paper on which was printed a character's picture and name, and people had to ask yes/no questions to try to guess who everyone was), though people guessed who I was fairly quickly in both instances. Once someone guessed the show a character was from, the game was usually over within the next two questions. For instance: "Are you male?" (yes.) "Are you from a Star Trek show?" (yes.) "Original?" (no.) "Voyager?" (yes.) "Are you human?" (no.) "Are you Tuvok?" (yes.) I think the round in which I was playing Seven of Nine went even faster, though I joked that they probably would have gotten it in one if I had just thrown out my chest and sucked in my stomach. (Well, maybe two - they might have guessed T'Pol first.) The longest any round went was when someone was playing as Buck Rogers.

We then spent some time trying to come up with false rumours to spread about other members of concom, but there wasn't a whole lot of creativity in the room at that point. ([livejournal.com profile] elizard100 said she was thinking about starting a rumour that I'd been turned straight, but she figured nobody would buy it.) I suggested that [livejournal.com profile] yellow_freshia (who is a librarian) secretly likes to fold the corners of pages over to mark her place. She then demonstrated her amazing ability to walk at a near-normal pace with a book balanced on her head.

So that was yesterday, and explains, perhaps a little, why I was so tired last night. And now I'm probably not going to get to bed until 5 or 6 again, because I spent all day today reading yesterday's newspaper and watching TV.

I'm not sure what compelled me, but I watched both The Simpsons or Family Guy tonight, for the first time in ages. I rather enjoyed much of FG - I laughed out loud a couple of times, at the "Wrath of Khan" spoof and the "Anchors Aweigh" bit (which went on, as FG bits often do, a little long, but I guess they had to get the most bang for the bucks they spent on getting the rights to the clip?). I then switched over to Desperate Housewives, which was a repeat. I could have sworn that the Globe TV listings said that tonight's episode was going to be a new one... but I watched it anyway, and thus failed to realize that I could have watched The Dresden Files instead. So I'll be staying up to catch the repeat at 3. Argh. And Studio 60? They've done better, but they've also done worse. This episode seemed to be lacking a bit of zip in the dialogue; I found myself wondering when Aaron Sorkin got bodysnatched by Harold Pinter.

Then I read a chapter and a half of my Visual Basic textbook... which is as dry as dust. Or maybe that's just because I'm reading the chapters I should have read a week ago, when we were covering stuff in class that I already knew.

Now I have a bunch of job alerts from various websites to go through, as I've fallen a bit behind.

I'll leave you all with a thought from tonight's television viewing... there's something seriously wrong with whoever it is at Global Television who thought that it was a good idea to follow up a commercial for Friends4Friends (an agency of the Responsible Gambling Council, which encourages people to intervene in friends' gambling problems) with a commercial for PartyPoker.net.
lance_sibley: (Bondage Dalek)
I missed the 9pm airing because it was on at the same time as Desperate Housewives, and I forgot to put a tape in the VCR. So I just caught the 3am repeat on Space.

Not bad - not bad at all. I have no idea how close it is to the books (since I still haven't gotten around to starting the series, even though I own the first book), but I think I'll be watching this.

I have to say, too, that within the first 15 minutes I found myself just loving Bob:

"If you walk through [the equations], I'll be forced to belt out 16th century show tunes."

"Where there are kids, there's snot."

Yep, definitely liking Bob, though I'm not sure why spoiler ).

Mnah mnah.

Jan. 15th, 2007 02:51 am
lance_sibley: (waldorf and statler - by evenstar_estel)
Okay, this is definitely new news worth sharing:

Pilot episode for a possible new Muppet Show - described as "The Office meets the Muppets" - has been completed.
lance_sibley: (Bored - by equanimity23)
I had my Internet Scripting Languages midterm this evening. I don't know if I'm just really that much better at grasping this stuff than everyone else in the class (not to sound arrogant), but I was finished the entire thing in about 45 minutes (two hours were allotted). I didn't want to be too conspicuous by leaving that early, however, so I went over my answers a couple of times (and probably lost a couple of marks by changing correct answers to incorrect ones, just as I've done on both quizzes so far). I ended up leaving around 7:45 - there are only so many times you can look over the same answers before the second-guessing becomes ridiculous.

Okay, I ended up rewriting a couple of answers in their entirety, too, because I didn't notice until after I was done that the front page had said "please print neatly," and I had written my non-code answers in cursive script... the instructor thought that was hysterical when I told him as I was handing it in.




A few months ago, I posted that someone at the bowling league was convinced I was the PC guy in the Mac-versus-PC commercials:



I neglected to mention that someone else made the same comment last Friday night. Now, thanks to a thread at TrekBBS of all places, I know who this guy is whom I apparently resemble: his name is John Hodgman, and he's the "Resident Expert" on The Daily Show:



I still don't see it... what do you folks think?






I rather enjoyed Doctor Who tonight. There was none of that nonsense about hiding the nature of the thread with contrived shots of the Cybermen backlit or blurry, or shots of their feet, and there was a minimum of "bwahahahaha" from the villain this week. Plus, there was some real emotion there when it was discovered that spoiler ). I was surprised by Mickey, though - I did not see that coming. And I suspect that there will be a followup, despite the Doctor's claim that their arrival in the alternate universe was an accident.

Now, the question is, whether to watch episode 4 of Torchwood (I started watching around 2 yesterday morning, and watched the first three episodes before going to bed at 5), or just go to bed and watch it later? I'm kind of sleepy, but I wouldn't mind a Captain Jack fix... and I'm kind of liking Owen, too.
lance_sibley: (Carlton)
Tonight, in C# class, we got our marks for our first assignment and midterm. I managed a 9 out of 10 on the assignment (I don't know where I lost the mark - he said he'd give out individual notes) and 100% on the midterm. Go me! *grin*

Also, I got a phone call and an email this morning from a recruiter in London (Ontario, not England ;) ) looking for someone to take on a two-month contract at Manulife in Waterloo. Problem is, I don't drive, and as much as I liked living in K-W way back when, I don't see moving back to K-W as being practical for a two-month contract. Even though it starts in January, I'm planning on taking the next courses in the .NET certificate program then.

I also fired off applications to the job listings that I'd saved from last week - six in all, I think it was, including the one that was looking for both COBOL and C#. (No, I don't think I'm an expert just because I have a mark of 95% in the class so far. But it can't hurt if he calls me and I can tell him that. :) )

I still haven't watched tonight's episode of House, which I taped. No Boston Legal tonight - boo! Though I did watch the premiere of Shatner's game show, Show Me The Money. I'm not sure what to think of Shatner's comment to the obviously-gay contestant when he got a question about which country was the first in the world to allow legal same-sex marriages: "If you don't get this, there is no heaven." Huh? Oh, and note to the United States military: stop letting people go on game shows in uniform. When they lose badly, they look like idiots. Especially when they fail to answer questions about political incidents that took place less than ten years ago, or when they can't name fairly well-known entertainment figures (Paula Abdul is not a comedian).
lance_sibley: (Captain Jack)
... I figure it's time for an update.

I stayed home pretty much all weekend as I was having a low-level headache that lasted about three days. It wasn't a bad one, it was just annoying. As it happened, too, I was double-booked - I had told John D. a few weeks ago that I would come up to his place to hang out, and it was also [livejournal.com profile] aprilsnark's birthday gathering, but I ended up going to neither and just trying to relax a bit. The headache went away by Sunday afternoon. (I don't know if it's because my schedule has been all over the place lately - last night I didn't get dinner until about 11:30, after I got home from class - or if it's because I'm not used to wearing my glasses as often as I have been recently, as I've been wearing them in class every night. Normally I only wear them for bowling or if I'm going to a movie or show.)

Sunday night I tried to start on the first assignment for my C# class, but it requires a few things that we're not learning until this week. I tried looking them up in some online manuals, but either I still wasn't understanding the concept, or the manuals weren't explaining them well enough. Hopefully I'll be able to understand them tonight. I see that the Powerpoint slides for tonight's class are up on the instructor's website, so maybe I'll read them over before I leave.

The Internet Scripting Languages class last night was nearly a waste of time - the instructor didn't actually teach us much of anything, but had us play around with creating layers. He only had two or three Powerpoint slides on the topic, and they didn't really explain it - they just gave examples. He seemed happy with what I had done when I showed him, but I'm not completely satisfied. The lab involved creating a menu, using layers, which would expand when one clicks on one of the top-level options, but I can't get all of my top layers to be the same width; they're only as wide as the links contained within them. I tried using the "width" parameter, but it didn't seem to make any difference. Argh.

When I got home last night, while having dinner, I watched the Doctor Who episode ("School Reunion") which I had taped. Utterly incredible. I never watched DW as a kid, so I've seen very few of the Tom Baker episodes (I do have the "Key To Time" box set, but like so many other DVD box sets I own, I haven't gotten around to watching the whole thing - in fact, I haven't watched any of it since [livejournal.com profile] basebrat came over and we watched part of it together, which was at least two years ago), but even I was moved - which speaks volumes as to the quality of the writing and the acting. The ending was just beautiful. *sniff*

Anthony Stewart Head was decent, too. :)

Though I'm a wee bit confused about something - I know about "K-9 And Company," but as far as I can tell from looking at IMDb, Sarah Jane and K-9's tenures as the Doctor's companions didn't overlap at all. Sarah Jane's last adventure was "The Hand Of Fear," in 1976, and K-9's first appearance was in "The Invisible Enemy," nearly a year later. How do they explain the two of them knowing each other? (I'm sure it's explained in "K-9 And Company," but I've never seen it. And as far as I can tell from IMDb's writeup, only a pilot was made - is that correct?)

I've also been trying to do some downloading - the first two Torchwood episodes, and the Jericho episodes that I missed. (To be followed by Heroes, since I haven't caught a single episode and it sounds like it's worth checking out.) My first attempt at downloading Torchwood apparently resulted in a bad file - the sound cut out around the 17 second mark, so I downloaded upgrades to my various media players. However, that worked even less well - I stopped getting any sound at all. And when I say "at all," I mean that my iTunes wouldn't even play any songs, and I wasn't even getting a chime when I opened up FreeCell and deliberately made an illegal move. I'm not sure what I did, but it all fixed itself after I rebooted today (having left my computer on overnight to complete re-downloading Torchwood 1x01). Or maybe it was because I ran Ad-Aware and got rid of some spyware that had gotten onto my computer. Weird.

Speaking of spyware, I do have one virus on my machine that doesn't seem to be doing anything and that Norton can't get rid of - I downloaded an alleged fix some time ago but it didn't fix it, so every now and then I get a pop-up that tells me that the file sutil.dll has the Vundo Trojan. The only way I can find to fix it without using the automated tool involves editing the registry, and I'm loath to do that. Does anyone have any ideas?
lance_sibley: (Come Out Of The Closet - by Raelala)
I can't for the life of me figure out what I'm still doing awake at 6 in the morning. I didn't get to bed until 6:30 yesterday morning... these classes are taking a huge chunk of time out of my day and it's taking me all night to do the things I was getting done by 1 or 2 in the morning.

That being said, though, I'm enjoying them. The classes, that is. Tonight we covered arrays in C#. Pretty straightforward stuff. Apparently I impressed the instructor by incorporating a switch statement into tonight's exercise. I would have rather used a three-dimensional array, but he didn't want us to do that - he wanted us to use two separate two-dimensional arrays, and put our data into one or the other. Feh.

But he did show me how to format my numbers so that they would be rounded to two significant digits after the decimal point when displayed. So far as I know, he didn't bother to show anyone else. :)

I owe people a couple of memes that I was tagged for, but I'll probably do them tomorrow. I have to get some sleep, after all, and I've had a headache all day. Probably because I didn't wake up until 2:30 this afternoon. (Hey, like I said, I didn't get to bed until 6:30.)

Oh, but before I forget, for all the Grey's Anatomy fans on my friendslist... T.R. Knight (George O'Malley) has come out. I can't say I'm shocked. I haven't seen a lot of GA, but he did set off my gaydar.

Apparently there was a bit of a punch-up on the set when Isaiah Washington called him a faggot bitch, and Patrick Dempsey proceeded to choke him for it. Come on, people, leave the drama for when you're acting.

Personally, I still think Eric Millegan (Zack on Bones) is cuter.

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