Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
22 December 2014 @ 11:07 pm
I am just back from a short and nearly last-minute trip to Annapolis. I'd never been there before, but my parents went a couple of years ago and Mom's old friends that they visited raved about how nice it is at Christmas, so Dad wanted to see it. Apparently the big boat parade was last weekend, but a lot of the downtown shops were decorated, as well as a drive-through light show at a nearby state park.

And then we spent a while this morning wandering around the Naval Academy grounds, which were pretty much deserted for winter break. The chapel was, alas, closed for putting up new Christmas decorations, but the museum was a great alternative to being really cold and possibly rained on. The museum is also probably the Age of Sail fandom equivalent of Mecca or something. Apart from tangential relation to Austen or Heyer stuff, it's not something I know that much about (ask me sometime about how I've never watched Hornblower), and I still managed to really enjoy it.

So that was fun.
♥: tiredtired
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
10 November 2014 @ 02:30 am
Found out on Friday that it's a niece!

I'm pretty astounded by the clarity of 3D ultrasounds; I haven't seen the pictures for myself yet, but The Brother and Sister-in-Law have already analyzed them thoroughly for which features seem to have been inherited from whom. By contrast, everyone was so certain that I was going to be a boy that my parents didn't have a girls' name picked out and I was nameless for three or four days.
♥: okayokay
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
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I also just finished catching up on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which has been really enjoyable.
♥: moodymoody
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
08 October 2014 @ 12:35 am
So against my better judgment, I watched tonight's Ducky flashback episode of NCIS, after bailing on the show sometime in late 2010. I was all set to complain a lot about it, but apart from nitpicking their Doctor Who reference (because I am nothing if not predictable), I didn't actually hate it that much. And then I remember that there's probably at least a 99% chance that none of the events of the episode will ever be referenced again, and the snark is reborn like a phoenix from the ashes.

That's the thing about NCIS, isn't it? They just sort of ass-pull whatever seems most dramatic at the time, and then reset button. Whatever happens never impacts the status quo for more than one episode. I too want to be Maggie when I grow up, and hope she enjoys her inevitable forced retirement on Retcon Island (TM Rifftrax).

Mostly I just really, really wish that David McCallum would do something besides NCIS and occasional voiceover stuff. My really far-fetched pipe dream is him and Joanna Lumley in a Doctor Who episode, but I will settle for anything that I could be fairly easily persuaded to watch anyway (which rules out pretty much anything on premium cable and Hannibal).

[P.S. Kind of bummed that I missed the opportunity to be one of the extras shouting "SURPRISE!" in the train station. Just how great would that have been? Yeah, I know, wrong coast.]
♥: cynicalcynical
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
01 October 2014 @ 07:09 pm
None of these would make much of a post on their own, so I'm collecting them.

Something Under the Bed is DroolingCollapse )
♥: tiredtired
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
23 September 2014 @ 12:08 pm
Last night, I rewatched "Battlefield" on DVD, which (unpopular opinion alert!) is quite possibly my favorite Seventh Doctor serial in spite of—or perhaps because of—its ridiculousness. Twice during the serial, Ace exclaims "Gordon Bennett!" It's not the only place I've encountered the phrase recently, so I was really curious: who is Gordon Bennett and why is his name used as an interjection? I found this possible explanation and now demand to know what I have to do to make "Kardashian" a widely-used euphemism.

I didn't know this until I read it on TVTropes sometime within the last couple of months, but the plan was to kill off the Brigadier in this serial, but then at the last minute, Ben Aaronovitch couldn't do it. As you probably don't recall, I complained in my reaction post for "The Wedding of River Song" that you can't just kill off the Brigadier in-universe, because—in true Chuck Norris fashion—"Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is effectively immortal. When Death came for him, Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart merely raised a stern eyebrow and Death slunk away quietly."

I like it when TV writers understand me.
♥: lazylazy
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
15 September 2014 @ 08:34 pm
After sitting on the news for what feels like ages, I am finally cleared to start telling people that I'm going to be an auntie! In March!

Not wanting children of my own, I've been saying for ages that I am perfectly content with being the Cool Aunt or whatever, because surely one of the best parts of being an auntie is that you get to give the kids back.

And just because I already had it uploaded to the internet, please enjoy this silly picture of three-year-old me with my newborn brother:

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♥: excitedexcited
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
01 September 2014 @ 01:38 am
Are icon posts even still a thing? I occasionally make stuff for myself, but... that's about it. Anyhow, I liked this particular shot from "Into the Dalek", so I made a couple of variations on it but haven't decided which one I want to keep for myself.

Hey I just met you, and this is crazy...Collapse )
♥: sillysilly
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
24 August 2014 @ 04:53 pm
Pretty terrible work week due to a large part of my department being out at the same time for various reasons, so good timing, BBC.

I don't know how often I'll be doing reaction posts this series, because I'm currently at a point where I'd really rather enjoy things as much as possible than pick them to bits, but I'd probably hardly talk to anyone if not for these posts. Just for the record, I try very hard to couch my reaction posts in terms of "I liked this" or "I didn't like this" instead of "this was good" or "this was bad", because I've seen how easy it is to turn this kind of thing into "your dissenting opinion is bad and you should feel bad", which is the kind of crap that drove me away from Tumblr.

Pardon my digressions, but I've been near the end of my tether with 99% of fandom for a while now, and I feel like most of my posts from recent months have reflected this.

Some very short, mostly general impressions of the episodeCollapse )
♥: thirstythirsty
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
09 August 2014 @ 08:55 pm
I guess Netflix is concentrating most of its attention on its streaming side and original content now, because the DVD side of things has been pretty disappointing lately. They don't have either of the newly recovered Second Doctor serials, they don't have any New Who past "The Angels Take Manhattan", and they don't have a few other random things that are supposed to be available in Region 1 that I've wanted to see. I've actually been having better luck finding what I want through work, although there are still a couple of things I haven't found anywhere else.

Come on, my tastes aren't THAT obscure, are they?
♥: okayokay
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
29 July 2014 @ 09:02 pm
I feel kind of guilty for not posting here very much, because I hate seeing LJ as dead as it's been and knowing I'm part of the problem. Some of it is that I've grown more reluctant to go into much detail about my life and/or media intake, but there's not exactly a lot of other content for me to bounce off of. Most people I know/knew are pretty much exclusively on Tumblr now. I did the whole Tumblr thing for a while, but eventually I got really fed up with the immaturity and the way it's designed to be an echo chamber, and now I mostly avoid it.

Anyhow, work's been pretty busy (is it time for the kids to go back to school yet?) and it's been a while since I had much happening fannishly speaking, although Doctor Who is back soon and the new season of Legend of Korra is finally online (and apparently only online now, in a be-careful-what-you-wish-for way). So I've been trying to catch up with that, no thanks to constant issues with whichever player Nick uses on its website. Episode five, I will defeat you yet.
♥: listlesslistless
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
30 June 2014 @ 09:01 pm
(I guess instead of whining to myself about how dead LJ is, I could post more stuff???)

Community renewed for season 6 by Yahoo!


Okay, so I haven't even seen Captain America 2, but after I read that Danny Pudi makes a cameo, I was pretty bummed that we'd never get to find out if it was like the Cougar Town thing or not. MAYBE NOW WE WILL.
♥: goodgood
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
27 June 2014 @ 07:45 pm
My parents and I are dogsitting this weekend while The Brother and Sister-in-Law go camping. I realized earlier that I've only ever mentioned my dog-nephew on Twitter, so this is Jackie:

He's not quite 14 months old, weighs at least 90 lbs. (probably more by now), and is more than a bit of a pain in the neck. (He's perfectly capable of obeying simple commands, but when he gets really excited—such as whenever there's a new person around—he doesn't seem to listen very well. He is also incredibly hyperactive.)
♥: tiredtired
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
08 June 2014 @ 12:46 am
For anybody who missed it or doesn't follow me on Twitter or whatever: Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did.
♥: pleasedpleased
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
17 April 2014 @ 02:24 am
I decided a couple of years ago that a Muppet Pride and Prejudice movie is something that really, really needs to exist. The Muppets have already adapted Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson (plus a comic book format Sherlock Holmes that I really liked), so Jane Austen seems like a reasonable next step. There's a spoof movie poster from a calendar that I cropped to make my icon, but that's not enough for me.

Every so often I start thinking about it again, so while I'm putting way too much thought into it, I may as well share.

Here we go...Collapse )
♥: sillysilly
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
09 April 2014 @ 06:15 pm
Awkward confession time: I find it really difficult not to get cranky at fans of rising-star fannish darlings like Cumberbatch or Hiddleston for having a pretty much constant stream of new stuff to roll around in, because man, why aren't any of my favorites ever in big-budget blockbusters, or even Sesame Street for that matter?

Then yesterday I happened across this interesting article/interview with a couple of fairly prominent UK-based casting directors (um... I don't think "casting couch" means what the writer thinks it means). I'm not really cut out for writing or acting, but this is a showbiz career I can definitely get behind. In fact, it might be a little TOO ideal, because I'm pretty sure I'd end up somewhere between delusions of divinity and that "NOW KISS" macro.
♥: tiredtired
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
08 March 2014 @ 09:21 pm
I haven't seen this mentioned at all on LJ or Twitter yet (and I daren't even peek at Tumblr anymore), but I browse SpoilerTV a lot, and this was posted earlier today.

Rumor/possible spoiler for DW S8Collapse )
♥: tiredtired
♫: Queen
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
19 February 2014 @ 12:03 pm
I have read The Tough Guide to Fantasyland once before, but I totally don't remember the (tragically fake) "Other Tough Guides" list at the front of the book.

  • The Tough Guide to Saturn (Rings excluded)
  • The Tough Guide to Boating on Mars
  • The Tough Guide to Flat Worlds
  • The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (mostly by Telephone Box)
  • The Tough Guide to Time Warps (out last century)
  • The Tough Guide to Broomstick Flying (with Free Gift of pointy hat)
  • Kobbé's Tough Guide to Space Opera
  • Gandalf's Tough Guide (includes instructions on how to lead Tourists into Dark Places and then leave them stranded)
  • The Tough Guide to the End of the World (coming soon)
  • The Tough Guide to Black Holes (unaccountably missing)

SERIOUSLY DISAPPOINTED that none of these were actually written.
♥: sillysilly
Shannon the I Just Get These Headaches
04 January 2014 @ 07:44 pm
I have not seen "Time of the Doctor" yet, on the grounds that August is a long time to keep me hanging on the departure of a beloved Doctor, so I'm trying to reduce the amount of time between seeing the regeneration and Capaldi actually getting to prove himself. I'm neither actively seeking nor avoiding spoilers at this point.

I've been deliberately keeping a pretty tight lid on internet whining for a while now, because I kind of assume that no one really cares. But I don't think that's very good for me, so I should probably try to be more open when I blog. Whether anyone cares or not, at least I will have expressed some of my bothersome thoughts outside of my own head.

Yesterday, some of my frustrations finally crystallized themselves into the realization that fandom isn't that much fun for me currently. It has its moments, but everything is so political now, and it's just not why I'm here.

Not entirely unrelated: I wish Steven Moffat had waited until he was done with Doctor Who before making Sherlock, just because I am really tired of the mutual backlash between fandoms.
♥: crankycranky
♫: Cinnamon purring