New Stargate

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:19 pm
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I'm not sure that I really have the words for this.

There's going to be more Stargate. A 10-episode digital series. That's exciting news enough, but...

It's going to be about Catherine Langford's early years.

It's going to be FEMALE-LEAD STARGATE.

Look at that beautiful thumbnail of A WOMAN in front of the Stargate:


FEMALE-LEAD. STARGATE. CATHERINE. LANGFORD.

AND THAT MEANS IT WILL ALSO BE A PERIOD PIECE.

I AM LIVING!!!

ETA: Continuing to add icing to this delicious cake: the director is a woman.

Reading Wednesday

Jul. 19th, 2017 08:37 pm
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I finished my last-minute reading of Hugo short fiction items and did my voting on Saturday morning. I think that there were a LOT of very good "shorts" this year.

I am re-reading The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart, which is the second of the Master Li and Number Ten Ox books. I also tried (really, I did) to read two Very Serious books, which turned out to be nearly unreadable and almost useless for their intended purpose. *looks shifty*

In Which Sacrifice Saves a Character

Jul. 16th, 2017 02:31 pm
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We've been playing our second Numenera campaign for about a year now. Numenera is a rather open-ended system that encourages the GM to reward creative play: anyone can try to do anything, and there is essentially one scale and one mechanism for doing just about any sort of task. If you're trained (or the higher-level version, Specialized), you just have an asset (or assets) toward making the roll. The scenario is an ancient world situation (think Vance's Dying Earth, but with more Steampunk-ish elements), and the current campaign is ocean-oriented. We have a ship (and more recently have also acquired a small submarine), and most of the characters have seafaring or other aquatic backgrounds.

cut for long )

Two Things About SG-1 Season 10

Jul. 15th, 2017 12:37 pm
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I am finally up to Season 10 in my rewatch and I have two things to say:

1. Did I possibly never watch my Season 10 DVDs? Because this menu doesn't look familiar. Season 10 is the only one that I have digitally so I have watched it A TON but that also means it's possible I never watched the DVDs. HUH.

2. Am I the only one who's bothered that Teal'c notices there's no birds in "Morpheus" and Sam asks him to confirm when the conversation was the other way around in "The First Commandment"?

"The First Commandment"
TEAL'C: Is there a problem, Doctor Carter?
CARTER: No birds.*

"Morpheus"
DANIEL: What is it?
TEAL'C: Birds.
CARTER: What birds?
TEAL'C: My point exactly. I first noticed in the village and now here in the forest as well—an unusual stillness. There are no birds, or any other animal life for that matter.*

While I can come up with some in-world explanations for this, I'm bothered that Amanda Tapping's reaction in "Morpheus" seems to indicate that she hadn't noticed the lack of birds. I feel like even with the added responsibility of being co-command of SG-1 she still would have noticed the birds. (And yes, I realize this is a potential continuity error 9 years apart.)

*Transcripts snagged from SG-1 Solutions

3. Actually, I have a third thing to say: It still surprises me every time Daniel is arguing in favor of putting Vala on SG-1 that he likens her situation to Teal'c and not himself. Yes, Teal'c and Vala have things in common being aliens and potentially having conflicts of loyalty, but Daniel had to argue for his place on SG-1, too. Moreover he was arguing to look for his wife, and Vala is—kind of, if not explicitly—searching for her husband and child. You'd think Daniel would see that connection. (Of course he could be willfully trying to not identify with her.)

Anyway, I still love SG-1. From the start to the finish.

A Song That Soothes

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:21 am
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Music and lyrics by Bill Staines; performance by Priscilla Herdman

"You can trust the moon to move the mighty ocean
You can trust the sun to shine upon the land
You take the little that you know
And you do the best you can
And see the rest with the quiet faith of man."

Dedicated today to myself, because I need to calm down and move forward.

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Over the winter, we got a "lamb share" CSA from one of the vendors (Cabin Creek Heritage Farm) at the Takoma Park Farmers Market. We liked it, but they don't have lamb over the summer. The Mr. is particular about his beef and doesn't want it to have been frozen, so we went for "mini pork share" this time.

Cut for CSA details and cooking description/rough recipe )

Wintry winter

Jul. 12th, 2017 06:10 pm
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By dint of feeding the woodburner full bore for the last twelve hours, we have convinced the temperature at the top end of the house to rise to 16c/60F. Given that it's currently 4C/39F outside I guess it could be worse.

Bro-in-the-South sent me a nice pic on his cellphone of the white stuff on his street this morning.

News pics of the cold

Tonight is a good night for a roast meal - lamb, roasted spuds, assorted green veges, mint sauce. Also, I am sending son out for the firewood because what else are strong young men for? Or even weedy young men?

Music Monday

Jul. 10th, 2017 08:29 pm
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On The Dark Side - John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (as featured in the movie "Eddie and the Cruisers")

If the song sounds vaguely familiar but somehow you don't think you ever heard it, you may be thinking of songs by Gary "U.S." Bonds, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, or … Bruce Springsteen. They're all exemplars of the Jersey Shore Sound, which for some reason always feels very hamische (like home) to me. In the comments on this one, in fact, someone complains that Springsteen stole this style from Cafferty and Southside Johnny.

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