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weekend media indulgence 
18th-Jul-2005 09:25 am
Nice weekend! San Francisco is finally starting to realize it is summer. The Castro was looking very cute with all the boys in shorts tooling about. Though I have to wonder at the cosmic injustice that the only guys who took off their shirts should have been wearing two shirts instead. But I love how the nice weather brings people outdoors, and the neighborhood gets very friendly and chatty. Sometimes I'll just go for a walk and see how many people I know I'll run into. This weekend was good for that.

I spent a lot of time hanging out with saintmichael. On Friday he came over and we watched the season openers of Sci-Fi's Friday shows. BSG and the Stargate shows look like they'll be having some good seasons.

BSG just keeps getting better and better. I watched some of the reruns that tivo grabbed during the marathon last week. Way back in the first episode "33", Six tells Baltar she wants to have a baby with him. Wow, I had totally forgot that. I've gotten more comfortable with the writer's use of Earth colloquialisms. Initially I hated how everything looked like it was from late 20th century Earth - the phones, white boards, clothing, etc. - and how the language used Earth expressions and units of measurement. Why would people living in another star system use a time unit based on the rotation of our planet? I've now decided to watch the show as if it was a Shakespeare play updated for modern language, and the things we see and hear are metaphors for the "actual" events. Using colloquialisms makes the story more accessible, so I suspend my disbelief. And after "Bitch took my ride!", I'm willing to forgive a lot.

SG-1 looks promising too. While I'll miss Richard Dean Anderson's quirky portrayal of O'Neill, I like Ben Browder and Claudia Black on the show. It's sort of like a Farscape reprise seeing them go at it, but I'm hopeful they'll find a new chemistry soon enough. And is it just me, or is Claudia Black the perfect actress to play Cirocco Jones in a movie of John Varley's Titan trilogy? Atlantis looks like it might be shaping up some, but I still think the characters are a bit wooden. OK, shallow and predictable. I guess the Daedalus is stuck in the Pegasus galaxy until Atlantis can either replace the ZPM or afford to give it up.

Saturday I did some shopping. Bought me a cute, little messenger bag, because sometimes a backpack is just too much. It's a Timbuk2, blue and grey, and has one of those inner organizer pockets that always get me moist. I also went by Tower and got a couple DVDs to use up an old gift card. I picked up Edward Scissorhands, and Time Bandits. I wanted to get Brazil, but I didn't want to spend $60 for a movie!

On Sunday, saintmichael and I went to an early matinee of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. What a great movie! I enjoyed it much more than I was expecting too. I knew going in that it was based on Roald Dahl's book, not on the 1971 movie with Gene Wilder. Burton added some more material (backstory and ending), but overall he was much truer to the book than the Willy Wonka movie. Johnny Depp was brilliant playing Wonka as a quirky, disturbed genius.

After the movie we got some lunch and walked around the Castro talking. We kept running into people I knew and stopping to say hi. I think if I review my journal I'll find a sentence like that several dozen times. It's one of the things that I like best about living here.

I also caught up on some comics this weekend. The Authority story with Lobo sucked rocks. But Matt Wagner's Trinity was excellent. And I'm enjoying the JLA quite a bit now.

That's it for the weekend.
18th-Jul-2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
The guys doing Battlestar Galactica (Ron Moore) have repeatedly talked about how they use terms that are familiar to the audience so that there's more of a connection with the story instead of drowning people in technobabble. That's why they were nuclear bombs and not neutron bombs, etc. So yeah, it's kind of like everything's going through the universal translator... but it's been pretty effective.

ESPECIALLY "Bitch took my ride." Heh. The Television Without Pity forums are full of people talking about how there should be Grand Theft Galactica and Grand Theft Raider: Caprica games. Much discussion of how you'd get a mission to knock off a Caprica City bank and then go grab some Cylon whores and such.

...maybe it was only funny to me...
18th-Jul-2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
I've never played GTA, so it's lost on me. But I do wonder if Boomer would invite Hilo in for some hot coffee.

btw, don't forget that I meme-tagged you!
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