aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Watson plot)
( Dec. 8th, 2011 01:25 pm)
How many times have I said recently I'm avoiding spoilers for Sherlock series 2? (That's rhetorical. You needn't actually answer that.)

Well, this article made me feel all warm and happy, but there are spoilers ranging from the titles of the three episodes/movies in the new series to the creators' and leads' sense of how the character relationships play out. I find them vague enough not to be a problem for me, but you have been warned.

"Hands Up Who Wants to Know about Sherlock Season 2?" by Fraser McAlpine at BBCA. The writing in the article is better than the lack of punctuation in the title would indicate.

ETA: Also go to this entry by [livejournal.com profile] nialla42 to get a couple more links. One is a tweet that the airdate for the first episode is 1 January in the UK.

Unanswered is why BBC America is even covering a show that will be aired on PBS in this country, not, as far as I know, on BBCA. I guess they know what we like and want to keep us up to date. Perhaps they are planning a coup against PBS, along the lines of winning Doctor Who from PBS's iron grip. If it will get me Sherlock within a week or less of the episodes airing in the UK, I'll enlist in their coup!

Ooh—Wikipedia informs me here that Masterpiece, a company at least partly funded by PBS, coproduced the series. That makes it a bit hard for BBCA to grab it. Why on earth would they coproduce it and then plan to air it five months after it will have aired in the UK? (WARNING: Wikipedia article contains mild SPOILERS for s2.) Seriously: do they want to make sure that 90–95% of their potential audience has already watched a download before it airs?

My favorite bit from the Wikipedia article (I didn't read it in full, but this caught my eye):
The show's popularity resulted in enquiries for coats similar to Sherlock's, reported retailer Debenhams. Garment manufacturer Belstaff put the wool trench coat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch back into production before the series had ended. The Independent newspaper reported that "designer Paul Costelloe moved to meet the demand, offering tailored coats and scarves based on the series, while Savile Row bespoke tailor John Pearse said many of his clients were inquiring about the actors' clothes". Journalist Alexis Petridis comments, "you can see why men wanted to get the look. Perhaps they noted the effect Cumberbatch, by no means your standard telly hunk, had on lady viewers ... and decided it must have something to do with the clobber. So it is that Britain's latest men's style icon is a fictional asexual sociopath first seen onscreen hitting a corpse with a stick. Surely not even the great detective himself could have deduced that was going to happen." Publishers and retailers reported a 180% rise in sales of Sherlock Holmes books during the first series' broadcast. Speedy's, the sandwich shop below the flat filmed as Holmes' residence, reported a sharp rise in new customers who recognised it from the show." (my emphasis)

What? No upsurge in sales of jumpers such as John wears? One of them does say "actors' clothes," plural, so maybe!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Watson plot)
( Dec. 8th, 2011 01:25 pm)
How many times have I said recently I'm avoiding spoilers for Sherlock series 2? (That's rhetorical. You needn't actually answer that.)

Well, this article made me feel all warm and happy, but there are spoilers ranging from the titles of the three episodes/movies in the new series to the creators' and leads' sense of how the character relationships play out. I find them vague enough not to be a problem for me, but you have been warned.

"Hands Up Who Wants to Know about Sherlock Season 2?" by Fraser McAlpine at BBCA. The writing in the article is better than the lack of punctuation in the title would indicate.

ETA: Also go to this entry by [livejournal.com profile] nialla42 to get a couple more links. One is a tweet that the airdate for the first episode is 1 January in the UK.

Unanswered is why BBC America is even covering a show that will be aired on PBS in this country, not, as far as I know, on BBCA. I guess they know what we like and want to keep us up to date. Perhaps they are planning a coup against PBS, along the lines of winning Doctor Who from PBS's iron grip. If it will get me Sherlock within a week or less of the episodes airing in the UK, I'll enlist in their coup!

Ooh—Wikipedia informs me here that Masterpiece, a company at least partly funded by PBS, coproduced the series. That makes it a bit hard for BBCA to grab it. Why on earth would they coproduce it and then plan to air it five months after it will have aired in the UK? (WARNING: Wikipedia article contains mild SPOILERS for s2.) Seriously: do they want to make sure that 90–95% of their potential audience has already watched a download before it airs?

My favorite bit from the Wikipedia article (I didn't read it in full, but this caught my eye):
The show's popularity resulted in enquiries for coats similar to Sherlock's, reported retailer Debenhams. Garment manufacturer Belstaff put the wool trench coat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch back into production before the series had ended. The Independent newspaper reported that "designer Paul Costelloe moved to meet the demand, offering tailored coats and scarves based on the series, while Savile Row bespoke tailor John Pearse said many of his clients were inquiring about the actors' clothes". Journalist Alexis Petridis comments, "you can see why men wanted to get the look. Perhaps they noted the effect Cumberbatch, by no means your standard telly hunk, had on lady viewers ... and decided it must have something to do with the clobber. So it is that Britain's latest men's style icon is a fictional asexual sociopath first seen onscreen hitting a corpse with a stick. Surely not even the great detective himself could have deduced that was going to happen." Publishers and retailers reported a 180% rise in sales of Sherlock Holmes books during the first series' broadcast. Speedy's, the sandwich shop below the flat filmed as Holmes' residence, reported a sharp rise in new customers who recognised it from the show." (my emphasis)

What? No upsurge in sales of jumpers such as John wears? One of them does say "actors' clothes," plural, so maybe!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Very angry indeed)
( Sep. 1st, 2010 05:31 pm)
Skip my next paragraph if you've had it with the FB and Twitter nonsense, but please read about Pingback. I got a shock, and I haven't seen anyone mention this yet.

Okay, you've probably all heard about LJ allowing easy cross-posting to Facebook and Twitter. It appears that if someone replies to one's post and quotes one's post, and selects cross-posting, then the quotations from one's post will appear on someone else's FB or Twitter account (even if the LJ entry was locked). I am Annoyed, but I hadn't really worked up to Very Angry Indeed. I have my pseudonym; even if someone cross-posts with quotation from me, I wasn't awfully worried that I would be outed. (You can read about the new cross-posting buttons here on LJ news.)

Important Stuff: Pingback is Screwed Up
The same LJ news bit mentioned changes to pingback, which, when turned on, notifies you that someone has linked to one of your entries. Then rydrawong posted on Dreamwidth (x-posted at LJ, but you can't reply there) that pingback is now sending people snippets of text surrounding the link to their own journals, even if the post was locked and they shouldn't have access. For instance, if Poster A has put up a fanfic, and Poster B trashes it to her little band of friends with a link to the story, Poster A will get a notification that could include an eyeful.

I had Pingback turned off. I almost never link to anyone's post to say anything mean, but there have been a couple times when, in friends-locked entries, I asked if I was being unreasonable to complain about a story lacking proper warnings or to suspect plagiarism. I know I had Pingback turned off, because I never ever received any notifications that anyone had linked to me, and that was okay. When I saw people complaining about Pingback, I double-checked my settings here this morning. Pingback was disabled. I didn't change anything. I'm wondering if I twitched or something and accidentally changed the setting. It's possible, but....

A few minutes ago, I posted a new installment of my Primeval story. I went my merry way to do the next two steps: I posted an entry at [livejournal.com profile] primeval_denial linking to the new installment, and I put the link on the story's launch page on my own journal as well.

I got pingback e-mails for both entries as fast as my screen could refresh. I did not have Pingback turned on. I went back to my Privacy Settings, and it had changed from "Disabled" to "Open." I have now fixed it. I recommend everyone recheck their Pingback settings again.

One of the pingbacks says basically nothing, though both entries are public. The other one can be seen here: as you can see, that's 186 words. I'm leaving them both up as cautionary tales.

ETA: Rydra does say in comments to her entry that she has heard from other people that they're getting pingbacks with the feature disabled.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Very angry indeed)
( Sep. 1st, 2010 05:31 pm)
Skip my next paragraph if you've had it with the FB and Twitter nonsense, but please read about Pingback. I got a shock, and I haven't seen anyone mention this yet.

Okay, you've probably all heard about LJ allowing easy cross-posting to Facebook and Twitter. It appears that if someone replies to one's post and quotes one's post, and selects cross-posting, then the quotations from one's post will appear on someone else's FB or Twitter account (even if the LJ entry was locked). I am Annoyed, but I hadn't really worked up to Very Angry Indeed. I have my pseudonym; even if someone cross-posts with quotation from me, I wasn't awfully worried that I would be outed. (You can read about the new cross-posting buttons here on LJ news.)

Important Stuff: Pingback is Screwed Up
The same LJ news bit mentioned changes to pingback, which, when turned on, notifies you that someone has linked to one of your entries. Then rydrawong posted on Dreamwidth (x-posted at LJ, but you can't reply there) that pingback is now sending people snippets of text surrounding the link to their own journals, even if the post was locked and they shouldn't have access. For instance, if Poster A has put up a fanfic, and Poster B trashes it to her little band of friends with a link to the story, Poster A will get a notification that could include an eyeful.

I had Pingback turned off. I almost never link to anyone's post to say anything mean, but there have been a couple times when, in friends-locked entries, I asked if I was being unreasonable to complain about a story lacking proper warnings or to suspect plagiarism. I know I had Pingback turned off, because I never ever received any notifications that anyone had linked to me, and that was okay. When I saw people complaining about Pingback, I double-checked my settings here this morning. Pingback was disabled. I didn't change anything. I'm wondering if I twitched or something and accidentally changed the setting. It's possible, but....

A few minutes ago, I posted a new installment of my Primeval story. I went my merry way to do the next two steps: I posted an entry at [livejournal.com profile] primeval_denial linking to the new installment, and I put the link on the story's launch page on my own journal as well.

I got pingback e-mails for both entries as fast as my screen could refresh. I did not have Pingback turned on. I went back to my Privacy Settings, and it had changed from "Disabled" to "Open." I have now fixed it. I recommend everyone recheck their Pingback settings again.

One of the pingbacks says basically nothing, though both entries are public. The other one can be seen here: as you can see, that's 186 words. I'm leaving them both up as cautionary tales.

ETA: Rydra does say in comments to her entry that she has heard from other people that they're getting pingbacks with the feature disabled.
aelfgyfu_mead: Killer rabbit from Monty Python (Killer)
( Jun. 4th, 2009 08:55 pm)
I'm going to quote something I wrote in a (long) comment on [livejournal.com profile] gatechic's blog because, well, I think it bears repeating (and I'm a teacher as well as a parent, so I really like to repeat myself):

The other day Small Child, who is in second grade, produced her homework for us to sign. They have to choose the word that has the same vowel sound as the main word. One choice was:
For sure:
a) secure b) fur c) stir.

Your turn!
[Poll #1411219]

I don't HAVE a correct answer, but I do talk some more )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Killer rabbit from Monty Python (Killer)
( Jun. 4th, 2009 08:55 pm)
I'm going to quote something I wrote in a (long) comment on [livejournal.com profile] gatechic's blog because, well, I think it bears repeating (and I'm a teacher as well as a parent, so I really like to repeat myself):

The other day Small Child, who is in second grade, produced her homework for us to sign. They have to choose the word that has the same vowel sound as the main word. One choice was:
For sure:
a) secure b) fur c) stir.

Your turn!
[Poll #1411219]

I don't HAVE a correct answer, but I do talk some more )
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Couldn't quite manage to post this yesterday:

Well, now you know! I feel like Olive after...well, that would spoil another show, and I won't do that. spoilery rant about Primeval )

skip the entire rant and go straight to links that make me happy )
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Couldn't quite manage to post this yesterday:

Well, now you know! I feel like Olive after...well, that would spoil another show, and I won't do that. spoilery rant about Primeval )

skip the entire rant and go straight to links that make me happy )
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Long day, tired and cranky, decided to do something I hardly ever do: watch a vid or two. I thought I'd look for some Primeval, but I didn't want spoilers, so I cleverly entered "Primeval s1" in the search box. Please do not tell me what a stupid thing this probably was to do; I know that now. Maybe the one that came up had something like "Primeval s1 s2" in its descriptors. I'm not going back to check.

So my search came up with only a handful of things, including the official trailer, an official interview clip or two with cast, and a few that seemed to be fan-made vids. I was going down the list, deciding which one to try, and I clicked "more info" on a few, and then one told me something major from the end of s2.

I know I put a big spoiler once in one of my own fic descriptions, and I'm really, really sorry about it. I fixed it on my website as soon as I realized (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] redbyrd_sgfic!), but it was too late to unsend the e-mail I'd sent to my loyal readers. I will do my darndest not to do it again. And anyone who read that summary had a right to be angry with me (hope you're over it by now).

But I'm seriously ticked--here I went looking for something to relax me, and now.... I'm gonna take a shower and go back to the book I'm reading, even if it's not the happiest book I ever read.

Don't look for Primeval vids if you're hiding from spoilers. Just don't. I didn't even watch the darned thing!
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Long day, tired and cranky, decided to do something I hardly ever do: watch a vid or two. I thought I'd look for some Primeval, but I didn't want spoilers, so I cleverly entered "Primeval s1" in the search box. Please do not tell me what a stupid thing this probably was to do; I know that now. Maybe the one that came up had something like "Primeval s1 s2" in its descriptors. I'm not going back to check.

So my search came up with only a handful of things, including the official trailer, an official interview clip or two with cast, and a few that seemed to be fan-made vids. I was going down the list, deciding which one to try, and I clicked "more info" on a few, and then one told me something major from the end of s2.

I know I put a big spoiler once in one of my own fic descriptions, and I'm really, really sorry about it. I fixed it on my website as soon as I realized (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] redbyrd_sgfic!), but it was too late to unsend the e-mail I'd sent to my loyal readers. I will do my darndest not to do it again. And anyone who read that summary had a right to be angry with me (hope you're over it by now).

But I'm seriously ticked--here I went looking for something to relax me, and now.... I'm gonna take a shower and go back to the book I'm reading, even if it's not the happiest book I ever read.

Don't look for Primeval vids if you're hiding from spoilers. Just don't. I didn't even watch the darned thing!
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I've read this article two or three times, but I can't quite wrap my head around it: "Treasure Island to stop funding library," from The St Petersburg Times. Treasure Island doesn't have its own library, but it will stop paying to let its residents be part of the local library system.

what? What? WHAT? No free public library?

I'm already appalled that my county (Hillsborough) has cut ties to other counties so that now people from neighboring counties have to pay $100/year if they want to borrow from our county. I think the county has also laid off some people; I know some of the neighboring counties have laid off people and cut hours. But NO library access whatsoever?

Where are our priorities?
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I've read this article two or three times, but I can't quite wrap my head around it: "Treasure Island to stop funding library," from The St Petersburg Times. Treasure Island doesn't have its own library, but it will stop paying to let its residents be part of the local library system.

what? What? WHAT? No free public library?

I'm already appalled that my county (Hillsborough) has cut ties to other counties so that now people from neighboring counties have to pay $100/year if they want to borrow from our county. I think the county has also laid off some people; I know some of the neighboring counties have laid off people and cut hours. But NO library access whatsoever?

Where are our priorities?
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I heard about this incident well after the fact, but I'll post anyway.

Claire, a dedicated runner, had promised herself that she'd finish this race, so when she heard a crack in her leg, she kept going. When she heard a second crack, she fell. A teammate encouraged her to rise (not having heard the crack), and she fell again. Those cracks were bones breaking: multiple breaks in her tibia, one in her fibula. She crawled across the finish line and only cried when she realized she'd miss her sister's wedding that night. A full story with YouTube video is at ESPN online; do heed the warnings about the video.

If you find this heartwarming, stop here; I'm about to rant. )
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I was perhaps the last person in the country to hear about Claire Markwardt, the high school cross-country runner. In case I'm not the last person:
Claire, a dedicated runner, had promised herself that she'd finish this race, so when she heard a crack in her leg, she kept going. When she heard a second crack, she fell. A teammate encouraged her to rise (not having heard the crack), and she fell again. Those cracks were bones breaking: multiple breaks in her tibia, one in her fibula. She crawled across the finish line and only cried when she realized she'd miss her sister's wedding that night. A full story with YouTube video is at ESPN online; do heed the warnings about the video.

If you find this heartwarming, stop here; I'm about to rant. )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Nov. 11th, 2007 05:04 pm)
Though no one has actually said, "Hey, Aelfgyfu--when do we get the 'Allies' rant?", I've been promising this one, and I think the problems I see with "Allies" both reflect problems with the whole show and color my viewing of new episodes. Maybe I can exorcise this baby. Spoilers for episode 2.19!

"Allies" is the penultimate episode of season 2: the Wraith show up at Atlantis, Michael contacts the city, and Our Heroes decide to cooperate with these Wraith. My rant is one complaint with many variations: everyone on Atlantis behaves stupidly, and most of them behave unethically. Details on why I hate 'Allies'; spoilers through 3.02. )

I can't think of these episodes without cringing. I can't take them seriously as characterization of Carson, Elizabeth (who was always written unevenly), or John; their behavior, unless we introduce a great deal of justification not seen in the episode, indicts them all as war criminals who fail as well to secure the safety of their own people. (I have less trouble with Rodney and Radek, who lack the moral imperatives of medical doctors and the strategic responsibilities that John and Elizabeth have.) Yes, "Allies" is canon, but I have to ignore aspects of it, or I can't write about these people; they aren't the characters we see in most episodes but amoral or immoral idiots.

That's just bad writing.

Here's why I say these problems are endemic to Atlantis and harm the show frequently Vague reference to 'Missing' and spoilers for 'Irresistible' )

I could go on, but I think I already have. If you can justify the actions in "Allies" in some way I'm not seeing, please let me know! I think these flaws run so deep in SGA that the show can never be what SG-1 was. SG-1 overlooked some moral issues but didn't consistently duck them, and it had a lower proportion of episodes that required the principals to act stupid!

I very much like Stargate: Atlantis. I wish it were a better show. I keep hoping it will get there.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Nov. 11th, 2007 05:04 pm)
Though no one has actually said, "Hey, Aelfgyfu--when do we get the 'Allies' rant?", I've been promising this one, and I think the problems I see with "Allies" both reflect problems with the whole show and color my viewing of new episodes. Maybe I can exorcise this baby. Spoilers for episode 2.19!

"Allies" is the penultimate episode of season 2: the Wraith show up at Atlantis, Michael contacts the city, and Our Heroes decide to cooperate with these Wraith. My rant is one complaint with many variations: everyone on Atlantis behaves stupidly, and most of them behave unethically. Details on why I hate 'Allies'; spoilers through 3.02. )

I can't think of these episodes without cringing. I can't take them seriously as characterization of Carson, Elizabeth (who was always written unevenly), or John; their behavior, unless we introduce a great deal of justification not seen in the episode, indicts them all as war criminals who fail as well to secure the safety of their own people. (I have less trouble with Rodney and Radek, who lack the moral imperatives of medical doctors and the strategic responsibilities that John and Elizabeth have.) Yes, "Allies" is canon, but I have to ignore aspects of it, or I can't write about these people; they aren't the characters we see in most episodes but amoral or immoral idiots.

That's just bad writing.

Here's why I say these problems are endemic to Atlantis and harm the show frequently Vague reference to 'Missing' and spoilers for 'Irresistible' )

I could go on, but I think I already have. If you can justify the actions in "Allies" in some way I'm not seeing, please let me know! I think these flaws run so deep in SGA that the show can never be what SG-1 was. SG-1 overlooked some moral issues but didn't consistently duck them, and it had a lower proportion of episodes that required the principals to act stupid!

I very much like Stargate: Atlantis. I wish it were a better show. I keep hoping it will get there.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Nov. 10th, 2007 10:10 am)
Can I actually be the first of my friends to post on this episode? I can't find any posts, so I don't know what anyone else thought (except Brilliant Husband).

Summary without spoilers: I had been looking forward to this episode; I knew it was supposed to be a Teyla and Keller episode, and I knew the general outline. I like Jennifer Keller, and I like Teyla! I am . . . disappointed. The script had one giant bloophole (if you're not familiar with this term, run and get Jasper Fforde's Eyre Affair and read it and the sequels!) and some other problems. Perhaps the most annoying thing is that they were fixable! Some scripts can't be salvaged (I'm still planning to post my rant on "Allies" when I find the time, and I think "Gemini" and "Ascension" on SG-1 were two of the worst scripts they ever wrote); this one could have been quite good if they had taken the time to revise it! After the cut, I'll explain how.

Longer review with spoilers and fixes )
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Nov. 10th, 2007 10:10 am)
Can I actually be the first of my friends to post on this episode? I can't find any posts, so I don't know what anyone else thought (except Brilliant Husband).

Summary without spoilers: I had been looking forward to this episode; I knew it was supposed to be a Teyla and Keller episode, and I knew the general outline. I like Jennifer Keller, and I like Teyla! I am . . . disappointed. The script had one giant bloophole (if you're not familiar with this term, run and get Jasper Fforde's Eyre Affair and read it and the sequels!) and some other problems. Perhaps the most annoying thing is that they were fixable! Some scripts can't be salvaged (I'm still planning to post my rant on "Allies" when I find the time, and I think "Gemini" and "Ascension" on SG-1 were two of the worst scripts they ever wrote); this one could have been quite good if they had taken the time to revise it! After the cut, I'll explain how.

Longer review with spoilers and fixes )
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Oct. 6th, 2007 10:35 am)
Yes, spoilers; if you haven't seen the ep, please come back later!

This time I read other people's reviews first, and I find myself agreeing with a lot of things that [livejournal.com profile] tipper_green, [livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum, and [livejournal.com profile] wraithfodder said (hope y'all don't mind me citing you!). I have both rants and praise, though more praise this time. More about 'Lifeline' )
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Oct. 6th, 2007 10:35 am)
Yes, spoilers; if you haven't seen the ep, please come back later!

This time I read other people's reviews first, and I find myself agreeing with a lot of things that [livejournal.com profile] tipper_green, [livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum, and [livejournal.com profile] wraithfodder said (hope y'all don't mind me citing you!). I have both rants and praise, though more praise this time. More about 'Lifeline' )
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