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Because I'm just not organized to put anything memorable on the table here tonight:
  • I am such a fan of The Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel. These guys - the captains of the crab boats and their crews - are probably at the far end of the political and cultural spectrum from me (Palin supporters? Wouldn't be surprised.) But I can't imagine working under tougher conditions, and doing it with more personality, bravery, strength, or irascible joi de vivre. And I'll never complain about the cost of crab.
  • What does it say about a person when a high point of the first day of vacation is sitting down and successfully cutting a pile of papers down to one quarter of its previous size? I admit to being perilously close to a non-official OCD type of gal, but hell, my life is boring. Oh, wait. I like boring. Yeah, boring's good. Bring on the papers!!
  • Writing Chapter 10 of Hearts and Moons is providing me with absolutely ironclad proof that sometimes writing is a matter of one sentence - no, one fucking phrase - at a time. Per day. I suppose sometimes the victory is just sucking those sentences, those phrases, out of wherever the hell they're hiding, and pasting them to the page.
  • I've been in skiffy fandom since 1977 even if I've largely gafiated, so my involvement, such as it is, in Doctor Who fandom isn't showing me anything more in terms of ... ambiguously socialized intra-group communication than I've seen at conventions, in lettercols or on newsgroups. Yeah, we'll go with that. *pauses to simultaneously sigh for the good ol' days and recoil in horror from the good ol' days* But the recent imbroglio over Torchwood: Children of Earth is staggering in its big, sleek, shiny stupidity. I watch, say little except for an occasional croggled post or rant at Bob, and wait for the seas to calm.  (Although I admit somewhat shamefacedly that I did go off a bit in one post - an attempt to get across my belief that writers writing for pay are writing for themselves and not indulging in hypocrisy when they say they're doing both. Oh, and to voice my belief that writers don't actually get up in the morning with the intention of "betraying" readers, viewers or fans of any kind; that they are, in fact, rather more interested in putting together a story that satisfies their inner ear and their producers'/editors'/agents' needs at the same time than in "breaking the fans' hearts.")
  • As for Children of Earth itself? Bloody brilliant. Absolutely spot-on brilliant. Not perfect - nothing's perfect in this world - but a triumph of great writing, superlative acting, careful and intelligent directing, and dedicated story-telling. If Torchwood goes on, bravo, and I personally hope it does. If it doesn't, this is an incredible high note on which to go out.


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Jul. 15th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
As for Children of Earth itself? Bloody brilliant. Absolutely spot-on brilliant. Not perfect - nothing's perfect in this world - but a triumph of great writing, superlative acting, careful and intelligent directing, and dedicated story-telling. If Torchwood goes on, bravo, and I personally hope it does. If it doesn't, this is an incredible high note on which to go out.

THIS! Times a million. A billion. I'm so disappointed by the fandom simply because clearly (imo) the ones throwing such a fit don't actually care about great concepts, great writing, directing/acting and great character development, but are only fans of the Ianto/Jack relationship and/or Ianto. I'm sorry, maybe that's not fair, but the series was amazing, so, so well-done and the shitstorm that is being thrown that ignores the brilliance? Whatever.
Jul. 15th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
I've read a few posts from people who found dramatic fault with it, and I can respect those folks - they presented their concerns well, even if I might not agree with all of them. I've read more numerous posts from people who didn't like what happened because they felt it was a surfeit of deathin general and that bothered them. I can even understand that, when the comment is clear-headed and civil, because lord knows I've had that reaction to some art (books/television) that I've consumed over the years. It's usually a function of other things going on in my life, but I have had that reaction.

What has croggled me the most are the reactions that tell me folk have lost a sense of proportion, have little understanding that It's A Television Show, People! and - as you so rightly put it - may not have registered Torchwood as much beyond Janto.
Jul. 15th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
My brother was a "crabber"/"crab fisherman" for a good number of years, and my mother managed to find a book on the subject (nonfiction, just a lot of anecdotes and history of crabbing in Alaska) that made it look both fascinating, and very dangerous. My brother is now a sea captain on a much larger boat/ship, and Mom and I are both quite relieved. The thing about crabbing that made me realize I couldn't possibly do it myself was hearing that, once one starts hauling the crab pots on board and dumping them, one is likely to be up for 36 hours straight. I have enough troubles with sleep as it is, and would not do this.

Jul. 15th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Crabs
Yeah, the crazed hours amaze me. I keep thinking that folks who spend all those hours awake are going to end up making serious mistakes, with very possibly fatal results ensuing. This season, the show covers the loss of a ship, with more than half the crew lost, and that flitted through my brain during that very harrowing episode. Your brother is undoubtedly safer outside of crabbing, although any life on the sea has peril at its heart.
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
All the used papers I have with an unused side, that don't have to be shredded, get torn into quarters. I have three stacks here on the desk (for different purposes) that I combine with everything else paper on the desk when the cleaning lady comes or she mixes them up, and two stacks on the end table next to my recliner. I suppose cutting would take less time, but I'm more accurate at folding and tearing.
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
You sound like you're much, much more organized than I am.
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Cadigan just said that, too, and you're both probably right.
Jul. 16th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Was the CoE thing really that huge? I mean, I saw the FU-RTD motivators but that's about it. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places? It was brilliant television. I was unsettled for days. Torchwood season 1 was like original series Battlestar Galactica. Children of Earth was like new series BSG. Just...not even the same animal. So far and above.

I'm an Ice Road Truckers fan for the same basic reasons you like Deadliest Catch. Good stuff.
Jul. 16th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, it was indeed That Huge, to the point of petitions to bring back dearly-and-unexpectedly-departed characters, intemperate language aimed at RTD and at least one of the writers, James Moran - and by intemperate I mean harassing and threatening emails. You are lucky you haven't read some of the stuff. CoE deserves lurve of the highest magnitude.

My FB has watched Ice Road Truckers, although I haven't.

Edited at 2009-07-16 08:50 pm (UTC)
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'm finally going through the TWoP thread. There's a little bit of histrionics but certainly nothing That Bad. So I guess it's the rest of the internets that exhibited the uncouth behavior? I personally don't understand why BSG is a bad thing but apparently there are a lot of people out there that use it as a negative comparison. Huh.

I don't care if there's a fourth season or not. That was brilliant television.
Jul. 17th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, the TWoP thread is absolutely civilized in comparison with stuff on lj. And apparently, Jamie Moran was really attacked on Twitter in the immediate 24 hours after Day Four - which he didn't even write. He was also attacked on his lj when he tried to engage fans in conversation about the five-episode arc. I guess the attacks on his fellow writers got him angry enough to say, basically, "I may not have written (the offending stuff), but I stand by my team, and everything they wrote." The dogpile started all over again. In the end, he realized that was fruitless, and ended the conversation.

At least one or two folks with whom I'm familiar have gotten rather more intemperate about it than I'm comfortable with. Ah, well.
Jul. 17th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
I just came to your post about Jack finding peace and grace as the Face of Boe and it brought tears to my eyes. Gorgeous.
Jul. 17th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, goodness. Thank you.
Jul. 18th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I must admit, I've only seen people I follow reference big drama from Torchwood fans about CoE, I haven't seen any of the drama and have a hard time imagining what there is to carry on about. Or at least to that degree.
Jul. 19th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
You obviously hang around in better neighborhoods than I do. Heh. The majority of the insanity seems to swirl around, and be generated by, folks who are fans of Jack/Ianto slash fiction - often referred to as "Janto." Some of them were unusually upset by the events of Day Four and proceeded to accuse the writers and RTD of everything up to, and including sacrificing babies to the dark gods. Not all of them, not by a long shot: there are lots of Janto fans who remember that you can always write your own endings in fanfic (and that we're dealing with televised entertainment, for god sake.)

There are also some TW fans who might not be Janto slashers, but who disagreed intensely with some of the dramatic choices made by the writers. A small number of that group were also upset to a point past reason (imo).

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