May 19th, 2004

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Poem for Wednesday

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As everyone probably knows, it is sweeps month on television, and the week when the networks reveal their fall schedules. Thus far NBC, ABC, FOX and the WB have published theirs (visit The Futon Critic if you want details), while the two networks which I am most responsible for covering, CBS and UPN, are waiting until tomorrow. This means that officially there will be no word on Star Trek: Enterprise for another day, though Variety reported this morning that the series would be renewed and rumors at fan sites say the same. Since there will be no official word until tomorrow, however, we have to keep up with every freakin' rumor.

Which of course means that it was inevitable that our power would go out during a thunderstorm yesterday and my computer would proceed to crash catastrophically. I think it's recovered now (knocking every sort of wood available, including my head). But I didn't get back to LiveJournal after the morning and I had a rather chaotic and stressful evening. In better news, my son won two awards for being the best Hebrew reader in his grade (it was the last day of Hebrew school for the year, we had to go get donuts for his class in the pouring rain but he loves Hebrew and is apparently very good at it so it was worth it). The pouring rain also brought dozens of half-drowned cicadas onto the sidewalk, so my children and I spent the blackout period picking them up and rescuing them.

You all know that Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game last night, at the age of 40? I am actually a better fan of baseball books and movies than I am of the sport on a day to day basis -- I get fed up with the sports politics and the money and the drugs and the bad boys and the owners, and go watch Pride of the Yankees and The Natural for the bazillionth time -- but this was better than For Love of the Game with the same holy grail as goal. Coverage here and here and all over your sports section too.

In honor of starfishchick, who does not have a digital camera and therefore could not post her pictures of the Big Gay Boat, a set from the USS Constellation. In the interests of avoiding duplication, I have not repeated pictures similar to those from our last visit.

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And again I am behind on birthdays! Happy belated to fuschia, unen2gemismasin and nostalgia_lj, and happy birthday and welcome to LJ to robinwest, whom I met during a brief but intense flirtation with Space: 1999 and Mission: Impossible fandom! Collapse )
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Total Loser Geek Post, Please Ignore

ribby passed this on to me: "Fury Over O'Brian Book Plan": "The family of Patrick O'Brian, the author whose historical novels have sold millions of copies around the world, have expressed dismay over the publication of a fragment of the book he was working on when he died." Collapse )

And, okay, I need to fangrrl out for a minute. Sandi Holder's Doll Attic has a listing for a new Barbie and a new Ken doll coming in October: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Barbie as Galadriel and, even better, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Ken as Legolas! "Based on Cate Blanchett's character in the first film of the fantastic Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Barbie as the Elf Queen Galadriel will be sure to dazzle fans of the film series, as well as all Barbie collectors alike," say the notes on the former, while for the latter, it's "Orlando Bloom portrays an agile and trustworthy Elf Warrior in this representation of Legolas from The Two Towers, the second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We think you'll swoon over Ken as Legolas; we know we can't wait!" Both dolls will be from Mattel's Silver Label collection and will market for $39.95.
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Review and Blather

Here's the Trek Nation Enterprise review: "Countdown". (If the page is all messed up, sorry; there's something screwy in the database and I can't figure out how to fix it.) I liked it but didn't have a lot to say about it; it's very much a bridge action episode into the season finale.

So a few more dorky things for the day, and then I'll stop. stoffel made me happy this evening by posting Heaven's Burning screen caps featuring Russell Crowe tied up and doing just what he's doing in my icon...does it get any better than that?

chrismm posted a link to this game where you try to clean up your dorm room before your parents arrive, including hiding your pot, used condoms and panties. Very amusing.

The Washington, DC Mormon Temple, a.k.a. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (close-up daytime picture via that link), which is actually in Kensington, Maryland. Coming down I-95/495 from Baltimore toward DC, you cannot miss it, and indeed the most impressive place to see it from is a car on the Beltway. This is not a very clear image of it, having been taken through my windshield, but the twilight colors were too lovely not to try to capture. ETA: I should perhaps note that CB radio users refer to this as "Disneyland" (as in, "How's the traffic around Disneyland?").

Homicidal Rampage meme gacked from starfishchick: Collapse )