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[16 May 2011|02:48am]
Question to those of you who ever make their own pizzas (or put extra toppings on top of a cheese & tomato, or anything like that): what kind of toppings do you put on?

Not counting vegetables or cheese.

I like variety when I make pizzas, I like to try something a bit different sometimes, but I find it hard to think of new things which don't take a really long time to put together and don't cost much.

Toppings I've used include:

Ham (chopped into pieces)
Bacon bits (bought in a packet then fried)
Herbs & spices (a particular spicy mix bought especially for pizzas)
Pepperoni (bought in slices, but it's not so cheap and tends to have far more in the packet than I can use so it gets wasted)
Hot dogs (tinned, cut into pieces)
Chicken (cut into pieces)

Anyone have any other suggestions, please?
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[22 Mar 2011|05:11pm]

NCIS Complaint

I'm currently re-watching NCIS season one. A number of things strike me, especially in comparison to more recent seasons of NCIS.

It's distinctly better than recent NCIS which I already basically knew - less complicated plot structures, more variety of formats, better team dynamics, more appropriate crimes for NCIS (involving actual ships and sailors/marines), better characterisation of Tony, and Kate is far more convincing than Ziva (I like Ziva but she makes no sense as a character).

But I'm SO FRUSTRATED with how they wrote Kate in regard to her Secret Service background.

There are multiple times where she's annoyingly naive, gullible, etc. And times where her shooting skill isn't great, or she does stupid things like go into a potential hostage situation without letting anyone know first.

I wouldn't mind so much if she had a different background, but she used to protect the President of the United States. She would have to be highly skilled to even get into the Secret Service, and then receive a lot of training. NCIS writers seem to have repeatedly ignored the background they created for her.

The few times her Secret Service training is actually utilised - most commonly profiling - it inevitably does not in any way contribute to the actual solving of the case.

I'm very irritated by it.

Side note - I really loved NCIS's recent episode with Kate's sister in it. Well, the scenes which had her in (I found the actual case story rather boring). Not only was it nice to pay tribute to a character who'd been dead for so long (not very usual on TV), the sister was very insightful about Kate's relationships with the other characters, and especially about Tony.
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[12 Mar 2011|08:43pm]

Female Characters Meme

I saw this on netgirl_y2k's journal and felt the urge to do it myself. Apparently it was originally for International Women's Day.

You might also be interested in my Top Female TV Characters of the 2000s list, written in early 2010. I've tried to cover some different women this time around, although there's inevitably a bit of crossover.

I kind of wish that there were more categories, because there were so many women I wanted to include and had to leave out! *Looks mournfully towards Gillian Foster, Jaina Solo, Lauren Reed, Caitlin Todd...*

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[29 Jan 2011|03:25pm]
I've finally got around to adding some of my fics to AO3. Just a few of them, the ones I personally like the most and/or don't require too much work to get them up there.

My A03 page:

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[03 Jan 2011|04:32pm]

Update to Mayitbe.co.uk recs

I've just added nine fics to my Doctor Who fic recs page.

Updates page >>
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[08 Dec 2010|08:31pm]
To any number of writers of fanfiction, published fiction and also TV series...

If you're going to have time altered by somebody's actions while time travelling, is there any chance that you could offer even a vague explanation for the changes in the new time line?

For example, why a change in timeline that seemingly has nothing to do with a particular character could make him divorced.

Or make somebody never have been born.

Or give somebody else a complete and total different identity (I'm looking at you, Primeval - and your change in the past was loosing a few baby future predatars in prehistory, for goodness' sake - why does it turn Claudia into Jenny but make no other changes at all?).

Or make somebody not autistic (Eureka, that one's you).

Or why somebody who was an exile in the original timeline would become Emperor in the new one.

I'm not saying these things aren't perfectly possible in an altered timeline... but any chance of a quick hint as to why?
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[15 Nov 2010|08:08am]
Minor rant here: why is it always family of four?

Want a cheaper family ticket to somewhere? You need to have two adults, two kids. Win a competition for a trip/meal/tickets/whatever and if it's not just for two then it's for two adults, two children.

I know that they can't just do a family ticket saying "any and all family members welcome even if there's 16 of you!!" but really... not all families consist of two adults and two children. In fact, I'd imagine the majority don't.

There's plenty of families with no children at all but more than two adults, others with only one parent, others with only one child, or three or four children... (seriously, can you imagine winning a competition and having to tell one of your kids that they can't join in claiming the prize?)

If nothing else, couldn't it be widened to include one parent, three kids or something? Or just four people in general without any specification as to age?
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[15 Nov 2010|12:21am]

Avalon High - Book & Movie

  • Avalon High by Meg Cabot - a novel where a group of teenagers begin to realise they may be the reincarnations of important figures from Camelot.
  • Avalon High original Disney Channel TV movie adaptation starring Brittany Robertson (from Life Unexpected).
This is going to contain spoilers for both, hence the cut....Collapse )
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[03 Nov 2010|09:53pm]

Doctor Who Live... was amazing.

Great monsters (loved seeing the kids' reactions), lovely specially filmed scenes with Matt Smith, music performed live with really talented singers and most of all an actual plot that worked.

I hadn't been planning to go - a friend of my parents' contacted them on Monday saying she had two tickets she couldn't use and did they want them? So I ended up going for free with my mother. And despite being in our 20s and 60s respectively, we didn't feel out of place - there were people of all ages there, many of them definitely not coming with children!

I just wish I'd taken some pictures. But a (different) friend of my parents was sitting in the front row and apparently took loads so I'll hopefully pick them off her Facebook. (Photography was not allowed, but it seemed like 99% of people there took no notice of that...!)
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[17 Oct 2010|10:06pm]

Updates to list of ficsearching communities

I've recently added a few new ficfinding comms to my list, so go and have a look and see if there's any you'd like to join...

To the list >>
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[23 Sep 2010|10:39pm]
On how I keep getting sucked in to supernatural creature stories

(Part reflection, part rant/moan.)

You know, I've never really been that interested in supernatural creatures in fiction, film or TV.

Seriously. Vampires are okay as bad guys and occasionally sexy, but they're definitely neither romantic (drinking blood? yuck) nor generally speaking all that interesting to my mind. Were-wolves ... and were-animals in general ... are generally just normal people who happen to spend a lot of time in forests (plus, the male-dominated nature of some were-species in fiction makes me incredibly uncomfortable). Fairies are either tacky and overly soppy, or too manipulative and scheming, depending on the source. Unicorns are pretty and that's about it. Zombies are gross. Ghosts are just people who are see-through and spend all their time in one place. Dragons are cool but seriously don't have human form except in the minds of romance novelists. "Demon" is just a word that authors & scriptwriters give to characters or monsters when they're making up their own species and can't be bothered thinking up anything more original to call it.

They're all so much in fashion at the moment, though! They're taking over the sci-fi, fantasy and romance sections of bookstores; there seems to be a new movie coming out practically every minute with one or more supernatural species in it; and there's quite a few TV series and episodes of TV series joining in the trend.

And I'm getting sucked in. Well, more like I've already been sucked in, almost against my own will. I still don't like the creatures as concepts, but so many of the particular characters and storylines are interesting that I end up loving the individual canons anyway. It's got to the point where I'm actively searching for books etc of this kind in the hopes that I'll find some I like.

My bookshelves are covered with Sherrilyn Kenyon, Allyson James, Julie Kagawa, Michelle Rowan, Mary-Janice Davidson, C. L. Wilson, Rachel Vincent and various others. I'm watching, or have watched in the past, Lost Girl, sometimes True Blood (though I've gone off it a bit, partially because I find Bill incredibly boring, and thus am not up to date with it), Angel & Buffy, Moonlight and several others. I've just heard that they're making a movie of the book "Wicked Lovely" and I'm almost looking forward to it!

I suppose we're stuck with this trend for a fair few more years anyhow, so I might as well get enjoyment where I can! I have a definite love/hate relationship with the whole genre though.

How about the rest of you? Am I as unusual in my feelings as I seem to be or do others feel the same way?
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[08 Sep 2010|10:14pm]

A note to Ginny-bashers (and character bashers in general, really):

I fully understand that there are people who don't like Ginny Weasley. In fact, quite a few of my f-list can't stand her. I'm not talking to you lot. I'm talking to all the people who persist in writing stories that either have the express purpose of bashing her, or (worse) that just decide to add a bit of bashing in on the side of an otherwise interesting story.

Number 1 - Ginny is not a slut. As far as I'm aware, she has a total of three boyfriends in her entire life, and there's only proof that she ever slept with one of them.

Number 2 - Ginny is not clingy. This is the girl that let Harry run off for an entire year finding Horcruxes without her.

Number 3 - Ginny is not a bitch. She has a temper, but that's not the same thing.

Number 4 - Ginny did not "manipulate" Harry into falling for her.

Number 5 - There is no evidence that she is homophobic. I won't deny that we don't know for sure as the issue never comes up in canon, but there's nothing to suggest it.

Number 6 - Ginny is not only with Harry for fame or money. Yes, she had a crush on the Boy Who Lived - when she was eleven. People can outgrow things like that (and in any case it was really hero-worship not a desire for fame). I don't recall her sending photographs of her with him to the press, or asking him to buy her things.

This is a reaction to some recently-seen HP fanfics (and many, many I've seen in the past) but really most of those points could apply to almost any female character from any fandom who is the subject of character bashing.

Seriously, people, if you don't like a character, you don't have to write about her.
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[20 Aug 2010|11:54pm]

My top ten feel-good movies

These are the films that I can watch even when I'm tired or ill, that I enjoy even though I've seen them lots of times before, and most of all that just make me feel good, leave me with a smile on my face when they're finished.

Music and Lyrics
Ice Princess
No Reservations
Sky High
St Trinians (2007)
Miracle on 34th Street (both versions!)
Hairspray (2007)
Adventures in Babysitting
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Monsters, Inc

I hesitated a little over the tenth because I wanted to put in The Blues Brothers, but I actually only saw it for the first time recently so it doesn't qualify as I haven't seen it many times over.

I also chose to stay away from movies which are part of a wider series arc as I didn't want to end up taking three spots on the list with a trilogy or similar.

If you haven't seen any of the above, I highly recommend you check them out.
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[22 Jul 2010|09:50pm]
And the latest unacceptable/completely stupid thing said by a major politician is...

"I think it is important in life to speak as it is and the fact is that we are a very effective partner of the US but we are the junior partner. We were the junior partner in 1940 when we were fighting the Nazis."

-- David Cameron (British prime minister), during an interview with Sky News while on a trip to the US.

You idiot, Cameron.

I think Winston Churchill might have had something to say about this statement, considering that the Americans weren't even in the bloody war until December 1941, after we Brits had already been fighting for over 2 years.

For goodness' sake, most British schoolchildren probably know that. It's not exactly little-known information.

Maybe by the end of the war the US had taken over leadership (after we'd lost multiple millions of people) but overall if you have to name a leader it would surely be either the British or the Russians.

I honestly can't imagine the British troops (past or present) are very happy with him right now. It's insulting. I know he didn't intend to offend them but he should think about what he's saying far more carefully.

Even his comment about the present-day partnership was ill-advised at best. Yes, realistically we are the junior partner, but as prime minister he should not be publically stating that another country is superior to us, or implying that we should follow America's lead. No leader of any sovereign country should do that. Least of all while visiting another country. There already seem to be a few American politicians who act as if the UK is subordinate to the US, no need to encourage them further.

I've sometimes liked Cameron (not his politics, but him personally) but today I'm a bit upset with him.
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[26 May 2010|05:11pm]

Tips and Techniques for Saving Stories from the Internet

Many people like to save stories from the Internet to their computers, whether for easy reading offline, or to keep permanently. However, it can be a very time-consuming, frustrating process. So I have compiled a list of tips and techniques for making saving stories easier, quicker and resulting in fewer files. There are also links to free, downloadable software designed to make this process faster.

I'm sure there must be ways of doing it that I haven't yet discovered myself, so if anybody has suggestions for things to add to this list, please do comment with details.

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[24 May 2010|11:36pm]

Smallfandomfest challenge

Prompts over at smallfandomfest are now available for claiming. As the name suggests, it's a challenge for all kinds of rare fandoms.

There's an unbelievable amount of prompts this round - 2902 total!

View prompts >>
Post to claim prompts >>

I really hope loads of people sign up, because there's some awesome prompts. Anyone who (like me) isn't going to claim any, maybe you'd consider promoting the challenge instead?

Loads of thanks to spikedluv, the mod responsible for all the hard work.
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[05 May 2010|02:22am]

3 recs

I've just posted 3 fic recs over at het_reccers:

West Wing x CSI Greg/Ellie rec
West Wing Leo/Ainsley rec
Gilmore Girls Luke/Lorelai rec

I've posted recs there before, and I don't usually post here about them, but I thought I'd give het_reccers some promotion. Anyone who likes het fanfiction should really check out that community - there are now many hundreds of recs in all kinds of fandoms, and more are being added all the time.
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[25 Apr 2010|09:08pm]

Update to Mayitbe.co.uk fanfiction recs site

I've just added 9 recs to my small fandoms recs page. These include gen, het and femslash stories from the following fandoms:

Babylon 5, Charmed, Farscape, Gilmore Girls, Music and Lyrics, The President's Daughter and The Terminator.

To the updates >>
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[16 Apr 2010|12:50pm]
Over the past few weeks, I've added a number of ficfinding communities to my list. I'm afraid I didn't note down which were the new ones, but you might like to go and have a browse through the list to see any you'd like to join.

To the list >>
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[09 Apr 2010|02:00pm]

The 10 best scripted shows currently on television

My criteria for choosing these shows are:

a) Only scripted shows are included, i.e. ones with plots, characters etc. (As much as I love Total Wipeout, Strictly Come Dancing and various others, they're not on here.)

b) The shows are still in production (this excludes Torchwood because nobody knows if it will be back yet).

c) They are programmes I really think are good quality, not just ones I enjoy (for example I adore Legend of the Seeker but it's not on this list).

d) They are currently high quality (e.g. a few years ago CSI would definitely have made the list, but while I still watch and enjoy it, I truly believe that its quality has declined in the last couple of years).

e) They are shows I like. I know that kind of goes without saying, but still, just because a show is high quality doesn't mean I actually watch and enjoy it.

The list is in alphabetical order.

I hope I haven't forgotton any great TV shows, but really it is a possibility.

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