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So, here I am again after almost two weeks.  I've not been absent, really, but just reading and commenting in the LJs that make up my (tiny in comparison to some of you) flist seems to gobble up all the time I can steal from work for LJ activities.  Am I the only one trying to operate this way, I wonder?  Do all the rest of you do your LJ work in the wee small hours of the morning sitting cross-legged on your beds dressed in jammies with bunny slippers on your feet and a nice cup of cocoa (or maybe a brandy) on the bedside table within easy reach ...?

Of course, the benefit of my system is that I'm accustomed to only being able to access LJ M-F 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., with the occasional opportunity on the weekend if I'm free and can get over to the library.  That means that when LJ went dark last Friday afternoon I was mildly annoyed but didn't think any more about it until I logged in on Sunday and found much wailing and gnashing of teeth coming from those of you who are used to 24/7 access.  But the LJ wizards worked their magic and all's calm again in LJ-land, true?  At least I learned about greatestjournal.com, so if everyone disappears again I'll know where to look for you lol!

I'm on holiday this week (vacation days from 2004 that I couldn't use before the end of the year and so had to carry over).  The weather's been gorgeous -- blue sky, balmy breezes, and temperatures in the 80's (F).  It's hard to believe that last week the rain was coming down faster than the ground could absorb it and rescue workers were still looking for survivors/bodies in the wake of the mudslide in La Conchita.

I haven't done much of anything this week, which is a treat in and of itself.  Lunch with my sister one day, a couple of movies, and the rest of my time spent sitting at a library computer composing a few lengthy e-mails on Oz-related matters, or reading a couple of new Oz fics.  For the record, I've learned that if an author ( catheights this means you) warns of angst, the prudent thing to do is print the story out and wait until I'm in the privacy of my own home to read it.  It's a little difficult to weep without anyone noticing when the other eleven computer stations in the room are occupied ....  And I wasn't even going to try to explain about Season 4 Chris and Toby and a stolen moment in a prison laundry room to the preteen girl sitting on one side of me doing her homework, or to the elderly gentleman sitting to my left.  I just didn't want to go there, lol!

About those movies.  It was Million Dollar Baby on Monday, and Hotel Rwanda on Tuesday.  Hotel Rwanda was hard to watch, and the PG-13 rating surprised me a little.  The film was every bit as graphic and brutal as 1984's The Killing Fields, and I don't think kids belong in the theatre.  On the other hand, I think every politician in America and Europe who stood back in 1994 and did nothing while the Hutus were slaughtering 800,000+ of their Tutsi neighbours should be tied to a chair and made to watch it.  The film made me feel ashamed.

Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby was just as affecting in a different way.  It's a chamber piece, not a symphony, and it reaches out and grabs your heart when you least expect it.  Don't worry -- no spoiler from me -- just a recommendation to go out and see this film.  It's much better (I think) than last year's Mystic River; Eastwood should always have a place in front of the camera as well as behind it, IMO.  I hope that the Golden Globe wins (Best Director and Best Actress) are repeated next month with Oscar statuettes, and I hope there'll be a Best Picture Oscar accompanying them.

Finally, a question for the Oz veterans in the audience.  My DVD retailer tells me that Season 4 is to be released on Feb. 1st.  My question for all of you is this:  should I watch the episodes slowly, rationing them to one a week to draw out the pleasure, or should I have a marathon viewing session and watch them all one right after another?  I was going to watch the first three seasons at the rate of an episode a week -- in the end it turned out to be a season a week, which is part of the reason I had all those extra months to discover Oz fanfic and various other things.  So, is it Chris and Toby with a whole uninterrupted night ahead of them (an episode a week), or is it Chris and Toby in the storage room with a hack just down the corridor (as much and as fast as possible)?  Let me know.

 

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magickslash
Jan. 20th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Personally? Although I haven't seen S4 yet, if I got it on DVD my instinct would be to watch it all in a week. Even though it's twice as long as any other season. Two eps a day and six on the weekend. Because, when Toby and Chris are at their bleakest, I think I'd just want to get through it all as fast as possible. I'm speaking, of course, purely as a B/K shipper with little interest in the other characters except that they're a part of my favourite boys' world.

So you do the library thing too? I know exactly what you mean, about having a moment in a public place and drawing attention. But at least going online gets me out of the house.
aswanargent
Jan. 21st, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
Someday I'll have to break down and get a laptop with internet access. Right now it's just so much easier to use my computer at work (of course one of these days I'm going to have to start cutting back so that my productivity doesn't suffer noticeably.) This vacation week I've been doing LJ and TS stuff on the library computers. The only problem with the library is that if there's a queue for the computers you can only be on for 30 minutes. Then you have to wait 30 minutes before joining the queue yourself. If I had a laptop with a wireless card, I could be doing this at the local Starbuck's or Barnes & Noble bookstore (or at home with the bunny slippers and brandy lol).

But are you telling me that you're writing your fics at the library? That has got to be hard.
magickslash
Jan. 23rd, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
No, not really. At my library you can book for an hour at a time and when the hour's up you can re-book, and I don't have to queue up for ages like you do. They also don't charge if you want to use Micorsoft Word, so I open a document and use tiny print so no passing librarian can see I'm writing gay sex. I got the show's transcripts stored in my inbox too. So it's really no more difficult than it would be at home.

I do miss the brandy and bunny slippers sometimes, though. :)
msdaccxx
Jan. 20th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'd go for the blowout and watch the whole lot as close to back-to-back as possible. I have no restraint. My Oz record is 9 eps in a row, but I can top that, having watched an entire box-set of the Shield (13 eps) in a sitting. Oh, and I almost did the entire Freaks & Geeks box-set (18 eps) on the trot as well, but those eps are only 40 mins apiece.

I'm glad I'm not the only person to have been disappointed by Mystic River, which I found plodding and sentimental. Especially disappinting, given how much I love the novel. I don't rate Eastwood as a director at all, but I hear broadly positive reports of Million Dollar Baby and I'm interested in boxing, so i shall give it a go. Not until this wretched coughing stops, though - it's rendered me anti-social as regards cinema going.
aswanargent
Jan. 21st, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
Did you ever see Unforgiven?

The thing I liked least about Mystic River was Sean Penn's performance. I'd have liked to turn down the decibel level several notches. I think his work in 21 Grams was much better; wish he'd gotten the Oscar nomination for that role instead.
desert_rifka
Jan. 20th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
Watch till ya drop.

You have to watch them over and over anyway; till you've got it all memorized, word for word, gestures, etc.
alinewrites
Jan. 20th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
The problem is that season 4 is so heartbreaking that I doubt anyone is able to watch it ep. by ep. Except if you want to cry *every* *fucking* *day*.
catheights
Jan. 21st, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
For the record, I've learned that if an author warns of angst, the prudent thing to do is print the story out and wait until I'm in the privacy of my own home to read it.

LOL, are you sure the elderly gentleman in the library wasn't a secret B/K'er. Maybe he would have understood about a stolen moment ;-> Okay, maybe not. Yeah, if I think the fic might yank at a few heartstrings, I usually tag on the angst warning.

4.1 and the early episodes of 4.2 contain some of my favorite Oz episodes. However, it's so angsty that it even got to me at times. So you may need periodic breaks. But I'm guessing there will be points where you won't want to stop -- you'll need to watch what comes next.

I can't wait for those DVDs to come out. Even though I have all the eps on tape, I'm dying to watch it all on DVD. Not to mention being able to make high quality screencaps of some of my favorite scenes. I want them now. *g*

ccoralacid
Jan. 21st, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
i tend to watch Dvd sets in the space of a week as it allows me to follow all the story links through in one go--my son downloaded season four the first eight episodes and i was mesmerised and apart from work just waded in-- i think that all the story lines for season four are great and very addictive
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