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Mustard [Nov. 10th, 2008|08:31 pm]
Beemer
I haven't really written much since Halloween; been taking a bit of a break after the crunch of October. NaNoWriWhat?

Tomorrow is an all-day meeting with eight or ten people physically present and another four or five videoconferencing in. Well, one guy is joining by video; everyone else couldn't pull it off and are joining by phone, which is kind of annoying, given that the effort put into setting up the videoconference was nontrivial, but eit, I suppose.

Our net connection has been really slow lately, and I spent a half an hour on the phone with our ISP this morning plugging and unplugging and powercycling largely because I gave them the wrong username and they were looking at some guy in Michigan's modem instead of ours. Oops. But now they're sending us a free loaner DSL modem to see if the problem is that our hardware is old and creaky. So that's nice.

The Gamaches had a free ticket to the Denver Museum of Natural History (it will always be Natural History to me, not Nature and Science), so I joined them on Saturday to go see the travelling dinosaur exhibit from the American Museum. It was fun, though the IMAX movie at the end gave me a headache from parallax plus low blood sugar. And I learned something! Recently, paleontologists have started thinking that all the horns and spikes and bony shields and frills and whatnot on triceratops and his kin weren't so much for defense as they were for wooing the lady dinosarus. Just like how antlers and horns on modern critters are mostly for mating displays and fighting over territory, and only occasionally used for fending off predators. Which makes a lot of sense, if you think about it.

We had D&D on Friday and there was something that I thought might be kind of interesting to relate, but damned if I can remember what it is now.

Watched and enjoyed disk 2 of season 2 of new Doctor Who. I suspect I'll end up liking Eccleston better than Tennant, but it's still plenty watchable.

In theory, there's a figurative chicken wandering about, but I'm not counting it until it has not just hatched, but laid its figurative egg into my non-figurative bank account.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2008-11-11 04:14 am (UTC)
If I were a lady dinosaur I would be all over the triceratops! Trufax.
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[User Picture]From: flwyd
2008-11-11 06:55 am (UTC)
But how could you tell if he was horny?
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[User Picture]From: goobermunch
2008-11-11 06:55 am (UTC)
Did it have anything to do with the fact that we mostly ignored the combat (and didn't really fight back), but still managed to survive?

--G
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2008-11-11 05:04 pm (UTC)
Or, maybe that the motive for the murder had nothing to do with Warforged rights, and is likely an old grudge of some kind?
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[User Picture]From: navrins
2008-11-11 02:09 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing, but Tennant grew on me.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2008-11-11 03:46 pm (UTC)
Tennant has a lot of good qualities, but somehow I've never been totally taken with him. Unfortunately, the hit-or-miss quality of Season 3's writing isn't helping. I'm getting tired of his angry-but-helpless don't-you-hurt-her-but-go-ahead-and-slaughter-all-these-other-innocents-you-alien-bastards look/tone. You know, this one:

Angry David Tennant

And the "humans are so amazing except when they're not" speeches are sometimes okay, but more and more sound silly.

I'm glad to hear that they'll be retiring Tennant and bringing in someone very different. I really do like Tennant overall, but a new Doctor will give them new things to explore.

Thanks for giving me a forum to spew stuff that's been bubbling in my head about the show. Hope I'm not diminishing anyone's excitement about later seasons. There's still plenty of good episodes where I'm at in Season 3, you just have to wade through a few "blegh" ones.
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2008-11-11 05:14 pm (UTC)
Well, see, I was like navrins for a good while and then, somehow, the cumulative effect was bigger than an individual episode.

And, well, now, I really think Tennant's my favorite Doctor ever.

Most of the uneven-ness, I tend to blame on the writers. But, well, there's always Steven Moffat, and he's always brilliant. So glad he's the new show runner. I was hoping to have some longer Moffat/Tennant era times, but, well, I'll take what I can get.
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