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TV watching
Monday 4th April 2016 8:48 pm

I've been gradually working my way through all the stuff I have taped on my PVR. I've done all the hour long documentaries and now just have the TV series to go. Which feel like the harder bits...

But then I got distracted yesterday and watched an episode of Quantum Leap - The Americanization of Machiko. It had been on my mind after I'd watched a documentary about time travel in sci-fi that mentioned Quantum Leap. The episode is about a sailor who returns from two years in Japan, with a Japanese wife. Who his mother doesn't approve of. Because it's Quantum Leap of course it all turns out all right in the end.

It just reminded me how good Quantum Leap was. And how much I should resist the urge to watch (nearly) all the rest of the episodes (I've never felt the need to rewatch Lee Harvey Oswald, the Evil Leaper stuff or the last episode).

It is a lot easier to have time to watch these things at the weekend. Partly because I can watch them during the day, while Missy is asleep. In the evenings she wants to play (and I want to play with her too) or she'll be noisy drinking or chewing the bars. Sometimes it can take me a whole evening to watch something an hour long.

But I can't blame her for building up a massive load of things to watch on my PVR because most of it was from last year (and some from the year before), and I only got Missy after New Year.

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Ficathon season
Friday 11th September 2015 8:22 pm

It must be autumn... Sign ups for people wanting to write a remix are open in [info]dw_remix, [info]sga-secretsanta has sign ups open and Yuletide has started discussing nominations. I haven't written anything since Remix, so being forced to do it will get me back into the habit.

The trouble I have at the moment is that watching things leads to me watching other things. I have seen Dark Matter, which I think I have finally decided I like (except for the first two cliched episodes and a few boring ones). It had Torri Higginson in a couple of episodes, which made me miss Elizabeth (from Stargate Atlantis). Just as I was thinking about it, [info]sga-secretsanta popped up. With a two a half month writing period, which I'll probably need, if last year is any indication.

I watched some Star Trek: Enterprise, which made me want to watch Quantum Leap. And now Quantum Leap is on my potential nominations list for Yuletide.

Since I was thinking about The Librarian/The Librarians for Yuletide, and getting excited about season 2 starting in November, I watched a few bits. Which made me want to watch Ugly Betty. Which was why I ended up rewatching it earlier this year (I am not rewatching it again).

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Quantum Leap
Thursday 16th June 2011 9:56 pm

After taking a few weeks off to show live Indian cricket, ITV4 is now showing Quantum Leap. Although when I discovered it was on they were partway through season 3. Which was perfect because seasons 1 & 5 were the only ones I'd seen all of. They only showed it Tuesdays-Fridays, now they're showing it on Mondays too, so I keep missing them.

They stopped just before the last episode of season 4 (A Leap for Lisa) which is my favourite, so that felt like a long wait (especially when I didn't know if they were going to continue). Now they're onto season 5 I'm hoping once they get to the end of that they'll go back to season 1 so I can see the rest of the episodes I've missed.

But having seen so many episodes in a relatively short period of time it's interesting to see just how different season 5 is. I'd decided to miss the strange ones (Lee Harvey Oswald, Evil Leaper stuff and the Sammy-Jo Trilogy) because I didn't like them enough to watch a second time.

Then I watched Star Light, Star Bright, which (sort of) had aliens in it. I looked through summaries for the rest of the episodes and they nearly all have something strange in them. I can see now why it was cancelled because it's just not as good. But I can also see why they did it - there are an awful lot of episodes and only so many different things they can do. If they hadn't changed it a bit it would have just got boring anyway.

The annoying thing is it suddenly occurred to me, back in season 3, what happens to the people when Sam leaps out and they go back to their lives? From The Leap Back we know that Sam remembers his leaps while he's leaping, but once he stops he forgets. And leaping swiss cheeses your memory anyway. So I'm fine with the idea that once they go back to their lives they'll forget everything they saw at PQL.

So these people go back to their improved lives and are expected to know what happened to them while they were in fact in the Waiting Room. Definitely so in the one where he's an actor playing a doctor where Sam says at the end that he'll always remember being kidnapped. Except that the actor wasn't, it was Sam. The actor has no memories of the event.

So how does that work? Won't people be suspicious that this person started acting oddly (when Sam leaped in) and then acted differently oddly (when Sam leaped out)? What if that person destroyed whatever it was that Sam fixed in their ignorance? And why am I only thinking about this now and not when I originally saw Quantum Leap back in the mid-90s?

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Review of the weekend
Sunday 26th February 2006 8:28 pm

Progress on the weekend's to do list:

  • Sit down with my Remix fic and introduce it to a thesaurus and come out with version 4 - I have but I haven't typed it up yet because I'm not sure about it, so I'll have to come back to it another time.
  • Sort out my bookmarks - Yes!
  • Decrease the number of RSS posts I have in the Read folder - There are now none in there
  • Do some reviews for Sel - I have two bookmarked so that should be easy given above - Well I did those two
  • Review some books on amazon that I’ve bought from there - I find them quite useful, so it seems only reasonable to give something back in return - Never mind
  • Buy Trillian Pro. The 15 day evaluation was a bad idea in retrospect because I like it. Also see if I can find a skin I like that tells me my status on the taskbar so I don’t accidentally spend all evening out to lunch - Never mind, no rush
  • Maybe make a start on changing my website - Now this is what I've spent my time doing. Never mind start, it's nearly done. I just need to sort out my fan fic, photos and copy the new design over to the blog
  • Do a whole load of Rotaract stuff - including preparing for Tuesday’s meeting before I forget what I need to bring up there - I'll do it tomorrow
  • Reply to some of the emails sitting around in my inbox - Never mind, although there's still time this evening

I slept in till 10.30 this morning. Possibly it was playing with my website, and therefore working hard, that made me tired. I have a really weird Quantum Leap dream this morning. They found Sam, who was really old, due to spending lots of time leaping around, as himself. Someone makes a comment that they found him in 1699, but I think that was dream strangeness cos it doesn't make sense in the cold light of day. That was all reasonable enough but then it got into some strange stuff with Al's daughters running from something and established that his youngest was called Claire and the oldest was called River, although I kept thinking she was called Elizabeth. The Claire thing's definitely from last night's Bugs cos there was a woman in that called Claire. The rest was just the ordinary dream weirdness that I can't even put into words.

I'm feeling quite brain dead now, though, so I mgiht go and watch an episode of Bugs. Or perhaps I should watch an episode of Quantum Leap, as I need to change the Bugs CD anyway as I've got to the end of series 1.

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Some ramblings
Friday 10th February 2006 10:14 pm

I now have a working right shift key, with thanks to my friend and some superglue. And then I used it to bring my Jack/Liz fic up to version 3. I seem to get to v5 pre-beta these days, so one of the things on my big list of things to do this weekend is to print it out and get it to v4 at least. I got overexcited and started my remix fic as well. Although by started I mean wrote four paragraphs and got stuck.

I squeed at The Avengers last night. It was all set on trains and in stations, and at the start we saw a man running between a whole load of stationary trains. There was a lovely long shot from above and they all looked like the type of trains we had in our electric train set. Which was very exciting. At the time they seemed more like real trains should be than real trains. It's almost disappointing now that you can get ones that look like Virgin trains - why would you want to?

If I hadn't left work late I was intending to watch Quantum Leap, which I had just discovered was on ITV3 at 6pm. It was only after I realised I wasn't going to make it on time that I realised this meant it would have adverts in and I just can't cope with that. It was only later that, given I'd have to pause it anyway to deal with dinner that I realised it doesn't matter cos I'd fast forward through them. It's a bit academic anyway cos I have them all on CD but there's just something different about watching them on real TV.

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Tuesday 18th January 2005 11:30 pm

Avon posted a link in her journal to a site with a list of best books. I've only read 9 of the 100 on the science fiction list, but not only have I read the first one on the list, but some of my favourite books are on there. I'd debate whether some of them were science fiction, mind you. There were quite a few on there I'd like to read. And quite a few Asimov's that I'd like to like but just can't seem to for some reason.

My best is the BBC Big Read list, of which I've read 29. It does help that there are a fair few Terry Pratchett's on there, mind you 🙂


I am laughing, reading everyone's comments about LJ not being around for a day on Saturday. What I did that day was: exactly the same as if it had been up. It had that much impact on my life. I don't have a GJ backup journal, nor can I see the point of one. Mind you, I can't work out why anyone would need more than one userpic either. I only have this one so I can post in communities, and I only write in it so people can read it on their friends lists if they want to.

I was more affected by my site getting moved the weekend before and my email going down for an evening, as I was trying to plan meeting up with people. Although, strangely, LJ emails still got through.


I have now read every Quantum Leap book. The latest one followed on from an episode I hadn't seen, so I watched it last night after Tae Kwon Do. It was weird because it was series 2, Al still had the old brown handlink, and the introduction was voiced by a man, which just doesn't sound the same.

But it occurred to me that Quantum Leap is pretty much a comfort programme. Because you know it's always going to have a happy ending (apart from some of the crap they came up with in series five, but we'll just pretend they don't exist). The idea of starting off with Sam having essentially lost his memory was brilliant, because that way you can introduce his life, and Al's to the viewer as he learns about them.

I also love the relationship between Sam and Al. OK, so I also love Al's shirts. And that everyone at school watched it (we were introduced to it in RE when they did a race prejudice episode as we were doing prejudice at the time).

How did it get to be midnight? I could have sworn it was 11pm a minute ago. Must go to bed.

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Coming to you from Firefox
Friday 10th December 2004 7:49 pm

I read dad's magazine this morning and it talked about extensions you can get for Firefox. I had a look and it turns out that there's one that means you can open a new window (or tab) and it will open the current page with the whole history - like in ie. I couldn't live without it, so I've been sticking to ie so far and only using Firefox to save images (for some strange reason ie seems to think everything is a bitmap). But since I installed this extensions I've been using both. Firefox does look a bit odd though but I suppose I'll get used to it.

We did presents this evening and dad got me an updated version of his php book. So I might get some done at some point! Usually mum buys all the presents - the last present dad got me was 3001 (in hardback).

Yay for this news: McGillion made Atlantis regular

I'm reading Textual Poachers at the moment (well, as well as Unfinished Tales and the second book of Simon Schama's History of Britain) and it's quite interesting. It is american, so based for that perspective (which seems quite odd when talking about Blakes 7, for example). And it's about ten years old, so it's interesting to discover how much everything has changed since then - mainly the impact of the internet. I'm currently reading the slash chapter 🙂

I also got the urge to watch some Quantum Leap the other day. I had a look through the list of episodes and remembered I'd seen The Leap Home part 1, but not part 2. And it was good. I even knew what was going to happen but it was still quite heartbreaking - Al essentially chose between Sam's brother's life and himself, and he chose Sam's brother. I can't cope with Quantum Leap slash at all - it feels like people talking about Noddy and Big Ears, which althought funny, feels like spoiling my childhood. But I do like the friendship between Sam and Al, which is especially important to Sam, being as Al's his only contact with the real world and his life.

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Quantum Leap
Sunday 19th January 2003 11:57 am

A new LOTR rec - Legacy by Anglachel. Its about how Frodo comes to live with Bilbo. Its almost horrifying in places (I don't see any of the slash in LOTR) but it is quite sweet, and sad in places.

I got up in time to watch Quantum Leap on UKGold this morning and it was the only season 1 episode I haven't seen. It wasn't that good, but its always nice to be reminded how good the series was as a whole. If they did any more - TV movie or whatever - they couldn't do it without Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell though. I'm sure they can fit it in round Enterprise.

I considered watching Stargate on Sky One on Wednesday, but then it occurred to me that it would have adverts in it in annoying places and it clashes with The Bill. So I think I'll download it.

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