Far away in time

Thoughts I had while watching The Emmys (in roughly chronological order) September 22, 2008

Filed under: Shiny Pretty People,TV — Echo Beach @ 1:20 am
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So I will be writing a real post soon, full of excuses and explanations and pictures of cute boys, but since I watched all three hours of Emmy coverage tonight I had some extra thoughts, and I thought I’d share them with you.

  • Wait, really Oprah?  Wow, really Oprah.
  • Wow, these guys are really boring, is Lee Pace going to be presenting anything?  I don’t know, but if Pushing Daisies wins anything they’ll cut to him.  That’s enough reason to keep watching.
  • Hedi Klum looks good in a suit.
  • Less good in that spangled shorts jumpsuit.
  • They should get Rickey Gervais to host, he’s the only funny bit so far.  (At all in fact.)
  • Do you think he’s really off script?  Everyone always says they’re not reading off the teleprompter, but maybe that’s just what the teleprompter is telling them to say.
  • Pushing Daisies won for something! (Best director?)  I should stop being totally obsessed with him, but he’s wearing a bow tie.  Is he dating Kristen Chenowith?  Who’s that girl sitting on the other side of him?
  • Seriously, stop cutting to Tom Hanks.
  • Isn’t Lily Tomlin dead?  No, I guess I’m thinking of that other girl from SNL.
  • Wait, Charlton Heston died?
  • Random cut to Lee Pace!
  • I love the Mary Tyler Moore theme song.  She kind of looks like Carol Burnett now.  Wait, her earrings are giant bronze safety pins, awesome.  What is going on with her arms?  They are scaring me.  They’re not flabby, they’re kind of muscled, but they look all alien and wrong.  She’s too skinny!  Mary Tyler Moore, eat a sandwich!  Maybe two!
  • You could tell any girl with glasses that she looks like Tina Fay, even if she knows you’re lying she’ll be flattered.  She’s like smart girl catnip.
  • Yay The Amazing Race!  Wait, why is the Aussie guy with the eyebrows not nominated for reality show host?  Phil, why don’t they love you?
  • I like Kate Walsh’s hair like that.  She’s so pretty.
  • Ok, Lauren Conrad and David Boreanaz?  Man, he looks like he is going to call his agent as soon as he’s off stage, his internal monologue is all “Her? Really? Someone is going to explain this to me. And then get fired”.
  • Neil Patrick Harris!  Wait, where did he go?
  • Hey, that redhead from Mad Men is pretty.  No not the skinny girl in white, go back.  They’re on stage now, but all I can see is her cleavage.  That green dress looks great though.
  • Oh, Laurence Fishburn was in the audience because he’s presenting.  I kind of like the orange suit, but it’s really close to matching the background.  Since the background is a giant tv screen you’d think this could have been avoided.
  • And it’s over. Did I watch three hours of television just so I could see fifteen seconds of Lee Pace?  Yes I did.  Was it worth it? Totally (did I mention he was in a tux?)

Joss Whedon Is Amazing July 8, 2008

So, finally getting around to posting the teaser trailer for Joss Whedon’s online mini-musical (in three parts) Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog:

Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo..
(OK, clearly I could not get it to embed (curse you WordPress, now I know why everyone else uses Blogger) but you should totally click on the link, I promise you it’s worth it.)

Yes, that’s Nathan Fillion beating up on Neil Patrick Harris. No I don’t see how this could be any more awesome (unless there was a cameo by Kristen Bell).

In related news, I’m still totally excited about Dollhouse (although not entirely sure if I’ve blogged about it yet or not) not least because there hasn’t been a character named “Echo” on TV since they killed off Mr. Eko on Lost. I was also sad when I realized (after his death) that although he sounds like my husband, I could not actually marry him, because that would make my name Echo Eko, which is totally unacceptable. I am also excited about the super hotness and total ass-kickingness of Helo and Faith (far left and center below).

The Cast of <em>Dollhouse</em>, via zap2it.com
The Cast of Dollhouse, via zap2it.com

Although, based on this picture the other two “dolls” (you can tell because they’re not wearing shoes) are kind of funny looking, especially the guy. Also, before he was cast in this, when I was watching the credits on BSG I always thought the actor playing Helo (Tahmoh Penikett) was one of the girls. (I think I thought he was Dualla, who it turns out was played by the actor I thought was playing Cally. What happened to Dualla anyway, did she die and I just don’t remember it? That would be sad because I really liked her before she got married to Lee and got sucked into his black hole of whinyness. (I also am still not caught up, so if she turns out to be the final cylon or something, please do not tell me, thank you.)

Also, I was looking around on the FOX website, trying to find a trailer or something for Dollhouse, which clearly I didn’t, but their site is kind of sketchy and surprisingly low on content, also very dark. Was it always like that, do they just keep all the stuff on the show pages? I don’t know, anyway.

I am also starting to really miss the shows that never came back on the air after the strike, even the ones that I only watched regularly, not obsessively (Chuck, Private Practice, where did you go?). Anyway, my brain is (clearly) kind of scattered today, so I am going to go and make my annual Excel time-slot conflict spreadsheet (factors include, how committed I am to the show, and whether it is available online).


My New TV Crush July 3, 2008

So, I’ve been watching this summer show called The Middleman, and after Monday’s episode (#3) I think I’m totally falling in love with it. Then in my car today, I realized that if it was a person, and not a television show, The Middleman would totally be my ideal guy. It’s smart and funny, overly verbal, kind of retro, and full of pop culture references (not all of which I get). It’s kind of geeky (it is based on a comic book), very silly, and not afraid to make fun of itself. Plus it’s full of bright colors and big shiny toys. And of course it has the pretty:

Matt Keeslar and Natalie Morales in The Middleman
Matt Keeslar and Natalie Morales in The Middleman (There’s a reason one of his nicknames is “Sexy boss-man”)

I was downloading it (illegally, shh!), but you can actually watch it for free on ABC Family’s website, which I’m going to start doing so they can count me. I’m also going to buy the comic. Because it looks also awesome. I’ve never read comics (except for one of my friend’s issues of Sandman which totally scarred me (this was about three years ago)), but I’m getting this one and, Buffy Season 8, so we’ll see. (I’m trying to up my geek cred, but I’m not sure sticking to comics that are also TV shows is going to help.)


Things I’ve Seen This Week May 9, 2008

Filed under: The Coast is Toast,TV,Work — Echo Beach @ 7:40 pm
  • A cop car pulling over a mail truck
  • A motorcycle cop pulling over a bicyclist
  • The purple trees blooming.  This is one of the reasons I love living in LA, there are tons of flowering trees.  These ones have bright purple flowers all over, they bloom before they leaf out, and they’re all over the place.
  • Zero television episodes.  I’ve been crazy busy with work, I had today off, but I still had to run wok related errands.  But I am going to rectify this at once, and see how much I can watch before I fall asleep again.

TV and Art (Two Separate Discussions) April 18, 2008

Filed under: A Purse Full of Boys Wrapped in Napkins,Artsy,Beauty Queen Hands,Me,TV — Echo Beach @ 12:12 am

So the Eli Stone finale was on tonight, and oh man you guys, there was so much crying. I started getting all teary before the opening credits, then Victor Garber got me really going, and I spent at least the last half-hour just all out; tears-streaming-down-the-face, the whole nine yards. It was very cathartic, I feel great now. Seriously, if it’s back next season you guys should totally watch it. The beginning of the season was kinda rocky, but it’s totally becoming my new Grey’s Anatomy (i.e. show that makes me cry every week, whether I want to or not [Grey’s Anatomy itself no longer fills this role, which continues to make me sad, but in a disappointed way, not a crying way]). Also you have not lived until you’ve seen Victor Garber sing (yeah I totally love him, but he’s awesome, spy daddy, lawyer daddy, I don’t care, he’s totally my TV surrogate dad. Along with Hugh Laurie on House, and if the image of the two of them as a gay couple with a daughter doesn’t make you unreasonably happy, I don’t know what will).

In other news from tonight’s TV shows: on The Office Jim and Pam are too cute for words, I totally “awww”-ed, even after I had steeled myself against their cuteness. But I think the internet quiz was right, Jim really is my ideal boyfriend; I just want a tall, dorky guy who I can joke, (and banter) with, and who sometimes calls me by my last name. See, that’s not so much really.

In non-television news, I was looking for quilt books at the library, and I found this altered books book, and it’s totally amazing. I’ve done some collage, a little painting, not much three-D but I have made a few books into boxes, (I have actually made books, but they didn’t have anything inside them). But this is like this amazing combination of all three, with words underneath, the possibility for narrative, and interactivity. I started making one last night, using my file of ten years worth of magazine clippings, plus the three+ year old stack of Elles that I can never bring myself to throw away, because when I go on an art binge and I need to find pictures of doors they are there for me. I’ve got one page spread done, and one halfway done, and there are piles of magazine pages spread across my entire floor, and it’s great. however I have discovered that I’m too old to sit all hunched over on the floor to work on a project. I go into this kind of a fugue state, where I’m so involved and focused on what I’m working on that everything else just falls away, and I’ll “wake up” two, three, four hours later, and these past few days I’ve barely been able to stand back up, my back and legs are so sore. Sadly I am not yet old enough to afford a nice big table to work at (I have a desk for my sewing machine, but it’s small, and cluttered with sewing crap) so I’m going to keep sitting on the floor (and spreading all my stuff across it).

In bottom of the page news: I have finished my week of everyday blogging, but I think I’ve finally sorted out what I want this thing to be, so I’m going to keep writing regularly (I wish I could promise only when I had something to say, but it’s more likely to be the opposite). I also want to write about Dollhouse (it’s on the hastily scrawled post-it), but I’m still trying to marshal my thoughts beyond “Squee!”, so we’ll see how that goes.


Freaks and Geeks April 14, 2008

Filed under: Family,Home,Me,Movies,Shiny Pretty People,TV — Echo Beach @ 3:00 pm

So I just started getting Freaks and Geeks from Netflix (I’m on the second disk), but it’s great. It’s hilarious, and painful, and it represents what high school is actually like, unlike literally every other movie or television show about high school I’ve ever seen. But the reason I really like it is that John Francis Daley looks disturbingly like my little brother (who is 13 right now), and I just want to give him a hug all the time.

Sam Weir

Sadly, neither my sister or I particularly resemble Linda Cardellini, although someone did tell me this weekend that I looked like Velma from Scooby Doo who was played by Linda Cardellini in the live-action movie, so maybe it’s not that far fetched. Although I just assumed they were just reacting to the glasses / cute bob combo, someone else that day told me I could be batgirl (red hair plus black Doc Martens), so I took it with a grain of salt.

+ Batgirl = Me?

But I’m going to keep Velma in mind for a Halloween costume.

In other news I’m getting a noise headache from the hood (fan/vent combo) over my stove. I got a notice saying the gas in my building was going to be shut down today (due to a “major” but unnamed “emergency”) and this apparently has made my stove smell like gas. It makes no sense to me, but I figured a noise headache was better than a gas-fumes one, so the hood’s staying on. The notice also said “Please take all the necessary steps to be ready for this emergency” [all caps and underlined] and I hope they were talking about the emergency of having the gas shut off, and not the vague yet preplanned emergency that necessitated turning off the gas.

I am going to leave you with a you-tube video of John Francis Daley on the set of Freaks and Geeks, acting just like my little brother. And if you want to see him all growed up, Bones is finally back tonight at 8. (opposite HIMYM, but that’s a whole nother story.)


Oh My Frakkin’ Gods April 11, 2008

Filed under: Beauty Queen Hands,TV — Echo Beach @ 8:32 pm

Dude. Battlestar Galactica always has awesome space battles, but that was amazing. The pre-credits sequence was better than anything I’ve seen on TV in months (strike not withstanding). Also, Kara Thrace is a motherfrakkin badass, but if you get in a showdown with Laura Roslin, you are going to lose.