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31 December 2007 @ 06:26 pm
can I really make grocery lists interesting?  
I am a terrible friend. In fact, that's not quite true: I'm a lazy friend, but I don't believe in damning with faint praise. Or beatifying with faint censure, in this case. It's not like I have an jaw-droppingly interesting life, but I get pretty caught up in reading, writing and studying (and sometimes writing, reading and studying; on wild days I go for the studying, writing and reading combo). I don't reply to text messages unless they're urgent, even though by the time I find my phone the emergency will probably have passed. My friends are all techno-phobes, so my main umbilical cord to them is cut.

I did manage to meet up with a schoolfriend today. I wasn't in the mood for shopping and furthermore had nothing to buy. So I ended up with just:

a lace cardigan from Monsoon marked down from sixty to thirty euro (but I am inordinately fond of cardigans, so that's okay),

a blue vest from A-Wear for twelve euro (but it had sparkles on, so that's okay),

a headband made of gold beads from Accessorize for eight bucks (but it was shiny, so that's okay),

Get Bent mascara in Debenhams for twenty yo-yos (but I've wanted that since I saw it in Style, so that's okay)

In Her Shoes for nine shekels (but on sale, and I like it, so that's okay)


Dead Like Me, season one, for a whopping sixty euro. I hope this is okay. Or good. I hope it's not like Pushing Daisies, which is not 'not good', it's bloody dreadful. I want to smack everyone in that show. Or, preferably, to beat the narrator to death with a pie, then use his stiffening corpse to smack everyone in the show. The fact that it seems to be little more than a product placement for Wonderbra is actually the least irritating aspect of it. And that's saying something.

Ergo: you don't want to know how much I can spend when I go out with the intention of so doing.

New Year's! Nearly forgot. Already have Quality Street, though. Win at life.

... fucking voiceovers.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: le radio telefis eireann
yes.: there is no spoon raito-kungrasshopper on December 31st, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, thank you for that Pushing Daisies rant. I hate that show. It's just so... manipulative and self-consciously arty and hip-to-be-square and gahhhh. And also strangely... empty? It's like, a show for hipsters who wear purple tights and affect retro habits like record-collecting and knitting and baking and who think that this makes them amusingly postmodern. The worst part about the show is that I sometimes find my self going "awww" at it, despite myself, and then I feel horribly used.

I won't say Dead Like me is nothing like Pushing Daisies, because now that I think on it there are a few similarities-- sometimes character spills more into caricature, and the deaths can get cartoonish (pianos actually fall on people). And there's a fair bit of narration going on. But the tone of the show is nicely cynical and weary, and the dark humor is actual humor rather than mile-a-minute, oh-the-cleverness-of-us patter, and even though the show can get sentimental, it's never cloying. In short, I love Dead Like Me a lot and I hate Pushing Daisies a lot, if that means anything. (The second season lost me a bit, but I think you'll really enjoy the first season. Good purchase, in short!)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Darcy'd do himselfscoradh on December 31st, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
'Self-conscious' is definitely the word I'd use to describe it. The two things that struck me hardest were the aunts - when one starts crying and it leaks out her enucleated eye - and when the Dandelion girl eats pie, cries, and crouches down behind the moving car. It was so unbelievable, so incredibly showy, and I wondered who the hell they thought would laugh at it. Some of Ned's lines are good but he delivers them like he's firing a machine-gun. It's too bloody whimsical - it tips the scales into smug parody, except I don't know who they're parodying, and why they hate it so much. It has this feeling to it like they’re making fun of someone or something. I had the same problem with Enchanted – really disliked that too. Not hate – that’s for Heroes and Lost – but great dislike.

And some of it was plain disgusting, like Olive letting the dog french her. It was like someone put American Pie and Eternal Sunshine of the S.M. together and came up with this. And pie.

I've now watched five eps of DLM. I like it much, much, much better. It still has way too much explanation. I'd prefer if it were banned altogether, because even in a show like this it ends up being moralising, but at least it doesn't take over the plot entirely. I think House is now the only American show I watch that has no v/o. It is possible to make a charming, slightly cuckoo with hints of whimsy, television show without voiceovers. Hello, Cold Feet. I just wish the writers realised how much v/o weakens the drama.

Anyway. I clearly had a lot of rant in me. I'm glad I bought DLM at least (which I would not have been if I'd bought PD). Happy New Year!
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: In ur bedscoradh on December 31st, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Mmm. I think you'd love this one, if you are a cardigan-lover: cream with bell sleeves and a lace detail across the front.

It is very entertaining. I end up comparing things involving death to Death Note, inevitably, and I like how it's exploring some of the mystery surrounding the Reapers' jobs. PD is a joke of a show. I would not recommend it to my worst enemy. If you need to dl something, try Gossip Girl. ;D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Enchanted parasolscoradh on December 31st, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, btw!
queen of pain: dead like me: oh shit!n_isfor_neville on December 31st, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
I love Dead Like Me. It's nothing at all like Pushing Daisies, but I happen to love Pushing Daisies. I love the narration and the colorfulness and Lee Pace.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on December 31st, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
yeah, so I hate PD, sry
Is Lee Pace Ned? Yeah, he's kind of cute. I prefer him to the brick-faced All-American boys that tend to star in these things (hello, David Boreanz). I hatehatehatehatehatehate the narration. It's the equivalent of putting adverbs after every single bit of dialogue in writing. It suggests to the watcher that he/she does not have the intelligence of a blind newt and cannot extrapolate from, eg, the acting and action, what the hell is going on.

And that is why I hate v/o.

I'd quite like the colour scheme if it weren't supposed to be set in reality. Plus, where does Chuck get all these awesome frocks from? She's dead. She can't get her old clothes. Unless Ned has something he - or the narrator, rather - is not telling us.

Plus, the fact that she made honey for a living ... just. No.
queen of painn_isfor_neville on January 1st, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Re: yeah, so I hate PD, sry
Yes, Lee Pace plays Ned. He was on Wonderfalls, which is another show that I enjoyed, while it lasted (one season). I just think that he is adorable. I was never under the impression that the show is supposed to be set in reality, hence the narration and absurdity of *everything*. I'd much rather watch it than another stupid reality show, which is what the American networks are pushing now due to the writer's strike. Anyway, all I really care about right now is Robin Hood, and the season just ended!

Happy New Year to you as well!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Pretty facescoradh on December 31st, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, btw! Plus, icon!love.
Sereniaserenia on January 1st, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm like that with text messages. I have a habit of not looking at my phone for days at a time, and I turned off the message alert sound because it goes for ages and gets louder and louder, and for some reason, you can't change it.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on January 1st, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
alsfijshdfkjsah I HATE the way the alerts get louder. Most people don't want to ignore their messages or missed calls, they just can't get to them - what was the theory behind that, annoy people till they buy another phone?
winstonmomwinstonmom on January 1st, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
The guy who does the narration for pushing daisies is the one who read all the Harry Potter audiobooks. I like his voice but I hate the show.

Dead like me is good, but I still prefer 6 feet under, if you find it give it try.

Happy New Year!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Beautiful human being/potatoscoradh on January 1st, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
I find his voice reminds me of those kids' shows with narrators. He'd suit HP books, but in PD he's just irritating. At least he matches everything else.

I watched that when it was on TV, although I was a lot younger and didn't have the same appreciation for its quirkiness. I might put it on my 'to-buy' list.
stellamoonstellamoon on January 1st, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Dead Like me was an absolutely wonderful show. I think it only lasted 2 seasons before it got canceled, though. Pushing Daisieas is incredibly retarded, though I did like the quirky fairy-tale feel of the narration. I'm sure you'll enjoy all the episodes of Dead Like Me, and you'll need to get season 2 also.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue kissscoradh on January 1st, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Typical! That would explain why I never saw any other boxsets. I hate the narration in PM above anything else, but it is in many ways horribly childish.
stellamoonstellamoon on January 1st, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
LOL. That's funny. To me the narration was the only redeeming factor. But I think maybe it was just the novelty of it that I enjoyed. Most likely if I had bothered to watch more than 2 episodes I would have begun to hate it too. But overall, the show just wasn't worth following. Too bad, because the premise was sorta cool. Coulda been, anyway.

The thing with Dead Like me, though was that it was really great, but you can kinda see that it could only really go so far. Maybe that's why it got cancelled, but really, they coulda squeezed at least 2 more seasons out of it, if you ask me.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: waste of makeupscoradh on January 1st, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
I just have this huge huge hatred for V/O in general. I took a film class last year and one of the things covered was the fact that v/o is a sign of weak screenwriting. Ever since, it's made me itchy. I kind of wish I didn't know, because so many shows and films have it.

The premise was really cool! But that's all. As a paragraph, a tag line, it rocked. As a show, it was insanely bad. IMO.

Yet Lost goes on and on and on ... Maybe shows should be given as many slots as they think they need to tell a story, and that's it. No seasons, no hype.
Zilch. Zero. Nothing. Nada.: meeeeinmyth on January 4th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Oh so hey, Happy New Year and all. Gosh, I just spent like an hour stalking wandering through your journal because I haven't been on here for aaages. I reckoned my revision (which I only started less than twenty minutes ago) can be put on hold for catching up and whatnot.

Also, texts? I'm one of those freaks who are like attached to their phones and so it isn't very surprising when my bill turned out to be £243 for a month (lord only knows how that happened) and my phone got barred cos I couldn't, in all honesty, pay the bill. Woes of a student life, man.

These days it should be studying, studying, studying but I'm pretty sure my life constitutes of lying in bed, turning over, lying in bed some more. If boredom and sheer laziness is a diseases, boy am I afflicted.

Your shopping list sounds rather more exciting than mine. Seeing as I'm broke, it doesn't include anything that does not come in a tin and cannot be consumed in a time span of two years. Hope everything is going well with you. I've started reading The Road Less Travelled even though what I should be reading is how to solve stupid questions to do with loads and tensions and forces and whatnot. I think in this case fic wins.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bookishscoradh on January 5th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you also!

Medical students don't really count as students. We don't get to live the student life, we have to study twice as much as everyone else, we're never on campus and we have to dress like grown-ups. I suppose the upside is we have a lot of money to spend on our once-yearly outings. :P

Hope you enjoy the fic ... there's nothing like procrastination.