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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2010-10-11 11:02
Subject: Drive-by update
Security: Public
Location:Work
Mood:bitchybitchy
Music:A Never Ending Journey
Tags:l&o, livescribe, rl
As usual, time has been speeding along and I'm behind on everything.

We took Friday off with the thought we'd sleep in and still get to Conclave 35 early. Our plan did not work as Jebra woke early and in great pain. Pain bad enough that he had me surfing the web for information about blood clots and what time our doctor's office opens. Which wasn't for another couple hours.

We arrived at the doctor's office shortly after they opened as a walk-in patient. Which meant we had to wait until they could squeeze him in. Two hours (and countless rows of knitting later), we were finally in front of the doctor. After some poking, prodding, and twisting, he decided that was was really needed was an x-ray of Jebra's back. And when that came back, so did the diagnosis of sciatica. The doctor gave him a muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory medication, and after requesting and receiving flu vaccinations, we we off to the pharmacy. His prescription wouldn't be ready for another hour and half, so we went home, had some lunch, and packed for the con.

The con itself was small (I think it may be shrinking) and rather laid-back.

I went to two panels, one on photoshop which as a gimp girl was not terribly helpful but did serve to make me a teensy bit envious. Okay, maybe a bit more than teensy. Photoshop can do some amazing things and I really wish gimp had that amazing warp thing.

The other panel was the Bill & Barry show, which was both interesting and enjoyable. Bill talked about his summer vacation and showed off his newest gadget, one of those pens that make audio recordings and if you use it with the special paper, will show what was being said when the thing you wrote was being written. (See http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/ for more info on the pen.)

We stayed at the con until mid-afternoon on Sunday, then came to the office so that I could coat a few of my craft projects with acrylic sealant.

Then, finally, it was time to go home, unpack, do laundry, and see what (if anything) recorded while we were away. Once again I'm having trouble with our DVR. It's the same model as the one we had to replace because it refused to record and like that one, this one isn't following its programming. While we were gone the only thing it had recorded was L&O:UK on BBCA. And even then, it recorded two episodes of the three I knew had broadcast despite my having set it to record all.

Compared to L&O:SVU, the episode I've seen (which is the only one I've watched), the plots are brilliant. This one wasn't dramatically twisty-turny, it was realistic (imho), and in the end one was left with the feeling that justice system is an effective means of ensuring public safety. Unlike SVU, which lately seems to show law enforcement as helpless to prevent crime, ineffective in helping the victimized, and often the victimizer itself (I'm thinking specifically of Stabler's emotionally brutal interrogation of the eventually exonerated victim's parent and of the police office who forges transfer paperwork for someone in custody in order to assault the prisoner).

This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/254355.html.
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maddiec24
User: maddiec24
Date: 2010-10-12 02:42 (UTC)
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How is jebra? Sciatica is *no* fun.
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Jen
User: greenlady2
Date: 2010-10-12 07:14 (UTC)
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I've seen a few episodes of L&O:UK. I thought the acting was far superior to the American version, usually. IMO, the American version tends to utilize that 'walk and talk' business instead of real acting.

The first episode I saw was about a man with severe schizophrenia who stops taking his meds and kills three people. He defends himself in court on a charge of murder. The portrayal of that character was brilliant IMO.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-10-12 15:54 (UTC)
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So far I've seen Eps. 1 and 2 of Season 1 and am hopeful that this means BBCA will show all of the episodes in order. According to imdb, 18 episodes have been filmed and shown in the UK thus far and at least another 8 are scheduled.

I think I'll agree that the acting is better.

All in all I'm hopeful for the series. I'm having a real problem with L&O:SVU as I think the lesson learned from watching is everyone is in danger at all times and nothing can be done to keep people safe. I don't know if this is intentional on the part of the writers or whether fear has become so pervasive in US culture that the writers are unaware of the subtext of what they've written.
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Jen
User: greenlady2
Date: 2010-10-12 18:41 (UTC)
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Oh! When I read your post earlier, I kind of zeroed in on the bit about L&O:Uk, because I'd seen an episode recently, and hadn't seen any fandom reviews of the show. So, I just want to say now that I'm sorry to hear about Jebra's back pain. That is NOT fun. Hope he's feeling better soon.

But, back to L&O. I think it's mostly the guest stars who impress me so far. England, I believe, has a large contingent of remarkable character actors to draw from, who have stage experience. I'm not positive, but I think most US actors on TV don't have that extensive experience and training. Could be wrong about that, though.

I wasn't quite so impressed by the stories themselves, but that's mostly because they were rewrites of old L&O episodes from the US version, that I saw years ago. If they ever get around to writing new episodes specifically for the UK version, that might be better, I think.

The media is always trying to tell us we're DOOMED, one way or another. Even the commercials try to sell that message. I think the media has taken over from the church in that regard. People used to go to church to hear fire and brimstone sermons. Now they watch TV. :-)))
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-10-13 16:17 (UTC)
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I try not to learn too much about the actors behind the characters as I find knowing too much about them interferes with my ability to slash them. So you may be right about the training actors in the UK receive versus American ones. I rather think you are as the phrase "classically trained" keeps coming to mind.

As for commercials and the message of DOOM, I noticed that too. It's bleach or antibacterial everything and keep your family safe by using this product and how awful that people are sharing the same hand towel and beware, even your soap dispenser could be covered with germs and bacteria. While I advocate doctors washing their hands before surgery, I do think that when normal people spend too much time making certain they live in a sterile environment they harm their own body's ability to identify and fight off infection.
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Amy Ranger
User: isherempress
Date: 2010-10-12 15:10 (UTC)
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I only recently heard about L&O UK. Glad to know it's well done (as I so dislike a medium medium).

Bummer about the sciatica. I've had that for nearly a year (some days & weeks being better than others) and there's NOTHING that makes you feel like an old fart more than pain in your leg / back / butt / knee / ankle / neck. You get the idea. I feel for him, really. Rolling around on the tennis ball helps a teensy bit. Tylenol helps more.

Also glad you had a reasonable time at the con. Wish we could have gone, but... maybe next year. xoxo
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-10-12 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Apparently BBCA is starting with the very first season, because the episode I discovered by accident was Ep 1, Season 1. So far I've seen the first two, Care and Unloved and enjoyed them both. My only complaint (and this is weird, even by my standards) is that during the opening credits the main characters are shown talking as each one is highlighted but the sound of their voices has been removed. I find it odd and distracting and I keep wondering if that's common in the credits to UK shows. I don't think it is, but I don't have a large sample pool.

As to being at the con -- I wished you were there and hope you will be next year.
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