08 June 2010 @ 09:47 pm
Yay!! My labor of love, [livejournal.com profile] sg1_lims, is now on its fourth round!

I didn't know if we'd get even 15 participants for the first round of a contest for a show that was already off the air. Instead we got 50. In the 2nd round, we had 55. And in the 3rd, we had 60. I appreciate every single person who competes and everyone who votes. You are what makes our LIMS the little community that could.

This is my long-winded way of proclaiming: ROUND 4 IS NOW OPEN!

Sign-Up for Round 4 // Caps for Challenge 1
Caps for the first nine challenges

If you have any interest in SG-1 or LIMS -- or both! -- please join us. We have multiple caps in each challenge and participants have a minimum of two weeks, often more, to work with the caps.
Current Mood: excited
14 May 2010 @ 12:42 pm
I need to collect some caps of the team in the field in blue BDUs but cannot for the life of me recall in which episodes they wore them into the field. Ideas?
Current Mood: frustrated
01 October 2008 @ 10:30 am
Happy October! I've finally gotten my act together to plan my trip in just over a month for the final con to be held by Creation in NJ. I'm ambivalent as I'm not enamored of Creation but they were a great reason for me to travel and see a bunch of fandom friends AND a bunch of folks from college. Anyhow, here's what I have planned:

- Nov. 6 (Thursday): Fly to Baltimore after work. Very late night arrival.
- Nov. 6: Need to find a hotel. I'm leaning towards the hotel [livejournal.com profile] jalabert and I stayed in Columbia, MD last year since I know the area but it's smarter to find a place that is on the road to Cherry Hill, NJ.
- Nov. 7: Drive to Cherry Hill, NJ. (I'm doing it this way because flying to BWI was half the price of Philly when I was pricing tickets *and* Hertz promised me a Prius at that airport at a reasonable rental price. No Prius guarantee in Philly.)
- Nov. 7-9: Con in Cherry Hill, NJ. [livejournal.com profile] selmak and [livejournal.com profile] janiekins, I finally chose to take my chances and stay at the very poorly reviewed con hotel. I'd like to say I did this with a sense of camaraderie and misery loves company but the truth is I need to scale back vacation spending. This is the least excited I've ever been about a con line-up. No major SG-1 actors at all and no female guests, either. At least this will help me save money on con photos.
- Nov. 10: Check out of crappy con hotel.
- Nov. 10-15: Undecided. I would *like* to visit [livejournal.com profile] yams69 and family since I'm already there but as I don't yet know their schedules because I never got back to them with my itinerary, I don't know if/when they're available to play. We spoke about hitting some of the Revolutionary War historic sites when I was last there and those still appeal strongly. Else, I'm tempted to return to explore the Smithsonian since it's free, stuffed full of amazing things, and I've spent far too little time there. And there's a Ghanaian restaurant in D.C. that sounded cool but ran out of time for last year. [livejournal.com profile] jalabert, I'm trying to figure out how to visit NY, meet the new kitty, see you, and visit my beloved Met. Given that I have an extra family member living with me and the expenses of the hurricane and the economic downturn, I'm having trouble. I don't think I can afford a week at the Crowne, eating out a lot, traveling, and the incidentals. Would you be willing to spend some time in D.C.? My plan is to have a rental car again so I could pick you up/drop you off if needed. :)
- Nov. 16 (Sunday): Fly back to Houston.
31 July 2008 @ 10:20 am
Tuesday I received the SG-1 movie, Continuum, which I enjoyed way more than I expected. Some things could have been better but overall I'd say I enjoyed it more than most episodes of, say, Season 8. That's a miserably low bar but I've found with Stargate low expectations of the writing are often helpful. Pure fluff, perhaps, but quite entertaining nonetheless.

I'd hoped, based on the promo pics, to see more of the"old time" characters but most were cameos. Baal was, of course, excellent and Cliff Simon was brilliant. He's such a wonderfully evil, smarmy villain. Oh yeah, *and* he's gorgeous and shown to nice effect in the sleeveless number they whipped up for him. I've long maintained that the scariest sort of evil is the attractive evil. It's easy to resist the lure of the Dark Side when it's ugly and repulsive (c.f., albino priors with bizarre face bumps). When it looks like Cliff Simon, though, that could really tempt a person. Happily, he has more than a pretty face; he has the gravitas necessary to be a credible menace. I've loved his gleeful villainy since he first lit up the screen in Season 5.

This was utterly a movie for the Cam fans. Not that there wasn't a little something thrown in for fans with other preferences but this was a love letter to Cam fans. I hope we get more movies because even when it annoys me, Stargate continues to entertain me. :)

I watched the movie and all of the specials in one very long sitting. All that's left is to watch the commentary. *sniffle*


Yesterday I received my Witchblade DVDs and I watched the pilot again last night. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the case was. In this age of cutting costs with flimsy disc housings, this one keeps all of the discs separated and easily accessible.

The back of the DVD set had some ominous verbiage claiming that one of the DVD "features" was a whole new soundtrack selected by the executive producer. That pulled me up short since part of the look and feel of Witchblade was the soundtrack. Can't speak to anything beyond the pilot but I didn't notice any changes to the music. I was surprised that this many years later I could remember so much of the pilot nearly verbatim. Considering that my memory isn't what it used to be, I wonder if this is the first sign of early onset senility? ;-)

I'm looking forward to re-watching Season 1. I'm already seeing a few familiar faces and names from SG-1. The pilot's soundtrack? Joel Goldsmith, better known to Stargate fans as the composer for SG-1 and Atlantis. The doorman in the pilot? One of SG-1's recurring rebel Jaffa, Cha'ra -- and the guy who was on the SciFi show, Pain Killer Jane. (Ah! IMDB says his name is Noah Danby -- and that he was Captain Astro in Queer as Folk. I believe that fills a card. Bingo!)

I expect that if I were more familiar with the background faces of Queer as Folk I'd see even more overlap as Witchblade was filmed in Toronto.

ETA: SPOILERS for Continuum in the comments.
30 June 2008 @ 04:07 pm
From what I'm seeing on my f-list, Don Davis died yesterday. I just...how sad. He was always a pleasure to see and he was a genuinely warm man. I hope that Ruby and Teryl are holding up well. :|
Current Mood: shocked
ETA: [livejournal.com profile] sg1_lims -- We now have enough votes to say that yes, we'll be having a LIMS!! If you wish to participate and haven't answered the poll, please fill out the poll so that I know to track you down and let you know when we're ready to open the community. We're collecting caps, organizing themes, and setting up the community right now!


Is there interest among icon makers for a LIMS contest for SG-1? [livejournal.com profile] lantis_lims is a well-run community and I enjoyed participating; I'd really like to see something like it for SG-1.

I used to think LIMS was ego-destroying with its eliminations and reasons for voting, but I found that knowing I'd get feedback spurred me to try new techniques and take risks. It was immensely helpful to me as an icon maker to receive comments, both positive *and* critical.

I've wished there were a similar community for SG-1 for a while. So, is there interest? I'd be willing to mod but I'd like to have either co-mods or, as the lantis_lims has, a bunch of volunteers to help. And, of course, I would like to have participants!

Poll behind the cut )

I'm sure there are lots of things I don't know about running a comm such as this; I've never done it. If you have any helpful suggestions or ideas, I'd love to hear them.

Also? Please pimp this poll. I would like to reach the widest range of SG-1 fans possible. Thank you. :)
05 November 2007 @ 06:52 am
It seems that waiting for breakfast becomes my LJ update time. I'm packed and ready to head back to Texas. Next year's con moves to Cherry Hill and I can't say that I'll be sorry to never again stay at this hotel. On the plus side, the elevators worked this time. I have a nice view of the Manhattan skyline and it is particularly convenient to get into the City but Secaucus is not my idea of a great vacation spot.

Random con thoughts:

1. The shortest route between Point A and Point B in Secaucus involves an extended tour of industrial parks and at least one turn into a scary-looking garage.

2. Michael Shanks was early to the breakfast and spent a long time at every table. He wore black leather and black denim. I'm not so clear on what's up with the hair but it was obvious that whatever it was, it was on purpose. I might not be down with it but I was so ridiculously thrilled that he wasn't wearing a baseball cap that I was willing to forgive and forget.

3. Michael Shanks gave us a deliciously evil laugh when we were discussing his casting as Lucifer in the upcoming Rage of Angels. He remains optimistic that the project will be produced.

4. Do not ever get between Jay Acavone and his $150 jar of facial cream.

5. Tony Amendola reads Shakespeare beautifully. The fact that he followed it with a theatrical reading of doggerel and bad internet jokes only proved I'd happily listen to him read anything.

6. Kate Hewlett is an excellent playwright. This was a wonderful discovery last night. She's also a fun guest and clearly enjoyed being onstage.

7. Cliff Simon? He is still incendiary hot. They tailor his wardrobe on the show and it's all real leather. Oh yeah, and since he's "ripped" (his words), they made a decision to remove the sleeves from most of his wardrobe in the forthcoming movie. The guys (MS and RDA?) made sport of him for this while filming.

8. A third movie script is being written. I have no idea if that means we'll *see* a third, but Brad is penning one.

9. Alexis Cruz is still a thoughtful kind of guy but the cabaret act is not one you'd expect from a guy who was on the schmaltzy, Christian-fest Touched by an Angel.

10. Paul McGillion's Scottish accent reasserts itself in direct proportion to the hotness of the woman standing in front of him. :)

11. I'm still sorry that Steve Bacic couldn't make it.

12. Cons are still all about the friends. No surprise that I had fun with the usual suspects ([livejournal.com profile] selmak, [livejournal.com profile] janiekins, [livejournal.com profile] triciabyrne1978) but also with [livejournal.com profile] niamaea, who turns out to be exactly as cool and nice and pretty as I suspected. I got to know a lot of people from Gateworld this time around. I would be willing to wade into the abyss in order to keep up with Dave and Marla, who were just plain wonderful.

13. Meeting [livejournal.com profile] triciabyrne1978's family was...interesting. It's good to know that she comes by her smut gene naturally.

14. The hotel bartender didn't get to us often but he "made up for it" by forgetting to include the mixers. However, a glass of tequila really isn't an improvement over the margarita I ordered. Not that that stopped me from drinking it.

15. Creation Cons are MUCH MUCH MUCH more enjoyable when they're run by a really nice, laid-back guy. With the exception of a few incidences, it was easy to forget that we were at a Creation Con. It was the (mostly) pleasant event that I suspected a con could be. I almost don't feel overcharged. ;)
24 October 2007 @ 11:35 am
Has anyone received tickets yet for the Con in NJ? I haven't yet but I've dug out my statements and printed copies to have in hand when Creation inevitably bungles the tickets.

So, here's the final itinerary I've come up with. Not a whole lot of changes. I need to get to NYC earlier than planned so that I can catch dinner with [livejournal.com profile] la_directora before she takes off to work on a film. I've added in a side trip to the Smithsonian this coming Sunday, though I know it'll make me weep for all of the stuff I *won't* have a chance to see.

Itinerary )

[livejournal.com profile] yams69, [livejournal.com profile] mcroft, and [livejournal.com profile] immlass -- PLEASE look over this schedule and make certain it still works for you. If not, don't be shy about telling me. I can happily adjust so that I spend more time at the Smithsonian or I can go to Manhattan a day earlier and catch more time with [livejournal.com profile] la_directora, maybe a full day at the Cloisters or some time at the Frick? There's always more to do than I have time so you won't hurt my feelings. :)
23 October 2007 @ 09:44 pm
I just saw that Alexis Cruz will again be appearing at the NJ con! Woo hoo! I'm still seriously bummed to be missing Steve Bacic but Alexis was a really nice guest. He has a lot of depth and is a *thoughtful* guy. Very interesting. I'm sorry I won't have Steve to drool over but Alexis is also very pretty. Now, if only they'd book Teryl. *sigh*
Current Mood: satisfied
21 September 2007 @ 02:15 pm
Oct. 26 - Nov. 5: TEN DAYS!!! Woot!

I've bought my tickets and made my hotel reservations. )

My plane tickets cost me $5 since I cashed in a wad of frequent flyer miles. Quite the savings over the nearly $400 it was going to cost otherwise. :)
01 August 2007 @ 07:02 pm
Last month was painful and long. I had family here for most of the month and when my parents left to drive home, they got about 65 miles away before their car threw a rod. My dog died. My mother had surgery and had an "adverse reaction" to the painkillers. I've been so stressed I've forgotten to refill my thyroid medication and haven't taken it for an entire month. A new austerity program at work featuring no bonuses and no raises is rumored to be the plan of our company's new owner. I missed getting a card to [livejournal.com profile] msjudi for a cool project that she mailed today. Even though I had the card in my possession since the Pride parade in early June.

Is it fall yet?


On the up side, lots of news these days about SG-1 alumni projects:

- Teryl Rothery is in the new Bab 5 movie and it's now available. [livejournal.com profile] riverfox has a post with links to a bunch of yummy screen caps that she made. Teryl is looking great!

- Amanda Tapping, Ben Browder, and Christopher Judge attended Comic Con and [livejournal.com profile] mata090680 has lots of big pics as part of a larger Comic Con picspam. CJ appears to have been growing out his hair and well, I wouldn't have recognized him at a casual glance with the new facial hair. Some of the pics are big enough that I can count Amanda Tapping's eyelashes. And the number of freckles on her breasts.

- Apparently, both Michael Shanks and Lexa Doig have done some guest spots on Eureka. ETA: So has Teryl! Woo hoo! See Terylicious for details and stay tuned to The Teryl Appearances Yahoo Group for updates.
Tags: ,
25 July 2007 @ 01:14 pm
My SG-1 Season 10 DVDs just arrived!!! Has anyone else read the back blurbage? It says:

"And now, in Season 10, the team, led by Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), embarks on their ultimate adventure."

I know that some people think Michael Shanks and Ben Browder look a lot alike but that's odd. And the cover stars Sam's breasts. Sometimes it's good to be reminded why it was time to call it quits on the show. :|
Current Mood: surprised
05 May 2007 @ 12:20 pm
Here Be Spoilers )

Anyhow, this was an episode that had the bones of greatness but it failed to fulfill its potential.
20 April 2007 @ 11:29 pm
This is more of an insta-reaction than a thoughtful response

Spoilers, obviously )
Current Mood: shocked
14 April 2007 @ 10:58 pm
Spoilers, ahoy! Wish I had room for a Daniel icon with the square glasses because da-yum! he sizzles in those.

Puff! )
Current Mood: pleased
Here's the link about the closure:


Beth plans to close down on 12 May 2007 while she finds the site a new, more spacious home. I cannot even begin to imagine how long that site will take to upload in its entirety once she finds a more accommodating web host. *gulp* I certainly hope it's back up quickly.

This is a disaster for me. :( I recently lost a lot of screen caps and now my favorite place to hunt is going to be down for an as yet unspecified period. I've come to rely heavily on this site for excellent caps.

Here's to a speedy transition. I hope it goes quickly and smoothly. In the meantime, I'll be snagging a boatload of pics before they disappear.
Tags: ,
Current Mood: anxious
06 April 2007 @ 10:15 am
First, the pimpage:

- [livejournal.com profile] sgdiverse_award -- A place to celebrate non-McShep fic for SGA. I didn't know about it until this morning when [livejournal.com profile] jalabert told me she'd received a notice listing off a bunch of her stories as having been nommed. Yay! Nominations are open until April 15.

- [livejournal.com profile] oneill_icontest -- A GEN challenge community that actually focuses on Jack. Just Jack. 100% Jack love. It manages to bring together Jack fans, Jack/Sam fans, Jack/Daniel fans, and all other Jack/whoever fans over our greatest common denominator: Jack! He's so much fun to play with and there are scads of very talented icon makers there already. Go. Icon. Vote. Enjoy!

Now, the general happiness part:

A day off work is my definition of a Good Friday so it was already good but today brought sunny skies and welcome, much cooler weather. The bluebonnets are blooming, my dogs are happy, Joe is home, we're thinking about catching the Imperial Rome show at the science museum...it's a beautiful day.

I'm grappling with how to post a whole pile of icons that don't fall neatly into tv show categories. I have enough icons to make several big posts at this point so I need to post soon if I'm going to at all. These are the sort of problems I like.
Tags: , ,
06 November 2006 @ 06:49 pm
I'm home. I haven't yet ventured over to my f-list but will be doing so very soon. Short version of the trip:

- No Gale Harold autograph. Blond isn't his best color but he's STILL smoking hot.
- Thousands of photos. THOUSANDS. Shouldn't take me forever to Photoshop though since lighting this year was excellent. [livejournal.com profile] wive, I tried to get lots of good Jason shots for you. Next time I'm taking a phone book to the breakfast and dessert parties for the guests to read just in case our group runs out of questions.
- For those Stargaters who know Mikey, you know he takes great photos of the many, many cons he attends but never has the time to process and share. He kindly agreed to allow me to copy his digital photos dating back to Gatecon in England this past year to prep and post. I have about 5.5 GB of his photos in addition to my own thousands. Oy.
- Even using my firewire connection, I expect tonight's photo transfer to take hours. :|
- [livejournal.com profile] jalabert, [livejournal.com profile] triciabyrne1978, [livejournal.com profile] katiedammit, [livejournal.com profile] moonshayde, [livejournal.com profile] janiekins, and [livejournal.com profile] selmak totally rock. Youse guys make going to Secaucus (pronounced Se-cawwww-cus) not a Bad Thing. :)
- Blisters on the bottom of your feet? Really not pleasant.
Current Mood: drained
30 October 2006 @ 08:45 am
It's off to the airport for me after work today! This is my final obnoxious "I'm so excited and it's going to be so much fun" post; hopefully to be followed in a week by obnoxious "that was even better than I'd hoped" posts. Consider yourselves warned and configure those filters appropriately. ;-)

I'll miss my f-list something fierce -- I think I'm addicted to y'all. I'm not going to quote Brokeback Mountain here re: quitting you, but it's only because I'm a bit hyper this morning and I know that's really annoying on a Monday.


SERIOUS BUSINESS for those in the U.S.: Please, please, please vote in the next election. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7. I will get home just in time to vote and probably will forget to exhort you to go vote.

I fail to understand this willingness to not vote that the majority of our country feels. Every election is crucial but this one could be about restoring checks and balances to our government. This is about saying no to torturing prisoners. This is about not being evil.

Hey, Frodo lost a finger to destroy the Ring; all you have to do is touch a screen -- and you get to keep the finger.

I know I have some non-liberals on my f-list (shocking!). I'm urging you to vote, too, though I'm obviously hoping my viewpoint prevails. Never, ever give up your right to vote. For so much of our history, having the temerity to show up and vote could get you arrested (women) or, worse, killed (minority men). Please don't throw away the opportunity that people died to secure for you.

*Wonder if I have any Arlo Guthrie on my iPod...
Current Mood: hyper
29 October 2006 @ 04:39 pm
Damn - there's so much going on that I missed posting this.

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 2, 2006 (eep!)
WHAT: Fan fic, Videos, and Art (original, wallpapers, banners, icons)
WHERE: Entries :: Voting

Please, please, please go and support this. Teryl Rothery is one of the nicest people and Janet Fraiser IS the doctor for SG-1. There is no substitute.

Disclaimer: I entered icons in the contest but I totally am not asking for your vote. In fact, there are lots of superclever icons entered and choosing is going to be next to impossible for me. *sigh*
Current Mood: excited