katernater: (huh? (dt) // Getcher' kilt in a twist)
katernater: (bored // Breaking and entering)
The 'shuffle' function on my iTunes has obviously picked up on my anxieties over tonight's finale because it's been playing nothing but sad bastard music since I got home. STEVE JOBS, GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

Right out of my 'Recently Played' list )

Tonight might just ruin me.

[ETA : 10.02pm]
...We have a winner.
katernater: (hugh // Baby baby it's a wild world)
Trying to avoid spoilers for tonight's House season finale is like living inside a vacuum.

More about vacuums:

How long can a human live unprotected in space?

If you don't try to hold your breath, exposure to space for half a minute or so is unlikely to produce permanent injury. Holding your breath is likely to damage your lungs, something scuba divers have to watch out for when ascending, and you'll have eardrum trouble if your Eustachian tubes are badly plugged up, but theory predicts -- and animal experiments confirm -- that otherwise, exposure to vacuum causes no immediate injury. You do not explode. Your blood does not boil. You do not freeze. You do not instantly lose consciousness.

Various minor problems (sunburn, possibly "the bends", certainly some [mild, reversible, painless] swelling of skin and underlying tissue) start after ten seconds or so. At some point you lose consciousness from lack of oxygen. Injuries accumulate. After perhaps one or two minutes, you're dying. The limits are not really known.

You do not explode and your blood does not boil because of the containing effect of your skin and circulatory system. You do not instantly freeze because, although the space environment is typically very cold, heat does not transfer away from a body quickly. Loss of consciousness occurs only after the body has depleted the supply of oxygen in the blood. If your skin is exposed to direct sunlight without any protection from its intense ultraviolet radiation, you can get a very bad sunburn.

At NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center (now renamed Johnson Space Center) we had a test subject accidentally exposed to a near vacuum (less than 1 psi) in an incident involving a leaking space suit in a vacuum chamber back in '65. He remained conscious for about 14 seconds, which is about the time it takes for O2 deprived blood to go from the lungs to the brain. The suit probably did not reach a hard vacuum, and we began repressurizing the chamber within 15 seconds. The subject regained consciousness at around 15,000 feet equivalent altitude. The subject later reported that he could feel and hear the air leaking out, and his last conscious memory was of the water on his tongue beginning to boil.

From here
katernater: (advice (w) // Stages of happiness)
Cut for those of you who might not have seen the preview for next week's episode )

In other news: primary day! Hooray! I get to leave work early to vote!
katernater: (sweet! (dw) // O hai guyz!)
I just watched "Utopia" from the third series of Doctor Who and wow, is John Simm ever a spry little spider monkey! And Sir Derek! Ah! What a marvel! I thought I'd seen every new Who since Eccleston came on board but I think I skipped over "Utopia" during my first viewing run because I assumed that only the last five minutes had real significance. What a brilliant series -- and such fun!

Now, from one Doctor to another -- enjoy tonight's episode, everyone!
katernater: (noreasicon // Just let it be brother)
katernater: (scandal (h) // Sharing offices)
From The New York Times:

On Fox’s “House,” for example, the planned story arc for the second half of the season “is pretty much being thrown out,” David Shore, the show’s executive producer, said. “We have to see how much we can salvage.”

The series, among the most popular on television, is not likely to broadcast new episodes until late April or early May, Mr. Shore said.

But “House,” like several other hits, may stay in catch-up mode through the early summer. “I think we’re just going to keep on producing episodes now that we’re back in production,” he said. “We’ll start working on next season.”

Hearing this sent a wet thock through my heart because, before the strike, the rumour mill was churning out some interesting flotsam about a possible "development" between two of the main characters. [Insert your boiled down euphemism of choice here.] Then again, maybe this is the revitalisation the show needs at this point. House is not known for the staying power of its mid-season storyarcs. It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the season -- already truncated -- plays out. Maybe we'll get lucky and have a whole run of "stand alone" episodes. Maybe House will treat a soap opera star. Maybe Chase will get highlights. Maybe Kutner will fall down a well. (Okay, he's growing on me.)
katernater: (house (3s) // Tell by the way I feel)
Season 1 House would not stand for this malarkey.

I miss the days when you played air piano in your office. :*-(
katernater: (oh lolz! // Wanna' get some sex after?)
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Ami, I love you.
katernater: (tyson // What's this mess?)
"Production staff at House say they have one more script that they will be shooting next week. After that, the show will slowly shut down production. Actors and most of the crew will be gone by the end of next week. There are a handful of post production people that will have work until the end of January."

Ouch. Kinda' brings it home, doesn't it?

[livejournal.com profile] luuser? Are you still alive out there?

Source: http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/on-the-line-writers-strike-news-day-4/
katernater: (stacy // How are you so dumb?)
As a writer myself, I have to say that I'm completely in support of the writers' strike. I believe that all artists -- whether or not their medium is music, paint, or the printed word -- deserve to be recognized for their efforts and deserve to have those efforts rewarded.

That being said, I just looked at the strike list, scrolled down to the House entry, and saw that David Shore was the only writer listed. What the fuck, David Shore? How many episodes did you write last year? One? Maybe? I'm sorry. You don't need any more money. Pawn the Emmy you won for "Three Stories" if you're strapped for cash.

Okay, so David Shore is the "showrunner", who speaks for all of the writers on the set. I get that. Still. Couldn't they have picked someone a little better? I'm a Doris Egan fangirl. DORIS. CALL ME -- WE'LL FIGHT THE POWER TOGETHER.
katernater: (house // A ten minute interview)

Spoiler image for 4x05 )
katernater: (house (s4) // But without Richard Hatch)
Dear House Writers,

Yeah, hi. I got the "Live Your Hopes And Dreams!" speech off a poster hanging in my elementary school cafeteria. I didn't need it reiterated to me twenty different times during tonight's episode.

Sadly, the most entertaining part of the fête was seeing that American Express commercial with John McEnroe. Click here to see what I'm talking about.

I hope that next week's episode is a little more -- dare I say it -- charged? Hmm? Hmm? (You people on the West Coast have no idea what I'm talking about. But you will. Oh yes. You will. I SPEAK FROM THE FUTURE. BUY SHARES IN FOREIGN THROW PILLOWS! MAKE LOVE TO YOUR WIVES AND HUSBANDS! BUY SHARES IN FOREIGN HUSBANDS AND WIVES! MAKE LOVE TO THROW PILLOWS!)
katernater: (hugh (leno) // How about you and me?)
Despite the excitement of my pending House!cation, I've actually been really productive this morning. I think it's the idea that I'm going to be out of the office for two whole days (which, in the advertising world, is like two months, given the amount of crisis projects and emergencies that could feasibly crop up) and I need to tidy my projects into neat, five-by-five packages of done-ness before I head out.

Tomorrow is going to twofold exciting: not only is it House premiere day, but I'm also heading over to the Office of Continuing Studies to turn in my check and registration for the GRE prep course that starts in mid-October. That's $430 in the can, which will cut a significant swath out of my checking account, but will hopefully tender a great score and a place for me in the graduate studies program.

I can't tell you how excited I am about the prospect of going back to school. I love school. And going back to school so I can, in turn, go back to school for the rest of my life? Ngghh. My mom and I were talking this weekend and she thinks it's fantastic. She's always hoped that I'd eventually go into teaching and knew, just by the construct of my personality, that I'd be better teaching at the college level than any other age. I told her that it's my ambition to get my PhD, move somewhere east, buy one of those large, creaky houses with eaves and awnings (and its fair share of history, right down to the secret passageways between the walls, accessible only through the copy of Crime & Punishment on the upstairs bookcase) and teach at a small private college. On Saturday mornings I'd teach a colloquium on Wodehouse, and on Sundays I'd get up at noon, read the paper in a bathrobe or baggy cableknit sweater, and then cubby myself away in the upstairs office to work on my novel-in-progress (because every professor at a small, private college is working on a novel that will change the course of literary history). There's even room for a large, shaggy dog in there somewhere.

But, of course, I've gotta' pace myself. Getting my master's is priority one, you know, before I start picking for property in Pittsburgh.

I have the nerdiest fantasies for myself.
katernater: (huddy // Come to my window)
I'm re-watching Fight The Future and I just noticed something:


I love my 'ships.
katernater: (Default)
TITLE: The Formation Of A Peacock’s Tail
AUTHOR: [livejournal.com profile] katernater
PAIRING: Gen (hints of House/Cuddy, Mulder/Scully)

SUMMARY: Response to [livejournal.com profile] cuddy_fest prompt #289: House/X-Files crossover. Mulder is brought into PPTH for treatment, and Cuddy and Scully discuss the troubled geniuses in their lives.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The title is taken from the body of a letter written by Charles Darwin to A.R. Wallace in June, 1864: ”…It is an awful stretcher to believe that a peacock’s tail was thus formed; but, believing it, I believe in the same principle somewhat modified applied to man.”

The Formation Of A Peacock's Tail )
katernater: (cuddy // The pursuit of Cuddyness)

I might actually just have the entire opening set-up as dialogue only; on average, I tend to get wrapped up in actions and adjectives and lose sight of word interaction, which is sometimes the most fun (and the most difficult) thing to write.

What is today, the fifth? Five days. I'm feeling good about this.
katernater: (naked // House can multi-task)
I put my iPod on shuffle when I drive to work in the mornings. Today, I got a trifecta of coincidental awesomeness:

1. MP3 of House's line from "Hunting" ("If memory serves, a quick climb up Mount Gregory and you'd doze through a seal hunt. I can make sure you sleep like a baby tonight.")

2. Barenaked Ladies - "Who Needs Sleep?"

3. MP3 of House's "massage" from "Detox" (which really needs to be heard to be appreciated)

I cannot make this stuff up.

Well, I could. But it wouldn't be finished in time to count as a [livejournal.com profile] cuddy_fest prompt.
katernater: (tbc // This is some sweet action)
So the deadline for [livejournal.com profile] cuddy_fest has been extended to September 10th.

Which means that I can go watch "The Big Chill" right now and not feel guilty about it.

Although... )

I could never write a novel.


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