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I have been so bored all day it's not funny. To curb my boredom, I bring links.

Comforting signs that my brother has not discovered my livejournal despite theoretically knowing of its existence:
Him: “Did you know that the guy that played the home secretary [Frobisher] in that thing we were watching last night [Torchwood] was in an episode of Doctor Who playing a different character?”

(This was new information to him as the fact that Doctor Who tends to reuse actors has only just been discovered by my brother, who then found out that the monsters are mostly played by the same people as well and proceeded to feel ripped off.)

But yeah, some of you may have noticed over the past few weeks/months that I have a massive crush on Peter Capaldi. Just putting it out there and confirming it.

Speaking of Peter Capaldi, there have been a bunch of ten-minute silent short films airing over the Christmas period. Here's a youtube link to Syncing starting Peter Capaldi. It's written and directed by Tony Grisoni and wonderfully manages to be both melancholic and funny at the same time.

It's hardly the right season anymore, but I was listening to David Tennant and Catherine Tate on the Jonathan Ross show the other day, and Tennant played this song, White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin. I swear, it made me cry. I'm not sure if it's because it's just a beautiful song because of me being a antipodean atheist that did it, and that is my Christmas. For the first time, somebody has written about my Christmas. Move over Fairytale of New York, you're no longer my favourite Christmas song.

Another link: Eight Mesmerizing Sci-Fi Tracking Shots. I've known it for quite some time, the key to my heart is a tracking shot. I love them, particularly when they're used to introduce characters in pilots (The West Wing pilot and BSG miniseries both used this technique, and although it was a movie, so did Serenity, which was my first introduction to Firefly), or portraying massive devastation (such as in Children of Men, which is in that article, as was as Atonement and BSG in Revelations). Shaun of the Dead is alls features, which is another favourite movie of mine. Anyway, relive most of those (since it's sci-fi themed, Atonement and TWW aren't included) wonderful shots in that blog entry.

Finally, the Guardian has a little photo gallery of the forty top television shows of the (last) decade. While it's not the only list out there, it's the first one I've seen in which couldn't think of anything it's missed, and it also made me all nostalgic.

Less than twelve hours until the end of the Tenth Doctor.

Date: 2010-01-01 09:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Six Feet Under is on there! Whooooo! That's the one I had to make sure of. If it wasn't on there I would have been very very confused and unpleasant. And oh, The Daily Show! I don't usually think of non-fiction for lists like these, but they're right of course. It has to be on there. And it reminded me once again that I really need/want to see State of Play.

"Less than twelve hours until the end of the Tenth Doctor."


Date: 2010-01-01 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg I just listened to White Wine in the Sun Not only am I an atheist, but I was also raised in a Jewish family, so Christmas really means nothing to me, but I'm not religious, and I'm not even incredibly fond of much of my family, but this song is how I feel about Shabbat. I the gathering.

Date: 2010-01-01 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's a fantastic song, isn't it. I spent last Christmas away from my family and couldn't contact them, and there was so much comfort knowing that no matter where I was, they'd be doing pretty much the same thing as they always did so I knew what they were doing (which actually is drinking white wine in the sun) and that song captures that for me.

Date: 2010-01-01 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a really sweet thing to be able to think about when you need to.

Date: 2010-01-01 09:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sadly, it only works one day a year - but then I suppose that's the beauty of those big religious holidays, even if the religious significance has been lost, it still sets aside a time every year in which everyone sets aside their schedules and is almost guaranteed to be there.

Date: 2010-01-01 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've been disappointed with a lot of those lists, but among the usual suspects (The West Wing, Sopranos, The Office etc) on that one it's got Top Gear, The Thick of It, BSG, Doctor Who and House, all of which are big features in my decade of tv watching. It's a really good list.

Would it help if I put a different spin on it and say it's less than twelve hours until we meet Eleven?

Date: 2010-01-01 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Would it help if I put a different spin on it and say it's less than twelve hours until we meet Eleven?"

My reaction to the last few seconds of The Parting of the Ways, despite knowing about Ten and in fact having seen Girl in the Fireplace and liking him before ever even meeting Nine, was "GEEEEEEEEEEEET OOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUTT!!!!!!!!!!!!", so probably not.

Date: 2010-01-01 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Actually, thinking about it, that was my reaction to Ten as well. Damn, remembering that, now I'm dreading meeting Eleven.

Even worse, that thought's dragged up my devastation at Nine's lost.

Oh, Nine. *Cries*

Date: 2010-01-01 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Right. My mission is to find White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin.

Date: 2010-01-02 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's on itunes, if that helps :)

Date: 2010-01-02 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Noted, thanks!


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