My Little Corner of the Universe

Where women run the show and men are just eye candy

The Thrilling Adventure Hour
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You all may already know about The Thrilling Adventure Hour, as I'm often the last one to find out about these kinds of things, but if you don't you absolutely must check it out. ( ).  For those of you who haven't heard about it, its a podcast in the style of old-time radio with short sketches and serial adventures.  Its written by Ben Blacker and Ben Acker, directed by Aaron Ginsberg with music by Andy Paley and performed by the Andy Paley Orchestra.  It features tons of people you'll recognize, including Nathan Fillion as Cactoid Jim, Padget Brewster as Sadie Doyle, Paul F Thompson as Frank Doyle and Jim Beaver in a small role as Highwayman Dan's father, Nice Man Dan. 
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Last night CW re-ran the finale episode.
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Spoilers for the season 8 finaleCollapse )

Reflections on Season 8 of SPN
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OK, I've been tinkering with this way too long.  I'm just going to post what I have and see what happens.

Now that the finale is well in the past and I’ve had a chance to see a couple re-runs of early season 8 episodes, I thought it’d be a good time to take a look back and reflect on what’s happened and where we’re headed. Collapse )

Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain in the form of an EF5 Tornado!
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Before I post anything else I feel obligated to make an appeal for those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma recently.  I think we should all be inspired by Kevin Durant's and the Kansas City Thunder's matching donations of $1 million each to the relief effort and what better way to do that than a group effort.  I think this cause is especially close to the hearts of SPN fans, not only because much of the show is set in America's heartland, but also because many of us live there.  So go and make your donation now at !

5/24/2013:  I posted this a couple of days ago, but LJ made it private and I couldn't change it until now.

Come and join us!
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LJ Is Alive! A Multifandom LiveJournal Friending Meme Tumblr is great, but my fandom heart is in LJ.
OK, so I didn't get the text below the image like I wanted, but at least the link works!

Demons I get, but people...

…they’re crazy, man!

As you may or may not know, I work for a Christian ministry that publishes a non-denominational Christian devotional. I work as the receptionist at the front desk. We have a Christmas tree in our lobby and a few other decorations in common areas. I also purchase the office supplies and I today I received a Christmas card from one of the vendors with whom I do business. It was one of those long glossy Christmas photo postcard things, so I couldn‘t stand it up on it’s own. I don’t have any cubicle walls or a bulletin board, so I taped it neatly to the back of a Lucite sign on the ledge over my desk. The sign facing out asks visitor’s to please sign in. The postcard was attached to the back-side, facing my desk. When I came back from lunch I was asked to remove it because it looked “unprofessional”. That’s right folks. I was told that It was unprofessional to display a Christmas card. In the lobby of a Christian business. At Christmas time. Can anyone explain this to me? In what way could this possibly be considered unprofessional? I’m actually not even kidding. If anyone can explain the reasoning here, I would love to hear it, because I was too flabbergasted to ask my boss to explain hers.

8.07: "A Little Slice of Kevin"
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I haven't watched the epi straight through yet, but …OMFG! THAT WAS AWESOME!! I was late to the party last night and wasn't able to tune in until about the halfway mark. Then, this morning I had only just enough time for the first half this before leaving for work. So, I'll hold up on any speculation or thinky thoughts until I've watched it in the proper order. For now, here are a few things I loved about it:
  • The conversation between Cas & Den about why Cas didn't get out.
  • Sam & Dean not fighting
  • Crowley being an evil bastard
  • Momma Tran hiring a witch off Craigslist
  • The return of Castiel
  • Face off between Cas & Crowley
  • Mention of Chuck
  • "We Gotta' Get Out of This Place" by The Animals (I think?)
I actually can't think of anything that I didn't like, although I'm not sure yet how I feel about bringing the Angels and Heaven back into the mix.  For now though, I'm willing to trust Jeremy Carver's vision and hope he has some unexpected twist up his sleeve. 

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Finally! A political endorsement I can get behind!
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I saw this on a_phoenixdragon 's journal and just had to share it. Originally posted by black_sluggard at the terror_scifi community:

Spoilery for cinematography and concept only (no plot spoilers)
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OK.  I haven’t posted in a while, but last night’s episode has compelled me to comment.  So far, it looks like most fans hated it and had you asked me at about 9:30pm I would have agreed with you.  But, I guess I’m in the minority here, because by the end they’d brought it all home to the boys and I was OK with it. Yes, I wish there had been more of Sam & Dean’s reactions and interactions. But, I loved Dean’s reaction to Sam’s first couple of questions; his duck-billed lips and that deep little, “Mmhmm”.  I think it would have been extremely hard to stick strictly to a found footage format considering the severe limitations of a 1 hour television format (Although I have to admit, I don’t like this genre.  It gives me a headache.), but I thought they did a fair job of adapting the concept.  Yes, it was a bit anvilicious towards the end, but the fact that I get to use one of my favorite words to describe my favorite show kinda’ makes up for it.

Some random thoughts on tonight's SPN epi
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Ok, so I know tonight's Supernatural was a repeat, but I've been thinking a lot lately about last season and the upcoming season 8. About why this past season was my least favorite and how I hope things will change for the new season. Anyway, I thought tonight's episode was a good example of what was wrong with last season. This was the first line of the description for tonight's episode, Slash Fiction: "When murderous clones of Sam and Dean are created, they become wanted men"

I read this and thought to myself, "So what? They've been wanted for murder and bank robbery since season 2!" And, that in a nutshell, is what was wrong with season 7. The Levithan just were not scary. They were't particularly scary looking, except for the big teeth. They weren't particularly smart, except for Dick; and even he wasn't nearly as smart as he thought he was. The whole idea of humans as food was just so trite and cliche that most of us had it figured out way before it was actually revealed. I kept waiting for that unexpected twist that Supernatural had gotten so good at giving us, that when it didn't come I just felt cheated. The one good thing about last season was the finale. It left us with a lot of possibilities and I have high hopes the Jeremy Carver will make good use of them. I really like what I've been hearing about his plans for season 8, but I don't want to spoil anyone so I'll save my thoughts on that for my next post.

A Theory On Season 8
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What if it were all a dream? I read an interview recently where the boys suggest that they started the rumor that the last 2 seasons were just a dream. At first I hated the idea for exactly the reasons mentioned by Sera Gamble in the same article (separate interview). It makes me feel cheated and used to have become emotionally invested and then be told, “Oh, never mind! None of that really happened.” But then I started thinking about it and I realized that in the Supernatural universe dreams wouldn’t be meaningless, but extremely meaningful. So think about this for just a minute. What if after not having had any more visions after the death of Yellow-Eyes, Sam and Dean were to share a vision of the war in heaven and how they defeated Lucifer and all it was going to cost them? Including the release of the Leviathans. They would be able to warn Cas of the ultimate consequences of the impending war in Heaven and the they would better understand the consequences of Sam’s sacrifice to defeat Lucifer. We would pick up the story ot the end of Season 5 and every event they were able to change would result in a divergent storyline. So new stories, and their shared vision would help guide them to victory in the end.

Discuss among yourselves and tell me what you think? What would you like to see for season 8?


Join The No Resolution Revolution!
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OK, I stole this idea from seesmooshrun, but I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. Instead of making New Year's resolutions, which can be daunting and are usually abandoned by the end of February, you choose a Word of the Year;  one word to be your mantra throughout the coming year.  Once you've chosen your WotY you should display it in as many places as you can.  Place it where you can see it every day to help reinforce the idea and remind you of your word.  I've chosen the word COURAGE for 2012.  I will use it to help me have the courage to make changes in my life, the courage to break old habits, the courage to make new friends, the courage to seek a deeper relationship with God. You get the idea. If you like this idea as much as I do, choose a word and share it in the comments below.      

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On being more sociable...
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When I originally joined Live Journal it was with the thought that it would be a convenient way to keep a private journal that I could access from anywhere.  It was recently brought to my attention though that Live Journal is actually a social network. Of course I know this, but I haven't been using it that way. On the other hand, everyone and their brother has been on my case to join Facebook, which for some unexplainable reason I just refuse to do - although it's becoming clear that sooner or later I may have to succumb just to stay in the loop.  As a sort of compromise I've decided to be more sociable with my Live Journal posts.  I don't write fic, although I think I might like to give it a try, so I don't know how interested people will be, but I'll try to post something about once a month.  

One of my favorite pastimes is reading fan fic, but I've noticed a great decline in gen fics in the SPN fandom of late. Everyone seems to be writing slash and RPF these days, which I've no real objection to if there's a good story, but I get tired of all the smut out there and Dean/Castiel just isn't my thing at all. If anyone has read any good gen fics recently, preferably multi-chapter, I'd love you to point me in their direction. My favorites are pre-series, but I like JW a lot so I'm not interested in fics where he's portrayed as being uncaring or abusive towards his sons.  I just don't think there's any canon to support that version of him, despite what many people seem to think.  I could  write pages and pages on this topic, but I doubt I'd sway anyone's opinion if they've already decided he's a bastard.   

So that's it for now.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you - if anyone's out there.

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It's a Heart Shaped World
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Well, I guess birthdays aren't so bad after all.  I actually got to go see Chris Isaak at Chastain Park last night!  I have been coveting tickets since I found out he was coming, which was months ago, but it just wasn't in my budget.  Between the recent SPN convention and the car repairs that I've had to pay for, it just wasn't in the cards. But then an acquaintance at work won tickets from a local radio  station.  She had no idea that I was a fan at all, let alone such a huge fan of Chris Isaak, so I'm deeming it a birthday present from God that she asked me to go with her! 

Since Chastain allows you to bring in pretty much anything we packed a cooler.  I made us a Ravioli Salad; goat cheese and sun-dried tomato raviolis served over a bed of mixed greens with broccolini and shallots, dressed by a nice balsamic vinaigrette.  She brought a bottle of Riesling and some aged Australian cheddar cheese with red grapes to go with it.  All in all, a very nice spread for last minute.   

In case you're not aware, Chastain Park in Atlanta is an open air amphitheater with a covered stage so the shows are rain or shine.  None of the audience is under cover. Luckily I'm familiar with shows here and know that if the mosquitoes don't eat you alive, it's only because the rain kept them away.  That's just the south in the summertime.  So we came prepared with umbrellas and rain poncho and towels sealed in Zip-lock bags.  The rain started out slowly, but escalated to mild cats and dogs for most of the evening.  But, Chris and his band persevered, saying that  if we were willing to stay through the rain, he'd stay and play. Most of the audience stayed and listened despite the soaking.  By the end of the night, in addition to his original material, he had also treated us to some Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison as well as a liberal sprinkling of Elvis tunes that will be appearing on a soon-to-be-released album he and the band recorded on the site of the famous Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.  At about 9:45pm with the rain settling in for an overnight thunderstorm, he finally called the show to an end.

I had a great time and made a new friend. I can't think of a better way to spend an evening!

A Road Trip To Nashville!
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Just in case anyone out there hasn't found this, here's a link to the community for those going to the "Salute To Supernatural" convention in Nashville, TN June 4-5th.

I hope to see you there!



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