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In which I vent

This morning I blew up at my "boss" - i.e., the webmistress who handles my reviews and posts them - every week I turn in reviews and every week she finds something nitpicky to complain about. Usually it has to do with the many links we have to insert into said reviews for her web page templates (formulated by About.com, the main owners of the page). In other words, we have to make sure HER job is easy. She jumped on me because the new Merle Haggard & George Jones album is not available on the main "Pricegrabber" page, so I left that area blank. We have to have a link to someplace to buy the album - I get that. It's a money page. But I had ALREADY sent her the Amazon link for the cover, and the Amazon link was also in the review itself, later, so in essense I had given her the link to buy the album, not once, but TWICE. It just wasn't at the top of the review, forcing her to, what, go to the bottom of the review instead of the top??? So I finally told her if she's going to nitpick every damned thing I do, she could find someone else to review all the Americana. Then I calmed down and was more reasonable. I haven't heard back from her, though.

But I still have many obligations, reviews I've said I would do, and I'm not going to walk away with a backup queue like this; so I'm still working on J.J. Baron this morning, but I finally gave up and decided to catch up on my flist, which I haven't had the chance to read in three days. Some interesting stuff going on out there.

On another topic, speaking of plushie cuteness...

The Girl in the Fireplace was my favorite episode of last season; I loved watching it again last night. It was the episode where I started to notice how much Tennant looks like Sean Patrick - which of course led to my insane obsession with Ten, and thereby Who itself, turning me into a squealing fangirl instead of just someone who watches the show. sillymagpie wanted to know who wrote it, and so did I, so I went to Outpost Gallifrey to look it up, and found it came from Steven Moffat, the same fellow who gave us the previous season's Hugo-Award-winning The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. I love writers.

We also watched most of Pyramids of Mars, but we had to stop because it was time for the SF showing, so there's one more eppy of that left to go. I just also downloaded the Rowan Atkinson parody Curse of the Fatal Death, which I'll watch here sometime (along with the others I've downloaded). rahirah found out Torchwood will be available at the BBC for legitimate download, so yay. We won't be cyber criminals this time out.

But I suppose I really need to finish my article. The remarkable J.J. Baron. Not sure if you'd like his music? At least go and read his bio. You might decide you like him unheard. But he is very good - folksy roots music, excellent songwriter, sounds a little like Neil Young.

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nutmeg3
Oct. 21st, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I can't stand people who are like dogs: They have to pee on everything you do to put their mark on it and prove they've been there. Grrrr is quite an appropriate response, I think, so...grrrr.
wildrider
Oct. 21st, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Grrr. And I've kept myself from exploding at her before - to the point where I posted on the boards something like "I didn't think I ever did anything right" (which was echoed by another reviewer, so I know it's not just me) - and Shel was kind enough to at least acknowledge she appreciates us! But yes, grrrrr!
typographer
Oct. 21st, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to see the Curse of the Fatal Death -- not just for Rowan, but also for Joanna Lumley.
wildrider
Oct. 21st, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Same here. I only went the route I did because I couldn't find it available on VHS or DVD.
fenchurche
Oct. 21st, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
I actually bought it on VHS a few years ago off eBay. It's an official release in NTSC, but I'd missed whenever it was it first got released in the US.

Very funny stuff! Especially if you're an old-time Whovian!
wildrider
Oct. 21st, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Ah! The one time I DIDN'T check eBay (of course, there were a thousand pages of Who stuff when I was searching the last time!).
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wildrider
Oct. 21st, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'll get around to watching it this weekend.

Sean Patrick O'Connor is my vampire, the hero of my novel and one of a long line of fictional characters who live in my head. When I described him as tall and thin with a long face, long sideburns, long hands, and huge brown eyes, I didn't realize there was an actor on the planet who looked like him.

There are several differences, of course - the nose, particularly, and Sean Patrick's hair is much longer and curly (not to mention the Texas accent, and Sean Patrick is a good deal taller) - I did a spot comparison of the two on a picture of Tennant some months ago here in my journal (not sure when, I'd have to troll through my posts and see).
sillymagpie
Oct. 23rd, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
I hate people who can't read and comprehend at the same time. They make my life miserable as well. Maybe your Webmistress will get the message.

Steven Moffat is fan-damn-tastic! I wonder what other shows he's done. Time to check ol' IMDB, I suppose.

The remarkable J.J. Baron. Not sure if you'd like his music? At least go and read his bio.

Bwahahahaha! I haven't heard his music yet, but I certainly like his sense of humor!
wildrider
Oct. 23rd, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
We can but hope.

Not a whole lot - some eps of "Coupling" and some other British things, as well as three "real" episodes of Doctor Who and "The Curse of the Fatal Death." He does appear to have the show spot-on, though.

Not every day an artist packages himself as an Armenian goat farmer cursed with immortality. *g*
sillymagpie
Oct. 24th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
I have to wonder if he writes SF or fantasy stories. The Girl in the Fireplace reminded me very much of a story I might read in Asimov's or Fantasy & Science Fiction. Quite elegantly structured and resolved -- with just a hint of steampunk in the scary robots.
wildrider
Oct. 24th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Don't know. We need a literary Internet database, I guess. There's nothing at Amazon except some Doctor Who-related books where his name pops up.
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