yakalskovich: (Little Lady)
My Little Lady was both bored and ouchy just now (she is old enough to be ouchy in a TMI way now; well, she turns 13 tomorrow), so to distract her, I took her to my computer to show her something, and when I said 'Bad luck we can't watch movies', she said 'Why not?' and I looked and saw I had some episodes of Doctor Who on my netbook.

One of them was a standalone, so I introduced my Little Lady to the Doctor. Her English is finally good enough. Never mind her grades, she can follow an episode of Doctor Who, so that's good enough for my standards.

She got what was funny in the beginning, then she got why the next part with their dad being missing and the dreadful telegram was so sad, she followed it right along, asked for a word here and there, I told her what she couldn't know (What is a police box? What is a TARDIS?), and we got to half-time when her folks wanted to leave and go home, as all her little brothers have a strep infection.

We'll continue the episode tomorrow. If we can have an USB stick, we might even hijack the huge TV in their living room.

In any case, advancement of civilisation was achieved.-
yakalskovich: (Mummy smurf)
Why is everything so YELLOW in 'Leonardo'?

On my new TV (that plays .avi files, whee!) it is even MORE yellow than it was on the computer screen.

It must mean something!
yakalskovich: (Lorenzo 'il Magnifico' de' Medici)
Just read what [livejournal.com profile] innerbrat has written about 'Leonardo'. I have nothing to add, apart perhaps how much I love the way they show wipes the floor with some of the genre's most sacred tropes.

Oh, and I just apped Lorenzo to Milliways.-


Jul. 30th, 2011 08:26 pm
yakalskovich: (Big bad wolf)
[livejournal.com profile] japanologist pointed me to a little free program called Screamer Radio -- it's basically just a radio player for internet radio stations. It has more stations than you can possibly hope to listen to in one lifetime (and in more languages than you can possibly hope to learn), but if it doesn't have one specific station (like Heart FM from Cape Town which [livejournal.com profile] japanologist had been recommending on his Google+, which started my search for a way to get at its stream), it will accept an URL for the stream and open it.

Now I can listen to my beloved Klassik Radio again, can follow up all sorts of recommendations the world over, tune in to the BBC when [livejournal.com profile] essayel tells me about the interesting stuff they're talking about via IM, and yes, listen to Heart FM, which is really the ideal mix of upbeat music for a grey weekend in July. I can listen to [livejournal.com profile] celticangel76's show when it is on, and get my dose of Bhangra and fast-talking Hindi from BBC Asian Network. I can have news in Finnish and were-Balkanese party music from Ljubljana.

They have re-invented the dear old shortwave DX radio, and I can have one for free!!
yakalskovich: (Homo homini lupus)
I just found out how 'Ashes to Ashes' ended and BAAAD spoilers! )
yakalskovich: (Tardis)
Finally watched last weekend's Doctor Who.

Yes, I saw it coming. Ever since she first said the name I realised what the point was.

At the moment, I am watching a Canadian TV version of 'Ben Hur', with River Song as Ben Hur's mother. She is lovely as a provincial lady of Roman times. But she's always lovely...

And it's quite good in other ways as well.  It has lots of British actors and runs more on politics than on religion.-
yakalskovich: (Big bad wolf)
I think I just bought into the premise of 'Ashes to Ashes' while watching the third episode, watching Alex Drake handle two female victims in a respectful 2000s way while Gene Hunt is totally 1981 about the whole thing...

I thought the dynamic couldn't work without Sam Tyler, but in this moment, it does come into its own.

ETA: Did they have this one condemned warehouse and block of streets to make their show in? Because that's somehow all they ever go to.
yakalskovich: (Screw responsible adulthood!)
I am still catching up with things. After all the blogs in German, I now arrived at 'Sherlock' and will do a running commentary again. Beware the spoilers!

Spoilers!! )


Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:37 pm
yakalskovich: (Reality is a rotten place to be)
I guess most of everybody on my flist that is in Britain is going to watch this on Sunday, so I don't need to bother and try threading in Milliways while it's on?

It sounds bloody brilliant from the description. My friend [livejournal.com profile] japanologist pointed me to it, and quoted dialogue from the trailer:

Modern!Watson is standing in this total dump with the housekeeper [[Mrs. Hudson, I presume]], and the housekeeper says, "Oh we've got another bedroom upstairs for you, unless you'd like to share..." and turns around cutely. Watson staaaaares at her, and she goes, "Oh, we've got all sorts of people around here, you know!
Very nice people!"

Written by Stephen Moffat. With Rupert Graves, who shone quietly in 'Maurice' and 'V for Vendetta' as Lestrade. Produced by the BBC, who makes the best TV in the world anyway, at the moment.


Please, please, SurfTheChannel, don't fail me on this or on 'Mad Men', which is what the US Americans will be watching on Sunday instead of threading in Milliways...


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