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Posting from my nifty new Asus Eee PC 900, which is wee and shiny and making me all kinds of gleeful. Geriatric Laptop What Must Be Tethered For Its Battery Has Not Held A Charge In Years And Also Has A Broken Floppy Drive has been mercifully put out to pasture. (Although the fact that it still works at all when it's fourteen years old is rather impressive.)

This baby isn't up for being a primary computer by any stretch, but for the purposes for which I want a laptop it's perfectly sufficient. I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone with hands larger than mine -- which is to say, most adult human beings -- especially if they touch type. I, however, am loving it and squeezing it and calling it... Okay, after several days, I'm giving up on resisting predictability, bowing to the obvious, and calling it Coreen. What? It's adorably cute, smart, hella useful, and of course dressed in black. Really couldn't come up with anything better.

Lots of stuff I've been meaning to post about just hasn't happened. I think I mostly just got out of the habit over the Summer of Overbooked Crazy. Apologies for lack of Designer Crack posts -- I have had all sorts of opinions about Project Runway this season, but it takes me a good two hours to do each post. I keep meaning to pick up with whatever is happening that week and toss in a few catchup comments as I go, and it keeps not happening. Maybe this week.

That's really the only TV that I've been feeling like posting about. There's stuff I've been watching and loving, but not feeling inclined to jump online and discuss. I'm never sure if that's a function of what I'm watching, what my life habits are when I'm watching, or (most likely) both. Mad Men remains consistently jawdroppingly brilliant, and I continue to have no particular desire to yammer about it with other people. Don't ask me, I don't know. The Middleman is a weekly hour of unadulterated gleee. brainiacfive started recording In Plain Sight, which I wouldn't have otherwise watched but ended up loving. Someone really has to do something about Constance M. Burge's addiction to punning episode titles, but the characters rocked my socks. Especially Mary, which I'm sure will surprise nobody here. Very glad it will be coming back next year.

Had a lovely time over at amilyn's Saturday night, making major headway into the first season of Bones. Much fun, now have a much better idea what everyone loves so much.

Shrew understudy performances went well and were much fun. Definitely auditioning for them next year. (And not designing. What passes for my sanity can't take costuming more than one show every other year or so.) Have been auditioning around, sent in resumes today for a couple more, we'll see how it goes. Am a bit disappointed not to have gotten the Dracula at GreenMan, as (a) it's about five minutes from Office of Doom, and (b) it's the Steven Dietz adaptation, of which I highly approve for various reasons, and which is vastly superior to TheGodawfulHamiltonDeanePlay. (Yes, that's been all one word in my head for many years...) But such is life, and we shall see what comes up next.

And that's all the news that's fit to blather. Off to shower and grocery store for cookout stuff, yum!


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Sep. 1st, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Wear it in good health!
Sep. 1st, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
This week's ep of "Mad Men" initially struck me as less focused than most of what we've seen this year, but the more I think about it, the more I see how it encapsulates so much of what's going on this year. Don's affair with Bobbie -- both his fascination with her and ultimate revulsion with her -- is because Bobbie IS Don, his mirror self. And the whole idea of the male gaze is incredibly powerful in "Maidenform," never more so than when Don withers in the hot light of the female gaze, whether it's Bobbie's matter-of-fact appraisal of his sexual skills or his daughter's adoring smile.

And, oh, Peggy. I simultaneously hated that she had to go into the strip club and loved that she looked so fantastic and was taking charge as best she could. (And, weirdly, women attending strip clubs with dates, the idea being that it was naughty but still conventional entertainment, was not uncommon in that era. Odd as it seems to us, it may not have seemed as weird to Peggy.)

And Chauncey!
Sep. 1st, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
never more so than when Don withers in the hot light of the female gaze, whether it's Bobbie's matter-of-fact appraisal of his sexual skills or his daughter's adoring smile.

I loved that so much. And in the one where the textbook concept of the male gaze -- which wasn't current in mainstream culture at the time at all -- was as overtly defined in the dialogue as it could possibly be. All the guys in that meeting knew exactly what it was and how it worked without the phrase at hand.

And yeah, Peggy might have been momentarily thrown when she walked into the club, but it's almost less of a foreign idea to her than taking Joan's and Bobbie's advice to make use of her own sexuality on the professional battlefield. They're past the zenith of the classic burlesque era, but they are still in it. A club like that was something very different in people's heads (at least urban people's heads) than how we think of "strip club" now.
Sep. 1st, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
I had a great time too. Looking forward to more at some point.

Sep. 1st, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
It's a date! Or, y'know, will be.

Love the icon. *hee*
Sep. 1st, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
An Asus! I'm so jealous. I want one so badly I can taste it.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
I've been looking at them since spring, and just finally got around to it with my Shrew money. I turned out to be glad i waited -- I was going to get one of the 4GB first-generation ones, and at first was holding off to see if they would get any cheaper when the new ones came out in June. The new ones were too much more expensive to seriously consider, but after that initial release, they came out with the one I got, which is the same size as the other new ones but with less of the jump in power and features. I didn't know about it until I was looking at the 7" ones on Amazon last week, and this one came up in the search, on sale for $429. I figured the extra almost-two-inches of display was worth $30, and here it is!

I've been wanting to replace Geriatric Laptop for a couple years now, but couldn't justify the cost of a full-blown laptop for my purposes. This is closer to one than I really expected to get. And into the bargain it's an effective replacement for the Palm m105 I gave up on a while back after AvantGo stopped supporting it.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
After having schlepped a full-sized laptop to far too many conventions, I want an Asus in the worst way, and I can get one for $450.

The problem is getting the spare $450!
Sep. 1st, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the cult of the eeePC users! :D
Sep. 2nd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! Are there any secret rituals I should know about? ;-D
Sep. 2nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Congrats on the new laptop!!! :D
Sep. 2nd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Steven Dietz did an adaptation of Dracula?

I must check this out as I have a playwright crush on his work. And his talkbacks. He leads talkbacks like none other.
Sep. 2nd, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
It came out about 10-12 years ago. I've heard good things about it for years, but not actually read any of it before the audition last week. I really like the way he chose to streamline things (e.g. he keeps the whole thing of Lucy's three proposals but structures the story so there's no need for Arthur or Quincey to actually appear), and he's adjusted the ending to give Mina the final blow. Some of his use of the dialogue right from the novel struck me too; it's rare to find someone doing that in a way that doesn't sound hopelessly awkward out loud.

I chatted with the director a bit after, and like the way he thinks. Will definitely be going to see it.
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