lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
So last week I popped onto Amazon to add a CD to the wish list. I'd been wanting to relisten to this CD for days, and was quite surprised to discover that I did not in fact own it. (That explains why none of the tracks are in my WinAmp rotation, at least.)

While I was there, I glanced at the list, as one does, and noticed that the last three sets of The Sandbaggers were marked as "only 1 (or 2) left - order soon!" Now, I'm not at all sure that that's not a marketing gimmick on Amazon's part... but I also know that the last time I believed the "more coming soon" addendum, more never came. And there's few things worse for a completist-minded fan than having half a series....

So yeah, I bought 'em.

This is generating a post because I promised myself these discs as my reward for sending a certain number of queries. I have not sent anything like that many queries; indeed, the querying process is still bogged down in trying to create a version I'm actually happy with. Which is where the rationalization generator comes in. So one set is my reward for getting my synopsis done (at least for values of done that involve a beginning, an end, and all the bits in between), and done in time for the local writers conference this past weekend. Another set can be my reward for going to said conference. (One would think that going to a writers conference would be its own reward; one would be wrong. But that's another post.)

I'm not sure what the third set is for. Perhaps it could be a reward for finishing revisions on chapter 9b-soon-to-be-10? Mind you, I'd have to finish 'em first. But that's something I might be able to accomplish by the time the box arrives, if the shipping isn't too expeditious. Other suggestions are welcome in comments.

If only I could do queries like I can do rationalizations, I'd have an agent by now.

I also bought the CD while I was at it. Because, at that point, why not?
lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
Finally sat down this weekend to watch the first-season Callan that I picked up some time ago, only to discover that the hacked DVD player has decided to not recognize discs, PAL or NTSC. Having done all reasonable basic troubleshooting without success, we're currently letting it sit unplugged for a while, in the hopes that a nice long rest will sort it out. Unlikely, but it's a low-investment thing to try.

Of course, now that I can't, the PAL sets (early Callan and also all of Blakes 7) are the things I want to watch above all others. Never mind that they've been sitting around collecting dust in the to-be-watched stack for longer than I rightly care to admit to. I am resisting the urge to go out and buy a PAL-converting DVD player right now, but it's a near thing.
lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
There are some things that even a purist like me grabs on sight, without all that tedious fretting about possible changes or other DVD-worries. Max Headroom was one such, way back in... April? when it was announced.

And now it's here. Squee!

Packaging first: Excellent. The discs are single-sided. They come in slim-packs, two to a case but not double-stacked, with three cases total in the box. Maximum convenience with minimum shelf-space. The much-advertised-on-Amazon "lenticular" cover is actually just a slip-cover with a holographic Max -- cheesy, but an appropriate kind of cheesy.

The lead-in graphics to the menu are a little disturbing to the eye, but again, in an entirely appropriate-to-the-show way, disorienting and jumpy with judiciously-applied static. The menu itself is clear and easy to navigate.

The "complete series" doesn't include the original UK TV-movie, unfortunately. Not a huge loss, as it's the same story as "Blipverts", but would have been nice for us completists. (Of course, I've got it on VHS around here somewhere, so I can talk.)

For more details about extras, etc., see the quite good review on tvshowsondvd.

And now, on to the content itself: Wow. You must be at least this tall to read these spoilers. )

Daria on DVD!

Friday, May 7th, 2010 11:45 am
lizvogel: lizvogel's fandoms.  The short list. (Fandom Epilepsy)
As people who aren't me may already have heard, Daria: The Complete Series is coming out May 11!

Not surprisingly, they've replaced some (much?) of the music. (http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Daria-DVD-Plans/13010, http://www.the-wildone.com/dvdaria/#bignews -- oh hey, the official release sheet about it) Which, frustratingly, means I couldn't get rid of my original tapes, although from the sounds of the "extras" list, I could at least dump the several Daria Day marathons that I'm only keeping for the Daria & Jane intros.

To buy the musically-compromised DVDs, or to take comfort in a scratchy and disorganized set of original-broadcast VHS... that is the question....

I do wonder, what is it about owning rights to music that impairs higher brain functions, like basic math? "This music is so valuable, I will set the price for its use higher than you can afford!" "Well, we'll just replace it with something cheaper then, and you'll get nothing, thanks anyway." Wouldn't it be better for the profit margin as well as the art (if I can dare mention such a thing in the context of music rights) to set the price at something people will, you know, actually pay?

Shiny want want

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 01:23 pm
OMG OMG OMG! Set 2 of Callan (season 4, by the looks of it) is coming out on DVD in January. I haven't even gotten set 1 yet. Want.

Looks like The Sandbaggers and Farscape are getting re-issued. The former in some kind of couple-eps-per arrangement; the latter, in reasonably-priced season sets, and a complete set that's priced at approximately what one season cost last time out. I'm not even going to go into the shrink-wrap status of certain parts of my collection; I'm just pleased that pimping the show to new converts will no longer require handing them a winning lottery ticket first.

No sign of season 2 of The Equalizer, though. Anybody know what the deal is there?


Not dead...

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 11:51 am
(Crossposted from LJ)

I seem to have fallen off the grid lately, at least in this part of the LJ/Dreamwidth world. I suspect my f-list is at skip=eleventy-billion, and let's face it, there's no way I'm going to get caught up. If you've posted/seen something in the last month or so that you think I should know about, please comment here.

The thing is, it seems I can either keep up with the outside world (be that news, LJ-fandom, or whatever), or I can write. There simply isn't enough time and enough me in the day to do both. And I want to keep up, but I want the novel more.

Some vaguely fannish thoughts:

I managed to miss the Amazon sale on season 5 of House, and now feel very stupid that I'll have to pay twice as much for it. I may simply leave it for my birthday. No spoilers, please.

Friends have now shown me the first couple eps of The Middleman. OMG. A live-action comic book of distilled essence of fannish crack. I must have it.

The Novel-In-N-Years progresses. Or regresses, as I'm doing chapter 2-7 revisions based on writing-group feedback, but I think it's necessary to get the foundation solidified before moving on to the bits that will be supported by it. I'm actually kind of excited about some of the revisions, or would be if I weren't nearly asleep on my keyboard.

Oh, and the library managed to come up with both the Mitchell/Munro books I requested. I don't claim he's the best writer ever or anything like that, but for some reason I find his books highly compelling. I'm keeping Death and Bright Water in another room when I'm supposed to be working on anything else, lest it sneakily leap into my hands and open itself in front of my eyes. As books do, you know.


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