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Clicked on a featured story on the Yahoo home page (one of the mini!featured stories listed in little links under the real featured one, actually; "Designer brings pajamas to the street" below "$43,000 suit sells well during recession"). And the tab that popped up (I haven't opened it yet) says "Yamamoto brings sleepwear onto t. . . " and whatever after that. Presumably Yamamoto is the aforementioned designer. And all I could think of was "but we killed Yamamoto!" LOLOL, West Wing geekage.

Finally got around to watching all of the Face of the Enemy BSG webisodes. The Gaeta plot twist in last night's episode makes more sense now, though I'm going to watch the webisodes again because I was (as per usual) sort of half paying attention and thus wasn't clear on the whole Gaeta/Sharon/people on the planet deal.

Let's see, what else. Umm, pissed that I'm not home this weekend, because it's the weekend of the open call for extras for Clooney's On the Air that's filming in the STL. To add insult to injury, the open call's at the mall that's all of a 10 minute walk from my house. And I can't just fill out the form and send it in because they need a picture as well, and I don't have a color printer here. May try to make the family do it for me and just drop it by the casting office (right down the road from aforementioned mall) once I pick out a picture (I don't have any recent ones that make me look oldish, which I have the feeling is what they're looking for), but first I've got to figure out the answers--I spend most of my time in t-shirts and workout pants now, both because of the comfort factor and the way my weight keeps bouncing around, so I've got very little idea on my clothes' sizes, and absolutely none on a dress size (especially because I'm still quite busty, so though I'm okay in pants and shirts because I can size them individually, I might have to go up one or two from the size for the rest of my body to find a dress that'll fit my chest).

CDC's sexually transmitted infections report came out a bit ago. Still not ever going to have sex in St. Louis, kthx: #1 again in gonorrhea and chlamydia. Umm. . . at least we're not the most dangerous anymore? Though LOL, I suppose that depends on how you define "danger".

Heard some people talking at brunch this morning (meaning, erm, yesterday morning) about the inauguration (a word which I still cannot spell--I leave out the first 'u' every time) music being taped. I think they misinterpreted the story, though--thinking, I believe, of the story with the little girls in China where one sang the anthem and another lip-synched it because the first wasn't attractive enough. This is Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Anthony McGill, and some pianist whose name I didn't recognize but is undoubtedly of the same caliber. There is no one else who could stand behind them and play that music while they waved their bows/fingers. It was still them, just prerecorded.

And still. Have you ever tried to play in the cold? I have, fairly often with Fiddlers. Think about how your fingers feel when they're exposed in the winter. Stiff and painful, no? Now add to that your instrument gumming up in much the same way and bitter wind blowing around while you're trying to pull a light wood-and-horse-hair bow in a smooth line across a very narrow target that will produce the optimum sound. From what Yo Yo Ma says, that's SOP for these events--they did it at Bush's goodbye thing a few days ago as well.

Oh, and so I don't forget. Was in Dillon's (grocery store down here, part of the Kroger chain, none of which we have in St. Louis) and picked up a Star Trek Magazine issue to flip through. At the end of Nana Visitor's interview, she says something about how cool it would have been to have there have been (wow--spend too long looking at those last few words and you'll really get confused) a switch between Kira and Intendant Kira that nobody knew about, so at the end, you've got everybody running off in different places leaving her in charge, and imagine all of the mischief she could have gotten up to with Ro Laren. Now I really want to write that, maybe tying it in with the Annika overthrowing her in the Dark Passions books (as the impetus for her semi-permanent defection to our realm), but I'd have to watch the 7th season again--I haven't seen most of the whole plotty section of DS9 with the war and all, just knowing it through fanon and the semi-canon of the novels. Still. Would be great.
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Many "reply all" fiascos result in mere embarrassment, but American diplomats have been told they may be punished for sending mass responses after an e-mail storm nearly knocked out one of the State Department's main electronic communications systems.

A cable sent last week to all employees at the department's Washington headquarters and overseas missions warns of unspecified "disciplinary actions" for using the "reply to all" function on e-mail with large distribution lists.

The cable, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, was prompted by a major interruption in departmental e-mail caused by numerous diplomats hitting "reply all" to an errant message inadvertently addressed and copied to several thousand recipients.

Reply-all e-mail storm hits State - Yahoo! News

O. M. G.

People keep drawing comparisons between the Obama administration and Matt Santos' on the West Wing? Well, evidently the administration before on both sides CONTAINS MARGARET ("You lost me at raisin muffin")!

This excited me. That is all.

Edit: "Anyone who disregards these instructions will be subject to disciplinary actions," Kennedy wrote in the cable, which begins: "Please ensure widest distribution of this message.

So evidently forwarding is okay, then? LOLOLOLOL.
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Watching this week's ER episode.

DOCTOR COBURN FTW. I love her anytime, but when she gave that look to the intern that asked if she was sure that it wasn't a twin? Priceless. And idk if it's just me, but something about her hair or makeup or whatever and she looks even prettier than usual. I wish to read Coburn slash. Come to think about it, I think I wrote the beginnings of a Coburn/Cuddy fic pre-first hard drive crash. Ahh, techfail.

Also, Kirsten Vangsness and Paget Brewster are friends on Facebook. LOL. That's far more fun than it should be, looking at who celebrities are friends with. Allison Janney and Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol on WW), for example, as well as not only Janel Moloney but her sister Meegan (who's an LA lawyer, I've found). And how Joshua Malina's profile picture is a comic.

And now I'm watching the Psych Christmas episode (again) rather than study for my 3:45 polisci final. (Seriously? Saturday final? At least mine's not at 8, like my roommate's was. Jeeze.)
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Martin Sheen on the Emmys just quoted my political philosophy/favorite West Wing quote: Decisions are made by those who show up. I really need to finally get that on a shirt--I've been talking about doing it every election forever.

I got shivers. Because I totally saw it coming, and yet it was Martin Sheen, so it was delivered terrifically.

Speaking of politics. 3 hours until my PLS paper is due. That which I have yet to start. *headdesk*

After the Emmys: Wow. Way to get jilted, House. Director for "House's Head" was well deserved, but pretty much none of my picks across the board won anything. Tina Fey, of course, I am a fan, but that's about it.
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No classes tomorrow, which is win. Plus, I know tonight, which makes things even winnier, because I won't have to get up in the morning at all.

Bad roads made it impossible for me to get to the gym today (as in, I wanted to go, but parentals said that there was no way in hell that I was going to drive in this weather in any car that they owned), though, and slight LOL at my not-so-slight freakout about that.

And two of the bazillion of West Wing dvds I burned don't work at all, which is sad. The burning must have just failed, but it never gave me any error message, so I didn't know that when I returned the originals. And because one is the last disk of season 6 and one's the first of season 7, I'll have to check out two seasons to get it fixed. And since they changed the maximum amount of fines you can have on your library card and still, you know, use the library from right above where my fines were to significantly below where my fines are, I've got to scrub up some cashy money before I can begin to remedy this situation.

I'm in major Commander Kate Harper love mode right now, as a result of this West Wing watching. Which is actually a result in turn of her being on constant adverts for some new show on USA and me wanting to find fun CJ/Kate bits. Which is win. Because of the whole CIA thing, she's so much fun to play with because she can have done anything. Aliens? She was probably there. Thus there should be more Kate love in fandom, because not only is she gay for CJ (thus giving you fun military+homosexuality issues to explore), she can be crossed over with anything.

And my politicy poll watching is failing me right now, because none of the polls have been updated since Edwards dropped out of the race for the democratic nomination. And thus everything is completely and totally inaccurate.
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I really want to write West Wing Donna/Helen Santos fic. They're all coy and hesitant and flirty and cute in the 7th season.

That's my story.

Didn't go to the roller derby, as it turned out that only like 2 of us could go that day. We're looking at one of the later bouts (there are two more this season) instead.

Thought I had a dentist appointment on Sunday (yeah, I know. What kind of appointment is on Sunday? I know that the 9th is what she told me, and I know that she said I had to go twice in 3 days, so unless we switched to talking about October without her telling me, idk what happened). This was not the case, I found, after driving all the way down there.

Volleyball started up again, so at least I've got a bit of money coming in. The coordinator guy is bringing his daughter into it, though, so I'm back up on the ref stand, unfortunately. I liked doing the ref+score thing, because I could hide behind the score board controls at the table and SIT DOWN (which is a big thing as it's still 90 degrees and about ten million percent humidity at 6pm). Now I have to actually make all the hand signals and such look good, lol, instead of just waving quickly before updating the score. (And the pain! I'm already anticipating the pain!)

He's still going to pay me the same, though, which is good. Because before, my big paycheck doubling was because I had doubled up my duties by taking on the scoreboard and record stuff as well as the reffing. Now that his daughter's taking over the score, I was afraid that I'd get bumped back down (and def. have to get another job).
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Stockard Channing's performance throughout West Wing's entire Zoey's-been-kidnapped arc is simply heartbreaking. That's my story. The entire arc is done well, but she pulls off the distraught mother beautifully. I was v. v. nearly in tears.
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Feminist Daily News Wire, July 6, 2007
Iranian Feminist Activist Sentenced to Lashes, Prison

An Iranian women's rights activist was sentenced on Monday to 10 lashes and nearly three years in prison for her participation in a 2006 protest at Tehran Square. Delaram Ali, 24, along with nearly 70 others, was detained for several days after being arrested for protesting Iran’s discriminatory laws against women. Among other demands, the women called for divorce reform, equal inheritance laws, and the equal treatment of women’s testimonies in the eyes of the court in Iran.

According to Ali’s lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, she was charged with “participation in an illegal gathering,” “propaganda against the system,” and “disturbing the public order,” according to Agence France Presse. Sotoudeh said that Ali was her fourth client to be convicted by the Islamic state for participating in last year’s protest, according to Kerala Next.

“The [Iranian] women’s movement is expanding and it worries the government,” said Sotoudeh, according to Reuters. “Delaram Ali’s sentence is too heavy...a [lashing] sentence for social and women’s rights activists is against international law,” she said, according to AFP. Sotoudeh told Reuters that the sentence would be appealed, and that Ali has been released on $21,000 bail.

Media Resources: Reuters 7/4/07; Agence France Presse 7/4/07; Kerala Next 7/4/07

America needs to get straight back in her corner. We talk about protecting democracy, here it is right here. Something should be said publicly by the leaders of our government. (Obviously, there'd be lots of political fallout, and I sorta understand why the government can't, but aren't we looking for an excuse to invade Iran anyway? /irony) Methinks they need an ACLU (ICLU?). I can't find if they're raising money for her political defense or anything, but something like that needs organized.

And. . .
Laura Bush Rebukes Husband on Abstinence Only Requirement
Doesn't that sound like something straight out of West Wing? In fact, season 4, wasn't it?
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This is what's pretty much been going through my head all day. To mesh, adapt, and slightly butcher West Wing quotes:

Victory is mine! Victory is mine! Great day in the morning, people -- victory is mine! Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land -- this is my day of jubilee! Today, everyone drinks from the keg of glory. Unless you're a Republican. Because you lost.

So I'm pretty excited. Though I know I'm going to be disappointed because I'm hoping that we can totally fix up America, but nothing's really going to ever get done.

And it turns out my crazy extended 4 day headaches were the precursor to this full-blown cold that I've got going on right now. Add that to the stomach bug that I'm currently developing (because I always manage to get a stomach bug at the same time as colds/flu just so I'm doubly miserable) and my day of jubilee has been slightly dampered by the fact that I can't eat anything because swallowing is too painful and likely to make me throw up.

Still. I drink from the cup of water I'm using to swallow as much vitamin C as is humanly possible keg of glory.
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When Cameron goes "'Cause I'm hitting that. And it's totally hot," I just noticed that Chase looks to Foreman like "Is she kidding?" Like he seriously wasn't sure. Which naturally leads to the conclusion that Chase either knows that she's got a thing for the ladies or wouldn't put it past her.

Read some good stuff Thursday night while I wasn't doing anything I should have been doing. Pornish Angel/Spike, mostly. One from the ancient and all historical Angelus/William the Bloody time (I'm not up on my Buffyverse lingo; I'm not sure if it has a specific name.) that was cool.

Read some really great fics tonight, too. One of which being this West Wing CJ/Carol one, "Playing with Matches".

I might have a Mock Trial meeting tomorrow, but I don't know as I missed the first meeting (I really hope the teacher/coach lady will still let me in). I'm going to have to wake up early and try to call someone and find out if it's this week. And I really want to go see Shakespeare's R & J at some point this weekend (meaning Saturday, as the Sunday matinee won't be over until after I need to leave for volleyball and I won't be done with volleyball until the night show's already started) so I've got to figure that out, as Sunday night's the last show.


Mar. 15th, 2006 11:52 pm
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Yay for 2006[ profile] wingswing! I don't think I'm going to write anything, as you don't get to pick the pairing and I can't be relied upon to finish anything past 200 words. But I'm excited that it's up.
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West Wing is so totally doing what every fan of tv wishes TPTB would do for the end of a show. They're bringing everyone back! Anna Deavere Smith (Nancy McNally, the NSA director), Emily Proctor (Ainsley Hayes), Marlee Matlin (Joey Lucas), Gary Cole (VP Bob Russell), Tim Matheson (former VP John Hoynes), Timothy Busfield (Danny Concannon), Annabeth Gish (Elizabeth Bartlet Westin, POTUS's oldest daughter), Mary-Louise Parker (Amy Gardner), and Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn)!

This is the schedule for the last episodes, put together after much news reading, date calculating, and spoiler surfing.

7.13 "The Cold" March 12 (Vinick has one. A cold, I mean. Also, if you're a Josh/Donna fan. . . I wouldn't miss this one. If you J/D'ers never watch another episode again, watch this one. You'll be happy.)
7.14 "Two Weeks Out" March 19 (Last one completed before Christmas.)
7.15 "Welcome to Wherever You Are" March 26 (Also credited: Jon Bon Jovi, Anna Deavere Smith. A Toby episode, on Halloween.)
7.16 "Election Day part I" April 2 (Leo is found in his room by Annabeth [we assume, she goes in and screams] in the midst of the election.)
7.17 "Election Day part II" April 9 (Election results in, Leo is dead.)
7.18 "Requiem" April 16 (Leo's funeral and probably when most of the returning cast members will make their appearances.)
7.19 April 23
7.20 April 30
7.21 May 7
7.22 May 14 (The inaguration, possibly flash forwards to the library dedication [remember that from the beginning of the season?], featuring Rob Lowe. Preceeded by one hour retrospective.)

John Wells told TV Guide's Ask Ausiello that the last scene would either be "the new president entering the oval office or it will be Bartlet on Air Force One heading back to New Hampshire, standing up from behind the desk, coming around and sitting on the sofa next to Abbey. We'll shoot them both and one of them will be the next-to-last scene and one will be the last scene. But until we put it together, we won't know which one works best."

And it's official. Kind of. Ausiello calls Timothy Busfield CJ's future husband.

Contrary to popular spoilerage, Aaron Sorkin is not returning for any episodes.

And in case anyone hasn't seen the Josh/Donna pictures from  )

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