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I've been sad since Christmas that we haven't had a proper snow this winter. Saturday night we went out for a late show and saw TRON with some friends. I enjoyed it, though I'm sure not having watched the first one, I missed out on some stuff. On the way home, it was snowing, and when we got home there was nearly an inch on the ground at our house. It snowed a little yesterday, and Matt and I spent a nice extra lazy day at home. I sat down with my beads and made several necklaces. I'm planning on having some necklaces and bracelets to go with my earrings for Warrior Weekend the first weekend in May. It's a ways off, but I'll want to knit some things too, so I'm trying to get prepared. I'm also working on making my own beads, which is tricky. I think the first batch came out okay, but I had to stop working with them after a while because it was hurting my fingers too much. I'm going to grab a little Dremel tool sometime in the near future, I think that'll make my work a little easier.

In fact this weekend was just a sort of nice break altogether. I went with duendegrrl and chade66 to a bellydance class taught by Zaina Ali. It's pretty close to my house, and she's got a different sort of teaching style. I really enjoyed it. I don't think I'd go every week, but it was a nice break from the normal type of classes I take from Amy, and it was a good bellydance start to the year. Especially now that this week's is cancelled due to SNOW. :)

I've been trying to stay offline a bunch this week because I felt like I was getting a little too easily annoyed. Some people are getting on my very last nerve, and I was having a hard time telling if I was just getting overly sensitive, or if they were just going too far. After about a week, and checking back in last night and this morning, I'm going with the latter. Which brings me to things that annoy me #1: attention seeking. I know in this new world of social media, and over-sharing we all feel like we need to be IN THE LOOP. We all want recognition and a pat on the head. But, there's a few people I'm following right now that I feel are taking it too far. I'm pretty laid back (I think) most of the time, but if you see me drop offline for a few days at a time, it's those people I'm trying to avoid.

Things that annoy me #2, from this weekend: My boss emailed our group at 11:30pm Friday night to tell us that we had to put together 3-5 bullet points about what we do. There's some managers in town from the company we're merging with, and they're going over organizational stuff. But, my boss will be out of town all this week, and we had to have this stuff provided by 12noon today. So, that was a great way to start my day.

#3 and last (for today) thing that annoys me: So, this is a tiny thing, but I've noticed it a lot of places online lately, and it's bugging me. So on Fringe right, there's an alternate universe. The scientist, Walter, they call his alternate self, Walternate. Which is adorable and clever. Olivia, the FBI agent, they never actually refer to her as such on the show as anything other than Olivia or "the other Olivia", but I know, that she's called "Bolivia" (as in B Olivia), because that's how they refer to her in close captioning. Maybe I'm just so used to watching things with captioning, but it strikes me that fans of the show wouldn't know this sort of thing. I know it's listed on Wikipedia. It's a stupid thing to notice, but I've seen people refer to her as Altlivia a few times and it bugs me.

On the subject of closed captioning though, I'm wondering how many people, without hearing problems actually watch TV with the captioning on. I've been doing it for years and years, and I can't remember when I started exactly. But, I love watching TV with closed captioning. I find that not only do I catch things I wouldn't normally, but often times, there's a difference between the captioning and whatever someone actually said, as in the script got changed at some point, or an actor improved a different line and it got left in. It's neat. Of course, it's not always 100% accurate but, it's still worth it to me. I really wish Netflix had captioning services.

Does anyone else watch TV with the captioning on?


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Jan. 10th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
You actually don't really miss anything not having seen the first Tron. Everything vital to the story is explained in exposition, and all that really leaves are a few visual nods to the first movie and the fact that CLU is the bad guy now.

Mel likes to watch things with closed-captioning and I admit it's really handy sometimes for just the reasons you say, including learning the names of characters whose names might never be spoken. It's also great for DVD's that have a weird sound mix where some dialogue is almost inaudible but then there's a huge sound cue or explosion or something that blows your speakers out.
Jan. 11th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
My dad SHOULD watch everything with closed captioning, but he never does. This is why he never has any idea what's going on with anything.

I hate closed captioning because of the differences and because I prefer the nuances in the speech to the words. Plus, my grandmother always had it on when I was younger because she would turn the sound down and listen to music AS WELL, and it always bugged me that she wouldn't just listen to the TV. I have a grudge.
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I far prefer to listen to how things are said, but I feel better with the captioning on because I know I'll catch things even if I can't hear them. When I was younger though, I always hated when people turned the captioning on. That and widescreen movies. I wouldn't watch a widescreen movie because I found the black bars so distracting.
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
No no no, she's Fauxlivia!!

Apparently, there's also Repeter? But since it's the same Peter, idk why some folks said that.

Fauxlivia is much better than Bolivia. Harumph.
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
As for captioning, we don't tend to put it on because it's a PITA to put on with our new cable boxes. Apparently you have to jump through hoops, and then it borks up something else, so we only do subtitles.
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Weird. Our cable (Time Warner) the option is pretty easy to set, which I'm grateful for, since we can't use the TV's captioning.
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
I think Bolivia is kind of cute. :)

I have no idea why people feel the need to give Peter an alternate name. And at least according to captioning, everyone else had the same name. Or at least I'm pretty sure both Astrid and Broyles didn't have alternate names. But Broyles was pretty much the same badass dude on both sides - he didn't need an alternate name.
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