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We survived the recent storm with no visible damage other than a few… 
22nd-Jan-2007 09:59 pm
knitting sketch
We survived the recent storm with no visible damage other than a few tiles missing from the neighbour's roof. MWNN took the opportunity afforded by checking the maintenance needs of the house and set to replace the back door lock with a mortice dead lock. During the three days it took to excavate a big enough hole for the new mechanism, he 'accidentally' watched a scene from AtS - the one in which Wesley and Gunn build the cage to contain Angelus.

MWNN That's your programme. The one with the people with trees growing out of their heads.
Hesadevil No. That's Star Trek. This is Angel.
MWNN The Spike programme.
Hesadevil ::Sigh:: Sometimes.
MWNN Those blokes are really handy. I thought I was watching a DIY programme - they built that thing out of sturdy bars in no time at all. Is that what they do?

He has a point. Who knew vampires were fully qualified miners and welders? That Watchers could operate heavy machinery while piloting a fishing boat? That quantum physicists could wield a flame thrower as a weapon? And where do they get the resources from? Or the money to finance all these the civil engineering projects?

One day I'll post that entry on the use of names in the Buffyverse - really, I will. When I've battled my way through the final chapters of the WIP.

In the meantime, go check out the provisional MidiMeet 2007 progamme. It's coming together well and we're almost ready to go live with on line bookings for membership.
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22nd-Jan-2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
:) love that my other half watches my other prog, but denies it...he knows the characters and their relationships to each other

Buffy , we all watched Angel, me, him, youngest daughter, ST:TNG all, ST DS9 me and him. Voyager all, Enterprise - no-one.

Family tele is nice, you can laugh at your daughters for dressing up as Deanna Troi or 7of9
22nd-Jan-2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
And wanting to play the violin because Data did, honestly!

Re Writercon, I think the dates will clash for me...sounds very cool
22nd-Jan-2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
wanting to play the violin because Data did
It's as good a reason as any.

Pity about the date clash.
22nd-Jan-2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
I hate Voyager - Janeway really gets up my nose and spoils it for me. I came late to Enterprise. It grew on me.

MWNN has a problem with sci-fi and fantasy. He can't 'suspend the disbelief' long enough. So I was really surprised when he not only sat through both episodes of Hogfather, he said he enjoyed them - because they created the Discworld for him.
22nd-Jan-2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
I really want to attend the MidiMeet, but I'm a bit worried that my shyness will make it harder for me to fit in. Being shy can be so frustrating at times! I've had a look at the provisional programme and it all sounds wonderful. :)
22nd-Jan-2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Please don't let your shyness put you off. Not all of us are extroverts who are comfortable socialising in RL with 'strangers' even those we've 'known' virtually for a long time. just_sue was really nervous about the Nottingham Minimeet. Once she realised we wouldn't eat her, she had a ball and ended up as the Committee Secretary.

Approach it as you would one of James's events, we're basically the same fandom.
22nd-Jan-2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
It's good to know you're not planning on eating me. ;) It sounds like it's going to be wonderful, so I really want to attend if I can. :)

I'm shy when I attend JM's events, too...although everyone has always been very friendly and welcoming. I'm sure I'll be fine once I get over my initial terror! :D
23rd-Jan-2007 12:34 am (UTC)
I have my knife and fork ready.
23rd-Jan-2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
It's a good thing there's plenty of me to go around! ;D
22nd-Jan-2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Gunn and welding - of course he pimped his ride previously (for goodness knows how many years on the streets) with anti-manpire equipment.

It annoys me slightly when people say Fred oughtn't to know past physics also - no potential genius can be a genius if they restrict their field. Everyone needs to read connected fields at least, as a not-genius I read information management but I'd be really stupid not to read communication at the same time, plus statistics, IT and random bizarre things that aren't even vaguely connected.

Plus they have had years fighting the good fight, she'd be dead by now if she didn't have a bit more to her than reedy Fred the physicist.

Plus anyway, if it seves the plot for them to have a skill of course they should have it - I didn't see anything way outside the realms of offscreen possibilities.

Oh that got too long. Sorry :)

Re writercon, I wanted to go but the mini-programme isn't my thing. It's cool though, I'll keep the comm friended and then I can see when it all happens :) Good luck, it looks really fun :)
22nd-Jan-2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Hee! MWNN's lack of 'suspending disbelief' affected me when I started looking at all the specialist skills characters suddenly acquired to further the plot - remember Dawn's language skills in season 7? And Xander going from construction worker to foreman to head of the re-build of Sunnydale High in a few months.

I wanted to go but the mini-programme isn't my thing.
I didn't for one minute think the writercon programme would appeal to you so am not surprised. Besides, you'll be fresh from Jamses' May gig and the new album.

Good luck, it looks really fun.
If you want to increase our luck and help make it a success, would you consider donating any unwanted fandom stuff as prizes for the quiz or raffle. We're aiming to build up a 'float' in our finances to offer something closer to a full Con in 2008.
22nd-Jan-2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
I can't really remember Dawn much :)

If there's any graphics programming beyond the basics I'd attend the bigger con, and I'll have a mooch round for prizes but its all JM I'm afraid, not much Spike ;)
23rd-Jan-2007 12:12 am (UTC)
I can't really remember Dawn much.
That's probably no bad thing. - 'Getout getout getout getout' - translation= teenager here, anything you say or do will be taken as an attack on my right-to-strop.

See if you can mooch for any odds and ends from Halloween Con. You gave me a Buffy magnet for being a teacher's pet helpful busybody general dogsbody gopher on the final day. I'll put that in the pot and a few Buffyverse books I no longer use as reference.
23rd-Jan-2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
any unwanted fandom stuff as prizes for the quiz or raffle.

I've got a set of Inkworks "Spike The Complete Story" trading cards you can have if you like.
23rd-Jan-2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Are you coming along to the MidiMeet? If so, you could bring it to the Sunday morning Swap session and get something in exchange. If not, that's incredibly generous of you and only if you are really sure - yes please!
23rd-Jan-2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
You're welcome to them (I somehow ended up with three sets, one which is nicely filed in plastic pockets, one which I use as bookmarks, and a third, which is slightly excessive *g*).

MidiMeet is probably a no, due to holidays which won't be sorted out until way after the booking date for one of the places, so if you want to email me your addy at some point (spikereader@livejournal.com) I can post them off to you. If I do manage to make it to Nottingham I'm sure I'll be able to find something else to try and swap.

30th-Jan-2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
Did you get my snail mail address? We'll be to-ing and fro-ing to the boat for the next couple of months and then taking off at the beginning of May until the end of July so if you could get the cards off to me soon I'd be grateful.
31st-Jan-2007 09:56 am (UTC)
Yes, I did get your address - and I'll have the cards in the post to you before the weekend. I've a couple of other parcels to get sent out and it's a lovely sunny day today, so might even rouse myself to walk into the village to the post office instead of driving. :D
22nd-Jan-2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Who knew vampires were fully qualified miners and welders? That Watchers could operate heavy machinery while piloting a fishing boat? That quantum physicists could wield a flame thrower as a weapon? And where do they get the resources from? Or the money to finance all these the civil engineering projects?
"snorfle" Right up there, IMO, with Xander being able to work rocket launchers and remember military codes after a very brief spell of being a "soldier" and Spike tunneling for the Gem of Amara with a few shovels.
23rd-Jan-2007 12:03 am (UTC)
It was Spike's mining skills (with a drill if memory serves) that I was refering to. Not to mention Xander's metamorphosis from shovel-toting labourer to boss of the Sunnydale High re-build project. And who will ever foget Dawn's sudden acquisition of ancient language skills in Season 7?
22nd-Jan-2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Truly. My favorite though is how Fred by virtue of training as a physicist apparently is an expert in chemistry, biology and mechanical engineering.
23rd-Jan-2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Funny - I never questioned Fred's expertise in any of the scintific/technological fields. Probably because I always found her intense in her love of learning and exploration of related fields. Plus, she survived in Pilea demonstrating an ability to adapt and use whatever resources she could find.
23rd-Jan-2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Well Willow certainly showed the same tendency to be a jack-of-all-scientific fields at a much younger age than Fred, but her skills at least while in high school seemed possible enough given that she was a near-genius. Later she seemed to be tapping into magic for much of it. Then again, representations of technology were so skewed on the show it all had to be taken with a grain of salt!

Speaking of Willow though it's interesting that Oz was apparently enough of a genius for special recruitment and yet we never had any idea what his specialty areas were -- nor did he ever seem to employ them within the Scoobies.
23rd-Jan-2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Oz was an underachiever! No doubt way too much dope to be a truely useful scooby.
23rd-Jan-2007 04:20 am (UTC)
My hubby didn't like Buffy to begin with, but now if I play anything from the soundtrack he can identify the episode it came from!

One of the reasons I find I don't watch so much TV is because the writers get away with so much that an author would be pilloried for. With Buffy, I figured if I could accept the premise, I could accept the rest of it.

I got your package in the mail today.
23rd-Jan-2007 10:29 am (UTC)
With Buffy, I figured if I could accept the premise, I could accept the rest of it.
Me too. It's just that MWNN's not being able to accept the premise that made me look at it with fresh eyes.

I got your package in the mail today.
::Beams::
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23rd-Jan-2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
This is normal conversation mode for us.
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