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 I remember on the old forum there was the "what'cha- whatever" threads. Each one badsically a discussion about books (readin') movies and TV (watchin') and games (playin'). I figured since the only difference is delivery, I'd basically combine them into one big thread about the fiction we go through (nonfiction is fine too, of course). 

So, I guess I'll start?

Reading:

I'm between books right now. I recently re-read Infernal City and I did the entire Middle-Earth set-up from Silmarillion on up through Return of the King. So when I go to work on Monday I'll look for something new on my break. 

Wacthing:

I don't watch movies very much anymore, unfortunately. Despite my earlier claim about delivery, movies are the only fully passive medium, in my opinion. In a book, you need to actively visualize events, in a video game, you are put into the shoes of the protagonist and therefore determine their success or failure, but a movie you just watch. So, if someone could reccomend a very good one to me to get me back into movies that'd be much appreciated. 

Playing:

Well, since I'm a neurotic "story guy" I tend to play through entire series at once. So at the moment I'm doing the entire console Zelda series from Ocarina of Time through Twilight Princess in anticipation of Skyward Sword (I'm currently at the Pirate's Fortress in Majora's Mask). Then I plan to do Mario Galaxy 2 and then No More Heroes before playing through Morrowind and Oblivion again. By the time I'm done with that, hopefully TESV will have been announced at least. 

So how about all of you?

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Reading: Nothing at the moment, going to go back into Campbell and hopefully start Dune once my library gets it back.

Watching: Just finished Dresden Files, which means I'm just about out of stuff to do on Hulu. Going to go into either the old BSG or the Conan series, both of which I started in the past but didn't finish.

Playing: also nothing for now. Maybe go back into LotRO, or play some Orange Box. 

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Reading the Infenal City, wondering why the Argonians are Aztecs...

Watching TGWTG videos to pass the little idle time I have.

Playing GTA IV, All Points Bulletin, Red Orchestra, and on odd occasions games like Oblivion, L4D2 and TF2. I kind of do like a rotation between the first three and stuff like writing and drawing.

 

Lady N: omgsteamIDplzritenao

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Reading: Nineteen-Eighty Four and then a bunch of religious books

Watching: Friday night I watched Toy Story 3, freakin' great movie and a great way to the end the story - if they make a Toy Story 4 I'm gonna have to kill somebody. Yesterday I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The plot seemed rather patchy and random but it was ok overall.

Playing: Nothing currently. The week before last I played through Zelda: Minish Cap, which was fun.

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Reading: American Gods

Watching: Watchmen - right now.

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Reading: Everything by Márquez, with Pynchon and Gogol waiting in the wings. When did I become so pretentious?

 

Watching: Not much now Doctor Who is gone for another year. They've serialised George Grossmith's Diary of a Nobody on the BBC, as a series of short monologues. That's ok.

 

Playing: Morrowind again, actually. Struggling through the original XCOM as well.

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Reading: Wolves of the Calla.

Watching: Just watched Predators. It was a nice throwback to the original.

Playing: Maybe Mass Effect, maybe Aliens vs. Predators or maybe Red Dead Redemption. I haven't really decided yet.

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BohrIII wrote:
Watching: Just watched Predators. It was a nice throwback to the original.

I'm wanting to see that. Surely its better than AVP:Requiem, that movie was utter crap.

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Luagar wrote:

BohrIII wrote:
Watching: Just watched Predators. It was a nice throwback to the original.

I'm wanting to see that. Surely its better than AVP:Requiem, that movie was utter crap.

So I've heard but I've never actually witnessed it.

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Reading: The Count of Monte Christo. Next it'll probably be Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra or Leo Tolstoy's The Kingdom Of God Is In You. Side note: iBooks is amazing.

Watching: Thank You For Smoking. Fantastic.

Playing: I'm a Mac now, so nothing for the time being. Too busy anyways.

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Reading: Stephen King's On Writing

Watching: Whenever the Cincinnati Reds are playing

Playing: MLB 10 The Show (and soon I'll be playing the Medal of Honor beta for the 360)

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Reading: Earthsea series, The Infernal City, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Watching: Went through Firefly/Serenity the other night (long night), watching SGU right through again (weekly). Waiting on the new season of Supernatural to start airing, season five was fantastic (loved the last few episodes), but that's months away still.

Playing: Various iPhone games, will probably get FO:NV when it comes out. Haven't actually played Oblivion/Morrowind in well over a year, anytime I have for them is usually taken up by modding.

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Reading: The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins

Watchig: The third season of True Blood which is fuckin' awesome

Playing: nothing at this moment

 

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watching SGU right through again (weekly).

I thought I was the only person who watched that

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gro-dhal wrote:

The Old Ye Bard wrote:
watching SGU right through again (weekly).

I thought I was the only person who watched that

It's great, resembles something of a mix up between BSG, Lost and SG:1. So much differnt in tone to all the other SG stuff though, alot less cartoony.

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The Old Ye Bard wrote:
Watching: Went through Firefly/Serenity the other night (long night), watching SGU right through again (weekly). Waiting on the new season of Supernatural to start airing, season five was fantastic (loved the last few episodes), but that's months away still.

I saw Serenity for the first time about a month ago, best Sci-Fi flick I've seen in a long time. Haven't seen any of the Firefly episodes - are they as good as the movie?

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I've not seen the movie, but I'm thoroughly enjoying Firefly. Its good fun, and each episode stands on its own. 

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Yes, in my opinion, both Serenity and Firefly episodes are equally good.  I'm a big fan of Nathan Fillion.

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Luagar wrote:

The Old Ye Bard wrote:
Watching: Went through Firefly/Serenity the other night (long night), watching SGU right through again (weekly). Waiting on the new season of Supernatural to start airing, season five was fantastic (loved the last few episodes), but that's months away still.

I saw Serenity for the first time about a month ago, best Sci-Fi flick I've seen in a long time. Haven't seen any of the Firefly episodes - are they as good as the movie?

Watching Firefly and then watching Serenity makes the movie so much better (the movie really served to tie up alot of the loose ends from the show), and Firefly itself is amazing, I'd definetly recomend watching it (my favourite would have to be the last episode, which I'd say ranks as one of the best TV episodes ever -though apparently Fox didn't even air it, the scumbags!).

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I really hate that that show was cancelled. It was sooo very good. At least they were able to tie some things up with the movie which was very well done.

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B wrote:

Yes, in my opinion, both Serenity and Firefly episodes are equally good.  I'm a big fan of Nathan Fillion.

Speaking of Nathan, I have seen Castle recently and he is there almost as hilarious as in Firefly.

I consider Firefly better than Serenity, I was kind of disappointed with Serenity.

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 TOYB, Fox not airing a plot-oriented show is probably a good thing. I have never been able to watch a show on fox because the commercial will always show off whatver the big twist or reveal is! I didn't need to watch 24 ever, because I always new the episode's big climactic outcome from the commercial I saw hours earlier!

The new reforme...

Reading: Tv Tropes wiki(Not a book so not sure if it counts) and anything by the Marquis De Sade.

Watching: Planning on rewatching I,Claudius when I get the chance.

Playing: Morrowind I just became MT Grandmaster,Soon to be Thieves guild leader and have just gotten past Crassus asking me to take my "gear" off in the House quests.

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The Old Ye Bard wrote:

gro-dhal wrote:

The Old Ye Bard wrote:
watching SGU right through again (weekly).

I thought I was the only person who watched that

It's great, resembles something of a mix up between BSG, Lost and SG:1. So much differnt in tone to all the other SG stuff though, alot less cartoony.

 

 

I'm watching that too. Can't go without a daily intake of scifi. But it's not as good as BSG; there's hardly any memorable characters. Oh, except Eli. He's yummy. :)

In the meantime, waiting for new episodes of Caprica.

 

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I'm watching that too. Can't go without a daily intake of scifi. But it's not as good as BSG; there's hardly any memorable characters. Oh, except Eli. He's yummy. :)

It's not as good as BSG, but COME ON Robert Carlisle is the Don. It's like having Begbie from Trainspotting running around on  a spaceship, I was waiting the whole series for him to flip out and headbutt that annoying tough guy soldier.

 

Now i'm playing yet another Civ4 mod. Rise of Mankind= dynamic civ names and future tech, plus you can become Zoroastrian. Win.

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I just recently finished Stephe King's On Writing, which was absolutely spectuacular at least, and now I've begun a collection of short stories by Lovecraft. He's OK, I guess... but his prose is rather dry most of the time. I was so bored to death with The Colour out of Space that I quit somewhere in the middle and started The Shadow Over Innsmouth instead. So far it's much better.

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Come to my country so I can slap you personally

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I think his ideas are cool, but goddamn he can be boring. I'm really enjoying The Shadow Over Innsmouth, though. Maybe it was just one story that I didn't like.

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Dune. 

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Lady N wrote:

Dune. 

Finally! I've been waiting for you to get into that for ages.

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Ages?! You suggested it a couple weeks ago. I've been meaning to read it for a couple years, but hadn't gotten around to it. My initial intent was to get it from the library, but it seems my branch doesn't have a copy so I had to drive out to the store.