I ate'nt dead.

  • Feb. 1st, 2012 at 3:18 PM
pepper: A red chilli pepper (Chilli pepper)
Hello world. Well, hasn't it been a long time? I have many things to update you on, but I keep starting posts and then running out of steam before I finish them. Someday I may go into all these things in detail, but for the moment, to sum up:

  • Christmas was great.

  • Work continues to suck.

  • I saw a fabulous version of the Robin Hood legend at the RSC this January - and it was all about Marion. Robin had the "steal from the rich" bit down, but the "and give to the poor" was all Marion. Plus the staging was amazing. The whole stage, from about halfway back, was one giant, grassy slide, right up into the rafters! People slid onto stage - ouch - and had to climb back up with ropes! It's the most athletic play I've ever seen.

  • Castle! I have burned through all the seasons currently available, and now impatiently await more of season 4. I have no patience for open canon shows. I want it ALL, NOW. Will they/won't they? (Oh, they totally will.)

  • I finally read all the Tiffany Aching / Wee Free Men books, by Pterry. *happy sigh*. In possibly related news, I've not gone to sleep before 2am for most of the nights this week. I. am. so. tired.

  • I'm thinking of trying to run a 10k this year.

  • Kat continues to be adorable, although I do wish she'd stop eating her toys.

ION, I'm finally conceding that I don't like some taste combinations that are generally considered delicious. Coffee and chocolate, for example. I like coffee, I love chocolate, but together? Yuck. Ditto fruit and chocolate - I just don't really like them combined. I feel that togetherness makes them less than the sum of their parts - it takes away from the freshness of the fruit, and the richness of the chocolate. And yet it always seems to be, "What could be better than fresh strawberries? How about STRAWBERRIES DIPPED IN MELTED CHOCOLATE!" Give me my strawberries unadulterated, and my melted chocolate with a big spoon, pls. Also, baked potato and baked beans is just wrong, I don't care what people say.

ETA: The Heart of Robin Hood. )


  • Oct. 22nd, 2011 at 8:47 PM
pepper: Jack O'Neill flailing (Flail)
If you like surprises, have a look at this comic. Just scroll down and watch (computer must be Javascript enabled).

And then come and join me in the pillow fort.

Postcard book!

  • Oct. 19th, 2011 at 8:56 PM
pepper: Jack O'Neill stick figure trying and failing to do cartwheels (Jack cartwheel)
Yay, [livejournal.com profile] lolmac has kindly allowed me to share the postcard book I made for her (she had the winning bid for it in the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti auction) with everyone! She is kind and generous. :D

So, without further ado...

Part 1: Mac + Blake's 7 )

Part 2: Sam + Mac )

Part 3: MacGyver )

Part 4: Mac + SG-1 )

Outtakes )

Fic: You Captains Bold And Brave (G, gen)

  • Sep. 19th, 2011 at 10:33 PM
pepper: Pirate flag (Pirate flag)
Title: You Captains Bold And Brave
Author: Pepper
Rating: G
Wordcount: 1139
Featured Character(s): Thor, Jack, Daniel, Sam, Teal'c
Pairing(s): None
Summary: Just please don't teach him the words to 'The Good Ship Venus'.
A/N: For TLAPD 2009 2010 2011. It's reached the point where I feel like I'm co-authoring this with 2009!me.


Have you tried switching it off and on again? )



Serius Kat Is Serius

  • Aug. 24th, 2011 at 8:15 PM
pepper: Cat playing a piano (Kat sharp)
My current background:




Aug. 23rd, 2011

  • 3:50 PM
pepper: Cat playing a piano (Kat sharp)
I thought of an excellent time-travel story name: Imminent Victorians.

No, I don't have a story to go with it. Just the title. But it's a very nice title, don't you think? *pats it*


I'm on leave next week, hoorah! Which means this week I'm panicking slightly about getting a load of stuff done. 'Tis always the way.


Tea and biscuits was the only sensible way to deal with today's miserable weather.


Argh, I am a bad person: I have two fics that I said I'd beta ages ago and haven't yet (I'm sorry!), and one fic that someone kindly beta'd for me but which I haven't given a final tidy up so I can post it. And I started on the end run for Valentines, but now I've stalled again. Fail, fail, fail, fail, fail.

On the other hand, I'm getting along awesomely (at last) with your thing, [livejournal.com profile] lolmac! So... nearly... finished...


Kat has a new "lawn" (patch of wheatgrass growing in a tray), and it makes her a happy kitty. Without it, she was a sad and mopey kitty, who liked to sit and poke at her old, decrepit, dried-out lawn and then stare at us, meowing pointedly. She hid while we got rid of it, and then helped out with planting the new one, patting down the earth and supervising the watering. While it was growing, she kept running upstairs to gaze longingly at it on the windowsill, out of her reach. It took forever (five days), but finally it was ready to give to her, and once she'd pigged out on grass stalks, she was a sleepy, purry, mellow kitty all evening.

She tries to pounce on the water whenever it's being watered, and then sticks her nose right into the damp earth and sniffs and sniffs and SNIFFS.


Hey, there are still some excellent episodes available for recapping on [livejournal.com profile] redial_the_gate! This is Season 10, your last chance...

Flesh & Blood, Uninvited, Counterstrike, Company of Thieves, The Quest pt 2, Family Ties (go on, you know that would be awesome to mock), Dominion (I think that and Family Ties may be partially optioned...? It's in some way negotiable? I can't see LJ at the moment to check what exactly the situation was).

ETA: Someone has claimed either Dominion or Family Ties, so I guess if you particularly want one of those, you can probably have it.


I... have forgotten what I was going to say here.



  • Aug. 22nd, 2011 at 6:25 PM
pepper: Yay! (Yay)
Happy birthday to [personal profile] loquita, [personal profile] beanpot and [personal profile] binkii! SG-1 would like to mark this auspicious date in a traditional way: a full team cartwheel!

You know that tradition, right? )

Aug. 19th, 2011

  • 1:49 PM
pepper: A red chilli pepper (Chilli pepper)
Crap, I've just realised that the urgent telecon I was so pleased to have finally arranged for tonight at 5pm... is tonight, at 5pm. Friday night, goddammit. I had dinner in a pub planned. It wasn't a big plan, but it was mine and I liked it. *sulks*


Me: "All the calls and emails today have caused me to turn to ice cream (as opposed to drink)."
A: "If you overdo it we may have to take you to a clinic to thaw out."


I took some time owing this morning and came in an hour late. I spent the extra hour mostly playing with the cat. I think she appreciated it. We played Catch Mr Spider, and then we looked out of the window for a while, and then she had some cat milk, and then we played Catch Mr Green Fuzzy Thing That I* Keep Trying To Eat And Then Have To Regurgitate Because It's Nearly A Foot Long And Made Of Feathers And I Get Yelled At Before I Get More Than An Inch Or Two Down.

It's kind of a disgusting object, by now, but she loves it.

* Kat, that is - not me. Hopefully that was obvious.


pepper: Cup of tea (Tea)
I'm okay, and in no kind of danger, in case anyone was worrying. I was in London on Monday, but I saw absolutely nothing of the riots. It's a remarkably big city. It's more like several cities stuck together.

This all reminded me of the Brixton and Tottenham riots back in 1985. They began for similar reasons, in a similar climate - economic depression, Conservative government, the possibility that the police had caused the death of an innocent. That was a scary time. I lived close to Tottenham, and I went to school with the son of a policeman who was violently killed in the Broadwater Farm riot. I didn't know him that well (I didn't like him that much, either, but then I was eight and he was a BOY), but I keep thinking of him now, wondering how it affected him, and how he feels about this current situation. It must be difficult.

Broadwater Farm is a name fixed in a lot of North Londoners's minds as a Place You Do Not Go. Reminded about it, I looked it up. It's been reconstructed, both in the local organisations and in the buildings themselves (although the ugly high rise blocks are still there). The results are amazing:

Since the regeneration, Broadwater Farm now has one of the lowest crime rates of any urban area in the world. In the first quarter of 2005, there was not a single reported robbery or outdoor assault on Broadwater Farm, and only a single burglary, from which all property was recovered and the suspect arrested; this compares with 875 burglaries, 50 robberies and 50 assaults in the third quarter of 1985 immediately preceding the riot. In an independent 2003 survey of all the estate's residents, only 2% said they considered the area unsafe, the lowest figure for any area in London. The estate also has the lowest rent arrears of any part of the borough.

In 2005 the Metropolitan Police disbanded the Broadwater Farm Unit altogether as no longer required in an area with such a low crime rate.



  • Aug. 4th, 2011 at 9:06 PM
pepper: Looking for a photo op (Camera)
Oh, I want to go to Spain again. I've just been watching Rick Stein's Spain, and whilst the programme itself made me cringe a bit, it reminded me of the heat and the smell and the sights of Spain, particularly Granada.

Remember the part of the Alhambra where Washington Irving stayed, [personal profile] abyssinia? A dark, cool building, a relief to the eyes - and somewhere in the middle there was a courtyard, shielded by walls and tall trees, green like underwater, flooded with sunlight, and in every corner an orange tree with impossibly bright fruit.

A glimpse of paradise. )

Redial rewatch: Camelot

  • Jul. 28th, 2011 at 9:27 PM
pepper: Sam Carter the astronaut (Sam space)
Okay, I can't post this to Redial, and sadly we don't have a mirror comm on DW, but hopefully the people who want to know will see this post: the rewatch of Camelot, which was postponed last week, is still taking place this Friday/Saturday.

Details of how to join in are here, and fortunately it won't rely on LJ being back up and working.

Shame I've not been able to post the recap, though. :7 Get well soon, LJ.
pepper: Sam Carter the astronaut (Sam space)
So, LJ, eh? And I had the Redial recap written on time for the first time, too. I wanted to use this icon. Ah well.

In the meanwhile, I have been mostly getting my nostalgia on with Airwolf, for some reason. Okay, because I was looking at Rachel500's AO3 page and saw her Airwolf stories, and just... couldn't... resist.

Thoughts on Airwolf. Aren't you glad? )


Thoughts on Jack and MacGyver and Hawke and sex. Oh, shut up. )


  • Jul. 7th, 2011 at 8:55 PM
pepper: My cat, Katana no Kimi, swiping at the camera (Katana)
It's Kat's first birthday today. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! There are things in my fridge older than her. We got her a motorised dangle toy thing that she finds TERRIFYING, so that's just great. It probably didn't help that, the moment we switched it on, the motorised arm lashed out and swung the spider dangle thing right at her head.

Hopefully she'll get used to it.

I also made her some Marmite cheesecake, from my cat recipe book. She liked that a little more. Yes, my cat is spoiled. *g*

Speaking of birthdays...

Title: Best Not To Think About It
Author: Pepper
Fandom(s): Stargate SG-1
Rating: PG
Featured Character(s): Jack, Sam
Pairing(s): Jack/Sam
Summary: In his defence, he hadn't intended to propose to Carter in a storage closet.
A/N: For [livejournal.com profile] holdouttrout, a belated birthday gift. Another in the Storage Closet series.


In his defence, he hadn't intended to propose to Carter in a storage closet. )



5 favourite TV shows meme

  • Jul. 6th, 2011 at 3:23 PM
pepper: Jack thinking empty bubbles (Jack bubbles)
Pick your five favourite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions about them. Don't cheat!

Mine are:

1. Blake's 7
2. Stargate SG-1
3. Magnificent 7
4. Robin of Sherwood
5. Sapphire and Steel

I really shouldn't be doing this right now... )


I have to rewatch some of these shows, sometime.

Thought you'd like to know...

  • Jun. 14th, 2011 at 3:05 PM
pepper: My cat, Katana no Kimi, swiping at the camera (Katana)
Related to this post, Ray the Stray appears to have been adopted! Yay!

I've been keeping an eye on the site (thinking of possibly getting a companion for Kat), and saw that he was first reserved, and then taken off the list. Evidently someone met him in person and found he was the kitty for them. Awwwwwwwwwww.


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