ratcreature: RatCreature as Teyla (teyla)
spoilers for SGA 4x20 )

Totally unrelated to SGA I learned a new piece of trivia today: I've always been vaguely puzzled by the color name "ivory black" because it seemed contradictory (ivory not being black and all). Then today I happened to look at the label on the back of a tube of acrylic ivory black, one that went into all kinds of technical detail that I have no idea what it means (it has some kind of numbers for hue, value, chroma and codes for the pigments and symbols for opaqueness and lightfastness and so on) but also had a list of ingredients and apparently that black is made from charred animal bones. Hence the name "ivory black".

And I get that historically, though I'd have thought that by now the color would be synthetic. I mean, it's not they are still grinding up lapis lazuli for ultramarine (well, I guess there might be people who are into restoration and such and make their colors themselves from scratch with pigments or specialty producers who still do that, but usually it's synthetic these days). So it's kind of gross that they still use animal bones, but that what the tube says in its ingredient list under the "vehicle: acrylic polymer emulsion" there's "pigment: amorphous carbon produced by charring animal bones". So I'm using the same pigment as my prehistoric ancestors, I guess, only in a prepared polymer solution rather than charring some hunted mammoth's bone myself. Still in my mind "gross" kind of wins out over "artistic connection across millennia of history".
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I've watched a couple of episodes of Da Vinci's Inquest now, and the series is really cool. I like the characters, though so far none have truly grabbed me, but I like the way the cases are handled on the show. I like that it's not always a crime leading to a death, that if it is a crime it is often a rather mundane one not bizarre or glamorous, but the show still manages to keep my interest.

I like that just as their cases are more or less normal and they also don't necessarily find the perpetrator within the ep (or ever) or reconstruct what happened with absolute certainty, but rather do what's necessary to have a likely explanation that's enough to close the case. Compared to CSI it's also a nice change that they do have realistic constraints such as budgets etc, so that there isn't always done a whole rigamarole of fancy tests or a full autopsy for every body, and the tests they do take actual time.

I mean, I'm not knowledgeable about either forensic science, bureaucratic constraints of coroner's offices, police organization, or anything like that, so it's not so much that I'm nitpicky about any particular details, as that the CSI angle that depicts crime as a puzzle and the only constraints to solving it in the normal course of events are technical and scientific, makes the whole set-up seem somewhat fake after a while. Not that I don't enjoy those moments on CSI when Grissom does some insect experiment with enormous effort to solve their puzzles.

Unrelated to crime shows, now that I'm seeing increased excitement and lots of people looking forward to the new Superman movie, I'd like to stress for the record that I find it completely unfair that it won't open here until August 17. *grumble*
ratcreature: RatCreature watches tv. (tv)
Not that I needed another tv series, but recently I started watching Traders eps. Initially it was because I've seen a bunch of SGA/Traders x-overs centered on David Hewlett's Traders character Grant Jansky, and I dislike reading crossovers without having seen at least a little bit of all characters so that I can imagine them. So I figured I'd watch an episode or two. (Yeah, we all know how well something like that tends to work out. *g*)

I didn't expect to like it much because I'm not a huge David Hewlett fan (I mean, I like his acting and characters well enough, I'm just in general not obsessed with actors, nor watch series just because an actor I like is in them), and I don't find investment banking interesting either. But it turned out that the series is really cool and I like many of the characters, not just Grant. I mean for example Donald is adorable, and Marty is kind of a jerk, but really fun too. Anyway, by now I've watched up to the middle of season three, and watched that episode in which Sally's ex-girlfriend shows up.

Obviously I find it cool that they revealed a major character as bisexual in a subplot, and handled it in a decent way too, IMO, but that ep made me wonder whether it is somehow easier to have lesbian/bisexual women appear as regular tv characters than gay/bisexual men (in not "specialized" programs, I don't mean things like QAF or L-Word and such, nor minor characters that are just there for one or two episodes for some coming out story or whatever).

That is, I remember a bunch of lesbian major or recurring characters on shows I watched, but fewer gay ones. Like there's Kerry Weaver on ER, Susan Ivanova and Talia Winters on Babylon 5, Willow, Tara and Kennedy on Buffy, Original Cindy on Dark Angel, Sharon on Wonderfalls, Marissa on The O.C. and I've heard there's a major lesbian character on Nip/Tuck and a bisexual one on One Tree Hill (I haven't watched either of the last two). OTOH I recall Tim Bayliss on Homicide being bisexual, that gay kid on Dawson's Creek (I never watched more than two episodes, so I can't recall his name), and I have heard that Six Feet Under has gay couple among the major characters as has that prison series Oz, though I watch neither.

So did I just forget a bunch of gay characters from my shows or are they all in the other many shows I've never watched? (and in a greater number than the queer women in shows I don't watch?) Or are lesbians for some strange reason more palatable than gays on tv?

And not that it has much to do with anything, but I really really wish the drunk football fans would shut up already, and stop singing, shouting and honking. It's been hours already, and this is a residential neighborhood. Argh.

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