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1) Computer fixed over a week ago, but still a little absent around here because...

2) I was in the hospital for a week. Infection. Other issues. Was able to read LJ and comment some but didn't get full computer access until Friday.  I remembered how utterly boring hospital stays are. Thankfully, I had recently downloaded a ton of podfic, which seriously SAVED MY SANITY. I feel like I need to write a "Thank you" letter to all those lovely podficcers and possibly buy them presents. Or something.

I also wrote Merlin/Arthur fic in a little notebook, which may or may not be typed up and posted. It's all angsty and probably addled. SPEAKING OF ADDLED...

3) I am so behind with LJ and other online stuff and I'm just beginning to get caught up. SO I ASK YOU, flist, WHAT IS THE 411? WHAT ARE THE COOL JAMS? 

Then again, it's only been a week...but it was a terribly long one over here.

4) In my addled state, I pre-ordered Merlin Season 1 on DVD from Amazon, WHICH IS COOL AND ALL, but it's not coming out until April 26th and I wasn't going to buy it until next month. I was supposed to spend my March self-allocated ~$30 "monthly extras" budget on a paid LJ account (I KNOW, I'M LAME AND BEHIND THE TIMES) but in some kind of excited haze I forgot. It's probably because....

5) I saw the little "Merlin Season Premiere" corner thingy pop up on the SyFy channel and got a little too excited. I think I pointed at the screen and said "OMG look" which probably looked silly and frankly was silly because it's not like I didn't know it was coming. Maybe it was just my response to seeing Colin Morgan's face on my television screen...I've only ever seen it on a laptop. I'm looking forward to the marathon next Sunday.

Speaking of things to do on a Sunday...

7) Today my friend and I took a little trip to an abandoned state mental hospital to walk around and take some photos. We're kind of UrbEx addicts and while this wasn't exactly that it was a nice trip nonetheless. I love abandoned places/things and while today wasn't great for photos (too sunny!) it was beautiful to walk around. I don't know if any of you are interested in that kind of thing (and my digital camera is a little crappy) but here are are a few of the photos if you'd like to see them:








  



















8) I came back to my LJ to feeling the need for new icons. I need to go clicking around for more, but definitely have things I need to be doing instead. I could keep them but having 15 at a time means I need to refresh my stock instead of adding to it. IDK why I am mentioning this. ANYONE OUT THERE MAKE ICONS??? POINT ME TO YOUR CREATIONS!!

9) FLIST I MISSED YOU!!

Date: 2010-03-21 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giselleslash.livejournal.com
First off, I hope you're feeling better! *sends healthy vibes your way*

And I've been getting far too excited over the Merlin advertisements too. I get this goofy look on my face every time one pops up. Sometimes I squeak. Very embarrassing *g* It's so awesome to see them on t.v. rather than on my computer. I rewatched series one when NBC played it last summer and was inordinately giddy over the experience. Total Merlin NERD alert :)

Those pics make me think the Ghost Hunters team should be lurking around in there!

Date: 2010-03-21 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaosmaka.livejournal.com
Hi sheepy! *HUGGLES* XD

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Date: 2010-03-21 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I'm glad I'm not the only one squeaking when that little ad pops up. MERLIN, WHY SO EXCITING??

Ghost Hunters would probably have a lot of fun there. We visited the hospital cemetery too, which had to open in 1918 after the town complained they were taking over the town's due to so many influenza deaths during the epidemic. At one point we were checking out this one building, peering in some windows, and this cyclone of leaves picked up right where we were standing and went on for a wayyy too long. So we said "We come in peace!!"

Date: 2010-03-21 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaosmaka.livejournal.com
Welcome back! *huggles*
My computer is broken now, too. ARGH. I hope I can fix it. I miss my music and my pictures and everything...

How are you doing? I hope you're better!! Hospital sounds really really bad. But I know how boring it is there. Awful! Glad you had a few fics with you.

Yay for taking photos and you had such a cool location I wanna go there too! Sounds great.

OH and YAY for your Merlin DVDs. Maybe they arrive a little early *keeps fingers crossed*

Gooood night! *hugs*

Date: 2010-03-21 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thank you! I am feeling much better.

Computer issues are so annoying! I hope yours gets fixed soon.

The location was very cool...old hospitals are interesting and spooky places to visit.

Goodnight to you too!

Date: 2010-03-21 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexi-lupin.livejournal.com
Hope you're feeling better!

OMG podfic. OMG. <3 I finished listening to Teacup and then I listened to an 8 hour long Harry/Draco fic. Do you have any favourite readers?

OMG I don't even know what's happened, a week is too long for me to remember lol. I do not believe you've missed any Bradley or Colin appearances... idk go through [livejournal.com profile] feilongfan and [livejournal.com profile] gealach_ros's journals, they post the important stuff. :) If you are interested in facebook pics (I know some people are against it but I thougt I'd mention in the interest of thoroughness) check [livejournal.com profile] ontd_merlin.

LOL I freaked out when Merlin previews were on TV here as well - every single time, too. Once, I came into the kitchen after watching the ad, and got Dad to feel my heartbeat, and he was like "Have you been running?" and I was like "No, the ad for Merlin was just on!" :D

Date: 2010-03-21 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Podfic is amazing...I didn't know if I was going to like it or not, but I tried it and was hooked. It makes me want to try and record some. I really enjoyed [livejournal.com profile] eos_rose, [livejournal.com profile] pennyplainknits and FayJay as readers. I got everything from [livejournal.com profile] merlinpodfic, which I am so glad to have found!

Thanks for the update! The more I think about it I feel kinda silly for feeling like I missed things in only a week, but it did feel like a very long one.

Merlin makes heartbeats race. It's a documented fact :P

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Date: 2010-03-21 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curlybeach.livejournal.com
Hi, new [livejournal.com profile] merlin_love friend! Sorry to hear you've been sick though :(

Those photographs are really great; kind of simultaneously beautiful and sad.

Date: 2010-03-21 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thank you, and hello there!

The state hospital grounds were very beautiful. It was very quiet there, too, except for a few crows (which was very appropriate, I think). It made us think of how busy and full of noise the place probably used to be, with doctors and patients and life.

Date: 2010-03-21 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rayslady.livejournal.com
HELLOHELLOHELLO.
UTHER - HERE BE THE COOL JAMS.

Actually, I have little to relate, other than that I may or may not be making a batch of Merlin/Pokemon themed icons...because I'm an idiot.
Seriously, it all sprang from a conversation I was having with someone about how Arthur is clearly Evie and will evolve into different things, depending on what you give him...then it all went a bit wrong...

You gave ARTHUR OVERBEARING FATHER and DEAD MUM.
What? ARTHUR is evolving!
...
ARTHUR evolved into NERVOUS WRECK
ARTHUR learned BREATHE HEAVILY

You gave ARTHUR MAGICAL MANSERVANT and BIG GAY UNDERTONES.
What? ARTHUR is evolving!
...
ARTHUR evolved into ONCE AND FUTURE KING
ARTHUR learned HOMOEROTIC NOOGIE

...
Yeah. So I need help.
How are you?
xoxoxoxoxoxox
Edited Date: 2010-03-21 10:58 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-21 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ems.livejournal.com
Will this involve Jigglypuff!Colin and Wigglytuff!Colin?!

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Date: 2010-03-21 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
HAHA you have some crossover-win right there. THOSE ARE SOME COOL JAMS YO.

Well, I dunno about you but I definitely need help. As long as we keep the crazy contained and possibly Merlin(or other fandom)-related I think we might be safe.

I'm otherwise doing alright...how have things been for you?

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Date: 2010-03-21 11:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-21 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ems.livejournal.com
Sorry to hear you weren't well, sweets! I hope you're feeling better now.

Merlin gossip... hmm. Bradley James was caught KISSING A GIRL, but it was under some mistletoe so nobody's that bothered. That was about it!

Date: 2010-03-21 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rayslady.livejournal.com
Meh to the kiss but darling, his jumper, his JUMPER. I felt like I should be making a teepee out of it or something.
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Date: 2010-03-21 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] norwegianblue47.livejournal.com
That sucks so royally. I hope you're feeling better now.

And holy crap, the marathon's next Sunday? Where have I been?! I thought it was further off than that. But I keep confusing the dvd date and the Syfy date, so that could be it. Alas, I never get tv time on Sundays. But I need to start watching Syfy so I can see those promos. I've never seen it on tv, either.

Awesome pics. It does look a bit ghostly.

Date: 2010-03-22 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
I am feeling better, thanks! It's nice to be outside again.

The marathon is indeed next Sunday! I'm hoping to be able to catch some of it. I don't usually watch SyFy too much but they re-run Star Trek:TNG episodes every week so I caught the little ad then.

The abandoned hospital is a ghostly place, but also very beautiful. We had a good time walking around there.

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Date: 2010-03-21 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] social-retard86.livejournal.com
Man, hospital? I hope you're feeling better! ♥

Date: 2010-03-22 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Yeah, I have had some bad luck with medical stuff so hospital it was! I think I bounce back quickly though :) so I am feeling better now, thank you!

Date: 2010-03-21 11:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] slightlytookish
Welcome back! I hope you're feeling better!

I can't believe the Merlin Syfy thing is next month already. It feels like that came around really quickly. And next month I think they're filming at Pierrefonds? I hope that means we'll finally get some set pics because I'm going through severe Merlin withdrawal here :P

Date: 2010-03-22 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm feeling much better now.

I'm excited for SyFy airing Merlin too! I feel like it came quickly as well, as in "didn't I just hear about this the other day??".

Set pics would be great...I wasn't in fandom this time last year so it will be a new thing to see the filming reports trickling in!

Date: 2010-03-22 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rotrude.livejournal.com
So sorry to hear about the infection. Hugs

Oh and I hope your Merlin notebook fic sees the light of day...

Date: 2010-03-22 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thank you *hugs back*

Transcribing the fic from notes to laptop will probably happen once I get caught up with everything. Although I'm a little shy at posting angsty-type stuff...clearly I just need to get over myself :)

Date: 2010-03-22 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] autumn-belias.livejournal.com
uhm... hi ;)

glad you're feeling better (ogod, hospital stays suck..)

cool jams uhm.... first RPF bit of shame got posted ;) and I might have gone a little crazier than usual over my presentation on friday. that is all. xD

Date: 2010-03-22 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Hello there! Hospital stays do suck....as does being sick in general. It throws a wrench into the whole works.

I saw your RPF pop up and I am totally going to read it today :) but only if I've been a good beta and finished looking at your crossover. I'm not usually this late about things, really!

Well, better to go crazy in a presentation than being less than enthusiastic?

Date: 2010-03-22 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a8c-sock.livejournal.com
Good to see you back! And glad you're okay.

I can't think of anything you missed but my memory is that of a concussed goldfish.

And interesting pictures. Abandoned buildings look so creepy.

Date: 2010-03-22 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Hello and thank you.

A concussed goldfish you say? I recently have stated that sometimes I have the attention span of a flea on speed. We'd make a good team :)

Abandoned buildings are creepy but fun to explore. I have a strange fascination with the things people leave behind (like the junk pile behind the hospital which was full of everything from old wheelchairs to 50's-style refrigerators)

Date: 2010-03-22 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_autumncolours/
So sorry you've been ill! Hope you're feeling better now *hugs*

Those photos are really interesting. Places like that are so fascinating and haunting. I absolutely love looking round deserted buildings and wondering what they were like years ago.

I see you have already been caught up with BRADLEY KISSING A GIRL, but I approve of your Mean Girls reference :D

Date: 2010-03-23 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I love taking photos in and around deserted places. I too wonder about what they used to be like, who used to go there, etc.

:D for some reason I can find a Mean Girls quote for everything

Date: 2010-03-22 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lemniciate.livejournal.com
I hope you're feeling much better now! *hugs*

Colin Morgan's face on the TV screen is SO MUCH better than when it's on a tiny laptop screen, ngl. :D

Date: 2010-03-23 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
I am, thank you!

I'm excited for Sunday's marathon...it's like Merlin on the "big screen" :)

Date: 2010-03-22 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archaeologist-d.livejournal.com
Cool on the pictures. I used to belong to an Urban Archaeology group but haven't been in many years.

Merlin! Yes, this month. I've missed most of the ads but that's okay. I suppose you heard about SyFy!fail with regards to Gwen's description. I believe they've fixed it.

As for Bradley's jumper, oh, my. It was like a Bridget Jones moment.

As for what you've missed, merlinxarthur is having weekly discussions which have been great. merlin_love started up and they've had 2 parties so far and a rec list on Wed.

I've done a bunch of Merlin location icons that are in the listing for merlin_locations but I don't have a master post since I don't tend to do a lot.
http://community.livejournal.com/merlinlocations/18411.html#cutid1
http://community.livejournal.com/merlinlocations/17711.html#cutid1
http://community.livejournal.com/merlinlocations/17619.html#cutid1

These are Merlin (Emrys) ones
http://archaeologist-d.livejournal.com/108771.html

Date: 2010-03-23 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm not a very good photographer but I enjoy going to the places and try to take a few respectable shots.

I just heard about the SyFy character-description debacle. I headed over to the website to read the descriptions and it appears that Gwen's is "fixed" in that there are no more comments on her looks, but the bios for all them are still a little weird I think.

Thanks for the update and for the links to your icons! I am a map fiend so I particularly like those diagrams of Raglan Castle. Very cool!

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Date: 2010-03-27 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ella-bane.livejournal.com
Hey there! I see you around Merlin comms and friends I frequent! Friends?

Date: 2010-03-27 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Sure thing! I'm not very exciting but I'll be happy to see more of you around :)

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