I don't even know.
I have called my doctor to reschedule my surgery, because this is two days in a row and is very much not working for me like, at all.
Things That Are Good
Okay, so Fringe is possibly the best show since X-Files, and not only because it Joshua Jackson is unbelievably hot. I am seriously crushing on Olivia. And I say this with love.
I mean, not personally--I want to roll around in this show like whoa--but yeah, Olivia is so close to a Mary Sue it's almost painful. However, they avoided the most annoying pitfall of having every character want to marry her, the show is as ruthlessly not-shippy as X-Files (up until yeah, I know that changes, and thank God). Supercompetence and superniceness are pretty much my favorite qualities of Mary Suedom and I'm really okay with a woman on TV finally being the toughest and also a.) stating she gets emotional on cases and b.) that's an asset, which fuck yes and thank you.
But. This could have got on my nerves except svmadelyn made me watch season three's eps before going back to the beginning, and so why she's a Mary Sue is pretty logical and it would have seriously irritated me if it wasn't--and this is a shock--pretty goddamn obvious they knew what she was from the beginning. And pretty much everyone is a Mary Sue, so whatever, it's a nice change of pace for the supervisor to be caring and supportive as well as challenging, the partners to trust each other, the internal conflicts aren't manufactured but based on actual events in the characters lives and the external conflicts are fucking epic.
Recommended: watch those first three eps of season three first, then go to season one. If you aren't into it by episode six, go watch season two, episode sixteen and then go and finish season one paying attention to some of the conversations. Trust me, while I think I could have watched the first season and probably gotten through it, the mytharc in season one is really goddamn subtle, even while they're anvil-ing the mytharc all over the place, and say what you like about Abrams, at least in this show that's some goddamn fantastic continuity. Continuity from off-hand comments and from personal anecdotes that are later not quite lies, but so damn close.
1.) This is not the heavy mytharc of X-Files. I loved X-Files like whoa--I bought VHS tapes. Used, but I did buy them. This isn't as heavy, but it's much better realized and far more logical. It almost seems unsubtle compared to Carter's work, but I remember Carter left everything unanswered forever and thank God there are actual answers.
2.) Anvils. Interestingly enough, the anvils are made for misdirection or misinterpretation.
3.) The Bishops father and son are hilarious. Walter Bishop is insane, inane, not entirely lucid, and utterly brilliant. Peter Bishop, cynical son, is bitter, cynical, but not hardened at all, sarcastic as hell, and genuinely has reasons for his bitterness, just like his father has for his insanity and actions.
4.) The most irritating villains? Go away quickly.
5.) Olivia is, admittedly, kind of a Mary Sue. That's the entire point in the end; watching season one after season three makes that very clear.
6.) Not one person on this show is irritatingly dense about the obvious. They work daily in creepy weird shit. When someone says "I am having dream sequences of murdering people" Walter asks "Did you take LSD?" while Peter worries, Astrid (who is entirely awesome, like Olivia) looks ready to bring out the sensory deprivation chamber, and then everyone gets around to not being in stupid denial of what just happened last week and solves the goddamn dream-killer problem.
7.) Walter's first question is almost always, "Did you take LSD?"
8.) Walter makes LSD in his lab and doses himself with weird drug combinations daily.
9.) The interesting villains? Don't die quickly! I KNOW THIS IS SO AWESOME.
10.) Everyone has complicated motives, and their means may suck, but most have pretty good intentions, even if they're kind of bad at doing the right thing.
11.) New to me - the team does not have the type of internal conflicts that cause separations and infighting; they do actually put their work above that, and interestingly, put their relationships with each other above those conflicts. This is important later, because this is a change I'm not used to seeing. Conflicts are rarely manufactured but instead exist with extremely good reasons. Which is--unsettling if you're used to buddy shows or any shows where there's a constant Powers That Be (Feds, etc) that cause pointless problems and irritation and drag things out forever. In this case, it would distract a lot from the mytharc and overpower the show; keeping all the conflicts very external or very for-very-good-reason interpersonal or internal really works for me.
12.) Did I mention Olivia is awesome? Because she is. She seriously, seriously is.
13.) Walter's first answer to experimenting with anything is to give people LSD and psychodelics. I am so not kidding.
That is like, my recruitment speech for Fringe. Watch it! It is amazing.
Adventures in Servers
Server has been built, and on the fourth installation, I got Ubuntu Server working. Okay, four times may seem excessive, but it did internalize a lot of linux commands. So far, the network storage parts are up and shareable throughout the LAN, and I have learned to save three copies of any configuration file I do - .original, .current, and the working configuration file. The file system still--bewilders me. Mounting alone is an adventure. Everything is very repetitious from the command line, but it's also still so new it's endlessly fascinating. I feel like I'm getting an education in computer architecture and file systems and don't know it yet.
Currently using putty for remote administration.
I still have no idea how:
a.) to set up external access to file share to people not on my LAN.
b.) I managed to turn off my ability to create folders in any shared network folder. IDEK. Creating them all from the command line is really boring. I've checked my samba conf file and all my folder permissions. Pretty sure this is supposed to drive me crazy.
c.) to work out what I'm going to do with this.
This is surprisingly fun. And stressful.
ETA: So the easiest way so far to solve the permissions problem is to always create any folders I want from root and just type in the entire directory. That's--logical, in a way. Note to self: keep doing that.
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