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20 January 2030 @ 07:51 am
All drabbles are between 100-150 words. (Okay, I want to say that it sounded easy to write 100 100-150-word drabbles. It's not. It was harder than I expected. A lot of the drabbles ended up AU.)

Author: velociraptor52
Theme: Doyle
001. Opposites-1 point
002. Bonfire-1 point
003. Sleep-1 point
004. Danger-1 point
005. Victim-1 point
006. Promise-1 point
007. Nightmare-1 point
008. Dread-1 point
009. Eyes-1 point
010. Need-1 point
011. Apples-1 point
012. Candles-1 point
013. Cinnamon-1 point
014. Regret-1 point
015. Sick-1 point
016. Wedding-1 point
017. Silk-1 point
018. Blood-1 point
019. Lonely-1 point
020. Blizzard-1 point
021. Lost-1 point
022. Mystery-1 point
023. Goodbye-1 point
024. Rain-1 point
025. Rage-1 point
026. Dance-1 point
027. Family-1 point
028. Handcuffs-1 point
029. Magic-1 point
030. Chocolate-1 point
031. Broken-1 point
032. Change-1 point
033. Mistake-1 point
034. Candy-1 point
035. Babies-1 point
036. Sorrow-1 point
037. Impossible-1 point
038. Stars-1 point
039. Hands-1 point
040. Wet-1 point
041. Desk-1 point
042. Cookies-1 point
043. Wine-1 point
044. Leather-1 point
045. Haunted-1 point
046. Crush-1 point
047. Passion-1 point
048. Believe-1 point
049. Gone-1 point
050. Memory-1 point
051. Time-1 point
052. Trust-1 point
053. Fingerprints-1 point
054. Smile-1 point
055. Pain-1 point
056. Fear-1 point
057. Cold-1 point
058. Never-1 point
059. Secret-1 point
060. Fade-1 point
061. Tears-1 point
062. Darkness-1 point
063. Gift-1 point
064. Confusion-1 point
065. Temptation-1 point
066. Storm-1 point
067. Sports-1 point
068. Bet-1 point
069. Scar-1 point
070. Ex-1 point
071. Revenge-1 point
072. Breakfast
073. Broody-1 point
074. Deception-1 point
075. Weapon-1 point
076. Cashmere-1 point
077. Suffering-1 point
078. Torture-1 point
079. Snuggle-1 point
080. Heartsick-1 point
081. Glass-1 point
082. Disappear-1 point
083. Grey-1 point
084. Forever-1 point
085. Alley-1 point
086. Evil-1 point
087. Smirk-1 point
088. Reason-1 point
089. Sacrifice-1 point
090. Home-1 point
091. Betrayal-1 point
092. Shadow-1 point
093. Flowers-1 point
094. Fall-1 point
095. Hidden-1 point
096. Love-1 point
097. Celebration-1 point
098. Beginnings-1 point
099. Laughter-1 point
100. Kiss-1 point
101. Writer's Choice-Loved You From the Start: Doyle/Harry Fanmix-25 points
102. Writer's Choice-Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For: Doyle Fanmix-25 points
103. Writer's Choice-25 icons-25 points
104. Writer's Choice-25 image picspam-25 points
Progress: 200/200

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06 April 2017 @ 08:03 am
 still alive.  I know I don't post all that often.

Anyway, I'm just trying out the whole crossposting thing between Dreamwidth and Livejournal.  (Honestly, the only reason why I use LJ more is because I have more icon space there and I would have to pay to get icon space at Dreamwidth--I just like my icons!)

If anyone wants to friend me on Dreamwidth, feel free to do so.

This entry was originally posted at http://velociraptor52.dreamwidth.org/259695.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
31 May 2014 @ 01:46 pm
Yikes.  It's been over a month since I last posted.

Anyway, I'll just pretend that never happened and I'll try to get back on track with posting every day (only because I want to finish that CLAMP 30 Day challenge thing...).

Work is going well.  I've been working on the Pixar parade a whole lot lately, which I don't mind, because the hours are good--not to early and not too late.  The only thing I don't like about working the parade is working in the heat, but parade management always has cold water and Gatorade for the performers and we (the costumers) can drink the water and Gatorade as well.

I've started volunteering at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.  I normally wouldn't volunteer so far away but a: Orange County is pretty sparse, when it comes to museums.  Sure, we have Bowers Museum, but whenever I submit a volunteer application to them I never, ever hear back from them.  Also, Bowers is pretty small.  The NHM in LA has three floors, is 100 years old, they have a ton of exhibits, they have a pretty amazing Dino Hall, they're historic, they have behind the scene volunteer opportunities and tons of different departments (like the department of anthropology), and, yeah, I'm kind of considering a career in a museum (like a curator.  Maybe.  Hopefully.  I like being around historic things/places/areas).  So I figured I would volunteer in a museum to see if I like the environment and plus it's something to put on my resume.  But I'm just doing it for the experience.  I know I should list a 'b' reason because I had an 'a' reason but I can't think of anything for a 'b' reason.  Um...maybe b: it's in downtown LA and downtown LA is very historic?  Ooh!  The NHM was featured in the L.A. Noire game :D which I totally want to play again just because.  I like driving in that game.  I can drive on sidewalks.  I can drive in the L.A. river basin in the game.  And a couple Mondays ago when I took the train we were beside the L.A. river and I looked at it and thought back to L.A. Noire and the one case where the character did a car chase in the L.A. river.

TL;DR NHM is very historic and L.A. Noire influences how I look at downtown L.A. now.

Also, a good thing is that I can take the train to the museum.  Well, I have to take the Metrolink from Orange County to the L.A. Union Station, and then from there I take the metro (which is L.A.'s version of a subway system or the tube), which drops me off right in front of the museum.  So that means I don't have to drive and deal with rush hour traffic and sitting in traffic and being super stressed out.  Instead I can take the train and read and listen to music and relax and not have to worry about driving at all.

Also, the metro purple/red line (which I take to get to the Expo line, and that's the one that goes in front of the museum) goes right through downtown L.A., right near the Los Angeles Central Library (which is this pretty impressive tall building with an apparently amazing looking interior and a lot of floors.  I can also get a library card for free, which I just put in my request for, and I'll pick it up next Monday when I go to the library.  Maybe I'll check out books as well.

The purple/red line also has a stop/station right near The Last Bookstore (which looks like this and has stuff like this and this).  They also sell records.  Not sure if I'll go there next Monday--I do want to go, though, because it's been so long since I've went.

TL;DR I want to go explore downtown L.A. by metro.

Another good thing about the metro/metrolink is that a round trip ticket costs $19.50.  It's not that much--it's still quite pricey, I must admit, but compared to driving, which uses up way more gas to get from the O.C. to L.A., then it's not that much.  I can get about 320 miles out of my car on a tank of gas and driving to and from L.A. is about 80 miles total.  Add in all the driving to DL that I do and I would need to fill up my car every other week.  So taking the train is better for me, for financial reasons and mental reasons (like it doesn't stress me out and I can chill out on the train).

On the fandom front, I'm re-watching Life on Mars because I haven't seen in it in forever.  I'm planning on re-watching Ashes to Ashes afterwards.  I'm also watching Deadliest Catch, which is my guilty pleasure show, because I'm only watching it for the drama.  (Also for Sig, Edgar, and the Hillstrand brothers.)  I'm also re-watching the X-Men film that I own (X-Men, X-Men 2, The Last Stand, and First Class).  I had planned on watching all before watching Days of Future Past but that obviously didn't happen (although I still watch DoFP).  I just finished X-Men 2 and now I need to watch Last Stand (although, hesitant on that because of what happened to Cyclops).  And last night I decided I would watch The Dresden Files, because I'm re-reading the series and I figured, hey, why not re-watch the show as well?

And earlier this week on Wednesday I watched The Great Escape in a movie theater again lol XD it was at the same one where I watched Harold and Maude last year (as well as The Magnificent Seven).  They're also showing Jaws in June which I really want to see because, dude, Jaws on the big screen=awesomeness.  And it deserves to be watched on the big screen.

Seeing The Great Escape at the tiny movie theater wasn't as good as seeing it in Grauman's Chinese Theater.  They used some high-quality transfer (or something like that) last year at the Chinese Theater (because it was the TCM movie festival thing and so they had to), whereas the version of the film used for the tiny theater was dark in color/contrast.  IDK.  It lacked the whole 'omg brightness' that the one at the Grauman theater last year had.  But, nevertheless, it was still good.  Obviously nothing will live up to the Grauman's Chinese Theater Great Escape event, but I take The Great Escape on the big screen where I can because it's one of the movies that I need to watch on the big screen.

On the book front, I'm making my way through The Dresden Files books.  I'm just about finished with White Night (one more chapter left!) and after that I'll move onto Small Favor.  I'm also reading Magic Knight Rayearth (a manga by CLAMP) and Mary Poppins (because I've never read it before and I might as well read it).
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: The Rake's Song-The Decemberists
14 December 2013 @ 09:47 am
I want this to be a fandom post because I haven't talked about what I'm watching in a long time.

-I recently read the book Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, mostly because I want to see the movie Brighton Rock.  The film stars Richard Attenborough and it was made in the 1940s so he looks incredibly young.  I read the book first because I sort of hate it when a movie changes what I had in mind for the book.  (I know that sentence probably came out wrong but here's an example: Harry Potter.  Now that I've seen all the HP films, whenever I read the books I can't imagine anyone else but Daniel Radcliffe as Harry or Alan Rickman as Snape.  It's kind of annoying, TBH.  It's even more annoying when I read A Christmas Carol and I picture Kermit as Bob Cratchit or Michael Caine as Scrooge, or even Gonzo is doing the narration.  TL;DR I don't want what I imagine the characters to be like in a book to be influenced by films.)

So, yes, I have Brighton Rock on my to-watch list.  I'll get around to watching it eventually.

-for some odd reason I started watching Gilmore Girls again.  I just finished season 3 and now I'm onto season 4 and I forgot how witty and funny the show is.

-I've also started watching Three's Company again.  I started watching it about a year or more ago and then stopped and just recently started again.  (That seems to be the story of my life when it comes to shows: I start watching, stop for some reason, and then start back up.)

-Spaced.  Also started watching that again.  Last time I watched it I only made it mid-way through season 1 and stopped (it was a re-watch, so I've seen the show before).  What with The World's End coming out on DVD and my having watched it recently on Blu-Ray, I was in need for some more Pegg and Frost, hence Spaced.  I'm hoping to finish seasons 1 and 2 this month (along with a billion other shows).

-I started watching a film earlier this month called A NIght of the Generals.  It takes place during WWII and has to do with an officer investigating a murder.  It stars Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasance, Gordon Jackson, and others (although the main reason why I'm watching it are Courtenay and Jackson.  Gordon Jackson was also in The Great Escape, along with Donald, so yay!  Great Escape actors!  And Tom Courtenay has recently become my favorite British actor, so that's also good).  I'm actually liking Omar in this film--I hated Lawrence of Arabia (for some reason) and I had to watch this other film for a class I took in college that starred Sharif and Caine (and it was a bad film) but Sharif is amazing in A Night of the Generals (as well as O'Toole).

-still watching Agents of Shield.  Still liking it.  Liking Fitz a whole lot.  I need to watch the recent episode though.

-started watching Dead Like Me again.  This time I made it past season 1 and now I'm watching season 2 (although I've stopped momentarily--I'll try to finish the season before the year ends)

-also watched The Hobbit.  It was good--I need to watch it again, though.  There were too many things that were happening that distracted me from the movie (someone's cell phone went off twice.  She apologized to me after the movie, explaining that she had gotten a new Droid and she didn't know how to silence the ringer).  Also: Legolas!  And Kili! :D I loved Kili in the film.  And all the scenes with the Smaug were amazing.  I just really do need to see it again in 3-D, just for the Smaug scenes.

Work is going well.  I've had plenty of night shifts so far--not morning--which I can deal with, because I like night time shifts better (I like sleeping in too much).  It's still a tiny bit surreal to see characters walking around backstage--this one time I was collecting hangars from one of the break rooms where all the Sweetums people relax in and when I came out of the room another Sweetums was standing there and it was quite startling, TBQH.  I just didn't expect to see Sweetums standing there and so I was sort of awed because, OMG Sweetums! and at the same time kind of freaked out because I didn't expect him to be standing there at all.

And yesterday I saw Pluto walking around backstage.

I mean I know there are people under there, under the heads and under the Pluto furs and Tigger furs, but I'm still impressed because the people in the costumes make the characters come to life so...

TL;DR the magic hasn't been lost, even if I am working backstage.  I know how some things are working backstage, like how Buzz is put together, which is quite awesome--it's like knowing a magician's secret to a magic trick, but even when the magician still performs the trick it's still wonderful to see, regardless if I know the trick (and that would be the metaphor as to what it means to me to be working backstage).

My favorite thing to do is to put together characters.  For all the characters that have fur, there are rings that you put in the body pads (that are stuffed into the fur) that makes the characters have the certain shape and appearance they need.  It's not the same for Buzz, though.  For that character, there are all these parts that Velcro on and snap onto each other and I like building Buzz.  I've also built Sully--once--and he sheds worse than my cat.  I've also built Woody--twice--and I've built the chipmunks too many times to count.  I've built Bob (Mr. Incredible) only once.

So, yes, the job is going well. 
Current Mood: sicksick
11 November 2013 @ 06:37 pm
So I've finally got a part time job.  It's at Disneyland and I'll be working in the wardrobe department (or entertainment costuming.  I think there's two names for the same job.  Basically, whatever it's called, I'll be helping with the costumes backstage.  I'll be cleaning some costumes, I think.  Really, what I know so far is that I'll be helping with the costumes.

So I won't have to be in the costume.

Which is a good thing, because I can't even begin to imagine being in a costume).

There's a couple good things about working at Disneyland: I can get into the park for free.  Which is awesome, because ever since graduating I wanted to go to Disneyland to celebrate and now I can!  Also, I can get 40% off merchandise right now (holiday special), every cast member gets a holiday package, which includes dining discounts, coupons for free popcorn and free drinks, three tickets that can be used to bring in family/friends, an ornament...

There's this store called Company D, which sells disused Disney merchandise.  They had an alarm clock there--the original price was $31.  It was 50% off (everything is) and so I got it for $15.

I had orientation over the weekend, which involved going backstage, and sitting in classrooms, and I was getting paid for it :D my actual training starts Friday, but so far it's going pretty good.  I have the name tag--the white one--and it has my name on it, and did I mention that I can get into Disneyland for free whenever I want to?  And California Adventure?  This means I can go to Carsland whenever I want.  This means I can ride the Haunted Mansion anytime I want.

And I believe parking is also free :D

So, yes, that's about the only major life event that's happened.  Oh, and I finally picked up my diplomas.  I need to get really good frames for them to show them off.  But I picked up two--because I majored in two different schools.

Also, I finally saw a live production of Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The audience participation was insane and I had a lot of fun seeing it being performed.

Other than that, not a lot has been going on in my life that warranted me doing an update.

I'm re-watching Buffy again (which I don't know how that happened.  In fact, I stopped watching Hogan's Heroes in the middle of season 5 and I don't know why that happened either--I go through so many fandom obsessions it's not even silly).  I'm on season 3 at the moment, which is probably my favorite season, next to season 6.  I really forgot how good the show actually is, now that I'm re-watching it.  I can't wait to get to Angel :D only because there's Doyle :D

I'm also reading a ton of books.  Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, I'm re-reading Catcher in the Rye and I've started reading Dresden Files: Summer Knight again.  I also re-read A Separate Peace, which I had read back in high school.  I really liked it better this time around--maybe I just had issues with analyzing it in high school and that's what made me hate the book when I was younger.  (Most of the books I read for non-English honors in high school usually turned out to be my favorite books.  I think English honors over-analyzed books to the point where the books weren't fun for me to read.  Although, TBH, I just have issues with people analyzing books sometimes.  Except, strangely enough, not films.  I don't know why that is.)

I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year and I'm determined to reach 50,000 words.  Last year I didn't make it that far, because I was busy with school, and the year before that I just had no motivation, so I'm determined to motivate myself enough to the point where I actually write 50,000 words.  I'm hoping it works out--I'm up to nearly 17,000.  I'm hoping that training won't tire me out so much that I won't be able to write.  Luckily I wrote enough for the first three days so I didn't have to write all that much this past weekend (the orientation tired me out as well).
Current Mood: tiredtired
29 September 2013 @ 03:47 pm
I can't believe I didn't post for more than a month--I've been reading the friends list and everything, I just never felt like I needed to post.

The one thing that's happened since I last posted is that I got an internship with Make-A-Wish.  I'm an auction committee intern.  Basically, what I do is I call stores/companies and I ask for a donation.  I have a slight fear of making a phone call and speaking to someone over the phone (IDK why I have that fear, I just do...) but it's not really affecting my phone-call-making abilities at Make-a-Wish.  There are some days when I get to pick up a donation item as well :) which are fun days.  Except for when I get lost and the GPS on my phone reroutes my route too later when I'm driving down a street.

(My navigation skills are horrible.  I really do need a GPS if I'm going out of town to Newport Beach or LA.  Any area that isn't Orange/Santa Ana/Tustin, basically.)

I also started volunteering at the library.  The volunteer coordinator for that has no set time for me to come in so I'm making sure that I come in at least once a week and volunteer for at least an hour.  I'm helping with re-shelving the books.  Which I like doing, because it means I can organize shelves to my heart's content and I get to tidy them up and make sure the shelves look really neat and organized.

I'm still looking for a job.  I had an interview at Disneyland a couple weeks ago and they put me on the wait-list for a job.  The other day I had an interview at Queen Mary for a seasonal job.  I'm hoping something comes my way by December because I have student loan payments starting in December.

I'm thinking of doing one of those 30 day memes that requires me to update every day because it would at least give me something to talk about.

Anyway, changing the subject: guys, look at this!

BBC Fall Trailer (I just love the Sigur Ros song)Collapse )

Also, there's another video I want to share.  But first, some back story.  For the last couple months I've been obsessing over Richard Dawson (he was in Hogan's Heroes).  I even watched the game show Match Game because he was in it (it's a good game show, BTW).  And then I was also getting into The Odd Couple TV show and then I ran across this:

Really amusing Richard Dawson and Tony Randall videoCollapse )

Lately I've also been obsessing over Tom Courtenay (a British actor).  The only reason why that's so was because I had seen King Rat a couple months ago and I really liked Tom's character and and I wanted to see more of Tom Courtenay.  I really want to see The Night of the Generals.  Other than the fact that it has Tom in it, it also stars Gordon Jackson, Donald Pleasance, and Nigel Stock, all of whom were in The Great Escape.  I told my parents about that and they didn't seem impressed.  And then I told my friend that and she seemed more impressed (because she's about as fannish as I am regarding certain actors).

(Speaking of old actors, I've also recently become obsessed with Buster Keaton.  I think I like him more than Charlie Chaplin.  I just like Keaton's brand of humor more than Chaplin's.)

So, the other reason why I'm posting is so that I can share my thoughts on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Michael J. Fox Show.

Agents of Shield thoughtsCollapse )

Now for the Michael J. Fox Show:

My thoughts on The Michael J. Fox ShowCollapse )
21 July 2013 @ 12:18 pm
I have been away from LJ for way too long.  I've been reading the friends list, so I'm up to date with what's happening.  I just didn't really feel like posting on LJ because I just haven't.

I'm going to talk about some TV shows I've been watching lately:

The HourCollapse )

Mad DogsCollapse )

Also, Top Gear is back!  That means more updates from me because I'll be writing down my thoughts on the episodes.

Top Gear Season 20: The First 3 EpisodesCollapse )

Another show I've been watching is Hogan's Heroes.  I'm almost obsessed with that show.  I really like Newkirk and LeBeau, and maybe Carter.  There was this one episode in season 1 that had this actor in it and he had been in The Great Escape, and that really amused me, because that's just me.  I'm amused when I see actors from other films/TV shows in another film or TV show.

I've also been watching some films.  This month I watched the film Charade.  It's a 1960s film starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, James Coburn, and Walter Matthau.  I mostly just watched it for Coburn and Matthau.  It was actually a really good film.  It was the first film I've seen that starred Hepburn.  I've never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's, although that's on my Netflix queue, so, yeah, I'm a bit behind in watching classic films.

Spoilers for CharadeCollapse )

Another film I watched this month was King Rat.  It's a film adaptation of a James Clavell novel, and James had worked on The Great Escape script.  He also fought in WWII and at one point was actually a POW in the Changi prison camp (a camp in Singapore), so the novel he wrote--King Rat--is autobiographical for the most part.  Byran Forbes wrote the screenplay of the film and he directed it as well.  (Bryan was a friend of Richard Attenborough's, and was also in a movie with him.  Sadly, Bryan passed away earlier this year.)

Some spoilers for King RatCollapse )

I also justrecently finished the film The Fortune Cookie, which starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  It was the first film they were in together--the pair starred in about nine other films together.  And they were best friends in real life as well, which I think is awesome.

I also finished The World of Henry Orient, which starred Peter Sellers and Angela Lansbury.  It was directed by George Roy Hill, who directed the film The Sting, which starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman (and Robert Shaw).  (The film was good--it was a bit weird at first, but then Peter Sellers appeared and everything was okay.  His accent was hilarious :D everything he did in the film was just wonderful and funny.  I like Peter Sellers--he was a good actor.

Speaking of The Sting, there is a theater in Fullerton that put on a production of the stage version of The Sting.  I only knew about it because I saw it being advertised in the newspaper and, being a fan of The Sting, I was curious as to how it would hold up being performed on the stage.  The tickets were only $20, which was wonderful, and Fullerton is kind of close, so I went to see it.

Guys, I have never been in more awe of a play than I was with The Sting.  Everything was perfect about it!  The actors, the stage (I'll get to that in a minute), the music, the 'being faithful to the film even though it's a stage adaptation of a film'.  I loved every second of it.

Where I talk about the play version of The StingCollapse )

For games, I've been playing Oblivion a whole lot.  It's the fourth game in the Elder Scrolls Chronicle series, with Skyrim being the fifth.  I remember being absolutely in love with Oblivion when it came out.  I thought it was a really interesting game.

Under this cut I complain about Oblivion a lotCollapse )

My friend is moving to San Diego later this year for grad school so we're trying to do fun trips and outings before she moves.  I'm hoping I'll see her sometimes in San Diego, though.

Anyway, she and I went on a day trip to LA earlier this month.  All we did was drive around and see famous sights and things.  We went to the California Sciene Center to see the space ship Endeavour.  We also went to the cemetery because there are a lot of actors buried in a certain cemetery (which was located near UCLA).

These are the people we saw there:

Pictures from LACollapse )

In other news, hopefully everyone's read by now that Bear McCreary will work on the score for Joss Whedon's TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  TBH, I'm really excited about this news because when I was younger and obsessed with BSG and the music of BSG, I had imagined how awesome it would have been had Bear worked on the score for a Joss Whedon TV show, and now it's actually happening, and all I can say is yay! :D Whedon + McCreary=perfection.

I also saw Ian Anderson in concert again.  The first time I saw IA performing Thick as a Brick it was just so amazing and I really wanted to go back and see it again, and they were playing in LA at the Greek Theater, so I went there:
Pictures from the concertCollapse )

I've been doing yoga a lot lately.  I have this list on the Day Zero website and on that list is 'complete the 30 day yoga challenge' or something like that.  So I've been trying to do yoga for 30 consecutive days.  So far it's going good.  I also found a really good yoga app for the iPad, which I downloaded.  It helps because I can make my own yoga sequences on there.

I've recently learned how to do the plow pose, along with the staff pose.  The staff pose is this one--it really helped me to follow the instructions, regarding the 'keeping the elbows tight against the sides' thing, because I hadn't been doing that when I've been attempting the pose before and I've always fallen down.

On the real life front, my mind is in summer mode, and I'm applying for jobs.  In fact, I recently had an interview at Knott's Berry Farm--I'll see what comes out of that, but I'm not holding my breath for a job there, although it would be nice.  I really need to just get out of summer mode--that's the only problem I have.
Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
Current Music: I've Got a Feeling-The Beatles
18 June 2013 @ 09:25 am
I am now an alumna of UCI.  I hold a B.A. in anthropology and European Studies (with an emphasis in medieval studies) and I don't know what I want to do with my life or with careers or anything.

Whatever.  I'm done with undergraduate studies and it's a kind of bittersweet feeling, personally.  I spent three years at community college and three years at UCI and I'm just going to miss that feeling of being a student.

Although I do know I want to go back for grad school in the way-off future, hopefully (maybe for something medieval?  It is a favorite subject of mine...although I wouldn't say no to a language program, preferably in Russian, or IDK.  I'll deal with that in the future).

These past few weeks have been hectic for me and so I just haven't updated a whole lot.

The important things that happened:

-I finished my European Studies thesis!  It's called 'From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Geoffrey Chaucer: The Political Portrayal of Knights and Chivalry in Medieval Literature'.  I must admit that I didn't see the paper to be ending up the way it did when I started thinking about the thesis--I mean I knew from the start that I wanted to focus on knights in medieval society, but the fact that I ended up analyzing how knights were represented in literature was something I honestly did not see coming.

I kind of blame the professor who guided the whole seminar for leading me down the path of analyzing literature.  Seriously.  Because otherwise I wouldn't have even looked at literature at all.  And I did.

The paper is far from perfect, but it's my own paper and I got to shape its argument and battle with it and have writer's block over it and I'm proud of it.  (I swear I had writer's block!  Seriously.  My original argument: Chaucer's represenation of knights and chivalry is different!  And then one night I had an epiphany and the argument became 'knights and chivarly were portrayed for political and religious purposes!'  And after that the paper became easier to write.  Before that it was causing me a lot of stress and grief.  So, yeah, I discovered that it's possible to get writer's block on a research paper.)

The one thing that amazes me is that this whole idea of a thesis started last year in around October and back then I knew I wanted to write about knights and the crusades, but I didn't know how much it would change.

-I had to give a presentation of my thesis in front of faculty members 0_0 professors, mainly, and some of my fellow classmates who also had to write a thesis.  But still OMG it was just too scary and I just hated it and I didn't like it and I don't like speech presentations...although at least it wasn't in Russian, so there's that.  (At UCLA last year for my Russian class I had to give a presentation about a city and the speech had to be in Russian.) (Although, TBH, I would totally prefer to give a presentation in Russian.)

-I had too many final papers to write.  That's because I had no midterms but, hindsight being 20/20 and all, I would prefer midterms over final papers.  Although I only had one final test to really study for and the rest I just had to do mad-dash researching and writing and, you know, NaNoWriMo taught me how to do a lot of focusing on writing things and so the writing was relatively easy.

Except for the anthro paper--I just had trouble with arguing that and the whole format of that paper.

-I'm hoping I got good grades this quarter

So, now that school is out of the way, now it's time to talk about fandom news:

-still slightly obsessed with Star Trek (AOS only) and everything Kirk/Spock.
-made an Odd Couple music video
[Odd Couple video]

I think this one turned out quite well.

-made a Star Trek music video:
[Star Trek video]

This one was is one of my favorites :D

-I need to get caught up with Psych
-I just finished watching season 2 of Gilmore Girls and I need to watch more.  (Yes, I like that show.  I like the writing--the writing is witty.  If it wasn't for the writing, and the insane amount of pop culture references that I adore, then I wouldn't watch the show.  And I like the characters.  And I don't know why I'm listing reasons to defend myself for liking a show...)
-Jared Padalecki being in Gilmore Girls made me want to start up my re-watch of Supernatural, so I'm doing that again now.  I'm onto episode 4 of season 1.  I forgot how bad some of the plots were--especially in episode 3--it's like the father just shows up out of the blue at the end when Dean and Sam find the bike--how did he know they were there?  And, yeah, the episode has Amy Acker in it but the episode isn't all that good.
-James Donald and Richard Attenborough starred in another movie together!  It's called Conduct Unbecoming and I don't know how good it is but I just got it on Netflix and I can't wait until I watch it because it's James Donald and Richard Attenborough! :D
-I'm donating platelets again on Thursday.  I asked if I could bring my own film and they said yes so I'm going to bring The Great Escape.  I've got nothing against all the amazing films the center has (they have Avengers, Inception, The Hobbit, Toy Story 3...).  It's just lately The Great Escape has become my 'time to unwind and watch a film to calm down' type of film.  (I'm not overly obsessed with it anymore but maybe only slightly obsessed with it now.)
-Much Ado About Nothing.  Amazing.  I watched it earlier this month in LA and it was one of the screenings that Joss Whedon, Clark Gregg, Amy Acker, Tom Lenk, and Alexis Denisof were doing a Q+A at and I was in row D at the theater (they had assigned seating) so I was closer to Whedon & co. than I was when I was at Wondercon.
-I saw Whedon live in person twice this year.  Wow.  I don't think I'll ever have a chance at getting his autograph but still :D it's mind blowing.
-I'm watching a movie called Charade (or Charades--I don't remember the name).  It stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, but the main reason I'm watching it is because it also stars James Coburn and Walter Matthau.  I'm hoping they interact at some point in the film--that would be awesome.  (Also, apparently my grandparents used to live in the same neighborhood as Matthau back in the '70s/'80s because they saw Matthau walking his dog in the neighborhood.

They also lived across the street from Ronald Reagan.
-I also started watching Twin Peaks.  I've never watched it before and Amazon Prime has the episodes and so I'm watching it on there.  So far I find it slightly funny--maybe it's just slightly cheesy.  And I can't believe it was made in the '90s.  It seems like it was made earlier, like in the '80s.
-my cousin is a boom operator in the entertainment industry and he's worked with Mumford and Sons and I'm slightly jealous of him.  I mean it.  I think it's mostly because I really want to see Mumford & Sons in concert someday.  (Also on my list of 'bands to see in concert' would be Sigur Ros, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and Cat Stevens/Yusuf.  So far the only singers/bands I've seen are Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull and Mika.  And actually I'm planning on seeing Ian Anderson again in July in LA because just to see him perform the entirety of Thick as a Brick only one time wasn't enough to satisfy me and I wanted to see the entire performance again.)

Hopefully I'll update more this month now that I'm done with stressing out for school.  I do need to start doing something, though, even if it's volunteering.  I would prefer a job, though, I just have to make the effort to apply (I'm really lazy at the moment).  Or an internship would be good.  The only thing that's stopping me is that there's a possibility I may move to San Diego later this summer with a friend, so if I happen to get an internship now, then I would only be there for at least a month or two, and this one I have my eye on requires a person to stay in the internship for three months, so...

I'll get to work someday on replying to all the messages left on the past journal entry.
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24 May 2013 @ 12:50 pm
Last week I went to see it at midnight on Wednesday night.

And there weren't a whole lot of people in the theater.  Really.  There were more people around for The Avengers midnight premiere last year than there was for the Star Trek premiere this year.  I wonder why that was.

Anyway, because it was midnight, and I usually have a bad habit of conking out half-way throughout the film (or, well, I was close to just closing my eyes and sleeping because I was exhausted), this first (notice how I said first) review will entirely be from my limited consciousness perspective.

First review of Star TrekCollapse )

And then I figured I would see Star Trek again, because when I'm incredibly stressed out about school things (such as my senior thesis), I tend to just procrastinate and escape as much as possible into fandom.  So I saw it in iMax and 3-D and it was amazing.

I loved the I-Max.  And the 3-D.  And, because I was conscious this time as opposed to half-conscious, I was able to pay attention more fully and I really like the movie the second time around.  I still think there was a little bit too much action in it but I loved all the Kirk and Spock scenes.

Second review of Star Trek. It's actually more of me rambling about some scenes from Star Trek that I found amusing.Collapse )
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Because I haven't updated in forever since April, this entry will be mostly about things I did in April.

Los Angeles just seems like a completely different country compared to Orange County.  First of all, there's the problem of traffic, which I battled with for the majority of the time I drove in LA yesterday.

Anyway.  On April 21 I went to see Whose Line Is It Anyway.  I had a ticket and everything and the line was rather long, but I was hoping I would be able to get in to see the show.  To make a long story short, I didn't (kind of-ish).  Apparently they ran out of room so they moved all the people who wanted to go to the overfill room to the overfill room, which was just another room.  It was from that room that me and a bunch of other people saw the show being taped.  We saw it on TV screens.  Needless to say, it was a bit of a downer.

(And, also, it's a common thing for TV studios to give out a bunch of tickets for TV tapings because they want to get a full house?  IDK.  Their logic, while quite logical--they want to make sure all seats are filled--is, at the same time, quite illogical, because there were people there who were hoping to actually get into the taping room and see it live and not from the overfill room.)

So anyway, fast forward to around 10 PM--3/4 of the people who had been in the room already left, so it was just me, a group of four people, and two other people.  Then this guy comes in and says they need two people, because apparently there are two empty seats, and they need those filled for when they film the audience (IDK--something like that) and, considering how I was just the one person in my group (I'm suddenly reminded of the Muppets song Me Party--wow), I said I would go.  Because why not?  I needed a change.

So I got to be in the same room as the WLiiA cast for about fifteen minutes.

Overall, if I had the opportunity, I would probably go again, but I would get to the studio super earlier, and I just hate how they over-distribute the tickets.  I mean I know the tickets are free so it's like I didn't even lose any money at all, but I drove all the way to LA for the purpose of seeing the show, and I kind of did.  I'm conflicted.

Oh, and then at the beginning when everyone was standing in line outside they said we couldn't bring cell phones in, and so I went back to my car to put my cell phone away.  Later when I was in the taping room (I don't know what else to call the room where they have the cameras) I saw a few people had their cell phones with them.  WTH.

Anyway, that same week on Friday (the 26th) I went back to LA.  The main reason for that was because there's this film festival going on in LA that weekend hosted by TCM (this popular movie channel that shows a lot of old, classic movies).  On the 26th they showed The Great Escape, which was digitally remastered, and I wanted to see it.  And there's this assignment I have to do for my art history class in the future, where I have to go to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Arts) and choose an object from the Islamic art collection they have and write about that.  So I decided I would try to kill two birds with one stone (figuratively speaking) and I went to LACMA first.  I got there around 11:30 AM, and the traffic was horrible D:

at one point the GPS had me getting of the 405-N freeway and drive about 9 miles down Cranshaw road, which wasn't as bad as the traffic on the freeway, but it wasn't all that good during certain times.  I eventually made it to LACMA, hung around for about two hours, and then I decided to go to the Barnes and Noble at the Grove, because whenever I get stressed and I feel out of my depth in another part of CA, I like going somewhere familiar.  Like the bookstore.

The bookstore had three floors.  It was so huge!  And that's the same bookstore that hosts all these signings by various people, so that's one reason why it's so huge.  They had a really good language section--they had some language books that weren't available at other B&N in Orange County.  They had a good graphic novel section, a good manga section, a large DVD section--overall it was just larger and I loved it.  I just like the bookstore.

I really didn't like the Grove though--it's this shopping district type of thing.  The first hour of parking was free, but after the second hour it was $4, which I didn't quite like.  So I left and decided to head on up toward Hollywood Blvd, which has the Chinese Theater (there's another name for that, I know it--the Grauman theater?  IDK), and that was where The Great Escape was going to show.

Traffic was, again, really bad, and I had to park in this public parking lot, because I just couldn't handle the traffic, and I wanted to park.  It cost $20, which was insane, but whatever.  I guess parking is expensive in LA (and the gas as well--I saw some gas prices up in LA--some stations was over $4).

I was so totally oblivious to the fact that I was actually walking down Hollywood Boulevard lol.  It's the street that has the stars in the cement.  I didn't care about that (apparently I'm not so much of a tourist when it comes to Hollywood?  I mean I kind of am, but not so much of a tourist that I was excited at seeing the stars on the sidewalk).  I managed to find the stand-by line for The Great Escape and the Chinese Theater holds enough people that I'm pretty sure everyone was able to get in (all those who were standing in the stand-by line, because they let in the pass holders first and then the stand-by people).  I got a seat in the back but it was a good seat and I was able to see the screen.

(The Chinese Theater, a.k.a. the Grauman's Chinese Theater, and then it was renamed, has the footprints and handprints outside.  When I was waiting in line in the front I was standing on the slab of cement the Marx Brothers handprinted and wrote their name on.  Talk about amazing coincidence that I managed to look down at the ground when I did, otherwise I would never have seen it.  That was as close as I'm ever going to get to the Marx Brothers lol.)

The film was amazing.  So much amazing.  It was a digitally restored version so it just looked 10x better than the DVD I have.  And it was Richard Attenborough on the big screen and James Coburn on the big screen and everyone else I love on the big screen.  It was just surreal.  I loved it.

Hollywood Blvd. at night reminded me of Las Vegas at night.  And it's not because you have people dressed in random character outfits with the intention and hopes of getting people to take pictures with them (and maybe earning money?).  I passed by Iron Man, Spiderman, Mickey and Minnie Mouse (deformed, of course)--I saw Batman drinking beer.  IDK.  Whenever I see people dressed in character outfits, wanting money, I just tend to ignore them.  Only because I find it slightly creepy.

(Although, TBH, nothing beats the scary Spongebob and Patrick costumes I saw a couple of people wearing in Las Vegas.)

There was this one shopping center that reminded me of Las Vegas.  It was massive.  I took pictures of the massive-ness of the center, and then I tried to take a picture of the El Capitan theater with my cell phone, but the picture didn't turn out all that well, because I took the picture with my cell phone.

I kind of liked Hollywood Blvd at night more than in the day, maybe because it was just so bright at night.  I didn't like it in the day.  And I didn't like the traffic.  Overall, it was a good street, with lots of historical buildings.  I wouldn't recommend it to anyone though--it's touristy.  The only thing that amazed me was that I actually saw The Great Escape on big screen in the Chinese Theater.  (It was impressive on the inside as well.)

On May 6th I got The Great Escape Blu-Ray and it looks amazing.  Not as amazing as seeing it on the big screen, but it's loads better than the DVD I have (the regular, non blu-ray one).  I'm kind of annoyed, though, because there is no main menu and I have to hit 'pop menu' or something like that and it will pop up this menu on the bottom of the screen.  IDK.  I'm kind of jealous because Lawrence of Arabia got this amazing Blu-Ray release and The Great Escape--despite being the 50th anniversary of its release--didn't really get a whole lot of special features or even fanfare.

Anyway, other than that I've been highly busy with school.  My European Studies thesis is coming along well, although I have problems with procrastinating.  And today I donated platelets--I thought I was going to be donating blood--I originally made an appointment to donate blood--but then they saw my blood type was AB+ so they asked if I could donate platelets.  Because apparently AB+ (and AB-) are universal platelet donors.  Which I didn't know about before today.  I must also admit I like donating platelets more than giving blood.  With platelets all they do is take platelets and give the rest of the blood back to you (or, well, rather, me) and so I'm not left feeling lightheaded and faint.  I mean I was slightly tingly--but that was mostly because my arm stayed in one position for about two hours.

Also I got to watch a film :D they had a lot of films I could have watched.  I ended up watching A Knight's Tale.  When I go back to donate blood I think I'll watch The Cabin in the Woods (they have that on DVD!) or The Avengers.  Or I think I can bring my own.

Anyway, it's basically just wasting two hours of my life, watching a film, but doing something good while watching a film.  And the nurses pampered me and I had blankets and pillows and I couldn't move my arms, sure, but I liked it so much better than donating blood.

And that's my adventure donating platelets.

The person managing the front desk of the center commented on my t-shirt (it was an Avengers t-shirt) and when I watched A Knight's Tale he said, 'That's Alan Tudyk, right?  Alpha.' (Which later I realized was a subtle reference to Dollhouse--I haven't watched that show in ages.)  And then I said I liked The Avengers because of Joss Whedon and he was all, 'Right, so you're a Whedonite' or he said something along those lines.  But it was geeky fun :P I like bumping into fellow geeks.

(It reminds me of this one time I was shopping for groceries and in the parking lot I passed by this car that had the stickers 'Serenity' and 'Firefly' on the back window and I called out to the people in the car, 'I like your Firefly and Serenity!' because I was just too excited to form a more comprehensive sentence.  Luckily they knew what I said and when they drove past me they said, 'Well, we did name our car Shiny'.)

Anyway, Deadliest Catch thoughts, because Deadliest Catch started recently:

My thoughts on Deadliest CatchCollapse )

And that's about it.  There's not much for me to like.  Or hate.  Deadliest Catch to me is 'turn off your brain and just watch' type of shows.

Other than that, I haven't been watching a lot of shows.  A lot of movies, yes, but I'm behind in Psych and I need to get caught up, and I have plans to watch Farscape, although I don't know when that'll happen.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
25 April 2013 @ 07:44 am
These are graphics I made for a challenge for Deep Blue Sea.  Feel free to skip.  Or you can look at the prettiness (half-prettiness.  As usual, I procrastinated on doing this challenge because of school and life and so some of them aren't my best.  Especially the wallpaper).

1 icon, 1 wallpaper, 1 tumblr graphic, 1 episode poster, 1 mini-spam, 1 fanmix coverCollapse )
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
19 April 2013 @ 10:24 pm
I've been totally meaning to update since the end of March, but now it's almost the end of April, and I'm behind in my updating, so here's the bullet points of important things that have happened/are happening in my life:

-school.  It's started back up.
-I did improv for the first time ever!  In my anthropology class and I did this scene in the improv game 'Freeze' where I changed the scene so I found someone's contact that they lost and the teacher mentioned how all improv people do contact scenes.  So, yay!  (It's still quite hard--you have to agree with whatever the other person says, even if it's zany, and you have to add on more information, and keep the scene going with a nice flow.)  It also takes a lot of imagination, and it doesn't help when other people ask you questions because it just puts more pressure on the other person to even come up with an answer.
-another fun thing about the anthropology improv class: we watched a clip of Whose Line Is It Anyway.  And it's actually relevant to the class.  That is cool
-we also do games from WLiiA!  Which is expected, because, improv.  The other group (the group I wasn't in, a.k.a. the other half of the class) did the game where three people were assigned a random character and trait and the person guessing had to host a party.
-European Studies senior thesis.  Ugh.  My thesis has changed so much, but it still has to do with knights, chivalry, and the crusades, but still.  I'm feeling totally overwhelmed by this thesis.
-so totally overwhelmed I decided to drop my beginning production film class that I didn't need at all to graduate so I can concentrate on doing well in my other classes (and in European Studies)
-fencing.  It wasn't canceled--more people showed up than there had been on the registrar (than people who had registered?  IDK this sentence makes no sense.  I'm tired.  Basically, fencing is fun and I always freak out about insignificant funny stuff like 'will fencing be canceled?')
-UCI has a woman's rugby team.  I know because I checked out both of their practices on Tuesday and Thursday last week and didn't much like it.  I thought it would be more fun and we would play the game.  Instead it was more fitness/boot camp exercising and I don't have the endurance to run a lap unless I want to run a lap.  (Basically, I don't like people telling me when to exercise and how fast I should run.)  So I decided to drop it.  (Or just stop going to the practices.)  In a funny way, this past Wednesday night I stayed after fencing class to check out the club and I liked their club a whole lot better.  There was slightly less emphasis on fitness and more emphasis on footwork because fencing is all about fancy footwork

Anyway, other than school, something else happened.  Well, a couple weeks ago.  On Easter.  I know I mentioned the Anaheim Wondercon convention on my journal last month.  It was the one that was going to have the Much Ado About Nothing panel.

Okay, the main point: I saw Joss Whedon live!  And Agent Coulson/Clark Gregg, Sean Maher, Tom Lenk, and a bunch of other people from the film.  Sadly I didn't have a good view of them--I mean I could see them, but I was so far away that I just mostly saw the people on the screen that they had up to make seeing them easier.  As such, it still didn't feel like I was seeing them live, because I was mostly relying on looking at the screen to see Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg.

But I was in the same room as them!  Along with a thousand other people probably.  I really wish they held an autograph session afterwards but it undoubtedly would have been a catastrophe.  I'll just settle with the fact that I got as close to Joss Whedon as I could (which was about a mile away, maybe half a mile).

The panel was good.  We saw clips from the film and it only made me more eager about seeing the film in June.  (And it makes me want to re-read the play now.)

Sadly Nathan Fillion wasn't at the panel.  (I'm not sure if I saw him live or not.  I remember there was this Firefly convention a couple years back that I went to and I think Nathan was there.  I didn't meet him though.)  Joss Whedon had to break the news that he wasn't there and the way that man presented it was just funny.  Because, you know, Joss Whedon is just naturally funny/sarcastic (almost) in his humor.

(At one point during the panel people from the audience were allowed to ask Joss and co. questions and one of the people that came up addressed him as Josh Whedon.  When he did so, you could hear a groan ripple throughout the audience, because he got Joss' name wrong.)

I took some pictures, which I'll probably upload.  It depends on when I get around to that.

In other completely different yet slightly similar news because it involves seeing celebrities, I'm going to a taping of Whose Line on Sunday!  (I think I'm starting to like living near LA.  And when I mean 'near' I mean about an hour away.  I live closer to Disneyland.  Yet I never go there anymore lol)

Anyway, to get back on topic: I'll be driving again to LA.  For those of you who don't know (which could be the vast majority of you) I don't do well with driving freeways.  I think in the past it just seemed a bit too claustrophobic at times, especially when there's a traffic jam and you're just surrounded by cars.  And I don't like the sign system sometimes--it's too confusing.  The GPS makes driving freeways a whole lot easier because it's the GPS and it directs you.  So that's a nice thing to have when driving the freeways in LA.  But anyway, lately I've been getting better at driving the freeway and that fear has gone away, mostly.  So yay about that.

I may also be going back to LA on Friday the 26th--I need to go to the LA museum of arts for my art history class and that day the TCM (Turner Classic Movie) film festival is taking place.  They'll be showing The Great Escape (in digital form) at the Chinese Theatre at 5:30 PM and, according to the festival website, some tickets are on sale to the general public for films.  So I'm just thinking of checking it out and seeing if I can't get a ticket.  Because it's cheaper than buying a pass.  And if so then yay!  If not, then at least I'll get the art history trip to the museum over with early.

Ugh I can't think of anything else to add to this post -_- I've been horrible at updating.  Life is just busy and I've been too concerned with school to even think about fandoms and land comms.

Too tired.  Think I'll go to bed now.  Or at least finish reading for a class and then maybe finish watching this film I got called Wings of Desire.  It's this German film about angels in Berlin and it stars Bruno Ganz, and Peter Falk as himself :D (that was the main reason why I got it).  Speaking of Peter Falk, one of the deals of the day on Amazon was the complete series of Columbo--it was 62% off, so instead of it being $149 it was $56.  I bought it.  Because, dude, 62% is a pretty good deal and IDK if it would have gone any higher than that.  Besides, it was the deal of the day :D so yay!  I can't wait to get Columbo.
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Current Music: Disneyland fireworks
Guys, finals are over!  I only had three finals (well, technically, two--the third one was a paper and I had to turn that in on-line).  Two of them that I had to take in class were scheduled for 8 AM and that just annoyed me.  I commute to school by bus so when a final or a class is scheduled at 8 AM I have to catch the early bus, and it takes me a super long time to actually wake up in the morning so I get up earlier than is probably needed because I just like taking time to get ready to leave.

I hung out with my friend last Saturday in order to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a day early, because she worked on St. Patrick's Day.  We watched the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera--I've already seen the film before, although she hadn't, and so it was her first time watching it.  Then we watched The Great Escape, because she said she hadn't seen the film in a long time.  We both fangirled over certain actors and just basically were amazed at how many amazing actors were in the film XD (no, really, that's what we did).

On St. Patrick's Day I went out to a local bar near my place and I had an Irish car bomb drink to celebrate.  Then I found out I was basically drinking the drink all wrong because I opted to pour the shot glass of whiskey (was it whiskey?) into the Guinness.  Apparently people actually dump the shot glass into the Guinness.  Oops.  Well, I have plenty more St. Patrick Day's in the future to drink an Irish car bomb the correct way.

Then I found out that Richard Attenborough was in a 1947 film called Brighton Rock.

Behind this cut is a picture of a young Richard Attenborough from a filmCollapse )

Anyway, I gave blood on Tuesday.  It's been a really long time since I gave blood and I wanted to do it again (despite my slight phobia of needles.  IDK why I have a needle phobia.  Strange thing is that I didn't have it the first time I gave blood, or the second time).  It went relatively well, although I'm pretty sure I didn't drink enough water as I was supposed to.  (I never do, although now I'm trying.)  I got a bad case of cold/tingly feeling after donating and had to rest up for a time, but everyone was super nice and were looking after me making sure I was all right.  At least I didn't faint (that happened the first time I gave blood back in high school).

I decided to sign up for fencing at my school's recreational center XD I'm planning on having as much fun as I can for the next quarter of school, seeing how it'll be my last and all.  I'm just hoping fencing isn't canceled--from what I've seen so far, not a lot of people are registered for the class.

I've started playing Portal 2.  I've already played Portal 1 and I just loved it.  It has so much dark humor in it that's just amusing XD particularly with Glados.  And in Portal 2 there's this character called Wheately and he has this cute British accent and he's a robot and I'm just hoping he doesn't turn out to be evil.  The last time I really liked a video game character they a) turned out to be someone entirely different and b) they were evil.  (It was Atlas from Bioshock, in case anyone was wondering.)

So this month in Anaheim there's going to be this convention called Wondercon.  It basically looks like Comic-Con, except it's smaller, from what someone's told me, and the badges aren't sold out yet.  Plus it's in Anaheim, which is practically almost next door to Tustin (the city I live in).  Anyway, it was just announced that Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Clark Gregg, and a bunch of other stars from the Much Ado About Nothing film will be there on March 31.  So I got all excited and silently squeed and decided to buy a ticket/badge.  It was $10.  So yay!  I'll be in the same room/area as Joss Whedon!  On March 31!  (Hopefully!  I've heard horror stories about Comic-Con about people not getting into panels because so many people line up to watch a panel.  I'm hoping Wondercon is small enough that it isn't hard to get into a room/area to see a panel.)

And yesterday I found out that tickets for Whose Line Is It Anyway were available to get (I would say purchase, but the tickets don't cost any money, so...).  Even though I don't like driving the freeway (I have a slight tiny fear/phobia) going to a taping of WLiiA is too great an opportunity to pass up, so I decided to get a ticket.  Bonus points for it being free :D I just have to show up early enough to get in.  (I have the same fear about the taping as I have about the Wondercon panel that I talked about in the above paragraph--what if there's too many people and I can't get in?  I've never been to a taping of a TV show.  IDK what to expect, really, as far as the whole 'show up early thing' is concerned.  But yay!  I get to see Ryan and Colin live!  Hopefully!)

I also just found out that Ian Anderson may be back in Los Angeles in July.  (Ian Anderson is the lead singer of Jethro Tull, and Jethro Tull is my favorite band.)  I already saw him last year in Long Beach (they played Thick as a Brick) but it was so fantastic that I was kind of thinking of seeing him again.  IDK.  It'll depend on how much the tickets are this time.  But I would like to see him again.  But I'm not dying to.  So we'll see about that.

Also, I've just randomly decided to take a day trip to San Diego for one day this week XD it's spring break and I figured I would do something fun.  I'll be taking the Amtrak, so I'm excited about that.  I've never really traveled by train before in America.  (When I studied abroad in the UK the train was how I got around, aside from the times when the school program set up field trips for us and we took buses to Edinburgh and London.)  It'll also be nice to not drive down to San Diego.  There's not a bunch of things to do in San Diego but it'll give me time to just explore and be on my own for a while.  I mean there's Sea World but I've already been.  I don't feel like going to the zoo.  Or maybe I will.  I'm still planning what to do.

I also found out there's this hotel on the island Coronado, which is near San Diego, where the film Some Like It Hot (starring Marilyn Monrow) was filmed at.  Being a film buff, I find that extremely awesome and interesting, although, considering how I'll be traveling to everywhere in downtown San Diego by foot, IDK how I'd get to Coronado.  Maybe there's a way and I'll just have to find it.  Maybe the bridge happens to have a sidewalk section I can walk on.  Which doesn't exist, because I just read on Wikipedia that there exists no pedestrian walkways on the bridge to Coronado.  I may have to take a ferry to the island.

I still have all these comments to reply to.  I feel horrible about not replying right away and that it takes me weeks to reply.
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Current Music: Another Love--Tom Odell
I've been meaning to post since the last time I posted (which I think was March 1) but life really did get in the way.  So in this post I'll give my thoughts on the last two episodes of Top Gear and the last three episodes of Being Human.

The Top Gear Africa adventure was amazing 0_0 and I loved that we got two episodes.  It didn't live up to the Vietnam special, IMO, but I'm extremely biased because that was the first episode of TG I ever saw so it kind of holds a special place in my heart.  But I think I did love the Africa special more than the Middle East.  And maybe possibly more than the other African special they did.

Top Gear episodes 6 and 7 spoilersCollapse )

Being Human

Basically, I marathoned the last three episodes last Sunday.  I was behind for a bit but I luckily caught up with everything so this review will just cover those last three episodes.

Being Human spoilers for the last three episodes of season 5Collapse )

Anyway, other than Being Human and Top Gear, I've also been watching Psych.  Though I'm an episode behind, already.  I'll get caught up this weekend.  In other news, Deadliest Catch comes back in April! \o/ (I think it's April 16th, but I could be totally wrong).  I love Deadliest Catch. I know I can watch it for free with Amazon Prime but it isn't the same because they don't have the Bon Jovi song during the opening credits (you seriously should have seen me when I discovered that.  I was extremely happy when I found out I could watch Deadliest Catch on Amazon, and then I was severely disappointed when it turned out they didn't play Bon Jovi's Dead or Alive song.  IDK why they can't play it.  Maybe some issues with music rights?)

Speaking of shows, this is a list of shows/films I've watched recently:

Behind this cut I briefly mention Hogan's Heroes, Happy Days, The Professionals, and I give a reason why The Great Escape is better than The Magnficient Seven (despite James Coburn starring in The Magnificent Seven, and I like him)Collapse )

In other news, I've been playing Red Dead Redemption lately.  I'm planning on finishing it during spring break, but I'm getting a little ahead of myself by playing it so close to finals week (finals are next week.  I have two.  And one paper.  And both of the finals are from 8-10 AM.  I really don't like waking up so early in the morning).

Speaking of school, the classes I'm taking for next quarter is this history/film class (it's a history film cross-listed with film and comparative literature).  I'm planning on it counting toward my medieval emphasis for my European Studies major because there aren't many classes I can take next quarter to finish my emphasis.  It's technically a renaissance history class, but the professor, whom I've talked to already, is cool with it counting toward my emphasis.  So yay about that :)

I'm taking this anthropology class called improv, language, and culture.  I already got an e-mail from the professor where he basically said that in the class we would be learning about improv techniques and tricks (!) and we would be doing improv (!).  And it's an anthropology class :D so, um, yeah, I'm just totally looking forward to this class.  I've never done improv, and IDK how it relates to anthropology, although I have some idea, but yay for fun class!

And then I'm taking another art history class, the European Studies seminar where I have to write a thesis and everything (and I'll probably be super busy), and a film class called basic production (it was one class I really wanted).  It's 20 units, which I've taken almost 20 units before at community college, but I've never done so at UCI, so I'm kind of nervous as to how busy I'll be next quarter.  But it's good, because all my classes are mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The production class only meets on Friday and the seminar could get changed to Monday from Wednesday.  Either way, I'll have one free day during the week.  And the professor of the history class told me she built the class on the idea that it would be a spring class that students could take and it won't be so busy and there won't be so much work in it.

But of all the classes, I'm totally looking forward to the anthropology class :D

As for other school news, I got my class ring!  It arrived today in the mail and looks so beautiful.  I'll post pictures of it because I feel like sharing the beauty of my class ring :P

So...yes.  That's just about it.  I really need to reply to comments left on my journal from a few weeks back (which I'll hopefully get around to this weekend).
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01 March 2013 @ 04:56 pm
Whose Line is going to be back! :D \o/

According to numerous articles, and Colin on Twitter (and Wayne and Drew as well), and this article as well, and this is like Christmas.  It feels like Christmas.  It's a surprise I wasn't expecting at all.

But the most important thing is this: Ryan and Colin are back on Whose Line!

(I really do need better WL icons.)
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Oh my god school's been keeping me busy.  Basically, last week it was midterms week--I had two midterms that week, and I had another one this past Thursday, and I've been trying to concentrate more on not procrastinating and studying for tests and so I basically ignored updating my LJ so I could focus on school.

But now midterms are all done so I can have fun and reply to comments \o/

I did drop the comparative literature class a couple weeks back (well, it was during week 2 so it wasn't a couple weeks back)--I didn't really like it, and I didn't need it at all, and I didn't like how the majority of the students in the class were either whispering to each other or playing with their cell phones or not paying attention.  Also, I kind of want this quarter lighter because I know next quarter I'll have this upper division writing class for European Studies and I'll be probably busy with that class.  (I think.)

Another thing that happened this month was the grad expo.  I had the chance to order my cap and gown and all the tassels that go on the cap (I ordered a social science and a humanities one--even though I'm pretty sure I'll only be walking in one of them, because as a double major in different schools I can't walk in both the school of social science and school of humanities.  From what I've read so far on this website about commencement and walking).

I also ordered my class ring :D it looks so pretty (I can only assume) and I can't wait for it to get here so I actually hold it in my hands and (probably) wear it.  I only say 'probably' because when it comes to jewelry I'm crap at wearing them.  I have a ton of earrings that I only wear during special occasions that I don't wear the rest of the time because I just hate how they feel on my ears.  The only jewelry I actively wear--sometimes--are necklaces, but they have to be ordinary looking type of necklaces.  If they look too fancy, then I don't wear them.  If they look somewhat interesting then I'll wear it.  But for the majority of the time, I really don't wear jewelry.  So maybe for the class ring I'll either wear it or maybe I'll hang it on a necklace.  IDK.

I'm really liking my philosophy class, which is odd, because I've hated all the philosophy classes I've taken in the past.  But the teacher makes it awesome, and I'm just actually interested in it.

The only thing I hate about the class is that it's just messing with my mind in a major way.  We're mainly focusing on Augstine and his philosophical theories and this past Thursday in class we talked about his concept of time and creation and OMG my mind 0_0 Augustine is messing it up with his crazy theories.  But it was a good class because it did give me some inspiration for my time travel fic :P (the one I was planning to write for NaNoWriMo and then I didn't)

Anyway, that's enough real life talk.  Now it's time for fannish talk :D

I've been obsessing over The Great Escape lately. Feel free to skip me obessing over The Great EscapeCollapse )

Now it's time for me to talk about Top Gear and Being Human (both from the last couple weeks).

Top Gear episodes 2 and 3 spoilersCollapse )

Being Human spoilers for episodes 1 and 2Collapse )
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: The Rake's Song--The Decemberists
01 February 2013 @ 04:38 pm
Top Gear is back!! *flails*

It was wonderful to see the show back on TV (well, laptop. I live in America and I know BBC America will air it on Sunday-or is it Monday?-and they've been excellent at running new episodes in their entire length and, okay, sometimes they show The Shining for some insane reason, but they've been good lately. Although they still haven't shown season 3 of Ashes to Ashes and I doubt they ever will. TL;DR I hate waiting for British TV shows to air in my country).

Okay, back on topic: Top Gear. Amazing :D

Top Gear spoilersCollapse )

So last Thursday I watched Lawrence of Arabia with my friend and my brother. I've heard that it's one of the best films out there and that Peter O'Toole is amazing in it. Honestly, though, it was okAy, the scenery was fantastic, but I didn't really like it. I know it's based off an autobiography, and maybe that's the reason why I didn't really like anyone in the film. IDK I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to.  Maybe it was the length.  I quite don't like lengthy films, especially if I'm not interested in any character or the film itself.  I couldn't handle watching The Godfather in one sitting precisely because I just didn't care for the film all that much.  It's just hard to make myself watch a film, or TV show, that I know I won't enjoy.

Then last Friday I watched The Great Escape, which I haven't seen in years, and I forgot how amazing it is. That was the first Steve McQueen film I ever saw, and I saw it in my video production class in high school, and after that I think I've seen it two or three more times on my own.  Although I've only seen the ending about two times--I've always hated it after David McCallum's character is killed that I always stopped watching the film at that point.  Plus at that point of the film nothing was fun anymore--I mean they all broke out of the camp, but then they're being chased and being killed and that just depresses me :(

Richard Attenborough though--he looks so young!  I haven't seen him in many films--mostly Jurassic Park.  (I've never seen any of his brother's documentary films so...)  So I just really like him in The Great Escape.  And then there's James Garner and Charles Bronson and other awesome actors.  I just like the entire cast of the film.

I also really want to read the book now.  I know the film is based (loosely) off a book written by Paul Brickhill and I don't have that book.  I may need to go to the library sometime to see if they don't have it.  (Or I'll buy it.)

So basically all I did last week was go to school and watch a lot of classic films.  I haven't been doing that a whole lot this week (the watching classic films thing).  Mostly I've been watching Being Human season 3 (well, trying to finish it.  I'm going to see if I can make it through seasons 3 and 4 before season 5 comes back on Sunday.  Maybe if I drink a lot of coffee tonight and stay up all night and forgo doing any homework then I can do it.  But I really need to do homework, and I can't stay up all night because I get tired at around 12 AM, so that's out).

On the plus side, I only have two episodes to go through in season 3.  So maybe I can make it halfway through season 4 tomorrow.  (I usually watch TV and movies at night.  It's like I really can't watch TV or movies during the day because I just like watching it at night.  And plus during the day I can do homework or read or do land comm challenges or stuff like that.)

My thoughs about Being Human season 3Collapse )

School's been going good.  It's been keeping me busy, though, which is why I haven't updated a whole lot.  I've also been busy with land comm challenges and I've been making icons for myself (one of my Fandom New Years Resolutions was to make 20 icons per month.  I only made about 15 or so last month, because I had forgotten about my resolutions).

Speaking of resolutions, this is what my Fandom Resolutions list looks like:

1. Finish Farscape (because I've been watching it since about 2009/2010 and I still need to finish it.  I must admit, I went slowly through season 1)
2. Finish Man From U.N.C.L.E.
3. Finish Poltergeist: The Legacy
4. Make 20 icons per month
5. Finish fanfic (I start, and I never finish.  Except for drabbles or short stories.  But I have an Inception fic I started a couple years back that I still want to finish, and I have other stories in other fandoms I'd like to finish sometime)
6. Finish Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim (I'm going so slowly through both these games 0_0  I also need to re-play Bioshock and L.A. Noire sometime this year.  I also have Portal 2 that I need to play, and the Ghostbusters game, which I had already played before on the desktop computer but I wanted it for X-Box)
7. Be more active on Livejournal
8. Finish Netflix queue (this is on the fandom resolutions list for some reason...)
9. Re-watch Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and maybe Dollhouse?  It's been a long time since I've seen Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.  I've seen Dollhouse relatively recently (a couple years back) so I don't need to re-watch right away.
10. Post icons and fanfic to Livejournal?  IDK.  I'm usually not much of a share-y type of person when it comes to icons and fanfic.

Hopefully I'll be able to do all of these things this year.  It'd be nice to finish Farscape.
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Current Music: Carry On-fun.