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Jul. 15th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm
posting for no good reason to make lj happy

Sep. 7th, 2008 @ 07:51 pm
Totally wasted weekend.

::sigh of contentment::

Did finally watch Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. It was so stereotypical that the unstereotypical ending was somewhat disappointing. Still liked it though.

New obsession Aug. 23rd, 2008 @ 04:36 pm
I've been watching videos on ExpertVillage.com for hours.

The massage videos are the next best thing to actually having one. It's crack - I can't stop watching. So many types of massage! Foot, shoulders, oil, no oil, assisted, self.... It goes on and on. There's sewing, quilting, funny ladies giving etiquette lessons, making muffins! There's nothing you can't learn in 45 seconds!
Current Mood: enthralled

Jun. 24th, 2008 @ 09:24 pm
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Put an asterisk next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

I used an asterisk to show which I have read:

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen*
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien*
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling*
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*
6. The Bible*
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell*
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott*
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien*
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger*
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot*
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald*
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams*
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll*
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis*
34. Emma - Jane Austen*
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen*
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis [this with #33 does not make sense]*
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini*
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden*
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown *
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez [read in Spanish; intend to read in English one day]
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving*
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood*
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding*
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert*
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen*
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley*
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia MarquezV
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas* -been a long time
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac (Started, but never finished)
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville*
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker*
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett*
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson*
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt*
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker*
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro*
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White*
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad*
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole*
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare [And again, with the collected works up there, this is kind of a dumb thing.]*
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Vid Recs - Multifandom Dec. 16th, 2007 @ 01:36 pm
I've only recently found this niche of fandom. It never did much for me, but there are a few that just rock me.

Battlestar Galactica:
Beccatoria's Devils & Dust
It's religion, the cylons, and the humans. It's about fear and how they hurt themselves more than anyone else. This is probably the vid that sold me on vids as a medium.

Harry Potter:

Fabella's The Boy is a Puppet
The visuals are great, of course, but it's the pairing of song and message that really work for me. Harry is Voldemort's puppet and it's tragic and inevitable.

Farscape:

Drgnfille's Until My Dying Day
It's Aeryn and how broken she is, so broken that she couldn't even name it. Crichton, the transformative power of love, and how incredibly painful it is to change. The song lyrics can be a touch schmaltzy, but it works with these images, so let the vid take you along. It's worth it.
Other entries
» Culture/Media Influence
For Halloween, meret linked to a movie online that scared her silly as a kid - "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark". It's a made for tv movie from the '80's. You can watch it for free here. LINK

I love scary movies and bad scary movies most of all. So I clicked. And it was exactly as advertised. And my first thought - the lead actress is fat. Brain, wtf are you thinking?

I *know* that she isn't fat, but I still *feel* that's she's overweight. No wonder Hollywood doesn't take our protests seriously. I may be saying 'show me real women', but my gut reaction is that real women are fat. Of course, I blame them for training me this way, but some of the culpability rests with me. And I'm trying, but I'm further beyond than I thought.

Your depressing social conscious awareness raising thought for today.
» More Dumbledore
I'm losing respect for people right and left. JKR is "taking credit" for putting a gay man in her books? Is there a pinata that gets handed out that I'm unaware of? In the shape of a toaster maybe? She isn't getting anything for this - she told the truth about a character in a book series that she conceived of and wrote entirely without your input. A series you've been fangirling for over a decade. Shut the hell up.
» Dumbledore
Awesome, JKR. Not a surprise, but kudos for saying it out loud. It's awful that just saying it is still a milestone. I don't know why I'm so surprised by the negative reactions - I know this country is full of hate-filled Jesus freaks. I am still so very disappointed. See http://www.swordofgryffindor.com for some previously intelligent people gone wingnut crazy over gays. They handled discussions on murder and torture just fine, but not homosexuals. My hope for humanity is fading fast. Well, at least it pulled me out of my heteronormative world and made me pay attention to how virulent the anti-gay crowd still is. Thanks for nothing, jerks.

Quote of the day:
"As for these dim bulbs saying, "What about the chldren?" If they have parents like you, they'll grow up to be plenty fucked up without reading about a 100-year-old celebate gay guy."
Karenzipdrive on Huffingtonpost.com

Amen, sister.
» Snape fen post-DH
God, the self important twittery. Not only is the fact that he was a thoroughly despicable human being a total revelation to these people, JKR's audacity in pointing that out is a form of rape. Even the less nutty fen are busy declaring that JKR's opinions aren't canon and their form of this sadist is now free of her oppression. Being sane, I thought that JKR's opinions had been made into books that HP fen were reading avidly. Silly me.
» HP
Another Day, Another Stupid Snape Essay

Ok,these things always have to bash Harry and this one takes on Harry's "scary" willingness to "throw around" cruciatus at Bellatrix. You know, after she murdered his only family. But these are always the same people who excuse attempted murderer Draco Malfoy who was willing to Crucio Harry in the bathroom because he was embarrassed to be caught crying.

JKR, please, please, stick it to these idiots.
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