ship_go_boom: (Campbell's Plomeek Soup)
Well, as usual, academia has kidnapped me away from journals both Live and Insane, and imprisoned me in a life that on occasion bears a startling resemblance to the works of Edward Gorey.  I appear to have survived the experience in one piece, however, and now have a little more than a month to dedicate to the noble art of slobbing about.  Even with that much time at my disposal, there's no way I'll be able to catch up with what you busy internet people have been doing.  I'll go back a few pages on the Flist, but I have my limits.  Drop me a comment if something important happened while I was gone, alright?

Other than getting reacquainted with the interwebz, my big project for winter break is going to be reminding myself that reading books is actually fun, which is something I forget when I'm buried under textbooks (this last semester was really horrible on that front - not a single narrative assigned, and particularly dull textbooks, too boot).  I've made a list of fun readables that I want to tackle:

The Borribles by Michael L'Arrabeiti (re-read)
The Borribles Go For Broke by Michael L'Arrabeiti (re-read)
The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis by Michael L'Arrabeiti (if I can find a copy for cheap)
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman (+ sequels, if I like the first one)
The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum (+ sequels... I read the first three many years ago, but stopped there)

This list is, of course, highly changeable according to my whims (because whims are the whole point of vacation, aren't they?).  Any suggestions, questions, or raised eyebrows from the Flist?

Of course, I will have to take a few breaks here and there, so I can render my apartment livable again.  But that shouldn't be too hard, if I approach it in a relaxed state of mind.  

And of course, I'll also spend some time cooking, which in my more adventurous moods can turn into an all-day project... and I've been getting an urge to start a new sewing project... and start playing guitar again... and re-learn how to juggle... and if I'm really ambitious, there's Wednesday night fencing practice, which I really should get back to....  Relaxing is a very busy sort of pursuit, isn't it?
ship_go_boom: (Merry Wanderer?)
Ah, academic procrastination, how I've missed you!  On the up side, I'm checking the ol' FList (the whole not-doing-academic-procrastination thing tends to impede this doing the semester)... on the downside, I have an English paper due tomorrow, and it's, oh... call it two-thirds written.  I should be able to get it finished over lunch tomorrow.  Maybe.  Geek Central (the 2-4 tables in the campus common room where my scruffy band of shiny object seekers hang)  can be a bit loud, but that's where my peeps are at, yo!  I'm saving my sequestered-in-the-library act until finals.

I'm watching American Idol right now...  Is it just me, or is it really unfair that for the little opening number routine, all the girls got cute individual outfits chosen to go with their "look"... and the guys all wore identical suits? 

Speaking of Idol, how pretty is Australian Guy?  (No, I don't know their names yet.  Except Danny Noriega, but that's because of my extreme dislike of him.)  And I thought he was Jim Morrison-y before he sang Doors songs!  Cheery Dreadlock Boy is quite cute and pleasant-sounding, as well.

I'm liking The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  I think I'd like it more if I wasn't so addicted to the first to movies, mostly for casting reasons - ain't nobody as badass as Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, and I thought the new Kyle from last episode's flashback/forward was downright skanky and un-Reeselike.  I like Derek and ex-fiance guy, though.

OMG!  Peter DeLuise is on Supernatural!

*ahem*  We've had free CW for the last few weeks, which has been fun.  The two eps of we've seen of Smallville were kickass - especially Black Canary.  Supernatural hasn't impressed me that much, but I think that I'm becoming addicted to it anyways on merit of the prettiness that is Dean.

I'm working on my Jericho fanmix again, and I've started a Deathstroke one as well.  On the subject, does anybody know where I can *cough* "acquire" a copy of Oasis' cover of "Heroes"?  For general listening purposes, Bowie is still best, but just doesn't work in the Jericho mix.

I could say more, but my battery has gone kaput, and I don't feel like running between my desk and the living room during commercials.  TTFN!

*sigh*

Apr. 29th, 2007 03:51 pm
ship_go_boom: (Bored)
There are many things I should be doing right now.

Like doing script work on the play I'm in for acting class (The Roadhouse Cafe, written especially for the class).

Or reading Breakfast on Pluto for English class (which is really really good - I recommend it).

But as I seem to have hit the end-of-the-semester burnout, I am instead working on a mp3 mix, reading comics, and (of course) posting about said mixing and reading.

Speaking of mixing, I've just noticed that my musical tastes are not conducive to finding songs appropriately describing a mute sweetheart superhero who is exceptionally good at rolling with emotional punches.  And no, my cheesy lovesong collection doesn't work; he remains very much the bachelor for most of his early Titans run.  *grumble*  There's got to be something cheerful in the CD pile...  (Smiths?  Stone Roses?  Sting?  Something that doesn't start with S?)

Ooh!  [profile] moss6886 and I finally watched Casino Royale last night!  Gotta say... I think Daniel Craig may win for Best. Bond. Ever.  And the movie itself definitely wins (there were laws of physics.  And a plot.  I almost didn't recognize them ;)).  I'm a fan of all 007's (yes, even Timothy Dalton - he worked much better if you pretended he was just some other 00 agent and not Bond himself), but sometimes he just got a bit too smarmy for me (smooth, slutty, cold-blooded killer I like - smarmy guy not so much).  Plus, this James Bond is frequently naked.  Moreso than the girls (seriously - you never actually see a Bond girl with her clothes off in CR).  And Judi Dench's M wore flattering clothes and cursed a lot (<3's Judi Dench).
ship_go_boom: (Homework)
So, I woke up at 7am-ish, entirely more awake than I'd like to be.  After about twenty minutes of pretending to sleep, I remembered - hey, Doctor Who all day today.  So I clambered out of bed, motivated by that same impulse that drives small children to get up earlier on Saturdays than on any other day.  Figured I'd have time for breakfast, then I'd settle in for mind-numbing hours of TARDIS fun.

Dear BBC America,
If you are planning on airing your 7-hour Doctor Who marathon starting at 1pm on Saturday, fine.  Just don't advertise it as being "all day."  Thanks.
Sincerely,
Disappointed Person Doing Homework

:P  It's like they canceled Saturday morning.  Big meanies.

On the upside, I'm almost finished with the first draft of my paper on Romeo and Juliet.  Not bad for having started it before I was halfway through my cup of coffee this morning.  Though it's a little harder to write as an academic paper, rather than as the post I was originally planning (something about staying on-topic and avoiding excessive sarcasm).  I think I'll still post it to LJ once I get my grade back. 

::sighs:: Only fifteen minutes until DW is actually on.  Somehow, goofing off in the afternoon seems less fun when you know you're just going to use the commercials to write page citations.

P.S.  Have I ever mentioned that Doctor Who has become the theme show for my outlook on the world?  Not my favorite show, just my theme show.  It's like a theme song, only a show.
ship_go_boom: (Lost Time)
Things to do:

1)  Read FList.  This is a frightening proposition (skip=875, y'all.  And I think there's more I've missed, but that's as far as my FList page will take me.).

2)  Do homework.  Tell me, how does one keep up with English homework (100+ pages per class period.  Yeesh.)  and still have a life?

3)  Apply for various & sundry financial aid.  (FASFSA blah.  Will I even have time to apply for essay scholarships?)

4)  Decide whether or not to try to do the Student Ambassador thing (or, Can I be Miss Chatty Happy Girl on a semi-regular basis?).

5)  Decide whether or not to do the Cabaret for Cancer thing (or, Can I sing and how bad have my guitar skills gotten?).

6)  Finish replying to comments on my research post (thanks again, everyone!).

7)  Actually research & write the paper the post was about.

8)  Call HP tech support.  (My computer has forgotten it has a CD/DVD drive, I can't run system restore for some unknown reason, and there may be some other problems I haven't noticed yet...)

9)  Stop playing Sid Meier's Civilization II.  I just had to get re-addicted to the game that doesn't need a CD, didn't I?

10)  Do Tai Chi.  This has been on the to-do list for months, and I have completely failed to do it.

11)  Play Guitar.  Ditto.

12)  Recover from cold.

13)  Sleep.

14)  Transcribe my sociology notes (first exam a week from Monday.  Blah.).

15)  Submit stories/poetry to campus literary magazine.

16)  Figure out what classes to take this summer.

17)  Wish I could watch Smallville.

18)  Watch TOS Star Trek instead (does anyone else think that Trelaine from The Squire of Gothos was a baby Q?)

19)  Agonize over my newfound conformity (ie, I've started watching American Idol.  ::iz shamed::).

20)  Watch movies I haven't seen in ages (Hollywood Shuffle, Wrath of Khan, Casablanca...).

Yeah, so... I guess I should get on that.  Any minute now.

Let's see, what's happened since my last post...  I got cast in Inherit the Wind, which is cool.  Um... there are other things, I know there are.  But I can't remember them.
ship_go_boom: (Fred)
So I qualify for an exemption from English 102 (Composition II).  But I have to write a five-page research paper in order to get it.

Thursday afternoon, I finally came up with an idea (ie, something I actually wanted to research).  Problem is, all I have for a starting point is bugger all and a pet theory.  So I need help (please?).

My theory is that some of most noteworthy (or at least most common) discriminatory offenses (racism, sexism, etc.) in mass-market media entertainment are strongly correlated with attempts to alleviate accusations of same.  Examples:

Sometime last fall (IIRC), there was a [community profile] metafandom kerfuffle about the lack of characters of color in fanfic.  I don't remember how it started, but I remember that there were a lot of people who admitted to not writing characters of color because they were so afraid of Getting them Wrong.  I didn't pay much attention to this phenomenon at the time, but I thought of it almost immediately when I started considering the next item.

I've recently encountered a lot of (justified, but sometimes overblown) complaints about sexism in comic books, many of them centering on Robin IV.  Otherwise known as the first Girl Robin.  It makes sense that a girl would be a Robin eventually, as people have been complaining about the Batman comics' boys-only cast for years.  But this puts a girl in the sidekick role, and one must always remember the Golden Rule of Sidekicks: they exist to be abused and to provide angst for the hero.  Not a big deal when the sidekick is one of a hundred other male characters, but when it's one of the relatively few female characters?  Then it's a problem.  Disclaimer:  I admit to not having read the books where Stephanie appeared as Robin (I was quite fond of her Spoiler days, though), so I could be missing something, but this my take on the situation.  (And keep in mind she lasted more than twice as long as Jason.)

See what I'm getting at here?  Good intentions ------->  Hell.

I talked very briefly with my Sociology professor (we both had other classes to get to) about this concept, and she seemed to think it was worth looking into a bit further.  But like I said, I don't know where to start.  I've never noticed any research on this subject (or this variation of it).  I ask you, o great and powerful internet-peoples, to please give me recs.

I need citeable sources.  Books, articles, any credible source I can present to a professor.  Hell, if you are a credible source (ie, professional writer, academic who's noticed this) and wouldn't mind giving a statement/interview, that would be great, too.  Email me.  (It's probably best to go through my LJ email, so you don't accidentally get junk-filtered.)

Thank you very much! 

P.S.  If you link to this post, you will make me a very very happy bunny.  Thanks!
ship_go_boom: (Stalking)
Yay!  Finals are over !  Yahoo!  (Okay, yes, this statement may have had more effect if I made it after I finished my last exam on Wednesday, but I had important lazing to do)  I even did my celebratory textbook selling!  (Unfortunately, I can't pick up my books for next semester until the 16th.)

While taking my Sociology test, I had my third almost-encounter with an old teammate of mine from the YMCA swim team.  She's in my professor's Race & Ethnicity class, but had to take her test during the 101 time slot.  But since she showed up right before the test started and finished before I did, I didn't get the chance to say hi.  I haven't actually spoken to her in five and a half years, and we were never close enough to even bother swapping e-mail addies or phone numbers, but she was one of the ones I missed after I quit.  I'm told (by the prof) she's pretty cool as a grownup as well.  So I'm currently wondering how weird and stalkery it would be to hunt down her e-mail and write her out of the blue (to her, at least).

In other news, I will be spending my month without homework...  doing homework.  ::sigh::  I just had to decide that Given Enough Rope needed grounding in actual mythology, didn't I?  Then I had to decide that doing cruel and unusual things to the Descent of Inanna would be the way to go.  And since I'm one of those people who thinks that if she's going to modify things, she has to know how they go together in the first place...  Yeah.  Then, of course, I had to consult [profile] moss6886 on this researchy business, and she set me loose on the Mythology & Religion shelves (rarely accessed, they were previously hidden behind boxes of yet more books).  So I've now got a rather large pile of books to I want to read over break (and those are only the ones of immediate interest). Yeek.  BTW, The Courtship of Inanna and Dumuzi?  Basically porn.  In verse.  Of occasionally questionable quality.  (Lettuce?)

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Entirely Miss Reverend Lady Cerys the Herbaceous of Biggleswade by Biscuit
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ship_go_boom: (Questions?)
You know how yesterday I said that a particular yellowjacket was cute?  Well, I think that some little wasp-type thing (only a little bigger than a sweat bee, but wasp-shaped and with a stinger to match) heard abut it and got offended.  The little bastard managed to land on the inside of my pants without me noticing when I put them on, and stung me at least four times before I could get them off again.  Ouch.  At least I'm not allergic.  Yet.  Between family history and the number of times I've gotten stung, it's pretty much a given that I'll start to react someday.

On the upside, my financial aid check showed up.  ::happy dance::  There are two ways to look at it: either I have paid for my laptop and come out fifty bucks richer, or I ignore the whole computer-expense thing and pretend I have easily enough money for gas, next semester's books, and to spare.  Either way, it's very difficult to resist the urge to celebrate by way of an item of JM (to readers at the Wood: if you need to ask, you may not be geeky enough for me to tell you) audio-visual goodness.  They're (as some may know) very expensive ($30 for DVD, $20 for CD,  either $45 or $30 for the first Dresden Files audio, plus shipping and handling - eek!).  I wish I was better at resisting, but everyone is squeeing so...  Somebody stop me?


[Poll #822750]

There are a couple other things I want to ask, but I either can't put my finger on exactly what they are or they fall into the category of My Own Problem (like what the frilly heck do I do with Xander?  The bunny hasn't told me).
ship_go_boom: (Ride a Vampire)
Well, I have a crappy old computer with so little hard drive space I couldn't even run the editing software needed to make a vid, so these my never happen. Also, I'm lazy. Even if I do make any of these, they won't be available until well after Christmas (which is when we plan to give the Big Giant 7-Season Boxed Set to ourselves). But then again, I still have them at least partway, if not mostly, edited in my head, so...

Musicvids I'd Like To Make

Eternal by Faun Fables
The girls & demons of BtVS/AtS
Prefaced with this bit of dialog:
DRUSILLA: "Do you like my insides, as well as my outsides?"
SPIKE: "Eyeballs to entrails, my sweet."
Lyrics )


Slide by Dresden Dolls
Willow chronicling the events of "Becoming Pt2" through "Lessons," with the "orange old man" as a metaphor for magic.
Lyrics )



A Day Like Today by Tom McRae
Another Willow vid, this one S7, but referencing "Seeing Red" through "Grave." A message to Tara, and bit of a rail against fate/Tara's response thing going on, too.
Lyrics )


Half Jack by Dresden Dolls
This is one of my less definite mental edits, but he song gives me goosebumps and I get distinct image-to-sound associations from it. It could be a Buffy vid, episodic of "Becoming" and "Anne," a Faith vid with Buffy/Faith overtones (I don't ship them, but it seems likely that Faith had/has an unrequited crush and/or they made out on the couch at some point), or a more conceptual angst/regret/asskicking vid with Willow, Buffy, and Faith.
Lyrics )


Hello by Evanescence
This one'd be a Stargate: SG-1 vid. Daniel/Sha'uri, episodic of "Forever In A Day"
Lyrics )


Actually, I have a lot of other ideas floating around by brain. I might actually get into the vidding thing once I have the technology.

If you know of already existing vids that match these descriptions, tell me. I'd be interested to see someone else's take (also, it would save me the trouble of making them myself).

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