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Subject title in dedication to my two four-times-over loves right now, the Glee pilot and Star Trek. I've tried to write posts about them, but they've all come out garbled. I've seen them both four times in the space of a month! I love them lots! I follow twitters about them! I've allowed my brain to be infected by the virus known as [livejournal.com profile] ontd_startrek! Beyond that, my ability to express myself about them falls into incoherency and violent affection!

I don't know why I failed to post for so long, when I had plenty of stuff to talk about. Mostly I think it's because I feel guilty that I haven't been reading my flist. I love you all, so I feel bad when I don't check up on you regularly. :(

I sort of have a job lined up, if the paperwork ever goes through. I spent Memorial Day weekend in Atlantic City with [personal profile] saezutte and my future suitemates and we had lots of fun and one very heated game of Monopoly which I lost miserably. I am a sore loser, but also I was menstrual. It was a recipe for disaster.

I also saw Up. Such a cute, lovely movie. The love for Pixar in my household runs deep and true, so I'm going to see it again with the parents tomorrow and watch my mother freak out with love and my father get teary eyed, because I predict that is what they will do. I predict I will be the embarrassed, but entertained one in the middle.

What has finally driven me to fire up to ol' "Post an Entry" page is that I finished The Demon's Lexicon about 20 minutes ago and I wanted to tell any skeptics on my flist to give it a shot, because it is very, very good.

Short review, no spoilers. )



On to The Demon's Covenant! I am pleased to say I look forward to it with high hopes and no reservations!

*Though she didn't use it in quite the same context, I did steal this joke subject from [livejournal.com profile] sparkly_stuff, who, incidentally, did a hilarious "I'm on a Boat" rewrite for Star Trek over here.

Mood restlessMood restless
Music Love You Madly - Cake
Tags: books, demon's lexicon, games, glee, rl, star trek, tv
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Posting from the blackberry again. The internet goes out at precisely 8:15 every night. I don't know what that is about, but it annoys me greatly. Here are some updates from my life.

I got a summer job. It is my very first job ever. No, I am not joking. It is a silly boardwalk job common to those under twenty who live on the Jersey Shore, but it is a JOB. I got my first paycheck. I already miss lazing about profoundly.

Otherwise my summer has been very much the same as my previous summers. Here is what I have done so far:

I tore through Pamela Aidan's Darcy series. It was thoroughly enjoyable, though there were some points in the second book where I was thrown out of canon. However, the third book more than made up for the second's shortcomings.

Actually, it amazes me how easily I default into Regency lit. When did this become the norm for me? Actually, I'm pretty positive it was Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell that started me down this dark path. Damn that life altering book! What am I supposed to do with a Regency fixation?

I also rewatched all of Lovely Complex. That show makes me sad now. The first 12 episodes or so are soooo good, and then it just starts to taper off, slowly but surely. It is still an awesome show, don't get me wrong. At its worst it is still a damn good show. I just wish it could have taken the post-get-together part at a slower pace. :/

I also rewatched and read all of Cardcaptor Sakura. I cannot believe how good that series is. I was kind of worried that the show wouldn't hold up as well now that I'm older, but it was surprisingly engaging. Although I do not appreciate the fact that it is now pervy for me to be head-over-heels in love with Li Syaoran. ESPECIALLY ANIME!SYAORAN. THE SLOW REVEAL OF HIS GENTLEMANLY CHARACTER--GOD. A 10 YEAR-OLD HAS RUINED ME FOR OTHER MEN. I FIND THAT UNFAIR.

In a similar effort to recapture my childhood, I dug out my old copy of Lego Racers the other night, which was also a surprisingly engaging trip down memory lane. I was proud of how many shortcuts I remembered, although I am embarrassed to say it took me more than a day to beat it. Mind, I spent a lot of that time futzing around with the player builder. What can I say? I am easily amused.

Also, I started downloading Nodame Cantabile today before the Internet split for the evening. THIS SHOW IS AWESOME. NEED MOAR! NAO, DAMNIT. I HATE THIS INTERNET. D:!

In other news, it looks like I am in a bind for Otakon yet again, only this time I do not even have a hotel room to my name. I do not like how this looks like I will be gathering yet more experience with con-ing solo.

My life. Let me show you it. :/

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I've been playing a lot of tetris lately, and God's truth, it's gotten to the point where I see tetris scenarios every time I blink. And you know, I keep thinking that this is what it must be like to be a Go pro. To have tsumego, life and death problems, burned into the backs of your eyelids. It's insane! They go through their whole lives like this! I need to write fic!

Also, I'm finally reading Havemercy, and so far it is amazing. Haven't quite decided on a favorite character--the cast listing is atrociously long--but I've already got a ship, which satisfies me in my fangirlish heart.

Also the second, I've finished my paper on "leaving behind heteronormativity in Conrad's Heart of Darkness," which I've taken to affectionately calling "that piece of shit paper where I diss my own sex and shamelessly display my love for gay men." But I got an A on the first draft, so hopefully that will carry over. One more paper left, due over reading week, about nostalgia in émigrés for my European complit class and then I have three finals in two days and then I am OUT of this godforsaken place that I will miss horribly within an hour of arriving home for the summer. I hate that I already know how that will go.

Mood weirdMood weird
Music One (Blake's Got A New Face) - Vampire Weekend
Tags: books, games, havemercy, hikago, school
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1) New default icon! Everybody should read Kimi ni Todoke (Reaching You). It's only on the third chapter or so, but it is lovely and hilarious. Sort of a mix of PGE/Wallflower's premise and Fruits Basket's good-heartedness.

2) It has come to pass that basically everyone I talk to about NYCC ends up deciding to go. Something about the call of the awesome. I am merely a messenger!

3) My birthday was sort of weird this year, mostly because I've been kind of down and nothing really spectacular happened to get me out of it. I will say that marathoning a bit of Oofuri with [livejournal.com profile] splintercat was awesome, because that is just how Oofuri and marathons are. My Domo wall calendar has Domo playing baseball for April, and I find this fitting and appropriate.

4) I played Katamari Damacy! I suck less than Akira Touya, but more than just about everyone in the real world! (This is kind of how video games and me are. I have trouble spatially coordinating myself in my own body with my own eyes. Asking me to spatially coordinate myself with little joysticks is perhaps too much to ask.) Someday I will get someone to play Kingdom Hearts I and II and the Phoenix Wright games for me, but I fear I have a long time to wait still.

5) Insert gratuitous and rather cryptic mention of Cthulhu here that really boils down to "Okay, I am totally obsessed with CUSFS."

6) My academic life still sucks. Every single class I'm taking this semester is leaving me dissatisfied for one reason or another, and yet I am still busting my butt to make B+ averages. This is new and rather unpleasant for me. :/

7) I am sort of in a yaoi/sho-ai phase right now and I think those who share this interest should run and not walk to Yamada Yugi's Darenimo Aisarenai and other works because they seriously make me incoherent with love. There's another one I know I meant to rec, but a lot of time has passed between that thought and this entry.

8) Damn you Diana! Just so everyone knows, The Big Bang Theory is awesome.

ETA: Why I shouldn't make journal entries on little sleep in the wee hours of the morning: vague descriptors ahoy! ('Kind of's and 'sort of's in this entry: 5, as well as 'basically,' 'rather,' 'something,' 'or so,' and 'for one reason or another.')

Mood awakeMood awake
Music History of Everything - Barenaked Ladies
Tags: anime, barnard, barnard is the school of fandom, games, holiday, idk my bff saezutte, kimi ni todoke, manga, nycc, oofuri, school, tv, yaoi
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Actually, I really love this movie meme. I avoided doing it because I think/fear/feel that no one will respond, but ah well. Some of these are inexcusable, but I am unrepentant.

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING / using IMDb search functions. Totally cheating, you dirty cheaters.

1. Anyone who isn't dead or from another plane of existence would do well to cover their ears right about now. )



ETA: 11/15 guessed.

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Right, so. Last Friday, I GOT A HAIRCUT. Like, a real, five-inches-off haircut! MY FIRST HAIRCUT. Unfortunately, it was without my consent, so uh, the shock was so great that I got sick immediately after.

A weirdly long ramble about the event and the resulting cold... )



I started feeling better just in time to do one last movie with my friends yesterday. We saw 27 Dresses which was, overall, about as good as we thought it would be. The plot was as surprisingly mediocre (even for a romcom, it was predictable and lazy) as the performances of the leads were surprisingly strong. I never really appreciated James Marsden. I thought he was a pretty kind of okay. THIS MOVIE CHANGED MY MIND SO HARD AND FAST, I AM TEMPTED TO MAKE TEN DOLLAR WHORE JOKES, HAHAHA. God. "Bennie and the Jets" will never be the same for me again. 27 Dresses had its moments, and those moments are enough to make me want to see it again, but I am the kind of girl to which these romcoms pander. See at your own discretion.

And then today I moved back into the dorms. Hello again, NYC. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to take advantage of the city more, so let's see how that goes!

Uh, and I'm starving. Going to go make a sandwich now. Extra-crunchy peanut butter, how I've missed you!

Mood agitatedMood agitated
Music Make Your Own Kind of Music - The Mamas & The Papas
Tags: games, haircut, manga, movies, music, no accounting for taste, nyc, rl, sick
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Jaida discussion topic has made me think about an old dream of mine from back in my puzzle-nerd days.

It's always wanted to use the Disney princesses to make one of those tic-tac-toe games where you have a 3x3 board of pictures and in each of the rows, columns and diagonals, the pictures have something in common. Except to make it the even nine you need to wait for the black princess or include Kiara (I like Kiara, so let's go with her). But it would go something like this:

"Mulan, Pocahontas, and Jasmine are ethnic minorities." "Snow White, Ariel, and Aurora are (human) princesses by birth." "Cinderella, Aurora, and Ariel have some trouble with their clothing at some point." "Jasmine, Ariel, and Kiara have overprotective parents." "Jasmine, Kiara, and Cinderella have (class-based) controversial relationships." "Pocahontas, Ariel, and Belle have (genetically) controversial relationships." "Snow White, Pocahontas, and Aurora must face the concept of death." "Snow White, Aurora, Jasmine all need rescuing by their princes." In contrast, "Mulan, Arial, and Pocahontas all (physically) rescue their princes." "True love plays an magical role in the stories of Aurora, Belle, and Snow White."

This game would be awesome. I could argue the specifics all day. In fact, I request to be argued with (please to not be paying attention to the mechanics of this sentence), as I think I messed up at least one of those generalizations.

(I am hiding from college right now, though I think the regressive topic should make that obvious.)

Mood busyMood busy
Music Funny Girl
Tags: disney, games
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