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Had a nice birthday. Weird that I am officially 20. For the actual day, [livejournal.com profile] splintercat organized a trip to a Japanese-style karaoke place with private booths and we spent two hours making crazy, loud, off key fools out of ourselves. It was awesome. Also received amazing joke presents from friends from home, [livejournal.com profile] wyvernrabbit and [livejournal.com profile] enjoyabel:

1) Gone With the Nerd
2) Modified standing cut-out of Edward Cullen. Mine has sparkly Wonder Woman wrist cuffs, and buttons that say "I Support Cedric Diggory" and "I Sparkle For Liz."

Point two has taken up residency in my dorm room, where he has acquired further modifications in the form of a fashionable scarf and a panda hat. He watches over me while I sleep!

Be horrified. You know I am. Although slowly he's grown on me until I can almost view him with a kind of affection.

There were some other things I wanted to talk about, but I've pretty much forgotten what they were. I've been neglecting this LJ for too long.

Oh yes, I have a Twitter now, which I promise I will never bother you LJ friends about again. However, for the interested, you now have a link.

Alright, enough of that randomness. Have a meme:

six icons meme )

Mood tiredMood tired
Music Brazil - Django Reindhart
Tags: fma, icons, idk my bff saezutte, rl, torchwood, twilight, wtf
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Thank you so much, everyone who commented on my last post. It means a lot to me. And you'll be relieved to hear that later that day I had a whole breakdown/cryfest that resolved a lot of the lingering issues, and I have been up and about for well over a week. Just in time for a CRAZY MIDTERM WEEK OF DOOM.

As proof of my gratitude, I will not complain about the midterm madness and will instead move on to lighter topics.

Things I have been doing with my time that you might actually be interested to hear about:

Merlin fandom (through Delicious) - I think I need to have Delicious taken away from me. It is a terrible and addictive timesuck and my network is far too enabling of the crazy fangirl indulgence. My Bradley James love continues to reach new heights of creepitude every day.

Anime-related bold points: Code Geass, Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, Earl and Fairy )



Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Okay, so I am watching the show for the first time? I'm kind of in the middle of season 2 right now? I'm enjoying myself, but in true Elizabeth form failing to really love it because it has been over-hyped? However, I've heard the show doesn't really get truly awesome until like, season 5 or so? And Bradley James is a huge fanboy, so I figure this is just another way I am succumbing to the insanity of my love for him.

Antique - As in the Korean movie adaptation of Antique Bakery with the general hotness factor, and in particular the gay text/subtext quotient, turned up to 11. Basically, already awesome Antique Bakery now with SMOKING HOT GAY LOVIN' with a French Jonathan Rhys Meyers look-alike. And THREE-DIMENSIONAL(!) insanely delicious-looking pastry. And insanely GORGEOUS set designs and cinematography. And INSANELY INSANE RANDOM MUSICAL INTERLUDES. I basically watched this movie with my mouth hanging open the entire time.

Also, I had another Merlin dream where I was traveling with the gang in a kind of modern world, where we all had monster companions. Like, I'm talking digimon/pokemon, Japanese fighting familiar, amalgam-ish monsters. There were stock poses and cg sparkle effects and shit. My subconscious is an amazing place.

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My life right now is a careening ball of awesome and crazy bouncing wildly between Christmas insanity, Havemercy modding, and Merlin love.

I barely sleep. It is like I went into fangirl finals right after my school finals finished.

BUT THE AWESOME AND THE INSANITY CONTINUES AND ON THAT NOTE:

Prelude: For the record and anyone who doesn't know yet, [livejournal.com profile] splintercat and I are not just co-mods of [livejournal.com profile] thremedon, we are also internet-married. We're even facebook-official. We aren't sockpuppets of each other, although occasionally [livejournal.com profile] splintercat claims to be able to influence me psychically.

So today we were up at insane hours of the night talking about, among other things, [livejournal.com profile] thremedon, internet memes and slang, and the state of our marriage. This conversation was ~*~epic~*~. I feel compelled to share these highlights:

Cut for a medium-length facebook chat. )



In other news of instanity and love, roommate [livejournal.com profile] loweryourwand made me a Morgana/Uther fanvid for Christmas! With a Muse song! They are my sekrit OTP, and this particular gift is insane and angsty and also wonderful!

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Me: *paraphrasing a line from class* Shelley wouldn't write about a bird! He's Percy goddamn Shelley! It's a fuckin' cloud of fi-ya!
[livejournal.com profile] splintercat: hahaha. fuckin' a, man.
Me: Percy Shelley, man. He's one badass poet motherfucker. Effin' skylarks.
[livejournal.com profile] splintercat: aw man, don't mess with the skylarks, man. that shelley motherfucker will fuck you up.

*dies and dies*

P.S. Guys, I am totally spoiled for choice on the icon front. I nearly used my married icon, and my bitch plz icon, but in the end, I went for the period-matching roleplay icon. You have no idea how giddy with dorky love I am today.

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The Doctor = The Crying Indian.

I don't know where this came from and it definitely isn't as funny outside of my head as it is inside of it, but still, I want this parody video.

Also, why do I have no Doctor Who icons? This is a horrible oversight on my part. Please to be recommending?

Mood on crackMood on crack
Music Handlebars - The Flobots (damn you [personal profile] splintercat)
Tags: doctor who, icons, idk my bff saezutte, mvs, tv, wtf
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So I've kind of been ignoring the Intranets in favor of being with people in RL. How strange! How new! I've reached this strange plateau where I am consistently about 70 entries behind on my flist.

Well, behind on everything except [livejournal.com profile] thremedon and [livejournal.com profile] mistful. Speaking of, NEW COVERRRR. Speaking of, LASSST CHAPTTTTEEEEEERRRRRRRS.

Some DDG fangirling and some fandom-related ranting. )



Moving on to other aspects of my geekery, I have finally seen the original Star Wars trilogy and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. My nerd cred has received a major boost!

As for other endings I've experienced lately, cut for some anime fangirling of Itazura Na Kiss and Natsume Yuujinchou, minimal spoilers for series/season finales. )

On the RL nerd front, I went to (1) Equus last Wednesday for a pre-season showing and only paid $30 because Columbia is very good to its students. I loved it. I loved it so much I didn't even pay attention to DanRad's exposed package. I also went to (2) NY Anime Fest on Saturday, which was a nice time. I got to hang out with some cool firsties and [livejournal.com profile] splintercat and her boy-thing. And then, (3) Neil Gaiman's tour stop for NY was at Columbia['s Teachers College]! I take inordinate pride in this. Yay for Columbia supporting the geeky side of book-learning! So I went and had a lovely time listening to Neil be funny and wise for two hours, and now I have a signed copy of The Graveyard Book to show for it, even if I don't know when I'll be able to read beyond the first chapter.

Which brings me to the actually real RL front, where school is sort of getting away from me. I have a paper due for Romantic Poetry on Monday, which happens to be the day of my Psych midterm, and I am not ready for either. Can I write five pages on the use of the word "minstrelsy" in Coleridge's poems? I like the idea because it allows me to explore interpretations we already touched on in class (automatically know I'm not doing it wrong!), but still, writing an entire paper on one word could present a challenge.

(Also, I really want to drop Psych? The readings are unbelievably boring, it really does nothing for my transcript, and I have discovered I have issues with being awake at 8:30 on a Monday morning, surprise surprise. However, I've already promised my friends in that class that I would do a share of the study guide, so I am forced to stay on until the midterm, which is the day before the drop deadline? Dilemma...)

Also, one of my friends--previously referred to on this journal as Paypay--is in the Sign Language Club and has been teaching me things. Today, I learned how to sign "L-U-K-E, I (AM) YOUR FATHER" and "NOOOOOOOO." Also, "What's up, zebra?" is our new unofficial catchsign. You heard it here first.

And thus, this tl;dr post to break all tl;dr posts has come full circle at 6 o'clock in the morning. It is time for me to put this and myself to bed.

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THE POST BELOW IS THE REASON PEOPLE TELL YOU NOT TO GIVE YOUR PASSWORDS TO FRIENDS EVEN WHEN YOU ARE SORT OF INTERNET MARRIED TO THEM.

THE LIE IS PROVEN BY [livejournal.com profile] splintercat SAYING AS ME THAT MY BRAIDS ARE A TRIBUTE TO A JEDI PADAWAN WHEN IT IS A WIDELY KNOWN FACT THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN A SINGLE STAR WARS MOVIE EVER IN MY LIFE, AND THUS WOULD NOT BE WILLING OR ABLE TO MAKE THAT CONNECTION.

Anyway, yes, I am back at Barnard and instead of living in [livejournal.com profile] splintercat's LJ!pocket, I have taken up semi-permanent residence in her suite.

My roommate is awesome awesome [livejournal.com profile] loweryourwand and our room is awesome awesome high ceilings and access to the fire escape. However, our suite is not awesome awesome--it is in point of fact kind of sketchy--and the only suitemate I have really become acquainted with is sort of made of epic fail in the communal living department. Follow along the story as it develops!

Now, to sleep!

Mood accomplishedMood accomplished
Music Grease Is The Word - Grease
Tags: barnard, barnard is the school of fandom, idk my bff saezutte, rl, wtf
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HELLO EVERYONE.

I BROUGHT [livejournal.com profile] splintercat SOME AMAZING GIFTS (I.E. MATCHING L AND RAITO BOOKMARKS!) FROM OTAKON LIKE 4 HOURS AGO AND I ENDED UP JUST NEVER LEAVING HER SUITE. BECAUSE SHE (AND HER SUITEMATE PAY-PAY!) ARE JUST THAT CHARMING AND ADORABLE.

NOW WE ARE WATCHING LOTR WITH CAST COMMENTARY HAHAHA. AND NOW I'M SAYING HORRIBLE THINGS ABOUT LOTR DOUJINSHI TO POOR [livejournal.com profile] splintercat WHO IS CRYING FOR HER CHILDHOOD HERE, OMG LOTR SHOULD NOT HAVE DOUJINSHI JAPAN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED NEAR LOTR.

OMG LOOK AT HOW CUTE MY MOOD THEME IS! HAHA, LOOK AT THIS ICON TOO, I'VE NEVER SEEN HERMYSELF USE THIS ONE.

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For a couple of days now, [livejournal.com profile] splintercat and I have been in an epic discussion about the State of the US Anime Sub-Culture over at her journal. It's sort of devolved into talk about various anime, now, but the epic continues. In the midst of this, [livejournal.com profile] splintercat brought up the annoying-as-hell prevalence of rabid FMA fans (debate: FMA, best or best ever?), to which I replied jokingly, implying that I was one (which, sort of, yes) and revealed my love of the Ed/Al. I'm sorry, I'm sick.

But anyway, we were talking about FMA, so last night I popped in my copy of The Conquerer of Shamballa and had a little extended fangasm. I should probably qualify, THIS MOVIE ISN'T GOOD... UNLESS YOU LOVE AL. And I happen to love Al with the fire of a thousand suns. THIS MOVIE HAS NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE VERSIONS OF AL (Armor!Al playing for the cute, German!Al playing for the hot, and re-bodied!Al, playing for the GREATEST WOOBIE IN THE UNIVERSE, I GIVE MY HEART TO YOU A THOUSAND TIMES).

And it will always hold a special place in my heart because I saw its premier at Otakon06 and no movie experience is more endearing than screaming along with thousands of other totally rabid fans at all the good bits. Had same experience with the Gravitation OAV at Otakon05. Although I might argue the Gravi OAV is better than the actual show. Sort of apples and oranges though.

The FMA movie also has one of my favorite Laraku songs ever, Link.

So I spent all of today doing last minute shopping for college supplies and playing Laraku songs in the car at top volume. My mother really should be canonized.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge is currently releasing a new fic about blue!doctor/new!doctor/hand!doctor adjusting to life, post Journey's End. It is appropriately titled, In Another Life. Jack's just appeared in the new chapter and I've sort of gone insane with glee. Basically, it is the best thing ever, and everyone in the fandom should be reading it. Do I even need to tell people? It should just be a given that if [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge writes it, it will be awesome.

Music Lost Heaven - L'arc-en-Ciel
Tags: anime, doctor who, fma, gravitation, idk my bff saezutte
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After I finished my final today, [livejournal.com profile] splintercat and I got together to finish watching Oofuri. God, that show is so adorable. Adorably gay. But mostly adorable.

Also, last night was Midnight Breakfast, a traditional thing at Barnard that happens the night before finals officially start. There's always a theme, and this semester is was Disney!~~<3

So basically 50% of Barnard was moving through the gymnasium as the speakers blasted a motley collection of Disney tunes. I spent the night stealing stuff from the centerpieces, so now I have stickers, stand up paper dolls of Cinderella, Aurora, and Jasmine, and a very pink--as well as rather large--castle. Good night.

Because of that, and because [livejournal.com profile] splintercat told me I should, I'm posting one of my favorite MV tributes ever.

Disney girls cast as the ensemble of Moulin Rouge's Lady Marmalade, plus bonus Oofuri AMV )

Mood tiredMood tired
Music Case of the Ex - Mya
Tags: anime, barnard, barnard is the school of fandom, disney, idk my bff saezutte, oofuri
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