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Just watched the SGA episode called "Sunday."



I don't think I will ever recover.
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What gift says, "thanks for driving another hour to-and-back from the airport for me after you already had to do it in the asscrack of dawn for your boyfriend earlier"? I make killer bread....or a pumpkin pie? Or whiskey?
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Yay! Done with the latest batch of grading!


My roommates this year are awesome enough that we can actually host events here in chez nous. We did for Halloween and last night we did a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner (the kind without the family). It went brilliantly despite the fact that none of know anything at all about turkeys, roasting, or carving.

Photos under the cut.... )

And there are so many films I am excited about coming out in the next few months.

Further proof that I am best suited to be a film reviewer, not an English grad student, under the cut... )

In other news: after fixing the toilet for the umpteenth time, I have decided I have a future in plumbing if this whole English professor deal falls through.
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Yeeeeeah, I should be grading.... but this is awesome.

1. Think of up to 10 ships you support.
2. List them using descriptions of the characters involved rather than their names.
3. Have your f-list guess as many of the ships as they can.
4. Fandom hints will be given if asked in the comments.


A. angry little man + gun crazed Danny/Steve, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] penguinparity

B. rich genius asshole + the best and the brightest Tony/Steve, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dancinbutterfly

C. same job, same problems, VERY different style Ryan/Esposito, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] penguinparity

D. two different routes to knowing everything [one in paisley, one in only-the-best suit that money can buy] Arthur/Eames, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] elanie99

E. genius asshole + beleaguered roommate Sherlock/John, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ilovetakahana

F. womanizer with a secret heart-of-gold + the best wingman EVER (not to be confused with those who don't wear suits) Barney/Robin, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dancinbutterfly

G. the epic bromance (fistbump) Gus/Shawn, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] penguinparity

H. flyboy + the guy who raises his eyebrow at the flyboy Kirk/Spock, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] jenna_marianne and [livejournal.com profile] guatre_k within seconds of each other. I am impressed.

I. the legs + the nose + the guy who is cool, he swears he is Amy/Rory/Eleven, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] dancinbutterfly

J. Has a secret + lost a huge portion of his life to a lie Remus/Sirius, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] elanie99
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In order to get back into the swing of things--mostly prompted by the fact that I am slamming head-first into a fandom that has long since gone dormant (which is ironic because the show I'm talking about is Stargate: Atlantis, which is all about resuscitating a long-dormant city)--I am doing holiday prompt!drabbles again. I can't promise how many or how fast I go, as always, but I'm looking forward to it.

So. Leave a prompt in your comment (or leave more?) and I'll write you a drabble fic.

I know I always forget who belongs to which fandoms, so here's a brief list of fandoms to choose from....a couple of them are new:

Discworld, Iron Man, X-Men, Star Trek (any iteration), Farscape, Stargate Atlantis, The West Wing, Sports Night, Hawaii Five-0, Slings & Arrows, Once Upon A Time, Pan Am, Firefly, Sherlock Holmes (any denomination), M*A*S*H*, Doctor Who, Newsradio, Glee, Flight of the Conchords, Supernatural, Merlin, Life on Mars (UK ONLY), Castle, Fringe, Burn Notice, Psych, Lie to Me, Black Books, The IT Crowd, The Office (either UK or American), 30 Rock, Boy Meets World, Dollhouse, Buffy, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Daily Show, White Collar, Hustle, The Big Bang Theory, Being Human, Torchwood, Gavin and Stacey, X-Files, The Thick of It, How I Met Your Mother, The West Wing, Poirot, Miss Marple, Xena, SO MANY MORE BUT I CAN'T THINK OF THEM ALL RIGHT NOW.

If you want to prompt something holiday-themed in one of the fics I've already written, feel free. I also LOVE AUs, so feel free to prompt those too.
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So: confession. I have had a beef with the Stargate franchise for ages. You're not going to understand the logic, frankly, because there is little-to-no logic involved, it was all based on feelings. But, to make a long story short, I sort of blamed them for the end of Farscape. And, yes, I have also always been aware that they subsequently gave Claudia Black and Ben Browder jobs and I usually let bygones-be-bygones when shows I have grudges against give my favorite actors roles. Somehow, my grudge against Stargate persisted.

But I always knew, like, in the back of my mind/heart, that I was gonna love Stargate: Atlantis. That's probably a goodly portion of why my grudge lasted so interminably. And then it turned up on Netflix instant and I was like, "Just watch it, B. You probably were wrong about how you were going to love it instantly and passionately. You'll probably be able to have an even stronger grudge after."

That was not the case. I started, like, two nights ago. I'm already well into Season 2. I have work to do, you know. It's like the revenge of the franchise, this whole absorbing-my-whole-life-and-leaving-no-time-for-real-life-BS stuff. I already said I was sorry, franchise. Can't we just let bygones be bygones?

But, yes. My life is full of Atlantis right now.

I have a question, though. I am pretty perplexed by the Ronan Dex--why didn't the Wraith eat him? I have tried googling this (my Google history was already a shitshow of crazypants, not the least of which is the frantic question "How yu stop flambe??" from that minor emergency in the kitchen a couple of months ago) and have come up with contradictory answers. Can anybody help me out here?
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So many people are lovely on the internet, you know what I mean? I ask for Captain America recs, and I get recs.

I'm going to old school it (the lack of Delicious makes me sad!face) and just keep my recs here on lj.

Onwards, my fellow Midgardian! )
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I feel pretty good about the fact that my renewed obsession interest in the Marvel movie franchises has led to two things today: (1) me buying an adorbs Captain America tokidoki shirt and (2) me nonchalantly watching Iron Man (king of films) while one of my roommates passed back and forth from the laundry room, moving from scoffing to unable to sleep till she had seen the end. Winning? Hells to the yeah.

Meme in Threes (mostly )
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I'm applying for funding today. It always makes me feel a bit like a beggar and then the phrase "cap in hand" starts to roll around in my head until I get the whole Proclaimers song stuck in there.

Also, my roommate and I were Interview With A Vampire for Halloween:

Just thought I'd share that with you. :)

TV thoughts

Nov. 4th, 2011 04:15 pm
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Here's my thoughts on TV....

Downton Abbey, Once Upon A Time, and Grimm spoiler warning )

Also.


I totally missed this movie while it was out in theaters. I will make up for it by watching it THOUSANDS OF TIMES now.
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So I've been away for ages. I didn't mean to be but I keep getting these bouts of Maturity and Focus On ActualFact Work and absurd things like that.

And then I watched Captain America for the first time.

So, yeah....long story short: I have spent all day squeeing, falling out of my chair giggling, and reading fanfic. Not in that order.

If there's anyone (a) still reading this journal and (b) also invested in the promise of Steve/Tony that only fandom (let's be semi-honest with ourselves here) can provide--can I has recs pls? I will totally make this worth your while. How about this--if you give me a rec, I'll write you a drabble? (Yes, folks, she is that desperate.) Any drabble.

Also, I'm thinking I might do a yuletide drabble thing again. I'm a bit rusty on the fic-skillz and will obviously be needing them in the near future, what with another Sherlock Holmes, Avengers, and This Means War looming in the near-to-distant-not-near-enough-dammit future. What thinkst thou, fair interwebs?
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So I have this long-term fantasy about teaching. I imagine that one day---one beautiful, shining day--there's a student who, when unsatisfied with the grade given them, decides to come up with a logical argument for why they deserve the higher grade rather than just tell me how much they want to get a better grade. Everybody wants a better grade, fella. That's why they're better. Prove to me that you've absorbed my argumentation skills enough to warrant a grade change and I'll change the freaking grade. But no one gets better stuff just by wishing.

Basically, my dream is to have Cher as a student:

I'm not even joking, which is the sad part. I would completely dig having her in my classroom.

Also: I tend to post the more ridiculous quotes from students on facebook. And a girl I knew in college actually had the stones to comment that (and this is a direct quote), "my students' feelings might get hurt." (a) Every teacher knows you keep your privacy settings on par with the Pentagon, yeah? (b) I never say a name and (c) I am contractually obligated to read drivel. I am not contractually obligated to be tortured silently. The best teachers I have ever known are the ones with a sense of humor and the ability to blow off steam elsewhere. No one could read this much drek in a row without doing something vent-y and this is mine. It hurts no one and it helps me enormously.

So. That's my rage.



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So I had misgivings.






I no longer have misgivings.
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So I have these new roommates who make my life full of butterflies and rainbows all the time (it's very distracting...and awesome) and we were having wine on our mini-porch--it's wooden and we can all fit if we scrunch--when New Roomie #1 asks what's the big deal about Firefly.

I haven't had the new roomies so long and usually I keep the geekier geekiness under wraps for at least the first month of a new friendship. But, hey. We already watched all of The Matrix movies together (made better by the company) and were contemplating starting a Lord of the Rings marathon. So. I opened my mouth to give my explanation when New Roomie #2 (and perpetual Peter Pan, so much so that we call him "Boy") starts in with his instead.

It included zooooom noises and running around the driveway.

Conclusion: New roomies are magicsauce.

Also: I watched Panam. I have a strange urge to watch it regularly all season long. It's about planes. And going places. And featured a riDICulous segment about the Bay of Pigs. I think it's hilarious that it thinks it's empowering those women, though. Hot≠new Darwinianin evolution of women. Sorry.

Alsoalso: The New Girl. I see pearls of awesome in that hotmess, I swear I do. Give it some time to smooth out the kinks and it could evolve into a great sitcom. Don't we all agree that's what happened to How I Met Your Mother? First season was nowhere near as clever and awesome as it would later turn out to be. It looked like a Friends knockoff at first. I'm just sayin.

I have a meeting with my advisor in....two hours....about how she expects me to go from no dissertation to a whole chapter by the end of this term. Yeah. I'm freaking out in my head a lot:
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Am I the only one who feels like Moffat has absolutely no respect for his audience's intelligence with this season's arc? Let me break it down for you under a cut.

Break it down for the children. )

To illustrate my point, watch this fan video.

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So I have been swallowed whole by Dan Simmons's novel Drood this past weekend. I thought it would be a nice, easy read to return to during my (many) bouts of insomnia. Ha ha, I laugh at my naivete. That book is fricking addictive.

So I started downloading episode one of The Hour before Drood and then, now that I've finished aforementioned potboiler, I found it downloaded. I had no idea what it was, all non-Drood thoughts having been blasted hence by sheer awesome, so I was like, "Huh, what is this, maybe I should just put it on and knit this sock for a bit."

And let me tell you, I forgot about the sock within like a minute. Romola Garai. Ben Whishaw. Dominic West. Hell, there was even a History Boy alum in there. This cast is like....

No, really, LOOK AT THIS CAST. )

I kid you not. Also...set in 1956. In London. In a newsroom.

See, my problem with Mad Men has always been the payoff. I mean, yes, that show does stuff aesthetically that makes me weak at the knees. There's no denying that. But what is it for, at the end of the day? Is it just a puff of smoke, just a beautiful garnish? So far--and I'm only one episode in so I will cry if it proves otherwise--The Hour has just as much of the aesthetic and the poise but it's also got something under it, something that means more than the simply accurate recreation of a historical moment.

But, to be honest, I love everything about journalism. My grandfather was a journalist (and covered a Hitler rally in Germany before he fought in the war itself). I just believe in it, you know, in a way I don't believe in many things. And so does this show. So I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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Finished the first draft of the prospectus last night, came down with a cold this morning. BOOOOO, sinuses, I say BOOOOO.

Apparently, there was an earthquake while I was asleep.
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I haven't written fic in months because I have been writing like mad for my actual professional, someone-pays-me-to-do-this-oh-shit-I'd-better-do-this life. (Well, that and vacation. That was awesome.) But I have been around. I will probably be writing soon though because of this:

Did you guys hear about the BLASPHEMEME
(SLASH) COMMENT FICATHON
? I don't understand the premise so much...but do you need to? Do you need to know more than this: prompts are biblical passages and a slash (or femmeslash) pairing. And [livejournal.com profile] screamlet just left a Boy Meets World prompt. I kid you not.

But I have to get a draft in to my adviser by tonight. So someone else go fill! Shoo!
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I was thinking about The Oatmeal's tumblebeasts the other day and it occurred to me that there ought really to be a procrastination beast as well, don't you think? I mean, there's Hyperbole and a Half's Why I'll Never Be An Adult, which (let's be honest for a moment) has warmed my heart during dark times that try the soul, but there's no specific mascot to flock to during bouts of procrastination. I feel we need a mascot. Someone should get on that.

I did actually get some work done yesterday. Like, totally real work. Not the justify-the-hours-spent-flipping-through-various-books kind of work. And not the I-cleaned-all-the-things kind of work either. Like, actual typing in an actual document. And some actual progress made on making sense of the jumble of things I feel need to be crammed into my dissertation. So....*self fist-bump*

AND I e-mailed and called lots of people---I am naturally a hermit so these sorts of things take a lot of windup for me---and am now (a) signed up to audit a history course in the Japanese department to shore up some of the gaps in my credibility, (b) back in contact with my adviser, (c) closer than ever to having a cognate person for my committee, and (d) scheduled for a physical on Thursday. (That last one was especially hard because I find phones abnormally, absurdly difficult. The other tasks could be done via e-mail, which I much prefer.)

On the other hand, my old AOL e-mail address is sending horrible spam to everyone I ever knew. So that sucks. -_-;;
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I have had a tumultuous week. That sort of week makes me make lists:

1. My laptop died. This is always a tragic occurrence but
2. it is made even worse when you are in the crunch time before your prospectus is due.
3. Which makes me twitchy with nerves.
4. Especially when I couldn't actually work on it till the new laptop arrived.
5. So I took up multiple short-lived and intense hobbies.
6. Like making cheese. And jam. And yogurt. And knishes.
7. Until the new laptop finally arrived and I could get back to panicking about the prospectus.
8. Which is a giant mess.
9. And Borders is closing. Which is tragic because I live in the town where the first Borders was from.
10. But it's awesome because they're having tremendous sales.
11. But it's awful. A true tragedy for the romance of buying and browsing books.
12. But I got a super cheap DVD of Anne of Green Gables.
13. And Fern Gully.
14. But it's suuuuper sad.
15. And the prospectus. Ohgodohgodohgod the prospectus.
16. So I got my hair dyed blonde.
17. And now I'm watching allll of Anne of Green Gables as a blonde.
18. It's mostly the same, it seems, for blondes as brunettes.
19. Ohgodohgodohgod prospectus.



The end.

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