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Apr. 6th, 2009

Poetry Month -

Spring is gonna kill me. I have terrible ADD right now and I'm all sleep depped from the cat being nuts. I think redecorating the apartment is making the poor thing nervous, but he doesn't have to keep trying to wake me up at four AM!

So, a poem for the cat.

The Kitten and The Falling Leaves
by William Wordsworth

See the kitten on the wall, sporting with the leaves that fall,
Withered leaves—one—two—and three, from the lofty elder-tree!
Through the calm and frosty air, of this morning bright and fair . . .
—But the kitten, how she starts; Crouches, stretches, paws, and darts!

First at one, and then its fellow, just as light and just as yellow;
There are many now—now one—now they stop and there are none;
What intenseness of desire, in her upward eye of fire!

With a tiger-leap half way, now she meets the coming prey,
Lets it go as fast, and then, has it in her power again:
Now she works with three or four, like an Indian Conjuror;
Quick as he in feats of art, far beyond in joy of heart.

Apr. 5th, 2009

Poetry Month - Fog

Fog
by Carl Sandburg

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Apr. 4th, 2009

I am currently cooking a delicious lasagna. (It's Stouffers.. I just got done cleaning the kitchen back up.) And I have cupcakes and/or ice cream for dessert and I might be able to get a spot on tonight's 25-man Naxx. A Sapph kill will get me a happy achievement and some more emblems, which I can hopefully use to eventually get my T7.5 shoulders since I desperately need a shoulder and/or bracer upgrade.

Been cleaning pretty much all day. All the tile floors have been swiffered into submission, the kitchen counters have been cleaned up and dishes done. I took apart the AeroGarden since I had a good think about it. It was producing a ton of herbs, and I don't really have the cooking habits to use such huge quantities of herbs as the garden likes to produce. I'm contemplating ordering the edible flower garden to have something pretty over the warm months, or I might just let it sit for a while. Either way, when it gets cold again I'll be growing the cherry tomatoes I got with the garden, since I love tomatoes and they're both expensive and tasteless during winter.

I'm nearly on break, and I'm planning on using the time to redecorate and re-organize things. I've already made some nice inroads on the bathroom and bedroom (new linens for the bed, replaced a couple pillows... replaced the shower rug and got myself a new shower curtain and some towels to match it) but I have a couple touches I want to make on both rooms. I also desperately need to finally get the two large closets organized and finish with the epic task of going through all my crap and tossing the stuff that has just been cluttering up the apartment so I can finally completely unpack. I have boxes that have been sitting in the storage locker that I haven't touched since the day all my crap and me got shipped into my place, and that was years ago. I suspect that's where a bunch of books and my collection of stuffed dragons went, so yeah.. wanna go through it.

I have to finish with the bathroom tomorrow (the tub/shower area needs some major scrubbing) and vacuum the carpet, pay bills, and figure out a grocery list so I can get that done. Girl's going to be up later on to help with the sorting and organizing part, and Mom wants to go see IKEA so we'll try a trip together on Friday. (By then I'll have an idea of what I want from there aside from some new lamps.)

The Girl and I are both pre-registered for Otakon 2009 and booked at the hotel. There weren't any con block rooms left, but The Girl is a AAA member and she was able to score a nice room for our needs for a buck less than the con rate.. and we might even be scoring free breakfast at least on Friday morning, which will rock. We're going to do a couple improvements and do Phoenix and Godot again.

Looking forward to break. It'll be a nice change from the same old.

Apr. 2nd, 2009

Poetry Month - Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

I've always loved Shel Silverstein's poetry. Even when I didn't like poetry in general much I always liked him, and this is one of my favorites of his.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to find my tape measure. It has something to do with Sweden. :D

Apr. 1st, 2009

April is National Poetry Month - American Poetry

Since April is poetry month and I am a lit geek, I'm stealing a meme from [info]sams_cafe and posting poetry. Probably not every day just because my life is generally insane, but when I get the chance.

I found this one tucked away in a poetry textbook from college, and ever since I re-discovered it I've been looking for an excuse to post it.

American Poetry
by Louis Simpson

Whatever it is, it must have
A stomach that can digest
Rubber, coal, uranium, moons, poems.

Like the shark, it contains a shoe.
It must swim for miles through the desert
Uttering cries that are almost human.

Mar. 31st, 2009

Found a fun little time-waster on YouTube thanks to Bad Astronomy-- it's a BBC show called End:Day and it's in six parts. It's your basic apocalyptic end-of-the-world scenario show, featuring tsunamis, meteors, killer viruses, the Yellowstone supervolcano going off, that sort of thing. The story is bound together by this particle physicist trying to get to an accelerator so he can work on this controversial experiment, and the last scenario in the program is the silly fear about accelerators producing black holes or strangelets or whatever that will swallow the Earth. While all the other scenarios end with this whole "It's just a matter of time!" one, the physicist they have for the last one is like "yeah guys, totally impossible."

Fun little time-waster, as I said, though the CGI will probably make you lol.

End:Day pt 1
End:Day pt 2
End:Day pt 3
End:Day pt 4
End:Day pt 5
End:Day pt 6
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One of the things I think I'm regretting about getting older is that my life seems so much more boring. Not that I'm complaining much since it also means my life is significantly less full of stupid drama than it was before.

When I was younger I made a vow not to end up like my Aunt, for whom 95% of a typical conversation involves describing what she ate. I'm kind of weirded out now, though, since I got into food and cooking and I find that it's starting to be a much bigger topic of interest for me than I'd previously anticipated. I'm not near 95% levels yet, but it's definitely creeping up on 50% and since I'm not even thirty yet this is a little worrying.

Work has been workish and varied. Kids have the spring crazies, made worse by the long month with nasty weather and no break and the promise of a break coming up. Break ought to settle them down, but daaaaaaaag Friday can't come quickly enough in some cases.

I need to try on my Phoenix Wright costume since The Girl and I are thinking we're going to do Otakon after all, since the beach is out. I'm contemplating starting over from scratch on the wig, and I'll need to get the correct hairpins and probably a new cap since I have no clue where the old one went in the two years or so since I've worn the costume last. We're either going to commute (it's not that terribly far, just inconvenient) or going to stay with The Girl's BFF Esor, since he gets a room at the Marriott every year and that's right near the convention center. (And near the California Tortilla, which has yummy noms. Much better than the Burger King was in terms of speed and space available and quality of your noms.) Not going in for hotel on our own since it's too spensive for just two and most of the other friends we have are facing other issues. (EK I know is getting married in October, and probably needs all her cashes for that.)

It'll be fun playing with the new camera at Otakon, I think. XD If I give it over to The Girl for chasing people, I'll put it into easy mode.

All right, I guess my life isn't that boring yet.

I do kinda miss having enough free time to write fanfic, though.

Mar. 29th, 2009

weekend!

Friday:

Steak dinner was had, and cupcakes were made. Attempt #2 turned out swimmingly awesome. Despite our best efforts there are plenty left for me to eat during this week. And I can always get more! :D Twilight wasn't in the redbox, so we had to postpone that plan.


Saturday:

DC was awesome. I played with the macro settings on the camera a bit but there weren't that many good pictures to be had this time. I think it's 'cause planes are kinda neat to look at but I'm just not that into them. We also spent a bit of time in the Hirshhorn Museum next door to the Air and Space Museum. Saw the Louise Bourgeois exhibition. It freaked The Girl out good, since she's weirded out by modern art in general.

We had dinner at Maggiano's and The Girl made noises about wanting to snatched the waiter we got. XD Lots of leftovers for lunch and dinner. I would like to be able to drag my family into DC for a change, but it's a LOT of walking and they're sadly just not up to it.

Went to the Borders next to the restaurant and impulsively purchased Twilight on DVD there. Went through with plan to watch film and get skunked. OMG it is awful. I can't wait to hear the audio commentary from RPattz.

Sunday:

Had delicious brunch and picked up prescription refill. Then I went to IKEA with the girl. It's like a decorator wonderland! I got a couple of lamps.. which ended up being one lamp because the smaller one was cracked in transit or something and fragmented when I got the plastic wrap off. The big lamp is in the bedroom and I was able to move my normal bedroom lamp into the TV room. It was a fun little adventure, and I saw a computer desk/chair set that I want that would clock in at only about $140 for the set of two. I want a new computer desk-- I need something with more storage and more desk space than the one I have now. I just need to get the boys over because they are both more mechanically inclined than I am and more able to follow directions that are entirely in pictures.

IKEA. OMG it's freakin awesome. Even The Girl got into it. I have to go back later.

Mar. 25th, 2009

:D

Failure smells like burned cupcakes. D:

I have to get more cake mix and try again. The bottoms turned out like charcoal and I think I need an ice cream scoop since I am an idiot at getting the portions right (they were trying to escape the cups, yes).

Not horrible for a first go, but I are still a sad panda.

Not much else of note today-- work was work and I had a nice nap afterward. I am currently reading Life of Pi and enjoying it immensely. I lost one of my Collective Soul CDs in my car, and I'm going to need to clean it out again soon anyway to get rid of papers and hopefully find my missing Modest Mouse CDs.

I have considered once or twice getting a new ipod. My current one is only four years old and the battery is still holding out well between charges, though.

And now, your moment of zen.

Mar. 24th, 2009

Tonight was taco night at my place. A guildie was waxing rapturous about taco kits in gchat back on Friday, and after that I just had to have them.

Made some on Saturday, and the batch lasted a couple days. It was boring, though, since I hadn't thought to get much toppings-wise and I couldn't get my salsa jar open.

To celebrate getting finished with paperwork and banging out a response paper, though, I went out shopping and returned victorious with taco stuff. Along with sour cream, more cheese, and this pico de gallo stuff that was ready-made but good since I didn't feel like getting the stuff and doing all that chopping myself.

I also got my salsa open. I went by Kitchen and Company to see what sorts of jar-opening gadgets they had (and to pick up cosmo mix for the weekend, but they stopped carrying the stuff I like, so I'll have to get mix and more vodka at the liquor store Friday). I saw a couple of these really crazy-looking clamp things that were like $14, and then I saw this little plastic thing called a jar popper that bragged it could open about any vacuum-sealed jar without fuss. It works by simply levering the lid up enough to break the vacuum and pop the seal without you trying to brute-force twist the lid. It was only $4 with the tax, so I got it. Worked like a dream. No more grunting and cussing and hurting my hand and beating things on concrete for me!

I had strawberries and bananas for dessert, with chocolate sauce. The strawberries have been stewing a wihile, with a bit of sugar. They taste bright and just a little bit like they're trying to ferment. Like, an edge of something but not really alcoholic, yanno? It's kind of an exciting taste. I'd wax lyrical about my dinner, but these sorts of things always sound better in my head.

I do regret not taking my camera into Kitchen and Company, though. They had a can of spotted dick. And apparently Rao makes salad dressing, though I did find some photographic proof that Rao also makes pasta. Who knew the god of Krypton had just mad culinary skillz? and thus am I outed as not only immature, but a geek! Some more!

I'm going to DC this weekend, to celebrate The Girl's birthday. And making cupcakes (probably tomorrow or Thursday so they're ready) and making steak dinner, but I figured we could buy the stuff on Friday. And rent Twilight out of the local Redbox and get skunked. We're going to the Air and Space Museum Saturday. We'd go to the building by Dulles, which has the space shuttle and the blackbird, but the only way to reach that is by driving or switching public transit and it would be a pain in the ass. On the plus side, they finished refurbishing the space part of the museum, which we missed when we went last year. And we're planning on Maggiano's for dinner again, which is expensive but they give you enough food to sink a moose.

Obviously I will not be raiding this weekend due to smoochy RL stuff. I suspect I will live.

Mar. 22nd, 2009

Had a nice, quiet weekend in this weekend. For a change.

There were tacos. I still can't get my jar of peach mango salsa open. I'm going to get one of the jar openers that works like a big lever tomorrow. IT WILL BE TAMED. There also might be another taco kit involved-- they're disgustingly easy and tasty, especially with cheese and tomato if you can't get your damn jar of peach mango sala to open. Come to think of it, there might be another bottle of vodka and cosmo mix in my future since Twilight is out on DVD this weekend...

Yats raided 25-man Naxx both nights this weekend. Stayed up waaaaaay too late. Managed to win a roll on a ring. Raped her wallet trying to get frost resist gear so we could attempt Sapph and Kel tonight (we died way too many times due to lack of frost resist) but nobody was on 40 minutes past regroup time and I logged. I'll be prepared for our next attempt. I like her new guild a lot better than the previous-- everyone's a lot more laid back and friendly, yet also a lot more professional with every individual trying to do his or her best. And the raid times fit my schedule lots better. No more Naxx raids scheduled for work nights!

The Girl's birthday is this week. I'll be working on the actual day (boo) but I have the stuff to make cupcakes of her favorite kind of cake. Yellow with chocolate fudge icing. Might also pick up makings for a nice steak dinner. And we're going to do something this weekend, just have to figure out what. It's going to be too damn nice to just sit around inside!

Work's good. Teenagers are silly. I still hate dealing with papers. School's good too-- my last response paper was a 9/10 and I've got a good one for the third response that will give me some good places to go with the longer lit review due in April. I have to re-read the stuff on stats, but I'll figure it out.

I'm thinking of re-doing the apartment this summer. Just getting the furniture into a more user-friendly configuration, getting a new computer desk since I hate my current one, and maybe some more bookshelves. I'm also thinking of getting the edible flower kit for my Aero-Garden since the herbs have been nice, but I've been learning to my chagrin that I really don't use fresh herbs that much. Better to have something lower-maintenance for herbs, like the grocery store or a plot outside that doesn't need pruning and tending every week. Flowers would be prettier and would look boss in salads. I'm saving the tomato kit for when this growing season rolls around again, since it'll save me some cash. I love tomatoes a bit too much.

Thinking of going to the beach sometime this summer. Maybe conning a hotel room and stay a couple days. Rates aren't too bad if you go during the week, and since I'm completely off during the week.... I haven't been since I turned 21, so it'll be a nice change. Otakon's not in the picture, though. I think I might just have outgrown it a bit, and Shore Leave would take some finagling that I'd rather save for next year. :D (The venue is close to my place, actually. I went down there for training for something last October... but honestly I'd WANT  to book hotel for Shore Leave. And I think I want to try and drag my mother to ONE big scifi convention before she dies.)

Mar. 19th, 2009

Wouldn't you know, I finished my book. I guess it's about time I updated the list.

BOOK LIST 2009
1/1/2009-

Previously on book list... )
15.  The Phoenix Wright Files vol. 1 compilation by Del Ray Manga
16.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
17.  Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery
18.  Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero by E. Paul Zehr
19.  The Cobra Event by Richard Preston
20.  Death from the Skies! by Philip Plait, PhD
21.  Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
22.  Empress by Karen Miller
23.  The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
24.  Hammer of God by Karen Miller

I've mumbled about most of these already, and the Godspeaker trilogy (the last three on the list so far) sort of defy words right now since I'm tired. But go read them, for they are awesome.

I have no idea what I'm going to read next, honestly. I'm kind of two minds about reading another really high-end fantasy and I'm kind of tempted to snitch a copy of Life of Pi since I've heard nothing but good things about it and then I can maybe sneak it in before the end of the year.
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I had a good day today.

I tried out that eggplant parmesean I'd had a craving for, and it was delicious. I have enough leftovers to have a good lunch of it with some salad greens and the last of the strawberries. For being supermarket off-season strawberries, they still tasted good.

I got a hug today that I didn't expect.

The lunch hour actually ended up just about perfect, and there was nice chat all around.

I got gas and turtles and doritos and cash for the weekend since there's an even chance that I'll get takeout at least once.

My new guild raids on the weekends, late into the night, and I'm set to raid on Friday and Saturday. Yats managed to average 3500 DPS on the meter despite having stuff she does desperately need to replace. Would have been higher, but I always manage to get fragged on the safety dance. I'm thinking of defragging tonight to see if that helps a touch. I was second to another fury warrior who got pugged in and had better gear than me, but only by about 300 dps or so. It's nice to know that I've got this thing down and it's just a matter of gear now.

My cat hasn't puked in a while now. I got to talking with one of the people at Petco, and I feel a little foolish since the suggestion of just mixing in some water with the dry appears to be working quite well. The vet is worse than useless on the puking issue-- I DID ask the last time he was going through a colicky period and all she did was sell me this macrobiotic stuff that didn't do anything. He seems content. I think he might be part Burmese, actually.

I am just finishing up Karen Miller's Gospeaker trilogy, and I am happy that I waited to start until I had all the books because I would have driven someone insane with the suspense had I read the first two when I got them (the third book just recently came out). And I have a book Neil Gaiman thought was pretty awesome waiting for me.

Not a bad day at all.

Mar. 8th, 2009

Today I dragged The Girl out to Fells Point and we wandered around for a couple hours. (It really was a couple-- we had some time left on the meter.) I found some pins and a magnet and took some pictures. The Girl  found an antique frog holding a teacup and managed to trip and fall. She's all right, just got a bit of a scrape. I got her gas and some water for dragging her out. It was a fun afternoon.

We saw a very tough-looking biker guy walking his pet python. He looked like a tough guy straight out of a biker movie but he was very sweet and happy to talk about his snake. He even let everyone pet it. The snake looked pretty content, too. I'm kind of sorry I didn't get a picture of them, but eh. I like the memory.

I've decided I want the summer to myself. Between pretty much losing the good application window to sickness and stress from the midwinter and perhaps still being a bit immature, I'm going to take a pass on the writing institute this summer. They hold it every summer, and the slightly less local location that it'll probably have next year isn't THAT far. I'll save the money I got back from taxes, maybe use it to pay for my fall coursework. Maybe I'll find something else to do in the summer that would be ultimately more uplifting than sitting in classrooms talking about stuff. Maybe I'll finally start writing that book I keep mumbling about doing every few months.

I've been reading books, too. I'm up to #20 so far this year. Picked up a bit more fiction this weekend, so I have a fantasy trilogy and something that Neil Gaiman said was awesome.

Saw Watchmen on Saturday. It was very good. Violent maybe on the level of 300 or a Tarantino movie, but very faithful to the book, even with the change in the ending. The change worked, which is the important thing. I think putting the squid in there would have meffed something up, truth be told. I'm sort of quietly in awe how they pulled off Dr. Manhattan-- there's a sort of quiet and confusedness about him that works. (And yes, gentlemen, the nudity is primarily Dr. Manhattan, sorry. No huge amounts of boobies for you. Though I'm surprised that they actually went all the way and had as much full-frontal on Dr. Manhattan as they did.) And Rorschach.. heavens. He made the whole movie, yes he did.

I'm also a lot more excited about Star Trek than I was before. I think it might actually live up to itself. It's coming out in May! Almost can't wait. Terminator: Salvation also looks like it will be cool. The Girl wants to see if only because Christian Bale will be playing John Connor. I want to see it because of that and because it's going to play with my favorite "what it means to be human" robot plotlines. I think that's also going to be a May movie.. this summer's going to be busy.

We already have a standing sort-of plan to rent Twilight out of one of the local Redbox rental things and watch it while getting skunked. Did it when The Passion was out on DVD and had a fun time. I'll probably post the results of that. XD

Mar. 5th, 2009

Your Moment of Zen:

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Mar. 3rd, 2009

I have the plague (ok, really a probable bronchitis) and I'm going to the doctor tomorrow morning. With any luck I will also get the happy cough meds with codeine so I can both breathe and sleep at night. I also have to pick up some regular cough meds when I get my scrip filled, since I don't want to be wheezing and I'm not taking the codeine stuff during when I need to be working.

I finally got through The Cobra Event. OMG it's freaky. You should all read it. Just probably not when you're sick.

It's fiction, but it reads like Preston's nonfiction work, and he researched it so much it's incredibly realistic.

I'm starting in on another cheery book called Death from the Skies! by the guy who does Bad Astronomy. It's all Scalzi's fault. I end up picking up so many good books because of his blog...

Going to read a little more and then go bed. I have an early morning since the appointment is right when the office opens. Sooner I get there sooner I can get on my meds and wallow. :D

Feb. 24th, 2009

ah ha ha ha ha ha hahahahaha

Walt Whitman Essay

The scary thing is, I know a few teenagers who would be cheeky enough to write something like this if they could drag themselves out of their self-absorbed apathy.

That, and I think I just found a new time-waster.

On a bit of a lark I went and re-read Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery. And as I was reading it I think I remembered all the reasons why I pretty much stopped reading her stuff.

And I mean aside from the gay from tent peg thing.

For one thing, the dragons don't have personalities. They're not characters, they're plot devices. And boring ones at that. It was something that always bothered me, but the early books especially just use the dragons as shiny flying buses. One of the few things Mercedes Lackey does right in her Valdemar books (another teenage love that makes me want to strangle it sometimes as an adult) was to give the Companions personalities, goals, and independent wants and even occasionally set them at odds with their people.

And then there's the domestic abuse. You have F'lar always slapping Lessa around and shaking her when he's pissed with her, and there's this whole section in there where even he's starting to think he's been raping Lessa when they end up in bed together after the mating flight.. and yet she ends up falling in twu wuv with him and all that crap to the point of being just another empty-headed twit obsessed with taking care of "her men" and omg baybeeeez.

I can't even bring myself to bother caring about the new books. Todd isn't too bad, but there are only so many "omg plague will kill all of the dragons that we finally realized are actually horribly inbred!" plots you can stand, let alone the fact he's a little fond of his Mary Sues. (Though Dragon's Kin was actually good, especially since they finally actually did something with the watch-whers and it wasn't all pretty flying ponies all the time.)

Not to mention the portrayals of the gay characters (even Lackey does better on that score, and she's pretty bad herself) and the total lack of lesbians when the gay (because bisexuals don't exist)  male population seems to be heug leik xbox on Pern. And the fact that women are basically only there to be pretty and have sex and baybeeeez, even if they managed to start off their appearance in the series actually having personalities.

It kind of makes me almost wonder what it would be like to write something with something like the founding concept of the dragonriders (humans being sucked into these intense mental bonds with these dragons) and really take it seriously. Have the dragons be as fully intelligent as they're supposed to, complete with all their alien impulses. What would happen if you had a pair that really resented each other? What would it be like living with this sort of dependency on another being who you really aren't going to have too much in common with?

That and it would be totally awesome to see lesbian bronze riders. I mean, seriously. :D

Feb. 23rd, 2009

Some days I think I need a wife.

No, seriously.

Taking care of yourself and your place isn't much in the grand scheme of things, but it's so much when you're trying to juggle work (and in my case class) and trying not to go insane from not having enough hours in the day.

That and I sometimes just think I get the occasional longing for someone else to pack me a lunch and tell me have a nice day. It might just be envy from watching too many bento communities. I often don't have time in the evening to do myself a really nice lunch unless I plan ahead for it at dinnertime (something I generally don't do) and at any rate it's just not the same sometimes doing for yourself.

Either that or I'm incredibly lazy.

And sleepy. And hoping I'm not coming down with anything. The snot problem hasn't gotten any worse than it was before, so I think I might have dodged that bullet at least.

By the way, class is going well as far as I've been able to figure. I'm going to have to move on getting the stuff together to apply to this invitational summer course thing-- I can earn another six grad credits from it towards my master's degree if I can finagle getting in and paying for it. (It'll be a good fifteen hundred bucks, tho, and I don't get paid two months out of the year. Though my tax refund will cover most of it.) Getting into the program means definitely no Otakon for me this year, though. The last day of the course-thing is the first day of Otakon weekend, and it's a pain enough trying to commute down there to miss an entire day of the programming to schoolwork. That's ok though, since I'm beginning to think I'm just outgrowing Otakon. Too much fanbrat, I guess, on top of the INSANE Otakon crowds.

I think I'd rather kick it old skool and go to a regular sci fi con instead. I THINK Shore Leave might be a Baltimore con.. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Speaking of excellent scifi tv, I still don't have any of ST:TNG (new DVDs are about $70 a season! The used ones go for $50 if you're lucky!) but I managed to actually find a DVD collection of M.A.N.T.I.S. which was a favorite of mine way back in the day. (It was considered ground-breaking since it was the first show with a black superhero EVAR.. he was also disabled-- paralyzed from a gunshot wound-- but they don't play that angle up much in the promos even though it appears in the show itself a few times.) It includes the unaired pilot. Man was the final show different from the pilot episode they made. They had to make some pretty radical changes to the show that actually aired. Some of them were, I'm sure, because we just aren't ready for them as a culture (the original pilot was very black-- it featured almost exclusively African and African-American characters/actors and dealt with the sort of urban gang violence issues that tend to dominate shows featuring black characters) and because, yeah, some of the elements in the pilot really didn't work too well (like the dorky wearing your business suit over your cool exoskeleton bit and the mismatch between gritty urban drama and high-powered superhero story... MANTIS even in the original pilot was not a Daredevil or a Batman, where it would have worked). But OMG.. so 90's. Nostalgia!

Feb. 19th, 2009

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One of the mildly creepy things about my life is that both times I've managed to read The Hot Zone I've been sick.

I'm coming down with snot. Mostly allergies due to the absolutely insane weather here. It is never a fun ride. So far I'm draining ok, but it's left me a bit more tired than usual (on top of the monthly fun coming up) and I just cannot wait for everything to start getting coughed up. I think I'll pick up a good cough thing when I go out for my usual weekly run for stuff I need.

I think I have a thing for reading Richard Preston when sick. Once I tried reading Richard Preston's fiction book, The Cobra Event, while sick. I couldn't finish it. Not because it wasn't good. But because it scared the pants off me. Now that I'm no longer in high school, though, I'm considering picking it up (The Cobra Event seems to have evaporated along with my original copy of The Hot Zone). Along with The Forever War and any manga that are out now. I think we're close to due for another installment of Petshop: Tokyo...

Feb. 17th, 2009

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  • 15:42 @katimus_prime but but but but homework!
  • 16:48 I am playing with my IJ layout and considering going public again. Not that anyone cares. XD
  • 17:03 aaaaaaand now I am back to spazzing in public. I had been considering writing about work.. and in the months I was locked down work was meh.
  • 22:59 Someday Yats WILL be able to get past Arachnid quarter. Stupid needing to sleep on weeknights.
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09 book list post 1 / cinema

One of my little projects last year was to try and read 50 books. I didn't actually get started until March, and I got done with fifty in October, and I didn't count a single one of the graphic novels and/or manga that I read, which would have bumped the total to fifty and then some during the same period.

This year, I decided to just keep track of the books I read, period, and see how many I can finish in a given year without trying particularly hard. I'm counting graphic novels and manga this time, since they do count as books and very nice ones at that. XD So far I've had a couple of re-reads, but for the most part this year's book selection has been all new material.

I figure once I break 20 books, I'll start putting the list behind an lj-cut.

BOOK LIST 2009
1/1/2009-

1.  Zombies vs. Robots Complete by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood
2.  Petshop of Horrors: Tokyo vol. 3 by Matsuri Akino
3.  The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (translated by Robin Buss)
4.  Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique by Michael S. Gazzaniga
5.  Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
6.  The First Protector by James White
7.  I'm Just Here for the Food ver 2.0 by Alton Brown
8.  The Compound by S. A. Bodeen
9.  The Cosmic Landscape by Leonard Susskind
10.  Old Man's War by John Scalzi
11.  The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
12.  The Last Colony by John Scalzi
13.  The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

I've burbled about both Monte Cristo and Human a few times already, so I'm not going to burble about them again.

I really enjoyed Stranger in a Strange Land so I'm looking to pick up Heinlein again. The last book I read was Red Planet during the time in the 90's when they were airing the little mini-series on Fox Kids in the morning. I suspect I was perhaps a little young to really appreciate it. Luckily, my brother has practically everything the man ever wrote (I got my copy thanks to my mother accidentally buying a duplicate copy.. Moose was lending his own copy to someone around Christmas) so I figure I can filch pretty liberally from that.

I finally got around to reading the OMW books, and I suppose it's a surprise I held out this long considering I've been reading Scalzi's blog for quite some time and I enjoyed The Android's Dream so much. I'm now itching for when Zoe's Tale is in paperback and wondering just what the hell Earth is going to decide to do! Naturally, I had to lend the OMW books to my mother and get her hooked, too.

The Right Stuff was actually work-related, since it was sitting around the book room and I thought it might be a good idea to throw at the juniors towards the end of the school year. I actually really loved it-- it tells the epic tale of the first days of spaceflight, from the rocket-planes they used to break the sound barrier through the Mercury missions. It actually inspired me to dig out my old copy of Apollo 13 for a bit, though I'm of two minds about finishing it since there a fairly long list of books I want to pick up.

The Forever War was just re-released in paperback and I kind of want it. Especially since I have an extra discount coupon with B&N!

I also have to say that after immersing myself in E:FC lately, I really crave some Star Trek: The Next Generation. I almost think I want my optimism back-- the OMW series was pretty depressing in terms of our ability to get along with other species as well (though it kicked some ass anyway). That and I found Mom's copy of the old technical manual, which I used to pore over as a kid, mostly to read the neat little behind-the-scenes footnotes. I actually managed to find the "medical insurance remaining" display that they talked about-- it's in the sample medical LCARS panel in the book itself. XD The only problem with this plan is that Star Trek, being an American Institution, is bloody expensive.

It probably goes without saying that I will be there for the movie, just to see what they do with the characters. A Kirk that isn't Shatner? OMG. (Shatner should be happy, though. His pet Mary-Sue is finally getting canon screen time after all those novels in which he valiantly tries to bring Kirk back to life. Thank Bob the ghostwriters always managed to find a way to kill him off again!)

I will also be seeing Watchmen since it'll either be completely brilliant like V for Vendetta was or suck horribly.

Feb. 16th, 2009

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I'm going through one of those periods where I kind of think of interesting things to write about and then flake out and never get around to writing about them because my inner attention whore points out that I won't get anyone to read them anyway.

I hate my inner attention whore sometimes.

Graduate school is going along pretty well. My book finally came. I got caught up on my reading and all my homework.

I had a little moment of epiphany at lunch today. When I was a teenager, one of my favorite things to do was turn up my nose at dinner, make myself macaroni and cheese, and watch my old Earth: Final Conflict tapes. Now that I'm grown, one of my favorite comfort things to do is make myself macaroni and cheese (the box kind, you stuck-up foodies) and watch my old Earth: Final Conflict movie files.

I also got to thinking about comfort food after reading this post at Sexy Girls Eat. I think maybe the definition of comfort food fits Americans anyway. Cheesy and uncomplicated.. sounds like America to the core. XD

And now I remember why I never get around to writing these things, since by the time I get done with it, I realize that it wasn't so profound anyway.

Still, I'm missing my old attention-whore days a bit. D: I'm terrible at blagging since I always need encouragement.

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