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It's here, kids! I hope you're having a wonderful day. (And yes, I'm still alive.)



Here's your turkey, Ohio-style.

Corn!
Mashed potatoes!
Green bean casserole! Also, apparently, a midwestern thing?
Stuffing!
Pumpkin pie!
I yam eternal on the thanksgiving road!



And now, the rest of the dozen delicious!

2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

The 2014 post...sort of.
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Amazingly, yes, I am still here. I just realized I missed my 11th annual Thanksgiving post for last year-- but, to be fair, I was in NYC watching the parade live. (My dad was in it!)

I'm burning out on Tumblr these days. Too little discussion, too much chaos. Not sure if I'm headed back to LJ, or just waiting for a next platform. Would love to see DW flourish in its place.

Anyway, howzit?
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It's the 30th anniversary of Temple of Doom! E]:D

If you want to read all my accumulated links and commentary, just head on over to the tumblr.
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Surprisingly, I am still here. :)

Interested to see how these new LJ features maybe do or don't play out.

Anyway, hey!
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I've been saving up stupid stuff all year to whip up a really great Thanksgiving post for this one! Enjoy your meal folks, and happy holidays! Sorry I have kind of dropped off the LJ map... but you know where to find me otherwise, and I'll keep coming back nonetheless. Now, EAT UP! It's a weird menu... but that's the way it should be.



Cranberry sauce... er, cranberry zombie? Actually, that sounds delicioius.
Turkey
Potatoes
Stuffing
Ambrosia salad
Pumpkin pie
Croutons
and, by all means, the yams.



Happy Thanksgiving! :)

The first nine:
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
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Tumblr is down which means ~hooray I cannot wait for all the apocalypse jokes when it's back up~ just kidding I'm gonna punch babies.

Aaaaanyway, so I'm packing up all my shit to mail at the post office today. Lesson number one is: definitely use Priority Mail flat-rate boxes if possible. I mailed a box that was maybe sliiightly larger than their large $16 box and it cost me $40. I don't mind too much because I have kind of a soft spot for the USPS and all the shit they're going through with Congress, but yikes, I could have almost mailed three boxes for that amount.

IN OTHER NEWS HOW DID I GET SO MANY BOOKS OUT HERE IN ONE YEAR?! JESUS. Which made me realize that in a few years I will have PROBABLY A PERMANENT PROFESSIONAL JOB SOMEWHERE and I will have to move all my stuff out of my parents' house and I will own my own place and that is WEIRD. It just is.

Not that I have ever expected to stay in their awesome attic forever, of course, it just... idk, I guess I've been busy moving and schooling and I never really thought about it. In three years, their attic will be devoid of my awesome stuff. And I will no longer have an awesome attic space with a claw-foot tub and FABULOUS WOODEN WALLS AND CEILING (I love it)

Blaaaaah.

Man, I'm just whining about everything this year. I need to find a more constructive method of venting. :P
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I'm rather excited that I'm actually doing something for a holiday while living out here, for once, as Easter was pretty much a huge flop. The benefits of being forced to socialize! :D (As I predicted, the reason I would rather live with roommates.) We're making turkey, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. Keeping it pretty simple but there's only five of us so there you go. Would be nice to have some Hawaiian food or something but all of our final projects are due in a week, sooooo no time for big plans.

THIS YEAR'S MENU:
Turkey
Green bean casserole
Pumpkin pie
and, of course, the yams.


And here is a behind-the-scenes Temple of Doom pic I never saw before, so I stole it from the Indiana Jones facebook page that posted it:



Happy Thanksgiving!

OLD THANKSGIVING POSTS:
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004

Looks like next year will be my TENTH ANNUAL thanksgiving post, HOLY SHIT. I'm actually going to have to sit down for more than 10 minutes in the morning while we're all trying to cook the meal and make sure it's super quality! ;)
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HOLY SHIT I GOT INTO SCAD

DON'T KNOW IF I'VE EVEN MENTIONED THAT HERE?

KINDA LOSING MY MARBLES AT THE MOMENT, MY FINAL PROJECT IS DUE IN TWO WEEKS AND I HAVE ALMOST NOTHING FINISHED

...AND THEN I'M MOVING TO GEORGIA

IT SOUNDS LIKE SAVANNAH HAS MORE CRIME THAN HONOLULU?! FUCKING WHAT

I SHOULD BE EXCITED BUT RIGHT NOW I THINK I'M TOO BUSY WITH FINALS

JUST WANTED TO DROP IN BECAUSE I DON'T DO IT OFTEN ANYMORE

ALL CAPS AAAAAAHHHHHH
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So I was super excited all morning and then I was so burnt out from two straight work days and a four hour architectural drawing clinic (a ten week class shoved into four hours) and I've kind of lost the ability to formulate effective sentences.

But ONE I realized this is only the second time I've seen Raiders in a widescreen cut, THERE IS SO MUCH THAT GETS CUT OUT IN FULL SCREEN

Two oh my god I felt like I could have been right there on set fucking yes I love IMAX everything is beautiful

THREE:

a) they cleaned up the cobra reflection for Indy but not for Marion
2) I never noticed that Toht had a Magic Murder Bag, check my twitter for a hilarious joke regarding that
#) aahahaha so he drinks whiskey the whole time right? WONRG never noticed on the Bantu Wind before they have a bottle of MEYER'S DARK RUM fuck yes all the justification I need t become an alcoholic

Jesus christ lets' just appreciate m fucking lack of ability to type right now

that's how tired I am

righ t so speaing of alcoholics

I had a bit of a "gained perspective" watching this, and I want to call it peculiar, but I don't want to mean that it's negative. In any way.

It's a little odd watching a movie that you know SO WELL that you know the rhythm of the entire thing, every line of dialogue, every musical cue, every behind the scenes moment, almost literally everything. Because even when I don't watch it for over a year, don't go re-reading all the trivia and everything, it's basically a part of me. I can't "forget" it and go back to a time when it was new to me. Not complaining, just saying that I consciously had to sit back and just enjoy the ride without... expectations?! (I CANNOT ARTICULATE THIS I HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO THINK.)

BUT.

What I realized, in years of idolizing and living and breathing and everythinging Indiana Jones, I somehow accidentally turned myself into Marion (minus a death from liver failure, probably). I DON'T KNOW, IT'S SO POETIC SOMEHOW, BECAUSE SHE IS TOTALLY BOSS AND HILARIOUS AND TAKING-NONE'YA-SHIT AND IT JUST MADE ME REALLY HAPPY TO KNOW THAT I HAVE, ON SOME LEVEL, ACHIEVED BEING A BELLIGERENT FOUL-MOUTHED ACTION HEROINE.

After a week of studying Buddhism and their religious design structures and theory it was like a small moment of self-enlightenment and SHUT UP. I AM AWESOME AND I AM SO BRAIN DEAD THAT I GIVE ZERO FUCKS RIGHT NOW, I JUST SAW MY FAVORITE MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN FOR THE FIRST TIME AND I CAN DIE HAPPY.

askjbflakdfjbalkfdbalkjfblakblakdflks GOOD NIGHT
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I'll have to come back to that.

You know, after I've found time to hunt down all the opening and closing ceremonies that I mostly missed.

But can we just stop for a minute and say

motherfucking Isambard Kingdom Brunel

and the best part was when all I saw was the highlights and I shouted that name out in the middle of the living room and I was all NO IT CAN'T BE you don't just put the FATHER OF CIVIL ENGINEERING in the middle of a fucking Olympics ceremony but THEY DID and also my entire family was staring at me because one who the fuck is that two what kind of name is that three how the fuck do you just recognize someone like that I DON'T KNOW I'M A FUCKING CIVIL ENGINEER-SLASH-HISTORIPHILE I JUST FUCKING DID

Also

Jun. 14th, 2012 04:08 am
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let's talk about the little things I am enjoying seeing crop up in Prometheus discussion:

1) Crystal skull/von Daniken/etc. tie-ins

2) my association of the apparently "ampules" to canopic jars

3) my terming of the Engineers as Titans/Giants

Basically, history and art history and mythology all tied up with science fiction. SO INTERESTING.

2 & 3 particularly because everyone I'm seeing is terming them differently. Interesting associations.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] dancecat89 turning to me at the end and saying "I feel like I should have seen the Alien movies before I saw this one". Recorded for eternity.

Also-also, spoilers )

PROMETHEUS

Jun. 14th, 2012 01:45 am
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OMG PROMETHEUS GO SEE PROMETHEUS. If you like Alien, go see Prometheus. If you find Alien to be too much of a horror movie, or not the right kind of science fiction for your palate, don't go see Prometheus.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SO MANY SPOILERS )

oh god

May. 18th, 2012 12:58 am
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my tumblr has turned into mostly Avengers posts

and a lot of them are all SCIENCE BROS because Tony + Bruce = Science buddies 4lyfe is the BEST THING EVER

what has become of me

I blame the internet

but no, I just really love science
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So, first day back in my car, successfully went out shopping and bought some beautiful things such as stripey reusable drink straws in my favorite colors. And delicious chocolate with caramel and Hawaiian sea salt (om nom nom). And then I went up to Urbana to hang out with peeps and see Avengers...

...and got a speeding ticket.

Idk. I'm torn between being pissed at myself and just being over it. I mean, I deserved it, I was not paying attention and I was speeding. But I'm simultaneously sort of happy that I didn't start freaking out and crying, because I do not deal with social pressure well. But also... wtf? It's kind of assholish to be like "I'm proud I gave less of a fuck than I should". But I also don't want to hate myself. Not that I don't. I just hate guilt, which I don't know if it's my own empathy or the fact that I was raised Catholic, which I may never know. But I hate the fact that I am way too self-conscious. Second-hand-embarassment ruins so many social situations for me.

On the other hand, Avengers was PRETTY FUCKING BEAUTIFUL and Joss Whedon writes a goddamn beautiful piece of cinema. Nice, tight, snappy script. Characters with depth. Handled a multitude of characters fantastically well, without too much weakness to any. Although I hope Cobie Smulders' character gets some more attention in (a) sequel(s), as she seemed kind of like a "uh crap we have a lot of dudes in here let's get some chicks for balance". Granted, I would like to thank Whedon for actually being able to recognize that in the first place, which is kind of sad that I have to say that.

ALSO I fucking love Tony Stark. He + Banner geeking out was THE BEST THING EVER, and his dialogues with Steve were be-god-damn-utiful. Mark Ruffalo as Banner was surprisingly great, because I really liked Norton in the earlier film. But, I mean, does anyone hate Mark Ruffalo? Not that I'm aware of. Black Widow and Hawkeye were beautiful and I am SO EXCITED that she's getting an origin film! :D Loki, despite Tom-Hiddleston-with-black-hair, and Thor were aawwweeeessssoooommmeee. (It totally blew my mind when someone pointed out that Chris Hemsworth was Kirk's dad in the new Star Trek, which is adorable and honestly I think he looks much better without the Thor-locks-and-facial-hair.) (Then again Avengers is pretty hard to complain about, I mean two tech dudes and at least three other guys running around being muscly and badass, yeah.)

SOOOOOO I spent the ride home trying to channel my inner Tony Stark and not give a fuck about the fact that I got a ticket. I deserved it, I can pay it, and hopefully it doesn't affect the insurance too badly. Luckily my parents weren't too upset, which I suppose would have been the really worst part. (Also-- glad Whedon kept some of the jokes going from Iron Man 2 and such. Yay continuity!)

So, all in all, hopefully I can keep working on getting over social anxiety bullshit and get to work on summer projects.

Lots to do.

aagghhh

May. 6th, 2012 09:57 pm
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I'm drunk watching Sherlock on PBS

best

decision

evaaaar
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GET DRUNK FOR LIKE THE FIRST TIME IN ALMOST A YEAR

GET THE HORRIFYING (BUT HOPEFULLY FALSE?!) NEWS THAT LUCAS MIGHT NOT BE MAKING ANY MORE INDY FILMS

GET THE NEWS THAT I JUST GOT OFFERED A POSITION IN THE MACHINE SHOP OF THE STUDIO THAT IS BASICALLY THE REASON I KNOW WHO INDIANA JONES IS IN THE FIRST PLACE

(THEY MADE "ADVENTURE!" AND "OCEANS" AT COSI)

AHHHH

I THINK I'M NOT 100% PERCENT SOBERED BUT I AM JUST ALL OVER THE PLACE RIGHT NOW

DENIAL/HUNGOVER/EXCITED TO GO HOME/FRUSTRATED WITH MY PROFS WHO CAN'T KEEP A SCHEDULE/CAN'T FINISH THIS ESSAY/OMG I GOT HIRED BY THE PEOPLE WHO MADE ADVENTURE/AUGH/WHAT

WHAT

Update!

Apr. 28th, 2012 01:52 pm
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I am half braindead. I was up for 37-and-a-half hours straight "yesterday". A.k.a. the past few days. BUT I got my project turned in on time AND it was mostly complete except for maybe some details? Which I possibly could have finished if there weren't a few hours I spent staring at my computer feeling completely unfocused. Which may or may not have been because I decided to skip breakfast, idk. Although I was actually waiting for my classmate to come in and take me to Starbucks like we had discussed, which she didn't, and by the time she came back it was pretty much just time for me to wait around and get lunch anyhow. However I did learn that wearing my running shoes >>> wearing chucks. There is just so little support in chucks that THAT is where most of my pulling-all-nighters pain was coming from.

So, on the other side of things, I successfully got my final moved AND I am going home next Friday. I'm simultaneously happy and stressed because it's not like I'm doing anything but working while I'm here, but what if I end up deciding not to come back? :C

Anyway, at the moment, I'm a bit too braindead to really care and there is still work to be finished. I have a 15-page paper to write and a portfolio to finish and turn in, plus my exam on Tuesday, and I need to start packing things up. AGH

GOD DAMMIT

Apr. 25th, 2012 10:05 pm
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The cheapest flight change I can get would be ONE THOUSAND FUCKING DOLLARS.

I just want to go the fuck home.

Fuck you, American Airlines.

[EDIT] Why the hell are flights nonrefundable?! What the fuck is my insurance for?! FUCK THIS INDUSTRY.
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This week

is unbelievable.

And it's only Tuesday.

So todaaaay we found out one professor can't not give a final so now we will probably have a final during finals week. Which would be after I leave if I can move my ticket earlier (which I would very much like to do).

IN ADDITION my mom pointed out to me that without Hawaii citizenship, it would cost only slightly more to attend SCAD than it does to attend UH. I was thinking it was twice as much a semester, but I checked, and no, it's only $2000 more per year. So now I have to get back on the personal-indecision train. What am I going for and what do I want to do? Am I going to be getting enough experience here for what I hope to do? I really want to live in Hawaii for a few years... this would kind of screw it up. So. I'm excessively frustrated by that right now. (I don't even know if I could get in, my art portfolio is... like... nothing.) AAAUUUGGGGHHHH

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