Hoo, boy.

Jun. 7th, 2011 11:49 pm
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Have I been busy. Moving things. Cleaning rooms. Trying to get rid of ant infestations.

Learned a new word: formication, which is the feeling you have ants crawling all over you.

Trying to get everything arranged for Outer Banks and Savannah. Trying to get everything arranged for Raiders 30th. Visiting Gramps in the hospital, hoping they will get him out. I hope he can get his heart a little stronger and last more than a few months. I keep thinking about him reading The Walrus and the Carpenter to my fourth grade class, and "faire to Midland", and I want him to get out of the hospital so I can show him my senior presentation. And I keep thinking about ragtime and Hitchhiker's Guide and Ernie Kovacs... Oh, Gramps. Get better, please.

Anyway. Awesomesauce on a stick:

Carrots are orange because of politics!

Like any Cracked article, six "insane coincidences". Sadly, #6 and #5 are the best, because they really are odd coincidences. #1, a little bit, but also data manipulating; there are 365 days each year (except for leap years), and TONS OF SHIT HAPPENS EVERY DAY. Not to mention since our country's founding there have been 234 4th's of July. (Not 4ths of July... they were still 24 hours long, har har) I been I could find you ~even more! strange and unusual~ coincidences out of those 234 days. Shit, son.

Um, and also. #3 bothers me a lot. Why, you may ask? Because it is NOT COINCIDENCE. IT IS CAUSATION. This is the first time I've had to paraphrase this phrase to say "correlation =/= coincidence". The Wright brothers... who lived and worked in Dayton... invented heavier-than-air, powered flight. And they kept doing research here. So when the Air Force got created in 1947, we eventually ended up with *le gasp* an Air Force Base in Dayton. Which encouraged more flight technology and research in the city and the state! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you end up with a state that has produced SO MANY ASTRONAUTS. We fucking invented flight, now gtfo.

P.S. I do find that article fascinating, my engineer brain just jumped at this annoyance and also I've noticed my writer's voice, a.k.a. my blogging tone, a.k.a. my making comments on the internet voice, has gotten more and more hyperbolic as I have. I don't have a problem with that except where I still do it when talking serious business and since it's text, I'm afraid people will take me literally.

Here's the truth, I am pretty damn shy "IRL". I just enjoy being ridiculous and over the top (...sometimes).

HEY, DID YOU SEE WHERE THEY FUCKING FOUND TANIS?! A little on the technology behind that.

I made a lot of Raiders references the day that was all over. I don't think many people got it, BUT, perfect timing for the 30th, non?! I can't wait to see what happens with the digs. Although I'm sure it will be quiiiiite a while coming.

In case you are still having a terrible day (as I did), here is a MacGuyver intro a guy did of his cat, Steve McQueen. It's beyond awesome.

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So you all have seen Hipster Spongebob and the Hipster Disney Princesses, right? They are awesome. And then, yesterday, I found this:

First off, it bothers me that they spelled artifact wrong. Second thought? INDY ALREADY WEARS GLASSES. (Also, hdu, Indy would never be a hipster. IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUMMMMM)

And thus:

And all the variations... )

And, as an added bonus, one that's less specific so it can be used more widely:

(Yeah, I'm using the "emos" tag. From nowhence, "emo" is shorthand for "I fucking hate scenesters".)
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Some fucking friends sometimes, I swear to god. There is more to life than alcohol.



(Note, that is not capsrage "yelling" but rather "comically over-loud voice".)

Now onto your regularly scheduled programming.

OH, HOW APPROPRIATE, yesterday's prompt was the last movie I saw in theatres. INCEPTION. WHEN I GOT BACK THIS SUMMER, AND I FUCKING HAD TO DRAG MY SISTER TO GO SEE IT WITH ME. And before that?! Iron Man 2! My moviegoing track this year is a shame! WHY DOES NO ONE WANT TO GO OUT TO MOVIES THIS YEAR?! Fucking idek.

Last book I read... Well, last book I finished was probably Lost City of Z which I read for fun over the summer and was amazing despite its ending. I mean, the ending is still amazing from a historical point of view but (without giving much away) the whole thing is this buildup and then--AUGH. You have to read it, if you are in the slightest a history or Indiana Jones or adventuring fan, oh boy.

...Not gonna lie though, despite being in a general good mood, handling school okay, work is going fine, working out, et cetera, I am a bit emotionally unstable at the moment. I can tell because the slightest little comments are making me upset enough to almost nearly ruin my evenings. I really can't handle people brushing me off much more to go to parties/drink but "oh I don't have enough money to go to a movie". Because alcohol comes out of the faucet for free, I see. Well alrightythen. I'm hoping Laura's not going to be bitchy tomorrow because I think I'm going to need to run away from the rest of the family with her, particularly since the cuzs (cuzns? cuzzes? idek. "cuzs" looks like it should be Polish.) are on the other side of the goddamned country.

...*sigh*. I miss my drum corps family =(

Things I also failed to bitch about earlier this week: The DJ on Saturday, who took requests up to a few days in advance because he couldn't/didn't do on-the-spot mixing (HA, mixing, if you could call it that--what with jumps and awfully apparent tempo changes), in the three hours we were at the dance, played TWO, count 'em, TWO songs that were 1) older than 2000, 2) not a dance/pop/hip-hop song. Seriously, the guy was awful. About 30 minutes in to the dance he played "Wannabe" (Spice Girls--ngl had to look up the title of that song) and with about 20 minutes left he played "You Shook Me All Night Long". The only other song he played that wasn't some currently-top-40-but-actually-shitty-dance-tune-excuse-to-party-hard song was Pokerface. So out of the songs I requested (Fuck You, anything by Gaga, anything by Queen, and anything by Billy Joel), I got one song. Needless to say, I was PISSED THE FUCK OFF. I spent probably half to two-thirds of the dance glaring at the DJ from my chair. I mean, this could be the fault of the coordinators who hired a friend-of-a-friend and maybe forgot to forward our requests, but what kind of shitty DJ plays pretty much ONE TYPE OF SONG all night?! And not even varying between dance tunes and slow songs? WE HAD NO SLOW SONGS ALL NIGHT.

Basically I'm pissed at everyone and everything right now and I'm about to snap. Not angry-snap but just break-down-snap and no one seems to really give a shit, because that's just how things go. Ugh. I'm kinda tired of this crap, really.

Also I do not recommend trying to follow a conversation about a boyfriend's roommate's cousin who is that person's ex and their crazy parents at a party after taking the GRE, because the actual GRE's paragraph and word problems turned out to be much more difficult and brain-power-consuming than I expected them to be and I was (and am) rather brain dead on the this-idea-requires-a-complex-sentence-of-at-least-four-phrases front.

But onto the linkspam:

So, uh, this happened.


A really interesting article about Florence Nightingale's influential graph and a common mathematical fallacy of graph creation/interpretation. Fascinating because I encounter a lot of misunderstood data on a fairly regular basis (thank you, journalism majors), and also because these are the type of subtleties you may have to discern between on the GRE. (I did pretty well on the quantitative section, but the reading/vocab was much more difficult than I anticipated and I nearly ran out of time, having to guess haphazardly at a few questions.) Anyway. Data is pretty, and presentation is valuable. I wish I knew more about the historical context of these charts because it might be an interesting topic for Ada Lovelace Day, although perhaps something that focuses on the graphical fallacy is not the best topic. (Nightingale was particularly observant in clinical matters though, wasn't she? Wasn't she the one who told people to wash their hands, basically, kill less people with infection? Or am I thinking of someone else entirely? FIFTH GRADE HISTORY IS FAILING ME.)

An interesting article about Native American culture, race, and steampunk, with significantly more win than all the shenanigans last year. Although I must admit, I don't think I ever heard the story of "the first Thanksgiving" in school. At least, not as a history lesson, but as more of a holiday folklore type thing, minus maybe the "learning how to plant corn" part. ALTHOUGH ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT we never approached it from the accuracy point-of-view either. So.

For the record I still don't like "ray guns" as a steampunk thing. I have never come into acceptance of them. Then again I've also become more standoffish about pop culture's reaction to steampunk as a whole anyhow, so, some part of me just also doesn't give a shit (that my entire POV on steampunk is decidedly different, because the generic running-with-steampunk scene is not my cup of tea).

DAMN I AM RANTY TONIGHT. Sorry about that folks. I'm a bit tweaky, it seems.

(I do like that EL wire on the gun, though, despite my active distaste for mods of that nerf gun... Hm. Considerations, considerations.)

Holy crap this test fried my brain a lot more than I expected it to. First I was moody, now I'm just too tired to parse any article with more than one sentence and a funny picture. Basically my brain is running like MemeGenerator at the moment.


Nov. 10th, 2010 12:58 am
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(The title has nothing to do with anything except that I just took a practice GRE and "gremlins" was the first word to pop into my head starting with "gre-".)

Forgive me for just nearly missing the daily-post--deadline by a few minutes, because I just finished a GRE practice test. How sad is it that engineering has made me excited to take a standardized test?! I work well within boundaries and certain expectations, or no boundaries at all, apparently. I don't know how well I am cut out for slightly-open-ended design work. Which is not good, because that is pretty much anything engineering is. I mean, there are the laws of physics, and the laws of the land, but the problem is that the former is very mathematically complicated and the latter is just very convoluted and you only come to know it really through exposure and experience. Neither of which I really have. And not to mention, mayhaps my brain just doesn't work that way, because I never seem to know where to find the equations/set-up I need for engineering projects. Which makes working in groups good for me because then the other people are good at starting the project, and I'm good at checking things and thinking (maybe a little too far) outside the box.

So... menial desk job or very creative in-charge job for me, I guess. Strange. ANYWAY. Onto the prompt.

My favorite meme of the moment... I don't think I currently have one. Being gone all summer I kind of missed Double Rainbow and Hide Ya Kids and I don't really... "get".... either. Although I think I saw Antoine Dodson a while back but never saw the Bed Intruder Song? I don't know.

Does Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear count as a meme? Because it was probably more that than real political activism (or anything) and I kind of liked that (despite people being bitchy for it). However, it's not quite as wild as Anonymous' protests, so idk.

I guess I don't have a favorite meme right now, so I hope something comes along soon. In the meantime, I'm always a sucker for EFG and since the 5th of November was just a few days ago, let's say that. Even though it was nothing to do with anything, legitimately.

MOVING ON. I was thinking about password access, which led me to think about where you keep that kind of information so that it's safe with you but easily found by others in the case that you were to die. Which led me to think about wills, and the fact that while my mom has every once in a while talked about what she wants (donated organs iirc) and my dad has mentioned his wants (a big party), they don't really know my beliefs in terms of my... lack of faiths... (BUT NOT LACK OF MORALS... byuh) ANYWAY. I don't need any kind of fancy burial, I'll be dead. I've kind of always been about pragmatism, and even when I was really young (early gradeschool) I remember considering the pros and cons of cremation. So this is my current set of considerations: (And let's not call me morbid here, because I honestly approach a lot of what most people would consider "morbid" as just purely interesting. Death is the natural extension of life. Morbid for me is a whole other level. Perhaps I disdain that word... I'm more of a naturalist than a goth? And science is nature, so. )

1. If there's any hint of foul play just preserve as much as possible. Not that I expect this to happen but being slightly paranoid from reading too many detective novels and watching too many crime shows, if there was any hint of foul play I hope there's a really good twist! Which probably means exhuming the body at least once. (...Maaaaaaybe that's morbid. BUT SO ARE CRIME SHOWS)

2. If not, donate any usable body parts to organ donor programs and/or to science. Basically get as much practical use out of it as possible.

3. Bury any remains in a manner as natural as possible because it seems pretty pointless to be dumping lockboxes filled with chemicals into the ground just to sit there and be preserved for... ever.

3b. Plus this ensures that I will never be Undead. (Zombie, vampire, etc.)

4. Possibly do something awesome with the remains such as:
a) use the bones for something awesome such as art, Yorrick's skull in a production of Hamlet, a modern reliquary, et cetera,
b) include them in a treasure hunt/puzzle or as a geocache (WITH ONLY AWESOME TREASURE INSIDE. If I am to be a buried treasure, I fully expect it to be a goddamn bitchin' one.)
c)...et cetera. Basically I think skeletons and eyes are pretty cool things from a design aspect and have many interesting and beautiful (if slightly morbid) options. (BUT I'M OKAY WITH THE SLIGHT MORBIDITY HERE. AT THIS POINT THE MORBIDITY BECOMES MORE WUNDERKAMMER-CURIOUS THAN NATURALIST-CURIOUS BUT IT'S STILL AWESOME.)

5. A really cool headstone. Some classic-and-slightly-creepy design, with a totally clever and awesome epitaph. Like the headstones at the Haunted Mansion, with their Victorian-Gothic-slightly-disquieting style and the totally awesome epitaphs (at least out front--I've never studied the epitaphs inside the ride).

OKAY TOTALLY DONE WITH MY MORBID MOMENT NOW, for those of you who may not like that sort of thing... er... sorry for the lack of warning... =/

At any rate. I have a rant but I don't really want to rant about it right now. Let's just say, between people going back on my Halloween party invite, and being whiny about the party, and my friend failing to do the one thing I asked him to do for the senior show (i.e. leave an appropriate mid-movement moment for the dead-bug), which I told him a month ahead of time when we were planning it as a group, but do people just blow me off when I make comments a few months in advance? BECAUSE I HAVE ACTUALLY THOUGHT THESE THINGS THROUGH, and I mean them. If I change my thoughts, I WILL ALSO BRING THAT TO YOUR ATTENTION.

Do I just... scream "IGNORE ME" or something? (Heh.)

Yeah. Anyway.

...Also I went to trivia tonight for the first time in a good while and I wore by awesome retro-rainbow Star Wars shirt that I bought from Target's boy section last year. The usual awesome trivia guy wasn't there, and the girl taking his place was not as fun. Plus, a lot of the questions were wrong tonight. "A one-note instrument made popular at the world soccer games this summer"? Vuvuzela, except that like all other objects with a natural frequency, if you halve, double, or otherwise multiply that frequency you will get other notes. Octaves, for simplicity, or perhaps... partials... if the instrument is more complicated. Say, like a trumpet. Speaking of trumpets, "a cornet most resembles this musical instrument". Maybe a cornet? It's actually a legit instrument.

And then Pat, being his normal uppity Classics-major self, called out the trivia girl on the question "what famous temple site on the Acropolis?" by screaming "Which temple do you want?! There are at least nine different ones!"

However I also learned that the F22 Raptor can go supersonic without having to use its afterburners which is called "supercruising". Also, the evil wizard on Smurfs is Gargamel and the cat is Azrale. (NO IDEA if I spelled those right, also don't care much.) And the compact disk was invented in 1965 (we guessed floppy disk).

Also-also I cleaned my room today. Go me!
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HOLY SHIT I SUCK AT POSTING. This thing has been sitting on my desktop for a month and a half, christ, shame on me. Anyway. I'm trying to make better habits for myself... Some are getting better (I keep a real schedule on my ipod! I'm under 100 firefox tabs consistently!) and some not (I don't check my calendar, I forget things, I haven't organized many piles of files on my new computer... from a year ago...)

Shia says Indy V will be crazy. idk what to think. I'm excited but hesitant at the same time? Eeengh. Like I said after Indy IV, I mean, at least they can't do that one anymore. (Also, I told you so. Also-also, I am kind of sick of hearing about your stereotypical MacGuffins: the spear of Longinus, Noah's Ark, all that stuff.) GO TO HAWAII, PLEEEEASE

But, uuuuhhh, if Spielberg pitched a script, I'm guessing this is happening. So... yay?

...I'm depressed that that last sentence has a question mark attached to it. :(




While we're doing videos, this time-lapse-experiment-turned-art-video is absolutely fantastic:

ANTS in my scanner > a five years time-lapse! from fran├žois vautier on Vimeo.

I hope this is just some lawyers having fun, and were not actually hired over legitimate offense.

I didn't even know they had finished the script for this, shit. Three months away was apparently a COMPLETE NEWS ISOLATION, much moreso than usual. (Nobody famous died.)

This movie looks awesome! That hat looks awful. (Short crown + extra-wide brim = grossnasty.)

Ghostbusters/AC/DC mashup:

Lady Gaga kidnaps Comissioner Gordon. Guys, I was about to say "I want to live in that world", and then, you know, I remembered that Lady Gaga is a real person and kicks major ass.

A good essay on Iron Man 2, which I am still excited about. The awesome thing about disappearing from the world for three months to memorize a metric assload of numbers until you've lost 15 pounds is that, when you get back, all the movies you just watched in theatres (and loved) are about to come out on dvd. Fuck. Yeah.

Some awesome shots from the filming of Star Wars.

So, "mad science", you say?!

That is the kind of awesome shit I'd like to do with my life. (I must say, though, that the closest I've ever come was destroying an antique rusted oven with a sledgehammer. Also fun, except for the part where the paint chips were popping off the bent metal everywhere...)


Jesus, it's about time! They better make these. Not that I'm planning to buy any, but, yeah...

Oh, James Cameron. I thought I couldn't hate Avatar any more, but I was wrong. You think you're God's gift to cinematography when really it sounds like you're just a rich bully. I kind of want to go see Pirahna 3D, even if I hate it, just to fucking spite you. Goddamn.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS? Rick Moranis may come out of retirement for Ghostbusters 3. HELL. FUCKING. YES. As long as this shit is better than the game (a bit repetitive story-wise, in relation to the movies). Also, I thought we were already clear that Oscar is Venkman's? There's some banter toward the beginning of the second one that that is what I took away from it.

OH HEY THERE BLACKBEARD. Why the fuck don't you have cannon fuses in your beard?! Jesus, the man should look MUCH more epic than that. For god's sake his body circled his ship seven times before sinking after he was beheaded! (Fuck yeah pirate lore.)

Chewie: not nearly as adorable as Winnie. But still hilariously adorable.

Here! Have a picture of Viggo the Carpathian.

Okay, now, look. I am all about crazy costumes but I don't even know what's going on here.

So adorable.

If the world is making you feel weary (although I don't see how that's possible after all those adorable kitties), I prescribe this.

Next video: An apparently sanctioned-by-Lucas video about the dumping of Jabba's cargo. With a creepy animation of Han Solo. (BUT I SAW THAT RAIDERS REFERENCE. I SAW IT.)

...Definitely thought it was going to be something like River Tam in the box though, the shape was eerily similar.

Heheheh kitty parkour.

HOLY SHITBALLS this woman has completely missed the point of feminism. Oh my god this article is rage-inducing. OH. MY. GOD.

Good news, videogamers! Playing video games enhances decision-making skills. That is, it enhances your ability to make choices faster.

Oh! An antibiotic-resistant superbug. Awesome. This may be our downfall. However, if you're worried about the apocalypse, I just thought you'd like to know that science seems sometimes straight-up fictional. I know a lot of zombie movies/novels/etc. lately have been leaning on diseases like ebola, mad cow disease, or other things to explain the basis for the disease. So here's a crazy fact: mad cow disease causes cattle's eyes to glow. WTF.

Rechargeable cars are less hurtful to the environment than gas, even if charged using "dirty fuel". And it's crazy, if it could charge using renewable sources--solar, wind, etc.--it's FORTY PERCENT cleaner than a gas-using car. Holy shit. Why is the world so resistant to changing how we use our resources? :(

(Answer: laziness, greed, but it still pisses me the fuck off.)

I read an article the other day about how an old solar panel from the White House was rediscovered, and some students, led by Bill McKibben, took it to the White House to see if they would take it back as a symbol of good faith and an attempt to move conservation forward in the eye of current US politics. Some of the statistics were incredibly impressive--like the fact that seed sales increased by 30% the year Michelle Obama was promoting her White House garden. But the kids were taken into a "war room" and basically told no. The whole thing made me so sad, particularly because I remember McKibben speaking to my freshman class on his book we all read, and because we were stuck in a hot, sweaty gym with a rather heavy book (as in, the material, not the book itself), he kind of got ignored by most people. And trying to sort out the fifty interested students in a room of 1000 or however many it was is not really a simple task. Anyway. The whole thing just makes me depressed for the state of our politics. I don't understand why people want to spend so much money on stuff and on keeping things the way they are instead of helping people who need help, helping the WORLD that needs help. I don't know. Maybe that's my bias of too many years of marianist catholic education speaking. I'm too hopeful, I suppose.

Cats drawn as Marvel characters! Adorable. And hilarious. Particularly Spidey and the Sandman.

OKgo's new video to encourage the adoption of shelter pets. Amazing as usual.

Surprise! Facebook is fucking with you again. And this is why I keep all my info private except to people I know.

NEWSIES IS GOING TO BROADWAY, hilariousyesfantasticyesssss.

If superheros were hipsters. I particularly like PBRman. Also I feel like Spiderman isn't that far from Tobey McGuire Spiderman because DEAR LORD DO I HATE HIM. (Also, LOL at Aquaman--Northwesterners are a silly people. I learned that this summer.)

Mysterious civilization hidden in the Amazon--I think this is the same thing (SPOILER ALERT!) Lost City of Z talks about. BUT NOBODY KNOWS. It's fascinating.

Carnivorous plants dwndling across US; I wonder if this might have anything to do with all the bugkiller sprays we use? (No idea, just a thought.)

Shark attack survivors team up to save sharks.

ATHLETE'S FOOT MEDICATION COULD CURE WHITE NOSE SYNDROME! Finally, a hint of good news on that front.

Bug people are crazy. So are geologists.

Some foreign memes for you. I particularly like Makmende, for some reason. I suppose it's like Chuck Norris, but cooler, because Chuck Norris has kind of turned out to be a douche. (Clint Eastwood = cooler than Chuck Norris.)

A really good article about building the mosque. It sums up my feelings on the subject pretty well.

Where can you find Ned and Chuck, Henry Jones (Sr.), and (old school!) Zaphod Beeblebrox? Cons, of course. (Those PD outfits are fantastic, though, seriously.)

Interesting bit of Raiders trivia.

Oh my god, remember the ad for Iron Man 2 where Pepper smooches Tony's helmet, and it wasn't in the movie, and everybody got upset? I present to you--THE ALTERNATE OPENING:

(Fan. fucking. tastic. Why did they not do this one, now?)

And another fantastic short.

Star Wars yoga, absolutely hilarious. And rather clever.

Obscure Taco Bell trivia! A.k.a. the random shit I will bring up in conversation that may eventually lead to me singing the Gordita Anthem. This, in fact, happened this week despite me finding the article months ago, although it did not lead to Gordita-anthemizing, which is a shame.

Here is a fantastic interview with Patrick Stewart, and within it is a fantastically creepy tidbit of their interpretation of Macbeth, which I am cutting for the rare case of spoilers )

Is that not fantastically Halloween-y in the best manner? It absolutely is.

First of all, this article is rather old. Second, I doubt it is more than tongue-in-cheek coincidence, and three, Hex of the Hydra sounds godawful. Like the books series.

OH MY GOD. So I was watching the new Sherlock Holmes (not for the first time), but I also decided to watch the bonus material. Apparently they decided Jude Law was more of the ladies' man than RDJ, so they took to calling him Hotson on set.

omg. Hotson.

I can't even. It's hilarious. Anythus.

Much like Rule 34 of the internets, I surmise there must be a similar rule about blogs and personal interests. If you have thought of it, someone, somewhere, has already posted about it online. There is a cool blog called Strange Maps that posts, well, non-generic maps. This particular post has some interesting material on worldviews. It's rather fascinating, but my main point of this whole thing is that the Bulgarians think Poles are all sexy fembots.

I. Don't. Even. Know.

What I do know is that I need to post things more often because I have AT LEAST this many more links piled up in my Google Reader waiting for me to take action. And FIVE MORE old posts on my desktop from before I left this summer! Luckily those posts actually have some real content, like some book reviews.

So, real stuff now, we went to the Yellow Springs Street Festival today. I got an awesome monster shirt, a necklace for my medusa costume, and a beaverfelt antique collapsible tophat! The sad part is I got home and realized the tophat is too small :( BUT I refuse to get rid of it for the time being. I also walked RIGHT PAST Dave Chappelle without even noticing at first, who was saying that the street fair was "like Yellow Springs normally, but gayer". Which... I don't know what that means? Because it's almost the opposite. All the out-of-town people come to visit for the day, so the percentage of hippies is decreased by at least some...

Also my sister finally found the CORRECT version of the Taco Bell Gordita Anthem (thank you, 1998) and I downloaded it for the sake of posterity. POSTERITY I TELL YOU.

(begins at 1:40ish if it doesn't play correctly.)

[EDIT] If I had been paying attention or had any creative/organizational method of linkspamming (Captain Obvious Hint: I don't) I would have posted the Ghostbusters/Rick Moranis thing followed by the carnivorous plants thing followed by the Newsies thing. Points to you if you know how those three are related.

Alas, I did not, and I also need to post this in the case I missed posting it before:

Also-also, tomorrow is 42 DAY as in, the date is binary for 42 (101010), and it happens only once every hundred years, and tomorrow we are getting together to watch the Hitchhiker's Guide movie, probably have a Vogon poetry reading, and get our brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick. Coincidentally that is the name of my ipod and there will be no citruses anywhere near my electronics, thankyouverymuch. (I've taken to naming my electronic devices after science fiction things, or other related items; this new lappy is HELPeR486.)

Also-also-also, I am very afraid for this Pan-galactic Gargleblaster recipe, which is, essentially, take Everclear, cut with liquors:

...er, scratch that. I may be looking at the wrong recipe. Anyway, there's a lot of alcohol, plus a little bit of mixers, add olive, et voila.

If I weren't so convinced I'll be smashed rather quickly, I'd throw in a gin & tonic to boot. Maybe I'll pour one out for my gpa who seemed delighted about the affair but clearly can't make it (and probably shouldn't be consuming high levels of alcohols).
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So I think I also forgot to mention yesterday that one professor is making us write an essay on ourselves. So yes... definitely feel like i'm back in fourth grade. Drove down to UC to see Anna. The medicine didn't work so they don't know what they're going to try next. She's in good spirits but very tired and sore bc she's not allowed to move and her clot is causing severe headaches & neck pain. Damn, though, her mom is a wreck. =/ Also saw Sherlock Holmes tonight. It was good but I'll write more tomorrow when I have a real keyboard. I realized it is a dreadful oversight that though I've seen both Wishbone's and carroll's Hound of the Baskervilles, I HAVE NEVER READ HOLMES. Considering my propensity for detective stories, I'm appalled. This must be rectified. Also I like the word "gambit". This keyboard needs more pointer control, too, editing is a bitch. Anyway I'm glad "swagger" is coming back into use because it reminds me of "swashbuckler". Also I need to make a Stan Wars gif bc that word still confuses me, yet it would be hilarious.
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Title quote thanks to a piece of art in a catalog my mom had at home.

So that favorites meme everyone's been doing:

01. Answer each of the questions below the cut using the Flickr search engine.
02. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
03. Copy the URL of your favorite photos here.
04. Then share with the world.

flickr meme--favorites

1. SOME PASSIONS NEVER GROW OLD, 2. I'm Nacho Mama, 3. 1974 Xenia Tornado, 4. When Butterfly turned into Flower, 5. "hey, that's dick van dyke...", 6. Mountain Dew Kitty, 7. rapa nui sunset, 8. Brown Sugar Brownies (Recipe), 9. The Indiana Jones Queue, 10. Dream of Flyin, 11. This is your cat on drugs., 12. Pecado venial

keywords/faves here )

[EDIT] NOW WITH ADDED INSTRUCTIONS! (I'm good with memes, y/y?) ~hurr~
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Also, apparently people don't realize that that is probably lip-synching? *sigh* And the Macy's announcers kept calling the bands "drum corps". UM, NO.

I think that's the first time I've seen such an internet meme affect such a huge proportion of the "average american media" sort. Plus, Foster's Home is adorable.
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Wow, I am all in the mood for lists and checklists and stuff, so here is this stolen meme thaaaang:

The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other.

So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me.

Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you!

I was going to post something similar because of that leadership speaker we had like a month ago, but I never got around to it. I might do it later tonight though if I'm still in the meme mood.

So doooo eeeeet.
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movie meme, stolen

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, probably Duck Soup, Cocoanuts, A Night in Casablanca, too. The Little Mermaid.

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (three times), Iron Man (twice), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (three times... so far)

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Dan Aykroyd, Christian Bale, Hugh Laurie, Hugh Jackman, DICK VAN DYKE!, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman (basically any actor/actress who is badass and/or awesome)

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Any movie with Indiana Jones; Austin Powers (somehow worked itself into my everyday vocabulary); Marx Bros. movies; Airplane!; Shrek; Bond movies; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; George of the Jungle... pretty much any quotable movie gets quoted.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
Little Shop of Horrors. (I also know all the Broadway lyrics, because the songs are different, WOO)

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
Little Mermaid, Cocoanuts, Little Shop, pretty much anything where I know the song.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Raiders of the Lost Ark because IT'S MY FAV'RITE, Little Shop because it's awesomely cheesy, the old Hitchhiker's Guide because it's AMAZING (and yes I know it was a BBC miniseries but they edited together nicely on video so it's basically just a very long movie), V for Vendetta because of 1812 Overture, the Seven Faces of Dr. Lao.

9. Name a movie that you own.
The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (<3!)

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting skills.
STAN LEE IS LOVE (honestly I can't come up with anything else, I tend to hate that sort of thing)

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (loooong ago), Pirates of the Caribbean III

12. Ever made out in a movie?
I am laughing too hard to answer.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet got around to it.
Ummm... Shaun of the Dead, Bladerunner. There are a lot but I always forget the titles.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
No, they're too expensive. Plus I'm easy to please. That being said, I turned off The Graduate because it was kind of too creepy.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
The Passion of the Christ (Y HALO YES CATHOLIC GUILT). Almost cried in Indy IV.

16. Popcorn?
DELICIOUS CRACK. Why the hell have I been getting mostly kernel-y crap lately though? I sneak in my own candy/drinks though.

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
More as of late because it's the general "let's hang out" plan, but that's really starting to piss me off because you don't do any actual hanging out. Good thing is Pat and Lara do rental nights which are awesome (minus I am in Academy Film overload)

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
In time-reverse order: Indy IV, Indy IV, Indy IV, Iron Man, Iron Man, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Anything with a good story and not horror. (Suspense =/= horror.)

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Ummmm wow. An Astaire and Rogers movie at the Neon? But I'm pretty sure I'd seen movies before that.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
...I have no idea. Probably some lame chick flick tops the list. OR National Treasure 2 omg what a waste of a good premise.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Ummm Baraka? Other than that there are a lot. My family has a weird sense of humor, and a more than healthy dose of cynicism.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
The Ring, maybe? I don't do horror. Psycho is pretty freaking awesome.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
George of the Jungle, A Night in Casablanca, or Austin Powers. Hitchhiker's Guide is wonderful British humor, but the books are better. =P

BONUS DIANE TRIVIA: I laugh at things in movies that most people don't. Yep, I am the person who cracks up randomly, sometimes at the most inappropriate times (see: Will Ferrel's last serious movie, the one about the fiction novelist and her character).
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and the article name was just too good.

My band: N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman
Album name: start to become...familiar.
Album image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielleanthony/2524967421/

1 - Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to Random quotations: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. If you want to do this again, you'll hit refresh to generate new quotes, because clicking the quotes link again will just give you the same quotes over and over again.
3 - Go to flickr's "explore the last seven days" http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Somewhere out there there's a flickr tag group dedicated to your final "album art" with names added to the image, but I can't find it now.
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Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!

1. makin' my way downtown, faces pass and I'm homebound
2. Dear kindly, Seargeant Krupke, ya gotta understand
3. It's a beautiful day for the race, Stoogehand is the favorite today
4. almost heaven, West Virginia
5. I wasn't jealous just before we met
6. hands touch, eyes meet
7. I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
8. get down on it
9. well I went for a drive in my pickup truck
10. well I was bored to death at South Beach
11. and now the BBC is proud to present a brand new radio drama series
12. circles, she's spinning me around in circles again
13. she's real fine my 409
14. I'ini ka na'au
15. fighting and sometimes striving
16. there's every good reason for letting you go
17. I met a devil woman
18. I used to hurry a lot
19. I'm a piece of work, I'm iron and lace
20. I have a single dream same time every night
21. when I'm with you it doesn't matter where we are
22. someone stole the kishka
23. do you remember

Man... that was too easy. I skipped all the Christmas tunes, but I still ended up with so many songs that give it away in the first line. Eh. Still fun to see if anyone gets a few. =D


Apr. 3rd, 2008 11:40 pm
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Hay guise! Guess what I did today. Nothing again.

Well, actually, I registered this morning (half-asleep hassle at 2 AM, slight panic over cancellation and conflict, but it's all worked out), pwned my art history test, and actually posted spring break photos to facebook. I'm going to put them up on flickr (hopefully all of them... there is that darned limit) tomorrow.

Other than that I keep meaning to post about what was bothering me earlier in the week, but so far I've been successfully drowning it out by wasting time online. Unfortunately the site I'm mainly habiting has, in the course of a week where I've been trying to fight off emotional extremes (it seems like the only thing I can do these days--I'm super excited or super depressed; I miss home but I already miss here; etc. etc. etc. and so on and so forth about EVERYTHING), made my responses filled with memes to the extreme. While it provides for good entertainment for myself, I do find it annoying to wish I could just respond more rationally than "omgwtflolbbq" or the equivalent. Grr. (The desire to POST SOME FUCKING CATS is strong. Caturday is niiiiiigh!)

BUT, in a followup to the Mudkips-the-dead-cat story: even though they killed his cat and got him arrested, he got off pretty much scot free, because it was a FALSE CHARGE. So now he's going to countersue for defamation of character, haha! pwnt. (See what I mean? "pwnt"? What is that?)

48 days until Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! I was looking at the pictures I took at Kipu falls. They are awesome. =) Laura was jealous they didn't come with me and go swimming, and to that I say haHA. But! For today's trivia. Apparently while filming IJ4, Ford totally pwnt his stuntmen by outlasting them. Total win. =D

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Yes, I have plenty of stuff I should be doing right now... but I'm not. I think I degenerated four years, or something. I'm back to memes and cutesy phonetic spellings. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN MY BRAIN

memes ahoy )

Almost completely unrelated, but I think that "Barbie Girl", when played like this, is actually a decent song. I never really hated the style or anything, I just hate that song because of what it was back in like... first grade. DAMN. (Because, honestly, Aqua's "Dr. Jones" is awesome. I WONDER WHY)
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Hahaha, meme:

LOL. 20x"fuck", 9x"crap", 5x"shit", 4x"hell", 3x"puke", 2x"murder", 1x"drugs"


Oh geez.

Anyway... The internet has been totally crapping out on my today, I couldn't do anything. =( I watched the first half of Lawrence of Arabia, which is a pretty good movie, even though I was only watching it so I could go "OMG SPAIN I'VE BEEN THERE LOLNABOO" and hoping it would give off vague Indy feelings because I AM DESPERATE FOR SOME ADVENTURE MOVIE HERE, FOLKS. What am I going to do? I watched all three Indys, I watched Tomb Raider, and Tomb Raider II sucks ass (but is now no longer in the library anyhow), and apparently nobody wants to watch The Mummy Returns, and I'm pretty sure by now that the library just doesn't have The Mummy (what). Also, no V for Vendetta, or, like, ANYTHING I WANT TO WATCH. Which I think I've run out of anyhow. So... suggestions? If you were on an AKSHUN ADVENCHUH binge, what would you watch?

Okay, all you peeps tell me posts are too long. Well poopy on you, I like to talk at a faceless audience. Let's agree it's better than talking your ear off, y/y? In general I'm a pretty quiet person and I like to keep track of what my thoughts are. So if you don't want to read them fine, but I do like to know when you have interest. =(

So, in the essence of keeping EPIC POSTS to a minimum, I'm going to add a little from the "I forgot to post this!" month's worth of back-up into daily posts. kk? kk. (Man, my internal narration is stuck on sugary neko idiocy or something. LULZ INTELLIGENT LOLCATS AUGH) Riiiight... So.

In the essence of clearing out my HUMONGOUS backlog of notes from my cellular device, here are some things I've been meaning to post:

WHAT IS WITH MY LIFE AND FLAMING GUYS WHO LOOK LIKE JMAC. Other than Jacob himself, I have now met TWO FLAMINGLY GAY MEN who look like him. My life is like the Twlight Zone of evil twins. (Who, you ask? One of them was from Southwind, which is like the black hole of the Twilight Zone. I have met more lookalikes there than anywhere else in my entire life. The other one was here at Chaminade, he helped with orientation stuff. I don't know if he's gay but he sure as hell was flaming.)

I have some completely indecipherable notes, too. Such as, January 18, 8:01 pm: "Slushies paranoia tan". Obviously I was trying to remind/focus on three different topics, but what the hell? Perhaps I was celebrating the fact that the 7/11 down the street has MOUNTAIN DEW SLUSHIES! =D And also Sierra Mist Holiday Hawk slushies, I don't remember what that flavor was, Cranberry Splash or something? Anyhoom.

Damnit, I don't want to do this right now. Fine, fine, fine. Tomorrow, I'm going to EPIC POST and if I don't you can harass me until I do so I quit talking about it and post something for my parents to read.

Also, I am super excited for my hat to come. It cannot come soon enough and I'm hoping to death it comes in time for IJ4, but that would be seriously pushing it. BLAWRAUGH. (wtf?)

92 days until Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! Today's trivia: I think it would have been better off named Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods, which was the rumored title. That's not exactly trivia, is it, though? I dunno, do you guys want some pictures or anything? Hmm. How about some personal trivia? The only SINGLE fanfic I ever wrote (and finished about one chapter of, grand total) was Indiana Jones. This was many years ago, when I first discovered Indiana Jones and the wonderousness of the internet to include places like fanfiction.net which had not only Indiana Jones, but marching band stories! However, I quickly learned not to touch fanfic with a two hundred foot pole. That place is... euch. Puke-inducing. Not only that, but I realized reading fanfic and everything often fucked up my perception of the actual characters for a good long time. SO, I swore it off and the only stuff I read anymore is the marching band stuff (there's nothing to ruin there, and somehow it DOESN'T get real nasty because it's based in real life... I mean wtf, inorite?! It's marching band, it's supposed to be terribly perverted. Obviously this displays my beliefs that bandies, though they make the sickest in-jokes, also are very mature. Okay, scratch that. Know WHEN maturity is needed. ANYWAY TANGENT) and my friend's stuff (which is all Indiana Jones because believe it or not it's a much more mature fabase... but I can see that changing already *sadface*), and my friends update about once in a gajillion years, so that's not a huge problem.

Anyway, my original point was the single chapter I ever wrote; I got a good start and then I just had nowhere to take the plot. Anyway, you're probably asking me why the hell am I telling you this? Because I am so awesome that Indy went to the Mayan pyramids and Marion came back. YES THAT'S RIGHT. That's just a hint of why I'm so excited for this movie. However, I went with Nazis (because it wasn't 1957) and they were going after a completely made-up cult based ridiculously on English fairy folklore and Jewish History classes and my own imagination. (Oh yes.)

So, I am very proud/excited for this movie. I am also pretty sure that I'm going to keep that stuff buried forever because I really don't like fanfic. Not that I'm saying everyone should, I just tend to only read the good stuff, and I forget which the real characterization is. Kind of like why I don't really like the Harry Potter movies and I refuse to see the Chronicles of Narnia movies.

Um, and if you don't think that's a fair fact, be sure to tell me and I can oh what the heck here's another one for free. It's "legitimate", too! The guy in Raiders who has an eye patch and rides a motorcycle and has the monkey is also the guy at the beginning with the weird hat who gets shot with darts. (Not character-wise, I mean, the actor.) w000000t

Also, I think it would be hilarious if there were some meme-defense to Godwin's Law that was some sort of reverse Godwin's Law where YOU SAID NAZIS, NOW THERE MUST BE INDIANA JONES.

Yeah... I'm probably crazy.
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This is looking to be a good week.

Firstly, I have a HUGE backload of posts I've been meaning to make (since January) with all the Hawaii updates, too. That's gonna have to wait because you know what I just spent the last five hours doing? This:

(Secondly)I think you all should read this link about Anonymous and Scientology. It's just the beginning. Fascinating. Hilarious, but unforunately memes don't translate well to real life protests (MINUS the Guy Fawkes masks).

ALSO? There are ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DAYS until INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL is released. In celebration, starting tomorrow, I will post EVERY SINGLE ONE of the hundred-day countdown with some interesting piece of trivia or information.

Also!!!! THE TRAILER COMES OUT THURSDAY (with Spiderwick) I am so excited you have no idea. Fuck Valentine's Day, I have more important things to worry about. Like studying history for my two tests Friday so I can see this movie on Thursday and then watch the trailer online Friday a million jillion frillion times.

SO. My huge epic post of catching-up-ness is still forthcoming. My sincere apologies. Anonymous and Indiana Jones have taken over my life. Happy V-day to meeee! =D


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