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book meme

ran across this and thought it was fun.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1)

Rotten by John Lydon

I said, "I've got an appointment. I'll be back shortly." They wouldn't let us in at first. That was the reason we waited outside. Malcolm went in and was quite literally, physically thrown out. CBS wasn't interested at all, but Malcolm barged his way in. I suppose they found him and the whole idea offensive.

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i should update this more often

since i last posted:

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been repealed. this made me exceedingly happy because it means i can start planning for a military career after college. my family is far less thrilled than i am because as much as i love them, they are pacifist hippies and have never really understood my interest and appreciation for the military. they respect it, but as my mother put it bluntly,"i don't want you to die for idiotic politicians."

Simon has joined the world of fandom and livejournal. he is apparently less than impressed ;) i have to try and explain to him the positive aspects of both.

Major (ret.) Richard Winters passed away on January 2nd at the age of 92. this made me exceedingly upset because he was an amazing man and one of my personal heroes. if i turn out to be even half as good of a man as he was then my life will be a success.

i have spent my entire winter break with Simon going to hockey games, snowboarding, and playing Call of Duty & Medal of Honor and i've enjoyed every minute of it.
call me a crotchety old man (it's all right, both my best friend and my boyfriend have already done so), but i've never been a fan of webcams being built into laptops and computers on an industry wide scale. having never been an exhibitionist myself, i've never trusted it. at least once a year my mistrust is proved to be well founded.

last time it was thanks to a Pennsylvania school system spying on it's students via the webcam on their school issued laptops. last week an 18 year old threw himself off the George Washington Bridge because his roommate and another student used a webcam to live stream the 18 year old having sex with another man. i'm not naive enough to believe that is the only reason he committed suicide, it was just the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

that straw should not have been there.

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35 questions meme

it probably says a lot about me that i can't hear or read the word "meme" without thinking of Doctor Who. it probably also says a lot about how little time i spend on LJ that i don't actually expect anyone to respond to this. i found it on one of my favorite fic author's page and thought it was fun. my answers will be below the cut.

You're on my Friends List. I want to know 35 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other (or think we do). Short answers or long, whatever you want to say (or not) is cool. Copy from here and then repost in a comment. Then repost the empty questions on your LJ. You know. If you want to.

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink, what would it be?
05) Favourite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any tattoos and/or piercings? What and where? (And why, if you'd like to tell.)
09) Worst habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favourite sport?
12) Are you naturally optimistic or pessimistic?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you (that you're willing to share here)?
15) Tell me one weird thing about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Clowns: Cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my partner in crime or my conscience?
22) What colour are your eyes?
23) Have you ever been arrested?
24) Soda/beer: Bottle or can?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) What's your favourite place to hang out?
27) Do you believe in ghosts?
28) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
29) Do you swear a lot?
30) Biggest pet peeve?
31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
32) Do you believe in/appreciate romance?
33) Favourite and least favourite foods?
34) Do you believe in God?
35) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

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I adore the show 'Southland'.

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Wolfman was fantastic

there was no question that i would go see the remake of The Wolfman. there was no question really that i would love it. there is however some question as to my sanity since after seeing the film i now support a crack pairing that would require re-writing the last 5 minutes of the film if i didn't want this crack pairing to only consist of missing scene fics.

before i continue you must understand that i was thrilled beyond belief that a physical relationship never happened between Gwen and Talbot. not because i'd have anything against it (i'm sure in another set of circumstances, they'd be very happy together) i just don't need sex in my werewolf films. it was a perfect blend of horror, drama, suspense, and romance. plus having them only share the one kiss keeps it firmly set in it's Victorian time period of dude-she's-a-lady-and-she-was-totally-just-engaged-to-your-now-dead-brother.

so, what pairing am i hitting myself in the head for thinking of? what pairing did my brain decide halfway through the film would be a fun idea? Talbot/Abberline.

thanks brain. because i needed another pairing that no one writes to obsess about.

research people!

historically and factually inaccurate fan fics break my brain.

ones that throw in characters from cultural backgrounds that you've apparently never had any contact with yourself.... those are like nails across a chalkboard to me.

i was just reading a fic where the OC is supposed to be fourth generation Irish American running a bar. in Virginia. the author has him speak as if he's an actor going for stereotypical Irish in any old school film. (or for a more contemporary comparison, Peter Griffin's real dad on Family Guy) again, the guy is supposed to be fourth generation and he's greeting someone as "my bonny lass." i've never seriously used the term "bonny lass" in my life. then again, i'm fifth generation Irish American, so what the heck do i know? however, i've never heard my parents or grandparents use it either. not to mention that our accents are all regional American considering this is the country we were born and raised in. if a fourth generation member of an immigrant family still uses the accent of someone born in the old country, it's an affectation. and it's completely idiotic.

whatever, i could deal with that. until the OC's next exchange where he asks what everyone is getting to drink. of course, the characters who are supposed to be regulars in this bar all order Guinness. this is despite the fact that none of the characters have ever been shown to drink this sort of beer. one character in particular has a consistent record of only drinking pale ales. but i digress. then the character who is not a regular orders a bourbon. instead of doing what any actual bartender would do and get him his drink, the OC snaps:
“Bite your tongue laddie, I don’t stock that American swill here.”

at that point my head connected with my desk. here's what's fundamentally wrong with that statement. one: the character is obviously older than the OC. you do not call someone who looks 20 years older than yourself "laddie." two: he owns a bar in Virginia. if he didn't stock it, he would have been out of business years ago. three: the OC IS American!! it doesn't matter where historically your family started out, if you were born and raised in the USA, guess what? you are American.

stupid techno music

the bad thing about myspace is that they're not very creative surveys.

this is fun though...Collapse )

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round up

myspace is good for one thing and that would be providing me with time wasting surveys :)

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i don't get emo

i understand it as a musical genre. it has its place as a sub-genre and off shoot of punk. but as a lifestyle or category of its own? i just don't get it. emo is the bastard child of 'nightmare before Christmas' fandom and Hot Topic. all style and no substance. emo is the first genre that i know of to use 'scene kid' or 'scenester' not to simply identify a person in a music scene, but to identify that person's type of dress and personality.

granted there are some bands in the emo category that i like and i do love the film 'the nightmare before Christmas', but to fly fey fashion as your flag? i could never do that. and i've heard the argument that punk is just fashion too and while there are those elements to it, that's not all punk is and that's not what punk was about. punk is about politics, anger, rebellion, the place and times that you live in and what you think needs to be done to change it. emo was originally music with a punk edge but with subject matter about more personal things. today's emo? it's all about i like this girl, we're young/ in love/ misunderstood/ meant to be, she broke my heart/ i can't get her out of my head/ no one understands, poor me and my broken heart bleeding on my sleeve. and btw, don't i have fabulous hair?

i cringe when i see pictures of emo bands because all i can think is '80s metal hair bands'. there's no real talent involved and it seems that anyone who picks up a guitar and gets an emo mop top can get a record made and have a following. it's all over-hyped, over-stylized, and over-produced. then the worst part is when they decide that they need to be screamo to come across as edgy. all that does is muck up a perfectly good generic pop song with unintelligible shrieking. (i tend to like the guttural screaming of hardcore bands, but screamo is just pathetic)

the reason for this rant against fashion based music is a video for which my friend sent me a link. it's for a band called Black Veiled Brides and the song is called "knives and pens". i've watched the video and i've read the lyrics and i can not tell you for the life of me what the song is supposed to be about or what the title has to do with it. i've conferred with Simon and the most we can gather is that if people are making fun of you for being a typical emo kid, don't fight back or defend yourself, just write more suicidal and depressing poetry. well, that's the pens part. i suppose the knives part is that you should be cutting yourself while you write.

yeah, this genre's sane. *rolleyes*

then Simon, using his scary porn finding skills, ran across a site dedicated to emo porn called 'homo emo' and God help me, i couldn't stop laughing over the redundancy of the name. most of the guys weren't very appealing (to me at least. then again, i like my men to look like men.) and there was one that i would swear was a girl going on face and upper body alone. its really quite scary.

as they say, always leave 'em laughing, so here's a video that had me on the floor laughing because it's just so damn true: emo breakup

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i read a lot, expect too much from people, i'm too serious for my own good, don't smoke but i hate anti-smoking ads.