go_team: (earth)
2007-01-12 04:06 pm
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Hey freaks!

Be my Netflix buddies! Translation: I don't know what email addresses y'all use over there and I'm far too lazy to trial-and-error it out. Also, you know you're just dying to make fun of my taste in TV and movies.

And now, speaking of that bad taste in media, I've got some overdue DVDs to return to the library. Also my brain feels like it's full of cobwebs, so here's hoping a nice bike ride in the cold does me some good.

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2007-01-11 12:20 pm
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Yes, I am a drooling fangirl.

After much drawing things out as long as possible, mostly by getting stuff from the library and all the sporadic availability that implies, I finally finished watching Angel yesterday, when Netflix brought me the last disc of season 5 (I'd been doing pretty well holding out, but so much cliffhanger!) I may have cried like a little girl here and there, but not as much as Iggy Pop, who canNOT believe all this white stuff that comes out of the sky, but I digress. Today I've been watching special features, and I started writing this entry when the commentary track to season 5 episode 17 ("Underneath") made me laugh out loud. Adam Baldwin of course managed to get everybody (the director, and the writers, one of whom was some kind of producer, and of course I'm too lazy to look up names) talking about Firefly, but when he said "I'm not bitter" it damn near killed me.

Yeah, I'm a dork.

And now I should probably return these overdue DVDs to the library so the next drooling fan can get them.

What's the latest on Wonder Woman again?

go_team: (earth)
2005-09-30 03:19 am

Wow.

Serenity is still like getting hit in the face with a cold bucket of awesome. It was better the second time around, though I can't yet express why. Instead, I will be rotting my brains on my new favorite online timesuck. Also eventually I will sleep, but not yet.

go_team: (iggywithspiffy)
2005-07-06 10:31 pm

Possibly last, but hopefully not least....

Happy Birthday, Peter!

It's been a good day, I think. Good haul of presents, family visiting, delicious dinner at Ta Ra Rin aka ThaiHop, followed by Batman Begins, which was quite enjoyable. Highlights included pretty much all the acting except Katie freaking Holmes, but if I squint real hard I can pretend she was comic relief. After all, the moral of her arc seems to have been "Gee, Bruce, now that it turns out you don't suck, I don't like you anymore." Also, her nipples? Totally an homage to those godawful Batsuit-nipples from the movie(s) we're trying to forget about. Yeah. My only other significant complaint is about the fight scenes? Ouchie. Hard to watch, let alone tell what is going on. Christopher Nolan clearly still has a bit to learn about that. But I digress.

Happy Birthday, Peter!

Love,
-Tracy

go_team: (beastreads)
2005-05-03 05:16 pm
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In other news

I'm rereading Cordelia's Honor for the nth time, because it's like nummy delicious crack, and I've decided it needs to be a feature film, at least in my happy imaginations. So far I've decided it stars Nicole Kidman and George Clooney, although that's mostly because I'd probably watch either of them brushing their teeth and really want to see them share the big screen. The really hard questions for me (besides the obvious problem of casting Miles, which I'm luckily able to avoid by my choice of book) are: who plays Sergeant Bothari? Simon Ilyan is another tricksy one, and that means Alys Vorpatril will have to be carefully chosen as well.... yeah. Anyways, I figured some of the folks who read this journal might have fun opinions ([livejournal.com profile] kuddliphish, I'm looking at you in particular) so let the games begin!

go_team: (earth)
2005-04-02 09:29 pm

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This test makes me wonder how I would've scored in 8th grade. Also I wonder how this would change if it was run on all of my entries and not just the publically viewable ones.

In other news, today I made stewed red cabbage and apples for the Sundance hot bar. But, because red cabbage has a tendency to fade and look less pretty over time, I added roasted beets and red onions. The resultant product was a truly fearsome shade of magenta, and my cuticles are stained purple. Life is good. Now it is time for dinner and then Sin City.

go_team: (iggywithspiffy)
2005-03-05 10:32 pm
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So today was nice and slow and relaxing so I can be healthy for tomorrow, and I'm going to bed right after writing this because it really feels like 2 AM, which is probably because being sick makes me tired. What a theory, yes.

Anyway, I just wanted to note that we rented Control Room, the documentary movie about Al Jazeera and the start of the 2003 Iraq war, and I thought it was good but not the mind-blowing revelation it seems to have been for some people. Maybe I don't watch enough TV news, or maybe I'm just really cynical about the media in general; maybe it's a little bit of both. Any which way, I'm still glad they got interviews with quite a few cogent and interesting people. Some of the really idealistic Al Jazeera journalists surprised me; I guess I think of reporters as being a really cynical bunch. On the U.S. side, I was particularly impressed by one guy in particular, I think he was a Marine, whose job seems to be media wrangler, and he talked about how he was really shocked when Al Jazeera ran footage of dead U.S. and coalition troops and live, in some cases wounded prisoners of war, only to realize that he hadn't been nearly as shocked the day before when the pictures were of dead and wounded Iraqis, usually civilians.

Anyway, bedtime now. Control Room: good behind-the-scenes kind of documentary about the news. I want to say something about how the media just keep on getting more self-referential, but I'm much too sleepy to come up with anything more clever than "how meta", which is just kinda trite. Oh well. G'night!

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2004-10-19 02:57 pm

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The garlic I planted is sprouting! Yay! Also, my dad is 64 years old today! Yay! And I got a phone call from my friend Sarah, who is hopefully no longer locked out of her car at the time of this writing. And I went to Wild Oats and bought a case of 80¢ Luna Bars, which will hopefully last for longer than a week, but um, yeah. And now I have a pot of Earl Grey Blue, and the special features of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension to watch. My cat is still really cute, and in general, life is good.

go_team: (earth)
2004-09-17 10:18 pm
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The future rocks.

I really liked Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. A lot.

That is all. I will now return to my relatively low-internet life. The one where I own a house (wheee!) and go to fun movies (yay!)

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2004-07-31 06:13 pm
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Just some petty mutterings about crappy casting

So. If you were in charge of the James Bond movies, and you knew Pierce Brosnan was retiring from the title role, which of the following actors would you choose to replace him?

  1. Ewan "Obi Wan" McGregor,
  2. Jude "Gigolo Joe/Sky Captain" Law,

    or:
  3. Eric "The Hulk/Troy" Bana?

Answer, and ranting, here. )

go_team: (triumph)
2004-07-13 12:17 pm

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So I'm thinking of joining some of the LJ art/writer communities to motivate myself to write more, and do more arts and crafts in general (I keep toying with the ideas of comics and collage, for instance, but never get around to doing anything about them). I'm also thinking maybe I should create a separate artsy account for myself to make very sure I don't end up reading my Friends page instead of working on writing/art stuff. Do any of you have any thoughts about this? Are separate journals a good way of organizing your LJ headspace? Do you have any good LJ artsy/craftsy/writerly communities to recommend? Would you be interested in reading my artsy journal if I created one? Am I just being stupid and ambivalent about my creativity again, and thinking about art instead of doing it? (YES.) Should I be doing laundry? (Also, yes.) Okay, I'll go do laundry now.

Yesterday I didn't get out of the house until Peter got back from school, and we ended up going on a good expedition involving a pirate ship (true), McMenamin's (mmm, Hammerhead!) and Spider-Man 2 (which was fun, and definitely far better than the first Spider-Man if only because Doc Ock is a much better villain than the Green Goblin, but I still think X2 is the best superhero comic book movie ever, if only because it didn't have ever so many gratuituously screamy women). My point is just that I should get out more. Laundry only barely counts, I know, but it's a start.

go_team: (earth)
2004-05-26 11:42 pm

Sometimes, I love the internet.

This is the best web quiz I've seen in a way long time. )

Update, 0:03 And in other news (in particular, news of yet another summer movie I don't have to see), the New York Times review of The Day After Tomorrow sums up the film's rating as follows:

"The Day After Tomorrow" is rated Pg-13. Millions of people die, but nobody swears, copulates, undresses or takes drugs."

The full article is here, but that little footnote was really the best part. And I should really go to bed.

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2003-09-27 10:26 pm

So.

I got this email from NaNoWriMo headquarters and without thinking too much about it followed the link in it, and sha-wham! I'm registered for this year. So now I really have to figure out what I'm writing, I guess.

When I realized what I'd done, I fled the house, checked out some yard sales (the neighbors weren't the only ones taking advantage of the weather to go all mercantile), got my library card renewed, shopped for shoes and other stuff without buying anything (Birkenstock insoles do look pretty excellent, though, and I tried on and to my dismay actually kind of liked some cloggy-slipper-type things that were on sale), got my haircut, and generally wandered around Eugene for several hours today. It was pretty relaxed and mellow, in a massive run-on sentence kind of way, but the "I should be working on writing stuff now" thought did cross my mind a few times. Sigh.

Now I am sleepy or I would finally be watching the writer's commentary track on our Princess Bride DVD. Maybe I will use it to bribe myself into doing some writing or something tomorrow. Or something. Time to drink water and sleep. G'night!

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2003-09-01 09:06 pm
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No! Dammit, NO!

The idea of a John Constantine movie starring Keanu Reeves as the title character makes me grumpy in a very petty, childish way (although that's no doubt helped by the fact that I'm up way past my bedtime, and yes I know it's stupid early, but I digress). I mean, what the felch? Constantine's modeled after Sting, for chrissakes, the least they could do is have him played by a blond Brit, not a pan-Asian California boy! Grumpitty grump grump grump. I think I'll go drown my disgruntlement in dessert and then sleep. Argle-bargle!

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2003-08-24 06:34 pm

Ok, so this was just too funny....

LiveJournal Mood Ring results: funny! )

It's also pretty true. I've been feeling pretty energetic lately (with the exception of Friday, when I was the Amazing Zombie Girl at work until Charlie the best waiter ever made me some crazy magic coffee-chai concoction that would've kept me hopped up all day on any other day, but instead only brought me up to normal energy levels --- I was fried because Peter and I stayed up way past my bedtime watching Amélie the night before, but I digress). I think it's because I've been getting more exercise, consistently riding my bike home the long way from work and whatnot. Oh, and did I mention I worked today? And that I have my birthday and the day afterwards off (because I traded my Friday 7 AM shift for somebody's Wednesday 7 AM)? Clearly, I should have me some birthday fun that involves staying up way too late, since I'm not going to have to get up early the next day.... but what? Oh, my life is so hard and so full of dilemmas. Okay, maybe not, but it certainly is going to be full of laundry in a bit, and after that probably dinner at Pizza Research Institute. Yum.

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2003-08-04 02:29 pm

Ask and you shall receive?

Ok, so this weekend was the first time I worked on Saturday and/or Sunday in like a month, but I let my grumpiness at not having many hours be known. One of my coworkers suggested that if I learned to open the restaurant kitchen, I could get scheduled for 6 AM shifts. Ouch, but at the same time, I could use the hours, and if I knew how to open, I'd be more useful in general, and thus more qualified to harass management for a better schedule and raises and suchforth. So I let the "what if I trained to open?" idea slip to a manager when I was signing out yesterday, and she said, "That's a GREAT idea! Can you come in tomorrow, just for an hour or two, to see what it's all about?" and suddenly it was almost like I'd promised I'd come in. So this morning I got up before the sun and started learning about opening the kitchen at the Glenwood.

Turns out it's pretty easy. ) Today my reward (besides pay, that is) for coming in to open was a lot of good monkey points, a really bitchen breakfast (spinach-feta omelette with sauteed mushrooms and garlic) and a lovely bike ride home (I took the long way, east to campus, across the Willamette, northeast along the north bank of the river, and back across and backtrack east to our house, and it was great to get some exercise). Then I went back to sleep until 11 or so, and now I'm contemplating errands, albeit not very enthusiastically.

Hmm. On second thought, I'd better get out now, before my mom calls and talks my ear off about the past three weeks or however long it is my aunt and uncle (her brother) and their kids have been visiting from Holland (they leave today). Also, I want to catch the 5:05 showing of Whale Rider at the Bijou (Eugene's indie/art house theater, in a remodeled church --- so cool, and the closest movie theater to our house, woo!) I am way psyched about this movie. I think it will pander to me in all the right ways, and wash away the stain of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

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2003-07-20 01:57 am
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Yarr!

Pirates of the Caribbean was a thoroughly enjoyable movie. That is all. Yo ho!

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2003-07-13 09:32 am

Because I can't seem to reach anybody on the phone....

...and because there's sweet, sweet free Internet in the lobby of the Phoenix Inn Suites in Wilsonville, where most of the [livejournal.com profile] olstad wedding guests hung out and Peter and I were able to crash last night, this is to let y'all know that Peter and [livejournal.com profile] pants_of_doom and I are heading into Portland soon, for breakfast and as much trouble as we can make before Penny has to catch a plane home around noonish. We tried to call friendly Stumptowners for hangy-outy goodness, but nobody picked up the phone (I know, I know, it's early by normal people weekend standards). Oh well. We'll have to see you next weekend for [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge and [livejournal.com profile] nedthealpaca's housewarming party and Pirates of the Caribbean and suchforth. Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum, even though I didn't actually get to booze up as planned last night (weddings make me twitchy).

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2003-07-07 03:57 pm

Mmmm... sweet, sweet Internet....

So I'm at the Eugene Public Library feeding my LiveJournal and Everything2 addictions, with varying degrees of success (Internet Explorer can suck it! I want my tabbed browsing, dangit!) I want very much for our DSL to start working now please. On a related note, if you've sent me email in the past five days, I haven't gotten it. Sorry. Them's the breaks.

Hrrrm, what else? Um, our housewarming party was a laidback, low-key, fun affair, with a dizzying Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle interlude in the middle for me, [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge, [livejournal.com profile] acapnotic, and Peter's mom. It made my head hurt, especially Cameron Diaz. So... much... cognitive dissonance! I took notes. Film is text, baby! Ok, I'm shutting up now. I should probably go home and have pie with Peter and his mom before she leaves, but I'd been without Internet for way too long. I'm a dork.

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2003-05-21 01:59 pm

Matrix Reloaded ate my brain.

But I'm not alone, oh no. There's plenty of discussion on the InterWeb of, by, and for people similarly afflicted, and it's curing me of my obsession quickly enough, mostly because hot diggety people can't spell or punctuate worth a damn! Ack!

So far I've read through entirely too much of IMDB 's message boards on the movie (this was because I read in an AlterNet article that Cornel West has a part in Reloaded, which I had to verify, and sonofagun he does!) and wow. It makes me feel incredibly literate, really it does. Sigh. Anyway, I'm just about done rotting my brain on that, although I'll probably have to give in and download me the Animatrix episodes I've missed. And then maybe I'll be able to do some dishes and get to the library and generally approximate having a life. Maybe.

Edited to add: I'm still sorting out the plot of Reloaded at this point, since I think at times I got too distracted by the shiny to actually catch what the hell was going on. Of course, "what the hell happened?" blurs into "what the hell did that mean?" in my brain entirely too easily. Sigh. One thing is clear, though: Hugo Weaving rocks so HARD! Mitzi the Malevolent --- I mean, Agent Smith --- was one of my favorite things about the first movie, and in Matrix Reloaded he just looks like he's having all the fun! Yay actors looking like they're having a good time! Yay! Ok, done now.


In non-Matrix-related news, I might have another student soon --- this time, high-school pre-calc stuff. Whee!

And finally, a big LiveJournal welcome to [livejournal.com profile] poppydos.