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16 May 2011 @ 07:44 pm
I do use this LJ all the time, I just use it on comms and such and don't make so many personal entries any longer. The few I do put on are locked, so...

But yeah, still here.
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14 June 2009 @ 10:55 pm
OMG it's like a month till Harry Potter.

The end.
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24 May 2009 @ 01:16 pm
I've had an LJ for almost 7 years.

Just for fun, let's see what else happened in 2002.

Las Ketchup.
GWB put the No Child Left Behind act into law.
Daniel Pearl was killed in Pakistan.
Andrea Yates was found guilty of drowning her 5 children in the bathtub.
The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth died in her sleep.
The former WWF (World Wrestling Federation) officially changed their name to the WWE
The State Department, prior to Congress officially declaring war on Iraq, released their report naming 7 sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize.
The final piece of debris was cleared from Ground Zero.
The FIFA World Cup was hosted by Japan and S. Korea. Brazil won for the fifth time.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Golden Jubilee.
GWB addressed the UN, declaring his intentions to act against Iraq. Weeks later, Congress passed a joint resolution allowing the President to use the US Armed Forces however he sees fit.
The Disneyland Angels won the World Series, defeating the SF Giants.
GWB established the Department of Homeland Security.

Notable deaths:
Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's
Chuck Jones, animator (Duck seaon! Wabbit season! ...etc.)
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, singer, TLC
John Gotti, gangster
Jack Buck, baseball announcer ("Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!" ...etc.)
Ted Williams, Red Sox legend and popsicle
Johnny Unitas, football legend
Stan Rice, poet and painter, husband of author Anne Rice
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Plus you should know.

One of the fun things about baseball season is that I am watching over-the-air local channels, and seeing some crazy commercials. They're new to me right now, so they're still fun and yet lovingly familiar. This crazy commercial for Shoot Straight gun store ran tonight, I wish I could find it online but alas. I'll try to explain it: it starts out saying "The Tampa Bay area ranks high above the national average in violent crimes. How can you protect yourself and your family?" whilst displaying canned images of crime scene tape and chalked murder scenes, then launches into a very enthusiastic gun store commercial.

It's not as enthusiastic as the commercial for the regional chain's Orange County branches, though. About two ticks down from this level of enthusiasm:

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14 February 2009 @ 10:21 pm
Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever:
1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Strikeout the shows you've never seen.
4. Post your answers.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex and the City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Food and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars (UK Version)
39. Monthy Pythons Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Family Towers
27. Sex Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24
05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons

From that list it sure seems like I do nothing but watch TV, but in all honesty, the majority of those shows were watched all in one big chunk on DVD/Internets.
Also, Roseanne is a glaring omission from that list. Seriously, guys, pre-lottery-winning, Roseanne was the greatest sitcom ever.
Also glad they made sure to notate "UK version" for Life On Mars. The US version is total garbage, and I really really gave it a good chance. I wanted it to work badly. But it's garbage.
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11 February 2009 @ 07:13 pm
Even aside from the obvious appeal of Whedon-alumnus David Boreanaz and Apatow kid John Francis Daley, I like it. Yeah, it's a good show.

OK, I knew the guy was insane hot, but until tonight I did not know he was hiding THAT under his lab coat.
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1. Bugs and Cranks
2. Deadspin
3. Hulu
4. Fire Joe Morgan (RIP)
5. Yahoo! Fantasy Sports
6. MLB Standings
7. Facebook
8. mental_floss
9. Allakhazam: World of Warcraft
10. Torrent List

The Yahoo! Fantasy Sports will surely work its way down, as I am giving the official MLB site a try this year. I'm sick of Yahoo!, because so many people pull out halfway through the season. I can't wait until I am a math teacher, because then I can force my students to join my league for extra credit. Buahaha. I tried CBS last year, but they only let you change the roster once a week, which is not good enough for an obsessive-compulsive like me. Plus if someone like breaks their back on Monday, you're stuck with them for the rest of the week, earning no points. I don't know about MLB official, though, since you can't draft individual pitchers. That sucks.
Also FJM will eventually work its way down, but I still click it just out of habit relatively often, so that may take a while.

Also of note, number 11 is

I'm only writing this pointless entry because I think it would be interesting to look back in a few months and see if anything has changed.

All this talk about my fantasy baseball made me go look at my fantasy history on Yahoo!. It strikes me as hilarious that out of the five teams I had last year, the team that I pretty much just drafted full of hot dudes did second best out of all my teams.
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01 February 2009 @ 10:34 pm
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02 December 2008 @ 11:23 am
I DVR'd the Lord of the Rings trilogy in hi-def over the weekend, and I've been slowing watching them all over the past few days. Today I finished off The Two Towers and remembered why I haven't really watched it since it first came out on DVD.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good movie. It really is. If I hadn't been reading the books since I was a very small child, I would love it. I love a lot of things about it - the battle at Helm's Deep was wonderfully portrayed, despite the changes and unnecessary additions (Haldir? Elves? What?), but I can sort of understand why changes and additions were made. Most of the changes centering around the Aragorn-Legolas-Gimli party were added or subtracted to give the film emotional impact. Understandable.

With Merry and Pippin, the big thing was dumbing down Treebeard and the Ents, but the film's goal here I believe was to move that part of the story along a bit more quickly. The dumbing down of Treebeard did irritate me at first, but I think the writers wanted to give Merry and Pippin some heroic moments in the film. In the book, they didn't really do a whole lot here. Giving them a chance to make a big speech and convince Treebeard to go to war and ride in victorious on his back taking down orcs adds to the visual story of the film. Irritating, a little, but again: understandable.

The WORST thing, in my opinion, is the handling of Faramir. Faramir is my favourite character in the books. I love Faramir. When I was a little girl, I would play with my Barbies and pretend I was Eowyn and I was marrying Faramir. There is absolutely NO REASON to turn Faramir into a villain the way that little gnome Jackson did. Faramir did NOT want the ring. He didn't even want to LOOK at it. Faramir is pure and heroic and wonderful, not a kidnapping, Gollum-beating, emo bastard. COMPLETELY unnecessary change. Offends me more than anything else in the entire trilogy. They took a major character and changed his personality. Terrible. Cirith Ungol was moved to the third movie, so they needed some action and adventure for Sam and Frodo, but they could have had that without Faramir taking Sam and Frodo prisoner. They could have gone with him willingly to see the front lines at Osgiliath, or that all could have been shown in flashbacks or whatever. Of course, movie-Faramir can be forgiven a little for acting the way he did, since movie-Frodo and movie-Sam were being total tools. Maybe if movie-Frodo wasn't such a douchebag and just told movie-Faramir what he was doing like book-Frodo did, movie-Frodo wouldn't have ended up being taken prisoner and run all the way to Osgiliath. Still, once movie-Faramir learned of the ring, if he was really an accurate portrayal of sweet, wonderful book-Faramir, he would have tried to help movie-Frodo despite movie-Frodo being a giant douche. Movie-Frodo didn't deserve to be warned about Cirith Ungol anyway.

On the other hand, I don't really disapprove much at all of changing Faramir from being dark-haired and beardless to being a scruffy redhead. I don't have any problems with that, really. Nope.

Then there's Arwen. I hate all the Arwen shit. Every second of all of it is entirely fabricated. They wanted to establish that Arwen and Aragron are lovers, but was it really necessary to flesh it all out so much? I could have been left out completely and no one would miss any of it. Maybe if they had a different actress, I would be more forgiving of it, but blech. Come on. Liv Tyler friggin sucks. Leave out all the Arwen/Aragorn shit and have the romance between Faramir and Eowyn play out in Return. I would have loved to see that.

Oh, well. The movies have been made, they're the best anyone could do, and it's unlikely that better ones will ever be made. That's why I read the books more than I watch the movies, I guess.
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23 November 2008 @ 07:54 pm
What is the appeal of Robert Pattinson? He looks like he just rolled out of bed, wiped the hooker spit and cocaine off his face, smoked a joint, downed a couple Coors lights, took his Valtrex and strolled down the red carpet. He is GROSS! I'm sorry! Just gross! What is WITH teenage girls these days?