lotus0kid: (friends & wonders)
BAM! )

In other news, the family weekend was very long, and involved going to a museum I had been to a week and a day earlier, but I survived, and even eeked out a little time on Sunday night for Downton Abbey and the DW finale. In regards to the latter, I'm... moderately satisfied, and that's all I'll say outside a cut. )

Speaking of mysteries, I discovered one of my own today. At work I have a calendar and mostly what's on it are TV shows and/or movie premieres I want to watch because I'm a huge dork. Mostly I just use initials, like "W.D. 9pm" for the Walking Dead premiere on October 16th. However, today I noticed that on Thursday, November 3rd, I'd written "P.U.V." and I honestly have no idea what it's supposed to mean. It must be important- I don't add things to the calendar unless I really want to see them. But no matter how much I wrack my brain, I can't remember what P.U.V. is supposed to stand for. I don't think a Google search would help much with only the initials and the date to go on... Nope, just tried it, nothing. I'm flummoxed.

So, anyway, onward to this evening. I'm finally going to see the latest Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. [livejournal.com profile] zombres, I'm with you- Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens will always be my Jane and Rochester, but I'm still curious about this version.

ETA: Well, just finished it. It's very pretty, and I really might look up the soundtrack, but... Well, obviously I've been spoiled by the Masterpiece Theatre Jane Eyre. A two-hour movie is not going to compare to a four-hour miniseries. But that said... I dunno, I think maybe they were so hung up on atmosphere, the actual characters and their interactions came a distant second. One of the things I absolutely adore about the MT Jane Eyre is how Jane and Rochester make each other laugh. They tease and banter back and forth and it's obvious they're more comfortable with each other than anyone else. With this, you don't really get hardly any of that. Suddenly, it's the proposal scene and Rochester's all "We've become good friends, haven't we?" and I'm sitting there like, "Uh, when was that? I must've missed it." And I can't blame it entirely on plot-compression. I really think they could have worked in more than they did. So, I think I'll keep my two discs of the MT version and send this back to Netflix.
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Why can't I ever just have a dream where I can fly? Why does my brain have to build an explanation around it? Like, me (and my mom, wut?) being shot into orbit with two/three other astronauts, and now we're in 0-G, but I can't really enjoy it because I'm too worried about the hundred million kinds of violent, instantaneous death that could befall me at any moment. And we won't even go into my other dreams last night. AWESOME WORK, BRAIN. The next two days are going to involve seeing old friends and going cool places, and this is the thanks I get? Pfft.

Anyway, also, SOMETIMES I. GET. BORED. And I make things that become huge pictures. )
lotus0kid: (friends & wonders)
Long, frustrating day at work, with my boss not there to answer the three dozen or so crucial questions that crop up as a matter of course on any given Monday in Payroll. It's especially tricky this week because of Labor Day- lots of unique arrangements of overtime and whatnot that she would know in a heartbeat but I have no idea how to handle. That said, the month/day/year end date of last week, which is a date I have to type in a lot as I enter all the info into our payroll software, well...


That's a winning hand. And a big picture. )

Anyway, can't hang around here. Got the last two Blackadder episodes to watch and almost definitely some chili to make.

ETA: LOL, the invisible character on Alphas is British! XDDD Oh, dude, I think it's Charlotte from Lost! Even better! I may actually have to get back into this show again.
lotus0kid: (verbs or adjectives)
Weirded out my co-workers today. At lunch I was listening through earbuds to a Nerdist podcast on my phone and playing Spider Solitaire and generally having an excellent time. The episode was the audio recording of all five Mythbusters at Comic Con 2010 and it was delightful and lovely and also very, very funny. Therefore, to my co-workers, who were standing around outside my little work area, what I appeared to be doing was playing Spider Solitaire and shaking with laughter every so often for no apparent reason. This must have added an interesting element to their conversation, which was explaining to our new receptionist just how many of my immediate and extended family members work at the company and how we're all related.

The Nerdist is kind of awesome though. I'm catching up on it now, because just scrolling through the past episodes has sent me into paroxysms of geeky joy as I've spotted name after name of someone I adore. Folks like the Rifftrax guys, and Nathan Fillion, and Matt Smith, and Alison Brie, and Weird Al Yankovic, and Simon Pegg, and Maria Bamford, and Neil Gaiman, and Patton Oswalt, and Danny Pudi- all who apparently come on the show and just have a nice chat with the other guys on it whose names I haven't quite learned yet. It's not as structured as A Damn Movie Podcast, but that's okay. It can actually be really fascinating. In one episode they had an amazing intellectual discussion with Jim Gaffigan about stand-up comedy. Great stuff.

Anyway, so that's happening. Otherwise, there's this thing I want to do, but I'll need a little help. It's something I've talked about doing, but I haven't had as good an opportunity to give it a shot until now. I'd like to try writing while drunk. Or, considering the resources at hand (my last two Woodchucks), writing while decently buzzed. So, I'm gonna need some prompts. I'm tempted to say the weirder the better, but then, this is the Internet, so I guess I'll go with use your best judgment. The experiment won't commence until Saturday, so you have until then. Hit me.
lotus0kid: (dancer)
It does not bear thinking about, how hot it is outside right now. But, on the up side, one of the AC units in our server room at work crapped out so all the computers had to be turned off, which meant HOME EARLY HOME EARLY YAY! I really wish I could celebrate with a Woodchuck cider or at least a cream soda. Alas.

Anyway, I fully intend to spend the next 90+ degree day or so inside, watching and/or perhaps listening to things. There probably should be some vacuuming in there too, we'll see. But in the meantime, tell me what to watch! Last weekend I had a minor crisis trying to pick something because there are just so damn many things I want to either re-watch or check out.

PICK EVERYTHING YOU THINK I SHOULD WATCH/LISTEN TO )

Ooh, looks like a storm might be blowing in to help things out a bit! Yay! Anyway, while you are reccing stuff for me, I'd like to give a more assertive shout-out for Dylan Moran's What It Is stand-up special, which some goodly soul has put on YouTube. It is really hilarious, and full of ridiculously quotable things that will make you laugh later on when you remember them.
lotus0kid: (city)
Got deeply bored at work today. So I accidentally drew Cthulu. )

Meanwhile, I wanted to try this out- remember that Fandom-as-an-Ex meme from aaaages ago? I am going to attempt it again, but this time, with music. Let's see how this works...

Things I Learned: this meme is kind of awkward when you're potentially referring to actual people, as opposed to fandoms, even when you're really just talking about their work. )

Lastly, I have received and listened to The Real Tuesday Weld's new album. Still collecting my thoughts on it, I need to give it a few more tries before I have a solid opinion. I can say that there are a couple tracks I'm 90% sure I can do without, as well as a couple tracks I'm 100% sure I can't do without.

ETA: I wish I knew how to quit you, Netflix. No, really, I wish I did. Slapping us all with a huge price increase for the same damn service is a straight-up no-frills dick move. *sigh* ... *trudges off to watch Let Me In on Instant*
lotus0kid: (dreamer)
Ahh, my apartment is at last family-free. For now.

Anyway, I found out that we're not allowed to watch shows online at work during our break. So, no more catching up on The Daily Show and/or Stephen Colbert at lunch for me. That kind of sucks, because it's pretty darn nice to watch something funny in the middle of the day. I really noticed I was in a worse mood later on. Hopefully I'll adjust. I am making good progress on Made in America, so there's that.

This weekend I'm thinking of going to the mall and seeing about a new bathing suit and maybe a Father's Day gift. While I'm down there, I'm probably going to try to see a movie or two. However, I'm not quite sure what to see. So, I'm going to try this thing. A poll, which I haven't before. Let's see how this goes...

[Poll #1752861]

(Dude, I didn't know posting a poll wipes out everything you wrote above it! I had to reconstruct this post from memory! Not cool! Well fine then. I had a whole paragraph about these photos but just forget it. ... My favorite one is 20, BTW.)
lotus0kid: (dancer)
Here's a fun thing that happens at work sometimes. We recently updated all our computers to Window's latest regeneration, and it's got all kinds of bells and whistles on it, among them being the noises it can make when you, say, get a new e-mail. Now, someone in my office, I'm not sure who, has chosen a certain.. suite of sounds, and when she (there's only ladies within hearing distance of my desk) does something, I'm not sure what, her computer makes a certain sound. I may not consciously register that sound when it happens, but eventually, I'll notice there's a song stuck in my head. A very specific song. A song I really like an awful lot. Yes, "City of Blinding Lights" by U2 was my jam for like five months back in high school. So it's really nice to just be minding my own business, doing something boring (a.k.a. working), and suddenly realize one of my most favorite songs is playing in my head.

more thoughts on that subject, cut for a vid your browser probably doesn't feel like dealing with )

So that's fun. What's not fun is the fact that several members of my government are trying to deny access for me and other American women to everything from birth control to cancer screenings to the right to choose a safe, legal abortion, should any of us need any of those things. Does that seem a little ridiculous to you? If so, you might want to go here and join the photo petition like I did. It's neat- I printed out the little sign they ask you to hold (you can also make your own). I made a little art project out of it, because that's a very good way to get me to focus intently on something for a very long time. Here's what I came up with:

cut for a biiig pic )
lotus0kid: (Pete)
Ah, well, another week down. This weekend will be much more low-key than the last one- mostly cleaning, maybe some cooking, and for goodness' sake finally writing the other auction fic I've been avoiding. *sigh* If you're reading this, [livejournal.com profile] foxtoast, I haven't forgotten! I just need a decent muse to descend and give me a little direction. I dunno, have any of you guys seen "Brown Betty?" It's an episode of Fringe- a very cool episode that's a musical detective story told by a madman on drugs. Have I mentioned Fringe is kind of awesome? Well, it is. ... Well, it was, at that point. Now... I'm having some doubts. We'll see how the rest of this season goes, I guess. Anyway, to come back to the point, if you've seen the episode, and a prompt of some kind occurs or has occured to you, feel free to drop it off here. I've.. really got just this side of nothing.

Otherwise... oh! I got a raise! I'm not sure yet just what it will do for my finances- honestly, I'm trying not to get my hopes up. But yay money!

Also, after months of failed attempts, I finally managed to do something I've been trying to do for... well, months.

Cut for a picture and a pun, or play on words. (I REGRET NOTHING) )
lotus0kid: (lol)
Oof, long day. My boss was gone, leaving me to work on the initial stages of payroll all by myself, since she wanted to get a head start on it because of the short week coming up (payroll gets processed by the banks on Thursdays, but since they'll all be closed for Thanksgiving, and anyway employees leaving earlier than that would appreciate having their paychecks, it's important we get it done ASAP). My end of it went okay, but the thing of it is is that we have multiple jobs going on, and multiple supervisors that have to create and send in multiple time cards, and if I don't get all of those time cards, I can't get anything done. I never ended up getting a full time card for one of the jobs, and that sucks. Well, I did the best I could anyway. Didn't help that I got my period last night, even though I have to admit that it's come at a borderline miraculously convenient time. So convenient I'm willing to forgive the last three inconvenient times. So that's cool.

Anyway, TV! As my subject line says, I've just about relegated The Walking Dead to Fridays at 10pm, because Sunday nights are for sleep, the better to face the new work week. Should I ever develop a life that involves social activity on Friday nights, well, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. It's a little annoying to be an episode off- I caved and read spoilers for this episode, but oh well. Rick impressed me last episode. I like a protagonist who will commit acts of spoilers ). Anyway, it's been interesting so far, not really much more than an extended zombie movie as of now IMO, but I'm excited to see how things develop in later seasons. Hopefully it'll involve a timeslot change.

Because (TRANSITION) I happily came across a commercial for the American version of Top Gear while watching The Daily Show online during my break. It's coming on this Sunday at 10pm, on the History Channel of all places. And I know, I know, "Ewwww American re-make rarrr kill it with fire!!!11!!" but.. goshdarnit... I'm excited, okay?! Really, genuinely excited! It looks good! It's got Adam Ferrara as one of the hosts, which surprised the heck out of me. I know for a fact that he's a very talented comedian. The other two guys I don't know but they seem cool too. It honestly does look like it's got the style, the enthusiasm, the romance (not slash, but of the automotive industry- we'll just.. wait and see on the former), throw a Stig in there and it really should be good times. I know the first episode of the Australian version was actually filmed in England and all the English hosts were there and it was all very much "Welcome to the club, n00bs ;)" in a friendly way. While I don't really think that will happen for the American version, I'm still crossing my fingers for a cameo by Clarkson, May, and Hammond at some point.

So, yeah, hey, two posts in as many days! I didn't really mean to clam up like I have lately, just haven't had too much to talk about I could pull together into a post. And now I must be off, to listen to the commentary on Dog Soldiers before it's time for zombie mayhem.
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So, I've been hired to work in the HR department at my dad's company, so this week has been one of those Last Week of Freedom type deals. It'll be another 8-5 job, unfortunately, but the work shouldn't be beyond my abilities, one of the two ladies I'll be working for is very pleasant (haven't met the other yet), and it will be pretty great indeed to get a paycheck again (and a bigger paycheck than what I was theoretically getting at my last job), so yay!

I heard about that indefinite stay put on the Prop 8 repeal. :( I'd appreciate it if anyone who's reading this could take sixty seconds to watch this vid to show you believe in equality for all American citizens:



You can also show support by signing this pledge. Thanks.

And now, I'm going to indulge my current Last Week of Freedom with some Daily Show and a double feature of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, to scratch that Edgar Wright itch Scott Pilgrim left wanting.
lotus0kid: (5 seconds)
Ah, well, had a great time down at the gay rights rally in DC. It was muggy and humid as hell, but it didn't rain, and since we were standing in an open area for about three hours, I was actually happy for the clouds because straight sunshine would've been brutal. It wasn't a huge event, but there were a lot of really great speakers and it's always nice to see people supporting a more than worthy cause. I made a sign to wave around, based on an icon I saw on some post or another: picture and icon )

I've got some stuff to do tomorrow morning. blah blah job stuff whining blah )

Anyway, other things. Saw Scott Pilgrim, which was.. a visual spectacle, if nothing else. Kind of made the world seem flat and pale when I left the theater. )

I've had more luck with Netflix stuff. Lo and Secretary )

After the movie I came home and attempted to make a coconut stir-fry with shrimp and egg noodles. Recipe from the Student cookbook. )

Also, one of those fic-praise memes, yeah. Validate me?

the that's my favorite! meme
A FANFICTION PRAISE MEME
lotus0kid: (peter&claude)
I've had such a strange day. At least, starting around noon. That's when my mom called to tell me to make myself scarce as people were coming to look at the house (I mentioned it was put on the market, didn't I?) between 1:30 and 2:30. When I was going to answer the phone, I tripped and broke the strap on one of the flip flops I was wearing. So, since I had an hour to kill, I went to Payless and grabbed a new pair. Then, I was all set to head to the library and read the rest of the time away, when a random impluse grabbed me and made me turn right instead of left (uh oh... < /Doctor Who geek >). I went and got some ice cream at this little coffee place, and was walking along the street back to my car, when I stumbled upon none other than [livejournal.com profile] visiblemarket (who I had just seen Iron Man 2 with last night) and her mom! And they just so happened to have an extra chair at their lunch reservation, so away we went, for free food and fun times. Which wouldn't have happened if the people hadn't decided to see the house, if I hadn't broken my shoe, if I hadn't decided to turn right, and if I hadn't gone to the coffee shop for ice cream.

Another weird coincidence- I went to a co-worker's birthday party at a local bar/restaurant around 5:45, and who did I find there? Two of my cousins, who I see maybe three to five times a year. Had a nice chat with them before my co-worker showed up. I had next to no idea they were in the area.

Anyway, I just kind of wanted to record that, for when I want to be reminded that it is indeed a funny old world. Now, well, I could watch The Invention of Lying... but I think I'm going to start on a deeply silly and mostly selfish one-shot for my third Plaude anniversary / [livejournal.com profile] visiblemarket's birthday / [livejournal.com profile] englishmuffin2's extremely belated birthday.
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1. TV stuff, cast spoilers )

2. Work stuff )

3. Meme stuff )

4. UK trip stuff )
lotus0kid: (Pete)
Hey, sorry so quiet lately. The birthday was very pleasant, my boss and some co-workers came for a visit around lunch, and I went out to dinner with the folks. That's about it. Oh, and I got a haircut a couple days ago. It might be a little on the Mom Hair side of things, since my mom took me to the same lady she goes to (god I miss my car), but I like it. On the recovery front, I have a lot more scars than scabs, the most dramatic of the bruises are gone, and I'm using one crutch way more than two. I'm even limping around on my own probably more than I should. I've started working from home now- remembering how much of a drag eight-hour work days are, even without the commute. I'm hoping to get off the non-narcotic painkillers as soon as I can talk to someone worth talking to at the hospital- no mean feat, I'm discovering. *sigh*

Anyway, now that I'm pretty confident I'll be dang near 100% again within the next two or three weeks, I should probably share some news. I'll be headed for England in mid-April with a couple friends to meet a third who's going to grad school there. Should be a week-long trip plus a couple days, and it's going to be awesome.

Other stuff. A while ago at work I stumbled upon an interesting band. 3 Fervent Travelers- no vocals, just two violins and a double bass. They do some very cool stuff, including this version of The Beatles' "Blackbird" that is really just stunning. As if someone gave the sheet music for the song to a 19th century string orchestra and told them to run with it. Give it a listen, you'll be glad you did.

Also, I just watched Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious for the first time (thanks, YouTube!). Boy, that's a fantastic film, huh? Very suspenseful, and romantic, and ripe for a Plaude AU. Heh, sorry, Hitchcock, loved your flick, honestly, but it needs more Plaude. I'm picturing New Company versus the recently dismantled Primatech. As a former Primatech agent, Claude gets chosen to infiltrate a den of conspirators, but his undeniable attachment to his handler- the earnest young Peter Petrelli- could undermine the entire operation. Sounds good, right? I think so.
lotus0kid: (5 seconds)
a. Kind of cool developments at work: I actually interviewed someone for an admin position last week. I think I've decided that, since as the senior admin I would be more or less responsible for the person that was hired, my deciding factor if I do any more interviews will be, "How likely is it that this person's work or behavior at work will embarrass me?" Also, I've now locked up the office twice, when my boss wasn't in. And I will be doing it again this week, almost definitely. So, that's nice, in a "Oh god, oh god, please don't let me screw this up" kind of way.

b. The carpet folks have been through, and my room is rearranged and all my books that weren't in boxes are wrapped in twine and in plastic bags. My desk is completely bare, shelves and all. It's weird and depressing, but the worst thing is that I lost my new U2 CD that I got for Christmas and had finally decided give a listen last night. *sigh* Hopefully it'll turn up somewhere in the closet where I shoved everything else.

c. Rescue Me got runner-up in the [livejournal.com profile] heroes_slash awards! The tradition continues! Thanks very much to everyone who voted, and congrats to the other Plaude writers who snagged categories.

d. A neat meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] rionaleonhart:

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment. (That way you're not leading the questions asked to fit the characters.)

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments.

For example:

"One, Nine, and Fifteen move in together. Is this a really bad idea?"
"Under what circumstances might Five and Seven fall in love?"
"Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"
"Write a drabble in which Three and Eleven FIGHT CRIME."

3) After your f-list has asked enough questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
lotus0kid: (geekiness)
I've been on Twitter sporadically for work purposes over the last week or so. I'm not a fan. I don't really understand how it works, and more than that I don't like how it plays into our collective laziness and self-absorption. For example, one page had a single entry, which read "can't sleep". Yeah. Going through random Twitter pages (again, for work purposes) is like spending thirty seconds in the most boring part of a stranger's day.

HOWEVER.

When Twitter lets me witness something like this:

I'm calling you out @NathanFillion. Your spaceship vs my spaceship. Last one to the crab nebula gets the beers in. Spacedock, 1 hour.

Yo, @simonpegg, be reasonable! My ship was a filming set, while the Enterprise is obviously real. Perhaps a drinking contest?


Well, that makes up for a whole mess of sins.

Bonus:
From Nathan Fillion's Twitter page: "I like falling asleep in the make up chair because I wake up better looking."
From Simon Pegg's Twitter page: "It's Friday and today I get to work with Tim Curry. You see me shiver with anticip ... ation!"

*happy sigh* You see why these guys are two of my favorite people?

Anyway, on the less fangirly side of things, people are coming to replace the carpet on a good portion of my folks' house. So that means this weekend will be spent really and truly dismantling my room for what really has to be the last time. *sad sigh*
lotus0kid: (MM)
I've been doing a lot of research on local companies recently, and that has involved going through a list of all the companies on CareerBuilder (argh). So far, I've come across some really interesting ones:

1. GenCorp- "I leave for ten minutes and Evil Co. is in shambles!" Actually, I'm not sure if I should be surprised or not that there's a company called the same thing as the antagonistic corporation from Time Chasers.
2. Alpha & Omega Publishing- Somehow the fact that it would be a Christian publishing company run by two crazy composite Actives makes it even better.
3. ASCAP- "We're agents Boetticher and Kennedy from American Shrimp and Crab Amalgamated Processors. Law enforcement branch." You know, I always thought MM saying they don't use the acronym for copyright reasons was a joke because ASCAP sounds like "ass cap," but it turns out ASCAP also stands for the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers, sooo...

ETA: Lost tonight! Oh boy! [livejournal.com profile] fadeintodawn, [livejournal.com profile] gelatinous_goat, I know it won't be the same as when we were all hanging out in the common room, but if you guys happen to be on the computer tonight and want to watch it with me, I think we could do a great pseudo discussion post.

XDDD

Dec. 20th, 2009 07:45 pm
lotus0kid: (joyness)
MY OFFICE IS CLOSED TOMORROW!!! Eeeee! I'm so happy you don't even know! I was seriously considering taking off tomorrow, making up some lie about my street not being plowed (it actually wasn't for most of today, and only my stepdad's jeep could get through the 20+ inches of snow that's been dumped on us), but now I don't have to! At the very least, I was going to ask if I could leave early, because the plain fact is I've done exactly none of my Christmas shopping so far and it HAS TO GET DONE tomorrow. Jeez, I haven't even bought a single card... So, yeah, that's what I'll be up to, after a leisurely morning in which I enjoy the hell out of the fact that I'm not driving over slush and ice between the hours of 7 and 8am. *does the dance of joy, it looks very similar to my current icon*
lotus0kid: (Rawr!)
Sweet god in heaven that was the worst traffic I've experienced in my life. I made it out of work at 5:07-ish. Didn't pull up at home until 6:45. I don't think I did over 40mph for more than twenty minutes of that. Ten minutes. Jesus.

Anyway, on to the post I was going to make before that unfortunate event. It all seems rather stupid now, but what the heck.

On my computer screen at work, there's a little clock face you can have on this vertical toolbar thing on the right side. I was playing with it today when I didn't have anything to do, and I noticed you could name the clock. Why anyone would want or even think to do this, I don't know... but I named it Jeremy Clockson, like any Discworld (and Top Gear) fangirl worth her salt would. Unfortunately the name was too long so all you can see is "Jeremy..." I also changed it from a dull black and white affair to something in blue and neon. Very nice, kind of '50s diner-ish, and dare I say snazzy.

It seems that during my lunch break I pretty regularly have time where my f-list ceases to amuse me (no offense), but it's not time to work again. I try to write during that time, but I'm burning out a bit on the long fic I'm working on. I'm not quitting or anything, I just need a little break. Writing those prompt fics was fun- quick and easy and somehow not quite as incriminating if potentially discovered. As such, I'd appreciate it if you kind folks could help me build up a little stockpile of prompts. Just one-word things, maybe a phrase. You don't have to specify pairing/fandom- I'll come up with something on my own if you don't. C'mon, help out a bored office drone.

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