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So Long and Thanks for All the Fish [12 Mar 2009|07:58am]
You know what folks? As of this morning, I'm moving to Sribbld. I'll allow for anonymous postings there if anyone wants to ping in, but...yeah done. Done like a done thing.

Tempted to move dc_nation over there too, but dunno yet.
Nah...Still gives me an excuse to be here.

[22 Sep 2008|04:49pm]
For ScottCollapse )

Can a Movie be Better than the Book? [18 Sep 2008|01:14pm]
This was asked on my librarian news blog today, and my answer was thus:

Some sci-fi and fantasy books just spend most of their time world-building and not as much on character. When you have a visual adaptation however you HAVE to tell the story through the characters, not descriptions. Don't get me wrong I love the following books, I just think the movies did a better job telling a story.
Here is the list I submittedCollapse )
Finally, I have to point to an even rarer instance that does happen - when a novelization of a movie is better then the movie because the author can make you linger on character moments and/or fix plot holes. I have two of these on my shelves. A.C. Crispen's "V," novelization and Alan Dean Foster's "The Last Starfighter." The "TRON," novelization bears a mention here because it actually shows cut scenes and fun moments you can lose if you're watching a "full screen," version of the film.

EDIT: My husband just point out a few more movies that are, "better then the source material." One would be the movie "Clue," and the other are the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

Other book/movies mentioned were "Forrest Gump," "Sense and Sensibility," "Women in Love," and "Brokeback Mountain."

Anyone have a movie they'd like to add to this?

[29 Aug 2008|07:19pm]
In this week of stupid and crazy, where I admit my enthusasm for my future career and public service in general serously lagged, I finally got my books for the quarter and started reading them.

Kaylin: I discovered your beloved Anne with and E, Nancy Drew, and Animorphs all came from the same publisher. Before I even realized I was at the the computer, I was typing this with the thought of, "OMG, Kaylin will squee."

Stacy: I read a children's book where it outlined George Washington's spy service, including the cipher George Washington used. All the spy terms, curmudgeons, and intrigue made me smile and think fondly of a couple voices in your head.

Scott: When I hear about "Where the Wild Things Are," I can hear you reading it aloud. Yes, just exactly the way you sound. I wouldn't have the book any other way, and I'll bet Luke won't either. I don't write much, but every textbook makes me feel like I'm back at college being egged on with the same "let's get in trouble!" smile.

Jess: It's not a party until you bring the Oz. Also, your wisdom to Kaymo about the benefits of children's stories being important has been formost in my mind.

Gavin: My dear...My Muppet. You turned an adult into a kid, moved kids to adulthood, and you reading Bradbury is an experience. You made the trip fun. Love you.

Shawn and Kiko and co.: There is no way in hell you understand the zen of bedtime stories until you've had to read them about 6 times in a day.

Everyone...believe me. I would not be anywhere near enthusiastic about any of it if it wasn't for you.

New AIM [02 Feb 2008|03:07pm]
Was: Deep7Lady

Now: GrayArcadian

If you want to be added to the buddy list, please let me know by posting below or pinging me.

Ryss, We Need to Talk. [19 Jan 2008|10:19pm]
[ mood | Heartbroken ]

...above and beyond the letter.

The dangers of mixing your geek [14 Sep 2007|12:15pm]
I reloaded Might and Magic 2 on my computer and have been dorking around with it between study breaks. In this game your party can consist of 6 characters of various D&D style classes. On a whim, I just decided, "what the hell," broke down and made a Titans team of the founders plus Omen. I expected them to flop and get some humor that way. Nope. The troop is scary enough that I'm considering the wisdom of a JSA team.

Still, there's some unintentional moments of funny...

Flash finds Lantern (Yeah, the Flash generally can.)
Troia hits for 200 damage! Amazon goes down! (Way to go princess.)
Nightwing is killed! (Didio seems to think it would be a barrel of monkeys.)
Flash casts holy word! (Well, he does scream, "Oh God," a lot.)
Arsenal casts Walk on Water. (Roy, if someone asks you if your a god, you say YES!)
Omen casts identify monster (If anyone could...)
Become the Olympic Athlete of your dreams! (This one is obscure funny or jla_watchtower funny)
Encounter! 30+ Zombies (Wait, when did Joe Quesada's posse get in here?)
Dead Head hits Tempest! Tempest lost experience! (So THAT explains Cerdian's off-panel sex change!)

My favorite:
Arsenal shoot Seductress! Seductress not affected!
Seductress hits Arsenal for 216 points! Arsenal goes down!
Troia hits Seductress for 300 damage! Seductress goes down!

[15 Jun 2007|10:51am]
VH1 has been playing a disproportionaly large amount of David Bowie today.


Happy birthday, Scott. Much love, as always.

Nerves [18 May 2007|12:27pm]
From Texas Woman's University:

Hi Michelle,

Files will be reviewed today -- hopefully I will have an answer for you by the end of the day. If I do, I will e-mail you and let you know.


That and update on where I have landed recently. The Seattle Art Museum needed security/customer service staff so badly they called Randstad. After a week of 12 hour days and questionable breaks, I am the survivor only to see the shift turn more into the 4-8 hour variety and the break situation actually worked out. I thought I'd get bored, but since I'm not restless at this point it means I likely won't in the future. I've had, at this point, over half the regular guards I work with telling me I should come onto the team. It's not good pay, mind you. More than what I was getting at the Tux Shop, but it does come with a "ride anything, anytime," bus pass and the constant walking is good for my health. Plus, it would work with school AND volunteering at the Central library, which has been a major concern.

However, this all really depends on what Brenda writes me back with - and then what the agency works out. Gah.

The music of the day is from the museum scene in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." What's funny is that I spotted one of the pieces I currently guard in the movie so the song's been in my head for weeks.

Mostly for the Seattle Crew [31 Mar 2007|07:18pm]
[ mood | amused ]


They have bred an orderless durian.

The world may end.

For the rest of you who may not have encountered "the king of fruits,", this is a huge thing about the size of a watermelon with spiky bits. Machetes help when opening it. The texture is a lot like scrambled eggs, with a taste that is...it tastes sweet and tropical. That's the best I can say. But the smell...oh, dear lord, the smell. When we brought durian waffers to game once (bought at the big Asian supermarket) they quickly took on the name "hot trash cookies," and a long running gag. There is also sharkcowsheep who created the mighty surreal villain, Space Durian. Go type "Wom Wom Coconut," into Google away from work. You'll be glad you did.

Wherever You Happen to Be, Guys, Thanks. [15 Mar 2007|07:58pm]
I was on assignment yesterday listening to NPR. There was a woman mountain climber talking on the show about her pioneering treks up Himalayan peaks and hiking across the Alps with a baby on her back. Hey, mountain hiking is not my thing, but I understand the tomboy "because it's there," impulse. What got my attention the most though was how she started climbing in the first place. A friend of hers asked if she wanted to come with him to Mt. Hood.


I got to thinking about some unsung heroes of feminism. Some people who likely thought they didn't have any impact or it was no big deal or whatever. Likely enough, I'll have some people telling me that women had to fight for it all and they aren't heroes because of this or that.

Bull. Here is some heartfelt thanks.

To Joseph and Sean. I still remember you walking up the hill to Grandma's with me in kindergarten. I remember you telling me how cool Wonder Woman was and how I had to watch Superfriends...and to stick around for "G.I. Joe," and when "Inspector Gadget," was on. You opened a whole world to me (and it's one I still play dress up in - sort of).

To Gahan, who had girl best friends who were older than him and was cool about it - and who let me swordfight him with a stick without a second thought.

To Gramps, who wanted a son and when that didn't happen, a grandson, and when that didn't happen figured the girl twins would work out just fine. Thanks for taking me fishing and camping and introducing me to the fine art of swearing...especially at Republicans.

To Tony Gonzalas - wherever you are. Thanks for all those games of "V," and "G.I. Joe," "Thundercats," "Voltron," and yes, thank you for calling me to play Wonder Woman. I just realized the kind of balls it must have taken you. Seriously. Jehovah's Witnesses don't generally go geek. In fact, they usually see it as against God's plan. First, good job in smuggling that stuff from your sitter. Second, thanks for calling a girl to be your second every time you wanted to run a show in elementary school when boys don't normally call girls for that stuff at that age.

To Jeff Guevera - For being the only guy on the hockey team who yelled out, "Come on guys! Give her a chance," when I picked up a stick after much grumbling. I remember they where pretty okay with me after I got the second goal in.

And to all the guys out there who didn't give a second thought to asking a girl to come along and do something - not because she was female and there was a point to be made, but because she was your friend, classmate, co-worker, daughter, granddaughter, or just plain there and you figured, "what the hell?". Thank you. You likely don't remember us, but at least one of those ladies remembers you.

Oh, Scott.... [15 Aug 2006|06:02pm]

The U.S. government has misplaced the original recording of the first moon landing, including astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," a NASA spokesman said on Monday.

You need to check things out BEFORE you take them home...

Meme... [30 Jan 2006|03:42pm]
Fire DragonCollapse )

And for something completely different... [07 Jan 2006|07:56pm]
As I was coming back from the testing place something came on the radio.

To those of you who played Final Fantasy X-2...is it just me or does the song "back on the Chain Gang," by the Pretenders sum up the entire damned plot of that story, right down to the line about a "Pigeon From Hell"?

The collective unconscious lives!

[07 Jan 2006|02:45pm]
Well, took the GRE, so that's one more thing taken care of. The writing and voluntary math sections are something that still need to be graded, but the rest I received my scores on already.

Verbal 520
Reasoning 600

Both of these are out of 800. I think I did all right. Special thanks to Andy, since the word "consider," came up.

Still need letters of recommendation if anyone is willing to write one.

[10 Jul 2005|11:00am]
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A Good Laugh at My Own Expense [21 Jun 2005|12:12am]
[ mood | amused ]

This made me crack up laughing upon seeing it. I know I'm going to catch more than a little teasing here, considering a certian signature character of mine.

Still, if you can't laugh at yourself and those little quirks that betray you as a fan - especially a fan that likes to mix her fandoms - then what's the point?

Please have a good morning, and remember that I am the joke this morning, obviously, not yourself. You, whoever you are, are going to have a great day, hopefully.

Ladies and gentelmen and those in neither catagory...

It's Darth Vadar and the Naboo Ambassador!

Almost as good as that picture of Bono and Jim McDermott last year...

[15 Jun 2005|11:48am]
[ mood | happy ]

It's my best friend's birthday!!!!!!

Go harrass Scott aka cleverusername2, especially if you haven't met him before. He like meeting new people more than I do and he's worth meeting.

And to you, friend, many hugs. If Prarie jumps out of the cake, I just want the before pics, okay? You kids have fun off camera. ;-)

Massive love [09 Jun 2005|01:05pm]
I just want to say right off that my friend rock my world. Take my best friend, Scott. He made the Duran Duran icon for me the other day - right on time for a band member's birthday. Maybe I can offer the assessment that a best friend is someone who is way too cool for for you, but loves you anyway.

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