Jun. 12th, 2010 11:38 am
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I've resisted the temptation to start any of those 30 Day memes because I know I lack the resolve and attention span to follow them through, but I'm going to attempt the post-a-picture-for-30-days one because this might possibly be the only way I will ever get around to posting the rest of my travel pictures. It's daunting to sort through 3,000 pictures in one go, but splitting it up to one photo a day should be more manageable, right? So! Let's see how this goes.

Day One )
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I may have finally reached that age where birthdays are to be dreaded rather than celebrated; but thankfully the internet is an ageless wonder, an anomaly of time and space, and a perfect venue for a "Things That Make Me Happy!" post! AND YOU CAN PLAY ALONG! (Seriously, please do.)

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years, nothing's gonna touch you in these golden yeeeeeeeaaaaaars!! )

I'd like to keep this open until I leave on Wednesday, so please! Spam away! Picspams, gifs, fanvids, basically anything in the history of ever that you feel like linking to or flailing over... all expressions of joy and happiness are welcome.
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I think my comment notifications have been getting messed up/delayed lately, so sorry if I'm slow in replying. (I just have to keep every thread I'm following open in a different tab and F5 repeatedly. Oh, what a tragic life I lead!)

More importantly... IT IS PSYCH DAY! YESSSS!!! Here follows a one woman party post, but do feel free to jump in if you so desire.

You want me to get up there with eggs Benedict all over my face? Canadian bacon in my hair? Hollandaise dripping down? I need zing! )

Okay, off to go do something productive. Like rewatch all of S1. HORNSTOCK!!! ...What.
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[livejournal.com profile] laughingmagpie's lovely birthday tribute to James Cagney today yesterday over a week ago (!!!) (once again I have spent too long putting this together!) reminded me that I've been meaning for ages now to do a tribute post of my own to one of my very favorite films, White Heat. Given the expansive body of his work, it's certainly understandable that Cagney tired of being typecast as a gangster, but... I'm sorry. He's only typecast because he's so darn good at it! I harbor a strong strange deep love for gangster films/crime dramas, and of my favorites I'd be willing to bet that at least half are Cagney pictures, but White Heat is at the absolute pinnacle of that list. As Cagney's comeback to Warner Brothers after a nearly decade-long hiatus from making gritty gangster films for the studio, the movie first hearkens back to all of his work in crime films of the 30s but ultimately reinvents the archetype for a new era (and stylistically -- gahhh, okay, I could go on for ages about how gorgeous the photography and Raoul Walsh's direction are in this film, but I'll save that for the caps -- the film bridges the more straightforward documentary-style crime drama with the more exaggerated moods of film noir). Cagney as Cody Jarrett is quite simply the performance of a lifetime, one of the all-time great chilling and charismatic film characters -- one minute he's sitting on his ma's lap, next he's executing a disloyal associate while casually snacking on a chicken leg; one minute he's crumpled in pain from his mysterious headaches, next he's coolly masterminding the next big movie for his gang. Jarrett is completely terrifying, and yet impossible to look away from or to avoid engaging with. He feels his affections, his betrayals, his rages so acutely that as an audience we have no choice but to get caught up in his extremism, too. As summed up by this lovely poster -- ALL CAGNEY BREAKS LOOSE!

Then of course there are so many other brilliant performances in the film, too. I love Virginia Mayo here as Cody's wife Verna, a woman who's sensual, independent, petulant, opportunistic, manipulative, and a determined survivor. She and Cody make quite a pair and have such a charged chemistry in all of their scenes together. Edmond O'Brien plays Hank Fallon/"Vic Pardo," the undercover officer sent to infiltrate Jarrett's gang, both befriending and betraying him in one fell swoop. And who could forget Margaret Wycherly as Ma Jarrett, the one always pushing her Cody up to the "top of the world"?

The rest of this gets spoilery for the film, if you haven't seen it and if spoilers for 60 year old movies with very famous endings are of great concern to you. Hint: it's a gangster movie. Lots of people get shot! Also contained herein are 90+ screencaps. ...What. I really really like this movie, okay? )
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Considering that about 99% of my journal content consists of me fretting over fictional characters, I hope you will appreciate the direness of my situation when I say that right now I am honestly truly disturbed by just how deeply emotionally invested I am in the fate of Chuck. First of all, THIS SHOW CANNOT BE CANCELED. PERIOD. Just. What. I have a hard time accepting that the show is even in this position -- aside from maybe House, I feel like it's the most mainstream/viewer-friendly of all my fandoms. In fact, I mostly got invested because I felt like it was safe, consistent, goofy fun that I could rely on week after week while all the rest of my shows were dropping like flies. (SERIOUSLY GUYS WHAT IS WITH THIS PAST YEAR? Atlantis, The Middleman, Crusoe, Pushing Daisies -- um, just, no. The last thing I need is more cancellation heartbreak.) The only thing I can come up with is that it has a killer timeslot; I'll admit that I don't even watch it live, because I'm watching House instead (but then of course I catch up with Chuck on Hulu which I suppose is a more effective demonstration of my viewership, so...). But if House kills Chuck? UGHHHHHHH.

And then secondly, even assuming the show does get renewed (pleasepleasepleeeeease), I AM SO ANXIOUS ABOUT MONDAY'S EPISODE. Speculation based on the NBC promo )

So. Ahem. Freak-out aside -- I don't know, this is kind of a thing I do every year at this time! A redirection of term project/finals/end-of-school anxieties, I suppose... probably exacerbated this year because I have even more going on in that department! Well, previously it had been jumping into totally new shows (last year SGA, and then the year before Robin Hood), but this time around I think it's just going to be me getting completely reinvested in a super huge way in Chuck. At this point in time any sort of pimp post/Why You Should Watch/10 Awesome Things probably would not make much of a dent in any viewership deficits, but you know what? WHO CARES. I feel inspired to share my love with the wooorld! Also, I know I tend to spend a bit too much time complaining/worrying/angsting over the show, so it feels appropriate to pause and celebrate what I do enjoy about being a fan.

So like I said, I know it's late in the game and there's no obligation to feel pressured to go out and buy the first season and catch up on all of the second season and get invested in everybody and pore over every single episode in the few days between now in the finale -- but if you feel inspired to head over to Hulu and watch an episode or two (although there is some running backstory, the show is fairly episodic), that would make me beyond happy. Or if you just want to scroll through this post and ogle Adam Baldwin, that's cool with me, too.

'If you say pilot of the Millennium Falcon, I will hit you.' 'Why would I say that, that's absurd! I'm going to be a ninja assassin.' )
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Guys. GUYS. NEW ROBIN HOOD. I... still don't quite know what to do with myself.

3.01 Total Eclipse; review + flail + angst + picspam )
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In doing my Year in Fiction recap last time, I had the most fun -- and blew the most time! -- doing my TV post; and, as 2008 began drawing to a close, I sincerely looked forward to going through the same process again in putting together a TV of 2008 retrospective. Yet once work actually began... I. Wow. Holy balls, guys. I WATCH SO MUCH FRIGGEN TV. When exactly did that happen? Looking over my post from last year I felt a bit ridiculous about how many new fandoms I had picked up, but between now and then my list has just about tripled. Um. Err. Yeah. Oops? I apologize in advance for the rather epic nature of this post, then. Definitely not dial-up friendly. Spoilers for the most recent seasons of: American Idol, Big Wolf on Campus, Chuck, Crusoe, House M.D., Legend of the Seeker, Life on Mars, Lost, M*A*S*H, Mad Men, Merlin, The Middleman, Psych, Pushing Daisies, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: TOS.

Television of 2008 )
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From [livejournal.com profile] dollsome:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions.
3. You should then update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed you should ask them 5 questions.

My questions! )
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Because I'm sure many of you are much more politically savvy than I: can anybody direct me to Obama's current official stance on NASA/Constellation? I know initially his only stated position was to remove Constellation funding for at least five years; but when he came down here to visit the Space Coast over the summer he responded to some concerns by expressing strong support for promoting leadership in space. At the time many people (myself included) speculated that his visit/speech signaled a significant shift in position, one which would soon be officially announced and expounded upon. I was just thinking about it last night while browsing through some NASA videos, though, and realized that... well, it's been a couple of months now, and I still haven't heard anything. I haaate when people say, "I'm not voting for Candidate X because I don't know where s/he stands on Issue Y!" becaue, seriously. The internet, people: it's a beautiful tool. Yet I can't seem to find any mention of NASA on Obama's website...? (Maybe this part is me being dumb because the site seems comprehensive enough, and yet I am just... probably missing something. ?? McCain's site has a separate "Space Program" tab but I don't think I've ever seen an equivalent on the official Obama site.) The only extended article uncovered by my Google-fu seems to be from an uber-conservative private news commentating website, so I'm guessing it isn't exactly an unbiased source of information. But if you know of any other news sources related to this topic, I'd be very appreciative. (ETA: Not sure if anybody else is interested in this or not... but this election tag on NASA Watch seems relatively up-to-date in gathering various news sources; obviously certain biases are evident in the comments, but there seems to be a fair balance of articles. So apparently the current statements circling are -- Obama: extra $2 bil in funding, focus on Earth-based aspects (climate studies etc.), no specific comments on next generation manned missions/Constellation/Mars/etc.; McCain: no real change from what has been featured on his official site, I think, just general support for VSE. Both seem to favour additional shuttle missions/extension on retirement.)

To be uncharacteristically quasi-political for a moment (and honestly I hate even calling it that, because -- really? It is 2008, right? And yet we still get so politically volatile from both sides about supporting science?) in, of course, a characteristically me fashion: the continued expansion of space programs ftw, brought to you by a few of my favourite STILFs. I'll limit myself to Americans for reasons of, uhh, patriotism and stuff (really because otherwise this post would be overflowing with the entire cast of every Trek incarnation), but feel free to bring in some diversity and share your favourites in the comments. Fictional characters are accepted!

That would be: Space Travelers I'd Like to, errr, Fraternize with )
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Epic Girl!crush Picspam of Doom that I started, like... a month ago... is finally finished! ...Sort of. Well. Finished in a me definition of the word, where I spent way too long working on it; started getting picky over everything; somehow picked up two new fandoms in the meantime; felt compelled to add more and more; felt guilty over stuff being left out; finally said ENOUGH ALREADY, SELF -- CLOSURE!! So I limited it to television girl!crushes. From shows currently airing -- or that would be airing if they weren't on hiatus. Or if they hadn't been off the air for years, and that I'm only now catching up with. Except for, well, the one that's already aired and I've already caught up with, finally, but am not ready to let go of. Ahhhh this is why I can never get anything done.

A few of the reasons why I love my TV... )
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Meme that I got from [livejournal.com profile] dollsome like a million years ago and has just been sitting in my drafts waiting to be posted: ten things I love! Today's programming brought to you by the letter R (and please comment if you'd like a letter of your own).

Cut for pictures and YouTube vids of a biggish nature )

...Okay, I think I've discovered why it takes so long for me to finish any memes, because a simple, "Make a list of ten things!" turned into a 1000+ word ramble. Of course!

HoYay Week!

Feb. 8th, 2008 02:14 am
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So, after my last post, I have decided that it is indeed official: thanks first to watching Psych's "Dis-Lodged" and then to House's "Frozen" and "Don't Ever Change," I declare this past week of television to be the pinnacle of slashiness. Maybe it's something in the air...? Who knows? I'm not one to question my blessings; the Lord works in mysterious ways. Of course this has to be commemorated in picspam form, though.

Psych 2.14, House 4.11-12 )
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As threatened, I couldn't resist compiling a picspam of all the best Guy/Marian hand!porn moments. Obviously quite image heavy, and it encompasses all of both seasons.

These two just can't keep their hands off of each other -- not that I'm complaining! )

TV of 2007

Jan. 9th, 2008 09:56 pm
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For the third and final part of my Fictional 2007 review, I bring you my year in television shows. This post has been an embarrassingly long time in the making (as evidenced by the fact that I did the first two within the same day and yet have been adding onto this one for the better part of the week), because, wow. I don't think I quite realized just how many new TV shows I've picked up on the wayside. I remember a few years ago making an agreement with myself to limit my major TV fandoms to only House and Lost, because I was HUGELY invested in both of those and didn't think I could make room for another obsession of a similar caliber. And then somehow I justified watching a few summer shows, some reality TV, maybe some educational programming... and holy bejeebies where did all these fandoms come from? I also blame the fact that, through some installation mix-up or something, I've been getting full cable (70+ channels) at school for the past semester despite the fact that I only pay for basic (about 15 channels); and being the terrible person that I am, I've decided to milk the mistake for as long as I can (and, ooh, spooky coincidence -- my Comcast bill literally just popped up in my inbox as I typed this. Weirdly enough, this is one bill I don't get annoyed at paying; instead, I get excited about having another month of TV!!! :D Yes, I am in desperate need of a life).

Caution: contains lots of large-ish images, as well as spoilery discussion of the most recent seasons of Lost, House, Robin Hood, Psych, Star Trek: TOS, Star Trek: DS9, American Idol, and Pushing Daisies

Part Three: Television )
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Again, spoilers for the Robin Hood series two finale; and again, I'm cobbling together a lot of observations from my comments to other posts over the past few days, so sorry if you've already read some of them. There are also several large-ish images behind the cut.

An Analysis of the Visuals of Guy/Marian's Last 2.13 Scene )
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The end of the year is a time for reflection, a time to look back and appreciate those developments which have left an indelible mark in one's life. For me, that would be Robin Hood. About eight months ago, I caught an episode on BBC America whilst aimlessly flipping through channels one night, and, well... let's just say that it escalated from there. Most of my moments of joy during this relatively lackluster semester can be tied directly to the show. So this post is my Christmas present to Robin Hood, and more especially to Guy and Marian, in gratitude of all they have done for me these past few months. Warning: this post may not be friendly to your dial-up (100+ images), to you Robin/Marian shipping tendencies, or to any semblance of sanity which you might still cherish.

Robin Hood series two: A Retrospective )

Many thanks to both [livejournal.com profile] angelfish_icons and the Gisborne Fanlisting for the screencaps used in this post. Many thanks to RH fandom for being so awesome and drama free and conducive to many lengthy rambles. And many thanks to all of my new RH friends for actually listening to those rambles! Let's hope the finale doesn't crush our dreams too terribly much. *fingers crossed*
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Even in the face of its exceeding cheesiness, I am totally obsessed with Robin Hood. What began as a simple summer fling has rapidly escalated into true fangirlish passion. That's right -- I'm like Danny Zuko at the beginning of Grease, trying to act all cool in front of my friends when I see Sandy at school but really going "OMGFLAILAHHHSOEXCITED!!!!" on the inside.

Because OMGFLAILAHHHSOEXCITED the second season starts tonight!

My meager justification for being so invested in this show (i.e. lots of pictures of ridiculously attractive people) )

I can't believe I just spent two hours on a Saturday morning typing that up. Actually, uhh, the sad part is that that is totally believable :/
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It's official. I'm the biggest dork ever. I actually really really like Emmy Rossum's new music.

My giant girl!crush on her has lain dormant in the years since Phantom of the Opera, but it is back full force. I'll admit that her album wasn't exactly what I was expecting, and I was a little weirded out when I first listened to the clips on her Myspace. But then the full preview tracks came out on iTunes, and I absolutely fell in love with this song (ignore the corny YouTube montage; much as I love Emmy, I'm too cheap to pay to download a couple of songs that I'm going to pay for again when I buy the CD in October). Again, not what I had anticipated, but in a good way! I think it's great that she waited a while to actually work on the album and put some distance between herself and Phantom -- not that that has stopped me from indulging in some extreme Phantom nostalgia, haha. Yyyyeah... biggest. dork. ever.

Did you think this post would come without pictures? )


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