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...wherein I attempt to watch new movies this year and see how far I get.

Definitely less intense than the television meme, and I've got a better structure for this one, even, because listing by the day I saw it is pointless.

For the sake of argument, TV movies count (otherwise I would be shelling out ridiculous amounts of money), miniseries do not, and I'm thinking about letting film adaptation of plays count, because they're long enough and also because of the Tennant/Tate Much Ado About Nothing. (Tennant's Hamlet was on stage but filmed as a legitimate movie so hey).

Also, it's my meme and I'm allowed to make the rules.


SO.

* movie that was/will be released in 2012
italics movies I plan to see this year

January (2)
Black Swan
Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet



~~~~~

*War Horse
*Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
*Sherlock Holmes 2
*The Hunger Games
*The Hobbit
*Tintin
* The Avengers
*Cabin in the Woods
?Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing
Melancholia
The Muppets
Beastly
V For Vendetta
Thor
Tree of Life

..the rest of Star Wars which is probably like over half of them um.


I'M MORE THAN OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS FOR MOVIES GUYS. Or play along with your own LJ and I'll come check it out! Movie watch-alongs are especially fun so if you feel you have the need to be the first person ever I watch a specific movie with, let me know.
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I have a feeling I'll be able to do this without too much of a problem, with all the new stuff I'm watching/catching up on lately, so why not. Just have to remember to update. xD Not gonna count repeats. (Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] harbek  .)

Without further ado... )

shinydinosaur: (sherlock)
I didn't make it to my ridiculous goal of 500 new episodes of television in 2011, but I darn near got close with an official count of 410. (It would probably be more like 425 due to numerous Colbert Report episodes I never counted but hey.)

This list includes: click to see my most-watched shows of 2011 + stats )

Anything else I should be doing stats for?
Total hours of television watched, I'm kinda intimidated by the idea of summing that up..
shinydinosaur: (angel: puppet)
Good news: This is finals week for college so my mind's a bit scattered but after that, I've got lots of free time on my hands and I've been fighting stress by stitching a lot. And the complements from college people are really motivational.
I also have an 89 in my test average for math which is amazing. No idea what my total grade so far is but shouldn't be lower than an 80.

Bad news: I frikkin got fired from my job after all that hard work busting my ass running that studio - and the district manager never asked for my side on anything, just sent a message to the temp manager at my studio who'd been there a few weeks and told her to let me go. :| :| :|
So woo, no stable income and next semester is creeping up on me in exactly a month. Also I totally just sprained the top of my foot and walking on it is painful as hell. I'll get a bandage wrap for it tomorrow and then time to hunt for the crutches if it's like this Wednesday.

Other good news: I'm probably going to start making really awesome things with my geeky stitchery and selling it on like Etsy and local markets and stuff. Anything from magnets to pendants to phone charms or maybe even keychains - I have a feeling that a good deal of this will be commissioned because I can do literally anything with the finished piece and I can make it exactly how you want it. So if there's something you have in mind, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

As far as actual pricing, I have some guidelines in mind but I haven't bought any of the jewelry/charm/magnet/felt stuff which will probably need to be factored in. Once I know how much that will run me, I'll be able to list fair prices and all the other logistics.

And now, I bring you the awesome.

Mew, Shuckle, Pikachu, and Lugia


Lugia is what I'd consider a large sprite for obvious reasons. Took three hours to make, everyone else came in around two hours.

Pokeballs, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, and a Cascade Badge.

Each one of these took an hour to make - the Pokeballs would be excellent necklaces, magnets, or phone charms, for example. I also plan on making the Master Ball to complete the original pokeball set and then get the colors to make all the original badges.

surprise!non-Pokemon geekery: Rupees (Legend of Zelda)


The picture quality here is the best I could do but I assure you they are vibrantly colored and look fantastic in person. I can do SO much with these (they'll be individual pieces) so it's gonna be fun to experiment. Three hours total to stitch.

I also have a really cool Zelda-inspired project I'm working on for [livejournal.com profile] harbek and [livejournal.com profile] gildedmuse and myself that the former gave me some great suggestions for during a four hour chat to make it even more awesome, and when it's properly set up I'll start posting pictures. Again, very customizable.

AND WHY STOP HERE? There's only eighty bajillion different video games I can work with, more than a few fandoms that lend themselves to sprite-friendly things (Fezzes! Mario! TARDIS!) and I've already gotten a request from a friend to make a phone charm of a character from Adventure Time. Hah. :P
shinydinosaur: (Dollhouse: remember)
Of course, I'm still sending out cards in about a month, complete with personalized awesome if you'd like it, so sign up already! :D

~~~

First off, Reasoning With Vampires at Tumblr.
I'm an English grammar dork, and I've read all four Twilight books and thought they were a bit rubbish, but great for helping kids realize how not to write sentences/plot/characterization. Reading the entries is such a time-eater but in a great way, and I got through about two pages before some of them made me laugh SO hard. My 11 year old sister and I had tears in our eyes and were gasping for breath by some of them around page eight.
Some particular favorites: here, here, here and here.

Bonus: Part 1 of Alex reads Twilight. I love good snarkage.

Then, there's The Hobbit Blog.
Anyone who's a LotR/Hobbit junkie like me, is in love with the films, and/or interested in every aspect of behind-the-scenes from filming to directing costumes to sets to whathaveyou will love this. The production videos are so wonderful and fun and the last five seconds of video #1 had me tearing up from I'M SO HAPPY THIS IS REAL.


Fun story #1: I got a package today from MTI (Musical Theatre International) and freaked out before realizing that it was because I won a contest and then forgot about it. You had to answer the question about something in this particular book and then if it was right, you're put in a drawing for two versions of the hardback~ special 50th anniversary addition PLUS another hardback illustrated book by the same author. TL;DR: I won. XD
If anyone is interested, it's called The Phantom Tollbooth. I'd heard of it before but now I have no excuse but lack of time to read it. XD

Fun story #2: I was looking at the scifi/fantasy section of the bookstore before work today and passed two women talking about how to define science fiction vs fantasy books. tl;dr I spent about 10 minutes talking with them, one of them was a Joss fan too which was totally awesome. She showed me a book series she was reading with a female werewolf who takes charge and becomes the leader which is cool and more female-empowering and different all that. Not my type of book, really, but yay. :D
I'm currently bewildered as to why there is an authorized sequel to I, Robot. It's just sitting on my desk and I'm wondering if I should actually read it. And I was so tempted to buy another book and had to just stop myself.


brb signing up classes for next semester.
Sociology, US History, Ballroom Dance, Public Speaking, Theatre Appreciation (online, boooo)

Meme time!

Nov. 5th, 2011 11:59 am
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] chosenfire28 (who stole this from [livejournal.com profile] violensi)


MEMES YAY


SIX NAMES YOU GO BY (in order of frequency):
1. Katherine
2. Kat
3. Ceri
4. Ceribri
5. Shiny
6. Mimi (a bffl gave me this nickname)

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. This beautiful shirt
2. Blue/black/white stripey pajama pants
3. my glasses

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. yummy hot food or a salad and some Starbucks
2. to move out of my house (there is serious long-term idea planning going on)
3. to get the evening off at work thursday b/c I have opera tickets to go with a friend

THREE PEOPLE WHOM YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
1. [livejournal.com profile] harbek
2. [livejournal.com profile] lias9
3. Anyone who likes memes

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. Helped a wonderful friend out with her photography portfolio and mostly got a lot of shots of my long hair and my gorgeous and even longer grey scarf in the wind and omg love the pics. She's gonna have the best stuff in her portfolio everrr.
2. Went to a jazz session downtown for First Friday, had a lot of fun even as the youngest person there, and went to the library's monthly sale and got like ten pounds of books and stuff for like $10.
3. Watched a bucketload of television for the first time in weeks.

THREE PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE:
1. my dad
2. my amazing friend mentioned twice already (she's the one calling me Mimi)
3. my mother

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW:
1. probably sleep in, then go to work from 2-6
2. not study for the biology test on friday
3. cross-stitch or read one of my new books or both

FOUR OF YOUR FAVOURITE DRINKS:
1. Orange Juice
2. the arnold palmer drink
3. Water
4. Starbucks Frappicino idek how you spell it

THREE THINGS THAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY:
1. Waking up and realizing I will one day get out of this house. (I do not call this place home unless it's to refer to it as my -temporary- place of residence)
2. Changing my text message notification to the chorus of 'Electric Blues' from Hair (it used to be the chorus of 'Superboy and the Invisible Girl' from Next to Normal and for my old phone it was the Dollhouse theme)
3. Remembering that this Thursday and Friday, respectively, I am taking like my fave guy friend to his fave opera as a semi-surprise (he was in happy shock when I announced I snagged the last 2 tickets my college had) then going to see my friend perform in Fiddler on the Roof.

*gets ready for a 6-hour shift*
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Because I finally have a moment to breathe, although I've been feeling sore and crappy the last three days and now I feel like I can't sit up without losing my dinner. I also use "obsess" loosely, as in many cases it's just simply some kind of intense focus, whether temporary or not.

Also because I'm distracting myself over the fact that I still have not had time to watch the last Doctor Who (or any other show placing second or below on my TV priorities list).

Sidenote: I passed my karate midterm today! Had to perform the first two katas I learned over the course of a month, and I did it despite being so nervous I was shaking afterwards.

List time!

music, television, theatre )

Funny story, my awesome college friend who loves musicals and singing/acting and is finally learning about all the great shows out there, we were talking today and I swear this is the conversation verbatim:

Him: hey, that woman on Glee with the dark hair, she looks like she'd make an amazing Elphaba.
Me: Lea Michele - I mean, Rachel Berry? Ohpleasepleaseno.
Him: No, the one that plays her mom.
Me: ...Idina Menzel?
Him: Yeah, her!
Me: ...she was the original Elphaba, so...yeah.
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Cross-posting to [livejournal.com profile] crafty_tardis.

First off, I have a feeling this was long-awaited, so huge apologies. In the midst of RL getting rather complicated lately, my computer has gone through two personal crises (crisises?) and managed to dump all of my data down the digital toilet. Thank God for the likes of TinyPic and Photobucket.

Disclaimer reminder: I ask that my created letters, like the originals, not be used for any sort of profit. I'm not making any money off of them either. It's a labor of geeky, awesome, fandom love. <3

Without further ado:

Pics behind the cut )


...it appears that among other things, my computer ate the graph version of K, although it shouldn't be too tricky to make it with this picture - but I can remake the graph - as well as my L, where the only remaining copies besides the actual (as-of-yet incomplete) stitched piece are some print-outs. Thankfully, I can remake that one without too much difficulty.

I love how with some of these pictures, I clearly have the colors in mind, and then when it gets to actually making it, I'm like SCREW IT and I use a different color after all.

So this wasn't as spectacular an update as I had hoped, but I'm getting there. I've made charts for S, T, U, and W as well, in case anyone was wondering. I'm just waiting to post them in order. Suggestions are loved! I've got most of them figured out, it's just a matter of making a chart.
shinydinosaur: (Topher: not unlike pride)
So I've managed to procure some internets on my dad's computer, slow and virusy as they may be. And as I'm behind on my personal schedule to start posting pics of my secret project, I'll attempt to do a grouping now.

The only people I know of who knew of this project were [livejournal.com profile] harbek, [livejournal.com profile] chibichimera, [livejournal.com profile] platoapproved, and probably another person or two whose username I can't think off off the top of my head, and even fewer who have seen said project, and none who have seen 100% of it. SO.

Cut for dramatic effect... )
shinydinosaur: (Chess: soviet russia)
This took about four hours to create as an entry, thanks to all the hunting I had to do. SO worth it, even if it's nearly 2:30am now.

Decided to go back and find good moments of my past Mafia games - the one where Wash was an assassin with River and was totally leading on Simon and Zoe, the (only?) one where I was Giles, the one where Wash and Simon get drunk, the one where events were so epic that it led to a full-on crack!ship and a banner to commemorate the Wash/Simon/Illyria ship (and my headdesking a lot) or the reaaaaally early game where [livejournal.com profile] lias9 was assassin!Zoe and was trying to double-cross me and then things went wild.

If any of the players in my f-list have any good stories/memories, please comment!

EDIT: I've only gone through that one jjmafia game, but I believe I've covered all the ones I was in for whedonland. I'll have to go find the other mafia comms and games, if I'm even able to, like the Villains one or speed games, but if anyone who tracked entire mafia posts still have links in their notification area, that'd be awesome.

What I've found so far:

My first mafia game as Giles (I do believe it was my second or third Whedonland game)
*Unfortunately, I was killed on day one or two or something, but being a ghost was nice. Also had [livejournal.com profile] harbek as a great Topher, which I really miss.
Giles/Adelle and Adelle/Simon. Heee.
A great little moment for Giles.
Simon and River. <33333
Somewhere along the line... someone decided that Justin Beiber must clearly have been an assassin. So there were votes and speculation about him. XD


One of many wlcaritas games, but memorable to me for this:
*Note: Wash is an assassin, River's an assassin, Simon's a healer, Illyria's a mason, and I remember doing my best to skip Wash around Simon during the day and be bffs while asking to keep him alive in assassin chat (because I love [livejournal.com profile] lias9 so dang much as Simon) - and according to some, Wash getting "jealous" of what became the Simon/Illyria ship.
Day 8: Wash and Simon go to the bar - following the death of Zoe.. and Drusilla shows up
This is just a cute drunk!Wash moment..
Day 9: Wash sees Dru
Day 10: Simon's the seer. (Again.) Wash and Simon have an adorbs moment.
Night 14: Wash dies and there's Simon/Wash insanity and tempertantrums. In-character. <3
Night 15a: Simon and Wash snarkage.
Night 15b: more snark!
Day 16a: ghost!Wash vs ghost!Illyria
Day 16b: more snarkage and OOC
Day 17: ghost!Wash and Simon and ghost!Illyria

My awesome shiny banner by [livejournal.com profile] sucksucksmile/Anya after it was all done with. (All the assassins got one and we even gave one to Simon for being an honorary assassin, I think.)



The clubjj Mafia game of epic
* Basically, the game was dragging on so long that I felt we were all just waiting for it to be over, but didn't want to be bad sports and arbitrarily quit or declare game over. So Wash gets stressed and eventually just snaps and becomes evil. It was a lot of fun and helped lighten the mood a lot, plus it gave us something to focus on after voting.
Part 1: Wash snaps.
Part 2: The kidnapping goes weird
Part 3: surprise!Jayne and lightsabers. Also probably the only time I can use the phrase "I'm a leaf on the wind" as a threat.
Part 4: Second Notice
Part 5: Goodbye, Penny.


ETA: I FOUND IT I FOUND IIIIIT OMG OMG OMG.
THE ONE WHERE [livejournal.com profile] lias9 IS ZOE AND I'M WASH OMG.
The dates of this thing were June 9-13th, 2010. I had to go SO far back in the archives for this one. ..what the heck HOW was that only almost a year ago?? It feels like at least two years omg. WE'RE ABOUT TO HAVE OUR ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY DATE. I'm almost positive that this was my very first Whedonland mafia game, so it's special. Introduced me to a lot of mafia friends, and looking back I now see a lot of familiar names in the rosters. Ah, good times. <3
Oooh, and [livejournal.com profile] harbek as Claire?! Totally forgot about that, but re-reading it it's just as epic as I remember. I believe [livejournal.com profile] kasiopeia was our very fun Jayne, too. :D

Here's a bit of Zoe/Wash. Still trying to find what made it so good.
Hee. Short but adorbs. <33
Zoe/Wash FTW
Wash getting defensive.
And then I think this is where Zoe's player starts thinking Wash is setting her up.
Oooh. Here's some great Topher/Claire interaction. [livejournal.com profile] harbek and [livejournal.com profile] afrocurl make it look easy. <333
The last day thread. Wash is scattered in there quite a lot with Zoe and River and all.
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Because I'm totally posting this rather than update on my two-week adventure and things I did besides meeting Matt Smith and Robert Sean Leonard in NYC, or going to Blacksburg and enduring the storm of the apocalypse. I think I'll do that tomorrow morning or something along with a separate mini-memorial post for Elisabeth Sladen. Still in shock about that, although I was in a semi-denial phase until some time yesterday.

Without further ado:

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] sucksucksmile.. I think.

Name me a character in one of my fandoms, and I will tell you:

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon

EDIT
Done: Astrid, Rory Williams (Doctor Who), Faith, Puppet!Angel (Buffy & Angel), Melchior (Spring Awakening) Dr. Horrible (DHSAB)
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++ Picked up my gorgeous dress from the tailor today, 'cause I'm going to the opera tomorrow! Did like 4-5 hours of late-late-night volunteer work for an opera gala thing last month and got free tickets, which I quite happily surprised my boyfriend with. He, in turn, is taking me out to a reaaally nice fancy place for dinner beforehand, which I haven't been to since our first date almost eight months ago. :3

++ Ate something! Lawl, I mean like solid food-food. Chicken salad for dinner! I'm still getting over this obnoxious cold/sinus thing, and apart from water/tea in the last two days I haven't eaten much other than tomato soup with crackers for two different lunches and some cereal. I'm trying to keep eating regularly but it's hard when you're sick and just *not* hungry.

++ Watched the series finale of Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Yeah yeah, guilty pleasure show, but it was fun, crazy, rather silly at times and had some great season arcs and great characters. Too short! Seasons 2 and 3 were my favorites, I think. It's an addicting show, and I never thought I could even get (that) attached to a 20-minute soap-opera/drama series. Also. BEN. IL Ben SO HARD. I adored him when I started watching and apart from Callum Blue's character ('cause I've had a crush on that actor since 2004) he's my fave on this show.

++ Job hunting: not going so well so far. Gaaah. If I could do transcription for a company or something, that would be ideal. I'm a fantastically fast typist, very good with spelling/grammar, and have a good ear for words. Or even more babysitting. Just SOMETHING. :|

++ Unrelated to everything but is made of win: I want THIS shirt. So very, very badly. Saw it when it first came out and am now reminded of its existence. Only thing better would be to assemble the costume itself (I found fabric you can buy online for his pants!) which would be much more time/money consuming.

++ I made some awesome jewelry, which you can see/love/share (or buy!) RIGHT HERE at my Etsy store, along with most of my yarn-made goodness. (If you're interested in anything, let me know what you think of pricing 'cause I'm still getting used to working it out.)

I'm making more still, but this is what I've done so far:


I doubt it'll sell very quickly, which is why I'm also going to be trying to sell it at the First Friday morning thing downtown next Saturday - it's usually much easier to sell it in person than online (plus no shipping fees).

TV shows.

Feb. 18th, 2011 03:20 am
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Nice pretty lists to keep track of what I'm watching/wanna watch/haven't yet watched/finished.
Stole the format from [livejournal.com profile] harbek , so yeah. (Then again, she's gotten me into so much in this post that I feel no guilt. XDD)

Cut to save my f-list from a..well, a list. Also the reason I've stayed up past 3am (again) )

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