gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (...whatever)
I just watched My Best Friend's Wedding for the first time, because we all know what a ridiculous fan of chick flicks I am, and it frequently is listed as one of the top romantic films of the last twenty years or somesuch.

My thoughts...spoilers, obviously )

...so, in non-TL;DR-speak, I spent two hours wanting to punch Julia Roberts in the face.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (ACK THE SUN)
MOTHERFUCKING GNATS

...sorry, I walked to the Sycamore Mall today to see Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the gnats along the way WORE MY SHIT OUT.

My thoughts on the movie )

(If you haven't seen it yet, stay at least through the end of the first bit of credits, since that's when you see what really happens with Sarah Marshall.)

Review of today's ep of Doctor Who forthcoming, but let's just say I'm gonna be sleeping with all the lights on tonight. Also, the concept of Data Ghosts is quite possibly the most disturbing thing to watch EVER.

WOOHOO

May. 27th, 2008 02:50 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Comics are cool)
BRIAN K. VAUGHN IS WRITING A RUNAWAYS MOVIE

ZOMG YES...even though we probably won't get it for like three years.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Gay in green)
Wow, it's been a while since I last posted. No, my ghost didn't eat me...I've just been alternately too lazy to post and too busy to post (funny how that works). Haven't done much aside from working on comps reading lists for various professors, doing miscellaneous stuff for AGSE (picnic, helping clean up the lounge for the renovations this summer), and random computer game stuff. Oh, and I've been watching a lot of movies.

What have I been watching? Well, I went to go see Iron Man last week, which was pretty awesome, as expected, and generally perfectly cast and very well-done. If this is an example of what Marvel's house studio can turn out, I'm glad they've created it and look forward to what else they do. (Though oddly, I found myself much more squeeful about the initial mention of SHIELD than the post-credits bit that made all the other fanboys cream their pants.)

My friend Stephanie also showed me the two High School Musical films, which I have to admit to my eternal chagrin that I really liked. They're a little cheesy, sure, but I mean they're MUSICALS...they're meant to be! And I certainly don't find them any more inane really than, say, Grease (though the music tends to be a little more MOR-pop than Grease's).

Given that all I knew about the HSM cast before this came from ONTD, though, it makes all that so much more traumatic in retrospect. Gabriella can't have nudie pics on the Net, that's just wrong! Also I find it cute that Troy and Gabriella (Zefron and Baby V) are dating in RL, even if I'm sad because Zefron seems SO GAY and will probably end up hooking up with JC Chasez and Chace Crawford for a teen idol Mickey Mouse Club threesome.

No, I'm serious, he seems SO GAY. Exhibit A, which is just unfortunate even without his overuse of that dice-rolling dance maneuver; HSM2 in general had more unfortunate choreography for Zefron, and whoever gave him those cuffed jeans that look like capri pants in the final sequence needs to be shot.

And finally, have some great Extras clips...
- Kate Winslet (part 1, part 2, part 3)
- David Bowie's infamous appearance
- Patrick Stewart
- Sir Ian McKellen

...oh wait, I totally lied, that's not what I'm ending with; this is (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] bemysty). Be sure to watch the included videos, they will FREAK YOUR SHIT OUT.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Mellow dude)
Mall haul from last night:
- Enchanted on Blu-ray
- Super Smash Bros.: Brawl for Wii
- Family Complex by Mikiyo Tsuda

Thoughts on my purchases )

Edit: Also, for any of y'all wondering, my Friends code is 0507 4481 5143 1684.

Edit 2: Since apparently SSBB uses its own set of friend codes (srsly, Nintendo, wtf), my code there is 0173-1151-1451.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Comics are cool)
MICHAEL CERA IS SCOTT PILGRIM

DISCUSS

(Personally, I think it could rock; if nothing else, it'll be nice seeing Cera playing something other than "the cute and awkward spazzy young guy"...I mean, Scott Pilgrim kind of is that, but he's older! Also he's kind of badass in a Super Mario 3 kind of way.)

But the real question is WHO WILL PLAY RAMONA? And the even realer question is WHO WILL PLAY WALLACE?

SRSLY

Mar. 17th, 2008 03:46 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I scare me)
IF READING HOT FUZZ SLASH IS WRONG, THEN I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT

loli-lilo

Feb. 6th, 2008 08:09 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Starry-eyed)
Okay, I'm watching the remake of The Parent Trap (you know, the one with Lindsay Lohan).

Thoughts:
- LiLo doesn't do a bad English accent; she could certainly give Brit-Brit and Madge a run for their money.
- It made me feel dirty, but the twins' first meeting scene is written and edited EXACTLY like a typical "love at first sight/touch" movie scene. This, in turn, reminded me of this. And then I felt the need to scrub out my brain for even entertaining the concept of underage lesbian twincest. D:
- I really liked the movie, despite it not being as good as the original with Hayley Mills. It's kind of adorable.
- In related news, THIS ENTIRE MOVIE IS LIKE A SUCKER PUNCH TO THE OVARIES. AND I DON'T EVEN HAVE OVARIES.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Starry-eyed)
Christ, after reading more about it I am looking forward to the new Indy movie (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).

Ahoy for small spoilers, basically returning actors and speculation based on website stuff )

But gosh, now I kind of want to get the Young Indy TV series. D:

Edit: Also, a meme from [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon for YOU to fill out in the comments:

Cut to spare your flist )
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Distinctly suspicious)
OKAY TIME FOR MASSIVE MOVIEPOST, GUYS

Review of Juno )

And shorter reviews of the other movies I saw in the theater over the break (except for Enchanted, which I dragged my parents to and which they liked, but which I have mentioned in my journal that I adored. It was just as good the second time around though):

Review of Charlie Wilson's War )

Review of The Golden Compass )

And okay, now that I have reviewed the recent theater movies I've seen, it's time for me to go into some rants.

Biased reviewer rant )

Movie adaptation rant )

Just my two cents.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Starry-eyed)
Man, I really wanna go see the 3-D version of Beowulf when it comes out, since I hear that's way more awesome than the regular version. I'll have to see where it's playing around here (nowhere closer than Davenport, I'm sure, argh).
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OMG HUGZ)
Well, I'm typing this back in good ol' Iowa City, on my non-slow computer where I also have my own bed in air-conditioning (i.e., no more sleeping on the wicker couch) - so while I'll miss a lot of the folks from back home, I am not at all sorry to be back in my own comfortable little apartment.

My last few days in KC )

Anyways, the drive up to IC was uneventful - once we got in, we stopped at Bennigan's in the Coralville Mall to have my early birthday dinner (it was very nice). Then we headed over to my apartment, which was fortunately exactly as I left it (I wasn't robbed, yay!). Unfortunately, on attempting to pull out my sleeper sofa for the first time, I discovered that Stuff, Etc. had lied to me like the cheating hobags they are, and it wasn't a sleeper sofa at all (it's just a regular one). So my parents had to get a hotel room, and I felt bad. D:

After they headed out I went to movie night at my classmate Stephanie's, and with her and my other classmate Satya watched Transamerica (verdict: very good) and Serendipity (verdict: cute romcom). I also discovered that classes started not on Monday, as I thought, but Tuesday. Which was kinda w00t. :D

I will admit my Latin class has been more rigorous than I thought it would be. Though it doesn't help that there's an exam scheduled for Friday - coincidentally, the same day I'm going with [livejournal.com profile] bshippotemkin, [livejournal.com profile] iowayehudit and Erin (who's also in the same Latin class) to [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis' and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic's wedding - and so have to take the exam after class tomorrow (meaning I've had to do tomorrow's homework and Friday's this evening, in addition to attempting to cram every bit of Latin I've learned over the last, oh, TWO DAYS indelibly into my head so that I can pass this test, augh).

Anyway, back to future tense verb conjugations. It's a rollercoaster of nonstop fun here, I tell you.

Let's Positive Linking!
- Chris Claremont's secret sex scandal. Whoa, I hope they kept Chris Claremont away from Halle Berry on the set of X3. XD
- FOR THE WIN. I <3th Darth, indeed.
- SO TRUE...this is how I title all my papers. XD
- The plasticine world of photo retouching. (From [livejournal.com profile] rathershady.) Airbrushing is the least of it.
- Cate Blanchett to play Bob Dylan in film. ...oh-KAY?
- School criminology class at fake crime scene discovers real body. What are the chances? XD

Edit: Damn you, George Lucas. DAMN YOU TO HELL.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (WOES I AM SO HELPLESS AND EMO)
Dammit, it is so hot...the A/C in my bedroom broke a couple of nights ago, and so now if I want to get any sleep at all I have to sleep in my mom's recliner in the air-conditioned living room because if I try to sleep in my room I will BE ROASTED LIKE CHESTNUTS OVER AN OPEN FIRE. Then when my parents get up in the morning I generally catch a few hours of z's in their air-conditioned room, so I'm doing okay. But still, sleeping in the recliner is making my neck sore. >_<

From IMDb:
Sitcom About Gay Rock Star Won't Air
A planned ABC sitcom produced by Elton John and his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, about a gay rock star will apparently never see the light of a TV tube. According to Fox News, the show, titled Him & Us, which was to have starred Anthony Head as Max Flash and Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall as his manager Samantha, was not picked up despite initial favorable reaction to the pilot. In an interview with The Stage magazine, Cattrall remarked, "It would have been a great series. Perhaps the subject matter might have been too much for some people."

...they were going to do a series with Anthony Stewart Head (a.k.a. Giles on Buffy) as a campy gay rock star being managed by Samantha from Sex and the City? And now it's cancelled? WOES

Anyway, what interesting stuff has happened this week...well, my parents have been having car trouble again (we took in their car Monday morning and just got it back this afternoon, and their bank account is $900 lighter), so I still haven't been out to get my learner's permit. I hope to do that and maybe go to the bank tomorrow, but God only knows whether that'll happen.

Also, yesterday I hung out most of the day with [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28; they had never had Jack Stack (oh deprived children! never mind that they're both older than me) so we went and they discovered the awesomeness that is the Fiorella family barbecue sauce. Then we played Vinnie's board game Ticket to Ride, which was pretty fun (and which I won, w00t).

And this evening my stepdad dragged me and my mom to Mike Burstyn at Kehilath Israel. (Here he is on the IMDb.) I knew about him because he's the son of Pesach Burstein and Lillian Lux, two of the big Yiddish stage stars (his father was the subject of the documentary Der Komediant) and he's been on the Yiddish stage himself (and later Broadway) since he was a child. And you can kind of tell he comes from the Yiddish stage, because his patter was quite close to what I've heard of those of the entertainers at the classic Catskills resorts (you may have seen them in movies like Dirty Dancing and Sweet Lorraine). A sample joke:

My father once told me the joke about the tribe of Jewish cannibals they found in Africa. Have you heard it? See, one cannibal says to the other, "I hate my meshugginah [crazy] mother-in-law." "Then just eat the noodles," his friend tells him.

Still, he seemed nice, and the jokes were funny (if groaningly horrible). And his singing was quite good as well, though it seemed like everything he sung was either in Yiddish, from like 1958, or from musicals he'd starred in that I'd never seen, like Barnum (in which Glenn Close was discovered as his costar); the only one I recognized was "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof (since apparently he finally got to play Tevye in a recent Mormon production in Salt Lake City XD). Still it was fun and I'm not sorry I went.

The synagogue where it was being held was pretty interesting in and of itself...I'd only ever been to Reform temples before, and KI is Conservative, so I was slightly taken aback at being presented with a kippah (a.k.a. yarmulke, for you Yiddish speakers) that I had to put on before I could enter the sanctuary. It didn't help that it wouldn't stay on my less-than-obedient hair. XD

I discovered on my way out that apparently there was a place you could get hairpins to hold it on that I just hadn't noticed. D'oh.

I was also not expecting folks to just be wandering around and chatting to each other during the event itself; I guess Conservative synagogues are laxer about that kind of thing, but it just seemed rude. Also, when I used the bathroom I counted no less than three old men who were talking on their cellphones as they used the urinal. Seriously, folks, if you can't detach the cell phone from your ear long enough to take a piss, you have a serious problem. >_<

Let's see, what else...Oh yeah! I also watched Ladies in Lavender with my parents earlier in the week. Our thoughts )

Let's Positive Linking!
- Hapsburgs retake Dracula Castle. It sounds like an alternate history plotline, but it's true. Those wacky Hapsburgs.
- Army refusing to put wiccan symbol on soldier's tombstone. Seriously, what the fuck. Just slap the frickin' pentacle on the tombstone instead of stonewalling, army!
- Running backwards apparently the new hot exercise. Freaky.
- And for any of y'all in the Chicago area who are interested in cake (and who haven't seen this already, which limits it to probably none of you), [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon has opened her Janaderia for business (metaphorically speaking, there is no actual building, just the opportunity to commission tasty tasty cakes).

...dammit, and I didn't even get around to my rants about the victim competition that takes place in postcolonial/feminist/race/gender theory, or about the Southern myth that everyone was either white gentry or black slave (and smear campaigns against folks like the author of God's Little Acre that actually wrote about poor white people and the downside of their circumstances) or the failure of feminist literary scholars to do anything with women authors like Pearl Buck (who I'm fairly certain was the first female to win a Nobel Prize for Literature, and certainly the first American woman to do so; but it took Oprah to even bring her books back into print). I guess those will have to wait for another day!
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (It's time for sweets!)
Wow, today I got absolutely nothing done. (Aside from a mild bit of cleaning.) I did, however, eat a crapload of junk food. I had snacks left over from [livejournal.com profile] iowayehudit's party last night, plus some others I'd bought, so I ended up eating a third of a box of Cheez-Its, several handfuls of Doritos and over a pound of Twizzlers this morning. HOLY GOD I'M OUT OF CONTROL. D:

Anyway, I DID manage to watch the new episode of Ouran High School Host Club, as well as giving Gakuen Heaven a try. And had retarded chats with [livejournal.com profile] enkiae and [livejournal.com profile] bemysty on IRC about them. XD

madness lies within )

Then this evening I went over to [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic's to watch Outland, a cheesy '80s sci-fi movie loosely based on High Noon, with Sean Connery and lots of exploding heads due to depressurization. It was not half bad, surprisingly (given Connery's track record with sci-fi *cough*Zardoz*cough*)!

Afterwards Jess was having a craving for cake, so we all piled in and went to DQ to pick up an ice cream cake. Then we came back and ate some while watching Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, which was on TV and was kind of awesomely funny and is worth watching if for nothing else than Neil Patrick Harris (a.k.a. Doogie Howser) snorting coke off an anonymous hoochie's ass while standing up in a moving (stolen) car - while playing himself. XD

After that, though, both Jess and I were craving greasy burgers (damn the prominent White Castle product placement!) and so we dragged Travis off on ANOTHER food run, this time to Steak'n'Shake. (Mmm, burgers.) Then he and I dropped Jess off and Travis brought me home, where I sent him back with my PS2 and some games to borrow (since I'm gonna be gone for three weeks, SOMEONE might as well be enjoying them till I get back!).

Let's Positive Linking!
- Yaoi manga have gotten very cracktastic. This is from Sakurai Shushushu's Vibrator Company, a heartwarming story of the gay love between two vibrator salesmen, currently being posted on [livejournal.com profile] yaoi_daily. How can you not love a manga with this kind of crack?
- And another awesome parody trailer, this time for Titanic 2: Jack's Back (sadly, not as a zombie). This amused me far more than it should have, probably because I'm sleepy.
- Best quiz EVER. (From [livejournal.com profile] rathershady.) Seriously, it's quite accurate. XD
- On eBay, a very pretty antique bed set that happens to be the one Lee Harvey Oswald was conceived on. Seriously, I'd totally buy it if I had the money, it's very pretty!
- Kit-Kat + Ringu = DELISHUS, apparently. (From [livejournal.com profile] enkiae.) Of course, the Skittles video game came long before. XD

...I leave for Kansas City tomorrow (well, today now) afternoon. So I'll be in KC in less than 24 hours.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (KIRA KIRA)

Solid Snake revealed as new character for Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii.
(Article from [livejournal.com profile] zerochan, anigif from [livejournal.com profile] dosetsu.)

...Whoa, awesome! Pit from Kid Icarus was also announced, which made me happy. And since they ARE doing third-party characters now, maybe Sonic...?

Yesterday I had my calligraphy final, which was really pretty easy, and gave my presentation on my final project, which was less fun but overall not bad. Afterwards went out with [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis, [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic and Erin to Donnelly's, where I'd never been before. Then went over to Travis and Jess' and watched Kung Pow: Enter the Fist with them, which was RIDICULOUSLY STUPID but ridiculously amusing, and much better than the godawful trainwreck the trailers had made it look. XD

Anyway, I need to hop in the shower and then meet with my seminar professor about making my paper quals-ready. Here's hoping it goes well.

Oh, and I found an Ouran icons community today and so I now have a buttload of Ouran icons. I'm so happy~~
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> ("Special stew")
Happy Monday.

Apparently my 1000th journal entry passed without much fanfare a couple of entries ago. Go me! Also, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] dincrest!

Also, I am zesting a lemon to make buccellatti, and man, my fingers smell totally awesome. Lemony fresh and zestily sweet! Hopefully the cake will taste as good. I'm making it because [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis, [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic and [livejournal.com profile] bshippotemkin are coming over for dinner, and I'd like to have dessert for them as well. :D

The other day I saw Saved! at Judith's...man, but is that a funny movie. Jena Malone was good, and Mandy Moore kind of rocked in it. Also, Macaulay Culkin seems halfway normal and slightly well-adjusted now! :O

Let's Positive Linking!
- Hott lesbo Victorian porn. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.) Not worksafe, obviously (it's PORN); also has minor bestiality (so that's why those Victorian ladies all had lapdogs!), subliminal wangs everywhere, unorthodox use of a sundial, and a PENIS-SNAIL. (Those wacky Victorians.) Seriously, how can things get awesomer than a penis-snail? XD
- AHHHHH BIZARRE FRENCH AIDS AWARENESS AD WTF! (From [livejournal.com profile] naruto_nerd; quite probably not worksafe.) I mean, I understand the meaning behind it, and it's certainly memorable, but still, wtf. Though at least they ALLOW advertising for safe sex there...I don't think I've ever seen a TV commercial advocating it here.
- If y'all haven't seen Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House press correspondent dinner/lunch/thing, you should. It's hilarious, though it says something about our government that, like [livejournal.com profile] bshippotemkin, my first response was worry for Colbert's well-being. XD

Edit: Apparently the porn entry has been deleted. And I did not save any of it to my HD to show you guys. I'm gonna have to hunt it down again now, aren't I? D:
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Sue-icide)
Well, this evening I took a break from papers to have [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic over to have some cake and bread (they brought the fixings for pizza too) and to watch Catwoman.

Now, you may have heard the film is atrociously bad. This is not wrong. However, it's so bad it goes around the corner to being good again. Seriously, how can you not enjoy Halle Berry as a beautiful doormat whose clothes are HELLA FUGLY until she becomes an oversexed mystical cat-lady who hates the rain (because she's a CAT, you see!) and runs around with her butt showing through her torn (still fugly) pleather pants and cracking a whip? Or Sharon Stone as an evil villainess whose superpower is incredibly tough skin thanks to the addictive face cream her company produces? It's AWESOME. The CGI is dodgy, the dialogue is horribly trite, the plot is cracked-out, and the attempted "empowering feminist"-ness of the movie is nonexistent. But it doesn't matter, because I haven't seen quality cheese like this in ages. :D

...I don't wanna go back to my papers now. D:
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> ("Special stew")
Baking dorkery )

As I was finishing up my bread, [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic called to see if I wanted to go to dinner with them. So we had a nice dinner at a Chinese restaurant and then Travis showed me The Neverending Story (which, I hesitate to admit, I had never seen). It was actually pretty good, especially compared to the somewhat similar Mirrormask that we watched last night (which, while visually striking, failed to impress me story- and writing-wise).

And more baking dorkery, or, Let them eat cake )

Anyway, that's probably enough baking dorkery for one entry. On to other varieties of dorkery!

As some (nay, most) of you already know, Nintendo has officially named their new console (formerly codenamed Revolution): the Wii. Now, see, a lot of people are making cracks about the name, but honestly I think they're just taking the piss. >D

(More about the Wii, if you're interested.)

Also, here's a great otakukin vs. otherkin wank: "We are otakin, hear us roar!" For those of you who are unfamiliar with ota(ku)kin/otherkin, let me give you a brief primer. You know furries, right? Well, otherkin are kind of like furries, only further out there; they believe that their soul is that of a wolf/fox/walrus/pixie/dragon/whatever. Otakukin are a step further- they're like otherkin, but instead of believing their souls are reincarnated animals/fairies, they believe their souls are reincarnated fictional characters. (So, like, Sailor Moon or Sesshoumaru.)

I mostly like this wank for the fact that people who think they're dragons or otters are heaping contempt on people who think they're Sailor Moon or Neo. I'm not sure whether it's amusing because it's a pot-kettle thing, or because they're like, "dude, we believe we're reincarnated animals, and that's too far out even for US." XD

Let's Positive Linking!
- Apparently Lestat: the Musical sucks. Though vampire musicals are not NECESSARILY bad, as the article argues. After all, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode is still one of the niftiest things EVAR.
- Porn stars' acting skills tested on West End. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.) Debbie Does Mrs. Warren's Profession?
- VD is for Everybody! It's so creepily cheerful. D:
- C for Cookie. (From [livejournal.com profile] pekeana.) Sesame Street as envisioned by Alan Moore. XD
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Fursuit Mario (by Sam of VGR))
You know, if they do a PS3 remake of Final Fantasy VII, what I'd be most looking forward to seeing? How they handle the Honeybee Inn sequence. XD

Anyway, this weekend [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28 came up to Iowa to visit. And you know, I totally had not realized how much I missed either of them until they got here. I was like "...DAMN, but it's good to see you both." XD

We mostly just hung out at my apartment and tried some of the restaurants in Iowa City (the Airliner, the Hamburg Inn, and someplace even I'd never tried before, Joe's Grill). We did go out to a movie theater and see Corpse Bride though, which was really good (and a testimony to the fact that that execrable remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a momentary glitch).

I showed Advent Children to Vinnie (whose thoughts on the plot ran similar to mine). And We Love Katamari was a hit with them as well. Also, they brought up my Gamecube, so we played quite a bit of Super Smash Bros.: Melee. (And now I can pick up Tales of Symphonia in the near future, since [livejournal.com profile] vaulted_eel's posts have made it sound so tantalizing.) We also tried to watch part of a MST3K episode, but it was sadly unfunny (atypically for the series) so we skipped watching the rest in favor of some Greg the Bunny.

It was a really fun time, but all good things must come to an end, right? So they headed out this afternoon, and I spent several hours working with polymer clay (it's harder than you'd think) and reading voluminous academic treatises on literary theory. Bleh. I also watched an episode of Firefly - I'm trying to watch the last few episodes before Serenity comes out this weekend - and was reminded that GODDAMN THIS SHOW IS GOOD.

And speaking of Serenity, a quiz result )

Let's Positive Linking!
- Two of the scariest things in the world are united: evangelical Christians and mimes. ph34r. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.)
- Apparently, Akira Toriyama felt the need to put Super Saiyans into Dragon Quest VIII. XD
- Here's a new Konami game I'd heard nothing of before [livejournal.com profile] jokersama talked about it in her LJ: OZ (Over Zenith): Rhythmical Combination. Apparently it takes place in "a world oppressed by gods and their envoys," and features a little girl named Dorothy in distress (along with her little red demon Toto). Three main characters set out to save her, who I'm sure correspond with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion: Feel (apparently the main character), Almira, and Leon. The "rhythmical combination" battle system seems pretty cool - basically you play catch with the enemies or something along those lines. (I hope it has support for 3P play.) I also really like the music in the first and last trailers, but that's not the thing that has me most intrigued. The last trailer shows the heroes apparently summoning the Flame Champion and Koroku from Suikoden III (at about 5:45) and Robbie the Rabbit from Silent Hill (at about 8:35). HOLY CROSSOVER BATMAN
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Default)
Well, I've been playing more Radiata Stories. (Reading for class? What reading?) Still enjoying it immensely - I've recruited about fifteen of the 177 (!) possible playable characters. I never thought I'd see a game that beat the Suikoden series for number of characters, but sure enough here it is. XD

Anyway, in the social arena, Thursday night a whole bunch of us first-year grad students went to dinner and a movie together. We ate at Thai Flavors (which is where the department took us when I visited in April) - I wanted chicken satay, but they were all out so I figured I'd try tofu satay, since I'd never had tofu before. Blech. I took like two bites, chewed, and took a pass on the rest. Even the peanut sauce couldn't save it. (Methinks tofu is not for me.)

Then we went to see The Constant Gardener, with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. It was really good, though a massive downer - though I'm glad I saw it, it's not the sort of movie I'd ever go see on my own. It's the same reason I haven't seen Hotel Rwanda - when I look to rent a movie, I look for something fun and enjoyable, not something where when the credits roll I feel like slitting my wrists. x_x

Let's Positive Linking!
- Oh boy, this one's a real nutter. Look, lady, you have not had sex/married Sephiroth on the astral plane...accept that and move on with your life. Maybe try to make it with someone who, actually, y'know, EXISTS? (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.)
- A scary article on the less-than-helpful Katrina rescue efforts. (From [livejournal.com profile] gedrean.)
- A creepy creepy article on a Katrina detainment camp refugee camp, and other confirmation that tends to lend it credulity. (Both from [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon.)
- And, in the same vein, a Denver Post article that also talks about the impenetrability (in or out) of these camps.

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