all_strange_wonders: The phrase "Either way, it is bad for Zathras" are superimposed over a picture of the character Zathras from Babylon 5. (bad for zathras)
Let me preface this (and explain the title somewhat), by explaining that I used to consider myself a misanthrope. Then I realized I actually do like (or can at least tolerate) most people, even if they do make me tired. I also used to think that people irritated me because they could not keep up and had a distressing tendency to not know the words I was using (why hello arrogant genius time tag, haven't seen you in a while…). That actually is true, but time and practice have made me, if not actually more patient, more tolerant of the fact that most people aren't going to operate on the same level I do in some respects*. So these days I mostly get on with people, and I find I generally like the people I come into contact with in my dealings with the world at large. Recently I have encountered a rare exception to that rather pleasant trend.

And then this entry got a lot longer than I expected. )
all_strange_wonders: (sherlock blog)
Watched the first episode of the new season of Sherlock.

Here be spoilers. )
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (sleep is god)
As expected, my mother knew exactly which monologue was mine. The Dorothy Sayers reference does kinda give me away. Luckily, she was not awkward about it.

Now I'm going to fall over, because I never really woke up this morning.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (roses)
I have a tumblr now! It's full of things I find pretty, which so far mostly seems to be cats, beds, and David Bowie.

You may view it at http://eidolonity.tumblr.com/.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (satisfying delusions)
Feeling better so far today, although I haven't actually ventured any real food yet--just a cup of tea and a multivitamin.

Looking forward to getting through classes and rehearsal so that I can chill out with a book (well, a textbook) and then watch Castle. There may even be a nap in there somewhere. Simple pleasures, etc.
all_strange_wonders: (4 gobsmacked)
Fringe spoilers )

In non-spoilery news, the guy who played Jack Chase aka Jack Heart showed up briefly, so have a SyFy Alice icon.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (sex god)
I have come to the conclusion that David Bowie has a sexy neck*.

Is that weird?



…Don't answer that.


*At least, 80s Bowie. I've been watching lots of music videos. And Labyrinth. Lots of Labyrinth. New qualification for guys I date: must like Labyrinth, or at least not mind my Labyrinth/Bowie binges.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (terrible danger)
Today I have lazed and eaten Dharma cake for brunch. I ought to now either do some yoga or go to the gym and then shower and do some laundry.

Instead, I am contemplating a nap.

Well, Star Trek: TNG is on, featuring a fabulously sparkltastic Q. Still have no idea what's going on, but TNG is always a giggle. Suppose I can do yoga while I watch it.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
About to start on really fleshing out lit research paper (due on Wednesday, ohpleasegodkillmenow, etc), and feeling nostalgic.

So I'm going to put some Farscape on. Since I can remember pretty much nothing about the first season except that I was really into it when I was 13, this should be amusing.

Did I mention ohgodpleasekillmenow? Our English teacher wants a complete, finished paper--as a rough draft. I feel there is a fundamental disconnect here. The paper isn't due until the 26th, and in my world a rough draft is… rough. And generally shorter than the final result. Argh. My brain, it is pulped, and I am counting down the days until school is over. Also until graduation. There will be a party of some kind. More on that later.
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Ways to tell Sara is writing a paper (or three):
1)Livejournal goes silent.
2) All of her browser tabs are suddenly about stirrup spout pots and pre-Incan cultures in Peru
3) She livetweets an episode of Doctor Who instead of driving out to East Campus and reading in Lilly Library.
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I think Diane Duane has come up with an exasperated oath to rival my current standby. (Christ on a crutch, if you must know. Picked it up from my father.)

"Powers that Be in a bucket!"

It makes me giggle.
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Apparently Peter Woodward is another one of those guys who I:
a) could listen to forever because omg his voice
b) would absolutely marry under slightly different circumstances. You know, if he weren't about 30 years older than me and I actually knew him.

Also, I love the fact that he is once again working on shows I actually watch. Guest appearances, but still! He is showing up on something I like besides my Crusade dvds! Well, and Lost Tales, but I don't have Lost Tales (or the movies, or seasons 3-5 on dvd. I am already poor enough). A few months ago he was on Fringe, and he had an American accent, and my poor brain almost imploded. Now here he is on NCIS!

It is a good thing, is what I'm saying.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (terrible danger)
There are plenty of things to be peeved about in the world of fanfiction--misspellings, bad or no punctuation, a total lack of paragraphs, badly handled dialogue, straight up bad writing, and pretty much all crossovers ever, just to name a few (and oh, does the list go on*). Here are two examples of what I call "summary peeves"--things people will say in their story summaries that will put me off a story before I've even read it.

Pet Peeve #11479a:
People who say "First fic, don't be mean" or some variation thereof in their summaries. This is actually code for "This is so bad it may actually be unreadable. I didn't use spellcheck and I don't believe in paragraphs or punctuation. If you offer constructive criticism, I will fly off the handle and threaten to kill myself because I am a sensitive artist and you are *SOB* SO MEAN!!1!!1!".
If there is a disclaimer of this type in an author's note within the story but NOT in the summary and it is clear that the author has made an effort to work with the English language instead of against it, this peeve may not apply. That first post is nerve-wracking, after all.

Pet Peeve #11479b:
People who say "Review for updates" (or, more commonly, review4updates, thus vaulting it into a whole new level of peevery**) in their summaries. This is convenient shorthand for "I am an attention whore. This story will be of indifferent quality at best, and you will not review it, hoping thereby to kill it stone dead."
As a general rule, I can pass by these without even a glance, safe in the assurance that there is nothing there worth reading and that any review I might post would merely be frothing at the mouth about the murder of the English language.

*Baby Peeve of the Day: Using "said" instead of "the" when referring to a recently mentioned person or object. Example: "Said girl picked up said sunglasses and put them on." I have written no less than 5 reviews today trying to politely point out that this is irritating, confusing, and jarring for the reader, and deleted them all after concluding that there is no polite way to tell people they need to Just Write Better.

**See: Spaces Are Good and Use Real Words
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It's suddenly 3 am and I'm shouting at this fanfic that it needs a better peril.

Maybe I should go to bed.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (heart geeks)
Just got finished watching SciFi's Alice from last year (finally). Andre Lee Potts still = love. He may even be overtaking Stephen Fry as British actor I most want to marry.

Also, everybody on earth (and every recent Alice adaptation) seems to ship Alice/Hatter, so I might as well too. Esp. since the SciFi Alice and the Burton Alice both make it so cute.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (in my dictionary)
Oh, livejournal. How I wish I could talk about Lost here. But I can't, because people who don't watch it are probably sick of hearing about it, and people who do watch it may not have seen the most recent episode and I really don't want to give spoilers.

So instead I will merely say that with every passing episode, I love Ben Linus more.

Also, on a completely unrelated note, I love how you pretty much just look at Thriii and she'll start purring. Then you pet her, and the purring amps up to 11. It's adorable.

Had a lovely day of lazing. Made rice pudding, sat outside with the cats, read Blackout. I'm about 170 pages in out of 491, and I would be farther along than that if it hadn't turned out that this book follows about 6 different people in different times and places (so far) and thus requires rather careful reading so as to not get confused. I'm loving this idea of there being too many historians time traveling to the 40s to observe WWII. It totally makes sense to me--if there were time travel, I think this is exactly what historians would be doing. Not all in WWII Britain, of course, but seeing what happened first hand, without having to question the reliability of your source documents or deal with someone else's bias. And arguing over who gets to go to the really juicy bits first/at all. I will try to remember to give a fuller review after I've finished the book, but for now suffice it to say that I'm enjoying it.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (reading is sexy)
Need to remember to apply for financial aid, as it is v. unlikely that any colleges will be spontaneously offering me juicy scholarships this time around.

Going on a book run after class. Connie Willis has finally written another time travel book to go with The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. It's called Blackout, it's set in the 40s, and word on the street is that it's going to be followed toward the end of the year by a companion volume titled All Clear.

I am seriously dorking out over here. Anyway, I'm going to the bookstore to see if they have it (please have it, please have it), and if they do and I pick it up and read it and the first page or so isn't utterly repulsive, I will be using up a whole B&N gift card on one book, because I seriously love her time travel books.
all_strange_wonders: (memory still bright)
The Anvil of the World is one of my favorite books. I was ecstatic when the House of the Stag came out, as a sort of prequel/sequel to it. Kage Baker is one of those names that will make me pick up any anthology, whatever the topic, because I'm sure that even if every other story sucks she will knock it out of the ballpark with hers.

Which is why I'm really sad to hear that she died in January. There aren't a lot of authors whose next work I've looked forward to with such eagerness, and I really loved her touch with fantasy. She certainly belongs on the list of writers who have influenced me, and she will be missed.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (stephen fry = awesome)
Am ridiculously full of this delicious garlic soup. And two corn muffins, since it turned out our bread was turning blue. Now, I'm watching A Bit of Fry and Laurie and kicking back, because I'm still tired from yesterday.

Yesterday sucked. Lab was really long, with two dissections and so many sketches to make that my fingers felt like they were about to fall off. Dissections are bad enough by themselves, especially when one of them is an earthworm, but we also had to handle and sketch tarantula exoskeletons. Between the spider reaction and the smell of formaldehyde, I spent pretty much the whole morning on the edge of vomiting. Lecture wasn't too bad, but then the Art History test swallowed my brain, chewed it up, and spat it back out. I think I did ok on it, but I was just absolutely beat by the end of the day.

Luckily, I did find the strength to haul myself back out of the house and over to Raleigh, because hanging out with Chris was exactly the mixture I needed of relaxation and fun to salvage the day.

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