Feb. 11th, 2005 12:39 am
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These are flippin' hilarious.

Kasey - For some reason they made me think of you.

Boromir has a plan!

It's a really good plan!

RotK: EE

Dec. 16th, 2004 01:34 am
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Have watched few selected new scenes for the extended edition of RotK. "The Houses of Healing" and "The Captain and the Lady" in particular because I've never denied my Eowyn and Faramir love. And, dude, *massive* hearts. "The Captain and the Lady"? Sooooo pretty. Also watched most of the cast commentary on the second disc. Just because. I'd forgotten how much fun it is to listen to Billy. And Dom. <3 (Dom compared Valinor to Alcatraz. "There's no coming back from Valinor. It's like Alcatraz. You don't come back from Alcatraz.")

All I can say about the extended edition so far?



Hell yeah.



It's beautiful. Beautiful and over. Almost makes me feel like I did when I finished the book. And that will only be worse when the family actually sits down and watches the entire thing through.

And, y'know, for as much as I've said that I haven't felt the need to see the entire third film since the theatre, I can't deny that need now. Nor can I deny the way seeing five minutes of it affects me. Over Thanksgiving we watched the last half hour of it and I was bawling. And even now just watching parts, I'm teary. I don't think it will ever stop affecting me. And there's a part of me that doesn't want that to ever change. Just as I don't want my reaction to the book's end to change.

Could I be any more of a sap? Could I be any dorkier?

Don't answer.

There is, however, an easter egg on the second disc of Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn (I think - it's the other main guy from Dodgeball) trying to talk Peter Jackson into a sequel. It's high-larious.
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Well, I've basically finished my Spanish postcard. Just have to put it all together and then I'm done. Yea!

The snow lasted for all of an hour. It's mostly gone now. Probably a good thing.

I (basically) finished what is written of one of the big epic pieces of fanfiction I've been reading. This is both good and bad. Good because it's not there waiting to be read, and bad because I'm waiting for the author to continue with it. I want more. ::pout::

I can hear Frodo being molested in the living room. Poor Frodo. :(
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Bah! I cannot answer these last two Philosophy study guide questions! And I've been working on it for slightly longer than a week. This is most frustrating.

Brought season 1 of Dead Like Me back with me to school. Looooove the show.

Natasha and I didn't go to bed until 4:30 AM. She then got up at 6:00-ish and I got up at 7:00. I'm currently perfectly fine, and have been through out the day. A rather strange, giddy sort of mood has come over me. Didn't stay up for any real reason really. Just because we were wired and reading fanfiction. I've totally hooked her. Go me! 'Twas fun.

I can't wait for Thanksgiving.

Listening to the RotK soundtrack gets me a little bit more excited about the EE coming out. But I'm still not where I used to be feeling wise regarding LotR. What's happened to me?
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you are paleturquoise

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is low - You stay out of stressful situations and advise others to do the same. You may not be the go-to person when something really needs done, but you know never to blow things out of proportion.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the html color quiz

So, um, yeah. Maybe a little true.

OK, I'm not that bored. I lied in my subject. *gasp*

Right now I'm reading possibly the best lengthy Sparrington fic I've had the opportunity to actually sit down and read. I started it last night and I'm going to finish it today, even though I don't want to. I don't want it to end! It's going to end badly and I don't want it to! But there's nothing else for it to do. Bah.

Poor, poor Norrington. Poor, poor Jack. *sigh*

Yesterday we went to Wenatchee so Tom could see the doctor and I could see the eye doctor and the contact people. I am, at this moment, wearing a new prescription. Although I honestly can't see that much of a difference. But than it wasn't that much of a change anyway. Whatever. It was a pretty good day. Bought The Sims Bustin' Out for the PS2 as well as some headbands to go with my newly shortened hair. Mom wanted to get hair color, but I'm debating about where I'd like to go with that. We also looked at the Harry Potter action figures at Target. Dude. Scary, scary things they were. Especially Harry.

Today I started rearranging my bookshelves. Now all of my writing notebooks and language books as well as books left over from freshman year of college are on one shelf, my Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings collections share a shelf (with the action figures happily coexisting- but where'd traveling Merry and Pippin go?), and Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and Alan Moore happily share a shelf (with my Ichabod Crane action figure- OMG, I have an action figure of Johnny Depp!!). Now I just need to move on to the other bookcases to find a place for all of the Jane Austen stuff that had to make way for the others. Le sigh. Work work work.

In the meantime, I got my room assignment from SU in the mail today. It's exactly what I put in for in the spring, and what they confirmed at that time, so I'm happy and unsurprised.

Dahlia- I got your note! Thanks. :) Love the seal.


Jul. 18th, 2004 11:50 pm
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Until I actually write about the weekend, here's something.


Dear Howard Shore,

You are brilliant. I <3 your shy composer-self. Quit trying to sneak away.



Dear Benaroya Hall,

You are pretty. I <3 you. Best seats EVAH all over. Please make room for me in the future.



Dear Lord of the Rings Symphony,

Damn your gorgeous music! Damn you!
Not really. I <3 you more than any other music right now. Keep it up!



Dear LotR-fandom People/KD Fellows,

You're all crazy-nutso and the best people EVAH. Never change.



Dear [ profile] ginnith,

Wouldn't have been the same without you. <3's you loads (but you already knew that).



So, there it is. Tomorrow or the next day or whenever I'm not so hot and lazy I'll write up what really happened over the weekend and while praising Howard Shore there and back again along with the soloists. Let's just say that I, personally, thought the show was amazingly wonderful.


May. 5th, 2004 05:10 pm
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I have a shiny new obsession! I do! It's great having something new and different to love. I cannot begin to say how much I'm loving Farscape. Really. It's just terrific. Everyone is great, but I really love John and Aeryn. But also Rygel and Pilot and Zhaan and D'Argo. I just love them all so far. And I've only seen the first five episodes of the first season. Which leads me to the crazy confession that I actually bought the entire first season on DVD at the UNBELIEVABLE price it is. It's nuts, folks, let me tell ya. But they didn't have the episodes I wanted and the guy at Suncoast was so nice and geeky and said "witty banter" and I had money and Olive didn't even try to stop me. And I don't regret it one bit. It's been worth the price.

And, you know, the thing is I know a bunch of spoilers because before watching I read a few scripts, found a few screencaps, looked up what I could to see if I'd be interested. And knowing the spoilers just makes me more eager to see them, like what happens with John and Aeryn. Okay, so especially what happens with John and Aeryn. They are going to break my heart, I just know it. Even before I'd seen an episode, when I had just read them and seen clips, I felt emotionally invested in them. And now that I've seen episodes? There's no going back.

You know what the best part is? There are four entire seasons for me to get through. Four full, complete seasons. And a mini-series later in the year. My little fangirl heart is full. And I've barely entered the fandom. But, you know, I gotta make up for lost time.

And I'll never be able to hear Coldplay's "Politik" without thinking of John/Aeryn. It's such a great song.


But I'm sure everyone would like me to stop yammering on and on and on about stuff they're not interested in and get on to something else. But, yeah...My life's pretty lame-ish at the moment. Except that now Olive and I are going to be roommates next year. (Woo.)

Oh, I know. I don't like my math class. In fact, it makes me not want to get up in the morning and go to it. I'm not much fond of math in the first place, but the professor treats us as though we are deficient and has the sort of voice were you just wanna hit the person and yell "Dammit man! Be strong!" It's weak and kinda lispy. And apparently he was a ballet dancer. He has long hair and is balding and has buggy eyes and creeps me out a little bit. I really should have taken the higher math course. Oh well.

Olive, EB, and I are going to go see Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban when it comes out! Yea!! I'm currently waiting for my British copy to arrive from

And Mom sent me a Gondorian Uniform Pippin action figure. Yea again!
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I love my English class. I am such a big nerd. We've just begun on the Renaissance/Modern Period and I'm really looking forward to it. Looking back at the first section we covered, it really was quite a lot of fun. I got to read Chaucer in Middle English! My professor can read Old and Middle English. It's great to listen to her when she reads it out for us.

What's really been fun, though, is all of the Tolkien-like connections I can draw between all of the Old English readings. Not that it should be unexpected. I mean, that was Tolkien's thing, wasn't it? Mythology and Old English and things like that. Anyway, one of the things that stuck out to me was a mention of an Eomer in Beowulf. But the biggest similarity that struck me actually came from The Wanderer.

Where has the horse gone? Where the man? Where the giver of gold?
Where is the feasting-place? And where the pleasures of the hall?
I mourn the gleaming cup, the warrior in his corselet,
the glory of the prince. How that time has passed away,
darkened under the shadow of night as if it had never been.

Which reminds me greatly of

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gater the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

It may just be the repetitive questioning at the beginning that makes me want to compare them. Either way, they're both beautifully written.

And speaking of Theoden...Does anyone else think Bernard Hill deserved a little bit of recognition for his work in LotR, or is that just me?
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I have to remind myself that Return of the King only came out yesterday.

I saw it TWICE in less than twelve hours. Yikes. And only yesterday.

I told Neesha that I wasn't going to write a review. And I'm not. Because the thing is, the movie really does not need it.

So let me just say this. I love the books. I love the characters. I love the movies. I love this movie.
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Am seeing Return of the King midnight tomorrow!!!

And again at 10:something am on Wednesday!!!

*freaks out*

*head explodes*
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Damn. I think I jumped the gun in changing my journal. Was finally able to listen to all of the RotK CD. It made me cry. It's just fantastic. And I get to see Howard Shore in concert next July! Squee!!

I have tickets for a midnight showing. Yea me.

I am irritated at some people at the moment.

I also need to figure out who is getting Christmas presents from me this year.

Gee, my life is thrilling.
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I got my History midterm back this morning. A nice little A for me. *grin* Yea!!

Thus far college is much easier than expected.

Today I am going to see Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World with Vinnie. In fact, I am going hour. Yea.

I got my Slytherin scarf in the mail. Yea.

I have the Harry Potter trailer music permanently stuck in my brain. I can't wait to actually see the movie.

Speaking of Harry, I'm really interested into why people do not like the books. I know with some people it is a genre thing, which is fine. Personally, I didn't really get into "fantasy" (at least reading fantasy) until HP came out. I read it then because everyone was making a fuss over it and I thought, "Yeah, OK, a kid's book, I'll give it a try." (This moment is now being used to say that I do not believe in putting ages on books. Read them because they sound interesting to you, not because someone said it was for ages 9 to 12.) So I read the first three books and I LOVED them. Had to wait and wait and wait for the fourth book and I LOVED it. Had to wait and wait and wait and wait and wait for the fifth book and I LOVED it. (The third and fifth are my faves.)

So, obviously, I think they're tres cool books, but I want to know why some people don't like them. I'm just honestly curious. Is it the writing? The characters? The witchcraft? I'll admit that the writing isn't perfect, the characters are not always wonderful (though I do love them, and if I don't, I find them interesting), and the witchcraft is make believe. Harry Potter teaches witchcraft like Lord of the Rings teaches satan worship. In other words, not at all. Unless that is what YOU the reader are bringing to it.

I've also heard arguments that the books are getting too dark for "children". In Drama we have been talking about the origins of theatre and about how theatre is a necessity because it allows the audience to experience catharsis. In other words, instead of experiencing the heartbreak of losing a child, the audience views it and feels the feelings without the actual experience. This gets those emotions out there and worked through. Children reading Harry Potter can see consequences of bad choices and feel frustrated and betrayed along with Harry. They can experience rage and jealousy and loss without the real life consequences and so move on with their lives.

And this has just turned into a big long post about absolutely nothing important at all. Oops. I really am curious though. I always like to know the other side of things, just to know. Ya know? So, if anyone out there reads this and has anything to say, Say It!
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I stole sugar from Starbucks yesterday and from Cherry Street Market today. The sugar was actually free, but since I didn't take it to use in any drink there, does that make it bad? (I'm not actually serious here.)

I also stole napkins. And plastic utensils.

I am a rebel!

Also, there are Theoden and Saruman bobble heads! How funny is that?
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I'm cold. This morning it was raining and now the sun is shining, but it is windy. It's not supposed to be windy in downtown Seattle dang it!


Yesterday was my first day of work at the library. It was pretty good. I was given a tour of the library, three of the floors at any rate, and then a far amount of material to read about Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress shelving systems as well as work ethics for students and how to shelve periodicals. You know, library stuff. They gave me cards from both types of shelving systems and I had to put them in the right order as a sort of test. Then I shelved books on the third and fourth floors. It's really kind of nice working the floors. There were only a few people on the higher floors and it was very quiet. Except at one point I was shelving in a deserted corner and it was super quiet and all I could think about was Fred on Angel and, "Great, I'm gonna be sucked into an alternate dimension and no one will ever see me again." Just a passing thought you know.

All in all it was a good day.

Saturday was really interesting. Like I said, I went to a whole day of Tolkien related stuff. First there was A Song Cycle composed by Donald Swann of Tolkien's poetry set to music. What followed was three hour and a half long talks by Joseph Pearce who has written several books on the subject of Tolkien among others. The talks were "Tolkien: Truth & Myth", "Creator, Creation, & Sub-Creation in Tolkien's Middle Earth", and "The Christianity in The Lord of the Rings". My favorite talk was the last one, although the middle one had some really interesting points in it. (They were all really good, actually.) But the third talk was especially interesting. He had some very interesting ideas about who Tom Bombadil and Goldenberry really are and, I have to say, I think I agree with him.

I just watched the second episode of the new season of Angel. A question for anyone who sees it. Does Spike call Wesley "Percy"? And do you think that's an HP reference?


Oct. 6th, 2003 11:03 pm
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Just a quick, random post.

Friday went with three other girls on the bus to my English professor's house. V. interesting. Lots of fun. Twisted my ankle on her front steps. V. bad.

Saturday I went to a series of talks by Joseph Pearse about Tolkien. V. good.

Sunday Kay and I rented Bend It Like Beckham. V. v. good. Am completely in love with the movie. Will get it next weekend for b-day.

Today History was cancelled. V. good.

Tomorrow is my first day on the job. Should be interesting.
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RotK trailer: SQUEE!!!! Chills and goosebumps and the threat of teary eyes. Perfect. One complaint: not enough Pippin.

Sandman Endless Nights: SQUEE!!!! Beautiful and wrapped in plastic. Gorgeous cover. Beautiful shiny, glossy, colorful pages. New books smell. (Doesn't take much to get me going, obviously. Some people like that new car smell, give me new book smell.) Also have the two Death graphic novels. Double SQUEE!!

Angel Season 5 Episode 1 & 2 on my computer: SQUEE!!!! *freaks out in a major way* Spoilers! )

School: Bleh. Mrs. Weber (English prof.) is really great. I stayed after class to talk to her today. Wore my black coat with my Lothlorien brooch. ("Not idly do the leaves of Lorien fall.") She commented on it. :) I love when people comment on it. And ask about it. It's great. So we talked about Tolkien and she said I should met one of the other professors in the English department because he'd appreciate it as well as like meeting an English major. She also told me all about the Speech on Tolkien this Saturday in the Pigott Auditorium. She thought I might be able to get a ticket discount by talking to Prof. Whateverhisnameis. I can say it, I just have no idea how to spell it. Anyway. So I think I'll go to the talk Saturday.

This last Friday my Experiencing Theatre class was required to go see Topdog/Underdog. It was really good. Only two actors, both of whom I'd seen in movies. (One was in Simply Irresistable with Sarah Michelle Gellar and the other was/is in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. (The new pilot dude.)) The play was about two black brothers (Lincoln and Booth) who have/had issues. It revolves around three card monty basically. Other than that it's sort of hard to really just write about. This coming Saturday we were supposed to all go see a four hour play, Homebody/Kabul, but the prof. saw it last Saturday and her husband left partway through. It wasn't great. So I have free time Saturday night now! As well as free time on Wednesday when we would have had class! Yea!
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Today was a good day. The family went on a road trip to Palouse Falls and back. It was really great, even if the falls were a lot smaller than they normally are. If I had had better shoes with me, Tom, Dad, and I would have hiked around a bit more. But I didn't so we just did a little. It was a beautiful day for a scenic trip though.

Fellow Washington state residents and LotR fans will agree with me when I say that Washington is, in a way, it's own little Middle Earth with all of it's diverse scenic areas. And today we were definitely in Rohan country. Big sweeping fields and plains, rolling hills, large rocks in the middle of nowhere. There was even a large formation that could have been Edoras. It actually looked a lot like Weathertop. Hopefully my pictures will turn out. As we were heading away from the falls to Lyons Ferry Park we saw a lone white horse grazing on a hill- Shadowfax!!

Good, good day. But now my eye really hurts like I got something in it. It's been hurting since the falls basically. Feels like glass. I hope I haven't gotten something in there and it's becoming infected. Not good.

Meanwhile, I took a survey cause I was bored. But then I turned on MI-5 and Anthony Stewart Head was on it!! Yea!

Survey )
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I don't have anything really worth saying. Am actually feeling useless and uninteresting. I think I'm just tired. *yawn*

Today was Tom's first day of high school. Scary. My little brother is a ninth grader! And Mr. Arlt is gone. *shocked* I'm glad I finished before he left. Science would not have been the same without him. And Tom did not get the Evil Dark Lord for Algebra. Oh well.

Score! )

Oh, actually there is something I can ramble about. I started reading Prey by Michael Crichton last night. It is about nanotechnology. The inside flap of the jacket says, "In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles--micro-robots--has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive."

That creeps me out.

Now, Crichton is an extremely intelligent man. He knows a lot of stuff. All of his books are based on some fact somewhere, some truth. In his introduction he says that "[nanotechnology] is the quest to build man-made machinery of extremely small size, on the order of 100 nanometers, or a hundred billionths of a meter. Such machines would be about 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair." His introduction to the book also explains some of the origins of nanotechnology and where it is going/expected to go in the future. The goal is to design organisms that will, for all intents and purposes, be "alive". They will be called artificial because they are man-made.

I have one thought on this. Just because we have the power to do something does not mean it is a good idea. Producing artificial organisms that can take care of themselves, learn from their past actions, self-reproduce, and generally make "conscious" decisions is a bad idea. In theory maybe it isn't. In theory it's probably a darn good idea. But a lot of things look good "in theory". (The design of the Titanic was darn good in theory.) But if we give machines the power to really decide things than we open up the possibility of not being able to control those decisions. And then we have a bunch of amazingly microscopic machines to worry about. The power to do something does not mean we should do it.

I'm a little past page 120 and there are 364 pages in the book. So far nothing has really been explained. Hopefully something will be explained soon. I want to know what in tarnation is going on!


Aug. 26th, 2003 11:13 pm
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I have seen the special behind the scenes preview of Return of the King on TTT DVD.

I don't think I shall be able to make it through the movie. My heart shall break.

And if it doesn't, someone is getting a strongly worded letter.
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My head hurts. I think I've probably been sitting too close to the computer screen or something. That's probably a good sign to go do something else, huh?

I redid my LJ layout again. Because I am fickle. My last viewing of TTT brought my LotR-love to the forefront of my obsessions again. Got the color scheme from my copy of The Silmarillion. I really like the way it looks on my laptop, but on the other computer it seems a bit dark. Hmm. Soon I'll be able to own TTT on DVD and that makes me happy. It's the little things in life, you know?

NEESHA!! You left before I could ask you my oh-so-important writing question. Grr.

I am currently reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown for a book club meeting I may attend. I may than actually join said book club. I've wanted to read this book before, but never really got around to looking for it. It's really very good. All sorts of stuff about the Catholic church and the Bible, as well as the Holy Grail. It's mystery/suspense.

The book club meeting for it should be interesting considering there will be a very traditional Catholic, a "fallen" Catholic, and me, a modern Catholic. The traditional Catholic, who had already read it, thought the book was very anti-Catholic. At the moment I can see where that comes from, but at the same time the book seems more anti-Vatican/anti-established religion than anything else. And I would like to think there is a difference. But than again I am a modern Catholic and my views are different than more traditional ones, especially since all I've ever known was Vatican II.

Anyway, the meeting is in October so I don't think I'll have any trouble finishing it. I don't have much left. Maybe I'll go read.


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