Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Song download --> "How it Ends," by Devotchka. Laura hunted this song down after we heard it in the beautiful trailer for Everything is Illuminated.

It's ickle Adam Baldwin! My Bodyguard is not really that great a film, but he is teh cutest in it.

Classes start tomorrow, although the class I have scheduled for Wednesdays is one I'm hoping to drop, because I want to get into a class called Postmodern Gothic, where you do all kinds of projects, but no papers or tests. I emailed the professor this weekend but haven't heard back yet. Hopefully there's still room; we'll see.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Possibly the most sublime thing ever to be captured on film. I'm sure you've all seen this, but it can never hurt to watch it again.

It just makes me happy.

So, it's a bit hypocritical to complain about no one being on MSN the past week since I haven't exactly been internets talky meat, but I'm whining anyways. I miiiiiiiiss everyone. I also completely forgot about Place for To Talk, so I'm starting a thread over there about fanon-is-canon, as per Alyssa's Xanga. Just because I find commenting to not be the most conducive environment for discussion.

(I typed this whole post with one hand while on the phone with my mom. It took a long time, heh.)

Saturday, August 27, 2005

David Duchovny will star in The TV Set along with Ben Stiller, Steve Coogan, Jane Adams and Will Arnett, says Production Weekly.

Written and to be directed by Jake Kasdan, the film centers on Dave (Duchovny), who has a pregnant wife, a spendthrift mom and a lot of expenses. He should be happy that he has just sold a television pilot. But the path to the production includes a tumble down a rabbit hole of dimwitted executives, talentless stars and micro-managing suits who seem determind to remove any hint of creativity out of Dave's work.

Filming will take place in Los Angeles starting on July 25th.

Interesting. Will Arnett and Jane Adams? I'd go see this movie even without the Duchov.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Well, I'm all settled in. My mom left on Tuedsay morning, so I'm facing my first weekend alone in about 16 months. Very scary. I still have a few boxes to unload here, but house should be set up by Monday. The apartment is very nice. I have my own bedroom (for the first time ever in me whole life!) and own bathroom (teh ditto!). The kitchen has hardwood floors, and the living room is fairly spacious and came with a real couch and armchair, as opposed to the faux cheap-o versions we had at Regal Trojan. There's a real balcony, which I'm excited about using as soon as it cools down some. I have my own washer and dryer, which is, like, heaven.

My roommate is Nigerian, and she's a law student, and she's religious and studious and rarely comes out of her bedroom. Pretty damned perfect, if you ask me. She'd been living in the apartment a week before I showed up last week, and she hadn't put anything in the living room, so I set up my TV and my movies and my books and it's just all mine and fine and dandy.

The only problem with the place, and it's a minor problem, is that we don't have nearly the storage space we need, even for two people, one of whom doesn't seem to have that much stuff. I had to go out and buy a little bookcase for my books, and a little storage shelf unit for extra pantry goods, and meanwhile I've spent the past two days cramming things into various nooks and crannies trying to get everything put away and aesthetically pleasing.

So far, I can't really say I enjoy Austin all that much, being as how it's hotter than Satan's crotch outside. And unlike LA, which could get warm when you first moved out, it doesn't cool off any at night, so it's already 100 degrees by the time you wake up in the morning. I do have to say, though; Austin's public transportation system is superb. Free to me as a student, not just the UT shuttles but all the city buses, they are well-maintained, and those travelling appear to be mostly students and business-folk, as opposed to the vagrants and crazies in LA. I had to ride the bus downtown today for a tour of the university's film institute, and for the first time ever, I didn't fear for my safety during the ride. I just enjoyed the time until we arrived, and it was very pleasantly surprising.

The Everything is Illuminated trailer is up on Apple. Sho, sho pretteh. I can't wait for this movie.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I'm trying to transfer all my media and music and such from my old computer to my laptop, but apparently my external hard drive isn't compatible with my old computer. It won't even see that the drive is there. Does anyone know how I can get Windows XP, even just a demo would work, for my old computer? I looked online about actually buying it, but it's $200 and I just don't have that. My laptop only came with a recovery CD that wouldn't read on my old computer.

I have 6.5 gigs of music on my old computer that I don't want to just abandon, but there's no other way of transfering it unless I want to spend the next month burning everything to CD and bringing it over. Any ideas or suggestions would be awesome.

(I promise, shortly, I will have Figured Things Out, and won't be begging for assistance on my blog anymore for technical things.)

Monday, August 22, 2005

Well, cell phone is ready to go. If people want to email me (spestock@alumni.usc.edu) their cell phone numbers, I'd be much obliged. I'm Verizon, so I guess I can do that In-Network thing, so that should be cool.

Still setting up shop down here. Will update with full details as soon as I have a moment's rest. (I have been so busy.)

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Hey Catherine? Where did you get "The Final Countdown" ringtone? I searched on the Verizon site and it didn't find any matches.


Thursday, August 18, 2005

I am in Fort Stockton, Texas right now, which is a tiny, tiny city. The nearest movie theater is 90 miles (!) away. We stopped here because we had a massive tire blow-out, and had to get a new tire, and so we ended up calling it a night about two hours driving time further west than we had planned. So, we'll have to get up earlier tomorrow and drive a bit harder than I had hoped, but we should still get into Austin in the early afternoon, so it will be okay.

Driving from LA to here has been interesting. I've heard people talk about the Midwest being boring and flat, but for God's sack, at least we have grass. We drove through one 60-mile stretch where I swear, we didn't see a rest stop, a gas station, other roads, houses, even exit ramps. Just rocks and dirt and icky scrubby bushes, as far as the eye can see, for hours. We have corn and cows. That's something.

So far, people in Texas are very nice. A man pulled over and spent 45 minutes with us in the 100 degree heat helping us change the blown-out tire and put the spare on. My mom checked us in to this brand new-hotel, and told our sob story to the desk clerk while she was setting us up, and the clerk gave us this ginormous, beautiful suite for less than we paid for the kind-of-crappy hotel we ended up staying at in Eastern California. (Go ahead and drive another hour or so into Palm Springs or Indio. Yes, you're tired, but don't call it quits in Beaumont. Trust me.)

The next few days will be busy, setting up in Austin and such, and then I have orientation and registration and all that good stuff, but I'm actually quite excited to actually be doing things. Yay!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

I think I'm going to get a cell phone instead of a land line once down in Austin, so I wanted to ask everyone what plans they had and how everything worked, because obviously I've never had a cell phone before. And I'm not smrt.

I've been researching the various companies, and a lot of the plans sound the same. I don't make a lot of phone calls outside of whatever necessary school-related things I might need, and to call home to my parents. So I need something that doesn't charge long-distance, and it seems most plans do that. Anyways, if anyone has any suggestions or horror stories, I'd appreciate hearing about them.

Saturday, August 6, 2005

I miss the Fametracker forums. That is all.

So, my apartment called yesterday, wondering if I was planning on moving in or not. The guy was like, your lease started August 1st! Where are you? And I had to explain to him that they wouldn't let me sign a lease that started when I wanted, and that I was not showing up in Austin almost a month before classes even started. The standard contract starts the week before class starts, but I have to be there early for orientation and registration, but can I sign a lease starting then? No.

Then he asks if I had mailed my first month's rent. He's worried that I'm not showing up, worried enough to call, but not enough to check to see that they had received my check? (And since I have the photocopy of it in my monthly statement, I know they did.) Stupid. Stupidity infuriates me. If I signed the lease, and I paid for the month, if I don't feel like moving in for a while, that's my business, right? What difference does it make to him?

Laura read which nominees were put up on the LiveFeed boards. I'm not even going to watch Big Brother anymore. I don't even care. Feh.

We were watching AD last night, and my God, the Christmas episode. It's so brilliant. Michael and Maeby and Lindsay and George Michael singing "Afternoon Delight." "--king $4000 dollar suit...Come on!" "Yeah, the man in the fu--" "Should I put it in her brownie?" George Michael in the braces and head appliance. Lucille hitting the banana peel, hitting Tobias, and crashing into the banana stand.

But the funniest segment I think I've ever seen on the show, and on most shows, is still Ann's Christmas party. "The word George Michael was searching for is 'creepy.'" And then Ann singing. And the relative putting his arm around George Michael and singing. God, it's brilliant. I cried, I laughed so hard last night, and I've seen that episode four or five times already.

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Remember how I said I wasn't going to get attached to Firefly? Yeah, didn't work. 'Cause it's awesome.

Laura and I are watching "Crush" the other day on FX, which is a really well-done Buffy episode, but after watching a lot of Firefly over the past two weeks, we just kind of looked at each other and said, "Not good." Because in comparison, it just wasn't. Firefly has great, great characters, wonderful actors, strong writing, fantastic effects and production design...it's totally the best TV show I've seen in the past five years. Seriously. I am really glad I didn't watch it while it was airing, because I would have been crushed when it was cancelled.

So, anyone who watched a Whedon show, watch Firefly. Everything good about Buffy and Angel is there, but without any of the inconsistencies in quality, female characters written so that you WILL like them, or amnesia about what happened the week before. And if you didn't care for Buffy or Angel, watch Firefly anyways. I honestly can't praise it enough.

And there's a movie coming out! Squee!

Monday, August 1, 2005

I'm trying really hard to beat Metroid before I leave for school, and I don't think I'm going to do it.

Mayhap I could have been using summer vacation to develop outlines, characters, plot bunnies? Eh.

Why for is the tagboard not working?

So, I downloaded the crazy UK Lost promo they talked about on Best Week Ever, and dudes, it totally is crazy. It has nothing to do with the show, except that the actors are on a beach and there's kinda a burning plane in the background. The rest is creepy slo-mo dancing and scary eye makeup. So weird. Caro, do the Brits have really strange TV ads all the time?