Friday, September 29, 2006

I was hoping that last year was an anomaly, but no, it appears I will have horrible allergies this fall, too. I just want a full night's sleep so much right now, you have no idea.

Can anyone explain to me why a new version of iTunes comes out every week or so? And how nothing ever changes when you update? What is it exactly that they're trying to fix? Seriously, I get sick of constantly either having to download the new version and install, which takes, like, forever, or having to click "no" all the time, with the sneaking suspicion that now my iTunes is going to explode or something.

I miss Winamp.

I'm crocheting a blanket now, and it's taking sooooo looooong. I have a new appreciation for my mom being able to churn out baby blankets, now. I could probably go faster if I didn't have to look at it as I do it. I watch my mom and Laura crochet, and they're not staring at it the whole time like I do. /boring crafts talk

Actually, this whole post should probably be /boring. When the most exciting thing that's happened in the past few days is...see, I couldn't even think of an example.

Sunday, September 24, 2006



Oh, shiny. I was already excited for this, but the poster? Over the top, people. So, so pretty.

I heart you Cate, like, less than three forever.

(Updated foozes.)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

UT Laura and I were talking about how busy we've been already this semester and we haven't even started drafting yet. It will be to cry, I fear.

Wednesday night they had an advance screening of The Science of Sleep, wot they handed out free passes to at school. A whole slug of film people went, both writing and producing. I really liked the movie. It was very strange, but it was also very funny and moving. Like with Eternal Sunshine, Michel Gondry did all the special effects in-camera, so there was stop-motion, rear projection, etc. Gael Garcia Bernal was just, like, adorable. So if you get a chance to see it, I'd recommend it.

I'm so glad new TV is back. I mean, it's not like I have time to watch it, so I'll end up running into the same trap of having to tape shows Sunday-Wednesday to watch on the weekend, but it's just nice to have things to look forward to.

Monday, September 18, 2006

A brief trip inside my brain:

Went to TWoP. Checked to see if the Project Runway recap was up yet. Thought of Santino and Andrae. Red Lobster jingle popped into head.

It's been half an hour now with, "For the seafood lover in yoooou!" in a loop, just around and around and around. GODDAMNIT STOP.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Tragedy! Friday night my computer started running realllly slooooow, so I control-alt-deleted, and sure enough, CPU usage was at 100%. It happens, so I restarted the computer. The fan was running and it took a while to get going, but that also happens. But instead of finally getting up to speed and letting me do things, it just stalled out. Restarted, shut down and let rest and turned on, rinse and repeat a few times; no dice. It was late, so I went ahead and went to bed.

Saturday morning, same deal. I click the Start menu to go into system tools to do a defrag or a disk cleanup and it takes five minutes just for the menu to finally pop up. I start getting the cold sweat of doom. I manage to do a system restore to Wednesday, and my computer moves just enough after that to let me copy over what files I had on my computer's HD over to my external HD (said process taking four hours). In goes the full recovery disk, goodbye goes all my files, programs, bookmarks, iTunes playlists, Photoshop brushes, etc. Thanks for buying a Toshiba laptop! Because it thinks it's brand new, see.

So I've spent the last day, when I've not actually been doing writing for school, getting everything back up to speed. I can't find my Photoshop disk and I fear it's at home, but iTunes is back on track, bookmarks are being reestablished, etc, etc. It has been a very traumatic time. Today I'm hopefully going to go out and get a new bike, and if so, I will also actually buy Norton Antivirus, as that's pretty much all I can think of that would have caused such a sudden and unfixable problem. Stupid viruses. I don't get people.

Speaking of which, we had parties Friday night and last night. Friday's party was the apartment under ours, where they were banging things so loudly that at 2:30 in the morning my clock fell off the wall and broke. UT Laura called the number for our courtesy officer, but we don't have one (either for this weekend or from now on, we don't know). I called 311 to file a noise complaint with the police, and they didn't seem to care. Last night it had to have been 50-60 people mingling between our building and the building behind ours. Screaming, drinking, running around, bashing pinatas with metal baseball bats, generally being, like, a photo essay on Why I Hate People. This time, it was UT Laura's turn to call the cops, and this time they didn't even take her name and number. Yeah, they clearly don't care about parties in college apartment complexes, which I think is crap, since a noise ordinance is a noise ordinance and it shouldn't be tolerated like that. So Monday we're going over to the office to complain. No, seriously, this is Why I Hate People.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Day Two of Exceptionally Awesome Four-Day Weekend: You've had your day of rest, now it becomes actual procrastination if you don't do any work. And yet...I have this sneaking suspicion I won't get much done.

Wearing my one Asian-inspired perfume right now, and it's all crisp and floral but unique and it is always happy when one smells good, methinks. I'm still waiting patiently for someone to actually comment on my perfume, making me fear I'm not applying enough, but I don't want to be one of those people who reek of scent, as that is not on.

I ordered the new Dune book, so I'm re-reading the last two as it's been a few years, and I'd forgotten just how much I enjoyed the end of that series. It's all politcal intrigue and feints within feints and I love that kind of story enveloped in the larger rubric of SF. Good times, good times.

Well, I'm off to see The Black Dahlia, which means I'll probably be watching my lap for some period of time as I don't deal well with stylized gore and such. Ah well; other than Snakes on a Plane, which doesn't really count in some way, I haven't been to the movies since Little Miss Sunshine, so I'm looking to enjoy myself on that count, at any rate.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Someone stole my bike last night. I walked back from the gym this morning only to see my front tire and the bike lock. I talked to management, and they're writing up an incident report for me, but in the meantime assured me that they're getting new locks for the gates. It's new management since August, and they seem very on top of things; the manager seemed like it was quite the surprise to show up and there weren't any locks on the pedestrian gates, so I feel much better in general security-wise knowing those will be installed.

I called my mom, who was very indignant on my behalf but also very understanding and cool, and that was helpful this morning as I was having a mild freak-out. Not so much about the bike itself, which was six years old and relatively inexpensive, but just that something of mine was stolen.

I'm in office hours right now, and then I have "homeroom," our general writing class. We haven't met yet this semester because of Labor Day, but most everyone emailed this weekend what they hope to work on, and it seems like it's a good mixture of genre stuff and straight stuff, so it should be cool.

Heh, I feel like such a woobie today.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Whew, it's been a busy couple of days. I don't think I ever posted that I did get into the class for wot I revised a script in a single day. It's this super-revision class, also geared to writing a script that can actually be filmed, and the first semester is all about coming out with a shooting script. It's pretty hardcore. Thursday we did practice pitches of our films in front of the board and assorted folk who work for the Production Company here in Austin, that has ties to the school, and in whose offices we hold class. They gave us lots of feedback on our pitches, because Friday we did the same thing in front of an agent from CAA and the former head of the WB network.

It was kind of scary.

These guys had also read our scripts, so we had individual story meetings with them. I got a lot of great feedback from them, and it really got me excited about not just rewriting the film, but also about the potential viability of the script in an actual market.

Yesterday UT Laura and I went to the waterpark south of Austin, which was fun, but also exhausting, especially after two days of really stressful stuff. So today I'm looking forward to spending time at home, getting reading done for the upcoming week, cleaning and laundry, and probably more research on my new script, which will be a King Arthur movie and therefore awesome.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

I've been grading the first assignments from my section; short scenes based on one of three prompts. Aw, it's like I'm an actual teacher-person. Unfortunately, I'm not able to give them as much time as I'd like, since they were handed in today and we have to turn them back over to the students tomorrow. It's amazing how long it takes to read and mark up a three-page scene when you're really trying to be comprehensive about it.

For interested parties: scifi.com is hosting BSG webisodes every Tuesday and Thursday from now until the premiere; each will be around three minutes long and takes place between the finale and premiere, mostly about the growing Resistance.

So, I hadn't blogged about this before, but way earlier this summer I had planned a Great Rewatch of CSI before the seventh season started; alas, I just now finished the two-part opener of S4. I think I'm not going to be able to get it done. It's been funny, though; I hadn't realized how many episodes I hadn't seen. I'd say probably one in four were new to me, or I'd only seen them once and didn't remember any of the details. For a show that I enjoy so much, I do tend to miss it quite a bit when it's on.

Monday, September 4, 2006

The first thing I read this morning was that Steve Irwin is dead. I'm surprised by how upset this made me (read: yes, I cried), as I was never particularly fond of watching his actual show although I appreciated all he did for the environment and for wildlife. It wasn't that he's leaving behind a wife and two small kids that got to me, but that he was out there doing what he loved and the attack was so unexpected and sudden that he probably didn't even know what happened before he died. And that just bothers me, a lot.

Sunday, September 3, 2006

As far as I can tell based only on the schedule for the film lab class (which I did get into, even though the professor ended up not reading my second draft wot I wrote in a day before hand), not even my other two writing classes and the TA position, this was pretty much the only weekend I'd have time to really mess around in Photoshop and make new banners and such. Ergo.

Seriously, people, I am going to be So Busy.

I've decided to do a major overhaul of room things, including throwing out a bunch of old posters that have been stored, moved and hung so many times they're all torn and folded and such. I ordered a V for Vendetta poster, and the international poster for Serenity, and I'm hopefully going to get some frames for them (if I can find them someplace for a reasonable price). Gone will be the collages on the mirrored closet doors. I want to get a nice shower curtain to hang over the doors, instead, or something along those lines. Also, I like where I rearranged the bed and desk, but now my dresser is just kind of hanging out in the middle of the room, so I'm going to move that today (which involves moving the TV which means I'm going to have to figure out how to hide the cable). Plus, just general cleaning and picking up as I've neglected that since I've come back to school.

So, kind of a boring day, but stuff that needs to get done, and I'd rather do it now than when I'm all busy. Which will pretty much be all semester.