Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I hate stupid Austin and its stupid weather.

Back from Turkey Day break, which was lovely, if a bit stressful just because the amount of work I have to do over the next three weeks was always looming in the back of my mind. My script reading was last night, which went well, if a bit underwhelming in terms of turn-out. I don't know if they didn't publicize it enough, or if everyone read the blurb of my script and wasn't interested, but not many students showed up. But I did get a lot of feedback from who was there, and it was very cool hearing it out loud.

So now I just have to finish my other draft, revise my short adaptation script, and grade my students' 30 pages finals twice over, which doesn't sound like a lot, but totally is. I have also fallen behind on two different TV shows, and don't know when I'll be able to catch up. Guess which of these two things upsets me more.

Went and saw For Your Consideration last weekend, which was hilarious. I liked it more than A Mighty Wind, and maybe more than Best in Show. Catherine O'Hara especially was just amazing. I'd love to see her pull a dark horse nomination for this, not just because it would be very meta, but also because comedy just never gets rewarded, and it's so hard. But I'm not holding my breath.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Yay Turkey Day! I am very excited. I am going home tomorrow, and even though I have a lot of work to do, it's nice to be home.

So: this week's Battlestar was so very pretty, I have to do a picspam. Behold!







Oh, cinematography.





Lee-mo pain.









Roslin is so pretty.



And adorable.



I love her so much.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Holiday Muzaks:

"Mele Kalikimaka," Bing Crosby

"Christmas Time is Here," from A Charlie Brown Christmas

"The Atheist Christmas Carol," Vienna Tang

"Frosty the Snowman," Fiona Apple

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Judy Garland

"O Holy Night," Josh Groban

"Carol of the Bells," John Williams (from Home Alone)

"Happy Christmas (War is Over)," Sarah McLachlan

"Gaudete," Mediaeval Baebes

"Little Drummer Boy," David Bowie and Bing Crosby

"Once Upon a Midnight Clear," which came from a Christmas CD I burned at USC, so I don't know the artist of this one. Solo piano, my favorite Christmas song.
Updated foozes.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Taking an internet break during my TV break, which means I'm now multitasking breaks, which seems a bit antithetical to the whole concept of breaks. I'm trying to get some rewrites done ASAP for my reading after Thanksgiving break, which is a bit stressful since I know what the problems with the current draft are but don't know if I have enough time to do what I'd like to get done. Plus writing for two other classes (finishing drafts there), plus teaching.

OMG my brains, they have been eaten!

Also, shut up, Veronica. /macro

Thursday, November 9, 2006

I picked up another TA section for the spring, which gives me 20 hours.

20 hours = in-state tuition, double the stipend, health insurance.

*yays*

Workshopped my draft today, which went well. No big structural notes, lots of character stuff (especially the climax), but I'm holding off on edits until the first rehearsal (with Det. White!) Monday night. Which means that I only have ten pages to draft this weekend (*yays*), so I get to take tomorrow off and see Stranger than Fiction. Hopefully also want to get to Hobby Lobby to get some Christmas decorations. For the season makes great happiness.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

harry potter and the hogwarts dance team :)

So, the fact that this is on YouTube, and is thus kind of blurry, makes it doubleplusgood, because you can kind of pretend it's actually the actors from the films/the characters themselves (depending on how crazy you want to make it), which is doubly hysterical.

No, seriously, I've watched this like four times tonight.
Laura San Giacomo yay! I didn't know she was coming back!

Yay!

Kick out Piz bring on Laura we need more non-teen regulars kthx RT bye.

ETA: FLAILS OMG

Monday, November 6, 2006

Okay, so I was working on this Veronica Mars icon, and couldn't decide what style I wanted to use. So: I made three different versions. Here's the original cap:



And here are the three versions. Which do you prefer? (Yes, vote; I'm interested in what icon style works best.)

1) 2) 3)

Sunday, November 5, 2006

FTW:



Although to be accurate, one would then have to do the same with Star Wars, crossing out the original Lord of the Rings synopsis.

(Seriously, I have been doing a lot of Hero's Journey research, getting all that plot stuff fresh, as it is very helpful when writing anything with a genre bent.)

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Writing = taking mini-breaks = now it's survey time!

The iTunes meme:

total number of tracks: 4145
total length of music: 11.5 days

sort by song title:
- first song: 'Ama'Ama - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
- last song: Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin' Daddies

sort by time:
- shortest song: Howard Makes It All Go Away - Jon Brion (Eternal Sunshine soundtrack) (:14)
- longest song: Der Abschied - Gustav Mahler (29:32)

sort by artist:
- first song: These Are Days - 10,000 Maniacs
- last song: Time of the Season - The Zombies

top 10 most played songs: (this won't really be representative, as a) I had to do that system reboot a while back and it wiped over a year's worth of info, and b) I listen to my classical/soundtrack playlist extensively when I write)
01) Dark Eyes – DeVotchKa
02) Worthy of Survival – Bear McCreary (BSG)
03) The Crypt – Philip Glass (Dracula)
04) Roslin and Adama – Bear McCreary
05) Something Deep Inside – Billie Piper
06) Just What I Needed – The Cars
07) The Infanta – The Decemberists
08) Weathertop – Howard Shore (LOTR)
09) Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor – Claudio Arrau (Chopin)
10) Starman – David Bowie

first five songs that comes up on shuffle:
- Biological - Air
- Dead Things - Emiliana Torrini
- Love Shack - The B-52s (YES)
- Tocatta in E Minor - Bach
- The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us! - Sufjan Stevens

how many songs come up when you search for:
- "sex": 6
- "love": 179
- "you": 287
- "death": 20
- "hate": 20
- "wish": 7
- "monkey": 2
Movies Wot I Am Looking Forward To:

Venus, with Peter O'Toole and Vanessa Redgrave. It just looks delightful.

Notes on a Scandal, with Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, two of my favorite actresses. I knew about the movie, but Laura reminded me about the trailer, which I hadn't seen before, which looks very intense and awesome.

The Queen, with Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II, following the aftermath of Diana's death. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about her performance.

Pan's Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro. It looks creepy and beautiful and haunting, even though I still don't really know what's going on.

Children of Men, with Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, directed by Alfonso Cuaron. I've seen the trailer half a dozen times, and it still makes me all excited and vaguely weepy.

For Your Consideration, new Christopher Guest movie yay!

The Good German, with George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, because it's black and white and period and it has Cate Blanchett in it.

Friday, November 3, 2006

It's amazing how long it took to tweak the color scheme to make it monochromatic with accents of pink. *stabbity stab*

Today was a good day. I turned in my third draft, watched the first KU game of the season (a 99-69 victory, Rock Chalk), and it was 60 degrees outside.

That's all. :)

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Crack!Ship Picspam of Happiness For To Make Glorious Benefit

This is Gaius Baltar. He is pretty.


This is Laura Roslin. Also pretty.


*indrawn breath*


*high-pitched squeal*


*incoherent flailing*


The end.