Sunday, February 25, 2007

I'm absurdly pleased by the fact that I called Alan Arkin. And also totally happy for him, obviously.

Missed a few others, no big deal, although I'm not happy that Children of Men didn't win cinematography. I liked Pan's Labyrinth a lot, but no. Children of Men. That movie was GORGEOUS. Should have figured that the Dreamgirls songs would cancel each other out, and I wanted to call Lives of Others because I'd been hearing the buzz on that over Pan's, but all in all, not a bad ballot this year.

Oh, Marty. I totally cried you guys. And even though I missed BP, it's okay, because The Departed was FTFW, and I'm so glad that in either its case or LMS's, they were movies that were good at what they were. LMS was a great comedy, Departed was a great gangster action flick. And that you don't have to make a deep, important movie about important things to be the best movie of the year.

I like when movies win, not films. There is a difference.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes available on YouTube and Google Video. There's a lot. Most I haven't seen. I found this page tonight, and have since been occupied finding the necessary programs to download stuff from YouTube, convert it to .avi files, and burn them onto DVDs. The DVD part may be prohibitively too cumbersome--I can't burn them, UT Laura would have to, and that's a lot of shlepping of files back and forth--and I may just burn them on CD to watch on the computer. But still. If I can't get them on DVD (WHY WORLD, WHY NOT ON DVD, ALL OF THEM), then that would be the next best thing.
Is it can be no more grading times now plis?

My official Oscars prediction list:

Picture: Little Miss Sunshine
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actress: Helen Mirren
Actor: Forest Whitaker
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin
Editing: The Departed
Score: The Queen
Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine
Adapted Screenplay: The Departed
Cinematography: Children of Men
Foreign Film: Pan's Labyrinth
Costumes: Marie Antoinette
Art Direction: Pan's Labyrinth
Song: Listen, Dreamgirls
Documentary: An Inconvenient Truth

We'll see how I fare tomorrow. I'm very excited for the Oscars this year. Last year kind of sucked, as I hadn't seen a lot of the movies and wasn't really pulling for many people strongly; I feel more invested this year. Plus, I would totally be happy if three of the five BP nominees won (Departed, LMS, Queen), which is HIGHLY unusual. And since those are probably the top three going in, I hopefully won't be shocked and appalled (CRASH). I've resigned myself to Hudson winning, which still irks me, but whatever. I am going with Arkin, because I think LMS has the momentum and the guilds (PGA, WGA, SAG), and winning just BP and probably screenplay (unless The Queen sneaks up) feels a little soft. One supporting win will be more substantial, and Murphy's weaker. I also kind of wish O'Toole could grab this one, just because he's so amazing and this is probably his last chance, but Whitaker's been almost as much a juggernaut as Mirren.

Speaking of which, I saw her at some function this weekend wearing heavy plastic stacked heeled hooker shoes. She's amazing. I want some kind of Ocean's 11 movie, except with women: Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Mary McDonnell, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, etc, etc. Would that not be the most beautiful thing ever?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

It is 83 degrees in Austin today.


*stabs Austin, kills it with fire*

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

This will make sense only to my sister. To borrow a word from the TWOP Pixel Challenges: "THEFT!"

The only rivalry you're going to have, Hugs, is the one with yourself, trying to top that outfit.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Virtual NES.

This is pretty much the coolest thing ever in the entirety of human history. I can now play Super Mario Brothers on my computer. Goodbye, getting shit done! It was nice knowin' ya!
February 2007 is going to go down in history as one effed up month. Anna Nicole Smith is DEAD. Britney Spears is BALD. An American Idol reject is going to win an OSCAR. Ghost Rider made FORTY FOUR MILLION DOLLARS.

A bulleted list of various and sundry thoughts:
  • It is beautiful in Austin--60s, breezy, sunny--so of course the buildings on campus had the heat on.
  • I'm starting to get frantic with worry that Satan will not return this season.
  • I never thought when I started watching Battlestar Galactica last year, with its darkness and intensity, that my primary interest would still end up being me shouting "MAKE OUT!" at the screen.
  • Don't read books about home invasion and scary rape right before you go to bed. Especially if your mommy is several thousand miles away.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Saw Breach last night, which I really, really enjoyed. It's from the director of Shattered Glass, so if you liked that film I'd recommend this one. Chris Cooper was excellent, the movie itself is engaging and interesting without being sensationalistic; it's all very grounded. I did a little research afterwards (okay, I got on Wikipedia), and it was far more based in fact than I would have assumed.

I'm so looking forward to Zodiac next week, you have no idea. And then, 300. And then, Sunshine. And much later, Hot Fuzz (OMG am I excited for Hot Fuzz).

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Laura and I were taking a walk down Photoshop memory lane, and I came across this wonderful little memento from the days of Haven. Specifically, when we mostly just made fun of people a lot by openly mocking them and then giggling as to whether or not they'd notice.

Oh, photo collage made from the absolute worst photos of DD and GA I could find.

Monday, February 12, 2007

AHAHAHAHA. <--That's literally the sound I just made. Laura made this in response to the story she told me tonight about Marshall being so angry she ate some of "his" Cheez-its that he threw his handful in the sink. He doesn't have enough RAM to process anger at manageable levels.

*wipes tears from eyes*

I had a student not turn in his work on time this Friday because he "forgot" he had an assignment due, and in the future, could I email everyone to remind them? I'm afraid that I'm going to have to give my, "I am not your mom" speech earlier than usual this semester.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pictures of crocheted things, although I used UT Laura's cheap-o digital camera, which is not of the highest quality. Plus, I suck at taking pictures a lot much.

First up is the first actual thing I ever made besides cell phone covers and little things like that. A big afghan. I spread it out over my full size bed so you can see how big it is.

The corner is folded over so you can see (kinda) how it matches the bed cover, but also because since this is the first thing I did, I was learning how to crochet while I was making it, so it ended up being wider at the bottom. And I did not feel like ripping out a couple months work so it could be even.

A detail of the border, which turned out very pretty. I'm going to make a version of this for UT Laura, with shades of green.

Next, the octopus:

Y hello thar! I thought about crocheting him a tiny eye patch, but didn't feel like buying a skein of black just for that. But just so you know, in my head, he's a pirate octopus.

Or...a sextopus, since I got tired of making legs.

The next blanket I'm working on, a granny square afghan, which will eventually be 48 of those squares in a checkerboard pattern. It was hard to get the colors right, so it's a dark and light green.

After months of not being interested in making icons, I've made six in the past couple of days, which is kind of exciting. I find that when every day is an endless cycle of reading, grading and writing, it's very nice to think about something using different parts of the brain. It keeps me fresh, because one has the tendency to start getting fuzzy, I think. This is also why I decided to learn how to crochet, to have something else to do; speaking of which, I need to remember to take pictures of my first completed projects.

I ended up really happy with the Anderson icon. I was trying to get a kind of vintage look, something about the coloring of the original photo, I don't know. It's not often that I actually am able to achieve what I intended to begin with, so all around Photoshop was a satisfying experience today.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Laura has links posted to "modules" from a show called Look Around You. I can't recommend them enough. I laughed so hard I honest to God got lightheaded. And have spent the rest of the night saying, "What ARE birds?" and "How tall is Imhotep?" Which, after you go watch these, you will completely understand, and laugh at. Exceedingly.

Jesus. My throat STILL hurts. Bless you ants. Blants.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

I am now on my third attempt to...procure a copy of The Queen. The first time, the audio was badly out of sync, the second time, it was dubbed in French. Hopefully this one works!

I made the mistake, after seeing the story tonight that Jeffrey Dahmer might have been involved in Adam Walsh's death, of reading all about Jeffrey Dahmer. Brrr. I wish I had more locks on my bedroom door! Although I do find it interesting that there are still serial killers working today, but it's just not publicized like it used to be, that "boom" of the 70s and 80s. I don't know if we just don't find it sensational anymore, or what. Not that I want them to publicize them, per se, just that I wonder why the press doesn't anymore. I would have looked up stuff on the Zodiac killer tonight, because I saw the first TV commercial for that tonight, but I got sleepy. :(

FINALLY caught up with 24. It only took a month. It makes me sad that I start every episode scanning the credits for Glenn Morshower's name, and am profoundly disappointed when he doesn't show up. Boo, 24.

Heh, every time I get online, I go to Laura's blog to giggle at her "epiphery" icon. I love many things about the Office, but one of my most favoritest is Michael not knowing how to say words, or even knowing what they mean, but just charging on anyway.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Instructor surveys finally came out from last fall. (Two people thought Polish professor's class was excellent? Seriously?) I am now going to copy/paste the four comments I got, because they make me happy. (There are only four, because now they do them online instead of in class, so most kids probably don't bother anymore.)
  • Shannon was extremely helpful and available when we needed her to be.
  • You were awesome. Loved the workshop environment.
  • Really good. She was very helpful, often going above and beyond.
  • Shannon was an excellent TA. She really had an interest in my writing and wanted me to do better. I felt that she was very knowledgeable on the subject and I hope that she may be able to help me and my writing even after the class is over.
It is to be warm inside. I mean, I felt last semester I'd had a good rapport with my students, but it's nice to see it in text-form. I have two students who are still emailing me this semester with questions, which is cool. Honestly, I really enjoy teaching, and being able to teach screenwriting at a university level would be something I actually wouldn't mind falling back on. Not that I'm not going to go out there and try to be a writer for reals, but it's good to know there's this also available.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Hey Caroline, I need your address. The only one I have in my address book is your original Wilbraham one, so...

(OMG, it is for sooper-sekrit reason.)

Friday, February 2, 2007

I think I forgot to mention that my History of Greece TA is from New Zealand. He keeps apologizing for his accent, and I'm like, "Honey, don't apologize." Although I guess most people didn't watch hours and hours of LOTR behind the scenes docs, so it's probably a hard accent to decipher.

I had a terrifying sleep paralysis incident last night. I woke up, and thought that I'd heard a loud noise, but I didn't know what it was, so I waited to see if I heard it again. And then, I heard my BEDROOM DOOR OPEN. Which, it sticks, so it's a loud, friction-y, squeaky sound. All I can think is, I left my keys in the living room, someone has broken in to the apartment and has unlocked my bedroom door, and now they're INSIDE, and now they're GOING TO KILL ME.

By the time I finally was able to move, I had so much adrenaline that there was no way I was going back to sleep, so I was up at 6:30 this morning. Suffice it to say, that's a lot earlier than I usually get up.

Saw The Queen yesterday, which was very, very good in a kind of deceptive way. I enjoyed it well enough while watching it, but wasn't quite sure if it was BP material. And then I ended up thinking about it the rest of the night, and replaying scenes in my head, and even ended up reading all about Elizabeth II online. (She was a mechanic during WWII! I had no idea! So awesome.) And what I loved about Helen Mirren's performance is how it's not big and showy, but it's still so real and powerful, and you get the sense of the person behind the facade. I have felt lately that winning performances, especially leading performances, have had a lot of histrionics and show to them, so it's nice to see so much acclaim for a performance that goes against that type.

In a bit of a coincidence (OR IS IT?), I watched the first part of Elizabeth I, the miniseries she won her Emmy (and assorted other awards) for, which was actually at the opposite end of the spectrum, performance-wise. Elizabeth is a hard character, because she was so mercurial, and Mirren captured that perfectly. You felt her moods along with her, as she swung from one pole to the next. And the rest of the miniseries--the other performances, the mise-en-scene--was also quite good (the costumes! I was disappointed at the lack of brightly dyed beards, though), so I'm looking forward to part two.