Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I was going to upload some music, but I can't be arsed to hook up the router right now and I'm on the fam's computer, so. I'm pretty sure I don't actually have anything new, Halloween-wise, that I didn't have last year when I put up music, so it's probably a moo point anyway.

Seven hours until the Gogol Bordello concert! I have to drive up to Lawrence in our creaky old van, said drive undoubtedly testing the structural integrity of said van, pick up Laura, find parking (maybe; might walk, depends on temperature and crazy Lawrence atmosphere), then get in line, as Liberty Hall is kind of a free-for-all in terms of where one ends up. Laura really wants to be up front, I'd rather chill in the balcony and enjoy the show, so...we'll see. I'm taking stuff up to stay the night at her dorm if I'm not feeling like I want to drive home afterwards; it's only a 30-40 minute drive home, but I probably will not want to take one of two of the two-lane windy country highways home late at night, especially on Halloween, and I don't know if I feel like shelling out the toll to take I-70. Decisions, decisions. If I stay the night, the free parking next to her dorm ends at 7am, so I'd have to get up early to move the car. I don't know. Will decide when the time comes.

I kind of wish I had a costume for tonight - nothing too fancy or crazy, maybe like Catherine's emo girl costume - but didn't put anything together. I imagine that it's going to be pretty wild and crazy there, not even taking into account the types of people who listen to Gogol Bordello, what they'll be wearing on H'ween, and the theatrics of the band itself. I worry that I'll be out of place just wearing street clothes. Even a cheap wig would help, but I'm kind of lazy and I don't really feel like getting out today and buying anything. I also feel very whiny today, heh.

Updated foozes!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Played around with Photoshop for the first time in a long time. The banner comes from a desktop I made, which I was going to link to, but Laura and I can't figure out why it's not working. We are having some problems with our html-fu. We've spent, like, ten minutes sitting down here trying to make it work, and the computer just laughs at us. Or the internet. Or both.

This is going to be a great week. Sarah and I are going to see The Nightmare Before Christmas this weekend; I've never seen it on the big screen having missed the previous rereleases, and certainly never in 3D. Then on Halloween night, Laura and I are going to see Gogol Bordello in concert. On Halloween! What are the odds of all the places they could play in the whole world, they'd be playing Lawrence, Kansas on Halloween? I'm so excited! I'm so excited! (I'm so...scared.) Then, of course, H'ween itself, obviously. I think that I'll have time to hand out candy before I have to leave, but I probably won't be able to take Sarah around, which is okay, I guess. I don't even know if she's trick-or-treating; she doesn't have a costume yet, that's for sure. I'm going to try and convince her that a zombie costume is simple, cost-efficient, and quite scary.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The family bought a new computer, so I've been playing around with that. Vista is shiny and new, yet strange and different. I'm really happy with all the memory, though; I've never had Civ turns cycle so quickly!

Was fingerprinted today, for a background check, for a substitute certificate. You would think that they'd still have my fingerprints on file from three years ago, but I guess not. Every single person working at the police station was very unfriendly; I mean, I guess I can understand that maybe, dealing with the people they must deal with day in and day out, it's not always the most pleasant job, but seriously. I felt like I'd done something wrong, just coming in to get fingerprinted for a job. (I also set off the metal detector, which was awesome.)

I saw the S4 VM thing they'd mocked up for the network. It made me a little sad. It wasn't the direction I would have picked for the show, and the FBI thing was weird when I first heard about it, but the little mini-ep thing was pretty interesting, and I bought it (although I had no idea how far in the future they were setting it; had to have been at least five years). Maybe one of these days I'll finish out S3. I still have no idea how it ended.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Saw The Golden Age on Friday; thoughts will follow. No real spoilers, but I'll continue after the next paragraph if anyone wants to stay purely unspoiled.

Lovely, beautiful fall weather last week and this week. We had a strange, very uncomfortable week of Indian summer in the 80s and brushing against 90 the first week of October, but everything's now seasonally appropriate again. KU had their Late Night (the first practice of the season, though it's more of an event and show than an actual practice) on Friday, so now basketball's on the horizon for real. And now we're just about up to Halloween, and I can almost literally feel my mood improving every day as we head into my favorite seasons of the year.

GA thoughts: I really liked it, even though I kind of agree with all the points from the various negative reviews: it was overwrought, trying too hard to be "epic," the love story was less interesting than the politics and the rest, etc. But it was beautiful, and Cate was just amazing and luminous and wonderful, and she handles the mercurial extremes of Elizabeth's personality so deftly that even the fairly ludicrous scene of the Queen physically assaulting one of her attendants ends up working. I could have done with Raleigh, as he is far less interesting than Leicester, Essex, or even the regular courtiers. Samantha Morton was fantastic as Mary, Queen of Scots (although I was terribly thrown by her accent, as Mary was French), and I always love seeing Tom Hollander. Laura and I agreed that the Elizabethan hair and wardrobe really suited him. I'll probably try to see it again while it's still in theaters, because it just needs to be seen on the big screen (the Armada sequence is gorgeous). But this week is Nightmare Before Christmas, which I've never seen on the big screen and have missed the previous releases, so I'm very excited.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Wasn't sure what day it was. Called Milo. He always knows.



I have watched this, like, eleven times in a row now. I love that this is what Adrien Pasdar does in his free time.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Ugh, I hate when I'm outlining a new draft. I hate plot structure. I have such a hard time with it, and what seemed so clear when I was just thinking it over in my head, once I get ready to write, ends up being complete garbage. Why are you being so persnickety, King Arthur?

It's nice being able to look forward to CSI, and not dreading what's to come.

Did I make everyone a Halloween mix CD last year?

ETA: The Sweeney Todd trailer, FINALLY. But it was definitely worth the wait. Oh, Alan Rickman, how are you still so hot?