catslash: (Nicola - :D?)
( Sep. 11th, 2010 12:42 pm)
Oh, hey, I'm alive!

More importantly, I have committed fic. Are there any Britishers on the flist who'd like to Britpick a three thousand word Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover that has nothing to do with Sherlock being a secret Time Lord?
catslash: (Sam is not so sure about this.)
( Aug. 21st, 2010 08:51 pm)
I just walked out into the kitchen and heard my roommate on the phone having this conversation:

"I don't mind euthanizing, but the thought of putting them in the casket is a little weird."

. . . no, I don't know what she was talking about.
catslash: (yes! wait . . . - credit I have no idea)
( Aug. 20th, 2010 01:50 am)
I have this Firefox extension I really like called Googlepedia, which brings up relevant Wiki articles when I run a Google search and displays them right on the page. Nine times out of ten all I want is an overview of something and I'd be hitting the Wiki anyway, so Googlepedia makes my searches more convenient by, like, three whole seconds.

. . . on the other hand, sometimes there is not a relevant article to my search term and Googlepedia, while it usually tells me this, will sometimes get creative.

Which occasionally leads me to results such as this image that I have cut for your convenience. )
catslash: (Default)
( Aug. 17th, 2010 12:03 pm)

Does anyone know of a community for those "thirty day" memes that are popular lately? Because I'd like to get back into that whole thing where I post more than twice a month, but it's been so long since I've done that that I forget what to post ABOUT. One of those memes might help me get used to posting again, and an archive of them to pick and choose from would be really convenient.

So, help?
catslash: (Nicola - ew gross)
( Aug. 5th, 2010 02:06 am)
And I break a month of silence for an important question:

Who else has, since seeing Inception, had the dream where you know you're dreaming and make yourself wake up repeatedly, only to discover that there are layers and you haven't really woken up yet?

Because I know I am not the only one.

(For added fun: I was plotting to try screaming, which I can never manage to do in dreams, on the theory that if it somehow worked in real life someone would come wake me up! Also, I thought briefly abut the Sandman story where Dream traps a dude in a nightmare he can't wake up from. Good times.)
catslash: (Nicola - :D?)
( Jul. 6th, 2010 10:28 pm)
Hey, guess what? I finally got around to figuring out how to use the webcam on my computer! Yeah, I knew it was there, and that there was doubtless some extremely easy way of using it, but I couldn't be bothered. But today I was, and entirely by happenstance, I got one of my favorite pictures of me to exist in a long while.

Not to hype it up too much or anything, but I managed to duck the washout of the flash AND not appear too shiny despite today's heat. This is worth noting. )

My wall is not actually that shade of green.

It's turquoise. I bet you're jealous now.

I am also excited that I can finally take pictures of myself like everyone else on the Internet. Not excited enough to have made an effort to be able to do it before now, but it crops up more than you'd think.
catslash: (Sam is not so sure about this.)
( Jul. 6th, 2010 10:49 am)
Oh my god. It's like a million degrees out and someone somewhere in the neighborhood is mowing the lawn. At least I think that's what that sound is, though there isn't a whole lot of lawn to mow in this neighborhood. Maybe someone's finally attending to the grass outside the school across the street.

Anyway, my point is: It is a million degrees. Why would someone do that? Because in an hour it will be two million degrees? Okay, but in the evening it will probably only be half a million degrees. What is so urgent about mowing a lawn that it can't wait until you're less likely to get heatstroke doing it?

(As I type, the sound has ended, so it probably wasn't that, but I need an excuse to post, dammit. Maybe it was just a really small lawn.)

The first thing I did today was crawl into the bathroom for a cold shower. I don't think I've ever done that before in my life. The heat: I do not handle it well. At least I'm not living in any of the places where it's worse.
catslash: (Malcolm - plotting your doom.  yes yours)
( Jun. 30th, 2010 07:34 pm)
So I've finally - after, uh, three years or so of going "I am going to watch that someday, no really, I am" - gotten around to watching Life on Mars. The files I legitimately acquired are ripped from the original airings for the most part, I believe, and I was entertained to learn that S1/S2 aired back-to-back with S1 of The Thick of It. (Until TToI ran out of eps, I would assume.) I find the idea of a Gene Hunt-Malcolm Tucker double feature to be both awe-inspiring and deeply terrifying.
catslash: (Default)
( Jun. 28th, 2010 12:46 pm)
It's June 28! That means today is the anniversary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914, which is one of the more bizarre coincidence-laden events of history. There are so many things that just happened to fall into place: the lead driver didn't get a message about the change of route; one of the group of would-be assassins, Gavrilo Princip, decided to go chill in a café after the initial failed attempt, and happened to go outside when the Archduke's car drove past the café hours later; Princip closed his eyes and fired twice, and those bullets hit Ferdinand and the Duchess, Sophie; and a thousand other things that have slipped my mind, and let's also not forget that the various eye witnesses' stories conflict and are from different people with their own agenda, so we'll never knew the exact facts of that day. But from what we do know, it's a miracle Ferdinand managed to get himself killed at all.

This, of course, is what finally set off the explosion in the Balkans - something would have happened sooner or later, Austria-Hungary was just itching for an excuse to go after Serbia because of some anti-Habsburg sentiment that had been coming from there (I think; it was some kind of unwanted propaganda, anyway). And Serbia had Russia's promise of protection, and dumbass Wilhelm II in Germany was all, "No, Austria-Hungary, it's cool, if you go after them I'll give you whatever help you want" and then the net of alliances and ententes choked everyone and HERE HAVE A WORLD WAR YOU GUYS.

Today is also the anniversary of the 1919 signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which was an excellent and well-balanced piece of diplomacy that forced Germany (yes, Germany) to take all the blame for starting the war and saddled it with reparation costs that would break its economy and make a nice opening for some political party calling themselves the Nazis to come to power. Guys, the Treaty of Versailles sucked so bad that the US refused to join the League of Nations to ratify it, and Ferdinand Foch (who was French, not German as his name might suggest) said, "This is not Peace. It is an Armistice for twenty years." He nailed it right down to the year: Hitler invaded Poland twenty years later in 1939.

This is a pretty simplified account, based mainly on my memories from a class on the World Wars I took a couple semesters ago (and the Wiki article on the Treaty, because I definitely did not remember the exact quote and who said it right off the top of my head). I felt I should talk about it a little, though, because it's all fascinating and because WWII gets all the glory these days and a lot of people don't know about the kind of colossal fuckery that went into creating WWI and then resolving it with a bunch of bullshit that ended up feeding into WWII. And we should remember that fuckery, because as a race human beings are not a whole lot smarter today and it would be good to remember so we don't start any more fuckery on this scale, because next time we do we're not gonna survive it.

Have a nice day! :D
catslash: (this fucking song)
( Jun. 19th, 2010 07:39 pm)
It is time for my annual complaint about the ice cream truck and its music.



The end.
catslash: (can't take this bullshit)
( Jun. 11th, 2010 11:29 am)
Okay, so, just FYI for people: my modem has decided that it doesn't have to work, or my connection has, or something, and right now I'm leeching off a very unreliable network that is bizarrely strong at the moment, but that probably won't last. So, in the event that I'm not around, that would be why.

There is the possibility of getting a new modem, if I can find a ride to the center. Otherwise, there's a technician scheduled to come out on Wednesday. I guess I better clean my room. (Easier said than done.)

If this interferes with my getting hold of Doctor Who tomorrow, I will cry. Real tears.

The last time I had to have a technician come out, it turned out that my connection had somehow been severed. That was special.

This is the worst timing ever, you guys, I'm just starting on a month with not a whole lot going on; I've finished the Kubrick class and my next class starts in July. And I don't have a job. And I'm superbroke while I wait for some money I'm supposed to be getting on Monday. So. HRRRRRGH.

I do have about five million books I haven't read, though. So there is that.

ANYWAY. If I all but disappear for the next few days, that would be why.
catslash: (Sam is not so sure about this.)
( Jun. 7th, 2010 07:03 pm)
So my flist is full of squee over the news of a new series of Torchwood, but I know I am not the only one making skeptical faces at my computer.

Who wants to be skeptical with me? :D
catslash: (go go Dalek Rangers!)
( May. 28th, 2010 09:51 pm)
Out of curiosity, from [ profile] ashen_key:

Check my fandoms, my favorite characters, the pairings I like the most, my kinks, my fictional crushes, anything. Now, in a friendly and possibly teasing way, point out the obvious and not so obvious trends or fetishes you see in my tastes. Maybe I'm nuts for all vampire stories, or have a thing for men who smoke, or I'm fond for the tsundere archetype, or I'm into rival slash. Let's point out all of those you've noticed I tend to squee about during our friendship.

(Icon presumably unreleated, but newly ganked and in need of showing off.)
catslash: (Hamlet is damn interesting)
( May. 26th, 2010 05:18 pm)
As mentioned yesterday, I'm taking a summer course on the films of Stanley Kubrick, which is structured to give us enough time to watch an entire movie in one class period. Which is pretty awesome. Especially since I realized upon looking at the list of movies we'll be seeing that I hadn't seen any of his films before. That's a lot of pop culture I've missed out on! So I've been enjoying this class a lot so far.

(Also, the room is airconditioned. I miss it already.)

So far we've watched and discussed 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and today we screened Barry Lyndon. Juuust barely. That is a long-ass movie and we needed like every second of classtime to get the whole thing in - it ended exactly when class ended.

[ profile] karaokegal asked that I post my thoughts on Barry Lyndon after watching, so!

The short version is, it was my favorite so far. The long version is long and has spoilers, so I'm cutting since it's lesser known than most of his other movies so there might actually be plot points people aren't familiar with. )

There is a fuckton of other stuff I could talk about in this movie, and no doubt a full fuckton of other stuff I didn't even catch, but basically it is awesome and everyone should see it. The end.
catslash: (Nicola - ew gross)
( May. 25th, 2010 10:48 am)
Oh look, I went a week and a half without posting again. I don't have long, so this post will be short, but.

Upside of taking summer classes: I can make up for the credits the insomnia totally screwed me over on, seriously, half the reason I haven't posted is because I don't even wanna talk about it.

Downside of taking summer courses: I still have to walk the mile to campus, even when it is the first legitimately hot and gross day of the year. And this will continue for the rest of this month and part of June, and then begin anew toward the end of July and into August, AKA the hottest part of the year.

At least today the room I'm in has air conditioning, because it's full of movie-watching equipment. (Class subject? The films of Stanley Kubrick. Fuck yeah, you guys, I'm getting credit to watch movies and talk about them.)
catslash: (Default)
( May. 14th, 2010 12:16 am)
Supernatural. For, I think, the last time.

('Course, that's what I said about Torchwood after "Exit Wounds.")

finale spoilers. um, don't click if you don't want your squee harshed. )
catslash: (wtf is this shit?)
( May. 13th, 2010 03:18 pm)
Aaaand then I didn't post for a week and a half, oops.

In honor of tonight's Supernatural finale, I'm going to make an effort to pull together some of the thoughts I've been having this season - for the last season and a half, really - and finish by trying to justify why I still watch this show.

cut for: your friends list, spoilers for seasons four and five, and negativity. If you don't want to read negative thoughts on the show hours before the season finale, I recommend not clicking. )

(And if you disagree with every single thing I have just said, I think we can still find common ground with this question: What the fuck are they going to do for season six?!)
catslash: (Default)
( May. 2nd, 2010 04:48 pm)
OKAY OKAY. Everyone on the flist is doing this one (like, seriously, six in a row when I checked a few minutes ago), so I give. I've kind of been thinking of a new LJ name lately anyway, since I'm not exclusively a slasher anymore, so maybe I'll got an idea from someone!



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