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15th-Aug-2011 02:36 am - I post for the fandom!
TRON Legacy - fangirl
Finally finished the TRON overview for crack_van and posted it.

Now for the recs...

GENIUS. "Of course, before it gets better you may find yourself pretending to be in the service of the Dark Lord. You may find yourself reviled and universally despised by millions of readers in over seventy-five languages." And then, the finish. Oh, SNAPE. &hearts
10th-Aug-2011 03:02 am - Fandom Is a Harsh Mistress
TRON Legacy - fangirl
Oh god, why do I do this to myself? I volunteered to write the crack_van's inaugural rec set for the TRON franchise, and the overview is killing me. Fucking HTML tables, how do they work?!?

(On the upside, it will be a very shiny overview when it's done. This is some seriously pretty canon, fo' sho'.)


From the site:
To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side - tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become. We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime's brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next.

To the Syrian military: You are responsible for protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women, children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason. No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country - rise up against the regime! - Anonymous
16th-Jun-2011 04:21 pm - Man, I need to get caught up
Much to post about, both good (trip to Orlando! Simon Pegg signing!) and not so good (I need to retake my second French oral exam! I screwed up my 1040 and owe Uncle Sam ~$5K!), but in the meantime,

Here's an interview with Norton Juster, who wrote THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH and THE DOT AND THE LINE.
30th-May-2011 12:15 pm - Damn good coffee, and COLD!
TW - Ianto
From the New York Times:

Recipe: Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

Published: June 27, 2007

Time: 5 minutes, plus 12 hours’ resting

1/3 cup ground coffee (medium-coarse grind is best)
Milk (optional).

1. In a jar, stir together coffee and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight or 12 hours.

2. Strain twice through a coffee filter, a fine-mesh sieve or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. In a tall glass filled with ice, mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or to taste. If desired, add milk.

Yield: Two drinks.

NOTE: To make hot coffee, dilute concentrate one-to-one with water and heat in the microwave.

This stuff is a godsend for those summer-morning commutes. I usually mix the concentrate and water in a pitcher and keep the result in the fridge, ready to be poured into my travel mug. If you take sugar, you might find that you don't need as much in cold-brewed coffee.

HANDY HINT: I put my grounds in extra-large tea bags (available at many Asian groceries), which means I only need to strain once and makes clean-up easier.
5th-May-2011 03:46 pm - My life in a nutshell
SGA - McKay funny face
Number of turntables I owned on Monday: zero.

Number of turntables I owned on Tuesday: two.

Number of pounds I had to haul home by bus: Apparently twice my weight, judging from the complaints my shoulders have been making all day.

Number of turntables I own that can play 78s: hopefully one. The one I unboxed last night can't, unless I've been misinformed and 78s are supposed to spin at the same speed as 33 rpm LP records.
26th-Apr-2011 11:11 pm - Mother Nature, what a card
Odilon Redon - Egg
A few minutes ago the night shift fled down to the lobby, because it smelled like there was a gas leak on our floor.

Eventually we were forced to accept the explanation of our shift supervisor, MH: it was actually the jackfruit she'd brought as part of her dinner. Apparently, ripe jackfruit smell just like whatever ConEd puts in natural gas to prevent people from being asphyxiated or blown up.

...I kind of want some now. (Jackfruit, not gas.)
17th-Mar-2011 06:13 pm - Simon Pegg, on being a nerd
Flash Gordon  -  Flaming Rocket of Lurve
From an interview about the making of Paul in the AV Club:
The capacity to acknowledge things at that level of detail and retain it, that’s what geeks are. They see the beauty in tiny, tiny things, and then chat about it.
27th-Jan-2011 08:35 am - YES!
Aurora Borealis Cabin

Due to inclement weather, the United Nations Complex in New York will be closed on Thursday, 27 January 2011.

The Holocaust Memorial Observance at Headquarters will be rescheduled for a later date.

Please check this website or the hotline number below for updates during weather emergencies or other urgent situations.

You may reach the hotline on either of the following numbers:

New York local: (212) 963-9800
U.S. toll free: (866) UN INFO1 or (866) 864-6361
27th-Jan-2011 01:10 am - ROLL ME INSIDE
Penguin Cymbals
It is snowing like blazes, if you will excuse the contradictory idiom. I just got home from a screening of The Leopard at Film Forum, and during the movie the snow level on the sidewalk outside the theater went from zero to at least six inches.

Thanks to a Floridian childhood I found the mad penguin dash from the subway to my apartment exhilarating, but part of me is hoping that the UN will declare a snow day. Fingers crossed!
23rd-Jan-2011 12:50 pm - "A proscenium to stage a face..."
In a fit of inspiration (or possibly madness) induced by watching a lot of 1920s-1930s films and TRON: Legacy, I have given myself bangs ("a fringe" for any UK-ers out there) for the first time in...five years?

Picture (under the cut, no pun intended) taken in front of the bathroom mirror, because I fail at the arm's-length approach.Collapse )
Metropolis - Maria's wink
Damn, I am going to see a lot of silent film this weekend.

Tonight at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 7:30 — Geschlecht in Fesseln (Sex in Chains/Sex in Fetters)
1928. Germany. Directed by Wilhelm Dieterle. Screenplay by Herbert Juttke, Georg C. Klaren. With Dieterle, Mary Johnson, Gunnar Tolnæs, Paul Henckels. Before emigrating to the U.S., where he became known as “William,” Dieterle directed and starred in this melodrama about men in prison and their sexual needs. Courtesy of Deutsche Kinemathek. Silent. Approx. 97 min.

Saturday at the Museum of the Moving Image, 7:30 — L’Argent
1928, 180 mins. Dir. Marcel L’Herbier. One of the most exciting film events in years was the Telluride Film Festival premiere of a stunning restoration of Marcel L’Herbier’s epic silent masterpiece, accompanied by the acclaimed Mont Alto Orchestra. The Colorado-based chamber ensemble’s scores are “breathtakingly beautiful and always in the service of the film on the screen.” (Dave Kehr, The New York Times). L’Argent transposes Emile Zola’s 1891 novel about the excesses of capitalism to modern-day Paris; L’Herbier’s mobile, avant-garde camerawork sets the drama against the Art Deco style of the magnificent sets. Brigitte Helm (Metropolis) plays the cunning mistress at the heart of a bold financial scheme.

Sunday at MoMA:
2:30 p.m. — Madame Dubarry (Passion)

1919. Germany. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Screenplay by Fred Orbing (aka Norbert Falk), Hanns Kräly. With Pola Negri, Emil Jannings, Reinhold Schünzel, Elsa Berna. This spectacular historical epic, the first German film imported to the U.S. after World War I, was an enormous critical and popular hit. It not only established Lubitsch’s international reputation but drew immediate attention to Germany as a nation of tremendous filmmaking promise. Courtesy of Murnau Foundation. Silent. Approx. 105 min.


5:30 p.m. — Die Austernprinzessin (The Oyster Princess)
1919. Germany. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Screenplay by Lubitsch, Hanns Kräly. With Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Herry Liedtke, Julius Falkenstein. Even as early as this 1919 film, German critics applauded the “Lubitsch touch,” noting that, no matter whether the story is strong, or weak, Lubitsch makes it “good,“ with “verve” and “elegance,” and “in a style never before seen in a German comedy” (Film-Kurier, 1919). Courtesy of Murnau Foundation. Silent. Approx. 60 min.

Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors' finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career.

...Actress McKenzie Westmore hosts the series, bringing poise and a rich history to her role as part of the Westmore family, whose name is synonymous with the makeup effects field.

This could be really, really cool. I'm one of those people who loves knowing How They Did It. Plus, the hostess is not only descended from a line of Hollywood FX artists (her dad worked on every iteration of Star Trek — TV and film — from TNG to Enterprise), she was one of the leads on the absolutely batshit soap opera Passions, which I was briefly addicted to while unemployed. (I hated her character, Sheridan Lopez-Fitzgerald (née Crane), but then I hated all the characters except for the evil patriarch, Alistair Crane, a silver-maned Magnificent Bastard con brio.)
19th-Jan-2011 12:08 am - If I only had a spare boot
BK - Kitten
There are two honest to God alley cats outside, yowling their heads off. I'm really tempted to open a window and yell, "ENOUGH FOREPLAY ALREADY!"
From thefannishwaldo via copperbadge: The Album Cover Meme


The directions:
1. Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2. Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3. Go to flickr and click on explore the last seven days. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4. Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.
5. Post it with this text in the caption.

My results:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escowbeck -- "Escowbeck House is a Georgian country manor house in the village of Caton near Lancaster, Lancashire..."
Quote: "When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully." -- W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
Image: whoops, failed to note the photographer
Dr Who - One PWNS
How have I never seen this before? FAIL, friendslist. MAJOR FAIL.

In other news, apparently I need to start watching Craig Ferguson.

ETA: Link, in case the above video does not work.
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