tempestuously: ([gravi] nobel prize for evil?)
I did it! I finally caught up on my LJ readings. I need to stop being a plurk-obsessed slacker and actually like check this thing once in a while. I had some rants (mostly dealing with Katsucon and its ability to make me feel completely detached from the world yay -- aside from [livejournal.com profile] realms_of_life who is love), LJ plastering my screen with game ads (no I don't care), jeers for the Maryland General Assembly for being so indecisive on the gay marriage bill and refusal to watch then new ponies (I woooon't.)

I also had kudos for [livejournal.com profile] sari_15, whose essay on the latest VK Chapter makes me feel like a lazy slug who really needs to get around to reading that chapter and analyzing it properly. I need to shake my VK annoyance in general because the developments in this chapter are actually quite interesting and could add something different to the Zero situation. That reminds me, I really should hang up my pretty Zero poster already.

It has been a very mixed week for the Nayami, with mood swings a plenty. I need to catch up on Star Driver, Young Justice, Drag Race and the manga I picked up from Katsucon. I also need to go check out King's Speech and do some other D.C.-related things. I have been having much fun with The Lost Hero, which pretty much spares itself of any of the character issues that plagued the first series. I still want my Thalia though.

I had poli-rants but they can be summed up as: MAKE UP YOUR MINDS PEOPLE.
tempestuously: ([hg] come to finish me off sweetheart?)
So I didn't realize "The Thief" was actually a children's book and spent 15 minutes searching through YA before I finally learned the truth and had the super-fun experience of crawling around on my hands and knees while trying to find it in the shelves. Note to self, get Thief series on Kindle next time. I wanted to pick up "The Broken Kingdoms," but it wasn't there so I went with "The Giver" since I've never read it and the last of the "Shadows" series by Brent Weeks. I have to decide whether I want to stick "Firestar's Quest" somewhere in there, possibly after the Weeks book to give me something easier to read. The first two should be a breeze after all.

Oh, a coworker also gave me the "How to Train Your Dragon" artbook, which is lovely, and the Justice League, which I need to get around to watching. Probably I'll start on that today. CFUW kind of devoured my time yesterday. [livejournal.com profile] realms_of_life and I spent the other week watching "Batman/Superman:Apocalypse," which terrified me with the realization that the old man I spent the entirely movie wanting to go away was actually Granny Goodness (shudder) and "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths," which was just fun because poor Batman. I also discovered Amazon gives me Buffy episodes for a buck and might have spent at least $10 on that this week. I won't be doing that anymore since I have $400 dollars on my checking account, which I shouldn't, and I don't want to mess with that money unless I need it for gas and food. Ugh, I have to call and sort that out.

Also, I miss the Geass recap chats. What happened? People weren't around on the holidays, and I haven't seen them since. I'd post them myself, but I'm super lazy about doing screeshots and summaries; I just like to talk.
tempestuously: ([gravi] nobel prize for evil?)
Even though I have already been complaining on Goodreads about this, I can always complain more. Because really, the self-censorship of "Huckleberry Finn" deserves as much complaining as is possible. Read all about it. Now, I don't think this was done for malicious reasons, but it is still stupid beyond measure.

Other things that are stupid beyond measure: My roomie throwing away my food for two whole nights because I left it downstairs and didn't put it away. Did I mention she left whole bowls of pasta sitting around my kitchen for four days and when I asked her to clean them, she had to wait until she recruited her bf? Oh, and she took my very expensive orange juice to a party and drank it all since she allegedly believed it to be hers. I don't know about anyone else, but I remember when I buy drinks. And if I don't, I ASK before taking an entire carton to a party.

Moving along, I am sad I will have to take a break on my kitty series once I finish the first set since I should probably read a book that I can't finish in two days for a change. I miss reading on my Kindle. I hate the stupid DMP Amazon and Adobe have against each other since virtually every digital library uses Adobe and Kindle cannot read them. I enjoyed reading in bed too, which was so much easier with Kindle. That said, I can't exactly shell out $6 every time I want to read a book. That could get pricey. I am le torn.
tempestuously: ([cat] too awesome for you)
I am obsessed with Warriors and do nothing but read them. Except for now when I'm marathoning S4 Buffy. I love the episode where Faith comes back, so psychological. I also found out I read 26 books for 2010; this is actually a great accomplishment for me. Also a plus that I'm FINALLY not sick.

Oh yeah, my birthday ice cream cake melted.

If anyone asked for cookies and did not receive them by this point, let me know so I can send a different set or something.
tempestuously: ([cat] too awesome for you)
I spent an insane amount of time last night watching this user's animated wolf series about a cow who wants to live with wolves. It sounds lame, but the characters and storyline are fairly deep, with much of it focused on the wolves. The dialogue could use some sprucing up and some of the characters' actions are a bit forced, but overall it is an impressive effort for someone to churn out this type of thought-out plot in 5-7 minute installments every month. Her animation also improves as she goes, and I love watching artists develop. It's funny because I always chide [livejournal.com profile] realms_of_life for the time she spends reading original fiction on AdultFanfiction and here I spend hours watching an original animated series. I guess I have nowhere to talk. But, man, things like this inspire me to write.

I also really want to read Erin Hunter's "Warriors" series after spending equally long watching story videos and adaptions like one done by the above user and this young animation studio. I always complain about how I hate the rabbit mythology in Watership Down and can't read Redwall because I don't give two tail shakes about rats, but yet I'm fully willing to read an entire series about warrior cats. Since they're YA, I also expect them to be quick reads too. I'm going to toss one up on my bookreads queue, maybe about The Lost Hero, and see what I think of their style before deciding if I want to fit them into my schedule.

Also, just in case I deterred anyone with my rant yesterday, Legend's final episode is REALLY GOOD, just suffers from the pacing issues the majority of the issue suffers from. But the characters are amazing as always.

If I don't get my fondant today, I'm going to punch someone. I want to go see "Tron" already.
tempestuously: ([tutu] a sorta fairytale)
I'm reading Michael Cunningham again since I finished "Curse of the Chalion." It was pretty much awesome, even if the end was a bit wonky. I even wrote a review on goodreads. But back to Cunningham, my love with him is an outlier to what I usually enjoy. I don't devour his characters, nor do I demand especially compelling ones as I might with any other writing. I'm never actually that excited by the stories they tell either. What holds me about Cunningham is his writing. I envy it in so many ways and know I will never be able to achieve anything like it. His writing draws me in and makes me relish every sentence like a gourmet dish. Just the way he captures the way people think, talk and live. It's like he's simply talking to someone on the street about his own life. That's how naturally his characters flow. All the little details about the things in their rooms, that one time in school, their promiscuous siblings. I wonder how it all just comes to him. Does he even have to sit and plan it out or is it just natural writing? Sometimes when I read Cunningham, I wonder if my writing comes off as pretentious because I over-think everything about my characters and don't have as much imagination for innocent side details because I want to drive home motivations, traits and personality. Whereas Cunningham presents his characters like people and his dialogue, not like a script of nothing but direction but more like talking. It's not really lyrical, although I would tell anyone Cunningham's prose is indeed beautiful, but it's so personal. It's the type of imagination, creativity and understanding of humanity that I yearn to show in my own writing. It's the writing of someone who has really lived.

I guess now people know why Cunningham is my writing idol.

Also, if you don't like Cunningham, that's fine too but if you mention it here, I will cut you. Just saying.
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
Yesterday was possibly the best Thanksgiving ever. I spent it away from my outside family, watching my father and my brother attempt to dance to Wii's version of "Eye of the Tiger," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and other terrible things. Then I ruined my brother's world by telling him what "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is really about. I so enjoyed being able to drive home without someone who was drunk, as usually happens at the family parties. I also enjoyed avoiding a day of relatives asking me why I'm not dating yet and when I'm going to get a "real" job. Also, the fact that they are probably all Tea Partiers now. But the food was delicious, although I miss our family's classic oyster stuffing. I did not dance, but I did pull a muscle in my side playing Wii tennis, continuing my tradition of injuring myself every time I touch the Wii.

Oh and I have a goodreads if you absolutely must know what I'm reading. I'm probably going to be reading "The Lost Hero" next in my queue, but feel free to make recommendations based on what I read and I'll looking into adding them.
tempestuously: ([terra]look and see her how she sparkles)
I decided to not fail at life today and go see Gabi. We watched anime and I has thoughts!

Star Driver )

Legend of the Legendary Heroes )

Also, in regards to "Name of the Wind," dang is little Kvothe a Mary Sue.
tempestuously: ([hg] come to finish me off sweetheart?)
Well, today was fail.

The most excitement I got out of it was reading about Stephen Colbert testifying in character before Congress and even managing to lay down an "OSNAP" moment on one of the self-righteous Reps. If you watch the whole thing, you'll see Colbert breaking character toward the end when he stressed that he is there because the immigrant workers have no voice and they need someone to speak for them:

"It seemed like one of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don't have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here and at the same time ask them to leave. That's an interesting contradiction to me. And whatever you do for the least of my brothers -- and these seem like the least of our brothers right now.."

Pretty interesting stuff in any case. Also, in case anyone remembers, Elmo has also testified before Congress in character.

Also, I'm pretty sure I'm developing a psychotic reaction to stink bugs. There was one in my gas cap today. MY GAS CAP. I can't even read outside anymore because if they land on my windshield or buzz overhead, I totally freak out. I actually drove to a restaurant to sit outside in its parking lot and read today because my office is too cold with its AC. Stupid bugs.

"Shadow's Edge" is holding me much better than the first book did. I think it's the lack of Durzo Blint and also my finally understanding the crazy mythology/macguffins that go into it. Except for the long-winded history of the ka-kakaris. That tends to cause fluctuations in my give-a-damn-o'meter. But I'm happy to have more of Jarl and Logan and Vi. Kylar is a better character in this so far as well, no longer annoying me with his random monologues. Though his scenes with Elene are like slow torture. I don't care about either of their sexual repression. Deal with it!

Oh and tonight, Gabi and I are going to go see "Legend of the Guardians!" Owls with armor and steel talons. Can you tell I'm excited?
tempestuously: ([vk] the art of topping)
I solved my book dilemma by flipping a coin. So far "Shadow's Edge" is quite interesting. Plus, it has more of sexy assassin Vi so that's always a bonus. In other library news, "The Passage" ended up being a day late and when I picked up books yesterday nobody told me I had a fine. It's not like it's going to go up, but I'm still irked.

I was in an Elfen Lied move yesterday but wasn't quite up for a rewatch so I did the next best thing. I watched Sage's Elfen Lied Abridged, which is a masterpiece in both TERRIBLE DARK HUMOR (no, I am serious, if you have seen EL you can guess what he's going to be mocking YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED) and plotty humor. I am sad he only did 10 episodes for a 13 episode series but oh well. Elfen Lied is always a special series for me since it had so much I don't like: rampant nudity for the sake of nudity, main characters that I want to bludgeon in the head, overt violence to women, loli abuse because you have to meet the loli fetish and over-the-top depressing back stories. But the over-arching story is just so good! As are Kurama and Lucy. They more than make up for the suck. More people should watch because whether you like it or not, it's an experience.

Sadly, my search for something to fill the void the missing three Abridged episodes left in my soul led me to Vampire Knight Abridged (Warning: Yuuki's voice is LOUD AND PAINFUL), mostly because all Code Geass parodies rely on memes and don't know how to do humor in an interesting way suitable for CG. Anyway, I'm not going to lie, Gabi and I are totally addicted to VK Abridged. It starts out kind of shaky but gradually gets quite good.

Pros: Zero is an asshole I love this, Yuuki fantasizes about Kaname/Zero yaoi to the point that Kaname has to explain to her that he and Zero aren't going to have babies, Aidou is flamboyant and in love with Zero, Twilight jokes beautiful Twilight jokes, any scene with the Night Class together is magical especially with bitching Shiki, Yagari is a pirate and Zero calls him Daddy, Zero and Kaname's fighting over Yuuki is amazing, Cross wailing about his BABIES, great one liners, Kaname and Zero's voice actors slay me. Oh yeah and the vampires are crazily addicted to chocolate and shiny things LIKE KITTIES Zero is secretly fond of shiny things as well. :\ This is perhaps my most favorite random vampire trait yet and I have "borrowed" it for my one AU.

Cons: YUUKI'S VOICE WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO SHOVE GLASS INTO YOUR EARS AND IS PAINFULLY LOUD, Yuuki refers to Zero as Edward although she loosely explains why late into the series, a little much focus on Kaname's emo, one or two jokes regarding noncon venture a little too much into the mrrr area, people are harsh to Yuuki but she is more a Twihard than a Bella, the voice actors like to cuss more than I think is necessary.

But yeah, I'm addicted and stayed up entirely too late watching this nonsense. It also made me miss pre-timeskip VK hijinks. Le sigh.

I kind of love the idea of spoofing Family Circus, Charlie Brown and Garfield into political humor.

I want to comment on Woodward's new book, but I need a few days to let it all sink in. Wow.
tempestuously: ([gravi] nobel prize for evil?)
Ugh, newspaper that thought it was a good idea to not only include a column listing 15 reasons why O'Donnell is a witch but also allow a cartoon and other columns on this subject accompanied by a witch gif image. Not cool.

Speaking of not cool, I actually plan to watch Dancing with the People Who Are Occasionally in the News but Not Necessarily Meet the Qualifications to Be Called Stars this season because I want Jennifer Gray to win. Sob. Oh and "Lone Star" was all right, kind of "Dallas"-like.

I'm also in a bit of a dilemma, as I requested both "Shadow's Edge" and "Name of the Wind" yesterday, having learned that the first wouldn't be returned until October. And when I went to pick up the latter, "Shadow's Edge" was also there. I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE TO READ FIRST. :(

Aside from that, I am deliriously happy with my latest assignment. It is amazing in ways you wouldn't even believe!
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
News has been fairly depressing, what with the recent atrocities committed by some rogue U.S. soldiers, El Diario backing away from gang coverage due to the death of yet another of their journalists and the bizarre obsession with Christine O'Donnell's comments about practicing witchcraft when she was in high school.

I am also less than pleased to learn that my family has been keeping major secrets from me again, particularly about the status of my niece and the health of my sister. My brother, though, is doing well and looks to have a good start at a career. I even allowed him to give me a shoulder massage the other day, and he did a good job.

I'm not sure which TV show I want to follow this time. I've been hearing good things about "Lone Star," "The Event" looks to be after the Lost cult and "Boardwalk Empire" keeps getting compared to "Mad Men," which I admit, for me, is not an endorsement. The latter does promise me gangsters and boot-legging though, plus Steve Buscemi so I might try it out of sport. I am still debating on whether I will attempt "Lone Star" or "The Event" tonight.

The Passage was a great experiment in writing and a fascinating origin/mystery story, but I have to say that I can't really recommend it. )

I wanted to pick up "Shadows Edge" this week but both it and "Tongues of Serpents" are out at my local branch so it looks like I'll be moving onto "Name of the Wind." I'm exited for this one.

My last bit of happy news is that my latest interview just sent my inner geek into OVERDRIVE.
tempestuously: ([hg] come to finish me off sweetheart?)
Dude, LJ, thank you for reducing my money to now $15 with your automated payments. I knew I should have turned that off.

In other news, I had a meeting with my bosses today. Apparently, I still don't suck so yay.

I would also like to clarify a statement I made the other day regarding male writers because I did not intend to offend anyone. )

I'm thinking about writing a rundown of my favorite country artists just because I'm sad at all the country hate and want to show people there's some good stuff out there, even if it isn't what you may think when you think country. I promise it's not Taylor Swift. Also, good god, if that girl writes one more love song...
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
Gabi and I had a fun time watching the first half of Nabari no Ou, only she cheated because she's already read the manga so I made her tell me THE BIG SPOILER. I'm not a big fan of Miharu because I hate that 'I'm a 12-years-old child' thing he always does. But I do love his relationship with Yoite. I really love them. I also enjoy Aizawa and Thobari. Poor Thobari. But more that that, I'm just excited to finally know who the fuck are these characters that I've seen at CFUD for years. I feel edumacated. We'll probably watch the second half next week or so.

We also caught up on Sherlock. And all I can say is wow is a certain character GAY. But yes, terrible cliffhanger and *insert fistshake gif here* and all.

I finished Mockingjay on the Metro by accident. :( )

I guess I will be picking up The Passage at the library tomorrow.
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Well, I had an entry on RP, but once I wrote out my thoughts on everything, I came to the conclusion that it's really not that worth bitching about since it's my own sense of unimportance. So we shall go back to the meat of that post and move on.

I have Mockingjay, but I have no desire to speed-read it and will be taking it at my usual 50-pages per day style. Hunger Games has never been about the conclusion for me but the chance to see my favorite characters (which don't include Katniss and Gale btw) again. So I shall avoid all the posts by everyone who did move through the book like speeding train, akin to how my friends once read Deathly Hallows over the course of one day at Otakon. I want a chance to think about what I read and absorb it so that I can actually enjoy it, and I rarely get that out of speed-reading. In fact, I bet I would have enjoyed the final Harry Potter book more if I had not rushed through it.
tempestuously: ([lestat] this night was made for me)
I enjoyed the new Sherlock Holmes, but man it takes some getting used to the fact that Sherlock has a website, texts and uses Google Maps. I preferred when he Google-mapped using his mind later in the episode. I am also impressed at how much more they poke at the gay thing after what happened with Ritchie and the owner of Sir Conan Doyle's estate. Is more flexibility allowed when it's a modernization? I still have to watch the third episode since Tom left before that and I hate watching things alone. I might make my father watch it with me since he's a big Sherlock fan. I also noticed that the main theme for the action parts of this show is remarkably similar to the 2009 movie. I also am undecided on how I feel about Lestrade being more of a Gordon-type in this imagining. I prefer when he and Sherlock are jerking each other's chain.

This story of three vets, with one leg between them, scaling Kilimanjaro brings tears to my eyes.

I really want to play Okami again. I'll probably do that when I go to visit my family this weekend. Bro still has his PS2.

Also, all the buzz around the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie has been piquing my interest. What do people know about this book? Sell me on it. I might try add it to my queue. Right now it consists of Mockingjay, The Passage and Name of the Wind.
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I am full of good feelings and bad feelings. Among the bad feelings is me feeling like an absolute brain-dead moron for not realizing we had a storm yesterday. A storm strong enough to kill people and wipe out a large chunk of power. I think I reached the Seventh Level of Hell today when I had to drive through 10 non-functioning traffic lights on one of the busiest streets in the city just to learn my work had no power and I had to turn around and drive back through those 10 non-functioning lights to go to my other location. Yeah, not a great start for my day.

I'm also annoyed that The Avengers cast only includes that bimbo ScarJo as Black Widow and no other females. I have no other complaints with the cast, but that annoys me because I hated that character in Ironman 2. To add to my financial woes before Otakon, I think the undercarriage on my truck is falling off and I have no time to fix it before the con. I have no idea what I will do.

My major pet peeve of the day, though, is the stupid people who are blaming The Washington Post's expose on over-spending on the private industry side of National Security for The New York Times deciding to run with all of the classified war reports that talk smack about Pakistan and basically make us look like we've got real problems in the war, not that that wasn't already known. I don't understand why people can't tell the difference between archiving public information into a single database and leaking classified WAR PERTINENT information. I'm all for power of the press, but Wikileaks just makes me feel slimy.

Good news is I have been enjoying "The Way of Shadows" -- yes Graham, I like the boy-whore shut up -- which also was featured in the background of Lord Kat's (Until We Win) recent reviews. That amused me. I still have real problems relating to either Kylar or Durzo, but I am still loving Logan (yes, Graham, I am slashing them shut up) and am partially intrigued by the whole mystery of Kylar's power. Though, this book does have some creepy fascination with trying to be as disturbing as possible. Did we really need a guy who shoots peasants and feeds them to other people? I think my other favorite character is the queen of the brothels. She's awesome. I can tell I'm going to despise the insipid love story.

Legend of the Legendary Heroes of Legend made me sad by giving me hot long-haired Ryner since I know from the OP that he will cut his hair. I did enjoy that fight between him and the sword-fighter girl though. I think Ryner is growing on me. Sion is still the fave though.

Otakon has also reminded me that I miss fangirling something like crazy. The con just has less meaning for me if I don't have a series to spend ridiculous amounts of money on and run around from panel to panel or signing to signing (Wolf's Rain, Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Geass). I'm too old for it, but boy do I love it. Call my old anime obsessions whatever you'd like but they sure made me happy. I need something of equal awesome.
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
I am relieved to hear that my family might actually be going back to school.

About 100 pages into "The Way of Shadows." Still unsure on Azoth but he's fairly young so he'll have time to grow on me. I'm more interested in the young duke Logan and his magic mentor. Very Arthurian. I like.

"The Way of Shadows" returned me to a previous thought that I never quite expressed in my last discussion on triggers. My opinion as to the necessity of warnings remains unchanged, but I have been doing my best to cut stuff because I don't wish to hurt anyone by omission. Rule of thumb, if it's under a cut, there's a 75 percent chance it contains something objectionable.

Like right now. )
tempestuously: ([not!kamui] what fools these mortals be)
Do you like National Security? Do like knowing what your government is doing with your money? Do you enjoy having your mind BLOWN by the reality of this answer? Then 'Top Secret America' is for you.

Seriously, the sheer scope of this project is amazing on every level and the revelations are even more stunning. I love this stuff! Warning, this is long, complex and demands your attention to take it all in. But if you care anything about what's involved in keeping our country safe, you should read it. The writer is well-known and worked on the expose about the horrible condition of the Walter Reed military hospitals several years ago.

I am reading "The Way of Shadows" upon insistence by Graham. So far, I like. The characters are interesting and the world-building doesn't make me want to pick up any ice picks. My one complaint is that the book is LONG. Thankfully, it reads fairly fast and seems to have gotten some good reviews when it first came out.

My power went out last night for three hours and I was stuck with roomie, who thought my decision to watch "The Road to El Dorado" on her laptop was her invitation to tell me all about her romantic life. And cry about it. Why god why?

Pick up my lovely writing meme again. )

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