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Because what's the fun of making a mix without being able to expain what all the songs mean?

Dear Lord, I have managed to write something that is almost 6000 words long and yet will baffle all but maybe a dozen people.

Regarding the stories - I am so, so sorry. I took gigantic liberties with the plot and a bunch of the characters in order to make the story have a clean narrative arc. Also I left A LOT of characters out either because I didn't have a place for them in the story, I wasn't know much about the character, or I couldn't find a good song for them. (Also, I couldn't remember Noah's character's name, so I just called him Noah. Sorry!) (Also-also, notes are at the end.)

Regarding the songs - they tend to relate to a mix of the specific story and the character in general. Some are heavily on one side or the other; for example, 'Body' is obviously very story-driven. Probably the least story-related song is Mehru's, since it's reflecting her inability to move forward from the pain of her past. I obviously have a Lot of Thoughts about the song choices so, uh, feel free to ask about anything you want?

Track List (note that 8tracks only lets you listen to a mix 'in order' once):

  1. Body - Mother Mother

  2. Numb - Marina and the Diamonds

  3. Turn The Page - The Streets

  4. The Horror - RJD2

  5. Invincible - Pat Benetar

  6. Down And Out - Th' Legendary Shack Shakers

  7. Face The Music - Conjure One feat. Tiff Lacey

  8. Pyramid - Two Door Cinema Club

  9. Sacred Beast - Tally Hall

  10. "M" Is For Morphine - The World/Inferno Friendship Society

  11. Killer Queen - Queen

  12. Ulysses - Franz Ferdinand

  13. Born Again Again - Th' Legendary Shack Shakers

  14. Ain't No Room - The Vines

  15. Little Stranger - Owls

  16. Necessary Evil - The Dresden Dolls

  17. The Lady - Tally Hall

Once Upon A Multiverse )

Notes:

  • ‘The Beginning After The End’ is the title of a song by Stars

  • ‘Young Bold Soldier’ is of course a line from Turn The Page by The Streets

  • While I usually referred to Vana as ‘her’ during the game because it was easier, all shardminds are technically genderless. Therefore I’m using the gender-neutral pronouns ‘zie’ and ‘hir’ for Vana (and all Shardminds).

  • ‘The Ceiling Falls About Me, Ropes Tight Around My Wrist’ is a lyric from a Pinback song BBtone

  • 'Chaos Walking' is the name of a YA sci-fi series by Patrick Hess

  • ‘Good&Evil’ is the name of the Tally Hall album that both Tally Hall songs on this album come from

amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
And I enjoyed it a lot. But it was also ridiculous. REALLY ridiculous. So I wrote a thing about it.

A few notes:

•I am not Cleolinda, and this is not a Movies in 15 Minutes production, but it is possible that part of this will, um, sound like a faint echo of her work? Because it's a similar format and also I've read her M15M about a hundred times each? So if you notice similarities, I apologize.

•If you have not yet seen it, I would like to point out an amazing image set (put together from the movie trailer, I believe), which basically posits that the real OTP of the movie is Jane/Science. This is...relevant.

•Also, one theater in Shanghai accidentally used a fan-manip Thor/Loki poster to advertise the movie. This...this is also relevant. Trust me on this.

Last Time on Exposition Theater... )
amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
Oh hey, it's my LiveJournal! I haven't used this since January, for the annual year-end meme! But I have a lot of FEELINGS about Les Misérables, specifically the movie musical version that came out recently. So I return to LJ to, as I have so often in the past, vent.

Oh, and I assume that anyone interested in my thoughts on the movie probably has a pretty good idea already of how the story goes, but just in case, warning: yes there will be spoilers.

At the end of the day... )
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Well, only a couple of weeks late, here's 2011 in review (the meme).

2011 )
amatyultare: (team tyler's van)
For those of you who were reluctant to see Gantz because you don't enjoy watching violent films, let me remove that obstacle – there's surprisingly little explicit violence in this movie. (Barring a first fight scene – just cover your eyes for the onion people.)

Unfortunately, that still leaves about a dozen reasons to run screaming from this movie. I don't think I'll be able to sleep until I vent, so let's run down the list, shall we?

Gantz: That's Just How The Cookie Crumbles, or, Capslock Ahoy! )

Bottom line: I don't particularly regret going to see it myself – there's a certain pleasure in seeing even a really bad movie with good friends – but I can't recommend it unless you're feeling masochistic.
amatyultare: (pass me that textbook)
Sooo, it's been two months since I've posted in LJ. I should try to post a little more often. And in that spirit, the traditional even though I didn't do it last year end-of-the-year meme.

2010 )

Uh...

Nov. 12th, 2010 01:36 am
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The only thing that I can imagine is that Hollywood likes to play pranks on geeks. Specifically anime fans. They saw the minor furor over the whole Keanu-Reeves-as-Spike-Spiegel thing, laughed, and said, "Oh, you think that's bad? I'll see your Keanu-as-Spike and raise you a Zach Efron as Kaneda in Akira. Eh? Eh?" And then they sit back and giggle as the otaku run around in angry circles.

But seriously. What. WHAT?
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Featuring DJ Mudkipz:

WA Dance Party
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
Also, it's October 1. Know what that means? That you should be signing up for this year's NaNoWriMo. C'mon, you know you want to!

ETA: OMG OMG Mercedes Lackey is doing one of the pep talks this year! AWESOME.
amatyultare: (pass me that textbook)
Cleolinda has posted Eclipse in 15 Minutes. Trust me on this - go read it.
amatyultare: (pass me that textbook)
Cleolinda has posted Eclipse in 15 Minutes. Trust me on this - go read it.
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Still no PCM post. Whoops!

Here was my Friday night.

5:20 PM - Get home from work. Have taken chicken out to make a stirfry last night, decide it is too hot. Briefly consider pizza, decide it's too hot for that also. Make myself a sandwich instead, drink tons of water and limeade.

7 PM - Make myself a mojito and put on an MST3K episode (Netflix instant queue <3) while also desultorily web-surfing.

8:45 PM - Finish the movie, write a few reviews on the Sephora website, and start another re-read of Moving Pictures.

9:15 PM - Put down the book to get more water, promptly forget about it, and start another MST3K episode. Bounce around different makeup blogs. Take some pictures of my lips and then put on a layer of Lip Venom, to see if it actually plumps my lips.

10 PM - See that Phyrra has swatched the new colors from Shiro Cosmetic's Super Effective Expansion. Remind myself firmly that I am saving money and not buying any more makeup.

10:30 PM - Pause the movie to take more pictures of lips, upload them to my computer, and compare. Decide that the plumping effect of Lip Venom is minimal, but it tingles nicely and is a great gloss and smells fantastic so I don't care that much.

10:35 PM - While comparing pictures, realize my pores look huge. Randomly decide to put on some makeup and try a semi-dramatic eye. Amazingly, by being quite patient, I kinda managed to pull it off.

Pictures! )

11:45 PM - Start uploading and sorting pictures. Belatedly remember that MST3K episode I had on and start it again.

12:15 AM - Absently start a third MST3K episode that I hardly watch and start my LJ post.

Not the most productive night, but fun. And now I should really get to bed. Night, all!
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Still no PCM post. Whoops!

Here was my Friday night.

5:20 PM - Get home from work. Have taken chicken out to make a stirfry last night, decide it is too hot. Briefly consider pizza, decide it's too hot for that also. Make myself a sandwich instead, drink tons of water and limeade.

7 PM - Make myself a mojito and put on an MST3K episode (Netflix instant queue <3) while also desultorily web-surfing.

8:45 PM - Finish the movie, write a few reviews on the Sephora website, and start another re-read of Moving Pictures.

9:15 PM - Put down the book to get more water, promptly forget about it, and start another MST3K episode. Bounce around different makeup blogs. Take some pictures of my lips and then put on a layer of Lip Venom, to see if it actually plumps my lips.

10 PM - See that Phyrra has swatched the new colors from Shiro Cosmetic's Super Effective Expansion. Remind myself firmly that I am saving money and not buying any more makeup.

10:30 PM - Pause the movie to take more pictures of lips, upload them to my computer, and compare. Decide that the plumping effect of Lip Venom is minimal, but it tingles nicely and is a great gloss and smells fantastic so I don't care that much.

10:35 PM - While comparing pictures, realize my pores look huge. Randomly decide to put on some makeup and try a semi-dramatic eye. Amazingly, by being quite patient, I kinda managed to pull it off.

Pictures! )

11:45 PM - Start uploading and sorting pictures. Belatedly remember that MST3K episode I had on and start it again.

12:15 AM - Absently start a third MST3K episode that I hardly watch and start my LJ post.

Not the most productive night, but fun. And now I should really get to bed. Night, all!
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ETA I posted a better picture, so go look at the Super Effective Expansion pic again! :)

Holy crap, heat wave. I like warm weather, really I do, but I don't like feeling like I'm stepping into a sauna every time I go outside.

But that's not why I started this post. The point of this post is: makeup geekiness.

The other day, I referred to myself as "a bit of a makeup geek" to a friend. His half-incredulous response was, "makeup geek?". Which, okay, touché. But... )

See? Makeup geekery and just plain geekery, all in one place! I love Shiro Cosmetics already.

That turned out much more tl;dr that I had intended. Short version? The Super Effective Collection is awesome and I <3 it, and I think this post qualifies me for makeup geekery automatically. And now, I should be getting to bed. Next time, a PortCon 2010 roundup! Maybe!
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ETA I posted a better picture, so go look at the Super Effective Expansion pic again! :)

Holy crap, heat wave. I like warm weather, really I do, but I don't like feeling like I'm stepping into a sauna every time I go outside.

But that's not why I started this post. The point of this post is: makeup geekiness.

The other day, I referred to myself as "a bit of a makeup geek" to a friend. His half-incredulous response was, "makeup geek?". Which, okay, touché. But... )

See? Makeup geekery and just plain geekery, all in one place! I love Shiro Cosmetics already.

That turned out much more tl;dr that I had intended. Short version? The Super Effective Collection is awesome and I <3 it, and I think this post qualifies me for makeup geekery automatically. And now, I should be getting to bed. Next time, a PortCon 2010 roundup! Maybe!
amatyultare: (team tyler's van)
So, Eclipse. I can't decide whether I actually thought it was a decent movie, or if I was just impressed at how huge an improvement over the book it is. [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda, as usual, has said pretty much everything that we're all thinking, so go just read that if you want to know what I thought about the movie.

But in all seriousness, guys, it's pretty entertaining. I know I've ranted - extensively - about this series, but I promise, there are actual fight scenes and everything.

Meanwhile, Avatar comes out this weekend...it currently has an 8% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert started his review with the following words:

"The Last Airbender" is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.

He gave it half a star. Combine that with the racefail thing and...maybe I won't be going to see that one after all. (Edit: Here's probably my favorite review of the movie so far. Trust me, read it.)

Tomorrow's Friday - why do four-day weeks always feel more than a day shorter than five-day weeks? Weird. Anyway, off to finish my laundry and then to bed.
amatyultare: (team tyler's van)
So, Eclipse. I can't decide whether I actually thought it was a decent movie, or if I was just impressed at how huge an improvement over the book it is. [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda, as usual, has said pretty much everything that we're all thinking, so go just read that if you want to know what I thought about the movie.

But in all seriousness, guys, it's pretty entertaining. I know I've ranted - extensively - about this series, but I promise, there are actual fight scenes and everything.

Meanwhile, Avatar comes out this weekend...it currently has an 8% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert started his review with the following words:

"The Last Airbender" is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.

He gave it half a star. Combine that with the racefail thing and...maybe I won't be going to see that one after all. (Edit: Here's probably my favorite review of the movie so far. Trust me, read it.)

Tomorrow's Friday - why do four-day weeks always feel more than a day shorter than five-day weeks? Weird. Anyway, off to finish my laundry and then to bed.
amatyultare: (don't ask)
Guys, I need a project.

I usually suffer a period of post-PortConMaine lethargy. I think most staffers do. We get all pumped up for the con, run around like crazy all weekend making things go well, and then it's over and we collectively go "...now what?"

I also found an apartment (yay!). It's an efficiency in Portland, near Westbrook, and I really love it. My own kitchen! But I moved into it the week before PCM and am all settled in now (minus theoretical future furniture, like an actual chair), so I am minus another preoccupation that had been looming large in my life.

And then, for those of you who didn't see on Facebook, Jason and I broke up on Sunday night. Which, even aside from being...very distressing...has left me even more at loose ends. You wouldn't think it would make that much difference in my day-to-day schedule, since we hadn't been seeing much of each other lately, but it does.

So all of a sudden, I have tons of after-work free time. The problem is, I tend to work much better with an external goal or structure; I'm not great at self-direction. I try to think of things to do and promptly decide that they are stupid or too much of a bother; instead, I end up sitting around for hours reading back entries of Hyperbole and a Half and carefully not thinking of anything in particular (so as not to start crying).

So anyway, my point was, um...if anyone needs any help with anything, let me know? You will be doing me a favor, I promise.

Also, Eclipse tomorrow. I'm bringing the glitter. :)
amatyultare: (don't ask)
Guys, I need a project.

I usually suffer a period of post-PortConMaine lethargy. I think most staffers do. We get all pumped up for the con, run around like crazy all weekend making things go well, and then it's over and we collectively go "...now what?"

I also found an apartment (yay!). It's an efficiency in Portland, near Westbrook, and I really love it. My own kitchen! But I moved into it the week before PCM and am all settled in now (minus theoretical future furniture, like an actual chair), so I am minus another preoccupation that had been looming large in my life.

And then, for those of you who didn't see on Facebook, Jason and I broke up on Sunday night. Which, even aside from being...very distressing...has left me even more at loose ends. You wouldn't think it would make that much difference in my day-to-day schedule, since we hadn't been seeing much of each other lately, but it does.

So all of a sudden, I have tons of after-work free time. The problem is, I tend to work much better with an external goal or structure; I'm not great at self-direction. I try to think of things to do and promptly decide that they are stupid or too much of a bother; instead, I end up sitting around for hours reading back entries of Hyperbole and a Half and carefully not thinking of anything in particular (so as not to start crying).

So anyway, my point was, um...if anyone needs any help with anything, let me know? You will be doing me a favor, I promise.

Also, Eclipse tomorrow. I'm bringing the glitter. :)
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Earlier this evening, for reasons I now cannot recall, I became obsessed with finding a copy of an audio-book. I rarely listen to audiobooks, but this was an exception - it was a recording of Thumbelina that I had on tape when I was little and listened to every night before going to sleep for months (maybe years). The reading/acting is great, and the music is lovely, and it's just one of those childhood-nostalgia things, you know? So I decided I needed a copy. (If you're curious, it's the Kelly McGillis and Mark Isham version.)

An audiobook created fifteen years ago - you'd think that the publisher would make sure to make it available as widely as possible, right? I mean, it's not like the latest Top 40 song where potential listeners might be willing to use a specific vendor or format to find it, so it'd make sense to put in up for paid download a bunch of places, right?

Hah.

After an hour of searching, my options came down to:
1. Buying the CD from a third-party seller on Amazon. Unfortunately, this would have meant waiting days for it to be shipped to me, and I was in full instant-gratification mode by this time.
2. Buying a video version from a kids-book website, which was the audio+illustrations. I would have had to pay more for this than the CD, and then figure out how to split the video and audio so as not to burn out my iPod battery even more by 'watching' a 'video' every time I wanted to listen to it.
3. In theory, find a BitTorrent download for it. Unfortunately, ethical implications aside, there are a couple of audio-book versions of Thumbelina and I couldn't tell whether any particular file was the version I wanted. Also, you know how many people are seeding Thumbelina audio-tapes? None, that how many.
4. Get a subscription to Audible and then download it there. This is the option I eventually went with; eh, I'll cancel my subscription in a few days.

And now it's way, way too late and I should have gone to sleep hours ago. I'm off to bed...but I'll listen to Thumbelina first. :)

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