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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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I am so annoyed with myself when I realize that I can be a failtastic friend. I was thinking about how I miss talking with [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11 (and reminiscing, since I've got a bit of a Shojo Bat situation on my hands - yes, this is the worst kind of inside joke) and hopped over to her Facebook page, only to realize that I missed her one-year wedding anniversary. Good job, me. So, belatedly, HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSAY, hon! <3 Hope it was wonderful!

In other news, just finished the first season of Dollhouse (thanks, Netflix Instant Queue!) and suddenly feel really bad I stopped watching it on TV and supporting it, because omg. Just - omg. The last two episodes killed me. Why is the second season not out on DVD yet? Maybe it's still on Hulu...I'll need to check. But tomorrow; if it is and I find it tonight, I'll never get any sleep.

Speaking of - bedtime now. Sorry for the choppy post; this is apparently how I write very late at night. Later, all!
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I am so annoyed with myself when I realize that I can be a failtastic friend. I was thinking about how I miss talking with [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11 (and reminiscing, since I've got a bit of a Shojo Bat situation on my hands - yes, this is the worst kind of inside joke) and hopped over to her Facebook page, only to realize that I missed her one-year wedding anniversary. Good job, me. So, belatedly, HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSAY, hon! <3 Hope it was wonderful!

In other news, just finished the first season of Dollhouse (thanks, Netflix Instant Queue!) and suddenly feel really bad I stopped watching it on TV and supporting it, because omg. Just - omg. The last two episodes killed me. Why is the second season not out on DVD yet? Maybe it's still on Hulu...I'll need to check. But tomorrow; if it is and I find it tonight, I'll never get any sleep.

Speaking of - bedtime now. Sorry for the choppy post; this is apparently how I write very late at night. Later, all!
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So Miss K of Aromaleigh has just released her newest collection for order. And holy crap, guys, I want to order them SO much. The collection is called Victoria's Revenge and it's very Victorian/steampunk/fantastic, with color names like Scratched Scruples and Mania's Focus and Gaslight Tears. Moreover, the colors are gorgeous (click on the picture to zoom in). Consequently, half of me is trying desperately to remind myself that I said 'no spending money on frivolities while apartment-hunting and -furnishing' and the other half is trying desperately to convince myself that $25 for a sample set wouldn't really hurt, would it? Argh, I have no self-control.

The apartment search goes on, but I think I may go with the studio I looked at last week. I liked it best of all the places I've seen and I know I can afford it - it's a studio, but eh. At least I'll have my own kitchen! I'm looking at another place tomorrow, but the hassle of getting in touch with the owner just to schedule a showing has not impressed me, so it would have to be a really nice apartment.

In unrelated news, I finally watched 'Let The Right One In' last night. It was fantastic, subtle and creepy and heartbreaking. And such brilliant casting! It was funny, they had a short behind the scenes featurette, and it ends with the director saying that he thinks the film became so successful because they were able to make it with artistic freedom and integrity. I couldn't help but wonder if this was a veiled jab at the American remake scheduled to be released later this year. (Google says yes.) Why, Hollywood, WHY?

(Though I must admit, I am interested to see if Chloe Moretz is up to the role of Abby/Eli. And I enjoyed Cloverfield. So the American version might not suck. We'll see.)

(Also-also, are they seriously considering sequels to both Cloverfield and Kick-Ass? No, seriously, WHY?)
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So Miss K of Aromaleigh has just released her newest collection for order. And holy crap, guys, I want to order them SO much. The collection is called Victoria's Revenge and it's very Victorian/steampunk/fantastic, with color names like Scratched Scruples and Mania's Focus and Gaslight Tears. Moreover, the colors are gorgeous (click on the picture to zoom in). Consequently, half of me is trying desperately to remind myself that I said 'no spending money on frivolities while apartment-hunting and -furnishing' and the other half is trying desperately to convince myself that $25 for a sample set wouldn't really hurt, would it? Argh, I have no self-control.

The apartment search goes on, but I think I may go with the studio I looked at last week. I liked it best of all the places I've seen and I know I can afford it - it's a studio, but eh. At least I'll have my own kitchen! I'm looking at another place tomorrow, but the hassle of getting in touch with the owner just to schedule a showing has not impressed me, so it would have to be a really nice apartment.

In unrelated news, I finally watched 'Let The Right One In' last night. It was fantastic, subtle and creepy and heartbreaking. And such brilliant casting! It was funny, they had a short behind the scenes featurette, and it ends with the director saying that he thinks the film became so successful because they were able to make it with artistic freedom and integrity. I couldn't help but wonder if this was a veiled jab at the American remake scheduled to be released later this year. (Google says yes.) Why, Hollywood, WHY?

(Though I must admit, I am interested to see if Chloe Moretz is up to the role of Abby/Eli. And I enjoyed Cloverfield. So the American version might not suck. We'll see.)

(Also-also, are they seriously considering sequels to both Cloverfield and Kick-Ass? No, seriously, WHY?)

Randomness

May. 20th, 2010 10:24 pm
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Scientists have gotten one step closer to artificially-created life. Amazing, yet somehow frightening.

If I wasn't firmly saving my money for (a) an apartment (still searching) and (b) stuff for my apartment (like kitchen stuff...furniture...a bed...you know, those little luxuries) I would be all over this. A Pokemon-themed mineral makeup eyeshadow collection? Sign me up! (Also, sounds like Aromaleigh may be coming out with a new eyeshadow line that is steampunk-inspired? Fantastic.)

Apartment hunting is ongoing. Everyone is telling me to have fun with it, which is good advice, but I just find it stressful. I'd much rather spend my time pretending to furnish and decorate my still-theoretical new place. (If she sold prints of it, I would buy 'Why Do Robotic Octopuses Cook?' in a heartbeat.)

Randomness

May. 20th, 2010 10:24 pm
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Scientists have gotten one step closer to artificially-created life. Amazing, yet somehow frightening.

If I wasn't firmly saving my money for (a) an apartment (still searching) and (b) stuff for my apartment (like kitchen stuff...furniture...a bed...you know, those little luxuries) I would be all over this. A Pokemon-themed mineral makeup eyeshadow collection? Sign me up! (Also, sounds like Aromaleigh may be coming out with a new eyeshadow line that is steampunk-inspired? Fantastic.)

Apartment hunting is ongoing. Everyone is telling me to have fun with it, which is good advice, but I just find it stressful. I'd much rather spend my time pretending to furnish and decorate my still-theoretical new place. (If she sold prints of it, I would buy 'Why Do Robotic Octopuses Cook?' in a heartbeat.)
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I don't know that I can come up with any coherent thoughts on the new Robin Hood movie right now. The only thing that comes to mind is that this movie felt less like a 'Gladiator' remake (which is how I'd heard it described) and more like a weird LOTR remake, only this time Aragron marries Eowyn? And Sauron=the French? I don't know. For more thoughts, I refer you to the ever-hilarious Cleolinda.

(Also, [livejournal.com profile] tarimanveri, if you watch this movie, can you live-blog it somehow? Because I would love to read your history-geek-rage-fueled comments; also, without a way to vent, your head may explode somewhere between King Richard dying in battle on his way back from the Crusades and the part in which a proper Christian English lord gets a Viking funeral pyre.)

(However, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea was excellent and I'm betting a good third of the soundtrack will be GBS songs. I may buy the soundtrack for that alone.)

(Also, Cate Blanchett is always fierce.)
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I don't know that I can come up with any coherent thoughts on the new Robin Hood movie right now. The only thing that comes to mind is that this movie felt less like a 'Gladiator' remake (which is how I'd heard it described) and more like a weird LOTR remake, only this time Aragron marries Eowyn? And Sauron=the French? I don't know. For more thoughts, I refer you to the ever-hilarious Cleolinda.

(Also, [livejournal.com profile] tarimanveri, if you watch this movie, can you live-blog it somehow? Because I would love to read your history-geek-rage-fueled comments; also, without a way to vent, your head may explode somewhere between King Richard dying in battle on his way back from the Crusades and the part in which a proper Christian English lord gets a Viking funeral pyre.)

(However, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea was excellent and I'm betting a good third of the soundtrack will be GBS songs. I may buy the soundtrack for that alone.)

(Also, Cate Blanchett is always fierce.)
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After not posting for almost a month, I have LJ post backlog - a ton of ideas that I want to write about and no energy to do so. Topics I want to discuss: the progression of office drama at work, how badly written my company's mission statement and core values are (seriously, they make me want to scream every time I see them), some books I've recently read, some movies I've recently seen. The probability that I will end up writing about any of these things? Who knows.

Instead, I want to tell a story that most of my P-town friends have heard, but my friends outside of the P-town area have not, yet.

Last Wednesday, I came home from RP night to find an envelope with my name on it on the kitchen table. I opened it up to find two pieces of paper. The first was a formal notice to vacate the premises by July 1. So of course I'm all flailing around "What did I do! I didn't do anything wrong! I pay my rent on time! I'm a good tenant!" and then I look at the second piece of paper. It's a letter from my landlord to all of the tenants saying we're great, he can give us good references, etc, but he's had some financial difficulties and is declaring backruptcy (!) and is selling the house (!!) and the new owner needs us out. (I'm guessing whoever's buying it is planning on just living in it as opposed to renting the rooms.)

Let me say that this is not in any way a disaster; I had already been thinking about the possibility of moving out and had started saving money. I wasn't expecting to do it so soon, but it's not going to be impossible for me. My sister would probably posit that this is actually the universe's way of getting me to move - I tend to be very cautious about life changes so who knows when I'd actually move on my own? (On the other hand, what kind of universe would make my landlord go through bankruptcy just so I'd move? So I am suspicious of this idea.)

So, I am now apartment hunting. Which involves me taking initiative and calling people I don't know, to set up appointments to evaluate/critique/possibly semi-haggle regarding available living spaces. Those of you who know me can imagine how easily I am taking to these tasks (ha ha). So many calls to make! And decisions! Should I rent an apartment on my own? Get a roommate? (Cheaper by far, but I am so tired of living with other people, you don't even know.) Get an efficiency, which is sort of like having a roommate inasmuch as I would only have a single room to call mine? Hmm.

And of course, because I am silly, I rediscovered Apartment Therapy and have spent a ridiculous amount of time drooling over design ideas that I could never actually pull off, but that look so amazing and fun. Apparently I have a frustrated inner interior decorator? Except I'd be terrible at interior design as I have no color or color-blocking sense. Sigh.

Wow, it's...later than I realized. Bedtime!
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After not posting for almost a month, I have LJ post backlog - a ton of ideas that I want to write about and no energy to do so. Topics I want to discuss: the progression of office drama at work, how badly written my company's mission statement and core values are (seriously, they make me want to scream every time I see them), some books I've recently read, some movies I've recently seen. The probability that I will end up writing about any of these things? Who knows.

Instead, I want to tell a story that most of my P-town friends have heard, but my friends outside of the P-town area have not, yet.

Last Wednesday, I came home from RP night to find an envelope with my name on it on the kitchen table. I opened it up to find two pieces of paper. The first was a formal notice to vacate the premises by July 1. So of course I'm all flailing around "What did I do! I didn't do anything wrong! I pay my rent on time! I'm a good tenant!" and then I look at the second piece of paper. It's a letter from my landlord to all of the tenants saying we're great, he can give us good references, etc, but he's had some financial difficulties and is declaring backruptcy (!) and is selling the house (!!) and the new owner needs us out. (I'm guessing whoever's buying it is planning on just living in it as opposed to renting the rooms.)

Let me say that this is not in any way a disaster; I had already been thinking about the possibility of moving out and had started saving money. I wasn't expecting to do it so soon, but it's not going to be impossible for me. My sister would probably posit that this is actually the universe's way of getting me to move - I tend to be very cautious about life changes so who knows when I'd actually move on my own? (On the other hand, what kind of universe would make my landlord go through bankruptcy just so I'd move? So I am suspicious of this idea.)

So, I am now apartment hunting. Which involves me taking initiative and calling people I don't know, to set up appointments to evaluate/critique/possibly semi-haggle regarding available living spaces. Those of you who know me can imagine how easily I am taking to these tasks (ha ha). So many calls to make! And decisions! Should I rent an apartment on my own? Get a roommate? (Cheaper by far, but I am so tired of living with other people, you don't even know.) Get an efficiency, which is sort of like having a roommate inasmuch as I would only have a single room to call mine? Hmm.

And of course, because I am silly, I rediscovered Apartment Therapy and have spent a ridiculous amount of time drooling over design ideas that I could never actually pull off, but that look so amazing and fun. Apparently I have a frustrated inner interior decorator? Except I'd be terrible at interior design as I have no color or color-blocking sense. Sigh.

Wow, it's...later than I realized. Bedtime!
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FANTASTIC.

Um. I've never seen Dreamgirls or Gods and Monsters, so I guess I can't comment. (Note this is also confirmed by EW.) But, is the two-movies thing official? WHY? I mean, besides getting the maximum amount of cash out of the fangirls, which in all fairness has been a driving motivation of the franchise for a while now. I just...what are they going to DO for two two-hour movies? I honestly do not get it.
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FANTASTIC.

Um. I've never seen Dreamgirls or Gods and Monsters, so I guess I can't comment. (Note this is also confirmed by EW.) But, is the two-movies thing official? WHY? I mean, besides getting the maximum amount of cash out of the fangirls, which in all fairness has been a driving motivation of the franchise for a while now. I just...what are they going to DO for two two-hour movies? I honestly do not get it.
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1. Celtx is awesome. Free script-writing software that is incredibly easy to use? Yes please.

2. Once you get into the swing of it (and actually decide on plot points, cough cough), script writing is actually not too difficult. I have just under 4 pages so far. Whee! As a movie, it will be terrible, but as a script-writing exercise, it's kind of fun.

3. So. Alice In Wonderland. Jason was teasing me that my 'review' of it was quickly becoming irrelevant since it's been out for weeks now. So I finally sat down and finished it.

I was really happy that was that I was able to watch Wonderland with my sister, although Erica and I have very different tastes in movies; I respect her taste immensely even when I disagree with her. I have a higher tolerance for campiness, self-conscious humor, and 'typical Hollywood' (romantic subplots, glitz, etc). Erica, on the other hand, has a much higher tolerance for gratuitous violence, sex, and drug use, low-budget films, and general grittiness. I like to think this means that, if we both like a movie, it's a good sign of that movie's quality. On the other hand, when we turn to each other after a movie and tell each other earnestly, “That was AWFUL”, it's a pretty good bet that movie is bad.

You can see where I'm going with this. People who really liked Burton's Wonderland...may want to stop reading now.

The short version: The latest Alice In Wonderland is Tim Burton with zero respect for his audience and precious little respect for his source material.

TL;DRx1000 )

Okay, bedtime. Later, all!
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1. Celtx is awesome. Free script-writing software that is incredibly easy to use? Yes please.

2. Once you get into the swing of it (and actually decide on plot points, cough cough), script writing is actually not too difficult. I have just under 4 pages so far. Whee! As a movie, it will be terrible, but as a script-writing exercise, it's kind of fun.

3. So. Alice In Wonderland. Jason was teasing me that my 'review' of it was quickly becoming irrelevant since it's been out for weeks now. So I finally sat down and finished it.

I was really happy that was that I was able to watch Wonderland with my sister, although Erica and I have very different tastes in movies; I respect her taste immensely even when I disagree with her. I have a higher tolerance for campiness, self-conscious humor, and 'typical Hollywood' (romantic subplots, glitz, etc). Erica, on the other hand, has a much higher tolerance for gratuitous violence, sex, and drug use, low-budget films, and general grittiness. I like to think this means that, if we both like a movie, it's a good sign of that movie's quality. On the other hand, when we turn to each other after a movie and tell each other earnestly, “That was AWFUL”, it's a pretty good bet that movie is bad.

You can see where I'm going with this. People who really liked Burton's Wonderland...may want to stop reading now.

The short version: The latest Alice In Wonderland is Tim Burton with zero respect for his audience and precious little respect for his source material.

TL;DRx1000 )

Okay, bedtime. Later, all!

Yikes

Mar. 30th, 2010 08:24 pm
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I'm really glad that LiveJournal spotlighted [livejournal.com profile] ontd_science because it has some really interesting stuff...but this freaks me out a little.

In other news, have a one-paragraph plot summary of my Script Frenzy script. Tonight: a more detailed treatment. Hopefully.

Yikes

Mar. 30th, 2010 08:24 pm
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I'm really glad that LiveJournal spotlighted [livejournal.com profile] ontd_science because it has some really interesting stuff...but this freaks me out a little.

In other news, have a one-paragraph plot summary of my Script Frenzy script. Tonight: a more detailed treatment. Hopefully.
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I have done absolutely nothing on my to-do list today except my laundry. Ah well. I did read, play some Pokemon SoulSilver (of course), and put on two separate makeup looks even though I never actually left the house - that's something, right?

Speaking of that, have I mentioned that I am seriously in lust with the Sugarpill cosmetics line? Especially the pressed eyeshadow collection 'Addicted to Pretty'? Because I am. I really, really should not spend any money on makeup right at the moment, but the colors are ridiculously bright and gorgeous and I want them. Especially Poison Plum, Love+, Buttercupcake, and Afterparty (wouldn't say no to Dollipop or Tako either).

In other news, we saw 'How to Train Your Dragon' last night and it was awesome. Anyone putting $5 on Vikings being the new 'big thing'? Also, the main character's dragon was adorable beyond words.

Script Frenzy starts Thursday. Oh dear. I've been considering doing a comedic murder mystery (sort of like Murder by Death, except I didn't actually like Murder By Death, because apparently I am a heathen) set at a thinly fictionalized PCM. But I'm not sure how it would work out to do a story full of characters so firmly based on real people (who are my friends, to boot). I am afraid I'd feel horrible if I portrayed any of them as less than awesome (because they are awesome) and would also be paralyzed over 'would X *really* do that?' questions.

I need to think more about this - but tomorrow, as it's already past my bedtime. Night!
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I have done absolutely nothing on my to-do list today except my laundry. Ah well. I did read, play some Pokemon SoulSilver (of course), and put on two separate makeup looks even though I never actually left the house - that's something, right?

Speaking of that, have I mentioned that I am seriously in lust with the Sugarpill cosmetics line? Especially the pressed eyeshadow collection 'Addicted to Pretty'? Because I am. I really, really should not spend any money on makeup right at the moment, but the colors are ridiculously bright and gorgeous and I want them. Especially Poison Plum, Love+, Buttercupcake, and Afterparty (wouldn't say no to Dollipop or Tako either).

In other news, we saw 'How to Train Your Dragon' last night and it was awesome. Anyone putting $5 on Vikings being the new 'big thing'? Also, the main character's dragon was adorable beyond words.

Script Frenzy starts Thursday. Oh dear. I've been considering doing a comedic murder mystery (sort of like Murder by Death, except I didn't actually like Murder By Death, because apparently I am a heathen) set at a thinly fictionalized PCM. But I'm not sure how it would work out to do a story full of characters so firmly based on real people (who are my friends, to boot). I am afraid I'd feel horrible if I portrayed any of them as less than awesome (because they are awesome) and would also be paralyzed over 'would X *really* do that?' questions.

I need to think more about this - but tomorrow, as it's already past my bedtime. Night!
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I've been considering a post about Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' ever since I watched it a couple of weeks ago, but I've been distracted by other things (like my computer dying, and Pokemon). And then, this pops up on my Twitter feed.

Dear Tim Burton,

We know you can make good original movies. Stop with the remakes already; Hollywood has done more than enough as it is.

Love,
Me

I may still post about Alice in Wonderland later - I've got about half an LJ post saved on my computer - but it needed to be said.

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