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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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: (Default)
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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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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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. :)
amatyultare: (don't ask)
It's funny, the things that get me upset.

Most of the time, personal insults don't get me overly riled. I'm able to detach, objectify, whatever. (Most of the time, not always.)

But logical fallacies? Kind of want to make me jump up and down while screaming 'CORRELATION DOES NOT EQUAL CAUSATION, YOU IDIOT!' There is perhaps nothing that could bring me closer to starting a flame war with someone. (I won't actually do it - but I was tempted.)

I don't know, I guess I'm just weird that way. And I love logic.
amatyultare: (don't ask)
It's funny, the things that get me upset.

Most of the time, personal insults don't get me overly riled. I'm able to detach, objectify, whatever. (Most of the time, not always.)

But logical fallacies? Kind of want to make me jump up and down while screaming 'CORRELATION DOES NOT EQUAL CAUSATION, YOU IDIOT!' There is perhaps nothing that could bring me closer to starting a flame war with someone. (I won't actually do it - but I was tempted.)

I don't know, I guess I'm just weird that way. And I love logic.
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
So things are going well here in the DFC. Work is fine...a ridiculous amount of drama for a place with only about 8 employees, but I am keeping quiet and out of it. Since I'm only part time, I get to intern at the Center Theater Children's Camp again this year! The last time I was able to help was summer 2004, so it's been a while. (For those of you who don't remember, our local theater sponsors a day camp for kids; with the help of their director--Middy R., who was two years ahead of my in HS and is awesome--and the interns, they try out for, rehearse, and put on a play in two weeks.) The crazy part is that we have 39 kids, which is HUGE. Middy gave up with just adding extra parts and added an entire extra scene in the play ('The Velveteen Rabbit') just to fit all of the kids in. They are an extremely rambunctious group, but it's still going to be a blast.

I was thinking about writing a rant about the LJ-wide drama, but half of my f-list probably doesn't pay enough attention to these things to even know what I'm talking about, so any rant would require many long explanations of ridiculous events. Let me just say, for backstory, look at [livejournal.com profile] news back entries, and specifically the comments on those entries. With that in mind, three things.

1) I understand why so many people were so upset about Strikethrough 2007. But, it was months ago, and it's clear that LJ regrets what happened. Let it go, at least enough that you don't mention it every time LJ does ANYTHING.

2) The fact that LJ feels it needs to provide compensation to its paid users for EIGHT HOURS of site unavailability (through no fault of LJ, mind you)--and the fact that they're right; if they didn't provide said compensation, many users would be screaming for blood--is a sad commentary.

3) Anyone who is upset that Vox was reinstated 15 minutes before LJ (after that power outage), is mentally ill. Sorry, but it's just too ridiculous. Fifteen minutes means that SixApart hates us? Persecution complex, anyone? (And how do these people even KNOW this? It's fifteen minutes, for goodness sake!)

Anyway. Bedtime. Later, all!

Edit: On the plus side, the ridiculousness of certain members of LJ brings out the hilarious snarkiness of other members. Re #2 (the compensation thing), see Can't sleep, LJ will eat me
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It's 3 AM. I'm leaving for NH (to pick up [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11) and then Portland (for PortConMaine!) in four hours. And I'm awake, haven't slept, and in fact haven't yet PACKED. Why do I do this to myself?

Well, in this particular case, I found out tonight that a blogger I used to love back in the day, who quit blogging years ago, has returned! Even though she's staying away from political stuff and mostly talking about stupid people and her dogs, she is so hilarious that I found myself reading through all of her archives from the current incarnation of her blog.

Then, her latest post posed a question to her readers about whether the federal government should fund embryonic stem cell research. I know, tons of ethical issues involved with creating embryos that are theoretically people even though they are only a few cells and debating ESC research vs. adult stem cell research and blah blah blah...and really I am not a scientist so I am not qualified to comment on that. However, far too many commenters were going on about how the government should NEVER fund scientific research EVER, and how this was all a plot by the EVIL LEFT (to do what? It remained unexplained). And geez, I'm an evil conservative AND a libertarian but it got me so mad I started writing a very long and semi-heated comment about the difference between basic and applied research and scientific knowledge as a public good with overtones of 'if the left wants to link ESC and abortion then why are they the ones who keep screaming about how ESC don't come from aborted fetuses, huh?' But then I stopped because I realized 1) my writing was becoming scattered, if not somewhat incoherent (somewhat like this lj entry. See why I don't keep a political blog?) and 2) my comment was half done and already twice the length of the original blog post. So I gave it up. But now I still have to pack and all...meh.

Anyway. Off to PCM for the weekend, w00t! Barring any terrible car mishaps like last year *touch wood*, I'll be back late Sunday night. Be good while I'm gone--later, all!

P.S. New icon! Tied for 'best text', week 49 at [livejournal.com profile] pretear_awards. First actual icon award I've ever won. Isn't Shin the cutest thing ever?

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