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Oct. 21st, 2011 11:11 am
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)


AND THEN I GOT STOOD UP ANYWAY.

On the plus side, last weekend I went to NYComic Con with Courtney (I was femme!Eleven, she was the Black Canary: together, we FIGHT CRIME! And go to panels featuring Tamora Pierce), and this afternoon I'm heading down to Homecoming! Hopefully I will not arrive only to discover that William and Mary has shut down and completely vacated the premises, leaving only empty buildings and tourists.

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 6: Most Annoying Character )
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
Legend of Korra delayed to 2013

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :(

(On the plus side, comics! Wherein everyone is happy to be back having adventures except Zuko and his epic eyeroll. Of course, he's never happy.)

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 5: Character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).

When I was eleven, on the first day of summer vacation between fifth and sixth grade, I tripped over a curb and broke my arm. Since I couldn't go swimming at the pool, my mom took me to the bookstore to buy me some new books to help occupy myself, and I stumbled across (literally, it was on a pile on the floor) Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. It had everything I wanted in a book (awesome heroine! adventure!), and more (magic! camping! baby dragons!); even better, Daine (the aforementioned awesome heroine) had brown hair and blue-gray eyes just like me. Amazing! Granted, it was unlikely, but I too had a chance at becoming the protagonist of an epic fantasy series, despite not being a spunky youngster with red hair (or a blonde princess)! I devoured the rest of Pierce's books and eagerly awaited the conclusion of Daine's story, set to come out that winter, and incidentally sealed my fate in becoming a huge fantasy geek.

(Of course, in the last book 16-year-old Daine ends up hooking up with her teacher, which I identified waaaaaaaaaaaaay less with (DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME) and my love of Pierce's books cooled somewhat. Fortunately, I later discovered that all of Tolkien's coolest characters had dark hair and gray eyes. I mean, they don't have baby dragons, but you have to admit that the elves and the Numenoreans are kind of badass.)

That's just looks, of course. I didn't realize it at the time, because fish don't notice their water, but one of the reasons I enjoyed so happily the snark, battles of wits, bitching, and cheerful scorn heaped upon one another by characters in The Belgariad was that it basically reflected every one of my family gatherings ever. Because seriously, I would never make it through an epic quest without baiting my friends and complaining about the weather either.
shadydave: (...en fuego?)
Paradise Lost: The Movie

With Bradley Cooper. As Satan.

...

WHAT.

On the other hand, it doesn't sound like they'll be skimping on the fight scenes! At last, maybe we'll finally get to see why you should never bring a cannon to a mountain fight as God Satan BRADLEY COOPER WTF Milton intended.

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 4: Your guilty pleasure book.

You know, one of the good things about being an English major is that I can argue the merits of even utter crap quite convincingly, so clearly none of my favorite books are guilty pleasures. But for works I love despite, ah, certain flaws, I would probably have to pick The Belgariad by David Eddings (which hasn't aged well in certain spots, but generally makes up for it with SNARK APLENTY) or Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (which somehow manages to feature cardboard supporting characters, a wonky time line, a main character who is literally Boy-in-the-Iceberg!Katara ("I JUST HAVE ~SO MUCH HOPE~!"), and so many plot twists at the end that they start twisting for things that have absolutely no relation to the current plot (one word: PIRATE) -- and yet is still made of win.) Because Awesome can carry you a looooong way.

Off to the Philly Folk Fest this weekend!
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
Wow, last week was busy. I had three goals: 1) finish two stories to submit to Machine of Death 2; 2) finish Diana's Slytherin scarf for HP 7.2; 3) finish Basara so I could give all 27 volumes back to Courtney. Naturally, I only accomplished one of these things (1). And then, on Thursday when I had a million things to do, I came down with bizarre chest congestion and general blah and have felt like a woeful Dickensian orphan all weekend.

But I did see HP 7.2 on opening night! I was underwhelmed. )

And then I drove up to Boston to see Courtney! On Saturday, we went to the MFA:

ME: ...Does that say "Cthulu"?
COURTNEY: I think it's the Chihuly exhibit.

TURNS OUT WE WERE BOTH RIGHT. Little did we know that for all appearances the world of glass-blowing is merely a cover for the Elder Gods to break through to our universe. I don't really know what else would explain the theme of extra-dimensional tentacles... )

On a similar note, adherents of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are now permitted to wear pasta strainers as religious headgear for driver's license photos in Austria.

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 3: A genre novel that is underrated.

(Look, they don't say thirty CONSECUTIVE days.)

I can't think of a specific book, but I can think of a specific author: Patricia McKillip. It seems that no one has anything bad to say against her, but she rarely gets brought up in discussions about classic fantasy novels, and I think she's one of the most consistently good authors in the genre. She's awesome at riffing on some of fantasy's most compelling themes -- the power of nature, music, and story-telling -- and using its most familiar tropes in new and interesting ways while never really repeating herself. She also has a beautiful dream-like style of writing AND a knack for creating likable characters. What's not to like?

Here, have some reviews of her stuff:

The Sorceress and the Cygnet/The Bell at Sealey Head

The Cygnet and the Firebird
shadydave: (peace out)
And thus began the Battle of the Rogue Rhododendron. )

In other news

- I got a new job! Well, technically, I got ANOTHER job. I get to review Shakespeare plays! Big Grandmother apparently does not approve:



- By way of Katherine: welcome to Oregon, where the beaches will fucking kill you.

- American Gods is being turned into a tv show!

Good: produced by HBO, Tom Hanks, and Neil himself, and will have an actual budget!

Weird: "six seasons, each [...] of 10-12, [sic] hour-long episodes". Sixty episodes? I don't think American Gods even has that many chapters.

- I'm going to see LotR: FotR: Extended Edition in theaters tonight!

Which leads us to:

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 2: Your Favorite Character

"I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend..."

<3 <3 <3 ~*~*~*~Faramir~*~*~*~ <3 <3 <3

It was hard to pick just one, but Faramir wins because he stands for a whole archetype of my favorite characters: the badass pragmatist who is nevertheless a (not-so-secret) idealist underneath. Whether they are staring down a Nazgûl, blowing up the Pegasus, or dropping a mountain on an invading demon army, my favorite characters cradle their honor close to their hearts. It's a lot easier to hit the bad guys with, that way.

(You can expect a lot of fist-shaking when I go see The Two Towers next week.)
shadydave: (rock on)
::blows dust off journal::

Have a meme!

30 Days of Genre

(I'm always kind of tickled when sff gets referred to as "genre". There should be a literary term for "co-opting a categorical title for one specific subcategory so you feel less inadequate". Personally, I feel like that a truly "genre" book would be a sff romance detective adventure. Which I would totally read.)

(...Actually, you could probably classify several of the Vorkosigan Saga books as sff romance detective adventures, so I HAVE totally read a genre book. You should too! They're awesome!)

Day 1: Your Very First Genre Novel

Calling on Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede (yes, I read the third one first. We were at the beach and I finished all my other books, so I stole it from mea soror). I was only in third grade, but I was already a big fan of both fairy tales AND fractured fairy tales (mainly due to Rocky and Bullwinkle). The lulz and bamf heroine just made it even better.

Runners up: The Belgariad, by David Eddings (first proper fantasy series, 5th grade), and Wild Magic, by Tamora Pierce (the book that actually hooked me on reading sff all the time, 6th grade).
shadydave: (rock on)
If what they say is true, and what you do on New Year's Day predicts the rest of the year, then I am in for twelve months of slacking off and the occasional orc attack or explosion. LotR and Mythbusters marathons FTW!

It's time for the LJ 2010 in Review Meme!

The first sentences of each first post of each month. )

This year, I resolve to enable bioelectromagnetic synergies. And, uh, keep up with my resolution for last year and review all the books I read in the last six months. (I read so many over summer vacation. So many. D:)

I also have a story to post, which will happen as soon as I, uh, finish it. Technically, it is a Christmas story, but it's still the Twelve Days of Christmas, so if I post it by Thursday it still counts, right? Right.
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
LJ 2009 in Review Meme!

January: Yeah, I really have to stop being so mean to Alice.
February: So, casting for the upcoming Avatar movie has basically been a whole load of white-washing racial FAIL headdeskery.
March: So, Courtney and I were discussing how fandom has basically operated the same way for the past several millenia, and the comparison between the monks who wrote Arthurian Grail quests and the Old School Who fans came up, leading to... OUTPOST CAMELOT.
April: ARRGH THE FINALE FILLS ME WITH RAAAAAAAAAAGE ::crushes walnuts::
May: So, during the copious free time that accounts for much of my working day, I stumbled across the following articles on the reading habits of young wimmins, which set me a-ponderin' (and apparently turned me into a grizzled old prospector).
June: RIP David Eddings :(
July: I'm going out. I may be some time.
August: "It was an oversight not to have bought a small cowbell to tie next to me on this rope, for its sound would let you know that I was still descending and still alive; but since that is no longer possible, may the hand of God guide me" (602).
September: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OH SNAP, WUTHERING HEIGHTS.
October: Retirement plan
Something which I will not need
For many years now

November: [Invisible Jesus] ...hates you, apparently.
December: P&P&Z: The Miniseries! HUZZAH.

So, I see I haven't managed to start my entries with something other than "so".

New Year's Eve, with David's Zombie New Year party, was awesome; New Year's Day less so, due to an unfortunate confluence of events best represented by the tasteful and understated stylings of Monty Python*.

* Tasteful and understated -- that's what TMI stands for, right?

Anyways, there was new Doctor Who! Less special than last week, but still pretty darn special.

Doctor Who Wars: Episode 2: First Impressions: The Wrath of Khan Strikes Back )
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Username meme!

My username: [livejournal.com profile] shadydave, because my name is Dave, and I am shady. Though if you want to be technical about it, Dave is one of my chiefest hypercoristics (I have many names!) and 'shady' was the adjective of choice in high school, also appropriate because I spend most of my time on teh intarwebs lurking.

My journal name: "My God! It's full of stars!" -- quote from 2001: A Space Odyssey (the book, not the movie), and uttered by my namesake when he discovers the creepy monolith is actually a stargate.

My journal title: "I don't go looking for trouble..."

My subtitle: "...it comes looking for me." A (probably inaccurate) quote from one of the HP books.

My friends page: "A Parcel of Rogues", which is from a Robert Burns poem, but which I actually found from reading annotations for The Wee Free Men. Crivens!

My default userpic: Dave from 2001! I like it because it looks like he's jammin' with his spaceship.
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] perivates!

Go to your iTunes "Top 25 Most Played" list. List a couple lines or so from each song to see if your friends can recognize them. Then tag five more people to do this.

1. Why try? I know why / the feeling inside me says it's time I was gone
2. A baby I was when you took my hand / And the light of the night burned bright / And the people all stared didnt understand - "Now I'm Here" by Queen, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] imweirdlikethat
3. Start off straight but I get to meander / I got the aim but I don't have the range
4. And if I raise my hand in question, you'll just say that I'm a fool. / 'Cause I got the gall to ask you, can you maybe change the rules.
5. Thou green-crested lapwing, thy screaming forebear, / I charge you disturb not my slumbering fair.
6.If you want a new demeanor and you're keen on getting leaner / Then your remedy is an M.D. with a fancy vacuum cleaner - "Liposuction" by Da Vinci's Notebook, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] arku
7.Try so hard to disregard / The rhythm of the rain that drops / And coincides with the beating of my heart - "Sweetest Goodbye" by Maroon 5, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] perivates
8. Steamroller, midnight stroller / What they've been saying must be true
9. Tonight I fell off of my rainbow / and it turned all black and white
10. Why is that so groovy?
11. Devil he told me to roll
12. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF REAL HARD WORK / NOAH SAT DOWN AND HAD A COFFEE!!!!! - "Noah Was a Knower" by Mortification, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] liberalnun
13. Turn your back on Austin Powers / Happiness will soon be ours
14. I got a pink carnation and a pick-up truck - "Darlene" by Led Zeppelin, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] perivates (eventually :P)
15. And if my baby isn't there / I'm gonna fill my gap and comb my hair
16. Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear / But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
17. I feared not the lawman nor the thief in the night / Nor angel nor devil when she went by my side - "41 Thunderer" by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] arku
18. Love is an old root that creeps / through the meadows of sleep / When the long shadows cast - "Tanglewood Tree" by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] arku
19. I'm just a crosshair / I'm just a shot away from you - "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] liberalnun
20. And as we wind on down the road / our shadows taller than our souls / there walks a lady we all know "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] imweirdlikethat
21. You dont have to read my mind, to know what I have in mind
22. It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet - "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] perivates
23. Geriatric German grandmas spanking Spanish men - "Internet Porn" by Da Vinci's Notebook, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] arku
24. Forget about your sin / Give the audience a grin. - "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Monty Python, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] naturalblue208
25. Sure, the excise man can dance all night / He's drinkin 'up the tea 'til the broad daylight - "Hills of Connemara" by Gaelic Storm, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] monadhrionnag

Meme!

Jan. 4th, 2009 10:13 pm
shadydave: (bad-ass helmet)
In 2009, shadydave resolves to...
Ask my boss for a Faramir.
Overcome my secret fear of pancakes.
Spend more time with my ninjas.
Pay for my caramel steamers on time.
Cut down on my sleeping.
Be nicer to alicat1621.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:


Yeah, I really have to stop being so mean to Alice. But it would be totally worth it if I got Faramir :D
shadydave: (CEILING TIGH IS WATCHING YOU!)
This one was just too awesome to pass up:

Your result for The Steampunk Archetype Test...

The Roguish Pirate

9 Swashbuckling Engineer, 15 Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer, 27 Charming Noble, 67 Roguish Pirate, 0 Mechanical Fian and 25 Aetherist Bodger!

The Roguish Pirate

There is treasure on those airships flying back from the Imperial colonies and you can be found wherever there is treasure. Sometimes you don’t know what you prefer, having the loot or getting the loot. You have your own crew of engineers, bodgers, tinkerers and fians to keep your airship fast and powerful. Those lumbering cargo ships can’t withstand your assault after you fire off the grappling hooks. Oh there is always a fight, but that is part of the fun.

Take The Steampunk Archetype Test at HelloQuizzy

shadydave: (Do not set yourself on fire)

Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test...

English Genius


You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!


Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!



For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/.

Take The Commonly Confused Words Test at HelloQuizzy



I think "English Genius" is pretty descriptive myself :D
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Wow, a meme! How intellectually stimulating.

EW's top 100 movies. Bold the ones you've seen, underline the ones you own.

What the hell kind of top 100 is this, seriously? )

In other news, I was rewatching Red Dwarf with my sister, and Ace Rimmer's theme song is totally "Take My Breath Away". What?
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The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Clearly I am not average.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read. (This is way too much HTML coding for me, since I probably will intend to read them all at some point.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) NEW RULE! Strike out the books you didn't like.

Whee, books! )

Let's see, that's 32/100 (Uh, 1 out of 3 ain't bad?), and I've loved 9 of them and hated 7, which means I am 5 and third times more awesome than the average adult. If you expand the series and the Shakespeare I've actually read, it's 59, so almost 10 times more awesome! Ego trip what?

meme!

Jun. 5th, 2008 11:57 am
shadydave: (Do not set yourself on fire)
Ok, so this is kind of awesome:

You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:
1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.

Weapon can be real or fictional, you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.


1. Flamethrower. BURN BURN AHAHAHAHAHA-- sorry.
2. "Enter the Sandman" It's hardcore, yo!
3. DIBS ON ASH.
shadydave: (Do not set yourself on fire)
It's an 'I talk funny!' meme! )

Quote o' the Day:

Overheard in the Marketplace...

Girl 1: ...pyrotechnic pirates.
Girl 2: Yes, in an outer space environment.

Meme!

Dec. 9th, 2007 09:35 pm
shadydave: (Default)
1. Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
2. Click random article again; that is your album name.
3. Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.


Band Name: Ben Tee
Album: Street Justice Band

1. Ron Mulock
2. List of places in Florida: T-V
3. Laurence Ginnell
4. Lygromma anops
5. Guru Purnima
6. Liran
7. Robert Duff (Governor)
8. The Disk
9. Thinking Rabbit
10. Marvin White
11. You're a Special Part of Me
12. Holiday in the Sun
13. NLP Modeling
14. 1st World Science Fiction Convention
15. Kathleen McGowan

So, apparently I am a Gaelic Rock band with a lot of bizzarely-titled instrumentals, several thought-provoking surrealist ballads, and really schmoopy love songs. Heh.
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Wow, the auto draft saving thing on LJ is HARDCORE. Check out my aborted entry from a couple weeks ago!

Timely updates are for LOSERS )

I've read almost a third of these! I feel special.

This weekend was Family Weekend, so I got to see Mom and Dad and Kirstin. Also, Kurt called me at 2:30 in the morning because he was homesick. Unfortunately, I was asleep, but hopefully my confused mumblings provided some comfort.

Also, I have sesamoiditis. Apparently the treatment is taking lots of ibuprofen, icing my foot, and using a metatarsal pad. I have so far achieved exactly two of these things!

Today's Update

In other news, I have been very busy. (I almost wrote 'busty', which is also technically true.) The weekend before last was fall break, so we went to Myrtle Beach and stayed in Natasha's condo. I did a lot of reading for fun and accomplished no work, but I regret NOTHING! Except a certain lack of sleep.

I took the GREs on Saturday and totally bombed the Qualitative section. It turns out it's hard to do high school math if you haven't actually done any math since high school. Also, I was led astray by my (technically the B&N's) practice book, which had deceptively easy math. So I am probably in the 4th percentile, because math already has ridiculously high percentiles. When combined with my insanely high Verbal score, I appear to be some kind of idiot savant.

Seriously, I did better on the math section on the SAT in 7TH GRADE. I hadn't even LEARNED math at that point.

My parents have failed at buying metatarsal pads for my foot and also transferring money to my bank account, which makes me sad. Also, my foot hurts and I have $5.74 to my name. I'm not actually kidding.

I am going home this weekend! Kirstin is being forced to go to Villa's All-Class Reunion, and is in turn forcing me to go too. Naturally, it is homecoming weekend and everyone is beginning to list all the fun things they will be doing without me. However, it will be nice to go home, especially since I need to do laundry.

In conclusion: This is the most fun and socially conscious vocab quiz ever.
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Ok, these were so bizarre I had to share:

Google "[your name] looks like". Post!

I'm picking up a distressing theme here )

1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top ten results


...the hell? )

LiveJournal Username
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest!
Cutlass or pistol?
What is the name of your pirate ship?
Where is your secret pirate base?
What kind of loot do you prefer?
What do you and your crew prefer to be called?
Parrot or monkey?
Argh!
Your capable first matesailwraith
Your bumbling cabin boy with a heart of goldarku
The aloof, yet honorable, pirate with a mysterious pastelruin
Is always the first one into the fraymonnadhrionag
Is the naval officer who ruthlessly pursues your shipliberalnun
Is the comical pirate who is always drunk on grogspelly
Is currently in Davy Jones's lockerlibraflyter
The amount of money you make as a pirate$11,761
This Fun Quiz created by Lynn at BlogQuiz.Net
Weight Loss Tips at WeightLossTips.TV




This is almost frighteningly appropriate. Heh.

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