shadydave: (peace out)
As part of my ~genius recruitment bid~ for our handbell choir, I offered to bribe everyone with cookies. So I made cookies!

...And then rehearsal was canceled due to minor inconveniences like tornado watches.

WHATEVER, I HAVE INVENTED* SNIDERDOODLES.

* Well, not "invented" so much as "made up an easier recipe and given a stupid name". BUT THEY'RE DELICIOUS ANYWAY. SWEET VICTORY IS MINE.

APPLE CIDER SNICKERDOODLES )
shadydave: (rock on)
1) Six shots of novocaine, whyyyyyyyyyyyy

2) This, on the other hand, is 100% pure win. The Henriad! With Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal, Jeremy Irons as Henry IV, and cast members from Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Robin Hood, and every BBC production ever! HENRY IV, PART 1 WILL NO LONGER BE LIMITED TO THE CHEAP-ASS BBC COMPLETE WORKS VERSION OR THE CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT, AVAILABLE ONLY IN BRAZIL!

omg excite

POR QUE

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.

TRADEGY

Sep. 6th, 2011 09:16 pm
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
1. Rain whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :(

2. Magic Phone whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :(



3. STEVE THOMPSON WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :(
shadydave: (peace out)
I was SUPPOSED to see the broadcast of Frankenstein today, but a CERTAIN NAMELESS SOMEONE (whose NAME rhymes with SCHMIRSTIN) OVERSLEPT, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AFTER NOON, and we ended up being late. So we saw Jane Eyre instead.

My layabout sister said it best: it's a good movie and a decent adaptation. ) It wasn't my version of Jane Eyre, but it was a respectable showing nevertheless.

wtf

Apr. 1st, 2011 09:17 am
shadydave: (...en fuego?)


HAHA. VERY FUNNY, WEATHER. YOU CAN STOP WITH THE APRIL FOOL'S DAY PRANKS NOW.
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
Haha, remember that time a noreaster rolled in during the five minutes it takes me to walk down the block to Starbucks, and then it immediately stopped raining as soon as I got there? ME TOO. ::wrings out khakis::

In other news, on my commute this morning, I honest-to-God saw one of these trucks.

It's probably just as well I don't have Lance in my pants; he'd be soaking wet by now.

Spam, Spam, Bacon, Links, and Spam:

Any article that mentions kuru is a winner in my book - FYI: Could Scientists Really Create a Zombie Apocalypse Virus?

The pizza you save may be your own - Alert Pizza Delivery Driver Saves Customer's Life

Said Bookisms: the edible ball-bearings of the writing world - The Use and Abuse of Dialogue Tags

SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE - Time Lapse Videos of the Universe

Seriously, anyone who doesn't put Isabella in the Lawful column clearly didn't pay any attention AT ALL during Measure for Measure - Shakespeare Alignment Chart

Damn you, British theater-goers! WHY CAN'T I HAVE NICE THINGS - Danny Boyle's Frankenstein (Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Lee Miller) (HAHAHA HIS FAAAAAAAACE.)
ETA: Woohoo, broadcast!

The Christian Science Monitor: boldly going where all 12-year-old minds have gone before - Need Help Finding Uranus? (And don't miss the follow-up article, Scientists Plan Uranus Probe. Did you know Uranus has the most powerful wind observed in the solar system?)
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
Dear PennDOT:

You cannot claim to be "prepared" for a snowstorm when you have removed approximately NO SNOW WHATSOEVER from the roads and have limited your "treatment" of them to DUMPING FOOT-HIGH PILES OF CONGEALED SALT where UNWARY TRAVELERS CAN PLOW INTO THEM because THEY CAN'T SEE ANYTHING ON THE DAMN ROADS.

PLEASE DIE IN ALL THE FIRES.

No love,
Dave
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
Ahaha, it's not like I need my work email to do WORK-RELATED ACTIVITIES or anything.

Woke up this morning with a horrible ache/spasm in my left shoulder that either means I have yet to recover from having to shovel out the driveway for approximately forever last week (while my parents were in FLORIDA) or that I have been having a heart attack for the past three hours. Naturally, we are supposed to get more snow tomorrow.

On the other hand, I did make tasty Mexican Hot Chocolate last night!

El Chocolate Caliente En Fuego! )
shadydave: (Default)
Dear PennDOT:

DIAF.

AT LEAST THE FIRE COULD HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THE FUCKING HALF-INCH OF SNOW ON THE ROAD.

UNLIKE YOU.
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GODDAMMIT
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Suck it.
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
So, technology. We meet again.

GOOD NEWS:

- I have a magic phone!

BAD NEWS:

- It's full of my brother's crap, because he didn't wipe it before he gave it to me.

- Trying to get rid of said has so far required copious erasing and restoring to factory settings, which has gotten rid of everything except THREE HUNDRED EXTRANEOUS CONTACTS WHICH WILL NOT GO AWAY, POR QUE, AND has upgraded me to the OS I did not want, to boot.

- Meanwhile, our database at work has decided to just flip all the toggles to default settings in the most recent new entries. It's not like I was using them to KEEP TRACK OF VITAL INFORMATION OR ANYTHING.

- Also, plz don't repost comments on my LJ to Facebook/Twitter, k. I work very hard to maintain my status as Facebook Amish.
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
So, it was fine when they installed automatic lights in my office and surrounding hallways. I don't turn the lights on anyway (to encourage the a/c), and trying to sneak down the hallways in the dark has proved more fun than it really should. The demon pig was disturbing, but the way it would mysteriously move around without human intervention added some zest to my day. Then they moved all our filing cabinets into the stairwell. Weird, but fine; we'll probably be moving soon anyway. All the loose wiring hanging down from displaced ceiling tiles added a certain charm to the place. Sure, they left all our floor mats out across the hallway, but at least we have clean carpets. And go ahead, don't bother to empty the trash! I'm sure the floor mats will enjoy the company as the contents of my office osmose out into the hallway.

But you know what's the BEST? Dropping a vanilla latte in my car!

What I'm saying is that I cannot wait for my vacation to start tomorrow. ::sigh::

Here, have some links:

candle cove… was it about pirates?

Take it easy on the kid, SilverFox316; everybody kills Hitler on their first trip.

Mark Reads Harry Potter

Are You Brian Blessed Or Not?
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
So, I found this amongst all the stuff that's been moved out of the classrooms while they have their floors cleaned:



I assumed it was the custodians that piled all the desks in the hallways, but I'm willing to consider the work of lemony-fresh malevolent spirits.
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A DRAMATIC RE-ENACTMENT OF YESTERDAY EVENING:

DAVE: ::watching Youtube video::
HAL 9000: ::freezes::
DAVE: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
DAVE: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
DAVE: AKJHFBKJHFD ::emergency shut-down::
HAL: I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid.
DAVE: AKJHFBKJHFD! ::tries to reset and reboot::
HAL: Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do...
DAVE: AKJHFBKJHFD!!!!!

So currently I'm letting the HAL 9000 recharge and think about what's it done (i.e., refuse to boot up, even in safe mode). It also doesn't help that I can't remember if I got AppleCare for it or not; I thought I did, but I don't have the box/paperwork, and my computer wasn't registered to me. Por queeeeeeee.
shadydave: (peace out)
Argh, I was supposed to go the NYC this weekend to see Courtney. Instead, I am stuck at home buried under a foot of snow (which is still falling), and I fear cleaning is imminent. Doesn't the weather know it's supposed to snow during the week? What the hell is up with all this Saturday snowfall crap?

Anyways, I saw Princess and the Frog last night! It was cute. )

So, have a book meme! Here's a list of all the books I've read in the past year; pick one and I'll give you a short review.

You'll never be able to guess my favorite genre. )
shadydave: (DEEP HURTING!)
Guess whose power went out this morning, and, since she had pictures at work, had to wash her hair in the bathroom at Wawa!
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Today's Dinosaur Comic is UNFORTUNATELY RELEVANT to my life.

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