Tris and I went to a Bonfire Night celebration yesterday. )

I also wandered across a really interesting video on youtube, about subliminal advertising. It was cleverly done, and is fairly terrifying in its point.
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( Nov. 1st, 2007 09:44 am)
new tv from joss whedon!! yay! starring eliza dushku! yay! so very excited, i can't wait. the premise sounds fabulous, a little bit alias, a little bit the matrix, a little bit dark angel, and a whole lot cool.

[ profile] waywardbound posted a link to e! online's interviews with joss and eliza, and here's an interview at tvweek.
i can't even explain what this is exactly, other than to say there are singing, dancing bollywood condoms

i especially enjoy the confused bystanders, and the parts where they walk like an egyptian!

ETA: I forgot to give credit where it's due, as the incomparable [ profile] piratelemur found this first.
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( Oct. 16th, 2007 10:21 am)
many of you know this already, but just to get it out there (and partially explain my complete lack of posting recently!). i've quit grad school. it sounds kind of crazy, but i just didn't want to do it anymore, and i haven't for quite a while. academia isn't a lifestyle i want-- i think i had wanted it for so long that i couldn't believe it when i stopped. i started telling myself that i just had to finish the dissertation and i could do something else, and then i got to the point of telling myself that i just had to get paid this year, and i realized that this was ridiculous. i could use the two or three dissertation writing years to get a job and hopefully get a raise or two. i'm feeling so much better about this, although the nerves are starting to set in as i look at my cv and try to make it a resume. hopefully, more posts will follow as i settle into this looking for work thing. wish me luck!
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( Sep. 14th, 2007 03:13 pm)
hmmm... these are actually not terribly surprising.

1. Makeup Artist
2. Costume Designer
3. Set Designer
4. Anthropologist
5. Special Effects Technician
6. Sport Psychology Consultant
7. Genetic Counselor
8. Historian
9. Actor
10. Desktop Publisher

then we get to the less interesting ones )
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( Sep. 1st, 2007 12:04 am)
ok, so that whole 'short post to start a bunch of posting' clearly failed. ANYway, things have been going well here. i like london. i don't get to do much, because it's so expensive here, but i've fit a few things in. tonight, tris and a couple of friends and i went out to a restaurant called dans le noir?. it's a very interesting concept-- the actual restaurant is pitch black, so you not only can't see who you're eating with, you can't see the food. the servers are blind, and they lead you to your place. the food itself has been chosen for strong smells and tastes, not for appearance. it's... interesting. cool, actually. all of our stuff was put in a locker at the front, to make sure no canny thief with night vision goggles can steal you blind, and then we were introduced to our waiter, who led us to our table. we did a little parade, with everyone holding on to the right shoulder of the person in front, and he announced when we entered the room. he seated us by putting each persons hand on their chair, and describing where the glasses and silverware were situated. the concept it to make you understand what it's like to be blind, and to make you appreciate food with other senses than sight, and both were very effective. i relaxed a lot at the table and i felt like i had a good idea where everything and everyone was, but it was really, REALLY hard to eat neatly! i didn't want to use my fingers, so i had to keep sticking the fork at the plat and hoping i'd connected and bringing it to my mouth and realizing i'd failed. i sort of smushed things onto the fork, and managed to eat most of it, but it was all mashed together, and i couldn't really tell what most of it was-- it was meat, but beyond that i'm not sure! i'm sure it's better when someone tells you what is where on the plate, but even so, i'm amazed that people manage that on a regular basis-- i'd end up eating soup all the time just to avoid the trouble. the food itself was fab, and it was a really unusual experience. apparently they also do blind dating events, but that's a bit much for me-- i think i'd want to see the reactions of the person i'm talking to, so i could at least tell if they were interested or not!

let's see... other things i've done... [ profile] johanna_b was here for a visit, and she and i hit the national gallery, the national portrait gallery, buckingham palace public rooms and the exhibition on the queen's wedding, and sir john sloane's museum (which was very odd and cool!). tris and i have been to see avenue q and a play at the royal court theater, and have tickets for the police next weekend. i'm looking forward to it, although a little sad we didn't get tickets for the rolling stones, as they're better--but SO expensive it was just stupid! i met back up with a friend from college who i haven't seen in eleven years, which was great. otherwise... it's pretty much been all study, which is what i'm supposed to be doing, so i suppose it's all good!
yes, i am alive! it took nearly three weeks to get the internet working at the flat, but i'm finally connected. i have many thing to write about, but i've got that posting inertia thing going on, so i figure that if i start with a short post i will then be able to fill in, once i've started. se, most recent things first:

this past saturday i went to see john simm (aka 'the master') in a play near trafalgar square, where i discovered that the tour de france was also taking place. this was surprising, since trafalgar square is not currently IN france, but hey, what do i know? the play was elling, a very odd piece based on a norwegian novel/film, but simm was incredible-- his body language was completely different from anything else i've seen him in. and afterward we watched some of the race--such tiny little bikes!
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( Jun. 9th, 2007 02:22 pm)
still sick. i think i'm a little better, but i still feel like crap and i'm so far behind on the packing that there's no hope i'll manage to get everything packed and still make ten thousand trips to the storage unit to put it in. so i finally caved and hired movers. i've been wanting to do that for years and years, but i couldn't justify it until this plague hit, so there's the silver lining. i can spend the next couple of days packing the things i'm taking to england and randomly sticking other stuff in boxes and then on tuesday they'll turn up and take everything else away, yay!
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( Jun. 7th, 2007 11:49 am)
i had a lovely and very relaxing visit with my grandmother over the weekend, which was just what i needed. lots of gossip about the family, lots of mexican food (randomly, there's a tiny family restaurant in overland park, kansas that has the best enchilada i have ever eaten, made with a champagne cheese sauce), lots of scanning of old family pictures (some of which i'll probably stick up in a little while). sadly, i also got a cold on the plane on the way home (i know, i forgot my airborne, dangit!), and now wish i could take a two day coma and wake up healthy again. this has put a damper on my packing (i can't believe i'm leaving in a week!!), as instead of energetically putting things into boxes i'm running a fever and dripping snot, and generally cursing the universe. i'm hoping that if i take today off to sleep and eat crap and drink fluids and bundle up and then have a busy friday and saturday i'll get back on schedule to have the place empty by the end of sunday, but we'll see. anyone who feels the urge to turn up sunday afternoon to help carry the not tremendously heavy but awkward items would be more than welcome!

on the plus side, my new haircut is fantastic!
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( May. 29th, 2007 02:45 pm)
why do i have so much stuff? why? it doesn't seem like i should, since everything i own fits into the five categories of clothes, books, movies/music, art and kitchen stuff, but holy crap does it all add up. i'm trying to be really good about getting rid of things i don't use often, but i've got a little bit of 'but i could sell that for money, i can't just throw it out or give it away!' resistance going on. does anyone know a place that will sell stuff for me? i've got a bunch of vintage clothing and quite a few movies, and i don't have the time or the energy to list them myself.
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( May. 23rd, 2007 10:15 pm)
i've been strangely reluctant to post recently. actually, i suppose i've been feeling overall uninterested in writing of any sort, as my email output has also dropped dramatically! but in the last day or so i've been feeling the stirrings of the creative impulse, so here i am again.

moving proceeds apace. the cats are getting shipped off to my lucky, lucky mother (bringing her cat total to four--glad i'm not her!) next thursday or friday. i'll be in kansas, but hopefully i've got everything arranged. I'm visiting my grandmother for almost a week, which will be a lot of fun. not sure what we're going to do, but it's always nice to visit the family homestead. i'm going to scan a bunch of old family photos again, so you all have some lovely 1800s era stuff to look forward to.

i've got a storage space with a couple of boxes in it. i'm trying to get things packed gradually, because i cannot stand the idea of staying up all night the night before i fly running back and forth to the storage place. we'll see if that actually happens, but i think i may try to spend the last night in a hotel to assist in the moving out! this means my going-to-l.a. plan is impossible, but i'll just do it in the fall. gotta do the walk of fame and walk down rodeo drive! tris found an apartment which sounds amazing--it even has a dishwasher, which is pretty unusual over there. he texted to say he had a place and then thought 'i should tell her something about it', and so he added 'it has a dishwasher', which i'm sure he didn't expect me to be that excited about! i can't wait to get over there and see him and move in, although trying to decide what i should take is driving me crazy!

i watched 'the lot' yesterday, and was intrigued. i guess being a good director doesn't automatically have much to do with being able to pitch, but some of that was just embarrassing. i want to learn more about directing, i think.
if you're looking for something to do this weekend, the play that i'm assistant directing is an option! it is part of the spring one acts, a collection of three graduate productions. the one i worked on is first, but both of the others should be pretty good too.

where: prosser theater, in the memorial auditorium building
when: 8pm thursday, friday and saturday. house opens at 7:30 and seating is limited, so come early
what: 'psychology, or bring a weasel and a pint of your own blood'
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( Apr. 30th, 2007 08:03 am)
i rushed to dc for a friend's wedding this past weekend and then rushed back 36 hours later for technical rehearsals. busy in the extreme, but also a lot of fun-- i got to see sarah for the first time in four years, i got to hang out with [ profile] ellen_fremedon and her lovely roommate [ profile] sanj and check in on scary (the evil polydactyl cat who will one day rule the world), and i got to see lots of mantids at the wedding itself. [ profile] zaph_redmantis was glowingly happy, and as always i had fun with [ profile] fish_tie, [ profile] piratelemur and [ profile] captain_squid. i wish i could see them more often! i always feel just a little out of place because i didn't actually go to college with them so i don't share in the stories, but they're so much fun it doesn't matter much. i have determined that come hell or high water, next time i will absolutely not be flying out at 8am the next morning! i hate having to leave the festivities early so that i can be safe to drive at an appallingly early hour the next day.

i was thinking, it seems to be more and more the case that getting a bunch of old friends together requires a solid reason such as a wedding--you can't just email and say 'hey, come here on this date' and expect to get everyone now that they've got jobs (and/or kids) unless they can justify it to themselves as something they have to do. and this is a strange thing about weddings, because you actually get everyone to come from all over and then (at most of the ones i've been to recently) you're so busy that you don't get to see them much. zaph spent a fair amount of time with folks beforehand, which was really nice because at least i feel like i saw him, unlike kris' wedding where i only saw her for ten minutes when they came by the table. interesting.
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( Apr. 29th, 2007 08:32 pm)
following the herd, a meme )
wow. so, the exam did not go well. and this was mostly not an actual lack in my knowledge so much as a complete inability to communicate it. i was nervous enough to begin with, but one of my committee members was only able to meet me and give me her feedback on the written exam the morning of the oral. said feedback basically consisted of 'i hate everything you've written, i think you haven't read anything, and you never come to my office hours'. which, ok, fine, if you had told me this at any point in the three weeks since my last exam i could have done something about it, but in the four hours left i can't even read over the hundreds of pages of notes i have in an attempt to address this.

and thus began a downward spiral, where i started by sounding like a moron as i attempted to answer the first question and got lots of little details wrong, and ended at a point where i literally could not think of the name of a single archaeologist. at all. *shudder* not a good day. and i knew this stuff, i just...couldn't think.

so i have to retake it in september, which at least means i can re-read everything so that repetition will help it stick in the face of panic. made all the better by the fact that the meeting was with the person i tried to get rid of in the fall because i thought she might do something like this, and now i can't get rid of her.
this play that i'm assistant directing is starting rehearsals soon, and i've been meeting with the director. and one of the things that i thought of during our discussion was the sci-fi trope of people being taken to a place where they are essentially forced to perform roles for the entertainment of those who took them. i'm thinking of a kind of human-as-puppet thing here, whether for entertainment, for education, or just for the hell of it. the one specific example i could come up with was that episode of farscape where crighton and crais were kidnapped by that wizard and manipulated to fight (and to a lesser extent crighton's trip through the faux-wormhole), but i think there were a couple of episodes of star trek with this theme--maybe with q in the next generation, and i have some image of some of the original series cast trapped in a room with people in sort of commedia dell'arte costumes? can anyone give me more concrete suggestions for actual episodes? from any show.
You Belong in London

A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique woman like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.
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( Apr. 1st, 2007 08:41 pm)
i'm kind of freaking out. my exam's on thursday. there's nothing i can do between now and then--if i know enough, i do, and if i don't, i don't. and that scares me, a lot. i just want to go to sleep and wake up thursday evening with everything over.
forbiddencharm: (dunbrody)
( Mar. 28th, 2007 09:15 am)
The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.

In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.

You'd like to your lover to think you are stylish and alluring.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was insecure and in constant need of reassurance.

Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything... no secrets.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage pessimistically. You don't think happy marriages exist anymore.

In this moment, you think of love as commitment. Love only works when both people are totally devoted.

surprisingly accurate, except for the part about me not believing in happy marriages.