aworldinside: (tony coffee)
The Good Wife: Another Ham Sandwich )

That has totally made my night.

I also remembered something I meant to mention in my last post. I finally finished Cryoburn this weekend.

Spoilery thoughts )

Random link: The Muppets defend themselves against FOX News' accusations - hilarious.

Random picture: George Clooney and Brad Pitt being adorable at the SAG Awards.
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Went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol this afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] gnine. It was a lot of fun - probably the best of all the MI movies - and I am seeing this Jeremy Renner thing, yes I am. Paula Patton and Simon Pegg were awesome too.

Talked a lot of travelling this afternoon too which has motivated me to work on the collage I want to make of some of the postcards and tickets I collected in my travels. Part of me is always going to miss London/New York/Berlin isn't it? *sigh* Ah well.

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Fringe: Back To Where You've Never Been )

Finished my first book of the year earlier in the week: The Epic F***ing Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel. The book of the Twitter feed! So happy I found out about this book via a Yuletide fic - I loved it! It was also my first experience with Book Depository and I will be using them again. Free shipping! That book only cost me $15 NZ. <3


That gusty northerly can stop anytime now. *glances up at rattling skylight*
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I finished Mockingjay last night after reading the last half in one session.

I can see why people went on about these books -spoilers )

I also watched Community:

Community: Regional Holiday Music )

H50 rec:

My North, My South, My East and West (2147 words) by faviconsheafrotherdon
Fandom: Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve McGarrett/Danny "Danno" Williams
Characters: Steve McGarrett, Danny "Danno" Williams, Kono Kalakaua, Chin Ho Kelly, Lori Weston, Joe White
Summary: Bringing Steve home.

Awesome tag to 2.10. So much feeling, and talk of Jenna and just, beautiful.

This weekend: haircut, tidying, finding some bookshelves, Christmas shopping and uh, Yuletide. Definitely Yuletide.
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Yep, I've left it a long time again.

Despite the heat (which wasn't that bad really) and the odd hiccup (banks grr) the holiday to the US was awesome. New York was insane, huuge, varied and hell of a lot of fun, Boston was really nice and Bruins obsessed (and I got to have an awesome time meeting [livejournal.com profile] tangleofthorns) and DC was ... a lot of walking, but also really great to visit. I did all the big tourist-y things, and saw some things I've wanted to see all my life. So, well, well worth it. Also, insanely good travel luck on the way home including a business class upgrade and avoiding one flight delay and one flight cancellation.

New Zealand is fine. I have missed it and I'm enjoying Christchurch's idea of Winter - which seems to be cold nights and 13 degree days with blue skies and sunshine. The aftershocks haven't been too bad, but the holes and the not going into town and ... yeah, it's a bit to get used to. The city is both better and worse than I thought, if that makes any sense. I've mostly been lazing around the house and adjusting, but I should get on the job thing and make a decision about staying here v.s going back to Wellington. Despite the hassle and the expense, I think going back to Wellington is more likely.

I just spent some time tidying some things from the US trip/the UK and reading over some old entries (why do I do that?) it just made me all nostalgic. It all seems so far away already. *sigh*

Fandom wise, it's still a lot Fringe (and trying not to think too hard about the Comicon panel and the lack of Josh on it), but I'm trying to start a West Wing re-watch because it's been ages and now me and my full DVD collection have been reunited.

I've also been working my way through the rest of The Song of Ice and Fire - thanks to my friend having them on her bookshelf here - yay.

I'm now most of the way through 'A Storm of Swords: Part 2' - spoilery )

There really should be new icons - and I've been saying that forever but now I have time.

And yeah, holiday photos really need to be loaded somewhere.

Edit: Oh random vid rec: Fun in the Blue verse (Fringe) - vid looking at the weird and amusing moments on this side. Really well put together and just a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
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Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great night whatever you did. :)

Mine was pretty low-key. I went bowling out in NE London where my friend lives with some friends of hers. My bowling is uh, inconsistent as best, and sadly not helped by beer. :( It was a cool night though. Crashed out there, as the thought of getting across to the other side of the city at 2am didn't really appeal (and it snowed on the walk back, not a lot admittedly, but still, snooow), and got home about an hour and a half ago after being made to watch last night's episode of Eastenders ... and it has a slashy subplot which is intriguing ... *facepalm*

I've seen the usual year end memes around, but didn't really feel like doing a primarily RL one (it hasn't been all awesome, but I moved to another country and so far so good), but this year-in-fandom one I saw [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash do intrigued me.

Fandom year-in-review )


I also finally got around to finishing Dollhouse S1 (minus 1x13). Overall, I liked it, but the character of Paul Ballard need to be thrown out a high window.

Brief thoughts )

Now, ten minutes to Dr Who. Eep. Will be interesting to see where this goes.
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I am employed! Well, for three weeks (admin temping), but money will be entering my bank account! This is awesome! I will be able to pay rent! I am so relieved, and really need to buy my friend who recommended this particular recruiter a drink.

I celebrated this (well actually the initial meeting with the recruiter, but anyway) by buying really good sushi and purchasing a book that may be called Mr Darcy, Vampire. In my defense, it was cheap and I was intrigued, and honestly, the first couple of chapters are actually pretty good.

I've also been watching the (Yuletide nominated, I see) The Thick of It. I've seen it described as Yes Minsiter meets The Office, and that's actually pretty accurate, although thankfully without the British version of The Office's incredibly high level of awkward. Peter Capaldi (Mr Frobisher from Children of Earth) as Malcolm is amazing. He has stealth powers, yells a lot and has an incredibly diverse cursing vocabulary! He's like Toby, if Toby was Scottish and angrier. And the other characters are also pretty awesome. If you like Yes, Minister I really do recommend it. And I need to see In the Loop even more now, as it's written by the same writer, and has Malcolm in it.

Talking of Yuletide, I have copy and pasted all the Yuletide fandoms into a document and am deleting and sorting out what I want to write/request. I haven't given it all that much serious thought outside of 'Yes, must do Yuletide, Christmas is not Christmas without Yuletide' but going through the list I have some ideas. Someone nominated the London Monument Twitter accounts! I want to shake that person's hand.
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On the recommendation of what felt like half my flist, I watched White Collar.

OMG awesome! )


Last week, I saw Metropia at the London Film Festival, which also happened to be the UK premiere. No Alex, (I would have posted something a hell of a lot earlier had there been), but Tarik Saleh was there and did a cool Q&A afterward. He's an interesting guy. He asked to take a photo of the audience, which was cute.

The movie itself was really cool. The animation style was unlike any I've seen, and the story line was an interesting dystopian sci-fi. The voice work was also excellent, especially Alex, but I would say that. ;) Interesting to hear his voice alongside his father's.


Dr Who repeats on BBC Three for the win. "Journey's End" is on, which is well, insane, but I love it so, and it still makes me cry apparently. Random spoilery thought )


The trailer for Green Zone (Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass's newest film) looks pretty good (and as Film School Rejects said looks a little like Jason Bourne meets the Iraq War), but uh, it's based on Imperial Life in the Emerald City? Unless the book changes a lot in the last third I haven't read yet, I'm going to assume its a quite a loose adaption.


Job search: Ongoing. Bound to step over the Hospitality Line soon. *resigned shrug*


Edit: TV is being nice to me. First Dr Who, now Ocean's Eleven. I still love that poker scene an unbelievable amount.
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Flash Forward: White to Play )

1. I finished reading One Bullet Away, which was really good, and moved on to Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, which I've been meaning to read for ages. After ten pages I can already tell it's going to make me angry, and that's even knowing a lot about the period of the Iraq War it covers. Interesting though.

2. I am worried for Jenson Button. (And this article by Martin Brundle didn't help). While I wouldn't mind if Reubens or Sebastian Vettel win, and they do both deserve to, my heart is with Jenson. I really hope he pulls it off.

3. And because it's been a while:

Give me a fandom and I will tell you:

• OTP
• Runner-up pairing
• Honorable mention(s) pairing
• Crack pairing(s)
• Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't
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I went to the library the other day to return Generation Kill (which I loved for many reasons which I'll go into later) and to look for The Yiddish Policeman's Union which I'd started reading in a bookshop and had heard good things about. I specifically wasn't looking for Nate's book One Bullet Away because it's not a huge library and I didn't think it was all that well known, and lo, sitting on a shelf which I nearly didn't look at, there it was. \o/

Also, over at [livejournal.com profile] ontd_askars someone linked to a guest DJ mix Alex did for a radio station. This? Did not help. Alex, stop being so awesome. He included "Mother's Little Helper" (Stones!!) because he used to sing it with his Dad, and "Ever Fallen in Love" and a really cool Iggy Pop song. You can even download it as an MP3 and hear him being awesome. I have fallen far, guys. Far. (This is also the first time in a while I've been involved in an actor-specific fandom flavour of the week and oh, fandom, you're awesome, but sometimes just batshit insane as well).

And now is later, clearly:

Generation Kill by Evan Wright )

I also have *counts* at least three GK fic bunnies and a possible vid idea. Possible. I'm still not sure the song works, and it's a little on the long side.

EDIT: Also, this years Emmys includes many GK nominations! Yes, an actual reason to watch the Emmys, and Gen Kill stars is suits! Hopefullly. But I did hear it clashes with Alex's filming of Straw Dogs, which is saddening, but maybe, just maybe he'll be there as well. A girl can hope.

Random:

- I've watched the pilot ep of Leverage, and while it certainly wasn't bad, I wasn't blown away. Well, not enough to go back and watch another ep yet. Am I just comparing it unfairly to Hustle and it not having Adrian Lester? Maybe. Might give it another couple of eps.

- However, after reading this crossover fic, I am intrigued by Burn Notice. Hmmm. Spies. I like spies. I was an Alias fan, until it got truly ridiculous.

- I'm really missing The Daily Show. There's been so much US politics crazy these last three weeks! And only some it coming from Glen Beck!

- I was reading about Obama's speech about health-care this morning and the Congressman who heckled him got to speak to Rahm when he rang up to apologise. Hahahaha. That would have been an amazing phone-call to listen to.

- Muse's new album is out this weekend! (Admittedly I've listened to a lot of it, but still, it's worth an exclamation point).

Stuff must get done today. Which is why I'm sitting here on the couch ...
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So, uh, hi, LJ, how are you? I'm good, kinda scared than in 4 weeks I'll be leaving Wellington for quite some time, but you know, okay, I guess. A freak out is imminent.

I haven't posted or really been around for the last couple of weeks. Was in Christchurch last weekend and the last few days have just been busy and insane. Have a free day today, well, kinda. I need to start sorting out my books into the store in Chch/give away or sell piles. Eeep. I know people who are very anti the book collection pruning thing, but I think it needs to be done every now and then. Let's hope its slightly more successful than pruning the comic collection, which I meant to halve (not as scary as it sounds, and I haven't read some of them in years) .... and let's just say, I didn't. Damn you comics!

I also meant to start this whole process a lot earlier, but spent last night watching State of Play (really not too bad, Russel Crowe, Rachel MacAdams <3, Helen Mirren all awesome, but I spent a lot of time comparing it to he mini-series) and this morning, well, I checked [livejournal.com profile] rahmbamarama and ended up in a spiral of video awesomeness that ended with lots of clips of the NBC White House special, and the fact that Rahm Emaneul has a photo of him kissing Stephen Colberts's cheek (see icon) in his office. It may have been a gag for the cameras, but does he really have that kind of time? Anyway, awesome.

So, yes book sorting now. Really. Hope you're all well.

Also, the Daily Show this week has been amazing. So many good bits (including them sending Jason Jones to Tehran, OMG) but the high point for me being ...

Napoleon!Jon and Duke of Wellington!John )

Dude, I love them so much.
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Right, have been meaning to make a post for a few days now.

Birthday was pretty good on Saturday. The weather was atrocious, but people came around for a few drinks (my flatmate - whose birthday is today - and I shared a party) and I had a good time. Work also did a morning tea for me yesterday and lo, there was chocolate covered coffee beans and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Awesome. Haven't started reading yet but have flicked through and there is this awesome line, ""Elizabeth lifted her skirt, disregarding modesty, and delivered a swift kick to the creature's head." <3

Have also signed up as a coder for OTW after discussing it briefly with [personal profile] astolat at the fangirl dinner a while back. Have been meaning to try some proper app coding, and they are happy to take beginners. :) Making my way through training and said hi in the chat room where everyone was very welcoming and helpful and full of fandom references. Much love.

Oh also, shit, how did I leave this till the end? I have a visa to the UK! \o/ They emailed to confirm this afternoon and provided a tracking number for my passsport. OMG. So relieved that I didn't fuck it up, but also scared because well, I'm really going guys. Eeep.

Now, should sleep. Was up waaay to late last night. Have successfully cooked curry for tomorrow's book club (where we will discuss sci-fi, mwhahaha) if maybe laded it with a little too much garlic.
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Have a lot of posts I really mean to make including Star Trek reaction (didn't think it was quite as OMG awesome as most of fandom seems to, but it was still very enjoyable) and a post I keep meaning to make about fandom vs RL things on the internet, but that is feeling a bit past me.

So, instead, a meme that I've seen many places:

Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

The Sapphire Rose - David Eddings
Magician - Raymond E Feist
The Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce
The Guinness Encyclopedia - Ian Crofton (ed)
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Hamlet - William Shakespeare (not sure if this counts)
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
The Great War for Civilization - Robert Fisk
The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
The Illiad - Homer

.. I will think of something else that should be on this as soon as I post this. It's a really interesting meme though in terms of what books came to me, and what I knew had to be included, like the encyclopedia, because I used to look at that thing all the time when I was a kid, and it will always stick with me, especially the light blue history section.

Now, I'm going to go back and probably finish State of Play, which I finally got my hands on. I kinda want to ship Cal with everyone except the one person canon does *sigh* .Awesome mini-series though, John Simm, Philip Glenister, Kelly MacDonald, James McAvoy, Bill Nighy and all about politics and the media ... there is no bad there.

Also, have located S1 Slings and Arrows. So, Paul Gross, huh? He's quite awesome. ;)

And I have reached the time where I seem to need a portable hard drive. Sigh. Oh laptop, a year and half, you haven't done too badly.
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Amazon apolgises calling it a 'hamfisted cataloguing error. (link via [livejournal.com profile] penknife)

Inside look into what went wrong. Basically a system screw-up.

I was never a huge fan of the conspiracy theory, just that there was fail and they had to fix it. Clearly, they are. These things do happen and it was just unfortunate that Amazon's PR didn't really do a lot to answer questions earlier. From the sounds of the second link, they were working on it as soon as they'd heard. If they'd told people that, I don't think everyone would have gotten quite as angry.
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Ah, the GoogleBomb, a weapon for the modern age: Amazon Rank.

More info here. Although this has probably been all over your friends' list by now, basically Amazon is removing sales ranks from books with with supposed 'adult content' which means a lot of books with gay/lesbian/transgender themes (including Stephen Fry's autobiography and children's books btw), and not things like Playboy etc.

One of the scariest things is if you do a homepage search for homosexuality at the moment. That's a lot of fail Amazon has to fix, and I think they've lost a lot of people over this, deservedly.

More real-time outrage at the Twitter search page for the tag #amazonfail.

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Also in unrelated news, I have signed for a Dreamwidth account via OpenID. (aworldinside.livejournal.com) and I'm keen to see where fandom goes with this, as I really like the idea of what they're doing. I haven't quite decided what I'm doing at this stage.
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So, my Sunday was really no more productive. Shocker. I went on a search for caffeine and ended up picking up Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold from a second-hand bookstore, and well, I've now finished it. OMG Vorkosigans, how so awesome?

I read The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game quite a while ago now, and I've always meant to pick up the other ones and so glad I picked this one up as I've heard people go on about how awesome Cordelia is, and dude, they were so right. I love her. And Gregor! So adorable as a kid.

So, yeah, I recommend the book, and I have to pick up the others, though probably from the library as I'm saving. Yes, saving.

And while I'm recommending things, [livejournal.com profile] such_heights has an awesome multi-fandom vid focused on female characters and set to a Muse song. You should watch it. *nods*

And, Fake News Rumble is a Daily Show/Colbert Report web-comic, with apocalypses and evil villain Dick Cheney's, and lots of other cool things.

Hmm. I probably had other things to link to, but they escape me right now.
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Briefly dialing in as I have the house to myself.

Christmas was relaxed but good, even if the weather didn't come to the party. I've also caught up with friends and uh, taken advantage of some Boxing Day Sales *ducks* (new digital camera, so pretty).

I also got a chance to check Yuletide this morning and OMG, so glad I did.

I got an awesome Vanion/Sephrenia story and also a bonus awesome Vanion/Sephrenia treat!

Moving Forward
A great series of scenes with bonus political bitching, great character voices and a lovely little touches of canon tied in.

Blessings
Grumpy Vanion is Grumpy. Love it.

I have been making this request since the first Yuletide I particpated in, and now there are two! Yay Yuletide!

Also, quick rec, there's another great David Eddings Elenium series fic, Four Lessons on the Alcoine Order. It's Tynian/Ulath! <3 The other pairing I've always wanted to read fic about, and the character voices are awesome.

I read these books an insane amount as a teenager and it's so cool to have some good fic set in the universe.

Off to read more ...

Random aside: Jon Walker/William Beckett. *dies of the pretty* You cannot have forsaken this pairing, bandom. It warrants some investigation on my part. Damn. ;)
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Tomorrow I head to the Land of Dial-Up otherwise known as my parents' house. I am taking the laptop, and hope to find some wi-fi somewhere, (I'm talking like I'm going to middle of nowhere instead of a city of 400,0000 people heh, well till the 1st, when the middle of nowhere is a little more accurate) anyway, chances are I'll be scarce till the 5th or so when I'm back in Wellington. Will be checking Yuletide and email.

So, hope you all have an awesome holiday season. <3

Also, because I seem to have made a habit of it.

Books read in 2008 )

I recommend ... pretty much all of them actually, but especially The Shock Doctrine, Neverwhere and Soon I Will Be Invincible.

Now, I need to pack. Awesome.
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If you haven't seen Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Prop 8 in California, you should. I think it's probably the most affecting one I've seen yet. Oh, Keith. Somedays I don't know quite what to think of you, but yes, this.

Embedded under the cut )

Also I have finally read Neverwhere and rediscovered my love for Neil Gaiman. Not that it went far, but oh, it was awesome. de Carabas especially. <3
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The Daily Show has been inspired the last two days. I mean, it's good normally, but these last two days the segments have been amazing and hilarious, and how is Mike Huckabee so damn likeable when I disgaree with him on basically everything?

Favourite clip embedded below: Samantha Bee <3! )

Other awesome political clips.

Joe Biden in Pennsylvania on Friday. He just rips into McCain's speech and the Republicans in general. <3

Matt Lauer interviews Jon Stewart. There aren't enough <3 signs in the world. Seriously.

Also, I saw Hellboy last night. I enjoyed it a lot and oh god, one scene in particular was the one of the funniest and delightful things I've seen in ages. Spoiler )

And OMG, I think it's stopped raining for a little bit. I might go outside and check out the book fair. (What? I don't need more books and haven't read all the ones I have now? Sshh, no one has to know).
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It hasn't been the best last couple of weeks, with work stress and general eh, but the last few days the big things I'd been worrying about all seemed to work their way out for the better and I've had a really cool last few days hanging out with friends, going to a gig, watching From Hell (which is far from Johnny Depp's best movie, but I still enjoy it) and finishing the very awesome Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman and the also awesome Buffy S8 comic trade written by Brian K Vaughan. <3!

Random fic rec: I might be coming later to the party on this one but, okay, SGA fic doesn't tend to make me cry, don't know why, but I squee and get really into them, but I don't cry. [livejournal.com profile] rheanna27's fic Teenage Kicks made me cry, a lot, but in a good way? Oh, boys! And it has bonus awesome John and Rodney backstory, and teenage!John and Rodney. It's awesome.

Random meme: And I think this may have made it's way around LJ, but I caught it on my tumblr dashboard, and I liked the result so much I thought I'd share.

Type your answer to the questions into flickr search
-Using only the first page, pick an image
-Copy and paste each of the urls in the Mosaic Maker

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3.What high school did you go to?
4.What is your favorite color?
5.Who is your celebrity crush?
6.What is your favorite drink?
7.What is your dream vacation?
8.What is your favorite dessert?
9.What do you want to do when you grow up?
10.Who/ what do you love most in life?
11.Choose one word that describes you?
12.What is your Flickr name?

Mosaic under here )

Random link: Brad Pitt and George Clooney at the Burn After Reading premiere in Venice looking both hot and vaguely slashy. I am really looking forward to this movie. Brad and George together in a movie again!

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