ayrdaomei: ([Books] AiW  - A Girl+A Turtle+A Gryphon)
( Apr. 30th, 2009 05:54 pm)
~ Tea drinkers on my f-list, aidez moi! Anyone have a tried and true technique for removing tea stains from the inside of white mugs? Ours have gotten kinda grimy-looking :(

~ If you'd like a dreamwidth invite code from me (tonight, or, more likely, tomorrow morning) and you don't have a username@livejournal.com address, please let me know the email addy you'd like me to use on the invite.

~ Poetry Month's almost done, and I've hardly posted a thing. That's embarrassing. Here's a poem I've only discovered in the last couple of months; it already ranks among my favorites.

give back your heart to itself )
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] we're in this together)
( Apr. 29th, 2009 07:35 pm)
~ The Mentalist and I seem to be drifting apart. I've missed the beginning of the last couple new episodes; I keep forgetting when the show is new. I didn't remember until 9:30 yesterday :X My dad dvrs it, so it's not a big deal, as we'll be staying there this weekend while the Cards are in DC, but still. I'm a little bummed that the bloom's off the rose already. I was very much looking forward to a new tv-based fandom. Maybe The Unusuals or Southland, if I ever actually get around to downloading some eps.

~ Probably premature, considering Huston just took a loss three appearances ago, but this is happymaking: Corpas' grip on Rockies' closer role is loosening. OH LOOK WHO GOT THE SAVE EARLIER TODAY: boxscore. **is pleased**

Also, shut up. (And they should still trade him.)

~ Also of the happymaking: Beck has uploaded Vegas & Gravitation as podfic.

~ Sean Penn has filed for legal separation from Robin == awww. That makes me sad. And also reminds me that I thought she looked an absolute vision at the Academy Awards this year. I always thought she was a bit miscast as Buttercup, because I've never found her stunningly beautiful, but she was that, in February.
ayrdaomei: ([Toons] The warner sister)
( Apr. 28th, 2009 08:43 am)
According to Murph and Mac, Brian Wilson has deleted his Twitter. In Monday's Chronicle, Henry Schulman mentioned Wilson tweeting about being out carousing in the wee hours of Sunday morning (because Wilson then went on to blow the save on Sunday afternoon). As the guys tell it, Wilson confronted Schulman about the column in the clubhouse, and then claimed that he actually HADN'T been out in AZ bars at 1AM. He said he was really at the team hotel, and that he'd made up all the stuff he'd tweeted about. Uh huh.

Now that Wilson's twitter has been deleted, perhaps I'll be subjected to far fewer updates about Zito's account? Hope springs eternal. I mean, be quirky all you want, kids. I just don't want to hear about it every damn morning
ayrdaomei: ([MLB] Dannnnnny)
( Apr. 28th, 2009 05:29 am)
~ Just saw a commercial for Dan Haren's In My Own Words.

Audio of him claiming "I've always been a family guy. When I leave my kid and go on road trips? I cry." Over images of Danny playing on the floor with his oddly named infant spawn.

What is that?!? That's not fair. You're killing me, FSNAZ. My ovaries can't take that kind of stuff this early in the morning.

~ I apparently cannot take much early in the morning. I have no desire to see Terminator: Salvation, but I just love the use of NIN's The Day The World Went Away in the trailer. Well done, trailer editing person! Does anyone have an mp3 of this remix?
ayrdaomei: ([Toons] The warner sister)
( Apr. 26th, 2009 03:59 pm)
I would have paid real money to see Albert Pujols charge the mound on Rich Harden just then. It would have been EPIC.

eta: a handful of screencaps from the 8/11/03 game )
ayrdaomei: ([C_B] everything leaves tracks - MZ)
( Apr. 26th, 2009 02:16 pm)
Short notice, I realize, but if you a) get CSN Bay Area, b) care about Barry Zito, and c) would not rather be watching Rich Harden v. the Cards on WGN, my guide tells me CSN'll be airing Conversations With...Barry Zito at 3pm EST.

Episode summary: Scott Reiss and Barry Zito discuss the Giants pitcher's days with the A's, his move across the bay, and everything in between.
CSN Bay Area airs classic A's games, and tonight it's the BoSox & A's. Huddy on the mound for Oakland, Pedro for the Sox. I missed the first two innings, but I think I've narrowed it down to the August 11, 2003 matchup.

Everyone's so young and beautiful ♥ It cracks me up to think this was around the height of my love for the Red Sox. It's almost as fun to see Pedro in Boston gray again as it is to see Markus and Barry in Oakland green, sitting at different ends of the dugout, watching Huddy slice and dice.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Think Fast)
( Apr. 25th, 2009 04:27 pm)
[Poll #1389939]
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( Apr. 24th, 2009 09:42 am)
Apparently, sports radio JUST discovered Twitter. But I really don't need to hear what Barry Zito and Brian Wilson "tweeted" about yesterday while sunning poolside at the team hotel.

Congratulations, Twitter. You've now approached Myspace and Facebook-like levels of obnoxious mainstream overexposure.
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] a few of my favorite things)
( Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:26 am)
~ I read to the middle school kidlets last Thursday. As it turned out, I read to a class of 6th graders from The Neverending Story (the chapter that deals with the Swamp of Sadness and Atreyu's meeting with Morla the Aged One, into Atreyu's first encounter with Falkor and Ygramul the Many) and I read to 8th graders from The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (beginning shortly after Trisha realizes that she's lost, and going through her first night alone in the woods).

I think it went well. I didn't look up from the books too much, but when I did, most everyone seemed to be paying attention, and I distinctly recall that I didn't hear anyone chatting with their neighbor, which I took to also be a good sign. I did put one kid to sleep during Neverending Story. Must have been my dulcet tones ;)

After each session, a couple kids asked me again for the title of the book and the author, which, I admit, gave me warm fuzzies. Reading, yay!

~ Took the daughter of a family friend to see Monsters vs. Aliens last weekend. I had been looking forward to it, for some reason, but I didn't like it very much. The storytelling was really lacking, IMO. Although there were some fun visuals, they weren't enough to make the movie worth it. I'm pretty surprised by the 73% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Of course, I don't know why I continue to put any credence in the RT fresh ratings, given that Crank still has a 60% fresh rating on that site.
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ayrdaomei: ([dS] Put a Spell On You)
( Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:37 pm)
Am I the last person on the block to hear that Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard are engaged?

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I think I'm leaning toward it being awesome, like, on the scale of Will and Jada, or Alyson and Alexis, but I have to think about it for a minute.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Apr. 22nd, 2009 02:21 pm)
Notes: If you're like me, be assured that FernGully IS on this list, it's just hella down at the bottom. The Reluctant Dragon is not on this list. I don't know how you include Pete's Dragon and Mary Poppins but omit Bedknobs & Broomsticks (which I'm pretty sure had more animation than either of those other two). Also, some sequels are listed, but many aren't. Inconsistency, boo.

No one asked, but for completeness' sake, I really liked The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride. Not so much any other Disney sequels I've seen besides Down Under (not counting Pixar sequels).

Animated films meme )

eta: Oh, you know what else isn't on the list? That random Little Red Riding Hood movie from a few years back. The one that was hilarious, but kind of ghetto fabulous and really weird? I cannot think of what it was called.
From this fun EW cover story on the success of Fast & Furious:
  • While Diesel got his scrappy start growing up in Greenwich Village, Walker was raised in sunny Southern California, a surfer boy who landed easy work as a model and later got a gig on The Young and the Restless. "Vin and I, we're two completely different people. If I were any more like him or he was any more like me, there's no way in hell we would ever get along. But for some reason it works."
  • The question now, of course, is how Diesel and Walker will handle their newfound momentum. There's obviously no guarantee that either one of them can open a major movie once they leave their vehicles, but it almost doesn't matter. There's already a fifth Fast & Furious in the works[.]
**does a little dance**

But make sure you BRING BACK HAN. That is all.
ayrdaomei: (Default)
( Apr. 21st, 2009 07:56 am)
For those who are interested in getting in on the happenings at dreamwidth but haven't yet received an invite (does this even apply to anyone on my f-list?), Denise posted the following over at dw_news last week:
Rest assured, as soon as April 30 rolls around, everyone with a Dreamwidth account will have a ton of invite codes to give out, everyone who's subscribed to one of our mailing lists or has set and validated an email address on their OpenID account will get an invite code that they can use if they want to, and if you absolutely can't find an invite code to use, you'll be able to create a paid account for as little as $3 for one month (and, if you choose not to keep paying us after that, the account will continue to exist as a free account after it expires).
That didn't take long.

Street's days at closer could end tonight in Los Angeles. Manager Clint Hurdle said he would use Thursday's off day to evaluate the position.

Corpas, who has been the setup man, has outpitched Street. Corpas' one hiccup was in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. Street has struggled since recording his first save Tuesday. Opposing hitters are 8-for-15 against the right-hander, including three home runs.
- Denver Post

He got pulled on Jackie Robinson day, with the Rockies up by three. He'd given up a homerun, a single, and a walk when he got yoinked :X Somehow, I am sure this can be blamed on Rich Harden.

I need to find out how Danny's doing so far. I've not been very good at keeping up with my boys this year.
ayrdaomei: ([BW] you and me and all of the people)
( Apr. 14th, 2009 09:21 pm)
Because
you rubbed
my shoulder
last night
a poem
traveled down
my arm.
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ayrdaomei: ([LA] yes)
( Apr. 13th, 2009 03:40 pm)
- RIP, Harry Kalas. What a rough way to start out a season.

- All of baseball to wear 42 to honor Jackie Robinson. I'm so pleased! I hated hearing of the guys who wanted to participate in honoring Jackie these last two years, but weren't allowed by their organizations.

- If you were a fan of the original Fast and the Furious, I trust you have already seen Fast & Furious (or TFTF4, which is what it really should be called). If you haven't, get thee to a movie theatre! It's all Brian/Dom, all the time. I loved it. I mean, sure, there are a ton of gratuitous ass shots of random women in hot pants, but they do nothing to disguse the fact that this fourth film in the series is really about Brian/Dom. I admit there are plot holes all over the place, and personally, I didn't think the driving was as much fun as in the first movie, but it's still a really good time. One of these days, I need to find time to search for ficcage. And icons.

- [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] doesn't like it, but I am a fan of the trailer for Public Enemies. **grabby hands** Come out, now. Please.

- I need to get caught up on 24; USA Today says it's finally kicked back into high gear.

- If you have any experience with Prozac and Xanax, and are comfortable talking about it, I'd appreciate it if you'd shoot me an email. I have some questions.

eta: Oh, look. Huston blew his first save as a Rockie yesterday and I missed it. **pets him** Trade him, Colorado! Anywhere that is not Cincinnati sounds good.
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] a few of my favorite things)
( Apr. 8th, 2009 10:06 am)
I volunteered to read to 6th graders and 8th graders next Thursday (for National Library Week, I believe, since schools were closed here during Read Across America). The organizer suggested that I might want to read to the kids from a book that was a favorite of mine when I was their age. But when I was that age, I was reading Dean Koontz and Star Trek/Alien Nation titles. And while I loved that stuff, I don't know if I want to try it on kids today for a read aloud program.

While I'm considering my options, I'm open to any ideas you all might have about book choices. What were you all into in middle school?

Oh, and I'm a little late on this, so I'll just wish you all a Happy Opening Week :D
ayrdaomei: ([LA] yes)
( Apr. 2nd, 2009 09:36 pm)
I can't seem to turn off The 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '80s.

I love VH-1's nostalgia shows. Even though I've never heard of half of these songs/artists. The Mary Jane Girls? Taco? Apparently Easy Lover is a duet. Who knew?
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] ugh)
( Mar. 26th, 2009 10:55 am)
First off - Bri swears it wasn't her, so many thanks to the kind soul who gifted me additional paid time. I originally had gifted paid time through March (which I feel like I've wasted by only posting twice, but posting aside, it gave me the chance to futz with some potential new layouts), so whoever you are, I hope you like baseball, cause I now have paid time through the first two months of the baseball season ;) While I'm not yet feeling bitten by the MLB bug, odds are you'll be drowning in pointless polls and constant updates by next month ;)

Music: I've been really digging Our December by Thriving Ivory, a free Amazon mp3 I downloaded last fall and have just given a listen. I like the song so much I went and bought their major label debut which is currently at the top of Billboard's Heatseekers chart and only $7.99 at Best Buy. Of course, Our December isn't on their major label debut, and I don't like any song on there near as much. Let this be a lesson to you, kids. Never pay for music until you've scouted it out for free, first. I'm sure the cd will grow on me, with time. I like the band's sound, it's just that lyrics-wise, the major label debut is kinda boring.

And on the topic of new music - you can stream new Death Cab tracks over at Stereogum. I don't like Little Bribes or A Diamond and A Tether much...My Mirror Speaks and Once I Was A Loyal Lover are fun times, though!

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