ayrdaomei: ([Misc] a few of my favorite things)
( Feb. 27th, 2009 11:20 am)
I'm going to be doing about 11 hours of driving this weekend, so I'll be burning a few cd mixes tonight. Been in the mood for story songs and music with a message lately - listening to a lot of Nina Simone and Curtis Mayfield, some Paul Simon, some Ani.

If you have any, I'm curious to know what some of your favorite message and/or story songs are. Well, so long as your taste in story songs doesn't run toward Hotel California, because I hate that song :X
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( Feb. 26th, 2009 05:50 am)
Is anyone in off-line contact with [Bad username or site: owllover711 / @ livejournal.com]?
ayrdaomei: ([BSG] Grace and Tricia - sign me up)
( Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am)
I played BINGO yesterday in something called a Moose Lodge. I have some vague recollection of playing BINGO in elementary school in Egypt, but I've never played organized BINGO.

It was part of a fundraiser for an area girl who was recently diagnosed with cancer - twenty games of BINGO for $20. It took about 3 hours to play all 20 games (the bingo number calling dude started off very sloooooooowly).

a few pictures )

And when not playing BINGO, I spent much of yesterday watching SG-1. The mini-marathon has gotten out of hand, since I started it in the wee AM hours, being unable to sleep, and it's now into Day 2 :P So far:
  • There But For The Grace Of God (1x20)
  • Politics (1x21 - when you haven't watched the first season in a long time, the clip show is suddenly a handy device)
  • Within The Serpent's Grasp (1x22)
  • In The Line of Duty (2x2 - except not really, because I fell asleep during this one)
  • Message In A Bottle (2x7)
  • The Fifth Race (2x15)
  • A Matter of Time (2x16)
  • Legacy (3x4)
  • Learning Curve (3x5 - especially good ep; thanks for reminding me, [Bad username or site: dtissagirl / @ livejournal.com]!)
  • Point of View (3x6 - my love of alternate realities trumps the squickiness of forced Sam/Jack)

And I've just realized I've been watching a ton of episodes where the team's stuck on base. Huh. Well, I've still got two and a half more seasons to make up for that.
Randomly, I am in an SG-1 kind of mood. It has been awhile since I've watched any eps of the show from the original cast days, and I find that I miss it. (Sorry, Ben. Sorry, Claudia. Sorry, Corin.)

Perhaps a mini-marathon this weekend? Off the top of my head, maybe:

Crystal Skull
A Matter of Time
The First Ones
Point of View
The Fifth Race

I adore One False Step, but I think I've watched that episode a dozen times already. Then again, I've probably watched all the above episodes a dozen times.

For the handful of SG-1 fans on my f-list: what are your favorite episodes from the first 5 seasons? Maybe I'll mix it up and watch some of those instead :)
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] Dirge loves his Court TV)
( Feb. 19th, 2009 08:40 am)
Am I slow, or is there no printable Cubs 2009 schedule on the team's site? Every other team (well, that I've cared to check for) has one conveniently located on the sidebar of the schedule page. But not the Cubs.

I hate this baseball season already.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] kinda like family)
( Feb. 18th, 2009 09:51 am)

Okay, that doesn't really merit all caps. I'm just glad someone I even remotely care about is participating in this damn thing. It's not like I'm going to Toronto for my health. I'm still rooting for Canada, of course, unless Guthrie gets in the game.

In the matter, fellow citizens, of American Disillusionment v. Alex Rodriguez, may I make a small suggestion? Do not allow yourself to be surprised that any hero who competed during the prime steroid years used performance-enhancing drugs. Really, acceptance of this fact will be so beneficial to your emotional health whenever the next big name surfaces ... guilty.

In the specific case of A-Rod, for goodness' sake, all the signs were there along with the manifold rumors. He is strictly a Type-Me personality, just the sort to try anything to abet his own cause. We know all too well that he is insecure and susceptible to temptation.

...[I]n a very real way, what has happened to Rodriguez isn't all that bad for baseball. Really. Nobody much liked him when he was supposed to be clean. He might as well be the new Bonds, an even more divisive figure in pinstripes.
- Frank DeFord cracks me up.
Rocket Pictures hopes to make the first Jane Austen adaptation to which men will drag their girlfriends. Will Clark is set to direct "Pride and Predator," which veers from the traditional period costume drama when an alien crash lands and begins to butcher the mannered protags, who suddenly have more than marriage and inheritance to worry about. - Source.

You know what's really funny about my having posted 3 times today? The fact that I sternly told myself this morning that I was not to log onto LJ during work today.

Quote of the Moment
[livejournal.com profile] johnnybvo: do you care about the A-rod stuff at all?
I watched about 10 mins of the pc, and he is so awkward
it's like he was created in a lab
ayrdaomei: ([Rosie] go team)
( Feb. 17th, 2009 10:42 am)
I just won a game of Minesweeper for the first time I can remember!

(Don't laugh, I am very pleased with myself right now.)

(And this would have gone on Twitter, but I deleted my Twitter last week, so, your loss.)
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Connie The Judgmental Cow)
( Feb. 17th, 2009 08:45 am)
The talk radio station I listen to on the way to work has dumped Imus In The Morning for some guy named Mancow/Madcow. I hate when radio stations just change programming with no warning or explanation. (See same radio station abruptly going from Mike & Mike In The Morning to Imus, and/or local r&b station dumping the Tom Joyner morning show for the Steve Harvey morning show and/or the lame local top 40 station going from Jack and Karen in the morning to just Karen in the morning.) Would it kill them to put a blurb on their site, or something?

I scanned the dial, and everything else on the radio while I'm driving to work sucks. I'd listen to NPR's Morning Edition, but since our alarm goes off in the morning to NPR's Morning Edition, I'd just end up hearing the same stories over again.

I am MOST displeased.

In other news that is less of the suck, after years of price hikes, MLB.tv is apparently LOWERING its package prices by $10 for the 2009 season. Don't spend it all at once.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] how like an angel)
( Feb. 15th, 2009 01:37 pm)
One episode in, and here's my problem with Dollhouse - Echo, well chosen name aside, is a bore to watch. Granted, if the series holds true to the format of the pilot, we won't see too much of her, but I just cannot take Eliza's studiously vacant/childlike stare seriously. And, from a more superficial point, E doesn't have the kind of body that makes me want to tune in just to watch her wander the HQ in a tank top and yoga pants.

It's true I've long enjoyed shows where we got to see the protagonists be someone different every week - La Femme Nikita, The Pretender, Quantum Leap, Highlander, to name a few - but the one thing those shows all had in common was the fact that the protagonist was a fully realized character independent of all the personas s/he put on, week to week. I tuned in to those shows every week because I cared about my leads as individuals. How can you get invested in a character like Echo? And I can't get invested in the people she pretends to be, because I gather we won't be getting very many, if any, repeat personas. (Or will we? I haven't been paying attention to anything that's been said about the show's concept, beyond the basic premise).

Read more... )
ayrdaomei: ([BSG] Grace and Tricia - sign me up)
( Feb. 8th, 2009 07:00 pm)
Jane Austen's Bennet girls go zombie hunting:

Hollywood studios are bidding to turn a radical reworking of Austen’s most popular book, now called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a parody to be published in April, into a blockbuster movie.


The forthcoming novel is the first mainstream “mash-up” of Austen and horror, two of the most popular film genres of the past decade. It has been made possible only because Austen is out of copyright.


“It quickly became obvious that Jane [Austen] had laid down the blueprint for a zombie novel,” said Grahame-Smith, a television comedy writer. “Why else in the original should a regiment arrive on Lizzie Bennet’s doorstep when they should have been off fighting Napoleon? It was to protect the family from an invasion of brain-eaters, obviously.”

From then on it was easy to imagine Bennet and her four sisters as zombie slayers, trained since childhood in the deadly arts of Chinese kung fu, and Fitzwilliam Darcy as a promoter of the socially superior ninja skills of Japan.

...lol, what?
ayrdaomei: ([Misc] Nice knowing you pal)
( Feb. 8th, 2009 07:49 am)
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[Bad username or site: cookie2697 / @ livejournal.com] gave me "D". Will upload any of the following upon request.

She was physically forgotten, then
she slipped into my pocket with my car keys
She said, "You've taken me for granted,
Because I please you
Wearing these diamonds..."

- Paul Simon's "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes".

Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground,
Though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

- Kansas' "Dust In The Wind". Tessa! RICHIE. Yes, a decade later and I'm still depressed.

I never felt alone
until I met you
I was alright on my own
and then I met you
And I'd know what to do if I just knew
what's coming

- Third Eye Blind "Deep Inside of You".

I finally understand
For a woman it ain't easy, tryin' to raise a man

- Tupac's "Dear Mama".

I never thought I could love anyone but myself
Now I know, I can't love anyone but you
You make me think that maybe I won't die alone

- Ingrid Michaelson's "Die Alone".
ayrdaomei: ([Blue's Clues] Steve - Think!)
( Feb. 4th, 2009 08:56 am)
If I were the IRS, I'd be inclined to take a review of the past tax filings of the people responsible for vetting Obama's cabinet nominees. Either they were nowhere near as thorough as they needed to be, or they saw that all these nominees had questionable tax payment histories and were like "Not paying taxes? No big deal. If we disqualified everyone who failed to pay their taxes, I'd never have gotten this job." **nudge nudge wink wink**

Speaking of politics, I forgot one of my January movies!
  • Seven Days In May: Early 1960s political thriller in which an aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs stumbles upon plans for a military coup against the President - who has just signed an unpopular disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. Kind of 24-ish, but slower paced as everything happens over the course of one week. And, you know, with way fewer corpses. The cast includes Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, both of whom are very good. If you rent this, don't watch the trailer first! But do watch it after, because it's a pretty bad trailer. Hilariously bad.

eta: Man robs convenience stores in Denver with knock-off Klingon bat'leth. **laughs** What? The comments are fun.
ayrdaomei: ([Books] AiW  - A Girl+A Turtle+A Gryphon)
( Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:59 pm)
It's a sloooow day.

For some reason, I watched a ton of movies in January )

Seen anything worth recommending lately?
ayrdaomei: ([Office] kinda like family)
( Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:26 am)
To the generous soul who recently gifted me some paid time: thanks :) I don't know when I'll get around to it, but I'm looking forward to doing an overhaul of my layout.

While I wasn't looking, the Republicans named Michael Steele (former MD Lt. Gov.) as the chair of their National Committee. Steele is the first African American elected to that position. And last month Colorado saw the only two African American members of its General Assembly sworn in as the heads of both chambers. Which - you guessed it - makes them the first African Americans to head both chambers of a state legislature...ever. So, that's different. (One day stuff like this will happen and it won't be newsworthy, but today is not that day.)
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Think Fast)
( Jan. 30th, 2009 11:48 am)
As social networking becomes ubiquitous, people with an otherwise steady grip on social etiquette find themselves flummoxed by questions about “unfriending” people: how to do it, when to do it and how to get away with it quietly. . . .

[On Facebook, deleting] friends does not generate a notification of any sort, leaving members to discover they’ve been unfriended only when they find they no longer have access to someone’s profile. It can be a jarring experience, especially considering that the person who dumped you at some point either requested you as a friend or accepted your request (on Facebook, that is how friends are made). . . .

Mr. Blodget asked Facebook to develop new friendship levels that would let users sort their acquaintances by degree of separation. He suggested categories like “ ‘personal friends’ or ‘work friends’ or ‘extra special friends’ or ‘BFFs’ or ‘friends you want to hear meaningless trivia about all day long,’ ” and implored, “Please give me the ability to put friends in these groups without telling them I have done so.”
- Friends, Until I Delete You

...You can't filter your friends on Facebook? Are you kidding me? I would have given up on LJ years ago if that's how it was here. That shoots right into the top 5 of Reasons Why I Will Never Get A Facebook Account, So Stop Asking Me To Already.

Where do you stand on Defriended/Unfriended notices? I've always wished Livejournal did them. I don't automatically remove someone who has removed me - but I do remove such a person more often than not, and just for the sake of keeping my f-list tidy, I wouldn't mind getting a notice, as opposed to only realizing it when I do my once a year check of that Friends Tracker tool.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Jan. 26th, 2009 02:48 pm)
In "The Yankee Years," due to be released on Feb. 3, Torre ... says that his star player, Alex Rodriguez, was often referred to by his teammates as "A-Fraud" and was obsessed with his perceived rival, shortstop Derek Jeter. - In book, former Yankee manager Joe Torre takes aim.

**snorts** I don't even need to know what else the book says, at this point. That is hilarious, kids. Oh, Alex Emmanuel. I just don't even know, anymore. If it's all canon, you are more special than I ever believed.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:26 am)
- [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] and I talked about our immediate impressions of the inaugural on Tuesday afternoon, and then I came across this: the NYT gathered speechwriters from several past administrations to critique President Obama's inaugural. If you're interested in the use of language and perspectives on the same, it's a good read.

- When President Barack Obama was sworn in on Tuesday, he was surrounded by an extended clan that would have shocked past generations of Americans and instantly redrew the image of a first family for future ones....The family that produced Barack and Michelle Obama is black and white and Asian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish. They speak English; Indonesian; French; Cantonese; German; Hebrew; African languages including Swahili, Luo and Igbo; and even a few phrases of Gullah, the Creole dialect of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

I love that this is the most emailed story on NYT.com: The Nation’s Many Faces in Extended First Family.

- Is anyone watching the new season of 24? I need someone to !!!@#&&&&???? with, however belatedly, over the nopenotdeadness of Tony Almeida.
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( Jan. 21st, 2009 09:54 am)
i've got my strength and it don't make sense not to keep on pushing )

A shot from the campaign that struck me like none other of the hundreds of (unavoidable) images of him did. Good luck, Mr. President. As Eleanor Roosevelt wrote to a young John Kennedy, I have re-read your words several times and I am filled with thankfulness. May we all respond to your leadership and make your task easier.


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