Innocent Venus + Basquash. Beards!

  • Jun. 30th, 2009 at 5:56 PM
skywalker: (new groove (high five))
I watched Innocent Venus yesterday and it was amazing. It's the sort of show that, like -- I wouldn't mind admitting to watching to people who don't watch anime? It was just a really amazing series. One that has a cool plot without being all about ~kawaii~ crazy antics and fanservice... it was really stunning.

Right now I'm watching Basquash, which is the complete opposite -- but such a polar opposite that it's still good. It's frequently pervy in an over-the-top, no-one-could-take-this-seriously way. And it's about PLAYING BASKETBALL IN GIANT ROBOTS! There's the girl who wants to beat a tough opponent and then bang him ("I'LL GET YOUR GENES!!!!!!!!!!") and the foot fetish woman ("THESE TOUGH, FLEXIBLE FEET ARE TELLING ME THAT THEY WANT TO FIGHT AGAIN!" "I DON'T TALK TO FACES, ONLY TO FEET!"). There's a magical psychic princess who can sense ~*~destiny approaching~*~! And a guy named Iceman Hottie (rofl, Yuuchi Nakamura, you're gonna get typecast as a nutjob forever. "DESTROY DESTROY SHOOOOOOOUNEN DESTROY"). I totally, wholeheartedly recommend it if you like ridiculous anime about retards and things exploding.


Beards! I hate scraggly beards! Full beards are okay, but scraggly beards are absolutely the worst! If I have to shave my pits and legs, then guys had better fucking shave! Soul patches are hideous! Scruffy beards are hideous! Full beards are also bad but at least they aren't scruffy and weak! Basically -- I hate beards!

I feel bad about my cats.

  • Jun. 26th, 2009 at 6:28 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (lion king ( :?! ))
We picked up a trio of kittens to foster a few weeks ago (they have to be fostered until they're two months and two pounds). They were just under five weeks: a tortie girl, a tabby girl, and a black boy. The black one was the affectionate one, and always wanted to sit someone's lap or lie on someone's back. The tabby was the explorer, and was always the first to hop a baby gate or get up on a couch. The tortie was the shy one, but once she felt comfortable, she'd sit curled up next to someone for hours. I loved reading with them lying on top of me (all three of them on my back or stomach), and felt especially glad that the tortie stopped being s skittish around me.

But one of them peed on the carpet and on the couch and pooped on the floor, so my mom took them back to the Humane Society.

I'm really sad.

Goodnight sweet internet.

  • Jun. 25th, 2009 at 4:37 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (aladdin (this looks like what?))




... all have followed Michael Jackson to the grave. :(

EDIT: Also, Journalfen.

EDIT EDIT: And apparently Twitter?

Love at first byte.

  • Jun. 23rd, 2009 at 11:13 PM
skywalker: (mmpr (brofist?!))

I'm bored. Are there any good free online dating services?


  • Jun. 22nd, 2009 at 6:52 PM
skywalker: (space cake (shoujo black!))
Running out of green to wear? Check out other places in the world where people are killed by their governments/slaughtered by militants/exploded by terrorists/have no free speech/starve to death/are impoverished while a couple of rich people profit from their backbreaking labor/generally have awful lives!

Really, I've seen a lot of people say that they wished they knew more about situations in the rest of the world. If you're serious about that, Foreign Policy's Failed States Index is an excellent crash course in human tragedy.

Cryptic Mk. II.

  • Jun. 19th, 2009 at 5:00 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (new groove (casa bonita))

Unrelated RL tangent: You know how a few weeks ago on LJ I said that home-dermabrasion hurt more than a sunburn? Well, apparently I forgot how much sunburns hurt, because I went outside to read and have funny, painful red stripes. It is worse than dermabrasion.

Unrelated Star Wars tangent: The new book has more time travel. Glee. ♥
skywalker: (bsg (cabin in the woods))
I'm going to use the interest in Iran on my flist to pimp a book to American readers. It's Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael Oren.

There are a shitload of books on Britain in the Middle East or of America in specific Middle Eastern events, but Power, Faith, and Fantasy is unique in the fact that it's an attempt at undertaking a complete look at how America and the Middle East have shaped each other (did you know that the most common fiction book in colonial America was 1001 Arabian Nights? That the Statue of Liberty was originally a veiled Muslim woman?), in military/economic, religious, and social terms. I'm not saying the book is a perfect account (off the top of my head, I don't think it does the U.S.S. Liberty affair full justice... and it doesn't explain Said well enough because my knowledge about Orientalism is still fuzzy), but it's actually a delight to read (it's written very lightly, almost like storytelling, with lots of interesting asides and stories of really cool people) and a great intro to American foreign policy or Middle Eastern history.

The author was on the Daily Show, if that intrigues you.

If you watch the two parts of that interview, you will have watched a ten-minute summary of the first lesson of my "America in the Middle East" class from fall semester. That's right! I had this guy for class. The reason I actually went to write this post was that, thinking about Iran, I thought of his "power, faith, and fantasy" approach, then went to see if he'd written anything about it ... ... ... ... ... only to discover that he hasn't written anything recently because he was appointed Israel's ambassador to the U.S. CURSE YOU, PROFESSOR OREN, DOES THIS MEAN YOU WON'T REALLY BE USING MY TERM PAPER AS AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE CLASSES? Sob, I wanted to take his military history class, too. Don't let that put you off, though; Oren has a fabulous and balanced-enough approach to things, to the point where my hyper-pro-Palestinian global conflict TA in London praised Oren in a review session.

As a security studies major who loads up on history classes, I cannot stress how important I think history is to have some understanding where we are today, and I believe that America's historical interaction with the Middle East is exceptionally valuable to understanding the present. History is important. You should not engage in Iranian activism without knowing at least a little bit about the American women and men, missionaries and politicians, and many others whose decades- and centuries-old footsteps you are following in. While there may be better books for specific topics or time periods, and you won't learn everything about the subject from one book, you won't find a more engaging overview of American involvement in the Middle East than Power, Faith, and Fantasy.


Did you know that /b/ is responsible for kicking off the DDoS attacks on Iranian government websites?


  • Jun. 15th, 2009 at 3:38 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (oliver (banana))

Mom: I have to take your sister out, but the tree cutting guys are coming over. You'll have to let them in and they don't speak English, but they should know what to do.
Me: Okay.


[The tree cutting guys arrive.]

Me: Hola, mi madre no está aquí, pero ella dice que Uds. saben que necesitan hacer.
Them: We need you to open the garage.
Me: ... oh, okay.

Moroccan food.

  • Jun. 13th, 2009 at 11:14 PM
skywalker: barack obama (rl (obama in 3D))
Today, we went to a new Moroccan place in Boulder.

The service was slow, but we were sitting on a cushion-couch, which made the wait seem less long, and they apologized with complementary soup. Then they mixed up the dishes and brought out chicken-and-vegetable-couscous instead of lamb-and-vegetable-couscous (we didn't tell 'til we'd eaten all the vegetables, because the meat was covered in them...), so they brought out the lamb and we still got the chicken.

It was a good dinner for someone who doesn't mind slow service.

Awesome. Also, GIP?

  • Jun. 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 PM
skywalker: barack obama (rl (obama in 3D))
1) Picked up from [personal profile] wandering: Obama declares June 2009 LGBT Pride Month.

2) There is a Crocs warehouse sale tomorrow! ... I want high heels.


  • Jun. 1st, 2009 at 3:48 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (sw (bespin duel))
Between chores in Boulder, I stopped in at my favorite second-hand shop on the off-chance that they'd have any nice sneakers. In the shoe corner, I heard this discussion about zebra-striped heels:

MOTHER: They're a little crazy, aren't they?
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GIRL: They're not crazy, they're fierce!

I also tried on a Christian Dior ivory skirtsuit priced at $80 (ffffffffff) and it fit perfectly but I decided that it was too old-lady and let it go. When will this puffy-sleeves trend go back away?!

Also, re-activated my account with the temp agency and got my first big girl doctor today. Goodbye, grandmotherly pediatrician, hello big sisterly internist! Thank you for not laughing when I asked for one of the pokey things they stick on your arm before the shot so it hurts less.
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (bsg (robot sexytimes))
Yesterday I came downstairs to find my mom at the computer putting together an Excel spreadsheet (terrifyingly normal) of recently sold houses in our neighborhood (less normal!). I asked what she was doing and she told me that dad thought the county assessor had overvalued the house and that he wanted to appeal it. She is, as always, overworked, so I worked on the project with her until she had to take my brother out.

[Interlude: I unpacked. Also, got in touch with last summer's temp agency! I don't have to retake the Word and Excel assessments because I scored so highly last year! ]

Mom came home and we went back to work on it; managed to use a house that had we were comped to in '06 but also sold in the '08 comp period to create a ratio of our-house-to-that-house which proved that the assessor was overvaluing the property.

[ Interlude: Errands. Bedspread shopping, since my room has been painted green and the comforter my mom has in here is yellow and pink. Getting lost. Failure. Ice cream. Bought a second-hand pretty necklace. Lit one of my dad's new expensive pans on fire and panickedly tried to scrub the burnt bits off. ]

Came home. Dad came home.

[ Interlude: After nine months of using the basement as a kitchen, the pots and pans are moved upstairs. We have a functional kitchen again! However, the remodel is still not complete. ]

Dad looked at what I did and decided that he wasn't going to appeal within their strictures like I was, but that he was going to research housing trends on his own to prove that the house should have been devalued by 10% from the previous assessment period. (My figures showed a slight appreciation in value, though significantly less than the assessor's.)

[ Interlude: Mom goes out to put a box in the garage and sees someone in the garage and my dad goes yelling after them and I get to call 911 and the police come with dogs and cars and wow, they were really fast. I forgot that the police substation was right down the street. They didn't catch the guy. Now my parents will close the garage, hopefully.

Also, the whole thing was worth it for Katie coming back from cheer and getting freaked out by all the cars in front of our house.


And then I fell asleep while dad persisted in his drive to prove the county assessor's entire assessment scheme wrong instead of my more logical but less daring plan to show an error within their own assessment scheme.

[ Interlude: Sleep. ]

Today is my birthday and I feel old.


  • May. 27th, 2009 at 11:48 AM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (Default)
Well, it was really more of a clean-up/trim operation.

But I like it.


  • May. 18th, 2009 at 4:23 PM
skywalker: (alice (size of a house))
I'm putting on weight. :|

The Lion King.

  • May. 17th, 2009 at 12:20 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (bsg (athena))

[ profile] kagu_chan took me out last night for Malaysian (which I am getting to be really fond of and will miss terribly in the States) and to see The Lion King, which I have wanted to see since I was like eight and there was a Disney Channel special interview with the kids playing Simba and Nala in the Broadway production.

As I have been telling everyone I've spoken to since we got back, it was amazing. A visual feast. The ways used to represent the animals are ingenious, fascinating, and beautiful. There's enough stuff that's ripped word for word from the movie that you can mouth along totally campy-like, and enough original stuff, stuff from the sequel, and stuff from the extended cuts of the movie that it's still totally fresh -- well, totally fresh in addition to the totally fresh thing of Scar being a guy walking around with a giant lion head on top of him and Mufasa wandering around with twin sabers and stuff. ALTHOUGH I WILL SAY. Scar was done as sort of flamboyant and campy rather than intimidating!!1! like Jeremy Irons. Hell, he even had a song about wanting to be loved.

So in conclusion, if you ever have a chance to see The Lion King musical, take the damn chance. You will not regret it for an instant. I know I didn't.

Anyway, then we were actually like a block away from where I have classes, so we killed time at the student bar until the night buses came out, and then we said goodbyeeeeeee. Because [ profile] kagu_chan has been an angel while I was here basically. ♥
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (6)
Britain's Got Talent is the second best reality television show I have ever seen (behind Project Runway).

Despite the boy's protests, I agree with the little girl that My Parents Are Aliens was also very funny.

Small children who like lightsabers.

  • May. 7th, 2009 at 9:42 PM
skywalker: kara thrace / bsg (5)
As a note to everyone I game with, I will be scarce! Because... I am staying with people who don't have wifi, though I'm totes capable of plugging my laptop into their router lol. THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP TO BRING AN ETHERNET CABLE, DAD'S OTHER COUSIN.

But hahaha oh god, these two kids -- my second cousins? -- that I'm staying with are so cute. One is a seven year old girl who told me all about the exciting lives of her dolls. The other one is a nine year old boy who is ridiculously impressed that I know what YouTube is, and who proceeded to show me ALL THE COOLEST THINGS ON YOUTUBE, including:

1. Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
2. Some Weird Al song about homicidal Santa
3. Weird Al's "Yoda"

And then we played Lego Star Wars. As a side note, how have I never played this game before? Leia and RotS!Obi-Wan killing battledroids together is godly. This kid is five years behind the times but also my hero.