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29 August 2011 @ 12:06 am
(FYI, this is a public entry)

Ah, so here we are at the end of summer, but it doesn't matter, because for the first time in my life the only difference between August and September is a few degrees in temperature. It's going to be weird not going back to school. It started setting in on Friday. I went to campus to hang out with some friends who moved in early, but the thing that got me was seeing a new bus stop. Every semester there's always new things on campus, like a building that's been renovated. And it made me realize that campus isn't going to stay the same as it did when I graduated, it's going to keep changing. And this year campus is going to be different, and I won't be a part of it, but my friends will. :( I am lucky that campus is close to my apartment, and even closer to my office, but it'll be very interesting to see how this fall semester goes.

So, in honor of the end of summer, I put together a summer mix, as I tend to every year. My music taste has been so weird lately. It's about half of my usual indie music (highly influenced by the fast that there's a new Death Cab album this summer), a few throwback songs, a fair bit of super nerdy songs, and some awful pop songs. I don't think I've talked about it on here, but I've been extremely forgiving of my enjoyment of pop in the past few months. I've gotten to the point that I completely adore Taylor Swift unironically. Oh dear.

Anyway, here's the mix:


01. SLEIGH BELLS: tell 'em
02. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: monday morning
03. AVRIL LAVIGNE: what the hell
04. TELEKINESIS: dirty thing
05. SWISH AND FLICK: astoria greengrass and the pure-blood prince
06. KYLE FORESTER: she goes she goes
07. DEV: booty bounce
08. BUDDY HOLLY: oh boy
09. SHE & HIM: so long
10. ALL CAPS: don't unplug me
11. MUMFORD & SONS: the cave
12. AL GREEN: let's stay together
13. SLEIGH BELLS: rill rill
14. GLEE CAST: teenage dream
15. MEEKAKITTY: wizard love
16. CEE LO GREEN: (you're so square) baby, i don't care
17. JENNY OWEN YOUNGS: voice on tape
18. CSS: music is my hot hot sex
19. THE LONELY FOREST: we sing in time
20. TAYLOR SWIFT: speak now
21. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: stay young, go dancing
: gloomygloomy
: The Avett Brothers - Laundry Room
Chief Opposer of Filth
14 July 2011 @ 05:03 pm
Hi everyone!

I hope everyone has a fabulous time tonight/tomorrow/whenever you're going to see Deathly Hallows II.

I mentioned in my last post about doing some kind of meme to keep us connected through this experience.

You should do the following:

- TAKE PICTURES! Then do a major picspan this weekend.

- Write SQ87 on your hand, maybe draw a sub if you're artistic. Then twitpic it!

- Make a video blog either tonight or tomorrow, answering the following questions. BONUS if you do your vlog in costume!
1) What is your earliest HP memory?
2) Now that you've seen all of them, which is your favorite?
3) What is your favorite scene/line from the movies?
4) What is your favorite movie/book release memory?
5) Tell us any random sub memory, and fandom/sub inside joke that stuck with you.
6) Obviously, what did you think of the movie?!
7) Any reflections about the impact of Harry Potter and the fandom on your life.

See you guys on the other side...

Harry forever!

P.S. FYI, this is a public entry.
: gloomygloomy
: Oliver Boyd & the Rememberalls - The Last Call
Chief Opposer of Filth
15 June 2011 @ 09:40 pm

WHAT DOES IT MEANNNNN?! (so bright, so vivid)

My top guess is some kind of Harry Potter social networking community, considering the website seems to imply that it is a website coming soon. Maybe? Which would be exciting, and it would be AWESOME if we had a cohesive way to keep the fandom together in a Jo-approved kind of way. However:

1) I don't see how this would be more exciting than jkrowling.com in its heyday.
2) The big HP fansites are already great and effective, and I think Jo knows this.
3) The prospect of having to interact with all Harry Potter fans, and not just my fandom bubble, is kind of horrifying/squicky to me. I know, still snobby thanks to the Quill after all these years, but in a different way now? I'd probably be like "WHY ARE YOU ALL SO YOUNG? WHY ARE YOU ALL SO AWKWARD?" which is how I feel about a lot of HP fandom things sometimes.

Honestly, nothing would have been more exciting than a Harry Potter prequel. But that's not happening anytime soon.

However, it is SO NICE AND EXCITING to have Jo stir up the fandom again. Nothing matches the excitement I get from new HP fandom buzz. And I love that it was a riddle/hunt, just like the old days on JKR.com. Like likeafox was saying, I don't think that's happened since we were in high school. God, when did we get so old?

: giddygiddy
: The Lonely Forest - Two Notes and a Beat
Chief Opposer of Filth
02 February 2011 @ 01:48 am
I declare this semester a time for bento adventures! I blame abbers44, the fact that I actually need to pack lunches for work, and the cuteness of it all. So I broke down and bought a bunch of bento supplies.

My bento looks nothing like this...

bento: first attempt under the cutCollapse )

So yeah, there's plenty of things I want to try! Right now I'm sort of viewing bento like a deconstructed burrito, so I want to do a Mexican-themed bento next, and then maybe a Mediterranean bento after that. I will keep you updated!

P.S. One of my first public posts! Extreme!
: creativecreative
: LO-FI-FNK - Steppin' Out
Chief Opposer of Filth
17 January 2011 @ 10:49 pm

I got this idea from my lovely friend Christine who has been taking advantage of her extra time to read and watch each of the Harry Potter books and films. That made me think about how we're faced with another summer of 2007 this year, the release of the last Harry Potter film. I want to do something to commemorate.

If you're reading this, you're probably like me, and Harry Potter was your entire childhood and a siginificant part of her life. However, it's been years since I've read the entire series, and the details I used to know by heart and beginning to get lost between the midnight showing and wizard rock songs, not to mention my now far more consuming real life.

So, I propose a challenge in order to help you relive your childhood, the magic of Harry, and what it meant to you. There are three options:

01. Re-read each of the 7 Harry Potter books before the release of Deathly Hallows part II on July 15th, 2011.
02. Re-read each of the 7 Harry Potter books and watch each of the 7 Harry Potter movies before the release of Deathly Hallows part II on July 15th, 2011.
03. Re-read each of the 7 Harry Potter books and supplemental books and watch each of the 7 Harry Potter movies before the release of Deathly Hallows part II on July 15th, 2011.

I made up a schedule (below the cut) to help keep you on track. Obviously, I don't expect you to read according to the schedule, it's just to give you an idea of where you should be and when the discussion posts will open. The schedule is based on page counts and has you reading at the rate of approx 25 pages a day. It's coded as follows:
Challenge 01: follow the regular text
Challenge 02: follow the regular and bold text
Challenge 03: follow the regular, bold, and italic text

Every day a new read begins, I will open a discussion post. You can leave comments as you go or when you're done, or you can post entries in your own journals.

I am keeping all these posts public and comment accessible, so feel free to invite all your friends!

I am really excited about this, and I hope people will actually do it it with me!

Let's return to Harry's world! The Hogwarts Express is waiting!

Reading & watching schedule under the cutCollapse )
: nostalgicnostalgic
: Feist - Mushaboom
Chief Opposer of Filth
Oh gosh, I've got Sarah Vowell fever again. A tiny part of me is almost happy Maile Meloy's book wasn't at B&N today so I was forced to buy another Sarah Vowell book. She's AMAZING as evidenced by these quotations from The Partly Cloudy Patriot:

The thing about going to Ellis Island is that it's a lot like going to Ellis Island. Perhaps to help you better understand the immigrant experience, they make you stand in line for the crammed ferry for an hour and a half in the windy cold. By the time we step onto the island, we are the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

"But it's not like I'm going to Gettysburg or Salem just to earnestly mourn. I go there and joke around. When I had breakfast in Salem, I ordered bacon, the food of joy."

So what does it mean that in the past twelve months I've take trips to the sites of so many historical tragedies? Besides Gettysburg and Salem, I've dropped by Little Bighorn Battlefield (more ominous than Gettysburg in that a bunch of headstones mark the spot where soldiers in Custer's 7th Cavalry fell down and died); the North Dakota ranch where Theodore Roosevelt escaped when his wife and mother died on the same day; Dealey Plaza in Dallas; and the George W. Bush inauguration

Being stuck in the Boise airport for ten hours while getting hit on by a divorced man with "major financial problems" on his way to his twentieth high school reunion is irksome, but not as dire as swinging by the neck on Salem's Gallows Hill.

Oh Sarah Vowell, you inspire me to read plaques and visit quirky museums in hopes of becoming half as witty as you.

Anyway, I'm spending a few days at my grandparents' in the middle of nowhere eating peach cobbler and playing Monopoly and sleeping in and walking in the park and all those things you do with silly grandparents.

Grandma, eying the biggest ice cream cone I've ever seen: "You know, the 11th commandment is Thou Shalt not waste ice cream."

Grandpa, looking out on the lake: "You know, I think I'm a War of 1812 sailor re-incarnated."
Rachael, thinking of a Bullshit episode she saw on nostalgia: "Grandpa, you wouldn't like it. They didn't have grilled cheese sandwiches those ships."
Grandpa, very seriously: "They did too! They were toasted! And the mold on it helped cure your gunshot wound."

Grandma, swinging in the park: "Rachael, take me to the park to the swing set before you take me to the old folks home."
: tiredtired
: Broken Social Scene - Hit the Wall
Chief Opposer of Filth
26 August 2009 @ 06:08 pm
So, I finally got around to putting together my summer mixtape. The theme is all the music I've been listening to while waiting in airports or on airplanes. I've sort of spent 90% of this summer waiting to be somewhere else and 10% being completely content, so that mix kinda feels like that. Or, you know, just the songs I've been listening to the past few months. It's a good one this year folks, I went all indie. A lot of thanks go to Lauren and Urban Outfitters for getting me these tracks in the first place.

And I knew that it was lovely to have a black bear thinking of meCollapse )
: mellowmellow
: An Angel episode
Chief Opposer of Filth
Today may have partially banished my hatred of flying. JetBlue is SO GREAT. JFK, also a great airport! So much food, free wi-fi, and a Borders!

ANYWAY. HBP review in bullet points!

Spoilers under here!Collapse )
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: geekygeeky
: The Decemberists - The Crane Wife 1 & 2
Chief Opposer of Filth
03 July 2009 @ 10:42 pm
away we go. Guys, guys. Go see Away We Go. It's the best movie I remember seeing in a long, long time. It's John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph being adorable and trying really hard to figure out to be good parents to their future child in the midst of all these fucked up couples they know. It's really cute and funny and made me have this really good, happy, content feeling at the end. Burt/Verona make my incredibly short list of adorable yet realistic couples in movies and television. My massive crush on John Kras has been renewed as well, I now have a strong urge to marry that man.

Trailer, doesn't even do it justice:

far. I haven't really listened to Regina Spektor's new album enough to actually give it a review, but it's excellent. It has a lot of the pop of Begin to Hope and the quirkiness of her earlier albums. Her voice is so pretty. I'm pretty in love with Eet right now.

angel. Slowly working my way through Angel, the spin-off of Buffy. I'm almost finished with season 2 which is far superior to season 1 because it actually has a good overall arc to the season. It doesn't have the addictive quality of Buffy, but definitely has its highlight episodes (A demon karaoke bar? A vampire pyramid scheme? Only Joss Whedon). The Angel/Chordy/Wesley dynamic is pretty great. Plus you get moments like this one:

harry potter: the musical! Basically I'm SO ANNOYED that I didn't decide until last night to watch this because it turns out that the creators temporarily took down all their videos to make a couple edits to ensure that they don't get sued by WB. SO ANNOYING. Now I cannot wait to watch this, because if you watch the first part of the first act you can tell that it's amazing and hilarious and made by dedicated fans. Basically it's a musical parody of the entire series.
: goodGreat works of creativity!
: Regina Spektor - Laughing With
Chief Opposer of Filth
17 March 2009 @ 05:44 pm

500 Days of Summer

Why it's going to be awesome: ZOOEY DESCHANEL mostly. OMG, she is such an adorable creature, and when she sings the Smiths song at the beginning I die of joy a little on the inside. It looks like it's going to to be adorable and indietastic and her chemistry with Joseph Gordon-Levitt is undeniable (Watch out Ben Gibbard! Except not really because Ben/Zooey are perfect).

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Why it's going to be awesome: Besides the fact that it's Harry Potter and we've been waiting way too long to see this film, I have high hopes. My favorite part of HBP is the Riddle backstory, and it seems to be done well. Plus who doesn't love an H/G kiss?

Away We Go

Why it's going to be awesome: Well, firstly, the obvious: It's JKras, even if he is beardy. But besides this it looks like this film is just going to be plain amazing and indietastic.

New York, I Love You

Why it's going to be awesome: It's the follow-up to Paris Je T'aime which is an INCREDIBLE film. If this film is half as adorable/perfect/unique as that one it'll be great. Plus it has the most amazing cast ever: Justin Bartha, Natalie Portman, Orli, Shia LaBeouf to name a few. PLEASE let there be a Boston release.

So guys, what amazing films are coming out this summer that aren't on this list. PLEASE let me know!
: excitedexcited
: Yellow Cherry - Weekend & Start