chrryblssmninja: (baelheit_zetsubou)
so many things going on in the world but my life somehow skitters back and forth and forward

went to Napa Valley wine country for the food on my birthday earlier this month. Here is my flickr album but you can see some of the food on this page of my tags rn.

still have to go through Father's Day photos because we went to a Puerto Rican restaurant and I really like Puerto Rican food that goes beyond rice and beans. give me all the plaintains (and gas pain)

so...Euro 2016...some very interesting results. So great to watch Iceland. Still rooting for Germany of course (#11 scores! aw the memories), and France can be here and there. Poland sometimes catches my interest. too bad for Ireland and some other underdogs but at least they got good wins. haha England. at least it seems like the worst fans left before the round of 16. usually don't root for Italy but (sorry to fans) I was glad they knocked out Spain.

didn't get to see much of Copa America because of work
I did see the last US win, as well as a replay of much of a certain 7-0 game...
on Sunday, I was at PF Chang's bar during my work lunch hour (technically dinner but whatever). The mall was closed but the restaurants outside weren't.
Before the store closed, I saw one or two people in various club shirts, but someone passed by in a Dortmund jersey with Reus on the back and I was like !!! Made me wonder if I would have ended up supporting Dortmund if I started watching soccer later...especially since I like these Polish players (though one was eaten up by Bayern like so many) instead of trying to catch the odd game of unfortunate Bremen...
anyways while I was eating I heard "R U Mine?" play overhead and I was like yesssss. and then I saw on the ESPN news ticker that the Copa America final was about to end overtime and go to penalty kicks and I asked them to switch the TV channel so I could see. And Messi missed! I don't like or hate him or anything it's just a surprise.

wasn't able to get tickets for the Arsenal - MLS All-Stars game, but I'll check again before the match, and if not, I'll go to a place near the stadium to watch with fans.

oh, now I have a videocamera and tripod of my own! also updated my phone because my old hand-me downs became too troublesome. We'll see if I can get myself to be more productive with time and tech. Also going to see if I can use my gift card to get a dolly for the tripod.

btw two of the online compliments for the store where I work thanked me by name for my service!

sometime I'll get to the Penny Dreadful finale. heard it was disappointing but I'm not too invested and the show was often inconsistent anyways. Animal Kingdom started ok but I didn't finish the 2nd episode because it wasn't special enough, besides some good acting, for me to actually carve out time to watch. Orphan Black had an overall solid fourth season, and I'm trying out Thirteen on its BBC America airdates.

still catching up verrrrry slowly on Okkupert, Adventure Time, and Manhattan (I was waiting until I had enough free credits to "purchase" official stream episodes). Waiting out the hype on other shows I haven't tried yet, but maybe I'll start Gomorrah, Detectorists, Bojack Horseman, The Night Of, or Wentworth. Maybe some Japanese or Korean shows or whatever's waiting in my watchlists/bookmarks/drafts. Found that my libraries have more connections to streaming sites that make it easier and actually legal to stream some movies, TV, and books that are hard to find.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
Happy Birthday to [ profile] hannahstarr!

World Cup
the France - South Africa game was really dramatic and kind of entertaining for the schadenfreude. I'm sorry, France, but I think the team needed the lessons of shame. I will support you after this.
Too bad South Africa couldn't get through, but everyone seems to look with respect upon their team's play this tournament.

I like how this round has so many variables that add to the drama.
Now that groups A and B are finished, we will see Uruguay vs. South Korea (which Uruguay will probably win, but at least some fellow Asians progressed to this round!) and Argentina versus Mexico.

lol I actually tried to figure out the following on a post-it:

Group C: Slovenia leads with 4 points and I think 1 pt goal advaEntage. The USA and England are tied, so the next games are crucial. GO USA

Group D: Ghana leads with 4 points and 1 pt goal advantage. Germany is ahead of Serbia only by 3 points goal advantage, so I hope Germany gets through. eee if they play USA I will cheer for USA though. A bit sad that Ghana is the only clear representative for Africa in the next stage, though.

Group E: The Netherlands will definitely pass through, with 6 points and 3 points goal advantage. Japan has one point goal advantage over Denmark, so I'm hoping another Asian team gets through.

Group F: Paraguay, the leader with 4 points and 2 points goal advantage, will play Italy next. New Zealand will play Slovakia. Italy and New Zealand are currently tied, so if Paraguay beats Italy (which could happen; Paraguay are pretty good this year) or New Zealand beats or ties Slovakia and gets more goals than an Italy win or tie...New Zealand might actually get through. whoa ETA: oh wait Paraguay's playing New Zealand and Slovakia's playing Italy. so it looks like NZ has less of a chance. oh well

Group G: Brazil and Portugal are definitely getting through. 6(3) and 4(7).

Group H: Chile leads with 6 points and two points goal advantage. Spain has one point goal advantage over Switzerland. I don't hate Spain at all, but I'm an underdog cheerer and it'd be nice to send a message that no team is "guaranteed" a win. Chile's pretty good this year while Spain hasn't been invincible. So all Switzerland has to do is either tie or win with a goal over Spain's tie or win, given that Spain doesn't lose. Okay, I just want to see Benaglio make more awesome saves in the next round.

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aack I've been so busy that I totally forgot about the summer solstice. So my Solstice Special is late once again. But I will get to it!

Preview of the titles to be reviewed:

print (books, comics, etc.)
Scott Pilgrim Vols. 4-5 * To Say Nothing of the Dog * Yoshitsune * The Ethnological Imagination * Nocturnes * Catching Fire * Micrographica * Cthulhu Tales: The Whisper of Madness * Batman: RIP * All-Star Superman Vol 2 * The Aeneid * Death Note Vol 7 * Dragon Head Vol 6 * The True History of Tea * Pocket Full of Rain * Blood Meridian * The Game * Soon I Will Be Invincible * Ultimate Iron Man II * Travels in the History of Architecture Vol 1 * Clover (complete series) * Neuromancer * Ficciones * Cat-Eyed Boy Vol 2 *Asterios Polyp * Death Note Vol 5 * Dragon Head Vol 7 * Bloodchild * Women Poets of China * Dragon Head Vol 8 * I Killed Adolf Hitler * The Story of Tea * Spider-Man Noir * JPod

moving pictures
Stay Alive * The Bird People of China * East/West * My Family and Other Animals * The Crimson Rivers * Cold Prey * Cleo from 5 to 7 * Doctor Atomic * The Book of Eli * Tulpan * Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary * The Thing * Nosferatu * Timecrimes * Double Indemnity * Breaking News * Kind Hearts and Coronets * Dance of the Dead * Archangel * Antonio Gaudi * Reservoir Dogs * JSA (Joint-Security Area) * Prisoner in the Mountains * The Hitchhiker * Noroi (The Curse) * The Hurt Locker * Zombieland * Nightmare Alley * Kick-Ass * Chop Shop * Running Out of Time * Women of the Night * Secret Agent * Street of Shame * Wonderful Town * I'm Not Scared * Les Diaboliques * Into the Wild * À l’intérieur (Inside) * Center Stage (Ruan Lingyu) * Hangover Square * Our Man in Havana * Calvaire (The Ordeal)


28 March 2009 13:22
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
ohh shoot it's already the second half? Daylight savings has messed up my time

lol Oliver Kahn is a commentator on my feed for the Germany - Liechtenstein game

haha Basti just scored


ooh, Ballack and Jansen scored the first two? cool

and Poldi gets number 4

I've also got the France game playing if you want to comment on that
wow the playing pitch is in horrible shape

was it Gorcuff who made the assist? then he is now okay in my book

ETA 2: lol just skimming [ profile] ontd_football for the first time

by [ profile] hid_aiyah:

ooh little Nasri's being called up from the bench
chrryblssmninja: (lofi_brainfreeze)
I give up I give up…I couldn’t do it…I can’t watch any more TV episodes…internet or otherwise. I give up!


My rules were pretty strict, though. I had to have seen the episode from the very beginning, with permission made for bathroom breaks and stuff during the episode. So that’s why there’s so few Brothers and Sisters episodes and other shows - I watch them in bits, but I rarely catch the whole thing. Also, news/late night shows like Late Night With Conan O'Brien were not counted.

You see later on that I started to include sports events I watched on TV. This was inspired by [ profile] padfootie’s monthly recap posts. I wanted to keep a record of them somehow. I didn't write down the Olympics, though, because that would be too much.

Sometimes I would comment on an episode. No comment doesn’t mean no reaction.

via [ profile] canadian_turtle: the 500 television episode
Episodes in 2008

My list )

So, for next year...shows to finish/start/try out, in no order
Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
Little Mosque on the Prairie
Mad Men
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Sons of Anarchy
Extras and Office (UK) series finale
Arrested Development
Green Wing
Mighty Boosh
Band of Brothers

and some others
chrryblssmninja: (haruharusaku_shimotsumaanime)
Watching the France - Romania and Germany - Russia games right now, so feel free to spam away!

I'm behind on flisting 'cause life's been super busy and

I have midterms next week agh

somehow I'll survive.

aww shoot Romania scored. oh France. I was just hoping you wouldn't be embarassing today, don't even have to win, just don't be embarassing

ETA 1: Poldi scored! 1 - 0 Germany!

ETA 2: France 0, Romania 2.

ETA 3: Ballack gets number 2 for Germany!

ETA 4: Henry almost.

lol Jogi needs to tuck in his shirt or something...when he jumps there's a bit of tummy


ETA 5: How is Jogi sitting on that sign bench thing?

ETA 6: Arshavin scored and all I can think is "lol scrunchyface"

ETA: whoa epic struggle with Toulalan and Romania number 10 for the ball

ETA 8: I look away and Gourcuff actually scores! The replay shows it's a pretty goal, though. 2 - 2! France is tied!

ETA 9: Final scores are
Germany 2 - 1 Russia
France 2 - 2 Romania
chrryblssmninja: (stolenlights_sawyerhurley)
I didn't get to watch internationals today, but...


German NT tied 3 - 3 with Finland. Oh well. At least it wasn't a loss. AND KLOSE FINALLY SCORED AGAIN


France won their game. phew. But with England getting better, I'm becoming scared that the thing I said about "France being the new England" might be coming true

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via [ profile] lost_tv:
Lost S4 bloopers!
I think these are just promo ones, because it promotes the DVD and Blu-ray sets at the end.

and fans of Team Awesome (Desmond and Sayid), there's one clip you should not miss
Lol Captain Gault is funny

speaking of that captain:
Ex-Lost thesp Grant Bowler -- he played the swarthy freighter captain who was shot and killed in last May's finale -- is dropping anchor at Ugly Betty.

are y'all okay with casting spoilers? I won't say what the characters do, just who's playing them. Nothing plot-wise has come out about them yet, so as long as you just scan and not click on the link, you should be fine.

And, the two new people joining the cast of Lost are...
Zuleikha Robinson
(Rome, The Lone Gunmen, New Amsterdam)
she was also the awesome princess in Hidalgo who got to ride off into the desert sun yay

the second person, along with some Freighter Four stuff, and help with name pronunciation
Saïd Taghmaoui! That's an odd pic of him in that EW link.

he was Saïd in La Haine! (THE WORLD IS OURS!)
he was also The Iraqi torturer in Three Kings. The one who asked why America messed up Michael Jackson.
he was also in Vantage Point with Matthew Fox. My mom just saw the ad in a DVD and I pointed him out.
It'd be cool if he kept his French accent for this role.
More and more movies with two Lost people in them. Like, I knew Michael Emerson was in Saw, but I forgot that Ken Leung played the detective there

lol both of the new people were in Hidalgo.
I was really iffy about these characters when their descriptions came out, but the casting looks awesome, so now I'm kind of excited whee

La Haine -related sidenote: the director went on to a disappointing career, making Gothika and currently complaining about what Fox did to his newest, Babylon A.D. He's not the only director complaining about Fox.

seriously, if I could, I would give him my imaginary dream pet project Battle Royale miniseries to direct. La Haine impressed me that much, with how he handled teenage/twenty-something characters and created a very kinetic movie.

Back to Lost:
via [ profile] gossy16: Ana-Lucia to return for one episode
as long as it's a useful appearance, I'm okay.

Dan Faraday fans might want to check out this filming report

ooh look at this casting call:
There's Solanga, a Filipino male in his 50s, who's the village doctor in a small rural community. He has some vices, but also has some medical skills. And he speaks "relatively good English with an accent."
yay a Filipino character! They didn't do too well with the half-Puerto Rican (well actresses. Ana and Nikki. Not sure about the characters' ethnicities, though Ana-Lucia was probably either Mexican or Salvadoran.)
Come on, one of my ethnic halves has got to have some good rep on this show

- - -

very interesting thoughts about film noir.
Starts back in the Renaissance, with chiaroscuro, and traces influences through German Expressionism and pulp fiction.

And Peter Lorre is in two of the pictures used yay
those "French guys" the article mentioned coined the term "film noir" in the 1960s, just in case you're confused.

I found out that the site Movie Zeal recently finished its film noir month. I really like their choices.

from the article for Rififi, directed by Jules Dassin (my fave film from him is Night and the City though)
"In any language, Dassin seemed to have a knack for directing actors playing bad people so that you could sympathize with them."
-Without compromising their badness.

found this via linkage: Jean-Luc Godard said, "At the time, Rififi fooled some people. Today, it can’t hold a candle to [Jacques Becker’s 1954] Touchez pas au Grisbi, which paved the way for it, let alone [Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1956] Bob le Flambeur, which it paved the way for.”
psh I was so bored with Touchez pas au Grisbi I stopped watching after 20 minutes. I haven't gotten to Bob le Flambeur yet, though, and I do like Melville, and I know that it's because of Rififi that he had to delay making Le Cercle Rouge until 1970.

okay I'll stop rambling.

finally, via [ profile] cleolinda: Guillermo del Toro to probably direct every other horror movie in the next ten years.
I can't wait to see what he does with At the Mountains of Madness. We need a good, big Lovecraft movie.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
I am watching the France World Cup qualifier on a stream direct from TF1. Hee I like this coverage. And Arsene's commentating!

I am also watching the Germany game on another Spanish language stream.


my brain is gonna hurt

at least I have the audio to alert me to exciting stuff in both games. And I can understand Spanish and figure out bits of French

ETA: Germany 1 -0 Liechtenstein! Podolski goal!
aww Miro was first to hug him

my France stream froze! I'm searching for another

ETA 2: aww Miro missed

but I found another France stream!

ETA 3 - Austria 2 - 0 France. -headdesk-

ETA 4: Klose scared me first when he left the field. But now he's back. I didn't notice he's captain!

ETA 5: Podolski scores again!

meanwhile, it seems that all the streams have given up on the France game.

ETA 6: Keeping up on goals in the France game via live updates

but hey, Germany got number 3 via Rolfes!

Who did Miro give the armband to?

ETA 7: ohmygosh Govou scored?

and, of course, this is when the Germany stream gets all messed

ETA 8: [ profile] rebelstrike21 tells me there were 2 goals in one minute.




ETA 9: and so, of course, Austria scores again.

I hope France hasn't become the new England.


meanwhile, I find that Gourcuff has subbed in for Sagna in the France game.
I think I'll never get a chance to see what all the Gourcuff (the player, not the face) is about. the few Milan CL games I've seen him in, he was near invisible.
chrryblssmninja: (orangecrackers_jogilooksdown)
Happy birthday to [ profile] fab4eva and [ profile] miladygrey!

:) :) :)

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During the Germany - Spain game, I wrote a ton of reactions that I planned to post here. But I don't feel like typing them anymore. I haven't even gone flisting yet, felt I couldn't deal with other reactions until I did this post. I planned to type this post an hour earlier but I didn't feel ready until now.

I wore my Germany shirt to bed the night before, ready to wake up and watch the game. All I wanted was that the best team would win. And that's what happened. Congrats to Spain.

Not that my German boys were horrible. No, this particular squad (or at least most of them) played relatively well compared to most of their other performances at this tournament. Not as great as the game against Portugal or as overpowering as the game against Poland. There were defense problems (Nando's goal was greatly aided by a HUGE mistake from Jens you should have stayed more back!), attacking problems, lots of chances shot down by a lucky defender or the magnificent Casillas punch. And Silva's little almost headbutt to Poldi? I went grr, but would any booking action have made a difference?

Germany wasn't one the breakout fave underdogs of this tournament- that honor goes to Turkey, and then Russia. But at least they didn't they bomb as spectacularly as France, or shine and then shockingly go supernova like the Netherlands. It wasn't Germany's best tournament, but they did the right things at the right time and had some moments of brilliance even in the final - although those last moments were simply opportunities, forgotten for not being successes.

I understood previous goalscorer Kevin Kuranyi going on for Hitzlperger, and Miro's seeming weariness and constant being shut down or unable to convert great opportunities somewhat justified him being taken off for Gomez, of all people. Who knew, maybe Gomez would take this opportunity and finally gain the confidence he sorely needed in this tournament.
But then Kevin keep on fouling, and I wanted to headdesk. And then Gomez missed a very, very close ball near the post, missing in a situation I had seen Miro score in many times. It was probably wishful thinking, but I said out loud, "Klose could have got that in. He would have got that in."
And then I cried.

It was a good match to watch. I would have enjoyed it if my heart didn't feel like it stopped before and during the entire game. Congrats to Spain again, for winning after 44 years. Seeing Ramos' post-game shirt, the happy young Cesc and all the other Spaniards, happy happy Captain Íker, even Poldi managing to crack his big-kid smile when receiving the medal - these made it all just a bit better.

Congrats to Germany to taking us fans this far. Now shape up. We know you can do better. :)

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