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Happy Birthday to [ profile] beesknees7, [ profile] logovo1, and [ profile] tigera4j!

Went to the corn maze in Dixon yesterday. Spent 3 hours finding our way in the dark (with the help of a maze map we picked up earlier) and it was awesome. The closest thing to an adventure I've had in a long time.

NaNoWriMo count: 5079 words. Not great, but not horrible. Yet.

Sherlock episode 3 reaction )
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My latest corkboard collage:

inspiration board

previous corkboard collages

Today, I went to Kim's Mart, a small Asian market in town. It's pretty good, but the aloe drink they have contains corn syrup instead of sugar. :(

Also went to one of the two comic book stores around, Drom's Comics and Cards. There weren't any Marvels Project (argh I need to catch up), but I saw that the new Uncanny X-Force series had Psylocke and Deadpool, so I had to get that. It seems okay so far, but it has potential and after the issue ends, there's also a very handy recap of all the events in the Marvel Universe after House of M.

Finally, we had to get something near The Old Teahouse, so I finally tried the pearl tea there. I got the basic green tea, which wouldn't have any powders in it. The tea itself was alright, but the white pearls they use taste a bit funny to someone used to black pearls. It's probably easier to boil without the risk of revealing starchiness, but I like the particular coated texture of a well-boiled black tapioca pearl. So I'll get a drink there if we're around, but I won't go there regularly.

Oh, and I like that I can get Turner Classic Movies now. This and other channels (hey ESPN!) only show up on the TV in the bedroom though, not the living room. But the living room is more comfortable and access to free movies and TV episodes On Demand.
Oh well. yay TV!
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random random update time

- so my mom and all my Filipino relatives have started watching Glee because of Charice Pempengco. Why do they autotune so much during the songs when I know that Charice can sing clearly?

- I went to the Davis Farmers' Market and bought some tasty yellow peaches. At least I think they're yellow peaches. I don't even remember the name of the farm. I just let the taste of food samples guide me lol

- why are people commenting (in TV reviews and online comments) that Steve Buscemi is not a magnetic enough leading man for Boardwalk Empire? Judging by the way the comments are worded, I think it might be a generational thing. Most people around my age (20's and below) think he's alright, although I don't want to stereotype viewers older than that. Just trying to find a common connection between samples of people that may or may not be true but gives some guidance for further exploration /anthro. He's not the typical lead, but I think he works well for this show, based on the pilot. It had some obvious plain pilot setup dialogue, but I think it's interesting and fun overall. IT HAD ME LOOKING UP WHO ARNOLD ROTHSTEIN WAS. (Though I knew Lucky Luciano.) And it has Kelly MacDonald. And pretty clothes and sets.

- Community was fun but that episode ending was THE BEST.

- Hawaii 5-0 I tried because it was free on-demand and I was bored. The lead guy's fine for this role but compared to Jack Lord (okay I only have vague memories of when I watched reruns of the original), he will never be cool. Seriously, this is the problem with many remakes - the classics had cool, the remakes have ANGST. The dialogue was mostly awful pilot setup stuff but there were some funny bits - "Why are you moving?!" However, all of the leads are likable (and Masi Oka becomes a recurring character from episode 4 on. So I can say that Hiro and Jin and Boomer team up to fight crime), and the scenery gives me so much happy happy Lost nostalgia.
I'll give it another episode.

- THE J.J. ABRAMS - MICHAEL EMERSON - TERRY O'QUINN SHOW IS BEING DEVELOPED BY NBC. I hope it gets picked up and turns out great!

- While moving, I found a small guide to Calculus AB I wrote, featuring Bob and Ed, two disembodied eyeballs looking for a home. Just wait until I scan this thing.

- I like living somewhat close to orchards and Wine Country.


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Christmas was good times with family friends.

some highlights -

- Christmas Eve at a relative's house. Gradually getting better at karaoke (apparently being loud is most important points-wise). I TOTALLY ROCKED "EDELWEISS" AND EVERYONE SANG ALONG

- Christmas morning: so I haven't had the spare cash to buy good chocolate for a long time...but today I got 3 Valhrona bars! yessssss
as well as a PC movie editing system (anything is better than Windows Movie Maker) and Brian Azzarello's Joker graphic novel. Opened the box of genmaicha (matcha -a.k.a. green tea- and brown rice) packets I bought a few days ago. That tea turned out great.
Church had a really cool Nativity scene, with a manger made of palm tree fronds. Here's a picture.
lol there are so many palm trees here, might as well make use of the greenish fronds that fall

- Christmas afternoon and evening: went to the home of some family friends, where we usually spend Christmas. Lots of good food. For a while, I had been craving good persimmons but wasn't able to buy or obtain (a building at school had a bunch free but they had gone dry) any. But someone brought a bunch of persimmons to the party, and they left a ton over so I was able to take a good amount home. score.
Also got some good stuff like movie theater certificate money.

The little girl there got a Disney princess vanity for Christmas. What was particularly interesting was that the vanity and all its accessories doubled as musical intruments. Picture here. For example, the vanity itself became a keyboard (needed batteries to play though). The eye makeup was a harmonica and the lipstick a whistle. That's so strange it's brilliant. It's nice to see that they thought they had to add something else to sell the makeup toys to girls. Broadening horizons, one cracky product at a time.

I also ended up playing with the toy train set. The older (like, 50-ish) men also played with it too while talking. Train set toys are just that classic.
I took some pictures with the little toy robot there.

I'm still not great at Halo (3), but I did get to splatter and shoot a bunch of online people with a Mongoose, so I felt accomplished.

Later, I got sucked into rewatching the entirety of Be Kind Rewind with our friend Dominic. That movie always makes me teary-eyed at the end, argh, because it's about ~the power of movies~ and that's my dream. yeah.
My brother and I later showed some of the Kick-Ass trailers and we said maybe we can see it together when he's on break from college.

After getting home and taking a 3-hour food comagas pain nap, I woke up, ate some of my chocolate, and made myself a chai latte with the powdered mix I got from Walmart a week ago. Took a look around the kitchen. We have a lot of good food around. Great food possibilities too, mwhahahahahaha

Now I really want to plan a dinner for some reason. Cook and make drinks for everyone. After this, I'm checking out the recipes I bookmarked from tumblr.
I also want to make a short movie. Probably with my stuffed animals. My photo camera's video capabilities may be limited, but at least I have something that can shoot video.

It was too much for LJ to handle, so I had to break it into two parts:
Part 1
Part 2

so now I'll check those recipes and make a little progress on my tumblr backlog before I go to sleep. Tomorrow, I guess I become British, because I'll obtain the Doctor Who "End of Time" (DO NOT SPOIL ME as well as watch a Boxing Day match wait nevermind Arsenal isn't playing? or are my streaming sites wrong?

ETA: I totally forgot - on Christmas Eve afternoon, I started randomly doing crochet after a year or two of not crocheting anything (not that I was great when I did it). I started doing random stuff and had the loose goal of making an asymetrical triangle. Instead, I made a tree. I WAS UNCONSCIOUSLY GUIDED BY THE SPIRT OF CHRISTMAS
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Here is the mummy documentary my project partner and I made for my Archaeology and the Media class. iMovie has constricting export rates, so it looks a little stuttery at 15 frames/second.

Why Egypt? from Diandra Rodriguez on Vimeo.

along with looking for jobs, I'm going to be working on the 6th Solstice Special! Solstice Specials are when I post a list of things I've read and watched since the past solstice, along with reviews and informational links. I hope that by the 21st, I can post something with all the reviews instead of the paltry thing I put up for #5.

Here are the titles! I just put "filmed" and "printed" because there's one filmed play along with the movies and manga, comic books, non-fiction and a play along with the novels.

Bolded are particular favorites for this half-year, though not particularly all-time favorites. Just because something's not bolded doesn't mean it isn't great, though.

Compulsion * Wait Until Dark * Transformers 2 * Shadow of a Doubt * Fulltime Killer (Chuen jik sat sau) * Fists of Fury * Suicide Club (Suicide Circle) (Jisatsu sâkuru) * Tropic Thunder *Sparrow (Man jeuk) * Becoming Jane * Ringu * Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince * Slumdog Millionaire * Mad Detective (Sun taam) * Star Wars: The Clone Wars * The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse) * The Asphalt Jungle * The Most Terrible Time of my Life (Waga jinsei saiaku no toki) * Stage Fright * Osaka Tough Guys (Naniwa yuukyôden) * The Saddest Music in the World * District 9 * Classe Tous Risques * White Heat * One Missed Call (Chakushin ari) * 28 Weeks Later * Inglourious Basterds * The Stairway to the Distant Past (Harukana jidai no kaidan o)* A Good Friend (Adivina quién soy) * The Trap (Wana) * Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) * Ashes of Time (Dung che sai duk) (redux and original) * Six-Stringed Samurai * Human Resources (Ressources humaines) * Intacto * F is for Fake * Revenge of a Kabuki Actor (Yukinojo henge) * Les Enfants Terribles * Judgment at Nuremberg * Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters * Company * Paranormal Activity * Osaka Elegy (Naniwa Elegy) * Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad) * Edvard Munch * Martyrs

Treasure Island * The Book of Beasts * The City and the City * The Big Picture: Filmmaking Lessons from a Life on the Set * Gomorrah * Cat-Eyed Boy Vol.1 * The Hunger Games * Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Vol. 1) * Batman: False Faces * * The Picture of Dorian Gray * Mu Shi Shi Vol 3 * The Spirit (new) Vol. 1 * Dragon Head Vol. 4 * The Walking Dead Vol. 2 and 3 * Monster Vol. 1 * Mu Shi Shi Vol. 4 * Too Cool to be Forgotten * As I Crossed a Bridge of Deams (Sarashina nikki) * Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Ugetsu monogatari) * The Homecoming * Wormwood Vol 2 * Doctor Strange: The Oath * Fables: The Dark Age * The Last Musketeer * The Living and the Dead * Alice in Sunderland * Daredevil: Hell to Pay (Vols. 1 and 2) * Deathnote Vols. 1 and 2 * Fall of Cthulhu: The Fugue * The Principles of Uncertainty * Azumanga Daioh Vol 3 * The Pillowman * Kin: The Good Neighbors (Vol. 1) * Don’t Look Now * Penny Arcade Vol. 4: Birds are Weird * Dracula * Dragon Head Vol. 5 * Britten and Brülightly * The Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England * Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (Vol. 2) * Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness (Vol. 3) * The Sundial * Humpty Dumpty in Oakland (except for that last page - the ending's good but that last page is ?what?)

the Solstice Special should be up some time on Monday, December 21st, PST.

I am currently reading The Archaeology of Knowledge and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and I have the Azumanga Daioh omnibus in my stack to read before it’s due Saturday. I am also currently…obtaining Near Dark, the vampire movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow. So you'll probably see reviews for those too.
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sorry for the recent triple posts but I was tagged by [ profile] cheekanzoop

FIRST: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.

SECOND: Tag eight sexy people. Don't refuse to do it like a pansy. I AM NOW A PANSY BECAUSE I REFUSE TO TAG

memey )
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random things:

Tomoe from The Tale of the Heike is awesome. She's only in two pages, but in those two pages she rips a guy's head off with the aid of her saddle. And since all of the characters in the story were real people (just their actions get the legend treatment), that means that there was a Tomoe or someone like Tomoe out there in late 1100's Japan.

I am reading Dracula. I think it's good- nice to see the letters + diary + article format used in an earlier time than expected.

also, I can be quite the srs bsns horror fan and I was scared screaming at one point during Paranormal Activity. I screamed like a guy, though, so no one really heard (as opposed to a high-pitched scream).

during the [ profile] ontd_startrek party post, I was inspired to look for gifs. I found some for Audition. :0
and...I saved them. >(


The 5-minute movie I'm making in my Archaeology and the Media class (with a partner) is about mummies.

non-Latin writing systems to be okay for urls?
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before I print and send an email copy of a report, and then get some sleep...


Didn't turn out the way I expected, but I think I did okay for a mostly one-person crew and four-person cast with basic camera equipment AND NO BOOM MIKE AND OTHER STUFF THAT SOME OF THOSE OTHER TEAMS HAD YES I AM JEALOUS

I appear as the angry choreographer.
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I have obtained the Campus Movie Fest equipment.

I have recorded the pop song for the "music video."

Now to find some private time to make it all poppy on Garageband.

I have two confirmed cast members and a bunch of people saying they might know someone to help.

In other news...
I got lavender soda and this thing today:

Domori 100% cocoa bar
that's right, the only ingredient is cocoa mass
It's as bitter as 100% should be, but this brand is extremely creamy as well. The smell hit you right as you open the package. ah, nice.

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Do any Berkeley (or general Bay Area) people want to help me with a short film?

I'm thinking about doing something for Campus Movie Fest, but I can't do it alone!

Campus Movie Fest provides all the basic filming and editing equipment for a person to make a movie lasting 5 minutes or less. You register by the 9th.
Launch (when they give out equipment): Sep 9
Tech Support: Sep 10,11,14
Collection: Sep 15
Finale: Sep 18
so it should end before the heavier part of my schoolwork starts.

My idea: behind-the-scenes of a music video, shot on the UC Berkeley campus...which is currently being rebuilt by the winners of The Great War.
A government representative is present at this filming, of course, but pop star Dahlia Camille doesn't mind. This song is a song for happiness, a song for healing. We've got to see the past reborn, to enjoy living another day!

(translation: we lost the war, but we're alive, and the new government seems okay, so hey!)

It's shot as a usual behind-the-scenes feature, with little hints of the larger story popping up in visuals and dialogue. There are a few parts of UC Berkeley being renovated right now, so I'm exploiting those sites for this idea.

I've got the first verse of the song (it is a music video) down. If I get the rest of the crew together, I'll write the rest and then work out choreography for the dance routine scenes.

I need...

2+ backup dancers
one pop star
one director
one cameraperson
one choreographer - maybe me if there's no one else.]
one government representative
one voice-over person that sounds professional but also MTV-ish

camera - probably me

props I don't already have:
- pro-looking camera equipment (I can ask CalTV or rent one)
- need to make up a giant flag for a made-up country. Plus a flower pin in those colors.
- stereo for playing the song while shooting the music video

one of the CalTV people already sent out a notice for my project to the rest of the CalTV group. I hope someone responds...

any help or advice is welcome. I've been checking out locations and lighting situations already.

oh, and the point of the video: I don't want to make it sound better or deeper than it might turn out, but I want it to be ambiguous - is this necessary cooperation or the more sinister "collaboration?" What is the best way to deal with major defeat?

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