karmaschild: (True Blood)


I've been roleplaying online since the mid to late nineties. The very first place I did any roleplaying was the old World Of Darkness chat rooms. They had designated places for all the WoD games: Changeling, Werewolf, Vampire, etc. I played in the Changeling forum. One of my favorite memories is of the night one of the other player's character decided to cheer mine up with his impression of a vampire. It involved a lengthy discussion of ugly velvet decor, a lot of swooning, and the lines, "Look at me! I'm gorgeous, I'll live for ever, and I dress like an eighteenth century homosexual. Oh woe is me."

I mention this because every time I see Bill Compton, that's all I can think of. This is a vampire who wears his eternity like a burden. While other vampires are reveling in their undead lives, Bill is often bemoaning his human life lost. I get so tired of the character type that has to mourn the past all the time. He was turned during the civil war. Time to let it go, Bill.

Also, on a purely aesthetic note, I don't get the physical attraction and his Southern accent makes this former southern girl cringe and recoil.

I felt so vindicated when it was revealed that he'd come to Sookie initially because he was ordered to. That he lied and manipulated her. I knew there was something off about him.

Of course, tomorrow's Fang-a-Thon entry will illustrate why my judgement in men shouldn't be trusted anyway...
karmaschild: (True Blood)


Sookie Stackhouse, the protagonist of both the book series and the television show. She's a fairly average, blonde, southern woman. The thing that sets her apart from others, figuratively as well as literally, is her ability to read minds. She calls it her 'disability'.

What interests me about this character is that she isn't reactive. Things happen to her, certainly, and she reacts, but she also takes active steps to direct her life. It would be so easy for a human, even a remarkable one, to be lost among the powerful things she interacts with. Instead, she manages to actually be a force that causes motion in the stories. In a world where bestsellers are stocked with airheads who can't live without their vampire boyfriends, it's nice to find one who doesn't hesitate to "change the locks" when her fangy beau gets out of line.

I'm actually notorious for disliking the main protagonists of the books I read and the shows I watch. In a lot of cases, they're just the lightning rods that draw in what's interesting about the stories. In Sookie's case, in spite of her flaws, I actually find her pleasant to read and watch. Occasionally, I question the hell out of her judgement, but that just makes her seem more real. Who hasn't made a stupid decision from time to time?
karmaschild: (Dread pirate Chef.)
I'm off the the Renaissance Faire today with roomie [livejournal.com profile] beverly_mcintyr. My camera decided not to work so I probably won't have any great pics to share, but I'll try to take a few with my phone.

In the meantime, may I direct your attention to My Velata page. Velata is chocolate fondue the easy way. The warmers come with everything you need to do fondue without the danger of burning candles or sternos. The chocolate is real Belgian chocolate that comes in packets you heat for a minute in the microwave to melt and then pour into the warmer. No worrying about melting chocolate without it seizing up or separating. The chocolate came out of the pouch perfectly and it was delicious.

My roomie, her mom, and I used one of the milk chocolate ones last night with some strawberries, bananas, and shortbread cookies. We were scraping the bottom of the warming dish, it was so good. Seriously, try some. It's awesome. I can't wait for my next chocolate to arrive.
karmaschild: (True Blood)
Just under the wire here, too. Wow. I don't do things the easy way.

I first started reading the Southern Vampire Mysteries after my first, last, and only trip to San Diego Comic Con. My friend and I sat through the True Blood panel (I had no idea what it was about) because she loved the books and wanted to see what sort of swag came with the panel. It turned out that the promo swag included a paperback copy of "Dead Until Dark."

On the flight home from San Diego, I devoured the book and quickly decided to grab up the rest. I've been hooked ever since.

I haven't seen the most recent release, yet, but it's on my list.

And because it's relevant to my interests:



Oh, yeah. I watch it for the plot... ;)
karmaschild: (SPN: My favorite)
That title makes me giggle every time I type it or read it. This show needs Daniel Day Lewis, man. Or Leo. I'd take Leo.

So... I am still utterly underwhelmed by the Leviathans. In my opinion, the show is pushing the "They totally eat people!" thing way too hard. Particularly when they make the eating of said people so damn comical. When a monster's head pops open like a Pez dispenser to eat someone, I giggle. Sorry, it's just not frightening to me. Actually, they lost all credibility with me at the first "bibbing". I'm supposed to take them seriously after that? Right...

Speaking of which, is it just me or is Edgar way more bad guy like than Dick Roman?

I am worried about Bobby and his increasing anger issues. The last thing I want to see is Dean burn the flask and send Bobby on, but I'm almost positive that's what's going to happen. It's for the best, I know, but I'm gonna miss the hell out of Bobby and I don't think Dean will handle the loss well. The boy's already cracking under the strain.

I totally called the Alpha turning on the Leviathans, too. :D

One day when I'm really bored, I'm going to go back through all of Season 7 and collect all the Dick jokes into one place. Although, nothing will ever take the place of Sam's: "Are you strictly into Dick now?" The smarmy grin on his face was just priceless.

Favorite line of the night was from the Alpha Vampire: "See you next season."

Close second was Dean's: "Bobby can... Keep calm and carry on."

That's the sort of fan-service I enjoy. I kept expecting someone to turn, look directly at the camera, and wink at me. I enjoyed tonight's episode so much more than last week's and I'm actually excited for next week!

Even if it is the season finale... *sob*

I'm old.

May. 9th, 2012 03:03 pm
karmaschild: (SPN: Road to nowhere.)
It's my birthday today. I turned 32. I have exactly nothing to show for it, by the way. Thirty-two years of... nada. (My Twitter feed tells me that The Pill turned 52 today.) This morning, festivities began when I made the mistake of telling my roomie's parents what I wanted for my birthday dinner tonight. I asked for Beef Stroganoff, because I happen to love it (I do not, however, love mushrooms). I then got a lengthy lecture on how there would be mushrooms in it, there would be lots of mushrooms in it, and mushrooms were one of the major flavor components in Stroganoff anyway! I got this lecture last time I asked for it, so you'd think I'd remember to just not ask, but I forgot.

... I have a thing about food, you see. I do not like people commenting to me about what I eat or don't eat, I don't like lectures, I just want to be left alone. I've had a weird relationship with food all my life, I've had people give me weird complexes about it growing up... and what's more, what I do or don't eat affects no one but me. I don't refuse to cook things for people, I don't insist they can't have things around me, I don't lecture, I don't scream. I leave you alone, you leave me alone, okay? Jesus...

And then, on the drive to campus, I got more complaining about how long the recipe took to make, how much effort was involved, all the onion chopping and meat cutting. And still more complaining about how such a heavily dairy based food would react with roomie's lactose intolerant mother. So, I feel great about the whole thing, really.

Then I went to class, same as always. Got my Psych exam back today and nearly cried because I got a B. My priorities are... a bit skewed. I don't know what's wrong with me in regard to grades. I covet A's. I bask in them. If there was some way to make a physical representation of all the A's I've made since I went back to school, I would gather them together and roll around in them like Scrooge McDuck with his money. It's that bad.

We discussed some psychological phenomenon in Psych (I can't remember what it's called) a few weeks ago about people who, if they don't get an A on an assignment, they might as well have gotten an F. That's me. I don't know why, but that's how it always feels. I actually do cry if I pull in a C.

The only pleasant thing I've experienced today is that I have a story building in my head. Not a roleplay story or fanfic. An actual, honest to god, original idea. This almost never happens to me, so I'm really excited about it. I'm also not going to tell anyone about it, because every time I do, someone manages to say something that discourages me from writing it at all and I end up back at square one. Less than square one. Square zero. It feels bad and I hate it, so I'm hiding this one. I want it to survive.

Tired now. Considering a nap.
karmaschild: (Default)
For anyone who's interested, this is where I'll be chatting about SPN episodes from now on: [livejournal.com profile] spn_idgits

There's an intro and FFA post up here if you feel so inclined. :)
karmaschild: (SPN: Carry on)
Man, I picked exactly the wrong night to tune into [livejournal.com profile] spn_party for the episode watch post. For one thing, I knew it was going to be rocky sailing, since it was an episode with Castiel in it. Regardless of what the mods of that comm say, the community is very pro-Castiel and it makes being a non-fan very difficult. Especially if you happen to also be a fan of Dean Winchester, who is fandom's current whipping boy.

Marvel with me at the incredible magnitude of assholishness required to bring the Dean bashing to me when I mentioned I was uncomfortable with it. Fortunately, there were a few nice people there, but I'm still pretty well put off that comm. Ideas are in the works to find an alternative, because I am seriously not putting myself through that again.

Anyway, about the episode... I honestly can't tell you much of what happened. That's because nothing much did happen. There was a new prophet... a terribly stereotypical Asian kid who was a cellist, top of his class, math nerd, cared only about school. You know what I'm talking about. There were more angels. Can I just say I'm sick of angels? Almost as sick as I am of Leviathans. Season 8 cannot come soon enough, I swear. I am officially over Season 7.

Meg was the highlight for me. I've been largely indifferent to her character for most of the show's run, but tonight made me appreciate her so much more. She was genuinely funny and consistent with the characterization she's had all along. Meg is out for Meg and whoever is helpful to her goals is okay and whoever is not is dead. I like that about her. She's up front about things.

I might have more thoughts on the episode after a rewatching. I was honestly too busy being horrified at the community post during most of it, so I probably missed some important bits.
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Well..

Apr. 27th, 2012 11:24 am
karmaschild: (True Blood: You suck.)
Was going to spend the day applying for scholarships through my school, but they've made the webpage about it so very unhelpful that I can't actually find half of the ones I'm looking for. Let alone the instructions on how to apply for them. Or maybe I'm not smart enough. I don't know what the problem is. Either way, I lose.

*squee*

Apr. 17th, 2012 06:06 pm
karmaschild: (YAY!)
Okay, this is not my picture, but imagine this happening in a 32oz glass jar:



I found a praying mantis egg case in the wild rose bush outside my window. Actually, I didn't know what the hell it was, but internet searches of bug cocoons + what lives in our area suggested it was the egg case of a Chinese praying mantis. I stuck it in a jar thinking nothing would really happen, since it seemed so light and empty. There was nothing but the egg case in there when I left for class this morning, so I guess they hatched out while I was in class today.

I am so stupidly amused by this. I may actually buy another egg case online next year and do it again if my babies don't leave me any. ;)
karmaschild: (True Blood: You suck.)
I got my first taste of plagiarism today. In my Business Communications class, we had one assignment due today. We had to compose an email on a specific subject and use specific grammatical items in the message. Things like "a sentence using a plural noun ending in o in possessive form". That kind of thing. There were five or six elements we had to include. We would then email our messages to each student in the class and the instructor (the computers in this room are set up on their own little network) when we got to class today.

When class started, there were three people present. I and two other students showed up. First thing, the instructor said to open the email program and send the message that we were to have ready to send. I sent mine. The other two people groaned and made excuses about how they forgot, didn't save it properly, whatever.

I rolled my eyes a little there, because this is the class where we are 5 weeks in and every single assignment over that time, the teacher has had to extend past the deadline because someone "forgot" and begged to do it late. She doesn't even take off points. And then there's me who transfered into the class a week and a half into the quarter, caught up with everything, and have stayed on top of everything since, turning it all in on time. I am more than a little tired of working to get everything in on time (in all my classes) just to have this one class skate by again, and again, and again. Anyway...

So, I sent my assignment out to everyone on our little network. The teacher then started her lecture for the day. While she was lecturing, as usual, I noticed this girl one row forward from me was working on the computer, rather than listening or following along in the book. This is another thing that bugs me. This class has several people who ignore lecture, do other things, then complain when they get stuff wrong because they don't have the information presented in lecture. What was weird about this one this morning was that the file she had open didn't look like she was typing an email. It had a whole bunch of text at the top and she was typing below it, scrolling back and forth to refer to it while she was typing. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was actually watching her cheat off my work.

Later, when the lecture was almost over, she sent out her email. When I got it, I thought at first that someone had accidentally hit "forward" on my email. The thing that really pisses me off is less that she copied my work and more that she did it so damn badly. It was a line-for-line regurgitation of what I sent out minutes before. The paragraphs each had the exact ideas as the ones in mine, they had the exact same number of sentences as mine, it had three paragraphs like mine (the assignment only called for two), every one of the grammar points we were to bold/highlight/etc were in the exact same place as mine. Several of her sentences were identical to mine, except for an "and" or a word or two tacked on at the end.

If you're going to cheat, put some damn effort into it already. Particularly when your copy and paste job will be sent right back to the person you just stole it from!

I emailed the teacher (I love this class. I don't even have to speak. I can just email her at the front of the room and she will answer right away.) and pointed it out to her. I also noted that I was really pretty hacked off about it and that I was having trouble concentrating because I was too busy seeing red. How nice of her to do this on a day we were supposed to be taking an in class exam. She emailed me back that it would be taken care of.

The problem now is that I'm torn on how I feel about this. On the one hand, it's plastered all over the place that this school has a very strict policy on plagiarism and I don't know if that means "you'll get a zero on your assignment" or that she'll be kicked out of the class or something. I'd feel bad, I guess, if she was kicked out, but at the same time, I want something to happen. It's just insult to injury to be the only one in the whole damn class who turns in an assignment on time, only to have it ripped off by someone who couldn't be bothered. At the same time, stealing one email seems like such a small thing.

I dunno. Ugh. My brain hurts.
karmaschild: (YAY!)
Today, I had this exchange with author Lilith Saintcrow (http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/journal/) --

@lilithsaintcrow: It's happened. I suddenly want to run new, longer routes. They warned me about this, but I didn't believe them.
@lilithsaintcrow: When I started, I couldn't even run for 60 seconds. Now I'm contemplating 7-milers. #wonderment
@lilithsaintcrow: This is what a few years of plodding, incremental effort gets you. #applicabletowritingANDrunning

@ShadeBlossom: How long did it take you to get there?

@lilithsaintcrow: Three years? I go really slow.

@ShadeBlossom: That's better than I imagined. I'm out of shape, but I've always wanted to run. Especially when you tweet about #zombiesrun

@lilithsaintcrow: I started with four minutes walking and one running, for a half-hour. For MONTHS.
@lilithsaintcrow: Then three walking, two running--you get the idea. When it was four minutes running, I tried my first 11-minute runs
@lilithsaintcrow: Then I added a minute whenever I felt strong.
@lilithsaintcrow: I lost 70lbs--most of that was because I wasn't misery-eating, though. *grin*

@ShadeBlossom: I'm definitely going to try now. Thank you very much. :)

@lilithsaintcrow: I totally believe in you. You can try running, see if it works for you.
@lilithsaintcrow: Just see if you like it. No pressure, and nobody to measure yourself against. You can do it!

Here's the Zombies, Run! game I was talking about. It's an iPhone app that uses zombies as running motivators. My gift to myself, if I ever get to my goal of actually being able to run, will be an iPhone so I can use this. ;)

Eurgh...

Apr. 4th, 2012 10:53 am
karmaschild: (AUGH)
Really don't like hearing the phrase, "It's automatically a zero" in response to my school questions. Never gotten a zero on an assignment I really tried on, before. Well, not since I started college, anyway. Not fun.

I dunno...

Apr. 3rd, 2012 10:39 pm
karmaschild: (hold on)
Having this weird down swing lately. I keep trying to just muscle through it, but it's not working. I don't want to do anything. Even the stuff I love doing. I can't seem to get myself in motion. There isn't even anything wrong, exactly... aside from the usual, minor complaints.

Just a heads up, I guess, for anyone who's waiting on me for anything. Smack me with a stick and I'll try to get what you need done.

I hear "The Circle of Life" playing from [livejournal.com profile] beverly_mcintyr's room. Very funny, universe.
karmaschild: (I'm confused.)
"Once you've got the approximate number of calories you need to maintain your current body weight, you need to determine if you are overweight, underweight, or at your ideal weight. For a woman, ideal body weight is calculated at 100 pounds up to 5' tall, with an additional 5 pounds added per every inch above 5'."

Am I nuts or is that telling me I should weigh 100 pounds? Is that... even possible for a grown woman? I think the last time I bothered looking at anything that suggested an ideal weight for my age and height and all, it was like 120-130. I'm not sure how I feel about this 100 pounds thing.
karmaschild: (NaNo: It mocks me.)
... and start to believe, by Chuck Wendig.

The last one is all me. I have a very unfriendly internal dialogue when I write.
karmaschild: (AUGH)
I'm just gonna say it: Castiel coming back was the worst thing to happen all season. Let me tell you why...

If I see one more fan whining about how Dean "just left him there after he sacrificed himself for Sam OMG!" I'm going to slap someone. Let's review, shall we?

1. Castiel was the one who pulled Sam out of Hell in the first place. And botched it, leaving Sam's soul behind. This was after Sam made Dean promise NOT to do the same damn thing.

* Guess what Dean DIDN'T do? That's right. He didn't break his promise and try to do anything to get Sam out.

2. Castiel was the one who decided to play God, literally, and take in all that power (absolute power corrupts absolutely, anyone?). Then proceeded to murder just about everyone he came into contact with, starting in Heaven.

* Now, don't get me wrong, the Westboro massacre was funny as shit, but that doesn't excuse everything else he did.

** Guess what Dean did do? Tried to stop Castiel from doing it, tried to find a way to get him back, and then when he couldn't do that, tried to find a way to kill him and stop him from, oh, I don't know... destroying the world?

3. Castiel broke Sam's wall. How are all the Castiel fans forgetting this? He caused this problem entirely. ENTIRELY. He brought Sam out without his soul, then broke the wall to help his own selfish ends.

* Yes, Dean put Sam's soul back against his will and knowing that someday, it would be a problem. But, considering Sam was thoughtlessly murdering innocent people whenever he felt the need to be efficient, what else could he have done? This was DEAN cleaning up CASTIEL'S mess.

4. Castiel released the Leviathans that killed Bobby. Know what Dean didn't do? Get Bobby killed.

5. Dean is not a big meany for walking away at the end of this episode. Particularly not after he's been spending the last however many episodes practicing his own wall to keep emotions at bay. He can't fix Castiel anymore than he could fix Sam, what should he do? Sit there and cry? He's got a job to do and Castiel has penance to do, not unlike Sam deciding to jump into Hell to make up for releasing the Devil in the first place. Remember that?

IN CONCLUSION: I realize Misha Collins is pretty and all, but could we please try to get some perspective here?

Well..

Mar. 21st, 2012 10:13 pm
karmaschild: (True Blood: You suck.)
I have accomplished exactly nothing I set out to do today. Took three hours to get the software I needed downloaded. Now that I have it installed, I can't use it because I forgot to get the necessary information from my teacher today. And that's after I failed to actually accomplish anything at school today.

Now I'm reading "The Hunger Games" and bawling intermittently for no good reason.

Awesome.

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