sarkastic: (spar - there is a hurricane in me)
I hate that I go so long without updating. I've been really busy but not a ton of it has been particularly interesting. It is my birthday tomorrow so that's fun! I'm going out to dinner at the expensive, delicious place by my apartment and just bought myself a bottle of wine, so it promises to be a good night. I also went to the Christmas market in Chicago over Thanksgiving break and picked up some Choco Leibniz at their German goods store, which are so effing good but which I can never find, even at the global foods supermarket. Happy happy joy joy. The only thing missing from my life is Schoko & Keks Milka, which I literally have RECURRING dreams about.

I've been rewatching Farscape for the first time in years, and I'm kind of amazed how quickly I've fallen back in love with these characters. I remember being pretty bored by a lot of S1 when I first watched it, but watching it with all the knowledge of what's to come, it's almost kind of comforting in its simplicity. And the cast all have such great chemistry together and such interesting relationships. Not just John and Aeryn, but everyone on Moya. Everyone WITH Moya. The first time she showed up onscreen I yelled her name and kind of got a little pang in my heart. I hadn't realized how much I missed her and constantly hearing "Prepare for immediate starburst!" I am totally ready for Chiana and Scorpius to show up though.

I am embarrassingly excited for an Indexing course for next semester where you get to create a controlled vocabulary, but I'm super worried it's going to get canceled. I keep trying to get people to sign up for it, but all my friends are lame rare books people. WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO CREATE YOUR OWN CONTROLLED VOCABULARY?! I already created my own metadata schema for national flags and it is BEAUTIFUL. (It was for a class! Don't look at me like that!)

Basically, that's my life right now. Food, Farscape, and library science concepts that I have trouble explaining to pretty much anyone, because even my LIS friends are not into sweet, sweet metadata the way I am.

football

Oct. 5th, 2013 04:38 pm
sarkastic: (foot - hope solo: america fuck yeah)
I've tentatively started watching men's club football again. I never really stopped watching men's international, although Germany's embarrassing, heartbreaking loss in the last Euros was what drove me to give up football for pretty much an entire season - they just haven't honestly had that many important games in the interim (so even though I wasn't always watching, I didn't miss much). I, uh, did not deal with that loss well, and my hatred of Spain winning everything was just making it no longer enjoyable for me. Although that was just what tipped me over into quitting (for a bit). It was really all the bullshit politics and corruption and racism and sexism in the sport and its administration that ruined football for me for awhile. Anyway, I gave it a year, and now I've been watching Liverpool do relatively well this season and beat the Mancs which is awesome. I've been so out of the loop that I don't even know who half the players on Liverpool are anymore, so I need to get reacquainted with my team.

I am, however, pretty frustrated and upset with all the World Cup bullshit that has been going on. 2022 in winter? This whole situation is such a joke and ridiculously unfair to the other countries who made bids on the understanding that it would be held in summer. And just like.... wow, FIFA, could it be any more obvious that the World Cup is up for sale to whoever will give you the most cash, regardless of considerations for the sport or players or fans? And of course now there's all the human rights violations going on in the construction of stadiums that will likely just be torn down after the tournament because there are like twenty people in Qatar. If these plans for a winter WC go through, which they pretty much seem to be poised to do, the WC will potentially be at the same time as the Winter Olympics (I think? these things confuse me). THAT WOULD BE THE WORST. Not to mention, of course, the anti-gay laws in both Qatar and Russia. Obviously it would be a huge diplomatic clusterfuck if any foreign fans or players were arrested under these laws and definitely not Qatar and probably not Russia would risk the wrath of the international world. BUT. Just the fact that, legally, gay players and fans have that threat hanging over them is infuriating.

But, actually, despite my ranting, I am actually enjoying football again. I swear! Going back to it has felt very comfortable. It's still the sport I understand the most, that makes the most sense to me. I enjoy hockey but I'm still not that great at understanding tactics and it always takes me forever to get into the flow of the game. Not so with football. I mean, I'm no genius with football but I get what's going on. Also, no commercials! Sweet baby jesus did I miss that when I was busy watching all these American sports.

podcasts

Sep. 24th, 2013 06:23 pm
sarkastic: (co - let's go film the sex scene)
Do you guys have any good podcast recommendations? I've been in a mood where I want to absorb all the information I can (including successfully completing nonfiction books, which I almost never do), so I'm looking for some good podcasts to listen to. I'll give you a few of the ones I like, although they're pretty well known and if you listen to podcasts, you probably already know about them.

Stuff You Should Know - Very good for gently introducing you to topics and giving you the basics of a subject. If ever I get on Jeopardy, I will totally have to thank this show for increasing my trivial knowledge of random shit.
The Bugle - John Oliver! A hilarious, pun-filled, and sometimes surreal breakdown of the latest news, as viewed by odd English people.
Slashreport - Obviously! If there are any slash fans out there who don't know about this, what are you doing? Even if you just go for the fic recs. But they've had a lot of great episodes, especially the one about the bizarre joy, despair, and fury of watching Vikings. It was very cathartic!
The History of Rome - I've just started it, and I'm tentatively enjoying it. I was a Classics major so I know a lot of this, but my school had pretty shoddy coverage of the Romans (ugh, Greeks, snore). My knowledge of the Romans is most comprehensive in the years of the decline of the western empire, as that was the only focused Roman history course I was able to take. Obviously I know the basics of the rest of the history, but I think it'll be good to get a refresher, and I'm not very good at early Roman history.

So that's all I listen to regularly. What's your favorite stuff? I'm especially interested in history. Like I've really been wanting a good history of China, but that seems like a bit of an undertaking, and maybe a podcast would be the best way to do that (outside of a full-on, multiple semester academic course, probably). But I will take anything! One of my jobs involves a lot of boring uploading and sorting, and also I walk to places a lot. Help me not be bored!
sarkastic: (lotr - the road goes ever on and on)
Let's talk about shows I am excited about watching this fall!

Elementary: SO MUCH. Last season this slowly, seemingly out of nowhere, became the show I looked forward to the most every week. It's my happy place.
Parks & Rec: OF COURSE. My comedy happy place.
The Good Wife: Even though this show frustrates me sometimes, I am really excited to see what they do with the cliffhanger. I hope they take advantage of it and really shake things up.
Homeland: ...Tentatively. I wish Brody would just get killed off. The second half of last season was such a bizarre trainwreck. I hope they get things back on track.
The Vampire Diaries/The Originals cracktastic double feature: I think I'm going to have to save The Originals on Tuesdays then watch these together on Thursday nights while very, very drunk. But I am 100% there for Klaus's babymama drama, Stefan getting Angeled into a lake by his evil doppelganger, and Elijah's dashing good looks AS A SERIES REGULAR.
Haven: The cases of the week tend to bore me, but I looooove the OT3.
Lost Girl: I am so team Tamsin/Bo, you don't even know. Can Lauren be gone now? She's so boring it makes me cry.
The Walking Dead: Well... we'll see what version of the show decides to show up for season four.

New shows I'm going to try out are SHIELD (I refuse to write out that entire title with all the periods) and Sleepy Hollow. I'm also watching Revenge but I wouldn't exactly say I'm "looking forward" to that. I'm really just there for Nolan.

On Saturday I am going to a Blackhawks open practice! It's a far cry from a game, but until I can afford tickets to one of those, this will have to do.

cable!

Aug. 26th, 2013 10:50 pm
sarkastic: (spar - there is a hurricane in me)
People have been posting on lj again and it's awesome! Unfortunately, it has to happen when a new semester is starting up. I'm working three jobs and taking two classes. But it's really not too bad, and I think the classes will be interesting. Mostly I'm excited because I finally decided to get cable so now I can watch my shows live and watch reruns of Murder, She Wrote on Hallmark every night. That is a legit reason to get cable and never let anyone tell you different.

I'm trying to read The Sunne in Splendour but it's kind of terrifyingly huge. Although watching The White Queen, though pretty dumb and disappointing in a lot of ways, at least gave me the very, very basic outline of facts so I'm slightly less confused than I would be otherwise.

I've also been watching Orange Is the New Black, which, yay, women! It's giving me a sick urge to rewatch Oz, which I know is a super terrible idea that will only end in tears and me thinking I'm going to get kneecapped with a pipe when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

I've also been meaning to watch a bunch of other shows, and maybe I can get another one in before fall shows start. So behind the cut is the list of shows I am considering, and you should tell me if you feel strongly about any of them!

shows to watch )
sarkastic: (got - arya there are power lines)
So, I watched the last Game of Thrones episode, even though I really didn't want to. And can I just say it's a goddamn relief to be able to talk about this openly now? Although I will still spoiler cut because it is only Tuesday. And also because this will contain spoilers for the entire book series.

thoughts on the red wedding - includes spoilers for entire book series )
sarkastic: (got - arya there are power lines)
I just have too many feelings about Game of Thrones/ASOIAF to be contained by tumblr. I MUST BE ALLOWED TO RAMBLE.

As always, there will almost certainly be spoilers through A Dance with Dragons behind the cut. And I tried to control the amount of complaining about how they're Doing It Wrong, but... I kind of failed. Although mostly it's me wondering, now that they've changed it in this way, how will this amazing thing that HAS to happen still happen?!

Also I have two huge projects due next week you can't make me work on theeeeeeem!

game of thrones/asoiaf (through ADWD) spoilery thoughts up in here )

tumblr psa

Apr. 21st, 2013 07:42 pm
sarkastic: (tw - d/s hole in my head)
I feel like I've made this PSA a bunch of times, but I just want to make sure I'm getting everyone over there because I am way more active on tumblr. So, my tumblr is whatithacasmean. If we're not friends over there, let me know who you are so we can be.

Also, how great has The Borgias been to fandom this season? Bless this show!

I'm a little giddy right now because the end of the semester actually seems like it's in sight and achievable and I'm not going to have to cry in a corner for days to deal with all of it. By tomorrow at this time I will hopefully be completely done with one of my three classes.

spartacus

Apr. 15th, 2013 11:49 pm
sarkastic: (got - arya there are power lines)
So the Spartacus finale was simultaneously the most amazing and heartbreaking thing I have ever witnessed and I am constantly caught between loving this show SO MUCH and everything it did and the beautiful, tragic story it told so wonderfully, and just wanting to bawl my eyes out. There is simply nothing even close to it on television right now. It's left a little hole in my heart, something that legitimately physically pains me at times. I'm going to miss having these characters and stories in my life so much.

If you haven't watched this show for whatever reason, I cannot recommend it enough. Few shows have touched on issues of love and freedom and equality and loyalty and endurance and survival (or not) so amazingly, and been so diverse and feminist and queer-friendly while doing it. FEMINIST CRIXUS HIGHLY SUGGESTS YOU WATCH THIS SHOW, BUT HE RESPECTS WHATEVER DECISION YOU MAKE.

I watched Da Vinci's Demons to see if it could fill the void left in my heart by Spartacus. Um, that'd be a no. Maybe if the actor playing Leonardo was more charismatic and less... cookie cutter tv leading man-looking? If that makes sense. He just seems incredibly ordinary. They should've gone fey. I would've eaten that shit up. But this Leonardo is a MAN'S MAN. SEE HIS HEAVING MUSCLES. Sigh. Major downgrade from Spartacus. And that show was FULL of heaving muscles. They just did it so much better.

Also last night's Game of Thrones was surprisingly hilarious? A light hearted romp! (Except for the horrifying parts.) There is actually only one scene in the entirety of ASOIAF that has made me laugh out loud and it occurs in ASOS, but waaaay later in the book and with a character they haven't even cast yet. CAN YOU GUESS IT?! It's really random actually, I have no idea if anyone would even think of it.

Spartacus

Mar. 23rd, 2013 07:42 pm
sarkastic: (btvs - it all comes full circle)
Can we please talk about last night's Spartacus for a second? Oh, and this includes speculation on scenes that appear in the promo for 309, so don't look here if you want to avoid that.

spartacus: war of the damned 308 )

Can I just say I really want an AU where all the Spartacus characters live in modern day New Zealand and just have nice lives and nothing really interesting happens to them and they're just good friends who maybe run a gym together or something? And sometimes they get in disputes with the fancy chain gym run by Glaber that tries to set up shop across the street and run them out of business and have to deal with shady local politician Batiatus but otherwise just generally have a good time together? I WOULD LITERALLY READ NOVELS OF THAT.
sarkastic: (football - danny's back)
I haven't been up to much lately. I could talk to you about library science school but I find that it glazes the eyes of even my mother, that woman most devoted to and adept at listening to the boring minutiae of my life. Plus I get enough library talk with my classmates.

I've been reading the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and loving it. Definitely one of the more creative and well thought-out forms of "magic" that I've seen in a fantasy novel. I also bought The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox and The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, both of which were long-standing recs from the flist. I think I might save The Art of Fielding for when baseball starts though.

Shows I'm watching and genuinely enjoying/looking forward to each week: SPARTACUS!, Justified, Parks & Rec, Elementary, The Walking Dead. Shows I watch just because I can't seem to stop but don't really enjoy them anymore: Revenge, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries (ugh what a clusterfuck). Shows I am as of yet undecided about: new Community, The Good Wife (this show never quite gives me what I want, even though it is objectively good). New show I am trying out and as yet undecided about: Shameless US.

I know it's depressing when your sports team of choice is doing terrible and has no chance of anything, but, my god, it is deeply stressful to have not one but TWO teams who are on fire right now and serious title contenders. It's a lot more stressful with my Hoosiers because dear god college basketball and especially the Big 10 is like one months-long heart attack. Also the regular season is wrapping up and soon it will be tourny time and I will just have to go cry in the corner under the weight of all those expectations. That game last night just about ended me. How am I going to survive March?

Also: BLACKHAWKS AMIRITE?! I don't even know what's happening but I love it. It's great. I really wanted to go to a game but apparently tickets are pretty expensive. I can't get my pops to shell out the cash for us to go to one. I could just pay for it myself but.... I am cheap. And poor.

And then, there are stirrings of baseball. Whispers in the south. I don't know when I became so multi-sports-obsessed. I used to be a monogamous sports fan. But then I dumped football because it just made me sad all the time, and now I watch lots of sports. It's great! I actually haven't been missing football at all this entire season (and not just because LFC suck again this year). more football thoughts )
sarkastic: (btvs - it all comes full circle)
Feels like it's been forever since I made a real post. Oh, and I need to say a very belated thank you to [livejournal.com profile] ladyoneill and [livejournal.com profile] randomeliza for your lovely Christmas cards! :)

During the first week of January I devoured, zombie-style, everything that's aired so far of The Walking Dead. And if anyone walked in on me, clad in my snuggie and eating Milka (MILKA!), and judged me, I would just yell at them, "I'm doing stuff! THINGS!"

spoilers through last aired episode )

Also, anytime something shocking happens I yell, "HOLY SHIT LEONARD'S A ZOMBIE!" I just can't help it. ZOMBIE ATTAAAAACK!
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Feels like it's been forever since I made a real post. Oh, and I need to say a very belated thank you to [personal profile] ladyoneill and [profile] randomeliza for your lovely Christmas cards! :)

During the first week of January I devoured, zombie-style, everything that's aired so far of The Walking Dead. And if anyone walked in on me, clad in my snuggie and eating Milka (MILKA!), and judged me, I would just yell at them, "I'm doing stuff! THINGS!"

spoilers through last aired episode )

Also, anytime something shocking happens I yell, "HOLY SHIT LEONARD'S A ZOMBIE!" I just can't help it. ZOMBIE ATTAAAAACK!
sarkastic: (mer - she's liable to grow up mean)
merlin finale spoilers )

Even if you gave up on this show seasons ago, if you ever considered yourself invested in the Merlin and Arthur relationship, I highly highly recommend watching this episode.
sarkastic: (lotr - the road goes ever on and on)
merlin finale spoilers )

Even if you gave up on this show seasons ago, if you ever considered yourself invested in the Merlin and Arthur relationship, I highly highly recommend watching this episode.
sarkastic: (mer - arthur lol)
It feels like it's been forever since I talked about TV. Sadly that's probably because not much has been super amazing this year. But, still, some stuff has been pretty enjoyable. And now I am OFFICIALLY on winter break, so I actually have some free time!

Homeland )

Revenge )

Haven )

The Good Wife )

Elementary )

The Vampire Diaries )

Still loving my comedies for the most part: Happy Endings, Parks & Rec, Go On. I've also been slowly watching Archer on Netflix, and, yes, it is pretty amazing. I've also been watching Arrow, Revolution, and Once Upon a Time (yay women!), but don't have much to say about them. They're enjoyable but I don't think about them much afterwards. Except for how I wish we lived in a time where Aurora and Mulan could actually have the intense love story that they are currently basically having anyway, who the fuck cares about Philipp. Also sometimes I watch a little of Supernatural after Arrow and I side-eye it so hard. Damn, show, what happened to you?

Question, guys: I feel this weird temptation to attempt to watch Star Trek... of some variety. I'm a little wary, because sci-fi of THAT level of cheese can be difficult for me to get into (I really had to work to persist through season one of Farscape, and I always get bored with the Stargates very quickly). But I may try, mostly because all of the TV series (and some of the movies) are on Netflix. It's just so easy! Anyway, we'll see how this goes. Any input from fans about jumping headfirst into things would be appreciated.

Also, so excited about Justified and Spartacus coming back in January! Well, also kind of more bracing myself for Spartacus.

tv!

Dec. 11th, 2012 10:27 pm
sarkastic: (btvs - it all comes full circle)
It feels like it's been forever since I talked about TV. Sadly that's probably because not much has been super amazing this year. But, still, some stuff has been pretty enjoyable. And now I am OFFICIALLY on winter break, so I actually have some free time!

Homeland )

Revenge )

Haven )

The Good Wife )

Elementary )

The Vampire Diaries )

Still loving my comedies for the most part: Happy Endings, Parks & Rec, Go On. I've also been slowly watching Archer on Netflix, and, yes, it is pretty amazing. I've also been watching Arrow, Revolution, and Once Upon a Time (yay women!), but don't have much to say about them. They're enjoyable but I don't think about them much afterwards. Except for how I wish we lived in a time where Aurora and Mulan could actually have the intense love story that they are currently basically having anyway, who the fuck cares about Philipp. Also sometimes I watch a little of Supernatural after Arrow and I side-eye it so hard. Damn, show, what happened to you?

Question, guys: I feel this weird temptation to attempt to watch Star Trek... of some variety. I'm a little wary, because sci-fi of THAT level of cheese can be difficult for me to get into (I really had to work to persist through season one of Farscape, and I always get bored with the Stargates very quickly). But I may try, mostly because all of the TV series (and some of the movies) are on Netflix. It's just so easy! Anyway, we'll see how this goes. Any input from fans about jumping headfirst into things would be appreciated.

Also, so excited about Justified and Spartacus coming back in January! Well, also kind of more bracing myself for Spartacus.

may 2013

Nov. 19th, 2012 12:26 pm
sarkastic: (lotr - the road goes ever on and on)
Oh man, guys, I was looking at the movie calendar for next year and May 2013 is going to be an EPIC month for movies. I actually MIGHT just fall over and die at the end of it. You got Iron Man 3 on the 3rd, the new Star Trek movie on the 17th, then the SIXTH Fast and Furious film on the 24th, which I had forgotten was going to happen until recently and then I was very excited to find out that Han would indeed be involved, as the last time I checked months ago he was not being included on the cast lists I was seeing. Also, either Han did not actually die at the end of Tokyo Drift, or Tokyo Drift apparently took place in like 2016. WHO KNEW?!

I need to find someone to go to a midnight show of The Hobbit with me. All of my usual suspects won't be back in town yet. I'd prefer to go with someone who's at least a little of a Tolkien geek. Hrm. Maybe I just won't go to a midnight show. I've had pretty awful experiences at the last few I've gone to, with the crowd crossing over the line from having fun reactions to just being fucking obnoxious. But then Tolkien geeks are so much more fun than any other kind of geek. SIGH. Decisions.

Also, do people plan on seeing it in 3D the first time? I know it was filmed in 3D and didn't just have it pasted on in post-production. But I always find it so distracting and it makes the film really dark and hard to see at parts. Hmmm.

(This post brought to you by me avoiding my sections of this hideously boring group project I have to work on.)
sarkastic: (got - arya there are power lines)
First of all, I saw Skyfall and loved it! Such a pretty movie and NON STOP INTENSITY and I am not at all ashamed to admit that I got home and looked up all the Bond/Q fic I could find, which was actually a good amount for a movie that's been out for a week. That pairing is total fandom catnip, so I am not that surprised.

So, I decided to commit to a full reread of A Song of Ice and Fire to try and get through A Storm of Swords before the third season starts. This is my first reread and it's been veeery interesting reading this story when I'm not trying to figure out who the hell everyone is all the time. And of course it's me so I have a million ~feelings~ and thoughts.

Like always with me, assume the possibility of spoilers through A Dance with Dragons.

a song of ice and fire reread )
sarkastic: (btvs - it all comes full circle)
First, here is my question: have you read any good long, plotty (or, like, fulfilling-delightful-cliche-y), preferably at some point smut-having (because I like to be honest with myself) fics lately? I'm weirdly jonesing for some Dean/Cas, but I am open to anything. I feel like I've kind of hit a fic wall.

Now, let's talk all about the sometimes awesome, sometimes boring, but not generally terrible television I've been watching this season.

The Good Wife )

Revenge )

Haven )

Homeland )

Once Upon a Time )

The Vampire Diaries )

I also watched the pilots of Arrow, Last Resort, and Elementary and enjoyed them, but I'll have to see if I have time to watch them. None of them were really must watch to me.

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