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Yikes. It's been over a month since I last posted.
Anyway, I'll just pretend that never happened and I'll try to get back on track with posting every day (only because I want to finish that CLAMP 30 Day challenge thing...).
Work is going well. I've been working on the Pixar parade a whole lot lately, which I don't mind, because the hours are good--not to early and not too late. The only thing I don't like about working the parade is working in the heat, but parade management always has cold water and Gatorade for the performers and we (the costumers) can drink the water and Gatorade as well.
I've started volunteering at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. I normally wouldn't volunteer so far away but a: Orange County is pretty sparse, when it comes to museums. Sure, we have Bowers Museum, but whenever I submit a volunteer application to them I never, ever hear back from them. Also, Bowers is pretty small. The NHM in LA has three floors, is 100 years old, they have a ton of exhibits, they have a pretty amazing Dino Hall, they're historic, they have behind the scene volunteer opportunities and tons of different departments (like the department of anthropology), and, yeah, I'm kind of considering a career in a museum (like a curator. Maybe. Hopefully. I like being around historic things/places/areas). So I figured I would volunteer in a museum to see if I like the environment and plus it's something to put on my resume. But I'm just doing it for the experience. I know I should list a 'b' reason because I had an 'a' reason but I can't think of anything for a 'b' reason. Um...maybe b: it's in downtown LA and downtown LA is very historic? Ooh! The NHM was featured in the L.A. Noire game :D which I totally want to play again just because. I like driving in that game. I can drive on sidewalks. I can drive in the L.A. river basin in the game. And a couple Mondays ago when I took the train we were besid...
So I've finally got a part time job. It's at Disneyland and I'll be working in the wardrobe department (or entertainment costuming. I think there's two names for the same job. Basically, whatever it's called, I'll be helping with the costumes backstage. I'll be cleaning some costumes, I think. Really, what I know so far is that I'll be helping with the costumes.
So I won't have to be in the costume.
Which is a good thing, because I can't even begin to imagine being in a costume).
There's a couple good things about working at Disneyland: I can get into the park for free. Which is awesome, because ever since graduating I wanted to go to Disneyland to celebrate and now I can! Also, I can get 40% off merchandise right now (holiday special), every cast member gets a holiday package, which includes dining discounts, coupons for free popcorn and free drinks, three tickets that can be used to bring in family/friends, an ornament...
There's this store called Company D, which sells disused Disney merchandise. They had an alarm clock there--the original price was $31. It was 50% off (everything is) and so I got it for $15.
I had orientation over the weekend, which involved going backstage, and sitting in classrooms, and I was getting paid for it :D my actual training starts Friday, but so far it's going pretty good. I have the name tag--the white one--and it has my name on it, and did I mention that I can get into Disneyland for free whenever I want to? And California Adventure? This means I can go to Carsland whenever I want. This means I can ride the Haunted Mansion anytime I want.
And I believe parking is also free :D
So, yes, that's about the only major life event that's happened. Oh, and I finally picked up my diplomas. I need to get really good frames for them to show them off. But I picked up two--because I majored in two different schools.
Also, I finally saw a live ...
I can't believe I didn't post for more than a month--I've been reading the friends list and everything, I just never felt like I needed to post.
The one thing that's happened since I last posted is that I got an internship with Make-A-Wish. I'm an auction committee intern. Basically, what I do is I call stores/companies and I ask for a donation. I have a slight fear of making a phone call and speaking to someone over the phone (IDK why I have that fear, I just do...) but it's not really affecting my phone-call-making abilities at Make-a-Wish. There are some days when I get to pick up a donation item as well :) which are fun days. Except for when I get lost and the GPS on my phone reroutes my route too later when I'm driving down a street.
(My navigation skills are horrible. I really do need a GPS if I'm going out of town to Newport Beach or LA. Any area that isn't Orange/Santa Ana/Tustin, basically.)
I also started volunteering at the library. The volunteer coordinator for that has no set time for me to come in so I'm making sure that I come in at least once a week and volunteer for at least an hour. I'm helping with re-shelving the books. Which I like doing, because it means I can organize shelves to my heart's content and I get to tidy them up and make sure the shelves look really neat and organized.
I'm still looking for a job. I had an interview at Disneyland a couple weeks ago and they put me on the wait-list for a job. The other day I had an interview at Queen Mary for a seasonal job. I'm hoping something comes my way by December because I have student loan payments starting in December.
I'm thinking of doing one of those 30 day memes that requires me to update every day because it would at least give me something to talk about.
Anyway, changing the subject: guys, look at this!
First off, the Sigur Ros song <3 and The Musketeers, also <3 (I love The Th...
I have been away from LJ for way too long. I've been reading the friends list, so I'm up to date with what's happening. I just didn't really feel like posting on LJ because I just haven't.
I'm going to talk about some TV shows I've been watching lately:
I've been watching the TV show The Hour lately. It's good--sometimes. It has its issues--it moves at a slow pace sometimes, kind of like Mad Men. It's certainly not action packed. It relies more on mystery and intrigue.
It's like a Le Carre novel come to life, except it's not quite like Le Carre. (I've read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.) I have a hard time describing it.
I like the characters sometimes. I particularly like Freddie. And there are some characters that I can't stand.
I liken it to Mad Men, but that's only because the show takes place in the 1950s. (Or is it 1960s?) I'm not completely obsessed with it, but it is a good show to watch.
I've also been trying to catch up with Mad Dogs. I just finished watching the first series (it was four episodes, so that was easy). The one thing I like about Mad Dogs is the cast--the story is completely wild and insane, but the cast makes everything better. Seriously. There's John Simm, Philip Glenister, Marc Warren, and Max Beesley. And I completely kind of ship Warren's and Beesley's characters just because, IMO, they just have so much chemistry together.
I'm on the second season now. For some reason I've always had a hard time completing season 2 because it just feels so different, tonally, from season 1. Season 1 had its shocking moments, sure, but it completely operated on a dark comedy/humor kind of thing, and so far there's none of that in season 2.
Also, Top Gear is back! That means more updates from me because I'll be writing down my thoughts on the episodes.
Okay, episode 1:
What I liked:
-the boat that James sailed on for th...
I am now an alumna of UCI. I hold a B.A. in anthropology and European Studies (with an emphasis in medieval studies) and I don't know what I want to do with my life or with careers or anything.
Whatever. I'm done with undergraduate studies and it's a kind of bittersweet feeling, personally. I spent three years at community college and three years at UCI and I'm just going to miss that feeling of being a student.
Although I do know I want to go back for grad school in the way-off future, hopefully (maybe for something medieval? It is a favorite subject of mine...although I wouldn't say no to a language program, preferably in Russian, or IDK. I'll deal with that in the future).
These past few weeks have been hectic for me and so I just haven't updated a whole lot.
The important things that happened:
-I finished my European Studies thesis! It's called 'From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Geoffrey Chaucer: The Political Portrayal of Knights and Chivalry in Medieval Literature'. I must admit that I didn't see the paper to be ending up the way it did when I started thinking about the thesis--I mean I knew from the start that I wanted to focus on knights in medieval society, but the fact that I ended up analyzing how knights were represented in literature was something I honestly did not see coming.
I kind of blame the professor who guided the whole seminar for leading me down the path of analyzing literature. Seriously. Because otherwise I wouldn't have even looked at literature at all. And I did.
The paper is far from perfect, but it's my own paper and I got to shape its argument and battle with it and have writer's block over it and I'm proud of it. (I swear I had writer's block! Seriously. My original argument: Chaucer's represenation of knights and chivalry is different! And then one night I had an epiphany and the argument became 'knights and chivarly were portrayed for political and ...
Last week I went to see it at midnight on Wednesday night.
And there weren't a whole lot of people in the theater. Really. There were more people around for The Avengers midnight premiere last year than there was for the Star Trek premiere this year. I wonder why that was.
Anyway, because it was midnight, and I usually have a bad habit of conking out half-way throughout the film (or, well, I was close to just closing my eyes and sleeping because I was exhausted), this first (notice how I said first) review will entirely be from my limited consciousness perspective.
Okay, first thing: too much action. I was rolling my eyes at the amount of action. It was as if the action dial was on maximum--it wouldn't let up at all. I mean I know there was action in the first film, but not so much that it overshadowed the characters. I felt that this film the writers were deciding it needed to be all 'OMG ACTION' rather than 'characters'.
Now, remember, what I remember of the film is clouded in hazy exhaustion, so maybe some of my opinions will change when I re-watch it.
I still didn't like Uhura and Spock. It's not that I don't like the shipping--I think I'm just mainly annoyed with Uhura. Particularly with the way she's written? IDK. I just don't like Uhura.
This movie didn't have enough Kirk and Spock scenes. Or maybe it did. I just don't remember it all.
I missed Chekov in this film D: I know he was in it, but he didn't get enough screen time.
I like that Simon Pegg had an increased screen time :D
I like that there was no cartoon-ish scenes in the film (the scene in the first film of Scott being stuck in the water pipes annoys me so much in the first film).
I didn't like the Leonard Nimoy came back. It kind of cheapened his appearance in the first film. I mean I get that this movie was paying homage (referencing?) The Wrath of Khan, but really, did they need ...
Because I haven't updated in forever since April, this entry will be mostly about things I did in April.
Los Angeles just seems like a completely different country compared to Orange County. First of all, there's the problem of traffic, which I battled with for the majority of the time I drove in LA yesterday.
Anyway. On April 21 I went to see Whose Line Is It Anyway. I had a ticket and everything and the line was rather long, but I was hoping I would be able to get in to see the show. To make a long story short, I didn't (kind of-ish). Apparently they ran out of room so they moved all the people who wanted to go to the overfill room to the overfill room, which was just another room. It was from that room that me and a bunch of other people saw the show being taped. We saw it on TV screens. Needless to say, it was a bit of a downer.
(And, also, it's a common thing for TV studios to give out a bunch of tickets for TV tapings because they want to get a full house? IDK. Their logic, while quite logical--they want to make sure all seats are filled--is, at the same time, quite illogical, because there were people there who were hoping to actually get into the taping room and see it live and not from the overfill room.)
So anyway, fast forward to around 10 PM--3/4 of the people who had been in the room already left, so it was just me, a group of four people, and two other people. Then this guy comes in and says they need two people, because apparently there are two empty seats, and they need those filled for when they film the audience (IDK--something like that) and, considering how I was just the one person in my group (I'm suddenly reminded of the Muppets song Me Party--wow), I said I would go. Because why not? I needed a change.
So I got to be in the same room as the WLiiA cast for about fifteen minutes.
Overall, if I had the opportunity, I would probably go again, but I would get to the st...
These are graphics I made for a challenge for Deep Blue Sea. Feel free to skip. Or you can look at the prettiness (half-prettiness. As usual, I procrastinated on doing this challenge because of school and life and so some of them aren't my best. Especially the wallpaper).Icon
(Being Human UK: Rook)Wallpaper
(Being Human: Hal and Tom)
Preview (click for full image):Tumblr Graphic
(Farscape: Chiana) (I was so confused about this because what really constitutes a tumblr graphic? So I just made sure to make mine all nice and pretty. Oh, and it's pretty crappy because, like I said, I procrastinated and did this all last night when I was pretty tired)Episode Poster
(The Great Escape)Fanmix Cover
(Stargate Atlantis: Rodney and Carson)
Guys, finals are over! I only had three finals (well, technically, two--the third one was a paper and I had to turn that in on-line). Two of them that I had to take in class were scheduled for 8 AM and that just annoyed me. I commute to school by bus so when a final or a class is scheduled at 8 AM I have to catch the early bus, and it takes me a super long time to actually wake up in the morning so I get up earlier than is probably needed because I just like taking time to get ready to leave.
I hung out with my friend last Saturday in order to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a day early, because she worked on St. Patrick's Day. We watched the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera
--I've already seen the film before, although she hadn't, and so it was her first time watching it. Then we watched The Great Escape
, because she said she hadn't seen the film in a long time. We both fangirled over certain actors and just basically were amazed at how many amazing actors were in the film XD (no, really, that's what we did).
On St. Patrick's Day I went out to a local bar near my place and I had an Irish car bomb drink to celebrate. Then I found out I was basically drinking the drink all wrong because I opted to pour the shot glass of whiskey (was it whiskey?) into the Guinness. Apparently people actually dump the shot glass into the Guinness. Oops. Well, I have plenty more St. Patrick Day's in the future to drink an Irish car bomb the correct way.
Then I found out that Richard Attenborough was in a 1947 film called Brighton Rock.
This is Richard in the film:
I'm just amazed at how young he looks. He was in his mid-20s when he made the film but OMG so young 0_0 and so handsome. I really can't wait until I watch the film :D
My friend also told me of this other film ca...
I've been meaning to post since the last time I posted (which I think was March 1) but life really did get in the way. So in this post I'll give my thoughts on the last two episodes of Top Gear and the last three episodes of Being Human.
The Top Gear Africa adventure was amazing 0_0 and I loved that we got two episodes. It didn't live up to the Vietnam special, IMO, but I'm extremely biased because that was the first episode of TG I ever saw so it kind of holds a special place in my heart. But I think I did love the Africa special more than the Middle East. And maybe possibly more than the other African special they did.
Things I Loved:
-the 'let us sleep in our cars!' and then they each designed their own cars and James had a library in his lol
-Jeremy's car looked comfortable, IMO. If I had to sleep in one of their cars I would have slept in his
-James, re: military bed: "It makes you consider how lucky you are" (or something like that)
-the stuff in Richard's mini kitchen just flying about
-James and Jeremy taking the mickey out on one of Richard's wildlife shows that I've never seen but apparently they were familiar enough with that they were teasing him and Richard telling them to shut up
-the inability of the camera people to actually get a good shot of the animals they passed
-James cuttting the side panel off Jeremy's side door to use for a front bumper
-the chair on top of Richard's car
-Jeremy and James buying Richard the chair
-the song Africa (by Toto). 'Most appropriate use of the song in an episode ever' award goes to this episode, obviously, for the use of that song
-(that award also goes to past TG episodes where they've had an epic song being played over epic scenes. Um...the Vietnam episode where they had the Beach Boys, the...
-Jeremy trying to walk with things on his head
-Jezza and Jeremy insisting it's his town and Richard pointing out the fact...
Whose Line is going to be back! :D \o/
According to numerous articles, and Colin on Twitter (and Wayne and Drew as well), and this article
as well, and this is like Christmas. It feels like Christmas. It's a surprise I wasn't expecting at all.
But the most important thing is this: Ryan and Colin are back on Whose Line!
(I really do need better WL icons.)
Oh my god school's been keeping me busy. Basically, last week it was midterms week--I had two midterms that week, and I had another one this past Thursday, and I've been trying to concentrate more on not procrastinating and studying for tests and so I basically ignored updating my LJ so I could focus on school.
But now midterms are all done so I can have fun and reply to comments \o/
I did drop the comparative literature class a couple weeks back (well, it was during week 2 so it wasn't a couple weeks back)--I didn't really like it, and I didn't need it at all, and I didn't like how the majority of the students in the class were either whispering to each other or playing with their cell phones or not paying attention. Also, I kind of want this quarter lighter because I know next quarter I'll have this upper division writing class for European Studies and I'll be probably busy with that class. (I think.)
Another thing that happened this month was the grad expo. I had the chance to order my cap and gown and all the tassels that go on the cap (I ordered a social science and a humanities one--even though I'm pretty sure I'll only be walking in one of them, because as a double major in different schools I can't walk in both the school of social science and school of humanities. From what I've read so far on this website about commencement and walking).
I also ordered my class ring :D it looks so pretty (I can only assume) and I can't wait for it to get here so I actually hold it in my hands and (probably) wear it. I only say 'probably' because when it comes to jewelry I'm crap at wearing them. I have a ton of earrings that I only wear during special occasions that I don't wear the rest of the time because I just hate how they feel on my ears. The only jewelry I actively wear--sometimes--are necklaces, but they have to be ordinary looking type of necklaces. If they look too fancy, then I don't wear them. If they look...
Top Gear is back!! *flails*
It was wonderful to see the show back on TV (well, laptop. I live in America and I know BBC America will air it on Sunday-or is it Monday?-and they've been excellent at running new episodes in their entire length and, okay, sometimes they show The Shining for some insane reason, but they've been good lately. Although they still haven't shown season 3 of Ashes to Ashes and I doubt they ever will. TL;DR I hate waiting for British TV shows to air in my country).
Okay, back on topic: Top Gear. Amazing :D
Things I loved:
-the car that Richard drove. I'm not a car geek but that car that Richard drove was amazing. I was surprised at how fast the Stig drove it around the track
-James insistence that consonants are the meat of words and proceeding to tell Richard what his name would sound like with only vowels. 'Ia'. And his own: Eey. It made me lol.
-James and the rally driver and his question of if he should apologize if they get into an accident, or who should apologize first
-Jeremy and the small car and the Dragon's Den.
-the actor from Homeland. I saw a couple Band of Brothers episodes and he starred in that show but I honestly had no idea he was British.
Things I hated:
-didn't hate a thing. It was too short? It's been too long since Top Gear last aired? I need more Top Gear in my life? Otherwise, I liked the episode.
So last Thursday I watched Lawrence of Arabia with my friend and my brother. I've heard that it's one of the best films out there and that Peter O'Toole is amazing in it. Honestly, though, it was okAy, the scenery was fantastic, but I didn't really like it. I know it's based off an autobiography, and maybe that's the reason why I didn't really like anyone in the film. IDK I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to. Maybe it was the length. I quite don't like lengthy films, especially if I'm not interested in any character or the fi...
Seeing Harold and Maude on the big screen was perfect. And the Cat Stevens songs were just amazing.
This was originally going to be a much longer post but I'm kind of tired and I don't feel like typing out a longer post and I just wanted to say how awesome it was to see Harold and Maude on the big screen.
So I saw Looper last Saturday and I'm getting around to typing up my thoughts now.
And this is my attempt at a more serious and detailed review rather than just saying, 'It was awesome!'
First, the storyline. The film is set in the future (2044, I believe) where there are people called 'loopers', who have the job of killing anyone sent from the future back to the past. And the system works well, until there's the problem of 'closing the loop', where a looper must kill their future self (basicaly, they get paid lots of money and get to retire early whilst knowing that in 30 years' time they'll be dead).
I kind of liked the idea that the future in the film had people who had 't.k.' (telekinesis--like Professor X). The first time it was mentioned you just wrote it off in your mind because you just think, 'Oh, another element that makes the future in the film impressive' but it's used later as a major important plot point for a character, so I liked how it was used in the film.
I also liked the idea of time travel and people coming back from the future into the past. There was a scene where this one looper failed to close his own loop and his future self was wandering around without a clue of what to do and gradually you see him start to become disfigured--you realize that his past self is basically getting tortured/killed and you see the ramifiications of that in the future person, and so to see that was actually quite interesting.
(I must admit the concept of time travel still makes me think of Back to the Future, but the way the writer for Looper handled it was a very refreshing thing to see and reminded me, on the most part, of Terminator, in regards to time travel, although it was much more complicated in Looper.)
I really liked the atmosphere of the future--it reminded me more of Bladerunner than anything else, with the idea of the future being exactly like our world but with a few perks thrown in there...
The Mirage volcano
The volcano, again.
(Also, dude, LJ, the whole picture posting thing is so complicated now o_o I keep on clicking 'add to post' and it doesn't post.)
The inside of the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace--winding escelators! It was amazing and rather huge.
Fake sky! In a hotel! It was really quite spectacular to see.
I'm back from Vegas. I actually got back on the 15th and I'm just getting around now to posting about my vacation there. I had a really great week there. Also, unlike the actual Vegas Vacation movie (which I really don't recommend because it was the only Vacation movie starring Chevy Chase that wasn't written by John Hughes and it was extremely un-funny), I didn't gamble away all my money :P but I did win some, which I'll explain further in this post.
My friend and I decided to go by bus to Las Vegas and the bus was a very good bus. With complimentary drinks and food and everything. (Okay, so the drinks were water and various soft drinks and the food consisted of either granola bars or a bag of chips but it was still nice.) When we finally arrived we couldn't find our way to the Imperial Palace Hotel, where we were going to be staying. There was construction going on in the front of the hotel and we didn't even see that there was a walkway that looped over to the other side of the street where the Imperial Palace was. (It was complicated. Slightly.)
We thought we could have gotten there through Harrah's and we did try that but we couldn't do that and then we were all, 'Oh, walkway, that's how we get to the Imperial Palace.'
What with all the construction going on, my friend and I feared there would be lots of construction noises, but there weren't, which was good. We were on floor sixteen so, other than the sometimes noisy neighbors in the room next to us, there was no noise at all, which was quite nice.
One thing I'll say about Vegas: it's really hot there. My friend got the idea to fill the ice box with ice cubes so it would melt into water so I wouldn't have to buy a new water bottle every time I needed water.
Later that night we decided to go across and check out the forum shops at Caesars Palace, because we had a coupon to get a free coupon book for that place (...