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May. 3rd, 2006 12:06 pm
rusty_halo: (sp: cartman died for our sins)
This is so sad: David Brooks on how we never escape our high school selves (in relation to politics, but still).

On the plus side, Stephen Colbert rocks SO much. Colbert at the White House press thingy: part 1, part 2, part 3. And because YouTube is awesome for finding random stuff: Colbert in a cheesy 80s new wave video and "I have a Dreamsicle." Oh, and check out the recent 60 Minutes profile--very interesting.

I admit it, Stephen Colbert really is nearly as awesome as Jon Stewart, in his own particular way. It was so cool to see him utterly shred the Orwellian bullshit that passes for discourse these days, right there in front of the president whose entire administration is built on said bullshit. And did I mention that I have Colbert Report tickets for this June? >:)

I missed Veronica Mars last night because they were showing BASKETBALL. &^%#*!!!!!

I tried to get Alice in Chains tickets during the NYC presale today, but of course the server was overloaded and by the time the page actually loaded they were sold out. Ugh. At least I have the Boston ticket to fall back on.

Pig announced more tour dates. Hmmm... should I fly to Fort Lauderdale? I hate that they're taking so long on this; airplace tickets are getting more expensive every day. :(

My life these days is incessant roommate hunting. *sigh* And work worries, and lots and lots of work...

Right now, I'm working on the ability for users to leave restaurant reviews at SuperVegan. It's going to rock--if you're looking for veg*n food in NYC, this will be the site. Don't forget to watch the LJ feed: [livejournal.com profile] superveganblog.

Back to work.... I'm not going to read my FL today lest I inadvertently get spoiled for VM.
rusty_halo: (sp: cartman died for our sins)
Oh my god. It's a Colbert Report/Harry Potter crossover. Awesome.

Veronica Mars. The last few episodes haven't sucked nearly as much as the beginning of the season, so I'll post some thoughts, in no real order. spoilers for aired VM episodes )

Other stuff...

* I had a strange dream last night, in which I was back in my 12th grade history class with Ms. Moran as the mean scary teacher. I didn't bring my books, because they were heavy and I thought we wouldn't need them, so she snapped at me and then handed out a memo to everyone which included a note about how irresponsible I was for not bringing the books. And for some reason, [livejournal.com profile] ros_fod was sitting at the desk next to mine, and [livejournal.com profile] kita0610 was sitting behind her. And then there was a fire drill, and I was in trouble because we were supposed to stash our books somewhere, but I hadn't brought any books to stash. And then [livejournal.com profile] ros_fod was feeling faint, but Ms. Moran was mean and made her go to the nurse alone, even though [livejournal.com profile] kita0610 offered to go with her.

Yeah, don't ask me to explain dreamlogic.

* I randomly flipped over to NIN's "Closer" video on VH1 Classics last night. I'd actually forgotten that Trent used to be skinny and fucked-up and leather clad and hot, instead of looking like your friend's uncle who works as a bouncer. *sigh* Wish I'd seen them live back then.

* South Park hovers in this weird territory between unbelievably funny and just ... stupid. The last two episodes were quite a contrast, as the return of Chef episode was fucking brilliant, and the San Francisco episode was just... so lame. As if those "heartland" folks proclaiming their superiority over the gays and atheists on the coasts aren't just as smug? Way to completely miss the obvious. But, whatever, it's South Park; if you get offended, you're giving them exactly what they want. (I think they mostly just get off on the "subversiveness" of offending as many people as possible, especially the groups that Hollywood usually overlooks.)

I'm too busy:

* Friday night - V for Vendetta with [livejournal.com profile] drujan and [livejournal.com profile] jaydk

* Saturday night - marathon of Jonathan from Guiding Light with [livejournal.com profile] jaydk (and she's agreed to let me force PIG videos on her! Whoo!!)

* Sunday night - WriterCon meeting

* Monday night - I'm going to the Daily Show! I can't wait. :)

* Wednesday - I have jury duty. Yuck.

And somewhere in the midst of all this, I'm working on this other thing, a really cool, really complex project that is supposed to launch in a week. I have a feeling I'm not going to be getting very much sleep in the upcoming days. *deep breath* But I can do it. And it will be cool.

(And on top of it all--I'm still sick from San Francisco! Damn West Coast germs. :P)
Random shit, because I am bored. (I'll answer that meme post later.)

The evolution of Laura, visually.

These are some scans of my sketchbook from middle/high school. Warning: large images and bad teenage 'art' )
a very strange nightmare )
I am unsatisfied with my responses to the senior year meme. So I decided that, since senior year was such a nonentity for me, I would redo my answers. Only this time it's about 10th grade instead of senior year.... Because in 10th grade I actually felt somewhat involved in high school life instead of being emotionally numb and just killing time until I could move far away.

What, obsess about the past? Me?

Sophomore Year Meme )
High School Senior Year Meme (snatched from [livejournal.com profile] irfikos)

I remember very little of senior year, but let's give it a try....

Read more... )

nostalgia

Oct. 13th, 2004 01:44 pm
I haven't been reading LJ, um, pretty much at all, lately. (Profuse apologies, please don't hate me, etc.)

warning: maudlin rambling; this is what happens when I don't have an all-consuming obsession to distract me )
Saw "Mystic River" with [livejournal.com profile] soulmate815 last night. I quite liked it; certainly won't be devastated if Sean Penn beats Johnny for the Oscar.

Then we met up with [livejournal.com profile] jaydk for drinks, and ended up being out until almost 4am. (How did that happen?) It was fun, though--good conversation. Had a debate about RPF, which amuses me because I don't read and am very squicked by RPF, but I'm always the one defending it.

And we talked about conventions. [livejournal.com profile] jaydk and I are definitely going to DragonCon. Woo hoo! So, who else is going? Or is it too early to decide?

I can't get anyone to come with me to WriterCon. So maybe I will end up looking for a roommate after all. Or staying in my own room, but that's kind of expensive. Although [livejournal.com profile] soulmate815 said she might go, depending on which fic writers are there. Isn't it neat how fanfic writers are sort of minor celebrities themselves? Going to a con to meet a fic writer that you admire ... that's cool.

I'm going to the Creation con in NJ in March. Must figure out transportation ... I guess I can wait until closer to the actual con date to figure that out, though. I figure I'll come on Saturday, stay the night, and leave on Sunday. Probably will travel with [livejournal.com profile] soulmate815.

I'm not going to the Cleveland Vulkon. Must write and ask for refund soon.

I am going to Moonlight Rising, but I haven't a clue how I'm going to get there. Must figure that out.

Still have to decide about Toronto Trek.

decade meme; results not exactly shocking )

high school meme; aka 'one seriously depressing meme' )
Sunday was going to be my day to relax and catch up on sleep, LJ, fic, and school. Instead, I got a call from my friend Mike announcing that my friend Joe was in town. They're friends from high school; I've only seen them a handful of times since high school ended three and a half years ago.

So, they came to visit. Joe moved to Las Vegas shortly after school ended, became a marine, and spent the past several months in Iraq. Mike still lives in his parents' house and is in his fourth year of a two-year community college program. It amazes me what different paths our lives have taken.

cut for high school memories )

So anyway, we reminisced about all that stuff. They stayed till around 2am, and Joe went back to Las Vegas the next day. Hopefully I'll see Mike again, though; he's only a few hours away in New Jersey.

I only got about three hours of sleep Sunday night, then worked all day Monday. Monday night was a KMFDM concert that I already had tickets to, otherwise I'd have just slept. So I dragged myself to KMFDM, where I mostly just tried to stay awake. It was good, though. They played a whole ton of classics; Flesh, Juke Joint Jezebel, Godlike, A Drug Against War, various others that I can't be bothered to remember. Flesh is my favorite so I really tried to get into that one, but I was just too tired. That was depressing; I was dancing and singing all night to the Cruxshadows and couldn't even work up the enthusiasm for one KMFDM song. I don't think it was their fault; I was just too tired. But ... yeah. If you get a chance, go see KMFDM. They're neat.

I've never been a huge KMFDM fan. I like Nihil a whole lot, but none of their other records have resonated the same way (although my favorite song is Anarchy, from the symbols record, which is also very good). So I was glad that they played songs from that. My main fascination with KMFDM comes from cut for more high school memories )
1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?

Naturally straight, with just a bit of a wave. (I was born with curls, but my mom cut them off and they never grew back). Currently a bit past my shoulders. Thick, but very damaged.

2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?

It's been just about every length; I had it ulta-short at some point in my childhood, but I tend to like it long; it's been to my waist a few times.

It's naturally brown. I dyed it red when I was 14 or 15, and then just kept dying it redder and redder. Eventually I bleached it and dyed it Special Effects Blood Red (Special Effects stays in better than Manic Panic, although Manic Panic has the cooler name). You have to re-dye it a lot, otherwise it fades to pink and orange.

Then it was black, then black with bleached blond roots (which looks really cool in a French braid), then black with red streaks all around, then black with two red chunks in the front.

Then black with blue and purple streaks, then just purple streaks, then red streaks again.

Then I let it grow out and did it lighter brown, then lighter and lighter, so now it's pretty light blond.

3. How do your normally wear your hair?

I hate dealing with my hair. It's usually back in a ponytail, or just down without any styling.

4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?

I'd love to do the blue and purple streaks again (with black hair), but it's a such a pain to maintain.

5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?

What other people would call disasters, I call opportunities, or experiments. :)

ETA: I thought of a hair disaster after all. In high school (I think 10th grade?) my little group of complete-freaks-and-weirdos friends starting going from "grunge" to "goth," and part of it was dying our hair black. (I was the first, go me; I set a trend).

So we went to my friend Chris's house and peer-pressured our silly dorky friend Joe into letting us dye his hair black. (Joe, btw, is now a gigantic ultra-muscular marine with a blond crew cut, which terrifies me to no end). It ended up being all of us squeezed into Chris's bathroom, with Joe bent over the bathtub and everyone crowded around him. (And Chris's parents wondering what the hell was going on).

Danielle got the gloves and the hair dye, but she was so slow (I swear to god she was dying each *strand* individually) that I joined in to help. But she had the gloves, so I used my bare hands to work the dye through his hair. Also, Mike kept poking Joe, and Joe kept reaching behind and grabbing him/trying to hit him. But since Joe's head was in the bathtub he couldn't see what he was grabbing, and several times he grabbed Mike in a very sensitive place. So we all were falling over laughing, and poor Joe had no clue what was going on.

So then after we'd dyed Joe's hair, Danielle and I made Chris and Joe let us do their makeup, and we made them up Marilyn Manson style. (God only knows why Chris had this makeup in his bedroom to begin with). They were all goth through high school (Chris got sent home the first day of senior year because he was wearing a dress and makeup), but I'm proud to say that was the very first time they ever got made up. (And ironic that Danielle and I did it, since neither of us wore makeup ourselves at that point, except maybe a bit of lipstick on occasion).

Oh, yeah, anyway. So the disaster was that my hands up to mid-arm were dyed black, and it wouldn't come out, so I had to scrub my hands with bleach.
AllAboutSpike.com is having issues. If you can't get to it, don't freak out at me, just try again later. The tech support guy told me it's because they're doing a server backup and that will make things run slow, but they tell me different things every time I call so I'm not really sure what the deal is. Hopefully it'll be working again soon.

In less crappy news, I found this site that my friend Todd made when we were in high school. It's funny. The Glory of Corey.

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