a_leprechaun: (bros grimm beside the fire)

Anyone in posession of the 'Dead Man's Chest' DVD... If you haven't watched the "Mastering the Blade" segments on Disc 2... Do. Especially the Jack Davenport one. It makes me glee. Glee!
And I find amazing the amount of stuff they managed to do sans computers for this movie. Someday I wanna be a part of a film where they actually break a ship in half. Like totally.

A Feast For Crows, George R.R. Martin

Didn't make it to 50. But between Japan and NaNo, I think I did pretty well.

Thoughts on the book, cut for spoilers )

Finally, fic rec! I found out about Yuletide too late to take part, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy its fruits. And so I give you The Way the Sun Rises, based on movie-verse Nochnoi Dozor/Night Watch. Be warned that it turns kinda randomly to slash, but all the same. The mood is perfect. It makes me wanna go be all introspective and angsty and apathetic. In a good way.

ALSO! Grown Men Do Things Together. Coupling-fic! From the 2005 Yuletide, but who cares! GO!
a_leprechaun: (pirate's life (sanji))
Comment and I'll give you a letter; then you have to list 10 things you love that begin with that letter. Afterwords, post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own.

rocknlobster gave me... )

Firefly: the official companion vol.1
a_leprechaun: (banjo pirate)
For NaNoWriMo:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
41,577 / 50,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
41,577 / 90,000

At this point I would have to be rediculously lazy not to get to 50k by the end of the month. It's not what I set out to do, but I now plan on continuing through December.

I suspect this story may expand beyond 90k, actually... It's a world-travelling-type story, and that's starting to really show.

My favorite locale so far is one I hadn't expected them to go to, and am currently making up on the spot. :D Whee!

Peter and the Starcatchers, Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

Two and a half days of classes remain between me and Turkey Day vacation. Let's do this!
a_leprechaun: (it's good to be the king (clopin))
I want to rise like I should and do everything right
But I lie awake at night (never sleep)
With questions in my ear (loud and deep)
I wanna join the dance (take a leap)
But the answer isn't clear

Good things are happening. I think. Possibly.
The world seems to be becoming clearer, which is in many ways both a depressing and liberating thing.
Wooo, I am cryptic.
Right, enough of that.*

I went to see Andrew Lippa tonight. He wrote the Off-Broadway The Wild Party and the re-arrangements for the revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as the new show Asphalt Beach, which is getting produced here. He was absolutely hilarious and a joy to listen to. Some especially good advice was given when he was talking about the first time he auditioned Idina Menzel: the gist of which was, "Don't be afraid to go crazy and do your own thing."

(*I lied. Suffice it to say that the head of the theatre department and I seem to be developing a repoire. I don't know how special of a thing this really is, since he's kind of everyone's friend, but it feels special to me. It's nice to hear people say they believe in you.
Okay, that doesn't do away with ALL the crypticness, but with a good part of it anyway. I'm too hyper to be deep right now.)

Also, Happy Halloween!

Yup, I did the human-version-of-Bunnie-Rabbot thing. ^__^ One person recognized me, but some people at the party couldn't even get the basic concept. One girl didn't know what a "cyborg" was when I told her. o_O Um.

Also, NaNo starts in a couple days. This is your official warning that I may not be showing up around here a lot in November.

Finally, quizzes.

Read more... )

EDIT: Almost forgot...

Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko <--- Goooooooood stuff. The movie somehow cut a lot of stuff out and still stayed true to it.
35)) The Men Who Stare At Goats, Jon Ronson <--- Read this mostly on the El today. Creepy-weird stuff.
a_leprechaun: (just a little...)

So any of you who may have read my movie reviews in the past know there's almost nothing I don't like. I can find something to appreciate in everything I see.

So when my roommate Jessie told me today that we had to see "The Black Dahlia" because of how terribly, horrifically bad it was, I thought, 'It can't be THAT bad.'

But it IS. IT IS REALLY THAT BAD. Bad-to-the-point-of-being-hysterically-funny type of bad.

We're talking every noir cliche in the book, plot points that make no point, Fiona Shaw playing a character with (apparently) severe brain damage, rampant gratuitous lesbianism, and lots and lots of blood. We're talking Grade-A B-Fest material, peoples.

One reviewer on IMDB says the reason it's so campy is because every one of De Palma's movies is like an inside joke. Well, maybe he should work on some OUTSIDE jokes for once. It'd be much more enjoyable than witnessing a joke that THE AUDIENCE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND. To expand on an old saying, it's less like the guy who doesn't know he's wearing a silly hat, and more like a guy who, when you tell him he's got a silly hat on, refuses to believe this because it amuses him to do so.

And now I really wanna rent "Thank You For Smoking" so I can be watching Aaron Eckhart in a good movie again.

Wow. Just.... wow.

Oh, and also:

America (The Book), The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Yep... I read the whole thing. XD
a_leprechaun: (emily silly)


Even after spending 2 months in Japan, I had doubts. Mostly because of the pressure involved--the whole reason for going to Japan in the first place was I simply didn't have the grades to get into 2nd year without some serious studying. But it paid off! Hoozah!

Oh. And Collegeboxes came. I got Angie back *hugs the G5* and introduced her to her new little sister (aka Cherie, the laptop). Mwehe.

That is all.

Syrup, Max(x) Barry
Halfway through the book I was ready to get on here and start bitching about how the characters are all asshats, but by the end of it I actually wound up caring about them.
Although they are still asshats.
a_leprechaun: (pan shadow)

Since my cessation of studying kung fu, there has been a void in my life that can only be described as "a lack of martial arts training." I heard about Capoeira from a fellow student whilst in Japan, and immediately decided I must learn it. It's like kung fu x CRAZY. Stuff like handstands and butterfly kicks--things I would have started learning as a black sash in kung fu--are things people who've studied this for a year or two can do. And I love the fludity of it. And oh yeah, it's a phenominal workout too. The most basic move is like moving back and forth in horse stance, which is pretty much all I did when I attended my first class this evening.


Jennifer Government, Max Barry

Mmm. Somebody gimme more 300-page books so's I can gobble 'em up right quick.

Quiz Dump )
a_leprechaun: (emily mystery)
Kushiel's Scion, Jacqueline Carey

Initial thoughts )

Yeah... that's all for now. Fanart is forthcoming.
a_leprechaun: (all about a scarecrow (WAS))
29)) Flatland, Edwin A. Abbott

It's a wonderful frustration to be able to concieve of what the 4th dimension must be like without being able to create an image of it.

I need 5 books a month from now on to get to 50 by the end of December. :\ And what with Nano and everything.... eep!

Guitar Hero is a fantastic game. :D
a_leprechaun: (shiina)

So last night I dreamt that Saddam Hussein was launching nuclear missiles toward all the major cities in America. And they hit.

This morning on Japanese TV news were memorial services for Hiroshima.

I didn't even know, consciously, that August 6 was the day. My subconscious musta been reaching back to high school history.



The Pirates! In an Adventure With Ahab, Gideon Defoe
28)) A Scanner Darkly, Philip K Dick

Scanner is pretty good, though I think it'll actually work better as a movie. Especially in the format they've done it in. All that's required is for Keanu Reeves not to fuck it up.

Also, the website says it was released in America on July 7. So it may not still be around by the time I get back. BOOHISS. :(

The homestay was pretty rockin'. Too tired to write about it in detail, but... I saw the Naruto movie! :D

Quizzish )
a_leprechaun: (pirate's life (sanji))
Holy shit, I am exhausted. But hooray for navigating the Tokyo trains all on my lonesome.

26)) The Pirate Hunter, Richard Zacks
^ RECOMMENDED. This book is not a work of fiction, but a true story reassembled from historical documents. It's astonishing the stuff Zacks was able to track down.

Everything with me lately is pirates. Was a fan of PoTC ever since the first movie, but since Dead Man's Chest, everything has been pirates. Just finished the Zacks book, starting on The Pirates! In an Adventure with Ahab (which is already a lot better than Adventure with Scientists). Also I'm starting to get back into One Piece, which is the first anime/manga I've been seriously engaged in since.... Trigun, I s'pose.

One Piece has, for me, that "new fandom" smell. You know, when you're just starting it and working out the characters and trying to stake your claim for who's gonna end up your favorite (I'm not the only one that does that, right?). I liked Sanji right from the first, cause...well, he's just cool personified, ain't he? XD But I'm starting to think I myself am a lot more like Luffy, at least in that "why yes, I am on crack" way. Eheh.

And when if I ever get my hands on some One Piece DVDs, this song will be made into a video so fast. Possibly with footage of PoTC as well.

EDIT: It had to be done.

Quiz )
a_leprechaun: (Orchis (Satine))
Shake & Co's Hamlet: The NY Times likes!!

'Who wants a mopey, sniveling Hamlet on a close summer night? Mr. Asprey's Dane, more choleric than melancholy, feels just right for the season of adventure movies and page-turners.' (W00T!)

'. . .not only is Ms. Packer playing Hamlet's mother to her son's Hamlet, but her husband (and Mr. Asprey's stepfather), Dennis Krausnick, also shows up as the pompous Polonius. How's that for a family outing, Dr. Freud?' (Hehehehe.)

Anyway, YAY! <--the full article.

25)) The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists, Gideon Defoe
a_leprechaun: (merry xmas pippin newyear)
This is my 1000th post. Crazy times.

V for Vendetta, Alan Moore

In Massachusetts, where it is gorgeous weather. I saw my first live production of Hamlet yesterday at Shake&Co. Jason Asprey was brill, as was his mum, Tina Packer, as Gertrude. How awesome is that casting?

[livejournal.com profile] lanthiriel and I went canoeing just now. The waves gave us a little ride XD

Seeing "Superman Returns" tonight.

a_leprechaun: (bunnie rabbot)
21)) A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
22)) The Jerk With the Cell Phone, Barbara Pachter and Susan Magee
23)) Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

I would've liked to get to 25 by the end of June. I dunno how much reading I'll be getting done in July and August (Japan-time). Of course, there's always the flight there and back...

*points to subject line* Saw Nacho Libre yesterday. The most objective review I can give is that if you like Napolean Dynomite, you'll like it (and vice versa). Same brand of dead-pan comedy. Non-objectively, I thought it was lots of fun. ^__^

So. I'm in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Hangin' out with John's fambly. His sister is way into soccar, so I'm getting pretty informed about the World Cup. We're watching the the USA/Ghana game right now... It's 1-2, Ghana. BOO.

A Ghanese (or however you'd say it) guy just fell down.....
Wow, he looks really hurt. o_O

Well anyway, the game's only just started the second half, so America has time to pull ahead. USA! USA! :P

Today we're going to a town called Frankenmooth. It's supposed has a lot of cool stuff there, though I think their main attraction is to sound like the name of a moose monster with a lisp.

Memeage from [livejournal.com profile] lassarina. Comment and say so if you want me to answer for you:

1. I'll respond with something random about you
2. I'll challenge you to try something
3. I'll pick a color that I associate with you
4. I'll tell you something I like about you
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of
7. I'll ask you something I've always wanted to ask you (answers in a comment, or email to e-mark@northwestern.edu if you want privacy)
8. Repost this if you fancy.

WARNING: Response time may vary and may possibly take a day or two.
a_leprechaun: (Default)
Some books I've been forgetting to post about:

18)) She Stoops to Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith
19)) A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
20)) Bad Twin, "Gary Troup"

Also, tomorrow is Dillo Day. I expect to see a lot of hammered posts from you Northwestern people. ^__^


Apr. 25th, 2006 06:45 pm
a_leprechaun: (bros grimm shiny)
Snagged this nifty meme from all over my f-list.

1. What Time Period {In History} Do Think Most Suits My Personality And Appearance? Why?

What Time Period {In History} Do Think Most Suits Your Own Personality And Appearance? Why?

2. What Particular Costume From A Film Could You Most Imagine Me Wearing? Why?

What Particular Costume From A Film Could You Most Imagine Yourself Wearing? Why?

3. What Sort Of Magickal Creature/Being Do I Most Resemble {In Your Opinion}? Why?

What Sort Of Magickal Creature/Being Do You Most Resemble {In Your Opinion}? Why?

4. Which Fandom Of Mine Would I Be Most "At Home" In {In Your Opinion}? Why?
(I've listed my fandoms on my info page, in case you don't know what they are)

Which Fandom Of Yours Would You Be Most "At Home" In {In Your Opinion}? Why?

5. If You Could Give Me One Thing {Anything At All You Can Dream Up Or Imagine} One Gift, What Would It Be? Why?

If You Could Give Yourself One Thing {Anything At All You Can Dream Up Or Imagine} One Gift, What Would It Be? Why?

If I did this for you, don't just base your answers for me on what I said. :P

I have nothing else to say... it's been a long day.

17)) A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
a_leprechaun: (bonkers toon criminal)
It's weird... My parents have been pestering me for some time about what I want for my birthday, and I finally came up with something, and told them, and now I feel guilty for asking for it.
*smacks self* I should NOT be feeling guilty about asking for something I want. Especially when they've been asking for present suggestions. *eyeroll*
That something was Mother 3 by the way, which is released in Japan in 3 days. Mwahaha. The text is all gonna be in ふりがな and カタカナ (furigana and katakana, the two most basic Japanese alphabets), so I should be able to read it, or at least figure things out.

16)) The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
^ Just about everyone I talked about this book with had a different reaction to it, but my Dad said I would really like it, and his predictions about my taste usually turn out to be true. So I bought it yesterday at 3 PM, and finished it today at 1 XD That, my friends, is what we call a page-turner. Exciting, if not terribly well-written. And now I can say I read it before the movie came out. Huzzah.

I should probably be studying.
a_leprechaun: (emily mystery)
It's only Monday, but I already wish it were the weekend. Why?

1)) I have a paper due Thursday, so it will be done by then.
2)) DCP (which, I just discovered, I will be able to make after all. Some of it, anyway)
3)) Passover. My personal favorite of the Jewish holidays, because it's so family-oriented. For those not Jew-y enough to know, the celebration (called a seder) is a traditional dinner of sorts, with specific reasons for the specific foods and certain ceremonial things said throughout. My cousin is holding a seder on Saturday at UChicago. Since it is to be composed entirely of college students, I imagine there will be much silliness and tomfoolery dispersed throughout the ceremony. Squee.
4)) [livejournal.com profile] herod_the_nut's birthday is on Friday, and we are gonna par-tay in Chicago.

So, yes.
On the up-side, it is freakin' GORGEOUS today, and promises to be so throughout the week (temperature-wise, anyway. might be a little rain).

15)) Dave Barry Does Japan, Dave Barry

Wikipedia meme! (from [livejournal.com profile] arakay

Look up your birth date (sans year) on wikipedia, and post 3 neat facts, 2 births and 1 death from that day.

1253 - Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for the first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism. (How they figured it out is beyond me, but hey. Awesome.)
1947 - Thor Heyerdahl and five crewmates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia.
1980 - Nintendo releases their first Game & Watch game, Ball.

1937 - Saddam Hussein, former leader of Iraq (Hitler was also a Taurus. I wonder if this bodes ill.)
1941 - Ann-Margret, Swedish-born actress

1945 - Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist dictator (b. 1882)

That day's not too far off, either.
a_leprechaun: (sorry for the convenience)
For April Fool's, I'm going to trick everyone into thinking I'm a good LARPer.


For your listening pleasure, the ultimate unintentional prank: War of the Worlds // HG Wells and Mercury Theater

14)) Boy Gets Girl, Rebecca Gilman
a_leprechaun: (the bells of notre dame)
I meme because I CAN. (HP character memeyay)

Some artwork:
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Click it to see the big-size version. Or if you're friended at [livejournal.com profile] lepricons, just scroll down. :P

On the same vein, a song! My iTunes has about 5 songs from the 80s worth listening to, and this is the newest addition.
Mainly it's meant for the Exalted fans... listen to this and tell me it is not the Solars' theme song.

Kyrie // Mr. Mister

13)) Exalted Twilight Caste Book

I'm losing steam. But I'm also running out of books that I own and are here, and that I haven't read. Anyone willing to suggest, or if you're in the Evanston vicinity, loan?

And a coupla quizzes )


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