toxic_corn: uh, amy and rory on a motorbike? (DW: rory&amy - motorbike)
THERE we go! There's the show I remember! :D You had me worried there, DW!


Town Called Mercy )


That one wasn't a fluke! BECAUSE THE NEXT WAS EVEN MORE BRILLIANT!


The Power of Three )


So worth waiting for. I'm sorry I was grumpy about the first two episodes, Doctor Who. I'll never doubt you again. At least until not until next season. :D
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (toxic corn)
I originally read this in [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose's journal and when she suggested that the rest of us may want to pass this along, I decided to do so. I'm in the States and was only four at the time anyway, so I had no idea that something like this had ever happened.


On this day in 1989, a man walked into a mechanical engineering classroom at the École Polytechnique in Montreal with a legally obtained rifle and told all the men to leave the room. He claimed he was fighting feminism: "You're women, you're going to be engineers. You're all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists." He then shot all nine women in the room, killing six of them, then moved through the hallways and killed another eight women. Fourteen women killed, ten women injured, and four men injured.

Geneviève Bergeron, 21, civil engineering
Nathalie Croteau, 23, mechanical engineering
Anne-Marie Edward, 21, chemical engineering
Maryse Laganière, 25, budget clerk in school's finance dept
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22, mechanical engineering
Michèle Richard, 21, materials engineering
Annie Turcotte, 21, materials engineering
Hélène Colgan, 23, mechanical engineering
Barbara Daigneault, 22, mechanical engineering
Maud Haviernick, 29, materials engineering
Maryse Leclair, 23, materials engineering
Sonia Pelletier, 28, mechanical engineering
Annie St-Arneault, 23, mechanical engineering
Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz, 31, nursing

Today is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, so I thought I'd re-post about this since these women deserve to be remembered. You can read more about the tragedy on Wikipedia but please beware of any links you follow there. Some of the source articles have comments on them that are grossly inappropriate and anti-woman. (I didn't read them but I'm taking [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose's word for it.)
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DW: dalek - fezzes are cool)
Because this journal needs some positivity and I've been a grumpy bastard lately: an anecdote from Mr. Toxic.


When he was working on Sunday, he saw a guy in the store wearing an Eleventh Doctor t-shirt. He was thinking how nifty that was and then did a double-take when he realized that in addition to the t-shirt the dude was wearing a fezz.


If I'd been working that day and I had seen him, I would've walked right up to him and said, "Fezzes are cool. You know what else is cool? Bow ties." THEN I'D HAVE A COOL NEW FRIEND.


Sometimes people don't suck. :D
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (david tennant: cheeky grin)
So we were watching tv the other night and the commercial for the remake of Fright Night comes on and I'm sitting there thinking the usual thoughts I think when movies get re-made ("really, Hollywood? Are you out of ideas again? What are your fucking problems?") and I see a familiar face and jolt.


My husband says dryly, "Yes, I think that was David Tennant, too."


*quick google search*


Holy shit, son, David Tennant is playing the Roddy McDowall role. Only he looks like the Ghost of Christmas Present from The Catherine Tate Show. WHAT. You guys realize I might have to actually watch this now, right? God damn it, DT. Why did you have to turn down the Simon Pegg movie? I guess you need to buy Olive shoes and food and stuff.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (TWILIGHT: edward - maybe he's born with)
So, um. I renewed my LJ account.


...


MY HUSBAND TALKED ME INTO IT, OKAY. HE'S CUTE AND PUTS UP WITH MY HORSESHIT.


*ahem* Anyway. So I spent last night reading through Songs From A Firefly and When I Was A Boy (the Firefly fics I wrote ages ago about the children of River and Jayne from Firefly) and now I want to write the story I've been considering for awhile now, the sequel to Girl Anachronism. Yeah I know, I want to write this after the majority of my readers have moved on, I'm so timely. (Hey, I'm just now reading Twilight. And don't get excited; it's not an enjoyable experience for me so far. I'm only doing it so that I'm "allowed" to have the opinion that I don't like the series. I'm waiting now for the "If you don't like it, why did you read it?" response from my fan friend. *grits teeth*)


Basically, this entry is a warning that I'm going to start posting some pretty weird fic here. My original fic inspiration has dried up, so I thought I'd go back to fan fiction to get the writing juices flowing again. It'll be a good warm-up for when I do Nano again in a few months. If you're interested, cool, if not, that's also cool. You can scroll on by and I won't think any less of you for it. :)


Now to take a bath and get some reading done. (Thank god I read more than one book at a time. I'll have some relief from The Book I'm Not Allowed To Hate Until I Finish It.)
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DW: ten/donna KEES)
I got to have dinner with the lovely Hitch tonight (who I haven't seen in over a YEAR sadface!). We went to a local Chinese buffet and talked all about the upcoming wedding and where our lives have gone since we last saw each other. Sigh. I hate being a grown up; I want all my friends in close walking distance like in the dorms!


Futile wishes out of the way, here's the meme catch-up!


Day 14 - Favorite male character


Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. He's badass, he's smart, he's hot, and he wears an ensemble of tight pants and suspenders! What's not to love, honestly? I guess you could argue that his remarks about Inara being a whore are annoying but uh, she has sex for money, guys. By definition, that's what a whore is. And he's only frustrated because he knows she's BETTER than that. Even being a fan of him and knowing where he's coming from, I still want to smack him upside the head when he starts calling her a whore. "Uh, doofus? You know how you're all in love with her and shit? Well, saying this stuff ISN'T ENDEARING YOURSELF TO HER. Protip: Don't call your potential love interest a whore when she's really a culturally acceptable geisha companion. So stop it." *whacks him with rolled up newspaper*


Day 15 - Favorite female character


Donna Noble from Doctor Who. She came on as a full-time companion exactly when we needed her. Ten had chased off the lovely Martha with all his whinging about Rose ("Rose would know what to do." WTF NO SHE WOULD NOT. WHAT THE HELL. SHUT UP.) and Donna stepped in to distract him with her awesomeness. Because she wasn't in love with him, she didn't put up with him talking down to her and would tell him off the instant he did it. ("Doctor, Time Lord, Yeah!" / "Donna, Human, No!" remains one of my all-time favorite scenes from the show.) She wasn't all sass though; the woman was filled to the brim with compassion and I remember people bitching about how often Donna cried. Which I kind of took offense too since I was usually crying along with her. Doctor Who makes me cry, what can I say? Donna Noble has left the library; Donna Noble has been saved.


Earlier Days )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DISNEY PRINCESS: ariel - glasses)
In the latest wedding news: My mom and I went looking for a bakery today that didn't actually exist! Yet Map Quest gave us directions and we ended up circling around a residential neighborhood saying, "This really doesn't seem like a place for a bakery." We couldn't find the building number this alleged bakery was located, either. Kiss my ass, Map Quest.


Now to the meme!


Day 13 - Favorite childhood show )


Earlier Days )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DISNEY PRINCESS: belle - raspberry)
Funny story: I was getting fitted for my dress today, got overheated, and actually swooned in a very Victorian fashion. The mommies flipped and ran to get me bananas and water. At the time I felt like complete crap but it's funny now. I just have to wonder how the ladies did hot, stuffy dress fittings in the summer months WHILE WEARING TIGHT CORSETS. Sheesh. Nothing but respect to the Victorian ladies for not dropping dead like I wanted to.


Now we meme.


Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times )
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (billie piper: READ)
Day 13 → A fictional book


The phrasing makes me think that I'm supposed to post about a book that doesn't actually exist, but looking at other folks' meme responses, apparently "they" want me to post about a work of fiction. All righty!


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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is a book series written especially for those of us who are lovers of the written word. The main character, Thursday Next, has the ability to leap into books and interact with the characters there. She has to be careful though, since her actions could change the story as we know it. Lots of wordplay and puns, especially when it comes to people's names, and I just adore this book and the series itself to pieces. (Later in the series, Thursday has to head a group therapy session in Wuthering Heights and it's fucking amazing.)


Previous Days )


In other news, I got to take part in political sign-waving yesterday. We stood on the street corner for an hour and a half maybe and waved signs in support of the bus system. Mr. A and his dad were with me and we got lots of thumbs up, smiles, waves, and horn honking. I was given the thumbs down once, a head shake, and a teenager flipped me off but other than that it was supportive. Most people didn't seem to care though. Such is life, I guess.


Also, I finally got some positive responses from officiants and Mr. A and I are going to be meeting a few of them soon so we can figure out which ones we like and who is more affordable. Yay, this wedding is actually going to happen! :D
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (HP: hermione - whateverrrrrr)
Day 05 → Your favourite quote


From my seventh-grade homeroom teacher: "If everyone likes you, you're doing something wrong." Meaning, you have to be true to yourself instead of trying to be everything for everyone because let's face it, we all like different qualities in our friends. So now when I find out someone doesn't like me, I ain't bovvered. (Chances are, I don't like them either so it all works out.)


Previous:
Day 01 → Your favourite song
Day 02 → Your favourite movie
Day 03 → Your favourite television programme
Day 04 → Your favourite book
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (DW: the doctor: all of them)
Okay, so I'm saying flat out right now that Eleven more than makes up for all the shit we had to put up with under Ten's watch. SO AWESOME. Now I feel bad for purposely slighting Doctor Who yesterday in favor of Castle. I just wanted to save the episode for today so it could be a sweet Easter present to myself. And Eleven just may be my new favorite Doctor and I adore his companion. YAY, LOVING DOCTOR WHO AGAIN YAY!


By the way, happy Easter, all. I'm having dinner at the in-laws' tonight. Yay, good food!


And now we meme!


Day 04 → Your favourite book


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A Little Princess. It always touches my heart and it's a comfort read for me. *hugs it*


Previous:
Day 01 → Your favourite song
Day 02 → Your favourite movie
Day 03 → Your favourite television programme
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (the office - cast: OMG YAY)
I'M GETTING MARRIED AUGUST 7, 2010!


EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


That is all. For now. :D
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (ST: spock - spock's milkshake)
Is it weird that I keep listening to "In the Air Tonight" and I'm at the point now where I instinctively drum along with That One Part?


I would've left you folks alone and made that a Facebook status but lately my Facebook status is reserved for begging Farmville people for presents/help expanding storage buildings.


EDIT: Okay, is it even weirder that I read this all back to myself and said out loud in my best Daniel Cleaver voice "Yes, what a gripping life you do lead"?
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (the office: jam - rainy engagment kiss)
It's official: I'm engaged! Pics to come soon, I promise!
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (the office: andy - wink)
Guess what I did last night? I watched G.I. Joe at a friend's house, that's what! CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON!! With a Scottish accent! And his hair all slicked back and his nose all big! Man, I love him. I nearly combusted of squee when he first appeared on screen and he's like, the first actor you SEE so it was so exciting!


Um, and I hate to say it but... Channing Tatum is yucky. I can't be the only one to think so. Hey, I dig the muscles. They're nice. But his face just looks too sullen to be attractive to me. He just looks like he's walking around thinking "Some d-bag at the gym took my favorite machine and now my glutes ache from using the subpar machine in the corner, god damn it." I like guys with some element of silly to their features, like Eccles and Nathan Fillion having big noses, or Ed Helms just being really goofy looking, or my own boyfriend who has these huuuuuuuuuuuge brown eyes which I guess isn't goofy but whatever. Anyway, they have to have personality shining out through imperfect features and Channing Tatum lacks that. It's not just him, I feel that way about a lot of beefcake Hollywood actors. (I think I'm finally immune to the charms of Adam Baldwin. It took awhile but now I'm there. Woo hoo! I feel as liberated as the day I gave up on James Marsters for being a short, embarrassment squick-pinging fucker.)


Anyway, G.I. Joe. I really want to watch it with a scientist just to see them bang their head on the wall repeatedly. Even the three of us, a liberal arts major, sociology major and one time math and English major were like "PARTICLE ACCELERATORS DON'T WORK THAT WAY!" But Rachel Nichols was pretty with red hair so I was totally fine with everything. Just bring the pretty and I'll forgive anything, even Sienna Miller. (I didn't recognize Rachel at first and my friend had to tell me who she was and say, "She was on Alias for awhile" before I realized she was Rebecca from The Inside. Ha ha. That was a good show.)


I wish I'd seen this on the big screen though ("We can actually FIT in Eccleston's nostrils, you guys!"). Oh, well. It was a good time. And then we watched Subtle Sexuality's "Male Prima Donna" video about ten times in a row and we got maybe 50% of the lyrics down. And we're still figuring out Andy's outfit. ("Oh, that's his SHIRT you guys!") In short: Mindy Kaling is my hero. And G.I. Joe's okay. Hearing "And knowing is half the battle" read as a straight line was AMAZING. I laughed for five minutes.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (the office: creed - scuba)
While I adored The Office last night (particularly the cold open OH MY GOD), I laughed the hardest at Vampire Diaries. Particularly that cold open. It was difficult to breathe, the cliches were coming so fast and hard (that's what she said). I love you, barely tolerable show.


I also love Creed. He's such a delightfully weird guy. That's why he's become my new default icon. *points* See? Oh, and I forgot to acknowledge when I lost the bow layout. I figured after a whole spring/summer of bows, I just wanted a super simple journal layout. So here it is. With Creed being weird. No more sexy librarian nerd!Billie. *silently pours one out*


Two days until I post my yearly book list. Is it sad that I'm super excited? And that I'm really powering through my current books so they can make the list? I doubt they will, but it's fun to try. I almost want to do something really dorky this year. Like, at the bottom of my journal entries, I write what books I'm currently reading and what page I'm currently at. Is that too dorky? Because I'm sort of salivating at the idea.


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt - 297
The Works of Jane Austen: Emma - 458
Go Ask Alice by "Anonymous" (real diary my ass) - 72


Yeah, I doubt I'll be continuing that practice. We'll see.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (HP: trio on the dragon)
Wow. So, Half Blood Prince is my new favorite Potter film. It officially replaces Prisoner of Azkaban. *moment of silence for PoA* Anyway. Without spoiling anything, the kids all friggin' brought it with this movie. Rupert Grint was fabulous as always and had even more opportunity to flex his considerable comedy chops, Emma Watson is a convincing crier and has toned down on her waggling eyebrow style of acting, and FINALLY after five movies, Daniel Radcliffe convincingly carries the film. I was so impressed with him, guys. He was charming and seemed to be actually acting rather then reading from the book into his bedroom mirror after stealing his dad's glasses or whatever. There were some obligatory changes made from book to screen because sometimes what makes a good book doesn't really make a good movie. (Case in point: The Sorcerer's Stone. Good fucking god, I was ready to kill something.) This infuriated a third of the theater but my friends and I thought the changes were really friggin' cool. Your mileage may vary of course, but if you want to gripe about that here, I'm not going to listen to you. Sorry. My journal, my rules.


Theater griping moment: There was only one asshole, some kid who had clearly never seen a Potter film before, let alone read any of the books. He/she made stupid comments throughout. Like at the introduction of Draco Malfoy, "That's a funny name." Asking what British words meant ("daft" completely knocked hir for a loop) was another fun moment and then when Harry first uses the Pensieve, "Did he just stick his face in water?" What. The. Fuck. Why would you waste a MIDNIGHT HARRY POTTER PREMIERE ticket on someone who doesn't know anything about Harry Potter? I thought it was pretty generally understood that midnight showings were for fanatics and complete dorks? (I fit in the latter category, FYI) What a complete waste. Someone else was turned away who probably really wanted to go so this nimrod could yap throughout and try their damndest to ruin the experience for everyone? (He/she didn't quite succeed since they were SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-ed within an inch of their life after every dumb comment or question.)


I have to say that my favorite non-movie moment was when the trailers started up and NEW MOON came on. One third of the theater started squeeing, my third of it started laughing hysterically, and the other third was unimpressed with one dude in the back loudly shouting "BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!" Which made all of us laugh even harder. I feel bad for the Twihards though, because there were probably people who wanted to watch the trailer and enjoy it but everyone talked over it and made disparaging comments. I can only hope the huge fans already watched it online. Ha, then when we see the shirtless Jacob scene, the entire theater burst into catcalls. Awesome. Mr. A and I are so going.


So that was the experience. There were folk in costumes but they were in the minority for some really weird reason. It was mostly twenty-somethings like us in street clothes talking about how tough it was going to be to get up the next day. :P


EDIT: WARNING! THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS. TREAD CAREFULLY.
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (WFRR? jessica: BOOBIES)
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth! Mr. A, Deppgirl, Satchel, Satchel's brother, and Satchel's boyfriend met up at a local park where we picniced, played Catchphrase, shot the breeze, and watched fireworks. It was a good night. :)


And now after a quick email check, I'm off to watch SNL with my boy. \0/ Stay cool, f-list!
toxic_corn: Summer Glau is pretty. (the office: andy - really excited!)
Whatever you're doing right now, stop. Get together ten bucks. Then go see The Hangover. BEST MOVIE EVER. Deppgirl and I laughed through the whole thing and a few times we reached the point where you can't even make a sound anymore, only flail your hands while your shoulders shake. There isn't a single boring part!


Ed Helms was in it and completely ruled, Bradley Cooper was freaking hot, and Zach Gallifinakis is my new hero. You'd be doing yourself a disservice by not seeing it. Go! Preferably in a packed theater because you'll all feel bonded!

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