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A nerve-wrecking week in fandomland [Feb. 10th, 2011|11:02 pm]
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[Current Music |Muse - Uprising (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Mix) ]

No, I have nothing interesting going on in my real-world life, but  I haven't used this journal in ages and it's been a real up-and-down week for my fannish interests, so here we go!:


I am very excite. Let's hope it'll be good, because it could be really rubbish and embarrassing. Updating it (or not) is going to be tricky, and casting is going to be REALLY hard, but, if it's done well, it could be fucking awesome. Regardless, I'm really excited about seeing it on TV because it's probably my favourite book.

Minus:  The author of the Redwall books, Brian Jacques, died.

The Redwall books were a huge part of my childhood, massively influential. They're stories that made me start making up my own characters and worlds, and made me wish I could write. They're old-style epic tales that are really interesting, great characters, and wonderful worldbuilding. They also got me interested in food (the hearty rustic food was amazing, and the reason I started cooking and baking with my Mum) and weaponry (yep, I wanted to be a blacksmith when I was 11. That or an otter pirate...).

Plus:  Last Exile is getting a new series!

This is my favourite anime, so I'm hugely excited, particularly as this news came out of nowhere. No, it doesn't really need another series, the first was wrapped up fine, but it'll be excellent to see old faces as well as "new story, characters, and mechanical designs" as the announcement says (I don't know which I'm most excited about!). Plus, it might be in (or using?) 3D, which I don't think has been done yet with any other series. And seriously, there isn't a better series they could use 3D for. Those aerial dogfights will be even more amazing :D

Have the opening of the original series:

And finally: Minus, or possibly neutral: xxxHolic final chapter

First reaction: Eh. That was... boring :/ Did I miss something?
And then: OH. THAT. One little word is different and suddenly TEARS EVERYWHERE.

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Okay, I'm done.
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In desperate times... [Dec. 6th, 2010|10:21 pm]
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... come crawling back to LJ.


No rly, guys, it's been nearly two days. Where has our darling gone? Not that I even have time to be reading my dash right now, as I have to be up at 5.30 tomorrow, but srsly, two days. I AM GETTING WITHDRAWAL. Y U NO HERE FOR ME TUMBLR?? :<
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For science! [Oct. 13th, 2009|03:39 pm]
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Attention, ladies and gentlefolk!

In the Museum of the History of Science (that's the Old Ashmolean, folks - oldest museum in the world), runs from today until the 21st of February 2010.

So exciting! Guh, so many amazing artists that I'd  love to see, particularly Datamancer (he of the spectacular computer mods), and Haruo Suekichi (the watchmaker). The exhibition blog has better pictures, and a list of artists.

Another reason to organise a trip to Oxford!

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HEY, GQMFS [Sep. 2nd, 2009|05:49 pm]
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New Eric Kripke interview about Supernatural season 5!

Link to ONTD

I'll put these minor spoilers behind a cut.Collapse )

"[spoilerspoiler] muscle cars."
Fuck yes. Just make it a Good Omens crossover already, guys, you know you want to!

Edit: Yes, like this, OMG!! [Casting call spoilers!]

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Uni, etc [Jul. 14th, 2009|10:07 pm]
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Blahhh, I feel like I've been so busy this past week, where does the time go?! I don't feel like I've even had time to relax after finishing uni, yet I don't know what I've been doing. Job hunting, of course, as while I do like my part-time job it doesn't pay the rent. Of course there was the epic five-day drama of the last series of Torchwood last week (which I will not even START on. OMG, Davies, you bastard), plus being awesomegeeky with
cicak  last week and going to see the midnight showing of ☼Star Trek☼, again.

Of course, I also (...drumroll) got my uni results! I passed! Got a 3rd, which, I know, is not great, but it's a pass which is all I was wanting as I've had such an awful time at uni this year. It is such a relief to have this done and over with, hurrah! (Also scary, obviously, but I'm not even think of graduate plans right now.) I don't actually graduate until November, though. On Friday the 13th - cheers YSJ. But, the fact that it'll be in ~York Minster~ more than makes up for it.

Second bit of good news is that pidgey pidge got home safe!
This being the racing pigeon that Kafers and I looked after for a week after she turned up in our kitchen late last month. We chased her outside, but she was back in the house as soon as our backs were turned (we keep the back door open in hot weather). She wasn't flying, so we herded her into the utility room, caught her and got the numbers off her rings. I managed to contact the owner, and he asked us to keep a hold of her for a couple of days until she was strong enough to get home. Apparently she'd flown all the way from France (!) and had become exhausted only 50 miles short of reaching home in Sunderland. Anyway, weather conditions meant we had her for a week, as pigeons need clear skies and no rain or fog to fly well. I (foolishly) trusted the Met Office forecast when it said Friday morning would the last good weather before a week of rain, so we let her off then, and off she flew! However, the storms arrived only two hours later (some of the heaviest rain I've ever seen in England!), so I was really worried that she hadn't made it, especially when I heard nothing from the owners.
However! I got a lovely thank-you card from them today, saying that she had indeed made it back! Ahhhh, I am so relieved, I was so worried that after all that TLC she hadn't made it x) To you, pidgey pidge!

I have the day off tomorrow, so I'll be going in to uni to sign off (and possibly lounge in the library while I still can), and maybe buy some plants from the market. That'll be all the shopping I'll be doing, as I shouldn't really be spending money right now, but it really annoys me to see the yard looking so brown.

Then I must get some housework done, we have an inspection next week. Also want to get some sewing or doll work done, as I have done NONE since I finished uni. My poor resins look so neglected. Also possibly... er... play masses of FFXII, as I seem to be addicted. Ann, what have you done?!?

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Dorrie stuff: sales post [Jul. 7th, 2009|05:12 pm]
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I'm selling some doll bits and bobs, putting it up here before it goes on DoA so you lot can get first dibs :)

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Speed-posting [Jun. 12th, 2009|12:59 pm]
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Dissertation is IN! It is a big pile of shite because I am fucking idiot who can't get herself together, but hey, it's done at last. Also had my final presentation today. Feel alright about that, it went pretty good (I think). Managed to fill up the 12 minutes, hardly refer to my notes, and answer all the questions reasonably intelligently.

So, that's all my uni work done! Til re-sit time anyway, because I seriously messed up this year, but, I'd rather not talk about that.

Anyway! So looking forward to next week, doing hobby things again, &c &c. For now, I just need some sleep -_- Adrenalin wearing off, energy crash in 5, 4, 3..

Now, must get back to packing! I managed to beg the weekend off work, so I'm off up to Scotland for the weekend with my parents to visit family. It's only for two days, but I cannot wait x) It's been three years since I was last there, I miss it so!

Will do a proper LJ post next week sometime, hopefully.

I will see you shiny GQMFs next week :D Ciao!!!
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2009|04:53 pm]
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Attention Browncoats!

NASA is holding a public vote to name Node 3 - a new segment of the International Space Station. Among the four choices is 'Serenity'. I think you know what to do.

Go, internet fanpersons, go forth and vote!

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Let's just pretend this was posted two days ago. [Jan. 9th, 2009|04:35 pm]
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I don't usually do memes, but, what the hell.
I got tagged by cicak  

Things that made me happy today

1. Going to the National Railway Musuem!
The largest collection of steam engine history in the country is a 30min walk from my house, and yet it's been about 8 years since I last visited. I've been meaning to go again for a while, and I finally got round to it today. It's a fantastic museum. My favourites were the Chinese engine that completely dwarfed all the others (and I mean huge like Iron Council -esque), and the cut-away engine: an actual steam train, sliced in half and with the wheels and pistons moving, showing how everything works. Those and the warehouse, which is stuffed full of historical bits-and-pieces that they don't have the space to display.
My main reason for visiting, however, was the A1 Tornado. When I heard it was only going to be on display here for two weeks, I had to go see. It's the first steam locomotive to be built in Britain in 50 years, it took 18 years to complete, and cost £3 million, mostly donations from people determined to see this project happen. It's a fantastic story and I can't wait to see her out working and bringing a little bit of elegance back to our railways.

2. Delicious haul of food from the Korean shop.
Kimchiiii, om nom nom.
I found a dessert that I have not seen since I was Japan! It's a fish-shaped soft waffle filled with ice cream and azuki paste. Yummy.
I have such a clear memory of sitting outside the supermarket in Okazaki and eating one, after we'd been cycling round the city one night and decided to go buy ice cream. Didn't think I'd ever find one here :)

3. Seeing my parents. *^_^*
I went into town after the museum, so I went to visit Mum at work. It's handy that she works in the city centre, and in a relatively quiet shop, so I can pop in and have a natter if I haven't seen her in a while :)
I also ran into Dad completely by chance at the museum. Yeah, he was there to see the Tornado too, we had a little geek-out xD

4. Treating myself to lunch in town.
Curling up in a warm corner of Caffe Nero with a obscenely cream- and sugar-laden coffee and reading my loaned copy of 'Raffles: the Amateur Cracksman'. OMG, thank you, Sarah, for lending me it. It's AMAZING, I love it.

5. Finding a Good Omens reference in an unexpected place. (GO always makes a day better!)
Aziraphale and Crowley cameo in Friendly Hostility.

I'm gonna cheat and do more than 5:

6. Watching Merlin behind-the-scenes videos.
I love this daft little show. There had bloody well better be a second series.
The boys are as silly and adorable off-stage as on. Colin Morgan and Bradley James heroicly battling a ferocious, er... house spider.


I tag... whoever wants tagging! Go for it.
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Why do I have no science-themed icons? [Sep. 10th, 2008|01:24 pm]
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Well, I TRIED to listen to the big switch-on this morning, but I obviously wasn't as awake as I thought I was, because all I can remember is hearing applause and cheering, thinking that was probably a good sign, then going back to sleep. Well, it's 13.30 now, and I'm pretty sure I still exist, so I assume there's been no terrible black hole-related accidents yet. (I know, I know, they haven't started actually colliding things yet.)

Still, only 45 minutes and counting til Torchwood will be here to make the apocalypse a gayer place save us all!

Anyway! Main point of this post:
This is all kinds of awesome.
The Large Hadron rap
Particle physics rules, yo.

PS: Help CERN out by donating your computer's idle time! LHC@home

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