velociraptor52
31 May 2014 @ 01:46 pm
Hi  
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 beside the L.A. river and I looked at it and thought back to L.A. Noire and the one case where the character did a car chase in the L.A. river.

TL;DR NHM is very historic and L.A. Noire influences how I look at downtown L.A. now.

Also, a good thing is that I can take the train to the museum.  Well, I have to take the Metrolink from Orange County to the L.A. Union Station, and then from there I take the metro (which is L.A.'s version of a subway system or the tube), which drops me off right in front of the museum.  So that means I don't have to drive and deal with rush hour traffic and sitting in traffic and being super stressed out.  Instead I can take the train and read and listen to music and relax and not have to worry about driving at all.

Also, the metro purple/red line (which I take to get to the Expo line, and that's the one that goes in front of the museum) goes right through downtown L.A., right near the Los Angeles Central Library (which is this pretty impressive tall building with an apparently amazing looking interior and a lot of floors.  I can also get a library card for free, which I just put in my request for, and I'll pick it up next Monday when I go to the library.  Maybe I'll check out books as well.

The purple/red line also has a stop/station right near The Last Bookstore (which looks like this and has stuff like this and this).  They also sell records.  Not sure if I'll go there next Monday--I do want to go, though, because it's been so long since I've went.

TL;DR I want to go explore downtown L.A. by metro.

Another good thing about the metro/metrolink is that a round trip ticket costs $19.50.  It's not that much--it's still quite pricey, I must admit, but compared to driving, which uses up way more gas to get from the O.C. to L.A., then it's not that much.  I can get about 320 miles out of my car on a tank of gas and driving to and from L.A. is about 80 miles total.  Add in all the driving to DL that I do and I would need to fill up my car every other week.  So taking the train is better for me, for financial reasons and mental reasons (like it doesn't stress me out and I can chill out on the train).

On the fandom front, I'm re-watching Life on Mars because I haven't seen in it in forever.  I'm planning on re-watching Ashes to Ashes afterwards.  I'm also watching Deadliest Catch, which is my guilty pleasure show, because I'm only watching it for the drama.  (Also for Sig, Edgar, and the Hillstrand brothers.)  I'm also re-watching the X-Men film that I own (X-Men, X-Men 2, The Last Stand, and First Class).  I had planned on watching all before watching Days of Future Past but that obviously didn't happen (although I still watch DoFP).  I just finished X-Men 2 and now I need to watch Last Stand (although, hesitant on that because of what happened to Cyclops).  And last night I decided I would watch The Dresden Files, because I'm re-reading the series and I figured, hey, why not re-watch the show as well?

And earlier this week on Wednesday I watched The Great Escape in a movie theater again lol XD it was at the same one where I watched Harold and Maude last year (as well as The Magnificent Seven).  They're also showing Jaws in June which I really want to see because, dude, Jaws on the big screen=awesomeness.  And it deserves to be watched on the big screen.

Seeing The Great Escape at the tiny movie theater wasn't as good as seeing it in Grauman's Chinese Theater.  They used some high-quality transfer (or something like that) last year at the Chinese Theater (because it was the TCM movie festival thing and so they had to), whereas the version of the film used for the tiny theater was dark in color/contrast.  IDK.  It lacked the whole 'omg brightness' that the one at the Grauman theater last year had.  But, nevertheless, it was still good.  Obviously nothing will live up to the Grauman's Chinese Theater Great Escape event, but I take The Great Escape on the big screen where I can because it's one of the movies that I need to watch on the big screen.

On the book front, I'm making my way through The Dresden Files books.  I'm just about finished with White Night (one more chapter left!) and after that I'll move onto Small Favor.  I'm also reading Magic Knight Rayearth (a manga by CLAMP) and Mary Poppins (because I've never read it before and I might as well read it).
 
 
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velociraptor52
10 May 2013 @ 07:35 pm
My adventures in Los Angeles and Hollywood  
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 studio super earlier, and I just hate how they over-distribute the tickets.  I mean I know the tickets are free so it's like I didn't even lose any money at all, but I drove all the way to LA for the purpose of seeing the show, and I kind of did.  I'm conflicted.

Oh, and then at the beginning when everyone was standing in line outside they said we couldn't bring cell phones in, and so I went back to my car to put my cell phone away.  Later when I was in the taping room (I don't know what else to call the room where they have the cameras) I saw a few people had their cell phones with them.  WTH.

Anyway, that same week on Friday (the 26th) I went back to LA.  The main reason for that was because there's this film festival going on in LA that weekend hosted by TCM (this popular movie channel that shows a lot of old, classic movies).  On the 26th they showed The Great Escape, which was digitally remastered, and I wanted to see it.  And there's this assignment I have to do for my art history class in the future, where I have to go to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Arts) and choose an object from the Islamic art collection they have and write about that.  So I decided I would try to kill two birds with one stone (figuratively speaking) and I went to LACMA first.  I got there around 11:30 AM, and the traffic was horrible D:

at one point the GPS had me getting of the 405-N freeway and drive about 9 miles down Cranshaw road, which wasn't as bad as the traffic on the freeway, but it wasn't all that good during certain times.  I eventually made it to LACMA, hung around for about two hours, and then I decided to go to the Barnes and Noble at the Grove, because whenever I get stressed and I feel out of my depth in another part of CA, I like going somewhere familiar.  Like the bookstore.

The bookstore had three floors.  It was so huge!  And that's the same bookstore that hosts all these signings by various people, so that's one reason why it's so huge.  They had a really good language section--they had some language books that weren't available at other B&N in Orange County.  They had a good graphic novel section, a good manga section, a large DVD section--overall it was just larger and I loved it.  I just like the bookstore.

I really didn't like the Grove though--it's this shopping district type of thing.  The first hour of parking was free, but after the second hour it was $4, which I didn't quite like.  So I left and decided to head on up toward Hollywood Blvd, which has the Chinese Theater (there's another name for that, I know it--the Grauman theater?  IDK), and that was where The Great Escape was going to show.

Traffic was, again, really bad, and I had to park in this public parking lot, because I just couldn't handle the traffic, and I wanted to park.  It cost $20, which was insane, but whatever.  I guess parking is expensive in LA (and the gas as well--I saw some gas prices up in LA--some stations was over $4).

I was so totally oblivious to the fact that I was actually walking down Hollywood Boulevard lol.  It's the street that has the stars in the cement.  I didn't care about that (apparently I'm not so much of a tourist when it comes to Hollywood?  I mean I kind of am, but not so much of a tourist that I was excited at seeing the stars on the sidewalk).  I managed to find the stand-by line for The Great Escape and the Chinese Theater holds enough people that I'm pretty sure everyone was able to get in (all those who were standing in the stand-by line, because they let in the pass holders first and then the stand-by people).  I got a seat in the back but it was a good seat and I was able to see the screen.

(The Chinese Theater, a.k.a. the Grauman's Chinese Theater, and then it was renamed, has the footprints and handprints outside.  When I was waiting in line in the front I was standing on the slab of cement the Marx Brothers handprinted and wrote their name on.  Talk about amazing coincidence that I managed to look down at the ground when I did, otherwise I would never have seen it.  That was as close as I'm ever going to get to the Marx Brothers lol.)

The film was amazing.  So much amazing.  It was a digitally restored version so it just looked 10x better than the DVD I have.  And it was Richard Attenborough on the big screen and James Coburn on the big screen and everyone else I love on the big screen.  It was just surreal.  I loved it.

Hollywood Blvd. at night reminded me of Las Vegas at night.  And it's not because you have people dressed in random character outfits with the intention and hopes of getting people to take pictures with them (and maybe earning money?).  I passed by Iron Man, Spiderman, Mickey and Minnie Mouse (deformed, of course)--I saw Batman drinking beer.  IDK.  Whenever I see people dressed in character outfits, wanting money, I just tend to ignore them.  Only because I find it slightly creepy.

(Although, TBH, nothing beats the scary Spongebob and Patrick costumes I saw a couple of people wearing in Las Vegas.)

There was this one shopping center that reminded me of Las Vegas.  It was massive.  I took pictures of the massive-ness of the center, and then I tried to take a picture of the El Capitan theater with my cell phone, but the picture didn't turn out all that well, because I took the picture with my cell phone.

I kind of liked Hollywood Blvd at night more than in the day, maybe because it was just so bright at night.  I didn't like it in the day.  And I didn't like the traffic.  Overall, it was a good street, with lots of historical buildings.  I wouldn't recommend it to anyone though--it's touristy.  The only thing that amazed me was that I actually saw The Great Escape on big screen in the Chinese Theater.  (It was impressive on the inside as well.)

On May 6th I got The Great Escape Blu-Ray and it looks amazing.  Not as amazing as seeing it on the big screen, but it's loads better than the DVD I have (the regular, non blu-ray one).  I'm kind of annoyed, though, because there is no main menu and I have to hit 'pop menu' or something like that and it will pop up this menu on the bottom of the screen.  IDK.  I'm kind of jealous because Lawrence of Arabia got this amazing Blu-Ray release and The Great Escape--despite being the 50th anniversary of its release--didn't really get a whole lot of special features or even fanfare.

Anyway, other than that I've been highly busy with school.  My European Studies thesis is coming along well, although I have problems with procrastinating.  And today I donated platelets--I thought I was going to be donating blood--I originally made an appointment to donate blood--but then they saw my blood type was AB+ so they asked if I could donate platelets.  Because apparently AB+ (and AB-) are universal platelet donors.  Which I didn't know about before today.  I must also admit I like donating platelets more than giving blood.  With platelets all they do is take platelets and give the rest of the blood back to you (or, well, rather, me) and so I'm not left feeling lightheaded and faint.  I mean I was slightly tingly--but that was mostly because my arm stayed in one position for about two hours.

Also I got to watch a film :D they had a lot of films I could have watched.  I ended up watching A Knight's Tale.  When I go back to donate blood I think I'll watch The Cabin in the Woods (they have that on DVD!) or The Avengers.  Or I think I can bring my own.

Anyway, it's basically just wasting two hours of my life, watching a film, but doing something good while watching a film.  And the nurses pampered me and I had blankets and pillows and I couldn't move my arms, sure, but I liked it so much better than donating blood.

And that's my adventure donating platelets.

The person managing the front desk of the center commented on my t-shirt (it was an Avengers t-shirt) and when I watched A Knight's Tale he said, 'That's Alan Tudyk, right?  Alpha.' (Which later I realized was a subtle reference to Dollhouse--I haven't watched that show in ages.)  And then I said I liked The Avengers because of Joss Whedon and he was all, 'Right, so you're a Whedonite' or he said something along those lines.  But it was geeky fun :P I like bumping into fellow geeks.

(It reminds me of this one time I was shopping for groceries and in the parking lot I passed by this car that had the stickers 'Serenity' and 'Firefly' on the back window and I called out to the people in the car, 'I like your Firefly and Serenity!' because I was just too excited to form a more comprehensive sentence.  Luckily they knew what I said and when they drove past me they said, 'Well, we did name our car Shiny'.)

Anyway, Deadliest Catch thoughts, because Deadliest Catch started recently:

My thoughts on Deadliest Catch )

And that's about it.  There's not much for me to like.  Or hate.  Deadliest Catch to me is 'turn off your brain and just watch' type of shows.

Other than that, I haven't been watching a lot of shows.  A lot of movies, yes, but I'm behind in Psych and I need to get caught up, and I have plans to watch Farscape, although I don't know when that'll happen.
 
 
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velociraptor52
16 February 2013 @ 10:52 am
School, The Great Escape, Top Gear, and Being Human  
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 somewhat interesting then I'll wear it.  But for the majority of the time, I really don't wear jewelry.  So maybe for the class ring I'll either wear it or maybe I'll hang it on a necklace.  IDK.

I'm really liking my philosophy class, which is odd, because I've hated all the philosophy classes I've taken in the past.  But the teacher makes it awesome, and I'm just actually interested in it.

The only thing I hate about the class is that it's just messing with my mind in a major way.  We're mainly focusing on Augstine and his philosophical theories and this past Thursday in class we talked about his concept of time and creation and OMG my mind 0_0 Augustine is messing it up with his crazy theories.  But it was a good class because it did give me some inspiration for my time travel fic :P (the one I was planning to write for NaNoWriMo and then I didn't)

Anyway, that's enough real life talk.  Now it's time for fannish talk :D

I've been obsessing over The Great Escape lately. Feel free to skip me obessing over The Great Escape )

Now it's time for me to talk about Top Gear and Being Human (both from the last couple weeks).

Top Gear episodes 2 and 3 spoilers )

Being Human spoilers for episodes 1 and 2 )
 
 
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velociraptor52
01 February 2013 @ 04:38 pm
This is a long post filled with many things  
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

Top Gear spoilers )

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 film itself.  I couldn't handle watching The Godfather in one sitting precisely because I just didn't care for the film all that much.  It's just hard to make myself watch a film, or TV show, that I know I won't enjoy.

Then last Friday I watched The Great Escape, which I haven't seen in years, and I forgot how amazing it is. That was the first Steve McQueen film I ever saw, and I saw it in my video production class in high school, and after that I think I've seen it two or three more times on my own.  Although I've only seen the ending about two times--I've always hated it after David McCallum's character is killed that I always stopped watching the film at that point.  Plus at that point of the film nothing was fun anymore--I mean they all broke out of the camp, but then they're being chased and being killed and that just depresses me :(

Richard Attenborough though--he looks so young!  I haven't seen him in many films--mostly Jurassic Park.  (I've never seen any of his brother's documentary films so...)  So I just really like him in The Great Escape.  And then there's James Garner and Charles Bronson and other awesome actors.  I just like the entire cast of the film.

I also really want to read the book now.  I know the film is based (loosely) off a book written by Paul Brickhill and I don't have that book.  I may need to go to the library sometime to see if they don't have it.  (Or I'll buy it.)

So basically all I did last week was go to school and watch a lot of classic films.  I haven't been doing that a whole lot this week (the watching classic films thing).  Mostly I've been watching Being Human season 3 (well, trying to finish it.  I'm going to see if I can make it through seasons 3 and 4 before season 5 comes back on Sunday.  Maybe if I drink a lot of coffee tonight and stay up all night and forgo doing any homework then I can do it.  But I really need to do homework, and I can't stay up all night because I get tired at around 12 AM, so that's out).

On the plus side, I only have two episodes to go through in season 3.  So maybe I can make it halfway through season 4 tomorrow.  (I usually watch TV and movies at night.  It's like I really can't watch TV or movies during the day because I just like watching it at night.  And plus during the day I can do homework or read or do land comm challenges or stuff like that.)

My thoughs about Being Human season 3 )

School's been going good.  It's been keeping me busy, though, which is why I haven't updated a whole lot.  I've also been busy with land comm challenges and I've been making icons for myself (one of my Fandom New Years Resolutions was to make 20 icons per month.  I only made about 15 or so last month, because I had forgotten about my resolutions).

Speaking of resolutions, this is what my Fandom Resolutions list looks like:

1. Finish Farscape (because I've been watching it since about 2009/2010 and I still need to finish it.  I must admit, I went slowly through season 1)
2. Finish Man From U.N.C.L.E.
3. Finish Poltergeist: The Legacy
4. Make 20 icons per month
5. Finish fanfic (I start, and I never finish.  Except for drabbles or short stories.  But I have an Inception fic I started a couple years back that I still want to finish, and I have other stories in other fandoms I'd like to finish sometime)
6. Finish Red Dead Redemption and Skyrim (I'm going so slowly through both these games 0_0  I also need to re-play Bioshock and L.A. Noire sometime this year.  I also have Portal 2 that I need to play, and the Ghostbusters game, which I had already played before on the desktop computer but I wanted it for X-Box)
7. Be more active on Livejournal
8. Finish Netflix queue (this is on the fandom resolutions list for some reason...)
9. Re-watch Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and maybe Dollhouse?  It's been a long time since I've seen Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.  I've seen Dollhouse relatively recently (a couple years back) so I don't need to re-watch right away.
10. Post icons and fanfic to Livejournal?  IDK.  I'm usually not much of a share-y type of person when it comes to icons and fanfic.

Hopefully I'll be able to do all of these things this year.  It'd be nice to finish Farscape.
 
 
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