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).
 
 
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: The Rake's Song-The Decemberists
 
 
velociraptor52
21 June 2010 @ 07:33 pm
 
First it was icons I posted for a challenge, and now fanfiction :) what is the world coming to?  But yes, fanfiction written for a challenge in a land comm I'm in.  You don't have to read it if you don't want to.  (And, not to sound so egotistical, I do have a fanfiction journal I barely even use, but I thought I'd post here instead because, whatever :P)

Title: "Incident at Police Ceremony"
Rating: G
Fandom: Life on Mars
Characters: Sam, Gene
Disclaimer: Don't own Sam or Gene at all, or Life on Mars.
Summary: Sam thought life in Manchester was quite normal (aside from hearing messages and getting visits from the Test Card Girl) until he attended a ceremony.  Not betaed.
Written for a prompt challenge over at [livejournal.com profile] lom_a2a_land 

The following prompts used were:

01: Gun
02: Car
03: Horse
04: A Plate of Sushi
05: A Nightclub
06: A Ceremony
07: A Skirt
08: Water
09: A Garden
10: A Straw Hat

"Incident at Police Ceremony" )

 


 
 
Current Mood: nervous
Current Music: Bad Horse Chorus--Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
 
 
velociraptor52
21 June 2010 @ 07:33 pm
 
First it was icons I posted for a challenge, and now fanfiction :) what is the world coming to?  But yes, fanfiction written for a challenge in a land comm I'm in.  You don't have to read it if you don't want to.  (And, not to sound so egotistical, I do have a fanfiction journal I barely even use, but I thought I'd post here instead because, whatever :P)

Title: "Incident at Police Ceremony"
Rating: G
Fandom: Life on Mars
Characters: Sam, Gene
Disclaimer: Don't own Sam or Gene at all, or Life on Mars.
Summary: Sam thought life in Manchester was quite normal (aside from hearing messages and getting visits from the Test Card Girl) until he attended a ceremony.  Not betaed.
Written for a prompt challenge over at [livejournal.com profile] lom_a2a_land 

The following prompts used were:

01: Gun
02: Car
03: Horse
04: A Plate of Sushi
05: A Nightclub
06: A Ceremony
07: A Skirt
08: Water
09: A Garden
10: A Straw Hat

"Incident at Police Ceremony" )

 


 
 
Current Mood: nervous
Current Music: Bad Horse Chorus--Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
 
 
velociraptor52
24 May 2010 @ 10:32 am
Ashes to Ashes thoughts  

Ashes to Ashes final episode thoughts )




 
 
Current Mood: confused
 
 
velociraptor52
24 May 2010 @ 10:32 am
Ashes to Ashes thoughts  

Ashes to Ashes final episode thoughts )




 
 
Current Mood: confused
 
 
velociraptor52
11 May 2010 @ 08:28 pm
 

Okay, the massive post I promised a few days ago will be this one.

So.  Real life stuff first:

Stuff about school under here )



Okay, I think I dealt with all the real life stuff.  Now TV shows.

First, let me admit that when it comes to TV shows I am so bad at watching them.  Or getting interested in some of them.  It's like if I realize that I don't like the show or I'm only interested in half or less of the characters, then I just stop watching it.  Or if I get bored with it.  I swear this year I've stopped watching half the shows I would probably normally watch, just because I realized there was nothing I was watching the show for.

Bones )

Doctor Who )

Merlin ) 

Ashes to Ashes )

In other news, there was no art class tonight lol :D seriously.  I think I was grinning like a madman when some other student told us there was no class and all I could think of was, 'Yes, I get to watch Ashes to Ashes live tonight!'

I sort of felt like how Shawn and Gus feel when they solve a case and they start jumping up and down, like in the first episode.  That excited/happy feeling.

(It's not that I don't like stained art, it just seems like eternity in the class.  6:00-9:45 and I'm way behind and have to work on the final design and buy glass and sealing wax for the copper foil design and there's three weeks left in the semester for me to finish the final design and finish the copper foil one.  I'm behind.)

So...I guess I'll go read now.  (Either The Winds of War, Bloodthirsty (a mystery novel in a series), Well-Schooled Murder, Robinson Crusoe, First Lord's Fury, Jousts and Tournaments (yes, I read about the history of medieval Europe for fun), or Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volume 2.  I think I'm reading more at the moment than I'm watching TV, TBH.  I love reading so much.)(Actually, I think I'm reading way too many books, which means I need to go finish one so I'll have less to read.  I've been neglecting Winds of War so much and I want to finish the novel.)
 

 
 
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Is It Love--Mr. Mister
 
 
velociraptor52
11 May 2010 @ 08:28 pm
 

Okay, the massive post I promised a few days ago will be this one.

So.  Real life stuff first:

Stuff about school under here )



Okay, I think I dealt with all the real life stuff.  Now TV shows.

First, let me admit that when it comes to TV shows I am so bad at watching them.  Or getting interested in some of them.  It's like if I realize that I don't like the show or I'm only interested in half or less of the characters, then I just stop watching it.  Or if I get bored with it.  I swear this year I've stopped watching half the shows I would probably normally watch, just because I realized there was nothing I was watching the show for.

Bones )

Doctor Who )

Merlin ) 

Ashes to Ashes )

In other news, there was no art class tonight lol :D seriously.  I think I was grinning like a madman when some other student told us there was no class and all I could think of was, 'Yes, I get to watch Ashes to Ashes live tonight!'

I sort of felt like how Shawn and Gus feel when they solve a case and they start jumping up and down, like in the first episode.  That excited/happy feeling.

(It's not that I don't like stained art, it just seems like eternity in the class.  6:00-9:45 and I'm way behind and have to work on the final design and buy glass and sealing wax for the copper foil design and there's three weeks left in the semester for me to finish the final design and finish the copper foil one.  I'm behind.)

So...I guess I'll go read now.  (Either The Winds of War, Bloodthirsty (a mystery novel in a series), Well-Schooled Murder, Robinson Crusoe, First Lord's Fury, Jousts and Tournaments (yes, I read about the history of medieval Europe for fun), or Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volume 2.  I think I'm reading more at the moment than I'm watching TV, TBH.  I love reading so much.)(Actually, I think I'm reading way too many books, which means I need to go finish one so I'll have less to read.  I've been neglecting Winds of War so much and I want to finish the novel.)
 

 
 
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Is It Love--Mr. Mister
 
 
velociraptor52
24 March 2010 @ 10:56 am
Of memes and universities  

I knew the 30 day meme would be bad for me.  As soon as I do it, I forget about it :/

anyway, I got admitted to UCSB.  Yay?  It's for the major of anthropology.  My alternative major if I didn't get anthropology was medieval studies.  I'm being honest when I say I was dissapointed when it was anthropology and not medieval studies.  Because majoring in medieval studies would've rocked and I probably would've gone to UCSB if I actually was admitted under the major of medieval studies.

Now I have to wait for UCLA, but so far I've gotten admitted to UCI and UCSB, both for anthropology, though I'm hoping whichever one I go to and when I go there I can always either a: change my major or b: see if I can't double major (for UCSB it would be anthropology and medieval studies; UCI would be anthropology and European studies with a focus on medieval Europe because I've thought about it that far ahead.  In fact, I've thought about UCI and majoring in European studies since I found out UCI had European studies).  UCLA I'm interested in hearing back from, but I doubt I would go there.  They don't have anything remotely like medieval studies or European studies.

But I am amused that some of the Buffy college years were filmed there.

And no, I didn't apply just for that.  *slightly sarcastic* or I didn't apply to UCSB just because Psych takes place in Santa Barbara *also slightly sarcastic* but no, really, UCSB won out over UCSD when I filled out applications because medieval studies=awesome.  UCSD didn't have that.

So...UCSB or UCI?  Dorm room or not?  Medieval studies or European studies?  *flips coin*

I really don't know 0_0 I feel like an actual college student/senior high school student.  Except I'm not in high school :/ but now I know how I would've felt if I didn't go to community college after high school.

Okay, day 2 of the meme was March 20.  So, to get caught up, today is day...IDK.  Day 6?  Okay.

 

 

Days 3-6 Meme )

 
 
Current Mood: thoughtful
 
 
velociraptor52
24 March 2010 @ 10:56 am
Of memes and universities  

I knew the 30 day meme would be bad for me.  As soon as I do it, I forget about it :/

anyway, I got admitted to UCSB.  Yay?  It's for the major of anthropology.  My alternative major if I didn't get anthropology was medieval studies.  I'm being honest when I say I was dissapointed when it was anthropology and not medieval studies.  Because majoring in medieval studies would've rocked and I probably would've gone to UCSB if I actually was admitted under the major of medieval studies.

Now I have to wait for UCLA, but so far I've gotten admitted to UCI and UCSB, both for anthropology, though I'm hoping whichever one I go to and when I go there I can always either a: change my major or b: see if I can't double major (for UCSB it would be anthropology and medieval studies; UCI would be anthropology and European studies with a focus on medieval Europe because I've thought about it that far ahead.  In fact, I've thought about UCI and majoring in European studies since I found out UCI had European studies).  UCLA I'm interested in hearing back from, but I doubt I would go there.  They don't have anything remotely like medieval studies or European studies.

But I am amused that some of the Buffy college years were filmed there.

And no, I didn't apply just for that.  *slightly sarcastic* or I didn't apply to UCSB just because Psych takes place in Santa Barbara *also slightly sarcastic* but no, really, UCSB won out over UCSD when I filled out applications because medieval studies=awesome.  UCSD didn't have that.

So...UCSB or UCI?  Dorm room or not?  Medieval studies or European studies?  *flips coin*

I really don't know 0_0 I feel like an actual college student/senior high school student.  Except I'm not in high school :/ but now I know how I would've felt if I didn't go to community college after high school.

Okay, day 2 of the meme was March 20.  So, to get caught up, today is day...IDK.  Day 6?  Okay.

 

 

Days 3-6 Meme )

 
 
Current Mood: thoughtful
 
 
velociraptor52
14 February 2010 @ 08:49 pm
I am back from Twitter!  

I have been totally neglecting my LJ.  Because of Twitter.  For some reason, I like typing 140 character updates instead of paragraphs.  I really don't know why but I do and so I've just been over on Twitter a lot.  (My username is the same over there as it is for my LJ, BTW, for any of you reading this who wants to follow me on Twitter.)

School )



How I Met Your Mother )

White Collar )

Psych )

Caprica )

Life on Mars )

I still have to watch the latest NCIS, NCIS LA, Castle, and Criminal Minds episodes, which I'll do sometime tonight/tomorrow (in between reading for school).  (Also, NCIS.  TBH, I'm getting quite bored of it.  NCIS LA interests me more, but that's because of the new characters.  I'm just sort of ready-ish and at the point where if I miss an episode of NCIS, then oh well.  Same thing is happening with SPN.  I watched half of season 5 and then it started up again in January and I was all, 'Oh well.'  Seriously.  I am dropping more shows now than I have in the past.  Past-me would be condemning future-me for not watching SPN and considering giving up on NCIS.  And then future-me would be telling past-me to get over it.)

The Guild )

 
 
Current Music: Do You Want to Date My Avatar. Stuck. In my head :/
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
velociraptor52
14 February 2010 @ 08:49 pm
I am back from Twitter!  

I have been totally neglecting my LJ.  Because of Twitter.  For some reason, I like typing 140 character updates instead of paragraphs.  I really don't know why but I do and so I've just been over on Twitter a lot.  (My username is the same over there as it is for my LJ, BTW, for any of you reading this who wants to follow me on Twitter.)

School )



How I Met Your Mother )

White Collar )

Psych )

Caprica )

Life on Mars )

I still have to watch the latest NCIS, NCIS LA, Castle, and Criminal Minds episodes, which I'll do sometime tonight/tomorrow (in between reading for school).  (Also, NCIS.  TBH, I'm getting quite bored of it.  NCIS LA interests me more, but that's because of the new characters.  I'm just sort of ready-ish and at the point where if I miss an episode of NCIS, then oh well.  Same thing is happening with SPN.  I watched half of season 5 and then it started up again in January and I was all, 'Oh well.'  Seriously.  I am dropping more shows now than I have in the past.  Past-me would be condemning future-me for not watching SPN and considering giving up on NCIS.  And then future-me would be telling past-me to get over it.)

The Guild )

 
 
Current Music: Do You Want to Date My Avatar. Stuck. In my head :/
Current Mood: accomplished