21 July 2013 @ 12:18 pm
My life lately  
I have been away from LJ for way too long.  I've been reading the friends list, so I'm up to date with what's happening.  I just didn't really feel like posting on LJ because I just haven't.

I'm going to talk about some TV shows I've been watching lately:

The Hour )

Mad Dogs )

Also, Top Gear is back!  That means more updates from me because I'll be writing down my thoughts on the episodes.

Top Gear Season 20: The First 3 Episodes )

Another show I've been watching is Hogan's Heroes.  I'm almost obsessed with that show.  I really like Newkirk and LeBeau, and maybe Carter.  There was this one episode in season 1 that had this actor in it and he had been in The Great Escape, and that really amused me, because that's just me.  I'm amused when I see actors from other films/TV shows in another film or TV show.

I've also been watching some films.  This month I watched the film Charade.  It's a 1960s film starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, James Coburn, and Walter Matthau.  I mostly just watched it for Coburn and Matthau.  It was actually a really good film.  It was the first film I've seen that starred Hepburn.  I've never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's, although that's on my Netflix queue, so, yeah, I'm a bit behind in watching classic films.

Spoilers for Charade )

Another film I watched this month was King Rat.  It's a film adaptation of a James Clavell novel, and James had worked on The Great Escape script.  He also fought in WWII and at one point was actually a POW in the Changi prison camp (a camp in Singapore), so the novel he wrote--King Rat--is autobiographical for the most part.  Byran Forbes wrote the screenplay of the film and he directed it as well.  (Bryan was a friend of Richard Attenborough's, and was also in a movie with him.  Sadly, Bryan passed away earlier this year.)

Some spoilers for King Rat )

I also justrecently finished the film The Fortune Cookie, which starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  It was the first film they were in together--the pair starred in about nine other films together.  And they were best friends in real life as well, which I think is awesome.

I also finished The World of Henry Orient, which starred Peter Sellers and Angela Lansbury.  It was directed by George Roy Hill, who directed the film The Sting, which starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman (and Robert Shaw).  (The film was good--it was a bit weird at first, but then Peter Sellers appeared and everything was okay.  His accent was hilarious :D everything he did in the film was just wonderful and funny.  I like Peter Sellers--he was a good actor.

Speaking of The Sting, there is a theater in Fullerton that put on a production of the stage version of The Sting.  I only knew about it because I saw it being advertised in the newspaper and, being a fan of The Sting, I was curious as to how it would hold up being performed on the stage.  The tickets were only $20, which was wonderful, and Fullerton is kind of close, so I went to see it.

Guys, I have never been in more awe of a play than I was with The Sting.  Everything was perfect about it!  The actors, the stage (I'll get to that in a minute), the music, the 'being faithful to the film even though it's a stage adaptation of a film'.  I loved every second of it.

Where I talk about the play version of The Sting )

For games, I've been playing Oblivion a whole lot.  It's the fourth game in the Elder Scrolls Chronicle series, with Skyrim being the fifth.  I remember being absolutely in love with Oblivion when it came out.  I thought it was a really interesting game.

Under this cut I complain about Oblivion a lot )

My friend is moving to San Diego later this year for grad school so we're trying to do fun trips and outings before she moves.  I'm hoping I'll see her sometimes in San Diego, though.

Anyway, she and I went on a day trip to LA earlier this month.  All we did was drive around and see famous sights and things.  We went to the California Sciene Center to see the space ship Endeavour.  We also went to the cemetery because there are a lot of actors buried in a certain cemetery (which was located near UCLA).

These are the people we saw there:

Pictures from LA )

In other news, hopefully everyone's read by now that Bear McCreary will work on the score for Joss Whedon's TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  TBH, I'm really excited about this news because when I was younger and obsessed with BSG and the music of BSG, I had imagined how awesome it would have been had Bear worked on the score for a Joss Whedon TV show, and now it's actually happening, and all I can say is yay! :D Whedon + McCreary=perfection.

I also saw Ian Anderson in concert again.  The first time I saw IA performing Thick as a Brick it was just so amazing and I really wanted to go back and see it again, and they were playing in LA at the Greek Theater, so I went there:
Pictures from the concert )

I've been doing yoga a lot lately.  I have this list on the Day Zero website and on that list is 'complete the 30 day yoga challenge' or something like that.  So I've been trying to do yoga for 30 consecutive days.  So far it's going good.  I also found a really good yoga app for the iPad, which I downloaded.  It helps because I can make my own yoga sequences on there.

I've recently learned how to do the plow pose, along with the staff pose.  The staff pose is this one--it really helped me to follow the instructions, regarding the 'keeping the elbows tight against the sides' thing, because I hadn't been doing that when I've been attempting the pose before and I've always fallen down.

On the real life front, my mind is in summer mode, and I'm applying for jobs.  In fact, I recently had an interview at Knott's Berry Farm--I'll see what comes out of that, but I'm not holding my breath for a job there, although it would be nice.  I really need to just get out of summer mode--that's the only problem I have.
Current Music: I've Got a Feeling-The Beatles
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17 December 2012 @ 12:19 pm
I'm going to make it a 'post pictures from the two concerts I went to in October' and 'Christmas is just around the corner!' kind of post today.

(And I have been so bad at updating -_- just...I need to get back on updating at least once a week.  I'm reading my friends list though.  It's just I haven't felt like typing anything at all.)

First, pictures.  From those two concerts I went to in October (and I'm only getting around to posting them now).

Ian Anderson Concert )

And now photos from the Mika concert.

Mika concert pictures )

Anyway, now it's time for the 'yay Christmas is just around the corner!' section of this post.

I would do a Christmas list (like I did some years back) but there's nothing really that I want.  Also, my birthday is coming up (on Thursday).  If I had to pick something to get, I would probably want icons and wallpaper (Arthur/Eames, Clint/Coulson, Clint/Steve (most recently.  IDEK), Chiana, Doyle--just to name a few of my favorite ships and characters).  But really, I'm not really asking for anything at all.  (Mostly because I just feel awkward as hell leaving a list of items that I want on my LJ.)

In fandom news, I've been watching Happy Days lately (via Netflix).  I must admit that I like it.  It's just so hilarious, in a charming kind of way.  And plus it's a classic show, which is one of the reason why I even wanted to watch it (also, Fonzie is awesome/amazing). 

I've recently started watching The Hour, this BBC show that reminds me very much of Mad Men, without Don Draper.  And with more British actors that I recognize from other various BBC shows.  I'm still on episode 1 but so far I like it.  And the actor who's in it played Q in Skyfall so I was all, 'Yay Q!' because I really liked Q from Skyfall 0_0

And last night I decided to watch Rent, because it's been so long since I watched it, and I really forgot how good it was. 

It being near Christmas and all, I have plans to watch all the great Christmas movies: Muppet Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story (which I practically know by heart but it's one of those nostalgic movies I just have to watch, no matter how many times I've seen it), and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (also another nostalgic movie). 

I'm also including both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  My friend has a tradition she does where she watches all three Lord of the Rings films on Christmas Eve (or something like that) and I figured I'd start my own tradition of watching HP and the DH.  Only because I just really like those films.

Speaking of Harry Potter, I'm re-reading the series and so I'm slightly obsessed with HP again.  I still have to say that book #5 is my favorite.  I still don't like book #4 (no Quidditch--I think that's the reason why I don't like it).  Prisoner of Azkaban is just all kinds of nostalgic because that's the first HP book I read (back when I was in elementary school.  I remember we had this large pirate ship--toy pirate ship, with a slide and a water cannon--and it was near Halloween, I believe, and I was sitting on the grass under a part of the ship that had an overhang and I was reading PoA and not understanding what the hell was going on but it was really good and I liked it.  And everything else after that, in terms of what books I read, is just a blur).  I like Half-Blood Prince but I hate the romance.  And I like Deathly Hallows because I'm weird that way.

I'm also re-reading The Dresden Files series.  I'm currently on book #4.  I bought the most recent novel (Cold Days) and I haven't read it yet because I need to refresh my memory of the Dresden 'verse, because there's too much stuff going on in the world that sometimes I'm just a bit confused as to who's who and what's what.  (I did flip through the book looking for Thomas and yay at the Thomas!  But I haven't read it.  Except for the parts with Thomas in them.)

Another thing I'm reading is manga.  I just picked up Gate 7 (this new series by Clamp, who also did Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura (my favovorite manga), xxxHolic, X/1999, and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chonicles.  Needless to say, I read quite a lot of their series).  It's a bit dense, with lots of references to historical figures and events, but I love it so much, especially Tachibana and Sakura. 

And that's basically what I've been reading lately.

Oh, and I dyed my hair red ^_^ what with my hair being so short and all, it's near impossible to get highlights in it, and so I decided to go with dying, and I wanted it red after having worn this Columbia (Rocky Horror) costume for Halloween and wearing a red auburn-ish wig. 
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