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Ok, this actually brought tears to my eyes a little bit. I really wish they'd done it.

The Star Trek 2009 scene written for William Shatner
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The Rise of Alzheimer's Horror: Interesting article on the effects of the rising number of cases of Alzheimer's on the entertainment industry. defines trigger as follows: "A topic, phrase or word that emotionally sets someone off."
It defines the word squick as follows:
1. Noun. The physical sense of repulsion upon encountering a concept or situation one finds disgusting.
2. Noun. A situation or concept which engenders this reaction.

Memory-loss scenarios are both a squick and a trigger for me. It comes up often in fanfiction, the typical plot line being "Person A and person B have been lovers for x number of [months/years] now. But in a [mission gone bad/accident/illness, etc.] person B can now no longer remember the last y [months/years where y>x]. Oh no! What will person A do? How can they convince person B to give them a chance? Will person B ever get their memories back?"

I have a deep-seated fear of memory loss. My self identity is so tied to my memories - what I've done, what I've experienced, what I've felt - that to me, the idea of memory loss feels like an essential loss of self. The very thought of it makes me cringe and shudder. Sadly, many fanfiction authors don't think to put this in their warnings (like issues of rape and abuse are often listed as warnings at the beginning of a fic) so there I go, enjoying something, and all the sudden - wham! One of the main characters loses their memory and I squick so hard I feel like I need to take a toothbrush to my brain.

So yeah - this article. I hadn't really thought about it that way, but I can see where Alzheimer's Horror could be really effective. It certainly is for me - I've refused to see any of the movies they mentioned in the article for that very reason.

My Weekend

Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:08 pm
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Had a great weekend, although quite tiring. Isaac and I went down to New Orleans for the Palimpsest show on Saturday, got to see [ profile] shadesong, and Kyth, and [ profile] s00j, and bunches of other great people. The show was very good, although there was a little more bondage than I was expecting :)

Sunday Isaac and I went to see Knowing, which I think takes the prize as the creepiest disaster flick ever. It was very creepy. And nightmare-inducing.

Which brings us to today, where I'm home sick at least partially because I barely got any sleep last night because I kept waking up thinking that creepy blonde people with black eyes were in my room watching me.

The other part is my damn allergies/cold/whatever, which seems to kick in whenever I'm tired and run-down. Suddenly, in addition to being tired and run-down, I'm sniffly, sneezy, coughy, and itchy-eyed. Is very annoying.

On the other hand, I'm getting lots of work done remotely, as there are fewer distractions at home. Although in a little bit I think I'm going to take my sniffly sneezy self and go take a nap, in the hopes that I will be rested and thus non-sniffly sneezy in the morning.
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Ok, "Live Free or Die Hard" is a mediocre movie. But Kevin Smith's cameo? Brilliant!
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Saw "Twilight". What can I say? It was a melodramatic, cheesy ball of dark, brooding, floofy, but very *pretty* schmup. I loved it.

My weekend

Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:24 am
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So I took Friday off for Samhain, did the grocery shopping, carved a pumpkin, roasted the seeds, made two pumpkin pies, and built a fire in the fireplace from scavenged wood felled by Gustav (I did the same with Katrina wood in 2005 - feels appropriate) all while listening to my now-traditional Samhain CD - Loreena McKennitt's The Visit. Did my now-traditional mini-ritual at midnight. Also spent some time reading old Due South fic to get me in the winter mood (works every time).

Spent most of Saturday lounging around and catching up on my TV watching. Also watched the movie Friends & Family, which is *hilarious*. If you haven't seen it - basically it centers around Stephen and Danny, a gay couple who work as high-ranking enforcers for the mob in New York. Stephen's parents call up and tell him they're on the way for a surprise visit, which throws the couple into chaos, because while Stephen's parents know he's gay, they think he owns a catering business. When he explains his problem to the Don he agrees to help them maintain the illusion by having his people stand in for the fictional catering business (after all, he says with stereotypical mafia exuberance - 'you two are Family!') Thus begins the preparations for a party in honour of Stephen's parents, with the Don's two effeminate sons doing the cooking and the decorating (one wants to be a chef and the other an interior designer) and the Don's security forces taking lessons from an old queen on how to act 'gay', and the Don hiring drag queens as entertainment. The whole thing is brilliantly funny and I'm half-tempted to buy it just so I can keep watching it over and over.

Sunday I went over I.'s place and got introduced to the addictiveness that is MySims Kingdom. *sigh* If only I had my own Wii.

This morning I found a roach in my shower (while I was in it, no less). Quite a rude wake-up, but it's finally getting cold around here, so I should have expected I'd be seeing some soon as they try to find warmer places to live. Bugs in the South suck.

This week

Oct. 24th, 2008 09:05 am
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Let's see --

Took Wednesday off because I've been having really bad insomnia lately and I think I'm coming down with a cold on top of it. Slept until noon on Wednesday and then spent the rest of the day playing Neverwinter Nights, to which I am completely addicted.

Watched I am Legend last night. Liked it ok, but thought it was depressing. Then I went online and found out that it had an alternate ending (that wasn't on the Netflix DVD) that was simultaneously less depressing and more meaningful. Now I feel cheated. Why exactly didn't they go with that ending on the theatrical release again? The alternate ending is also apparently closer to the book as well. Makes no sense to me.

Anyway - busy busy at work. Pidgin (which we use for Virtual Reference here at LSU) pretty much went boom last week. It's be up and down off and on since, with no explanation I can find (and I'm not the only person having problems). Discussion on what to do about it brought up the fact that we actually have a comparable product that came with our internal communication software - no one mentioned it because we already had something in place that was working, but since Pidgin is having problems we're going to switch to this other one. Which means I've spent all week working with IT to get the new program installed and configured. And next week I'm going to have to teach everyone how to use it. *sigh*

This is all in addition, of course, to trying to get my other projects done, or at least progress made. I work this weekend, but thankfully we're closed tomorrow due to a football game (yes, it's a religion down here), so I really only have to work Sunday.

The chronic insomnia is driving me insane, as well as increasing my reliance on my early morning caffeinated soda beverage, which I am certain is a major contributor to all the weight I've been gaining lately. I really don't eat all that badly, but I'm mostly sedentary and I have my soda addiction. And I can't stand the taste of artificial sweeteners so diet soda is out. I need to find a way of getting my caffeine in the morning that doesn't come packed with tons of calories. I never realised exactly how much of a strain the sciatic pain was putting on my body until it was gone.
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Ok, here is an odd question/request.

I watched 10,000 B.C. tonight, and as the credits were rolling, I heard a snatch of theme music I could *swear* I've heard before. I don't think it's the same piece, exactly, just the melody line from another piece of soundtrack music that they recycled (not an unheard-of practice. I was surprised once to hear the main theme from The Man From Snowy River in the background of a scene in the more recent version of The Parent Trap). So, I'm begging for help from all you knowledgeable people. Go here: and listen at from around 1:00-1:30 or so, and tell me if you recognise the melody from another movie.
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So I saw both "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "The Dark Knight" this weekend. The former was fun, but had too many factual errors that my nitpicky brain kept harping on. The latter was simply incredible. It was really quite sad to watch Heath Ledger in the role that indirectly led to his death -- he was absolutely *incredible* and there is talk of the possibility of him getting an Oscar posthumously. He totally deserves it. It's a shame so much talent was lost so early. Christian Bale continues to do a much better job as Batman than I had expected of him. Not that I don't like Christian Bale, because I do - I just couldn't see him as Batman at first. I'm totally convinced now.

Unfortunately, it was also a weekend of insomnia and general exhaustion, and I worked until 10pm last night so I'm suffering from sleep deprivation this morning as well. I want a nap!
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Well I had a busy weekend. I started and finished 3 books and finished another one I'd been reading for awhile. I watched the NCIS and Doctor Who season finales, both of which threw me for a loop somewhat. I also saw Wanted, which was great fun, and Hancock, which I enjoyed despite all the bad reviews.

I feel particularly well entertained :)
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So I saw Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull on Saturday. I loved it! I was definitely nervous about how they were going to deal with an aging Indy, but I thought they kept the action believable for a very in-shape 60-something man while peppering the dialog with "I'm too old for this" jokes that made it clearly they weren't trying to ignore the issue.


I came away from the movie feeling as if the new one not only lived up to the originals, but that I wouldn't mind yet another sequel in a year or two. At some point, Harrison Ford really will be too old to handle Indy, but for the moment I'd say he's got a few good years left in him.
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An ongoing commentary as I watch the star of John Barrowman's career -- "Shark Attack 3: Megalodon"

First off -- Dude, that shark is so not a megalodon. It's tiny! Hardy bigger than your average great white. Puh-lease.

And of course there's the staple of all B-movies, the stilted dialog.

And now we have John Barrowman. It appears the script-writers want to play "how many times can we make John laugh fakely in 5 minutes". Despite all the fake laughter, he's still the only one in the movie so far who doesn't sound like he's reading from a prompter.

And now we see the shark again. Can they make up their minds? Several shots are of great whites, but others appear to be tiger sharks and one looked almost like a hammerhead. Not only are they showing far too much stock shark footage, it's not even the same species!

And now we have a tooth. Megalodon my ass! This tooth is the size of my thumb. Ever seen a megalodon tooth? They're as big as your palm! Why, when given the option of resurrecting a prehistoric giant shark for a horror movie, would they actually scale the thing *down*?!

Ah, the skinny dipping scene. We must all have one yes?

Gratuitous nudity? check
Gratuitous sex? check
Gratuitous bloody violoence? check
Annoying grunting sounds that are definitely not made by a shark? check
Hot female scientist? check

Um . . . did y'all do *any* research at all? You know the term chumming, but you don't know that it doesn't just involve throwing blood overboard. Works better when there's actual flesh involved.

Ah, playing the baby card are we? I assume mama's going to show up at some point?

Um, Cat? When you're trying to convince people not to kill the extinct shark for the sake of science, you might want to sound a little less like you're talking about the weather.

Ok, you've had a deadly shark attack and you know the thing's still hanging around but you *don't* close the beach? How stupid are you people? Forget I asked that.

And don't you have radio communication on your science boat? Why does preventing the shark from attacking other boats always seem to involve trying to outrun it? Use the damn radio!

Uh, John? Are you being paid by the "shit"? Because there are more creative things to say.

And what the hell's with the church? Lighting a candle is going to make the shark go away? Yeah, right.

Oh, here's mama. Don't you know killing the baby makes mama mad? At least that's more like the right size. Be better if it wasn't quite so fake. I mean, I could photoshop better than that.

Ok, when you confront the evil guy trying to hush things up so he doesn't loose money with the palm-sized mama tooth as proof we've got a *big* problem and he writes you off . . . take the tooth with you, dammit! Don't leave the evidence behind!

So how we gonna get rid of this thing? Hey, doesn't everybody have a torpedo laying around? At least this guy seems like the only other decent actor besides Barrowman in the whole movie.

Yay! Megalodon soup!

Uh-oh, there's another one. Looks like we can look forward to Shark Attack 4: Megaolodon 2!!

Gods I love crappy B movies.
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Put "I've seen __ of these 168 movies" in the subject line and repost. SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 movies, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 168 movies on this list. Put your score in header and re-post.

I've seen 69 of these 168 movies )
Oooh, look. I have a life. Apparently.
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Having seen a preview for The Libertine I decided to rent it from Netflix, and also to look up a bit on John Wilmot before it arrived. Accordingly I read the most notorious play attributed to him, The Farce of Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery.

A warning - do NOT read this if you are at all easily offended or squeamish about sexual topics. I can completely understand why public performances were outlawed for over 200 years. In fact, I do believe you'd need a special license to perform this play in most parts of the US now. Whether it was written by Rochester or not, it is the single most explicit piece of pornography I have *ever* read. And written in 1684 no less. My hat's off to the author *whoever* he is.
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It figures that on a day when I'm exhausted and just want to go home, I find my car has a flat tire which delays my departure 45 minutes and puts me smack in the middle of the rush hour I *usually* avoid by going home at 4pm.

I'm even too tired to think about watching the lovely Johnny Depp movie that showed up from Netflix today.
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I think I can say with some certainty that the 1981 film "Time Bandits" is officially the strangest movie I have ever seen.
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Indiana Jones IV Trailer!!

I'm really looking forward to this. There aren't many actors that I think could pull off a return to their younger glory days, but Harrison Ford just might be able to.
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Is it wrong that every time I hear anything about Mike Huckabee all I can think of is Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman in I <3 Huckabees? Don't know what I'll do if he becomes president. Although honestly, having a president I can't help but snicker at isn't something new, and at least with Huckabee it wouldn't be for some thing *he* did.
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So last night I. and I saw Cloverfield. Pre-warned, we sat in the back and that was enough for me to be fine with the camera-work. It started out rather slow, but once things got going they *really* got going and it was great! I thought it was very well done.

Of course, then we came home and there were police all over the place because some guy had been caught trying to mug someone in my apartment parkinglot, right in front of my building. I. actually felt worried leaving me there, but I had to work today, and they'd already caught the guy, so eventually I convinced him I'd be fine and promised to lock my doors, which I did. Everything was fine, of course, but it's still kinda creepy. The area I live in is usually pretty crime-free.

Anyway, today I'm here at work, which is annoying because I'm *still* somewhat sick, but I switched my shift last week when I was *really* sick for this one, so there's not much I can do about it other than sit here for 6 hours hacking. Why is it that the cough is always the thing that lingers on for *weeks*?


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