Wednesday, November 30, 2005
A sequel to the Lost/HP crackfic!
Priscilla said at 10:49 PM
Die PennNet Die! Veronica Mars has been preempted for basketball. *reluctantly changes channel to Lost*
Priscilla said at 9:03 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Daniel Radcliffe mobbed by Elijah fans.
Meanwhile, on ebay: $89.99 and counting for an empty box. Well, not just any empty box, but still. People have too much money.
And because I feel I have to post a lot of links for popular fandoms to compensate for every time I gush about My Fandom That Almost No One Who Reads My Blog Is Familiar With (Which Seriously Needs to Change), The Dresden Files, here's a highly amusing Lost/Harry Potter Crackfic and a very silly post on Buffy ships as various world religions.
And lastly: Sort me!
Priscilla said at 9:26 AM
So, they released the cast list for the TV movie of The Dresden Files. My reaction: Hrrn? Why do we have an attractive Cuban actress playing the cute, Irish, blonde, 5'0" Karrin Murphy, and a petite Irish actress playing the tall, gorgeous Susan Rodriguez? Oh, and Paul Blackthorne is British, though Hugh Laurie proves that this is no insurmountable obstacle to playing an American.
Dresden - Paul Blackthorne
Murphy - Valerie Cruz
Susan - Rebecca McFarland
Morgan - Conrad Coates
Ancient Mai - Elizabeth Thai
Kirmani - Raoul Bhaneja
Bianca - Joanne Kelly
Seeing as how they appear to be changing Harry's name to "Erik" (again, WHY? Are they intimidated by the notion of a wizard named 'Harry'?), I figure there will be a lot in flux. Ah well. Whatever. Regardless of how this turns out, I'll still have the books! *idly waves "James for the voice of Bob" pennant*
Priscilla said at 1:05 AM
Monday, November 28, 2005
I'm eating waffles with Ben & Jerry's "Apple-y Ever After," the greatest ice cream in the history of the universe.
Sometimes, life is just awesome.
Priscilla said at 10:53 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2005
HAHAHA. Our first great GoF Parody has emerged! Or at least, the first one I've seen. Too funny!
Priscilla said at 7:07 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2005
There aren't any plans to make a movie out of Wicked, right? Because both times I went to the theatre over break (Rent and Harry Potter), I walked in the doors to hear "Defying Gravity" on MovieTunes. Then, after Harry Potter, they started playing "Popular." Is this some twisted way of promoting Idina Menzel in Rent? Are there fangirls running the music selection? Or is it a secret plot against my sanity? I'm not complaining; it's one of my favourite showtunes. I'm just confused.
Priscilla said at 11:12 PM
Friday, November 25, 2005
Alcohol I have consumed since turning 21:
1. 1 sip white wine -- found it vile.
2. 1 sip frozen margarita -- far preferred the non-alcoholic variety.
I'd be a teetotaler, but I don't even like tea. *toasts with a glass of ice water*
Priscilla said at 8:29 PM
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wow, now that's what I call timing! I watch the first half of Lost, grab breakfast, watch the second half, and as soon as the episode finishes, I look to see how much longer my Veronica Mars download has, only to watch the last three seconds tick past. Absolutely perfect timing.
Priscilla said at 11:32 AM
*scrunches up nose in annoyance*
The internet at home is certainly speedy enough, but I never noticed what a profound difference there was between home and school until now. At school, I could download an episode of Veronica Mars or Lost in the same length of time it takes to watch it. Here, for Veronica Mars, it's already been 7 hours, and it's expecting another 3 to go. Fortunately, Lost is coming along a bit speedier, with only 14 minutes to go!
Priscilla said at 10:06 AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Oooh! A bunch of TV DVDs and A&E titles (including the Colin Firth "Pride and Prejudice" and the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus) are half-price at Amazon! Get your Christmas shopping done early!
Priscilla said at 2:40 PM
Wow. Looks like Philly's getting a White Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, I will bask in balmy 70 degree weather! *dons sunglasses*
Priscilla said at 12:40 PM
FYI, for those that read my blog on the LJ syndicated RSS feed ("abeybaby"), I don't get comment notification for those posts. In order to comment, you need to click the permalink at the top of the post, then comment there, at my actual blog. I know it's a hassle and I apologize. Maybe someday I'll see the error of my ways and switch fully to LiveJournal. :D
Priscilla said at 10:05 AM
Priscilla said at 9:25 AM
As of 8:10 this morning, I am now 21, which is just 31 flavors of creepy. I can now drink, rent a car, gamble, and buy a prostitute in Nevada. Though Dan Radcliffe put it best: "It's a big deal turning 16 in England. You can have sex and play the lottery. I couldn't wait to play the lottery!"
Massive love to CHUNGY, who called me from England with the last 80p on her phone card to wish me a Happy Birthday, to MAH ROOMIES (well, roomie and ex-roomies), who left a lovely card for me to find Monday night, to Aaron, Renata, Jume, et all, who gave me birthday comment love. Also, to the Sci-Fi Channel for their Firefly mini-marathon (in my honor, of course), and JJ Abrams and Rob Thomas for giving me the gifts of new episodes of Lost and Veronica Mars. Unfortunately, I will be on an airplane when they air. Tomorrow, I will give thanks for BitTorrent!
Priscilla said at 9:10 AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Shawna Trpcic, costume designer for Firefly and bearer of the best last name ever, is auctioning off her private collection of Firefly costumes. Includes Mal's Browncoat, Inara's "Shindig" dress, and all sorts of Firefly goodness. Go see the pretties!
Priscilla said at 8:00 PM
Monday, November 21, 2005
*laughs and laughs and laughs and laughs*
I'm sure everyone in the HP fandom (or at least, everyone that travels in the same circles I do) is familiar with Robert Pattinson's inability to not look drunk and/or stoned. This has led to gags about seedy opium dens, manips of Robert as Captain Jack Sparrow, etc.
Well, the brilliance and hilarity just went up another notch. Best fandom collision EVER.
Priscilla said at 6:30 PM
Holy cow! Speaking of Wonderfalls, it's only $19.97 on Amazon right now! That's more than half off! If you haven't seen it yet, now is the perfect time to buy it and check it out. Or if you already own it, buy another set and give it as a gift, or use it to convert the masses!
Priscilla said at 4:14 PM
SCORE! UK TV channel ITV4 has picked up The Inside, meaning that we'll finally be able to see those unaired episodes! Stupid Fox has predictably chosen not to release the half-season on DVD, as Tim Minear's last project, Wonderfalls, was only the top rated DVD on Amazon for a time, and the previous project, Firefly, only sold jaw-dropping numbers of DVD sets and amassed a fan following great enough to fuel a motion picture. What possible benefit could there be to releasing The Inside on DVD?
Priscilla said at 3:45 PM
Oh! I forgot to mention that I ran into Professor Decherney, who taught my Copyright class last semester, and he told me that my final paper on Fan Art motivated him to devote an entire lecture on the subject in this year's classes. Go me!
Priscilla said at 12:35 PM
Things that are not cool: On the day your early class is cancelled, so that you don't have class until noon, someone calls your cell phone with a wrong number at 6AM.
Priscilla said at 7:59 AM
Sunday, November 20, 2005
I can't believe I'm turning 21 this Wednesday. That just isn't right.
(Though I will use this opportunity to pimp my Amazon wishlist. Just because I'm turning 21 doesn't mean I have to ignore my inner 6-year-old.)
Priscilla said at 11:27 PM
And after 7 1/2 hours of work today, the torturous filming sessions are at an end! Though I did get a chance to catch up on my outside reading. Over this weekend, I finished (finally) The Big Over Easy (by Jasper Fforde) and Summer Knight (the fourth book in The Dresden Files), and I made a sizeable dent in Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys and Son of a Witch, the sequel to Wicked.
And now, I get to spend my Thanksgiving break reading about the drug war. Feh upon my Poli Sci class.
Priscilla said at 5:47 PM
Priscilla said at 8:38 AM
Yay, only one day of shooting left for my "Cinema Production" class! Today's shoot lasted from 2 to just past midnight. Now I'm off, so I can be awake for the 9AM call. Bleh.
Priscilla said at 1:21 AM
The Soup slashes Harry/Ron! Ganked from Indy. HILARIOUS.
And in other news, we pretty much have confirmation of R.A.B.'s identity, thanks to multilingual editions of HBP.
From last night's post-GOF discussion, re: Harry and Neville:
A girl: What if in the end, Neville has to kill Harry, the final horcrux?
Me: That would make Neville's "I killed Harry Potter!" foreshadowing!
Priscilla said at 1:04 AM
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Just watched Thursday's Smallville. The writers seriously need to lay off the whole "staking" thing. I expected the episode to end with a newly-strengthened Drusilla carrying Fine's body out of the fortress.
Edit: Or for Brooke Nevin to grab an enormous hammer and crush him bones to powder. More consistent with the circumstances of his "death" and all that. *grins*
Priscilla said at 10:59 AM
What the... Madagascar, Robots, and Chicken Little make the longlist for "Best Animated Film" and The Incredibles didn't? What kind of crack is the Academy on? They've obviously been visiting Robert Pattinson's Seedy Opium Den.
... except how The Incredibles came out last year, and it did win "Best Animated Film", and I'm a total spaz. I was just thinking in terms of "Pixar puts out one film a year, and Cars hasn't been released yet, so this year's film must have been The Incredibles." Please ignore me.
Glad to see Wallace and Grommit, Corpse Bride, and Howl's Moving Castle getting nods!
Priscilla said at 10:01 AM
How could my own roommate be ignorant of the brilliance of Makani? Funniest HP fanartist EVER. Check out her Death Eater hood series: 1, 2, 3. Then spend the next hour looking at all the rest of her stuff and choking on your own saliva!
Priscilla said at 9:18 AM
Friday, November 18, 2005
Just got back from Goblet of Fire. OMG BEST HP MOVIE EVER! Part of my enjoyment may have derived from my low expectations, but still. BRILLIANT. The pacing was breakneck and the transitions were choppy, but it was uproariously funny, and althought I knew there was a great deal being left out, it didn't feel like we were missing much. I just hope they don't wreck the Percy storyline in the fifth movie.
Three cheers for Mike Newell and his cast of violent, dirty, corrupt anarchists!
Priscilla said at 8:56 PM
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Whee! Off to go see my ikkle advisee in Cabaret.
Priscilla said at 6:50 PM
Great Pointer Archer.com -- a petition site to change the name of the rat.
Priscilla said at 5:29 PM
A Lost spinoff exclusively for Verizon mobile phones? Of all the stupid ideas. Wouldn't looking at something that small make your eyes bleed? And I know the show has some pretty devoted followers, but would people shell out $15 a month to watch a few extra minutes of unnamed cast member screentime? Someone's got delusions of grandeur, cough Disney cough.
Priscilla said at 9:15 AM
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Just finished the audiobook of Grave Peril, the third book in Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files." According to the website I preordered it from, it wasn't supposed to ship until December 1st. Well, it and book #2, Fool Moon, arrived Monday morning!
[earlier this week]
Me: *bleeds* Bite me, Universe.
God: Here, have the second and third "Dresden Files" audiobooks, read aloud by James Marsters.
Me: Praise Jesus!
Mmm, mp3 CDs. Half-price. I've been listening almost solidly since Monday evening, in all the time I wasn't sleeping, cramming for my Psyc midterm (which I think I ROCKED), or in class. Now I'm off to put a dent in all the other delicious books on my to-read list, or at least until
I'm so glad my fangirlyness led me to discovering these books! Thank goodness for the lovely ladies at Phauxcon, who kept gushing over them. If you're looking for another
(Whee, Veronica Mars in a few minutes!)
Priscilla said at 8:24 PM
Monday, November 14, 2005
Finally, the chance to explain my previous post! Major TMI warning!
Saturday night, I went to the hospital for what turned out to be a urinary tract infection. This was my first, and if you've never had one, it's easily my most painful experience in memory. I was constantly having to use the restroom, but the act felt like I was being stabbed. There was also a rather significant amount of blood in my urine, and Priscilla and the Sight of Blood do not mix well, especially when it is her own.
I ended up staying at the hospital for almost four hours, due to the general craziness of the ER on a Saturday night and my unlucky habit of being in the bathroom whenever a doctor came by to look in on me. Ko wins the Best Roommate Ever prize for skipping her cast party to keep me company and to prevent me from freaking out. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania wins the Most Astute Method of Treating a Freaked Out Female College Student, assigning me Will the Really Hot Male Nurse Or Perhaps Intern and Dustin The Not Quite As Hot As Will But Nonetheless Muffinesque Doctor.
The next morning, I was feeling great. The antibiotic they gave me worked like magic (And Madam Pomfrey isn't nearly as cute as Will). I'm following my antibiotic/painkiller regimen religiously and drinking absurd quantities of water and cranberry juice, and I have a checkup Wednesday morning. All is good in the land of Cellie, with the possible exception of my Psyc midterm tomorrow.
Priscilla said at 1:18 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Bad night, to say the least. Everything is more-or-less resolved now, and I'm more-or-less fine, and I will go into detail (or at least, be slightly more descriptive) in the morning. Things that make life not suck: Ko, who is an awesome dancer and the best roommate ever, and Will, the really hot male nurse.
Priscilla said at 3:01 AM
Saturday, November 12, 2005
DUDE. I talked to Jill at Aaron's birthday party (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!), and apparently her list of shows for consideration for the Spring Fling musical is essentially a "short list" of some of my favourite musicals. Bat Boy, Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, (Damn Yankees, which I am unfamilliar with), and possibly Reefer Madness.
Next semester is going to ROCK. And I was worried there might not be any exciting shows next semester!
Priscilla said at 5:16 PM
Friday, November 11, 2005
Read this little minicomic -- it's hilarious. And bonus Firefly reference! Ganked from DeeDee.
Meanwhile, I can't believe I left my Trelawney glasses at home. I knew I'd want to dress up for the movie, and the only other Potter outfit I have is my lame Percy costume (legitimized only by the red Prefect badge and admittedly awesome maroon "P" Weasley sweater). Today is the Potter Preceptorial, and I have no glasses to wear with the rest of my Trelawney costume! Teh woe. I'll just wear my real glasses and show off the pictures of me at the HP6 Midnight party to anyone that comments. :D
Edit: Woah, my own glasses actually look really good with the costume! Not as good as these, but still awesome. I'll have to see if I can borrow Deep's camera. *sob*
Priscilla said at 2:44 PM
Thursday, November 10, 2005
I can't believe this is actually real. Idaho House Concurrent Resolution #29 Honoring Napoleon Dynamite. Flippin' sweet!
Priscilla said at 10:36 PM
YAY! The four-week-long Period From Hell is OVER! (Knock on wood.) Joy in my heart, I DANCE.
So I just met with Professor Mintz, one of the most loved professors at Penn, regarding Math, politics, life, and related topics. Long story short, he wants me to TA his class next fall! In a word, SQUEEEE.
Priscilla said at 6:48 PM
Oh good grief. I just caught myself idly comparing the plotline of Richard Wright's Native Son with Little Shop of Horrors. I think I need to be hit over the head with the Fandom Bat. My brain goes strange places after I get out of a midterm.
Priscilla said at 1:49 PM
Lost. And the Darwin Award goes to...! Thank you for your efforts in weeding out the stupidity and self-centeredness (and other less desirable qualities) from the gene pool! Oh, and now that your S.O. is free, he should know that I'm totally available. :D It's annoying that they have to kill off a girl, though, when there aren't enough ladies as is. When is Hurley going to get some sweet lovin'? HURLEY/RANDOM BLONDE CHICK (Sophie?) OTP!
Veronica Mars. This week's episode sponsored by AOL and BlueTooth! She uses AOL? Despite everything, my respect for her just plummeted. XD And I never thought I'd say this last year, but Clarence Weedman WINS EVERYTHING.
Other random thoughts:
Priscilla said at 8:53 AM
Forgive me for being dense, but what is the significance of the title of tonight's Veronica Mars episode? I presume it has something to do with (or takes its title from the same source as) this?
Priscilla said at 12:32 AM
*snerks* In the wake of Proposition 2, I find this revelation somewhat entertaining.
And I have no idea what this means or what algorithms went into coming up with this number, but it's fun:
Neil Gaiman's, meanwhile, is "worth" $864,875.28. XD
Priscilla said at 12:05 AM
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Does anyone know if the new Lost podcast is on iTunes? I'm too lazy to get a real podcatcher.
Also: Ah. So that's what that thing is. I love how my main cue to shifts in nerd culture trends is LiveJournal icons.
Priscilla said at 10:13 PM
Good gravy I love Joss Whedon. There were maybe three seconds of time spent reading this entry that I wasn't laughing out loud. Just ask Ko!
Watch Veronica Mars tonight, people!
Priscilla said at 5:48 PM
No way! Not two days ago, I was making some silly comment in another's LJ, and I wanted to use a word that may-or-may-not-be-a-real-word (you know the type) meaning "having to do with dreams". Like "constabulatory" or "arboreal" (though arboreal is definitely a real word. Shut up.)
Anyway, through the great kung fu of Google, I found the word "oneiric", which I immediately declared the coolest word I had heard that day, but in the context I was wanting to use it, I didn't think the definition came across well enough, so I took the comment in a different direction.
Today's Dictionary.com Word of the Day: oneiric.
This reminds me of when I was taking an SAT prep course, and in an entire verbal section, the only word I didn't know was "hedonism." The next day, I was reading Pratchett's Sourcery, and Conina is trying to remember a word beginning with "h". Rincewind guesses "Hedonism?". I immediately cracked up, and all my fellow students--who I was trying to make a good impression on so I wouldn't be friendless, and who already thought I was lame and geekish because I used the word "extrapolate" in cold blood--just stared.
Mmm, "oneiric" and "hedonism". I think the world is telling me to luxuriate and enjoy myself and go back to sleep. Good idea, world.
Priscilla said at 8:05 AM
Priscilla said at 2:11 AM
New Lost and Veronica Mars
On UPN's website, they have the following mini-summary: "Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, makes his acting debut on the next Veronica Mars." UPN, DO THE DANCE OF SHAME. Acting debut, pfft.
Meanwhile, how did it get to be 2AM? I'd forgotten how insanely addictive modeling is. And I just taught myself how to use NURBS! Oh, NURBS, how I love thee! Where have you been all my life?
Stupid sleep. Doesn't my body recognize that there is coolness to be pursued?
Priscilla said at 1:58 AM
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Just voted. I wish I'd registered in Texas so that I could have absentee voted against Proposition 2, as there wasn't anything of comparable significance on the Pennsylvania ballot. I can only hope that stupid people stay away from the polls today, though it seems too much to ask.
Meanwhile, is it shallow of me to really, really want someone named "Pedro" to run in a high-profile election?
Priscilla said at 2:27 PM
Forget to remember
The fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason, and plot
I see few reasons
Why gunpowder, treasons
Should ever be forgot,
But one of them is upcoming midterms.
Priscilla said at 8:15 AM
Reefer Madness -- The Movie Musical (starring Alan Cumming and
Priscilla said at 7:59 AM
Monday, November 07, 2005
Texans: Tomorrow is Election Day. Vote "No" on Proposition #2.
Priscilla said at 10:51 PM
How come no one told me Kristin Chenoweth is on The West Wing? I watched last night's debate episode, and I was delighted to see her name in the credits. I only finished the fourth season a few days ago, and I knew that the series now is very different from where it was then, but I didn't expect half the cast to be replaced. Feh.
So, thoughts! I do wish our presidential candidates would follow Vinick's lead and actually debate, but I actually preferred the '04 reality. Where was the mind-bending stupidity in the Vinick/Santos debate? (Vinick/Santos? NoTP!) Where were the "You forgot Poland!"s and the "Want some wood?"s or the mysterious suit bulges? Were were the "black or white issues", the "hard work", or the fabled "rumors on the internets"? I miss Candidate!Bush. He's a lot more fun than President Bush.
Anyway, I still haven't decided if I'm going to watch beyond the fourth season. I guess I'll rent the fifth season when it comes out on DVD and see if I can stomach the mangling of Sorkin's characters and storylines, which Ko assures me is dire.
Priscilla said at 7:26 PM
Saturday, November 05, 2005
How is it that I never knew about the LJ Portal? Man, that's handy!
Priscilla said at 11:17 AM
Slate: Right to Wife -- Why does Judge Alito treat women like girls?
Scary as heck, and definitely worth reading. Ganked from Peg.
Priscilla said at 11:13 AM
Friday, November 04, 2005
Beware: Sony unleashes new, draconian DRM measures with teeth. Link passed on from Peg Kerr.
Priscilla said at 11:00 PM
Yay, blogger is publishing again! It was having issues yesterday.
Priscilla said at 9:17 AM
Hmph. It looks like James is no longer up for Harry Dresden. Disappointing, as he was the author Jim Butcher's pick for the role, and he did an excellent job with the audio books. Ah well, I guess it was inevitable, given his preference to not stray long from L.A.
Priscilla said at 9:06 AM
Another entry for my ever-growing list of things that are brilliant, it's Yoda busting a move! Still, it can't compare with the "Breakdancing Ben Franklin" past DMDers put together. I'll have to ask Amy if it's available online anywhere...
Priscilla said at 12:26 AM
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Let the rash of fanmade alternate Serenity covers begin!
Priscilla said at 9:31 AM
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Tonight, I went to two advising events, one for Peer Advisors and the other for the Big/Little Sister system in Women in Computer Science (WICS). At the first event, I ended up getting more advice than I gave. I talked to Norm, who had encouraging things to say about Fluid Dynamics (which we're starting with in my independent study), and Max Mintz (the professor who taught the class voted "Most Difficult Course at Penn" several years running), who had some very cool things to say about Math and the useless way it's presented at most universities.
The second event was at a great Thai restaurant two blocks from my dorm that I didn't know existed. My little sister Becky and I proposed a Mirrormask event, and we're crossing our fingers that they choose it over Chicken Little. I also managed to plug Wonderfalls and Firefly to a fair-sized group, with what looks to be great results! Then I lent the DVD sets to Becky, mwaha! She had something of a geekgasm when she saw all my posters. :D She's a big Gaiman and Pratchett fan, so we will get along swimmingly.
In other news, peanut sauce makes the world beautiful. Discuss.
Priscilla said at 10:12 PM
Both Veronica Mars and Lost are repeats tonight. I say "Humbug!" to the world.
Priscilla said at 4:10 PM
Good lord that's therapeudic.
Priscilla said at 11:39 AM
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Musical Interludes for the Day:
A Heap of Trouble -- is it bad that as I walk to class, I march to this tune?
Al Sharpton shakes his booty for Fernando Ferrer
Priscilla said at 11:46 PM
Oooh! Got the poop on the Serenity DVD coming out on December 20th, just in time for Christmas! The cover is kind of hilarious (for starters, doesn't Summer have brown eyes?), but the menu contents and list of deleted scenes make me squeal like a stuck pig, but in a happy way. I wish we had actor commentary in addition to Joss', but I guess not every movie can get the "Lord of the Rings" treatment, with its twenty bajillion audio commentary tracks, including insight from Norma and Pete, the production team's trained dingoes. :D
Feeling particularly nostalgic for LotR, as I listened to Dom's commentary for "The Moth" this afternoon. I kept waiting for Billy to chime in and make some joke about fish.
Priscilla said at 11:05 PM
Title cartoon by Bruce Eric Kaplan, used without permission.