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How do you repel a guy without being totally rude about it? I feel like such a shrew, but this guy at the library keeps talking to me and it's driving me nuts! 

Cut for bitchiness )----

RL issues:

I've never kept much of a division between my LJ and my real life. My identity is so interwined with the life I lead on the internet that trying to keep the two apart would be a headache. I know some people fiercely guard their identities in case their journals are exposed and it undermines their credibility in their everyday lives, but that never even occurred to me, and it's probably a little to worry about it now. [It'll suck if I want to run for Prime Minister in the future, lol, and something I said here torpedoes my campaign]

I considered the issue of online life affecting RL with a whole new perspective after Age columnist Catherine Deveny was fired because of some offensive and tasteless tweets she posted.

Jeez, people, you have to be more careful! )-

Crazy Cabbie

While the public's shredding Catherine Deveny to bits for her tacky tweets, it's amazing to me that there's an equal amount of support for the taxi driver that had a 'brain snap' that resulting in him chasing a car of teens, ramming it once it blew a tire and then getting out to smash it to bits with a change dispenser and tyre lever.

Seriously, there's pages of letters in the newspaper hailing him a hero! WTF?!

He's a frakking psycho, he should be locked up! )-

Ban the Burqua?

The main camps of opinion seem to be:

a) Do it now before someone uses the burqua to conceal a bomb and people get hurt or killed.

b) It's hardly like we have burqa-clad gangs roaming the country, whereas thugs in trackies and hoodies seem to make a weekly appearance on Crime Stoppers- should we ban those, too?

c) The burquas are better at Hungry Jack's.
*gigglesnort* Irreverent, but hee...!

My personal opinion- not speaking for anyone else, not trying to offend anyone else.  )---

Fandom.

Re: the Deathly Hallows movie- please check any fandom!wank at the door.

This is old news, but I was just snickering to myself about it. 

I shouldn't find this so amusing, but I do... )
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Shows I just started watching.

Season 2 of True Blood. [Didn't care to sit through season 1]



Can I just say how much I love Jessica?! She's so gorgeous and adorable!

'To your room, please. Tru Blood.'/'You are going to be *so* sorry when I get an eating disorder!' )

Also! The award for Most Self-Aware Vampire goes to Bill Compton!

Sookie: I think, deep down, you don’t like vampires, even though you are one.
Bill: So?
Sookie: Well, hating yourself is a bad thing.
Bill: I am a vampire, I am supposed to be tormented.

LMAO, the writers were having too much fun, paying out the vampire cliche there! *gigglefit*
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10 Things I Hate About You

Snippet from 'I Want You to Want Me' )

It's so rare to have a good father/daughter bond in these shows, it's great. *squishes them*
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Glee flail!



Unexpectedly, I am awash with renewed love for this show. I know I came down hard on it last week, but The Power of Madonna improved matters immensely.

'When I pulled my hamstring, I went to a misogynist...' )
PS. Damn picture, with its Rachel/Will vibes! Stop trying to make me ship them, universe! Your evil plot is doomed to fail! *flees*
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Meme.

*Snurched from weird_fin:

Fill in the blank with analogies describing our relationship. (ie., 'you're the pb to my j' or 'you're the yellow to my blue')

You're the ____ to my ___.

*Snurched from sunkrux:

Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching.

Fringe!



I am so in love with this show! It has intelligent, fascinating plots [I know, me watching for plot, ridiculous, right?! But it's true!] and charismatic, talented actors that breathe life into these wonderful, interesting, compelling characters [especially Walter, with his bizarre remarks and quirky foibles, hee].

And omg, it treats the audience like smart people, dropping little clues to allow us to develop theories about what's going on, hints about what happened to Olivia in her childhood, what happened to Peter in his childhood. They created a trail of breadcrumbs but weren't cruel and keeping us hanging for seasons on end, oh no! TPTB here think we deserve some reward for the time and emotional investment we make in the show. The last few episodes of the second season have just blown my mind, it is absolutely brilliant what they've been doing, the payoff in that resolution of the arc they built is so emotional and heart-wrenching and perfect.

And I cannot tell you how much I love Nina. The way she's her own person, this full-developed, three-dimensional character with her own agenda and motives. So many times, we get cardboard cut-outs as the plot dictates [someone for the protagonist to clash with, someone to provide them with assistance, blah blah blah], bland paper-dolls that prop up the storyline but not Nina! You could take away Olivia and the others and she would still exist in her own world, complete with a history and goals in life separate from providing a foil for the main characters, it's awesome.
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RL:

Oh, hell. I have a job interview. *flails* 

Kill me now... )-

Before I could apply for this job, I needed referees for my resume and…none of my lecturers/tutors from uni would be able to vouch for me. I basically just wagged classes or I never spoke up, so yeah, uni was a bust. Which meant...I had to go back further in time, to when I actually attended classes and got on well iwth my teachers...

A morning back at high school )-

OMG! As usual, I’m the last to know, but thanks to weird_fin, I learnt about LJ’s new a la carte userpics deal! Damn Paypal takes a week to add funds to my account, but I am going icon crazy once I get my gazillion new userpic spaces! *eyes icon collection greedily* Ohh, all the pretties that I liked but never had space for! Their time has come!

But I am confuzzled. Can anyone explain this to me in simple English?

“The number of packages you select in the Shop defines how many packages you wish to have, rather than how many additional packages you wish to purchase. So, if you already have one package of userpics and then you choose ‘1 package’ in the Shop, only the time of your 1 package of userpics will be extended, rather than the quantity of userpics. If you’d like to have 2 or 3 packages in total, then you need to select either '2 packages' or '3 packages' plus the duration of time. Please note that the total amount of time purchased for all userpic packages will be redistributed so all packages expire at the same time.”
So, the userpics I already have- do they count as a package? As in, if I pay for one package, am I only paying to extend the time during which they are valid? And if I actually want extra userpic space, must I pay for two packages? I’d be pretty bummed if I thought I was going to have a few hundred icons but it turned out I’d just renewed their duration.

Also, I only got a paid account for the extra userpics. Now that you can have tons of icons without being a paid member, if I let my paid account lapse- do I still get to keep the icons I paid for? Or do I have to pay for them again?
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There is very little on at the movies that appeals to me...



...but I'm cautiously optimistic about Prince of Persia. ^_^ )
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'Brief' fandom thoughts:



Holy awesomeness! woodchoc_magnum, I am completely on board the Parvati Appreciation ship now! 

She's totally the best player that has ever competed on 'Survivor'! )-

10 Things I Hate About You.



People are not scared of me/Sure they are, that's why I find you interesting... )
ETA: It's been cancelled. OMG. *sighs* Well, at least I know now, before I got in too deep. Thanks for warning me, luxuria_oceanus. *eyes you darkly* Letting me babble about finding a new fandom when it's been nipped in the bud. *pouts*
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Glee.



“…the show burnt off its most interesting plot developments within the first month, racing ahead like a series afraid of imminent cancellation…”

'Now that we're sort of dating, I have to work so much harder to pretend to be listening to her...' )-

Dollhouse epicness!



Season 2 in general, The Attic in particular. *squees* )

Btw. Does anyone know where I could d/l Anna Turnheim's 'No, I don't Remember'? I think that was the song used in The Attic and I really want it. *peers hopefully* A very cool song, but I can't find it anywhere...


Legend of the Seeker.

I admit, the first time I saw Sister Verna, I wasn't too impressed. I was prepared to be bored, rather, although slightly gleeful at the opportunity for Cara/Kahlan bonding with Richard interrupting all the time. [That paid off all right, beyond my expectations!]

But Verna won me over with the way she didn't fawn over Richard like so many others have, none of this 'oh, the wisdom of the Seeker' this and 'praise the Seeker' that. She was matter-of-fact and very realistic about his capabilities and wisdom- or lack thereof. Brutally honest with him about her opinion of him, and I grew to love her more and more as she turned out to be my on-screen proxy. Seriously, every dark thought I've had about Richard's stupidity, she's voiced to his face, it's been awesome!

So, in her honor:



2 x 08- Light: Verna!centric picspam )

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Meme.

Snurched from sunkrux.
Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled 



*whimpers* I'm still hoping against hope that it can be saved. *wibbles* 

Snurched from luxuria_oceanus.

Tell me you love me and I will...
01. Respond with something random about you.
02. Tell you which color you remind me of.
03. Tell you my first memory of you.
04. Tell you what animal you remind me of.
05. Ask you something I've always wondered about you.
06. Tell you my favorite thing about you.
07. Tell you my least favorite thing about you.
08. Challenge you to post this on your journal. 
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Vidspam:

Just because I like the song and the cool visual effects. It makes me wish I had a super video editing program, the things I could do with those awesome special effects...*envies*


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Happymaking List of Win.

#1. Found Glee in the mail from odakota_rose. *squishes* Now I'm plotting to get the rest of my family into the show. *cackles evilly* I've just been stroking the pretty cover for the past week; I know it sounds creepy, but it's so shiny and new and squeeful! :D

#2. MY FATHER'S GOING TO FIJI FOR A WEEK, WOOHOO!
*happydances* A whole week without him! I am so excited.  ^_^

Yes, it sounds cold, but as much as I appreciate what the man has done for me, he's not easy to live with- FFS, he'll seize on any excuse to get angry; too many pens on my table, the tap not aligned at the proper angle over the sink, the curtains not closed at some arbitrary hour...it's gonna be blissful without him around. *sighs happily*

#3. Guess what? I walked into the library foyer and a desk laden with odds-and-ends caught my eye, with the sign declaring 'Free to good home: be quick before they're binned'. I saw a whole pile of junk and was about to walk off when these stopped me in my tracks.



I read these books hundreds of times in high school, and now I have my own copies! *bounces* I just wish they hadn't put those stickers right over their faces, but what the hell. Free X-files books, omgyay!

#4. ‘k, so why is Alexis wearing a ring on her wedding finger?



Is she hiding something from us? Maybe I’m being dumb and she explained it somewhere along the way and I missed it but wow. Either that’s a promise ring from a boy she’s serious about or she’s disregarding the convention that a person can’t wear a ring on that finger without it meaning something. I occasionally wear one of my rings on my wedding finger- heck, I’m never getting married and I’m running out of fingers, so what the hell?

Craptastic List of Fail.

#1. Oh, dear god. I wasn't going to watch SYTYCD Australia, or at least, not the auditions- but mother had it on and called me, just as a contestant auditioned with a song from the Labyrinth soundtrack.

O.o Freaky, no? The week I fall in love with this movie, some crazy fan shows up with a routine to one of the songs...but holy crap, it sucked SO BAD. I was cringing, this chick just totally made me want to throttle her for giving people another reason to laugh at sci-fi/fantasy fans. *glares* Oh, tv gods, just ONE person I needed to rock the routine so that I could delight in the fandom squee, but no, she made me ashamed to admit to loving that song. Ugh.

#2. Mentalist!fail.

Robin Tunney on the new boss- "It's another woman who's going to flirt with Simon and have power over me...I don't know if that's going to go well. I think there's going to be some jealousy and some power struggles. We're all going to have difficulty with it..."

I have major issues with this )

Yes, I know I'm judging it before even seeing what they're going to do with this plot arc. But  after the way the writers resolved the R/vP UST and the Bosco thing...I've lost a lot of faith in them. It's getting way too desperate.

#3. Vampire Diaries- WHY IS THIS SHOW SO STUPID?



WHY AM I STILL WATCHING IT?

Convo of Epic Fail )

#4. The Border.



Does anyone watch it? 

Not me, after the season 1 finale. *wibbles* )

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30 Day Meme: snurched from labrt2004.

Day 04 → Your favourite book.

Tough call, there are a lot of books I love. But for the one that combines all the elements that I most adore into one amazing book, I'll say Ilona Andrews- On the Edge. Seriously, all the things I love to see in my heroine, all the squeeful aspects I enjoy seeing in my ship...it has it all. *dances* You should all read this book, it's made of epic win.

I do love the Kate Daniels books, but this one's romance/fantasy, so I got to feel like I'm reading something more intellectual than my usual trashy romances but still with Rose rocking the feisty banter and reluctant UST and badassery and culminating in a happy fluffy ending. :D

Tagged by woodchoc_magnum.

Pick 10 people and give them the "you make my day award". If you're picked, you are charged with picking 10 of your own. So if your name was chosen... come on down! You're the next contestant on the make my day meme!


Applause, hugs and kisses!  )

Don't mean I have no love for the rest of you guys, but the meme only lets me pick ten... *points the finger of blame, then hastily retracts hand*

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Vidspam:

Will does Bollywood! Funniest scene ever! Oh, dude, never embarrass yourself like this ever again...

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This fic, The Headmaster’s Tale, by tearsofphoenix made me realize there’s another item I can add to the list of Why Snape is the Awesomest Ever. He’s reappointed as headmaster with this reasoning:

 “…and we acknowledge the recipient of this offer, Professor Severus Snape, to have been the best Headmaster Hogwarts ever had, at least in recent centuries, he being the only Headmaster all of whose students stayed safe and alive – and that during the most adverse of times - thus succeeding where even his highly honoured predecessors, Armando Dippett and Albus Dumbledore, failed.”

WIN. Death Eater occupation and still he manages to protect all the students, even when all the teachers and Dumbledore's Army defiantly acts against him. What a hero.

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Okay, look, I completely agree that teacher/student relationships in RL just should not happen. Under any circumstances. Mitigating factors in fandom provide exceptions to this rule but the key word is FANDOM.

My love for Hermione/Snape in the Harry Potter!verse is one such exception and I refuse to justify it. But the thing is, this pairing mainly works for me because of the extraordinary circumstances they face, where all sorts of lines are blurred because of the situation they find themselves in. I would never ship a student and teacher in a show that’s more reflective of real life.  A show such as my recent guilty pleasure, Glee.

There is no magic, except what the kids create onstage. There is no war, except that which Sue wages on the rest of the world. It’s just ordinary, if talented, kids at an ordinary school with- okay, not exactly ordinary teachers, they’re all freaks in their own way, lol.

Still. Despite the chemistry I see between Rachel and Will, I refuse to ship them. REFUSE. They might go beyond the usual teacher/student dynamic- things get intensely personal between them, they have expectations of each other and engage on a different level than he does with any of the other Gleeks, but although I like both characters, that’s not reason enough to ship them.

That said, I feel kinda smug when I read that the original premise of the show? Totally had teacher/student sex. Because I so called it from the first moment I saw them together.

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All right, I blame ed_84 who is the reason I’ve been tempted back to Legend of the Seeker.

I gave up on it halfway through the first season because it was all about Richard/Kahlan. I adore Kahlan, ‘k, mad love for that woman because she is the definition of awesome but I just don’t get her and Richard.  

Richard criticism )

But ed_84’s icon of a hot blonde chick with the caption- ‘there is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures Cara has allowed to live’ intrigued me. You have to be a certain type of fierce to carry that attitude off. For instance, you’d never see a pic of Jennifer Keller with that caption- unless it was in mockery.

So I researched Cara and fell madly, deeply, intensely in love. Jetgirl78 picspammed her and Kahlen over here- lots of shiny pics, so go check the pretties!

[Warning: I’m perilously close to shipping Cara/Kahlen now. I’m not ordinarily into femslash, but god. For these two, I’d totally make an exception. This is the fault of jetgirl78’s amazing picspam, so just be aware it might convert you…]

Thoughts on Cara )

*wriggles with glee* So happy right now! ^_^

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In honor of the season:


Meme.

Snurched from labrt2004
Following the 30 Day meme like a sheep racing to rejoin its flock. But I don't promise not to break the rules.

Day 1- your favorite song:
At the moment? You might be able to tell from my journal entry titles that it's Florence and the Machine's Blinding. Such a powerful, moving song. I can't even describe how it overwhelms my soul and floods my brain with pretty imagery and heavy concepts about independence and breaking free and empowerment and all that.

Snurched from
mcgarrygirl78

The "Year in Review" meme: Go to your LJ calendar. Find the first entry for each month. Copy-paste the first line from each entry next to the corresponding month. That's the year in review, in a nutshell.

2009  

Including teacher/student sex scandals, teen suicide and natural disaster...what a year...  )

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Gah. So pissed off. >:[ I know in the grand scale of things, this is a tiny insignificant thorn in my paw, but as it seems I'm never satisfied without something to whinge over...

I aced the SSHG quiz last week, and won the privilege of selecting the topic of the next quiz. But I didn't get the email til Thursday, when I wasn't at uni, and didn't have a chance to reply to it til Friday. At which time I'm told that it's too late and the quiz has already been formulated because I took too long to reply to a PM that was sent the day before! [The other time I won the quiz-selection right, I got the PM on Tuesday, so I'm thinking the lateness of the PM was more to blame than anything]

It wouldn't bug me so much if it weren't for the fact that the topic ended up being 'Major Character Death'. I LOATHE character deaths. I mean, seriously cannot stand fics that kill off one or both characters of my OTP, they rank below rape!fics, which tells you how strongly I feel about this. So yeah. Not amused.
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Ethical issues

Glee- 1 x 12- Mattress )
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Stargate Universe.

1 x 10- Justice )
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I read this awesome fic the other day, and as usual, I checked out its reviews to see whether other people shared my opinion.

I was startled to find that a frakking fandom war had been waged over this fic, and looked up the details, to find that people were accusing one member of my ship of raping the other. *jaw drop* I've read rape!fics, oh, too many, and this was nothing like that at all, so I was greatly confuzzled.

Hypothetical scenario:

Character X and Character Y are at a party. Both are drinking. Compelled by liquid courage, X approahces Y to engage in flirtatious banter and winds up propositioning Y. Y accepts. X pauses for a moment, shaking off teh tipsy gleefulness to consider that Y would normally not agree to such a proposition. But Y is enthusiastic and willingly consents, so X shrugs off that moment of doubt and the two waltz off to enjoy a 'private celebration'.

Is this rape?
I wouldn't think so, otherwise- considering how many people have drunken sex with unsuitable people and regret it afterwards [I know people who've done this]- there'd be a lot more lawsuits happening. The facts at the time of this incident were pretty clear: Y voluntarily agreed, X did not employ coercion or date-rape drugs, so...

[which reminds me of this off-color joke I really should be appalled by: 9 out of 10 Rohypnol users agree that the fun is not in the chase. *winces* Oh, that's awful. But- I snickered. *facepalm* I'm a horrible person]

For the curious, the fic in question is Accountable by Dyce. Super awesome. *adores it*
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Meme.

Questions from mw48:

My answers )


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Snurched from labrt2004.
I don't really understand this, because it's basically saying what I would give myself, which makes no sense- shouldn't I see what other people would give me? But anyway, it's funny, so:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, borg_princess sent to me...
Twelve sunshineskys drumming
Eleven wickedandcruels piping
Ten helen magnus a-leaping
Nine kate daniels dancing
Eight romance novels a-milking
Seven books a-shipping
Six x-files a-reading
Five cri-i-i-iminal minds
Four stargate atlantis
Three julie andrews
Two mary poppins
...and a dexter in a rachel blakely.
Get your own Twelve Days:

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Vidspam.

[Not femslash, just so I don't mislead those of you who ship these two]
The music is Florence and the Machine- Blinding. Only the most awesome song EVER. Listen! *pokepoke*


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OMG, YOU GUYS.
There was a HOSTAGE SITUATION at my university. While I was there.
And I didn't have a clue it was even happening!


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How cute is this?! Aww! Penguins posing for a camera!
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This is completely random of me, but I was pondering the hairstyle changes of my favorite ladies in the new seasons of CM and Mentalist, and this struck me:

Before and After )
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Call me crazy, but I kinda think the Australia swimmer, Stephanie Rice, resembles Glee star, Lea Michele. But then I suppose all young, white, brunette chicks look alike. :P

What is it with me and brunettes today? Lol! )

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Vidspam.

I can't find the Could've Danced All Night clip anywhere. *pouts* I love Emma's singing voice, she's so gorgeous! *squishes her*

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