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05 January 2012 @ 10:54 am
These are icons I made from the covers for Kat, Incorrigible and Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis.



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05 November 2011 @ 10:43 am
Ok so I'm going to be posting some poems on here that I'm reading for my classes. Mostly for antimony_medusa, because I know she cares, but the rest of you are welcome to join the discussion! lol.  These will be poems that I like, for whatever arbitrary reason.
For this first post, I'm going to include one each from Donne, Herbert, and Marvell.

The Canonization by John Donne

FOR God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love ;
Or chide my palsy, or my gout ;
My five gray hairs, or ruin'd fortune flout ;
With wealth your state, your mind with arts improve ;
Take you a course, get you a place,
Observe his Honour, or his Grace ;
Or the king's real, or his stamp'd face
Contemplate ; what you will, approve,
So you will let me love.

Alas ! alas ! who's injured by my love?
What merchant's ships have my sighs drown'd?
Who says my tears have overflow'd his ground?
When did my colds a forward spring remove?
When did the heats which my veins fill
Add one more to the plaguy bill?
Soldiers find wars, and lawyers find out still
Litigious men, which quarrels move,
Though she and I do love.

Call's what you will, we are made such by love ;
Call her one, me another fly,
We're tapers too, and at our own cost die,
And we in us find th' eagle and the dove.
The phoenix riddle hath more wit
By us ; we two being one, are it ;
So, to one neutral thing both sexes fit.
We die and rise the same, and prove
Mysterious by this love.

We can die by it, if not live by love,
And if unfit for tomb or hearse
Our legend be, it will be fit for verse ;
And if no piece of chronicle we prove,
We'll build in sonnets pretty rooms ;
As well a well-wrought urn becomes
The greatest ashes, as half-acre tombs,
And by these hymns, all shall approve
Us canonized for love ;

And thus invoke us, "You, whom reverend love
Made one another's hermitage ;
You, to whom love was peace, that now is rage ;
Who did the whole world's soul contract, and drove
Into the glasses of your eyes ;
So made such mirrors, and such spies,
That they did all to you epitomize—
Countries, towns, courts beg from above
A pattern of your love."

The Altar by George Herbert

A broken ALTAR, Lord thy servant rears,
Made of a heart, and cemented with teares:
Whose parts are as thy hand did frame;
No workmans tool hath touch'd the same
A HEART alone
Is such a stone,
As nothing but
Thy pow'r doth cut.
Wherefore each part
Of my hard heart
Meets in this frame,
To praise thy Name:
That if I chance to hold my peace,
These stones to praise thee may not cease.
O let thy blessed SACRIFICE be mine,
And sanctifie this ALTAR to be thine.

The Definition of Love by Andrew Marvell
MY Love is of a birth as rare
As 'tis, for object, strange and high ;
It was begotten by Despair,
Upon Impossibility.

Magnanimous Despair alone
Could show me so divine a thing,
Where feeble hope could ne'er have flown,
But vainly flapped its tinsel wing.

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended soul is fixed ;
But Fate does iron wedges drive,
And always crowds itself betwixt.

For Fate with jealous eye does see
Two perfect loves, nor lets them close ;
Their union would her ruin be,
And her tyrannic power depose.

And therefore her decrees of steel
Us as the distant poles have placed,
(Though Love's whole world on us doth wheel),
Not by themselves to be embraced,

Unless the giddy heaven fall,
And earth some new convulsion tear.
And, us to join, the world should all
Be cramp'd into a planisphere.

As lines, so love's oblique, may well
Themselves in every angle greet :
But ours, so truly parallel,
Though infinite, can never meet.

Therefore the love which us doth bind,
But Fate so enviously debars,
Is the conjunction of the mind,
And opposition of the stars.

[I also really like The Unfortunate Lover by Andrew Marvell, but...I don't get it and it's a bit creepy. So yay, love!]
21 September 2011 @ 10:48 am
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EXT. A BIG DESERT CITY. We see a JEDI KNIGHT walk enigmatically down the street. He splashes a puddle and stares down at it with GLOWING BLUE EYES.

The soundtrack is boss. Also, for a 2005 SciFi miniseries, the special effects in this are FANTASTIC. They clearly did not get the budget of Battlestar Galactica, however.

So Irulan is my favorite supporting character, but Alia is Boss. Everyone else is just her bitch. Let’s face facts.

The JEDI KNIGHT (in the CROWD) disapproves of the religious ceremony.

The JEDI KNIGHT goes into the PALACE, where it is revealed he is PAUL MUAD’DIB, who has been both cursed and worshipped in this show so far.

Oh man, Korba. You are a yucky. And dumb. A dumb yucky.
I just can’t with Stilgar’s casting in this show. He’s a good actor, but he’s totally WRONG for Stilgar. The guy in the first miniseries was way better.

Chani was an awful character in the first series, but she’s pretty awesome in this one (the same actor, so I don’t really get it). Maybe it was her costume in the first one. Or the orgies. LOLZ.

Paul is a LOT like Rand, now I think about it. Except where Rand goes the angry-Anakin route, Paul is kinda a super-depressed Obi-Wan. Huh.

“Muad’dib spends water like a MADMAN.”

PAUL has a dream in which JAMES MCAVOY gives him advice. Yeah, this is where it all gets a bit weird. Although I love how they combined the second and third books to make it all a bit more rational.

EXT. WINDSWEPT FORTRESS. A LADY IN A FANTASTIC HAT and SUSAN SARANDON confer. The first Dune definitely has better hats. But this is a pretty good one too.
Only SUSAN SARANDON could deliver these info-dump lines this believably. I approve.

No seriously the Duncan clone is my favorite. I love how he’s a totally different actor from the first miniseries, but everyone’s like “ZOMG. HE LOOKS JUST THE SAME.” And it’s all awkward.

“A perfect gift for a lonely emperor.” He’s married already, yo. But the thought is SO KIND, Susan Sarandon!

OH JK. THERE IS ANOTHER FANTASTIC HAT. It’s like a nun-thing combined with a chicken head. FANTASTIC.

“Who could have fed you the contraceptives for so long?”
I love you, woman. Marry me. Plax.
I love that they expanded her role so much for these shows. I think that’s the best decision they made. Like her scenes with the creeper nephew in the first Dune? CLASSIC.

I think Alia and Irulan should be friends. They could rule the world. Their wardrobe alone, actually, could rule the world.

HAHAHA KORBA. Corporate tool.
Lol “Atreides power must not be marginalized by the chaos of democracy” there’s a soundbyte for you.
Paul’s costume in this scene, however, could use some work.

K nvm Chani has weird costumes in this one as well. But I LOOOOOVE the Chani/Irulan scene….SO GOOD. Chani tells her how it is. And I just want to hug Irulan.

Ferad’n makes me sad in this show too, actually. He is so so so hot and awesome in the book, and somehow in the show he becomes a negative bookworm stereotype and totally not even cool.

OKAY LET’S FACE FACTS. Irulan is the only one who knows how to sit in a throne properly. Check that babe OUT. She sits the HELL out of that throne. And her dress. HNFFFFFFF.

LOL was that the first time Stilgar asked to take somebody’s water? I do believe it was! We are THIRTY MINUTES IN ALREADY. How did you wait so long, Stil?

I like the Space Guild aliens. I don’t care that they’re different from the book. They’re chill.

Okay, I don’t care what you say, the double-dialog in the prison scene with Irulan and the Bene Gesserit is BRILLIANT. BRILLIAAAAAANT.


I’ve never quite managed to understand the subtext in the scene with Lichna and Paul. Like he definitely knows not everything is legitimate, but is she kinda trying to seduce him? No? Why is she so WEIRD? I mean I know she’s a Facedancer but….still. Weirdo. And how much DOES Paul know?

Oh man, if this was a drinking game….you would definitely have to drink every time Stilgar says “Let me take its water.” And also every time Paul alludes to fate or destiny or “this must play out the way I’ve seen it,” etc.

I LOVE that they have a kid!Javid in Part 1. That’s a good full-circle setup. Also, LOL Korba is SUCH a dumb yucky it’s hilarious.

The midget in this show….is a creeper. I want a nice cuddly Peter Dinklage.

I’m also still a bit confused about the Fremen plot. Is Othiam a part of it, or just Bijaz and Lichna/Facedancer? And do they ever say whether Bijaz does, in fact, have the names of the plotters? And is the bomb part of Bijaz/Lichna’s plans, or the Fremen/Korba? SO CONFUSING. Bijaz’s hat is win.

And btw, the tech of Stoneburners makes NO SENSE.


"Suddenly I feel like we have so little time." "We have eternity." "You have eternity. I have only now."

Susan Sarandon has wires on her head and I don't know why.

I’ve never really understood why James McAvoy insists on being shirtless for basically this entire miniseries. But what can you do.

“I’m drunk on too much ME.”

I love how Shaddam is wearing the same costume from the first Dune, and I love that Irulan is apparently thinking the same thing, as she’s smirking for the entire funeral.

Susan Sarandon is gonna cut an alien bitch. She’s actually really good at acting with CG people…

The scene where they kidnap a worm would be ten times better if those expendables didn’t look so awkward about it all. Although it would suck to be the guy next to the thumper. The sandworm looks totally legit, but the effect is ruined by that awful CG water.

Paul is apparently interrupted from some more Jedi Knight role-playing to go visit his pregnant wife, whom he does NOT strangle. CHANI IS SO CUTE WHEN SHE’S HAPPY. GAHHHH. Although it’s a bit creepy when she’s all “I’m so hungry. Always hungry.” With a grin on her face.

Oh man, crazy!Alia is the best Alia. “I must remember the future.” LOL and awkward!Duncan. Classic.
I love Bijaz’s humming and what it does to the lights/camera/action.
See, Bijaz mentions “Poor Othiam.” So I suppose that means Othiam didn’t know he was setting Paul up.
Poor Duncan…tries to take care of Alia, gets frozen, gets threatened and weirded out by a tiny weird chap, then has Alia go all seductive-spider on him.

Omg I love Irulan and this scene. It is beautiful and takes all my creys. I love that they’re honest and I love—omg I love every bit of this scene. And I love how when he says “Destined to be used,” she’s all indignant even while she’s hurt cuz she knows it’s true. Omg. Omg omg. And he’s all and she’s all and NOTHING IS BEAUTIFUL AND EVERYTHING HURTS.

ARGGHHH AND ALIA AND PAUL. And their epic eye-communication. And epic cryptic crypticness. And, wow, Chani’s pregnancy dress is like….a sack with a drawstring. So there’s that.

Seriously the most awkward sex scene ever. Like I don’t even know….yeah. lol. But at least we get an embarrassed and soon-to-be-dead Korba out of it. Talk about a buzzkill though. And why is he wearing PANTS? And Alia and that sexy chick are totally friends.

And then Chani plays with scorpions. Oh, this show. So fantastic. Dawwww and she makes Duncan feel all snuggly.

CUE EPIC MUSIC FOR THE LIFE AND DEATH AND LIFE AND DEATH….RIGHT NEXT DOOR. I love this entire sequence except for Paul’s shirt. It looks like a mattress cover.

That midwife is way too cheerful, considering. But omg I love that Paul didn’t know there were twins. DAWWWWW AND HIS SMILE.

I have no idea why he goes blind here. Literally no idea. It was maddeningly unclear in the book, too. Whatever. Does it mean that this was as far as he had looked before, because once Chani was dead he didn’t care? Or does it mean that his superpowers are tied to her? Or does it mean that the twins changed everything, somehow? So all his visions were nixed?


Oh but Paul’s little sob….. O.O

LOL JAMES MCAVOY IS SO DUMB. And so confusing and emotionally inappropriate and how the ROSS does Paul use his eyes????

Faster than a Facedancer. LIKE A BOWSS.

Still have no idea why JAMES MCAVOY must be shirtless but it’s all good.

I love Alia’s dress at the end. *thumbs up*
So I've been rewatching Children of Dune. This is commentary for Part 1.

05 May 2011 @ 12:22 am
So I've decided writing fiction is too much work. Instead, I'm going to make it as a song-writer. It should be easy. I've already got the chorus for my first hit single: 

Bored bored bored
We are bored in cars
Bored bored bored
Bored we drink in bars
Bored bored bored
With tax-pay and schoolin
Bored bored bored
We hate it!
We hate it!

Or if that's too boring for you, perhaps this ballad about a house-wife's struggle to make a home-cooked meal?

Don’t be scared
I’ve done this before
Show me your beef
Here take my money (take my money)

That meat is rotten
Just want your fish (want your fish)
Take a bite of that bad whore's meal (bad whore's meal)
Take a bite of mine
Show me your beef
Let me see your fish

Got no direction (no direction)
I need direction
Just got Crocker
(Betty Crocker)

I’m gonna cook this with my hands tied
Show me your beef
Just tell me how
Show me your beef
Open your shop, sir
Show me your beef
Show me whatcha got
Show me your beef fish pork beef

What would you like to see from my future efforts?
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: Boys Boys Boys by Lady Gaga
13 April 2011 @ 05:50 pm
I've been listening to this for 2 weeks now:


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31 March 2011 @ 10:51 am
Who is your favorite mythical creature/character, and why?

OtR was eliminated last night. :( It was kinda hilarious, cuz at the first elimination, my favorite performances were On the Rocks and Street Corner Symphony were both on the chopping block. Committed's Usher Medley FAILED in my opinion, and The Backbeats' Lady Gaga medley failed even MORE. Seriously, after hearing the deliciousness that was OtR's "Bad Romance," how could you possibly think the Backbeats did it right??? Ahem. I'm not going to rant. And JL and Talk of the Town still bore me hugely (although House of the Rising Sun in that last round WAS beautiful).
OKAY so here is OtR's last song (I couldn't find their swan song) and Street Corner Symphony's performances cuz they also rocked, IMO.

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13 December 2010 @ 11:13 pm
 On The Rocks is still in the running of "The Sing Off"!!!! Yay! I'm glad our school can do more than play football....although I'm not sure what kind of reputation On The Rocks is giving us. Lolz.

My other favorites from tonight were The Backbeats' "Love Shack" and Street Corner Symphony's "Come On Eileen." 

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09 December 2010 @ 04:56 pm
 So my uni's acapella group, On the Rocks, is on NBC's "The Sing-off." They've lasted through two whole rounds! Lol. I don't tihnk they're going to last much longer though. :( Anyway have videos! The first one is their Lady Gaga rendition, not the shortened version they did on the show though. The second vid is their second performance on the show, and the third video is a different group, the Whiffenpoofs from Yale, because their Grace Kelly made me LOL IRL.

Speaking of music, "Firework" by Katy Perry is my new favorite song. Most of the time Katy Perry makes me want to cut my ears off, but this one I like. It's funny though, because I told two different people IRL that I loved the song, and they both had this outraged "HAVE YOU SEEN THE MUSIC VIDEO?" reaction, but both of them were outraged for different reasons. I was just like...."Erm...I.....like....the song?" *wilt*
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06 November 2010 @ 02:24 pm
"What is imagination? Perhaps it is the shadow of the intangible truth, perhaps it is the soul's thought."
-She, H. Rider Haggard