primroseburrows: (typing)
Yes.

Oh, yes.





If there is anyone in the vicinity of the ENTIRE WORLD who wants to perform this, I will come to you. I want to sing this so badly it isn't even funny. I sing alto. Call me.

I seriously cannot stop listening to this song.


Also? If you haven't yet seen The Social Network, you need to do that. Sometime in the vicinity of this very instant. fasdlsdlf;sadj
primroseburrows: (typing)
  • For the five or so people who haven't seen this, here's the video version of Jian Ghomeshi's interview with Hugh Dillon on CBC's Q:



  • CHURCHFAIL: I missed church today because I mistakenly thought the service started at 9:30, when it actually started at 9. I got there at like 9:03 and didn't want to barge into choir without having rehearsed this morning OR on Wednesday night (which was thankfully an excused absence) so I left without even getting out of my car. There was an 11:00 service I could have gone to but I was too embarrassed to do it. Hopefully I can explain myself adequately this Wednesday.

  • Yesterday I saw Capitalism: A Love Story at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge. As much as Michael Moore has his issues, I'm usually charmed and informed by his movies, and this one was no exception. I still might make a more indepth post about it, but the best thing I learned was what an amazing guy FDR was, and how radically different the world would be if he had lived to make his dream of a Second Bill of Rights real.

  • After the movie I went to Shabu-ya in Harvard Square for dinner. I had been looking for Shilla, where I always go when I'm in Harvard Square; apparently it has recently merged with another place owned by the same family into a shabu-shabu restaurant. Since I had no idea what shabu-shabu was or even that this particular place served it, I went with maguro sashimi and yummy seafood-scallion pancake. Nom nom. I sort of hate the Star Trek TOS-type decor, but the food was really good, so I'll definitely go back.

  • Firefox has been sucking recently--constantly crashing on me for no apparent reason. Is anyone else having the same problem or is it something to do with my computer? I suppose I should reinstall it to see if that helps, but I've been lazy about it.

  • Dear Flashpoint: Cop shows aren't supposed to make me cry. I forgive you completely, however, because you are love with a side of awesomesauce.


  • Which brings me to the Song of the Day:



It's kind of obviously about residential schools (as much as any Hip song can be said to be about any one specific thing), but it also fits in with the themes of the episode really well. Flashpoint
primroseburrows: (SA: Ellen)




I still can't find the DVD version, even though it's supposedly been released. The cheapest VHS version I can find is 38 bucks. wtf?
primroseburrows: (dS: martha)
Can someone tell me where I can find a copy of this for less than a zillion dollars? I've been looking EVERYWHERE for AGES. Help?
primroseburrows: (beaver from the block)
OMG, THIS is very tempting.

[livejournal.com profile] patchfire, ever wanted to go to Toronto?
primroseburrows: (dS: fraser hallelujah)

  • Meme from [livejournal.com profile] ceilidh ( btw, if you ever decide to change your lj name, dear, let me know. I want this one. :))

    1. Grab the nearest book.
    2. Open the book to page 123.
    3. Find the fifth sentence.
    4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
    5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
    6. Tag five people.



    • These cuts, and two-tiered health care, have been continuously supported by almost every major newspaper in Canada for over a decade, including the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the rest of the CanWest chain.

      The Conservative Party under Stephen Harper's leadership is clearly against universal social programs, notwithstanding its cries of indignation after the Supreme Court ruling. Harper told the House of Commons on October 28, 2002, that privatized health care is a "natural development." This mirrors an interview he gave in 1997 to the National Citizens Coalition newsletter, The Bulldog, in which he said, "It's past time the feds scrapped the Canada Health Act." The National Citizens Coalition, with which Harper has long been associated, advocates that corporations and charities take over the social functions now performed by governments (exactly the position of the Bush White House) and believes that the government's role should be limited to national defence, protection of private property, and law enforcement. The corporate-funded, Vancouver-based Fraser Institute considers Canada's social security system both immoral and an inefficient use of taxpayers' money. It advocates a mix of private and public charity for the "deserving poor" and has lobbied for a new definition of poverty that would apply only to those families who lack the "basic necessities for absolute physical survival."

      --Maude Barlow, Too Close For Comfort: Canada's Future Within Fortress North America.


    I blame [livejournal.com profile] fspider, in the nicest way. Erm, for the book rec, not for Stephen Harper being evil.

  • I'm finally going to get to see Away From Her. Will review later. Last time I got lost on the way to the theatre. Tonight I'm going to the Cable Car Cinema (which is the coolest place!), and I know where that is, so I should be okay.

  • In some meme, I told someone I'd talk about some of my icons. I think it was [livejournal.com profile] on_a_hill. I can't find the post. Help?

  • Also, GIP! Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] troyswann's love letter to [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup's love letter!vid (first one on the list at her site). I also made this one last night, which I'm waaay too proud of:



    I now have eleven icons with Fraser in them; nine are just of Fraser. Maybe I should stop now?

  • Still need to see the dentist. I'll be into full-blown abscess territory if I don't, liek, soon. And um. I'm sort of going on vacation sorta soon. Ow?

  • If it's cool enough tomorrow, I plan on shutting out life and writing. It's been too hella hot to do it this week, and I do want to get my [livejournal.com profile] ds_shakespeare fic done.
primroseburrows: (MWB: chris black)

Another night shift, another ramble...


First off, this article makes me happy on at least three different levels:

Niv Fichman has no fear of flying.

Level 3: Blindness sounds like it could be something fantastic. It's written by Don McKellar, and check out the cast. I've seen Sandra Oh mentioned also, but not in this article. But even without her, holy Hannah, that's quite a list. There are also people from all over the world involved, too, and, um. Did I mention it's written by Don McKellar? I did? Oh. Thought so.

Level 2: Silk sounds really good as well. I love how the article says "with Keira Knightley and Callum Keith Rennie" like Callum's Keira's lead co-star (as he should be. Also, he's a heck of a better actor than Kiera and also way hotter). It looks like he could have a decent-sized part, though,. And he might not be evil or die. Does anyone know if he's evil or dies? Please, Callum, don't be evil or die.

Level 1: Passchendaele is "now casting for an Aug. 13 start date, and while it took two solid years of fundraising, all the money for the 'shamelessly Canadian' story came from Canada." Which, all things considered, is just as it should be, say thankya, although I think it's taken longer than two years.


However, um?

"...Fichman has secured the necessary financing for Paul Gross' $19-million First World War drama Passchendaele."

Excuse me. Fichman secured all of the funding? Every bit of it? As in singlehandedly? All by himself? I don't THINK so, sai. Seems to me he had just a tiny bit of assistance with this one.

Dear Playback Magazine,

Please either a.) do better research or b.) give credit where it's due. Or possibly c.) both. Or maybe this is just reprimanding by omission, in which case, cut it OUT.

Admonishingly yours,

Me


I mean, honestly. *headdesk*


In other news, I'm going to try to actually write something after work. And after sleep, of course. Which means no Adderall for me until I do either or both. I should give my car keys to [livejournal.com profile] mr_t00by for safekeeping. Of course, then he'll probably want to drive it. This is okay, mostly, because he's doing really well in that department. :)

In still other news, I've got two legs of my trip reserved lodgingwise. I'll be staying here on the 25th (and maybe the 24th if I leave early) in London and here for three nights in Toronto. [livejournal.com profile] eltonroo and [livejournal.com profile] duree, we should do coffee or lunch or something. I should really try to make a Jays game, but I'm already doing that at Fenway, so I guess I've got it covered. :)

I don't know where I'm staying in Ottawa, or even how long I'm staying. I don't think any of my flist lives in there, but I wish someone did because I'd love to do the stay-at-someone's-house-and-hang-out thing. That's one activity I didn't plan for on this trip, darnit.


Oh, and I had a dream about Nekkid!Ewan last night. I <3 my subconscious. :)
primroseburrows: (DC)
I don't know why this is here or how long it will be here, but Michael Moore's Sicko is up on Google video. I debated whether I wanted to see it now, but then I decided I would, since I'm sure I'm going to end up seeing it on the big screen anyway.
I'm just ten minutes into it, so I don't have a review.

Whether or not you're a fan of his, it's about time someone in popular media addressed the subject of healthcare in the US. It's one of the main issues, if not THE main issue, that's going to affect my choice for President this time. Those of you who live in a country with a national health system (read: every other developed country in the WORLD), I'd especially like to know what y'all think of the film.

ETA: Um, yeah. Watch this, if you have any time at all. It's not perfect, but it's hella revealing, and it's about time.
primroseburrows: (typing)

Extreme long and random mass of a thing )

  • I spent a couple days on Block Island, and took pictures!

    look under here )

    I'll post a bunch more when I feel so inclined. I still can't upload pictures from my camera to my computer, but when I get my laptop I'll be able to. I'm also planning on getting Cuthbert fixed so I can rip movies here again and watch 'em on the big monitor.

    aaaand the randomness continues! )
  • primroseburrows: (CR: blinds)
    [livejournal.com profile] topaz7 wins everything in the world for this icon. It made my decade, at least.

    Also, [livejournal.com profile] melpemone, much with the yay, for everything worked (including my DL manager)! All is good. So good, in fact that I wrote a review on IMDB (which hasn't showed up yet). I can't imagine they won't approve it, since the last review was posted three years ago, and most of the reviews on the site suck. *g*

    I love Maury Chaykin thiiiiis much, even when he's all psychopathic and evil. I could go on and on and on about how much I loved this film. Loved, as in the same way I loved Silence of the Lambs, but still, OMG, yes.

    ETA: My review is up! I think this is the direct link. The ones in the comments aren't, I find. Alas, earwaxI'm so psyched, I feel like a published author. *g*
    primroseburrows: (quiet man)
    First of all, GIP!.


    Did I mention that everyone and their dog should see The Quiet Man? Of course I did. *g* It's a gem, completely. Maureen O'Hara was at her most beautiful, and her voice with its lovely accent is captivating. She plays the feisty Mary Kate so incredibly, guh. She's gorgeous. And I am so very much NOT a John Wayne fan, but I love him in this. The fact that he took a fifty percent pay cut makes me feel just a little better about him, despite his ultra right-wingedness.

    And anyway, I can't help but love this film, because it was programmed into my brain at a very young age (it's my mum's favourite movie, I mean, she actually recorded the sound from it when it was on television and would play the audiotape over and over and over). I'll always be grateful that it was, especially because despite all its stereotyped quaintisms (is that a word?) it started me on my lifelong love for Ireland and Irish history. Probably one of the reasons I was so drawn to Cape Breton is because it looks a lot like Western Ireland, which is one of the other most gorgeous places on the planet.

    I found the best analysis of the film I've ever seen. Well, okay, I've never actually seen a serious analysis. I didn't know they existed. Yay for film studies essays by geeky English professors. Someone talk me out of ordering Poetry and ideology in Revolutionary Connecticut, okay?

    Oh, and speaking of books, cut for long-arsed book rec/survey geekout )


    Oh, and one more thing, and I just know I'm gonna be sorry for this:

    A meme from [livejournal.com profile] alfirin_kirinki:

    If my LJ/life were a fandom...

    a. Who would people ship me with?
    b. Who would be my arch-nemesis?
    c. What would a Mary Sue in my fandom be like?
    d. When or how did I/will I jump the shark?
    e. Write a one sentence summary of the story that would win the Best Fanfic Award in my fandom.
    f. What would a typical badfic involve?
    g. Who would be the BNFs in my fandom?
    h. Why would my fandom end up on fandom_wank?


    Okay, time to get dressed and go to dinner with my Oldest Child.
    primroseburrows: (SA: gtpoint)
    Question:

    Is this available for download anywhere? I'm going to try for a torrent, but it'd be easier if someone actually had the file.

    My inner Incredible Geeking Woman and my ever-growing adoration for the brilliance that is Don McKellar would be ever so grateful.

    In other news, I want to stay home and write, not go to work. [livejournal.com profile] llassah and I were discussing pastiche!fic, and of course strayed OT, and now I've got "Geoffrey Tennant and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" stuck in my head as a title, which I'll probably leave to her to write because she's so much better at it than I am. :) This idea is not quite as brain 'splodey as the idea of Geoffrey as a contestant on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me's "Not My Job" section, which [livejournal.com profile] sam80853 thinks I should write.
    primroseburrows: (me)
    Happy Thanksgiving, America!

    I'm going to [livejournal.com profile] croosa's and [livejournal.com profile] tapped_trish's house for the day. I'm waiting for the rain to stop because I hate driving in it,so while I do, here's a meme!

    Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] slidellra:


    there's links to stuff under here, y'all might wanna click )
    primroseburrows: (cabot trail)
    I was going to make a version of this post earlier, but LJ ate it, which was probably good, because it involved cat food, which really has nothing to do with anything.

    Okay, so the omelet. Boursin cream cheese, tomatoes, smoked salmon, and the best tasting eggs ever, topped with a balsamic reduction. It was the omelet special of the day at the Brickway on Wickenden, and it's called the Nova Scotia Omelet. I couldn't possibly have turned it down, and I'm very glad I didn't. Add some home fries, rye toast (even though I ordered wheat, wtf?), not-too-shabby coffee, my book and a sunny window looking out onto Wickenden Street. Lovely. Then I went home and slept for four hours, because I'd been working all night.

    Keeping with the Nova Scotia theme, I finally saw Buried on Sunday, which should make [livejournal.com profile] malnpudl feel better, as she has been bugging cajoling suggesting that I do so for some time now. I wasn't prepared to love it. A lot of reviews were pretty lukewarm, not that I pay a lot of attention to reviews.

    But OMG, I was sucked right in by the dry wit and social commentary and (mostly) ensemble cast. Nuclear warheads as comedy! An old salt storyteller! And the CCCP! In 1992! Also, apparently Maury Chaykin has a thing for appearing in films set on tiny islands off the coast of Nova Scotia. His character in this one's much more likeable than the one he played in Wilby Wonderful.

    One of my favourite scenes is the whole thing with the Prime Minister talking to the American VICE President and being all wimpy. I love the scene because of the satire and the self-mocking that's representative of the whole film, but ouch. It still made me wince, which I imagine was the intent of the writer.

    Martha Burns should have been in this. She would have done better in the lead female role and had nicer hair.

    I think another reason I got a lot of the small-town stuff is that I actually lived on a small island off the coast, and I think that coastal RI isn't all that far removed culturally from coastal Atlantic Canada. Not identical, but close. Although not exactly, because Block Island's fishing industry was pretty much wiped out with the 1938 Hurricane. But while I was living there the island did threaten to secede from Rhode Island. Colorado wanted us, I hear, so they could have a coastline. *g* I'm also fairly certain, having lived there for sixteen years, that we never had a First Warden who came even close to anything even close to resembling baby!Geoffrey Tennant.

    Also (for various reasons), I'm both intensely relieved and sorely disappointed that I'm not likely to be inches above a hydrogen bomb. :)

    Also#2 (Actually, #3, but who's counting)? My current music should so be part of the BoS soundtrack. Listen for yourself:

    Elton John - Where To Now, St. Peter? I can think of at least two characters it would fit. I should quit my day job and go to work as a musical consultant for the film industry. I'd make a fortune; I'd be sought-after by zillions!

    So, yeah, it's very cool to find that I love something I wasn't even sure I'd like. :) What took me so long?

    ETA: How dorky is it that I not only just edited this post to change a semicolon to a comma in the SUBJECT, but also that I posted an ETA EXPLAINING IT? Dear Lord.
    primroseburrows: (captain and the kid)
    [livejournal.com profile] croosa just linked me to this wonderful thing. Dude. It's actually written by the guys who created TMNT. It's gotta be good.

    Trailer here.

    I'm waay too excited about this. I wonder if [livejournal.com profile] mr_t00by knows about it.

    Also? [livejournal.com profile] i_am_a_hannah called me last night from a Rolling Stones Concert, just to tell me she was there. She didn't get to see much, because she was doing something for Habitat for Humanity. But it was cool that she called. Does she know her mum or not?

    My first question: Did they do "Paint It Black"? Because, well. Of course I'd ask that.

    I hope they played Memory Motel, because it's all "Hannah baby was a honey of a girl". Which of course, she is. *loves* And of course, if they played it, it'd be without the coolness of the Dave Matthews Factor. :/

    Oh, and. [livejournal.com profile] on_a_hill is getting a "music of your life" CD exchange together. I am very excited, but OMG. ONE CD? I'll need more than one. The Ten Songs That Mean The Most To Me In The Entire Universe take up one CD. *angsts*


    Oh, and #2. Speaking of said Ten Songs, I've been thinking about what my favourite song is, because I've never really had one single favourite song. If I have to pick one, I really think it's Writing. And gee, it only took me thirty a few measley years to figure that one out. 'Course, it's best with the two songs that come after it, but on its own, yeah. I think it's my favourite. Of course, you needed to know that, right?

    Ah, the heck with it. Here's the entire album:

    Elton John and Bernie Taupin - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)


    Just leave the last three songs off when you listen. They're just tacked-on songs that I don't understand. Not part of the original album. Save 'em for later, because they're still cool. They're just not part of the Saga.

    This dorky post was brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] croosa and [livejournal.com profile] i_am_a_hannah, who rock my world, truly.

    Going now. *geeks out, stage left*
    primroseburrows: (Helen)
    Good article about the censorship of Helen Keller's life story here:

    The Truth About Helen Keller

    I read The Story of Helen Keller when I was no older than nine (and yay, that's my review on top! I am a geekdork. I also give my real name out on Amazon.com, go me). I completely fell for her because of this book, another one called Helen Keller's Teacher, and the novelisation of The Miracle Worker.

    None of those books told me anything about Helen's life and work as a socialist and activist for suffrage and pacifism. She protested WWI, and maybe that's why this part of her biography was censored, I dunno. I didn't find out about the activism stuff until much, much later, and it pisses me off. No matter what someone's political opinion is, or even a nations opinion, shutting off an important part of someone's life story is pretty close to evil.

    Oh, and speaking of WWI, Dan Radcliffe will be starring in My Boy Jack, which is about Rudyard Kipling and his son and WWI (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] taradiane for the link). Considering my lefty/pacifist leanings, it's ironic that I love a good war film. Well, that is if they're done right and not lying about being a war film like Pearl Harbor (ewwewwewwwww) did, or promoting an agenda like most of John Wayne's films did. I loved M*A*S*H, film AND TV series, both of which had an agenda the size of Spain. But hey, it's an agenda I agree with! I never said I wasn't petty.

    So. With Dan's movie (or is it a TV-film?) coming out the same year as Passchendaele (which I'm almost positive is a definite thing. Right? Right?), there will be two films about war that *gasp!* aren't coming from America, or even about Americans, for that matter. Which will mean that I migh not even get to see My Boy Jack until the DVD is released (if it is), and I'm going to have to Travel for Passchendaele, because most likely "A theatre near you" means somewhere in New Brunswick. Not that traveling to the Maritimes is a BAD thing, but I'm already going there the month before.

    I'm not holding out for a U.S. release of either of these films (if Dan's movie is a cinema production). The American public as a whole just ain't gonna turn out in droves for a couple of war films made in other countries about battles they weren't even invited to (it's interesting that neither film is up at imdb.com, which lists everything, even movies that *might* be made). I would, but I'm a history dork. [livejournal.com profile] mr_t00by likes history, too. There's hope for the next generation after all. :)

    *fangirls Current Music* I haven't listened to the Cranberries for ages. Apparently I'm going through a '90s music phase. *headbangs*

    P.S. and completely OT: I'm stuck on this fic I'm writing. I made the mistake of going back and reading what I've written so far, and have decided I suck like a big sucking thing. I might think better of it tomorrow. I hope I do. I'm waay too wordy, and so is the fic. I desparately need sure could use a beta. I know [livejournal.com profile] patchfire will help me with grammar and style and getting rid of the Wordy McWord, but I'm still gonna need someone besides who knows the characters.

    Anyway, it's DS, F/K, post COTW (Woah, that looks like a code). There is also Stella, who I do not kill off. And RayV. Iced tea makes an appearance. I should look at one of those beta lists floating around. Tomorrow. Domani.
    primroseburrows: (hugh)
    Movie quote meme from everyone:

    List the first ten movie/tv quotes that pop into your head. They must be from different movies/tv shows. Don't think too hard. At the end, tag five people to do the same:

    1. Motosh etebyen, tovarish. (Sascha Alexei Krycek, The X-Files, episode 5.14, "The Red and the Black")

    2. Help, help, I'm being repressed! (Dennis the Peasant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

    3. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn (Rhett Butler, Gone With The Wind)

    4. I have fixed the toilet! (Geoffrey Tennant, Slings and Arrows)

    5. Man, you scare the shit out of me when you time travel like that. (Joe Dick, Hard Core Logo)

    6. Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore (Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz)

    7. Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else. (Ambassador Delenn, Babylon 5)

    8. The rats are his! (Abagail Freemantle, The Stand miniseries)

    9. Ah, Constable, you've returned. Upon reflection, I imagine that pleases me (Lt. Harding Welsh, Due South, ep 3.O1, "Burning Down the House")

    10. Don't you remember, Seanie, and how it was? The road led up past the chapel and it wound and it wound. (Voice of Mrs. Thornton, The Quiet Man)

    [livejournal.com profile] patchfire
    [livejournal.com profile] mr_t00by
    [livejournal.com profile] karabou
    [livejournal.com profile] metaphoracle
    [livejournal.com profile] newleaf31
    primroseburrows: (SA: gtpoint)
    Dear Canadian TV Costuming People:

    I love you, really I do. But honestly, isn't it possible that there might have been ONE family in the Ukraine somewhere with blue eyes?

    Say sorry, but the brown contacts? Do not please me. Anachronistic isn't the exact word I'm searching for, here, but it's close. So is sacrilegous.

    I forgive you on the basis of a decent story (from 1990, no less), k.d. lang and the Reclines (ZOMG!), the reappearance of the toothpick, the fact that Alexei is called Sascha (OMGYES), and the fact that thirteen years later you gave me us Geoffrey Tennant (who, thankfully, has lovely, half-crazy blue eyes).

    And of course I'm not forgetting about Benton Fraser and his blue, blue eyes. Or Ray Kowalski and his mercurial iced-turquoise ones, either.

    And okay, Nicholas Lea is one of yours. How could I not love you and forgive you a thousandfold?

    So, in conclusion,

    Ray Kowalski

    Love anyway,

    Me

    Also, in a semi-related topic (once removed), take a look at this:

    Ka like a wheel )



    Oh, and Red Sox? I am not a happy fan at the moment. Papi came through, WHERE WERE THE REST OF YOU? Grrr.

    Geh. Must really go to bed. If I keep stopping to write dorky LJ posts, I'll never finish this movie. :/

    Day off tomorrow, with much to accomplish. *stumbles to bed*
    primroseburrows: (XF: m/k)
    So I'm wondering what Nick Lea has been up to recently, and gee, it would be really nice to see him in something again, maybe a movie or TV show.

    So. I find out that not only is he in a Cool SF TV show, but also that he's in another TV show that may or may not be cool (if I can even access it, being south of the border, here).

    And to top it all off, he's gonna be in Butterfly on a Wheel, which doesn't exactly sound like my kind of film, but.

    *looks at rest of cast list*

    *flails*

    Yeah. I'm so there.

    Also, this is the most random, funniest thing I've heard in ages. It's so random it's isn't funny. Except it is.

    Tim Wilson - George is On My Mind

    Download, listen. Laugh hysterically.

    Okay, going for a walk, now. It's not like my car works, or anything.

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