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2008-10-23 12:13 pm
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Awesome CD meme :)

Stolen from [ profile] jessybxx :

The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4.Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result as a comment in this post. Also, pass it along in your own journal because it's more amusing that way.

Here's mine... )

Fun stuff! 

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2008-10-16 06:50 pm

I want!

After purchasing this and this during my lay over in Japan the other month (which, by the way, someone STOLE the puchi puchi bubblewrap thingy from my backpack!!! How rude! At least I still have the edamame soybean toy at home...), I've come across another such toy--and this one involves bananas!  How tempted am I?  VERY.

I'll have to pick one up the next time I'm in that part of the world.  :)
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2008-10-10 11:58 pm
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Music meme!

Stolen from [ profile] jessybxx :

1) Have your music library ready.
2) Choose one song from your music library whose title starts with the first letter (or number) of your screen name.
3) Repeat this process with each successive letter (or number) in your screen name until you run out of letters (or numbers).
4) Post up your results.
5) BONUS POINTS: Upload your mix (whether it's individual songs or a .zip of all the songs) and include the mix in your post.
6) MORE BONUS POINTS: Add the line around the 1:10 mark of at least five songs.

No reason why I picked these, just that they were the first songs I clicked on after reaching the right letter.  And boy, am I glad I have a bunch of songs starting with "A".  :)

(J) Journey to the Past - Aaliyah (Anastasia Soundtrack)
(A) All Fall Down - OneRepublic
(L) Lonely Soldier Boy - Michael Bradley (Robotech Soundtrack)
(A) As Long As You're Mine - Idina Menzel & Norbert Leo Butz(Wicked Musical)
(N) Never Ending Story - Limahl
(A) Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross

And since I had time, I did the line at 1:10 of each of the songs also:

(J) Arms will open wide...
(A) Take a breath, take a step, meet me down below.
(L) You're out here on your own, lonely soldier boy.
(A) I'll make every last moment last, as long as you're mine.
(N) Dream a dream, and what you see will be.
(A) Best that you can do is fall in love.

They came out rather coherently... almost like telling a little story.  How intriguing!  :)

Anyway, here's the zip file of the songs if anyone is interested.  Enjoy!

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2008-10-10 08:00 pm
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As you wish. :)

Stolen from [ profile] azriona :

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

I'm hard-pressed to choose just ONE favorite quote from this movie. Should I choose any one of the hilarious Vizzini lines? Or perhaps Miracle Max? In the end, this is what I decided on:

The Impressive Clergyman: Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam. And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva... So tweasure your wuv.

Yes. Treasure your wuv. :D
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2008-10-07 03:43 pm
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I'm going to hell

Stolen from [ profile] jessybxx :

Your result for The Sexual HELL Test...


Raw score: 48%

You're a fallen angel. There's some innocence there, but the sexual dark side has called you and, possibly, is already using you. But you're not evil, just naughty; dirty, but not filthy. You're certainly hellbound, and you'll most likely seek out other imps like yourself to work your wicked will. There might be a moral core inside you, but it's been overtaken by lust.

AVOID: the heavenbound. Your path is downward, and you'll need a guide.

Take The Sexual HELL Test at HelloQuizzy

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2008-10-03 04:13 am
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A little bit evil... :D

Stolen from [ profile] earlgreytea68  & [ profile] jlrpuck :

You Are 40% Evil

A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.

In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.

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2008-10-02 02:18 pm

...What?! O.o

Overheard conversation between a couple of European post-docs:  "This US election is just too important to be voted on!"

Um... wow.  Just... wow.
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2008-10-01 10:20 pm
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Supreme Court meme

First one that came to mind!  Stolen from [info]earlgreytea68[ profile] jlrpuck :

As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

Brown v. Board of Education    Frankly, I am VERY surprised she couldn't name this one, since this was the landmark decision that overturned segregation in public education.  All hail the civil rights movement.  Guess that doesn't mean much up in Alaska... :P
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2008-09-29 11:11 am
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Local Activities Pimpage

If anyone is in the Boston area and don't have anything planned for Halloween, check out the Post-Meridian Radio Players' annual Tomes of Terror production. PMRP produces radio dramas (think A Prairie Home Companion), and this Halloween, we will be performing three exciting plays for you! I'll just post our official spiel here--come check us out!

What was that? The squeak of a book cart behind you? The hint of a laugh at your expense? No, it couldn't be...

Nor can that be the smell of old tomes being shelved and stacked for you. BUT IT IS! Three tales of terror and woe are shaking off their cobwebs and wish to return to the world of the living. Your world...

Huddle there in your false safety. For when October draws to an end Tomes of Terror III arrives!

First you will see the horrific Halloween jokes and pranks of Baby Snooks!
Then you will see the gothic terror as a simple fox hunt destroys lives in Reynardine!
Finally you will witness the vicious slaughter and uncontrollable terror of The Tell-Tale Heart!

The scares return, this year, for four performances, only! Wednesday, October 29th, Thursday, October 30th, Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st at the Unity Church of God in Somerville, MA.

Find out more at

PMRP Tomes of Terror III
PMRP Tomes of Terror III: October 29 - November 1, 7:30 PM
sdjalana: (nekkid ten)
2008-09-15 11:04 am

Shadow Emmys & other awards

Yes, I seem to live for these. Time Out New York is putting on their 2nd Annual Shadow Emmys, and DT is nominated! So go vote for him now! :D

EDIT: Oops, forgot about this one.  DT is nominated for Best Actor in a Sci-Fi Movie or TV Show for the Spike TV Scream 2008 Awards.  So yeah, vote vote vote!  ;)
sdjalana: (hiro)
2008-09-10 03:50 pm
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Back in America!

Yep, I'm back.  While I'm not missing the weather (around 34 degrees Celsius, which is in the 90s for those of us in the States), I miss the food in Taiwan already.  Long trip, but fruitful, as I actually got some work done on the plane trip(s).  Yay me.
sdjalana: (nekkid ten)
2008-09-02 11:33 am

DT for 2012!

Tee hee hee!  I know, it's a snowball's chance in hell, but still... One can always hope! :D

sdjalana: (sharon)
2008-09-01 12:11 pm
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The little black dress

I was surprised to find that I actually had very little black clothing in my closet.  When I was in grad school, it seemed as if all I ever wore was black.  Perhaps it was a reflection of my mood--I was getting therapy for clinical depression back then.  But I'm just amazed that I've been buying such colorful clothes since then.

Sadly, this doesn't help when one actually needs black clothes for a funeral.

Shopping is such a hassle now.  I don't know why; I used to love going shopping.  Now, it's like pulling teeth.  So time consuming.  But I did manage to get through the mall and get a few black outfits. 

My aunt would have loved going shopping with me.

sdjalana: (doomsday)
2008-08-27 09:19 pm
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(no subject)

I've had this line running through my head all day today: "Taken away so young, taken away without warning..."  I always thought this song was beautifully sad, but now it has a deeper meaning for me.  She was only 58 years old, you see, and we were so optimistic about her prognosis.

I've never lost anyone close to me before, so I'm not sure how to deal with this kind of grief.  I am so grateful for the time I had with her, but I'm also so ANGRY that she's gone.  My mind kept wandering at work, making it hard to focus.  My aunt is gone, and all I do is think, "Today is my BIRTHDAY; why did it have to happen NOW?"  I feel so guilty for being annoyed that from now on, my birthday will be forever linked with my aunt's death. 

I'll be flying to Taiwan next week.  My grandmother wants me to stay at her place after the funeral, but when I think about how the last time I went to her house, my aunt had gone with me, I just start crying again.

I miss her.
sdjalana: (asian)
2008-08-25 04:05 pm
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Oh dear...

I just got a call from Citibank.  Apparently, someone got ahold of my credit card number and charged over $2000 at a travel agency, with another $1300 charge elsewhere.  Needless to say, I did not authorize these charges and this account will be closed.

WTF.  I am fairly troubled by the fact that this is the card I keep for "backup" purposes--most of my charges are done with a different card.  In fact, aside from a few automatic recurring charges (like my Blockbuster and my webhosting monthly fees), the last time I actually physically used the card was back in June, when I was in Europe.  And yes, the card is still in my wallet.

I am just very glad that the credit card company caught these charges, or I would have been very confused and/or terrified when I checked my statement next month.
sdjalana: (ten)
2008-08-24 04:44 pm


Can I just say how much love Google News alerts? If only because this is what came up in the daily news digest email today. Something that I wouldn't have found on my own since I don't check British news sites all that often... well, other than BBC News, but that's usually only when I want to read news that isn't the usual U.S.-biased fare I get sometimes from CNN.

ANYWAY. I am rambling for I cannot contain the gleeish excitement I felt upon reading the following paragraph:

And soon the Tennant effect will no longer be confined to Stratford-upon-Avon. The production moves to the Novello Theatre in London in December and, according to Gregory Doran, director of the Tennant Hamlet, there’s a possibility that the production will then move to New York.

Uhhh... WHAT?!?!?!

Never was I as grateful to have moved to the East Coast as I was when I first read that line.  I mean, seriously.  New York is only a "short" four hour drive from Boston.  And I am perfectly willing, and perhaps even eager, to make the journey, if it means the chance to see David Tennant as Hamlet.  And let's not forget Patrick Stewart (!) as Claudius, for I am, and always shall remain, a Trekkie at heart.
sdjalana: (rose)
2008-08-22 08:47 pm


So I've been thinking about writing an actual Doctor Who fic, and not just random drabbles. Which would be an interesting endeavor--despite having devoured each and every episode of the new Who series, I don't know if I could do the characters justice in my portrayal. Especially after reading some of the other authors out there in this fandom. But forge ahead I shall... one can't ever improve without trying, eh?

My original thought was to write about the Doctor and Rose on an adventure and meeting up with Elizabeth Bathory. An uncommon enough subject, I thought, and one that no one else would think of! And in fact, the only reason I know of the name is from watching Ghost Hunters International on the SciFi channel (I love me some paranormal stuff). Imagine my shock and disbelief when I saw someone post a story to [ profile] time_and_chips with a summary about the Doctor and Rose going to 17th century Hungary and meeting the Bloody Countess. Well, pooh.

I have the beginnings of an idea for another story in my head now. I can tell you right now that I'll be mightily displeased and may descend into paranoia if someone posts a story with the same basic plot next week...

In other news, I'm working on tonight's drabble. Slight smut (oh my!), of which I have not attempted to write before. Would have had it written and posted yesterday, but my cousin's aunt invited me over to dinner... and I never say no to free food. ^_~
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2008-08-20 06:51 pm

A tale of two Marthas...

So, the new postdoc in the lab is British AND named Martha.  Which makes for some real tangential thought processes when I'm having a conversation with her (or about her, even).

Martha: blah blah blah something about science and our various projects in her lovely British accent blah blah blah
Me (in my mind): Martha... tee hee hee... Doctor Who... tee hee hee... David Tennant... tee hee hee... so sexy... *drooooool*
Me (out loud): Uhhhhhhh...


At least I can be glad her last name isn't Jones...
sdjalana: (nanowrimo 2008)
2008-08-18 07:07 pm
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Justification for my slacking

So this drabble-a-day thing I started is probably not going to be so much "-a-day" as it is "-every-few-days". Writing the 100 words is fine, and I dare say, easy... but the actual thinking of something to write is killing me. And while it gets me into the practice of writing daily for Nanowrimo (50,000 words in a month... egads, what have I signed myself up for?!?!), I'll be working off of a story outline for that, which means all the brainstorming I need to do should be done by the the time I actually start writing.  Knock on wood.  :P
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2008-08-16 02:20 am
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A meme thing...

Wiki meme, taken from various different journals I haven't gotten around to friending yet...

Enter your birthday [into Wikipedia], then choose 4 events, 3 births, 2 deaths, and 1 holiday.

1) 663 - Remnants of the Korean Baekje Kingdom and their Yamato Japanese allies engage the combined naval forces of the Tang Chinese and Silla Koreans on the Geum River in Korea; the outcome is a significant Tang-Silla victory, while the Japanese would not attempt another invasion of Korea until the Imjin War of the late 16th century.
2) 1689 - The Treaty of Nerchinsk is signed by Russia and the Qing empire.
3) 1962 - Mariner 2 launched to Venus.
4) 2003 - Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing approximately 34,646,416 miles (55,758,006 kilometers) from Earth.

1) 1487 - Anna of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark (d. 1514)
2) 1932 - Antonia Fraser, British author  (that's so weird, I own 2 of her non-fiction books... I really enjoy the way she presents history.)
3) 1937 - Alice Coltrane, American jazz musician (d. 2007)

1) 1590 - Pope Sixtus V (b. 1521)
2) 1963 - W.E.B. DuBois, American civil rights activist and scholar (b. 1868)

1) Moldova - Independence Day (from the USSR, 1991).