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Glee )

Lost )

I managed to finally get started on my social psych research proposal, and I actually got exactly 2 1/2 pages done, and it only has to be 5, and I didn't do barely any of the Method section which is super easy because I'm using the same design as another study that's kind of a basis for what I'm proposing so it won't take a lot of effort to get another page out of that. Then I just have an intro paragraph for the intro section (which I have outline, I was just too lazy to start. I was about to! ...but then I decided I'd rather watch Glee. Which I think was a very good choice as Glee was excellent) and the Results/Discussion which is basically just like "How would you interpret expected and unexpected results? What implications would this have?" and that's kind of where I like... started the proposal when I was thinking about it, so basically it should be fine.

Yay that Mad Men is returning July 25th! I think this is earlier than last year. Although July 25th is still way too far away. I think I'm going to rewatch Mad Men this summer before the new season. Then again, I feel like I have plans to rewatch or start a million shows, so more likely than not, I won't get around to it. I definitely want to do a full series rewatch of Lost after the finale, and that's already going to take up a huge amount of time, and I'm not going to spend the entire summer watching TV. (More like 95%, probably.)
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It turns out I have to register for classes on Monday rather than Tuesday, like I originally thought. Doesn't make a huge difference, other than it means I have to talk to my adviser today about what I'm going to take so I can get my pin to register rather than also having Monday. I like my adviser a lot, but I hate that I never am able to find him. My classes always conflict with when he's in his office, and he's in class when I have time, and it seems whenever I go to see him, he's never there. Here's to hoping I can find him after Origins today. (I'm tempted to ask my Origins professor, who happens to be his wife, if she has any idea if he's going to be in his office this afternoon or when he might be around on Monday. But then I just feel stupid, so I'll probably just e-mail him if I can't find him today. He's pretty relaxed, so he'd probably just let me tell him my plans over e-mail and then e-mail me by pin.)

TV reactions:

Lost )

Fringe )

I'm about halfway through my Torchwood rewatch, should be through it by tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, it's the Doctor Who Season 5 premiere on BBC America! My mom watches Doctor Who as it airs on BBC America, so I'm kind of excited to know what she thinks and discuss it with her.
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This is a somewhat massive post.

Bones - 5.16 )

Lost - 6.11 )

btw, I was watching Lost on Hulu and during one of the breaks there was an ad for the new Doctor Who season on BBC America. I was so not expecting that to be advertised, but it was awesome (and made me even more excited for the next episode!).

I don't think my social psych professor understands the "mini" part of "mini-assignment," because we were just assigned a 5-10 page research proposal as a "mini"-assignment. At least it's only worth like 10 points (out of a total 250 or so for the entire semester). Still, wtf? The mini-assignments have been getting increasingly harder, which is annoying. The first one was deceptively easy (it was like... find any sort of study published within the last year having to do with social psychology and explain their hypothesis, methods, and what they found), and the second one wasn't bad either (it had to do with comparing a friend's ratings on a scale to what you perceive their personality to be and some other stuff I forget, but it wasn't difficult).

Last but not least, I'm finally posting pictures of my apartment that I'm living in right now, and I figured since I'm finally posting them, I might as well also finally post the pictures of my ridiculously small dorm room I was in from 2008-2009 (my sophomore year). There are also 2 bonus pictures of my pet birds from home just because I haven't posted any pictures of them in years.

Pictures of Apartment and Dorm Room! )
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Ugly Betty - 4.19 )

How is there only one more episode of this show left? I can't believe how into it I am right now. It's seriously one of the shows I look most forward to right now. Seasons 2 and 3 were pretty terrible, and even the first half of this season wasn't amazing, but seriously, the second half of this season has gotten so much better, it's ridiculous. I think it's even better than parts, or most, of season 1. I kind of just want to watch this episode over and over again. And I also kind of want to buy the DVDs of this season when it comes, which I never thought I would want to do for this show. Oh man. I'm actually going to be really upset when it's over.

Also, speaking of my reactions back when I was watching season 1, I was reading them over for the nostalgia factor, and in one of them I was like "This is totally my new favorite show of the season!" which is so weird because, well, I guess seasons 2 and 3 really colored my view of the show as a whole, despite the fact that season 1, especially the first half, was a lot of fun. But I did really adore the show back then. It's nice that it's come back to be really awesome for the end. (It's actually kind of funny that in one of the posts I was reading with an old Ugly Betty reaction, I was also talking about The O.C. and how I was still not over how The O.C. was actually good (this was season 4) and back to season 1 levels, and I just kind of find it funny that the same thing is happening for me with Ugly Betty. And then I just got weirded out because season 1 of Ugly Betty seems really long ago, but that was just senior year in high school, and omg in just 4 1/2 weeks I'll be a senior in college and how is that even possible and that's so weird. Was high school really that long ago? Anyways, tangent! But in any case, that's totally why I stick with shows even once they start sucking and it starts feeling like a chore to watch them: because sometimes, if I'm lucky, they'll start getting good again. Of course, it's typically right before they're canceled, but... it's better than nothing, I guess? I'd rather have this excellent season 4 than 5 more seasons like seasons 2-3).

I have my class facilitation thing in Mood and Anxiety in like 30 minutes. I'm... feeling okay about it. I've gone over what I'm going to say about a million times, but I'm sure I'll get nervous and mess up a little anyways since I suck at public speaking. I'll be really happy to have it over with, anyways. And then I get to come back to my apartment and spend several hours working on my part of a group project before we meet tonight. ugh. But at least it's almost Friday! And then I can finally relax!

Also, there are so many TV things I'm super excited for in the next week: new Doctor Who Saturday (I'm so excited to see more of Eleven and Amy!), Glee returns Tuesday, and the series finale of Ugly Betty on Wednesday. Plus there's the normal great TV: I've been really loving Castle recently, HIMYM and TBBT are new on Monday (they haven't had a new episode in a little while, right? I don't know, it feels like it's been awhile), new Lost (I haven't watched this week's yet, actually, but I should have time this afternoon or Friday afternoon, and I've heard it's awesome), new Criminal Minds (this week was kind of eh since they were setting up the spin-off, which I don't really care about, but I still adore the show (speaking of, the picture Matthew Gray Gubler tweeted of a freaking puppy biting his nose was one of the most adorable things I've ever seen. How is he real?)), and other new stuff as well that I'm too lazy to get into now. But still, very excited for TV next week.
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Today is Academy Awards Nominations Day! I adore the Academy Awards. I can't even explain why. A lot of the time they make stupid choices (well, in my opinion; film taste is, of course, subjective), and most of the time several of the films I consider best of the year get little or no attention. But, I don't know. It's just so much fun! I can't really describe it. I like award shows in general, but I greatly prefer movie award shows because for TV award shows, even fewer TV shows I love get any attention, and they nominate the same crap year after year and the same stuff wins and it's just horribly boring. But at least with movies, if there's something I hate, it's gone the next year. And for the past 3 years, the movie that won Best Picture at the Oscars I've really loved, even if it wasn't my favorite of the year (let's not mention 2005, which was one of the greatest movie award injustices in history, in my opinion).

Anyways, enough about that. Here are my opinions on the nominations, and what my ideal nominations would have been (for the 8 major categories: picture, director, the writing categories, and all the acting categories; despite taking a film class and looking online, I still don't know the difference between sound editing and sound mixing, I barely understand Art Direction, and I don't have much of an opinion about the other categories most of the time. Although I do enjoy score and cinematography typically. But I didn't feel like discussing them).

Academy Awards Nominations Thoughts )

Ideal Academy Awards Nominations )

(omg I spent way too much time in Dunn Brothers putting this together. At least there are some open tables so I don't feel like too much of a douche.)

I didn't mention in my last post because I had so many things to complain about, but hey, it's February! January always goes by so quickly. Probably because most of the month I don't have school. Anyways, in January I watched 261 episodes of TV (which is crazy because that's way more than I usually watch in a month, 30 more than last January, and I'm like 1 1/2-2 weeks behind on TV due to not having internet), 11 movies (more than I expected considering I only watched 2 from 01/01-01/14), and read 2 books (! crazy! I don't know if I said this before, but my goal this year is to read at least one book a month. I hope to actually read more than 12 books in the whole year, but I tend to go in phases where I'll read like 7 books in a few weeks and then nothing the rest of the year, so reading at least one book a month should actually boost the number of books I read all year. Actually, I already finished one book in February, and I'll probably get to a few more what with the stupid internet not working for another few days, so that's good. I love reading, but it's too hard to work in while I have classes because even if I have time to read, I get too sucked in to whatever I'm reading and then neglect everything else so I can finish the book, and it's just easier not to read anything).

Not being able to watch the most recent episode of Chuck is physically hurting me. Okay, not really, but it does suck. Most stuff I can deal with having to wait 1-2 weeks to watch, but not Chuck. The same is true for Greek, actually, but it just came back so I'm more used to it not being around and so it doesn't seem as tragic that I haven't seen the last episode. Also, the fact that I'm going to miss the Lost premiere sucks. Although I suppose it's easier to delay watching that when I've already been waiting months and months than to delay watching something I'm used to seeing every week. I really hope I don't get spoiled for Lost, though. =/ I suppose the fact that I'm being more productive than normal (especially at this point in the term) doesn't suck. It is weird though. And I don't have enough work to take up my whole night, so I still end up with time left over with nothing to do.

Ok, time to go back to my apartment since I've been in here for like an hour and a half now.
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My bad mood from Tuesday or Wednesday or whatever continued for a few days and I was going to make a post about things I was feeling bitchy about, but today was actually really great and it kind of bodes well for the rest of the semester, so now I'm going to make a post about things I'm feeling bitchy about and things that are making me happy:

Things I'm Feeling Bitchy About )

Things Making Me Happy )

I randomly feel like watching old Supernatural episodes. Mostly season 2, which is the only season I have on DVD and I haven't even watched it yet (I got it for Christmas). I also feel like watching season 1, though. And season 3, kind of. Ok, so I guess I just want to marathon it all! We'll see, though. I'm going to spend this afternoon cleaning my room (it is so ridiculously messy. It was a mess when I left and it's just gotten worse since I've been back) and then I don't know what.
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So I officially have tickets to Warped Tour at Pomona on June 20th! That's only 6 days after seeing Panic/MCS in Anaheim. That'll be a fun week.

Finally caught up on TV stuff. (Well, I only had two hours of TV to catch up on.) I don't really have anything to say about Torchwood or Skins other than Skins was amazing (and I'm pretty sure Chris is my favorite character of the show, which I always forget when it's not his episode because he's really not very present in any other episodes, unlike a lot of the other characters, but then it's his episode and I reminded about how awesome he is) and Torchwood was just ok.

Lost 4.07 )

I'm still kind of not over the fact that Lost is actually been really good this season. It's like with The O.C. where it had a great first season, the second and third seasons pretty much sucked (The O.C.'s moreso than Lost's, though), and then the fourth season is all of a sudden good again.

The Return of Jezebel James 1.01-1.02 )

Ok I have a headache because my sleep schedule is all screwed up from the time difference (I feel like 2 hours shouldn't make that much of a difference, but it does) so I'm going to go take a nap or something.
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I am home! It is Spring Break! Neither of the two tests I had this week went particularly well, but they're over, so it's not like I can do anything about them now.

I watched Torchwood and Skins on the plane (loved Skins, ok with Torchwood) and I may post about them tomorrow, but I am absolutely exhausted now (1 AM Minnesota time, and I didn't get much sleep the past few nights). I may also post about Lost or The Return of Jezebel James, both of which I haven't seen yet but plan to. I'm pretty sure The Return of Jezebel James is going to be absolutely awful, but... Michael Arden! So I have to see it.

Ok, I'm going to collapse into bed now. I will have more interesting things to say tomorrow (maybe. I probably shouldn't promise anything).
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] overthemoo! Write 10 things that made you happy recently & tag 10 people do the same.

With visual aides! )

Please request photos for my photo meme! Three people have requested photos now (two there and one on Facebook), but I'd still like more! I am going to post reminders about this and badger more people into requesting photos probably every day for the next week, just to warn you. I'd really like to take loads of photos.
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All of these are kind of random and not really specific episodic moments (some, but not entirely) but more general season comments focusing on those episodes. If that makes any sense.

Eli Stone 1.03 )

Torchwood 2.05-2.06 )

Lost 4.02-4.03 )

Supernatural 3.09-3.11 )

Ok, so now I'm maybe going to rewatch Doctor Who S3. I'm not sure if I want to watch it through once without commentary and then a second time with, or just start the first time with commentary. I don't know. Maybe I won't start rewatching just yet, and instead make icons and a new layout. I also kind of feel like rewatching Firefly. So who knows what I'm going to do. (Such decisions! My life is so hard, I know.)
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So I wrote this up like a month ago and was just waiting for the Doctor Who finale to post, but then it came and I totally forgot about it. But anyways, since I did a short review of all the shows I watched last year, I figured I'd do the same for this year. There are spoilers, so if you haven't seen all of a TV show that aired this year then you might not want to read it (the shows under the cut are Battlestar Galactica, The Black Donnellys, Doctor Who, Gilmore Girls, Heroes, House, Lost, My Name is Earl, The O.C., The Office, Prison Break, Studio 60, Supernatural, Torchwood, Ugly Betty, and Veronica Mars). 2006-2007 Television Season )

I totally caught my mom watching a rerun of Ugly Betty last night. I'm so awesome at getting her to watch the TV shows I like.
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People are weird. I'm just making icons, minding my own business, when out of nowhere this girl IMs me who I've never talked to before and is just all "Hey." So I'm like "...uh, hi. Who are you?" And she's all "It's Tara!" and I'm all "...uh. Who?" and she's all "TARA." (Like somehow putting it in all caps is going to make me understand. Like, oh, RIGHT. Now I get it! TARA!) So I'm like "...I don't know anyone named Tara, so maybe you could understand my confusion?" and she's all "...is this Sarah?" and I'm all "No." and she's all "...oh." So I think that's it. But then 5 min later, she IMs me again and is all "Well, do you like Green Day?" and when I said "...uh. Yes." she was all "Do you like My Chemical Romance?" and I was all "...yeah, I guess" and she was all "Oh, good. They're my favorite band. I'm listening to them now." And I'm all "...yay?" and then she asked me what school I went to, and when I told her, she was all "...oh. You're in high school?" and when I said yes, she was all "I'm not. I'm in 6th grade." And then she started talking to me about how her sister is a freshman and is mean to her and always yells at her and makes fun of her.

Yeah. Bizarre.

Anyways. Somehow I have absolutely no homework tonight, so I've just been making icons all night. I felt like making Veronica Mars icons, but I had no specific like scene or episode that I wanted to make them of, so I've just been refreshing the main page at vm-caps and looking at the random images that come up. It's actually kind of cool, because I'll find really gorgeous caps that I would've never noticed before when going through all the episode caps, and now I've made a bunch of icons that I really like. I should really make an icon post soon.

I've noticed that I really just don't care about Lost anymore. I mean last season after the first 10 episodes I was like "OMG THIS SHOW IS PRETTY AWESOME" and then after that it just kind of... sunk. But even by the finale I was still like "Well, ok, Veronica Mars is 1000 times better, but I still really enjoy this. But this season... I don't know what's wrong. But, I mean, it's on right now, and I have no homework, no other responsibilities, and I'm choosing to make icons. I mean, seriously. All season I had to record it instead of watch it because of VM, and then once VM moved, I had APs and SATs to worry about. But that's all over, and I'm still like "...eh. I'll watch it tomorrow." It's weird, though, because I can't really pinpoint anything that I really dislike about it. Maybe it's the fact that it seems like there are only 5 characters living on the island these days (Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Locke, and Ana Lucia).
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ugh. So, the thing I worked on with Galaxy and Arjun on Sunday, it's this ghost scene from Pride and Prejudice for English. And on Sunday, Arjun was all "Give what we have so far to me, I'll type it up and add stuff and then send it to one of you and you can add stuff" and so on. Well, I came up with the "We can pass it around and add stuff", but he volunteered to type and add first. So he sent it to Galaxy on Monday, and it was crap. I'm sorry. But everything he wrote was completely out of character and he changed so much stuff that we had already written, and it was just very bad. So Galaxy tried to fix it and add stuff back and we asked him for the original we wrote just because "we wanted to see something" (i.e. change everything back to how it was) and then this afternoon I started changing stuff and I edited everything closer to how it was and I edited later stuff as well and I was pretty pleased with how it was. It needed editing still and probably more things added, but it was better than it was. But then. Then. I went to send it to Galaxy and I saved it, except I forgot that I opened it from the email attachment she sent it to me and didn't choose save to computer, so saving it did nothing, and I didn't realize it until I already closed Word. ugh. So pissed at myself.

So yeah. Today has not been my day. (Actually, the math test third period went very well, as far as I could tell, so at least there's that. And English is always excellent, when we're not writing essays.)

Ah, speaking of English, today she tried to rush us through what we were learning because she didn't think we'd have time, but we ended up with like... 15-20 min at the end of class (that sounds like a lot, but it was a block period, which is 1 1/2 hours long, so yeah) and she was saying that we should start this other thing she didn't think we'd have time to get to but she said that she didn't want to teach us anymore. So then someone was all of a sudden, "We could watch Colin Firth dive into the lake!" because Mrs. Moore is totally in love with Colin Firth (she has magazine clippings of him on the wall of our English class. It's excellent) and she was all "OH! WE COULD TOTALLY DO THAT!" because she was saying we wouldn't have enough time to finish the whole thing in class, but she wanted to show us that scene, so she did, and it was excellent. I mean, I've already seen it, of course, but it's always excellent seeing it, and Galaxy's never seen the BBC version so she was especially giddy about it. And now on Saturday we're potentially watching all 5 hours of it in a row, since I've only seen it in chunks, never all straight through (and also I think I've become more obsessive since the last time I saw it), provided we can find a time that works for us.

Oh, and also, I wanted to mention, because it'd be appreciated here, that yesterday when everyone came over Zi was one of the people over and he was looking through the DVDs I have up above my TV and then he saw Firefly and was all "...is this? OMG YOU HAVE FIREFLY!!!" And it turns out he's this huge fan of Firefly and loved the show and loved Serenity and everything, and it was hilarious and awesome, because I'm not used to finding people who love shows like Firefly like I do that I haven't forced to watch the show myself. So yeah. It was awesome.

I found myself getting sucked into Lost tonight, which is kind of odd. I haven't been as into it recently. But I don't like Charlie as much as I did back at the beginning of the first season, and that makes me sad.
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Veronica Mars! Spoilers for alternate ending and next week's promo if you haven't seen either. )

I know I said I might watch Lost tonight instead of waiting, but I ended up being too excited about this episode and less excited about Lost. Probably won't watch it till Friday since I have 2 quizzes to study for tomorrow afternoon and one of them is Euro and I need all the points I can get in that class. (But then again, knowing me, I'll probably watch Lost before doing any work at all. sigh.)

I've started Pride and Prejudice and am about 80 pages in. Supposed to be annotating for themes and motifs, but right now I just want to get familiar with the story and characters and plot and then go back. I'm kind of thinking about reading the entire book instead of the first 100 pages (which is what's due next Tuesday) since I really like the story and want to know what happens. I think it'll depends on when I get Sense and Sensibility and the Sims 2 expansion. If I don't get them by Saturday then I'll probably just finish P&P since I won't have anything else to preoccupy myself with.

I can't believe tomorrow is December 1st. It feels like fall has gone by so quickly, but then thinking back, band camp and How the Irish Saved Civilization feel like they were ages ago. It's weird how that works.

wheeee I'm so giddy now. I love how watching Veronica Mars can make me feel. :D
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Best part of Thanksgiving? Pumpkin pie with whipped cream. I heart it so.

Lost )

Veronica Mars )
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ACT scores are up at the website. The essays aren't done yet, just the multiple choice, but still. I got a 33 (total is 36) on Reading, English, and Science, and a 34 on Math. So my overall score I guess is like a 33. The essay will factor into the final score, though, so I don't know. If you don't know anything about ACT scores, a 33 is a 1460-1500 on the old SAT, so like 2190-2250 on the new SAT. So yeah, very satisfied with that, considering I didn't do any prep for it at all. The SAT is this weekend, but now I won't worry about it as much, seeing as my ACT score (provided the essay doesn't drag it down. I've calculated that the lowest it can drag me down is to a 31 [which is if I got a 2 on the essay, which, yeah, hoping I did better than that]) is nearly 80-140 points higher than my highest practice SAT score was. We'll see, though. For all I know, I'll go crazy and score a 2400 on the SAT! (...heh. I wish.)

The essay in Euro today wasn't too bad. He chose one of the prompts I prepared for better, but I'm afraid I wasn't detailed enough. Whatever. I don't feel like obsessing over it.

Lost )

Guess I'll go watch last night's episode of My Name is Earl which finally finished downloading.
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!! VERONICA MARS! :DDD
Bones )

My Name is Earl )

Lost )

Veronica Mars )

...is it Wednesday yet? WAIT, DUH, IT ALREADY IS WEDNESDAY. Well, ok, next Wednesday?


So, I saw that I got this envelope in the mail from Reed College, and it was from the admissions office, and I figured that it was just them trying to pimp themselves out to me (which it was). But then in the letter it said "By now from your more filled mailbox, you can probably tell that colleges are trying to get your attention" and then I was all "...BUT I HAVEN'T GOTTEN ANYTHING FROM ANY OTHER COLLEGES WANTING ME TO APPLY." And then I felt unloved. :( ...um, not really. It just kind of amused me.

Chair test tomorrow, and I lugged my tenor all the way into the car and everything and then it turns out that I forgot my book with the exercises we're being tested on at school. I am clearly very wise. Meh, whatever. If I were to be chaired with anyone, it'd be Emma, on bassoon, and Sado, on bari sax, and yeah. I'm on tenor sax. It's not like it matters if I'm third chair. In any case, I don't think they do the chairing between us until 1st semester and 2nd semester, when they post the lists. So, yeah. Not too terrible.
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Lost )

Bones )

Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] mistressdm8! Hope you had a great day. :)

Tomorrow I get to sleep in an extra hour! I love Thursday block. Even if it means school gets out later. Actually, when marching band's in, we end up getting out earlier than we do on regular days, which is awesome.
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Pretty uneventful day. Seher and I worked on our seminar during office hours and talked to Mr. Ives about it, and apparently we're on the right track, which is good, as we have until next Tuesday to do it. Ended up not doing the quiz in Euro, which sucks since I'll probably have forgotten everything by Friday. Quiz in math, and I think I did pretty well. Only had trouble with one of them. Pop quiz in English, and I actually read and understood Morte d'Arthur, but I misinterpreted one thing I read and missed something else, so I think I got like 1 out of 3 or 2 out of 4. I don't know how she's going to do the points. eck. And I doubt the essay next week is really going to help my grade.

I'm really looking forward to it being this time next week. My essay and unit test in english will be over, as will the seminar and the ACTs, and then I can focus solely on the Veronica Mars season 1 premiere. wheee, I cannot wait! :D

Lost tonight! Hopefully it will be good.

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