speccygeekgrrl42: (O face : Chuck)
Okay. So. This is a very long list-- 101 people-- and it is still nowhere near exhaustive of all the crushes I've had in the past ten years. So if I'm missing someone you KNOW I think is hot and you are aggrieved by the lack of them, speak up and I'll go rustle up some more pictures. I just got tired of thinking after the first hundred people.

See if you can follow the logical progression, I promise there is one for the first half of the picspam and the last portion of it.

come, revel in the pretty with me. )

And for those of you who don't want to click it (are you scared of the pretty? it won't bite), here's the picture of young Ian McKellen I was flipping out about earlier. Yum.
speccygeekgrrl42: (music is life.)
Here are the videos from the concert I went to on April 2nd! They turned out really well. The video is really steady and the sound is pretty good on all of them. I'm mildly amazed my own singing along didn't get recorded, but also pleased about that because you can hear John really clearly. Stars on the ones I think turned out best!

Home Again Garden Grove )

Prowl Great Cain )

**Psalms 40:2 )

Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into the Water, Triumph of )

***Broom People )

***Going to Port Washington )

*This Year )
speccygeekgrrl42: (hold tight to what's real:Russian!Holmes)
I promised [livejournal.com profile] storylandqueen I would upload the Russian series of Sherlock Holmes for her, and I figured it might have more general interest than just for CL, so here it is! Split files need to be rejoined with HJSplit.

Episode 1: Acquaintance file 1 file 2
Episode 2: Bloody Inscription
Episode 3: The Master Blackmailer
Episode 4: Deadly Fight
Episode 5: Hunt for the Tiger
Episode 6-7: The Hound of the Baskervilles file 1 file 2 file 3
Episode 8: The Treasures of Agra, Part 1 file 1 file 2
Episode 9: The Treasures of Agra, Part 2 file 1 file 2
Episode 10: 20th Century Begins, Part 1
Episode 11: 20th Century Begins, Part 2

This is a really excellently done series, even if the subtitles are a bit laughable in places. It was taped from 1979 to 1986, so most of it was already done by the time the Granada series began taping. This Holmes is a little less prickly than other interpretations, and this Watson is... a bit precious, really. I really like Vasily Livanov's scratchy voice. I highly recommend Acquaintance, Master Blackmailer, Hunt for the Tiger and Hound of the Baskervilles (you will DIE at this version of Sir Henry, he is a trip and a half!). For extra fun, count how many times you see Watson eating in each episode! (hint: it's a lot.)

There you go, don't say I didn't give you anything for Christmas. :D

good advice

May. 9th, 2010 09:21 am
speccygeekgrrl42: (because I love you : Up)
I'm glad I added that question about advice you think people should know in my meme, because you guys had a lot of really good stuff to say. So here it is:

  • You have to like yourself before you can expect anyone else to like you, but it isn't that hard to like yourself if you just give yourself a chance.

  • Everything will be fine, in the end. If things aren't fine, then it isn't the end.

  • Sometimes it's normal to be abnormal.

  • Nobody can sustain one emotion for too long. Whether you're happy or especially if you're sad, it won't last forever.

  • Make sure you understand something before you talk about it.

  • The future is only dark from the outside. Leap into it, and it explodes with light! -- Mina Loy

  • if a writer tells you to 'write what you know' don't listen. you have too brilliant an imagination to be that boring.

  • Be who you want to be, don't let others decide that for you.

  • "Be chill." Just...shrug and win some, lose some.

  • No matter how hard something is, you can get through it if you keep breathing. I also got a fortune cookie once that read something like 'in order to find yourself, you must play hide and seek alone'. I really like that.

  • If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. -- Mark Twain

  • Don't worry so much - it doesn't change anything.

  • Live out loud!

  • Love yourself, fuck anyone who doesn't.

  • Question what you're told. Picking apart a paradigm for yourself could save you years of frustration and heartache.

  • Never lose hope of anything happening, and never assume that you've lost anything permanently. Things come back around when you least expect it, and while you won't always get everything you want, you can't predict the opportunities you'll have.

  • Most of the time, it's all right to just be who you are.

The only experience I have of a person with a broken leg is my brother. He broke his leg sledding when I was in... 10th grade? 10th or 11th grade. My parents were both out of town, so I was the only one there to sit with him in the ER. I basically freaked out at the nurses until they gave him morphine so he would stop crying, and then he got seriously loopy and started to tell me that tiny Bob Rosses were painting sheep on the insides of his ears. I have slightly more experience with people on morphine in general, if by slightly I mean me and my roommate took some one time, but I don't remember much about it, just an incredible sense of peace and well-being. That is why I am not ever taking morphine again unless it's medically necessary, because it is just too nice of an experience and I have an addictive personality.

Anyway. I still feel really bad about breaking Dewey's leg. A bunch of you write, do you ever feel awful when you do cruel things to characters? Is it different writing an original character from writing fanfiction? I'm a pansy, I hate hurting anybody, whether I came up with them or not. It's why I'm bad at angst.

I'm thinking today I'm just not going to go to bed at all, and I'll sleep at a reasonable hour tonight. Because, let's face it, if I go to sleep now I'm going to wake up around 6 and then I'll be totally fucked for my Mythology final tomorrow. Not that I don't think I couldn't pass that final with one hand tied behind my back and some serious sleep debt hanging over my head, but I'd rather not have to.

I'm going to try to keep my sleep-deprived inanities to myself for most of today. If I really can't resist the urge to hit LJ, I might slap up a poll. Look forward to it, if you're the kind of person who looks forward to things, the kind of person who likes polls, or some happy cross-section of the two.
speccygeekgrrl42: (I'm a shark! Suck my dick! : Nathan)
If you live in the United States, you do not have to talk to a police officer if they want to ask you anything. This law school teacher tells you exactly why you should not, no matter what, even if you're innocent.

I don't know how it works in other countries, but for my fellow Americans: hug the Bill of Rights. Give it tender kisses. It loves you. You should love it back.

incidentally, my icon is making me lol for real right now. I am so juvenile.
speccygeekgrrl42: (Default)
This is a list of all the things I am auctioning off at [livejournal.com profile] hope_in_sight:

Enter the Haggis signed poster (I know there's a couple of EtH fans on my flist-- it's for a good cause, take a peek!)
Coupling, seasons 1 and 2 on DVD
Handmade matching necklace and bracelet in pink and gold
Five podfics

instant gratification, or near to it!: Tarot card readings for $15 each

Monkey faces lap quilt
Polka dot lap quilt (ready to mail)
Rubber duck lap quilt
Dalmatian/plaid lap quilt with fringed border (ready to mail)
Dalmatian/plaid lap quilt with ribbon border
Breast Cancer ribbon print/plaid lap quilt
Noah's Ark lap quilt
Pink tye-dye lap quilt
Green brontosauruses on a blue background lap quilt
Fish and octopus print bed quilt

The fleece blankets are all awesome, and I know you all want one.

To be perfectly clear one more time: All the proceeds from these auctions are going to pay for [livejournal.com profile] megmatthews20's eye surgery, to give perfect vision to a wonderful woman who's never been able to see better than 20/40 in her life. I'm not getting any money from these, it's all for Sarina-- so bid often and high, won't you? :D

I wish I could pimp this on Facebook, but there is no way I am crossing THOSE particular streams. I'm already afraid my parents have read my journal, I really don't need to give them a link right to it. xD

Also, check out my new icon, fancied up for me by [livejournal.com profile] comically_so. Amanda Fucking Palmer is ready to deliver Christmas spankings to all the naughty people of the world. :D
speccygeekgrrl42: (dissed and dismissed : Kirk/Spock)
Proof that William Shatner is actually a 13-year-old boy and Leonard Nimoy is the most awesome man on earth:

Shatner's Raw Nerve- Interview with Leonard Nimoy

Go. Get it. Watch it. Be amazed by how freaking cool Leonard is.

speccygeekgrrl42: (bookworm at home : Gabriel)
You know, I've seen people saying how they want such-and-such book but they don't have the money to go buy new ones right now, so:


Paperback Swap is a free service that lets you trade old books for new ones. You list the books you have that you're willing to let go, when other people request them they let you know and provide the address-- you can wrap the average trade paperback in two sheets of paper, they show you on the site-- and each one you send gives you a credit to get another book for yourself.

I've been doing it for... two and a half years! I've sent out 54 books and gotten 45, and it's really cool and you guys should try it. xD Seriously, it's a great service, and if you're a bookworm this is a fantastic way to get new things to read without spending crazy money.

And it's not just paperbacks. ;D Hardcovers and audiobooks are fair game too. And the site is one of three- there's also Swap A DVD and... one for CDs that I've never used.



I am sorry international friends, I forgot that PBS is only in the USA. But you can check out BookMooch for a more worldwide book trading site. (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] neshel!)
speccygeekgrrl42: (cheek to cheek : Jack/Ianto)
All of you need to take five minutes and watch this. Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on gay marriage, directed to those who voted yes on Prop 8:

He looks like he's a little teary toward the end there. I was flat out crying.

THIS. This is what I'm asking. This is what I've been trying to say to my parents.
speccygeekgrrl42: (me.)
Okay, I was going to make a link post, but instead, I am going to (finally) do that intro post thing, and try hard not to drive people away with negativity. >>

Hello friends! I am Danielle. My friends call me Dani. I have the most common middle name for women my age in the USA. (No, guess. I'm going to bet at least five women on my flist share it with me.) I live in Plattsburgh, NY, which is basically in the armpit of Canada and Vermont, right next to the sweaty pit that is Lake Champlain. Honestly, it's a nice place, except in winter when it is icy and windy and perpetually buried in snow. It gets better. (This is my mantra from November to April. Sometimes May.) I grew up in New Bedford, MA, which is on the Atlantic coast and was a pretty good place to grow up, back before I realized how violent and drug-filled a city it really is.

it goes on! )

So, that's me in the smallest but most thorough nutshell I could get me in. xD If anyone feels like chipping in, that's what the comments are for, and if anyone new wants to tell me a little bit about themselves, that would be fantastic! :D

Now I'm going to work on making that link post.
speccygeekgrrl42: (good morning. : Pushing Daisies)

Hey, if you want a wonderful thing, you could try episode 1 of Pushing Daisies! *pimp pimp pimp*

My new favorite show, let me show you it! Seriously, stick with me here.

Do you like: Heroes, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Amelie, Stranger Than Fiction, Big Fish, A Series of Unfortunate Events, or AWESOME MODERN FANTASY? Then you will like Pushing Daisies. (Official ABC site.)

This is Ned. He is a piemaker. Also, if he touches a dead person he can bring them back to life. If he touches them again, they go back to being dead for good. Because of that, he's kind of averse to touching people, even alive ones. Socially awkward but a creator of damn fine pies. (Lee Pace omgIlovehim)

This is Charlotte, or Chuck, Ned's childhood sweetheart. They hadn't seen each other for a long time, and then the next time they did, he'd just brought her back to life. Which means if he touches her again-- bam. Girlfriend in the ground. She's adorable, optimistic-- especially for a dead lady-- and has a pretty, pretty smile. (Anna Friel)

This is Emerson (obviously). He's a private investigator, and he convinced Ned to touch murder victims, get the names of their murderers, and send them back to eternal rest-- while they collect the reward money, naturally. I still can't see him as anything but evilcorporationman from House, though. (Chi McBride)

This is Olive. She works at Ned's pie shop as a waitress, and also she wants to get in his pants. Get in line, lady. (Kristin Chenoweth)

Also, the show is narrated by Jim Dale, the man who reads the US Harry Potter audiobooks.

There's the same kind of not-quite-real but wonderful details that made me fall in love with ASOUE, the quirky humor from Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, the sweet love story angle of Stranger Than Fiction and Amelie, and the asskicking awesome writing from all of the above. This is seriously going to be one of the best shows this fall, and I encourage you all to give it a shot-- if not now, then when it's on broadcast TV.

Here's a more comprehensive review.

And now I get to go get my college stuff done. :D
speccygeekgrrl42: (evil monkey Patrick!)
speccygeekgrrl42: (connectivity : Mac commercial)
All right. So. There's this guy, and he does some stuff like writing and being a Resident Expert on the Daily Show and pretending to be a computer for these advertisements, and his name is John Hodgman. So. Like I said, one of the things he does is write, and while most of what I've read of his is funny, one of the stories kind of backhanded me with the sudden urge to cry a little bit. Because I'm a girly girl girl, possibly, but also because there's something really tender and sad and just perfectly phrased about it.

So. I'm going to give you the link to it, and then I'm going to put up a download link where he's actually reading the story for This American Life, which I blatantly stole from the site because I figured no one else would want to listen to 45 minutes of other stuff (including a terrifying story about some lady who's addicted to scrapbooking) just to get to one amazing thing. You can thank me later.

Open Letters: The Slingshot

Slingshot.mp3 (right-click, save as)


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