August 16th, 2006

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Just a very few things

Urgh, headachy. Did I mention that I quit Mountain Dew cold turkey over the weekend? I think I did. I should be over withdrawal by now, though; it's probably more that I forgot to take my meds (still the same-old same-old) until about 1:30, which is unusual for me.

Wait, someone's been arrested in Thailand for the JonBenet Ramsay murder? Eeek.

First look at Tonks! (Smaller version if the Mugglenet link still doesn't work; thanks daemonnoire.)

Claire Danes in Stardust. There is a part of me that is disappointed that she doesn't look exactly as if she stepped out of the Charles Vess illustrations (I want big hair and I want it now!).

Phantom of the Opera in Fifteen Minutes on YouTube. Apparently I'm not actually credited in writing--a frame of the video, or in text on the site--which is what the people I gave permission to (who may or may not be these people) agreed to do. And now people are all like, "Where did this come from? Are there more of these?" So that's a bit unfortunate. I tried to comment, but I have to validate my email, and the validation email won't arrive, so... I'm kind of stuck on that one.

Jon Stewart interviews Samuel L. Jackson. Except that he spends most of the interview just squeeing, which is hilarious. For those of you who have wondered what the Kraken Dance looks like, Jon Stewart is doing something very like it around the time he starts shouting "Sequel!!!" near the end of the interview--it's basically fist-clenching chair-dancing joy, except that the Kraken Dance is done very quietly so as not to alarm one's seatmates (good luck with that).

ETA: Apparently the Burton/Depp Sweeney Todd is official.

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I been around the world, I ain't never seen a girl like this

You know, I take issue with the old adage that you should write what you know. Number one, as bibliotech pointed out, the entire science fiction genre would cease to exist. Number two--most of us lead extremely boring lives. If we wrote only what we knew, we would probably replace science fiction with navel gazing, and the You Are Way Too Young to Be Writing This Memoir genre is overstuffed as it is. Therefore, I believe that you should write what you know, and if you don't know it, you should go find it out--also known as "research."

The Joys of Being a Writer, or, Problems You Don't Run Into Much: "Man, I wish they had more pictures of old-fashioned haystacks."

Problems You Don't Run Into Much, Part Two: "But when do you cut the hay? When??"

Part Three: "There is a serious dearth of good haymaking FAQs on the internet."

Part Four: "FINALLY."

Part Five: "Hey, man, I don't judge. If you just need to have a field full of phallic symbols, you know, that's your scene, then, whatever."

Part Six: "This ice cream is not sufficient for my malnutritional needs."

Which perhaps bears some explaining. Since Bluebell is holding out on us regarding the Chocolate Almond Marshmallow ice cream (it's supposed to go back into rotation this month, but I haven't seen any yet), my mother decided to be enterprising and buy from a different brand--Mayfield's Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream and their Chocolate Almond ice cream. "You can just combine them!" she says. I am so touched by the gesture that I restrain myself from pointing out that we could have bought one flavor of ice cream and a bag of almonds. Which might have been a better idea, because it turns out that Mayfield's ice cream doesn't really have that much in the way of almonds--it's more like it's just daydreaming about them, thinking about how it might be a good idea, someday, to include almonds in the product. Also, Bluebell's almonds are chocolate-covered. You understand now, don't you?

Slight update on the YouTube situation: eponine_b says that the people who actually made the video posted it with credit on their website; someone apparently then took it and posted it to YouTube without, I would imagine, permission. That said, it's really not a big deal, you guys. I mean, maybe it is for the vidders if their work was stolen, but I think there's enough commentage on the YT page to thoroughly indicate where the text came from.

P.S. can't stop listening to nelly furtado (stop) send help please (stop)

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