cammeh: (Dick Tim and Bat!Totoro || wheee!)
PROP 8 OVERTURNED FUCK YESSSSS!!!! 8DDD!!!

This makes me so happy I want to dance in the streets. .../PROCEEDS TO DANCE IN THE STREETS. And the actual ruling, unnnf, so intelligent and fair and sensible, it's just as satisfying as reading through the rationale for the Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover ruling when the judge gave Intelligent Design and the people trying to weasel it into classrooms as 'science' a thorough kicking in the rear end. 8D


Shall I quote bits of it?? YES, I THINK I SHALL. /snags shamelessly from here.

Judge Vaughn R. Walker's conclusion, page 135:

"Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in  singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

On the overturning of Proposition 8, page 136:

"Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition 8. California is able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as it has already issued 18,000 marriage licenses to same sex couples and has not suffered any demonstrated harm as a result ...

"Because Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, the court orders entry of judgment permanently ... prohibiting the official defendants [state of California] from applying or enforcing Proposition 8..."

On why voters are not able to ban gay marriage in California, page 24: [Updated, 2:51 p.m.]

"Conjecture, speculation and fears are not enough. Still less will the moral disapprobation of a group or class of citizens suffice, no matter how large the majority that shares that view. The evidence demonstrated beyond serious reckoning that Proposition 8 finds support only in such disapproval. As such, Proposition 8 is beyond the constitutional reach of the voters or their representatives."

SWEET LADY JUSTICE, COME HERE, LET ME CUDDLE AND SMOOCH YOU, MWAHAHAHAHA. *pant, pant...smoothing hair and attempting to sound like a level-headed and rational human being again.* Eh-hem... >.> Have some more highlights here, and the above link also includes some beautiful smackdown of the one witness Prop 8 proponents brought out to to 'testify' that children raised by their married & biological parents do better than children raised by...anyone else, which is such BS that it boggles my mind. Take a ride on the clue train, people, and learn some more about developmental psychology, this is such a non-issue in the field.

I know that opponents of this ruling are already planning an appeal and that it will doubtless go all the way to the Supreme Court, and that this is a first world problem etc etc etc., but I am NOT letting any of that harsh my mood from this news. HURRAY FOR AMERICA NOT SUCKING TODAY!!! \o/!!!!

(On this specific issue, anyway. >.> Eh-hem.)

/dancedancedancedanceCaramelldansendancedancedance

ETA: Oh, oh, I just found this other tidbit, which is one of the most important parts of the whole ruling, in my opinion, and also a proper rebuttal to all of the opponents of this decision who keep making righteously disappointed noises about this judge overturning 'the will of over 7 million Californians who made a decision in a free and fair democratic process'. (HAH.)

The fact that Prop 8 passed as a voter initiative is irrelevant because "fundamental rights may not be submitted to [a] vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections." Yessss. Honestly, people. If, purely hypothetically, all of those 7 million Californians had joined the rest in voting against Prop 8, would its proponents be acknowledging this same argument now? No, because it wouldn't suit their goals. All of their 'bawww'ing about democratic process, it's ridiculous and I can't respect it. It'd be nice if we'd democratically elected to legalize gay marriage (and a survey shows that if the same vote had happened today, 51% of Californians would vote to do so!), it would show we had good sense, but it's not necessary in order to affirm people's basic rights.
cammeh: (i win)
"The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over, and then expecting different results." (Commonly attributed to Albert Einstein.)

So despite buying and losing copies of this ring:

wave ring

twice over the past four years, I bought it yet again today. And I will not lose it this time, dagnabbit! B|  Third time's the charm, right?? ...It's the only ring that I've ever bought and worn consistently, and I keep gravitating back to it, even though there are bajillions of other ring designs. The guy in the ring shop today said that it's called the 'wave ring' and that the pattern symbolizes life's ups and downs, which tickles me, but the guy was also going on about how he gave some credence to numerology, so I take his words with a grain of salt.

...I think I'll just never take it off until someone pries it off my cold, dead finger sometime in the far distant future. Yes, yes, that's clearly the way to go about it. ...No, I'm not doing the crazy eyes, what are you talking about.

/CRAZY EYES
cammeh: (AGH OH NO Shanks)
F-fuuuuuuuck. *clutches heart weakly* DON'T DO THAT TO ME, LIFE, JESUS CHRIST.

Okay, Cam, breathe, breathe, crisis averted.

So. After a few days of a truly atrocious sleep schedule (ie the 'sleep' part of the phrase is a lie) as I raced to get all of my papers done before their deadlines, I had a wonderful time last night at the Senior Dinner, which I hadn't even been planning to attend but my friend popped her head in at the last moment and dragged me out (THANK YOU, FRIEND).

They really went all-out on the event—the Quad was all done-up, and it's beautiful enough on a normal day, so the ambiance was lovely, and it was well-organized and catered and the food was incredible and I indulged a little and had a glass of wine (>.> alcohol of any kind and I are not usually on speaking terms) but the hot chocolate was even better and saying goodbye to all of my friends was so nostalgic and everyone was all dressed up and gorgeous and we danced our hearts out for hours, which was fun and exhausting, and just knowing that it was all over and done and wheeeee such a change from 12 hours earlier when life was made of PAPERS and HELL and ARGH. Such a relief.

And so I woke up at 4 PM today (June 11) and went down the Bookstore to get my cap and gown and grabbed sandwiches at Subway since the dining halls are all closed, and got back at around 4:30 and went about packing a little. And then, at around 5 PM, I finally checked my email and there is a message from the University Registrar that my Graduation Status is Denied, (reason not given), and that if 'the matter is not resolved' by going to the Student Services Center by 4 PM today (June 11), I will need to apply to graduate for a future quarter.

...

...

*CUE HEART ATTACK OF MASSIVE PROPORTIONS*

What? What?! WHAT?!

AKSJDFKLASD

OH GOD IT'S ALREADY TOO LATE ALREADY TOO LATE ALREADY TOO LATE THEY'RE CLOSED THEY'RE CLOSED I CAN'T GRADUATE

FUCK FUCK FUCK WHYYYYY WHAT DID I DO, WHAT DO I DO?!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

HOLY FUCKING SHIT MY FAMILY IS IN THE MIDDLE OF DRIVING UP AND THEY'RE ALL PROUD, THE ROOM AT THE CLUB IS RESERVED FOR THE PARTY, ALL OF MY RELATIVES HAVE CONGRATULATED ME AND WILL BE THERE AND IF I HAVE TO TELL THEM I'M NOT GRADUATING NOW  DJFKSDKJ FSKLDGREKSLD

I KNOW!!! I will commit seppuku to regain my honor!! IT IS THE ONLY WAY, kjkdlsfjkdas

Needless to say, there was panic of the first order and frantic emailing and phone-calling of L, the student services administrator for my department, which of course she didn't answer because it was past time when everything was already closed and everyone gone home, fuckity-fuck-fuck, but I had to do something so I biked the two minutes down to the department office on the random, desperate hope that there would still be someone around that I could talk to, and obviously L wasn't in her office, but then I looked into one of the rooms, and holy fucking crap, there she was on the sofa, putting diplomas into their little covers!! *cue knocking like a madwoman*

And like an angel of mercy, or someone who has had this job for a good long while and has therefore had to deal with student crisis after student crisis and is well used to it by now, she explained to a trembling and I'm sure wild-about-the-eyes me that one of my professors had turned in the grade for a course I needed in order to graduate a full 24 hours late (I assume because he forgot I was a graduating senior and therefore my grades need to be in almost a week earlier than everyone else's, or he just mistook the date, because I'm on great terms with that prof and got all of my work in). So she, L, had had to turn in the list of approved seniors without my name on it, with approval contingent upon that grade being turned in later. And that grade had come in today (after the panic-inducing email had already been sent, obviously), and she'd cleared it up, and I should be fine.

...

...

*CUE CAM COLLAPSING LIKE HER STRINGS ARE CUT, REDUCED TO A QUIVERING PUDDLE OF RELIEF*

I am still a little shaky, but I've kind of been haunted by the irrational feeling that something like this would come up sometime during the process of graduating—because of course nothing can be easy, gawd, what a ridiculous notion.

In any case, as I said earlier, CRISIS AVERTED. I think I will have myself a little lie-down in order to get my blood pressure back in order before I keep packing. Jesus.
cammeh: (dork)
HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS SOONER FFFFFFFFFFFFFF STUPID FINALS

House Passes 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Amendment, Senate Bill Advances

234-194 is still far too close, but I'll take it. I liked the speech given by the House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (embedded in the link above); he hit on most of the good stuff, and he hit it hard. Wish I'd been able to catch the actual broadcast last week—I'll probably be wasting some time today that should be spent on essays looking up more speeches. Probably even speeches by the opponents, if only to piss myself off at their illogic, hypocrisy, and blatant denial of the basic human rights that this country is supposed to hold sacred. All of the parallels in rhetoric to the advocates of racial segregation in the military during the Civil Rights movement, god, it's like these people are copy-pasting, and it just doesn't hold water. Didn't then, doesn't now.

The majority of the American public, the majority of those currently serving the military, and a good number of former and current military leaders support the repeal, so I'm...cautiously hopeful? -__- With numbers like that it should be in the friggin' bag, but, y'know. Things happen. Grrrr.

Anyway. There's still a long ways to go—through the Senate and the inevitable filibuster attempt by Senate Republicans, and even if it passes there the repeal's success is still contingent upon the results of the Pentagon's study on its possible impact, including input from troops in the actual armed forces. And then the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff have to certify that repealing DADT won’t have negative effects on the military’s fighting readiness. (Which...-__- it still boggles my mind why anyone thinks it would.)

Bearing all of that in mind...oh please, please, please, please.

We fell down on Prop 8 in California—hence the 'grrrrr'—and that still stings like hell (also I just found out that one of my best friends here at college voted for that. :| What the actual hell, Friend A), so I know it's far from a sure thing and I'm wary of getting overly excited about this too soon—but it's so hard not to! Quoting an observation by [livejournal.com profile] elspethdixon, "The three cornerstones of citizenship are voting, civil marriage, and military service (I know, because the Reconstruction-era political posters in my grad school advisor's office told me so). Now we're halfway to having two out of three."

We should have all of them—like, yesterday—but it's progress.
cammeh: (smiley ace)
Vil—while on exams hiatus!—drew a short MM Straw Hat doujin featuring Michiko and Zoro that I've been meaning to flail about for days. I will also take this opportunity to flail about Zoro+Michiko in general, as a warning, haha.

I got permission to post the doujin here, too, in order to better facilitate flailing. And also so I can just have it on here forever. :D It's read right-to-left, Japanese-style. (...Vil is the person who plays Michiko, btw, haha)

Doujin and Flailing )

Other Stuff, including reaction to OP 587 )
cammeh: (Default)
...By some standards, perhaps I'm completely unqualified to remark upon the last episode in Season 5 of Supernatural, "Swan Song". In October of last year I got frustrated with the online fandom and aspects of the storyline and, without making any particular decision about it, quietly stopped watching. The last episode I saw before tonight was 5x04, "The End", which I enjoyed a great deal.

So I've missed whatever problems that I've heard the edges of, that fandom had with the rest of the season. Monster-of-the-week hunts in the middle of the Apocalypse, too much heated strife between the brothers, the twists and turns and reveals of the myth-arc, etc. I also missed the impassioned, highly polarized, and by turns euphoric and venomous opinions of the individual fans as the episodes aired. Their understandable preoccupations with certain characters, the squeeing, the dissecting of every scene.

And, naturally, the details of what happened.

However. By and large, I consider this to be a good thing, and regardless of my own qualification to speak on the matter, I'm going to say a few words about "Swan Song", having watched it clear-eyed, blank of the layers of bright colors and emotions of immediate context, save for a quick Wikipedia look-up for the episode summaries of the span that I'd missed. I went into it with no expectations on my mind other than, "I want to see how this ends. I want to see what the boys do. I want to see who they are, at the end of this."

That said.

SPN 5x22 )
cammeh: (Default)
 
 
"Kseniya Simonova is an Ukrainian artist who won Ukraine's Got Talent 2009. She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII."

This gets me every time.
cammeh: (Default)
So apparently I'll just never get tired of re-watching Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. Which is the documentary made for the 2004 release of the original trilogy DVDs, and is just fantastic about conveying the scope of the movies' creation, and the impact that they had on the world.

Rambling About Star Wars )


Rec

Webcomic: FreakAngels
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy/Steampunk/Post-Apocalyptic Earth
Length: 95 six-page long chapters, currently incomplete
Style: ...I'll just throw up an example of the art, shall I?
FreakAngels1
A Quick Rec )
cammeh: (headsmack)
Goddammit, Maine. Not you, too! You're in New England, ffs!

God, I had such high hopes since it was passed by the legislature and a Catholic governor...Why is my country just slightly more than halfway filled with bigots who want to stick their nose in everyone else's business and champion inequality and stomp on love?

Aaaaaaggghghhhh!

...Still think we're going to get over this eventually, everywhere. Just have to look at the trends and outlook of the young generations to see how it's going to be in the future. But that's too far away, dammit, people should stop being stupid now. (massive tantrum of heartbreak and reaction to injustice)

The End

Oct. 1st, 2009 11:00 pm
cammeh: (Default)
I have no words. I just wanted to jot my initial reaction down quick before I check my flist and other people's reactions inevitably harsh my squee, but SPN 5x04 )

More coherent thoughts later, maybe.

cammeh: (YAAAAAY)
Oh holy god. I should so be working on a project, I've get a headache and backache from sleep-deprivation, but instead I am FREAKING DYING over the awesome that is THIS bad-quality, leaked Iron Man 2 trailer.

GO. WATCH IT.

And...

*whimpers* Why isn't this out right now? I mean, seriously! I will be dead of anticipation by May 7, 2010!

I love the pretty action shots of the second half, but the first half just stole my heart right away. Or, well, I guess Tony just stole the whole thing back, since other fandoms/people/things have been chipping away at it since he stole it in the first movie two years ago. *g* Really, how inconvenient! I've already been re-reading my favorite comics fics this week, both Marvel and DCU, I will have nothing to sustain me!

But okay, the first half the trailer. The utter endearing snark of Tony, he is so priceless, "Sir! I'm going to have to ask you to exit the donut!" "I told you I don't want to join your little secret boyband" "I'm not sure you're not a figment of my imagination." OMG, I'M D-E-D DED! And then the...trial or whatever it was! I'm pretty impressed they're actually addressing that issue so well, it looks SO EXCELLENT, god there is no end to my squee!

I...am kind of disconcerted by Don Cheadle as Rhodey, I have to admit. I kind of lol at the poor people who are going to show up to the movie not knowing there's been an actor change and who won't be able to connect the characters. They're (obviously!) very different, physically, and from what little we saw of Cheadle it looked like he was playing Rhodey a bit differently from Terrence Howard.

...But OMG WAR MACHINE!!! :DDDDDD

cammeh: (Default)
Saw District 9 today, finally! :D:D I thought it was pretty damn awesome, although teasing out the plotpoints of why the aliens were there in the first place, what the problem with their ship was, why the whole situation got started in the first place proved to be a bit impenetrable afterward.

But man, this was another one of those movies where I didn't really give a crap about the main character, and all my sympathy and worry was caught up with repressed non-human/non-majority/privileged perspective. At multiple points, you know what I'm talking about people who have seen it, I was about to throw my hands up in disgust and give up when it looked like the aliens were out of hope, and District 9 Spoilers )



Soooo, True Blood 2x09 last night...I still don't know if I can talk about it coherently. Well, least-emotional bits first, I guess. The Maryann storyline is still BORING AS HELL and still just preparation, preparation, preparation for a big showdown. Blegh. So dead. Hoyt, his mother, and Jessica were pretty special. I'm glad that Hoyt is finally standing up to his mother, that "hate" speech was pretty awesome XD.

True Blood 2x09 Spoilers )

OK, I'm running out of energy to emote about this, have spent too much already. Final thought: since Godric could say "As your maker, I command you," I wonder if that means he never "released" Eric (though I couldn't imagine Eric ever asking him to like Bill did Lorena, haha,) or if he did and Eric just always continued to follow his commands religiously anyway out of love and faith?



Also, my new most-fascinating show: The Colony, on The Discovery Channel!

What would you do in the wake of a global catastrophe? How would you find food? Water? Shelter?

The Colony is a controlled experiment to see exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild under these circumstances. For 10 weeks, a group of 10 volunteers, whose backgrounds and expertise represent a cross-section of modern society, are isolated in an urban environment outside Los Angeles and tasked with creating a livable society.

With no electricity from the grid, no running water and no communication with the outside world, all the volunteers have to work with are their skills and whatever tools and supplies they can scavenge from their surroundings.

Experts from the fields of homeland security, engineering and psychology have helped design the world of The Colony to reflect elements from both real-life disasters and models of what the future could look like after a global viral outbreak.
Over the course of the 10-week experiment, the Colonists must work together to build the necessities of survival, such as a water-filtration system, a battery bank that powered their electricity, a solar cooker, a shower system and a greenhouse – and even some niceties (a coffee maker!).

Extremely fun and interesting watch! Highly recommended!



Passed!!

Jun. 9th, 2009 01:25 pm
cammeh: (Default)
I passed my belt test!! Passed, passed, passed, wheeeeee! On to advanced yellow!! (dance, dance, dance)

OK, now back to finals. (dives into a pile of textbooks)

cammeh: (Default)
Holy crap, the test for advanced-yellow-belt (Taekwondo Club) is way harder than the one to move up to yellow belt! Man, I'm going to be feeling it for days. And I know I did so many things wrong! Allow me to elaborate at great length ALSK;SKJD.

I'm still way too inflexible so I have trouble turning my hip over completely to get a properly formed round kick; especially embarrassing when I'm instructed to do a high roundkick to the face and it still ends up being belt level. (Injuries over the past months which have further damaged my flexibility have not helped.) I'm way out of shape so I was dying 5-10 minutes into the test, (unlike normal class, which has natural little breaks for instruction, etc., the test is just GO - GO - GO) and it affected everything onward from the attacking demonstration. Speaking of, I need to whinge about that for a second.

ARGH I was totally crap and unimaginative during the attacking and counterattacking demos, way too much roundkick and fastkick, too many single moves, kept forgetting to include combos and slides and steps and checks, too tentative with ax-kick because I was sure I would hit my blackbelt partner in the unprotected face, (HAH like I can even get my freaking leg up that high, silly me!), my back-kick was gawky and kept glancing off my partner's chest-protector, waaaahhhhhh (WHINGE WHINGE WHINGE).

Oh, and I just had to fall on my ass (OK more like my side) for the first time ever during the belt test. I was moving forward with one leg coming up for a round kick, and my back leg kind of just - followed and slipped and BAM; I'm glad the floors are so padded and I hopped right up but oh my god so embarrassing! I could just imagine the blackbelts thinking, fwahaha, n00b. Not that they would, because they're pretty awesome and supportive, but urrrgh.

And the sparring portion, oh Christ, I should just skip it, I've already unloaded too much of my self-pity. BUT NO, I WILL TYPE ON. Definitely need more practice at sparring (total understatement). It was completely obvious how amateur we were when it was two yellowbelts sparring each other because we kept running into each other and the people behind us in the course of attacking too vigorously and not knowing how to back off when we got too close together or close the distance when we were too far apart. Also, by that time I was so tired that I sometimes couldn't muster the energy to move as I should. It would be like, "Oh, there is her leg coming, it is lifting, I see it, hm, now is the point at which I should be sliding or stepping back out of range - " and then it would hit me in the side and I would attempt a feeble counterkick.

Sighhhhhh. At least I'm good at the kiap (Spirit Yell, like when you think of "HIYAH!" except mine is more just "HAH!"). (sulk, sulk, sulk.)

OK, so I'm sure I did plenty of things just fine, and I was trying my best, so they're obviously not going to laugh me out of the club with a big FAIL stamped on my forehead, but I'm not sure I'll actually pass on to advanced yellow, which is a bit depressing. I'll know in a week or so, I think.

After being beat up at my own test, though, it was kind of fun, commiserating (moaning about how much we sucked) with the other yellow-belt girls -  found out that one of the girls is actually all of 14 years old (0_0) and the other is getting married this summer; she's a doctoral student, I think - and watching the higher belts test, which was much more impressive and hardcore than our test. It was fun cheering on this really nice middle-aged redbelt (only red who was testing); poor man was so exhausted by the time he got to the sparring demonstration, which is even more intense than the rest of it (he had to spar with three different blackbelts in a row, OMG! With them actually trying instead of just being like test-dummies like they were for us!) I felt stupid for feeling so tired myself. One poor blackbelt who was partnering in a sparring test got kicked in the neck and then the crotch/groin area by a slightly overenthusiastic and control-needing advanced-yellow guy, and went down, which was not, actually, funny to watch.

Ack, I'm not really still as upset as I probably sound, it's just kind of embarrassing and frustrating to think about it all again, haha.
cammeh: (Default)
God-dammit, California. Being ashamed of my state is a relatively new and quite uncomfortable feeling. I was hoping to be rid of it, thanks a lot.

I mean, I'm not that surprised, given that the argument by gay rights activists seems to have been that "the ban revised the California Constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature's approval." Since the Court was going was judging based on the constitutionality of this claim, I can see how it isn't all that strong.

But why was this the main argument to begin with? I mean, I haven't been following the post-Prop 8 scene as well as I should have been, but aren't there other, more compelling legal (and moral!) reasons why this ban is fucking terrible idea?

(siiiiiiggh) Well, at the very least those couples already married won't get broken up, and now the fight is already begun for a ballot measure for marriage equality in 2010.

Passing around THIS Fearless video on behalf of the Courage Campaign for marriage equality. I'm sure many people have seen it already.
cammeh: (Default)
You know, I really kind of hate maze dreams. Especially the "trying to sneak to the bottom of an incomprehensible, labyrinthine dungeon while panic-stricken and desperately trying to evade the monsters and guards that lurk around every corner, and then sneak out again" kind of maze dream. Especially when it derails and leaves behind the dark, plotty, awesome dream it grew out of, where a disembodied, shadowy evil had been subconsciously influencing people against each other in a school for teens with superpowers, and the Principal/Headmaster had just been possessed and secretly murdered a student, and the protagonist is just starting to share her fears and suspicions with her confidants.

>:( 

>:(

[Does not have appropriate icon to express frustration, grrr!...Expresses instead with moodtheme.]

Doctor Who

Apr. 4th, 2009 04:18 pm
cammeh: (Default)
Well, after countless hints and and nudges from some of my best friends, I've begun to watch Doctor Who, starting mid-season with the 9th Doctor, The Empty Child, since I've been interested in Captain Jack and I'm of a mind to start watching Torchwood. And holy hells, was that two-parter creepy beyond all reason!! 0_0 With the kid and the mask and the loads of people plaintively asking after "Mummy," brrrrr! (shiver shiver)

Much better than I was expecting, though. I originally caught the revived Doctor Who series when it premiered in the US, and I wasn't too impressed with the weirdness and especially the lame-o effects, but those seem to have gotten better somehow? Well, the monsters still look a bit ridiculous when they're just costumed, but I can forgive that XD.

Now if only stupid Megaupload would stop limiting my downloads...At this rate, I'm going run out of stuff to watch and not be able to download again for ages! >_<

Oh, uh, I haven't commented on the most recent SPN, but suffice to say that I've loved the previous two episodes and am wanting to tear my hair out at the thought of ANOTHER freaking hiatus. Aren't we only supposed to have one mid-season hiatus?!
cammeh: (Default)
I think part of the reason why I like Stargate Atlantis fic and fandom more than the SG1 fic and fandom I've seen is because they have a larger and more developed ensemble cast outside of the main team who are around all the time, which lends itself well to long, broad stories encompassing the entire city.

For instance, off the top of my head for SGA I can list: Lorne, Zelenka, Beckett, Elizabeth, Miko, Chuck, Parrish, Grodin, Kavanagh, Woolsey (if you count season 5), Ford (if you count season 1), Stephanie Heightmeyer, Katie Brown, Halling, Caldwell, Jeannie and her family, Bates, Cadman, Keller (again, if you count later seasons) Michael the Wraith, Todd the Wraith, etc. etc!

For SG1, there's General Hammond, General Landry (if you count S9-10), Doc Frasier, Walter, Siler, um, that geeky scientist guy I can't remember his name who's around sometimes with the glasses, Bra'tac (sometimes), Major Davies (sometimes), Jacob Carter, Maybourne (sometimes), very occasionally Sha're and Skaara, and lots of people who just kind of skip in and out of the series once in a blue moon.

The whole close, cohesive, large, and diverse Atlantis community just appeals to me more storymaking-wise, I guess, or at least that's part of it. There are so many more interesting personalities to bounce around! And that automatic closeness, sense of community that we get an impression of from them being pretty isolated in Pegasus is not something we ever really feel from the Cheyenne SGC base in SG1. As a whole, I mean, of course there's teamyness galore in SG1, and I include Hammond and Frasier in that. But it's not the same.

cammeh: (peaceful explorer)
So, wow, HBO greenlit a pilot for A Game of Thrones! Even though I know it'll probably be like, a bajillion years before it actually comes out, and that there's no guarantee that it'll be picked up or ever see the light of day, I am still highly excited!! GRRM himself said the pilot script was awesome and stayed very true to the books! So, now all that could go wrong is the casting, directing, special effects, sets, costumes...:( Why must I depress myself?

But, no! It'll be freaking AWESOME, I'm sure! Hopefully! Those books are some of my favorite, EVER; they're, like, almost the only fiction books that made it through the hassle of packing and that I made sure to bring to school with me. (Those and Ella Enchanted, because I am a giant dork and Ella is my comfort reading XD).

I can't wait for this! Well, I'm even more psyched about A Dance With Dragons (mid-2009?!?! WHYY?! KHAAAAAAAN!), but still!

Winter is Coming! (to HBO!)
cammeh: (love approach rodney)

The Big Read Meme
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline (or put an asterix next to...) the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them.


1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
*2. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

*5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

*9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
*13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14. The Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
*18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
*27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
*33. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
*36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
*49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
*52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
*58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
*73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - A.S. Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
*91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
*92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
*98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Only 26 out of 100...U_U...So many books to read, so little time...

Profile

cammeh: (Default)
Cam

October 2014

S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
121314151617 18
19202122232425
262728293031 

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:23 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios