walkingshadow: a watercolor sun on a watercolor sea (and we'll all float on okay)
The holiday wishlist: truly one of the greatest memes fandom has ever generated. ♥

The Rules )

My list )
walkingshadow: uhura knows all the languages (birds come back to the pond to talk)
  1. Thank you so much for the virtual snowflake cookies, [livejournal.com profile] stealingpennies and [livejournal.com profile] geeklite! :D

  2. I have four dreamwidth invites, so if anyone reading this doesn't have an account and would like one, just drop a comment/PM/email, whatevs. They are free to good homes!

  3. For the last few months I've been volunteering at the local adult literacy center, and I LOVE it. Back in September I went through the twelve-hour tutor training, the ultimate intention of which is usually to match you up one-on-one with a student, but as I was getting in my requisite hours of classroom observation, I found that being in the classroom was what I really loved doing. So I decided not to request a tutee, and instead I've been operating as a de facto teaching assistant (which they are always desperately in need of, as the classes have gotten relatively large, and there are students at all learning levels in attendance).

    Since I've got this stupid degree in linguistics, and I'm a natural-born lecturer, the instructor has been asking me from early on to prepare lessons from week to week, which I have been enjoying, but basically winging, since I get no direction. Once she asked me to do "something with phonics", which is basically as helpful as telling me to "teach them to read". I mean, can you vague that up for me? But I have found many resources via the google, and the class title of "Basic Literacy and Spelling" has given me enough leeway to go over things like derivational morphology, the silent "e", and orthographic-phoneme mapping.

    Tonight we spent the whole class carving up sentences into phrases (because dividing sentences into phrases is natural and helps increase fluency while reading), and even though I didn't mention the word "constituent" even ONCE, sometimes I thought I was going waaay over their heads, and sometimes I asked them a question that I thought had a really simple answer, but they gave me an answer that seemed UTTERLY RANDOM; but sometimes they just GOT IT, and it was AWESOME. I fucking love language, I love the English language, and even though I thought of a dozen ways to do it better as soon as I was done, tonight was a good night. I think that's all I wanted to say.
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (would you be the wind to blow me home)
NCIS(gay): 1.09: Random on Purpose (now with pictures!) )

So that was awesome. I'm now FOUR weeks behind on everything else though, including NCIS: Original Flavor, The Mentalist, FlashForward, Criminal Minds, Lie to Me, Castle, White Collar, and Community. I've given up on Bones and Trauma was canceled; is there anything fantastic out there that I'm missing out on?
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (would you be the wind to blow me home)
I'm two to three weeks behind on all the other television I watch, but I'm aaaall caught up on NCIS: LA.

Week 8: Still the gayest! )
walkingshadow: tony stark gets his drink on (where's the kid with the chemicals)
[profile] smallbeer is asking how would you define "manpain" in a fannish context? for the ultimate purpose of creating a Fanlore entry.

Based on responses in the comments, I have made a flowchart to help us out! Click the thumbnail for the full-size version.

How To Tell If Your Pain is ~Manpain~

ETA: Now with bonus "START" node, title, and attribution! Also more right angles! Oh, hindsight. Is there nothing you can't make obvious??
walkingshadow: the teevee (a candy store with a cigarette smile)
The good news: I'm one week into the hundred push ups training program and well on my way to having TRICEPS OF STEEL. *flexes*

The bad news: Pretty much everything else! This is why I watch TV.

I've only seen a couple of episodes of Castle, and so far I'm ambivalent about it, but I am tickled to death that he was issued a bulletproof vest that says WRITER in place of the usual POLICE or FBI. Sensible! but also hilarious! Obviously the rest of the stable of quirky law-enforcement adjuncts need similarly custom-emblazoned Kevlar. Shawn and Gus's would say PSYCHIC!! (sic) and MAGIC HEAD, respectively; Charlie's would say I DO MATH; Bones would request that hers say FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGIST, but Booth would intercept it and change it to SQUINT. I'm not sure what Cal Lightman's would say, but Neal Caffrey's could read either CON ARTIST or PROP. OF SPECIAL AGENT PETER BURKE; and Patrick Jane's would say BATSHIT INSANE. But of course he wouldn't wear it.
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (would you be the wind to blow me home)
I get the impression that more and more people are tuning in to NCIS: LA, hooray!

You may or may not have heard about this show called NCIS: LA? and you may or may not have positive or negative associations with the parent show from which it was spun off, I don't know; and maybe you've overdosed on law enforcement procedurals, or maybe you've never forgiven Chris O'Donnell for Batman & Robin; but here is what you need to know about this show: Chris O'Donnell is a Dickensian orphan, LL Cool J is a former Navy SEAL who folds origami cranes on stakeouts and spontaneously quotes Spock, and they are terribly, terribly gay for each other. There is banter, there are jokes about being married, there are long, meaningful looks, there is the immortal line "I COMPLETE YOU", and a declaration of love. LL Cool J has committed to his acting decision to always look at Chris O'Donnell with hearts in his eyes, it's AMAZING.

Also Linda Hunt is a ninja.

The plots are so ridiculous and predictable and riddled with holes that I've just started imagining them as MacGuffins to the show's real objective: the whumping of G Callen. G's manpain is not just epic, it's the epic that other epics pass down as legend from generation to generation. Take the most indulgent, unapologetically angsty, hurt-comforty, smarmy piece of fanfic you've ever written or read or printed out and put in a binder and kept under your pillow; and then imagine that binder was given to a major Hollywood studio with a giant budget who serialized it for television and then cast LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell as the leads. Well, you no longer have to imagine it, because IT HAPPENED IN REAL LIFE. Sometimes we joke about making things up with our minds, but guys, I think this time it actually happened!

For more details, check out these awesome people:

From [livejournal.com profile] laceymcbain: 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching NCIS: Los Angeles

From [livejournal.com profile] gabriellemb: a primer with pictoral evidence of the slashiness.

And from [livejournal.com profile] drlense, hilarious weekly recaps SLASHCAPS, all under her "ncisgay" tag.

Two things about last Tuesday's episode (1.07, Pushback) that only serve to highlight the OTT-ness of it all: )
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (ad astra per aspera)
For reasons that don't bear exploring at this juncture, I no longer have access to a car, and so I have been re-discovering the joys of public transportation and walking all over town. The weather's already turned cold, thank god, and I'm honestly enjoying it; though no one else seems to want me to walk long distances, or at night, or by myself. I find all of those concerns irritating to varying degrees, in that they always come off as condescending and paternalistic, even though I understand that there is a certain amount of real risk. Which also makes me irritated! I have been reading up on rape culture lately, does it show??

Anyway, everywhere is walking distance if you have the time, and I have, seriously, all the time in the world, and time flies when you have your ipod with you! So at first I used this as the perfect opportunity to catch up on all my podcasts; but then I actually caught up on all my podcasts, and I realized I was going to have to wait another week for the next episode of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" to air; and THEN I remembered that I had the Star Trek audiobook on my computer but I'd never listened to it. YES.

So here are some random thoughts on what I've heard so far (I'm about two-thirds of the way through), keeping in mind that I've been listening while walking and therefore unable to write anything down, so these are just the random bits I remembered.

Zachary Quinto, that is a lot of talking. I salute you! )
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (Default)
okay, i know it's been more than eighteen months since i last posted substantively, which is symptomatic of a whole host of issues, but HELLO.

let's just sum up the past eighteen months with these basic keywords: unemployment, crippling debt, inertia, major family rift, major depressive episode, continued unemployment, etc. elaboration available upon request! things have been basically horrific, and are about to become horrific on a compressed timeline, hooray!

of course, not every day could be terrible (though there was a five-month period where i swear the world was made entirely of white noise), and lately there's also been tv nights with m. and kansas, karaoke nights with [livejournal.com profile] silentfire, visits from [livejournal.com profile] gjstruthseeker, trips to see my parents, babysitting for a brand-new baby, volunteering at an adult literacy center, and the changing of the seasons; most days i not only get out of bed, but out of the house. things may be just as bad, but i'm certainly perkier about them.

and through it all, there has always, always been the internet. i leveled up on lurking on livejournal, i expanded my newsfeeds, i cycled rapidly through twelve or fifteen fandoms (merlin, bones, iron man and marvel comics, heroes, leverage, etc.; i've been basically obsessed with star trek: reboot since may), and probably read a couple thousand stories total, most of them bookmarked here. fanfiction—and the internet at large!—was where i buried myself when i couldn't bear to think about my life and couldn't stand to listen to the thoughts in my head. this is still true.

and i've had things to say (or squee, or rant) about those things i've read, in fandom and out of it, but one of my biggest problems is that my instinct is to withdraw when i urgently need to engage; and so i am going to try very hard to do just that, starting here, by writing more, commenting more, living outside of my own head. i've been drafting this post for about a year.

hello, hello, hello.
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (misc: open door)
Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don’t blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don’t blog about, but you’d like to hear about, and I’ll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on tv, favorite type of underwear, stories I'm working on, travel, etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other.
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (misc: i take a pill for that)
because otherwise i will NEVER MOVE FORWARD, here's my super-belated year-end round-up for 2007. oh man, remember 2007?

i'll build a house inside of you )
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (Default)
real updates still pending, so in the meantime: guess the songs from the lyrics! a.k.a. the most awesome meme on the planet, etc., etc., i love it so much. okay, go! go!

01. and when you're next to me i can feel your heartbeat through my skin [livejournal.com profile] silentfire: what do i have to do by stabbing westward
02. all five horizons revolved around her soul [livejournal.com profile] dsudis: alive by pearl jam
03. i'm pushing chemicals all rushing through my bloodstream [livejournal.com profile] dsudis: babylon by david gray
04. she is trapped inside a month of gray [livejournal.com profile] silentfire: mercury by counting crows
05. i broke into your house last night [livejournal.com profile] gjstruthseeker: spitting games by snow patrol
06. a bullet through the brain make him feel different today [livejournal.com profile] silentfire: help myself by dave matthews band
07. lend me your ears and i'll sing you a song [livejournal.com profile] gjstruthseeker: with a little help from my friends by the beatles
08. there are guards at the on-ramps armed to the teeth [livejournal.com profile] dsudis: this place is a prison by the postal service
09. can't write a love song worth shit [livejournal.com profile] iamsab: dragon ships by fruit bats
10. the sea meets delight in his saltwater eyes: ocean night song by laura veirs
11. looked like mr. natural, the kind you would take home: pick up lines by the dance hall crashers
12. it's fate my life has brought me here today: [livejournal.com profile] silentfire: angel pumping gas by lindsey pool
13. one thing i've found is that nothing, nothing makes a difference: signs & symbols by the archivist
14. the colors of the rainbow are so pretty in the skies [livejournal.com profile] gjstruthseeker: what a wonderful world [covered] by joey ramone
15. can i take you to a restaurant that's got glass tables [livejournal.com profile] meinnim: mirror in the bathroom by the english beat
16. like painted kites those days and nights went flying by: summer wind [covered] by madeleine peyroux
17. the wise man's tools are analogies and puzzles: remind me by royksopp
18. we would smoke and drink and laugh and sing of foreign things: young sensualists by throw me the statue
19. i have come here to destroy everything that you have held dear: i'm no lover by antarctica takes it!
20. preserve your memories, they're all that's left you [livejournal.com profile] iamsab: old friends/bookends by simon & garfunkel
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (misc: door)
breaking radio silence; i hear the only cure for writer's block is writing.

this sounds like a GREAT time to play along with some of the memes going around, such as the "ask me something you think you should know about me" meme, or the "pick seven of my icons and i'll tell you about them" meme, or the "guess the song from these lyrics!" meme, because it's seriously my favorite, you guys. seriously.
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (misc: music makes me invincible!)
as seen in the journals of [livejournal.com profile] slodwick and [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis:

give me one word, any word at all, and i'll give you a song with that word in the title. or as close as i can get.

okay, go!

no kicking for you

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 09:53 am
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (misc: on the internet)
i'm signed up at twitter as alibisandwine. because for someone who's having major trouble stringing two sentences together, a medium that limits you to 140 characters sounds just about perfect. feel free to friend or follow!
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (misc: avatar)
[livejournal.com profile] megolas asked me about three of my interests and three of my icons:

behind the cut )

comment if you want to play!
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (spn: read more books)
i spent my weekend a) taking my first wobbling steps at vidding and subsequently losing both the will to live and my SANITY, and b) drinking chocolate martinis and watching the oscars at t. and j.'s; the martinis are ESSENTIAL to surviving the oscar-watching experience.

anyway, some belated supernatural meta i've been sitting on:

google as research tool: symbolism in supernatural 2.15 )

this comic pretty well sums up the above, the internet, and the way i live my life.
walkingshadow: anne taintor. it's not easy being easy. (pop: sound bites are good for snacking)
answers to leksa's questions )

if anybody else has questions, ask away.

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