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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 08:29pm on 27/10/2015 under , , , ,
I'm so exhausted that I can't even contemplate a real post, but a few things:

  • THE MARTIAN!!! No really, THE MARTIAN!!!!!! Today I did an activity with my Algebra 2 kids where their answers, once put in order, yielded "THE MARTIAN" and then I showed them the trailer and got nerdy at them. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! I read the book in two days, saw the movie the day it came out, started the audio book, saw the movie again, and am now listening to the audiobook on my commute every day. I just. MARK WATNEY. YOU BRILLIANT SARCASTIC LITTLE SHIT. And can we talk about how much I ADORE the Hermes crew? A D O R E. I liked them on the first read, but after seeing the movie it's like - all their adorable faces! SEBSTAN'S ADORABLE FACE AND HIS ADORABLE COZY SWEATERS!!!! And I'm in LOVE with Martinez. I literally want an entire movie about them going back to earth and hugging Mark way too much and Sebstan and Johanssen trying so hard to be secretive and everyone teasing each other and smiling all the time because they did the most INSANE AND WONDERFUL THING IN THE HISTORY OF SPACE TRAVEL!!!! Ahem. I have feelings.

  • Supergirl! You should watch it! I've only seen the beginning which was basically the same thing as the extended trailer but I love it! Melissa Benoist is so friggin cute! And for some reason I cry every time she goes to save her sister. SISTERS. YAY.

  • JANE THE VIRGIN! I had heard great things but hadn't gotten around to it. Started it randomly on Netflix and I'm in LOVE. IT'S SO DELIGHTFUL. Jane is just SUCH a dear, Gina is so great. Her family is super cute. And Raf is stunnnning and super precious too. Also Petra for some reason I find riveting even though she's so terrible? Something about the enormous bambi eyes and pillow lips. She's gorgeous *__* Michael is sweet sometimes but I generally find him a bit off putting. Anyway. THIS SHOW. YOU SHOULD WATCH IT. YES.

  • Fuck the Walking Dead. (I haven't watched the latest but I'm spoiled. Fuck everything.)

OK I'M DONE BYE.
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 11:00pm on 22/10/2015 under , , , , ,
I won't complain about work today, because - it wasn't a good day. I mean, it was, in some parts. But whatever!

Instead let's talk fannish things!! Here is the list of shows I'm watching this season, or currently that aren't airing for some months. Tell me what you love! Let's flail!

  • Vampire Diaries

  • Walking Dead

  • The 100

  • Brooklyn 99

  • Haven

  • Nashville

  • The Voice

  • Castle (maybe, though I am very displeased with the season so far)

  • Agents of SHIELD

  • Agent Carter

  • Sense8

  • Orange is the New Black

  • Orphan Black

  • Uhhhh I think that's it? I'm probably forgetting something.

  • Not Supernatural (until I get weak because Dean Winchester, argh)

So yes! I'd love to know particularly if anyone 1) is still watching Vampire Diaries and is in love with Caroline like me, 2) watches Walking Dead and loves Carol and Daryl <333, or 3) watches The 100 which is like BSG with teenagers, it's incredible.

I need me some new icons...
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Hi LJ!

A quick wander through my memories in search of McShep fic (hey, I was feeling nostalgic) brought me on one of my old posts where I mused about SGA fanon vs. canon, first discovered Tom McRae, and reported that my study abroad to Dublin would be cheaper for my family than staying in the US. It flashed me back real hard, to a much simpler time, when I was younger, more innocent, more introverted, but also connected to a beautiful web of people through this... place. Livejournal. And LJ, I miss you. I know you're fading, have been for ages, but I will not let you go until they pry you out of my cold dead hands.

I don't just miss the community. I miss the record of my life. I miss that every moment of my feelings was recorded here. I've tried keeping private journals but it just isn't the same. Pretty much impossible to keep up the same way, really, for me anyway.

In any case, have a kamikaze update!
Career change, boyfriend and migraines, oh my! )

Ummm so yeah! Things! Happening! A mixed bag but overall I'm doing pretty well. I still don't feel anything approaching a real adult but I'm trying to make steps to get there so we shall see. To Be Continued, I guess, probably a long time in the future.

Talk to me! Who's still out there? Anybody? Bueller?
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I. LOVE. SHERLOCK.

Until a couple days ago, I would have been like "I really enjoy Sherlock! Benedict's face is the best face and I would like to engage John Watson in some cuddling. It makes me laugh! It's really smart (except when it's ruining Irene, derp)!"

BUT THEN THAT EPISODE HAPPENED AND I MAY BE A LITTLE BROKEN. Every time I remember that it happened my brain does this funny fireworks and stuttering thing and then I do a little hysterical giggle and let me just say it's a good thing it hasn't happened in front of anyone yet. THAT EPISODE. One of the best things I have ever seen on television. Wow. Wowwww.

Dear Martin Freeman, ALL OF THE BAFTAS. So much love and puppies, me.

I also love The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Justified, and White Collar. Basically I am up to my ears in great TV every week for the next couple months and I'll drown in it a happy, happy woman. Damon, Caroline, Elena, Sam, Dean, Raylan, Tim, Neal, Peter, El, LET ME LOVE YOU <3333

Also we can talk about THAT episode of Supernatural in which I first yelled KRYCEK!!!! and then LOGAN ECHOLLS!!!!!!!! Throw in the suit porn and I am a happy, happy girly. It feels so good to love my shoooow again.

Does anyone have any good Sherlock or Vampire Diaries fic recs? I'd love you forever! <3
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I fail so much at LJ, you guys. Fail ever so much. :( I really really miss it, but I also feel like my life has progressed past that phase. I don't have time to lose myself in fic or the details of so many lives, as much as I'd want to. Even though I feel like I'm kind of a shitty grad student, I'm still a grad student, and that means busy. :(

Life updates since June... well, lots! I did a three month internship this summer which was... okay. Not exactly revelatory. I spent half of it writing a grant for my grad school work and trying not to puke because I'm SO BAD AT PLANNING SCIENCE, and the other half trying to figure out what I want to do instead because research is clearly not my destiny. I landed on science publishing, which basically entails working as an editor at a scientific journal, coordinating with authors and reviewers and generally shaping the journal's content and interactions with the world. I obviously need to finish my PhD so I'll do that and then look for editorial positions. I'm really excited about this new direction and hope it turns into a rewarding career.

I also went to Germanyyyyyy :D And also Dublin but that was a short visit, sadly. Still got to see some of my favorite friends though. But the majority of the trip was two weeks backpacking through Germany with my friend Sarah (who I met through the German football fandom!). We went to (in order) München (Munich), Chiemsee, Nürnberg (Nuremberg), Mainz, Karlsruhe, Köln (Cologne), Oldenburg, Hamburg, Fehmarn, and Berlin! The trip was whirlwind paced but I was so glad we got to see all the things we did. We attended four football matches, I met MY BELOVED LEWIS HOLTBY *points at icon and makes high pitched noises* after he scored 2 goals for the German U21s, we watched Germany beat Brazil, Mainz beat Leverkusen, and Bayern beat Wolfsburg. IT WAS AMAZING. We stayed with lots of friends of mine, new and old, some I've known forever but hadn't gotten to meet yet or only met once (*waves at [livejournal.com profile] novafairy, [livejournal.com profile] nebulein, and [livejournal.com profile] maleyka). My favorite city was Berlin (we only had A DAY! I want to spend a week there!) but they were all beautiful and unique. It was truly an amazing trip and only whetted my appetite for travel (and Europe) even further. And I cannot recommend backpack travel enough!! Sure I didn't have many clothes, but we did laundry twice and I only had ONE bag to deal with that I could just sling on my back, easy peasy. Such a freeing experience!

Josh and I fizzled out in September, a little while after I got back from Germany. It was a long time coming, sadly. We burned bright but only for a short while. I learned things about myself from that experience AND I had a hell of a lot of fun, so what more can you ask for? I haven't met a new guy yet, though there's a couple I've been talking to on OK Cupid who are intriguing.

I also moved apartments so now I live with one person instead of four (my current roomie was also one of the four, so no big adjustment there). We love our new apartment and I LOOOOOOVE my room. We're staying here for at least two years.

Fannishly, I have two new major TV loves: HAVEN and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. To sum up: sdlkfjlsdkfjlsjfOT3OT3OT3!!!!! The triangles on these two shows BLOW ME AWAY. They have some similar dynamics but are at the same time drastically different and I love them *so much*. Some people choose Duke/Audrey or Nathan/Audrey or of course Duke/Nathan... I say why choose? They're ALL amazing and deserve to have each other. Furthermore, Audrey clearly loves both of them, and the *waves hands* nonsense between Duke and Nathan is so clearly ANYTHING BUT platonic, so really it's the only logical solution. Yup. And if you haven't heard of Haven, do yourself a favor! It's a surprisingly incredible SyFy show set in Maine but filmed in gorgeous Nova Scotia on FILM (not digital!). It's a bit like X-Files, with weird goings-on and a great male-female buddy cop dynamic, though they're both believers. There have been two (short) seasons so far and it got renewed for a third so you should catch up before season three starts in April!

And DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON VAMPIRE DIARIES. Lots of people told me they loved it but I was like pffff it's either marginally better Twilight or going to disappoint compared to Buffy. In fact, any comparisons to either vanished after the first few episodes. It starts in a place where it could become either, but really becomes its own thing. I've tried to articulate to myself how it's different from Buffy, and in the end I think the two are fundamentally different types of stories. Buffy is about the girl with a burden who has to fight evil with only love to support her, and it's about doing the right thing even when it's the most difficult. Vampire Diaries, on the other hand, is about loving so fiercely and blindly that almost anything is on the table if it's necessary to save that love. Elena and co. don't so much fight evil as do everything they can to protect their own, at nearly any cost. And the romantic part of Elena's love, at least, is focused on two incredibly dangerous dudes, no matter how defanged Stefan may seem. Um, in conclusion, I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS but TVD is really wonderful storytelling all on its own and I highly recommend it. If you've watched it, COME FLAIL WITH ME. CAROLINE. MATT. ALARIC. STEFANELENADAAAAAAMON. <3333 I tend to forget that shipping a OT3 with brothers in it might weird some people out, but uh, veteran of Supernatural fandom here, soooo... yeah that one wasn't such a leap for me. Whoops.

Speaking of Supernatural, I skipped season 6 but I'm really enjoying season 7! I'm afraid to say this because of the rotten tomatoes that will come my way, but it feels so much more like the show I know and love with Castiel gone (not just him but the whole angel nonsense). Dean and Sam are making me clutch my heart again! I have missed my boys everso. <3

SO! My dears! What on earth have you been up to? I'm gonna try to poke around my flist but clearly I have missed so much. (Again.) And if you really want to reconnect with me, I can now be found on Twitter pretty much all the time - I'm exsequar over there too! I'd love if you'd say hi! ♥
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location: My lab!
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 12:29am on 11/02/2010 under , ,
Tonight I went to see A Single Man, the new film by Tom Ford starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Matthew Goode (♥). It was wonderful - if you get a chance to see it, please, please do. You won't regret it. Such a lovely piece of filmmaking - beautiful and quiet and heartbreaking and uplifting. Colin Firth's performance is a vision of understated genius. The camera work very much shows Tom Ford's designer eye, but in a really lovely way. All in all, a breathtaking cinematic experience - I literally found myself holding my breath in a few scenes.

For those who don't know, the film is set in the 60s and is about a professor (Colin Firth) whose long-term boyfriend/partner/not-legally-husband-but-essentially-that (Matthew Goode) is killed in a car accident. The film is one day in his life when he's trying to cope with this reality. There's flashbacks to them being adorable, so that's definitely a plus, but mostly it's about the power of love, and the vacuum it leaves when it's snatched away. Really just - a beautiful film. Here's the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aypyJtHzC70 (Can't embed :() I will say that the trailer's rather misleading - it's much less about The Ladiez than it seems, but they're also important in his life, which I think is a cool part about how this character is approached in a very natural, real way.

So, yes. Many many thumbs up. I've been anticipating this since I first heard "Matthew Goode's playing Colin Firth's boyfriend! \o/" but I had no idea it would be *this*. Lovely.

On a completely different note, I've realized that with the cancellation of Dollhouse (;______;), my viewing habits on a weekly basis are profoundly fluffy. Much more than they ever have been before. Every week, I watch: Big Bang Theory, White Collar, Life Unexpected (IT'S SO CUTE), Leverage, Bones, Castle, and Supernatural. The only holdout in the "serious" category is Friday Night Lights, but I'm only catching up with that sporadically, not watching every week, so it doesn't quite count. Once upon a time, Supernatural would have counted in the serious category, mostly because of the emotional resonance it carried for me every week, but now... not so much. I tune in mostly because I can't NOT tune in, it's so much a part of who I am. (Lol, lame.) I miss Battlestar Galactica so much. I miss Dollhouse already. I miss coherent, Winchester-driven Supernatural. I've got Band of Brothers right now to anchor me on the "thinking about my media" front, but it all just feels so... fluffy! Now, I love all these shows, but it's just getting a little bit too intensely sweet. Trouble is, I don't have the time to catch up with any of the good "serious" TV out there (Dexter, Mad Men, etc - any other suggestions?) so I'm kind of stuck, it's just something that's been bothering me a little. Where's all the good character-driven dramas, world? (Oh right, Joss Whedon wants to make them BUT YOU WON'T LET HIM. >:()

I'm just talking for the sake of talking so I'mma shut up now. You all stay safe in this crazy post-snowpocalyptic world! ♥

PS Thank you so so much to the lovely anonymouses who left me love in the Secret Admirer meme. You are too sweet. ♥
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 11:11pm on 10/09/2009 under , ,
THIS PICTURE MADE MY HEART SKIP A BEAT. That is so exquisitely beautiful I don't know how my heart can handle it. (SPOILERS for Dollhouse 2x01, casting and plot, but nothing new.)

SEPTEMBER 25 GET HERE FASTER.

I suppose this is an appropriate time to list the TV I'll be watching this fall? I'm REALLY EXCITED because there's a whole passel of shows that I've just gotten caught up with this year, and thus didn't know when they premiered last time, so it's all very exciting! I'll be watching:

Supernatural
Dollhouse
Castle
Big Bang Theory
Bones
Merlin

I know that's not a LOT, but it's plenty with my insane schedule, and I'm REALLY SUPER EXCITED for all of them!! I'm also going to give Glee a shot, but the premiere annoyed me in a lot of ways, so we'll see if it improves on that score. I do love Don't Stop Believin a whole lot!

YAY TEEVEE! This is such an exciting time of the year. :D New everything! Schools, jobs, homes, and TEEVEE. Yay. :)
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] sorchasilver, a TV meme!

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions. Don't cheat!

1. Supernatural
2. Friday Night Lights
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
4. Bones
5. Firefly

(This is kind of a "now" skewed list - I love far too many TV shows!)

The questions! )

I do so love TV! I'm in the process of deciding what to watch next. I feel SO BEREFT without any more Bones or Big Bang Theory to watch! I finished both in the same night, after months of devouring them together. It's strange - they're completely different shows, but my emotional focal point for both is the same. An oddly matched pair (a geek meets a sexy yet semi-awkward cool person) that is obviously magnetically attracted yet cannot seem to acknowledge it themselves. Both do a sort of yo-yo of requited and not. And it's VERY FRUSTRATING. But I love them both so much. (OMG PENNY GROW A SPINE!!!!!!!!)

I am going to continue with Freaks & Geeks, because it is all kinds of charming, but I need something else as well. Generation Kill? True Blood? Legend of the Seeker? How I Met Your Mother? Help, o wise and all-knowing flist! Tell me about characters I will love (without spoilers!), because that is my key to loving any show.

In other, sad TV news, Stargate: 90210 is made of a million kinds of fail. At this point, I'm wondering how the fuck these people ever gave us Atlantis. SGA was not close to perfect, but it was deeply charming and showed real heart sometimes. I'm wondering if that was truly a result of the cast and its glorious chemistry, because I'm seeing none of that in the SGU bits we've gotten. UGHHHHHH.

In other happier news, I'm LOVING Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon. LOVE!!!!!! Will Laurence, come here and be my empathetic, elegant boyfriend right now!! I fell in love with him within two pages and he has only endeared himself to me further. It's fascinating living inside his head because he is such a product of his time, but lacks any sort of malice in his prejudices. For instance, when he's shocked and appalled by a female dragonrider wearing men's clothing, and muses that riding dragons must be very trying on her slight frame, he's not repugnant, simply a fascinating example of the mindset of that time. He has no hostility towards her, merely surprise and curiosity. I love himmmmmm somuch! And Temeraire, oh Temeraire! *draws a lot of hearts*

Now I'm going to watch last week's Leverage, which I somehow forgot about!
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I haven't posted in exactly 24 hours, which is just far too long. I know, you were pining, but I hope you were strong. ;)

Today was a great day in Science! \o/ By which I mean, I got LOTS of pure protein (the aqueous solution is viscous and dark pink!) and finally a pure peptide. YAAAAAAY.

Leonard and Penny put a million trillion hearts in my eyes, you guys. I WANT A LEONARD OF MY VERY OWN. And a Penny too, please! I hope some of you are enjoying those uploads, it seemed like you were excited about it and that's awesome! My favorite episode so far is definitely 2x11 (the Christmas episode). BEST GUEST STAR EVER + BEST LAST FIVE MINUTES EVER = :DDDDDDDD

And for my other show of the moment, if Bones and Booth don't get together by the end of season 4, I'm going to THROW THINGS. I'm semi-spoiled? But not really? And I REALLY WANT to thoroughly spoil myself, but then I know I'd hate myself, and blah blah blah. GET ON WITH IT ALREADY. Every episode is just loaded with anvils now (their chemistry stops traffic? SERIOUSLY?!) so if that's not where they're headed I'll eat my hat. On an entirely different note, I think I actually like Sweets more than Zach. SACRELIGE, I know, but omg Sweets. ♥

On ANOTHER Bones note, the last episode I watched was the first one to truly piss me off from a scientific standpoint. They have a corpse whose BONES ARE DISSOLVING INTO GREEN FOAMY GOO, and they take it out of the sealed chamber and PLAY WITH IT? Without masks on?!???? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????????????? They should be in FULL hazmat gear, and in fact the CDC should be all up in that shit! And what it turns out to be is HYDROFLUORIC ACID. That shit is so dangerous that part of my safety training in college was being told that it was IN THE BUILDING SOMEWHERE, kept in a clean room that I didn't even have access to. WHAT THE FLIPPING FUCK. Wikipedia has this to say: "The danger in handling hydrofluoric acid is extreme, as skin saturation with the acid in areas of only 25 in2 (160 cm2) may be relatively painless, yet ultimately fatal. High concentrations of hydrofluoric acid and hydrogen fluoride gas will also quickly destroy the corneas of the eyes."

Um. FAIL.

/rant. Sorry! :D And on that note, adieu!
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This weekend just whizzed by! It didn't help that I spent Saturday afternoon in the lab, but still. Whoosh! Bye! In five minutes it's Monday! *hands*

I'm still devouring The Big Bang Theory. Every time the theme song starts up I clap and sing along because it's SO CATCHY. "We built a wall - we built the pyramids!" *dances around* Toward the beginning of the song, does it say "The autotrophs began to drool"??? Ahahaha. OH SHOW. Penny's baffled and fond tolerance is so adorable. I feel you, girl! ♥ I just watched the one where Sheldon gets sick and the guys avoid him at ALL COSTS. Hilarity.

Today I went to see HBP again. In the process of discussing it with my uncle and cousin, I discovered that my uncle and I are just going to have to agree to disagree on some things. He thinks that Twilight is a great movie, while the Harry Potter movies have been largely "yucky" (though he did like this one). UM!?! Uhhhh yeah. *facepalm*

I enjoyed it again, though I still acutely feel the lack of a more climactic ending. (I read the end of book 6 when I got home and I would have LOVED to see that on screen.) Basically I spend a lot of the movie gazing at Hermione with great fondness. She's SO PRETTY. My crush is epic. I know I can't be 100% straight because I crush SO HARD on female characters, and often can't wrench my eyes away from them - Hermione, Faith, Scully, STARBUCK. We watched Razor today (the BSG movie) and Starbuck is relatively minor but she always captivates me! Basically, I tend to fangirl male-male (and sometimes male-female) relationships, but my crushes are very very often on the gorgeous, competent women. Love love. ♥

When I was in the lab on Saturday, Ashley (coworker) showed up and I found out that one of our labmates had been in a terrible motorcycle accident. He was hit by a car and his leg got terribly crushed, as well as a lung punctured. He was in surgery then, but I haven't heard anything since because I don't know him pretty much at all and I don't want to pester anyone, so I suppose I'll find out tomorrow. I hope he's okay. :(

I'm mostly posting just to post. I always feel weird when I go longer than a day without posting! Sorry I really don't have much to say. I am caught up on my flist though, for now!

Oh, one thing I can share! This adorable [livejournal.com profile] apocalyptothon story: The Chainsaw Job by [livejournal.com profile] annerbhp. It's a short, adorable Leverage story about how they'd deal with the zombiepocalypse. Love!
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I would like to wish the happiest of birthdays to my dear [livejournal.com profile] pencil_tricks! I hope it was a good one hon. ♥

So I just watched the first episode of Freaks & Geeks! I got it from Netflix after someone told me that John Francis Daly, aka the weirdly darling Sweets on Bones, was one of the main characters. I've meant to see it for a long time anyway. And omg LOVE. It's so incredible to see all these actors that I know and like as young awkward teens! I think my favorite is Jason Segel - he has the same bearing to himself, the same warmth in his eyes, and I'm just really drawn to him and his humor. James Franco is so the hot bad boy in high school and I would totally have a crush on him. John Francis Daly is tiny and PRECIOUS, and it's totally messing with my head that he has the same sinful mouth but he's like TWELVE. o.O Seth Rogan is stoner hilarity, Linda Cardellini is totally sympathetic and smart but trying not to be THAT girl and OH I FEEL YOU SWEETIE. Basically it is all around awesome and real and fantastic, and I can't wait to watch the rest of it.

I also watched the last two episodes of Dollhouse S1 with my uncle tonight. I don't think he's all too impressed, but I really enjoyed getting the chance to watch it again, because the end really really does leave me with that desire for MORE. I would have been gutted if it had just ended there, and probably kind of forgotten about it. It's like if Buffy had just been season 1, you know??? Not all things are Firefly, perfection from the first second. Most things take time to find their sea legs, and I can really see that starting to happen at the end of Dollhouse S1. In particular, I REALLY want to get to know Topher better. They started to give him some truly fascinating layers in the last few episodes, and he was always my favorite anyway. Then there's Whiskey and Paul and Boyd and Alpha and Caroline and Victor and I'm just interested in everyone, not even close to satisfied. I can has S2 nao?! Or first, episode 13! I'm definitely excited for that one.

I would like to note that I LOVE LOVE LOVE both of the Cobras' new songs. Good Girls Go Bad is fantastic fun, but I like Pete Wentz is the Reason We're Famous even more. I don't know why! Something about the rhythm and the guitar heavy riff. It makes me dance around while I fold my laundry! \o/ I am pleased as punch and can't WAIT for the rest of the album.

I had another successful day in the lab! It started with a "lab meeting," which is basically one lab member presenting their recent work to the rest of the lab. Today it was Paul presenting his work on developing a new therapeutic strategy for targeting HIV! It was really fascinating stuff and I think they might actually be onto something. But what I also found interesting that this guy, a fourth year PhD student and about to graduate soon, still had trouble answering questions sometimes and took suggestions from other people on future directions for his work. Basically, he didn't seem like a crazy genius. I've always sort of imagined near-finished PhD students as being intimidatingly expert, and I suppose many of them are, but they're still, like, young people and students! I think I can manage that. ;) I'm actually pretty sure that I can do this thing, which is not something I was really certain about. Still not, but getting more confident! Science went quite well today again (I think) and I learned several new techniques, again! Biochem is such a cornucopia of tools, you can be doing completely different things every day, which I just LOVE. \o/

Harry Potter this week omg! I have to work up the nerve to text that guy I met and ask him if he wants to see it with me. I can't imagine why he'd say no! That should be fun yay. :D

One thing that's bringing me great joy, completely randomly, is the Friends blooper reels on Youtube. Here are the Season 8 ones, and there are links to others there. The whole cast is just so hilarious, obviously! Side splitting laughter, every single time. Heeeeee.

Hope you're all fine and dandy. I'm entirely behind on LJ, again. I think this is going to be a theme of grad school, I'm afraid. :( Not surprising, but quite sad. I'll probably still post because I'm self-indulgent like that, and I love having the record that LJ leaves behind, but I'm afraid I'm going to fall behind on all other things - commenting, your lives, fic reading, everything. Boo. Hopefully you'll still love me? :)?
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 09:47pm on 10/07/2009 under , ,
Torchwood )
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I thought this would be an interesting challenge, and it was! I'm also up way too late again. Dammit.

List 10 platonic relationships on TV/Movies that you enjoy.

Rules:

1. They interact in canon, preferably in a significant (apply your own interpretation of such) way.
2. They are not related. They can, however, view each other as surrogate family.
3. Neither has confessed or implied romantic love for the other in canon.
4. They have not dated, been married, had sex, or made out in canon, on purpose, and of their own free will.
5. A popular fanon ship is ok (though preferably not your ship) but a canon pairing you wish were just friends is out.
6. Try to avoid using the same character or series twice.


1. Buffy, Willow, and Xander. (With bonus Giles). Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Their collective friendship is one of the most beautiful and enduring things in all of television. The original trio of Chosen One, Geek, and Dork! (I'm looking at you, Harry Potter!) Each side of this triangle has its own unique strength, but the three of them together is just unstoppable. With Giles, well, they can even save the world. :)

More! Don't worry, no spoilers for anything. )

I'm totally drawing a blank on a 10th, and it's 4 AM, so screw the rules. :P That was really interesting though, because it's quite unusual to look at fannish material with a purely platonic eye. I realized that, 1) many many of the non-romantic relationships I'm invested in are familial, though I often want them to be romantic, cough cough, and 2) in depth portrayals of female frienships are pretty rare! I was trying to think of more girl-girl friendships but it's really, really hard. Bones and Angela are actually a kind of unique example. And I really love them all the more for it. The other exemplar of that category on this list is Buffy and Willow, of course. If I had to choose a number 10, I'd say Rory and her best friend from Gilmore Girls, but I'm totally blanking on her name. Anyway, that show is thumbs up on the female relationships all around, so kind of an anomaly. It's strange to have very few role models on the screen for a kind of relationship that is incredibly important to me (my life would be empty without my best girls). Welcome to being a girl, I suppose. >.<

Two things I think are AWESOME:
  • Cobra Starship's new video. Hot and funny and sassy, as usual! <33 Leighton Meester is positively gorgeous, and a pretty convincing lure towards Gossip Girl. Hurmmmmm. Anyway, she and Vicky-T as what they are (no spoilers!) is HOT AS HELL om nom nom.
  • NEW THE USED SINGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Download "Blood on my Hands" at the iTunes store! Because it is AWESOME! I already know it pretty well, and I got to hear it LIVE first, but the bits where Bert sings lower sound much better on the studio version, and I always liked the song. NEEEED THIS ALBUM OMG.
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 02:26am on 13/06/2009 under , ,
Ahhhh Bones! Every time I see an episode I feel like flapping at you all. I think this is a good sign :D

Bones 1x04 The Man in the Bear )

On an entirely different note, UGH, FUCK YOU AHMADINEJAD. I was so hopeful for Mousavi to pull an Obama-like victory, but something really stinks. Ughhh.
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The interview with Zach Quinto in Playboy is just wonderful. They're actually quite good questions, and ZQ is SO well-spoken! Sometimes when I'm reading fic I think authors overdo it with the grammar and vocab, but no, he actually talks like a particularly well-written academic book! OH ZACHARY. We love you so. ♥ Unsurprisingly, my favorite part of the interview is when he talks about being half-Irish, and how it helps him 1) when he "sidles up to a bottle of Jameson" (UGH A MILLION HEARTS), or 2) when he spent a summer living in Galway. He says "the people in Ireland are amazing". I could not agree any more, ZQ!!! If I ever met him, we would totally bond over the amazingness of Ireland. Sigh, that PLACE. This BOY. <33333 (Plz note icon. I love this GQ motherfucker.)

Relatedly, have a darling Chris Fine/ZQ rec: read, eat, sleep by [livejournal.com profile] stereomer. You know she's awesome, so what are you waiting for? :)

So tonight I finished watching the first season of Leverage. I haven't talked about it much (at all?), but I started watching it a couple months ago with my best friend. A few thoughts )

Is there any good fic for this show? I definitely would not object to some well-done Elliot/Hardison, or definitely Hardison/Parker, they are SO SWEET. Or a party for everyone perhaps? :D Just curious if there's anything out there!

I think the show I'm going to tackle next is BONES. I've caught several episodes on TV, and every time I find myself making awwwwww noises at Booth and Brennan, and I really like the supporting characters, so yes. Looking forward to it! \o/ I'm also approaching the end of season 4 of Six Feet Under - ugh, I LOVE this show. I love it SO MUCH. It's dark in content all the time, and everyone's fucked up, but somehow it's not depressing, just eye-opening. The characters are just so... alive, which is a wonderful irony. Claire is 10000% my favorite, she is amazing. Sigh, FISHERS. ♥
Music:: Slade - Coz I Love You | Powered by Last.fm
Mood:: 'calm' calm
exsequar: (Dollhouse - Topher i am g...enius)
Jossssssss. ♥

Dollhouse finale spoilers! )

IIIII love Dollhouse the end. ♥
Mood:: 'amazed' amazed
exsequar: (SN Boys Dean!smile!)
posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 10:33pm on 21/04/2009 under , , , ,
You guys, I am SO PLEASED by Castle! More of you need to be watching this show! It's fabulous in so many ways. Michelle and I just finished episode 7, why isn't there moooooore? I'm particularly enamored of Esposito and Ryan who continue to be TOTAL BOYFRIENDS, and Kate who totally knows how to hold her own with the boys. And of COURSE Castle (Nathannnnn) with his ridiculous faces and windshield-wipering of "perps", ahahaha. And Alexis who continues to be made of shiny win. I LOVE! \o/ Is there fic yet?? :D

I committed a pretty impressive double fail tonight. I knocked over a phonebook which knocked a mug off our kitchen counter, shattering it on the floor. I went to pick up the biggest piece and the edge sliced RIGHT into my left ring finger, leaving a deeeeeep cut that just would not stop bleeding! Seriously. Failx2.

Continuing to love my Supernatural S2 rewatch. "It takes two to, you know... have hardcore sex." :DDDD

Errr. That's all!
Music:: Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee | Powered by Last.fm
Mood:: 'clumsy' clumsy
exsequar: (SN Bros love the whole of you)
Michelle and I watched Castle episodes 3 and 4 last night. It is SO SO precious!!! We squeal and clap frequently with delight. Nathan is, of course, an absolute vision of goofy adorableness and sass. Any other actor would be pretty obnoxious as that character, but Nathan makes him endearing and hilarious instead. His FACE! Our other favorite part is his daughter, who sasses right back at him. Their relationship (plus the grandma) gives the show a really fun unique twist on other cop shows. The plots are kind of hilariously twisty, but they're fun to watch. And the woman who plays Beckett is really growing on us - she gives as good as she gets from Nathan most of the time, and she has some truly awesome skeptical faces. She's also written quite well, I think - strong without being overly "butch," occasionally girly, snarky and smart. I also love the other cops - Esposito and Ryan, I think. They have such a bromance going on in the background, it's hilarious! Basically I love it and I really really hope it keeps going. NATHAN!

I also watched Chasing Liberty, that movie with Matthew Goode and Mandy Moore, this weekend. Um... it was terrible. I can't remember the last time I willingly subjected myself to such truly awful writing. And Matthew and Mandy were both overacting, probably a combination of trying to give a totally empty script substance and a bad director. So, uh, even their combined pretty absolutely could not save it. I mean, of course I appreciated shirtless Matthew and tight-tshirt Matthew and wet Matthew, of course I did. ;) But that doesn't change that that's 2 hours of my life that I'll never get back! Ha. Oh well.

In continuing my SPN nostalgia kick, I just watched Everybody Loves a Clown. Omg Winchesters! ;_____; Dean's woobie little lip! Sam's busted up face and truly awful hair! The minivan! "Apparently clowns kill!" ELLEN AND ASH AND JO!!!!!!! I can't even express how much I wish they had kept them around. Their story (even Jo's crush on Dean!) feels so so much more organic and true to the world of hunting than Ruby or Bela ever did. Ellen and the Roadhouse set up such a fascinating connection to the whole of the rest of the hunting world, not to mention another person who remembers John Winchester. She was such a warm, gritty, motherly figure in their lives, and I really wish they had kept her around to keep them grounded. I just wish the show had kept that tone in general - Sam and Dean as part of an underground community of outcasts who trawl the dusty roads of America laying waste to evil sonsabitches.

I hate that I've become sad/bitter about our show. It's not how I approach anything, ever, but my love affair with the early Winchesters was so passionate that I can't help but feel their loss acutely. But I am truly enjoying going back and reliving their story, both through the episodes and fic. Sigh, SamandDean. I love you so. ♥

Happy Monday, flist! It's cold and rainy here, which after the 70+ sunny weekend we had is quite a rude shock. Garfield would be entirely unsurprised - Mondays hate the world! I am exhausted, so I'm going to go into lab, hopefully finish early, and then come home for a NAP. This prospect excites me greatly. <33
Mood:: 'calm' calm
Music:: Mandy Moore - Most of Me
exsequar: (SGA Rodney arms! arms!)
posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 11:17pm on 28/03/2009 under , , , , ,
It makes me sad that there's no fandom that I feel a burning desire to read fic in. Mostly I just want more of [livejournal.com profile] anshin_fanfic's Eddie/Adrian series, but she seems to have slowed down a lot. :( I might go back and revisit some SGA, or Due South.... hm. (SGA is definitely a fandom where the fic will NEVER get old. It's just... so well DONE, and not necessarily linked to the show itself. The AUs are bloody brilliant. In contrast, I almost can't read SPN fic anymore - I simply don't watch through the same lens anymore! Jsquared is still fun, but I've just kind of... moved on.)

So in conclusion, I'm bored on the internet. I'm mostly looking at apartments in Ann Arbor (this one is GORGEOUS, holy crap) but it feels fruitless because I don't even know when I'm going to be there yet so I can't contact anyone or anything.

Tonight, Michelle and I watched awesome things. "She" from episode one of Angel, when Wesley and Angel dance like dorks, and BAI LING guest stars (fans of Go Fug Yourself will know why we loled). Episode 4 of Pushing Daisies, which is the most glee-inducing show ever. And I made Michelle watch Imagine Me and You with me and she concurs that Matthew Goode is stupidly adorable and hot. (Of COURSE. \o/) And that ASH is made of pure win. Yay.

Yeah... still bored on the internets. Hurm.
Mood:: 'bored' bored
Music:: Justin King - Nowhere Fast | Powered by Last.fm
exsequar: (BSG Kara lost)
posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 11:14pm on 20/03/2009 under ,
Goodbye, Battlestar Galactica.

Goodbye, Kara Thrace. Goodbye, Lee Adama.

Goodbye Bill Adama, Laura Roslin, Helo and Sharon Agathon, Saul and Ellen Tigh, Gaius Baltar, Caprica, Leoben, Sam Anders, Galen Tyrol.

I'll miss you. :(

One frakking huge spoiler )

*sniffles*
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