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Prop 8 has been ruled unconstitutional. Woot! Because if, someday, I were to have a girlfriend instead of a boyfriend, I'd want the option to marry her. Also, 52% of the people shouldn't be able to take away the rights of the remaining 48%. Thomas Jefferson got that bit right. Good thing those founding fathers made us a republic and gave us the courts. “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” He got that bit right too.

Day 13: Favorite childhood show.

Star Trek



I didn't watch much of the "typical" childhood shows. And the watching of Trek reruns with my dad? That started when I was quite young. Certainly before my sister was born, which means before I was six. That's right. My geek cred started THAT early. Science was cool. Logic and reason won arguments. So did emotional judgements. Doctors were crotchety. Women were sexy AND competent. People could work together, and get along, and argue, and still be friends. And then there were the "weird" aliens. And the strangely colored planets. And horrible outfits, but it was the sixties, so I'll give them that one. Mostly though, my early love of this show inspired the belief that decisions should be based on actual information, logic, and ethics, that girls could be smart, able, pretty, kind, and respected, and that science (fiction) made way better fairy tales than anything church ever did. Yeah, I was doomed from the start. Can't say I'm complaining though. ;)

See the rest of the list here. )

hmm

Jul. 2nd, 2010 03:08 pm
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So all my power just went out, randomly. Sucktastic!

edit: So, power's back on after about 45-50 minutes. I guess I can deal.

hmmk

May. 27th, 2010 04:59 pm
ljfrostfire: (glee 2010)
So, a couple of weeks ago we picked up a few dvds on sale. I wasn't able to watch them at the time, but now that I'm done for the semester, I've been catching up. Plus, I've got books I've been saving to read, just for fun. One down, one to re-read (it was one I already read a while back, but the sequel came out, so ...), and one nice new one to devour. I've definitely been overworked this semester, and now it's time to reclaim my downtime. Next semester shouldn't be so bad, I hope, since I'm sticking with three classes instead of four. Never again. But anyway, here's what I've been watching, or planning to watch, lately.

  1. We picked up the complete series "Space: Above & Beyond" and I've re-watched about ... half of it so far. It is simultaneously just as good as I remember it, and showing its age in surprising ways. Some of the episodes suffer from "brand-new-show" syndrome, which sort of figures. There seems to be a bit of inconsistency with dates and timeline, but that may be more about looking at it now and calling 'bullshit' on some of the technological advances in the plot architecture. Hard to know. Tim keeps teasing me for liking weird shit, but I think he's mostly kidding. He keeps watching it with me, at least. There seems to be a subplot running through the show that I didn't remember from all those years ago, and I find myself wishing the show had gone on so we could get more of a sense of where they intended to go with this. The special effects though ... they make me wonder how bad the latest incarnation of "Battlestar Galactica" is going to look in fifteen years. This show aired for one season (old style season, running from late september 95 till early june 96 ... not these new-fangled mini-seasons we seem to be getting these days) with all of 23 episodes, so clearly they never really got a lot of money for this show. But a lot of the space scenes are ... visually troubled. Kind of like seeing the old school effects on the original Star Trek from the 60's ... just 30 years better. 
  2. We also picked up both seasons of the show "Life" which was sadly cancelled in 09 with only 2 seasons. So far we've watched the first two episodes, and I'm reminded how awesome this show was. The concept of a cop who spent 12 years in prison and came out a changed man was totally interesting and new. I'll admit that I don't know why the show got the ax, but then I usually don't. I'm really looking forward to watching more of this show, till I've seen it all. And then I'll be sad that it's done, but what can you do?
  3. I've kept up with "Castle" as my one show on mondays that I take a break to watch. Hopefully, I'll be able to not only maintain my love for this show, but reintroduce some shows I've had to let drop to keep up with my crazy class schedule. Namely "Chuck" and "Burn Notice" which I have on dvr waiting for me. I'll probably start with "Burn Notice" since the next season is starting up next week. "Chuck" is going to take longer to catch up on, sadly. More episodes sitting on the dvr, more time till the next season. If only the cable hadn't gone wonky and shredded an episode early in the last season, I might have been able to keep up for longer, but once you skip one, it's just not as much fun anymore. The episode finally replayed at some point, so it's recorded for me too, but I kind of want to savor watching the show.

Thank goodness summer is here. Perfect excuse to watch more tv, read a few books, veg out a bit. And then tackle more school-related stuff in my off-time, of course. Gotta keep up, get ahead, prep for various exams ... all that fun stuff.
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I did a bad thing. I looked at it, played with it ... and now i want it. Evil apple seduces me with gadet porn. Damn them!
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Unmedicated crazy lady on the bus again today. Bitching that someone bumped her and she'll sue. Really? It's the bus!
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A supreme court judge is retiring! Barack Obama gets to nominate his replacement! Yay for democrats!
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It's raining, and smells of the ocean, on the classic spring holiday. Ironic, no?
ljfrostfire: (wrong!)
Professor Lovelock says we can't save the planet. 

When the guy who came up with the whole 'gaia theory' says it's already too late, that can really get a girl down. Cause, woah, I've read some of his stuff for a class once upon a time, and that dude is THE guy for climate change. It's an interesting article, but if you follow the link at the bottom and listen to the interview you get a grimmer picture and a much better sense of just how smart this guy is. And that creeping sense of 'we are SO screwed ..."

Maybe that last part is just me.
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Happy St Patty's Day! I had most of a beer, and it was foul. Must try cider instead next time. Cause, damn, I hate beer.
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Crazy lady on the bus today. Hate to say it, but the crazy is annoying as all hell. Seriously, take the meds already!
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Cable outages already suck, but it's a double-wammy of sucktasticness when that's how you get your internet. It are fail.
ljfrostfire: (must have coffee!)
So my funding for the spring semester came through. And, of course, [livejournal.com profile] amoryl is getting busy at work now that the rainy season is starting to make an appearance. Figures, doesn't it?

Anyway, with funding come the goodies we've been putting off for at least a couple of months. We attacked ikea and bought a nifty sofa/bed, two dressers, a set of knives, and some other bits. We'll probably make another trip sometime soon, start turning this place into a livable apartment.

I did some clothes shopping, picked up two pairs of pants, three tops, and two necklaces. Still need to get new bras, since the ones I have are in various states of death and/or disrepair. Next we finally get to give eachother xmas presents. Because we were too broke to do that this time last month.

Bought grandpa a book for his birthday. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" ... because I figured if he can read Harry Potter, westerns, and romance novels, maybe he WILL like it. Plus, the idea of giving him that book made me giggle.

And I still have one book to pick up for next semester. Also, there seems to be some serious billing issues going on ... I never did get charged for spring semester fees. Must get that taken care of BEFORE spending all the money!

Yep. Time to deal with stuffs and school and cruds. Woohoo!

Now, if only people would stop calling [livejournal.com profile] amoryl every 20-30 minutes starting at 8am, my day would have gone a lot better. Nothing like a noise induced migraine to ruin the day.
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I've been trying to set up txtlj to no avail, so i'm trying email posts via text.

This is only a test!

How'd it go?
ljfrostfire: (candles)
In memory of family and friends who have lost the battle with cancer and in support of the ones who continue to conquer it! Post this on your LJ if you know someone who has or had cancer.

I lost my mother to skin cancer almost ten years ago now. She was only 48 years old. My sister was still in high school.
ljfrostfire: (glee 2009)
... and welcoming the new one!

And 2010 is already looking to be better than 2009. I'm in grad school, [livejournal.com profile] amoryl's job is going much better here, we're living in our own place again after nearly a year, and once we get spring semester's funding we should be in good enough shape financially to start turning this apartment into an actual place to live. We still need to get the rest of our stuff dealt with though. After the first shipment of the tv and the xbox, which we paid for, there's only been one box sent out to us. If there had been an outright statement that people didn't want to and/or couldn't afford to ship out the occasional box of stuff, I'd have had some different fuckin' priorities when dealing with packing up. But we were told that if we set a box aside to get sent out, we'd get it eventually. That was in october, and now we're still looking at the same 5 DVDs and the I'm staring at the same handful of jewelry and the same complete absence of any actual personality in the apartment and I'm still missing at least 75% of my old textbooks. And none of my leisure books. I'd be bitter, but it's just not worth the energy. But I swear to the gods, if I have to wait on everything until spring break, I'm gonna start busting heads.

So, no more dealing with his sister = good. Having 10% of our stuff = suck. Living in our own place again = good. Grad school = good. Better job for the SO = good. About to get the next semester of funding = good. Still have to sort/ship stuff over spring break = meh. So ... yeah, 2010 is already looking a damn sight better than 2009. And in honor of this, I give you (if you want it) a new Icon of Glee!

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So, we're back in waukegan for the weekend to pick up the kitties and deal with moving our stuff. Only the moving our stuff part may have to wait a while, since we're lower on funds than we were hoping. *bleh* So now we get to think about what we really need/want to get back to california and how best to do that. Not being able to ship our stuff now means that we'll have to really think about what to do about the rest of the stuff that can't come back with us right now. If we're going to have to basically replace some things, that means we may make another trip out this way for spring break so we can really go through the stuff that'll be staying here. I don't really know quite how this is going to work yet.

And the family drama started before we even got off the damn plane! We talked to Tim's sister before we got on the plane in SF, and everything sounded fine, but when we landed and turned our phones back on he get's a text saying that we have to take a taxi because they can't get out to the airport in time to get us. Something about car snafus and schedule issues and all that junk. So we call Tim's friend to come get us, and when we call his mom to let her know the time frame, all his sister can say is "why didn't you just take a taxi?"

The other drama involves cat carriers. Who knew it would be such a pain in the ass to get carriers that are the right size to fit under the airplane seats. Oi Vey. Seriously, we've been to 4 or 5 different places looking for the right dimensions and we finally ended up getting two soft-cover carriers that should fit with a little squishing. At least we got them for $20 each at target instead of $35 at petsmart.

And finally, my laptop is going completely insane. It's been chewing up my battery, for one thing. I barely get through my 3 hour wednesday class, and to do that I have to have it plugged in for the 1.5 hour class that finishes up half an hour before. And then thursday night, it completely lost it's mind. Suddenly, when I sign on under my school account, it seems to think that i don't have enough privileges to access the account. It seems to have lost all the proper settings for the account and can't seem show me the finder or any hard-drives. It has completely lost it's mind, I swear. Luckily I was able to access all my school files through my regular account and back up all my recently added files, but i'm going to have to completely wipe my hard-drive and reinstall everything. Bleh, seriously, bleh.

So, yeah, the last few days haven't exactly been the best of times. *sigh* But at least it should be getting better pretty soon. I think.

Hmm

Oct. 16th, 2009 06:34 pm
ljfrostfire: (relatively sane)
So. Lease signed, first/last/deposit payed, keys received. Carpet still needs to be cleaned and there's lanoleum that needs to be fixed. Good thing we don't have enough stuff to actually move in yet, but we're paying for the time so it's a little annoying. But we have a place to move to, so woohoo!

Now we just need to fly back to Chicago, get our stuff shipped, bring back the cats ... *sigh*
ljfrostfire: (you may speak)
I'm still chillin' with family, but we should be moving into a place around the 15th. Grad school has swallowed me up, and I still need to get a work-study job. Hopefully once we've moved I'll have a bit more time to play with. And now ... off to dinner & tv!

*grumble*

Aug. 17th, 2009 06:55 pm
ljfrostfire: ($#@%&!)
So, yeah, been a while. We've moved to california, but we can't find a place to live. Because stupid ass apartment complex from Kirkland, WA decided that we owe them $1700 for reasons unknown. And there's no way we can possibly, legitimately owe them anything. Our lease was up, we moved out. The place was spotless. They decided to not only keep the whole deposit, but turned us over to collections without any explaination of where this whole $1700 amount even came from. Keep in mind, between the deposit and the money they wanted us to fork over, this amounted to at least three months of rent.

We've been turned down at two different apartment complexes because of this. I don't know what the hell we're going to do. We're staying with my family right now, but it's a bit crowded and far from where we need to be. At this rate, I'll have to catch a ride with Tim to the bart station in El Cerritto and ride that to SF. Which was NOT the damn plan. Not to mention that he'll have to leave fuckin' early in the morning if he wants to avoid getting shit on by the traffic. Seriously, seriously ass-tastic.
ljfrostfire: ($#@%&!)
All the paperwork for the apartment finally got sorted out only to get rejected. Because of an eviction that we didn't think was there. We couldn't pay the rent for the last damn month on a one year lease and had to move out. We thought that since they were able to take the last month out of the deposit, and even gave us some money back, that we were all good.

edit It's actually not the Kenosha apartment, or the apartment that got foreclosed on the owners in Waukegan. It's the first damn apartment we lived in when we were in the Seattle area. Kirkland is fucking shit up. Assholes. end edit

I'm not sure where we stand now. And I'm leaving on wednesday. My cousin is having her boss (my cousin's in real estate, so she actually has housing connections at least) look into some options, but I just don't know how this is going to work now.

In other news, I found out that my petition for nonresident tuition exemption was approved. It's almost funny. Almost.

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