Uh. Wow. I can't believe my last update was in the middle of November.1.
My holidays were nice. During Christmas dinner Layla, Aaron, Julie and I ended up monopolizing the conversation for a good seven minutes talking about the last season of Mad Men
and I was kind of amused to find out Aaron and Julie both played around taking the "Which character are you?" quiz on the AMC site several times until they both got a different result from Betty. Hahaha (hey, I got Jane Sterling when I did it, that is so
much worse). We played the Seinfeld
trivia game I got for Mom, which was fun even though my parents tend to kind of be big babies about playing games because they're always deprecating their own knowledge or just generally complaining a lot, lol. And just Julie went with Layla and I to go see Sherlock Holmes
while Aaron was at a jam session with some friends in town. Apparently he actually texted Layla while he was gone reminding her kind of heavy-handedly of our potential plans to do this because Julie can get pretty bored while visiting here. LOL.2. I was really not crazy about Holmes
the first time I saw it, but then I was somehow compelled to go see it again and had a lot more fun watching it that time, though I still maintain that it really drags in places near the end. One complaint I had was about the detailed explanations of how Holmes comes to his conclusions by being such a genius observer getting kind of tedious and unsurprising after a while, but now that I've been listening to a lot of the Conan Doyle stories on audiobook I see that those parts are actually very
true to canon. Certainly even in the context of the books/stories, whenever Holmes goes into an elaborate explanation of how he could tell the stranger he just met is a former soldier and widower with children or whatever, I admit it gets old for me somehow, but it's obviously a central part of the character.
Getting more familiar with the canon, in a weird way, also makes me appreciate more the kind of differences from it the movie has, not because the changes make it superior but just because I see more how crazy and visionary a reinvention it is. So far what I've grasped of the real Sherlock Holmes is that he's a very cold, practically inhuman, and generally not likable character, with the exception of the small spark of warmth that is his friendship with Watson. I now understand a lot more why the passage I've seen somewhere from "The Three Garridebs" describing Holmes's quite emotional reaction to Watson getting shot is such a big deal and huge departure from the norm for him, and why a lot of fans find the common speculation that he and Irene Adler were actually lovers at some point to be hard to grasp. ( Collapse )3. Best soundtracks of 2009 compilation
.4. ontd_startrek is helping raise money for Haiti through UNICEF
, and today Zachary fucking Quinto pimped for us on his Twitter (if it was actually him and not someone he employs to tweet for him) and by the end of the day we'd raised over $9,000. As someone else put it quite well in the accompanying party post...
I mean daaamn that's awesome. In addition to donating I'm considering throwing my name in at help_haiti
where people are signing up to write fic/make art for the highest bidder. Idk, I get all scurred and incompetent-feeling about writing on time limits and for specific prompts and stuff like that because it usually doesn't seem to work out well.5.
Am I crazy or can you no longer replace an icon with another icon when you upload it by originally giving it the same keywords? It doesn't seem to work or me anymore. :/6. Totally did not write Sherlock Holmes fic
. LOL. I needed to do something totally silly and stupid after the last thing I wrote was incredibly tragic and sort of left me in the dumps for a while.7.
My big whopping Twilight fic that I started in late '07 and finally finished at 120,000 words recently was very quickly re-nominated in the multi-chapter category for the sortofbeautiful
awards, even though I kind of thought everyone had forgotten about it or didn't dig the very bittersweet ending or something based on the few comments I got. I am happy panda. I'm against something by kathy_rindhoops
and like three things by bluesuzanne
so I'm pretty sure I won't place, but whatever.8.
Layla and I had plans to go to Chicago with Shep and see Avatar
in IMAX this weekend which may have fallen through now. If I miss seeing this movie while it's out I'll feel quite utterly lame.9.
Hey, New Year's Eve happened, a.k.a. my first time going to a random house party thrown by a friend of a friend where I knew absolutely nobody. Good times.
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