May. 7th, 2012 08:23 pm
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
I have now seen The Avengers TWICE because I thought it was a really fantastic idea to go again with some friends on a school last night. I'm pretty tired today, but I REGRET NOTHING.

(You have to understand here how unusual it is that I would go see a movie twice in a theater, let alone twice in the same weekend. I hardly ever see things, ever, to the point where I'm constantly having conversations explaining that I haven't seen Movie X that everybody knows. Most recently the entire Batman and Alien franchises. I actually started this whole Marvel journey when I admitted to [livejournal.com profile] bookwench31 and [livejournal.com profile] jumperkid that I had never seen Iron Man and they decided we need to watch it RFN. But I digress.)

I'm not really sure where to start except that I thought it was fantastic, which should really be no surprise considering: a) Joss Whedon and b) THIS CAST.
Spoilers after this point, so if you haven't seen the movie, don't read. And go see the movie instead. )
alexiscartwheel: (dw - nine & rose)
And today, in the spirit of randomness, my answers to a set of questions from [livejournal.com profile] isiscaughey

Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

Her questions and my answers under the cut )

Fun Stuff

Mar. 6th, 2010 09:54 pm
alexiscartwheel: (chuck - at the beach)
I've got a new layout! (It's really an old layout with a new header and a couple of tweaks, but still.) The last one was very wintery, so I thought now that it's March I should move on, and since I'm into Chuck right now, why not make that the theme? Plus, it gave me something to do besides reading job postings.

Both of my roommates are gone for the week, one in California and one in London. I get the entire apartment to myself! I never have to watch The Real World or Millionaire Matchmaker or Real Housewives of Anywhere! How am I celebrating? Eating cereal for dinner, putting in a couple loads of laundry*, and watching North by Northwest. Yeah, I really know how to live on the wild side.

I'm invited to an Oscar party tomorrow. Not that I really care about the Oscars at all, but hanging out with some friends with food and drink is much more my speed than going out. So tomorrow I should actually leave my apartment (going next door to Giant, which I did today because I needed milk for my cereal—and ice cream—hardly counts).

It's almost my birthday. Woo! My mom is going to make cake, which is pretty much the most exciting thing about birthdays. What can I say, I like sweets! :D

*Special laundry sidenote: When I went down to the laundry room, none of the washers and dryers were in use, but there was a woman sitting in the little lunge area watching a Caps game. I wonder if she doesn't have a TV in her apartment or if she really just likes watching hockey in the laundry room.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - christmas invasion)
Whew, it's been a busy weekend.

There was an archives happy hour after work on Friday. It's been awhile since I've gone, and I'd forgotten how much fun they are. I visited with some old and new friends and tried some new beers... all in all a good time.

Saturday we had about five inches of snow. Not so odd for January, except for the fact that it was nearly 70 degrees at the beginning of the week. I split and took the train to Virginia, where my aunt and I went to the mall for our now standard weekend entertainment of dinner and a movie. We saw It's Complicated, which I thought was really funny. John Krasinki's character is especially hilarious. He actually reminded me a little bit of my sister's boyfriend. Anyway.

I'm still not really back into the swing of this school thing. I did some reading over the weekend, but perhaps not as much as a should have. Today's avoidance technique of choice was cleaning. The kitchen is a wreck because of a complicated situation involving a wet floor and walls getting knocked in, so I spent a bunch of time cleaning it. Then I cooked dinner and had to clean it all over again.

Good news though... me and the roomies are getting along okay right now. I brought home a recliner with me today, which certainly doesn't hurt. (Also we've been united by the kitchen!fail.) This evening everyone was actually hanging out in the kitchen/living room cooking/eating/watching the Grammys. That doesn't usually happen, so that's kind cool.

Sleeeep now. I've got an early meeting tomorrow and for the first time ever I have an item on the agenda. And my boss won't be there, so it's all on me. Wish me luck!
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
The New York Times has a really cool feature right now that shows maps of Netflix rental patterns in several major US cities, including New York, D.C., and Boston. The rental statistics are divided by zip code, so the maps show which movies were most popular in different neighborhoods.

The D.C. map is pretty fascinating. Even if you don't know the city at all, it's not hard to see D.C. socio-economic divisions. And even though everyone in the country likes Benjamin Button, there are some weird regional patterns too. (Hey Miami, why aren't you watching Mad Men?)

Also, I am apparently a rebel. I rented none of the Top 10 movies for my zip code this year, and only a handful of the 100 the New York Times mapped out.

snowed in

Dec. 19th, 2009 10:53 pm
alexiscartwheel: (christmas ornaments)
Instead of stocking up on milk last night, like the rest of this city did, I ventured out to meet my aunt to see An Education at the E Street Cinema. If it's showing somewhere near you, I highly recommend it. Carey Mulligan stars (Sally Sparrow to Doctor Who fans) as Jenny, a 1960s school girl who falls for a charming older man. She's fantastic in the role, and completely deserves all the awards and nominations. The supporting cast, including Olivia Williams, Emma Thompson, Alfred Molina, and Dominic Cooper, were very strong as well. I'd really like to read the memoir the film was based on, but unfortunately it hasn't been published in the US.

I'm glad I went out last night because today the snow predictions actually came true. Over the last 24 hours we've had almost two feet of snow. That's almost unheard of in this region, and it was enough to shut down most of the city, including almost the entire public transit system. I had intended to some have friends over for a holiday party tonight, but that fell through, so I've had the apartment to myself all day. (One of my roommates is in India for a month, the other left for Rockville as soon as she got up this morning, before the roads became nearly impassable. She asked me for snow driving tips, and I sent her out with a dustpan and broom since she had no ice scraper.) It's been a bit lonely, but I've kept myself pretty busy. I'm all stocked up on baking supplies (I braved the long lines at Giant last night for eggs and cream of tartar... wouldn't want to be caught without if the store was closed today) so I mixed two cookie batters. I baked one variety (and hardly burnt any of them) but the other has to refrigerate overnight first.

Tomorrow I'm doing more baking... hopefully with an assistant. An old friend (from elementary school) is up from Williamsburg and wants to help, but she couldn't get out of the city today. Metro had better be running again tomorrow, cause it'd be fun to see her again.
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
We're heading into the second week of November, and it's 75 degrees here! (That's like, I dunno, 24 or something for Canadians and Brits out there.) I'm wearing shorts because it was so hot in my room earlier when the sun was streaming straight in the window. I guess this is what it'd be like if I moved to Texas, or some other warm all the time climate. Of course, Target is decorated with Christmas trees and snowflakes, like it could totally start snowing in just a moment here. I don't buy it!

Usually there's a point in the semester when I start obsessively watching TV or anime episodes. It tends to be during the last few weeks of class, leading into finals. It seems this year I've hit that point early. Over the past two weeks I've watched the first three seasons of The Office then finished off series 2 of Spooks. Priorities, what?

Don't get me wrong, I've also written a few assignments, gave presentation in class, and accomplished a bunch at work. This week I've taught my student assistants about Depeche Mode, Top Gun, and, um... metadata. No amusing videos for that one.

Because it has nothing to do with anything, I really like the new Weezer single (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To much better than their previous couple of singles.

Also, new Doctor Who in a week. I've decided I really don't like this whole spread out specials deal. I'm kind of out of the fandom loop right now. I do at least have a few Whovian friends in the area to geek out with.

ETA: I want some new icons, but I am lazy. Suggestions are very welcome for fun icons posts for Bones, Doctor Who, Dollhouse, PGSM, Harry Potter, Star Wars, 30 Rock, BSG... anything awesome, basically.
alexiscartwheel: (bsg - roslin)
  • Yesterday I went to the National Book Festival, which was a lot of fun. Last year, you may recall, I spent most of the day waiting in line for Neil Gaiman's signature. This year I skipped the autograph lines and got to see many more authors.

    First I wandered a little, then settled in at the back of a tent to listen to Jeannette Walls, whose book The Glass Castle has been on my "oh I should read that" radar for awhile. I picked up some free stuff (a shopping bag from Target and some posters for my office!) then met my aunt at the Metro station. Next we listened to poet Jane Hirschfield read (I had never heard of her, but she was good) and checked out some cool digital exhibits at the Library of Congress tent.

    Then we met up with [livejournal.com profile] sagacious_c, at which point it started raining. Luckily, we were able to get a spot inside the tent (barely!) to see Sharon Creech, who is a favorite of mine. If you haven't read Walk Two Moons, what are you waiting for? We ended the afternoon by checking out the bookstore tent and seeing Marilynne Robinson read. There were other authors I would've like to see, including Rick Riordan and Judy Blume, but luckily LOC records all the talks and will be posting the videos online!

  • Once again, the festival coincided with the beginning of Banned Books Week. As usual you can check out the ALA website for details on frequently challenged books, which last year included The Kite Runner and the Gossip Girl series.

  • I had a big time "I'm turning into my mother" moment today. I look a lot like her anyway, but today it struck me at one point that my outfit (jeans, white t-shirt, black cardigan) could have been pulled straight from her closet. My sister and I often tease her for owning few clothes that are not white, black, or beige.

  • I'm still having trouble focusing on school. Instead I've read several novels and watched way more TV than I have time for. I'm sure some things will be sacrificed soon, but for now I'm enjoying premiere season. Glee is by far my favorite new show, and the first episode of Flash Forward seems promising. Bones, How I Met Your Mother, Dollhouse, and Fringe are back I pretty much enjoy them in that order. New Merlin has also started, and though there are so many problems with that show I enjoy it anyway.

  • I kind of want to see the new remake of Fame. DON'T JUDGE ME!

    Sadly it probably doesn't have this:

alexiscartwheel: (bsg - kara)
I met up with my aunt tonight and we went to see Julie & Julia, which I really enjoyed. Both stories were fun, and Meryl Streep is excellent as Julia Child.

After the movie (all that cooking and eating!) we had a late dinner at Jaleo. It's the end of DC restaurant week, we decided why not live it up and go for the prix fixe menu. We had a whole feast of tapas accompanied by yummy sangria. I think my favorite was chicken with garlic that was really tender and juicy, but everything I tried was delicious. To top it off their was flan for dessert! It was a bit of a splurge for me, but, hey, it's the end of summer, and now I've had the restaurant week experience.

Since tomorrow is my last day of summer, I want to find something fun to do, rather than just spending the whole day sitting on the sofa. (We have a sofa and a coffee table now, yay! Now I just need to buy a TV.) One week off between classes isn't long enough!
alexiscartwheel: (hp - hermione)
Today I've got a round up of thoughts on three great series, followed by two young adult dystopian novels.

Anne of Green Gables )

Half Blood Prince )

The Last Olympian )

The Hunger Games )

Little Brother )
alexiscartwheel: (marie antoinette)

Yay graphic recycled from last year! (Efficiency FTW!) I'm headed to a barbecue at a friend's house this afternoon and to D.C. for the fireworks this evening. Before then, random update! )
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
I can't remember if I mentioned it here before or not, but I really like Bollywood movies. It all started back in high school when I was working at the public libraries. I used to check out random videos from the foreign section, and one day I picked out Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham, which is over three hours of singing, dancing, humor, and heaps of melodrama. I was completely sold!

My latest Netflix selection Chak De! India, like Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham and my college roommate's favorite Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, stars mega-star Shahrukh Khan. Imagine The Mighty Ducks with Indian women, and you're well on your way to understanding Chak De! India. Khan is the Emilio of this film, a disgraced former player accused of throwing the World Cup match against Pakistan, who returns to coach the national women's team. The women on the team are selected from the best players, but women's athletics aren't taken seriously, so they're not expected to amount to much. There are some requisite sports movie cliches--like the obligatory training montages or the crushing loss to a powerhouse team that makes the eventual victory that much sweeter--but they didn't take away from my enjoyment. Where The Mighty Ducks movies rely on a lot of cheesy jokes and slapstick, Chak De! India was more dramatic, and actually touched on some of the tensions facing the team from gender, class, racial, religious, and regional differences.

In a nutshell: a fun and energetic, if somewhat predictable, film about a hockey team worth cheering for.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - ten)
I finally saw Star Trek this morning, and it was just as awesome as everyone says! (Plus, cheap tickets for morning movies! Yay!) I've actually never seen any of the Original Series, so now I'm feeling a bit inspired to watch some. (And it's streaming on Netflix!) You know, go back and learn some of the history. I've been watching Fringe for my Sci-Fi fix, but it is not in space. And as [livejournal.com profile] d4ni likes to point out, everything is better in space!

And as for Fringe, I'm almost halfway through the first season now, and I'm enjoying it. It's like all the creepy monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files jammed together, with a pinch of mytharc. One complaint though: it seems like every time Olivia discovers something new, her boss takes her aside and tells her "there's something we haven't told you about The Pattern." So why doesn't he just tell her about The Pattern instead of letting her stumble around in the dark? Just a thought.

I watched the Stargate movie a couple days ago and thought it was underwhelming. They spent a lot of time on majestic vistas with soaring music cues, and not enough on plot or character development. I went ahead and watched the first episode of SG-1 though, and it seems to have better pacing.

BSG is still over. :( But I watched The Scarlet Pimpernel on Netflix. Jamie Bamber and James Callis both get killed in it.

I realize it now sounds like all I do is watch TV, but I swear I do other stuff too! (There was much biking, cleaning, reading, and even some experimental cooking this weekend!) Anyway, I'm flying through season 4 of How I Met Your Mother. How can it stay so consistently awesome?

Snow Day!

Jan. 27th, 2009 08:22 pm
alexiscartwheel: (dw - rose)
I woke up this morning and glanced out the window and it was white! It's the first real snow we've had all winter. Finally, a payoff for the cold temps. :)

Mid-morning I got an e-mail (actually four e-mails) informing me that the University was closing early today. It made me really glad that Tuesday is my new day off, cause I would have been irritated if I had trekked all the way to campus just to be sent home for a couple measly inches of snow. There's freezing rain right now which is supposed to continue overnight, so I won't be surprised if it's closed again tomorrow.

And because I am twelve years old and was super excited about my snow day. I even went outside and took pictures:

winter wonderland )

I spent plenty of time lounging around the house--you know, typical snow day--but I was also slightly productive. I picked out a book to review for the class I had yesterday (I am so on top of things), e-mailed some potential practicum sites for another class, and ordered one of my textbooks. I was strangely gleeful about the potential confusion I was inflicting on Amazon's recommendation system by buying a textbook, a calendar, The Little Mermaid on DVD, and a Margot & the Nuclear So and So's CD on the same order.

I read The Uncommon Reader this afternoon, which was short but pretty amusing. I saw the movie version of The History Boys a couple weeks ago, then picked this up at the library purely by coincidence--I didn't realize they had the same author. His work strikes me as, well, very British. And he's quite the literary name dropper. Good stuff, though.

I'm keeping track of all the books I'm reading this year again, and I'm trying something new. In addition to my list, I just joined Goodreads and I'm going to record everything there too. So if you're a member, go check out my profile. It's not as cool as LibraryThing, but I'm using them for different things, so that's okay.

Just cause I miss him, here's a picture of my dog that I found when I uploaded stuff today:

santa puppy )

I promise I had nothing to do with his ridiculous outfit.
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
My f-list seems to have exploded today and I haven't had time to read everything yet, but this popped up four or five times, and I can't resist The Princess Bride.

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.
"Bye bye, boys!"
"Have fun storming the castle!"
~Valerie and Miracle Max

This is, of course, only one of a myriad of favorites. It's too packed full of great lines to choose just one! :D
alexiscartwheel: (dw - bamfy rose)
Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] isiscaughey.

* Pick 15 movies you love.
* Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
* Post them on your blog for everyone to guess. Fill in the film title once it’s been guessed.

Quote under the cut. )

I have smart friends who figured most of these out immediately, but there are still two mystery quotes!
alexiscartwheel: (canada)
So we went to see Get Smart, and it was pretty funny. I appreciate a movie with a running into a doorframe gag. (Not that I do that in real life or anything.) :D

There was a scene in the movie that was totally shot on McGill's campus. I think the Redpath Museum was standing in for a Smithsonian building. I was excited cause omgiknowwherethatis! Montreal mostly doesn't look like Washington, D.C. though.
alexiscartwheel: (dw - doctor and donna)
My response to “The Unicorn and the Wasp.” It’s spectacularly late, but hey, I’ve been busy—or something—but I’ve now had time to rewatch. :D Also, trailer squee, speculation, and some rambling about board games and books. Spoilers through 4X07 and the mid-series trailer.

Solving a murder mystery with Agatha Christie. Brilliant! )

In which I attempt to discuss srs bsns, but mostly ramble on a lot. )
alexiscartwheel: (narnia - lucy)
Prince Caspian on Friday was fantastic! The second Narnia story is much darker than it's predecessor The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but just as magical.

There were some pretty significant changes to the narrative structure of Prince Caspian, which I think made for better film storytelling. (In the book, a major section of the action involving Caspian is related second hand to the Pevensie children, which would have been very awkward on screen.) Overall, the adaptation was very faithful to the source material. Although some elements were changed, I noticed many seemingly insignificant details that were retained, for instance a Bulgy Bear serving as Marshall of the Lists. I think that kind of attention to detail shows a real appreciation of the material by the filmmakers.

Prince Caspian is visually stunning from beginning to end. I'm not sure where they shot any of the scenes, but there are some amazing Narnian landscapes. The battles are well realized--and longer than the scant pages given to them in the novel. There's obviously a lot of CGI at work in those scenes, but it didn't seem intrusive at all.

One of the things I loved about the film was that it addressed (a little bit) an issue that I've always had as a longtime reader: that strange disconnect of growing up as kings and queens then being returned to normal life as children. I thought the distinct personalities of the children and their different ways of dealing with their return were very well portrayed. I particularly love Lucy and Edmund. Edmund was subtle but strong, and he got some great lines. His scene delivering Peter's challenge to Miraz is fabulous. Lucy is the emotional heart of the story and the one who still has the greatest love for Narnia. (Interestingly, when I was younger, I identified more with Susan, but now I identify more with Lucy.)

Overall, it's a great movie that satisfied this reader but I think would also be enjoyable for those encountering the story for the first time. Now I'm eager for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. More King Caspian, the return of Edmund and Lucy, and of course Eustace. In the meantime, I may just have to watch Prince Caspian again!


May. 16th, 2008 11:37 am
alexiscartwheel: (dw - romana ii)
It feels like this has been an extrememly long week for some reason. Maybe because I haven't been sleeping enough, but you'll have that. The weekend is finally (almost) here, though (not quite, cause I'm at work for another hour), and I've got plenty of reasons to be excited (other than being easily excitable).

Tonight is the season finale of Moonlight, and there's a new episode of Battlestar Galactica for my Kara and Laura fix. Afterwards, I'm going to see Prince Caspian with friends. The Narnia books are some of my all time favorites, and the movie looks awesome.

Tomorrow is the Turkey Creek Festival. [livejournal.com profile] d4ni and I have no idea what it is, but it's at the park a couple blocks from our apartment. We know there is a parade involved. Basically, it promises to be amusing (either amusingly lame or legitimately fun, though probably the former). And Saturday night there's new Doctor Who!

Today is the end of finals week, so there have hardly been any people in the libary all morning. It's eerily quiet. I did some shelving (which was actually okay, cause it was the lit section, so the books aren't ten pounds each and actually look interesting), then spent a quality hour cleaning all the keyboards. YUCK! I now never want to use public computers ever again and have thouroughly rid my hands of all forms of bacteria. Sweet. At least I got paid today, so it (kind of) makes up for it.

In this morning's news, the International Association of Athletics Federations has ruled that double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius is eligible to run in the Olympic Games. I'm impressed by anyone who can run that fast, let alone a man with two prosthetic legs, so I'm glad they're letting him compete. (Also, I think discrimination against the disabled justified by science is still discrimination.) I honestly don't think runners are going to start amputating limbs to get prosthetic ones, and I think critics who cite that as a potential problem are vastly underestimating the stigma attached to disability that would prevent people from doing so.

Elsewhere in the world of sports, Speedo is involved in a monopoly suit. Supposedly their new full body suit could monopolize the competitive swimwear market. Now, I don't care if full body swim suits can shave off a few seconds of time, I'm still against them. Why? Swimmers have some of the fittest bodies ever and it's significantly less fun to watch men's swimming if they're completely covered up.
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