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(What's this? I'm posting on LJ? I must be bored... or just needing to get things written out somewhere. Or something. Anyway.)

I've had skin allergies for pretty much as long as I can remember. If I'm outside in the grass — or near it, or pollen, or whatever — my skin is likely to break out into itchy bumps. I can't even sit on a blanket on the grass, 'cause I know my skin's broken out after that. It's annoying, but since I like being inside anyway, it's fine. Whenever it pops up, I just use some hydrocortisone cream, and it helps. Usually.

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In the meantime, I'm managing by using the hydrocortisone (which isn't as effective as it's been in the past) and, more useful at the moment, calamine lotion, which is weird, actually. It doesn't leave a big pink patch, but it does give my skin a bit more color. Yay, being super-pale!

Still, my skin is all weird and bumpy and blotchy and itchy, and I really, really want it to clear up.


I just watched "The End of Time, Parts One and Two" for the third time, and I definitely cried more this time than the first time. I think it has a lot to do with knowing how everything plays out; it lets you be more in the moment. Not that you don't already know what's going to happen by episode's end, of course, but the details of it. And, really, the details are where the heartstrings really get pulled.

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Heh. So I've got the end of the second episode playing, to get Ood Sigma's line, and the Tenth Doctor's last line made me tear up. Again. (And the Eleventh Doctor made me smile. Again.)

I've not had to do "Doctor Who" during a regular series since I only began watching in the fall of 2008. Waiting for specials is not like waiting for episodes. *taps foot impatiently* Is it spring yet?


Obligatory Christmas-y post

I'm not sure I've ever done a "here's what I got for Christmas" post, but there was some epic and awesome this year that must be shared.

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What I gave was, well, kind of lame, I have to say. Except for Amanda's present, which was a Slanket. Much classier than a Snuggie, even if it doesn't come in leopard print. *g*

Oh, my god, what is this? I'm posting?

Yeah, I'm a way lame LJer, I admit. Oh, well, what can you do.


Is there anyone out there who doesn't, like, play HOL Quidditch (I'm trying to keep things from getting "tainted" or something) or whatever, who likes solving logic puzzles? 'Cause I'm thinking I should maybe have a small stash of logic puzzles somewhere, for emergencies, but having someone else test them to make sure they're logical would be awesome.

And, here's what I mean by logic puzzles, if you're unsure:

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I'm not including the answer, in case anyone wants to solve it or something. (Post your answer in the comments! Which aren't going to be screened, but whatever.) But, uh, if you're interested in maybe helping test puzzles with me, could you let me know? Thanks!


A few thoughts on HBP

So, it's my brother's birthday, but he was accommodating and went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with me. It was fun, I enjoyed it, and there were a couple of things I really, really loved seeing.

And, yes, I took notes during the movie. I've been doing it since PoA. I don't know why. It's not like I'm writing down good stuff. It's usually like, "Quidditch!", "Seamus=Mythbuster", or "Arthur's shed! Of Muggleness!" It's silly, really, to do it, but I like having some initial thoughts.

Yeah, I'm a nerd. Whaddya gonna do?

Anyway, a few random thoughts I had.

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So, that's that. There were things that weren't 100%, but that's okay. I think I just want to focus on what was good, which was a lot. And, my mom was saying she wants to go see the movie, so I might be able to focus on the good again. Whee!

End of the universe butterfingers

I've been randomly watching "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" over the last couple of weeks. (Actually, I watched "Torchwood" Season 1 over the course of two nights last week. Good times.) But, there's one "Doctor Who" thing that I've watched a lot. I mean, a whole heck of a lot. It's on my not-iPod, I've got it streaming from my laptop to the Xbox, and I've favorited it on YouTube.

In fact, I love it so much that I'm *gasp* embedding it here, which is something I just don't. do. It's just that awesome.

Seriously, it's just utterly and completely charming. I love watching it. I've never seen any of the original "Doctor Who" series, but, solely based on this, I think I want to watch at least the Fifth Doctor episodes, 'cause, to quote the Doctor, "not a lot of men could carry off a decorative vegetable." Or, at the very least, I think I have to knit this hat.

Anyway, back to the laundry I have to do so I can go hang with the sis for a couple days, and then the bro for a couple of weeks. Oh, and copying my Xbox profile stuff so I can get achievements or something.
And by "still," I mean properly mentioning it.

I just rewatched Goblet of Fire, and I have to say, while I really enjoy the movie, I think there's a place where they really missed an opportunity to do something cool.

Remember in the book, at the moment of Priori Incantatem, the golden cage... thingy formed around Harry and Voldemort and Harry hears this music, which lightened his spirits while seeming to damper Voldemort's? It's because both wands share cores — feathers from Fawkes the phoenix. The music is a phoenix song, presumably Fawkes's.

With that in mind, how great would it have been, in the movie, for them to echo Fawkes's theme from Chamber of Secrets? It would have been a way to keep that thread from the books alive in the movie without having to spend any time on it. It's not the sort of thing that would need explained, and it would be a sort of Easter egg for book fans (who happen to remember the movie music).

I know, I know, nitpick much? Still, I think it would have been awesome. Of course, Fawkes's theme is one of my favorites from the series (along with the "Double Trouble" and "A Window to the Past" from Prisoner of Azkaban, and I've got a certain fondness for the "Hogwarts March" from Goblet of Fire); it's all lovely and soaring. Here, have a listen:

Fawkes the Phoenix

Pretty, huh?

Threepio's still kinda useless.

OMG, y'all, there's gonna be a Lego Rock Band game! I love the Lego games, I love Rock Band, and this combines the two? How awesome is that?

Seriously, this news makes me all giddy. I think it's because it came after I discusses the ghost characters in Lego Star Wars and that they can't get killed (except by falling off of stuff) and can still, like, use light sabers and the Force and stuff. Ghost Obi-Wan is so much fun; I love him, even if he cost most of my moneys (yes, I like to call the studs moneys; it's more fun that way). His way of wielding his light saber is different than others, and I like that. Mace Windu is also very awesome, not surprisingly.

You know, if they made a Lego Harry Potter game, I'd be in the middle of a Lego trifecta of awesome. Please, Lego video game people, make a Potterverse verion; it would rock.


Icon meme, what?

Look, zardi, I'm doing this in a timely-ish fashion! Whoo!

From stereosymbiosis:
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

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Nothing important

(Just a little something to pass the time as the DVD burner chugs along so I can clear some room on my hard drive.)

That was such a good episode, oh my goodness. I was reminded again how much I would love a sitcom featuring John Locke and Benjamin Linus sharing a tiny apartment in the city and all the antics that would inevitably ensue. I was also reminded how awesome Locke is. I really liked the calm and confident Locke. Ben was also great, but Locke's wave to Sun? Fabulous. Except that I already have two "hi" icons, I'd totally try to icon that.

In other news, Neil Gaiman listed His Girl Friday first in a short list of favorite movie contenders. Yay. I should watch that again; it's been a long time since I did. Though, I am reminded that I keep forgetting I have a good DVD copy of it, simply because the set it's in is behind a stack of other Lew Ayres DVDs. (No, Lew wasn't in HGF, but he was in Holiday, which is also featured in the set.)

Also? Apparently Adam Savage of "Mythbusters" fame has a Twitter. Apparently, he enjoys "Once More, With Feeling." And "30 Rock." So, you know, something for everyone.

And now the DVD burner is done. As am I. :D


  • "...they didn’t think there was anything very odd in anyone being a little odd." —James Hilton's Random Harvest

  • "Fear is the original sin.... Almost all the evil in the world has its origin in the fact that some one is afraid of something. It is a cold, slimy serpent coiling about you. It is horrible to live with fear; and it is of all things degrading." —L.M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle

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