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2012-05-07 08:40 pm
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Obligatory Avengers feels post

I have to say, I'm not entirely sure how I became so obsessively excited about The Avengers. Sure, I grew up on Marvel comics, but they were pretty much entirely X-Men; I knew of Cap and the other Avengers, but sort of ignored them as boring. (Oops.) Partly, I blame Captain America, because the adorable bastard really sucked me into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his movie, when I had previously seen (and greatly enjoyed) the Iron Man movies without dissolving into a puddle of feels.

In addition to that, though, I think a good chunk of my excitement comes from the fact that this is a superhero team movie, and the superhero team genre is my favorite of the comic book medium. Even though I love the Batman books - and even though I'm going to see The Dark Knight Rises and expect that it will be very fun - it's that core dynamic of the disparate personalities coming together as a supportive (if snarky) family who work together to do hero stuff that I really love best. (Of course, the Bat-family has this dynamic, but the Nolan movies are more about Batman-the-dark-angsty-urban-legend-loner.) The Avengers is more about that than any other superhero movie that's come out recently (including X-Men: First Class, I'd say), and it made me feel like it was 2000 and I was squeeing over the first X-Men film again.

So I saw The Avengers at midnight on Friday, and then again on Sunday (with different people! so it's totally justified! :P) and loved the shit out of it. (And have been largely useless since then.)

Spoilers within (to be safe, assume spoilers for previous MCU movies and speculation about future movies) )

Now that I've gotten all that out of my system, maybe I can finally go back to being functional ... or maybe I'll just go obsessively hunt down news about Iron Man 3/Thor 2/Captain America 2/whatever else they announce next. :P
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2012-04-14 05:46 pm
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Lea Salonga

I got to see Lea Salonga in concert last night, and she was amazing - sassy and gorgeous and in charge of the stage. I just wanted to wrap myself in her voice like a blanket. I have recordings of her that must be 20 years old, and I've been listening to them for over 10, and she just sounds even more vibrant and rich singing live.

The audience was wild about her too - she came out on stage and immediately went to the mike for her opening number ("Feeling Good" from The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, though her rendition sounded more like the Muse cover), but people kept whooping and cheering. Her response was, "It's the tux." XD (And she did indeed look hot in her sleek, black, neckline-down-to-here tuxedo.) Some people came in late, getting led by the usher's flashlight, and when she ribbed them they made a dig at Filipino time. XD

Lea performed numbers from her most iconic roles, like "I'd Give My Life For You" from Miss Saigon, "On My Own" from Les Miserables (which was also her audition piece for Miss Saigon), and "Reflection" from Mulan. And speaking of "Reflection," there was a very enthusiastic audience member who hollered for it while Lea was introducing another song ("Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal," the title song from her first movie, which sadly was the only Tagalog song she performed), and Lea proceeded to sass him about it the entire night. In fact, she said that she needed a volunteer to sing "A Whole New World" from Aladdin, and rather than ask for a volunteer she said "Reflection Boy" had to do it.

Well, it turned out that "Reflection Boy" was an actor who had just played Jafar in an Aladdin dinner theater production (I think?), and he was positively giddy to sing with her. He shook her hand when he got on stage, but she insisted he give her a hug so he swept her off her feet in a bear hug. Then, despite his giddiness (and the fact that he didn't know the lyrics that well), he really hammed it up and made Lea burst into laughter mid-song.

Lea did a couple more Broadway numbers at the end: "For Good" from Wicked, dedicated to the audience for changing her for the better; and "Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle, in defiance of the naysayers (such as those who said to her - before she embarked on her 20+ year Broadway career - that she couldn't do it because she's Asian). It was at that point that she mentioned she was sick, to explain why she wouldn't sing "Defying Gravity" ... which kind of blows my mind. I could ... maybe hear where a couple of high notes sounded thin, maybe, but not anything that was anywhere near bad.

It wasn't all Showtunes and Disney, though. At one point she broke out a lounge-y rendition of "Poker Face," which she then finished up at the original Lady Gaga tempo. Then, for her encore, she sang an original song ("The Journey") and then finished up with Cee Lo Green's "Forget You." XD

In conclusion, Lea Salonga is awesome. XD Next month I get to see Kristin Chenoweth in concert, then Idina Menzel in June, so my little musical-loving heart is quite happy.
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2011-04-19 11:06 am
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New Rurouni Kenshin anime!!1!

A new, unspecified "anime project" has been green-lit. It's been years since I watched Kenshin, but this takes me back to my teenaged fannish days and fills me with all sorts of nostalgic glee.

Also, I'm linking to this page instead of the original announcement because the poster added a piece of fanart by Julie Dillon, who is awesome, and is also doing the cover for the Royal Archivist universe guidebook, and that's awesome.
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2010-09-21 10:23 am

Vacation wooo

I'm flying to Las Vegas tomorrow for [personal profile] augustphoenix and [personal profile] royalarchivist's wedding! I'm excited but right now it's "finish up last-minute things at the office OMG" time and it's making my head spin ...

But I'm looking forward to it. This is the first honest-to-goodness traveling vacation [personal profile] ratzeo and I have taken together, and we are splurging accordingly. Along with the wedding, we're going to be busy with fancy food (reservations at Le Cirque, yum!) and watching shows (front row seats for Phantom of the Opera and Cirque du Soleil's O, OMG!). All that and a 5-star hotel to come back to each night, whee.

I think it'll be good for me to take a break. Normally around this time of year I take Labor Day week off for a "stay-cation" at home. For various reasons, I didn't do it this year, and I think the lack of rest and recharge time is wearing on me. Not that Vegas is going to be particularly restful; but I think the mental break will do me good. Plus, y'know, I'll be celebrating with friends and watching shows, so that's worlds better than going to work.

I'll leave you with this amazing recipe for coffee cake. It really is awesome. (Just ... do yourself a favor and knock 1/2 cup of sugar from the cake ingredients, and 1/2 stick of butter from the topping. There's no way to make this healthy, but this way you won't feel sick after eating a couple of pieces.)
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2010-05-11 11:04 pm
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I saw Vienna Teng! And then I met Vienna Teng! And then Vienna Teng signed my CD! And also complimented my Tokidoki purse, which was cool. :D

And I was horribly shy and awkward, which I tend to get ... always, when I meet people whom I admire but do not know. But she and Alex Wong (her co-performer, I guess you would call it - he did backup vocals and instruments, and produces and arranges with her) were very polite. And to my credit, I was not shy and awkward and long-winded, just shy and awkward. When Alex commented on my copy of the CD looking well-worn, I did blurt my story of how I came to see them last year, when the album (Inland Territory) had just come out, and I even had my own fresh new copy; but I assumed she wouldn't be available for signing things so I left it at home and ended up kicking myself ... but since that story took up just enough time for Vienna and Alex to finish autographing the CD, and kept me from staring awkwardly at them, I'm okay with having told it. Even if it wasn't a particularly interesting story. |D;;
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2010-05-07 01:19 pm
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Vienna Teng

Any other Vienna Teng junkies out there? (If you don't know her, I highly recommend checking her out.) She's releasing a live album on May 17!
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2008-09-10 10:30 am
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2008-08-06 08:48 am


Three things happened yesterday that have really taken a load off my mind. In ascending order:

-I'm getting a new phone at work! For some reason, when the University folks installed my work station, they gave me a phone that was different from everyone else's in the office. This means that my phone a) doesn't show the number of the caller, b) doesn't have the capacity for two phone lines, and c) doesn't give a visual cue that I have voicemail. None of these are work-stopping, but they're rather annoying and inefficient. However, we had originally been told that it would be really expensive (as in, three digits) to get this fixed, so I was told (and I reluctantly agreed) that it would be more efficient to wait until the autumn, when we are likely going to be moving around, and thus rearranging our phones, anyway.

Yesterday I was told that we were given a better quote (down to two digits), so I get a new phone! This should happen in a week or two - and I'm happy to wait that long, rather than a couple of months.

-We hired my replacement yesterday! Again, this won't go into effect for about two weeks, but at least the end of half-days-at-the-job-I-no-longer-have is in sight!

-Yesterday after work, [ profile] ratzeo and I signed the lease to our new apartment. ♥ This is a place that I had actually looked at last week, and even started the application process for, but I waffled a lot because of the size. I love everything else about the apartment, and the apartment complex is great and well-reviewed, but the apartment is an oversized one-bedroom. So it's about the size of a decent two-bedroom (and probably less expensive), but I worried that this wouldn't be enough space/rooms for the two of us, because we're both people who need our space. Poor [ profile] kyonkun and [ profile] shadawyn have heard about my concerns at length. :P

But on Monday our (larger) first choice apartment fell through, so I took Sean to see this apartment in person yesterday. With the two of us there, it was easier to visualize how we would comfortably share the space - not to mention easier to visualize us making this place our home, which was a big factor - so we went ahead and signed the papers. I'm not absolutely certain we won't look for a larger space eventually, but I am mostly certain we'll be perfectly happy in this space for now.

Which means my two-month-long apartment hunt is over, whoo!

And today, I'm sitting at home in my PJs because I'm going to work two hours late. Granted, that's because I'm staying two hours late today, but at least that means I got to sleep in.
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2008-07-03 09:40 am
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The verdict

I got it!

Edit: If anyone in the area is looking for a job and wants to know about my current-soon-to-be-former position, drop me a line. I can give you full disclosure about the good, the bad, and how to apply.
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2008-03-05 10:50 am
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Yay water!

We now have a hot water tap in my office! :D

The reason I'm so excited is that we used to have bottled water delivered to the office, with both a cold and boiling water tap. Unfortunately, we had so much trouble with the company that we cancelled the service, and have been using Brita filters for our water for the past several months. Which is fine for regular water, but it also means that we've had to rely on the microwave for making tea, which is inconvenient and can also be dangerous.*

But now! An instant source of boiling water! My tea consumption will go through the roof. XD

Also, here's some cool water-related links from the LJ community [ profile] wtf_nature: a supercooling experiment and images of a Russian town after an ice storm.

*I have the scar to prove it. XD
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2008-02-04 07:35 pm
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2007-07-09 11:21 am
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Just to make it official

I have the job. :D

I officially start tomorrow, at which point I'll have a real salary and be eligible to apply for benefits (starting next month). Which means I can sorta-kinda pretend to be a real grown-up now. Except not really.

Yay. :D
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2007-06-14 09:07 pm
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I just got my final quarter grades in - my final grades kept my cumulative GPA above the threshold - I was so afraid that my last quarter would tip me off the edge - but it didn't! It's not just "pending"! It's real!

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2007-05-30 12:12 am
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Happy birthday to [ profile] kyonkun!!!
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2007-04-25 10:25 am
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My coworker just brought in her puppy. T_______________T

She's a 14-week old mutt (half German Shepherd, half unknown) with big feet and one floppy ear and a tail so long that when she turns her head and wags it hits her in the face. And when she gets nervous, she hiccups.

*iz ded*
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2006-12-27 02:13 pm
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A couple of PSAs

I checked my email this afternoon to find that I suddenly have a paid account and extra icons. For a year. O_O From [ profile] dedwardsauve, for no occasion other than random generosity?

I ... I don't even know what to do with this. 100 icons ... *brain goes splodey*

I have to go find icons now! But maybe not until I'm back in Seattle and have a high-speed connection again. XD;;

So, anyway: thanks to [ profile] dedwardsauve for an out-of-the-blue gift that just made my day. :D A boatload of Awesome Points for you.

My next announcement is for my fellow UW students who are not yet seniors: I got an announcement from the Women Studies mailing list about "Queer 101," a freshman seminar offered through the General Studies department as GEN ST 197. The email I got made it sound pretty worthwhile - an anti-oppression approach to queer experience and history. Also, upon looking at the other freshman seminars available (which are apparently open to all non-seniors), I actually found a few interesting topics, like "Students of Color Persisting in Higher Education."

I hadn't really looked at General Studies before, because I was under the assumption that the courses would be boring. But it looks like there are some quite interesting, specialized courses. It's too bad that I only noticed this now, when I don't have room in my schedule for extra classes. But I thought I'd share, for those of you who still might be able to take them.
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2006-09-25 03:25 pm


Okay, it's been several hours since the show, so I can come up with something more coherent than, "WICKED AHHHH WICKED AHHHH!!" :P

The review! )

Speaking of Wicked - [ profile] rivendellrose or [ profile] nekokoban, does one of you have my copy of the book? I lent it to your household last summer for one or both of you to read, but I keep forgetting to get it back.

Also, this is kind of random, but worth noting: after the show, we wandered around Barnes & Noble to kill time while the line for parking validation went down. I had worn a red qipao for the show, and a man commented to me that it was pretty. And it was ... nice. A polite compliment that wasn't at all invasive or creepy. He just said, "That's a very pretty dress," and then I looked at him and he met my eyes and smiled. That's all. No leering, no smirking, no sense of entitlement to anything just because he said something nice to me.

It was just a great example of how easy it is to give a nice compliment in a non-sexist, non-privileged way. So if anyone tries to say that it's hard to compliment a woman without it being mistaken for harassment: it's not. Even this crazy man-hating feminazi didn't misread it. XD;;
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2006-09-07 09:19 am
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Because he won't mention it himself

Happy birthday to [ profile] ratzeo

my favorite blond ninja alien Canadian!

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2006-08-07 06:17 pm
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News of awesomeness

The Official Blog, run by Tekanji, is a shiny geeky feminist blog I've been following for a while now. Recently Tekanji invited me to join as a guest blogger (whee!) and my first post is almost ready to go. Look for it today or tomorrow.

I'll be cross-posting all of my entries to my LJ anyway, but I highly recommend checking out the site. That way you won't be stuck reading just my blather. XD
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2006-07-12 08:58 pm
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So now that I have some starting tips on digital coloring (thank you guys a ton!) I decided to give it a shot.

Now, since this is my first try at this, EVERYTHING is a source of joy and awe for me. Down to the basic act of erasing the white background of my original scanned lineart - [ profile] maho_kiwi showed me the secret by introducing me to the wonder of the Multiply function.

Me: Fine. We'll see if [ profile] maho_kiwi's magical trick will work. Frankly I'm skeptical and can't believe it would be that easy. *clicks*
Computer: *works*

Me: *fills in color* Now let's try shading ... *uses lasso tool*
Computer *works AGAIN*

And so on.