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15 May 2005 @ 10:49 am
And she babbles...  
Whew. I think I'm finally over the hump, in terms of the cluster of assignments all due at the same time. Sometimes I wonder if the Professors plan this or something-- it's way too suspicious! ^_~

I slept practically all of Saturday, trying to recharge my batteries. It's amazing how tired loosing one of my days off made me, but it was for a worthy cause. I've talked with Ms. Takamoto (Miyako and Hideki's mom), and we'll be starting tutoring on June 7th, for an hour and a half each week. I'm actually going to be tutoring Miyako, Hideki and Ms. Takamoto. X_x I have supplies for teaching the kids English-- Tyrone gave me some old Phonics books, and a copy of the primers they use in first and third grade-- but I'm going to have to find some adult material for teaching Ms. Takamoto. The downtown library has a pretty good English-As-A-Second-Language section, so I may look there. I'm actually really looking forward to this.

Star Wars is on Thursday (Thursday! *supersonic squee*), so Sam and I are going up to Springdale to pick on the tickets on Monday. I'll feel even more 'squee!' when I have them in my hot little hands. I just can't wait to see this film. At the same time, it's hard to believe the saga will be over. I grew up with Star Wars, and I'm one of those people who actually likes the Prequels. I can't help it-- Padme Amidala is, in my humble opinion, one of the most awesome female characters in film. Don't disappoint me, Uncle George!

Finally, some random observations, facts, whatever:
1. Did anyone see 'Alien Planet' on the Discovery Channel last night? It was kind of a what-if thing like 'The Future is Wild'-- ie, what scientists think we might find if we were to send a probe to another planet. Unlike straight-up sci fi, there was no real plot, just a lot of theories, but some of the animals were really cool. I liked the Sea Stalker-- I want to take one home and pet him and call him Harold! ^_~;;;

2. Apparently, Japan and Russia are still at war. They never signed a peace treaty at the end of WW2, which is playing hell with their current dispute over island territory (which was what we were talking about in Asian Geography). Dudes. Well, they're not the only ones still fighting World War II, but still... X_x

3. Speaking of Japan, in the 1890s, they were having trouble with sailors that would get shipwrecked on Taiwan. Guess what the native population did to them? Guess!
That's right, cannibalism. So the Ching dynasty said to Japan, "You can have Taiwan, 'cause we don't want to deal with it." Silly cannibals.

4. Diary of a Mad Man is also about cannibalism. Just thought I'd mention that-- theme, and all. ^^;;;

5. On a fannish note: Angel and Baby!Connor? Too frak'n cute. I normally don't even like Angel, and I have mixed feelings about Connor (because all I saw of him was the end of Season Four)... but, dang, they're cute.

6. Also AtS: Someone should write Fred/Lorne. Yes, it's het, but... it would so work! *seems to have caught Amber's wild pairing disease ^_~* Lorne was so broken up when Fred died, talking about how accepting she was of him, and he's always sweet to her... Fred herself is smart enough to look past the surface, and she spent all that time on Pylia, which they both hate passionately.... See?

7. I'm going through Spike with drawl. *will have to get out her Buffy tapes*

8. The Regulators by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) is a weird book. But it's set in Ohio, so at least he recognizes the fact that Ohio is a nuclear generator for weird things that lurk bellow the surface of the sheer boredom.

9. Stephen King killed his pen name. Freudian much? X_x

10. Oh! And I watched a documentary on the Bermuda Triangle yesterday. I *heart* the Bermuda Triangle. ^__^ Aliens, Time-Warps and Ghosts, oh my!


Much love,
Meredith
 
 
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Amberminttown1 on May 15th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
1. I watched about half of Alien Planet. I usually like the fake documentary style of those Discovery shows -- I adored The Future Is Wild -- but I wasn't in the mood for it last night. I ended up popping in the Stargate movie instead. Heh.

5. Angel was a decent daddy for a while there. I was impressed.

6. Fred/Lorne! *heart melts* Oh, oh no. *is eaten by rabid plot bunnies* I might end up that someone, then. We'll see.

8. The Regulators!!! Okay. Okay. The Regulators is the alternate reality of King's Desperation. So they really should be read as a pair, though Desperation is much more depressing where The Regulators was the trippiest thing ever. But still. Yes. I can't articulate anything right now. But you really, really must read Desperation if you enjoyed The Regulators, or maybe even if you didn't. It's all the same characters and a wildly different situation and it's just beautiful.

9. Stephen King killed his pen name, yes. He also wrote a book called The Dark Half, about a writer whose pen name came to life as an evil entity. It was scary. Good, even for King, but scary.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: intentiongarnettrees on May 15th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
1. I watched about half of Alien Planet. I usually like the fake documentary style of those Discovery shows -- I adored The Future Is Wild -- but I wasn't in the mood for it last night. I ended up popping in the Stargate movie instead. Heh.
*nods* Sometimes you have to be in the right mood for something. And Puppy!Movie!Daniel is never amiss, either. Some of the animals on Alien Planet were seriously trippy, weren't they?

5. Angel was a decent daddy for a while there. I was impressed.
I know! I was all, "Angel is actually being useful?" But of course, his son ended up hating him, but that's because he's a big gelled, cradle robbing git. *stares down nose at Angel*

6. Fred/Lorne! *heart melts* Oh, oh no. *is eaten by rabid plot bunnies* I might end up that someone, then. We'll see.
They would be so cute! It would be a bizarre sort of cute, but a cute none the less! *cheers the plot bunnies* If you wrote something F/L, I would worship you forever. ^___^

8. The Regulators!!! Okay. Okay. The Regulators is the alternate reality of King's Desperation. So they really should be read as a pair, though Desperation is much more depressing where The Regulators was the trippiest thing ever.
The Regulators is one crack, man. *waves her copy of Desperation* I figured they were connected, since Seth picked Tak up in Nevada-- I'll be interested to see how Desperation turns out. *sigh* I'm having to read all these King novels, because apparently they all come together in The Dark Tower series. Your stamp of approval definitely makes me more eager to read it!

He also wrote a book called The Dark Half, about a writer whose pen name came to life as an evil entity.
I've seen that one, but I haven't read it yet. Mostly because, when I was a little girl, I blamed everything on my middle name. 'Bronwen did it,' I'd say. So, the whole becoming-a-separate-entity? Little close to home. ^_~

*glomps Amber just because*

Insufferable Know-It-All: happy ending - rohandoveladyaeryn on May 15th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm one of those people who actually likes the Prequels.

You FREAK! ;)

Wednesday night is so close. MEEP.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lily2garnettrees on May 15th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
You FREAK! ;)
That's actually what almost everyone in RL says to me. *sniffles*

Wednesday night is so close. MEEP.
I know! *twitters with excitement*

Your icon cracks me up!
-Meredith
Insufferable Know-It-All: happy ending - rohandoveladyaeryn on May 15th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
That's actually what almost everyone in RL says to me. *sniffles*

Really? Jerks. At least you've got the nerve to be open with your geekiness; I haven't quite managed that yet. ;)

Your icon cracks me up!

Thanks. :) It's by the ever-talented rohandove. I get the feeling I'll be using it a lot after this week. :(
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lovesecretgarnettrees on May 15th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Really? Jerks. At least you've got the nerve to be open with your geekiness; I haven't quite managed that yet. ;)
*blush* Well, I have a theory that a lot of people secretly like the prequels, but won't admit it 'cause it's not 'cool'. ^_~ Of course, I haven't gotten around to admiting I'm a BtVS fan, so... ^^;;

Thanks. :) It's by the ever-talented rohandove. I get the feeling I'll be using it a lot after this week. :(
*wibbles* I know. George is gonna make me cry, I can see it comin'. ;_;
-Meredith