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[sticky post] My Kind of Warning

Dec. 16th, 2016 | 01:50 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: creative creative
music: Bloomberg TV

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VHS TAPES

Jun. 22nd, 2017 | 11:25 am

My VCR died but I don't want to just throw my tapes out. I'd rather they got to good homes.

Any ideas?

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My taste buds officially suck

Jun. 20th, 2017 | 04:56 pm

I've had some bad seizures when I was younger, including one where I bit my tongue so badly that I couldn't speak right for about a week.

It seems there were repercussions.

I've argued with people for years that Coca-Cola was sweeter than Pepsi.

Then, Publix ran out of my orange juice so I thought, I like to eat tangerines, surely I would love the juice?

No, no I did not like it. It was so incredibly bitter that I added Vitamin Water but when I went online, it said Honey Tangerines were the SWEETEST of all tangerines.

So that explains a lot...

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The Wonder Woman Moment

Jun. 20th, 2017 | 01:20 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Introspective
music: The Late Late Show with James Corden

Everyone kept talking about Wonder Woman in this revolutionary way, how it made them cry.

I felt left out a little.

It was cool to see her kick ass but it also felt...normal, how things should be.

I thought maybe it was how my generation was raised. We had Ripley, She-Ra, Dana Scully, Buffy, Kim Possible, Mulan and countless others showing us how strong women were normal...

But some of those crying women WERE my age so...

It was something else and then, I realized I already had my "Wonder Woman Moment". It was when, for the first time in my life, I saw a woman in a live action Star Wars film take up a lightsaber and defeat the male patriarchy with it.

It was pretty freaking sweet.

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James Gunn Facebook Q & A

Jun. 18th, 2017 | 10:41 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Gleefully Obsessed
music: Guardians of the Galaxy

It turns out that James Gunn did a Q & A on Facebook over a month ago and I didn't find out until a couple of days ago.

It's really awesome. He discusses almost everything...really, no one asked him whether the Zune will mean more up to date tunes next time? 80s?

There are also multiple appearances by his cats and we almost had a cameo by Michael Rooker. Gunn explains what happens between the spacesuit scene and the funeral, Jossing a LOT of fanfic out there right now. It's also WAY more angsty than any of those stories have come up with.

https://youtu.be/LW3VkOkrFMA?list=LL5w976n-jdHzW-Bb0OrzUbA

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Gilmore Girls

Jun. 17th, 2017 | 11:52 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Yeah
music: The Graham Norton Show

I didn't watch Gilmore Girls consistently when it was new because half the run happened when I was at college although I always tried to catch up during the summer. I remember at one point, it must have been my first year away, that my mom was actually watching every week and she's not a big fictional television person.

Still, I'm pretty sure I've seen every episode at least once but when people described the Netflix season as "meh", I thought they must be right since it's pretty hard to recapture magic like that and the last season on regular tv...yeah, that was hard to watch.

But then, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 happened and I've been watching Gilmore Girls a LOT. It's on Up!, not just Netflix but...it doesn't have the Netflix season...

Which I thought was okay until I was watching Luke and Lorelai break up for the hundredth time and I...wanted that payoff, dammit!

The wedding is on Youtube, yay! But now I know there's an adorable pig and, of course the pig's owner, and I WANT THAT SEASON!!!

*fingers crossed it comes out on dvd like the Arrested Development Netflix season*

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TV Died, Long Live New TV!

Jun. 16th, 2017 | 11:26 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Tired
music: 10 News at !!

Obviously, Wednesday's storms were bad. I just didn't think they were that bad. There was definitely a close lightning strike but it wasn't like the time that tree beside my bedroom was struck and broke in half.

Still, there was a POP and everything went off and on like a surge. I assumed the power was out but the backups weren't beeping and the kitchen light was working. Still, the tv wouldn't turn back on. It was dead. Now I think of it as almost like a heart attack because in about 20 years, it's the only time I've had a failure with a surge protector. The tv was 8 years old which is a decent age nowadays...even though the 22 year old Philips and 14 year old Sanyo still work fine.

Did you know they don't even make Philips tvs any more?

Also, Best Buy now charges 25 dollars to recycle flat screens.

I ended up with a Samsung LED. It wasn't until I was adjusting the color on Star Wars that I realized my previous tv was definitely NOT an LED. BB-8 was so beautiful like I could touch him! I could make out individual leaves on Luke's island. Everything was so pretty. I had considered going up to 1020 p but it was a hundred dollars more so I stuck with 720 and now it's like...1020 must be crazy and I can't imagine those new 4K tvs.

I'm also really happy about the Closed Captioning. The last time I tried Directv captions, they sucked so I went back to the television ones. This time, I tried Directv again and now the Captions are a LOT better. I can easily read them and they move around so they aren't blocking crucial information.

My mom's a little jealous about my remote. When you press a button, all the buttons light up.

Oh, and I'm talking about a 24 inch because I've never had bigger than that.

My mom's Directv receiver also died so today, awesome technician Eavan ended up replacing...almost everything. Apparently, when you trouble-shoot and fix everything yourself for 8 years, the equipment can really change and become obsolete. If it wouldn't have taken so long, he wanted to replace the satellite dish, too. Also, it turns out that the DVR technician fucked stuff up when he installed it and that had to be fixed today, too. I was a little pleased about that because that technician was rude to me. Yeah, it's 8 years later and I still remember, I'm a grudgey person that way.

It is a little annoying that my remote is messing with her set.

We bought two new battery backups but since the other two are still decent, we put those two on her television setup and the refrigerator so everything except the washer/dryer is set.

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ROFLCopter

Jun. 10th, 2017 | 01:12 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Tired
music: Late Night with Seth Myers

Author: Ericadawn16
Character/Pairing(s): Kamala Khan, Jemma Simmons, Miles Morales
Rating: G
Spoilers: Marvel comics for May 2017
Summary: Kamala is worried about ROFLCopter.
Warning: Character Death Off-Screen
Author Notes:
Hopefully, I didn't get too many canon inconsistencies. I tried to doublecheck.

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Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

Jun. 8th, 2017 | 12:11 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Geeky
music: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

One of the big selling points of the Guardian of the Galaxy films is the music. There was a lot of discussion about which soundtrack was better. I had a hard time deciding which soundtrack I liked better so I resorted to math, lol. I gave each song a 1-10 number, added them up and divided it by how many singles were on that soundtrack.

Awesome Mix Vol. 1 6.75
Awesome Mix Vol. 2 7.71

No wonder how I couldn't decide which one I liked better! However, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 did suffer from "Brandy" which I gave a 0. I disliked the song before the film and now, it makes me cringe just listening to it. I also had another sad realization. I kind of noticed that nothing seemed to be after Meredith met Ego and James Gunn confirmed that there are no songs after 1979. Here's a woman described as "knowing the lyrics to every single song that came on the radio" and once she meets Ego and has Peter, that just...goes away? Now, I know my mom refers to the period of time when she had several small children at the same time as a lost time when she wasn't paying so much attention to pop culture (that would have been 1973-1977 so I don't think she missed much) but once the children get older, she gets back into things helped by Philip Glass, Wings, Genesis and more. I refuse to believe that Meredith Quill finds nothing between 1980 and 1988 in music worthy. Of course, it could also be taken as she only wanted the Awesome Mixes to be music that she had previously shared with his father because he never got to meet him...but Ego's a dick so I hate that interpretation, too, so sad all around.

Ooh, but I have a thought regarding the soundtrack...

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Sing it with me now, Zardu Hasselfrau! Zardu Hasselfrau!

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Cream

Jun. 4th, 2017 | 12:51 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Sad
music: Haven

This animated film is 12 minutes long and deep but I totally recommend it. My oldest nephew found it.

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20th Anniversary!!!!

May. 23rd, 2017 | 01:31 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Nostalgic
music: The Late Late Show with James Corden

I know the timing sucks but I've been waiting for months to make this post.



I love that film so much. I know the book was better and the film deviated so much from it but...ugh, that CAST!

Jeff Goldblum, Pete Postlethwaite, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Richard Schiff!!!

I still want to know what happened to Kelly Malcolm and his other children. What happened to Sarah Harding? What about Nick van Owen?

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Fall Tv Schedule 2017

May. 23rd, 2017 | 01:14 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Bah
music: The Late Late Show with James Corden

It sucks. My DVR will be unhappy or I'll just quit stuff, not sure. Wow, I haven't recorded new Will & Grace in about 15 years.



Oldest Nephew: That looks good!

Me: It'll probably be canceled.

Oldest Nephew: Why?

Me: Because it "looks good" and it's Fox.

Oldest Nephew: Good point.

Also, speaking of television, I found out about Manchester from an email sent out from 93.3 WFLZ even though I was watching network shows and assumed they would mention that somewhere. My mom knew nothing until I told her even though I would think it would affect sports also.

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Lootcrate

May. 18th, 2017 | 01:22 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Obsessed
music: The Late Late Show with James Corden

I reactivated Lootcrate for May. Rocket and Groot were too cute to pass up.

http://www.figures.com/2017/05/05/guardians-of-the-galaxy-loot-crate-reveal/

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Free Comic Book Day 2017

May. 18th, 2017 | 12:37 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: tired tired
music: The Late Late Show with James Corden

My ride a.k.a. my brother was unavailable on Free Comic Book Day which was kind of a bummer. However, the place we usually go that gives out what it would call "A Full Set" discontinued that this year and my regular comic book store saved a bunch of free comics in my box along with my regular subscriptions. I did miss seeing some of my friends but hopefully, I can see them soon.

So...my haul thanks to Coliseum of Comics:

Free:

Boom! Studios 2017 Summer Blast I used to look forward to Boom and Archaia but now they're the same although that sucks a little bit because Archaia had the most gorgeous FCBD books. Check them out of Amazon, they were actual books instead of the magazine format Boom uses. Still, it's a guarantee that I'm going to enjoy their sampler and wish I could read all their stuff.

Buffy the High School Years I think I need to read this now? It was super cute and I never thought before how Sunnydale must have a comic book shop.

Fresh Off The Boat It's cute and the end had an advertisement for The Reading Without Walls Challenge which sounds really cool.

1. Read a book about a character who doesn't look or live like you.

2. Read a book about a topic you don't know much about.

3. Read a book in a format you don't normally read for fun.

Guardians of the Galaxy It's fun but...Peter looks like Netflix' Danny Rand and it's not right, lol. I need my Peter Quill even remotely resembling Chris Pratt, I just do! Also, he's never shown but they appear to be on a job for the Grandmaster a.k.a. Jeff Goldblum's character!

You saw him in the credits, right? ;)

I Hate Image Gert kills her way through Image comics. It's fun. Even Rick Grimes is fed to zombies but Spawn is left unscathed.

Under Five Dollars:

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 Oh gosh, this is so much fun and hardly any men at all. I really loved finding out more about Wakanda and its neighbors. I'm also already shipping a couple and they're both female!

Fuck Fairyland #12 Poor Gert, even when she tries to go straight, she fucks up but at least it's always hilarious.

Hawkeye #6 Hmm, I'm getting really intrigued by her evil dad and his missing whereabouts. Also, LUCKY!!! I guess they have joint custody.

The Misfits #4 Poor Roxy and I hate how only 1 or 2 issues remain...I love this series. When they reboot Jem again, it should be a live action television series based off Kelly Thompson's works.

Poe Dameron #13,#14 #14 should have come with a tissue warning! Leia talks about her mortality. I really love the series though.

Wonder Woman #20, #21 I don't know who this red haired goddess is, but I like her. Also, Ares is...weird. He's like a brunette Chris Hemsworth with short hair and it feels wrong.

Over Ten Dollars:

Goldie Vance Vol. 2 I love her and it just gets better and better.
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 (short version)

May. 6th, 2017 | 12:42 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Satisfied
music: Late, Late Show with James Corden

If you had told my 15 year old self that I would one day be emotionally compromised by a character played by the guy who was Brandi Svenning's asshole father in Mallrats, I would NEVER have believed you.

Also, alternate universe Kurt from Gilmore Girls continues to be adorable.

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The Promise and Politics

Apr. 28th, 2017 | 11:48 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Thoughtful
music: Charlie Rose

Normally, I would have just ranted about this on Facebook but things have changed. It's more important than ever to be political on LiveJournal.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Never have these words rang so true until I saw The Promise.

The film is about a government carrying out genocide through destroying businesses and homes, rounding up the intellectuals first before the women and children, then forcing the able-bodied men into forced labor while using marches or trains to have the rest taken to a more secure spot where they would be massacred.

It's not the Jews. The film begins in 1915. They were Armenians (almost entirely Christian) living under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The extreme number of deaths, 1.5 million, inspired Raphael Lemkin to create the word "genocide". I don't know if Hitler studied what had been done to the Armenians, plus 300,000 Assyrians and 750,000 Greeks, but it certainly looks like a swell How To manual for what he did.

What's even worse is that, unlike Germany, Turkey won't admit to the genocide. They prefer that the whole affair be referred to as "events" or "relocation" than genocide. It still believes any deaths were either unintentional or because they were traitors. The problem is that Turkey STILL does this shit! They are currently in a Purge RIGHT NOW! Since July 135,000 Turks have been suspended from their jobs and over 20,000 have been arrested. 11,500 were teachers! The secrecy has meant that there are no numbers on how many have been slaughtered this time.

Yet the United States deems Turkey an "ally" and for that, no sitting president has referred to the Armenian atrocities as genocide! None! The federal government won't even recognize Armenian Remembrance Day. It's only officially recognized in California. Was this or The Promise in wider release this week the real reason Turkey barely gave the US enough time to get our Forces to safety in Iraq before bombing?

Then again, has our government ever fully admitted that it has also committed genocide in the past?

Even now, we let ourselves be convinced that hatred is the answer. Because of anti-immigrant views, over a thousand Jews were murdered in the Holocaust after trying to come to the United States. 935 were on one ship that was turned away. Between 2012 and 2015, the United States sent back more than 171,000 children to the home countries they were so desperate to escape. There have been confirmed deaths from those deported. How many in Aleppo could have been saved if we had let them come?

The United States is a nation founded by those who were outcasts, thieves, felons, heretics, victims and dreamers in their home countries. Who are we to suddenly shut the gate because we're afraid of what may come? That they may in fact...be just like our forefathers?

Plus, if this is truly a Christian nation...because in the US, my fellow Christians are sadly the most bigoted people I have met -not all of them but enough to be ashamed by it...if this is a Christian nation, should we not abide by this passage?

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me,you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Or in simpler terms, there is Cher Horowitz from Clueless:

So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, "What about the strain on our resources?" Well it's like when I had this garden party for my father's birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. 'cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was like totally buggin'. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.

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