Comic Con!

  • Jul. 29th, 2007 at 8:13 PM
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I'm exhausted from this past couple weeks (short version: gave notice at my job and celebrated my last day on Wednesday, lost my debit card on friday right before heading to the airport, flew to San Diego for Comic Con, have had 3 hours of sleep/night for past 3 nights.) But I kinda figured, what better way to celebrate my current unemployment with a trip to San Diego and the chance to geek out over comics, Warren Ellis, and Winchesters, than venturing down to San Diego for Comic Con?

I was able to get a primo front and center seat for the Supernatural panel by sitting through an intriguing Q&A session with Laurell K Hamilton (whose books I have never read and man is she intense!) and an absolutely hilarious Family Guy panel (Seth MacFarlane et al. are adorable and v. v. funny, now I can't wait for the new season to start.)

My photos from the Supernatural panel are up on flickr here.

My highlights from the panel: (possible spoilers, absolutely nothing specific)  )

In short: Jensen is a very, very pretty man. I was bummed that Jared didn't make it (he was filming SPN until 6am the night day before and missed his flight) Kripke and the writers all rock hardcore. I love how dedicated they are to producing quality tv each week and how all of them are just super excited about where the show is going in the coming seasons. It's pretty clear that they all love their jobs and the show, and it's pretty awesome that they've been picking up such awesome writers (like Ben who started writing in Season 2 and said that he fell in love with the show during season 1.)

Also: I shook Warren Ellis' hand! eeee!

new job

  • May. 26th, 2006 at 9:32 AM
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I've been ridiculously busy this week because in the midst of graduating from college I also got a new job and have already started. It's just data entry (read: incredibly, horribly boring) but it's for a non-profit I've volunteered with for years and they're paying me $12 an hour so I'm really not complaining. The most obnoxious thing is that the internet sometimes doesn't work. Very frustrating! But the guy I'm workingclosest with is a friend of mine and I have a couple of other friends working here too so it all evens out I think.

In other news, I saw the x-men movie last night and spoilers! )

os x programs I cannot live without

  • Apr. 13th, 2006 at 12:24 PM
cali: (microsoft)
Of the free and, they will nag you but not charge you variety:

Acquisition. For p2p file sharing, good for music downloading.
Adium. A good instant messaging program, works with AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.
Azureus. for bittorrenting.
CharCounter. A nifty, no frills little app that counts characters and words when you cut and paste into it.
Cocktail. A general purpose maintenence utility. os x has a set of maintenence scripts set to run at like 4 or 5 am but most people shut their computers down or put them to sleep at night so cocktail will let you choose when to run them (and more.)
Firefox. Great web browser; useful extensions: flashblock, tabs mix plus: saves your sessions in case of crashes and more.
igetter. A good download manager for os x.
mplayer. A nice, simple media player for avi files.
Quicksilver. The best thing to happen to os x ever. especially if you're on a laptop and you're completely reliant on your keyboard and track pad. This tutorial might be helpful.
Smultron. A really nice, non processor intensive html and text editor (unlike dreamweaver if all you want to do it edit html.) I love this app a lot.
vlc media player. Another media player, much like mplayer but it can sometimes be useful to have both just in case one doesn't want to play a fil and another one does.
xjournal. My favorite of the available downloadable livejournal clients.

Lastly, it's not free but it is a good ftp application: transmit.

Do you guys have any other os x program recs? I'm always looking for new nifty computer programs.


  • Mar. 3rd, 2006 at 7:54 PM
cali: (daniel jackson (nevskaya))
So I had like, 18 tabs open in my browser yesterday of stuff to read and fic to rec from the last couple of days and I had my computer plugged in at the infoshop I work at and one of the other volunteers needed the plug and instead of just closing my laptop and unplugging it he shut it down. *headdesk* So annoying! I had a bunch of projects open too!

It occurs to me that most of my posts lately have been locked, and the majority of them have been media posts. So I thought maybe I should take this time to remind everyone that I have a filter for uploaded media and if you're not on it (if you can't see this post you're not on it) and you want to be leave a comment here and I'll add you.

I've been working these last few days coding fic and working on websites for [ profile] neery and [ profile] stillane. And I'm all sorts of pleased with the outcome. So head over and check out the newly updated (and then tell me if you notice anything amiss because I've looked at it so much it all blurs.)

I had a dream about fandom this morning right before I woke up, except it wasn't so much a dream as a brainstorm while I was sleeping. Mostly it involved a plan to create an archive for fan vidders. Sort of like youtube for fen. With dreamhost's super cheap hosting plans with 20gigs of space and a terabyte of bandwidth every month I think it's totally doable and I'd be willing to work on it, but uh, it'd be a huge project and I know thismuch about webdesign. But it's such a shame that so many vidders have to use temporary sites like yousendit to host their vids and it's be awesome for fandom to have a resource like an archive for them. So. If anyone else thinks it's a good idea and wants to help? I'd be all for it.

Lastly, I'm going to upgrade from 10.3.9 to 10.4 in a little bit. My computer's been crashing applications left and right and making these horrid, horrid whirring noises like my hard drive is attempting to launch into space when I have more that 3 applications open so I'm hoping the clean install will help. With my ridiculous computer history though (2 fracked hard drives in 7 months! yay apple!) wish me luck.

eta [ profile] anitac588 reminded me and I had meant to mention this: I'm going to be reccing Stargate SG-1 and SGA fic on Mondays for the rest of the month over at [ profile] sg_recs. It's a new community and it looks really promising and you all should go add it to your friendspages because everyone needs a good recs community. Things to expect from me: SG-1, SGA, and crossover recs and media.


well shit

  • Nov. 22nd, 2005 at 12:09 AM
cali: (atlantis (monanotlisa))
lj tells me that it's been two weeks since my last update. I've had somewhat inconsistent computer access these last couple weeks, coupled with not having much at all to say. I've been keeping up with my friendslist as much as possible though, so there is that.

I saw the new Harry Potter on Saturday. I don't think it'd be much of a spoiler to say that I loved it. I thought the guy who played Crouch Jr. was weirdly hot. As was Cedric's innuendo to Potter about taking baths.

I have an enormous amount of awe for whoever wrote the wikipedia articles on the Stargate universe. It's--well it's completely astounding the amount of detail that's gone into the creation of those pages. The scope of the articles is pretty impressive: there's the Stargate Portal, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, List of Stargate Planets, Alien Races in the Stargate Universe (with subpages for the asgard, nox, goa'uld, jaffa, tok'ra, ancients, wraith) and individual articles on the main casts of both shows. I love that people took the time to do this. Wikipedia is the best thing to happen to the internet since, well, since nothing in my opinion it is the coolest thing about the internet.

And speaking of Stargate Atlantis: my download of the new episode is 98% done! The torrent is here at mininova in case you need it. I'll be uploading the episode as soon as my download finishes. Yay for Canada getting the new episodes a month early!

Jul. 24th, 2005

  • 4:58 PM
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OMG I just spent the last 4 and a half hours of my life playing Sim City 2000 thanks to [ profile] freedomfry and Macintosh Garden an old school mac game warehouse thing. So awesome! They have oregon trail and carmen sandiego and all the sim cities!

The party last night was pretty awesome. One of my good friends went as Axel Rose and because I couldn't find a single grey pleated skirt, I went for the porn star look instead, which really morphed into me as Tawny Kitaen (aka that chick from all those whitesnake videos.) It was awesome. I was Axel's girlfriend for the evening, and I was definitely rockin the MASSIVE hair and a shortshort skirt with a fucking awesome pair of black leather stiletto boots with really pointy toes and really high heels. Results of the evening: v. v. big hair, aching feet, much fun. Other "celebrities" seen: The gordon's fisherman, tom sellack, james joyce, suzie sioux, courtney love, wendy o, debbie harry, a pregant mrs. federline, prince charles and camilla, betty boop, and a bunch of other people I can't remember.

On the agenda tonight: more dancing and slighlty lower heeled shoes.

In fandom type news: I'm reccing The West Wing for [ profile] crack_van in August. I've got some stories bookmarked and whatnot already, but I'mm going to have to brush up. Any of you have any suggestions?

tags, laziness, recs poll

  • Jun. 24th, 2005 at 7:55 PM
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There's something about switching styles that's a bit like moving into a new house. Everything has to be just right, and you spend hours figuring out where to put things. I've been resisting s2 styles since their implementation, mostly because I had everything organized just right under my s1 style. But the tags broke me. They're were just too useful to ignore. So. new style. check it out: [ profile] theantimodel.

I'm using flexible squares with a whole lot of customizations. I recommend checking out [ profile] s2flexisquares if you're thinking about switching, there are a lot of helpful add ons detailed there. Also, [ profile] wistfuljane is a font of knowledge and helpfulness. Check out her post on tags. So far I've got 2005 fully tagged. It took a while, I'm not exactly looking forward to finishing the job, but it will do my OCD brain good to have a greater level of organization. For your reference: you can check out all of my tags on my journal's frontpage. I've got links to all the media I've shared by fandom as well as recs and polls and whatnot. So. If you ever see anything listed under media that you missed, feel free to ask me to reupload it.

Other things: If you have a mac and you aren't using xjournal I think you're missing out. The new version supports tags, very cool!

I really meant to go to critical mass tonight. It would have been cool, but I lost track of time doing all the lj configuration. I kinda suck. Especially since my out of town friends actually came down for the ride. Clearly, they are more dedicated than I.

I have a flickr account. If any of you are interested. I usually post real-life pictures and stuff there. I posted pics of last month's critical mass over there in case any of you are interested.

I have a fic recs journal ([ profile] anti_recs) and hmmm, I think I started it because I didn't want to spam my flist with random posts of names and links, but lately I've been making much more traditional recs posts over there. And for sake of organization (having all my recs separated into one easy to find place) I'm going to keep posting them but I think I'm going to start posting them here too.

[Poll #519758]

last of the x-men

  • Jan. 30th, 2005 at 6:27 PM
cali: (Default)
Here's the last of the first season of X-Men cartoons. Previous posts with links for the other episodes can be found on the frontpage of my journal. Please right click, save as, and drop a comment if you download!
[ X-Men 1x11 - Days of Future Past (Part 1) ] -- avi, 89mb
[ X-Men 1x12 - Days of Future Past (Part 2) ] -- avi, 84mb
[ X-Men 1x13 - The Final Decision ] -- avi, 60mb

spring class schedule, more x-men

  • Jan. 29th, 2005 at 7:41 PM
cali: (marsters)
I start school on Monday, I'm actually fairly excited about it considering that I've been off for a month and a half. It was really nice to have a break after such a stressful semester but I think I'm ready to go back. If only I could actually finish reading The Amber Spyglass before Monday I'll be able to consider my break a major success.

My class chedule next semester is going to suck time-wise because the classes are spread out awkwardly but I think the subjects are going to be really awesome. My schedule:
10:10-11:50: California Government and Politics
12:20-2:00: Individual Rights and the Constitution
7:00-9:45pm: Intro to Political Theory
10:10-11:50: California Government and Politics
12:20-2:00: Individual Rights and the Constitution
4:00-6:55pm: Marxism, Feminism, and Social Change
I'm going to go watch Chicago with my mom now, neither of us have seen it before, but I did get to see the play in London. Sadly, not when Kevin Richardson was in it. That would have been extra cool.

More X-Men cartoons. I'm posting these in blocks to avoid bandwidth problems. Please right click, save as, and drop a comment if you download!
[ X-Men 1x07 - Slave Island ] -- avi, 89mb
[ X-Men 1x08 - The Unstoppable Juggernaut ] -- avi, 58mb
[ X-Men 1x09 - The Cure ] -- avi, 58mb
[ X-Men 1x10 - Come the Apocalypse ] -- avi, 58mb


  • Jan. 27th, 2005 at 2:38 PM
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So. The X-Men cartoon series rocked, and I desperately want to buy this but I can't rationalize the purchase, not after buying Seasons 2 and 4 of Angel just last week. So in the meantime, I uploaded the other episodes of the first season of the x-men in my friend's college dorm room and HOLY SHIT I am still in shock about how fast the connection was. It took less than a minute per episode. I think I'm going to try to convince her to let me move in, I could sleep under her desk or something. It'd be worth it.

I'm going to be posting these in blocks to avoid bandwidth problems. Please right click, save as, and drop a comment if you download!
[ X-Men 1x04 - Deadly Reunions ] -- avi, 89.89mb
[ X-Men 1x05 - Captive Hearts ] -- avi, 57.77mb
[ X-Men 1x06 - Cold Vengeance ] -- avi, 89.94mb