Stoic as usual

Stupidity R Us

Took me two months, but I finally realized that all lj notifications, including notifications of replies to my comments, were going to my old yahoo e-mail. And of course, Barnes and Nobles is still sending newsletters to my yahoo mail along with my gmail account. D:

*Must make time to watch Britain's Got Talent First semi-final. Course, I know who won that round, but the first semi-final had pretty strong acts.

Also, the California Supreme Court ruled that Prop 8 would be upheld. I wasn't too surprised. They were judging whether the way Prop 8 was legally passed (and it was), not whether Prop 8's ban of same sex marriage was constitutional or not. Still, a part of me was hoping that somehow, by some miracle, they'd announce Prop 8 was unconstitutional, and there was no point arguing whether it became law legally or not because the law itself was wrong.

I'm a little ashamed to see other states allow same-sex marriage, and California making such an uproar over it. I know there are other factors for why this is so, but still....

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Evermore (The Immortals, Book 1)
by Alyson Noel

Available in paperback, 301 pages by St. Martin's Griffin

Description: (from author website) Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, Ever can see auras, hear people's thoughts, and know a person's entire life story by touch. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen.

Damen Auguste is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can see straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. She has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

The really quick review:

The publishers want you to think Damen and Ever's relationship will be the main focus of the book. It's not. It might be for the series, but not for this book.

Enjoyment of this book with depend mostly on three factors:
1. What type of reader you are (focus on characters or plot)
2. What genre you gravitate towards (romance readers will have an easier time looking this book)
3. How much attention you will be paying to the romantic subplot (which also depends on the above two factors).

The long version: 

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We got our cap and gowns today. I'm white with a black, white, and yellow tassel. I can see my shirt through it. The guys get just black. Which is pretty smart of the jostens/school since girls are the one will be dressing up. Otherwise, today was mostly a complete waste of my time.

The hat feels weird.


I don't watch much tv, and when I do, I don't give it 100% of my attention. But lately, I've been in the mood for tv - primarily because it takes less time to watch 1 episode to get a good story and adrenaline rush, then to read a good book. That is, if I find the right show.

A few weeks ago, I thought I found one with the CW's "Reaper", a show about a guy whose parents sold his soul to the Devil, and now he works for the guy. Except after the first few episodes, the comedy and novelty wore off. Plus, the second season pisses me off what with Sock's relationship with his Asian stepsister. Normally, I'm all for asian actresses, but I dislike this particular plot line. Plus, Sock's attraction is purely sexual. Hell, most of Sock's developments center around his 1-3 episode relationships with women. Ben's plotline is getting worse too.

Sam's still pretty cool, but too much time is given to the side character's relationship with their significant others, except the side characters were originally there for the laughs, and haven't really gone through anything serious enough for me to care.

There's KDTV's "Imagemakers", a show showcasing some of the best shortfilms around the world, but it sometimes which days, so I can't count on it.
The CW's America's Next Top Models is only good for the photos. Sometimes, we get a girl who's got some idea of what being a professional, and a professional model entails, but the show always make the girl sound like a bitch, so...ugh.

Now, for LEVERAGE. I just finished watching the pilot episode. My good, I hope this show doesn't start to suck like Reapers. It's well placed, fast paced, and deals with moral ambiguity. I like the twist in the pilot episode, and the way show they all get a bit of development, even though it's the first episode. The actors aren't all too pretty for their jobs, and I like the treatment of the women (Sophia and Parker) and the black guy (Alec) in the group
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Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chroncicles Book 1)

Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chroncicles Book 1)
by Isobelle Carmody
256 pages
YA/ SF-Fantasy.

What's it about:
(Synopsis ripped and edited w/o permission from official synopsis by Cynthia Ward)

After a nuclear holocaust, the surviving humans condemn all Misfits (mutants) to either death by fire or exile to Obernewtyn, a remote mountain institution where mysterious experiments are performed on some exiles.

Elspeth Gordie is a Misfit, struggling to hide her mutant mental abilities and earn a Normalcy Certificate. But when her secret is betrayed, she is sent to Obernewtyn, from which no one has ever escaped. At Obernewtyn she [secrets basically].

Verdict: Skip it.

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In short, the entire novel reads like a book version of bad and generic rpg game where the writers have set up a world with potential and characters who have interesting backgrounds, only for the whole thing to fall flat because the writers can be bothered to spend more then a page on a scene and show instead of tell.

This book is short for a reason.

WTF fastweb

I signed up for this to be alerted about new scholarships - weeks before the scholarship deadline, not 2 days before!

Fastweb sends an e-mail on the 30th (Jan) about scholarships for the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition. Seeing as how epidemiology is my present career choice, you'd think they'd alert me to this sooner. 120 possible awards with prizes ranging from 1K to 50K? Research project where we are to map out the spread of a a disease and talk about factors and social behaviors that effect the spread of a disease? No group projects? Sounds about perfect.

Deadline? Feb 2 EAST. Not just to register. To register and upload the finished project.

I've gotten essays and school projects done in one day before, and gotten good scores, but any paper or project for a scholarship competition requires more time then a day and a half!
Being dramatic as usual


You know how there are tons and tons of comics out there that make fun of the evil of taxes and 1040s?

I always thought they were exaggerating until I started filling out FAFHA and the CSS Profile for colleges.

Nasty foods?

According to this article:

I've eaten the most disgusting food in the entire world.

I had no idea that the eggs of duck fetuses were considered disgusting and unnatural in America.  I grew up eatting batul, and never gave it a thought.

(Although I  prefer the yellow part over the meat and bones)

And that wine w/ the mice embryos is more disgusting to me.
#2 is a bit creepy, but it's just sheep's head. It sounds like using all your available resources then wasting it like we do  here due to squick factor. =/


Temeraire fandom, you guys are awesome.

You're mature.

You write gen fics.

You don't have shipping wars (yet) and are willing to accept het and gay ships.
In fact, I suspect you are willing to accept everything.

You guys have awesome discussions about the implications of having dragons in the world, historically, culturally, politically, and biologically.

You're full of mostly history buffs/ history lovers.

You appreciate good characterization.

You love side characters just as much as side characters.

You try to keep characters in voice.

your tags are well organized

Your wikipedia section is beautifully done.

All your fics are well marked w/ word count, warnings, summaries. (The last of which I greatly appreciate)

You don't butcher the English language with chat words and acronyms like (IAWTC).

 Even with the prospect of a movie, your discussion of the castings are less about how the actor looks, but more on whether the actor can portray the role well, based on his past experiences.