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So...um...remember that Tunny/Will/EG costume fic I've been wittering on about for the last few weeks at least?

I sort of finished it last night. Final wordcount is 30,187 and all that remains now is some last minute fine-tuning and then I can finally post this beast.

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I AM EXCITE. Also, ILU, [livejournal.com profile] looleebelle, FOR KICKING MY ASS INTO FINISHING THIS. Now I can get back to the GK/AI crossover with undivided concentration *glee*

Anyway, on that note, have a silly Idiot picture just because it pleases me )

Apologies for the all-over-the-place nature of this post, I hope it made someone's day anyway :P

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"Words are but the signs of ideas..." -- Samuel Johnson

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Cheers.

P.S. - [livejournal.com profile] abrokencompass proposed another GK rewatch. I AM SO MOTHERFUCKING READY, MY GIF FOLDER IS PRACTICALLY QUIVERING WITH ANTICIPATION.
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Living The Stereotype Moment #617: Consulting a family member about details for a gun (for fic purposes) and finding out that your family owns a very close approximation that you can examine whenever you like.

Backstory: I was looking for some details about how a M-16 rifle feels in your hands, how heavy it is, etc., and the close approximation we actually own is an AR-15 (which, I'm told, is essentially the same thing only without full automatic firing capabilities for legal reasons). I get to examine and disassemble and write notes about said AR-15 this evening.

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I'm not even making this up. God, sometimes I love living in the same house as a serious gun wonk. It's not the "living in a compound in the middle of the woods" kind of gun wonkery, it's more that certain members of my family geek out about guns in the same way some people geek out about comic books -- it's still pretty damn awesome.[/riveting tale, old chap]

That being said, have some more thirty day writing meme:

Day Thirteen: Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

I think I'll split this answer into parts since that's sort of a complicated question:

1) Whether I prefer canon or fanon depends on the fandom and the situation in which either one is being used. In most cases, I feel like it's best to keep to canon as much as you can, but I've certainly seen deviations into fanon that worked out better than the original source material. Besides, fanon is what makes it fanfiction, isn't it?

2) Certainly! Mostly because I like to write scenes that fill in the gaps between canon scenes (rather than reinterpreting canon scenes, for example) and I've found that doing that can really add some depth to one's mental concept of the source material. Well, it did for me, anyway.

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"Only the shallow know themselves..." -- Oscar Wilde

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Cheers.

P.S. - [livejournal.com profile] sgrios gave me an idea for a GK/O Brother, Where Art Thou? crossover/Depression era!AU. It won't get out of my head, but I can't seem to flesh it out enough to make a viable fic out of it. Damn it -_-
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Oh my God, I have no words to describe what I have just seen. I can, however, truthfully state that I laughed so hard irl that I got weird looks from my family, and then promptly lost all higher brain functioning when I realized that this has now put images of him as Rum Tum Tugger into my head.

For those unfamiliar with Cats... )

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Yeah, I don't even know either, my brain is an odd, scary, extremely random place. I can't decide if I would die of a fangasm, die laughing, or just be traumatized forever (NO ONE looks good in spandex). Come to think of it, the lip curls would probably do the fangasm thing, I remain undecided about the *ahem* choreography (I'm rather wary when it comes to Stark and dancing), and the spandex might possibly traumatize me forever on general principle.


Moving on to my last point, more thirty day writing meme!

Day Nine: For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Harry Potter - Harry/Draco, Remus/Sirius, and Remus/Sirius/James (I know, I know)

House, M.D. - House/Wilson, House/Chase, and House/Wilson/Chase (I seem to have a thing for threesomes, go figure)

Brokeback Mountain - Erm, there were only two here; Ennis/Jack and Jake/Heath

Glee - St. Berry, Will/Emma, and Finn/Rachel/Jesse (the potential for dramatic hate sex was delicious, okay?)

True Blood - I've only written crossovers for this fandom, really, so Nate/Godric, Brad/Godric, and Brad/Eric/Godric

Generation Kill - This one's easy! Starsgard, Ray/Walt, and Brad/Nate

American Idiot - Tunny/Will, Tunny/EG, and Tunny/Will/EG

X-Men: First Class - I've only written what could loosely be construed as Charles/Erik so far, but I also want to try Charles/Erik/Emma and Charles/Erik/Angel


...Good lord, I can't remember the last time I posted so regularly on this thing O_o

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"Much effort, much prosperity..." -- Euripides

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Cheers.

P.S. - Appropo of nothing, the fact that a band that seriously calls itself "LMFAO" actually exists makes me feel unbelievably tired and old. Kids today...*shakes head*
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So, internets, Le Boyfriend and I finally saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (aka "Look! This one doesn't have Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom and their combined range of five different facial expressions!") this afternoon and, well, it was...interesting. Not awful, but not amazing, but certainly not a horrendous way to spend an afternoon. Here's essentially what happened:

1) Missionary boy and mermaid girl were really, really adorable (I actually liked them the most, I think)

2) Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz spent most of the movie smoldering insincerely at each other

3) Uncle Vernon was possibly the frumpiest, most ineffectual King I've ever seen in my life

4) Johnny Depp seduces Judi Dench (I'm not making this up, it was fucking hilarious)

5) Blackbeard's ship fwooshed things with its built in flamethrowers (I know, I know)

6) Blackbeard was basically awesome (ETA: And was also evidently Mr. Bobinsky in Coraline, which just cracks me up for some reason)

7) The Spanish were pointless (and cheekbone-y)

ETA 2: 8) I don't care if his appearance was totally random, everything about Keith Richards was awesome. "Does this face look like it's been to the fountain of youth?" HA!

The plot tried to go in too many places at once (which is why I think some of the acting suffered in places), but the effects were good, the cinematography/scenery was amazing, and some of the jokes were fucking hilarious, so Le Boyfriend and I came out of it mostly entertained.

Anyway, in other news, my neighbors acquired a Wii (more specifically a Wii Fit). You haven't seen funny until you've seen a balding, overweight, middle-aged white guy (aka Mr. Next Door) using an invisible hula hoop. It was like this

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only multiplied by a factor of ten. His wife and I were watching in bemusement...

Mrs. Next Door: *glances at me* What're we gonna tell the paramedics?
Me: That he sprained his groove thing?

Much hilarity ensued, which was honestly worth the eye-bleach-necessitating sight that spawned the conversation.

Finally, of course, the meme continues:

Day Four: Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Erm...not really. I suppose it depends on the fandom, in which case I sometimes find myself focusing a bit more than I should I characters to whom I can more easily relate, but otherwise not so much. It's not really a constant thing. For instance, I can really relate to Tunny, but he doesn't always wind up being a focus in anything Idiot-related that I write (unless that was the point of the story from the beginning, lol)

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"May you live every day of your life..." -- Jonathan Swift

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Cheers.
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Oh lawd, internets, I was watching the debate yesterday on CNN and it left me...somewhat worried (those of you who know me on Facebook already know what I'm talking about).

First of all, in the context of talking about how he thinks border control is more important than what's going on in the Middle East, Ron Paul said that America should worry more about its own border instead of "the border between Iraq and Afghanistan" (verbatim quote).

That's a lovely thought (and a good sound bite), except for the part where Iraq and Afghanistan don't touch. Oops.

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Maybe he means America should worry about protecting Iran?


As impressive of a gaffe as that was, it wasn't quite as funny as when Mitt Romney, in response to a question about how he would handle stationing the troops in the Middle East, said that he would gladly hand Afghanistan over to the Taliban military as soon as his commanders say it would be wise to do so.

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Ooh, damn that's awkward.


Internets, these people want to run America (and a worryingly large number of Americans want to let them run the country). Things like this are why I despair of the state of the world so, in the spirit of the occasion and because the Tonys happened and I was feeling nostalgic, I'm going to let someone else express my opinion far better than I ever could )

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"Lack of charisma can be fatal..." -- Jenny Holzer

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Cheers.

P.S. - It never ceases to amaze me how being in the GK fandom actually made me sort of give a shit about politics. This is obviously yet another sign that this fandom rocks so fucking HARD.
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Howdy, internets, just dropping in for a minute to say that I'm not dead, just busy. Horribly, ridiculously, soul-crushingly busy (because next week is the week before finals and the professors like to pile shit high and deep right about now). It's made me tired enough that I've passed out asleep at 10:00 p.m. more than once in the last week (which, for someone who normally goes to bed around midnight, is a big deal), plus I really hate how much it's cutting into my fandom/internet time lately :\

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Me these days....

Long story short, my life would be so much easier if I could just live in the internet forever.

On the bright side, I got to spend the afternoon watching Jason X (hilariously bad) and playing with Le Boyfriend's and my bb!kitty (hilariously adorable) over at Les Neighbors', so things aren't as bad as they could be. In the mean time, I promise I'll get a real post up some time before doomsday *facepalm*

ETA: My family sent me this video earlier and I only just opened and watched it just now...

Marines and Britney Spears...you know you're curious )

It's almost scary how well they know me.

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Cheers.
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FACT #1: No matter how much fun they might be, doing certain dance moves from American Idiot while listening to the soundtrack will get you funny looks -- especially the invisible head banging when you (incorrectly) think no one is looking at you.

FACT #1a: If it looks goofy when the Idiots do it, you don't stand a chance in hell of looking anything less than totally ridiculous. Like this move, for instance:

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FACT #2: This gif amuses me far more than it probably should:

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FACT #2a: As does this one

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FACT #3: In three of my classes, I don't have anything else to worry about until their respective finals. The one class for which I don't have a final? Is the one that includes a group term project that's going to continue to take over my life in that remaining two weeks. It fucking figures.


FACT #4: Stomach bugs suck. They suck even worse when you have to drag yourself out of bed anyway to work on said previously mentioned term project.


FACT #5: It's generally a bad idea to roll your eyes and contemplate Silent Hill jokes when you hear a tornado siren outside, even if your power hasn't gone out and it's not even raining all that hard. It might possibly (read: definitely) be because a tornado touched down a few miles from campus.


Facts 3 and 4 are conclusive proof that the universe has a sick sense of humor. Oh well, at least the other ones are (relatively) funny, plus my temporarily lightened school workload means I should be able to get some more work done on my various fics...in theory *headdesk*

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"To be alive at all involves some risk..." -- Harold MacMillan

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Cheers.

P.S. - Potentially unpopular opinion, ahoy:

Dear international media,

Would it be possible for you to SHUT THE FUCK UP (or at least calm down) about the royal wedding? I rolled my eyes at the commemorative refrigerator (I wish I were joking), but speculating about whether or not their potential daughter might be allowed to be Queen someday? To the point of mentioning it as a potential topic to Parliament? That's just too much ridiculousness for me to take -- I mean, talk about counting your chickens before they hatch. In conclusion, RELAX (or at least pick less hideously boring people to obsess about).

Sincerely,
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Someone tried to record American Idiot from third(ish) row center orchestra section. As in approximately ten feet (tops) away from the stage.

No, really.

'Tried' being the key word, of course (Gerard was having none of that bullshit).

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I actually cringed away from my computer screen from the sheer, overwhelming secondhand embarrassment. Some people...*facepalm* (amusing side note: Le Boyfriend has christened the guy responsible for this as "Dipshit McFucknuts". Apt name is definitely fucking apt).

In other news, today is Le Boyfriend's birthday and so we're actually de-hermiting out of our apartment to go out to dinner \o/ Also, I just have one scene left to write (and the usual nitpicking) and the first part of my GK/AI crossover is good to go! Expect it sometime in the next 48 hours.

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"What is easy is seldom excellent..." -- Samuel Johnson

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Cheers.

ETA: Le Boyfriend was telling me about a kid in one of the classes he student teaches -- more specifically, meeting with this kid's mom earlier tonight at the school's open house. The kid's mom tells Le Boyfriend that her son is big into military things and that she's trying to get him to read more in general.

Guess why Le Boyfriend told me about this. Go on, guess.

I wound up writing down a list of six or seven books (including GK and OBA), including mentioning that a couple of them had T.V. or movie adaptations, for Le Boyfriend to give to this kid's mom (or the kid himself). I just wanted to note down for posterity that my rampant geekery actually served a productive, educational purpose, since I'm pretty sure this counts as one of the signs of the apocalypse.
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Internets, I have a test tomorrow that I've been studying for for the last few days. It was actually going pretty well until, through some hilarious wrong turn in my wanderings around the internet, I discovered today that the Muppets have their own Youtube channel*.

WARNING: The main page includes a video that autoplays as the page loads, so check your volume settings accordingly

This isn't going to end well. These, on the other hand... )

Fun tip: If you want to make the second video under the cut about a million times more hilarious, play it again but imagine Beaker like this as you're watching.

On the other hand, if you're still bored but (incorrectly) feel that you're too old for Muppets, there is also my recent post recapping American Idiot in 20 Minutes.

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"A finished person is a boring person..." -- Anna Quindlen

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Cheers.

ETA (because a link pertaining to anything Justin Bieber-related that doesn't involve Stark's Halloween costume will get its own post here over my dead body): I just saw this on [livejournal.com profile] ohnotheydidnt.

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I know I'm waaaayyyy too young to be using this phrase, but...kids today, man *shakes head*
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[livejournal.com profile] pau494 just gave me this gif and I can't stop looking (and cracking up) at it, so I decided to share the mirth. Enjoy!

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It's not quite as hilarious as the straight-up mini-seizure Stark has right before Dearly Beloved starts, but it's right up there in terms of sheer lulz.

OH GOD SHOW WHY MUST YOU CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGE *sobsob* ;____;

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"One may be humble out of pride...." -- Michel de Montaigne

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Cheers.
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The most hilarious thing I learned today:

Athletes think bee pollen is a helpful nutritional supplement. BEE POLLEN. I'm not even making this up.

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Where do people come up with this crap?!

Also, did one of you try to add me on Skype recently? I got a request from a username I didn't recognize and it's fine if it was one of y'all, just try again and tell me who you are, okay? It's nothing personal, I'm just sort of really irrationally paranoid.

In the mean time, for those who are still catching up on it, some helpful links to the previous parts of Le Batfic:

Part 9
Part 10
The first half of Part 11 (with new improved preview feature!)

And also this song that's been stuck in my head for the last two days (cut to prevent random autoplay) )

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"Look back, and smile on perils past..." -- Walter Scott

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Cheers.

Mind blown moment: I just realized a serious problem with The Bible (wait wait I KNOW, hear me out)...

So God created Adam and Eve, who gave birth to Cain and Abel. And yet, Cain and Abel each wind up married somehow despite the fact that, as far as I know, The Bible doesn't mention the spontaneous creation of any other people or of Eve giving birth to any daughters.

Any theology wonks want to help me out with this one?
Solved by the lovely and amazing [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris
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I just watched a video in which real!Nate called Stark his "thirteen year old alter ego".

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Easily made my fucking week.

Just had to stop in and share that little gem. More batfic(k) (I amuse myself) can be found here and I'll try to finish all my various reaction posts and get them up sometime this weekend. Assuming I don't die under my mountain of schoolwork, of course.

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"Turn your wounds into wisdom..." -- Oprah Winfrey

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Cheers.
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Cost of 'Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus' mp3 on iTunes: $1.99
The looks I got for singing along to it on the way to class this morning: Priceless.

I think Ray-Ray would be pleased, personally.


Also, I finally caught the most recent Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode last night. Radcakes was precious as Edmund, and I just about died when Jacob!Milhouse turned into a poodle (as opposed to a giant pixellated wolf of doom). Bonus points for some of the shot-for-shot spoofs of Twilight's attempts at cinematography too XD


Anyway, that's all I've got for the moment. I should have review posts up at some point soon, and more Bat!fic (for which I'd still be pathetically grateful if someone would be willing to contribute some art) sooner rather than later. In the interest of fangirling and squee (and fucking around with the girls behind me in Sports Nutrition), I give y'all this little gem (oldie but a goodie) )

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I'll just be over here staring at that for a while...

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"Great art picks up where nature ends..." -- Marc Chagall

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Cheers.
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Sooo, today I discovered the true meaning of the phrase "laugh yourself sick".

Why, you ask? Because I just saw the most fucking hilarious Halloween costume ever over in [livejournal.com profile] stark_sands. He was Justin Bieber. He even accounted for the massive height difference (through creative use of trash cans).

I COULD NOT MAKE THIS SHIT UP IF I TRIED.

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I almost passed out from a coughing fit brought on by hysterical laughter.

Will be posting more of Celer, Silens, Mortalis tomorrow (among other things), and my various overdue reaction posts will probably go up on Thursday. Stay tuned!

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Cheers.

P.S. - I haven't posted the pic directly because it came from Twitter (which got it from the Facebook page of a person I don't recognize), so I'm not sure how personal it was supposed to be.


ETA: Things I learned so far from taking a sleeping pill (like usual) but forgetting about the cough medicine I've been mainlining all week:

1) Words move in lines/segments. It's not dramatic, but it's just noticeable enough that you can lose surprising amounts of time watching it.

2) Typing gets remarkably difficult when you can't for the life of you remember where the key for your next letter is or (or, for that matter, what that next key was in the first place).

3) Easy words for a given context suddenly become impossible to remember. Also, those moments where you're sure you spelled a word correctly but it doesn't look "right"? Those happen a lot more.

4) I can feel my pulse everywhere.

5) Cliché as it sounds, music becomes FASCINATING.

So yeah, the combination of a sinus infection, cough medicine for same, a massive load of caffeine just to function, sleep deprivation from same, and a sleeping pill for same make things....interesting.

Either that or all this is evidence that the combined stressors above and my schoolwork have driven me 'round the bend. I'm betting the chemical interactions had something to do with it, though.

Only Raptor Jesus knows for sure
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Toodles!
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Internets, I've been coughing so much over the last week (or so) that my voice is gone. I sound like Godfather -- for once, not a humorous exaggeration.

Please send help. Or cough medicine. Or GK picspams.

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"God has entrusted me with myself..." -- Epictetus

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Cheers.

P.S. - Hero Living just came in the post. I swear I'll get around to reading it at some point, but right now I'm too transfixed by Rudy's dearth of clothes and unbelievably amused by the face he's making. I should not be this entertained by the dust jacket of a book.

Le Boyfriend's comment (upon seeing Rudy's picture/pose on the cover): "I think Rudy wants to be a plane. Just like Brad."

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I swear, this is why I keep him around.

P.P.S. - Am considering trying my hand at very stick-figurish comics to illustrate some of my posts. Thoughts?
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For this story to make any remote sort of sense, I have to start by stating that Le Boyfriend and I both take vitamin supplements in gumdrop form.

Yesterday, Le Boyfriend and I were sitting in the living room, more or less bored out of our skulls. Suddenly, thinking of our gummy vitamins, Le Boyfriend had an idea; we should go buy regular fruit snacks! Naturally, as I never quite grew out of having the sweet tooth of a six year old, I was on board, so off we went to Walgreen's.

Our supplies when we came back:

Two boxes of Wintergreen Altoids "smalls" ("Look, [Le Boyfriend], baby Altoids!")
A Batman Pez dispenser (which I christened "Brad" and then spent the afternoon using to make annoying camera phone pics to send to my friends)
Two packs of Pez refills (so Brad doesn't run out of juice)
A whole bag of Fun Dip packets
One bag of candy corn
Several pumpkin-shaped Reese's peanut butter cups
Two containers of pumpkin-shaped marshmallow Peeps

Long story short, we came back to Le Flat with $20 worth of candy. None of which was the fruit snacks we originally were planning to purchase. I regret nothing.

Also, have this humorous (but pretty mean) parody/re-cap of American Idiot. It's spoilertastic and annoyed me in some parts, but also succeeded in making me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe for a second on more than one occasion. In the mean time, I'll be over here working the four gazillion review posts I promised, a metric ton of schoolwork, and a host of other things.

Have a gif!
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"I've been lucky. I'll be lucky again..." -- Bette Davis

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Cheers.
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Just found Shall We Dance? (yes, the one with J-Lo -- not dead! -- and Richard Gere) on T.V. Am going to actually watch it again because I have nothing better to do and I miss the silly white boy dancing:

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In spite of my fangirlish adoration, I still cringe hardcore at this part. WHO LET HIM THINK THIS WAS DANCING?!

ETA: OH MY GOD I FORGOT THIS PART WAS TO JA RULE, IS IT 1998 AGAIN OR SOMETHING?

Oh God, y'all, this movie is so awful, but I can't look away @_@

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Now, I know it's pretty common for most people to get some wacky shit in their spam folders. Comedians have been joking about it pretty much since email was invented. Even I've gotten some pretty weird things including...

- Mail-order bride ads (Le Boyfriend finds this hilarious)
- Various and sundry male enhancement ads (which seemed stupid given that I'm a girl, until I realized the potential jab at Le Boyfriend -- then it was hilarious)
- Ads encouraging me to watch supposed celebrity sex tapes
- Ads for guns/knives/hunting gear (the combination of this and the one above it make me wonder what watch lists I must be on by now)

But this, internets, this cracks me up the most... )

1) I'm in my twenties.
2) I'm pretty sure Paypal knows I'm in my twenties considering I dimly remember being asked to enter my DOB when I registered.
3) I'm in college. I'm still getting the hang of financial responsibility.

Bonus: Note the link/ad across the top of my Spam folder -- Google usually chooses things for that place based on key words in the folder (or email if you happen to have one open at the time). So Google selects a Spam recipe for the spam folder; is that meta or what? XD

Just had to stop in and have a laugh about that. Feel free to join Bud in being horrified by what the internet appears to think of me:
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"The basis of optimism is sheer terror..." -- Oscar Wilde

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Cheers.

P.S. - I promise I'll at least get the Glee reaction posts up today if it's the last thing I do. This shit is just getting ridiculous.

***ETA: Done and done!

Glee Episode 2x01'Audition' )


Glee Episode 2x02 'Britney/Brittany' )
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So, internets, I've decided I'm going to ramble about Tom Hardy and, tangentially, Inception (which I have yet to see for reasons that will be discussed in this post) as a way to pass time while I wait for my sleeping pill to kick in.

It all started with this secret over in [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets

Part 1: In which the author realizes something important about Tom Hardy (and herself) )


Part 2: Reasons why I have yet to see Inception even though everyone and their mom seems to love it )

Finally, I'm in the process of cooking up some sort of entertaining post (even if it's just a pic/gifspam) in honor of the fact that it's Stark's birthday today (after a moment of "I feel like there's a birthday I'm missing", I looked it up and lo and behold...)

For the moment? Spam the fuck out of this post accordingly. Here, I'll start... )

Happy birthday, Stark. Please keep being your usual awesome self <3

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"The only way round is through..." -- Robert Frost

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Cheers.

ETA: Internets, I just saw a girl in the university gym (where I'm waiting for my next class) wearing a black velvet cape hugged tightly around herself. Hand to God, I can't make shit like this up.

***Edit 2*** A little surprise!handporn for my fellow fangirls )

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