elfinblaze: (Harry Potter Hermione)
- I have now watched Under the Red Hood five times. It was a good purchase. :)

- I've been doing "guerilla marketing" on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Every time I'm at a toy shop I rearrange the toys. You might have heard that Rey toys are rare in shops the world over, and when I'm in a toy shop, I go looking. If I find a Rey toy, I will move her to the front of the shelf, so hopefully more people will see her and buy her. I love that character, so I will market her myself.

- I haven't done this in a long time, but I was inspired by this post, so here's my favourite songs ever. Not the ones I think are the best musical works, but the ones I never get tired of listening to.

1. Hallelujah, by anyone covering Leonard Cohen. This is the Ten Tenors
2. Miserere mei, Deus, composed by Allegri Gregorio (a classical piece; I just love those soaring high notes)
3. Snow on the Sahara, by Anggun, and the French version La neige au Sahara.
4. Fields of Gold, by Sting
5. Skellig, by Loreena McKennitt (she has a lot of great music, but this is my personal favourite)

Star Wars!

Apr. 17th, 2015 12:23 pm
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
The new Star Wars trailer is making me all excited:
That theme music!
(If the embed doesn't work The Guardian also has a copy of the trailer.)

That might not be Tatooine but those dunes look familiar enough to tap into the nostalgia all the same. Besides, I'm sure lots of planets have a desert. :D

And I now have a new desktop picture:

If I were still a student I would do another Star Wars marathon, like my school friends and I did after seeing Episode 1. Day at the cinema, followed by staying up all night to watch the original trilogy all in one go.

For the record, I haven't got round to watching Mark Hamill's episode of The Flash yet. I am so far behind in everything...


Apr. 13th, 2014 11:04 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- There's a guy living near me who owns a wolf; I've seen them out walking occasionally. This wolf is the most beautiful animal I've ever seen. It's huge, and I mean massive, and it's utterly pure white except for a streak of gold down its back. It's an absolutely stunning animal. So much so, I need to mention it in a blog post. :)

- I'm just reading stories online about people being smuggled across borders, and it makes me remember my father's stories of leaving East Germany. He was still a child and his mother - my grandmother - got in friendly with the border guards. "Oh, the kids are just going to visit relatives. They'll be back." And they always were, so that's how they made the trip back and forth across the border: getting the guards to trust them. And one day they just didn't come back.

The only other thing my grandmother managed to smuggle out of the country with them was her sewing machine, because she wasn't leaving without her sewing machine! I don't know how she managed that, but this is the same woman who stole her teacher's cane by sticking it down the front of her dress, so who knows how creative she got with the sewing machine.

- LANDO CALRISSIAN IS GOING TO BE ON GLEE! Or at least the actor will be. Not as awesome as the time they had Chewbacca on the show, but still pretty awesome.

- Fascinating history: The Medieval Guide to Sexual Sin.
Only in darkness, fully clothed, in the missionary position, without "lewd kissing" and ideally without taking pleasure from the act.

- This is my current desktop: Engage )


Mar. 23rd, 2014 11:29 am
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
- The only fantasy map you'll ever need. I love this! Very clever.

- Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the original trilogy ended, just like in real life.
It's just over 30 years since the release of Return of the Jedi, which means the actors from the original trilogy will be – wait for it – 30 years older. And given that Chairman Bob Iger said that there will be "very familiar faces returning."

- News for fellow virology geeks: Guinea Confirms Ebola As Source of Deadly Epidemic
To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for Ebola, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organisation.
[Other reports from the BBC, and Reuters.]

- Some faith in humanity: Westboro's picket against Lorde met with messages of sympathy for the family of Fred Phelps
The majority of the attention turned to a banner on the other side of the street which read: 'Sorry for your loss.'

- This is a really good article on the Catholic church in Australia today.

If I were a priest I would tell fellow priests to hand themselves in to police if they have done wrong. Forget coming to me for confession, make the police your confessional and the law your penance. They wanted responsibility by becoming priests, they need to take the consequences and accept their responsibilities.

Sometimes I don't understand why no actual priests have yet said exactly that. Then I remember that they're all drinking the same kool-aid where women, children, and other minorities don't matter, because we hardly count as human beings to them. Because we're just their "other."
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter Firefly)

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

I was going to go, but then it was raining, which sort of makes things unpleasant. I mean, I suppose, considering it's Mardi Gras you could always join the parade wearing nothing but body glitter (which I do actually have, I just realised), and then it wouldn't matter how wet you got. XD But it's cold and I didn't feel like walking home at midnight again.

So I decided to stay home and read instead. But I still got covered in glitter because I cleaned my bedroom and had glitter-covered stuff to move.

I like glitter, okay?

More random points for the day:

- We have a water dragon that's moved into our back garden. It's been seen with its tail trailing in our swimming pool on hot days.

- My deodorant bottle has little black hearts on it. Which suits my little black heart perfectly. ^_^

- This is one depressing picture. All those books! In water! ;_;

- Damnit, I want these to exist! I would so read Albus Dumbledore and the Elder Wand. Victorian wizards!

- I completely missed this: list of "high fantasy" books that aren't full of rape, objectified women and headbanging misogyny. It makes me really glad that David Eddings was my introduction to fantasy, because apart from the everyone-over-7000-years-of-history-is-straight-and-gets-married-in-the-end, there was nothing to traumatise fourteen-year-old, budding feminist me.

- You know those questions geeks like me love? Like "Who would win in a battle between a Star Destroyer and the USS Enterprise?" or "Who's the quicker draw: Han Solo or Captain Mal Reynolds?" Here's another good one: What would happen if a Vulcan studied to become a Jedi?

- I'm already looking forward to Glee on Monday. It's ridiculous how happy this show makes me, but at least it's something I can look forward to every week. ^_^
elfinblaze: (Glee Brittany Santana)
1. Dear Australia,
Yes, yes, you are wild, and rugged, and will not be tamed, we get it. After the floods on the east coast, the cyclones (yes, plural, I was paying attention), and now the bushfires on the west coast, all in the past 2 months, it's been kind of hard to miss.
So you've made your point.
Now, quit it!

2. It is quiet in Internet-lockdown! There was almost nothing on my FList! (By "nothing" I mean I didn't have to skip=40 every day.) But at least I remained unspoilt! Sooo thankful for that. And I'm out of lockdown now, until tomorrow when I have to go straight back to it, but since I get two episodes of Glee in one week I can't complain about that too much. I'll probably have something to say about episode 2x11 after I've seen it a second time, so that may be coming up soon. In the meantime I can read my unfiltered Friends List and various tumblr.s again! *throws confetti*

3. I have a new desktop picture (no spoilers). Because I wanted something happy and Glee and pretty. I was listening to the Glee cover of True Colours on repeat while I made it. ^_^ It makes me smile.

4. According to this flowchart, I'd be a Jedi Knight. Cool. ^_^ I always liked to dream I was a Jedi when I was younger. Along with dreaming of being a Queen of Narnia. And no, that is not a closet joke.

5. It seems I'm going to be 29 next week. Presumably this means I need to grow up at some point. I'm still living in denial, because the water's fine here.


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