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May 3rd, 2008


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11:39 pm - The Cut of My Jib, the Height of My Brow
This morning, I saw Iron Man, which was awesome and badass and funny and entertaining. And the scene after the end of the credits is unbelievably flailtastic. The script was clever, the performances were great, and the special effects were sweet. Even arbitrarium, who knew nothing about the comic, loved the movie and will be convincing people who were skeptical to see it.

Since there was pizza in the movie (er, spoiler warning?), we had lunch at Pizza My Heart. Then we checked out GameStop, I to see whether they had a demo of GTA IV to play (they did not, sadly) and she to buy Mario Kart Wii.

After returning home, I walked to a nearby comic book store for Free Comic Book Day. I picked up an X-Men by Mike Carey and a Superman by Grant Morrison. I also read the latest issue of Ex Machina without buying it. Just like old times!

When I came back, I still had to wait a few minutes for Doctor Who to be ready. Donna continues to be awesome.

Then I watched last night's Battlestar Galactica, in which very little happened.

The order in which I watched these two shows is indicative of my comparative level of excitement for each.

I finished the third trade of Astonishing X-Men, which is entertaining enough but maddeningly incomprehensible to someone who wasn't reading Grant Morrison's New X-Men previously. Thank God for Wikipedia, even though I did get WikiSpoiled.

It had been almost forty-eight hours since I had watched an episode of How I Met Your Mother, so I had to watch one. I'm almost done with the first season, and I love it, and I'm addicted. I hope I can get caught up before the season finale.

And then I attended the Berkeley Opera. Wearing this shirt. Emily (tigeremme) was assistant conductor/musical assistant/coach/accompanist/violinist. The program comprised two one-acts. The first was Bluebeard's Castle, by Bartók. They had "supertitles," so called because the English translation was above the stage. It was like watching anime! Live! And in Hungarian! The music was good, and about halfway through, I picked up on the symbolism and appreciated the story (what little there was) a bit more. During the intermission, I entertained Grace by reading aloud the synopsis of the second opera, L'enfant et les Sortilèges by Ravel, because if there's one thing I like, it's dramatic reading. The Ravel was very different, since it had puppets and dancers in addition to the action on the projection screen. I'd never seen a ten-year-old boy be attacked by his math book before. Opera is weird.

This is all just to say that my day looked like this:
  • Iron Man
  • GameStop
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Ex Machina
  • Doctor Who
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • THE OPERA
I think that sort of sums me up as a person, actually.
Current Mood: always tired
Current Music: Snow Patrol - Ways and Means

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From:sabra_n
Date:May 4th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
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I got a free Avatar comic from Free Comics Day. It was pushing the Katara/Zuko 'ship. I loled.

-blue
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 4th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
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Ha ha ha! What the hell, I didn't see any Avatar comics at my place!
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From:sabra_n
Date:May 4th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
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I don't know; maybe it's an old comic. It had a "How To Draw Aang" guide, which I merrily wasted twenty minutes following. The results weren't horrible, actually.

-blue
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From:the_narration
Date:May 4th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
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I'm a bit suprised myself. I wasn't aware of any Avatar comics besides the ones from Nick Magazine. Time to start another search through the depths of the internet, I guess.
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From:the_narration
Date:May 4th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
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Heh. That's quite the day.
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From:electricmonk
Date:May 4th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
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Nerd.

(<3)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 4th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Iron Man, Free Comic Book Day, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, How I Met Your Mother?
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From:arie
Date:May 4th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I wasn't really interested in Iron Man, but my husband really wants to see it. You've convinced me to go see it with him today.

Interesting way to end such a Sci-Fi oriented day...

And last, but not least:
DOCTOR WHO SPOILERS (but no plot giving away):




I love at the end when Martha goes to sit down next to the Doctor all comforting and snuggly and Donna just smacks him. I think that says it all.



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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 4th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
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I wasn't really interested in Iron Man, but my husband really wants to see it. You've convinced me to go see it with him today.
Awesome! Hope you enjoy it.

I love at the end when Martha goes to sit down next to the Doctor all comforting and snuggly and Donna just smacks him. I think that says it all.
I agree.
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From:anoel
Date:May 4th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Yay How I Met Your Mother! It's such a great show and it's wonderful to see you getting into it :) I hope you make it by the finale!
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From:teapot37
Date:May 4th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a pretty good day, all in all. I'm loving Mario Kart so far, myself. More than I did Double Dash!!, certainly.
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From:ethanvahlere
Date:May 5th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
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I liked Iron Man, though I didn't love it. I might have liked that very last scene more had I not been spoiled for what would happen (by someone in the theater, no less). Also, it was a bit too long. Still, I liked the three leads (Downey, Bridges, Paltrow), and I loved the last line before the credits.
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From:catatonia00
Date:May 5th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
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I loved, loved, loved Iron Man. I haven't been this entertained by a comic book turned movie in forever.

Have you already caught the HIMYM episode with the VM4's most hated word?

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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 5th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Can they even say that on television?!?!
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From:catatonia00
Date:May 5th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
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It's not fuckslutwhore, if that's what you're thinking. It's the episode about Lily's most hated word. You can't miss it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 9th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
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Grinch?

Hee.
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From:catatonia00
Date:May 9th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
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Moist.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 9th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
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That's Joy Lass's most hated word! HIMYM totally stole it! I don't think I've gotten to that episode yet.
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From:catatonia00
Date:May 9th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
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Dude, that's right. I only watched Dead Like Me this year, so that I wasn't aware of that reference.
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From:daynr
Date:May 5th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
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I actually checked my messages last night, but alas I was in Boston and missed the comic excitement. I can't imagine what my sister would have said if I'd tried to drag her to one.

I kept looking for the bit about running... *peers*
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 5th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Aw, that's too bad. What were you doing in Boston? I'm going to Boston tomorrow!
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From:daynr
Date:May 5th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Really? To Boston?

My sister lives up there and I hadn't seen her in a couple months. We're tight like that. She flat out refused to let us see IronMan, so it was all Sarah Marshall and Forbidden Kingdom. She has tolerance for kungfu movies because I dragged her to a bunch of stuff when she came to see me in china, and my b-i-l is always down with that stuff. He seemed to think my friend's anime movies were awesome, though he doubts my geek-development is sufficient to enjoy them.

Alas, they refused Avatar conversion, but I have faith that it will occur. His taste is suspect anyways - he also likes Lost.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 5th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
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*sticks tongue out*
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From:daynr
Date:May 5th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
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And why do you have so many conferences?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 5th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
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This is a training course.

Although I'm going back for a conference in June.
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From:lodessa
Date:May 8th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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We went and saw Iron Man on Sunday and totally enjoyed it as well... even though he was fighting the terrorists (which usually is a big turn off). Also Gwyneth Paltrow looked ridiculously good... which took me by surprise. And I actually wanted to see all of the movies advertised beforehand.

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