vervet_monkey: (David)
For some reason LJ is only giving me the raw option for posting, not the nice button to do things for me. Not that they work very often, but this may end up being a long stream of text, for which I apologise.

So, this time next week I shall be done. Exciting and a little bit scary but right now exciting. It has also just occurred to me that I have quite a lot of experience working with children/teenagers, and therefore my summer job hunting would probably be helped by applying to summer schools. I have therefore applied to one in St Andrews, one in Cambridge and a couple on the South coast. It would be nice to go up to Scotland, as I've never been, but a bit of a pain to get down for graduation! But either way working for a summer school would be more fun that restaurant or shop work. (And mean I don't have to move home... which sounds mean, I love my parents, but I'm not sure it would work.

Revision has also meant I have just finished re-reading Harry Potter. I read the first 4 over January exams and the last 3 this time round. I find it really strange to think that children now can just go and buy them. There is nothing stopping you reading them all at once. I'm not sure I like that idea. I was 8 when I read the first one and 18 when I read the last one. And I was never one of the ones who was up at midnight to get the next book, but I don't think it is possible to grow up in our generation and not have read them and get excited. I'm also not sure you'd understand if you read them all at once, because they do grow up. The last book is depressing! (A little too depressing for my taste on re-read actually, the lack of any relief was tiring). The Philosophers Stone was written for 11 year olds, but I can't say the Deathly Hallows was.

Also doing a bit of a Buffy re-watch. Nice and comforting, I like very much. I can still quote many of the episodes and I know what's going to happen, but I love it all the same.

And Much Ado with [livejournal.com profile] stolen_dreams next month! Shakespeare, Tate and Tennant all at once!

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May. 27th, 2010 09:01 pm
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 Just sat watching Once More with Feeling for the first time in years. Housemates are out and I was bored of revision so it seemed like the thing to do!

Was watching it thinking about watching Buffy for the first time on TV, completely independent of fandom groups. I wasn't aloud (ETA: Oh dear... OK I never pick up other peoples grammar mistakes but aloud? *slaps own wrist* allowed, I'm sorry) to frequent the message boards and don't actually have a clue whether livejournal or equivalents were running, certainly they weren't on the scale they are now.

I was probably more obsessed with Buffy than I ever have been about any of my following fandoms. Buffy was the first show I ever really got into and even watching it now I can remember most of the lines before they are said, and can certainly recite the plot of any episode based on it's first few seconds (Me and my brother have the occasional competition when channel surfing if Buffy is on to see who gets the episode first). But the only contact I had with other Buffy fans was my brother (who never got into it as much), and IRL friend (but again, not quite the same obsession) and towards the end [livejournal.com profile] _stolendreams_  (And it just took me three attempts to get your link right...), but then not purely for the purpose of Buffy discussion. And did that make the experience better or worse?

I don't know. Fandoms have so many good points. Constructive discussion (what could that mean, how might this change etc), some really good fan-fiction, picspams, speculation and the added information you get. But I think maybe that takes away from the enjoyment of the show. I liked never know what was coming next (actually having no clue as Buffy has no 'next week' bit) and working things out for myself.

Also, and this is what actually sparked this thought off, I can just imagine the amount of 'that just wasn't good enough' that would have come (did come?) after Once More with Feeling aired. It was cheesy and plot holey, but I just watched it. And didn't question it, put it all down to the God that is Joss Whedon. Would my enjoyment have been marred by reading about other peoples dislike and complaints? Probably.

Watching the new season of Doctor Who and I kind of get the feeling that fans have too much sense of entitlement. It should be done how I want it and it should be done now. And that doesn't go for everyone, obviously, but sometimes. I think sitting back and enjoying the ride was a better way of enjoying a show.
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So its Christmas, and I have lots of work to do. But also a new PC that for some reason came with PhotoShop already installed and begging to be used. So rather than spend my time answer questions on Plants and Insects or writing my lab report on play behaviour:





Christmas with the 10th Doctor... )
All images taken from SonicBiro.
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So I was having a wander around the fandom of Torchwood, not a place I frequent often, but hey, I thought I'd take a look. And it was good for a laugh!

I was quite happily looking through pictures and fan fic and random other posts. THEN I come across a post relating to the death of Ianto. Now I'd heard rumours that people weren't pleased that he died. But this is what... 4 months down the line? And you know, he was fictional. Yet there it was, a post with many many comments, discussing how to 'deal' with the death of Ianto / living in the land of denial.

I'm also spending quite alot of time wandering through the boyzone board atm, a fandom (does that word still work for a band??) that is actually mourning the death of an actual real life person. And the posts relating to the death of Stephen are scarily simular to the one mourning Ianto. With the one exception, people are trying to move on and remember him (remember, real life person, not some guys invention) and being supportive and nice, espcially about the people he was close to. (Having siad that I think mods are on high 'Only nice things about Stephen' alert, but still, not one argument yet!)

It just made me giggle. And realise that Boyzone fans, while lacking majorily in the coolness factor, are much nicer.

On another unrelated note I am also having an attempt at Twittering... maybe. With the aim of keeping up more with fandoms (and because I am haivng major 'return to boyzone' thing atm and that seems to be where the fans are...) So wish me luck
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OK? Dyslexia not real? Ummmm? Where the hell did that come from? I can tell you pretty definatly that is does exist. It is not just lazy teaching (although making me sit in the corner with a book tracing the letters is prehaps not the best way to teach, espcially when everyone else got to read!) Letters don't make sence, they get confused and in the wrong order. I pretty much have it under control, but at the end of a shift I always used to get my numbers confused at work, £9.35 instead of £3.95 etc.

And dyslexics are not illetrate. I could read before i went to school. Although admittedly i skim the sentances as a whole rather than read everyword, but I can read! And I can write quite well too, construct a sentance. So 100% literacy rates = no dyslexia not quite right. 100% literacy rates = good managemtn and teaching, and a damn lot of hard work on the side of the dyslexics. Stupid ignorant MP people. Humph!

Exam this morning. Done on paper as the server is still down. Semester finals next week will also be done on paper! Meaning we are going to be waiting forever to get our results. But at least we will acutally be able to take them! Not entirely sure how it went today. I'm fairly sure I didn't fuck up completely but I had to guess alot more than I did on the last one. I'm averaging 81% atm though, and this was worth... 10% of 1 module so ... LOL, 1.25% of total grade for year. Hardly seems worth actually doing in that case... definatly not worth worrying about!

Booked train ticket home, leaving on thursdday, back on Monday (possibly via day with bexy in oxford) Which should be nice. Then house hunting (how scary!) when I get back. Now I feel like a real grown up! Tried again to book south afrcia and still can't get through. I've e-mailed checking the number and they've called me but I was in said exam, but I've called maybe 10 times now, left 10 messages and nothing. Grrr its a pain. Really like to book a place pretty please!

Been playing around trying to write fanfiction buts its not working. Well, it is in that its distracting me from work but the actual writing is not going well. Oh, and Bentoing! I may have acutally fallen in love with it. Its a Japanese thing aparently and involves packed lunch, but it has to be colourful and well organised and healthy. I think its meant to have 5 differant colours and 5 differant cooking techniques but I never manage that far. Some are  real works of art and def make lunch more fun. Yesturday I made a monster! (Shhh, grown up really!!) Am trying to resist the urge to by a cute bento box...

I also made the nicest soy sauce chicken for dinner tonight. Esp considering i don't have half of whats meant to go in it so ended up with soy, seasme oil, brown sugar, ground coriander and garlic. But it was good!
vervet_monkey: (Kaylee)
I've been stealing icons from myself... i don't quite know how that works but I don't plan on complaining about me so... This one is pretty, i am better at making them than I remember I was... But no photoshopping software on laptop and not going to download any, using up enough space with damn protein sequenceing software and would actually like it to keep working at least some speed! Ummm, thats me convincing ymself out of it OK? So don't let me change and convince myself too!

Have housemates sorted for next year! Woot. 2 conservation people plus one house mate of conservation person. 2nd year languages, 2nd year engineer and philosophy masters. Means I'm going to have to find new people next year though as masters person will have finished and languages will be practiacing language abroad. But hey, I don't have that worry just yet. Just the find a house worry!

Job hunting tomorrow afternoon I think... ugh. But I only have 3 modules next semester as my marine one wouldn't work with timetabling, so will hsve lots of time... plus job = money which =good!

Bexyfus answer your phone! Its no good using you as a revision distraction if you dont!!
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We're having a tim burton themed halloween party! See, if they choose nice themes then i actually want to go! Its the day after mum and dad come donw so i'm going to get them to bring my corpse bride dress! *gets a little bit excited* I also need to see sweeny todd... that just popped into my head....

I'm all fandomly bouncy now miss bexy, its contagious. Only I only have my firefly dvd's with me... and i actually have to get work done this evening... so I'm not watching them... well, mayb not.... only if i get my work done!

Our mean lecturer didn't tunr up again this morning. Well actually it was a differant lecturer than on mondoy, but she blamed a 'clerical error' too. Did they not learn in school thst its up to YOU to know where you're going?? Silly people. Its a pain coz it means its going to be put at someother time again and therefore its going to throw my whole routine off. ANd I've ony just worked one out!

We pretty much finished our key today. Just a little tweaking and making it look pretty etc. Which is good. i looks quite cool. Although trying to find differances is actually quite diffucult. We had a tiger and a leopard and obivously one has dtripes and one has spots but you can't use that, coz it was evolutary traits (if you use that its like saying a tiger is more closely related to a zebra than a leopard, which i'm prettty sure is wrong...) We also got a little confused when we were going through it and got to 'does it have a fused hyoid' (that means it can roar) chiose yes and somehow ended up at otter... i would be a little scared if an otter started raoring at me! But we sorted that out so all is good.

Actually, I'd be a little scared if a leopad started roaring at me too, but for differant reasons!!!!!!!!!

Our boring lecturer from yesturday really is boring. The subject didn't rally keep me awake either today, but it has kept me entertained trying to decode his notes since!

Kayla

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