aderam: (Arthur Crown)
Quick informal poll:

When you are reading fic (or, you know, anything) do you prefer verbs in:
a) Past tense.
b) Present tense.
c) Don't care either way as long as it's consistent.

I'm working on my Yuletide and I can't decide which I prefer - half the time the present sounds better and half the time I want to do the past. Obviously I need to pick a tense and stick to it, but I can't decide which is better. ([personal profile] hobbitbabe having seen some of the text, do you have an opinion about what fits better in this particular story?)

In other news I've somehow managed to lightly sprain my wrist. I actually have no idea how, it's just been sore and potentially getting sore-er all week (either that or I was paying attention to it more). I went into the walk-in clinic down the street from me and had the doctor check it out to make sure it wasn't something worse than I thought. And yeah. Apparently it's just a sprain and it will heal even if I continue to do the same stuff that caused it to hurt in the first place (it'll just take longer). He said that I didn't have to wrap it, but I decided to get a wrist brace anyway because it'll remind me to take it easy and give it some support when I'm doing stuff around the house.

Fortunately I don't have any more Christmas knitting to do, so I'm going to take a break from that, but I'll still be typing and doing things at work that strain my wrist a bit. Damn wrists. Also, what the hell am I going to do when I start getting twitchy fingers?

And my roommate left to visit parents just a few minutes ago. So now I've got the place to myself, and I will celebrate by going to work. ;)
aderam: (Aeryn)

I just can't. What they do to me! The characters! The acknowledging of past hurts. The men crying because things are too much and they are still tough as nails! Spike! Jules being tiny and badass! Ed! GREG!


Why does that have to be the end?


Dec. 13th, 2012 04:18 pm
aderam: (Humbug)
We had our work Christmas party last night (When you work in a theatre this means that we ordered pizza, drank beer - those of us who are of age - and watched Elf on the big screen). And I've actually managed to send off the packages to all three of my parents (one is confirmed to have arrived). And I'm almost done gathering things for my brother and his wife - who are celebrating late because he's at sea. So I'm actually doing pretty well in terms of organization.

But it still seems like it's coming out of nowhere really. How the hell is it Christmas already?

I guess part of that is that I didn't have any exams or papers to finish up for the first time in who knows how long. And part of that is certainly that it's still not that cold in Vancouver (although some of the locals disagree).

And part of that is that I'm just not that into it. I'm not visiting anyone over the holidays. My roommate is off to visit with her parents. And I have some friends who are staying in town. They're probably planning something for Christmas Dinner with those of us who are around, and I'll happily join in if I'm not working - but I probably am working.

I did, on the other hand, book off the 21st. So I can celebrate Solstice in my own way. I have to get myself a candle and I think I'm going to make myself a feast. But I'm not yet clear on the details.

I know I'm supposed to be sad that I'm not going "home" to visit with family and having the stereotypical happy Christmas with all the family traditions. But I'm actually kinda looking forward to figuring out my own traditions and getting some alone time. Plus, I'm going to be working a lot - the Hobbit is going to be super busy! - so yeah.

It's coming faster than I was thinking. And I'm not going anywhere. And that's fine by me.

I hope you all have a Happy Holidays! However you chose to celebrate them (or not).
aderam: (Daniel Headdesk)
Had my phone interview with the archaeology firm. They seemed really nice and I think that overall it went well. Except that I don't have a driver's license and that might be a problem - which I sort of knew going into it, especially working in rural areas. But at least the interviewer gave me a chance to explain why I haven't gotten my license yet (and commented that although she drove standard now she couldn't imagine having to learn on one - which is the main reason I didn't actually learn in High School: no one teaches on standard where I'm from, and naturally my parents drive standard). [personal profile] hobbitbabe pointed out that it meant the interviewer was on my side, and I hope that's the case.

Man, it's never more apparent to me how many non-verbal cues I follow in social situations until I don't have access to them. I think that the interview went well - but I definitely hate phone interviews.

Also I probably won't hear anything until January because they weren't able to get interviews for some people until after Christmas.

So I'm watching H50 and eating curly fries and knitting until I have to go to work tonight.

Job interviews suck.
aderam: (Canadian Rink)
So I finally got photos of the Flames Scarf I knit last year for Spicy J. And I thought it would be good to put up photos of all the hockey scarves I've made. I did all the designing myself for the logos and such, and I'm rather proud of them.

Photos under the cut )


Dec. 5th, 2012 02:35 pm
aderam: (Smiley Allison)
Holy Shit guys! I've got a phone interview with an archaeology firm on Tuesday! They're hiring field archaeologists and their season starts up at the end of January!

Think good thoughts for me please!


Dec. 4th, 2012 02:05 pm
aderam: (Penguin Mounties)
The past two - two and a half - weeks have been ridiculous. I've had almost 4 job interviews, Graduated, entertained four family members while they were in town for said graduation, had dinner with relatives I'd never met before, got a job (!!!) and started my first week of full time employment, had to buy emergency black pants (and fix the other pair with duck tape for immediate use), and realized that it was December and that I'd have to get Christmas presents for everyone before the end of the week if I want them to actually arrive anywhere approaching on time without spending a fortune.

So I'm very tired. But in a good way.

Some things:

- I now work at a movie theatre. It's a small independent theatre with one screen. I'm working concessions which means that there is a lot of popcorn and butter and telling people that actually we only take cash. I also get to clean a lot of things. Currently we're showing Skyfall (which is so GOOD - and a great soundtrack to your work day) and next will be the Hobbit. I'm really hoping that we get a showing of the Hobbit before opening night because I really want to see it before I have to listen to it while working. At least with the Hobbit I know how it ends, so I'm not worried about spoilers.

- Just about all of my coworkers (with the exception of the managers) are younger than I am. A good portion of them are in grade 12. This is mostly okay, except every now and then I feel really old. There was some duck tape behind the concession the other day so I said "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy" - but my two coworkers hadn't even heard of the Red Green Show, for it is not on the Tee Vee anymore. Le sigh.

- The other day as I was cleaning the men's bathroom this guy came in who I swear was in Stargate, but I can't remember which episode for the life of me. I think he's one of those Vancouver actors that has smallish roles in everything. If we hadn't been in the bathroom I would've asked him and said that I liked his work (I remembered his face after all) - I've decided to try and compliment smaller-time actors when I see them since I don't think they get that very often. But we were in the bathroom, and that seemed odd.

- I need to work more on my Yuletide story. I've got some ideas for an outline of what I need to write next, but I haven't decided some things yet. I think I need to re-consume some of the canon, but I definitely don't have time to get through all of it. [personal profile] hobbitbabe I think we need a brainstorming chat soonish.

- I've been watching Hawaii Five-0 and I kind of love it. Especially because Steve and Danny are so married that multiple characters on the show comment on it. Boys. It's another one of those shows that I'm finding has a lot of little things that make me happy. The regular bits of the show are fun too - and there is LOTS of banter and explosions, so it's my type of show for sure. But I like that it's set in Hawaii - because I keep expecting Lilo and Stitch to show up (can you believe that there is only one crossover on the AO3 - I'm shocked! Shocked, I say!). I like that all of the main characters have extended families that exist even if only mentioned in passing - and that when family stuff comes up they have to go and be with family even if there is a crazy weapons dealer to catch or whatever, because family is important. I like that the governor is a badass lady. I like that Danny is the shortest person on the team including the women. And I like that Daniel Dae Kim is in it because even though everyone else remembers him from Lost, I loved him as Matheson in Crusade.

In conclusion: life is busy in a good way. And I've got a few random posts I want to make (about sailing, and some other things I've been thinking about lately) but I'm not sure when I'll get around to them.
aderam: (I Hate Everything)
Dear Haven,

WTF??? Why would you do that to us? That is the worst cliff-hanger EVER! (Even though I totally know how you're going to fix it - but still, not cool.) Nathan needs about ten billion hugs. And Duke! Your Face! (You are fooling no one, my friend - no one.)

It's times like these that I'm glad I'm watching it on actual TV which means that I'm on the Canadian schedule instead of the US one. 3.08 has already aired in the States, and now I'm downloading it.

No love,

P.S. I mean all the love. ALL THE LOVE. But can we have some nice things happen to them for a change? Everyone needs more hugs!
aderam: (Smiley Allison)
So this afternoon I gave Spicy J his socks which means that I am done all of the wedding socks! So As promised here're the photos of all socks I knit this summer. And they're all completed within five months of the weddings! I've heard people say that if you're hand-making something for the wedding you have to have it done either within six months or a year - so I succeeded whichever way you slice it! Woo!

Also I managed to knit all four of these socks based on the recipients' shoe sizes instead of a measurement of their actual feet. I'm assured that they all fit well - so that's a relief!

Photographic evidence:

Wedding #1: Spicy J and D )

Wedding #2: The A Team Wedding )

So I finished four sets of socks! Two lace, one cabled, and one colourwork. It was fun and they were very well received. I still like sock knitting, but I must admit that I'm not in a rush to start another sock project.
aderam: (Horizon)
The HMS Bounty has sunk off Cape Hatteras in North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. Fourteen of the crew have been rescued, but apparently two are still missing, including Captain Robin and a woman I don't know.

I sailed on the Bounty for about a month the summer after I graduated from high school. She wasn't exactly a good ship - she was leaky and poorly organized - but she was my home for that time and I have fond memories (even while shaking my head in retrospect). As far as I can tell most of the people from my time - except Robin - weren't on board anymore and are safe. I'm not sure if I knew anyone else who was there, though because in general I've been terrible at keeping in touch. But being on the Bounty was an important time in my life. It's (indirectly) the reason I know [personal profile] denisia since her friend R was a shipmate of mine and we stayed at her place in New York after I got off the boat. And I learned a lot while I was there.

My brother called me this morning at 7am to let me know what had happened. And I'm glad I heard it from him first, since he was the one who got me on board in the first place, and we could reminisce together. But after that I got emails and texts from all sorts of people, which is cool. Obviously people actually listen to my crazy sailor stories.

When I was on board we sailed from Jacksonville, FL up to Long Island. When we went by Cape Hatteras on the way into Beaufort, North Carolina it was calm, which is very unusual. Cape Hatteras is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic for good reason. Cape Hatteras is bordered by a series of (I think) three sets of shoals, which is why it's so dangerous. The Frying Pan Shoals are the best named of the lot. I remember getting off watch at 4 in the morning as we were passing and Matt, our first mate, making a terrible joke about the Frying Pan Shoals. Actually he didn't get the chance to make the joke, he just started it and then we all groaned and left to go to bed.

I'll probably write a little more about the Bounty later and my sailing experiences, but for now I think that's what I've got.

Robin, I hope you're okay, but what the fuck were you thinking trying to go around Cape Hatteras (of all places) in a Hurricane?


Oct. 22nd, 2012 04:01 pm
aderam: (Daniel Headdesk)
Somehow I managed to sleep in until about noon today despite waking up enough to turn off my alarm at 08:30. (No, I don't have to get up at any specific time these days - unemployed - but I've been trying to have reasonable awake hours instead of sleeping all day and not being able to get to sleep at night.)

Then I made myself a to do list and I actually managed to do most of the things on it!

Including calling a recruiting agency that places people in office jobs! Admittedly I had to leave a message on the person's voice mail, which is hopefully not as awkward as I fear. But I actually called them! I hate phones! This is an accomplishment!

I also tried to edit my CV to make all of the officey-type things I've done more obvious. None of my jobs have been office jobs, strictly speaking. But I've done a lot of data entry and forms and shit as well as filing, emailing people, and I'm not sure what taking notes in class is if not dictation. Also when I worked front desk I was responsible for all incoming calls to the university after the receptionist went home (there is no need to mention that the university was only 1000 students - or that I didn't get more than one or two desk shifts a week).

I also went grocery shopping (it never ends). And picked up some bus tickets. Did the dishes and I just started my laundry.

Tonight I'm going to see Seven Psychopaths with A and K and that should be fun. I'm going to try to not get any over-priced concessions.

My puck bruise is looking pretty damn impressive. It's sort of yellowy-greeny red in the middle and purpley-dark blue around the edges and I'm pretty sure it's actually bigger than a puck at this point which is pretty cool. Doesn't hurt as much as it used to either - which is good.

Now I think I'm going to read some fic to make me feel better.

And good news! I thought my kindle had died yesterday because it wouldn't respond to anything, including trying to restart it. But it turned out that it just needed to sit and think about what it'd done for a while. Because I restarted it today and it seems fine now. It even remembers where I was in my various ebooks (aka downloaded fic).
aderam: (Smiley Allison)
- Last night was our first ice time for pick up hockey since our league folded. And it was really good and a lot of fun. We had some guy out to be ref (I didn't catch who he was) and we managed to make some pretty even teams. I switched ends every fifteen or so minutes because we didn't get a second goalie and it was good. The fact that we have ice time at all is pretty awesome since the league organizers were being awful and doing us no favours after dropping us without warning. But now we've got enough people to play an interesting game - and it was pretty even too which was not the case for other times. Real games in a real league are better. But this is still pretty good.

- After we got off the ice and I'd gotten nearly all of my pads off, some guys from the team who were playing after us asked if I could play for them for the first period because their goalie was stuck in traffic (I think someone said there was a jumper on the bridge - which is balls) and they'd have to forfeit otherwise. Considering that it was pretty much my first time on the ice since spring league I was still feeling pretty good so I ended up saying yes. I played most of the first period and their goalie showed up with about a minute left. So we switched. And I spent the rest of the game on the bench with a beer. They were very glad to have me and were very nice the entire time. The game speed was much faster than I was used to, but I managed to hold my own. And even though I had four goals against (some of which I felt like I should have gotten) we were tied when I left the ice, so that's pretty good. Right before I got off I managed to get a real stinger on my arm too. It was right above the blocker and below the big elbow padding. And now I've got a huge puck-shaped bruise. Wear a ton of equipment and somehow they still manage to find the holes! I iced it with some frozen beans when I got home and it's still noticeably warm to the touch. I don't think I want to play at that speed all the time, but it's good to do every now and then.

- On Wednesday night I finally managed to get my former Green College folk out to a bar for weekly drinks nights and that felt pretty damn good. And then I joined up with A and some other friends for trivia night and we came in first! Which is awesome. Clearly we are super smart! And last time we went there was a three way tie for first and we ended up in third because of the tie-breaking question. (The deepest part of the Marianas Trench is only 11km. Who knew?) And that was a lot of fun. Each time we won gift certificates to the bar which we just put towards our bill. It didn't cover the whole thing, but that's okay.

- I still haven't heard back from any of the jobs I've applied to. I think I need to start calling people, but I don't really like phones. So there's that.

- I'm definitely getting a cold. And I'm super congested and that is balls.

- I finished the third pair of four pairs of socks for my friends that got married this summer. Only S-J's pair remaining and I'm almost finished the first sock for that. I'll post up some pictures when I'm done because I'm pretty proud of them.

- I really need to go grocery shopping but I don't want to.
aderam: (Penguin Mounties)
Dear Yuletide Author,


I'm excited for Yuletide again! And I hope you are too. Hope these extra details help with your assignment.

In terms of my general likes and dislikes in fic - I'm pretty eclectic. I usually prefer happy endings and generally joyful works with a lot of humour, but sad and angsty stuff can also be super awesome. Mostly I just like fic which is good (well, duh...) so if your strength is writing something a little more bittersweet, please do that!

Mostly I'm looking for something on a similar level of joyous/adorableness/happiness/snarkiness/banter to each canon. I've been doing Yuletide now for many years, so if you'd like more info about my general likes and dislikes etc, you can always check out my Yuletide tag.

More Info on the Requests )
aderam: (I Hate Everything)
Just emailed M's company to ask them to hire me.

Summary of Email:
P.S. CV!

So now I'm feeling all crazy-like. And the only solution is more cowbell Teen Wolf, because of reasons.

Also I went to yoga this morning so my yoga muscles are complaining that I made them get off their ass and do shit. But it's good.
aderam: (Canadian Rink)
Hockey is filled with woe for me right now - and the worst part is that it's not just the NHL and the NHLPA with their lockout bullshit (although they did just cancel the first two weeks of the season FML).

We're having issues with my hockey team. The Ice Birds. Or rather, not with the Ice Birds (we're still awesome) but with our league.

Last year we had four teams. But the fourth team often had problems getting enough players. So this year it looked like it was going to be just three teams: us, the Likastix, and the Pirates. Then about a week ago or so we heard from the league manager that the Pirates were falling apart. They didn't have enough players and their team organizer wanted to go down to part-time and so there wasn't really a driving organizational force. This meant that there were only two teams committed, and you can't have a league with only two teams. :(

So a bunch of the pro-active and awesome women on my team were brainstorming and coming up with various possible solutions. The League manager had offered that we could join the lowest level of the mens leagues. But somebody looked at the scores online and the one team in that league that has three female players was at the bottom of the league and the goal differential was frankly staggering. We were already out-shot and out-scored by a lot in all of our games in our league, so I can only imagine what would've happened to us in that league. So we're not doing that.

In the meantime while players from our team are trying to recruit women to come and help save our league, the Likastix buggered off and joined another women's league. So that pretty much canned that idea.

What we're thinking of doing for this year anyway (because naturally we should have heard about this in August so we could actually do something productive), is to grab one of our regular ice time slots and hold it for drop in hockey with the Ice Birds and whoever else wants to show up. It's affordable if we can get about twenty people, which seems doable.

I feel like I'm in a weird spot though, because I'm the goalie and as part of the league I haven't been paying fees (I'm not sure if it's a league policy or if it's a team policy - but either way it's great for me). Because frankly I can't afford to play if I have to pay fees. But if it's just drop-in hockey then goalies aren't really necessary, and I already feel a little weird about not paying when everyone else has to. Although just about everyone has said quite clearly that they'd much rather I be there so they don't have to play in net.

Plus I've also been (thinking about) looking into campwork in northern Alberta, which would take me away from home (and therefore hockey) for weeks at a time. If it's just drop in hockey then that's also pretty good for me because I don't have to feel guilty about putting them in a goaltender-needing spot. But real games and real hockey is better than drop-in by a lot.

I really love playing in net and honestly I wouldn't be able to afford to play at all if I didn't have the goalies-don't-pay-fees thing. But sometimes I wish I didn't have to have the responsibility along with it. I know in the end that for work and everything I need to make decisions that are best for me, but I also really don't want to have to reneg on my hockey commitments.

Photo only sort of related:
aderam: (Me Like Hockey)
This is AWESOME! A few weeks ago the KHL (Russian hockey league) built an outdoor rink inside the Roman Amphitheatre at Pula, Croatia! This is absolutely brilliant! And if I were rich I would totally have flown over there just to watch the game! I don't follow the KHL, but this is just awesome. Things you unfortunately can't do in North America. Check it out:

Arena Ice Fever Pula MMXII from medvescakzagreb on Vimeo.

The Amphitheatre at Pula is one of the best preserved surviving Roman Amphitheatres. It was built somewhere in the first century AD, sometime close to the construction of the Colosseum in Rome (started 70AD, finished 80AD).

I now feel even more justified including a photo of the Canucks' home arena in my presentation on the Colosseum last year.

I miss hockey. And all this talk about the NHL lockout (the players and the owners are bickering about money again) is making it really hard to be optimistic. Everyone is talking about how it's going to be extremely long, just like the last one (which lost an entire season - although this was directly before I was really paying attention). But the irony here is that we haven't even lost any regular season games yet. The season was due (and I suppose technically still is due) to start on the 11th of October. Everyone's still super mad (and I am too actually), but the only thing we've lost so far is the pre-season. Yet the way people are talking you'd think we'd already lost another whole season. Le sigh. Hopefully they can get things sorted soon.

It's hard days to be an optimist hockey fan...
aderam: (Impala)
Several months ago I told my friend T (co-founding member of the Coalition of Awesome *high fives!*) that I'd make her a list of some of the best Headstones songs to get her listening to the band. This probably isn't a hard thing to do, because she like this type of music and already loves Hugh Dillon (the front man) from watching Flashpoint. But in any case this is my Headstones pimping post. The Headstones are my favourite band, so choosing a reasonable number of songs is hard, but I'll do my best. I'm going to try to get in my favourites as well as a decent breath of the type of music they do. [personal profile] hobbitbabe, since you're also a Headstones fan, if I'm missing any songs you think are essential to the pimping experience, add a comment!

I like the Headstones because their music is loud and in your face, without just being screaming into a microphone. It's still got a lot of actual music behind it (clearly I'm an expert in music things). Hugh Dillon has an awesome voice. And a lot of the songs have some clever lyrics that aren't just about getting or losing love (like 90% of music - I have nothing against music about love, but there's plenty of other life things to sing about). It's powerful and loud and makes me want to sing along.

So, without further ado: The Headstones. Aka the shit.

Cut for length and YouTube videos and Band Feels )
aderam: (Elizabeth Grin)
When I first heard about Teen Wolf I thought it sounded awful. I think part of it was just the name. It's ridiculous. And my immediate assumption was that it was going to be a shallow, teen-centric show with dubious acting to capitalize on the popularity of Twilight. (Having since learned that three of the four main guys on the show were at one point up for roles in Twilight, I may have had some justification.) And well, I guess it is those things in some ways. But the reason I love it is that between the ridiculousness there are a lot of small things that make me really happy. Things that you don't normally see on TV let alone in a show of this type.

What I'm trying to say is, I thought the show was going to be awful. But then the internet irrupted with love for (seriously I have never seen hit- and kudos-counts that high on the AO3 and I don't exactly hang out in tiny fandoms all the time) the show and I needed something brainless to watch while studying for the Comp (which I passed!!!!). And then somehow dubious enjoyment turned into complete love. And the end of the 2nd season is just filled with AWESOME. I mean there have always been moments in the show where I've laughed my ass off at points which probably weren't supposed to be funny. And the show will always be ridiculous in the best possible way. But those last few episodes of season two are just... EVERYTHING HAPPENS AND IT IS AWESOME.

So here are some reasons that I love the show:

- The cast is really pretty. (and I am shallow - also they're all my age despite playing teenagers, so there's no need for awkward guilt about finding them sexy)
Here they are in character:

And out of character:

- There are werewolves! Which are always my favourite. And not a Vampire in sight. :)

- There are not very subtle werewolf puns. So the Argents are the family of hunters that comes to town at the beginning of the show.

- JR Bourne plays Chris Argent, the Dad. And he is as awesome as he usually is.
(Photo just because I love JR Bourne.)

- Naturally the main love story is between Scott, who is turned into a werewolf at the beginning of the show, and Allison Argent, who doesn't know (yet) about what her Dad really does for a living. And I actually really like their love story. Partially it's because they are super adorable. But I think a lot of it is that neither of them were created to be the love interest or to be the damsel. Both of them get to be badass in their own way and it's awesome.

- The high school sport they all play (or are trying to play in Stiles' case) is not football. It's Lacrosse! And I admit that I know next to nothing about Lacrosse, but I just like that it's not the obvious.

- Jeff Davis, the Creator and Executive Producer, is openly gay. And it kind of shows in a very good way. One of the other high school guys on the Lacrosse team is gay and I love that he's just another character who is doing normal teenage boy stuff. He's just there. And it's not a big deal. Actually Scott keeps accidentally flirting with him and it's adorable. Jeff Davis has actually said in an interview with AfterElton (there's also and interview with one of the cast there that is adorable and also worth a watch) that's he's envisioning this world as being kind of a perfect world without homophobia, racism or sexism. It's not an agenda he's trying to push. The gay characters and things are just there. And he thinks that if you put that kind of perfect world on TV then maybe it can help shape our reality. :'D

- Scott is an adorable idiot, but he's smart enough to surround himself with smart people who can do the research for him, and is actually a great leader because of it. Actually pretty much everyone else on the show is way smarter than Scott and it's great. And a few of the characters actually manage to figure things out without having to be told which is delightful. Also the look on Scott's face when Jackson explains that of course the Argents are hunting werewolves because Argent means silver is priceless.

- And the parents are awesome. Too many of these shows, with the violence and the crazy running around at night that the teenagers do, make me wonder what the hell is wrong with their parents. But Scott's Mum and Stiles' Dad so clearly care about their kids. They know something is going on, but it also makes sense that they don't know. And because she's an ER nurse and he's the Sheriff it make perfect sense that they're away from home at odd hours.

- In addition to being pretty the cast seems to be delightful. I watched a whole bunch of interviews on YouTube and they're obviously good friends and have a great time making fun of each other and hanging out. I love that it seems like every time they have an interview they somehow manage to fit all six of them onto what's probably a three person couch.

And I love that in all their publicity they are totally aware of and cool about the Slash fans. Actually they treat it the same as they would any other fan speculation about relationships on the show. Which is awesome.

He actually says the chances are 50/50!

And then they play to it because they're ridiculous:

So yeah. I'm currently in a happy place, except that I have to wait another year for season three. But it is coming and there's going to be 24 episodes instead of 12! So it's going to be awesome. And in the meantime there is lots of fic and I can always rewatch the episodes.
aderam: (Classics Books)
From my Rome class notes while discussing the Column of Marcus Aurelius (which is after Trajan's and pretty damn similar except for the fact that nobody cares about the Column of MA because T did it first - and, incidentally, better):

• two later columns in the same type and category from Istanbul - one of Theodosius and the other of Arcadius- to show that Constantinople had just as big a column - as it were

I'm glad I write these things in my notes. It makes it less boring to study. (Penis!)

Comp re-write is tomorrow.


My brain is filled with weird numbers and bits of information and buzz-words for the concepts in Art History that I don't really get and probably never will.

I feel like the penguin on top of your television set. (ie about to explode.)

Did you know that there was a timber amphitheatre in Silchester, England before they built the Colosseum in Rome?


Wish me luck.
aderam: (Olympic Mittens)
Just finished watching the Olympic Closing Ceremonies. They were fun and there was some good music, but it was more of a concert and I was hoping for more ridiculous dances and routines and things. I thought that the Opening Ceremonies were better. (And nothing will compare to the inflatable Mounties and Beavers, and turning the entire stadium into a tabletop hockey game - but that might be my Canadian and cheesiness biases coming through.)

I'm sad that the Olympics are over. They are always so cool to watch and see what people are capable of. There was a feature on before the closing ceremonies on CTV (or maybe TSN, I forget which channel I was on at the time) where the commentator mentioned that it didn't matter whether you understood the sport during the Olympics because it's really about the emotion and the hard work of the athletes. And I completely agree.

When we were watching the Mens 10m platform diving I mentioned to my roommate that I wanted David Boudia (USA) and Tom Daley (Team GB) to beat the two Chinese divers and it's mostly because of the emotion that they show. So many of the Chinese athletes are just so mechanical and focused that the only time you see emotion from them is when they're so disappointed by winning silver instead of gold. (Naturally this is not true of all of them, and when they get happy and excited I love them - the Chinese Diver who came in 4th or 5th gave Boudia a hug afterwards - when Boudia was hugging everyone :) - and that was awesome.) What I love watching are the people who get super excited just because they're there! Because they did their best and did well even though they didn't get on the podium. I love Matthew Mitcham cheering on a friend (from Mexico, too! So not even an Australian! I love cross-country friendships in the Olympics!) in the finals after he was narrowly knocked out (by one place!) that morning.

Actually I just love Matthew Mitcham. He was my Olympic crush throughout Beijing, because he is an adorable gay puppy, and I remember being super excited when he won gold! What a dive!

Things that I loved about this Olympics:

- All the Diving. Because I always love the diving. They are so beautiful and talented, and even when they have a "bad" dive I still can't believe they can do that. And to top it off they are all so beautiful - I think that divers, both men and women, have the best bodies. So from a shallow perspective it's also great

- Ditto for the swimming. Damn they're fast. And watching a bunch of attractive athletes wear very little and do amazing things is awesome.

- Oscar Pistorius

- Will Crothers getting a Silver Medal for Canada in the Mens Eights Rowing. I went to high school with him. Good job Will!

- Simon Whitfield crashing out of the Triathlon. Partially because I remember watching him in Sydney for Gold, and partially because even though he knocked him out of the race Leonardo Chacón wrote him this letter on Facebook thanking him for being a good example for the sport and wishing that he recovers from his injuries soon. :'D

- Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion being adorable and french while getting the Bronze in Synchronized 10m Platform diving for Canada.

- Mature conversations with my roommate while watching diving.
Roommate: "I like the Australian swimsuits because they have stars on their buts."
Me: "Well, their buts do deserve a gold star."
Roommate: "It's nice that they can make the speedos look nice even though there's so little fabric. - More gold star buts!"
*Giggle like 12-year-olds*
Me: "Look at that Russian! He's got stars on his penis!"
*More Giggling*

- Swimming Bromances: Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C... you get the idea...

- Michael Phelps - because while I knew that he was fast and awesome I hadn't realized that he's also kind of an adorable dork. Example:
(With Ryan Lochte)
And also there's this ridiculous thing where Shaq challenges him to a swimming competition and it is HILARIOUS. (About 40min on YouTube and well worth your time.)

- Actually let's just take some time to appreciate the entire US Swim team. They even made us a video:

And there were tons of other things that I'm forgetting to mention - but I should go make dinner now. Did you watch the Olympics? What was your favourite part? :D


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