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I am fast becoming obsessed with Fringe. If you're wondering why, look no further:




Also, Joshua Jackson reminds me of Brandon Flowers. No idea why. Which reminds me.... I SAW THE KILLERS! When the came here less than a month ago... God, it was epic. They had pyrotechnics. And fucking good ones. Gah. Also "Change Your Mind" was really, really good live.
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sleepy sleepy
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I've always had this dilemma when it comes to writing: computer or freehand? I was raised on calligraphy and copying out second and third drafts by hand, and I still love the feel of a physical page I've written, with the indents from the pen tip standing out a little on the back. The truth is, though, I write faster with keys, though I hate the draining feeling computer screens give me. The other day I realized quite suddenly, after watching Atonement (heh), that there was a simple solution: I need a typewriter! An old-fashioned one, where the keys go down about three inches, and I can watch the metal arms flying to hit the ink ribbon and I can hear the deafening clicks of the letters materializing on the page in front of me. No backspace, so no time to go back and tediously second-guess myself: this will help me just spit it out, my main problem with writing.
At least I hope.
So now my quest has begun for a typewriter that fits at least most of these requirements and can be mine at a price that won't make this unemployed high-schooler feel guilty. The internet has been surprisingly unhelpful, so I'm pinning my hopes on the attics of friends, relatives, or rummage sellers.

Another break-through came when I actually sat down to watch a movie I've been subconsciously meaning to for ages. You know that one movie you always see when you're looking for something else in your tiny neighborhood Blockbuster? I didn't even realize it held a special place in my unconscious until I saw it on Netflix as one of those 'watch instantly' options and my heart leapt. Finally, I had no excuse not to watch it! I had no idea what it was even about: something about rural America, the title vaguely suggested to me ("The Wind That Shakes the Barley"). Little did I know I was sitting down to watch an Irish movie much more intimate than Michael Collins, one that would finally get me to pick a side. I'd been reading about the IRA for awhile and I had remained neutral. "Atrocities on both sides", the subheader of the Wiki article seemed to say it all. Sure it was a case of the British Empire holding a nation captive, but they had won it fair and square, I guessed, and its inhabitants were pretty violent towards the rulers and murdered a lot of innocents and all that (it's amazing how much world history is cleverly hidden in Michael Palin's diary which, by the way, everyone should read [official title: Diaries 1969-1979, the Python Years]). I knew the IRA was, in a lot of senses, a domestic terrorist group. I reserved judgement until I could get "the English POV" on the whole thing, because as you can imagine, most of those who have been stirred to write about/make movies about the conflict were the underdogs, not the overlords. Or, at least, I planned to.
It's a really good movie for acting and plot and everything else, too. The characters were so human and, tearjerking though Michael Collins was, The Wind That Shakes the Barley was just a whole different level. There's this one scene, when the Blacks and Tans have got Sinead (the main woman in the story)'s family outside their house, and are harassing them for no reason, as they are wont to do. They drag her away from the others and start, purely for the hell of it, to shear off her hair. They hold the rest of them at gunpoint, including Damien, the main character and her love interest. You know if he moves that they'll shoot him, because these men have been shooting innocents since ten minutes into the film. He's restrained by his friend as they cut her hair till her scalp bleeds before burning down her house, and I was reminded forcibly of Ron and Hermione in Malfoy Manor. This movie doesn't need to be held up by other stories, though... it stands in its own.
In some ways it was the most traumatizing movie I've seen. There were at least two times that I actually covered my mouth at what was taking place, and though I'm not immune to most movies, that's never happened for me before. By the end of it all, it was pretty clear. The IRA was the side I had chosen, in a war for independence that all but ended over fifty years ago. It was a bit of a relief, actually. You know, because so many people were anxious about which way my vote would go. I'm pretty sure England's reeling right now, at my traitorous sympathies.
It is kind of funny to be, in my own head, rooting for a 'terrorist' organization that (at least some divisions of it) hates everything about England and 'the Castle', which is a country I've idealized and loved for a long time, simply because 9 out of every 10 books I've read since childhood have been set there, most of the people I idolize were born there and the colleges I want to go to seem to all be over there. Huh. Funny how these things work out....
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accomplished accomplished
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The White Cliffs of Dover
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Maybe I'm the only one, but I think this is a really cool dress:

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quixotic I need a new mood theme!
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Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
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Poll #1323417
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3

What should I do with my four premolars I got pulled this morning? Two have two roots and two have one.

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Perform an ancient Druid ceremony to honor them as a part of my body that has passed on.
1 (33.3%)
Bury them at Mt. Auburn cemetery (burial plots there are about $1000 so I think a free little hole under a nice tree is in order).
2 (66.7%)
Make earrings/a necklace out of them.
0 (0.0%)
Put them in a jar and store them somewhere out of sight.
0 (0.0%)
Eeew, you took them home with you? Toss 'em!
0 (0.0%)
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cheerful not in pain!
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I went to the orthodontist this morning to set a date. I'm getting braces on the 12th of December. At age sixteen. I have to get four nice, healthy teeth pulled out because of crowding. I also have to get spacers, there bands that will wrap around my back molars and apparently be extremely painful. And I have to get this wire that will go on the INSIDE of my bottom teeth, where my tongue rests when I'm sleeping and stuff. :( I don't want all this alien metal in me! And to be ugly for two years of my life, let alone years sixteen and seventeen! So right now my thoughts are going back and forth between all that horror and how inarticulately amazing it will be to have my teeth, possibly the thing I hate most about my appearance, straight and beautiful (hopefully for good). *sigh*
Any braces stories? Do you know anyone at all who ever got them on as late as poor me? :(
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crushed crushed
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Flathead - The Fratellis
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Earlier today my French teacher gave us three sheets of election vocabulary and told us to watch the election coverage and take notes and write up an article about the election in a journalistic style in French. I don't really talk back much or anything and I always ALWAYS finish my homework and get As but something about that made me inexplicably mad. Before I really realized it I had burst into this impassioned argument about how this is a defining moment in this country's history (clearly the propaganda is getting to me) and that this was the first election I had payed attention to and that I had followed Obama from the beginning and read his book and I just wanted to get swept up into the whole process and not have to take notes about percentages in French, that I wanted to just enjoy feeling American. It kind of shocked me, because if you had asked me two years ago I would have told you that I was ashamed to be American and I was planning on getting the hell out of here and taking the first plane to Heathrow when I turned eighteen. It also made me happy.

And so we go...
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hopeful hopeful
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In response to questions about Palin, the Republican nominee said his vice presidential selection threatened the “left-wing feminist liberal movement” because she’s the mother of five children as well as a “reformer, a conservative, a tax-cutter and a spending cutter.”

(Source: http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-bloggers/2109628/posts)

So left-wing feminists are sterile, conventional, tax-increasing and like to splurge? I kind of like to watch him slowly fall apart, but this one is just insulting. Also, how, exactly, does this claim match up with his earlier statement in the debate that Palin was "a role model for women"? Isn't it kind of universally agreed that feminists have women's best interests at heart? So if Palin is admitted an anti-feminist, why on earth would any woman vote for her?


Eurghguhsfgbleh.


On a happier note, I thought The Office on Thursday was much more harking back to the sentiment of the earlier episodes (like 2nd season or so) and that made me happy. I may be alone in that view however -- everyone I know IRL who watches The Office seems to think that it's taking a turn for the worst. Also --- WTF SOUTH PARK????? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!!! If you don't come up with a good old season seven-style episode CONTAINING A SECONDARY PLOT this week... also WHAT'S WITH THE GOOD ANIMATION???? SOUTH PARK AND GOOD ANIMATION DO NOT MIX! I WANT SUBSTANCE, NOT AESTHETICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111


Oh wow, now even my entertainment's got me messed up. >:(
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rushed rushed
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Bandages - Hot Hot Heat
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You know what, I feel good. I know I sound defensive, and that's because the end of it did worry me a little -- I hated when he mocked Obama. I've never been a violent person, but if he had been in front of me then I would have lunged at him. It was the most immature, pathetic tactic, all the worse because that's what people will remember. But I'm saying is all wrong -- I don't want to focus on the bad parts. I thought Obama did really well overall. I love that there is, in fact, a politician out there who ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDS SUBTLETY! Of course he has to simplify all his ideas down to terms that McCain can understand (and that work in this very blatant political system of ours) but I can tell from reading his writing that he thinks in shades of grey. More than anything, that's what I admire about him. Anyway, though...
I thought he hesitated a bit and wasn't as articulate as usual and I could tell that he was nervous (I kind of wondered if the place the debate was held in had any affect on that -- Mississippi? Really?) but he made some really good points. There was one point when he was talking about the war when he voiced the actual phrase I had in my mind to counter what McCain had said before. Which was cool. Also he said many other things that were much better than anything I could have thought up.
I'm looking forward to both next week (Palin vs. Biden!!! She's going to DIE!!! :DDDD) and the next presidential debate. I have faith.


And now here it is, your moment of Zen:

McCain on the Iraq war: "I can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."

FREUDIAN SLIPS FTW.
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I'm reading Edward Humes' book "Monkey Girl; Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul". I'm only three chapters in, but I think I've already come up with a response to both sides of the debate, siding with a certain Stan Marsh: couldn't evolution be the answer to how and not the answer to why? And, conversely, couldn't meaning/faith (I prefer calling it meaning... 'faith' I associate, perhaps wrongly, too much with 'blind') be the answer to why and not how?
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pensive pensive
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http://legal.realdealdocs.com/index.php/2008/07/18/bush-administration-pushes-to-ban-birth-control-funding/

... Are you fucking kidding me? Ban birth control? Am I living in the 21st century? 'Since birth control methods “interfere” with the fertilized egg implants in the uterus, the Bush administration considers this an abortion.' So anything BUT the woman getting pregnant is completely unacceptable to you, you past-fifty male idiot? Has the small problem called 'overpopulation' never been mentioned to you by your goons? Oh wait yeah, is has, but it comes in a distant second to the necessity of upholding dark-age Christian beliefs in a nation that claims to separate church and state.
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infuriated infuriated
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Megalomaniac - Incubus
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