icepixie: ([Fringe] Vulcan)
For the first time in my life, I find myself rooting for a particular team to win the World Series. Apparently Game 6 of the Series, originally scheduled for tonight, was canceled due to rain, which bumps the potential Game 7, originally scheduled for tomorrow, to Friday. Since Fox airs the damn things, this would of course affect the new episode of Fringe. I can't tell from this or any other article I've read whether that means they would air Fringe at 2:30 in the morning or some ridiculous time, or if they would just bump every episode back a week so that we don't get "Novation" until next Friday. It sounds like it might the latter, though.

HOWEVER, if the Texas Rangers win the game tomorrow night, they win the Series, and there is no Game 7. Thus, there is Fringe.

Gooooooooo Rangers!

Paper yay!

Mar. 7th, 2010 05:56 pm
icepixie: (Default)
Hurrah! I got a response from my prof about my planned paper topic. I can go ahead and write it. She agreed that the section I had planned on dance in 30s movie musicals might be a stretch, and that the material might work better as a gesture in the conclusion, but said to give it a shot anyway(!!!). Apparently there's a Katherine Mansfield short story that could go well with the Woolf novel I'm using, too.

This paper is going to be sprawling and gargantuan and awesome, and all about ballroom dance. I'm excited. Kind of wish I was up at campus so I could go right out, grab Vernon and Irene Castle's dance book and get started.

(Of course, first I have to get through my exam review. I'm about two thirds of the way through the Romantics--only Keats, Shelley, and a thickening of what I have on Emerson and Poe remain--and I'm hoping to be done with the Victorians by the time I go back to Knoxville on Wednesday. Then I need to spend probably a week sifting through what I know and what I don't know about the twentieth century, and figuring out where I want to steer the conversation to.)


Jun. 3rd, 2009 01:24 pm
icepixie: ([Doctor Who] Nerdy Doctor)
You know how "text" has become the de facto short form of "text message"? EVERY TIME I see it used in a sentence, I think "literary text." Which is what leads me to incidents like reading number six on this list, and spending several seconds wondering if Chris Pine is a fan of D.H. Lawrence or something.
icepixie: ([Poetry] Swans)
By way of [ profile] wintercreek, Zotero came to my indexing rescue! If it's possible to be in love with a piece of software, I think this is it for me. I can enter separate poems and books and articles and TAG THEM! I've got about thirty Boland poems in there right now, and fifteen or so tags. I can get it to show me each poem about "trapped women" or "mapping through history" or "exile in her own country"! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! AND, when I start looking through JSTOR and the MLA database and other online goodies for articles, I can drag them into the extension, and it will automatically fill out all the bibliographic data and keep a link to a searchable version of the article right there!

How did I manage five years of higher education without this tool? How?


Jan. 11th, 2009 03:15 pm
icepixie: ([Doctor Who] Nerdy Doctor)
My 102 class is reading the current issue of Us Weekly for Monday's class (A is doing a few classes on celebrity hero-worship), so I had to read it as well. I...huh. I've never looked in that magazine before, and it's essentially a slew of names I've never heard of. I had to give up about two-thirds of the way through, because wow, I don't care about any of these people or about whom they're dating.

Oh, wait! I did recognize one name. They had a half-page on the Obamas. Look at how attuned I am to pop culture!

(Another "I win at being a dork" example from last week: the guy next to me in my Victorian class was talking about music with another guy before class, and said, "'Stockholm Syndrome.' Where do I know that from?" I said, "It's that thing where the prisoner starts to sympathize...oh." I'm officially Temperance Brennan-in-training, aren't I?)

Back to Oliver Twist, which I have to say is much more enjoyable than that magazine was.
icepixie: (Mulder/Scully fire and ice)
Now that the new X-Files movie is only a month from coming out, I'm starting to get veeeery excited about it. I spent about an hour tonight checking out the responses to a recent MSR vid challenge. From what I've seen so far:

Here's a cute, funny little vid.

And this is rather cool; it's clips in air-date order over the entire nine years, using an acousticy-sounding version of "Walking After You." (Remember in middle and high school, when we all made up little personal Mulder/Scully fanmixes which included that song, half of Sarah McLachlan's oevure, and bits and pieces from The Cure*? ...just me, then?) I realized in watching it that, wow, Scully's hair was almost as terrible as her wardrobe in the early seasons, and as she used progressively less hairspray, she looked progressively better. Also, bangs are a Really Bad Idea on her.

I hear also that in preparation for the movie, they're releasing an eight-episode DVD set with episodes Chris Carter considers essential for understanding the film. They are cut for those who don't want even the titles )

* Bonus points if, even now, hearing something by Savage Garden immediately makes you think of Paris/Torres on the strength of "To the Moon and Back." Ohhhh, I am so dating myself right now.
icepixie: (You and me Four and Sarah)
Question for all Old Skool Who fen who've seen "The Hand of Fear": You remember Sarah's "Eldrad MUST live" thing? Well, is it just me, or, when you're driving around, do you also see those "Right lane MUST turn right" signs and say them to yourself--sometimes out loud--in possessed!Sarah's voice? 'Cause even months after seeing the episode, I still do that. And there are a lot of mandatory right turn lanes in this town.


Mostly for [ profile] rensong: I found out why Thatcher wears her Sam Browne belt in the opposite direction from everyone else on the show! According to a post on, officers carry (or at least have a place for) swords on their belts instead of gun holsters (so yes, Turnbull was wrong in MOTB). Thus, where a right-handed person with a holster would want the belt slanting from left shoulder to right hip to facilitate drawing a gun, that same person with a sword would want it slanting right to left in order to draw the sword.

So with all the things dS got wrong about the RCMP uniforms, this bit they got right, only to confuse the hell out of everybody. (Okay, me. I don't know why that niggled at me so much, but it did, and I'm glad to finally have it answered.)

Other ways Thatcher's uniform differs from the non-coms's: there's the hat, obviously, and also an inch or so of black fabric at the ends of her sleeves, and a little crown on her epaulets. I have yet to get a good look at her right sleeve, but I imagine there's some kind of badge there indicating rank as well.

I am not a geek. Not. Totally not. I am...observant. That's the word. Yes.
icepixie: (Rebecca snerk)
Heh. (bumper sticker)

A comic strip about librarians!

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog

New BSG in less than two hours! Wooooooo-hoo!
icepixie: (Rebecca snerk)
Written last night, but not posted:

Oh, Wikipedia, how you encourage me to stay up long into the wee hours of the morning.

I somehow made it from an article on Pangea (the supercontinent) to one on exurbs (the newest, furthest out generation of suburbs). I feel like there's a joke to be made here about continental drift and urban sprawl, but it's three in the morning and I'm just not up to it right now.


Still can't think of one. Maybe one of you could. *looks expectantly at [ profile] theusual*

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