icepixie: ([B5] Ivanova facepalm)
I don't usually post links to news articles, but: Russia bans swearing in books/films/TV, imposes fines for swearing in public.

Isn't Russian famous for having an entire specific mechanism in the language for cursing? Like, there are prefixes or suffixes or cases that can turn any word dirty, or something like that, so in effect every word in Russian can be made into a swear? And people use it the way English-speakers use "um" and "huh"?

I see this ending well.
icepixie: ([B5] Ivanova facepalm)
...What the hell did I just watch?
icepixie: ([Burn Notice] Sunglasses promo)
Internets! It feels like I've been gone from you for ages, but I suppose I haven't. I've been spending my time reading Paul Murray's Skippy Dies, which was quite good. Admittedly, the first 300 pages (of 650) were a barely-interesting-enough-to-continue slog, but after I got through them, it got excellent. It's also pretty funny in places. A few spoilers. )

In short, [livejournal.com profile] gamesiplay and [livejournal.com profile] rowdycamels, I think both of you would like this book, though perhaps for different reasons.

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I recently read the following description for a sitcom that will be airing on ABC next season. I thought there was no way it could be real. Surely someone slipped it into the list of new shows as a little joke. Here, do you believe this is actually going to air on TV?

How well do you know your neighbors?

Meet the Weavers, Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty (Lenny Venito). Marty, in hopes of providing a better life for his wife and three kids, recently bought a home in Hidden Hills, a gated New Jersey townhome community with its own golf course. Hidden Hills is so exclusive that a house hasn’t come on the market in 10 years. But one finally did and the Weavers got it!

It’s clear from day one that the residents of Hidden Hills are a little different. For starters, their new neighbors all have pro-athlete names like Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), Dick Butkis (Ian Patrick) and Larry Bird (Simon Templeman). Over dinner, Marty and his family discover that their neighbors receive nourishment through their eyes by reading books, rather than eating. The Weavers soon learn that the entire community is comprised of aliens from Zabvron, where the men bear children and everyone cries green goo from their ears.

The Zabvronians have been stationed on Earth for the past 10 years, disguised as humans, awaiting instructions from home, and the Weavers are the first humans they’ve had the opportunity to know. As it turns out, the pressures of marriage and parenthood are not exclusive to planet Earth. Two worlds will collide with hilarious consequences as everyone discovers they can “totally relate” and learn a lot from each other.


It's real. I weep for humanity.

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Anyway, enough of that. Burn Notice premieres on June 14th! Hooray! Especially since Castle started trying to turn itself into BN, I've been wanting summer to come. I have to admit, I'm not anticipating incredibly, incredibly mild spoiler ) but knowing this show, at least Fiona will get to help break her own self out of jail, which is always good.

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Plans for the rest of today: REVISION. I'm going to have the second draft of my space pilots story done by June 1 or else.
icepixie: ([Fringe] Walter smiling)
According to the cast list at IMDB, there's going to be a Fringe/SpongeBob SquarePants crossover episode. Josh Jackson plays Peter, Leonard Nimoy voices William Bell, and oddly, John Noble is playing someone called "Boris," as well as Boris's alternate. Because obviously this would involve an alternate universe! Anna Torv and Lance Reddick were voices (character names suggest they're unrelated to their Fringe characters) in another yet-to-air episode.

...
icepixie: ([Fringe] Two Olivias)
According to the cast list at IMDB, there's going to be a Fringe/SpongeBob SquarePants crossover episode. Josh Jackson plays Peter, Leonard Nimoy voices William Bell, and oddly, John Noble is playing someone called "Boris," as well as Boris's alternate. Because obviously this would involve an alternate universe! Anna Torv and Lance Reddick were voices (character names suggest they're unrelated to their Fringe characters) in another yet-to-air episode.

...

Ooof.

May. 3rd, 2011 05:27 pm
icepixie: ([BoP] Megan somber)
I try not to criticize actors' clothing choices too much, because lord knows I'd probably wind up in some horribly unflattering--or perhaps just a parade of blue jeans--if I were an actor and attending assorted charity events and movie premieres.

HOWEVER. Even very pretty people like Dana Delany cannot make off-the-shoulder pink gingham work. Sweetie, I'm sure you wanted to do something with that picnic tablecloth someone gave you as a Secret Santa gift, but turning it into a dress was not the answer.
icepixie: (Default)
Horrifying news: "Isabella" is the top baby name for the US, likely due in part to the influence of Twilight. "Cullen" is apparently climbing fast as well. Oy.

(It disturbs me a bit to see that CNN deemed it necessary to have a bullet-point summary of an article this short. I think I begin to see why my students have such trouble writing papers of acceptable lengths.)
icepixie: (Default)
This book looks so incredibly, delightfully awful that I had to order a $1.99 used copy last night. It's a murder mystery starring Fred and Ginger, who go to Russia ostensibly to star in a touring production about Rasputin and Empress Alexandra, but are really acting as spies for the CIA.

NO, REALLY.

If there's interest, I would totally be willing to MST3K this puppy in here over winter break.

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Done with the grading! Well, almost. I have to go through their rough drafts and make sure everyone at least made token efforts at peer review, but the actual reading of the papers is done. Thesis-wise, all I have left to do is a final proofing run tonight. The end of the semester is so close I can taste it.

And once that's done, I can start cleaning, because my apartment looks like a paper factory exploded. Gah.

WHAT.

May. 23rd, 2009 12:38 am
icepixie: ([Photos] Ireland)
There was a musical made of Joyce's "The Dead"?

I...huh. Actually, I can sort of see it. Maybe. I mean, music plays a huge part in that story. But so does written text. I cannot imagine it translating to a stage without losing its entire essence.

Hmm. I wonder if someone made a video...
icepixie: ([SG-1] Sam and Jack hands promo)
This is one of the weirdest things I've ever read. And yet this is inexplicably fascinating. And the artist's gallery is kind of amazing.

I...don't understand. And yet. Inexplicably fascinating.

(I think "Costumed cast member wandering around the Disney themeparks" would have to be the worst job in the world. Worse than telemarketing, even.)

ETA: OMG.
icepixie: (Nerdy Doctor)
So according to this blog entry (the blog itself is excellent as well), there is a "World Rock Paper Scissors Society" which has a headquarters in Toronto, and holds annual world championships. For Paper Scissors Rock.1

*boggles*

Not only that, but this society came out of one begun in London 1842, when PSR was, by law, allowed to be used as means to come to a decision between two men, the results of which constituted a binding contract. So people who wanted to play it recreationally formed a secret club in which to do so.

I can't make this stuff up, people.

*shakes head*

ETA: Apparently other people can make stuff up, though. See comments at the link above for more info.


1 That is the right way to say it. You will not convince me otherwise.

Stalking!

Sep. 7th, 2006 08:11 pm
icepixie: (Let there be light)
Eeek. When did Facebook become Stalkerbook?

(Seriously. I never log in more than once every few weeks, and only then because occasionally people send me messages through it, so I don't know. I only heard about it because it was mentioned in the ballroom minutes Helle sent out tonight.)

Not that I ever bother changing my profile or doing any kind of communication or anything like that, but "X person posted xyz on Y person's Wall at 6:32 AM, Wednesday, Sept. 6th" is not really something that needs to go in a "news feed," yeah? And to be honest, at least half of the people on there who are considered my "friends" are really just acquaintances who added me, and, not wanting to be impolite, I reciprocated. Especially now that I've graduated, I really couldn't care less about what Facebook groups they join or anything like that.

Ecchh. Apparently everyone wants to be Myspace.

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YouTube offers more entertainment: a clip from the end of the Northern Exposure episode "Northern Lights," with Chris's winter art project and Enya music. One of my favorite moments from the show, although possibly it loses something outside of the context of the episode. Still pretty, though.

ETA: Link corrected. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] missizzy!

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