I'm Laura. I am a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, a seamstress, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic. She/her.


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6 more times, please. Right here.

Posted at 22 May 2009 08:54:37 PM

OK, so I wasn't going to be one of those people who came home and was all "Star Trek was awesome!!"


Nevertheless: Star Trek was AWESOME!

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Socks and movie review:

Posted at 12 Feb 2009 03:07:51 PM

As of Sunday 02/08/2009, Malygos-25 is down! :D And Ulduar is slated to come out sometime around the end of February, so that'll give us something to work towards for the rest of the month.

My first pair of socks is nearly done. I think I am being foiled by a tricky ball of Regia 4-ply.. turns out, 460 yards isn't quite enough for a whole pair of stockinette socks. This means that I'll have to dip slightly into the 2nd ball, which already wouldn't have been enough for another pair and which will be really not enough now. It's enough to make one scream. Curse my size 9 feet!

Dan and I went to see Taken last night. Good movie, I thought.

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Going to a hockey game tonight: the first of the Blues vs. Canucks home games this season. Naturally, I am wearing the Blues jersey that Dan got me for Christmas, and he is wearing his Canucks jersey. Should be fun!

* To give credit where it's due, some of the weird scene changes and continuity goofs were due to the severe editing needed to get the thing down to PG-13**. Dan says they weren't there in the European version (bootleg DVD) that he saw.

** I like to think I'm pretty damn liberal, but there is NO WAY POSSIBLE that I would let a 13-year old watch that movie.

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Posted at 21 Nov 2007 01:17:41 PM

If a deep-sea fish and a flayed, smashed, gutted human corpse were somehow to produce a child together, it'd look like Grendel in Robert Zemeckis' new computer-animated film Beowulf. And if 300 and The Polar Express were to commit a similar unnatural act, their offspring would look exactly like this film.

That more or less sums up everything that I've been thinking about that film since first seeing the horrifying previews. For gods' sake, Hollywood - get your grubby "everything's better in CGI with famous names!!!" philosophy off of classic literature. It doesn't work, and it makes you look like a pack of horrid illiterate fools incapable of actually reading a goddamn book.

Shocking, I know. And what's worse, now a whole generation is going to think that THAT's what Beowulf is. Just like they think Troy is something that Homer wrote.

Blah. Elitist bigot, I suppose thy name is Me.

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I suspect that I am turning into a fangirl.

Posted at 15 Nov 2007 09:15:30 PM

This makes me happier than I can say.

But hell, I'll have a shot. *gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEE!*

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How to make a perfect afternoon

Posted at 08 Jun 2007 05:42:25 PM

How to make a perfect afternoon:

1. Leave work.
2. Procure the following: Frozen whole strawberries, frozen whole pineapple, 6oz cans of pineapple juice, blender, 500gb hard drive, DVD containing Jeeves and Wooster.
3. mv 1_cup_pineapple, 1_cup_strawberries, 1_can_juice, 3_ice cubes blender
4. Release frustrations accumulated prior to step 1 upon the poor defenseless frozen berries.
5. Pour the resulting mixture into a pretty purple insultated mug (exact color is not necessary, but do give it a try if you can). Add a bendy straw.
6. Enjoy the closest thing to ambrosia this poor benighted world will ever see. Best while installing a new hard drive and watching Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry capering around after porcelain cow creamers.


ETA: This is the reason that I love Nigella Lawson so. The woman can cook, no doubt about it, and on top of it all she's just so darned human and normal that one can't help but admire her.

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Catharsis and moving.

Posted at 11 Dec 2008 12:02:00 PM

Blargh. I'm feeling belligerent today.

Saw Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End last night with a bunch of people from work. It was actually a lot better than I thought it would be, and I am satisfied. There was no 20-minute section where we watch the highly-paid lead actors roll down beaches on carnival wheels, they killed off my favorite character, and lead-in for movie #4 at the end there makes me less than happy (HAI DISNEY, AND HOW IS MY FAVORITE WHORE TODAY?), but on the whole... I'm ok with it.

Getting the soundtrack, regardless. Yup.

My coworker Victoria crashed at my place after the movie, since a 1.5-hour drive back to Ithaca after the movie got out at 10:30, coupled with getting up at 7 for the drive back down here for work would have been less than entertaining for someone accustomed to a normal 8hour sleep schedule. I was up until 3 or so healing BM for a couple guildies' Kara keys, and really ought to have finished it too >:o Dan's internet cut out right after the 2nd boss on our first attempt, and I somehow completely fucked up and let him die on our 2nd. I still have no idea how. His life bar was full and then it wasn't... grrrr. It was after 3am and we called it quits without ever finishing it. At least it's good KoT rep.

Going to sleep frustrated is never a good thing, and that's probably part of my mood today. I had no Starbucks' as Vic had to follow me most of the way into the office, and now I'm having a frustratingly brainless IM conversation with another coworker.

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In rereading all this, the words of someone I saw on not too long ago come to mind:


I always do think better when I'm writing.

ETA: There's a Breaking Benjamin/Three Days Grace/Puddle of Mud concert here this weekend. Of course it's the one weekend this month that I won't be home. Hells...

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Media update

Posted at 11 Dec 2008 11:53:36 AM

Ok, so it's media day here on my diary.

We're watching the Academy Awards, which is cool because usually I mean to watch them, and then I forget. There was a montage about screenwriting, with scenes from all different interviews and movies (I'm pretty sure that I caught some His Girl Friday, I know there was some Moulin Rouge, and there were some scenes with a black and white Johnny Depp movie -- I needed to know what that movie was, as it just looked incredibly intriguing! So, I hit up IMDB, and I'm fairly sure that it's Ed Wood... which I now need to see. Yes, definitely.

I have a new favorite song at the moment - Emilie Autumn, again, which by now noone should be surprised by. I'm still working my way through her discography, so expect a few more of these over the months ;-) Anyhow, it's a really great remix of Liar (from Opheliac) which was released on her Liar/Dead Is The New Alive remix album, and it kicks so much ass.

Grab it here!

In other news, my new MacBook Pro laptop is here, and oh it is shiny :D The plan is still to put Debian on it, although there are some documented issues with keyboards and rEFIT that I think I need a different USB keyboard to work around; the one I have doesn't seem to be doing the trick, and it's surprising how many of my keyboards are still PS/2. So, shopping I will go.

No news yet on the whole job situation -- they want to (prospectively) put me at Lockheed, which I'm less than thrilled about, but I'm getting used to the idea. We'll see how it goes...

I'm still waiting to see when I'll be able to get out to St Louis again, but I suppose that's partially my impatience and partially my desire to plan a couple of weeks ahead. I really ought to get used to the idea that throwing some stuff in a bag and taking a 5hour plane ride on a day or two's notice is *really* not that taxing, and certainly won't hurt me any. :-)

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So tired. So very, very tired.

Posted at 20 Nov 2006 10:48:27 AM

I am tired beyond all imagining this morning. Literally - I'm nigh-falling asleep at my desk. *zzzZZZZzzZZZzzzzzzz....*

Also, my back hurts and so does my shoulder - I think I slept oddly on it again. And I have shitloads to do before wednesday this week, including but not limited to doing laundry, packing for thanksgiving weekend, making another batch of pumpkin butter, packing up baskets o' canned stuff, hooking the PS2 up to my LCD monitor, playing a measurable amount of Final Fantasy, getting to the bank, cooking (or otherwise assembling) two side dishes and a pie, sleeping, and pulling Blizzard's collective head out of its ass (still not unbanned. No real updates, either. *murders someone*). Also, about 20 hours of work. Theoretically on the list is going bowling tonight and fitting in Casino Royale* at least once more. Those last two might not be happening, and I admit that despite badly needing the practice, my shoulder's current condition may factor into my wimping out of bowling tonight.

Did I mention I need sleep?

Also, Wegman's is a constant madhouse lately, so even shopping takes a non-negligible amount of time.

I'm at work. I don't care about this report bug that I'm supposed to be diagnosing. In fact, it's beyond "don't care" - I actively don't give a fuck. *headdesk* And I have a meeting in 15 minutes (did I mention that Outlook is "working" again? Thankfully, it is). At least I got in on time today, so I can leave at 5.

* Daniel Craig officially = love. Oh my yes. He's an amazing James Bond.


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