sareini: "Zog" - Babylon 5 (Zog)
I was going to post complaining about the heat and the stickiness and how I'm certain I have some sort of reverse SAD, but then I discovered that Stephen Furst died on Friday at 63.

I don't think I ever saw anything with him in that I didn't enjoy, but the two things that stand out the most for me are National Lampoon's Animal House and Babylon 5. The latter fandom has developed a little tradition when any of the cast pass away, that started with Citizen G'Kar/Andreas Katsoulas - it's said that they have travelled "beyond the Rim". So now Vir Cotto joins him, Dr. Franklin, Zack Allen and Mike Garabaldi as they travel beyond the Rim.

(I wanted to add the scene where Vir faces down a Technomage despite the terrifying illusions they throw at him, because, "
I work for Ambassador Mollari. After a while, nothing bothers you." but alas, no-one seems to have put that clip up on YouTube.)
sareini: A Procrastinator's work is never done! (Procrastination)
It's been an interesting couple of days, hasn't it?

I wasn't expecting Labour to get a landslide victory out of nowhere in the general election, so I am more than pleasantly surprised to see them manage to knock the hell out of the Conservatives' majority. Teresa May's gambit really blew up in her face and now it's just counting down the months before she's out of 10 Downing Street (Larry the Cat, of course, remains). In my area Labour won again (we've been Labour since the constituency was formed in 1950 and at this point I think it would take the offer of a free unicorn and maybe a blowjob for ever voter to change things), but with a majority of just under 4k, which is slightly worrying. It was just Labour and the Tories in the fight; everyone else was so low that I doubt they even got their deposits back.

If this guy had been standing in my area, I'd have voted for him in a heartbeat though.

I went into town today and bought myself some (more) notebooks. One will be for worldbuilding stuff, one will be for character building stuff, and the last will be for the times when I want to write fanfic with my OCs (that I may or may not ever post anywhere, because OCs). My stationary compulsion continues unabated.

And RIP Adam West.

Still Hot

May. 26th, 2017 02:47 pm
sareini: (surprised)
It's 24 degrees C (and likely to get hotter). I've published a review (Intruders) and now have ice cream.

I'd say anything else I do today is a bonus.

In Fact...

May. 22nd, 2017 01:20 pm
sareini: A Procrastinator's work is never done! (Procrastination)

("Name Your Poison" from The Return of Captain Invincible, starring Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee)

("He's Rockula" from Rockula, starring Dean Cameron, Thomas Dolby and Tawny Fere)
sareini: (cat)
I woke up this morning to find Callie licking my closed eyes. Apparently my role in life now is to be a salt lick for a kitten. It's the hay fever, of course; now that it's May and the weather is grudgingly admitting that it's springtime the pollens are really getting started, and of course I was already allergic to all of them even before the news of "super pollens" (pollens that have mixed with diesel fuels to be extra sticky in the mucous membranes) hit last week. Already my nose is getting runnier, my eyes more sore and prone to sticking closed in the morning (cat licks aside) and most annoyingly, the roof of my mouth itches more and more of the time. At least my life as it currently is minimises my contact with random free-floating pollen in the outside world.

In other news, I managed to be relatively productive around the house today. Did some small amount of tidying, typed up and published a review for the movie blog (The Void, in case you were wondering) and got as far as I currently can with the Shawl of Secrets. I'm now at the point where I have to buy the missing ball of yarn before I can continue, and depending on how things go on Thursday (another vet visit for Lily) will determine whether I can get that this week or at the end of the month. Still, it's a good thing it's not able to distract me right now, as I still have to finish that cardigan for my niece.

Possible Criminal Minds spoilers if you've not seen Season 11 yet )

Knitted shawl in browns, reds, oranges, yellows and greens
sareini: default (discworld - tried normality)
So, I've apparently come to the attention of the BBC, as seen in this article listing bloggers from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire (guess I'm now really officially a local, then). I wouldn't have even found out about this except that I was bored this morning after staying up all night reading Fashion SWAT on SomethingAwful, and was just idly browsing and wondering what was going on in the local area. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw my name there, and when I showed Nick he nearly spat coffee everywhere.

For those who don't want to scroll 2/3rd of the way down the page to see my name in lights (so to speak), here's what the BBC have to say about me:

"Writers are also using blogs as their starting point for stories. Darkkat, as she is known, regularly posts notes that discuss possible ideas. She also occasionally posts reviews to films that she's interested in - which tend to be about horror and science fiction."

I'm not sure whether to feel impressed, self-conscious or worried that I've been distilled into, effectively, 'writer and reviewer of horror movies' (although when I think about it, that is an awful lot of what I do). But it has made me determined to kick myself up the arse and start posting more...

Also, Nick sulked because he wasn't on the list. So he insisted I pimp him on my blog. So, if anyone's interested in reading the rantings and ramblings of a 30something, hairy, opinionated and crazy liberal, you can find him here.


Jun. 18th, 2009 11:58 am
sareini: (zombie)
I missed Blog Like It's The End of the World Day.
sareini: default (normal people...)
I was recently provided with a link to a website called Dyscalculia Forum. I think most people already know that I have dyscalculia, also known as numerical dyslexia. I wasn't diagnosed until I was in university - before that, everyone just thought I had really bad math skills. I'd also been aware of the fact that there were very few dyscalculaics (is that a word?) around - or at least, ones who knew that they were, in fact dyscalculaics.

Anyway, I had a look round the site, and found it very interesting. One part that I found particularly interesting was their "symptoms" page - there are considerably more symptoms than I'd known about (and of course, reading the list convinces you that you've got all the symptoms...)

Symptoms below here... )

Which makes 8 or 9 out of 11, I think...
sareini: (surprised)
We have strong indicators that is written by a man (98%).

From GenderAnalyser
sareini: default (lfg-fwoom)
I just got this through Twitter:

Are you addicted to World of Warcraft?

I think my favourite comment so far has to be this one though:

"Yes, they are addictive. The government should set up a department to review these games for addictiveness, ban the most addictive and put a sliding scale tax on the rest. It should pass a law that forces IP's to monitor how long each person is playing them and then require them to send waring notices and finally cut off internet connections. These addicts are a danger to society. One of them killed my Troll"
sareini: default (Discworld - Cackle)
First off, we have some stuff from GamerDNA... Basically, it's personality tests for gamers, and a good way to express my inner geek.

I've also hopped onto the Dragon Egg bandwagon:

Adopt one today!

...yes, it's a geeky day today...


Aug. 25th, 2008 08:38 pm
sareini: default (Discworld - Cackle)
I discovered this site today (or rather, rediscovered as I expect I've come across it on the web before but just forgot about it), and have discovered a new way to spend those last couple of pounds that are always left on my pre-pay credit cards at the end of the month. It's from the guys who did Mystery Science Theater 3000 once upon a time, only now they do it on the internet and provide you with the track of their riffing so that you just play it over the movie you're watching (provided it's the same movie, that is). I bought the RiffTrak for Predator for £1.50 or thereabouts, and laughed my ass off for the entire movie. And I like Predator.

It'll be a toss-up between Casino Royale or Transformers for the next one, I think...

sareini: default (000 cats)
I just found this on the "Best of CraigsList" and spent several minutes nearly doubled over laughing...

Ferocious Attack Kitten

"This destructive kitty has been trained as a proud warrior and will fiercely defend your house, even against you. Well-trained since 10-weeks of age to attack anything in his presence, he will protect your family from evil things, including the following:

* insects

* other trained attack kittens

* babies

* toilet paper

* anything under a blanket

* unwanted house guests
* paper bags

* floor rugs

* Chuck Norris

* Feet. "

My trained attack kitten is currently asleep at the foot of my bed, resting after he had to punish my shoes for taking me out of the house this morning...
sareini: default (Night of the Demons)
In preparation for Blogathon and my plans for it this year (see sticky post at the top of the journal), I figured I'd flex the movie review muscles by doing a few of these once more...

Only two, but it's a start... )
sareini: default (NoTLD)
I don't think I've done one of these in a while...

This got a lot longer than I expected... )
sareini: default (discworld - truth fret)
Prince Harry Not Going to Iraq

Really, they shouldn't have announced he was going in the first place. It just put a great big target on his head and on the heads of the rest of the platoon, and has now caused the people in charge to make some really awkward decisions that are going to make lots of people unhappy (including the Prince himself, if reports are to be believed).

But I do have to draw attention to one comment in the Have Your Say board attached to this story:

"I know iraq is a dangerous place but we've all been there."

Umm... I think I'd remember if I'd been to Iraq. I've seen the pictures of those damn camel spiders, for one thing, and I'd not be likely to forget an encounter with one of them in a hurry. Let alone the sand and bombs flying all around the place.


Illinois baby obtains gun permit

The kid's name is Bubba. I think that just says it all about this story. Bubba.
sareini: default (Bast)
...although this one's a little smarter than our one.

Cat gets bus to shops

It's the Daily Anyurism, true, but it's still a nice story, and that cat is obviously (a) very friendly, or it wouldn't be happy being photographed like that, (b) well looked-after, and (c) quite a resourceful kitty.

Our Mac would never use a bus, though. Even if he did manage to get past us to the outside world and didn't instantly run back in because he got scared of all the scary loud noises and people, he'd have no idea what a bus was. He's barely grasped the concept of not sticking his face in Jelli's when she's sleeping so that when she wakes up the first thing she sees isn't a great grinning expance of black-and-white fur which she invariably hits as a reflex action...
sareini: default (discworld - mountains of madness)
I am still alive... I've just been hibernating for a while.

Well, that and playing City of now that i9 has gone live. It's strange how the Inventions system has gotten so addictive, even though all I'm doing is picking up salvage. Oh, and Nick had a case of Newbie's Luck and got a drop of the Insect Wings costume piece... which he was then able to sell for 30 million infamy (and before anyone accuses him of price gouging, he didn't set the price at 30 million, but because it's a blind auction system that's what someone was willing to pay). So I'll never have to lend him infamy again.

Oh, and I found a cool website: Emergency and Disaster Information Service. Tells you where all the active volcanoes are, heat waves, earthquakes, epidemics and such like. For example, there's anthrax in Russia right now, and bubonic plague in the States...

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