orangerful: (force awakens)

Which means I only get a 1 day weekend (I got my other day off Thursday, which feels weird, but whatever, this time of year is madness anyway)

I wished you all lived closer so you could come have fun with me. :D

I'm totally wearing my "Rogue Librarian" shirt. I'm in charge of the costume contest, so that should be fun.

Aaaaand typing that sentence just reminded me I meant to charge the iPad! CRAP!

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Imzy just launched a "follow" feature for people. I feel bad for them, if they had done this a few weeks ago, before the big LJ fallout, they might have been able to snag more people from LJ. Ah well.

I might go poke around the site again now that this feature exists though. I really don't know the last time I logged on!
orangerful: (bsg - wishful drinking)
13 Reasons Why Promo Image by Netflix

Warning: spoilers for the entire series and also lots of trigger-y topics, though I'm not going to go into detail

Read more... )

Read this

May. 11th, 2017 05:25 pm
orangerful: (bsg - wishful drinking)
Facing Facts: American Identity is Based on Alternative History

This is a short and sweet blog post but I have to say it really gets to the core of where so many of our (meaning American) identity issues arise. We are taught that history was made by benevolent straight, white men and everything was done out of goodness and if it wasn't (like slavery) well it was punished and now everyone gets along. After a law was passed, everyone followed it and no one was ever treated poorly again.

(This is also a test to see if LJ cross-posting works)
orangerful: (rock and roll baby!)
Watched the second episode tonight and holy shit it was good. I mean, the first episode was interesting but it felt more like a prologue and this is where the story really starts.

First, I want Orlando Jones nominated for any Emmy just so they can show Anansi's speech during the award show and watch the whole world squirm. It was just uncomfortable and captivating and beautiful to watch.

Also, Gillian Anderson IS an actual Goddess so while her scenes were great, didn't we already know this? I've been worshiping her since 1993.

Just kidding, I seriously feel like I'm only watching the show now to see more of her awesomeness. YES I WILL BOW DOWN BEFORE HER!

I haven't listened to anymore of the book because one of my library holds came in and took priority. I'm sorta happy about this, I like not knowing what will happen in the show, though knowing Bryan Fuller things will get reworked. I think I only have about 90 minutes left in my current audiobook so when that is done I will flip back over to 'American Gods'.

The casting on this show is just so damn good.
orangerful: (fotc - favorite box)
I'm pondering unfriending LJ people who are cross-posting from Dreamwidth so that I start checking Dreamwidth more often...I feel like I forget that not everyone is doing the cross-post thing and I'm missing out on some awesome posts on DW from people who have completely left LJ.

I think I've given up on Imzy. It's just not the kind of social interaction that I crave when it comes to the internet. I think it is too...focused? Like, the fact that I have to join a different group for every interest I have. And then it's just row after row of links to other things, which doesn't count as "social" to me. LJ, Dreamwidth - these places are social.

I've started checking Twitter again and, let me tell you, I've started aggressively using the "do not show retweets" option on SO MANY PEOPLE and it is GLORIOUS! I wish Tumblr had a similar option...I don't mind reblogs/tweets when there is a comment made, but I get tired of just seeing other people's content reposted again and again.

I've been having fun with Snapchat but only because Sylvia and I have a streak going of like 35 days. I never know what to post on there. I flip flop between that and Instagram. My Mom checks my Twitter/Instagram so I kinda like posting things there so she knows what is going on, but Snapchat can be fun for stupid stuff like "Look at my socks!" kinda things.
orangerful: (fotc - favorite box)
I had been looking forward to this adaptation of Patrick Ness' young adult novel A Monster Calls since it was announced. It just felt like the kind of story that would work well on screen. I was very happy with the results.

Just like the book, this is a visually gorgeous tale (Jim Kay's illustrations reminded me a lot of Stephen Gammel's artwork in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). It is a coming of age story wrapped in a fairy tale. Conor's mother is very sick and he is dealing with it about as well as you would expect a young boy to deal with it. He buries himself in his artwork and conjures up The Monster, who visits him at night and tells him a story. With each story, Conor begins to peel away the fairy tale world and begins to see that the real world is not so simple. That there are always layers, that acceptance is a part of life and so is great pain.

It is bittersweet and even though I had read the book, I still found myself crying in the end. Everyone did a fabulous job, but Liam Neeson as The Monster was just perfect casting (and according to the extras, he was the one and only choice).

The only flaw in the movie was the casting of Sigourney Weaver since I felt her British accent wasn't so great. But luckily her character doesn't actually talk very much as most of the story rests on Conor's shoulders.

If you have tissues handy, I highly recommend this one.
orangerful: (belle and a book)
"Daddy claims the Hogwarts houses are really gangs. They have their own colors, their own hideouts, and they are always riding for each other, like gangs. Harry, Ron, and Hermione never snitch on one another, just like gangbangers. Death Eaters even have matching tattoos. And look at Voldemort. They're scared to say his name. Really, that "He Who Must Not Be Named" stuff is like giving him a street name. That's some gangbanging shit right there."

-- from "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
My life has been taken over by video games and TV and just general life-ness. I swear this happens every few months, I go from an LJ addict to not being able to make the time.

My friend was supposed to come and visit this week with her daughter, but as her daughter is three and decided that she no longer wanted to sleep through the night so the idea of driving 8 hours with a tired toddler while also tired didn't appeal to her. :P On the plus side, I have cleaned the house!!

This was a weird week, I was just in the strangest mood until about Thursday. I blame the girl parts, which were really out of whack and threw everything off. Feel more like myself now though!

We are about halfway through 13 Reasons Why (we waited for Sylvia to come back from her spring break trip to watch with her).
mild spoilers if you haven't watched it yet )

I'm awful at 'Overwatch' but I do enjoy playing it. But OMG if you could HEAR Tim when he plays LOL. He doesn't wear the microphone, thank goodness, but he is one of those people who just turns into an aggressive potty mouth when he plays competitive games. He *hates* to die in games. And for a game like Overwatch, that is a HUGE part of the game. It's not about living forever. But he gets so upset when he does. It's both offensive and hilarious and I am so glad I am the only person who can hear him.

I downloaded Fallout Shelter again because Steam sent me a code for bonus stuff...I don't know why I did that, it's not even a real "game" the way that all my other games are. It's just nice to goof off with for a bit while I'm eating breakfast or brushing my teeth.

Still not sure exactly how I'm handling the LJ/DW thing. I was reading through the DW FAQ email they sent out and I did not know they were based in Maryland! Now I almost want to switch over just for that. Well, at least when May 2018 rolls around, that is. If there is still an online community to hang out in.
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
Looks like the Library Foundation, the fundraising group that helps get money for special projects in the library, needs some part-time help. If you live in the Annapolis area, this might be a good job to check out!

Development Assistant
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Looks like the Library Foundation, the fundraising group that helps get money for special projects in the library, needs some part-time help. If you live in the Annapolis area, this might be a good job to check out!

Development Assistant
orangerful: (easily distracted // orangerful)
For all my book quote nerd out there, check out this amazing site someone made:

Literary Clock

It has a book quote for EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY!!!!!!!!!

I've had the tab open for the last hour and I keep checking it and it's like OOOH NEW QUOTE!
orangerful: (disgust // orangerful)
So the more I think about LJ and the ToS debacle and do a bit of research, I'm starting to think that I might not use LJ that much longer. I went in and turned off the auto renewal (which I meant to do last year and forgot) but I will have the "Professional Package" until May 2018 so I think I will probably move to Dreamwidth sometime between now and then.

I need to remind myself that this is not a blog hosted in the United States. My first reaction was that of a citizen of a democracy, of a country that has the ability to fight for First Amendment rights. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is very different from, say, a blogging service that might be located in North Carolina. I mean, there is a shitstorm going on there, but I have faith that eventually someone in the government will come to their senses and stop this because our free press will continue to point out the unequal treatment issues. But Russia doesn't have that, that is why Livejournal was so important and why this move to Russian soil is a problem because it means that now those Russian bloggers that use the site to express their opinions could easily become targets, and it will be much worse than a simple shutting down of their website.

So, it might take awhile, I have a year to figure out Dreamwidth, download my blog, and decide how I want to handle what is posted now.

But, yeah, I had to take off my American goggle for a second there and remind myself that I am damn lucky. While I might not be happy with any of the shit going down in Washington D.C. right now, somewhere in my mind I know the pendulum will eventually swing back, that it is going to be a lousy 4 years of extra bullshit, but hopefully after that we will get this United States back on track.

But Russians don't have that same light at the end of the tunnel. And now they can't even bitch about it online in a safe, anonymous space. It is awful and I fear that this site will be gone very soon.

Anyway, once I get my act together and make the official move, I will post where I have moved on to.

Until then, I'm getting my 20 dollars (approx. 1138 Russian rubles) out of this site!
orangerful: (book belle // orangerful)
Honestly, at this point, the Russians have had access to my info for a few years now and nothing has happened so...I'm just going to keep posting here until the day LJ disappears or you all start ignoring me completely. :)

Really it is so hard to go to a new site where you get no comments on anything. I am so spoiled now with all my wonderful, chatty LJ friends!

Here's what I read in March. Not as impressive as February but still some good stuff in the mix!

The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and GuestsThe Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests by Chris Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read half of this and then listened to the rest. I was a little disappointed the audiobook wasn't narrated by anyone from the show but that would be pretty amazing to get that cast back together. That being said, the readers did a wonderful job mimicking the voices and tone where they could without it being too distracting.

I was watching the Daily Show with Craig Kilborn in high school and I remember when it changed hands to Jon Stewart. I have always been relatively progressive/liberal in my world view, so I wouldn't say that Jon changed that, but The Daily Show did let me know that I was not alone in thinking that way, it made me want to stay up to date on the news, it made me understand how politics really work.

The show, Stewart's version of the show, played a HUGE role in my young adult life and this book does an amazing job covering its evolution over the course of 12 years. If you are a fan of the show, if you remember watching it every night, if you attended the 'Rally for Sanity' -- pick up this book or give it a listen. You will be impressed by how much hard work this entire cast and crew put into keeping us both informed and entertained all these years, and how that ended up changing the media as a whole.

MooseMoose by Max de Radiguès

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this because we were discussing how it made it onto lots of top comic lists for teen readers but we cataloged it in adult. I understand the cataloging since our YA section is both a mix of middle and high school materials and this definitely is very mature content.

The story deals with bullying, and not just being picked on, but physical violence and a level of abuse that was disturbing.

I think it is a powerful story that will find its way into the hands of readers that need to find it, but I can understand why we opted to put it in the adult collection.

Me and Marvin GardensMe and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A.S. King is one of my favorite young adult authors so I was surprised to see this title cataloged as Children's Fiction. It still has that trademark King bit of magical realism, but the characters and themes run a little bit younger, or maybe just things that work for a wider age range of readers.

While not my favorite King book, this has a great story to give to kids who have a passion about the environment and interest in humans finding that balance between nature and progress. Definitely for the more thinky middle school reader who has already realized that their parents are not perfect and that the world has shades of gray.

Paper Girls, Vol. 2Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even better than the first volume (I did not think that would be possible). This series is amazing.

Don't read anything about it, don't find spoilers, just find the books and read them.

Samanthasaurus RexSamanthasaurus Rex by B.B. Mandell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How could I not read this? Adorable dinosaur with my name. The trick with the diamond seemed like a stretch. If there is a Samantha in your life, this is a solid purchase.

I Am Jim HensonI Am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet and simple book, this would be great for a read-aloud to older elementary kids. The author does not mention that Jim has passed away, though kids can see it if they look at the timeline included on the last couple pages.

One of my personal heroes and I'm always glad to see his story being told and shared.

They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice MovementThey Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think Lowery does a good job of staying objective in his recounting of the tumult of the last few years. I knew about most of these events, but not all of them, and lumping them all together in this book, realizing that this is just a snapshot of two years in America, you can't help but wonder what, if anything, has changed.

The saddest part is how optimistic the afterward sounds when it comes to continuing to deal with these issues as a country...I feel like this has all be pushed out of the spotlight since November and the national rhetoric is not one that encourages discussion of racial issues.

The Private EyeThe Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is becoming VERY DISTURBING that every book I pick up this year has some kind of "THE CLOUD WILL END US ALL!" message to it...and Private Eye wasn't even a NEW book!

BKV does it again with a twisted story about a not-to-distant future where the world has gone to shit and, as usual, most people just deal with it. Loved the characters and their hints of backstory. I'm kind of glad this is a one-off, that the little teases are all we get and we have to make it up from there. The main story is enough to satisfy.

Sci-Fi Noir Action Thriller Graphic Novel.

Decelerate BlueDecelerate Blue by Adam Rapp

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another commentary on our short-attention span world. I liked the ideas here but I wish it had a little more to it all. I never felt like I got to know Angela and Gladys as well as I could have.

Still, some cool themes and ideas to talk about.

View all my reviews
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)

You think we're gonna get fired? )

get away with it all )

13 Reasons Why - Sylvia reminded me that this was on Netflix today so we watched the first two episodes. She read the book a few years ago and, as a librarian, I can tell you that it has been going strong all these years as one of those must-read YA books. Seriously, our copies were always out and read to pieces. If you like Riverdale and Veronica Mars, where the mystery drips out in pieces and there are lots of over-dramatic teens who look far too old to be sophomores, give it a try. If I didn't have to work tomorrow, I probably would watch a few more episodes tonight LOL.

We only have two episodes left in Steven Universe Season 3 and then we are back to waiting for Hulu to get the rest. Right now, if they released the entire series on blu-ray, I would buy it. It is just too perfect and I love it so much and I am highly annoyed that Hulu is the only way to watch it. I WANT TO GIVE YOU MY MONEY CARTOON NETWORK!!! WHY WON'T YOU TAKE IT?!?!

Excited that Archer, Fargo, and iZombie are back this month! They might not filled the Legion shaped hole in my heart, but they will keep me amused.

Sidenote: I might have creeped Sylvia out this afternoon while looking through my Instagram and swooning over Cole Sprouse and pretty much the entire cast of Riverdale. I am sorry THEY ARE ALL HOT AND I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THINKING THEY ARE HOT! I mean, I'm not gonna touch them, they are in California for crying out loud! oh to be at WonderCon right now, I'd be dirty-old-ladying all over that panel

This post got long...and weird...I blame the cold medication...that I haven't taken yet...GOODNIGHT!!!!
orangerful: (ME garrus loves orangerful // lostacanth)
UGH I really thought I had dodged the cold that Tim had last week but, alas, it caught up with me today. I called out of work and I just texted to take off tomorrow because while I don't feel totally awful, I work 1-9 tomorrow and when the sun went down today, I could feel it in my sinuses and I just don't think I could concentrate.

Seriously, writing this post is a struggle LOL. Mostly because I don't want to drip on the keyboard...EWWWW!

In between blowing my nose and sleeping I have been playing Mass Effect: Andromedia. It is a Mass Effect game, for sure. I'm having fun playing the story, meeting the aliens, and then shooting stuff. It is still kinda buggy, but I feel like that happens with almost all AAA titles nowadays, with pressure from the publisher to get it released by a specific date they don't test for everything. I had a rough time today with a glitch that wouldn't let me save my game in a REALLY LONG battle and when I died, the autosaves were all screwed up and took me back to the start of the fight. I'm hoping that a patch will appear soon and fix that because I really don't want to go back to that quest until it is done.

Anyone else playing ME:A? I made a custom Pathfinder, named her Samantha because why not! Of course, I didn't know the computer's name was I've accidentally added a whole new layer to the story with the computer my father built kinda named after me...or was I named after the program? duh-Duh-DUUUUUUUH!!!!!

I have noticed the animation issues and I think because I went custom they are even more noticeable. But, whatever, I like her, even if for some reason she came out kind of orange... yes, she looks like Shepard, I didn't mean to, it just happened, I guess I have a type

So I kinda customized my Ryder and now she looks like Shepard...totally not on purpose #masseffect @xbox @biowarebase
orangerful: (star wars vii girl // orangerful)
One of my friends in my Star Wars Club emailed me this t-shirt. I debated ordering it, because after shipping it was kinda pricey for a t-shirt but...I pretty made HAD to have it for my collection, didn't I?

They are actually on sale now at a discount, I think the sale ends today? But I think you can agree, this was a necessity.

Plus, it is still March so I'm calling it a birthday gift to myself...

...along with the other two geeky shirts I just ordered from Hot Topic...
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
Watched this morning and I just can't get enough of this show.

Obviously episode spoilers under the cut. Oh I do NOT watch any commercials or previews for the following week (I don't even know if they do that for Legion) so please don't mention anything about upcoming episodes if they have shown things in trailers. I had a freak out while watching Legion today because there was a commercial for Americans and we haven't watched this week's episode yet.

just a few little things )


Also, in WTF Tumblr news, I was bored and making tea the other night after watching the amazing Crosswalk Musical with James Corden sketch and I took a bunch of screenshots because Dan Stevens is my big crush right now, posted them to Tumblr and it is like the most popular thing I have posted in a long time...maybe ever.

oh shit, I gotta get to work! TTFN!
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
I made this for dinner last night and it was DELICIOUS!

Greek Chicken Pasta.

It did require some chopping, but really didn't take that long to make and it was so tasty!!!

And even though it is a one skillet meal, I managed to turn the kitchen into a disaster area. I got SKILLZ.

This is why the agreement is that whoever cooks, the other one has to do the dishes BWHAHAHA!

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