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Hey, y’all. Long time, no see. How are things? What have I missed? I’ve been finishing my undergrad (woo! done!), working full-time and trying to adjust from Student to Worker.

News, news. I graduate in June, summa cum laude. I’m glad York gives out honours, ‘cause I like Latin words. Then it’s sticking around at York to do my MA, and from there... who knows? Got a bit jerked around on my thesis, so I’m not sure if I’ve still got a taste for the academic thing. A prof did tell me that Academic Life is kind of like religion: every now and again your faith gets tested.

Stole Phil’s idea for posting mini-movie reviews on Twitter. At the end of the month I’ll copy those here, or you can find me on Twitter and read them as the appear (not many there right now).

So far this month I’ve seen Iron Man twice and Speed Racer once. I may see Iron Man again soon, but not Speed Racer. Oh god no. Not for love or money.

Bought a DS, am addicted to the anagrams game.

My uncle had a massive stroke (at his brain stem) while on vacation here. They’ve since airambulence’d him back to BC, and he’s doing much better than he was.

I wrote this bit of propaganda-journalism. No byline, ‘cause it’s just the Voice of the University. But I took the pictures, too.

Because I do graphic design as well as propaganda-journalism, I’ve got Photoshop on my computer (at my desk... I have my own desk! And phone!)... and access to Photoshop + access to stock images + no brain on a Friday afternoon = putting the TARDIS on the beach.

The TARDIS image there is actually a picture of a novelty cookie tin, not a screen grab from an episode. The backgrounds are from one of those stock photo websites. I'm working at icon versions of these to replace my old icons (actually, I'm looking at replacing most of my icons as I Get Better Skillz).



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In time I’ll get all caught up on tee vee. It’s the mission that [livejournal.com profile] firstgold and I shall be attempting this weekend. How much tee vee can be watched in a single weekend? We shall find out. Stay tuned.

In exceptionally scrambled order...

Date: 2008-05-16 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratefanatic.livejournal.com
Am compelled to comment simply because we're chatting via Gmail right now and woo for overlap. Am also pulling out the cell to text you... now.

Love the cookie tin TARDIS on the beach. Is so pretty! I <3 your photoshop skillz and look forward to your further efforts.

Ouch. That was frighteningly formal. Bah. Here, have an icon that might look familiar. I love it so. I cuddle it every night. True story.

Hooray for Uncle doing better. That's very good to hear.

IRON MAN!! So much love. Will be attempting to convince the father that he really wants to see it TONIGHT. Because I'm gettin' figity. Want to see it again! NAO. And they you will get my Expert Opinions. MUAHAHA.

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Date: 2008-05-16 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
The one on the beach (vs the one by the ruins) is my fave, too. I'd started it as a project in faking a polarizing filter in PS, but realized it would look better with a TARDIS there. So I put a TARDIS there. and figured out how to make a shadow. And futz with lighting effects....

I look forward to my future efforts, too. :D I like that icon... it's just the ones I have on my account that I'm getting tired of. I showed you the Oedipus one, ja? I'm thinking of making a matching set of icons for myself. All in the same style, but with different fannish content, you know?

and hooray for overlap. Heaven knows we can't have enough ongoing convos...

Horray for Uncle, indeed. My aunt can get some rest, as can my grandmother, my mother...

Am hoping that I can talk Krissy into a matinee of it tomorrow, but sshhhhhhh, she doesn't know that yet. I like telling people that since I've now graduated (hee!) with a four-year degree in Media Stuff that they should trust my professional opinion. To go see Iron Man... :D

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Date: 2008-05-16 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firstgold.livejournal.com
Even though it will conflict with our ability to watch tee vee .... IRON MAN!

I was so going to try and talk you into going and seeing it too :)

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Date: 2008-05-16 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratefanatic.livejournal.com
It amuses me greatly that you were each plotting to convince the other that Iron Man should happen. Heee!

Have fun this weekend!

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Date: 2008-05-20 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Obviously, great minds think alike. (As we well know... :D)

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Date: 2008-05-20 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I think we did pretty well, with the shopping and the movie-watching. A coworker this morning said she thought Prince Caspian was pretty fluffy, so maybe we didn't miss much there.

I like Iron Man... :)

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Date: 2008-05-19 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratefanatic.livejournal.com
Woohoo for PS! Again I say well done you!

You did show me the Oedipus icon and it made me laugh. A lot. Give a yell if you are in need of other icon ideas. *has thinking cap at the ready*

I think we are one ongoing conversation.

It's true. You're a PROFESSIONAL now! Alas, did not convince Dad to see movie, as entire family saw Caspian instead. Which, mind you, was quite good. Perhaps this week. And if he doesn't want too, I may very well go by myself.

Urk. My computer is making veeeeeeery strange noises. It sounds kinda like a rain forest, actually, with differentiated whirring and burbling and chirping.

Except it's a computer.

Not a rain forest.

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Date: 2008-05-20 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I have a few shots I'd like to cap-then-icon (including a gif one of DT wiggling in his chair in one of those Sontaran episodes and one of my favourite shots from Life on Mars), but I'm always open for suggestion - my current crop of icons is old, y'know?

You can tell him that in my professional opinion, Iron Man was awesome.

We are one ongoing conversation! Because we're postmodern, conversing across many media, with no formal end or true beginning to any conversation, we exist in the perpetual present, in an ahistorical state of being in which it is continually now. Um. (Can you imagine how bad I'll be after a year of a master's program?)

I hope your computer doesn't monsoon. Or rain a plague of frogs. Or have crazy crazy killer butterflies like in that really good XF fic I read a long time ago.

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Date: 2008-05-16 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squonk.livejournal.com
Hi!

Was wondering what you'd been up to. Congrats on the undergrad!

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Date: 2008-05-20 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Hi! Yeah, sorry - dropped off the map something fierce. How're you doing?

And thanks - as I was saying above in the comments, I can now offer my professional opinion on Cinema and Media.

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Date: 2008-05-23 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squonk.livejournal.com
I'm pretty good, if slightly aimless. Enjoying the community in Boston, but the physical city, not as much. I mean, it's okay, but definitely nothing like the way I felt about Toronto. It'd be nice to experience both sides of the equation at once, but eh. Things'll work out, and I'm content for the moment. :)

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Date: 2008-05-19 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guitarromantic.livejournal.com
Nicely 'shopped! The shadow is awesome.

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Date: 2008-05-20 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm quite pleased with the shadow. Never underestimate the power of procrastination, eh? Avoiding work is easy and fun when there is PS around.

Now I just have to make sure I hide the files on my desktop's HD, and not on the office server.

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Date: 2008-05-20 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stickchick596.livejournal.com
Love the pictures. Ah the wonders of digital manipulation.

Out of curiosity (as I have no interest nor inclination to ever see it) what was so awful about Speed Racer?

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Date: 2008-05-20 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Thanks! I like having free access to all this stuff... hehe.

Speed Racer was very bright (your eyes had no rest), the editing was choppy and confusing (a race scene in which you have no way to tell what's going on) and a script that stood there with wide eyes and an innocent face and wondered what you meant when you'd asked it to make sense.
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