Random Fannishness:

Lost. Wow. Great gravy, Locke is awesome. And clean-shaven wee!Locke has a lovely smile. And good LORD Sayid’s cameo was sexy. Everything that man does is sexy. And though the lack of C/C-age was mildly disappointing, they’re clearly making up for it next week. That promo, GUH.

George. Stop it. Right now. In case you hadn’t noticed, Spaceballs: The Flame Thrower was intended to be utterly ridiculous and nonsensical. Star Wars: the Lawn Sprinkler is just sad.

On the other hand, this opportunity to help Amazon tell Universal that we support Serenity is happy happy!

Blurbs for upcoming Discworld goodness!

Oh, and Happy Belated Birthday to Juliet Landau! 40 yesterday!

And not fannish, but still dorky and/or entertaining:
A new format for music!

Today’s Links (all together in one entry, because Blogger hates me and I’m posting en masse from Ko’s computer):

The Fannish:
GoF Pictures! With high-res version of the first image here. Oh, the emo angst! Rupert, dahling, please get a haircut! You look ridiculous. But Rita is perfect. Though I imagined her a bit younger-looking. Probably because I always use my mom as a guage for how women of certain age look, and she looks ten years younger than what her birth certificate says.
Ko, here’s the icon I mentioned the other day. One of my all-time favourites.
News on the US release date for Angel: Live Fast Die Never. Hurrah, no Amazon UK shipping charges or ridiculous pound/dollar conversion rates!
TLC offers Spoiler-Free for HBP feed.

The Funny:
Why Evolution Should Not Be Taught in Public Schools — appears to be quite fake, but highly amusing nonetheless.

The Appalling:
Michigan Preparing To Let Doctors Refuse To Treat Gays

I’m not going to write much, as sleep calls out with its siren song, but suffice it to say, life is looking up. Director was nicer, rehearsal went well, etc. So yay. Plus, there are always bunny monkeys to make the world fabulous. Hurrah!

The “Infuriating Person of the Day” Award goes to my drama director, who shall remain nameless should he ever attempt to google himself and find this blog! I honestly don’t know what to do other that sigh in resignation and just get over myself, because he’s absolutely convinced that his ideas are the only valid solution and my helpful, well thought out suggestions are worthless and not worth his time to listen to:

Me: But if I wore this costume in this scene, there would be more elements of the costume for the other actors to put on me, and I’d have the accessories to make another actor’s lines make sense, as opposed to wearing that black dress for the FOURTH TIME in the first act, which you can only fiddle with for a few seconds before it looks fake and ridiculous. And otherwise, I wouldn’t get to wear this costume, which looks great and is perfect for the period.
David: I want you in the black dress in that scene.
Me: …?

And that’s only the beginning. He told me today that he didn’t like the way I was playing Barbara, one of the two roles I play in Liza’s Childhood Dream. My lines themselves and the way other characters talk about Barbara seem to indicate that Barbara should be rather airheaded and bratty. Now he wants “mature and confident”. What the HELL? After futilely trying to convince him to change his mind, I spent at least 15 minutes in the bathrooms, running my lines over and over, trying to figure out how on earth they could be read in a manner to suit his new concept of the character. Oh, and we open on THURSDAY.

Also, a significant part of the story surrounds Liza’s indecision regarding which magazine cover to go with for the next issue: a circus-themed cover or the more traditional Easter-themed cover. I volunteered my Photoshop savviness weeks ago, and the director told me he’d get back to me. Saturday, our Stage Manager presented his designs for the covers, which were nothing more than Microsoft Word Clip Art. They look like rubbish, and the entire cast agrees. I approached the director on Sunday, asking if that was indeed the final artwork and if he would let me make up some new designs that looked more professional. I suggested for the circus cover an image our dramaturg put on the wall of a model posing with two elephants. The director immediately dismissed me, saying that the image was a famous photograph from the early 50s and therefore was anachronistic for a musical taking place in the early 40s. WELL YOU KNOW WHAT? SO IS MICROSOFT WORD CLIP ART. ARRRRGH.

I might also mention that I spent 12 hours in rehearsal Saturday and 10 hours on Sunday. Gahkg.

Oh, but wait. This day was so long and emotionally rollercoaster-like that I forgot that the stuff that happened this morning happened this morning. The “Runner Up To The Infuriating Person of the Day” is my Animation professor! I don’t know if I’m just not communicating my ideas effectively through my animatic or if he just isn’t getting my concept, but his suggestions are completely undermining my entire concept. “But that’s the joke!” I argue. He seems to be under the impression that an animation with a text-based punchline is inferior to an action-based punchline. And to that, I saw “teh quoi?” In the end, we agreed to disagree, and he told me that he rarely stayed 100% faithful to his original animatic, so I should just keep working and wait to decide on anything, in a tone of voice that said “Keep working under the delusion that your idea will work. You’ll see I’m right eventually.” Rrrgh, so irritating.

Also frustrating today was my doctor’s refusal to refill a perscription until I’d had my blood pressure measured, which meant I had to go all the way to the CVS at 43rd street in the rain (I didn’t bring an umbrella, because it was barely even hinting at drizzling when I left), and I was in a major time crunch, as I had to pick up the perscription before class at 4:30, because I wouldn’t have time to walk back to the CVS on 39th after Virtual World Design class, because I would need to have dinner, then go to the theatre at 6:30 to meet with my director to talk about the things I detailled earlier in this post. Not enough time. And this is a daily perscription that I was completely out of that seriously messes up my body chemistry when I don’t take it. I missed a day once, and spent the next THREE WEEKS in my period. (Oh yeah, those three weeks ended yesterday. That explains some of my recent angst!)

Meanwhile, the Awesome Person of the Day award goes to Warren and my Virtual World Design professors! They paired me with Ari for my final project, who is an excellent coder and a close friend. And the third person in our group is apparently quite good with Physics engines, so huzzah! I’ve got the art, Ari’s got the code, and David’s got the physics! *mamboes* And they’re both utter geeks, which will make this project so much more fun. We’re considering doing something inspired by HomestarRunner.com, most likely featuring Trogdor (with cameos from the Teen Girl Squad).

And co-winner of Awesome Person of the Day goes to Ko, who cheered me up in my fit of depression this morning with merriment and her Easter Monkey. The Easter Monkey makes everything better. Even more effective that brownies with ice cream, because Easter Monkeys don’t make you fat! *roommate loff* Afterwards, she volundeered to ninja attack either of these professors with our broken toaster, which I agreed sounded delightful. Yay for toaster attacks!

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Renata or someone equally awesome (not that anyone could be as awesome as Renata): Could someone send me mp3s of the last three tracks on the first CD of the Rent OBCR (LVB-A, I Should Tell You, LVB-B) and all the songs on the first “From Venus and Back” CD? Apparently my Rent CD is slightly scratched, so Jimmy flips out when he tries to get the last three tracks, and he refuses to acknowledge the presence of FVAB when I tried to rip them this morning. Feh.

Of course, I won’t be online tonight until at least 8 due to the second day of tech, but gmail is always good (priscellie), if one would be so kind.

Comparing himself to Season 4 Riley when he’s acting more like Season 5 Spike. Advice to the amorous: DON’T STALK MY ROOMMATE. It’s creepy.

I come back from a gruelling 12 hours of rehearsal, dreading returning to work on my gargantuan modeling project (for Monday), and now I find out about this. This so calls for brownies and ice cream.

Keith: Of course I know how exciting it is to get mail! Especially mail with fannish goodness! And I read the first few pages of the book I got signed for you, and it’s awesome. Tra-la!

Will: Giles’ song is “Standing”, but the “Standing”/”I’m Under Your Spell” reprise duet with Tara is entitled “Wish I Could Stay”. Or at least, that’s what the filename says. *checks Amazon* Oh. Nevermind. It’s just called “I’m Under Your Spell/Standing (reprise)”. Yeah, I lose. Hmm, I really need to make an honest woman of my iPod with respect to that album…

Tanja: I believe Undone27 on LJ linked me to the “I Hate Being in Love With Elijah Wood” song. The lyrics are mostly unintelligible, but those I can understand are funny.

Becky: What email address should I send it to?

And the amusing news link of the day: British Prankster Smuggles Art Into Top NY Museums

Cross-Fandomish Link of the Day: Emma Caulfield (Anya) to appear on Lost? Haha, more fodder for if anyone wants to try their hand at the hilarious JJ&J Challenge.

Finally saw the new Episode III trailer. GUH. Maybe this one won’t suck as badly as the first two.

Oh, and we have a date for Thud!: October 1st!

Meme from Nicki: Take the first 20 songs that come up on your playlist on random and add “in my pants” to the end. (As you can see, I got really carried away.)

  1. Weird Al — I Remember Larry in My Pants
  2. Avenue Q — Fantasies Come True in My Pants
  3. Tori Amos — Wrapped Around Your Finger in My Pants (now that just sounds wrong)
  4. Beatles — Two of Us in My Pants
  5. Phantom of the Opera — Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer In My Pants
  6. Stanford Fleet Street Singers — You Always Hurt the One You Love in My Pants
  7. Les Miserables — Confrontation In My Pants
  8. Pink Floyd — The Happiest Days of Our Lives in My Pants
  9. Jekyll and Hyde OSC — How Can I Continue On in My Pants
  10. Tori Amos — Let It Be in My Pants (almost as good as “Let it Be… Naked”)
  11. Once More With Feeling — Wish I Could Stay in My Pants
  12. Yellow Submarine — Sea of Holes in My Pants (yay! One that is not actively dirty!)
  13. Tori Amos — Mermen in My Pants
  14. Stephen Speaks — Out of My League in My Pants
  15. Once More With Feeling — I’m Under Your Spell in My Pants
  16. Pink Floyd — Money in My Pants
  17. The Chipmunk Adventure (shut up) — Wully Bully in My Pants
  18. How To Succeed… OBCR — A Secretary Is Not A Toy in My Pants (too easy)
  19. Les Choristes — Les Choristes dans Mes Pantalons
  20. Rent OBCR — Over the Moon in My Pants
  21. Little Shop of Horrors NBCR — Finale Ultimo (Don’t Feed the Plants) in My Pants (it rhymes!)
  22. Tori Amos — Merry Little Christmas in My Pants
  23. Phantom of the Opera — Magical Lasso in My Pants
  24. Chicago NBCR — We Both Reached For the Gun in My Pants
  25. Les Miserables OLC — Lovely Ladies in My Pants
  26. Van Morrison — Someone Like You in My Pants
  27. Little Shop of Horrors OBCR — Suddenly, Seymour in My Pants (*snort*)
  28. Wicked — What is this Feeling in My Pants
  29. The Full Monty OBCR — Big-Ass Rock in My Pants
  30. Bat Boy OOBCR — Ugly Boy in My Pants
  31. DaVinci’s Notebook — Secret Asian Man in My Pants
  32. Little Shop of Horrors NBCR — Suppertime in My Pants (SO WRONG)
  33. Chicago NBCR — I Can’t Do it Alone in My Pants
  34. Les Miserables Original London Cast — On My Own in My Pants
  35. Angel: Life Fast Die Never — Start the Apocalypse in My Pants
  36. Wicked — I’m Not That Girl in My Pants
  37. How to Succeed OBCR — Brotherhood of Man in My Pants
  38. Barenaked Ladies — Pinch Me in My Pants
  39. Pink Floyd — The Thin Ice in My Pants
  40. Tori Amos — Leather in My Pants
  41. Jekyll and Hyde Studio Cast Recording — A New Life in My Pants
  42. Tori Amos — Pretty Good Year in My Pants
  43. Jekyll and Hyde Studio Cast Recording — Streak of Madness in My Pants
  44. Tori Amos — Pirates in My Pants
  45. Bride and Prejudice (in Hindi) — No Life Without Wife in My Pants
  46. Ben Lee — We’re All in This Together in My Pants
  47. Tori Amos — I’m On Fire in My Pants
  48. Pink Floyd — Hey You in My Pants
  49. Phantom of the Opera — Poor Fool (He Makes Me Laugh) in My Pants
  50. Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here in My Pants

I am far too entertained.

Oh, and now that I have iTunes, I can do the iTunes meme!

How many songs in total?
1471 (I’m running low on disk space)

Sort by Song Title – first and last?
…To Save the World — Core 13
Ziggy Stardust — David Bowie

Sort by Artist – first and last?
Men of Station — 13+God
Pearls — (something using Japanese characters)

Sort by Time – first and last?
Bonus Track — DaVinci’s Notebook (from Brontosaurus)
Wizard People, Dear Reader (part 2)

Sort by Album – first and last? (ignoring everything with no album listed)
Passion — 1 Giant Leap
Yellow Submarine in Pepperland — The Beatles/Yellow Submarine

Top Ten Played Songs:

Looking over the top 10, I see that I haven’t been using iTunes long enough for it to really cast any insight, but the top songs included chunks of “Abbey Road”, “Once More, With Feeling”, “Angel: Live Fast Die Never”, Dragostea din Tei, and Rasputin.

Find “sex” – how many songs show up?
Middlesex Times — Donnie Darko soundtrack
Sexy Sadie — The Beatles

Find “death” – how many songs show up?
Death! — Danny Elfman, Edward Scissorhands
Even in Death — Evanescence

Find “love” – how many songs show up?
I’m not typing 32 song titles. Wow, and think of how many dozens more I’d have if I had all my early Beatles music on iTunes… But hah, the first one on “Shuffle” was “My Baby’s In Love with Eddie Vedder” (Weird Al), so I’m entertained. (And the second: “I Hate Being in Love With Elijah Wood” *snort*)