Happy Birthday to You,
You’re now twenty-two!
You’re happy and healthy
And attractive, woo-hoo!

Now go eat some turkey/tofurkey/miscellaneous vegetables in absence of meat or meat substitute!

Edit: Unless you’re not American. Then have a happy November 23rd!

Just watched Friday’s Battlestar Galactica. I am so amused at the preview for next week’s episode, so let’s just get this out of the way:

“The first rule of Battlestar Galactica is – you do not talk about Battlestar Galactica. The second rule of Battlestar Galactica is – you DO NOT talk about Battlestar Galactica!”

Hey, it explains where all of Apollo’s belly fat went! Were else would the humans be getting soap?

Lee: I want you to do me a favor, Starbuck. I want you to hit me as hard as you can.

Number Six: Did you know if you mixed equal parts of gasoline and frozen orange juice concentrate you can make napalm?

Kara: I am Jack’s smirking revenge.

Tigh: Only after disaster can we be resurrected.

and maybe even:

Adama: Ok, any historic figure.
Roslin: I’d fight Gandhi.
Adama: Good answer.
Roslin: How about you?
Adama: Lincoln.
Roslin: Lincoln?
Adama: Big guy, big reach. Skinny guys fight ’til they’re burger.

Veronica Mars has been picked up for a total of 20 episodes. The prospect of a fourth season is still up in the air.

Stranger than Fiction, Starring Harry Potter. Ganked from Peg. HILARIOUS!

Deliciously high-res OotP trailer screencaps. And seeing those exploding proclamations… After the movie comes out, the first person to make a Fred and George/V for Vendetta fanvid will win the internet. Or “Another Brick in the Wall.” I’m not choosy.

And finally, a cam version of the OotP teaser!

For those that didn’t feel like sitting through the full 30-minute John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton, I’ve uploaded Benjamin Franklin’s Six Oaths of the Virtuous Child

Bill Maher: A Farewell to Douchebags

A brilliant student film: Unicorn vs. Narwhal

Freaking sweet: Office Building Tetris

Oh my good gravy, the Photoshop abuse! It’s so horrifying, but I can’t look away!

Man, and I thought the neutrally-emotioned 3d model rotation of Sunny Baudelaire ILM showed us at their Siggraph panel was slightly creepy! This blows it out of the water, and then it blows up the building where it landed, and then it blows up the remaining debris just to make sure. Of course, said model was pretty awesome, which took away from the creepiness factor. These are just wrong.

I kind of want to make one of myself, just to see how freaky I can go. Maybe over Thanksgiving. Hey, can I start a Creepy Photoshop Self-Portrait Challenge? This needs to be mocked on a larger scale than I alone can create.

Upon further reflection, YES. I’m going to start a Creepy Photoshop Self-Portrait Challenge! Please suggest any amusing acronyms that come to mind. I’ll post the challenge in my LJ sometime this weekend!

This comic could be a scene from Firefly: 1889.

Just got my “Cinderella” revision back from my teacher. I am pleased as punch!

This is an excellent piece of work! The connection you make between the stepfamily and the three fates is startlingly original and yet entirely apropos as with the best revisionary ideas. You do an excellent job of alluding to earlier versions of the story and other revisions, and your writing is both funny and surprisingly creepy. Well done!

Grade: A

The phrase of the day is “HELL YEAH.” Email me if you want a copy of the poem. Priscellie at gmail!

A proposed fandom Christmas tradition: Organize a Once More With Feeling singalong. After all, “What fun it is to ride and sing a slaying song tonight.”

I know, I know. My punning privileges just got revoked, didn’t they?

Last night in my Fairy Tales class, we talked about Witches Abroad. Nearly everyone kept going on about how much they loved it! I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a handful of converts out of the mix. During break, Ko and I got several people asking us which books we recommended. WIN! And when I get some of this mythical free time, I want to reread some of the witches books, which on the most part I haven’t read since high school. Rereading Witches Abroad this week, I realized that I clearly didn’t appreciate them as much as I should have. So much love!

When we were discussing ways the Witches derailed the stories, Veronica got volunteers read a few lines of dialogue. Naturally, I jumped at the chance. It’s ridiculously fun to do voices for Discworld, and boo to my classmates for not taking advantage of the opportunity to really have fun with the lines they were given! They read the lines like they would read a recipe out loud. Shame, classmates, shame!

In other fannish news, dude, House was great this week! Just got around to watching it this morning. And speaking of cool House stuff, this fanvid is awesome. Link ganked from Violet! Someone took clips from Dead Poets Society and House, and gave us the story of “If Neil had just given into his dad instead of shooting himself he would have grown up to be Wilson.” It’s GREAT, and you should all watch it!

Tealin has posted boards for her animated sequence of a scene from The Hostile Hospital of The Series of Unfortunate Events. That girl makes my heart dance.

More yay: Japanese “I’m a Mac” Commercials. Though Japanese!PC is nowhere near as cute as John Hodgman. :D

And speaking of amusing Japanese things, my mind is blown by this video of a pool filled with non-Newtonian fluid, and again by this more scientific take. Sweeeeet. I want a pool of cornstarch!

And I leave you with an AICN reviewer’s take on subversive themes in Ant Bully and Happy Feet. Commentary aside, I was pleased to read his praise of the insect designs in Ant Bully. One of my friends from my summer internship was a lead character modeler for the film, modeling the wasps, the frog, the ant Fugax (the one with the split chin), a member of the high council, the spider from the teaser, and the exterminator, to name a few. He’s now working for Laika, which is high on my list of “Studios I would sell a kidney to work at.” WOO CHRIS!

Oh, today. I woke up at 7 for some serious Calculus cram-time. But I was feeling really gross and pukey, so I went to sleep for another hour. When I woke up, I was still feeling that way, but I knew I couldn’t lose any more study-time, so I took a shower and spent the next hour alternately bent over my math textbook or bent over a trash can, feeling like I was going to throw up any second. Amount of knowledge retained in this hour: Zero.

Now a few minutes past 9, I emailed my math teacher and TA, asking if I could possibly take the midterm later than evening when I would be more likely to feel better, or the next day. I tried to make myself study about 15 more minutes, then gave up and went back to sleep, setting my alarm for noon. The exam was to be at 1:30.

I woke up feeling mostly better, but still well below average. I crammed for an hour, but my professor still hadn’t emailed me back, so I IMed my TA to find out what was going on. We weren’t able to track him down, so at 1:10, I trudged across campus to the exam room, freaking out about the lack of real studying I’d been able to do and still feeling weak and nauseated, which wasn’t helped by the utterly gross weather. The professor and I worked out that I would take the exam at 4:30 that afternoon, giving me time to start feeling better already and cram some more study-time in.

At 4:10, I was feeling fairly resigned to not doing well on the midterm. The practice midterm I’d been studying was an impossible nightmare, and I wasn’t having much luck with the problems in the book. I was feeling exhausted by the time I got to the building, so I took the seldom-used elevator to the fourth floor. I pushed my button and collapsed against the wall. And my butt hit the big red Emergency Call button. At first I couldn’t figure out where the voice was coming from, but eventually my tired brain wrapped around what had happened and I told the nice lady that I had pushed the button by accident and there was no emergency to report.

Then, the midterm! I was ready to fail spectacularly after such a dramatic day, so I was surprised to find myself kicking butt. I finished the first three questions of a four-question, hour-and-a-half exam in twenty minutes. The fourth question was a lot more challenging and I wasn’t able to solve it, but I got fairly far along in the process, enough for some substantial partial credit. So go me!

Then I went for groceries, because I essentially had nothing but condiments in the fridge, and now I actually have things to eat! And I’m exhausted and I’m going to have to find a time tomorrow to watch Taxi Driver for my film class, as I missed tonight’s screening, but I’m feeling okay! My academic world is going in a bit of a downward spiral, but I’m coping, and I’m at least not going to fail anything.

And now I have pasta and Witches Abroad to read for my fairytales class, and maybe House if I can stay awake until 9.

Tonight after the Calculus review session, I attended a Disney tech talk, which was truly awesome. It’s so cool to see what kind of nifty tools they’re turning out to help the artists do their thing! They also showed the cloth simulation video I saw at Siggraph, and GUH. Too awesome for words!

Sweet! Paid LJers can get an extra week to compensate for the outage a few days ago. Go here to claim it!

And Windows Vista has been released to manufacturing! Or in other words, “It compiles! Ship it!”

Also, Mac and PC are back together!