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"Welcome to Screamtown."

I've been toying with ideas for a sequel to the Kara-as-a-Cylon fic. Definitely NOT what I want to see onscreen, but it's such an interesting premise. No idea if anything will come of it yet -- I'm in the brainstorming stage, and I don't have the best recent track record with fic! Still, I've been listening to R.E.M.'s "Exhuming McCarthy" almost nonstop lately, and while I'd always seen it as Lee in 3.20, it now feels completely perfect for this Final Five idea. Here's an mp3, if any of you are interested. Gotta love oldskool R.E.M. when they were all political and indignant 'n stuff. ;)

Tonight I am ... baking bread, thanks to a recipe that ww1614 posted yesterday. The dough seems to be rising, but I suppose the baking will be the real test. Still, it's been fun so far, and at least the kneading gave my arms a workout!

And here are a few things from my bookmarks folder:

-- The Galactica DVDs site has several deleted scenes that apparently won't be on the actual discs. Someone has posted them to YouTube. I can see why they were deleted, but I'm still pleased to have something new! (Thanks to Asta and Grey for the heads-up.)

-- I also got a kick out of these photos of Trucco and Kate Vernon walking the picket lines a few weeks ago. I *love* his "Frakking Toaster" t-shirt. (Thanks, proggirl!)

-- romanticalgirl posted a very hot Kara/Helo. voleuse wrote a lovely Lee character study. And for the hat trick, canadiangirl_86 has a bittersweet post-3.20 Kara/Lee. (I need to catch up on all the other klficathon stories!)

-- Jezebel linked to this commercial for Durex. It's naughty and kinda icky in a hilarious way.

-- Salon talks about indies "taking over" the Oscars.

-- I've been giggling at the new blog Stuff White People Like. "Number 67: Standing Still at Concerts."

-- On the heels of yesterday's serial comma debate, the NY Times celebrates the semicolon. (Thanks to Indi for the link.) One of my biggest grammar peeves is its misuse. I'd rather people just skip it altogether!
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Things I've bought that I love.

(Subject line with apologies to Mindy Kaling's fantabulous blog.)

1. Merona Athena Mesh Shoes: I've always liked Mary Janes, but I never wear them because I look too silly in them. Despite that, I bought these at Target a couple of weeks ago, and I *love* them. The vaguely athletic style makes them look trendy and cute, but they're also great for work. Plus, they're pretty darn comfortable.

2. Jensen iPod Digital Docking System: Another Target purchase. I've been eyeing the iHome clock-radio dock for a while, but I couldn't bring myself to spend $80+. This one's on sale for $40 this week, so I shrugged and figured I'd give it a try. I'm loving it so far. It's far from the best on the market, but it's cheap and works great. Bonus points for being loud enough to wake me up in the mornings, because I sleep like the dead. The only downsides are that it seems larger than it needs to be, and it doesn't have a dual-alarm. Still, I'd recommend it if you want a cheap starter dock.

3. Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread Mix: I made a "healthy" version of the muffins with applesauce and Egg Beaters instead of 1/2c oil (yikes!) and two eggs, plus a half-cup of dried cranberries. They turned out much chewier and denser than they probably should've been. Still quite tasty! This weekend I'm going to try out the recipe for pumpkin apple praline brownies.

4. Body Shop's Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz: Mom loves this stuff, and I used to swipe hers whenever I was in Dallas. Now I'm buying my own all the time, and it's totally worth the $14. It's basically just a very light watery toner, but with vitamin C and a fabulous orange-y scent. Perfect to keep in your purse and spray on when you need a pick-me-up. Love it!

5. Blistex Silk & Shine lip balm: I've been using this for years, and it's the best damn lip balm I've ever found -- and for only $2! It really does work, too, even for super-chapped lips. I've tried more expensive stuff, but I keep coming back to good ol' Blistex.

Since I haven't updated in a few days, I might as well make this one extra-long! How about some links?

-- Jessica Seinfeld's "Deceptively Delicious": Kinda Deceptive, Not So Delicious. Interesting point about the negligible health benefits. But I once taught at a school where the kitchen baked beets into the chocolate cake, and it really was yummy. (I couldn't even taste the beets.)

-- Ben Affleck, Redemption Hunting. I really enjoyed this NYT story about Ben and Boston, a city which I've visited twice and quite adore.

-- As Usual, Cate Blanchett Making Everyone Else Look Bad. Mostly because I just like the headline. ;) Also from NYMag's entertainment blog: Dave Eggers' and Spike Jonze's script for Where the Wild Things Are and Is The Golden Compass Too Anti-Christian or Not Anti-Christian Enough?

-- Not a link, but I've been listening to Spoon's "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" over and over this week. Love it! I'm a sucker for a horn section, and this song's as if a modern indie band time-traveled back to '60s Motown. Great stuff! Here's an mp3.

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Yet another absurdly long post.

Massive storm system heading my way. Guess I'd better do the daily post while I still have electricity! (Just looked at my archive and saw that this is my 890th consecutive day of posting at least once. That probably says a lot about me, though I'm not sure whether it's good or bad.) One of these days, I'll be as prolific about replying to friends' posts; I'm lucky to manage one or two replies daily. For someone who talks so damn much, I'm strangely shy. Go figure.

I go back to work tomorrow. *deep, long-suffering sigh* Yeah, I know I shouldn't complain; teachers get tons of holidays, but I still love having time off. Technically, I started back on Friday, since we had to attend an all-day seminar. Now I'm about to haul out my school laptop and get started on lesson plans. Such fun. At least we have MLK Day off a week from Monday. I need to ease back into the routine. The NY Times is starting a three-part series on the evolution of the Middle School Concept. Collapse )

Given how I always carry around a clipboard at school, I must remember this line from Scrubs: "That answer was either very sarcastic or very stupid. Either way, I'm whacking you with my clipboard. Brace yourself." This season has been a letdown, but I liked last week's episode just for how they addressed that Perry Cox is totally Gregory House. I've been saying that since the third episode of House. ;)

Some links:
-- Slate talks about their love-hate relationship with Whole Foods supermarkets.
-- The NY Times profiles Kate Winslet. They also spend 36 hours in Atlanta. Yay!
-- McSweeney's imagines rejected submissions for Seventeen Magazine's "Daily Traumarama".
-- Mental_Floss reveals a shocking secret about the author of Goodnight Moon! ;)
-- Time explains how $10 could help save the lives of African children with malaria.

I *love* harpsichords. I went through a classical music phase in high school (ironically, just when grunge was sweeping the land), and my favorite part of Before Sunrise is that simple scene where they walk past a man playing a harpsichord in the early morning light. The harpsichord is wildly underused in pop music. Let's spread the baroque love! Here are two songs featuring 'em: "Half a World Away" by R.E.M. (my current "Unfinished Business" theme song), and "Clover Over Dover" by Blur (the cheeriest song ever written about suicide.) If you actually have any songs featuring harpsichords, please share them!

And finally... I happened across a cool bit in Pop Candy's Friday Q&A that would make an excellent meme. Collapse )So, which song would you play if you wanted to pick up a cute stranger on the bus? I'd probably go with "Lady Godiva and Me" by Grant Lee Buffalo, just to see if his interpretation is the same as mine. That, or "Late in the Day" by Supergrass, because it's lovely and long. ;)
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How do you solve a problem like Alanna?

1. My classes continue to work on expository reading, this time focusing on how to determine which information is relevant to a task. Today I gave them a list of situations (going to a movie, cooking dinner for your family, etc...) and asked them to list five things they would need to know before beginning the task. One group received the prompt, "Buying a gift for a baby", and their #1 question was, "Is the baby human?" Huh. Yeah, I suppose that could be a concern these days. ;)

2. SCRUBS IS BACK TONIGHT! This makes me very happy, and almost makes up for Comedy Central not rerunning "My Way Home" last night (It. Was. Awesome.) EntWkly has an interview with Donald Faison. I used to be all about the Elliot, but last season I became a hardcore Turk girl, baby. In his case, pun intended.

ETA: zorb rocks for linking me to "Guy Love" from the upcoming Scrubs musical episode. "It's like I've married my best friend / but in a totally manly way." TURK/J.D. OTP!

3. PopMatters has an ode to the awesomeness of "This American Life". Ira Glass is kinda cute.

4. Fanpop.com lists The Top 10 Hottest Animated Disney Women. Sure, Jessica Rabbit is all about the sex-ay, but I was always fondest of Ariel. Okay, not exactly the biggest feminist heroine there, but how can you resist the wave crashing behind her as she belts out "Part of your WORLD"?

5. Billy Idol has recorded a Christmas album. For those of you, like me, who are unable to resist the potential for brain meltdown, you can listen to "Oh Christmas Tree" and watch some spectacularly cheese-tastic videos at his MySpace page.

6. Of course I had to buy the soundtrack for The Sound of Music off iTunes last night. In the holiday spirit, here's "So Long, Farewell". And since I've been on another of my Grant Lee Buffalo kicks, here's a favorite: "Honey Don't Think". It's like the little black dress of fandom -- you can make it fit any 'ship! Plus, Grant-Lee's just plain awesome.

7. Jamie Bamber wrote a character analysis of Lee! It's a bit overblown and fanon-ish and could use a beta, but it's still all kinds of fabulous. I do love me an educated guy. Since the essay does have a few spoilers, the marvelous asta77 has posted a spoiler-free version.

8. And lo, on the first day of the twelfth month, the Gods looked down upon the penitent and pitied our woe at the dearth of Pilots. In their infinite benevolence, they commissioned their acolyte fahye to create PILOTZ: the epic picspam. And they graciously chose to reward our faith with a very special gift from the heavens, which they have titled "Unfinished Business". As always, spoilers only for the promo pics! Collapse )
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"Ah! Waffle! Woo hoo!"

1. At this point, I think I'm mostly watching Heroes for the, er, Hiro. And maybe Woobie!Weiss. Which are certainly two good reasons to watch, no?

2. Forget the fatsuit costume: Jamie Bamber is a pretty, pretty man. (Thanks, indi!)

3. Was looking through my YouTube favorites list and found something I linked months ago: Battlestar Office-ica: an Office fanvid to the BSG theme song. SO FUNNY.

4. The NY Times has a fascinating article on North Korea's digital blackout. That photo is a perfect way of using illustrations to make a point. (link via blue_larkspur!)

5. Scientists have created an invisibility cloak! Can I have one for some of my more "challenging" students?

6. A bit of confusion yesterday regarding the new Trader Joe's in Atlanta. I couldn't figure out why they'd open their first store in Roswell, of all places. Then I was driving through Sandy Springs and saw one going in on Roswell Road. Laughing at the apparent typo, I discovered via Google that they do, in fact, have two different stores IN Roswell and ON Roswell Road. From what I could tell, it looks like the (much closer to me) one will be opening in a month or so. Yay! (Psst... TJ's? My little gentrifying suburb has several new multi-use developments that would be perfect for a third location. Just sayin'.)

7. All those scary new designer handbags? Obviously inspired by horror movies. Hee!

8. I'll be the first to admit that I was wrong about the BSG episode numbering confusion. Tsk, tsk. Turns out that the premiere was actually considered ONE episode, and last week was 3.03; the season finale will be 3.19 (huh?). I'll grudgingly switch over to the new system, despite its lack of common sense.

9. Slate has a fun taste-test of various premade lunches, ala the Lunchables brand. Great advice for parents, sure, but hands up if any other grownups out there have bought 'em too. :)

10. Yup, I watched the first episode of Torchwood last night. "Underwhelmed" isn't the right word, but I didn't fall in love the way I'd expected. I'm about to start episode 2, and I'm quite willing to change my opinion!

11. Autumn's here! The trees are stunning, the air is brisk, and I am blissfully happy. And since autumn always puts me in a Grant Lee Buffalo mood, here are the album and concert versions of "Mighty Joe Moon", my all-time favorite song.
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She's a naughty girl with a lovely smile.

I took Paces Ferry into Buckhead this afternoon. Such a gorgeous drive -- the two-lane winding road, the Hooch, lush greenery and trees so thick they block out the sun -- that never fails to make me passionately love Atlanta. I got a kick out of the house with a huge Mark Taylor for Governor yard sign... right next to the governor's mansion. ;) Am quite proud of myself for NOT buying anything at Border's, though I did get several yummy take-out dishes at Eatzi's. Buckhead is obnoxious in many ways, but I do like how the area around Lenox feels so much like a *city*. Same with most of the area ITP, of course, but in quite a different way.

I could also kick myself for not buying the new Maxim at Borders -- I'd mistakenly thought it was the August issue, and I didn't want to even touch it if I didn't have to. Alas. At least the fabulous syliasyliasylia has uploaded the BSG fashion shoot here. Collapse )

Was reading the EW review of Ryan Gosling's new movie, Half Nelson, and while I'm sure it's marvelous, all the comments about him "caring about his kids with the fervor of a valiant inner-city educator" made me grin and roll my eyes. Same thing with Matthew Perry's TNT movie last weekend -- which I really did like in spite of the same cliches, mostly because his students looked exactly like the ones I've taught for the past eight years. Despite the geographical location, my school would qualify as "inner-city", but the archetype of the teacher out to change the world just rubs me the wrong way. We do try to reach these kids and inspire them, but those movies still feel so far removed from what it's really like. Then again, I suppose they do make for better TV. ;)

I haven't always wanted to be a teacher; to be honest, I only chose it my sophomore year of uni because I liked the idea of having a job when I graduated! Good thing that I discovered how much I love it, huh? ;) Growing up, I really wanted to be an architect... until I realized that engineering was perhaps even more important than just designing. As a kid, I used to spend hours obsessively looking at Dad's blueprints (he's an A/C contractor) and designing my own homes and skyscrapers on graph paper -- but my utter lack of engineering aptitude meant that all those pretty buildings would've collapsed. Yesterday I stumbled upon Wikipedia's Architecture portal, and omigod, so much fun! Seriously, I could spend *hours* reading every single page there. I especially love Bauhaus, though I have no idea why. I'm far from an expert (hi, biftec!), but learning about all the different movements and techniques is really fascinating.

So, I limit my craftsiness to knitting. Collapse )

Finally, I was listening to Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish again today, and it reminded me of how that's one of my all-time favorite albums. Yes, I'm a sucker for mid-90's Britpop. Damon Albarn is such a jackass, but the bastard is incredibly talented. And very, very pretty. I uploaded most of the album to SendSpace. Collapse )

And finally... after watching way too much Good Eats lately, the vague Alton-CKR resemblance is making me want someone to write Leoben with his own cooking show.
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No gnews is good gnews, with Gary Gnu!

With luck, I'll be ready to post my 50-sentences Kara thingy tonight; I want to go do some writing on my favorite Starbucks patio, but I'm waiting until the heat and humidity aren't so terrible. In the meantime, more links -- these posts are lots of fun to do, and this one's gonna be long. ;)

1. How Not to Act on J-Date. A tragicomic real story about when a mediocre date goes stalk-y. (link via annelise13)

2. In memory of Jackson Pollock. I don't know nearly enough about him -- must rent the movie sometime -- so this was a great way to put his talents into a larger cultural perpsective.

3. Harpers Magazine investigates the world of mail-order brides. It's one of those things that we've almost turned into a joke, so this article was quite eye-opening.

4. londonkds talks about race in New Who. (Thanks to selenak for the link!) Also, right now I'm rewatching "Love & Monsters". Many fans seemed to loathe it, but I *love* all the goofy meta, and Marc Warren is a world of adorable. Yes, I've been tivoing Hustle. ;)

5. The Sunday Mail compiles a list of 50 films to see before you die. I definitely take issue with some of their choices, but it's still a fun read. I have a feeling they went for movies with cultural impact, rather than strictly artistic merit.

6. Via PopCandy: The Great Space Coaster reunion podcast! Complete with "celebrity" appearances!To Wow, I still remember watching this when I was a young 'un.

7. Oooooh. leda13 is sekritly continuing her awesome BSG AU fic "Contraventions"! This brings me so very much joy. You can read a new chapter at fanfiction.net, and she promises more. Eventually. ;)

8. I'm knitting a sock! My first experience with double-pointed needles, and it's not as horrifying as I'd expected -- well, except for how I keep stabbing myself in the chest. Those DPNs are pointy little bastards. Since this is an experiment, I'm using super-cheap Sugar&Cream yarn, and The Sock Class is a fabulous website that takes beginners through every step of knitting very basic socks. Can't wait to see if they actually fit my huge feet. ;)

9. With all the buzz about LJTalk -- I might try it eventually -- I'll point everyone to Trillian. It lets you use AIM, YIM, IRC, and ICQ in one handy messaging interface, with some fun plugins. I've been using the free Basic version for years, though I'll need a Pro upgrade for LJ Talk. Must ponder.

10. I watched Life on Mars last night. Didn't think it would be quite my thing, but I found myself really enjoying it. Am looking forward to the rest of the season.

11. Finally... I made another mix CD to play in the car, and I realized afterward that I'd included four TV theme songs. Hee! So, here's my attempt to test out Vox's music-posting feature:
-- The Dandy Warhols, "We Used to Be Friends" (Veronica Mars)
-- The Von Bondies, "C'mon C'mon" (Rescue Me)
-- Massive Attack, "Teardrop" (House)
-- Orbital, "Doctor Who theme remix" (Doctor Who, for the past 43 years ;)
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Moving, LJ, Atlanta, screencaps, and mp3's.

1. I'm moving! Sorta. Very long story short: I hit the end of my tether after the maintenance crew accidentally flooded my bedroom for the seventh time in six years (something about a valve not being switched off.) I stormed into the property manager's office and demanded some sort of compensation, so she offered to move me to a much bigger and nicer apartment in the complex, for only $30/month more. Yay! It has a huge kitchen and looks out on trees, which means I can keep the curtains open. No free washer/dryer like this place, so I'll have to start checking Craigslist. Oh, and the only downside? I'll be moving the same weekend as Writercon. They're giving me a week to haul my stuff over there, so I'll try to swing by the con when I have some free time. :)

2. txvoodoo talks about new changes to LiveJournal. I've been here for almost five years, and I don't really care too much as long as they let me keep my LJ the way I want it.

3. Hey, Atlanta folks! Flicks on 5th sounds like fun. Anyone interested in getting a group together?

4. EntWkly has compiled The Top 100 Entertainment Websites. More misses than hits, I'm sure, but I'll be checking them out this weekend.

5. Every time I think about retiring Cappiness (my BtVS/AtS/Alias screencaps site), I check my stats and see that people are still using it. I would like to free up some server space, though. Anyone interested in taking over one or more of the archives by moving the files to your site?

6. RPF drabble-tag with friends last night? SO much fun. Indigo, I kinda love you.

7. Earlier this week I posted (flocked for bandwidth's sake) a bunch of mp3's from that list of The Top 500 Modern Rock Songs. Turns out I have some bandwidth left, so I'm posting a few of them here. Collapse )
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School and mp3's.

Sixth graders will do some very bizarre things. Today's bit of oddity was K. eating uncooked ramen noodles straight from the package. "But Ms. Wisteria, they taste good! They're crunchy!" Uh, yeah.

Moving went well. I'll probably head up to the school on Sunday to straighten up, but none of us are decorating or unpacking because, hey, we'll have to repack it all in four weeks. I brought my digital camera and took a few pics of my very oddly-shaped classroom; you can see them here. The first pic is the very un-scenic view from the window, and the last photo is the very cool overhead LCD projector hooked up to the black computer (and will soon be hooked up to a DVD/VCR.) I still haven't figured out how to arrange the desks -- things get very tricky with a room that is literally NO discernible shape. It vaguely resembles a diamond, but that's pushing it. Ah, the joys of 1970s schools with quasi-hexagonal classrooms.

If anyone has one, I would love a really great recording of "Summertime", especially the old Ella Fitzgerald version (but not the duet with Louis Armstrong, which I already have.) And... um... if anyone has a certain Mike Doughty mp3, that'd be kinda nice too. ;)

In the interest of reciprocity, here are two oldskool songs that put me in a happy mood this lovely Friday: REM - "You Are the Everything" and They Might Be Giants - "Birdhouse in Your Soul".

Naptime for me -- hope y'all are having a lovely Friday!
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Harriet Roslin, drabbles, Gilmore + music, and the Hooch.

Another long post tonight, folks!

1. We've already established that Jack Bristow and Jack Bauer is a match made in alpha male heaven. After rewatching tonight's Doctor Who, I've found another dream TV partnership: Laura Roslin and Harriet Jones. They would literally rule the worlds while ensuring that everyone has a nice cuppa. It would be lovely.

2. Thanks for the drabble challenges last night! I've already written three: Adama's mustache, Kara & Laura having lunch, and Veronica's blog. I hope to write a few more tonight.

3. According to EntWkly, my beloved Grant Lee Phillips will be performing in the season finale of Gilmore Girls, along with Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, the Sparks, and ... Mary-Lynn Rajskub (aka Chloe, My Role Model for Life.) How fucking cool is that? I've heard some iffy stuff about the finale, but that lineup has ensured I will keep it on my TiVo for years to come. Note: that article has some non-music-related spoilers.

4. The above made me want to share some mp3s, so here are a few downloads for y'all. Collapse )

5. Today I planned to take my fabulous new camera to the Atlanta Botanical Garden... until I remembered that the Dogwood Festival starts today. No way in hell am I going to brave that crowd, even for some pretty flowers. So I headed to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a bit of wilderness in the middle of the big city, and only ten minutes from my front door. Yay! I tried to hike, but I wussed out at the first sight of a very steep trail. Still, I took some photos that you can see here. Instead of doing a picspam, I annotated them -- scroll down on each page to see my comments and explanation. :)