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Subject:Review
Time:09:17 pm
The last decade-and-a-half were not kind to the Star Trek saga. It was gradually whittled down from a genuine pop-culture phenomenon into something more akin to a punchline, due in no small part to a pattern of lazy, introverted writing.

But two years ago, it was announced that Trek would be revived on the big screen, by returning the origins of the iconic Original Series characters, as first seen in 1966. Exciting news, but I remained cautious in my optimism. After all, reboots and 'origin stories' have been a dime a dozen for the past ten years, and have a very hit-and-miss history. Some work, many don't.

And now the film's arrived, with my review below the cut. No spoilers, so don't worry if you haven't seen it yet.Collapse )
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Subject:Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...
Time:02:36 pm
A pink albino dolphin.
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Subject:Life imitates art; English language rejoices
Time:05:35 pm
roto13 posted about this; I think it needs to be shared further.

A while ago, xkcd proposed a computer virus that reads YouTube comments back to the writers. Well, YouTube seem to have taken notice, and their videos now feature audio comment previews!

Hopefully, the mindless masses will make use of this feature, and think twice before polluting videos with their unbelievably dumb outpourings.

"DAT VID R SUX I H8 U WTF LOL!" sounds really stupid when a computer reads it to you. Maybe the message will finally get through to the people who need it most.
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Subject:"Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink!"
Time:04:32 pm
Current Mood:amusedEntertained
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Subject:Livejournal Personality Test
Time:05:17 pm
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Subject:Clothes for geeks
Time:03:35 pm
The Salvation Army store at Church Corner has got a few t-shirts that might appeal to y'all nerdy types, and since it's the Sallies they're pretty cheap.

Here're the designs they've got:

a "+20 SHIRT OF SMITING"

a road sign warning of an impending LAN Party

and a picture of a menacing1 chap declaring, "Don't make me roll Initiative!"


There could be others I didn't see. If you're interested, I'd recommend grabbing them pretty quick, since there's only one of each. Just look among the t-shirts in the men's clothing section.



1. not rly.
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Subject:This one's for the D&D fans
Time:12:04 am
I must confess that I don't play Dungeons and Dragons, or any other tabletop RPGs. However, I can appreciate the fun that results when you combine real-life physics with the artificial rules of gameplay. Fun, profit and mass destruction can ensue.

Here are a few examples quoted from a forum I frequent...
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There are at least a few gamers on my friends list - maybe you'll have a chance to try some of this?
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Time:04:24 pm
This morning: warm, sunny, short-sleeves weather

Now: snow

Interesting contrast. I'm just glad to live so close to the shops, tonight's party venue, and other such necessities...
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Subject:Joviality
Time:06:58 pm
Impromptu gathering at my place tonight - food, drink, movies, whatever. Bring yourself and anyone else who might be keen:-)
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Subject:If you're in Christchurch...
Time:05:36 pm
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative
... then do yourself a favour and go outside for a second, to look at the sky - there's a particularly fine crescent moon at the moment.
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Subject:More movies
Time:10:55 pm
Who'd be up for a visit to the flicks on Saturday night? Regent on Worcester is showing Curse of the Golden Flower, a new medieval Chinese epic. It's set late in the Tang Dynasty (the period I want to use for future re-enactment projects), around the tenth century, which was basically the high point of Chinese society in the middle ages. The film concerns political and social strife between the emperor, his wife, and their sons - classic power struggles, extra-marital affairs, rebellion, and cloak-and-dagger stuff. It's from Zhang Yimou, the chap responsible for Hero and The House of Flying Daggers, but apparently focuses much less on the martial arts and more on the politics and drama. Zhang's earlier movies, when he was still little-known in the west, handled those themes extremely well.
It looks like a visually amazing film, thanks to the ornate styles of the period and Zhang's visual techniques, with a plot that should be fairly involved yet familiar, possibly slow at times, but with occasional swords and assassins and such to maintain everyone's attention.

8 pm Saturday, if anyone's interested. If nothing else, it'll be a chance to see the ultimate in flash shiny garb, armour, and sets.
Perfect historical accuracy not guaranteed - or expected.
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Time:01:14 pm
Quite a thunderstorm we're having, I've not seen one like this for probably more than a year. It's certainly the first one this summer.
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Subject:Happy birthdays...
Time:12:04 pm
To kenicky; and, since today's the 26th in New York, to wha as well.

:D
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Time:09:11 pm
The internet is working in my room, huzzah! The laptop didn't like the PC card I was trying to use, so I eventually exchanged it for a USB adaptor. Much appreciation to everyone who helped with advice and info.

In practical terms, this now means I'll be online more often - instant messengers, for instance. No more pay-per-the-megabyte university computers, except for homework. Which I'll be able to do at home as well as on campus, so I can do all-nighters without fear of eviction by uni security if I fall asleep.

Kingdom of Loathing and other pursuits are now a potential reality, too.

All this must seem utterly trivial to most of you, but as I've never had my own internet connection before, it's actually rather cool from my perspective.
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Subject:Computer question
Time:07:56 pm
I've finally obtained a computer, a Compaq Presario 1200. About 5 years old, but the price was too good to pass up.

Now, though, I've got a problem, and I'd appreciate any advice that's going.
The laptop has a modem cable and a USB socket, but not the attachment for the standard network cable that can connect to our flat's broadband router. In short, I don't know how to connect it to the internet. The modem cable isn't compatible. The last laptop I looked at purchasing was similarly lacking, and that machine's owner said I'd need a USB modem, since that'd enable the use of a network cable. Is this so, for the computer I've just obtained? Will I be able to get broadband on this machine just by purchasing a USB modem and a network cable?

Thanks in advance for any advice that's going. I've never owned a computer, so it's all rather new.
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Subject:So, that Canterbury Faire...
Time:06:38 pm
The near-week-long jaunt of medievalness is over, for another year at least.

Great company, good food, fun classes, not quite enough sleep. All in all, a survivable combination:) Nearly all the usual suspects were in attendance, including a last-minute arrival by uaekiwi. I've discovered, though, that garb can make it difficult to recognise people who you don't see all that often in everyday life - aplologies to cataragon in particular.

Bought a few nifty items at the market, including a bronze brooch similar to this.

The SCA heavy fighters put on some good shows; I'm actually giving more thought to a long-term goal of getting into SCA heavy. Glaive, probably. When money allows. In the more immediate future, I'll have to get one of those drums. Playing at the toga party was fun, despite being the least-skilled drummer present by a wide margin.

Back in the land of the present-day, and it feels a little odd to be wearing shirts that only extend down to one's knees. It also took a moment to remember that forks are customary, rather than wholly optional, utensils when eating at a restaurant. Though since sundered_dark's belated birthday feed was at Pizza Hut, utensils were less of an issue. Less than, say, the after-effects of yet another evening of gross over-consumption.

Modern beds are more comfortable than ground. Considerably so.
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Time:12:46 pm
Weird Al is coming to New Zealand next year.
Unless there's going to be a Christchurch show, this will call for a road trip.

Who's keen?
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Time:04:29 pm
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Time:11:39 am
Yesterday, I wasted hours in the computer lab without making significant progress on my essay. This afternoon, it'll be flat-out typing and hopefully 1000 words or more. If I could half-finishing this thing in one go, I'd be fairly chipper.

It's just really difficult to get enthusiastic about writing 2500 words on the role of parliament's intent in statutory interpretation.

But first, I'm off to a uni cafe for lunch.
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Subject:Wagner Mish '06
Time:07:38 pm
In March, the NZSO is performing Wagner's final opera, Parsifal, in Wellington. Some friends and I are hatching preliminary plans to go on a weekend road trip to catch the show - we'll either car pool or take the trains; not too sure what's happening yet. Either way there'll be a bit of a cost, especially when you add in a night or two of backpackers accomodation, but it costs as little as $25 for tickets to the six-hour performance. According to the info it'll be a "semi-staged" presentation; so sadly not a full-blown staged opera, but should still be worth a look.

Who's keen? At the moment, there are about four or five of us who're considering it. However, more people = potentially lower costs, and more fun - so if you might be up for some 1800s operatic grandeur based on a medieval Holy Grail epic, please comment:)
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Subject:*Hitches a ride on the bandwagon*
Time:08:59 am
Current Mood:combustible
Damn it's hot. Yesterday I went to Ashburton - the only place in the country even hotter than here. Got up at 7 this morning, after approximately bugger-all sleep, and it was already blisteringly toasty outside.
It's only November, dammit - too early to be this warm.

Yesterday I had some thoughts about the true meaning of happiness. I'll post a needlessly-wordy and vainglorious LJ essay sometime.
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Subject:Dance
Time:11:28 am
Volta is going to require some practice. It doesn't help that my legs are disproportionately short, even for someone of my height.
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Time:05:20 pm
You know that feeling when you've finished your last exam?

*dances*
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Time:07:53 pm
Current Mood:Pretty dang good
Today was upbeat. Got some study done, but also got to enjoy some of the beautiful weather. It's handy living right by the Ilam Gardens, home to a million-odd different flowers, as well as two oak trees and a weeping willow that's currently sprinking white fluff all over the place. The only downside was one paradise duck - his mate hasn't been seen in weeks, so I think she might've died... poor guy seems pretty lonely, and he's been hostile toward the smaller European ducks, especially those with offspring.
Aside from that, though, the gardens are flawless and peaceful. Great place for a bit of respite from study.

Bearaš, ushbat
Ruoktu, muitut
Dat ca goassige
Vajaldahtc du

Meahcci, čàcit,
Albmi, eana:
Dat buot vurdet du
Dat buot vurdet du
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Time:12:38 pm
Last night's dreams were quite unusual. I can remember two of them...

First was a short and relatively uneventful sequence. It involved futuristic weaponry (a Helghast assault rifle and an ISA grenade launcher, for those who care), a mysterious attacker, and a tray of expensive booze next to somebody's bathtub.

The next dream was just bloody weird. A bizarre mixture of elements from different fictional worlds, like some badly-written crossover fic. The setting was a vast, modern city. Towering buildings, but not a jumble of skyscrapers - there was plenty of open space, no traffic and few crowds. The only vehicles in sight were small flying platforms, like those used by the Russian soldiers in Metal Gear Solid 3. Except that these were propelled not by jet engines, but by the One Power. I know this because I was explaining it to somebody in the dream - a random passerby who was asking about them.

I don't know who I was in this dream, but I guess I was reasonably special since I knew how to fly by using the Force. The only problem was that I couldn't concentrate too well at the time, so I could only levitate for brief periods, rather than soaring over the rooftops "as usual". Apparently, this ability was fairly rare - at one point I passed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, who I overheard berating a student whose focus was so poor that he could "barely leap 20 feet in the air!"

Inside a large public building, I was surprised to see that the bodies of two famous people were on display, lying in state: Boromir, and Gandalf the White. Only, these weren't their real bodies - they were just the wax dummies used in the films, when the characters died. This is quite odd, since I know that Boromir's corpse was filmed using a wax dummy, but obviously the same isn't true of Gandalf. Nonetheless, it was quite cool to get a close look at those white robes.

The final surprise was when I noticed Rand Al'Thor, chatting to a young woman and explaining how he uses Saidin to commute and communicate. To aid his explanation, he was using a piece of paper with dot drawn on each side. I never got to talk to him, which is a shame, but it was still interesting to see him. Though it sometimes seemed that he wasn't all there... but I guess that's understandable.

There was probably more, but I don't remember it right now. If anything more comes back, I'll add it. If only all dreams could be so creative...
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Time:12:38 am
In-jokes are coolCollapse )
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Time:01:23 am
This made me chuckle.Collapse )
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Time:09:53 am
Snow!

^_^;
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Subject:LOL @ dumbasses
Time:11:16 pm
Why do drunk morons think it's fun to mess around with an entire room full of people getting taught martial arts?
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Time:06:48 pm
Well, I went to the Prime Minister's public address at the university today. First time I've seen her in person; possibly the last time I'll see her as PM, depending on how things go on Saturday.

The address was a bit of a non-event, though, thanks to some sadly typical student antics.
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