Let's see if I still know how to work this thing.

I've been meaning to post at least a wee note about Avengers for over a week, but failed to do so. For some weird reason, it premiered in Finland on April 27th, ie ahead of the US premiere, and that almost never happens with big blockbusters. I was also lucky enough to get to see it two days before the Finnish premiere thanks to a workmate.

My reactions are under a cut because they're spoilery. Spoiler cut #1 )

In other movie news: this week, I saw Cabin In the Woods, and I'm a bit torn on that one.
Spoiler cut #2 )

Huh. That ended up being a bit longer than I thought it would be.
So the Yuletide stories have been posted and the rec posts have taken over my FList. All is as it usually is this time of year.

I can't help but feel a bit... well, to say 'sulky' would be an exaggeration, but there's a slight sense of dissatisfaction when I think about the fic I wrote. It seemed to go down okay with the recipient, but that's about it. Of course, it's the single story in a small fandom that most people won't have heard of, but I still feel a bit disappointed. I know it's inevitable that many stories get passed over for many reasons, but it's so disheartening to see your story sit there with its single comment and low hit count.

However, there's also been a lot of shiny for me in Yuletide this year. I got a wonderful Eastern Promises fic, Aftermath (go read it!), as my main gift, and THREE Yuletide Madness gift fics. Three, people! Two were Eastern Promises (Soft and Bright and Simple) and one was I, Lucifer (!!!) (Trust) . Dear writers, whoever you are, I love you all so much!

Oh, one last note about Yuletide: I'll be away (out of the country and effectively netless) during the author reveal, so there may be some lag in thanking people.

I also participated in (and helped run) [livejournal.com profile] lotr_sesa this year, and I can already reveal which fic I wrote for that one, since you post your own fics directly to the comm. Mine was Mapping Desire (a Faramir/Aragorn fic I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] savageseraph, and the one I received was the lovely Unintended Consequences by [livejournal.com profile] savageseraph (Boromir/Faramir, so OTP yay *g*).

And now, I think I'll go back to vegging out in front of the telly and eating too much chocolate. (And watching the snow fall outside. There's over a foot on the ground, probably a foot and a half in places, and we got about four inches more just during the night.) Hope you're all lazy and well. :)
So, in the past week I've acquired (in no particular order):

- 11 translated pulp paperbacks which seem to be parts of a AoS-themed series. The series is called "Fregatt" (Frigate) in Swedish, no clue what it was called in English; the hero is George Abercrombie Fox. I'm missing parts 1, 4, 11-14, 16 and 17, though. That tends to happen when you scour fleamarkets for books. :( On the plus side, I paid 1,10e for the lot, so it's not like it's a dramatic waste of money if they turn out to be crap.

- the beginnings of a cold (had a bit of fever already, though it seems to be gone, and spent Saturday feeling run over)

- a laptop *squee*

- a deep and abiding hate for Vista

In other news: there are no other news. Work tomorrow (do not want), university things almost overdue, no energy, tendency to type short phrases without conjunctions or proper grammar.

*curls up*
Thank you, mystery benefactor responsible for the virtual pint! It cheered me up to no end when I sat bleary-eyed at the computer in an attempt to stay awake this morning. *loves* (Who are you, mystery person?)

Other things which have cheered me up: the Good Omens anon kink meme here. (I participated, but since it's anonymous, I won't say more. *g*)

In other news: I have a new keyboard. I had a spare one, but it was so clunky and horrible I decided to buy a new one. It's not a fancy one, but at least it's coffee-free and in workable order. (The tiny backspace key and abnormal placement of the asterisk/apostrophe key annoy me, though.)

In Do Not Want news: the universe continues to hate me. I have to do the morning shift tomorrow, as I have a thesis group meeting in the afternoon. What is this 'sleep' thing people keep talking about? :P

For my next trick, I shall fall into bed. (Regular Wednesday chat people: I'm sorry I'm not online, but I'm practically falling asleep in front of the screen.)
empyreus: (squee)
( Dec. 29th, 2007 08:34 pm)
Finally getting around to squeeing over various things. *g*

First off, the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide version: Eee, I got BDS fic! It's called Tarot Reading and it's got devious Smecker and twin snark and I like it a lot. :) Oh, and some lovely person wrote me a Silas ficlet as a Yuletide treat! I've never had anyone write me a treat before, so I'm quite thrilled. (I got Split Second fic two years ago, but that was a NYR fic.)

More fic squee: [livejournal.com profile] blackbird_song wrote me Boromir/Faramir fic for the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_sesa challenge, and you should go read it, because it's beautiful.

Then, there's card squee: thank you for the cards, [livejournal.com profile] sharpiefan (ships! Yay!) and [livejournal.com profile] ribby!

Celeb squee: Ian McKellen's now a Companion of Honour. He deserves it, the darling.

And lastly, some gift squee. This one needs a bit of backstory, so here goes: my favourite bag by far is my trusty Fjällräven Kånken. I use it every day, and it's always rammed full of stuff (books, groceries, clothes... usually to the point of bursting). The current one had served me for almost 11(!) years, and had been through snowstorms, pouring rain, sleet, baking sunshine and almost all other weather, and was beginning to look rather worn. The zippers were giving up, there were minor tears and the weatherproofing was a mere memory.

Last Saturday, when I was shopping for the last Christmas gifts, the mid-bottom seam on the backpack gave up. Thankfully, the fabric overlaps, so I got my stuff home without incident, but I vowed to get myself a new bag during the sales this week. (They're a bit pricy, but worth it.) I visited one of the sports goods stores immediately after I noticed the tear, but I didn't find any Kånken backpacks and I was too tired to search more methodically, so I gave up. Thank heavens I did, because when Christmas Eve rolled around and the gifts were opened, it turned out that my mother had foreseen the malfunction and bought me a new Kånken. :D There was much squeeing, let me tell you. (The hilarious bit is that she bought it two days before my old one broke. Mothers are psychic, I tell you.)
empyreus: (i has snow)
( Oct. 20th, 2006 11:41 am)
We have snow! *dances* It'll melt in a few hours, of course, but I don't care. Snow!

When I woke up this morning, I thought the light filtering in between the drapes looked oddly bright, so I went to take a look and promptly spazzed out. I grabbed my camera and headed out on the stairs to take some pictures. The quality isn't the best, but you can see the snow and that's all that matters.

First snow   First snow   First snow
(You know the drill. Click on a picture to see the larger version.)


Snowsnowsnow. :D
empyreus: (Cate)
( Aug. 1st, 2006 10:18 am)
I finally feel like a human being again. I had a massage appointment this morning, and it did me a world of good. My muscles were so tense they hurt, and my shoulders felt like they were made of wood and drawn up somewhere under my ears. Now the worst stiffness is gone, but I still scheduled another appointment just to be on the safe side. And hey, who says I'm not allowed to treat myself to something nice once in a while? ;)

The Italian lectures begin again today, which means I have to dig up the book and my notes, plus get a hold of [livejournal.com profile] littlemimm to check which room the lessons are being held in. I'm sure I've forgotten most of the material already, but there's still time to catch up, so I'm not worried.

Oh, and randomly? Adrian Lester is my new imaginary boyfriend. I've been downloading the first season of Hustle because I wanted to watch it again, and I'm so in love with that show it isn't even funny.

Right, back to answering comments now.
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empyreus: (puukot)
( Jul. 21st, 2006 09:22 pm)
Rejoined the human race and avoided having my fangirl card revoked today: I finally went to see PotC 2. I wanted to do something terrifically selfish to treat myself, so I went to the movies all by my lonesome.

My reactions in short (there's a lot missing, but I'm too tired to go into meta):

Cut because Flisters might not have seen the movie yet, savvy? )

Also: I know a lot of you have written fic, but I'm a bit too shagged out to tackle them now. Some day I will, poppets. (Of course, the same thing goes for about four months' worth of various fics in various fandoms, thanks to the B.A. course from hell, Italian and work. *sigh*)

Damn. I need a pirate icon, but am too lazy to make one or go look for one. The knife icon will have to suffice for now, as it's got sharp and dangerous metal objects in it. They may not be cutlasses, but one makes do with what one has.
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empyreus: (academia)
( Jun. 22nd, 2006 08:45 pm)
The results of the B.A. maturity exams were posted today, and I passed! *dances* Yay! I'm still waiting for the grade for the entire course (i.e. the thesis), but technically I've already passed it.

So, it would seem I have a B.A. in English now. Feels a bit weird. I first saw the result listed in the online grade system the university uses (I was killing time at work), and I was so paranoid I had to go check the paper printout on the noticeboard when I took my lunch break. Thankfully, I'm currently slaving away cleaning on campus (no indignity is too severe for a Humanities student, and hey, it's money), so the trip was short. Heh. I stood looking at the paper, but couldn't really get my head around the "passed" bit. (The maturity exam itself isn't graded, it's pass/fail.)

It's a pity Finland doesn't do the whole robe-and-hood thing. I'd love to have some sort of visible proof, really.
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empyreus: (Ian relaxed)
( Apr. 28th, 2006 12:02 am)
Some random squee:

Billy Boyd's become a father! Aww. The baby must be so damn cute. :)

Also, there's this (from Y!News, found on [livejournal.com profile] marythefan's lj):
McKellen wants gay sex scene
Friday April 21, 10:45 AM
By WENN

Actor Sir Ian McKellen complained on the set of upcoming sequel X-Men: The Last Stand, because he wanted his character Magneto to have some gay sex scenes.

The Lord Of The Rings star, who has been openly gay since 1988, insists a homoerotic sub-plot would have enhanced the movie.

McKellen tells Empire magazine, "He hasn't been given a love line, which I think is a pity. It would be wonderful if the camera hovered over Magneto's bed, to discover him making love to Professor X."

However, McKellen admits he needed camera trickery to help him match Magneto's muscular physique.

He adds, "I'd like to see him at the gym, because in the comics he has the most amazing body. I'm the slimline version of Magneto, but of course, these days you could morph my body into something really fantastic."


*dies* Sir Ian, I hereby declare you the single most fabulous man alive. <3<3<3!!!1!!! And he's so right about Professor X and Magneto. They're so a couple in the comics.
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empyreus: (squee)
( Apr. 23rd, 2006 11:17 am)
I passed the Latin exam! The grade wasn't best possible (a two on a scale from one to five, where five is the highest), but considering I hadn't even studied for the damn thing, I'm really satisfied. I mean, I didn't even expect to pass.

There were only five of us taking the exam this time around (there will be two other instances for those who either couldn't make it this time around or who want to improve their grade), so the teacher sent us our grades via text message after he'd corrected the tests.

Just.whoa. I'm still going to attend the second exam and attempt to improve my grade, though because I'm a perfectionist language dork.

One more exam down, five written exams and a viva voce exam to go.
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empyreus: (point)
( Apr. 17th, 2006 11:24 pm)
New Sean icon, because there is no such thing as too many Sean icons.

There's more to this post that just the icon, though. Sheffield's gift to womankind The Man himself turns 47 today. :) *toasts* May he never find out how we celebrate him, that's all I'll say. (Also: dear god, how does he manage to look so hot all the time? Mrowl.)

I would have posted pr0n to mark the occasion, but right now I'm so tired I want to faceplant on the nearest level surface. I don't even want to think about the rest of this week, lest I give myself an ulcer.
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empyreus: (brotherly love)
( Nov. 13th, 2005 01:27 am)
I finally got around to watching Boondock Saints and I can safely say my head has exploded. Brothercest.everywhere. And Willem Dafoe.

!!!

That is all.
empyreus: (think we're straight)
( Sep. 11th, 2005 12:35 pm)
Squee!!

[livejournal.com profile] izzicat is my hero, because she uploaded bigger versions of these two pics:
 

Click on the small image to go to the bigger version.

I am so dead. Please tell I'm not just seeing things, and that Sean is actually sitting on Viggo's lap. Please? (Because omg they tease us so.)

EtA: [livejournal.com profile] pfyre (aided by Dryope) posted a gigantic (3000x2504) version of the second pic on [livejournal.com profile] bean_daily. Post is here.
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empyreus: (Cate heart)
( Aug. 26th, 2005 06:23 pm)
This is one of the cutest things I've seen in a long time. I really, really want one of those.

(Also: new icon. *points* I needed something pretty and squee-y.)
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