terabient: Pokemon having a tea party :3 (Pokemon: Tea time!)
I missed most of the Election Day excitement, as I fell asleep at 9pm. But I'm making up for it today by drowning in post-election analysis articles, also stupid internet memes.

I am super-tired so instead of a real post I'm just gonna dump a few links to articles/pictures I like.

links, images under the cut )

Tomorrow: I WILL ACTUALLY WRITE SOMETHING.
terabient: A dancing sandwich (sandwich)
One of my guilty pleasures is watching reality tv shows, specifically the fix-it type shows where failing businesses are visited by a person with a lot of experience in running said business. (See: UK Kitchen Nightmares, Tabatha's Salon Takeover, Bar Rescue) They're not something I make time for or DVR or anything, but I like to put them on when I'm doing something like cleaning or cooking or whatever, so there's something interesting but not distracting while I work.

SO, there's this new Fox/Gordon Ramsay show called Hotel Hell and it's basically Kitchen Nightmares, but with hotels instead of restaurants, and I wasn't planning on watching it because the Fox-produced Ramsay shows are pretty awful to watch because they're basically 45 minutes of screaming and crying and outrageously obtrusive music/narration. (Master Chef being something of an exception.) BUT I had to clean the kitchen today, and the show was on On Demand, so I watched the two-part premiere episode.

and omg, it was, oh wow I do not know how to describe it. Like, it was actually kind of awesome, but not because of the format? (One nice touch: Ramsay handles the narration, not some annoying state-the-obvious voice-over.) Basically the owners were such bizarre and abject failures that the tropes of reality tv storytelling could not contain their weirdness. Also the business in question was a Vermont bed-and-breakfast, and having stayed at two Vermont BNBs, I could totally call bullshit on a lot of the excuses the owner came up with in regards to how BNBs are 'expected' to operate.

a decidedly unsophisticated summary/review )

fan up

Nov. 16th, 2010 09:08 pm
terabient: LĂșcio waving and smiling (Dead Rising: Let's kick some ass)
hey look, it's a post before 11 pm! i am on the ball today!

TODAY'S TOPIC: Fan failure!

so i told myself i wouldn't post any more sporty things because this is a nerd blog, and i know i'm the only one who follows basketball, but omg. OMG. this advertising campaign is TOO GOOD to not share.

in which fans are instructed in the fine art of cheering )

i am so excited about this basketball season, bbs, YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW. lols this rich usually don't come until deep into the playoffs!
terabient: LĂșcio waving and smiling (Hyperbole & 1/2: Responsible Adult)
so, every time i make a personal commitment to do something, uh, internetty, for lack of a better term, like this blog once a day thing or finish some mediocre fanfiction or doodle shit or whatever, my life - which until said decision had been content to be a gaping hole of boredom and suck - decides it would be a really great time to become ~eventful~ once again. And it's never, you know, one or two ~events~, it's like the universe is making up for lost time and crunching three or four months' worth of THE HAPS into a week. And I am like: "Why, Fate? Why?"

Then I stop because talking to nonexistent entities, like multiple exclamation points, is a sure sign of a diseased mind, and also counterproductive to my current task of filling out a sea of paperwork in which i must give detailed answers to the question Why do you fail so hard at life?

If you are wondering what i am going on about, don't. because i'm not quite sure i know, either, only that i have been doing it for the past uhhhh three days i believe.

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in other news, i think i have a book problem.

book stack )

Out of that to-read pile, i've only finished The River Ki, The Stranger, and What is the What; I've started Dracula: Prince of Many Faces, Dracula's Guest, Kraken, 2666, and P.S. Your Cat Is Dead. Which sounds ridiculous, i know, but my reading sessions go something like this:

"Hey, self! You know what sounds like a smashing good read? Victorian vampire fiction!"

*30 pages in*

"You know what, I am just not feeling up for fictional vampires today. I'm going to read about the real Dracula!"

*30 pages in*

"Okay, let's be honest, even Dracula can't salvage dry history texts. Time for some giant squid cult action!"

*30 pages in*

"Fuck, could this narrator be any more of a hipster douchebag? Gawd. I'm going to read some real literature."

*30 pages in*

"Oh. I forgot a hundred pages describing nothing but the passage of time as expressed through the changing of seasons is the calling card of Japanese writers. Fuck this, I'm going to watch some douchebags fail at life on tv."

And thus, five books started, no books finished. MISERY AND WOE!

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CLUMSY SEGUE!

Anyway, I was planning to dick around on XBL like I usually do last night, BUT i had completely forgotten that there was a SUPER IMPORTANT BASKETBALL GAME between MAH TEAM the Celtics and the Miami Superfriends that i had to watch w/ assorted RL semi-friends. I do like to pretend i have some actual, flesh-and-blood people i can tolerate for the approximate length of a basketball game, and also i genuinely enjoy b-ball, so i resisted my first inclination to ditch everyone for the joys of the interwebs.

And man, i was NOT disappointed.

Since I'm pretty sure 0% of my flist is interested in basketball, i'll try to keep the summary to the juicy drama: the Miami Heat Superfriends currently has the NBA's most self-indulgent player, Lebron James, on its roster. How self-indulgent, you may ask? Well, he had an hour-long ESPN special broadcast that was basically about how fabulous he was as a human being, and so that he could destroy the city of Cleveland with this really awkward announcement of his move to Miami:

the show was called 'The Decision.' With capital letters and everything, for added gravitas and/or asshattery )
Seriously. "Taking my talents to South Beach." Who talks like that? Assholes, that's who.

Anyway, the Miami Superfriends are were supposed to be *the* team to beat this year, with people predicting 72+ wins (in an 82-game season) and all sorts of jackassery. Currently, though, they are 5-4, and they lost last night in the *best* way possible: a massive, embarrassing meltdown in the face of a monstrously good Celtics performance. Basically, I got both the childish glee of watching my favorite team perform high-flying dunks and ridiculous ally-oops and ninja passes and all sorts of cool things while also indulging in the sweet, sweet taste of schaudenfreude that comes from watching the 'best player in the league' brick a three-pointer by hurling the ball off the backboard. A+++++ game, Miami!

AND THEN! After the game my favorite player ever, Paul Pierce (seriously i have his jersey and wore it last night and everything it is kind of embarrassing because it hurts my geek cred) used the Amazing Technology of Twitter to start some awesome trash talking:

tweet tweet ;D )

AWWWWWW YEAAAAAAAH

Also after the game he was wearing some pretty rockin' glasses that made me :)

glasses )

4 minutes before i miss the day! PHEW.
terabient: LĂșcio waving and smiling (L4D: Zoey - AW SHIT)
so, the Discovery channel has a new show about THE END OF THE WORLD, 'The Colony':

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/colony/colony.html

basically, it's a reality show about a bunch of people living in a post-doomsday world, where civilization as we know it has collapsed.

I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE MISSED THIS. "Surviving the [insert catastrophic global event here] apocalypse" is pretty much my favorite plot trope eeeeeeeever. the show doesn't specify what, exactly, caused the 'end of the world,' which is fantastic since i can watch with the assumption that the world has been destroyed by a) zombies or b) a robot uprising.

actually i'm hoping someone will make some kind of ambiguous statement that implies a zombie and/or robot apocalypse has happened: that would be A+ material.

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and now for something completely different (no, seriously):

FFIV: The After and Soulcalibur Legends )

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and now i'll leave with this. if you are feeling bad about yourself, or where you live, take heart in this video: at least you're not in Califonia with this young woman.



guys, i did not know that the East Coast had slaves, and that the West USA Coast had vegetable trees! DID YOU?

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