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Dracula: The Movie

I'm 15 minutes into watching this movie for the first time, and I can already tell it will be ridiculous.

Why is Gary Oldman wearing some kind of red armadillo suit in the beginning? Strange armor.

How did Keanu Reeves manage to get the part as Jonathan Harker? That is the WORST British accent I've ever heard.

And, as Nathan has mentioned countless times, GARY OLDMAN IS WEARING ASS-CHEEKS ON HIS HEAD.

Cages on the asylum guards' heads?! WTF.

Holy over-acting... um... everyone.

Way to not adhere to the book. Though this is the closest film adaptation I've ever seen, so I guess that's an accomplishment.

It's been an hour and 53 minutes. Is this over yet? Ugh.
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Writer's Block: The Right to Privacy

Should some parts of celebrities' lives be off-limits to the public, or is giving up privacy a fair price for being famous?


Both, but I think the real issue is how much of a celebrity's life is put on public display. It wouldn't happen if there wasn't a demand for it. Why is anyone ever shocked that celebrities take their kids for walks or eat at McDonalds or go out without make-up or do any number of activities that normal human beings do? Why does anyone care?

People are too preoccupied with trying to live vicariously through celebrities and trying to be like them. If they would just wake up and start caring more about making positive contributions to the lives of themselves and others, then maybe celebrities would have more privacy in their lives.
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I'm getting sick of computers and the Internet.

I work on my computer ALL DAY nearly EVERY DAY. When I go home, I barely touch it because I'm just sick of even looking at a screen.

Where are the people and the physical activity of "work"? Not here... but I already knew that, I'm not totally deluded. It's just magnified because I sit all alone in front of a computer all day. If I was a real librarian, I'd get to interact with people and do other stuff.

I'm not saying that I don't want to be a librarian (I totally do), but sometimes I envy construction workers, landscapers and chefs.

I am tempted to end my internship early (fulfilling my responsibilities and getting all my hours in, of course) and go on a camping trip AWAY from technology. Book, food, bonfire, nature and real people? Sounds reeeeally nice right now.
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Writer's Block: Place of Residence

Describe your dream house (even if it's not a house).


I was just thinking about this on my walk home. Weirdly enough, I want Nate's parents' house.

High ceilings in a big living room, large combined kitchen & dining area with bar (as in raised counter top, not as in alcohol), first floor laundry, master bedroom with it's own bathroom, another bathroom, 2 car garage, room for a garden, patio in the back.

The things I would change would be to have a front porch, more counter space in the kitchen that is smooth, not tiled, smaller yard overall and for the 3rd bedroom be larger (though I think it was originally a small office so that may be why it's so small) and to have the basement finished so it could be used as a family room/den/entertainment area.

As far as where the house would be, it would be in a suburban area with city water (Nate's house has a water softener for the hard water & they buy bottled water to drink -- don't want to do that).

Yeah, so there it is. Due to the layout of the house, it would likely have been built within the last 30 years or so. Which is good. Because as beautiful as old houses are, updating them is expensive as hell.

I think that's reasonable, right? Practical and ideal for me, yet not over the top.
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Often I think I should have been born ten years earlier.

I wish I could have been older to better appreciate the music of the 80s and 90s. Music is shit now. For the most part. Or maybe I'm just getting old and that's what happens when you get old. Seriously. Like the Crash Test Dummies? Genius. Apparently, they're still around, but their heyday was the early 90s.

Other great musical acts whose heydays have passed:
The Police
Phil Collins/Genesis
R.E.M.
Journey
The Cranberries
Sinead O'Connor

Now he's all creepy, but in the 80s and 90s, Michael Jackson had good music.

sigh.
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"...I never had a proposal till to-day, not a real proposal, and to-day I have had three! Just fancy! THREE proposals in one day! Isn't it awful!" ~Lucy Westenra, Dracula by Bram Stoker, p. 54

Show-off.
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So I am just a glutton for punishment, but I REEEALLY want this car: Honda Odyssey, but I can't afford it. According to Kelley Blue Book, mine would be worth about $2200 as a trade-in... but where would I get the other ~$5700? So now I'm contemplating getting another student loan to pay for it. Because there is no way I could get a bank or dealership to loan me the money. And even though I haven't had horrible luck with used cars from individuals, I think I'm through with that. I won't ever buy a brand new car, but a used car from a dealership that has been inspected is probably the safer way to go, even if it is a little more expensive out the door.

WHY AM I DOING THIS TO MYSELF?

Oh yeah, because Hondas are better, a van is roomier and my current car kinda sucks and gets stuck in the snow all the time.

Someone either talk me out of this or tell me a way I can make it happen.
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I'm wearing a skirt today. It makes me feel sort of pretty and is... um... air-conditioned, heh. Unlike jeans. I think I will be wearing more skirts this summer.

I am also wearing knee-high bright blue socks.
While walking on my way to school, a possibly homeless man shouted "nice *garbled word*!"

At first I thought he said "tats" which wouldn't make any sense because of the lack of tattoos. Then I figured he said "socks", which made sense.

Then I told a (female) classmate about it and she said, "Are you sure he didn't say *points to chest*??"

Um. I really am not sure about that. I am wearing a somewhat cleavage-y shirt, but I was wearing my jacket while I was walking.

I'm going go with the "socks" assumption. It makes me feel less creeped out.
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Arg.

My group and I have a collection development policy due this Thursday. It's been the biggest pain in the ass ever and feels like a waste of time. I can't wait until it's over.

But what really burns me is something I heard from my internship coordinator (who is a librarian) the other day. While I was griping about this project, she says, "Does she [professor] know that we don't really do that anymore?"

Arg. So not only is this pointless for the class... it's just pointless in general. Also, policies are not decided on by three people who know nothing about the library. It is REALLY HARD to write a policy for an institution one knows very little about. If they are written, they're probably written over a longer course of time than we have to do it.

I don't know how to write a collecting scope for reference works. Um, we'll collect what we deem appropriate? Like anyone besides librarians care. Actually, I don't think most librarians care about the policy. They collect in their subject area. End of story.

Arg. ARG ARG ARG. Stupid

Also, written exam on the history of the Internet tomorrow. NSFNet. Fiber optics. TCP/IP. Buzzwords that I am somewhat hazy on. But I need to do well on it. I'm generally better at writing/multiple choice type deals anyways. So I think I'll do okay. I hope. Thankfully we get 2 (double sided) pages of notes. So I'll do the best I can with that.

Off to work on thingies now.
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    Phil Collins - Both Sides of the Story
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internshipping

So I applied for this LIS Intern Position at the UM Depression Center because the responsibilities and the organization are of personal interest to me. However, when I looked back at it later, it said they wanted someone for Winter 09 semester. So I was kinda like oh well, should have read the whole thing.

Well I got an e-mail from the center saying they want to set up an interview. Woot! That could be cool and I think I'm a shoe-in being an LIS grad student and having psych as my undergrad. But we'll see...

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I'm also talking to the internship coordinator for the UM Libraries today to figure stuff out for the summer. So it's like the day of internships. Hopefully it'll all work out...


EDIT: So I met with the coordinator and yay! I get to do collection development/deselection/analysis! In my fave subjects: social sciences! Psychology, sociology and criminology. Sweet! And I have an interview on the 31st about the Depression Center internship. So, all in all, pretty good on the internship front. The UM Libraries one is unpaid, but I don't yet know about the other one. It would be nice if it was, but I'm not going to get my hopes up too high. I just hope I get it at all, paid or otherwise.