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Okay, I MIGHT have been a bit out-of-it last night, but I decided to LOOK INTO IT today and yeah, HOLD THE PHONE GUYS, I AM SERIOUS HERE

Cut for Merlin 3.08 spoilers...but you WON'T REGRET IT )
I'M SORRY, YOU GUYS, BUT IF I AM NOT SEEING WHAT I AM SEEING, THEN I FEEL LIKE I AM TAKING CRAZY PILLS HERE. HOW IS THIS A) NOT ON PURPOSE and B) NOT ON PURPOSE


AS IT IS, I ASKED MYSELF "DID I JUST SEE THAT??"




PLEASE DISCUSS. THANK YOU.

Also, a very happy birthday and many happy returns to [livejournal.com profile] dreamdustmama <3!! Because that is v. important too :)
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Okay, I am doing a drive-by post because I heard this on the radio on the way to work this morning and it made me so, so sad. 

Suicide of a Rutgers University freshman linked to an online broadcast of his sexual encounter with another man

IDEK WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THIS. I HAVE NO WORDS. 

Way to go, alma mater, way to go.
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As I'm sure most of you are aware, EXCITING NEWS TODAY THAT GIVES ME HOPE FOR HUMANITY

I'm happy to live in a state that allows my friends to get married regardless of their sexual orientation, but it hasn't yet spread to other states as I always hoped it would. I hope this is a sign that might be changing and that this sets the bar for <i>every</i> other state to follow suit.

Went to 2 staffing agencies today, and now have 2 interviews set up for tomorrow. This makes me happy too. I'm excited about tomorrow!

Aaaand I know I just gave away one pair, and I don't want to seem like I'm looking to pawn stuff off to other people, but DAMNIT I AM CELEBRATING NOW SO HAVE SOME MORE EARRINGS PEOPLE



read all about it )

In other news, I have been inhaling napthalene because my mom keeps bailing on me when I try to put the carpet she moth-ball-bombed in the basement. It's making me really nauseous...I had no idea how toxic that stuff is I mean, I knew it was bad to inhale, but I didn't think it could make one that sick so fast. Yikes.

I can't really manipulate the carpet myself or I'd have put it away already.

Ok, time to go iron my other skirt suit.


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Hello, lovely people. Is anyone still out there? I've been away so long...I've missed you all!!

To give a rundown of the last few months would be ridiculous  suffice to say that for a while there I was working about 65 hours a week at 2 jobs, fighting with a round of my superawesome anxiety-ridden depression and being busy trying to help with a few people in my life who have been dealing with health problems.

I've since quit my part-time pizza job which...might leave me job-free since my temp contract at the company I've been working at full-time is ending this week, but it really wasn't a job that was physically very good for me nor very worth the money they were paying me. Plus, having quit that I had more energy to put into the full-time job, which increased my productivity and helped me earn a recommendation from my superiors which will be really helpful while I start to look for new temp work and a permanent job.

Foodservice jobs are fantastic for accumulating some really cool stories, bros, but I have way too many stories for someone my age anyway.

I know this is out of date like bad milk, but it was recently Independence Day around here, and it being the favorite holiday of myself and one of my best friends here, I did attend some of the awesome celebrations that mark the occasion around these parts. Yes, I know we're a country fraught with mistakes in our current events and history, but the holiday is still a Really Big Deal around here and the mood is just infectious. Plus, it's hard not to appreciate things when I am standing, watching some of the best fireworks displays in the world, surrounded by people speaking at least 10 different languages mixed with 15h (or so) generation Americans like me, all pressed up close together like matchsticks and just damn excited to be where we are.

To give you an idea of how seriously everyone takes this holiday around here, I have this craptastic photo:


 
That thing between the trees is a speaker; they are placed every 50 feet or so along the river and they transmit the music being played by the Pops at the Hatch Shell on the other side. There is a concert that starts about 2 hours before the main event and the fireworks are coordinated to music so they are very important. Back in the day (I mean about 20 years ago) when I first started going to this event as a kid, everyone just used to bring portable stereos. Anyway,
here )here )
are some more photos from that evening, if you're interested.

So, I've had an interesting few weeks. And by interesting I mean crazy. More importantly, HOW ARE YOU ALL? I've been a terrrrrible LJ-friend and I apologize for that. I've missed you all and Merlin fandom in general so I hope everything is going well. I'll do my best to catch up with flist, but YOUR STORIES, I WANT THEM, for those of you still with me here :)


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HELLO FRIENDS NEW AND OLD. HAPPY MARCH!

So..here 3 things that smack of goodness:
1. [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin   signups! Seeing as I've been having a bit of fun with fic writing, I thought I'd try to sign up for something like this.  I read the completed entries over there in the fall and then asked myself "Self, what movie would I want to cross over with Merlin?". And then it hit me and refused to go away...I want a Merlinized version of The Fifth Element. With Arthur!Corbin Dallas and Merlin!Lilu. That's right, Merlin is going to be Milla Jovovich, only with magic instead of martial skills and no orange hair. I might be crazy, BUT I'M EXCITED, FOLKS.

2. March! Which means spring is on its way and kayak season is almost here! (Until I get a drysuit and perfect my roll..then it's on all 4 seasons)

3. Explaining plate tectonics to my coworkers using pizza slices and spatulas for props.

And 3 photos I for the road


That's a Sheppard Fairey piece (of HOPE poster fame) near work

   

Took these on the way to work today. I didn't do it, honest!
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Wow. Today was insane at work. We did something like $1500 in the first four hours of my shift, which is little more than $6/minute. That's pretty ridiculous seeing as our most popular menu item is $5. THANK YOU HARVARD FOR HOSTING A NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE TOURNAMENT. APPARENTLY CHEESE AND CARBS MAKE GOOD FUEL FOR SPIRITED REPARTEE.

I wouldn't know. I'm allergic to dairy products.

Still, it was funny having random high school boys try to flirt with me for a free cookie. I prefer this to older guy who tried to flirt with me yesterday because he liked my tattoo. It's kind of cute when a 17 year old from Florida tries to smile and talk about how it is cold and be charming. It's not so cute when the 40-something guy asks me outright "Do you have a boyfriend?".

Erm. Anyway. I took this pic the other day on the way to the dentist. I thought these cars looked like knights, swords wipers at the ready to do battle with snow that never actually came in a meaningful way.



Oh, and there is a small sporting event going on right now, as you might know. The 33rd America's Cup, taking place in Valencia, Spain. I love boats.

Wait, you thought I was going to talk about the Olympics, right? Well, there is that. Which reminds me, I wrote an Olympics-related Merlin fic a while back, but I HATED THE ENDING because I copped out of writing porn. So, eventually I will own up to said work of writing, but NOT UNTIL I FIX THE ENDING. I should probably poke around for a beta if I'm going to go whole-hog, though. Hmm.

I actually do like the Olympics. Canada's a cool place, too. I dig it there. I once planned on competing at Spruce Meadows but it didn't pan out. Sad face.
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Well, now that I got my political irritation out, I will say "Hello" to the lovely new people from the Merlin Friending Meme.

My name is Alissa, and I currently live in Cambridge, MA. I am 26 and work part-time at a pizza place while I look for full time work (victim of the economic downturn, but that's okay) and ponder a return to school. I have my B.A. in Geology but I'd be going back for Environmental Science.

Anyway, I generally use this journal for fandom-related things, like my recent forays into writing fic. I still find the fact that I am actually writing anything rather funny asI had long labeled myself Not A Writer. Having been around various fandoms, on and off, for 10+ years mostly as a lurker, my level of participation in Merlin related stuff still surprises me (in a good way). The first fic I ever read was in 1999, just after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace came out, so that's where I started out.

Anyway, I also love to read, am a pretty avid sea kayaker (out of season right now, though) and really enjoy  just walking around the city. I'm not a photographer in the sense that I've had training, but I also like to take pictures while doing one of several outdoor sports (hiking, paddling, etc) or of interesting things I find around my hometown.

So I hope that is enough of an intro. It's hard to pin oneself down in a post, and I am out of practice! I did have an LJ that I kept for years, so maybe I just need to get back into the swing of things.

Oh, and I'm DarthRocky over at Twitter if you're into that kind of thing.
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I decided to fill out the end-of-year questionnaire meme, even though I don't usually do the "end-of-year-introspection/new years resolution" thing.

2009 Questions Meme )
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Mmmkay, so I loved "Sins of The Father"...I think its the episode with the most emotional depth we've seen from Arthur in the whole series, and damn how. Hooray for character development.

Most people think that Merlin has sunk himself even deeper by pretending that Morgause was lying to Arthur the whole time in order to stop him from killing Uther. Here is what I think; regardless of what happened in this episode, when Arthur finds out Merlin is a sorcerer he would (and will) still have been (royally) pissed. Merlin has lied about magic many, many times before. This time, however, Merlin lied to save Arthur from doing something he would regret, to save the very person that condemns magic-users to death. If Merlin, by being a sorcerer, were de facto evil, he would have let Arthur run his father through. By lying, he saved the king's life (for the second time...not that Arthur knows that). Even if Arthur puts him in chains when he finds out, all Merlin has to say is "If I were evil, why did I stop you?" to get his friend back to the ideas he had already come up with on his own ("maybe all magic users are not bad").

Okay, I'm not sure that Morgause was telling the whole truth, but I am not sure she was right-out lying either. She might know Igraine from some kind of contact w/ the dead (which we have ascertained she has the power to summon, although she can't control how long they stay). Igraine may also have been unaware of the bargain that her husband struck with Nimueh.

Put it this way: Uther strikes a bargain with a sorceress for an heir. Neither of them know the consequence will be Igraine's life (although Nimueh probably should have). Uther does not tell his wife what he's done. Igraine dies after giving birth, and in death learns why, assuming her husband knowingly traded her life for her son's. In a way, this makes sense. The dead understand why they die (her life traded for her son's) but no longer have connection to the living (understanding her husband loved her and did not know her life was the price). So....the end result is that the ghost!Igraine thought her husband killed her on purpose, although that wasn't actually the case.

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