snapdragon76: Zach rocking the 360 cameras at the MTV Movie Awards (Zach 360)
OK, so I saw Star Wars The Force Awakens today and I have thoughts. I shall put them under a cut as to spare everyone from spoilers.

Read more... )

So, those are my thoughts. I think I was more coherent than I thought I would be. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what next on the horizon.
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snapdragon76: Zach rocking the 360 cameras at the MTV Movie Awards (Zach 360)
Since today is Star Wars Day, I thought I'd post this little gem for everyone. I find this utterly hilarious. Enjoy! 


snapdragon76: Starlight by Muse (starlight)
Originally posted by [profile] fangirlblog at Follow-up to Pink Lightsabers


With pink everywhere this month, it’s always interesting to see how people react to the color. Although for many women pink symbolizes the fight against breast cancer, others see pink as a color that has blocked them into a gender box. Either way, it always seems to evoke passionate emotions.


Obviously I like the color, and I’m not offended if you don’t. It’s important to remember that preferences – such as a favorite/unfavorite color, or love/hate for a series of books, or Prequel Trilogy versus Original Trilogy – are what makes us each unique. A lot of people, though, especially women, have trouble separating that out. The best example I can give is my opinion of Twilight. I don’t like it; I tell my friends who love it that I don’t like it. Yet they know I’m not making a statement about who they are, which is ultimately my friend.


One reader at the Fangirl Zone Facebook page took the time to share a picture with me – Aayla Secura with a pink lightsaber. The Twi’lek Jedi Knight was introduced and made famous in the comics by the team of John Ostrander and Jan Duursema. Interestingly enough, they have written some of the best and most diverse stories in Star Wars, and did it with a carefully crafted mix of Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy themes.


Twi’leks were traditionally thought of as just the dancing girls, the objects of mens’ desires, within Star Wars. That makes it quite remarkable that a comic book character – a Jedi female Twi’lek, no less – actually caught the eye of George Lucas when the prequels came around, and she was included in the movies. The lightsaber color was changed to the regular Jedi blue, understandably to avoid confusing the movie-goers.


Personally, I’m still hoping one day Aayla will get her pink lightsaber back.



Remember to encourage your fellow fangirls to fight breast cancer any way they can – with regular screenings, self-exams, and joining the local fundraiser events if you can.

snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jaina -- purple)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] fangirlblog at Follow-up to Pink Lightsabers


With pink everywhere this month, it’s always interesting to see how people react to the color.  Although for many women pink symbolizes the fight against breast cancer, others see pink as a color that has blocked them into a gender box. Either way, it always seems to evoke passionate emotions.


Obviously I like the color, and I’m not offended if you don’t. It’s important to remember that preferences – such as a favorite/unfavorite color, or love/hate for a series of books, or Prequel Trilogy versus Original Trilogy – are what makes us each unique.  A lot of people, though, especially women, have trouble separating that out.  The best example I can give is my opinion of Twilight.  I don’t like it; I tell my friends who love it that I don’t like it.  Yet they know I’m not making a statement about who they are, which is ultimately my friend.


One reader at the Fangirl Zone Facebook page took the time to share a picture with me – Aayla Secura with a pink lightsaber.  The Twi’lek Jedi Knight was introduced and made famous in the comics by the team of John Ostrander and Jan Duursema.  Interestingly enough, they have written some of the best and most diverse stories in Star Wars, and did it with a carefully crafted mix of Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy themes.


Twi’leks were traditionally thought of as just the dancing girls, the objects of mens’ desires, within Star Wars.  That makes it quite remarkable that a comic book character – a Jedi female Twi’lek, no less – actually caught the eye of George Lucas when the prequels came around, and she was included in the movies. The lightsaber color was changed to the regular Jedi blue, understandably to avoid confusing the movie-goers.


Personally, I’m still hoping one day Aayla will get her pink lightsaber back.



Remember to encourage your fellow fangirls to fight breast cancer any way they can – with regular screenings, self-exams, and joining the local fundraiser events if you can.

snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Zekk - Bloodoath)
*siiiigh* Another early day off from work. Ordinarily I'd be excited, but seeing as I had to take no pay for the remaining hours, not so much. If I had more PTO time to use, I'd have used that, but I'm deep into the negative as it is, so I couldn't really do that. There wasn't very much for a lot of us to do today, so our boss agave us the option to leave early if we'd either use some PTO time or take a no pay for the rest of the day. Since it's Columbus Day today, the post offices are closed. so no mail came for us and therefore no checks to be posted. So a few of us had to find what we could. Tomorrow might be better. Maybe...

In other news, my step-brother's store got mentioned in an article in the paper in Battle Creek, MI! It's pretty cool! Check it out!

My icon-fu is starting to itch again. However, due to the loss of Snoopy, I also lost a lot of my icon info as well, so I have to search for it again, as well as some more brushes ect... But I found a few images I wanna fiddle with, so maybe when I have more time.

This weekend I didn't do much of anything except do a few things on my computer that I wanted to do. I didn't even get out of my pajamas!

On the book front, according to Sue Rostoni, the cover of Blood Oath-you know, the one with Zekk-is going to feature "Zekk in a very manly pose, looking ruggedly handsome. He's certainly not the boy we once knew." Yowza! I'm soooooo looking forward to this book. Zekk is a fave of mine and it's high time he gets the attention he deserves. I wonder if [livejournal.com profile] tenel_ka knows about this...

And I think the Red Tide is about to rear it's ugly head. I'm breaking out all over and the chocolate urge is rising. The urge to kill still is complacent as of yet, but time will tell...

Ugh.

Today in History: 1792
The cornerstone of what was termed the “President’s House” was laid by George Washington in Washington, DC. The name, “White House,” was not adopted until 1818. The house, designed by James Hoban, would be three stories tall with more than 100 rooms.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Ahiru & Fakir -- twirl)
Sitting here watching Princess Tutu again and fangirling over Fakir again, even if he is a bit of a jerk at first...

And DelRey has renewed it's contract with LucasArts. There are plans for a new nine books series released strictly in HARDCOVER entitled Fate of the Jedi which takes place directly after LOTF. Given the fallout from THAT particular series, needless to say, a lot of fans are a bit dubious about this next series. Plus, the fact they'll all be in hardcover means it'll be an expensive venture. I'm sure they'll eventually be released in paperback eventually, but it'll be a looooong wait. I just hope that whatever events come along, it can cover nine books.

Anyhow, here's what I'd like to see happen in this new series, in no significant order, just as I think of them...

cut in case no one finished lotf )

Gah, I have to go back to work tomorrow... TT_TT
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jacen Solo)
OK OK, maybe not my DOOM per se, but much unpleasantness. It's work stuff, naturally. It's too complicated to explain on here. Suffice it to say, I was very tempted to just foist onto someone else to do, but I'll suck it up and try to do it on my own. Maybe if I have more time, I can pull it off. That still doesn't mean I won't be praying like a mofo that my own checks will come and I won't have to do them...

I really need to start motivating myself a lot better. I've slacked off in the gym department... So, next week, no matter what, I'm going to do it!! Mom or no mom! Speaking of which, mom's been a little emo lately. Lemme tell ya, trying to be cheerful around someone whose angsting is exhausting! She's not exactly the easiest person to live with when she gets like this.

Well, I went and got the last book in the Legacy of the Force series. What an interesting story THAT is!

I had gone out to get some food and I thought, "The bookstore is on the way, so should I?" Then I decided to do it after getting the food since I wouldn't have to cross traffic that way. I went in the store (at almost closing time) and first I looked through the shelves and the New Releases table to no avail. then I went to the front desk and asked the clerk if it was out yet, in case I had gotten some wires crossed. She went to her computer and looked. She mentioned something about an audio book, but no novel. She then walked to where the audio books were and went looking for it so she could see what the cover looked like since apparently the cover wasn't on the computer database. I found the audio book and showed her what the cover looked like. She went into the back to see if there were any back there, with no luck. She then asked another co-worker where it might've been. He then looked it up (again) on the computer and then went to another shelf where it was located. Someone, when originally stocking them, put it on a different shelf than where it was supposed to go. I bought it on the spot and walked out the door. Luckily, when I got home, my food was still hot.

possible spoilers )

Mom heard from one of her classmates regarding the reunion. It's going to be August 2nd. So we may have to go up a little sooner than expected, but I can deal. We plan on going straight through so we can get there with enough time for her to prepare and whatever else she needs to do. Afterward is when we're gonna mosey around and see people. And I plan on bringing my Wii with me.

Today in History: 1878
The trademarked name "Vaseline" -- for a brand of petroleum jelly -- was registered this day by Robert A. Chesebrough.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jacen -- green)
Well, that was interesting. We had a power glitch and I lost my post...

Saturday was the first day I set foot outside of my house for two and a half days. The world has changed significantly changed since I've been on the inside. Is there still laughter?

I did go to Old Navy to pick up some shorts. They carry those longer ones instead of just the booty shorts that no one on God's green Earth would get me to wear. I also picked up a Mother's Day card.

When I was in the fitting room, mom called me and we talked a bit, which seemed somewhat absurd to me to be talking to my mother in a fitting room standing in my underwear. Anyway, I told her I was planning on going to a movie and she wanted to go with. So I had to drive back home (after paying for my stuff, of course) so we could go together. We went to see Iron Man BTW, which is very good. I'd rec it. The previews were pretty good, too. We saw the one for the new Adam Sandler movie. Normally I'm not a fan of his (except for The Wedding Singer. Spanglish wasn't too bad either), this looked really funny. I also saw the trailer for The Dark Knight. I swear I came during it... Christian Bale being a factor. I also saw the Indy trailer.

We went to get groceries mom decided to take a detour through the local wetlands in order to take pictures. I slept... sort of. When we got home, we ordered pizza (rare for us due to mom's wheat allergy) and watched 27 Dresses, which was very cute.

I also found out some disappointing news in regards to the final Legacy of the Force series Invincible:

crap in a hat... )

Even though I was out of work for a few days, I didn't have a whole lot to catch up on, which was a relief. I was a mite worried about that.

And I've been having waaaaaay too much fun playing with Google Earth. I've been looking up the addresses of different people I know and looking at their houses via satellite pictures.

Today in History: 1925
John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (L -- serious)
I skipped the gym tonight. My shoulder is bothering me. We're going tomorrow, though so that kinda makes up for it.

My car is making a squealing sound when I drive it. I hope it's nothing serious because it's my only transportation and I can't afford to get a new one, sooo...

There's a possibility that mom might get a new job in another department. This would work out well for her since it's basically the same kind of job she's doing now, only with a better work environment. The pay isn't any less than what she's making now, which is a very good thing. So I keep my fingers crosses and so forth that it'll work out for her.

My book-fu was active again. Since I'm wanting to get serious about the whole copy-editing area, I got some books relating to it. I also got some fandom related stuff too, of course. I'll be updating my GoodReads profile to reflect this.

Work today was slow. Mostly because I had next to nothing to do today. Some fee tickets did come in, but it didn't take me very long to do those, so most of the time I read a magazine and played a little pinball on my computer. I guess it sort of makes up for the hectic week I had last week, but still...

Tomorrow mom and I have a Purse Party to attend. Mom isn't into purses as much as I am, but I said she should come so she can meet some of the ladies I work with. I'll try not to go too out of control on the purse front, however.

Now, I need to go and set up the final stuff for my RP characters on the Kriff This! SW forum. Laters!

Today in History: 1954 - In Stockholm, Sweden, Russia defeated Canada 7-2, winning the world ice-hockey title. This was the first time Russia participated in the ice-hockey competition and started a winning streak that lasted until Team USA defeated them in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Default)
Well, I thought I was gonna have to work tomorrow for a few hours (>_<), but it looks like I might not have to! Wheee! Working on Saturdays suck.

We just about got everything posted save for a few things, but there will be a few people coming in tomorrow, so I won't really be needed. Which is a good thing because I don't like giving up my Saturday sleep.

Sunday I have to go into church early since I'm being trained for the "computer check in system" for the little tykes. Whatev. Seems pretty easy.

Tomorrow we also have a Body Shop party to attend. I always like those. But this means I have to shave my legs though since we do foot stuff and I have to shove my pants legs up in order to soak my feet. I also have to expose my chunky ankles. Urgh.

A friend of mine wanted me to go jogging with her tomorrow... at six in the morning! I'm like, "Nuh-uh! Waaaaay to early for me. Besides, I'd die from a collapsed lung in the process."

I got my Phantom Hourglass feather stylus in the mail yesterday. I'm keeping it in the box until I use it so it doesn't break.

I scanned some images from the Sith vs. Jedi book for possible iconage later. Actually, the scans I got were pretty decent! Now I just have to find out where I put all my brushes...

I'll try to upload the pics from my trip onto my ScrapBook if I don't get lazy...

I finally got my remaining copies of Emma. So I'm all caught up until vol six comes out.

Word of the Day: abnegate
Pronunciation: /AB-nih-gayt/
v : give up, renounce, deny yourself, or surrender or relinquish something

snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Default)
Well, here I am, back to the grind. The four day weekend was nice, but it had to end eventually.

So, here's the scoop on my mini vacay:

cut.it.out... )

Needless to say, I wasn't able to watch my Princess Tutu set while I was there. Mostly because we weren't there long enough for me too and when we were, we were either too exhausted or I was trying to catch up with my FL.

In fandom news, I decided to order volume seven of Kaze Hikaru from Amazon as well as the missing volumes of Emma I need. I also lucked out and found copies of Fury and The Essential Guide to the Force. Needless to say my icon-fu will be twitching...

I went to the GI today and he wants me to have my colonoscopy after the first of the year... say January. The only bad thing about it would be the prep for it. I have to take this nasty ass liquid to clean me out. Blargh.

Word of the Day: verdigris
Pronunciation: /VUR-dih-grees/
n : a coating of green copper chloride and copper sulfate.

snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jacen Solo)
I was somewhat of a busy little bee this weekend.

I did decide to go to the movie night Friday. And I'm glad I did. I had fun. I did tell mom of my little dilemma, but she said if she wanted to do something without me, she would. Makes sense since I do a lot of stuff without her only by myself.

I also made a few icons over the weekend. I felt I needed some 'Star Wars' icons since I already have a 'Star Trek' one. I need to cover all of my fandoms, don't I? They aren't from the movies, but rather the novels (or Expanded Universe as it's called).

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Meet Jaina Solo. Daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo. Jedi Knight. Pilot. All around good egg. The first image is fron the Essential Character Guide. I was going to scan the image myself since I have that book, but I was lucky enough to have found one online which saved me the trouble. The background wasn't originally purple. I did that myself. Trying to erase around her hair nearly killed me. I made the background purple because that's the color of her lightsaber. I added a light texture from [livejournal.com profile] colorfilter and text and voila! I originally had a border, but I had to adjust the light filter on the original and forgot to put it back on. I may do so eventually.

The second image is from a Japanese cover of one of the New Jedi Order novel series. I didn't do anything to the background. All I did was add a couple of textures and a border. I liked how it came out.

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This is Jacen Solo, Jaina's twin brother. Jedi. Philosopher. Nature lover. Still damn good in a fight, though. Again, the first image is from the Essential Guide to Characters which I also found online as opposed to scanning. I had to erase the background again, but I didn't have as many hair issues. The green background is because his lightsaber is, what else, green. Add another light texture from [livejournal.com profile] colorfilter and text and a border and... there ya have it.

The second one is my favorite (which is why I'm using it). This is from another of the Japanese covers. I did the same thing to this one as I did the second Jaina one, although with a slightly different border. Also, a note to the artist the Japanese publisher commisioned for their covers: Good job, I must say.

A question for you icon makers out there: How do you get a picture where you already merged the layers and... unmerge them? Is it possible? There are some I'd like to save as .psd so I can change some things, but I don't know how to do it. Also, how you you get the half text I've seen on some icons? Thank you.


I've been thinking of making my icon journal into a community so I won't have to sign in in order to post stuff. I only have two entries on it, so maybe I can do it. A lot less hassle.

My computer speakers have been acting funky again. They do that from time to time. So no downloading any songs until they get their act together.

I should be getting my TriMax 6 soon. I've been told we learn a few more things about everyone. *glee*

Quote of the day: "It is surely better to pardon too much than to condemn too much." -- George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jin -- OMG!!!! *drool* (hysteriagalore))
Thanks to everyone who gave me birthday wishes! I'm so very grateful to have friends like you.

And I just finished reading Rin's profile, and it makes me want to hug her even more...

I watched 'The Notebook' yesterday (finally). I liked it for the most part. I mean, yeah, there were some predictable moments, but it was still a very touching story all in all.

Of course, having two hot guys in it didn't hurt much, either.

There was Lon (played by James Marsden), who had a kind of cool, casual hotness.

Then there was Noah (played by Ryan Gosling). He had more of a passonate, firey hotness.

And of course, I was rooting for Noah. And that in itself says a lot since I've had a major crush on James Marsden since his days on 'Second Noah.' I think maybe it might've had a touch to do with the love scene. It was exhausting just watching it!! Not that I'm saying it was a bad thing. Far from it.

So yeah, I'd probably buy it...

I started reading the new 'Star Wars' book yesterday. I'm liking it so far. I think it's because it's touching on the after effects of the events that happened in 'Star by Star' which was one of the books in the New Jedi Order series that I liked. I think it has something to do with the heavy focus on the characters from an older series that I read called the Young Jedi Knights. Plus there was a great deal of angst, and I seem to gravitate towards angst alot.


Well, later on I have to go out in the "Please-God-Kill-Me-Now" heat so I can take grandma to her volunteering. Such is life here in the armpit of the country.

Quote of the day: "Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind." -- Daphne du Maurier