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I love the end of the uni year.
I am now officially back around.
No more uni, assignments or (hopefully) stress for the next 3 months.


Although I'm kinda gonna be a bit on edge until I get my exam results back and know whether I have to take any of my classes again (I'm pretty sure I'm right for 2 of my's just the 3rd one, which over 50% of the class failed last year, that I'm running around with my fingers crossed for)

I really need a better study habit...starting to study a week before the exams is not a good policy. Starting 2 days before for the subject I am most freaked out about is worse.
Mind you...I had information down for the exam...mostly...except for the big fat essay worth 1/6th of the entire exam mark which was based on the 1 lecture I didn't attend...that's just cruel an unusual punishment since there was no textbook, everyone else's notes didn't really help much and it was about dirt...or ok soil microbes...but still...

On a higher note I've got about 60hours of work to scrounge money from the uni for, although the effort shouldn't take me more than 30hours.
I also have a job interview (Woot *rolls eyes*), a thing of real excitement, especially since I learnt that my friend who got interviewed last week already unofficially got the job. Actually that really does make me happy because I would have had to start immediately, wouldn't be able to get the uni-job done, and wouldn't be able to rest and relax as I sooo desperately need right now. Plus my parents are lining me up work to play lab tech with the equine flu problem of the moment. Oh, and another friend is putting in a word for me with her micro-lab. And I'm still employed by the local supermarket.
It's the most job possibilities I've ever had walk up and hit my in the face. Really kinda scary.
I really was looking forward to just living my life in a cave hooked up with internet.

Stuff will happen and hopefully there will be some free time in there somewhere.

Mostly I want to re-find my creativity, get some writing done and feel like a real boy human being again you know, instead of a brain fried zombie whose goal is assessments instead of brains....

Hmmm, and I'm also working on christmas stuff for people. Always fun, even if one is not religious at all.

Well ok...and onto the fun stuff...

Currently I am not in it, at least not for any of the anime/manga/cartoon fandoms that are my usual purview.
I've retaken up my childhood joys of science-fiction shows. True, some of them are utterly laughable. But then there are others which are soooo good you love to re-watch them, see Firefly for qualification.
Am currently working through a Stargate Atlantis obsession which mostly has to do with one adorkable Dr. Rodney Mckay PhD PhD (though Radek Zelenka comes in a really really close 2nd, especially after the most recent episode)
The stories in this fandom are really great. Lots of good authors who'll write me good long plotful fics, gen and slash to my hearts content, and the episodes themselves (or at least some of them) can be rewatched again and again with utter enjoyment. Great blend of action, drama, angst, humour and technobabble.
Was on a Doctor Who/Torchwood stint before that...because Jack Harkness smile made me wibble...but unfortunately there are very few long plotful fics in this fandom (that aren't about Rose and the Doctor and eventuates in how they're meant to be together). So give it a few months and then I'll backtrack.
Farscape...also fun but lacking the humourous flair that runs through both SGA and DrWho a lot of the time. Mind you Stark, Pilot and John Crichton are very very shiny.
♥'s me some sci-fi boys.

With actual time on my hands, I hope I can pick up the threads of a few of the old fandoms, because it is nearing the 0% mark that I will write for a TV-show fandom (mostly because the level of talent already there is intimidating, but also greatly because I find actual actors, etc. much less malleable in my mind than my animated boys)

OK...big long scary rambly...ramble will stop now.
Catch you all around.

on 2007-11-17 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Yay Rodney!

on 2007-12-02 03:39 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Definitely "Yay Rodney"
Ummm...can I just ask, where you navigated from to find this post?

on 2007-12-02 03:42 am (UTC)
ext_2410: (Aha!)
Posted by [identity profile]
I run [ profile] awesomehewletts so I get Google alerts for SGA/David Hewlett mentions on LJ :)

on 2007-11-20 01:51 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Sci-fi! Any chance of you liking Star Trek-- specifically the original series and the next generation? :D

Oh and wow, freedom is always good. Congratulations! I hope you nail that job interview! :D


on 2007-11-20 03:15 am (UTC)
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Well actually...I haven't seen most of star trek (especially the original stuff) was probably pre-my sci-fi obsession in childhood...or it just wasn't on at times I was able to watch. I've seen just enough to know who Kirk, Picard, Data and Spock are (yeah, crines at the veritable lack of knowledge there). It's possibly a future thing for me to hit up as I rundown from the more recent sci-fi.

Freedom is glorious.
It involves a lot of sleeping at inappropriate times and sitting in front of fans (temperature jumped from winter 20s to 30s in just over a week).

Don't think I landed the job, but I'll know by the end of the week.


I missed you. How have you been?

on 2007-11-20 04:18 am (UTC)
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Awwww @ star trek. That's about the only sci-fi I watch, mainly because it really amazes me how they apply actual theoretical physics to explain how stuff like warp drives and inertia dampeners work (is a semi-physics geek) Unlike, say star wars, which is mostly drama and fighting and action. And that star trek influenced the birth of ideas like wireless communication during the 60s where people thought it could never happen, and then jump 30 years after, you have cellphones. :)

I've heard good reviews about stargate Atlantis, though I haven't had time to watch it yet. Sell it to me! :D

Well, with the amount of job opportunities up there, I think you're bound to find one sooner or later. :D *waves pom poms in your general direction*

I'm okay. I lack sleep, but that's my fault for playing FF12 til 2 in the morning when my work is at 7 am. @___@ As for fandoms, Reborn took a backseat when I started playing FF12. :P

on 2007-11-26 02:52 pm (UTC)
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I've noticed that there is some appeal to star trek...I've just never bothered to pursue it. Though I agree it's great that they applied actual scientific theories to the show rather than just caring about the overall outcome. I haven't actually seen all of the star wars movies, but they ahve their own appeal *cough*Obi-wan Kenobi*cough*. I guess they set the trend for some of the more recent fantasy before reality technology. It amuses/awes me how far people will go to achieve a vision they see in the possibilities of sci-fi.

Sell you SGA...hmmm...that might take some thought as I tend to devolve in to hopeless babbling as I squee over it.

AS you probably know SGA is an offshoot of the original SG: SG-1 series, but instead of being based on earth, it's set from the lost city of Atlantis (which gets ties into all the mythology of the ancients, the original 5 races, etc. that was evolved in SG-1) in the Pegasus Galaxy ...which has been worked out as the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy in reality (Yes, I get geeky over my sci-fi too).

Anyway, Earth sends a mission to Atlantis, which set off as an expedition which may not be able to contact earth from the other side of the event horizon (and of course they can't). Introduce the drowned city of Atlantis whose shields are collapsing and begins a mad scramble for evacuation sites in the Pegasus Galaxy. Main character, Major John Sheppard heads out and meets some allies and learns all about the wraith (creepy space vampires with great hair care products) who cull the Pegasus Galaxy human population. Of course other stuff happens, and the city rises from the ocean rather than actually flooding and killing everyone (a possibility that happened in a different multiverse...the canon alternate universes that occasionally coincides with the story really work for this series, as it's canon that anything and everything will have happened in one of the other 'verses'). But during that time, Sheppard manages to awaken the entire wraith civilisation (normally they slumber and only wake up to feed occasionally...say every 60 years or so) which is like "oops! seems to have endangered the entire new galaxy in the first day since arriving"
From there it all snowballs, new galaxy cut off from earth in a city without power = search for new power sources (All Hail the mighty ZPM...fandom joke*cough*), food (sp they don't starve) and allies against the wraith.

Of course apart from the wonderful John Sheppard (who through circumstances gets promoted to CO of this otherworld base) there is the leader of the city Elizabeth Weir (not a half bad female character actually, personlaity, strength and intelligence), Teyla Emmagen (Pegasus native picked up from the 1st offworld trip), Lt Aiden Ford (very cute and smily...but is basically there as the extra man) and Rodney Mckay (*squeebles over Rodney* Seriously, this is the character that won my heart in SGA. he's obnoxious, rude, snarky, lacking in inter-personal skills, arrogant and brilliant *cough*ringing any bells?*cough* But no, he's actually a very interesting character who seems afraid of well, most things, but still goes out to play action hero [with a lot of whining, bitching and snarking]...umml...yeah, will stop babbling on Rodney now)

on 2007-11-27 03:10 am (UTC)
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You know, i might just try it out for the hair-product peddling vampires. The whole premise of the series sounds terribly complicated and haha, your description of Rodney reminds me of my favorite characters. :P Time to find bootleg copies!!!

As for your FF12 query:

Technically, Vaan is the main character in FF12, in the sense that he's one you control when entering towns, and he's also the one you start the game with. But if you're talking about the main character in terms of the story's focus, then it's Princess Ashe (Her name cracks me up, I was half-expecting the words "I choose you Pikachu!" in some of her dialogue), since the quest essentially involves her struggles to reclaim her throne.

YES FF12 IS AWESOME. I love FF12 more than FF7-- and that is saying a LOT.

I'm not even sure if I can go back to Reborn, especially since I've been scouring the FF12 fandom too, instead of just playing the game. >.<

on 2007-12-02 03:38 am (UTC)
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Heh...unfortunately the space vamps just aren't willing to sell any of their haircare secrets. the premise is pretty cool. Makes a lot more sense when you've followed the series on from SG-1...but I know a lot of fans skipped SG-1 and got hooked to SGA, so it's not neccessary to know the entire Stargate background to thoroughly enjoy the fun plots.
Looking at Rodney's description, I'm surprised at how many of those personality traits could be transplanted onto any of my other favourite characters. Obviously we just know what we like (and have great taste in cool characters) XD
*cough* As I'm sending you a christmas gift anyway...I can include a couple of discs of d/led eps if you'd like...?

Ahh, Vaan was the character I was asking after...but it's interesting that who you mostly 'play' and the 'point of the story' are different. I had to read that comment about Ashe and pikachu and number of time until how they relate sunk in *shakes head at self* (actually the 'newer(?) seasons of pokemon were just released on tv here...and I was horrifed to hear the new voice they gave Ashe...aweful, aweful fake deep voice that doesn't suit him at all...not that I watch Pokemon was just umm...on *nods* that's my story and I'm sticking to it :P)

Better than FF7 huh, that's pretty high praise. I don't have the gaming consoles so I don't follow game fandoms so much, but it's interesting to hear all the ranks people put on the games...especially when FF7 was full of pixel-men.

There are just not enough hours in the day to do everything if you're so inclined...even less time to do everything you actually have to. Catching up with my old fandoms is...daunting since so much time has passed that I just keep putting it off...until eventually I suppose they won't be my fandoms anymore.

on 2007-12-03 01:43 am (UTC)
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Better than FF7 huh, that's pretty high praise. I don't have the gaming consoles so I don't follow game fandoms so much, but it's interesting to hear all the ranks people put on the games...especially when FF7 was full of pixel-men.

Well, there's mixed reviews on 12-- some people don't like the battle system and license board, etc etc, but I love it to pieces. Granted, I'm not a big fan of the materia system of ff7, and while the new streamlined system of FF12 took some getting used to, I find myself liking it very much. That and FF7 is not my most favorite Final Fantasy game, and there you go. The reason why FF7 is so popular is because it was the breakthrough game for the RPG genre, and it is because of it that so many RPGs suddenly came into existence.

I like FF12 more than FF7 because the gameplay and the story rivets me more. (I have a terrible affinity for political plots). Not to mention that I've become a rabid fan of a het pairing for it (where one of them is 12 years old, god, I swear I was a pedophile in my past life).

RE: SGA- Well, as long as there are theoretical sciences for it, I'll probably be interested. I don't know anyone among my friends here who watches it, but vampires in a futuristic science series sounds cool in itself. And I'm very much interested in that Rodney character now. And sure, cds of episodes would be wonderful!

until eventually I suppose they won't be my fandoms anymore.

OMG, I feel that every time RL comes in and bites me up the ass. I don't think I can catch up with my old (or even recent) fandoms even if I wanted to, if I'm currently consumed with another one. I'm the type of person who CAN'T balance fandoms-- I have to preoccupied with only ONE at a time. I haven't even checked my other LJ in more than a week. T-T I'm sure its full of Reborn posts, but I don't feel like I'm giving the Reborn fandom justice if I'm just checking it to be updated, and not really because I'm genuinely interested. Don't get me wrong, I still like Reborn, but well, I kinda jumped ship with FF12 and I don't think I can go back to Reborn without finishing the game. (Been playing it for an aggregate total of 70 hours, and I'm just only 2/3 done ZOMG)

on 2007-11-26 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately as a few critical reviewers have commented, the show has some very interestign science...a lot of whichisn't necessarily realistic science, but hey it's what you get. It's the story and character dynamics that really play the show. Most of the episode plots are fun and/or action packed, adventurous and humourous. teh writers do a great job with the story pace, with well integrated humour into tense situations as it's called for...or altenratively spiral it downuntil the hopeful revelation. There are some slow episodes, some hard packed action, and some that attempt to get into your head. There's just so much about ther series to be explored and thus a greater range to appreciate and enjoy.
(Plus of course there is the major homoerotic subtext that runs through many scenes, and is even complemented by a canon m/m kiss...that isn't...technically)

Even better is the fact that some of the episodes are better than reading stories (not something I often say, but of so true here)
Pribably haven't sold you anything...but hey, at least I got some bablingoff my chest, right?

Working to finish off my university employment hours this week, so I can hopefully move onto a job that isn't such a physical torture (*shakes head* just bad working conditions)...and my parents said that I can go and work as a lab tech at their work if nothing else arises.

FF12? I know very little about that game, I'm assuming by your addiction to it, that's it's as good, if not better than some of the earlier FF games.
Ah, Reborn...really shoudl catch up on ther series, so I can understand Sin0chan's squeeing over it. Who's the main main character that you play in FF12?

(OMG...I can't believe I babbled so much lj made me split the comment)


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