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30 September 2009 @ 12:12 am
birthdays + stuff + meme + whatever else comes up + tv stuff  
1. First of all, BIRTHDAYS! Though er, I think I'm late for one but happy birthday darknumb and agt_bush)!



^ buon compleanno a lei! Spero sia stata una bella giornata, scusa per il ritardo e ancora auguri! ;)



I know your day hasn't exactly started well (I hope the plane didn't have further delays?) but I hope it gets awesome as soon as possible. I hope you get said awesome day and the best possible next year! <3

2. So, I watched Flashforward.

Overall, I wasn't exactly too impressed with it but I didn't hate it either. I love the premise, I don't hate any character but I'm not loving anyone especially either (even though mm, Joseph Fiennes, you're hot. Not as hot as your brother, but still), I thought the pace was kind of weird and that everyone was taking things too calmly for the situation and I kind of snickered throughout the whole incident-crash sequence because it clearly came from a certain other sequence, but overall I think I'll watch some more before I decide whether I like it or whether it's meh. Even though I'll dread it if Genevieve Cortese turns out having a role which implies speaking more than two lines, but looks like it isn't happening for now so no problem, lol. Also, I want to see what Dominic Monaghan is going to end up doing on this anyway so I'll watch for now even if it wasn't love at first sight.

3. I also started watching Band of Brothers, about which I'll probably do an extensive post in three days when I finish it (well, it's ten eps, I have the dvds, it's two each disc so I'm going for a disc each day) and I'm pretty much loving it. Considering that I totally used to be and still am a complete WWII geek... and when I'm done it might actually put me in the mood to go and finish that certain fic. Which has to be finished in a month anyway, but still. It does help.

4. I think I managed to do my schedule for classes for this semester which starts next week. Mess, I tell you. Mess. Though I'm lucky I just have two classes overlapping once. Problem is that they're both stuff I really should not skip given that one gets one fifth of my grade and the other one isn't the subject I want to skip, but I guess I'll attend both and see which one I can sacrifice.

5. My aunt (who teaches English in high school) has seemingly decided to ask me to repeat the Bob Dylan gig of two years ago. Except that this round she wants me to go to her class and talk to her students about 1984 like next week. And possibly if she follows my advice and does some American literature, and if she follows my second advice and explains them some Steinbeck, I might be back there in January or so to entertain them on the relations between Grapes of Wrath Tom Joad and Springsteen's Tom Joad. Clearly option #2 is way less scary than #1 since if you get me talking about Springsteen I won't shut up, but next week? I think I need to prepare some lecture. That is a scary perspective but whatever, I did it once, I'll do it twice.

6. And since it's the quote day for the blasted meme, let's go with an Orwell one.

For one week, recommend/share:
Day 1: a song
Day 2: a picture
Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day 4: a site
Day 5: a youtube clip
->Day 6: a quote
Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy

To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.

George Orwell


Which is brief and not the long-ass things I usually link but imo very, very true.

7. I think it's all for now. I'll probably see if I manage to catch up with some comments and then go to bed at a semi-decent hour, since considering that in one week I'll have classes I can't exactly afford one in the night anymore. *waves*
 
 
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darknumb on September 29th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
deaaaaan *___* grazie mille carissima!!! si si è stat una bella giornata!
*muack*
the female ghost of tom joad: BJ rules and it's a factjanie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Preeego, il piacere è tutto mio *___* ancora auguri! <3
Emily: winters/nixonemiliglia on September 29th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I just have 3 words and lots of exclamation points:

BAND OF BROTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the female ghost of tom joad: tangerinesjanie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
HEEEE, I was sort of expecting you to say that XDD it's so good!! <33
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the female ghost of tom joad: tangerinesjanie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that. It isn't Lost at all, but it isn't a total disaster either. Whatever, since I download that anyway I'll just keep on doing it until I decide if it's worth sticking with. ;)
Laura: Lost: Christian BOOpolvodestrella on September 29th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
even though mm, Joseph Fiennes, you're hot. Not as hot as your brother, but stil

Ditto!

the female ghost of tom joad: adrian pasdar *smile* <3janie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Heee. Ralph is just another thing, but I don't complain. ;)
Robyncakesbitterbird on September 29th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
aww thank you sweet, he is so pretty! and yeah thankfully I am home now, finally!

I think flashforward has potential but yeah it was a slow start
the female ghost of tom joad: ILUjanie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
He so is! (that's totally my favorite Sam picture in existence actually ;) )

Good to know you got home! Late planes are just sucky stuff.

That about FF. It's not bad but I can't say it's anything incredible either.
Laura: Lonesome Dove: Gus McCraemozartfan1313 on September 29th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Band of Brothers is gorgeous. I love that mini-series so much. I watch it once a year. I look forward to your review. Episode 7 "The Breaking Point" is my favourite episode!
the female ghost of tom joad: marlon brando *_*janie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Oh, it so is! I'm at episode 6 now and I'm loving it utterly. I'll have a review as soon as I'm done watching that. And I'll keep special attention to episode 7 then! ;)
Lauramozartfan1313 on October 1st, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Episode 7 is gorgeous and heartbreaking. It also has two of my all-time favourite BoB scenes.
elliotsmelliot: Jack beardelliotsmelliot on September 30th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
That is awesome about the Bob Dylan class. I remember when you did it before.

One of my students' assignment for a class on youth cultures is to study a musician or bands connection's a particular youth culture of the past or present. One of my students is doing Dylan, which is a nice change from the rest who are doing Jonas Brothers and Spice Girls etc. Another one is doing Nirvana which will be fun.

I feel the same way about Flashforward. There is nothing to get excited about yet, but I will be patient. Maybe Joseph can convince his brother to make an appearance!
the female ghost of tom joad: lost nirvana!jackjanie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
If Joseph does convince his brother to make an appearance I'll follow that show religiously and I'll even watch it on Friday instead of saving it for the weekend. ;)

Bob Dylan and Nirvana are such awesome choices! Maybe the one doing Nirvana will talk about Lost too? Also, indeed a nice change. While I could sort of see Spice Girls (even if I seriously regret the four foolish months when I was seriously head over heels with them) Jonas Brothers? Seriously? I'd have Dylan anytime.

And it totally is! I don't know if she wants me to do a Bob Dylan take 2 too adding to Orwell and Bruce (if she does that one), but surely it'll be less intimidating.
Robi (´ー`*): RP - Jensen [Eye of the tiger]chibi_saru11 on September 30th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, you watched flashforward too. Yeah I totally agree, IDK I was expecting like this incredible show and instead it was... well, it was good yeah, but not AWESOME OMFG GIVE ME ANOTHER EP PLZ! So yeah, a little meh
the female ghost of tom joad: BJ rules and it's a factjanie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Yep, I did! I wasn't expecting too much tbh, but still it was kinda meh. I wasn't too impressed but it doesn't exactly suck either so I dunno, I'll give it another chance. It's not like I have to choose between that and something else on TV anyway. ;)
Lou: GK - nate and bradgottalovev on September 30th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
I loved Bands of Brothers too, I can imagine that if you're a WWII geek it just hits home. *uses wrong era soldiers, but hey, pretty*

wow, I see how many of you guys have problems with your schedules and I'm so very happy that it was never a problem for me. at least I had that. good luck!

and going to see your Aunt's class sounds pretty great, i'm sure her students will love your lecture!
the female ghost of tom joad: 1984janie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
It's so GOOD really! And ha, yeah, I've been a WWII geek since I was something like nine years old (yeah, weird kid *cough*) so it's totally relevant to my interests.

You were lucky indeed! Last year it was a complete mess at least the first semester so this one I actually am lucky that I've got only one overlapping class, but still. Meh.

My aunt is awesome! Much more than my former English teacher but whatever, I'll try to stand up to the example. ;) Thanks!
inthekeyofd: Fassy-grin-gothic_nyxinthekeyofd on September 30th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
That lecture on the Tom Joad's would be great, interesting way to keep them motivated to not only pay attention but possibly to get them to read more Steinbeck and especially his greatest creation, East of Eden--sorry, that one is in my top three books of all time. :)

YOU WILL LOVE THE REST OF BAND OF BROTHERS, I never realized how many people on my flist never saw it, IT'S A MUST, I'm a WWII geek myself and so was my father, we watched it together when it aired on HBO the first time...bought the DVD's too, I've read a TON of books on it, if you ever need a rec, let me know..but I'll warn you I've read more on the Pacific campaign, because believe it or not, being raised on WWII movies..my father was more into that campaign and it sort of trickled down that I would be too.

Wait until HBO airs Pacific..a great new mini-series from Steven...for his father that kept saying, "you keep making movies about Europe, I was in te Pacific"
the female ghost of tom joad: tangerinesjanie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Actually that was what I wanted to do for my thesis when I finished high school, but my teacher wasn't as cool as my aunt and told me that American literature wasn't doable *headdesk* and then I ended up with T.S. Eliot but whatever, if I manage to do that now I'll be extremely happy to do so. People need to read more Steinbeck. ALSO EAST OF EDEN I LOVE IT TO PIECES. My favorite is still The Grapes Of Wrath but I totally love EOE too.

IT'S SO GOOD! The two eps I've seen today were so awesome, I'm really glad it was on discount and I picked it up. Sadly it's good stuff so it doesn't get aired here unless it's on cable and I don't have cable so.. :/ otherwise I'd have probably watched it on TV, it's exactly the kind of stuff that is relevant to my interests. Hell, I was a WWII geek when I was ten years old, and HA, I've seen my fair share of WWII stuff too. Not exactly raised on those but I've seen a freaking lot. While probably the most stuff I've seen was on the Pacific campaign too I probably know more about the whole Italian invasion but that's because I live here. And actually, you got any recs on El Alamein? I have that darned fic I need to finish which starts there, but while I've read a ton of stuff I could use some more. And if you know some movie which is accurate enough I'd love to see it.

Uh, there's another? I'll totally download that -nod-..
inthekeyofd: Jack-head down-two_fiveinthekeyofd on September 30th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
I know, I was like a little kid who knew exactly what the battle of the bulge was. *high fives other WWII geeks!*

El Alamein..ohhhhhh Rommel's battle. For movies you absolutely can not go wrong with Patton, it's long and mostly about him, but still, Rommel is featured heavily.

If you only want movies, I can tell you Patton, The Dessert Fox (it's all about Rommel), the Dessert Rats (with Richard Burton) to a much lesser extent (quality) Tobruk, and there's a few others like the longest day.

Actually, totally outside of the battle there is also that Valkerie movie, technically Rommel was a part of that conspiracy and was afforded the --commit suicide or we'll kill you--because of it, it's sad that Patton on hearing what had happened to Rommel almost wept. they were enemies but they did respect each others intelligence.

Would you like Book rec's too?? Because there's a few on that battle, I could rec, mostly focusing on Rommel, or Rommel and Patton together, the Afrika Corps is a big BIG subject though, but cutting it down to the battle of el alamein is much easier.
the female ghost of tom joad: thinkingjanie_tangerine on September 30th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yay for being WWII geeks!! *high fives back*

Omg so much awesome information, thank you! <3 Mm, I might check the Rommel movies, I could totally use some perspective there. And Patton too because I wanted to see it anyway, and the Desert Fox one too actually.

Was Valkerie good? Because lately my Tom Cruise dislike made me skip it but if it's worth watching I can give it a look. Also because after reading some six books about the whole African campaign last year I ended up being quite interested in the whole Rommel side of the story-conspiracy thing too so I might have a look at it.

Uh, I'd love some book recs! And yeah, possibly focusing on the battle because while I did read a whole lot of stuff about the campaign and the technical stuff I could use a bit more of research, especially if there are parts with interviews with the survivors or something like that. And if you have something about Rommel and Patton I'll probably check it out because I'm still a total WWII geek. ;)
inthekeyofd: Stock-Words-tomycoffeeinthekeyofd on September 30th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Honestly I can't stand Tom Cruise either, but that movie was actually really good, I was surprised by the fact I actually liked it.

The African Campaign and the Afrika Korps is a great topic, honestly, I have to say a lot of people forget that campaign and how important it was and actually still is to this day, a lot of different things happened in those battles that changed world--not history, but the future after WW2.

Here's a few books:
The Battle of El Alamein: Fortress in the Sand
Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein (more on the British side of things)

there is a book that Patton wrote himself as well and The Rommel Papers which is a biography of Rommel too, it's more interesting because you want to know more about a man that an AMERICAN general respected on the battle field...during war that NEVER happens.

If you want Pacific books, let me know, I have a few that I think you'd like.
Creature Of Hobbittellshannon815 on September 30th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'm keeping an open mind on Flash Forward myself, I'd kind of expected to enjoy the first one more than I did but then it wouldn'tbe the first time I'd grown to like something more as time went on.

Yes, I thought the same about the crash sequence, not to mention that weird kangaroo hopping around in the middle of the street (and was I the only one to pick up on the mention of "the Rutherford case"?)