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14 October 2014 @ 11:34 am
Posting this here for anyone who didn't hear about the story yesterday. I know most everyone I wanted to hear about this knows about it, but I'm ready to start going more public about it.

Walking home from work, I decided to grab something from the gas station. When I was walking in, there was a guy standing outside smoking a cigarette. He was still there when I left. To walk back home, I had to cross right in front of him. First thing out of this guy's mouth as I pass right in front of him, with only a passing glance? "Hey cutie." I continue walking, as if I didn't hear anything. To be fair, continuing like this would've been the smarter thing to do, but he kept calling out to me, saying "Hey!" and I wanted to give him a piece of my mind. That, and I didn't know if he would follow me if I just straight-up ignored him. So I turn around and he says I don't look mean, so why do I have to act so mean (paraphrasing here, but you get the point). My response? "Because I'm not interested." And then I just walk away.

It's situations like this that cause me to be so guarded when I'm alone in public. It's situations like this that I give out a fake name to strangers sometimes. It's situations like this that I'm grateful I know self defense and carry pepper spray in my bag when I go out. It's situations like this that make me thankful I live so close to the police station.

What this guy just did was not respectful, and considering this doesn't happen to me often (again, very grateful for that), I felt a need to share it. Yes, I may look cute and all that, but you have no right to verbally harass me on the street. I have every right to behave how I want and walk freely without judgement/worry that a random guy will do something like this, to me or anyone else.
08 March 2011 @ 12:35 pm
I know this is really close, the round ends in less than an hour, but if you could vote for Castle I would appreciate it!

04 December 2010 @ 12:57 pm
Okay, if you don't mind I just need to get my feelings out in a place where there is no character limit. I mean, Twitter and chats are nice and all, but there's only so much you can say there. Plus, with all the spoiler people, sometimes you feel like the odd one out and I just need to vent on neutral territory.

I completely understand why ABC and other companies release spoilers, sneak peeks, and all that info for future episodes: To create hype. Clearly, that tactic works. What I would be curious to see is how many people are actually like me and try to avoid spoilers at all costs.

This would be much easier if it were not for the fact that I have OCD (Obsessive Castle Disorder) and need to share my love for Castle and be around fellow Castle fans. But at the same time, I am going spoiler-free for Castle, something, which I have learned, is hard to do when you have OCD. There's like, no safe place to go to talk with Castle friends and not potentially be spoiled. The tabloids are everywhere, let's face it: There is no getting around them in any way.

So why do I need to share and type this all out? Well, quite frankly, there are two types of spoiler people. Let's just label them considerate and not considerate.

The considerate people are the ones I am willing to hang around, since they realize that not everyone wants to know of spoilers, so they keep their mouth shut around people like me. They have simple respect for others, which I truly appreciate, as it's hard enough to find others who are spoiler-free, though there are more of us than you might think.

The people that drive me nuts are the non-considerate people. These people just loveloveLOVE to talk spoilers and never take into consideration that others may NOT want to hear that information. They just blab on and on about it with absolutely no censor button. These are the people that drive me nuts every time a new spoiler comes out.

Now, because I am a considerate fan, I will not share this spoiler at all in this post, which makes it safe for all Castle people to read.

Why can't human beings just have some respect and decency for one another when it comes to spoilers? Yes, ABC and other networks do it for all the hype, as I said earlier, but what I don't think many people realize is that some of their viewing audience does not want to know this information.

Now, some of you may be reading this, wondering: Why is she coming to all these conclusions in this manner? Why doesn't she consider those who love spoilers and such? Let me tell you, I did go to that side. I did spoil myself for one episode. And you know what? I hated it. I hated watching the episode knowing what parts I had seen early. That ruined the episode for me. So, from then on out, I vowed to go spoiler-free. Next episode I saw without spoilers, I absolutely loved and enjoyed myself. Why? Because it was a surprise. So if you think this is just a mindless attack on blabmouth spoiler people, consider this: I was you once for an episode. I know the thrill that can come from seeing all that information ahead of time, making you excited to see the episode. In fact, I'm surrounded by it.

Just once, I think it would be interesting if absolutely no spoilers were released for just one episode and see what happens. I know, I know, it would kill just about every person who says they live on spoilers, but at the same time, I kind of want them to get a taste of how I go through Castle every week.

Why is it that spoilers are so highly valued? Do some of these people just hate surprises in life? Because I think surprises make life beautiful. You can't know what's to come every single second of your life, so you might as well accept that no matter how much you try and be in control, you are not in complete control of every second of your life. Yes, spoilers are just one aspect you can have control over, but consider this: I choose to not be spoiled, just like most people choose to be spoiled. It's a choice in life, and I just want simple respect for that.

It makes me sick knowing that some people could care less about what others might think. They are just too selfish to see that not everyone in life is just like them, not everyone wants to be spoiled. I mean, just think about it: If consideration were given to each and every person who did not want to see spoilers, then there would be no need for brain bleach and even this entry in my practically dead journal. This is eating inside of me so much that I just needed to get it out.

This all started with a spoiler, actually, that I have been wanting to have happen on the show. Yes, for those of you who are spoiler-freaks, I have been wanting to see this happen. But at the same time, I didn't want to know when it was going to happen; I want to be surprised, in the moment, when it happens on the show. That's why I don't do spoilers, and that's why I need to type all this out. What some fans fail to realize, plain and simple, is that there are so many different kinds of fans. Heck, there are fans who don't ever go on the Internet! We really represent a small population who watch the show, and I feel part of a very small minority.

Another thing that bugs me: Spoiler fans who don't list the information as such! I hate that the most. Not only does this show they think the information is okay, but they don't even filter it for people like us. With those people, it's often too late for non-spoiler people before they figure out they have been spoiled, which is the most tragic thing. What's even weirder is that some of those articles are labeled as such, and then the others are written by people non-spoiler fans recognize as spoiler writers anyways.

I just feel like, for the most part, non-spoiler people are left to their own devices to filter stuff when most members of the other party don't even help out. Surprise surprise! Spoilers are a two-way street, and they work best when both parties are considerate of one another!

These feelings all started over towards the end of S2 earlier this year, and only escalated again after this most recent spoiler. That is why I need to type all this out.

So, for those of you reading this, I actually do have something to ask of you: Please be considerate that not everyone likes spoilers. If you are talking with someone new to the show, and don't know their spoiler policy, just ask! It only takes a few seconds to save their world. If you know this person and are unsure of their policy, again, just ask! Finally, if you do want to talk about spoilers in a more public place, label it as such. It will save everyone's life in the long run.

EDIT: Okay, I know I am not the only one who feels this way about spoilers, having heard some feedback from people in general on the issue, including in relation to the most recent spoiler. I know there are no comments, but I have my ways that I talk with fellow fans.

So, if you feel a need to let ABC know what they are doing is not okay, feel free to contact them here: http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us They won't know they are hurting us until we actively tell them and take a stance!

Also, if you are a member of the ABC Studio Advisory Panel, let them know too! The more we hit them from all angles, the better they will understand how devastating spoilers can truly be.
How I feel: pissed offpissed off
Current earworm: "I See The Light" - Tangled
So, for some reason, I actually feel like typing on my LJ? Yeah, I know, crazy-weird, but it happens...

So, for those of you who are remotely interested in my life anymore (because I doubt many people read this now that I'm basically MIA permanently), I am officially addicted to Castle. Even more than that, I love Stana. Like, there is nothing this woman can't do. She's done supporting roles in movies and guest/recurring roles on TV, but playing lead role Det. Kate Beckett on Castle is her breakout role. Seriously, she kicks butt on that show, and this is considering 14-hour workdays.

Really, though, when you look at the show as a whole, it's amazing. The actors on the show are talented, and very lucky to be working with one another. Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, and Tamala Jones basically make up the cast, and they are all awesome. This show wouldn't be where it is without all of them dedicating so much time and effort!

Of course, the actors wouldn't have anything good to work off of without a decent script. We have such an amazing writing team coming up with some really good murder cases for the homicide team to solve. Some of the dead bodies (which they mainly use stunt people for) have been quite interesting... In 105 (A Chill Goes Through Her Veins), the woman had to pretend she was frozen for years, and just thawing. Then in 216 (The Mistress Always Spanks Twice) the woman was hanging from jungle bars, covered in caramel sauce. "But I'll be testing, not tasting." Good smarts M.E. Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones)!

So yeah, it's not that I still don't love Disney, Beauty and the Beast, and other things, but Castle is my main obsession right now. We got an awesome fan site too, created and maintained by another fan of the show. It's not even officially done by ABC, but the show knows about it and love it! If you have the time to see it, please take a chance! While it's a procedural and you could see eps out of order, it's best if you follow from the beginning. S1 is available to buy, but S2 doesn't come out until the 28th. S3 premiere is on the 20th. I highly suggest you catch up on the show, though, before you dive into this season! We left off with some major drama that you would not get if you just jumped in now. Just saying, and don't say I didn't warn you...
How I feel: contentcontent
Current earworm: "Let Me Be Your Wings" - Thumbelina
17 March 2010 @ 08:19 pm
So, there's an event going on the Hulu website called Best In Show. Basically, two shows go head-to-head for a week, you vote for your favorite, and then it continues again.

The past two rounds, Castle was able to pull through and actually win in its category of Best Detective Drama.

Now we're starting to get into some testy waters. Out competitor for this week is The Simpsons, which won Animated.

I would appreciate it if you could vote for Castle, even though comparing the two shows is like comparing apples and oranges. While you're at it, take a look at their Hulu page as well, since it's an awesome show!

If you aren't in the U.S., I believe you can still vote. Also, you can vote multiple times, you just need to refresh the page! The more votes, the better!

Vote for Castle!

Spread the word! Share the link on your LJ and other sites!
How I feel: contentcontent
Current earworm: TV in background
06 February 2010 @ 01:50 pm
Might I continue posting on my LJ on a more regular basis? Let's just say it's a possibility right now. After going through a little bit of LJ, I realize I have been missing out on a bit.

In addition, I will probably be changing my look yet again *le sigh* I love this, I really do, but I am in such a Castle mood right now, so I might change it up and such. Plus, I'm more adept with HTML/CSS, so I *might* make a custom layout! That is, when I have the spare time. I don't want it to get in the way of my schoolwork.

I have too many projects going on right now... Good thing I don't have them on a deadline, or I'd be toast!

So, what has happened in my life since my last regular entry? I'm a college student now! ... I think that's the most exciting thing... Yeah, that's it...
How I feel: contentcontent
Current earworm: "Bohemian Rhasody" - Queen + Muppets
02 September 2009 @ 11:47 pm
Sorry all I ever have to type on here are rants...

Earlier this summer, there was a contest up for girl to submit their singing as either Young or Teen Fiona from "I Know It's Today" from Shrek: the Musical. However, the age limit was 6 to 14. By the time I found out about the contest, I was going on being 5 years too old to even enter. I don't think my video ever got fully submitted, but that's okay; at least I tried for fun.

Part of the reason I want to type this out is because one girl, in her submission, which was the best I heard on YouTube, which a few people have noted that's enough to get you disqualfied... Where was I? Oh yes...

My bigger rant, though, comes from lyrics in the song. Now, I bet you're wondering, how can I question the technicality of lyrics? Well, it is possible, and I'll show you:

In the song, to show the passing of time, all 3 Fionas sing different numbers of the days that have gone by. Now, Young Fiona is 7 years old when she is dropped off at the castle. This can be supported by the contest accepting girls as young as 6. That would mean 6 years would have to pass before Young Fiona officially becomes Teen Fiona, right? Since they sing by days,

6*365=2190 days, more or less.

Here's where the lyrics of the song come in:

Young Fiona: Day number 23
Teen Fiona: Day number 958

Now let's do a little math...

958-23=935 days pass
935/365=2.5 years

Adding on those years from the accepted age of Young Fiona, that would only make her 9.5 years old at the time she's singing. She's nowhere near being a teen at that age, so really, the lyrics are misleading.

And just for a little fun...


That's over two times off from being right! Clearly something was missing in writing the lyrics for the song, because Teen Fiona's number of days is totally arbitrary.

For those who think that because of this, Adult Fiona's calculation is off, I'll do the math for that as well, and prove that Adult Fiona isn't really affected by Teen Fiona.

8423/365=23 years
7+23=30 years old, which is acceptable in my book. Some may consider it an overestimate, but guessing Adult Fiona's age can be tricky, and honestly, I think the personality fits with the time frame, so while some can argue this being off, it's not as off as Not-so-Teen Fiona.

Coming back to my original problem, there's a couple ways to solve the problem, and my conclusions as to it possibly happening:
1) Increase the day number Teen Fiona sings so she's actually a teen.
Conclusion: Minimal, if anything. The song's already been written with those days in cadence, so unless enough people seriously complain about it... Oh wait, even with a petition, they probably wouldn't change it.
2) Admit that Teen Fiona is really a Pre-Teen/Older Young Fiona.
Conclusion: Same. It's already been known for almost a year, so I doubt this would be changed either. Plus, it's easier to say Teen.

I say if a change were to come about, the second outcome would be more likely, because it doesn't ruin the cadence of the show in any way.

Now, I bet you're wondering why I went through all this trouble to prove this one point that's been frustrating me for a while now...

While I'm in my last year, I'm still a teen. Now, I bet they would not consider anyone of my age playing Teen Fiona, but in all technicalities, I'm still a teen, and therefore, want a chance to play her on stage like the other girls in the contest. Also, I know I'm right around Marissa's height, so that's not even a problem. I feel that even if I wasn't included in the age of the contest, the cutoff age should've been WAY higher, like 16/17. In my mind, Teen Fiona is really around 14-16 years old at the most. I get this estimate based on the ages of princessses in other fairy tales, so at this age, Fiona would be in her prime for Prince Charming.

You know I wouldn't leave without sharing what I feel what the day number should really be :P

14-7=7 years
7*365=2555-23=2532 days [lower]

16-7=9 years
9*365=3285-23=3262 [higher]

Again, these numbers are really only estimates, since we don't know when Fiona was born, thus not knowing the difference between that and Christmas Eve, when she was sent away.

Well, if you took the time to read all this, I applaud you. It was a long thesis, but I think well thought-out and supported by evidence.

EDIT: In re-reading the synopsis of the musical I have with my lyric book, it clearly states that Young Fiona is truly 7. This information makes this entry all the more important.
How I feel: melancholymelancholy
Current earworm: "I Know It's Today" - Shrek: the Musical
24 May 2009 @ 11:07 pm
Our Stars of Tomorrow Gala (our version of Tonys for high school) was on Thursday night, and there's a little contest going on now...

At the end of the show, they announced the winners for the best lead actors and actresses. There are four divisions (A, B (ours), C, and D), and within each division, there are four winners. Our Jesus, Joe P, was one of them!

Now, this contest focuses on the winners. The public gets to vote for their favorite, and this is where you guys come in.

I want each and every one of you to vote for Joe P once a day until noon on June 5 here. As of now, he is lagging, and he is deserving of winning! The more votes we can get for him, the better! Out of all the schools, we had a pretty small cast, so we're already at a disadvantage. A couple students already got over a thousand votes, and he's not even half in comparison.

I don't care what you need to do to remember to do this, but I would really appreciate it if you could vote for him. Also, help spread the word!

If you want to see why Joe deserves this, just watch this clip here.

I would really appreciate it if you could come out and vote for him! I don't care if I'm the only one asking friends to do this, but at this point, we're desperate, and I'm willing. Every vote counts!
How I feel: complacentcomplacent
Current earworm: "On The Willows" - Godspell
22 March 2009 @ 07:34 pm

I officially have a new digital camera! YAY! *throws confetti for self* I have been going so long without one, I was going into digital camera depression… I just love technology, and I hate going without it for long periods of time.

What happened with my old one was that I didn’t use the case much at one point, so on the trip back from Vassar, the LCD screen got busted. In actuality, the camera can still take pics and vids and stuff, but how useful is it if I can’t even view what I’m taking? =P

Having had this happen, I had one of two options: Get it repaired or buy a completely new one. At first, I did want to get it repaired, but in order to do so, I’d have to ship my camera out, and I just didn’t wanna do that =P

So, between that realization time and now, I was off and on researching new cameras. I knew I wanted Kodak, partly because I love the brand and partly because I already had Kodak Easyshare on the computer ;)

Eventually, I ended up narrowing my list down. I know I could’ve easily ordered them off the Internet, but I decided to go check out Target and see what they had. Sure enough, they had a few Kodak cameras, one of which was on my list. The guy also had another one pulled out, which I also tested out. In the end, I liked both cameras, so it was a matter of his recommendation and color. He recommended the red camera if I liked video, so I went with it. Worked out great because the last camera I had was red LOL Notice a trend? =P I just love my red <3

18 March 2009 @ 04:09 pm

I’m soooooo happy that I am legit out of school tomorrow! We have our big Math League competition tomorrow, so I’ll be doing math all day. Ah, the power of numbers… Problem is I’ll have to make up the Physics test on Monday morning, but to be honest, I’m quite happy I have the extra time, even if I don’t need it LOL

Bad part now, though, is I have a bazillion things due early next week. Good thing I’m not working and I also have Friday off. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Now I’ll have more time than I normally do to get my stuff done. That is, if I actually plan accordingly =P

The new theme is apparently not compatible with Writer =S Now I feel the need to test out another one and see if it works, since I want to, oh, you know, actually see the theme? I have at least one in backup, so I’ll try it out and see if that works…

I’m actually starting to love blogging again! Yay! Maybe it’s because my friends haven’t been much on MSN lately… who knows *shrugs* Maybe it’s the new system… Again, I don’t care that much, even if it means I have to actually go on LJ and change a couple things around I can’t do on here. I guess I just got tired of typing on LJ itself… theirs isn’t that elaborate… Maybe that’s why… I should just shut up now…