bennet_7: (Tim+dictionary=OTP)
Once again I have totally failed to go to bed at a decent time.

But! Check this out! It's Mental Floss's "22 Fascinating and Bizarre Classes Offered This Semester". Choosing just four I'd like to take is hard but I've narrowed my ideal course load down to:

Wordplay: A Wry Plod from Babel to Scrabble at Princeton University

Obsessed with Words With Friends? If you’re at Princeton, you’ll almost certainly enjoy this class, where students will “challenge one another to games of Scrabble and Boggle, and enjoy the ‘Princeton dimension’ of the whole enterprise.”

“Oh, Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing at Belmont University

Not only does it have an amazing name, “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” has the best course description I’ve ever read:

“Oh, look, a Chicken”….This course will pursue ways of knowing through embracing [little ants, carrying a morsel of food across the table] what it means to be a distracted [I could sure enjoy a peanut butter sandwich right now] learner as well as [OMG--I get to go to the beach this summer] developing an awareness [I need to trim my fingernails] of one’s senses. The instructor teaches in the school of music, [do I hear water dripping?] so there will be an element related to that woven [spiders are amazing] into the course. [oh, it's the fish tank behind me] Those registering for this section may even learn to juggle [I'll be right down, I just have to finish this...what was I working on?].

Physics for Future Presidents at UC Berkeley

Planning to fill Obama’s shoes one days? Then you better check out this course, which will make you well-versed in topics like spy satellites, medical imaging, nuclear weapons and energy conservation.

How to Watch Television at Montclair State

Has that big screen in your living room always perplexed you? Flummoxed by the little rectangle that seems to control its every image and sound? Sorry to say, this class isn’t going to help. Despite its title, “How to Watch Television” is really about analyzing the medium and evaluating TV’s impact on our lives.

What would your semester schedule look like in an ideal world?
bennet_7: (DW: looking forward to the future & past)
I finished/handed in my thesis a couple of weeks ago and since then I have been decompressing. This has involved sleeping in late, taking the time to cook elaborate meals, reading books with no other purpose than enjoyment, re-establishing contact with friends and family, and watching a lot of TV that I missed out on.

Here are my thoughts on various shows.

10 Things I Hate About You )

Chuck )

Community )

Dance Academy )

Doctor Who )

The Good Wife )

How I Met Your Mother )

Modern Family )

The Office )

Parks and Recreation )

The Vampire Diaries )

So El-Jay, what's up?
bennet_7: (S&A: laughter and razor blades)
I've been busy trying to balance work and university lately. Right now I'm tutoring a bunch of high school kids in various subjects, including helping one girl in a period of history that I myself have never formally studied. So I have to spend time teaching myself so that I can then teach her. It's nuts.

And it's not like I don't already have more than enough material to study for my honours as it is. I'm so busy researching the short essays that I haven't really touched my thesis for the last four weeks. But I'm starting to get a good handle on it so hopefully I'll be able to work on it soon. As long as I stick to my schedule I should be ok.

Having said that, I had intended to start an essay or at least plan it out today and I didn't get round to it. But I did a whole bunch of stuff around the house so that's ok-ish. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...

(Not a reference that really works in this context but it is late. I apologise.)

I still find time to watch TV and you know what I quite like? 10 Things I Hate About You. It's proved to be charming and quite clever at times. And I really like Kat. She decides to do things based on how feminist it will be and how it will impact on the environment. She's probably the most feminist character on TV right now. I find Bianca kind of irritating, think Cameron and Michael are just creepy, and Patrick just needs to talk more, but Kat's pretty awesome and I wish more female characters were depicted as actually being feminist and caring about these issues.

On the weekend I talked my mother out of seeing The Ugly Truth because I was kind of disgusted just by the trailer. I'm really sick of Hollywood portraying successful business women as cold abrasive shrews (last month there was another such character in The Proposal too) incapable of forming romantic relationships without a man to teach them how. A well done mentor/lover or opposites attract story can be very entertaining but when you rely on lazy characterisation, no matter how charming the actors, you are still perpetuating a stereotype. And not only is that bad for women, but it's damn boring too.

You can say that I'm taking something that's meant to be light entertainment too seriously. I do do that sometimes. But this issue gets my hackles up.

Sometimes I think I should have done Media Studies.
bennet_7: (Let's hug it out)
After weeks of not looking at my results I finally looked at my results and I got two high distinctions and two distinctions for last semester!

Steve Holt!

One of those HDs was for an exam that was a steaming pile of refuse which makes the mark even more surprising, but I guess the exam wasn't worth much. Either way, I'm glad all my hard work paid off because I nearly killed myself with the stress and the study last semester.

In other news, I'm watching Mad Men and my mind is being blown with every episode. Such good TV. I'm also enjoying Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series, both the books and the adaptations, which may not be as brilliant thematically as the His Dark Materials trilogy but is a heck of a lot more fun and features a heroine whom I don't want to strangle (I do want to strangle Pullman for the very bad thing he did in book 2 though). But more on that another time.

If it wasn't so hot I'd do a victory lap around the house but instead I'll just eat another gold covered chocolate coin.

Hope everyone has had a similarly good start to 2008.
bennet_7: (Jesus on livejournal)
I have not updated in ages which is so weird because I check LJ practically everyday. But for me LJ is about escapism and I don't much care to rehash the boring details of my life when I could be finding new David Tennant picspams to drool over, searching for that perfect Pushing Daisies fanfic, or popping in on bat shit crazy fandoms like Twilight to point and laugh (They're so earnest and pissed off - it's great (am I being mean? I think I am).

Anyway, here is what is new with me:

1. University is over until March next year. My exams weren't great and I haven't checked out my results yet. I'm hoping that my class work will help me maintain my HDs but I'll probably get knocked down to Distinctions which will suck but I suck at exams and that's life.

2. I'm going to Egypt next year for about two weeks. I'm really excited but I'm going by myself (I'm doing an 8 day tour when I get there but I will be on my own for several days) and so that excitement is heavily tinged with nervousness. But it's all booked and paid for (except for two nights accommodation in Alexandria - any recommendations, let me know!) so there's no backing out now. Plus I've been wanting to do this since I was 7.

3. I just can't believe that the writers strike is still going on. I thought it would be sorted by now.

4. We have a new Prime Minister in Australia! And we're ratifying Kyoto! Our days being America's lap dog are over! Go us!

5. TV-wise, I'm loving Cranford and Top Gear (thank hypothetical deities for the BBC!) After ten episodes of not watching Moonlight but being a member of a Moonlight community I finally watched Moonlight. It's terribly cheesy but I kinda like it and you can actually see it improving.

Finally, I am not a fan of Jack Black. But every time I watch this trailer, I not only laugh, I feel happy and hopeful. Maybe it's the magical powers of Mos Def and Michel Gondry working to tone down Jack Black's Jack Blackness. Whatever it is, I can't wait for this film which looks to be not only good but great.

bennet_7: (iClaudius)
I haven't updated in ages for a couple of reasons, chief of which has been uni. I've been so busy lately with school, researching and writing, and I tend to feel guilty about posting to lj if I haven't finished the latest assignment. Fortunately, that hard work has been paying off as my current results stand at three high distinctions and one distinction, which isn't too shabby at all. One of those HDs was for an essay on the relationship between India and China since their independence and my prof said that it was the best essay he'd read in ages.

So yeah, very cool.

Unfortunately, all this hard work has had a deleterious effect on my health and I caught the flu. The worst part has been the headaches which were so bad I spent my 20th birthday (which was Tuesday) in bed. Not cool. Plus, I had an essay due the next day which I hadn't finished so I ended up doing that too. Yuck.

But I'm definitely on the mend now. I finished my last assignment this morning and spent three blissful hours sitting on the couch watching the 1996 BBC mini-series of Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

(Which was very good by the way. While there were some diversions from the novel which slightly irked, it did succeed in capturing the spirit of the novel which is better. Helen was just as kickass awesome as she is in the novel, but I didn't immediately warm to the way they wrote Gilbert. They took away his narration of the story which disappointed me, but as Gilbert comes of as very smug in both the novel and series, it might have been a good idea. Anyway, the camera work was a lot less staid than you generally see in period mini-series and I for one was thankful, and the performances were great. It isn't as good as Pride and Prejudice or North and South, but I recommend this one).

Anyway, I have been sort of keeping up with the TV shows because I watch them while eating. That way I use the excuse "Hey, can't eat and type at the same time!" and my conscience is ok with that.

Here are my thoughts on:

Pushing Daisies )

Chuck )

Gossip Girl )

Dirty Sexy Money )

Heroes )

The Office )

I haven't been watching Dexter so far, but I plan to catch up. I've avoided Friday Night Lights but I am going to give the second season a shot, despite my misgivings.

Finally, my icon: great or greatest?
bennet_7: (Pirate!Stephen)
Subtitle: Why am I the only one celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

I haven't updated in ages because University, like the sea, is a cruel mistress. Me classes have been keel-hauling me and me work in the galley has left me plum tuckered out.

(Christ I'm awful at this pirate business. Anyway...)

Because of this, I've been a bit blue (like the sea), but haven't wanted bore ye all with me existential angst.

Recently, the wind has changed and I've become a land lubber for two weeks while the good ship University is in the dry docks. I've many an assignment to do, so it's not much of a holiday, but it's still put a smile on me dial.

(Seriously: Ben=worst pirate talker ever Y/N?)

Here is me top way to fight off the mid-semester blues (other than with a sword and a pistol of course! Arrrgh!):

Watching Flight of the Conchords clips on YouTube

Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros.

Howls of derisive laughter!

More beneath tha waves )

Guaranteed to put the wind back in your sails!

bennet_7: (Jesus on livejournal)
My exams are finally over and I'm on holidays for all of July. I am so in need of a break - my bosses at work have been telling me how pale I am which is a hell of a thing considering just how pale I usually am.

Right now I'm house sitting for my cousin and his wife while they are in the U.S. They're your typical DINKs (Double Income No Kids) with a fantastic house and two dogs they treat like children. One of the dogs has Addison's Disease (and why wasn't THAT the title of the Grey's Anatomy spin off?) which is a little scary but everything is going fine so far.

I'm continuing on with my new found interest in Korean television.

The latest: Witch Yoo Hee )

A lot of these dramas are uploaded to Megaupload because those links last for at least a month. However, Megaupload only allows you one download at a time which is a real pain so I'm thinking about getting a paid account. Has anyone got a paid account at Megaupload? I'm wary of handing over my credit card details to places like that so if you can say yay or nay about them I'd really appreciate it.
bennet_7: (Jaye smiling)
Hey there everyone. I'm posting from the megalab at uni. My first lecture only lasted an hour when it was supposed to go for three and I have some time to kill before I learn about killing French people (Thermidorian reaction this week).

I always feel slightly uncomfortable when I go on lj in such a public place but looking around I can see that at least half of the people here are on myspace so I'm in poor company.

I've been so busy lately with school and the new job, but most of my assignments are out of the way now which is good.

And now for something completely different.

Does anyone have a cover of Cheap Trick's "I want you to want me" that is not by Letters to Cleo, Chris Isaak, Lindsay Lohan or The Pucks? I'm looking for a version with an indie/alternative vibe going on for a fan mix I'm making (Kelly and Ryan from The Office have completely eaten my brain. Love them).

Secondly, can someone direct me to a user friendly mp3 editor? Preferably a free one. I have this live track with a sound check at the beginning that annoys me greatly and I'd like to cut it if possible.

If you're feeling a little down, may I suggest you head over to [ profile] boysofculttv where there are many delightful picspams of the men from our favourite TV shows leaning against things. Not entirely safe for work as the Jamie-Bamber-in-a-towel-pics are in a couple - not that that is ever a bad thing.

I watched the first episode of the new Robin Hood and was not impressed. It does feature Richard Armitage (Mr Thornton from the recent North and South) but he's actually kind of fugly in this. I'll keep watching for a couple more eps because it is unintentionally funny.

Finally, please oh please universe, let the rumors about John Krasinski and Renee Zellsquintsalot be not true.
bennet_7: (Steve Holt!)
I haven't posted in aaaaaages. Sorry about that. Life has been weird.

Item the first: Back at university. This is actually my third week and it's all just going so fast. I'm taking a unit on Shakespeare, a unit on the theory of Comedy (Moliere and the Marx Brothers, woo!) and a unit on revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe. I should really be studying right now as I have a debate on Friday. My team is arguing that pre-revolution France wasn't actually so bad ;-)

Item the second: Got a new job today. I'm going to be waitressing at one of the best restaurants in the country. Seriously. It's won that award twice. The head chef has been awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (France's highest culinary award) and he's been knighted (Chevalier Dans L'Ordre National du Merite).

Question: Should I curtsy when I start next week? Or just kiss his shoes and thank him for giving me this job?

Item the third: I was surprised to discover that three Austen novels have been turned into new mini-series: Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. The official website is also up and running with trailers and galleries.

(Sense and Sensibility is in pre-production.)

Mansfield Park airs this Sunday and stars Billie Piper, James D'Arcy and Blake Ritson (I loved him on Red Cap). Mansfield Park is not one of my favourite Austen novels and I'd never pictured Billie Piper as an Austen heroine (a Dickens character sure) but I'll still be downloading it.

I'm a lot more excited about Northanger Abbey which is my third favourite Austen novel (after Pride and Prejudice and Emma) and was scripted by Andrew Davies who wrote the screenplay for the definitive and most wonderful version of Pride and Prejudice ever committed to screen (SHUT UP Keira Knightley! Go jump in a lake except don't because Colin Firth already did and it was awesome. Take your bangs and never darken my doorstep again!). Then again, Davies also wrote the 1996 version of Emma starring Kate Beckinsale which was entirely sucky and some of it can be blamed on the script. Hmm.

I'm also not much of a fan of Persuasion which lacks so much of the Austen wit. However, this version will star Rupert Penry-Jones in all his prettyness (Side-note: The new season of Spooks starts this friday for those in Oz) and Anthony Stewart Head.

Anyway, here are some pics, courtesy of [ profile] jellybeanie87, of all three productions.

Click! )
bennet_7: (Jesus on livejournal)
So I haven't updated in a while. Pesky tertiary education asked to be paid some attention and I've been doing end of year assignments. Sleepless nights, headaches and existential angst - and I'm paying for the priviledge.

More on school, life, turning 19 and the first of many interesting facts about genocide that I have recently learned )
bennet_7: (neptune_online Veronica)
Hey everybody. Posting from uni because my dog ate the internets at home (again).

If you've emailed me recently and I haven't gotten back to you, that's why. Hopefully, it'll be fixed tonight.

Hope you're all having an awesome week. If you aren't having an awesome week, go read the latest issue of [ profile] neptune_online. Sure I'm biased, but it really is our best yet.
bennet_7: (neptune_online Veronica)

The latest issue of [profile] neptune_online covering episodes 2.04 and 2.05 is here.

It contains: - The events of Pirate Week from Duncan.
                     - Veronica and Wallace on The Office.
                     - Weevil on tattoos.
                     - Madison's interview of Sheriff Don Lamb. 
                     - Dick's interview of Keith Mars.
                     - Gia's review of Supernatural.
                     - Logan's advice
                     - Sound off on the Sheriff election.

It's an awesome read so go and read it!

I had an exam today but it was pretty meh, because I don't really wake up until 11 AM and the exam started at 9 AM. Oh well.

But then I went shopping in the city and I finally managed to buy Eskimo Joe's new album (if you want it, just ask).

I also went to the brand new Borders Book Store and it is beauuuuutiful. I love a good book store (well I love any book store really).

I bought Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and I'm loving it so far. It takes the number of books I'm reading at the moment to 4 (also reading The French Lieutenant's Woman, Thief of Time and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) but I love having multiple books on the go - I've always read like that.

bennet_7: (Make our day (John/Aeryn - Farscape))
So the latest issue of the Veronica Mars character blog is up over at [profile] neptune_online. Read and enjoy my friends.

A big, huge, oh-my-god-you-saved-my-life thank you to [profile] rindee who wrote the Veronica article at the very last minute when I started to wig out, and who also wrote the Weevil and Wallace pieces. You are so amazing for doing that!

After publishing the edition a couple of hours ago, I actually took some time out, relaxed and watched a movie (the very excellent Night Watch, reviewed by Corny in this edition of [profile] neptune_online) something I haven't done in ages what with school and everything. Will post some more thoughts on the film tomorrow.

Right now, I've got a bunch of VM fics swirling around in my head that I thought of while writing my epic essay on Alexander the Great, so maybe I'll try writing one of those.

And finally, TWoP is going to be recapping Farscape during the summer hiatus. How awesome is that?

bennet_7: (woe is me (Aaron))
I wish I'd never seen the film Alexander, Oliver Stone's 'vision' of one of history's greatest leaders. The film gets a lot of the history right but unfortunately they cast Colin Farrell as Alexander. He is devoid of the charisma that the real Alexander had and had to have in order to achieve what he did.

And as I write this essay on  Alexander the Great, I can't get Colin Farrell in a terrible blond wig out of my head. The film has warped my perception of this amazing historical figure.

bennet_7: (Dear diary)
So [profile] irmak requested that I write a crack!fic for her. Well as I was drying my hair, I just came up with the BEST IDEA EVA!

Ok it's not the best idea ever. But it is funny. And I totally wish I could write it but I am so busy this week with uni assignments. Hopefully I'll get a chance to write it next week but by then the season finale of Veronica Mars will probably have killed me dead.

But right now, I have an idea. And it's a very fun place to be.
bennet_7: (gob)
Was back at uni today. I spent $85 on just one book. I also paid my amenities fee and got my parking permit.

My class today was Practical Writing which is one of my core units for my minor in editing. The handbook is just filled with typos. 

That's how I like my irony served.

I went to yoga class tonight but I was really tight having not been for a couple of weeks. Feel great now.

Commander in Chief started tonight. It's the new political drama staring Gena Davis as the first female president of the U.S.

As The West Wing is my second favourite TV show of all time, I couldn't help but compare the two, and of course, Commander in Chief came out lacking. The first ep was ok but I wasn't immediately hooked. It may get better.

The acting was...not that great. Even Davis, who won a Golden Globe for the role, failed to convince me of her character. I guess she grows into the role. She certainly didn't enter the room proclaiming "'I am the lord your God'" which was a pretty awesome introduction to Jed Bartlett.

Comparing it to The West Wing again, I've decided to call Vince  'Beardless!Toby' even though he is nowhere near as awesome as Toby.

And I shall be calling Ever Carradine's character (my god she looks like her dad) 'Crying girl!Sam'.

The actors who play Davis' children annoyed me and I really couldn't believe it when the son said "Have a sense of history!" to his sister. No teenage boy says that.

And on that note, the dialogue was...well it wasn't written by Aaron Sorkin that's for sure. Sorkin's dialogue is fantastic. It's witty, it's intelligent and it immediately establishes character. The dialogue in Commander definitely needed the 'Sam Seaborn polish'.

Two of the many things I love about TWW are the music and the set. I adore the score. The theme piece is so inspiring. The music for Commander was just generic orchestral stuff that was decidedly uninspiring.

When they entered the Oval Office for the first time I immediately said to my mother "It looks wrong." The set for The West Wing is beautiful. Not seeing Mrs Landingham's finger paintings in the outer office (I've been re-watching season one of TWW) was such a disapointment. The set for Commander is fine, though we didn't get to see much of the White House and it'll probably change for the next ep for such is the way of pilots.

The thing that will bring me back to Commander in Chief next week is Donald Sutherland. I liked him as the bad guy, though I thought his stunt at the end was cheap. It seemed like his accent was all over the place but he had great presence.

The verdict? I wouldn't bother downloading it if you don't get it in your country. However, I'd rather watch it than anything Jerry Bruckheimer has to offer on TV. It lacked the neccessary emotional resonance needed to impact upon the audience and hook them in. It wasn't really that interesting.

But in the end, I may just get out my West Wing tapes (yes I have the first season on TAPE! I got it for my 15th birthday. While everyone else my age was watching Dawson's a Creep I was watching The West Wing. I'm a huge geek) and enjoy that instead.
bennet_7: (Beaver)
I finally started studying for politics today. Told you I would! I just hope I'm not destracted by all my VM thoughts during the exam tomorrow.

Tomorrow night I'm going to a party with some of my friends. I don't know where the party is or who is hosting it. Should be fun!

Didn't get to sleep till 3:30 AM today. Kept thinking about VM and the song 'Woman' by Wolfmother kept on playing in my mind. It's a seriously annoying song.

Helped my sister today. She was having trouble emailing some head shots to her manager (yes, she is an actress, a devotee of the theatre. Gag). Didn't get any thanks from her and she was down right snippy with me.

I told my mum about VM today. I think I've mentioned it before to her but it sunk in as she saw the add. Anyway when I started talking about Duncan, she stated singing 'I love to have a beer with Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Every now and then she starts singing it again. It's quite funny.

My biggest fear is that my family and friends will like Duncan (NOOOOO!) and hate Logan (NOOOOOOOOOOO!). I guess as long as they grow to love Logan and always hate Duncan, except when he's Drunkan because then he's pretty funny, I'll be ok.

Now it's time to dance around with my iPod.


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