xanister: (Jenny headtilt)
2009-05-11 01:02 am
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Star Trek XI Review

Please Sir can I have some more?

That was my one complaint about the movie, it ended. Ok and it didn’t feature Shatner. The lack of Shatner however was later explained to me as my boyfriend and I talked over timelines and whether or not the whole thing was even possible without alternate dimensions. It isn’t, but Shatner not being there makes sense, look it up.

I haven’t seen the other Star Trek movies so take my opinion as a non-fans’ opinion on a movie that I went to see as just a movie. I wasn’t anticipating or expecting anything, but if I had been, I think it would have blown my expectations out of the water.

For not being a big fan of Star Trek I didn’t find myself lost or clueless about any of the characters, plots or references. I probably would have laughed more if I knew more about the Star Trek universe but I’ve only seen a bit of ST: TOS, most of ST: TNG and a dabbling of ST: Deep Space Nine. This movie operated on (SPOILER) another timeline (/SPOILER) and I was able to sit back enjoy the movie for what it was -- a great movie. Special effects, fan-service and Simon Pegg aside the movie had a solid plot that kept you guessing.

I’ll admit there were a couple times that I would nudge my boyfriend and ask, “Who’s that?” (This occurred only at the very beginning, ashamedly with Bones’ appearance and later with another character) but this didn’t detract from my viewing experience. I just hope the same can be said for my boyfriend.

The special effects were dazzling, the casting of actors to play younger versions of the classic Star Trek crew were amazing and it explained a lot of things that I didn’t understand before. Sure this was a different crew see above spoiler for reasons but told rather quickly with what I’m sure were mentions of Schrödinger’s cat. That’s okay though, I didn’t need more explanation and didn’t want more explanation, I just wanted more.

Moving right along to the casting. I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t see Scotty earlier. I went to that movie originally thinking along the lines of, “If nothing else, even if this movie isn’t any good than at least there will be Simon Pegg in an American film.” Boy, was I wrong. There was so much more and although Pegg fans will no doubt love his wonderful, if a bit small part in the movie, they will be rewarded with fantastic acting from everyone.

I have a new respect for Star Trek: The Original Series and like any good “prequel” it’s inspired me to watch TOS fully. I’m not a Trekkie, a Trekker or even a huge fan as Star Wars has always been my niche along with Doctor Who but this new movie has made me think that hey, wouldn’t be half bad to start watching the other shows besides The Next Generation. I still refuse to say Kirk is better than Picard but Young Kirk, well, let’s leave it at that, to me he’s in a whole new ballpark.


It’ll be the first Star Trek DVD to grace my shelves and hopefully not that last. Combine a wonderful movie with IMAX visual quality and sound and you would think that even with a half-assed plot you’ll succeed to rack in the bucks. That’s true for a lot of movies, Titantic springs immediately to my mind for its time, but for Star Trek it isn’t true. HD and digital sound is only so much of the equation.

I think the problem some people had with this movie was to dig into it. They dig and dig and try to find problems with it; whether it‘s continuity, the actors, the special effects etc, some fans will have a problem with it.

I ask these fans to take a step back and evaluate what they wanted to see. Ask themselves if it brings new fans into the fold and they take that first step and watch some classic Star Trek does it make the movie a little better?

Then again, what do I know? I’m a female Sci-fi geek with a preference to Star Wars who hates writing movie reviews. J.J. Abram must have done something right if I’m sitting here writing this instead of reading Doctor Who and Star Wars forums.

Give the movie a chance it’s wonderful.
xanister: (Default)
2009-02-20 03:10 pm
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Fast food vegetarianism

I finally got my butt in gear.

New post over at 30 Day Veg. "Fast Food Vegetarianism" http://tinyurl.com/cc6pd8
xanister: (Stephen dancersizing)
2009-02-09 02:28 pm
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Day 2, 3 and 4.

Pomegranates, veggie burgers and theatres, oh my!

30 Day Veg-Pledge update.
xanister: (Stephen dancersizing)
2009-02-06 04:39 pm
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xanister: (Jenny headtilt)
2009-02-05 05:27 pm
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Panic attacks and vegetarianism

I had a panic/anxiety attack yesterday. I put a slash between the two because it was a combination of both and horribly unpleasant. It was wonderfully preceded by a feeling of absolute dread and betrayal. You know how you feel when you find out someone back-stabbed you? Yeah that feeling.

After recovering I made the conscious decision that I was going to cut out animal protein for a while. I figure thirty days is enough to see a difference and to build a habit. Perhaps I'll go back to meat after the month, perhaps it'll stick -- I don't know but I know it should be a delicious and interesting 30 days. It's not a "detox" but last time I did this (also following an anxiety attack) it helped immensely. I'm lactose-intolerant so it'll be ovo-vegetarianism but with the addition of Lacteese milk. I know I can get all my calcium from dark leafy greens but I like milk on cereal and such exceedingly more than soy milk and it's already in my fridge.

I'll be posting each day of my 30 day adventure similar to the raw food or juice feast experiments posted on Steve Palina's Blog

I'm also hoping to lose weight doing this. Provided I don't indulge in high-fat treats that are still vegetarian (beer and chips anyone?) it should be highly do-able.

Wish me luck.

All the entries will be tagged "30 Day Veg." Feel free to comment or email me (xanister@gmail.com) with recipes, thoughts or even just to say good luck.

ETA: I created a separate blog so I can pimp this outside of LJ. I'm still going to post updates here but feel free to check out 30 Day Veg-Pledge.
xanister: (Stephen dancersizing)
2009-01-13 09:59 am
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Losing weight with an iPod

I've lost 6lbs in just over a week all thanks to walking and an iPod.

I posted about this on twitter but thought that perhaps 140 characters wasn't enough to get it out. I made a promise to myself just before Christmas that I wouldn't listen to a single podcast or song on my iPod unless I was exercising. Exercise could be cleaning the house, walking the dog, or just going for a walk TO listen to something.

Right now I subscribe to 6 different podcasts all either Doctor Who related or found via Doctor Who. Each vary in length so if I want to go for a short walk or do some cleaning I'll listen to The TinDog Podcast which run around 15 minutes. My hour-long dog walk around 5 in the morning is kept accompanied by Radio Free Skaro, Doctor Who: Podshock or one of Stephen Fry's podgrams. All three help lighten the mood of a long, cold walk in the dark.

Sometimes it's hard to postpone listening to a new episode especially if I've been looking forward to a certain topic or if I'm bored. That's when I get up, invite Grendal or Luna along, grab my iPod and head out. It's got to the point now that the dogs are conditioned to it. They see me take out my iPod and know it's time for a walk. This has helped me even more because if I try to "cheat" and listen to something while sitting still I've got two dogs reminding me that iPod = walk.

It's a simple program that I'm hoping will help get me to my goal of 150 lbs by April, along with healthier eating and breakfast every morning.

So thank you to every person who makes or helps to make a podcast, you might be inspiring someone out there to lose weight and feel better about themselves.

Note: The podcasts listed above can be found through iTunes search. I have no affliation with any of the podcasts except for being a fan.
xanister: (tardis in cardiff)
2008-10-19 05:59 pm

Picture dump!

YAY I found the cord for my camera. Here are pictures!

We're moving! Terry's parents are giving us his childhood home and almost an acre of land. This means that we have to take out a loan for the repairs but it also means a big fenced in yard!

Details for each pictures are at my flickr account.


My current home at sunrise.

Pictures! Some of Grendal, three of the inlaws dogs and before pictures of our new house. )
xanister: (stupidinternetzppl)
2008-09-07 07:23 pm
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Gakked from [profile] bewarethespork

NEEERRRRRRDDDD!

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd
 

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

Drama Nerd
 
Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Social Nerd
 
Musician
 
Anime Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
xanister: (Default)
2008-08-17 03:16 pm
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Writer's Block: Your Username

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For the longest time I was fascinated/obsessed with Star Wars, more specifically Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice a series of books written pre-Phantom Menace when Obi-Wan is just a kid. Well one of the characters in that book is named Xanatos. I loved not only the character but the name and soon adapted Xanatos as my online moniker. Problem was people know who Xanatos was so I adapted it to differentiate myself and to avoid being called a guy all the time. This became Xani (most sites think that's too short though) and then Xanister. :)
xanister: (come here)
2008-08-06 12:57 pm

Comic Con: Doctor Who Roundtable with Steven Moffat Reactions

Doctor Who Roundtable with Steven Moffat @ Comic Con

My reactions to the Roundtable, or, Steven Moffat is winning me over. )

I'm curious to hear other people's opinions on this roundtable. Did you enjoy it more or less then the Torchwood Panel with John Barrowman, Julie Gardner, Naoko Mori, and Gareth David-Lloyd? Did you find that you came to think more highly of Steven Moffat afterwards like I did? Or did his avoidance of questions bug you?
xanister: (tardis in cardiff)
2008-07-29 04:16 pm
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Writer's Block: In the Event of a Zombie Emergency

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Gods I love talking zombie.

Prepared yes with the exception of firearms. I've got everything together should any type of outbreak happen (realistic or otherwise) and having just read the Zombie Survival Guide I feel that I could handle myself. -pets Grendal-

What's scary is that Terry and I have discussed what our stances are if a zombie outbreak should happen. We have roughly the same opinions too which is nice.
xanister: (come here)
2008-07-10 09:27 pm

Not that anyone ever comments anyway.

Here's my problem.

I have this great Torchwood fic in the workings. It's got a plot and everything. Even has a nifty little twist at the end. -proud of herself- It's dragging though.

Problem is I just came up with ANOTHER idea for the Day 10 [livejournal.com profile] horizonssing challenge based around a drinking game using the CCTV. Season 2-ish but don't know where to start.

My question is where to start?
xanister: (wickedbrian)
2008-03-17 11:15 pm
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Stolen from

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] quicksilver_x
"Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by asking me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, etc. Repost in your own journal [only if you care to] so that we can all learn more about each other."

Whether or not you in turn choose to post this in your blog is up to you.

Comments are screened. Cross-posted to Aye-Jay.
xanister: (colorfulbj)
2008-03-11 12:02 pm
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Piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiictures

Here's some pictures, finally that aren't crap. I'll show you one and then the rest you can see on my flickr account. They include Grendal, Luna and three of Terry's parents dogs' Drake: a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, Raven: a lab/dobie mix and Spike: a Shepard/husky mix (who we swear has coyote in him)


Grendal watches for intruders.

For the rest, click me.
xanister: (Default)
2008-03-05 08:01 pm
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Horrible quality webcam pictures

Technically they aren't even pictures, they're screenshots of my webcam settings video screen. BUT they do show the doberman.

One of him standing there wondering what the hell I'm doing at the computer when I could be petting him.
One of his eye 'cause it's pretty.
One of him lying on the chair half asleep.

bad quality but still a doberman )
In order to accomplish this I had to juggle the webcam (one of the xbox 360 live vision cameras) AND the keyboard so I could printscreen.

[livejournal.com profile] justinluv, You inspired me to think of a way to do this. I'm going to attempt again when I have another set of hands and better lighting.
xanister: (wickedbrian)
2008-02-17 08:57 pm

icanhasdoberman?

They finally had a doberman on ihashotdog.com!




ADORABLE
[livejournal.com profile] justinluv it looks kind of like Apollo! (Only not as handsome.)
xanister: (Default)
2008-01-22 06:45 pm

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Heath Ledger dies at age 28

So sad, at least they had time to finish "The Dark Knight."
xanister: (pissed off Brian)
2008-01-09 09:47 pm

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Driver saves boy from attacking dog.

I'm all for saving a 12 year old's life.

But do they HAVE to say in the article: "The dog is believed to be an American pitbull terrier."

and then. "Darwin City Council has seized the dog, which will be destroyed at the request of its owner."

-twitch twitch-
xanister: (Default)
2008-01-09 03:05 pm

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Guess what ferret lovers?

HOLIDAY GIFT IN KANSAS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Native Black-footed Ferrets

This makes me extremely happy. “Over 16,000 Americans wrote to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in November in support of restoring the black-footed ferret to the Haverfield Ranch. We are thrilled that the government listened to the public and helped make this holiday gift a reality.”