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The Sing-Off: Episode 1

Wow. It's been a while since I updated. This quarter kicked my ass, you guys. It kicked my ass hard. After my Video Production final tomorrow, I am going drinking with my group from that class and no, I do not give a shit that it will be 12:30. I need that drink. I have Video Production II next quarter.

Last night I was in the editing room with said video group working on our final project and luckily, I got home in time to watch the return of my favorite reality competition show The Sing-Off.

One of the reasons I have been loving the introduction of the Warblers to Glee is that I am a GIANT a cappella nerd. I did choir for five years and I wish I had gotten the chance to do a cappella just once. There’s something so powerful about it – I am constantly in awe of what these groups can do with just their voices.

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A bit of old news that I found while browsing TV Tropes for any AtLA fans; Viacom filed papers to trademark Avatar: The Legend of Korra in late May.

This is a very good sign for those of us who were hoping for a new Avatar-related series from Nick.
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Weddings and Funerals

Yesterday was the open house for my dad. He didn't want a funeral or service of any kind, so we just had that. My best friend A came, which was nice. We mostly stood around talking and eating food for the entire four hours.

The container with my dad's ashes was on a table with all the cards and pictures of him. It really weirded me out, thinking about how all that's left of him is in there. My step-mother had a mat for a picture frame that people could write on. Nobody did - I don't think anyone knew what to say. I certainly couldn't think of anything appropriate or short enough to write there.

I went out with A and her boyfriend (soon to be fiance) to his sister's house. We had a couple glasses of wine and I forgot to call my mom to confirm that I was sleeping over there, which started an arguement for another post.

This afternoon I went out with A and her mom to David's Bridal to look at dresses. (Just to be clear; she is not delusional. They are for sure getting married - he has the ring and they've already decided on late August next year. He just hasn't officially proposed yet.) It was a lot of fun watching her try on dresses, even if it was a bit hard knowing that my dad will never get to see me get married.

We narrowed the dress options down to two - we're just waiting for the store to get one of them in her size so she can make a good comparison. We also picked out the bridesmaids dresses. They have a line of bridesmaids dresses where you can pick the color of the dress and the accent colors, and then each bridesmaid can pick the style that best flatters her body type. A is determined to be a considerate bride and wants everyone to feel like they look good, instead of picking a hideous bridesmaids dress so she looks better in comparison (yes, some women actually do this).

It was a fun day and it was nice to focus on a happy occasion after such a sad one.

Awesome News!

Creators of Death Note working on a Supernatural anime! And you can see the character sketches of Sam and Dean here!

Guys, I can't lie. I will watch every second of this anime and love the hell out of it.

Also, there might be a live-action Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes edition) TV series! Geoff Johns posted some test shots (you have to scroll down a bit to see them). The CGI is what you would expect from a test, but I like the general concept going on here. But there are a couple things DC needs to do if this is going to work.

1) Get good writers

Look, DC, I understand that with Smallville winding down, you are looking for a new TV project to replace it. That does not mean that the Blue Beetle series needs to be a total cheesefest like Smallville was. In fact, given the source material, this has to potential to be a smart, snappy series. In order to live up to this potential, you need to get writers who can bring out the witty dialogue that I loved in the comics.

If it is at all possible, drag John Rogers away from Leverage for a bit and have him at least work on the pilot. This is a superhero show - it is going to need a strong-ass pilot if you want this to be anything other than a fifth place genre show on the CW.

2) Hire the right actors

Starting with the right actor for Jaime Reyes. The comments on the blog post are suggesting Taylor Lautner. If the chances of that happening weren't zero, I would tell them to shut their filthy mouths. (Commenters, please. Like Taycob is going to take a television role. He's sticking to big screen jobs while rolling in piles of Twilight money inbetween jobs.)

The problems I have with Taycob are A) he can do snarky, but not Jaime Reyes snarky and B) as far as I'm aware, he is not Hispanic. DC, if you cast an actor who is not of Hispanic descent, you will have a very angry fanbase on your hands. Tread carefully.

3) Fix that CGI

That is okay for a test shot, but not for the actual series. If you can make this look good, this project will be taken a lot more seriously.
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There's no easy way to say this

So I have been absent for a bit yet again. This absence is because of much more serious reasons than the last.

About two weeks ago, I found out my dad had cancer. Though he was staying optimistic, the prognosis didn't look good. Last Friday he was admitted to the hospital for severe pain in his back and chest. They gave him medication for the pain and he seemed to be doing fine and resting, but later that night he had a massive heart attack and passed away. He wasn't in any pain, and he was spared a long and painful ordeal of cancer treatments. My step-mother was with him and he knew that he was loved. And I take some comfort in the fact that five days before he was able to attend my younger sister's high school graduation and thus see both of his daughters graduate.

I had always prepared myself to lose my father sooner than I'd like to cancer - he was a heavy smoker who didn't give up the habit even after he had a minor stroke three months ago. But obviously I was not prepared to find out about the cancer and then lose him a week later. Sometimes I feel like it isn't real - that I'll call him and he'll answer and it will all have been a horrible dream.

My dad was the parent I was closest to - he had his own struggles with depression and he always understood where I was coming from. He raised me on James Bond, and was the one who would go with me to the action movies nobody else wanted to see. When I had a problem, he was the first person I would call for advice.

The saying is right; every day gets a little bit easier, though right now the increments are miniscule. To everyone who has already expressed their sympathy in other places, thank you. And thank you in advance to anyone who does so here.
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Journey to Sectionals

I haven't posted in a while. Sorry about that - school was crazy busy this quarter and recently I've been dealing with some pretty serious family issues.

I need to talk about the Glee finale, though, because it was quite possibly the episode by which all other Glee episodes will be judged.

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Feminist Rage: Classroom Edition

Today was one of those days where I hate my major. I am an Electronic Media Technology major and being in a tech-related program means that most of my fellow eMedia students are male. This is not as awesome as you may think it is. This is not a case of "I am an available female constantly spending class time with a number of available, eligible males." This is more like a case of "I am a terminally single female surrounded by males who fall way below the standard I have set for myself, or that any woman with self respect should set for herself."

Don't get me wrong - I love me some geeky dudes. But there's a difference between being attractively geeky and being one of those guys who plays WoW for 14 hours straight in his parents' basement. That is not sexy at all. And if you are one of those dudes, I suggest you go out and get some sunlight. You should probably bathe first, though.

There are a few exceptions, but most of the guys in my program fall into the latter category. And as they spend a lot of time together, they tend to suffer from what I refer to as "behavior echoing and amplification". That's when a group of people that act and think similarly are together for a long period of time and begin to think that their behavior is widely acceptable. They all think and behave the same way and echo these thoughts and behaviors back to other members of the group. Individual members of the group are now validated and increase this behavior, resulting in amplification as a whole. There's no one there with a dissenting viewpoint, so they come to believe that their way of thinking and behaving is acceptable.

This came into effect today during my Media Design Applications class. Our homework had been to put together a digital portfolio and we were doing peer reviews. For the reviews, our professor shows the work to the whole class on a projector. He brought up a folder containing the work of a male student and opened one of the files.

The file in question was an image in the style of a Demotiovational poster. The photo was of a young woman with a cut and bloody cheek. The hand she had under her chin was bloody as well. The text underneath read, to paraphrase because I can't remember the exact wording, "Communication: Pay attention the first time and you won't have to be told twice."

It felt like I myself had been slapped in the face. As I sat there, stunned into paralysis, classmates talked about the Photoshop work that had been done to enhance the stage makeup on the woman's face and clean up the image, but not the offensiveness of the image. They questioned whether the image was appropriate for a portfolio, not the appropriateness of the image in general.

No one said anything until I raised my hand and said, "This is inappropriate. People will find this extremely offensive." The whole room understood my implied "I am extremely offended by this." and got quiet, like the thought had not occurred to them. And suddenly I felt all eyes in the room on me.

For the rest of the quarter, I'm going to be known amongst my Media Design Applications classmates as the girl who got all bitchy over one stupid joke. I don't care. If you let something like that slide once, it'll slide by a hundred more times. If I stayed silent I would be sending the message that it's perfectly okay to advocate hitting a woman and find it humorous. Without the dissenting voice, they just keep echoing and amplifying that behavior.

I don't care how small an incident it was. It's not acceptable. It's not a joke.

I hope you like your right hand, buddy, because no self-respecting woman is ever going to touch you.

ETA: Jesus tap-dancing Christ what the fuck is going on with guys and misogyny today?! NOTICE: The group/fanpage/what-the-fuck-ever-Facebook-is-calling-things-these-days that you can "like" called "Not being raped by Ben Roethlisberger" not only makes light of the fact that a man has allegedly gotten away with multiple sexual assaults because he's a football player, but is insensitive to his alleged victims. I have told several people that if someone on my feed liked it they would be instantly defriended, no exceptions. Someone just found out how absolutely I was not kidding when I said that.