jesso: (Hair Dance)
Okay, so I've been listening to Muse a LOT lately, especially The Resistance. And you know, Muse is pretty ridiculous, in a good way. They are over the top and dramatic and just full of YEAH, and that's what makes them wonderful. Well, that and their incredible talent, that is.

And listening to this ridiculous music made me want to do something ridiculous.

It's behind this cut. Hint: It involves hair )
jesso: (Hair Dance)
Okay, so I've been listening to Muse a LOT lately, especially The Resistance. And you know, Muse is pretty ridiculous, in a good way. They are over the top and dramatic and just full of YEAH, and that's what makes them wonderful. Well, that and their incredible talent, that is.

And listening to this ridiculous music made me want to do something ridiculous.

It's behind this cut. Hint: It involves hair )
jesso: (ROCK ON)
I GOT MY TICKET. MUSE. MARCH 17. I WILL BE THERE.

I was really worried that I wouldn't get it because of all the problems people have been having with the presale website (giving away held tickets while they try to pay, selling out to scalpers, generally being sucky) but I GOT MY TICKET.

And?

And?

And?

I GOT GENERAL ADMISSION.

I will be on the floor, rocking my face off. I think I want to take off work that day so I can get there early to line up and get a good spot. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS, GUYS.


(I'm seriously so excited I can hardly sit still)

((I kind of can't believe I'm finally going to see them live. HOLY CRAP MUSE LIVE I CAN'T WAIT))
jesso: (ROCK ON)
I GOT MY TICKET. MUSE. MARCH 17. I WILL BE THERE.

I was really worried that I wouldn't get it because of all the problems people have been having with the presale website (giving away held tickets while they try to pay, selling out to scalpers, generally being sucky) but I GOT MY TICKET.

And?

And?

And?

I GOT GENERAL ADMISSION.

I will be on the floor, rocking my face off. I think I want to take off work that day so I can get there early to line up and get a good spot. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS, GUYS.


(I'm seriously so excited I can hardly sit still)

((I kind of can't believe I'm finally going to see them live. HOLY CRAP MUSE LIVE I CAN'T WAIT))

SCIENCE

Nov. 23rd, 2009 12:56 pm
jesso: (Ravenclaw for Obama!)
This is excellent.
- It is shameful that the country that put a man on the freaking moon is now ranked at the bottom of the list in science and math education. Purely shameful.
- Science IS awesome, and kids need to be shown this so that they will use science to make the world even more awesome. We can't cure cancer if people stop studying science!
- If people are educated about how science works, hopefully we can cut out all this pseudoscience nonsense that keeps getting passed around as "valid". Maybe then we can actually eliminate some more diseases once people realize that vaccines are GOOD, not an evil plot to let aliens control our brains (or whatever it is Jenny McCarthy is claiming today).
- Also, if people respect science a little more, hopefully we can stop turning science into a political game and actually ACT on what we learn, instead of trying to pretend there are two sides to everything ever. Sometimes, facts is just facts, and if those facts disagree with your party line then you need to just get over it. When science is saying HEY GUYS THIS IS HAPPENING you can't just ignore it because it will hurt your political campaign!
- Oh, and I love love love the idea of getting science into little-kid shows like Sesame Street, because I earnestly believe that we neeeeeeed to get kids curious about the world. Creativity and curiosity are SUCH GOOD THINGS. It's the "teach a man to fish" thing- if you teach kids how to explore their world at a young age, they will forever be questing to learn more, so you won't have to try to MAKE them learn any more than you have to MAKE them eat their dessert.

Basically, ROCK ON, OBAMA.

SCIENCE

Nov. 23rd, 2009 12:56 pm
jesso: (Ravenclaw for Obama!)
This is excellent.
- It is shameful that the country that put a man on the freaking moon is now ranked at the bottom of the list in science and math education. Purely shameful.
- Science IS awesome, and kids need to be shown this so that they will use science to make the world even more awesome. We can't cure cancer if people stop studying science!
- If people are educated about how science works, hopefully we can cut out all this pseudoscience nonsense that keeps getting passed around as "valid". Maybe then we can actually eliminate some more diseases once people realize that vaccines are GOOD, not an evil plot to let aliens control our brains (or whatever it is Jenny McCarthy is claiming today).
- Also, if people respect science a little more, hopefully we can stop turning science into a political game and actually ACT on what we learn, instead of trying to pretend there are two sides to everything ever. Sometimes, facts is just facts, and if those facts disagree with your party line then you need to just get over it. When science is saying HEY GUYS THIS IS HAPPENING you can't just ignore it because it will hurt your political campaign!
- Oh, and I love love love the idea of getting science into little-kid shows like Sesame Street, because I earnestly believe that we neeeeeeed to get kids curious about the world. Creativity and curiosity are SUCH GOOD THINGS. It's the "teach a man to fish" thing- if you teach kids how to explore their world at a young age, they will forever be questing to learn more, so you won't have to try to MAKE them learn any more than you have to MAKE them eat their dessert.

Basically, ROCK ON, OBAMA.

Nanoooooo

Sep. 24th, 2009 12:23 am
jesso: (Nano - Choose My Novel)
So you know how I'm going to be polling to determine everything about my novel this year?

Well, I've set up a community ([livejournal.com profile] jessowrimo) and a Twitter account (JessoWrimo) to do the polling.

I'm going to put the polls in the community so that I can have lots of people from [livejournal.com profile] nanowrimo join/watch the comm instead of friending me, because I know a lot of people probably wouldn't want to allow me access to their journals just so they can vote in polls.

I have a separate Twitter stream for the polls so I can keep track of all the @ replies separately, and so I can do some crazy magical voodoo to get the replies sent to my phone.

Guys, this is going to be FUN.

Nanoooooo

Sep. 24th, 2009 12:23 am
jesso: (Nano - Choose My Novel)
So you know how I'm going to be polling to determine everything about my novel this year?

Well, I've set up a community ([livejournal.com profile] jessowrimo) and a Twitter account (JessoWrimo) to do the polling.

I'm going to put the polls in the community so that I can have lots of people from [livejournal.com profile] nanowrimo join/watch the comm instead of friending me, because I know a lot of people probably wouldn't want to allow me access to their journals just so they can vote in polls.

I have a separate Twitter stream for the polls so I can keep track of all the @ replies separately, and so I can do some crazy magical voodoo to get the replies sent to my phone.

Guys, this is going to be FUN.
jesso: (PD - Love Pie)
If you haven't watched the last three episode of Pushing Daisies, and you don't want to be spoiled at allllllll, skip this post.

Anyways, while I was watching episode 11, back when it was leaked from England, I kept thinking about how eerily similar it was to the movie Savannah Smiles. I freaking loved that movie as a kid- I think it was the first movie that ever made me cry. Basically, a little girl runs away from her family by packing a suitcase and sneaking into a random car, only it turns out she picks a car belonging to a pair of crooks. The crooks get in their car and drive away, and then discover they have a little girl in their back seat. They figure out that her parents are rich, and decide to get a ransom for her return. While all of this is going on, they bond with Savannah, and buy her toys and a puppy and she is very happy with them, and they get very attached to her. At the end, of course, they have to give Savannah back to her parents, and Savannah is heartbroken, and the crooks are taken away by the police.

The beginning of Episode 11 plays out almost exactly the same way. I couldn't believe it when I was watching it. I kept wondering if they were doing it on purpose, or if it was a coincidence. Turns out, they were totally doing it on purpose according to this (spoiler-filled) interview.

And now I love Brian Fuller even more.
jesso: (PD - Love Pie)
If you haven't watched the last three episode of Pushing Daisies, and you don't want to be spoiled at allllllll, skip this post.

Anyways, while I was watching episode 11, back when it was leaked from England, I kept thinking about how eerily similar it was to the movie Savannah Smiles. I freaking loved that movie as a kid- I think it was the first movie that ever made me cry. Basically, a little girl runs away from her family by packing a suitcase and sneaking into a random car, only it turns out she picks a car belonging to a pair of crooks. The crooks get in their car and drive away, and then discover they have a little girl in their back seat. They figure out that her parents are rich, and decide to get a ransom for her return. While all of this is going on, they bond with Savannah, and buy her toys and a puppy and she is very happy with them, and they get very attached to her. At the end, of course, they have to give Savannah back to her parents, and Savannah is heartbroken, and the crooks are taken away by the police.

The beginning of Episode 11 plays out almost exactly the same way. I couldn't believe it when I was watching it. I kept wondering if they were doing it on purpose, or if it was a coincidence. Turns out, they were totally doing it on purpose according to this (spoiler-filled) interview.

And now I love Brian Fuller even more.

SO.

Apr. 8th, 2009 12:18 am
jesso: (Muse - Whut.)
So you know that gigantic eyesore of a stadium they are building smack dab in the middle of Arlington for the Dallas Cowboys where there is NO infrastructure to support it? The one that is turning that whole area into a nightmarish mess? The one that most people in Arlington HATE because it's an ugly wanna-be space ship compared to the neat-looking Ballpark?

Muse is playing there on October 12.

Maaayyyyyyybe I don't hate it quite so much after all.

Okay, so technically they are opening for U2, but who cares about that. MUSE. IN ARLINGTON. I never ever thought that would actually happen. I'm used to bands playing in Dallas, if they play North Texas at all instead of skipping to Houston or Austin. But no! U2 and MUSE in ARLINGTON. My mind is boggled.

Also: since it's a U2 tour and Muse is just opening, tickets will probably cost a bazillion dollars. I must arrange the sale of my kidney and firstborn child. Tickets apparently go on sale on April 20, so I better hurry.

Alright, I checked. Floor tickets (and I don't know why I would go to a Muse concert if I could get floor tickets, honestly) are $195. Ouch. But given that my aunt overpays for babysitting, and I babysat last week and will do so again this Saturday... I think I could pull that off.

....I could go see Muse. In Arlington. Whoa.

SO.

Apr. 8th, 2009 12:18 am
jesso: (Muse - Whut.)
So you know that gigantic eyesore of a stadium they are building smack dab in the middle of Arlington for the Dallas Cowboys where there is NO infrastructure to support it? The one that is turning that whole area into a nightmarish mess? The one that most people in Arlington HATE because it's an ugly wanna-be space ship compared to the neat-looking Ballpark?

Muse is playing there on October 12.

Maaayyyyyyybe I don't hate it quite so much after all.

Okay, so technically they are opening for U2, but who cares about that. MUSE. IN ARLINGTON. I never ever thought that would actually happen. I'm used to bands playing in Dallas, if they play North Texas at all instead of skipping to Houston or Austin. But no! U2 and MUSE in ARLINGTON. My mind is boggled.

Also: since it's a U2 tour and Muse is just opening, tickets will probably cost a bazillion dollars. I must arrange the sale of my kidney and firstborn child. Tickets apparently go on sale on April 20, so I better hurry.

Alright, I checked. Floor tickets (and I don't know why I would go to a Muse concert if I could get floor tickets, honestly) are $195. Ouch. But given that my aunt overpays for babysitting, and I babysat last week and will do so again this Saturday... I think I could pull that off.

....I could go see Muse. In Arlington. Whoa.
jesso: (PD - Ned has a question)
SERIOUS BUSINESS.

So someone posted in a comm with a few icons, with the usual "the rest are over here, comment if you take them!" thing. Only, it mentioned two things that caught my attention: 1) it commanded that you upload graphics to your own server, and 2) You have to join the comm to see anything at all. And then I checked, and hey! It's a moderated community!

So. To see any of the icons (which were just cropped-down screencaps from Pushing Daisies- nothing added to them AT ALL to make them unique), you have to apply to join the comm, wait for them to approve you, and then find the appropriate post.

Because, you know, icons are serious business.

So I asked her about it! )

So then I hot-linked one of her icons and put it on my LJ without credit. I predict the internets will self-destruct in about.......... five minutes, give or take. I could probably speed it up if I modified the icon, but I'm in no rush.

Guys, I think I've found a new game. I'm going to see how many graphics-makers I have to badger until I can get a straight answer as to why they insist on making people jump through firey hoops of death to look at little 100x100-pixel pictures. Especially when they aren't that good, like in this case. This icon on this post? Is one of the three icons the poster was using to lure people into joining her comm. Because it's, you know, so stunning. I can tell a lot of work went into cropping and resizing this screencap into a little square!
jesso: (PD - Ned has a question)
SERIOUS BUSINESS.

So someone posted in a comm with a few icons, with the usual "the rest are over here, comment if you take them!" thing. Only, it mentioned two things that caught my attention: 1) it commanded that you upload graphics to your own server, and 2) You have to join the comm to see anything at all. And then I checked, and hey! It's a moderated community!

So. To see any of the icons (which were just cropped-down screencaps from Pushing Daisies- nothing added to them AT ALL to make them unique), you have to apply to join the comm, wait for them to approve you, and then find the appropriate post.

Because, you know, icons are serious business.

So I asked her about it! )

So then I hot-linked one of her icons and put it on my LJ without credit. I predict the internets will self-destruct in about.......... five minutes, give or take. I could probably speed it up if I modified the icon, but I'm in no rush.

Guys, I think I've found a new game. I'm going to see how many graphics-makers I have to badger until I can get a straight answer as to why they insist on making people jump through firey hoops of death to look at little 100x100-pixel pictures. Especially when they aren't that good, like in this case. This icon on this post? Is one of the three icons the poster was using to lure people into joining her comm. Because it's, you know, so stunning. I can tell a lot of work went into cropping and resizing this screencap into a little square!

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