adiva_calandia: (Piano playing)
What's the proper response to an election?

Music, obviously!

We Can Believe In: A 2008 Fanmix )

Enjoy. :D

(If anyone with madder Photoshop skills than I wants to make a cover, that'd be awesome. >.> Just sayin'.)
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Your "Civics Of the Last Frontier" lesson for the day:

At last count, Sen. Ted Stevens (also known in Alaska as "Uncle Ted" for being a campaigner for Alaskan statehood, the longest-serving Republican in the US Senate, and the ultimate in bringing home the federal bacon; also also known as "A series of tubes"; also also also known as "a convicted felon") is leading mayor of Anchorage Mark Begich (also known as "graduate of my high school" and "brother-in-law of my high school Spanish teacher) in their race for the Senate by about 3,250 votes.

Feel free to join me in a resounding "What the fuck" at my state.

This is all mainly to help me sort out what the heck's going on, or might be going on in the future -- but if you're jonesing for a chance to freak out about Palin again, now that the election's over, read on. )

It still makes me sick that this is the current face of my state to the country.

Anyway. That's how things stand back home, politically. The New York Times and Rep. Mike Doogan (who I had the pleasure of working with in the '06 Alaska House of Representative's campagin) both have good articles on the state of things.
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Alaska, you are seriously killing my buzz.

(I spent the last third or so of Obama's speech crying quietly to myself. I think I started when he started thanking his family, and I just got new bursts all the way through -- when he said a new spirit of service and I realized I was hearing and watching my generation's ask not what your country can do for you, our Gettysburg, our . . . That's a defining moment I saw last night.

I finally calmed down enough to start screaming, especially when the mob chanting "Yes we can!" walked by and went into the frat quad.

And then I talked to my mom on the phone, and I told her about crying, and she said that this was like nothing in her lifetime. "You had 'ask not what your country!'" I said. "Yes," she said, "and that was inspiring, but this is the culmination of all that, of the '60s, and I couldn't be gladder you're here for it."

At which point I started tearing up again. I'm choking up now writing it.)

I'm pretty proud to be an American right now -- but it's looking harder and harder to be proud of being an Alaskan, and that . . . that sucks. A lot.
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Nobody on my f-list needs this message, I'm sure.

I post anyway, because, well.

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Guess who got found guilty on all counts of ethics violations?

This comes as very little surprise to, well, anyone, I expect. The real question is how this is going to reflect on Palin, I should think.

Man. Exciting year to be an Alaskan. (Last night at rehearsal my Alaskan-ness was brought up while I was trying to defend myself against an accusation of witchcraft, which led, predictably, to "Do you know Sarah Palin?" and "Can you see Russia from your house?" But it also led to "So you've seen the aurora borealis, right?" which was much more pleasant to brag about.)
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Mailed my ballot. I wish I had a sticker that says "I Voted Today!" That would be sweet.

For the record, while I think the latest Daily Show was hilarious ("What the pfuck?"), I was not so pleased with the Wasilla segment. Mostly I was embarrassed -- way to shake the stereotype, guys -- but mostly I was annoyed -- way to see my home state derided on national TV. WOOHOO.

Ah, well. It'll all be over soon.

In totally unrelated news: Would anyone be interested in giving me some feedback on a (mostly finished) Heroes vid?
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Who just filled out her absentee ballot?

See icon, muthafuckers.
adiva_calandia: (Are you -- Nobody -- Too?)
Holy shit.

I'm gonna be 20 on Tuesday.


My birthday present to me thus far has been my Tenth Doctor costume, which has so far come in at just under $20 -- not counting the sonic screwdriver I ordered with gift cards from last birthday.

Unrelatedly! Sarah Palin not only officially abused her power in getting State Trooper Mike Wooten fired, she was just really bad at that whole political machination thing.

(Anyone else think Wooten looks kind of like Greg Grunberg? Almost makes me feel sorrier for him, until I remind myself that he admitted to tasing his ten-year-old son "in a training capacity." Oh -- wait -- shit -- that's kind of like being an idiot and practicing your telepathic mind control powers on your ten-year-old adoptive daughter! Shit! Mike Wooten is Matt Parkman!)

Private message to [ profile] walksbyherself: <33333333333

OTP? omgtheirloveissomisogynisticallynamed!
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Dear peers:

Do not make fun of my state's constitution. The Permanent Fund is not the snowmobile and rape kit fund, thank you so much Dan Savage. It is a useful, important part of my state's economic system.

Make fun of Sarah Palin. Fine. Sling mud. Fine.

Leave Alaska out of it.


She makes me sick to my stomach. She makes me want to cry. She makes me want to punch something.

And having to explain to people that she did not actually, to my knowledge, shoot wolves out of planes. I don't like doing that, either.

I wish I didn't take this so personally. I didn't vote for her. But it makes me sick that she's the face of Alaska. I don't know.

Also, I'm going to take this opportunity to draw tiny hearts around Joe Biden for that genuine moment of choked-up-edness. Oh, Joe.
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I am so damn proud of my city right now. Biggest rally in Alaskan history.

And I'm so damn homesick, too.
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Things that are awesome:
  1. Acting in a scene.
    1. Rehearsing said scene, in which my boyfriend makes a move on me before I reveal that I'm pregnant, out on the quad, in spite of the inherent OH GOD AWKWARD of it.
    2. The pretty girl director getting fed up with the boy's inability to make a move on me and doing it herself to show him what to do.
      1. "I don't know why you find this so difficult! She's hot!"
    3. Being told by a cute actor afterwards that "The moment when you held his hand on your stomach and were looking up at him -- I think that was the strongest moment of the scene."
  2. Watching three dozen actors in unitards, howling obscenities and battle-cries, thoroughly trounce the School of Art at dodgeball.
  3. Being told one's sound design is great.

A friendly suggestion to the liberals of America: for Pete's sake, either stop talking about Sarah Palin, or start talking about Joe Biden. John McCain is running for president, and yes, I know, Palin would be "a heartbeat away from the presidency," and that is certainly an issue, but she isn't the primary candidate here. Moreover, every joke at her expense is playing right into the GOP's hands, and keeping attention focused on her rather than McCain -- or for that matter, Obama and Biden. Hey, remember them?

Just a thought.

Oof. And now, I want coffee and food before rehearsal.
adiva_calandia: (At Tara)
It was an unpleasant morning -- between lingering rage over an article I read yesterday that I'll probably write up a rant about later, and the test in Spanish that I did fine on, but, dude, tests -- until I saw that the Vogons mice Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Detiny Hadron Collider has not destroyed the earth.

And, dude, how can your morning be bad after that?

By the by, my roommate is awesome. She calls incessant quoting "scripting" and occasionally bemoans the fact that she does it so much and worries about what it says about her neurochemistry -- and then, of course, one of us starts bemoaning the state of our brain chemistry in the Joker's voice, or terrible Irish brogues, or David Tennant's voice, and then we're both in fits of giggles and it's okay.

She's a good roomie, even if she does hate Martha and Sarah Jane and Firefly.
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Statements About Sarah Palin That Enrage Me Regardless of Political Leanings, by Me, age 19 and 5/6

Ah, on second thought, cut for language. )

. . . Wow, ten and a half hours later that second one still makes me want to punch something for about three different reasons.
adiva_calandia: (Merry Fucking Christmas)
. . . Oh, fuck me.

McCain, you did not.

Fuck. That's . . . a fucking brilliant move. A terrifyingly brilliant move. Fuck.

As an Alaskan, I will say that Sarah Palin has actually been doing an excellent job as governor; she shows an admirable tendency to follow her principles rather than her party line, especially when it comes to standing up to big business. Not that she's going to have much opportunity to do that if she's VP. Talk about toeing a line.

Fuck me.

The certainty that there are women (and men) out there who will vote McCain-Palin solely to get a woman in office, ignoring the fact that that ticket in the White House would almost certainly impact women's rights as negatively as any other Republican ticket. As roomie put it, making a historic leap forward in women's roles at the price of women's rights is not feminist.

Also, y'know, ignoring the gender stuff briefly, it might be nice to have some civil rights back. Maybe voting with the good of the American population in mind, instead of narrowing one's focus down to what's between the candidates' legs, would be a good idea. Just a thought.

ETA: I'm just gonna consider my Permanent Fund Dividend this year compensation for wearing an "I'M AN ALASKAN, MAKE FUN OF ASK ME ABOUT PALIN AND MAKE FUN OF TED STEVENS/OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WITH ME" sign for the next two months. >.
adiva_calandia: (Merry Fucking Christmas)
... son of a bitch, they're sold out of tickets for Obama on Friday.

Damn. Damn damn damn. *sigh*

Maybe I'll skip all my classes anyway, now that I've told my teachers I won't be there. I can go down and skulk around listening to the people inside cheering.

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So I'm sitting in Shakespeare class watching the clock and being bored, as the prof asks "Is Macbeth's final fight caused by his valour or madness? Is it comitatus, the idea that you fight to the very last?"

Blah blah blah, I think.

". . . I think of Starbuck in Galactica," the prof continues, "saying you fight until you can't fight any more."

.... WHAT, I think, are ALL of my professor's GINORMOUS GEEKS.

(I should point out, as another example, that Doc recently sewed a BSG insignia to his motorcycle jacket.)

The prof also referenced Narnia when talking about the rules of a universe -- can people come back to life in the world of this work? Or do they just show up as ghosts with their throats slit? (Man, that would be such a bad twist on Narnia.)

I really want to reread Weird Sisters now.

SO, in other CMU news, Barack Obama is coming to Pittsburgh on Friday, so I'll be skipping classes to go see him. As [ profile] gao pointed out, chances are I will not be telling my grandkids about the classes I went to on Friday. So I have to get tickets (for me and [ profile] buongiornodaisy, EEEEE) today or tomorrow. Whoof.

ETA: Also, totally random question -- does anyone have a version of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" they'd be willing to share? I heard it in a boutique in LA over spring break and just kind of . . . stopped to listen. It's a good song.
adiva_calandia: (Merry Fucking Christmas)
Studying is going okay; two hours in, the caffeine is kicking in, I'm almost done reviewing my section of the readings.

But more importantly, guys.

This, um. Appears to be genuine.

Stephen Colbert is entering the presidential race.

Can I get a "OH MY FUCK"?


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