amezri: (happy buddah)
I love buying accessories for my electronics and every time I get a new camera, shopping for a new bag is thrown in to the process. I've always thought the bags available weren't really fitting to my sense of style -- too utilitarian and definitely all screamed, "Hi! There is a camera in here!"

Well, Epiphanie bags are a stylish spin on the camera bag! They're padded inside with compartments, just like any Lowepro or Tamrac bag, but from the outside, it looks like a handbag. The three styles of bag all have removable crossbody straps if you don't want to use the double handles. I think the Ginger bag is my favorite; I love the contrast stitching.

Epiphanie is currently holding a giveaway where you can win a Canon 5D Mark II or a $2500 gift card to Southwest Airlines!
amezri: (sga ;; mcshep ;; elf ears)
The artwork in this etsy shop reminds me of [ profile] spaggel

Especially this and this.

last hope;

Jan. 18th, 2009 06:18 pm
amezri: (underworld ;; hybrid)
And my first non-twitter post in ages is to... promote someone else's stuff :D (Because, really, if you get me started on the BSG premiere I might go a little postal.)

amezri: (kitcon ;; fuego!)
While looking for interviews mentioning the amount of improv that occurred during shooting, I found this interview. I loved these bits:

When I was in my 20s, you train for six weeks and you look good for the next six years. Now, I train for six months and I look good for six minutes.

I think audiences, myself as a movie lover, you forgive a lot. Look at the movies we love and look at the schmucks and bitches people are before the turn, act two or the resolution. You never want them to change entirely because part of the aspect of that aggression, drive or that wit is ultimately what comes to bear at the end. From the little I know about storytelling that seems to be useful.

Sometimes, you think [someone] is hot, smart and cool. And then you go on set and she's just talks like a wench and you think, "I can't believe I got to spend the next couple of months with this bitch." Gwyneth was a very corrective experience for me.

We're writing all this stuff down on this huge cue card and Matty, the poor DP, goes, "I have eight minutes of light. Are you guys partying with your improv over there?" I'd go, "This is the scene we had. Fergus and Ostby wrote this pretty cool scene." We used half of it but we're doing this hodge podge and putting it up on this piece of cork board and Matty the DP goes, "I see his eyes moving." I go, "Cut! Props? Sunglasses, please."

About his Hulk cameo: I'm so fucking pissed off. I went and did a scene for two hours which they're going to run during the end credits in "Hulk" and everyone's like, "So, your role in 'Hulk'…" I did it as a favor to these guys at Marvel. They're really cool but I have to talk about it every fucking day. But they're smart because they get that you're saying "Hulk" when we're talking about "Iron Man." They know what they're doing.

The interviewer asked what movies of his people should see if they'd never seen him in anything before. He replied: I would start in the order of which I was making films. I don't know. That's probably something I should spend more time thinking about. I would start with kids seeing "The Shaggy Dog." I just contradicted myself.

tech links

Jun. 1st, 2008 11:05 am
amezri: (geeky hobbits)
What the crap... a student at UC San Diego made a multi-touch surface that actually works with glass, paper, a webcam, and a cardboard box.

That's, of course, totally trumped by thee guy who made one that looks like a projection television, but the one above cost like, $50, so.

New army cluster bombs sound vaguely Jericho-like. Stark Industries should sue. Actually, they're not explosive -- they just drop thousands of tiny darts on you. I'm not really sure that's better except for the part where later on you can't accidentally blow yourself up stumbling upon one that hasn't exploded. Good luck walking across that bomb zone, though. (I am most amused that the image they used is a still from Iron Man.)

Be a Space Ambassador! And you can fly in Virgin Galactic for free. Okay, not really -- only one of the ambassadors will get a flight.

Make a portable Wikipedia with an old Psion 5mx and Linux. Awesome. Who wouldn't want their own Hitchhiker's Guide?

Homemade Sun Jar. I think I might try this out as my first foray into electronics. Even though this isn't really more than taking something apart and shoving it into different housing.

Sweet!! Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is on sale at Best Buy for $4.99!
amezri: (iron man ;; tony&pepper)
Yep. Still with the Iron Man disease.

I bought one of the glow in the dark arc reactor shirts from here.

And then I found this LED arc reactor shirt which is full of awesome. Seriously. If this person is willing to make more, I am all over that.

I also got myself a Plantronics Discovery 655 bluetooth headset because A) my Samsung one was pissing me off and B) I'm fairly certain that's the model that Pepper is using in the movie. Yes, I'm a dork. The one I got off eBay was most likely used as there are some scratches on the charger, but I've tested it and it works pretty well. And as a bonus, the thing actually stays in my ear without a giant-sized eargel and without a bunch of fiddling. The charging cradle make much more sense than the Samsung one and there's an included attachment that lest you charge the headset with a AAA battery. Sweet.

Okay, so here is a trailer for Tropic Thunder. I think I might have to go see it. And in all honesty, it has nothing to do with RDJ (though that will certainly be an interesting performance), but Ben Stiller entertains me and I love Steve Coogan.

And on a serious note, I have to say, YAY, NEW YORK! And YAY, Gov. Paterson!

New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere

ALBANY -- Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada.

In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere "should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union."

So, it's not the same as allowing gay marriage in NY, but recognizing marriages from another state is a start at least.

And now I should go get dinner, do the garbage and various other productive things.
amezri: (spaced ;; tim/daisy ;; goof)
Instead of a report on yesterday's Browncoat Shindig... A dump of links from the Google Reader...

Quantum Mechanix has set up Firefly Ship Works so fans can watch the progress of the large scale Serenity replica. The replica will be 1/180 scale (about 18").

Joss Whedon staged a career intervention for Eliza Dushku? Joss, I love you, really. Helping along Eliza's career is totally awesome, but to ignore all of SMG's bad, bad, bad (did I mention bad?) films. She cannot redeem herself with Southland Tales! And okay, maybe Wrong Turn wasn't the greatest choice for Eliza, but Soul Survivor was actually pretty good, I thought. Meh.

Everyone's probably already seen the Dollhouse trailer, but here's a clip with Eliza and Tahmoh Penikett (heart!). Additional Dollhouse article here.

Buffy Tarot Cards are up for pre-order. I kinda want a set...

Make Magazine is sponsoring a Make a Cylon contest. Tricia Helfer and Grace Park will be judging.

I'm sure by now, most of you have heard about JJ Abrams' new show, Fringe. I kinda don't know what to think because as much as I love JJ, it sounds a bit like The X-Files meets Special Unit 2. Meh.

Erin McBlog posted some redesigned covers of classic books as part of her thesis. Very cool. I especially love the cover for The Giver and The Handmaid's Tale.

Late again to the party, but I'm playing catch up! Spaced will finally have a Region 1 DVD release on July 22! It's said to be filled with new commentaries and things, so I will of course be buying a copy of this one as well!

Meh. I have things to do and I don't wanna do 'em.
amezri: (dw ;; ten ;; whatever)
Hrm. I think I sewed my flag patch to my BDUs crooked. *sigh*

In other news, I have discovered the comedy wonder of The Guild. That's right, people, a silly comedy web series about people who play World of Warcraft (Or WoW-like as they don't specifically mention what game). And it's HI-larious. The show is written and produced by Felicia Day, who is starring in Joss' Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Point of interest: Felicia Day's blog is also very amusing.

Check it out. You will be entertained.

And checking in with the people who have had too many crazyflakes, I've stumbled upon this post in LJ land:

A Rapist's View of the World: Joss Whedon and Firefly
This is a really long rant about Joss Whedon's Firefly. Why? Because I'm angry and I think it is really important that feminists don't leave popular culture out of the equation. Especially considering that popular culture is increasingly being influenced by pornography.

Good. God. WHAT? Look, I don't have a problem with feminists or feminism or anything related to equality and rights for women. Obviously. But seriously, there are some fanatics in every group and I've found one here.

more wherein I shall quote and respond because I'd probably be modded over there )
amezri: (mashimaro ;; liekohemgee)
Um..... why is the EU creating REPLICATORS?!

Swarms of Transformer-style robots to be built

A £4.6 million project to create swarms of hundreds of autonomous, Transformer-style robots has been launched.

Scientists aim to create a prototype team of self-organising, shape-changing mini robots that work as a team by 2013.

The self-healing robots will be able to dock with each other, share energy and co-operate to maximise their abilities to achieve different tasks.

Uhm. Yeah. That sounds just like oh, the Replicators. The article goes on to, quoting one of the scientists:

Prof Winfield denied the swarms could go wrong and cause harm to humans, but said scientists could not take responsibility for how societies decided to use them.

"It might sound like something scary from science fiction but it's not, it's just a complex engineering system.

"It will have to go through safety and validation assessments before it would be used in real-life situations.

"As scientists we behave ethically but we can't determine how these things might be used. That is a question for wider society to determine."


"The robots have functionality on their own, but they can also combine together or adapt and change as the situation requires.

"The individual robots won't change physically, but they will adapt and evolve their functionally."

That scares me. A lot. Any sort of computer that can learn an adapt on its own is pretty dangerous, I'd say. I can't believe he's saying that yeah, they're harmless because they'll double check, but hey, if someone gets their hands on them and uses them to destroy humanity... oh well.

amezri: (mashimaro ;; liekohemgee)
JJ Abrams speaking at TED. Talking about Alias, Lost, and mystery boxes. Oh, JJ, I heart you. (You can download an MP3 and a 480p mp4.) It's all very amusing and interesting, actually.

After showing that scene from the pilot with the guy getting sucked into the turbine:
"Now, 10 years ago, if we wanted to do that, we'd have to kill a stuntman. We'd actually *makes pitching motion*. It would be harder. Take 2 would be a bitch."

Okay, so after work, I went to Targat and bought mailing supplies. Then I went to the Army Navy store to look for BDUs, but they didn't have any XS. So instead I bought a bag. yeah. Shut up.

That List:
- print paperwork for framed pieces
- fill out artwork control sheet
- photograph finished framed prints
- print & matte Module (x3)
- print Prospective to be mailed (could skip)
- SGA s2, 3.11+ for [ profile] tea_fiend
- Hex for [ profile] stormysprite
- photograph tac vest and problem areas; get measurements
- box holster to be mailed to [ profile] stormysprite
- box tac vest for Stitch to alter (just needs to be taped)
+ send stuff at post office
- maps and directions to BWI
- get money from bank
+ wash car (pass)
+ make trip mix CD
+ pack for con

OMG mostly done YAY! I decided I'm not gonna deal with washing the car. And I've added making a trip mix CD.

Just did a 20 minutes speed shovel of the driveway with [ profile] seijitataki and now we have to venture to the airport to pick up mom.
amezri: (kitcon ;; because i'm asian)
Right. So. I did get the Jeep back after work yesterday, but it cost me like $800 -_-; $400 of that was parts, so I can't really fault him for that and he did the tire rotation for free. But still. That is so not what I wanted to be spending money on.

In any case, I was able to go to [ profile] queenmaab's without incident. After dinner, she worked on the skirt for my costume and I sewed velcro to my Atlantis patches (she totally had to show me how to do it the right way because I've been doing it wrong...) while we watch the first 4 episodes of Moonlight. The really funny thing is that we discovered some really weird backstory inconsistencies-- that or they just explain it totally wrong. Oh well. I don't really watch the show for it's fabulous writing or lack of.

Stopped by Joann's again after work today and spent an hour in the framing section staring at mattes. Finally picked two so I can get my last two pieces framed. Huzzah!

This is mostly for [ profile] thebigfatman, but here's the Torchwood season 2 clip where Jack Harkness meets John Hart. Mmmmmhm.

Jerry O'Connell parodies the Tom Cruise Scientology interview. Makes me laff.

I wish I had other things of interest to write about, but I don't really. So we'll leave it at that. I'm off to go finish sewing my patches, have dinner, then frame the last two pieces for the show.
amezri: (cheeky lijah)
WOOHOO! BPAL Click-N-Ship today! :D Can't wait to get the new blends. Both of them are Stardust scents: Yvaine and Lady Una.

From this year's Halloween Ghost Hunters Live at the Waverly Sanatorium. Wrestler Elijah Burke screams like a girl and books it down a dark hall:

I would totally buy this year's Live DVD just for that. Best. Ever.

In other news, the WGA strike continues on.

Joss Whedon has made a post on Whedonesque about a meeting he had with some showrunners. (Whedonesque and the creation of Fans4Writers were spoken of in awed whispers. I'm not kidding: one of the WGA workers asked me, "So, your fans. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?" I swear, having you guys in my corner is like being friends with Zorro. People in the community are amazed.)

And if you haven't been there yet, check out There have been some great photos from the live. I don't think I understand the WGA monkey... but it's amusing. Summer Glau and the cast of the Sarah Connor Chronicles. David Boreanaz... flagging down cars. And Seth Green handing out Krispy Kreme.
amezri: (simon&nick ;; pegg & frost)
Kevin Smith at this year's ComicCon talking about.. a lot of crap. Like, the Indy pane, his book, Reaper, and smiting a heckler. Funny. Also? Chasing Amy bonus disc!! As in, if you already own the movie, just buy the bonus disk and if you don't have it, get the two disc set. Awesome.

David Hewlett and Amanda Tapping talking about Stargate: Atlantis season 4.
David: It is sort of a Fish Called Wanda-style comedy about a guy who hates his sister's fiance so much that he decides that he's got to kill him. And one of the reasons that he hates him so much is because he's a... cheesy, sci-fi actor. You know you can't trust them. Right, Amanda?
Amanda: Ever. Don't ever trust a cheesy sci-fi actor. *points at David*

Ben Browder performs with Brian Henson and members of "Puppet Up!". Oh, Ben. <3 [Uncensored Puppet Up videos at]

I should be working on a website right now, but it's uh... too late to start. I think. Meh. Tomorrow perhaps.

Last night I ordered a new DVD player. Wooooo! Hopefully it gets here soon. If everything with it checks out, then I can give the old one to [ profile] queenmaab.
amezri: (duke of albany)
Whoa. Playing catch up. I've been trying to write this post all week. Geez.

Monday. After work, I headed over to [ profile] pgnblade & [ profile] thebigfatman's for dinner (barbecue!) and we watched like five episodes of Doctor Who.

Tuesday. I'm not sure what happened Tuesday. OH. I had a massive migraine so I went home early and passed out. Got up later in the afternoon so I could drop my car off at the mechanic to have my air conditioning checked out. Then I came home and slept some more.

Wednesday. Mom's friend were over using the pool and they decided to barbecue dinner. Of course, this was also the day we had the crazy monsoon. After work, I went and got my car -- they just added more freon with a dye so they could trace a leak. (So far it's all been working fine, so it was probably that Jiffy Lube is shite and did it wrong.) I stopped at Rite-Aid because I wanted to try out Tom's of Maine toothpaste & mouthwash. Just as I got back in the car to head home, lightning and thunder was going off like crazy. Halfway home, the rain was dumping down and it was sort of hard to see :P I used the opportunity to make a phone post.

Thursday. After work, I headed downtown to meet up with Annalisa for Alive at Five. Jefferson Starship was playing. There weren't too many people there yet when we got there, so we found a rock to sit on and people watched. Eric & a friend from work showed up later. After the mounted city cops came to kick people out, we headed to the Pump Station for dinner. Our waiter was fairly entertaining and the meals were delivered quickly. I had a bacon cheeseburger. Yum. Dead cow.


Friday. Hm. what happened Friday? Nothing much I don't think... Just sort of bummed around and ended up watching all 13 episode of Pretear. Pretty typical magical girl anime, but at least the story was interesting and the bishounen were pretty XD

Saturday. Annalisa came over. We hung out by the pool for a load of hours. Worked on some crafts and watched "10 Things I Hate About You." Headed over to [ profile] katkel and [ profile] sweetwildandmad's for dinner with Annalisa & Eric. Good times. Great food. Watched the fireworks going off by the canal for the Steamboat Meet. Wish I'd brought a camera...

Links I've been trying to post all week:

SURFACE COMPUTING!! Popular Mechanics previews Microsoft's surface computing table. Hell yeah, sign me up for one of those. (link via [ profile] buhfly)

First look at the "Where the Wild Things Are" movie being produced right now. Yep. I'm totally going to go see that.

David Tennant prank calls Freema Agyeman. That man is sooo evil.
amezri: (nothing ;; a dwelling)
Yesterday I met up with Ben Alpi at Uncommon Grounds. Ended up chatting with him for like 3 hours about new projects and movies and other dorky, fandomy things.

Didn't really do anything useful the rest of the night, but chat with people online and poke around YouTube. Well, okay, in the morning I trimmed some of the shrubs in the yard.

It's too early to be awake on a Sunday.

[ profile] rhooligan had me test out Magnetix, his online magnetic poetry thingy, a while back. He's now put up a poem by Frost and one by Poe, asking people to go and mix them up.

I've yet to watch any of series 3 Doctor Who, but the squee over "the Sound of Drums" has me really looking forward to it. There is also mention of a song that plays at the end of the episode and I've found the group's music video: Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child

That, of course, led me to some other videos on Stage 6...
+ Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
+ Goldfrapp - Strict Machine
+ Snow Patrol vs. The Police - Every Car You Chase (PartyBen mashup) [the youtube version has better audio sync]
+ Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (US version) [I heart this one] -- (UK video on YouTube)
+ Mandy Moore - Extraordinary (co-written with the Weepies)
+ S.H.E. - Boom (uhm. I guess they're jumping into hip-hop as well...)
+ Utada Hikaru - Traveling (BIZARRE vid...)
+ HY - AM11:00 (what's this? A Japanese band with an alt. rock sound? Yes please.)

Tom Welling on Special Unit 2?! WTF.......

I'd sort of put Long Way Down, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's latest bike trip, out of my mind and only just went to have a look at the BBC site. They've got a lot of video blogs up there now. Yay! According to their trip map, they're in Ethiopia now, having deviated a ways from the original route and are now in Adigrat. Looks like they're a bit past the half way point and not long before they get to the Democratic Republic of Congo :x

Blogs that have amused me this far (most available as RealPlay, WMP or text transcript):

Right. And now that I've spent 3 hours online screwing around, I should go get ready to head over a two-year-old's birthday party.
amezri: (amezri in rotorua)
Yet another reason reason for my to love [ profile] ozw: he sends me kick-ass trailers, like this one for Fido, a pet zombie family comedy. How can anyone not like that?

I missed the Robot Chicken Star Wars episode. Thankfully, Best Week Ever comes to the rescue by having the complete episode online. So much love for Seth Green and crew.

I'm kind of glad I haven't picked up season 2 of Twin Peaks yet. TVShowsOnDVD reports that a Definitive Gold Box Edition of the complete series will be available in October. Sweet.

I am so very behind on everything. Have not watched any Doctor Who this season, even though the squeeing on my LJ is making me very keen to watch it. I think I will probably just wait until the season is over and try to marathon the whole thing like I did with last season.

So this morning I had a very clear adverse reaction to gluten. I needed something quick for breakfast so I just threw a large portion of strawberry trifle in a container and left for work. Yeah. Well. About 10 minutes after I ate I started to feel really sick. Pretty much I wanted to die. I was getting dizzy and my vision was all weird and I was so, so tired and vomity. During my morning break, I went down and sat in my car with all the windows open. After I had my lunch I was a bit better, but was still sort of sickish. I finally left work half an hour early, though I could have sucked it up and stayed 'til 4:30pm, but I just couldn't deal anymore.

So far tonight I've managed to put away some clothes that have been laying about and also clear off my bed, mostly. Next I want to try and put away all this extra yarn that is kicking about. Just don't know how I want to sort it yet. Hm. Guess I'll put on some music and just get right to it.


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