arisha: (potc3 liz not amused)
Oh my god, have I been submitting quotes to Not Always Right in my sleep or something? Because I have definitely had experiences very similar to this one, minus the bit of awesomeness at the end. :P

I shouldn't be complaining; the worst guest experience I've had in recent days was not actually all that bad. I walked into concession and a woman asked me if a till I happened to pause beside for a second was open. I told her that the only tills currently open were the ones at the very end, and she huffily replied, "Well, someone should have told me that!" I just love how the fact that nobody was standing at that till and everybody was over at the other tills wasn't enough to clue her in.

brb working fewer days next week because I seriously need to start enjoying the summer! What are some awesome (and free? because srsly. so broke.) summertime things I should do? :D
arisha: (vampire baseball is my favourite sport)
So I just got back from watching the midnight showing of Eclipse with [livejournal.com profile] the_wykydtron and [livejournal.com profile] aurora_lime who have already had to sit through all the ~*~SPOILERY~*~ thoughts I'm about to share with you. xD

ALICE COULD YOU KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF )

In conclusion I daresay I'm more excited for Breaking Dawn than I am for Deathly Hallows. I mean, I'm pretty sure I know which one is gonna be the more entertaining, lollll. Sorry Harry Potter fans don't hurt me!!
arisha: (troy achilles)
two random pics )
arisha: (shakira don't bother)
Continuing the music meme from yesterday ...

Day 03 - A song that makes you sad

I tend not to listen to slower songs. I also tend to find songs much more emotional when the lyrics are sad but the music is cheerful. I know I've said this a million times, but I just love that sort of juxtaposition. So don't be surprised when you hit play on this track and are greeted by quite the danceable little tune - my choice for this entry is Shakira's "Timor."



I know the lyrics are more heavy-handed than they are clever, but this song still manages to mess with me. The chorus -

If we forget about them, don't worry
If they forget about us, then hurry
How about a people who don't matter anymore?


- just makes me think of how so many people in wealthier countries might know that there's poverty around them and there's poverty and tremendous issues going on in other countries, and yet they never seem to give any of that more than the briefest thought. And the way Shakira puts herself in the song ("'cause I'll keep selling records") makes me feel like everyone is a part of the problem, even if they're trying to help fix things. And it makes me think of how ubiquitous American media is, almost to the exclusion of local media, to the point where I can go to a twelve-screen movie theatre in Peru and every single movie they're playing will be in English. And I dunno, it just weirds me out so much. Plus the fact that this song is about East Timor - did I even know anything about East Timor before I loaded the Wikipedia page for this song?? I don't like that countries can go so completely unheard of, it just seems wrong.

... yep. That's my vague and incoherent rambling to end a very moodswingy and culture shocky day. :)
arisha: (ai takahashi)
I don't really get these memes that are spread out over multiple days (I imagine I'll cheat at some point), but I guess I'll do this one. It'll at least give us all a break from my introvert-with-nine-roommates rantings, y/y?

Day 01 - Your favourite song

I have NO IDEA how anyone could ever manage to pick a favourite song. There are just too many to choose from! My usual answer to this question is Loreena McKennitt's "The Bonny Swans," but today I'm gonna shake it up a bit and call upon another song I rly rly love: Toto's "Africa."



It's so synthesized and eighties, and I think even the band referred to it as your typical white guy's song about a continent he knows nothing about, and I should probably hate myself for loving it so much. BUT I DON'T. My first bus this morning was playing this really epic, hour-plus mix of eighties songs (I knew all but one of them, one of only two that were in Spanish), and this song being included in that was kind of the highlight of my day.

Oh whatever, I'm doing Day 2 now too, I don't care.

day 2 and upcoming days )
arisha: (vampire baseball is my favourite sport)
I kind of love this meme. WARNING: the link leads to TV Tropes!! xD

Pick twenty movies/anime/video games/literary works and put their summaries from Better Than it Sounds, and have your friends guess WITHOUT CHEATING.

1) Two power-plant workers temporarily adopt a poisonous child and foil an inter-dimensional abduction scheme.

Read more... )
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The first specific news event that springs to mind is the OJ Simpson trial. I guess I was about seven when it was going on, and I kind of generally knew what it was about, although my only opinion about it was that I was sick of hearing about it! haha how can a seven year old be sick of hearing about a news story, looking back I think this is kind of amusing but at the time I was so serious. One night it was past my bedtime and my parents were trying to convince me to go to bed, and I stalled and I stalled, and then a trial update came on TV and I was all WELP THAT'S IT FOR ME! and went to bed just so I didn't have to listen to it, hahaha. The day the trial ended, Mom walked to school to pick me up (we lived on the same block as my elementary school, which was awesome), and the first thing she told me was that the trial was over. I was so happy because I never wanted to hear about it again, lol. Oh, kids.

This was slightly later, but I also remember getting really sick of hearing about Monica Lewinsky. And I definitely had less of an idea what that news story was about. :P

The first news event (if this even counts, seeing as it happened like twenty years before I heard of it) that I remember hearing about though was when I was like four? five? and my dad told me that Elvis was dead. I had never realized!! I was actually kind of upset. :(
arisha: (tarzan photo)
Thank you to everyone who indulged my request to hear your list of favourite Disney songs!! :D Now of course I am wondering how many of you are hardcore enough to make a list, however long or short you'd like, of your favourite Disney background music! >xD

ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE???

MINE! )
arisha: (hercules)
OKAY EVERYONE

I KNOW I ASK THIS QUESTION LIKE EVERY YEAR BUT I'M ASKING IT AGAIN

I WANT TO KNOW YOUR TOP TEN FAVOURITE DISNEY SONGS!!

I'm limiting myself to just the animated movies, and one song per movie (and I'm leaving out "That's How You Know" because I already talked about it today) but you don't have to if you think a certain movie's soundtrack is vastly superior. xD

MINE! )

I would say I'm sorry for posting twice in one evening about essentially the same thing, but ... I'm not. :D
arisha: (dlr aladdin)
I love how listening to Disney songs in foreign languages is something that even people who aren't interested in foreign languages sometimes do. xD (And something I did even before YouTube, ngl.) I was partaking in this most excellent of activities last night and I managed to get stuck on "That's How You Know" from Enchanted for like half an hour. Here it is in Japanese (although the subs are a little off in parts and it's irking me), Latin American Spanish, and Quebec French (haters to the left, 'cause that's my favourite kind of French xD ). I had completely forgotten how much I love this song! Fingers crossed that Alan Menken writes the songs for the sequel. <3 (The sequel is due in 2011? Oh my god, it's going to be another Pirates and Enchanted year and I AM SO DOWN WITH THAT.)

Uh ... insert some deep observation here. I'm off to find some more Disney dubs to listen to. xD (I'm also kind of in love with the Latin American Spanish version of "I Won't Say I'm in Love," mostly because of the way Megara sings "no van a oir" and "porque no todo es maravilloso." Awesome!!)
arisha: (morning musume shabondama)
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Oh LJ, surely we know each other well enough now that you don't need to ask me this question! Sarah/pop music OTP!

I will now return to listening to The Fame Monster on repeat, as I've been doing for the past four days. This album is way too addictive!! :B Although I continue to be a little weirded out by the guy's part in "Monster": I love that girl / Wanna talk to her, she's hot as hell. O RLY.

Unrelated (well, related to pop music, but unrelated to Lady Gaga x) ): Hello! Project is once again spending more than five dollars to make their music videos, and I am down with that!



(Wow, new YouTube is actually cooperating with me today! I guess I can hate it a little less now, thank goodness.)
arisha: (koharu kusumi)
After reading its Wikipedia page, I feel like kind of an idiot thinking I should rush to my LiveJournal to announce to the world how Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" is like the second coming of Ace of Base, right down to the way she sings the lyrics, but seriouslyyyy! I know I don't talk about them that much anymore, but from the end of elementary school and all through middle school Ace of Base was my favourite group, and so it is a big deal to me that someone would write a song so obviously influenced by them. Seriously, how did I not know about this sooner, I love it. xD

Movies!

14. Push, 2009
[livejournal.com profile] the_wykydtron and I had been sorta kinda wanting to see this for over a year, and finally we did! And I think that she summed it up best when she commented on some new plot point, "This twist would be really interesting if I cared at all!" This movie had a really cool setting and some characters that potentially could have been really compelling, but somewhere along the way the writing and the editing failed. Which is frustrating! I would still watch it again though, just for Dakota Fanning as a psychic thirteen-year-old who goes out and gets drunk when she's frustrated with the other characters for never doing as she tells them. Seriously, how randomly awesome is that. xD

15. The 300 Spartans, 1962
Rounding out our evening of movies that have no interest in creating any sort of suspense at all is this tale about the Battle of Thermopylae. I don't think I hated it to the same extent that [livejournal.com profile] the_wykydtron did, but it certainly wasn't great. I would love to see this film remade - less talking, more action, less secondary character romance, more greenscreen, and, I dunno, maybe that guy from The Ugly Truth in the lead. I mean, I dunno, I'm just sayin'.

16. Much Ado About Something, 2001
Lolariously enough, I don't think this documentary includes anything that the Wikipedia entry doesn't at least touch upon, but it was still an interesting watch. And surprisingly casual - we see clips from interviews that took place while the subjects were driving, eating in the cafeteria, and even gardening! Anyway, this documentary discusses the idea that Christopher Marlowe was not killed, but in fact went into exile, where he wrote all of the plays that today we believe to be Shakespeare's. I find the Shakespeare authorship theories kind of interesting, although I have yet to be convinced by any of them. This one doesn't rely entirely upon anagrams, which is a point in its favour, but I still didn't find it all that much more compelling. It basically goes like this: "Shakespeare wasn't smart enough to write the plays he wrote, but Marlowe was! Oh, he died in 1593, you say? Well, uh, no he didn't! He just went into exile! In, uh, Italy! Yeah, Italy! 'Cause Romeo and Juliet is set there! Here, have a list of lines from Shakespeare plays that are very similar to lines from Marlowe plays and obviously prove that they were written by the same person, completely ignoring how we already know that Shakespeare was a master at stealing inspiration from wherever he could get it!" So ... yeah. x)

While I'm on the topic: I have a bit of an inexplicable love for Christopher Marlowe, to the point that my favourite part of Shakespeare in Love is the way they handle his death. Especially when I went into that movie not expecting him to be in it at all! SO AWESOME.

headlines

Feb. 26th, 2010 05:28 am
arisha: (potc3 liz boat)
~ I am getting really sick of being told, by co-workers and by bloggers, that if I don't care about the Olympics, I obviously don't care about my country. Please. I am not interested in the Olympics because I am not interested in sports. Don't waste your time trying to turn it into anything more than that.

~ You've probably all heard of the trainer who was killed at SeaWorld Orlando on Wednesday due to an incident with one of the orcas there. I've had a variety of different reactions to this; the one reaction I have not had is surprise. Maybe I shouldn't even be talking about this, because I know I'm a total hypocrite on the subject of zoos and aquariums - I frequently visit them at the same time as I condemn them. And I guess I only really speak out against them when the specific animal in question is a marine mammal, because I am a hypocrite who plays favourites. But seriously, orcas and captivity just don't work. This is far from the first time that a captive orca has caused harm to a human (although I admit I was surprised to see that Wikipedia gives this subject its own page); captive orcas have also been reported to have injured themselves, for example by smashing their heads against the walls of their tanks. I find the arguments against keeping whales in captivity a million times more compelling than any of the arguments for it, especially if we're going to continue to use them as entertainers.

I have no idea how to write about this, so I'll link you to a blog post entitled A Few Thoughts on Tilikum which brings up a lot of the points I've been thinking about. It also briefly discusses Tilikum's history, which is not at all a happy one.

One thing that I'm really not impressed with is the number of people who are calling for Tilikum to be killed. This incident may have been an accident or it may have been intentional, but either way, it seems absurd to me to fault a wild animal for reminding us that he's a wild animal.
arisha: (potc2 lulz)
So there are some sites that I love but never link to because I feel like everyone knows about them already and would just be annoyed to be linked to them again, but tonight has apparently been my annual reading through the archives of Improv Everywhere, and I don't care, I'm linking you to my favourites. :D

· Anton Chekov
· Circle Line Tours - this is kind of my second favourite thing on the Internet
· High Five Escalator - this is kind of my favourite thing on the Internet
· Look Up More
· The Moebius
· Rob! and Where's Rob?
· Suicide Jumper
· Welcome Back
arisha: (escaflowne merle freak out)
So my bed just spent a second moving about on its own, and thank goodness for the Earthquakes Canada web site or I would still be freaking out about it!

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2:05 am, earthquake, preliminary magnitude 2.7, located about 20km southeast of Victoria, BC. Lightly felt in Victoria, BC.

It's nice to have confirmation of these things, lol. I am secretly hoping that I was the first to send in a report saying that I felt it - my response to At this time there are no reports of this earthquake being felt was pretty much WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT I FELT IT AND I'VE BEEN FREAKING OUT FOR TEN MINUTES DON'T IGNORE MEEEEEEEEEE

Oh, the joys of being the only one awake at two in the morning.
arisha: (tdr mount prometheus)
We interrupt this program to bring you THE PERU POST! )
arisha: (mj)
So you may recall how, about a month ago, I said I was going to post a great big list of videos that I've found on YouTube where international artists cover Michael Jackson songs. This entry is taking me forever because I keep finding more!! So I've decided to post it in parts, with apologies to those of you who are uninterested and thus will simply have to scroll. x)

I was going to write an introduction to this ~series~ but my brain isn't working right now so hopefully it's pretty self-explanatory. "Tributes" isn't quite the word I want - this is more a collection of covers, dance performances, even just mentions of MJ by singers and dancers from other countries. I just find it really interesting how impossibly famous MJ was and continues to be, and what a huge influence he had on the evolution of pop music. That plus my enjoyment of listening to music from around the world means that I find these sorts of clips ridiculously fascinating!

Please let me know if you find any mistakes or broken links, or if you have anything you think I should add. :) Enjoy~!

International Michael Jackson Tributes: Japan )

Up next: South Korea, probably!

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