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I've had a terrible time getting any good still photos of bears, but my video camera was a very good buy :)

The first video is of a grizzly bear feeding on a carcass very close to the road that runs through Hayden Valley, about eight miles from where I work at Lake Yellowstone Hotel.



This second one I captured while driving through a Bear Jam near Tower Falls. I was shooting with one hand on the steering wheel. This black bear is trying to get across the road with her two cubs. She did make it safely and finally escaped the hordes of camera-toting fools ;)

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Watching The Originals makes me pine for the good ole days of the Buffy wildfeed when you could watch a highspeed version of the show the night before it aired or read a detailed transcript of it. Because every time an episode ends I want to scream that there isn't already another episode....and now the mid-season hiatus. STABS EVERYONE!


And now to post this to Tumblr because no one reads or cares about LJ anymore *sigh*
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I'm jonesing so bad between episodes of The Originals, it's ridiculous. I'm enjoying it so much more than The Vampire Diaries this season.
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I went to see Gravity today at the Jordan's Furniture IMAX. I recommend that if you are going to see it, this is the only way too see it. This is probably the most over-hyped movie ever with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97%.

It is a good movie, just not THAT good. It has a few significant issues, namely the fact that Sandra Bullock spends most of the movie talking to herself.... out loud. I found it very distracting, unnecessary and unbelievable and there are moments where it verges on the maudlin. Someone should have taken an eraser to the bulk of the scripted dialogue (monologue?) and it would have been a much tenser, more meaningful experience.

I'm pretty sure the main reason it is so over-hyped is because it is pretty much the most SPECTACULAR movie you will ever look at and the special effects don't appear green-screened at all. I think this is what the reviewers are responding to... the amazing cinematography and SFX and the awe-inspiring views that resemble what NASA has shared with us. It looks real as real (unlike Avatar which is great looking but super fake looking too) .... which is why I recommend you see Gravity at the IMAX in 3D. I don't think it will have quite the same effect on a normal size screen or a television.

Also, I spent the whole movie wishing it was an Aliens film and that Sandra Bullock was being threatened by a monster instead of ... space debris. I can't helps it!
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Looking good.

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Guess who's back?



As much as I like his natural hair color, the blond always did really suit him. Also, his face looks back to normal. THANK GOD.
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Even though it is occasionally unbearably smug and self-righteous, I love The Newsroom so so much. Jeff Daniels knocks it out of the park every week and I ship Don and Sloan bigtime. SO OTP!

Also, the credits are 100% improved from last year's OLD WHITE DUDES Love fest.
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I was almost going to say I'm over Justin, but that's a bit strong. I just really hate this relentlessly happy and boring and ridiculously repetitive album. In fact, I hate it so much that I canceled my day off work and sold my concert ticket on Stubhub.

Ugh. I miss the cynical stalker and kinda of a douchebag Justin. This happy lovestruck dude has GOT TO GO! Happy musicians are boring as fuck. Get divorced, become a junky, spiral into depression. I don't care!! Just stop being dull. It enrages me LOL
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This Animal Crossing game is ridiculously addictive. Best feature is the fact that you can leave your gates open and other players can visit your town or vice versa. I showed up at one person's town just as they are getting on a boat to go to the island so I hustled down to the beach to get on board and then we played mini-games together.

And people usually leave me presents when they visit my town, even if I'm not not really there!
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Just got my adorable Animal Crossing 3DS XL today! Finally! If you happen to have a 3DS, my friend code is 0318-7403-6714. Feel free to Swapnote me :) If you are going to be playing Animal Crossing we can swap fruit too!
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Due to the announcements that the next generation of gaming consoles won't be backwards compatible, I've had a rethink about keeping games. Up until know I've been keeping every game I really love even if I don't replay it. But now it seems kind of pointless to amass a collection I will eventually not be able to play so I've been culling. I managed to sell two games this week for more than I paid for them and they were each at least a year old.

Sadly, some of my other games aren't even worth bothering to sell, but still - selling a game for $99 when I was able to buy it with a gift card I got for Christmas is kind of awesome. :)

I also did a Redbox rental for Resident Evil Revelations over the weekend. Three days and I finished the game in nine hours total playtime. That cost me $6 instead of the nearly $50 I would have spent buying it from Amazon. I probably could have sold it back for around $35 if I'd been as motivated to finish it as quickly, but Amazon would have taken 20% of that so I'm significantly ahead!
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I went to see Iron Man 3 over the weekend. I enjoyed it much more than Iron Man 2. I'm pretty happy when Stark is just puttering around and being snarky. I could watch two hours of that. That's what I enjoyed the most about the first movie.

Of course, I spent a good third of the movie thinking, "Wormhole and aliens, wuh??" until it finally dawned on me that they were referencing The Avengers movie and not Iron Man 2. Umm, seriously? If we're going to start doing this with Marvel universe movies, maybe a "Previously On" segment wouldn't go astray, hmmmm????

I also went to see Oblivion. It's kind of annoying that someone I find kind of annoying favors my preferred genre so I end up seeing way more Tom Cruise movies than I ever meant to see LOL But I actually liked it quite a bit and I think he only had his shirt off once so I didn't have to get all creeped out the whole movie by his weird proportions.

I'm looking forward to The Wolverine. I'm also looking forward to Gatsby and finally seeing Tobey Maguire back where he belongs - in a decent fucking movie. I get so bitter sometimes. I enjoyed the first Spider-Man movie he was in, but I feel like that franchise stalled his acting career. Ugh. I wanted more movies like Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, not shitty Spider-Man movies.
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The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman - a fun romp

Software by Rudy Rucker - not bad, but kind of tiresome due to made-up lingo. Thankfully, it's short.

The Honor of the Queen by David Weber - another fun romp, but do I really want to get stuck into such a long book series? I'm not so sure.

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky - excellent and very short!

I downloaded Ready Player One by Ernest Cline from the Boston Public Library's Overdrive site. Most of the time I forget to check the library because either they don't have an electronic copy of what I want to read or there's 20 people ahead of me waiting for it There's that many waiting for Justin Cronin's The Twelve in Ebook format. For an actual paper edition, there's no wait. In fact, there's 15 copies available.

I'm thankful that Ready Player One was available so I didn't have to pay for it because I'm already kind of hating it. It appears to be short as well though and it is also YA (which I was unaware of until I started reading) so I'll persevere just to finish it because I'm sure it will be quick.
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In a somewhat bizarre turn of events I am going to see Justin in Hershey, PA instead of Boston. The Boston presale crapped out on me and refused to take my Citibank code and then would not load in a new browser. The PA link worked and the ticket was a much better seat anyway -- 7th row vs 24th row.

I'm kind of disgusted over the ticket prices, but I ended up paying it anyway so I'm the fool. But that's it. I'm just doing one stadium show and will hold out for any club shows that he may announce. I may regret this decision in the future, but at nearly $300 a ticket for the best seats all I can think about is how much more amazing I can make my Alaskan cruise by keeping that money available to spend on excursions, etc.
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Justin Timberlake
hnybny sent me a link to this hilarious gallery of photos featuring Justin Timberlake doing amazing things. Also, there's a glorious Tumblr blog that is way too funny.

I will be going to the Boston concert only, I think. I am not a fan of stadium tours. I think the sound is pretty horrible outdoors so I don't see any reason to gallivant around the country following Justin, especially since my Alaskan cruise is also in August and I want to have plenty of money for excursions, spa, etca and I will need to conserve my available vacation time.

Also I'm really holding out for maybe some club dates. Please Justin?? PLEASE WITH SUGAR ON TOP??? Or at least dates that don't include Jay-Z. I'm a little tired of paying to see people I don't care about in order to see Justin. Ugh. Why can he never tour alone? WHY WHY WHY??

Ok, I will stop whining.

TV

I am in love with only one show at the moment -- THE AMERICANS. Eeeeee! I say! Elizabeth and Phillip, I say!!!! SQUEEE!!!

ALL BUTTONS PUSHED.

Okay, I love Suits and Homeland too, but Suits aired its season finale already and Homeland probably won't be back until 2014.


ReaderCon
I am going to a convention. My first in a few years and its been ages since I've been to Readercon and I'm aware that there were significant issues last year, but I'm going anyway so if anyone else is going, let me know!!
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Just saw this on Tumbler, Elizabeth and Phillip are Jack and Irina.

Ooooh perfect! Why did I not think of that :)
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Last night I read a bunch of my old reviews for Justin shows and wow it just brings it all back how much I love that guy. Also, it's funny what time does to memories because I'd forgotten how much I hated the FutureSex/LoveShow staging in the round. I hope.... if he goes on tour..... that he does traditional staging -- or says fuck it and only books club shows :)
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I've been browsing project gutenberg looking for something interesting to read out loud for my Youtube channel and I gotta say, it's tough finding classics that aren't RACIST AS FUCK. It's amazing how much more apparent something becomes when you read it out loud.

I may go with War of the Worlds. I think it hits some serious lag mid-story, but mostly it's pretty good. And I think not racist. At least I don't remember it being so. Of course, it is probably sexist. *sigh*

If you have any thoughts on a fun read-a-loud story that would be in the public domain, not terribly long and not completely insulting to humanity, feel free to share!
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I quite liked it and all the actors were great, even Russell who I had a lot of trepidation about because I've never been especially fond of his singing, but I thought he did quite well in his solo numbers.Of course, it helped dramatically that he had ALL THE BEST OUTFITS.

Also, Eddie Redmayne was freaking amazing and totally stole the show.

I have to say though, I really prefer seeing it on stage. There was something flat about it on screen and my emotional connection was completely hindered by the ridiculous overuse of close-ups and the fact that the whole thing was so theatrical because it was all shot on sound stage. Seriously, I only cried twice! And once was when no one was singing! (it was something Rusty did)

I would have happily sacrificed live singing for location shoots because it would have brought some significant realism to the movie and made it seem more like a MOVIE rather than a filmed theater production. I didn't think the aspect ratio was wide enough either,and I bet that was purely to accommodate the close-ups.
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For the past month or two myself and one of the guys at work have been hooked on ASMR videos on Youtube. They are very relaxing and I often use them to fall asleep. I've been pondering making my own and finally uploaded two of them tonight. The one I'm happiest with is my soft spoken commentary about my video game collection. If you ever wondered what I sound like, well here ya go :)
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