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#TheWardrobeAwakens

One month from today I’ll be sitting with a bunch of kindred spirits in a movie theater watching a 7-film Star Wars marathon. The fact that we are only a month away from the 7th installment has me more than a little excited!!!

As such, today marks day 1 of #TheWardrobeAwakens, wherein I will don Star Wars attire every day leading up to the new film. The goal is to wear something different each day, though I may have to recycle a couple of shirts as some have apparently shrunk in the wash…or something like that.

I’ll have to get a little creative tomorrow and Thursday as I take in the wonder of Mockingjay Part 2 (advance screening then opening night). After all, I’ve got Hunger Games fangirling to express, too.

Lead the way, Captain Phasma!

UPDATE: I’ll be posting daily pics on Instagram. You can find me there or check out the widget to the right of this page.

Phasma Her Universe


#RuesdayTuesday

We added a new member to our little family last month! It’s my pleasure to introduce Rue.

This gal is such a ray of sunshine and impossibly sweet. We considered names like Pippa and Katniss but ultimately settled on Rue since she is small, gentle and excellent at hiding—just like her namesake from The Hunger Games.

In adopting Rue, we learned that Another Chance Cat Rescue (Kansas City, MO) houses 200+ kitties who have been rescued from the streets or off of other shelters’ “death row.” ACCR desperately needed help taking photos to post on Petfinder.com, so I volunteered. Spending a day with so many cats is overwhelming in such a good way; and the results didn’t turn out too shabby either 🙂
My 9 favorite shots are below; full album at my share site.

If you’re looking to adopt a feline friend in the Kansas City area, please visit
Another Chance Cat Rescue (Saturdays 11-2)
7205 Central Street
Kansas City, MO 64114 US


geekspeak

I’m fortunate to work with a lot of geeks. I never expected there could be such a concentration of us in one company apart from toy manufacturers or possibly IT departments and comic book shops. But here at Hallmark, we are many and we are wonderful.

A tiny subset of us has formed a weekly lunch group wherein we discuss all matter of geekery. We utilize liberal quantities of geeky idioms and quotes in our conversations; I think at times it must seem like we’re speaking a different language. Below are some of my favorites—I’ve provided context/translation and source where appropriate.

They’re jamming our signal
One of us probably has bad cell phone reception

I’ll need to turn on my cloaking device
I don’t want to be seen

I’m brainsquashed
Experiencing writer’s block or having trouble speaking

Make the jump to light speed (also Jump to hyperspace) 
Get the heck out of here / Star Wars

Take the silvers (also Take the silver stags)
Don’t leave the quarters or nickels / Game of Thrones

A Lannister always pays his debts
What goes around comes around / Game of Thrones

Use the pointy end
Don’t be stupid (also Do it right) / Game of Thrones

Grab your proton pack
Bring your stuff / Ghostbusters

Look at the size of that thing! (also That’s one big Twinkie!)
This is usually in reference to a slice of Costco pizza / Star Wars (also Ghostbusters)

I have a bad feeling about this
I have a bad feeling about this / Star Wars / Indiana Jones

You shall not pass
Nope, not happening / Lord of the Rings

A little too Raph
Not my style / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I volunteer as tribute!
I’ll do it / Hunger Games

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle
G.I. Joe

I understood that reference!
I get it! / Captain America (Steve Rogers) in the Avengers
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UPDATE
: I forgot a couple…

May the odds be ever in your favor
Hunger Games

So say we all
Battlestar Galactica

It is known
Game of Thrones

Do you have any favorite geekspeak phrases?
I’d love to hear them so I can incorporate into my own lexicon.


Ask Amethystos

I’m a little brainsquashed, having trouble finishing some drafts. Instead of continuing to mull over them, I thought I’d take a prompt from the fabulous evelynfilmfan (visit her blog—good reads!).
Now it’s time for a little Q&A…

  • Which film do you think is the best book adaptation?
    Very few projects measure up to their namesake books, to the surprise of no one. Three, however, stand out to me (though one isn’t technically a film): Catching Fire, Game of Thrones & Breaking Dawn, Part 2. Your eyes don’t deceive you, I really did just include a Twilight film in a ‘best’ category. Since it’s the most controversial, I’ll touch on it first.
    • BD 2 fixes everything a lot of what’s wrong with the book; maybe that’s simply because there’s sooooo much disappointment with the book. There’s still the weird Jacob/Renesmee love but we see flash-forwards of Renesmee as a teen/young adult, which takes away much of the skeeve factor. And the battle sequence is impossibly better than the text, even if it is only a hypothetical Alice vision. The anti-climax of the novel left me feeling cheated after having invested so much time and anticipation; film version more than made up for it.
    • You already know I’m a big fan of the Hunger Games trilogy. What you may not know is that Catching Fire was easily my favorite book. Given that, I had prepared myself for at least a little bit of a letdown with the film—said letdown never came. Casting is spot-on, pacing is considerably improved from the source material and the shift to an omniscient point-of-view makes this adaptation dang near perfect.
    • And Game of Thrones. Oh, Game of Thrones, you make me so happy with your general adhesion to Martin’s books. I’ve read through book 3 now and only rarely do the departures disappoint in the slightest; more often than not, the alterations do a great favor to pacing. The benefit of this series, of course, is its episodic nature which lends itself to really bringing the pages to life. I prefer the book’s relative lack of R-rated elements (call me a prude if you like) but the storytelling definitely earns a place in my top 3 adaptations.
  • Who is your favorite superhero? And which superhero powers would you like to have?
    pass—the answer to this will be its own post one of these days
  • Disney or Pixar?
    Disney. Pixar has its share of stirring tales and breathtaking animation to be sure, but my favor falls to Disney. From classics to contemporary films, animated or live-action, I’m astounded that one company can play such a role in lives young and old. Vivid imagery, riveting narrative, well-rounded humor and heartwarming heroism are benchmarks for Disney. Oh, and there’s that little bit about Disney owning Marvel and Star Wars now…I’m definitely team Disney.
  • Marvel or DC Comics?
    Historically, DC…I have always loved Superman, and I always will. But my loyalties are largely shifting to Marvel now if I’m being really honest with myself. Like the rest of the world, Marvel movies make me really happy. Though some of the characters can be a little bland at times (I’m looking at you, Hawkeye), they do a ridiculously good job of casting. Everybody is just so gosh darn lovable! Okay, except for Spider-Man; don’t like his character or the comics or the cartoons or the movies.
  • For which tv show/series do you really have to stay home? And what makes this tv show/series so special?
    The Walking Dead, hands down. Catching new episodes is literally an event for me; I can’t wait to see what happens next, and I have a number of fellow fans at work who are always ready to discuss on Mondays. I’m loving how the main characters have evolved over the last season or so, the growth is (in my opinion) exceptionally compelling. There are no other current programs that I will try to schedule around.

That’s all for this edition of Ask Amethystos. Tune in next time, when I’ll answer more questions and dodge others. Comment below if there’s something you’d like to ask; I’ll endeavor to satisfy your query.


An Open Letter to Jennifer Lawrence

UPDATE: I had no idea there was another “Open Letter to Jennifer Lawrence” that was Freshly Pressed today. Merely coincidence. Great minds and all that.
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I’m not too keen on the whole “open letter” trend of late. No, really, I’m not…regardless of what the title above may say. The way I figure it, everything I blog is an “open letter” addressed to the general public. This time around, I just happen to be addressing it to a particular person.

So here goes…

Dear Jennifer (do you prefer Jen?),
At 31 years old, it’s probably a bit late for me to resume sending fan mail. I sent some letters to a couple of kids on the Mickey Mouse Club back in the late ’80s—you may not have been alive yet—and then to some stars of Saved by the Bell in the mid ’90s. They were all kind enough to send me signed photos in return; whether or not they were authentic signatures is up for debate. There’s no debating the joy I felt upon receiving them.
Regardless, I’m not looking for a signed photo this time around. I mean, it’d be cool to have at my cubicle or whatever but that’s not my intent. And besides, I’m not including a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE we called it back in the day).

Anyway, I’m writing today to thank you for being wonderful. Many celebrities right now seem entirely out of touch with reality—maybe that’s an unfair assessment by this midwestern girl, but many do tend to come across that way even if it’s not the absolute truth. In contrast, your down-to-earth persona appears authentic and relatable, a breath of fresh air. Your interviews are perhaps even more enjoyable to watch than your film performances, which is saying something. Your just being you brings joy to an awful lot of people, and I think you deserve kudos for that!

2503c9ce9fc2aac55d92065ab45a85c6On a more personal note, please accept my appreciation for being something of a role model. Not in the idolizing “I want to do everything Jennifer Lawrence does” way, because I realize no one is perfect and cannot consistently live up to the ridiculous pressures of the lime light. Instead, I admire that you exude a ‘love yourself for who you are’ mentality. For average folks like myself, it can be hard to be happy with one’s self when compared with the standards of beauty that are glorified in media. Your presence, though, provides a healthy juxtaposition. Your physique and style are far better than I will likely ever attain (unless I get a personal stylist/trainer and magically transform into someone who hates junk food), but your appearance gives me a more realistic ideal to strive towards. And you somehow manage it without taking yourself too seriously. I’m a generally dorky person, so that goes a long way in making an impression on me. Like the arm-flap wave at the Oscars this weekend…

In closing, keep being awesome. And may the odds be ever in your favor (like you haven’t heard that one a million times).

-Darth Amethystos