Kelinci Hutan
20 October 2013 @ 08:23 pm
I must say, when driving a tank with a ray gun on it, a big 'WAHOO!' is pretty much the only logical reaction. )
 
 
Music: "Tunnel Chase" - The Avengers by Alan Silvestri
Mood: tired
Location: Ivy Manor
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
16 October 2013 @ 02:15 pm
Ward sounds somewhat bitter that he has man-hands. )
 
 
Location: Ivy Manor
Mood: hungry
Music: "Return" - Iron Man 3 by Brian Tyler
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
15 October 2013 @ 06:57 pm
Thor  
I didn't think the Asgardians would lower themselves to something as pedestrian as fleece. )
 
 
Mood: tired
Location: Ivy Manor
Music: "General's Resign" - Captain America by Alan Silvestri
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
13 October 2013 @ 10:53 pm
All the military generals sitting in the background there with frowny faces... )
 
 
Music: "They Called It" - The Avengers by Alan Silvestri
Location: Ivy Manor
Mood: sunburned
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
09 October 2013 @ 04:53 pm
I decided to do FringeDwellings of the whole MarvelMovie!Verse. Except for Incredible Hulk, though. That movie doesn't exist.

SHIELD does not believe in small carbon footprints, I see. )
 
 
Music: "New Beginnings" - Iron Man 3 by Brian Tyler
Mood: amused
Location: Ivy Manor
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
09 October 2013 @ 08:30 am
Don't try to be sneaky in that dress, Skye. )
 
 
Location: Ivy Manor
Mood: sleepy
Music: "Ivan's Demise/The Kiss" - Iron Man 2 by John Debney
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
07 October 2013 @ 08:27 am
Obviously President Stompy-Foot was not going to let the fact that the GOP finally grew a pair stand unchallenged. So, in a fit of pique, he has decided to make the shutdown far more unpleasant than actually necessary. So far we have seen governance by temper-tantrum that would put most two-year-olds to the blush.

  • The Battle Of The Barrycades
    Location: National Mall, Washington D.C.
    Read about it here and here.

    After storming the beaches of Normandy, fighting actual Nazis, and generally being awesome, World War II veterans returned home, worked hard, kicked back in retirement, and waited fifty-nine years before the US finally built a memorial for their work on the National Mall. However, because the federal government is shut down, open air memorials (as in, it's just sitting out there on the Mall with no fences or enclosures or anything) like this one have been barricaded. So far, the vets have been undeterred (probably because after fighting actual Nazis, nothing in the world seems that scary anymore), and--aided and abetted by Republican legislators--have armed themselves to storm the Mall with wire-cutters.


  • The Closure Of The Ocean
    Location: United States coastline - all of it
    Read about it here.

    The National Park Service has actually been directed to prevent people from accessing the ocean. As in, no boats or swimmers allowed on open water. The sheer ridiculousness of this particular stunt pretty much is its own joke, so I'll make no further comments on this one.


  • The Hiding Of Mount Rushmore
    Location: Black Hills, South Dakota
    Read about it here.

    To be clear, I can understand closing down the Rushmore park. If the government is shut down, there's no park minions to man it, or anybody to pick up the trash that the rude tourists drop on the ground. So, that part makes sense. The bit where this becomes a temper-tantrum is where cones have been set up on overlooks on the roads outside the park to try and prevent anybody from even looking at the mountain.

    Seriously.


  • The Amber Alert Website Goes Dark
    Location: the internet
    Read about it here and here.

    In a move that actually surprises me more than I thought it would, the Obama admin has closed the Amber Alert website. Unlike the previous examples, which might not have come directly from the administration (though I'd be surprised if they didn't), the Amber Alert system is purely a product of the executive branch, which brings the responsibility for this one to rest squarely in the Oval Office. And this is most certainly the most damning of all the tantrums.

    To be clear, the Amber Alert system is still operational. But the website isn't there for nothing. Quoting from a set of tweets in this article, "Now as you know, the website being down doesn't mean that the Amber Alert isn't still in place, but it does take away an important function. The Amber Alert website is connected to a lot of agencies and people are on it daily to help find missing children. With the site being down, they're ridding us a very vital source of information that could be helpful to people searching for missing kids. Perhaps there is a missing child out there right now and a person believes that they spotted them. They go to the site & it's down..."

    LetsMove.gov, on the other hand, is still totally operational. Because FLOTUS' pet projects are more important than abducted children, apparently.


So, basically, Obama is taking steps to make the shutdown worse than it should be. Even if you blame the GOP for the shutdown itself, you can't possibly excuse this behavior.

Thanks, Obama!
 
 
Location: Ivy Manor
Mood: pissed off
Music: "The Captain America March" - Captain America by Alan Silvestri
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
02 October 2013 @ 08:56 am
Airborne Mobile Command Center isn't abbreviated AMoCC? I bet Coulson calls it AMoCC in his head. )
 
 
Location: Ivy Manor
Mood: good
Music: "Dying Hero" - Iron Man 2, by John Debney
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
24 September 2013 @ 08:02 pm
I watched the premiere of Agents Of SHIELD tonight, and so I figured I'd write up my thoughts as I watched. Once again, these are in the style of the old Fringedweller's Guide, where I'm simply going to post what I think and leave the reader to figure out which bits of the show it goes to.

And yes, I am aware of the irony of using a DC icon for a Marvel show. Live with it.

I didn't catch what the wetwork agent's name actually is, so for now I'm calling him Agent Hair. )
 
 
Music: "Banishment" - Thor by Patrick Doyle
Mood: satisfied
Location: Ivy Manor
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
So, I'm in Chick-fil-A. I love Chick-fil-A. They're tasty and their chicken biscuits are awesome.

But their wi-fi has a filter that blocks some sites. It blocks FFN as a "porn site." Which, to be fair, is not entirely wrong. But it also blocks LifeSiteNews as an "abortion site." LiveAction too. Both of which are staunchly pro-life sites.

I'm thinking some fine tuning is in order.
 
 
Location: Chick-fil-A
Mood: amused
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
06 September 2013 @ 09:26 pm
Dear Every British Person Ever Writing Fanfiction,

Somewhat less irritating than the issue of "fortnight," is the matter of "disorientate." Americans do not become "disorientated," we become "disoriented." Things are "disorienting." There's no tate. I don't know why that's different, but it is. There you go.

Sincerely,
Me
 
 
Location: Ivy Manor
Mood: pedantic
Music: "Sons Of Odin" by Patrick Doyle
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
21 July 2013 @ 07:31 pm
So, backstory, my church burned down last Saturday. (I know, I know, I am the Master of Disaster. But seriously! It happened!)

Now, before I get into the rest of this post, let me say, that building was awesome. It was gorgeous. It had a nice color scheme. The library was full of books. The choir room made rehearsals sound so incredibly amazing that you would think our choir was three times the size that it is to hear us singing in there. Great building.

One little lightning strike, and now it's a total loss.

Now, that is deeply frustrating and sad and unfortunate. We're a close-knit church and we loved the building. And loosing the books in the library and pastor's offices was a big loss. But overall, nobody was hurt, and it's a building. It's a thing. We'll build a new one and we'll be okay. The church has good insurance and we're going to be fine. We've even got a new place to meet on Sundays until we build a new building.

Which brings me to the point of this post.

See, this morning during the pastoral prayer, our pastor said that we were "suffering." And I went, "Erm...we're not suffering that much."

See, this new place is not as nice as the one that burned down (well, it's nicer than that one now, but before the fire, there was no comparison). It's only got one bathroom. The floors are kind of uneven. We're all sitting in plastic chairs instead of pews, so there's no place to put hymnbooks and the pews were much more comfy. And nicer looking. The pastor/pianist/choir space is up on a stage instead of a dais so they feel farther away.

Gee. How awful.

This building has air conditioning. We all fit into the auditorium. We have a bathroom. We weren't sitting on the floor. There are walls. The roof doesn't leak. And it isn't made out of corrugated tin, so if it had started to rain, I still could've heard the pastor. Come to that, we have a sound system, so you can hear the pastor in the back. Compared to some of the places that our Christian brothers and sisters meet in every Sunday, as their regular buildings, this building is a palace. There are people I've met who would fall on their knees in tears to be holding services in a building as nice as this one. And this is, for us, a step back from our usual building. And a temporary step back at that. Heck, whatever we build to replace the building we lost will probably be even nicer. We have been, and remain, a congregation with remarkable material blessings.

When the building burned down, that was suffering. But right now, where we are, that isn't. That's just inconvenience. And who doesn't need a little bit of that every so often?
 
 
Mood: thankful
Location: Ivy Manor
Music: "Be Thou My Vision" by Carlton Forrester
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
06 June 2013 @ 09:53 am
Dear Every British Person Ever Writing Fanfiction,

Americans do not say "fortnight." Ever. We just don't. The vast majority of us don't even know what that means let alone say it. Ever. We don't say it under any circumstances. We just don't say it.

"Two weeks." That's what we say. We say two weeks. If something happened two weeks ago, we say "two weeks ago." If something happens two weeks from now, we say "two weeks from now." If something happened over the course of the last two weeks, we say "over the last two weeks."

Americans. Never. Say. Fortnight.

Ever.
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
Sorry for being late. Last weekend was a killer with work and I was exhausted. But I finally dusted off my round tuit and so here we go. I have heard two things about these episodes before I watch them. One, that the wise men show up at the manger. Two, that satan looks like Obama.

...My mixed feelings on this show remain mixed.

Survival )

Hope )

Episodes I and II
Episodes III and IV
 
 
Mood: tired
Location: Ivy Manor
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
Oh, yes, there is more.

Homeland )

Kingdom )

Welp, we're all caught up now. Next installments to come on Monday or Tuesday, folks!

Episodes I and II

Episodes V and VI
 
 
Mood: amused
Location: Ivy Manor
Music: "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
My original feeling was that I wasn't going to watch this series. At all. But then my boss told me it was actually good and in the spirit of fair play, I have decided to give it a shot.

It took me all of about six seconds to decide I wanted to keep a record of my thoughts as I watched. This commentary is kept in the style of the now defunct FringeDweller's Guide commentaries, where I'm simply going to post whatever I had to say and let the reader figure out on their own what it goes to.

So, here we go.

In The Beginning )

Exodus )

Okay, first two episodes. Overall, mega-cheese with a side order of cheese. But not as bad as I was afraid. Keith David as narrator is seriously weirding me out, though. And I knew they'd have to condense things, but this is a super-fast-forwarded version of the Bible.

Episodes III and IV
Episodes V and VI
 
 
Music: "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons
Mood: nerdy
Location: Ivy Manor
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
Prerequisites: Two bosses who do not communicate decisions well with each other.

Step One: Boss one states you are going to close on three days for the Christmas holiday. The 24th through the 26th.
Step Two: Change your mind. Boss two states you will now be closed from the 24th to the 1st of the new year.
Step Three: Boss one forgets decision with boss two and now wants to reopen on the 26th, resulting being closed only two days, rather than the original three.

Make. Up. Your. MINDS! Because this is insane.
 
 
Music: "It's A Marshmallow World In The Winter"
Mood: infuriated
Location: Planet Earth
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
22 November 2012 @ 10:10 am
I am not thankful today. It's not like I don't have a lot to be personally thankful for. I am visiting family. I have food. I have enough money to visit family. I have warm clothes and a place to sleep that isn't rainy and I have a cat that I love. I have a job. I am reading a good book. I'm a million miles behind on my NaNovel, but I've enjoyed what I've written so far.

But I'm not thankful.

Two of my dearest friends just had a baby. He came about three months early. And he's dying. He is not yet dead, but apparently the doctors do not expect that to be true for very long. I feel guilty for being charmed by my neice when my friends are about to loose their child. I feel like it's selfish to be happy when people I love are so sad. As a result, despite having a lot to be thankful for, I don't feel thankful. I am aware of the ways in which I'm fortunate, but that's all I can manage today.

I hope everyone reading this is having a happier holiday than I am right now.
 
 
Location: Bradford Cottage
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
10 November 2012 @ 08:58 am
So, last night I scored my very first ever traffic ticket. Busted tag light. The cop who pulled me over was very amicable and so, while I am disappointed to be leaving the People Who Have Never Had Tickets club, it could have been a lot worse.

But, as the cop was chatting with me he found out where I work. And said he'd been thinking about going to eat there. And I, feeling that one should encourage business at one's own place of work as a matter of routine, encouraged him to do so. So here I am, sitting in my car with my very first traffic ticket ever, trying to talk the guy giving it to me into coming to the restaurant.

My life is so weird.
 
 
Location: Ivy Manor
Mood: surreal
 
 
Kelinci Hutan
07 November 2012 @ 09:30 am
Yeah, I'm mad.
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Mood: angry