zolac_no_miko: (lol science joke)
For my fellow Yanks on this Flist, Happy Amurrican Supremacy Day Happy Independence Day! Hope you're all enjoying fireworks and burgers and hot dogs and lemonade! Because, you know, eating barbecue... it's patriotic! Do your civic duty and EAT THOSE DELICIOUS GRILLED PROCESSED MEAT PRODUCTS! Unless you're vegetarian, in which case, don't. (Everyone knows vegetarians are unpatriotic.)

For the rest of you (and, okay, the Americans too, if you like) there's still something to celebrate... Happy We-Think-We-May-Have-Discovered-The-Higgs-Boson Day! :DDDD

Today, in Geneva, a press release from CERN: CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson.

...What's that? Wtf is a Higgs boson and why do we care? EXCELLENT QUESTION. Allow me to have someone much more qualified than I explain via entertaining cartoons! The Higgs Boson Explained.

And, because these PHD Comics are just so fucking charming and enjoyable, bonus: Dark Matters.

Enjoy!

Movies

Jun. 24th, 2012 07:19 am
zolac_no_miko: (all elephants (swim))
Upcoming movies that I just discovered and am excited about:

Django Unchained. NEW TARANTINO MOVIE. CRISTOPH WALTZ IS IN IT. AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO. AND SAM L. AND ZOE BELL. AND OTHER PEOPLE. AND IT LOOKS AMAZING. Haha, now that Quentin's taken on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, looks like he's moving on to American slavery. Oh honey, you're so cute~. JUST KEEP MAKING AWESOME MOVIES OKAY.

Anna Karenina. Tolstoy novel. Directed by Joe Wright, who directed Pride & Prejudice. It has Keira Knightley in it. And Jude Law. AND AARON'S JOHNSON. (Although apparently now he's married he goes by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.) And other people. And IT LOOKS GORGEOUS OH MY GOD.

WATCH THE TRAILERS OMG.

In other news, I think I'mma go see Brave today. I've heard it's good, but not as mind-blowingly awesome as other recent Pixar efforts, but I cannot resist the draw of Scottish accents and feminism.
zolac_no_miko: (Hufflepuff)
Anyone not seen this yet?

Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Gag Reel.

Just as side-splittingly hilarious as last seasons. Ohmigod, I LOVE YOU MY FOREVER CAST! ♥_♥

A few things, picked out of a hat:

-See the subject line. I mean, it pretty much doesn't need to be said, BUT I'MMA SAY IT ANYWAY.

-Lauren German, I kind of love you, actually.

-Also Masi Oka, but I knew that already.

-Loved seeing all the variations of the Max/Kono scene and the Steve/Danny-on-Steve's-couch scene, and what that says about how much the actors are encouraged to ad lib, and how fucking good at it they are, especially Masi and Scott, omg Scott, try to be more adorable oh my god, also thank you for acknowledging HOW GAY THAT SCENE IS out loud, I mean, come on, we're all thinking it, kinda wish they'd kept that cut. XD

-Also how well everyone stays in character even when shit goes completely off the rails. ♥♥

-Oh my god CAN SOMEONE PLEASE WRITE ME THE FIC WHERE DANNY ACTUALLY KNOWS HOW TO SALSA OH MY GOD I NEED THAT IN MY LIFE NOW. @_@

...Yeah I'mma go watch that again, here's to alarming my mother with several minutes of inappropriately loud giggling. :DD

ETA: My mother failed to be alarmed, and instead came to watch the reel with me! :DD
zolac_no_miko: (I am kind of strange.)
Does anyone remember this meme going around several months ago, "My fandom is really good at what I do" or "My fandom is really good at my job", or something of the sort? And everyone wrote AU fic where the characters of [FANDOM OF CHOICE] did whatever it is the author's real-life job is, and the point was to just dive right in and do as little 'splaining as possible? (I tried to go find this thing, but my Google-Fu has let me down.)

...Does anyone think it's been long enough since that happened that we could do it again? Because the last time it went around I really loved my job at the time, but it didn't really inspire me for fic, and anyway all of my fic-writing time and energy was wrapped up in That One Story, so I sort of let the meme pass me by. But now I have a different job and I'm done with Pō Pouli and all of a sudden I'm inspired and OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, I WANT TO DO THIS NOW, I have sooooo many ideas for Five-0 Does Hawaiian Forest Bird Ecology, CAN WE DO THIS MEME AGAIN, CAN WE? ...WHO'S WITH ME? Because I really want to write this thing but it feels dreadfully self-indulgent and silly and I would feel less ridiculous/embarrassed if I had some company. T_T

Anyway, it's about time for the Angela Reblogs Awesome Things Found By Cooler People post. GET READY TO GET RECC'D!

-First off, most importantly, "Shia LaBeouf" by Rob Cantor (on SoundCloud). LISTEN TO IT. OH MY GOD JUST TRUST ME YOU GUYS, IT WILL BE THE BEST THING YOU'VE HEARD ALL YEAR.

-Cover of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" by Noah. Fair warning, you may abruptly find yourself encumbered with the UNCONTROLLABLE URGE TO HAVE SEX WITH THIS PERSON. I'm serious. Just... just wait until he starts singing. And playing his guitar. SO UNF.
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Recs and amazing things continued under the cut to save your Flists; Bad Lip Reading, Japan, intense nerdiness, XMFC fic, article about Hawai‘i, and the very very best Avengers spam. )
zolac_no_miko: (Liberty/Justice)
Guys, I realize this is probably old news to, like, EVERYONE, but I live under a rock, okay, it's not my fault the rainforest doesn't come with television or convenient internet, and in case anyone else missed it, HAVE SOME FABULOUS BARACK O-SPAM.

First, let May 9, 2012 always be remembered as the day U.S. President Barack Obama said this on national news: "It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

TT_TT BARACK BB I'M SO PROUD OF YOU~!

Have video!
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And for serious my favorite Hawaiian president has been pulling out the stops recently in an explosion of awesome and rainbows and fabulousness. To whit:

"It's Raining Men"
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"Barack Obama Slow Jams the News" (link is to video on Huffington Post)

...ILU BARACK OBAMA MY FOREVER PRESIDENT. ♥♥

Also in awesome queer news, punk rock singer Tom Gabel comes out as transgender to Rolling Stone.

GUYS, GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING, THINGS ARE CHANGING FOR THE BETTER, GO GO LOOK AT THEM GO~.
zolac_no_miko: (somehow I'm not threatened)
MICHAEL FASSBENDER.

There. I just feel like that's always a good way to start, just to get people's attention.

Gaaaahhhh, omg how freaking excited am I about Prometheus? IT IS GOING TO BE SO AMAZING.

Speaking of amazing, watch this awesome promotional video featuring android!Fassbender. I can already tell he is going to be my favorite. (Playlist continues with other cool promotional vids and trailers that are also worth watching, but. FASSBENDER.)

Omg, and just– the cast list, wow. ...Idris Elba with that accent is really weird.

So excited so excited CAN'T WAIT.
zolac_no_miko: (HAHAHAHAHA)
Omg ilu Google, this is why I don't even care if you take over the world.

New product from Google Maps. (YouTube embed didn't work, sorry.)

The Quest button actually works. Check out Street View!

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS' DAY, Y'ALL! :DD Thank you [livejournal.com profile] regonym for bringing this to my attention. ♥

ETA: ALSO THE YOUTUBE PRANK. Order now! XD
zolac_no_miko: (I am kind of strange.)
-Oh my god you guys, I love the people I live with. Thursday night was sushi night and everyone from the RM house and the other USGS house came over and we had a massive pile of sushi and miso soup and tofu-mushroom wontons and this beautiful monstrosity Brent invented that he called "redneck sushi", which involved bacon wrapped around cornbread wrapped around smoked pork, onions, and barbecue sauce (OH MY GOD YOU GUYS). And we were all hanging out in our kitchen drinking beers, seven people from all over the U.S. and Canada (the Italian went home early with the Californian), and someone– not me– referenced The Mighty Boosh, and everyone understood the reference. And then proceeded to make more. ...COOLEST GROUP OF PEOPLE EVER. Also I watch Supernatural and Top Gear with Sean, and he lurks around with vague, amused interest when I watch The Vampire Diaries. (Btw [livejournal.com profile] look_alive, Meredith Fell, lololol.)

-Last night was hella stormy. Woke up at 2:30 in the morning to booms of thunder that shook the house, generated by lightning a mile or less away. This continued for a few hours... I sort of drifted in and out of sleep. I'm sure there's new snow on the mountains. Again. (I think I failed to mention that the storm that hit us in Kapa‘a dumped HELLA SNOW on the peaks. I have pictures. Which I will maybe someday show you.)

-Boomer, my Droid phone, succumbed to her Cylon sleeper programming and went BATSHIT INSANE yesterday morning... ignoring my commands and scrolling and punching buttons with random and gleeful abandon. So I drove her down into Hilo today and took her to the Verizon store... dude said original Droids are starting to reach the point of obsolescence and that Boomer would probably continue to be glitchy, so I cashed in on my upgrade and got a Droid 4. She's shiny and beautiful and smart and her name is Athena. (Number 8 Cylons are the best Cylons. Ilu Grace Park. ♥)

...So yeah, I'm hanging at my Dad's house stealing internet. I'mma head up to Mom's for a bit and pick up my shiny new REI gear and some other stuff, buy some gas, buy some mochi and plum wine for Girls' Day (and a Happy Girls' Day to you all~ xoxo), and have some dinner with Dad and Bev before heading back up the hill. I'mma maybe try to wrangle some of the other interns into driving to southern Ka‘u or South Kona tomorrow to try and find some sunny weather and a beach, because it has been hella damp for way too long. And then Monday it's back out into the field.

Fieldwork's been going well... aside from issues with the weather, and that GIANT KOA TREE that fell and blocked the road and forced us to find an alternate way out, and the power steering breaking down in the pickup truck, and other suchlike shenanigans. But the cabin is dry and the pit toilet doesn't smell too bad and there are only a few spiders, really, and we've been catching cute birds and I'm getting more proficient at handling them, and we put up more poles so we should catch more birds next week, and maybe we'll catch one of those Hawai‘i Creepers that's been taunting us, and hopefully we won't catch that hawk. (IT'S HAPPENED BEFORE.)

I really do need to find time to do a picspam. I have discovered that I can catch wireless if I sit outside my house, but it's been so rainy that that's not often a feasible solution. And of course I live in the woods half the week, so I have very limited exposure to even that limited amount of civilization. But it's high up on my to-do list, I swear. It's just. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS. T_T

Here, I'll leave you with the latest Avengers trailer. It's a little like sex. (Just, you know, click the thing that says "Watch Trailer".)

LOVE YOU ALL. ♥
zolac_no_miko: (awkward Eleven)
I really do heart the British so much.

Ladies and gentlemen, The Naked Balloon Dance.
zolac_no_miko: (Star and Zan bloodkiss)
...Neither has Britney Spears.

Yeah so I'm at home for a few hours stealing some interwebs and I'mma take a moment to bring you this INSTA-REC!!

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FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUCCCCKKK WHERE DOES THIS GUY COME FROM. WHERE IS HE AND CAN I HAVE HIM. JESUS. I MEAN JUST SERIOUSLY, TRY TO BE MORE SEXY I DARE YOU.

GUH. THAT VOICE. UNGH.

He's kind of like JGL's dirty-hot younger brother, y/y? With the body type and the pretty boy face and the dimples?

Also WHY HELLO THERE ORAL FIXATION, HOW ARE YOU TODAY. *purrpurrpurrrrrrr~*

[livejournal.com profile] look_alive, bb, you know me so well. Where did you find this guy?!

ETA: Okay no actually he's more like a young Johnny Depp. ...HE'S ONLY TWENTY. TT_TT
zolac_no_miko: (communist party)
I really don't have time for this, but if not now, NEVER. So, a super-quick drive-by update, just in case any of you have been wondering where the hell I've been for the last week or so.

-Thursday and Friday I went camping for work at Pepeiao Cabin with my boss Mark and my Canadian volunteer comrade-in-arms Caitlin. We tromped around in the Ka‘u Desert for a couple of days through what used to be native shrubland but is now largely alien grassland, checking up on outplants that were put in after a fire some years ago. It was fun! Mark and Caitlin are both great company, and Mark's a fantastic cook, and Caitlin brought a bottle of Jack, and I got to see some cool endemics that I'd never seen/heard of before, and the stars were pretty at night, and it was awesome.

-DANCING A LOT! DANCING A LOT SOME MORE! NEW JOB! )

-Here watch a cute video about seal cuddles:

Seal meets girl. Seal falls in love with girl. The end. from Bob Dobalina on Vimeo.



-THIS WAS NOT AS QUICK AS I INTENDED IT TO BE.

-♥!
zolac_no_miko: (Hello IT.)
Oh my god, sorry for the spam you guys, but. But. I just can't decide whether to laugh or to cry. So I'm doing a lot of both.

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I just. IT HURTS SO MUCH.
zolac_no_miko: (Cumberdict Bandersnatch)
Okay, have we seen the present Moriarty left on John's blog yet? For all you non-Brits out there, [livejournal.com profile] b_c_draygon found me a region-free version on Tumblr because she is a darling.

Blind. Lust. Is all I have to say about that. Guh. JIM.

Not spoilery for the episode whatsoever, so feel free to indulge.

Meanwhile, Moffat has been leaving cruelly enticing Tweets, because he is a DICK.

And Martin Freeman's wife had this to say:


ASKHGSLKGHSKAJLSHGDSDKF HOW AM I ACTUALLY GOING TO SURVIVE??
zolac_no_miko: (communist party)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hope you all had an excellent New Year's party, because it's the last chance we're going to get! Aww yiss, bring on the apocalypse~!

...All y'all have probably seen this, because like fifty different people recommended it to me, but just in case you haven't:
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HOW IS IT ACTUALLY POSSIBLE FOR JGL TO BE THAT ADORABLE. I JUST HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE. TT_TT

...Stay cool, Flist. Have a fab 2012. ♥

ETA: Can someone tell me if they can actually see the video I've supposedly embedded? Because I get nothing. I've been having this problem for weeks when I try to embed YouTubes, it's driving me nuts.

ETA: THERE I FIXED IT.
zolac_no_miko: (Cumberdict Bandersnatch)
Oh snap, so I totally forgot to include this in my Blatantly Reposting The Fabulousness That Is My Flist spam collection the other day.

Wait for it. Waaaaaiiit for it....

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Merry Christmas (or other winter holiday of your choice). You're welcome.
zolac_no_miko: (WHEEEEEE~!!)
OMG YOU GUYS HOBBIT TRAILER~!!

Fml, LJ still doesn't want to let me embed YouTubes, what is the deal. ...ANYWAY, WATCH IT. :DDDD

...A YEAR IS TOO FAR AWAY. DD:
zolac_no_miko: (all elephants (swim))
We're getting to one of those times of the year where the ratio of Fun Stuff Filling My Life to Time I Have To Sit Down And Tell You About It tilts sharply toward the former. So, recap! I shall attempt to be brief. (HA. HA HA HA.)

So Ted's Blues workshop was super excellent and fun; first workshop I've taken as a lead... I feel accomplished! Having Ted and Lea as house guests was super excellent and fun, too. Seriously, best house guests ever, they were swift and sneaky about pouncing on things like dishes and laundry, aside from being polite and thoughtful and just nice people in general. I had a great time playing tour guide with them, too; we had a fun day at the National Park, and a fun day exploring lower Puna (and nice weather on both those days, too, which was a bleeding miracle), and I took them to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Rainbow Falls and around the Downtown Hilo shops. And their last two nights we invited Amy over and Ted put on some music (which is largely the same as my music, apparently), and we enjoyed tasty local brews and played Candyland and Apples To Apples and I just barely beat Ted in an excellent game of Stratego and I introduced everyone to the fabulousness that is Bananagrams.

I snuck away on Friday night to go to the HAVO Employee Christmas Party, which was fun. My boss, Mark, was one of the guys in charge of decorating the Volcano House, and he and his buddies chopped down a bunch of faya trees and stuck them in the corners and strung lights on them. ...Morella faya is, btw, an invasive alien species, and one of the top two worst problems in the Park. So. BEST USE OF FAYA EVER. There was also bamboo and monstera staplegunned to the walls and lights everywhere and live Hawaiian music and a roaring fire in the fireplace and small adorable children running around, this is important for the ambience, okay... it was very nice. And Caitlin and I arrived just as the last of twilight was fading, and the view over Kilauea Caldera with the light in the clouds and the silhouette of Mauna Loa and Venus setting over the orange glow of Halema‘uma‘u, and a huge, full moon rising behind us, clear and bright... GOD, SO BEAUTIFUL. ...Anyway, the food was traditional lu‘au fare, all the good stuff, kalua pig and rice and laulau and mac potato salad and chicken long rice and poi and haupia and THE MOST AMAZING TAKO LU‘AU EVER and it was delicious. And after Santa showed up (what a rockstar he is too, seriously, all the dude has to do is show up and wave at people and everyone cheers, everyone's happy to see him, for serious, what a pimp), Caitlin and I decided it was TOO GODDAMN COLD to hang around the main party, so we took our wine and plates of dessert over by the GIANT MOTHERFUCKING FIRE and sort of oooooozed across the couches and just talked for a while, which was nice. ^_^

And so on and so on, BITCHES DON'T KNOW ABOUT MY TROPICAL RAINSTORMS, sekrit LJ is not so sekrit, plus enjoyable spam. )
zolac_no_miko: (self-explanatory)
Okay so it's past my bedtime already and as usual I am underslept (there is really not enough time in a day to work eight hours and commute and do all of the things I want/need to do), but I'm going to do a drive-by post of THINGS, because if anything I am about to get busier. When the fuck am I going to do my Christmas shopping oh my gaaaaaaaaaaawd!! T_T

First off, Ted Maddry is here with his girlfriend Lea... he's here to teach a Blues workshop this weekend. Mom's on O‘ahu for work, so I picked them up from the airport and fed them and showed them the ropes. It was instantly clear that they are both fabulous people, as I have come to expect from the traveling Swing/Blues instructor crowd; I'm really looking forward to learning from Ted and to hanging out with them and showing them around the island for the next week. Ted bought us beer (Maui Brewing Company Coconut Porter oh my gaaaaaaawwwwd~!) and said some really complimentary things about my mother (that he's been hearing her name from everyone on the circuit as a workshop coordinator who is supremely excellent to work with, and having corresponded with her for this workshop he can now see why) that I hope he will repeat in her presence, because awww~.

So, yeah, I'mma be busy playing tour guide and Blues dancing and having fun, and then next week I'm going on a Waipi‘o-Waimanu backpacking trip with some people, which I am super excited about; with this trip and the Labor Day Mauna Loa summit adventure that's two out of three crossed off of my Big Island Backpacking Bucket List... now if I can only get Pele to cooperate so I can camp at Nāpau-! ...Oh man, and then I've got the Haleakala backpacking trip coming up in January... SO MUCH AWESOME HIKING YAY.

And now a list of Things To Flail About:

- For those of you who enjoy Red vs. Blue, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog, the sillier bits of Doctor Who, and/or THINGS THAT ARE AWESOME, I highly recommend The Visitor from the Future (Le Visiteur du Futur), a French science fiction/comedy web series (don't worry, it comes with subtitles). The show is, in general, much like its title character: adorable, frenetic, and slightly insane (oh my god I have such a crush on the Visitor and his crazyface, for serious, SO IN LOVE), and it's full of time-travel shenanigans and robots and zombies and silliness. So. WATCH IT.

Continued under the cut: rock and roll, naked Fassbender, jet packs, lava, SPACE, and that guy I like. And Batman eats a pony. )

THAT TOOK WAY LONGER THAN I MEANT IT TO, OH GOD I'M SO TIRED, okay bye now!
zolac_no_miko: (trust me i'm the Doctor)
Hope all the Americans on my Flist had a nice Thanksgiving weekend (and for everyone else, hope you had nice weekends, too, and lots of wonderful things to be thankful for).

So, let's think about things we're thankful for. For instance, I am thankful for the Internet. The Internet is a wonderful fucking place, and I for one am not pleased by the U.S. Congress trying to ruin my Internet. Y'all have heard about SOPA/PIPA by now, right? No?

Allow me to 'splain (mostly with copypasta from my friends because it's more efficient than trying to reword everything ^_^;;). )

We need to kill these noxious bills. So do what you can. Spread the word. Contact your member of Congress or Senator. And/or join Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in his epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.

...Right, so that's your PSA for the day. Under the cut: all of the food, climbing 2200 foot cliffs for fun, a very Doctory holiday season, and the I'm A Time Lord! meme. )
zolac_no_miko: (Aang)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] apple_pathways:



For all you comic nerds on my Flist. And everyone else, too. We don't like to discriminate.

I would dearly love to see an Apokolips holiday "celebration" of Anti-Life. WORST HOLIDAY EVER. ...Also I find it interesting that we have three heroes from Marvel and one bad guy, one of the worst villains ever, of all time, from DC. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY HERE, GUYS?

So what's new in my life.

Adorable Southern Boy Update (it will be a hilarious day when he discovers my Livejournal and finds out this is how I refer to him): Alex and I went on a Sexy Beach Date on Saturday. There were sea turtles, it didn't even rain on us, and I learned how to stand on a paddleboard. Alex was impressed by my mad not-falling-off skills... I fell off three times, and then I didn't fall off again. (Years of walking on railings at the peril of my elementary school administrators' frowny faces pays off!) Next stop: surfing! (Maybe.)

CHALLENGE: Kiss someone seated behind you without toppling both of you off of the paddleboard and into the sea. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. SUCCESS!

Later that evening he played with the Island Swing Band and I danced, and when the canned music came on at intermission we danced a little, and then I bought him a drink. After the party I was talking to James and Andolie and they were like, "That keyboardist is incredible! Who is he? Do you know him? We think they should have featured him more, he's fantastic!" I got to pass on their comments to Alex and he got all aw shucks embarrassed. It was cute. ^_^

And then this guy wanted to know more about our swing club and he gave Mom his card, and she was like, "...Wait a minute, I already have this card," and he turned out to be Rodger, our pilot from our Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour. The one where Mom and I ran the tour ourselves, and Rodger asked us to please please please contact him later so he could take notes. SO THAT WAS A HILARIOUS COINCIDENCE.

Alex and I will see each other again on Friday night when he plays for Jazz Mele, and we have vague plans for me to show him the good hiking trails in the National Park at some point over the weekend.

...Okay so what else. It's Thanksgiving week, which means today Maintenance brought in a backhoe and dug a GIGANTIC PIT behind our greenhouses for use as an imu. Tomorrow afternoon we're loading it up with about ten metric shit-tons of food, and Wednesday we'll take all the food out and have an awesome Thanksgiving potluck. For my contribution to the imu I cut up a breadfruit and an Okinawan sweet potato, put the pieces in a pan, and dumped a can of coconut milk over it; I have no idea what will happen but I imagine it will be DELICIOUS.

Finally, trailers. )

Okay, that is all, I am very tired, goodbye now.

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