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November 11th, 2008 (10:21 am)

current mood: exhausted
current song: Better Than Ezra, "Breathless"

It's so funny how the same crap keeps coming up, isn't it?  Like, the last thing I posted, about how crazy this time of year is with three shows being designed at the same time?  I could write that post again, only change Mockingbird to Our Town, Children of Eden to Cinderella, and Cabaret to Guys and Dolls.  I hate that.  I hate falling off the face of the earth for two months or so, just so I can get stuff running the way it needs to be.  Not that I hate the design process, I love designing and building a show, I just don't like doing it for three at once.

Again, then, I find myself crawling out of the hole that October-November always pushes me into.

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Which lolcat are you? 22% Affectionate, 27% Excitable, 35% Hungry

November 29th, 2007 (10:05 pm)

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so close...

October 18th, 2007 (11:21 am)

current location: chained to a sewing machine
current mood: exhausted
current song: "Santeria", Sublime

Today is final dress for the first of the three shows I'm simultaneously costuming.  After spending almost an entire week building a linen suit and forcing it to look awesome (which it finally does, thank the gods), I have three teensy alterations to do on some other costumes, and To Kill a Mockingbird is done.  DONE.

Then I just have to survive Children of Eden and Cabaret.  Which of course open on the same day.  Of course.

Slowly crawling out of the hole I've disappeared into over the past month or so...almost back in the land of the living...

I'm not dead yet.  Just very, very close.  But there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Okay.  Back to taking in pants.

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July 21st, 2007 (08:46 pm)

Finished HP7!  Woo!!!!

Rockin' good.  Perhaps my favorite of the series.

And that's all I'm going to say for now.


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July 7th, 2007 (12:22 am)

current mood: angry
current song: Hoist the Colours, PotC 3

Okay.  For the record, do not tell me how to do my job.  Ever.  Unless you are my boss and have a valid reason to tell me how to do my job.

I freelance as a theatre critic.  I also happen to have a sister who works as an actress.  Normally this is no problem.  I respect what she does, she respects what I do, she's been in the business long enough now that we can begin to have intelligent conversations about drama, things like that.

I also happen to review productions put on at the summer theatre festival where she works. 

And although it should go without saying, I will say that though I'm not a mean critic, I am an honest one.  I'm no John Simon, looking to insult anyone I can in a review, but I also have high standards, and I'm not going to blow smoke up people's asses and tell them that a show is phenomenal when really it was only a pretty good production.  That's called compromising my integrity.  Anyone with half a brain who saw the show and then read my review is going to expect an honest evaluation, not a bunch of unprofessional gushing over a B to B- play.

So really, when the time comes for me to review a B to B- play that happens to be running at the theatre my sister works for (even though, mind you, she wasn't in it.  At all.), do NOT tell me that I have to make sure my review is really positive, or that if I can't give the play a rave I shouldn't write a review at all, because we don't want MY review to reflect poorly on my sister or hurt her chances at casting in the future.  Just don't.  I have a job to do, too, and I'm not going to look like an ass when I do it.

(And by the way, none of this came from my sister, who really doesn't care what I write in my reviews.)

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this...is...CAKE TOWN!!!

June 4th, 2007 (12:44 am)

current mood: sick

Got back from Boston safe and sound.  gunshou, I hope you're feeling better, because I took your damn cold with me.  :-)

Anyway, I also took home the link for what is perhaps among one of the funniest things I've ever seen.  The PG version of the 300 trailer.  Worth your time.  Trust me.


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May 7th, 2007 (01:46 am)

current mood: nauseated
current song: Our Last Night, Better Than Ezra

I'm actually physically sick to my stomach over this.  It's finals time, which means a bunch of paper grading.  And lo and behold, I discover that one student's paper sounds *remarkably* similar to one I read only two or three papers ago.  So I cross-reference, and yup, there are paragraphs that are virtually identical.

So first I check SparkNotes, the usual suspect.  Nothing.
Okay...next up, Wikipedia, everyone's favorite source for (mis)information.  Nope...but wait.  What's this below?  A link to a study guide?  I click.
Ah, here we are.  On Grade A Papers dot com.  So I print it.  And I compare the three.  And I start highlighting lifted passages.

I have not one, but two plagiarizers in my freshman humanities class.
And they're such nice kids.

So it's tearing me up.  Oh, not because I don't know what to do about it.  Don't get me wrong; this is going to the higher-ups.  As I said in my syllabus:
 "According to University policy, “Any significant act of plagiarism, cheating, or other form of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of ‘F’ for the course and punitive actions by the University.”

Basically, I believe that plagiarism is a really bad idea.  You don’t learn anything, it undercuts the hard work of the rest of your classmates, and it just wastes everyone’s time, especially yours and mine.  So, just don’t do it.  If you use outside sources in your writing, whether it’s another book, SparkNotes, whatever, CITE IT.  I have absolutely no patience for plagiarism and I will be merciless if I discover it."

So I have to
deal with this.  I'm just really, really upset that it happened at all.  I mean seriously, it's a five page paper.  I only ask for three papers all semester plus one research report you have five months to work on.  I know college life gets busy and people put things off till the last second, but really, it's so damn blatant.  And it doesn't help that two of them went for the same material, so there was no way I could miss it.
And it just makes you wonder if anyone else has tried this stunt.  And gotten away with it.  And how much of an ass does that make me if they did?
I just hate to have to put them through this.  But at the same time, they get what they deserve.  Little buggers.  I'm also insulted that they thought they could pull this one on me.  I mean, why do an entire semester's worth of work only to throw it away at the last second like that?  I would never plagiarize because I'd be TERRIFIED of what could happen to me.  Where people find the nerve is beyond me.  And all they had to do was paraphrase and cite the goddamn material.  

Okay, okay.  I've calmed down some now.  And I still have two papers to grade.  Hopefully those will be clean.

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random musings on final fantasy

March 31st, 2007 (07:16 pm)

current location: home, of course
current mood: quixotic
current song: oddly enough, "At Last", by Etta James

I was writing to gunshou earlier, and I commented about various ff characters. And it got me thinking. So, an update, of my extremely random rant on square's funny habit:

Why is it, that in every single final fantasy game, there's always at least one (if not two) characters in your party that seem designed to drive you bonkers because you hate them so much? Now, I can't speak for the first 3 games, as I haven't gotten to them yet, or FFXI because I refuse to get sucked into the world of online rpg, but as for the others, really. You can't argue the point. It's normally some silly airy-fairy headed chickie poo that insists on being bright and sunny whenever things are at their worst, and really, do you care what they have to say? Let's examine:

So, really, what's with that? There's always someone, and you always want to strangle them, or just save the phoenix down and keep her dead.
I think my rant just ran out of gas, so I'll leave it at that. Perhaps I'll update a bit more frequently, or something. Maybe eventually I'll toy with photoshop enough that I can design a better layout, graphically speaking, even.

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FF Meme

October 26th, 2006 (12:03 am)

current location: home
current mood: exhausted
current song: none...too tired to find something.

Looked like fun to me, though I'm still not cool enough to do more than plain text...

FF Meme
Ganked from margyydoodle (by way of gunshou)

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May 31st, 2006 (10:33 pm)

current mood: mellow

Just testing the software out. Haven't used it in a while, so...just testing.

Officially, I received my MA from Villanova on May 21, although I finished all of my requirements back in March of this year. All that was left was an oral comprehensive exam. But I chose to do mine on an academic topic, and then to make it worse, I picked comparative ancient Greek tragedy. So it took a lot longer than planned.

Just got back from Boston, where _tumblweed and I spent the weekend at Anime Boston taking pictures of random people we don't know but who had cool costumes. Much fun abounded.

I'm sure there will be more to say later, but like I said, I'm just trying to get back into the swing of writing in a journal again, so I'm going to stop here. Besides, FFX-2 is calling....

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