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Review of 'Seminar' and Other Things

Sat Oct 29, 2011, 9:16 PM
  • Listening to: The drone of the plane
  • Reading: HP and the Half Blood Prince
  • Watching: What I could see of the landscape
  • Playing: Keep Awake
  • Eating: ...
  • Drinking: Coffee +
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As I sorta promised, my review of Alan Rickman's new play can be found HERE. :D Go, read, and enjoy it. I didn't post any spoilers because I felt it would take away from the show if anyone were to see it and know what was going to happen. But if you'd like to know... I'll answer questions there. ;)

New York was beautiful if not a bit bipolar. First night there was of me shivering and trying not to look like the typical Californian wimp who could not handle cold weather. The second day was marvelous and spent with friends and family in lower Manhattan. I will post photos soon of my wanderings. That day was also beautifully clear, but still a tad cold.

Today it snowed. What. The. Hell. I absolutely thought the scenery was breath-taking under all that white. But after walking two minutes through it, I still prefer my warm weather and season-less southern Cali.

I am on the plane home as I write this so au revoir New York. Until next time!

Review of 'Seminar' and Other Things

Sat Oct 29, 2011, 9:14 PM
  • Listening to: The drone of the plane
  • Reading: HP and the Half Blood Prince
  • Watching: What I could see of the landscape
  • Playing: Keep Awake
  • Eating: ...
  • Drinking: Coffee +
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As I sorta promised, my review of Alan Rickman's new play can be found HERE. :D Go, read, and enjoy it. I didn't post any spoilers because I felt it would take away from the show if anyone were to see it and know what was going to happen. But if you'd like to know... I'll answer questions there. ;)

New York was beautiful if not a bit bipolar. First night there was of me shivering and trying not to look like the typical Californian wimp who could not handle cold weather. The second day was marvelous and spent with friends and family in lower Manhattan. I will post photos soon of my wanderings. That day was also beautifully clear, but still a tad cold.

Today it snowed. What. The. Hell. I absolutely thought the scenery was breath-taking under all that white. But after walking two minutes through it, I still prefer my warm weather and season-less southern Cali.

NYC and the Return of Alan Rickman

Tue Oct 25, 2011, 10:12 PM
  • Listening to: Stephen Fry
  • Reading: HP and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Watching: Two very talkative kids... *shoot me now*
  • Playing: The Quiet Game
  • Eating: oreos
  • Drinking: Coffee
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Thursday morning I'll be flying away from gorgeous sunny Los Angeles to the City that never sleeps, New York, to see my favorite man, actor, human in the entire world. Unfortunately I haven't been back to NYC since 2007.

This time I'll be traveling with my dear Mum and a good friend and her Mum. And meeting another dear friend when we get there. It is going to be a blast! I haven't been on a proper trip in ages due to being "freelanced" and then work and other obligations. It's been too long since I've been on a plane.

I have an excellent surprise for said friends on Thursday night which consists of a certain bar that holds an... exotic site to the US. I can't say more or else both my friends will know what the hell I'm talking about. I shall have photos, of course.

Most of Friday will be spent sight-seeing and trying not to think of the play that night. I will be at the stage door, whether it rains or not. I'll freeze out there for an hour just to see that smile again. I love Alan Rickman in comedies so this is a real treat. He already looks arrogantly dashing in those press released photos so you know his character is going to be great.

I'll be writing up a review for :iconfocus--rickman: so I'll post a link to it here.

Saturday is another day of living it up in the city before we fly back that night. Just a lovely, very quick trip for us this weekend. Photos and the review should be up on Friday night, Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon. I'll be too excited to sleep so any time during those days. :XD:

The San Diego Comic Con

Sat Jul 16, 2011, 7:11 PM
  • Listening to: Alan Rickman
  • Reading: News
  • Watching: Clips of Deathly Hallows
  • Drinking: Coffee
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Every year since 2005 I've been able to go to the San Diego Comic Con and revel in everything Geekdom has to offer. I love it. It's a weekend where I can park my car on a Thursday or Friday night, walk/run everywhere all weekend and go home happy on Sunday late afternoon. I usually get to see everyone I want to and attend all the panels or films I want to see.

The big panel and goal for this upcoming weekend is to see the DOCTOR WHO panel with Matt Smith and Karen Gillian on Sunday and try to get into the Nerdist podcast which I'm pretty sure is sold out. It's worth a chance to get in though. Lady Luck may smile down on me. =D TORCHWOOD is the other panel I really want to see. I've heard rumors that the Tenth Doctor may make an appearance along with other special guests. If Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston or Steven Moffat show up, I'll be a happy fan. Getting surprised at SDCC is wonderful and makes the whole weekend so worth it!

Anyway, SDCC is the best place to people watch for a geek like me. There's so many people from all around the world walking around with the lovely Gaslamp District as an excellent backdrop. In the past couple years I've been able to get on the guest lists to some of the parties around the area and meet some interesting people. The views from the various hotels are breath-taking. Last year I drove up at the last minute with only a Saturday pass so I didn't take that many photos. I got lucky on Sunday with a lovely lady letting me have her pass. This year I'm much more organized. If I don't take at least a thousand photos, I'll consider myself a failure. ;)

I do plan on visiting the DeviantArt sponsored gallery since I really do visit the gallery every year for at least an hour. If you have art or anything posted there, let me know and I'll pay particularly close attention to it.

I can't wait! After being so busy with work and Harry Potter [did an almost-all-nighter on Thursday/Friday and it was incredible!], I could do with a weekend away. :boogie:

A New Perspective

Fri Jan 21, 2011, 5:33 PM
  • Listening to: Hugh Laurie
  • Reading: News
  • Watching: Films
  • Drinking: Water
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I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.~Andy Warhol

I go out. A lot. Not as much as Warhol above obviously, but enough to have many tales to last more than a fortnight. As humans, we're naturally social creatures. We need or seek out the company of others. When we congregate, it's usually at something art, food, or drink related. We go to concerts, lectures, plays, or movie theaters. We meet up for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and that 3 AM Denny's food grub stop. We meet up for happy hour, celebratory toasts, or even the occasional stress-reliving drink at our favorite watering hole. Call it Life, the human condition or the weekend, in my case.

About half the time, I do have my camera at my side. The other half, I don't want to carry it around or I don't think I'll get a shot worthwhile. I don't know why I always think that because I see unexpected things most of the time. Luckily, I am one of those obsessed Americans who cannot part with their phone lest I succumb to a catatonic state of being. I can survive without it, but who would really want to?

I have had an iPhone 3G S for over a year and a half now and I wouldn't trade it for any other phone. Ever. It's the perfect device. The camera on it has been my life saver. Recently I added Camera + and haven't stopped playing around with it since. No one should have let me have an editing program on an object I carry around 24/7.

Anyway, I have a lot of non-traditional photos that I believe are just as good as my other 'works.' I created iPhone Photos in my Gallery so I can be able to share my photos here. Use of an iPhone or other very small hand held devices are becoming more common place. We'll be seeing more and more art from such devices in the future. It's already happening now! :typerhappy:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Fri Dec 24, 2010, 3:05 PM
  • Listening to: Bing Crosby
  • Watching: A Muppet's Christmas Carol
  • Playing: Poker
  • Eating: Tamales!!
  • Drinking: Coffee + Alcohol :D
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I hope you all have great Christmases and New Years since I probably won't update until 2011. =D

It's been an interesting year to put it mildly. Here's for 2011 to be 100X more kick ass, creative, and lovely!

Be Creative

Sat Nov 6, 2010, 10:33 PM
  • Listening to: People
  • Reading: Trinity Blood
  • Watching: House MD
  • Playing: Vampires Live
  • Drinking: Aqua
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I was sitting in a small, dark room when a woman with silver eyes said those words. Be Creative. Sounds so simple, so  easy. Just two words and they've stayed with me for months. Sometimes creativity is easy. Other times it is like pulling blood from a stone.

As a very amateur photographer I tend to just see and shoot. I've had no training whatsoever except for the ramblings and criticisms of a very art oriented younger brother. He's given me pretty good advice over the years [Fill your frame! Look at that wasted space! Line up your shot!].  I've gotten better photos for it. :) But I'm still an amateur.

The last couple times I've been "out on the town" I've just left my precious camera at home. Being creative was the last thing on my mind. High levels of stress with an ill relative which led to a death in the family just killed all my energy. But when I was on locations and at events, I wished I had brought it. I would have caught a beautiful sunset over Santa Monica. This Zombie would have come out 10X better than from my iPhone camera. I could have had good photos of Vince Gilligan of X Files and Breaking Bad fame and Carlton Cuse of LOST (who actually sat next to my friend and I and was a gentleman when I had to run out of the theater).  I caught myself thinking of how to photograph them in my head unconsciously! It was like all the worries I had, had just melted into the background. It was a terrifyingly, peaceful moment. It was shattered an hour later with a phone call but I'll never forget it.

Photography will always be a hobby (since I have another career path), but I think I'm sticking to it after three years here on DeviantArt. =D

Updates and Ramblings

Tue Sep 7, 2010, 3:36 PM
  • Listening to: British actors
  • Reading: Catching Fire
  • Watching: The Ghost and Ms. Muir
  • Playing: Vampires Live
  • Drinking: Coffee, FTW
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It has been a while since I've updated this journal so here you go. Seeing Emma Thompson was so much fun. She's such a classy lady and so funny. Maggie Gyllenhaal was adorable. Hugh Laurie was so well spoken and lovely as usual. I'll never tire listening to him. The videos below were taken by the paps that were in front of me. You can see Laurie adjust his jacket sexily. =D

Hugh Laurie speaking

Emma Thompson and her Star

I love when Laurie sees the pig (in honor of the pub her star is in front of, the Pig'N'Whistle). Seeing Emma with the pint made me laugh, too. :rofl: It was a good day.

Hm... what else? I've just been keeping up on news for [H]OUSE, Doctor Who, True Blood and Lie to Me*. TB ends this weekend so we'll be celebrating my friend's birthday and the finale. DW has me all antsy for the Christmas special. 11 really grew on me throughout his season. Matt Smith has made the role his own, a great feat especially after David Tennant's success. LTM has been my life line with no House on.

Why am I SO excited for House this season, you ask? Skin, skin, and more skin, particularly Laurie's. Plus, it's House and Cuddy finally together. I'm going to die every episode and enjoy the ride. I'm a bit sad Fox isn't doing a big premiere like they had last season at the Arclight. I've kept my eyes peeled and ears open but haven't heard anything. If you're on Twitter and heard of the House Angels, hi! :wave: I love my Charlie who always delivers the goods and let's me know a day in advance of fun stuff.

That's all for now since I have to go to LAX soon and pick up a friend. =D

Post-SDCC and Emma Thompson

Wed Jul 28, 2010, 3:40 PM
  • Listening to: The Last Shadow Puppets
  • Reading: News
  • Watching: House MD
  • Playing: Vampires Live
  • Drinking: Coffee
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Comic Con
Whew! San Diego was the place to be this past weekend! I was there from late Friday night to Sunday evening. I loved how the first place I went to was straight to the infamous Hall H. My friends were already in line, blankets, air mattresses and sleeping bags laid out for the long night ahead. Of course, I did not fall asleep quickly. Instead I walked a little through the Gaslamp District at midnight. The air was filled with the excitement of thousands of geeks. How can anyone sleep on a night like that? I tried, but was whole heartedly unsuccessful, especially when drunks came every hour asking why we were in line. Also, the wake up call from the SDCC staff at 6:00 am didn't help.   

Saturday's panel line-up was so worth it! I enjoyed the "Green Lantern" panel more than I thought I would. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows panel was nothing short of awesome. The new clips they premiered almost had me in tears. I freaked out when I saw the beginning "Snape going into the Death Eaters meeting" scenes. Tom Felton looked just as excited to see the clips as the audience. He was a great presenter. =D

The highlight of my weekend was seeing Anthony Stewart Head. At first, I thought I wasn't going to be able to see him since I hadn't ordered Sunday passes and the Con had sold out of them...  I really am a Slytherin when it comes to the "cunning" department. Waiting by the shuttles, I watched for any one who looked like they weren't going to come back to the Con. Within five minutes, a lovely fan had given me their pass and I was rushing toward Head's panel. Seriously, that fan made my day! They previewed the third season of "Merlin" along with a hilarious blooper reel from the previous seasons. I loved how Anthony could not stop laughing or giggling. It was so adorable! His laugh is so infectious. That panel and the Buffy "Once More with Feeling" sing-a-long were the perfect way to end the Con.

Oh, don't think that's all I did though. I went to more panels and parties, was in an elevator with Nathan Fillion, flirted with an inspiring actor who looked like he could have been Jesse Spencer's younger brother, and had a good time. =D It was the best convention I've been to in a while.

Emma Thompson
In my personal blog, I wrote how Thompson was my favorite actress on July 12. Yesterday I find out she is being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [This isn't the first time I've written about someone I want to meet and suddenly I get a chance.] I've already enlisted Destiny78 to go with me. ;) Hugh Laurie and Maggie Gyllenhaal will be attendance as guest speakers to salute the wonderful Thompson. Expect photos from that in a couple weeks! :typerhappy:

COMIC CON

Tue Jul 20, 2010, 10:27 PM
  • Listening to: Tony Head
  • Reading: Twitter Updates
  • Watching: Doctor Who &quot;The Pandorica Opens&quot; again
  • Playing: Vampires Live
  • Drinking: water
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It's that time of year again, folks! Thousands of geeks and nerds are journeying to San Diego tomorrow and this weekend for the International Comic Con. Yours truly will be there, but starting on Friday night. Unfortunately my budget and work stuff prevent me from going all four days, but it'll be fantastic regardless.

The people and panels I want to see: =D

:bulletgreen: TONY "GILES" HEAD and the Merlin panel
:bulletgreen: Kenneth Branagh
:bulletgreen: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PREVIEW AND PANEL [Cast may appear]
:bulletgreen: "Let Me In" screening
:bulletgreen: Dark Shadows Panel discussing the upcoming film
:bulletgreen: And panels on "Cowboys and Aliens" and "Thor and Captain America: The First Avengers"
:bulletgreen: Buffy's "Once More with Feeling" Sing-a-long!


There are hundreds more things to see but to list all of them would be frustrating and a waste of my time. I'm so excited. If you're going and see a fangirl with a camera who looks suspiciously like moi, come say HI! On Saturday I should be wearing a Slytherin uniform, but Sunday I'll be wearing a Doctor Who shirt if I can find one that's inexpensive!

You can follow my updates on my Twitter account [link above!] :typerhappy:

10,000 VIEWS

Thu Jun 24, 2010, 9:20 PM
  • Listening to: The Last Shadow Puppets
  • Reading: Twitter Updates
  • Watching: House MD
  • Playing: Vampires Live
  • Drinking: Lumbrosco
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Wow. I love you guys so much! Thanks for everything!

I really hope you continue to enjoy my photography as I practice and hopefully get better with time. =D

To know what I've been up to, head over to :iconprinceton-plainsboro: and check out the journal!

Let's just say two names: Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein. :heart:

Oh, Love

Sun Jun 13, 2010, 2:16 PM
  • Reading: Fanfics
  • Watching: 101 Dalmatians
  • Playing: Texas Hold 'Em
  • Drinking: Coffee
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I have met a lot of actresses, but none have quiet stolen my heart like Lisa Edelstein [Gillian Anderson is a close second]. It was such a relief to go to the SAG Conversation especially after Las Vegas treated me so badly. It was bloody cold and windy there. After only one night walking out on The Strip with two lovely gentlemen, I was doomed to allergy attacks and sinus headaches the rest of the time. It was miserable and I felt so bad since we were suppose to be celebrating my friend's 21st birthday. I had already booked an early flight back to LA so I had plenty of time to just relax and enjoy the California warmth before getting ready for the event.

Lisa Edelstein SAG by ACollinsVampire

And let me tell you, What an EVENT! I have always loved organization events like SAG, WAG, and DGA. SAG did not disappoint. They first screened "5 to 9" of course. Then Lisa came on stage with the moderator. I wish I could spend a day talking to that woman and then party at night with her. I also enjoyed how the conversation was more about her than House. *GASP* :OMG: Yes, I know, blasphemy, but its good to know the actors as a whole.  One day, Lisa needs to write her memoirs.

This isn't suppose to be online, but since it is, I'll share.  Lisa on Auditioning for Oliver Stone And please ignore the horrible giggles you'll hear from time to time. I couldn't possibly know who made those kind of sounds... =D

I wish I had more photos to post and more stories. Life has been really slow, but hopefully it'll pick up soon. My soul is a bit weary with the mundane days.

Vegas and Lisa E

Journal Entry: Sat May 22, 2010, 7:30 PM
  • Listening to: Jonathan Ross
  • Reading: Fanfics
  • Watching: Documentaries
  • Drinking: Water
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Hi folks! Just wanted to send a quick update. I'm currently in Las Vegas celebrating a couple birthdays with friends. I'll probably have a photo or two of the town here. Monday is the photo day though.

I was lucky to get a ticket to the SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) event with Lisa Edelstein (Cuddy) of "House, MD." The Guild will be screening an episode of House and then have a Q&A with Lisa. I absolutely can't wait to see Lisa again! Hopefully we'll get more info on the wonderful, absolutely stunning House finale.

Yep, that's it. Just a quick journal. =D

Mood: :hug:
Listening to: Jonathan Ross
Reading: Fanfics
Watching: Documentaries
Playing: Keep Awake
Drinking: Water

Updates and Musings

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 9, 2010, 11:35 PM
  • Listening to: Jonathan Ross
  • Reading: Fanfics
  • Watching: Documentaries
  • Drinking: Water
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Thank you all for all the :llama:s! I sent one of everyone in :iconprinceton-plainsboro: and will get to my Watchers tomorrow! Yeah, I had a bit of time on my hands since my back is killing me and I couldn't run errands.

:w00t: Got a 3 month premium membership! Hopefully I'll get a 12 month one when that expires.

Hm. What else... Still trying to figure out a way to get to Infinitus, the HP Con in Florida. I really want/need to go to the HP Theme Park! If I can't go this summer, I'll hopefully get to next. I miss traveling.

The Eleventh Hour was amazing. The New Doctor is going to be fine and a hit. I'm happy for Matt Smith. I did do a *fangirl squee* at seeing the former Doctors, especially Nine and Ten. I can't wait to see The Beast Below tomorrow... or at least I think there's an episode tomorrow. :XD:

Hello I'm The Doctor by duamdrallibor

Mood: :hug:
Listening to: Jonathan Ross
Reading: Fanfics
Watching: Documentaries
Playing: Keep Awake
Drinking: Water

RUN!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 31, 2010, 11:55 PM
  • Listening to: Alan Rickman
  • Reading: Comics
  • Watching: &quot;Turn Left.&quot; -Doctor Who
  • Playing: Chess
  • Drinking: Water
Just trying out new CSS skins here to see what works with my profile. My subscription is almost out (:() so I'm going to be shameless and ask if anyone wants to buy me a new one. =D I'll love you forever. I'll be updating it anyway once my 11 days are over so don't sweat it. I'd just really, really appreciate it!

:lolly:

Mood: =D FIERCE
Listening to: The dulcet tones of Alan Rickman
Reading: Short Stories by Richard Matheson
Watching: Night of the Living Dead
Playing: Chess
Drinking: Water
  • Listening to: David Tennant
  • Reading: Comics
  • Watching: &quot;The Planet of the Ood&quot; -Doctor Who
  • Playing: Chess
  • Drinking: Coffee
In this edition of "Favorites of the Favorites," I'll be going through my House and Classic Monsters Folders. Both are dear to my heart and have extraordinary deviations featured. Let's start with the House deviations.

House Panel 5 House Panel 5 by Destiny78 The Violinist The Violinist by ellaine
Thoughtforms Thoughtforms by Blakravell It Bites :thumb135568227:
Slightly Sarcastic slightly sarcastic by kalinaicons

First off, House has the best looking cast out of any show on television at the moment. The first deviation I choose is by my best mate destiny79 so I'm biased, but it is an excellent shot. Every cast member is smiling after the infamous comment Lisa made and it really shows that they enjoy being with each other. That cast dynamic is so important for a series like this. "The Violinist" is an excellent piece because 1) the subject is the gorgeous Jesse Spencer and 2) the coloring is so beautiful. "Thoughtforms" shows Olivia at her best, dark and exotic. The concept of "It Bites" is brilliant. I cringe every time I see this drawing. You can imagine House doing something incredibly risky and seemingly foolish, slicing his ear and needing Wilson to stitch it up for him. What can I say about "Slightly Sarcastic?" It's lovely and its Lisa. The photo of Lisa in this deviation is my absolute favorite.

Bella Bela by Thundertori Mason Verger Mason Verger by robotatomico by Horror-Forever
Halloween: FDoLS 2 Cover Halloween: FDoLS 2 Cover by salvagion Red Death Red Death by Athena1chan
Brooding :thumb144479786:

"Bella" is a pencil drawing of the best actor to play 'Dracula.' The black and white contrast is wonderful and probably took forever to do. "Mason Verger" is a villain in the world of Hannibal Lecter, played wonderfully by Gary Oldman. The colors used in this painting bring a serial-ness to the deformities and disgusting visage of Verger. Now there is no other classic monster more recognizable than the "Shape" or Michael Myers. I love this drawing because it is so unusual in its presentation. I think of the Shape and I think bloodshed and screaming teenagers, not the almost calm foliage surrounding the mask. "Red Death" deserves some sort of award. Look at the detail on that costume! The gold and red are beautiful. If this figure stalked towards me, I'd stare and tremble at its beauty while keeping my hand at the level of my eye... "Brooding" is another piece I love for the same reason as "Bella." The pencil detail is magnificent and there's no way you can not feel something why looking at this drawing.

Part III is up next with Harry Potter, Buffy, and X-Crossovers!  =D
  • Listening to: The Last Shadow Puppets
  • Reading: Novels
  • Watching: Craig Ferguson Clips
  • Drinking: Coffee
Whew! I finally got a new avatar. I've had my little bat for so long. I'm going to miss him. My new one still matches with my username since that is the true Collin's Vampire, Barnabas, himself. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, google "Dark Shadows." You'll probably get links to fan sites and articles about Johnny Depp making a DS film :w00t:. For fellow vampire enthusiast, Mr. Collins is the archetype for all modern vampires.  

I finally organized my favorites again. For some reason I keep thinking I have thousands of them and think that organizing them is going to be a bitch. Well, it was easy thus proving me lazy. Here are my favorites of the favorites at this moment:  

Photography

Way to Nowhere :thumb144360281:  In your Arms In your arms by daryalyalina
One Day like This... :thumb122398102:  Dream :thumb151495092:

Most of the photos I favorite :+fav: have the same haunting theme I love: black and white, dark or muted colors dark shadows with noticeable highlights, landscapes and interesting places. I do have some that are bright with radiant colors and lights because they are just beautiful. Photography really captures moments that would otherwise be lost in one's memory.

Doctor Who

Fires of Gallifrey :thumb133545631: Glomp GLOMP by Danny-Phantom2006
Doctor Who Composite DOCTOR WHO COMPOSITE by S-von-P

I am still mourning the loss of the Tenth Doctor but to make the transition easier I have these wonderful works to make me happy. "Fires of Gallifrey" is probably my favorite out of them all because of the colors and the feeling it inspires. Gallifrey (for non-Whovians) is the home-planet of the Doctor. I love the nostalgia in which the Doctor speaks of his world.

"You should've seen it... that old planet. The second sun would rise in the South, and the mountains would shine. The leaves of the trees were silver and when they caught the light every morning, it looked like a forest on fire..." The Doctor

"Fires of Gallifrey" just fits this description perfectly. One could almost feel the lovely heat of that world just by a glance.

I'll finish this with another journal later. I really want to feature my House and Classic Monsters favorites. There are a ton of excellent works in there!
  • Listening to: Frank Sinatra
  • Reading: The Complete Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Watching: Dark Shadows
  • Eating: Carne con chile
  • Drinking: Coffee
I've been a Deviant for almost 3 years and must say the new Groups feature is the best upgrade that I've seen since that time. They debuted a couple months back and now there are thousands. I'm currently a member of 19 groups.

I have photos in th galleries of:
:icondigital-photo:
:iconunknown-photography:
:iconlightseverywhere:
:iconlondonphotographers:
:iconsocalphoto:

Of course, being a hardcore fangirl, I have photos and support these groups:
:iconbeinghumanclub:
:icondoctorwhoclub:
:iconbuffyangelfirefly: to name a few.

And then my own Group :iconprinceton-plainsboro: which is so easy to take care of and the members are lovely. Plus, I can brag that I was the first Group to bring together any fan of House. There was one Hilson Group already established but its exclusively Hilson. I'm so modest, huh?

I can really say I've learned a lot from the Journals and from viewing photos that I would have never seen if it weren't for these groups. I think it shows in my recent photos.

So here's my public information announcement for the day: Browse the Groups. Any Groups! You never know what you might find. =D
  • Listening to: Rain
  • Reading: The Complete Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Watching: Kung Fu
  • Playing: House MD for iPhone! Yay!
  • Eating: Tacos
  • Drinking: Water
I love this weather. I could do without the tornado warnings though. Sounds incredibly odd for Los Angeles to have tornado warnings, but there you go. Tomorrow if weather permitting, I'll be back on my way to Las Vegas again. This time I'll have more time to browse the Strip, take photos of all the beautiful and garish neon lights, and do a little celebrity scouting. Mandalay Bay. Look at the journal before this one if you've no clue what I'm referring to. It's House related. =D

Weather like this makes me so nostalgic. It makes me think of running in the rain down St. Martin's making bloody sure I made curtain call. Vanessa Redgrave was on stage and there was no way I was going to miss that. It makes me think of being curled up in small planes, gazing over the clouds underneath, holding onto the hand-rest because the lightening made me nervous. Oh, and dropping a foot out of the sky contributed, also. I remember drinking long island iced teas in Atlanta, watching the drizzle through the giant windows while waiting for a plane back to California. For my fellow Harry Potter nerds, I was flying from the epic party that was Terminus in Chicago. Thinking about that same flight and seeing the final David Tennant episodes made me re-watch all of Doctor Who. I was flying with a friend who was and still is a fanatic. He couldn't believe I had never watched an episode. So he brings up an episode that he thought would appeal to the horror enthusiast in me. "Blink" was the first episode I saw. Excellent choice on his part. So slowly I went through the whole series.

Funnily enough, it was with the same friend that I saw the last episodes. It was 3 am in a lovely room at the Golden Nugget hotel. I had been asleep since 1 am but woke up. I feel for the people in the next rooms. Shouts of "No!" and "It can't be!" and a lot of laughter was heard. Our friends in the next bed laughed at us and scolded us several times for being too loud. The ending was incredibly sad though we spazzed when Capitan Jack opened that note with His name is Alonso written  in the Doctor's messy scrawl. Tennant's last line ("I don't want to go...") was when the lump in my throat finally dislodged. I seriously don't know how Matt Smith is going to fill the iconic role that Tennant developed.

Such good times. I can't wait for more.
  • Listening to: the grass being cut.
  • Watching: Lie to Me
  • Playing: House MD for iPhone! Yay!
  • Drinking: Coffee (as always).
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all have a good year and a great time tonight!

I'll be just hanging out with friends for a couple hours and then sleeping. I'm heading out to Las Vegas in the afternoon tomorrow which means I have to wake up early and get everything I need to get done, done before noon. Surprisingly rooms are dirt cheap if you go after New Year's. =D

Speaking of Sin City and Lady Luck (who smiles on me again), I'll be back in Vegas the 23rd and 24th and maybe the 25th. "Why do we care, Al?" I'll tell you! [Too cheesy? I'm exhausted.] Hugh Laurie, Katie Jacobs and David Shore will be at the Mandala Bay for a conference! I guess we'll know which casino I'll be gambling at on those days. All in all, I probably won't get the time for stalking House scouting since I'll be there for a legitimate reason.

I've had enough close-encounters to be optimistic. :typerhappy: