misscam: (Eleven - stay out of trouble badly)
Right. Tomorrow I am off to glorious, hot Italy and if you want a card from there and haven't already left your address in a screened comment here, you better do it fast.

I am working down my To Do list before leaving, which includes exciting things like fill up my iPod, pay bills due during my away, clean out anything that might rot and cry about missing the Netherlands - Brazil match.

I will check e-mail from time to time while away, so you can reach me there if it's something very important.

Meanwhile, "The Last Airbender" sure is getting bad, bad reviews. Ouch! But as the movie hadn't endeared itself to me with how the casting went down (to put in mildly), I can't make myself feel bad if you paid me.

Meanwhile, here is shirtless!thoughtful!Jack Davenport, as I was challenged to post.

Behind a cut )
misscam: (Lloyd and Olivia - future happened)
Yeah, I wanna change LJ layout header(s) again. (I want 3-4 different headers so I can alternate using them.) Which means I am once again looking to aquire someone to do the graphics/layout for me, and possibly a bit of icon work. Willing to pay you via PayPal or whatever else you might prefer. Hit me up in comments if you're interested.

There is a movie called Dancing Ninja starring David Hasselhoff coming out. No, really! How scary is that?

There's a make-a-wish fanfic meme going around. Anyone of you have a wish I could possibly fulfill?


In other news:

- Eyewitnesses question Israel's account of the raid on the convoy. Meanwhile, Israeli Defence Force dude says "we could have done that better". YOU DON'T SAY.

- Roadsign end up saying "I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated" in Welsh. Much, much amusement is had.

- The Best Party wins local elections in Iceland, promising (among other things) free towels at swimming pools and a new polar bear for the city zoo. As you do.

- How cool does that hotel look? It's in Holland, of course.
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So I came across this statement from an American right-winger: My guess is that Haiti's so screwed up because it wasn't colonized long enough. (...) A major indicator of how superficial is the overlay of French culture in Haiti is the strength of paganism, in the form of voodoo -- the French just weren't around long enough to suppress it, to the detriment of Haitians.

[personal profile] misscam where do you even start with something as dumb as that?
[personal profile] lotus79 You just kill first, ask questions later
[personal profile] misscam How very Viking of you

There's also his while Britain's influence in the world has certainly been more salutary than that of France which, while I do love my British neighbours across the sea, is just NO. You might argue that some European countries were slightly less shitty than others in that area, but if you bring up the word salutary even near European colonialism, I have a stern glare and Viking insult with your name on it.

In better news, [community profile] help_haiti will have raised over $115,000.00 when all is said and done this round. I also want to thank all who bid on me or anyone else up on offer and all who have donated in whatever form. (I ended up being [personal profile] fallingtowers's and own Saz. Muhaha.) For next round, I am considering doing something beyond writing - would anyone want to bid on something like 'Norway in a box'?

In other 'oh no please don't' news: Mel Gibson wants to make a Viking movie - in old Norse.

... I'm frightened, dear Internet. (TM Conan.) Hug me. There are so many ways in which a movie like that could go oh so wrong.

Meanwhile, in less than a month I will be 30. Oi. That feels vaguely like I should have made something of my life by then. Man, the years do fly, don't they?

Off to start another week of work.
misscam: (Live long and go fuck yourself)
Managing a new low, some vandals have destroyed the Gingerbread City in Bergen. Over 600 gingerbread houses, decorated by kids yesterday with the city to be put together this week. See, it's a non-profit activity aimed at children and children with developmental disabilities. It's been running for several years. People love it.

Pictures from previous years. You can see some of the destruction here.

That's just so utterly low I have no words. But people are pitching in to rebuild it, so I hope they manage.

Meanwhile, Hollywood, I have two pleas:

1) Please, please, please let British actors you cast either keep their accent (it won't bite, I promise!) or give them a dialect coach or something. Because listening to British actors not quite managing to sound American pains me and listening to them in their original accent would just please me. Rawr.

2) Please, please, please get American actors who are trying to do non-American accents some tutoring OR just have them do it all American and count on some suspension of disbelief. Because this half-half is bloody annoying. Also, throwing "ja?" at the end of a sentence does not make you German-sounding. Really. And The Swedish Chef is not a guide to Scandinavian accents. Really. And no, playing it like a stereotype that walked out of a tourist guide written by someone who has never visited the country does not make up for the actor utterly butchering the language.

... Yeah, I shouldn't get into that rant or I'll be here all day.

Meanwhile, they've cast Heimdall in the upcoming Thor movie and oh my. Granted, the comic it's based on isn't exactly staying true to Nordic mythology to begin with, and I guess this kinda reinforces it. Because the Viking gods are generally depicted to be pale in colour, mostly because the Vikings were and we all tend to envision things based on our perspective, you know? The Vikings were no expcetion. So I did blink a bit initially, I must admit. (There's even a Black Viking trope, as I learned.)

But I found myself really warming to the idea and you know why? Because neo-Nazis are going to have a fit. They've always tried to hijack Nordic mythology for their own racist, hateful agenda - just as the Nazis themselves did. To say this displeases me is putting it mildly. That's my cultural inheritance they're twisting and getting associated with their shit.

So I shall sit right back and laugh and laugh and laugh and hey, the dude isn't bad looking either. Win-win!
misscam: (Narnia)
I'm sure we can all share the annoyance of communities getting deleted when it was one enjoyed, but I'm not sure asking the members of several other communities to badger the mod to get it back is really the bestest idea. Especially when doing it in more than one place.

I sense that will go nowhere good.

I finally watched Prince Caspain yesterday, after having owned the DVD over a week and never gotten around to seeing it in the cinema. Bit fail-y of me, really, because I really love the Narnia books and enjoyed the first movie.

Ramblings about my childhood, lasting books, snow and indeed, Narnia )

So I watched Prince Caspian in bed and after a few 'hang on, isn't Caspian a tad bit too old there?' I got into it and felt nostalgic and silly and kinda happy, right up until the moment where the movie was over and I felt a bit like reading the Narnia books again and realised I left them in Australia. On purpose.

...

Fuck.

I need to treat my childhood better and buy me some new Narnia books.
misscam: (STFU)
I've met A LOT of women in my life, and they all generally fit into the same mold. I've read anti-feminist books with scientific studies, talked to a lot of people, etc. I'm a Men's Rights activist. Therefore, I know a thing or two about women.

... It's amazing how much idiocy those two last sentences manage to contain. I'm astounded they've held up under the weight of it all. Also, you seem to have made your asshole talk. Try to shut it, yeah? There'll be a draft.

Tired. Long day. Saw Capote finally, and will now have to think about that one. Certainly didn't change my mind on one issue - I find the death penalty revolting.

Meanwhile, David Tennant is fucking hot. Also, by most accounts, not an asshole. Let's hear it for decent males!

Finally, we had another moose rampage.

And now I'm going to bed. Yay bed.
misscam: (Pervil)
Thank you all for birthday wishes and birthday fics. Much appreciated. And got your card, [livejournal.com profile] the_grokster. Unexpected surprise, thank you.

Now... Blackpool is crack. Serious, serious singing crack. But enjoyable crack and David Tennant is hot. Yes, [livejournal.com profile] sparklechick268, your package has arrived. Thank you :) (Mmm, David. Lick things some more. And take your clothes of some more. In fact, why do you do both at once?)

In other news, Olympics nears the end and I am sad. Sniff. It's been a rather bad Olympics for Norway. Last one we got 13 golds. so far, we've got two. But I've quite enjoyed it anyway, particulary watching underdog wins. (Italian speedskating team kicking the American ass, Fabris beating both Shani Davis and Chad Hedricks - whom I've really devolped a dislike for - French guy winning the biathlon pursuit, even if he beat a Norwegian.)

Me and Mum driving to get some plants picked up:
Mum: And when the Olympics are over, we can go see that gay western.
Me: Yeah, sure.
Mum: I also heard things about the McCarthny era movie.
Me: With George Clooney, yeah. Mmm, that's doable.
Mum: And that native American girl movie got good reviews...
Me: Pocahontas? They made another Pocahontas movie? It's not a Disney movie, is it?
Mum: Would I take you to see a Disney movie? More importantly, would I take me to see a Disney movie?
Me: ... Point well put.

I went to see the Pride and Prejudice movie the other day. Yes, I know, I know, it ain't the BBC version. And it certainly wasn't. However, I found myself unable to hate it. It has parts that were quite all right. Wickham and Mr Collins were shadoes of themselves and all, but there were several other minor characters I enjoyed. And hey, Penelope Wilton. She pops up the oddest places I look these days.

And then of course I come home to read that South Dakota moves to ban most abortions (probably trying to get Roe vs Wade overturned). Oh joy. It's starting. And I see not even women raped or pregnancy as the result of incest will be allowed. Am suddenly very glad I live in little Norway, where the "pro-life" movement (in my book, you have to show for a little more than being anti-abortion to stop me rolling my eyes at the "pro-life" title) is two nutty priests.

Meanwhile, CSI fanfic writers seem to wander away a bit. (With wanky banners, yo.) Humhum. Course, I have wandered away a bit myself, but not due to reviews or lack thereof. (If I was in it for the reviews, I would've kept writing OFUM for the rest of my life.) I simply got distracted. Still, fanfic writers do feel better nutured with reviews. I know I don't review as much as maybe should, but I can be fairly snobbish and critical and you can never quite know how a writer will take it. However, if you are willing to take it, feel free to drop a link here if there was something you really wanted feedback on. I can't guarantee I'll have time for all, but you never know.

Maybe there ought to be feedback week?

In other news:
State of emergency declared in the Philippines
Olympic woes for US
Irving to appeal three year jail sentence
Can Doctor Who bring down another HP ship?
misscam: (BadNut by saihara)
Roald Dahl is a genius.

So is Tim Burton.

And Johnny Depp, really.

And of course the one and only Willy Wonka.

Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka,
the amazing chocolatier.
Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka,
everybody give a cheer!
He's modest, clever, and so smart,
he really can't restrain it.
With so much generosity,
there is no way to contain it.

Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka,
he's the one that you're about to meet.
Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka,
he's the genius who just can't be beat.
A magician and a chocolate whiz,
he's the best darn guy who ever lived,
Willy Wonka, here he is!


(Yes, Cam has been to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You may guess her opinion.)
misscam: (Norway)
Basically, same deal as before. Guess which movie the quote is from (and who said it), and I'll cross it off the list as they're guessed. However, I have translated them all into Norwegian to make it more difficult. When they're guessed, I shall also post the correct English version and be very impressed.

Scandinavians not allowed to participate. That's just too easy. Stand on the sidelines and snigger instead.

1. Dum er som dum gjør. - "Stupid is as stupid does", Forrest Gump [livejournal.com profile] pulsarkat

2. Å, det er pent! Helt vakkert! Du er litt av en inntriørarkitekt, vet du. Det er fantastisk hva du har gjort med ett så knapt budsjett. Jeg liker den kampesteinen. Det er en fin kampestein. - "Oh, it is lovely! Just beautiful! You know you are quite a decorator. It's amazing what you've done with such a modest budget. I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder." Shrek [livejournal.com profile] chem_nerd

3. Jeg tror ikke dette mørket vil vare. "I do not believe this darkness will endure." Return of the King [livejournal.com profile] honorh

4. Nei, nå gå din vei før jeg fornærmer deg for andre gang. "No, now go away before I taunt you a second time." Monty Python and the Holy Grail [livejournal.com profile] chem_nerd

5. Vet du hva som venter forbid denne stranden? Uødelighet! Ta det! Det er deres! "Do you know what's waiting beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It's yours!" Troy [livejournal.com profile] mystefaction


6. Hvor har du tenkt å dra? Jeg vet ikke å du har sett deg i speilet i det siste, men du synes ganske godt i mengden.

7. Kjære Herre, tilgi meg for det jeg er i ferd med å si i dette fantastiske sted for din tilbedelse… Pokker! Pokker! Pokker, pokker, pokker, pokker!

8. Hun er grei nok, antar jeg, men ikke flott nok til å friste meg. "She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me." Pride and Prejudice [livejournal.com profile] chem_nerd

9. Ikke på langt nær redd nok. Jeg vet hva som jager deg. "Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you." Fellowship of the Ring [livejournal.com profile] chem_nerd

10. Jeg ser døde mennesker. - "I see dead people." Sixth Sense [livejournal.com profile] pulsarkat

11. Det er kalkun tid. - "It's turkey time." Gigli [livejournal.com profile] pulsarkat

12. Musikkens engel, du lurte meg! Jeg ga deg mitt sinn i blinde. - "Angel of Music, you deceived me! I gave you my mind blindly." Phantom of the Opera [livejournal.com profile] andy_longwood

GIP! Meme!

Jan. 29th, 2005 02:44 am
misscam: (CanonPairingE/F)
Well, not only GIP. Am house-sitting for my parents, as well as watching the cat and the fish. I won't be on any IMs until late Sunday or Monday. E-mail me if you want anything (camilla.sandman at gmail dot com).

Planning to spend the time reading crapy romance novels and watch Discovery (which I don't have at home). Wheee!

To amuse yourself while you miss me terribly on IM (yeah, right), the movie meme. Basically, guess which movie the quote is from (and who said it), and I'll cross it off the list as they're guess. As an added bonus, the first to guess right can get a 100 word drabble from me. If you're really sick, you can even ask for more Bushlovepoetry.

1. Snake! Stop the car! - Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course - [livejournal.com profile] siraj & [livejournal.com profile] sekhmets_temple

2. Wise leader, forgive me. I am only a fledgling new to flight. - Whale Rider [livejournal.com profile] agentmaly

3. I realize that when I met you at the turkey curry buffet, I was unforgivably rude, and wearing a reindeer jumper. - Bridget Jonses's Diary [livejournal.com profile] pennhothwen

4. Ah! The monkey's been shot! Poor little bugger! - Ned Kelly [livejournal.com profile] sekhmets_temple

5. As soon as you’re about to leave the country, you suddenly become more desirable or something. - Better Than Sex [livejournal.com profile] sekhmets_temple

6. I love watching your ass when you walk. Is that beautiful or what? Don't go near him, he's mine. - A Fish Called Wanda [livejournal.com profile] visp

7. Where do you think we'd be if everyone went around making up their own steps? - Strictly Ballroom [livejournal.com profile] visp

8. That's just what this country needs: a c*** in frock on a rock. (Cencored for you lovely little minors.) - The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert [livejournal.com profile] the_grim_wombat

9. The food was an absolute credit to the airline. - The Castle [livejournal.com profile] pipibluestockin

10. No, this is the Valley. Finland is the capital of Norway. - Earth Girls Are Easy [livejournal.com profile] sekhmets_temple

11. What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land. - The Motorcycle Diaries [livejournal.com profile] pipibluestockin

12. Right. Goodness. Well, well. You know, being Prime Minister, I could just have him murdered. - Love Actually [livejournal.com profile] honorh

Hop to!

(And no, I didn't do any Lord of the Rings quotes - far too easy.)

ETA: And thus you had them all, you insane people. Claim your honours.
misscam: (Lutefisk)
I have seen Troy.

To sum up:

There were many pretty, pretty men. Staying true to the story, not so much. But see the pretty men! *eyes the pretty men*

Achilles and Briseis left me rather stone cold, but I felt decidedly warmer about the Trojans. Overall, it was enjoyable and I will probably buy it on DVD when it comes out, but it was not a work of art by any stretch. But pretty men. Pretty, pretty men.

No, I am not going to write Illiad slash. Stop looking at me like that! Funny how attractive doomed and angsty love is, though. Be it Helen and Paris or Romeo and Juliet. (Or Legolas and Gimli as written by mean, mean Cam, for that matter.) We certainly love to watch (or read about) people be miserably in love.

Or perhaps it's the "miserable" part we're really attracted to.

Speaking of miserable... Quote me the most unintentionally amusing badfic line you've come across! For example, I might quote this:
When we got to the Long Table Elrond, Galadriel and the rest of the table stood up to welcome me, a new Elf, into their midst. "Lady Beth" Galadriel said as she pulled me into an embrace "it is so good to see you up"
(The story was called 'To Be With U', BTW) I'm making a collection. I have a few that is a lot worse, but they're not PG rated, to put it that way.
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Went and saw Pirates of the Caribbean again. Fittingly, the two trailers before it were Return of the King (ooooh) and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Heh. Mmm, Pirates. Also met a Maori living here in Norway. I'm having dinner with him tomorrow. He also gave me a Maori lucky charm. Then I found a LotR backpack on sale and unable to resist, I bought it (well, I needed a new backpack anyway). Got home to see bro was home as well to print out a paper (he lives at a student house these days) and we got into our usual deep philosophical discussions. He's doing it at Uni and really loving it. He's having especially fun with arguments against the existence of God, apperantly. Not really surprising, that. I remember once, when he was a wee boy of eight or nine and me and him went with dad to this Christian TV show (dad was a guest). We got placed next to a Christian man, who started asking us about faith and bro of course stated his disbelief.

Man: But Jesus is your best friend
Bro: No, Kim is my best friend

Snigger. I can safely say my brother has continued to live in that mindset. My little heathen family... Some people from 'Jesus Liberation Army' tried to rope me in on the street today. Gah. I was tempted to start arguing for Asatru, but I was in a hurry. How hard is it to understand that if I wanted to join their faith, *I* would make the iniative? Nagging with me tends to work against its purpose. But oh well.

Various stuff:

Arnold made governor of California. Hoo boy. I suppose we'll see soon enough how that'll go.

Oh, and this is an interesting article on the progress in Iraq so far.

OFUM now has 1987 reviews. Think I'll reach 2000?

People here in Norway have started lining for the ticket sale for RotK opening night. The sale opens the 27th. I guess some people really want good seats... But I must admit, Colesseum (where it is) is a great cinema. Apparently, that cinema had the highest number of LotR audience (in a single cinema, I assume). To line or not to line...
misscam: (OB)
Just saw Pirates of the Caribbean. It opened in Norway this weekend, and I went (yes, I find Orlando Bloom attractive. Stop sniggering) with mum and bro. Rather enjoyed it. Mum liked it as well, and saw a trailer for The League of Extraordinary Gentlement (with Sean Connery. Purrrr) and at once suggested we go see when it opened. Me thinks mum likes Sean. I applaud her taste (and shut up ye 'ew, he's OLD!' complainers. He's not old, he's vintage). RotK posters were up at the cinema as well. Not very long now... Happy days.

On a not so happy note... Also just watched with mum this French acclaimed documentary about a trial in Florida on telly. Yiaks. We were just sitting there, shaking our heads. If that is the stadard of police and prosection skills in the US... Smegging hell. (It concerned a 15 year old boy who was charged with killing a tourist. The defence showed a lot of flaws and quite frankly, very questionable behaviour on the part of the police. The boy is found not guilty - then, some months later the real killer is arrested.) I mean, I have read and heard about problems with law enforcement and the judicial process in the US before (and I strongly oppose the death penalty, but that's another matter) but this was such an up-close look and it was not flattering. Obviously, this is not true for all cases, probably not for the majority either, but that it is there... This in a country where people can be executed. It makes me very troubled indeed.

Also makes me realise how sheltered I have lived and just how much good faith I've been raised to have in humanity and the state and law enforcement and so forth. Yes, I know there are bad versions of these things in the world, but I also think it's actually fixable and that in general, it's good.

It's quite odd to realise I'm actually hopelessly naive - and I bloody well know it. I know bad things are out in the world and that there are so many problems we may never fix them - yet I believe. Not in God or some higher force to fix it, really. Just in life. And the endurance of it. And with endurance I suppose I believe wisdom and change will come.

I'm either a hopeless optimistic bleeding heart or a self-delusional idiot dreamer.

I think I shall - in true Norwegian fashion - believe it to be the latter, thus unable to be disappointed if so is the case, and happily surprised if I'm actually the former option. Or so I will tell myself. (Norwegians have a tendency to claim to be pessimists, yet are really eternal optimists with patience)

Sometimes I think I'm a very, very odd person. But then, Norway is an odd little country in an odd little world.

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