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FIRST: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.

SECOND: Tag eight sexy people. Don't refuse to do that like a pansy. Unless you really don't want to of course. And if you're not tagged and you want to do it, then do!

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] moetushie:

Pika-chuuuuuuu )

And I'm being a pansy and refusing; I like to think of it more as rebelling! I'm an anarchist, you hear that, meme? I don't play by your rules!

Anyhoo, new layout times as well! Yay! Thank you [livejournal.com profile] lastwordslinger for the amazing header and icon! *Tackle-hugs!* And you guessed it, it's Mighty Boosh-themed, which makes a change from the past... whoa, what has it been, three years I've been using the Torchwood layout for Christmas?

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Peace out, Ghani

Round two!

Nov. 5th, 2009 01:13 pm
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* You leave a comment saying, "Resistance is futile."
* I respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
* You update your journal with the answers to my questions.
* You include this explanation in your post, and offer to ask other people questions.

Tagged this time by [livejournal.com profile] musetrax:

1- Favorite fictional male protagonist?

Now, see, here I thought that this was going to be easy because there aren't so many guys I can identify with. That's not to say I don't adore the heroes of my fandoms, but I'm talking on a deeper level. I tend to do a sort of gender role reversal and see men as the love interests for the female characters I like and while I can recognize and appreciate the more complex aspects of their personalities, I never feel as close to them as I do the women. But then this question made me realize there are actually quite a few that I do. I mean, there are Indiana Jones, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, who kind of helped me shape my thoughts on men at an early age, but there are a few that get even closer to my heart because I'm sort of (but not completely) gender blind when it comes to identifying with them.

So I think it's a tie between Aragorn from Lord of the Rings (Tolkien's brilliant, all the male characters come to life in his work and touch me in a very real and deep way) and Ben from Carnivale because I think he actually comes closest to a male protagonist I can completely identify with.

2- How do you decide which series (film, TV, books) to invest your time and energy into?

I don't think it's a mental process for me; it kind of just happens or it doesn't. I give lots of stuff a try, and some of it sticks, some of it doesn't; I read and watch a lot. If something captures my imagination, I stick with it, sometimes it'll even provide a muse and I'll start getting into it that way, with fanfics and such. But I am extremely open to almost anything so, like I said, it's more instinctual than it is a choice.

3- What notable fandoms have you outgrown?

Only a little while ago, I would have said Star Trek, and even with that, I wouldn't say I'd necessarily outgrown it; it was an odd time in my life and a great transition from teendom into adulthood. I'd never even given sci-fi a thought before and suddenly I was liking this show about a spaceship and alien planets. It was like... an awakening, to be dramatic about it. And then I just kind of... fell out of it. But now [livejournal.com profile] lastwordslinger got me back into it so that's not necessarily true anymore either.

I suppose Heroes, though I could probably just as easily go back to watching that, too. See, I'm extremely loyal; once something creeps into my heart and my imagination, it just never leaves.

4- If you could be in charge of any adaptation (film to tv, tv to film, comic to film, you get the idea), what would you choose?

Ooh, this was a difficult one because my mind works in a very cinematic way when I read and there are books I feel very, very strongly about. I'd love to do an adaptation of Haunting of Hill House, even though there already is a superb movie made from it, I'd love to get the stuff that touched me in there and make it my way. But that's not my choice, and neither is The Shining, another I've thought long and hard about.

Maybe it's because both of those have had various adaptations, some good, some bad, or maybe it's just because this is newer and fresher in my imagination, but ultimately my answer would have to be Stephanie Meyer's The Host. It's so vivid in my mind, exactly what the caves should look like, the composition of the rock, each actor I'd cast. It's going to break my heart when they do make a movie of it; movies of the others have existed since before I was born or close to, but I'm totally fresh with The Host and that makes the feeling stronger.

5- Name one character from any film or TV series where you'd recast the portraying actor, explain why, and provide a new answer!

Padme in the Star Wars prequels. Because Portman just obviously didn't know what to do with it. Granted, it's not the greatest role ever written for a woman, but I do think someone else who had a real idea or feel for the character would have been able to give it a little more 'oomph.' It's tempting to say I'd replace her with Keira Knightly (who, yes, I like) because Lucas "discovered" her for The Phantom Menace to play Portman's double, but I think she would have been a bit young to play older Padme and I do wonder if it's older Padme that I'd recast, because I think Portman does a decent job in TPM. If so, I'd have to say Rose Byrne, who played, again, Padme's handmaiden in AOTC and managed to make a huge impression despite having an almost nonexistent part.

Peace, Ghani
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* You leave a comment saying, "Resistance is futile."
* I respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
* You update your journal with the answers to my questions.
* You include this explanation in your post, and offer to ask other people questions.

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] moetushie:

001. What first got you into Merlin?

I was semi-interested from the first time I'd heard the BBC were doing it just because I'm interested in fantasy and the Arthurian myths. I'm really the RenFaire attending, cosplaying Tolkien whilst listening to Loreena McKennitt type, and if you want to take that as a joke you can but it's not too far off. But I'm going to be really shallow because I musn't tell lies and admit that it was Santiago Cabrera's involvement that really got my attention. At first, I was a bit ambivalent because I thought, 'Oh, they're trying to do the modern, hip thing, and it's going to end up like Robin Hood, only not as clever.' And then it was Santiago as Lancelot and I was like, "Where do I sign up?!" Of course, I read the press release wrong at first and thought he was going to be a regular but by the time I'd finally resolved to watch it, they were, like, three episodes in so I didn't have to wait that long to see him and I still hold out hope that they'll add him to the main cast!

002. Why are you so awesome? Your absolute favorite movie of all time is...?

It's in my Jeans. Geddit?! It's funny, mate! God, this is such a reflex response, but it is and has been since I was three years old: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Sometimes I really wish I could come up with something more original than that but... there you go.

003. What's the fandom that you never get to talk about?

I've got quite a few actually! The one that comes to mind immediately is Carnivale because I just don't know anyone who's even seen it and the people I tried to talk with when it was still on the air... didn't get me or my ideas at all.

004. What's the historical or fictional figure you most identify with?

I love the Adamses. Not, like, the Addams Family, but John and Abigail and Sam and John Quincy. I love that they were over-educated and pugnacious, that Abigail was very level-headed and often John's touchstone. If I'm being honest, I'm the most like Sam. I was this documentary about the Founding Fathers once that said that Samuel Adams was good at getting revolutions started, he had a sort of incendiary passion, but didn't really have the discipline to follow it through. So, yeah, I can definitely identify with that. I mean, how many of our Founding Fathers were actually physically involved in the Boston Tea Party?! Oh, and Mary Todd Lincoln, because she was completely mental. But so were the Adamses, I guess, just in a different way...

ETA: I just noticed the 'Or Fictional' stipulation, and had to add that I really do identify with Eleanor in Shirley Jackson's Haunting of Hill House more than is healthy or that I ought to admit to, as well as Eowyn from Lord of the Rings, Tolkien's work not necessarily the movies because I felt she was a bit weepy in those for the cold, stoic lady she should be.

005. If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? Favorite food?

Oh, something totally unoriginal like pizza. I don't really like to eat, to be honest, especially after my mom passed; she used to make the most amazing Greek food from scratch. So I do tell a lie: my favorite food is my mother's dolma, which are stuffed grape vine leaves, I just haven't had them in about five years.

Peace, Ghani
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I know I have quite a few of these 'repost in your own journal' to catch up with, and I really am trying, I'm just very, very behind and feeling rather meh lately. Oh, and if you ask for questions, be aware that I'm rather crap at coming up with them, lol!

1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.


Questions given to me by [livejournal.com profile] lastwordslinger:

Under ze cut )

Peace, Ghani
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Very much like that, actually. In my experience, at least!

And catching up on some [livejournal.com profile] fannish5 questions:

Name the five best uses of flashback/non-linear storytelling. Hum, I kind of stuck to single episodes here, because I could just say LOST and that would own all, truly, because it is the granddaddy of all nonlinear storytelling, in my opinion.

Under the cut )

Name 5 minor characters you wish had more screen time.

Under the cut )

And once more with this: Answer the questions using only episode titles.

Pick your Show: LOST

Under ze cut )

Peace, Ghani
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A bunch of people on my flist have done this one, [livejournal.com profile] shawnalasex was the most recent, and I've been wanting to try it for a while. So, here goes! Oh, and i found I had to limit it to shows that are on right now because I couldn't choose with all my back-favorites; the Jossverse alone could take up most of the list!

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions. Don't cheat!

1. Leverage
2. True Blood
3. LOST
4. Supernatural
5. Merlin

Questions and answers )

Peace, Ghani
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Tagged again for the character meme, this time with Ruby from Supernatural!

Moar answers! )
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Tagged with Tony Stark by [livejournal.com profile] jadeblood and Valentine from Mirrormask by [livejournal.com profile] muselives. Some of these questions were a little... weird, so I've replaced them with others from a different version of the same meme that's been going around on my flist:

Answers galore! )

Peace, Ghani
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The Rules:
A. People who have been tagged must, if they choose to participate, write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question. Please italicize the new question if you do that.

B. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.


I defy your rules, meme author, and refuse to tag, so take that! I think most of the posters on my flist have already done this anyways, so if you have, just consider yourself as having been tagged by me! And if you haven't, well, consider yourself tagged by me as well!

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] moetushie:

01. What are your nicknames?
Jean Bean, Jeannie Jelly Beannie (those were my dad), and getting into my online identities, most prominently Ghani (which someone commented could be some strange foreign variation of Jean anyway!) and Evenstar. Ghosts of screennames past include SpaceMeiMei, Zoe Heriot, Mrs Peel and Nerwen.

02. How do you style your hair?
Um, well, I brush it. I let it grow and it falls where it may, basically. I do have a hair clip that I make a little twisty ponytail out of, but that's more for convenience.

03. What's new in your life right now?
Merlin fandom is still pretty shiny and new.

04. How many colours are you wearing now?
Er, denim, a gray t-shirt with a black and white pattern, white socks, black shoes.

05. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
An introvert who can be very extroverted when in the company of very good friends.

06. What was the last book you read?
Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

07. Do you nap a lot?
When I'm sitting on the couch, I close my eyes a lot, but there's no actual sleep involved though it can still be considered napping.

08. If the person you secretly like is already taken, what would you do?
Pine and get over it.

09. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Getting my cable cut off and not having the money to get it reinstated. Missing my parents. Missing [livejournal.com profile] may_child and being worried for her; wishing we could be together. The temperature being in the very muggy 80s and high 70s for Christmas.

10. What's your favourite dessert?
Pie!

11. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Meh, like fifteen to thirty minutes depending on if I'm staying in our it's a rare occasion of me stepping out.

12. What websites do you visit daily?
LJ, IJ FAIL Blog, and recently I haven't been able to but Horatians and Doctor Who World used to be on my regular rotations.

13. Do you write fic? What was the last fic you wrote?
Yup. Iron Man: Heart (Gotta Have). And it should probably count that I'm working on the first chapter of a Merlin fic entitled The Mirror Crack'd (hey, the question wasn't what was the last fic I'd completed! ;-P)

14. Do you like to clean?
Seriously not. But there are deeper psychological reasons for this: I don't like to move my things; I like them where they are. It bothers me having to move things to clean when I have them all just so. It's an interesting footnote that when I was a kid, I loved to clean; I did it as a sort of game for my mother!

15. What's the last song that got stuck in your head?
Lucky by Bif Naked. I blame Jade, she knows why! ;-P

16. How many stuffed animals are within your range of vision currently?
Just the one: Murray X. Moose (sound it out, you'll get it).

17. Would you enter a relationship with your ideal partner, even if you knew he/she was seriously involved with/married to someone else and would never leave them?
Um, my ideal partner would never be in a serious relationship with someone they never intend to leave. That's a deal breaker on the ideal right there.

18. What is your least favourite thing to do that you have to do everyday?
Walk my dog as well as my sisters two. Ugh.

Peace, Ghani
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So, we're still under a tornado watch until this afternoon but, really, the worst of it is long over, thank goodness! We lost power a little yesterday but we were the only building to get it back almost immediately (in reverse, I think most of the buildings actually kept their power on Thursday when we'd lost it) and it was bad, even the front office was out and a bunch of us who live near the entrance went out in the rain to prop open the gates because, of course, they weren't working!

And, in other news, as the reviews continue to build on Amazon, we finally received the final hardcover version of T4! Oh my gosh, it is so cool! I was inspecting every inch of it!

And a meme snagged from both [livejournal.com profile] dreamybritactor and [livejournal.com profile] mzbehavin65:

1. One movie that made you laugh: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

2. One movie that made you cry: Titanic. Like a freaking little baby, and every time I watch it, too.

3. One movie you loved when you were a child: Anything Disney, really. I guess one of my very favorites was their version of Robin Hood, the animated one with the animals!

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once: Many! But let's do which movie I've seen the most, and that would be Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it: Heh, I basically have no shame, so it's pretty hard for me to be embarrassed by anything I could admit to. But maybe I'll choose the one that others are embarrassed by my liking, ha! And that'd be Daredevil: The Director's Cut.

6. One movie you didn't like: Pan's Labyrinth. Seriously. It made me feel gross all over by the end. In the immortal words of [livejournal.com profile] may_child, "It's just...nasty."

7. One movie that scared you: Night of the Living Dead, the original.

8. One movie that bored you: The Ruins. Jonathan Tucker and Joe Anderson, even your fabulous performances could not save this bowser!

9. One movie that made you happy: Ratatouille.

10. One movie that made you miserable: Waitress. It made me happy to begin with, but then the character of the husband was in it more and more and was just so disgusting and then she didn't even hook up with Nathan Fillion at the end! Pneh.

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see: Saw. James Wan just gives me the heebies! I've never seen Death Sentence either, despite the enticement of Garrett Hedlund!

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with: Indiana Jones.

13. The last movie you saw: In the theater, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. On DVD, The Orphanage.

14. The next movie you hope to see: I really want to see Pineapple Express but I don't know if that's going to happen. And they moved Harry Potter back to next summer, so I dunno. Whatever catches my fancy and I have money to pay for a ticket at the same time. On DVD, we just rented Amazing grace which my Horatian friends will be shocked and horrified to hear that I haven't seen yet. So I'm hoping to watch that. XP

Peace, Ghani

Some memes

Aug. 10th, 2008 06:49 pm
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You are 93% Scorpio





From [livejournal.com profile] roguedemonhunte:

RPG meme time! )

Peace, Ghani
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These from [livejournal.com profile] jadeblood's question meme HERE:

1. The question of doom: Choose a Winchester! CHOOSE! And give your reasons. ;)

Here's the chickenshit answer: John. I just simply can't do the Dean or Sam thing and, well, it's true, I'd pick John over the both of them because he's more mature, sexy as hell (so to speak, heh!) and competent--I'd certainly trust him with my life. Daddy Winchester's just one of the most badass characters in existence. He freakin' climbed out the gates of Hell! And he was a devoted husband and a loving father, even if his ways of showing it weren't always exactly perfect or really any good at all--I mean, who can't relate to that?

2. Who is your all time favorite comic heroine and why?

Even just a few years ago, I'd go with an easy answer and say one of the X-Men superwomen and, truly, they remain some, almost all of, my favorites. Rogue got me through my awkward and uncomfortable teens and twenty-somethings; Jean always appealed to me and not just because we share the name, but because she was basically a good girl that had this dark and overpowering thing inside of her she had nearly no control over. Betsy and Kitty are just made of awesome and recently Joss Whedon's completely sold me on Emma Frost.

But I think right now, as my absolute favorite, the title would have to go to Elektra. She has that quality, where she's a good person who can't quite find her moral compass; she reacts in a very primal manner to everything that comes her way, and lots has, and a lot of the time she's wrong and slightly demented in her choices. She lost her center and really had to struggle to find it again, even after realizing that she'd always been, well, unbalanced. Frank Castle finds her nihilism irresistibly alluring; she's the love of Matt Murdock's life; she held her own with Witchblade. Plus, she's a freakin' urban Greek ninja! I aspire!

And those are the Marvel girls which, really, is my niche, though I need to mention that two of my great loves or on other comic labels: DC's Huntress and Top Cow's Witchblade, Sara Pezzini.

And, to all those civilian wonders, those gal pals who keep secrets or secrets are tragically kept from, who have no superpowers but manage to capture our hearts nonetheless: Gwen Stacy and Karen Page, both sadly deceased.

3. Ever read a book that changed your life? What was it?

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. It changed the landscape of my imagination at a young and impressionable age, it got me interested in an entirely new culture I knew nothing about and which would completely redefine my life both religiously and my interest in history. It fueled a now lifelong interest in fantasy and The Chronicles of Prydain were the first books I was able to read by myself--I was very, very behind in developing my reading skills. Those were such a personal experience for me, my first literary wise, that I struggled through them only to realize that reading wasn't such a struggle after all, even if it took me longer than it does others.

4. Where do you stand religiously?

I believe very strongly in a higher power. What that higher power is, I have no idea, nor do I think anyone else has it completely figured out so I respect any and all attempts to do so unless they're openly harmful or just plain nasty (*coughUnderagePolygamistscough*) I'm Wiccan, but I'm solitary because I differ on some key issues with the established religion part of it, and Episcopalian because that's how I grew up.

I believe in reincarnation. I'd like to be convinced there's a Heaven because I'd like to believe that's where my mom is, but I think you believe what you believe and those views aren't going to be changed unless something very drastically changes within you.

5. What's your favorite thing to collect?

Books! I used to say action figures and I really did love to collect them and set them all up, pose them, put them in groups and make scenes. But now there's nothing so beautiful to me as a new book, and I'll sit there examining the cover, every inch of it, reading the forward and afterward, the acknowledgments. And then I'll admire how it looks on the shelf--if it's part of a series, how I can arrange them on my book shelf to look the best it can. Oh my God, I'm such a geek!

Peace, Ghani
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From [livejournal.com profile] shawnawitter:

Supernatural meme- It was yummy. )

Peace, Ghani
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From [livejournal.com profile] jadeblood Comment and I'll give you a letter. Then you have to list 10 things you love that begin with that letter in a post on your own LJ. Afterward, give out some letters of your own!

And Jadey said: I give you... S! (That's a good 'un! Bless!)

1- Sally's Song From The Nightmare Before Christmas, theme song of the unrequited of which I belong, sung in the movie by the always awesome Catherine O'Hara.

2- Suede Music group from England, called London Suede in the States because of an argument with country singer Suede. Lead singer Brett is one of the hottest fops on the planet. Their singles compilation includes many of my favorite ever songs.

3- Simon Pegg Hilarious, sweet and oh so talented, whether collaborating on a script with long-time friend Edgar Wright or making guest appearences in Doctor Who, he is guaranteed to entertain me.

4- Skywalker Only the most awesome family in movie history!

5- Sofie Of the vastly underrated HBO show Carnivale; recently pronounced by my sister to be the closest thing to a character I would have made up created by someone else.

6- Serenity Ship in TV's Firefly or the movie based upon; Joss Whedon's masterpiece either way.

7- Stewie of Family Guy; one of the oddest characters, in the best way, ever to grace the TV screen. Truly one of a kind.

8- Shirely Jackson My favorite horror author, The Haunting of Hill House is a masterpiece in my eyes.

9- John Singer Sargent My favorite artist.

10- Sam Winchester of Supernatural both 'S's! Fear the hair, respect the hair!

This post was brought to you by the letter 'S' (c'mon, you knew that joke was coming!)

Peace, Ghani
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From [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:

Name five of the funniest lines of dialogue.

1- "Mack, you touch the Carpenters or that chimp video again we got a scrap on our hands." Johnny, Ghost Rider (made funnier by Nic's delivery, verbally and gesticularly)

2- "Did you know that on several occasions... he touched me? That wasn't true. Made it up. Shouldn't have done that. Sorry." Shaun, Shaun of the Dead

3- "Stay back or the gingernut gets it!" Skinner, Hot Fuzz

4- "That is for every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next 400 years. Have you any idea how much suffering you're going to cause? Hours spent at school desks trying to find *one* joke in "A Midsummer's Night Dream", wearing stupid tights in school plays and saying things like, "What ho, my Lord," and, "Oh, look, here comes Othello talking total crap as usual." Blackadder, Blackadder Back and Forth

5- "Look at the size of that thing!" Wedge, Star Wars (please note that this is, in fact, unintentionally hilarious)

Peace, Ghani
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Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] dream_mender
1. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
2. Tag seven people to do the same.
3. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag whoever wants to do it.


-I took a course in parapsychology and am one test away from being a licensed paranormal investigator.

-Family legend says that I'm descended from Hercules.

-I have a freakish fear of sunken ships. From galleons to oceanliners, I can't look at pictures of any 'em, they just scare the living beejeesus outta me.

-I decree openly and eagerly Edgar Wright to be the most fuckable director ever.

-I record and collect Halloween specials, mostly cartoons, kid's shows and made-for-television kids movies, which my family lovingly though unoriginally refers to as my "Halloween tapes." Indeed, I love anything connected to Halloween; I'm just a big kid when it comes to the holiday!

-Grindhouse is the only movie I've ever stone-cold passed out in, and it was only the second time I've ever lost consciousness.

-My favorite insult is 'big girl's blouse' because I have absolutely no idea what it means. I know how to use it, in what context, but I just can't figure it out otherwise.

-I tag thee (don't hate me for this!) [livejournal.com profile] iansmomesq, [livejournal.com profile] dreamybritactor, [livejournal.com profile] jadeblood, [livejournal.com profile] estarcollector, [livejournal.com profile] averysmallthing, [livejournal.com profile] may_child and [livejournal.com profile] arwen75 (but only if y'all want to do it!)

Peace, Ghani
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] jadeblood:


Isis



Honorable, straightforward and idealistic. Active and self-confident.

Colors: male: white, female: blue
Compatible Signs:
Osiris, Thoth
Dates:
Mar 11 - Mar 31, Oct 18 - Oct 29, Dec 19 - Dec 31

Role: Goddess of motherhood, women, and magic; goddess of the South; protector of Imseti (the son of Horus who watched over the canopic jar containing the liver)
Appearance:
Woman wearing the hieroglyph for "throne" on her head


What is Your Egyptian Zodiac Sign?
Designed by CyberWarlock of Warlock's Quizzles and Quandaries




And snatched from [livejournal.com profile] polarbear_girl:

TV 'Shipper Meme )

Peace, Ghani
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[livejournal.com profile] fridayfiver:

1. What do you do?

Write, hopefully professionally someday.

2. What makes you pay attention?

Pretty boys. Shiny objects. A good story.

3. What's your inspiration?

Bwahahah, mostly my sex drive. And, totally seperately, my sister.

4. Do you believe in magic?

Ooh, that's a difficult one because what does one mean by magic? Much of faith is magic, praying and whatnot, and I do have my own beliefs. I do believe strongly in the power of belief, whether or not that's supernatural, you can decide.

5. What is your favorite subject to write about?

Um, magic! Bwahahaha. And sex. Sex and magic.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jadeblood for finding this, [livejournal.com profile] spn_fridayfive:

1. Why do you think the gate to hell was shut with an intricate lock/key combo as opposed to being sealed completely with no way of opening the gate at all?

I imagined the gate to hell was rather a natural thing, kind of like Buffy's Hellmouth, and that there was no real way to seal it as such, just lock it up with all the magics that Samuel Colt knew. Like the little boy who put his finger in the dike, so to speak, it seems like it was a bit of a pointless exercise but I guess it did work for a time.

2. How well are you able to relate to the characters in Supernatural? If you can't relate to any of the characters, have they ever reminded you of anyone you know? If so, which characters, and with whom did you associate them?

I identify with both the brothers extremely strongly, especially Sam, whom might actually exemplify a lot of my negative qualities, or those I perceive to be.

Dean reminds me a LOT of my sister, with the longish blond buzzcut, love of classic and hairband hard rock and metal, and her love of promiscuity.

3. Which sidecharacter would you not mind going on a roadtrip with?

Ash would be so totally cool; Dr. Badass indeed! And I'll pick Jo too because I really do always feel the most comfortable around girls my own age; it's easier to talk with them and relate.

4. Why do you think Bobby got into hunting demons? Could he have lost a loved one like John did, or could it be for another reason?

I think Bobby's probably ex-military, and he's just sort of shifted that mentality towards hunting. Might have come across some sort of phenomenon that made him believe, maybe even in his years of service, and he just sort of had at it. He's a very practical sort.

5. If you had to go on a hunt, which supernatural creature would you rather hunt?

Heh, trickster would be fun, but I have to admit that a good ghost story is always the most interesting to me, so ghosts, definitely. There's so many different things and people ghosts can be; you could hunt ghosts for a year and never come across the same story twice because angry spirits have their unique situations. Witches are my favorite supernatural creatures but I wouldn't want to hunt them, I'd want to join them! An incubus would be interesting, heh.

Peace, Ghani
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From [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive:

1. If you were going to remake a movie, what would it be and who would you cast in the roles?

I Walked with a Zombie would be an awful lot of fun (a quick search on IMDb.com shows a remake is already in pre-production. Sigh, is nothing sacred?!). I think I'd put Rosamund Pike or Bryce Dallas Howard as Betsy. Depending on which of those two I'd pick, my romantic lead Pauls would be very different: Josh Lucas for Bryce Dallas Howard (more swagger), and Aaron Eckhart for Rosamund Pike (more sublety, though Bryce could be with Aaron as well). For alcoholic brother Wesley, I'm thinking Nick Stahl (who'd suit both Pauls), and Mrs. Holland would have to be one of those grand English actresses, leaning towards Dame Judi Dench. For catatonic, sort-of erstwhile wife Jessica, how about the ethereally beautiful Vera Farmiga. Or Saffron Burrows, who I've just seen play a put upon, sort of cracked wife. Yes, yes I have given this a lot of thought.

2. If you could turn a book into a movie, what would it be and who would you cast in the roles?

Beat to Quarters! But all my Horatian friends knew I'd say that, and it's the predictable answer. Cast: All the existing roles to the actors who played them in the A&E series, and Jessica Brooks for Lady Barbara. And how about Sir Anthony Hopkins as El Supremo. Okay, odd casting, I know, but it'd be fun!

3. If you were going to turn a video game into a movie, what would it be? Would it be animated or live-action?

Most of my favorite games already have been, and crappily so I might add. I'd love to see Tomb Raider done right; same with Resident Evil. Maybe I'll go with Resident Evil 4 in particular, 'cause Leon hasn't made it onto the big screen yet and the game is awesome. A straight adaptation of Code: Veronica would be great, too. Live action all the way.

4. You're going to turn a book into a TV series. What is it? Why would it make a good TV show?

Many of the fantasy franchises would do well as series. Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness or McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern. Fantasy stories are just so long and involving, they have trouble getting adapted into movies; a show would be allowed to explore more. They usually have their own universes that are barely even touched upon in other adaptations, and could be worked in a series without even using the storylines from the books, but their general ideas and worlds.

5. Do you generally prefer the movie versions or the novel versions of works?

Um, not sure what that means, but if it's do I prefer adaptations to their source material, the answer would be depends on the adaptation and the source material.

From [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:

Name 5 remakes that never should have been made.

Now, I'm usually very easy going when it comes to remakes; I enjoy seeing what they'll do differently, how they'll interpret characters etc. Hell, I love the Dark Castle movies, especially House on Haunted Hill and Thir13en Ghosts. I thought The Hills Have Eyes was actually an improvement! I actually liked the Psycho remake for God's sake! (Mmm, Viggo.) Some cross the line. Some weren't good movies to begin with. These cross one line or another.

1- Dawn of the Dead. Oh, where to start. Anyone reading my journal has seen me go off on this movie more than once. Dislikable characters (played by actors I like, so no bias there!), so-so direction, nothing innovative, original or particularly shocking or touching. The fast zombies seem hilarious if you think how long they're in the mall and how grotty they should be by the end of the movie; if they attempted a sprint, bits would be falling off left and right. Not to mention that they didn't even invent the fast zombie, so it's just more lifting and ripping off other innovative ideas. And the ideas behind it stagger me occasionally; lost is most of the social commentary, except for an odd litte bit with a tele-preacher saying it's the loss of America's moral dignity that's causing zombies, with no other ideas presented to counter so am I supposed to believe the dead are walking because of gays?! And that 'You want every last second'? No, you don't. Trust me on this. Okay, take a deep breath now, Jean. And to think Romero's own Land of the Dead was put down critically in favor of this drek.

2- The Haunting. Dear Lord, where to start. Okay, so, when you're doing another adaptation of a book, it's best to go back to the source material instead of looking at what you could change from the original movie. That's one of my biggest pet peeves. It shouldn't be a remake, but a new adaptation. It's not. Now, this is the movie that introduced me to Owen Wilson, Lily Taylor's performance is fab, and Liam Neeson's hot as always, and it's (barely) watchable, but as a fan of the book who was even dissatisfied with the original classic movie, yeah. It shtinks.

3- King Kong. Just don't go there with me. First hour, excellent. The rest, OMG, where are my cyanide capsules?!

4- Black Christmas. Why, Glen Morgan and James Wong? Why do you hurt when you used to love? Remember the totally awesome season of Millennium you did? The short-lived but excellent The Others? The movie was meh, but watching the specials and seeing how very seriously they took themselves just left me scratching my head with a bad taste in my mouth. How can these be the same people who produced such excellent hours of TV as Jose Chung's Doomsday Device and Somehow, Satan Gor Behind Me? Come to think of it, both of those were written by Darin Morgan. Let your brother write, Glen! And, you know, they also did the Willard remake, so two strikes against 'em!

5- Halloween. Okay, it hasn't even come out yet, but Rob Zombie is one of the absolute worst director's in the history of the world and the original is one of the scariest, perfectly done horror movies ever. As someone on IMDb.com put it, quiet simply: "Hell, no!" Rob Zombie sucks.

And special raspberries to Wes Craven for the remake of Carnival of Souls. It's only saving grace is that so few people know it exists.

Peace, Ghani

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