maristu: (Default)
So, how's the vidding community lately? You know, for the first time I'm right here in the States, have cable in my apartment, and can actually keep up with all the shows I want right up there with you guys. Problem is, I still haven't figured out where all the programs are. In Brazil there were basically three channels: WB, Sony and Fox. Here, there are hundreds of them! I'll have to make a time sheet or something...

Thing is, there aren't really that many shows that interest me anymore. Or maybe I'm missing something really good. What have y'all been watching (and vidding) lately?

Anyway, like I mentioned in a previous post, I'm taking a video editing class. And our first project was... You guessed it, a music video! :) Well, I was definitely happy with that! Although I wanted to present something that didn't constitute copyright infringement, so that it could be shown at the school's student presentations. So I decided to go with the band. Yeah, I know, it does seem like it's an obsession, but you know, it's just *there*, I have tons of footage from a million rehearsals and performances, and I can use them any way I like, and the songs, too, so I figured it was a good project.

Except that I couldn't get the darn footage to work on Final Cut Pro. Still working on that, and I might have figured it out, so maybe I'll do it anyway. But we had a deadline, and I needed to do *something*, so I reverted to what I already knew and made a music video to a series. More specifically, Tom Hank's "From the Earth to the Moon", which I just happened to have bought recently and enjoyed tremendously. It's done, burned on a CD and handed over to my teacher, who is going to critique it this next Tuesday.

But I was just wondering, would anyone be interested in beta-ing it for me? Pretty please? :)
maristu: (muse)
You know what's the worst thing about arriving late to a fandom? It's that everything you want to do has been done, sometimes more than once, sometimes in a much better way than you'd have done yourself. I've had about 5 ideas for vidding Buffy, and they've all been done already! With the character I was thinking of doing, with other characters I hadn't thought of, sometimes the song has been done 5 times! Seriously, how is this possible?

So... I have two sort of obscure songs (by pretty famous bands, actually) that I was thinking of vidding to Buffy. Not my first choices, but I still like the ideas. And they haven't been done yet. That's how obscure the songs are... :P We'll see how things go!
maristu: (God's sense of humor)
I'm very disappointed. Apparently, Serenity isn't coming out in theaters here in Brazil. It was supposed to come out today, but it got cancelled due to the low opening box office in the US. So... I'll have to wait til it comes out on DVD. And I won't get the chance to see it with the nice surround sound (although the one I have at home isn't really all that bad). But still.

And to top it off, yesterday I played in my first squash tournament. And lost miserably. My only consolation is that my practice partner won her game and then played the girl that played with me, and she lost too. So there. It's not that I suck, it's just that she played a whole lot better. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it *g*

Computer's almost ready to start vidding. Took a while to get it up and running again, but after a little research on the 'net I figured what was wrong with my HD and reinstalled everything (for the millionth time), and now everything seems to be working fine. I have a million bunnies in my head, I just have to pick one and get started. Yay!
maristu: (muse)
Okay, this may sound stupid, but... How does this BitTorrent thingy work? Where do I get it?

I'd forgotten what it was like to read my flist right after an episode of , not having watched it along with everyone else. So yeah... BitTorrent. I want it. Now.

Please?

Update

Sep. 18th, 2005 10:11 pm
maristu: (reality)
Well... The apartment sale is giving me a headache. I sent them my divorce papers, to prove that I'd gotten the apartment in the deal. Now they want proof that I paid my share to my ex-husband. Problem is, I can't find the bank papers. My house is a huge *mess* (and is a reflection of my life, really). And now, come to think of it, I don't think I paid him at all. At least not through a bank transfer. IIRC, he got the car and had to pay *me* back the difference. So, now I have to check that. And talk to him again. Dammit. Whatever.

In addition to that, I got major cramps today, which I normally don't get. So I stayed home instead of doing all the million things I'd planned on doing today, and watched tv and played on the computer. Which in turn gave me a headache, because my sight has deteriorated and my glasses aren't good enough anymore. I have an eye doctor appointment tomorrow.

Also, my computer's been having some trouble with the graphics card. Don't know if it's hardware or software. I'm going to reinstall the OS and everything else and rule out software. Which is hopefully the case, because my graphics card was one of the parts I spent the most on, and I really don't want to buy another one. If it's not software, it's probably the energy font or overheating. Bleh. I hate computers. When they don't work, that is...

So yeah. Crappy day overall. Plus, I ate like a pig and probably gained 3 pounds. I so desperately wanted a smoke today. Dammit. Again.

~*~

Okay, that's enough sulking. Good news of the day:

* I got halfway through making an X-Men vid, in between computer crashes. It's coming along well, I actually like it so far... Looking for a beta, if anyone's interested :)

* I watched Prisoner of Azkaban today, and discovered to my surprise that I hadn't watched it yet. Ever. Which is weird, since I have clear memories of watching it when it was in theaters, I even recall conversations and emails about it. But I watched the movie and didn't remember even one little part of it, was surprised by absolutely everything. So either I have an amazing imagination or I'm suffering from some sort of memory loss. Anyway, it was an amazing movie, the best of the three definitely. Plus the kids are really learning to act (especially Emma) and looking good! Can't wait for the Goblet of Fire to come out.

So yeah, the day wasn't a total loss... I feel crappy, though. I think I'll just go to bed and sleep it off.
maristu: (Default)
I'm online again! Well, actually I've been online at work every day, but the firewall there blocks LiveJournal and AIM. But I finally got my computer back, with a borrowed 120GB HD (my old one died on me) until I manage to buy another one. Bigger! Better (hopefully)! We'll see... Although I'm starting to believe that there's something else wrong with the computer, since it's crashing an awful lot lately, especially when I use graphics-heavy programs (which is obligatory to vidding, so you can see my conundrum). I'll have to have it checked again soon. But for now, it's home, and working (kind of). So I'll just make a big update while I can.

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I'm currently very much in love with Paco de Lucia. For those of you who don't know, he's a spanish Flamenco guitarrist, and he's amazing. I love his work. If you like Flamenco, check out his site.

I am, however, very nervous about a presentation I have to give tomorrow for my spanish class. I chose Paco de Lucia as my subject, and I have to speak 15 minutes about him. In spanish. Now, I suck at presentation in general. Even when I have to give them in portuguese (or in english, in which I'm kind of fluent ;) ). I'm already trembling at the prospect. I plan on playing a 5 minute piece on the CD player, that way I only have to speak for 10 ;)

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My dad was on TV today! Well, he's on TV every week, actually, but this time he was on for a whole hour! He was interviewed about his political views on the whole corruption scandal that's been going on here in Brazil. Pretty cool. Also, they showed a picture of me and my sister! So I was on TV too! Yay! *g*

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I am currently working on ripping my Smallville DVDs into small MPG files, so that I can remaster my old videos, and possibly make a few new ones. I have a few movie vids in mind also. The ripping process is taking longer than I anticipated, though, especially because my computer keeps crashing on me. But I'll get ther eventually.

Also, I wanted to put up a website. That involves finding a good hosting service. I'll probably host in the US, it's hard to find a hosting service here in Brazil that gives me the kind of freedom you guys have as to what can be put up. I'm still searching, though. Any ideas?

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Don't know if I mentioned it, but I'm going to Peru this Friday. Me and two girl friends are walking the incan trail to Machu Picchu. The three of us make an interesting group, one is a very girly type, loves pink, is taking cologne and is horrified at the idea that we'll have to use bushes as our bathrooms for 4 days (not that I love the idea, but I'm not losing much sleep over it). The other is very practical, and is the one taking care of all the arrangements, booking hotels, making check lists, that kind of thing.

As for me, I'm just in it for the adventure. I love camping out, being in the wilderness, walking trails and taking pictures. Not to mention the whole spiritual aspect of the journey. I have been given a few tasks by a psychic I went to the other day (and yes, I go to psychics. I've been to three in my lifetime, and although I'm kind of skeptic, I still think there's some truth in what they say). One of this tasks involves writing all the stuff that I think are wrong in my life, and that I want to leave behind in order to get a fresh start. I should then take it on the journey, and bury it somewhere along the way. I have to tell you, the list is LONG. But, you know, even if you don't believe in this kind of thing, just the act of making the list already gives you clarity of what you need to change, and it does seem like a good start, doesn't it?

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Another superstitious thing I'm doing: I have this apartment that I've been trying to sell for almost two years now. It's an apartment I bought with my ex-husband when we still believed we were going to stay in São Paulo. When we decided to get divorced, he didn't have enough money to pay the mortgage on it, so the arrangement was that I'd pay for it until I managed to sell it. I paid off his part, so what actually happened was that he got his money upfront, while I got stuck with the debt and the ordeal of selling. I know, very very stupid, but then, I just wanted the whole divorce negotiation over and done with, no matter the cost (it was an extremely tiring and nerve-wrecking process for me). Anyway, it's been on the market for almost two years now, and it's just not selling. So this psychic told me to light an orange candle over the contract on wednesday, which I did. And now all I can do is basically pray that it works. I figure it can't do any harm, so... The candle's been lit for four days now. We'll see.

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Also, I went to a podiatrist(sp?) today, and had all my ingrown nails trimmed. I then proceded to paint them pink. I am in love with my new feet :)
maristu: (muse)
Just finished watching the second DVD of Buffy season 4. Love the show. Too bad I didn't realize how good it before it ended... But yay for DVDs! I'm already thinking of buying seasons 6 and 7 next month. Let's just see where I stand money-wise then.

And also, things that made me go 'Huh?' in HPHBP. )
maristu: (Default)
1. They're shooting "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe"!
2. The release of Dreamfall (computer game) is set for the end of the year.
3. New Harry Potter book! Just finished reading! Will comment in next post.
4. Saturn left my sign after 2 LOOOONG years (and for those who don't believe in astrology, this is probably silly, but damned if I don't feel much lighter...)
5. My new hair cut. It's a little bit shorter than shoulder-length. I LOVE IT.
maristu: (Default)
Darn. I'd just finished writing the longest post, and my machine crashed and I lost it all. The amazing machine that I paid a tidy amount to have, with 200GB of disk space, a DVD-RW, 1GB of RAM, all the works, crashed. That's not fair. *pout*

Oh well. I'll just rewrite it. In Word, so that I can save it *g*

Anyway - HI!!! Hi everyone! I'm back! How have y'all been?? What's everyone been up to? I want to know everything! :-)

Okay, I'll start *g*. First off, I'm single now, officially. Have been so for a year, actually. It's been a good year, all in all, lots of fun, dancing, traveling, partying, lots of good friends, lots of work. And now things are still hectic, but I have a 'net connection, and I missed you guys! Really! *g*

Let's see, I'll try doing this in topics and see if it works.

Traveling: I did the Camino de Santiago (Saint James Way, in English) in April. For those who don't know, it's a pilgrimage crossing Spain from the french border to the city of Santiago. It's about 870km long, and I walked another 100km from Santiago to Finisterre, which is on the coast (Finisterre means, literally, the "end of the earth" - in ancient times, people believed that the earth ended there, and they built a lighthouse, really beautiful place). So, that's almost 1000km, which is about 620 miles, I think. I walked it in 33 days, an average of 17-18 miles a day. I recommend it to anyone who'd like to a) test their limits; b) learn more about themselves; c) meet interesting people; d) learn about a different culture/language; or e) all of the above. It was the most intense experience I've ever had.

Sports: Well... I stopped practicing Aikido for a while, but am thinking of returning. Also, I started playing squash (really cool!) and running in the mornings, and am actually thinking of entering a half marathon next year. And to top things off, I'm starting sailing lessons on weekends, and might even buy a boat with a few friends sometime soon. Very athletic, my life of late!

Fandom: Not much to talk about there. I missed most of the 3rd season of SV, haven't been home much lately. The shows I see are mostly on DVD, I bought Sex and the City (only two seasons), Dawson's Creek (I know, I know! It's my guilty pleasure...), and the first three seasons of Buffy, which I got hooked on after watching "Superstar" (don't remember the vidder's name, but that is one cool vid!). I'm anxiously waiting for season 4 to come out on DVD here in Brazil.

Vidding: I haven't vidded much, fandom-wise, but I'm working on a big editing project for our end-of-the-year party at work. What we're doing is, taking scenes from famous movies, like Thelma and Louise, The Godfather, Schindler's List, and so forth, and dubbing over them as if the characters were the people at work. It's hilarious, especially the dubbing sessions. Lots of fun, but also lots of work. I'm dying to see the finished product *g* Although it's taking up most of my time (not to mention disk space!) to make it. We have a tight deadline (October 30), so I'll be off fandom vidding until then. But I plan on making a big return! Stay tuned!

Okay, I think that's about it... Don't know if I forgot anything that I'd written on the other post, but oh well. If I remember anything, I'll just repost *g*

How about you guys? What have y'all been up to?

Back!

Jul. 7th, 2003 07:08 pm
maristu: (reality)
*looks around empty office*
Yup... I believe I just *might* be able to come back to LiveJournal. Read my friends page. Update LJ. Catch up on my email. Even vid a little, who knows? Here's hoping :)

A quick update on fandom (not much there...) and RL, considering it's been *months* since I've done a real update on LJ...

Fandom: I've started reading OotP, and am loving it. Although I haven't been able to get very far, with work and family stuff. On the vidding front, I'm working on boni's b'day vid (just 7 months late!) and on a few SV vids that I've been mulling over for what feels like a *year*. Expect a huge batch of vids to come out soon. They're practically exploding from my brain... Also, I've finally got a cable internet connection at home, so I'll be able to dl SFU episodes to vid. And a few movie vids I've been thinking about also. This is *fun*!

Therapy: I've just started. My therapist is very nice, we're getting along just fine... Although I always leave the sessions (the two I've had so far) feeling like we've only just started scratching the surface and that there's so much *more* to talk about. For some reason, I manage to spend the entire hour just chatting about unimportant stuff, and the stuff that's been really bugging me are always left unsaid. Maybe next session I'll just make a list or something.

Also, she's asked me to try and remember my dreams, but I just can't. I know I dream, and I remember them for about 5 seconds after I wake up, but by the time I'm fully awake all the memories seem to have just flown from my mind. Does anyone have any suggestions for remembering dreams?

Work: Work is crazy as usual. Apparently, working in the department that develops software for the federal budget means working 20 hours a day during the months of June/July and November/December. I have five different software projects, all due on July 31st. Fun, huh? On the bright side, I won't know what to do with myself on August 1st (hopefully) :)

Birthdays: This year, my mom, sister and I decided to celebrate our birthdays together (my sister's is June 20, mine is June 23 and my mom's is July 9). So we arranged this huge party at my mom's house. Here in Brazil, during the month of June, we have a traditional type of party (St. John's Feast) with specific costumes, dances, foods and games. And a bonfire. And colored flags. And... Gosh, lots of stuff. I was talking to Barbana on AIM a while ago and I promised to make a site explaining all this stuff, with pictures and movies from the party. This project turned out to be much bigger than it seemed at first (the history behind this feast is *huge*), but it's coming along. Stay tuned! *g*

Family: My sister is staying here on vacation from NY for a month. We're trying to get her to come back for good. There seems to be an opening for a producer in the national news here, starting August. I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

Pregnancies: My younger cousin just told the family that she's pregnant. She's only 18. I wanted to whack her in the head when I heard... Considering that she has a living example in the family (my *other* cousin also had an unwanted pregnancy), that people do indeed get pregnant, it's not just some scary story our parents tell us to prevent us from having sex, you'd *think* she'd have understood the concept of birth control. Apparently, no. Birth Control Pills and Condoms are foreign words for her. Dear God.

Meanwhile, I *want* to get pregnant, and don't. Seems just a little bit unfair, doesn't it?

Well, I guess that's it... Feel good to be back! Hopefully, I'll be able to stay this time *g*
maristu: (evil)
Watched 'Insurgence' and 'Suspect'. Hopefully the Latin WB will continue being nice to me and will show 'Rush' today. Who knows? We might actually catch up with y'all in the upper hemisphere :)

Now... These two past episodes got me to thinking about Lex. I know, I know, probably everything I say here has already been said, analysed, contested, reanalysed, resaid, discarded, etc. But damn it, I was trying to stay unspoiled and didn't read any of it, so in my little world, these thoughts are actually original. So there.

First off, Lex and Lionel. I think their relationship is getting better and better. Things that caught my eye (or mind, or whatever): in the end of 'Visage', Lex tells Helen that he doesn't want to become his father (and man did I love that speech :) ). Yet in 'Insurgence' he fights back using exactly the same weapons his father supposedly used against him. I find this dichotomy very interesting, for some reason. The fact that, when confronted, he felt like he had to defend himself, showed an amount of guilt that Lionel *never* shows. For the first time, I despised Lex. Sort of. Ok, not really, but I was very pissed off at him... While at the same time feeling very maternal and wanting to hug him and make it all better -- hey, I'm a Cancerian! It's my instinct!

In 'Suspect', I wanted to kick Clark in the ass about a million times, for being so damn judgmental. I keep going back to feeling sorry for Lex, because the truth is, no matter how hard he tries, it'll always be so much harder for him to Be Nice. I don't think he'll *become* evil. That's not how it works, IMO. I just think he'll realize how much easier it is for him to just be a Luthor, live up to his family name (and fame). Eventually he'll just stop trying so hard. Simple, easy, and gradual. And already happening, to some extent. And I'm *dying* to see Lucas *g*

And yes, Clark *is* a big part of this. Because for a while, he was the only person who believed in Lex. And Lex got used to it. The fact that Clark actually thought he'd shot his father and framed Jonathan (and threw in his face the Nixon shooting, which was a *really* low blow, considering the circumstances around that shooting -- Bad Clark! No cookie!) had, I think, a much bigger impact on him than if it had been anybody else.

Poor Lex. He's getting sooo tired. I can see it in his face, in his tone of voice. I wonder if he *will* eventually kill Lionel, like he did in the comics. I feel like killing him myself. But damnit, that man simply refuses to die. Maybe I'll just kill him in my vid *g*

Heh. I feel like Captain Obvious with this post (hi Wook ;) ). But yeah, these are my thoughts. Next in line for LJ: thoughts on fanon!Lex and canon!Lex. It's right here on my list :)

Songs that inspired this random line of thought:

All the Things She Said by Tatu (don't ask... I hadn't actually looked at the lyrics, but damn, the chorus is so entrancing!)
Somewhere I Belong by Linkin Park (yes, all Linkin Park lyrics remind me of Lex)

Disclaimer: I have only watched up to 'Suspect', so my logic (or lack thereof) may have already been broken by eps I haven't seen yet. Or something.
maristu: (eowyn)
Okay, I'm rushing off to a movie with hubby (it's been *ages* since we've gone to a movie), but stuff is piling up in my head and I just have to write it down before I forget everything. So here goes... *takes deep breath*

  • Hated 'Visage' (well, except for the part where Chloe's hitting on Lana. That was cool.). Loved loved *loved* 'Insurgence'. Seriously, I don't remember what y'all thought of that ep, but it was good. So good even my *husband* liked it. Plus, it gave me a whole bunch of footage for my "Sympathy for the Devil" vid :)
  • On that note, my computer is back to its full vidding capacities, so I've begun tinkering a bit with a few vids, mainly Boni's b'day vid, Barbana's vid and the Lionel vid. And I've come to a conclusion: I CAN'T VID WITHOUT A BETA! *weeps* I can't, it just doesn't work if I don't bounce stuff off of someone. Boni! I need help! And I need a net connection! Wah!
  • I finally managed to convince my boss that I *need* Photoshop on my machine. So he got it for me. And all I've done with it so far is... work. Darn. But I have a whole bunch of icon ideas, not to mention the new layout for my LJ I'm working on, so expect new things as soon as work slows down a bit. And note that I said *new*, not *good*. Definitely NOT good :P
  • I have a fic idea (or rather, a character analysis of sorts). It's Lillian/Lionel. It will probably never get written, much less posted, since I have little confidence in my writing skills. I have a serious vocabulary deficiency, y'all. Really. Someone please tell me where I can pick up english vocabulary? And don't say, "read", because I read a *lot* in English (more than in Portuguese, actually), and I *know* what words mean. I just don't remember them when I'm writing...
  • For all of you that like computer games, adventure games in particular, go out NOW and buy "The Longest Journey". That's the absolute best adventure game I've played so far, and I've played a *lot* of adventure games. April Ryan kicks ass. Plus, she's snarky and she writes *exactly* like me. Seriously. Her diary looks just like my LJ, except with interesting stuff :)
  • Hubby's thinking of trying out for the police academy. I don't know if I support him on this or not. Oh, who am I kidding? Of course I'll support him. But I'm scared to death of him being on the streets and having a gun in the house. I dunno. I don't want to become a widow so early... And yes, I'm melodramatic, why do you ask? *g*
  • Brazil's coming up on the Carnaval weekend, so I'll be offline from Saturday until Wednesday afternoon. Going up (or rather, down, now that I live in Brasília) to visit my dad. Should be fun, and restful. Hopefully. I need it. I *totally* blew up in a meeting today. I even scared myself. Not fun.


Well, that's about it, I guess. Lots more to say on a whole bunch of topics, but I don't have the time to write it now, so I'll just jot them down here... *scribbles on notepad* and write them tomorrow.
maristu: (evil)
First off, ::hugs:: for Rhi. I sent you an email, but I really have no idea what to say, so forgive me if I said anything that might have hurt you. I've been thinking of you a lot in the past days...

~*~

Also, happy (late) birthday to [livejournal.com profile] alejandradd! Hope you had a blast :) And, um, I'm kind of late in my birthday presents (*hides from [livejournal.com profile] bonibaru*), but you'll get yours... eventually *g*

~*~

I'm going crazy here... We're starting our first project in my new job, and I've been assigned Web Designer. *hides face in hands and weeps* I have *never* designed anything in my life! I stole my webpage design from Blogger! I have no idea where to start! Someone? Please? Help? Just, you know, point me in the right direction (*any* direction, actually) and shove me a little and I'm pretty sure I'll get... somewhere. I have technical knowledge of HTML, Javascript, ASP and all that stuff, but other than that, nada. [livejournal.com profile] misswindy? Anyone else?

~*~

Just finished re-reading Blueprints.

Easy like being seated ten people down from Lex and yet in perfect line of sight to see that the gorgeous brunette next to Lex had every intention of making some sort of claim on him tonight. Who was she again? The Duchess Mariana or some such thing?

Hee! Gorgeous brunette? Woohoo! I'm even Lex's type!

And this:

Clark barely listened. He knew enough about the market to keep up with their conversation and he would be able to comment if Lionel decided to turn on him again. In the meantime, he concentrated on the conversation between Lex and Mariana. The latter's clipped accent made it easy to zero in on their discussion.

"Really, Lex, if you enjoy the back door so much, you simply must try mine. I've been told it's exquisite."


... made me laugh (and blush) so hard that people at work thought I was crazy :)

And damn! Lex must be *really* in love with Clark, to turn down an offer like *that*! A threesome, even!

Thanks, Rhi. This made my week ;)
maristu: (bite me)
I want to whine. I feel like whining. Here's why:

* My absolute favorite brazilian movie *ever* didn't get nominated for the Oscars. And that sucks. I don't think I'll watch the Oscars this year.

* I'm all sore from the latest exercise bouts. I'm taking Aikido on Tuesdays/Thursdays, and hitting the gym on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays. Maybe that's a bit too much...

* I have cramps. And that always pisses me off. For the obvious reason (i.e., *pain*), and for the not-so-obvious reason that I'm obviously not pregnant. I think. Do you get cramps when you're pregnant? *eyes conception doctor's number* Maybe I should just call this woman and get an appointment and get this over with already. Tomorrow.

* Latin WB is showing reruns, and I wanna watch all the fantastic new eps y'all are raving about! I've only seen the crappy ones (with the exception of Lineage, of course). But now, they're back to "Nocturne" :P

So, yeah, I'm not happy right now. Not sad, either, just... bitchy. Like the mood icon says. I'll be better tomorrow.

Back to your regular program...

Vidding

Feb. 6th, 2003 06:21 pm
maristu: (muse)
*looks at the list of things to write in LJ*
*chooses one randomly, or maybe not that randomly, but still*

Okay, vidding. What to say about vidding? I like doing it :) It drives me crazy sometimes (actually, most of the time), but crazy in a *good* way.

Cut out because it's waaaay too long. )

There are so many things I want to work on in the future. I want to make more *art*. Be braver and bolder. Less technical. Use the "slow" feature to bring out specific clips in the songs (instead of just using it so that the clip fits a specific part of the song), using different effects, stuff like that. Keeping a color theme or a camera theme *on purpose*, instead of unintentionally. The thing is, I’m too afraid of making a mistake, of people not liking something I made (and my very rational mind is now reminding me that this has probably already happened, but still).

I’m a strange person. I don’t like taking chances. I don’t like losing, erring, making a fool or myself. Most shy people are like that, I think. Shyness is just a way of not letting yourself be open to criticism. I practically *cried* the first time Social Services took my baby in The Sims. I just don’t like people (even virtual people, like the Social Services lady in The Sims) telling me that I haven’t done a good job. It’s scary being like this, *knowing* that I’m like this, and at the same time not being especially able to change it.

Then again, I *am* changing it, in a way. By writing here, and posting my vids. See? Fandom makes you grow as a person! :)
maristu: (muse)
Ok, BIG update here. Lots of stuff happened in the last week or so... But first of all, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] wook! Hope your day's wonderful :)

~*~


I watched "The Ring" this weekend. Mildly disappointing... Although Samara's kind of creepy if you think about her for long enough.

~*~


I got my computer to work! Well, actually, hubby did. We bought a nice nobreak (good thing, too, my building is constantly having energy peaks), and new speakers, and now everything's working! Yay! And! Hubby managed to save all my Premiere projects and Smallville eps, and the Premiere installation files. And! AND! He got us a 40GB hard drive! I'm in vidding heaven at the moment... :)

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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bonibaru, I watched the first episode of Firefly (it works, boni!). Loved it! I'll be spending the rest of the week watching the rest of the episodes, and who knows? I might even vid something if the muse whispers :) Although I'm not counting on this, especially considering the big backlog of vids in my todo list (including someone's birthday vid...). But yay! Firefly! And Jen, when are you going to finish that incredible vid you showed me, oh, 4 months ago? I still have it in my computer, you know... And it's damn good.

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I spent most of the weekend playing "The Longest Journey" with my husband on the computer. It's an adventure game, and I adore the protagonist, April Ryan. She kicks ass ;) Well, not in the "Tomb Raider" way, but still, she's witty and sarcastic and just plain *fun*. I have never enjoyed playing a character as much as this :)

On the downside, and about the *only* bad thing that's happened these past days (other than the slight depression you guys witnessed), "Black & White" refuses to work on my computer. I've been waiting to play that for almost a year now. I have the CDs, the manuals, everything. But apparently there's some sort of incompatibility either with my video card or with Win2K, or with my video card running on Win2K. Frustrating. Gah.

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I have discovered (and fallen in love with) Dave Matthews Band and Train. I've been listening to them for *hours* today, and can't seem to tire. "Angel" rings of Chlark to me, and I just love "Drops of Jupiter". Yay for new favorite bands! And yay for my sister for showing them to me :)

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Well, that's about it... Not really that much, come to think of it... Today's a new Smallville episode (new for me, anyway). I'm having the greatest time watching Smallville for the first time on TV, withough spoilers. I might start doing this permanently :)

Nah, who am I kidding? As soon as I get a decent internet connection at home, I'll go back to downloading from the 'net ;)
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Before I forget to mention it, I put up a page for Slod's birthday vid over at the website. And I also took away the movies, actors and music pages, because I'll never update them anyway and they just weigh on my conscience. So there :P

But now I feel this urge to list my favorite movies and actors... *sigh* Here goes. In no specific order...

Ten favorite actors:
* Ewan McGregor
* Kevin Spacey
* Edward Norton
* Robin Williams
* Cate Blanchett
* Billy Bob Thornton
* Haley Joel Osmont
* Michael Rosenbaum
* Russell Crowe

Ten favorite movies (5 years or older):
* Dead Poets Society (1989)
* The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
* Schindler's List (1993)
* Forrest Gump (1994)
* Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
* L.A. Confidential (1997)
* Léon (1994)
* Trainspotting (1996)
* Titanic (1997)
* Pulp Fiction (1994)

Ten favorite movies (since 1998)
* American Beauty (1999)
* Moulin Rouge! (2001)
* The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
* The Matrix (1999)
* City of God (2002)
* American History X (1998)
* The Sixth Sense (1999)
* Nueve Reinas (2000)
* Fight Club (1999)
* Saving Private Ryan (1998)
maristu: (eowyn)
I would like to announce that [livejournal.com profile] bonibaru is one of the most amazing and nice people I've met.

I got it! Firefly! In a little box labeled "Child Tea Set" :) I am immensely happy...

*stares at new shiny gifts*
*remembers melted down video card at home*
*weeps*

Um, do you think it would be pushing it to watch Firefly eps at work?

But! Hubby already bought another video card (and a big-ass cooler to avoid another melt-down), so I'll probably be able to watch them this weekend! Yay!

Thanks, boni. You're the best :)

Hi!

Jan. 13th, 2003 06:05 pm
maristu: (danger)
Hi to [livejournal.com profile] velvetglove! I hear I'll be beta'ing a "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil" fic written by you :) Just, you know, feel free to email me whenever you want, either at maricats@terra.com.br or at marianastudart@yahoo.com. Although, I have to say that I'm not an expert beta, I've only beta'd one fic so far (and am in the process of beta'ing two more). But I'm very enthusiastic! ;)

Hmm... I have a lot to say about beta'ing (both on the giving and the recieving end). I'll have to write it up later, though. Darn RL interfering on my online life... :P
maristu: (eowyn)
So. No internet at home. No internet at work. Just looking at my inbox makes me sad... It'll take me *forever* to catch up. Hopefully the internet will be back at work tomorrow (I'm at my mom's for the night).

If you're expecting a response from me (either email or LJ comments), I swear I'm not ignoring you...

*smooches* Hope everyone's ok! And I'll be back sometime soon :)

ETA: And, um, I still need help with Boni's b'day vid... Click here for more info (no, Boni, not you! ;) )

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