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Fri, Apr. 8th, 2011, 05:17 am

It's been a long, long time since my last post in August, and considering it's 5am (central time), it's probably not the best time to be doing so. Then again, what better time to turn to LJ than when you have 20 pages due that day, only four written, and still feel like procrastinating some more?

I'm not going to bother going over everything that's happened since last summer, because holy shit, so much has happened. Too much, really. It's been a fucking beastly roller coaster of emotions, with 2010 having both the highest and lowest points in my life up until now. 2011 hasn't let up much either. But after making a few changes in my life and making some pretty big decisions, things finally feel like they're calming down.

I'm starting to feel hope again.

Fri, Aug. 20th, 2010, 01:52 am

So I disappeared for a bit because I just moved and didn't have internet right away. Then my laptop started being stupid and then just straight up died. But I finally got a new one and my internet is up and running, so hopefully I'll be a bit more present on LJ.

Sun, Aug. 1st, 2010, 04:04 pm

Inspired by scandaloussteph's entry about Rhett Butler/Scarlett O'Hara, I finally made my way to the Making Movies exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center here at UT-Austin since today is the last day. I had already seen some of the stuff on display since I had taken a tour of the archives with my class last year, but I still wanted to go to at least see the costumes, which they usually keep locked away in a special place separate from the rest of the film archives.

Anyway, the exhibit was pretty amazing. I always love seeing the notes written on scripts or the letters sent between directors, producers, actors, etc while a film is in production. Hands down the best such note is a letter from Christopher Plummer to Robert Wise, sent before The Sound of Music went into production. One of the things he mentions is wanting to cut Edelweiss from the film, thinking it too schmaltzy and hoping Richard Rodgers could write a better solo for him. There's also a Mt. Rushmore guide booklet with notes written all over the image of Mt. Rushmore, showing where they wanted Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint to climb down in North by Northwest. They also had some pretty good props, such as the giant scissors from the dream sequence in Spellbound. The main attraction was definitely the costumes, though. There were a few from various Robert De Niro films and some random classic films, but the best on display was Vivien Leigh's red gown from Gone with the Wind. It was ridiculously gorgeous, and surprisingly super slim. I can't even imagine how disgustingly thin Leigh must have been to fit into that dress.

They also showed various video clips throughout the exhibit, including some of the screen tests done by many actresses for the role of Scarlett O'Hara. I didn't stick around to watch all of them, because that would have taken forever, but the ones I did watch were all pretty laughable (particularly Lana Turner).

Fri, Jul. 16th, 2010, 01:42 am
Hot damn!

So, I mentioned a while back that I was writing an article for an online journal called Flow, put together by my department. Well, it's finally up: "Betty White Found Dead" and Other Fake Gossip. It's about the fake story posted on ONTD back in March saying Betty White was dead and how that story spread pretty quickly. It didn't come out as super awesome as I'd hoped, but I'm still pretty happy with it. I'd love to hear your feedback on it, whether you leave a comment here or at the website itself. And just so you know, even though it's technically an academic journal, Flow is very laid back, so it's not full of a bunch of pretentious bullshit. It is generally filled with pretty good articles on television and new media, so I definitely suggest checking out some of the articles there.

Thu, Jul. 15th, 2010, 04:33 am
Because clearly I've been watching too much of The Bob Newhart Show

Unfortunately for Robin Scherbatsky, she's not half the babe that Emily Hartley was.

Tue, Jul. 13th, 2010, 04:59 pm
A really lame update on my life

I'm pretty sure I'm the biggest square when it comes to buying records. Instead of looking for hip indie records or old rock stuff, I usually end up buying soundtracks or vocal records. But whatever, I got some really awesome stuff yesterday and I am super excited about it. Two Sinatra albums, two soundtracks (Picnic and All in the Family), and a Bob Newhart comedy album.

Speaking of Bob Newhart, I've been watching The Bob Newhart Show on Hulu lately as part of a personal project to watch all the MTM shows in chronological order. I decided to do this after I became obsessed with The Mary Tyler Moore Show back in May (hence my new icon of a mustached Mary Tyler Moore). The good thing is I don't have to feel bad about all the time I'm wasting because I can just tell myself it's research for a future paper I might write. I love being a television scholar.

And speaking of being a television scholar, I got accepted to my first conference! I submitted an abstract for the Film and History Conference and I got in! I am super excited. The paper will be about Liz Lemon and food (hence why I asked for Liz Lemon food quotes a while ago), specifically how no relationship she has with a man will live up to the one she has with food.

Tue, Jun. 1st, 2010, 11:57 am

I know I barely update, so I feel sort of lame updating now with a question, but what are some good Liz Lemon quotes related to food (preferably shorter ones)? I promise this is important.

Wed, May. 5th, 2010, 01:15 am

So, it's been a month since I last posted, apparently. A busy month, to be precise, full of school work, a new job, dating, and parties.

I should mention that I'm in the middle of writing a paper right now (about Betty White!) and am using this as an excuse to procrastinate. Even though the paper is due tomorrow (today?) and I only have a paragraph written. Once I finish this paper, though, I'll only have one more to write (about issues of masculinity in Sherman's March), and once I finish that paper, I'll be done with my first year of grad school. Crazy.

I'm looking forward to being done, though. Because then I get to go on a road trip through the South. Then I get to have an article published in a television studies journal online. Then I get to start work on my thesis (blurring of the line between television programs and advertising, with 30 Rock as a case study). Then I get to move into an awesome house. Then I get to apply to PhD programs. And so on. Basically, even though the first half of this year has been intense, the second half will be even more so. And I'm looking forward to it.

Thu, Apr. 8th, 2010, 01:54 am
Keep Austin Weird

On the bus this morning, I saw a lady cradling a hamster. In her boobs. And it was reaching up and trying to stick its head in her mouth. And she let it. I repeat, this lady let a hamster that was resting on her bosom reach up and stick its head in her mouth.

In other exciting news, I have a sinus infection.

Thu, Apr. 1st, 2010, 07:59 pm
April Fools?

Have you guys seen this?

Hulu Confidential

It's narrated by Alec Baldwin. I guess it's supposed to be Hulu's April Fools joke. It's basically the history of television/an extended ad for Hulu, but it's pretty funny. It comes up when you click on the "3-D" option while watching something on the site.

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