Wednesday, March 29, 2017

letters live

Hey guys! I just found Letters Live on youtube. I've just seen three videos so far, but I loved them so I'm sharing them with you. Letters Live is an event where artists read letters aloud to audiences to "celebrate letter writing and the art of correspondence". I love how strongly the personality of the writers shows in their letters.

This letter is so sweet and I love how TH can't help laughing.

It's really cool to watch Andrew Scott reading this letter and then Benedict reading the same below and see the similarities and differences. I love the way AS interprets the letter.

I love how Benedict gives so much character to each word even when he's reading super fast. It's brilliant. 

xx

Monday, March 20, 2017

drift away

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Thanks for the joy that you've given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You've helped me along
Making me strong

(Drift Away, by Dobie Gray)

Because I love Merlin. xx

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

list no. v

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Music:


Links:
Go Behind-the-Scenes of Our CAPTAIN AMERICA Marathon with Stan Lee, Sebastian Stan, Chris Hardwick & More | Nerdist
www.galactanet.com/writing.html
History of the Term Winter Soldier Ahead of Captain America | The Mary Sue
FoxTrot
Cosmos on Nautilus
Script Timer - Words to Time Calculator | Edge Studio

Videos:
Quotes:
"It is easy enough to be pleasant, 
When life flows by like a song, 
But the man worth while is the one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong." (from the poem Worth While, by Ella Wilcox)

"Knowing it's real means you gotta make a decision. One, keep denying it, or two, do something about it." (Jessica Jones in Netflix's Jessica Jones)

xx

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

IN FEBRUARY

Mary Blair, Peter Pan mermaids:
Mary Blair, Peter Pan mermaids | via
books
The Shorter Summa, by Thomas Aquinas, Peter Kreeft (school) - Cool.
Paradise, by Dante, translated by Anthony Esolen (school)

movies
Down With Love - Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger. Okay.
Miss Potter - Also Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger. Sweet.
The Fantastic Mr Fox - Watched it to see Wes Anderson's style.
La La Land - Colorful and bright. Loved the jazz. The story the plot told and the story the movie's artistry told seemed like two different stories, to me.
Marley and Me - Okay, long.
Sing - Fun and colorful and upbeat. (Ooo a pun.)
All Creatures Great and Small - Okay, fun, colorful. (Can you tell I love color?)
The Intern - Okay, sweet.
The Choice - Not my thing.
*Doctor Strange - Perfect.
*Captain America: Civil War - Basically perfect.
*Ant-Man - Exactly what it should be.

tv series
Avatar: The Last Airbender (to end) - Loved it.
Jessica Jones (about half) - More MA than Daredevil and less fun.
Legion - So far so cool. It's fascinating to me how the main character's story is told as you move through the rooms of his childhood house, rather than chronologically. Reminds me of a mind palace, the way every time you enter a specific room you always see the same memory being reenacted.
*Downton Abbey (various episodes)

*rewatched

February wasn't the best month for movies for me, except of course for the re-watched Marvel movies. ♥ Flew on an airplane for the first time by myself! It's empowering to know I've done that. Did you find any new favorite books or movies in Feruary? Anything exciteing happen? I hope you all have a lovely March! ♥ I always like March. xx

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

that hollow crown

King Arthur:
via | BBC Merlin
For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king? 

{Richard II Act 3, Scene 2, by William Shakespeare}

Monday, February 20, 2017

xx notes

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Be humble. Be kind. Know that you'll make mistakes and it'll be embarrassing, but have a sense of humor.
Laugh.You might as well have fun.
Tell people you love them, and be gentle. 
Question everything, and I mean everything. Because the truth can take it, but nothing else can. And it's the truth that matters.
Take chances and do things that scare you. Never close your eyes to possibility. 
Don't box up reality and pretend you know its walls. 

Look up, at the sky. Taste the air on the tip of your tongue. Watch the clouds move. 
Take care of yourself, always be gentle. Cry if you need to, but don't give up hope. Look for things to be grateful for. Smile. Hug. Breathe deeply, in and out. Do it now. 
Be brave. Seek out life. Know that adventure is close to you, rubbing up against you daily. Take it by the hand and welcome it in. 
Notice colors when you see them, tell yourself "that's blue" or "pink". Look for your favorite colors. 
Be aware of your self breathing in and out, thinking, feeling. Close your eyes and let your mind go black. Rest. 

Don't make assumptions. Don't judge. Don't become too familiar with your opinions. 
Laugh, smile, make laughter creases around your eyes. 
Drink water. Stretch. Skip. Read books. Clap your hands. Shake your head around so your hair gets messy. Scrunch up your nose. Smell flowers. Taste your food like you're on a cooking show. Talk to people. 
Have discipline. Be tidy. Be polite. Enjoy things. Learn. Take initiative. 
Sing. Dance. Twirl. Give piggyback rides. Use more adjectives. Cuddle. Remember the things you love. Make a list of them. 
Have fun. Work hard. Sleep well. Look up, at the stars. 
Check out this incredible world. Be friendly.
Think, before you act. Be safe. 
Love, as much as you can. 

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

IN JANUARY

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Books:
What the Most Successful People do before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam - great
Winter Soldier: The Complete Collection, by Brubaker, Guice, Lovle - also great
St Francis of Assisi, by G. K. Chesterton
The Martian, by Andy Weir - great
Purgatory, by Dante (translated by Anthony Esolen)
The Marvelous land of Snergs, by E. A. Wyke-Smith - great
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie - good

*great means I recommend

Movies:
Brooklyn - not the best but good
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - very funny at times, at other times over the edge
Lover Come Back - not my thing but Doris Day is so bright and lovely
Kingsman: The Secret Service - love the style and class
*Princess Diaries 1 and 2 - Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway < 3
Finding Dory - sweet and funny and colorful
*Captain America: The First Avenger
Storks - funny
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Salmon Fishing on the Yemen - loved this movie
Big Fish - Tim Burton and Ewan McGregor. Strange but sweet too, especially the ending.
Moulin Rouge! - I didn't know who directed this when I started it, but a couple minutes in I knew it must be Baz Luhrmann because his style is so very recognizable. It's so imaginative. I love the soundtrack (eg Your Song)
The Impossible - good, music didn't seen to match at times

*seen before

TV Series:
Sherlock season 4
Smash (couple eps) - meh
Breathless - Set in the early 60s. It ends without an ending and there's no second season so be warned.
z: the beginning of everything - fun, then meh
New Girl (1 ep) - sweet
Avatar: The Last Airbender - great
Stranger Things (3 episodes) - I watched this to find out why people like it, but I still don't get it.
That Girl - cute and fun and light

hope you all have a wonderful February xx

Thursday, January 19, 2017

list no. iv

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videos:

music:



links:

quotes:

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference." - Niebuhr

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies
in being superior to your former self." - Hemingway
have a beautiful day xx

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016

all images via tumblr
Favorite things in 2016: 
  • Reading. 
  • You all. 
  • Marvel. (Civil War. Doctor Strange. Bucky. Everyone. Sebastian Stan. The comics. Other fans.)
  • Biking. 
  • Sun.
  • Running.
  • Painting my room. (White. In the summer. With music.)
  • Violin.
  • Family. 
  • Watching movies. (By myself. At night. Cross legged.)
  • Making a movie. (With friends. Flinging myself onto the ground to get good shots.)
  • P.G. Wodehouse. (Read by Jonathan Cecil.)

The only really measurable goal I set myself last year was to read 70 books, which I did, and something more than that too, so yay. Month posts from 2016:

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE JULY AUGUST | SEPTEMBER OCTOBER DECEMBER + NOVEMBER

I've been reading a book called "What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast" and it talks about having a list of six priority thing to accomplish each day, the first three being things that need to be done that day and the second three small things that work towards a larger goal you want to accomplish by the end of the year. I love that idea. Exercising and reading on a constant basis make a big difference for me, in a good way, so my year end goals for 2017: read 50 books and be able to comfortably run 3 miles. 

I'd like to also set a word count writing goal for myself to reach every day or month but I have yet to figure out how that works. Do you have any websites or apps you'd recommend for that sort of thing? Or just advice in general? 

Less measurable but still important things to work on in 2017:
  • Be more confident when I speak. 
  • Be less selfish.
  • Trust people more that I should.
  • Do things that scare me. 
  • Learn to not be so mean/nasty/grumpy when I'm nervous/anxious/scared.
  • Be brave. 
  • Remember what's important.
  • Be more present in the moment.  
  • Worry less.
Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence: The bliss of growth; The glory of action; The splendor of achievement; For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision; But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, And every tomorrow a vision of hope.- Salutation to the Dawn, by Kalidasa

Thank you all for reading this blog. ♥ Have a happy 2017! xx

Saturday, December 31, 2016

IN DECEMBER + NOVEMBER

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books:
Waves, by Paul Fleisher
Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, by Paul Fleisher
Matter and Energy, by Paul Fleisher
The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis - Loved this book.
The British Empire, by Gerald W. Johnson - Great.
Thank You Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse
*Uncle Fred in the Springtime, by P. G. Wodehouse
The Inferno, by Dante

movies/miniseries:

Doctor Strange - Perfect and brilliant. 
*The Vow
Christmas Kiss
Christmas in the Clouds
Parade's End - Ben C. Beautifully made and fascinating character.
Wreckers - Also B.C.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Lovely.
The Night Manager - Tom H.
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows - Fun fun.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Strange and fun and Martin Freeman.
Love, Rosie - Lilly Collins. Sweet.
Planet of the Apes 1 & 2
In Good Company
*The Incredibles - One of the best.
Matilda
*Elf
The Man who Came to Dinner - Strange and very funny, black and white.
Star Wars: Rogue One, (plus eps 1, 4 and 5 ♥)
Who's Minding the Mint? - Jim Hutton. Very funny. 
tv/cartoons:
Upstairs Downstairs
The Last Tycoon (first ep)
Tom and Jerry
Z: the Beginning of Everything (first ep)
Bleak House (some)
The Kettering Incident (some, not really my thing)
*read/watched before

Last year I wrote (with the help of my older sister) a story in which my family and another family (who are awesome) were the characters. In it we were all princesses and knights, squires, kings, and queens, and lived on a tropical island and had adventures and the whole thing was pretty funny. We read it last Christmas and it was a lot fun. So, the last week of September it occurred to me that the thing to do would be to make a movie with that other family and for it to be a secret and to give it to our parents on Christmas. So we talked about it, and I wrote a script (and screenplay, didn't know they were different before) and organized it, and shot it - my cast consisted of an eight year old, ten year old, thirteen year old, fourteen year old, sixteen year old and myself - and then I edited (it was the first video I'd ever edited. Lightworks is awesome) and burned it (with awesome bro's assistance) to a dvd. 22 minutes and 12 seconds. And that was crazy fun and I'm rather proud.


One of my uncles and his family and my grandparents came for Christmas and they are the definition of cool so it was fun. We went to see Star Wars: Rogue One Friday night and my grandfather, younger sister and I wore our Santa hats into the theater and it was great. And my uncle understands about the importance of Star Wars so we were quiet for a while after the movie ended walking to the car and just let it all seep in before talking about it. And Christmas day there were presents in the morning/afternoon and a ton of food and neighbors and peeps came for dinner. And we watched our movie and that was insane.


Have you found any new good books/movies/tv series recently? I hope you all have a happy January and wonderful 2017! *bear hugs* Woot woot! xx

may the force be with you

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

list no. iii

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These songs:

These videos:
This is edited perfectly.
I love hearing great actors talk about acting.
Sebastian Stan

These websites:
http://online.seterra.com/
http://www.gradesaver.com/
http://time.is/
https://www.lwks.com/
https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new

These shortcuts:
Ctrl + s = saves current project
Ctrl + p = opens printing option
Ctrl + a = selects all text on page
Ctrl + c = copies everything selected
Ctrl + v = pasts everything on clipboard
Ctrl + b = selects bolden option
Ctrl + i = selects italic option
Ctrl + t = opens new tab in browser
Ctrl + Shift + t = opens the last tab that was closed (you can continue to press this combination to open all tabs that have been closed recently)
Ctrl + w = closes tab
Ctrl + Shift + w = closes all open tabs (whole window)
Ctrl + Tab = moves right to next open tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab = moves left to next open tab
Alt + Tab = shows all windows open (you can continue to press this combination to move through the different open windows)
Ctrl + Shift + n = opens incognito browser
F5 = refreshes current page
F6 = puts cursor in address bar

These quotes:
“Dreams that bear the mark of love are dreams that never die.” - Moving Forward, Colony House

“Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakable remains." - The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis 

xx

Monday, December 26, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Vintage card:
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Merry Christmas (yesterday, hehe) you lovely people! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. (And yay we have a new Star Wars movie now. Hooray! May the Force be with you. ) xx

Sunday, November 06, 2016

IN OCTOBER

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BOOKS:
*The Four Story Mistake, by Elizabeth Enright
*Then there were Five, by Elizabeth Enright
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

MOVIES:
The Hunger Games
*Catch Me if You Can
The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Titanic
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Marvin's Room
The Aviator
*Indiana Jones, 1, 2, 3, 4
TV SERIES:
The Flash (season 2, first few episodes)
Teen Wolf
White Collar
Tom and Jerry
I Dream of Jeanie
Star Trek Beyond
*Agent Carter

*read/watched before

Liked all the books I read this month, especially Siddhartha which I hadn't read before. Watched a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio movies. My favorites are the The Great Gatsby and Catch Me if You can. Romeo + Juliet, Marvin's Room, and Titanic are good too. Do you have a favorite Leonardo DiCaprio movie?

Went to see Doctor Strange today. It was so well done, really good. Perfect. I love it. It's my 1st or 2nd favorite Marvel movie now. Have you seen it?

I hope you all have a happy November! xx

Monday, October 17, 2016

an old man with a box

via (Doctor Who)
Up through an empty house of stars,
Being what heart you are,
Up in the inhuman steeps of space
As on a staircase go in grace,
Carrying the firelight on your face
Beyond the loneliest star.

*

from the introduction to The Balled of the White Horse, by G. K. Chesterton