Lupin- Trickster

Answer for question 4535.

The Star Wars movies -- do you love 'em or hate 'em? How excited are you for the new movie in December (if at all)? Will you be getting tickets for the 12:01 AM first showing, or are you "eh, whatever" about the whole thing? If you're looking forward to it, what or who are you most excited to see?
I *love* the non-special edition original trilogy. I also love many of the books and the expanded universe surrounding the original trilogy and anything predating 1999.

I choose to pretend that the prequel trilogy and its expanded universe don't exist. >_< I think they are flat, boring, stiff, CGI as hell, and ruin much of what was wonderful in the originals.

That said, I am cautiously excited for the new movie. J.J. Abrams is a good fit for Star Wars (more so than for Star Trek really) and I think he will give it his all. Looks like he will be using a nice mix of CGI and practical effects and sets/locations as opposed to having the actors do EVERYTHING on a green screen. It will be wonderful to see the old characters I love and hear the familiar musical motifs related to those characters. I got a little choked up hearing that Han & Leia motif in the new trailer. <3 <3 <3

I work on opening night. I'll be perfectly content to just see it as a matinee on my next offday. X-D
Lupin- Trickster

Answer for question 4374.

What is your favorite Classic Disney film and why?
I was debating whether or not to answer this one since I spent a good chunk of time many years ago babbling on about Disney films. But hey, why not.

I love pretty much all of the Disney films, but out of nearly 60 films, I can pin down a few favorites. Sticking with the animated ones.

I have several favorites depending on my mood. When I'm in the mood for prestige, it's Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, or Bambi.

I also love The Three Caballeros, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, The Rescuers Down Under, Aladdin (my favorite of the Disney Renaissance formula), Lilo and Stitch, Treasure Planet, and Frozen. Yes, I really do love Frozen. In my (unpopular among the hipsters) opinion it is better and more genuine than anything Disney put out in the 90s. <3 In fact, the last few Disney films have been pretty wonderful thanks to Pixar's John Lasseter becoming the head of Disney's feature animation department a few years ago. I can't wait to see what they do next!
Star Trek- Yippie!!!

Answer for question 4318.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
I can't choose between the two. Don't make me. Both are extremely dear to me, and both are some of my earliest television memories at the age of three. This applies to the original Star Wars Trilogy (unaltered, not the special editions) and Star Trek, the original TV series (and the original string of movies starring the same characters) only. <3

As an aside, I would argue to this day that Star Wars is not science fiction. It is a pulp serial-inspired space opera. A fantasy. Having something take place in space and on alien worlds does not automatically make it science fiction. ^_^ There's not a lick of science in it.

Geez, could I possibly sound any snobbier here? *laugh* I'm imagining this entry being spoken by the comic book store guy in The Simpsons. X-D
Disney- Giselle squees

Pretty little thing

Yesterday, I caught this pretty little guy in a glass cup, and Martin was able to get a pretty good shot of his cute face.  It's a Daring Jumper, a Phidippus audax.  The males and females look similar, but I'm pretty sure this one is male. The iridescent blue/green of his chelicerae is so striking!

I love, love, love jumping spiders! :-D  They have the best vision of almost any arthropod, and this species in particular possesses a degree of curiosity and intelligence.  When most spiders flee for cover, this guy will linger and watch. They can learn routines and solve problems too.  Some people even say that they make great pets and can become pretty friendly.  Based on how this little fellow was acting, I don't find that hard to believe. 
Lupin- Trickster

Answer for question 4256.

Did you ever have a terrible roommate? What did they do that bothered you so much?
I had a roommate from HELL. Let's see:

- He had a terrible habit of leaving a stove eye on when he left the house.
- Nearly every night, he fell asleep in the living room instead of in his bedroom with the tv on and a DVD playing.
-He fell so behind on his part of the rent that toward the end of our co-habitation, he took to only coming in after I fell asleep and leaving before I got up so I would never get a chance to confront him.
-Worst of all, he was feeling suicidal at one point, and accidentally shot a hole in my desk while mulling over the idea and fidgeting with his gun. After that, I took the gun from him and hid it, but he thought that was fair, considering that he had damaged my property!

This was a long time ago, and though this person was a horrible roommate, he is still a really good friend to this day, and has managed to turn his life around for the better. Somehow that makes this awful time worth it. He had hit rock bottom, and inviting him in was an act of mercy.
Lupin- Trickster

Answer for question 4196.

If money wasn't an issue, would you go back to school to study something? If so, what would it be and why?
If money wasn't an issue, I'd go back to school and be a career student for the rest of my life! World history, several foreign languages, zoology, paleontology, astronomy, anthropology, philosophy, psychology.... I want to learn all of the things! :-D
Lupin- Trickster

Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Hunger. Just as Norman Borlaug once said, there can never be world peace as long as there are starving people in the world. He was able to save a billion people with his agricultural talents, but he still wasn't able to put a complete end to starvation.
Lupin- Trickster

Writer's Block: Killer Queen

What's your favorite Queen song, and why?

Bohemian Rhapsody, which happens to have been utilized in the most magnificent and epic AMV I have ever seen featuring the equally magnificent and epic 'Neon Genesis Evangelion'.

I've never seen a better marriage of song and anime, and the editing is mighty fine as well. XD
Lupin- Trickster

Writer's Block: Jumped the shark

In my ever so humble opinion, 'House, MD'.   The way it ended last season was the final straw for me.  I will not be watching the new season.  You know a show has jumped the shark whenever all the hard-earned growth of your lead character is just flushed down the toilet.  Round and round we go.  I told myself that I would be finished with the show if House got back on the Vicadin or broke up with Cuddy, especially in the ludacrous way he did.  Lo and behold, last season delivered those conditions just like that.
Which television show continues to get worse every season and should just get cancelled already?

So many American tv series just don't know how to quit while they're ahead.