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The defining moments of this episode for me:

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Your move, "Agents of SHIELD". The last episode was good - appreciated the Wade and Fitz bonding and the teaser reveals - but you've got a long way to go.

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One of my guilty TV pleasures is "Hart of Dixie". Oh wait. Screw that - I don't feel guilty for liking it :P It's (FINALLY!) a nice, sweet, drama-free show that livens up my week.

It stars Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts Zoe Hart, fancy New York doctor who moves to small-town Bluebell, Alabama. The first two seasons are all about the love triangle between Zoe, Wade (Wilson Bethel as a bad-boy bartender) and George (Scott Porter as a goody-two-shoes successful lawyer). It was dramatic, messy, and convoluted, with Season 2 ending with Zoe staying in New York for the summer to get away from the drama in Bluebell. Season 2 had her with Wade but the guy cheated on her because of his insecurities *rolls eyes*. ANYWAY, Season 3 opens with Zoe having a new boyfriend in the form of writer Joel (Josh Cooke). Joel follows Zoe to Bluebell and tries to settle in, same as how Zoe was in Seasons 1 and 2. You know what? I'm happy for her! I absolutely do NOT get the hate Joel gets from the HoD fandom. To try to kill the hate, I'm compiling my own list of why Joel is absolutely the RIGHT GUY for Zoe Hart.

Why Joel is the Right Guy for Zoe (or why I totally would have voted YES in Dash's poll):

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(Yes I use Livejournal for my fandom-related rants. Don't judge me.)

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Dear Mr. Riordan,

You just sunk my ship permanently. I hope you're happy.

*retreats into a corner and hugs Nico tight*

Signed,
A sad fangirl who's never gotten the ship she wanted in ANY fandom
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Okay, I've really got to get this off my chest. My Wordpress site didn't seem like the right place to do it so I'm going to do it here on Livejournal - where my fandoms take center stage and I can talk all I want without feeling guilty.

"Emily Owens, MD" was my favorite new show this season. It starred Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, and Michael Rady in the lead.
Synopsis from TV.com:
Emily Owens, M.D. follows Emily (Mamie Gummer) who is fresh out of med school and is now a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, where she'll have the chance to work with world-famous cardiologist Dr. Gina Bandari (Necar Zadegan), and her resident Dr. Micah Barnes (Michael Rady). Emily works along side her med-school crush, Will Collins (Justin Hartley), and her high school nemesis, the gorgeous, popular Cassandra Kopelson (Aja Naomi King). As she navigates through her new life, she finds it may not be so different from the high school years she was so eager to leave behind.

The series started off a bit shaky but what new show doesn't? It found its footing a few episodes later and it was starting to get really good then BAM! Cancellation. GAAAHHHHHHHHH.

I've had more than a month to come to terms with the cancellation. It happens, right? And the remaining episodes were still golden. Episodes 1x11 (Emily and the Teapot) and 1x12 (Emily and the Perfect Storm) set me up for a heartbreaking, funny, happy, BRILLIANT finale and what do I get? An ending that makes me rage just thinking about it even after a full 24 hours after seeing it.

This pic right here? Made me squee in delight.
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Lots of anger and disappointment under here.Collapse )

GAH. Couldn't they have reshot the last scene to include some Emily/Micah happiness once they knew that they were cancelled? Or added an extra 5 minutes to show the Emily/Micah reconciliation, or at least a confession and Emily choosing Micah and begging for forgiveness? I'd wanted some closure from this last episode - good feelings so that I could peacefully send this show off into the sunset - not feelings of rage at being left hanging. Part of me feels like I shouldn't have even read the "what could have happened" tweets because all I'm feeling is disappointment and anger at not seeing these scenes come to life.

I'm choosing to remember that Emily Owens MD ended with 12 episodes (not 13) and with this:


Michael Rady needs a new project, stat.

Writer's Block: Kiss me, I’m Irish!

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How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?



Not exactly an answer but the photo is still cute :P

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! :D

For the curious, the lips in the photo belong to a boring clam (Tridacna crocea), photo by my awesome co-worker and friend Kring :)

Writer's Block: Poetry Break

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Write a poem or share one that you like.
This just might be my favorite poem. Not sure if it's going to be my favorite poem for the rest of my life but so far, I haven't loved another poem as much as this one.

"Blueberry Girl" by Neil Gaiman



My future daughter's nursery will have this poem on her walls.

OMG plushies!

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dhfreak is holding a raffle draw for a PLUSHIEEEEEEE :D (Yes, that had to be in all caps :P) People from outside the United States can join too :D Details over here.

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Subjecting the cutest dog ever to the ignominy of antlers. With bells.

Subjecting the cutest dog ever to the ignominy of antlers. With bells.


Seeing as I wouldn’t be able to spend Christmas at home, I decided to indulge in a little Christmas spirit while I was still at home. Meet Buffy: our family dog of some seven years. She’s normally an easy-going dog – the epitome of what a guard dog should NOT be :P – but she draws the line at antlers. She did not appreciate the tinkling headband at all. She stayed put whenever my brother held the antlers in place but shook them off the moment he let go. So yeah, that’s Robbie’s hand holding the antlers.

May this vision of cuteness add to your Christmas happiness. Merry Christmas everyone! :)

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The 10th anniversary UK covers for the first eight books

I finally finished reading the entire nine book “Alex Rider” series by Anthony Horowitz and let me tell you, it was one hell of a ride (yes, pun intended). I finished the first eight books quickly enough (one book every 4-5 days) but delayed finishing the last book because I didn’t want my adventure to end just yet. *sob*

Meet Alex Rider – a 14-year-old British orphan living with his overseas banker uncle Ian and American housekeeper Jack Starbright in a nice house in Chelsea. He goes to Brookland Comprehensive. He’s intelligent, charming, and popular with his classmates. He’s captain of the football team and wants to be a pro footballer when he grows up. Oh, and he knows karate, speaks fluent French, German, and Spanish plus a little Italian, and likes extreme sports like scuba diving, rock climbing, rapelling, surfing, and snowboarding. Ordinary, right?

His world comes crashing down soon after his 14th birthday when Iandies in a “car accident” because he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. But Ian was always careful. Alex investigates his uncle’s death and finds out more than he could have imagined: his uncle was an operative for MI6 – a spy – and killed during his last mission by hardened assassin Yassen Gregorovitch. Ian’s “work trips” abroad where he came home injured? Missions. Ian and Alex’s vacations abroad (where Ian forced Alex to speak like a local), karate lessons, and extreme sports? Training for Alex. MI6 forcibly recruits Alex – threatening to deport Jack if he refuses – because his unique combination of skill and youth makes him the perfect candidate to take over Ian’s unfinished business: investigating businessman Herod Sayle and his “generous” gift of a revolutionary Stormbreaker computer for every classroom in Britain. Thus begins next two years of Alex Rider’s life, where he faces off with a Portuguese man-o-war, snowboards down a mountain on an ironing board, escapes a great white shark, has tea with a mad pop star, trains in a special training school for assassins, goes into outer space, stops a tsunami, blows up a dam, and experiences his greatest tragedy.

Read the rest of the review here. :D

El Nido's underwater denizens

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I returned to full-time work in El Nido, Palawan last September 18. Much thanks to my boss who let me fly out the day after my birthday :)

I'm slowly returning to the swing of things, considering that I've been away for three years now. It doesn't help that I don't recognize most of the staff, which is especially embarrassing since everyone seems to know who I am *blushes*. So yes, I need to learn everyone's names ASAP.

One of the bright spots is that I've already gone diving twice with my handy-dandy Canon S95 camera in its Ikelite underwater housing and got some decent shots despite the limitations of not-so-good visibility and lack of strobe. Just a reminder: despite what the gearheads say, you do not need fancy underwater camera gear in order to take great photos. The trick is to know what your camera can do and to work with (not against!) those limitations. If it doesn't do well in low light, then focus on taking photos in shallow water. Take a white slate with you for on-the-spot white balance correction so that you don't rely on the camera's "Underwater" setting. Limited flash range? Take macro photos! Again, it's all about making the most of what you have and not moaning about what you don't.

And now, presenting El Nido's quirky underwater denizens!

Disclaimer: since I'm studying to become a marine biologist specializing in coral reef ecology, what I find interesting may be somewhat different from other people :P

Bubble coral (Physogyra sp.)
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And my favorite photo so far - not because of its artistic merit but because of the subject :P


A juvenile hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Yes, that is a hawksbill sea turtle. And it was feeding. And I got HD video too. YEAAH! :D For the curious ones, the red spots are caused by the water having lots of suspended particles. This was one of the times it would have been great to have a separate strobe but hey, I'm not angsting about it :)

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