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Wow okay so I haven't posted a real update in ages. Time to remedy that. Haven't been up to much. Got into all three grad schools I applied to. Still haven't decided yet. Waiting to hear back from my boss back in HI. I have to make a decision by the end of this week. Thing is SJSU has the better program and it is my ultimate goal to get a job in CA so staying in the area would help with that, but after spending a year in CA doing nothing I have to admit that I'm kind of tired of the area. It's probably because I haven't really done much in SF. In SJ I'd have more people to call and go do stuff with. I am incredibly sick of cold rain though, OMFG.

Still I can't help but feel like I'd be happier going to UH, but that's only based on the two-three week trips I've been taking over the past couple years. And living with my parents for two-three weeks is vastly different from putting up with them full time. Plus 90% of the time I go back I get to hang with friends and most of them don't live in HI anymore.

Speaking of going back to HI, I'm heading home for just under two weeks tomorrow. My grandfather was asking about me a couple of weeks ago, so my mom checked out flight prices and found a trip back for me that was just over $300. Sweet. Happy to be going home again. Sad to be leaving my butthead cat, who in one of his more adorable moments has started lying on me to wake me up in the morning.

In other news, I'm kind of glad I stopped reading Newsweek years ago. Apparently they posted an article a week or so ago talking about how gay actors can't play straight (http://www.newsweek.com/id/236999). Thankfully, Kristin Chenoweth, my new hero, wrote a really well thought out reply (http://www.autostraddle.com/chenoweth-defends-gay-actors-44570/).

In less serious news, OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. This past Saturday's Legend of the Seeker was AH-MAY-ZING! I'm so sad that this show is probably going to be canceled.



In addition to that, it's a great show with amazing actors, cinematography and fight choreography.
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OMG. THIS. SCENE. I CAN'T STOP WATCHING IT. Cara's facial expressions are AMAZING! She's so proud of her bb, Kahlan, for not being too delicate.

DUDES. This ENTIRE EPISODE is filled with awesome Cara/Kahlan interaction. Like when Cara wants to rest because of Kahlan's leg. Also their fight scene, EPIC! I loved how Kahlan used the sword like a really big dagger. (And then partway through the fight my mind was like, ZOMG what if Kahlan were like a Cassiline brother because she's clearly uber with the dual-wielding dagger thing and is pretty epic with a sword. The only thing she's lacking is vambraces. /random x-over)
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So [livejournal.com profile] legendofseeker posted a link to a poll saying vote for Kahlan/Bridget Regan. Easy enough right? WRONG! It's broken up into four groups so I guess that's better than one big group but still. How am I supposed to choose between Adelle DeWitt (Dollhouse), Anna (V) and Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl) for group one, Emily Prentiss (Criminal Minds), Jessica Hamby (True Blood) and Kahlan Amnell (Legend of the Seeker) for group two, Kate Beckett (Castle), Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef) and Pam (True Blood) for group three, and Quinn Fabray (Glee), Rachel Berry (Glee), Serena van der Woodsen (Gossip Girl), Sierra (Dollhouse), Sophie (True Blood), Tara Thornton (True Blood), and Veronica Palmer (Better Off Ted) for group four?

Oh wait, we can vote multiple times. Problem solved.

Link to poll: difficult poll is difficult
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Each episode is basically 45 minutes of pretty. Richard is shiny. Kahlan is shiny. The scenery is shiny. The costumes are shiny. The things that aren't shiny are Richard's fight choreography, though I think they're improving it, and the writing. I marathoned season one with Peter and he said it best, "when you're writing you come to these points where you need to make a decision, either you take the cliche or you avoid it. The writers for this show go out of their way to hit all of the cliches." I really hope that the source material (Terry Goodkind's books) don't have such cheesetastic lines such as, "Then the power couldn't be controlled. At the moment of ecstasy, it would be unleashed."

As for the choreography, they really need to stop with the whole jumping swing sword over his head attack. I understand that it's dramatic and great for the slow cam, but really, if his opponents have half a brain they'd take that one step to meet him before his attack lands since he can't do anything about it. Also, why do they always punch people in the face when they're wearing full face helmets? That would break your hand so quick. On the other hand they do an amazing job with Kahlan and Cara's choreography. Duel wielding 1337 ninja skillz FOR. THE. WIN.

Spoilers and more thoughts below the cut )

Overall, it's a fun and entertaining show. Sure the writing is a little cliche and transparent at times, but I enjoy watching it. I can't wait to see what happens this season.

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