calliopes_pen: (weasleyqueen  Janine and Egon)
2014-08-29 02:02 pm

Nobody Steps On A Church In My Town

I returned from the 11:30 AM* showing of Ghostbusters a little while ago. Did anyone else on my friends list go to the airing of Ghostbusters--and if so, did you notice that a couple scenes toward the start, which felt ever so slightly extended? For instance, there seemed a few more lines sprinkled in there when Peter's talking to the blonde girl after that psychic experiment.

Highlights from my showing? There weren't too many speak of. I was the only person there at all, in the room Ghostbusters was shown in.

The air was terrible, sort of a mix of stuffy, and severely humid. But it still felt as though the air conditioning was running, just not right. It was like someone had opened the exit door and left it open for a few days, in that one particular theater room and the air coniditoning was just moving it around. It was starting to get oppressive--then, someone popped their head in the door, glanced around, shot a text message to someone, to presumably confirm there was one solitary soul in attendance, and left--and then the air conditioning worked harder for five minutes, it started to get better...before going dead.

So around when Mr. Stay Puft was stomping on a church in Peter's town, before the heat actually got any worse, I went on my way. We've been getting a heat index of around 107 for over a week, and I'd rather not sit in a theater and overheat.

Aside from those issues, the showing looked very crisp and clear. I finally spotted Ron Jeremy's cameo. However, for the first time I noticed a character on a stretcher outside Dana's building, as the Ghostbusters pull up. From a distance, it appeared as though it could have been the elderly woman that spotted the Terror Dog chasing Louis, who ran back inside. I could be wrong.

*The movie started 27 minutes later than expected, due to all the trailers.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-08-25 11:20 am

Rest In Peace, Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough passed away yesterday, at the age of 90, due to health issues stemming from a stroke he suffered several years ago. His 91st birthday would have been the 29th. May he rest in peace. I only saw Jurassic Park for the first time within the last couple years, courtesy of Encore. I didn’t know that he directed Magic (1978), and have always meant to watch it—-so I’ll track that down soon.
calliopes_pen: (limeadesunlight PossessedFandom)
2014-08-17 08:15 am

Ghostbusters Is Imminent

I didn’t think that Ghostbusters was going to be re-released anywhere around here for their 30th anniversary. However, as of this morning, I see that the local Cinemark will play it after all. Nice thing to learn on one’s birthday.

So August 29th, provided there are no severe thunderstorms, illnesses, or anyone requiring the use of the car for a doctor’s visit (my sister goes the day before, provided nothing changes) then once I get tickets, I should be going to the 11:30 AM showing. They have it five times that day, so if something happens I’ll be heading for the 2 PM showing.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-08-12 10:08 am

Rest In Peace, Robin Williams

Rest in peace, Robin Williams. He died yesterday at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. When I was around the ages of 9-13, I loved him so much. Hook and Jumanji were a tie for my favorite of his movies at one point, and I watched so much Mork and Mindy on Nick At Nite when I was younger than that. I enjoyed him as the Genie from Aladdin, and may be one of the few to remember him as a frog in Faerie Tale Theater. He will be deeply missed by everyone he brought even a modicum of laughter to.

People keep bringing up Dead Poets Society and Good Morning Vietnam as better movies of his—I’ll have to watch them sometime. He was great in The Birdcage. I also remember this little cameo that he and Billy Crystal had in an episode of Friends.

You can read reactions from the White House (they issued a fantastic statement), Pam Dawber, and several others over here and (if you’re interested in one from Sarah Michelle Gellar in this next link) here and here.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-07-21 08:35 am

Rest In Peace To Bartusiak, Fasano, And Garner

Skye McCole Bartusiak has passed away at the age of 21. As of now, there are reports that she died in her sleep, and that the fact she suffered from epileptic seizures may have been a contributing factor. May she rest in peace. I remember her as the actress that played young Charlie McGee in Firestarter 2: Rekindled. And thanks to the Sundance Channel airing it at one point, I also remember her as the little girl that was kidnapped by Sean Bean’s character in Don’t Say A Word.

John Fasano has passed away at the age of 52—as of now, while no official cause of death has been released, they do know that he died in his sleep. May he rest in peace. He was one of the many writers for Alien 3, and directed several horror films. I recall a few of the VHS covers for some of them, from back in the 80’s. I had been meaning to watch The Jitters (1989), so I’ll track that down shortly.

James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86. May he, too, rest in peace. While he was most famous for his roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files, MST3K fans may also remember him from the episode where they riffed a movie called City Limits. As I have never seen an episode of The Rockford Files, I’ll have to catch an episode when it airs on Me-TV later today. Sound On Sight made a list of his top ten films.
calliopes_pen: (amberleewriter I was Death)
2014-07-07 06:38 am

Highlander Marathon

If anyone on my friends list is interested, Syfy will be showing various episodes from season 5 of Highlander, beginning at 7 AM CST, and ending around 2 PM. First up: Revelation 6:8.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-06-29 12:24 pm

Rest In Peace, Meshach Taylor

Meshach Taylor has passed away, at the age of 67, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I will always remember and love his role as Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women…and, to a lesser degree, Hollywood Montrose in the Mannequin movies. Until I checked IMDB, I wasn’t aware that he appeared in The Howling and Damien: Omen II.

calliopes_pen: (shawnkyr Doc and Clara)
2014-06-15 01:43 pm


A meme, taken from a few people on my friends list:

Tell me one thing about me that you see as a defining characteristic or trait, from my personality to my writing.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-06-15 11:38 am

Rest In Peace, Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem has passed away, at the age of 82, following a long battle with Lewy Body Disease—a form of dementia. May he rest in peace. He may be most famous for being the host of American Top 40, and as the voice of Shaggy in various incarnations of Scooby Doo over the decades. He was also the voice of Robin in various Super Friends shows. Ghostbusters fans should recall his cameo (voice only) in the first film.

I also remember him hosting a Classic TV Countdown (like this and this) on Nick At Nite every year, in the 80’s and 90’s, and that he appeared as himself on Saved By The Bell. He will be missed.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
2014-06-05 12:48 pm

Rest In Peace, Kirsten Bishop

Kirsten Bishop has passed away, at the age of 50, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. I primarily know her from the 1975 English dubbed anime version of The Little Mermaid. I watched that version numerous times in the early 80’s, around the age of 2. (I always preferred that original, unhappy ending over the Disney version.)

I don’t believe that I have ever watched anything else she voiced or appeared in.
calliopes_pen: (pureglasscup Shadowcat See Ya)
2014-05-27 10:24 am

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I went to see Days of Future Past by myself yesterday afternoon, at the 1:15 PM 2D Digital showing. Or, rather, 1:45, due to 30 minutes of previews, and random commercials.

Due to a particularly urgent need, (four glasses of tea before going since it was 90 degrees, you figure it out) I left the minute the end credits began. I already knew the gist of what happened in the end credits scene, and I located a low quality version of it a couple hours ago on Youtube.

Without spoiling (spoilers are welcome in the comments, though) anything, I will say that I loved it.

calliopes_pen: (rosiemoon legend blue box TARDIS)
2014-05-23 12:34 pm


Taken from several on my friends list:

If I was a god, what kind of god would I be?

Bonus if you add some mythos about me.

calliopes_pen: (redscharlach Cyberman head grabs ankles)
2014-05-18 10:08 am

Lurker Amnesty Day

Taken from several on my friends list:

Today has been declared lurker amnesty day! Have you read me but never commented? Do you surf by occasionally? Say hello! You are under no obligation to ever comment or delurk again, but here's a chance to do so in a post just for that. Hey, just wave at me, if that's all you want to do and say hi.
calliopes_pen: (dirkdigital Killer Bank Door MST3K)
2014-05-17 10:09 am

Fixing The Site's Format

If you don’t care for the new layout on Livejournal and you haven’t already found the way back, here’s how you can change it back to the old style. Massive kudos go out to [ profile] sallymn for finding it.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-04-30 12:12 pm

Rest In Peace, Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins has passed away, at the age of 71, after being hospitalized as a result of pneumonia. May he rest in peace. After a quick check of IMDB, I realized that I’ve only seen him in three movies: Hook—where he was great as Smee, The Super Mario Brothers, and Snow White And The Huntsman. I don’t believe I ever made it through Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
calliopes_pen: (shawnkyr Doc magnifying glass)
2014-04-24 01:16 pm

Antivirus Poll

In a few months, my subscription to Avast Internet Security will be up. I have been considering switching to something else for a bit now, but (after reading up on both through various forums such as the Wilder Security Forums, and articles, as well as sifting through the AV Comparative tests to narrow it down) I can’t decide between these two. So have a poll--and if you have experience with either, whether it’s good or bad, please let me know.

Or let me know if either one would have a problem co-existing with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium. Because that’s one that I really won’t be giving up anytime soon.

Poll #15272 Which Antivirus Should I Switch To?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0

Pick One--Or Both, If You Love Them Equally

View Answers

Avira Free Antivirus
0 (0.0%)

Emsisoft Anti-Malware
0 (0.0%)

calliopes_pen: (brown_betty Bad Bat)
2014-04-24 07:46 am

So Much Spam

In the last few days, I have had four spam comments from anonymous journals hit my most recent Livejournal posts. Annoying, but they are being cleaned up within a couple hours of them being posted. Thankfully, I always have it screened for comments if it's someone that hasn't friended me or if it's an anonymous post. It seems to be simply random gibberish.

Edit: And there's another one, to this very entry on LJ as of 10:15 AM. Deleted that one, too.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn disaster of the day Hammond)
2014-04-09 10:31 am

Warning: Heartbleed In OpenSSL--Don't Panic

The Heartbleed security vulnerability seems to be affecting a large portion of sites that use OpenSSL on their platform. If you haven’t already heard of it, here are a few links that explain what Heartbleed is, and how it could expose passwords and other sensitive data, such as credit card information.

Github has a list (last updated 2 hours ago, as I post this) to determine whether or not a particular website is vulnerable to Heartbleed. Dreamwidth has determined that they seem to be okay, and has a good explanation as to what could happen where they’re involved in this [site community profile] dw_maintenance post. I haven’t seen a statement from Livejournal as of yet.

A few tools were posted in this comment that help to determine a site’s vulnerability on an individual basis. If it isn’t vulnerable, feel free to change the passwords if you feel that you need to. If a site I were registered with happened to be affected, the best advice I’ve seen (and that I agree with) is to wait until it is no longer vulnerable.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana Egyptology Evie)
2014-03-27 12:12 pm

Importing Could Happen Soon

The old Yuletide archive is scheduled to be imported to Ao3 in May if things go well. If I’ve read everything correctly, once the transfer is complete, the old archive will be deleted. As comments won’t be included in the transfer, those will be gone. So save them if you need to. There was only one where I needed to save any comments, and I’ve already done so in an html file.