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Inside jokes, and missing them [Mar. 25th, 2011|11:01 pm]
The Tick
[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |Dulha Mil Gaya: Magar Meri Jaan]

I came across the blog of another fantasy author who likes Hindi movies awhile ago, and one of her recommendations for newcomers was Om Shanti Om, a movie about a movie extra in love with a top actress (at least at first). Overall, it's a pretty awesome movie--very well-made, with good songs and a good script. However, this recommendation struck me as strange. This movie is FULL of in-jokes and references, both to the Hindi film industry in general and specifically to the lead actor's previous movies. There's a song that's roughly nine minutes long that's nothing but a series of cameos by other actors and actresses, and the assumption is that the viewer will already know who every single one of these people is. (I do, but there were a few I didn't know the first time I saw it.) I'd never recommend this particular movie to a newcomer because of how much they'll miss.

So I guess I'm wondering how important it is, when watching/reading something that's filled with in-jokes like that, to be "in the know." I'm actually torn because I was in the position of semi-outsider the first time I saw the bulk of Futurama, which is one of my favorite shows--I'd never seen Star Trek. That's something that has now been remedied, and when I rewatch the episodes I'm stunned at the extra jokes that I missed the first few million times because I lacked that background knowledge. It's definitely enriched my experience of the episodes.

But it didn't just become a favorite show within the past year or so (which is when I saw ST:TOS). I fell in love with Fry, Leela, Professor Farnsworth, and all the other characters in the first episode (which I saw when it first premiered). So why is it so hard to imagine that someone could feel the same way about Om, Shanti, and Om?

This isn't a perfect example because Futurama's premise isn't based around Star Trek (although the plots of some of the episodes certainly are) while Om Shanti Om's is definitely focused on poking fun at the industry. I wish I could think of a better example. But I can't, so I'm throwing the question out to anyone who cares to you all: how important is it for you to get all the in-jokes in a particular book/movie/TV show? Do you go back and rewatch things once you've acquired new background knowledge (the way I did with Futurama)?

In other news, I tried to watch Dulha Mil Gaya the other day. I only made it through the first five minutes before giving up, but I have to say that I'm really digging the music. But then that's not much of a surprise, since a lot of my favorite songs were by Jatin-Lalit, and Lalit Pandit did the music for this travesty. I have to say, though, that even before I knew who did the music I kept thinking this song reminded me a LOT of Des Rangila from Fanaa. And now I know why, lol.
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Things I've been doing instead of updating my LJ [Mar. 15th, 2011|12:42 am]
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[mood |awakeawake]
[music |ST: Voyager "The 37's"]

-Being unemployed. Still no job, although I'm applying to a course to get CELTA certified so I can teach English abroad. Ideally, I'll be going in June and then I'm hoping to be somewhere else before the worst of winter starts.

-Taking courses. At the local community college, so I can have something to fill my days. Ideally I'd really just sit around and not go anywhere all day, but then for how much longer will I have people willing to help me pay for college courses? I'm taking Chinese, Spanish, Comparative Politics, and the most pathetic educational psychology course ever.

-Watching Indian movies (Raja Hindustani, Anukokunda Oka Roju, Jodhaa Akbar, and others).

-Deciding I need to learn how to play mahjong (thank you, Kung Fu Mahjong and Kung Fu Mahjong 2).

-Watching Star Trek. (Finished DS9. Awesome. Finished the first season of Voyager. Freaking hate all the blather about the Prime Directive.)

-Playing The Sims 2. I actually find most of it really boring, but I've become weirdly obsessed with Sim genetics and seeing what their children look like.

-Doing this meme:

You were born during a Third Quarter moon

- what it says about you -

You like to make up your own mind. You may find it hard to relate to mainstream opinions on issues, and you definitely don't always like what's popular. You can work out solutions and give birth to big ideas when left to yourself, and other people will be impressed with your conclusions even if they're not sure how you arrived at them.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com

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(no subject) [Dec. 11th, 2010|07:08 pm]
The Tick
[mood |sillysilly]
[music |Kismat: Bicchi Padi Hai]

I started a new WIP last night, and I can't remember the last time I got so many words so quickly. I found the right song for it (it's a WIP I've been avoiding for awhile because switching WIPs all the time just isn't productive, lol) and just had to go with it.

My computer had been on the fritz for awhile (I installed an upgrade of a program it used for years and it decided the best thing to do was to commit seppuku), but it's been restored and now I'm back to loading everything onto it. I'm probably going to keep a lot on the external hard drive that Best Buy semi-gave me for free (they throw in a free one if you have more than a certain amount of data on your computer to back up, although that higher level of data does cost more). And thinking about the new story, of course. ;)

In other news, we bought two computers today. One of the local high schools has some sort of program where they refurbish donated computers and sell them, so those two desktops were...I don't remember exactly how much they were, but they were under $400. So now I have either a gaming computer or a writing computer that doesn't have access to the Internet, which should do wonders for my productivity.

I feel like I had something else to say, but I can't remember what it is now. All this computer stuff is wearing me out. Anyone else want to go back to Windows 3.1? ;)
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Drive-by posting [Sep. 16th, 2010|11:58 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Hum Tum Aur Ghost: Banware Se Pooche Banwariya]

For my Bollywood friends: YouTube now has movies available, including some Bollywood ones. A quick skim of the first page also revealed one Telugu one, so they might have movies in other Indian languages too.

Real post to come eventually. Maybe.
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(no subject) [Aug. 8th, 2010|12:43 am]
The Tick
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Wanted: Love Me]

Am watching Wanted (the one with Salman Khan, not the one with Angelian Jolie). Like it so far, but whoever did the subtitles...wow. At one point there's some swearing, and of course they bleep it out instead of allowing non-native Hindi speakers to learn all those lovely swear words (alas). But the subtitler, instead of finding a less severe phrase to put in there, chose to try to convince me that the badmaash actually said "Beep! Beep!"
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Ghajini thoughts [Jul. 30th, 2010|02:15 am]
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[mood |awakeawake]
[music |Ghajini: Guzaarish]

Spoiler-free, even though I *think* everyone on my flist who was planning to see Ghajini already has:

-I really, really liked Asin. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for her in the future and trying to see some of her earlier movies.
-The same cannot be said of Jiah Khan, unfortunately.
-I already have the Guzaarish song from a compilation I bought awhile back. Therefore, while I didn't hate the music, I don't see any reason to buy the soundtrack.
-Aamir was very cute in the flashbacks. He's firmly in the "like" category, but at this point I don't think anything is going to push him over to the "love" category for me.
-The movie could probably have been cut a bit, but overall I think it flowed pretty well and was well-written.
-I still want to see the Tamil version, darnit.
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The Ghajini mystery deepens.... [Jul. 29th, 2010|11:05 pm]
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[mood |amused/befuddled]
[music |Ghajini (Hindi, of course), somewhere near the beginning]

So yesterday I brought up the fact that apparently my library has both the Tamil and Hindi versions of Ghajini listed as the same movie, and they'd accidentally given me the Tamil version instead of the Hindi version when I took out a hold on it.

Except maybe all they have is the Hindi version after all. I checked it out last Friday, and other than checking to make sure there were 2 discs in there like the box said I didn't check them very carefully. Turns out that someone put a Hindi version (both discs) into a Tamil box, so I'm just watching the Hindi version now, lol.

And tomorrow when I return it I'm going to sit down with a librarian and try to get this straightened out, because this is just plain odd.
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Things that both amuse and horrify me [Jul. 28th, 2010|05:14 pm]
The Tick
[mood |mixed]
[music |Musafir: Saki]

We lost power on Sunday afternoon in the enormous storm that passed through the area. We were lucky, though--we had power less than 24 hours later, which is apparently something that cannot be said for much of the region. Good--one night spent trying to learn Sanskrit by flashlight and listening to my dad complain about how hot it was was more than enough. We didn't have anything serious fall on or around our house, but when we drove around a bit on Sunday we did see that a huge tree bough had fallen right about halfway down a little street near our house, completely blocking the road. We didn't give it much thought, since surely one of the people who lived on the blocked street would call the power company about it (especially since, as we later realized when we got closer to it, it's dangling from/being partially supported by a power line, which is both dangerous and potentially power-outage-causing).

However, it was still there on Tuesday. My dad finally decided to call it in, and apparently he was the first one. I just got back from walking the Beast a few minutes ago, and guess what? It's still there.

And for a more minor one: I put Ghajini on hold at the library recently and it came in on Friday. But when I went to pick it up, I found myself thinking "Gee, that's not Aamir Khan on the cover, and it's got some script on it that looks South Indian. And the movie blurb on the back says that the main character is played by Surya." Turns out that apparently no one at the library could be bothered to differentiate between the Hindi-language movie made in 2008 and the, er, earlier Tamil version despite the different languages, different lead actors, and different release dates. I'm definitely calling them on this when I return the movie (which, of course, I'm going to watch, since I was planning to see the Tamil version anyway). Oy.

Got a little bit of a job nibble today. Not going to say any more about it now, though, because I'll want to wait until I can get the entire horrifying story. Funny how I think my life is boring but there have been some pretty hilarious job-related disasters in it.
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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2010|01:19 am]
The Tick
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Guru: Maiyya Maiyya]

I have a goal now: finish this new WIP by my birthday (late August). I'm not all that far in it yet, but given how many scenes I seem to be skipping due to worldbuilding issues this should not be a problem.
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(no subject) [Jun. 12th, 2010|03:59 am]
The Tick
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Saawariya: Saawariya [Reprise]]

This Friday, June 18th, I will have been out of work for a year. I have a lot of anger about this. I could, in theory, spend the day being pissy.

However, I'm trying something new: taking the bad, and trying to make something good out of it. So June 18th is going to be a fun day for me. I'm ordering a cake (which, thankfully, my parents will pay for because, hey, they like cake too) and I'm going to plan some sort of movie marathon unless I can come up with something that's, um, less like what I do every single day. (Anyone got any free-stuff suggestions?)

This means not thinking about how this will probably continue to affect my earning potential for years to come. Or how, having passed that year mark, it'll become even harder to find a job. Or how much I'd really love to have the money to move out of my parents' house....

Nope. Not thinking about that. Not thinking about that at all.
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What passes for news in my life these days [May. 27th, 2010|10:42 pm]
The Tick
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Prince OST: Ishq Mein]

This past weekend I had my first real (read: non-buffet) dosa at an Indian restaurant. Wow. Amazing. I would have gone back the next day for another one if we hadn't been halfway across the county looking for couches, lol. I really hate messy food and food that you have to eat with your hands (and the dosa definitely qualifies on both counts) but it was so good that in this case I didn't even care, lol. Too bad most of the Indian restaurants around here don't serve them, because I'd definitely like to expand and see how other chefs make theirs.

Still no news on the job front. I'm not even getting any calls or emails in response to my inquiries anymore. This could be because I'm on Month 11 of being out of work. Or it could be that I'm so discouraged now that my cover letters are suffering. It's a lame reason, I know, and I'm really trying to sound just as awesome as I made myself sound in earlier cover letters, but it's just getting a lot harder to care.

Writing-wise, there's been minimal work. I've finally settled on a project (currently nameless) but it has some serious setting issues that I need to resolve before I write more. I think the characters have a lot of potential, though, and I'm looking forward to writing their journeys when I have everything else figured out a little better. However, I do wonder if I wouldn't get that work done more quickly if I didn't have Galactic Civilizations II installed on the computer right now. Nah, that can't be it. I don't even finish the games most of the time because I have the attention span of a mayfly. ;)

I also have a new favorite song: Ishq Mein from the new Vivek Oberoi movie, Prince. I haven't seen the movie, but it showed up on this list of the best new Bollywood songs and now I'm hooked. If I ever wind up with any sort of income again, this song is enough to ensure that the Prince soundtrack gets bought.
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(no subject) [Mar. 6th, 2010|09:48 pm]
The Tick
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves (Xena: Warrior Princess version)]

It's probably the sickness, but my dreams have been especially vivid this week. I had one last night where I was part of what was quite possibly the crappiest team of adventurers ever. I have no idea what we were even questing for (actually, I don't think I knew during the dream) but we kept getting hung up at the same point. There was a genie who was supposed to be guarding something, probably some kind of mountain pass or something. Either she was the nicest genie in the world but an utter moron, or she was brilliant and a fantastic actress. She kept giving us "help" that would distract us, and eventually we'd wind up somewhere else so we'd have to go and meet this genie again. I kind of like the idea of purposefully choosing an incompetent guard, so I might put it in a WIP someday.

I also had a dream a few nights ago that's definitely going to be a WIP of its own. It's science fiction, though, so it's not something I'd want to tackle for awhile. I like it, but I don't read enough of it on my own. When things calm down a bit I'll probably embark on some sort of study of the genre, but I don't really want to deal with that right now. It's looking really nifty so far, though, and I can already tell it's going to be one of the projects that I really look forward to.
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2010|03:17 pm]
The Tick
[mood |pissed]
[music |Ta Ra Rum Pum: Ab To Forever]

Ugh. This has been a really crappy week already, but last night it got so much worse. My writing computer (aka, the one with a working spacebar) is probably dead. In theory there's someone coming on Monday to fix it, but I don't actually know if it's something that can be fixed and given the hellish time I spent on the phone today trying to explain what was going on to the Dell guy, I don't know if they actually know either.

Add in a dose of extreme pain that's given me sleep deprivation for the past few nights, and I'm sure you will understand why I am not a happy camper.
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(no subject) [Feb. 11th, 2010|04:58 pm]
The Tick
[mood |forgetful]
[music |Nickelback--Savin' Me]

I think a lot of you know that I'm in the snowpocalypse area, which means I pretty much haven't left the house in days. It's awful, but oddly enough I've actually found something I like about it. Winter is typically very gray and dim (which is terrible for me because I have SAD) but the snow reflects a lot of the sun so at least everything is nice and bright. Sure, I still hate it, but at least my SAD isn't as bad as it would usually be these days.

I feel like I had something else to say, but I can't for the life of me remember what it could have been.
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2010|12:39 pm]
The Tick
[mood |curiouscurious]
[music |Kalyug: Aadat (Farhan Saeed version)]

Hoo boy. I really need to start posting more regularly again. Anyway, we went to see Pyaar Impossible last weekend. I actually enjoyed it, which was a surprise because I didn't have a whole lot of faith in Uday's writing skills. It was a cute movie, though--there were some plot holes and such--but it was still a lot of fun, more fun than a lot of the other romantic comedies that seem to get made these days. I'd definitely recommend it.

In other news, I was semi-watching a show on UFOs today when I had a thought. I love shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, and while I wouldn't quite call myself a believer in ghosts, I think with the right evidence I could be convinced. (As much as I'd like to believe in some of the supposed evidence that I see on those shows, anything on TV could be faked so I can't bring myself to really accept it as anything beyond entertainment.)

However, I found myself laughing at the UFOlogists on the show because it was just so unbelievable to me. I kind of felt bad about it because I love my ghost shows so much, so I started wondering--as someone who really wants to believe in ghosts (I have had a ghost experience, but not one that was so decisive as to knock me completely off the fence into believer territory) why do I find the idea of UFOs so ridiculous? And what do you, my LJ flist, think? Do you believe in both? Neither? Only one or the other? Why?

Just in case anyone feels uncomfortable answering for the world to see, I've turned on comment-screening for this entry. If you're okay with me doing so, just make a note of it and I'll un-screen your comment. You can also comment anonymously.
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Books I read this year [Dec. 31st, 2009|11:13 pm]
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[mood |mixed]
[music |Asoka: Aa Tayar Hoja]

I read 142 books this year, mostly while Beast-watching. :P Putting them here in a list behind the cut. The ones I liked have a star in front of them, the ones I really didn't like have an X in front of them.

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Anyone else read any of these? What were your thoughts if you did?
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(no subject) [Dec. 30th, 2009|11:48 pm]
The Tick
[mood |awakeawake]
[music |Race: Race Saanson Ki (Remix)]

Phew. Been a long time since I've posted anything because anything I posted would be incredibly depressing. Things still aren't all that great, but there are a few bright spots, with the main one being the fact that this week the Beast figured out how to open the baby gate keeping her out of certain places by herself. :D She's been nudging it almost open for awhile now, and I kept waiting for her to just give the gate that little extra nudge it needed. And she finally did. Instead of running out, though, she looked at me and whined and waited for me to take her out to have Happy Fun Living Room Time (which of course I did). I'm so proud of her. :D

I'm also placing a Nehaflix order tonight. I haven't bought anything from them in ages. This time it's just soundtracks, although there are a few movies I do want to buy. I'm just not ready to commit to buying any movies right now because I can't just put them on iTunes. The soundtracks I'm getting:
-Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
-What's Your Rashee? (I know everyone hated it, but not only did I kind of enjoy the movie there were enough songs that I really really liked that the soundtrack is definitely worth it for me)
-Apna Sapna Money Money
-Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (I know how much I bitched about it and I still hate the movie itself with a passion, but a lot of the songs actually grew on me once they accidentally became my Baldur's Gate 2-playing songs)
-Dostana (I was torn about buying it but I need more money to get the free shipping lol)

In other news, tomorrow we have a reservation to eat at a restaurant called Planet Bollywood. In addition to Indian food, it also serves burgers, lol. It looks really good, though.
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Memes [Oct. 29th, 2009|10:24 pm]
The Tick
[mood |hyperhyper]
[music |Paheli: Phir Raat Kati]

Two memes today. Both came from luscious_words, who also provided me with questions for the first one.

First one:

Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

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Second one:

1) Post a list of up to 20 books/movies/anime/TV shows/video games/bands [fannish etc.] that you've had an obsessive fannish love or interest in at some time in your life.
2) Have your f-list guess your favorite character/member from each item.
3) When someone guesses correctly, strikethrough the item and put the name of your favorite character next to it.

1. Tashan
2. Xena
3. Futurama - Leela (guessed by luscious_words)
4. Buffy - Giles (guessed by luscious_words)
5. Angel
6. Jeeves and Wooster (the TV show with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry)
7. Whose Line is it Anyway? (American version) - Greg (guessed by luscious_words)
8. the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead
9. Harry Potter
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas
11. the Nightside books by Simon R Green
12. the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce
13. The Smithsonian Institution by Gore Vidal
14. the Belgariad by David Eddings
15. Gilmore Girls
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(no subject) [Oct. 8th, 2009|02:44 am]
The Tick
[mood |giddygiddy]
[music |Tashan ending fight scene]

Why I Love Tashan, Reason #8572:

Saif's face when he starts blasting the flamethrower. Like a kid in the biggest candy store in the world. And it's exactly how I'd look if anyone ever let me use one. :D
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WIPs of the hour [Oct. 6th, 2009|10:47 pm]
The Tick
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Yuva: Khuda Hafiz]

I'm juggling three WIPs right now. Two of them are right at the beginning, while the third is a little ways in. I so rarely talk about the WIPs on here (actually, these days I so rarely post anyway), but these feel pretty settled and I think they're all ready to be written so I'm just going to talk a little about them.

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So there we go. Those are what I'll be working on these days.
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