I spent $60 on clothes today, but thank god for thrift stores, because I ended up getting a skirt, a pair of pants, two nice-ish dresses (ugh, I can't wait for it to get warm so I can wear this blue dress I got, because it's so pretty
), and like four tops. I desperately needed more business-casual-type stuff to wear to work, and I've been really good about spending less in general and seem to be in a rare not-too-crazy period, so I'm not quite as anxious as I might normally be over this. \o/ii.
I would just like to state for the record that cruisedirector
, not I, was the first one to suggest that the world needed Buffy-in-Camelot Merlin
crossover fic when we were watching yesterday.iii.
I got this
, and holy shit, you guys, it's so stunning. Like I've told a few people, I've come to love Watchmen
because it rewards multiple readings the way very few things I've read/watched have done: like, only with Arrested Development
is there such a level of detail and craftsmanship gone in that I can genuinely watch it over and over and find something new every time. It's never really clicked for me emotionally, though, beyond the glee I get from being able to take something apart and fully appreciate everything that goes into the whole* so I'm pretty much in the perfect place for the movie, fannishly, because as long as it looks cool I'll be happy. This book, to say the least, basically reassures me that the movie will deliver. I'd flipped through and considered a couple making-of-/art-of-the-film books, and they were okay, but nothing thrilling, but then I stumbled across it and holy shit, it's exactly what I wanted.
It's an enormous book, easily a foot and a half high and a foot wide, and the only text in it is Zack Snyder's introduction, which is only a couple hundred words, if that. Basically they had a set still photographer, and he took portraits of everyone and everything, standing them up against a white backdrop and just taking black and white photographs of them. He put this book together and just let the photos speak for themselves, and my lord, do they ever. There's the cast, obviously, but there's also crew, stunt doubles, extras, props, and costumes. The photos themselves, like I said, are gorgeous: just black and white, very high-resolution and sharply focused: you can see where real hair ends and fake begins, the stitching on costumes, the state of people's pores. The simplicity of the pictures themselves lets the stunning detail shine. I walked away from it wishing that, like, Lord Of The Rings
had done a book like this, so we could just fully appreciate all the detail and work that went into every aspect of creating Middle-earth.
TL;DR: if you're interested in the movie and/or the making of movies in general and/or portrait photography, BUY THIS BOOK. I got it for about $32 with my B&N employee discount, but I probably would have paid full price and was sort of tempted to when I first saw it at Borders and wasn't sure whether we carried it or not, because I knew I hadn't seen it at our store. PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY, WHY SO AMAZING. :D :D :D* In B4 "go to bed, Dr. Manhattan".iv.
HOW IS TOMORROW THE LAST DAY OF FEBRUARY. WHERE IS THE MONTH GOING. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY WORLD.v.
Oh, right, I made a new header!
I'm currently working out a color scheme for the rest of the journal, since it needs something brighter. SHUT UP BUFFY/JOHN WINCHESTER IS NOT MY NEW OTP. That's just...a celebration of three-named actors. I'm going to add Callum Keith Rennie in there for extra effect.
Oh, who am I kidding, it's so my new OTP. :( I guess it could be worse, it could be, idk, Spuffy or anything with characters from Twilight
While I was getting dressed today, I happened to look over at myself in the full-length mirror and wow, I actually have really nice legs. People have told me this, but I tend to ignore it. Seen as a whole, though, instead of just focusing on the insides of my thighs, which I hate, they're really pretty nice. HOORAY FOR NOT FEELING UGLY.