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55, 56, 57, 58

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , in Life And Such, Uncategorized Mar 25 2015 · 94 views

So this is my late post-Spring Break entry.

For the first time in my college career(?) I left the City during Spring Break, this time to visit my girlfriend in Paris, where she's studying abroad (because she's super smart and writes essays in French when she's not sciencing in English).

Now, despite the whole growing-up-on-a-ship thing, I'd never actually been to mainland France (Martinique, yes, but that's practically a different country sorta), so going to France made country 55 for me, awesome.

Also awesome: seeing the girlfriend again. Didn't do much tourist stuff in Paris (though we did get a rowboat in Versailles). Lots of baguettes, lots of wine, I blanched at the plate of escargot she ate, a mild bar crawl, saw the Eiffel Tower (and the bridge from Inception!), ate Turkish food, went to a couple free museums, cooked, and so on.

The adventure proper begun last weekend. She skipped a couple days of class and we flew out to Prague, Czech Republic (56 – also, my first landlocked country). Now, Prague, as I found out, is called The City of Spies. Which makes me really regret not bringing my trenchcoat (and talking her into bringing her red dress, which she thought would make us a little Burt Macklin). We did a lot in Prague, and not just taking advantage of $1.50 pints (THEY COME IN [cheap] PINTS). Hummed the Game of Thrones theme while walking through a castle, ate a lot of pub food, saw a lot of history, bought post cards. The tourist schtick.

Only spent two nights in Prague, one being the night we flew in, Friday morning we caught a train to Vienna, Austria (57) where we met up with an old friend of mine. We got food (Vienna lager in Vienna, woo!) and saw the sights, the highlight for me is easily a statue of a man punching a horse.

That evening saw us on a train to Budapest, Hungary (58!) where we spent the night and the next day before flying back to Paris. We did more touristing, drank more pints, ate more local food (dude, Eastern European food is so good), I sent a very immature postcard to my brother, crossed from Pest into Buda and back again, and saw a pretty grand hotel.
In Paris I loaded up on Haribo and Mars Bars before flying back to New York.

So there's my Spring Break, now it's back to classes in a land where there are no cheap pints.


Let's Take A Look at IMDB

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Mar 11 2015 · 136 views

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And then...

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And then...

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I have an IMDb page.

This is real. This is actually happening. Part of me can't believe it.

Now let's get this sucker screened at a festival.


The Eternal Dilemma

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Feb 23 2015 · 104 views

I gotta write this essay but all I want to do is make food and eat.


Random School Thought

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Feb 18 2015 · 89 views

One of the (many) things I like about Gallatin is that since I get to design my curriculum much of my classes are seminars. This means, when I play my schedule right, I've got a lot less lecturing and a lot more discussion...ing.

Which makes literature a lot more fun. Now, for pulpier stuff like Ender's Game, BioShock, or When Harry Met Sally (all stuff I've read/played/watched for a class), it means we get to look closely at what's, frankly, entertainment.

But what surprises me is how much it makes me appreciate 'literary' literature. Like how yesterday I found myself vehemently defending/commending the intricately complex characters of Madame Bovary which don't allow for easy black-and-white judgment calls. Funny thing was, halfway through saying it I suddenly realized "Holy [cyprinidae], this is actually a really good book."

Never thought I'd think that about, y'know, a 19th century French book.


Required Readings Again

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Feb 01 2015 · 146 views

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Guys, I swear I go to a real school.


Joyride and Sugar Rush

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Jan 20 2015 · 118 views

I have a ZipCar subscription (ostensibly 'cuz I end up driving film equipment around somewhat often) and I found out that on Monday nights you can rent one for a flat rate of $35 from 6pm to 8:30am. So my brother, his girlfriend, and I decided to hit Brooklyn to do an errand and go to Ikea Ikea for food and some basics. Made sure we drove across both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

But it was not even 10pm. We could have the car for longer.

So I asked a couple friends if they were up for a joyride and told them to meet me outside their apartment in six minutes.

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And off we went, but not shopping shopping: vague plan being to drive up Park, hit the Park Avenue Viaduct around Grand Central (which we did after a couple missed turns) and criss cross Central Park.

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The Plan

Then one of our number (who shall be referred to as Charlotte for reasons that will soon become obvious) suggested we go to Serendipity 3 since my brother (Sam) wanted ice cream. Now, Charlotte's a bit of a foodie and he claimed this was one of the places you had to go to in New York at some point. Also, it was in Sex and the City, of which only I (Carrie) had seen anything of (the movie, for class, if you're wondering[it was terrible]).

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The New Plan
Serendipity 3 serves expensive, very sugary, ice-cream/milkshake lovechilds. We all got one and us four guys decided which Sex and the City character we were (Sam's girlfriend, obviously, would be Mr. Big). We did this by using the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as reference, and there we were, Carrie, Sam, Charlotte, and Miranda united. We think.

Those ice-cream/milkshake things were really sweet and only Sam finished his, with the rest of us very much giving up and sorely regretting the money paid. We also spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the decoration reminded us, Sam offered Hunger Games-​esque opulence, Miranda figured it looked like a serial killer's lair, and Mr. Big an Applebees.

Yeah. That place wasn't our scene. We were far too broke college kids for that.

Now with a sugar high that I'm currently still getting over, we loaded back in the car, drove past the cupcake ATM, crisscrossed Central Park, found our way up around 135th St, and managed to drive along the Hudson before dropping everyone off.

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The Joyride

Which sounds a lot quicker than it was and doesn't account for the screaming, mild panic, wrong turns, frustratingly infallible GPS, Utada Hikaru singalongs, and bawdy humor that accounted for the three hours in between Serendipity and me dropping the car off.

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Miranda, Sam, Carrie, Charlotte taking up the sidewalk

So that was tonight. And my hands are still jittery.


You've Taken Your First Step Into A Larger World

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Jan 16 2015 · 104 views

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Well. That's done.


Eleven Years

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Dec 26 2014 · 106 views

It's been eleven years since I joined BZP.


That's over a decade.

I was in Peru, the day after Christmas — or was it late Christmas night? — looking for stuff on 2004 sets when I decided to go back to BZP and register. Actually, I registered Christmas night but decided I wanted a more contemporary username so, um, I registered again (this time not capitalizing what came after the Ta-, oops) on the 26th and now here I am.

Did a lot those first couple years. Made Metru-Nui Adventures (which you can see here if you're so inclined), first three episodes were posted when I was in the Dominican Republic, Brickshelf tells me fourth and fifth were from Antigua, and by the time the sixth went up I was in Trinidad. How's that for a multinational production, haha.
There was a comedy too, Good Makuta, Bad Toa that's forever lost. And who knows what else.

Eleven years. Craaaaaazy.


Semester's End

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Dec 22 2014 · 103 views

Done with the Fall of my Junior year! Yes, this is late, but that's because I've been busy with people who are leaving for winter break (though why they'd wanna leave the city is beyond me). In any case, this means time to relax and work and make money.

Celebratory fistbump with celebratory-purchase-Iron-Man-in-Space-Armor!

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(Celebratory mixing-alcohol-with-video-games comes after I clean my room)


Excuse Me Skull Spider I Have A Final Paper To Write

Posted by Ta-metru_defender , Dec 15 2014 · 177 views

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Now kindly unclaw yourself from my cork and let me at my Inspiration Juice*.

Filed under: Creative Uses for Skull Spiders

*TMD's Creatively Named Blog does not support the unwarranted use of Inspiration Juice for paper-writing as it is a delicate practice and takes a great deal of skill to arrive at the optimum level of Inspiration.


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