26 February 2011

Why Can't Dreams Come True? Huh?

This morning I woke up from a lovely dream in which The X-Files was back on the air. It wasn't the same, exactly. It was sort of a spin-off, but it still had Mulder and Scully in it, so all good. The show had the unique effect of getting my mom interested in the original series, which I considered a surprising and major plus. (Though in real life, it's the boyfriend who I've gotten hooked on the show. Go me.) I didn't get to watch it and only heard of it after an episode or two had already aired, due in large part to the fact that I don't have cable anymore. I was all set to look it up and try to find it online or through the library only to wake up and discover it wasn't real. Dammit.

I think I'm going to go sulk in the shower now.

21 February 2011

Stardust: Being a Romance Within the Realms of Faerie by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess


I saw the movie a few years ago, so I know the story, but it was long enough ago that I don't fully remember the story, making this reading quite fresh. My library has a copy that isn't illustrated; I'm very glad I decided to get this version instead. Funnily enough, I thought I was ordering a graphic novel and was slightly surprised when I found this. The illustrations fit the story perfectly: This is how it is meant to be read. This, after all, is a copy based on the original magazines.

The story is a fairy tale in every sense of the phrase. It contains fairies and fighting and true love (and the youthful ideal of love) and witches and mysterious strangers and darkness and the light and potty humor and wistful humor and sly humor and intrigue and lies and assassins and fate and magic and all-around fun. Gaiman makes writing look easy, deceptively so. I read this and thought, I could do this. Though I know that's not true. It takes true talent to make word dance and play as he does, and I have never possessed such a talent. The most I can do is make word give an occasional twirl or hop. Nothing much exciting.

I have yet to rewash the film, but I know that Robert De Niro's character was altered a bit and his name changed. Nothing that ruins the story though. I see on IMDb that Neil Gaiman did not write the screenplay, yet the alteration to De Niro's character feels like something Gaiman might have done himself and likely enjoyed in the movie.

I finished the book a few weeks ago during a snowstorm and it left me feeling content in the way that all good books do. The story had a satisfying ending and kept me spellbound as I was snowbound. And really, what more can anyone ask of a book?

07 February 2011

Well what do ya know

This is just a random post since I just downloaded the blogger app for my phone. I have to test it out, you understand. Later today I plan on writing a proper blog on a book I finished last week, but I've got a lot on the docket for today, so we'll just see what I actually get done.

01 February 2011

I get the best spam.

I removed email addresses and last names. It also came with a .rar file which I have the good sense not to open. But the text was just way too good not to share. Hahaha.

from            shem
reply-to            shem
to           me
date            Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM
subject            himy little woman
           
good day my love I've done as you asked and all passed.. I just sent everything for you and your aunt.
immediately made a copy of the forms and put it in a safe location.. I do not want that anyone else take your money. I am attaching

a file in which you put all the papers. Western union addressed to you and your aunt. + Document + Declaration of the bank bank. Probably you will need it.
I hope you all have time to get. I wish you good mood my Russian Sweet Girl. )

> Date: Wen, 29 January 2011 13:28:01 + 0300

> From: l
> To: g
> Subject: ???
>
> holla m y beast men John.
> I am very glad that you answered me. I worried.
> Now I am calm. My love if you gave me your money, then why do not you gave me information about the transfer of money? How do
> I get money without information.
> I ask you now
> send me information about the transfer of money
> to my name and the name of
 > my aunt. I should
> have time to get your money today. I await your
> response.
> PSPSPS you can give me a copy of the documents
> western union. It will be very convenient.
> dear I am waiting for your news.. 
>
>

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>> good evening my PussI MUSSI. ) I love you too.!
>> I beg you not to worry. You yourself told me that I gave you the money as soon as possible. I
>> decided to do everything as you requested. I went to western union and began to make a
>> transfer of money for you. After I filled out the paper to send money. Began some problems !
>> manager in the bank started asking me about who I am sending so much money. Why. What
>> is the purpose of transferring money. I began to worry. I asked him why he is asking me. And
>> only after his answer, I calmed down a bit. It turns out it was his job to protect people from
>> fraud. When the money transferred to Russia or Ukraine. All such transfers are subject to
>> special control. Since a lot of girls from Russia asking money from people of my country.
>> But I reassured bank employee and said that I know to whom I give money. And very
>> confident. I was a bit cursed him.! I gave all the money. 3500dollars for you. And
>> 3000dollars for your aunt. Hopefully now everything will be fine.
>> Now you can all get. I wish you good mood my RUSSIAN baby. )
>>
>>

>> Date: Wen, 29 January 2011 16:12:04 +0300
>> From: 2
>> To: g
>> Subject: RE: how are you
>>
>>

>> hi MY lovely John.
>> I told you all the details for the transfer of money.
>> Why are you silent. I worry. You all well ???????
>> I am waiting for your response. I love you !!!!!!!!!
>>
>>

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> > > >  good evening my dear girl. ). In the bank, so good. I signed the papers for that would
> > > >  get cash. For my country, this large cash believe me. Since we use credin card. Is         
> > > >  convenient. And not any big cash. You might think that we have in our pocket millions
> > > >  of money ))))). In my country we have an expression: neither any large cash. With  
> > > >  regard to the bank. I quickly received the cash and filled in the declaration. Now
> > > >  everything is ok. I have not had so much cash in hand))) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha)
> > > >  My feet are trying to escape). I see your letter in my Inbox. I got all the data for sending
> > > >  money. waiting for your answer my litle BABY. )
> > > > 
> > > >
> > > >  ----Date: Wen, 29 January 2011 13:28:01 + 0300----
> > > >  From: l
> > > >  To: g
> > > >  Subject: RE:
> > > > 
> > > > 
> > > >  HI m y dear John.
> > > >  This is a great happiness that we with you have helped my family.
> > > >  Now I can continue my paperwork that would be with you. I visited
> > > >  westenr union and they said that you can not send me the whole
> > > >  amount at one time. For this reason, I ask you to divide the money
> > > >  into 2 parts. And refer them to my name and my aunt.
> > > >  That's my name:
> > > >  First Name: Svetlana
> > > >  Last Name: L
> > > >  Country: Russia. Index: 428000
> > > >  City: Voljsk
> > > >  Street: G
> > > >  That's the name of my aunt:
> > > >  First Name: Alevtina
> > > >  Last Name: P
> > > >  Country: Russia. Index: 428000
> > > >  City: Voljsk
> > > >  Street: P
> > > >  Send in the name of my aunt 3000usd.
> > > >  All you need to pass 6500usd. 500 usd husband of my aunt sent to you.
> > > >  He is a very good man. My favorite, I beg you as soon as possible to
> > > >  give money to me here in Russia. After that I will continue training.
> > > >  We will be very happy.
> > > > 
> > > > 
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> > > > > > HELLO my love WOMAN. ).
> > > > > > Today I checked my bank account and olala husband your aunt turned me 7000
> > > > > > american dollars. I phoned the bank and the manager told me that I need to come to
> > > > > > the bank and sign the document. Now I go to the bank that would get your money.
> > > > > > Once I get the money I get back home and I will write to you about it. And only
> > > > > > then I will go to western union and give you money in Russia. Tell me the details get
> > > > > > in wetern union. Now I must flee. I wish you a pleasant day my RUSSIAN baby. )
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Date: Wen, 29 January 2011 16:12:04 +0300
> > > > > > From: s
> > > > > > To: g
> > > > > > Subject: RE:Re: I   l o v e     y o u !!!!!!!!!!
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > HI MY beast men John.
> > > > > > Today I talked with my aunt. And she said that her husband
> > > > > > gave money to your bank account which you gave me. He
> > > > > > gave you 7000usd. Please check your bank account. And if
> > > > > > the money is received, then quickly visit the bank and get
> > > > > > money for me. You can leave a 500usd. A 6500usd send me
> > > > > > in Russia, in order that I could come to you. I am waiting for
> > > > > > your response. I love you. Your little girl from Russia.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
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