olde_fashioned: (TDKR -- out of the ashes (close crop))
We get to see the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises!!!!!

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer

What does everyone think? I won't say anything about the contents of the teaser except in the comments, but they're seriously feeding my imagination here with the little clips that they've shown...
olde_fashioned: (E3 -- Emma artsy texture)

(In rereading this entry before posting, I realize it's a bit disjointed and hops all over the place...I apologize for that, but it's the way my brain seems to be functioning these days!)

A quick wrap-up of the past few weeks and days (I think I'm addicted to bullets):

  • First off, I'd like to thank [livejournal.com profile] princessjune and [livejournal.com profile] winterlillies for making me smile with their adorable LJ gifts! Thank you, ladies! ♥
  • Despite the bit of "negativism" that occurred a few weeks back that bade me request your prayers (and it is still on-going), things have been pretty good. I'm trying to trust that the prayers of our friends are working, and that things will right themselves (i.e., not worry/stress out).
  • It's saddening to see how slow LJ has become in recent months (years?). I miss all the activity and icons! :(
  • For whatever reason, I've been on a Emma kick. I'm not exactly sure what made me start fiddling with the screencaps again, but a month or so ago I started making a batch of icons, which put me in the mood to rewatch the Kate Beckinsale adaptation, which in turn led to a (yet another) reread of the book. I'd forgotten how peaceful and reassuring the world JA created there can be, and it's the perfect summer read; replete with strawberries.
  • Speaking of perfect for summer, I've joined the ranks as a convert and fan of She & Him. (This one I can blame on [livejournal.com profile] sakka!) ;D Their two albums will be joining the ranks of my "summer playlists" beside Leigh Nash, who was my summer soundtrack for last year.
  • Slow as always to the music front I may be, but does anyone else enjoy Colbie Caillat? I only discovered her because they play her a lot on the radio at work, and I found myself enjoying several of her songs. THIS song in particular is glued to the insides of my cranium. Tell me others have been beguiled by her embodiment of summer; soothing voice, romantic themes, and softly country-esque melodies?
So with summer in mind I have a couple questions for my friends and readers:
  • What books represent summer to you? It could be a book you read one summer and look back fondly on the experience, or a book that summarily describes what summer means to you.
  • What music embodies summer to you? Are there certain songs/albums/artists that make you feel "summer-y"?
olde_fashioned: (TDKR -- out of the ashes)
We're getting closerrrrr!!!!!! The teaser trailer should be out any day now!

(click on the image to see the full-sized poster and my source)
olde_fashioned: (American courage -- Washington crossing)
To all my American readers...

It's not just about fireworks and barbeque; let us remember how far we've come, and not let the sacrifices and blood of our ancestors go to waste.
olde_fashioned: (P&P2 -- Mr. Collins ?!?!!!)
This just makes me angry:

17 Year Old Disabled Boy Brutalized By 20 Cops For "Disrespect"

Yet another feather in the cap of police brutality. Why isn't this on national news? Why isn't there public outcry? Why aren't those responsible being thrown in the slammer and suspended without pay (or better yet, FIRED??)? Oh wait--cops get to do whatever the heck they want. This is America. I forgot.

The best part? They charged the kid with assault.

What is happening to this country? Forget rolling over; our Founding Fathers would be weeping and sobbing in their graves if they knew what we'd come to.

Better watch your mouths, peeps. Apparently any misconstrued utterance coming from your mouth overheard by a "peace officer" can get the crap beat out of you.
olde_fashioned: (18th C. -- Reynolds -- artistic ladies)
A quick thank-you to all of my readers and friends who have been praying for me, my family, and have taken the time and trouble to show their love in various ways (you know who you are! ♥ ♥ ♥)!

I've been working a lot of extra hours (picked up an entire 8-hour shift today), so that keeps me busy, but I just wanted to post a quick note of appreciation and gratitude to let you all know how much I appreciate your support.


Jun. 24th, 2011 02:44 pm
olde_fashioned: (BH -- Lady Dedlock sorrow)
Yesterday the game changed. The prayers of the many staved off the evil intentions of the few, at least for a while, and now we are in need of as much prayer as ever, especially my brother. He works so hard, and now he has to work even harder.

Yesterday, the Bible-verse-a-day emails I get delivered the verse below to my inbox. Obviously it didn't come with the graphic; I made that, but this has always been one of my favourite verses, and it's particularly appropriate right now.

If any of you kind souls could please pray for this situation we are now in to be removed, resolved, or repaired, I would be very grateful. Thank you!

olde_fashioned: (BH -- Ada green dress smile)
Such a good series!!! I remember discovering it by accident back when it originally premiered on PBS years ago, and despite being in the middle of the series and having to work incredibly hard to figure things out mid-stream, I was hooked. When the final episode aired I was very sick (could hardly keep my eyes open), but I couldn't not see how it ended!

That there will probably be other batches after this (it's so LONG!), but I wanted at least to get these ones up and public for all to share. ;)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''Jarndyce and Jarndyce...is no more!'' )
olde_fashioned: (write)

I finished The Great Gatsby last night, having started it on Monday and staying up a little late to get to the last page. Having seen the Robert Redford miniseries a few years ago, I already knew the story. Evidently this was a good adaptation, because there was scarcely a plot element from the book that the movie didn't cover; therefore I wasn't "surprised" by anything "new" in the book.

As I'm wont to do, I prefer to record something of my own initial impressions before I read anything "critical" or "professional" on the subject which might influence me. Therefore, if you haven't read the book and wish to avoid spoilers, please stop reading now! Otherwise, proceed. ;)

''Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.'' )
olde_fashioned: (Bright Star -- open window)
...to all of you who commented on my last entry, and have been praying for my family! So far, the darkness hasn't encroached upon us just yet--it's very possible that this disaster is just waiting until later to spring, or, that the many prayers of our friends have prevailed. This is my hope, however it's not over until we're out of the minefield, so to speak.

So, again, thank you to those kind souls and good friends who've taken the time to get on their knees for us, and please keep them coming! They're working! ♥
olde_fashioned: (S&S2 -- agony)
...I find myself in the position requiring much prayer. At this moment, we need them; if things turn out the way we expect, we will need them even more. We've been through it before, and I know God will provide an open window if this door is slammed shut on our fingers, but I'd really rather not traverse this road again.

So if you are at all inclined, please remember my family in your prayers. Thank you! ♥

olde_fashioned: (American courage -- Washington crossing)

Remember those who have fallen for our freedom.
olde_fashioned: (Waterhouse -- Psyche)
John William Waterhouse, has been one of my absolute favourite artists ever since I learned of his existence. He needs no preamble, and this time around I've gone for a much simpler approach, to better allow the beauty of the original works to do all the talking. ;)

I've preserved the title of the each painting in the URL and file names.

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

1 2 3

''She has a lovely face, // God in His mercy lend her grace, // The Lady of Shalott.'' )
olde_fashioned: (17th C. -- Lady Whyte-Dunn)
I get emails every day, including one of BibleGateway's "Verse of the Day" subscriptions. Today's was some interesting food for thought that I couldn't put out of my mind, so I'm posting it here.

As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

- Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)

We are all guilty of wondering, and even questioning why God allows certain things to happen. Why do bad things happen? In a word, because of sin. But God is supposed to protect us from these things, right? Why would He let people die, evil seemingly prevail, babies be murdered by their own mothers simply because they exist? Why does a professedly loving God allow war, famine, sickness, misery, abuse, torture, death? We, in all our profound wisdom, pass judgement on what we cannot see or even hope to understand, because it flies in the face of our earthly "wisdom".

I certainly don't have all the answers, but I do believe that all these things are not God's fault. He is faultless, blameless, perfect, or else He is not God, there is no salvation, no heaven, no Jesus dying for our sins, and we are in serious trouble. We are fallen, finite, and sinful beings. Evil exists on this earth because we let it. Every day we do something we know we should not do, myself included. And if we are not capable of preventing ourselves from committing something as simple as a "white lie", then who are we to judge the God on His standards?

If you're reading this and any of what I said touched a nerve, or intrigued you, then I would strongly advise you read Ken Ham's book How Could A Loving God...?, which answers the above questions and more significantly better than I could ever hope to.

Also, please remember my journal is not the place for your personal railings against my God. Respectful conversation is always welcome; vitriol is not.
olde_fashioned: (American faith -- prayer at Valley Forge)
Lately I haven't been in the mood for navel gazing, so I figure I'd better take advantage of a lark while I have it, and give a real life update. ;)

I'm sick (again), probably bronchitis since my coughs usually turn into that. I'm over-worked, under-paid, tired, tired of having to work so much, and tired of being tired. I've had to call out sick a number of times during these past two weeks thanks to my good old friend the nasty cough.

The only good thing about this is I've had some time to actually read for a change, and finally finished The Scarlet Pimpernel (which I was getting sick of seeing on my sidebar, heh). Not a bad book, but definitely better in the general concept than the execution. Lots of generalized descriptions and over-used phrases which I found highly annoying, most especially Orczy's habit of describing Chauvlin as "fox-like" and perpetually having him rub his "long, bony fingers together". Yes, we know he's the villain. No, I don't need to be reminded of it every other page.

Now I've embarked on David McCullough's 1776, which I had to abandon 66 pages in three years ago (stupid library renewal limits). Actually owning a copy entirely removes any pressure from having to finish it by a certain time frame, which is lovely. I'm already past my previous point of progress, and am once again reminded of how heroic our Founding Fathers were. The things they endured! We have much to be grateful for, and very large shoes to fill. In the case of George Washington, I know he's generally lauded, but goshhe's wonderful--I think they broke the mold after he was born.

I almost hate to say this, especially as it's my own fault, but I was hoping for just a teensy bit more of backstory on the beginnings of the war; how it came about, etc. Apparently 1776 is more of an appendix to John Adams, so perhaps the latter has more of the information I'm seeking? Do any of my readers know? It wasn't high up on my reading list, but if his biography also contains a "play-by-play" of the steps leading to war with Britain then it would automatically become more interesting. ;)

Going back over some of my previous book reviews, it's become apparent that I've written considerably less and less of them in recent months. Part of this is natural; I've read less, due to having to work. Another facet of that issue, is it takes me longer to get through a book, which in turn means that my impressions and remarks fade much more quickly. Short of stopping the actual reading process to take scrupulous notes (which I've done, but it's tedious and very disruptive), how do you all prepare for composing book reviews, if you write them?
olde_fashioned: (America -- long may she wave)
Well, unless you live in a cave, you've surely heard the news that it's official--Osama bin Laden is dead. (Maybe.) While I'd love to be certain of (and rejoice over) the fact that the master butcher has indeed been sent to hell, the suspicious part of me can't help but be very curious as to why photos have not been already released, since they supposedly do exist. And WHY would they dump the body into the sea?!!?!?

I don't care if it was done accordance with Islamic custom or not--this man is responsible for the worst attacks on American soil in history and we give him an honourable burial before the American people are positively assured he's no longer a threat??? What's wrong with this picture??

Maybe we should get Donald Trump to demand the photographic evidence, since he seems to be pretty good at succeeding in in that department.

What do all my LJ friends think?
olde_fashioned: (baby prayers)

original painting The Resurrection by Carl Heinrich Bloch
olde_fashioned: (baby prayers)

original painting The Crucifixion by Velazquez
olde_fashioned: (TDK -- BB -- red Gotham nights)
Joseph Gordon Levitt is John Blake, Marion Cotillard is Miranda Tate in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
(All the fanboys are touting Marion Cotillard's role as a cover-up for Talia Al Ghul--any thoughts?)

Mayor Eyeliner Returns

So Lucius Fox is apparently definitely in the movie; we'll have to wait and see if he's still mad and leaving WE after the events of TDK!

What's with all these all these Pittsburg rumors?

Three other additions to the TDKR cast, including a familiar face to those of us who have seen Bleak House and the newest Wuthering Heights (also starring Tom Hardy, heh).

I'll leave you with an interesting photo collage of the cast so far.

(And I think I just found a favourite new site for Batman news!)


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