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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, or, Freezing Temperatures Make Christina Realize Uncomfortable Truths Abou [Wednesday
February 10th, 2010
6:43pm
]
[ mood | contemplative ]

(Note: I wrote this mostly on my walk from class. It has not been edited or researched in any way. Please remember that I am a dumbass before you throw things at me for the horrendous writing or the lack of veracity).
Let's All Take a Fun Romp Through Christina's Guilt ComplexCollapse )

 

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Corn-Fed Happiness [Friday
April 3rd, 2009
10:51am
]

"DES MOINES — Iowa became the first state in the Midwest to approve same-sex marriage on Friday, after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided that a 1998 law limiting marriage to a man and a woman was unconstitutional." (New York Times)

You know, I get a lot of teasing from my family about going to school in a state that is known mostly for corn, but today I am so proud to be a Hawkeye that I don't even know how to express it. There truly is something special and wonderful about this state. I hope others will follow our example, but for now I am happy that we can be a sanctuary for equality. Today, I am wearing as much Iowa paraphenalia as I can get my hands on so that everyone knows which state I come from.
HELL YES, IOWA!
 

Link to the whole story:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/us/04iowa.html?hp

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A story [Thursday
January 22nd, 2009
1:58pm
]
A little bit of back story on this:
I am an environmental science major. This semester I am taking my first environmental science course, and today I had my first lecture- the topic was the plight of over-consumption, especially by Americans. I suffered a slight existential crisis because of this, especially because a few of my friends had invited me to go shopping after the class. When I have existential crises, I usually look to some of my idols, heroes, role models, and imagine what they would do, or, more specifically, what they would think of what I was doing. In this case, the answer was very clear.
Points to anyone who can figure out who all of the characters are (hint: only 3 are fictional- one is really obvious, one is moderately easy, and one is somewhat obscure).

 

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A new era [Tuesday
January 20th, 2009
11:42am
]
I know I don't update this thing very often, but I just wanted to say that Barack Obama's inauguration inspired me more than I can say. I only hope we as a country can live up to his vision of us. Obama's determination has inspired me personally and I know that I as a person have changed because of him and I've seen the country change because of him. I'm not going to be so arrogant as to say that I know he'll be a good president, but I can certainly say that I have more hope for his administration- and for my country- than I ever had before.
Congratulations, Mr. President. I'm honored to call you our Commander in Chief.
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Best day EVER [Wednesday
November 5th, 2008
3:24pm
]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Friends,
OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA.
And, for good measure, OBAMA.
If I seem excited now, it's nothing to how excited I was last night.
This is the beginning of a new chapter, guys. I believe in that.
In conclusion, OBAMA.

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[Sunday
September 21st, 2008
1:25am
]
The title is actually not entirely accurate; I have very little time on my hands. A more accurate title would be "Christina needs to talk to people instead of thinking about shit too much," but that doesn't have much of a ring to it at all, now does it?

ANYWAY. Due in part to my sorority sisters' love of movies, and due in part to the fact that I can rent free DVDs from the front desk of my dormitory (a fact which is more of a threat to my grades than any learning disability lurking in the shadowy crannies of my brain), I have seen a lot of movies since I came to school.
I LOVE movies. Every kind of movies. I'm a whore for horror, I'm a slut for sci-fi, I'm easy for arthouse. Even more than I love movies, I love thinking about movies; thinking about what makes them good, what makes them bad, how art imitates life and vice-versa. So, this has been a great experience for me, and really helped enrich my first few weeks here at school.

Right now, I have checked out the copy of Amelie, which, according to Certain Accounts, will spoil me for movies forever and ever. But in order to fully enjoy it, I am going to need to eat something. So, while my dinner cooks, I present to you:

A LIST OF MOVIES I'VE SEEN AT COLLEGE SO FAR (ranked in ascending order of awesomeness)
Disclaimer: These movies are ranked by awesomeness as interpreted by one Christina Newkirk, not necessarily on cinematic merit, especially when hot Irish twins are involved.

1. The Butterfly Effect- They took a fascinating idea (the chaos theory) and completely ass-raped it with wooden acting, laughably bad dialogue, and glaring continuity errors. I admit Ashton Kutcher is kind of pretty. Too bad he cant read.

2. The 40-Year-Old Virgin- I had really high hopes for this movie, since I like Steve Carell and pointless comedies, but, I'm sorry, it just wasn't that funny. If you want a hilarious, cock-joke-heavy movie, go see Superbad. It does it with much less pandering and winking at the camera.

3. Burn After Reading: This movie was surreal like a Dali masterpiece. I'm still not quite sure what the Cohen brothers were trying to tell us with this. As one critic said, "This is a movie about stupidity that leaves the audience feeling stupid." That being said, it is kind of fun, especially with Brad Pitt playing, well, Brad Pitt.

4. The Departed- I actually liked this movie a lot, it just didn't measure up to the overwhelming, mind-blowing awesomeness of the other movies on this list. "The Departed" made me fall out of my chair gasping several times. Not THAT way, although if anyone could make my fall out of my chair gasping in THAT way by just appearing on screen, it would be Matt Damon. Rowr.

5. Iron Man- I know, I know, "OMG SHE RANKED A SUPERHERO MOVIE HIGHER THAN THE BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNER OMG LET'S MAKE A FEDERAL CASE ABOUT IT." I happen to LOVE superhero movies of all shapes and sizes, from Marvel to DC. This was a particularly fine example of a good superhero movie- lots of shit blowing up, ridiculous costumes, funny and even thought-provoking at turns. Also, topical, so pbbbthh.

6. American Beauty- Usually a good movie needs to include at least ONE character who is somewhat likable, but "American Beauty" manages to be just fantastic enough to survive without one. Kevin Spacey should win every award ever for his acting in this movie, include the Nobel prize for physics and Miss Universe.

7. A Beautiful Mind- In addition to superhero movies, I love troubled genius movies, and John Nash's is a story that has gone untold for too long. Beautiful acting and an interesting story lets this watcher forgive it for its few teensy (COUGHHUGECOUGH) historical inaccuracies. Scene to watch for: Professor Nash applies game theory to picking up chicks. Also, I want to bang his hot British "roommate."

8. Boondock Saints- ASDFG. Hot. Irish. Asskicking. Twins. Yes, it's violent and maybe a wee bit dramatic. Yes, it's a little depressing. But sweet fancy Jesus this movie is awesome, and by awesome I mean it has hot Irish twins. Did I mention the hot Irish twins who fight crime? Because yeah, there are HOT IRISH TWINS.
Oh yeah, and Willem Defoe rocks in this.

So, there you have it. Take my recommendations or leave them; I'm no movie critic. I do have one recommendation that you SHOULD follow, though, and that is: Movie binges are really fun and, next time you have some time on your hands, you should have one!
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[Wednesday
May 21st, 2008
8:41pm
]
I shall be attending the University of Iowa in the fall, majoring in Biology, staying in the Women in Science and Engineering dorm!
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[Tuesday
April 1st, 2008
5:20pm
]
[ mood | cynical ]

THINGS WHICH ARE MORE TROUBLE THAN THEY'RE WORTH:
1. Boys
2. Prom
3. College

Today sucked more than any other day of my senior year (which is saying something). I am SO DONE with rejection.

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I can't see what anyone sees in anyone else but you [Sunday
January 20th, 2008
7:30pm
]
[ mood | enthralled ]

I consider myself a movie fan and a bit of a film buff. I can tell my Tarantino from my Taymor and, unlike some critics, I genuinely enjoy watching movies regardless of genre. My favorites list consists of 70s action movies (Raiders of the Lost Arc, Star Wars), Disney classics (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), quirky comedies (This Is Spinal Tap, Ferris Bueller's Day Off), movie musicals (Footloose, Across the Universe) and a few weird eclectic ones without categories (Out of Africa, Grizzly Man, An American Werewolf in London). I particularly love seeing movies in theaters. Over the winter, after a long dry spell, I saw several movies: Enchanted, The Golden Compass, Charlie Wilson's War, and Sweeney Todd. I genuinely loved all of these movies for different reasons; Enchanted for its unabashedly formulaic New York fairytale, Golden Compass for its faithful adaptation of one of my favorite books, Charlie Wilson's war for its snappy, smart social commentary, and Sweeney Todd for the gorgeous music, gorgeous dances, gorgeous costumes and gorgeous Johnny Depps. Mostly, I just enjoy watching movies.
However, never before have I found a movie which changed my life.
Juno changed all that.
I won't go into the plot or the brilliant acting or the beautifully real characters. You can read enough of that in blogs and newspapers. Instead, I'm just going to say that up until now, I have never seen a movie that seemed to speak to me directly. Still more amazing is that it seems to speak to everyone- my mother, who NEVER sees a movie twice, insisted on seeing it with me a mere week after she saw it originally, my little brother who hates everything even mentioning plucky heroines couldn't stop talking about it, and my father, a notorious movie snob, was as moved by it as I was.
As I write this, I'm finding it hard to describe the effect this movie has had on me. Maybe I'm overselling it because the character mirrors me in so many ways my parents have started calling me Juno, and I admit I am easily impressed. But let me just say that never before have I felt a change in my own personality due to a movie. In addition, never before have I, 5 minutes into a movie, leaned over to my parents and said, "I'm in love with this movie."
So, after all this tl;dr I want to get one message out: go see Juno. It is something special.

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[Monday
January 14th, 2008
9:10pm
]
Finals start tomorrow!
I'm "studying" right now, which basically means Facebooking while staring forlornly at my physics notes. Oh well, an object on teh Intarwebz tends to stay on teh Intarwebs unless acted upon by an outside force, so yeah, send me a message/comment and I'll gladly respond.

Oh and I chose my senior quote:
"Lady, when you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight."

I think it fits me, don't you?
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[Saturday
January 12th, 2008
1:51pm
]
[ mood | bored ]

TELL ME...
1. your name:
2. birthday:
3. place of residence:
4. what makes you happy:
5. what are you listening to now/have listened to last:
6. do you read my lj:
7. if you do, what is particularly good/bad about it:
8. an interesting fact about you:
9. are you in love/have a crush at the moment:
10. favorite place to be:
11. favorite lyric:
12. best time of the year:
13. any pets?

RECOMMEND
1. a film:
2. a book:
3. a band, a song and an album:

PLUS
1. one thing you like about me:
2. two things you like about yourself:
3. a picture of yourself!
4.. put this in your lj so i can tell you what i think of you if you wan

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[Sunday
January 6th, 2008
3:24pm
]
With the exception of the past few days, a good percentage of this winter break was soul-crushingly boring enough to make me somewhat excited to go back to school.
Next week I will be a slave to finals, so this is my last day of relative freedom. BOTHER ME, I HUMBLY BEG OF YOU.
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[Saturday
December 22nd, 2007
10:59am
]
Someone I don't know is downstairs singing to my Christmas tree.
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[Friday
December 14th, 2007
8:40pm
]
[ mood | brokenhearted ]

All right, unfallible deity, at the beginning of the year I asked for a few very simple things. I thought that after the way the last two years have gone, I deserve a win or two. As of tonight, you are officially and irrevocably 0 for 3. I better have a lottery win or world peace coming up.

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[Tuesday
November 13th, 2007
8:50pm
]
Holy crap, guys. We OPEN tommorrow.
And I know I'll be sad, because I've grown to love improv to an unealthy (read: "crack addict") degree, but right now I'm just glowbasking. I mean, I get to up on stage and do something I love- and, even better, that I'm good at! I'm so excited!
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[Tuesday
October 30th, 2007
6:36pm
]
[ mood | exanimate ]

Halloween tommorrow!
Then NaNo starts!
Then ComedySportz after that!
I'm too busy!!!

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[Tuesday
October 23rd, 2007
3:44pm
]
[ mood | depressed ]

SHIT FUCK DAMN ASS HELL.
I hate being a teenager.

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[Tuesday
October 9th, 2007
8:25pm
]
[ mood | productive ]

DEAR EVERYONE:
1. Yes, that is an iPhone in my pocket and no, I am not happy to see you.
2. Yes, the name on my sweatshirt is my top choice. Yes, I realize it's an all-women college. Yes, I've seen the Simpsons episode. Yes, it was hilarious.
3. No, we are not dating.
4. Yes, I actually like physics. No, I'm not high.
5. No, mom, we are still not dating. No, rewording the question will not change the answer.
6. Yes, I did leave my backpack at my summer home. Yes, I am an idiot. Thank you so much for pointing that out.
7. No, I can't do anything after school today. Yes, I know I am the "Drama club's bitch." No, I don't plan to change that.
8. Yes, I spent my extra time in Philly seeing the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall instead of drinking myself into a stupor like a normal teenageer. Yes, I rode the subway alone. No, I did not, to my knowledge, get raped.
9. Yes, I am currently reading "The Once and Future King." Yes, I like it. I actually like it a lot. Yes, I have seen "The Sword in the Stone." Yes, the book is better. Stop looking at me like that.

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[Monday
October 1st, 2007
6:52pm
]
[ mood | excited ]

I MADE THE SHOW! IT'S COMEDY SPORTZ! WE GET TO SIT AROUND AND DO IMPROV FOR 3 HOURS EVERY DAY!
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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[Sunday
September 30th, 2007
9:30pm
]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

Guys, I can't even start on how amazing homecoming was. No matter what year it is, what group I'm in, it only seems to get better. I'm going to miss you guys a lot.
Highlights:
-riding in the Sexy Bus and singing Bohemian Rhapsody
-playing with food with Charlie and Pete
-trying to start a "sexy train"
-salsa dancing to "Livin' La Vida Loca"
-Piano Man. Because it's Piano Man.

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