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jacki marie murphy
19 January 2011 @ 01:21 pm
 I got a job on a cruise ship! And I'm leaving for Australia on Saturday! And I am clearly the worst livejournaler in the entire world, as I've known for weeks and you all don't know. I know that I have not been posting much, but I am going to to TRY while on the ship because my life might finally be interesting enough to warrant it. I'm not sure who is still posting here, but! 

I WOULD LOVE TO SEND YOU A POSTCARD. Either comment here (screened comments) or email me at jackimurphy at gmail dot com with your address!
jacki marie murphy
14 December 2010 @ 01:33 pm
 Brother #1 came home yesterday, and brother #2 will be returning on Saturday. We bought a Christmas tree yesterday, we are actually going out for dinner this week, the Patriots are kicking ass and taking names all over the NFL, and thanks to the glory that is both Netflix and Hulu, I am up to my ears in Doctor Who/Torchwood, Farscape, and Greek. So despite my job continuing to suck beyond the telling of it, I don't really have too much to complain about at present. 

Other people in the area may curse me for saying this, but I hope it snows soon. December makes me happy simply by virtue of it being almost Christmas, but snow would just seal the deal.
jacki marie murphy
 Dear Internet,
       I'm tired of defending myself when people tell me I watch too much TV. I'm tired of sheepishly admitting up front that I watch too much TV, as though I worry that by sharing my thoughts on my favorite series, people are going to judge me. I've got reasons and defenses, and today I am writing them all down.

No one criticizes someone for being a movie buff or a bookworm. I love books and I love movies (who doesn't?!), and OK, sure, maybe reading is a more academic pursuit than watching TV. But movies? Why are they instantly given a free pass and deemed a worthy pursuit while TV-watchers are deemed couch potatoes? Is it because we pay $10.50 or so to go sit in a dark room with strangers and watch them together? Do we think this makes it a social activity, somehow? Of course, movies can be beautiful, heartbreaking, funny, moving - they can have breathtaking cinematography and incredible acting and touch upon themes that make us all realize what it means to be human and live in this world. But TV can do that too, and I wish more people would realize that.

There is a difference between the person who sits aimlessly on the couch hour after hour, flipping through channels of things he doesn't even really want to watch, and the person who actively, interestedly watches the TV shows he knows and likes. Many TV shows span seasons upon seasons and have upwards of 100 episodes. It takes dedication. The worlds created by movies have to last a couple of hours. The worlds created by television shows could have to hold up with continuity and detail for years. 

When you have a multiple-season TV show, there is time for characters and plots to have huge arcs. You can spend half a season following one subplot, a season or more watching characters grow and change. There just isn't time for that in a movie. Characters go through journeys in movies, both physically and emotionally, for sure, but the limited timeframe just doesn't allow for the depth possible in TV. 

But I think everyone knows this. If pressed, anyone would admit that there is worth inside many TV shows. It's a little more difficult to convince some people that TV watching is a legitimate hobby which can lead to so much more.

The number of people in my life who I call friends solely because we met online through shared TV interests is astounding. People I talk to regularly (or, not as regularly as I'd like, but still think of fondly), games I've spent years playing - all because of TV. I've written legitimate essays on themes and storylines in shows I enjoy. Lots of people, directly inspired by what they see on the screen, write fanfiction, edit graphics, make fan videos. Writing, graphic design, and video editing are, without a doubt, legitimate hobbies. And a good deal of the writing, graphics, and videos floating around in the internet are directly inspired by television.

But the friendships are what is most important. I've mentioned them already, but I'll mention them again. Online communities about TV are some of the most active and friendly communities on the internet. I think the reason so many people I've spoken with truly don't believe that online friendships are real is because so many people are still convinced that the internet is this Evil place full of Bad People who are constantly trying to lead you into some nasty trap. I realize that I am definitely preaching to the choir here on LJ, but guess what? It's not. I have gotten on a plane more than once and flew myself off to meet people who I had never even spoken with on the phone, and I'm still here. I think there's no more reason to trust someone you meet at a party on on the street than someone you meet online. It takes judgement and time, and I obviously don't chat with someone once and then hop on a plane. It's people who I've known for years! People who have stuck with me through thick and thin, been the one constant in my slightly nomadic life, and I am so thankful for them. Yes, some online friendships die. But so do the so-called "real world" friendships. But I think that the internet is just as real as the rest of the world. 

Watching TV can open your life to a whole world of people and activities. Being actively invested in a few (or a lot of) TV shows is just as beneficial as being invested in movies and books, and that's just the way it is.
jacki marie murphy
Non-Spoilery Review Up Here, Spoilers Under The Cut!

I read the first 150 pages of The Hunger Games while substituting at the middle school library in the beginning of October and I was obsessed. It took me until last week to get copies of the trilogy, and I read them in a mad fury, trying not to read at work because breaking down weeping in front of your students is probably frowned upon.

I don't read a lot of YA books, but I really, really enjoyed these. I particularly loved that the protagonist, Katniss, wasn't perfect. She's stubborn, selfish, obstinate, never listens to anyone - and yet she's still likable. She is fiercely dedicated to the people she cares about, particularly her sister, she does what she sets out to do, no matter the obstacles, and despite alluding to the fact that she doesn't, she cares about people.

The secondary characters are all incredibly memorable and likable, particularly Finnick Odair, Haymitch Abernathy, Effie Trinket, Octavia, Flavius, Venia, Cinna, Rue... (and, as you've noticed, everyone has fantastically fun names) - many of these characters help bring some moments of humor to an incredibly bleak story. And of course Peeta and Gale.

I love that nothing is sugar-coated and things aren't resolved with sunshine and happiness. There is real political stuff going on; it's not just teenage romance and fluff. (Although there IS romance and it's delightful). I'm pretty close to gushing here, but I really, REALLY liked these books.

The spoilers are down here!Collapse )
jacki marie murphy
28 October 2010 @ 04:58 pm
The Vampire Diaries fandom is stressing me out.

I just want everyone to be happy. I think I am just way too positive to be involved in online fandom, people overreact something fierce.

Honestly, people, the show's writers joking about a viewpoint that does not agree with yours? DOES NOT MEAN THEY DO NOT SUPPORT YOU AND APPRECIATE YOUR VIEWERSHIP. People are allowed to make jokes. Yelling at the poor woman over Twitter after everything she says is not making a case for yourself, it is making you come across as a petulant child who insists upon his way.
jacki marie murphy
18 October 2010 @ 04:47 pm
I am SO SICK of political ads on TV. I am tired of commercials saying things that are just plain untrue, and I hate that you can't get anywhere politically without attacking your opponents.

I also get really sad every time a commercial says the phrase liberal Democrat like it is synonymous with murderer. Obviously, there are commercials yelling about conservatives too, and while those make me less personally sad, I wish they were gone. Is it so much to ask that political ads should focus on why you are the best candidate for the job, and not why your opponents are bad?

I also can't decide if I admire Tim Cahill's tenacity or just feel bad for him. I was never going to vote for him, but... his campaign just makes me sad.
jacki marie murphy
14 October 2010 @ 09:09 pm
Temporarily, I am a substitute teacher for Randolph public schools. I'm actually enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, although the morning part of me is killing me. I like the work, I just dislike not knowing on any given day whether or not I have to work until my phone jars me from a peaceful slumber at 5:30 am.

Or, like Wednesday - the phone rings at 6:50. The high school starts at 7:20, so that was an, uhm... exciting start to my day.

Randolph High has an incredibly high turnover rate in terms of staff, so there's hardly anyone I know working there still, and absolutely no one who ever taught me. But I know a bunch of the kids from helping with RTC and just through my brothers, and so it's always fun when a kid I have joked around and danced the macarena with backstage turns up in my class.

I also have yet to sub a class that is not math or science. I would be SO HELPFUL in English, Spanish, French, or History classes - but nope - always with the math and science. I sort of feel bad handing out worksheets to students that I can't do myself, so this morning while I had a free period I pulled the algebra 2 textbook off the shelf and gave it a whirl. I got some of the answers right, although not as many as I really would have liked.

I've been fighting off a miserable cold all week, and so I would sort of love to sleep in tomorrow, but should I get called in, I have got my fingers crossed for something that falls under the category of a Liberal Art!
jacki marie murphy
06 October 2010 @ 01:15 pm
This silly little screencap I posted on my Tumblr literally ten minutes ago already has 42 notes. I only have 4 followers, one being my brother who never updates, so this is sort of blowing my mind.

This just reinstates my years-long desire to be famous on the internet. :p
jacki marie murphy
04 October 2010 @ 03:57 pm
I am searching (probably very much in vain) for a video clip of one song from an episode of "Fraggle Rock" that has stuck in my head for years and years and years: The Ballad of Sir Blunderbrain.

jacki marie murphy
30 September 2010 @ 12:06 am
You know, William, that's what one Hubert Humphrey said back in 1968 at the start of the Democratic National Convention. But then hippies put acid in everyone's bourbon, and when an updraft revealed Lady Bird Johnson's tramp stamp and tattoos above her ovaries, Mayor Richard J. Daley became so incensed with sexual rage that he punched his own wife in the face and spent the next hour screaming "SEX PARTY!" into the microphones of all three major networks. -Sue Sylvester

Whoever wrote that needs to be given some kind of award. I only wish the insane cartoon faces Will made as he listened to this diatribe could have been transcribed.