samantilles_at_lj: (SGA-Daniel Finally arrives to Atlantis)

While the transition of many of you on my friends list to Dreamwidth is underway, I figured this might be a good time to start a new habit: recapping my Stargate fandom updates here. I'm not interested in cross posting and I want to keep this journal as it has always been (which is a custom blend of everything, not just fandom) but more and more people I friend here are stargaters, and I eat to share my glee with ya'alls too. I haven't decided yet, but I may choose to also make an RSS feed also for lj.

My next post will be the first of many (hopefully!) Stargate update friday!

samantilles_at_lj: (SG Fandom-Janet Alphabet Soup)
In celebration of the upcoming Janet Alphabet Soup hosted by [livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton, I couldn't help but get cozy with me photoshop and do some icon-makin'! Alphabet Soup contributors: feel free to snerk and use to your pleasure! I hope you enjoy!

and
for an authentic alphabet soup rendition!
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Never have been. But beyond that, I still came up with a cheesy (so cheesy the gooeyness oozes from the bread) poem about how I came to fall in love with Stargate. It was originally written as an introduction, but not used, so here it goes.

be warned: 22 couplet sets with a triplet at the end, each line eight syllables... yeah, I nearly lost my geek status with this one... )

Did I mention how hard it was to find something that rhymed with Teal'c? Yeah, it is. I also noticed how kind of sad it is that I admitted my original writing may never come back... *sob*
samantilles_at_lj: (SG-1 Daniel No Idea)
So, it has come to my attention that I ask A LOT of canon questions, usually via instant messenger to at least one of my canon SG-1 goddesses for a nitpicky question here or there, such as my current one: When is the first time we see Sha're's picture?? (As in, I really want to know if we see it prior to the season 2 episode "Secrets") If you happen to know the answer to this, please let me know!!

But then I also inquired if there were such a LJ comm that would be specifically for canon questions (for those of us that try desperately to stay in canon when possible when writing??) The Wikis are great, but when you don't know where exactly to look (like in cases where finding the answer to the question above either means watching all of Season 1 again until found (which may not be a waste of time, but may indeed delay the reason the question was asked in the first place) or going through the transcripts on the Wikis) it sometimes can be answered by a resident canon SG-1 goddess. So the question then is, is it worth having an SG-1 Canon community in which to ask these questions, do I just keep annoying people on my IM who might know the answer, or am I the only person asking these questions to begin with?
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So, I've been watching Meridian WAY too many times (I'm amazed i'm not as depressed as I could be watching it) but I am still struggling to grasp the understanding of some of the Omaisms...  So what better way than a poll!!  [Poll #1315725] Now, before we get onto the rest of the poll... I had an idea about the second phrase I wanted to expound upon for a moment. Maybe I'm channelling Sam Carter's scientific view about this, but heh. [Poll #1315726] What are your thoughts about Omaisms? What were your favorite ones? Did you tremble in fear everytime a glowy white thing threatened to speak nonsense? And what was on the menu that the candlelight cooked?[Poll #1315726][Poll #1315725]

a plea...

Dec. 6th, 2008 12:46 pm
samantilles_at_lj: (SGA-Daniel Harmful Radiation)
I'm sending out a call for a beta! I am in desperate need for someone who is okay with a Meridian based story who can come in and help me through it.  I will warn any volunteers in advance it is Daniel's POV and can get a bit harsh/painful early on.  I know Meridian is an iffy area for a lot of Daniel fans, so I don't want to specifically make a request to a particular person, hence the call.  On the plus side, it gets lighter before the end, so its not all death and pain (at least the way it's developing!) 
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So, now that AMUN is done, I've got loads of things I wanted to do, and now I actually have a little bit of time I can dedicate to that list. On the wishlist of things to get done were some new icons. While I'm certainly not done, I have put together a bunch in the past week or so (mostly these past few days since AMUN), but there are two in particular I am extremely happy with:



And while I'm on the subject of new icons, here are a few I created that I might not have posted:



And because I may have more than two or so non-Stargate ones, they are behind a cut! )
samantilles_at_lj: (SGA-Daniel Finally arrives to Atlantis)
Back on November 11th, I released two iPhone compatible ringtones for the Stargate SG-1 and movie. I have personally enjoyed them so much I decided to create a few more with the new Stargate soundtracks I purchased recently, as noted here. I've taken the smallest of opportunities (such as driving in the car, plane rides, the five minutes of freedom I was given in scarce quantities over the past ten days, etc) to begin a comprehensive review of the Stargate Soundtrack series, and I've noted a few sequences I thought might be appropriate (or ones I just really really liked) for Ringtones.

Before we get to the ringtones, my disclaimer:
The works are still copyrighted to the respective creators, David Arnold and Joel Goldsmith, as well as the owners of the Stargate Franchises. These ringtones are created using DMC free music (therefore not violating copyright laws reposting them) and created by me using GarageBand. These are not for sale, therefore I am not making any profit off of these. These are for personal enjoyment only. They are designed for the iPhone, however I do not know if they are usable by other phones. If anyone wants to try it and get back to me, I would greatly appreciate it.

From the previous posting:

Stargate: SG-1~Main Theme

Stargate: the Movie~Main Theme

The new tones:

Stargate: SG-1~Jazzy Theme from Season 1: The Torment of Tantalus

Stargate: SG-1~Patriotic yet Jazzy Theme from Season 1: The Torment of Tantalus

Stargate: SG-1~SG-1 Meets the Nox from Season 1: The Nox

Stargate: SG-1~The Nox Theme, Version 1 From Season 1: The Nox

Stargate: SG-1~The Nox Theme, Verson 2 from Season 1: The Nox

Stargate: Continuum~Day at the SGC Also known as "Love Letter to the Fans" as quoted by [livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton

Stargate: Atlantis~Main Theme

Stargate: Atlantis~O'Neill Inbound from Season 1: The Rising

Downloading instructions: Right click to save the linked zip files. Open the zipped file and move the ringtone right into iTunes by either dragging it or add it to your collection as you normally do with electronic files. Both Windows and Macs do have a drag-ability function, so saving to a desktop and moving right into the program should work. The files will automatically move into the Ringtones category in iTunes at the very top under "Library". From there, once you connect your iPhone to iTunes, simply drag the ringtone into your phone, reset your phone settings for the new ringtone, and you are on your way.
samantilles_at_lj: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] stargazercmc began a discussion on ringtones when she purchased her first iPhone, including wanting a Stargate one. Well, that sent me off to go make one! But one just isn't good enough, so I made two... the first is the actual beginning theme to Stargate: SG-1, and the second is from the main theme to the original 1994 Stargate Movie.

Disclaimers: The works are still copyrighted to the respective creators, David Arnold and Joel Goldsmith, as well as the owners of the Stargate Franchises. These ringtones are created using DMC free music (therefore not violating copyright laws reposting them) and created by me using GarageBand. These are not for sale, therefore I am not making any profit off of these. These are for personal enjoyment only. They are designed for the iPhone, however I do not know if they are usable by other phones. If anyone wants to try it and get back to me, I would greatly appreciate it.

Without further adeu:
Stargate: SG-1 Theme Ringtone

Stargate: the Movie Theme Ringtone

Downloading instructions: Right click to save the linked zip files.  Open the zipped file and move the ringtone right into iTunes by either dragging it or add it to your collection as you normally do with electronic files.  Both Windows and Macs do have a drag-ability function, so saving to a desktop and moving right into the program should work.  The files will automatically move into the Ringtones category in iTunes at the very top under "Library".  From there, once you connect your iPhone to iTunes, simply drag the ringtone into your phone, reset your phone settings for the new ringtone, and you are on your way.

*More ringtones may appear as I listen closely to the Stargate soundtracks, so watch out for them!*
samantilles_at_lj: (SG-1 Daniel No Idea)
So, after reading up on [livejournal.com profile] stargazercmc's post on her new iPhone and how she desperately wants a Stargate Ringtone... So, rather than actually sleeping, I got on my big honkin media computer and generated one. If anyone is interested in an iPhone-capatable Stargate: SG-1 or Stargate: The Movie ringtone, shoot me a message. As they are created on my GarageBand with DMC-free music, I am not violating any laws by releasing them. I will not be profiting off them, I am sure!

But, that led me to find a newly released version of "The Best of Stargate: SG-1" on iTunes, which to my surprise was DMC free. I had the opportunity to listen to several of the pieces included, and I was pleasantly surprised. And then, I realized, I don't think I've seen any real discussion on Stargate music in my meanderings online for the past six months, so I will do so today. I'm a huge fan of movie music--have been for years. I find it sometimes the most emotional and stunning pieces of music, and when combined with visual stimuli, well, I'm usually just blown away from the movie experience. A good soundtrack can really make or break a film. 


The Original Stargate Movie ) : Stargate SG:1 ) : The Best of Stargate: Sg-1: Season 1 )
Stargate: Ark of Truth ) : Stargate: Continuum ) : Stargate: Atlantis )
samantilles_at_lj: (SG Fandom-Jack Alpha Bits)
This weekend was horrible!!  Okay, not totally horrible, because Kevin came over and I certainly enjoyed my time with him.  He even enjoyed participating in the [livejournal.com profile] redial_the_gate  chat and watching a kickass episode of SG-1.  He wasn't that hot though on some of the episodes of season one though!  Anyways, the reason it was horrible is because I came down with a cold--one that hit me really really hard.  It started Thursday with a sore throat, and by Friday I was having nasal congestion problems.  By Saturday I was downright miserable, partially because another little friend decided to visit me, so I was all around uncomfortable.   Its now Tuesday, I still don't have much of a voice, I didn't get nearly anything I wanted to get done this weekend, and still carrying around a box of tissues like a security blanket. 

I was fortunate that I took off half a day on Friday as I worked an extra five hours unexpectedly on Wednesday, so it gave me the opportunity to be less miserable at work and more miserable at home--though I spent the entire time working, cleaning, and doing laundry.  ick.

I did get one thing done, my entry for Jack Alpha-Bits, and knowing that it was written while legally high on cold and allergy medication on top of the constant light-headedness I get when I blow my nose (which is all the time!!) I really need a beta to look over it once.  I just have no idea if it is even good, let alone whether I have their voices or can write in proper English right now...

Oh, and spending all day on the phone with airline peoples when you don't have a voice==bad.  Singing in the car on the way home after spending the day on the phone with airline peoples when you don't have a voice==even badder.  I'm squeaking and losing all voice on the stressed syllables of words.  I think the Grahams find it funny.
samantilles_at_lj: (SGA-Daniel Finally arrives to Atlantis)
While I still haven't decided on the fate of Farscape... I've decided to reward myself on doing near absolutely nothing this weekend by making an icon from this week's SGA: The Lost Tribe... Its only spoilery in where it is set, so it is behind a cut...

Who were the guys behind the suits anyways?? ) was kind enough to point out a spelling error *eep!*  Corrected!  Thanks! 

samantilles_at_lj: (West Wing-Bartlet for America)
Today's Stargate Pic Caption by [livejournal.com profile] zats_clear is too perfect not to share with all you non-stargaters who might be reading... Perfectly succinct for today's economic situation with the charm of our favorite archaeologist to explain!

For those of you who would like a more detailed explanation of our economic situation, [livejournal.com profile] hsapiens steers away from fandom to *gasp* non-fictional sources here.  The links she provides are excellent and designed for the non-economists who are worried about the housing markets, mega-corporation buyouts and the public control of failing corporations as we fund the bailouts proposed by Congress.  




samantilles_at_lj: (SG-1 Daniel squee)
Had a hell of a time getting this animated, though I was quite pleased with some of the new techniques I thought of (and worked!!) to properly crop each frame without making the picture shaky *go me!* This icon is only 80x80 but it LJ-sized... the 100x100 frame I just couldn't get below 57K, and the maximum size for LJ is 40K.



I love, love, love this scene... Daniel is just tooooooo cute!

Edit: figured it was easier to add in one more than create another post...

And finally, I saw the cereal at the Super Walmart down the street (don't hate me please!!!) and I couldn't resist snapping a pic with the hope of making an icon for the upcoming Jack Alpha Bits Ficathon hosted by [livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton... Here is my result:



(for those of you participating in the Jack Alpha Bits ficathon, feel free to swipe the icon (and any others you like--I like to share!)
samantilles_at_lj: (Default)
 got really silly at two in the morning... although i've totally decided to rework the two earlier icons (getting rid of the white border) I was messing around with some animation, and came up with this...

I've got a better version with better transitions for Ba'al, but it was too large for LJ... *sigh*
samantilles_at_lj: (SGA-Daniel Harmful Radiation)
I do the random iconage thing whenever the urge strikes me, so a couple came out today...
   
Both are from Daniel's visit to Atlantis (the highlight of the week!)

Edit: changed them out, but I still have to resize the second one *again!*
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I"m effin freezing!!!  I've been getting colder and colder for days now, trying to toss extra blankets on the bed, covering up in sweaters and sweatpants and doubling up on socks... its just damn cold in the house, its constantly raining outside; i just can't keep warm!!!  *brrrrpout*  so right now I'm using my laptop to keep my lap warm... of course i was stupid enough to eat ice cream while cold (there's absolutely nothing else in the house right now)...  *mehness*

Loved DJ on SGA last night, but i'm seriously upset that I have to wait two weeks for my next delicious archaeologist high... the good thing is that next friday i'm pretty sure i've got a crammed work schedule lat into the night, which means probably no [livejournal.com profile] redial_the_gate chat on "Urgo" and I've already set my DVR for Sanctuary.  *pout* but its a big event at work, so its awesome i'm working on it.  

*sigh*

Sep. 11th, 2008 10:45 am
samantilles_at_lj: (Happy Bunny)
Where to start, where to start?? Well, I have been online, just not updating... nothing new there people! Anyways, I'm here to bitch and complain about the 55 minute delay I had because of poor traffic planning here in Pentagon City for the ceremonies today for 9/11. I actually felt a little bad when I finally found out why I had a delay of 55 minutes for a trek that normally takes 6 minutes. I have to drive from the suburbs of Baltimore through DC to the Pentagon/Crystal City as it is, which takes anywhere on a normal day from 40 to 75 minutes, so a 49 minute extra delay is really unacceptable. Don't read this as "I'm upset that the Pentagon is having a ceremony to commemorate 9/11" though. I work for a contractor on a Navy and Air Force Project. This is the "The DC and Virginia Police should have handled the traffic better so that the rest of us who didn't get invites can still go to work on time" rant. It didn't help that some poor schmuck's $40g car stopped in the left lane while about to get on a bridge so that we were even moving slower than before. I managed to salvage an extra twenty minutes to my day by taking a little known exit (Clark St. for those of you in the DC area) and driving around the backway into Crystal City. Fortunately I'm right at the northern end, so I didn't have to get back onto Rt. 1, which is where it looked like they were diverting all the traffic anyways. *sigh*

Onto less bitchiness... I totally enjoyed a family Chipotle night... mind you its been over a year since we have had a family chipotle night, and I <3 chipotle. So, I hop *yes, at one point i was hopping in joy* with my mom to the local Chipotle and we order our deliciousness to-go. My father was the only one of us to order a burrito, my mom and I preferring burrito bowls instead. So we get home, and knowing that my father has never had a burrito from Chipotle, I give him the napkin with the pictured directions on how to eat said burrito. "Dad, follow these directions," I told him in a cheezy, patronizing way. But did he listen to me and follow the directions?? Of course not!! So here he was, unwrapping the entire foil around it, and the burrito falls apart in his hands. *hangs head in shame* I shamelessly mock him the entire way through dinner as I tackle my own bowl in my own strange way. Rather than using a fork or spoon like civilized people do, I mix it all up with a bit of extra sour cream and use it as a really really thick cream salsa and I scoop it up onto their delicious lime chips. I then head to bed happily content with a stomach full of rice and beans goodness.

Anyways, I'm sure I have more to mention in my mundane life, but I honestly can't think of much. Muses are attacking with less fervor as I reach the end of yet another story arc in my Young Daniel series (which has now been lined out to 24 vignettes, and about seven of which have been fully outlined and in various stages of being flushed out into real stories.) They attack when least appropriate, like when I'm actually concentrating on an excel worksheet at work or driving home on a phone conference for AMUN. Getting them to come out and play during better hours is a daunting task however. *sigh* I commented this morning to my coworker Graham the Younger (not to be confused with Captain Graham my supervisor) that Stargate has taken me wholeheartedly into fandom, and I have not fallen this hard into fandom in several years. Its almost exhausting how into it I am. But at least its a happy fandom with lots of fandomness with it, fanfiction, active communities, and not to mention continual releases of new movies and tv shows... its not like a long dead fandom like Jules Verne... *but don't knock Jules there, buddy!! He was wicked cool in his day!*

Anyways, one last thing... my coworker took the nerd quiz I took here And while he outscored me on science by a few points, and computers/tech by one (he has a degree in computers, I have on in history and political science), he radically outscored me on dorkiness!!! OMG! I find this totally funny because I don't see him as the nerd in just about any way... he's socially acceptable and pleasant, although he's not cool enough to have Darth Vader on his car like I do, I enjoy having him as a co-worker... but for him to be dorkier than I am is just down right funny... (He scored an 89% to my meagre 40%) On a high note though, I got him to watch the Stargate Movie this week, and now he's not talking "If I see the series" but "When I see the series..." MUAHAHAHAHA!!!! Another convertee to Stargate!!!! (I'm just going to de-dorkify now for a few minutes...)
samantilles_at_lj: (Sun Flower)
I spent most of the weekend choosing to do almost nothing. Why? Because I really wanted to be by the phone in case my best friend needed to talk. His mom's in the hospital and not doing very well at all. (I will not go further into it as it is his family's business, and it should then be only theirs to share further.) So, I just chilled. Oh, except for Saturday evening. I went out to dinner at Chevy's (mexican food) with my family for my sister's birthday, and then she and her boyfriend came over afterwards for cake. I'm very happy my parents decided after 25 years to finally stop singing "Happy Birthday" which sounds pathetic with only three people singing it. I kept forgetting (even until about an hour before we needed to go) that we were going out for my sister's birthday, and while I cannot totally account for this apparent early onset of Alzheimer's at the ripe old age of 27, I have to assume I've partially forgotten because I did not go shopping for her. At all. She wanted a dishwasher for her birthday, and so my mother and she went out and got one. I think I still owe my mother for my portion of it. After all, Kat specifically said in an email that she wants nothing else other than a new dishwasher for her house she bought back in March.
Technically her birthday is tomorrow; I may surprise myself and give into older-sister hovering and do something for her.
So, in my exploits to imitate a vegetable this weekend, I found myself amused last night walking out to the kitchen/family room while cooking today's lunch and doing laundry. I made three trips into the kitchen/family room (all one room, separated only by a rug) and noticed my mother watching a cheezy made-for-TV movie, Aftershock: Earthquake in NYC. The first time I walked out, I caught a look at Sgt. Johnson (from SG-3) and Martouf/Lantesh, and immediately recognized them. Of course, my mother vaguely recognized Martouf, but only guessed him after I mentioned that he kissed Sam and had a "double personality"... (My mother is my Stargate partner--we made it through all ten seasons together in a recent marathon, so it should be all fresh in her mind... more on that later though).
I kid you not, the second time I walked in, there was the head Trust guy right there on the screen, as the mayor's aid. Again I asked my mother if she recognized him, but she did not. Then again, sometimes she doesn't recognize the big actors in movies, let alone one show. I certainly didn't expect for her to recognize Johnson or Trust Guy, but she should have gotten Martouf much faster, given how much she liked him in the series. I was beginning to wonder if I just had Stargate on my mind (which is all thats been up there for five months now, so its a reasonable assumption, isn't it?) when the third time I walked out there, Maybourne and Narim were standing on a ledge of a building in this kind of existential look. It was then and there I walked out for the last time, motioning to my mother that I would not be returning out that evening as I really didn't want to recognize more people! I mean, come on? Maybourne and Narim together in what looked like a "best friends" scene? it was just too funny. Not to mention that Martouf seemed to acting more like a Go'auld than his normal Tok'ra self. Johnson and trust guy didn't seem to have lines. I must assume that the movie was filmed in Vancouver, since otherwise how would five canadian actors ended up on a NYC themed movie?
Anyways... that little bit blew my mind last night in SG goodness. Otherwise the weekend and the updates I got kinda sucked. *sadsigh*
Anyways... I am superexcited for the release of the Hammond Alphabet Soup [livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton is holding for tonight. Nothing like new reading material!.
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downloading Continnum as we speak, and I can play it while its downloading... then its onto my iPhone and off to work... traffic patterns are changing this week, and the later I leave, the better my commute time. I'll just be at work very very late.

*continuum squee!*

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