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06 December 2007 @ 05:40 pm
ask yourself this: do you feel lucky? (yeah, me neither)  
I had my ‘Health Information Systems and E-Health (because repetition is a beautiful thing)’ exam this afternoon. Not a subject to make me regret the two-hour nap I had beforehand. I was alone in this: a certain member of my class, who shall remain nameless because I can’t remember his name, asked if he could do all four questions instead of the required two. Also, a number of others asked for extra paper. It pains me to say this, but medical students really are geeks.

I pointed this out to Tom, one of my ward round partners – or WRP, I guess, although that sounds like it should come with a hat: the fact that we are all, indubitably, and irretrievably, geeks, because of the whole doctor thing. He failed to note the portentousness of my statement, probably because he was checking out the SHO’s cripplingly tight skirt at the same time. But it was, very (portentous, I mean).

During clinical skills lab I also managed to aspirate blood while doing a subcut injection. On a sponge. That’s me, you see – skilled.

I know my opinions are never terribly interesting, or amusing, and they don’t count for squat in the grand scheme of things, but damn if I don’t keep having them anyway.

I liked this show. It was shiny and it had a lot of bouncy music and the word that keeps popping to mind is ‘pigtails’. Everyone is extremely well dressed, which is par for the course; but at the same time the fashion isn’t that much different from what you’d see on Hollyoaks or Emmerdale, which is a little disconcerting. I guess there’s no way you can stop short shorts, tights and pumps from being ubiquitously skanky.

The dialogue wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be meloangst or sparkling riposte, but it didn’t bore me like the OC or One Tree Hill (behavioural science shows if I ever saw them; ‘but how does that make you feel?’).

Jenny was a twit. Okay, she’s – sixteen? And while I can imagine it being hard to fend off the advances of a serial rapist, letting him take you to the roof and not, eg, running back to the party after stomping on his foot with your monster-crushing shoes, is a tad unbelievable. Unless she’s supposed to be a total spaz in which case, okay. She reminded me a little of whatsherface from Enchanted, what with the ditziness and niceness and making her own clothes from curtains-ness. (Am I seriously to believe that NYC, the shopping capital of the world, doesn’t have bargain stores and charity shops and so on where she could pick up a nice little number? Because I don’t. I’ve never been there ... but I don’t.)

Chuck – I heard rumours of slashingness with Nate – not a nice person. Which makes Nate also, not a nice person, because nice people aren’t friends with serial rapists. That’s a little harsh, because what Chuck actually is a failed rapist. What happened, he got a fortune cookie that said ‘At first if you cannot rape, try, try again’?

Oh, and teeth! Chuck and Round-Head Guy – the one that looks like the guy that looks like him in Rokkuku, Tenipuri; too long out of the loop to be spelling Japanenglish properly – don’t have straight teeth! It’s amazing. I was under the impression that expecting mothers had orthodontists on standby from birth – nothing else explains how everyone in America has the same teeth. Interesting anomaly, there.

Blair is the new Marisa Cooper if anyone is. Fortunately, no one’s accent is as irritating as Mischa Barton’s cats-tortured-endlessly-with-sandpaper one.

Serena could do with a good straightening job on that wig of hers.

Overall, fun times ahead! If the voice-overs don’t start to give me the mindless urge to kill everyone, that is. Have they learned nothing from Grey’s Anatomy? - nothing?
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: work (jimmy eat world)
Riakessie on December 6th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
I love Gossip Girl. The books are terrible, but the TV show is rather good. Trashy, but good. :)

(Plus, the girl who plays Blair is hot. Always a plus.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: The turtle movesscoradh on December 6th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I've never read the books, although I was dead certain they were by Meg Cabot (and rather surprised when they weren't).

I thought she was Alexis Thing from Gilmore Girls at first - another GG show, coincidence? I think not. I like how bouncy her hair is. I would like my hair to be that bouncy.
The Fancatus Bureau of Incestbalefully on December 6th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
IT IS NOT A WIG. :( That is her real hair! It's like. Blake's trademark.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bookishscoradh on December 6th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know! Wig is a word for hair where I'm from. It's also a word for wigs ... I guess we don't see as many of those.

But, but! That one bit short, rest really long look is so nineties.
The Fancatus Bureau of Incestbalefully on December 6th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
OMFG I feel so lame now, ahahaha.

I am completely blind when it comes to Blake Lively. SHE CAN DO NO WRONG. *_*! Which is good, because Serena's a bit of a dishrag of a character, and if I weren't PASSIONATELY IN LOVE WITH BLAKE I would probably not like her all that much. Ahaha.

I hated Blair for a while there, but I am beginning to like her a lot more now, midway through the season. And I LOVE CHUCK. I don't care if he's an almost-rapist! LOVE. And Nate is ridiculously hot but kind of boring, and Dan (Mr. Crookedy Teeth) is wishy-washy and blah. Jenny is still annoying.

And yet I love the show! I don't know how that works, exactly.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Ponder Stibbonsscoradh on December 6th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
I don't know how that works, exactly.

Because if it was bland, you'd have nothing to say of it, and if it were perfect, you'd be annoyed by it (because there's nothing so annoying as perfection, at least in other people).

Plus, there's always the potential that the characters will morph into ... idk, towels instead of dishrags? You gotta have faith, my friend!

I can't speak for the girl!love, but I think Blair's very pretty. Nate is dumb as a bunch of rocks, seriously; talk about the dull end of the spectrum of emo (yes, I can tell this from one ep).

It must be the interaction, or maybe just the music, or even that it's so simple and non-demanding? Me likely.

Any fic yet, slashwise? I should be able to watch all the eps over Christmas, and I can just imagine reading/writing Chuck getting Nate off for the good of the nation.
The Fancatus Bureau of Incestbalefully on December 7th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
As far as I can tell from my flist, Chuck/Nate seems to be the male slash pairing of choice (Serena/Blair for the girls, obvs!), but I haven't actually seen any fic yet! Hmmm...
Racey Lacey: Red pointeklasie on December 6th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
haven't you heard? of course we in america have our orthondontic work begun at birth.

or you go to my school, where if you didn't have braces at some point in your life, you obviously aren't worth talking to.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on December 7th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
That's so crazee ... when I had them, I think I was the only person in school. Even now it seems to be the preserve of the very rich or the very orally deformed (me, before).
Racey Laceyklasie on December 7th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)

See I'm pretty sure even the homeless people here get them. I had this friend who had amazingly perfect teeth, never needed braces. And in seventh grade she was so depressed that everyone had braces but her.

Now that I think about it, that probably says something about our society.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ASS: I want somescoradh on December 7th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
That, and George Bush, and the way you're not allowed to swear on your TV shows. All good starting points.

Don't get me wrong though; fifteen minute ad breaks aside, I'd be delighted if I got a green card.
Racey Lacey: pic#68359662klasie on December 8th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
All valid points.

Seriously though, we need more foreign people to balance out the Republicans.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: George Bush and Iraqscoradh on December 8th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I thought ye'd hundreds, only none of them had citizenship? I know loads of Irish people live in America for years until they've to come back for a funeral and can't get back in. You're surely due a new administration soon, though...
on a yellow spaceship: dodoo_glorianna on December 6th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahahahahahaha. Oh my goodness. Your post comes just after I got suckered into the GG craze. I find it a little bit of an ego-deflater to think that I will be watching this show along with hyper-excitable, braces-wearing fourteen-year-olds... :)

I rather like Dan. The actor does comedic scenes well and...he's got cute sideburns? I am so incredibly shallow right now. *hides head in shame* Nate is so dim. So incredibly dim, if amazingly good-looking. I almost feel as though him having Chuck as a friend redeems him, or at least makes him more interesting. At least we know that Drama!! will ensue. Lastly, while I adamantly want to kick Chuck in the teeth, several times over, and then stamp on his kidneys, I have to say I rather like the actor. The actor has a British accent instead of his American one in the show!

haha. What did the invigilator say when the student asked to do all four instead of the required two questions?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eddie Izzard's flagscoradh on December 7th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
And the rest. I first heard it mentioned on balefully's lj, and neither she nor I are braces-wearing fourteen-year olds (although I freely admit, I still tend to get revved up by kittens and sparkly balloons and so on).

He does this twisty thing with his mouth that I'm a little bit in love with ... Funny, though, I do not find Nate attractive. He's just, so, clean? Looking? Chuck has great character in his face, his voice is whiskey-on-gravel, but Nate? Niente, thanks.

"Work away," or words to that effect. The invigilator was our lecturer for the module, though, so I can't seem him being overly pleased at having to trawl through two extra essays written by a post-grad who always uses four words where one would have done (if his conversation is anything to go by).
on a yellow spaceshipo_glorianna on December 8th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oops! I should have reread my first paragraph. I didn't mean that either you or balefully are braces-wearing fourteen-year-olds, but that there is a large proportion of fourteen-year-olds also watching the show, which makes me a little sad.

Oh, I completely know what you mean about Nate. He's good looking enough to be pretty, but the character is just too...clean. Chuck's voice? Simply awesome. :)

LOLOL. Ah, a post-grad, eh? That's what extra education does to you; I should be forewarned, in case I ever go that route.

Which episode are you on now of GG?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Candy lipsscoradh on December 8th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know that! I was just trying to ... represent?

Definitely some of the postgrads in my course think they're all that, simply because they've got PhDs in the stuff we schoolleavers are struggling with. On the other hand, a lot of schoolleavers have the party line of 'just because you couldn't get into med school in your own country...' to go with. I think this is a problem peculiar to med, so I shouldn't worry too much if I were you.

Er ... one? I downloaded a couple eps before the weekend, but the megaupload limit gets reached pretty quickly (living in college halls with shared servers), and also, I'm trying not to tempt myself too much while I have exams yet to do. But after next week, watch me burn!
jehnt: misc - fashion - lime jacketjehnt on December 7th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
or WRP, I guess, although that sounds like it should come with a hat

I thought it sounded like a radio station.

I was under the impression that expecting mothers had orthodontists on standby from birth – nothing else explains how everyone in America has the same teeth.

They do. It's true. Everyone gets palate expanders in first grade, braces in seventh, and bleaching in 10th or so. IT IS THE WAY OF THINGS. To not do that is wrong! Also, bleaching hurts like a motherfucker. FYI.

If the voice-overs don’t start to give me the mindless urge to kill everyone, that is.

But the show is narrated by KRISTEN BELL. Kristen Bell! Of Veronica Mars! Kristen Bell of the supreme awesome! COME ON, MAN, KRISTEN BELL. I may have a slight tiny girlcrush on Kristen Bell that renders my judgment inaccurate where she is concerned, though.

ETA: Oh, also, when I'm done with finals I am going to go on an ICONMAKING SPREE OF EPIC PROPORTION (or, well, something like that, anyway) and was wondering if you have any requests.

Edited at 2007-12-07 10:40 am (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bookishscoradh on December 7th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
This is true, I'll grant you. I guess I just had ARF on the brain (have you read To Say Nothing Of The Dog? You should), which is nothing like WRP; but they're both three-letter initials. Ahem.

I want to get my teeth bleached! To go with my new hair (black) and eyes (20:20). But I'm afraid they'll go all sensitive. My friend's BF is a dentist and he said it's a risk. He is also a foot masquerading as a person so I don't much trust his judgement, but if you say so too...

Never saw VM. Of course, now I'm in a position to do so, all the hype is DEAD. I just don't like being told what's going on when I can see perfectly well for myself. She could try finding a job on the Archers. *evil*

EXCELLENCE. Well, I've been thinking on it a little, and I adore that icon you used, and also icons like mine above. Quote icons are excellent but I tend to trade up frequently, whereas colourful, flamboyant, artsy ones tend to stick around. If the urge to go frothy comes upon you, go with it! Otherwise, I'll just admire whatever it is your McKayness produces.
jehnt: misc - fashion - sunglassesjehnt on December 7th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
have you read To Say Nothing Of The Dog? You should

I have not. I'll put it on The List.

And yes, your teeth may be terribly sensitive with the bleaching. If you're going to do it, I recommend you do it over a holiday break, rather than at any time when you have school or rounds, because not only is it potentially achey, it's also just kind of distracting. But I think it's worth it.

Uh, I really like quote icons. If you can think of any quotes you want for quote icons, that would be pretty awesome. Otherwise I will just poke around for colorful, artsy fashion pictures until I find stuff that's cool.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: The turtle movesscoradh on December 8th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Do. It has time travel, and cats, and time travelling cats! What more could you ask for?

Excellent advice; I'll deffo wait for Easter or summer. My teeth are clean anyway, it's not like I'm doing this for public health reasons or anything.

'Ineffable' is always a good place to start! I might pop a few more quotes on to this thread as I think of them, because there's always ones I'd love to have quotified/iconified. Pray don't go to too much trouble on my account, though! It's supposed to be a labour of love, right, not just a ... labour. :P
jehnt: sg1 - danvala - in the darkjehnt on December 9th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Well, the main reason I want to do icon requests over break is because all the icontests are either closing down or not offering much in the way of competition since all the good iconmakers have fled to the lims (which I can't make a commitment to since they always overlap with school), and I need a new way to challenge myself. If I'm just making icons for fun with no specific goal in mind, I stop when I'm satisfied -- which is frequently well before the point where I've forced myself to do something new. *shrug* So I'm supposed to be going to some amount of trouble, because I'd like to improve.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Attention bunnyscoradh on December 9th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, I totally gets that. Very well then, I shall be your whip and scourge! You should have two sections, frothy and quoty. I still haven't had a chance to get quotes, but I will, I promise. ♥
purelytaintedktpurelytaintedkt on December 7th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
ye gods i love that, when writing about a show called gossip girl, you use words like indubitably.

That brings alot of happiness to my soul.

As for all med students being geeks. There's alot of ccs of this, and cut here but not here. if you weren't geeks, you'd never remember, and eff something up. I like my doctors geeky. ^_^ At least that's my reasoning for it. ><

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Death of Ratsscoradh on December 7th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
When is it not the time to use the word induitably, I ask you.

Oh, I won't quibble about that! That's why the idea of basing entry to med school for school leavers on an interview rather than academic achievement is bogus, imo. Still, you know it's forever warped your worldview when you and your friends are jealous of the girl who got to do a rectal exam.
Trinity Daytrinityday on December 9th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Blair has a lot more going against her to be legitimately pissed about, which puts her much further ahead than Marissa Cooper. Plus, as you said, no one can be as irritating as Mischa Barton. Especially not the actor who played my favourite tertiary character on Veronica Mars.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bellescoradh on December 9th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
I can tell just from the first ep ... Eleanor Waldorf is far, far worse than Julie Cooper ever was (because Julie was comic relief, half the time). I'm surprised Blair hasn't killed her already. I can't wait to find out more!
Trinity Day: Bellatrixtrinityday on December 10th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
And everything else aside, I've always thought that Serena really screwed up by taking off like that without even letting her best friend know. Or getting in touch with her supposed best friend while she was gone. I mean, if that's not a legitimate reason for Blair to act bitchy towards her, I don't know what is.