quick update

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:29 am
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am working on Vividcon plans. we just spent 4 days trying to trap an injured feral cat on our property (we were successful. or rather all the people who did the work were. I was cheerleading and getting sunburned) so we've fallen waaaaay behind.  and today we are off to see a specialist that we've been trying to see for 10 months (he travels doing medical research). and [personal profile] xlorp is in the midst of emergency coverage for 2 co-workers who are out on family leave/vacation. and....

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Jul. 24th, 2017 03:43 pm
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The weather doesn't know if it's coming or going and neither does Kheldar. One minute we're having torrential downpours and the next it's basking on the balcony in the sunshine weather.

I've had a busy weekend and a stupidly busy Monday and I suspect I'm going home late because I'm not in tomorrow and there are things that sadly can't be left until Wednesday. But at least this week's remote build instructor is absolutely lovely to work with.

In other news I am definitely spending too much time visiting coffee shops. Today's barista didn't even ask my name :)

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2uOLmCL on July 23, 2017 at 07:49PM

Tags:IFTTT, Fauxthentic History, DWCrosspost

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

Brainstorming For Yuletide

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:12 pm
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I am compiling a list of things I would want to see nominated (or might nominate on my own) when Yuletide nominations do open in September. These are what I am currently taking into consideration:

-Makt Myrkranna | Powers of Darkness - Valdimar Ásmundsson
-The Haunting (1963)
-The Innocents (1961)
-The Uninvited (1944)
-Dark Shadows (1991)
-Dracula - Bram Stoker
-Dracula (TV 1968)
-Count Dracula (1977)
-Nosferatu (the 1979 remake) -Hammer Horror Films
-Universal Monster Movies
-Crimson Peak (2015)
-Fright Night (1985)
-Ghostbusters (Movies 1984-1989)
-The Last Unicorn (1982)

At the moment, I suspect that I’ll be nominating Makt Myrkranna (the Icelandic version of Stoker's Dracula that I discussed a while back) in that first slot. Either Dracula (TV 1968) or Dracula - Bram Stoker would go in the second slot unless someone else eventually nominated either one of those.

If it were going to be being released sooner than December, I would be able to add Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water to my list of potential things to throw in there.

Oh, and on a note that doesn’t involve Yuletide: I finally watched Jack The Ripper (1988), and I loved it.


Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:46 am
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via [personal profile] laurashapiro -- the third vid is by [personal profile] kuwdora:

"The Power (Sense8)"

Bonus (the original vocal sampled on the song ((at 3:00 in)) before Laurie Penny rerecorded it):


Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:35 am
morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
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 Who is going? Can't wait to see you all.

Rest In Peace, John Heard

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:14 pm
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John Heard has passed away at the age of 72. May he rest in peace. He was found dead in his hotel room yesterday, two days after having minor back surgery. He might be most well known for the role of Peter McAllister (Kevin’s father) in the first two Home Alone films. I also vaguely remember him from Cat People (1982).

the sequel

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:24 pm
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MOI: //stares at it with mixture of fear, wariness and resistance

//eyes copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn instead

In my shoes, a walking sleep

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:55 pm
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My memory has been even more blitzed since the news of Bennington's suicide (sorry, everyone I was commenting with) so today, I apparently double-dosed every single med I take. There are quite a few. (Two antidepressants, one mood stabilizer, two acid reducers, baby aspirin, an NSAID, blah, fucking blah....)


I guess in a couple of hours, I'll be hypomanic/super-stable, all chronic pain will be totally gone and my sinuses will be extra SUPER clean! XDDDDDDD

(if brains are so fucking important you'd think they'd work right)

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Jul. 21st, 2017 10:48 pm
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Just when I was in need of a calming distraction... an unexpected Neko Atsume update appears. I've got to admit that I'd mostly stopped playing but given the number of conference call requests that the team mailbox got bombarded with this afternoon now seems like a good time to start checking in on the Neko Atsume yard again.

In real life feline news Kheldar is thoroughly disappointed by the amount of water that has fallen from the skies today. He has apparently spent most of the day asleep under a bed and is only willing to venture outside now that the rain has slowed from torrential to the occasional bit of drizzle. It is very, very wet underpaw and frankly that's just not acceptable for an elderly cat.

Rest In Peace, Deborah Watling

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:09 pm
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Deborah Watling has passed away, at the age of 69, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, on Doctor Who. Unfortunately, most of her episodes were destroyed.

The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.
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MOI: Hey I feel less soul-crushingly depressed, let's see if I can make it from the bed to the sofa.


MOI: //would set shit on fire if not glued to couch

Everybody's sharing that "Hunger Strike" duet but I can't fucking listen to that right now, although they both look so joyful, it just breaks my heart. Been listening to this on repeat instead.

One promise you made
One promise that always remains
No matter the price
A promise to survive
Persevere and thrive
And dare to rise once more

and this one made me feel a little less crap.

Rest In Peace, Trevor Baxter

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:20 am
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Trevor Baxter has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. For Doctor Who fans, he played Professor George Litefoot in the episode The Talons of Weng-Chiang. He reprised the role for Big Finish Productions, in Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers, and a series called Jago & Litefoot.

Having looked through his filmography, I see that he was in two episodes of Mystery And Imagination*--The Body Snatcher and Feet Foremost; I believe those are in the portion that are sadly lost. He was also in Jack The Ripper (1988) in the role of Lanyon--that one also starred Michael Caine, Lysette Anthony (Angelique from Dark Shadows 1991), and Susan George (Lucy in Dracula 1968). I have always meant to watch that one, so I’ll track it down. I think I spotted it at DailyMotion earlier, divided into parts.

*Come to think of it, that's two from Mystery And Imagination that have died in the last two months. Peter Sallis was the other one.

Kimi no na wa and Koe no Katachi

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:27 am
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 There were two movies I was pretty hyped about last year: Kimi no Na wa and Koe no Katachi.

I finally watched Koe no Katachi yesterday~! Kimi no na wa, I watched in the cinema earlier this year. 

My reaction to both movies were quite different and I wonder if that's because I expected so much out of Kimi no Na wa. After all, it beat Spirited Away which I love, and had such a mass appeal. Perhaps it is because of its mass appeal that it fell a little flat for me. Whatever it is, when I watched it, I thought the characters were kinda bland, the plot predictable. I was not sold on the romance, and none of the twists surprised me. My friends who watched it with me loved it though, and was incredibly touched by it so maybe it's a matter of different taste? It is indeed incredibly beautiful to look at though, as expected of a Makoto Shinkai movie I guess.

I am happy that it did so well and introduced so many people to this medium.

Koe no Katachi, I already knew the plot of. I read the manga. I love the manga. I am already inclined to like it. Because of that, I dialed down my expectations a little... Adaptations tend to suffer when compared to the source material because there is so much they need to cut to make it into a movie. I think they manage to keep in everything that made the core of the story. I like the direction. I really like how the movie portrayed social anxiety/isolation. 

These are very different movies, and is probably unfair to compare them but they released around the same period so it's difficult not to compare. I do regret having expectations for Kimi no Na wa though. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I did not expect it to take me on either a magical and/or emotional ride. =/

Wednesday books, or what I read

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:21 pm
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What I finished

I read Reginald Hill's Recalled to Life, first published in 1992. I was drawn to it because part of the plot involved a woman who was released from prison after a long sentence. I do tend to read these kind of books. One feature of this one is Andy Dalziel in the USA; he is curious, but still very much himself. Another part of the plot is Dalziel as a young policeman; he was part of the investigation of the murder for which the woman was sentenced. People who read Dalziel/Pascoe books will enjoy this one. Pascoe plays a secondary role here, and Andy in the US is a joy to read.

Another book I finished, in 2 days is The Sum of Small Things; a theory of the aspirational class, by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett. She teaches public policy at the University of Southern California. I found this book a little uncertain of just who its audience is, but with a lot of thought and example of the development of the segment of the upper middle class she terms the aspirational class. She compares the present elite to the leisure class described by Thorsten Veblen; C. Wright Mills is also frequently mentioned. There are a lot of specific examples of the tastes and consumption practices of the aspirationals, their influence on how we all make choices, and how this influences policy. I could argue about some of these consumption examples, but the book as a whole is about changes I have seen during my life in movement from the rural working class to my current ill-defined middle-class status, over-educated for my job and more broadly read than my class position would suggest.

What am I reading now

My current reading is David Pogue's MacOS Sierra; the missing manual We are going to buy a new desk computer - the iMac, with a 21 inch monitor. It has bluetooth-connected keyboard and mouse, and we will add a track pad and a DVD/CD drive. Since the laptop it will replace was bought about 8 years ago and uses Snow Leopard OS I have a lot to learn before I set up a new computer. I want to limit the iCloud use that seems to be how Apple wants to do everything, including the iCloud Keychain password app, I am making notes about what to be sure to turn off. I have to limit syncing as well, since it will certainly try to sync music and ebooks to my iPad. I like to keep easy device to itself so I know what it does and where things are, and where they are not. This seems to be not what Apple things people want, so I have to prepare for a lot settings changes.

What will I read next

I don't really know. I have plenty of books stacked around, and several partly finished that I would like to complete, but until I get the computer setup done, and the data migration from the laptop working correctly, I can't really get into anything else.

Fucking Dropbox

Jul. 19th, 2017 05:35 pm
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I need a hug. )

eta: ...went out for some retail therapy, because I could just not stop picking at my Nook like a scab. I was planning to get some earrings, but found the Moana cd at a much more reasonable price (it was around $22 in meatspace when the movie came out, but apparently it's dropped down to $11), so I got that instead. Also browsed through a videogame shop, reminded myself of all the games I own already and still want to play, and got a scoop of mango icecream that was way better than I was expecting. I'm still not happy about Dropbox, and I still don't want to poke at my Nook at the moment, but I feel much more even keeled now. Might start a re-watch of Leverage - that show always makes me smile.