12th December, 2013. 12:00 pm. My tweets|
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- Wed, 12:07: 11 hours of sleep wasn't enough.
- Wed, 12:23: Rocky movie morphology: http://t.co/U9x7ByfwCd
- Wed, 12:39: For @fesworks: http://t.co/MLZ8DQLiSd
- Wed, 13:09: RT @conservators: Rare & Damaged Shackleton Antarctic photos unveiled after treatment by conservator Mark Strange http://t.co/9s9aeCfcCM
- Wed, 15:18: Director's cut of The Dark Crystal: http://t.co/bKIUuC2iwD
- Wed, 18:39: I've been a big fan of @plymptoons since childhood. It was a joy seeing both Plympton and his new film (Cheatin') at BNAT 15.
- Wed, 19:16: RT @devincf: I just don't see the value in making Mickey Mouse available to everybody to use. Create your own Mickey Mouse. That's cultural…
- Thu, 01:09: Double feature tonight of Godzilla vs. Hedorah and The Valley of Gwangi. The others in the room are all training Pokemon.
- Thu, 01:13: The Valley of Gwangi should be a musical. Internet: make this happen.
- Thu, 02:07: "It's not like dwarfism. Or midgititis. Or whatever." - @fesworks
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11th December, 2013. 8:40 pm. 3DS Youtube|
Old news, but a youtube app/program/game? Whatever, a youtube thing for the 3DS has appeared on the e-shop. It's free, or at least now it is, and while the image quality is a little blurry and the framerate seems lower than normal, but watchable. It works. To my surprise, it wasn't crippled with ads like regular youtube normally is.
Anyway, I thought you'd like to know if you didn't. I see alot of youtube watching in bed in my near future.
10th December, 2013. 2:46 pm. One Day As An Engineer at Fresh Air Radio |
This story is for Bubo G. Gear. We were discussing Patti Smith's punk poetry and I mentioned the following incident, saying I probably shouldn't post it on Facebook. So here it is, in all its glory.
NSFW, so the naughty bits will be under an LJ cut (not that you'll notice from the link in FB).
One Day As An Engineer at Fresh Air Radio
In the early days, KFAI-FM was a small, 10-watt (at best) station that was, as I used to say, "exclusive to parts of South Minneapolis". The station began broadcasting in 1978, and I joined in 1979 for Shockwave Radio. Even though non-profit and (mostly) volunteer run, we were required to have 3rd Class Broadcasting licenses, meaning we could handle the studio controls.
One day, probably circa 1980 or so, I was asked to be the engineer for a remote broadcast. The Urban Guerillas, a local Mpls punk band, was giving a concert at nearby Powderhorn Park. I didn't have to do much, claimed the guy who recruited me, but the station needed someone in the studio for legal reasons and if anything happened to the tech during the concert. Okay, I thought, an easy gig for which I get volunteer credit.
I sit down in the studio, alone in the station on the weekend, scan the settings, and get a little bored. Punk rock isn't my kind of music, and I'm sort of half-listening while absorbing more of the equipment and any reading material on hand. The live concert is going well and I don't need to do much but adjust the pots (volume controls) now and again.
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The rest of the concert went smoothly, at least from a technical perspective. No one else called and no one said anything afterward. One of the many reasons I remain a volunteer at KFAI to this day.
10th December, 2013. 12:00 pm. My tweets|
- Mon, 14:03: BNAT is following me home: this truck stop has Haunted Gold on DVD. (@ Love's Travel Stop) http://t.co/2MoJRSQXxz
- Mon, 16:01: Reminder: A Reel Education will be screening Vertigo at the Parkway on December 14th! 2-for-1 tickets are only $5! http://t.co/tIECkqJRo1
- Mon, 19:26: I AM BECOME DEATH TO SNOWGLOBES. [clerk appears with broom and dustpan] (@ Love's Country Store - @lovestravelstop) http://t.co/ILSCcgN10X
- Mon, 22:10: Halfway point! WOOOOOO! (@ Knute Rockne Memorial) http://t.co/mDwLKUNpwQ
- Tue, 01:05: Oh, Missouri. I love your non-icy roads. (@ Pilot) http://t.co/2V1kqxj1ld
- Tue, 03:49: Have delivered @dmann11 to his home in Des Moines. Minneapolis, pleases turn up the heaters for me!
- Tue, 06:14: Finally in MN! 95 miles from home. Stepped out to refuel and OH GOD THIS WEATHER SUCKS. (@ Trail's Travel Center) http://t.co/w7XyQ5xdLF
- Tue, 08:15: HOME. FINALLY. Golly, that drive kinda sucked.
9th December, 2013. 2:35 pm. Channukah Chaiku -- delivered|
Carole and I had a lovely Thanksgiving in Washington DC with family and friends.
Public Facebook galleries:
20131126-28 Thanksgiving in DC Part I
20131129-1201 Thanksgiving in DC Part II
Since I posted the Channukah Chaiku on LJ, I thought LJ would be the place for a little exposition.
Antonia, lighting the Channukah candles for the second night. 12/28/13
Antonia, with my two gifts. (We combined the first and second night.) First, the headlamp. She used this to proper effect while riding her scooter.
Forehead light straps on
Light emitting diodes charge
Darkness to banish
Here, she wears it while painting on a Buddha Board. The brush is wet with water, allowing her to "paint" what she wants. When it dries, the board goes back to serenity.
Bright color when wet
Free the imagination
Live in the moment
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For the completists: The other Channukah Chaiku referred to a) a notecard collection of the only synagog designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, b) a tin plate emblazoned with various Minnesota iconography, and c) the moose poop are chocolates. (is chocolates?)
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9th December, 2013. 12:00 pm. My tweets|
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- Sun, 19:22: I survived BNAT 15. Wolf of Wall Street is fucking amazing. Awesome lineup followed.Gonna fall over for a while now.
- Sun, 23:20: BNAT 15 Film 1: Wolf of Wall Street. My favorite of the night. DiCaprio turned up to 11 in a Goodfellas/Fear and Loathing mashup. WOW.
- Sun, 23:22: BNAT 15 Film 2: Harlequin, aka Dark Forces. Extremely odd Ozploitation retelling of the Rasputin story. An old face of mine.
- Sun, 23:23: BNAT 15 Film 3: The Hobbit 2: Desolation of Boogaloo. More of the same after the first one. I have Middle Earth fatigue. Has its moments.
- Sun, 23:25: BNAT 15 Film 4: The Agony and the Ecstasy, screened in 70mm. Epic movie about Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison bitching at each other.
- Sun, 23:26: BNAT 15 Film 5: secret movie. It was a joy though.
- Sun, 23:27: BNAT 15 Film 6: Popeye. Yes, the Altman musical, which exists because of Malta and a mountain of drugs. #IyamwhatIyam
- Sun, 23:29: BNAT 15 Film 7: The Dragon Lives Again, which is a martial arts fever dream with Not Bruce Lee, Not Clint Eastwood, and penis jokes.
- Sun, 23:30: BNAT 15 Film 8: Loves of Edgar Allen Poe. Seldom seen and quite fun.
- Sun, 23:31: Be right back...
9th December, 2013. 5:42 am.|
I pretty much literally slept all weekend. Dreading clinic today, maybe I will be lucky and it will be canceled because of the weather.
Let's see if I can manage a couple of sentences on my fic before then.
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8th December, 2013. 11:14 pm. Got a song for Conflikt? |
Got a song for the Conflikt 7 CD or songbook? Email sound@ or songbook@ conflikt.org, or use the contact form on the http://conflikt.org website. Anyone from the filk community can be in the CD or songbook, you do not need to be a member this year to submit songs.
We do want to get them by the end of the month so we can get the songbook printed and CD prep done.
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7th December, 2013. 8:52 am. "Remix Tracks" of Julia Ecklar's Horsetamer now available + our winter 2013 fall sale|
Just passing along from Eagle Bytes...
HORSETAMER "REMIX TRACKS" NOW AVAILABLE!
Let's try something different.
Julia Ecklar's "Horsetamer" album was one of the most musically ambitious and expensive filk projects ever, featuring many of Pittsburgh's top orchestral musicians, recorded and mixed by a multiple Grammy award winning engineer.
So we thought it could be really fun to invite our listeners to tinker with and take apart the individual ingredients of an album this complex -- there's just so much detail you just can't hear in the final mix.
Or *you* can be the mixing engineer for a day, and make and share your own "unplugged" version of your favorite tracks, using free software like Garage Band on your Mac, iPhone or iPad, or Audacity on your PC.
You'll get the 80+ individual tracks that make up our 7 favorite songs on Horsetamer.
To see what it's like, try Shai Hulud:
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7th December, 2013. 12:14 am.|
28.6 F in Austin right now. Brrrr. I was very lucky and my caseworker drove me to my doctor's appointment this morning, because the office opened late because of the nasty weather and if I'd taken the bus as usual I would have shown up and it would have been closed. As it is I saw a nurse practitioner who was super thorough and went over my last blood test results in detail and spotted some thyroid weirdness. So Synthroid and Paxil are being added to my medication cocktail.
I am still managing at least a sentence a day on my Welcome to Night Vale fluff fic. Even on the stressiest days this week I managed at least a sentence. This, I can be proud of.
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6th December, 2013. 4:59 pm. December 2013 Mix|
Just posted a brand new mix of recent mid-tempo finds to enjoy while you're all bundled up!
1. Sammy Senior - Long December
2. Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice (Tom Drummond Remix)
3. Razle Dazle - B-Boy Bubblin
4. Rufus Thomas - Fried Chicken (Slynk Remix)
5. Mooqee & HerbGrinder - Sound Around Town
6. World Class Art Thieves - Blow Your Mind (Featurecast's Saturday in the Park Remix)
7. Kill Paris - Baby Come Back (Featurecast Remix)
8. The Captain - Shake It
9. J-Roc - Better Things
10. Gary Stabler - Product Placement
11. Zenit Incompatible - Keep My Light
12. B-Side - Groove in the Booty
13. Daft Punk - Get Lucky (WBBL Remix)
14. Pecoe - Growler Part 1
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster (Tantric Decks Remix)
16. Tom Drummond & Philly Blunt - Rock the House
17. Funky Boogie Brothers - B-Boy Freedom
18. Slamboree - Big Bada Boomtown (Waggles Remix)
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5th December, 2013. 8:49 pm. Video Reviews (12/5/13)|
Movie: Last Ride (2009)
Rating: **1/2 out of *****
Notes: Man, Elrond really let himself go. Well, as long as you can look past Hugo Weaving's past roles, he puts some effort into this downbeat drama of a father and son roughing it on the run under mysterious circumstances. Grizzled and brutish as he portrays, there's not much to playing this abusive dad, snarling and snapping his way through repeated violent and wary encounters with strangers. The kid gives a typical child actor performance, adequate but not outstanding. It's light on dialogue and paced slow, taking up a good dose of the "travelogue" characteristics as they move across the Australian outback, featuring plenty of scenic but unimportant footage. Not only doesn't it end well, but it ends annoyingly ambiguously, trying to use symbolism instead of writing an actual ending. If you're a fan of Weaving and can deal with dark drama, it's a decent take.
Movie: Nobody Else But You (2011)
Rating: *** out of *****
Notes: A crime novelist in France finds inspiration for his book and an opportunity to play detective when a local village's small-time star winds up dead from a drug overdose. Told in alternating real time and flashbacks as he learns chapters of her life through diaries, it's a moderately clever noir tale featuring a smattering of dry comedy, but little in the way of thrills. It paces well, not dragging in melodrama or unnecessary dialogue, and has the distant ring of "Barton Fink", or maybe it's just his hotel. Sophie Quinton as the Marilyn Monroe-obsessed starlet is a knockout, and plenty of skin gets displayed throughout the film, from both her and other men, almost to the point of homoerotic overtones. While ultimately anticlimactic, it's an easy-to-handle mystery for those who like foreign whodunnits without too much stress.
Movie: Madagascar 3 (2012)
Rating: **** out of *****
Notes: The escapees from the Central Park Zoo hit a high note in what is assumed to be the finale to their world-traveling trilogy. In their final attempt to get home, Alex the lion & friends find themselves joining a down-on-its-luck French circus. Along with their rapid-fire and perfect comedy pacing, Dreamworks leverages the animation recipe for success by filling the circus with visually-appealing animal characters. I find that Martin Short is much more tolerable when he's voicing a sea lion, and the rest of the cast brings the same chops that made the prior two films so laugh-filled. The animation is even up a notch, using the circus motif to really flex the colors and designs, matched occasionally to terribly earwormy music. Like the previous two, the humor fades in the middle, resulting in a bit of drag, and the antagonist is really obnoxious and distracting, with some scenes and gags being too clever for their own good. Huge laughs, slapstick, and absurdity are within - I'm sorry to see it end!
Next: The Hobbit, Sleepless Night, Free Men
5th December, 2013. 4:34 pm. 15 Book Challenge|
Courtesy of Tamora Pierce by way of Delia Sherman: The challenge is to list 15 books you've loved and been transformed by, right off the top of your head.
1. The Hobbit, J. R. R.Tolkien
2. ElfQuest, Wendi and Richard Pini
3. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Patricia Wrede
4. The Song of the Lioness Quartet, Tamora Pierce
5. The Belgariad, David Eddings
6. Misfile, Chris Hazelton
7. The Earth's Children series, Jean Auel
8. The Way Things Work, Dave MaCauly
9. The Tracker, Tom Brown Jr.
10. I Remember Lemuria, Richard Shaver
11. The World War series, Harry Turtledove
12. I Remember the Future, Michael A. Burstein
13. The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman
14. Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner
15. Feed, Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)
16. The Stepsister Scheme, Jim C. Hines
This is a meme from Facebook and I wanted to expand it a little here and say why I love these books and how they've changed my outlook on the world.
The Hobbit: this was my introduction to the Fantasy genre. My stepfather game me a lovely illustrated copy of The Hobbit for Christmas when I was eight. I adore the movies because they fix many of the issues I had with the book: there were no female characters, Bilbo did nothing useful until Mirkwood, and Gandalf abandoned the party for No Apparent Reason.
ElfQuest: this was my introduction to comics, and my biological father handed me the first four graphic novels when I was eight and a half. I loved the beauty of the drawings, the depth of the story, and the fact that girls could be fighters and mothers, and both things were okay. It may have also given me a complete lack of concern for nudity and hinted at poly relationships, despite never spelling them out.
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: this was a princess story about a girl who kicked ass, fenced, conjugated Latin, and saved dragons. She didn't need rescuing, and I adored her for it.
The Song of the Lioness Quartet: this story went farther than a princess who fought; Alanna pretended to be a boy to become a knight. My godmother gave me the quartet for my 13th birthday, and Tammy's been my favorite author and my hero ever since.
The Belgariad: I loved these books as a kid, and they taught me to really look at how books are plotted. And that the same plot can be re-used as long as everyone loves the characters.
Misfile: this is the only other comic on the list. It showed me a lot about gender and started giving me an interest inc and and racing, which I'm sure white_and_nrdy is thrilled about!
The Earth's Children series: this series was a little disturbing, but was my first introduction to the concept of History in school being fun. My mom handed me the first book the series the summer before I started Freshman Year of High School, and when my favorite teacher talked about it, I stuck up my hand and asked if he was referring to Clan of the Cave Bear. He was visibly shocked to see that such a young child has read that book (I was 14 then) and moved me to Accelerated History the next day. It was the first time a teacher placed me in an Advanced class. The same teacher introduced me to Architecture.
The Way Things Work: this book was just plain cool and explained a lot of mechanical things that I'd never understood before.
The Tracker: I have levels of Ranger in Real Life.
I Remember Lemuria: reading my Great Grand Uncle's book was odd, since he was writing in the 40s and Science Fiction has really changed since then. What really grabbed me was the introduction: he started the book by making a pun on his name, Richard Sharpe Shaver. He wanted to make people laugh, even at his own expense, and that's how I look at the world. I enjoyed his book, but the real reason I want to continue his work is that i have a personal connection to him, despite how he died before I was born.
The World War series: Turtledove showed me just how horribly Jews were treated before World War II. It was...awful.
I Remember the Future: mabfan's story Kaddish for the Last Survivor really hit me in the gut. When I was a child, my mother made an offhand comment of how I was "Jewish enough for Hitler." Reading that story helped me get a handle on how I can't think about concentration camps without saying, "That could have been my grandparents. That could have been me."
The Freedom Maze: this book really looked at race and class and how people's perceptions of "the good old days" were rather skewed.
Swordspoint: I loved how this world was completely okay with homosexuality and I want to see more stories like that.
Feed: I love all of Seanan's books, but this was the book where she made me enjoy both horror and zombies, which was a real eye-opener.
The Stepsister Scheme: this book was the first time I'd run into a gay character where her sexuality wasn't a character trait, it was just a part of her, like her black hair.
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5th December, 2013. 10:14 am.|
Managed the Section 8 Renewal meeting with a minimum of fuss, but spent a painful amount on cabfare (it's not on a bus line). Dreading the doctor's appointment tomorrow morning, but my caseworker says he'll give me a ride.
And I can add matzoh balls to food I have to shut Hecate in the bedroom to be able to eat in peace.
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