May 18th, 2013
|neotoma||07:25 pm - Squeaky SQUEAKY noises! Of JOY!|
I just finished watching "The Name of the Doctor", the Doctor Who season finale!
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Current Mood: ecstatic
|sahiya||02:27 pm - The Name of the Doctor|
Well. That was an outstanding end to what has been a pretty lackluster season.
( Spoilers, sweetie.Collapse )
And in other news: Who got tickets to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan in No Man's Land at Berkeley Rep in August? OH YES, THAT'S RIGHT, I DID.
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|nwhyte||05:59 pm - Riverdance, 1994|
Remembering Eurovision, nineteen years ago:
(Thanks to Adrian McMenamin for reminding me.)
|yunitsa||01:55 pm - In sunshine and in shadow|
I don't think I ever posted a vid in more trying circumstances -- as it was uploading, there was a plumber in my flat prying up half the floorboards in the study, to get at the massive clog in the central drain that both the sinks and the shower go to (apparently the plumbing in here is all dreadful; but, like the firemen earlier this week, he appreciated the view). I was really glad to get that resolved, but it left a terrible mess and half the day was gone, so I basically gave up, went for a long walk and ate a giant ice cream cone from The Chocolate Tree in the sunshine while reading my book.* No regrets. (The walk's avowed purpose was to book tickets for The Great Gatsby on Sunday at the fancy cinema with the sofas, but I forgot to bring the voucher. Hopefully will be able to get them early on the day.)
I'm glad people are liking the vid, though -- it's been a while. I already have another PoI idea lodged in my head which I find cracky and wrong and perfect, but it's to a very fast-paced bouncy pop song, and I'm just not sure I have the technical capabilities to make it happen. If only one could get other people to do the actual execution for these things...
Speaking of things I'd like other people to do for me, today it is raining on a biblical scale (enough to need the lights on indoors) and thus perfect weather to curl up in my dressing gown with the cat and work on dissertation revision. The first Sidney chapter is slowly getting there, in its messy and bloody way -- it's kind of liberating to know that I can write something, and have it approved, and then later completely tear it apart and shuffle it about like this. And by "liberating," what I mean is obviously "horrible hard work."
*Hilary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety. I'm loving it -- poor doomed French revolutionaries! -- but it's 900 pages long and I'm lucky if I get to read 10 per day, how did this become my life. If anyone out there is thinking of doing postgraduate work in English literature because they love reading? Don't.
May 17th, 2013
|02:31 pm - Looking for recommendations|
Can anyone recommend a novel (or a short storie) that deals with a main character or important secondary character(s) that are Theistic Satanists? May be fiction or non-fiction, relative to a cult or not. Many thanks in advance!
|ellen_fremedon||11:50 am - Star Trek: Into Darkness|
Saw it last night with neotoma, meri_oddities, and cordelia_v, who was in town; at the theater, we ran into alpheratz, bironic, cinco, and v_greyson, so we had a whole row of fangirls making fangirl noises.
( Brief reactions, casting spoilers, not really a reviewCollapse )
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|yunitsa||01:14 pm - Vid: New York, New York (Person of Interest)|
Title: New York, New York
Fandom: Person of Interest
Song: Anna Ternheim (originally by Frank Sinatra)
Length: 2.50 minutes
Download: sendspace (.mp4, 100MB)
Summary: I want to be a part of it: John Reese, Harold Finch, the Machine, the city.
Note: This started as a fairly intellectual exercise in metonymy (synecdoche?), but, as you can see, this plan did not long survive an encounter with John's face.
I'm not sure how well this would work as a recruiter vid - not well, I suspect - but for those of you already sucked into this glorious show, my feelings, let me show you them. Feedback highly welcomed :)
( embedded video and lyricsCollapse )
May 16th, 2013
|nwhyte||10:43 pm - May Books 10) Magic of the Angels, by Jacqueline Rayner|
He was wearing a white T-shirt with the slogan My companion went to London and all I got was this lousy T-shirt. I thought I had read all of the Amy and Rory books, before the first Clara ones come out, but realised I had missed a couple. This is from the Quick Reads series, and it's a typically competent story from Rayner (who is one of the most prolific authors of written Who these days); take the basic concept of Blink, add a dodgy stage magician (reminiscent of Priest's Prestige?) and the X-Factor, and a twist in the tale involving a beloved small dog, and then update it for a new Tardis crew. Short but very sweet.
|nwhyte||10:15 pm - May Books 9) The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss|
Chronicler dipped his pen and Kvothe looked down at his folded hands for as long as it takes to draw three deep breaths.After a run of epic fantasy novels that didn't really impress me, I picked this up, the last of my Christmas presents, noted with dismay that the last page was numbered 662, sighed and started reading.
Then he began to speak.
But in fact I really really enjoyed it. For once, the world-building and languages worked for me; the coming-of-age story of the disguised magician hero had some new wrinkles; the university setting of much of the book has of course echoes of other fantasy educational establishments, but remains very much its own; and basically, Kvothe as a character engaged my interest and I needed to find out what happened next. And having reached page 662, I still want to know what happens next, and will get more books in the series in order to find out.