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Sep. 1st, 2012

Saturday musings

First things first - it's Bring Back the Porn day at InsaneJournal, and you can find it all at [info]bbtp_challenge (master list). I even got my act together this year and wrote Our Scandalous Days Behind Us about the secret sex lives of the inhabitants of Downton Abbey. I've never written these characters before, so I'd love to hear what you think.

Second, Doctor Who's back! And I thought it was both frustrating and fabulous.


Third, I'm excited that I just this minute ordered Space Fluxx after playing a similar game (Martian Fluxx) at a friend's birthday last weekend. Anybody ever played it? I'm crap at card games that require you to remember numbers and stuff, but this is fun and silly and the rules change often enough to suit my limited attention span.

I thought I deserved a little gifty for myself because fourthly, I dyed my hair a colour that can only be described as "shit brown." It was supposed to be a lot lighter - I didn't want to go darker because I had such trouble getting it out the last time I dyed my hair black - but this is almost as dark as the black and not nearly as pretty. Am now contemplating pink or purple to fix this. But at least the profusion of white hairs I'd gotten in the past two weeks are gone, as is the source of the white hairs, so that counts as a win.

Fifth, there's really no fifth, other than that I'm relaxing tonight with some Upper Canada Dark Ale, cuddling a kitten on the couch beside me, and exploring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Youtube. I don't know much about hip-hop so I can't say how unique Macklemore is, but I find his music so moving in how he's using it to say something important, whether it's speaking out for music or for hope in his community or against consumerism and disconnectivity, or here, with SAME LOVE, for gay rights and marriage equality.

And if you want one more, this vid left me in sappy tears, partly because I got the worst homesickness for Seattle but also just because of the joy and the potential he sees in the kids, and in what they can become, and his acknowledgement that it won't ever be the same and the RKcndy's not coming back, but they need to have something like that too, they need that chance.



Hope you're all enjoying the weekend!

Aug. 21st, 2012

That's why I would go

Last December, I went to a Christmas party in Hampstead. The host was a woman I'd never met before, a benefactor of the foundation where I volunteered; each year, she opens up her gorgeous home for the group's party. I knew nothing about her, other than that she was American. But at the party, we were both sitting over to the side, both kind of outsiders, and I asked her about her little dog, a Jack Russell terrier, that was shivering by the fire. I told her my brother's JRT looked just the same (and had the same afflictions), and from there the conversation rolled on to other similarities in our lives: our love of the UW campus in Madison, our studies of Irish lit and history, our mutual alma mater University College Dublin, the translation projects we'd both been involved in, the Spanish art she had in her house (I was headed to Granada for Christmas)... it even turned out that she hailed from a place not 200 miles from where I grew up. The similarities were uncanny, and I left calling her the Future Me.

At one point in the evening, she asked me if I'd seen Another Earth. She was so cute as she asked it, saying something like "it's science fiction, which I know isn't everybody's thing..." After I reassured her that no, no, it was very much my thing, she told me about this wonderful little indie film that she had just seen.

Jul. 27th, 2012

Bob Ross Appreciation Post

Do you guys remember Bob Ross? He used to have a painting show on PBS. (You can find episodes on youtube. Of course.) I watched it when I lived in Seattle, and always came away feeling enabled and full of potential. The show was less about learning to paint, more like soaking in a half-hour of pure creativity and zen.

I just read Bob Ross' wiki entry, where it says that Having held military positions that required him to be, in his own words, "mean" and "tough," "the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work," Ross decided that if he ever moved on from the military, "it wasn't going to be that way any more," "vowing never to scream again". And he sure didn't on his show. He had a soft, slow, relaxing voice, always encouraging and full of wonder. He was just wonderful.

Anyway, all that is to say that I found this really special Symphony-of-Science-style remix on LaughingSquid. It reminded me of a lot of his sayings, and just what a model of calm and acceptance he was. Take a look at it, whether you know Bob Ross or not.