What Sympathetic Magic Should I Perform to Help the Cubs?
Don't watch the game, for god's sake!
Watch the game, for god's sake!
Fingers in ears, sing la-la-la!
Sacrifice to the gods of baseball
No, better, sacrifice to the dark gods, that'll go well!
All of the above
None of the above
Again I say - cats!
It seems to me that almost any fight, particularly comic-book fights, superhero fights, action film fights, would be shorter, less flashy, and more successful for whoever undertook the final move, if the person determined to win focused almost solely upon kneeing their opponent, hard, in the groin.
(I am reliably informed by those whose business it would be to be in the know that even wearing a cup is not necessarily proof against such a move, given that kicking, punching, or otherwise banging a cup hard enough would cause painful repercussions inside the cup.)
This might not work as well against a female opponent, I'll grant you. However, having landed on the cross-bar of what was once called a boy's bike more than once myself, and having experienced the breath-stopping impact of that, I'm willing to bet it mightn't be as ineffective against women as all that.
As you can imagine, this has lessened my appreciation of even the most gloriously choreographed fights I've witnessed on the big or small screen lately.
1. I made it through Monday!
2. I went to a meeting and came back to Rogers Park ... and found a parking spot within two minutes of getting into the neighborhood, and only 1 block away from home. HURRAH!!!!! (And thank you, Great Spider!)
3. I did my exercises, making it three days in a row!
4. I'm getting to bed before midnight!
5. I'm - whups, I used up all my exclamation points. Oh dear.
As selenak says, April's Fool Day is a bit pointless in a world where Donald Trump has a serious shot at the White House, isn't it? In slightly better news, Bernie stands a chance of winning the Wisconsin primary next Tuesday, and appears to be closing the gap between himself and Clinton in New York, supposedly her home territory. I await those primaries with great interest.
I am so very pleased that Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū is getting a new season. This anime, which sort of re-introduced me to the Japanese art (some consider it a minor art; I don't) of rakugo, is for me the best anime of the past season, and it may just be a tiny masterpiece. So, hurrah!
Got through this week, and I'm grateful for that!
I developed a new drink for the weekend, involving a frozen strawberry in a martini glass, over which I pour .75 shot of Sayuri brand nigori sake and 1.25 shots of gin. I call it a strawberry blossom, and in my un-Japanese that comes out as hana ichigo. I'm having one now.
I did some more work on Hearts & Moons, but need to sit down and do more serious plotting (with a map of my setting) than I normally do. I have an ACTION! SCENE! at the heart of this chapter, and I need to know just what I'm doing - and more importantly, what each of my characters is doing - to make it read believably. I am, however, very pleased to have come up with the winning stroke for our heroes. So it's buckle down this weekend, kaffyr . (I won't let the oven cleaning come between me and my writing, although I swear to god, I'm going to get that damned oven cleaned.
What do you call a 60-year-old who watches fanvids unironically, wonders about Transuranic Elements, has a favorite Doctor, a couple of OT3s, writes fic, has an unfinished WIP o'doom, too many action figures, an evening entertainment menu that includes 2-4 anime a night, who rereads favorite SF and fantasy books repeatedly (but who, in all truth, hasn't read much new fiction in the past 10 years - a little, not enough), who occasionally misses going to cons, and who understands everything that she just wrote despite acknowledging that some of it doesn't appear to be quite English?
What Am I?
crazy cat lady (because hey, CATS!)
If you know A Capella Science, you might already have seen this. If not, enjoy. After all, as this guy, and my BB says - we won.
... to my incoherent ranting of last night, I present these bunnies. Someone a while back was kind enough to present them to me when I was feeling down, and I figured that I wanted to remind people that I'm not always either depressed or railing against portions of the world. So, yes; bunnies. And also, for she who likes them - a capybara!
The Girl Standing in the Light of the Dawn, aka Akatsuki No Yona.
The anime is pure, unadulterated pop melodrama history, with a mystical kingdom standing in for, as far as I can see, Korea. That in itself amuses and/or impresses me, given that it's a Japanese anime. The story is so full of anime tropes that I should be bored out of my gourd, but I'm not. I love the slow (oh, so slow) unveiling of the real story, which is Yona's growth as a person and a leader, with the added fun of unexpected chibiness when it's least expected or, probably, appropriate. The art style isn't even one that I normally go for. In fact, everything about this signals that it's the kind of anime I should just yawn and avoid.
And yet, it's the one I wait for every week. Tuesday is a big day chez Casa KaffBB, because it's Agents of SHIELD Day. And it's Yona day.
Someday, I should examine why I love this thing so much. But for now, I'm just going to love it.
(Well, one reason I love it, is some of its music. Its first opening musical theme, and its second closing musical theme, are so very unlike most anime themes, and kind of glorious. At least, I think they're glorious. Here - have cheesy, glorious anime music!
( Oh, so wonderfully cheesy .... )
But I feel obligated to point out that I learned a new word, of which I think I shall become irrationally fond: singultus (thank you, dictionary.com!) It is the Latin word for hiccups, and I must find a way to use it as often as possible.
I did watch The Bells of St. John tonight, with BB, FB and Emily, but I'm really too knackered to comment intelligently on it. Also, I managed to jam my own eyeglasses into my left eye, and it is somewhat the worse for wear. Perhaps tomorrow?
My lava lamp has died.
I'm not kidding, you guys.
No, really. It was better than soporifics or tranks to chill me out. BB says he's going to check to see if it's just a dead bulb. If it is, he'll find another one. If the whole thing is dead, he says he's going to get me another one. I love that man of man.
A while ago, I mentioned having seen a robin that cheered my day up when I saw her (or him) dashing along, as robins are wont to do. I also recall having some unfortunate piece of Real Life (tm) dim my day again, and I never got the chance to show you the cheeky little creature. Who really seemed as if it were saying "What!!! I'm busy here!!" as I took a quick shot of it.
Well, here she, or he, is. She, or he, still lifts my spirits.
Forgive the over embellishment. I rather overdid it with the vignette button. And perhaps on the green, as well ....( Under the cut, you betcha )
I picked it up, as I mention on the clip, from folks like a_phoenixdragon , eve11, and flowsoffire . I really enjoyed hearing them - I hope folks enjoy this. (Please forgive however the embed code on the Sound Cloud clip ends up looking; I put it under a cut to save bandwidth.)
( Under here ) ETA: The other thing I was supposed to do was to provide the questions as well, for anyone else interested in spreading the word (see whut I did thar?)
And here they are:
- What is your username, and where did you come up with it?
- Tell us where you are from and something about it
- When did you start watching DW? When did you get into fandom?
- Who is your favorite Doctor? Who is your favorite companion?
- Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Route, Caramel, Syrup, Pajamas, Potato, Gif, Tumblr, TARDIS, Brigadier, Bad Wolf, Vortex Manipulator, Morbius, Ponds, Sonic, Eye of Orion, Susan, Polly, Pertwee, Eccleston, Adric, Capaldi, Clara, Medusa Cascade, Tereleptil, Cybermat, Vashta Nerada, Sweetie, Zygon, Dalek, Raxicoricofallipatorius, your favorite bit of anatomy, and a dirty word of your choosing.
- Share something you love about your primary DW ship. If you prefer, share something about your favorite episode.
- Share a favorite story or piece of art/vid (with fandom/pairing/author) that you think everyone should read or view.
- What is your favorite DW quote?
- If you could travel to anywhere in Time and Space, from Earth history or any of the worlds on the show, where would you go?
- Do you have a hobby outside of fandom?
- Anything else you'd like to add?
And, as I mentioned on the clip, here are links to some of my favorite stories (and I added a couple of vids that I think are absolutely tug-at-your-heart, impress-your-head lovely.)
Fic recs here;
One fic that is very important to me for what it says to me about River Song;
My current three favorite videos: here, here and here.
For those of you who might not have noticed, I'll let you in on a secret; I used to hate gin. God-awful stuff, I thought; taste like cheap perfume and doesn't smell much better. The fact that my first memorable encounter with alcohol was via some cheap lemon gin before a basketball game, as a ninth grade cheerleader. Bourbon was my drink of choice.
That all changed this year, whether by virtue of epiphany or changing metabolism I shall never know. Out of the blue, I decided I'd try a martini, and my one-time bartender beloved made me a fine, dry martini with good gin and good dry vermouth.
I was lost.
Thus was born Big Ass Martini Night. Once a week, either on Friday or Saturday, I make myself a very large martini with two huge olives in it. And that does me for the evening. One night a week seems to be sufficient, with occasional weeks where a BAM never materializes. Ah, but when it does ...
It occurred to me that, in this time of selfies and photos of people's food porn fantasies, one could present a picture of one such BAM, artfully displayed against the lava lamp one has (as one does), as an amusing illustration of one of my simple joys.
( Kitsch that tastes good )
But I don't just write about booze.
I can tell you that I had an absolutely lovely day, playing for the first time with the Christmas present BB gave me last weekend; a 6 quart Kitchen Aid Pro
Because of that, I was used to mixing everything by hand, or with a little hand mixer - but over the last couple of years, my hands won't let me do much of the first. And of course neither the little mixer nor old Mixmaster could mix or knead bread, so one of my favorite things to do - bake bread - became very infrequent. Well today, I got Big Red out and made banana bread and banana-cranberry bread. Very simple, but oh, so much easier now!
This makes me happy.
Remember the pictures I posted that I took when I and my family went to see "Day of the Doctor"? Well, here's the story that I wrote for my company (yes, I managed to see the the episode and get paid for it - go me!) It was written for general consumption, but I tried to add some little bits for fans. If you read it, hope you enjoy it!
The accompanying video was done by one of our freelancers. It's not done the way I would have done it, most certainly. She focused on me and it was only through herculean efforts by my Best Beloved that we managed to get her attention on some of the other fans. She also wanted to work with "shaky cam" stylings. Again, not what I would have done - but it's also there for your amusement.
Huh: apparently the video alone won't embed, so here's the link: http://video.suntimes.com?vcid=25387912&
Nope. This one is to show you my first ever actual attempt to cosplay, which I did when I went to see Day of The Doctor in the theater with BB, FB and FB's girlfriend. (It's also to show you a pic of all three of us after we saw the special.)
I cosplayed Femme!Nine because I had the necessities close to hand (I had to dye the tee shirt purple, but it turned out very well) and because I love Nine. It isn't very accurate, but it was a lot of fun. ( Saving bandwidth )
I am indeed going to do that television meme that everyone else is doing. First, because, like giving birthday greetings to wonderful people, this is enjoyable. Second, because it's nice and shallow fun (the birthday greetings are heartfelt, so they don't count as shallow.) And third, because this may give me an idea of how much television I actually watch.
Here''s the basic information.
Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
*Asterisk if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD*
If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order.)
The embarrassing thing is that because of the "bold where you've seen 3 or more episodes" - which is actually a very small amount for any given show, and doesn't reflect whether those were scattered across years or actually reflected serious destination tv - this falsely appears to show that I spent many of my formative years glued to the idiot's lantern. Which I totally
Into the Void!!!
( Under here. )
You could too, you know. Over on LJ, fandom is having a bit of annual fun voting for its various favorite (or at least favored) characters at f_march_madness. Although some of my favorites have long since bitten the dust, there are others still out there and going strong. And because I believe in
Go over and take a look at some of the wonderful comments and gifs from fans of the characters who've made it to The Sweet Sixteen. Some of them are just brilliant, and it's largely a friendly sort of jostling this year.
Even if you don't vote for my favorites, there might be someone else you'd like to vote for.
ETA: masakochan pointed out that the posters link back to the 2011 finals. I don't know why, since I took them directly from this year's group of posters. It is a mystery. But go, vote for Parker; she's in a close race!
My Dearest Friends;
Although it distresses me to say this, I find myself in direct and immediate need of brains. Of native wit. Of, dare I say, active and dynamic intelligence. I have, I confess, none of my own right now. In fact I am, I heartily fear, transforming with frightening swiftness into a small kitchen appliance with no more will to meet the Turing test than a ... well, a small kitchen appliance.
I would therefore be ever so grateful to those of my friends and acquaintances who might have pity on me and send me spare any spare neurons or axons they find lying about. Nay, I cast myself upon their thresholds — your threshold — suppliant and drooling slightly, begging of you that pity and kindness with which you all are replete.
Should you find it in your collected and several natures to respond to my plaint, I pledge a renewed effort to think in linear fashion, to produce and distill concepts ... why even, I might hope, to write up an assignment and tackle the to-do list.
In ending, I am, of course, yr obedient etc. etc.
Poll: Matt Smith or David Tennant
I think that Mr. Tennant is a fine actor, and apparently a really nice man; I think he made a fine and enthusiastic Doctor as well and I wish him the best in his future professional and personal life (and he did a damned fine Hamlet, and I really like his work with Catherine.)
But Matt ... now Matt is hard for me to take my eyes off. He caught my eye in the two Ruby in the Smoke adaptations. And as the Doctor, he's old, and young, and elastic, and unbending, amiable and very, very dangerous, a fool and a wizard.
And somehow I think that's worth voting for. So if you are of a mind to, perhaps you might want to visit over here?* There are also some other fun votes to be played with.
(Yes, yes. I know it's shallow and silly. It's been a long day. Humor me. Or, since this is British, humour me. And I promise I'll get back to comment on my previous post soon.)
(Hmm. It looks as if you'll have to copy and paste that entire URL, since the partial link sends you elsewhere.)
*And some difficult ones. Gaiman/Rickman, anyone?