Arcade Fire at the Shoreline!

Aug. 1st, 2014 06:08 am
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I drove down with my friend J to see Arcade Fire at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View Wednesday night. Arcade Fire were amazing, as usual! They are one of my all-time favorite bands and they never disappoint, of course.

I actually listened to their March 08 concert in Minneapolis while I was studying for orals, and so I was surprised, upon comparing the setlist from that show with the setlist from the show I saw (note: the latter doesn't mention which song they launched into a few bars of New Order's "Temptation") to see that they were quite similar; it felt like our show had fewer songs from Reflektor, but it actually didn't. Compared to the last time I saw them in a comparable venue at the Mann Center in Philly, though (2 August 2010), they did play fewer songs from the new album. But, given that they now have more albums…I don't know. It was awesome all the same, and thanks to the presale code I used we got quite decent seats for less money than might otherwise have been expected. I was glad they did "Normal Person," because that's one of my favorites on the new album, and the split stage with Regine and Win was great on "It's Never Over," and I personally thought the fake band bit with "Tunnel of Love" was hilarious. Win opened "Joan of Arc" by shouting "Dear god, give us a female president," which was also pretty great. The crowd was decent too! The seats were close to sold out, and the lawn was pretty full, and people were, for the Bay Area, pretty into it--they stood up as soon as the band came out and for the most part didn't sit down again, although they did as usual smoke a ton of pot and often stood there like lumps. Sigh. They were better than when I saw Arcade Fire in Berkeley, anyway, though not as good as Philly or Tokyo; I think the band request to come in party clothes or costume helped get people into it.

The Shoreline is decent too; it's pretty comparable to the Mann Center honestly, though with less ease of access to major roads, and frankly, the damn South Bay is just so far away. We missed Dan Deacon entirely because of traffic, which I was a little sad about because he is awesome. In short, I will continue to regard the Shoreline as a venue to go to only if the artist playing there is someone I 200% want to see.

Cool Stuff Friday

Aug. 1st, 2014 09:30 am
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Friday made the Kessel Run in ten parsecs!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Housework as procrastination

Aug. 1st, 2014 12:07 pm
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Someone on the wonderful friend list posted about why make my bed every day? I can’t remember who it was, but the general jist was “Not if you don’t want to” and yes, control of your environment is good, and yes, forming healthy habits is good, but it doesn’t have to be bed-making, especially if bed-making is difficult and arduous for reasons.

And I was thinking about this, because I do make my bed everyday and it’s not such a great habit for me. I work from home, and when I can’t work, or don’t want to work, I tend to do housework. I make beds, I wash up, I do laundry, I put laundry away, I clean work surfaces, and I pick up and tidy up and put away. Monday I washed the kitchen floor. Now the kitchen floor needed it, but there was a whole inbox of work which needed doing more.

Housework has the benefit of being very virtuous; I’m not wasting time on tumblr or playing with the cat or reading - “Look, I’m doing housework, what a good and excellent thing to do!” A tidy house is great, but tidying the house as procrastination isn’t so great.

BTW, ironing doesn't get done. Doesn’t matter what I’m trying to put off; the ironing will not get done.

Interesting Links for 01-08-2014

Aug. 1st, 2014 12:00 pm
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...but Caligula! Also, Miss Ives.

Aug. 1st, 2014 08:09 am
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Look, Guardian, how anyone can list John Hurt's five best performances and not even MENTION his Caligula in I, Claudius whereas the likes of King Ralph gets listed is beyond me. Okay, fine, the article is about film performances and I, Claudius was tv, but still. You should have mentioned it if only to regret that it couldn't be listed due to the cinematic criteria. It's still the ultimate standard towards which all mad emperor performances aspire and so often fail because they forget it's not all about the shouting.

(Btw, re: the rest of that list, Elephant Man and 1984 I agree with; in Alien John Hurt's character certainly was memorable but that was because of the nature of his demise, not because he got fleshed out before that, so if we go by great cameo John Hurt performances on screen who get killed off early on, his Control from the recent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy might qualify more.)

Meanwhile, Penny Dreadful goodness:

Vanessa Ives icons! All the Vanessa, all the time.

Courtesy of the recent SDCC: A deleted scene from the finale featuring Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale, featuring rhymes and sinister intentions, deliciously played. It also makes me want to rewatch Seance with an particular eye on how Madame Kali/Evelyn interacts with Vanessa there. Bring on the next season!

Daily Happiness

Jul. 31st, 2014 09:22 pm
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1. The grocery store we usually shop at has a good clearance section where we've found a lot of gems over the years, and earlier this week Irene found a bunch of jars of Indian sauces for 99 cents each, just slightly sticky because apparently one had come open. We had one tonight and it was so good! (And as it happened, we even had some chicken in the freezer already, so all I had to buy was an onion and bell pepper to go with it.)

2. Tomorrow I find out whether or not I get the promotion at work... Either way things shake out, at least I won't be waiting and wondering anymore.

So after all that....

Jul. 31st, 2014 02:54 pm
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The Giants didn't make a trade. Or, as [personal profile] darkrose put it, we didn't trade one of our mediocre prospects for a mediocre second baseman. I'm a little disappointed, but I guess the teams we were looking to trade with wanted either prospects we don't have, to the few good prospects we do have. Oh well.

It's disgusting here. The temperatures have ranged from mid 90s to 100, and it's been really humid, which is something we're not used to at all. I went to the store last night around midnight and it was 80 with 60% humidity. Ick.

I've been meaning to review some perfume, but it has to wait until I decide what my next fic will be because, while I can test stuff and write, perfume oil and cross stich do not mix. They really don't mix when I'm doing something for Mom. I'm already worried about cat hair and cat dander; she's really allergic. Of course I'll wash it when it's done and I plan on framing it in something that's easy to take apart if it needs to be washed again.

I've got that large fic drop thing going where I feel like I should be writing but also feel like I never want to write again. Also, I have no idea what to work on next although I have several unfinished things I poked at while I was doing the big fic. Maybe I'll do more of the painfully adorable domestic fluff series in which Buster and Madison have a kitten, because that's just fun and mostly angst-free.

online translator suggestions?

Jul. 31st, 2014 03:24 pm
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I am doing research on the cultural history of fencing, and some of the best pages for info are in German -- but untranslated. My German is ancient and fragmentary. Can anyone suggest a page/link/etc. that will translate an entire webpage as it is, in situ, so that the captions are translated by the photos, etc.?

Steve/Bucky fic rec (natch)

Jul. 31st, 2014 01:58 pm
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Every Door Opens (73930 words) by shiso_romanesco
Chapters: 20/20
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, Captain America - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Jarvis (Iron Man movies)
Additional Tags: post Cap 2, It's a slow slow burn my friends, Mature rating for descriptions of violence, Cap's thoughts on suicide/sacrifice are briefly explored in ch 15, CHAPTERS 18 AND 19 HAVE EXPLICIT CONTENT, but the rest of the fic is Mature
Series: Part 1 of We Made Ourselves
Summary:

Then Bucky licks his lips, tip of his tongue just grazing the sensitive skin of Steve’s ear and Steve moans. Nothing close to the surge of lust behind his ribs, but a tiny, breathy sound all the same. Bucky doesn’t react—he must not have heard. Though a minute later he curls his fingers and extends them again, moving just slow enough for it to be a caress.

Just tip your head into his touch. He’ll take the lead and trace the folds of your ear with his tongue until you can’t keep quiet any more. Then he’ll smother your desperate little noises with his mouth, fingers twisting in your hair. Kissing deeply, tongues reaching to declare your filthy intentions. Find his knee with your hand and slide wolfishly up his thigh until you reach the bulge behind his fly. Palm him through his trousers until he’s panting in your mouth, until he’s pressing his forehead to yours, hips bucking, and you can see his dark eyes, glinting in the screen’s flickering light, pleading—

Steve jolts back to the present. The credits are rolling and Bucky is reading them as well. The screen blacks and two fluorescent lights buzz to life. Bucky loosens his hand from Steve’s head, welcoming the world back in.



This one gives new meaning to pining and slow build, so if that's your thing (it's definitely mine) you'll enjoy. Has an interesting style where it switches between Bucky and Steve POV, and second and third person - it sometimes goes too far and gets confusing, but most of the time it creates a really interesting effect.

Lots of swearing

Jul. 30th, 2014 11:50 pm
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Brené Brown went and did a talk about dealing with criticism as a person who creates things. UGH WHY IS THIS SO APPLICABLE. I swore after I saw it because GODDAMNIT. I thought I was having so much fun piling sandbags on the walls of my fortress of snark and defensiveness against criticism and rejection.



Pull-quotes and commentary )

Daily Happiness

Jul. 30th, 2014 11:05 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
1. We went to the mall today so that Irene could go to Lane Bryant and we also stopped in Hot Topic because as we were walking by, Irene noticed a big display of Doctor Who stuff in the front. It turned out they were having a buy one, get the second item half off sale for everything in the store, so she got Tardis earrings and a Tardis iphone case (I got Adventure Time and Pokemon t-shirts). I haven't been in a Hot Topic in probably over ten years and I have to say, it's really changed. It was all just popular licensed merchandise now.

2. Whatever weird stuff was going on with the skin on my fingers seemed to be really getting better now. I had a couple times over the past few weeks where it looked like it was getting better and then just got worse the next day, but this looks like it's the real thing.

3. I logged in to my old megchan email address tonight, which I have set to forward to my mail email but don't actually read directly except when something needs a response and I don't want to respond with my main email. Anyway, I was logging in to email someone and tell them I'd finally added the lyrics they requested to my site but I found that all my emails had been deleted. Well, everything except what was in the spam folder and a handful of emails dating back to March, so I guess this random mass deletion happened in March? Anyway, it's all gone. Thankfully since I have had it forwarding for the past five or six years, I do have most of the relevant emails that I would need in my main account, but it was still a shock. I filled out the form to ask gmail if they could restore my emails and got an automated message back within seconds saying they couldn't. Oh well. :-/

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Jul. 30th, 2014 10:41 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Still Prisoner of Azkaban. I actually haven't been reading much at all the past couple weeks. idk what else I've been doing...

What did you recently finish reading?
Today I read issues 2-6 of Ms. Marvel. I read the first issue when it came out and liked it, but am not used to following American comics, so I fell behind. I'm really liking it a lot, though.

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully the rest of PoA, as I'm already behind on the read-along.

Done! And some Baseball Stuffs!

Jul. 30th, 2014 09:35 pm
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So I finished the Welcome to Night Vale piece. I'm not going back to the Cthulhu thing yet, because I'm working on something for Mom--the Tribal Sandollar. I'm using their color scheme but I'm doing it on dark brown fabric and even though I've only done a very little bit of it, I really like the way it looks. Also, a while back, I combined my love of stitching and my love of the Giants and did a couple of logo projects.

WNV and SF Giants project )

Speaking of baseball stuffs.... Last year, I did a big long post about what happens right around the baseball trading deadline. Tomorrow's the deadline and this year, in spite of the fact that we've been playing really bad ball lately, we're still totally in the race for both the division title and either of the two wild card spots. So we're buyers. One of our starting pitchers is probably looking at season ending surgery so we already picked up a new starting pitcher.* We still need some help in the outfield and possibly at second base, so the next twenty-four hours could be interesting. We also just sent one of our players down to the minors, but that's probably a move to make room for Belt, who's pretty much over his concussion and ready to come off the DL. However there's another player who didn't get on the plane to New York, so there's all kinds of speculation about him.

So tomorrow I could be saying "OMG that's a brilliant trade!" or "Who?" or "we gave up good prospects for that guy?!"or even "why didn't we do anything!"



*Jake Peavy, most recently with the Red Sox -- who promptly showed, pitched a fairly good game but still lost the because we didn't get him any runs and also the defense was fucking awful that night. The defensive mistakes were unusual but the lack of run support, not so much, Welcome to the Giants, Jake; you're replacing a guy who gets so little run support, the fans have turned his name into a verb for that sort of thing.

wednesday reading

Jul. 30th, 2014 09:27 pm
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Currently reading: The Golem & the Jinni, courtesy of the public library e-book lending program. I'm quite enjoying it: it's quite well-written, and the characters are interesting and the world of late-19th Century NYC is very well-drawn.

Finished: Finally finished The Long Ships, which was entertaining but not surprising. Also Shattered Pillars, and I'm eagerly awaiting the library's purchase of Steles of the Sky.

Oh, and I did want to note Deborah Coates' Wide Open, which was a really good paranormal mystery. The characters are well-done, and the sense of place--rural South Dakota--is distinct and vivid. I really liked it, and one of the things I liked was that the paranormal element was just weird and unsettling: it wasn't paint-by-numbers magic, and everything was not, in fact, explained by the end. I will happily read more by this writer.

Up next: Not sure. Maybe the newest St. Mary's novel, which just dropped onto my Kindle. The St. Mary's novels are a series of madcap time-travel stories by Jodi Taylor: sort of Connie Willis-light, with an entertainingly bullish redheaded historian as the narrator. They're far from brilliant, but they're pretty entertaining: the series so far has included Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl of Bothwell, dinosaurs, the burning of the library of Alexandria, and the Seige of Troy. If this is the sort of thing you like, you might like these.

*

In other news, I made these chili-cherry brownies tonight and they came out very tasty! NOM.

In other other news, I'm apparently on a rewatch of SG-1, as I watched two more episodes of Season 2 tonight. Including "Holiday", in which we learn that RDA was really crap at playing anyone other than O'Neill. Chris Judge, however, must have had a ball, being able to emote so much.

Happiness is --

Jul. 30th, 2014 11:25 pm
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-- realizing that your back is hurting horribly from having spent too much time in your desk chair this week, so picking up your laptop and moving to the hammock on your front porch.

(It's a balmy 72 degrees outside right now.)

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