30 Day Music Meme - Day 22

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:33 pm
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22 - a song that moves you forward
  The Thermals – Pillar of Salt
  I don't know what "a song that moves you forward" is, but I love this track and it doesn't matter where I am, I cannot sit still when I listen to it.


Carry on, wayward daughters

Jun. 22nd, 2017 10:05 am
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Just when you were starting to doubt that this is a great time to be alive, it looks like we might be getting that Wayward Daughters spinoff after all. (Although a different site said it would be called Wayward Sisters? Pfft. You're missing the point, guys.)

They are literally so adorable I cannot stand it.

And this made me think. J2 have talked about sticking with Supernatural for "at least 300 episodes," which sounds like the 300th ep could be some kind of endpoint in their minds. And if I remember right, they'll hit this milestone in season 14? Does that sound right? (Yeah, I know, I could do the math myself, but I'm not going to.)

Anyway. Not that I want the guys to leave, but they have kids and lives and they're not going to want to split their time between Austin and Vancouver forever. But what if this is a way for them to ease out of a full-time show without leaving us altogether? What if Sam and Dean semi-retire from hunting and become advisors, Bobby Singer-style, to the Wayward Daughters? What if they just show up on a few episodes a year?

Or, even better, what if they show up on every episode, just in one brief scene? What if every episode includes a call to or from the Winchesters? The Js could film it in Austin, so they'd never have to go back to Canada. They'd only need a tiny crew. Jensen could direct. Jared could do his own hair. It'd be perfect.

I have an entire tag on Tumblr called 'please let jared style sam's hair." It is a good tag.

In fact, what if some episodes start with the boys calling the girls about a case, like Charlie's Angels? And Dean would be all, "Angels, we heard about a bunch of exsanguinations in Des Moines" and Sam would roll his eyes but would also be not-quite-so-secretly amused and Dean would get a kick out of himself. I like it.

Hello angels; this is Dean.

And furthermore, what if this phone call always shows the guys in a close-up, and when they end the call, the camera pulls back and you see that they're up to something crazy or interesting or just plain sexy in their retirement? Like shirtless deep-sea fishing or yoga (in tank tops) or rock climbing (in shorts) or getting hot stone massages (wearing nothing but tiny towels) or walking the red carpet (in tuxedos) or oh! Imagine them saying "good luck, ladies" and they hang up and the camera pulls back, way back, and it's sunset and they're on the rim of the Grand Canyon?!

Yeah, I need this.

(here's another interesting story about the spinoff.)

New h/c bingo card!

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:44 am
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I'm almost certainly going to sign up for [community profile] rarepairfest, once I finish getting my signup written. Probably with Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, and ... I'm still figuring out a third one that sounds fun. Supergirl? White Collar?

I have also acquired an h/c bingo card! This is round 8, which means it's been going on for 8 years (omfg!). And I've been doing it almost every year. I think there was a year in there I didn't do it, and there have definitely been years I haven't completed a bingo (and one year I blacked out my card - though admittedly it took me 'til the amnesty period to do it), but in general, I really look forward to getting each year's card. So here is this year's.

2017 h/c bingo card )

What Am I Reading Wednesday - June 21

Jun. 21st, 2017 09:25 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

The Windfall – Diksa Basu
I very much enjoyed this book. It resembles Austen in its gentle parodying of social mores and its characters' concern for status and material wealth, but also Shakespeare in the way the characters' desires and motivations are at cross-purposes to one another, with everyone misunderstanding everyone else's intentions, often to amusing consequences. In the end, Basu opted to keep things realistic, so there's no neat resolution to the novel's many plotlines, such as one would find at the end of an actual Shakespearean comedy. (And I'm not sure such a conclusion would have served the book better.) This one is fun and definitely deserving of a read.

What I Am Currently Reading

Buddhist Economics – Clair Brown
I'm supposed to have this finished for a book club on Saturday, and I just cracked it open. Heh-heh.

A Curious Mind – Brian Grazer & Charles Fishman
Brian Glazer has produced tons of well-known movies, although I had no idea who he was before I started reading this book. Basically, the guy seeks out talented and interesting people to have short conversations with, which he credits with sparking many of the ideas for his films. It's an interesting concept, and Glazer's narrative is largely free of ego, but it does suffer somewhat for his attempt to redefine everything (courage, civility, grit, you name it) as curiousity.

Tarot 101 – Kim Huggens
There's plenty of “look at the card and let your intuition tell you what it means” wishy-washiness here, but Huggens' grouping of the Major Arcana by archetype versus numerical order is refreshing. I'll be interested to see how she handles the Minors.

The Souls of China – Ian Johnson
Still truckin'.

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom – John Pomfret
Still truckin'.

Deathless – Catheryne Valente
I lost steam on this one during part 3, but happily it picked up in the final chapter and now we are back in business. I've said this every week, but Valente's language is beautiful and sounds exactly like a fairy tale should. This week's chapters in particular have contained some gorgeously stark imagery.

What I'm Reading Next

The Essex Serpent, and I am very excited about it.


30 Day Music Meme - Day 21

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:11 pm
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21 - a favourite song with a person's name in the title
  The Pillows – Kim Deal
  The best song ever written, ever. After nearly two decades it still makes me incandescently happy whenever I listen to it.

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Midsummer night

Jun. 21st, 2017 02:23 am
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Still awake at 2 a.m., and I happened to look out the window and notice the sky in the north was really beautiful, in that odd intersection of dusk and dawn that happens when there's only an hour or two between sunset and sunrise. So I had to run out and take some pictures. This is 2 a.m. on the summer solstice, just south of the Arctic Circle.

Pictures under the cut )

30 Day Music Meme - Day 20

Jun. 20th, 2017 05:35 pm
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20 - a song that has many meanings for you
  Fever Ray – Seven
  Rather than saying this song has many meanings, I would say there's no possible way to convey this song's meaning aside from through this song itself.


Dreaming of a Swedish Midsummer

Jun. 20th, 2017 09:30 pm
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Midsummer. A wonderful time in Sweden, when the nights are short and light and the days are long and balmy and you can go for twilit midnight walks or just wait a couple of hours for a 3.30am sunrise around where I used to live.

Of course here in the UK seasons seem to matter slightly less - or maybe I'm just less attuned to the local signifiers? (Strawberries and cream I get! And music festivals.) There's definitively no Midsummer holidays and long slow summer where most people take weeks (or months) off and many businesses wind down to run on a skeleton crew.

Speaking of Sweden: I just submitted my first Swedish job application since leaving the country in 2012! We still don't know when/if we will get a visa for Skuld, but it's been almost a year since we applied, and it's time to start actually planning for the big move there. Which includes trying to maybe have a job lined up. (Having a job lined up would also possibly help us appeal any denial of visa based on me not living & working in Sweden as I'm currently living & working with my non-Swedish spouse...) I've got my eye on another position, but see above re: skeleton crew and businesses winding down for the summer. Due to all that, their application deadline is August 1st, so I'm not in any hurry.

But yeah, with a bit of luck we can celebrate next Midsummer the way it was supposed to be done: by enjoying the company of family and friends and all the beauties nature has to offer at this the brightest time of year.

Like a Midsummer's Night

30 Day Music Meme - Days 19

Jun. 19th, 2017 08:13 pm
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19 - a song that makes you think about life
  Talking Heads - Heaven
  This song is a finger pointing at the moon.


30 Day Music Meme - Days 18

Jun. 18th, 2017 08:32 pm
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18 - a song from the year you were born
  Lucky Pierre – Into My Arms
  This man is the most talented singer/songwriter there is. It's a crime that so few people know him.


30 Day Music Meme - Day 17

Jun. 17th, 2017 09:35 pm
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Am just back from day two of Awesome Con, which has absolutely lived up to its name. More on this tomorrow. In the meantime, have a song.

17 - a song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke
  Roxette – Dangerous
  I've done The Look but for some reason the Japanese karaoke boxes never had this one, even though they should have.


On top of on top of on top of

Jun. 17th, 2017 11:40 am
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This month you guys.

It's been a normal month with everyday life for me and my wife and my cats. But this country's seen two terrorist attacks, one really stupid general election with ensuing political chaos, and one absolutely nightmarish disaster brought on by greedy businesses and greedy politicians. On top of that this week it is the 1-year anniversary of Jo Cox' murder (by a white supremacist terrorist) and the Pulse shootings both.

And on top of that Brexit negotiations were supposed to start on Monday (1-year anniversary of that particular mess coming up next week) but nobody knows who's in charge or what Brexit even means right now.

And on top of all that this weekend is going to be the hottest of the year, and we have no garden and no greenspace by our house and the sea is a stressful hour's drive away (but we have no car) oh and also London is a powderkeg of grief and anger and protests that could so very easily turn into more.

Oh and the US is doing great, too.

All of that and just existing in proximity to all of this feels exhausting and disorienting. I haven't had words for anything - what could someone like me say about all of this except that it's terrible and tragic? I haven't even had the ability to focus on others' words - after tearing through books at a breakneck pace, I've hit a wall where I'm unable to do reading right now.

I've found a bit of an outlet in Instagram (of course I got hooked the moment I tried it - there's a reason I've been avoiding it), in the expressive wordlessness of photos, my own and others. And in just... looking at lots of beautiful places and adorable cats and wallow in nostalgia (Instagram has people posting snapshots from all the places I've lived in Japan) and cuteness.

But mostly I'm just feeling drained and dull, and I imagine that's a comparatively good way to feel with the week we've had here.

30 Day Music Meme - Day 16

Jun. 16th, 2017 06:56 pm
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16 - one of your favourite classical songs
  Paddy Glackin & Michael O Domhnaill - Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
  I love slip jigs the best of all forms of traditional Irish music, and I love Elizabeth Kelly's Delight the best of all slip jigs. It was the first tune I taught myself to play by ear because at 12 years old all I had was a cassette tape of The Chieftains' 8, with no liner notes, that merely called this "The Session" and lumped it in with two other tunes, and I thought it was all one thing and could find nothing like it in any of my sheet music books BUT I WAS GOING TO PLAY THIS TUNE MYSELF NO MATTER WHAT IT TOOK.

And I love this rendition of Elizabeth Kelly's Delight the best of all versions. Fifteen years ago I went into a used record store recommended by a coworker as having "a lot of Celtic stuff" and asked to be shown their Irish music section. All the place had was this CD. The owner put it on the stereo for me and I bought it 10 seconds in. When I took it home and discovered at the minute twenty-six mark that there's a double jig version of Elizabeth Kelly's too? MIND. BLOWN.


30 Day Music Meme - Day 15

Jun. 15th, 2017 10:05 pm
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15 - a song that is a cover by another artist
  Le Butcherettes – Wrecking Ball
   Teri Gender Bender is the second coming of PJ Harvey (and my future wife!). Here she shows Mylie how it's done.


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