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- A Fete Worse Than Death poster for amateur dramatics and, seen opposite on the verge, ding-dong the wellie is dead.

A Fete Worse Than Death poster for amateur dramatics, Worcestershire 04-17

Ding-dong the wellie is dead, Worcestershire 04-17

- Reading, books 2017: 34

14. Christopher and Columbus, by Elizabeth von Arnim, 1919, novel. The heroines are vacuous and spoiled 17 year old junkerbrats who can't even recognise their own possessions without a maid (both vacuousness and spoiledness being faults inflicted on the teenage girls by their parents, obv), and their selfish thoughtlessness leads to them carelessly ill-using the possessions of other people who aren't in an economic position to constantly replace stolen or damaged items such as hairpins and nail-scissors, so I didn't warm to them as protagonists despite the many amusing observational moments. (2/5 off to the charity shop)

• Because I always quote these examples of changing usages 1: It was terrible to see Uncle Arthur very nearly gay, and both his wife and the twins were most uncomfortable. "I wonder what's the matter now," sighed Aunt Alice to herself, as she nervously crumbled her toast.

• Hmm: they were more than ever convinced that nothing in the way of unfriendliness or unkindness could stand up against sun and oranges.

• "Young gurl, you may be a spiritualist, and a table-turner, and a psychic-rummager, and a ghost-fancier, and anything else you please, and get what comfort you can out of your coming backs and the rest of the blessed truck, but I know better. [...]"

• Because I always quote these examples of changing usages 2: Houses have their expressions, their distinctive faces, very much as people have, meditated Mr. Twist the morning of the opening, as he sat astride a green chair at the bottom of the little garden, where a hedge of sweetbriar beautifully separated the Twinkler domain from the rolling fields that lay between it and the Pacific, and stared at his handiwork; and the conclusion was forced upon him--reluctantly, for it was the last thing he had wanted The Open Arms to do--that the thing looked as if it were winking at him. / Positively, thought Mr. Twist, his hat on the back of his head, staring, that was what it seemed to be doing. How was that? He studied it profoundly, his head on one side. Was it that it was so very gay? He hadn't meant it to be gay like that.

• LOL widows: descriptions of the dreadfulness of the early days of widowhood, when one's crepe veil keeps on catching in everything - chairs, overhanging branches, and passers-by, including it appeared on one occasion a policeman.
[...]
The Chicago evening papers, prompt on the track of a sensation, had caused her friends much painful if only short-lived amazement by coming out with huge equivocal headlines:
WELL-KNOWN SOCIETY WIDOW AND POLICEMAN CAUGHT TOGETHER

18 is not enough

Apr. 27th, 2017 04:14 am
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Round two: I've seen nine of these ten artists live, which one is the lie?

REM
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Live
Weezer
Blues Traveler
They Might Be Giants
Sarah McLachlan
Loreena Mckennitt
Devotchka
Gogol Bordello

and an easy bonus: which one have I seen on the east coast and the west
coast?
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Underneath #toronto #bathurststreet #davenport #tunnel #night


Walking part of the way home tonight, heading south then west from St. Clair West, I passed by this mural on the rail underpass on Bathurst just north of Dupont.

Tumblr Meme #2

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:43 pm
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You can only say guilty or innocent. You are not allowed to explain anything unless someone messages you or asks you. Repost, don’t reblog!

Asked someone to marry you? Innocent
Kissed one of your friends? Innocent
Danced on a table in a bar or tavern? Innocent
Ever told a lie? Guilty
Had feelings for someone whom you can’t have? Guilty
Ever kissed someone of the opposite sex? Innocent
Ever kissed someone of the same sex? Innocent
Kissed a picture? Guilty
Slept in until 5pm? Guilty
Fallen asleep at work or school? Guilty
Held a snake? Guilty
Been suspended from school? Guilty
Stolen something? Guilty
Done something you regret? Guilty
Laughed until something you were drinking came out of your nose? Guilty
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Innocent
Kissed in the rain? Innocent
Sat on a roof top? Guilty
Sang in the shower? Guilty
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Guilty
Slept naked? Guilty
Made a boyfriend/girlfriend cry? Innocent
Been in a band? Guilty
Shot a gun? Guilty
Donated blood? Guilty
Eaten alligator meat? Innocent
Eaten cheesecake? Guilty
Still love someone you shouldn’t? Innocent
Have/had a tattoo? Innocent
Been too honest? Guilty
Ruined a surprise? Guilty
Ate in a restaurant and so really bloated that you can’t walk after? Innocent
Erased someone in your friends list? Guilty
Dressed in a man’s clothes? Guilty
Dressed in a woman’s clothes? Guilty
Joined a pageant? Innocent
Been told that you’re beautiful by someone who totally meant what they said? Guilty
Still have communication with your ex? Innocent
Cheated on someone? Innocent
Got totally drunk one night when you had an important exam the next morning? Innocent
A total stranger treated you by paying your fare? Innocent
Got so angry that you cried? Guilty
Tried to stay away from someone for their own good? Innocent
Actually murdered someone? Innocent
Thought about mass murder? Innocent
Actually committed a mass murder? Innocent
Rode in a stranger’s vehicle? Guilty
Stalked someone? Innocent
Had a girlfriend? Innocent
Had a boyfriend? Guilty
Totally drunk during a holiday? Innocent

10 concerts meme

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:14 am
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[personal profile] ironymaiden
ten artists, i have seen nine of them live. which one is the lie?

Weird Al Yankovic
The Police
Violent Femmes
Concrete Blonde
Leonard Cohen
Paul Simon
Tori Amos
Melissa Etheridge
Peter Gabriel
Florence+the Machine

bonus round: who have I seen twice?
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One of the bonuses of my profession is that every independent queer comics creator in the area seems to meet me at some point.  Which means I now have delightful access to some freaking FANTASTIC indy queer comics.  For someone who struggled finding queer material I liked as a teenager, I am in hog heaven.

So, time for a list!  In this case, my favorite indy queer comics. (Excluding porn, which gets its own list.) To simplify things for myself, I'm putting in some provisos: only one title per author, only series that are either complete or which I am sure will finish, only shit I own/read regularly, and only titles that are still legally findable.  Anyway, in no particular order here they are!  I hope other folks enjoy them and check them out!
COMICS! )

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:51 pm
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[personal profile] sage
Hill Country visit a list )

books More Commissario Brunetti )

dirt
I harvested some arugula and green beans to take with me. Nom!

(no subject)

Apr. 26th, 2017 05:41 pm
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 AMC renewed Into the Badlands for a third seasons almost simultaneously with NBC pulling Powerless from its schedule, with no date for the completed episodes that haven't aired yet, which pretty much means it was already cancelled.

Do I be happy or sad?  I can't tell.

Unfortunately, all the Freshman shows whose renewals I'm antsy about-Powerless, Timeless, and Emerald City-are NBC, and it doesn't look goof for any of them.

(no subject)

Apr. 26th, 2017 10:58 pm
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I accidentally clicked onto a news-site and saw some headlines before I could click off again. Too slow on the backbutton. My mental health just imploded, again.

Write Every Day 2017 - April Day 26

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:50 pm
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What happens when I steep in Sherlockiana for months: inevitably, of course I'll come up with a pastiche idea of my very own. What also apparently happens when I'm obsessed with Holmesian slash: I come up with a het idea. *headdesk* Really, brain? Why?

(It's a really nice idea, though. I may actually write it one day.)

Btw, we've found our host for May - many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland! We'll be continuing over at hers next month. :)

Today's writing:

Notes for the above, and about 150 words of dialogue. (And then I fell down the hyperlink abyss. I didn't even mean to do research, I was just quickly looking something up! But that's how it always goes, isn't it ...)

Tally:

Days 1 - 20 )

Day 21 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] afrozenflowerr, [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 14)
Day 22 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 14)
Day 23 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (9 out of 14)
Day 24 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] doctor_jehane, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [personal profile] ofmonstrouswords, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme, [livejournal.com profile] zippitgood (10 out of 14)
Day 25 (LJ | DW): [livejournal.com profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02, [livejournal.com profile] esteliel, [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland, [livejournal.com profile] navaan, [livejournal.com profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] ysilme (8 out of 14 so far)

Let me know if I missed anyone! And remember you can join in or drop in/out at any time. :)

"PRIDE AND PREJUDICE" (1980) Review

Apr. 26th, 2017 12:58 pm
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”PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” (1980) Review

As many fans of Jane Austen must know, there have been several screen and television adaptations of the author’s most celebrated novel, ”Pride and Prejudice”, published in 1813. I usually come across at least five of those versions – including the six-part BBC adaptation that aired in the U.S. in 1980. The miniseries was adapted by Fay Weldon and directed by Cyril Coke. Read more... )

Wednesday Reading Meme

Apr. 26th, 2017 03:39 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic (tr. Olena Bormashenko): The Strugatsky brothers have been on my to-read list for a long time, and this seems to be the only book of theirs in print in English; I think I would have preferred Monday Begins on Saturday. Anyway, if you want bleak Soviet SF about a world where the aliens came but didn't care about us and left their trash behind, I've got a book for you right here. It's about a group of "stalkers" who go into the Zone to pilfer said alien trash, an avocation which is occasionally deadly. And also, you know, what is intelligence, what is humanity, etc etc. And a lot of drinking. Really a lot of drinking. It was good, and the translation read very fluently, but I think maybe next time I'd like a book with more people and fewer faceless lonely murderous voids of existence.

What I'm Reading Now

Black Panther #13, Infamous Iron Man #7, Mighty Captain Marvel #4, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #18, Ultimates 2 #6, X-Men Blue #2, X-Men Gold #2 )

What I'm Reading Next

Dunno.

mm okay then

Apr. 26th, 2017 01:18 pm
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AMAZON... JUST DEBUT A FUCKING FASHION ASSISTANT "SMART CAMERA".

this is the apple watch of amazon. except i get that people will buy the dumb apple watch. why???

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:47 am
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Missed this last week because I was too embarrassed to admit that I was still plodding through the 1812 book.

What I Just Finished Reading
Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner
Another enjoyable outing, though the plot of this one didn't grab me as much as the first two. I enjoyed the new PoV character and liked meeting her and her family, and watching their relationship with Penric and Des grow. Penric is frankly getting a little over powered at this point. There doesn't really seem to be much he can't do, as long as he can figure it out. Still, I love Des, and the stories continue to be light and funny.


Terror in the Starboard Seat by Dave McIntosh
(Memoirs of an RCAF Mosquito navigator in WWII, who very much wanted to survive the war and go home, while his Jewish-American pilot wanted to kill as many Nazis as he possibly could.)

Highly entertaining, which makes the tragic parts even more of a punch. Both the author and his pilot never seem to miss a chance to tell a joke at each other's (and their own) expense. For all that McIntosh played up the battle to stay out of the line of fire while his pilot put them in it, they seemed to work pretty well together. The accounts of base life and interactions with the other pilots and the English were probably the funniest parts.


Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann, narrated by Christopher Lane
This ended up being something of a guilty pleasure. The style is way over the top and pulpy that I expected it to have been written in the early '50s, but that in itself circled back around to being charming despite itself. I don't know enough about the period to claim authorial bias one way or another, but all the characters were well introduced and easy to follow. Likewise I have no idea if the mystery solution is plausible, but the case was well made. I need to read more silent-era Hollywood books.


Tecumseh and Brock: The War of 1812 by James Laxer
It certainly a decent outline of the war, and I appreciated that it had more focus on the native American storyline than a lot of books do. However since both the title characters died very early in the war, it somewhat floundered for a theme in the latter third. (It eventually settled on minimizing American accomplishments, in a charmingly chippy way.)


The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
Still 100% soapy nonsense, still pretty fun, still needs more lesbians. Got pretty melodramatic at the end there. I don't see why love triangles never seem to end in threesomes.


What I'm Reading Now
Library: A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby with Mary Louisa Plummer. Um. Yeah. HOLY FUCK THIS WOMAN'S CHILDHOOD.
Audio: The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's read by Chris Lee, which is pretty much all you need to know.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably a book about North Korea from the library. Not sure on audiobook.

The Weirdest Jack And The Beanstalk

Apr. 26th, 2017 10:23 am
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From The Nostalgia Critic: The Weirdest Jack And The Beanstalk. It’s just a bit over 15 minutes, without all the usual skits that he's done lately with his reviews.

I watched that movie when I was 2 or 3 in the 1980’s; I'm just surprised someone else knows about it, since very few people I have encountered ever have. Right around that same time, I discovered both Unico movies. And around that same time was The Little Mermaid (also anime; this one, not another from the same time frame) and The Last Unicorn (which wasn’t as surreal as the others). Is it any wonder I am the way I am, and go for the darker (and possibly on the weirder side) fairy tale stuff?

(It explains a lot. Granted, back then I sort of liked the evil Hecuba from that version of Jack And The Beanstalk, and found Jack to be the weird one.)

Meanwhile, checking on the poll in the previous locked (only on Dreamwidth) post: So far, it’s at a tie between people just wanting to vote, and people in favor of a Gothic Horror/Romance community; second place is do both. I forgot to mention that the poll will continue through Saturday evening.

Memory flash

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:01 pm
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Smoked ham hock was the stock I used. Onion and celery were in it too. Still not sure on the tomato portion or the bulking though. Possibly carrots?  Is anyone reading? Does any of this sound right?

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