viridian5: (Abel (No white knight))
[personal profile] viridian5
It's been hot and really humid here recently, and since my dad hasn't found the time yet to help me open up my wall and set up my air conditioner and I'm recovering from tendinitis in my shoulders, I've been relying on fans and suffering since my room gets really hot, especially at night. Although the rain didn't come down as badly as on Monday when it poured, what we got made the humidity plus the heat in my room impossible to handle and I was feeling restless, so I went out for a night drive, something I do less now that my old car is a bit... chancy. The transmission problems aren't anywhere near as bad as they were--strange as it may seem, avoiding parking it with the nose downward made a huge difference, though it makes finding spots harder since my neighborhood is very hilly--but a joint on the front passenger-side wheel is very worn and will require at least $380 to repair it so I'm driving less and more gingerly. After the highly and ridiculously dispiriting car hunt I did for two months last year, plus the high expenses and all the other bills I face, I haven't gone back to car shopping yet so I'm still limping along with my old car in addition to limping along with my ailing laptop.

Anyway, I was restless enough that I went out for a drive at 1 a.m. despite the rain. A new bridge, getting somewhat lost in the dark, a newly discovered bridge, a very wet New York City, and a lot of new buildings )

I survived and my car survived, I discovered parts of Queens I'd never been before though I didn't get to really see them (Russian fan friend who sent me some WK manga images years ago and asked me to identify the New York City places in them, the park I couldn't identify turned out to be Queensbridge Park. I'm sorry!), and I miss getting to see cool window displays.

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Jun. 25th, 2017 02:19 pm
thawrecka: (Mireille)
[personal profile] thawrecka
I said to a friend yesterday, I'm so committed to avoidance I'm even avoiding the things I was using to avoid the thing I'm meant to be doing. I'm meant to be writing a short book about recent films. And I enjoy writing about film, generally. But my brain keeps going... what if I leave it until later? Surely it will take no time to do this so I can write it all at whatever the last minute ends up being. Brain, no. And then it became, what if I re-sort the tags on my DW, to avoid browsing reddit, which was to avoid browsing tumblr, which was to avoid browsing plurk, which was to avoid reading blog posts, which was to avoid reading books, which was to avoid writing.

In other news I broke inspirobot:

Don't be a slave to yesterday's awkwardness, just laugh and be jolly.


It keeps giving me images that are actually inspirational.

Films watched this weekend:

The DUFF, a teen film which I am at least 15 years too old to appreciate. Every beat was thoroughly predictable, down to the inspirational speech at the end. The only difference between this and teen films of my youth is that this one has internet bullying instead of just ye olde fashioned bullying and a mean girl that wants to be a reality star. But literally everything else was generic American teen film about quirky white middle class girl who doesn't quite fit in & etc. etc.

La-La Land - I get the feeling that with this one the style is the substance. Beautiful use of colour and lighting and shot framing, for which we can thank Linus Sandgren who won the Academy Award. Gorgeous film to look at. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are reasonably good actors. But if you're casting a musical I think it might be a good idea to cast leads who can sing and dance at least better than I can, and I found much of the first two thirds of the film tedious.

Tedious white hipsters struggle with the idea that they might have to get grown up jobs and compromise by doing terrible things like actually promoting their work, sigh, but because it's a Hollywood film they end up with the dream jobs anyway. Gosling's character, Sebastian, was especially annoying. I found the scene where Mia was horrified to realise the band Sebastian had joined was playing fun music that people enjoyed especially eye-roll worthy. I believe it's meant to be at least in part an homage to musicals of the 50s, but instead of feeling like an homage it just felt regressive, uplifting white hetero mediocrity to some sacred thing. It never seems to quite know whether it wants to be Singing in the Rain or 500 Days of Summer, without the satire that livened up either.

I can see why my friend who liked it called it a three star film, though for me it was only a two star experience. Still, some of the sequences were enjoyable and I liked the parts John Legend was in.

writing goals :'(

Jun. 24th, 2017 07:38 pm
nanslice: ([sherlock] chiaroscuro)
[personal profile] nanslice
At the beginning of June, I made a goal of finishing three bingo cards/prompt tables. Guys, why did I do that??? Family visits + unexpectedly strong feelings about anniversaries this month = not writing nearly as much as I'd expected to. I mean, I've certainly written more than normal and managed to publish three fics this month! But that's not enough for my goals.

So new goal for the rest of this month: finish up my [community profile] fffc June special card. Hopefully if I try to make my fics more bite sized I'll actually manage to finish. ;3;

I don't know what I want to do for next month. Camp NaNo is a thing but I don't know if I really want to participate this year. At least not in any official capacity, haha. Maybe I'll do the same thing as I did this month and just shoot for blacking out a card. I have enough of them!

I did it! :D

Jun. 24th, 2017 02:02 pm
goss: (Jump!)
[personal profile] goss
Thanks to everyone for the support and suggestions in the last two posts. You guys gave me the push I needed to get this going. ^___^

Drawesome on DW
[community profile] drawesome: A Drawing Community for Fan-Artists



Also, thanks to [personal profile] mific for volunteering to co-mod the comm. :)

I have a little bit of free time this weekend to plan out some introductory activities. And then the next step will be to signal boost the comm. Exciting! *___*

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Jun. 24th, 2017 10:39 am
nestra: David Hewlett, resting his face on his hand. (sleepy Rodney)
[personal profile] nestra
I have had my main Yahoo account for almost 20 years, I think, and Yahoo is making themselves so irritating that I'm considering dumping it. Switching between multiple accounts has become complicated. They really want me to log in via my phone rather than in a browser (which I tried for two days, and no). I can't log in unless I turn off my ad blocker for that page.

I know it will be a pain to find some variation of "myname" at Gmail, and Google already owns a lot of my life, which I don't love. And oh my god, the maintenance I'd have to do to change everything to a new address. But I use my Yahoo email way too much to curse every time I use it.

Maybe I just need to get rid of my alternate accounts, and then I'd never need to worry about the login page. Hmm.

Anyway, yeah, that's my life. Except I did just get back from Europe (summary: fun time, also exhausting post-back surgery, no more southern Europe in summer). Now I have the mental room to get excited about my next trip to the UK in October! I've never been to Scotland, or to many other places in England except London, so I can't wait. Which means I should buy a plane ticket or something.

I'm about five weeks post-surgery, and everything is mostly fine. The scar tissue is tight and a little tender, which causes vague twinges of pain occasionally. The more irritating thing is the hamstring in my right leg, which has decided to tighten the hell up. I can't stand or walk for long periods, though if I sit down for just a minute or two, it kind of resets and I'm fine until it happens again.

I'm trying to be diligent with exercise, and if it doesn't get better, I see the surgeon again next month, and maybe it will be time for more physical therapy. But the surgery definitely fixed the problem it was meant to fix, and walking for short periods of time is certainly better than not walking at all.
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[personal profile] musesfool
So this week's AV Club Q&A is favorite one hit wonders (though certainly the definition of "one hit" is...elastic, and dependent in many cases on where you live), and more than a couple of songs I love got mentioned and then I ended up departing from that original premise and going on a youtube spiral of music from my teenage years, a lot of which I hadn't heard in decades probably (and some of which is still in regular rotation on my iPod, though I left out most of the usual suspects), but here are some gems:

- Let Me Go - Heaven 17
- Hit That Perfect Beat - Bronski Beat
- Don't Go - Yaz
- Love to Hate You - Erasure
- Obsession - Animotion
- West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
- Tenderness - General Public
- I Melt With You - Modern English
- Whisper to a Scream - Icicle Works
- Cruel Summer - Bananarama
- Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday
- Forever Young - Alphaville
- What Do All the People Know? - the Monroes
- Heart and Soul - T'Pau
- If You Leave - OMD
- Question of Lust - Depeche Mode
- The Promise - When In Rome
- True - Spandau Ballet
- Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
- No One Is to Blame - Howard Jones
- Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

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