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Yesterday, being my birthday, was pretty darn good as such things go. I got to sleep in and refuse to feel guilty about it, and spent my afternoon puttering on the internet catching up on many of my regular comics and stories guiltlessly. I also practiced mandolin quite happily - I'm regaining some of my calluses, but I need to keep it up.

Then we went and picked up Colin's birthday present - I'd got three of our pictures framed. particularly our print of this work by Chris Quilliams (for those who don't know, Colin and Élise were the original models, though Colin has more hair and less evil, and Élise has the usual number of eyes).

Also, another of Chris's works, this one, which, let's just say Colin didn't know we owned it until then.

After which we went to my dinner. It turned out [livejournal.com profile] bighairyviking couldn't make it due to illness, and Brannie couldn't for an abcessed tooth, but those of us who did mostly enjoyed it. We then went back to our place to show off the new floors, watch the first two episodes of the new Futurama series, and introduce [livejournal.com profile] vilashna and her fiance to the Middleman, which they'd never seen.

At which point, abacchus left us to change to go to a goth/vampire night at a local club. And I decided that, much as I like the Middleman, I've seen the pilot at least three previous times, and I felt like going dancing. So I dressed up in a slinky black outfit (velveteen top and floor length skirt) with a large silver cross and a nice choker, and left to a smattering of compliments (Yay).

We discovered that they'd pretty much JUST sprayed for mosquitoes, so I was rather glad that the club was a pretty short walk. We could still smell it on the way home, and on our brief foray to the patio to cool down adn get a bit less volume, but a lot less than we did on the walk there.

The club had two dance floors; small and loud, and large and HORRENDOUSLY loud. We stuck to the smaller one, which also had better DJs to my ear. I'm not much for most techno for listening, but it works pretty well for dancing, although I do prefer those who split it into distinctive song-stretches to those who just do what I think of as soundscaping, because with more distinct pieces, you can change styles of dance, or at least particular moves, more often.

We saw a few people one or both of us knew, and some very striking others; I rather liked the girl in what i think of as a goth pixie outfit (corset and very short pixie-like skirt - also long black hair and geek glasses.) who was playing with a baton on the end of an invisible wire, which she manipulated with some skill, so that it circled all around her as she danced. And a girl in a pair of tights with all the stitch-marks of a pair of jeans (Like mock pickets and seams) and the figure to pull of tight tights; wasp waisted but very curvaceous. Whoa. Colin would have been right with me in thinking she was the hottest one there, although there was eye candy of both genders.

Today was archery, which would have been better if the range were less humid, and a Heather Dale concert in the evening. Decadent Dave Clement was the opening act, and he shone very well himself. (He also had the brand new Dandelion Wine CD - which was at the time of recording him and Tom Jeffers, and is therefore probably their last CD together, as Tom is now in Toronto - available in Winnipeg for the first time. Colin was nice to me and let me pounce on it. It has versions of Crazy Man Michael, Merlin, and Solar Flare, among others, so I'm happy. The only way it would please me more is if it had the Highwayman, but the track list is pretty pleasing in every other way.)

Heather did as fabulously as ever; her live version of Gawain and the Green Knight has her doing a chameleon act and turning to every character in turn again. She has a strong command of her body as well as her voice, but because she hasn't done many songs with more than one character in them live for some time (Decadent Dave tried to ask for the Trial of Lancelot as an encore, but she said she wasn't sure she had the energy) it isn't as evident, if she's doing only one person per song. Though Joan came through clear.

Ben didn't speak up as much as he sometimes does, and the drummer didn't do much but drum, though he added some nice new touches to the arrangements.

Heather also described her new intended project, which is to collect her Arthurian material together and re-record new versions of the lot as one album. Since her arrangements of many of them have changed drastically since the originals (She does Mordred's Lullaby fully unaccompanied these days, and the last time I heard Prydwen, it was also very stripped) this could be delightful.

Then it was home, where Colin discovered the cork had half-popped from one of our bottles of mead (Ceddwyn's, not M's or Bearaich's). Half because it was on a very short shelf, and it hit the ceiling. certainly, the mead, which is champagne style, was still fizzy. It was also a bit dry, so we had it with a splash of grape juice, and OMG YUM.

So. Good weekend so far. Tomorrow is the choir party. All I still need to do tonight is get some writing in.
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Yesterday, being my birthday, was pretty darn good as such things go. I got to sleep in and refuse to feel guilty about it, and spent my afternoon puttering on the internet catching up on many of my regular comics and stories guiltlessly. I also practiced mandolin quite happily - I'm regaining some of my calluses, but I need to keep it up.

Then we went and picked up Colin's birthday present - I'd got three of our pictures framed. particularly our print of this work by Chris Quilliams (for those who don't know, Colin and Élise were the original models, though Colin has more hair and less evil, and Élise has the usual number of eyes).

Also, another of Chris's works, this one, which, let's just say Colin didn't know we owned it until then.

After which we went to my dinner. It turned out [livejournal.com profile] bighairyviking couldn't make it due to illness, and Brannie couldn't for an abcessed tooth, but those of us who did mostly enjoyed it. We then went back to our place to show off the new floors, watch the first two episodes of the new Futurama series, and introduce [livejournal.com profile] vilashna and her fiance to the Middleman, which they'd never seen.

At which point, abacchus left us to change to go to a goth/vampire night at a local club. And I decided that, much as I like the Middleman, I've seen the pilot at least three previous times, and I felt like going dancing. So I dressed up in a slinky black outfit (velveteen top and floor length skirt) with a large silver cross and a nice choker, and left to a smattering of compliments (Yay).

We discovered that they'd pretty much JUST sprayed for mosquitoes, so I was rather glad that the club was a pretty short walk. We could still smell it on the way home, and on our brief foray to the patio to cool down adn get a bit less volume, but a lot less than we did on the walk there.

The club had two dance floors; small and loud, and large and HORRENDOUSLY loud. We stuck to the smaller one, which also had better DJs to my ear. I'm not much for most techno for listening, but it works pretty well for dancing, although I do prefer those who split it into distinctive song-stretches to those who just do what I think of as soundscaping, because with more distinct pieces, you can change styles of dance, or at least particular moves, more often.

We saw a few people one or both of us knew, and some very striking others; I rather liked the girl in what i think of as a goth pixie outfit (corset and very short pixie-like skirt - also long black hair and geek glasses.) who was playing with a baton on the end of an invisible wire, which she manipulated with some skill, so that it circled all around her as she danced. And a girl in a pair of tights with all the stitch-marks of a pair of jeans (Like mock pickets and seams) and the figure to pull of tight tights; wasp waisted but very curvaceous. Whoa. Colin would have been right with me in thinking she was the hottest one there, although there was eye candy of both genders.

Today was archery, which would have been better if the range were less humid, and a Heather Dale concert in the evening. Decadent Dave Clement was the opening act, and he shone very well himself. (He also had the brand new Dandelion Wine CD - which was at the time of recording him and Tom Jeffers, and is therefore probably their last CD together, as Tom is now in Toronto - available in Winnipeg for the first time. Colin was nice to me and let me pounce on it. It has versions of Crazy Man Michael, Merlin, and Solar Flare, among others, so I'm happy. The only way it would please me more is if it had the Highwayman, but the track list is pretty pleasing in every other way.)

Heather did as fabulously as ever; her live version of Gawain and the Green Knight has her doing a chameleon act and turning to every character in turn again. She has a strong command of her body as well as her voice, but because she hasn't done many songs with more than one character in them live for some time (Decadent Dave tried to ask for the Trial of Lancelot as an encore, but she said she wasn't sure she had the energy) it isn't as evident, if she's doing only one person per song. Though Joan came through clear.

Ben didn't speak up as much as he sometimes does, and the drummer didn't do much but drum, though he added some nice new touches to the arrangements.

Heather also described her new intended project, which is to collect her Arthurian material together and re-record new versions of the lot as one album. Since her arrangements of many of them have changed drastically since the originals (She does Mordred's Lullaby fully unaccompanied these days, and the last time I heard Prydwen, it was also very stripped) this could be delightful.

Then it was home, where Colin discovered the cork had half-popped from one of our bottles of mead (Ceddwyn's, not M's or Bearaich's). Half because it was on a very short shelf, and it hit the ceiling. certainly, the mead, which is champagne style, was still fizzy. It was also a bit dry, so we had it with a splash of grape juice, and OMG YUM.

So. Good weekend so far. Tomorrow is the choir party. All I still need to do tonight is get some writing in.
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A theory for present buying without a list:

If a person has one CD (or one book, or DVD) by a given artist (Or actor, or director, or other obvious connected streak), especially if it's a "best of" cd/collection, there is ZERO guarantee they want any more by that artist. No guarantee they won't, either, but without further information, you're taking a really serious chance.

If a person has two or three books/cd/dvds, then it's a fair bet they like the artist enough to accept more. And if said artist is prolific at all, it allows for a fair chance you can find one they don't have.

If a person has more than three cds/books, especially if they cite the relevant artist as a huge favourite, then unless something new has JUST come out, or they've complained about the ones they don't have in front of you, it's usually really risky to try and get them more by the same. (This one irks me in movies and tv shows and romance novels; Someone says how much they love X band, and the wannabe SO or friend buys them a "best of" or a well-known not-new album by that group. I *always* think "they're going to have it, you dork." And if they don't, which is most of the time, and there isn't a good in-plot reason for it, then I roll my eyes and lose some of my suspension of disbelief.)

This theory does need to be adjusted for certain relative conditions; how much a person re-reads books/re-watches movies/listens to music in the first place, how much of a collector the person is, how much they trade in stuff they don't like, how much they use resources like cable, libraries, online sources, and MP3 downloads, instead of more concrete and present formats. (This is why I let Connie Willis get away with one of the characters in one of her Christmas stories get away with not already having Miracle on 34th Street; because it's on every year on some channel or another, and the person wasn't painted as the kind of movie collector Colin is.) But it usually gives some clues.

And of course, actual possession of a wish list or a list of already-owned things cuts some of the outliers.
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A theory for present buying without a list:

If a person has one CD (or one book, or DVD) by a given artist (Or actor, or director, or other obvious connected streak), especially if it's a "best of" cd/collection, there is ZERO guarantee they want any more by that artist. No guarantee they won't, either, but without further information, you're taking a really serious chance.

If a person has two or three books/cd/dvds, then it's a fair bet they like the artist enough to accept more. And if said artist is prolific at all, it allows for a fair chance you can find one they don't have.

If a person has more than three cds/books, especially if they cite the relevant artist as a huge favourite, then unless something new has JUST come out, or they've complained about the ones they don't have in front of you, it's usually really risky to try and get them more by the same. (This one irks me in movies and tv shows and romance novels; Someone says how much they love X band, and the wannabe SO or friend buys them a "best of" or a well-known not-new album by that group. I *always* think "they're going to have it, you dork." And if they don't, which is most of the time, and there isn't a good in-plot reason for it, then I roll my eyes and lose some of my suspension of disbelief.)

This theory does need to be adjusted for certain relative conditions; how much a person re-reads books/re-watches movies/listens to music in the first place, how much of a collector the person is, how much they trade in stuff they don't like, how much they use resources like cable, libraries, online sources, and MP3 downloads, instead of more concrete and present formats. (This is why I let Connie Willis get away with one of the characters in one of her Christmas stories get away with not already having Miracle on 34th Street; because it's on every year on some channel or another, and the person wasn't painted as the kind of movie collector Colin is.) But it usually gives some clues.

And of course, actual possession of a wish list or a list of already-owned things cuts some of the outliers.
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Because it's important, I'll start with:

The Polar Opposite of Happy:

SF Author Beaten at US Border.

He was stopped coming back to Canada, a time when we're normally not searched. he was beaten, detained in prison, charged with assault, had his vehicle and property impounded, and was let go back into Canada. Walking. In Shirtsleeves. In DECEMBER. (ETA, he was left right near Canada Customs, from whence he could make a call and get a lift home from friends, not made to walk the whole way. But he still doesn't have his coat back. Still, this isn't the attempted murder it sounds like, just a nasty ongoing malice to add to the immediate and temporary ones.)

All for the crime of getting out and asking why he was detained.

I'm with Jo Walton: some people have said maybe he should have been meeker, quieter, or in her words, cringed more, but, also in her worlds, "Is that the world you want to live in?"
______________________



Happy One: While most recent, highest in priority, because for me, it was important.

Today was a homebody day, and my practical accomplishments include:
1600 words on Merlin's Dive and about 1100 on the Serpent Prince. (Plus, in the latter case, significant editing.) I think it's the latter I'll be continuing for now, but the former got me unjammed enough to try it.

Merlin's Dive seems to want to be first person. While I worried that this may be influenced by its proximity to the Serpent Prince, I was thinking and planning scenes while I loaded laundry, and realized I was thinking "i" and not "she", and that was before I dug into Serpent today. I think it will make the dialogue and descriptions notably less clunky.


Happy two: Wednesday, after a dental appointment that lasted barely twenty minutes (to redo a surface filling), I paused for a busker between errands downtown, because he was playing a round-back mandolin, and ended up in quite a long pleasant conversation about all sorts of stuff musical and otherwise. Though he wouldn't let me give him money. Also, started Christmas shopping. I like Christmas shopping. it doesn't feel greedy, because it isn't generally for me. (Although I found Sting's Christmas CD used for slightly cheap even for used, and it sounds pretty good. Maybe slightly quiet and strange if you're expecting something like his pop stuff, but I looked at the track list and expected the quiet and quasi-renaissancesque effects. Though Jeff said it's played a lot at Starbucks', I don't frequent them often enough to have noticed.)

Happy Three: Yesterday, Iulianna invited a whole pile of female friends over for cookie-baking. This didn't quite work out as planned; exactly two of us girls showed up for any length of time (Two others stopped by long enough to say hi, really). Also, she'd sketched out a nativity scene in black lines of mock-stained glass for Christmas, and her houseguest, Tomaas, was painting in the colour when I arrived. So I joined him for a bit. Then, after we had got to cookie-baking, I invited my brother and husband over from my place to hang out, so we'd have pleny of company. And one other male friend stopped by. So, not so much of a girl's night when we were outnumbered, but a good evening was had, and the windows grew more colourful, and shortbread and other good stuff was made, and samosas were eaten, though I might almost have forgotten supper in the midst.
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Because it's important, I'll start with:

The Polar Opposite of Happy:

SF Author Beaten at US Border.

He was stopped coming back to Canada, a time when we're normally not searched. he was beaten, detained in prison, charged with assault, had his vehicle and property impounded, and was let go back into Canada. Walking. In Shirtsleeves. In DECEMBER. (ETA, he was left right near Canada Customs, from whence he could make a call and get a lift home from friends, not made to walk the whole way. But he still doesn't have his coat back. Still, this isn't the attempted murder it sounds like, just a nasty ongoing malice to add to the immediate and temporary ones.)

All for the crime of getting out and asking why he was detained.

I'm with Jo Walton: some people have said maybe he should have been meeker, quieter, or in her words, cringed more, but, also in her worlds, "Is that the world you want to live in?"
______________________



Happy One: While most recent, highest in priority, because for me, it was important.

Today was a homebody day, and my practical accomplishments include:
1600 words on Merlin's Dive and about 1100 on the Serpent Prince. (Plus, in the latter case, significant editing.) I think it's the latter I'll be continuing for now, but the former got me unjammed enough to try it.

Merlin's Dive seems to want to be first person. While I worried that this may be influenced by its proximity to the Serpent Prince, I was thinking and planning scenes while I loaded laundry, and realized I was thinking "i" and not "she", and that was before I dug into Serpent today. I think it will make the dialogue and descriptions notably less clunky.


Happy two: Wednesday, after a dental appointment that lasted barely twenty minutes (to redo a surface filling), I paused for a busker between errands downtown, because he was playing a round-back mandolin, and ended up in quite a long pleasant conversation about all sorts of stuff musical and otherwise. Though he wouldn't let me give him money. Also, started Christmas shopping. I like Christmas shopping. it doesn't feel greedy, because it isn't generally for me. (Although I found Sting's Christmas CD used for slightly cheap even for used, and it sounds pretty good. Maybe slightly quiet and strange if you're expecting something like his pop stuff, but I looked at the track list and expected the quiet and quasi-renaissancesque effects. Though Jeff said it's played a lot at Starbucks', I don't frequent them often enough to have noticed.)

Happy Three: Yesterday, Iulianna invited a whole pile of female friends over for cookie-baking. This didn't quite work out as planned; exactly two of us girls showed up for any length of time (Two others stopped by long enough to say hi, really). Also, she'd sketched out a nativity scene in black lines of mock-stained glass for Christmas, and her houseguest, Tomaas, was painting in the colour when I arrived. So I joined him for a bit. Then, after we had got to cookie-baking, I invited my brother and husband over from my place to hang out, so we'd have pleny of company. And one other male friend stopped by. So, not so much of a girl's night when we were outnumbered, but a good evening was had, and the windows grew more colourful, and shortbread and other good stuff was made, and samosas were eaten, though I might almost have forgotten supper in the midst.

STUFF!

Aug. 28th, 2009 05:29 pm
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Mom just returned me a pair of CDs and a VHS tape that one of her coworkers borrowed. To which Colin said, "Yeah, like you needed the tape back anytime soon."

He's right. We currently have two not-really-working VCRs. (One was only making odd clicking noises while playing, and if I'm desperate, and can find the converter cord I'm missing, I could link it up in my study and see if it will fix itself - sometimes, when you really want to see a movie, you'll put up with amazing things.)

However, besides that, between him and me, I've replaced a lot of my old VHS tapes with DVD copies. So, free to anyone who asks and does have a VCR (Even, note, if they're currently in Alberta and would have to wait until Christmas.), are the following tapes:

The Secret of Roan Inish (One of my favourite movies ever.)
Ladyhawke
Jim Henson's Storyteller - two tapes of two eps each.
Best of the Muppet Show: Mark Hamill, Paul Simon, Raquel Welch
Best of the Muppet Show: Peter Sellers, John Cleese, Dudley Moore

Ever After
The Princess Bride
Kiki's Delivery Service - Subtitled version.
The Secret Garden - 1993 version
The Muppet Movie
The Last Unicorn
Black Adder II part 2 (Money, Beer, Chains)
Legend
Titan AE
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Dogma
Clerks (Not in its own case)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Lion in Winter
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Galaxy Quest
Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers, extended edition.

ADDED:
Shadowlands
Good Will Hunting
Gods and Monsters
American Beauty
Wings of Desire
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Lilies
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Little Mermaid


Some of these movies slightly embarrass me to own (Okay. Legend Does. Especially buying it in both formats. It's not like I didn't know.)

Tapes being as they are (Things where sound and video both deteriorate even when left alone), I can't perfectly guarantee quality, but all of them played for me the last time I tried.

Strictly speaking, i could probably offer up the whole lot of my tapes the same way; I mean, with no working VCR, aren't they mostly taking up shelf space? But then again, I have, when particularly craving certain movies, gone to a friend's with them, or had a friend bring a VCR.

ETA: The movies added are ones I don't own a new copy of, but feel that realistically, I am unlikely to want to watch again so badly I'll borrow a VCR to do it.

STUFF!

Aug. 28th, 2009 05:29 pm
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Mom just returned me a pair of CDs and a VHS tape that one of her coworkers borrowed. To which Colin said, "Yeah, like you needed the tape back anytime soon."

He's right. We currently have two not-really-working VCRs. (One was only making odd clicking noises while playing, and if I'm desperate, and can find the converter cord I'm missing, I could link it up in my study and see if it will fix itself - sometimes, when you really want to see a movie, you'll put up with amazing things.)

However, besides that, between him and me, I've replaced a lot of my old VHS tapes with DVD copies. So, free to anyone who asks and does have a VCR (Even, note, if they're currently in Alberta and would have to wait until Christmas.), are the following tapes:

The Secret of Roan Inish (One of my favourite movies ever.)
Ladyhawke
Jim Henson's Storyteller - two tapes of two eps each.
Best of the Muppet Show: Mark Hamill, Paul Simon, Raquel Welch
Best of the Muppet Show: Peter Sellers, John Cleese, Dudley Moore

Ever After
The Princess Bride
Kiki's Delivery Service - Subtitled version.
The Secret Garden - 1993 version
The Muppet Movie
The Last Unicorn
Black Adder II part 2 (Money, Beer, Chains)
Legend
Titan AE
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Dogma
Clerks (Not in its own case)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Lion in Winter
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Galaxy Quest
Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers, extended edition.

ADDED:
Shadowlands
Good Will Hunting
Gods and Monsters
American Beauty
Wings of Desire
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Lilies
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Little Mermaid


Some of these movies slightly embarrass me to own (Okay. Legend Does. Especially buying it in both formats. It's not like I didn't know.)

Tapes being as they are (Things where sound and video both deteriorate even when left alone), I can't perfectly guarantee quality, but all of them played for me the last time I tried.

Strictly speaking, i could probably offer up the whole lot of my tapes the same way; I mean, with no working VCR, aren't they mostly taking up shelf space? But then again, I have, when particularly craving certain movies, gone to a friend's with them, or had a friend bring a VCR.

ETA: The movies added are ones I don't own a new copy of, but feel that realistically, I am unlikely to want to watch again so badly I'll borrow a VCR to do it.

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