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Happy 2010, darling flist.

This is totally a placeholder post so that my attempting to be more posty this year doesn't fail before it even starts. That said, there is so much I could ramble on about. I've had a delightful holiday season, full of good food and good company and some really excellent cocktails. Also, presents.

New Year was a little quieter than Christmas. My philosophy for last night was pretty much keep my head down and wait for 2009 to be finally over, because it has been a seriously crappy year in many small ways, kind of a whole life equivalent of death by a thousand cuts. But that is done with now, and 2010 can surely only be better. For the record, it is totally impossible to type while simultaneously touching wood and crossing ones fingers and toes!

I am simultaneously dreading and eagerly anticipating today's Doctor Who. On the one hand, I will be so sad to see Ten/Tennant go. On the other hand, what's not to love about spoilers for the Christmas Day ep )

More on that later, maybe, if the experience is not too traumatic for words. In the meantime, what's going on with you, flist? Was your winter god of choice good to you? What New Year's Resolutions are you planning to break? How does Santa get down the chimney when Daddy has boarded it up to stop soot falling down? Enquiring Naughtiest Nieces still want to know.

I want to do a somewhat belated best of 2009 post, full of book and music and fic recs and stuff, but my roast beef and yorkshire pudding is calling, so that will also have to wait.
arundhathi: (while the music lasts)
Stayed up much too late last night, working while watching streaming of the AMAs. And, okay, it was completely worth it, but at some point, I need to start functioning in the time zone I actually live in. Until then, there is always coffee.

Okay, there will always be coffee, regardless of time zone.

I would probably be functioning better if I'd managed a shower this morning, but we woke up to a mysterious leak that is probably a burst pipe. Half the country is flooded and we have no water. Mondays are so freaking awesome.

This sounds whinier than I feel. I'm in a good mood for a Monday, even if a nap and a bath would both be delightful.

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Months should not start on Sundays. I was totally planning on doing something in the spirit of [ profile] wrisomifu or NaBloPoMo this month, but Sundays are always for napping and reading and watching the X Factor results show, and the first day of the month is almost always my day off, because the last day of the month is my busiest day. When those two things are combined, the chances of me doing anything more productive than making a fresh pot of tea basically drop down to zero.

On the upside, it was a lovely lazy Sunday and I am feeling all refreshed and ready for the week, even if it did turn into winter basically overnight. And there's no reason why I can't have a PostAlmostEveryDayMonth. Althought PAEDM is probably not the name to go with.

Empire is bringing today's timewasters, with The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars (complete with buttons to tell them how wrong the list is) and The Moviegoer's Guide To The Galaxy: The interstellar holiday destinations you should consider. Snowboarding on Hoth, anyone?
arundhathi: (bare essentials)
That post every day thing didn't quite work out last week. I'm not even sure what happened to the second half of the week. It's like, I was struggling to get through a crazy hectic Wednesday and then I blinked and it was Monday morning and I was waking up in a cold sweat from a dream in which I worked for Simon Cowell. For real. On the bright side, it made getting up and doing actual work today much less daunting!

I will probably try and post some music later, but in the meantime, I need help* and you, flist, are the smartest people I know. What's the best way to get large numbers of screencaps from an avi file? I used to know how to make VLC do automatic screencaps, but I have (a) forgotten and (b) upgraded VLC, and now I can't. I could google, I know, but it's Monday and I am lazy.

* And not just because I'm having dreams that involve Simon Cowell.
arundhathi: (people say that life is the thing)
I am still reading the same 15 books as last week and the week before, so I don't have any new stuff to recommend. For myself, I have something way more exciting, because I spent lunchtime browsing secondhand shops and found a totally pristine copy of The Nightmare Before Christmas colouring book, which is quite possibly the most adorable thing ever. Granted, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, because it seems a shame to spoil its total pristineness, but it is a lot of awesomeness for only a quid.
arundhathi: (death is my art)
I walk past this street sign 4 or 5 times a week, and the grafitti on it never fails to make me smile.


arundhathi: (while the music lasts)
The Guardian has a preview of Jarvis Cocker's song for the Fantastic Mr Fox film: Fantastic Mr Fox AKA Petey's Song. It is every bit as surreal as one would expect a Jarvis-Roald Dahl mashup to be!


I have had a delightfully lazy weekend, which is making today seriously challenging. I want to go back to my bed and my tea and my books but instead I am drinking too much coffee, avoiding my inbox, and answering increasingly stupid questions. It is definitely Monday.
arundhathi: (people say that life is the thing)
News that may be old but is new to me: Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl author) has written a novel based on the Hitchhikers Guide series. It is called And Another Thing …. I'm not sure whether this is awesome or very very wrong. The article is here, and there is a pretty favourable review here.
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"Does it really matter so long as you're having fun?" Sally Bowles in Cabaret, which is one of my favourite comfort films of all time. That's probably a little strange, but given that most of the others involve plague and death and apocalypse, not that strange.

I am having a weekend of total indolence and inertia and not a small amount of sleeping. I watched Cabaret for the 500 millionth time this afternoon. I then watched Strictly Come Dancing and some of The X Factor, so my lazy Saturday was filled with glitz and glitter and stuff that was almost music. I don't appear to have an icon appropriate for all that sparkle, which I should probably do something about. Now I am going to go drink red wine and find some totally self-indulgent fic to read.
arundhathi: (and i feel fine)
2012 - Exclusive Scene

Apocalypse, yay. Probably I should have some minor shame about the fact that if a film is about the end of the world, I will watch it, probably repeatedly, regardless of how much or little it sucks. But I don't. I am looking forward to this ridiculously much.


ION, this week is kicking my ass. I really want to talk about all the TV I am watching (as it airs in the UK, which is rare for me), but I have so much to do before I can call this the weekend that it will have to wait.
arundhathi: (death is my art)

'Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, the Rotterdam-based photographic team of Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek have been systematically hamstringing such permutations of received identity for ten years. They call their series Exactitudes, a contraction of “exact” and “attitudes”.'

It's a pretty cool visual exploration of the relationship between image and identity. I suspect I got this from the flist in the first place, but there's so much there that it's worth a second look.
arundhathi: (people say that life is the thing)
Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine
Ostensibly a translation of a transcript of a letter to St Augustine from the concubine he renounced when he turned to Christianity and chastity, Floria Aemilia, who went mentioned but unnamed in Augustine's Confessions. It's part love story, part philosophical response to the Confessions - the latter inevitably coloured by the former - and a pretty captivating take on how it would feel to be this woman, rejected for God and the supposed salvation of her lover's soul.

'Years have passed and much has changed since we two had our arms around each other. Thus what I write will perhaps be equally a letter to the whole Christian Church, for today you are a man of great influence.'

Other stuff I am reading/have read/want to read is on my goodreads


In unrelated news, I spent last night reading Star Trek (reboot) RPS. I haven't seen the film. I'm not even sure what Chris Pine looks like when he doesn't look like Kirk. Delicious is a ridiculous, dangerous thing.
arundhathi: (death is my art)
The Beeb has posted a teaser with the new Doctor Who logo for 2010. Screencaps of the logo / title screen under the cut. Cutting for space, not because I consider a logo to be a spoiler!

the trip of a lifetime )

I quite like it, even if they didn't necessarily need a whole new look.
arundhathi: (while the music lasts)
happy monday, flist. i am having a crazy hectic day, but i am determined to at least try and stick to posting regularly. as it's monday and I am using last week's meme as inspiration, have a song:

Erin McKeown - The Foxes. From her new album, Hundreds of Lions, which is out on 13 October.


arundhathi: (i'm tired and i wanna go to bed)
So sleepy. It was MiddleLittle!Sis's 21st birthday on Friday, with related festivities lasting until today. I am too old to party like it's 1999 (or 2000, which is when I actually turned 21) for a whole weekend, but not quite old enough for my younger sisters to let me pretend to be one of the older generation and cry off early.

I can't lie. This post's mostly filler. Having managed, for the first time in ages, to be on LJ seven days in a row, I am going to use the last week's meme as posting prompts to try and keep up the daily habit, for as long as it lasts. I'm going to start tomorrow, rather than continuing straight on today, though. Monday just makes more sense and I need to spend the evening catching up on TV. Or possibly napping.
arundhathi: (kindred spirits)
day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy

"'But then,' thought Alice. 'shall I never get any older than I am now? That'll be a comfort, one way--never to be an old woman--but then--always to have lessons to learn!'" - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

MiddleLittle!Sis is 21 today. I am not quite sure how that happened. I was there when she was born. I used to collect her from nursery.
arundhathi: (let's go to the movies)
day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy

100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers - A parody of all those AFI top 100 movie things, which counts down from 100 to 1 using quotes from films. I might have posted this one before, but it's a fun bit of nostalgia and if you have time to waste you can spend a while trying to name all the films. If not, there's a list of them here.


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