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Months should not start on Sundays. I was totally planning on doing something in the spirit of [livejournal.com 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: (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.

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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!

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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.

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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)
exactitudes

'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

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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.

my last.fm

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.
arundhathi: (bare essentials)
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

BigHugeLabs is a treasure trove of nifty tools, mostly for doing things with photos, although my favourite thing on there - Ideas - is not specifically photo related. Type in a word and, as they say, receive a page chock-full of inspiration, sourced from Flickr, Twitter, Delicious, Etsy and the like. Not just a site, but a source of endless hours of wasted time, which is what the internet is really for, after all.

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I got up with The Naughtiest Niece this morning. We made breakfast (and then ate cake) and watched Toy Story and did some drawing and sticking. And then it was time for me to stop pretending I was 3 again and do some work instead. It was awesome while it lasted.

arundhathi: (people say that life is the thing)
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

Pies & Prejudice: In Search of the North by Stuart Maconie
This is the book of my people, and a charming and funny love letter to the England that starts way, way north of Watford Gap.

'My name is Stuart Maconie, and I am from the North Of England. Some time ago, I was standing in my kitchen, rustling up a Sunday brunch for some very hungover, very Northern mates who were 'down' for the weekend. One of them was helping me out and, recipe book in hand, asked "where are the sun-dried tomatoes?"

"They're behind the cappuccino maker," I replied.

Silence fell. We slowly met each other's gaze. We did not say anything. We did not need to. Each read the other's unspoken thought: we had become those kinds of people, the kind of people who had sun-dried tomatoes and cappuccino makers, the kind of people who did Sunday brunch. In other words: southerners.


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

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