arundhathi: (sleep is for the wise)
Things that are not improving my day

- Anti-abortion protestors holding prayer vigils outside Marie Stopes clinics. There is a list in my head of things I think the US does better and that we should learn/steal. This is pretty much the opposite of that.

Things that are improving my day:

- The Harry Potter cast summing up their movie making experience in one word.

This is heartwarming and funny and makes me a little bit sad, and every actor's response is pretty much exactly what you would expect from them. It does exactly what it's supposed to.

My absolute favourite thing about it, though, is Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), whose understated response could not be more quintessentially Yorkshire if he tried. So much love.


The second thing is not quite awesome enough to make up for the first and the larger trend of which it is a part, but I also had a lovely lazy long weekend, dinner with my entire family yesterday (11 people, awesome food and so much noise - kind of like if The Waltons went in for wine and snarkiness rather than all-American wholesomeness and annoying voiceovers), and there is sunshine. As Matthew Lewis would say, 's aright.
arundhathi: (and i feel fine)
I am being stalked. Three times yesterday, I looked up to find a pigeon (the second time there were two pigeons) looking in my window.

In all the time I have had this room, I have never seen a bird land on my windowsill. Having three birds (or maybe one bird three times, although once it brought a friend) in one day feels seriously Hitchcockian.

Of course it was a gorgeous day and the window was wide open so as well as my perfectly natural concern about stalker-pigeons, I also got to worry about one flying in and having to try and remove it.

My fear loathing of pigeons is pretty well documented, but I don't think flying rats are much into reading online journals.* Perhaps one saw the The Birds original cinema billboard poster hanging on my wall and mistook it as evidence of friendliness rather than a sign that I love films that creep the hell out of me. Either way, weirdness.

I have Doctor Who thoughts but they will wait until later, possibly even until I have seen the second part. Happy Monday, flist. Watch out for evil birds.

*And it has been such a long time that I no longer have my pigeon icon. The apocalypse will have to do instead.

arundhathi: (om nom nom)
Hee. Following on from my post on Monday, and because surely everyone needs to know what happens to delicious Easter confectionery in a vacuum:

Scientists at the University of Nottingham investigate the biomechanics & chemistry of Cadbury's Creme Eggs.

Incidentally, Nottingham is my alma mater. I am so proud. Or possibly very glad that I did not have to pay £9,000 per year for my degree!
arundhathi: (bare essentials)
Wow, it's been a while. Every year, September and October are this insane black hole of being ridiculously busy and then not being able to figure out why afterwards. It used to make sense, but it's a while since I actually worked to an academic schedule. I think too many years of school and uni and stuff left it so ingrained that now I forget that autumn does not equal a new year and I don't need to mark it by taking on way more than I can manage.

Things have mostly balanced out and I have some free time that does not involve entertaining the Naughtiest Niece and celebrating other people's birthdays and generally being more sociable than I really find relaxing. And so here I am. Please tell me the US autumn TV schedule has thrown up something worth watching. Or rec me some lengthy and awesome fic - the last couple of things I read were Inception & Generation Kill, but I am open to just about anything - and help me spend a weekend being completely lazy and self-indulgent and pretending I am too busy to babysit.

Alternatively, tell me something that is going on with you while I stop being all selfish and demanding and find something for myself. That might work better! I have missed you muchly, flist.
arundhathi: (mr blue sky)
...okay, so two thirds of the way through September is possibly a little late for that, but the part of my summer that was most like a holiday (and in terms of weather, the most like summer since early June), was the period at the end of August/beginning of September that I spent housesitting for friends whose house has a delightfully large garden and a raised balcony overlooking it. It has been long enough since I had an actual holiday that two weeks of that was a genuine luxury.

Anyway, MiddleLittle!Sis and Little!Bro (who at 6'3" is about 7 inches taller than BigLittle!Bro!) have deserted Bradford and headed off to uni and the world has gone back at school and the heating has had to be turned on a few times so it is officially no longer summer.

The parts of my summer that were about fannish activity rather than work, or trying to make the most of every tiny scrap of sunshine, or spending more time entertaining The Naughtiest Niece than anyone not a parent ought to have to, had a recurring bad-guys-as-good-guys theme.

I have been working my way through both Leverage and White Collar, and rewatching old episodes of Hustle, which I have to admit I still love more than either of the others, and then I saw Inception and my brain exploded.

If you ever want to take a measure of your grasp on reality, try watching Inception twice in a week and then walking into a room where your parents are watching La Vie En Rose. I am not quite as grounded as I thought I was!

This post is mostly for the purpose of making my calendar flip over from August to September finally, but I really am going to try and be here more.

There is fic I want to rec and pictures I want to post and I've spent so much of my life in education that September always seems like the best time to start things anew, with far more chance of sticking than New Year's resolutions ever have. Or is that just me?

arundhathi: (is-a-tonic)
- I forget sometimes that I am not a teenager any more. Then I go out on Saturday night and have dinner and a few drinks over the course of several hours and lose the entire next day to the need to sleep and nap and sleep some more. It probably did not help that I spent most of Saturday day babysitting the naughtiest niece, who was at her very naughtiest. Wine and exhaustion and a very late night do not make for a particularly productive morning after the night before.

Skimming my flist just now, booze seems to have been a recurring theme for the weekend. Maybe it's a summer thing, although given the lack of anything resembling a real summer here, maybe not.

- I need sunshine so badly it hurts.

- I spent my recovery time flaked out with DVDs and tea. I watched Fish Tank, In The Loop and some of Pride and Prejudice (the BBC miniseries, not the film. It's my favourite comfort TV). All of which I recommend, although they are good in very different ways and Fish Tank was probably a bit heavy for watching with a not-quite-hangover.

The British theme (and the recurring Tom Hollander) was entirely unintentional.

arundhathi: (mr blue sky)
This week month I have mostly been...

...watching TV. This is my favourite part of the TV year. Wimbledon, Glastonbury, World Cup. There's probably an argument to be made for going and seeing these things in person instead of enjoying them via the screen, but I am very fond of my sofa. And indoor plumbing. It has been lovely.

Granted, the World Cup has been a little disappointing for England, but on balance I have decided that this is a Good Thing. The dream of success was fun, but the thought of the ConDems dining out for the next four years on pictures of David Cameron shaking hands with Steven Gerrard is the stuff of nightmares.

- I watched the Star Trek movie and enjoyed it quite a lot, supporting my theory that my aversion to the series is Shatner-related.

- other than spending more of my leisure time with TV than computer for the first time in a long time, I have been enjoying the fairly consistent sunshine and wrangling babysitting my niece, who is awesome but exhausting.


Jun. 14th, 2010 05:25 pm
arundhathi: (life on the ocean waves)
- I aten't dead. I have the cold from hell, but that has very little to do with my ongoing LJ absence. And probably isn't fatal.

- I went to see Cirque du Soleil on Saturday afternoon. It was awesome. I then watched some football that was slightly less awesome.

- I have not yet caught up on Saturday's Doctor Who. I will be sad if that is not awesome.

- Mostly, life the last few weeks has been a lot of work, eat, sleep, niece-sit, sleep, sleep, sleep. I can't believe I haven't been posting more with all that going on! What's new with you, flist?
arundhathi: (i'm tired and i wanna go to bed)
Stuff what happened:

- My sister got engaged. Fortunately it was Biggest!Little!Sis. The younger ones reaching that point would be too scary for words.

- Doctor Who continues to be awesome. Amy Pond continues to be awesomer.

- Middle!Little!Sis came back from uni (in Northern Ireland) for the weekend and for B!L!S's engagement party, and now can't fly home due to volcanic ash.

- It's gone all-general-election-all-the-time around here. I am torn between the part of me that is a great big politics nerd and loves the whole thing, and the part of me that finds it very hard to give any credence to the idea that the Conservatives have changed at all and dreads the prospect of a Tory-led government. It really doesn't help that in my constituency (the only currently Tory-held one in the county) neither UKIP (xenophobic) nor the BNP (racist) feel the need to field a candidate. Apparently the sitting MP does their work here adequately anyway.

for example )

Add to that this article: Rising Tory star Philippa Stroud ran prayer sessions to 'cure' gay people, and Labour would have to fail a whole lot harder than some people think they have before this would become an acceptable alternative for me.

The reality is, Philip Davies will probably get back in. He had a tiny majority (0.97%) at the last election, but it's traditionally a Tory seat, which Labour took in 1997 and held until 2005. It doesn't help that there's been a boundary change so no one is really sure what the voting will be, or that it's been totally ignored by both major parties even though it's a marginal seat.

For the rest of the country:

- the Daily Mirror (yes, really) has a guide to tactical voting: [General election tactical voting guide: How you can save Britain from a Tory nightmare ].

- Stephen Fry talks about voting: [How I will vote].

- Gordon Brown makes an actually quite rousing speech to Citizens UK. In which he finally remembers that Labour actually does some pretty important stuff in between illegal wars and banking crises (minimum wage, health, education): [Battered Gordon Brown finds his voice].

- Find out what the incumbent MP in your constituency does/thinks/votes: [TheyWorkForYou].

arundhathi: (legs eleven)
There's a Doctor Who monster-off at the Guardian. Spoilery up to the trailer for tomorrow's ep (so excited, omg).

Did a minor flist tweak. Mostly housekeeping. As ever, it's not you, it's me.

Am trying short posts (and abandoning pronouns, apparently), in an attempt to post things rather than just thinking 'I should mention that when I post later' and then never posting at all because I can't decide/remember the things to mention.

arundhathi: (legs eleven)
The problem with long weekends is that they are almost always followed by weeks. I did not want to do anything this morning. Vast amounts of coffee and Creme Eggs are helping with that, though.

My holiday weekend was heavy on extended family, but surprisingly light on the usually inevitable related drama, so between that and the caffeine/sugar rush I am feeling pretty good.

Doctor Who also helped. So awesome. I was always pretty happy with the idea of Matt Smith, who I really liked in Party Animals, and everything else was good too, so I am excited to see where they go.

I have deeper (or maybe just broader) thoughts than that, but an lj cut and extended typing seems like a lot of effort, so maybe later. For now, I will say this - whatever the Doctor/Amy shippers christen the pairing, in my head they will be Legs Eleven.

Probably a nickname that is lost on non-Brit viewers, as I suspect that Bingo calling nicknames are not universal, but whatever. I am easily amused.

arundhathi: (while the music lasts)
...or many songs, even.

Song of the week so far: Cranberry by The Ruby Suns, which you can get for free here (right-click & save)

Other music stuff: The Guardian is streaming the new Gorillaz album in full: Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Somewhere very else on the spectrum of my musical tastes, NPR has the new Joanna Newsom. Fair warning, it's 3 discs and about 15 years (okay, 2 hours) long: Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me

arundhathi: (while the music lasts)
You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to. So here's the game! Hit shuffle on your iPod/iTunes or mp3 player and write down the first 25 songs. No cheating or skipping songs that are shameful.

1. Hombre - M.I.A.
2. Small Town - Morcheeba
3. It Was Supposed to Be So Easy - The Streets
4. In The City - The Jam
5. Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
6. Vehicles & Animals - Athlete
7. A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
8. Woodstock - Joni Mitchell
the rest )

Representative? Maybe. My current listening is probably a lot more pop-heavy than this. And 2 songs from the same album seems a bit skewed given there are nearly 5,500 songs in my iTunes library. Probably much less embarrassing than it could be, if I was the sort of person to be embarrassed by the things I like.
arundhathi: (let's go to the movies)
Let's try picking this back up again.

Giving Up The Gun. Awesomely silly video for new Vampire Weekend song. Guest stars include Jake Gyllenhaal, RZA and Joe Jonas. Sometimes things that do not logically go together just do and apparently my love for the randomest of crossovers is not limited to the written word. [from Pitchfork]

I do not have an appropriate icon for ridiculous music videos. That seems wrong somehow.

arundhathi: (i'm tired and i wanna go to bed)
Header on the local newspaper stand today: Elvis fan jailed for cruelty to pigs.

I just...I know epithets are a popular tool, especially when it comes to sensationalistic journalism, but you can usually see the relevance even if you don't agree with the subtext. Unless he (or she, I guess) was being cruel to the pigs by forcing them to watch him sing Jailhouse Rock*, then why go there. I refuse to believe there is anyone in the world whose only distinguishing feature is their taste in music.

* That really was just the first Elvis song that came to mind. Now I kind of wish I'd read the article to see if the writer went there.
arundhathi: (Default)
links to the outside world, in lieu of content:

The 50 worst movies ever as voted by Empire readers. Does exactly what it says on the tin

Things that give you cancer. So says the Daily Fail Mail. They include water, sex, babies, cooking and dieting. Oh, and the internet, so you probably shouldn't read it after all. [Facebook]

The 100 Games Cupcake Game. Identify the game each cupcake represents.

United State of Pop 2009: Blame It On The Pop - DJ Earworm remixes the top 25 Billboard hits of 2009 and makes something that is actually greater than the sum of its parts. [Youtube]
The Golden Age of Video by Ricardo Autobahn - The background music is slightly annoying, but the nostalgia is fun. [Youtube]

Yes, I have a lot of work I am putting off doing. How could you tell?
arundhathi: (death is my art)
I have had Please Please Me by The Beatles stuck in my head for hours. Enough already.

How the hell is it February already? I still have chocolate left from Christmas.

February is particularly scary this year, because Baby!Sis will be 16 on Saturday. The fact that I will be 31 on Sunday has become much less upsetting since I got asked for ID while buying a bottle - okay, 2 bottles - of wine this weekend. Seriously. The haircut I gave myself just before Christmas is clearly a keeper.

But I changed Baby!Sis's nappies. I was there when she was born. I am not ready for her to grow up. I haven't grown up yet.

On the bright side, there are also a bunch of awesome things about February. Birthday cake and possibly even presents. Pancake Day. Cheap chocolate after Valentine's Day. [ profile] 14valentines. It's not January any more.

In other news, so far I am managing to stick to my goal of photography every day. Pictures are varying degrees of quality and interestingness - there have been a few days when I really haven't done anything. But if you're interested, they're on flickr [project 365]
arundhathi: (while the music lasts)
Songs I have been listening to a lot recently include Ambling Alp by Yeasayer. Kind of upbeat experimental indie rock (to balance out the electro/pop skew of my best from 2009 playlist).

If that's your thing, the band are giving the single away free here. Site contains nudity, so you might not want to download from work or whatever.

The album, Odd Blood, is out in February.

arundhathi: (Default)
Ask me for my top 5 anything: fandoms, ice cream flavours, cartoon moments, women in my fandoms, OTPs, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs, anything.

And if you like, I'll ask you a top 5 in the comments!

I have so much stuff I need to do this evening. Help me procrastinate.


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