Entertainment-recently-consumed part two.

Some films on DVD.  Loved Harold & Maude (highly recommend – but big trigger warning for suicide).  Enjoyed The artist, Watching the detectives, ParaNorman, Addams family values.We also watched the ‘making of’ feature on the DVD of Spirited away, which was interesting.

Television-wise we watched season one of Elementary (yay, lovely, can’t wait for season two to be available) and have just started on The musketeers (quite enjoyable so far).

We went to a local art gallery to see a great kind of art film thing(?) called Eleanor where Ruth Wilson plays three different characters in three parallel stories written by contemporary playwrights based on three pre-existing poems… or something…  I don’t know, it was good.  And, without spoilering, it has elements that I think a lot of you would like.

And we also went to see the closing night of Ordinary days, the first production at a new venue called the London Theatre Workshop Fulham.  A friend of Cinema Rolls and Radioforte was in it and was really good, as actually was the whole cast.  It’s a sweet little musical about four youngish people in New York, by someone called Adam Gwon who I hadn’t heard of but is apparently up-and-coming in musicals.  Audra McDonald recorded one of the songs from this show apparently?  One of the things I liked was that although it was basically about two two-person relationships neither of them was the two-people-meet-and-fall-in-love story, which is pretty well covered in fiction.  One was about strangers becoming friends, and the other was about people already in a relationship and trying to figure out where their relationship goes next.

Games: played Lilly looking through, which is charming and pretty and has a nice original gameplay gimmick that’s clever without being ‘ooo look it’s so clever’ and creates a mental challenge without being completely counter-intuitive.  (Basically the gimmick is that you get a pair of goggles and when you put them on you go into the past but stay in the same physical location, and you can solve some of the puzzles by doing things in the past that change the physical environment in the present.)  A couple of puzzles were quite difficult but only one was the annoying ‘I’ve solved this by just clicking everything in every combination but I still don’t understand why that was the answer’ kind.

Also played The inner world.  Okay, has nice moments, but not amazing.  And a lot of the puzzles are not very intuitive at all, which doesn’t make the game impossible because there’s a good hint system but it’s still kind of annoying to feel like there was no reasonable way you could have guessed the answer.

And yeah, I think that’s everything.  Oh and I discovered Chaos life because one of you (I forget who it was) reblogged an episode and I enjoyed reading the archive, so thanks for that, whoever-it-was!

I think that’s all.  It seems like plenty anyway.

Gosh, long time since I did the what-entertainmenty-things-have-I-been-entertained-by-this-week thing that I was meant to be doing every week.  Work has been ridiculous.  I mean literally so horrible that it makes me laugh.  Anyway yes, let’s do the thing.

Actually this is going to be long-ish so I’ll do books first and then TV / films / plays in a different post.)

Finished reading The three musketeers.  Pretty enjoyable.  I read the introduction afterwards and apparently some people think the second half is too Milady-heavy and it makes the book unbalanced.  And yes, it does make it unbalanced – especially because at first it looks like the ‘man from Meung’ is going to be the big villain – but the solution to that would be to have more Milady in the first half, not less in the second half, because she’s a really compelling character.

Then I read the Azumanga Daioh collection, which I enjoyed just as much as the anime and would be posting bits from if I had a scanner.

Next I read Bring up the bodies.  I’d forgotten the lovely freshness of the prose, which this one has as much as Wolf Hall did.  It also handles pretty well the business of showing that Cromwell is not actually a good person, as one might have been tempted to assume from the first book.  Still a sympathetic person, and one who does the worst things he does through a sort of trappedness (or at least perceived trappedness) rather than with malice… well, no, there is malice too, but still sympathetic because it’s rooted in pain and justifiable anger.  Hints of early Don Draper – you know, self-made white dude who’s extremely good at his job but has no real friends and is not actually that pleasant.  Also hints of The remains of the day or The unconsoled in the way it subtly reveals the extent to which the main character thinks he’s in control but is really following the path of least resistance in quite a cowardly way.

Oh wait, no, before that I started reading Black feminist thought by Patricia Hill Collins but I had to put it on hiatus because work is taking up my whole analytical brain and I can’t cope with non-fiction at the moment unless it’s extremely easy.  It was really good as far as I got, though.

Aaand then I borrowed Pear’s kindle and read Catherynne Valente’s first three Fairyland books, which I enjoyed a lot.  The third one was a bit less good for me than the others, partly because I didn’t find the setting as interesting but mainly because the plot felt lumpy: like, I really wasn’t clear what the quest / spine of the story was, and there were a whole bunch of things left unexplained.

Read The strange laws of old England, which is an easy pulpy book about weird legal history that Backseat Phantom gave me.  Turned out to have rather more than I would have liked about horrible punishments, which is unpleasant and also from a legal point of view not terribly interesting.  But some good stuff.  I was intrigued to learn that at one point in the middle ages the authorities seem to have punished women (or people they considered women) for wearing men’s clothes by forcing them to wear men’s clothes.  Which seems remarkably point-missing…

Now on The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao, which I like a lot so far and reminds me in some ways of White teeth.

[A square satellite-style map projection with the north pole at the centre.  Australasia is towards the top right-hand corner, Asia is on the right, Africa points towards the bottom right-hand corner, the Atlantic is bottom-centre, America occupies the bottom left-hand quarter, and the left, top left, and top are all Pacific.  In each of the four corners is a quarter of Antarctica.]
fishingboatproceeds:

memorylikeaweapon:

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the Fuller Projection?
This map presents a world that is nearly contiguous and at accurate sizes and shapes to the continents. And there is no “correct” orientation for it (the directionality of north/south being arbitrary after all )
The downsides are that it cuts up Antarctica and distorts the size of oceans, which is bad news for sailors and penguin researchers, but for geography in general it’s AWESOME
(X)

Created by Buckminster Fuller, writer of a gajillion books, owner of a gajillion patents, and the man whose name gave us Buckyballs.

I was pondering this.  Wouldn’t it be slightly improved by putting the south pole in the centre?  Then Antarctica could stay in one piece.  Also replacing ‘northern hemisphere = top’ with ‘northern hemisphere = centre’ still maintains the same kind of precedence, so putting the southern hemisphere in the middle would be more challenging to our habits of thinking about cultural / political geography maybe.
But I know nothing about maps so there may be some very good reason why that wouldn’t work.

[A square satellite-style map projection with the north pole at the centre.  Australasia is towards the top right-hand corner, Asia is on the right, Africa points towards the bottom right-hand corner, the Atlantic is bottom-centre, America occupies the bottom left-hand quarter, and the left, top left, and top are all Pacific.  In each of the four corners is a quarter of Antarctica.]

fishingboatproceeds:

memorylikeaweapon:

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the Fuller Projection?

This map presents a world that is nearly contiguous and at accurate sizes and shapes to the continents.
And there is no “correct” orientation for it (the directionality of north/south being arbitrary after all )

The downsides are that it cuts up Antarctica and distorts the size of oceans, which is bad news for sailors and penguin researchers, but for geography in general it’s AWESOME

(X)

Created by Buckminster Fuller, writer of a gajillion books, owner of a gajillion patents, and the man whose name gave us Buckyballs.

I was pondering this.  Wouldn’t it be slightly improved by putting the south pole in the centre?  Then Antarctica could stay in one piece.  Also replacing ‘northern hemisphere = top’ with ‘northern hemisphere = centre’ still maintains the same kind of precedence, so putting the southern hemisphere in the middle would be more challenging to our habits of thinking about cultural / political geography maybe.

But I know nothing about maps so there may be some very good reason why that wouldn’t work.

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nuditea:

currently watching doctor who while playing an officially licensed doctor who app and wearing a tardis sweater everything about me is bad

My worry that you might have stopped caring about this show was maybe premature.  <3

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nuditea:

wow my friends are all gross nerds

My method of knowing when there&#8217;s a new episode coming up is that I basically rely on you and / or Eileen to tumbl or tweet about the fact that there&#8217;s a new episode coming up, but nowadays I always have this nagging worry like &#8216;what if they&#8217;ve finally stopped caring because it&#8217;s been so blah / grr recently?&#8217;
The solution, of course, would be to check for myself, but I can&#8217;t quite bring myself to make that effort because, you know, it&#8217;s been so blah / grr recently&#8230;

[Screen-shot of a Facebook thingy saying ‘Doctor Who: Thom [blank] and 47 other friends like this.’]

nuditea:

wow my friends are all gross nerds

My method of knowing when there’s a new episode coming up is that I basically rely on you and / or Eileen to tumbl or tweet about the fact that there’s a new episode coming up, but nowadays I always have this nagging worry like ‘what if they’ve finally stopped caring because it’s been so blah / grr recently?’

The solution, of course, would be to check for myself, but I can’t quite bring myself to make that effort because, you know, it’s been so blah / grr recently…

lucasbieneke:

Apparently my director went to see a production of West Side Story a few years ago, and the guy playing Chino forgot his gun before coming out for his final scene. Once it got to the big scene where he is supposed to shoot Tony, he screeched “Poison Boots” and kicked the actor playing Tony until he went down. The girl playing Maria then had to jerk the shoe off of Chino’s foot, and had to do the gunshot scene asking “How many kicks Chino? How many kicks, and one kick left for me”. 

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CUQSC - Canadian University Queer Services Conference

portmanteaurian:

The Canadian University Queer Services Conference (CUQSC) is a 5 day conference in Ottawa, on Algonquin territory, that brings together service providers and community leaders from across Canada who are engaged in queer and trans support and advocacy work on their campuses and in their communities. 

CUQSC offers exciting opportunities for participants to share resources, build relationships, gain new knowledge and skills, explore queer and trans art and expression, and ultimately build our collective capacity to take action against the systemic oppression that queer and trans communities and individuals face on a daily basis. 

The conference is taking place May 2nd to 6th 2014 in Ottawa!

Registration ends on April 18th, so sign-up before then athttp://cuqsc.org/register/.

This is going to be amazing and you don’t have to be a university student to attend (though if you aren’t funded by an organization the cost is admittedly steep—it covers five days of food and accommodations as well as the conference itself though)! I can’t confirm everything that is happening b/c I don’t know where things are at in terms of the finalization process, but I can tell you we have two awesome keynote speakers (one of whom is Julia Serano and the other of whom I personally know and have done some great workshops with), and that I am running two workshops myself (Métis fingerweaving and one on toxic environments in online social justice discussions) as well as a discussion group for disabled people/people with disabilities.

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I need your help tumblr.

thatfeministwithglasses:

I’m thinking about setting up a rape crisis blog, available for everyone but with advice tailored to teenagers, whether it be by a family member or in a relationship.

I’m thinking resources, a place to go for advice, that sort of thing. Sexual violence towards teenagers is alarmingly high and I don feel there is enough resources tailored for them around. There isn’t enough support or knowledge available from others which can leave young people feeling alone and scared.

I know when it was me in that position I didn’t know what the fuck to do, or where to turn to. Everyone I spoke to to was very unhelpful, because of a shorty attitude that rape doesn’t happen to teenagers in relationships. There is no education about this for young people in schools, so what they think is right is often cobbled together from friends and tv shows or websites aimed at a very different age group.

Anyhow, I was just wondering what everyone thought? If any one wanted to get involved? If would be great if you could message me any thought, suggestions and questions.

Also please re blog this and get the message out there. I think I can make this a really valuable support system, but I need your help to do it :)

Thanks lovelies, love ya!!

Unless I’m missing something, the answer to ‘what happens if one of the Silence looks away from a Weeping Angel?’ is that the Angel approaches the Silence.  Because what causes people to forget the Silence is not the Silence looking away from them, it’s them looking away from the Silence.  So as long as the Angel keeps looking at (or perceiving, however they do it) the Silence, then the Silence’s ‘power’ has no effect.  Right?

kiriamaya:

kiriamaya:

I need to pay rent and get food. Please help me pay rent and get food. Thanks so much; y’all are the BEST. <3

Also meds and therapy. >_< So so so sorry, and thank you.

Today in local news headlines:

'Serial objectors' must not stop plan to turn underground toilets into new bar, says vodka expert.

Oh, Camden.

No but the thing is that cyberpunk actually had / has recognizable elements of punk aesthetics, whereas steampunk really doesn’t.

I dunno, I feel like it should be called, like

Steamgoth

or something.

tockthewatchdog:

mattheuphonium:

kim-jong-chill:

i need feminism because when jesus does a magic trick it’s a goddamn miracle but when a woman does a magic trick she gets burned at the stake

fabulous 

i mean they did also kill jesus. that was a pretty significant thing that happened. like i understand where you’re coming from here but they very much did kill jesus.

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