switchbladesis: (otter2)
I think I'm going to need some sort of Game of Thrones-themed icon. But what? Maybe swords. Or that dead deer.

Initial reaction: I liked it. It was so close to the books that I have a hard time reviewing it on its own (and I can imagine it was mega-confusing for people who haven't read them before), but damn was it pretty.

More about the pretty behind the cut )
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One of the local coffee shops in has gone from being an combination anarchist bike shop/coffee house to a place that serves bacon infused lattes. Does that raise or lower the hipster quotient in my neighborhood? Discuss.

Also: links. I think I have more of them somewhere, but these are the tabs I have open.

The Big Map Blog: Old maps with high resolutions and a decent zoom interface. Pretty, yo.

Also: Graphs of population change in US Urban areas from the 2010 census. Meaning: OMG 2010 CENSUS DATA IS OUT AND READY FOR US TO PLAY WITH SO EXCITE. Look, I like these things, okay?

China Mieville writes a pitch for Iron Man. Why am I not living inside his brain full time? Plz be letting me know.

Castiel, the motion picture: Just in case anyone hasn't seen this yet.

switchbladesis: (otter2)
 Yes, yes, I know, LJ is still shaky and I still need to reply to everything in my last entry, but. . . 





I get kind of excited just reading the warning for explicit content, not gonna lie.
switchbladesis: (SPAM)
I just found out that Iain M. Banks's Consider Phlebas is available for both the Nook and Amazon Kindle for 99 cents. I haven't read it yet, but it's one of those books people periodically throttle me for not having read yet, so it's probably worth checking out.

Also, Barnes & Noble's Free Friday book, God's War, is still available for free. There's been a lot of low-grade buzz about it lately, and again-free. I'm not that far into it, but so far seems to be a light read with an original world.

This is all to say: If I've promised you my thoughts on Palimpsest any time soon, it might take a little while. I seem to have gotten distracted by other shiny things.

In other literary news: I refound the bookslut's blog the other day. It's amazing-I used to check it religiously my senior year in high school: it was one of those things I thought that I should be into, that I should read all of these books and be able to talk about them at length and know the temperament of every critic employed of the New York Times' book review (all four of them now). Literary fiction and I had a bad breakup my freshman year of college-it's gotten better over the years, we're friends now, and we get along for my parent's sake, but it's been at least six or seven years since I read Bookslut. It looks exactly the same, layout and all. Anyway, they do have good links in their blog section, especially about writers, writing, and trends in the literary world-so if that's your thing, check it out.

I went to a two-part lecture on the Munsingwear underwear advertisements (you know, these guys) from the early 20th century-pretty much talking about the changing social mores of the first decades of the twentieth century, but also a lot about the homoeroticism in a lot of these advertisements, and how much of that would have been coded as homoerotic by their contemporaries, and why these ads would include homoerotic content. Now, when I think vintage homoerotic underwear ads, I think my friendslist. So I've spent a ridiculous amount of time on the internet looking for more information on this to share with you guys, but mostly, I keep on finding the same ad over and over again: I think it's important to note that there were multiple series of them, stretching between the 1930's to the 1960's, and with various shades of homoeroticism. The best thing I could find was the author's book trailer, here and someone else's writeup of the same lecture I went to, here. Ah well, maybe one day they'll actually update their website with more information.

The other half of the lecture was on Gil Elvgren, the Norman Rockwell of cheesecake pin-ups, who is mostly notable for being the first famous cheesecake pin-up artist to have a boring personal life. He was the sort of pin-up artist you could safely introduce to your mother. You know, if that's what you look for in a pin-up artist.

In something that has nothing to do with reading whatsoever OMG NEW DOCTOR WHO TRAILER (stolen from zeitheist) OMG OMG OMG OMG


Other thoughts on other things (spoilers)!

The City & The City )

Downton Abbey )
switchbladesis: (SPN)
So, I was planning to make a 'it's gotten above freezing-it's a heat wave!' post, but then we had an actual heat wave. For a week. The igloo's roof collapsed. The ice sculpture has gone from this five feet tall unwitting homage to beekman tower to a couple of six-inch high spikes. The mannequin heads have been brought back inside (apparently my downstairs neighbors made a decision not to move them around, so they got covered by layers of snow and then slowly rediscovered-random bits of flesh exposed as the snow slowly melted.)Yesterday I thought 30 degrees felt cold.

It's still mid-February. That's just not right. I'm almost glad for the temperature plunge and the next round of snow coming up.

I'm apparently four months late in reccing this, since apparently it was everyone's twitter-darling around Halloween, but if you like horror and aren't allergic to comics, check out His Face All Red by Emily Carroll. If you're more interested in romance, there's also Anu-Anulan and Yir's Daughter, which is super cute.

So apparently google has a lot of neat gadgets to help you create fancy-looking interactive charts with not that much work. I don't have enough time to play around with this now-but I'm leaving it here just in case any of you do. I'm expecting you to use your powers for good. Or at least for lulz.

The American Festival Project- Photo essays of America's lesser known local festivals. I really hope they add more to this-it's a great idea.

Alan Taylor, the guy who used to do the Big Picture (my favorite news photoblog that I keep on linking to because it's pretty damn awesome) has moved to here. Now with a 1280 px option for extra pretty! The Big Picture is still going on, with a revolving set of editors.

Felicia Day as an elf in a webseries spinoff for Dragon Age. Hi, my name is Switchbladesis and I am a giant fangirl. Interview with Felicia Day about this can be found here.

Speaking of which-apparently there's going to be a walking dead game? Considering this is telltale games making it, I'm guessing it's more of a point-and-click adventure than a first person shooter. The same release mentioned a fables game (like the comic-not fable 4), which means I'm reimagining Snow White and Bigby as Sam and Max.

Thoughts on SPN 6x13 and 6x14 )
switchbladesis: (SPN)
 I just restored from saved draft and the only thing that came up was:


I don't even remember writing that, but.  Uh.  Is there?  Because it would be pretty damn awesome.

Also:  HEY!  SUPERNATURAL IS BACK!  I guess it's time for me to actually update this journal again.

Spoilers for 6.12 )
switchbladesis: (SPAM)
Hey, so, I'm trying out dreamwidth and seeing if I actually use it. I'm switchbladesis over there, too. You should totally friend me over there. Or initiate me into your secret cabal circle, or let me subscribe to your newsletter. I'm not really sure on the terminology yet, I'm new.  But you get the idea.
switchbladesis: (SPAM)
 My downstairs neighbors have decided to put manniquin heads on one of the giant piles of snow on our front lawn.  I'm not wondering where they got the heads from (I think it's the next door neighbors with a giant igloo on their front lawn-they had some mannequin arms out a while ago-otherwise, Ax Man), but I am wondering how long they're planning to keep them there.  Are they going to let them get covered by the next few inches of snow?  Are they going to let them tumble around when the thaw comes, get half-buried in the mud?  Or are they going to carefully monitor their upkeep over the next few months, brushing the snow out of their mannequin hair?

My neighbors on the other side of us from the igloo made a really lovely ice sculpture.  I'm not quite sure how me and my boyfriend managed to become the squares on this block, but I don't really mind.  I just wish I had some more free time so that I could contribute.

Anyway:  voice meme!

. . . which I managed to fuck up.  I did this in three separate parts, but mangled the first two trying to splice them together in audacity (grargrarinterfacegrar).  Since I don't know the next time I'll be alone in a quiet place, I'll just post the part I managed not to mangle.  You'll get the general idea anyway.  Also, since I did this on my cell phone, the sound quality is horrible.  

What I was supposed to do:

Voice Meme Instructions! )
switchbladesis: (SPAM)
Hi! It's been a while and there is a lot I would like to write about, but for now I think we should post kennings for everyday objects in the comments.

I'll start off with a few examples:

Coffee mug= alert-vessel
Staple remover=unbinding teeth
Staple= wire-bind
switchbladesis: (adorable yet strange)
Happy Birthday Elyse!

I figured you would like fire more than sparkles.  Enjoy your day!

To the rest of you, Merry Christmas.  Unless you don't celebrate Christmas, then happy Saturday.  Unless it's not Saturday by the time you read this, in case, have a nice day.
switchbladesis: (alpaca)
For the [livejournal.com profile] pulped_fictions gift challenge.  

Recipient:  [livejournal.com profile] romanaorfred 

We're Going to Be Friends:   An Doctor + Amy friendsmix-running around the galaxy, just the two of them.

Note:  When I started this, I sort of assumed I'd be able to find more songs about how awesome friends are than I was able to, so it turned out a little shippier than I expected.  It was either this or the theme to Golden Girls :D.


Song List )

switchbladesis: (bad hair day)
QI: Series Z, Episode π: Zombies.
Guests: Jo Brand, Rich Hall, Sean Lock
Note: This episode was cut short due to an undead infestation in the studio.

For the [livejournal.com profile] pulped_fictions  gift challenge.  Recipient:  [livejournal.com profile] romanaorfred , who had the misfortune of asking for Stephen Fry, zombies, and apple products.

Authors Note: Ran out of time to get this beta'd, all mistakes are mine

Welcome to a special zombie-filled episode of QI )
switchbladesis: (howto)

New York Times takes census data from 2005-2009, uses to map income, education, race, same sex households, and other interesting tidbits

Much in the same vein as Bill Rankin's map of Chicago based on race and income, but covering all of the US. 

Soo much fun to play with.  ETA: And then I spent my afternoon playing with this. Map word usage through history in six different languages.

And since this is the day I apparently link the fuck out of Metafilter:  Question about alternatives to Delicious. Pretty much: Pinboard, Diigo, or Google Bookmarks. Pinboard's cost is going to rise as more people sign up (it was at $7.25 the last I saw), don't know anything about the other to.
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Yeah, I'm mostly posting this because of the porn mention.

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In February [livejournal.com profile] lucylou and I donated clothes to the needy (11 points). In March I punched [livejournal.com profile] krazylokoguy in the arm (-10 points). Last Wednesday I bought porn for [livejournal.com profile] callowyn (10 points). In August I pulled [livejournal.com profile] gabby_silang 's hair (-5 points). Last Saturday I gave [livejournal.com profile] ksock a kidney (1000 points).

Overall, I've been nice (1006 points). For Christmas I deserve a new dolly!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

I'd like to state for the record that a) Ryan probably deserved it. b) Gabby just has nice hair, okay and c) I never said the kidney I donated to Ksock was mine.
switchbladesis: (SPAM)
I haven't been able to go more than a block from my house all weekend (20 inches of snow in less than 24 hours followed by a high of 3 degrees. . . before you factor in the 20 mph winds? Yeah, I'm staying indoors), but I have not idea what I've been doing with my time. Or how it's already Sunday afternoon. Wasn't it just Friday night?

Also, I'm kind of bummed that the gigantic snowstorm of doom had to happen on the weekend-I would have liked to have my first ever snow day from work. Because I'm still 12.

Merlin, Season Finale  )

Reaction to the first episode of Misfits:

Boyfriend:  So, this show is all about what the Tomorrow People would have been like if they were all douches?
Me:  Pretty much.
Boyfriend:  Awesome.

Walking Dead 1x06 )

PS:  Am listening to this, think you should all know.

Also this. Oh God, it's Sophomore year of college all over again.  Warning:  highly catchy.
switchbladesis: (Knitting)
 So I've found myself with way too many postcards/greeting cards after going crazy at a craft fair, so . . . who wants me to send them something?

Comments are screened, leave your address, you know the drill.

Consider this a Winter Holiday Unless You're In The Southern Hemisphere Then I Guess It's Summer card.  Which may or may not end up being Christmas related.  And may or may not get out before Christmas.  I decided against getting Hanukkah cards, the holiday will be over before any of them get out.

If you want to send me something, PM me or comment, and I'll PM you my address.  I like things!
switchbladesis: (SPN)

Oh show! You know what I like and you decide to give it to me all at once. 'What do I like?', you might ask?

switchbladesis: (alienation)
 Yes, yes, I realize that linking to It Gets Better videos is passe at this point, but still watch this.

Like Pixar needed yet another way to a) convince me that they were wonderful and b) make me cry.
switchbladesis: (SPN)
 ::headdesk::  Nothing like realizing that you've submitted the wrong version of something . . . three days too late.

Ahahahahah.  ha.  ha.

Nothing important, everything's cool-I'm just a little embarrassed.  

SO! That Supernatural! (spoilers) )
switchbladesis: (Default)
Meme Time!  Stolen from everyone else:

 The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who have influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes, and they don't have to be listed in order of relevance to you.

Some of these are current favorites, some of these are long-lived phases in my life:

Cut for the suspense! )

God Dammit, I forgot Connie WIllis.


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