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*On the making of the Game of Thrones Opening Credits. Also, the heavy metal version of the Game of Thrones theme, over the opening.credits: AWESOME

*One Hundred Articles You Should Read Available online.

*On The Doctor, Influence, and Violence.

*Watch Mark Sheppard through the ages

And not a link, but a random thought: If Balthazar decided to envessel Tyrion Lannister, would anyone notice the difference? Up to and including the point where Balthazar-as-Tyrion angel-teleports away. My guess is no.

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Just in case you were wondering, this is a happy post. Don't worry, I'll probably be mixed about some episode of Supernatural sometime soon. Maybe.

Frontierland )
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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.

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 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.
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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 )
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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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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?

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 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.
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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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First, the fandom related one:    Cosmic Love, song by Florence and the Machine, vid by [info]affablyevil   Awesome song, awesome clip selection, Cas-centric.  

Random links on Chicago (it's been coming up a lot lately.  Not just on the internet, but coworkers asking me for sightseeing ideas, friends asking me why I think Daley's stepping down, other friends asking me to explain white sox fans . . you get the idea)

I am Chicago is a series of street portraits grouped by neighborhood.  Not all of the neighborhoods are covered (most of them seem to be on the north/west sides, but it's an interesting mix.

Vivian Maier was a street photographer in Chicago from the 1950's-1990's.  Here's a selection of her pictures.

So this project was making the rounds a few weeks ago, based on this image of segregation in Chicago by Bill Rankin.  And while the racial segregation was interesting, I'm a lot more surprised at the income tab (on the Bill Rankin site, click on income).  Sure, there's still large blocks of mostly-blue (and one large block of mostly-red on the north shore), but it's far more integrated by income than it is by race.  I was saving this one for a while, trying to figure out what to do with it-but I'm not sure where to go.

The first link's nice too-a little less detail, but it's a nice way to compare the makeup of various American cities.  Unsurprisingly, Minneapolis/St. Paul is pretty damn white, but still in need of a Native American tag.

Via Jewcy of all places, a New York Times article on Rahm's chances for becoming mayor.  I personally think that he's not likely to win-the ties with the President are more likely to hurt than help him (liberals blame him for giving away too much to the Republicans, conservatives think he's a bully, and the people in the middle are largely machine voters).  I'm still really excited to watch this.  A real mayoral election!  In Chicago!  the last time something close to that happened, I was four.

Also on Jewcy:  Schmekel is your friendly neighborhood transgender jewish polka-punk band.  Look, if you're going to have a shtick, you better make it good.  Here's a song called Pharaoh/Moses slash. Yes, it's what you think it is.

In other music related news, this makes me die a little inside.  D:  Oh, Moe.  No.  No, Moe, No!

And now for something completely different:  How to degauss a cat.

If that's not enough, here's a dog that will do the dishes, the laundry, and start the coffee for you. 

Other Youtube Videos You've Probably Already Seen, but Just In Case:


The It Gets Better Project.  Just in case you've somehow missed this, it's been everywhere, but it's worth linking again.  
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Supernatural! )

In short-uh, kind of meh on Sam and Dean this episode, but everything else was awesome.
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I don't even know what happened to today. It was just 11 am a few minutes ago. . . Am still sick. Have surpassed the cat in laziness. Am ready to be well again.

Of Montreal and Janelle Monae! )

Ex Machina, Ex Cathedra )

Supernatural 6x01 )
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Currently Knitting: Butterfly Mittens. I figured what I wanted to do with the pattern-I even did a gauge swatch up for a number of different options!  But while doing the gauge swatch, I kind of. . . forgot to check my gauge.  Starting over with 40 stitches instead of 44. . . 

Currently Reading: Still working on Perdido Street Station. I’m starting to realize that reading long passages on fake esoteric philosophy of science theories might require more concentration than I have when I’m on the elliptical.  Perhaps I should try reading those while sitting down.

Currently Watching on Netflix: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Rayguns! Jetpacks! Sky Pirate Angelina Jolie! I can’t say I’m too fond of Polly, but it’s an awesome little bit of fluff.

Currently Open in Other Tabs:  Anomie, a Sherlock vid.

Also on the Sherlock angle: John and Sherlock Make a Baby (From Stuff they Find Around the Flat)  Yes, it's technically kidfic.  It's still good!

Night of the Living Trekkies: Three different people have linked me to this book trailer. Do you think they’re trying to tell me something?

The Newest Hyperbole and a Half: I know, I know, but this one literally had me wheezing with laughter!

The Complete Brioche Website: I’m trying to decide if I want my next large project (you know, after I finish the mittens, a pair of socks, maybe a beard balaclava and probably some Christmas presents) to be a 2-color brioche blanket or the brioche sweater. I know the sensible answer is ‘neither, are you crazy?’ . . . but it’s so tempting. . .

I can't believe it's taken me a week to get an episode reaction post up . . . work's been kicking my ass lately, working six days, 50-60 hour weeks.  

And then I went and spent a sizable chunk of my overtime pay on comic books and ice cream, like a sensible adult. 

So:  Episode Reactions!  Right!  Spoilery bits separated by seed art, because what else am I going to do with pictures of seed art?

Merlin (Spoilers for 3x01 and 3x02) )

Ex Machina (Trade Paperback Vols. 4 and 5) )

Mad Men (Spoilers for The Summer Man) )

. . . and now it's time for me to download the next episode.
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Butterfly Hat! )

. . . and I have things to say about Merlin and Mad Men that are probably of more interest to most of those reading, but they'll have to wait until tomorrow.  Sorry!  This is probably the last knitting post for a while-I doubt I'll finish the mittens in a week.  Especially since it's day 2 and I'm still working out kinks in the pattern. . .
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 I have a larger entry planned, but last night's Mad Men deserves its own entry-mostly because this will be chock full of spoilers.  If you need a good download link, PM me, otherwise, you've been warned:

spoilers for The suitcase ahead )


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