Nov. 11th, 2011

Remembrance Day

Wilfred Owen

Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds—
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs so dear-achieved, are sides
Full-nerved,—still warm,—too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth's sleep at all?

A heartfelt thank you to all who serve, in the hopes that there will come a future when none need serve at all.

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Feb. 9th, 2011

professional conference + karaoke = ?

So I'm at this professional marketing conference for folks in Continuing and Professional Education, and as part of the programming for this evening a consulting company is hosting karaoke. As I type this, a gaggle of marketing professionals are doing the Electric Slide in the 4th floor lobby of the convention center.
Yeah, so my boss dared me to sing, and I got called right after a really talented guy did Queen's Little Thing Called Love and he was a smash hit (and could actually sing). So I have to follow that, with "Human" by The Killers.
I sing this all the time in my car, but what karaoke makes me realize is that A) I have no ear for pitch; B) I don't know the timing without the singer to do it with me. I did some aside about being nervous, and being a dancer not a singer, and I had a table of very enthusiastic fans up near the front, so that was fun. And I got kudos from the folks in the audience, because I think that everybody else who has gone up has some connection with the organizers of the convention. ;)
I am just happy to make a fool of myself in public. ;)
My boss gave me a standing ovation and our table thanked me for representing them so they wouldn't have to get up themselves. LOL.

Ok, now some folks have gotten up to dance while a girl sings "I Will Survive" on stage. Some of these dancers are really awesome!

Best. Conference. Ever. ROFL!

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Nov. 11th, 2010

it all happened again and again and again and again

On this Day of Remembrance, two songs by Eric Bogle about the First World War, lest we forget:

A couple of quick hits:

10 Hard Truths About War for Veterans' Day and Every Other Day

For Desperate or Troubled Veterans There are Options and Resources

Pop-out from this article, because my family has been touched by this issue and others like it:
The VA offers a wide range of mental health services. In addition, and perhaps most important, the Veterans Administration also offers suicide prevention services.

If you or a family member or friend is in trouble, you can call 1-800-273-8255 any time of the day or night. Trained, caring professionals will be there to help.

If you're a US citizen you might also consider calling or writing your Senators or Representative and urging them to fund the VA and veterans' support programs. The Congressional Switchboard is a toll-free call: 800-828-0498.

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Oct. 16th, 2010

two things, of random

- the more I watch, the more I love the music in Merlin. The show may lack essential story logic, but damn that is a fine fine soundtrack.

- newspaper really does clean glass like a dream. Thanks for the tip, Dad!

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May. 15th, 2010

catching up - good, bad, plus ApolloCon Yay!

So yesterday something wonderful occurred: a family dinner, just the four of us: me, my parents, and my brother. We met up after the Scion got off work and had a great dinner at a local restaurant. It's been a long time since we had such an occasion, so I was very happy.
Then just as we were getting ready to go, the heavens opened with torrential downpours. Whee, gotta love East Texas.
Today my cousin is graduating from the University of St. Thomas, and I'll be going to her party this afternoon. I was hoping to see the ceremony on streaming video but it took me until just now to find their link. Doh. I'll have to see about watching it later.
I have tons of stuff to do this weekend, as well, and a busy schedule.

On Thursday I got lucky and attended the symphony in place of a friend who had to go out of town. That was really nice - it's always cool to go to Symphony shows.
Tomorrow I'm going to see Jane Eyre: the Musical at the Hobby Center with another friend, which I expect to be LOLtastic, although I have heard the music and it's pretty good.

Last week really sucked, mostly because of things I didn't feel comfortable blogging until they were resolved. and they live under this cut )
And of course that was totally separate from the general worry about the upcoming Hurricane Season, which promises not only to be worse in general than previous ones, but also full of nasty gross oil spill madness. Apocalypse, this summer!
Plus I've been doing a lot of reading on rape culture, sexual assault awareness, and misogyny in media, which isn't cheerful anytime.
So given that fabulousness I'm sure folks can understand why my reaction to recent Merlin fandom wankitude over the last week has been, "I can't believe you guys think this is worth this much outrage, seriously."

But I'm very happy to see some fun prompts in various prompt-collecting places, and hopefully in this month's TOTAL CRAZINESS (i.e. the last month before ApolloCon goes up) I'll find the time to draw some stuff.

Also, hey - APOLLOCON is coming! Houston's science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention is full of awesome, and I say that not just because I'm on the ConCom. ;) Weekend memberships are still available for pre-registration for $35. They'll be $40 at the door!
We'll have fun stuff this year: authors, artists, musicians, rocket scientists, LARPers, cosplayers, concerts, a dance, readings, and a FABULOUS Con Suite. Come play!

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Feb. 2nd, 2009

Happy Imbolc plus stuff

A Joyous Imbolc to all - may good things grow from here.

I fail at weekend productivity, mostly.  Although with the assistance of Fabric-Stash Enabler Mom, I did acquire some smokin' awesome additions to my stash (and the things I actually needed for my current project) during a trek through Houston's southeastern neighborhood fabric stores.  We should learn that in most cases, we will find fun novelty fabrics at the chains, but for quality color/value cottons, going directly to The Painted Pony would save some time and money.  ;)
The only thing we didn't find was the Hoffman Challenge fabric. It's on some of the online retailers, but not yet in stores around here. We'll wait a bit and check back.

We also went to the uber-awesome catfish joint and scored a party platter overflowing with hushpuppies. WIN.

I did not actually get the fabric washed, although that's probably good as now it has bonus cat hair to wash off, too. Apparently my quilting table is Zephyr's new favorite nap spot.

Suffered through the Sunday blahs and Sunday night insomnia, which really made for a grand morning today.  Ugh.  Did manage to get my iTunes playlists transferred to Sofia at last, and got rid of most of the repetitive entries in the Library. Also acquired hotel accomodations for both ApolloCon and WorldCon. w00t!

Did some art, including laying in colors for the commission portrait for llnm. Finally. It'll take several more color layers to get it done, and I'm not sure that I'm happy with the chosen palette, but the nice thing about digital is that I have a great amount of control over individual colors. Did not do any writing.  Did a lot of reading, both of the fanfic and regular variety. I finished Skulduggery Pleasant (hey! It has a sequel!) and have gotten firmly addicted to The Stepsister Scheme.

Lalala. I think that was it. I got the feeling there was some kind of nation-wide sports event going on, but it never really got onto my radar. I will probably catch up on the cool movie trailers over the course of the next few days.

Oct. 25th, 2008

yay wrock!

My latest shipment from the Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club has arrived! Yay, three new CDs, including Harry and the Potters. 
I shall listen while I attempt to finish my hp_art_project submission.

Jun. 20th, 2008

random funny

In light of the contents of this journal, I find it hilarious that I am even now listening to "The New Pornographers Radio" on Pandora.

Yes, the New Pornographers have joined Snow Patrol on my list of artists currently on eternal repeat on my mp3 player in the car. I should really get an iPod or something more sophisticated, because most of my music files are not mp3s anymore, and my poor wee Sansa doesn't believe anything but mp3s exist.
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Feb. 29th, 2008

seven songs

Yeah, yeah, everybody's doing it. List seven songs you're really into at the moment.

"Chasing Cars", Snow Patrol (still, yes.)
I don't quite know how to say how I feel. Those three words are said too much. They're not enough.

"Snape vs. Snape", Ministry of Magic
People don't change, people don't change. Once a Death Eater you're always one.

"Gravity", Vienna Teng
These are the scars that silence carved on me.

"We Could Leave Right Now", Oysterband
We could leave right now. We could just walk away. It wouldn't cost a thing. Hardly anyone would see.

"Inama Nushif", Brian Tyler  (special bonus - according to Wikipedia, this song was used in the trailer to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Random!)
The lyrics to this song are actually in Fremen.
Hatt al-hudad (Through the tempest)/Al-maahn al-baiid (be it deluge or sand)
Ay-yah idare (A singular voice)/Adamm malum (speaks through the torrent)

"Basically the Man", The Butterbeer Experience
Because you're basically the man, Neville.  The leader of the rebellion, Neville.

"Perfect Girl", Sarah McLachlan
Am I faithful, am I strong, am I good enough to belong, in your reverie a perfect girl?
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Feb. 20th, 2008

iTunes meme

Ganked from [info]mnemosyne_1

Open iTunes and fill in the answers, no matter how embarrassing.  ;)

How many songs total: 4,138
How many hours or days of music: 11 days
Most recently played: See Your Face, by Joanne Juskus
Most played: Snape vs. Snape by Ministry of Magic
Most recently added: Fred's Dead by Gred and Forge

Sort by song title:
First Song: Aakan Jor by Snatam Kaur
Last Song: !! (spoken interlude) from the China Beach Soundtrack

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: Interlude from Monty Python's The Final Rip Off (0:06)
Longest Song: Thundering Rainstorm meditation track (1:00:14)

Sort by album:
First album: Abbey Road, The Beatles
Last album: 70s Various Artists Vol 1

First song that comes up on Shuffle: Tomorrow, Wendy by Concrete Blonde

Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death – 10
Life - 34
Love - 177
Hate - 17
You - 250
Sex - 17 (7 of these are on the Wrock album Evil is Sexy LOL)
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Oct. 10th, 2007

Fun Times with Wizard Rock

Fun Times with Wizard Rock
Originally uploaded by zephrene.
Look what I just got in the mail! Hooray!

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