kshandra: The TARDIS to the right of a purple sun (TARDIS)
I just spent two hours sitting in a room with my high-school crush, watching Doctor Who.

Okay, the room in question was the Century 20 Oakridge, and the fact that Chris was there was pure happenstance, but it was a wonderful little bit of nostalgia for me.

[personal profile] gridlore and I had used the comps we received from Fathom Events after our disastrous attempt to see Young Frankenstein last month to go to tonight's screening of the newly-animated Power of the Daleks. The evening started out on a bit of an ominous note, however, when we walked into the theatre and found the video crawl had begun with no audio... The major difference tonight was that a supervisor came into the house shortly before the main event was scheduled to begin to say that there were indeed technical difficulties, but that they were working furiously up in the booth and hoped to have the show start soon. And to their further credit, once the audio had been brought back online, they sped through the pre-show rah-rah (hooray for digital projection!) to get us to the start of the actual presentation, more or less on schedule.

For those of you unfamiliar with classic-era Doctor Who, Power of the Daleks is one of the all-too-many stories that was lost to an archive purge in the mid-70s. A complete audio recording of the story still existed (because fandom), and a team from the BBC used that along with the few hundred stills that remain, a couple of short video segments, and an original shooting script to reconstruct the production as an animated feature. Doug and I were both initially disappointed with the quality of the animation, particularly of the actors, until we learned in a post-show featurette that the team had only six months to turn the entire project around. Considering that the average Pixar film takes 3-4 YEARS to complete, with a staff 20x as big, the fact that they were able to do as much as they did is practically heroic.

All in all, it was a great way to get back in touch with my fannish roots.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Default)
Changed my default userpic; it's now an animated scroll of the closing paragraph of Keith Olbermann's Special Comment the night Gabby Giffords was shot. It's an important reminder, to myself and hopefully to others.

Keith no longer holds quite the same space in my fangirl's heart that he once did. [personal profile] gridlore stopped following him before Countdown went off the air for the final time, noting that it had become the liberal equivalent of all of the conservative echo-chamber shows he railed against so often, and I ultimately had no choice but to acknowledge the truth in that statement. I've used the #KOdependent hashtag on Twitter once or twice since then, and was only half-joking about it. But in the wake of this week's results, Doug is appreciating the need for a liberal firebrand (or dick-punching arsonist, if you prefer) once more.

In other news, Facebook just scared the bejesus out of me. Somebody flipped the wrong switch somewhere, apparently, and they put memorial banners on everyone's profile. I discovered this the hard way by going out to my sister-in-law's profile.

My transgender sister-in-law who just started hormone therapy earlier this summer, and who has been posting about whether she's going to rush the process along to make sure she still can, or whether she's just going to go back in the damn closet.

I've already heard about one suicide brought on by the election (and not one of the unconfirmed reports, either). The possibility that C might join their number was entirely too real, and I did not need that.

And how are YOU doing?
kshandra: (Wedding)
"There comes a point past panic," a friend of a friend once said, "where all you can do is turn the ignition." They were talking about BurningMan prep, but it seems equally apropos here.

Our bags are packed, inventoried, and ready to be locked down for transit. Tomorrow's outfits are picked out and ready to go. We're both freshly shorn; I even had time to get my nails done.

The author's hand, holding a passport, modeling a fresh set of Jamberry nail wraps
Jamberry nail wraps in Boysenberry and Passport[retired].

We are less than 24 hours from our scheduled departure time.

Let's do this.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Default)
There were many reasons [personal profile] gridlore and I budgeted for business class seats when we set up this campaign. While others were more important, this was definitely on the list.

https://medium.com/@thefatshadow/what-it-s-like-to-be-that-fat-person-sitting-next-to-you-on-the-plane-85006e263778#.3v7yh1uw2
kshandra: (Wedding)
Istanbul at sunset, as seen from the water, with Galata Tower in the distance

A generous benefactor has made up the last not-quite-$300 to get us to our $12,500 goal (the $8,500 you see on the site, plus the $4,000 contribution from my employer).

Our flight leaves in 81 days.

This is really happening, and I will NEVER have the words to thank you all.
kshandra: (Wedding)
Folks, this is it. The last time we're going to bug you about our trip to Istanbul. We've decided to make December 31st the day we stop pimping the trip, and start focusing on going.

Thanks to your amazing generosity, and with the boost from EarthBaby, we've raised a stunning $11,640. We're just $860 from reaching a goal that frankly scared the hell out of us when we started this thing. Because of you, we have already purchased:



In the coming weeks, we'll be booking tours and dinner cruise reservations, getting our visas, and doing the eight million last-second things that this trip requires. [personal profile] gridlore is actually upset that 2016 is a leap year, because it means waiting one more day.

But we want to end this year's fundraising with a bang. If everyone reading this gives just a little - ten bucks, five, even a dollar - we can meet the goal and be secure in the knowledge that we are paid for.

So ring that bell a few more times before we ring in the new year.

Thanks again to all of you for making this happen. Doug is getting to see a place he's dreamed of since childhood, we're both getting an amazing 25th anniversary trip, and you will get a ton of photos.
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
The Last Plane to Heaven, as many of you likely know, is the title of a forthcoming collection of [livejournal.com profile] jaylake's short stories, set for publication this September.

Now, thanks to the prompt I left in [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's latest Poetry Fishbowl, it is also the name of a poem in her Schroedinger's Heroes universe.

Check it out, and if you like what you see, go feed the fish.
kshandra: Portrait of the journalist as an anthropomorphic mouse, wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt (Mouse)
...I thought I'd share my Mother's Day Doodle with all of you. (Courtesy of the fine folks at Google, of course.)
kshandra: Hufflepuff House's coat of arms from the Harry Potter films. (Hufflepuff)
...several games, in fact.

Pottermore started letting in the public earlier this week, and I succumbed fairly early, despite my sour-grapes reaction after missing the beta. And after a decade of sorting 80/20 GryffinClaw (including the original Warner Brothers site for the films), I was determined to be a honey badger Hufflepuff. ;-) And I was just charmed with the description of the Hufflepuff common room on the site:

A sloping, earthy passage...travels upwards a little way until a cosy, round, low-ceilinged room is revealed, reminiscent of a badger's set. The room is decorated in the cheerful, bee-like colours of yellow and black, emphasised by the use of highly polished, honey-coloured wood for the tables and the round doors which lead to the boys' and girls' dormitories (furnished with comfortable wooden bedsteads, all covered in patchwork quilts).


Round doors, eh? We're not Hufflepuffs - we're hobbits.

I'm HollySeeker27011 in-game; please chime in with your game handle here, so I can set nicknames for you on the site. (I'm missing a nick for one person I added during my original frenzy on Tuesday, so even if I've already added you, let me know who you are, please!)




Back in December, [personal profile] murphymom gave [personal profile] gridlore and me gift memberships - "miracles" - for the Grateful Dead Game MMO, which went live (natch) on 4/20. We were actually looking forward to this...but Mom, I'm sorry you spent your money on it. :-/ The artwork is delightful, but the game is disappointing so far. There are four levels of a Donkey Kong-esque side-scroller to get through...and apparently none of the content we were promised (the "Space Rail" that is supposed to take us from concert venue to concert venue, interaction with other players, etc.) is ready yet. So you fall off the end of the platform (since the door to the next level won't open) - and the game resets to the beginning of Level 1. Indeed, the game resets any time you log off the site, or the Flash plug-in that runs the game crashes. The feedback that is showing up on the game's FB page and on the main site is brutal.
kshandra: Keith Olbermann, pointing at the camera; caption: "I see you, you dirty fangirl" (Keith - Dirty Fangirl)
Most of you have probably encountered Texts from Last Night at this point. And any of you who participated in the Trick-or-Treat meme I did last Halloween have seen some of the astonishing variety of Tumblr blogs that take those texts and stick them onto screen caps from various and sundry series for epic lulz. I've become a regular contributor to Texts from the Anchor Desk; almost all of my submissions are made anonymously, though if you ask me if something is mine, I'll usually tell you.

Now, I tend not to "cross the streams" with my blogs, but I'm just too enamored of my latest creation not to share. )
kshandra: Keith Olbermann, pointing at the camera; caption: "I see you, you dirty fangirl" (Keith - Dirty Fangirl)
So today was Promo Day over at the Keith Olbermann Media Empire™ - we got a few teaser shots throughout the afternoon, and then one of the Good Ones this evening. My comment, both on the FOK forum and on Twitter, was that if he'd actually chosen a purple tie for that shot, the amount of carnage amongst the fangirls would have been truly devastating.

I had to go and open my mouth.

Photobucket

Why, yes, yes I did.... )

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go make some new wallpaper.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Default)
...albeit not the one [livejournal.com profile] gridlore is doing, because I couldn't get past the first question.

  1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
  2. List (and upload/link) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
  3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


[personal profile] sarken gave me J.

Jackpot (Bruno's Bop) - Bruce Willis - An even bigger musical guilty pleasure than Barry Manilow. (And say what you like, that man can WAIL on the harmonica.) The audio and video are sadly out of sync on this video, but it's the only one I could find.

JAM - Michael Jackson - For those who've only met me recently, I'm one of those weird posthumous fans. My musical tastes have remained true to my generation throughout my life, so it wasn't as though I had no knowledge of his career - I was there when Off the Wall and Thriller and Bad were all released - but his music never grabbed hold of me the way other artists did; I enjoyed it when I encountered it randomly, but didn't seek it out, and came to regret that in the wake of his passing. Dangerous may actually be my favorite of his albums, and this is probably one of my top two favorite songs of his. And if you only watch one of the five videos I link to here, I would ask you to make it this one. It's minimalist, particularly for a Michael Jackson video, shot in abandoned buildings and largely in silhouette; even backlit, the two Michaels of the video (Jackson and Jordan) are unmistakable whenever they appear. And the sequences throughout the video of the two superstars trying to teach one another their very best moves are a delight to watch.

Jesus He Knows Me - Genesis - The original video is brilliant, skewering the televangelist collapse of the late 80s and early 90s; the live performance takes that energy and builds on it brilliantly.

Jet City Woman - Queensryche - This song crawled into my brain and made itself at home when I wasn't looking. I didn't even know who recorded it...and then Doug and I saw them on a triple bill with Alice Cooper and Heaven & Hell, and I damn near exploded when I recognized the opening chords. I've attempted it at karaoke a couple of times; I will consider it one of my greatest accomplishments ever the first night I nail it.

Jump Around - House of Pain - I loved this song even before B-Weezy made it his.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (WeeMee)
Why? Because the director of IT at http://www.weeworld.com/ is a narrow-minded bigot:

transgender - ffs what a lot of nonsense - freaks!

EDIT: The offending tweet has been removed, and the following update has appeared:

oh dear, that'll teach me for leaving phone on table in pub! Apologies.. What is fraped on twitter called?

Still debating whether or not I actually buy that explanation.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Clefs)
Tom Smith is a very funny man. He is a very talented man. And he is a very gracious man. He has been wonderful about boosting the signal when [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I have needed help over the past few months, and for this we are grateful.

And now, it's time for me to return the favor.

Please help if you can. If you can't, please consider boosting the signal yourself.

Spirit Day

Oct. 2nd, 2010 07:48 pm
kshandra: The Sacred Chao from the Principia Discordia, in gold, superimposed on a Bisexual Pride flag (Bi Chao)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown, Billy Lucas (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.




There has been some discussion in the blogosphere about the original graphic being used for this post, noting that the photos of the deceased were almost certainly used without permission. I've spent some time this morning creating the graphic you now see above; feel free to use it in your own posts.
kshandra: The Sacred Chao from the Principia Discordia, in gold, superimposed on a Bisexual Pride flag (Bi Chao)
...because I can't find the words....

just because I didn't kill myself, doesn't mean I didn't feel like I was dying

(I'm also unlocking this post, with thanks to [livejournal.com profile] the_ogre for the inspiration to do so.)
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Clefs)
I just realized that none of my Voltaire MP3s made it onto the laptop. Indeed, I'm not sure they made the transfer from the old desktop system to the new machine.

I found the "podcast" files on the website, but that's less than half of the tracks I had before...and most distressingly, neither "Ex-Lover's Lover" nor "The Headless Waltz" was among them.

HOWEVER (and there's always a "However")...I did manage to find this:



([livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I were looking for this a couple of days ago with no success. Why it came up tonight, I can't tell you.)
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Artist)
The Endless: A Family Portrait

My one nitpick is that Despair is too slender, IMO. I'd love to find a local group to do a shoot like this and take on the part myself.

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