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1. Dim sum! And they even had chrysanthemum tea! Served, exactly as it should be, with a little dish of rock sugar. *swoon* (It is strangely difficult to find in the US, so it is very, very exciting to know that there is a place nearby that has it!) Deliciousness. ) Definitely going back there.

2. [ profile] antumbral's Hockey RPF (Blackhawks)/Generation Kill fusion-crossover ficlet (also here), in which Duncan Keith is a spotter, Patrick Sharp is his sniper, Patrick Kane is their driver/communications guy, and Jonathan Toews is (of course) their fearless leader. It is just so ridiculously pleasing. ♥

3. Yes, I'm still basically in the process of falling in love with hockey. I watched half of 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic (only half because the Housemate twice (twice!) deleted the first two episodes before I had the chance to watch them) and it was awesome. I have had to start actively preventing myself from spending all my time reading articles and blogs (and re-reading fic), because there are a lot of things that actually need to get done this month (we're moving, among other things; there is a lot in my life to be stressed out about, at the moment), but it's fun to know it's all out there for me to absorb when I have the chance.

4. Porn Battle XI is coming! :D Prompting will start tomorrow and run through Friday, January 21st, and the dates of the actual battle are Sunday, January 23rd to Thursday, February 3rd. [ profile] oxoniensis has more information up here and here. All fandoms welcome! Come post some prompts! (See the FAQ for info on how to format them correctly and all that jazz.) I have started my brainstorming list for prompts, but got a little distracted by a fic idea, so I still have much to do. Possibly I ought to make sure to prompt something that the fic idea would fill, because my desire to write the scene that's been on repeat in my head for the past few days has gotten pretty strong. Two hockey players, one figure skater, 2010 Winter Olympics, happy shiny super-porny ménage à trois featuring oral sex and instructional dirty talk -- should be fun, if I can make it work!

5. Shearwater is still one of the best live shows I have ever seen or ever will see. Never fancy, just them and their many, many instruments (all of them played between 3 to 6 instruments over the course of the show), but breathtaking, engrossing, charming, intense, and so, so gorgeous. They performed The Island Arc (Palo Santo, Rook, and The Golden Archipelago) all the way through (with 10 minute breaks between albums), seven people on stage (if I remember correctly the previous two times I saw them they usually had five people) all playing with total commitment. I am a little bit in love with Jonathan Meiburg, I think, and his voice. I am definitely in love with his band. Just incredible.

Um. *cough* That was a lot of hockey, wasn't it. I might be a little obsessed. But it's not the only thing I'm thinking about! I have been also contemplating a lot of other fandomy things! )
Mood:: 'happy' happy
Music:: Psychostick, "The Hunger Within" (in my head)
location: Circular Stone
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It was kind of an accident. We (me, the SO, and... we'll call him H1 for Housemate #1) had just watched the last two parts of The Pacific, which were not really spoilery, just talking about the mini-series in general terms, but just in case. ) I turned to the boys and said "I need to watch something frivolous now." I was hoping for Justified (we're about 4 episodes behind, and I had a hankering to watch Hoosier from The Pacific become Justified's Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson), but the SO insisted that he needed to play a video game for a couple of hours, so that was out. (The boys have a fairly strict code about tv show watching. They're from Texas, okay, they were raised polite. It's inconvenient, but cute.) H1 said, "I don't know if this fits the bill, but H2 and I have an episode of True Blood to watch." I had a feeling that whatever else you could say about True Blood, it probably counts as frivolous! So H1 and H2 spent a good 10-15 minutes trying to fill me in on the general outlines of the plots and who everyone is (and they still had to pause during the show a few times to explain various people and subplots they'd forgotten to tell me about, and also to help me tell all the scruffy medium-brown-haired guys apart), and then we watched episode 3.1.

Note: this is the only episode of the show that I have ever seen. I did read the first book of the series, years ago, and it did not impress me. So, um, take all opinions with a grain of salt. Who knows how I'll feel about everyone a few episodes from now.

spoilers for 3.1 (and probably previous seasons) here )

I suspect that I'm going to keep watching this show. And not just because of Eric! Though he might be a significant part of it. :)
location: Circular Stone
Mood:: 'okay' okay
Music:: random snippets of music from the SYTYCD eps I've been watching
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1. This line from the most recent ~weekly shiplist my favorite comic book shop sends out: "Also, MARVEL has a new "permanent" title: ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN/WOLVERINE. Honestly, we have no idea who to give this one to, so let us know if you want it." This was especially funny given that the email started out by listing all the complicated shenanigans involving the Avengers titles name changes and what they were gong to do about subscriptions, detailing exactly who, subscribed to what old title(s), would get what new title(s) by default.

2. Mixing and betaing for [ profile] bandombigbang has forced me to realize that I can, indeed, still read and enjoy MCR fic, at least sometimes. Yay! I expect that my bandom consumption will still stay a bit deflated, though.

3. I am totally in love with figure skating fandom right now. If there were more fic for me to devour I would probably be even more solidly in the fandom, but even just all of the resources and squee over at [ profile] ontd_skating is absolutely delighting me. Hell, I even signed up for the [ profile] holiday_on_ice fic exchange. My signup was embarrassingly long-winded as usual, but I enjoyed thinking about prompts and such so much that my brain seems to be stuck in plot bunny mode. It would not surprise me if a figure skating plot bunny post materializes sometime in the near future.

4. I am still in war mode. That sounds strange. I mean, I'm still riding my recent wave of interest in wartime settings and military things that was sparked by Generation Kill and fed by my Yuletide assignment (god, I still have to write up that Yuletide wrapup post, oops), and enjoying it immensely. I'm in the middle of watching Band of Brothers, and while I'm reserving judgment on The Pacific as a whole until they show the rest, I am definitely enjoying watching it. The guy who plays the poet is damn easy on the eyes, and the appearance of a couple of Wonderfalls actors made me so happy! Actually, speaking of Wonderfalls, I saw Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (so adorable!) this past week and fell in love with Lee Pace all over again. And I didn't even realize going in that it was set on the eve of the British getting into WWII! It went well with Connie Willis's new novel, Blackout, which is about time-traveling historians studying the British home front. It was a hands-down amazing read (I devoured it so fast), with the single flaw of actually being only the first half of the story. Luckily the second part will be out in the fall. But I want it now! In the meantime I'll be getting my war fix through the rest of The Pacific and Band of Brothers, and probably re-watching GK and reading more of the book. Hmm. Maybe I'll finally watch Full Metal Jacket to get in some Vietnam. I wonder if I could find something good for the Korean War. Huh. Come to think of it, you could say my interest was actually sparked by that Japanese history class I took in 2008 and all of the fantastic end of WWII and postwar stuff we read and discussed, and then maybe fed by Waltz with Bashir, which is a freaking amazing film, also from 2008, about memory and the 1982 war between Israel and Lebanon. So yeah, I've been on something of a war kick for awhile. So if anyone has any recs for war-related stuff, please hit me with 'em. Any war in any time period, any medium, and any aspect of war. I'm interested in it all!

5. I have added a new reality tv show to my roster of tv shows, bringing the number I follow up to... 2 and a half. I had half a mind to follow Idol after falling for Adam and Kris and Allison toward the end of last year's season, but I'm too lazy to watch it live or commandeer my SO's housemate's dvr, and they don't seem to post full episodes online, so fuck 'em. But that's the half, because at least I tried. I'm keeping up with Project Runway, give or take, and now I seem to be watching Dancing with the Stars. Damn you, figure skating fandom, damn you! It is fun, though. If Netflix had either Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance, I'd probably be mainlining old seasons as I type this. It's just... Project Runway and shows of that nature are the perfect mind candy for when I'm interested in characters and talent and ambition and creativity and sometimes beauty without actually having enough brainpower to concentrate on a storyline per se. I think the next on my list is going to be Top Chef. I do love food, after all, and the one ep I saw last year (also the first and only Top Chef ep I've seen) was pretty neat. I did spend one year watching The Amazing Race with an old housemate of mine, but I think it has about an equal chance to annoy me as to entertain me, so it's in the second tier. Plus, I guess I'm just more interested in watching people singing and dancing and making beautiful (and/or delicious or otherwise awesome) things than watching people run around and do arbitrary challenges.

Wow. This list is kind of all over the place. It's sort of... shallow shallow shallow WAR shallow. I guess that pretty much covers my life right now, though. Incredibly fluffy in general, but with these rather prominent (but not usually overwhelming) depressing and difficult bits. But still, hard to complain about mostly fluffy.
location: Circular Stone
Mood:: 'surviving' surviving
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 01:49am on 27/10/2009 under , , , ,
On Nov 10, I will be watching Stark Sands sing and dance as Clyde Barrow with only one row of people between us, for the world premiere of the musical Bonnie & Clyde at the La Jolla Playhouse. Yes, that would be Lt. Nate Fick, for those of you from Generation Kill fandom (GK is amazing, both the 7-hour miniseries and the fandom). I am so excited. I almost just deleted the email, because I had vaguely planned to have moved a few states away by then. But then in their little cast profile my eyes caught on his name and by the time I had all of my senses again I had bought a 2nd row ticket to the first show. It only requires me holding on here for a few more days, and I haven't bought my plane ticket yet anyway! And gosh, people, Stark Sands. As a bank robber and lover! *glee*

I also finally bought a ticket for The Airborne Toxic Event at the House of Blues on the 3rd. Sure, it cost about twice as much as the ticket price itself because of all the fees, but last time they were here the show sold out and I couldn't get in even without paying 4 times as much. And I know it'll be worth it, they were a really fun show at SXSW. And I'm curious to see if they've fixed their are-we-following-the-drummer-or-the-frontman rhythm issue. I wonder if The Henry Clay People and Red Cortez are going to be any good. I do like hearing new music, regardless, so.

It would probably be good to force myself to get out of the house more, too. I need to be more inspired to pack and staying in is definitely not working. Ahahahahaha.
location: Lucien's Library
Mood:: 'happy' happy
Music:: The Airborne Toxic Event (eponymous)
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It is 3:30 am here in California and I am trying to decide what task to work on tonight.

1. [ profile] polyfandomrecs Top Ten challenge reclist, full of bandom non-monogamy fics. Still a lot of work and reading and writing to be done for this, but I am very excited about it. Process is much like how I spend days poring over my music collection to make the perfect mix. Sometimes being vaguely obsessive can be a bit problematic. It's due on the 17th! So I really should keep plugging away.

2. Going through the Comic-con programming schedule and making a huge list of what I want to go to. I am so excited! But that's not 'til the 23rd, so I probably shouldn't give in to my curiosity just yet. But, but... Comic-con! Hard to resist!

3. [ profile] lissa_bear asked me questions! I should answer them! Except I have to cliff one of Bob, Patrick, and Christian Kane, and I just can't decide! My life, so hard.

4. Figure out what I'm sending my recipient for this gift exchange thingy I'm doing off the bpal forum. Fun! And time-sensitive! But will probably go in fits and starts.

5. Peruse the Generation Kill Porn Skirmish and think about writing one. The actual writing will probably want to wait until my copy of the book gets here, though -- hooray for used books. I'm sad that I'm so broke that I can't buy the tv series itself, though. But I have to save all my money for moving and Comic-con, so.

6. Make some kind of introductory post. Hello, new friends. :)

7. Try to fix my sleep schedule by going to bed right now. Ahahahaha.
Music:: Mercury Rev, All Is Dream
Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful
location: Lucien's Library