ironymaiden: (have it all)
i was humming along and did too many repeats on the current interesting knitting project and need to undo about eight rows in order to have enough yarn left to finish properly. i am close to changing balls on the current boring knitting project and may run out of yarn before i get home to pick up another ball. (no links because i am behind on taking pictures for Ravelry. i need to figure out where i put my tripod, because no one should have to deal with me micromanaging them until i like the angle and exposure.)

SIFF starts today! (i don't count the galas-since they're not included in my pass they might as well not exist.) this time in May is also when Seattle wakes up and starts having all of the everything happen at the same time. so i'll easily see a dozen movies this weekend, but i won't be doing the LYS tour, or going to any parties, or hopping a bus to the Sounders away game in Vancouver.

i saw The Pitmen Painters at ACT on Wednesday, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] e_bourne. (i've seen several shows there but this was my first in the upstairs, with the arena stage. the community theatre of my youth was an arena, and my college mainstage was a thrust, so i have a soft spot for them.) nice play, solid cast and production design, and a really interesting topic. it was good, but it could have been excellent. alas, the experience was marred by directoral sledgehammer at the close of each act. for me any art about art is masturbation; if i have to be a voyeur i want a crack in the closet door, not the donkey show.
ironymaiden: (have it all)
are we the only adults out there with a full/double bed instead of a queen?

obviously, other people have them because we can still buy sheets. but finding a new full-size bed frame that appeals has been surprisingly tough. (at this point i'm starting to consider custom work but my inner starving artist is flipping out. she has a hard enough time with what the mattress will cost...)

do not want

Oct. 4th, 2009 10:38 am
ironymaiden: (do not want)
weekend is not going entirely as planned.

the 360 has the red ring of death. considering that ours was made in 2005, it's had a remarkable run. repairs are still cheaper than replacement, so i need to drop it at the UPS store and deal with the withdrawal. i knew we played a lot of rockband, but i didn't realize just how much we used it to stream netflix. regular television is even worse than i remembered.

and i need to get off the computer because my right eyelid is grotesquely swollen since i woke up and it's kind of hard to read right now. i suspect it's a bugbite but i'm not sure, took some benadryl and we'll see. i'm supposed to be social this afternoon. hoping to avoid the ER :/

do not want

Oct. 4th, 2009 10:38 am
ironymaiden: (Default)
weekend is not going entirely as planned.

the 360 has the red ring of death. considering that ours was made in 2005, it's had a remarkable run. repairs are still cheaper than replacement, so i need to drop it at the UPS store and deal with the withdrawal. i knew we played a lot of rockband, but i didn't realize just how much we used it to stream netflix. regular television is even worse than i remembered.

and i need to get off the computer because my right eyelid is grotesquely swollen since i woke up and it's kind of hard to read right now. i suspect it's a bugbite but i'm not sure, took some benadryl and we'll see. i'm supposed to be social this afternoon. hoping to avoid the ER :/

et tu?

Sep. 30th, 2009 01:59 pm
ironymaiden: (siff 2k7)
(sparked by [livejournal.com profile] sirriamnis and javagoth's roundup on Roman Polanski.)

i am often confounded by how to deal with objectionable humans who make art. the work does not magically suck the second i find out something nasty about the creator. my general rule is that i don't give them money anymore, and i don't worry about money already spent (no buying new books/tickets/DVDs, but no throwing out of things i own.)

Roman Polanski really did drug and rape a 13-year old girl. and he really did flee the country to get out of going to jail. change the name, and no one would be questioning that the man should be back here doing time and it wouldn't matter how much time had passed.

i'm pained by the people and organizations who think that Chinatown or The Pianist makes him a special snowflake.

the list of protest petition signers is worst if you are a film nerd. extra-hurty for me: Fatih Akin, Pedro Almodovar, Penelope Cruz, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, John Landis, Michael Mann, Tilda Swinton, Wong Kar Waï, Wim Wenders. (others might care more than i do about Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, and David Lynch.)

the full list is very long and dense, so it's under a cut. Read more... )

is apprehending him at a film festival setting a precedent that puts dissident filmmakers in danger? um, no. and if Polanski had stayed to hear his sentence read in 1978, none of this would be happening.

i have a few months to think about how my money rule works with a SIFF pass.

et tu?

Sep. 30th, 2009 01:59 pm
ironymaiden: (Default)
(sparked by [livejournal.com profile] sirriamnis and javagoth's roundup on Roman Polanski.)

i am often confounded by how to deal with objectionable humans who make art. the work does not magically suck the second i find out something nasty about the creator. my general rule is that i don't give them money anymore, and i don't worry about money already spent (no buying new books/tickets/DVDs, but no throwing out of things i own.)

Roman Polanski really did drug and rape a 13-year old girl. and he really did flee the country to get out of going to jail. change the name, and no one would be questioning that the man should be back here doing time and it wouldn't matter how much time had passed.

i'm pained by the people and organizations who think that Chinatown or The Pianist makes him a special snowflake.

the list of protest petition signers is worst if you are a film nerd. extra-hurty for me: Fatih Akin, Pedro Almodovar, Penelope Cruz, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, John Landis, Michael Mann, Tilda Swinton, Wong Kar Waï, Wim Wenders. (others might care more than i do about Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, and David Lynch.)

the full list is very long and dense, so it's under a cut. Read more... )

is apprehending him at a film festival setting a precedent that puts dissident filmmakers in danger? um, no. and if Polanski had stayed to hear his sentence read in 1978, none of this would be happening.

i have a few months to think about how my money rule works with a SIFF pass.
ironymaiden: (bored now)
my senior year of college, we arrived for the spring semester and it was snowing. the next morning, the state declared a state of emergency. first time in my life: the governor told everyone to stay home or get fined. the snowfall was epic. and there we were, trapped in the dorms, with a snow day.

and we hadn't started class yet, so we had no homework, no reading, no books.

we couldn't dig out our cars.

we had nothing to do. it was the worst snow day ever, where it wasn't a welcome break and the weather was so genuinely nasty that we couldn't even build a snowman.

there was nothing on tv.

i was with a bunch of creative people and we couldn't think of a thing to do.

we were in a nothing storm.




i'm done with snow day in Seattle.
ironymaiden: (bored now)
my senior year of college, we arrived for the spring semester and it was snowing. the next morning, the state declared a state of emergency. first time in my life: the governor told everyone to stay home or get fined. the snowfall was epic. and there we were, trapped in the dorms, with a snow day.

and we hadn't started class yet, so we had no homework, no reading, no books.

we couldn't dig out our cars.

we had nothing to do. it was the worst snow day ever, where it wasn't a welcome break and the weather was so genuinely nasty that we couldn't even build a snowman.

there was nothing on tv.

i was with a bunch of creative people and we couldn't think of a thing to do.

we were in a nothing storm.




i'm done with snow day in Seattle.
ironymaiden: (left hand)
more awkward adolescence for [livejournal.com profile] kijjohnson.

this one is hard to write. it's hard to write because this part of my awkward adolescence shouldn't have been a problem. it isn't a problem. no one should ever be marginalized for it. and i'm practically normal among my current batch of friends, so it's not like people reading this don't get it, and other people had it worse in one way or another.

the block on talking about it is very strong.

i was a very smart little girl.Read more... )

people routinely treated me like shit for something that is intrinsically positive. saying "they're just jealous" doesn't ever cut the sting.

*sigh*

i really should have written about how i chose the wrong audition song for the spring musical my senior year, refused to take "just" a chorus part in a teary huff, and then ended up being the acting coach for the girl who got the role i wanted.
ironymaiden: (left hand)
more awkward adolescence for [livejournal.com profile] kijjohnson.

this one is hard to write. it's hard to write because this part of my awkward adolescence shouldn't have been a problem. it isn't a problem. no one should ever be marginalized for it. and i'm practically normal among my current batch of friends, so it's not like people reading this don't get it, and other people had it worse in one way or another.

the block on talking about it is very strong.

i was a very smart little girl.Read more... )

people routinely treated me like shit for something that is intrinsically positive. saying "they're just jealous" doesn't ever cut the sting.

*sigh*

i really should have written about how i chose the wrong audition song for the spring musical my senior year, refused to take "just" a chorus part in a teary huff, and then ended up being the acting coach for the girl who got the role i wanted.
ironymaiden: (PA)
[livejournal.com profile] livingdeadpan wanted to hear about my awkward adolescence. (this is part one. part two, for [livejournal.com profile] kijjohnson comes later.)

about the way i looked )
ironymaiden: (PA)
[livejournal.com profile] livingdeadpan wanted to hear about my awkward adolescence. (this is part one. part two, for [livejournal.com profile] kijjohnson comes later.)

about the way i looked )
ironymaiden: (waiting)
um, i am waiting for my multitouch slate. where is it? i wanted a laptop with no keyboard and they made a laptop with no built in ethernet instead. you suck for not building my fantasy, Steve Jobs.
ironymaiden: (waiting)
um, i am waiting for my multitouch slate. where is it? i wanted a laptop with no keyboard and they made a laptop with no built in ethernet instead. you suck for not building my fantasy, Steve Jobs.
ironymaiden: (taciturn man)
the toughest thing about Giftmas is holding onto presents until the proper time. i'm reasonably good at sneaking and plotting, but my enthusiasm screws me up. "item X is awesome! i want C to have it Right Now!" i gave him a present back in October because i couldn't stand to know that i had it and he couldn't use it. (a Sansa Rhapsody, glad i got it then since it looks like all the 8GB ones are gone now, for which he periodically continues to thank me. he uses it every day. score!)

is it creepy that i get an ego boost from seeing stuff i chose greeted with enthusiasm? (and a little sadness if i miss, or don't hit hard enough...last year's bottle of Tokaj is still untouched in the back of the fridge.)
ironymaiden: (taciturn man)
the toughest thing about Giftmas is holding onto presents until the proper time. i'm reasonably good at sneaking and plotting, but my enthusiasm screws me up. "item X is awesome! i want C to have it Right Now!" i gave him a present back in October because i couldn't stand to know that i had it and he couldn't use it. (a Sansa Rhapsody, glad i got it then since it looks like all the 8GB ones are gone now, for which he periodically continues to thank me. he uses it every day. score!)

is it creepy that i get an ego boost from seeing stuff i chose greeted with enthusiasm? (and a little sadness if i miss, or don't hit hard enough...last year's bottle of Tokaj is still untouched in the back of the fridge.)
ironymaiden: (bored now)
i'm done with being sick. beyond done. the congestion doesn't stop. the mostly tasteless food is a fine appetite suppressant, but i would like my hearing and balance back. (and i just discovered a gob of mucus, most likely escaped from an overfull tissue, on my keyboard. gross.) i hope it's not allergies; benadryl is the most effective for me but it also puts me right to sleep.

many pleasures recently - rhythm festival, [livejournal.com profile] shadow_and_veil's badass birthday, new season of Doctor Who, seeing [livejournal.com profile] buhrger, starting grilling season, losing some weight.

worried about memorizing my music for the upcoming chorus concerts. concerned for friends who have lost dear ones recently.

i'm still pretty fragile physically, so i haven't been going to yoga. can't lift my own weight, can't stand to hang my head below waist level. this makes me cranky and antsy; i'm glad (i think) that i seem to have developed a dependency, but frustrated that i'm surely losing ground with this idleness.

i'm reading more hard sf recently. gods, i'd missed it. the only problem is that Big Ideas aren't always suited to reading in snatches on the bus. i feel like i need to reread Blindsight on vacation without interruptions. it's tough to read a novel where the POV character is a disinterested observer whose job is to stay out of the action. it's a fun read for anyone who is into neurology, linguistics, and first contact stories. the library should be bringing me more Watts soon, along with Kage Baker and Charlie Stross. (while Watts and Stross make most of their work available online under CC, that would mean reading it on the screen. i can't take reading books online.)

and now for a really hot shower.
ironymaiden: (bored now)
i'm done with being sick. beyond done. the congestion doesn't stop. the mostly tasteless food is a fine appetite suppressant, but i would like my hearing and balance back. (and i just discovered a gob of mucus, most likely escaped from an overfull tissue, on my keyboard. gross.) i hope it's not allergies; benadryl is the most effective for me but it also puts me right to sleep.

many pleasures recently - rhythm festival, [livejournal.com profile] shadow_and_veil's badass birthday, new season of Doctor Who, seeing [livejournal.com profile] buhrger, starting grilling season, losing some weight.

worried about memorizing my music for the upcoming chorus concerts. concerned for friends who have lost dear ones recently.

i'm still pretty fragile physically, so i haven't been going to yoga. can't lift my own weight, can't stand to hang my head below waist level. this makes me cranky and antsy; i'm glad (i think) that i seem to have developed a dependency, but frustrated that i'm surely losing ground with this idleness.

i'm reading more hard sf recently. gods, i'd missed it. the only problem is that Big Ideas aren't always suited to reading in snatches on the bus. i feel like i need to reread Blindsight on vacation without interruptions. it's tough to read a novel where the POV character is a disinterested observer whose job is to stay out of the action. it's a fun read for anyone who is into neurology, linguistics, and first contact stories. the library should be bringing me more Watts soon, along with Kage Baker and Charlie Stross. (while Watts and Stross make most of their work available online under CC, that would mean reading it on the screen. i can't take reading books online.)

and now for a really hot shower.

snow daze

Jan. 16th, 2007 11:18 am
ironymaiden: (left hand)
i grew up in cold snowy winters. i did my first legal driving in snow. i used to have to heat up the kettle to unfreeze my car doors so that i could get to work in the morning. all of this is fine when it's routine. an inch of slush should be pretty, not paralyzing.

Seattle doesn't know what to do with snow. there's no civic infrastructure beyond a set of road closed signs and chains for the buses. people here don't even have snow shovels to clear the sidewalks.

i found myself this morning trying to do ours with a broom and a box of kosher salt. i still feel like it's my duty, even though i don't think there's a shoveling law here. (for those who haven't lived in snowy climes, there are often fines if you do not have "your" stretch of sidewalk cleared within a certain number of hours.)

then i went and waited for the bus. any bus downtown. during the morning commute there's about a bus every ten minutes. in an hour, not one bus came. by this time the cold had penetrated, and i just went home and got on VPN. work email reveals that the meeting i had to attend today is canceled anyway.

i would like my mild winter back. or competent drivers, snowplows, and salt trucks. whichever.

meanwhile, the futon in the living room is flat, with the sumo and all of our loose pillows on top, and i am well-nested with the charlie brown laptop keeping me warm.

snow daze

Jan. 16th, 2007 11:18 am
ironymaiden: (left hand)
i grew up in cold snowy winters. i did my first legal driving in snow. i used to have to heat up the kettle to unfreeze my car doors so that i could get to work in the morning. all of this is fine when it's routine. an inch of slush should be pretty, not paralyzing.

Seattle doesn't know what to do with snow. there's no civic infrastructure beyond a set of road closed signs and chains for the buses. people here don't even have snow shovels to clear the sidewalks.

i found myself this morning trying to do ours with a broom and a box of kosher salt. i still feel like it's my duty, even though i don't think there's a shoveling law here. (for those who haven't lived in snowy climes, there are often fines if you do not have "your" stretch of sidewalk cleared within a certain number of hours.)

then i went and waited for the bus. any bus downtown. during the morning commute there's about a bus every ten minutes. in an hour, not one bus came. by this time the cold had penetrated, and i just went home and got on VPN. work email reveals that the meeting i had to attend today is canceled anyway.

i would like my mild winter back. or competent drivers, snowplows, and salt trucks. whichever.

meanwhile, the futon in the living room is flat, with the sumo and all of our loose pillows on top, and i am well-nested with the charlie brown laptop keeping me warm.

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