A joke

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:01 pm
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Brain: Knock knock
Me: Who's there?
Brain: Executive dysfunction
Me:...
Brain:...
Me:...
Brain: ...Well?
Me: What?
Brain: Aren't you going to say "Executive dysfunction who?"
Me: Sorry, I got distracted.


The joke is that it's supposed to be funny.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 01:06 pm
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One of my regular, favourite web comics  ended today. If you are not familiar with it, I suggest checking it out. It's not that long and has a pretty good story.

http://www.alicegrove.com/

YouTube channel, at long last

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:30 pm
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Years after everyone else, I have uploaded all of my vids to my YouTube channel. All of them, that is, except the remasters and the ones that have been copy-blocked globally. I will continue to do Vimeo under password uploads for all my vids so that people in Germany can watch them, and in case of further copyright jail shenanigans on future vids.



A number of people have asked me about this for the past few years, and with the way vidding is shifting, it seemed like the thing to do. To celebrate, I have embedded my most recent and most popular vids on this entry. 


It's mostly true that I make vids for myself, but I do enjoy other people enjoying them. Feel free to subscribe to the channel, and if you feel like watching or liking the vids on this new platform (or reblog on the old tumbleweed), that would not be unappreciated by me.

One final note: I will add YouTube links to the old vid posts as time and 2017 allow.

Support a great vidder!

Jul. 17th, 2017 03:45 pm
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My friend [personal profile] kuwdora is currently doing her damnedest to change careers and become a professional editor. She's got a great opportunity for coaching from the editor of Burn Notice and Empire but needs help to make the math come out. The program will give her a significant leg up as a woman in a male-dominated industry and give her essential connections in Hollywood that will enable her to succeed.

You can donate to her GoFundMe directly, or commission a vid from her. Abbey has been a huge influence on my vidding and was ridiculously generous with her time, skills, and expertise when I was starting out, so if you've ever felt like you'd like to buy me a coffee for any of my vids, please take this opportunity to pay it forward to her instead.

Dear Equinox letter

Jul. 15th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Dear Equinox-er,

First off, thank you for making me a vid! I love vids, and quite honestly I would be happy to see a vid in any of these fandoms. I have suggested music for some of them, but please don't feel bound by what I've suggested, and I have no qualms about oft-vidded songs, either. And while a lot of these fandoms are very close to my heart, I will be very happy to see vids for them regardless of anything.

I Capture the Castle (2003)
I just read the book, and the movie does quite a good job of it. I love the zaniness of the family (Topaz is my secret favorite), and also Cassandra of course. Any vid from this movie would be great.

The Handmaiden (2016)
What I said: "Yup, absolutely anything from this movie would be amazing." What I meant: If you can somehow correct for the extreme male gaze of the movie, that would be amazing. While I did like the movie, the less said about the sex scenes, the better.

The Golden Compass (2007)
Aesthetically, I thought the movie was all right, especially once it got out of Oxford and got into the North. I've never really cared for (or about) Roger, but I would love any vid from this source, as the books are some of my favorites of all time. My Philp Pullman tag has a few scattered public thoughts on the book(s). This is what I said about the movie when I saw it in Kyoto nine years ago:

I thought it was an entirely creditable adaptation of, on balance, a rather difficult book to turn into cinema. I had a quarrel with where they ended the movie, though I can understand why they took it only that far instead of to where the book ends, but some things were really well done--the armored bears, for instance, and I particularly liked the witches as well (Eva Green is so awesome). Of course when Ragnur's jaw got TORN OFF there was absolutely no blood, but I suppose I should be used to this happening in children's fantasy movies by now. Come to think of it, I can't really say there was that much blood in "The Lord of the Rings" movies either. I thought the production design looked a lot more organic and less strange than it seemed in the previews, and props to Derek Jacobi on general principles for being amazing.

Harriet the Spy (1996)
I'm not sure how good a movie this is, really, or how good an adaptation, but I adore Harriet and I would love a vid about her.

Book review: Life of Johnson

Jul. 14th, 2017 03:15 pm
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The first quarter of this was pretty good, being a standard biography of Samuel Johnson. (The dictionary guy, that one.) Unfortunately it then hits the point at which the author (Boswell) became friends with Johnson. From that point on, it's a never-ending series of anecdotes, mostly with the goal of demonstrating just how cool it was that Boswell was such close friends with such a great figure. The density of the material increases non-linearly as we approach the end of Johnson's life, ending with pretty much every letter he wrote in the last year of his life.

I stalled out a bit under 50% last December, but I recently dove back in to finish it off. It definitely was improved by >1 playback speeds, and I was able to go as high as 2x without any noticeable loss of absorption. Helps that it was pretty breezy material for the most part, and I'm now wondering if the narrator was unusually slow to begin with.

I was a bit surprised just how turgid this book was. It's quite famous for inventing the modern biography. I guess I'm just glad it was the more grounded and human, less hagiographic aspects that caught on with other authors, not the obsessive day-by-day chronicling.

As often in pre-modern contexts, I can't help but wondering if their friendship had a sexual component. I think I have some very close friends, but I really can't imagine expressing my deep affection for them in the overtly romantic ways that Boswell and Johnson regularly did for each other. But is that just a modern tendency to view everything through a sexual lens? Certainly the open acknowledgement of homosexuality has been a mass-extinction-level event for the expression of male-male affection in my culture over the last several decades. I don't know how to begin to detangle my own cultural programming in this instance.

With this finally finished, I'm getting to the end of the Great Book series. (At least all the ones I'm ever likely to read. I doubt I'll ever be up for Plotinus or Aquinas, for instance.) I have a bit more John Locke on my Kindle right now that I'd like to get through, and I suspect I'll eventually get around to all 120 hours of Gibbon's Decline and Fall, but that's it. Oh well! It's been convenient, having a big list like this to work from, but it's not like there is any shortage of other things to be read.

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Jul. 13th, 2017 06:50 pm
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Everyone else: Refrigerator

Me: Human puzzle feeder






(It's extra super puzzle-y, because sometimes we have to put the food together ourselves. Enrichment!)

Greenlandic, Inuktitut

Jul. 13th, 2017 05:47 pm
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Hey, I've just started trying to learn Greenlandic and would really like a friend who could help me out (fluent speaker or fellow learner). Considering they're all just dialects of each other, if you know Inuktitut or something and I could learn that for a while then switch to Greenlandic afterwards, I'd still be really thankful.

So far I've been taking suffix meanings from Inupiaq, grammar lessons from Inuktitut and then practice material / dictionaries from Greenlandic and trying to piece everything together while only really having newspaper articles for practice. It's going really, really slowly! Even if you can't help, if you have friends you can ask or something I'd be really grateful! I'm very open to using other sites, Email or even snail-mail (in case you can only find someone's grandma) for communication too.

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