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Culture Consumed Wednesday

For the past fortnight.

Books

Read Anne Bishop's Daughter of the Blood. From Twitter:

@vassl: Now to attempt to finish reading the GOH's first novel before I arrive in the convention city. It was published in '98, I'm a little slow.

@vassl: Anne Bishop's Daughter of the Blood: surprisingly good airport reading. It's set in Hell, so relevant to my current location.

@vassl: Tullamarine Airport has fewer magic cockrings and sparkly jewels than Anne Bishop's Hell, and different decor choices, but otherwise similar

@vassl: Finished Daughter of the Blood. Started out all lolzy idfic magic cockrings, suddenly became not at all lolzy child trafficking rings.

Can see where JR Ward got her inspiration for what to name people in the Black Dagger books. There is a character in this novel whose name is surreal. I mean she is named Surreal. I mean both. [personal profile] snarp and [personal profile] rachelmanija were both right about it (except that I enjoyed it more than Rachel did, and will definitely be reading at least the second book.)

Reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Got through a few more pages in the last week. Hate Henry SO MUCH. Hate Dorian too. Indifferent to Painter Dude. Want to read a novel about Henry's aunt, written by Anne Bronte not Oscar Wilde.

Reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Everything. Got from pg 129 to pg 288 during Swancon weekend. Volcanoes and meteorites are scary. :( Some more Twitter commentary, because I like to recycle my jokes:

@vassl: Reading Bill Bryson on M-theory and have suddenly and regrettably turned into a zombie. Braaaaaaanes. #physics #holidayreading

Reread Komarr and 'Winterfair Gifts'.

Comics
Read Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 and #2. Basically giggled the whole way through. Yes, it was pure bubblegum, but I was in the mood for bubblegum. And Al Ewing's author's note on the last page, quoting Thor #353 (Odin: "For Asgard!" Thor: "For Midgard!" Loki: "For myself!") really rang true to me, both as a principle (standing up for yourself is not selfish/bad!) and also as an interpretation of Loki's character (not a nice person, but also frequently the only person on Team Himself.)

Fanfic
Read [personal profile] dira's Vorkosigan refugee AU and reread one of her Jole series while waiting for the plane. Some stories are worth going over your mobile data plan for.

TV and Movies
Watched 'Lake Laogai' from ATLA. Can we leave Ba Sing Se now? It is a terrible place.

Watched Spirited Away at [personal profile] bookgirlwa's house. It was made in 2001, but it's still very definitely in the tradition of 80s/90s kids' films that will destroy your infant mind with terror, while being instant classics for their meaningful script/use of myth and their beautiful cinematography/hand-drawn animation/puppetry/David Bowie's crotch.

Games
Discovered Cut The Rope. Obsessed.

Music
Watched the music video to Total Eclipse of the Heart for the first time, and have some preliminary conclusions: 1. I want whatever drugs they were on. 2. At least part of this is set in the Black Jewels universe. 3. The rest of it is set in Smallville. 4. I want the I'm Not Okay crossover. It would be epic. More epic, I mean.

Listened to Lydia Lunch's Queen of Siam. Liked.

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Pimping some bath products

I found some good bath products, reasonably priced, at my local Kmart.

Basil-Lime Body Spray. Nice blend of citrus and herbs. Light and refreshing.

Tree Hut products. I like both the Pequi and Coconut Lime sugar scrubs. In part because they're both under $7, and the Coconut Lime one doesn't smell like lime over suntan lotion, but it's got a nice woody-green note to it.

Damnit, Moon Moon

I can't stop laughing

Also, my cat, Sky, his facial expression is picture #2 90% of the time. If he was a werewolf, he'd certainly be a Moon Moon.
Questlove is working on a series of essays, and the first one When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America is quite interesting.

(And the English lit major in me really digs somebody with the moxie and the rhetorical know how to quote/use John Bradford, Albert Einstein, and Ice Cube all in the same place and really make it work.)

But this is the bit that really hooked me, because like Questlove, I remember when popular Black music =/= hip hop.

"Black culture, which has a long tradition of struggling against (and at the same time, working in close collaboration with) the dominant white culture, has rounded the corner of the 21st century with what looks in one sense like an unequivocal victory. Young America now embraces hip-hop as the signal pop-music genre of its time. So why does that victory feel strange: not exactly hollow, but a little haunted?

I have wondered about this for years, and worried about it for just as many years. It’s kept me up at night or kept me distracted during the day. And after looking far and wide, I keep coming back to the same answer, which is this: The reason is simple. The reason is plain. Once hip-hop culture is ubiquitous, it is also invisible. Once it’s everywhere, it is nowhere. What once offered resistance to mainstream culture (it was part of the larger tapestry, spooky-action style, but it pulled at the fabric) is now an integral part of the sullen dominant. Not to mention the obvious backlash conspiracy paranoia: Once all of black music is associated with hip-hop, then Those Who Wish to Squelch need only squelch one genre to effectively silence an entire cultural movement."

Emphasis mine.

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Small bottle sale

Hi there! I'm selling a lot of my bottles because my tastes have changed and I am not as into perfumes as I once was. All packages will go out with a tracking number. $3.50 shipping for one bottle, 50 cents for each additional bottle. $6.50 for international. (Sorry, no tracking for international.) Let me know of any questions, feel free to haggle on prices. Right now I would be willing to swap for:
Miskatonic University soap
Embalming Fluid soap
Shub-Niggurath soap
Bliss scrub
Embalming Fluid nail polish
FOR SALE!
BPAL
Agony of Heartache, TOL, $17
Autumn Coolness, smidge above TOL, $14
All Souls 07, almost full to neck, $15
Chaos Theory V, O series, CXXII, overfull, $16
Chaos Theory V, O series, CXXXVI, overfull, $16
Ecstasy of Infatuation, half full, $11
Ecstasy of True Love, just above TOL, $17
Festival of Anuket, to neck, $13
Flower Moon '08, just above TOL, WAND CAPPED, $14
Gladdener of All Hearts, TOL, $16
Konsheisin the Penis God, full, $22
Summer Summoning Spectacular, 2/3 full, $12
Commercial perfumes
Bath and Body Works, Vanilla Bean Noel shimmer splash, $10

My tweets

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  • Mon, 19:35: Day was largely unproductive, until I did errands with @joetweetguy & in the process worked out some character stuff for one of my projects.
  • Mon, 20:19: RT @theDivaLea: BTW: "I didn't think this was drawn well and this character was oversexualized" = criticism. "You need a good raping." = no…
  • Tue, 11:42: Today I ate a deep fried chicken gizzard for the first time in my life. Then I ate another one. They're chewy.

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

In today's mess, Lizzie acts like a jerk because Mike isn't allowed to further tyrannize pooooooooooooooor Elly by having his friends over.

(Strip Number 840, Original Publication Date, 25 April 1985)

Panel 1: We find Lizzie looking out the window at Mike and Lawrence who, for an obvious reason, are standing outside. She then turns and asks Elly if they can come in.

Panel 2: The obvious reason that they can't come in tells Lizzie that she told them Lizzie already had two friends in and obviously that's obviously enough.

Panel 3: Lizzie asks The Obvious Reason "They can't come in?" only to have Elly tell her "No." Lizzie says that that's too bad.

Panel 4: She then shows Mike and Lawrence that she doesn't think that that's too bad in the least when she taunts them about how they're stuck outside.

Summary: While I do sort of sympathize with Elly's need to control how many children are underfoot, I do NOT approve of her witlessly pitting the children against one another as she does now. As we'll see Saturday, she makes the CHAOS all about how overwhelmed SHE feels and not about how it affects her children.

Garden Supplies

I have just laid in the last of the containers and soil and am about $225 poorer.

Now, if the seeds I planted would sprout, that'd be great. And if the seeds I ordered last week would arrive so I can plant them? That'd also be great. Woot! They arrived!

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