B- Biggest Fear: Bees, in the trivial sense. Goddamn.
C- Current Time: 22:52 PDT
D- Drink you last had: tea, hot, tippy assam black.
E- Easiest Person to Talk to: Oh, annathepiper.
F- Favorite Song: Just one? Fffft. I am currently listening to Needlemau5 (Sonic 3 Ending Theme) | bLiNd, RoBKTA
G- Ghosts, are they real: In the Scooby Doo sense? Can't say I've ever met one. Thematically? Oh yeah.
H- Hometown: Seattle, modulo I don't know where I was born. I think of myself as from the U. District.
I- In love with: annathepiper
J- Jealous of: Too many musicians.
K- Killed Someone? Only their prospects, darling.
L- Last time you cried?: A few weeks ago.
M- Middle Name: The (Solarbird the Lightbringer)
N- Number of Siblings: File under "questions which should not be difficult." I honestly don't know.
O- One Wish: Wings that work.
P- Person who you last called: Doctor's office, to reschedule, because President Xi has been in town.
Q- Question you're always asked: "Where's that from?"
R- Reason to smile: See F, above.
S- Song last sung: "Anarchy Now" - I was rehearsing earlier. No, wait, an unfinished song, so part of it, called "We're Not Friends." Despite the title, it's super upbeat.
T- Time you woke up: 8:30, for an appointment that got cancelled, see again, President Xi.
U- Underwear Colour: At the moment, white. That's kind of atypical, but hey.
V- Vacation Destination: I go around on this, but tonight, I'm thinking Edo, Japan.
W- Worst Habit: Dwelling on things. It's a side-effect of the PTSD anxiety.
X- X-Rays you've had: Most of my upper body, certainly, mostly after the car hit-and-run.
Y- Your favorite food: oh jeez. About 3/4 of a properly qualified sushi bar. Sure, we can start there.
Z- Zodiac Sign: File under "questions which should not be difficult," subcategory, "and that I don't care about, because astrology is stupid." The most likely candidates are Horse and Tiger, with Rat being a relevant thematic candidate because reasons.
- I hate artificial orange flavour. Hate it. Actual oranges are fine, chocolate flavoured with orange oil is okay. Everything else is terrible and awful and no.
- I did AI research back in ye daye, in sentence parsing and sentence generation. It wasn't published - I didn't try - and some of it has been being recreated by Google only in the last couple of years. I find that kind of hilarious, and maybe sad. But the actually amusing part is that it was being done in FORTRAN IV, a language which lacked strings of any kind.
- Relatedly, I've written basic string handing libraries. Several times, actually. Also in FORTRAN.
- It's fairly well known amongst friends that I don't remember childhood. But I've had these nightmares - as an adult! - of the Scary Butterfly in the Television. I didn't know what it was until a couple of years ago when I fell down a Wikipedia well. It was the CBC Butterfly logo from when they first went colour. Apparently, that thing freaked Tiny Me right the hell out. Did. Not. Want.
- Amongst my circle of friends, I'm the one who found World War Z and said "check this out, it looks amazing" and everybody read it and thought it was awesome. Except for me. I got busy and never read it. It's still on my to-read pile.
- I forgot a sixth thing when I posted this the first time.
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The Wicked Witch of the West.
It would not be wise to look down on the woman who strategically manipulated countless flying monkey minions, wolves, vicious bees and ruled her land with quite the magically iron fist.
She was west SIIIIDE before it even WAS a west side! You've chosen a path of manipulation, magic, and mayhem. As a villain you're the face of evil, but you're loyal to those important to you and have wicked ways of making the unlucky fellows who cross your path suffer! The three Ms that take the Wicked Witch of the West to the next level of villain and quite the distance beyond.
That being said, I do NOT want to meet you in a dark alley on a bad day. Oh, before I go, watch out for Dorothy, she's coming… and an umbrella wouldn’t hurt you.
Which AbFab character are you?
You're that impossibly cool person that others secretly look to for inspiration. You have the coolest style, the coolest expressions, the coolest friends. Basically things are cool if you say they that they are. Did I mention you're cool?
I got tagged on the 15 Films challenge. Consider yourself tagged, or don’t – I’m not fond of that part, and besides, this goes a zillion places.
But here, my top 15 favourite/personally influential films of all time – don’t consider these in order, or maybe do, if you want. I don’t. Also, I’m leaving out films I love in the ironic sense – the works of Ed Wood, Jr, the original Gamera trilogy, Robot Monster, Radar Secret Service, and so on.
1) Casablanca. How can it not be? It is a perfect film.
2) Brazil. Let’s take 1984 and h͖͓̙ạ̢̠͈̓ͪ͊l̏̏̋ͭ̊҉͕͙̮l̰̳̬̲̩̫͕̉u͔ͤ̒͒c̼̻̖͌
3) Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し). Transcendent in every way. For years, I was emotionally ready to dump everything and go work at Yubaba’s bath house if the opportunity arose. Magic lessons required, of course.
4) The Manchurian Candidate (1961). I would argue possibly the best cold war film, only matched by Doctor Strangelove. So paranoid, so relentless, so sad. Angela Lansbury is brilliant, perfect evil. I’d like to see her go up against Davros in Doctor Who. (Spoiler: she’d destroy him.)
5) O Brother Where Art Thou? If you don’t feel the gods intervening in the radio station, you aren’t reachable.
6) The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson trilogy), because how do you even realise this? And yet, they did. Astounding.
7) Pacific Rim, because I have never walked out of a theatre in a daze like that before, with my brain still going, what the fuck did I just see and can I see it again?!
8) On the Beach, probably the third- or fourth-best cold war film. (See also the last great one: Threads (1984).) Why this and Manchurian Candidate and not Doctor Strangelove? To be honest, I can’t quite tell you why. Strangelove is fantastic. But I had the unfortunate confluence of seeing that and reading Fail Safe at about the same time, and the mix is… hilarious? But not intentionally. And why not Threads? Different era, different world, I guess. I dunno.
9) Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫). I will possibly never watch this film again, because the first time destroyed me. I think… this is where I learned to love a film about losing.
10) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. Welcome to my sense of humour. Population: me.
11) Captain Blood (1935). Welcome to my sense of adventure! Population me, and a bunch of pirates. “You speak treason!” “Fluently.”
12) The Lion in Winter. Welcome to my idea about family! Population me, and all my horrible memories. Made beautiful by tremendous acting and actual razor wit. And occasionally, actual razors. Ah, family.
13) The Monolith Monsters. If an alien invasion film could be a procedural, this would be it. A minor film, but Science! and Rationality!
14) The Maltese Falcon (1941, the one with Bogie, the one you know about). The perfect detective film. Often overlooked; Elisha Cook Jr. as Wilmer, the gunsel. A small part, but watch him barely control – barely control – his crazy rage. There’s one point in particular where he is so angry he can barely move. It’s great.
15) Lilo and Stitch. A film I did not expect out of Disney, a love song to Hawai’i, funny, smart, poignant.
That’s my list right now. It’d probably have different items on it if someone asked again later. What’s yours?
Honestly, why would you want to?
It’s all Day Jobbe crap today, so little time to talk about anything. But I have experimental evidence now: medium-distance micing and overhead micing both can work in this room. Rawk. I also got some drum work in on the soundtrack album, and started working up some mandolin as well. This weekend: Angry Birds Handegg, more recording with Leannan Sidhe, plus other things I won’t talk about, because…
…of this short animated video. It comes from and includes a key point from a Derek Sivers TED talk. (Full talk here.) He talks about yet another bit of primate psychology that backfires and stops you from getting things done; being aware helps.
Finally, I learned something this week:
Looks like the vast lonesome shapes are seeping down from dark stars;
better set up more baffles
The last one is totally real. It’s called “rifle.” As in, get a, and use it on anybody wanting to set up a shotgun mic.
All for now; have fun this weekend. Ja ne!
You have perfect color vision!
FM Hue Test Results
A lower score is better, with ZERO being the perfect score. The bars above show the regions of the color spectrum where hue discrimination is low.
(On Macbook Pro built-in LCD sRGB 2.2 calibrated)