solarbird: (korra-excited)

It’s been a busy weekend around the lair – and a bit bloggier than usual, too. You might enjoy “GamerGate True Believers are the Anti-Vaxxers of the Online World,” or maybe my ‘okay I’m done’ rant about Doctor Who, written after walking out on “Kill the Moon.” Check comments in particular on that second post, there are some good ones.

Apparently, some people rather liked the episode. I don’t see how, but hey, carry on.

No, here, it’s been mostly paperwork – even supervillains have to catch up on email and clear the desks sometimes – and a decent bit of Legend of Korra! Yes, I’m finally through all of year three. So far behind but so worth it. If you’re one of the people who didn’t get much out of the first year, give it another go, starting, oh, no later than midway through year two, with “The First Avatar.” It really rocketshots after that. I’m pretty sad that year four is probably the last year – it’s been so good. I’ll miss it.

I never did write up that VCON report, dammit. Wrote a bunch of other things, but not that. Here’s a nice one by Steve Fahnestalks at Amazing Stories, if you want, wherein he was kind enough to give me a little shout-out for my drum work. Thanks, Steve! :D

But even in all the paper catch-up this weekend, music hasn’t been entirely set aside. It’s just mostly been MIDI instruments, which means lots and lots of keyboarding. I’m… vaguely competent on keyboard – good enough for this – but wow, do I have no emotional feel for it. OKAY LET’S PUSH ALL THE BUTTONS DOOT DOOT DOOT OKAY LET’S PUSH ALL THE BUTTONS AGAIN DOOT DOOT DOOT

I’m trying, I really am, I have touch sensitivity and aftertouch and all that, and I’m using it. But – yeah. It’s just not my thing.

It is useful, though. At least, once I can stop myself from just setting everything to drums and mashing all the keys at once. That is fun. But… kind of useless. And the MIDI tenor sax isn’t entirely bad.

I’m wondering whether I have time to get just good enough on xaphoon to fake my way through a soprano sax solo. Should I try it? I don’t think I have enough time. But it might be fun to try.

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solarbird: (music)

Sometimes, late at night, I discover things. Sometimes they are hilarious things. Sometimes they are hilarious things that are awesome and end up on albums.

This is one of those times.

And everybody is in bed and I have nobody to play it to, and I can’t post it, because unfinished project (because, oh yeah, this is going on the soundtrack album) so I won’t link that in public.

Dammit.

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solarbird: (music)

And to think they told me a micro-anti-gravitron emitter simply couldn’t be made. Have to do something about the power chain colour, tho’. Should be nice and green.


Who has the hammer now, Captain?

GeekGirlCon! 2pm! Tomorrow! Time is a bit approximate because it’s a ninja gig, but we will be there an there will be adventures.

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solarbird: (molly-oooooh)

A house, but with a second underground lair house you say? Like in that Alicia Silverstone/Brandon Frasier movie, Blast from the Past, you say? Only the 70s, not the 50s, so it looks like Janet’s mom’s house in Shock Treatment, you say? Only entirely actually genuinely real? you say?




holy hell!

And the underground house even has its own guest lair house, you say?


dude.

God damn. I am not evil enough to live in Las Vegas; I’m the wrong kind of supervillain. But were I? I would be all over this shit. I mean it. Go watch the video, or look at more pictures. You can even walk all the way around the underground house, it’s in the middle of its very own Brady Bunch shag carpet lawn.

They also have some pictures of the upper house, but IDGAF. Use it for storage, whatever, nobody cares. This? This is sheer epic awesomeness. This is somebody’s dream lair.

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pete

Sep. 5th, 2013 06:30 am
solarbird: (shego-rule?-you?)

I was over at Peter’s house yesterday. He has a mini-me in dog form. This is Pete:


Mini-Pete

Take a good look because that’s the only time you will see that puppy that idle, or rather, I will, because Pete has decided somehow that I am the most exciting person ever, and this is what he usually does when I’m around:


Spin Cycle

I tried to shoot phone camera video, but he’s not a stationary typhoon; he’s all over the place, so it didn’t really work out.

There’s no story here, really. I just find this kind of hilarious and adorable, and after the last few posts, I figured we all needed a puppy break.

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solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)

So in awesome news of awesomeness, I’ve been offered and have accepted a spot as musical guest on an upcoming live episode of The Cosmic Ray Show. The official website is here. I’m appearing with people who have actually, you know, done things – Discovery space columnist Amy Shira Teitel, Ryan Kobrick from Yuri’s Night, NASA/JPL engineer Matthew Robinson – so I need to get my shit together! XD


Does this thing have production codes? It should have production codes.

It’ll be livestreamed a few places, most notably YouTube, starting at 8pm Cascadian/Pacific, 11pm Eastern Standard, and a kind of problematic 12:30am Newfoundland (sorry! But that’s live web series for you). I’m in the closing segment.

So, tune in, if you can! And tell people. They already have a pretty good chunk of audience, but I would like to bring in a bit more.

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solarbird: (sulu_oh_my)

International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies, live on CBCMUSIC three days ago. I AM NOT EVEN JOKING. Click through and hit play. Chris’s parts were actually recorded from space, tho’ time syncing would’ve been done later, of course, as is normal.

THE FUTURE!

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solarbird: (assassin)

I miss me some Invader Zim pretty fierce. So original-cast readings of unproduced scripts? SIGN ME THE FUCK UP.

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solarbird: (molly-happy)

I PUT IN THE FIRST DISC OFF THE PRINTER

\o| ITUNES KNOWS WHO WE ARE AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! \o/ |o/

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solarbird: I made this! (nano9win)

…AND WE’RE LIVE. Yes, it’s the triple-pronged three-fisted trifecta of musical attack from the unique combination of Great Big Sea (courtesy their karaoke contest), Twelve Good Measures, and CRIME and the Forces of Evil, featuring the first-ever video directed by me, along with lots of good Criminal engineering, lyrics, and vocals. Muah ha ha, our plot is afoot!

(The winner of this contest gets guest-of-band backstage passes to the Vancouver show, so fuck yeah mudkips, I do wanna win!)

MINIONS! YOU KNOW WHAT YOU MUST DO! CHAERG TO IT!

The official VIDEO
The official free high-quality AUDIO (pick yer format)
The unofficial OUTTAKES video

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solarbird: (music)

I can has an official fan list! I’m working on something that’ll be a bonus track for listmembers, too, if I can make it work the way I want to. Not sayin’ what it is, ’cause that’d be telling! It’ll be a bit of fun, tho’. And evil. Like y’should!

Also, if you missed Leannan Sidhe’s first show Saturday night, you missed somebody new getting off to a good start. Shanti’s music is very much unlike mine in a deeply oldschool way and it’ll be very interesting to see what she does with it. Plus, unannounced mid-show bonus set by Alexander James Adams, who just felt like stopping by! And maybe yours truly threw in a bit in the afterparty. Hard to say. I been makin’ a habit of that lately, so it totally coulda happened. Totally.

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Not many links this time, but they're of quality:

GETCHER GEEK ON: Street-legal Viper Mark II.

Disgraceful: Evolution, Big Bang Polls Omitted From NSF Report.

I keep not quite getting around to reading this paper on fluid intelligence and working memory, but the abstract looks interesting.

Finnish children's television is really, really odd. But I like it! Clickie!
solarbird: (sb-worldcon-cascadia)

That...

...was unmitigatedly awesome.

So we went to see Great Big Sea play Newfoundland and Labrador Night at medal award ceremonies. We had some surprise opening acts before the medal awards themselves including the Irish Descendants (omg) and that was fun, and they had this film they'd shot of people doing thread-the-needle dancing around the world and when they got to Japan it was all "omg I used to hang out there" "and also there" and and and.

Then medals and that was nice but when the show started it turned out the medal playform wasn't the stage but was standing room! So I decided I was Going There and did, which was fun (I NEED TO SEE A TICKET ok HERE'S A TICKET BYE) and we got up reasonably close to the stage and closer as the show went on.

We brought the flag! Which I'd been wearing all day anyway as a cape and getting lots of "what flag is that?" questions. And we were on camera with it several times and we crowd partied with Russians - I think they were part of a team! They were all "we do not know who you are but you are high energy and have an obscure flag so we like you" - and Poles and Newfoundlanders and some people who were from somewhere out east but not N&L.

And people would ask what the flag was and I'd say "Cascadia!" and they'd nod and go, "oh, okay!" Mostly they didn't ask where that was other than the Poles, who did, and I explained and they liked that. ^_^ And we did the TINY COUNTRIES ARE AWESOME dance and that was fun. ^_^

Not to mention that the Boys put two+ sets of energy into one set so had show of epic mania, which was super infectous. Anna has the setlist and has probably posted on her LJ, go check it.

And apparently the show was broadcast! So if you see the blue, green, and white tricolour towards the centre of the stage audience, that's us. ^_^ With the Newfoundlanders to our right and Poles behind us and happy Russians in front.

After the show there was a lot of omg crowd and WOOOOOOOOOO and bad renditions of national anthems (Anna and I did in fact sing Yank My Doodle, It's a Dandy walking up Robson. But my plan had anyone asked what out anthem was was to say it had no words and play them Cascadia (How I Have Missed You) off my phone.) And about an hour and a half later we made it out of downtown and back to the Cowhaus.

And, before all that, in the afternoon, we got into the BC pavilion so could see the Da Vinci exhibit, I should mention that before I forget. I wanted SO MUCH to do the zipline ride but even in the rain the wait was six hours.

And I think there was a firm concensus that Team Cascadia took home the Vertical Movement gold. No question.

Now I need brunch! Time for brunchings. ^_^

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solarbird: (asumanga-yay)
Anna's got a novelette in the three-writer collection Defiance, released today(!) by Drollerie Press. It'll be on Amazon soon, or you can buy it from the publisher website linked above. (This is her second release, the first being the novel Faerie Blood, available several places, just follow the link.)
solarbird: (cake)
I'm making a note here: huge success.
solarbird: (molly-content)
...I stopped at a benefit sale for the Rose House, where amongst other things they had a TI 1200 calculator from 1975 still in box and in pristine condition; a bit of a Bargain Hunt find, that was, but I told them to eBay it instead of selling it to me for $1. They were eBay aware, they just had no idea it might be worth something.

I also bought a used labelmaker (another $1 special), which makes me happy, because I love these stupid things:



I don't really have anything to label right now because I want to get some of the plastic labelling tape instead of the plain white paper it came with, so I labelled my cat.


Fred
solarbird: (music)
Now that is what I am god damn talking about.

I had an encore. I had a goddamn encore at a busking gig. I got to the end of my one-and-only-one hour and told the small crowd that I had to stop, but thanks everybody and they went "aaaaaaaaw!" and I blinked and changed "putting my stuff away" to "getting out my bouzouki again" and said "Okay, one more. Don't tell anybody." And they went "yay!" and I went 'agh agh agh what do I play okay Goin' Up with my cool new bridge added' and grabbed for the rhythm but missed and got Lukey's instead and was already playing! and went 'agh agh agh can I fix it?' and improved a bunch of stuff trying to get back to Goin' Up but couldn't and went 'okay fine Lukey it is!' and tore 'round into the first verse of that...

And that's when I noticed the vendor across from me (on the far side of the crowd) that had spent the first two songs glaring at me with his arms crossed from behind dark sunglasses was dancing. I have kids dancing all the time; vendors, never before. It was some kind of Irish jig. And I thought, 'oh, you are shitting me' as he then hopped out into the aisle and started to try to get other vendors to dance too.

And then it was over and I wished it wasn't but thanked everybody and someone asked when I'd be back and I said "three weeks!" and they looked sad, so I added, "But I'll be in Bothell and Woodinville next weekend!" and people were happy.

Lake Forest Park I have so missed you. You guys roxx0r even if your market manager has annoying new rules about one hour shows. I don't even care anymore. That was awesome. Let's do it again.

NEW RULE: ANYTHING WITH AN ENCORE GETS A SETLIST. These aren't really in order because I don't entirely remember, but:
SETLIST Lake Forest Park 2k9/05/31:
January (mandolin)
When You Leave (mandolin)
Lukey (first time) (bouzouki)
Cascadia, How I Have Missed You (bouzouki)
Thought You Knew (mandolin)
Artifacts (You'll Never See) (mandolin)
Stars (mandolin)
Pirate Bill (bouzouki)
Outbirds (bouzouki)
Let Me Help (mandolin)
Life in the Underground (mandolin)

OMG ENCORE:
Goin' UpLukey (extended) (bouzouki)
solarbird: (music)
Now that is what I am god damn talking about.

I had an encore. I had a goddamn encore at a busking gig. I got to the end of my one-and-only-one hour and told the small crowd that I had to stop, but thanks everybody and they went "aaaaaaaaw!" and I blinked and changed "putting my stuff away" to "getting out my bouzouki again" and said "Okay, one more. Don't tell anybody." And they went "yay!" and I went 'agh agh agh what do I play okay Goin' Up with my cool new bridge added' and grabbed for the rhythm but missed and got Lukey's instead and was already playing! and went 'agh agh agh can I fix it?' and improved a bunch of stuff trying to get back to Goin' Up but couldn't and went 'okay fine Lukey it is!' and tore 'round into the first verse of that...

And that's when I noticed the vendor across from me (on the far side of the crowd) that had spent the first two songs glaring at me with his arms crossed from behind dark sunglasses was dancing. I have kids dancing all the time; vendors, never before. It was some kind of Irish jig. And I thought, 'oh, you are shitting me' as he then hopped out into the aisle and started to try to get other vendors to dance too.

And then it was over and I wished it wasn't but thanked everybody and someone asked when I'd be back and I said "three weeks!" and they looked sad, so I added, "But I'll be in Bothell and Woodinville next weekend!" and people were happy.

Lake Forest Park I have so missed you. You guys roxx0r even if your market manager has annoying new rules about one hour shows. I don't even care anymore. That was awesome. Let's do it again.

NEW RULE: ANYTHING WITH AN ENCORE GETS A SETLIST. These aren't really in order because I don't entirely remember, but:
SETLIST Lake Forest Park 2k9/05/31:
January (mandolin)
When You Leave (mandolin)
Lukey (first time) (bouzouki)
Cascadia, How I Have Missed You (bouzouki)
Thought You Knew (mandolin)
Artifacts (You'll Never See) (mandolin)
Stars (mandolin)
Pirate Bill (bouzouki)
Outbirds (bouzouki)
Let Me Help (mandolin)
Life in the Underground (mandolin)

OMG ENCORE:
Goin' UpLukey (extended) (bouzouki)
solarbird: (asumanga-yay)
So my partner [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper wrote a book called Faerie Blood, out now from Drollerie Press, and it's currently available for purchase here, at the publisher's website. (It'll be on Amazon soon, too.). It's currently in ebook form only - tho' that includes things like PDF so you don't need special hardware, any computer will do. A paperback version will come out if and when sales of the ebook are high enough, which means if you want a hardcopy, you need to buy an electronic copy first!

It's got Seattle, trolls, fairy biker gangs, and elfin Elvis impersonators, and you can go ahead and read the first two chapters here to see whether you might think you'd like it. What else could you possibly need?

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