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I'm not sure what I'll come up with for this. I've recently gotten pretty cynical about the whole idea of falling in love, after the emotional labor thread at Metafilter. It covered a whole lot of ground (like, near half a million words of ground) about how relationships often work, and how it's usually assumed to be the woman's job to keep track of everyone's feelings and steer those feelings in directions that make the relationship stronger. Since then, I'm not sure if I've been in a state where I wanted to feel compelled to set my own interests aside for the purpose of strengthening a relationship, even one that makes me happy.

I went looking for songlists, as I've been doing, to spark my memories. There are no song lists for "strong women in love." There are countless love song lists, and there are "female empowerment" lists (there is, apparently, basically no such thing as "male empowerment"), but nobody combines those ideas. There's a lot of love songs I like, but very few that make me "want to fall in love." Even these, I'm not sure are correct, but at least they don't carry any "nope nope nope; I am so done with that game" vibes for me.

It Must Be Love (Rickie Lee Jones) | Circles (Captain and Tennille) | Innocent Man (Billy Joel) | In a Big Country (Big Country) | Like a Prayer (Madonna) | Country Bumpkin (Loretta Lynn)

And the only one that actually brings me happy thoughts about a hypothetical relationship )

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Oh wow; this is an iiiinteresting category. Lemme share some of the contents of my "DUMPSTER FIRE 2016" playlist, which is a set of songs by artists who died last year. (I have a whole playlist of songs by artists who died the year we got POTUS45. The only reason it's not longer is that some of them aren't on Spotify. In the future, I wouldn't be surprised if we blot 2016 out of calendars.)

The Heat is On | Little Red Corvette | You Want It Darker | September | Rebel Rebel | Lucky Man | Big City | Faith

2016 was a horrible year to be a celebrity. )

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UPDATE: I heard from them. The archive is closed to new submissions but the admins are still there and can be reached via their Help Desk. There are no plans to move the archive.


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I think it'd be cheating if I included bands that only "broke up" because somebody died, so... no Queen, no Grateful Dead. But I'm not limiting myself to bands whose original members are all still alive, because I am at least bordering on "old," and most of the bands I loved are missing at least one original member. (And because I went looking for lists of "great bands that broke up" because I don't keep track of these things, and I've never heard of most of the bands on the lists.) However, I think it'd be extra-cheating to list anything by the Beatles because I can't honestly say I wish they were together as they are know; I've seen too many zombie AU fanfics already.

Also I went looking for the details about several bands I thought had broken up and discovered that many of them had gotten back together in some way, and several of them are still recording. (Supertramp is still active. Huh.)

White Rabbit | Gimme Gimme Gimme | Vacation | Peaceful Easy Feeling | Come Dancing | Anarchy in the UK

One of the few bands I've seen in concert - well, I've seen the abridged version of the band. )

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Book Meme!

Jul. 15th, 2017 12:26 pm
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I know, I know, I don't post for ages and then it's a meme. I snagged this from [personal profile] magnetic_pole. Statements which are applicable to me have been bolded!

1. You currently own more than 20 books.
Ahahaha, yeahhhh.

2. You currently own more than 50 books.
Ahem.

3. You currently own more than 100 books.
I do! I mean I did cull my book collection considerably when I moved house but it never got below 100 and it's growing again.

4. You amassed so many books you switched to an e-reader.

5. You read so much you have a ton of books AND an e-reader.
I am a big fan of my ereader - mostly because I like to try and read lots of longlists and the library quite frequently has them split between its paper and ebook collections, also I like to read massive novels and it's good to be able to have them on my ereader so that I can read them on public transport more easily.

6. You have a book-organization system no one else understands.

7. You’re currently reading more than one book.
Always. I think I've got three on the go right now?

8. You read every single day.
Well, I try to.

9. You’re reading a book right now, as you’re taking this book nerd quiz.

10. Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book.

11. You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book.

12. You did not regret it for a second and would do it again.
Well, I have been known to regret it when I'm trying to stay awake at my desk, but I know full well I'll do it again.

13. You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.

14. You’ve declined invitations to social activities in order to stay home and read.
Yes, but I probably didn't say that to the person whose invitation I turned down.

15. You view vacation time as “catch up on reading” time.
More "carry on with reading" time.

16. You’ve sat in a bathtub full of tepid water with prune-y skin because you were engrossed in a book.

17. You’ve missed your stop on the bus or the train because you were engrossed in a book.

18. You’ve almost tripped over a pothole, sat on a bench with wet paint, walked into a telephone pole, or narrowly avoided other calamities because you were engrossed in a book.

19. You’ve laughed out loud in public while reading a book.

20. You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell).

21. You’re the one everyone goes to for book recommendations.
Eh, kinda. If people are after literary fiction or fantasy recommendations, then yes.

22. You take your role in recommending books very seriously and worry about what books your friends would enjoy.
Recommending books is harrowing! What if they don't enjoy a book you loved!

23. Once you recommend a book to a friend, you keep bugging them about it.

24. If your friend doesn’t like the book you recommended, you’re heartbroken.

25. And you judge them. A little bit.

26. In fact, whenever you and a friend disagree about a book you secretly wonder what is wrong with them.

27. You’ve vowed to convert a non-reader into a reader.

28. And you’ve succeeded.

29. You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings.

30. You own several signed books.

31. You would recognize your favorite authors on the street.

32. In fact, you have.

33. If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, you’d choose your favorite writer.

34. You own a first-edition book.
I own a few but only because I bought them cheap from the charity shop. I'm not fussed about editions.

35. You know what that is and why it matters to bibliophiles.

36. You tweet, post, blog, or talk about books every day.

37. You have a “favorite” literary prize.
I love the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

38. And you read the winners of that prize every year.
I try to read the entire longlist every year.

39. You’ve recorded every book you’ve ever read and what you thought of it.

40. You have a designated reading nook in your home.

41. You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor.

42. You gave your pet a literary name.

43. You make literary references and puns nobody else understands.

44. You’re a stickler for spelling and grammar, even when you’re just texting.

45. You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays...

46. Whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, your brain goes into overdrive and you can’t choose just one. You end up naming twelve books.

47. You love the smell of books.

48. You’ve binge-read an entire series or an author’s whole oeuvre in just a few days.

49. You’ve actually felt your heart rate go up while reading an incredible book.

50. When you turn the last page of a good book, you feel as if you’ve finally come up for air and returned from a great adventure.
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Ooh, that's a bold claim. Hrm. I am tempted to rattle off half the songs on the "Firestorm" album, on the grounds that everyone should know some survivalist teaching songs. I'm also trying to remember songs I dragged out for my kids and said, "you will listen to this; it is important to your education and understanding the culture of your people and I am not raising antisocial numb-witted jerks here, so you are going to hear this song and whether or not you like it, you are going to damn well be ENRICHED by it."

There aren't actually a lot of those. And most of them are at least somewhat in the filk genre.

Old Time Religion (the filk version) | Little Fuzzy Animals | Velveteen | Badger Badger Badger Badger | Black Powder and Alcohol | Cranes over Hiroshima

I really wanted Black Powder to be the video, but then I remembered this one. )

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Sigh; I'm behind again. Yesterday at noon, my internet died. Called AT&T. Got told they can't figure anything out; they'll send a technician Saturday. (They offered for today but I wouldn't be home at the only timeslot they had.) At about 7:30 pm, internet started working again - we suspect the router had overheated. If a similar thing happens today, I'll call them to cancel the techie visit.

That threw off my working schedule and I didn't get back to post here. Which is fine, because after a day of fighting with tech I wasn't up to sorting out the intended meaning of "song that moves you forward"... what, like a sea shanty that helps you row? Erm, probably not.

Here, have some songs from my "UFYH" playlist:

Shock Treatment | No New Tale to Tell | Make a Circuit with Me | Kyrie | March of Cambreadh | Psych (Theme from Psych) | Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades | Invincible | Rapper's Delight | Love Somebody

A terrific clean-the-house song )

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Jul. 13th, 2017 08:36 am
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Experienced recently, keeping it short here more as a log than as reviews:

Reading:
Nicola Griffith's Slow River on an accurate recommendation from [personal profile] watersword. So good. Wow for the realistic abuse content, ggggnnnnnngggh for the competence in water treatment facility management scenes. I feel like people who liked China Mountain Zhang, for the personal journey stuff and the mundane futuristic scifi stuff and the emphasis on physical labor and managing complicated processes, might be likely to also like this.

(Reread) a few Tamora Pierce books from The Protector Of the Small quartet for comfort. Still comforting.

All the Birds in the Sky: finished, LOVED everything except the last 10 pages which were just okay.

Started Hild and am having a tough time getting the world into my head.

Am most of the way through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which is fairly breezy.

A bunch of Jon Bois stuff which is SO GREAT.

Visual:

In Transit, documentary, loving and unexpected. Way more about people and way less about the train itself than I thought we'd see. I had a lot of nostalgia for my times on the Empire Builder.

Schindler's List -- saw this for the first time. Stunning, of course. I'm glad I saw it on the big screen. I am glad I saw it on a Friday night when I'd had a good day and I didn't have anything in particular to do the next couple days.

Jurassic Park -- awesome and fun, maybe my 3rd or 4th time seeing it. I could probably see this once every 12-18 months.

Steven Universe -- all caught up now, love the songs, love Lion, amazed and surprised every few episodes.

A Man For All Seasons -- saw this in high school I think? So many good burns in this movie, and a fascinating portrayal of an actual conservative.

Wonder Woman -- better as an Event than as a movie (in contrast some movies don't have to be Events, like, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever or whatever). The message the movie wants to speak is in direct opposition to the basic visual and structural form of a tentpole superhero blockbuster film. But there are fun bits.

Yuri!!! On Ice -- I'm glad I saw this and I respect it a lot but I don't love it. I think that it's the restaurant that doesn't punch you in the face for a bunch of the intended audience, and I'm not part of that audience.

Audio:

Leonard's podcasted conversations with our friend Lucian about 90s nostalgia -- I enjoyed Lucian's recurring "because Kurt Cobain" explanations of his teenage quirks.
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Oh good; we're back to the fun topics. There are SO MANY yay!

Come on Eileen | Jesse | Delta Dawn | Lucille | Shilo | Jack & Diane | Danny's Song | Angry Johnny | Billy, Don't Be a Hero | Angie Babie | Mack the Knife | Rhiannon | Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner | You Can Call Me Al | Sloop John B | Lay Down Sally

One I've always liked, and hey, now I have the perfect visuals to go with it! )

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The hard part here is picking songs that I haven't already mentioned. These include songs that are pinned to several memories, songs where I interpret the content multiple ways, and songs where the filk of them always overlaps the original in my head. Basically, any song where someone might ask, "what does that mean to you?" and I'd have to answer, "it's complicated."

Uncle John's Band | Breakin' Out | It Must Be Love | No Myth | Star | Norwegian Wood | Knights in White Satin | Woodstock | The Joker | King of Pain | Mercedes Benz

And one that had multiple meanings before I saw the fanvid )

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The hope is, I'll do one now (morning) and one later today (evening) and be caught up. I looked at this one yesterday, and was too baffled to post.

A song that makes you think about... life. As opposed to, a song that makes me think about death? About non-existence? About the weather, which I suppose is not specifically about life? Bah. I suppose it means life in the abstract, life as a meta-concept, rather than aspects of life like relationships, which would exclude most love songs.

The Circle Game | Imagine | American Pie | The Sign | None of Your Business | Hard Knock Life | I've Never Been to Me | Live Like You Were Dying | Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall | Lights

The actual first song that came to mind when I saw the topic )

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This is for yesterday - I went out in the early evening, thinking I'd be home in time to post, but nope; I got home at 11:45. And I think I'd rather make separate posts than combine two in one.

This one is somewhat problematic - it's a fine category for a song list, but it involves revealing personal info. (I am not overly-concerned with people knowing what year I was born in.) It reminds me of a bit from Cory Doctorow's Little Brother:
But the quiz that had taken over the blogs of the Xnet that night was what scared me, because it was anything but harmless:
  • What's your sex
  • What grade are you in?
  • What school do you go to?
  • Where in the city do you live?
...There were only two people in my whole school who matched that profile. Most schools it would be the same. If you wanted to figure out who the Xnetters were, you could use these quizzes to find them all.
So when I see fun/casual quizzes with questions that include "plz offer up some useful individual demographic info," I give it the solid side-eye.

... And then I usually do the quiz, because I really don't believe this one's being distributed to gather age info about people who like Journey songs. And at least a handful of songs from the year I was born

Sugar, Sugar | Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In | Sweet Caroline | Touch Me | Come Together | Hair | A Boy Named Sue | Helplessly Hoping

Something something moon landing something music )

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Calibre and Kindle for PC or Mac

Jul. 10th, 2017 10:04 am
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 Copying and pasting from [personal profile] arduinna

"I somehow missed that this was happening a few months back, so maybe other people did, too.

My Kindle for PC updated itself silently to version 1.19, which is compatible with Amazon's latest formatting. This is great for being able to use the new formatting! This is not so great if you use Calibre to manage your library. Calibre can't read or even recognize the new format, so can't import your books.

If you use Calibre, the easiest thing to do is to uninstall Kindle 1.19 and reinstall the older version, 1.17, and make sure that the "automatically update" box is unchecked. 

The 
Mobileread forum has a thread on how to do this, including direct links to safe downloads of v 1.17 on Amazon. It also has instructions for other methods, if you don't want to downgrade your Kindle for PC/Mac."

Captain Nemo http://ift.tt/2uHlh6m

Jul. 10th, 2017 05:21 am
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sF3hYF on July 09, 2017 at 09:22PM

Tags:IFTTT, Fauxthentic History, DWCrosspost

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Jon Bois

Jul. 9th, 2017 11:57 pm
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I need to go to sleep, but:

There are some people making speculative fiction right now who don't get enough mainstream attention, in my opinion, or even enough attention from the circles of feminist scifi fans I generally hang out with. Like, some of you know about them, but others don't, and if you don't, I feel an urge to shake you by the lapels as I tell you about them, to ensure you are fully aware. Like, Alexandra Petri is consistently doing really interesting speculative work in her Washington Post column. Alexandra Erin's "Women Making Bees in Public" is an amazing piece about the necessity of being fierce and spycrafty in order to be a woman, about bees, about unexpected beauty, and about doing a chunk of work every day and witnessing what emerges.

And Jon Bois does some digital humanities writing and videos (often using the lens of sports history to dig up interesting stories and statistics), and writes fiction, again, often using the lens of sports to think about meaning, uncertainty, loss, and kindness. Jed's blog post about Bois's fiction pointed me to a few of his pieces and I'm just enthralled -- The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles is 40,000+ words and is complete, and 17776 is in serialization right now (here is a MetaFilter thread where I'm discussing the chapters as they go up).

His work is so loving and he's so consistent about making connections, stories, ideas that feel immediately real and of-course-it-would-be-like-that, finding the alien in the familiar and the familiar in the alien. The humaneness, that is what I am trying to get at. I need to sleep -- I hope you give him a try.
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Ahahahahaha haahahah haha ahahaahahaha NO.

I have never done karaoke, and if I were to start, I don't imagine it'd be with a duet. I wouldn't want to sing with someone who's as mediocre as me, so I'd be cringing through both parts, and I wouldn't want to sing with someone who's actually good so that I was sharply aware how much everyone else (including my partner) was cringing during my parts. So this becomes a damn near impossible question to answer.

Imma go with "Duets I like," because once we drag in the "karaoke" aspect, I have all the NOPE.
animated NOPEtepus

Islands in the Stream | Don't Go Breakin' My Heart | Leather & Lace | Under Pressure | Don't You Want Me

But if there were one I'd be willing to try )

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WTF is a "classic?" Arg, and wtf is a "classic favorite?" A classic that's a favorite of mine? A classic that's a favorite of many people? A favorite of many people that's so common people call it classically favorite?

Is this where I bust out the internet memes and post Badger Badger Mushroom Snake?

I hate questionnaires with undefined terms. I get that, in this case at least, I get to make it up - there's no wrong answers; it's whatever I think is a "classic favorite." But that's even less useful than "a song that's high energy" or "a song that's awesome," both of which are wide open for personal interpretation. "Classic" implies some kind of external judgment going on; "favorite" is very much subjective, but the phrasing makes it unclear if what's wanted is one of my favorites, or one that's shared by a lot of other people.

HERE HAVE SOME THINGS THAT COME TO MIND WHEN I HEAR THE PHRASE "CLASSIC FAVORITE" AND DON'T TRY TO THINK ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS:

Happy Together | Hey Jude | I Walk the Line | Shout | 1999 | Get Together | Ziggy Stardust | Somebody to Love | Touch of Grey | Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)

And one that's shifted from a common favorite to a political marching song )
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Kumail Nanjiani

Jul. 7th, 2017 01:35 pm
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I recently saw and loved the new movie The Big Sick and shared some thoughts about it on MetaFilter. Kumail Nanjiani is just so consistently excellent. Some of my favorites among his standup routines: on Benjamin Button, on Call of Duty: Karachi.
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Am I really halfway done? Wow. I'm not sure I've ever posted for 15 days in a row before. Certainly, never on a themed topic. Hrm, cover songs... that means I have to list the artist, not just the song name. I mostly prefer originals, but occasionally there's a cover I really like. I'm restricting myself to songs where I know the original (or at least, an earlier) version. And liking these doesn't mean I necessarily like them best; I'm glad the meme isn't "a cover song you like better than the original" because then I'd be forced to poke through the list of songs I didn't know were covers until I looked up details about them online.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Marilyn Manson | Don't Let It Bring You Down - Annie Lennox |
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin | I Fought the Law - The Clash | Baby Got Back – Jonathan Coulton | Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles

Last year's political season brought me my two favorite cover songs ever. )

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