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Which sounds rather like a magazine for the hip-hop aristocracy, to be filed on coffee tables next to Pimpmobile Trader and Bling Monthly.

How are you all?

I see that it is comice's birthday. Many happy returns of the day to you!
(Many belated happy returns to those whose birthdays I have missed during the hiatus)

Today I am mostly knackered and sick of the bloody rain. I had planned to reply to the juicy HP comments and indeed I will but I am having to work really hard at work at the moment and I am finding that very inconvenient. Sometimes I long for the old pre-responsibility days of slumming it on the downtable, when I used to spend at least two hours of every work day writing sarky replies to mailing lists and emailing people and actually get to talk to co-workers.

I can't seem to catch up with anything at the moment. There are not enough hours in the day and I have a terrible procrastination problem.

And I am just irritated with other people right now. What is it about some women that makes them so bloody superior? Do they know how they sound? Reaching the age of 30-plus does not make you some kind of arbiter of taste whose only function is to pull everything down for not being clever or sophisticated enough. And my least favourite flavour of LJer is the thirty/fortysomething bootface who hops onto the comments of one of these snooty buggers and does a me-too with some kind of snappy, snotty quip, as if to say, "oh yes, only we two know the true definition of art. Only we have the golden key which enables us to determine what everyone else should like, if they are not irretrievably stupid and plebeian." And it does seem to be an age -related thing because the young whippersnappers don't sound that way, even when they are saying things which are equally objectionable.

I knew I should not have gone onto friendsfriends to read HP reviews. One, I don't have the time because I should be doing other things and two, my god I loathe you people, for values of "you people" which are not on the reading list. Rinse and repeat.

You know what? I *liked* the epilogue. I thought children would love it for its resolution and the people who were on JKR's case anyway would hate it. I am not making any sort of claim that the writing was anything other than fanfic at its most gruesome, but I did think it was the shipping equivalent of "rocks fall, everyone dies" in its determination to end canon the way she wanted it ended. I think it was bloody-minded and cussed of her and I bet she had a big grin on her face when she thought about it after she'd turned in the manuscript. I don't begrudge her that. It made me smile too.

This comment brought to you by the phrase "Go AU in your head if it bothers you that much; that's what your brane is FOR."




Work thing 2: Everyone has suddenly hopped onto Facebook. I've seen a lot of articles recently about how Facebook is taking over from MySpace as the social networking system of choice and about how the class profile skews to the more educated and wealthier on Facebook. However the real reason for the facebook influx at work is this: The bigwigs went to some vastly expensive strategy weekend, in which they played stupid trust games (and softball) and wanked on about web 2.0 and social networking with the result that every climber in the workplace has now got a facebook account and they are busily friending the bigwigs. I roll my eyes.

I have a Facebook account already but seriously, what is the point of them? You can do sweet crack all with them, they just sit there pointlessly as people send each other virtual plants and virtual zombie bites and arse about with dippy little widgets.

Seriously, a million points to anyone who can tell me what Facebook is for if you were born before 1985.

I have become obsessed with this chap, Ulrich Schnauss, who is a producer of ambient music and now the keyboard player with Longview (I think only lilydale knows of Longview). I have had the albums for three weeks and already this track has been played 38 times on my itunes alone. Who knows how many times on the iPod.

A Strangely Isolated Place

He writes beautiful electronica which is very much influenced by the Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and the shoegazers, so everything is awash with sound; lots of chiming high notes, propulsive beats and deliberately artificial sounding blips. Any vocals that there are tend to be heavily treated. I think maybe vonnie_k might like him. almost certainly won't.

Tell me about yourselves. What's a good and happy thing in your life?

Comments

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kirbyfest
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Only we have the golden key which enables us to determine what everyone else should like, if they are not irretrievably stupid and plebeian.

Really, I do love you to pieces.

And ITA on missing the days of less responsibility. Sure, I made less money, but honestly I really miss having time to do things like downloading fic and then formatting it to print, and reading all the various mailing lists, and gabbing with people at work. Now I go in and it's heads down all day, and I look up and it's 6 p.m. and my eyes are dry and tired and I want to curl up and have someone pet my hair.

I can snark on work e-mail, but that's about it. ::sigh::
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Yes. Though I like the money that comes with more responsibility, I do not like the more responsibility bit of it. Can someone do something about that please?
comice
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
First up, I LOVE that track. Clearly I've got some new music to buy.

As for me, I'm not really feeling the anger and hatred over the end of Harry Potter. I've read some of the stuff, but none of it is really touching me, or making me angry. The one thing I wanted to see that I didn't in the book was the broken body of Dolores Umbridge on the steps of Hogwarts after the battle, but she was too much or a coward to actually stand and fight for anything she believed in, I guess.

Anyway, for me right now, my happy thing is still HP. I think it was a pretty awesome birthday present. Thanks for the good wishes!

:: blows you kisses ::
comice
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
too much of a coward, that should say ...
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=batch_download&batch_id=OGhlSkhTTk1qV0EwTVE9PQ

Shhhhhh! Don't tell. It's almost expired though so if you want it, grab it quick.

I can't think of Umbridge now without seeing Imelda Staunton even though I had a really firm grip on what she looked like in my head before (she was reputedly based on Ann Widdecombe, the politician). What a great performance that was

(Anonymous)
Jul. 26th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
psssst!
:: whispers ::

It was already gone when I got there.

comice
Jul. 26th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: psssst!
How bizarre! I was logged in.

:: scratches head ::
leiliaxf
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
I'm ignoring the Potter section, as have only just started reading it (was at a dance festival all weekend and couldn't get my hands on a copy until Sunday night)

Dance fest--crazy insane 2 (very wet--as we are getting the rains too) days of middle-eastern dance, fusion dance and lawd knows what else. I help a friend sell costumes and music and assorted other goodies and this year she co-sponsored the guest instructors (from Germany--believe it or not, in spite of some of the anti-Turk sentiment over there some fantastic dancers have come out of Germany. Plus, the bastards have bought up all the Assuit fabric (that wonderful cotton gauze with metal embedded in patterns that people used to use for piano shawls and the like. Which begs the question--WHY exactly do pianos need a bloody shawl??? but I digress).

Anyway, so she co-sponsored. And since I usually help her out with the vending I ended up helping out with the hauling of said people (it was the dancer and her drummer husband) around, back and forth to the fest and almost on a sightseeing jaunt (was saved from this fate by another gal who had hosted them in her home earlier in the week). Needless to say, all the dealings with the general public, the early mornings and the driving and socializing wore me out. So I haven't had the energy to tackle said Mr. Potter. If I'm lucky, I'll be done with the book by week's end. If I'm lucky.

Keep your head (and assorted other bits) above water!!!!! No word on our news about Wales--how's my relatives getting on in Cardiff (generally speaking)? Any flooding to speak of?
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
It sounds like a good time even if you were working because it was interesting. And I can believe it about Germany; aren't there a couple of million people of Turkish descent in Germany?

As far as I know Wales is okay because it's not the people who live at the mouths of the rivers who are getting hit, it's the ones further upstream who are hammered.
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infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:07 am (UTC)
`It really is good if you like ambient music.

I think you're right, there is something fundamental about the sound and smell of the ocean, something primal that speaks to human beings
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infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
well, if you stick to your own reading list, you will see mostly happiness tempered with "I would have liked it better if she'd done X/ I thought X was a bit badly handled" which is fine and how most of us feel. Off that safe ground however, Muffy and Tiff were Not Happy.

And yes, I do trust you on that *g*
hossgal
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Tell me about yourselves. What's a good and happy thing in your life?

I am having lots and lots of ideas and plotbunnies, which always make me happy. However, they are appearing *now* for the usual reasons - I have bugger all time to deal with them, as fics are due and RL is busy.

We also have been drowned lately, but it has made the grass very green, and all the lakes full. Despite the downpours, this has generally been acknowledged as a Good Thing, although comments to the effect of Can Stop Any Time Now, Really, have also been heard.

The other one sent me the two newest P. C. Hodgell books, and I am making my way through them.

- hg
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
There should be some kind of fannish equation in which a, the awesomeness of the fannish source, multiplied by b, the number of possible plotbunnies, exists in inverse proportion to the amount of time you actually have
marakara
Jul. 24th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
"oh yes, only we two know the true definition of art. Only we have the golden key which enables us to determine what everyone else should like, if they are not irretrievably stupid and plebeian."

Oh, the "television is not art, it is furniture" crowd. I never liked them either.

I was wondering if you had any flood damage? The video on CNN and some photos I've seen make it look awful.

Things are fine here. No streets have exploded in nearly a week. I've been to the beach, been watching TV pilots and go on vacation in four days. Life is pretty good!

Take Care
Mara
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
In London we're perfectly fine, we're having good weather at last. I think it's mostly the same for everyone near the mouths of rivers and estuaries. However upstream on the smaller rivers where the older towns are they're having a dreadful time of it, not just because of the flooding; people unaffected by it have no decent drinking water because the water treatment plants are flooded and they've had to work to stop the electricity substations being hit
fourteenlines
Jul. 24th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
I got a new job! I start a week from tomorrow, and with any luck at all, it won't be the massive pit of suck that the old job has become. I wake up every morning thinking, "It won't be so bad. What are they gonna do, fire you?"

Other than that, I need a vacation, like, yesterday. Am thinking about coming to your side of the pond next spring-ish, but I don't know how practical that is. Hopefully any lagging on that score will be the result of money and/or time issues on my part, and not because you have all simply floated away. I mean, I know from pouring rain, and...yikes.
cofax7
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
OMG you got the job! YAY!
fourteenlines
Jul. 25th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Oh, God, didn't I mention that? Yes - I passed the background check "with flying colors" - apparently the credit problems weren't as much an issue as I feared.

And the days preceeding the offer had been such utter crap that I accepted without a moment's hesitation.

It might not be a great thing, but it's a different thing, and for that I am grateful. :)
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:23 am (UTC)
A million congratulations, it sounds as though your old job was wounding your soul. It would be lovely to see you here. London is not floating... so far
muridae_x
Jul. 24th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
Ah, the days of responsibility. I miss having time for lunch (and no overtime); being able to go back to goofing off for an hour in the middle of the day and browsing LJ would be an unsought-for bonus on top of all that.

I currently have a week off from the grind that is mine, all mine, to do with as I please. Of course, it's going to rain through most of it, but that only gives me an excuse not to fritter my free time away on the garden. And it's sunny outside right now.
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
Enjoy your week off. I am liking the unexpected loveliness of the weather this week but it's so changeable you can't rely on it
snacky
Jul. 24th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
I am amused by the fact that most people in THE REAL WORLD - children's booksellers, librarians, book reviewers - think it's a fantastic book, almost entirely without reservation or hesitation.

It's only online, where everyone is convinced that their fanfic is really the TRUE story, that they're all better writers than JKR, and that JKR hates homosexuals/Snape/fat people/etc., that I see people proclaiming how awful the book is, and how terrible a writer she is, and declaring the epilogue "Mary Sue babyfic."

Actually, thank god that last one is online only, because if I saw the term "Mary Sue babyfic" pop up in Publisher's Weekly, I might snap and start taking hostages.
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
Can we say the words "massive overweening sense of entitlement", children? I knew we could. YES to all of this. I mean it's not a perfect book and there were things I would like to change if it were my story but really, it did its job pretty well.

I think it might be only a matter of time before the term "Mary Sue babyfic" pops up somewhere like that. I think you should brace yourself.
k2daisy
Jul. 24th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
My husband uses LinkedIn as his networking website, which is much more for grownups than Facebook or, heh, MySpace. He actually got a great interview from it, via a recruiter who found him. They went with the other guy, ultimately, but it was a fantastic connection made.

I don't know how widespread its usage is yet; it says its for many industries, but the only people I know professionally who in it are IT. Of course, those are pretty much the only people I know anyway... ;-)
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
I think it might be more American-based than here but who knows? Anyway the Facebook thing went crazy at work again and the big boss opined that when 'those kind of people' know about it, it's pretty much over as an interesting phenomenon. I roll my eyes again.
vonniek
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful track. A bit Sigur-Ros-esque. (I recognize Cocteau Twins -- err, that's with Elizabeth whassherface who sang the vocal for "Teardrop", I think? -- and Skindive as bands you recommended when I was deep in SR-related flail.) It's both soothing and a bit alien.

The only Longview track I have is the one you'd uploaded ages ago, "Further", but I love that song! I'm gonna have to check out this Ulrich dude.

Have finally finished HP7. Am too exhausted to review (RL burying me under, etc., the same as yours) but I liked it a lot overall, although the epilogue did make me 1) roll my eyes a bit and 2) cackle at the prospect of inevitable wankapalooza. *g*
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
His music is a bit more mechanical than Sigur Ros, a bit more beat-driven, and never quite reaches their unearthly beauty. It's a bit more like a more commercial Boards of Canada.

I should post some Cocteau Twins for you to listen to when you're not quite so slammed. Slowdive are a bit more like Sigur Ros crossed with the Velvet Underground sound, but they're an acquired taste.

Hope work eases up for you a bit
cofax7
Jul. 24th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Good things: I finished HP7! (Started it at 1 pm over lunch, read it on the bus home and then pretty much straight through from 6:30 pm-midnight. Gah.) Now I can participate!

Other good thing: I go to Victoria on vacation next week! Where I hope it will not be rainy!

Not much else going on, on this side of the pond. It's not raining here, and it's not been too hot a summer yet. This morning we have heavy fog.

infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful vacation, if I didn't say that the other night
predictivememo
Jul. 25th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
Ok, Good Things:

I am no longer sick.
It is Wednesday.
The Wii is the future of gaming.
You're back.

All good.
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
I am confused over the virtues of Wednesday since I want it quite badly to be Friday at the moment, but okay *g*

Yay for not being sick; there's something going round at the moment which a friend has. He was burning up on Sunday and has been sick as a dog since

And I hear that about the Wii. Still a daft name though.
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