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Maybe it was premature of me to say that Providence has made the transition from Cold Spring to Spring Proper. Or, it may be that there needs to be a third and intermediate formal subdivision: Green Spring. That is, May, when it's finally fucking green out there, but people think it's warm when the temperature rises into the high sixties. Like today. Tomorrow, back into the fifties.

At least there's sunlight today.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,662 words on Blood Oranges. I know how the chapter ends now, and should be able to finish it by tomorrow evening.

If you're a Sirenia Digest subscriber and haven't voted in the "Question @ Hand" Poll, please do, and thanks.

I've been trying to manage more reading and less gaming. There's Under the Poppy, and the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Yesterday, from the latter, I read "Nuralagus rex, gen. et. sp. nov., an endemic insular giant rabbit from the Neogene of Minorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)." Imagine a rabbit ten times the size of modern cottontails, only it doesn't hop and doesn't have long ears. Also, reading Curt Stager's Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth and Jane P. Davidson's A History of Paleontology Illustration. But also gaming. Last night, we neglected Selwyn and Miisya, and played our Guardian high elves. Though the godbothering is fierce, I have in mind a storyline for our guild that involves making contact with a group of Guardians who have grown distrustful of their leaders and who doubt the Vigil, and who suspect they're not being told the truth about a lot of things, including what happened in Scion. So, I need characters of sufficiently high levels to reach areas where interfactional rp can occur.

Yes! Cross-faction rp. Which you can actually do in Rift. It's just a shame the game designers didn't allow for a far more realistic and inevitable scenario involving defections from one side to the other (only on RP servers), and also a loose confederation of the Undeclared, consisting of those who won't take a side. Would have been much more interesting. Anyway, yes, we have a guild, "Eyes of the Faceless Man," Defiant side, on the Shadefallen Shard. We'd love a few more members, and I know some of you game, and you should know Rift as good as it gets in terms of high fantasy/S&S MMORPG. Whatever faults it may have, Rift leaves WoW in the dust.

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Last night, was apparently devoted to creepy movies from 1987. First, we watched Alan Parker's Angel Heart, which, somehow, I'd never seen. It's a beautifully shot and acted film, but I think the ending gets heavy handed. We didn't need the yellow contact lenses. We also watched Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark, which, of course, I've seen about a hundred times, though in about twenty years. There are still some marvelous moments in the film, and Lance Henriksen is wonderful. But it falls apart as a whole, and I'm starting to think I should stop watching eighties horror films, which rarely ever measure up to my memories of them.

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Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thanks. Also, Spooky's made a really marvelous new necklace, which is up in her Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries Etsy shop, and which you can see here.

And now, words.

Date: 2011-05-09 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] docbrite.livejournal.com
It's a beautifully shot and acted film, but I think the ending gets heavy handed. We didn't need the yellow contact lenses.

Also, C- on depiction of New Orleans and F on depiction of voodoo. It is a gorgeously shot movie, though.

Date: 2011-05-09 05:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deakat
Also, Spooky's made a really marvelous new necklace, which is up in her Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries Etsy shop, and which you can see here.

A beautiful thing it is. If it's still available when I land a new job, it will be mine. If not, I'll keep an eye on her shop in hope for another that calls to me.

Date: 2011-05-09 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kylecassidy.livejournal.com
have you watched pumpkinhead lately though?

Date: 2011-05-09 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

have you watched pumpkinhead lately though?

I haven't. Problem is, I didn't like it much to start with.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
But....Adrienne Barbeau and the creepy kid!

I saw it recently on the big screen and wow, it was better than I remembered.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

But....Adrienne Barbeau and the creepy kid!

In Near Dark? That was Jenette Goldstein.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
Oh good lord, it is, stupid muscle relaxers

Date: 2011-05-09 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Random musings:

I created a Guardian rogue but deleted her at level 13. I just lost interest and found Sanctum to be a real disappointment.

I've always played male toons in video games and had male avatrs in SL. In fact, it's only been within the last few years that I've actually played my own gender. I think that, perhaps, those of us who do are in the minority. (For better or worse, whichever the case may be.)

Have you and/or Spooky seen the movie Orphan? Just curious.

At work. Must log off...

Date: 2011-05-09 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Have you and/or Spooky seen the movie Orphan? Just curious.

Nope.

But you ought to rp with us.

Date: 2011-05-10 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
I *love* Esther in Orphan, but I won't say more since you haven't seen it.

Will try to rp in the future ... stay tuned.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
In the absence of you two on Defiant side, I ventured out to the Droughtlands on Celinn later in the evening - which might fit for a decent meeting place as far as neutral zones go (although it'd be quite a run/swim), with plausible deniability as to why agents from the two factions would be speaking with each other. The bad news is that its like Perspice - lots of quests in a small space. The temptation to glut on "one more quest" was great.

Also, it's freaking stupid that the "social" tab on the game won't let you "friend" someone on the opposing faction.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

In the absence of you two on Defiant side, I ventured out to the Droughtlands on Celinn later in the evening - which might fit for a decent meeting place as far as neutral zones go (although it'd be quite a run/swim), with plausible deniability as to why agents from the two factions would be speaking with each other.

I'm thinking it'll happen on the border of Silverwood and the Moonshade Highlands. And the first meeting might happen this week. And Celinn better keep her blades sheathed.

Also, it's freaking stupid that the "social" tab on the game won't let you "friend" someone on the opposing faction.

Agreed.

What I'd really like to do is start a subversive Guardian-side guild with our Defiant alts. I'm thinking of calling it the Hidden Variable. You know there would be spies, and a lot of them would be disenchanted Guardians.



Date: 2011-05-09 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
And Celinn better keep her blades sheathed.

I'm going to let you imagine Celinn's twinkling grin here, because I know anything that sparkly gets staked on this blog.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
'We didn't need the yellow contact lenses.'

No, that was stupid. Fine film overall, though.

Given all the meaningful character names, it's amazing to me that people don't twig to the big reveal within the first ten minutes. The movie is both an exercise in style and kind of a goof. Rourke sells the shit out of it, though.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Given all the meaningful character names, it's amazing to me that people don't twig to the big reveal within the first ten minutes.

Yeah. I found it hard to believe there would be people who didn't. But I'm not much on reveals, and it really didn't bother me.

The movie is both an exercise in style and kind of a goof. Rourke sells the shit out of it, though.

Agreed.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
First, we watched Alan Parker's Angel Heart...

Saw this years ago and it's still one of my favorites, yellow contacts or not. I also agree that Near Dark sorta didn't age well.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
as a gaming household we ended up with four wow accounts -- all four have been suspended and will technically be done when the paid for time expires -- which is different for all four acouunts, anywhere between the end of this month and the end of summer.

I loved for six years now the escape and cheap entertainment that WoW provided, but it's grown unengaging, to say the least.

We're thinking of looking into Rift, but probably won't be until after I finish with school at the end of August. Maybe sooner if hubby gets bored. But we're looking at it. Everyone has been singing its praises. Maybe the game makers will make some changes like what you suggest by that time.

Date: 2011-05-09 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

We're thinking of looking into Rift, but probably won't be until after I finish with school at the end of August.

You won't be disappointed.

Date: 2011-05-09 08:33 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
That is, May, when it's finally fucking green out there, but people think it's warm when the temperature rises into the high sixties. Like today. Tomorrow, back into the fifties.

I think of it as the spring that still believes it's winter. It's only warm when the sun bothers to show up; otherwise it reverts to type.

Date: 2011-05-09 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


I think of it as the spring that still believes it's winter.


That sounds about right.

Date: 2011-05-10 12:53 am (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
It's neither the best nor the best-written article that could have existed on this subject, but when I read anything that combines Inglourious Basterds and the Metamorphoses, I think of you.

Date: 2011-05-10 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

but when I read anything that combines Inglourious Basterds and the Metamorphoses, I think of you.

That's one of the sweetest things anyone's ever said to me.

Date: 2011-05-10 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com
Also an enthusiastic fan of Angel Heart, even when it goes over the top. But that was the 80s, after all.

Date: 2011-05-10 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bonepriestess.livejournal.com
But it falls apart as a whole, and I'm starting to think I should stop watching eighties horror films, which rarely ever measure up to my memories of them.

I actually have started preferring my horror movies from that era and up into the 90's. I find a lot of horror films in recent years are tedious and all have the same feel for three reasons: they all love to use that stupid blue filter/sepia tone (because somehow that makes it creepier?) 2) none of them have any really original ideas anymore, (it seems like everyone wants to stick to the same themes now) and 3) the actors and actresses take it way too seriously instead of actually having fun with it, or at least that's the way I'm interpreting the differences in acting between the decades.

I really like ridiculous ideas for horror movies (I also like campy horror movies though just for the giggles - great example is Bad Biology, I love it precisely because it is just SO bad/cheesy.) There have been a few horror movies from this recent age that I enjoyed immensely because they were done well, but they were either from well-established directors (Darren Aronofsky, yes I liked Black Swan) who have already done enough horror movies to have matured enough to produce a great horror movie, or has done a lot but not in any kind of way that the general public knows his work well (Lars Von Trier, I enjoy Antichrist for what it is, he also did Kingdom Hospital which I enjoyed but how many people remember that?) OR! They originated from another country (Let Me In being a prime example, I never saw it but someone who saw Let The Right One In said it was a great translation so maybe I will.)

I also don't have any real memories of 80's horror films during that time because I was a kid and didn't get to watch any real horror until 13 years later so maybe that's the difference. I also enjoy all aspects of horror - the good, bad and ugly (unless they're reaaaaallly bad, like Dark Harvest.)

...ok. I wrote way more than I ever intended. That's my two cents on it and I know I'm biased. I guess I just wanted to explain why I enjoy 80's horror movies.

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