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Well, the results of my experiment were interesting, though not especially dramatic. I was up until sometime just after five. The sky was swiftly brightening, the way it does here. Almost like someone throws a switch. And just after five, I finally lay down. I hadn't expected to fall asleep. I was lying in bed, listening to Brendan Perry, and drifted off. Partly, I suspect this was the result of my overwhelming exhaustion, partly the result of my efforts not to get anxious about sunrise, and partly because I spent half an hour reading cosmology.

Regardless, I slept. Until 10 ayem, when a very noisy landscaper, turning green space next door into a vast field of gravel, awoke me with a cacophony of ungodsly scrapey and drilly sounds. Spooky had already yelled out the window at the guy, "Get off your damn cellphone," or something of the sort. So, she was up. I grumped about a bit and returned to bed, where I managed to sleep until almost noon. I'm guessing a total of 6.5 hours. Not bad at all, and no nasty hangover. Too bad it won't last, but then nothing ever does.


They will write of her, "She was one of the last great voices on LiveJournal."


Yesterday, despite the fact I was too strung out to get anything done, I proceeded to answer Two Important Emails. Then I did line edits on "Fake Plastic Trees" for [ profile] ellen_datlow (and Terri Windling). And then, kittens, I wrote 1,443 words on "Figurehead" for Sirenia Digest #67. Oh, and then I sent enough of the piece to Vince that he could go ahead and get to work on an illustration before I actually finish the story (which it has become, as it clearly had no desire to be a vignette). I have proven zombies can be productive writers. Whoosh!

After that, um...wait. I'll remember. Oh, yeah. Spooky made chili while I had a half hour nap. After dinner, we told Rift it could live without us One Damn Night. So, we watched James Cameron's Terminator (1984) and the director's cut of Terminator 2 (1991). The former holds up well, despite all the ridiculous eighties clothing and hair and some laughable animatronics. It's sort of funny seeing a baby Bill Paxton right at the beginning (he shows up in the credits as "Punk Leader"). Anyway, seeing the two films back to back set me to thinking about how my favorite Cameron films almost always have director's cuts, which I usually like better than the theatrical releases: Aliens, Terminator 2, and Avatar. Admittedly, these are long films made longer, but like the director's cuts of Jackson's LotR films, the editing and pacing in the director's cuts is always vastly smoother and more logical.

And that was yesterday.

The month is almost over, and it's almost time to announce the next book in Aunt Beast's Book of the Month Club. I hope at least some of you have read and appreciated Kathe Koja's Under the Poppy. In a perfect world, I'd send out merit badges for each book completed.

It's warm here in Providence. Beginning to get hot here in the house. I need to go to the shore. But not this weekend. Memorial Day and Brown Graduation and all. A shame we were not able to make a few good trips down before tourist season began, but until about four days ago it was still winter.

Pretty Much Awake,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-05-29 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One of the coolest scenes from the original Terminator movie was when Arnold as The Terminator walks right past Sarah Conner in Tech Noir,just a split second after Sarah accidentally knocks her drink to the floor. Serendipity, meet Fate.

Date: 2011-05-29 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

The scene is repeated in the second film when Miles Dyson bends over just as Sarah takes a shot at him.

Date: 2011-05-29 06:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Eee Baby Bill! Did you notice that one of BB's other punk companions was Brian Thompson? He was Eddie Fiori from Kindred, along with a host of other scifi and fantasy films, some good, some terribly, terribly bad.

Date: 2011-05-29 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Eee Baby Bill! Did you notice that one of BB's other punk companions was Brian Thompson? He was Eddie Fiori from Kindred, along with a host of other scifi and fantasy films, some good, some terribly, terribly bad.

I didn't. Then again, I never subjected myself to The Kindred (having done some writing for White Wolf, back in the day).

Date: 2011-05-30 12:59 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Kindred was my first intro to the WoD stuff, so I was a virgin viewer, as it were. Or virgin eyes, anyway. I found it all fascinating and totally fell in love with the clans, Julian, Patrick Bauchau, the whole thing. Never played the game, though, or even knew it existed before that. Yeah yeah: I need to get out more. :)

My favorite was Daedalus. I have a true Thing for bald men.

Date: 2011-05-29 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

You know... he looked familiar, but I couldn't place him. Now that I have a name, I was able to look him up. I remember him from The X-Files.

Date: 2011-05-29 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello! Just stopping by. I found this the other day and thought you might enjoy it. The basic program is free and comes with a few ambient sounds, and upgrade or purchase version is about four bucks. So far I love it. Here's the website if you're interested in it. (

Date: 2011-05-29 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Much as I loved Terminator, I thought T2 knocked it right out of the water. Sarah's strength and determination, John's leap of trusting the machine, the idea that your most relentless enemy can become your most trusted ally, and absolutely nothing is as it seems really appealed to me. T3... meh. And I think Arnold's shenanigans have spared us T4 for the foreseeable future.

"Beginning to get hot here in the house." Oh, I envy you! Out her in the Northwest it's still so chilly and rainy. I think long, wet, cold springs are becoming the norm for this part of the country, and I am longing for hot weather.

Date: 2011-05-29 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Much as I loved Terminator, I thought T2 knocked it right out of the water.

Agreed completely.

Date: 2011-05-30 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We already got T4, alas.

Date: 2011-05-30 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We did, didn't we? :- P I was thinking of Arnold. Of course I meant T5 is what we'll hopefully be spared.

Date: 2011-05-29 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Have you seen the new teaser trailer for Fincher's Dragon Tattoo?

Date: 2011-05-29 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Fuck, was that bootlegged with a cameraphone?

Gods, I want to hate this movie, and know I won't.

Date: 2011-06-01 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Signs point to that trailer being officially bootlegged (, i.e. with Columbia Pictures's full knowledge. That video's only supposed to look bootlegged. As [ profile] cleolinda put it, "They faked the fakeness."

I'm still going to avoid the whole Stieg Larsson thing (still not interested in the books), unless I hear from people that this film turns out to be reeeeeally good.

Date: 2011-06-01 09:10 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Alt!Scotty)
From: [identity profile]
P.S. I still prefer this use of "Immigrant Song":

Date: 2011-05-29 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
AUGH. Fincher?! Daniel Craig? *twitch* Dammit why can't I hate this?!

This reminds me I need to finish the original trilogy.

Off Topic

Date: 2011-05-29 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I jumped over to Faeblight server on Rift yesterday just to maybe get a feel for the population, activity, etc. Tried getting some discussion on an RP channel I had seen on the Rift boards, and got some immediate discussion (shocking!). Unfortunately, during that conversation it seems that the players have a suspicion that the upcoming free server transfers may only be to particular select servers (likely low-pop ones). There's been no explicit confirmation of that, so it's just a rumor, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the case.

Re: Off Topic

Date: 2011-05-29 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Certainly, it's not impossible that the free transfers will only be to select, low-pop servers, and that we won't be able to transfer to Faeblight. Though, that would be awfully dishonest of Trion – no, that doesn't surprise me. Should this prove to be the case, we stay where we are, we dig our heels in. And we make it work. The whole moving to another server thing was never a guarantee of success, anyway, and I felt sort of shitty about deciding to give it a shot.

Date: 2011-05-30 04:38 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Ah, Punk Paxton. Never has the line "Fuck you, asshole" been so important. (One critic, noting how the Terminator adds that to its records along with "Yes," "No," "What?," "Go Away," "Please Come Back Later" and "Fuck you," said "You have to love an utterly debased future technology that makes sure to differentiate between insults and really personal insults.") And Paxton delivered that line with verve.

I was hoping the first film holds up; been years since I've seen all of it. But (trivia!) I'm sure the Aliens producers felt more confident when they saw it: they'd hired Cameron to write Aliens with them before The Terminator even came out. I've read a copy of the Aliens story treatment Cameron co-wrote (a few details here (, and it's dated 1983, a year before Terminator was released. Probably hadn't even been filmed yet, is my guess. (Among the details: no Burke, no plot to impregnate Ripley and Newt with the creatures, but Ripley, Newt and Hicks get briefly cocooned, and Bishop refuses to rescue them due to possible alien contamination. Ripley winds up piloting a colonial shuttle to escape.)

Aliens definitely holds up. I got to see the Special Edition projected digitally in April in a local theater. I love that film.


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