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Skimp on one journal entry, everything piles up. Outside it's very cold. Well, very cold if you're me. 43˚F, and the low tonight will be 22˚F (-5.5 C). This might come out all higgledy piggledy (double dactyl!), but at least it will be a higgledy-piggledy list.

[One-hour pause to install iTunes 10.5.1, which should have been easy, but wasn't.]

1. Yesterday we saw Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Marvelous. If Ritchie's making Holmes purists uncomfortable, more power to him. A Game of Shadows was at least as smart, and funny, and as fine a box of eye candy as Sherlock Holmes (2009). Oh, and lots of deftly inserted (cough, cough) gay innuendo, so booya. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, I love you. Great chess, too. Eight tentacles up.

2. Last night, late, I finished with Stephen Jones' A Book of Horrors. All I had left to go was Robert Shearman's very good Machenesque "A Child's Problem," Dennis Etchinson's pleasantly odd and wistful piece "Tell Me I'll See You Again," and Richard Christian Mathenson's somewhat delightfully sadistic "Last Words." The latter might have served as a fitting bit for Sirenia Digest. I don't read much contemporary horror, but A Book of Horrors is a solid volume (plus, you get my piece, "Charcloth, Firesteel and Flint").

3. Thursday evening was cold, windy, and the sky spat rain. That would have been the first day of the vacation, yes? This day is the third. But I sort of did some work during the day, unless I misremember...which is always a possibility. Later, we visited the RISD Art Gallery (and got our nephew, Miles, a very bow-tie book for Solstice), then went out to get supplies (for both Spooky and me) at Jerry's Artarama*, then stopped near Brown and got delicious food from Mama Kim's Korean BBQ for dinner. It was worth huddling under my umbrella for.

4. Yesterday, UPS brought my copy of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and I recreated my Twi'lek Sith inquisitor Herazade and began leveling again. Made it to nine. I really am loving this game. Utterly bow tie, despite my initial predictions and impressions. However, a caveat: Why can game designers not rid us of the ubiquitous MMORPG silly hop? Have they never noted how humanoids jump? Generally, pushing off and up with the ball/toe of one foot, then landing with their opposite/s. Simple anatomy. Hopping up and down with bowed legs looks idiotic, and it's everywhere, except in console games, where a better knowledge of functional anatomy seems to prevail. The standing jump, of course, would be an exception, but, in most situations, standing jumps are rare, and may not serve here as an explanation or excuse.

5. Tonight, we see Brown Bird play at the Met in Pawtucket, and our Honourary Gentleman Caller, [livejournal.com profile] readingthedark, will be joining us for the musical shenanigans. Gonna rock.

6. Since we'd let our Audible.com credits back up, I downloaded three books the other day: first, Harlan reading his own Edgeworks Volume 1 – which is a delight – William Gibson's Neuromancer; and Paolo Bacigalupi The Wind-Up Girl. The last is the only I've not read, but I have great hopes. Of course, I'm not reading here, but listening, which is a distinctly different experience. Since I was a very, very small child I have savoured having stories and novels read to me. Unlike ebooks, audiobooks are bow tie.

7. Right now, plans are that the "teaser" trailer for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir will go live at 12 ayem EST (1 ayem CaST) on January 1st, New Year's Day. It will appear at that moment on my LiveJournal, as well as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. I will ask people to repost and embed it and link to it and spread it far and wide. I need the front page of my website redesigned for this book, but presently have no options. If anyone is willing to offer their web-fu for a FREE signed and inscribed copy of the book, email me at greygirlbeast(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll work something out.

And that is all! No more words! Vakayshun!

Leisurely,
Aunt Beast

* In The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, Imp works at Jerry's.

Date: 2011-12-17 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I had a look at A Book Of Horror this afternoon, but I plumped for The Weird instead. Gods, it is one big tome. If I pick up Two Worlds in the other hand, I can weight train!

I've not seen the first Holmes movie yet. They do look fun. Can you watch A Game of Shadows as a standalone?

Have fun at Brown Bird.

- Ash

Date: 2011-12-17 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Can you watch A Game of Shadows as a standalone?

You can, but it lessens the impact.

I had a look at A Book Of Horror this afternoon, but I plumped for The Weird instead.

Probably the wiser choice.

Date: 2011-12-17 08:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] witchchild
Hope you have a good time tonight, and if you're so inclined give my regards to Mr. G. He's good peeps.

Date: 2011-12-17 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

He's good peeps.

That he is.

Date: 2011-12-17 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
Have some wonderful "musical shenanigans" with Geoffrey and Brown Bird! "Salt For Salt" is playing here in the store in your honor. I hope you continue to have a Bow-tie Vakayshun!

Date: 2011-12-17 10:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-17 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ardentdelirium.livejournal.com
stupid iTunes 10.5.1! I've run the install 4 times and it still doesn't install!

Date: 2011-12-17 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

She tried updating from the update menu on the computer, which absolutely did NOT work.
Downloading directly from the iTunes website, however, turned out to be the solution. Have you tried that?

Date: 2011-12-17 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ardentdelirium.livejournal.com
Hi Spooky! I think I have, but it can't hurt to give it another try :) last attempt was a couple of weeks ago.

Date: 2011-12-17 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

Worst that can happen is it won't work... And they may have worked out a bug in the meantime, if there was some sort of bug causing it not to load properly for people.
Hope it works for you!

Date: 2011-12-17 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everville340.livejournal.com
This might come out all higgledy piggledy (double dactyl!), but at least it will be a higgledy-piggledy list.

One of my favourite words, twice in one sentence! It is shaping up to be quite a bow-tie day.

Date: 2011-12-17 10:13 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-17 10:30 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Great chess, too. Eight tentacles up.

Excellent. I was hoping it would live up to its predecessor, which sequels so rarely do.

Enjoy Brown Bird.

Date: 2011-12-18 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Excellent. I was hoping it would live up to its predecessor, which sequels so rarely do.

It might even be better.

Date: 2011-12-17 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captaincurt81.livejournal.com
I enjoyed Sherlock 2 as well. I'm a bit disappointed we didn't see much of Irene Adler. (no spoilers) I believe there is more to see of her role in the stories being filmed.

Date: 2011-12-18 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
CRK wrote:
" ... stopped near Brown and got delicious food from Mama Kim's Korean BBQ for dinner. It was worth huddling under my umbrella for."

Not having a context of what the neighborhood looks like makes me think of the dinner scene out of Blade Runner.

Audible is good for many books. My free shelf space is non-existent, so I sometimes check out a writer by listening to them first. There are also books I like to listen to over and over (I listened to the Red Tree 2x in a row). Most nights I fall asleep listening to an audio book on my iPod because listening to music engages the wrong bits in my mind and keeps me up. Audible has greatly enhanced my standard of living as it has helped me keep my insomnia under control.* The best deal is when I have both the audio book and hard copy available so I can scan any sections I may have missed while listening.

* Although I do recall staying up until 2:30 am the first time I listened to The Red Tree which was very bad because I had to work the next day. OTOH, that is the fabulous flavor of insomnia.

Date: 2011-12-18 06:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

I was just wondering aloud, earlier tonight, how many people listen to audio books and then go buy actual paper copies if they like them enough. Or at least buy copies as gifts for friends.
I really love listening to books while I work, as I can listen so much better when I am painting or making jewelry, or just drawing nonsense doodles. I have a very hard time just listening, though. I have to engage enough of my brain in another direction that I can concentrate on what I'm listening to and actually hear it and not think about 7,000 other things.
Listening to audio books to fall asleep is a very good thing.

Date: 2011-12-18 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
I am a highly promiscuous buyer of books and often have them in a variety of formats, so yes I have listened to a book and purchased the paper copy to give to someone or to keep for myself.

However, I buy more books than I can physically read because of time contraints, distractibility and being a slow and slightly dyslexic reader. So when I see one at Audible I will sometimes give in and get another copy on the theory I can give away the paper copy. I also will buy a second/third copy of books I have read if I come across a beautiful edition such as when Sub Press had Anansi Boys illustrated by Dagmara Matuszak for sale. These habits make for a house that can get crowded by books which leads me to also getting ebooks as well.

I had Allen Steele flabbergasted in a nice way when I told him I had his Coyote series in all three formats. Why? Besides liking Allen and knowing how important it is to pre-order hardcovers, I also sometimes like being able to search for scenes in previous books when I read a book later in the series which is easy with ebooks. Moreover, books are my security blanket and having them in a digital format means I can carry it around with me.

Some books don't work for me in the audio format. For example, while I love the movie the Haunting and reading the book, I did not like listening to it through no fault of the narrator. I get lost in some SF books such as Revelation Space or Lord of Light and really need to sit down to read them or to have a paper copy to refer to.

I will listen to audio books while I work or drive because they help me focus in the case of working and calm me in traffic. I also have been known to not get out of bed in morning or nap because I want to lazy around and listen for a bit.

Date: 2011-12-18 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It might defeat the purpose, but I have found I have to have a hard copy of the book and read along, or at least scan along, while the audiobook plays.

Date: 2011-12-18 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
CRK wrote:
"It might defeat the purpose, but I have found I have to have a hard copy of the book and read along, or at least scan along, while the audiobook plays."

Makes sense to me especially if it something like 1491 by Charles Mann going through a series of Incan names or words. I think I have also read along with some books in which I am trying to get a sense of how the introduced words/names should sound.

When the book is narrated by the author it can be a pleasure to pick up nuance by having both formats at one's fingertips.

Date: 2011-12-18 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Not having a context of what the neighborhood looks like makes me think of the dinner scene out of Blade Runner.


If only. Nope. Just below Ivy League college area, with lots of Colonial and Victorian architecture.

Date: 2011-12-18 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

Eight tentacles up.

I find it quite interesting that two very divergent takes on the Holmes mythos have become very popular simultaneously - these movies and the BBC 'Sherlock' show. I've read all of the original stories more times than I can count, and a lot of the pastiches too (Solar Pons, etc), and it's great to see them passed through other people's filters...

Date: 2011-12-18 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I find it quite interesting that two very divergent takes on the Holmes mythos have become very popular simultaneously - these movies and the BBC 'Sherlock' show.

Being a big fan of both the new takes, I'm not sure their really so divergent. Both are sort of doing the same thing.

Date: 2011-12-18 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
The honour was, of course, all mine. It was a winged joy to see you, and bow tie to get to enjoy one of your favorite bands with you.

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