primroseburrows: (me)
I wrote this list in a comment to [profile] peacey, and I figured I'd post it here, too, to rec them and also to remind everyone that yes, I am the dorkiest dork in Dorkdom.

Books I'm currently reading )
primroseburrows: (typing)
I wrote this list in a comment to [ profile] peacey, and I figured I'd post it here, too, to rec them and also to remind everyone that yes, I am the dorkiest dork in Dorkdom.

Books I'm currently reading )
primroseburrows: (group w)
  • I took [ profile] meresy's advice and now have a brand-new copy of Top 100 Unusual Things to See in Ontario. This will be v. helpful!

  • I'm finally starting the Lady Eleanor Stole from Scarf Style. I'll be using Classy Dream In Color Good Luck Jade. I tried to make it once before a couple of years ago, but got snagged up with the entrelac, and I was trying it in a solid colour which didn't look as stunning as I thought it would. The subtle variegation of the Classy yarn is close to the original and will make it look more romantic, which is a big reason I fell in love with the Lady in the first place.

    I got the yarn at Unwind, which is also where I signed up for a class in Viking Knitting, something I'd never even heard of before a couple of days ago. I've been wanting to work with metal for a while now--maybe learn to make some jewellery or chain mail. This looks like a good place to start. Plus, the people at Unwind are very helpful and they have drop-in knitting hours which will come in handy when/if I reach a snag with Lady Eleanor.

  • It looks like I'll be moving to Narragansett. Yeah, I know, I said I wouldn't move again until I finally really move (which, um, yeah, too far in the future to even think about), but I have a chance to share an entire house with someone I've known for years and have lived with before without a problem (and this was back when we both had young kids). It's a three-bedroom ranch on a quiet street with a back yard and a deck and a dog and cat. It's a little more of a commute, but not too bad, nothing like commuting from Tewksbury. I'll also be paying less in rent and sharing the cost of internet, telly, utilities, etc. I'm sure there'll be some stumbling blocks, there always are, but for the most part it seems like a win-win situation. And I can pay my mother back what she loaned me for the security deposit, so that'll be one less thing to worry about moneywise. And anyway, my thing about not moving was that I'd only move in-state again if someplace in Narragansett became available. It really is a lovely town. Here, see for yourself. :)

  • John McCain was on CSPAN this morning, basically saying how icky the new healthcare plan is and how it's going to OMG RUIN THE ECONOMY. It's interesting to go back and see that basically the same things were said about Medicare and Social Security. This debate is SO not over, because the Republicans are going to nitpick it as much and as often as possible. They keep saying that the Dems may have won the battle, but they'll lose the war. I can't wait to see what Rachel says about the whole thing. I HEART HER SO MUCH.

  • I found a new hostel in Ottawa. It's very pretty and clean and stuff, and I'm going to be making reservations there as soon as I know when I'll be getting there and where I'm going to stay.

  • Trying, really, really trying to get through . The Fountainhead, but I keep going back to my reread of Perdido Street Station instead. Eventually, I'll have to give The Fountainhead back to my chiropractor. It's not looking good for me finishing it. And I've not even got to any of the political-philosophical stuff yet, so I can't blame it on that. It's just not that good. I mean, changing POV in the middle of a scene is just plain careless, IMO, unless there's a really good reason for it (I couldn't find one). And it reads like a 1940s movie would sound. Probably because it's a 1940s novel, but still. Lovecraft reads like the era he wrote in, too, and I can still read that with no problems. *shrugs*

  • Caprica, OMG. It had better get renewed, is all I can say.

  • Have been teaching Amelia this poem, because she should KNOW it, and stuff. Also, If anyone knows where I can get the pattern for that turtle (which I only found a minute ago when searching for a link to the poem), let me know? I'd much rather make it than buy it.

  • I'd post a Song of the Day, but I really want to get back to winding my yarn. Lady Eleanor awaits!
primroseburrows: (group w)
I've finally outdorked myself by adding this to my wishlist. If I actually end up buying it (it's not released yet), someone lock me up. With lots and lots of books, plz.

I probably have the dorkiest Wish List ever, anyway, so y'all might not want to wait to call the dorkwagon.

In other news, I officially have cable television. I even hooked everything up by myself, with only a wee bit of help from tech support, yay!

So today I thought I'd watch some CSPAN, which was pretty cool, even though I can already get it online. There was a guy from American Prospect and someone from the Census Bureau, and then some reporter from the Nevada Sun who was interesting but drove me crazy saying "you know" every three words . Then they repeated the AP guy, so I thought, hey, I can get CNN, I'll watch that! Today's Big News was--wait for it--something about Tiger Woods. Which made me immediately change the channel to MSNBC, where today's Big News was something about--you guessed it--Tiger Woods. *headdesk*

TV is now off, and I'm wondering whether I did the right thing by getting cable. OTOH, there is DVR and so I'm recording curling. :)
primroseburrows: (DT: nozz-a-la)
Meme from [ profile] peacey:

1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book

Joseph P. Kennedy, one of this nation's most politically ambitious fathers, could not have planned it better. His statement shows the attitude many physicians have concerning the alleged superiority of modern medical techniques: "We inject a little Novocaine, make a little cut, lift the baby out gently with forceps, then repair and restore the pelvic floor even better than God made it." I agreed with him, though I hadn't heard a word about it. The stairwell was grey and unlit except by light filtering round corners and through cracks. So thanks to all at once and to each one, whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.

Hee! I don't think it'll make the bestseller list. Besides, it lies. I don't agree at all with that nonsense about forceps and repairing stuff better than God. ;)

Books used (yanked randomly from my bookshelf):

1. Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy by Peter S. Canellos.
2. Unassisted Childbirth by Laura Kaplan Shanley.
3. Skywriting By Word of Mouth by John Lennon.
4. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.
5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

Here, have a Dalek Crochet Pattern.
primroseburrows: (skquarter)
Um, hello? WANT THIS NOW, PLZ.

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

1088 pages!!!
primroseburrows: (typing)
Book meme from [ profile] mijan.

Instructions: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

Even considering that I'm counting series that tell one story as one book, this list doesn't even come close to the total number of books I could list.

1. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

3. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin.

4. Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.

5. The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom.

6. The Children Who Stayed Alone by Bonnie Bess Worline.

7. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James Loewen.

8. Fire And Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values by Michael Adams.

9. The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key.

10. Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy.

11. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

13. The Stand by Stephen King.

14. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub.

15. Time and Again by Jack Finney.
primroseburrows: (SA: against their own succession)
Anyone want to speculate why the publisher of Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes decided that the title needed to be changed to Someone Knows My Name for its US publication?

I'm so very sick and tired of publishers thinking that Americans don't have brains. It's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone all over again.
primroseburrows: (wtf?)
[ profile] mijan posted a wonderful rant about the separation of church and state in the US. She linked to this article from the LA Times that says a lot of stuff, notably this:

"A purist would insist that prayers in government settings blur the constitutional distinction between church and state"

Um, they do. Prayers, being religious in nature, don't belong anywhere near the workings of government.

Yeah, I'm well aware that the Founding Fathers invoked God in session. The Founding Fathers were products of their era, and also weren't perfect. Some of them (the author of the Declaration of Independence included) even OWNED OTHER PEOPLE, but we don't hear a lot of talk about that, or about how "all men are created equal" originally applied only to white males of property (which if applied today would make a mockery of the recent federal election). I admire the heck out of the Founding Fathers for their intelligence and bravery and passion and unfailing tenacity, but hey, some perspective, here.

and this:

"Pushed to its logical conclusion, such 1st Amendment fundamentalism would forbid presidents of the United States from invoking God in their speeches or participating in the National Prayer Breakfast, a tradition that goes back to President Eisenhower."

Apparently I'm a First Amendment fundamentalist, because ITA with this idea. So WHAT if the "tradition" goes back to Eisenhower? I don't care if it goes back to George Washington. Longstanding tradition ≠ rightness, wtf?

The addition of "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance goes back to the Eisenhower era, too. It was adopted as an adjunct to McCarthyism, but hey, it's still perfectly okay, and people who want it removed on the basis of the First Amendment are accused of being God haters, anti-American, or even (*gasp!*) Communists (O HAI, GHOST OF JOE MCCARTHY!). Nobody would ever call them patriots, a term universally applied to the Founding Fathers, who did all those brave, passionate, tenacious things on the basis of religious freedom and liberty for white men of property.

In the comments to her post [ profile] mijan links to this video, which might be the most disturbing thing of all:

I don't think ANY prayer belongs in government sessions, but if they are, then they ALL are. Yeah, this was heckling from the gallery, but nobody can convince me it wasn't covertly sanctioned by at least a few of the senators.

Having said all that, I'm with [ profile] mijan--if someone decides to run for office on the Pastafarian platform, I'm SO there. As long as they don't do any ritual capellini-eating during congressional sessions, of course. *g*

I really want to read American Savior. Jesus runs for President. On the BEATITUDES PLATFORM. How awesome is that? I wonder if my library has it.
primroseburrows: (skquarter)
Top 100 book meme from [ profile] aingeal8c

I should really make my own list )

I'm not sure what publication put this list out, but geez. Is this really what most people read? Because, yeah, I've read a few, but still, some of them are in serious wtf-ville.

I'm interested to see how many you guys have read, with special emphasis on [ profile] peacey, because she's a reader, a writer, and a lover of Great Works of all types, and also [ profile] patchfire, because she reads incessantly and insightfully (and reallyreallyfast).

ETA: There was a section left out of the meme that puts some sense into the list: "The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see."
primroseburrows: (typing)
that LibraryThing book meme )

Why are these mostly nineteenth century novels? I'm pretty sure I hate just about all nineteenth century novels. Except Poe's stuff (who was way early in the century) and Oscar Wilde and cool people like that. And I'm willing to give Dickens an honest shot, just for the first line of A Tale of Two Cities, but other than that, no thankya (and before you ask, I've TRIED to read them. Honest.) The reason all of these are unread is probably because a whole lot of people hate nineteenth century novels. The theory doesn't seem to work with Neil Gaiman's novels because he is one of the most talented people in the universe and why everyone in said universe is not agog with wonder over the greatness of his books is beyond me. No, I'm not opinionated, why do you ask?
primroseburrows: (group w)
  • See, now, this is why I get the CBC newsfeed:

    "It's a little bit of a shocker. Not the greatest way to wake up, but beats a cup of coffee, I guess, to get the blood going."

  • Am taking fiddle classes at the Blackstone River Theatre. A world of yay. I finally got my own fiddle back from the Fiddle Fixer Guy. Complete new set of strings and the bridge is back where it belongs (of course, I proceeded to break a string while tuning it and had to get another one). Am going to practise as soon as I'm wearing clothes instead of a post-shower towel.

  • I had a strange dream about Cape Breton last night. I was going with staff and patients from some random unit at work. Apparently we were only going to be there for a couple of days and were staying in a tiny tent with very little room to move around (I think this is the result of reading more of No Man's River directly before going to sleep). We were trying to decide where to go and one of the staff (a woman who reminded me of a cross between [ profile] mr_t00by's class teacher in grades 3-8 and my psych clinicals professor) showed me a picture of somewhere I'd never heard of and said she wanted to go there. I was all, no, we have to go to Baddeck". I don't remember what was decided. Also there was a female patient (who AFAIK doesn't actually exist IRL) who was obsessed with the colour purple. Everything was purple, her notebook, her pen, her clothes.

    I remember walking around in the sunshine, and at first I thought it was summer but then there was all kinds of snow on the ground so I figured it was late winter/early spring (apparently I didn't know what season I was travelling in) I remember saying, "I can do Cape Breton in the Winter". Which I can, since I've never been there at any other time. We were also at a beach at one point, which was windy and cold.

    I woke up with an awful sense of melancholy that I couldn't quite figure out until I realized that Celtic Colours starts in two days and I will not be there. *sigh* One good thing about not going is that if I'd gone I probably wouldn't have gone to Ottawa, and that was fecking amazing (and necessary, and quite possibly catalytic). See next list item for Another Good Thing.

  • My reason for not going to Celtic Colours isn't melancholy in the least. [ profile] tapped_trish is expecting her baby on 10/17, and I went with her for her doc's appointment yesterday. [ profile] croosa was there, too. *g* I was pleasantly surprised when he said he wouldn't check her for dilation unless she wanted to be checked (she didn't). Doc Rating is now up several points.

  • Had another dream last night which I remember almost nothing about except that I'm pretty sure Diefenbaker was in it (this Diefenbaker, not the other one, because well, that would have been really really weird). Now I'm really blaming my dreams on Farley Mowat, because there are wolves in No Man's River.

  • Finally talked to [ profile] mr_t00by about reinstalling AIM. He told me which version to try. Cross your fingers, [ profile] patchfire.

  • Speaking of Ottawa (we were, honest, just a few items ago), the other day I was out for a walk around Providence (I took some pictures which I'll post as soon as I have access to a computer that can upload them) and stopped in at Cellar Stories Bookstore. I'd never been there before. It's musty and full of old shelves and tables cluttered with all sorts of books (like a really good-condition version of Lovecraft's Providence which I've wanted forever and would have bought but I didn't want to spend seventy bucks). Anyway, I found Building the Rideau Canal: A Pictorial History, in really good shape. Of course I bought it. I'm a dork, remember? Also I found an old copy of The Library of Parliament. It doesn't list a publication date, but it has to be after 1976 because it mentions the Centennial of the Library, and before August 1979 because the foreward is by John Diefenbaker (now it's the other Diefenbaker. :D), and he died on 9/17/79 (and no, I didn't know that already. I looked it UP).

  • YouTube video of the day (I should really actually post one every day, but I'll probably forget):

    Oh, Pete. *loves*

    "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" is prophetic and is pretty much how I feel about what's happening today in Iraq.
primroseburrows: (butterfly)

  • I went to bed at 12:30 a.m., go me. Yes, you read it here first, folks. So now I'm trying to talk myself out of talking myself out of going to church. I'm still sleepy like I was last night, and I'm really beginning to think it's Adderall-induced fatigue. I hate that, but darnit, the stuff works for me jobwise. So, anyway, I really should go to church and actually try to be social. I don't have a church up here in the wilds of Northern RI yet, and I've been to this one and I like it (and not only that, they even have a CUUPS group), so, um. Yeah.

  • I have a cell phone again, yay! I was eligible for an upgrade (actually, I used [ profile] mr_t00by's upgrade, since he used mine when his phone broke last year). This thing has all sorts of features, like woah, a camera, which I don't really need, but apparently all the new ones have one.

  • Speaking of cameras, I haven't forgotten the picspam meme. I don't have a camera cable and the port for my SD card doesn't appear to be working, either. As soon as those problems are taken care of, I'll post pictures again. *sigh*

  • The first time I heard about this, I pretty much sat back and waited for this. I'm apparently not the only predictable one in the universe. *loves* Also: Prospect of a S&A spinoff = good. I'm not holding my breath, but still. Much with the yay at the very notion. Also #2: Dear Toronto Sun: Please update your picture files. You can even have one of mine. Honestly.

  • I'd better stop procrastinating and actually get a passport. Trivia: I look naked in my old one, because I was wearing a sundress with no straps, and it was a head shot (and hey, I was twenty years old, I could get away with dresses like that back then). Also, if the US government is forcing me to get a passport, shouldn't they pay for it? I mean, yeah, if I was going to France I'd say fine, because France would make me have one, too. But I'm going to Nova Scotia, fergodssake, and I'm pretty sure it's the US that cares if I have one or not, not Canada. Without a passport I can go there, but I can't come back. *narrows eyes* Hmmmm. "I'm sorry, work/family/etc., I'm not allowed back in the country. I know, it's a tragedy." *buys warm clothes, dresses in layers, enrolls here, joins travelling fiddle troupe, has weekly ceilidhs, wins lottery, imports family, buys us all houses*

  • I finally had to go to the mall last evening, because that's where the Cingular store is. I did my part for Capitalism by purchasing books, how surprising! I got Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland (because, y'know, I need another book on Irish history), and also Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance (because the DT owns my soul, say thankya).

  • I never noticed it before, but Stan Rogers? Had a sexy voice (is there another word for "sexy", because I hate that word, and is it okay to say dead people have sexy voices?). I never really noticed it until I put "Fisherman's Wharf" (my current favourite Stan song *g*) on my iPod. Maybe it's just me, because I'm a sucker for husky baritone voices. Here, listen:

    Stan Rogers - Fisherman's Wharf

  • I basically have to go to ComicCon New York, don't I? Because, *sputter*
    Now I just have to figure out what day and buy tickets for [ profile] mr_t00by and I before they're gone. If they're not already.

  • Oh, and [ profile] joandarck? I can't get the whole Barrett's Privateers/Irish Rover/DS/Crossover!Fixit!AU out of my head. I think I might really really have to write it. I'm not sure if I want to thank you for this or run screaming from the room, because I'm thinking serious story, not crackfic, and it's gonna mean research. If I do it, it'll be the first really long thing I've ever written. Now to figure out what's Irish for Kowalski.

  • I've sufficiently talked myself into going to church (because I'm NOT a hermit, honest!), so I'd better go get ready. And then, yay, housework!

primroseburrows: (quiet man)
First of all, GIP!.

Did I mention that everyone and their dog should see The Quiet Man? Of course I did. *g* It's a gem, completely. Maureen O'Hara was at her most beautiful, and her voice with its lovely accent is captivating. She plays the feisty Mary Kate so incredibly, guh. She's gorgeous. And I am so very much NOT a John Wayne fan, but I love him in this. The fact that he took a fifty percent pay cut makes me feel just a little better about him, despite his ultra right-wingedness.

And anyway, I can't help but love this film, because it was programmed into my brain at a very young age (it's my mum's favourite movie, I mean, she actually recorded the sound from it when it was on television and would play the audiotape over and over and over). I'll always be grateful that it was, especially because despite all its stereotyped quaintisms (is that a word?) it started me on my lifelong love for Ireland and Irish history. Probably one of the reasons I was so drawn to Cape Breton is because it looks a lot like Western Ireland, which is one of the other most gorgeous places on the planet.

I found the best analysis of the film I've ever seen. Well, okay, I've never actually seen a serious analysis. I didn't know they existed. Yay for film studies essays by geeky English professors. Someone talk me out of ordering Poetry and ideology in Revolutionary Connecticut, okay?

Oh, and speaking of books, cut for long-arsed book rec/survey geekout )

Oh, and one more thing, and I just know I'm gonna be sorry for this:

A meme from [ profile] alfirin_kirinki:

If my LJ/life were a fandom...

a. Who would people ship me with?
b. Who would be my arch-nemesis?
c. What would a Mary Sue in my fandom be like?
d. When or how did I/will I jump the shark?
e. Write a one sentence summary of the story that would win the Best Fanfic Award in my fandom.
f. What would a typical badfic involve?
g. Who would be the BNFs in my fandom?
h. Why would my fandom end up on fandom_wank?

Okay, time to get dressed and go to dinner with my Oldest Child.
primroseburrows: (SA: Ellen)
the books I've read meme )

iPod lyric meme )
primroseburrows: (SA: gtpoint)
You know, eventually I'll post about something important, like politics or activism or stuff.

Right now I'll just ramble on about television (insert *gasp* here) and the fannish butterfly effect and stuff.

In which Primrose natters on to the point of blithering about books, music, movies, good!television, and Paul Gross' mouth )

That's all. For your patience, here's a song I first heard while stuck in heavy traffic driving through Boston. Another example of stumbling into something I love.

Tom Waits - The Piano Has Been Drinking.

I obviously do not shut up well. Doing it now, for real. The rest, as it were, is silence.
primroseburrows: (ves'-ka gan)
Alphabet Meme time! )

Also, I'm rereading The Drawing of the Three. Try to get over the shock, y'all. Anyway, this has never been my favourite DT book even though I love it. I'm really not sure why. Because everyone's not in it, I guess. This reread's different, though. I feel like I'm reading it for the first time, and I keep getting new stuff screaming out at me.

spoilers for the Dark Tower Series )

Over a decade since I first began this story, I'm finally coming to love Roland. This is a very cool thing, so it is. It's also why rereading books isn't a waste of time, no matter what [ profile] mr_tooby and others say.

So, yeah, this book is something else, all right. It's stuff like this that makes Roland's story (and it is Roland's story, singularly, even with all the rich characterisations we're given) so compelling that I want to reread and study and RP characters and have a piece of it in ink on my wrist. IMO, a writer is someone who tells a tale on paper. A good writer is someone whose tale is such that the story and the characters slip inside the readers' subconscious and become a part of it, become real to the reader.

Sai King is a damn good writer.

Oh, and I also bought this from iTunes for ten bucks. It was a big savings from importing it, like fourteen bucks American plus postage, but it was a big pain in the arse to get it from the computer to the iPod, because it was protected, because apparently I'm treated like a criminal when I want to play my own album that I bought legally. *screams, flails, etc.*
primroseburrows: (skquarter)
Guess who just ordered this?

Me, that's who. 'Bout time, I've only been wanting it forever. I may have just purchased the geekiest album ever recorded, and I say that with sincere affection.

Oh, and I've been neglecting my poor flist because of RL and reading this (yay for British mythology, which was my first path into fantasy!) and spending way too much time over here. I'm going to try to catch up soon (read: tonight after work). I have Mike's, y0.
primroseburrows: (ka-tet)
I love used bookstores. Not ten minutes after I walked into Liberty Bookstore, I walked out with this in excellent condition, and didn't spend a fortune. I rock. [ profile] branbach and [ profile] llewych_will, you'll get my bill. Because it's all your fault.

I was looking for this as well, but in my joy I forgot. Another day, I suppose.

Okay, going to do stuff now. Not that I haven't been doing stuff all day, including mopping the kitchen floor at 5 a.m. Am v. tired already, wah.

Yes, [ profile] mr_t00by, I'm making that phone call now. :) And I have something for you to do after you arrive. See first link above, bwah.


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