primroseburrows: (group w)
Because it has to be done...

Walk right in, it's around the back

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow US folk. Happy Thursday, everyone else!
primroseburrows: (MWB: white)

Sharing here and elsewhere because I like sharing and also because getting this converted from streaming media to mpeg took all fecking morning and about twelve attempts with a bunch of different programs (FYI: EO Video seems to be able to convert anydamnthing). I was going to go back to bed. Grr.

Paul talks about Wilby Wonderful.

Contained herein is the word "cardiothoracic." I. Can't. Even.

Yes, I will tell y'all about Maya Angelou and how amazing she was, when I'm not so sleepy. Because it was glorious, and I don't want to leave stuff out.
primroseburrows: (last night)
Another weird dream, wtf? )

And then to top everything off, my morning netsurf came up with this, which is also weird as heck but also all cracked-out satirical and made my entire day (the reasons for which probably don't need exploring at this juncture because it'd be way too scary):

True Patriot Love by [ profile] glossing

Past Shawinigan, the Trans-Canada Highway is deserted. Beneath the bloody sky - and that's not really metaphorical, as the sky had been dripping A+, half-coagulated, for a week now - a massive van, crazy-quilted with rust and the remains of various paintjobs, clatters and huffs its way east. It has the lane to itself as it rat-a-tats across the cracked asphalt, swerves to avoid remnants of the undead hordes, and guzzles gas like nobody's business.

This van is the last, shaky vessel of Can-Con. And it's running as fast as it can.

No, really, it's a whole new genre: pseudo-RPF political/satirical crackfic. I was hooked at the first line of the disclaimer: "Dude, *of course* this is made up. I swear on Stephen Harper's Evil Hidden Agenda".

All right, all right, it's been a weird morning, okay? Hmmph.

Now I need coffee and food. I have to drive to New Hampshire this evening. Ellen is feeling fine and dandy, thank you, and even goes up hills without complaining. Yay for the car doctor!

In completely other (non)news, Jimmy Rankin's voice breaks me. Guh.

Oh, here, see for yourself: Jimmy Rankin - Colorado
primroseburrows: (stan)
I woke up early this morning, which is odd, because usually it's afternoon before I'm out of bed unless I have to be.

Today is [ profile] i_am_a_hannah's birthday (yay!), and I've been thinking a lot about what it was like to be her age, with this whole...universe opening up in front of me. I was married at her age, and isn't that weird?

So anyway, she's up at school this weekend, and this morning it hit me that wow, she's the same age as a lot of the people who were killed at Virginia Tech. And ever since yesterday, every time I think of them, think about all those universes taken away and especially the ones left behind, I keep hearing the same song in my head like it's on repeat loop. So, I'm posting it here because it's a beautiful, triumphant song and maybe I'm supposed to share it and because I really think if the guy who wrote it were asked to give some words of encouragement, this might just be what he'd offer. And it's really for everyone, because like Neil says, there are no Other People. It's all us.

Stan Rogers - The Mary Ellen Carter

And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow
with smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go
Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
and like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again.
primroseburrows: (dS: fraser pretty)

From [ profile] fannish5:

What 5 characters would you like to be stranded on a desert island with?


With what five characters would you like to be stranded on a desert island?

1. Benton Fraser. It's obvious. If I were stranded on a desert island with Fraser, well, I just wouldn't be for very long. Dude. This guy can escape from a sinking ship, a flooding bank vault, and a hundred other dire situations. And even if it took awhile, it's okay, because Fraser is smart, interesting and fecking gorgeous.

2. Anna Conroy. Even if we couldn't escape, she'd make me feel better about it all, and she could come up with an idea or two about how to make it work.

3. Diefenbaker. Because he's Dief! He'd help out hunting for dinner and stuff, and he's a good conversationalist. *g* Besides, it would make Fraser happy.

4. Harry Potter. Um, because he's got magic. Fastest way off the island. Except I'm a Muggle, so it might not work, but hey. It's worth a try.

5. MacGyver. Team this guy up with Fraser and there'd be no question of being stranded. We'd all be home in two shakes of a lamb's tail (well, okay, that's what Fraser would say, not me).

Also, from [ profile] omphale23:

iPod meme )
Also, GIP!.
primroseburrows: (H20: chair)
Sometimes in the middle of a bad day, the universe comes through.

Trojan Horse preview clip

*geeks out*
primroseburrows: (Default)

Clearly the bullet list is my drug of choice these days:

  • Where is Stan Rogers when we need him?

    He wouldn't have been at all surprised, I'm sure. :(

  • I really want to make a list for [ profile] mission101, but I don't know if I can come up with 101 things I want to do in 1001 days. I want to make them meaningful, you know? I don't want to list something like "start list" and "finish list" and "go to the bathroom".

  • My mother's blood pressure is in the 90/50 range. She also has chronic anemia. She's been dizzy and weak. She's on several BP meds and Lasix. When she told me what her BP was (and it's been somewhat below 90/50) I practically ordered her to not take the Lasix or the BP meds until she saw the doctor. The doctor cut her Lasix in half, and also halved her lisinopril. IMO she needs to not take ANY Lasix. No edema, no symptoms of CHF. She's post-op but doing well considering. Also, one of the side affects of Lasix is ANEMIA. *headdesk* The doc said she may have to go over to Westerly Hospital for blood if her labs come back anemic. Yeah, I'd go with that, but um. I think the fecking meds are causing an exacerbation of the anemia. Of course, I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. If I did, I'd have a newer car.

    Dear AMA,

    Giving meds isn't always the answer. People aren't robots, they don't always respond the same way.

    No love at all,

    Me, on behalf of my maternal unit.

  • [ profile] songdogmi (not to be confused with [ profile] songdog, although both are Very Nice People) links to this:

    Killing wolves is still illegal in Michigan

    Why was it ever legal? Wolves are LESS AGGRESSIVE than dogs. Do we want to open up dog hunting? I don't live in Michigan, but it seems to me that unless an animal is directly attacking humans/livestock/pets, we should leave it well alone. And anyway, since wolves and dogs are almost identical genetically, how is a hunter going to tell he/she's not going after someone's Malamute? I don't remember any news article about pocket DNA tests being invented for use by hunters. wtf?

    Also? Cutest. Thing. Ever:

    (from this site, which says "wolves need friends, not owners.") See? Fraser was right. *g*

  • Fannish projects are humming along, despite RL issues. Yes, even [ profile] axial_tilt. I've also started writing what will likely be my longest fic ever (no, not the Barrett's Privateers one, although that's in the works and I'm gathering info, 'cause that one's hard). I really like the tiny scene I've written; it's one that's been in my head for weeks, and it turned out pretty good on (virtual) paper.

  • Night shift tomorrow. I'll make the obligatory "entertain me" post, I'm sure. No youTube, though, because Butler Hospital is Big Brother about youTube. :/

  • I'm going to have my Tarot cards read with [ profile] tapped_trish, et. al. on Thursday. I haven't done that in ages. I can read my own, ostensibly, but I haven't in ages.

  • My house is clean save for my room. I'll clean some tomorrow when I'm not writing (see list item re: [ profile] axial_tilt). But my kitchen! My dining room! My living room and bathroom! Yay!

  • Little Mosque holds its own opposite American Idol.

    I cannot tell you how pleased I am about this. LM is cute (not great, but cute and very watchable). AI is teh evil, and shouldn't be shown to kids under, liek, fifty. I loathe it from the depths of everything I have depths of. Bleh. Ick. Ptui. Yay, cute little sitcom!

  • Here, have some Stan Rogers:

    Free in the Harbour

  • ETA: How could I forget to add this? Happy birthday to [ profile] mickeyvt, and [ profile] kupukello! Many happy returns, dears.
primroseburrows: (vimy)
[ profile] topaz7 linked to this story about the death of one of the last veterans of the Great War, and it reminded me of this song. I linked it in her comments, so I thought I'd post it here.

Cheryl Wheeler - 75 Septembers

Cheryl wrote it for her dad for his 75th birthday, but it applies to any older person looking back on life. It's always reminded me of my stepdad:

Mr. Clemett lived before the airplane and after the internet. Amazing, long life.

Here is a link to an NPR interview with US WWI vets. The World War I Living History Project is a lovely idea. Their site has interviews and videos with some of the last living US Vets (The first random picture I clicked on happened to be someone from Rhode Island). I hope other countries have sites like this, too. There aren't many of these guys left, and unlike my fourth grade history lessons taught me, WWI began in 1914, not 1917 (no, really. For years I though the war began in 1917 and ended in 1918).

I actually went looking similar projects in other countries, but got completely off-track because there's nothing like a geek with ADD for getting lost in a subject. There's sites featuring writers and propaganda posters (I want to get copies of some of these and frame them) and ones that give the German perspective (I'll have to wait for [ profile] mr_t00by to help me read this one, but I can get a little of it).

I got completely lost in this site featuring music of the era.

And erm. Yeah. I was only going to post the Cheryl Wheeler song. Now I'm gonna go do laundry.
primroseburrows: (bluenose)
Look at your LJ userpics list. If you have fewer than 50 icons, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five icons, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five icons, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly why you have it, why it's interesting to you, and what significance it has.

icon meme ahoy )
primroseburrows: (rock into mordor)
I'm linking these files from [ profile] songdog's computer so I can download them to Cuthbert when I get home.
She's got a kickass bunch of music, so every time I visit I try to grab some. Take any or all of em, you guys. Knock yourselves out.

I started out using yousendit, but it went FUBAR on me, so I switched to Sendspace, which I like better, anyway.

Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
Alanis Morissette - Hand In My Pocket
The Archies - Sugar, Sugar

Barry Manilow - Bandstand Boogie
Barry Manilow - Daybreak
Barry Manilow - Jump Shout Boogie

Beach Boys - Sail On Sailor
Bee Gees - Words
Blues Image - Ride Captain Ride
Blues Traveler - Runaround

Bobby Sherman - Easy Come, Easy Go
Bobby Sherman - Hey Mister Sun
Bobby Sherman - La La La (If I Had You)
Bobby Sherman - Little Woman

Brian Setzer - Jump, Jive And Wail
Brotherhood of Man - United We Stand
Dave Matthews Band - Big Eyed Fish
Ink Spots - That Cat Is High

Jackson Browne - Jamaica Say You Will
Jackson Browne - The Pretender

Also, I'm going to respond with meme answers to everyone who asked me, never fear. :)

Also #2, Mediafire is going to be deleting all uploaded files over 100 mb. on 12 Feb. at noon. I have a couple sitting up there, so I thought I'd offer them here in case anyone wants them. It seems a shame not to. Now I need to find another program that will let me upload really big files. *sigh*

Buried on Sunday

IMDB info here. I've uploaded this before, but I can't remember which fileshare program I used. :/

Due South Pilot

No, I'm not posting this one specifically to entice [ profile] topaz7 over to the Dark Side. Whyever would anyone think that? *beatific smile*

ETA: [ profile] scriggle and [ profile] spikesloveslave, I got your packages! Yay! Thank you so much, m'dears. :)
primroseburrows: (last night)

  • Is Benton Fraser gonna have to choke a bitch?. Fraser would never have sanctioned this. Darn him for being all fictional and stuff.

  • Now that the Due South Secret Santa authors have been revealed people are starting to link to the ones they wrote. I don't think this is mandatory, right? In any case, Light the Sun is mine, GIANT GIANT TYPOS and all. (yes, Virginia, I DO know the difference between 'there', 'they're', and 'their'). I blame the fact that I waited until the last minute to post it and was crunching the deadline. [ profile] patchfire was oh, so patient with me saying, "I can't look at that link, I have to WRITE!!!"

    I kind of figured that when people read the part about the card game from back east, they'd figure out it was me. But then I realised, maybe not, because, um. It's not like it's common trivia knowledge or anything. *g* The game (because I know you're practically dying of curiosity here) is Tarabish and really does have confusing terms and scoring and just rules in general.

    The whole scene came from an actual game experience. There I was in Scotchtown in the middle of winter, the only non-Caper in the room, me and my little Great Big Giant cheat sheet, trying to wrap my ADD-laden brain around it all. Eventually they took my papers away and made me play without them. Needless to say I lost, very badly, despite everyone else being far drunker than I was (because I couldn't drink the moonshine and therefore stuck to wine). I had a good time, nonetheless.

    I'd still love to learn to play better, so if anyone who a.knows how to play and b.lives near me wants to play, I'm all for it. I'll need three of you, though, to make a [insert obscure word that probably exists meaning "two pairs of players necessary for Tarabish"].

    Also, I'd really like to repost my story on the archive without the typos and with a couple of other authors' notes. I'll be asking the mods about that soon.

  • I have three things to watch. Well, more than three if you count EVERY EPISODE OF BSG. [ profile] elementalv's BSG-DS crossover fic has made that one imperative. [ profile] melpemone, I'll let you know how my download of your upload (doo-dah, doo-dah) came out tomorrow, because finishing that one's the first priority at the moment (I've seen like five minutes, so I can't tell yet, but it looks good so far, clarity-and-soundwise).

    Then there's this, which [ profile] scriggle is sending me. *twirls her* I have an electronic copy (yay, fast!interwebz!), but I bet the hardcopy will have even better picture quality. I've only seen a few minutes of that, as well. I got to just about where this screencap is from, and figured I'd be wise to put it away while I still could. Mnrglf. ([ profile] malnpudl, I can hear you muttering about how predictable I am from here. *twirls you as well*)

    But my house is (fairly) clean, I just have to clean my room (because it's a firetrap at the moment, omg), so I should have time for some day-off media-watching marathonage. Yay!

  • I can't find my cellphone. This is a Problem, although not a new one. I know it's in my house, and I think it's in my room, so hopefully during cleanage tomorrow it'll turn up.

  • I've found two prospective places to stay in October. I want to stay at a hostel, and apparently the Cabot Trail Hostel, which looks very nice, and is quite cheap. I need cheap because I'm staying for at least a week (a side trip to Toronto on the way back is not out of the question, so money is an object for sure). The other place I looked at is Bubbles Bay B&B, which looks so pretty and quiet and things and I'd rather go there, but it's twice as much money. It's technically not a hostel, even though I found it on a hostel search site.

  • Capèrçaillie are god, may it do ya fine.

    Capèrçaillie - Coisich, A Ruin
primroseburrows: (typing)
I was so impressed with this that I printed it out at work and showed it to the staff. Some were less impressed than I was, but for the most part the response was "that's a really, really good idea", with the added caveat of "not that it would ever be even close to legal here".

They're right, of course. But really, which is better? spending zillions chasing after drug dealers/makers/users/ and only catching a tiny fraction of them (and hello, going after users isn't going to make them stop using, y'know?), or using the money wisely and providing users with a safe place to use with clean needles and medical supervision? Which scenario is more likely to make addicts think that the system might be a place to go to for help?

And there's PROOF it works:

"The study...found that drug users who visited the site at least once a week were more willing to enter detoxification programs". Makes a whole lot of sense to me. There are health professionals on site. Willing to help and not judge, y'know? And you really can catch more flies with honey than you can with prison.

"The researchers also found that all users in the area, including those with HIV, have been sharing syringes less since the start of the injection site, which is the first of its kind in North America. They have also engaged in other safe injection practices like using sterile water to formulate their drugs and swabbing alcohol on their skin.

Users were less likely to overdose when they used the facility at least once a week, the study found."

The way I look at it is that if you want to to help addicts (or more important, get them to want help), it's not gonna happen if you're judgemental and persecutory. How about being supportive and nurturing, treating them like people with illnesses, which, um, is what they are (HUGE emphasis on "people", here)?

So anyway, go Vancouver. Maybe some of our people will take the example and start pushing for similar facilities in the States. I hope the site gets the funding it deserves. Things don't look too rosy right now, according to the article, anyway. The federal government seems to have its head up its arse and is refusing to provide the funding that would keep the site open past the end of next year. Yay for craniorectal inversion.

From everything I've been reading, I'm quickly reaching the opinion that Stephen Harper is a creep. Dubya probably likes him. At least he probably knows his name, which if true would be novel for him (I'd really like to meet PM Poutine. We could do lunch. Although his cholesterol level is probably through the roof). Oh, and, another thing: if I ever get the chance to meet Rick Mercer I might just snog him senseless. :)

In other news, here's my Repeat Loop Song of the Moment:

Dispatch - The General. Lyrics here.

I love this song: its acoustic-y goodness, the extra words shoved into lines that they really don't fit but somehow they work, and the perfect, perfect lyrics, and perfect, oh-so-very-right theme of soldiers (and their general) as people. Because, um. They are, y0.

Oh, and the Best. Chorus. Ever.:

He said: I have seen the others
And I have discovered
That this fight is not worth fighting
And I have seen their mothers
And I will no other to follow me where I'm going


Take a shower, shine your shoes
You got no time to lose
You are young and you must be living so
Take a shower, shine your shoes
You got no time to lose
You are young and you must be living
Go now you are forgiven

[ profile] i_am_a_hannah introduced me to this song. I adore it. And her, of course. *hugs her*

And now I have writing to finish. I'll most likely be up forever doing it, so expect random spams. Feel free to ignore them.

And send me Vecchio drabbles. I'm running against a deadline and need to stay in the Gestalt of Vecchio.
primroseburrows: (chris black)
Because I seem to rec crackfic all thetime:

Read this. Then read the sequel. So, so cracktastic. They're short, so go. Shoo.

Also, I had a song in my head last night but for the life of me I couldn't remember who recorded it. I first heard it about ten years ago on a cassette I'd bought in Cape Breton (I remember the tape was black, like every other tape I've ever bought in or from Canada.[/trivia]. It's about the collapse of Newfoundland's fishing industry and the fishing moratorium that was declared because of the huge reduction in numbers of cod. If you're interested in reading more about it (and I'm geeky enough to be interested), this sounds like a good book to get. It's on my wish list, but since I can get it used for 40 cents, I should just buy it.

Anyway, it's a beautiful, heartfelt song, and it was stuck in my head and I wanted to hear it again. I plugged the snippets of phrase I could remember into Google, and after literally hours of trying, finally found a download. So I figure I'd share, since it was such hard work getting it, and because it's gorgeous. It's amazing how every word of it came right back to me and I could sing along the first time (I tend to be dorky like that). It's music like this that are a huge part of the reason that I'm going to make it to Celtic Colours next year no matter what:

Pamela Morgan - It Ain't Funny

ETA to add tag because upon reread that second paragraph is one of the dorkiest I've ever read, let alone written. The fact that I'm ETAing about it is even worse.
primroseburrows: (johnyoko)
John Lennon - Remember

Also, Saddam gets death by hanging.

Headline quote: 'Bush calls verdict "a major achievement for Iraq's young democracy"'. Jesus.

Song and article not related at all, despite line about hanging. Saddam's no hero, that's for sure.

primroseburrows: (yawkey way)
accent meme )

Well, I could have told you that. :) They didn't ask about dropped Rs, though. Maybe they didn't want to include Rhode Island in the survey. *shrugs*

Also? Just when I think my love for this band can't get any bigger, I find this:

Arrogant Worms - Gaelic Song

primroseburrows: (tin pan alley twins)
A few months ago, [ profile] songdog played this song for me. It took me a bit to get who was singing it because I wasn't even thinking in that direction, but when I figured it out, I did my best impression of a human flycatcher. Because oh, my, if this isn't a little miracle:

Elton John - Bridge Over Troubled Water

It sounds like a demo, with strings that may or may not be Paul Buckmaster's. [ profile] eltonroo, do you know where and when this was recorded? It sounds old, very old, which means it was recorded by baby!Elton.

another, cooler two words meme )

Now I shall go to bed because I'm going to Block Island and I'm already going to be running on not enough sleep. *waves*
primroseburrows: (with glowing hearts we see thee rise)
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian listpeople. You guys actually have Thanksgiving after the Harvest instead of a month before Christmas when it's freezing. Imagine that. :)

Also, today would have been John Lennon's 66th birthday. Here are a few tracks in celebration of his life. *loves*

John Lennon - Jealous Guy
John Lennon - #9 Dream
John Lennon - I Don't Want to be a Soldier, Mama
John Lennon - Working Class Hero
John Lennon - Remember

Since I don't celebrate Columbus Day, I can raise a Mike's to the above (more fun) celebratory-type things. *does so*

I'd send a bunch of songfiles about Canada, but I don't have that many, and I'm sleepy. Besides, you get turkey, so there. *g*
primroseburrows: (chris black)
Dear Paul Gross,

Please stop.

You're allowed to be pretty and smart. I'll give you that.

You're also allowed to record music that's pleasant and catchy. Got a nice tune and I can dance to it, I give it a 75.
Nice but nothing out of the ordinary.

But please don't write or (gods forbid) record any more songs that are so gorgeous and intense and breathtaking that I can feel them all the way down to the tips of my fingers.

Because it really isn't fair, all that not being able to breathe and everything.

On second thought, forget I said anything.

No, really, forget it.

Carry on.

I'll be over here in a heap on the floor next to the speaker.

Until next time, so long and thanks for all the consonants,


I mean, holy shit.

Keeley and Gross - Family Matters

I blame [ profile] stormymouse for this, and I mean that in the nicest way. &hearts
primroseburrows: (captain and the kid)
[ profile] croosa just linked me to this wonderful thing. Dude. It's actually written by the guys who created TMNT. It's gotta be good.

Trailer here.

I'm waay too excited about this. I wonder if [ profile] mr_t00by knows about it.

Also? [ profile] i_am_a_hannah called me last night from a Rolling Stones Concert, just to tell me she was there. She didn't get to see much, because she was doing something for Habitat for Humanity. But it was cool that she called. Does she know her mum or not?

My first question: Did they do "Paint It Black"? Because, well. Of course I'd ask that.

I hope they played Memory Motel, because it's all "Hannah baby was a honey of a girl". Which of course, she is. *loves* And of course, if they played it, it'd be without the coolness of the Dave Matthews Factor. :/

Oh, and. [ profile] on_a_hill is getting a "music of your life" CD exchange together. I am very excited, but OMG. ONE CD? I'll need more than one. The Ten Songs That Mean The Most To Me In The Entire Universe take up one CD. *angsts*

Oh, and #2. Speaking of said Ten Songs, I've been thinking about what my favourite song is, because I've never really had one single favourite song. If I have to pick one, I really think it's Writing. And gee, it only took me thirty a few measley years to figure that one out. 'Course, it's best with the two songs that come after it, but on its own, yeah. I think it's my favourite. Of course, you needed to know that, right?

Ah, the heck with it. Here's the entire album:

Elton John and Bernie Taupin - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)

Just leave the last three songs off when you listen. They're just tacked-on songs that I don't understand. Not part of the original album. Save 'em for later, because they're still cool. They're just not part of the Saga.

This dorky post was brought to you by [ profile] croosa and [ profile] i_am_a_hannah, who rock my world, truly.

Going now. *geeks out, stage left*
primroseburrows: (dS: kowalski)
Commentary on the Kinetic Aesthetics of One S.R. Kowalski, CPD, and, By Association, Callum Keith Rennie:

Y'know, you can't tell me that this scene wasn't choreographed, because if Callum can do that without the music, then he's not just talented, he's some kind of alien moving thing (the jury is actually still deliberating on this idea).

Which means it must have been rehearsed and rehearsed, with the music. Which is probably why it's so, um. Well, just LOOK at it. Because some things just connect.

This has been a PSA brought to you by CKR, Hugh Dillon, and my own weird, overactive brain. No actual Real People were harmed in the making of this flight of fantasy.

P.S. For those of you who've never heard the music as a whole lovely thing, here you go:

The Headstones - Cubically Contained

Gorgeous thing, so it is.

This song (from the tiny snippet in the scene) was my intro to the band, and to the sheer poetry of Hugh Dillon.
My inner music!geek was all, FIND OUT WHAT THIS IS AND WHO RECORDED IT.


I always listen to my inner music!geek. She is far wiser than I.



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