primroseburrows: (rock into mordor)
The thing about Bruce Springsteen is that his lyrics would be sheer poetry even if the music never existed. Case in point: Even if you know the song, try to read this without thinking of the music.

Then listen to this, because the music is just as awesome:

Bruce Springsteen - 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
primroseburrows: (sentimental jamboree)
Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin

I posted this on fb and got crickets chirping. I don't get it. Brian Wilson meets Gershwin. Am I the only one who thinks this is a really cool concept? And the preview tracks are gorgeous. Definitely getting this album.
primroseburrows: (DT: other worlds)
Globe Genie is the coolest. thing. ever. It's also horribly addicting.
primroseburrows: (DT: way to the tower)
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef



"The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is a project by the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles. The Crochet Reef resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash."
primroseburrows: (DT: other worlds)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] bas_lag--this is really cool:

Dispatches From a Troubled City: Art Inspired by the Works of China Miéville.


*submerges back into RL-land*
primroseburrows: (torchwood: turn away)
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

...And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?



This depressing moment is brought to you by William Butler Yeats and BP.
primroseburrows: (dS: martha)
Look what [livejournal.com profile] _scally found!






Accompanying article is here. Read it, it's lovely (and basically Martha/Toronto).
primroseburrows: (beaver)
Ontario politician wants Toronto to become a province.


"The 'straw that broke the camel's back' is the current spread of 'coyotes' in his parts of the province, he said, a matter locals would like to settle by placing a bounty on them.

'They'll never let you do that in Toronto,' he said, suggesting the only way enough attention could come to the plight of rural Ontarians would be 'to get rid of Toronto. Let them form their own province.'"



Wait, what?
primroseburrows: (ada)
I've been a fan of the Winter Olympics since I was a kid (not so much the summer ones, because I'm not all that interested in watching gymnastics or swimming or running, stuff like that).

I love the Luge and the bobsleds and the hockey (without fighting!) and especially, especially the figure skating--ironic because I've never been able to do much more than stand up and wobble my ankles while on skates. A complex skill--like, say, stopping, for instance--is totally beyond my level of expertise.

Annnyway, over the past few years I've been hearing all these bad things about the Olympics, like the way the homeless are displaced how the IOC is evil and the Olympics are more about sexism and homophobia and corporate greed than about peace and love and gold medals, and that environmentally and a bunch more other ways, the Olympics basically suck. And this year, the Olympic resisters are adding one more thing--they're saying that the venues where the games will be played are on land stolen from indigenous peoples.

It all sounds pretty incriminating, so I've decided to investigate. I'm still at square one, basically, but I wanted to share a talk I found that not only makes sense to me but also talks a lot about the history of activism in sport, which I'd really like to know more about--people like Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, and a whole bunch of others.

So here's the talk: The hidden history of activism in sport. The speaker is David Zirin, sports writer for The Nation.

I'd really like to know what you guys think about the whole argument, pro-or anti-Olympics. Feel free to give me links, ideas, arguments pro or con.

I'm planning to watch this year either way, but maybe by the time I get done investigating, I'll decide not to, or not to in four years (like I said, I don't really like the Summer Games that much, but that really has nothing to do with anything political). It looks bad, but I have to see for myself.
primroseburrows: (DT: nozz-a-la)
OH, YES.
primroseburrows: (dS: fraserhat)
For those of you who don't have [livejournal.com profile] ds_recsredux on your flist, I thought I'd let y'all know that [livejournal.com profile] ifreet has asked me to be guest reccer over there for December. I'll be doing character study recs.

My first post is all vid recs, and you can find it here. Yay, recs!
primroseburrows: (gord red)
  • I own three copies of Black House (So far. I'm not ruling out finding another one in a box somewhere). Two of these are hardcover.

  • Mary has invited me to go with her and Juliana to Calgary next year. I may have held my arm out for her to twist gently, before saying yes. Hopefully I can talk her into staying longer than her suggested five days. Because um. FIVE DAYS? Still, yay Calgary!

  • Song of the Day:

  • Tomorrow we go to Meadowbrook's annual Holiday Faire. I've missed the last couple of years, which is a shame since I do a whole bunch of my holiday shopping there. They have all sorts of professional vendors who rent tables and sell everything from silk dresses to handmade wooden toys to organic herbal bath products to hand-dyed wool for felting to one-of-a-kind glass ornaments--all sorts of unique stuff like that. Since my goal every season is to get non-generic gifts and get all my shopping done without once setting foot in a mall, it's the perfect place. And it supports an awesome school.

  • Have finished Torchwood (which is a very amazing show; you should watch it if you haven't yet), and have read some fic, with mixed reviews. Not all are bad--some are really very good, but I still haven't found a fandom with a more consistently talented bunch of writers than C6D. Having said that, the Torchwood bunch are pretty resourceful when it comes to AUs. My theory is that it's because for TW, AU is canon. Also and possibly unrelated, some of the stuff I've read about the behaviour of the more fringe-y part of the fandom makes me want to do this:



  • Blog of the Day: Stuff White People Like. I'm particularly partial to this one, this one and this one.
primroseburrows: (whattheshit)
This is one of the most ridiculous things in the history of, oh, EVER.

West High bans signs, face paint at games.


The "we can't see who you are under all that paint" is bad enough. But the kids have to wear name tags. NAME TAGS. To HIGH SCHOOL. Jeebus, do they have naptime after lunch, too?
primroseburrows: (typing)
I've probably done this before--at least I started to, don't know if I finished it. Anyway, here 'tis:

15 books meme:

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.


I'm counting a series as a book if it's all one story.


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. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen.
5. Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy.
6. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
7. Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values by Michael Adams.
8. The Stand by Stephen King.
9. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub.
10.The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
11.Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven.
12.American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
13.His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
14.The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper.
15.The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin.

I left out a LOT, because dude. Only fifteen books?
primroseburrows: (DT: nozz-a-la)
Well. Something is finally being done about the real threat to our planet:

Scholars put braaaaains together to thwart zombies.
primroseburrows: (typing)
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primroseburrows: (typing)
Book meme from [livejournal.com 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: (poppy)
So today is Memorial Day here in Amerikay. I'm not going to make a big post about it, because I already did that back in November (The US has two holidays for pretty much the same reason. I've never been able to completely wrap my head around that).



I posted this back then, too, and I'm doing it again because I love it. I've never seen the whole movie, but I really want to:

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