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01 February 2014 @ 07:37 pm
Surprise surprise, I went to a Barenaked Ladies concert last night. It happened here in Mississauga at the Living Arts Centre. I didn't mention it before now because I didn't wanna jinx it. I talked a bit about it here on Tumblr last night when I got in, but I'm only just making a real post about the whole thing. Here's how it went down, including pics:

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So, Fan Expo: it was pretty awesome. It was four days and I went for all four of those days. I'm still recovering. I'm still sore in places for some reason, my feet still hurt a bit and are kinda swollen and my big toes are kinda tingly (that's what cheap, ill-fitting shoes'll do), and I'm still catching up on sleep. But it was all worth it. I had a good time, so this got kinda long.

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Mood: tired
So, Grinning Streak by Barenaked Ladies is amazing. I love it so much, a lot more than All in Good Time. AiGT was the result of a lot of unpleasantness (Steve's departure, Ed's mom dying, and then him crashing his plane that one time), and I think you can feel that in the album. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but what BNL is so amazing at is making really deep, dark music that doesn't sound deep and dark on the surface. Some of AiGT was really angry. I think it's an album they needed to make. But I'm glad they're past it now.

In Grinning Streak it feels like they're back to their old selves, but not in a stuck-and-stagnant kind of way. It feels like they're progressing while keeping what makes them great. It sounds upbeat on the surface; I can't think of a song that sounds like Ed wants to punch a wall or anything. My faves so far are "Limits", "Off His Head", "Odds Are", "Give it Back to You" and "Did I Say That Out Loud".

"Smile" is a great clap-along. "Crawl" totally reminds me of Don Henley, like, so hard it's not even funny. "Did I Say That Out Loud" has a great "oh-whoa-oh-oh-whoa-oh-oh" part that is wonderfully reminiscent of New Kids on the Block. "Give it Back to You" is the bittersweet ballad. "Keepin' it Real" is as close to angry as the album gets and it's got kind of a stompin' bluesy thing going on. "Gonna Walk" is just clappy feel-goodness. "Boomerang", "Odds Are" and "Best Damn Friend" are just pure BNL. "Off His Head" has a sound I really love that I can't ever really describe properly, idk.

Ed sings lead on all the main tracks except one, "Daydreamin'", which is Kevin's (and it's so Kevin. It has that dreamlike, multi-layered quality that he does so well. It actually kind of reminds me of "Here Come the Geese" from Snacktime, but more electronic-y). There are three bonus tracks (which are not included in the tracks the band so kindly uploaded to Youtube). Ed sings lead on two of them, and Jim takes the other one. While listening to the album, I was wondering where Jim's contribution was. His song on AiGT, "I Saw It", is one of my faves from that album. But then he turned up in a bonus track. I admit, I'm not that crazy about the bonus tracks, so that's a bit disappointing. Actually, no, I do really like "The Fog of Writing", which Ed sings. It feels very much like classic BNL to me. I can almost hear Steve's voice in it.

I threw all the tracks that are on Youtube into a playlist here.

I love this album so much. As much as it still pains me to see the four of them on the cover of the album sans Steve, it's an album that maybe heals the wound a little because they sound like they're in a much better place.

Here's "Limits" which is totally being added to my jogging playlist:

"Odds Are":

"Did I Say That Out Loud":

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Mood: happy
Music: Barenaked Ladies - Odds Are
30 January 2013 @ 05:36 pm
If you could spare a couple of bucks and/or some time for some last-minute pimping, pumpkinqueen144 has an Indiegogo campaign going on right now to raise money to publish her book, Dragon Whisperer. There's just over a day left to go on the campaign as I type this (it ends at the end of January). I should've pimped it here before now, but I was busy pimping it other places, and LJ/DW just didn't even occur to me because I'm hardly here anymore.

Please check out the Indiegogo Campaign Page for Dragon Whisperer. There are different perks you can get for making a contribution, and if you can't contribute, please consider sharing the campaign on Twitter or Tumblr or GPlus or liking the Facebook page, etc.

Dragon Whisperer Campaign Page @ Indiegogo.com
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Here it is, the answer to the question nobody asked: Why hasn't somebody made a fanmix for the Tom Cruise/Simon Pegg pairing? Well, wonder no more!

It is called Hockey Night in Canada and Everything After. Because it is based on the fic series I'm currently writing with the same title. Because Simon and Tom went on a hockey date in Vancouver that one time. And because I stole the last part of the title from a Counting Crows album.

I've included some songs from bands that Simon likes. As for Tom, I included a couple of songs that I feel represent him mainly because of Rock of Ages, not because of his actual musical taste. It's kind of impossible to find info about what music that guy listens to. Google has been completely unhelpful, so I stuck with a couple of 90's power ballads a la RoA to represent Tom. For Simon, we have Death Cab, Elbow, and Lemon Jelly. Everything else is pure me.

I may have gone overboard on posting song lyrics here. Some songs had so many good lyrics that I couldn't choose. Also, I ramble a bit in some spots while explaining song significance. Each song title is linked to an uploaded copy that you can preview and/or download individually, so you can pick and choose which songs you want. The link to the zip file containing all songs, plus cover art, is at the bottom. There's also a link to the folder containing the individual songs and the cover art down there. If anything is linked incorrectly, please let me know!


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Mood: I don't even
10 July 2011 @ 06:59 pm
Important things are afoot!

Originally posted by r_grayjoy

Found via venturous1:

There's a radio station in Alberta, Canada that's currently running a contest called "The Breast Summer Ever" in which the winner receives a boob job. Yeah, exactly. You may all take a moment to roll your eyes and/or gag.

Now that that's out of your system, listen to this: One of the finalists is a transwoman named Avery. She has no health care options that cover transgender issues where she lives and has to pay out of pocket, so winning this contest would help her out tremendously. Winners are decided by popular vote, so if you like, you can go here and vote for her. I don't know whether or not multiple votes count...?

So, maybe we can make something awesome happen here, yeah? :)

That's all. I'll try to update about my own adventures soon. As soon as I actually have some adventures. :S

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Mood: hopeful
I know who my team is for the Ship Olympics! :D Teams will be announced on Tuesday, but being a captain from last year, I have access to almost everything the admirals are doing, so I had a peek at the Google Doc with the teams on it. I know exactly who I've got and what the actual team will be. I've started making graphics and things - header, userinfo banner and default icon for my team comm, and team icons - and I have to say I really, really like them. Thank you to the people who actually made the Starfleet/Olympics logo thing and the textures and whatnot, 'cause I was so lost without that stuff. ♥ Now the graphics are peeerrrrrrtyyyy.

I. Am. Excited. X-)

But anyhoo ...

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Mood: contemplative
Music: Beach House - Real Love
05 December 2010 @ 09:06 pm

Now that I have your attention, how many of you would be interested in a Fringe kink meme? I haven't read much Fringe fic lately, but last time I checked, this fandom was pretty kink-proof, and while I'm not exactly helping with my complete lack of Fringe plot bunnies, the fact is I find the lack of kink in this fandom really sad. Apparently there is, or was, a Fringe kink meme comm someplace that has since died? I wish I could say I was shocked.

Anyway, nuzzledhisface has started something along those lines here. I suggested making an actual comm for it, but if interest is just gonna dwindle again anyway, maybe not? I dunno. It'd probably be easier to find if it was its own comm. Well, it's there if you wanna play or pimp it out, but I'd love to hear more opinions about the entire subject. Do we need another comm? Would people participate? Even the most active kink memes have way more prompts than actual fills, so if this fandom is low on kinky fic as it is, maybe a comm would be overkill, I don't know. Come on, let's discuss! This entry is public, so please send your Fringie friends over here to give their opinions. Or, hell, point me in the direction of wherever this has been discussed already, 'cause I wanna see!

As you were.

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Mood: curious
I better do this before I forget:



We now return you to your regularly scheduled whatever the hell this is.
Music: The Tragically Hip - Gift Shop
20 October 2010 @ 04:03 pm
Originally posted by thelake at Purple Wednesday

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

- original post by [info]neo_prodigy

A Foolish Love
originally by Rufus Wainwright,
covered here by Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble

What I love about this particular track is the intro by Steve.

That's all.
Mood: touched
Music: Hey Rosetta! - The Year You Were Born (Live)
For those of you who read and/or write novel-length fic, it's time you got polled.

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Last week, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory were at eTalk here in T.O. No, I didn't go, but I've watched it on TV at least three times already (they keep re-airing it). They're all so pretty in their weird, quirky ways. Also, BNL performed! It was awesome. I'm so very proud of my boys. ♥ Here's a link to the online vid. I hope it works outside Canada.

Interestingly enough, while the four remaining Ladies were being awesome with the BBT boys at eTalk, former Ladie, Steven, was having SRS BSNS DISCUSSIONS about you-know-what over at W5. Here's a link (again, hoping that works outside of here). The eTalk thing aired on Friday, I think, while Steve's interview aired just a couple days later on Sunday. Rather sad to see the obvious difference in tone between the two shows, the Ladies having all kinds of fun, and Steve just kinda ... there. *sighsighsigh*

ARGH, Steve, I love you, but I wanna kick you so hard right now. This was not supposed to happen.

But anyway, onto Fringe.

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Mood: geeky
Music: Barenaked Ladies - Ordinary
September 1st. Time to start doing stuff again. Probably a good thing; I was beginning to slip into a coma.

Okay, I should probably mention the whole LJ/Facebook/Twitter debacle. Yeah, if you crosspost comments you make in my journal, I will find you and pluck your eyeballs out of your skull and shove them up your butt ... or I'll just be really, really annoyed with you. One of the two.

In response to the most recent LJ!fail, I, like everybody else, am offering Dreamwidth codes, of which I have about 80 million (or 19 ... I rounded up). If you want one, let me know.

So, I'm sitting here with my Big Bang rough draft .doc open, about to send it off to the mods with a shiny header stating all of the relevant info. Unfortunately, I still do not have a title and the only one I can think of, I kind of hate. I really want to give this thing a good title before submitting it, because ... well, I just do. I've only got half a day left to figure this out. It's not going well. HALP.

ETA: WAIT! I think I got something. :D But suggestions are still welcome!

Finished watching Firefly. Started watching Weeds, which was not on my list of shows to watch, but oh well. I like it. It's a welcome change after watching the first season and what's available of the second season of Jersey Shore and then watching a season 12 Big Brother marathon (23 episodes in, like, 2 days, and the season isn't even over yet. Jeebus, how many episodes does this show get each season?). Yeah. My brain was crying out for something halfway intelligent.

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That's all.
Mood: lazy

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And tell them I sent you, 'cause I'll get points!

Okay, for reals, I'm not joining anymore land comms. This is the last one ... for now.

In other news, I sent the unfinished rough draft of my startrekbigbang to my beta. It's a good thing stbbsupport reminded us all that we should do this, 'cause otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. I have a thing about letting people see my work before it's at least got an ending, and right now my STBB does not have an ending. I mean, it sort of does; I can vaguely see an ending in my head, but the story's only maybe 65% written. I'm slightly stressed, but I'm okay. I have good ideas. I just need some good execution. And possibly someone else's brain to be able to pull it all off. *headdesk*

Lol, I don't even have a desk. XD

So yeah, if I hadn't been reminded that I actually have a beta, I would've just kept on writing furiously to get it done before the rough draft deadline without ever asking for outside opinions or help. Because that's the kind of crazy that I am. But I'm really looking forward to getting another opinion, so fingers crossed that I'm on the right track with this thing.

I'm seriously frakking tired. Did not sleep last night. Spent all day today proofreading my rough draft (proofreading my rough draft) before sending it to Beta. That's 99 pages and 40k I read today on no sleep. Urgh. Kill me.

Okay, bed now, bye-bye.

ETA: Oh, oh, oh, edit, edit, edit, 'cause I'm not asleep yet! Thank you to icequeen3101 for the tasty v-gift waffle! Scotty says thanks, lovely. ;D
Mood: cheerful
Right, so this is an assignment for scifiland. It's a picspam/meta Franken!monster mishmash sort of a thing detailing 10 of my favourite Fringe moments. They are in no particular order, 'cause I'm lazy like that.

Warning: some pics may contain gore.

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Mood: happy
Right. So, I made a little mini picspam of Walter and Astrid/John and Jasika for scifiland. And I would just like to say that this was the most frustrating thing I have ever done. I have listened to 3 and a half hour-long podcasts while trying to get this thing to look right. I tried to get all artistic with it, you see. I should not have done that.

And why the hell am I still awake?

There are more pics of Jasika alone than of John alone. Simply because, while John Noble is kick-ass and a damn handsome gentleman, Jasika has a way of looking a bit like candy.

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Mood: still awake
Music: The Nerdist Podcast - Number 9: Mike Shinoda
Hi. I'm doing this thing:


Tell your friends:

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Day 09- Five things you want to see change: About me? Um ... everything? Basically, I'd like to find some kind of solid direction for my life. I'm sort of meandering at the moment. I'd like to be better at socializing, but I think that's pretty much a pipe dream. I guess I'd like to be healthier. I think if I felt like I had some kind of purpose in my life, something real that was getting me up in the morning, I'd be more inclined to think that exercise and healthy eating was worth it. I'd like to be a nicer person, a less selfish person, a more mature person. But I suppose stuff like that comes with the little choices we make everyday. You have to make the choice to be a certain way and then keep doing it.

Ugh, that is depressing.
Mood: lethargic
27 May 2010 @ 12:58 am
Okay, so I made some Fringe colour bars. Nothing fancy. Please let me know if the codes are wonky or something. Alter as you see fit; you can even take the credit link out if you want, 'cause it's not that big a deal.

Fringe Science is Love
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Mood: geektastic
Yoinked from thelinus, it's ...

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I probably won't be posting the answers to this meme every single day, simply because ... I don't want to. It'll probably be a couple of days at least between some answers. We'll see how it goes.

Day 01- Guilty pleasure: Naughty, dirty daddy!kink/ageplay porn. Like, the kind that makes you question the emotional health of the author, the kind that I have a very hard time writing properly unless I'm hiding behind anonymity *cough* (yes, even I get ashamed about writing certain things). The bigger the age difference between the participants, the better. In fact, daddy!kink doesn't work as well for me when the participants are too close in age. And if the participants are actually father and son, well ... dayam. And yes, I do enjoy it when the son is terribly, terribly young. In fact, I've written fic in which the sons were terribly, terribly young, at the urging of a friend of mine, who is a dirtybadwrong influence on me. If not for her, I would've been too afraid to write it. She's on a bit of a hiatus at the moment I think, though, so she probably won't even see this.

I also love it when the son acts terribly, terribly young when he's not. UNF. I love thumb sucking. I love deliberately making his voice sound childlike. And I have a relative size kink; I love it when one partner has a much smaller frame than the other. UNF UNF UNF.

So ... yes.

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Btw, guys, there's a Ship Wars party post that's open to the public here, so even if you're not a member of the comm, you can go have fun times.

That's all.
Music: Plushgun - How We Roll
This is it! The last FRB post! Because a brand new episode of Fringe is airing tonight! *Kermit flail* And OMG it looks amazing! We all know about Peter, but we don't know about Peter. Tonight, we will get some real answers.


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And now the awesomeness that is Jacksonville.

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And that's it. There isn't anymore. The FRB is over. That's all.
Mood: giddy
You know what? I'm skipping Unearthed. It was an episode from the first season that they didn't air until the second. And ... it's ... well ... perhaps it should have stayed in the vault, 'cause it's nothing special. So, I'm skipping it and going straight from Grey Matters to Johari Window, both pretty good eps. As for the numbering, I'm going to say that Johari Window is number 11, not 12 ... because it is. Unearthed was a first-season ep, so it doesn't get a second-season number.

But try to tell that to the interwebz. I think everybody's still confused as hell about it.

Anyway, not many theories to discuss with these episodes, despite how good they are. So, these are mostly just recaps.

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