gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Mellow dude)
Lately I've been listening nonstop to the album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! by Hellogoodbye. It's almost painfully cute synthpop occasionally verging on the pop-punk, which probably explains why I like it. They also have pretensions of indieness (for my own values of "indie"), specifically to the point of mildly clever but pointless wordplay that they clearly are very proud of and think is much more meaningful than it actually is (see also: Fall Out Boy). Still, their music is catchy and hummable and cheerful and energetic, which generally means I will probably like it. XD

Music pimpage )

...I spent a good portion of today at the library doing research for my seminar paper, but I feel like I've got a few of the pieces that were missing in my argument, so it was worth it overall. Now I just need to finish writing it by Wednesday evening, argh.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Starry-eyed)
Last night as I was walking home from the library (having stayed till about 7 or so doing research), I encountered the strangest thing; one guy (wearing those tissue-paper-exercise pants) coming out of the Old Capitol Mall with a couple of friends, and then another guy (wearing shorts) and his group of friends coming out after him, with shorts guy accusing pants guy of stealing his pants. Pants guy insisted they were, in fact, his own pants. (I do imagine shorts guy had brought a pair of pants, whether those were his or not, because it was a bit cool last night for shorts.) A shouting match and threats of calling the police ensued as I walked out of earshot, and continued for some time based on my furtive looks back.

It's funnier because, while at first I assumed they'd somehow just come from a gym locker room or something, there is no gym in the Old Capitol Mall; therefore the only way I can see someone walking off with someone else's pants (or being logically accused of such) is if they'd just come from the tanning salon in the OCM, which somehow makes it way more hilarious.

Shorts guy might not have been so aggressive about it today, though, as it has been quite possibly the most gorgeous day in the history of EVER. Yesterday was pretty nice, compared to what had gone before - we got up into the 40s! - but TODAY we got up to about 60, with the sun shining and the birds twittering and the ice melting.

And it really is amazing how nicer weather can affect your mood; I'd gotten to the point where I hated leaving my apartment because of the deathtrap that was the icy sidewalks, but between the last couple of days' warmth most of the sidewalks are now clear (except for one patch, which is still markedly less treacherous). Really, I can't describe how amazing the feeling of nice weather again is, though I imagine many of you in the Midwest will know exactly how I felt today as you probably felt the same way; the closest I can compare it to is the first real day of summer near the end of my year in England, when the sun came out and I realized, "Oh yeah, this thing called the 'sun' exists! And it feels pretty good too!" It's that same "choirs-of-angels-singing-hallelujah" feeling, only this is even BETTER, because there I didn't really consciously notice the sun not being there; whereas in contrast I have been rather obsessed lately with the miserable lack of nice weather.

It did result in me being in a wonderful mood today, and a very productive one too; on my walk in to get half-price pizza slices at the Airliner, and subsequent trip to the Bread Garden Market to pick up some breadmaking supplies, I managed to not only tie the disparate strands of a paper topic I had floating around in my head into a mildly cohesive whole, but even related it back to my seminar paper from last semester to the point where these two papers combined could make two chapters of a possible unified dissertation (or at least a nice monograph). \m/

Also, expect more [livejournal.com profile] baketothefuture posts tonight/tomorrow, as on Thursday my German class decided we'd do a German dinner during Monday's class and I volunteered to make bread. So current plans are to make Bauernbrot (wheat-and-rye bread), Brötchen (rolls), and (because my German teacher, who's an awesomely hilarious and adorably short German woman, said she liked it) Kurbiskernbrot (pumpkinseed bread). Not sure whether I'll do full Cooking Photojournalism - probably not, as I will also be busy working on typing up my paper topic for tomorrow - but at the very least there will be photos of the completed breads before I take them in to be consumed tomorrow evening. :D

Finally, have Mario Paint versions of classic '80s songs: A-Ha's "Take On Me" and Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up".

And yes, I use the term "classic" unreservedly with regards to Rick Astley; I know a lot of people think he's crap, and 4chan is currently using him as part of their "rickroller'd" meme I guess, but I associate his music with my childhood (my mom likes soft-rock, and so I heard a lot of it) and have it on my iPod and still love to listen to it. Also, COME ON THE SONG'S INFERNALLY CATCHY AND GENERALLY AWESOME
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Mellow dude)
God, this song is like MIDDLE SCHOOL NOSTALGIA OVERLOAD

...I ended up downloading Mariah Carey's Daydream after reading an [livejournal.com profile] ohnotheydidnt post that reminded that oh yeah, this song existed (and that I loved it back in the day). I gotta admit, the album is still pretty awesome, even now...though now it's making me all nostalgic for all the other music that was popular in my peer group back then: TLC, "California Love," the Fugees, the entire Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, etc. Can you tell I went to a primarily black K-8 school? Needless to say, none of us were listening to Alanis or Smashing Pumpkins. XD

Also, this is my life more often than not. Like, say, all day today...despite getting up at 7:30 a.m. I've managed to do nothing today except teach (and I let my students out 20 minutes early), turn in my financial aid form that was due today, and surf a shitload of ONTD. (I'm hoping to do dishes before I go to bed, so the day won't have been COMPLETELY wasted.)

Edit: You know, now that I think about it, it is a kind of depressing nostalgia though - back in my middle school days, I generally preferred R&B to rap, and all of my friends preferred rap to R&B except one, Justin Winslow. So sometimes we'd chat music, since he listened to a lot of the same kinds of music as me. And I'm not sure how many of you'd remember, but I posted a while back that I discovered Justin died of what sounded like a drug overdose in 2006.

...Suddenly, "One Sweet Day" seems a lot sadder. D:
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Comics are cool)
Haha, as an actual fan of boybands, I find this song HILARIOUS.

And speaking of hilarious, I got the most awesome book from the library and zoomed through it today because it was so trashily good. First, I should comment that I rarely manage to get any fun reading done during the semester unless it's graphic novels, just for time purposes, unless it's a new book by one of my favorite authors. But this was amusing enough that I managed to get all the way through it during the semester - in a single day, even!

It's called Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary, and I believe its tagline describes it all: "Her soul was pure. Her desires were sinful. Her typing was impeccable."

...you see now why I couldn't NOT get it from the library. XD

Anyway, the story itself indeed lives up to its description. It's sort of like a cross between a pastiche of lesbian pulp fiction and a Nancy Drew book. (I was going to say it's like a lesbian Nancy Drew book, but that's actually the Nancy Drew book themselves - even as a kid I totally thought that Nancy's BFFs Bess and George, who were cousins, were totally in love with each other.)

A sample from the book )

Note that this happens immediately after her overbearing boss has made her dress up as a French maid and inadvertently introduced her to dominance/submission in the process. XD

Anyway, the book is deeply stupid (intentionally so; the denouement involves blackmail, jilted girlfriends and subliminal Communist messages transmitted through lingerie ads), but nevertheless really endearing; I kind of want it to be a series now.

Oh, and for [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon, it does indeed include lesbrarians; the Dewey Decimal System actually plays a rather large part in the plot. XD

And as far as videogame nattering goes, I downloaded and tried out the demo (PS3, though it's also being released for Xbox 360) of Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, which is an interesting little Dynasty Warriors-meets-RTS game from Koei set during the Hundred Years' War between England and France. I'd heard about it, thought "oh, I like that period, I should remember to check that game out one of these days" and left it at that; but I should have known it would turn out awesome. (Koei's Kessen was my first game for the PS2, and while it had its flaws I still have very fond memories of it.)

Basically, you assume the role of a mercenary (male OR female, in case you want to do the whole Joan of Arc thing) and accept jobs with whichever side of the conflict you want (English or French). You can lead numerous types of units, from infantry to cavalry to archers to spearmen; judging from the menus, I think later you get elephant and camel cavalry, which is COMPLETELY AWESOME (if not entirely historically accurate). Basically, for each battle you lead whatever unit you pick into Dynasty Warriors-esque battles; if it starts to become less effective, you can leave that unit and take over another, more effective unit (once you find an allied version). As you use each kind of unit, you level up their abilities; you can also buy equipment, equip pennons that have an effect on whatever unit you're currently with, and accumulate treasure, money and fame. (I'm sure there's more complexity, but sadly I've only played the demo.)

After a playthrough of the demo this morning, my medieval-geek reaction is that I will be getting this ASAP: it comes out in early November, so not too long to wait. :D

Finally, Rob Liefeld rags on Alan Moore. My reply? DIE IN A FIRE, LIEFELD, YOU'RE NOT FIT TO PICK LICE OUT OF ALAN MOORE'S MOUNTAIN-MAN-SLASH-UNABOMBER BEARD.

Memetime

Jun. 10th, 2007 07:57 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Mellow dude)
Er, also, because I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] youkofujima:

List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

Because I'm awesome, I will include YouTube links for each.

Amy Winehouse, "Tears Dry On Their Own" - A really awesome song that I believe samples the original "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." What I like about it is that Winehouse takes this cheerful, ecstatic love duet and turns it into the aftermath: one person singing about having lost another. While it doesn't have the ebullient happiness of the original, it has its own tested but resilient strength.

Fall Out Boy, "Dance, Dance" - To be honest, I don't listen much to the lyrics, but it's peppy and catchy and fast-paced (also, it's included on Dance Dance Revolution Supernova, so I've heard it a lot XD).

Jesse McCartney, "Beautiful Soul" - SHUT UP I KNOW I HAVE BAD TASTE IN MUSIC OKAY. Seriously, though, the lyrics are inane but a nice thought, and I like the mildly funky backing music. (Also, Jesse McCartney is MAI SHOTATO because he voiced Roxas in Kingdom Hearts II.)

McFly, "That Girl" - I love McFly; they're like a British Beach Boys meets blink-182, pretty insubstantial but nevertheless poppy fun. This is one of their earlier songs, but still really good; it's pretty mundane material (boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy loses girl to other boy, boy is sad about the one that got away), but it's just FUN for a song about a story that ends so sadly.

Peter Cetera, "The Glory of Love" - Naysayers to the contrary, Peter Cetera ROCKS, whether in Chicago or doing solo stuff. This song is just gloriously cheesy, in the best way possible, and always makes me think it should be the theme for some over-the-top Arthurian romance film. I AM A MAN WHO WILL FIGHT FOR YOUR HONOR~~

James Marsters, "Rest in Peace" - I recently rewatched the Buffy musical, from which this is taken; it's Spike, rocking out with a love-hate ballad. I believe that's enough of a reason. (I often like to sing this in the shower, because I know all the words by heart, as with all the songs from that ep; ...yes, I know, I'm a dork.)

Akira Yamaoka, "Theme of Laura" - For some reason, Silent Hill music is great for traveling; I love listening to this or "Silent Hill" and just looking out the windows of a bus as the sky darkens. This is just an awesome song, with the guitar and all.

Too lazy to tag anyone; anyone who wants to should do it!
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Mellow dude)
OH MY GOD I JUST FINISHED MY LAST BEOWULF TRANSLATION EVAR, WOOHOO

...In semi-related news I just discovered that there is apparently a Kansas City band named Baiowulf, which amused me far more than it probably should have (I'll attribute it to lack of sleep and a surplus of caffeine).

Also, I should probably not be listening to Fall Out Boy as much as I have lately...I'm mildly ashamed. It's just that it's so catchy! And also, the more I read about Pete Wentz (articles, interviews, etc.) on [livejournal.com profile] ohnotheydidnt, the more I find myself (unwillingly) liking him. This has led a horrified [livejournal.com profile] jokersama to despair of my taste in guys. ...LOOK, PETE-CHAN IS MAI LOLI, HE JUST NEEDS A HUG and possibly someone to smack him until he stops wearing skinny jeans D:

Edit: Also, air conditioning is the greatest invention known to humankind, y/y?
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Help. Please.)
Man, I ordered the soundtrack to the 1974 Beowulf musical for my Beowulf class presentation - looking at "modern appropriations" of the story - and MY GOD BUT IT IS HILARIOUS. It's totally got the whole '70s rock musical thing going on, and it basically ends up sounding like the medieval Danish version of Jesus Christ Superstar. In a word, AWESOME. XD

I'll see if I can upload some/all of it in a couple of days. Why should I be the only one to enjoy the dated synthesizer music and the often inane lyrics? Or songs with titles like "I Must Break Your Grip" or "So You're...Great Beowulf"?

...It would be perfect music to go along with the Beowulf that I'm translating, except it keeps me stopping every so often to laugh almost until I cry at something. (Like the opening to "Woe! Woe!", which is - you guessed it - some deep-voiced guy singing "WOOOOOOOOOE! WOOOOOOOOOE!")

Speaking of musicals, have some Shoggoth on the Roof (from [livejournal.com profile] vaulted_eel). I guess ALL musicals are better with tentacles.

Finally, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] aurianrose! (Scraping in barely on time, but at least I got it in on the right day!)

Edit: OH GOD THE FALSETTO IN SOME OF THESE SONGS IS KILLING ME DEAD. AND THE BOW-CHICKA-BOW-WOW.

DEAD I TELL YOU.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (GRR ARGH)
[Poll #603118]

..."M" being short for "morons," obviously. I don't know about anyone else, but "lovely lady lumps" makes me think less "OMG SEXAY" and more "wow, you should probably get that looked at by a doctor, it could be malignant." And the milk in the Cocoa Puffs bit made me want to cry. AUGH THANK YOU VERY MUCH BREAKFAST CEREAL HAS BEEN RUINED FOR ME FOREVAR

Edit: Errr, I should have specified this in the poll, but apply to you is what I meant. XD

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