etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( Jul. 8th, 2013 12:31 pm)
I've avoided Domino's Pizza since I was in college due to their anti-women's choice/health stance and monetary support.

I've never eaten at a Chik-fil-A and won't ever now because of what has been publicized about their exclusionary politics.

I have never liked Ambercrombie and Fitch (however that is really spelled - I can't be bothered to look it up) even before their CEO was nasty to just about everybody in public.

And I have no trouble choosing to boycott Ender's Game no matter who is in it and ho matter how good a movie they make it.  When I was a teenager I loved OSC books.  I have a ton of them - and I read them all numerous times.  But the man's narrow view of "acceptable" cultural behavior has soured me on anything to do with his work. That he actively and publicly spews his hatred of huge segments of the people of the world is reprehensible and unconscionable. So no, I will not be going to see Ender's Game.  I will not buy any tie-ins.  I will actively avoid anything to do with the marketing of the movie or any other books he will ever write.

Ender's Game was a favorite book for YEARS - but I can't say I will ever read it again - and it leaves a bitter taste that I spent years when I was a bookstore manager suggesting it to HS students because it was on their summer reading list and I had loved it.

So there is a boycott movement out there to not see the movie when it opens (currently scheduled for November 1).  I think it should go a step farther - to actively go out to the movies that weekend and specifically choose any other movie to see but Ender's Game.

For more information on the boycott:

http://skipendersgame.com/

Also, I am kinda glad I stopped reading comic books in 2002 (I spent too much money on them and decided taking an actual vacation occasionally was a worthier cause than reading comic books) - because OSC is now writing for Superman.  I'd stop giving my money to DC for that as well.
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( Jun. 16th, 2013 11:46 pm)
So Only Nephew, L, turns five in a couple of weeks, and as he and his sisters usually move to the Cape for the summer where his other set of grandparents have a home and they get to swim and sail at the boat club program, he decided this year he wanted to have a party with his school friends.

So Saturday I dropped by his party (a Lego party) which he had seven little friends from school.  Amidst the rain lately Saturday was an absolutely perfect, gorgeous day.  So he is five.

Today (Sunday) as I was having lunch with mom and dad my brother brought over the kids and I had that yearly conversation I dread with B.

B: Aunt A?  Why aren't you married?

argh.  Cue tearing of hair in frustration.  Why must we have this conversation every few months?  Yes, I am single, yes, I did not produce children.  Yes, I am completely OKAY with all of that.  B is NINE FRICKIN' YEARS OLD.

WHY must she persist in questioning my life choices?

We had a fairly short but serious conversation about yes I could have gotten married, but I was very young at the time and decided I wasn't ready even if he was (and he was even younger than I was at the time).  And yes, I could have had children, but for much the same reason as I didn't marry, I never felt ready, and I am definitely not going to go into single parenthood just so I can be a parent.  Parenthood is not a driving need in my life.  I just do not have that "biological clock" urge to procreate many women talk about.

Oy.  Well, at least I know now we have Had The Talk, I'll have a few months to a year reprieve before she decides to tilt at that windmill again.
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( Jun. 10th, 2013 06:17 pm)
Ballet and sense or even plot do not go together.

I run the light board for a performing arts studio's shows three times a year.  Their Nutcracker, the Spring recital, and their Spring Ballet.

This year the ballet was "Don Quixote" which bears very little relation to the story of Don Quixote.  No.  I challenge you to find the plot.

All I got was there is this guy who occasionally has fits and visions and the young lovers (who have no much to do with out title character) are continually running away from her father who sold the girl off to a rich man.

I don't know where the gypsies come into it, or why Don Quixote and his sidekick are running around threatening things and people with a sword and a spoon.

Our sound guy and I kept looking at each other and asking "huh?" and our answer was inevitable "Because Ballet!"

Anyway.  It did mean I got home late enough to have missed the Tony awards, but I did catch the opening number online today.  Gotta say this is EXACTLY why I love the Tonys and am all "meh" about the Oscars.  And since NPR's Linda Holmes put it SO MUCH BETTER than I ever could, I urge you to read the whole thing:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/06/10/190308942/the-tony-awards-is-this-the-greatest-awards-show-opening-ever

but I quote part of it here because I want to say, yes, THIS! RIGHT HERE:
"The next time you're tempted to give an Oscar host a pass on the basis that it's an impossible, can't-win job, and that the lazy, easy, corny, toothless humor that passes for patter is a fundamental of the awards format, and that the jokes can't be better and the numbers can't be better and the hosting can't be better and the crowd can't get excited, keep in mind that that's exactly what people who want to keep making lazy awards shows want you to think.

Sure, theater people have an advantage with musical numbers, but if you run the Oscars and can't figure out how to do for and with love of film what the Tonys are doing for and with love of theater, you are terrible at your job and should hand it off to someone else."
Watching the British television series Touching Evil from 1997.  The third episode deals with an online game that translates into real life drug use (LSD) and maybe murder?  I don't know, I'm only a little bit into it, but omg the online "game" - in fact the whole online everything is completely rudimentary and simplistic.

I love the characters, and the cases are interesting enough, but man the technology is stone ages practically.  In this day and age of smart phones and iPads and tablet devises, to see this glimpse of fifteen years ago is kind of a trip.

Other things...

My college class is celebrating our 20th reunion, and because of other commitments I can't be there.  Which is fine.  I don't really need to be.  I knew the kids I graduated high school with far better than the kids I went to college with.  After all I spent twelve years with most of one crowd, and only four with the other.
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( May. 28th, 2013 06:32 pm)
Can it be called a "plot point" when discussing the upcoming season of a "celebrity"-based reality show?

I mean.  "Plot point" kinda makes you think "someone thought this up and crafted the story just-so" not hey, this event in my life is a "plot point" for this "season" of my actual life...

Still hating most of what is on television.  Enjoying exploring streaming netflix (through the Wii!) and getting introduced to all sorts of wonderful British TV dramas ("Cracker" and "Waking the Dead") and catching up on some movies I've missed.

So - I'll take recommendations of things to see!

I just watched the British move "From Time to Time" which is a family drama with supernatural overtones, and stars Dame Maggie Smith as the grandmother (basic plot - teenage boy sent to live with his estranged grandmother during WWII while his mother goes to London to seek information on his father who is MIA.  The family estate has secrets and ghosts.  The supernatural elements are well done).  Well crafted, and with understated elegance of storytelling - which the British do so well and the Americans generally have a difficult time doing at all.
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( May. 25th, 2013 11:52 am)
I am an arts kid.  Any kind of arts - I am there, I am with you, I speak your language.  Arts, crafts, performing, whatever.  Even if I can't personally know an art like you do (my musicality is kinda lacking) I at least understand the passion.

Sports - not at all.  The most I can say is I was around when my dad watched sports on TV?  I've heard more sports jargon I don't understand.

Back in '93 when the Bulls were set to "Threepeat" I got into the basketball games because the insular community I was a part of that spring and summer were HUGE Bulls fans.  To this day, I could not tell you who they were playing - this is how sports information does not STICK in my brain.

My best friend (also and arts kid - who has more musicality in her little finger than I have ever aspired to - but then I can do fine arts and she can't even do stick figures - it all balances out) has developed over the last few years an abiding love for ice hockey.  Not any ice hockey, mind you - JUST the Penguins.

There is some big thing the hockey people are vying for?  Yeah.  Hockey, that's the one on ice when the players all strap blades to their feet and hold a stick and the ball is the flat black one, right?

(golf - the one played in vast lawns with the small white ball and the long sticks aiming at a hole in the ground, right?  basketball - the one where there is a big bouncy ball and the goal things are in the air overhead, right?)

So yeah, I've been subjected to more about hockey and specifically the Penguins than any one not a fan should have to.  I am more amused by it than anything.  But I asked her why all the players were so scruffy she immediately replied "playoffs" like that should answer the question.  Also the color commentary of the game I watched last night sounds like the purple prose of bodice rippers when they start in on how well some of the players are working together - and they even mentioned one player feeding another player his mother's cooking... I mean courtship rituals, anyone?

I swear the more I learn the more hockey players seem to have more rituals and superstitions than any old-time religion. I found myself clicking on a yahoo sports news link because it mentioned the Penguins - I AM NOT INTERESTED IN HOCKEY! Yes, I realize the irony of that.

I'm an arts kid. But I have a feeling I am going to be learning so much about hockey for the rest of my life by osmosis if nothing else.  I'm okay with that, and sort of resigned.  I mean, it could be worse.  Hockey is at least interesting to watch.  It could be *shudder* baseball.
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etakyma: (Masque of the Red Death Anton)
( May. 16th, 2013 11:24 pm)
The last few weeks have been tl;dr so I'll just say I wish we could go back to a time when "shelter in place" wasn't part of the lexicon.  Maybe tomorrow I'll have a better handle on life and will be able to actually record some of my recent goings-ons...
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( Apr. 22nd, 2013 10:52 am)
It has been a while since I have done this -but not because there was nothing to blog about!  There has been absolutely too much going on in my life to blog about, actually.

I am living in the Boston area, and the events of last week's marathon bombing and manhunts hit pretty close to home - in that I am in the area of Watertown all the time, and life last week was a bit surreal.

I did manage to get to CraftBoston on Saturday, though, which was pretty nice.  EVERYONE was out and about on Saturday, probably to make up for Friday's "Shelter-in-Place" order. I work from home, so it was no real inconvenience to me (and I am outside the "Shelter-in-Place" radius, anyway).  I just worked as usual and watched the 24-hour no-commercials network news later in the afternoon.  I am sure when the lockdown went out in the very early morning they didn't expect it to last all day, but even way out here in the 'burbs the police were asking everyone to stay off the roads if they didn't need to be out and about.

I am glad they caught the suspect.  As a suspect in such a wide-reaching crime and in federal custody, I am certain the wheels of federal justice will move but they will likely move away from here. I don't think anyone in the greater Boston area could impartially take part in any kind of justice in any way - from judges to clerks to anyone.  We were all too much affected by his actions.

In other, more personal news, rehearsals continue for the show I am in which goes up in a couple of weeks.  We're going to add more props, set dressing, and costumes this week, and our crew is in as well to get prepared for next week's tech week (the show is On Golden Pond, and I play the daughter of the couple.  Or y'know, for those that have seen the movie, the Jane Fonda part).

So, life After the Boston Marathon Bombings is continuing on as usual, which is the only and best thing we can do.
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( Mar. 31st, 2013 11:53 pm)
My parents have an electronic invisible fence for their dog, Max.  They've had to put it on the highest setting and make sure to place the collar high on his neck, because otherwise he goes right through it.  Because of this, today we had an interesting stand off between Max, a 70 pound black lab, and a couple of deer, just wandering by.

Max saw the deer when he was inside and started to go a little crazy wanting to go out (usually he is not a barker).  We didn't catch sight of the deer until he was already out the door and racing toward them.  Because of the fence, he stopped a good twenty feet from the deer that just stood and stared at him.  He spent five minutes growling and barking while the deer just stood there just inside the tree line and looked at him.

When it turned and bounded off (only a few yards - maybe thirty) Max chased her along the treeline (and along the "fence") until she met up with her deer-friend.  Then he turned around and came back, happy he'd driven them off... while they continued to stand in full view and nibbled on the undergrowth.

Big hunter-dog.  Chased the fearsome deer for all of a handful of yards before feeling like he'd done the job and returned inside.

Dogs!
You ask someone via email or IM or text or whatever, "do you want this or that?" or even better "yes or no?" and the answer is "UNICORNS!"

Um, not what we asked you, dude.
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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/argument-against-gay-marriage-california-hinges-accidental-pregnancies-095158941--election.html

So if only heterosexual couples are allowed to marry because only heterosexual couples can become unintentionally pregnant it follows that argument that marriage licenses should only be issued to those that ARE "unintentionally" pregnant.  No one else can marry, ever!  Only if you are pregnant unintentionally!

Because some asshat (and yes, on behalf of my ONE loopy State Supreme Court Justice, I offer my condolences) used the argument a decade ago to vote against same sex marriage here (he was soundly defeated, because the other state supreme court justices are more rational and not asshats).

A decade.  The actual laws change took a bit longer - it was 2004 when the first gay marriages were able to take place. But it has been a decade since the ruling.

I do not envy the Supreme Court.  But have my fingers crossed that the asshats using that ridiculous premise are defeated and the DOMA is overturned.  Because it is a stupid law and a hundred years from now people will wonder at the quaint customs we held as "modern" culture.
I usually leave awards shows on "in the background" while I do other things.  I couldn't do that with this years Oscar show.  I lasted a grand total of sixteen minutes.  Between the lame Captain Kirk segment and the "boob song" there was NO WAY I was subjecting myself to that drivel for three plus more hours.

I thought the host was bad, tasteless, and irritating.  So I didn't actually see any of the awards presented.  Which is fine - I am not all that invested in actually watching people thank Mom and God and everyone else.

I'm glad Brave got the Oscar for animated feature - I loved it (I also loved ParaNorman and was glad to see it nominated).  And Paperman (for animated short) is completely adorable.

For awards shows, I am far more interested in the Tonys than the Oscars - mostly because of the actual numbers from shows running on Broadway (makes me think - hey I like that - and make a note to get the album) and theatre actors are so much BETTER at putting together an actual show that is a good balance of THEATRE and awards.  Plus people who work day-in day-out in live theatre just do it better, imo.

Yes, there are in jokes and navel gazing and a bit of onanism - but the self-gratification is less and we feel part of the process more because it isn't the film-company that depends on us seeing the movie it is the entire theatre-company that depend on us coming to see them live night after night.  There is an immediacy to the thankfulness for theatre actors that there isn't for film-actors.  Film-actors went and did their job and it was over, and they went on to other projects, and then weeks and months later they are suddenly in the spotlight for something that for them was finished a long time ago.  Theatre-actors are (a lot of the time) still doing the job they are being honored for.

I find it means more.
[livejournal.com profile] copperbadge is running the Job Fair again!  I know lots of people looking for jobs who already have jobs and need to move on from them, or are out of work and need a job.  This job fair is for both people looking FOR WORK, and people LOOKING TO HIRE.  If your company is looking to hire, consider posting a link to the job opening information.  If you are looking for work, consider posting what you want/where you are.  If you are looking for help with resumes and cover letters, or have mad skillz with resumes and cover letters and are willing to assist others, also post.

The Job Fair post is here:

http://copperbadge.livejournal.com/3602536.html

It is pretty new - only a few posts so far, so keep checking back.

Good luck to all!
I'm noticing a trend in literature - especially YA literature - that publishers are numbering books in a series... oddly.  There will be a book series, say its a trilogy, so you get Book One "Foo,"  Book Two "Foo Too," and Book Three "Foo as Well."  Then, there will be a prequel, maybe not even a full book length called Book ZeroPointFive "Before Foo," and between Book Two and Book Three there might be a side-story for a secondary character that doesn't fit in the story arc called Book TwoPointFive "Not Foo, But Related to Foo."

I mean, I know Douglas Adams did it for laughs (I'm looking at the Hitchhiker's guide "Trilogy" that went on for five books and one omnibus was called "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: the Trilogy of Four" and after that came the fifth book which had as its subtitle "The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy").

But really?  Producing a novella or a short story and then tacking a PointFive to whatever number you want it to come in the story arc as a whole just seems like shoddy storytelling.  Either develop the story fully, or cut out the bits that don't add anything but giving anything a PointFive numbering looks like a marketing ploy in order to get more money out of me so I can read the "Full Story/Back Story/Secondary Character's Story."

I mean, I guess I have accepted that the publishers are asshats along about the time they re-numbered the Narnia series in 1994 to be "in sort of chronological order" even through if you read them for the first time in that order you would be very confused and kind of put off (You NEED the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to get the introduction to Narnia - starting with the Magician's Nephew when you don't KNOW what Narnia is about just makes no sense - and the Magician's Nephew is kinda boring anyway). 

I guess I am Just Not A Fan Of The PointFives.
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( Feb. 11th, 2013 08:49 pm)
So I have both radical liberals and militant conservatives (or radical conservatives and militant liberals) on my facebook feed.  Most of both are family, so I can't exactly excise them from my life - nor would I want to.  Regardless of what they believe - how different it is from what I believe, I love them, they're family.  Sometimes I can't believe such sane seeming folks are so NARROW in their thinking.  I expect that they think the same of me - that I am a bleeding heart and slightly crazy.  Its fine, but I try to keep that off my facebook because I have professional contacts on my facebook, and I am very cognizant of who has access.

Some of the more strict conservatives shared this today:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=556708591019410&set=a.381310341892570.91810.201409103216029&type=1&theater

And I've been trying ALL DAY to figure out why I am so disturbed by this story.

It comes down to, if the interviewer was a man would the General have responded the way he did (and why not - why, because she is a woman did he immediately make the leap to prostitution)?  How much did she threaten his masculinity for him to have said what he did?

And why would ANYONE think his response was okay - or even a "win" for him?

I believe in gun control - I think it should be way harder than it is for people to buy a gun.  But I do NOT want to curb someone's right to go hunting with an appropriate hunting rifle or bow (I say "appropriate" because I do not think an assault rifle is an appropriate weapon to turn on deer) if that is their thing.  Or even keep a revolver or handgun in their own home if they want to.  I even think teaching people the safe way to handle a gun is a GOOD thing.  My brother took a rifle-shooting class at summer camp one year - he was maybe twelve/thirteen - and he was pretty good at it. 

I have no issue with a boy scout troop learning safe rifle procedures and discipline. I also think up until the comment he made that the General was doing pretty well.  I find it interesting the General responded to a comment, not a question.  It would have been far better for him to respond to the comment by saying that they were not planning to give the boys guns, but to teach them respect and safety for weapons.  Not as polarizing a comment, but also not one that demeans more than half you population, either.

ETA: Even if the story is not true, it still made me think... so I'm going to leave this as is.
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Didn't lose power (yay).  DID get about 27 inches of snow - and most of it fell between 11pm Friday night and 11am Saturday morning.  Breaking out of the house was fun on Saturday, and I got the drive shoveled (I am one of the last remaining person-powered snow removal device users left in the neighborhood).  Took two hours, and that was having parked the car down the drive just out of reach of the kick-up from the plowing.

So Saturday was a complete loss - there was a travel ban on until 4pm and nothing was open ANYWHERE.  I think it was noon before I saw a car actually traveling down the road, not just pulling out to shift the snow from around the parking spot.  But man, any vehicle they could slap a plow to the front of got one.  For thirty-six hours the plows were working pretty much non-stop and they did a phenomenal job 9yes, even though the plow crust across the head of the drive was waist-high and packed three feet wide.

Went to my folks' for lunch today.  Mom and I washed the (stinky) dog.  He doesn't quite know what to do with snow that is almost taller than him.  He can stand and rest his chin on it - which makes it a little bit of a daunting prospect for him to forge through it.  He can, because he is a 70-plus pound lab.  But it is still daunting.

Dad went off to watch the girls swim at their meet today.  I guess they both did all right.
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( Feb. 5th, 2013 01:55 pm)
Ugh, I feel like I've done all the things.  ALL THE THINGS.

How is it February ALREADY? 

I'll be in Orlando in March for work (ten days! Hey - gotta be warmer than below freezing, it'll make a nice change). 

And last week, entirely by accident, I was cast in a show.  So I'll be on stage in May (which means no MISTI-con for me, oh, well).
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Christmas came and went - a very low-key Christmas, which is all to the good.  Dad was released from the hospital directly home.  There was talk of him going to rehab, but decided home nurse visits would be what he needed rather than in unit somewhere dreadful.  So he came home on December 16th.  He's been getting stronger ever since, and late last week his cardiologist gave him back his car keys - which means he is driving himself to the mall to do his walking therapy (too cold and too much snow/ice to walk around the outdoor track, and he needs it to be a level surface - so the mall it is!).

Today he even showed up at the gallery with the dog.  He really shouldn't have had the dog with him (muscular 70 pound Lab) because he shouldn't be pulled - but I guess it all went okay.  Interesting things I did not know about cardiac surgery.... when they do the "long cut" (from just under the throat notch to around the diaphragm area) there is less pain, and easier recovery than if they do the "short cut."  Longer scar, but easier path back to health.  Dad had the "long cut."  He was only on heavy duty pain killers while he was in the cardiac ICU unit, and off them completely pretty much before he left that unit to go to the step-down unit.  And he's only had to take the prescribed pain meds once since he got home (first full day home, he had trouble readjusting to a non-adjusting bed - completely normal).  He is healing well.

I spent a lot of time at the gallery today, because not only did we redo both windows (wtf? both?) we also took down the Christmas ornaments and cards and things, which necessitated the reorganization of the whole front of the shop - and then the cleanup of all the holes left in displays around the shop.  In between customers, of course.

My "big gift" this Christmas from my parents was exactly what I asked for.  I got an airbrush - which I spent a lot of Saturday playing with.  So damned cool, I can't even.  It has much much MUCH better control than I realized, and learning the ins and outs is going to a hell of a lot of fun.  I am using it with ink at the moment.  I have some fluid medium that I can mix with regular acrylic, but I am not really ready for that yet - the ink will let me learn with fairly easy cleanup.   It is pretty and shiny and I will be hauling the whole rig over to my folks in a couple of weeks to show my mother how it works.

Went to NYC for New Years (no, not Times Square - but we did see the fireworks in Central Park).  It was awesome, and exactly what I needed - a few days away.  I spent more money than I should have, but less than I expected to all told.  I used the cash "holiday gift" that work gave out at the holiday party - pretty much exclusively all weekend.

Second year in a row Bergdorf Goodman blew us away with their holiday windows.  They were spectacular.  Even the one or two we were less fond of were amazingly well thought out and executed.

While I was gone we got TEN inches of snow... which had compressed itself down to about four inches by the time I returned.  I had no idea it was ten inches until my mom told me today.  Oddly enough, someone plowed my drive while I was gone, because it was very clear it had been plowed.  The walkways hadn't been touched, but the driveway was mostly clear.  Weird.  No idea which neighbor gave me the New Year's gift of a plowed drive... But I won't turn it down (since I was a couple hundred miles away when it happened...)!

G turned ELEVEN last week.  ELEVEN!  Soon, she'll be taller than me...
etakyma: (Technobabble SG1)
( Dec. 1st, 2012 05:05 pm)
So Gwen and I are working our way (very very slowly) through the Wii Lego Harry Potter (Year one through four) game. Most of our gaming "sessions" consist of conversation that consists mostly of

"what the hell are we trying to do here?"
"No idea. Just... are we smashing things?"
"I guess."
"Okay."
"What the hell are we doing here?"
"I don't know."
"Is there a point to this part of the game?"
"No idea."
"Okay."
"Y'know if I hadn't read the books or seen the movies I'd be completely lost as to what the hell is supposed to be going on."
"Yeah."

...and so on for about an hour and a half (or about two chapters). Most of the stuff the Web sites talk about I guess we have accomplished, but most of the time we have no idea we've actually accidentally done so until we move on. Part of this might be the TV we're playing on (her 13 inch) - because we can't actually TELL what we're doing, and aiming is difficult.

Ah well, it is fun anyway.
if you advertise something as "the best of" whatever, let me give you a hint. If whatever the thing is you are saying this one is "the best" of is pure shit... well, the best of shit is STILL shit.

So. Here endeth the lesson.
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