July 26th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] kjn at 09:13am on 26/07/2017 under
My honorary nephew Alex had posted the meme with an opossum going "Summer lovin', happened so fast; summer lovin', he scream at own ass" over on Facebook. For some reason, I put "Sumer" in there. This was the result.

Naturally based on Summer Nights from Grease.

Sumer lovin', we did well mesh )
July 24th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] naye at 09:37pm on 24/07/2017 under , ,
A couple of weeks ago we went to the British Museum to have a look at their amazing Hokusai exhibition, and watch the movie "Miss Hokusai":



It was an experience that involved FAR larger crowds than anticipated (thanks to new security measures getting in on weekends now involve a lot of waiting), quite a bit of running, and getting out of the movie with less than an hour to spare before closing. As we've invested in a British Museum membership each, we didn't have to pay for the exhibition, and decided to go in, have a relatively quick look around, and then return early in the morning at some point. (In the meantime we bought the exhibit DVD and watched it in preparation, learning an incredible amount of new things about Hokusai in particular and the ukiyo-e artworld in general.)

We made it back this Saturday, when we had registered for a lecture on woodblock printing in the 21st century at 1.30pm, leaving us plenty of time to enjoy the exhibition and the rest of the museum. We woke up before 7am to make sure we'd make it down to London shortly after the museum opened, and when we got there it was gloriously free of crowds. We made a beeline for the exhibition which had pre-opened for members only, and spent a good two hours just... taking it all in.

It's a fantastic exhibition. The British Museum made this little video introduction, which I quite like:



And there was so much to see! I'll divide it into two parts: Hokusai prints (courtesy of the British Museum), and my photos from the trip.

Hokusai's art )


And from the sublime to just my Galaxy 7S snapshots...

London trip )
July 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] kjn at 06:54pm on 23/07/2017 under
It was a while since I last posted a filk song here. I haven't quit writing them, but most songs lately have been very situational or little more than fragments. But I finished this one today, named "Steve" after Steve Rogers (in Captain America: The First Avenger) and Steve Trevor (in Wonder Woman). Because, even if the films are very different in tone and message, and the two characters are dissimilar, the two Steves manage to hit the same points in roughly the same order:

  • Played by an actor named Chris (Evans and Pine, respectively)
  • Gets stuck far away from the fighting
  • Gets together with a dark-haired beauty, who helps him
  • Enlists the aid of a small band of companions, in a bar
  • Drives a motorbike through the woods
  • Flies of in an aircraft loaded with weapons of mass destruction in the end


It is based on the song "Balladen om den kaxiga myran" (YouTube) by Stefan Demert.

Jag uppstämma vill min lyra )
July 22nd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] naye at 11:02pm on 22/07/2017 under
One Piece celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Two decades of the same story. Twenty years of writing and drawing a chapter a week very nearly all the year around.

Can you imagine? And it's still so good. It still makes me cry on the regular.

I've been following along for more than half the series' life - since 2004. I've shared lovely hours bonding with friends over One Piece and creating inspired by One Piece. And I met my wife through a LiveJournal post on One Piece.

I wish I were in Japan to celebrate, but alas.

At least I've already had I've of my wishes come true! I've gotten to tell Odacchi 'thank you for everything' along with hundreds of other fans. So until next time... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONE PIECE!!
July 19th, 2017
naye: a picture of a path and the words "get over your hill and see what you find there" (get over your hill)
Things we've been watching

We just finished March Comes in Like A Lion season 1 and I am so glad there's a second season coming because this show has shot to the top of my All Time Favorite list. (Which is hard to do! It's a crowded list!) It's so sweet and warm and genuine. It's a slice of life show about people who have suffered and been messed up and are dealing (or not dealing) in various ways and although there's a lot of heavy themes it has such amazing heart. Love it.

Skuld's been watching Master of None and I watch along. It's definitely hit or miss with me. The first season was fun, it has absolutely shining moments. The Thanksgiving episode with Denise coming out was powerful stuff, but the whole will they/won't they straight romance with a side of cheating is boring and hits Bad Buttons so I'm not too impressed with the second season overall.

Tour de Pharmacy (in UK: Pharmacy Road) a silly Adam Samberg HBO special docudrama thing that takes the piss out of cycling in general and the Tour the France in particular was funny. And exceedingly ridiculous. But also funny - and Daveed Diggs had a big part in it so extra love for that!

Twin Peaks: The Return continues to be a tour the force for Lynch & Frost. It's beautiful and unsettling and does things its own way for its own reasons and I adore it for that. We usually watch each episode twice, and in the hiatus after episode 8 we rewatched 1-7 again, so that's three viewings so far and I still don't get bored of it. (Frustrated, yes. Bored? No.)

And since we were on a Twin Peaks kick we finally got around to watching Mulholland Drive and. Yes. That is certainly... a film? I'm not sure what I watched, or why, but it's been a lot of fun discussing it with Skuld and reading/listening to analyses and theories. I'd actually like to rewatch it? Because while I didn't love it, I did find it a really interesting experience.

HOT FUZZ. Because we ran out of other things we were in the mood to watch and we both love this movie to bits. We put it on a random Tuesday night and were late to bed because Hot Fuzz. For all the reasons. Including, of course, the thing Edgar Wright summed up in his famous 2009 tweet:

@edgarwright Me and @simonpegg once wrote some Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman slash fiction. It was called HOT FUZZ…(applause)

More from Twitter, with fanart )

Things I've read
The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin, #1)The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson

Oh no! I really, really wanted to love this. And it had a bunch of ingredients I like. But... they never really came together for me. I think it's a me thing rather than a book thing, and I don't feel I can write a proper review. I mean: the books does have a lot of fascinating themes, Li-lin is an interesting character, and the world is quite vividly drawn. I don't know why it still fell flat for me.


What's next?
I've got new volumes of Vinland Saga and Princess Jellyfish manga to read, and I've got the latest Raksura and Queen's Thief books all queued up on my reader. I just need to find something that drags me back into reading, because with all the Real Life excitement recently my attention span has grown short and my anxiety looms large and it's making it hard for me to focus on words and other worlds...
July 16th, 2017
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There's so much to do for an international move. We've started looking at pet transport, moving quotes, new furniture... It gets pretty overwhelming when taken all at once. But it should be manageable. We can do it, little by little.

It'll get easier when (when, not "if", because I have to let myself hope) can confirm that we can get one of the apartments were're eyeing. They're new builds, which is why we have a shot without spending the usual 2-3 years on housing waiting lists before getting anything but a short-term sublet.

Apartment blathering )

So many things we want to start planning, and so many hopes pinned on this block of flats... and we just don't know if we'll get one. We literally don't know what is required to start a tenancy application. I emailed the landlord/builder rep, and of course they're on vacation now, because that's how Sweden rolls. So there's nobody in the office until the week before I go to the showing.

I keep having anxious moments when I'm sure they will be ALL OUT OF APARTMENTS and we'll be stuck chasing short-term second hand leases where we won't be allowed to bring our cats and it would be a total nightmare. I don't think that's true - they would hardly invite people for a showing if they didn't have any flats left to let - but what if. Agh. *fret fret fret fret*

There are just too many factors in this I can't control, and until those are settled my anxiety/stress levels will be unusually high and that's just. My life now. But fingers crossed?!

Another completely unrelated thing I can't control is the fact that Instagram's embeds don't work here. :/ I've logged a support request, but of course that's somewhere around priority #4987 for the Dreamwidth staff.

See, this is what shows up when I use Instagram's Embed:

Cut for waste of space )

But I've been wanting to share some of the pics I've been posting, and I won't let a giant technical issue I can't solve stop that. I... uh. I've been screencapping my Instagram posts and uploading them to DW...? It's the silliest workaround ever, but it gives me something to do that isn't obsess about how hard life will be if we can't get one of those apartments!

Preview:



Some awkwardly crossposted Instagram pics )
July 15th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] naye at 10:39pm on 15/07/2017 under
I always love Edgar Wright's directing - Hot Fuzz is one of my all-time favorite movies - so now that he's got a new movie out I didn't even watch a trailer before buying tickets.

Baby Driver is a fun movie, with absolutely amazing directing. And not just "directing" in the sense of telling the actors what to do, but - the opening credits list a choreographer. Pretty much all the music is diegetic - it's heard and experienced in-universe. The same is true for the sound design.

It's such a joyful experience to watch a beautifully crafted scene where everything is integrated to the point of fight scenes where the guns go off in time with the background soundtrack, and the editing is as beautiful as anything in a high quality fanvid.

Here are the first six minutes of the film so you can see what I'm talking about:



Oh and one thing I really loved was seeing the main character speak a lot of sign language with his foster dad, who was a very sweet and sympathetic figure, and the ASL was just there no big deal. Very nicely done, and an unexpected and much-needed bit of representation. (The actor who plays the foster dad is Deaf, too.)

That said... It was not without issues, and I'm not as head over heels for it as a lot of other people.

Some more thoughts )
July 12th, 2017
naye: mihashi from oofuri with a confused look (?)
Reading! Yoon Ha Lee's Raven Stratagem came out a couple of weeks ago and it was the only thing I managed to pick up and read during the Schroedinger's Job part of the ongoing New Job saga. But then I put it down again because although I'd read Ninefox Gambit in January, some of the details had faded a bit. And I love the characters so much I want to catch every single nuance of their world and words and everything else, so I went back and re-read it (and loved it just as much - if not more! - the second time around). Then I read all of Raven Stratagem really fast and now I'm sad I have no more Machineries of Empire.

My Goodreads review, cut for space )

Things that happened today:

After getting an email this morning I asked for two days off, booked flights & accommodation and made plans to go to our new city to look at an apartment August 16th, then meeting my new library colleagues on August 17th.

I am stressed/nervous/excited and hope so fiercely that the apartment situation will work out, because the rental housing situation in Sweden is lol nope and this seems like a really good opportunity. Really, really short version: demand hugely outnumbers supply when it comes to flats & getting a first-hand lease requires years of waiting for the right opportunity.

However! There are three new apartment buildings going up in our new town, and the builder-landlords are showing it tomorrow and again in August for tenants to move into November 1st... I have no idea how many people will apply for the available apartments, or how the selection process will work, but I'm going there in person to make a good impression and hopefully sign us up for a flat (I'd totally take one unseen at this point because that's how hard it's to find a place to live, but since I have vacation days to spare and access to cheap airtravel... it's a good idea to get as much information as possible in person.)

My new colleagues are excited for my visit - one of them is taking a break from her holidays to come show me around the library and introduce me to people. She's also offered to show me the best places in town to go for a run! So that's really sweet. ♥ (And so intimidating. Having to make an entirely new set of work friends... uuuuuuuuuuuuuh.)

But yes. Today I learned that it's literally cheaper to fly from Gothenburg to Stansted than it is to take the train from Cambridge to Gatwick. (I'm doing both.) Also: accommodation is really pricey!

So fingers crossed the whirlwind Sweden trip will work out (I'm flying the day of the showing, so if the flight's really late I'm SOL), and that good things will come of it.

Other Fun Moving Fact that's a whole post in itself: no pets allowed in the cabin on flights from the UK (stupid UK!), so we're going to have to hire a freight company to transport Meenie & Nora in the hold of an airplane to get to Sweden. [insert paranoid cat guardian panic & lots of £££ here]

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