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16th-May-2010 09:01 pm(no subject)
VM (by me)
My whole post at least once a month thing has failed. Oh well, try again from now.

My grocery shop today practically had a "things that are green" theme. Basil, coriander, celery, broccoli, asparagus, parsley, spring onions and limes. There was also porridge oats, milk, pork and Thai curry paste, but very much more greeness.

I can't wait for the latest Maggie Stiefvater book, Linger. I also can't wait for her first two to come out with UK editions, ever since they took them down from Amazon. Very annoying because I want to read the sequel to Lament!

The trailer for Linger:
29th-Jul-2009 08:20 pm(no subject)
Buffy (by sinecure)
Meant to mention this before. Dad's birthday is coming up and I am at a loss for present ideas.

What are some interesting internet shops?
What's that one that does really cool shirt designs? It wasn't a cafe press one, but I've forgotten what it was called.
Doctor Who- Blink (by quenbolyn)
Who would like to join me in the land of denial?


We have cake.
9th-Jul-2009 10:01 pm(no subject)
Doctor Who- Hero (by allfireburns)
Torchwood.

That didn't happen.

Was it just me or did that whole ending (last ten minutes or so) feel tacked on?
7th-May-2009 10:22 pm(no subject)
Buffy (by sinecure)
Go join myfsckingkeys and help people find things they've lost by telling them where it is. It's fun.
7th-Nov-2008 07:50 pm - Am I cynical or just realistic?
VM (by me)
The phone just rang and I answered it to hear an electronic voice say "congratulations you have just won an all expense paid cruise in the Caribbean, please press 9 to accept."

wtf

I didn't press 9
30th-Oct-2008 09:37 pm - Eastenders
VM (by me)
I don't watch Eastenders. I never have.

Okay, that's a lie. I think I watched one episode months ago where someone buried this guy alive, but she completely failed at it. Not only did she suck at covering up the crime, but she later changed her mind went back and dug up the guy. Amazingly he was still alive. Unless this was some other soap opera. I can't tell them apart.

But the point of this post is how brilliant some of their advertising is. That current advert is all shiny and nicely shot and the music is awesome and it just makes me want to watch even though I know the program is nothing like the add:



And that reminded of another Eastenders advert I quite liked:



I wonder if there are other good ones I haven't seen.
24th-Oct-2008 01:22 pm - That art meme
Buffy (by sinecure)

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Balanced, Secure, and Realistic.

10 Impressionist, -3 Islamic, -3 Ukiyo-e, -2 Cubist, 0 Abstract and -14 Renaissance!

Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects. Impressionist paintings are balanced, use colored shadows, use pure color, broken brushstrokes, thick paint, and scenes from everyday life or nature.


People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable. They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others. They value friendships but because they also value honesty tend to have a few really good friends. They do not, however, like people that are rude and do not appreciate the ideas of others. They are secure enough in themselves that they can listen to the ideas of other people without it affecting their own final decisions. The world for them is not black and white but more in shades of grey and muted colors. They like things to be aestically pleasing, not stark and sharp. There are many ways to view things, and the impresssionist personality views the world from many different aspects. They enjoy life and try to keep a realistic viewpoint of things, but are not very open to new experiences. If they are content in their live they will be more than likely pleased to keep things just the way they are.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

6th-Oct-2008 02:18 pm - Supernatural
Doctor Who- Hero (by allfireburns)
I remember when Supernatural was first on TV and I thought that it might be interesting. Also Dean from Gilmore Girls and Alec from Dark Angel! But that wasn't enough to make me remember when it'd be on and catch the first episode. I think it must have been a couple in when I finally watched one and I was unimpressed.

So I left it at that.

Recently I've had a bit of free time while waiting for job interviews and offers (seriously, getting a job takes aaaages). I had cheap rental vouchers and had seen pretty much everything else that looked vaguely interesting in the box set section of the video store so I picked up the 2nd part of season one. I actually liked it and there was no way after that season finale that I wasn't going to go out and rent season 2. Season 2 was even better. I am now completely hooked.
Have been catching up on season 3 on the net.

And when I get completely hooked on something I often go looking for fanfic. Except I'm fussy and like it to be well-written So I need some recommendations. Anyone got any links to rec or theme lists?
3rd-Oct-2008 11:44 am - I judge books by their covers
VM (by me)
I am not ashamed of this. Anyone who buys books does this. You're standing in a bookshop full of books and you can't possibly read the blurb on every single one so how else are you going to decide which to pick up.

Usually I stick to authors I know or recommendations, but every now and then I like to pick a book at random to buy. Often they end up being very good. Although I suppose I very rarely hate a book.
I have read a lot in September to make up for the year long book drought caused by the MSc. These books were: The World According to Bertie, Making Money (a re-read), The Folklore of Discworld, Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Having run out of books and with eight hours of train travel ahead of me* I went to Blackwells.

So I was at Blackwells with their 3 for 2 books. I picked out:
The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith, because I like everything written by this author, couldn't remember which No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency book I was up to and had read The Right Attitude to Rain the previous month.
Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay, because I like the television program and don't really care about starting with the first book.
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas, because it had an awesome cover.

Okay, after picking up The End of Mr. Y because of the warm circular cover with the black stained pages I then read the blurb:

"When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can't believe her eyes.
She knows enough about its author, the eccentric Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed.
With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself swept into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel."


The first thing that sold me was that it is a book about a book. The last time I picked a novel at random it was also about a book and it turned out brilliant. Secondly the mention of time-travel made me interested and so I added it to my pile to be purchased.

***

However, now that I am a quarter of the way in I'm not sure that I like this book. I'm still reading it, but it had a terrible beginning, the author throws in random metaphors and similes all over the place that stick out horribly and I dislike the main character.

She's annoying. It's written in first person and I can only relate to a few things about this character, which makes it very difficult to keep following along from her perspective. There's too much about her that I don't think anyone could possibly relate to her. Sometimes absolutely pointless information just turns up (like the fact that she didn't go to Health and Safety training the previous year) and you wonder why you possibly needed to know that.

Here's an example of the descriptions that my mind keeps stumbling over disrupting the flow of reading:

"The sky is grey, with a thin TV-static drizzle that hangs in the air like it's been freeze-framed. Sometimes, on these January afternoons, the sun squats low in the sky like an orange-robed Buddha in a documentary about the meaning of life."

I'll keep reading. Maybe it'll get better.



*Sheffield was good. I think I could picture myself living there.
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