eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I'm bored and on the internet, so I decided to do a book meme, because why not. NPR's top 100 sf/f books meme, from [personal profile] troisroyaumes. This is the usual kind of book meme: strong the ones you've read, emphasis the ones you intend to read, underline series/books you've read part of, and strike the ones you never intend to read.

NPR's top 100 sf/f books )
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
For my birthday this past weekend, I got the flu. Now I am achey and tired and cranky and fever-and-chills-y and hard-to-focus-y and I can't read fic and I screwed up the decreases in my knitting like twelve times yesterday because I couldn't count.

So I thought it was time to post a guessing-fannish-stuff meme!

Some months ago, [personal profile] aria posted a bunch of post secret-style secrets from the POV of various characters, and asked people to guess who wrote which secret. At the time I thought it was a great idea, and wanted to turn it into a meme (again), but then it took me a long time to make any secrets, and also to come up with secrets, and anyway I'm bad at getting around to posting things, so I just stuck them over in posts-to-maybe-make-someday. But today is clearly a good day for it!

Behind the cut: forty-some secrets by characters from twenty-some fandoms; includes text descriptions )

One NSFW secret is here, under a separate cut )

I'd love to play in your versions, too! )

ETA: There are two secrets left unguessed (counting the ones where someone made an awesome guess, but nobody guessed what I'd originally intended): #7 and 41. So I thought I'd narrow down the fandoms somewhat; the remaining ones come from: Stargate SG-1 and Nintendo video games.
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
1. A rec! Vorkosigan-verse, missing scene three months, [archiveofourown.org profile] philomytha's Aral Vorkosigan's Dog. It's set during the Barrayaran-Escobaran War, when Illyan's mission is basically to follow Vorkosigan around and watch everything he does, and it's all about how he stops being a neutral observer and how watching changes him. (Note: this story involves Ges Vorrutyer, so it includes rape and torture and the same predatory-kinky-bisexual-evil-dude thing as the book does.)

This is the kind of story where the two main characters don't sleep with each other, and I almost don't need it, because that moment when Illyan holds out his hands in silent fealty - and when he thinks of himself as Aral's loyal dog - oh geez, guys, it it amazing.

Though that doesn't mean that I would turn down an Aral/Cordelia Aral/Simon story in which Cordelia gives Simon her blessing and they all love each other fiercely. You know. If anybody has one on offer. There's [personal profile] dira's amazing Aral/Cordelia and Aral/Jole series - The World That You Need - which I love a lot and think is great and does a lot of nice poly/open relationship things. But it doesn't feature Simon.

And while I'm doing Vorkosigan recs, philomytha also wrote Dazzled, a snippet in which Duv Galeni imagines swearing a fealty oath to Aral Vorkosigan and is immensely drawn to the idea. Neo-feudalism and oaths of loyalty, guys, some fandoms just bring the gen kink and the fascinations with power dynamics. Fantasy and scifi novels that play with monarchy and patriarchy and feudalism and take them seriously, that want that system back and want to be on top of that pyramid, often make me uncomfortable. But make it a story about revolution, or a story about erotics - about the way someone can subvert that power pyramid and take power back by getting off on it in interesting ways - and I am so there.

2. While waiting nearly two hours for potatoes to bake:

eruthros: COOK, potatoes, I am hungry!
bitter_crimson: COOOOOOK
eruthros: life is hard
eruthros: so are these potatoes
eruthros: woe

3. [personal profile] anatsuno's tab-meme. Basically the rules are: tell the internet about the tabs you have open, without editing for guilty-pleasures reasons (though obv editing for RL info is fine). My list of open tabs )

4. I have been so fucking tired today. I don't know why. I slept plenty of hours! I went to bed at a more reasonable hour than I often do! But I just barely managed to claw my way out of bed this morning, and all day I was so tired I couldn't even focus on the laptop to watch tv. I tried sugar and protein and a walk out in the cold (to the coffee shop) and a soy latte (from the coffee shop) and nothing worked. But I was determined to send this story off for beta tonight, and I did, so there, exhaustion.
eruthros: Martha Jones smiling! (DW - Martha Jones is awesome)
1. I posted that high-protein cookie recipe that I mentioned a while ago over at [community profile] omnomnom! Also, I might've had some of those cookies for breakfast.

2. An interview meme from [personal profile] chagrined! Questions and answers are under this cut )

3. I actually kind of feel like I'm posting all the time right now, because I'm writing up [community profile] kink_bingo related stuff: resources, posting template, accessability, kink wiki stuff about kinks X and Y and Z. But then I don't post it! Because it has to wait until round two is closed! So I keep being a little confused about what I've posted and where. *facepalm*

4. I'm sort of doing three weeks for dreamwidth all the time, since I'm not crossposting, but I thought this related meme was interesting: What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about _________ I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for? (from [personal profile] telesilla)
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I can't help it! It's just so pretty.

So far, basically everyone on my flist has been jumping back and forth between ocelot-wolf-mouse. I suspect that the questions trend in certain directions, once you hit certain daemons -- after all, your friends are unlikely to say "strongly agree" to "is this person annoying?"

Five things

Apr. 6th, 2007 05:47 pm
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
Five random things about me: fannish, personal, ridiculous, serious, all of the above

1. why reality tv is scarier than doctor who )

2. my flist and fandom analysis )

3. typing )

4. now redacted )

5. earworms )



Random links:
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have a new motto on their website: "defining San Francisco values since 1979." Ha! Also they are having an Easter party.
Other ways of updating Jane Austen: someone has vidded two versions of P&P to a Justin Timberlake song.
The most hilarious election day story of all time.
Apparently we make the gorges safe by ... rappelling down the sides and knocking off loose rocks. AHHH.
Geraldo Rivera doesn't take Bill O'Reilly's shit.
Commentary on the Sun op-ed suggesting Cheney should run for president.
A three minute preview for tomorrow's Doctor Who.

I have stolen this random links idea from [livejournal.com profile] svendra, because if I don't stick unrelated things at the bottom of my posts, I fail to share the awesomeness that is Alanis Morissette doing "my humps" with everyone. I mean, I feel like all my random links don't deserve single posts, so then the only people who see them are the people who are on IM when I find them. (If you still haven't seen the Alanis video, it's here. Also awesome. SERIOUSLY.)
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
So I was thinking about the lyrics meme, where you post interesting first lines of songs and people try to guess them.

And I was thinking about how fast I identify songs on my mp3 player: sometimes in two seconds, before any lyrics, just from the rhythm or chords or baseline. And about an oldies radio station where I grew up, which sometimes asked callers to ID songs from three chords.

And then, of course, there's the fact that some people don't "hear" lyrics (hi, [livejournal.com profile] fiatlouis). There are people who know songs better'n I do but are surprised when I tell them "oh, I don't like the third verse."

Now, we're a text-based medium, but that's no reason to privilege the lyrics, right?

SO! In the spirit of inquiry, I have embedded a no-lyrics meme. This is a fifty-two second mp3 file, containing the introductory chords for ten songs. The songs are separated by two seconds of silence... which means that the average length of clip is around 3.5 seconds. (It would be shorter, but I objected to only two chords for one memorable song, because it sounded so incomplete without the whole line. I am silly and inconsistent.) These are really distinctive intros, the sorts of songs that my radio station used to ask you to guess with a single chord.

And hey: there's a song in here that is represented by a single chord. But I betcha you can do it.



It's embedded from imeem, and you'll have to click on the little icon to make it start. You may want to make liberal use of the pause button -- I'd've done them in separate files, but ten different embedded files of 3 seconds each? Blargh. Comment below and I'll ETA up here when people guess songs.

To follow, if this works out at all: not-so-distinctive songs (five, maybe eight seconds apiece!) and, of course, the fannish version, featuring people who should not sing and half-second clips of soundtracks.
eruthros: X-Files: Mulder in glasses, text "sexier in glasses" (XF - Mulder sexier in glasses)
What I've read from this list from the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Apparently, per amazon.com, said books are selected by "Derek Attridge (world expert on James Joyce), Cedric Watts (renowned authority on Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene), Laura Marcus (noted Virginia Woolf expert), and David Mariott (poet and expert on African-American literature), among some twenty others."

1001 whole books )

Things this says about me:
1. A ridiculous number of bolded books are things I read before I was sixteen, as part of my attempt to read early genre fiction or adventure novels. (The Poe, the H.G. Wells, the E.R. Burroughs, the Scott and the Dumas, and more I'm not remembering right now.)

2. A ridiculous number of the remaining books are things I read for school and despised. (Edith Wharton, Scarlet Letter, and so on.)

3. I still cannot for the life of me remember the titles of Samuel Beckett novels, and I had to look every one of 'em up to remember which was which.

4. Admittedly, I started at the bottom of this list and worked up, so I was starting to get bored up near the top, but still: nearly all of the "great books" that I've read are pre-1970.

Things about this list:
1. Pre-1700 works are hardly represented at all. Only thirteen worthwhile books were written before 1700? I don't think so. And "book" is defined very loosely here; novellas/screenplays are included (Graham Greene's The Third Man), short story collections are included (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes), children's stories are included (the Thurber), and works of epic poetry are included (Metamorphoses).

So there's no excuse for leaving out things like Canterbury Tales, the Iliad, the Oddyssey, Beowulf, the Ramayana, Journey to the West (which I always call "you know, the Monkey story"), Dante, Milton, and King Arthur from somewhat earlier than The Once and Future King. They'd fit into the definition just as well.

Oh, and while we're at it? Shakespeare. But apparently today we're defining "book" to include Walden and Metamorphoses, but not Hamlet. I mean, at first I thought it was just novels, so they had an excuse for not including some of the things I mentioned above, but then... Walden! Metamorphoses! WTF!

2. Nine Tailors and Murder Must Advertise are better'n Have His Carcarse and the other DLS books with Harriet Vane? Hmph. Oh, and: Cause for Alarm is the best Eric Ambler? Martin Eden but not Call of the Wild?

3. There's a lot of author repetition: regardless of how much I like Douglas Adams, should both Dirk Gently and Long-Dark Teatime be on the list? Should there be that much Beckett? (Eight novels, and the list doesn't even include Waiting for Godot.) Every Jane Austen novel? Do J.M. Coetzee novels really make up one percent of the books you must read before you die? I mean, one Mark Twain and eight Ian McEwans? More de Sade than P.G. Wodehouse?

4. Based on a cursory glance at the dates, about a third of these were published after 1970, and more than half were published after 1950 . There have been 69 "great books" since the year 2000 -- meaning that there are something like five times as many great books of the 2000s as there are great books before 1700. In other words, this list is top-heavy.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
From the Guardian's silly polls. (I note that many of these books are, trala, Great Classics, by which I mean "frequently required reading." Or are books that people think make them look cool and well-read.)

I've read everything in bold.

Men's "watershed" books. I have read

The Outsider by Albert Camus (though I usually see it translated as "The Stranger.")
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Ulysses by James Joyce
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
1984 by George Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Women's "watershed" books.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (for class; I didn't care for it)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (because everyone told me I should; I don't remember it)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (for a project on dystopias, for which I also read my only Kafka)
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (this one I actually like)
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Oranges are not the only fruit by Jeanette Winterson
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Little Women by Louis May Alcott
Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (ick)
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
1. I am a sheep! My johari window. Though I agree with folks who think that there are some key adjectives missing, there; I mean, where's practical, funny or anything indicating a sense of humor other than "silly," intense, sarcastic, and so on?

2. [redacted because about work]

3. Thursday I made an excellent apple-pear crostada, which I'm really proud of, because it ended up not just tasty but attractive -- I usually don't snag any points for presentation. Today we're doing cherry-ricotta muffins, which our recipe says should "taste like a muffin taking cheesecake lessons." Where's the bad there? Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Cafe rocks my baking world -- people critique it all the time for being "not the kind of breakfast people eat now," apparently implying that we should all just give up on breakfast except for a cup of bad coffee and a doughnut, but the muffins all keep really well in the fridge. And are nummy. (This is the source of our recipes for lemon-ginger-pear muffins, which kick ass, and for blueberry muffins, and ... actually, I don't think I've baked anything in months that didn't come from this cookbook, except for cookies.)

4. For Valentine's Day/end of examiness, I got [livejournal.com profile] m_shell some Charles Chocolates. Charles Chocolates rock so, so much. We were offered some for free at the last BEA -- hand-outs of a Don't Know Much About Wine sort of publisher. Anyway, the pate de fruits were kick-ass, and the chocolate bars fantabulous, and the chocolate almonds really, really good, and we just sort of hovered there for a while going "oh, the passionfruit one!" and so on. They are far above my normal chocolate price-range, but really good, and now I can say that the mojito heart with mint infusion and lime? Wow.

5. Snow. We may even get "thunder-snow." Fortunately, we have hot chocolate and lots of Netflix.

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