#FannishCV — the playlist itself
chris. | 9 December 2014 | 7:17 pm | (culture) consuming | No comments

Oh.  Right.  If you’re on Spotify, you’re welcome to follow my #FannishCV playlist if you want (previous liner notes post):

And here is an embed code. What does it do?? LET’S FIND OUT:

Well.  Innerestin’.

#FannishCV playlist liner notes
chris. | 3 December 2014 | 6:26 pm | (culture) transforming | 2 Comments

Awhile back i started putting together a Spotify playlist of songs from fanvids i like. It might have been right after a WisCon when i wanted to keep the good vibes going. Or maybe it was the year we skipped WisCon. At any rate, listening to the playlist invariably perks me up and helps me power thru’ an afternoon.

When [personal profile] raanve recently asked me to share the playlist with her, i realized that Spotify lacked a marginalia feature. Herewith, the annotated companion to my #FannishCV playlist. This also gives me a good reason to hunt up all the vids i’ve loved and have failed to bookmark or download.

“I Was Here” | Toph & Teo (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”)

“White & Nerdy” (Because DUH.)

“Closer” | Kirk/Spock (“Star Trek” original series)

“Starships” | Multifandom (original by bironic; monochromatic remix by Jetpack Monkey)

“Tik Tok” | “Star Trek” original series

“Dancing With Myself” | Gene Kelly

“I’m A Believer” | Sakaki and yamamaia (“Azumanga Daioh”)

“Love Shack” | “Evil Dead” & “Army of Darkness”

“Just A Girl” | the women of “Doctor Who”

“Fever” | Holmes/Watson (“Sherlock Holmes” RDJ/Law)

“Going Down / Love In An Elevator” | Because i swear some day we’ll create the awesome filmed-at-WisCon fanvid tribute to the Concourse’s elevator lady. “Fourth Floor“.

“Mama Said Knock You Out” | Toph Bei Fong & Lin Bei Fong (“Avatar: The Last Airbender” & “Legend of Korra” season 1)

“Handlebars” | The Doctor (David Tennant/”Doctor Who”)

“Glory Of Love” | Sgt. Angel / Sgt. Butterman (“Hot Fuzz”)

“It’s Raining Men” | English lit period dramas

“Girlfriend” | House/Wilson (“House”)

“Space Oddity” | Troy/Abed (“Community”)

“Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor)” | J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek”

“Vogue” | “300″

“Roll A D6″ | (Again, DUH.)

“Who Needs Sleep” | “Elementary”

“Rockin’ The Suburbs” | Because of meeting Sumana at WisCon the other year and hearing her filk the following:
I’m judgin’ the Tiptree
Just like Tempest Bradford did
I’m judgin’ the Tiptree
Except she was talented.

“9 To 5″ | “Lego Star Wars”

“I’ve Been To A Marvellous Party” | English language period dramas

“Stayin’ Alive” | (a) Because of Moriarty’s ringtone in “Sherlock”; (b) That time a coworker shared a Rita Hayworth vid and tried to act like they knew something about vids.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” | J.J. Abram’s “Star Trek”  [Can't seem to find quite the right one online.]

“Bohemian Rhapsody” | “Legend of Zelda: Windwaker”

“Ballroom Blitz” | My tribute to wank everywhere.

the joys of home-ownership : the electrical box
chris. | 28 November 2014 | 4:38 pm | Cobweb Cottage | Only Pings

When I find the joker who did this:

electrical box in this joint we bought

This is the electrical box in our new place.  Apparently, all we have to guide us around the electricity in this joint is “Lites and Plugs”, “Lites and Plugs”, “Lites and Plugs”, “Lites and Plugs”, “Dining Studio”, and “Range”.

WELL.  “Range” is correct at least!  Andy and I have just spent a very amusing half-hour mapping the electrical box correctly.  Granted, this does not explain why 3 switches seem to do the bulk of the work around here while 2 switches only have about 2 outlets each on them.

There was a hairy moment where I thought for sure the added-by-the-previous-owners outlet where their entertainment system had been was going to turn out to be in our neighbor’s electrical system, thus testing my morals on the subject of whether to tell them or not.  But, no, it’s on a switch all its own in our box.

Whatever, it’s an 85-year-old building, things are weird, and electricians think differently from the rest of us1.  But Andy and I are now convinced that about year 2 we’re going to see about  getting an electrician in here to add some more outlets and perhaps make sense of the wiring vis-a-vis the electrical box.

For now, at least I know that when Andy is ready to work on changing the overhead light in the dining room, the power is going to go out in the study and I’m going to have to find a book to read.  Yes, you might say I learned this the hard way.

  1. My father was trained as an electrician, and god knows his thinking is not like normal humans’. []
2nd tomatoes of the season [+photo]
chris. | 20 August 2014 | 2:59 pm | (garden) 2014, Upstairs Farm | Only Pings

tomatoes -- hahms gelbe

These are “hahms gelbe topftomate”.  I bought the seeds from Gayla at You Grow Girl early last year, i believe.

These are really compact and work great in containers.  They were also super delicious.  Definitely going to grow them again next year, and may even try to grow some starts for a coworker who likes to grow tomatoes in the tiny space available to her at her condo.  She’s found that non-red varieties last well because passers-by think they’re not ripe and so don’t pick them. :) Heh.

1st tomatoes of the season [+photo]
chris. | 9 August 2014 | 7:06 pm | (garden) 2014 | Only Pings

2 ripe red ditmarsher cherry tomatoes

Type:  Ditmarsher.  Current location:  Mah belleh.

proposal for a Pugetopolis-area WisCon-inspired book group
chris. | 7 August 2014 | 9:00 pm | biblios & syllabi | Only Pings

About 3-1/2 years ago there was some effort toward starting a WisCon-related book group in the Puget Sound area.  Emails were exchanged, but eventually things just sort of fizzled out.  I blame the ~holidays~.

But i’d really like to see this happen!  I came home from WisCon this year rejuvenated and inspired, and despite WisCon’s (current) problems i am still very interested in trying to get a book group inspired by WisCon going.  So let’s try it!!

I’m going to make a few concrete proposals to grow from:

  1. Meet only 4-6 times a year.  A monthly book group is hard to keep up with — my current monthly book group12 sometimes can’t meet because people have conflicts crop up, and a few years ago we finally just gave up trying to meet in the summer at all because what’s the point of regularly cancelling those 2 meetings.
  2. Read at least the Tiptree, Parallax, and Kindred award winners.  Plus 1-3 books selected from book group member suggestions.  Always, however, keeping an eye on selecting books that are available via libraries, used book stores, or intra-member loan.
  3. Try to keep meetings:
    • Accessible via public transit.
    • In public, non-commercial spaces (e.g., library community rooms, rather than cafes) if possible — OR
    • In member homes that are smoke- and pet-free (for allergies) if possible.
  4. Bring your own snacks/beverages, so there’s no pressure on any one host to prepare food for everyone and no awkwardness when a member can’t eat the snacks provided.

How do we get this going?!

Well, 1st, sign up at the Yahoo group if you’re interested — the group has open, unmoderated membership at the moment3.  If you need help signing up, or if you’re interested but have questions/concerns, contact me at this temporary email: bookgroup @ wrdnrd.net

2nd, i’d like to propose that we just go ahead and get the 1st meeting on the table so we have a fixed point to start planning around.  I suggest a weekend (because i already know of people in Olympia who are interested in coming up to Seattle for the book group) in either late August or early September — we can hammer out the exact date/time via the discussion list.

(Discussions for “1st meeting”: set reading list for 1st few meetings, set meeting dates and locations, generate ideas for naming the book group, random chit-chat)

And, also, i’m offering my place in Seattle’s UDistrict to host the inaugural meeting.  We do have cats, but we also have a large deck where the group can meet so that we’re out of the allergy zone.  My place also has accessibility issues because there are 19 stairs up to the front door, so if this is a problem then obviously we can move elsewhere.  I offer my place simply because it’s flexible scheduling-wise and we cut out the extra step of having to book a time at a library or something.

Possible book list based on my suggestion in #2 above:

  • Rupetta by N. A. Sulway.  Which, unfortunately, isn’t available at Seattle Public Library4.  We could start with last year’s winners — The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan and Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam are both available at SPL.  (Checking SPL because it’s my local library.)
  • Smoketown by Tenea D. Johnson.  Available at SPL.
  • Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston.  Available at SPL.

Edited to add:  Also!  Personally, i am definitely interested in including readings that aren’t just novels or fiction.  I’d love to read some non-fiction (who wants to read Marx with me??), or go wild and read some fic, occasionally dissect a movie or TV series.  Let’s think big!  Mostly i want to engage with speculative fictions thru’ a feminist/social justice framework.

So, what do you think — shall we try it??

  1. We’re 12 years old!  Go us!! []
  2. Good grief, i am really really far behind in putting up our book lists. []
  3. The use of a Yahoo group is open to negotiation.  This is how the book group i’m currently in organizes, so i’m familiar with the system and thought this would work for the time being. []
  4. Yet!  Let’s all request it! []