sabinelagrande: (marvel - look into my eyes)
1. I don't understand the Sims. [personal profile] arymabeth made fun of me because I don't like to let them nap. I want them to have a good night's sleep! They shouldn't sleep until they're tired!

IDK. My Sims also never leave the house. I always get annoyed when they have to go places and talk to people. This is... probably why I hardly play the Sims anymore.

2. I regret to inform you that I dropped out of Remix. :/ I just had nothing. The author hadn't written much in the fandom we matched on; there was this one thing that I thought I might could work with, but then I was just like, I'm retracing my steps, I've written this story before, I can't write it any better.

So. I feel bad, because I've dropped out of several challenges lately, but there's nothing to be done, except to stop entering challenges, which is my present plan of action.

3. I have discussed this a little on tumblr, but: I may be very close to fulfilling a great desire, flist. I may be buying a theremin. I don't want to jinx it, but there's a Moog going for a really good price right now- I could get a B3 or a Zep for cheaper, but if I'm going to do this, I'm not going to screw around about it. Zep is pretty much for flailing around pretending to be Jimmy Page, and B3 just... isn't as good. So I'd rather just shell out the extra money for the Moog and be srsface about it- that is, of course, provided I can buy this Moog, because I fucking CANNOT afford a new Moog theremin.

If I'm going to buy this and learn to play it, I'm going to learn it properly and seriously; I'm not buying it to make spooky noises with when you can do something like this or this- no wait, sorry, this with it.

But I will be trying this just as soon as I can.

I mean, seriously, how could you look at a theremin and NOT want to play it? Truly, it is the instrument of wizards. Bonus: you can always let your dumb friends screw around with it with no fear- you don't actually touch it to play it, so they can't break anything.

And oh, I am finally going to get back at that neighbor kid who plays the recorder badly all afternoon.

4. I reaaaaally gotta get my shit together. The "semester" is almost over, but I've just realized that it's pretty much gonna be seven more weeks before I'm actually done. Ugh. The amount of hurry-up-and-wait is what I really can't stand. I should be in my second week of comps now, but... I'm not. Good and bad.

I would like it to be Comic-Con right now, plznthnx.

5. Right right right, that's the other thing I was going to post: timestamp meme time again!

Give me one of my stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future (after the end of the story), or sometime in the past (before the story started), and I'll write you at least a hundred words some words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.

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sabinelagrande: (mae west - he who hesitates)
You know the drill. Guess the things, Jesus sees when you use google. I took out everything that was 1) not in English (sadly this meant I had to lose "Oh Fortuna", but that piece just isn't epic until it comes up randomly on shuffle) 2) by a band I had never heard of (I have 66 gigs of music, okay, I probably haven't listened to half of it).

I left everything in that makes it look like I have terrible taste in music. That kept a lot of things.

Aaaaand, go! )

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sabinelagrande: (jf - pfft idek)
So I've been steadily compiling an XMFC playlist, as one does when one is in a fandom, and IDK, I got bored and decided to share it with you, the journaling public. I think of this as an Erik playlist, but it's equally a Charles playlist, and also kind of a Raven playlist in places.

I warn you now that it is VERY depressing )

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sabinelagrande: (vb - slash friends)
So here is the five minute comment fic meme, stolen, as one does, from [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash and [personal profile] schmerica:

1. Clear your schedule for five minutes (or longer if you have time, I'm not gonna turn down more fic).
2. Then look under the cut tag, where you will find ten prompts, all of which are song titles (selected at random from my iPod WMP library).
3. Choose one of the prompts, and - using any appropriate fandom/character[s] (meaning ones you think I might enjoy) - write.
4. Reply with your teeny weeny story in the comments to this post.
5. Repost this in your journal and make your friends write for you!

This says an unfortunate amount about my musical tastes. )

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Oh, Erik.

Jan. 1st, 2012 08:12 pm
sabinelagrande: (mod light)
I'm working on my customary year-in-review playlist (which means I am staring at a playlist containing The Gears, a song from Stop the World I Want To Get Off, and not much else), and here is something that will probably not make it, but that you need in your life anyway.

So here is my ultimate Erik, post-divorce, my boyfriend left me so I'm going to fuck his sister in retaliation, burn the world down song. And like all the best very angry songs, it has a catchy, peppy tune. Enjoy, won't you?



(Link if embed doesn't work. No, I don't know what's up with the picture. I never do, with YouTube song videos.)

Lyrics )

Unrelated note: should I do this snowflaking thing? I am considering.

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sabinelagrande: (god a)
Today really, really sucked, pretty much beginning to end, so instead of dwelling on it, I propose we do everyone's favorite meme: guess the song lyric! Jesus sees when you use Google )

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sabinelagrande: (iron man - save the world)
Something happy to post about! For the Halloweens, [personal profile] arymabeth and I went to a MC Frontalot show (who we have been trying to see at least since 2006). So great. As it were the Halloweens, the two of us went as goth girls, which was quite fun (it is always fun to wear a cape and a top made of ripped up fishnets).

The show was pretty awesome. Front was the opener, which was a little bit of nerd culture shock. I forget that many of my favorite artists are tiny indie acts even among tiny indie acts, but Front is, well, he's a big name as far as nerdcore goes. But still, one of the bands was local (okay, okay, it was Protomen, but I live in Nashville, Kings of Leon is a local band), and when mc chris played the same venue a couple years ago he was the headliner, so idk.

The set list was pretty badass. He opened with Tongue-Clucking Grammarian, which I kind of didn't expect and is one of my very favorites for obvious reasons. I was kind of surprised, because he didn't do much off of Solved, but, tbh, I like Zero Day and Final Boss a lot more, and a lot of the set list came from there, so no complaints here. So he did Spoiler Alert, Scare Goat, First World Problems, and suchlike in that vein. He also did some older stuff off of Nerdcore Rising that I wasn't expecting to hear (This Old Man, Pr0n Song, etc) and, of course, Yellow Lasers.

And the closer was Goth Girls, which made us quite happy. :D

He's really awesome in concert. I mean, one doesn't know what to expect from rappers in particular on stage, because rapping is, one has to admit, a lot of vocal work, and sometimes people just kind of stand up there. But he was truly rocking out, and I applaud him for it.

The current lineup is pretty badass as well. I was particularly impressed with Vic-20 (aka Ken Flagg), who can damn well sing. But apparently he is leaving the lineup? Or maybe he is the new keyboardist. SOMEONE IS QUITTING ON KEYBOARDS. THAT IS ALL I KNOW. And the bassist did the entire concert, including singing, through a full Cantina Band face mask/helmet, and he rocked it. Front went as MC Frontalot with a mustache, a low maintenance, rhyme-facilitating costume.

And we got to meet him! I mean, I didn't have anything to say, because I was all "eee it are Frontalot!" but Lizzy bought some things and got her CD signed (which I would have done if I could find mine, but as previously discussed EVERYTHING IN THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN MOVED). He was just chillin' at the merch table, as one does when one's touring crew consists of four people, and he was very friendly.

So that was Frontalot. I approve greatly.

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sabinelagrande: (sga - anthropologist fascinating)
Ladies, gentlemen, and smizmars, clear your playlists, because this is the ultimate Colonel Sadist song.



Lyrics )

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sabinelagrande: (sga - for the lulz)
Dude. Paul Simon. Dude. I can't even express to you how epic it was.

So I was sitting back in row X, yeah? And halfway through the show, no shit, it starts raining beer. Not, like, a couple of drips, like my shoulder was soaked, Apparently someone in the balcony spilled theirs, and the whole thing rained down on us, copiously.

So someone calls the usher over, and she's like, "Come with me," and I'm thinking, "Oh great, she's going to give us a refund and I'm going to have to explain that I have a scalped ticket." But no, she takes my ticket and reseats me.

In row K.

Yeah. So I was super close for the rest of it, which was awesome. The energy in the room was really great- it's a small venue with really good acoustics, and most of the crowd (except the dude next to me, for some reason) was really into it. He did a bunch of songs off the new album, and several songs from Graceland (he opened with Crazy Love, Vol. II, which I didn't expect him to do and was pleasantly surprised by), and some older stuff (Peace Like a River, The Boxer, The Sound of Silence, etc). He only did one song from Rhythm of the Saints, but it was The Obvious Child, so no complaints there. He had a couple of guests- Don Everly came out and they did Bye Bye Love, and Jerry Douglas played the dobro on The Boxer, which was super pretty. He also did some covers- Here Comes the Sun was beautiful, and kind of turned into a singalong, which is fine with me.

The only thing that he didn't do that I wanted to see was You Can Call Me Al, which I'd read was his closer for this tour; but it turned out the closer was The Boy in the Bubble, and trying to choose between those two songs is like trying to choose between my children, so I was happy.

So epic. I was so excited I didn't even know what to do with myself. I still don't, really.

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Happy day!

Apr. 12th, 2011 02:27 pm
sabinelagrande: (twilight - SHUT UP EDWARD)
Two happy things for you:

Edward Hirsch is becoming one of my favorite poets. So I was quite pleased that the Knopf poem of the day was him, and quite lovely.

Happiness Writes White )

2. All kinds of new music today! New Paul Simon! New TV on the Radio! I've only listened to Paul Simon yet, but y'all, it is SO GOOD. Like, on the level of Graceland. Maybe a little better, but keep in mind that I have issues with Graceland (I love it and all, and my favorite song is on it, but that's one hell of an unbalanced, incoherent album). Not, obviously, as good as Rhythm of the Saints, but, y'know. Nothing is better than Rhythm of the Saints. So get ye to the record store forthwith.

Hurrah!

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Halp?

Apr. 12th, 2011 11:14 am
sabinelagrande: (inception - ride the kick)
Okay, so, I'm writing this paper on global hip-hop, and I'm trying to get more international examples other than the ones used in class, and I figured if anybody could answer this question, it would def. be my flist, so:

Does anyone know of any protest-themed hip-hop songs in the following languages?

-Japanese
-Brazilian Portuguese
-any Latin American Spanish

I mean "protest" very, very loosely- I once successfully argued that "Single Ladies" was in fact a protest song. Anything goes- songs against the government, songs about how cultural norms can suck it, songs about being a NEET, songs about how America sucks, w/e. Out of these languages, I only understand Spanish, so something with an English translation available is vastly preferable. The only artists that are off limits are Orishas and Anderson Sá/Grupo Cultural AfroReggae (as I have already used them).

I'm not asking you to do any research at all for this- I can do that myself- but if you know one off the top of your head, it would be very, very helpful.

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sabinelagrande: (Default)
You know the drill. Here are random lyrics from thirty songs (it was supposed to be twenty, but there were so many doubles for several artists, hint hint). Your mission is to guess the artist and title! No fair googling.

Go go go! )

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sabinelagrande: (mae west - he who hesitates)
1. This is the kind of afternoon I'm having: I put pants on so that I could go and collect my mail (wherein I found my new big subby wristband), then immediately took them off again. Now I am, as you can often find me of a Saturday, sitting in my underpants, drinking a beer, listening to David Bowie, contemplating making some brownies.

I have, it should be pointed out, totally earned this beer and underpants time, as I spent the whole morning working on my paper for this conference next week. And hey, my underpants even match my shirt. It almost looks like I planned it.

2. Very mild butt-related TMI )

3. [community profile] intoabar is almost over! I am both excited and relieved!

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sabinelagrande: (fma - target: rock on!)
So, Moogfest was this past weekend, and despite assorted problems (which I will not detail except in another, locked entry), I had a pretty good time. I am informed some people find con/festival reports interesting, and I needed something to write for [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo, so here are the awesome concerts I saw. For they were awesome. )

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sabinelagrande: (squidbillies - weak shit)
So, I've kind of been listening to Weep all day? I can't help it if they are awesome, or if Doc Hammer occasionally gets butt naked at their shows. And somehow this devolved into a giant post of covers that I like. I swear, this was a logical progression.

Do not click here if you do not like things that are AWESOME. )

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sabinelagrande: (b7 - backwards glance)
1. So lately my writing music has been Heligoland, because I am MADLY FUCKING IN LOVE with this album. The problem is that it's just a little too good, yeah? So I have to keep stopping in a middle of a paragraph to go "GOD THIS IS SUCH A FUCKING GOOD SONG, TURN THAT SHIT UP" and so forth.

And Massive Attack is going to be in ATLANTA in OCTOBER and I just found out YESTERDAY and I thought they had already done been sold out but they released MORE TICKETS this morning and asr;lktjgfwa;gihwrpgoihsad;fijdsf. WANT. Now to browbeat somebody into coming with me.

2. It has been a long time since I wrote something and thought, "This right here is a damn good story," but y'all, this story I'm writing? This right here is a damn good story.

(Does this story need a joke about Massive Attack? No. Does it have one? Yes. Whatever. Ariadne definitely listens to trip hop, and Eames... is from England. It's totally legit.)

3. I'm getting close to ready for Dragon*Con. We still have to convert [livejournal.com profile] arymabeth's BDUs and maybe hit up the military supply store, but that shouldn't take long. My Atlantis jacket needs a little touch up (the fucking collar has never lain right, so I will be attacking it with fabric glue) and maybe a thigh holster, but my Abby costume is more or less ready to rock (should I buy a Caf-Pow! cup? I'm not sure that I want to tote it around all day).

After much deliberation, I'm saving my Cally costume for next year. It's almost done, but it needs some work, and I'd kind of rather lose some weight before I do it (though obvs I am never going to look entirely right, because Jan Chappell is about as big around as my fucking wrist). But that just means there is room for Corset Day, which is a proud con tradition.

My life is pretty great, JSYK.

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sabinelagrande: (st - gqmf)
1. Fans of dance music, mashups, or textual poaching in general: Bootie Magazine has released the new Best of Bootie, its yearly mashup compilation, which is once again awesome. And it's free! I particularly recommend "Party & Bullshit (In the USA)" and "Shut Up and Take Me Out"; also of note is "It's My Life Confessions, Pt. II", the all-Glee mashup remix (it's v. complicated), which is great (and I don't even like Glee!).

If you scroll down, you can also download all the previous compilations, which I highly recommend.

2. Unless you like Gibbs/DiNozzo (which I don't), there's not a lot to recommend the NCIS Kink Meme. That being said, Urge by [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman is a gem. It's Abby/Tony, with Abby as a precocious vampire and Tony as her unwitting victim, and it's just a whole lot of fun (though it is WIP).

3. A nap. Or maybe it is just me. I can't resist the urge any longer. It's the weather.

ETA: 4. That's the thing I forgot to post! This guy on youtube has some excellent ASL translations of popular songs, particularly Jonathan Coulton. Best of all, he gives glosses of his translations, so you can see the syntactic differences between spoken English and ASL.

Meme now

Nov. 23rd, 2009 02:10 pm
sabinelagrande: (spinal tap - d minor)
Here is an idea what I stole from [livejournal.com profile] topaz_eyes:

I want to make a flist playlist/fanmix with one song from everyone. So if you're reading this, upload me a song that you want to represent you for this playlist!

Comments screened. If people are into it, I will compile them all and then show you it. Don't worry if you don't want to/don't know how to upload- just give me the title and the artist and I'll make it work.
sabinelagrande: (sw - well hung jedi)
1. After much dicking around and generalized grab-assery, it looks like I'll be living in the dorms at Berkeley this summer. I've got to talk to the airline today or tomorrow (yay for free tickets), but I should be there from roughly July 4 to August 14. And once that's settled, I'm pretty sure all my plans are set until Dragon*Con. Hurrah!

2. [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match! Drabble Tree! Go War!

3. New mc chris is only out on iTunes as of now. This gives me Bones face: >[ This is to be differentiated from its polar opposite, Chekov face: =D

4. Apparently I live in Grand Central Station this week: first my dad, then [livejournal.com profile] arymabeth, now my mom. IDK.

5. My necklace, which I've been wearing since... mid 2007, I suppose, finally wore through and fell off. I feel oddly naked.

6. Go read at [livejournal.com profile] remixthedrabble! More on this after the reveal, but can I just point out for now that somebody remixed Ouroboros, which is one of my favorite stories that I've written, and it is awesome.

7. I'm certain I had more to say before I started this entry. Hmmph.

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