March 23, 2015
I FINALLY got to see Urinetown, the satirical dystopian musical, which I’ve known about since it came out 15 years ago because you can’t be into musical theater and not know about a musical called Urinetown. I had no idea what to expect, but it turns out it was great, because it knows exactly how silly it is and goes full meta, and it turns out that’s a great way to do a quick, punchy, funny musical.
I also had no idea what to expect because this was the first production I’d seen by the local theater group, the Longmont Theater Company. I was braced for iffy, but they started singing, they were great, and I relaxed. The show had that homemade look to it but everyone knew what they were doing and they did an excellent job. I enjoyed it. (Having done community theater in high school, I know exactly how iffy it can get, like when your Nellie and Emile in South Pacific have zero chemistry, and in fact your Nellie and Joe start dating before the end of the show… ANYHOO.)
I’m caught up on this final season of Justified, and for the most part I think it’s great, particularly the villains’ tangled plots and Raylen trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.
But I gotta tell you, I think they’re completely screwing up Ava again. After the last two seasons, you cannot convince me that she’s that much of a wet dishrag idiot. That she would really put up with the shit Boyd’s pulling on her. All I can think is that she must have some big epic plan up her sleeve to screw everyone over by the end. But if so, the show is keeping it really well hidden. And it’s not satisfying.
Also, I propose that you know Sam Elliott’s a bad guy in this because he doesn’t have his mustache. Sam Elliott without a mustache is JUST WRONG.
March 2, 2015
I listen to a lot of classical music on the radio, and my current station is pretty stodgy — I judge a classical station’s stodginess by how frequently they play John Williams movie scores, and this one doesn’t play any at all.
But they played the theme song to the original Star Trek to announce Leonard Nimoy’s passing. And they kept playing it throughout the day, on the hour. It was like the geek version of church bells tolling.
That’s a measure of the impact Nimoy had — particularly in his role as Spock. Even non-geeks, even the most mainstream outlets imaginable, even places I didn’t expect an acknowledgement at all, marked the news. Everyone understands how important that character is as a model, as a symbol. As Scalzi said: Every geek just lost their favorite grandparent.
I don’t think I realized how far-reaching Nimoy and Spock’s influence really reached, and I just keep thinking, what a life. What a profound and meaningful life.
February 18, 2015
Quick Wednesday post. I had a great time at Boskone but it’s taking me a little while to recover. Even though I think I may be the only person at the convention whose flight wasn’t cancelled. May I always be so lucky.
So here’s more stuff that I’ve made/acquired, this time in the category of OOOH SPARKLIES. It’s my weakness.
At some point I acquired some pearls. (This is another thing that happens in the SCA. You get gifted with the most marvelous things like fabric and jewelry and odds and ends.) I had them for years, waiting for inspiration, which finally struck: I had a Renaissance gown with no jewelry to go with it. Eeek! So I made a necklace:
And another one:
I love them! I’m glad I waited to use the pearls because these turned out so nice, and I have a feeling they’ll be versatile and I’ll get to wear them with lots of different outfits.
This one, I didn’t make, but acquired at the Boskone art show. It’s by Priscilla Olson, and I grabbed it up because I think it’ll go with both my period outfits and my steampunk wardrobe.
SPARKLIES! It’s a bit of an addiction, but it’s one I indulge in because I like to support the artists who make these pretties, and it’s wearable, which speaks to my practical side.
February 6, 2015
I posted this on Facebook earlier this week. This is what I made for myself after I finished making everyone presents for Christmas:
This is not the nerdiest thing I’ve ever done. But it’s right up there.
I’m also coming to believe that it’s things like this — working with my hands, being an unapologetic fangirl, that sort of thing — that will ultimately keep me from burning out. It’s important to have hobbies. Especially when your job is also your favorite hobby.
February 2, 2015
Cooking is still something I have to make an effort at, even though I’ve spent a lot of time practicing and have gotten a lot better at it. On top of that cooking for one is a challenge — it’s so much easier to stick a frozen pizza in the oven than to put out the effort to make something. But every now and then, I nail it. Behold:
Meatballs and pasta. The sauce is made from scratch — part of a batch from a couple of weeks ago that I froze. I made a big batch of the meatballs and froze what I didn’t use for future eating. So not only did I eat a nice, hot, fresh meal, I will have more nice, hot, fresh meals in the future. This kind of thing makes me feel so virtuous.
January 23, 2015
My brain blew up again this week. I had a bunch of projects — a critique, galleys, documentation for a couple of SCA projects because I decided to enter them into an A&S event this weekend (why, god, why?! because I can, that’s why) — all of them tedious things impossible to finish in one go. They took up all my time this week, then I finished them all yesterday afternoon and my brain is suddenly at loose ends. So, no real blog post, but here’s a sonnet I wrote awhile back. I think the prompt was “Doctor Who.”
Prospero Arrives on the Island
Thus witness we nobility brought low.
Wreck’d and wash’d up by a foreign tide,
Cast out in exile by a hateful foe,
Alone–but for the young girl by his side.
Dangers threaten them at every turn:
Fearsome elements and tempests wild–
But beauty dwells here also, as they learn,
Fair spirits brave and bold, and evenings mild.
Then yon iron Caliban doth swears
To all opposing souls exterminate.
But a magic staff our wizard bears–
A vast and fateful power to create.
He halts his enemy, reverses crime–
And thus we know him as a lord of time.
January 21, 2015
Here’s one of the things I made last month:
Thor and Loki cross stitch hand towels. The only thing better than making crazy stuff like this is having friends who appreciate it when I give them crazy stuff stuff like this.
(The pattern I used came from Clouds Factory. There are a lot of patterns out there. Go ahead, google “superhero cross stitch.” I dare you.)