(posted by chris the cynic)
Merry Festival Of Your Choice! I finished up work on Friday, which meant that over on Cate’s Cates, I’ve been doing last-minute Christmas baking – easy fruit mince for pies and lemon meringue tart kits for presents. I’ve also been making gorgeous hampers. And today I went to the cricket, which was a little depressing, because Sri Lanka wasn’t really doing very much except getting injured, but I did make a vegan feast for lunch.
Over on Cate Sings, I finished up my Advent Calendar with seasonally-inappropriate carols (http://catesings.org/advent-calendar-day-23-in-the-bleak-mid-winter-holst/), a modern Magnificat, and a mini carol service of Handel, Britten and Wilcocks, with references to other carols, good and bad. Today, I celebrated the end of carolling with Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (which, given all the incense I inhaled around Christmas, was seasonally appropriate in its own way.)
I hope everyone is having a relaxing, or at least non-stressful time!
chris the cynic wrote:
So, that’s the bad.
After we got the news that my grandmother died the silence was unbearable and had to be extinguished with something. As it turned out the movie The Living Daylights (the James Bond movie with the cello) did the trick and I wrote a post saying good things about that movie.
I asked some questions, like, “Is anyone up for a movie?” because if you’re interested in seeing the Hobbit in IMAX and you’re near me (I live in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine) we could seriously go together. There’s actually an attempt to do this thing as a group in the works, so New England Slacktivites, if you’re interested speak up; and “Fantasy Reconstruction, how does one do it?” because if entire races have been presided over by the Dark Lord and have a pillage and eat the humans based economy, how do you integrate them with the rest of society after the Dark Lord is overthrown?; and “Did they do this?” with respect to the Doctor Who episode Blink. It looks like they didn’t, which was what I expected, but I maintain that they should have.
I wrote some fiction. Skewed Slightly to the Left: Rayford has some time to think, which is a relatively short piece about reacting to the persistent knowledge you’ve fucked up beyond words. Mr Nicolae Carpathia ate with relish the inner organs of beasts… which is basically seeing how much millage I can get out of taking the scene between Leopold Bloom and his cat and making it into one between Nicolae Carpathia and his by changing a few key words and phrases.
Mermaid story: A beginning – Remember that mermaid story I’ve been talking about for forever? This is the beginning.
What I want to happen in Newsrooms. The title is pretty self explanatory.
And finally, for the sheer absurdity of it, I published all of the spam a post that consists of almost nothing but me posting my spam (with the actual spam links removed) has gained. And (see the comments) realized I didn’t even notice the amount of Cyrillic in it.
*looks at giant wall of text* Good god, I’ve made the weekend post all about me, haven’t I?
This week froborr wrote:
I also started a Tumblr, mostly to share MLPo-Mo articles with the MLP community on there, but I’ve got two unrelated short pieces up as well, because they fell into length-limbo between Facebook and full-on blog posts:
On the Nonexistence of Monsters, my response to the responses I’ve seen to the Newtown/Sandy Hook shooting.
Fragment of a work in progress: Exactly what it says on the tin, a brief speech by one of the fey about creatures they predicted had to exist, but were still shocked to actually meet.
Last week froborr wrote:
As usual, my new My Little Po-Mo is out a matter of hours after the Blogaround. My own fault for setting midnight Sunday as my weekly deadline.
Anyway, just like last week, this week’s post is my best to date. I think that means I get to declare myself to be on a roll. Friendship Is Alchemy continues with albedo phase, a time of purification, returning to innocence, and blank flanks: Those ponies over there are watchin’ me! (Call of the Cutie)