Saturday, May 23, 2015

Out of service Saturday Random Ten

When there's a holiday Monday the library is usually closed on Saturday as well. I know this. I think I kind of understand why; so workers on different shifts will both get days off. I can just never remember, because it's not intuitive to me. Today I wish I had, because I was looking to use their bathroom too. It was an anxious walk home.

1, The Magnetic Fields - In My Secret Place
2. Sun Ra - China Gates
3. The Ramones - Glad to See You Go
4. Sarah Vaughan - Easy Street
5. Beth Custer - Tribal Duets
6. Sonic Youth - Brave Men Run (In My Family)
7. Dave Van Ronk - Fixin' to Die
8. New Pornographers - Born with a Sound
9. Lower Dens - Non Grata
10. Cannonball Adderley - I Can't Get Started

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two out of three ain't bad

Various nights this week I've watched the second series of Sherlock. Cumberbatch and Freeman are pretty much bulletproof, as is much of the supporting cast.

On to the stories. The second is the X-Files-ized version of "The Hound of the Baskervilles", which I liked. The third was the Reichenbach fall, the update on "The Final Problem". Pretty good, although there are some apparent logic gaps. Leaving the first story, "A Scandal in Belgravia". Where Irene Adler is a dominatrix/prostitute who's a lesbian but has the hots for Sherlock anyway. I don't think "Let's do our 21st century Sherlock Holmes update the way Frank Miller would have written it" is an idea that should have gotten past the cocktail napkin stage.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Good advices

From Reductress:
It’s a hard time to be a woman in her twenties. The job market is intimidating, technology is advancing rapidly, and dating is as confusing as ever. However, the problems we face today aren’t as unique as we think – you might just get the advice you need from classic works of literature. Not from reading them — from rubbing them on your boobs! Here are eight legendary works of literature that will give you the answers you need when you mash them all over your sweet, sweet nips.
I'll admit to being a little outside of the group the article is addressing, age- and gender-wise. But I am glad to see young women still being advised to seek wisdom in the classics.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Royal blues

Caught up with some of the works of Mr. Riley B. King on the occasion of his passing. This seems like a nice one to see out the weekend.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Crispy Friday Random Ten

The above image I saw on and couldn't resist using it here.

Being introverted, reserved, call it what you will can leave people with the impression you don't care for them. Not that this is never accurate, but a lot of times it isn't. It's a puzzler.

1. Mose Allison - That's All Right
2. Yo La Tengo - Beanbag Chair
3. Sun Ra - Bassism
4. Beth Custer and the Joe Goode Performance Group - What the Body Knows
5. Pink Martini - Uskudara Gider Iken
6. The Who - Tattoo
7. Fitz & the Tantrums - The Walker
8. Lower Dens - Your Heart Still Beating
9. Sonic Youth - Justice Is Might
10. Sarah Vaughan - I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Like R'lyeh, man

And it was pretty good. Most of the guests were human or almost-human toadfolk who slobbered into their own beers (they brought their own keg too; I passed on an offered mug) or Monglod giants who peered into the apartment through a glass transom and smiled till I wandered over to open the door for them. They just sheepishly went to the corners of the living room and watched A mugwump named Doc appeared and played poker with himself, a winning hand clutched in each of ten spindly spider arms. A few of the old drunks who knew Neal back when he was a little kid ("I was a real rugrat!" Neal announced as he shoved an old feller named Howie at me, and Howie smiled and showed off a gap in his teeth big enough for a harmonica) joined in the game, foolishly forgetting the old rule never to play cards with anyone who called himself Doc.
That's a brief excerpt from Move Under Ground, a novel that's pretty brief in itself. It's about the Elder Gods of the Cthulhu Mythos making themselves known to Jack Kerouac and other Beats during Kerouac's Big Sur period. So, you know, it's out there.

Actually I get the feeling that Nick Mamatas, the author, is being quite critical of the Beats, finding them self-indulgent and more provincial than they thought. While Mamatas is a lefty, I think that racism aside* he may sympathize more with the Lovecraft side than the Kerouac side.

* I know. Aside from that how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln? 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hot and cold in the running

We've gotten an early taste of summer the last few days, particularly on Sunday and Monday. Hot and muggy, sweat pooling on your forehead. In response a lot of businesses and offices have really cranked the AC, so much so you might need another layer when you go inside. I'm expecting thunderstorms in doorways pretty soon.

In other news, got a package in the mail yesterday. I'm monitoring the situation. Looks to be in my favor. :)