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Mon, Jun. 24th, 2013, 06:02 pm
Did Your Mother Come From Ireland

Movies I've watched: No Blade of Grass (boring, lame and exploitative - one rape gang is one rape gang too many; doesn't have any of what made Wilde's Naked Prey special), Let the Right One In (liked quite a bit - really good movie about kids), Colin (tiresome high-end student film about zombies), Christine (not the worst, but not John Carpenter's best either; strangely impersonal), Death Proof (110 minutes of modest charm for a 10 minute payoff), Planet Terror (literally unwatchable), and, kicking off my Libby-inspired Maysles brothers and Errol Morris jag: Salesman, about a group of door to door Bible salesmen in the 1960s. It was pretty great.

Oh, I went to the documentary club of Edbury's friends and co-workers yesterday. I watched Bill W., a very marginal, History-Channel-ish doc about the founder of AA. I had a really good time, though felt a pall because the hosts had just lost their husky in horrific circumstances. The quiet bag of dog food on the floor was the elephant in the room. To me at least. I considered reaching out today with a "hey, as someone who also lost ... " e-mail, but I thought the better of it.

I might start watching a lot of documentaries.

I've been having a hard time falling asleep. Maybe because I keep watching all these movies. I also started watching Fringe.

In advance of Google Reader's disappearance next week I spent a bunch of time this weekend pruning and curating my feeds. I've decided to stick with Old Reader (yo, sign up and friend me! be smart and curate for me!), despite its lack of some of the shinier features of its competitors, and I'm also maintaining my Feedly, just in case. But yeah, Old Reader ftw.

It made me sad to realize how many hundreds of my feeds - almost exclusively music blogs - have gone dark in the last year or two. I feel like the vibrant explosion of music that I got from these places leaves a serious void in my life. It's because of legal pressure, of course, and the last post on many of them say as such, even though a lot of that stuff qualified pretty easily as orphaned works. How do people do it now? I'm really curious. Plz don't say something like Spotify or torrent. Those are both great if you you want to hear like, that one band, but just don't cut the mustard when it comes to discovery. Can Spotify help you find those out of print 78s you've never heard? Or all the obscure, long, long out of print releases from that obscure German label forty years ago? Maybe one day, but definitely not today. I mean, I think the problem is that this specific use case would probably take a ton of resources to implement and would make a difference to really ... very few users I think. I dunno. The good news is that I already possess SO MUCH MUSIC that I could live off it happily a good long while. I'm still encountering amazing discoveries among the stuff I already own.

I'm gonna game tonight with Giulia and Alex in Edbury's Indigo game. Burning Wheel. I'm looking forward to it.

Tue, Jun. 25th, 2013 11:33 am (UTC)

I always watched a ton of shit. Including motherfucking...Beauty & the Geek Australia! & what else...Silent Hill, WWZ, The Neighbors, Sherlock, John Dies at the End, season 2 of the West Wing, some stuff on Geek & Sundry...

Tue, Jun. 25th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)

I've been curious about Beauty and the Geek Australia since I saw that it existed on Pirate Bay. Is it any good?

Tue, Jun. 25th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)

The first season was! It is also all on Youtube.

Tue, Jun. 25th, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)

Oh also; I'm pretty happy with Tumblr as a secondary feed, & as a source of feeds.

Tue, Jun. 25th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)

I still ... like it but it hasn't become it's own thing to me. It's still a substitute thing.

Tue, Jun. 25th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)

You need a fandom, is why.

Thu, Jun. 27th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)

I wish there were a Hype Machine for not-just-remixes-of-popular-tracks.

What.cd is actually alright in terms of being a discovery engine, but it doesn't have the digestible "just listen to this today" blog aspect.

Thu, Jun. 27th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)

Yeah. I just want a curated selection by someone I trust I guess?

Thu, Jun. 27th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)

Also I'm a Hype Machine user from waaaay back. But I dropped it when it eliminated results from ... sources that post music I like, and started focusing more on what I guess was indie rock at the time?

Fri, Jun. 28th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)

I wanted to like Fringe so badly but I just couldn't follow through to the end. I had high hopes for a while; I think I petered out (see what I did there?) in the second-to-last season. The acting is pretty atrocious except for Walter, and a lot of the episodes are just terrible. I did like Astrid though.

Um, but I hope you like it, because liking things is better than not liking things. Sorry for being a wet blanket!

Fri, Jun. 28th, 2013 04:49 am (UTC)

I mean, that's what I'd kind of always thought about it? So I was pleasantly surprised to discover it does have some charm, though I can easily see how that charm might not last five seasons.

And yeah, the actor who plays Walter is amazing.