EVERYONE ELSE: Can't, we are the cast of Cyteen. In an AU set in one of the flying orgy-castles on the Ringworld.
ELF WIZARD KID: Oh, no!
JOHN EGBERT: i'm here, too!
ELF WIZARD KID: Oh, good!
JOHN: but in this i'm a depressed azi belonging to ari 1, and my powers are just kind of... ambiguously pizza-based? :(
ELF WIZARD KID: Okay, this is all pretty bad, but I'm the protagonist and I'm sure that my book is going to have a happy ending, so I'm going to just summon the big eyeball to destroy us right now, which will force the narrative to come up with a deus ex machina!
ME, READING THIS NONEXISTENT YA NOVEL: Uh, wait, I just remembered that this book was the last in a three-book series which was originally about this wizard kid and two others time-travelling around and fighting a bad necromancer known for his habit of breaking the fourth wall and carelessly summoning monsters he can't control. Is this kid about to become the necromancer and form a time loop?
*Jake and Roxy show up with a spaceship and destroy the eyeball.*
ELF WIZARD KID: My plan to cause a deus ex machina worked! I'm the hero!
ROXY: john wtf stop being addicted to pizza which is in fact a dangerous drug
ME, READING THIS NONEXISTENT YA NOVEL: This series disappointed me and I'm going to blog angrily about it - oh, wait there's actually a fourth book I haven't read, better read that one first.
And of course I had to work, because retail has no holidays that aren't about Jesus. At least holiday pay is a thing. Coworker A called in, but we had a stroke of luck that one of the girls from the backroom team has done pricing before and could be spared to help me. I probably could've gotten the workload done by myself if necessary, but it was really good not to have to.
Also there were a lot of cop cars out on the way home from the grocery store, and then we heard a helicopter fly over the neighborhood at least five times. Hope they caught whoever they were looking for.
Reminder: I am leaving for vacation at the end of the week, so if you want a postcard from New Mexico, leave me your address on this post here. Comments are screened. Will mail anywhere!
This is from my mom, which mean's it's gone through 1 or 2 others to get to her and may be garbled. My mother reports that workmen have ALREADY been out to rip up carpet and estimate it'll be about 6 months before the house is fully restored, but only about 2 weeks before they can move back in. They had a bunch of trees on the common land between their house and the river that are just GONE. They got all 3 cars (theirs and my cousin's) out before the water swallowed the place--my uncle got there to pick up the last car and a few last items when the water was at his ankles, and it was up to his knees on the way out. There's a high-water mark on the outside at 5 feet. Crazy--the house is a good 10-15 feet above the usual waterline.
( spoilers ) that was exciting!
And I've spent the past few days marathoning Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and being earwormed with the theme song. It's funny, though it'd be funnier/better without Tina Fey's typical ironic/hipster *isms littering the joint. I also really came to care about the characters despite their utter loopiness.
Fluency Made Achievable and The Vocab Cookbook - Kerstin Hammes. ( Read more... )
New Moon, Sadar's Keep, and Beldan's Fire - Midori Snyder. ( Read more... )
Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban - J. K. Rowling. ( Read more... )
Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World - Noreena Hertz. ( Read more... )
What group does the term "boy band slash" refer to?
slash about NSYNC
slash about the Backstreet Boys
slash about New Kids On The Block
slash about any boy band past or present
slash about a different set of music groups I will list in comments
From the uploader:
"This is the contralto/tenor/bass trio "Gloria Patri" from Dixit Dominus (RV 595), composed for the Figlie di Coro of the Ospedale della Pietà. Here the voice of Anna dal Basso (1670-1742), a documented bass singer at the Pietà, is sung by Margaret (centre), Cecilia dal Contralto (1679-1726) by Victoria, and Paulina dal Tenor (1675-1748) by Penny. Vivaldi's Women challenge the cultural stereotype which assumes that female voices are naturally high and that it is wrong for them to sing low."
I'm not knowledgeable enough about the history to comment on whether this performance is period accurate or not (it seems to be a point of contention), but it is at the very least a fascinating demonstration of the arbitrariness of vocal categorizations. The difference between a "contralto" voice and a "tenor" voice is not always one of natural range, but more one of training and the style one sings in. It's pointed out in the comments that the woman singing the contralto part in this video doesn't sing in the classical contralto style but in a belty "chest voice", which I took to be intentional and part of the commentary on how women's voices are categorized and expected to be used in classical song. Though at first the sound of their blended voices is surprising, I ultimately found it a beautiful performance.
I hope my US friends are having a peaceful Memorial Day. ♥
I have been told, "Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride." Abby, is this true? If so, how can I gently let her know I can't be in her wedding for fear of never being married myself, because her wedding will be my third trip to the altar as a bridesmaid? -- ENOUGH ALREADY
DEAR ENOUGH ALREADY: I don't know where that saying came from, but my advice is not to dwell on the negative. There is another old saying that could apply here. It's "three times is the charm." In other words, if you agree to be your best friend's bridesmaid, it's possible you could meet your future husband at the wedding. Which one you choose to believe is up to you.
Um. Something something came back home; polished up the dragon from last night but no major changes. Got distracted reading things, and now is super late, whoops.