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No Frills Multi-Fandom Friending Meme, thanks to [personal profile] snickfic.

Hello to the new people! I have a sticky post with all the basics and an 'All About Where I Live' post

Hey, Aussie fats - does anyone want to try We Love Colors tights? I bought a pair in fuck-off neon yellow, and fuck-off stop-sign red, and the colours are amazing, but they don't bloody fit me around the thighs. They're fantastic around the calves, and they fit me around the waist, but they don't go comfortably over my thighs. Frustrating! They're so nice and colour-dense, and vivid and so exactly what people tell fat women they shouldn't wear, so I'm really sad. They're size EE. Free to a good home inside Australia - I'll cover the postage.


[livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang goes along and along. I really wanted to have old!Peggy take a part in my mystery, and I'm writing her now, but gosh, I worry I'm not going to do okay by her. I know the things I don't want in old!Peggy fic: a cure, Peggy suddenly doing things she's really not physically or mentally capable of, sweet old lady things (because she's never been sweet and I doubt she found it in old age.) It's a matter of working out what I want her to do, what she's plausibly able to do, how she can be awesome, without her sections becoming deus ex machina or overly sickly. It's a very interesting line and I'm glad I have [personal profile] lilacsigil to bounce my draft off as I write it. And I really need to get going on the art, for both of us.

In the garden, there's finally been a bit of spare time to plant the seeds, so yesterday we put tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber (all heirloom mixes, so who knows what we'll get? So exciting!), mesclun mix, rocket, and basil. They're all in the hothouse which is nice and humid at the moment. Tomatoes need to be ready to go into the beds by Cup Day (which is the first Tuesday in November.) There's tons of bok choy in the beds right now, so I'm making ramen tomorrow to use it up. (There's stock cooking up now while I'm typing this. And I can totally soft-boil eggs now, it's brilliant.)

I finally got 8tracks to work on my laptop and now I can listen to fanmixes again. (I miss megaupload!) I really liked this mix of French rap and pop:
Player embedded behind here because the art was cute too )
Being able to interact with 8tracks makes me want to re-upload all my old fanmixes that I lost when megaupload went down.


A recipe: Lemon buttermilk donuts. (CN: some diet/'clean eating' talk in the link.) Recipe has quantities in grams as well as cups (important for me, because Australian cups are bigger) and it makes a nice small batch. I had a donut pan that I'd never used but really wanted to, enough that I held onto through the giant kitchen purge before we moved to the new house. I'm glad I tried it because it cooked these little sweeties really perfectly. Definitely going to mess around with that recipe some more in the future.

This is how ours came out )

I found something to nominate as a microfandom for this year's Yuletide: Find the girls on the negatives. I love the photos - so beautiful, so mysterious - and I think there's lots of potential there for fic. Like, femslash (since it seems possible that each woman photographed the other, right?) Or mermaid femslash - they're going home together at last! Or, really, anything.


Other random things:

- 51 facts you probably didn't know about the Great British Bake-Off. The audition process sounds intense.

- Via [personal profile] conuly, The Disastrous Australian Emu War. I should add that emus don't tweet, they make a thumping drum noise. BOOM BOOM BOOM.
st_aurafina: (DCU: Batman is creeped out)
1. Today started off with staggering, and I really wondered how I was going to get through work, but my pain levels went down and down as the day progressed. I don't know it if was the healing process, or if it was the little short bursts of walking that I do at work (desk to dispensary, dispensary to retail floor, retail floor to desk, rinse and repeat) or that my period finally started and all the inflammatory hormone stuff is easing back, but my knee has ended up okay. I know I'll be sore again tomorrow morning, but I have a bit more hope that I will heal, and I will get back to my former level of activity. (Every time I injure myself, I go through this mental process, but I think this time it's a bit less awful?)

2. I downloaded some episodes of Most Haunted to watch while I crochet - it's a British show like Ghost Hunters International, but I like this one better because they scream and run around more. It's like every stupid seance or haunted house dare you did as a teenager, only with night vision cameras. And their psychic tells a good story, and it's generally good spooky fun. I love it.

3. We watched the Hannibal finale last night. [personal profile] lilacsigil's face! Very DDDD: And now she wants to do a rewatch, so that's awesome. I saw so many things the second time around.

4. This video rolled around my tumblr dash: Radioactive - Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix, I think via [tumblr.com profile] cleolinda? Anyway, beat-boxing cellist. Something awesome I never knew was missing in my life.

5. Speaking of which, A selection of incredible portraits from photographer Charles Fréger’s collection and book Wilder Mann, documenting the ancient pagan rites still being practiced throughout Europe today.

Reminds me of this urban legend (Does it count as an urban legend if there's photographic evidence? Really fucking scary photographic evidence): The Horned Man & The Luna Park Ghost Train Fire. (Trigger warning for IRL accidental death of a child on an amusement park ride.)

Erhmagerd, see you in my dreams.

I'm thinking of starting to use my tumblr again a bit - since instead of turning my screen to show things to [personal profile] lilacsigil, I could just reblog them so they show up on her dash, right? So if I pop up there, that's what's going on.
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)
I pulled a muscle in my groin doing sidekicks in the pool yesterday. Today I am walking like a penguin.


I've started using Spotify. Not sure how to make best use of it, though, especially finding friends. Should I let it have access to my Facebook? Do I want my family knowing what music I'm listening to? Do I want to know what music they're listening to? One of my brothers-in-law and the only one I know for sure uses Spotify, is a big Daft Punk fan, and I'm not, particularly, so I'm undecided on the matter.

Anyone here on Spotify? Can I, like, add you or whatever? If I can figure out how to do that. So far, I've just been throwing random artists I like at it and seeing what it spits out, which is working okay, but I'm sure I should be doing more or something.


Book signal boost:

Death By Silver by Amy Griswold and Melissa Scott, aka [livejournal.com profile] amygriswold and [livejournal.com profile] mescott.

This book is heaps, heaps, heaps of fun! Murder mystery set in Victorian-era London, with magic as an everyday kind of thing. Queer representation, public school beatings, and magic teapots. Harry Potter meets original flavour!Sherlock Holmes. Go buy it! This book needs a fandom of more than me. (There are ebooks coming soon, or so I believe.)



ETA: It's also available at Book Depository with free international shipping.



Recipes cannibalised from other recipes so I can cook it properly next time, part two:
Beef and Kidney Bean Stew

Despite the titillating mention of cannibalism, there are no actual kidneys in this recipe )
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Compiled for Je vois ma vie en rose, by [personal profile] lilacsigil:

"Je vois la vie en rose" is a full-cast gender change. Canon male characters become female, and canon female characters become male or genderqueer. The only exceptions are real people and background military/government characters.

The CIA's Marcus MacTaggert attempts to recruit Doctor Charlotte Xavier and her sibling Raven to assist in the capture of suspected Communist Sabrina Shaw and her unusual associates. Thrilled at the thought finding of more mutants, Charlotte and Raven agree, but are soon put off by the CIA's misogynist attitude and decide to track down these other mutants by themselves. They do find more mutants, but not the ones they were expecting.

Charlotte starts to build a community of mutants but Raven finds that many of them can't even accept themselves, let alone someone who doesn't belong within familiar definitions of gender. Erika's determination to kill Shaw, Shaw's quest to recruit more mutants, and world-threatening political brinkmanship collide with deadly consequences: Charlotte, Raven and Erika must decide what kind of world it is that they want to create.



On Dreamwidth or on Livejournal.



Tracklist and zip under the cut )
st_aurafina: Emma Frost as played by January Jones, extreme close up (X-Men: First Class Emma)


Click image for zip


Sleeper Awake - a fanmix for lady spies, to accompany the story The Persistence of Memory, (PG, Emma Frost/Moira MacTaggert)

The beautiful art is by [livejournal.com profile] artmetica. (Art post to follow!)

Track listing and individual download links )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (House: Chase animated)
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Chase: "I'm Australian."
House: "You put the Queen on your money. You're British."
(Episode 1.08, Poison)

To accompany Rebuild the Bridges in Your Mind, a House MD/X-Men crossover written for au_bigbang.

Doctor Robert Chase's Queen on the Money Playlist (A collection of music for expats and medicos) )
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
Just sharing some music that I uploaded for a music comm for a female artist theme. I've uploaded these before, but it never hurts to share again.

Garbage tracks (because Shirley Manson is awesome)
The World is Not Enough
Queer
I Think I'm Paranoid
#1 Crush

Other random things, with an increasing Antipodean lean as the list goes on:

Don't Get Me Wrong - Lily Allen covering The Pretenders.

Glory Box//Portishead - probably everyone has this, but if you don't, you need it. Classic Bristol sound, gorgeous trip hop.

Release//george (Katie Noonan's voice is divine.)

What Else Is There/Röyksopp, with vocals by Karin Dreijer Andersson (This is awesome, one of my favourite songs to get me writing.)

Say It Again//Scribe - New Zealand hip-hop, featuring Tyra Hammond, about whom I know nothing other than she is Scribe's cousin and she's gorgeous with a great voice.

Ray of Light - Natasha Bedingfield covering Madonna.

Rattling Bones//Kasey Chambers - creepy alt-country
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
For [livejournal.com profile] ion_bond and for anyone else who has an interest, here's some Faithless, Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead. Pretty much the sound track of the late nineties for me, from the day that [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil came back from her year in Japan with the first Portishead album. (This is why that slow unsteady trip-hop beat always makes me unspeakably happy.)

A little taste of the Bristol sound )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
For ion_bond and for anyone else who has an interest, here's some Faithless, Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead. Pretty much the sound track of the late nineties for me, from the day that lilacsigil came back from her year in Japan with the first Portishead album. (This is why that slow unsteady trip-hop beat always makes me unspeakably happy.)

A little taste of the Bristol sound )
st_aurafina: Platypus headshot (Platypus)
My town is beseiged by a flock of corellas, which are a kind of evil, feral parrot. Possibly undead, I don't know. They look undead.

This is a corella, for those of you lucky enough to live somewhere that corellas aren't:
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The more I look at it, the more certain I am that it's some kind of zombie-bird.

One corella makes a noise that sounds like "KRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!". We have maybe two hundred circling the town at sunrise and sunset. The sunset serenade of KRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! x 200 isn't so bad. But KRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! x 200 just as the sun is peeping out is eating away at my sanity as surely as if the zombie birds were pecking at my actual brain. Every morning. Even on Sunday, because feral undead parrots respect no day of rest.

So, music memes, hey?

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List upload 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


So, [livejournal.com profile] ion_bond gave me a letter. And I thought that letter was R, but now that I go to check the actual post, I see that it was N. You would think that one would check that before one did the actual uploading, but that would require that one was not such a ninny.

R

You're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan... )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Torchwood: Emo space whale)
Tomorrow is going to be the first of a series of horrible hot days, in which my only consolation is that I don't live in Melbourne where it's going to be even hotter. *sighs* Think of me, winter people, in your coats and hats and gloves. I will be thinking of you. Possibly thinking of licking your snow-covered bodies.

At least it will make the eggplants grow. And I have the all new, revamped pilot for Being Human to watch tomorrow night. And we're going to make spring rolls with bean shoots. There are good things about summer.

Today was Australia Day, also known as Invasion Day, also known as the day of Triple J's Hottest 100 on the radio. And this year, their webcast even worked! and the James Bond theme song made it into the countdown, which makes me feel less of a dorktastic lame-o for liking it.

Here are some fruits of my listening today:


I'll Never Love You More//Soko

("I will never love you more than the drummer of The Flaming Lips")

Guess Who Batman (Fuck You Very Much)//Lily Allen
(A deeply satisfying song, with many, many f-bombs.)

Jungle Drum//Emiliana Torrini
(I love her voice so much!)

Cry Me a River//Lisa Li-Lund
(I know, another Justin Timberlake cover. File under semi-ironic covers of mega-hits.)
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
[livejournal.com profile] sg_fic just linked me to this: a spoilery casting rumour about X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I'm kind of excited about it, especially in the afterglow of seeing Iron Man. Right now I feel like practically anything could be executed competently and entertainingly in a Marvel movie.

[livejournal.com profile] sionnain has declared that May is a month for music sharing, and I think that's a pretty good idea. I've got one to share:
Just a Song About Ping Pong//Operator, Please

It's good music for starting off the day. It's good for jumping up and down and shouting the lyrics. The lead singer, Amandah Wilkinson is really cute, and totally jail bait. (Actually, she's not jail bait anymore, but it feels wrong to lust after someone who won a Battle of the Bands in 2005.)

In other news, I had a customer whose first name was Regent. It's kind of a weird name. Why would you call your kid Regent? He's over eighty, but still, I can't figure out what would prompt someone to call their baby Regent. It trumps Riverboy, which was the most inexplicable name to date.

Also, I have 1300 words of an [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest fic. I think it's going to be okay.
*eyes [livejournal.com profile] xmenfirstclass nervously*

ETA: Spoilers now in comments, if you're keeping yourself spoiler-free for the Wolverine movie.
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Answers to yesterday's lyrics quiz. Thank you to everyone who played!

Behind the cut )

And in honour of our new Russian overlords:

21. There lived a certain man in Russia long ago, he was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow
Rasputin // Boney M

22. To Russia I flew but there and then, I suddenly knew you'd care again
From Russia With Love // Matt Monro - [livejournal.com profile] lonelywalker

23. Oh I saw you by the wall, ten of your tin soldiers in a row
Nikita // Elton John

24. Mr. Krushchev says "We will bury you," I don't subscribe to this point of view
Russians // Sting, or if you prefer: the LJ version

25. Being with you has opened my eyes, could I ever believe such a perfect surprise?
All the Things She Said // tATu

NaNo Music!

Nov. 1st, 2007 02:14 pm
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (NaNo 2007)
We started writing this morning. [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil and I got up very early and banished our Internal Editors in a little ritual, and started writing before breakfast. I have words! I have a title! I have a file with my title and my words! It makes me very happy.

Should I make a filter for NaNo? Some people are, and some people aren't. I'm divided on the matter.

I'm at work now, and I can't write. [livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil is researching Japanese underwear and maybe writing, I don't know.

NaNo Music! Music to keep the words flowing! )
Soundtracks: Dark and Scary )
Soundtracks: Light and Beautiful )
Female Vocalists )
Exotic locations )
Covers, because you can never have too many covers )
My bulletproof writing arsenal )
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
The interest meme, from [livejournal.com profile] handyhunter

This is a meme where you ask about people's Interests (from their el jay profile). Comment on this post, and I'll pick seven of yours, and you explain them on a post you make. Then you post this on your journal and it becomes a never ending spiral... and good fun.

Baby Cheeses, The Cat Empire, Cyclops Lives!, Iron Man, Scott/Emma, The Ultimates, Wombats )
st_aurafina: (Music - Sarah has a hat)
I am having one of those vague days, where time passes and I don't even notice it. I am experiencing missing time, but not in the way that Agent Mulder would like. Mmm, Agent Mulder. *zones*

Anyway. Music. Whimsical female vocalists, singing dreamily. That stuff I like.

Gregory and the Hawk, Thea Gilmore covers, some trip-hop and other mysterious goodies )
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I'm trying very hard to stay spoiler-free. I'm determined to remain spoiler-free.

Here's a meme, last seen via [livejournal.com profile] aphrodite_mine:

List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal along with your seven songs.

Warm Whispers//Missy Higgins
From her new album, sweet and wistful.
Into the dawn they carry me through,
And I'm weeping warm honey and milk,
That you stay surrounding me, surrounding me


Where I Stood//Missy Higgins
'Cos she will love you more than I could,
She who dares to stand where I stood


Don't Point, Don't Scare it//Butterfly Boucher
I never got Butterfly Boucher - I loved her voice, but didn't really like the songs she sang. On a second listen through her album, I found that her voice really suits ballads, and not the kind of folk-rock singles she put out. If there's a beat, she sounds awkward, but if she can just muse along, her wandering, breathy voice is really lovely.
We creep along the lanes,
We sneak through seven gates,
We pass a flock of birds
Who didn't flinch a feather


I've had this one on my writing playlist, mostly for my [livejournal.com profile] hp_summergen pinch hit:
Bell, Book and Candle//Eddi Reader
You're everything that I've become, every word I say
I need a bell, book and candle to keep your ghost away


Ariana//Paul Schwartz
I got this while trifling with The Black Donnellys; they used it in the soundtrack of the first episode, one of those cliched scenes where someone is brutally murdered while ethereal music is played. It's good writing music though - all dreamy soprano over drums, with sounds of the ocean fading in and out.

Umbrella//Scott Simons
A cover of the Rihanna song - and a tonic for the constant airplay of the original. I am such a sucker for whimsical semi-ironic covers of manufactured mega-hits, and this is a good one.

Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation)//Rob Dougan
One of my favourite writing tracks because (a) it's about eight minutes long which is a good stretch of concentration for me, and (b) there's lovely piano in it. It had to go on Yousendit, because it exceeded my free Boxnet upload. Huh.

ETA: These links are deleted now - leave a comment if you'd like them reuploaded.

Music post

Apr. 12th, 2007 01:36 pm
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Music that I've posted to [livejournal.com profile] lunatunes for this week's theme, which is "Songs that tell a story".

Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head//Gorillaz )

Moon Over Bourbon Street//Sting )

Polyester Girl//Regurgitator )

Everything's Turning to White//Kasey Chambers )

Every F***ing City//Paul Kelly )

The Reefer Song//Mindless Drug Hoovers )

Holy Grail//Hunters and Collectors )

The Car Song//The Cat Empire )

ETA: These links have been deleted - leave a message if you want the re-uploaded.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
Someone who kindly uploaded music for me at a time of great need has had a music catastrophe, so I'm re-gifting the music back (with a little elaboration - I've put a few more tracks in for each artist, where I could.)

Led Zeppelin )

Tom McRae )

Fiona Apple )

Apocalyptica )

Thea Gilmore )

Bruce Springsteen )

Muse )

AC/DC )

Nick Cave )

The White Stripes )

Tori Amos )

Rilo Kiley )

Miscellaneous Odds and Ends )

Ficathon update:
Remix is 2/3 done, and the end is plotted, but I've put it aside to work on [livejournal.com profile] summers_fling, the plan for which is unravelling like a ball of yarn. Or a bowl of spaghetti. *grabs at loose ends* It will be okay. It's going, at any rate.

Tooth update:
I now have a retainer to keep the gap between my teeth open for the implant later this year. I feel like a teenager. It's revolting, but after four days of wearing the damn thing, I've stopped gagging every five minutes, which is sweet, sweet relief, let me tell you. *sulks*

ETA: These links have been deleted, but you have only to comment, and they will be uploaded again

Doctor Who update:
OMG new episodes March 31st! *squees* *chokes on retainer* *squees again*

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