It is probably first in a sequence of poems in the same Toby Daye AU. Ack.
Last night, I dreamed I was at a Cornish-speaking event and I actually spoke in Cornish when someone asked me about something I was doing!
It was a bit slow and halting as I searched for words and the right conjugation, but I was speaking Cornish in (near) real time, to another person, and I remember feeling rather proud of myself for that!
Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster, Episode 6 (Series Finale)
This week I read a couple of interesting blog posts talking about Kill la Kill as a descendant of Gainax. There’s no question that the current Studio Gainax is a faint shadow of its former self; its glory days were long ago.
The two posts are Samurai Flamenco is Tengen Toppar Gurren Lagann v2 (only better) while Kill la Kill is ANTI-TTGL and Kill la Kill: A Final Stretch (Beyond Gainax). Both posts are in agreement that Kill la Kill isn’t much like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. I would say that this is a good thing, as I didn’t really care for TTGL. Among Gainax fans, I’m in the minority, I think.
I’m a huge fan of the old Gainax – but I think that thought can be reduced to my being a huge fan of director Hideaki Anno. The man bought us Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster (one of my all-time favorite shows), Shin Seiki Evangelion, and Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou.
Excluding the Evangelion franchise (1995–present), I would say the last great show to come out of Gainax was FLCL, which was directed by Anno’s protege, Kazuya Tsurumaki in 2000. A lot of people will disagree with me, saying that Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007) was an awesome series. I’ll grant that it was ambitious – and over-the-top. I’d argue about its greatness. The series averaged sales of 20k per volume in Japan, so it definitely was a hit.
I think the greatness of Gainax came from their ability to create epic shows. Gunbuster, Evangelion, and FLCL were all epic. Advocates would say that TTGL was epic, but I think the story was just inflated.
Which brings us to Kill la Kill. The interesting thing about Kill la Kill is that it has the potential to be Hiroyuki Imaishi’s first epic series. Kill la Kill is much more in the daring spirit of old Gainax. I’m rooting for both Studio Khara and Studio Trigger to carry on the legacy of old Gainax.
And then I realised that nouveau already has all the information that i915 wants, and maybe we could just have the Switcheroo code hand that over instead of forcing i915 to probe again. Sigh.
Of course, that was starting off with some relatively intense exercise - the push to 120 came early. So maybe 50 minutes of easier exercise is within reach.
And maybe 20 minutes of exercise with a higher heart rate would have been better. Figure that out, someday after you've recovered.
This is going to be a long flippin' road.
The news comes ahead of Google's I/O developer's conference in June, where the company is likely to unveil its own smart watch developed in collaboration with electronics manufacturer LG.
Google executive Sundar Pichai told the South by Southwest conference Sunday that the company plans to release in two weeks a software development kit based on Android for makers of wearable devices, such as smartwatches.Pichai stated that Google is releasing its Android SDK for wearables ahead of actual devices in order to gather "plenty of feedback," as the company's smartwatch will likely be the first device to run its new software. The Wall Street Journal also reported in February that the new mobile operating system will integrate the company's Google Now voice assistant and search feature.
Apple is widely rumored to be working on its own "iWatch" smart watch that could be revealed in the fall, which is said to carry a "full" version of iOS that emphasizes biometrics and integration with other iOS devices. According to the most recent reports, the device will include advanced sensors to track a variety of health metrics such as a user's blood pressure, hydration, heart rate and more. Other rumors have suggested that Apple is developing "Healthbook", an iOS 8 app that would help the iWatch monitor and track health statistics like weight, heart rate, calories and step counts in conjunction with the iPhone.
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Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m.: Spring is busting out all over in North Beach Park. Skunk Cabbage is coming up in the wetlands, Pacific water leaf up in the trailsides, red flowering currant and Indian plum are blooming on the slopes, and everything is leafing and budding and getting ready to pop. Please sign up in advance on Cedar so we can make our plans.
We meet, rain or shine, at the main entrance to the park, 24th Ave and 90th St. NW. Wear weather-appropriate layers that can get dirty and sturdy shoes or mud boots. We provide tools, gloves, and guidance. Bring water and a snack as you need them but there are no facilities at the park. All ages and skill levels are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Parking is on 90th St., east of 24th Ave. The #61 bus stops across the street from the park, and the #40 and #48 stop at 85th and 24th; check Metro for details.
After the workparty, starting about 12:30, join us for a Washington Native Plant Society field trip and restoration seminar. Here are the details:
Restoration Seminar of North Beach Natural Area, Saturday, March 22, 12:30 – 2:30
North Beach Park is a 9 acre ravine park in NW Seattle that has been under restoration since 2011. The bottomland is a permanently saturated wetland, yet there are also dry upland slopes, providing a variety of microenvironments in a small area. We’ll talk about some of the issues and opportunities facing restoration in small urban forests. We’ll also talk about the different forest types and what they mean to restoration efforts. We’d like this to be a seminar on restoration, and welcome any and all input.
Trail description: The trail has some moderate elevation changes, and is occasionally narrow and slippery. There are two log stream crossings.
Contact: Luke McGuff, 206-715-9135, email@example.com (email preferred).
Save the date for upcoming workparties: April 26th, June 28th, and July 26th. They’re also 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and meet at the main entrance to the park.
Can’t join us for a work party? Donate to the Seattle Parks Foundation to support restoration efforts at North Beach Park. Visit their website and click on the “Donate” button. Your donation is tax-deductible. Money will be used for tools, materials, and supplies. Donating is an important and appreciated expression of community support.
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We're just going to accept that this point that I'm not getting any sort of prompts written for you, I think. I am so sorry. :/ WORST RECIPIENT EVER. Whatever you write me, I'm sure will be great, and I will definitely love it. We can pretend this was some sort of postmodern statement about the idea of fanfiction for a tabula rasa?
I'm trying to decide what to write next. I started a Carol/Christine story, but after writing one scene I'm a little stuck. I don't know how to segue from what I have to the bit with the sex pollen. Maybe I should scrap the opening scene and jump right into the sex? But I like what I wrote. And I feel like the story needs some exposition, so we know where everyone is emotionally ... and now I'm just rambling.
Maybe I'll write some Voltron fic. It's the 30th anniversary of the series. I've had one request for Keith/Allura and one for Lance/Allura, so I kind of want to write Lance/Keith/Allura. I just want Allura to be like, "...why should I have to choose?" Why, indeed?
A friend asked me to introduce her to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She's never seen a single episode, but she loves Firefly, so she's familiar with Joss Whedon. Not sure if I should try to make her sit through all of S1 (I warned her it doesn't get really good for a while) or just pick out the highlights. I'm thinking Welcome To the Hellmouth, The Harvest, Witch, Angel, The Puppet Show, and Prophecy Girl. And then just jump right into S2, which has some skippable stuff, but also some amazing episodes, especially in the second half.
Yes? Am I missing anything crucial from S1?
On My Desk at Home
I’ve been doing some design work recently... which focuses my attention towards odd corners of the Internet... and I’ve been collecting some interesting links:
- Open Source Font: Clear Sans
- What’s the Closest Google Font? (I’m using more Adobe and Google web fonts now that I host my own site.)
- Images and the OS X Color Picker (I’ve been doing lots of color matching on the Mac recently)
- Transparent Textures
- CSS3 Hover Effects
- Dating a Designer: 10 Things You Need to Know
I am now instead reading a Night Vale/His Dark Materials crossover and enjoying it.
Any takers? These would be due 11:59 ET / UTC-5 March 16 (midnight between Sunday and Monday, in my time). The prompts look amazing!
If you want them, don't reply here; email jadelennox at dreamwidth.org.
( Pinch Hit 1 )
( Pinch Hit 2 )
--oh wow, I installed all the DVD content but now I am in UPDATE DOWNLOAD HELL.
I then internet-window-shopped for Kontakt instruments. There's an interesting-looking modeled trumpet, although it also looks like a high learning curve and I'm not convinced that I can't do what I need to with VSE. Plus I want to listen to more demos and contemplate the option, and I avoid doing too-screwy things with my browser while there's a big install going in case something hangs. :-] That being said, I have definitely bookmarked it as a possibility, and I have also wishlisted a pedal doodad on Amazon because I want one anyway; I used to have one with my digital piano but it was the default sucky one AND it's AWOL, and the thought of being able to use pedal for MIDI expression data is really nice.
While I am internet-window-shopping, I also have to think about a keyboard upgrade, which is going to suck. Right now I am suboptimally getting by with the digital piano, which I use with an Uno MIDI USB thing, but unfortunately it has no pitch bend or mod wheels and no other controller whatevers. The WSA1 has pitch bend and mod...but is 61? keys, which screws me over for keyswitching in the lower octaves. (I mean, I might want to keyswitch a piccolo!) Now, you can manually draw in keyswitches but this gets ridiculous. At some point I'm going to have to put the digital piano into storage *sob* (space issue) and swap it out for a USB MIDI controller, 88 keys, semi-weighted because I am too cheap to get fully weighted keys, etc. etc., and I'm probably also too cheap to go for anything but the minimum pitch bend and mod and pedal inputs. Even though a few programmable knobs &c. would be useful. :-/ Okay, off to research controllers.
(Uh, if anyone has reqs for 88-key semi-weighted MIDI controllers with pitch bend and mod and pedal input, other stuff probably optional, please tell me. Yes, I know it will cost.)
(God, why am I not in a nice cheap hobby like writing. Oh wait.)
Anyway, when I finally get to see what the heck is in the default Kontakt 8 (not Ultimate, I was too cheap) library, I will prioritize inventory of any orchestral sounds. I used to do this sort of thing in a text file HA HA HA HA HA but I think I'm going to join the somethingth century and switch to Excel. Basically, name of patch/whatever, brief description of timbre (which doesn't have to make sense to anyone but me), possible uses/genres, that kind of thing. Then update and back up the sucker RELIGIOUSLY.
I have high hopes of being productive with "Talon March" this week! If nothing else, I can take breaks with inventory to work up some flourishes to the intro, and print out a copy of the VSE basic percussion keymap or however that goes.
I'm also hoping I can re-find the stretched music box I was using for one of the pieces that got obliterated when my MBP died (taking my Logic 8 Pro install with it), although I expect I could use a high-sustain pad off some synth in place of it if it came to that.
First world problems, but OTOH the whole point of shelling out for music software was to be able to do this as well as I am able.