athelind: (Eye of the Dragon)
Because I will never find this in Tumblr again:

http://the-gneech.tumblr.com/post/124833374603/princessfangface-schizodaredevil

A list of links to long-playing Star Trek bridge ambiance.
athelind: (Default)
You know, Simon & Garfunkle's "Hazy Shade of Winter" is a very good "I am so fucking drunk" song.

And I am most definitely exceptionally inebriated.

On the company dime.

And you know something?

I've earned this.







Time, time, time, see what's become of me ... )

Ahhh, seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won't you stop and remember me

athelind: (Eye of the Dragon)
There are a few days in both Spring and Autumn, almost exactly at the midpoint between Equinox and Solstice, where the sun is at such an angle that, if the day is clear, there's a strange quality to the light that makes the world seem ... not so much unreal as hyper-real.

Today is one of those days, one of those high-definition days, and the oddness of the weather makes it moreso. Last night, around sunset, the winds came in off the desert, south-east of us, and brought a wave of warmth; it was actually warmer an hour or two after nightfall than it had been in the late afternoon. Since then, the wind has shifted again, coming from the Northwest, and, while it's still warm today (around 80), the forecast tells us that these winds will soon bring us a front from Alaska.

And you can tell. When you step outside, there's a strangeness in the air, more than just the light, more than just the wind.

Maybe it's just that there's so much change in my life right now, that these strange winds blew in at the end of a long and strange weekend.

I can feel it, though, like a tangible thing.

There's change in the air.






There's no shelter from the wind ... )

athelind: (Eye - VK)
[livejournal.com profile] normanrafferty pointed out this amazing video from Broken Bells.

It hearkens back to the Golden Age of MTV, when music videos were miniature movies that told stories—often science fiction stories. I think the opportunities of YouTube might bring that back.







athelind: (Default)
I was reminded today of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which finds beauty in transience and impermanence.

Some things are more precious for their impermanence; some things are more perfect for their imperfections.






There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in ... )

athelind: (AAAAAA)
Last night's poll about "The Green Hills of Earth" inspired a wave of "Other" responses, all listing a different song in the Common Meter.

Some of them work for me; some of them don't. (The Yellow Rose of Texas? Seriously??)

But one thing's for sure: after a while of trying to sing these lyrics to all these different tunes, the tunes all start to run together in your head ...




athelind: (green hills of earth)
I've mentioned before that my preferred radio station tends to play the same songs, over and over. I'd listen to another station, but ... most of what KFOX plays is music I like, even when I hear it all the time.

Sometimes, though, a song will reach out and grab me, above and beyond the background noise of all the other songs I've heard every other day for the last six months. Oh, a song like "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" will always catch my ear, because, well, Reaper.

Other songs, though ... sometimes they just walk up to me and say, "Listen to me. I have something to say to you, personally."

Right now, there are two of them demanding my attention in that way, and they're both from the same band.






I have climbed the highest mountains ... )




On a bed of nails she makes me wait ... )

I'm listening.

athelind: (hoard potato)
Arnold Schwarzenegger sings "Crom!", from Conan: the Musical.

Slight spoiler warning, for safety:

[livejournal.com profile] athelind spit-takes when it gets to the line where the guy is stepping on Conan's hand: [SPOILER DELETED]
[livejournal.com profile] gatewalker: yes
[livejournal.com profile] gatewalker: I'm so glad I didn't have a drink in my mouth when that line came
[livejournal.com profile] athelind: HOT COFFEE MAN
[livejournal.com profile] gatewalker: hahahahahaha





athelind: (Eye: RCA Magic Eye)
There are Seven Words that everyone dreads when talking to a gamer. They're not Mr. Carlin's famous Seven Words, but in casual conversation, they can often prompt a response that's every bit as extreme. After a few years, those of us who are capable of acquiring at least rudimentary social skills learn to avoid these words, for the most part, but every so often, they just have to slip out.


The words in question: Let Me Tell You About My Character ... )

This brings us to the Songs of the Day: Medley for a Reluctant Android.






1-0-0-1-0-0-1 ... )







I am the modяen man ... )

No, the similarities between "Kilroy" and "Kildare" haven't escaped me.
YouTube has the original, official videos for both of these songs,
but they're both just ... so ... painfully ... Eighties.

athelind: (Default)
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If you had to choose a theme song for your middle or high school years, what would it be, and why?

I don't think I would have picked this at the time, but with 20/20 hindsight, it's perfect.






Come on! Let's see what you've got... )


(Regular readers of my journal will remember that I just posted this back at the beginning of April; it's still the right answer.)

athelind: (Warning: Memetic Hazard)
Oops!

I was going to post the last answer to The Better Than It Sounds Meme a week ago, and I forgot.

For those of you still keeping track, the only description left unguessed was #2:

Two small children and an adorable puppy help a career police officer come to terms with the death of his wife.


I gave the following hints:

  • It's a movie.
  • This description spoils the last ten to fifteen minutes.
  • The police officer has drug issues.


And the answer is behind the cut! )


Please don't hurt me.
athelind: (Howitzer)
Whenever I hear one of these songs, I think of the other.

They were both released in 1982, the year I graduated high school.

Says something about the zeitgeist, doesn't it?






I'm sure you'll have some cosmic rationale ... )







It's the terror of knowing what this world is about ... )


Joel's song is such an explosion of stress, but Bowie and Queen's, despite its similar themes, is a release. It's celebratory: yes, the world is closing in around me, but I'll see it through. It's hard to listen to it without singing along with those last few lines, as the music rises to an epiphany.

Can't we give ourselves one more chance?

I do my best ... under pressure.


athelind: (no help whatsoever)
Okay, [livejournal.com profile] paka was wrong: posting my own version of the Better Than It Sounds Meme only made me feel stupider, when I realized how vague and general some of my descriptions were.

#8 is the worst. The problem, obviously, is that the description I gave could describe dozens of other movies; I think I described a full-on trope rather than a single movie.

I'll go ahead and post the rest of the answers tomorrow night, but for now, let's see if some hints will help: )

Have fun, and please don't shoot me when the answers come out!

"Please don't shoot me" could work as a hint for at least two of the really tough ones, come to think of it.
athelind: (WARNING: TV Tropes)
This one's going around:

Pick 20 movies/anime/video games/literary works/comics/etc and put their summaries from the TV Tropes entry, Better Than it Sounds, and have your friends guess what they are.


The original meme was to use entries directly from the page, but most everyone I read seems to be writing their own summaries. I agree with [livejournal.com profile] paka: this meme makes me feel stupid, and the best way around that is to do my own version!

(The original meme also specifies "No Cheating", but I hardly need to add that, since a) you can't look these up at TV Tropes, and b) the people who read my LJ, by and large, aren't assholes.)

Since this is the Do-It-Myself version, you only get eight (I may come back and round it out to ten). Movies, comics, short stories, novels, TV shows, whatever: they're all fair game. Be advised that there's at least one really egregious spoiler in this list.

Oh, and some of them may not be better than they sound....

I'll bold these as people get them, but I'll only put the answers behind a cut, so EVERYONE can play.

  1. An explosive encounter with a rebellious teen forces forces a repressed professional man to confront his inner demons in this Cold War allegory.
  2. Two small children and an adorable puppy help a career police officer come to terms with the death of his wife.
  3. A man with a debilitating medical condition risks his health, sanity and personal integrity to help a man in a dead-end job find a new direction.
  4. A long-haul rig, a cute teenager, and no gas stations in sight: Hilarity Ensues.
  5. A band of reclusive senior citizens pull the strings on an implausible series of events to bring a hard-headed cop and a stubborn nurse together. After the pair get hitched, their kids go into the family business.
  6. At the height of the Cold War, a stoic, implacable polymath and his scantily-clad companion stand against a cadre of terrorists who plot to turn advanced technology against the international diplomats of the Security Council.
  7. A beleaguered ad man neglects his family as he tries to save his failing company, but a clumsy, slobbering St. Bernard will make this summer one they'll never forget!
  8. An urban professional's civil servant's job performance becomes increasingly erratic as he becomes increasingly obsessed with his job.


Answers! )


If you do see some of these summaries on the various TV Tropes pages at some later date, remember that Your Obedient Serpent is a regular contributor to said wiki.
I am so going to hell for some of these....

athelind: (Warning: Cognitive Hazard)
For the record,1 last night's musical violence2 is one of the biggest reasons why I consider the "Random Play" functions found on every portable music player, digital music software application, and even some CD players to be an abomination. Just hearing a fragment of a concept suite is bad enough; imagine track after track of those fragments, all mashed up in the wrong order.

Moon Brick of the 2112 HemiKilroy as Thick as a Darkside Sphere Was Here.

My eclectic musical tastes also encompass classical, jazz (traditional, modern and fusion), New Age, and Late '60s Psychedelic, so the results would be even more jarring than that.

But, wait! It gets worse! You see, my collection of "music" files also includes a nontrivial number of Librivox audiobooks and Numbers Station Recordings.

Most music software, of course, will try to dump every MP3 or OGG file on your system into one big "library", and Shuffle the whole damned thing.

It should now be clear why I never take part in those "set your MP3 player to Random and answer questions based on what track comes up" memes:3

What is the story of my life?
[An eerie child's voice recites a long sequence of numbers, in Czechoslovakian.]

What should I do with my life?
"We had gone perhaps ten miles when the ground began to rise very rapidly. We were, as I was later to learn, nearing the edge of one of Mars' long-dead seas, in the bottom of which my encounter with the Martians had taken place... ."


So, yeah.


1No Pun Intended.
2Thank you for the phrase "musical violence", [livejournal.com profile] cpxbrex.
3I don't know this person; I snagged the first appropriate result from a Google search for "random mp3 meme".

athelind: (AAAAAA)
Came home bitey. Not work-related, Universe-related. Cynicism turned up to 11.

In a word, RAAR.

This requires a song.






It's not a game--it's just a rout! )

I already feel better.
Listening to Mr. Aday belt out existential rage
is like primal scream therapy.

athelind: (Eye of the Dragon)
I play this track a lot, but I don't think I listen to it enough.

It's from the same album as "Man in the Wilderness", posted here a few months back, and in some ways, it can be seen as the "Get Over It" response to the "I'm So Lost and Emo" of that song.







Come on! Let's see what you've got... )



They played this song on KUFX this morning. Greg Kihn and his sidekick du jour had a brief exchange about the closing guitar riff, and how it seemed too cheerful and happy for a song subtitled "The Angry Young Man".

I listen to Kihn for his Old Rocker stories, not for his profound insights.

To me, that swirling guitar fugue encapsulates all the potential, possibility, truth, beauty, and whatever that surrounds the Angry Young Man. It's all the stuff that we miss—that I miss—when we're wrapped up in being the Man in the Wilderness.

Yeah, The Grand Illusion came out when I was 13. I'm just like anyone else: my High School Soundtrack is the Music of My Life.


athelind: (Eye of the Dragon)
Seeking who I am
Tomorrow Begins Today
Seeking who we are








I ... will be with you again ... )

I love you, Fire of my Heart. Happy New Year.

athelind: (Eye of the Dragon)
Seeking who I am
Tomorrow Begins Today
Seeking who we are








I ... will be with you again ... )

I love you, Fire of my Heart. Happy New Year.

athelind: (hoard potato)
I really wish there was a way to watch all the marvelous animation for The Beatles: Rock Band without that annoying button-strip filling the middle of the screen, and without having to play multi-player Simon.


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I really wish there was a way to watch all the marvelous animation for The Beatles: Rock Band without that annoying button-strip filling the middle of the screen, and without having to play multi-player Simon.


athelind: (facepalm)
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I've been cheerfully earworm-free recently, but last year... jeez. I couldn't escape this one song. It seemed like I was was hearing it everywhere.

( Really, don't click. It's that bad. )
athelind: (Default)
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I've been cheerfully earworm-free recently, but last year... jeez. I couldn't escape this one song. It seemed like I was was hearing it everywhere.

( Really, don't click. It's that bad. )

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