OH MY GOD

Mar. 21st, 2014 08:14 am
lirazel: (Default)
I repeat: OH MY GOD.



I think Spica's "You Don't Love Me" may have just been kicked out of first place on my list of favorite songs of the year.

OH MY GOD.
lirazel: ([misc] this is a picture of my soul)
IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN I HOPED IT WOULD BE. AND YOU SHOULD ALL WATCH IT EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE KPOP.



Sometimes I really, really love life.
lirazel: ([kpop] derpsoo)
by special request I am crossposting from tumblr the most ridiculous contribution I have ever made to fandom. Seriously. The most ridiculous thing I have ever done.

this is a fanmix. a very very very serious fanmix )
lirazel: ([h] head bitches in charge)
+ First of all: I have been really, really bad at checking my flist lately. Sometimes I go to do it and it just feels like to much to scroll through it all. But the thing is: I want to engage with y'all, so if you ever have anything that you post that you think I might be interested in/that you want me to check out PLEASE tell me. Don't think of it as imposing on me at all--it isn't. As a matter of fact, it's so much easier for me to be given a link or even a "I just posted something new; you should check it out!" and get to your entry that way. So leave a comment on any post in my journal, send me a private message, email me, nudge me on tumblr--anything! I've been embarrassingly late to several posts lately because of my mental health stuff and I feel bad.

+ As always, the worst part of being an adult is the never-endingness of it all. As soon as I take care of this responsibility or that one, another three pop up. It's not like I can do everything I need to do get caught up and then take a breather for a while before the next thing comes. IT'S EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME. And my mental health issues make it so much harder to deal with because I have to have time to psych myself up before I do anything--even paying a bill online. It makes no sense but it is what it is. And since I'm edging perilously close to 26 (which seems so much more adult to me than 25 for some reason--maybe because I'm no longer in my early-20s omg that's terrifying I still feel exactly like I did when I was 16) I just feel like I'm never going to breeze through the adulthood thing the way I wish I could. Ugh.

+ So while I have obviously abandoned my original-novel-writing for NaNo, I did write 50,000 words this month! I mean, it was all fic (most of it gender!swap porn because I am me), but still! That's a lot of words! I'm proud of me! Now if only I could fuel all of that into my original fiction...bleck.

+ All of a sudden I cannot log into tumblr at work. Every time I click on the login link, it pops up briefly and before I can even type in my email address much less my password, it flips back to the homepage. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING. UUUUUUGH. I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that we're still on IE here at work (which would be hilarious if it weren't ridiculous), but it just happened so suddenly--yesterday it was fine and now it isn't. I cleared out the cache and that still didn't help. And I am reminded of just how awful my tumblr-addiction is and this is probably a good thing. But I really wanted to tell Infinite fandom something!

+ I really hate the new updates page here. I'm using the old one till they pry it from my cold dead hands. Why do they think adding flash (or whatever it is) to everything is a good idea?

+ THE HOUR IS SO GOOD OMG SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD. I just love that show so much and I thought there was no way it would be as good as last season but it totally is (plus bonus new ship and Marnie being a hbic!). Glorious show!

+ New Girl is also still good and Jess and Nick should just get married already. And Happy Endings continues to be crazy and delightful. The Good Wife is still pretty solid, Kalinda plotline aside (I hear they're going to be writing that one out quickly which THANK YOU). I think those are all the things I'm watching consistently at the moment?

+ Totally caught up on Lizzie Bennet Diaries and if you aren't watching it you definitely should be. I lovelovelove all the choices they're making adaptation-wise (especially with updating modern things that you wouldn't think would translate well to the new setting) and the actors are all so endearing and it's smart without being pretentious. Even if you're not an Austen fan, I think you'll still enjoy it. I like Austen but am not crazy about her, but I'm crazy about this.

Here are my three favorite (non-spoilery) things about it so far:

1. The fact that it's basically a study in introvert vs. extrovert. I don't think that any other version has done such a good job showing that the basic problem in the Lizzie-Darcy relationship is that Darcy is HUGELY SOCIALLY AWKWARD and doesn't know how to put people at their ease (because he's not at ease) and Lizzie misunderstands how aloofness and thinks it comes from arrogance and THAT IS THE WHOLE PROBLEM. I lovelovelove it.

2. The characterizations. For one thing, Lizzie is lovely and wonderful but she also makes BIG MISTAKES and can be mean sometimes. I love that they really show her flaws instead of making her some perfect heroine. On the other end of the spectrum we have the characters who are treated so very well--Lydia's always been a vivid character, but here she's lovable and adorbs(!) and you see so much more going on with her and I just love her to death. And Caroline! Instead of just being a stuck-up villain, she seems very real to me--even when she's not being nice, I still really understand her and care about her. And Ricky Collins is hysterical omg instead of odious. Basically it's all sunshine and lollipops.

3. The lady relationships!!!! SO MANY OF THEM. THEY'RE SO IMPORTANT. YAY!

+ Saw Skyfall, had some problems with it, but I still really enjoyed the overall experience even though I understand why some people weren't happy with it. Want a Moneypenny movie. Ben Wishaw should be in everything.

+ Question: is Idris Elba really officially being considered to be the next Bond or is that just an internet thing that ran away with itself? Because YES PLEASE.

+ Thanksgiving was good. A nice break and REALLY GOOD FOOD and some quieter family times.

+ Here, have a song off of Sunggyu's solo album. It's not even slightly kpop-y and is also excellent! Featuring a badass lady bassist and Kim Myungsoo's stupid face/horrible acting! Everything I love in life, pretty much!

lirazel: ([kpop] so shut up boy)
NEW OBSESSION ALERT:



Seriously, watch this video. It made my whole night. And I think I've finally found ~my girl group. Fei (the one with the curly hair) is my QUEEN, but all the ladies seem super awesome! (I already loved Suzy because she played this absolutely wonderful hbic character in Dream High. That drama was just decent, but her character was GREAT.) I was bouncing along with this song on my way to work, it's so damn delightful.

Lyric translations here. What I love about this song is this is a woman who says, "I don't want to be a burden to my parents [note: ONLY IN A KPOP SONG], so I work really hard for what I have, and it may not be a lot, but I know how to be content. I can live well without you so you better not be all talk, you better take this seriously." I find that really delightful.

Also: I am FOUR ICONS AWAY from reaching my limit. This is distressing to me. That's too close for comfort.
lirazel: ([kpop] so shut up boy)
NEW OBSESSION ALERT:



Seriously, watch this video. It made my whole night. And I think I've finally found ~my girl group. Fei (the one with the curly hair) is my QUEEN, but all the ladies seem super awesome! (I already loved Suzy because she played this absolutely wonderful hbic character in Dream High. That drama was just decent, but her character was GREAT.) I was bouncing along with this song on my way to work, it's so damn delightful.

Lyric translations here. What I love about this song is this is a woman who says, "I don't want to be a burden to my parents [note: ONLY IN A KPOP SONG], so I work really hard for what I have, and it may not be a lot, but I know how to be content. I can live well without you so you better not be all talk, you better take this seriously." I find that really delightful.

Also: I am FOUR ICONS AWAY from reaching my limit. This is distressing to me. That's too close for comfort.
lirazel: ([misc] not a good insult at all)
+ It's Friday! Yay! Even though the weeks go by so much faster now than they used to, it's still nice to reach the end of the week and know that I have more at home time for the next couple of days.

+ To celebrate, y'all should watch this performance by the leader of my ridiculous boy band because it is glorious. And not even slightly kpop-y, so if you don't like that kind of music (I mostly don't either, which is hilarious to me), that's okay: you can still like this. It's beautiful. I can't imagine not loving it.



Sometimes when I get in a bad mood I watch Sunggyu's performances on Immortal Song 2 (of which this is one), and then I just feel better about the world because they are all amazing in their own way. Boy is talented.

+ And for your daily dose of sex, here is the love of my life. Watch it in 1080!



+ and now for a brief ramble about my feelings about one Lee Sungyeol )

+ in which I crack myself up SO MUCH and am delighted by my own hilarity )

+ Haven't seen Vampire Diaries yet because I went out to dinner last night with the BFF who I hadn't seen in weeks. I think I might avoid tumblr till I get a chance to watch it? Possibly. I'm not really sure. But you can tell me if you liked it or not in the comments if you so wish.

+ I watched the Big Fat Quiz of the 90s the other night, and I swear the last seven minutes are the most hilarious/horrifying thing I have ever seen. I was SCREAMING and laughing and cringing and this isn't even a British cultural artifact that I'm familiar with and it DID NOT MATTER.



+ If anybody sees Argo, let me know how you like it. Looper, too. I'm tempted to go see them, especially Looper because of my Rian Johnson feelings dating back to Brick, but of course only if they're good.

+ As far as reading goes, I read The Devil in the White City and LOVED IT. It's been a while since I gobbled up a book like that and it felt good. This post sums up my experience with reading any of substance that's not fanfiction for the past year or two. I hadn't ever heard anyone else articulate it before, and it made me feel better to know that I'm not alone. I remember the days where I would read two or three books a week, constantly reading, constantly constantly constantly, and I miss that. A lot. But knowing other people sometimes get "reader's block" makes me feel better.

And if you can think of any other nonfiction books that are that easy to read, that interesting, that focused on something random from history, you should totally rec me because I want to read them.

+ My parents have been married for 29 years as of a week or two ago. This makes me ridiculously happy, because they still enjoy each other so much and have such a strong marriage. They've definitely, definitely had rough patches and they fight and hurt each other of course. But even when my friends' parents started divorcing, I never once worried that mine would. I felt really...safe with my parents' marriage, if that makes any sense. I feel like much of my love of the institution of marriage (and my narrative kink for marriage, too) stems from growing up around a good one, one where it was clear they worked very, very hard at maintaining it (not to imply that other people don't work hard and things still don't work out). And if I ever get married myself, I will have so much wisdom to build on, and that is a very great gift. I'm really proud of what they've built. It's really beautiful.

+ To be even more sappy for a brief moment (you know how I am), I just want to say how much I love y'all. [livejournal.com profile] kwritten and I have been exploding with love for fandom as community and dialogue with art, etc. lately and for good reason. My friends I've met through fandom have been such a beautiful part of my life--I value my friendship with you as much as I do any "real life" ones. The fact that I can have conversations with you about the nature of art, about how I feel about writing and about how Mr. Blobby makes me laugh/cringe is just one of my greatest pleasures in life. I sometimes feel as though I should feel that I'm lacking something since most of my current friendships that aren't with the BFF/members of my family are all online, but I don't feel that way at all. I get what I need, human-communication-and-connection-wise, from y'all. So thank you for that.
lirazel: ([misc] not a good insult at all)
+ It's Friday! Yay! Even though the weeks go by so much faster now than they used to, it's still nice to reach the end of the week and know that I have more at home time for the next couple of days.

+ To celebrate, y'all should watch this performance by the leader of my ridiculous boy band because it is glorious. And not even slightly kpop-y, so if you don't like that kind of music (I mostly don't either, which is hilarious to me), that's okay: you can still like this. It's beautiful. I can't imagine not loving it.



Sometimes when I get in a bad mood I watch Sunggyu's performances on Immortal Song 2 (of which this is one), and then I just feel better about the world because they are all amazing in their own way. Boy is talented.

+ And for your daily dose of sex, here is the love of my life. Watch it in 1080!



+ and now for a brief ramble about my feelings about one Lee Sungyeol )

+ in which I crack myself up SO MUCH and am delighted by my own hilarity )

+ Haven't seen Vampire Diaries yet because I went out to dinner last night with the BFF who I hadn't seen in weeks. I think I might avoid tumblr till I get a chance to watch it? Possibly. I'm not really sure. But you can tell me if you liked it or not in the comments if you so wish.

+ I watched the Big Fat Quiz of the 90s the other night, and I swear the last seven minutes are the most hilarious/horrifying thing I have ever seen. I was SCREAMING and laughing and cringing and this isn't even a British cultural artifact that I'm familiar with and it DID NOT MATTER.



+ If anybody sees Argo, let me know how you like it. Looper, too. I'm tempted to go see them, especially Looper because of my Rian Johnson feelings dating back to Brick, but of course only if they're good.

+ As far as reading goes, I read The Devil in the White City and LOVED IT. It's been a while since I gobbled up a book like that and it felt good. This post sums up my experience with reading any of substance that's not fanfiction for the past year or two. I hadn't ever heard anyone else articulate it before, and it made me feel better to know that I'm not alone. I remember the days where I would read two or three books a week, constantly reading, constantly constantly constantly, and I miss that. A lot. But knowing other people sometimes get "reader's block" makes me feel better.

And if you can think of any other nonfiction books that are that easy to read, that interesting, that focused on something random from history, you should totally rec me because I want to read them.

+ My parents have been married for 29 years as of a week or two ago. This makes me ridiculously happy, because they still enjoy each other so much and have such a strong marriage. They've definitely, definitely had rough patches and they fight and hurt each other of course. But even when my friends' parents started divorcing, I never once worried that mine would. I felt really...safe with my parents' marriage, if that makes any sense. I feel like much of my love of the institution of marriage (and my narrative kink for marriage, too) stems from growing up around a good one, one where it was clear they worked very, very hard at maintaining it (not to imply that other people don't work hard and things still don't work out). And if I ever get married myself, I will have so much wisdom to build on, and that is a very great gift. I'm really proud of what they've built. It's really beautiful.

+ To be even more sappy for a brief moment (you know how I am), I just want to say how much I love y'all. [livejournal.com profile] kwritten and I have been exploding with love for fandom as community and dialogue with art, etc. lately and for good reason. My friends I've met through fandom have been such a beautiful part of my life--I value my friendship with you as much as I do any "real life" ones. The fact that I can have conversations with you about the nature of art, about how I feel about writing and about how Mr. Blobby makes me laugh/cringe is just one of my greatest pleasures in life. I sometimes feel as though I should feel that I'm lacking something since most of my current friendships that aren't with the BFF/members of my family are all online, but I don't feel that way at all. I get what I need, human-communication-and-connection-wise, from y'all. So thank you for that.

!!!

Feb. 13th, 2012 02:42 pm
lirazel: (Default)
Y'all.

Y'all.

Look at this track list for the Hunger Games soundtrack:

1 Taylor Swift (Feat. The Civil Wars) – “Safe & Sound”
02 Taylor Swift – “Eyes Wide Open”
03 Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”
04 Kid Cudi – “The Ruler & The Killer”
05 Miranda Lambert (Feat. Pistol Annies) – “Run Daddy Run”
06 The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”
07 The Decemberists – “One Engine”
08 Glen Hansard – “Take the Heartland”
09 The Low Anthem – “Lover is Childlike”
10 Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”
11 Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
12 Birdy – “Just a Game”
13 Ella Mae Bowen – “Oh Come & Sing”
14 Jayme Dee – “Rules”
15 Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Reaping Day”
16 Neko Case – “Give Me Something I’ll Remember”




THE CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS. ON THE SAME ALBUM AS THE CIVIL WARS. AND GLEN HANSARD. AND THE DECEMBERISTS. AND EVEN MIRANDA LAMBERT.* WHAT IS THIS?

Although it feels a little strange that there's no Allison Krauss. Maybe she was too busy?

*And okay, maybe I haven't really liked her albums since the first one which was awesome, but I am still fond of her in ways that don't make any sense.

!!!

Feb. 13th, 2012 02:42 pm
lirazel: (Default)
Y'all.

Y'all.

Look at this track list for the Hunger Games soundtrack:

1 Taylor Swift (Feat. The Civil Wars) – “Safe & Sound”
02 Taylor Swift – “Eyes Wide Open”
03 Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”
04 Kid Cudi – “The Ruler & The Killer”
05 Miranda Lambert (Feat. Pistol Annies) – “Run Daddy Run”
06 The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”
07 The Decemberists – “One Engine”
08 Glen Hansard – “Take the Heartland”
09 The Low Anthem – “Lover is Childlike”
10 Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”
11 Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
12 Birdy – “Just a Game”
13 Ella Mae Bowen – “Oh Come & Sing”
14 Jayme Dee – “Rules”
15 Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Reaping Day”
16 Neko Case – “Give Me Something I’ll Remember”




THE CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS. ON THE SAME ALBUM AS THE CIVIL WARS. AND GLEN HANSARD. AND THE DECEMBERISTS. AND EVEN MIRANDA LAMBERT.* WHAT IS THIS?

Although it feels a little strange that there's no Allison Krauss. Maybe she was too busy?

*And okay, maybe I haven't really liked her albums since the first one which was awesome, but I am still fond of her in ways that don't make any sense.

!!!

Feb. 13th, 2012 02:42 pm
lirazel: (Default)
Y'all.

Y'all.

Look at this track list for the Hunger Games soundtrack:

1 Taylor Swift (Feat. The Civil Wars) – “Safe & Sound”
02 Taylor Swift – “Eyes Wide Open”
03 Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”
04 Kid Cudi – “The Ruler & The Killer”
05 Miranda Lambert (Feat. Pistol Annies) – “Run Daddy Run”
06 The Civil Wars – “Kingdom Come”
07 The Decemberists – “One Engine”
08 Glen Hansard – “Take the Heartland”
09 The Low Anthem – “Lover is Childlike”
10 Punch Brothers – “Dark Days”
11 Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
12 Birdy – “Just a Game”
13 Ella Mae Bowen – “Oh Come & Sing”
14 Jayme Dee – “Rules”
15 Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Reaping Day”
16 Neko Case – “Give Me Something I’ll Remember”




THE CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS. ON THE SAME ALBUM AS THE CIVIL WARS. AND GLEN HANSARD. AND THE DECEMBERISTS. AND EVEN MIRANDA LAMBERT.* WHAT IS THIS?

Although it feels a little strange that there's no Allison Krauss. Maybe she was too busy?

*And okay, maybe I haven't really liked her albums since the first one which was awesome, but I am still fond of her in ways that don't make any sense.
lirazel: ([dw] blue box)
fandom is not supposed to make me cry like a sappy little baby.

but when it's this beautiful, i cannot help it.

lirazel: ([dw] blue box)
fandom is not supposed to make me cry like a sappy little baby.

but when it's this beautiful, i cannot help it.

lirazel: ([dw] blue box)
fandom is not supposed to make me cry like a sappy little baby.

but when it's this beautiful, i cannot help it.

lirazel: ([classic] mambo)
I'm going to Blast! tonight! OMG SO EXCITED! I got to see them the last time they came through (which was...a lot of years ago) and I always watch them when they're on PBS and also I have the album of course, but I am JUST AS EXCITED this time around.

For those of you who don't know what it is, it's basically Drum Corps on steroids on stage. (For those of you who don't know what Drum Corps is, I feel sorry for you, and you can read about it here. It's kind of like competitive marching band on steroids on tour). I grew up on Drum Corps and until a year or two ago, I went with my daddy (and sometimes my mama and sister) every summer when they came through. My daddy grew up going to it, and both of my parents were band geeks, so it's kind of a family tradition ("Drum Corps does it better" is often heard in our house after listening to basically any kind of music. We say it even when it's not true). Which I realize makes us a very geeky family, but I do not even care. LIVE MUSIC. LOVE. So when we heard Blast! was back in the country (they were in Japan for a while, I think?) and coming to town, we of course immediately bought tickets. And for once we have REALLY GREAT SEATS.

I am going to cry during "Malaguena," y'all. I already know. It's my favorite.



Anyway, I just needed to briefly geek out about that. And now I am going back to work on my [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy entry because my posting day is TOMORROW.
lirazel: ([classic] mambo)
I'm going to Blast! tonight! OMG SO EXCITED! I got to see them the last time they came through (which was...a lot of years ago) and I always watch them when they're on PBS and also I have the album of course, but I am JUST AS EXCITED this time around.

For those of you who don't know what it is, it's basically Drum Corps on steroids on stage. (For those of you who don't know what Drum Corps is, I feel sorry for you, and you can read about it here. It's kind of like competitive marching band on steroids on tour). I grew up on Drum Corps and until a year or two ago, I went with my daddy (and sometimes my mama and sister) every summer when they came through. My daddy grew up going to it, and both of my parents were band geeks, so it's kind of a family tradition ("Drum Corps does it better" is often heard in our house after listening to basically any kind of music. We say it even when it's not true). Which I realize makes us a very geeky family, but I do not even care. LIVE MUSIC. LOVE. So when we heard Blast! was back in the country (they were in Japan for a while, I think?) and coming to town, we of course immediately bought tickets. And for once we have REALLY GREAT SEATS.

I am going to cry during "Malaguena," y'all. I already know. It's my favorite.



Anyway, I just needed to briefly geek out about that. And now I am going back to work on my [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy entry because my posting day is TOMORROW.
lirazel: ([misc] and so live ever)
- Yay! Poetry love going on over here. Join in!

- So. I'm kind of depressed. A few months ago, I was following links around and stumbled upon this website. It's Spuffy fanfiction by Ariane, and there's some really gorgeous stuff. She writes beautiful prose. Anyway, I've never seen her stuff archived anywhere else or seen it recced, either, so when I thought I'd read all the good Spuffy out there, it was quite the find.

Unfortunately. The website seems to have glitched. And worse--it's not in the Wayback Machine! So I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find some of these fics so that they won't be lost to me forever! Stupid internet! All the stuff that you want to disappear never will, and all the stuff you want to be around forever vanishes! Help me, flist Kenobi! You're my only hope!

- Meme time! Five awesome questions asked by [livejournal.com profile] ava_leigh_fitz. Answers behind the cut because I'm way too verbose for my own good. Also, comment and ask me for questions and I'll try to come up with some good ones for y'all.


1. Speaking of, do you have any names picked out, or family names you want to use for your kids?
2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? (...Vienna?)
3. Favourite cake ever?
4. Um, I'm sure you've already told me but what brought you to the internet?
5. What book would you love to read but has never been written?


Answers here, in case anyone's interested. )

- And last, but not least, my favorite song for this meme gakked from callmepatsy )

I can't find the whole thing anywhere! *sob*
lirazel: ([misc] and so live ever)
- Yay! Poetry love going on over here. Join in!

- So. I'm kind of depressed. A few months ago, I was following links around and stumbled upon this website. It's Spuffy fanfiction by Ariane, and there's some really gorgeous stuff. She writes beautiful prose. Anyway, I've never seen her stuff archived anywhere else or seen it recced, either, so when I thought I'd read all the good Spuffy out there, it was quite the find.

Unfortunately. The website seems to have glitched. And worse--it's not in the Wayback Machine! So I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find some of these fics so that they won't be lost to me forever! Stupid internet! All the stuff that you want to disappear never will, and all the stuff you want to be around forever vanishes! Help me, flist Kenobi! You're my only hope!

- Meme time! Five awesome questions asked by [livejournal.com profile] ava_leigh_fitz. Answers behind the cut because I'm way too verbose for my own good. Also, comment and ask me for questions and I'll try to come up with some good ones for y'all.


1. Speaking of, do you have any names picked out, or family names you want to use for your kids?
2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? (...Vienna?)
3. Favourite cake ever?
4. Um, I'm sure you've already told me but what brought you to the internet?
5. What book would you love to read but has never been written?


Answers here, in case anyone's interested. )

- And last, but not least, my favorite song for this meme gakked from callmepatsy )

I can't find the whole thing anywhere! *sob*

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