chanaleh: (crow's nest)
[livejournal.com profile] sanpaku called me out recently for undermining my fiercely professed LiveJournal loyalty by actually doing most of my day-to-day posting on Facebook. He's right, and thus I am thinking that for the month of June I should make another attempt at doing a short post every day, thereby lowering the psychological bar. So here's one.

I am inordinately pleased that Men In Black 3 features Josh Brolin as young Tommy Lee Jones, because I decided years ago that I wanted to cast them in a father-son pairing, and this, if not the same idea, at least leverages the same resemblance. See this photo from the 1980s (link now fixed to copy uploaded locally, but original was from here) for evidence.

I kind of want to see it, in any case. I also still kind of want to see The Hunger Games. And Pina is still playing (in 3D?!?) at the IFC in the West Village. But the truth is, I/we almost never see any movies at all -- The Avengers being a recent (stellar) exception. #geekhotness We can't even manage to watch a movie *at home*... although we did finally sit down and watch the first episode of Slings & Arrows a few weeks ago.

Things are actually sort of settling down, though, despite the busy month ahead.

On Friday I finally managed to host a Shabbat dinner, and even though it was not officially decided until the very last minute (like Friday morning), we had 6 people and it was wonderful. I did all the cooking and [livejournal.com profile] justom graciously did almost all the washing-up. *smile*
food notes )

... And maybe that's enough for today. D&D at our house this afternoon, and [livejournal.com profile] hahathor is coming up this evening to see our place and go out to dinner in beautiful scenic South Harlem, for which I am very excited!
chanaleh: (leaves)
Quick notes:
* [livejournal.com profile] zigguratlabs has issued a Call for Research for their 2011 exhibition!
* Prose in Arlington is closing!
* Honorable Menschen is having a Chanukah concert next Sunday 12/5 (which you should all come to! 4pm at [livejournal.com profile] tremontstshul)

Spent Thanksgiving in CT with [livejournal.com profile] justom's family, including adorable twin nieces now a year and four months. Drove a lot. Ate a lot. Slept a lot. What more can you ask for, really? Oh, also finally watched Avatar, which means I need to go back and review exactly what all the charges of deep racism were about.

Yesterday I invented a new brunch cocktail variation on the Greyhound:
* 1/4 C (2 oz) gin
* 1 C (8 oz) ruby red grapefruit juice
* 1/2 T (1/4 oz) Domaine de Canton
* Stir and enjoy.
I wish to call this the French Greyhound, though it appears this name has been used elsewhere.

Other things I did yesterday )

And now, off for another day of slogging through the diamond mines. (Hence mood setting.)
chanaleh: (jammies)
This is a two-part question (which I swear has nothing whatever to do with Sherlock Holmes, hot though that is):
  • What accents do you find particularly sexy and/or appealing?
    (You can say "British", but I for one will probably scoff at you. Specific regions are acceptable. ;-)
  • What movies present particularly good, squee-worthy, or toe-curling examples of same?

Here are my initial answers off the top of my head:

(1) Russian
White Nights (Mikhail Baryshnikov as Rodchenko)

(2) Scottish
Sliding Doors (John Hannah as James Hammerton; see also Four Weddings and a Funeral)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Katie Leung as Cho Chang)

Discuss!
chanaleh: Snoopy in a Santa hat (xmas)
Some of the things worth being happy about today:
  1. The Arisia 2010 souvenir book (which I designed and produced) has been officially delivered to the printers!
  2. Last spring, I ordered a parka (one of those 3-in-1 "system" kinds with the zip-out insulated liner jacket) from Lands' End for $70 on end-of-season clearance. Startling news flash: Warm coats are good! )
  3. Modern medicine. Still.
  4. My boss, who is the Boss of Awesome (even though very occasionally the Boss of Tearing-Hair-Out), authorized me to work from home today, which I actually have been.
  5. Eggnog in my coffee (swapped in for milk; I bought a quart of it a couple weeks ago and finished it up this morning). You know how Starbucks sells eggnog latte this time of year? Like that, but with slightly less wretched excess.
  6. Staying in for movie-watching and Chinese takeout at [livejournal.com profile] ablock & M's tonight.
  7. Just in time for Jewmas (speaking of which)... Sherlock Holmes opens tomorrow. When I saw the trailer for it over the summer, my first reaction was a slightly stunned, "Wow, I think that movie just hit me right in the fandom." Robert Downey Jr.! Hot hot steampunk detective action! 10am showing at Boston Common!
  8. Relatively quiet weekend ahead.
  9. I successfully mailed off half my family Xmas presents yesterday morning. Granted, that's only half, but it's half a load off my mind. (Further post on this topic brewing for later.) Now to go finish wrapping and find a post office that's staying open until 5pm today, for the rest!
  10. I am loved.
And God bless us, every one.

quick notes

Saturday, July 25th, 2009 04:20 pm
chanaleh: Muffin the Vampire Baker: "It's him, Muffin! You have to protect him at all costs!" "I'M ON IT!" (i'm on it!)
For those of you who've been asking, Spike Heels ticket reservations are now up!
http://www.occasionalplayers.org/

(Official synopsis: "Pygmalion goes awry in contemporary comedy of manners which explores sexual harassment, misplaced amour and the possibility of a four sided love triangle." More spoilerific plot summary here, for those -- hi, Mom! -- who may or may not make it, but are curious what the fuss is all about... though that writeup really doesn't do it justice.)

In not altogether unrelated news, a UK study shows that an outburst of expletives can help reduce pain. :-)

Also also: besides Festival@First 6 tonight (8pm at Unity Church, College Ave), we're going (probably with Dr. & Mrs. [livejournal.com profile] arijw) to see Half-Blood Prince tomorrow evening (Sunday 7/26, 6:15pm at the Loews Boston Common). Anyone?
chanaleh: (scream)
Special guests Honorable Menschen (featuring yours truly) open for Techiya at their FREE Spring Concert, tonight at 5:00 pm at MIT (in 6-120).

Also, LSC is showing Coraline at 7pm in 26-100, and J and I are going to that, finally. :-)

Also also, Happy Mother's Day!
chanaleh: (reading)
[... because I am procrastinating on going home and being Highly Productive with the rest of my evening.]

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

Copy the list and
1) Bold the ones you have read.
2) Italicize the ones you intend to read.
3) Underline the ones you LOVE.

Top 100 Books? )

In almost but not quite entirely unrelated news, Entertainment Weekly recently announced their picks for the 100 best films of the last 25 years.

Copy the list and:
1) Bold the ones you have seen.
2) Italicize the ones you intend to see.
3) Underline the ones you LOVE.

Top 100 films?? )

And now, I think I may try out Olecito (Ole's new takeout-burrito spinoff) on my way home.

weekend update

Monday, July 28th, 2008 05:39 pm
chanaleh: (chagall)
Eureka Puzzles in Coolidge Corner is having Summer Game Nights every Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm. So far, the only one we've managed to go to was Word Games on July 8 (where we saw [livejournal.com profile] 530nm330hz and family)... but tomorrow night's theme is Settlers of Catan!

We saw The Dark Knight at the Somerville Theater on Saturday night. Since then, I've been enjoying catching up on other people's spoilerrific comments, but I don't have too much to add by way of analysis. ) Also also, incidentally, we finally got to check out the new home of the MOBA (Museum of Bad Art), which thoughtfully provides just enough floor space for the ensuing ROTFL. Aww yeah.

I've been finding that the "members-only" Goldstar site is almost entirely useless in terms of actually buying discounted tickets -- their supposed "half price" deals never come out to more than a few dollars' actual discount, once you count in "convenience charges" and actual availability -- but their mailing list is very good for simply Finding Out about upcoming things: Underground Railway Theater is doing QED: An Evening With Richard Feynman July 24-Aug 3, in the brand-new Central Square Theater! Turtle Lane is doing Falsettos Sept 12-Oct. 12! (Hey, maybe by that time I'll have some brain cells freed up again for, like, non-mandatory recreational activity. Not in time to audition for [livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst's Rimers of Eldritch, though, more's the pity.)

Lastly: Engagement pictures! )

WALL*E?

Sunday, June 29th, 2008 12:44 pm
chanaleh: (crow's nest)
We cancelled today's [livejournal.com profile] tremontstshul canoeing trip due to forecast chance of thunderstorms, so instead a handful of us are going to see WALL*E, 3:20pm this afternoon (Sunday), at the Boston Common. Anyone else (who hasn't already gone, I know, I know) want to join us?

Comments screened so interested parties can leave their phone #'s etc. for contact purposes. I'm shooting to get there around 2:50pm to get tickets and seats, hence to take the T from Central about 2:25pm.
chanaleh: Snoopy at the typewriter, pondering (snoopywriter)
Lunchtime nattering while I eat [livejournal.com profile] bridgetminerva's yummy spicy chili. :-)

Lots going on, of course. Let me explain. -- No, there is too much. Let me sum up. -- No, still too much. Let me skip the recap of recent goings-on (work, shul, social, musical) and make notes about things I'm actually thinking about, instead.

Both [livejournal.com profile] bethr and [livejournal.com profile] derspatchel now have the Best of The Electric Company 4-DVD set. This should mean I get to see it soon (not the least likely outcome being that [livejournal.com profile] ablock will also buy it). Awesome!

Fans of my former employer, The MIT Press, will be interested to know that they have started a blog. They also have RSS feeds (available broken down by category) of their new releases. These have been syndicated to LJ as [livejournal.com profile] mitpresslog and [livejournal.com profile] mitpress_new (the complete feed), respectively. Go ye forth and enjoy. (Can blog.akpeters.com be far behind? ;-)

After rewatching A Room With A View (one of my favorite movies ever) with Tiger Boy last weekend, I am now rereading it. I'd really forgotten how wonderful it is. Not just in that vicarious-trip-to-Italy way, not just in that lovable-engaging-characters way, but in that mind-and-heart-expanding chock-full-of-Romanticist-ideas way. It actually makes me feel like my old college-era self again, the one who fell in love with Wordsworth and Shelley and Goethe and Emerson. Guess I could add that to [livejournal.com profile] lifecollage's call for inspirational reading.

The abovementioned entry has also introduced me to Your Money or Your Life, which I think I now have to read and integrate.

On the other hand (speaking of financial matters), I still want to buy a car, but am finding the activation energy* prohibitively high. (Yes, it'd be lovely to buy a Vespa or a bicycle instead, but I won't be able to take those on the Mass Pike every day, now, will I?) Would ideally have liked to make this happen in time to drive myself to the shul retreat March 3-5, but that looks unlikely. Grumble.

*Here's something I particularly want to know: When I do find someone selling a car I might want to buy, HOW exactly am I supposed to go about "getting it checked out by a reliable mechanic"? Say "Thanks for the test drive, now can I please borrow it for two days before I make a decision"? I am serious, I do not get this at all. Yet another sticking point.

poll for further car advice behind the cut, because this entry is already way too long )

And now, back to the Cryptoclub.

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