After barely seeing any films last year, or even being aware of any films that I'd like to see, at the moment the list of films I want to see keeps increasing at a faster rate that I'm able to go to cinema, especially as some are not the kind of films that will turn up at the local two-screen cinema or the nearest Cineworld. Yesterday meant a day trip to Chichester, but at least that's an easy journey on a Saturday, and I got some other things done that I wanted to do.
2. I posted manga! And also did a little translating, so hopefully that will lead to more manga being posted within the next few days.
3. The kitties are all having a lot of fun exploring the computer room bookshelf, since all the knick knacks have been taken off and some books rearranged. Once we actually get it arranged the way we want it, there won't be much space for them to play on it at all, so it's nice to seem them enjoying it so much in this in-between stage.
• Pressing onwards with French learning, or at least with Lingvist, which I'm actually enjoying. Last time I tried it, I felt like I got bogged down in endless variants of "peux, tuer, veux, viens..." (or words of that shape), but I seem to have pressed on past that now. It tells me I've learned 538 words so far. If you devote 15 minutes a day, it's really easy to add 20+ words a day, which adds up. We'll see how it all hangs together.
• Waiting with bated breath for the results of the first round of the French Presidential election. Among other things, looking for informed discussion has reminded me how American-centric Metafilter is. The US Presidential elections produced 5000+ comment threads, every few days, for months. The corresponding French thread has 33 comments. So I am watching BFM TV via Worldbox (a fantastic resource hidden within the depths of channel 834 by Virgin Media), even though I don't really understand it.
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.
Chapter Summary: With the threat to his uncle hanging over his head, Sei is forced to help the Amamiyas in their search for Dr. Smith's diary. But then Toichi comes up with an idea to let him know his uncle is safe.
Some more recs (I still haven't watched everything yet):
16 Tons by My Terrible Friend
Ripley needs a better employer.
This is awesome and chilling! The song works so well (especially in conjunction with the class themes that were especially strong in the first few films of the series)
The Fifth Element
Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums
A Fifth Element fanvid for Cupidsbow, made for Equinox Exchange 2017.
This is really fun to watch!
Star Trek: Beyond
Right Now by Rihanna
All we got is right now.
I love this! (and I continue to adore Star Trek: Beyond)
Running for Cover
Star Wars films
Running For Cover by Ivan & Alyosha
Oh, things have changed.
I really need to see The Force Awakens (and rewatch the original trilogy)
Miles to Go
There once was a man who dreamt of the stars...
Once There Was a Hushpuppy by Benh Zeitlin
This is especially awesome considering there’s no existing visual source! …and now I want to reread the series again.
Eventually we worked our way down the mudslide to a point where we could hear the speakers from the main stage without getting blasted by the amplification. My father took pictures. Meeting up with Dean and Lily, I gave directions by the papier-mâché 45-on-a-stick with a separate sign for its speech bubble ("Believe me, climate change is a Chinese hoax! Sad!" while standing in a pants-on-fire flaming barrel of Exxon-Mobil) and held my blue butterfly-patterned umbrella aloft like a torch. I saw gaudior and nineweaving and B. for about fifteen seconds before they disappeared with Fox, whose baby sling was pinned this time with a "Test Tube Baby" flag. We never did find choco_frosh and Peter. We had planned to stay the entire duration of the rally, but around a quarter to four the weather became just too cold to stand around in and we set off down Boylston Street in search of hot drinks, ending up at Patisserie on Newbury and then Trident Booksellers & Café. A great deal of walking later we met my mother in Porter Square.
The signs were great. Lots of variants on "Make America Think Again." Lots of "There Is No Planet B." Several pro-vaccination and medicine, of which my favorite was "Got Plague? Yeah, me neither. Thank a Scientist!" A woman in a Spock sweatshirt carried "The needs of the planet outweigh the greed of the lewd." I have no idea what the relevant research was, but I swear I saw "Plankton Don't Want None Unless You Got Funds, Hon!" On general principle I was rather fond of "The Oceans Are Rising and So Are We," "Think Like a Proton—Always Positive," and the several variations on "I'm with Her," pointing in all cases to Gaia. "The Climate Is Changing—Why Aren't We?" "Science Is Inoculation Against Charlatans." I did not expect to see so many shout-outs to Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, from paired signs to a person in a full-body Beaker costume whose small plain sign read simply "MEEP!" I saw signs for Alan Turing. I saw signs for Millie Dresselhaus. One of the speakers was a deaf scientist; several were women of color. My father said it reminded him of the be-ins in New York in the 1960's, only with more porto-potties and lab coats. It was definitely a compliment.
And now, as always, not to lose this energy. What next?
What About Your Friends by TLC
if your friend is true, they'll be there with you through the thick and thin: Vala & the team.
And my recipient liked what I made, yay!
54 BRAND SPANKIN' NEW SCI-FI VIDS.
I received this AMAZING Alien series Ripley vid. Hells yeah.
16 Tons by ???
Without bothering to check official dates, I believe the next round will begin some time in late summer (for vid posts some time in the fall). So if you didn't participate this round, the next one's not too far away.
I myself have a cat sleeping on my head in Habitica. And in real life, a dog the size of a cat who would like to be sitting on my body, whenever he sits.
Another dog who doesn't see why it shouldn't get cat privileges: https://www.instagram.com/p/BF5QWB8Po-
Every spring I think about starting a gardening blog. I never do, because I don't have the energy, but every year I think about it. I take a lot of pictures of my garden but they are not the kind of pictures that are interesting to people who don't garden. Still, now that DW has image hosting, I think about how easy it would be to blog about gardening here. Would you be interested?
I'm really not thrilled about the idea of accepting the TOS and continuing to use LJ the way I always have, and I'm also not thrilled about the idea of just abandoning my LJ without further notice, or accepting the TOS in order to post notice to my LJ that I'm abandoning it and then leaving it there, or deleting my LJ permanently. No good options here. Sigh. The end of an era, but a very awkward end.
If anyone has opinions as to what I should do about my LJ, please do let me know.
Also a harbor seal, I think.
I did a mile and a half of the five mile loop alone which was really cool. Unfortunately it was the less birdy part of the walk, but still.