sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (pinko pie)
From [ profile] anarqueso and [ profile] angiereedgarner:

So maybe LJ is having a resurgence? Dust off those tumbleweeds, pals. Polish up your syntax. Thar's strangers a-comin'.

In lieu of formally introducing myself to new people, I think I'll just try to resuscitate the old questions meme. Ask me three questions in the comments. I'll answer to the best of my ability. Then on your own LJ, invite people to ask you questions. Who's in?

*Was it three questions? Five? Does it matter? Were there rules? Did it work? I don't remember.


Aug. 8th, 2016 08:44 am
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (pinko pie)
I miss LJ's heyday and so does everyone so here's the meme that everyone is doing.

Kickin' it like it's 2003 )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (champagne anarchist)
I could not resist doing this again.

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some tv show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

[ profile] smhwpf gave me period drama and initially specified pre-1815, but my burning period drama idea takes place in 1907, which is nearly 100 years ago so ought to qualify in terms of lavish costumes and set design.

Apologies in advance for the profusion of British white dudes playing Russian white dudes. This is a Beeb production. It's 90% dialogue and largely an excuse to get really talented actors to shout at each other. Russian and French dialogue is in English with the actors' actual accents; dialogue in German and Polish is subtitled.

The show is called Common Cause (Общее дело).

It's 1907. The first attempt at revolution in Russia two years ago was a miserable bloody failure; the movement's surviving leaders are scattered in exile throughout Europe or rotting in Tsarist prisons. Lenin's just declared that it'll be twenty years before they have another shot at overthrowing the Tsar. Some elements are trying to reunite the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, as well as the Social Revolutionaries and anarchist groups in a common struggle; other forces work behind the scenes to undermine any cohesion or unity.

The one group that does take the revolutionaries seriously is the Okhrana. In an attempt to prevent a repeat of 1905, the Tsarist secret police has dispatched agents and infiltrators to destroy the various revolutionary movements from within; in fact, as in Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday, the Parisian emigré community has more informants than actual activists, and they've been entirely successful in hobbling the movement.

Until now.

based on a true story )

I expect it would run for two or three seasons (with six episodes each) and then get abruptly cancelled. There is also a made-for-TV movie, set during the Berne Trial, that reunites the surviving characters and ends the series.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (she)
The meme:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some tv show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

[ profile] princealberic gave me "political drama," thus unleashing the special sort of hell where I can't stop giggling.

Okay, so my show is called Party People.

The Premise
A small, unnamed country in Latin America has been in the grip of a corrupt caudillo since the 80s. His death shakes the country into chaos, at the end of which the ragtag band of Marxist guerrillas who have pledged to bring democracy and social justice to the nation for decades suddenly find themselves in power. This surprises them as much as anyone else; they have a very detailed political program but are ill-equipped to keep the promises they've made, especially with the US not especially keen to have another functional quasi-communist state in their backyard. To complicate matters further, just as they're setting up camp in the shelled ruins of the Presidential Palace, it's revealed that they're sitting on a massive oil reservoir...and everyone wants a stake in it.

cut for people with less time on their hands )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (pinko pie)
In the comments, leave me one of your fandoms that I'm NOT into, and I'll attempt to summarize it to the best of my ability.

Possibly with illustrations if you are very unlucky.


Jan. 9th, 2015 06:17 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (monocleyay)
Ask me things.

I will most likely answer.

Letter meme

Feb. 1st, 2014 04:51 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (pinko pie)
From [ profile] nineteen68, who gave me R.

Something I hate: Rob Ford. Though as a friend put it: "Waking up and having one's coffee and reading the morning news is literally brightened by Ford's shenanigans...a real life meme lolling through life."

More conceptually, rugged individualism.

Something I love: Ranting. Can you tell?

Somewhere I have been: Russia.

Somewhere I would like to go: Rabat. Oh hey, I'm going there in six weeks. :D

Someone I know: Radicals, and lots of 'em.

Best film: Reds. One of my all-time favourites. I was saddened to hear that it was also one of Reagan's favourites. Also, Kieslowski's Red and the one with Bruce Willis, though for very different reasons.

Lemme know if you want a letter.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (design)
Thanks everyone for your post suggestions. There are still more days of the month than prompts, so if you'd like to request something, head on over here. Also if you'd like to suggest a better title than "Blogcember," I'm all ears.

[ profile] metawidget asked about painting of the arty sort. I'm not sure I have anything really profound to say about painting. What I like about painting is that it's not very profound for me. As some of you know, I utterly agonize over most of the things I do—writing, teaching, freelance work, attempts to pick up playing piano again—painting is pretty much the one thing that I've been reasonably good at for a long period of time that I can do competently without thinking about it too hard. I put on music, I work sloppily, and I completely turn off the part of my brain that is a constant anxiety-ridden monologue for a few hours at a time.

I paint in acrylic, though lately I've been tempted to take up watercolour again, which I haven't done since I was a kid. I like acrylic because it's immediate. I went through a phase where I used palette knives and fingers rather than brushes, but now I'm back to brushes. I prefer to work on large works over small works, though when I was off work and in tons of pain, small works were the only sort I could do.

There's not a lot of deep meaning to any of my work. It's usually just stuff that I think looks cool. The painting I'm currently working on is a woman I saw at Black Creek Pioneer village; I thought she looked like she stepped out of a painting, so I snapped a picture on my cell and I'm working from that.

Unlike writing, where I really do need to be in a certain frame of mind (and I'm hardly ever in that frame of mind), I actually can force myself to paint. The fact that I don't do it more often has to do with time and hassle rather than inspiration.

Once I'm finished with a painting, I seldom want to look at it. There are three exceptions, two of which are hanging in my house:

1) A still life I did in undergrad. It's a gas mask, an old army boot, and a bottle of wine. It's about being prepared for whatever comes your way, a.k.a. the zombie apocalypse, and I have it hanging in my bedroom because it matches the colour scheme.
In Advance )

2) A portrait I did of the first male non-relative I saw completely naked. Which is to say one of our life drawing models in high school. (I was an innocent teenager.) He's clothed in this painting, though. It's very stiff and Victorian and it looks exactly like him. By the way, he was a really cool guy and often hung out at the coffee shop with us after sessions, and he was into the Church of the Subgenius. That one's in my living room, and I actually chose the colour of the living room to match the painting.
The Gambler )

3) This street scene I did, one of my palette-knife-only paintings. It was based on a photograph that I took before there were digital cameras; essentially I shot the feet of the two people I was with, and it was blurry, and for some reason I decided to paint it. I was going through a very angry phase, and the process was violent; the sense I get from looking at it is that it's the feet of people mid-riot. I'd have hung it in my house but it really doesn't match the decor.
Things Got Out of Hand )

So that's painting. I do a lot more illustration these days; less clean-up and I get paid for it.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (teh interwebs)
I've seen this a few times and I rather enjoy the increased traffic these sorts of things generate on teh LJ, so I'll just throw it out there, with addendums:

Pick a date below and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. I'm good at talking. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to pizza preferences to whatever you want. (Sabs says: I am, of course, more than happy to ramble on about things that aren't fandom, since that's most of what I tend to blog about.)

They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject.

Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet (or if I feel I will only speak negatively on something, I might ask you for something else). (Sabs says: Whatever. I encourage subjects that I'm likely to speak negatively about. That's kinda my schtick. I'll lock posts that are too personal, though.)

Topics: you can get an idea from my tags/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don't.

I can't commit to particular days, but I'm going to attempt to answer prompts over the course of December. Blogcember? There should be a name for it.

On a related note, aren't we all glad that Movember's over? So over moustaches. The only people who look good in them are early 20th century avant-garde poets and the actors on Deadwood.
sabotabby: (books!)
I mean, I have a book log but I have doubts as to whether it shows up in people's friends feed.

• What are you currently reading?

Bullettime by [ profile] nihilistic_kid. This has the distinction of being the first thing I've ever read on an e-reader (my new e-reader is named Little Red Book, naturally), though I'm enjoying it to the point where I want a dead-tree version to keep in my classroom and lend out to the kind of kids who need to read books like this one.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger by Harvey Molotch. Loved it. Especially the part on toilets. Urban and product design meets security theory meets astute political analysis, all with a strong current of humanist ethics. Schneier recommended it, if that's any indication.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Well, it always depends on whether I get interesting holds in at the library, but if nothing else urgent comes up, Pain, Porn and Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalion to Twilight by Kathleen McConnell. Check out this awesome cover. (I made it.)

So kids, whatcha reading?

Book meme

Dec. 26th, 2012 04:32 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (motherfucking books)
"To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?"

My responses:

Currently reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and Sashenka by Simon Montefiore.

Most recently finished reading The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman.

Next up: The Dark Side of the Earth by Alfred Bester. (No, not that one.)

On hold: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco.

Should you generally be interested in my reading material, I log everything because I'm a nerd that way.

In other news, I miss [ profile] wouldprefernot2's "What are you reading?" posts. And. Well. I miss [ profile] wouldprefernot2 in general.

Music meme

Apr. 11th, 2012 05:24 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (iCom by starrypop)
1. If you'd like to play along, reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. You then list at least five songs that start with that letter.
3. Then, as I'm doing here, you'll post the list to your journal with the instructions.

[ profile] fairestcat gave me F. All links, they go to YouTube. Weirdly skewed towards old-people music for some reason.

Famous Blue Raincoat, Leonard Cohen
Fat El Meead, Oum Kalthoum
Fearless, VNV Nation
Fields of Athenry, Dropkick Murphys
Floorshow, Sisters of Mercy
Flower Lady, Phil Ochs
Flowers From Exile, Rome
Folsom Prison Blues, Johnny Cash
Four Horsemen, Aphrodite's Child
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Neko Case
Free Satpal Ram, Asian Dub Foundation
Frank's Wild Years, Tom Waits
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (keep calm and shoot them in the head)
Go look at your blog/journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?

Yep, the last fictional characters I posted about were from Treme. I have nothing to worry about. Even the least badass character on that show would just roll their eyes and keep going in the face of a zombie apocalypse.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (iCom by starrypop)
Ganked from [ profile] corwin77

How many songs: 5636, though not entirely representative of my musical taste.

cut for IMS )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (iCom by starrypop)
Ganked from [ profile] curgoth.

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

... )

You may now go ahead and make up a plot for me.

Love songs

Feb. 14th, 2011 08:22 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (silver mt zion)
I see we're posting love songs. I'm not good with the squishy feelings, but we'll see.

under here )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (iCom by starrypop)
Ganked from [ profile] gethenian:

album cover meme

1 - Go to Wikipedia and click "random article." The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to and hit "random quotes." The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days.” Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop, PSP, the Gimp, or similar ( is a free online photo editor) to put it all together.

5 - Post it your band's latest album cover and add these instructions so your friends can join in.


My results:

The Treasure of the Humble

A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms. George Wald (1906 - )

Pretty photo by Dang Thien that I made less pretty.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (iCom by starrypop)
I am addicted to the IMS posts on Pandagon. I'm heading back to the non-silent world in less than two hours, so you get a post about music. Go figure.

(For the linkphobic: Billboard reports that 25% of the year's 100 top songs are about partying. I'm surprised it's that small a percentage, actually. Amanda rather hilariously analyzes her own Most Played list by genre and subject matter.)

My Most Played list is heavily biased towards a few playlists that I made and listen to constantly, so it does not reflect the full awesomeness and superiority of my musical taste. I am pleased to say, though, that none of these songs are about partying.

My top ten, by genre and subject matter )

Go on, play along.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (Behemoth (Master&Margarita))
I yoinked from [ profile] quietprofanity:

In the comments, leave me one of your fandoms that I'm NOT in, and I'll attempt to summarize it to the best of my ability.

(For non-fannish sorts, you may also leave, I don't know, a political tendency or musical style or some such.)


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