batyatoon: (chibi!)
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Time to iron our socks?"

"Time to sing about the pain of disco?"

"Nooo. It's time for another New York Area housefilk!"

Details and RSVP here. Feel free to boost the signal!

[In re: the pain of disco ... don't ask.]
batyatoon: (music: dandelion conspiracy)
So hey, we're going to Concertino at the end of the month! (First con in over a year omg. SO EXCITED.)

And [personal profile] sdelmonte has posted here and here asking whether anybody wants to make plans with us for Shabbos meals. Sound off, folks!
batyatoon: (the world is quiet here)
The year in review, as seen through public posts in this journal. (Bolded phrases are subject lines; unbolded are first lines of the post, used where no subject line exists.)

January: "hitting the road again"
February: "I am smug like a smug thing and posting about it very belatedly."
March: "I'd Do NEFilk For You"
April: "Tomorrow night is the first night of Pesach. Zman cherutenu; the time of our liberation."
May: "[unfiltered] here's how it is."
June: "Tonight is Shavuot."
July: "write like a girl"
August: "That Icon Meme Again"
September: "closing, closing, closing the year"
December: "i'm still here. i'm not gone."
batyatoon: (the world is quiet here)
Man, have I really not posted in here since September? *brushes dust off of random flat surfaces*

Things I could post about but haven't been:

  • Recipes! I have recently made, among other things: low-carb kishka, sugar-free and dairy-free chocolate ganache frosting, and whole-wheat sourdough bread stuffing.
  • Books! For some reason, this year I've been reading a lot more new things than I have in previous years. Including finally picking up the Hunger Games series, which oh my god, you guys.
  • Music! I have been living on the acapella offerings that my wonderful friendslist supplied me with back in the summer, further fortified by the various albums available on Spotify. (College acapella has changed some since I was in college. Everybody has vocal percussion now, apparently.)
  • TV! Doctor Who is on hiatus, Supernatural has not been making me as happy this year as it has in years past, and ... truth to tell, most of what I've been watching lately has been older stuff. Some of it much older, including original-series Who.
  • Writing! Seriously, did I never even post links to my purimgifts fics from last year? WTF, past me?
  • Work! ALWAYS FUN.
  • Homestuck! I got sucked into this webcomic about a year ago and have been mildly obsessed with it ever since. It is bizarre and amazing and there needs to be filk about it. Speaking of which:
  • How much I miss conventions and housefilks. But that's a sad topic. :(
  • Another sad topic: how much I miss my mother.

It's been getting better.

I was talking to somebody recently about why I haven't posted a lot, and it seems to be at least in part that I have lacked the energy to polish anything I write -- and the inclination to post anything I haven't polished. As my dear [ profile] sdelmonte says: the perfect is the enemy of the good.

This post isn't perfect, but it's going up anyway.

Hi, gang. You know I love you.
batyatoon: (golden teeth and golden tones)
HEY GUYS. Want to know why this year's NorthEast Floating Filk Con (Contata 6 / NEFilk 21) is going to be raw hammered rock-the-house awesome?

Of course you do! And there are so many, many reasons. There's our widely acclaimed con suite and our traditional chocolate-tasting party, but you know about those if you've been to Contata in recent years. There's our amazing guest lineup for this year, including the incomparable Judi Miller and the incredible Tom Smith, but you know about those if you've looked at our website linked above.

But what you may not know, and what I am here (belatedly) to tell you, is that this year's Contata is going to be witness to something that hasn't been seen since 1987:

The Rocky Horror Muppet Show.

Yes, you heard me.

Details here!

P.S.: I'm playing Gonzo.
batyatoon: (music: dandelion conspiracy)
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Time to make s'mores?"

"Nooo. It's time for another --"

"Wait, what do you mean no? I'm pretty sure it's time to make s'mores."


"... okay, maybe. But it's ALSO time for another New York area housefilk!"

Sunday, February 27 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Details and RSVP here!
batyatoon: (Default)
For auld lang syne, my friends: here's the year in review as seen through public posts in this journal.

January: "o hai"
February: "Return of the Revenge of the Son of the Bride of the Icon Meme"
March: "I participated in the [ profile] purimgifts fic exchange again this year."
April: "HI SO UM this."
May: "I really should announce these things farther in advance...."
June: "Memery"
July: "Housefilk in Queens, July 25"
August: "... ... ..."
September: "oh also"
October: "The meme goes: Comment and I'll give you a color that I think represents you..."
November: "I heard Talis Kimberley sing this at DucKon this past summer."
December: "What I Did On My Vacation to Israel"

ETA: Also, behind the cut-tag: Books I read in 2010. )
batyatoon: (jerusalem cat)
by B. Wittenberg, age 35 1/2

a list in four parts

1. En Route )

2. In Ramat Beit Shemesh )

3. In Yerushalayim )

4. Going Home )

All in all: a week wasn't anything like long enough. I want to go back.
batyatoon: (festival of lights)
Well, we're back from our Israel trip! And tonight is the first night of Chanukah. Possibly more on those topics later, but for now ...

"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Time to spin the dreidel?"

"Time to make the jelly donuts?"

"Nooo. It's time for another New York Area housefilk!"

Sunday, December 12, at Witts' End, the Queens home of [ profile] sdelmonte and [ profile] batyatoon. The festivities will run from 1 pm to approximately 5 pm. The address is 144-32 71st Road, accessible from the LIE and GCP, and by subway and bus.

Interested? Reply to this post and let us know. And feel free to boost the signal!

Need directions? E-mail Alex at simondelmonte at gmail dot com.
batyatoon: (each of us is one small light)
I heard Talis Kimberley sing this at DucKon this past summer. Today she posted a recording of it for Remembrance Day.

Go. Listen.

And somebody's wearing a poppy
That most symbolic of flowers
How the silence spreads when they’re bringing them home
At fourteen hundred hours
batyatoon: (each of us is one small light)
Because there are a lot of kids out there who need to hear this:
It Gets Better.
"...I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better...."

And because there are some for whom it won't:
Spirit Day.
"...On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools...."

Because bullying doesn't get taken seriously enough, and doesn't get stopped often enough. Because there are a lot of ways to be a designated victim, and this is one of the ways in which I wasn't. Because it's bad out there. Because I cried when I heard. Because, as a wise man once said, you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if you're in a situation like that there's only one thing you can do.

we write it down 'cause it's something we have to do
and you can find your voice for the ones who come after you
and you can be the one to tell the kids: hang in there
there's a way to survive, you can believe me, i've been there
i'm not that strong, i can't fight this crime
i can't right this wrong, but i can write this rhyme
if i can write this song, well then it might just shine
and i swear to god i'm a get it right this time
batyatoon: (vorkosigan crest)
You know what's awesome?

Vorkosiverse fic in the form of public radio interviews.

You know what else is awesome?

Vorkosiverse fic (of sorts) in the form of a personal interview, actually written by Ms. Bujold herself in anticipation of the release of Cryoburn.

You know what's awesome on a completely different level?

My beloved clone is bringing home the tiara.
Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Seanan McGuire. So, so proud.
batyatoon: (back off man)
Hello, folks. If you haven't seen the Old Spice ad the subject line is referencing, take a look at the ad. Now back to me.

...sorry. couldn't resist. ANYWAY.

As I was perusing my flist the other day, I saw [ profile] autographedcat's link, under the subject heading "Old Spice and Gender Politics in Advertising," to [ profile] xiphias's interesting rumination on the commercial here. (Some of the comments to the original post are kind of fascinating too.) I quote, in part:

In the Axe Body Wash commercials, women have no agency. If you (and "you" means "a male" -- the commercials ignore the possibility that half their audience might be female; females don't exist as PEOPLE in those commercials) use Axe, women will flock to you without any free will of their own....

[The Old Spice commercial is] addressed to women, with the impression that WOMEN are people who can make choices. It's not terribly feminist, yes, but there IS a difference between the commercials for men's deodorant which treat women as props and these, which at least make a nod to the idea that women are people.


So tell me, friends and acquaintances: what do you think?
batyatoon: (music: I meant to do that)
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Time to consult the psychic octopus?"

"Time to light out for the territories?"

"Nooo. It's time for another New York Area housefilk!"

Sunday, July 25 in Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, New York, at Witts' End (also known as the home of [ profile] sdelmonte and [ profile] batyatoon). Details and RSVP here!
batyatoon: (mightier than the sword)
I participated in the [ profile] purimgifts fic exchange again this year. Somewhat belatedly, here's the roundup:

I received three beautiful Joss Whedon ficlets from [ profile] hihoplastic: And The Quiet Wanders Laughing, Ebb, and the wind whistles softly (about Illyria, Zoe, and River respectively), accompanied by some gorgeous photocollages.

I also wrote a three-part work of Vorkosigan Saga futurefic entitled "Untitled". (Yes, that's the title. Those who remember my Companion Pieces from last year's fic exchange will already be aware that I sometimes get entirely too clever in naming my fics.)

Enjoy. I know I did. :)
batyatoon: (Default)
The most important things that happened this year, good and bad, aren't the ones in the posts linked below. But a year's made up of everything that happens, not just the major events; and with that in mind, here's the review of 2009 as seen through public posts in this journal.

January: "Ganked from [ profile] patrickat: an icon-meme!"
February: "Am home from Conflikt. Am too sleepy to make wordstuff. Challah at you later."
March: "A brief movie review and a meme"
April: "Tonight is the first night of Pesach. Zman cherutenu; the time of our liberation."
May: "So hey, Boston-dwelling types?"
June: "So um guess what. :D"
July: "So I've been seeing this RP meme going around, and heck, why not."
August: "Memeish thing"
September: "Tonight is the first night of Rosh Hashanah."
October: "So since I have been flaky about responding individually..."
December: "You know what's fun to do when you're snowed in? Bake stuff."

It's 2010. After hearing about this last night, I have declared 2010 to be the Year of the Improbable Success.

Here's hoping.
batyatoon: (music: dandelion conspiracy)
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"What, already?"
"I know! It's totally weird!"

In honor of the visit of [ profile] gorgeousgary and [ profile] the_sheryl to the greater New York metropolitan area: it's yet another August housefilk!

Sunday, August 30, at the Jersey City home of [ profile] akawil and [ profile] ladymondegreen. Details and RSVP here!
batyatoon: (music: dandelion conspiracy)
"Iiiit's that time again!"

"Time to push the button?"

"Time for all good men to come to the aid of their party?"

"Nooo. It's time for another New York Area housefilk!"

Sunday, August 2, at the Queens home of [ profile] sdelmonte and [ profile] batyatoon. Details and RSVP here!
batyatoon: (life is good)
Well, two things. Thing the first: [ profile] sdelmonte and I are safely home from Boston. It was a lovely weekend, full of good friends and fun things, and I'm really glad we went. Thanks again to our hosts and to the folks who came around to meet us!

Thing the second: boosting the signal. The fabulous S.J. Tucker is giving a house concert at the home of [ profile] ladymondegreen and [ profile] akawil in Jersey City on the evening June 3rd! Details and RSVP space here. Those of you who are in the area, or who can get to the area -- plan to be there. Seriously. It's gonna be awesome. (Sadly I won't be able to attend. But don't let that stop you! I need lots of people I know to experience it so I can get my vicarious thrills afterwards!)


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