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The year in review, as seen through public posts in this journal. Leaving out last year's end-of-year memes. (Bolded phrases are subject lines; unbolded are first lines of the post, used where no subject line exists.)

January: a random act of kindness
February: [purimgifts] Dear Author
March: Safely and exhaustedly arrived back in NY. Consonance was amazing.
April: Pesach recipe round-up
May: a postcard from the magical land of sick
June: Conterpoint ahoy!
July: So we saw Pacific Rim today.
August: a mazel tov
November: (It is completely ridiculous that I haven't posted a thing since August.)
December: words, words; they're all we have to go on
batyatoon: (the world is quiet here)
The year in review, as seen through public posts in this journal. Leaving out last year's end-of-year memes. (Bolded phrases are subject lines; unbolded are first lines of the post, used where no subject line exists.)

January: "Hello, folks! So yeah, while I will not be leaving LJ behind completely, I am slowly starting to make my way over to DW."
March: "omnomentaschen"
April: "Tonight is the first night of Pesach. Zman cherutenu; the time of our liberation."
May: "traveling plans"
June: "home again, home again"
July: "home again / Home again, in more ways than one."
August: "There's been so much going on this past month that I keep wanting to post about..."
September: "Closing the year"
October: "My pants: so bankrupt."
November: "Signal boost: NYC-area apartment needed, short-term rental"
December: "mumblesomething years ago"


Apr. 10th, 2012 10:05 pm
batyatoon: (cool stuff weird things)
So hey guys.

This show. I'm kind of digging it a lot and I suspect it's doomed. Any of you watching it? Thoughts?

(I am caught up as of the most recent episode, "That's Not My Penguin". Spoiler protection is to be considered OFF in the comments.)
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.
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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: (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
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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.
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So [ profile] gao tagged me for the Association Meme!

Comment to this post and I will give you five subjects/things I associate with you. Then post this to your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

Here's what I got:

1. Talk about some of your less high-profile/pop-culturey fandoms? )
2. What is it about filk? )
3. Your neighborhood. )
4. Cooking. )
5. Alex! I'm interested in marriages today. )
batyatoon: (chibi!)
So I never do these -- I always say "more later" and then never do -- and I think I should really start. To make it a bit easier, I will do my con report in the form of a series of bulleted lists.

Bullet time! )

Does anybody have any questions? Any answers? Would anyone care for a mint?
batyatoon: (so much sky)
Off to Conflikt. Internet access is likely; free time to use it is less so, since I'll be, you know, at a con. But I should be reachable by email if you need me.

It feels decidedly strange to be going back to Seattle, which is where I lived between the ages of three and thirteen. I don't expect to be seeing much of my old stomping grounds, because they are nowhere near the part of the city we'll be in, but ...
Just let me see the mountain while we're there. That's all I ask.
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The party is over; the toasts have been made, the kitchen cleaned up, and the last friends chased out of the apartment.

Looking back on 2008 as seen through public posts in this journal:

January: "So everyone's talking about Sweeney Todd (sorry, [ profile] agonistes, me too)."
February: "The drabble project continues! (And still needs a name.)"
March: "Apologies to everyone who was expecting me online last night."
April: "In a few minutes it will be Shabbos, and tomorrow it will be the first night of Pesach."
May: "Wow, it's been how long since I touched the Heroes S1 Episode Title drabble project?"
June: "...Guys. Guys. Look."
July: "So I have just seen Hellboy II."
August: "Last-minute boosting the signal:"
September: "O my f-list, I turn to you for aid! ...In this case, for aid in collection of trivia, that skill at which so many of you excel."
October: "Whew. Caught up on my flist as far back as yesterday before giving up in despair..."
November: "Because, as I posted in someone else's LJ today:"
December: "O my friendslist, I appeal to you!"

Welcome, 2009.

I'm so glad that you finally made it here
You thought nobody cared, but I did, I could tell
And this is your year and it always starts here
And oh, you're aging well
batyatoon: (yes we can)
Because, as I posted in someone else's LJ today:

I realized today, while looking over my icons, that I don't have a political pride one. Just a political angst one (here) and a political mischief/defiance one (here).

And what that means, I gradually realized, is that this is the first time I've needed one.

Yes we did. By god, yes we did.
batyatoon: (and creating a nuisance)
From [ profile] smallship:

Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a non-same-sex marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

I wish I could find the icon I had made for me years ago, made from photos from my wedding, with the caption "My marriage doesn't need your protection."

Also: I will post about OVFF soon. Really I will. IT WAS FUN.
batyatoon: (of thee I sing)
Apparently today is Blog Against Torture day.

Here's the thing: Torture doesn't work. Not as a means of extracting reliable information. This is known.

Is it wrong that I think this practical question completely invalidates any ethical question on the subject? That I'm not interested in even addressing the moral issue of whether it is ever defensible to hurt people in order to achieve something good or necessary, because I'm convinced that hurting people is not in fact going to achieve it?

Listen: if I can't get you to stop because it's wrong, can I get you to stop because it's futile?


Mar. 17th, 2008 11:59 pm
batyatoon: (Stephen King novel)
So as some of you already know, my office recently moved into a new building.

I recently made an unnerving discovery as to who owns said building.


No relation, I'm sure.

batyatoon: (gashlycrumb)
So everyone's talking about Sweeney Todd (sorry, [ profile] agonistes, me too). And in the comments to [ profile] filkertom's post on the subject a while back, somebody was complaining about how the musical changed the original story, and expressed disgust for how Sondheim turned Todd into "a misunderstood anti-hero".

I boggled a little, as I'm sure at least some of you are, but it got me thinking. Sweeney Todd is obviously not a misunderstood anti-hero, but what is he?

Has anyone yet coined and defined the term anti-villain?

If an anti-hero is a character you're not supposed to like, or sympathize with much, or admire, but who is nonetheless the one you're supposed to root for ... I propose to define an anti-villain as a character you do like or sympathize with or admire, but are nonetheless not supposed to root for.

Sweeney Todd may be an example of such. So is everyone from Booth to Oswald in Sondheim's Assassins. I'm not sure where to draw the line between an anti-villain and a villain who has been humanized to the point of drawing audience sympathy, or one who is just so awesome as to draw audience admiration. I think the difference may be in the presentation of villain as protagonist.

Following the immediate obvious association, does this make Elphaba an anti-villain? I don't think so, but I'm not sure I can put my finger on why.

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The opening lines of the first public post in each month of the year. (Not using this for the first post of 2007, as more properly it counts as the last of 2006.)

January: "I need a "...well, crap" icon. Captioned with those actual words, ideally."
March: "I forget which author it was who wrote that there is this to say about vomiting: while you're doing it, you can't really think about anything else."
April: "So I rewatched "Jaynestown" the other day, for the first time in quite a while."
May: ""Iiiit's that time again!"
June: "I really, really need a filk-related icon. Maybe a Dandelion Conspiracy thing? Anyway."
July: "...hmm."
August: "*takes off her NO SPOILER ZONE button, tosses it into the drawer*"
September: "Madeleine L'Engle dies at age 88."
October: "Or, It Was Late And We Were Tired."
November: "For those of us with our own Firefly-cast headvoices: saw this, had to share."
December: "Tonight is the first night of Chanukah."

So long, 2007.

And welcome, 2008.


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