puddingcat: (Ballroom dancing)
A Picnic In Arkham: AZATHOTH
The Daemon Sultan, Seething Nuclear Chaos.

[waffly quote removed]

Azathoth is the blind, idiot god who sits on a black throne at the center of Chaos. His scent is high-pitched and screeching, both impenetrably dark and searingly bright with the clarity of madness: tangerine, saffron, vetiver, black amber and cedarwood.


In the vial: the goop in lemon meringue pies.

On the skin: Oooh, some smokiness warms it up a bit. Sadly, this turns into sour mothballs pretty quickly. Looks like vetiver either goes nice & engine oily, or tarry and sharp on my skin., and this is an example of the latter. I can just about make out the saffron & amber underneath, as a nice hint of incense, but only if I'm thinking about it.

Shame.

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The aural whee is Threshold, who are a sort of cross between Rush and (old-style) Metallica. "Slipstream" is cheesy enough to turn up on a Driving Anthems compilation some time soon, while "Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams" is as overblown & keyboardy as it sounds:



It's ace :)

ETA: About 1% of cat macros make me laugh. This was one that did :)
puddingcat: (Glorious)
Saiyuki Reload Volume Seven: So good I squeaked. Ok; I might also have made a kind of "mnuh" noise at the pictures of Hakkai without his shirt on, but admitting such a thing would be frightfully emabarrassing.

Yes. Utter adoration and lack of coherency. "Mnuh" and "Eeee!" sum things up remarkably well, however.

Also! Until The Full Moon volume two! More half-werewolf, half-vampire, gender-swapping lunacy! But I haven't read that yet, so my entirely unhelpful review shall have to wait.

(Oh, Hakkai. Were this any other series, I'd be convinced that he's pretty much due to be killed off. *No* character lives long after I've realised I like them this much.)

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Oooh, and the BPAL from [livejournal.com profile] strangefrontier arrived :) Along with a teabag that is neither a condom nor a fortune cookie wrapper, an an Unexpected Impostor Imp!

So, Bewitching Brews: JUKE JOINT
A bawdy, gleefully wicked and unruly scent: Kentucky Bourbon, sugar and a sprig of mint.

Really? In the bottle and on my wrist, it's gingerbread soaked in enough booze for the bottom of a trifle. Definitely more rum than Bourbon; it's a Mojito made with dark rum & muscovado rather than clear ingredients. With cake. If there's mint there, it's wild growing crossbred stuff rather than a freeze-dried genteel sprig.

I like this; it has the nice bits of Hellcat without the sickliness.

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Amazon order also included much cheesy metal, thanks to adding an album a week during the Bruce Rockinson Dick Show. Warlock! Threshold! Within Temptation!

Mmmm, cheese :) Technically, I'm a Rod (Dad was a rocker; Mum was a mod; following the Liger / Tigon convention, that makes me a Rod rather than a Mocker), but the Rawk genes are clearly dominant ;)


Oh, Hakkai...
puddingcat: (Ballroom dancing)
Because I went to the Post Office to send [livejournal.com profile] norfolkian's and [livejournal.com profile] twisted_times's parcels, and fell into Fopp while I was there.

"Butchering the Beatles" - the first song is "Hey Bulldog", sung by Alice Cooper and featuring Steve Vai & Duff McKagan. Lemmy sings "Back in the USSR", and Geoff Tate, "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds".

TLAs are deserved. OMG, WTF, OMG.

More OMGWTFBBQ. Showed H my spoils (finally got round to buying Tyranny of Souls) and she said "my ex boyfriend used to sit on Bruce's knee when he was little. Their grandmothers were best friends."

OMG.

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And returning to my *actual* age, [livejournal.com profile] strangefrontier, you like anime. I'm looking at you. I'm pointing you (and other nutters) at [livejournal.com profile] springkink, where there are loads of unclaimed prompts - including The Professionals. 500 words before April; what could possibly go wrong?

2007

Jan. 7th, 2007 06:58 pm
puddingcat: (Destiny)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] munchkinott (who should possibly get on well with [livejournal.com profile] becky_spence, due to a shared love of Who-like and other shiny things), a New Year Predictions meme.

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puddingcat: (Devil hamster)
Say somebody's putting together a fanmix. For example, a selection of somgs that remind them of Firefly, or Stargate: Atlantis. Now say you're downloading the songs they've chosen, being something of a fan of the series in point.

Would you prefer the songs to (a) be musically cohesive, similar in style, age & attitude; or (b) be more accurately reminiscent of the subject matter & characters? In otherwords, should selections be made on the basis of the music or the lyrics?

There is no option (c) "whatever you like, since it's your fanmix".

brains...

Aug. 25th, 2006 11:11 pm
puddingcat: (Pretending to be tall)
Well, we got the necessary done by 7pm, and Manager's #1 child is being part of Background Scene for a tv series on monday, so I don't need to be in on Monday either.

Considering it worked out at only a 46 hour week, I'm exhausted. Mind you, a normal week is only 30 across 4 days.

I'm too braindead even to watch Buffy (season 2, borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe) so I'm engaging in a futile search for WK fanfic that doesn't treat Farfarello as a retarded near-animal only capable of saying a couple of sentences, or YnM fic that doesn't appear to have been written by 12 year olds who believe that "and they kissed and it was All Better!!!" is an acceptable resolution to a page-long story about two mortal (immortal? whatever) enemies. But maybe I struck lucky in finding [livejournal.com profile] daegaer, [livejournal.com profile] mami_san and [livejournal.com profile] lady_jaida at the outset.

And I'm putting together a "So beautiful it hurts" playlist. Does anyone have any ideas what I should put on it? It's not necessarily a maudlin feeling-sorry-for-myself list; more things that can take my mind off almost anything else, like Hallelujah (kd lang), Possession (Sarah McLachlan), My Immortal (Evanescence) and Father & Son (Cat Stevens). Go on; inspire me.
puddingcat: (Ballroom dancing)
[livejournal.com profile] toscas_kiss made a meme. I'm not capable of doing anything else atm, so here it is.


Give one song (and one song only!) that's a reminder of each five year period of your life, i.e. something you played a lot during that period that makes you instantly think of it. Here's mine:

0-5 (1974-79): Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head [1]
6-10 (1980-84): Making Your Mind Up [2]
11-15 (1985-89): Can I Play With Madness [3]
16-20 (1990-94): Welcome To The Jungle [4]
21-25 (1995-2000): Spice Up Your life [5]
26-30 (01-04): Desperado [6]
31-32 (05-06): Suffolk Miracle [7]


[1] Apparently I drove the Parent People crazy with a toy that played it repeatedly.
[2] I wasn't interested in music at all (othr than playing the recorder) but I remember people singing Bucks Fizz in the playground.
[3] Whee, I discovered music! Aged 14; I'm currently on my third copy of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, having worn out the original casette and then moved on from vinyl for convenience.
[4] When Axl used a bandanna to keep his hair off his face, not to cover his receding hairline. We used to play this a lot at the youth club I went to.
[5] Yeah, yeah. The Spice Girls were a big deal when they were new and the media hadn't told us all to hate Geri. I went to Turkey for a week after finishing ACA finals, and we played their albums every night before going out.
[6] For seeing The Eagles on tour at Earls Court, when Don Henley went on & on about how much he loves clotted cream (and how much he likes its name...) Desperado was the final encore, & I sang my lungs out.
[7] Oddly, this is the hardest of the lot. I'm listening to a huge mix of things and don't yet have anything concrete to tie to a memory. So I've picked something by Jim Moray, because [livejournal.com profile] nannyo introduced me to his stuff and she's someone I only met in the last couple of years.
puddingcat: (Postcard perfect)
I've *finally* got neighbours on last.fm (I think having Iron Maiden & Neil Diamond tying for most-played artists confused it).

I'm entertained by the fact that the second suggestion uses The Stig as his userpic :)

{snippets}

May. 17th, 2006 02:52 pm
puddingcat: (JLA)
Why is it I can listen to Rammstein followed by Dolly Parton (Media Player on shuffle) quite happily, but Apoptygma Berserk followed by Whitesnake makes my head go "WTF?"?

Skim reading can be bad for your (mental) health. Especially when the terms "the Spark Diet" and "pounds" merge into "the Spunk Diet".
puddingcat: (Default)
I do a very good impression of one of these. (Link via [livejournal.com profile] moony)

Am just about recovered from [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe's Bad Influence. Ahem. Realistically, 4 pints over 6 hours isn't much, but when it's Kriek & we're both small girlies...

I'm ohsodefnitely a Circulus fan. They take the "Whee, happy old music!" that the Mediaeval Baebes started off with, and replace the so-far-up-themselves-they-open-their-mouths-to-see attitudes with 70s prog rock and 4-armed keyboard players. Also, Gentleman's Pistols were a damned fine support band, in all their 70s rock early Led Purple behind-head guitar playing. Apparently, they're playing Manchester sometime soon, and I'm going to go & see them again. I'm so easily bought - dedicate a song to me & I'll throw publicity at you ;)

The Shrublette is everything SB says, and more. I wouldn't have the energy myself, but if all children were like her I wouldn't dislike them all on principle. Even if she did say that my hair was "floppy doggy ears".

I got 50% of the things on my To Do Over Easter list done. This included "Going to see Circulus" (admittedly, not a hardship) but not mowing the lawn or clearing visible carpet in the spare room. Ho hum.

Cor :)

Apr. 6th, 2006 02:15 pm
puddingcat: (Boobies win)
We had an "Easter" Fair yesterday afternoon. Lots of places had donated prizes and cakes, and all the proceeds went to the Children's Heart Foundation.

For a combined donation / entry fee of £7, I ended up winning a pair of day passes each worth £15 to a gym / health club (which will be handy when my current deal runs out on Monday), a bottle of Marks' best red plonk, the Biggest Cranberry Muffin IN THE WORLD EVER, and three so-called consolation prizes of creme eggs :) I don't know yet whether I've won the Enormous Bunny in the "Name the Easter Rabbit" competition. I wanted to call it James (it looks like a James) but that wasn't on the list so I guessed Harvey instead.

Today I went into town at lunch, having stuffed myself with nuts so I didn't want a sandwich, and bought 2 Queensryche albums, 1 Queen, and 1 Muse for a total of £20.41.

The fools lovely people at TGT have made me a Mod (though I'm still a rocker at heart). I'm crazed on the power already.
puddingcat: (Cheese!Gary)
Today started fairly normally. Since getting home, though...

Either I have DIY fans for breaker-and-enterers, or the cats have Plans. My adjustable spanner is on the chair next to the computer - *not* on the bookcase at the other side of the room, where it usually lives.

I went downstairs to stir tea, leaving Laibach's cover of "Get Back" playing. I came back to the Beatles' original - at almost exactly the place in the song I'd left.

If these things come in threes, I think I'd better batten down the hatches & avoid all external stimuli.
puddingcat: (Default)
LJ keeps deciding that my password's changed. I've had to do the "lost password" thing twice now.

A Firefox question: I'm using version 1.0.6 and it *keeps* losing my favourites & recent sites in the drop-down bar. It happened once about 6 months ago, and has since been getting more & more frequent. This time, it took less than a week before they all went.

A gmail question: I dl'd the (Firefox, I think) extension that gave Gmail a delete button before the official one came out. Now there is an official one, it gets all mixed up with the addon and doesn't work. Where do I have to go to delete the original addon so Gmail can run free and frolic with bunnies?

I get to see [livejournal.com profile] nannyo this weekend :) You should all be jealous of me. Hell, I'm jealous of me ;) Oooh, and I get to take the 323 over the hills :)

Music recommendations: I've replaced my Brandenburg Concertos CD. I had the von Karajan version, and it was very Serious and Grave and Dull. Now I have the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (a fabulous, fabulous time) and it's superb and bouncy and happy and full of the joys of spring :) Itzhak Perlman's Bach Violin Concertos are all jolly and mathsy too (and have far, far more depth & resonance & harmonics than Nigel Kennedy's horrible playing), as are the incredibly cheap but wonderful Aradia Ensemble Water Music / Royal Fireworks. I do like Bach and Handel; they make maths audible and it's lovely & logical & numerical and exact. Hurrah for the physics of S&M!

Moosick

Feb. 21st, 2006 08:48 pm
puddingcat: (Industrial Angel)
When [livejournal.com profile] munchkinott commands, I obey. Read more... )
puddingcat: (Elegant bondage)
AAaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh....

*Is dead*

James May, talking about the physics of violins on Radio 3. Comparing Bach to Porsches, and Pythagoras and harmonics and double stopping and Chopin and GUH.

Holy crap, there is nothing more attractive than well-applied intelligence.
puddingcat: (Default)
I want (apart from a million pounds, an F430, a cabana boy and a pony):
- a hobby that allows me to meet New Shiny People and get out of the house; and
- to play an instrument again.
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puddingcat: (The Best Corset Ever)
[livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz is slightly less excessively young that she was a week ago.
Celebrations were good.
Red kitchens are good.
On/off switches are useful.
Goths are more polite dancers than are indie kids.
I must think before speaking, unless I really want to bang my head on the wall & wish I hadn't said things.
[livejournal.com profile] nurse_liz doesn't snore.
I don't appear to recognise any somgs written after 1990. In fact, the only 3 I recognised all night were by the Beatles, the Kinks and the Who.
It's just cost me £40 to fill up with petrol.
puddingcat: (Default)
*rubs internet carefully & makes a wish*

Dear LJ Genie,

I'd like to get singing lessons. I cna find a teacher easily enough; that isn't my question. What I'm wondering about is this:

Am I too bad to bother?

I have pretty near perfect pitch. I can tell when 2 notes are within a recognised interval of each other (though I can't name that interval, or the notes). I can tell when one instrument in a band or group of up to 10-12 people is out of tune. I can tell when I'm singing out of tune.

I sing out of tune a lot. A few things I can stay in tune with (mainly John Lennon, the Carpenters, and the Eagles) but most end up being between what I think are two separate registers. Singing along with most women, I feel as if I'm singing falsetto, or have to cross back & forth over the break in the middle of my so-called range, but I *can* get lower than almost every woman I've met.

Thing is, I have no idea how to fix it, how to improve my tone, or how to remember what a particular note feels like to sing. I don't want to be an opera singer, or even be good enough to join one of the big choirs - I just want to be able to sing in the car with the windows down.


(x-posted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] ljgenie)

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