DDoS again

Jul. 27th, 2011 09:25 pm
gina_r_snape: (Noel emotional breakdown (NME shoot))
And so it seems LJ is facing another DDoS attack. No news on why this time. But despite my recent absence, I am actually feeling it. I want to read my friends' entries, post, read fanfic, mourn the loss of Amy Winehouse, etc. But no such luck.

I haven't written much because I've been busy, you see, dissertating and working and exercising and trying to stay out of the oppressive NYC heat. btw, I've now lost nearly 15 lbs (about a stone) since May 1st and will soon reach my first major weight loss goal. I've been very quiet about this because it's not terribly glamorous. Exercise. Log my food. Be generally healthy. But it does mean fitting into clothing that's been sat aside waiting for me. It feels pretty good.

My new insulin pump is working out well, also in the realm of health.

Dissertating is going slowly, but it is going.

I want to write about work, but don't feel comfortable doing so in an entry that will go unlocked (Does dW allow for locked posts to be x-posted to LJ as locked?).

So instead, I will post this drawing (I use the term "drawing" lightly as my skills are laughably limited) what I made for [personal profile] bluestocking79 and myself that is a plan of the flat in the Mighty Boosh. We were trying to figure out of the boys had a kitchen table. (They do).

This should be a clickable thumbnail (I hope).


It's also up on my DeviantArt page.

I miss you all. Terribly.
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Boosh Noel (NME breakdown))
RIP Don Hill.

I had many a good night at Don Hill's (and the Cat Club in its heyday), though not of late. (I was a regular at Squeezbox at one time). And the one time I worked the door at Don Hill's (for a NOLA hurricane disaster relief benefit put on by a friend), he was very nice to me. Or, he was amused and appreciative, at least, in our interaction. (I asked for his ID and the cover fee before realizing who he was).

Boosh fans will be amused to find a clip of The Horrors performing, counted on the list in the first link.
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Studious (HP))
So I went to University yesterday and did a training on EndNote. It's a bibliography software that I've struggled with using in fits and starts over the past few years. My academic advisor gave the instructional session, so I decided to try one more time. I think it's finally sunk in, how it works, and I'll give it a go.

It's been ages since I stepped foot on campus. As I'm not teaching this semester, I've had no reason to go there except for occasional use of the toilets library. How warmly I was greeted by so many!

I sat in the doctoral lounge in the afternoon and attempted to get work done. Actually, I did get work done, in an interesting paradox. When I'm alone on my own, I find I seek out forms of distraction. But when other people interrupt me, I get frustrated and strive to concentrate harder.

This photo of the Boosh boys is for [livejournal.com profile] drfardook's amusement after a conversation we had last night, but seems oddly apropos )

At any rate, after spending time in my department, I went to the NYU Bobst library where I miraculously still have access. Having first grown used to that library during my undergraduate days, I still flinch when I walk in and see display cases where the card catalogues used to be. It feels like a missing limb. I truly am in some ways still a product of the 20th century, of another age.

I wanted to copy one chapter of a book that my University does not have in its holdings. I discovered that Bobst only has an electronic version, much to my annoyance. And the "ebrary" won't let you print it out. Call me old fashioned, but I want a hard copy! I want to be able to highlight it and mark it up - and :gasp: read it in a cafe or a pub and NOT on the computer. I struggled with whether this makes me the product of another age, or if it's a tangible need that will endure as we further progress into the electronic age and the myth of the joys and efficiency of a paperless society.

One of my exes used to chide me for keeping hard copies of CDs when electronic backups would do. I used to say I liked having them. I still miss playing records and rolling joints on gazing at album covers. In Being Human, one subtle way they showed Mitchell wasn't as he appeared was his stack of records, tapes, and antiquated but still operable stereo. But the fact is, I do now only listen to music on my iPhone, the iPod hooked up to my stereo, or directly from the iTunes library on my computer. I threw out a stack of old games on CD Tuesday. Perhaps it's time to do the same with my CDs.
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Noelian Heights)
Well, the dress sold without me. There was no way I'd have been able to afford it. The final bidding was pretty intense too. It jumped steeply in the last 7 minutes, and even jumped from £4,100 to £5,600 in the last 70 seconds. And it's all for charity, which is just lovely.

I have consoled myself by finishing a project [livejournal.com profile] drfardook and I started a few weeks ago. Behold - 18:06 seconds of Howince goodness with a splash of homage toward Noel's Wuthering Heights performance. (FWIW, I put Vince in red before we knew anything about the red dress. He's meant to be wearing something like his outfit from The Strange Tale of the Crack Fox. [livejournal.com profile] drfardook made Howard. You'll have to ask him about Howard's outfit).

Anyway, enjoy the video!

It was a lot of fun to make. If you are curious about the how to... )

I know it's terribly amateurish, but nevertheless I'm well chuffed. I plan to post it on [livejournal.com profile] booshslashhaven and to DeviantArt.
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Noelian Heights animated)
I'm learning how to make icons. I thought I'd share my little experiments with you. If you have ideas, let me know. And suggestions of where else to post them are welcome (I've only x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] noelfielding and [livejournal.com profile] _booshmedia). Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lanitha for her help!

Please let me know if you grab any, and credit me "icon by [livejournal.com profile] gina_r_snape "

Still Icons )

Animated Icons )
gina_r_snape: (Noel Bush spins)
What can I say? Ovaries and brains are exploding at my flat right now.


Well done, lads. Well done.
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Noel snoozing Childmen)
I should really be in bed right now. But I had some caffeine earlier and still passed out on my couch. Then [livejournal.com profile] bluestocking79 and I got into some heavy duty visual scrutiny of some pictures that woke me right up. So I'm gonna force the sleep issue in a few minutes. But first, I meant to post about my weekend.

[livejournal.com profile] drfardook and I took a trip to Pearl Paint and picked up some art supplies on a whim. Over a meal at Buddha Bodai, I came up with the idea of making a stop motion animated film of Howard and Vince. So we decided to make clay models of them to amuse ourselves. They are still works in progress, but here they are. We also drew Stationery Village, taking turns with the "buildings" and details. My bus came out waaaaay too small, but it's comically small so we found it funny. I think we'll use our drawing as the backdrop if we manage to get software and actually film a clip.

Here is clay!Vince in the making, with Howard in the background )

[livejournal.com profile] drfardook works diligently on clay!Howard )

Vince whispers something into Howard's ear )

and then goes in for a kiss )

Stationery Village, with a towering Paper Clip Castle )

Fear not. We won't be quitting our day jobs to pursue art careers any time soon. (I'm not sure, but I think I can hear [livejournal.com profile] jigglykat sniggering all the way from Boston at that thought).

On Sunday my friend BE and I went to Ikea. I bought new pillows and a couple of bits and bobs. I confess, dear readers, that I cannot go to Ikea without buying some of their foodstuffs. Lingonberry jam, Swedish Fontina, cardamom biscuits and some of that squeezable fish stuff in a tube, to be precise. Going to Ikea is a bit like traveling. You do come back with souvenirs.

The best part about Sunday, though, was waking up feeling fully rested. For the first time in over two weeks I felt like I might have passed a hurdle and am truly on the mend. I'm still experiencing symptoms, but they are discernibly waning.

Ok, now I'm off to bed for real!
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Default)
Today was extremely unsettling. I woke up with a severe blood sugar drop. I was experiencing shortness of breath and a fever. After being ill for a week, I was deeply concerned to find my condition escalating. So I phoned the doctor who was very alarmed by how I sounded. He (and some friends on FB) urged me to go to the hospital ER for a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia. I honestly felt like I was going to die, and anyone I spoke with today concurs that I sounded terrible. I could barely breathe. Speaking and walking was nigh impossible. I was genuinely frightened at one point, as it hurts to cough and when I cough I can't catch my breathe.

Turns out I just have an extremely nasty viral infection. The doctor gave me something called Tessalon Perls and I swear it's a miracle drug. It's calmed my bronchial tubes. So while I'm still congested, I can at least breathe now. My friend KS said I was incoherent earlier - words were coming out in spurts and not in the correct order. An hour later and I was a whole new person.

Flist, I am so grateful for my friends. Firstly, BE came over this morning and got rid of my rubbish and brought me juice (the rubbish had accumulated over a few days and was verging on living in squalor as I hadn't the energy to take it out). Then my friend KS picked me up from the hospital and got my prescription filled. She phoned ME & AJ of the Jew Crew, and they brought me soup and challah bread. I've never felt so cared for and NOT alone in my life. It's quite scary to live alone and wonder if anyone will be for you in your time of need. But my friends were there for me and it meant the world.

I leave you now with a video someone made of Noel Fielding's performance on Let's Dance spliced side-by-side with the original (Kate Bush Wuthering Heights). On a day when I feared not being able to breathe, I nonetheless use the term breathtaking to describe his performance. What a treat after such a rough day.

ETA: Oh, and lest I forget. The attending physician who treated me today was named Matt Smith. That's right. The Doctor. I seem to be following in [livejournal.com profile] jigglykat's footsteps, for those of you who know her story about Rory. ^_^
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Boosh Vince birthday party)
Another drabble for the [livejournal.com profile] booshbattle places challenge.

Narnia, rated G

exactly 100 words )
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Boosh in bed impish noel)
Greetings flisters!

At last, I give you part 3 of Jazz Dalek! (Mirrored at the comm here)

If you haven't already read them, you may want to check out part 1, which can be found here or the [livejournal.com profile] booshslashhaven comm entry is here. And part two here for my LJ or here for the comm.

Comments are eagerly welcome. I haven't written fanfic in awhile, and haven't written slash fic in over 5 years.

Title: Jazz Dalek
Pairing or Characters: Vince/Howard
Summary: Howard and Vince have an incident over a used CD, and their adventure takes them closer to home than one might imagine. (Not a x-over, despite the Doctor Who references)
Word Count: 3525
Rating: NC-17. DEFINITELY NC-17
Warnings: None
Challenge: n/a. Although I am writing this story as a kind of personal challenge to myself, as I’ve tried to write it like an actual episode of the show. Wow, it’s really not easy!

Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters and make no profit. May I be banished to Xooberon if I infringe upon copyright laws and overstep the terms of fair use.
Author’s Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bluestocking79 for being my beta, and [livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 for our CD shopping trip that inspired the idea. Special thanks in part 3 to my friend Guy who enthusiastically provided “technical advice” from a gay male perspective for the scene with teh sexah tiems.

Jazz Dalek, Part 3 of 3 )
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Boosh boys dreamy Howard)
I just posted a drouble (double drabble, 200 words) to [livejournal.com profile] booshbattle. They have a places challenge going on, and the prompt I wrote for was Paper Clip Castle. Pairing: Howince

Enjoy. )
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Poncho (Mighty Boosh))
So this was a delightful weekend. Let me tell you aaall about it.

First of all, I was meant to have dinner with [livejournal.com profile] tigermind Friday night, but her plane was delayed so instead I went home and relaxed. This was much needed, so YAY. Then on Saturday we met up, walked around, ate, chatted, and then her father offered to buy me a ticket to see La Cage Aux Folles! And her parents treated us to cocktails! This was a total WIN/WIN as her parents are fun, delightful people and there's no way I could have afforded a ticket on my own. And of course, the apple did not fall far from the tree as [livejournal.com profile] tigermind is pretty awesome too. The play was fun, though I did get teary a few times as a disturbing number of thoughts whizzed through my head. It's definitely both a product of its time (1970s) and upsettingly contemporary in regards to what has NOT changed in 40 years. Kelsey Grammer was a good lead, and the set, costumes, choreography and performances were all wonderful.

Then on Saturday night I met up with A&M of the Jew Crew at Eately, where we ate at "Le Verdure" the vegetable restaurant in the complex, followed by dessert at one of the dessert stands. (I'm a little surprised the place doesn't seem to have a website of it's own). It was packed, and delicious. The staff were so friendly, helpful, cheerful and patient it was almost uncomfortable. :-P Everything we ate was excellent - without exaggeration. I took some pictures for you )

Then on Sunday I had [livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 and [livejournal.com profile] elrina753 over for our Booshfest. I did not take any pictures, but we had an obscene amount of British sweets, crisps, and other assorted goodies. We sang the Soup Crimp, came to a consensus that Noel Fielding has ridiculously gorgeous legs, discussed Noel's interest in Howince slash, and I learned that [livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 is a skilled strawberry bootlace braider. Aaaand I conspired with [livejournal.com profile] elrina753 to co-write a Boosh/Doctor Who crossover fic. Probably a ficlet, though the wheels are a turnin' so stay tuned.

I've started uploading a backlog of photos from Portland, the rally in DC, and my kitchen. So watch this space for more picspam. But I will leave you with a picture of Calliope, competing with my laptop for use of my leg )
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Look Normal (IT Crowd))
Thank goodness for quiet mornings, because I have a stack of papers to grade. I figure if I can get at least seven done today, this will put me at a good pace for finishing them the rest of the week. So far no "gems" to share with you, but a few surprisingly enjoyable ones. Yay.

On Friday one of my students rang me for clarification about the next paper and we got onto the topic of music. It never ceases to amaze me that students put you in a bubble. This particular student missed a class because he had a gig (they are allowed to miss two). So I asked him about his band and this turned into a longish chat on musical influences. He said his band was psychedelic like Pink Floyd and I asked if he liked Tame Impapa, which he'd never heard of. He said people compare them to Mazzy Star. I said that's more like goth psychedelia - like some Cure. I suggested perhaps they were a mix between The Cure and Syd Barrett. He seemed pleased and impressed. He's going to bring me a demo tape of his band. I'm fairly certain he's never talked music with a professor before, so I'm not sure if he was surprised at my interest in music, or my interest in his band. Still, it was a nice way to relate.

After hanging up with him, I met up with [livejournal.com profile] elrina753 and we went to an art show for the comic book Kill Shakespeare and missed Michael Moore joining the party by mere minutes. The show was cramped and fun. The artist and writers were great guys, very engaging and a little bit flirty. One of them (Anthony) thought I was either a musician or clothing designer based on my outfit, which amused and pleased me greatly. He kept asking about my fiction (I said writing was a creative outlet) and [livejournal.com profile] elrina753 did her best to keep from laughing and screaming SHE WRITES FANFIC PORN. I told him about a short story I had published many years ago. Well, it wasn't a lie! The other writer (Connor) kept asking about our television and fandom interests, which only garnered more opportunity for potential facepalmage as the Prosecco flowed and the space became steadily more cramped. I swear, I felt a bit like they were trying to get us drunk and suck ideas out of us.

I can't say I regret not running into Michael Moore. Although I agree with some of his politics, I do not get the sense he is very pleasant company as he's quite in-your-face to just about everyone whether you're on his side or not.

At any rate, after several glasses of Prosecco and much jovial conversation, we made our way over to Tea & Sympathy for dinner and managed to also finish of a Banoffee Pie that we shared. Then she helped me back to my place with bags of goodies for our upcoming Booshfest with [livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 next weekend. They also gave us bags of Walker crisps that were just at their expiry date. I've brought them into work. People seem to find them exotic and exciting, just because they are British. :grin:

Saturday night reminded me just how much I love the internet and the kindness equally obsessed nature of strangers in fandom because someone managed to record and upload the Mighty Boosh Band Zappa tribute performance. PM me if you want a download link.

Here is a clip from the show. "Hello Little Deer" comes from their early radio show and this performance includes Noel reading bits from Zappa's Old Bailey Obscenity Trial. I think Frank would've loved their tribute; it was definitely surreal.

Yesterday was all about cleaning and grading papers. And tonight I'm going to use up the rest of my CSA bounty by making a Japanese curry and a cranberry cake.

We have sleet today; it's chilly and windy. Daylight savings is here, and soon it will be winter. I can't believe it's November already.

How was your weekend, flist?
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Wot?! (Vince))
Heya. Part 2 of my fic "Jazz Dalek" is up. You can read it here on this LJ or read it and comment in the comm.

Part one can be found here or here.


Title: Jazz Dalek
Pairing or Characters: Vince/Howard, OFCs, Naboo, Saboo, the Spirit of Jazz
Summary: Howard and Vince have an incident over a used CD, and their adventure takes them closer to home than one might imagine. (Not a x-over, despite the Doctor Who references)
Word Count: 2603
Rating: PG-13 (this chapter)
Warnings: None
Challenge: n/a. Although I am writing this story as a kind of personal challenge to myself, as I’ve tried to write it like an actual episode of the show. Wow, it’s really not easy!

Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters and make no profit. May I be banished to Xooberon if I infringe upon copyright laws and overstep the terms of fair use.
Author’s Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bluestocking79 for being my beta, and [livejournal.com profile] wiccarowan for Brit Picking part 1 even though this isn’t her fandom. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 for our CD shopping trip that inspired the idea.

Please note part 2 has not been brit-picked. If anyone would like to offer their native British English-speaking services please let me know!

Jazz Dalek Part 2 of 3 )

Bowie Ball

Oct. 12th, 2010 02:05 pm
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Noel Buzzcocks OMG)
OH MY FRICKIN' $#!%$%^&*#@! How did I not hear about this event?

Bowie Ball 2010.

Music. COSplay. And The Hunger is my favorite Bowie film, like, ever.

Plus, Booshies in particular, take note of photo #2, which I've also uploaded here.
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Boosh boys smiling)
Here it is! Part 1 of my first ever (and possibly my only) Mighty Boosh fic. I'm still awaiting final Brit Pick approval (thanks Spike!), but feeling antsy after a crazy busy day at work. Plus, [livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 and [livejournal.com profile] tinadoll need a distraction from Tumblr deserve their present. So without further adieu, here is part 1. Be gentle! It's been a looong time since I've written a proper story for any fandom, let alone one that's more like a script than anything else.

- - - - - - - - - - - - -

Title: Jazz Dalek
Pairing or Characters: Vince/Howard, OFCs
Summary: Howard and Vince have an incident over a used CD, and their adventure takes them closer to home than one might imagine. (Not a x-over, despite the Doctor Who references)
Word Count: 2067
Rating: PG (this chapter)
Warnings: None
Challenge: n/a. Although I am writing this story as a kind of personal challenge to myself, as I’ve tried to write it like an actual episode of the show. Wow, it’s really not easy!

Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters and make no profit. May I be banished to Xooberon if I infringe upon copyright laws and overstep the terms of fair use.
Author’s Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bluestocking79 for being my beta, and [livejournal.com profile] wiccarowan for Brit Picking even though this isn’t her fandom. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 for our CD shopping trip that inspired the idea.

Jazz Dalek - Part 1 of 3 )
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Noel nutella)
This weekend I ran the risk of having my Puerto Rican heritage revoked for making truly hippyish black beans. But I made them with tomatillo guacamole, using a recipe from the NYTimes.

piccie behind the clicky )

The Guardian published another one of those celebrity "interviews" that's a series of thematic quotes. I am sad to say (confirm, really) that my CSA blog and foodie posts would be completely lost on Noel Fielding. Oh well, nobody's perfect. I do agree 100%, however with his sentiments regarding tea.

I'm having tea and toast with nutella this morning, btw. Mmmmmm.

Last, a MEME from [livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 who gave me the RIDICULOUS letter J )
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Noel's New Boots)
[livejournal.com profile] soulsister101 and I are looking for these boots (or as close as we can get to them). I know it's a long-shot, but by any remote chance, has anyone seen them for sale somewhere in Manhattan? Or know a place likely to have them? I plan to check the shops on W8th St.

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] newyorkers
gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Noel reads poetry)
Has anyone on my flist watched this series so far? I'm a fan of Dali, but I see there are also episodes on Warhol and Matisse. I plan to watch them all, but found this clip online and had to share it. There is nothing I don't like about this clip. The camera work is genius and I could listen to him talking about art all day. Plus, they pan to his boots, which just cracks me up.

gina_r_snape: me as drawn by pennswoods (Default)
Hello my darlings. It's been a crazy couple of days and there are things I want to write about, but haven't the presence of mind because Benadryl has not left my system. Chiefly, I saw "I Am Love" in the cinema on Friday and was completely blown away by it. I also went to the Howl Festival and it was verrrry small, but saw a terrific piece of performance art. I will post picture(s) and/or video when I get the chance to sift through them.

Work is crazy today. One of my staff is on holiday and I am fielding all of her calls and so I am doing two jobs this week instead of one. It's a very important position, as well, as this person deals with everything specifically related to housing. Having an antihistamine-addled brain isn't helping. My eyes are also super blurry because of the combined effect of allergies and dry eyes. This time of year is always the worst for my head - literally my neck up.

Fic Writing
I've been toiling away at my Boosh fic, and it's not easy writing comedy. I'm trying to fashion it to read like one of the shows, with a narrative setup, dialogue, certain in-jokes, etc., and just don't have the skill level. But it's ok, this is an exercise in fun and also to use my brain in a different way to stimulate creativity for writing theory (believe it or not). HP fic came easier to me, and I wonder if it's because that was a medium based in reading. The language was in my head already. This show is both heavy in dialogue/banter and reliant on visual comedy that isn't as easily translated to fanfic for me. And I'm not even miles near any thought of writing smut. (Maybe that's my problem!)

One happy little accident I discovered over the weekend was about a download. I wanted to snip out the music concert ending of their Future Sailors Tour DVD (that I downloaded from "Jacques LeCube") so I imported the file into Audacity. I have little skill with that program, but I know how to cut and save as mp3. When I went to play back, I discovered there was heretofore undiscovered audio commentary. So, yay hidden gem!

But anyway, the Empire Justice Center has released their Self-Sufficiency Standard for the State of New York, which calculates by county what a household needs just to get by as minimally self-sufficient (as opposed to the poverty line, which is a different but similar measure of 'when you are officially considered poor' and is a national standard).

They calculate a family of three in Brooklyn (1 adult, 1 pre-schooler and 1 school-age child) needs $63,166/yr or $29.91/hr - $22.66 above the minimum wage for NY State. This amount varies not only by county, but also within NYC by borough (and Northern vs Southern Manhattan). Of course, I plan to use this later in the semester for my class.

Now I'm off to get my pick-up. Will post the list shortly.

ETA: CSA This week we got:

Summer Squash
Plum Tomatoes
Green Tomatillos
Butternut Squash
Macintosh Apples
Pears (two kinds)

I've never cooked tomatillos before. Any ideas out there?
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