Etheric Beam Locators

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:04 pm
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(Yeah, if you know the reference, you know this is not a new discussion.)

This is something I posted on Facebook about the new Doctor Who and I feel like it's still a good summary of where I stand. )

Weekly media report

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:37 am
immlass: (donut powered)
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Very light media week because we were out of town and then had houseguests!

Books:
- none

Movies/TV:
- Class, Episode 5. I forgot a bit about where we were last time but oh, yes, and that, and I really like this show. And I'm bummed that it doesn't look like it's going to get a second season.
- Orphan Black Season 5, Episode 6. We're now rapidly careening toward the series finale with twists galore (some of them foreseeable, others less so) and the heart of darkness finally starting to blow up. I'm going to miss this show when it's gone.

Music:
- none
immlass: (music - radiola)
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Tears for Fears and Hall & Oates at AT&T Center, San Antonio. July 13. 2017.

There was a third opening act but doors were at 6:30 and we got there at 7:15. Tears for Fears started at 7:17.

Tears for Fears were on fire. I didn't think I knew their oeuvre as well as it turns out I do, including songs I probably hadn't heard in 25+ years and could sing from memory. Their voices were strong, their instrumentation and playing were excellent, and while it doesn't look like they're putting out new material, I'd buy it if they were. Plus they win the prize for most on the nose cover with Creep.

Hall and Oates weren't bad, but it was hard to live up to what Tears for Fears was doing. They didn't really get into the music hard until the encore (which was basically a long second set). And Daryl Hall is almost 70 if not more than, so his upper register is shot and the rearrangement of the songs is a bit disorienting. Especially when the audience is singing along to the radio version.

I'm glad we saw Hall and Oates but Tears for Fears was the clear winner here.

Animated Shorts, Tosca Quartet, Austin Chamber Music Festival at the North Door. July 14. 2017.

We've been to the North Door for shows before and this was clearly the worst configuration for it. The seats were too close together, the AC wasn't working properly to the point where Michael had to leave, and the door was around the back because of construction on Fifth. The music was lovely, including the bandoreon player who gave a great intro to his instrument, and the shorts were nice enough, but we'd seen most of them because more than half were from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.

I'd like to see another program like this in a better venue with a better selection of animation. The idea was sound, but not the execution. At least the company was good.

101 in 1001 report

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:57 am
immlass: (break the monotony)
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I went to see the Tosca Quartet and I remembered that we had seen Mother Falcon which marked off another item. So I continue to be ahead.

List under the cut. )

I'm working through a lot of minor items that are winding down, and the exercise and house items plus food trucks are the big remaining things. And financial stuff. My next big gaming thing is I need to work on HOC experience.

Weekly media report

Jul. 12th, 2017 06:44 pm
immlass: (amazons of mars)
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Books:
- The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones, by Thomas Asbridge. Finished this, and it was really solid. I was glad I read it.
- Red Sonja, Vol. 1: Queen of Plagues, by Gail Simone. A fantasy icon written by a woman, with a woman-centered cast. More like this please!
- The Coldest Winter, by Antony Johnston. Prequel to the other Coldest story and I liked this one even better.
- Northlanders, Vol. 1: Sven the Returned, by Brian Wood. It's a western with Viking garb but it's a really good one.

Movies/TV:
- Orphan Black Season 5, Episodes 2-5. Four really good episodes, and now we're caught up. The first with a horrible end twist and the second an Allison & Donnie comedy piece, with bonus mando and Highland dancing. Then the evil science on the island and the counterpart of Sarah with S, Helena, and Kira in the next two. I loved the flashback to S1. I think my favorite bit was S as the researcher, which was great bit of acting work by Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Music:
- Fader, First Light. I didn't expect to love this as much as I did on first listen, but I really really did. I think Neil Arthur does better with a strong collaborator and Benge was one for this album.
- Lindsey Buckingham, One Man Show. Replicates the experience of attending his solo shows beautifully. Not a "single hits" listening album but nice music to work to.
- Usher's Island, Usher's Island. Self-titled supergroup doing their trad thing. Familiar and new all at once, and very enjoyable if you like your trad high church. (I do.)

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