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Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:

https://storify.com/RebelsHeart/ursula-vernon-and-friends-vs-iceland

There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.
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You know that Robert Burns poem, about wishing "to see ourselves as others see us" and those physics stories about seeing the back of one's own head? Yeah, that. Check out the front row:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkPpCcTtvnI

*Dang*, the back of my head looks good! Especially when you consider I cut my hair in front of a mirror with no hand mirror [so I'm doing the back by feel]. I really should've been on the second row with my feet up, though. If my feet had swollen less, I might've been able to make it to some filking at night. As it was, I taped 14 concerts from that seat. I should've filed a homestead exemption. ;)
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Palette Swap Ninja has a whole new album for free. It's the most brilliant mash-up of "Star Wars: A New Hope" and "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"--the whole album! It's free to download here: http://www.paletteswapninja.com/2017/05/01/new-album-princess-leias-stolen-death-star-plans/ Or, you can watch the entire story via videos [with lyrics] at bit.ly/starwarsbeatles .

Woot, woot!
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Ever helpful, [personal profile] hms42 sent me this link.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxBioJmHs31grtYB3pHk8jFvTCPkJB0Nb

If anyone ever wonders what a filk con is like, check this playlist out for yourself. You can definitely see why Judi won the Pegasus award for Best Performer, though!

I've not checked all the videos, but if they show the bottom of the microphones, the small recorder on the front of the stage is mine. I'm the one in the first or second row, savoring the goodies.

:)
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Wondrous Winterthings to one and all!

Or, given the way it's looking, Hot fun in the summertime. ;)

On our walk, we just saw:

5 sunning turtles,
4 yellow sulfurs (butterflies!)
3 lee-zards (2 skink, 1 anole)
2 titmice, &
1 kingfisher caroling around.

All presided over by Goose-Gamesh (the resident Canada goose at the pond).

obLMB--It's 70 degrees fahrenheit today, & *that's just wrong!*

Tee hee hee.

Kid Books

Dec. 13th, 2016 06:29 am
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Back in the spring, my bridesmaid & I got together for lunch. I wasn't sure what to do with her afterwards. Her allergies mean she wasn't up for a walk at the nature preserve, & she's so fidgety, she's got Restless Body Syndrome. ;)

She's a kindergarten teacher, & I have lots of extra credits over on paperbackswap.com, so I suggested ordering some books for her class. She gave specific searching parameters, & we ordered some things. So far, so fine.

But I'm the filkferengi, used to shopping for several people at once. At the next book sale, I started seriously checking out the kid books. It was a whole new revelation. Lots of the library book sales I go to had recently started raising their prices, to $2 for an adult hardback. That doesn't sound like much, but adds up quickly, & actually is a lot for a beat-up ex-library discard. The kid books, however, are still .25-.50 most places, which filled my frugal heart with acquisitive glee.

Bridesmaid Kim was very excited, too--at first. The first box was pounced upon with grateful glee, as was the second. By the third, she was getting a big glassy-eyed & starting to whimper. So, I quit buying for her, but that left me with lots of boxes potentially for me. There's the shelf in the hallway, the large box in the media room [formerly known as the book room], the two boxes in the living room, not to mention the tall stacks on the kitchen and coffee tables. Eep!

Still, finding all those made for a very fun spring and summer. It seems as if every author I like has written a kid's book: Jane Yolen, Jay Williams, et-extensive-cetera. Now I've discovered all kinds of groovy new authors, mostly artists: Jan Brett, Molly Brett, Steven Kellogg, Lesley Anne Ivory [cats!].

As I'm [very] gradually working through them, it's quite convenient. When ze spouse is watching a particularly news segment, it's the simplest thing in the world to reach down & read half a kid's book or so. If nothing else, it's certainly beefing up my monthly books-read total. Fun times in filkferengi town!
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Because the [personal profile] filkferengi just had to share the love. Note: all of these albums are on bandcamp, which means you can listen to the whole thing for free before buying, if you want to. [If you run the cursor over the song title, a link to lyrics frequently appears on the right.]


Amanda Palmer did an album with her dad. The whole album's $1.
http://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/album/you-got-me-singing-2


The PDX Broadsides have a new album. These folks are funny!
https://thepdxbroadsides.bandcamp.com/album/somethings-rotten


Emily Holbert also has some good stuff. This album includes her recording of her own song "The Maiden And The Selkie" which was so gorgeously covered by Heather Dale [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGT5lBve_v4 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om8LzIcFmbA - with lyrics]

https://emholbert.bandcamp.com/album/foxfire


Now, *that*'s a message we can all approve of!

;)
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Saddle up with Sir Patrick in the best infomercial ever! Also, it's for a good cause. We just wish the rest of the ad were real.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-patrick-stewart-go-country-for-charity-in-outrageous-ad-20160705
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I surprised my headbanging, hunky hubby with a new cd. It's by a group called Hayseed Dixie. The album is "Kiss My Grass: a Hillbilly Tribute To KISS." The very first track I played him off it was:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOMZCLiPnUk

So. Deliciously. Wrong. The look on his face when *those* sounds came out was absolutely priceless.

Tee hee hee.
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http://dreamcafe.com/2016/01/21/mondays-cat/

Steve Brust says it's all Emma Bull's fault.
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