drakyndra: The Music Meister demands you sing! (Discworld: Truth Justice...)
( Mar. 13th, 2015 10:50 pm)
What a thing to wake up to. I ended up crying over my breakfast as I read all the tributes today.

I just don't really know what to say - in spite of everything, include his medical issues, I just never really imagined a world without Terry Pratchett. I found his books as a child, really, and they've been with me since then. In my list of favourite books and authors, lots of writers have come and gone, but Pratchett was firmly lodged in place. So much of what inspires me, what I think and feel has come from what he wrote; some people look to philosophers or historical figures, but I looked to his books.

And now he is gone.

I'm just going to go be sad for a while.

Read more... )
Well, I'm back in Melbourne after the Christmas sojourn down to Hamilton. And my housemates are back, too, so the place is no longer as weirdly quiet seeming as it was in the last few weeks for Christmas.

Also, they apparently found this enormous TV that someone put out on the nature strip. Now they just need a cable to see if it works, and the iPartment just may have obtained a free enormous TV. Because nature strip is the way to go for all your household goods

We also weren't in the region of the crazy Christmas hail storm (and speaking of with, what was up with that? I heard about it on the news, and of course Melbourne has this ridiculous storm on Christmas when I am not actually around at all.)

Christmas itself was reasonably quiet - lunch with Mum, The Sister and a friend of the family at Mum's place for lunch. (...And then leftovers for the next few days, aside from both The Sister and I's attempts at cookery). We also had a visit to Port Fairy one afternoon, in that grand Hamiltonian tradition. Pity it wasn't warmer, or we could have gone for an actual swim.

Presents I end up with - aside from the gift voucher and pencil case full of chocolates from my housemate - were 2 of the Discworld related maps (and some chocolate) from The Sister, and a small purple travel case, some charms for my bracelet, and margarita mixes (and some chocolate) from my mother. My Dad gave his presents last time I saw him.

Aside from that, Hamilton was... very Hamilton. I mean, now I am in Melbourne I shall have to check out some of the post-Christmas sales. Whereas, in Hamilton (and travelling too and from), I managed to get through 5 novels in 6 days, including all three of those Stieg Larsson Lizbeth Salander books, which were pretty hefty bricks.

Ah, but that's things for you. What has everyone else's Christmases been like? I've had some limited net access in Hamilton, but not as much as here in the iPartment. And what is everyone got planned for New Years?
So, yesterday my copy of Snuff by Terry Pratchett finally arrived. (The pay-off for the later arrival being that Book Depository had it for $10 cheaper than anywhere else).

I'm currently reading it - or, I should say, I'm currently re-reading it, since I rushed through the whole thing in one go yesterday, and now I'm settling down for a bit slower read as a tram/free-time novel.

Anyone on my flist read it, or in the process of reading? There's been something of a dearth of conversation about it in the usual places that I look, and I think I feel like some bookchat.

ETA: Spoilers in the comments.
My, what an entertaining weekend.

So, on Friday when I was wandering around the city for a bit, I was wooed into buying a dress because the shop was giving out free champagne. Which I suppose works out as a net profit for them. Now I need something nice to go to so I can wear the dress.

Then on Saturday I went to an 18th birthday in the city - yes, I apparently do know people who have just turned 18, it was a surprise to me too - which went rather as most 18th would be expected to go. AKA bar, pub, bar, karaoke bar, in that order.

Okay, the karaoke bar was a bit different, but I can now say I have been to one. Pity those other people went and stole our song. We were going to sing Bohemian Rhapsody.

And today was slightly less active, seeing as I spent the morning sleeping things off, but I did finally get around to seeing this week's episode of Penguindrum. To which my response can mostly be summed up as Cut for Episode 14 spoilers )

However, despite it's recent release I am yet to read the new Pratchett book, since my copy hasn't arrived yet. *sigh* At least I have thus far avoided spoilers, aside from a few small ones.

Oh, and I found out via Facebook that my sister's housemate is engaged. That's modern technology for you. Surprisingly enough, I have actually met her fiance, too.

Random question for peoples: Next weekend, I have been invited to an Apocalypse themed party (A friend has their birthday on the 21st, which is supposedly Rapture Day. At least according to that dude who previously said it was in May.) There is a call for Apocalypse themed costumes. Anyone got any suggestions for something apocalypse-themed I could go as? Preferably something that won't take too much effort to make
You know, I didn't even realise computers could get a virus in the start menu, but apparently that is in fact the case. (Also, whoever is responsible for a virus that causes computers to not be able to shut down has a really warped mind).

...And that is why about 3 hours out of the last 24 have involved rather too much mucking around with anti-virus programs, and why my computer has been so wonky the last couple of days. Though I seem to have things mostly sorted now.

Though I shall have to leave a note to self: Do not trust emails that claim to be from Australia Post.

Speaking of, a pile of books (well, three) arrived in the post from Book Depository for me today, and three more should shortly be on their way. Now, if only I didn't have those darn assignments to do, I could get cracking with all the reading I want to do. Plus there's a new Discworld book out in like a week. Gah, too many books I need to read.

And despite appearances, FMA fans, I did not in fact forget 3 Oct '11 which is Don't Forget Day. I was just otherwise occupied. I did see that there's a pile of new fic floating around, some of which I may read when I get a bit of spare time.

What is everyone else up to?
So, it is once more Towel Day. And also the Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May. All that great geekiness, all smushed together on the one day.

It's like a geeky smoothie.

In other news, I am kinda trying tow work out all my plans for my birthday this weekend. I've family stuff on Sunday, so that's sorted.

But I need a lift to/from Lara's thing on Friday (well, I suppose I could get a train out there if someone can pick me up from the station, but I don't know if the trains run late enough for me to get home...), because I would quite like to go. I can get into the CBD, if it helps anyone.

And I'm curious as to who I know who is going to the Melbourne Slutwalk on Saturday, because I'd rather like to meet up with people there. And then we can go have something to eat or drink or whatever for my birthday afters.

So... yeah. Some assistance please, people?

As a reward, have some YouTube videos.

I have this video from TropFest, which I found rather amusing. (It has animals!)

And while I have no intention of going to go see Fast Five, I have to admit this has to be one of the best movie ads I have ever seen. The tag-line is "Car chases make movies better", and you should really just watch it.
Terry Pratchett has announced that there are plans for a Watch TV series.

I... honestly don't know what to think about this. But this on top of that Good Omens adaptation - Pterry seems to be big on the TV stuff right now.
So, I just spent the past couple of days watching Neon Genesis Evangelion, because I've been meaning to get round to it forever.

And now I rather think I see where that show got it's reputation from.

To borrow something I said to one of my housemates last night, "So 18 episode in, it suddenly becomes a horror series."

And then there's the ending, which basically had me sitting there going "What" for about an hour.

But thought provoking. And now I possibly feel the need for something rather more cheery as a palate cleanser. The music is still stuck in my head. :/

Also, I am tired because I didn't get any sleep last night. No, these events are not actually related.

In more cheerful news, how about the cat that lives up a tree?

And we have we have a release date and summary for the next Discworld book, which is always good news.

...I've got a surprising amount of books I'm looking forward to coming out this year.


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