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Too much to do, so few hours to do it in... A break for some sharing.

1. Yesterday I had Return of the Jedi on in the background for the first time in a couple of years, because reading several sexy-violent works-in-progress lately got me in the mood for the scene where the Emperor zaps Luke to within an inch of his life. I made a mental note at the time to look up the actor who played the Emperor, because I was curious whether I've seen him in anything else, but of course I then completely forgot. Then last night I settled down to unwind over an episode of MI-5, and a one-episode character (an elderly chemist with a Northern English accent) who had white hair and kind of a scratchy voice reminded me enough of him that I remembered to check. So I looked Ian McDiarmid up on IMDB, and guess what? Though I hadn't in fact seen him in anything else, he actually was that guy on MI-5, which I was not expecting at all. Honestly, if I hadn't watched Star Wars right before, I never ever would have thought the chemist looked or sounded at all familiar.

2. Music share. Today's theme is Music In Languages Other Than English. The selection is unfortunately limited to my mp3 collection, because I can't at the moment rip songs from CDs or *cough* strip permissions from iTunes downloads, so we're a little heavy on the dance and low on the folk. Expect additions at some point.

  • Sigur Rós - "Hjartað Hamast" (Hopelandic, which the band made up) Featured in the movie Immortel: Ad Vitam with Thomas Kretschmann. Be sure to turn it up nice and loud for that deep soundscape and those soft, rolling r's....

  • Sigur Rós - "Gong" (Icelandic)

  • Noir Désir - "Le Vent Nous Portera" (French)

  • Franka Potente and Thomas D - "Komm zu Mir" (English & German) From Run Lola Run. Maybe cheating because of the English, but the German parts are so much better I sometimes forget there's English in here when I play the song. German is such a sexy language.

  • Cheb Mami & Idir - "Azwaw II" (Algerian) A sampling of rai. If you don't know Cheb Mami already, you'll probably recognize him from his ululating vocals on Sting's "Desert Rose." I dare you not to tap your foot to this one.

  • Cheb Mami & Khaled - "Parisien du Nord" (Algerian & French) Because those two are just so cool together.

  • Cornelis Vreeswijk - "Somliga går med trasiga skor" (Swedish)

  • Connie Dover - "Ubi Caritas" (Latin) Celtic-flavored.

  • Kinky - "Soun Tha Mi Primer Amor" (Spanish)

  • Afro Celt Sound System feat. Sinead O'Connor - "Release" (English & Gaelic) Again, maybe this is cheating because so much of the song is in English, but IMO the most gorgeous moment in this song is during the first Gaelic solo. Iarla O'Lionaird has one of the most beautiful singing voices in any language today.

3. Photo share. Because I found this:

Photo by Jack Slomovits

over the weekend, and tell me it isn't one of the hottest photos you've ever seen. Warning for adult content involving male/male eroticism.

And while we're at it, check these out too (same warning applies):

(These are either from a series called "ti amo" or by a photographer who goes by that name. Found 'em here.)

And that is all. Enjoy!

ETA: That is not all. Ha -- how cool is this? Someone's been inspired to write a fic based on an icon I made. Which reminds me, I made a new icon yesterday (thanks again to [ profile] tathren and [ profile] trekkiegrrrl for help finding Minifesto) with a quote from a fun bit of House/Wilson fluff called "Things To Do Before You Die" by [ profile] thedeadparrot, which you should go read if you haven't yet. Let's see if this works:

Take if you like. Yes. And that is all.
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