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Happy 2011, everyone.

I am starting the new year with a clean sink, a pop song stuck in my head (soon to be replaced by the song I'm vidding to) and the discovery that four (!) of my prompts were filled in the [community profile] kink_bingo December mini-challenge:

From what I read/watched of the month's collection, my favorite was the beautiful vid Repeat Encounter by pi (Mushi-Shi, Ginko/tentacles).

Heh, and then there was that Care Bears manip I did. All I can say is I'm sorry.


I've been thinking back to the last few New Years, noticing how life has changed.

December 31 three years ago, the president of Hell Job kept several of us in the office until well after dark to finish a major company project. The best part—the part I tell people about because it encapsulates so much of what was wrong at that place—was when (right after he'd shushed the head of IT, who'd been checking his watch and saying his family was expecting him for dinner) he declared he had to leave, hefted a case of champagne onto his shoulder and left us there to finish.

Two years ago, I spent the evening in my grad school apartment writing most of Outtakes with the Twilight Zone marathon in the background.

Last year and this year, [ profile] deelaundry et al kindly had me over for a leisurely dinner and word games.

Next year—or, technically this year—I suppose I should do something special. We'll see what December brings.
bironic: Fred reading a book,looking adorable (fred reading)
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik: Thumbs up. A very easy read, and worth picking up for the sweet relationship between Laurence and Temeraire (man and dragon). Am 150 pages into the second in the series, Throne of Jade, now.

Nanny McPhee (2005, dir. Kirk Jones): Thumbs up. The reviews had made it sound awful, but my children's movie-loving dad needed cheering up, so we watched it -- and it was actually pretty charming, in a caricaturish way. It reminded me of Pushing Daisies: lots of bright colors, larger-than-life figures and settings, fairy tale ambiance, and morbid humor.

The Illustrated Man (1969, dir. Jack Smight): Thumbs down. Plodding, repetitive, painful. I'm sure the book was better. Only good things about it were Robert Drivas, looking like Malcolm Reynolds' and Simon Tam's lovechild, who did a decent acting job and also played the part as if his character were being seduced against his will by the title character (Rod Steiger), and the fact that "The Veldt" was sandwiched in the middle of it. We read that as a standalone short story in an English class in middle school; I hadn't known it came from the novel.

We read a lot of fantastic short stories in that class, actually: O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi," Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day," Shirley Jackson's "Charles" and "The Lottery," W. W. Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw," Frank R. Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger." And we watched movie/TV versions of at least four of them. They all left a strong impression on me. Our teacher was a sci fi fan, which was awesome (er, for me); I remember one rainy day, or maybe two, she put on The Wrath of Khan, and I was in raptures. We were in the sixth grade, and none of these was in the curriculum, just added for our enrichment. When a few of them resurfaced in later years' classes, you could tell who'd been in this class by their contributions to the discussion.

A little trip down memory lane. Consider it preparation for Memoryfest, which I think I'll start tomorrow or Tuesday.

We have been promised snow overnight, but right now it's raining. Pouring, really. Maybe it'll cool by morning, but I am not too hopeful. Thursday starting at about 4 a.m. we had something like ten hours of heavy storms on and off, complete with purple-tinged, popping lightning. In January. If it'd been snow, we'd have had about two feet by evening (going by 1 inch rain = 1 foot snow). Alas. Everyone north of us has been getting all the fun precipitation this season.
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (wilson new year)
Hey, folks.

Today is the last day of 2006. (Well, it is in this time zone; for those who are already celebrating, Happy 2007!) It's a time of reflection, of slowing down, of looking back. And with the start of the new year, the second annual Memoryfest will commence.

How it works: I will post one memory each day for the month of January, and I invite all of you to post one of your own in the comments. If this year's turns out to be anything like last year's, we'll then get into the most interesting conversations in which we discover cultural and individual similarities and differences, coincidences, etc., and follow tangents into the oddest topics. It's really great fun.

There aren't any official rules. The guidelines I've set for myself are to only post memories that I haven't told many people about, or written in a diary about, before. Not because they're traumatic, but because I want to write about the small stuff—seemingly inconsequential little recollections that become stories in the telling and often reveal more about myself than expected. I also exclude events that happened within the last few years; they're more complex in the retelling, and I'm more interested in the things I can remember all the way back through early childhood.

In addition, to answer some of the questions I've been asked recently: You can post a memory that's related to mine or one that has nothing to do with it. You can participate every day or whenever you feel like dropping in. You can comment without sharing a memory of your own (though I'll be sad). If your memory is very long or very personal, you're welcome to post it on your own journal and put a link in comments. I'd just ask as a courtesy to people who may be reading here who aren't on your f-list that if your post is locked, you please indicate so along with the link. A tip for keeping a memory public when it involves other people is to change or abbreviate the name(s) to an initial.

You can browse through the index to last year's Memoryfest to get an idea of what it was like.

Last year we had maybe ten participants from my small f-list, all of whom I knew personally, from my sister to good friends to people I'd met through HP conferences. We had Americans, Brits, ex-pat Americans in England, an Indian-American and a handful of Danes. This year, there are more than 70 people reading this journal. Most of you I've never met in person and a few of you I've rarely or never spoken with online. From what I can tell, in addition to more of the above, we now have people in and/or from Canada, France, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, China and I think Japan. (Have I missed any?) We have a greater age range too. I'm sure this diversity will make for an even more interesting 'fest.

Happy New Year! I very much hope to see you in January.
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The Memoryfest Rundown

Things I have learned during this project )

Things I have not learned during this project )

Some random things we have discussed )

Some not-so-random things we have discussed )

Miscellaneous profundity )

Memoryfest Prizes )

Seriously, though, I've enjoyed this month enormously, and I hope you have too. It's hard to say what I liked best: learning these private, personal things about each of you; exploring storytelling in this straightforward style, both for the way in which the memories shaped themselves into stories and for the reactions, both expected and unexpected, they brought out in us when we read them; the connection to the past that sprang up again and again as I chose and wrote about these memories; or the alternately silly and thought-provoking diversions we found ourselves in along the way.
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Alas, we reach the end.

31. Pre-School )
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There was going to be one about vomit tonight but I've spared you. Have some acrophobia instead.

30. Middle School )

Tomorrow's the last day, my friends. Think of a good memory and let's go out with a bang.

Minds out of the gutters.
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
Was hanging out at a former co-worker's house tonight with a group of people several years older than I am, and ended up watching half a DVD of Guns 'n' Roses music videos. Hence:

29. Elementary School )

Okay, bedtime with the hope that I'll wake up without the sneezy wheezy Ivanka-has-two-cats-and-I-spent-six-hours-in-her-apartment fun-filled reactions.
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
Whew. I’m all written out today, and owe a bunch of you responses. A short one tonight.

28. Pre-School )
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Does anyone remember this exchange from Brave New World, where everyone is medicated to want little and get everything they do want immediately? --
"Has any of you been compelled to live through a long time-interval between the consciousness of a desire and its fufilment?"
"Well," began one of the boys, and hesitated.
"Speak up," said the D.H.C. "Don't keep his fordship waiting."
"I once had to wait nearly four weeks before a girl I wanted would let me have her."
Because that was running through my head all day as I planned to run by Blockbuster and pick up "Immortal," which I feel like I've wanted to see for a long time when really it's just been 36 hours. Utter lack of ability to delay gratification. [ profile] synn and I watched it tonight along with "Enemy Mine." Both great. Thomas K. remains German sex symbol. Beautiful Man/God/Blue Mutant slashiness was enjoyed. Details when it isn't bedtime.

For now, today's memory. I went to a funeral this afternoon, so in that vein:

27. Middle School )
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
Well, heck, how do you follow those two up?

25. Middle School )
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While we're on the subject...

24. High School )
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My sister suggested a non-elementary-school era memory, so:

23. High School )
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Filled to the brim with a busy day topped off with post-food shopping/new-recipe meals, House reruns and a Firefly ep, I retire to bed with the hefty Cartographer's Craft PDF. Happy weekend, everyone!

22. Elementary School )
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Long post, extra memory this afternoon... Here's a shorty.

21. Elementary School )
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
Comforting dreams of Robert Sean Leonard, vampire movies that end with everyone dying in a sudden explosion, documentaries on jellyfish whose stings turn female scientists into porn stars (long story): Life chugs along.

20. Pre-School )
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
Okay, I owe [ profile] synn this one from Sunday.

19. Elementary School )
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Alan and Denny mambo-ing in Denny's office for several minutes. Is all I have to say about "Boston Legal" tonight.

18. Elementary School )


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