vass: Jon Stewart reading a dictionary (books)
Vass ([personal profile] vass) wrote2014-07-13 01:55 am
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Culture Consumed Saturday

Books
Read Cathy Park Hong's Engine Empire. Was reminded how someone or other said that operatic plots are not sensible because when people are feeling sensible they do not burst into song. I think maybe when Cathy Park Hong is not feeling bleak and stark, she does not write poems.

Which is not to say I didn't like it. Sharp and smart and poignant and really skillful with language.

Pickwick Papers: in the home stretch. Which is to say, I have about 5 hours of audio left, out of a total of 30. And it's a week overdue at the library after I already renewed it as many times as I could.

Fanworks
Reread [archiveofourown.org profile] lalaietha's your blue-eyed boys (Marvel, Steve/Bucky.)

Re-watched [archiveofourown.org profile] isagel's vid Skeleton Key (POI, Root), which captures many of the things I like best about Root, her ruthless self-sufficiency, her refusal to be pitied.

Unexpected WIP I got sucked into reading and then hooked on: Weeds, by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dien. POI, AU, Finch/Reese/Fusco, on the premise that Finch and Reese advertised for a houseboy, and Fusco (who never met them and is just out of prison, having taken the fall for HR) didn't know what all the acronyms meant and thought it was just yard work, cleaning, and dog-walking. So yeah, crackfic, but hilarious and surprisingly moving crackfic. As I said, WIP, but it's been updated recently.

TV and Movies
Another three episodes of Person of Interest. Am I supposed to find it hilarious every time Reese does something cartoonishly violent or lawless for the greater public good, or every time Finch tries to explain to a person of interest how they should overcome their trust issues and not hide from people? Because I do.

If I ever write fic in this fandom, at least one of my stories will include a really furious argument between Finch and Root on the subject of structural and systematic violence, and how the Machine is programmed only to prevent unexpected deaths, not deaths that are business as usual.

Music
Tracy Grammer, Flower of Avalon. I'm going to have 'Gypsy Rose' stuck in my head for the rest of my fucking LIFE, and it's not anywhere near my favourite song on that album. (My favourite songs on that album are 'Hey Ho' and 'Preston Miller'.)

Perfume
"In vials of ivory and coloured glass
Unstoppered, lurked her strange synthetic perfumes,
Unguent, powdered, or liquid - troubled, confused
And drowned the sense in odours"
- T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land.

Guerlain's Jicky, reviewed here.
Knize Ten, reviewedhere.

Crafts
Another few squares of the mitred square blanket, while watching POI and while having dinner with [personal profile] fasangel and [personal profile] mills_23. And then I brought the Pickwick Papers CDs in from the car and knit some more while listening to them with a warm, heavy cat on me.

Other
My desktop upgrade is nearly finished.


open computer case, with motherboard lit up, keyboard sitting in front
How to do cable management: NOT LIKE THIS.

Bonus tip: maybe don't operate your computer with the case off, either. (I wanted to make sure everything was working before putting it back together.)


Bonus Beatrice photo: she expresses her opinion on various subjects.


Beatrice, rear view
wychwood: chess queen against a runestone (Default)

[personal profile] wychwood 2014-07-12 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
I think case-off operation is usually OK? So long as there's no chance of anything getting caught in the spinning fans, etc, and of course the case provides some protection against dust in the longer term. But I've always done it that way when working on things, because putting the side back on is a faff when you're going to need to do more things with cables in five minutes...

My cable tangle is horrendous at the moment, but it's also literally the only way I could fit everything in and connect the essentials. I'm pretty sure I taped some stuff to the roof of the case to keep it out of the main fan. Bad design! Adding a second hard drive isn't exactly an unusual activity, after all, it should be an expected use-case.
st_aurafina: (Baggins was hatched!)

[personal profile] st_aurafina 2014-07-13 05:53 am (UTC)(link)
Beautiful fluffy kitty butt!