Posts Tagged ‘the task at hand’
So, I was updating my review widget a couple of days ago when my sidebar exploded. I’m still not sure if it was an update or some weird code error but I am bereft of social media links till I get them all reinstalled. I feel like the blog is stranded on an iceberg and the only contact with civilization is a small pontoon plane.
Shoreacres from The Task at Hand found and shared the Featured Vid for this Week. Check out Unorganized Hancock doing their cover of Modest Mouse‘s Float On.
Lots of new music in the jukebox this week including The Heavy Horses track I was looking for a few weeks ago. Give a listen to Alabama Shakes – Always Right, Great Peacock – Take me to the Mountain, The Heavy Horses – Copper and Gold, Joe Pug – The Great Despiser and Jason Isbell – Cigarettes and Wine.
Okay, I promised once the sun came up I would go find Hamish for Scooter. She has the little brothers from Brave in bear form and when I went to collect them so she could sleep, Hamish was nowhere to be found. Since I draw the line at moving furniture at four in the morning, I am off to search now.
So last night I was all “OMG! New Doctor Who! Dinosaurs on a spaceship! Whee!”
This morning I am more “ow, ow, ow, coffee, please give me coffee”. I have a headache and Into Free -Dangan- by the B’z stuck in my head making it even worse. Not as bad as having Immigrant Song stuck in my head because no matter how old and mellow he is now, the Robert Plant inside my head is always really freakin’ loud.
I have a new article on Dragon’s Dogma up over at GamingHUD. (thus explaining the music stuck in my head)
It’s like the ’80s exploding all over my screen…and I can’t look away.
Moving along —
Lots of new stuff up in the sidebar jukebox. I must go find everything Nicki Bluhm has ever recorded and snag it because her voice is amazing. You all pop over and give her a listen. Beautiful, beautiful voice. Her band is the Gramblers and keep wondering if it is some smushing of rambler and gambler or just, you know, a word?
This last vid is for shoreacres from The Task at Hand. It’s The Record Company at this years’ SXSW covering Freddy Cannon’s Tallahassee Lassie. I consider this fair payment for the backwards walking chicken video.
My new Captain America earrings arrived yesterday! I was going to take a picture of me wearing them until I realized I am really bad at trying to photograph myself with the camera on my phone. Now I have all these bizarre pics of my ear at weird angles.
Sci-fi writer Martha Wells discusses finishing her lastest book and other writer-ly things.
Catch a first chapter preview of Throne of the Crescent Moon on author Saladin Ahmed’s website.
I have a terrible craving for pimento cheese sandwiches. I blame shoreacres for this problem.
Becky Chambers over at The Mary Sue discusses the ‘Hey Sweetheart’ scenario in RPG video games. I am not a fan of the DA:O Alistair example she uses since I think it is there to foreshadow a plot point, rather than to remind us that we are girls. The endless ‘pretty one’ remarks we have to endure later in the game and the ‘I dare you to slice open my bare midriff‘ female Dalish armor however, are excellent examples. Nice article and interesting discussion in the comments section.
My feet are so cold.
So yesterday as I was rocking the kidlet for her nap, the entire building started shaking. After determining that it was sunny outside, the washer was not overbalancing, Optimus Prime had not crashed into the building and that even the incredibly annoying downstairs neighbors were not capable of MOVING THE ENTIRE BUILDING, I was left with…er..earthquake as the only possible cause.
I have ridden out hurricanes, tornados, mountains of porch destroying snow but this was my first earthquake. Scooter is convinced the shaking was caused by a volcano. She and the ‘Bit were both pretty mellow about the whole thing but Crumb the destructo cat ran wildly around with her tail puffed out for a couple of minutes before the earthquake hit. As mentioned on Twitter, I did save the coffee along with the other cracker jars of coffee-type neccessaties but it was never a dire thing. The jars shift around on the top shelf of the bakers rack pretty much anytime we walk in the room. With a hurricane headed in this weekend I am considering duct taping them to the shelf. You know, just till the worst of the wind is over.
To round out the disaster list, check out Tom Benton’s Flood, on the 1951 Kansas City flood, over at The Task at Hand.
Even after coffee my feet are still cold.
Paw and Claw Designs – Trust me, sometimes you NEED purple gaming dice earrings. Kitten also makes gaming dice pendants as well as a selection of slightly more traditional silver and bead earrings. She offers different options on her jewelry (like sterling silver or surgical steel) and takes custom orders.
This week marks the 2oth anniversary of the US release of the SNES. Check out GamingHUD for an entire week of articles, reviews, videos and geek-ly reminiscing on this early Nintendo gaming system.
Ahhh. Warm socks. Off to find lunch-type items and consume them.
Ages ago, shoreacres from The Task at Hand sent me the link to a beautiful sailing video set to Turning Toward the Morning by folk singer Gordon Bok. I have been looking for the link for a couple of weeks now and finally found it this morning. The vid is in the featured section but you can also watch it HERE.
Rachel Deahl and Calvin Reid from Publisher’s Weekly are at SXSWi this week. From their article SXSWi:Thinking Beyond Publishing to Storytelling -
Here you’ll learn about new apps, new software, new software companies, new theories on gaming and, all the while, wonder and ponder how these can be applied to the current publishing models and modes of storytelling. One of the most interesting threads at SXSWi was hearing about how different entertainment sectors are trying to find consumers for the content while, at the same time, they explore new ways to actually present that content.”
Suburban Home Records is offering a free digital download of Juke, the new Josh Small album with a preorder of the record or CD. Also from Suburban Home,
Imagine being a struggling, independent rock band given the opportunity to tour Europe and not having the funds to cover the flights to get them there. That is the situation that faced Suburban Home’s Two Cow Garage recently and instead of passing up an incredible opportunity to play their hearts out to Countries abroad, the guys decided to make things happen. They came up with the rather ingenious idea of asking their fans to help them pick some cover songs to record and offer those recordings on a donation basis on Bandcamp.
You can listen to the tracks over in the sidebar and buy/donate at the above bandcamp link. Congrats to the guys on their European Tour.
In honor of National Punctuation Day, I give you linkspam!!!!
(and exclamation points)
Good Book of the Day – Book recs and reviews, daily puzzles and a weekly recipe. I love the layout.
17 dots – notes from the digital underground. The Emusic blog. Sort of.
Picking up Mary Travers’ Hammer - by Linda Leinin from The Task at Hand. The best memorial to Travers I have read and the only one to make her seem like a real person, instead of just another cultural icon.