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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

yet another aimless update

sitting in my room, staring into the light of this candle (a lovely birthday gift!) like william miller (with his candle and the who on vinyl (except there's no music on): 

just thinking about the podcast i just listened to (about writers' rooms, writing for tv, showrunning blah blah writers! marriage! the golden age of television is now! etcetera). pondering the comic book page i will be working on drawing later tonight. thinking about how i used to write essay length posts on episodes of LOST - intense analysis of plot. it meant so much to me. there's a bit in the podcast where michael schur talks about how when he tells people he works in tv, he sometimes gets the reaction where the other person says "tv sucks! he doesn't even own one!" what is that? why is reading a book so much better? is it just the using your mind to create vs sitting in front of pictures? is it like people not considering comic books actual reading?

next show i might check out i think will be parks and rec. i could use more adam scott in my life (even though i have been warned he shows up only round about season 02). 

this is a great excerpt from the podcast:
We did an one episode recently, where Adam Scott’s character had a kidney stone and had to be on morphine. And we had a lot of funny jokes for things things that a drugged up Adam Scott would say. And Harris Wittels, one of our writers, is a,…drug enthusiast…he’s a really laid-back guy, he’s usually asleep in the room. And we were going over the script and he was REALLY agitated. I was like, “What is wrong with you, man?” And he was like, “It’s just…It’s just not the way people talk when they’re on morphine! And I really think we need to get this right.” And I was like, “GO CRAZY MAN.” And then he disappeared into a room, he worked harder than I’ve ever seen him work. He was focused, and his phone would ring and he would be like “NO!” and turn it off, and he came back and like, every joke he wrote for Ben was better than the one that we had had. We were like, generic drugged dude, and he was super-specific about what people were like on morphine. And it was like, “This Harris. This is the reason I hired you. Five years later it finally paid off, for this morphine section. — Michael Schur
i have listened to quite a bit of harris wittels in my analyze phish phase. 
"drug enthusiast" is one way to put it :D

Sunday, 23 June 2013

moving fingers

my dad hated blogs, just the idea of all the people with all the vociferous opinions pissed him off a bit i think. starting to feel this way. like what is so important that i have to type it up all importantly and declare "hey look at me! i had this thought!" ...i'm also not giving up on this blog. i am after all still typing here :D so anyway, some thoughts:

i cleaned my room today, a complete cleanse. even took some stuff off the walls. things that felt "old". new order before my birthday. feels good.

listened to modern vampires of the city yet again today. the joy of it wanes not. i'm so glad they took their time with it, was worth the wait. also there's none of that laura marling feeling of "a new album? already?" i cant make myself get the new one. back to the dubs: because i know that diane young is meant to sound like "dying young", it's making me think of sound alikes in other songs as well...

workship you:
actual lyric: we worshipped you • what i think it sounds like: we workshopped you... (which makes sense in a way right? making god up.)

hannah hunt:
actual: Hannah tore the New York Times up into pieces • what i think it sounds like: Hannah told the New York Times i'd been to pieces. (which is way worse, but both ways are disturbing. my version makes the follow up lines less unexpected "if I can't trust you then damn it, Hannah/there's no future, there's no answer)

other music that i've been digging of late: i get wet - andrew wk • the information - beck • anthem - hanson • the band - the band • the glad fact - dirty projectors • dark touches - har mar superstar...

but my favourite is CT's pre dubs solo thing - digby sellars. it's basic. simple. effortless. like the beatles meets crosby, stills, nash and young... just listen.

the next album defo needs some ct singing, not just drumming.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

June - a reading challenge i'm about 1/3 of the way through shikasta at the moment. i'm woefully nowhere near the halfway mark of my goal of 50 books this year (entirely new books these have to be, i get sadly distracted by re-reading - went on a bit of a re-georgette heyer detour). i'm at 16 books including the 3 yet to be finished. so my challenge for the rest of june is to get through these 10 books. in any order.
  1. doris lessing - shikasta
  2. george w m reynolds - wagner the werewolf
  3. pierre boulle - the bridge on the river kwai
  4. orhan pamuk - my name is red
  5. william maxwell - so long, see you tomorrow
  6. amelie northcomb - sulphuric acid
  7. carrie fisher - surrender the pink
  8. anaïs nin - a spy in the house of love
  9. stephen fry - the stars' tennis balls
  10. chuck palahniuk - tell-all
KEY half read done 

which means no time for randomly watching lame movies/old episodes of the oc/gilmore girls/top chef/reading sappy fanfics... basically no watching, only reading. and creating. working on a comic book :)