Well...

Sep. 7th, 2017 07:19 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - a ruiner of things)
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Work turned from okay to FUCKING HECTIC in like two days. I was going to post a ficlet today but then I stumbled across this and now I'm too overcome by hilarity to do anything that advanced.


*falls off the sofa cackling*

(Remember that time I wrote a totally ridiculous ficlet about James Franco, Shia LaBeouf and metamodernism? Yeahhhhhhhhh...)

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kat_lair: (GEN - love)
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Oh fuck you, 2016! George Michael was another one of those singers whose songs travelled with me from teenage years to adulthood, revealing whole new aspects as I grew up. Very sad to be waking up to the news of his passing this morning :(

Cowboys and angels' is one of my favourite songs of his...



And I had to include 'Faith', because it seems essential right now.



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kat_lair: (GEN - lights)
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It's been a shitty few weeks. Personally speaking work is really, really challenging at the moment with a lot of interpersonal conflict and drama I'm having to mediate, and lot of organisational change that requires eighty million forms to make it happen. Globally speaking, the disaster of the US election results is opening up a cold pit of dread inside me for the environment, for the people, for anyone who is different, for anything that isn't economic growth. I'm looking for the strength and active hope in small things now, in the people around me, in how my neighbour took in a rescue cat, how I'm told I'm doing a good job at this Programme Directorship lark, how mum's test results were all clear, in the upcoming trip to New Orleans, and the small positive differences I can make.

But this post isn't really about the above, although it really is one in the long line of devastating things 2016 has thrown our way. I woke up this morning to the news of Leonard Cohen's passing. It's not really a surprise, given his advanced age, but it still cuts me like a knife to the heart. I can't begin to explain what his poetry, set to music or not, means to me. I am absolutely heart-broken. I can't bring myself to listen to these at the moment because if I do I'll just sit here and cry and I can't do that right now because I have a lot of work to get through but these are some my favourite ones and I know I will return to them, when time has softened a blow little.













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kat_lair: (2BG - Max)
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Did I tell you I went to see Ghostbusters last weekend AND FUCKING LOVED IT. There may be fic. Maybe. If I ever get space to write in between current madness of 'finishing my MA dissertation whilst dealing with gazillion work emails and endless drama'.

However, the Ghostbusters soundtrack has provided me with some suitably kick-ass musical motivation to deal with that. Been rocking out to this a lot:



Also, Elle King? Pwhoar!

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:((((((

Apr. 21st, 2016 07:43 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - lights)
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I learned English with some of his songs (which probably explains a lot), so bummed by the news.




More here )

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Some music

Apr. 13th, 2016 04:34 pm
kat_lair: (BANDOM - dark dark)
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Two vids for you this evening.

This first one I came across on the flist and it is very, very clever and awesome. Do watch it on full screen via Vimeo to catch all the details. There is though a sad lack of female rock representation. Dear vidder, women rock too!




This second one is a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence by Disturbed. It's clearly been out for a few months but I only caught it for the first time today on Planet Rock and was very, very impressed. Enjoy.



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kat_lair: (GEN - lights)
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Hyvää ja rauhallista itsenäisyyspäivää, Suomi
Happy and peaceful Independence Day, Finland





Veteraanin Iltahuuto - sanat )

Veteran's Evening Call - lyrics translation )

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kat_lair: (TBBT - it's a tiara!)
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Happy Sunday,

I've been up for several hours now but in a good mood. Have some Sunday morning music:




Lyrics translation by yours truly )

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kat_lair: (GEN - all the feelings)
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Finnish flist*, you are all FIRED for not telling me about Vain Elämää series. FIRED I SAY.

Because now I'm totally addicted and I cannot watch the full shows in UK because of stupid regional restrictions and only fraction of the videos is on Youtube. And essentially I need more of people's adorable faces being overcome by emotion when other people sing their songs. RIGHT IN THE FEELS. Whoever knew that Toni Virtanen's face even crumbled like that oh my god.

*sulks and repeat watches youtube vids*

*For the rest of you, this is a series where well known artists perform each other's songs, providing a new interpretation, arrangement etc and it inevitably results in tears all around from various FEELS. It is brilliant. I mean who doesn't like to see people cry because of creative awesomeness?

Have some videos, all in Finnish obvs )
kat_lair: (BANDOM - let's swap body fluids)

O HAI!

I've had a week off from teaching/thesis work so actually opening the thesis chapter draft today counts for something, right? Granted, most I've done today is copy-paste some paragraphs around and feel detached about the whole concept of academia. Submitting PhD thesis before Christmas? Pfft, piece of cake. Presenting a conference paper that I haven't yet written in three weeks? Whatever, I'm sure it'll be fine.

This, ladies and gents, is what I like to call happy-go-lucky-denial. It's awesome.

It also leads to rambly updates.

So, I had a very relaxing week off. [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I spent a rainy weekend in the country, drank wine, ate lots of awesome food, watched the Eurovision (I wanted Moldova to win, but was also hugely fond of Italy), and talked about writing (though did not get much actual writing done). On Monday we came back to Manchester, collected [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare from the train station and spent the evening rocking out to Panic! At The Disco.


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No, I cannot be bothered to cut, pull your finger out of your arse and scroll past if you're not interested.


Panic @ Manchester Academy, 16th of May

Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuude, it was amazing. Academy's refurbishment has paid off and the venue is so much better now than three years ago when pushkin666 and I first saw the band there.

Speaking of, this was a very... different gig than the one three years ago. A different band, yes, but what really stuck out for me was how different Brendon was. He fucking owned that stage. Yes, part of it is growing up I'm sure, gaining more experience and confidence, but I think it was more than that. Three years ago it felt like Brendon was playing a part in someone else's band. Now, it felt like it really was Brendon on stage, fronting his own band, not a role he put on. And damn, it was hot. I approve the braces and bowtie combo hard.

You know what else was hot? Spencer Smith with a microphone. Throughout the show Brendon kept turning toward Spencer and playing to him, showing off and seeking approval like a good sub which gave me lots of special feelings. Yes it did.

This person had the best quality vids of the show, so have I Write Sins as a taster, beautifully illustrating Brendon's attitude, Spencer's fiersomeness, and Dallon and Ian's willingness to indulge in some delicious stage-gay.

Brendon wants us to sweat together:



You should also check out her/his vids of Mona Lisa and Nine In the Afternoon. (Oh, and filmed by someone else, here's the cover of Billie Jean they did. )

I cannot, however, not post this one. As SPN fans, [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare, [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I were ecstatic that the boys played Carry On My Wayward Son as one of the encores. This is like 6 minutes of guitar porn. Check out also Spencer being hot stuff on the drums, which the rest of the band rightfully acknowledge.



Yeah, it was good for me too, believe it.


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On Tuesday I poured [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare and [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 into their respective trains and then ambled over to the Northern Quarter to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] neppu and her friend who were in town for a gig. Got to introduce them to one of my favourite places in Manchester, Oklahoma cafe, and give tips of other places worth a visit.

Yesterday was at uni,  spending quality time with Turnitin software (plagiarism detection) and today I have pretended to do some work at home.

Tonight I have a poetry reading again and I'm currently trying to decide which of my old poems to read because haven't written anything new over the last couple of weeks. I've narrowed it down to either in babylon they laugh with broken teeth or Such Mercy, second opinions appreciated.

Right, enough of rambling. Later my beauties!

kat_lair: (BANDOM - let's swap body fluids)

O HAI!

I've had a week off from teaching/thesis work so actually opening the thesis chapter draft today counts for something, right? Granted, most I've done today is copy-paste some paragraphs around and feel detached about the whole concept of academia. Submitting PhD thesis before Christmas? Pfft, piece of cake. Presenting a conference paper that I haven't yet written in three weeks? Whatever, I'm sure it'll be fine.

This, ladies and gents, is what I like to call happy-go-lucky-denial. It's awesome.

It also leads to rambly updates.

So, I had a very relaxing week off. [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I spent a rainy weekend in the country, drank wine, ate lots of awesome food, watched the Eurovision (I wanted Moldova to win, but was also hugely fond of Italy), and talked about writing (though did not get much actual writing done). On Monday we came back to Manchester, collected [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare from the train station and spent the evening rocking out to Panic! At The Disco.


***

No, I cannot be bothered to cut, pull your finger out of your arse and scroll past if you're not interested.


Panic @ Manchester Academy, 16th of May

Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuude, it was amazing. Academy's refurbishment has paid off and the venue is so much better now than three years ago when pushkin666 and I first saw the band there.

Speaking of, this was a very... different gig than the one three years ago. A different band, yes, but what really stuck out for me was how different Brendon was. He fucking owned that stage. Yes, part of it is growing up I'm sure, gaining more experience and confidence, but I think it was more than that. Three years ago it felt like Brendon was playing a part in someone else's band. Now, it felt like it really was Brendon on stage, fronting his own band, not a role he put on. And damn, it was hot. I approve the braces and bowtie combo hard.

You know what else was hot? Spencer Smith with a microphone. Throughout the show Brendon kept turning toward Spencer and playing to him, showing off and seeking approval like a good sub which gave me lots of special feelings. Yes it did.

This person had the best quality vids of the show, so have I Write Sins as a taster, beautifully illustrating Brendon's attitude, Spencer's fiersomeness, and Dallon and Ian's willingness to indulge in some delicious stage-gay.

Brendon wants us to sweat together:



You should also check out her/his vids of Mona Lisa and Nine In the Afternoon. (Oh, and filmed by someone else, here's the cover of Billie Jean they did. )

I cannot, however, not post this one. As SPN fans, [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare, [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 and I were ecstatic that the boys played Carry On My Wayward Son as one of the encores. This is like 6 minutes of guitar porn. Check out also Spencer being hot stuff on the drums, which the rest of the band rightfully acknowledge.



Yeah, it was good for me too, believe it.


***

On Tuesday I poured [livejournal.com profile] dreamersdare and [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666 into their respective trains and then ambled over to the Northern Quarter to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] neppu and her friend who were in town for a gig. Got to introduce them to one of my favourite places in Manchester, Oklahoma cafe, and give tips of other places worth a visit.

Yesterday was at uni,  spending quality time with Turnitin software (plagiarism detection) and today I have pretended to do some work at home.

Tonight I have a poetry reading again and I'm currently trying to decide which of my old poems to read because haven't written anything new over the last couple of weeks. I've narrowed it down to either in babylon they laugh with broken teeth or Such Mercy, second opinions appreciated.

Right, enough of rambling. Later my beauties!

:D

Mar. 19th, 2011 02:58 pm
kat_lair: (SPN - anywhere road for anybody anyhow)

I'm listening to Planet Rock and at the moment they are taking requests from the listeners. And according to the DJ the current request just came from Sam Winchester, who asked for - you guessed it - Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas.

LOL! <3

Oh fandom, you are everywhere. *fist-bump*

:D

Mar. 19th, 2011 02:58 pm
kat_lair: (SPN - anywhere road for anybody anyhow)

I'm listening to Planet Rock and at the moment they are taking requests from the listeners. And according to the DJ the current request just came from Sam Winchester, who asked for - you guessed it - Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas.

LOL! <3

Oh fandom, you are everywhere. *fist-bump*

hold up

Mar. 17th, 2011 10:56 pm
kat_lair: (AI - bridge over troubled water)

So... I've been watching American Idol this season. Yes, I know, shut up. Except don't, because can we please talk about

Casey Abrams )



No, really, CAN WE? )


He's tiny, kooky, fierce, ginger and crazy talented. Also plays several instruments. And hails from Wilmette, IL.

...
...

SOUND FAMILIAR AT ALL? Casey Abrams = Patrick Stump v.2? <3____<3


Anyway, I have ~thoughts~ about American Idol, which is a tragedy in its own, but especially since apparently no one else in the entire LJ is watching it. *pouts*

hold up

Mar. 17th, 2011 10:56 pm
kat_lair: (AI - bridge over troubled water)

So... I've been watching American Idol this season. Yes, I know, shut up. Except don't, because can we please talk about

Casey Abrams )



No, really, CAN WE? )


He's tiny, kooky, fierce, ginger and crazy talented. Also plays several instruments. And hails from Wilmette, IL.

...
...

SOUND FAMILIAR AT ALL? Casey Abrams = Patrick Stump v.2? <3____<3


Anyway, I have ~thoughts~ about American Idol, which is a tragedy in its own, but especially since apparently no one else in the entire LJ is watching it. *pouts*
kat_lair: (GEN - over the waters of time)
Because as procrastination goes, this totally feels like a valid activity.

From [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic who so rarely tags anyone that she gets a response.

"If you’ve been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.
Tag eleven people. Don’t refuse to do that. Don’t tag who tagged you."


Questions )

Right then, I tag: [livejournal.com profile] verying, [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist, [livejournal.com profile] shiroi_chi, [livejournal.com profile] dark_cygnet, [livejournal.com profile] snuffkin, [livejournal.com profile] fictionalfaerie, [livejournal.com profile] sol_se, [livejournal.com profile] ihavecake, [livejournal.com profile] enchantersnight, [livejournal.com profile] athenejen, [livejournal.com profile] ginnystar – obviously if you’re busy or just can’t be bothered, feel free to ignore this.
kat_lair: (GEN - over the waters of time)
Because as procrastination goes, this totally feels like a valid activity.

From [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic who so rarely tags anyone that she gets a response.

"If you’ve been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.
Tag eleven people. Don’t refuse to do that. Don’t tag who tagged you."


Questions )

Right then, I tag: [livejournal.com profile] verying, [livejournal.com profile] zeitheist, [livejournal.com profile] shiroi_chi, [livejournal.com profile] dark_cygnet, [livejournal.com profile] snuffkin, [livejournal.com profile] fictionalfaerie, [livejournal.com profile] sol_se, [livejournal.com profile] ihavecake, [livejournal.com profile] enchantersnight, [livejournal.com profile] athenejen, [livejournal.com profile] ginnystar – obviously if you’re busy or just can’t be bothered, feel free to ignore this.

wtf?

Jan. 18th, 2010 03:43 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - scenic route)
My Last FM which is on Cobra Starship station has just gone from Cobras to Lady GaGa to the effing Jonas Brothers! It's a goddamn conspiracy! *glares at flist* Which of you set this up? And why am I bobbing my head to it?

*cries*

wtf?

Jan. 18th, 2010 03:43 pm
kat_lair: (GEN - scenic route)
My Last FM which is on Cobra Starship station has just gone from Cobras to Lady GaGa to the effing Jonas Brothers! It's a goddamn conspiracy! *glares at flist* Which of you set this up? And why am I bobbing my head to it?

*cries*
kat_lair: (GEN - a ruiner of things)
So I'm spending a Friday night at home with laptop, two clingy kittens and something called "50 sexiest videos ever" on my telly. Exciting, I know. Except for how these music videos are absolutely shit. Because apparently sexy = scantily clad, generously stacked women writhing against every available surface. Oh and there are some gym-built men too, usually standing still while the said women writhe against them. The only thing turning red hot here is my misogyny-meter. This fuckwittery  is not turning me on, it's turning me homicidal.

So. Darling flist. I trust you have a much better taste than this. Please to be reccing me what you think are the sexiest music videos ever. Tell me why, leave me links, gimme new shiny things to drool over!



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