zolac_no_miko: (after twenty months at sea)
Song titles meme! Spell your username in song titles. (Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby.)

Godddddd it was so hard to pick songs. T_T Ended up with a pretty interesting mix though. :D ...With commentary, because I can't not.

Z: Ziggurat — Peter AdamsJust a whimsical song about a Mesopotamian God-Emperor.
O: Overture - Patrick WolfJust. Lie down and soak it in.
L: Lake Pontchartrain — LudoTHE CRAWFISH WERE SCREAMING, THE WAVES DANCED IN TIME—
A: All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands — Sufjan StevensSad banjo makes everything better.
C: Canvas — Imogen HeapSo pretty I wanna diiiiiiieee.
N: Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)— My Chemical RomanceHIT THE PARTY WITH A GAS CAN, KISS ME YOU ANIMAL— *headbanging*
O: The Old Days — Dr. DogThe piano makes me happy. :)
M: The Mariner's Revenge Song — The DecemberistsA nice story about dastardly deeds and sailors and angry cetaceans and REVENGE.
I: I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For CutieFour-minute intro, badwrong subject-matter, gorgeousness; I love it SO MUCH.
K: Kids — MGMTHappy bouncy bittersweet nostalgia.
O: Oh Lately It's So Quiet — OK GoOK Go does heartache so eloquently. *chinhands*
zolac_no_miko: (I like this icon alot.)
I JUST.

I know you have no idea what I'm on about nor do you care, but I just need a place to preserve things for posterity, and plurk is not great for that.

So, for some context: my Steve and his traveling companions, Beckett and Rydia, a.k.a Team Too Dumb To Live, made themselves horrendously ill burning furniture in one of the houses. This is apparently due to some sort of noxious death mold, but they didn't know that at the time, their first thought was THE FURNITURE IS POISON BECAUSE NORFINBURY IS A SADISTIC HELLHOLE (reasonable assumption). ...And when I say tremendously ill, I mean coughing, dizziness, nausea, and coughing up black goo for a solid week.

So, on the one hand, Team Too Dumb To Live. On the other hand, Dr. Clayton Epps, professional worry-wort, earnestly trying to keep his fellow prisoners healthy and safe. And the situation they're all currently in, which just gets funnier and funnier the more I think about it.

So. Steve, Beckett, and Rydia make themselves horribly ill burning furniture.

Clayton: "Stay here and rest, I'll go get food!"

Beckett: *Clayton doesn't even know he's sick, Beckett is actively hiding from him in another house because he was just horribly sick a few days ago and he's embarrassed*

Steve, Beckett, and Rydia: *NOT RESTING, go for a hike in a blizzard and BURN MORE FURNITURE, for science! (Steve is the ringleader)*

Beckett: *goes back to hiding, soon will have nothing to eat but herbal tea*

Rydia: *gets lost in the blizzard and ends up a full day's travel in the wrong direction in the funeral home, handcuffed to a toilet and made to endure a night of horrors while trying to chew her hand off*

Clayton: cMWalaa.gif

I just. I'm so sorry, Clayton. So sorry. XD

Also, we had an extensive plurk conversation about pee. A highlight: at least one of the characters is peeing into a bottle and using it as a hot water bottle to keep warm.

...I cannot tell you how much I love this game and these players. ♥_♥

In other news, have a barrel organ playing Smooth Criminal.

If

Sep. 8th, 2014 12:33 pm
zolac_no_miko: (Americana exotica)
"Fate has ordained that the men who went to the Moon to explore in peace will stay on the Moon to rest in peace. These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery, but they also know that there is hope for Mankind in their sacrifice. In ancient days, men looked to the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations; in modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood. For every human being who looks up at the Moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever Mankind."

—Excerpt from In Event of Moon Disaster by William Safire, a speech prepared for President Nixon to read in the event that Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were stranded on the Moon.

Michael Stevens read this excerpt in this episode of Vsauce (relevant section starts at 9:24) and, I don't know. I just started feeling really emotional about a hypothetical event that, thankfully, never happened, and I wanted to share it.

ETA: Ooooh, only just now, months later, recognizing the reference to Rupert Brooke's The Soldier: "If I should die, think only this of me; / That there's some corner of a foreign field / That is for ever England." Well played Safire, well played.
zolac_no_miko: (Liberty/Justice)
I have some advice for you! I'm going to give it to you in the form of a step-by-step procedure.

1. Listen to this song: "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert. (You probably know Macklemore & Ryan Lewis from the infinitely fabulous "Thrift Shop"; this is not that song. This is Macklemore's incredibly beautiful and heartfelt gay rights anthem.)

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2. Cry all over yourself.

3. Listen to it again.

4. Keep crying.

5. Buy Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' album "The Heist" because GOD DAMN IT MACKLEMORE DESERVES YOUR MONEY.

6. Actually listen to the whole album, because Macklemore is genuine and socially conscious and he explores social issues such as gay rights, poverty, street violence, and addiction through the lens of his own personal experience, and also god DAMN is he good with a verse. (Also, one of the tracks is an instrumental, oh Macklemore bless your indie-rapper head ilu so much. ♥)

7. Listen to "Same Love" again, for good measure.

8. You're welcome.
zolac_no_miko: (Hello IT.)
Couldn't for the life of me figure out how to use this can opener. Believe me, it is completely counter-intuitive and not at all what you'd expect. It does not function in the same way as a normal can opener.

Was getting frustrated. Would have to abandon burrito dinner plan! Contemplating the obnoxious choice of buying a can opener for my own personal use for a month's time, or simply not eating canned foods during that month.

Wondered how I might use the internet to solve my dilemma. If only I could do a telepathic search for the image of the weird can opener!

Noticed brand name OXO on can opener. Googled "oxo can opener". Found helpful instructional video for very same can opener on YouTube.

Am now enjoying tasty burrito dinner.

GODS BLESS THE INTERNET.

...Seriously how did people live before?
zolac_no_miko: (I am kind of strange.)
Does anyone remember this meme going around several months ago, "My fandom is really good at what I do" or "My fandom is really good at my job", or something of the sort? And everyone wrote AU fic where the characters of [FANDOM OF CHOICE] did whatever it is the author's real-life job is, and the point was to just dive right in and do as little 'splaining as possible? (I tried to go find this thing, but my Google-Fu has let me down.)

...Does anyone think it's been long enough since that happened that we could do it again? Because the last time it went around I really loved my job at the time, but it didn't really inspire me for fic, and anyway all of my fic-writing time and energy was wrapped up in That One Story, so I sort of let the meme pass me by. But now I have a different job and I'm done with Pō Pouli and all of a sudden I'm inspired and OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, I WANT TO DO THIS NOW, I have sooooo many ideas for Five-0 Does Hawaiian Forest Bird Ecology, CAN WE DO THIS MEME AGAIN, CAN WE? ...WHO'S WITH ME? Because I really want to write this thing but it feels dreadfully self-indulgent and silly and I would feel less ridiculous/embarrassed if I had some company. T_T

Anyway, it's about time for the Angela Reblogs Awesome Things Found By Cooler People post. GET READY TO GET RECC'D!

-First off, most importantly, "Shia LaBeouf" by Rob Cantor (on SoundCloud). LISTEN TO IT. OH MY GOD JUST TRUST ME YOU GUYS, IT WILL BE THE BEST THING YOU'VE HEARD ALL YEAR.

-Cover of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" by Noah. Fair warning, you may abruptly find yourself encumbered with the UNCONTROLLABLE URGE TO HAVE SEX WITH THIS PERSON. I'm serious. Just... just wait until he starts singing. And playing his guitar. SO UNF.
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Recs and amazing things continued under the cut to save your Flists; Bad Lip Reading, Japan, intense nerdiness, XMFC fic, article about Hawai‘i, and the very very best Avengers spam. )
zolac_no_miko: (Liberty/Justice)
Guys, I realize this is probably old news to, like, EVERYONE, but I live under a rock, okay, it's not my fault the rainforest doesn't come with television or convenient internet, and in case anyone else missed it, HAVE SOME FABULOUS BARACK O-SPAM.

First, let May 9, 2012 always be remembered as the day U.S. President Barack Obama said this on national news: "It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

TT_TT BARACK BB I'M SO PROUD OF YOU~!

Have video!
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And for serious my favorite Hawaiian president has been pulling out the stops recently in an explosion of awesome and rainbows and fabulousness. To whit:

"It's Raining Men"
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"Barack Obama Slow Jams the News" (link is to video on Huffington Post)

...ILU BARACK OBAMA MY FOREVER PRESIDENT. ♥♥

Also in awesome queer news, punk rock singer Tom Gabel comes out as transgender to Rolling Stone.

GUYS, GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING, THINGS ARE CHANGING FOR THE BETTER, GO GO LOOK AT THEM GO~.
zolac_no_miko: (HAHAHAHAHA)
Omg ilu Google, this is why I don't even care if you take over the world.

New product from Google Maps. (YouTube embed didn't work, sorry.)

The Quest button actually works. Check out Street View!

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS' DAY, Y'ALL! :DD Thank you [livejournal.com profile] regonym for bringing this to my attention. ♥

ETA: ALSO THE YOUTUBE PRANK. Order now! XD
zolac_no_miko: (sexy hardware)
Actual post to let y'all know what's going on with my life?

Pffff, yeah I don't actually have time for that, what are you talking about. IT'S GOOD THINGS, THOUGH, DON'T WORRY.

I've just been listening to a lot of fun. recently. Like, whenever I have access to my music, fun. all the time. (THANK YOU [livejournal.com profile] look_alive!!) And it occurs to me that "All Alright" could be a good song for Tony Stark, y/y?

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(Lyrics in the video info.)

I'll just be over here in a corner with my heart quietly breaking. AND LOVING IT.
zolac_no_miko: (Star and Zan bloodkiss)
...Neither has Britney Spears.

Yeah so I'm at home for a few hours stealing some interwebs and I'mma take a moment to bring you this INSTA-REC!!

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FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUCCCCKKK WHERE DOES THIS GUY COME FROM. WHERE IS HE AND CAN I HAVE HIM. JESUS. I MEAN JUST SERIOUSLY, TRY TO BE MORE SEXY I DARE YOU.

GUH. THAT VOICE. UNGH.

He's kind of like JGL's dirty-hot younger brother, y/y? With the body type and the pretty boy face and the dimples?

Also WHY HELLO THERE ORAL FIXATION, HOW ARE YOU TODAY. *purrpurrpurrrrrrr~*

[livejournal.com profile] look_alive, bb, you know me so well. Where did you find this guy?!

ETA: Okay no actually he's more like a young Johnny Depp. ...HE'S ONLY TWENTY. TT_TT
zolac_no_miko: (Hello IT.)
Oh my god, sorry for the spam you guys, but. But. I just can't decide whether to laugh or to cry. So I'm doing a lot of both.

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I just. IT HURTS SO MUCH.
zolac_no_miko: (communist party)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hope you all had an excellent New Year's party, because it's the last chance we're going to get! Aww yiss, bring on the apocalypse~!

...All y'all have probably seen this, because like fifty different people recommended it to me, but just in case you haven't:
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HOW IS IT ACTUALLY POSSIBLE FOR JGL TO BE THAT ADORABLE. I JUST HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE. TT_TT

...Stay cool, Flist. Have a fab 2012. ♥

ETA: Can someone tell me if they can actually see the video I've supposedly embedded? Because I get nothing. I've been having this problem for weeks when I try to embed YouTubes, it's driving me nuts.

ETA: THERE I FIXED IT.
zolac_no_miko: (Cumberdict Bandersnatch)
Oh snap, so I totally forgot to include this in my Blatantly Reposting The Fabulousness That Is My Flist spam collection the other day.

Wait for it. Waaaaaiiit for it....

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Merry Christmas (or other winter holiday of your choice). You're welcome.
zolac_no_miko: (WHEEEEEE~!!)
OMG YOU GUYS HOBBIT TRAILER~!!

Fml, LJ still doesn't want to let me embed YouTubes, what is the deal. ...ANYWAY, WATCH IT. :DDDD

...A YEAR IS TOO FAR AWAY. DD:
zolac_no_miko: (all elephants (swim))
We're getting to one of those times of the year where the ratio of Fun Stuff Filling My Life to Time I Have To Sit Down And Tell You About It tilts sharply toward the former. So, recap! I shall attempt to be brief. (HA. HA HA HA.)

So Ted's Blues workshop was super excellent and fun; first workshop I've taken as a lead... I feel accomplished! Having Ted and Lea as house guests was super excellent and fun, too. Seriously, best house guests ever, they were swift and sneaky about pouncing on things like dishes and laundry, aside from being polite and thoughtful and just nice people in general. I had a great time playing tour guide with them, too; we had a fun day at the National Park, and a fun day exploring lower Puna (and nice weather on both those days, too, which was a bleeding miracle), and I took them to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Rainbow Falls and around the Downtown Hilo shops. And their last two nights we invited Amy over and Ted put on some music (which is largely the same as my music, apparently), and we enjoyed tasty local brews and played Candyland and Apples To Apples and I just barely beat Ted in an excellent game of Stratego and I introduced everyone to the fabulousness that is Bananagrams.

I snuck away on Friday night to go to the HAVO Employee Christmas Party, which was fun. My boss, Mark, was one of the guys in charge of decorating the Volcano House, and he and his buddies chopped down a bunch of faya trees and stuck them in the corners and strung lights on them. ...Morella faya is, btw, an invasive alien species, and one of the top two worst problems in the Park. So. BEST USE OF FAYA EVER. There was also bamboo and monstera staplegunned to the walls and lights everywhere and live Hawaiian music and a roaring fire in the fireplace and small adorable children running around, this is important for the ambience, okay... it was very nice. And Caitlin and I arrived just as the last of twilight was fading, and the view over Kilauea Caldera with the light in the clouds and the silhouette of Mauna Loa and Venus setting over the orange glow of Halema‘uma‘u, and a huge, full moon rising behind us, clear and bright... GOD, SO BEAUTIFUL. ...Anyway, the food was traditional lu‘au fare, all the good stuff, kalua pig and rice and laulau and mac potato salad and chicken long rice and poi and haupia and THE MOST AMAZING TAKO LU‘AU EVER and it was delicious. And after Santa showed up (what a rockstar he is too, seriously, all the dude has to do is show up and wave at people and everyone cheers, everyone's happy to see him, for serious, what a pimp), Caitlin and I decided it was TOO GODDAMN COLD to hang around the main party, so we took our wine and plates of dessert over by the GIANT MOTHERFUCKING FIRE and sort of oooooozed across the couches and just talked for a while, which was nice. ^_^

And so on and so on, BITCHES DON'T KNOW ABOUT MY TROPICAL RAINSTORMS, sekrit LJ is not so sekrit, plus enjoyable spam. )
zolac_no_miko: (self-explanatory)
Okay so it's past my bedtime already and as usual I am underslept (there is really not enough time in a day to work eight hours and commute and do all of the things I want/need to do), but I'm going to do a drive-by post of THINGS, because if anything I am about to get busier. When the fuck am I going to do my Christmas shopping oh my gaaaaaaaaaaawd!! T_T

First off, Ted Maddry is here with his girlfriend Lea... he's here to teach a Blues workshop this weekend. Mom's on O‘ahu for work, so I picked them up from the airport and fed them and showed them the ropes. It was instantly clear that they are both fabulous people, as I have come to expect from the traveling Swing/Blues instructor crowd; I'm really looking forward to learning from Ted and to hanging out with them and showing them around the island for the next week. Ted bought us beer (Maui Brewing Company Coconut Porter oh my gaaaaaaawwwwd~!) and said some really complimentary things about my mother (that he's been hearing her name from everyone on the circuit as a workshop coordinator who is supremely excellent to work with, and having corresponded with her for this workshop he can now see why) that I hope he will repeat in her presence, because awww~.

So, yeah, I'mma be busy playing tour guide and Blues dancing and having fun, and then next week I'm going on a Waipi‘o-Waimanu backpacking trip with some people, which I am super excited about; with this trip and the Labor Day Mauna Loa summit adventure that's two out of three crossed off of my Big Island Backpacking Bucket List... now if I can only get Pele to cooperate so I can camp at Nāpau-! ...Oh man, and then I've got the Haleakala backpacking trip coming up in January... SO MUCH AWESOME HIKING YAY.

And now a list of Things To Flail About:

- For those of you who enjoy Red vs. Blue, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog, the sillier bits of Doctor Who, and/or THINGS THAT ARE AWESOME, I highly recommend The Visitor from the Future (Le Visiteur du Futur), a French science fiction/comedy web series (don't worry, it comes with subtitles). The show is, in general, much like its title character: adorable, frenetic, and slightly insane (oh my god I have such a crush on the Visitor and his crazyface, for serious, SO IN LOVE), and it's full of time-travel shenanigans and robots and zombies and silliness. So. WATCH IT.

Continued under the cut: rock and roll, naked Fassbender, jet packs, lava, SPACE, and that guy I like. And Batman eats a pony. )

THAT TOOK WAY LONGER THAN I MEANT IT TO, OH GOD I'M SO TIRED, okay bye now!
zolac_no_miko: (trust me i'm the Doctor)
Hope all the Americans on my Flist had a nice Thanksgiving weekend (and for everyone else, hope you had nice weekends, too, and lots of wonderful things to be thankful for).

So, let's think about things we're thankful for. For instance, I am thankful for the Internet. The Internet is a wonderful fucking place, and I for one am not pleased by the U.S. Congress trying to ruin my Internet. Y'all have heard about SOPA/PIPA by now, right? No?

Allow me to 'splain (mostly with copypasta from my friends because it's more efficient than trying to reword everything ^_^;;). )

We need to kill these noxious bills. So do what you can. Spread the word. Contact your member of Congress or Senator. And/or join Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in his epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.

...Right, so that's your PSA for the day. Under the cut: all of the food, climbing 2200 foot cliffs for fun, a very Doctory holiday season, and the I'm A Time Lord! meme. )
zolac_no_miko: (Aang)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] apple_pathways:



For all you comic nerds on my Flist. And everyone else, too. We don't like to discriminate.

I would dearly love to see an Apokolips holiday "celebration" of Anti-Life. WORST HOLIDAY EVER. ...Also I find it interesting that we have three heroes from Marvel and one bad guy, one of the worst villains ever, of all time, from DC. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY HERE, GUYS?

So what's new in my life.

Adorable Southern Boy Update (it will be a hilarious day when he discovers my Livejournal and finds out this is how I refer to him): Alex and I went on a Sexy Beach Date on Saturday. There were sea turtles, it didn't even rain on us, and I learned how to stand on a paddleboard. Alex was impressed by my mad not-falling-off skills... I fell off three times, and then I didn't fall off again. (Years of walking on railings at the peril of my elementary school administrators' frowny faces pays off!) Next stop: surfing! (Maybe.)

CHALLENGE: Kiss someone seated behind you without toppling both of you off of the paddleboard and into the sea. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. SUCCESS!

Later that evening he played with the Island Swing Band and I danced, and when the canned music came on at intermission we danced a little, and then I bought him a drink. After the party I was talking to James and Andolie and they were like, "That keyboardist is incredible! Who is he? Do you know him? We think they should have featured him more, he's fantastic!" I got to pass on their comments to Alex and he got all aw shucks embarrassed. It was cute. ^_^

And then this guy wanted to know more about our swing club and he gave Mom his card, and she was like, "...Wait a minute, I already have this card," and he turned out to be Rodger, our pilot from our Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour. The one where Mom and I ran the tour ourselves, and Rodger asked us to please please please contact him later so he could take notes. SO THAT WAS A HILARIOUS COINCIDENCE.

Alex and I will see each other again on Friday night when he plays for Jazz Mele, and we have vague plans for me to show him the good hiking trails in the National Park at some point over the weekend.

...Okay so what else. It's Thanksgiving week, which means today Maintenance brought in a backhoe and dug a GIGANTIC PIT behind our greenhouses for use as an imu. Tomorrow afternoon we're loading it up with about ten metric shit-tons of food, and Wednesday we'll take all the food out and have an awesome Thanksgiving potluck. For my contribution to the imu I cut up a breadfruit and an Okinawan sweet potato, put the pieces in a pan, and dumped a can of coconut milk over it; I have no idea what will happen but I imagine it will be DELICIOUS.

Finally, trailers. )

Okay, that is all, I am very tired, goodbye now.
zolac_no_miko: (Dark saw)
[livejournal.com profile] look_alive, bb, this is for you. ...And anyone who would appreciate some horror in their lives, but mostly for you. We're one episode into American Horror Story. Perhaps this can fill the Harper's Island-shaped void in your soul? I mean, it's less slasher, more supernatural, but there's a lot of fun genre stuff going on here. I'm hoping it's all going to go somewhere awesome and not turn out to be, like, the horror version of Lost, but I think however it ends up we're going to have a lot of fun getting there.

In other news, Red vs. Blue continues to show signs of being the best show on television, despite not actually being on television. We've got awesome script, awesome plot, a nice collection of well-treated, badass female characters, awesome characters in general, and HOLY SHIT THE ACTION SEQUENCES. I mean, S09E15, HOLY CRAP!! Just... just Monty's animation in general, it is so fucking beautiful oh my god, the world is so lush and rich and he does fucking crazy beautiful epic things with it, the camera angles and the way the characters move, I mean, knowing he does all his own motion capture makes it BETTER, and... guh, like Carolina and Wash walking side by side, and they're both head-to-toe in unisex armor but you can tell Carolina's a chick because of how she walks and moves, and the FIGHT SCENES and EXPLOSIONS and ashdkglasjdflskh ep was so badass I am going to watch it again immediately and cry happy tears of geektastic joy. ...Monty, Burnie, either one or both of you, MARRY ME PLEASE. I will provide you with a constant stream of caffeine and backrubs if only you will CONTINUE BEING AMAZING.

...In other other news... every post is repost repost (thank you for your contribution to this evening's flail, [livejournal.com profile] queenklu) and Martin Freeman is my VERY FAVORITE EVER.

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zolac_no_miko: (authentic Hawaiian coconut tree)
There's something very satisfying about preparing breadfruit. Like I can feel the weight of history pressing down on me, the thousands of years that the peoples of the Pacific have used this food to sustain themselves and their families.

...This video has nothing to do with ‘ulu or other staple foods. I... don't really know what is going on in this video, but damn this chick has pipes. Girl's got soul. I can't stop listening to this song.

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