acchikocchi: (spirited away // densha)
and also a news update: I'll be shipping out for Japan in August, as I did get into JET after all. :D The period from application to departure is so long that it still doesn't feel very concrete, but I imagine it'll pick up once I get my placement.

--

Anyway, the point of this is recent discoveries:

I seem to be the last person to have heard of sleepy.ab, which is kind of surprising because they're right up my alley. Ambient and melodic, with a clear high-ranged vocalist and dreamy lyrics, but plenty of darker edges. Various tracks have also reminded me, at certain points, of Shugo Tokumaru, Muse, Fridge and the Sigur-Ros-et-al brand of melodic Scandinavian cold weather music. This is not surprising as they're from Sapporo and understand cold weather.* (The difference is that not all of their music is meant for COLD and ICE. XD;;) That's not to say that overall they sound particularly like any of those groups... I am really awful at the "group x sounds like the lovechild of group y and singer z after a pub crawl with band c" type comparisons so it's just, idk, freeform sonic association. Uh. Downloading would probably be a more reliable way to find out what they actually sound like.

Everything is from paratroop, their latest album, except "loop", which is from fantasia. I'm happy to upload more for any interested parties. :)

diver
do re mi
flee
insomnia
mori
loop

The hook for noanowa is that they have a cello-playing frontman (frontwoman), which as a former cellist I can't in good conscience resist. After love at first listen with "Haku", I then found that... the rest of their music is cheerful bouncy pop that sounds nothing like that. Well. Haku remains an excellent track, wailing cello and ethereal vocals and all. Sort of Björk-ish. Just give it a minute to get past the piano intro and out of the initial melody.

Haku
Haku live, i.e. cello action

Not so recent discoveries in the next post.


*It's hard to explain but some bands do cold climate music and some don't. Spitz doesn't, for one, winter music for Spitz is a cold day in Tokyo, no snow. As a matter of fact I can't think of a single snow or ice lyric off the top of my head, probably because Kusano grew up in Fukuoka. Versus the aforementioned Scandinavians - Sigur Rós, Kings of Convenience, Björk, Röyksopp, etc. - or the Arcade Fire. Or even GLAY. White landscapes broken by black branches.
acchikocchi: (stock // crossroads)
For the benefit of the two people in JE fandom with nice quiet filters flists, [livejournal.com profile] je_holiday signups are open again. Yes, I already signed up. I need a deadline or I'll end up going an entire year ficless, which is... bad. So you guys should, too. please (Lest you think I've forgotten about my - my fic debt, I haven't. It's going to get finished. Someday. *determined*)

'Tis the season of job applications, plus one internship that I want badly enough to take over anything that actually pays well. I have several floating out there, most of which would take me away from Alaska - this is okay for the short term, say a couple years, it's when I start thinking about the long term that I get twitchy. Thus my mature response is, as always, to do my very best to not think about it. Regardless I would be thrilled if any of these came through so cross your fingers for me if you can?

Speaking - a paragraph ago - of writing, I am feeling kind of rejuvenated in the fic sector and want to stretch my metaphorical muscles again. Maybe prompts in the near future, I'm not sure, since those usually seem to help in a strange sort of way. Or a meme. I shall have to poke around the flist. (OR I COULD FINISH THE TWELVE HUNDRED WIPS ON MY HARD DRIVE. I KNOW, ALL RIGHT.)

In the meantime a meme, because I like memes:

Inspired by Doctor Who's "Turn Left:" Pick one of my stories and tell me a point in the tale that you'd change. Something tiny (e.g. "and then Fay chose silver glitter instead of gold") or big (e.g. "and then Rose was arrested instead of Jack") and I'll tell you how that one difference would have altered the course of the entire story.
acchikocchi: (stock // winter)
You may recall mention here of Mt. Redoubt, a volcano about 90 miles from Anchorage that has been on the verge of erupting for almost two months. ^^; Overnight it finally did... five times. USGS spokesman says it's probably not over yet; I really, really hope he's wrong ahaha. Fortunately the winds are in our favor and there's no ash expected to fall on Anchorage yet, to the disappointment of [livejournal.com profile] mananeh who was looking forward to "apocalyptic photos of ash falling". XD Some flights have been cancelled, mostly in-state, but there are a bunch of skiiers on their way up for the US Nationals who are now trapped in Seattle. And my brother's home for spring break and kind of needs to get back to school on Friday, so, uh, we hope that'll work out. On the bright site, everyone involved in the Iditarod, which happened a couple weeks ago, is very luck because there's ash falling on part of the route and I have no idea how they could possibly have managed the race. (Though that would make for a great headline: "Dog sled race cancelled because of volcanic eruption...")

Did I mention six inches of fresh snow yesterday morning? No? Good thing I didn't make the "hey, everything is melting and spring breakup is coming!" post I intended because clearly that was nothing but wishful and deluded thinking. Sob. Actually the end of March isn't so bad. It's when you get 18 inches on April 25th (see: last year) that you start really questioning your life choices to date. Like, "GOD WHY DO I LIVE HERE."

...a cheerful post so far. Quick note, I've officially signed up for [livejournal.com profile] jentfic_remix so consider that extra pressure to anyone wobbling on the edge of joining. Tomorrow's the sign-up deadline! Give me more material to potentially remix. Please. :D

Hockey blather )
acchikocchi: (spirited away // glowing)
So, Mt. Redoubt's about to erupt! Um. Wow.

The last major eruption I can remember is Mt. Spurr, when I was six years old. My mother was reading the beginning of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to my brother and me, and we looked out the window and saw that it was completely dark outside, at 8 PM in the middle of August. (In August the sun still doesn't set until 10 PM). At which point my dad came in and told us it had erupted. I remember hosing ash out of the gutters outside a couple days later but I don't remember much about the eruption itself except the dark sky, and that we never did finish reading the book.

Redoubt is 100 miles from Anchorage, Spurr was 75, so whether we get hit with ash really depends on the wind when it erupts (which could be, er, any minute now). This is, of course, the week my parents are at a business conference in Hawaii. I think I'm all set, though. I have plenty of supplies, the car's covered up, there is no way I'm letting kitty out of the house.

*deep breath* Okay! Bring it!
acchikocchi: (stock // chaos theory (credit fluidic_ic)
Warning: this post is all over the place. And I haven't been keeping up with my flist or comments or anything at all -- please forgive me. D:


Things I Have Been Doing:

rl things, thinking about fic )


Things I Have Been Watching:

Doctor Who until it comes out my ears )


Things I Have Been Reading:

Diana Wynne Jones' House of Many Ways, which I quite enjoyed, as I expected to. Howl never fails to entertain. Although I really could do without the current juvenile/YA publishing trend to make moderate-length books HP-sized by manipulation of font, margins, paper quality, etc. I realized something was wrong when I was reading multiple pages a minute, and I'm a fast reader but not that fast. XD;

Several Mary Stewart novels, both new to me and rereads. This Rough Magic still takes the cake, though The Moonspinners is close and I have always been inordinately fond of Wildfire at Midnight. (I never got the huge appeal of Nine Coaches Waiting or The Ivy Tree, though. I liked them both all right but in Ivy Tree I never really warmed up to Adam and Mary was much more interesting before you found out *spoiler*, and in Nine Coaches I was very fond of Phillippe -- I always like Stewart's children/teenagers, I adored Colin in Moonspinners -- but the Gothic romance model just doesn't do it for me, I guess.)

Parhelion's Hurrah for Hollywood quartet, which I have always been inordinately fond of. Do I ever love Angelo Gerello, omg. The whole point for me of reading the quartet's final story, which I never really warmed up to, is always the final scene cameo (Angelo's "alarming version of a smile" ♥), as well as the various other references to and appearances by first-three characters. (Sid! Will! Nigel! Edwards & Schulman, my second favorites!) Has anyone else read these...?

Not entirely coincidentally, a large pile of nonfiction related to golden age Hollywood (if one wants historical background for the above quartet, William J. Mann's Behind the Screen is a good place to start), interwar Britain, Noël Coward, and Lorenz Hart. I read by chronological era, I suppose? XD;

Approximately a metric ton of Torchwood fanfiction.


Things I Will Be Watching Tomorrow:

BSG!!!
acchikocchi: (stock // magnified)


+2 more )


I'm off to visit family for a few days, but I should be in touch. I have new books and electronics and the Planet Earth DVD set to entertain me so it should be a very nice and relaxing trip. In the meantime, seeing as [livejournal.com profile] je_holiday has finished posting, time for the usual guessing game for those so inclined -- tell me which fic I wrote (if you are not privy to insider information, ahem), and I'll, um, do something nice I haven't really figured out yet. (A fic snippet if you want it? I do manage to come through on those sometimes...) Obviously I can't tell you if you're right until reveals are up on the first but I can rub my hands together over any guesses until then...? :D I'm eagerly waiting for the last [livejournal.com profile] je_ficgames prompt to be posted so I can throw open that one, too. (Because I'm really, really curious. You know. In case I haven't mentioned that several times already. XD)

This Christmas and this end of the year period in general have been so much better than last year. I can't tell you how much better I feel. It's not that it's been a year full of change (there's been very little change, actually, though some exciting events of course); it's all my state of mind. Which is heartening. :)

(Why have I been ending every post lately with the feeling I'm forgetting something?! *pulls at hair*)
acchikocchi: (merii kurisumasu)
-- and a very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] procreational, who is extraordinarily thoughtful and caring and generally great. ♥♥♥ Thanks for putting up with me and my oft-dodgy taste in music... ;)

Various Obligations finally completed just in time to get into the whirl of baking and shopping and mailing. Speaking of, just started on cards and things today so basically none of you will get anything before Christmas, I'm so sorry. XD They will be like nice little surprises! To keep the holiday season going! ...shh. Also, I feel sure that I missed some address collection posts while I was snowed under with work and school -- if you didn't get my address, I didn't see yours because I always sign myself up for mail. XD Point me in the right direction, please? (Likewise, if you would like mail from the Home State of Sarah Palin -- hahahaha I can see you all wincing -- shoot me an email or a screened comment here. I'll send you a caribou antler or something.)

No less than four people told me how awesome the [livejournal.com profile] je_holiday fic for me was, before I had a chance to read it, and they were SO RIGHT. :D Honestly, given the numbers distribution I was expecting Pin and Gokusen 2 fic was the most pleasant of surprises! I have a Sneaking Suspicion, fed by Matchy, that the author is on my flist so if you are reading this THANK YOU. ♥♥♥ When all the fics for both that and [livejournal.com profile] je_ficgames I'll do one of those guess-my-fic-and-I'll-do-something-nice-for-you, once I have a chance to think about it more.

Just took two batches of gingerbread out of the oven and my mother tasted it and said, quote, It is Nectar and Ambrosia. I'm a pretty mediocre cook but a good baker and gingerbread is a specialty. :D The family recipe, that is -- it's very dark and rich and frequently causes trouble at parties because people think it's chocolate cake and then their tastebuds are all unpleasantly shocked because they were expecting something else... To give you an idea, the other recipes I've seen (from various cookbooks, backs of molasses jars, etc.) call for anywhere from a tablespoon to half a cup of molasses; this one calls for a full cup. XD Since I have been snagging recipes from the flist right and left, thought I would share:

gingerbread )

I was going to say, if I were more organized (or had more foresight) I would have thought to document today's batch photographically, but I did double the recipe (and it got Very Messy) so maybe that wouldn't have been the best idea after all. XD;


P.S. Have a friended a few people recently and want to say, usually I don't post this often! It's been building up over a long time of LJ-lessness. XD
acchikocchi: (Default)
Posting a fic and somehow leaving out an entire line of dialogue? Awesome *facepalms* At least I caught it eventually? ^^;;

To save this post from being entirely pointless, have a very small picspam from my short trip home this summer:

my mother and I went hiking in Powerline Pass one afternoon )
acchikocchi: (booored)
my arctic homeland )

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