Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

RnRClown wrote:

It's silly, really, but random reminiscing brought my thoughts to Annie Lennox and so too to Cyndi Lauper. I followed to music videos, to live performances, and to interviews. Annie Lennox, and Cyndi Lauper, other than their substantial artistic talents, have always held awesome outlooks that bolster my faith in humanity. This in turn staved melancholy and sharpened focus to turn around a spiral I felt coming on.

My favorite Annie Lennox song is actually from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Which might be blasphemy, but... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I thought we didn't like Lucas anymore.

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The Director's Cut adds some stuff to it, like pointless overhead shot of the car escape. Not sure if the original has the police announcement of a Wookie being hit by a car in the highway, my VHS copy disintegrated long ago. I was expecting to see Ewoks and Indiana Jones running away from some imperial walkers, but I digress.

Read an interview with Irvine Welsh, and found out that he is currently working on no less than five novels! Hopefully plenty more to come from him. We could use his brand of optimism, that "up from disaster" social commentary he gradually developed over his career. It's fitting for the times.

I've had my Brother laser printer for about 3 years now and it only prints in grayscale. I've been really wanting to scan in some color images and was thinking about getting a color scanner and then found out that my printer can scan in color! After all this time!

Quintin_Stone wrote:

My favorite Annie Lennox song is actually from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Which might be blasphemy, but... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'd forgotten about the LOTR soundtrack.

I think that Little Bird may be my favourite from Annie Lennox. (The video is also fantastic.) I so too ponder towards Song for a Vampire now and then. The Eurythmics track I find currently looping my mind is King and Queen of America.

This is both a love and a loathe, but hey.

Last night in the middle of using the TV in our den it just.. died. Half the screen went to noise, the other half just froze the image. And then it powered off. Did all the usual troubleshooting, unplugged it from the power for an hour, tried its internal apps to rule out any issues with HDMI / Receiver / etc. It never even displays its own brand logo when it turns on, and the power light just kinda... comes on and then slowly and sickly fades back off.

So yeah, dead. It's a 65" 4K LCD from the early days, so I've been wanting to replace it anyway. I wanted to wait for either Black Friday or tax refund, so that sucks, but on the other hand now I don't have to rationalize a purchase with my wife because it's no longer an upgrade, it's a necessary replacement!

So I grabbed an LG CX 65" OLED / HDR / 120hz 2020 model and now I can see all the things I'm missing when I play console games, since I only had 144hz/HDR on my monitor. Hooray!?

OLED is amazing. We got a 2018 model last year, and it's fantastic. Hope yours has a good run!

Thanks! Yeah, I'm super excited about it. I've been amassing 4K HDR Blu-Ray movies and whatnot ever since I got the Xbox One X, but never got to see any of them with the HDR and without the crushed blacks of an LCD.

Good timing, too, since my PS5 also just showed up. I had to plug it into a 1080p monitor last night to even play anything haha. (not even my HDR monitor since that one is ultra-wide and the PS5 didn't know how to deal with that)

I did find that reds were overpowering on mine, but a visit to RTINGS helped me figure out how to change the settings to dim them down a bit. But otherwise, wow, realizing that you're actually seeing actors *makeup* and little tiny background details in glorious clarity is a great experience.

My first Grateful Dead shows.
The limited run sold out immediately, and I missed it.
A stranger (and now friend) on Twitter sent me this miracle for free.

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Awesome!

mortalgroove wrote:

My first Grateful Dead shows.
The limited run sold out immediately, and I missed it.
A stranger (and now friend) on Twitter sent me this miracle for free.

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I'm not super familiar with the Dead, but a jam band partner turned me on to Friend of the Devil, which is pretty fun to play rhythm for.

They did have some awesome songs.

Haha! Very nice!

Gawd! I love this band so much! This live studio performance further solidifies my feelings about them.

Awesome. And now one for you from Chubby and The Gang.

And just for extra luv...

Dante's scenes in the movie Grandmas Boy, especially Mr. Lee Ho and the monkey.

If you like the mixolydian scale, you are gonna love The Dead:)

SallyNasty wrote:

If you like the mixolydian scale, you are gonna love The Dead:)

OMG, literally the first scale I learned when I started playing guitar.

mortalgroove wrote:
SallyNasty wrote:

If you like the mixolydian scale, you are gonna love The Dead:)

OMG, literally the first scale I learned when I started playing guitar. :)

Umm... Explain to me how you learned the mixolydian scale BEFORE the major scale!

Okay, okay, I suppose I meant the first "exotic" scale I learned.

I was just starting my Grateful Dead journeys, I was all about the song Eyes of the World and that was all I wanted to play, so that is what I dove into. Probably stunted me for life too!

I love the way my short story or novella is coming together. I took a GWJer recommendation and bought Scrivener only to be discouraged by its work flow. The good news is that I liked its structure so much that I borrowed it and set up folders and docs in google for each of the sections.

Although I haven't written any actual pages, I have ~10 docs of notes.
-I have lists of the locations with one location broken down into the scene settings.
-I have names and character descriptions for the hero, her helper and the antagonist.
-I have listed and refined the plot points or perhaps chapters.
-One of those chapters has a step by step break down of what takes place. It has been refined and expanded.
-I have a world document that gives an overview of the rules, abilities and types of characters.

I love the what I learned from Scrivener and how it has allowed me to be more sophisticated with the story. Many of the rules I have forced myself to jot down whether they are alluded to, revealed at a later date or just inform the motivations of characters. By writing them down it forces me to justify them with details and attempt to tie a thread of consistency between them. It should be so much better than just dictating what happens. It can also lead to something mild at introduction leading to bigger revelations. The story itself is a chase with big discoveries by the end. (that hopefully wets the appetite for the next story that is an adventure of discovery)

It is nice to exercise my brain this way during this pandemic. That is probably the biggest love
So far there are 17 "chapters". The one chapter I detailed out had a page and a quarter of notes. Each note will be a small to large paragraph, not including dialogue or narration. So we are looking probably at about 15+ pages per "chapter" or 250+ pages!

Quintin_Stone wrote:
RnRClown wrote:

It's silly, really, but random reminiscing brought my thoughts to Annie Lennox and so too to Cyndi Lauper. I followed to music videos, to live performances, and to interviews. Annie Lennox, and Cyndi Lauper, other than their substantial artistic talents, have always held awesome outlooks that bolster my faith in humanity. This in turn staved melancholy and sharpened focus to turn around a spiral I felt coming on.

My favorite Annie Lennox song is actually from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Which might be blasphemy, but... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Into the West? I love that song, it's fantastic. I think it's the most Tolkien-ish of the not-originally-Tolkien songs added to the movies.

Yup, that's the one.

Romancing the Runoff

Romance authors having an auction to raise money for the GA runoffs.
I have one current leading bid.
They did buy it now Murderbot books that I missed
Neil Gaiman has donated a signed privately printed copy of Neverwhere (currently going for over 4K).
Lots of novel reads and critiques.
I’m just very happy and pleased with how much they’ve raised.

Their Twitter feed is fun to watch too.

Are Stacey Abrams' romance novels included? Because that would be even more awesome.

MathGoddess wrote:

Romancing the Runoff

Romance authors having an auction to raise money for the GA runoffs.
I have one current leading bid.
They did buy it now Murderbot books that I missed
Neil Gaiman has donated a signed privately printed copy of Neverwhere (currently going for over 4K).
Lots of novel reads and critiques.
I’m just very happy and pleased with how much they’ve raised.

Their Twitter feed is fun to watch too.

bobbywatson wrote:

Are Stacey Abrams' romance novels included? Because that would be even more awesome.

Ooh!! What about Saddam Housain’s romance novels?

bobbywatson wrote:

Are Stacey Abrams' romance novels included? Because that would be even more awesome.

It really would!
No, none of her romances. But they do have a few of her signed books
I’d expect she is choosing not to participate because some of the donations are going to Fair Fight. But it is certainly in her honor that this got started!

And she has a thriller coming out first quarter next year.
She amazes me.

I sold my old gaming laptop a few weeks ago, and was paid in cash as the guy didn't have the usual apps installed. No worries, I left the money on the kitchen counter, washed my hands, and then moved it after a few days.

Then I couldn't find it for weeks.

I was 100% sure I didn't lose it, as I even looked through the paper bin to make sure I didn't accidentally throw it out. And it's not like we have any visitors these days.

Then I found the money. Hidden in plain sight, in the most obvious place, in the drawer closest to where I initially put it.

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