music: 10 of the best

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:14 pm
forthwritten: white cassette tape lying on tangled magnetic tape (tape)
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I've been really enjoying 10 of the best recently. With some bands, the appeal is in being reunited with songs dear as friends - revisiting them can be an experience in itself. With other bands that I know less well, it's learning of new-to-me songs, or seeing the music I know contextualised in a different way. With other bands, especially ones that I have listened to but lost track of, it's becoming aware of more recent work (especially when that work isn't easily accessed c.f. Burial's various EPs and collaborations). These are some of the lists I've particularly enjoyed or want to listen to later.

Genre
Northern Soul
Riot grrrl
Bollywood samples

Bands
Belle and Sebastian
Björk
Brian Eno
Burial
Cocteau Twins
David Bowie
Girls Aloud
Grace Jones
Joy Division
Leonard Cohen
Manic Street Preachers
Missy Elliott
Mogwai
Nick Cave
Pixies
PJ Harvey
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Slayer
Slipknot
St Vincent
Suede
Tori Amos

frustration

Sep. 11th, 2017 12:44 pm
doetja: (vanitas)
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Isn't it odd that you can dream things you would never in a million years come up with while awake? It's also bloody annoying when you wish you could have a tiny bit of creativity, maybe be able to write a story once a decade or something, but nope. No creativity, none, zilch, no imagination, zero inventiveness. But burdened with the aspiration for it. And taunted by your dreams. Argh!

Tonight for example. Interesting dream. Complex. Novel. I would pay to read that story! But can I write it? No I bloody well can't. Goddamnit.

Fish fish fish and more

Sep. 10th, 2017 08:40 pm
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We got an aquarium at the August Bank Holiday - Saturday was the trip where we chose the tank and listened to a knowledgeable, patient, enthusiastic and child-friendly member of staff at the Goldfish Bowl as he helped us through all the choices to be made and told us how to set it all up. On Bank Holiday Monday we were back to buy the fish themselves (you have to leave the initial water to settle for 48 hours or so) and since then we've been back once more to buy extras like a couple of water plants (additional to the plastic coral and plant-substitutes we bought on the first visit) and a hatchery plus baby food. Yes, we were told that the fish we chose (black and white spotted Mollys) are live-bearers, and it was only 10 days or so after we bought them that we spotted the first little tiny small fry darting around!

New pets: spotted lyretail mollys

The internet had told me that fry are liable to get eaten by the grownup fish and I did warn the kids not to get too attached to the first one, just in case - and then we didn't see it except for sporadically over the next few days. I think maybe that first one perhaps did survive after all, but at any rate we now have 4 grown Mollys (3 females, 1 male), 5 babies in the hatchery where the adults can't snaffle them, and two hardy-seeming small fish darting around in the main tank doing good hiding and dodging. It's all rather cool (if a bit pricey every time you need to pop back to the shop for a bit more equipment or specialist food).

Fishes! Black and white spotted Mollys and small fry to boot

The grown ups are already named - Marina (Kid A's name choice - the silvery one), Judy (my choice, one out of the many girls comics names I could have used), Goldie (R's choice, in a nod to Peppa Pig's goldfish and Data's choice of an inappropriately-named pet), and Tunip Mikey (Kid B's choice in a mash up between one of the characters from Octonauts and Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). We will have to see how many of the babies we keep and therefore name, and how many we take back to the fish shop as is apparently something people do.

Fishes! Black and white spotted Mollys and small fry to boot

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