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I was watching Holmes on Homes last night and this one episode totally made me think of [livejournal.com profile] amazon_syren and [livejournal.com profile] tchang - someone botches a renovation so completely they end up having to tear the house down and build a new one, and the house they build is this insane mega-efficient luxurious thing with a green roof, solar panels, etc. etc. [livejournal.com profile] amazon_syren, I don't think the aesthetics of the thing are quite what you had in mind, but I thought you and Jason might both be interested in seeing some of this technology in action.

You can watch the whole episode here - it's called "Lien On Me". If you click on part 1 it'll play through the whole thing.
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A couple of things I've been enjoying today:

* [livejournal.com profile] shiftercat sent me a link to And You Call Yourself A Scientist!, which includes thought-provoking and spot-on reviews of such classics as Alien and Terminator. For instance, an observation regarding the eponymous alien that is SO TRUE: "I mean, let’s be honest here: how many films are there where the monster is actually scary? Or scary once you got a good look at it? This one is – and miracle of miracles, the more you see of it, the scarier it gets." I never thought about the Alien franchise that way before, but: EXACTLY.

* The gardening blog of the Empress of Dirt, which is about as soothing as reading about gardening should be. Lovely photos, too.

A poem that she posted today, which I thought my flist might appreciate:

Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

~David Wagoner
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Snitched from [livejournal.com profile] gabriel_le, because this song is gorgeous, and the movie material rather astonishingly well-suited to it. I want to watch Labyrinth again now.



I think I may have to make the imported CD this is on a splurge purchase...but for next week, because I have already spent this week's on glass and Cora's. :P

Also, I am just noting that Amazon is starting to make mp3s available for purchase at $0.89 apiece. That? ROCKS. Let's see more of that, please!
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One of the vastly entertaining things about re-watching Season 1 of Gargoyles recently was Riker's Xanatos's extra-special villainy. I have always been impressed by his mysterious chessmaster scheming and his unusual imperviousness to being genuinely foiled by the Good Guys. Apparently I was not the only one, because there is now a whole villainy trope named after him on the internets, called the Xanatos Gambit. I am unspeakably entertained.

Also in the unspeakably entertaining category: The Hiphopopotamus vs. The Rhymenocerous. Breeeeeeelliant.



From the same awesome duo. This should totally be the cylon theme song.

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This warms my heart.

In other news:

* I am not at flute choir tonight. The commute was too stupid and too cold today for me to bring myself to schlep out to another point on the map. Instead I am going to play Guitar Hero with Corey and grind some glass. So there.

* There is a snowdrift in our backyard that has nearly covered the kitchen window. Holy crap.

* Christmas party at work today, where I drank a glass of wine and hung out with my coworkers and generally had a lovely afternoon. I ♥ my job.

* According to weathernetwork.com it is supposed to RAIN this weekend! WTF?! So I am determined to go cross-country skiing on Thursday, since I am off work and it is supposed to be decent out. My sister has just agreed to go with me, and we will get sushi and go to Spins & Needles. SWEET.
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Oh, and this is pretty goddamn funny: 24, the 1994 edition.
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Me (watching the bumbling of evil minions in He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special, which is too entertaining for words): Man, Skeletor and Hordak would have done so much better as one-man operations.

Corey: Yes. That is their tragedy.
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Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] amazon_syren: awesome.

[livejournal.com profile] owl_of_minerva, I bet you will enjoy this one.
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I had been under the impression from somewhere that Ursula LeGuin was averse to the idea of a Miyazaki Earthsea movie because of his female characters.

Turns out I had that exactly backwards: she wanted him to do the movie because of his female characters; she's a great admirer of his. Not sure how I got that so turned around - possibly because I'm not a huge Miyazaki fan; I've been kind of turned off by the way the story unfolds (or doesn't) in the last couple of his films I've seen, as much as I loved Mononoke Hime. Also possibly I was confusing it with her disappointment in the movie that was actually made, not by Miyazaki but by his son - her response to that film is here.

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