Captain America: Civil War

May. 6th, 2016 08:48 am
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That was a really good movie. I saw it in IMAX 3D, but I think I would have enjoyed it just as much in 2D - the effects were good, but I was in this for the characterization, which was much better and more complex than I had expected, in most cases. Mostly, I wanted more Bucky, but that doesn't mean the Bucky we got was inadequate or didn't fit the story.

What I really want right now is the sequel, Captain America: Bucky Gets a Haircut.

There are some spoilers if you read further.

Likes:

1. Chadwick Boseman as T'challa/Black Panther. Utterly believable the whole way through, and I adored that every time he hit the ground in a fight scene, it was lightly, like a cat, especially compared to the way Iron Man and War Machine slam into things, and Captain America and The Winter Soldier fling themselves. There's one small scene with T'challa and T'chaka, and it was so beautiful.

2. Alfre Woodard. Her one scene stole the whole movie. And Daniel BrĂ¼hl was intensely low key as the main villain, in a counterpoint to Woodard's role, both of them reacting to the events of Age of Ultron.

3. Spiderman was pitch-perfect.

4. Peggy, sob, affecting both Sharon and Steve and their actions.

5. As I said, I could've done with more Bucky, and Bucky and Cap, but I think they did a lot with body language in the scenes they did have. I need a second viewing to really concentrate on them. Their last brutal fight scene with Iron Man is, well, brutally intense.

In general, I would rank this among the best of the Marvel movies.

The Seed In Me

May. 6th, 2016 01:26 pm
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The Seed In Me: What if the weakest becomes a Mother?

Sleep sleep sleep dream

May. 3rd, 2016 11:41 am
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Days off was a good idea. I was quite awake for dress rehearsal one until the last half hour. I hope we get a clean complete run in tonight, but I suspect not, as it's too long, plus tonight we are running the Bach. I was utterly wiped when I got home at 10:30 pm.

Andrew Lipke has been a delight to work with. A plus, would sing his stuff again.

Dress rehearsal two is tonight.

We got a really nice preview in the Sunday Inquirer.

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May. 2nd, 2016 09:14 pm
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Rick Riordan has offered to MATCH DONATIONS to Rosarium's IndieGoGo up to $10,000 for the last few days WHUT!!!!

So if you haven't donated, PLEASE do in these last few days! If we even get to $30,000, $10,000 short of its goal, that's still enough to get us to its goal!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rosarium-publishing-the-next-level/x/10629128#/

Photos (round 1)

Apr. 30th, 2016 10:33 pm
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I spent a couple of weeks in my hometown in March. The plan was to see my grandma and spend time with other family but I also went to a pottery. There women made clay pots in the traditional way, the pots have various uses, there are the ones for cooking, the ones for storing water (and keeping it cool), the ones for brewing agbo (herbal remedies)...the women also made piggy banks. I learned that among the Yoruba, pottery is a profession for women only apparently forbidden to men. The driver that took me there kept referring to the women as witches <_< not to their faces obviously
Pots and more pots )

ZOMG a busy day.

Apr. 29th, 2016 08:20 am
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Dayjob was busy busy busy today but tonight I'm going to the gym and then I have three days off after my weekend. Yay.

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Apr. 27th, 2016 11:34 pm
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Also I'm reading Bryan Thao Worra's DEMONSTRA poetry collection, selecting at random things to read tonight. Two of the three I've read so far have made me cry.

Wednesday Reading

Apr. 27th, 2016 08:19 am
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I have been a total slacker about reading this week - it's been mostly magazines (fashion and The Economist and Entertainment) and fanfiction, mostly starting things and not finishing them.

I did finish this short one, very fun PWP erotica: The To-Do List by ipoiledi, Natasha/Steve.

I need to start on my review book. I spent my weekend outside instead of reading!

Alone, Alone, Alone in the office!

Apr. 26th, 2016 08:57 am
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I am the only one in my area at dayjob today. It is lovely and quiet. After lunch, maybe I will put in headphones and listen to music.

Such a nice break. I am doing tedious things and crossing them off a list.

Sometimes it's nice to have people around. Other times, I want to crawl into a dark, silent closet.

Festival Weekend

Apr. 25th, 2016 09:06 am
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It was a weekend of outdoor festivals. Saturday, C. and I explored the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2016 on Broad Street from end to end, then ate pie, then had fancy cocktails and people-watched until it was time for the "kinetic tree" event at the Kimmel Center. We both felt like we were taking advantage of living in the city for once - it's been a long winter.

Sunday, I trekked up to Northern Liberties for Geeklet's World Dance Day performance, then Ms. 8 and I split off to participate in a Philadelphia Science Festival event at The Wagner Free Institute of Science: building the world's largest Sierpinski Triangle out of a whopping 30,000 K'NEX pieces with the help of Bryn Mawr math professor Victor Donnay. When complete, the base measured 90 feet long. Also, K'NEX make your fingers hurt after a while, if you were wondering

Geeklet and L. showed up a little later, just after the triangle was done, and after some more triangle and "math in nature" play, and helping to disassemble the giant triangle, we headed back downtown on the subway for early dinner. I ate many carbohydrates (I'd only had a granola bar for lunch) and spent my evening ambling down Walnut Street, then reading in bed.

A lovely weekend overall!

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