…so I’m gonna post a bunch of Post-Semifinal Feelings now, and then go into Spoiler Avoidance Mode.
Peacock has the US Eurovision streaming rights this year, which means I went from “never heard of it” to “signing up for an account” in the space of 1 google search. Bad sign for their advertising department, but a hat tip to their rights-buying department
Shame the “subtitles” are just auto-generated English-language closed-captioning, no help for any of the non-English songs
Real talk, I get a little teary every time it cuts to another little CGI house in the next country, with the signals bouncing house-to-house to draw lines that connect them all together
Absolutely perfect way to celebrate the contest taking its first step out of lockdown, while honoring and being there for everyone (and I bet these were designed before they knew for sure that the whole show wouldn’t be remote)
There are always a bunch of pride flags visible throughout the shows, but it looked like this year there was a particular emphasis of trans flags. I’m into it
Are there always this many songs with “giant words in block letters flashed on the screens” as part of the staging? I’m not into that. Give us more show-don’t-tell in the visuals, please
Four people sure did wear basically the same dress, huh? (It’s cool, it’s a good one, they sure could’ve done worse)
Favorite songs going to the final: Sweden’s “Voices“, Finland’s “Dark Side“
Favorite songs that got robbed: Ireland’s “Maps” (I love that the presenters had to do some extra patter before they started — that set must’ve taken so much setup)
Wouldn’t be a real Eurovision without one of these: Iceland’s “10 Years” (The outfits! Those wind machines! The wobbling at the end when they do a fake freeze-frame!)
Personal favorite so far is Sweden, which probably means it won’t win, because my favorites never do. (Speaking of songs that got robbed: Waterline.) Only watched the semifinals, none of the songs from auto-qualified countries, so maybe one of those will turn out to be my new favorite? …and then not win either, lol.
The Locked Tomb Trilogy | Gideon/Harrow, ensemble | T | If you’re doing it right you’ll break their ribs
But it wasn’t a Ninth House thing, except inasmuch as it was happening to the only two representatives of the noble and decrepit Ninth House on this quite literally godforsaken rock. Gideon knew Harrow had gone somewhere dangerous—knew that Harrow was back in the lab where they had only just completed a horrible trial—because she could see it, clear as day: an awful overlay on her vision of that terrible dangerous room and a pair of terrible dangerous hands drawing some kind of ward next to the plinth. kink:soulbond,fic:one-shot,series:locked tomb,pairing:gideon_harrow,yuri
The Locked Tomb Trilogy | Gideon/Harrow, Isaac, Jeannemary, Abigail | T | Cartographies of Empty Space
I also loved the conceit in Harrow the Ninth with the different AUs, and I definitely loved your letter asking for fic that goes all out on those AUs. I ended up going for four different scenarios, as well as throwing in various memes and trends from over the past decade or so (bath bombs, the rise in true crime podcasts, Eurovision with a side of kpop fancams, etc, ancient Egyptian coffins with weird unidentified liquid in them, iconic yelp reviews, etc etc.) fic:five times,series:locked tomb,pairing:gideon_harrow,yuri,trope:hurt-comfort,trope:eurovision
Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie | G | August Thirteenth
Discovering that this is not the first August thirteenth that he’s lived through, that certainly was a head scratcher. Luckily Bertie has the stalwart presence of his man’s man, Jeeves. pairing:jeeves_wooster,series:jeeves & wooster,trope:timetravel,fic:one-shot
Having real feelings about fake things together is one thing.
Having real feelings about real things (like each other) and being expected to talk about them (with each other) is something very else. series:murderbot diaries,pairing:art_murderbot,fic:one-shot
The Murderbot Diaries | Ratthi, Murderbot | T | Information Incomplete
Biology: The study of life and living organisms. Ratthi is a biologist; it is his job to learn about these things – to study and to understand. The more he interacts with SecUnit, the more he realizes he has a lot of work to do in that regard. fic:one-shot,series:murderbot diaries,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort
…so it turns out I hit the end of my alphabetical “underappreciated music artists I should rec” list. Which means I get to close the tab I’ve had open for (*checks*) more than a year now. Yowza.
Just in time to avoid migrating it to the new computer, too!
But there’s this separate folder of Soft Songs by Soft Female Vocalists that I skipped over, so I’m circling back and doing one last post.
10,000 Maniacs: The softest of alt-rock, with Natalie Merchant as the lead singer. Their peak years happened back when I was a toddler, but their songs give me college feelings anyway. (10,000 Maniacs playlist.)
Enya: Irish singer-songwriter; occasionally gets close enough to “mainstream pop” to have a mainstream hit, but most of her stuff is dreamier, stranger, slow and wistful. Inspiration from mythology, astronomy, and natural scenes around the globe; lyrics in English and Gaelic, and, at least once, in Quenya. (Enya playlist.)
Loreena McKennitt: Canadian composer-harpist-accordionist-pianist-soprano. Lots of influence from Celtic and Middle Eastern myth/legend. First choice if you need a soundtrack for being kidnapped by faeries. (Loreena McKennitt playlist.)
Last month I had a computer scare, and figured it was time to finally suck it up and get a Windows 10 machine. So I’ve been setting that up for…the past week.
(To be fair, most of that is the inchingly-slow process of “uploading mountains of data to my new cloud backup.” Which…I probably should’ve gotten years ago.)
New machine on the left, old machine on the right. I’ve had the old one for almost 9 years — it’s a tank, it’s been hauled around on interstate journeys in planes, trains, and automobiles. New one is breezily light. Screen is only about an inch narrower, but the chassis is so thin I feel like I’m going to snap it in half:
Process being supervised by my Executive Assistant. His only opinion so far is that he really wants to chew on the new power cord.
Program migration has gotten buttery-smooth. I auto-synced a heap of settings with individual cloud accounts for Clip Studio, Firefox, and Torch. Manually copied and imported the same for Photoshop. Followed my own 9-year-old notes for “if program X doesn’t install right, use hack Y,” and they still hold up.
Better speakers! The old ones were fine, but I actively looked for better ones when comparison-shopping, and yeah, the sound is noticeably richer.
More horsepower, more RAM, better graphics card. I haven’t switched to making art over here, and that’ll be the real test, but some little things are noticeably smoother already.
Yeah, OneDrive is gonna be really convenient. Lovely boost to the ol’ peace of mind. Had to wrestle with Windows over the default settings it desperately wanted to shove me into (especially when it tried to upload 7 GB on a wireless connection), but I think I’ve got it sorted.
It has 4 USB-C ports…and that’s it. The product description promised USB Classic ports, but apparently that’s not part of the machine, it’s a separate USB-to-USB-C dongle that hangs off the side. Gonna need to buy more gear just to have my mouse and my scanner connected at the same time.
No ethernet connection port, either. The wireless isn’t bad, but sometimes — say, when you have a heap of files to sync — you want the alternative.
Not sure I’ll feel comfortable traveling with this thing unless I buy it a whole solid protective casing to carry it in. (You know, whenever travel becomes an option again…)
Still trying to get a few things to sync right. Clip Studio materials haven’t shown up. Firefox tabs appeared briefly, then all went poof.
The old computer still does everything just fine, which is…unusual. All my previous laptops have needed replacing for urgent, non-fixable reasons. This one — well, maybe the next time it shuts down will be the last, where I can’t convince it to reboot no matter what I do? Or maybe it’ll keep working smoothly for years. I have no idea.
Trying to be proactive, though, and switch as much work as possible to the new machine. Which is looking like it’ll be almost everything. Even my ancient copy of Paint Shop Pro has installed just fine.
Then the old computer can stay around as, basically, “an unnecessarily powerful DVD player.”
(The new one doesn’t even have an optical drive…which, okay, that’s more forgivable than the lack of classic USB ports, but I did watch one DVD earlier this year.)