Ink.

June 10th, 2007

I have, since I was about 12 or 13, been fascinated with ink. I draw, occasionally paint, and since I was in middle school frequently used my body as a canvas for sharpie marker and stick-on tattoo.

I toyed with the idea of real ink for years, shying away because of the needles involved, holding back because I couldn’t get it all to come together. I’d know what I wanted, but not be sure where–or think I knew where but couldn’t get everything I wanted worked in.

For whatever reason, everything came together recently. A design I’d worked out, a friend who got a particular placement I’d never considered–a little public, a little private. Visible but not quite obvious. A good tattoo artist who just opened his own shop.

So with surprisingly little trepidation, I made the appointment, got the art together, and had it done. A Saturday afternoon, lunch with some girlfriends, and a quick trip to Southern Swank, and it was finished.

About the process of the tattoo: Fabulous. Not at all what I was expecting. Slightly painful, but nothing not completely overwhelmed by the odd sensation of intentionally inflicting it. Euphoric and oddly tingly. I see–easily–why the idea of more ink will always now be more appealing.

About the tattoo: Beautiful, one on the inside of each wrist, matching spirals with particular meaning. Black. Unfilled (I may decide to go back and have them filled, in part for completion, in part for fun. ;) ).

Buzzed along for many hours, out with friends, party-hopping a bit even if I did look like I’d been salvaged from the local mental ward. Still on a bit of a high, so much later.

The post that never dies.

May 23rd, 2007

Wow, that Duggar post just keeps on going. And when I think it can’t possibly get more nutty…. it does.

Hee. I love that Duggar post.

Amused me.

May 14th, 2007

“Yeeeah, the only other information I have on killing evil elves involves the rolling of 20-sided dice.”

So sayeth the hot goth assistant on Blood Ties (that horrible vampire soap opera on Lifetime that I can’t stop TiVoing).

Dizney game mix

May 12th, 2007

This is the mix CD for the Dizney game.

  1. Starts with One (Shiny Toy Guns)
  2. Castles Made of Sand (Jimi Hendrix)
  3. Bells, Books, and Candles (Graeme Revell)
  4. I Can’t See Your Face in My Mind (The Doors)
  5. Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)
  6. The Snakepit (The Cure)
  7. Bleed Black (AFI)
  8. Ritual Dance (Kitaro)
  9. How Soon is Now (Smiths cover by Love Spit Love)
  10. Dressed in Black (Depeche Mode)
  11. Like Eating Glass (Bloc Party)
  12. A Night Like This (The Cure)
  13. The Good Soldier (NIN)
  14. Spaceboy (Smashing Pumpkins)
  15. Hells Bells (AC/DC)
  16. Beast and the Harlot (Avenged Sevenfold)
  17. Inion/Daughter (Afro Celt Sound System)
  18. Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth (Marilyn Manson)
  19. The Killing Lights (AFI)
  20. Absurd (Fluke)
  21. Pretty Piece of Flesh (One Inch Punch)
  22. Vessel (NIN)
  23. Totalimmortal (AFI)
  24. Loaded Gun (Hednoize)
  25. Oasis (Kitaro)
  26. The Figurehead (The Cure)
  27. When They Came For Us (Shiny Toy Guns)
  28. [ outro ] Close Your Eyes (Christophe Beck)

Rediscovering bands.

May 10th, 2007

Another side effect of going through my entire music collection to import it into (I know, shaddup R.) iTunes is that I’ve rediscovered a lot of dusty old CDs from the bottom of the shelf. Things I haven’t listened to in years. Bands I truly do love but just… forgot for a while. And, also? Damn, but I own a lot of CDs.

For instance–I forgot how much I really do love the Smashing Pumpkins. E.-with-an-H made me a copy of gish, and later gave me siamese dream. I remember thinking it was loud, and harsh, and that Billy Corgan’s voice was… odd. Not sure how it worked out, but after a million trips through, I started to love it a little. And when E.-with-an-H and I broke it off, I of course listened to all these albums in my angsty moroseness. The kind of true moroseness you can only have when you’re barely twenty.

I also remember Smashing Pumpkins being one of the few bands my parents could stand. My mother particular liked Mellon Collie and the infinite Sadness, enough so that I made her a copy which I think she still has in her car. I saw them play, with Garbage. And Billy Corgan noodled around for a longish encore, which included playing a cover of Boys Don’t Cry. Totally cemented s*p in my favorites list.
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Lawnmowin’ mix.

May 7th, 2007

There must be a mix for everything now. S. is so right. Mowing the lawn is /so much/ less horrible with a soundtrack. Mine includes:

  • AFI - Sing the Sorrow, A.F.I. (the compilation from Nitro), 1 song from All Hallows, The Art of Drowning, /and/ most of Decemberunderground.
  • Shiny Toy Guns - We are Pilots
  • AC/DC - Back in Black
  • couple of Depeche Mode songs
  • bunch of Darkest of the Hillside Thickets tunes (all of Great Old Ones, most of Cthulu Strikes Back)
  • Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics
  • NIN - Year Zero
  • Stabbing Westward - Darkest Days
  • Picasso Trigger - Fire in the Hole!
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers — couple songs from Stadium Arcadium
  • 30 random Cure songs (heavier, louder stuff, like all of Head on the Door and all of Wild Mood Swings)
  • the entire Marilyn Manson collection

Yet to be added, but surely will end up on there:

  • Guns ‘n’ Roses
  • More NIN
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Tool
  • Eminem
  • Misfits

Also, my cats are really /really/ interested in the iPod. Twice now I’ve found the headphones somewhere /not/ where I left them. And I thought they were bad about guitar picks! Today I caught AllCats pawing at the unit while it was recharging. I think I need to keep an eye on that cat and my technology…

Night 2 (700+ songs in)

May 4th, 2007
  1. Marilyn Manson, Cyclops (Portrait of an American Family)
  2. Minor Threat, Betray (Minor Threat: Complete Discography)
  3. Pink Floyd, Julia Dream (Relics)
  4. Peter, Paul, and Mary; Puff the Magic Dragon (Moving)
  5. The Cure, Club America (Wild Mood Swings)
  6. The Who, Happy Jack (20th Century Master: The Who)
  7. The Cure, alt.end (Ultra Music Festival, May 2007)
  8. Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, Jimmy the Squid (Great Old Ones)
  9. Clearlake, Treat yourself with Kindness (Cedars)
  10. Ruth Laredo, Rachmaninov: Movement Musical in B Flat Minor, Op 16/1 (Rachmaninov: The Complete Works, Vol.1)

The first random 10.

May 3rd, 2007

I am of course waiting for it to explode in my ears or catch fire or whatnot, but I finally gave in. Stupid new music technology. Horribly cute little practical thing. I own an iPod. R. would be so displeased. So far all I can manage to hate are the default headphones. Dammit.

And, of course, this requires that I post the virginal top ten. Mind you, I haven’t got everything in there yet (not a single bit of rap or any Manson, nor have I hit hard the soundtracks rack), but here’s what showed up on the first random shuffle after the first night of dumping songs into iTunes.

  1. AFI, Fall Children (All Hallow’s EP)
  2. Depeche Mode, The Love Thieves (La Femme Nikita soundtrack)
  3. The Cure, 100 years (live from Ultra Music Festival)
  4. The Cure, Want (Wild Mood Swings) - why did I know this would be here?
  5. David Bowie, I’m Afraid of Americans (Best of Bowie)
  6. Pink Floyd, One Slip (A Momentary Lapse of Reason)
  7. AFI, The Missing Frame (Decemberunderground)
  8. Depeche Mode, Sweetest Perfection, (Violator)
  9. AFI, Totalimmortal (All Hallows EP)
  10. The Cure, The Upstairs Room (Japanese Whispers)

The next twenty:

Pink Floyd, Pink Floyd, AFI, The Cure, The Doors, The Cure, The Cure, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Smashing Pumpkins, Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, The Cure, AFI, The Cure, AFI, AFI, The Cure, The Cure, The Cure, Afro Celt Sound System.

Hmmm, guess which bands I put in first?

I exist only in other worlds.

May 1st, 2007

My, but it’s been quite a while since I’ve made a new post. Almost a month gone by–particularly long for me. What in the hell have I been up to? Truth be told, nothing much. Work for work. Some play. Some work at the house. And an awful, awful lot of gaming.

I’ve had gaming on the brain lately. Between the game I’m GMing, a game going on, and the gaming I’ve found elsewhere… it’s all about some gaming. The cause, mostly, is that I’ve been immersed in an exhaustive study of one Second Life, a hopped-up entirely-open version of The Sims. It started as examination for work, and quickly became a fun curiousity with interesting enough people and places to hang out… and then I found the rpgs.
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I can’t believe people pay them to do this.

April 8th, 2007

What does it say, really, when Geraldo is the sane one?