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brigdh: (She scythes names like herbs)
It is now October, which is of course the month of Halloween (a.k.a. best holiday ever!). And I'm in the mood to read some scary books. Recommend me your favorites!

I was going to make a list of ones I've read already, but a) that would be a really long list, and b) I'm willing to reread good things. So go ahead and throw out all the horror novels and ghost stories and so on you've got! I like supernatural horror (vampires and werewolves, most Stephen King), I like realistic stuff (serial killers, deadly plagues, Thomas Harris), I like existential stuff (The House of Leaves, Natsuo Kirino), I like gothics (Anne Rice- well, her early stuff- Turn of the Screw), I like modern stuff (I don't think I need an example here!) and classic stuff (Dracula, Frankenstein), I like cheesy melodrama and thoughtful, deep writing. Basically, if it's scary, I like it. I am not so interested in Charlaine Harris/most urban fantasy/Twilight type books, anything where the focus is more on romance than horror. Bonus points if it's available as an ebook, and, since I'm falling behind on [livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc, super double bonus points for authors of color.
brigdh: (bang bang)
It was... silly. And oddly meta. Which is not really how I think of the Boondock Saints? And yet, amazingly enjoyable! Possibly even slashier than the first movie. Totally recommended.

Spoilers, I guess. But really, do people watch these movies for the plot? )

But the real point of this post is because obviously I now need fannish love. Does anyone have some good recs of fics and/or vids for The Boondock Saints?

Book recs!

Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:36 pm
brigdh: (anywhere but here)
I'm going on a cruise in January! Wheeeeeee! It's for ten days in the Caribbean. I find this to be pretty totally exciting; I've been on one cruise before, but this time I get to go in winter (escaping the cold!), with [livejournal.com profile] rm, for longer, and it's all just pretty awesome. But what I am coming to you for, O LJ, is book recs. Because, hey, it's a cruise! I need appropriate lounge-type books to read while lying in the sun. I'm looking for any kind of book (novel, short story, non-fiction, travel, poetry, whatever), as long as it makes for interesting, easy reading. Rec me cruise-type books! However, bonus points if:

- the book is set in or about the Caribbean, especially: the Bahamas, Grand Turks, Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Curacao, or Aruba.

- the author is from the Caribbean.
brigdh: (school)
One of the classes I'm taking, Visual Cultures of South Asia, has assigned people to various topics. I got Hindi Cinema. Now, that wouldn't be so bad- after all, basically all I have to do is read the things the professor has already picked out- but there are multiple people in the class who specialize in studying this. Including the professor herself (why none of them signed up to do this topic, I have no idea, they were too busy stealing my own topic, ahkdsjdkfgldflgf).

So, I feel like I should maybe, you know, actually watch a few movies so I have some vague idea of what I'm doing. The only things I've seen are Bride & Prejudice and Slumdog Millionaire- neither of which are really Bollywood movies, I know- and Qurbani. Please recommend two or three Bollywood movies to me! I'm looking for well-known ones, classics, or ones that could give a vague idea of the spread and typical kinds of movies.
brigdh: (music)
Oh, flist, source of all knowledge: give me recommendations for 'smart' hip-hop. By smart, I mean with lyrics about politics, culture, racism, sexism, art, religion, etc.* Links to downloads would be awesome, but are not necessary.

* This is not to say that there's anything wrong with hip-hop with lyrics about dancing, drinking, hooking up, Apple Bottom jeans/boots with the fur, etc. I love that kind of hip-hop also. I just love it to the extent that I don't need help finding it, and probably already have too much.


Jul. 24th, 2009 06:25 pm
brigdh: (procrastination)
Bleeegh. I feel left out of fandom! (Possibly because I am not, you know, directly participating in any fandom at the moment.) But I want to participate. Tell me what is going on! There must be something to do. What big challenges are running? Fic-communities? Interesting communities? I would even be posting memes, if only any were going around at the moment.

What are y'all doing?
brigdh: (I do porn)
I hear there's this new Merlin thing that all the cool people are talking about. If one were to be, say, interested, where would one get access to said New Hot Thing?


Dec. 12th, 2008 08:08 pm
brigdh: (it is a sin to be rude to a book)
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] solo____!

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicise the ones you started but didn't finish.

Booooks! )

Also speaking of books, are there any children's books you would recommend for a 9 and/or 6 year-old girl? My baby cousins need Christmas presents. They are into the Jonas Brothers (Hannah Montana is out, they tell me), Fergie, Totally Spies, princesses, make-up, and fairies. I've been reading more YA, but generally not at this level, so I would love any suggestions.


Dec. 29th, 2007 10:54 pm
brigdh: (look how I got you bitches rockin' to it)
I got a new mac for Christmas! Yay! I just realized I have to reformat my ipod to use it with it. ...argh, redoing all my playlists, argh.

Anyway. Racheline will be here in two days! Yay!

What podcasts do you all listen to? I want to, but I don't know what the interesting ones are. I suppose it would help if I picked a topic, but eh. Recommend me things regardless!

halp halp

Nov. 27th, 2007 10:15 am
brigdh: (sleep: my favorite unconscious state)
I'm planning on buying a new computer next month, as mine is dying a slow and ignoble death. But! Here is my problem:

I've been convinced by all you mac-adherents out there to buy a mac. However, for my work I need a database program. Not a complicated one (at the moment I'm just using Access '94), but it does need to be an actual database and not just a spreadsheet, and therefore Excel or Numbers aren't good enough. The mac version of Office doesn't come with Access, and apparently there is no Mac Access available, and the guy at the Mac store didn't know of a similar substitute. But he (and I) thought there must be one. So, people who know more than I, are there easy Mac database programs available?

Alternately, I know that you can now buy Macs that run Windows OS, which would solve the problem. But I heard that Vista Office also doesn't include Access, and if I have to buy a new computer, and Windows, and a Pro version of Office, I will be unhappy.

Advise me!


Feb. 27th, 2007 12:32 pm
brigdh: (XD)
Now that I've finally gotten around to paying for my usericons, I have new, extra spaces! Wheee. Because 115 icons just was not enough.

I really want a New York icon. But I cannot find one, and though I am usually competent enough to make any icon I want, google images has not provided me with any good photos. Does anyone want to be terribly kind and point out some icons that already exist, so I can be lazy and use those?

Speaking of New York (most labored segue ever), I need to clean my room so that I can entertain visitors. No: I really, really need to clean my room. It looks like a bomb exploded in here. Um, if they made bombs out of clothes and loose sheets of journal articles.

Oh, I don't want to go to class today. I'm very tired. Let's all just take a nap instead of working; I think it would be a very productive day.

Help me!

Jan. 20th, 2007 06:05 pm
brigdh: (music)
When my computer crashed last year, I lost a lot of music. The last few days I've been wanting one of the songs that I used to have, but I can't remember the name of it or the artist. However, I'm certain that I got it off my flist, so maybe one of you will remember it, or have also downloaded it from the original poster.

It was a female vocalist, very pretty; she reminded me of Sarah Slean, but I don't think it was actually her, because I looked at her website and none of the songs seem to be the one I'm looking for. The narrator of the song was an art forger, and made fake paintings. I think there was one line about fathers and their daughters sitting in the parlor to have their portraits done? The majority of the actual song was the narrator speaking to her love interest, though it was a bit too dark to actually be a love song, with a parallel set up between being a forger and telling lies.

Sound familiar to anyone?
brigdh: (books)
So, I keep seeing Georgette Heyer mentioned as an influence on Swordspoint, and I want to read some of her books, but apparently she wrote, like, fifty, and I have no idea where to start. Does anyone have recommendations for ones that are particularly relevant/well-written?

Any other book recommendations, by the way, are also welcome. And I know, I know, asking for such general recommendations tends to get me few responses, because it's so wide open that it actually stymies thought instead of encouraging it, but I can't think of a genre I want at the moment, other than "good". Um. Epic fantasy with interesting relationships always gets bonus points from me?
brigdh: (dance)
Does anyone have a music program that allows you to crop a track? I've got a music file, and I really want to take off the last five seconds of it.
brigdh: (Worship me.)
[livejournal.com profile] dracula1897: I linked to this back when it first started, but I figure I'll point it out again, since I'm enjoying it so much. Bram Stoker's Dracula, posted in real time. There's about a month left before the end of the novel, but I highly recommend it, whether you've read it before or not. You can always simply page back to read the older entries and catch up. I've never read it, and I'm loving it; the comments of the other people in the group make it so fun to follow along. We're in the middle of the exciting vampire-fighting part now, so it's a great time to join.

Wondermark: my new favorite webcomic. It's completely insane and offbeat, with no continuity or plot, but I adore it. This is my favorite strip, though be warned for black humor.

By the way, if anyone could recommend a place for me to find free classical music downloads, I'd appreciate it. This has nothing to do with [livejournal.com profile] fst's challenge of Anti-Heroes coinciding with my current obsession, because who would be crazy enough to do decide to do an entire soundtrack of a genre of music you have absolutely no knowledge of?
brigdh: (anime made me love guns)
I've finished watching both Gankutsuo and Loveless (I'll write them both up eventually, I'm just busy at the moment) and I need something new to watch.

Other things I've watched and enjoyed recently: Samurai Champloo, Get Backers, Full Metal Alchemist. What should I watch now? Bonus points if the show is something I can get easily off the internet instead of needing to rent it.
brigdh: (Bring me that horizon)
Spoilers for the end of Full Metal Alchemist )

And since I've been sufficiently warned off the fandom by nearly everyone, give me some recs so I don't have to search for them myself. I like Mustang, but feel free to throw anything out.
brigdh: (imonk)
The movement protesting the Net Neutrality Act now has a theme song. Download it for free here.

And speaking of music, [livejournal.com profile] fst has an awesome, awesome Trigun soundtrack up here. I haven't even seen/read Trigun and I love this music anyway. (All fst posts are locked to members, but it only takes two seconds to join the community.)

And a request: can someone upload Photoshop for me? I know, I know: I suck, I've already made people do this multiple times. I was all prepared the last time; I loaded it onto a CD and put it away in case of harddrive crash. And yet somehow the CD got scratched, and I can't get the program off of it.

Anyone love me, even if I'm terrible at managing to hold onto a copy of Photoshop?


May. 20th, 2006 12:05 am
brigdh: (music)
Does anyone have a copy of 'Dignity and Shame' by Crooked Fingers? I used to have this song, but lost it, and I really want to hear it again.

It's driving me particularly crazy because the band's website supposedly has it up for download, but I can't get it to work.
brigdh: (lemme think about that)
I'm looking for a free program to replace Word. Open Office is fine, but its word-count feature is annoyingly complicated. I hate finishing up a drabble and having to go through the whole process every thirty seconds to check the length of some new phrase.

Any recommendations? The only features I need are word count and spellcheck, everything else is optional.


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