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November 27th, 2012

07:20 pm - Youtube Dump
Once again, putting some of my youtube playlist up here. I wish youtube would stop deleting videos from my list without reminding me what they were. :P This took way too much time.

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September 12th, 2012

11:02 pm - projects
I'm in Ireland, between Galway and Limerick, taking care of three kids while their parents work, in a tiny town called Liscannor. So far, I have found nothing to do, but I have my first full day off tomorrow, so maybe I'll find something.


Hmm, it's been a while since I posted. Rural Ireland with three kids wasn't for me, so I came back to London. Been pretty directionless, but recently my sister has come over and gotten me going to the London hackspace. And I'm thinking more of doing art with various materials. Currently, I've got four computer fans that I want to turn into hot air balloon steering mechanisms. Perhaps also using this stuff: http://fimo.com/FIMOair_air_hardening_modelling_clay, and maybe some aluminium, since it's light and easy to find. And an arduino, which is a circuitboard type thing with a programmable chip on it.

I also want to make some musical robots. Here's some entertaining instructions for making a customized music box: http://www.unity303.com/musicbox/ and a little music box kit: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/8f7f/ I'd love to create a tiny one of these:

So that's what I'm doing.

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May 27th, 2012

03:27 pm - Choices
Just reading this depressing post by a so-called feminist attacking transgender as something doctors have been recommending to gay people to keep them from attacking the gender power structure. Complete and total bullshit, of course. She's speaking at the Radfem 2012 conference in July, which completely excludes transpeople... heard about it through my friend who is a crossdresser.

Thbbt. I understand that the possibility of having more than two genders or being able to change one's "sex" is threatening to women-only spaces. But y'know, outright denying that we have a legitimate existence that has always been there and always will be, and saying that we're being misguided by people in white coats who want to sterilize us... she obviously knows nothing about trans people whatsoever and feels like she has the right to tell us what our experiences are. Me, I've never been encouraged by a doctor to transition! Hah!



Anyway, two nice articles about being who you really want to be.


I need to get back to being a feminist, though... the day before yesterday a plumber was explaining slowly and clearly to me how a seal works, and then as soon as 0olong came home, he went into obscure terminology that obviously anyone with a penis would understand. Tired of feeling like my life options are squeezed by my gender identity. Remembering how much easier it was living as a man, too bad I was depressed and kept wanting to be feminine. Maybe I should go for chest surgery. I dunno.

I'm going to Ireland in a week or so, to take care of three kids for a month or more. Hooray.

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April 24th, 2012

08:44 pm - Baked portobellos with roast potatoes, spiced cauliflower and vegan cheese sauce
I cooked a very nice dinner this evening with these three recipes. cut textCollapse )

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March 7th, 2012

11:48 pm - More music
Did I already post songs to my livejournal sung by Etta James?
Etta James
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUgvVAFFzN8 I Just Wanna Make Love To You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giAp973TTbc Stop The Wedding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q32_G215bb0 Alison Jiear - I Just Wanna Dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUjIA3Rt7gk A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSehtaY6k1U Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v78-ftcqpNw Gladys Knight and the Pips - Midnight Train To Georgia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFabjc6mFk4 Fred Astaire - Puttin' On The Ritz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssHedU2GmgQ Queen - The Millionaire Waltz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BXr_4g0o9M Menomena - Evil Bee (this video makes me cry)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pohTAIyp2yU Mattias IA Eklundh - Print This Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLUXdJyAXdY Ratatat vs. MIA - Bucky's Gun Pipes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuW5Jtc8XLE Umbrella - fuck the system (some friend of a friend)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU1CDSP7FRk Le Tigre - Deceptacon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqhntKPh2EY Le Tigre - TKO
Little Green Bag
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yftOy8kz7aE Massive Attack - Teardrop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOLAGYmUQV0 Symphony Of Science - The Unbroken Thread
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xXEtO3bEe0 Blue Oyster Cult - Astronomy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbObLy5MjWU Shamisen vs. Tap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK4Q-DVNaa0 Tetris With Guest Percussionists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB24z00ajU4 Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuLleRTZywA Sam Cooke - Twisting The Night Away
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aite6IF4aA Digitonal - Silver Poetry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMhemzN7sTc The Zombies - A Butcher's Tale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qizNQKzatXA Autotune The News #10: Turtles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy2Dg-ncWoY The Rosslyn Stave Angel Cipher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdbV_Wh8IJA Moscow Grooves Institute - Les Chrysanthemes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4NpSotNkmY Yoshida Brothers - Overland Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI4wL1n_cOc Laibach - Geburt Einer Nation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s33UYXCO3dc DJ Kormac - Show Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-6gv-4mslE DJ Kormac - Rainstorm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z4m4lnjxkY Trololo Sing Along
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HX5-ulcdXc Dude You Have No Koran Autotune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2JzHPqP0_g Steeleye Span - Alison Gross Live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqjUWJtH88c Bert Jansch - Angie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOAD6cvQc7Y Jeff Buckley - Dido's Lament
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH7WXlf9WLk Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX8nAZftZL4 Van Morrison - And It Stoned Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8IhFbTfX2o Steeleye Span - Old Maid In The Garrett
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyhyBKbu9Jc Peatbog Faeries - Captain Coull's Parrot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV-i6yQCJOs The Levellers - Riverflow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8xEgGzVmXk Rockapella - The Violin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k6TaQKnIUE Art Garfunkel - Barbara Allen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD8N-SzrXjQ Johnny Cash - The Ballad of Barbara
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuvMItKy3E8 Jolie Holland - the Grey Funnel Line
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MM22NtK9Eo Aria 2 - Ave Maria
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsJVT8Jr_pM Little Richard - Long Tall Sally

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTUz1UVzgLY Baby Chick Falling Asleep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmkLlVzUBn4 Stop Motion With Wolf And Pig
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4HFVGgCMzc Japanese Monkey On Stilts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xQyQnXrLb0 Werner Herzog on the Obscenity of the Jungle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWhUeAy35qc A Day At The Office
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xNCPdDYv5s Alex Juggling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm7JH1FT_yM Mac vs. PC Parody
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJQdEY82zs0 Snake Charmer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0XKmU5hF5s NuFormer 3D Video Mapping Projection on Buildings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugV6cLgwomo PIXELS by Patrick JEAN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYP_MgWF8hw Dave Chapelle - Slap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmXGEplvPuY Safe For Work Porn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8aEhtJ-sgg TNG Episode 12 Star Trek - Bridge Buffoonery
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Wd-Q3F8KM The Count Censored
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVCqpicU42Q A Puppet Singing Keane
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNxIrAnJLlM Twin Baby Boys Have A Conversation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ikm3o5hDks Rat Loves Cat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YuLwJPhvYA Frostie Dancing to Whip Your Hair
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go43XeW6Wg4 Kitten Stuck in Hamster Ball
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6AAhTw7RA Quantum Levitation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5MaGQebo7M Album Covers Come Alive
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March 5th, 2012

11:10 pm - life
Having finally admitted to myself that modelling can be a legitimate job... even if um, it's not world-shattering, it probably pays well... I embarked upon trying to get signed by an agency. Got three interviews, only one yes, but they wanted me to pay £250 for a professional photoshoot. So I'm kind of putting that one on the backburner for now. However, I did get some pretty pictures out of the whole thing http://www.flickr.com/photos/77881645@N00/sets/72157629112788106/ and take part in a presidentially themed photoshoot looking for an androgynous looking person http://www.flickr.com/photos/77881645@N00/sets/72157629477672175/

I now have a blog about bad music: http://malbonamuziko.blogspot.com and I'm thinking of doing an illustrated/technological collage of Gödel Escher Bach.

And looking for an acceptable job, having realized that I'm probably not going to get my CELTA certification until June. At the moment I'm bucketing for a kind of dodgy charity, and on housing benefit, and doing housework to appease the Murrays who I live with and make my debts smaller... the charity work is difficult, since it involves standing in one place for some hours in all kinds of weather. But I usually end up cheerful. Maybe it's all the vitamin D I'm absorbing.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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February 15th, 2012

04:11 pm - Cyriak, Real Tuesday Weld, Tracy Chapman, and more favourites
http://youtu.be/-0Xa4bHcJu8 Cycles
http://youtu.be/jX3iLfcMDCw Welcome to Kitty City
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN3kC_4xURA Beggin' - Frankie Valli video re-mix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3JCESdFNyw cyriak's animation mix
http://youtu.be/FavUpD_IjVY Cows & Cows & Cows
http://youtu.be/PtcqXFZFiWo Robogran
http://youtu.be/SCBBQ9AaKY4 Advertiseent reel
http://youtu.be/rgiJdJXgD0s I hate fun fairs
Not shown: Jeremy Clarkson in a microwave.

Real Tuesday Weld:
http://youtu.be/UmoVNCsPv1k The Day Before You Came (ABBA cover)
http://youtu.be/p2NPfU5QARc Kix
http://youtu.be/ETyOwymflXc Bathtime in Clerkenwell
http://youtu.be/pn-Pz3BQOrI Crazy In Love (Puppini Sisters)

Tracy Chapman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s2YVFfWP5c Would You Change?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BksJ99wIuCw Remember The Tinman
http://youtu.be/pn-Pz3BQOrI Give Me One Reason

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE3-q-aoFZI Jolene - The White Stripes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI3g9RaVkdY Polite Dance Song - The Bird and the Bee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJc64xncBt4 The Sensual World - Kate Bush
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXWEM4gZhg4 Common People - William Shatner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTj8yMK6HE8 Girl singing Sean Nós
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wXdsL_N51E Mario Takes A Walk - Jesse Cook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YApNirMC9gM I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtpSidPN3jQ Young Bride - Midlake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOc1mn-4EzE The Legionnaire's Lament - The Decemberists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ2mJPSccvo Wombling Song - The Wombles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ayrNXG0900 I Love My Car - Belle & Sebastian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSehtaY6k1U Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNlcKQKDx68 It Be's That Way Sometimes - Nina Simone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHK0uFb6Vzw How Not To Make Bread
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHA3jUckD4c My new pet, Mr. Friend (Elizabeth)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul0gfCyeiyM Killer Tortoise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pueMNgMY_QY Short Poem - Fry & Laurie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzaQS2X6LcU NWSA Panel Q&A (Elise)

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February 14th, 2012

11:43 am - T.Rex
http://youtu.be/ScqisikPq5M Jeepster
http://youtu.be/A2SJjujzs5s Hot Love
http://youtu.be/1ro8VDW_2xc 20th Century Boy
http://youtu.be/dh38fOrDJ4o I Love To Boogie
http://youtu.be/KDAh19tms4U Ride a White Swan

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12:36 am - More youtube favourites
Because I never know what Youtube will decide to do with my favo(u)rites, I will put them here. Easier here anyway. Bed now... *points*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOE89O7Nds Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys - Byker Hill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDdB1rrYuns Bassist Ariane Cap w/Tempest - Byker Hill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uJLAhZU95E The Singing Nun - Dominique (disco version 1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpKAA2VxWY8 Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9ZiZ9p2aDo The Show Must Go On - The Real Tuesday Weld
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4qh61nBLpQ Mousse T - Horny
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxBcSwBpfIQ Madcon - Beggin'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqH3RoptCg8 Dion and The Del-Satins, Dream Lover
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4LzG3XZMUA Volkswagen Golf TV Advert with Gene Kelly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K04xtcyVNg A Week Of Kindness and the Last Crusade
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtISzWaAbbM A Week Of Kindness - Jameswalking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmsOIjzQ1V8 Asylum Street Spankers - Yellow Ribbon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T48OdytefBk Miyavi - Universal comment 2005
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b75cl4-qRE The Japanese Tradition - Sushi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPxY8lpYAUM Excuse me, Princess!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2z1YroJTRE Norton Furniture Frog on the Couch Commercial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jubP3t27IQ Norton Furniture #1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QAlt4Sfl7Q Lord of the Rings Voiceover
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSkVjmRGUaw Brass Eye Crime episode
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw Dramatic Chipmunk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bAN7Ts0xBo Tunak Tunak Tun (Best Copy)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2x2dIlfLU4 Sweet Pea (a seahorse)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmroaYVD_so Bunny Letter Opener
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTysF1E4Ft0 Kwoon - I lived on the Moon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECggSyXI6Xs Paso Doble, Michael Malitowski & Joanna Leunis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqi5F5MqqTQ "very creepy, disturbing children's cartoon, banned from TV"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUDIoN-_Hxs Women In Art
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvY7NGncCgU Time Fountain - Optical Illusion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqQBaY3irD0 ARTURO BRACHETTI da Panariello - Quick Change Show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6U7xIZKrBM Thousand Hand Guan Yin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMV_gvBwL1g The World's most amazing Basketball Shot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feXuC36Ez9k Japanese popping competition; J-girl Kazumi
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February 10th, 2012

11:35 pm - depression
I am really really shocked by the level of mental health care in this country. It's extremely low to non-existent. I miss, as I was just telling 0olong, my touchy-feely days of American therapy. Sometimes you just need some goddamned sympathy.

I just saw a doctor who recommended I try a month off of antidepressants and see how I feel, because I was experiencing insomnia on them. Now my emotions feel thick and slow, like they're moving through water. That's what it's like, I was gliding over the surface of my depression before, but now I'm diving in head first. Hopefully I can get over this... but I doubt it, since my mother and most of my aunts and grandmother have had depression. Oh well, here I go. :P
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