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May. 21st, 2017 11:09 pm
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Summit Lake, near Nakusp, BC, Canada, 2017-05-18; 1834
© Bill Pusztai 2017

So we went on a road trip through the interior of BC. I think this might have been the best road trip we've ever done together. Amazing scenery, perfect weather, interesting people along the way. More pictures on my flickr stream (if you go there, be aware there is NSFW / adult content in the stream a little further down).

Places we stayed or stopped: Merritt, Kamloops, Revelstoke, Golden, Banff, Radium Hot Springs, Fernie, Nelson, Argenta, Vernon, Burton, Hope. All interesting in their own way. Next time I'd specifically like to see Osoyoos, Castlegar, Trail, and spend more time in Radium Hot Springs. There is a southern route that comes very near the border in several places that would accomplish that. Perhaps in September.

I don't have a GPS attachment on my camera (apparently they are available for a mere $400) but I was able to track down most of the places we stopped along the highway simply by using Google satellite images and relating them to landmarks in the photos. That sort of amazed me.

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Chris Cornell - "Fell On Black Days" Soundgarden Cover Live @ SiriusXM // Lithium

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May. 18th, 2017 02:26 pm
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Soundgarden's Chris Cornell killed himself, coroner says

I swear, man, sometimes being a member of this generation feels like fucking All Quiet on the Western Front, the scene with all his fellow soldiers falling all around him. A whole lot of these people who died were addicts who couldn't get clean because they couldn't afford the treatment and didn't have insurance.

When I sobered up, I had (shitty) job health insurance, but no way I could have taken off work let alone paid for two to three weeks of rehab, I didn't tell anyone at work, and what I had was AA and a supportive partner. (Altho you could argue my addiction wasn't "bad enough" since I didn't get fired, although I was drinking on the job. If you felt like me schooling you about "bad enough" crap.) I did the ninety-in-ninety thing like my life depended on it. I probably wouldn't be here if I hadn't. And you know what separates me from someone who tried and failed and tried and failed and tried and failed and couldn't make it? Good fucking luck.

And with mental illness and addiction, they're always twined around each other like fucking snakes. Some people get addicted because they're self-medicating, some people get horribly depressed after they get hooked, the beginning is always really difficult to tease out. But the connection's always there. Congratulations, you now have two intimately related life-threatening conditions!, what kind of insurance is going to cover that? Not a lot.

(And if I hear one more person oh-so-hiply say they were not surprised, I'll punch them. Suicide is an impulsive act. If you can interrupt the person while doing it or right before -- it's got a technical name but I forget what it is -- the rate of survival goes way, way up. Even if someone has meticulously planned or mentally rehearsed for decades or done practice runs til their friends have given up in despair, if you can interrupt them in time, you can stop them. At least for that time. Which might be enough, just once. Which is all we can really hope for.)

//sees the internet has Eddie covered, locks Mark Lanegan in a nice quiet clean room with plenty of sheet music, kale chips and sparkling water

Lou Reed - People Who Died w/ Jim Carroll - 9/25/1984 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

Temple of the Dog - Seasons (Chris Cornell) – Live in San Francisco

"Seasons" - Chris Cornell live @ Royal Albert Hall, London, UK 3 May 2016

I'm so disappointed

May. 16th, 2017 07:28 pm
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Marvel's Cancelling Black Panther & The Crew, One of Its Most Important Comics Right Now

Regardless of how you feel about Nick Spencer’s Secret Empire, you can’t deny that Marvel has put a considerable amount of money and effort into trying to make sure the event is a success. In addition to getting the book coverage at major news outlets like ABC, the company also reached out to brick and mortar comics shops with a (poorly thought out) promotional plan designed to boost visibility. Even though it’s been plagued by accusations of glorifying Nazism and fascist regimes by way of Hydra, it’s clear that Marvel cares about Secret Empire. It’s difficult to say whether the same was ever true of The Crew.

It's like Mockingbird all over again. (FOR SOME REASON, that essay is in twine -- as one person put it, "'I wrote a 30K essay and threw it down a well!'" -- but it's good.)

ETA Seen on Twitter: Attn #BlackWidow fans: Today's #SecretEmpire #2 is def the book for you! Some of the best Natasha moments are ahead and in comic shops today


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May. 15th, 2017 12:14 pm
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Just a quick PSA re new people and friending: I'm delighted that new users are coming to Dreamwidth, or coming back, but if you friend me and I don't already know who you are, and you don't say who you are in the screened comments on the sticky post, it is highly unlikely I will friend you back. I had two determined e-stalkers for years and years who for some reason followed my every online twitch, and I got out of the habit of posting anything revealing outside of a very small circle. The e-stalkers seem to have (fucking FINALLY) moved on, but one never knows, does one? What complicates this is I have a shit memory due to decades of unmedicated bipolar II, so my chances of remembering that I knew someone back in the day from LJ, or anywhere else really, are diddly over squat. You don't have to give up a retinal scan or anything, but something like "I was X back on LJ" or "I saw your posts at Y comm" or "we went to Montessori together" will go a long way, and I'll leave comments with personal info screened.

Sticky post
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but a bunch of friends were doing it and the idea's really fun....[community profile] tic_tac_woe

Mega-tsunamis/tidal waves Computers/AI Time loop/Time paradox
Famine/worldwide crop failure WILD CARD Pandemic/Plague
Rogue superbeing/omnicidal maniac Ragnarok Pollution/poisoning

(my DNWs were All adults/children vanish/die, Buried by garbage, Cannibalism, Evil wins, Killer insects, Mass nihilism, Sentient hostile planet)
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I swear I get more than half my music just clicking on the suggestions in the right-hand menu. Like this for "An Undoing World":

Acústico de Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra en los estudios de RGP (Radio Gladys Palmera) con el tema Lulle Lulle.

They're just so happy making the music.

Studio version of the same song with a gorgeous video:

One more?

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra was a project founded by clarinetist Robindro Nikolic and accordionist Mattia Schirosa. The project existed from year 2012 - 2015 creating great success while performing in Barcelona and most European countries. The last concert of Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra was performed at Vienna KLEZMORE festival on the 8th of November 2015.

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra were

Sandra Sangiao (Vocals - Catalunya)
Robindro Nikolic (Clarinet - Serbia/India)
Mattia Schirosa (Accordeon - Italy)
Julien Chanal (Guitar - France)
Ivan Kovacevic (Double Bass - Serbia)
Stelios Togias (Percussion - Greece)
Vroni Schnattinger (Violin - Germany)

This song is a tribute to one of the greatest Romani songs, sung by some of the greatest singers of all times. In some way , it is our inspiration for entering into the mystical world of the gipsies.
Lyrics are written by Žarko Jovanović in Romani language, in the year 1949, but the melody already existed among Romani people of Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Some say that the original melody was of a love song and that it was known during the twenties of the last century and that Žarko Jovanović adopted it and wrote lyrics of his own dedicated to Roma people. It tells about the atrocities they suffered during World War II, and about the rise of Roma people that is about to come. It was adopted as the Romani national anthem at the first world congress of Roma people in 1971 in London.

FJ!!'s birthday, SFW edition

May. 9th, 2017 10:56 pm
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FJ!!, Vancouver BC Canada, 2017 03 22; 1521
© Bill Pusztai 2017

It's FJ!!'s birthday (FJ!! on LJ, FJ!! on DW). I had the great pleasure of photographing him in Vancouver when he was there, and I am quite pleased with the results. Hope you like them as much as I do!

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1. I am still here.
2. I am still reading. (Books, that is, see below.)
3. I don't know how much I will be posting, besides my reading notes. We'll see how it goes.
4. I am trying to keep up with my, uh, "reading list" here, but I expect to fail. (Also see below.)
5. I am under massive deadlines and when I am not, I have been hustling like crazy. I expect things to loosen up during the summer but, again, we'll see. This is why I haven't been posting recently, and why I haven't read or commented on your post.
6. I have not deleted my LJ and have no plans to, but for many years now I have been posting here and mirroring it at LJ because I expect the latter to go belly-up without warning when its time comes, and I have higher hopes of getting advanced notice here at DW. I just didn't make it a point to call attention to my double-barrel action, is all.
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