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17 May 2016 @ 12:57 pm
Could have sworn I was going to post this late last week...  
Another weekend got away from me, with too little done. Our son had friends over both days for various school projects (only one of which we were at all expecting), so there was mayhem. That tends to frazzle me a little.

I'm trying to keep up the mileage for May is Bike Month. Friday was windy, but better than being in the garage? Sunday wasn't too bad. Yesterday it was windy near my office—as in, I had to do alternate routes that did not involve so much open exposure to crosswinds on roads with heavy traffic. I have a valuable out-and-back stretch of almost 12 miles that has a lot of traffic, but only one light. It's also in a rural farming area, and when the wind picks up, it's often a side-wind through there. The threat of being gusted into traffic (or, alternatively, the ditch) means there are times I can't use that route. Yesterday was a chore, but since today was going to be windier (!), I did it. Forgot that winds also tend to blow grit into my eyes. Ouch.

The S.F. Chronicle had an article last week about the "Immediate Family" work of photographer Sally Mann. I Googled a bunch of her pictures, and thought of bleodswean, somehow. I'm not sure I would have photographed my children naked quite so late in their lives, but for overall pictures from that collection, there is no question to me that some of them—like Blowing Bubbles—are clearly art. That one is breathtaking. It's a such a vivid mini-portrait of childhood, and shows so clearly why sometimes black-and-white photography is the best choice. Wow.

It also makes me miss the days when my kids were much younger, but then... what doesn't? *sniffle*

I read The Raven King, the final book of The Raven Cycle, and really enjoyed it—though I'm sorry the series is over! Good times... Now I'm reading Kareem Abdul Jabbar's Mycroft Holmes, since HalfshellHusband borrowed it from the library and was finished with it. I'm about 2/3 of the way through.

We watched the premiere of Houdini and Doyle last night. I love Michael Weston, but he is horribly miscast in that. SO modern and slangy-sounding. The modern background music is an abomination (I really dislike the anachronism of that, and it is becoming increasingly common), but we liked the casting of Doyle and of Constable Stratton very much. So, we'll see how it goes.

We're getting caught up on The Blacklist, too. Aram, how I adore you!

Annnnd, I hope the week picks up. Yesterday morning, I arrived at work with an email inbox full of various "fires" and an IM from my daughter that the fan on her laptop had stopped working. This is after the dead power cord and dying battery. Can it please just hang on until after her finals are done? Gah!

Direst Ryl: Budgetryl on May 17th, 2016 09:36 pm (UTC)
The modern background music is an abomination (I really dislike the anachronism of that, and it is becoming increasingly common)

I blame Baz Luhrman for that. Yes, I understand what he was doing with the rap in Great Gatsby and the pop in Moulin Rouge (which I found unwatchable btw) but that doesn't mean everyone has to do it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laundromat Reaperhalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
The music is the reason I have never seen Moulin Rouge (the era/music mismatch just makes my suspension of disbelief crash and burn). Guess I won't be watching Great Gatsby either!

I mean, it almost introduces a theater-of-the-absurd element into the production, which is usually not what you want. :O
Direst Rylryl on May 18th, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
I couldn't watch Moulin Rouge because it was so frenetic. The camera shifted focus every fifteen seconds. It's enough to give you acquired ADHD.
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on May 17th, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
I love black and white photography! :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2016 11:45 pm (UTC)
Me too-- that picture really shows the magic in can produce, too, where the color would create a distraction but without it, you get this almost other-worldly sense of contrast that focuses you right in on the subject and the abstraction of the shown as art.
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on May 18th, 2016 12:22 am (UTC)
Precisely that! 😊
bleodswean: nikonbleodswean on May 17th, 2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
Her work is amazing!!! Thanks for the link, K! And it makes me sniffly, too. *hugs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 17th, 2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
So many of my best memories with the kids are from those years before about 8 or so, when they were young and clueless and full of wonder, and so "in the moment" that it was hard for me not to be as well-- and I really struggle with that at times.

*more sniffles* This college thing is killing me... :(
bleodswean: crafty mommableodswean on May 18th, 2016 12:02 am (UTC)
Nursing babes and four year olds slay me entirely on an emotional level. I can't even...think of those years without having to get up and take a long walk.

It seems a mean trick that we suffer empty nest at the same time we shift hormonally. I don't know. It's very difficult. She IS very far for an undergrad, K, I won't deny that. The trick is care packages, Skype, and enjoying her when she's home. AND THEN nudging towards a future move closer.

cindytsuki_no_bara on May 18th, 2016 03:34 am (UTC)
wait, kareem abdul jabbar the basketball player? wrote a book about mycroft holmes? like, he published a novel? how weird and unexpected! and kind of cool, actually. is it good?

i'm still two episodes behind on the blacklist, but i adore aram too. i keep waiting for something terrible to happen to him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
Yes, the basketball player. Who is spending much of his retirement writing quite intelligent and thoughtful opinion articles that you find online once in awhile.

He apparently was a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes books when he was younger, and the Mycroft novel was a labor of love.

i keep waiting for something terrible to happen to him.
Kunehara! (which apparently is spelled Kein Ayin Hara, but I've only heard it phonetically) We're about 1 or 2 eps behind, mostly because we save it as a treat. Much like Limitless, really. :)
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on May 18th, 2016 04:09 am (UTC)
ooh I love that you doing so much cycling!

that photo series is really interesting. thanks for mentioning it!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 18th, 2016 05:05 am (UTC)
There are some really stunning pictures in that group, I hadn't heard of the photographer until the Chronicle ran that article (with the Blowing Bubbles picture), and then I was all over Google images later that day, looking up other pix. Wow.
happy is as happy does: Books (I lose myself in them.)happywriter06 on May 19th, 2016 03:22 am (UTC)
Interesting about Kareem Abdul-Jabar but not totally surprising. I remember reading some articles about him. He came off as prickly but really intelligent and before his time.

Also, have you seen this?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on May 19th, 2016 05:34 am (UTC)
I've read some really intelligent opinion pieces by Adbul-Jabbar in the last year. He's very sharp.

I saw that post in passing, but held off. Like you, I didn't care for S3 much, and I didn't watch S4, so I kind of live in this suspended place where there was no canon after S3, and even some of S3 was worth ignoring!