|Me me me meeeeeme!
||[Sep. 25th, 2007|01:27 pm]
I highly doubt anyone will even read this, but obligatory meme-rules from fivedesix:|
"The way this works is you make a comment to the entry if you want to participate. I pick seven of your interests, and then you make an entry explaining what those seven interests are. Other people comment to -your- entry, etc etc."
1) fruits basket
My enjoyment of this (along with Maison Ikkoku) is almost embarrassing (except that I know no one will read this). A girl living in the woods after her grandfather dies meets up with a bizarre extended family who happen to be possessed by the spirits of the zodiac (rat, ox, boar, etc). They turn into their animal when under stress or (and, yes, this is stupid), when hugged by someone of the opposite gender. Overlooking that bit of silliness, there's actually a bittersweet story underneath. Acceptance amongst mutual outcasts, internal drama, and not a small amount of ambiguous sexual identities.
Tad Williams' four-volume epic. Back when I still had 'I wanna write big stories!' in my head, Tad came along and stole all my ideas and put them in a much more entertaining series than I could have managed. Shadowy conspiracies, stolen children, a "virtual" reality that's far more real than even its creators understand. It was a perfect way to blend fantasy with reality in a way that didn't tip too far in either direction. I haven't read it for a few years (though I've heard it calling from the bookshelf recently), but I could hardly put it down when I did.
3) waking life
An animated movie, but done in a weird way. Basically it was all filmed with real-life actors and then they animated over the film, which perfectly suited its theme. There would be scenes that would be perfect reality (standing in a bus terminal, for ex), but then weird stuff would start happening around the edges and then next thing you know it's a completely dreamlike situation. Less of a plot and more of an extended discourse on the nature of waking reality versus dreaming (and how can you tell the difference?). I used to lucid dream almost every night (being asleep, dreaming, but consciously aware that I was dreaming), and was amazed when I came across this movie. Now that I've entered my Grump years, I sigh wistfully and think that someday I might get around to playing with my dreams again.
4) hard house
Hard house and all that comes with it. My taste in electronic music evolved in pretty much the standard fashion (as far as I can tell). Trance, house, then everything else. But yeah, I like to dance. Hard house makes me dance. It (along with good DnB/Jungle) evokes the same sort of cathartic aggression that I used to get when listening to metal back in the long-haired days. Only, y'know, I get to dance to it. :) ... Now I need to get to a rave again. It's been way too long.
5) circus clowns
Heh. I haven't brought this one up recently. But for awhile one of my standard answers was 'circus clowns'. It fits in so many situations. Usually in response to questions such as "You know what ___?" (You know what really sucks? You know what I did last night? You know where you're going?) I think my girl being a black belt might be one reason I've not used this as much of late.
It's like speed, only good for you. Well, not exactly. But a long time ago in a forum far, far away, I wrote a love letter to Adderall. I'd just been diagnosed (finally) with ADD, and started out on the drug. I was on-task, I could prioritize, I could put something off until later and *remember*. And I thought "Holy shit. Do normal people *always* think this way?" And as a nice side effect occasionally I'd get a little buzz off of it (but I tried to keep that to a minimum). Of course the occasional sleepless night wasn't particularly fun, but as a whole it did me a world of good. I actually got a lot of writing done too. Someday I'll get back on it. Just, y'know, need insurance first.
7) Tom Waits
Mmm, Tom Waits. I first heard him when I was working in my brother's ceramic studio stoned off my gourd. It was incredible. He growls, he wails, he stomps, he tries all sorts of things. He's like a dirty uncle with the best stories. The dark side of things isn't to be frightened of with him, it's to be reveled in. "Underground" is something I'll play to my kids when they're going to sleep. Sure there's monsters under the bed, but that's awesome.