Weekend Open Thread!

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Well, stick a fork in another week here at Persephone. We’ll leave things open for y’all to chat all weekend to your hearts’ content. Just make sure to clean up after yourselves before you leave. Oh, and we counted the change in the jar above the fridge, so don’t even think about it!

Anyway let’s kick things off with my favorite artist that I found through Pandora, Kate Nash. She’s a sassy British bitch and I like her. Who else has an artist they discovered thanks to the endless feedback loop that is Pandora?

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    QoB

    I am juuust back from the south of France. I am not, repeat NOT, sunburned. This is unprecedented.
    Also, holiday was great, and now I have to catch up with True Blood.

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    marthamydear

    Who’s seen Midnight in Paris? I really enjoyed the movie overall, but keep being sad at Woody Allen’s constant use of MPDGs to drive the entire movie. Marion Cotillard deserves better! So does the random Cole Porter-enjoying girl from the street boutique!

    Other than that, Adrien Brody as Dali killed it. “I see… a rhinoceros!” *pounds skinny chest in surrealistic fit of emotion*

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    freckle [M]

    Howdy Perse’s!

    Hmm, that doesn’t sound all that good. I’m writing an article, fanfic and I should be writing SEO’s. But those are boring. And I could start shaving my very hairy legs but why would you waste a weekend on that?

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    BicuriousShoes

    Hi everyone! I haven’t hung out in an Open Thread since forever, how’s everybody doing? I’ve been through some kind of postpartum depression since getting my PhD (not to trivialize actual postpartum depression, but… you know what I mean) and now I’m trying to cheer myself up by making plans for my first non-thesis-writing summer in years. Anybody planning something exciting?

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      Hattie McDoogal

      Hi stranger! Glad to see you again. And congrats on the PhD!

      Hm…define “exciting.” This is my first full summer in NYC so I have some plans to do some urban exploring. Throw in a couple weddings and my summer’s pretty much spoken for. Sigh!

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        BicuriousShoes

        Glad to see everybody again! And urban exploring sounds fun! I don’t really know how to define “exciting”… At the moment I’m planning a trip to Vienna and Budapest with my best friends and I can’t even get excited about that (see what I meant about the depression?) But I guess I’ll get more into it as it gets closer…

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        BicuriousShoes

        I usually hate packing, but the prospect of vacationing makes it easier, doesn’t it? Where are you going? Other than a one-week trip with friends, I’ll be mostly staycationing with my partner, looking for fun stuff to do within a day-trip radius of home.

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        BicuriousShoes

        Haha, I meant exciting plans for the summer, not Sunday. Unless you plan to spend your summer steam-mopping your floors, mowing the lawn, and grocery shopping, in which case, hey, whatever rocks your boat! :)

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      [E]SaraB

      I know exactly what you mean. Every time I do something big, I feel sort of sad and lost after it’s over. I don’t know about long term plans, but in the immediate future I suggest finding something simple you’ve been wanting to do for a while and go do it.

      (This message was inspired by my recent trip to the Melting Pot for my birthday. It was sooooooo good)

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        BicuriousShoes

        Yes! Even though at the end I hated my dissertation and I couldn’t wait for it to be over and I was really looking forward to doing LOTS of non-dissertation stuff… Once I was done I felt like… “Now what?” I think it’s just the exhaustion, so I may try to remedy it by lying on my back A LOT this summer. As for finding something simple I’ve been wanting to do for a while… yay, reading crappy books!

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          [E]SaraB

          And here’s another weird remedy I read about – try eating spicy foods, or other foods/drinks with strong flavours. Supposedly the sensory stimulation in spicy food helps compensate for the loss of stress-stimulation.

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    vee

    Thanks to Pandora, I discovered a compilation called Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records. Basically, they raided their vaults for some unreleased / obscure stuff from the 60’s and 70’s, and the music is AMAZING. Look up Courtland Pickett’s “You Don’t Grow Old.” It’s the most beautiful song in the world.
    (It isn’t on Youtube, but I have my fave Pandora station set to play it all the time. You can find the compilation online pretty easily too.)

    Umm, besides that…
    Is the writing group here still pretty active? I’m taking a page from NaNoWriMo this summer and am trying to complete my novel. Anyone else want to get in on this and help motivate each other? I’m at 63,000 (unedited) words right now– way beyond the WriMo count, and nowhere near finished. Help. D:

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      vee

      Ooh. So, to add to that…
      NaNoWriMo is expanding to do something called “Camp NaNoWriMo.” From what I gather, it’s like a July version (NaJuWriMo? Yikes.). Is anyone else participating in that?

      I know this is a better question for the writers’ group, but I’m not sure how active that is…

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    Amanda

    I found a lot of awesome Renaissance-era motets through the Gregorio Allegri/Tallis Scholars channels. A lot of them I knew already but there were some new ones.

    Also… the bar exam… about a month away. I’m gonna die.

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      Annie

      Me too. :( And I’ve been slacking this week (stupid PMS sapping my energy and making me cry and eat pizza). Monday, though, I am going balls to the wall, if you will.

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        Amanda

        I’m slacking kind of (I went with my boyfriend on a work trip so I’m working in a hotel room, haha).

        We’re about 50% of the way through the program and I don’t feel like I can remember ANYTHING even though I feel like I should. That seems to be par for the course? Argh. I hope you’re feeling better at least.

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        vee

        And she looks not unlike the beautiful Liv Tyler, too, so that casting makes sense. I’m looking forward to the movie! I thought they did the other books justice, but then, I wasn’t a diehard fan of the books, either. So I was a bit easier to please, I think.

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          Hattie McDoogal

          I know, there really are no female characters in the Hobbit so I’m glad they added one. (It’s frustrating how Tolkien is so all-or-nothing in female characters. He has almost none but then he dreams up one of the best female literary characters evar in Eowyn!)

          The only thing is…poor Dominic Monaghan! (E.Lilly’s ex and Merry from the trilogy!) His character was not born yet during the Hobbit so he has no chance of making a cameo.

          Anyway they just released the first two images of the main characters, Bilbo and Gandalf. Ian McKellen looks the same, but it was still great to see him in costume again! And I think Martin Freeman is going to make a GREAT Bilbo.

          …aaaand now I really want to reread the book!

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            dellbot

            I reread the book not long ago, it was such a delight and not nearly the slog that LotR can be. Although I always skip Tom Bombadil’s songs. It would be a great summer read.

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                  Hattie McDoogal

                  Ask and you shall receive! From his spot on Colbert Report (Colbert is an unapologetic Tolkien super-fan).

                  And as for Goldberry, I just don’t get it…what is she supposed to be? I have pretty much the same problem with her that people have with Tom, which is that she doesn’t really fit into the Middle-earth legendarium very well. But she’s even more unneccesary because at least Tom Bombadil does something to advance the plot and teach the Hobbits a few things. Goldberry just makes dinner and sings to them. Bleh.

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                    marthamydear

                    Sadly, the video doesn’t play in the US and its Canadian proxy keeps giving me an error message. OH WELL.

                    A girl I know set her whole identity up as Goldberry and made my geeky guy friends absolutely drool over her for a few months. I didn’t understand why I was so irritated at the time… but this helps.

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                      Hattie McDoogal

                      Well I’ve been inspired by this discussion to write a whole post about the Hobbit, it should run at 6pm eastern if anyone wants to nerd out over there! :)

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    [E] Rachel

    You guys! Such great news out of NY to wake up to! According to conservatives, this means I have to divorce my husband and marry some random woman, right? Oh, wait. It doesn’t affect “traditional” marriage ONE BIT. Funny about that.

    I’m so happy for all the people who have that door open to them now. It’s depressing that it’s such a battle, but every step forward counts.

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      LittleGirlBlue

      It’s SO exciting, honestly. It’s one of the major civil rights issues of our time and for New York, such a massive state with such an important city, to go in for equality… it’s a big deal. Gold star for NY today.

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      BaseballChica03

      HOORAY! I have pretty much had my entire life on hold for the past week and a half so I can stay near a computer in case the Senate started voting. By the end, I was paranoid that the vote was going to happen when I couldn’t watch, after having wasted all that time and effort on sweet corn and underpants! I’m so glad it’s over. A lot of people have been working very hard for a long time to make it happen.

      I also want to note that the state and national marriage groups (MENY and HRC off the top of my head, although HRC came through toward the end) completely wrote off Grisanti as unwinnable, and it was the serious dedication of the local crew that won him over. Pretty much everything he mentioned in his speech last night as information and learning came straight from the hands of the local organizers and activists. It was truly something to behold.

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    wannabemusicologist

    This might be kind of dorky/random/cheesy but I just wanted to stop in tonight to say how much I love this blog. I love that it covers issues relevant to me like academia, Bones (maybe not an essential but you know), cooking, women’s rights, social justice, and vibram five fingers and I really like how positive the commenting environment is here. I feel like the comments here are thoughtful and insightful and people are kind. I switched over from another lady blog and just feel like I am much less stressed about commenting and can be a lot more open because people don’t jump down your throat if your worldview differs. I also love that I can get recipes and information about the government and what its plans are for planned parenthood in the same spot. Because I might be a feminist, but darnit, I like to cook tasty food.

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    [E] Sally J. Freedman

    I’ve found some good ones, of course, the names escape me now. Does anyone else find that Pandora will start the day by mixing it up a little bit, then hit a half hour or so of songs that you’ve checked “yes” to and then go back to mixing it up again? Am I trying to create a pattern in something that is pattern-less? I only have 5 hrs left this month, then I’ll have to wait til July 1 to try it again!

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      laraish

      You know, I would have never thought of it, but maybe you’re right! My pandora does do the same thing — some new stuff, but then eventually going back to things that I had originally liked. I thought that maybe it got too tired of me rejecting and liking some of its songs that it gave up! But your explanation makes a lot more sense than me anthropomorphizing my pandora.

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