I've become a contributor to a music blog called The Selector, thanks to paperbirds. My first contribution is Inuit Wedding by the Tuvan singer Sainkho Namtchylak. I discovered it while searching for songs for my next mix and fell in love with Sainkho's haunting voice. Check out the blog for more incredible music (the write-ups are entertaining too).
theselector - The Selector community.
theselector_rss - RSS.
I've had to revert back to my old LJ style because something on Livejournal's end messed the last one up. I was using "The Boxer" and suddenly half the options for customizing disappeared from the editor. I am disappointed, but hopefully they will return. I wonder if anyone else has had this problem? It feels good to be back in the skin I've had for over 4 years now, but I liked my new skin as well.
We finally broke down and bought a PS2. We could never justify the cost to ourselves before, especially when £100+ could mean part of a ticket home for me to see my family, but we decided we missed console gaming so we picked one up (sorry for not getting an Xbox, Gael). My favorite game right now is Katamari Damacy. It's a game where you roll stuff up.. that's it.. just roll. It's awesome and has the best in-game music ever. Seriously one of the most inventive and original games I have played for years. I'm also looking forward to playing the Silent Hill series, Fatal Frame, and GTA: San Andreas. I feel like I'm finally catching up.
There was a heavy snowfall last week. I love waking up to a blanket of white. Sadly it was short-lived and melted into the gutters before I was able to get out to take photos. c'est la vie. As a substitute check out sylys and cecile's gorgeous Paris in the Snow photographs. I cannot wait until July.
The month of February
Delta of Venus, by Anaïs Nin
I read several good books this month, but Delta of Venus stood out the most, mainly because it contained
exhibitionistic oral, pedophilia, homoeroticism, and incest -- all in the first chapter. Good stuff.
Reminds me of summer rainstorms in Antwerp -- black cherry goodness.
Often the simplest meals are the best.
rye bread and wild boar saucission
wild sea bass with muscadet, parsley, and lemon
& baby new potatoes
tia maria truffle cake
Venison stew and Leffe Radieuse.
Marsen Jules - Herbstlaub
Nói Albínói (Noi the Albino)
( trailer )
The Girl With X-Ray Eyes
Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
I was so looking forward to Kotor 2. I played until I encountered such a horrendous bug which crippled my game
so badly that I couldn't continue. Thanks a lot, Obsidian. I was 6 hours into the game so I don't believe I'll try replaying it again any time soon.
Instead, I'll roll things:
Most notable events:
Bandini's party, Jeremy's Wedding.
When I was 14 I I babysat for a couple up the street. I found Delta of Venus on their bookshelf. After the kids went to sleep I'd read that thing as if my life depended on it. I must have gone cover to cover 20-30 times. I've been meaning to reread it to see how my memory matches with my current state of mind.
I have a similar history with that book. It was the only porn in the house that I could ever find - a neighbor's dad had playboys, but my folks were too high minded for that (or just hid their stuff too well). So I, ah, read that book a lot. I had my favorite parts, and the book developed creases in the binding at those points.
The music is so infectious.. I've d/l the soundtrack because it cheers me up. :)
nah, not homemade. The cake and the ingredients for that meal were all bought at Borough Market (big food market in London). Could probably be made easily enough. it was sooooo rich.
Yummy wintry foods.
I was turned on to Nin by my step-mother who is a fantastic writer, she always admired Nin's style and I've come to appreciate it too. Somewhat unsurprisingly my mom didn't encourage me to read Delta of Venus when I was a girl. ;)
Lindemans, really? I find it unbearably sweet; it's more like cherry soda than a flavored lambic. Hannsens is good, though, and liefmans kriekbier used to be good (not a lambic, I know), but has sort of taken a nose dive lately, I think.
Tonight's the night for the belgian beer happyhour I go to, so I've got beer on the mind.
Until GT4 came out, I was playing a lot of katamari damacy. I hear that the second in the series is due out soon. It'll be interesting to see if they come up with anything new, but more of the same would be ok, too. It's an hilariously japanese game, right down to the massive heat the king of all cosmos seems to be packing in his pants.
Yes, really. I know there's a lot of Lindemans bashing from beer aficionados, but maybe it's because it's the brand I often drank while living in Antwerp that it's become something nostalgic for me. All of the different Kriek brands are hardly the same, Cantillon reminds me of sour pie cherries while other brands are something else entirely. True, Lindemans is sweet, so I drink it when I'm in the mood for it.
I'm curious about Katamari Damacy 2, but right now I'm concentrating finishing the first. It's such an enjoyably absurd game and I can't seem to get the music out of my head. :) (surprisingly I hadn't noticed the king's massive package.)
Katamari Damacy is the ONE game that might persuade me to pick up a PS2. I haven't bowed to the pressure yet.
Silent Hill 2 was awful. Don't bother. I've heard great things about GTA:San Andreas, so I'd recommend that for the massive play value.
http://www.metacritic.com has reliable reviews for most console games.
My step-mom wanted us to get an Xbox so we could play against each other, but Xbox live was an additional £10 a month that we didn't want to pay. Plus I think there was some issue about European and American servers, I don't remember.
Max and I mostly just miss gaming against each other. We don't have space for 2 monitors and our laptop is too slow to run games, so a console is a temporary solution until we move to a bigger place. Katamari really was worth it for me, I love that game.
Max has been playing GTA:SA a lot, but I haven't been able to play most violent games lately so I'll stick with Katamari for awhile. :)
10 UK pounds a month for Xbox Live? That's very high. Over here, the rate is about $45/year.
In the old days, I enjoyed playing console games like Bomberman while sitting on the sofa with friends. The Gamecube has several terrific multiplayer-on-one-screen games like Super Monkey Ball and Super Smash Bros. If I can find a secondhand console for cheap, I might try them out myself.
I guess I equate simple with how long something takes to prepare. The meal with the sea bass took less than 15 minutes from start to finish to make! That's faster than ordering take out. :)
I normally eat very simply though, especially during the day. Just no-sugar muesli for breakfast and beans or cous-cous w/ feta for lunch, something like that. I haven't tried brown rice and peas. I should probably eat more brown rice.
How can I join that blog? Would they have me?
I saw that they post some mixes; how do they work? It looks like just a list of track names. Are you supposed to find all the tracks and put them in a playlist yourself?
Plus, speaking of mixes, what was that PC app you use to make yours? I forgot the name.
When I write my "what I want to do about my job" post you will see why I'm asking these detailed questions... ;-)
The original creators such as paperbirds say they don't want the blog to be exclusive, so everyone's discussing a way to bring new selectors in. I suggested that current selectors recommend new people, so we'll see what they decide on. You were one of the people I had in mind to recommend and I'm sure asphalteden would rec. you as well.
Are you supposed to find all the tracks and put them in a playlist yourself?
Yes, probably to keep the bandwidth strain down. I'm not sure if I'll use it myself.
The app I use is Mixmeister Pro 5. I just read your post and I wish you well, I hope it turns into a very satisfying change for you. :) If you have any questions about Mixmeister let me know.
Katamari is just amazing, I haven't felt that interested in or excited about a game for awhile. I keep feeling like I'm playing the same game over and over with other genres, Katamari is so refreshingly unique. It's also non-violent which is another bonus for me as I've really burnt out on violent games recently.
I did check your mix out and have listened to it many times. I meant to mention it in email. It's my favorite mix of yours so far, maybe because it's so close to my tastes. Thanks for turning me on to Marz and Out Hud, The Stoked American has replaced The Knife's Heartbeats as my latest cheer-up-nomi track. :)
Amazing stuff! As per usual!
I've been staring at the cover for Nói Albínói at work for months now. I never knew what it was about so maybe it's time to see - sounds fascinating!
As does Knights of the Sith for ps2 ;)
Connected on broadband so finally downloaded your 5,000 miles mix. Should make the walk to work much more pleasant.
I saw Sainkho Namtchylak at quite a few LMC gigs, in the days when I used to go to LMC gigs all the time. A gorgeous voice. From what I remember, she always used to wear a record as a hat, strapped to the top of her head.
I never quite got into Nin, her writing always seemed a little one-dimensional to me, but it's a long time since I read any, perhaps I should try again. And if you like exhibitionistic oral, pedophilia, homoeroticism, and incest then you should definitely read Angela Carter's book "The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman". It is probably my favourite book of all time, certainly in my top two.