Stuff We Like - #55 Bookshelves
Angel's back for this week's Stuff We Like. She really didn't want to follow last week's Dead Pool post, but we insisted.
Angel Martinez back again - and yeah, stop it, I'm posting about bookshelves. Look, I have a lot of physical books. Being a lifelong bibliophile who had several decades of book love prior to easily accessible ebooks means a lot of books. On top of that, books are my friends. I'm not one of those people who simply gets rid of books (THE HORROR!) No, I hang onto them, whether I'm going to re-read them or not. Books from childhood, books from college, books I've purchased and ones (several manies) that people have given me.
Because I don't just own paperbacks and the books are from several eras of publishing and types and so on, I need a lot of different kinds of shelves. From the state of the one above, you'll see that I'm always struggling for enough space for all these different books sizes. Ideally, I'd like a library where ALL the shelves are extra tall and I can simply alphabetize. As it is, I do my best to sort by category and size and by alpha last name of the author where I can. I need shelves that will hold rows and rows of paperbacks, shelves that will hold art books, ones that will house text books and hard cover fiction, and those that are just a ridiculous size and meant for coffee tables. Since I don't have room on coffee tables, there must be some ridiculously tall shelves.
Here in my study, I've surrounded myself with books. A book cave, if you will. But there are books in the bedroom, in the living room, in the kitchen, even in something that's supposed to be a liquor cabinet in the dining room.
Someday I will have to move all of these books and I'll most likely regret having so many. But only until I unpack them and my books are restored to their proper places all around me again.
Stuff We Like #54 - Deadpool
Welcome to another week of Stuff We Like with Freddy. Now you may look at the title of the post and be thinking "Are you kidding?" Nope. Not one iota.
I have loved the Deadpool character for as long as I can remember. He first showed up in The New Mutants (#98) in 1991. If you are a fan you knew he was originally depicted as a supervillan with accelerated healing powers. A mentally unstable mercenary who often broke (breaks) the fourth wall (to much joy of fans everywhere).
Over the last 24 years he has evolved into more of an antihero than a supervillan. Watching his evolution has been fascinating, and a study in story telling and character growth.
He unapologetically knows he is a comic book character, makes decisions in the moment, is a confirmed omnisexual (really, anyone will do. Think those Spiderman X Deadpool memes are ridiculous, would never happen? Deadpool would totally hit that given the chance), and sometimes his decisions will rub ethics the wrong fucking way.
Deadpool is unapologetic for who he is. That's another reason I like him. He is a character. He embraces himself - flaws and all (his many, many flaws) - and rides along with them. Deadpool runs the spectrum of human integrity and morals, and knows it. He's not black and white but all the colors in the crayon box.
And all this means he is more real, more human than a lot characters out there.
By the way - Ryan Reynolds is killing Deadpool so far (and the 12 Days of Deadpool leading up to the new trailer has been quite humorous thus far.)
Yes, I am eager for this movie.
Stuff We Like # 53 - Christmas Baking
Hey everyone, Toni here for another Stuff We Like. This week seemed to be the perfect time to talk about Christmas Baking. Who doesn't love all the goodies that comes with this time of year?
Certainly not us here at Mischief Corner. This past weekend mischiefers Silvia, Angel, Freddy & Scott all decided to don the kitchen aprons and dust of the recipe books for some good old-fashioned Christmas baking. Freddy, Scott & Silvia all made sugar cookies with some awesome pictures, while Angel decided she had to out do the rest and make five... yes you read that correctly, five different varieties of cookies...
Matt also joined in with the Christmas baking, however, he made a cake instead. As for me.... As it's summer here in Australia and in Darwin it's bloody hot and humid, my Christmas baking took place without the use of an oven. Every year I do up a couple of trays of Rocky Road and then bag it up to take to work and hand out to the people there. We're also having a little afternoon tea at work tomorrow before my boss leaves on holiday for the Christmas period and I was asked to bring some Christmas nibbles. So I decided to do up my White Christmas. (This also happens to be one of my brother's favourite Christmas treats and when he heard I was making it, he kinda told me I had to make enough for him as well. LOL. Like I didn't know that was going to be his response. :))
I love baking anytime, but there seems to be something about this time of year that just makes it feel special. Do you have any holiday treats that you bake? Would love to hear from you.
Stay save everyone and have a very Merry Christmas.
Stuff We Like #52
Scott has this week's Stuff We Like - shows he loved that everyone else ignored.
Have you ever just absolutely loved a television show that no one else seemed to get? And it's not like you didn't know it at the time - from the get-go, you watched it with a sense of burgeoning sense of dread, knowing that this amazing piece of fiction that you had wholeheartedly bought into was most likely going to be CANCELLED SOON.
Happens to me all the time. And in that spirit, I thought I'd share three of my favorite shows that got the axe too soon.
This was an amazing, quirky little show about a girl who starts hearing objects around her speak - but only if they resemble animals. It channeled Gen X ennui with a Joan of Arc premise, and is one of my favorite shows of all time. It's funny, weird, and bubbly, and though it only ran for 13 episodes, it managed to have a satisfying series ending. If you haven't seen it, I recommend you give it a try.
#2: Dead Like Me
This show mined some of the same twenty-something angst as Wonderfalls, but with a different premise - a young girl who goes for her first job interview, gets hired at a temp agency, and then gets killed by a falling space-station toilet. She gets recruited to be a grim reaper, and things move on from there. It's the reaper's job to help the souls of the recently deceased move on, but they are given only the last name, location, and time of the impending death. Half the fun is in trying to figure out how each death will occur. But I also LOVED George, the main character, watching her as she tries to put together a decent afterlife. This one ran two seasons, plus a made-for-TV movie.
#3: Eli Stone
The last one I'll share is Eli Stone, about a lawyer who gets a tumor in his brain and suddenly starts seeing George Michael singing and dancing in his office. It sounds strange, and it is - but it works, as Eli sets off on a new path, deciding to use the time he has left to help people. It's also quirky as hell. Also a two season series.
So give them a try. I guarantee you'll like them. At least, if you're as weird and twisted as I am. :)
Stuff We Like - #51
Angel has this week's Stuff We Like with a little of something old, something new...
When I was little, my parents would take us to the library and encourage us to pick out not only books, but also records to borrow. Our library had a wonderful section of vinyl narrations, you see, people with wonderful voices reading stories. The expressiveness of these narrators captivated me, allowing me to hear dialogue in different ways, to paint mind pictures I wouldn't have on my own.
We don't outgrow the desire to have stories read to us. You just have to look at audio book sales these days. But I have to be honest - a bad narrator can just kill a story and sometimes you just can't get past the first five minutes because of a flat, uninflected reading. Recommendations and reviews of narrators have become just as important as the reviews of the books themselves.
When you find a good narrator? Holy crumbs and crusts, it's almost better than Death by Chocolate. Or sex. Or sex with Death by Chocolate. In my rambling way, this is me saying that I like good narration and finding the perfect narrator for a story. For Shax? That person turned out to be Vance Bastian, our amazing narrator for Hell For The Company. Vance not only manages an incredibly fun range of voices for the characters, he gets the voices right for the scene. Shax - sometimes vain and roguish, sometimes a bit freaked out. Verin - from vaguely irritated to really pissed off. Ivana - from snark to sweet. Ness - from completely flummoxed to finding his feet. Heck, Vance even managed the perfect voice for Benny, which makes me want more Benny scenes so he can read them.
Look for Vance's work on Hell For The Company on audible and ACX, and here's hoping he agrees to do more. 'Cause we do like being read to and we most assuredly like Vance.
Vance Bastian can be found at: http://www.vancebastian.com/
Hell For The Company: Brimstone 1
Audio edition narrated by Vance Bastian