Rolling Eyeballs: Me Made May ’12 Day1, 2, 3 and 4.
Over at her blog, Mrs Rolling Eyeballs is taking the Me Made May 2012 challenge – wearing something everyday that she’s made herself or refashioned from existing clothes/material each day for the duration of May.
Excellent clothes/accessories made in part by my wife – dubious pictures of same by yours truly.
This post is inspired by a thread over at the nerd-friendly Sword & Laser reading group over at Good Reads – blimey, sci-fi and fantasy books are a bit on the portly side, wouldn’t you agree? Not for many world-building fantasy authors the notion of a quick and dirty, 260 page novel – that’s barely a preface in the realm of the elves and darkling folk!
As much as I love the process of getting a new book, cracking the covers and disappearing into a new world, I still get a little intimidated when I pick up Markus Heitz‘s “The Dwarves” (my latest read) and noting that it runs to 733 pages – that’s a commitment and a half, particularly when you consider that this book is but the first entry in a series (Book two, “The War of the Dwarves”, is a girthy 752 pages, book three “Revenge of the Dwarves” is 800 pages and the final “The Fate of the Dwarves” is back to a manageable 752 pages).
That’s a long time to spend reading about diminutive bad asses with lovely beards and lethal axes, I’m sure you’ll concur.
One of the criticisms of this kind of fiction is that it tends to urgently need the services of an editor to weed out florid over-writing and excessive descriptions of armaments and architecture but that’s not necessarily a problem for me – I don’t need detail to aid my immersion in a fantasy universe but it does help to have a sense of what things look like and from where in history the author may have drawn from. Educational and nerdy – my favourite combination!
The only problem with this kind of fiction – other than the hipness or lack thereof, which doesn’t bother me for a second – is that I’m going to need bigger book shelves sometime soon. That or the local branch of Oxfam are going to get a bumper donation of older books next week.
Filed under Books, Geekery
I was reading a fun post over at Electric Eye today which got me to thinking about music scenes and the ways we can support new bands at the earliest stage of their career.
It’s always tempting to go and see bands who are further up the chain – see the poster above, for the Delain/Trillium/Halcyon Way show that I’ll be going to on Sunday night – but what about bands who aren’t at the festival/releasing albums/career musician stage that Delain are at? In this age of non-existent record sales, established labels being shut down by corporate parents and a worrying sense that rock is being marginalised ever further, shouldn’t we as music fans be taking a leaf from the punk and hardcore scenes are supporting our bands in a direct way?
I apologise if you’re reading this and I’m teaching you to suck eggs – I know that a great many music fans are already all too cognizant that it’s more difficult than ever for bands to build a career and make a living from playing music and are doing their part to directly support the music that they love. It’s the other guys that I’m talking to.
And I recognize that it’s very easy for me to blog about this stuff and then do nothing myself to try to make a difference. To which end – I propose a strategy, a plan for moving forward, if you will?
Every time that I go to see a more established band from now on, I’m going to try to balance that reasonably easy option out by going to see unsigned and local bands who really do need the support at this nascent stage.
To which end, meet the first band that I intend to go and see live – Manchester’s Gone Til Winter, who are due to play at the Dove & Rainbow in Sheffield on Friday 11th May with Awaker in support. I’ve been listening to and enjoying their stuff after seeing them linked on Spotify. Their website, linked above, has an embedded music player so that you can make up your own mind.
That’s the plan – it will get me out to more gigs and I now have an excuse to plant myself directly in front of bass players and get a sense of what they’re doing in a live situation. Win-Win!