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Green Room - Week 17 - Day 7

Thanks to everyone who wished me a "Happy Anniversary", both on here and on FB. We had a really nice weekend. I figured you guys knew what to do with your spare time - read, comment and vote for your favorites: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/918431.html

I hope you are doing that, because right now (as I'm posting this), there is a 11 points difference between the top of the poll and the bottom of it. I said it last week, but it's still true, so I'll say it again: that number can change. Especially given that by the vote totals of the last couple of weeks, there are still *a lot* of folks who haven't shown up to vote yet!

If this is a week where fewer people are going to be making the decision though, that just means that your individual vote became that much more potent. But let's face it, as close as pretty much every poll has been in this mini-season, it's probably going to come down to the wire again!

Based on that - who isn't getting the love you think they should be? Sing their praises! Who knows who might be listening!

(and let me know about anything fun *you* did this weekend!)


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Apr. 11th, 2016 01:35 pm (UTC)
First, with a vacant brain. I have nothing worthwhile to say, which, according to teenson, is pretty much every day.
Apr. 11th, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
LOL, I understand "vacant brain" all too well. I call it "blank look".
Apr. 11th, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
This weekend I read this data about roles for women in movies. They took the scripts for a bunch of movies and counted the lines of dialog given to each actor, the separated them by gender.

It's pretty interesting, and beyond the general statistic-goodness of it, it made me think about the role of the writer in changing these things. I mean, I know producers often turn things upside down before a movie is made, but writers have some initial power there.

And fiction isn't my thing, generally, and I'm proud that when I think about the fiction I have written that I have some strong female characters (who might fall under the "action" category in the article), but I also have female characters falling to violence by men, while I only have one story where a secondary male character falls to violence. I haven't counted my male vs female characters overall, but it makes me ponder.

It's worth spending some time clicking on.

Apr. 11th, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
I suspect I was tagged in that so that I could post it here in Idol. :)

I figured it would make a decent Work Room conversation - but here is good as well!
Apr. 11th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
You were. :)

And yeah. Since nobody's saying anything, it may yet make a good work room conversation. Or, since nobody's saying anything, maybe not.
Apr. 11th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
Firstly I would like to apologise for not commenting on entries recently, I've just been exhausted, first it was the clock change and now I have a problem with my ear which isn't letting me sleep.

I played cards without humanity for the first time which was fun. I got to play the hand "The office of 'The thin veneer of narrative plot which underlies porn' has refused your request for 'gay aliens'." Which I thought was exceedingly funny but which didn't win the round. I did win three rounds though, one for scrotal frostbite man being neither the hero we wanted or needed.

And then on the Saturday we went to the Funfair which was fun. I have been informed by American friends that the American equivalent for 'funfair' is a 'carnival' because it's travelling, although I don't quite buy this because I've always imagined carnivals to have animals.
Apr. 11th, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
You may be thinking of carnival as being the same thing as a circus? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't.

If it's stationary and ongoing, it's an amusement park. If it's a seasonal thing (like a school fundraiser or a Halloween event), it's probably a carnival.

If it travels from town to town and features performers moreso than rides, it's a circus. There was that TV series, "Carnivale," which was about a circus, so maybe the terminology has changed over the decades? But nowadays, those are just circuses over here. And they usually involve animals, but not always-- whipchick's circus seems to have been mostly highly talented human performers.

It sounds as if you had a great time. Popcorn? Cotton candy? Candy apples? Rides? Or more of a "show"?

Apr. 11th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
Cool, I guess it is a carnival then. It travels from town to town but has rides, no performers.

Yes, lots of fun, cotton candy (which we call candyfloss). And hook the duck and rides. Went on the dodgem cars, which I've always enjoyed but was dubious about whether it would still be as much fun now I actually have a driving license, turns out, still just as much fun.
Apr. 11th, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
"Dodg'em cars" sound like bumper cars over here. They may be getting borderline for me, as my back is not what it used to be!

Both of our kids are licensed drivers now, but we used to wonder how that would go, based on their bumper-car skills. Our son started driving those like actual cars when he was five, and got really irritated at the people who kept trying to crash into him. Our daughter... would get herself wedged into a corner and have to be rescued by a ride operator until she was eleven.

They're both good drivers now, but can you guess which of them was easier to teach? :O
Apr. 12th, 2016 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, we call them bumper cars too. :)

Apr. 11th, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
Belated congrats on the anniversary! I'm glad to hear you had a good time. :)

The poll is making me nervous, but it usually does, so no surprises there! :D

I feel like I say this every week, but gratefuladdict's piece blew me away. The voice in it is magnificent, and it's a really great take on the concept. LOVE. :D

As for my weekend...oh man!

Went to an event a coworker was performing in on campus, had lots of lovely Indian food for dinner, and followed up by dragging people back to my house to roast marshmallows over my new fire pit and drink a bunch. Ended up watching Pirates of the Caribbean and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure while squashed up against my best friend on the couch with an annoyed cat atop both of us. Was a good time, and we're probably going to do something similar again this weekend! :D
Apr. 11th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
Fire pit!

Wow. Well, I'd say marshmallow roasting was in order, then!

Sounds like a hugely busy and fun weekend. :)
Apr. 11th, 2016 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ummm... doing taxes (still) and driving around on a dark, rainy night in an unknown area with poorly-labeled or un-labeled streets to rescue teenson... not so much with the fun.

Devouring almost all of a book I'd had on hold (SO close this morning, but I made myself stop and go to work)-- that was fun. A time sink, but fun. :D
Apr. 11th, 2016 07:29 pm (UTC)
Good luck with taxes. Eep.

What book are you reading?
Apr. 11th, 2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
The books is "Blue Lily, Lily Blue," which is the third in the Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater. I read the second one about two weeks ago (also over a weekend), and intriguing ideas were brought up which I needed answers to! And received. :)

Also, the characters in these books intrigue me. Not just the main characters either-- this third book has an interesting farmer as a secondary character who is just killing me.

I really like them-- thistle_verse did too!
Apr. 11th, 2016 07:38 pm (UTC)
This week was impossible for me! Everyone brought their A-Game! rayaso's entry was particularly moving for me, bleodswean's took me on a dark and mythical journey that was surprising and enlightening. kathrynrose's entry took me back to my own mom's deathbed, and all the regrets I have carried since, because there is no right way to do this, only love reaching out to love. lrig_rorrims Ghost story tore a little piece of my heart, then warmed it, and impoetry's cardboard story was heartwarming where I first thought it would be so sad and hopeless. There are so, so many more. And just because I am overwhelmed, and my tired mind won't let me think any more, doesn't mean I didn't vote for you. porn_this_way, and prog_schlock and lordrexfear and so many others opened their hearts and souls in surprising and moving ways this week. orockthro's classic horror story will put an icy shiver in your spine. There is only goodness and deliciousness on the entry list this week--Sincerely!

Here's what I have to say: get your specks out, get off your tender tushies and read the magnificence--all of! You will not be disappointed. You will be taken on the most excellent journeys imaginable. Read! Read! Read!

Edited at 2016-04-11 07:41 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2016 12:54 am (UTC)
It was a really strong week for everybody!
Apr. 12th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
Nods enthusiastically in complete agreement.
Apr. 11th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC)
Weekend was hard. Exhausted. Weak. Energy: zilch. So that's why I was late reading, commenting, and voting. But totally worth the wait! Such goodness on the entry list this week!
Apr. 11th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
Last night I went and saw one of the most entertaining live shows I've seen in awhile. One of my personal favorite bands is the Phenomenauts, and I'd put this show as a tie for sheer awesomeness right there with the Phenomenauts.

The videos online don't do the show - or the band - justice, in my opinion, but still worth checking out if you're into either heavy metal or mariachi or just a good time. Metalachi, the world's first and only heavy metal mariachi (cover) band!.

So good. So, so good.
Apr. 12th, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh. My. God. Metal mariachi. Yes yes yes yes forever yes.

Thank you for sharing this!
Apr. 12th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
^^^^ This must be shared!
Apr. 12th, 2016 02:49 am (UTC)
^^^^ This must be shared!
Apr. 12th, 2016 03:30 am (UTC)
^^^^ This must be shared!
Apr. 12th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)

I'm seriously so obsessed right now. And the songs online are fun, but you cannot, at all, imagine how super-duper fun their live show is so if you can, you have to catch them live!!!
Apr. 12th, 2016 12:57 am (UTC)
This was my favorite episode of alexpgp's serial so far. I really like the science side of it. Hoping it gets a little more love!
Apr. 12th, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
Of course, not being fully aware of the time differences, I post that with 3 minutes left. Jeez.
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