miss_s_b: (Self: Profile)
2010-05-21 12:17 am
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[sticky entry] Sticky: Introduction & Comment policy

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miss_s_b: Abby Scuto says Awesome (Feminist Heroes: Abby Scuto Awesome)
2014-12-18 01:52 pm

In Which @WyrdWaysRock knocks it out of the park - a recommendation of episode CCXCVI

So, those of you who know my podcasting habits will know that one of the few constants is The Wyrd Ways Rock Show. It's the ONLY music podcast that's lasted the distance for me - must be five or six years I've been listening to it now.

There's several reasons for that. It helps me keep up with new music I'll (probably) like in this increasingly fragmented musical world, because it defiantly includes all kinds of rock and metal, and doesn't restrict itself to any of the increasingly narrow bands that modern bands like to slot themselves into. I like Carl's relaxed presenting style, and his comfortingly Yorkshire voice - there's something very reassuring about him. I like Elfie's enthusiasm and joy at finding new stuff to bring to the world. But mostly, I like the attitude of the show, which is: it's the music that matters.

So the Wyrd Ways RS doesn't discriminate if you're black, or LGBT+, or a girl. Orianthi is just a bloody good guitarist. Doro Pesch is just a statesman of rock. Rob Halford is just the singer for Judas Priest. None of that gatekeepy bullshit on the Wyrd Ways RS: if your music is good, you get played, no matter what your non-musical attributes.

Recent events have brought to the forefront just how bloody special this is. Don't even start me on the silliness that is #Metalgate (except that I feel sorry for these Czech festival organisers who have been going since '08 and suddenly got tarred with a very silly brush). So it was with the greatest joy that I listened to the last-but-one episode of the show:

Here is a link to the webplaying version of episode CCXCVI. This episode will be known forever to me as the "what is this female-fronted-metal pigeon-holing bullshit? Women play ALL KINDS OF METAL!" episode. And it's got some bloody astounding music on. Srsly, check the playlist. It's nearly four hours of glorious, joyful, beautiful music that sticks two fingers up at the rest of the world and says: "I don't care what YOU think; this is what I like".

So go listen to it. Go on. You can do it in chunks if you like. Then go subscribe and help pay for the upkeep of the show: it's worth it, I promise.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Books)
2014-12-15 02:34 pm
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On #PaydayBook

So those of you who follow me on twitter may have noticed that one a month I post what I've bought for my #paydaybook and might be wondering what the point of it is. Obviously books are awesome, and that's part of it, but it also has two other functions: firstly it makes me try new things, and secondly it makes me support actual real life bookshops.

The rules I follow are:
  1. The book must be one I have not read before - so no sneakily buying posh editions of old favourites
  2. It must be obtained by browsing or being recced something in an actual, physical bookshop - so no amazon
  3. the book must be bought on payday
  4. Once the book has been bought, take a photo and post it to twitter with the hashtag #paydaybook
Simple, eh?

It rarely costs me more than a tenner, even if Waterstones* have a buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on, and it gives me that feeling of smug satisfaction of helping to keep the high street nice and booky, and it gives me new books to read.

OfC, like all good ideas I nicked it from somebody else. So I suppose I really should credit my lovely PPC for Calder Valley, who introduced me to the concept.



* I realise that Waterstones are hardly a small independent bookseller, but my local one is the prettiest in the country, and so I go there often. I patronise small independent bookstores AS WELL, but Bradford Waterstones Cathedral of Books is on my way to work so it's nice and easy to nip in most paydays. LAST month, by contrast, my payday book came from the South Kensington Bookstore, which proclaimed itself to be proudly, fiercely independent - because I happened to be in That London.
miss_s_b: (Self: Innocent)
2014-12-14 10:29 am
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Breakfast

Poll #16245 Breakfast
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18


in order to be properly termed "breakfast" a meal should have

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All its ingredients fried. In butter
6 (33.3%)

I am incorrect because I wish to select a different option
12 (66.7%)

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