bugshaw: (Default)
2017-07-03 08:14 pm

[Cambridge] Glow-worms

It's the time of year when worms glow in Cherry Hinton chalk pits - spotting events on Wednesday evenings Jul 12, 19, 26 for those interested
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2017-01-18 10:31 am

Gig on Sunday

This might go humorously wrong. I signed up again to a social meetup group, and one of the events is a Sofar Secret gig! https://www.sofarsounds.com/

You buy a ticket for a city+date, it could be anyone and anywhere - a pub, a gym, a living room - they email the day before with the address.

8 people signed up to the meetup so it looked like a nice event to go to, for some new music and new people. But... I'm the only one who's been successful in buying a ticket, even the meetup organiser is just on the pending list. They have an unusual ticketing mechanism though, a guarantee with your first ticket that you can get 1-2 more (so you can take friends your first time) so I've got 2 more tickets for group members (and one definite taker) but...

EDIT: Two takers, both very pleased to have tickets.
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2017-01-17 03:33 pm

LJ/Dreamwidth backup

I've just imported my LJ into Dreamwidth, it all seemed to go quickly and smoothly. This is a crosspost test.
bugshaw: (2013)
2017-01-10 12:45 pm

LJ issues

Like a few others, I'm having LJ issues - hopefully they're temporary glitches.
I couldn't see comments on several journals, including my own, I thought it might be a style issue as I could see comments on [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte's journal which disappeared when I checked "View in own style" (then Air). Changed my style to his Minimal Blue and my journal and feed now look different but when I click to read comments the pages are still in the old style and I still can't read comments on my own journal, but perhaps you can...

Can't find a setting option to apply style/theme to the individual entries.

In other news, Southampton trip was good, got home easily despite tube strike (direct bus from Waterloo to King's Cross), and can definitely manage a 2hr 20min train journey now.

This is a day off after 7 busy days in a row, I was hoping to spend more of it doing fun things not fettling LJ :-/ Thought the change of journal style would be a quick fix, but no.

Oh, and I've lost the hover/drop down menus in the top bar, and the option to set to friends-only. Hello, world!

EDIT: Top Tip: If you're desperate to read comments on an entry and can't see them, View Source and Find the word article, which has five uses on the main entry and then precedes each comment.

EDIT2: fixed it for myself, though possibly temporarily
First I went here http://www.livejournal.com/customize/ and chose the theme Minimal Blue.

Then I went here http://www.livejournal.com/customize/options.bml and set
Disable customised comment pages for your journal = No

Now when I go to a comment page and can't see comments and tick the box near the top "View in own style", I can see comments.

Still don't have security settings or hover menus.
bugshaw: (Poe)
2017-01-01 03:43 pm
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Films Watched December

Films watched: 26 (total 200). 12 cinema, 9 BluRay/DVD, 2 tv, 3 stream, 2 LoveFilm.
My Feral Heart (Underwire fest)
In Every Home a Heartache (Underwire fest) (shorts)
Women In Motion (Underwire fest) (shorts)
Mommie Dearest (Underwire fest) (shorts)
Mean Girls (Underwire fest) (shorts)
Lonely Two-Legged Creatures (Underwire fest) (shorts)
Austentatious: Innocence and Indolence
Debuts (Underwire fest) (shorts)
Red Road (Underwire fest)
American Pie
The Room
The Apartment
The Shop Around the Corner
Adult Life Skills
Miracle on 48th Street
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
Rogue One
Office Killer
The Gift
Ethel and Ernest
Green Room
Your Name
Die Hard

Gigs etc: 3 (total 45)
Underwire film festival (also counted above - 8 films/selections of shorts)
John Kearns (comedy, London)
Slow Club (gig, London)

Totally mixed bunch of films. American Pie was on tv, I'd never watched it, now I understand a load of cultural references from several years ago. Tried to feel the love for Die Hard - I'd watched it on tv once, and seen scattered bits, this time was in 70mm at Prince Charles cinema with an afficionado but I just don't get it. I feel sorry for his poor vest.

Your Name is lovely, animation, would probably appeal to sf fans. In cinemas at the moment but limited release.

Nice to be given a bunch of Christmas classics for the radio review show - introduced me to The Shop on the Corner and Miracle on 48th Street (original version).

200 films is a nice total (111 at the cinema) - 215 last year, 179 the year before.
bugshaw: (XmasCamel)
2016-12-25 07:51 am

Merry Christmas y'all

And all the best for the new year, may it bring all manner of good things to you and the world.

Figgie puddings are on trend for cards this year, a row of smiling puds above my telly :-)
bugshaw: (XmasMoog)
2016-12-17 10:21 am

Starting on New Year Resolutions

1. Stop spontaneously telling people how old you are. No one who hasn't asked needs to hear that in the old days you had to post off film in an envelope to be developed, or that you only saw every other episode of Doctor Who because it was shown on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Tuesdays you had Brownies, and home VCRs weren't prevalent. If someone asks which Star Trek was your favourite in your childhood, TOS or Next Gen, just smile and say TOS. Don't ask teenagers "Did you never have the conversation with your parents where they asked you to get off the internet because they want to make a phone call" as it just leads to half the office making beeping whistling noises.

I don't know where this urge comes from, it's quite recent, but I'm annoying even myself and will try to stop.

This post is absolutely an invitation for people to share things about their childhood that were different from mine if you feel the urge, I am genuinely interested :-) Pretend this post is a themed genzine. Yes, we used to print out our thoughts and photocopy them and post them in envelopes to people in the old days.
bugshaw: (Poe)
2016-12-06 11:49 am
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Films Watched November

Films watched: 109 (total 174). 2 cinema, 4 BluRay/DVD, 0 tv, 4 stream, 2 LoveFilm.
The Innocents
Notes on Blindness
Look Back in Anger
Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead
8 1/2
Boogie Nights

Gigs etc: 2 (total 42)
Austentatious (improv, London)
Rumpelstiltskin (panto, Cambridge)

I'm having a good year for getting out to live theatre/music/comedy! Two more booked in for December.

Films: I've been trying to use my Mubi and LoveFilm subscriptions a bit more, as monthly subs they're only good value if you watch things! LoveFilm has a few DVDs that are hard to find now, and Mubi has a great curated programme, so I'm not looking for reasons to drop them.

Election was a hoot, nice counterpoint to recent events, though the teacher's visceral hatred of the ambitious competent girl campaigning to be student president was hard to stomach in places.

8 1/2 (first Fellini I've watched) and Boogie Nights turned out to be an interesting double bill - both to some extent featuring director characters who wanted to make an honest film. I liked a lot about 8 1/2, the shifts from dream to reality, the director's conversations about the meaning of his film which we clutch at to try to find the meaning here, beautiful images (early on, a train arrives at a white painted station, spotlight, with floral urns, churchlike), the immediate and crushing reaction of adults to early childhood sexual awakenings which the children probably don't fully comprehend. How many allusions - he wants to find the key, is it held by the cardinal? Or by Claudia Cardinale? Wonderful costumes.

Notes on Blindness is a new documentary, based on tape recordings theologian John Hull and his family made when he went blind in the early 80s, as he tries to understand the meaning of blindness. Scenes are recreated using actors, but all the sound is original from the tapes, or from interviews with John and his wife remembering events, the actors doing lip sync. There is an interesting layered effect, as in some scenes we're listening to John record and play back, the sound slightly distorted each time. It was distributed in several formats - with traditional Audio Description, a version narrated by Stephen Mangan whose voice added a lot of richness and nuance, and an enriched description using the family's narrative.
Loooook, you can watch the different versions here for comparison on the Accessibility page. http://www.notesonblindness.co.uk/

There was a stunning scene, coming from the experience of being outside in the rain and being able to hear where the trees and benches were as the the rain falling on them made a surrounding soundscape - and wishing it could rain indoors. Quite beautiful.
bugshaw: (Sound)
2016-11-22 10:19 am
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Film's up!

Here's Dish Life, part of the Cambridge Shorts film series to show university research in an interesting way. You may recall me talking in the summer about children in paddling pools pretending to be stem cells - here they are! (Sound Recordist) (8 mins)


Pain in the Machine is a good one too - whether we could create a robot that feels pain, and the reasons this might be useful

I want to be liver.
bugshaw: (Poe)
2016-11-11 09:01 am
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Films Watched October

Films watched: 29 (total 164). 27 cinema, 1 BluRay/DVD, 0 tv, 1 stream, 0 LoveFilm.
The Driver
Young Frankenstein

One of Us (Cambridge Film Fest)
I, Daniel Blake (Cambridge Film Fest)
Making It (Cambridge Film Fest)
Train to Busan (Cambridge Film Fest)
El Sur (Cambridge Film Fest)
ShortFusion: Glass Ceiling (Cambridge Film Fest)
Destiny (Cambridge Film Fest) (silent)
The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers (Cambridge Film Fest)
ShortFusion: Film Hub Central East (Cambridge Film Fest)
Things of the Ancient Wanderer (Cambridge Film Fest)
Paterson (Cambridge Film Fest)
Microcinema: Programme 1 (Cambridge Film Fest)
Two Timid Souls (Cambridge Film Fest) (silent)
Cambridge Shorts (Cambridge Film Fest)
Microcinema: Kingdom of Shadows (Cambridge Film Fest)
Francesca (Cambridge Film Fest)
Zanzibar Soccer Dreams (Cambridge Film Fest)
The Bacchus Lady (Cambridge Film Fest)
The Virus of Fear (Cambridge Film Fest)
The Breaking Point (Cambridge Film Fest)
Wonderland (Cambridge Film Fest)
Crash, and (Always Crashing) (Cambridge Film Fest)
The Love Witch (Cambridge Film Fest)
It's Only the End of the World (Cambridge Film Fest)
Gog 3D (Cambridge Film Fest)
A Quiet Passion (Cambridge Film Fest)
Snowden (Cambridge Film Fest)

Gigs etc: 3 (total 40)
Holy Fuck (gig, London)
margate/dreamland (poetry/gig, London)
Slow Club (gig, London)

Had a great time at Cambridge Film Fest, also did some interviews and three radio slots and a song. Mostly new films, not a lot of retrospectives/archive this time. Hope to write more later but it's Nov 11 already and these were October films...
bugshaw: (Poe)
2016-10-15 12:20 pm
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Cambridge Film Festival draft plan

You know I love Cambridge Film Fest! A good opportunity to see loads of things you might not otherwise, from all over the world and from so many different people. Another chance to see old movies, and a first chance for some new films which will be released later in the year. An only chance to see some films in Cambridge! It is 20-27 Oct this year, shorter and later than before (to be in half term week and when students are around), and coinciding with Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Scroll down this main page to see this year's list of strands - Silents, Ingrid Bergman, Michael Curtiz, Korean cinema, Cambridge African Film Festival, Family Film Festival
And here for a filterable What's On list and a pdf of the brochure

I expect to be busy on three fronts -
i) watching lots of films
ii) roving for Cambridge 105 radio with Bums on Seats film review show, for reviews, previews and interviews
iii) transcribing interviews and a few other things for Take One, the festival newspaper

I've got my shortlist down from 55 to 35 films, which is still too many for 8 days especially if trying to get interviews - and it does involve some running and luck! And not enough sleeping. And I'm working on Thursday and not sure when I finish. Here's the draft which won't survive...

Asterisk means I've bought a ticket.

Plan A )
bugshaw: (Poe)
2016-10-01 06:33 pm
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Films Watched September

Films watched: 11 (total 135). 6 cinema, 5 BluRay/DVD, 0 tv, 0 stream, 0 LoveFilm.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (rewatch)
The Goob
Grosse Pointe Blank
Kubo and the Two Strings
Hell or High Water
Nine Lives
The Blue Room
The Blues Brothers
The Girl with All the Gifts

Gigs etc: 1 (total 37)
Made in Dagenham (theatre, Cambridge)

Blues Brothers is great, Edgar Wright presented, with special surprise guest John Landis for Q&A afterwards.
Hell or High Water was the best film.
bugshaw: (Sound)
2016-09-20 06:20 pm

Film link

Manhunt, a short I did sound for, is shortlisted for Funny Women Awards and can be seen on this here shortlist page along with the rest of the nominees. Puppets! Hard drinking! Pot Noodle!
bugshaw: (2013)
2016-09-16 08:37 am

No Coke

2.5 days into the H2Only Challenge. It's been easy enough to keep to because I am Stuborn and have Will Power, though I do dream of pouring a glass of coke and just dipping my tongue into it. I would rather not be doing this. Big ole' headaches despite tapering off for three days beforehand.

My back is sore today, in the old way (not all joints, it's not a food reaction), for no apparent reason. Perhaps Diet Coke was having a curative effect in large enough doses?

bugshaw: (2013)
2016-09-10 04:42 pm

Books available

I'm clearing out some books, anyone want any (filtered to Cambridge folk in the first instance)? I've read and enjoyed and don't expect to reread (reading rate has plummeted), or my tastes have changed. Lots of the sort of hard sf one would find available in the 90s.
Pictures behind cut because if I wait to type up a list I'll never get it done...

stacks of books )
bugshaw: (Lemon)
2016-09-05 02:43 pm

No Coke!!!!!!!! [sponsored event]

Have you ever suggested I try giving up Coke? And seen my horrified cries at the idea of my beloved beloved Coke being viciously denied to me? It turns out I'd do it for money - for charity. For ten days Sep 13-23 (looks like eleven! I must check the exact times!) I'm doing the RNLI's H2Only Challenge, where I drink only water for the whole time. No tea, no coffee, no booze, no fizzy drinks, no juice. Mostly not a problem, I can go ten days without alcohol and barely notice. But losing my daily 2 litres of Diet Coke/Dr Pepper Zero is going to be sooooooo haaaarrrrddddd. Sooooooooooooooo haaaarrrrrrrrdddddddddddd. It will be horrid and I don't want to do it.

Get on over to my Just Giving page for comedy photos and to give generously. Please. Thank you.

Having spent a few days by the sea, watching boats and kite surfers and swimmers and waves and big horrible rocks and undertows, I have a new appreciation for the RNLI. Not just rescues, they also patrol beaches for safe sea swimming.
bugshaw: (Poe)
2016-09-01 08:24 am
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Films Watched August

Films watched: 14 (total 124). 8 cinema, 6 BluRay/DVD, 0 tv, 0 stream, 1 LoveFilm.
(not David Duchovny one, weird arthouse one)
Days of Heaven
Suicide Squad
The Apartment
Nina Forever
From a House on Willow Street
The Chamber (FrightFest)
Mercy (FrightFest)
They Call Me Jeeg Robot (FrightFest)
Pet (FrightFest)

Gigs etc: 5 (total 36)
Henry V (theatre, Cambridge)
Nine Worlds (convention, London)
Stuart Bowden: Wilting in Reverse (comedy, London)
Splatoon Fan Fest (gaming, London)
Little Shop of Horrors (theatre, London)
also FrightFest (film festival) but that's covered above

Quickly because in a rush today -
Good horror: Jeeg Robot, Nina Forever, Pet, The Chamber (why is this film about a submarine in a horror film festival? Oh, the claustrophobia. Oooohhhhh.)
bugshaw: (Poe)
2016-08-02 08:58 pm
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Films Watched July

Films watched: 20 (total 110). 8 cinema, 8 BluRay/DVD, 3 tv, 1 stream, 1 LoveFilm.
22 Jump Street
The Descendants
The Legend of Tarzan
Rear Window
The Neon Demon
Maggie's Plan
Appropriate Behaviour
The Woodsman and The Rain
The Way Way Back
Star Trek Beyond
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie
Caesar Must Die
Jason Bourne
Finding Dory
The Commune
Napoleon Dynamite
Tower Heist

Gigs etc: 4 (total 31)
Shit Faced Shakespeare (comedy, London)
The Horne Section (gig/comedy, London)
Twelfth Night (theatre, Cambridge)
Millennium Mills, Aino Tytti (sound, Cambridge)

Millennium Mills was very interesting - a chap spent a year recording various sounds in a derelict mill in Docklands - wind, internal noises, mechanical, birds, water, traffic, singers echoing through the spaces. All layered to powerful and sometimes eerie effect, presented with stills of the area fading into each other to play with scale and texture.
EDIT: Now with pictures (on Facebook) here

I saw a lot of films at the cinema in July, I did the radio review show twice. Maggie's Plan was good (I've not been a Gerwig fan before, but the scene with the toe is one of the funniest I've seen this year), and I enjoyed Star Trek and Ghostbusters. BFG is sweet and dark and creepy, lovely details and design. I am having no end of fun comparing Jason Bourne and Finding Dory, as my twitter followers will know - an amnesiac tracking down secrets about their family! He's from the C.I.A., she's from the S.E.A.! When in a tight spot they look around, assess the situation, and use whatever is to hand - a biro, a chair leg, a fountain. Chase scenes!

Lots of good DVDs too. The Woodsman and The Rain is a good one to show friends who are becoming obsessive about filmmaking (I wonder why London Gigging Buddy showed me it?), wrapped up in the excitement and urgency of the shoot, also a subtle tale of father/son relationships and growth of confidence, all in a natural environment rather than Hollywood.
Caesar Must Die is filmed in a prison, with the inmates taking the roles in a production. It's the most affecting version of Julius Caesar I've seen.
bugshaw: (Poe)
2016-07-01 12:32 pm
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Films Watched June

Films watched: 7 (total 90). 3 cinema, 3 BluRay/DVD, 1 stream, 0 LoveFilm.
Blow Out
The Nice Guys
Theatre of Blood
Tale of Tales
What We Do In The Shadows
Where You're Meant To Be

Gigs etc: 7 (total 27)
Stewart Lee (comedy, London)
Half Man Half Biscuit (gig, Cambridge)
Fear of Men (gig, London)
Autolux (gig, London)
The Play That Goes Wrong (theatre, London)
David Cross (comedy, London)
Yeti Lane (gig, London)

So few films! I thought last month was slight. Blow Out was recommended for sound recording purposes (John Travolta, conspiracy, and lots of magnetic tape); The Nice Guys was a hoot; Where You're Meant To Be was Aidan Moffat on a Scottish folk music tour, rewriting the songs for a modern audience - with Q and A and a live performance afterwards, very convivial evening.

Great gigs! Was having a glum and grim evening on 28th, then Yeti Lane started playing and all was good. Autolux are like the Sirens. You listen to their CD and it is haunting, intriguing and exciting, so you decide to go closer, to a live gig. Where they dash you to death on the rocks until you are just pulp and bone fragments. But in a good way.
bugshaw: (Sound)
2016-06-26 02:19 pm

New heights

On Saturday I was filming in Ely Cathedral.
"You'll be on the camera up in the niche by the clock. It's quite high up. Is that ok?"
Bridget looks down the nave. Can't see a clock. Looks up. And up. And up. Argh!

Really non-scary though, a yard-wide walkway set a foot deep into the stone, with close-ish pillars behind and that wall in front where the clock is. The wall is a yard thick and the solidity is reassuring, I didn't turn green at all.

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