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laughing len and other adventures

Another 5 point LJ entry. It's all I can manage right now.

1. I saw Leonard Cohen on Sunday night! He was freaking amazing, and worth the, oh, 32 year wait to see him. Actually, my parents and my sister went to see him in the National Stadium back in '88 and I was offered a ticket and said no, despite grudgingly admitting to liking the then-newish I'm Your Man (the soundtrack to that summer's family holiday to France, bizarrely enough). Anyway, he was wonderful, the coolest old man in music, and there were moments where I was practically in tears. it was an outdoor seated gig, but during 'Take This Waltz' two women waltzed down the aisle near us and soon they were joined by dozens of other waltzing couples who kept dancing throughout the song despite the security people's attempts to stop them. It was kind of magical, rather like the entire gig. He didn't do my favourite song ever ('Sisters of Mercy') but I didn't mind too much.

2. Unearthed early Liz Phair! Oh, Liz, how I loved you back when you were good. Exile in Guyville was the perfect soundtrack to my second year of college.

3. My new MacBook is beautiful and shiny, but it is also annoying, and I request tech advice: we connect to the interbets in our house through a Netopia wireless router. I never had any problems connecting with my old iBook - as soon as I put in the wireless card, it went online. Same goes for this one, but the connection seems to keep cutting out because the airport card keeps "scanning" for new connections despite being connected already. Any suggestions?

4. I finally started watching Gossip Girl which, unsurprisingly, is totally addictive despite the crapness of most of the characters. I did love the fact that Dan described his dad Rufus's '90s band as being "post punk math rock" when Rufus himself looks and dresses (those leather necklaces!) like someone out of Nickleback. I'm assuming they didn't want to cast someone who looks like Stephen Malkmus in the role, but it would have helped.

5. In other camp teen drama news, I am also reading Stephenie Meyers's preposterous Twilight, which is very silly (Edmund Cullen is the crappest secret vampire ever, as he keeps giving hints and "hiding a smile" every time anyone mentions blood or death or vampires or anything vaguely supernatural in his presence. Also he wears truly terrible clothes - there's a bit where the heroine/narrator Bella realises that she's always been so mesmerised by his beauty that she's never really noticed his clothing, and she tells us that he's wearing a beige leather jacket over an ivory turtleneck. Later he dons a slinky knit shirt that shows off his "muscular chest". Good Lord). I just read her most recent novel, The Host, which is a genuinely quite good sci-fi novel set in an Invasion of the Bodysnatchers scenario, after the alien bodysnatchers have won. The narrator, however, is one of the bodysnatchers, and the whole thing is pretty well realised. Sadly, it doesn't include any vampires who sparkle in sunlight, but you can't have everything.


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Jun. 19th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
A lot of people seem to love the Twilight books, but in my opinion, the writing is so bad that I can't get into them.
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Jun. 19th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I have indeed seen and loved VM, but despite watching both the first and second series when they aired (thanks to the magic of Bittorrent) so still haven't seen the third season. I heard it was a bit crap, so perhaps I didn't want to be disappointed...

And yes, I suppose I can't imagine Lily being a groupie to a math rock band! Although I must say I can't imagine her being a Nine Inch Nails groupie either. Mere words can't describe how old it makes me feel that when the parents of the show's teenagers get nostalgic for their youth, they're talking about a time when I was in my mid-to-late teens. Seriously, though, how young must they have been when they had their kids? Or were they just older rockers back in the early '90s?

And I love the apartment too!

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Jun. 19th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hee! They did specifically say 90s, because in one of the early episodes his stupid band is featured in some Rolling Stone "best forgotten bands of the '90s" thing. Have you read any of the books?

Actually, a few people on LJ said that they found the depiction of the feminists in the third season of VM really annoying, which is one of the reasons I was reluctant to watch it - I didn't want to be enraged by a show I loved (well, now I come to think of it I had already been enraged by the season 2 finale, so I suppose I didn't want to be more enraged). But I definitely want to give it a chance, and it'd be great if you could put it on DVD - thanks!
Jun. 19th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
3. Boo! Is your MacBook running OS 10.5.2? I'm not a Mac user, but a quick look around suggests that *lots* of people are having similar trouble with 10.5.2. There's a thread on the Apple support forums here.

There are lots of things that people have tried (I haven't seen an official Apple fix, or even comment), with varying success. Something repeatedly mentioned was to edit your Network configuration and uncheck "Show AirPort status in menu bar". I guess it can't hurt to try!

Jun. 19th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for that - I am using OS 10.5.3 but it seems to be exactly the same problem! Good, if frustrating, to know that I'm not alone. I've removed the Airport from the status bar and it seems to be working so far, so fingers crossed - and hopefully Apple will sort it out soon.
Jun. 19th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
I hope it carries on working! I'll keep an eye/ear open for any information on an official fix.
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