heidi: (Tardis Calling)

I'm a bit late on this, but I've been so offline since the news broke that she'd passed away. I wanted to get this all down in some form, and I'm skipping the obvious inclusions like Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher, from the Billy Elliot musical, and you can find awesome playlists by Brits in places like The Guardian and NME. But here's my (all pop, no punk, lots of Red Wedge supporters) list: 


Style Council (wow, everything but start with one that mentioned her): Life At a Top People's Health Farm


Blow Monkeys: Out With Her


Aztec Camera: Good Morning Britain 


Elvis Costello: Shipbuilding (about the Falklands) and here's a gorgeous cover by Hue & Cry (oh, Patrick, I still swoon). Also their 1987 smash Labour of Love, where they harken back to Maggie as EdMin and get splashed with milk, a lot.  


I once used The Housemartins' Five Get Overexcited in a Doctor Who vid, and matched up their line about Thatcher ("she just hasn't a heart") to Yvonne, who did; also check out their 1987 song Build


And some words from Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl, and their songs Native Land and The Night I Heard Caruso Sing


I have to end this with a 1987 piece I remember reading in Smash Hits at the time, where their Tom Hibbert interviewed Maggie Thatcher. The Guardian reprinted it yesterday, and it's a must read look 25+ years back in time. 


heidi: (iPod - image from iPod Laughs)
Crossposted from tumblr:

gyzym posted:



AND ALSO THIS COVER OF CALL ME MAYBE, WHICH, I GOTTA TELL YOU, IS PRETTY BOSS



GORGEOUS. (You can also see fun. recording the song is here.)


My song type: boys with guitars folkifying pop songs. Also see Roddy Frame's Jump, Mika's Hips Don't Lie, Travis's Hit Me Baby One More Time, Neil Finn's Billy Jean, Jason Manns' Kiss. (I would include Ryan Adams' Wonderwall but it was pretty folky to begin with). 

heidi: (iPod - image from iPod Laughs)
Crossposted from tumblr:

gyzym posted:



AND ALSO THIS COVER OF CALL ME MAYBE, WHICH, I GOTTA TELL YOU, IS PRETTY BOSS



GORGEOUS. (You can also see fun. recording the song is here.)


My song type: boys with guitars folkifying pop songs. Also see Roddy Frame's Jump, Mika's Hips Don't Lie, Travis's Hit Me Baby One More Time, Neil Finn's Billy Jean, Jason Manns' Kiss. (I would include Ryan Adams' Wonderwall but it was pretty folky to begin with). 

heidi: (Tardis Calling)
My husband will be flying home from LA on the red-eye, with this massive moon lighting his way. But he'll probably (hopefully) sleep for most of it.

Two moon-centric songs for you tonight:
Voice of the Beehive's The Man in the Moon )

Fairground Attraction's The Moon Is Mine )

Those girls will always (along with Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl) be my forever favorites.
heidi: (Tardis Calling)
My husband will be flying home from LA on the red-eye, with this massive moon lighting his way. But he'll probably (hopefully) sleep for most of it.

Two moon-centric songs for you tonight:
Voice of the Beehive's The Man in the Moon )

Fairground Attraction's The Moon Is Mine )

Those girls will always (along with Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl) be my forever favorites.
heidi: (iPod - image from iPod Laughs)
This morning, I found out that the wonderful people at NOW! That's What I Call Music rereleased the absolutely adorable original "NOW! That's What I Call Music, which I first purchased in LP form at the record store at Aventura Mall circa December, 1983. I bought it for Duran Duran and Tracey Ullman, but it may've been the first time I heard The Cure and Simple Minds outside of the occasional glimpse on Mtv.

If you’re on NOW That’s What I Call Music!, you’re a hitmaker. You performed a song that resonated with the public; that’s all that matters.
Then! That's What They Called Music (The AV Club)


One of the things that's never really bothered me about the HP films, but that I've always been aware of, is that while the films are "set" in this millennium, the books themselves actually take place in the 1990s. It's rarely relevant - maybe when Dudley gets his playstation (months before it's actually released in the UK but whatever) but it's Something Of Note, at least to me.

I've wanted to do some sort of wrap-up project as we approach the release of the last HP films in the next few months, and since I've done so few HP vids, that's what I feel compelled to do - a set of eight vids - one for each film - using a song from the year each book begins: 1991 for PS/SS, 1992 for CoS, etc. (Yes, I know that PS/SS really begins in 1981 but still.)

So I spent this morning talking with [livejournal.com profile] jlh and looking back at the original NOW! compilations for each year in the '90s, then the "Millennium Collection" that the released later in the decade which had some of the same songs, and some different ones, and for most of the years, I can't decide on which song to use!

So please, help me pick! )

In other news, I managed to (a) submit FictionAlley in the Pepsi Get Refreshed! Challenge and we'll find out in about four weeks if we're able to be included in the November voting, and (b) get a reservation at the Marriott for Dragon*Con next September, so I can go and be all PR-ish for Ascendio, and see people and have fun and hang out, yay!

Also, tonight? SHOW!

Off to take my sister to the airport....
heidi: (iPod - image from iPod Laughs)
This morning, I found out that the wonderful people at NOW! That's What I Call Music rereleased the absolutely adorable original "NOW! That's What I Call Music, which I first purchased in LP form at the record store at Aventura Mall circa December, 1983. I bought it for Duran Duran and Tracey Ullman, but it may've been the first time I heard The Cure and Simple Minds outside of the occasional glimpse on Mtv.

If you’re on NOW That’s What I Call Music!, you’re a hitmaker. You performed a song that resonated with the public; that’s all that matters.
Then! That's What They Called Music (The AV Club)


One of the things that's never really bothered me about the HP films, but that I've always been aware of, is that while the films are "set" in this millennium, the books themselves actually take place in the 1990s. It's rarely relevant - maybe when Dudley gets his playstation (months before it's actually released in the UK but whatever) but it's Something Of Note, at least to me.

I've wanted to do some sort of wrap-up project as we approach the release of the last HP films in the next few months, and since I've done so few HP vids, that's what I feel compelled to do - a set of eight vids - one for each film - using a song from the year each book begins: 1991 for PS/SS, 1992 for CoS, etc. (Yes, I know that PS/SS really begins in 1981 but still.)

So I spent this morning talking with [livejournal.com profile] jlh and looking back at the original NOW! compilations for each year in the '90s, then the "Millennium Collection" that the released later in the decade which had some of the same songs, and some different ones, and for most of the years, I can't decide on which song to use!

So please, help me pick! )

In other news, I managed to (a) submit FictionAlley in the Pepsi Get Refreshed! Challenge and we'll find out in about four weeks if we're able to be included in the November voting, and (b) get a reservation at the Marriott for Dragon*Con next September, so I can go and be all PR-ish for Ascendio, and see people and have fun and hang out, yay!

Also, tonight? SHOW!

Off to take my sister to the airport....
heidi: (vidding)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] deirdre_c! I'm sure Dean has this song among his classic rock tapes somewhere...

Click the link to view the vid (youTube blocked embedding)
Title: Romeo & Juliet
Song: A cover of Dire Straits' "Romeo & Juliet", performed by The Killers
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Through the last second of the fifth season finale. Do not watch this video unless you've seen that episode, or want to be spoiled.

Notes about the vid )
heidi: (Cake)
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Oh, easy! Music concert of my dreams, hosted at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with anyone who wants to attend in, er, attendance, catered by Bobby Flay one night and the guy who created Bazaar another night, with bartenders making concoctions with amazing tequila and fresh-squeezed key lime and pink himalayan salt.

Who'd perform? Crowded House (with and without Tim), Paul McCartney (with Ringo), Roddy Frame, Jason Manns, the Scissor Sisters, Adam/Kris/Allison, Swing Out Sister and the cast of Glee.

And on all the other days, I'd have a chef making me delicious and filling meals that are low-cal and that I can replicate afterwards, even if I have to use my memory to keep the recipes - and I'd have a trainer, too. And a masseuse - in fact, a slew of them plus Marcia Kilgore of Bliss - to induce relaxation among everyone in attendance.

Who wants to come?
heidi: (Cake)
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Oh, easy! Music concert of my dreams, hosted at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with anyone who wants to attend in, er, attendance, catered by Bobby Flay one night and the guy who created Bazaar another night, with bartenders making concoctions with amazing tequila and fresh-squeezed key lime and pink himalayan salt.

Who'd perform? Crowded House (with and without Tim), Paul McCartney (with Ringo), Roddy Frame, Jason Manns, the Scissor Sisters, Adam/Kris/Allison, Swing Out Sister and the cast of Glee.

And on all the other days, I'd have a chef making me delicious and filling meals that are low-cal and that I can replicate afterwards, even if I have to use my memory to keep the recipes - and I'd have a trainer, too. And a masseuse - in fact, a slew of them plus Marcia Kilgore of Bliss - to induce relaxation among everyone in attendance.

Who wants to come?
heidi: (Tardis Calling)
So, what have I been doing since I watched the final David Tennant episode of Doctor Who?

Vidding. And weeping a bit while rewatching.

TITLE: Farewell to Ten, the Doctor Who Remix

MUSIC: Blame it on the Pop, the 2009 Remix by DJ Earworm - all songs included in the remix are listed below

RATING: PG

GENRE: Mash-up.

NOTES: In December of 2009, DJ Earworm released a remix of the top 25 songs in the US from 2009. I heard it the day before the last episode of Doctor Who starring David Tennant was set to air, and I knew from the first notes that I needed to do a vid about the Tenth Doctor set to this amazing mix of songs. It's my homage to Ten, his companions, his rivals and enemies.

So many thanks to [personal profile] longtimegone for sitting with me through the editing process - you are invaluable!

Get mashed up behind the cut. )

Download a dvd-quality version here or download an ipod-friendly version here.

The song list )
heidi: (Tardis Calling)
So, what have I been doing since I watched the final David Tennant episode of Doctor Who?

Vidding. And weeping a bit while rewatching.

TITLE: Farewell to Ten, the Doctor Who Remix

MUSIC: Blame it on the Pop, the 2009 Remix by DJ Earworm - all songs included in the remix are listed below

RATING: PG

GENRE: Mash-up.

NOTES: In December of 2009, DJ Earworm released a remix of the top 25 songs in the US from 2009. I heard it the day before the last episode of Doctor Who starring David Tennant was set to air, and I knew from the first notes that I needed to do a vid about the Tenth Doctor set to this amazing mix of songs. It's my homage to Ten, his companions, his rivals and enemies.

So many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] longtimegone for sitting with me through the editing process - you are invaluable! And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wendy for sharing the song last week! I wouldn't have heard it otherwise, so I couldn't have done this without her!

There's a wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey mash-up under the cut... )

Download a dvd-quality version here or download an ipod-friendly version here.

The song list )

Also - I am not sure which DW coms I should post this to. Suggestions?
heidi: (Tardis Calling)
So, what have I been doing since I watched the final David Tennant episode of Doctor Who?

Vidding. And weeping a bit while rewatching.

TITLE: Farewell to Ten, the Doctor Who Remix

MUSIC: Blame it on the Pop, the 2009 Remix by DJ Earworm - all songs included in the remix are listed below

RATING: PG

GENRE: Mash-up.

NOTES: In December of 2009, DJ Earworm released a remix of the top 25 songs in the US from 2009. I heard it the day before the last episode of Doctor Who starring David Tennant was set to air, and I knew from the first notes that I needed to do a vid about the Tenth Doctor set to this amazing mix of songs. It's my homage to Ten, his companions, his rivals and enemies.

So many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] longtimegone for sitting with me through the editing process - you are invaluable! And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wendy for sharing the song last week! I wouldn't have heard it otherwise, so I couldn't have done this without her!

There's a wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey mash-up under the cut... )

Download a dvd-quality version here or download an ipod-friendly version here.

The song list )

Also - I am not sure which DW coms I should post this to. Suggestions?
heidi: (sidekick)
Twitter tweet! )
Organized by LoudTwitter

And to begin the new year, a listen to the last year via DJ Earworm behind the cut )
heidi: (sidekick)
Twitter tweet! )
Organized by LoudTwitter

And to begin the new year, a listen to the last year via DJ Earworm behind the cut )
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
Long day driving up and back to West Palm to see my BFF from college, her husband and kids, and her parents, and her brother. Lovely afternoon - we saw a mama manatee and her baby! - although one kid tried to do a Pollyanna on the edge of the lawn where it drops off to rocks and water, one kid got both a fishhook in his hand and a splinter in his foot, and one kid said, "Rock Band sucks!" in front of friend's mom and 3 year old son. OOPS!

Finishing my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas giftie tonight and tomorrow, and generally pleased with it. Finished a slew of document reviews for a client who wanted to close on something today - and they did! Finished my last two trademark apps for the year for a fun client. Finished making a massive batch of ginger cookies, which I usually try to do before Christmas, but at least I can give them around as a New Year's treat; I think I need to see what happens if I put dark chocolate chips into the mix.

Sent flowers with my co-panlists from 2008 and 2009 - as well as one of the expected 2010 panelists - to the memorial service for Eric Bowling that will be held in San Diego on Sunday. Anyone who wants the address, let me know.

And then I came home and read this morning's NY Times and they had an article about Good Riddance Day. Tonic.com wrote this:
Times Square Alliance — the same group that plans the big New Year's Eve bash — helped people officially shed what sucked about this past year.

On Monday, the group sponsored Good Riddance Day, which allowed people to literally shed their bitter memories and failures from the past 365 days or so. The way it worked was simple: folks lined up near the discount theater ticket booth and tossed their bad memories into an industrial-sized shredder. A big Dumpster and a sledgehammer were available for items that couldn't be easily shredded.


I'm going to suggest this locally for next year, but this year, I want to do it virtually - so I'm hosting this poll about the best of 2009, and I also want to know what you'd put into the Good Riddance shredder, or take a sledgehammer to. I'm the only one who'll see the text responses, but if it's ok for me to share what you write, just indicate that somehow - a * can mean it's ok for me to share it without your name, for example. Poll is public so anyone with an LJ account can answer - or OpenID, I think? - so feel free to share the URL around.

[Poll #1505341]

This, btw, is what I put onto the Wishing Wall:
Safe travels and joyous days for my family, friends, and all the friends I haven't met yet.
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
Long day driving up and back to West Palm to see my BFF from college, her husband and kids, and her parents, and her brother. Lovely afternoon - we saw a mama manatee and her baby! - although one kid tried to do a Pollyanna on the edge of the lawn where it drops off to rocks and water, one kid got both a fishhook in his hand and a splinter in his foot, and one kid said, "Rock Band sucks!" in front of friend's mom and 3 year old son. OOPS!

Finishing my [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas giftie tonight and tomorrow, and generally pleased with it. Finished a slew of document reviews for a client who wanted to close on something today - and they did! Finished my last two trademark apps for the year for a fun client. Finished making a massive batch of ginger cookies, which I usually try to do before Christmas, but at least I can give them around as a New Year's treat; I think I need to see what happens if I put dark chocolate chips into the mix.

Sent flowers with my co-panlists from 2008 and 2009 - as well as one of the expected 2010 panelists - to the memorial service for Eric Bowling that will be held in San Diego on Sunday. Anyone who wants the address, let me know.

And then I came home and read this morning's NY Times and they had an article about Good Riddance Day. Tonic.com wrote this:
Times Square Alliance — the same group that plans the big New Year's Eve bash — helped people officially shed what sucked about this past year.

On Monday, the group sponsored Good Riddance Day, which allowed people to literally shed their bitter memories and failures from the past 365 days or so. The way it worked was simple: folks lined up near the discount theater ticket booth and tossed their bad memories into an industrial-sized shredder. A big Dumpster and a sledgehammer were available for items that couldn't be easily shredded.


I'm going to suggest this locally for next year, but this year, I want to do it virtually - so I'm hosting this poll about the best of 2009, and I also want to know what you'd put into the Good Riddance shredder, or take a sledgehammer to. I'm the only one who'll see the text responses, but if it's ok for me to share what you write, just indicate that somehow - a * can mean it's ok for me to share it without your name, for example. Poll is public so anyone with an LJ account can answer - or OpenID, I think? - so feel free to share the URL around.

[Poll #1505341]

This, btw, is what I put onto the Wishing Wall:
Safe travels and joyous days for my family, friends, and all the friends I haven't met yet.
heidi: (winter)
Why didn't anyone tell me there was a new Tori Amos song called *Pink & Glitter*? )

I had to learn about it while reading MORE while getting my hair cut today.

Shower the world with pink if you please...

Methinks I have a new theme song? And some new inspiration for tweaks to my Yuletide fic!
heidi: (winter)
Why didn't anyone tell me there was a new Tori Amos song called *Pink & Glitter*? )

I had to learn about it while reading MORE while getting my hair cut today.

Shower the world with pink if you please...

Methinks I have a new theme song? And some new inspiration for tweaks to my Yuletide fic!
heidi: (Default)
1. There's going to be a new auction for Firefly/Serenity fans on LisaWalks soon-ish!

2. I am up for sale in Sweet Charity! I have two vids on offer - one specifically crack, and one that's broader - anything in Heroes, Supernatural, Twin Peaks, Chuck, Merlin, Doctor Who (new), Torchwood, Leverage, LOTR or Watchmen (although a Watchmen request won't be done until a month after the DVD comes out). My most recent Sweet Charity vid was for [livejournal.com profile] la_perkins - it's a somewhat cracktastic gen SPN vid set to an adorably hilarious song from the Corb Lund Band - Always Keep an Edge on Your Knife - and all my Sweet Charity vids are here.

3. [livejournal.com profile] ignipes was doing Shag, Cliff or Marry, and I was curious who she'd give me, so I played.

The following presumes that I am not, nor have I ever been, married.

Ianto Jones, Peter Petrelli, James Potter

My first reaction is to cliff James Potter, because he's dead anyway, but shagging or marrying him would get me proximity to Remus and Sirius and there are worse fates than watching the two of them snog or be angsty about each other.

And I don't want to marry Ianto because he's a workaholic who's a little too devoted to his boss, and getting in the middle of that could be messy. Plus, I don't actually like the smell or taste of coffee.

I definitely don't want to marry Peter Petrelli because it would be far too weird for him to marry a girl who has the same name as his brother's (ex-)wife and have you seen the drama=angst in that family? Almost as potentially deadly as being married to James Potter.

Would like to shag him, though.

So I'd count on my sensibilities to convince James not to trust Pettigrew as the Secret Keeper, and marry James Potter, after shagging Peter Petrelli, and poor Ianto Jones would be cliffed, but I would hope for his sake that there's a TARDIS just below the drop-off to catch him because I don't actually want him to end up painfully dead.

If you want me to give you a set of three to Shag, Cliff or Marry, please comment!


[livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive: High School
1. Would you return to high school life for a week? Why or why not? For a week? Sure. Ideally, the week that I spent traveling around England during the last semester of high school - or the photo class trip to New York that I had the week before that.

Average, every day high school? Depends on the reason why.

2. Who were/are you in high school? Not around very much. I worked for two different tv stations from my sophmore year on, and had permission to leave campus at 2PM most days, so I didn't do many extra-curriculars, and I didn't do any sports. Any chance I had for a normal high school experience was eviscerated when I broke my leg two weeks before classes started for my junior year, making it impossible for me to get around campus easily, stay after for clubs, manage the swim team, or even get a ride to school with friends, as I was casted up to my hip.


3. What was/is your favorite high school hangout? What did/do you do there? Nothing in particular for my first three years, but senior year there was a little food court with excellent chineese and sushi that we went to a lot. My friend Chris and I ended up being extras when they filmed a Miami Vice episode there halfway into our senior year.

4. What were/are your favorite three songs in high school? Something So Strong (Crowded House), Cross My Heart (Everything But the Girl) and Breakout (Swing Out Sister).

5. What was the craziest thing you did in high school? I was the one who brought a bottle of champagne to the parties, and handed it around rather than drinking from it myself. I hated beer - still do.

[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Name the 5 most memorable tv/movie soundtracks.
1. Reality Bites. I bought it for Crowded House's Locked Out, and I kept it for Lisa Loeb's STAY. Still one of my favorite soundtracks ever, and I still listen to it a lot.
2. Moulin Rouge. I love the Elephant Love Medley! I love how Baz managed to merge so many different things together - it was the perfect pastiche.
3. Mamma Mia - my kids love for me to play it, especially (for no explicable reason) Super Trouper and Honey Honey. There is no way to get it out of my head.
4. Hairspray! Loved the play, love the movie. Love the songs - and my eldest does a wonderful version of It Takes Two.
5. Beauty and the Beast. I had to get some Disney in here and while I probably love the actual songs in Lilo & Stitch and Enchanted as much to listen to, I have to include Beauty & the Beast because what could be better than songs about reading. "Isn't this amazing? It's my favorite part because - you'll see...."

I haven't seen any humor on my flist about the Republican budget Collection of Charts That Are Mostly A Series of Circles and Lines And No Numbers (which some Republicans in Congress who'd been working on an actual budget concept are somewhat nonplussed about) - but I have seen some on political blogs like DKos.

The brilliant Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight shared this )

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