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September 10th, 2007

One day we'll get that memorial case in the Batcave, yes we will [Sep. 10th, 2007|02:08 pm]
David Alexander McDonald (Steven E. McDonald)
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The Draw Stephanie Brown meme. Stephanie Brown was a character in the Batman books who fought crime as Spoiler. She was a rather troubled character, but still was Robin's girlfriend for a while, and then took over as Robin briefly when Tim Drake was on the outs with the old Bat. Fired for breaking the rules, she went up against Black Mask, and was tortured, dying soon after, as the editorial edict went, as a result of deliberate neglect by the doctor whose care she was in (a whole other shit storm brewing up because this destroyed a long-standing noble character in Batman continuity.)

The business about the memorial case revolves around the fact that another dead Robin, Jason Todd, has had a memorial case in the Batcave for decades, despite Jason having been a temperamental prick. Stephanie, meanwhile, has no memorial -- despite a lot of fan pressure for it and the question constantly being raised at DC panels at conventions -- and this is seen as definitive of the attitude of DC to their female characters, particularly on the part of Dan DiDio, who seems to take particular delight in blowing off the issue.

Anyway, following the pattern of previous "rethink this character" memes, this is the challenge to revise Stephanie Brown in her various roles.
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And today I sing a medley of "Gloomy Sunday" and "I Don't Like Mondays" [Sep. 10th, 2007|09:48 pm]
David Alexander McDonald (Steven E. McDonald)
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Tra la la.

If anything, I'm less depressed than pissed off...at myself, mainly, for not breaking out of the funk, and at the world for being a fucked up place that's trampling over everyone. The world's not going to get any better for some time, I think. I, on the other hand, just might.

I just need to apply the willpower.

I did fry up a new piece of music last night, mostly hand-played, but I'm not entirely happy with it. It did give me a chance to live-play the drums, however, which was noisy work given that the bass drum was a huge Taiko drum and the snare was a big fat thing. Sneakily (and I don't know if Seth has picked up on this) I eliminated all cymbals from the majority of the piece; there's some treated cymbals in the bridge, where everything turns right on its head, but there's no cymbals in the rest -- no hi-hats, no tambourines, nothing. It's a big, slow, clunky piece, and I think what's disturbing me about it is the rough-hewn nature of it...the Taiko sounds simply sprawl everywhere, and there's no way to be beat-accurate, which is fine given the type of sound and the intent.

i nitpick every damn thing I do. It's no wonder I spend so much time stuck.

One of the ongoing projects at the moment is ripping the portion of my CD collection still unripped. That's not a short project by any means. The reasoning is simple -- I can then move a large number of those CDs out of the main room into a storage spot at the back of the kitchen.
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