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I was listening to this the other day on my mp3 player and maybe it was the combination of using earphones and being in bed at the time, but it came across as weirdly personal and intimate. As if I was listening to the boys chatting among themselves. Or as if I had Gerard's voice (and Frank's, and Mikey's, and Ray's) in my head. *g* And listening to it again today, on speakers this time, it's still completely awesome, if no longer quite as personal. *g*

Thots and flaily squee - behind a cut-tag because it turned rather more epic than expected! )

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rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
I was listening to this the other day on my mp3 player and maybe it was the combination of using earphones and being in bed at the time, but it came across as weirdly personal and intimate. As if I was listening to the boys chatting among themselves. Or as if I had Gerard's voice (and Frank's, and Mikey's, and Ray's) in my head. *g* And listening to it again today, on speakers this time, it's still completely awesome, if no longer quite as personal. *g*

Thots and flaily squee - behind a cut-tag because it turned rather more epic than expected! )

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You know, the sort of Plan where nothing happens without reason and where no matter what happens along the way, things turn out well in the end.

So just a few weeks ago, I was bemoaning the fact that I was never going to experience proper cinnamon toast, due to the fact that my oven has a pathetic grill that I couldn't imagine would ever get the cinnamon-y butter to bubble as described in mouthwatering detail by [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako.

In completely unrelated (at the time) news, my microwave caught fire last Saturday owing to massive voltage surges in the mains electricity supply. Literally caught fire. Like this. )

Thankfully nothing else was damaged because my brother the electrical engineer had warned me to switch off or unplug things like the fridge and the water pressure pump. Contemplating the unthinkable disaster of my new pc and tv being damaged, I unplugged those too and settled down to spend a not unpleasant candlelit evening listening to music on my mp3 player.

Luckily I was in the kitchen, preparing the cats' suppers, when it happened. I smelt something burning, and then noticed smoke coming from the microwave which was switched off but still plugged in at the wall. Eek! Cue its swift removal to the courtyard. I had to turn the hosepipe on it, firefighter-style, to put the flames out.

So yesterday was buy-a-new-microwave-day. It was also cinnamon-toast-day - the new microwave has a fierce grill. *happy sigh* I still think the Plan is wishful thinking, but still. I can haz cinnamon toast. My life is complete.
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You know, the sort of Plan where nothing happens without reason and where no matter what happens along the way, things turn out well in the end.

So just a few weeks ago, I was bemoaning the fact that I was never going to experience proper cinnamon toast, due to the fact that my oven has a pathetic grill that I couldn't imagine would ever get the cinnamon-y butter to bubble as described in mouthwatering detail by [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako.

In completely unrelated (at the time) news, my microwave caught fire last Saturday owing to massive voltage surges in the mains electricity supply. Literally caught fire. Like this. )

Thankfully nothing else was damaged because my brother the electrical engineer had warned me to switch off or unplug things like the fridge and the water pressure pump. Contemplating the unthinkable disaster of my new pc and tv being damaged, I unplugged those too and settled down to spend a not unpleasant candlelit evening listening to music on my mp3 player.

Luckily I was in the kitchen, preparing the cats' suppers, when it happened. I smelt something burning, and then noticed smoke coming from the microwave which was switched off but still plugged in at the wall. Eek! Cue its swift removal to the courtyard. I had to turn the hosepipe on it, firefighter-style, to put the flames out.

So yesterday was buy-a-new-microwave-day. It was also cinnamon-toast-day - the new microwave has a fierce grill. *happy sigh* I still think the Plan is wishful thinking, but still. I can haz cinnamon toast. My life is complete.
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
Fantastic Umbrella Academy article here - thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nokomis305 for the link!

The bit that made me squee the loudest:

The button pack released in conjunction with 'The Apocalypse Suite' contained three familiar designs — The Umbrella Academy, the Rumor, and the Kraken — and one mystery, the Sparrow. Will we find out who or what the Sparrow is in this new series, or is that to come later?

"Yep," Scott answers enigmatically.


Hehe. I've been curious about this for ages, so I'm just happy to know that we are going to find out what it means, whether now or later. And if it turns out that Number Five is The Sparrow, I think I might just die of squee...

The article mentions the (fictitious) single, "I Don't Want to Kill the President" by the (sadly fictitious) punk band "The Prime-8's". Echoes of Leathermouth's "I'm Going to Kill the President of the United States" which Frank Iero claims was written because he thinks it would be really funny if the FBI were to show up on his doorstep... Such fun, this tangled web of connections!

Though someone needs to tell Scott Allie that it was actually Mikey who came up with the name My Chemical Romance.

Oh, and Gerard's reply to being asked if being married to an artist has affected his creative process:

"It's changed it in very numerous and positive ways, but I think that has more to do with the fact that I am married to the most perfect match I could have ever met."

Awww! Could he be more in love with his wife? ♥♥Gerard♥♥

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rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
Fantastic Umbrella Academy article here - thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nokomis305 for the link!

The bit that made me squee the loudest:

The button pack released in conjunction with 'The Apocalypse Suite' contained three familiar designs — The Umbrella Academy, the Rumor, and the Kraken — and one mystery, the Sparrow. Will we find out who or what the Sparrow is in this new series, or is that to come later?

"Yep," Scott answers enigmatically.


Hehe. I've been curious about this for ages, so I'm just happy to know that we are going to find out what it means, whether now or later. And if it turns out that Number Five is The Sparrow, I think I might just die of squee...

The article mentions the (fictitious) single, "I Don't Want to Kill the President" by the (sadly fictitious) punk band "The Prime-8's". Echoes of Leathermouth's "I'm Going to Kill the President of the United States" which Frank Iero claims was written because he thinks it would be really funny if the FBI were to show up on his doorstep... Such fun, this tangled web of connections!

Though someone needs to tell Scott Allie that it was actually Mikey who came up with the name My Chemical Romance.

Oh, and Gerard's reply to being asked if being married to an artist has affected his creative process:

"It's changed it in very numerous and positive ways, but I think that has more to do with the fact that I am married to the most perfect match I could have ever met."

Awww! Could he be more in love with his wife? ♥♥Gerard♥♥

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It all started when [livejournal.com profile] nokomis305 brightened my morning with this pic that I'm reposting here of one of Gerard's favourite poses. The outflung arm with the mic, the cocked hip, the little smirky smile on his face all conspire to reduce me to a happy puddle of goo...

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Now I have a fairly (cough cough) extensive collection of MCR pictures which are just crying out to be picspammed...

This picspam WANTS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE )

NB: Image-heavy and really REALLY not dialup-friendly. Trust me.
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It all started when [livejournal.com profile] nokomis305 brightened my morning with this pic that I'm reposting here of one of Gerard's favourite poses. The outflung arm with the mic, the cocked hip, the little smirky smile on his face all conspire to reduce me to a happy puddle of goo...

Photobucket

Now I have a fairly (cough cough) extensive collection of MCR pictures which are just crying out to be picspammed...

This picspam WANTS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE )

NB: Image-heavy and really REALLY not dialup-friendly. Trust me.
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Gerard Way has done a special guest cover for something called Rex Mundi issue 15. I like the disembodied reaching red hands and the Escher-inspired staircases in the background. I have no idea what the comic is about or if it's any good, but I'm just happy for Gerard, that he got asked to do the cover art. Way to go, Gee!

And in related news, a new(ish) Umbrella Academy interview, link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] nokomis305:

Newsarama's Gerard Way on The Umbrella Academy - Past, Present & Future

Some of my favourite bits:

- It's interesting to learn that "the original story that we were thinking of telling in this second series will now be series four". I wonder if this is the reason for the change of the second series' title from The Scarecrow Blues, the title originally released, to Dallas. And I like that he's planning ahead for future series.

- cryptic references to Gerard's "day job". LOL.

- Gerard calls it a "crazy idea" but says that there might even be a series set entirely in the past which "will refer to something we’ve been talking about for a long time." Which might, just maybe, mean the Horror's mysterious death. In the "Jennifer Incident"? ::hopes::

- "Number 5 was very surprising – he has slowly become my favorite character to write." That's very gratifying, seeing that Number Five's my favourite character too! And Gerard has "great things planned for him in series three, and more in series 4." Yay!

- there's a definite ending planned for the story, rather than keeping it going for ever and ever just because they can. Two things that really give me confidence in Gerard as a writer are that he knows the value to a story of depth and a definite ending.

- talking about the preview pages from the next issue, he confirms that Hargreeves is basically "using the children to get what he wants out of people". And what he wants, in this case, is a promise of missiles from President Kennedy. The plot thickens...

Not as interesting as the previous one, but here's another newish interview: PunkTV.ca's Interview with Gerard Way in Support of The Umbrella Academy
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Gerard Way has done a special guest cover for something called Rex Mundi issue 15. I like the disembodied reaching red hands and the Escher-inspired staircases in the background. I have no idea what the comic is about or if it's any good, but I'm just happy for Gerard, that he got asked to do the cover art. Way to go, Gee!

And in related news, a new(ish) Umbrella Academy interview, link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] nokomis305:

Newsarama's Gerard Way on The Umbrella Academy - Past, Present & Future

Some of my favourite bits:

- It's interesting to learn that "the original story that we were thinking of telling in this second series will now be series four". I wonder if this is the reason for the change of the second series' title from The Scarecrow Blues, the title originally released, to Dallas. And I like that he's planning ahead for future series.

- cryptic references to Gerard's "day job". LOL.

- Gerard calls it a "crazy idea" but says that there might even be a series set entirely in the past which "will refer to something we’ve been talking about for a long time." Which might, just maybe, mean the Horror's mysterious death. In the "Jennifer Incident"? ::hopes::

- "Number 5 was very surprising – he has slowly become my favorite character to write." That's very gratifying, seeing that Number Five's my favourite character too! And Gerard has "great things planned for him in series three, and more in series 4." Yay!

- there's a definite ending planned for the story, rather than keeping it going for ever and ever just because they can. Two things that really give me confidence in Gerard as a writer are that he knows the value to a story of depth and a definite ending.

- talking about the preview pages from the next issue, he confirms that Hargreeves is basically "using the children to get what he wants out of people". And what he wants, in this case, is a promise of missiles from President Kennedy. The plot thickens...

Not as interesting as the previous one, but here's another newish interview: PunkTV.ca's Interview with Gerard Way in Support of The Umbrella Academy
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
The Eiffel Tower is currently lit up in blue in celebration of France's presidency of the EU. It has stars on it too. )

Why is it, I wonder, that I can't look at that picture without smiling? Could the words "zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel!" have anything to do with it?

"It's your Eiffel Tower...it's gone insane and must be stopped at all costs."
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
The Eiffel Tower is currently lit up in blue in celebration of France's presidency of the EU. It has stars on it too. )

Why is it, I wonder, that I can't look at that picture without smiling? Could the words "zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel!" have anything to do with it?

"It's your Eiffel Tower...it's gone insane and must be stopped at all costs."
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS! to [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako!!!

Ideally, I would have got Gerard Way to sing Happy Birthday to you, but MCR being on hiatus, you know... Instead, here's the clip with the "Thirty's the new twenty." "For trees!" exchange between Gerard and Frank. :D

Have a fantastic day filled with all the things you enjoy - and may the next year be wonderful too! ::HUGS::
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS! to [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako!!!

Ideally, I would have got Gerard Way to sing Happy Birthday to you, but MCR being on hiatus, you know... Instead, here's the clip with the "Thirty's the new twenty." "For trees!" exchange between Gerard and Frank. :D

Have a fantastic day filled with all the things you enjoy - and may the next year be wonderful too! ::HUGS::
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
Help! The more I spend, the easier it seems to get. Especially when things are on sale!
You'd think I'd be being careful, wouldn't you, after a major outlay on the new computer just last week? A sensible person would, I'm sure.

::sticks fingers in ears and whistles unconcernedly::

The damage so far:

- Oscar and Lucinda on dvd for £2.99 with free P&P. It's not without its flaws as a film, but makes up for it by having a luminous Cate Blanchet and a very fey Ralph Fiennes on screen together. Complete impulse buy - but irresistable at the price!

- Season 3 of Supernatural. This has been on my wishlist ever since there was a release date for it, and, well, now that season 4 has started, I gave in to temptation and sold my soul to the devil... Seriously, flist, if you don't already watch this show and you're looking for something clever, moving and just scary enough to not quite give you nightmares, you could do far worse that give it a try.

- And finally, one more impulse buy, which I'm blaming on a bad case of work avoidance this morning: Edward Gorey's Amphigorey for £8.06, free P&P again. It's a collection of fifteen of Gorey's works, including three that I know and love: The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Unstrung Harp and The Curious Sofa. By this point, any semblance of willpower has long since fled the scene.

It's a slippery slope. Oops! ::slides merrily down into penury::
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
Help! The more I spend, the easier it seems to get. Especially when things are on sale!
You'd think I'd be being careful, wouldn't you, after a major outlay on the new computer just last week? A sensible person would, I'm sure.

::sticks fingers in ears and whistles unconcernedly::

The damage so far:

- Oscar and Lucinda on dvd for £2.99 with free P&P. It's not without its flaws as a film, but makes up for it by having a luminous Cate Blanchet and a very fey Ralph Fiennes on screen together. Complete impulse buy - but irresistable at the price!

- Season 3 of Supernatural. This has been on my wishlist ever since there was a release date for it, and, well, now that season 4 has started, I gave in to temptation and sold my soul to the devil... Seriously, flist, if you don't already watch this show and you're looking for something clever, moving and just scary enough to not quite give you nightmares, you could do far worse that give it a try.

- And finally, one more impulse buy, which I'm blaming on a bad case of work avoidance this morning: Edward Gorey's Amphigorey for £8.06, free P&P again. It's a collection of fifteen of Gorey's works, including three that I know and love: The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Unstrung Harp and The Curious Sofa. By this point, any semblance of willpower has long since fled the scene.

It's a slippery slope. Oops! ::slides merrily down into penury::
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
My computer, OTOH, is very dead - BUT I HAVE A NEW ONE! ::does a dance of joy and jubilation:: I took the plunge and ordered a new system and got it all set up successfully, including a 19" LCD monitor which deserves a litle joyful dance of its own. The only problem is my internet connection - basically, I don't have one, and haven't been able to get online for over a week. ::cries:: And work is extra busy, so stealing a few minutes to read my flist is a delicate operation which calls for stealth and cunning. Neither of which I possess in large quantites...

Some of you might have noticed my new lj name, but for all the difference it's made to me, I really might as well have left it unchanged. Until a few days ago, that is, when I was delighted to receive the following in an email:

"Dear Non-teleporting non-tomato-based lifeform,

Your request to join the "mcr_pic_spam" community has been approved."

In case you're curious, my new name stems (groan!) from the only possible explanation for the mysterious appearance of two tomatoes in [livejournal.com profile] dargie's kitchen. I'm telling you, tomatoes are tricksy things - take your eyes off them for just a minute, and there's no telling what they'll get up to! :D

And finally, an Umbrella Academy update - YAY! There's a preview of the first issue of Series 2 here featuring The Monocle in the White House, a flashback with the children snarking at each other while battling a monster, and possibly most squee-inducing of all, The Seance's ouija board. All in the first two pages.

I ♥ Gerard Way's crazy Eisner-winning brain.
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
My computer, OTOH, is very dead - BUT I HAVE A NEW ONE! ::does a dance of joy and jubilation:: I took the plunge and ordered a new system and got it all set up successfully, including a 19" LCD monitor which deserves a litle joyful dance of its own. The only problem is my internet connection - basically, I don't have one, and haven't been able to get online for over a week. ::cries:: And work is extra busy, so stealing a few minutes to read my flist is a delicate operation which calls for stealth and cunning. Neither of which I possess in large quantites...

Some of you might have noticed my new lj name, but for all the difference it's made to me, I really might as well have left it unchanged. Until a few days ago, that is, when I was delighted to receive the following in an email:

"Dear Non-teleporting non-tomato-based lifeform,

Your request to join the "mcr_pic_spam" community has been approved."

In case you're curious, my new name stems (groan!) from the only possible explanation for the mysterious appearance of two tomatoes in [livejournal.com profile] dargie's kitchen. I'm telling you, tomatoes are tricksy things - take your eyes off them for just a minute, and there's no telling what they'll get up to! :D

And finally, an Umbrella Academy update - YAY! There's a preview of the first issue of Series 2 here featuring The Monocle in the White House, a flashback with the children snarking at each other while battling a monster, and possibly most squee-inducing of all, The Seance's ouija board. All in the first two pages.

I ♥ Gerard Way's crazy Eisner-winning brain.
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
I've been tormented for weeks by the knowledge that a local record shop had a different version of My Chemical Romance's debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, with videos of two of their earliest songs on it. Irresistable, no? Even though I already own the album on cd, bought from Play back in May during my first flush of enthusiasm for the band. I finally gave in to temptation on Saturday and went shopping. I do this with Dunnett and Tolkien books, but this is the first I've been compelled to acquire multiple copies of a cd!

My new purchase seems to be the original 2002 release - it comes with an Eyeball Records sampler on a separate disc - and is copyright Eyeball Records 2002. The one I got from Play also has Polydor in the copyright info, with 2004 as the year, so I think it must be a re-issue. The cd inserts are identical and apart from the videos, the disc content appears to be the same. The videos, to my disappointment, can only be viewed in a little window that has resisted all my efforts to enlarge it. Sad. But then I discovered one small difference on the disc itself.

The 2004 Polydor disc, the one that I imagine most people have, has the usual copyright and all-rights-reserved spiel in tiny print running round the edge of the disc. The one I bought on Saturday has this:

"Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws and WILL RESULT IN GERARD COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AND SUCKING YOUR BLOOD."

Um, Gerard? That is NOT a deterrent. AT ALL. ::flails::

Please, please can I make an appointment for Vampire!Gerard to come to my house? PLEASE, can I? )

I just know that it was his idea to tweak the copyright information on the disc. &hearts
rosiespark: (bekie098's gee)
I've been tormented for weeks by the knowledge that a local record shop had a different version of My Chemical Romance's debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, with videos of two of their earliest songs on it. Irresistable, no? Even though I already own the album on cd, bought from Play back in May during my first flush of enthusiasm for the band. I finally gave in to temptation on Saturday and went shopping. I do this with Dunnett and Tolkien books, but this is the first I've been compelled to acquire multiple copies of a cd!

My new purchase seems to be the original 2002 release - it comes with an Eyeball Records sampler on a separate disc - and is copyright Eyeball Records 2002. The one I got from Play also has Polydor in the copyright info, with 2004 as the year, so I think it must be a re-issue. The cd inserts are identical and apart from the videos, the disc content appears to be the same. The videos, to my disappointment, can only be viewed in a little window that has resisted all my efforts to enlarge it. Sad. But then I discovered one small difference on the disc itself.

The 2004 Polydor disc, the one that I imagine most people have, has the usual copyright and all-rights-reserved spiel in tiny print running round the edge of the disc. The one I bought on Saturday has this:

"Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws and WILL RESULT IN GERARD COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AND SUCKING YOUR BLOOD."

Um, Gerard? That is NOT a deterrent. AT ALL. ::flails::

Please, please can I make an appointment for Vampire!Gerard to come to my house? PLEASE, can I? )

I just know that it was his idea to tweak the copyright information on the disc. &hearts