listen for the whispers

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on June 13, 2018 by phanteana

it’s safe to say those people who experienced the lunchtime terror of the first footage of the updated Suspiria have recovered from the ordeal…just in time for the trailer that dropped last week!

so what did i think of it? (not a spoiler alert)
well, it’s definitely creepy in terms of tone and appearance. but it looks more like an artsy foreign film as opposed to a horror movie. the costuming screams 1977 (but not tacky 1977). the color scheme used in the original is nowhere to be found, which further confirms that this new version is not a remake but rather a re-imagining. it’s different, but that’s not a bad thing. until the actual film is released on November 2 (which, coincidentally is Day of the Dead…good job, marketing team!), please enjoy the musings of Suspiria‘s Twitter page. whoever runs it is quite imaginative with their postings & retweets!

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i heard it through the grave-vine

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on June 3, 2018 by phanteana

libraries & cemeteries have a lot in common: both hold significant historical records (the former in print/electronic form and the latter in markers/stones) and they provide a quiet environment for reflection and study. now imagine these two places were combined into one. that’s what happened when New York’s iconic Greenwood Cemetery collaborated with the remains (womp womp) of the Brooklyn-based Morbid Anatomy Museum for a unique pop-up experience: a library inside a cemetery where patrons can read all about the dearly departed. the museum opened in 2014, and catered to family-friendly crowds & more mature audiences with its eccentric series of lectures (ranging from Taxidermy 101 to a visual presentation on 80’s Goth), exhibits, and activities. but despite its appeal, insufficient funding and the high cost of property space (it is New York, after all) caused it to fold last year. but thanks to the staff at Greenwood, the Morbid Anatomy library has been resurrected to the delight of locals and tourists alike…and just like libraries, Greenwood is very vast so be sure not to accidentally get locked in after hours (not to worry, the groundskeepers have been known to rescue stranded visitors in case they get stuck inside post-sundown).

the Young Aragorn Chronicles (or, My Life As A Teenage Ranger)

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 23, 2018 by phanteana

the MECU (Middle-Earth Cinematic Universe) is moving forward with that once-rumored Lord Of The Rings series, courtesy of Amazon. for those who feared there wouldn’t be any further return journeys to Middle-Earth, rest assured there will be plenty. while no showrunner or cast have been announced as of yet (still rooting for PJ, obviously), it has been confirmed that the series will focus largely on the rise of young Aragorn from humble beginnings to, well…y’all know the rest. given that the show will take place during an in-between period (which encompasses 60 years from the events of The Hobbit up to the start of Fellowship), there will be some characters missing but there will also be plenty of familiar faces to look out for. one crucial player has expressed some doubts about returning, which could pose an issue for many fans…but another has already stated they would love to come back for more, and that is an encouraging thought.

 

 

 

con-founded

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2018 by phanteana

conferences are always filled with free food, informative panels, swag bags & the occasional surprise guests. the tech conference i attended last weekend certainly offered all of the above (except for the surprise guests). it’s a good thing one of the sponsors gave out free hand sanitizer bottles, because after a few days of being surrounded by hundreds of people you’re bound to catch the dreaded ‘post-con crud’ (cough/cold). fortunately, it’s not bad enough to keep me home from work. but i do feel bad for everyone who hears me sneezing. this is where remote access will come in handy in the future.

while my conference may have been low on the surprise factor, CinemaCon delivered a wallop during its lunchtime schedule with the premiere of the first footage from the upcoming Suspiria remake. judging from the reactions, whoever decided to show the clip while people were chowing down is either insane or a marketing genius…or both.

while i’m not the biggest fan of Dario Argento, Suspiria is considered to be his most well-known and most successful movie. i understand why people love it: the visuals & the soundtrack are important elements in his approach to storytelling (remember, i studied Film in Undergrad). when news of the remake broke, it sent fans into a frenzy because they felt it would ruin a classic: replacing Goblin with Thom Yorke for the score is completely ludicrous. on the other hand, there is no modernization of the plot so expect lots of 70’s outfits/haircuts. speaking of the original, Jessica Harper has given her support by appearing in a small role in the new version so that has put some of the anxiety at ease. but until the first trailer drops, we’ll all just have to rely on the commentaries from those terrified lunch-goers who may never look at quinoa salad the same way again.

 

 

 

code-achrome

Posted in Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on May 3, 2018 by phanteana

i realize i’ve been fairly inconsistent with blogging over the past few months. don’t worry, i haven’t forgotten about you, dear WordPress (or the few people who actually read my posts, the majority of whom i know IRL). i’ll try to remedy that.

my coding journey is coming along nicely, so much that i’m actually starting to feel better about JavaScript (i’ve created a few basic projects that make people laugh when they test them out, so i’ve done something right). my portfolio is up and running, and Weebly is its home. i’m still a librarian, because the more skill sets you have, the better off you are regardless of what industry you’re in. as i make the last minute preparations for an upcoming coding conference i’ll be attending, i’m trying to determine what sort of coder i actually am (aside from newbie, of course). that’s where this image comes into play:

 

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i suppose i’m a bit of all of the above…except for the eating breakfast on the keyboard and dreaming in code parts.

 

sounds of the Barrow-downs

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2018 by phanteana

peanut butter & jelly. mac n’ cheese. Tolkien & Metal. two great tastes that go together, especially that last one (though the others are pretty solid, too).

by now, it should come as no surprise that Middle-Earth has inspired and influenced generations of musicians. can the same be said about other authors (living or deceased)? yes, but mostly in specific genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, Gothic romance). there aren’t too many songs written about The Great Gatsby or Heart Of Darkness (that i’m aware of, at least).

if J.R.R. Tolkien were alive today, would he be flattered or offended by the use of his works in Metal music? since i can’t ask him, i’d venture to guess he’d be confused but also pleased that people still cared about him (which they definitely do after all these years).

yes, Virginia…there is a Melvil Dewey (aka National Library Week 2018)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on April 10, 2018 by phanteana

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be sure the hand sanitizer is tightly capped. bring an extra cardigan to work just in case.