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June 4th, 2012


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12:24 pm - Modesty, Noir, Images
I have been v.v. busy socializing and scribbling the past few days, so although I've thought about updating, I just haven't managed it. Alas! And now that I have time, thoughts seem to have dispersed....

So three quick things, one of which is a request:

1) Finally, after years of reading about it and its influence on/contemporaneity with other spy-stories I've loved, I've actually started Peter O'Donnell's 1965 novel Modesty Blaise. The first chapter includes three pages of description of Modesty's Hyde Park penthouse, which is in true Emma-Peel-60s style including the use of the old-school word "hi-fi." It is VERY promising indeed. ;-)

2) And now -- also belatedly, since it's been a Thing for six years or so -- I'm listening to various tracks by "electroswing" DJ Parov Stelar, whose music is suitable for spies and glamourous beings of all kinds. Here's a sample -- his track "Lost in Amsterdam" is the musical accompaniment for this Tom Hiddleston fashion shoot. (See, so this is like TWO things. ;-))

3) Since I'm drowning in words right now, I think I'd like to start collecting pretty images for myself, for purposes of rest, inspiration, and etcetera. My own preference would be a pinboard-type service that's private -- there's really no one who needs to see the wildly disparate kinds of images I'd collect, it'd be SO EMBARRASSING -- but I realize that it's likely going to have to be a more social-media kind of service.
So: Tumblr, or Pinterest? Any thoughts or recommendations?

Cheers and a happy week to all, with good reading and music and images to make you dream.

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From:janus_74
Date:June 4th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I like Pinterest, mostly because I can't wrap my head around Tumblr. I don't think you can make it totally private, but you could just not tell anyone about it :)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Tumblr seems complicated, yes.

I suppose I COULD develop a Pinterest pseudonym.... Hey, it'd be like being a spy. :-)

Cheers, T, and a happy Monday!
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From:cindergal
Date:June 4th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I know people have been asking for private Pinterest boards for some time, but AFAIK, they are still just "considering" it. ;-) I know I would enjoy such a service. I do use Pinterest, but not much lately.

Alas, I know nothing from Tumblr.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
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The tumblrs I've seen are all v.v. fannish, so that wouldn't quite be what I would be looking for. But they also do provide some hilarious .gifs and graphics. ;-)

Thanks, C, and hugs and a good Monday!
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From:paratti
Date:June 4th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you are enjoying MB:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
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I am enjoying it. :-) If I decide to keep reading the series, I'll have to parcel out acquisitions to one per month, though.

Cheers, L, and hugs!
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From:gwynnega
Date:June 4th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
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I haven't tried Tumblr or Pinterest. I guess I'm too word-oriented for either (though I enjoy looking at other people's accounts!).

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
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After heavy reading-writing days, I'm finding I just want to look at pretty pictures for a while. ;-)

Cheers, Gwynne, and hugs!
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From:stateless82
Date:June 5th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
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I can't begin to grasp Tumblr. I did make a Pinterest, thinking it would be a place to save pretty things, but it's so public, what with the liking and repinning. It is really easy, though.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
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Tumblr does seem complicated! And the liking and repinning are the things that make me uneasy about Pinterest -- however, the easier it is to use, the better. ;-)

Thanks, S, and hugs!
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From:lounge_lily
Date:June 5th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
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I'm not familiar with pinterest but I love my tumblr. It's part fannish (okay, a lot fannish!) and part pretty things that catch my eye. For me it's just an online scrapbook of images I like and although there are people who 'follow' me I guess you'd call it, I pretty much forget they're there. You don't have to interact with others if you choose not to and as previously mentioned, you don't have to tell anyone that you have it if you don't want to. [squeezes]
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)
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Tumblr does seem to be the fannish thing, indeed. [nods]

Will contemplate further, but thanks, L, for offering your thoughts! Hugs!
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From:heron_pose
Date:June 5th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
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I *loved* that music! And the shoot was lovely, even if I will avoid jumping on any bandwagons for anyone ... I'm just perverse like that.

Oh -- I tried to watch the Modesty Blaise film (1966) and despite the pretty colors and Terence Stamp I couldn't quite grok it, and didn't finish it. So, the novel is maybe my next stop!

You know, I understand wanting to keep one's image collection private, but really, you are cool enough to make anything cool, simply in virtue of being attached to you! I have no platform suggestions, but I'm just sayin'.

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I am totally into Parov Stelar now. :-) Great music for writing, and for dancing around one's domicile! Hurrah!

(As for the Young Hiddleston: I still haven't seen The Avengers. However, I am SUPER-PSYCHED for his Prince Hal in the BBC Henriad this year!!!! (The exclamation marks are to show just how psyched.)

I've never seen the film. The novel's... really interesting in terms of gender, I think, especially when read in the context of 1960s Brit spy novels as a whole. And of course it's Relevant to My Interests. ;-)

Hugs hugs, H_P! So glad to see a comment from you! Am sending you good thoughts.

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