Okay, so there's a reason that all my entries from 2004 tagged "Kalan Porter" are also tagged "Temporary Insanity". That whole thing seems like a weird hazy dream to me now, and apart from a few cool people I still chat with now and then, I've really not found anything to tempt me back into the fandom.

That being said, [livejournal.com profile] shing_ has just pointed to a new song/video sneaking around the back alleys of YouTube, and I have to say, this one is hilarious in a good way, for a change:

Nothing like a nice relaxing game of Scrabble with grandma. And some hair mockery.

So help me...

Aug. 13th, 2005 01:58 pm
rj_anderson: (James Marsh - The Colour of Spring)
I may have drifted out of active Kalan Porter fandom, but nearly a year after 219 Days came out I still find "Single" massively groovy and am not tired of it yet. Yeah, I know, blah blah stupid lyrics whatever. It's still catchy, IMO.

A few other songs which I am not tired of yet, in spite of the fact that I have heard them approximately 1,000,000 times and I know a lot of other people who can't stand them:

  • "True" by Spandau Ballet (not that I actively seek this one out or anything, but I never cringe when it comes on the radio)
  • "One Thing Leads To Another" by The Fixx
  • "Promises, Promises" by Naked Eyes
  • "Is There Something I Should Know?" by Duran Duran

    We all have our weaknesses.
  • Oh, looky! Right after I tell you I've drifted away from the fandom, I see that Kalan's new video* is out! So here it is (WMV, 6 meg) for those interested. Don't ever say I don't do you no favours.

    It's a pretty cool video, better than last time I think -- pity I still don't like the song. And if they changed it any from the CD version (which they supposedly did, going back into the studio to re-record the vocal tracks and instrumentation and everything), I can't really tell the difference. Oh, well.

    Next album, please!

    *Thanks to Toque for the bootiful rip.
    It has occurred to me that a few of my flist may be a bit shellshocked by all the Doctor Who raving all of a sudden, and are wondering whether I've completely lost my mind and will ever talk about anything else. To which the answer is:


    Erm, actually that's not quite true. Just expect the DW stuff to be dominant for quite some time to come, because I have loved this show since I was a kid, it was one of the first fandoms I ever wrote fic for (and probably the one in which I've written the most fic, word-count wise -- don't even get me started on the illustrations!), and as you know I'm loving the new series all to pieces.

    However, for those of you who couldn't care less about the Who prattle, and are wondering if I will ever get back to the Good Stuff, a brief explanation of where I'm at with regard to my other fandoms:

    HP: Waiting for Book VI, like everybody else. Don't feel like speculating any more, even about Snape, until I have the straight goods from JKR Herself.

    Alias: Keeping vague tabs on plot goings-on by reading other people's LJs, as am not actually watching the show at present. Understandably somewhat discouraged in my Sweiss leanings at the moment, so not so inclined to write a sequel/second chapter to A Man of His Word the way I'd once thought I might. You never know, though, things could change. Especially if You-Know-Who shows up later in the season as promised (no, not Voldemort).

    Lost: Love the show. Have great fun speculating about it. Have developed elaborate theory about the island that I keep meaning to expound upon some day, but haven't got around to it yet. Absolutely no desire to write fic, however. I find the show itself too satisfying, and I'm too interested in the answers that the writers and JJ have to offer, to maintain that feeling of "ooh, I simply must fill in this gap!" that usually inspires plot bunnies.

    Sherlock Holmes: Read Locked Rooms and loved it. Looking forward to reading other people's reviews. Still running the RUSS-L list, mostly by approving new members and glancing at the day's digests to make sure nobody is killing each other. Of course, nobody ever is, so it's a pretty low-stress job being ListMom. When was the last time you heard of a mailing list that has run busily for ten years and has hundreds of members, with not one single flamewar in the entire course of its history? This is why I love my Bees. *blows kisses to the Bees* Oh, and I haven't forgot about Case of the Winning Woman, it just requires more research than I have time to do at the moment. (Plus, where does one even start to find out about the terms of Victorian life insurance policies?)

    Star Trek: Never again. No, really. I can't see it happening. I just don't care any more.

    X-Files: On the other hand, never say never. I still get nostalgic for Mulder and Scully from time to time...

    Oops, and almost forgot, which shows where my brain is at:

    Kalan Porter: Felt that the Time Had Come to move on. Resigned my quasi-moderatorial status at KP4GU, and my real moderatorial status over at the Red Hot Topic KP board. Occasionally poke my nose in to one board or another to see if there's any really big news, but otherwise, that's about it. Wish him well, though.


    Jan. 30th, 2005 05:45 pm
    rj_anderson: (Locke smug)
    HAAAAAA ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!



    HEEEEEEE....!!! *wipes away tears of hilarity*

    If you're a Lost fan, and/or you love crappy flash animations set to weird music (living it up with the hatt, baby!) this is a gem. Gacked from someone on the Kalan Porter Fan Club Site, of all things.

    Oh, and speaking of the kid... his first video is out, for "Single" (otherwise known as not the Pernicious Idol Single, finally, thank heavens). If you have broadband you can watch it in Windows Media or Real Player streaming format here. Comments welcomed, especially if they are funny.

    Oh, and I've been using this as my default icon for a week or so, but still, GIP! Because Locke still amuses me no end, guru complex and all.
    After reading some of the spoilers on my flist, is it wrong that I have absolutely no desire to watch the season premiere of Alias? Is there any reason that I ought to change my mind on this point?


    *goes off to download latest episode of Lost, for which I am blissfully spoiler-free*

    Edited to add gratuitous off-topic avatars here under the cut )
    I was busy packing up boxes, listening to the boy's new album, and steadfastly ignoring Chapter Sixteen of my novel, but [livejournal.com profile] lizbee and [livejournal.com profile] cesario nagged me into doing this. So...

    Da Rulz )

    So, that done, here we go:

    Da List )


    Nov. 11th, 2004 10:33 am
    rj_anderson: (Kalan Hat)
    Oh, my word. Why have I not seen this site before? Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] netninny for the tip. Of course, the videos are probably only funny if you're Canadian (although Due South fans will probably get a kick out of the guest appearance by Paul Gross), but you've got to love the bobblehead doll of our Prime Minister, at least.

    On a more solemn note, it is Remembrance Day. *is solemn*

    On a less solemn note, it is Kalan's 19th birthday, and next Friday the poor kid will have to put up with me asking him embarrassing questions over lunch ("So, when your mother heard 'Single', did she have kittens, or just a hairy conniption?").

    Yes, indeed, I entered a "Q-Nadian Idol" contest offered by a local radio station, and yes, I won (thanks to the formidable voting powers of the KP Fan Club, who listened to the show online and called in from places like Vancouver and Quebec to support me), so yes, I am going to lunch with Kalan along with the four other contest winners.

    I have the best husband in the world for not only putting up with my weird fangirly ways* but actually laughing good-naturedly when I asked his permission to enter the contest and telling me I didn't need to ask.

    What do you think, should I print up the new t-shirt?

    * I mean, it's not just this, it's been everything from making him read my Doctor Who fanfics to dragging him off to dinner with Laurie King to asking him to watch the kids for three days while I burbled about Snape at Convention Alley. Really, the guy deserves a medal.
    I haven't seen this week's episode of "Lost" yet, so please nobody on my flist spoil it for me. This is the first show I've ever watched that I really don't want spoilers for. I think I'll have much more fun that way. And, on a related note, will someone please hit me over the head before I start actually liking Sawyer? I mean, what is up with that? He's exactly the kind of character I usually loathe. And Josh Holloway isn't even my type (though I'll grant that he has nice hair), so it can't be that I'm beguiled by his looks. *is confused*

    Secondly, Keane make the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous music I've heard in a long time. I love, love, love, love, love their album. If I had a band of my own, this is the kind of music I'd want to be making -- melodic, piano-based, lyrical, sweet and wistful without being saccharine. Amazing stuff.

    Thirdly, I had a wonderful time at Bouchercon, attended a lot of interesting and useful panels on writing/editing/publishing, made some very interesting contacts, and hope--really, earnestly hope--to have some special good news to post here soon. *chews nails*

    Also had a rollicking good dinner with Laurie and got some nifty tidbits about the upcoming Russell book, such as:
  • Russell spent more time in San Francisco as a child than she thinks she did. (This explains a lot, actually.)
  • Her father's name was Charles; her brother's, Levi.
  • We will see a flashback to the Accident.
  • As the book goes on Russell becomes increasingly unreliable as a narrator, thus necessitating -- get this -- a section of the book written from Holmes's POV (in third person). Whee!
  • There will be a cameo from Dashiell Hammett.
  • Oh, and it's called Locked Rooms, for anyone who didn't know that already.

    And finally, I have at last crossed the line into complete fangirl idiocy and am driving to Toronto today to see Kalan Porter performing at a local shopping centre (along with Matt Dusk, Shaye, and Jann Arden -- it's a free concert to support breast cancer research). But don't worry too much about my sanity yet: in all honesty, I am almost as excited about meeting Shoebox and some of my other co-snarkers from the TWoP Canadian Idol discussion forum as I am about seeing Kalan live.

    I did, however, turn the icon on this post into a full-sized t-shirt design so I could wear it to the concert and, hopefully, make Kalan crack up (if it happens while he's on stage, so much the better). After the concert I'm going to give the shirt to Shoebox if she wants it... if not, I'll pass it on to one of the other TWoPpers.

    Anyway, I'll only do this once, but it has to be done: EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    As you were.
    Okay, in an effort to make some new CI converts (*cough*[livejournal.com profile] sabrinanymph*cough*) I am going out on a limb here and providing direct links. So if you want to watch any of these, whatever you do, please RIGHT-CLICK AND SAVE before you view them. Do not left-click and try to stream them directly off the site, or the nice folks at Red Hot Topic and CI2 Audio will be unhappy, and so will I. Thank you.

    And now, without further ado...

    RJ's Top Ten Favourite CI Performances
    (with whys, wherefores, and linkage of videos and mp3s for the Idol curious)

    1. The Way I Feel - Shane Wiebe )
    2. Nature Boy - Kalan Porter )
    3. True Colors - Kalan Porter and Theresa Sokyrka )
    4. Space Oddity - Jacob Hoggard )
    5. Song for a Winter's Night - Theresa Sokyrka )
    6. Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Top 6 )
    7. Born To Be Wild - Kalan Porter )
    8. Straighten Up and Fly Right - Jacob Hoggard )
    9. Come Away With Me - Theresa Sokyrka )
    10. Still - Kalan Porter )

    Honorary Mention: Rock/British Invasion Medley - Top 10 )

    Go! Watch! Comment!
    EEEE! Patrick Doyle will score the next Potter film!

    I love me some Patrick Doyle. I might actually buy that soundtrack...

    Oh, and: [profile] synaesthete7. Isn't that cute? Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kels (via [livejournal.com profile] cesario) for the link to RoseQuoll.com's LJ icon generator.

    Oh, and because the CI madness never stops, an amusing radio interview with Kalan. He seems to be getting better at these things...
    Now that Kalan's won, bet you thought I was finished talking about Canadian Idol, didn't you? Ha ha! Not a chance. I need at least a couple more weeks. Right now I'm still going through withdrawal, and desperately browsing about for anything I haven't seen yet. Some recent discoveries:

    Finale Bloopers )

    Anime CI Fanart )

    Idol show connoisseurs -- including a considerable number of Americans and other foreign viewers -- seem to agree that CI2 was the best Idol show ever, in terms of the sheer talent displayed by the Top Ten and the freshness their performances brought to a tired formula. Even some die-hard Clay Aiken fans have confessed that they think CI2 was better than AI2 by a long shot. I couldn't get through more than one or two episodes of AI3 this year and I really doubt I'm going to be watching AI4. I don't even know about CI3, because I think this season's going to be really hard to top. But I would recommend CI2 to just about anybody who likes music and enjoys live performances.

    Soon I hope to do a post listing the top ten best performances of the season, with links to the audio and video of same for those interested ([livejournal.com profile] sabrinanymph, I'll convert you yet!). But in the meantime [livejournal.com profile] netninny has written up some handy summaries of this year's competition, meant to bring those who missed the show up to speed:

    Canadian Idol 2 for Non-Canucks: An Introduction
    Canadian Idol 2 for Non-Canucks II: The Breakout Stars
    Canadian Idol 2 for Non-Canucks III: The Controversy
    and soon to come, Canadian Idol 2 for Non-Canucks IV: ...And the Rest.

    Not only are these summaries well-written and entertaining, they contain some of the more amusing quotes from Shoebox and Joe Dwarf's infamous snarky recaps, so well-beloved on the forums at TWoP. Bit of a strong language warning, but otherwise recommended.
    Dear Idol People:

    Please, if you love us, do not release "Awake in a Dream" as Kalan's first single. What have we done to deserve that kind of punishment? Instead, I beg you, release his duet with Theresa on "True Colours" instead. And put Jacob and Shane singing "Under Pressure" on as the B-side. I swear I will buy it and listen to it faithfully every day.

    Oh, and make sure Kalan wears his cowboy hat on the cover. It actually makes him look like a man.

    "Mommy," said my four-year-old son, "Are there two winners on Canadian Idol?"

    "Not after tomorrow night," I said. "There'll be just one."

    "Oh," he said. "Then the winner must be Kalan. Because he sang the rockingest songs."

    I did not teach him this. Honestly. Nor did I anticipate that both my preschoolers would fall utterly in love with Kalan's version of "Born to be Wild" on the first hearing and beg me to play the video (or just the MP3) over and over while they sang along. They don't seem to care much for Jacob (who I would think is "rockinger" on the surface), and Theresa (whom I quite like) leaves them unmoved. But Kalan's more upbeat performances seem to go over really big with them. Heh.

    Oh, and GIP!
    Best. Group Sing. EVER.*

    Six talented kids (oh, all right, contestants -- admittedly Jason looks about 40), six instruments, and the "Canadian Railroad Trilogy". With Gordon Lightfoot beaming approval in the audience.

    Go on.** You know you want to. It's worth it even just for the musical "duel" between Kalan and Jacob near the end. Man, that kid can play fiddle. And Jacob's not bad with his guitar either.

    My love for this show knows no bounds. Even though Elena got booted this week after giving one of her best performances ever, and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Jason's dimply, grinning mug is still there... he'd just better not make it into the Top 3, is all I can say. Because that would be all kinds of wrong.

    * See right side of the page, highlighted in red, "Top 6 Group # August 19/04".
    ** Alternate site.
    From the official CTV Canadian Idol page, re this week's competition:

    The competitors have chosen some of [Gordon] Lightfoot's most memorable songs, including "Sundown," "Early Morning Rain," "Song for a Winter's Night," "The Way I Feel," "Rainy Day People" and "If You Could Read My Mind."
    And the results show:

    Airing live this Thursday, August 19 from 8 - 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, the six remaining competitors will not only sing but also play guitar, piano, bass, mandolin and fiddle together on the classic Gordon Lightfoot song "Canadian Railroad Trilogy." Canadian Idol is the first series out of over 25 Idol programs seen around the world in which competitors will play instruments.
    *faints with happiness*

    Seriously, I'm not kidding, either. Kalan plays violin like a virtuoso, and the others playing instruments are no amateurs either. So whatever happens, this performance is not going to be mistaken for Tiny Talent Time. And Gord! A whole two hours of Gord! I love CI2, I do, I do.

    Glorified karaoke HA! Not in Canada, suckers.

    *feels sorry for all the people who got stuck with nothing but American Idol 3 this year*
    An American speaks out about the relative merits of Canadian Idol in relation to American Idol and he's absolutely right. Especially about the judges. One of the things he forgot to mention was that the group sings (cheesy as they are and calculated to expose the singers' worst weaknesses), actually show some semblance of unity, as opposed to all of the contestants running around trying to out-glory-note each other.

    For those interested in playing along at home, a nice, hard-working person who can't spell has created a comprehensive page of all the CI Top Ten performances to date. They say they'll update it regularly, which remains to be seen, but if you're curious about the kind of stuff CI2 is dishing out relative to AI3 (or any of the AI shows really), I recommend checking out any of Jacob or Kalan's performances, especially the ones from Top 10 week. Theresa's Good Mother from that week is also worth seeing, though her subsequent two performances were disappointing -- she just doesn't seem to know how to pick the right songs.

    And if you want to laugh until your sides hurt, check out Shane's take on The Darkness, which is made much, much funnier by the awareness that up until this point in the competition he was a competent but dull singer of syrupy ballads. The falsetto has to be heard to be believed. I personally got a huge kick out of it, though the Scary Faces make it a difficult performance to watch more than once.

    P.S. If the above links don't work, try here, but remember to right-click and save, please.

    P.P.S. The aforementioned props were in Jacob's "Space Oddity", which is certainly one of the most gobsmackingly bizarre things I've ever seen in my life. Yes, including Bowie in his heyday doing the same song.
    I've just gone through a round of defriending, in a possibly futile effort to cut back on the time I spend reading LJ and making comments when I ought to be working on other things (like revising my novel). If you (or your community) were one of those defriended, it will be for one or more of the following reasons:
    a) We used to have a number of common interests, but one or both of us have moved on to other things, and while I like you just fine, I don't find that I have anything to say in response to any of your posts (and I get the impression you feel the same way);

    b) You are just too darn interesting and/or thought-provoking and I have a hard time avoiding getting into big discussions on your journal;

    c) You make frequent, long posts about political issues, which I'm sure are very articulate and well-reasoned, but alas, politics are just not my thing;

    d) Most of your posts are lengthy accounts of your personal life and the latest stuff you did with your friends, which is perfectly legit but I don't know you on a personal level and I've never met said friends;

    e) You've already defriended me, so I figure you won't mind.
    As it says in my User Info, though, this is a public journal and I very rarely make locked posts, so even if you've been defriended, you needn't worry that you're missing anything important. And I do thank and appreciate all the people who watch this journal and make comments -- I wish I had time to read and respond to all of you, and I'm sorry that I can't.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    Oh, and GIP! Because I am a sad, sad Canadian Idol fan. And I hope Kalan wins, even if he's too shy and well-mannered to inform the L'Oreal makeup squad that he is not, in fact, a girl...
    Because I am lazy and also because it's time to go to bed, I am copying this over from an e-mail I just sent to my brother:

    Tonight's episode of Canadian Idol )


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