Well, I went to Dublin to see Amanda Palmer performing at the Sugar Club on 16/02/09 which was incredible. Standing in the queue beforehand I was almost having second thoughts since when I looked up and down the line I was pretty much a decade older than anyone else waiting to go in. I don't often feel my age (in my head I'll always be 14) but this was one of those moments. The club is only a small venue with rows of tables and and fixed chairs running down an incline to the stage so the fact you had several hundred people packed in like sardines added to the atmosphere (and the heat). I can't really describe the concert (these guys can though) except to say that I loved it and to show you a couple of selected clips (caution, may contain swearing), here, here, and here. That last one was her encore and was just wonderful.
So that was the 16th and than on the 17th Amanda was doing a signing at Chapters Bookstore in Dublin which is massive and has the best graphic novel section I've ever seen in a mainstream bookshop. But not only her, the signing was with Neil Gaiman as well. Nominally it was for their book 'Who Killed Amanda Palmer' (which is still awaiting publishing, I think) but was a combination of readings from the book by Neil and songs on the ukelele from Amanda finishing off with a signing for all the people there (500+ by official estimates). For more details, pictures and video footage of the event go here, as they've been much more complete than I could ever be.
All told it was a really good weekend and a treat I felt in need of having worked much too many hours over christmas and new year (and am still working now although an end is in sight).
Now I had planned to mention other stuff in catch up but it's late and I want to try and get some sleep before I'm back in work
Anyway here is the thing that got me to begin this post in the first place, a Meme from trixie_chick
people who have been tagged must write their answers in their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question
tag 8 people,
1 What are you listening to right now?
All Day and All Of the Night by the Kinks
2 How do you style your hair?
It's kept short now since last years big cut although I do seem to have developed a pair of lambchop sideburns, somehow.
3 What are you wearing right now?
Jeans and shirt
4 What are you currently reading?
Jules Vernes 'Journey to the centre of the Earth'
5 Dumbest thing you've done this week?
not set my alarm yesterday and then not wake up till 11.40
6 Have you named your computer? If so what's its name?
HAL, I'm a sci-fi nerd so what did you expect?
7 Theme song playing in the background as you die?
Monty Pythons 'Always look on the bright side of Life'
8 What have you ever wanted to do in your life but never had the guts to do it?
try and make a career from photography
9 What is your all time favorite movie?
This is liable to change on any given day but for today it's going to be Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai'
10 What is your weirdest habit?
probably the one I don't realise I'm doing
11 What is your favorite color?
12 How much money do you think you are worth?
priceless but if I got a pricelist from work I could probably give you a breakdown for salvage
13 What's the weirdest thing you say in RL?
most of it, I don't do conversations well
14 Which languages do you wish you spoke fluently?
welsh, to keep in better contact with mums side of the family
15 What is your biggest pet peeve?
people that turn and walk away from me while they are talking to me
16 What's your ideal weapon?
Klingon bat'leth or samurai sword
17 Who was your childhood idol?
Didn't really have many but Monkey from the tv show of the same name might come close
18 Funniest movie quote you've ever heard?
The Operative: That girl will rain destruction down on you and your ship. She is an albatross, Captain.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Way I remember it, albatross was a ship's good luck, 'til some idiot killed it.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: [to Inara] Yes, I've read a poem. Try not to faint.
19 If you were in a band, what kind of music would you play and what instrument would you want to play?
If I were in a band I'd probably be the roadie as I have the ability to play even a triangle out of tune so there is no way I'd be let near real instruments
20 Tell me something you love about the person who tagged you.
She waves her geek flag high and proud (and she's a generally cool and caring person who sends wonderful christmas cards)
Maybe more posts coming, or I may pull the plug on this LJ completely since Facebook seems to have taken over by din't of not having to write whole paragraphs there. Either way, notification will be made. Till then, lets be carefull out there.