Welcome once again to another random topic of monthly chat. Feel free to discuss anything or everything, including what your playing/listening to/watching/reading at the moment, how school/university/work/randomness is going, all that sort of thing.
for me (and continuing a little from last month's topic), things have been fun.
Over the last week I first sang in a 700 person choir doing Carl Orf's Oh Fortuna from Camina Borana (you'd know it if your you heard it), and also Verdi's Gloria from Ieda.
Both were fun. I'm not a choir person normally but I don't mind doing it if I get to bang out Orf rather loudly. We also had my dad's 70th birthday on a boat which was awesome, and Mrs. Dark and I did some singing for it, although not testing equipment before hand was a mine miner issue.
Gaming wise Alter events in june were fun. I like the fact that even though I'm now a level 28 druid I still have lots of quests on Arcase to do, though of course I have a few things to try for the db and some entries to do for games like black box.
I've also been going through some Doctor who audios.
the lives of Captain jack was really awesome, indeed I'm enjoying the torchwood ones at the moment, though one irony with the doctor who monthly series is they're doing double stories, and for the last two releases I've found I've enjoyed one of the stories much more than the other. For example this months, shadow planet and world apart, world apart was a great story about Ace and Hex trapped on an alien planet having to survive and Ace possibly going insane, while Shadow planet was supposed to be based on Jungian psychology but just ended up reading as yet another hoky "look the characters' dark side is really a psycho" plot which wasn't so good.
I'm also enjoying the fourth doctor adventures, indeed I don't know why but there have been some great Sontaran stories recently, probably because the tv sries treats the Sontaran's so much as a joke it's nice to see them used seriously, and after all there is far more potential in a race of military obsessed, overly strong clones with an insane liking for war than as just a comic sterriotype look at the alien aliens, though I will admit I do find strax in the new series occasionally amusing, I just wish all the other Sontaran's weren't the same.
Getting off doctor who, my wife and I also just finished reading Touch and go by Lisa Gardener together. Probably the first suspense novel I've read in a long while, but since the principle reason I stopped reading thrillers and suspense fiction was lack of alien quality and ordinary people in weird situations, a story about a family being kidnapped and taken to an abandoned prison didn't really have that problem.
I particularly liked how the kidnappers had very much their own personalities, a couple of them even weren't that bad (as compared to the scummy rich guy cheating on his wife husband who I disliked from the start).
We're heading back up north to my flat on Monday, where not only will I get back to my desktop and working on the site, but also we've got a great meal booked for our first wedding anniversary, which should be nice.
How's everyone else doing?
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)