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09/29/2009

Buffy/Willow Fan Fiction Stories Worth Checking Out

The following are links to many stories focused on the Buffy Summers/Willow Rosenberg (FemSlash) relationship fan fiction wise from the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Author: Mad Hamlet
Story: Spectrum Series (27 Chapters). Warning: Includes Rape

Author: Shyfox and Kirayoshi
Story: Sappho’s Spell Series. Arguably the most known Wiffy fan fic story.

Author: Alicorn
Story: Switcheroony (32 Chapters). Includes Faith as key aspect of storyline.

Author: Crys Loch
Story: The Game Series (11 Chapters). Warning: Involves S&M.

Author: Crys Loch
Story: Vampire Stories (3 Chapters). Warning: Includes threesome with Xander Harris.

Author: Jin Hayte
Story: Just Another (Christmas) Day. One Shot.

Author: Howard Russell
Story: The Morning After. Cute ficlet.

Author: Rin
Story: New and Old: Part 1 of the memorable Red series written by Rin. Making Things Perfect: Part 2 of Red series. Everything I Ever Wanted: Part 3 of Red series. Start of a New Life: Part 4 of Red series. Hey, Baby: Part 5 of Red series. Welcome Home: Part 6 of Red series.

Author: Rebelrsr
Story: Simple Choices (38 Chapters). Fic Challenge.

Author: Boo (Willow’sBoo)
Story: Stones In the Road (7 Chapters).

Author: DawnBTVS
Story: Reveal (34 Chapters).

Author: Cilia
Story: The Complex Lives of Cheerleaders and Quarterbacks (12 Chapters).

Author: Chimera Bloom
Story: Scroll to bottom. Starts with You Used To Be Mine, Part 1.

Author: Exiled-Away
Story: Afterlife Happens (11 Chapters).

Author: Papa Bear
Story: Everyone Else Could See It (3 Chapters).

Author: Papa Bear
Story: Life Is Short (7 Chapters).

09/22/2009

The Concept of the Perfect Pop Song Being Two Minutes, Forty Two Seconds

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Hunter @ 7:12 PM
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Many tongue-in-cheek posts and comments make reference to the ideal pop song length. That length is a very short, brisk, and concise 2 minutes and 42 seconds as pointed out by Josh Allen and John Scalzi in a much earlier entry.

I’m just as happy as the next guy to listen to a Metallica song go roaring for over 5 minutes or throw in a jazz piece by Miles Davis that seemingly transcends time forever. But let’s face facts, many songs are arguably just too long to be appreciated. An artist just has to repeat a refrain six times or throw in a bridge, an extended break down, and then repeat the verse/chorus one final time as if the listener didn’t already hear this and its impact will be that much more than the first two times.

The La’s – There She Goes is often argued as the perfect pop song. The video itself stretches out to 2:48 and it’s hard to not see the greatness of that song. Infectious, memorable, and short to the point that you can listen to it twice in the span of time it takes for other songs to finish.

Just take note of the following list of songs around the 2:42 mark. I’ll bet you’re already humming half of these.

Note that all song lengths are taken from All Music.

1959 – Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode – 2:38
1963 – The Beatles: Money (That’s What I Want) – 2:51
1963 – The Beach Boys: Surfin’ USA – 2:31
1964 – The Beach Boys: I Get Around (Live Concert Version) – 2:42
1965 – The Temptations: My Girl – 2:42
1966 – Nancy Sinatra: These Boots Are Made For Walking – 2:42
1966 – The Beatles: Taxman – 2:38
1966 – The Mamas and The Papas: California Dreamin’ – 2:32
1966 – The Troggs: Wild Thing – 2:37
1967 – Cream: Strange Brew – 2:50
1967 – Cream: Tales of Brave Ulysses – 2:49
1967 – Jimi Hendrix: Fire – 2:45
1967 – Sandie Shaw: (There’s) Always Something To Remind Me – 2:40
1968 – Equals: Baby Come Back – 2:39
1968 – The Beatles: Happiness Is A Warm Gun – 2:44
1969 – The Archies: Sugar, Sugar – 2:48
1971 – Black Sabbath: Paranoid – 2:50
1978 – Buzzcocks: Ever Fallen In Love? – 2:42
1980 – Motorhead: Ace of Spades – 2:49
1989 – Nirvana: About A Girl – 2:48
1990 – The La’s: There She Goes – 2:42
1993 – The Breeders: Divine Hammer – 2:42
1994 – Weezer: Buddy Holly – 2:40
1997 – Green Day: Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – 2:34
1999 – Blink 182: All The Small Things – 2:48
2005 – Dropkick Murphys – I’m Shipping Up To Boston – 2:33

That’s a really strong list of songs that range from roughly 2:30 to 2:50 in song length. Also note that several classic pop songs come in at exactly 2:42 on the nose.

09/08/2009

Halloween Events To Check Out In New England

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Hunter @ 10:27 AM
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While it may not even be the middle of September, everybody knows that Halloween will be coming right around the corner. With that comes scare events, haunted tours, and a bevy of interesting Halloween based events.

What: The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce
Where: Middleton, Connecticut
When: October 2nd – October 31st. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Times are Dusk-Midnight (Fri-Sat) and Dusk-10 PM (Sun).
Prices: Haunted Graveyard and Rides = Adult – $29.99, Kids (Under 12) – $20.99. Haunted Graveyard Only = Adult – $19.99, Kids (Under 12) – $13.99. Rides Only = Adult – $17.99, Kids (Under 12) – $12.99.

What: Fortress of Nightmares w/Ghost Hunt with members from RISEUP
Where: Fort Adams, Rhode Island
When: October 23rd – October 25th and October 30th – November 1st. Start times at 7:00 PM with ticket sales from 6:30 – 9:00 PM.
Prices: Ghost Hunt & Tunnel of Terror = $15.00. Ghost Hunt Only = $10.00. Tunnel of Terror Only = $15.00.

What: Nautical Nightmares Tour
Where: Mystic Seaport, Connecticut
When: October 16th – October 18th, October 23rd – October 25th, and October 30th – October 31st. Start at 6:15 PM and leave every 15 minutes.
Prices: Adult = $19.00. Youth (4-18) = $18.00.

What: Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival
Where: Providence, Rhode Island. The showings will occur at the Columbus Theatre Arts Center, the Cable Car Cinema, the Bell Street Chapel, the Providence Public Library Campus, The Narragansett Theatre in Narragansett, and the Courthouse Center for the Arts in Kingston.
When: October 22nd – October 25th
Prices: All = $10.00.

What: Portsmouth Haunted Pub Tour
Where: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
When: Sunday Tours = October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th at 2:00 PM. Tuesday Tours = October 20th and 27th at 6:00 PM.
Prices: All = $29.00

What: York Village Shadows of the Past Tour
Where: York Village, Maine.
When: October 21st at 7:00 PM
Prices: Adults = $12.00, Children = $8.00.

What: Legends, Ghosts, and Graves Tour
Where: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
When: October 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 30th at 7:00 PM
Prices: Adults = $20.00, Children (Under 12) = $10.00

The following are haunted locations one can stay at or visit if they desire during Halloween week.

What: The Lighthouse Inn Resort
Where: New London, Connecticut

What: Captain Grant’s Inn
Where: Preston, Connecticut

What: Colonial Inn – Room 24
Where: Concord, Massachusetts

What: Penny House Inn & Spa
Where: Eastham, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)

What: Brass Lantern Inn
Where: Stowe, Vermont

What: The Golden Stage Inn
Where: Cavendish, Vermont

What: Coffin House Restaurant
Where: Nantucket, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)

What: Salisbury Beach
Where: Salisbury Beach is located on Route 1A in Essex County. From I-95, take exit 58 towards Salisbury/Amesbury onto Route 110 and follow the signs to Salisbury Beach.

What: Bucksport Cemetery
Where: The cemetery is located off of Maine Street/Highway 1 in Bucksport, in Hancock County.

What: Massacre Pond
Where: Massacre Pond is located in the Scarborough Beach State Park on 416 Black Point Road in Cumberland County.

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