fate keeps on happening

I like the way the future happens in front of other stuff... like today and yesterday. Interests: animals, art, astronomy, audiodrama, books, brain science, buddhism, detectives, diy, film, gaming, history, humor, learning, libraries, lovecraft, music, mystery, nature, podcasts, sci fi, technology, travel & weirdos.
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It makes me wonder what is so alluring about the real world that gives them all such a fetish for it. It’s not a very nice place these days.

Slowswift from The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.

I’ve just been introduced to the character, Slowswift, but that hasn’t stopped me from falling for him. Brandon Sanderson reveals that he’s based on Tolkien.

"First, you must understand that Soothing is about more than just Allomancy. It’s about the delicate and noble art of manipulation.”

“Noble indeed,” Vin said.

“Ah, you sound like one of them,” Breeze said.

“Them who?”

“Them everyone else.” Breeze said.

Mistborn: the Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Mother Slaughter

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Happy is the tomb where no wizard hath lain and happy the town at night whose wizards are all ashes. For it is of old rumour that the soul of the devil-bought hastes not from his charnel clay, but fats and instructs the very worm that gnaws, till out of corruption, horrid life springs, and the dull scavengers of earth wax crafty to vex it and swell monstrous to plague it. Great holes secretly are digged where earth’s pores ought to suffice, and things have learnt to walk that ought to crawl.
The Festival by HP Lovecraft
He knew that in the profundity of this deep sleep they were contemplating unplumbed vastnesses of utter and absolute Outsideness with which the earth had nothing to do…

Through the Gates of the Silver Key by HP Lovecraft (with E. Hoffmann Price)

Read the entire tale.

I loosed it down the hatch, and after undergoing the passing discomfort, unavoidable when you drink Jeeves’s patent morning revivers, of having the top of the skull fly up to the ceiling and the eyes shoot out of their sockets and rebound from the opposite wall like racquetballs, felt better.

Bertie attempts to recover from a “little dinner” he’d given the night before for his pal, Gussie Fink-Nottle.

The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse. Jonathan Cecil does a wonderful job on the audiobook.

The old tale of Sleeping Beauty might end happily in French or English, but he was in Russia and only a fool would want to live through the Russian version of ANY fairy tale.
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

Serialized audiobooks distributed via RSS (like a podcast). Receive episodes via RSS or download from the site.

I preferred to die in a military fort where they would bury me with a headstone over my urn, rather than in a roadhouse where I would be pitched into a trench with a ton of broken winejars and their run-over tabby cat.

Harry is being detained by a rookie cop. Sorta.

"Uh, hey…?", he said feebly. "Maybe you should sit down. You don’t look so good and you’re sort of under arrest still."

"I can’t be under arrest now." I said back to him. "I don’t have time."

So, because your granny can’t find the time to put pen to paper and assure me that you two will be educated, I had to get on a 5am train and sit next to a man who sniffed his own armpits over and over again for 2 hours!

Ms Smirt, caseworker for the Sisters Grimm.

The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley 

…parents never seem to sleep entire nights through anyway. They’re like a bunch of hunters taking turns watching camp in case a bear show up.

Children in Heat by Chad Fifer

That is almost the full extent of crime in our organized, dandified society: ninety-nine percent of it, let’s say. It is that last and vital one percent that keeps the police departments in business. That one percent is me.

Going for a stroll to stretch his legs after his long journey, Colonel Wedge had supposed himself to be alone with nature. The shock of discovering that what he had taken for a pile of old clothes was alive and a relation by marriage, caused him to speak a little sharply.

"Good God, Clarence, is that you? What on earth are you doing out here this time of night?"

Lord Emsworth had no secrets from his nearest and dearest. He replied that he was listening to his pig. And the statement caused his companion to wince as if some old wound had troubled him. Egbert Wedge had long held the view that the head of the family into which he had married approached more closely to the purely cuckoo every time he saw him. But, this seemed to mark a bigger stride in that direction than usual. 

"Listening to your pig?" he said, in an almost awestruck voice. And paused for a moment, digesting this information.

Just in case you don’t have enough to watch.

The Internet Archive is an amazing resource for free access to film, music, books, etc… There are several film collections, including feature films—just scroll down to find them. You might not ever get there, due to all the distracting and rather fascinating collections of home movies, propaganda films, stock film and public domain film mashups.

Open Culture has a pretty big list of links to free films. I’m not sure how up-to-date it is.