Here we go, as per request, from least to most expensive. This is only covering the Digital Point & Shoot range.

PowerShot A490 ($110)
Specs: video mode, 10MP, 2.5" LCD, face/smile detection, 13X digital & 3.3X optical zoom (wide angle)
PROS: Excellent price for capabilities, good image quality
CONS: low battery life, very basic, not many capabilites, slow shooting
My thoughts: This is kind of the bottom-of-the barrel for the Canon line, but it's still Canon, so it's still good. The best thing about it is the price. It's extremely affordable and while it doesn't have all the fancy features of the upper range models, it still takes lovely looking photos. I don't know if I would recommend this camera OVER just saving $70-90 for the SD1300IS, but if you are in need of a P&S immediately (going on vaca or something, worried about it getting stolen somwhere idk) and are short on cash, this is a good choice.

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PowerShot SD1200IS ($160)
Specs: video mode, 10MP, 1.5" LCD, image stabilizer, face/smile detection, high ISO capabilities (good in low light conditions), 4X digital & 3X optical zoom (wide angle), continuous shooting (1.4 fps)
PROS: Great low-light capabilities for this range of camera, continuous shooting
CONS: Small LCD, not the best zoom.
My thoughts: This one is kind of an alternate to the A490. It more just comes down to personal preference, tho in direct comparison to the A490, the biggest pro is the low-light performance, and the biggest con is the zoom capabilities.

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PowerShot SD1300IS ($180-200)
Specs: video mode, 12.1MP, image stabilization, 2.7" LCD, 16X digital & 4X optical zoom (wide-angle), continuous shooting (2.6 fps), smile detection
PROS: Excellent image quality, good zoom capabilites, very easy to use, good battery life, very compact
CONS: High price for features, not great performance, shutter delay with flash, no HD video
My thoughts: I really like this little camera. It looks almost exactly like the SD1400IS and has nearly the exact same specs. If you are determined to stay under the $200 range, this is a good bet. It takes great quality images.

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PowerShot SD1400IS ($220)
Specs: HD Movie, 14.1 Megapixels (MP), 16X digital & 4X optical zoom (wide-angle), image stabilization, low-light shooting mode, 'fun' shooting modes (ie fisheye), smile detection, very compact, 2.7" LCD screen, continuous shooting (2.6 frames per second (fps))
PROS: compact & very thin, good point-and-shoot camera, affordable
CONS: slight shutter delay, basic features, microphone somewhat awkwardly placed
My thoughts: If you are not concerned with the HD video capabilities, go for the SD1300IS. Only buy this camera over the SD1300IS if you are planning to be shooting a lot of video and care whether it is good quality or not.

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PowerShot SX210IS ($379)
Specs: HD movie, 14.1MP, 3" LCD, 56X digital & 14X optical zoom (wide angle), automatic ISO & flash adjustment, smile/face detection, low-light mode, 'fun' shooting modes, continuous shooting (30fps), image stabilization
PROS: fantastic zoom capabilities, HD video with HQ audio, easy to use, good design, zoom during video-mode
CONS: Pricey for a point&shoot, limited colors available, low res LCD
My thoughts: The main draw on this camera is the zoom capabilities, and the HD video. This is a good camera if you are going to concerts/shows a lot, considering the video, zoom and low-light capabilities. Plus, I really like the design of it and the purple one is pretty lol.

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Powershot SX20IS ($450)
Specs: HD movie, 12.1MP, 2.5" LCD, scene-detection, motion-tracker (to retain focus on a moving subject), 20X digital & 4X optical zoom (wide angle), face/smile detection, image stabilization
PROS: Excellent zoom capabilities, HD video, good build, easy to use
CONS: No RAW formatting (most cameras in this price range have it), slow continuous shooting
My thoughts: Again, the biggest draw to this is the zoom capabilities. Now, there is are only 2 reasons to choose this over the s90 tho. One is the zoom, which REALLY out-performs the s90. The other is the HD video. If these are really important to you, go for this camera, despite the larger size. One thing to be aware of tho, is the lack of RAW image capabilities. Shooting RAW produces images that are much much sharper and clearer.

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PowerShot S90 ($450)
Specs: video mode, 10MP, face/smile & motion detectors, fast shutter speed, image stabilization, 'fun' shooting modes, RAW image storage (!!), Low-light mode, 3" LCD, 4X digital & 3.8X optical zoom (wide angle)
PROS: very fast, wonderful performance, RAW capabilites are a huge plus, excellent f2 lens, bright & clear LCD, great design for the most part, easy to use, compact, excellent in low-light
CONS: Pretty pricey, no continuous shooting, not HD video, flash is in an awkward place, no viewfinder (most of the higher range canons have one), not great battery life
My thoughts: I am a fan of this camera. Tbh, I am not really a fan of many mid-range cameras by any company. I generally think they are a bit useless and you should either just go for something cheaper or cough up the cash for a beginner DSLR (they aren't as scary as they seem!). But if we're talking mid-range, this is probably my favorite of the lot. It doesn't pretend to be a DSLR like a lot of the cameras in the $350-$600 range do. It's design is really really good and compact. My favorite thing about it is its RAW imaging capabilities and low-light shooting.

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Powershot G11 ($570)
Specs: video mode, 10MP, 2.8" LCD, face & motion detectors, Low-light mode, RAW image storage (!!!), scene recognition, 5X digital & 4X optical zoom (wide angle), good ISO capabilites,
PROS: Fantastic image quality, excellent flip-out LCD, RAW image storing huge plus again, viewfinder, good battery life, well built,
Cons: Pricey indeed, some focusing issues, not HD movie, smaller sensor than the S90 , large & a bit heavy
My thoughts: Now this is pretty comparable to the s90 tbh (But a lot uglier lol!) and if you a stickler for wanting a small, sleek camera, look away now. This camera has a viewfinder, which I really like, and a flip-out, swiveling LCD which is great for shooting video. It also has RAW image capabilities which is great, and slightly better zoom capabilities, as well as excellent battery-life. Now if you're choosing between this and the s90, it's more of a personal choice tbh. But in my case, considering that it is $100 more, I'd probably go for the s90.

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Something to be aware of regarding HD video: When they say HD, don't be expecting the sort of quality of a camcorder or what they offer on the new DSLRs. To be entirely honest, I don't really like the whole 'HD' thing, because while they have upped the resolution of the videos, they have not upped the frames-per-second rate, which to me, almost cancels out what good the higher resolution does, as the higher resolution seems to only highlight the fact that they still have the same fps rate, making the video in HD seem somewhat choppy.

Anyways, if you have any questions, or any other Canon cameras (including DSLRs) you'd like me to include, feel free to ask!!

Swangoose Fic Rec List

( ... ) = my comments
*** = favorite

Title: Like a Heartbeat
Words: 2,327

Rating: R

Summary: "So it's another night, in another strange town, with another language Johnny doesn't speak echoing in the air around him. He's almost grateful for that. This way, he can ignore, pretend not to hear, not take to heart anything Evan whispers, when his mouth is so hot and wet against Johnny's neck and ear.
Link: http://lebedgus.livejournal.com/1279.html

Title: I Lose Myself Inside Your Mouth
Author: louiex
Words: 1416
Rating: NC-17
Summary: A hurried flight, a purposeful-accidental collision.
Link: http://louiex.livejournal.com/82285.html#cutid1

Title: Stuck!
Author: beren_writes
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Johnny's medication runs out at entirely the wrong time when he happens to be trapped with Evan Lysacek of all people. He isn't sure things could get any worse. (Johnny is an incubus)
Link: http://beren-writes.livejournal.com/594263.html

Title: So Happy I Could Die
Author: louiex
Rating: R
Words: 3108
Summary: No, no. He doesn't see dead people. Though Galina would call him evil, Evan swears it's just an extra sense he has for knowing when people are going to take a tumble.
Link: http://louiex.livejournal.com/81884.html#cutid1

Title: Care and Feeding
Author: spidergloss
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Johnny Weir does aftercare for Evan Lysacek after doing lots of really fucked up things to him, and desperately wishes Evan came with an instruction manual.
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/spidergloss_fic/2019.html

Title: Waking the Living
Author: dearlordwhat/anonymous
Rating: R
Words: 14,000
Summary: Johnny got lost seven and a half years ago. Evan finds him. (Warning: Stephane has died pre-start of the fic)
Link: http://dearlordwhat.livejournal.com/421.html

Title: So Far So Good (Sequel to Waking the Living)
Author: dearlordwhat/anonymous
Rating: R
Words: 17,500
Summary: Johnny tries to rebuild his life and figure out this thing with Evan, and does not own Lady Gaga. Sequel to Waking the Living, so read that one first or this will make zero sense.
Link: http://dearlordwhat.livejournal.com/891.html

Title: I Like It Rough
Author: louiex
Rating: R/NC-17
Words: 3177
Summary: Turns out that the whole 'Pants-Gate '07' wasn't as innocent as it seemed.
Link: http://louiex.livejournal.com/80426.html#cutid1

Title: Paparazzi
Author: louiex
Rating: R/NC-17
Words: 2905
Summary: There's a very good reason why they can't look at each other during interviews.
Link: http://louiex.livejournal.com/79782.html#cutid1

Title: Too Far Around the Bend ***
Author: audiologic
Rating: NC-17
Words: 15,000
Summary: Evan and Johnny are a domestic, bitchy pair skating team. They want to kill each other and yet they're perfect together on the ice.
Link: http://audiologic.livejournal.com/83463.html

Title: Starstruck
Author: louiex
Rating: R/NC-17
Words: 3158
Summary: Evan Lysacek has just survived a red eye back to LA, only to find Viacheslav Romanov waiting for an interview.
Link: http://louiex.livejournal.com/77425.html#cutid1

Title: Speechless
Author: louiex
Rating: R/NC-17
Words: 4433
Summary: We've been meeting this way for a while/Always keeping our hearts in denial/But the rules of the game are as such/There are some things You never should rush/With the way that you're looking tonight/It was only a matter of time/Before I got so overwhelmed/And I just could not help myself
-Raul Malo
Link: http://louiex.livejournal.com/76035.html#cutid1

Title: Cohabitation ***
Author: tyrannicides
Rating: NC-17
Words: 2173
Summary: Evan and Johnny live together
Link: http://tyrannicides.livejournal.com/547.html#cutid1

Title: Along Your Rugged Shore
Author: estriel
Rating: NC-17
Words: 3255
Summary: "Let's just fuck."
Link: http://estriel.livejournal.com/539516.html

Title: The Most Important Thing ***
Author: baylop
Rating: NC-17
Words: 36,335
Summary: Frank Carroll is scheming, Evan is an android, and Johnny may or may not be falling in love.
Link: http://baylop.livejournal.com/5980.html

Title: Be One Traveler ***
Author: passe_simple
Rating: R
Summary: "If skaters were to spend time with their competitors, pushing competitive feelings aside, they would probably find that they actually have a lot in common. As much as they like to tell the media that they‘re complete opposites, underneath their exteriors Johnny and Evan are more alike than different." -- Jennifer Kirk, Why Skaters Aren't Friends (Evan travels to an AU; "Woke-up-in-another-universe fic.")
Link: http://passe-simple.livejournal.com/24653.html


Title: Untitled
Prompt:Evan is a snot to Johnny, and Johnny is a bitch to Evan. It works for them until Johnny catches Evan do some little nice thing he wasn't supposed to see (in my head he's tearing a PETA/Homophobe sign off his car or something) and shit suddenly gets complicated.
Massively confused love/hate/UST tomfoolery ensues.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/420.html?thread=204196#t204196 (Complete)

Title: Any Lawful Impediment ***
Prompt: (the gist of it:) Johnny and Evan accidentally drunkenly get married, Evan wakes up and freaks out about his sponsors dropping him for being irresponsible and impulsive, so he convinces Johnny to play along. Lots of bitch domesticity. Evan's been in love with Johnny all along, tho, and Johnny slowly falls in love with Evan etc etc
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/420.html?thread=992420#t992420 (WIP)

Title: Time Off to Reevaluate
Prompt: I want fic where, in a rare moment of self-awareness, Lysacek has an epiphany that he is unhappy with himself/life, so he runs off to go ~find~ himself. But basically the only people he knows are other competitive skaters, so he just jets around the world, crashing on various people's couches and annoying the fuck out of them. I envision a lot of lolzy panic attacks with him saying things like "I'm not sure I even like doing quads!"
I also have this image of him dropping in on Weir in NJ and saying "TEACH ME TO BE GENUINE!!!" in a vaguely anguished monotone. And then Johnny tries to get him to stop speaking in cliches constantly. Etc etc.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/420.html?thread=993700#t993700 (WIP)

Title: Not Gonna Say It (& Sequel, More Than Words)
Prompt: Johnny/Tanith, pegging. Bonus points if one of them tapes the whole thing and "accidentally" leaves the recording where Evan can find it.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/420.html?thread=916900#t916900 (Complete)

Title: Detente
Prompt: can we get some kind of bond fic where Evan and Johnny can't leave each other's presence? I'm thinking they have to be in the same room, so one sitting on the counter while the other showers/has a bubble bath, have to train on the same ice, drive each other crazy before starting to like it.
Fill: http://archiveofourown.org/works/68425/chapters/90271 (Complete)
(This is actually gen, but it's adorable and really well written and I loved it!)

Title: Untitled
Prompt: Oscar Party. Champagne. Escaping from really annoying celebrities.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/1161.html?thread=1271945#t1271945 (Complete)

Title: Untitled (Sequel to above)
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/1161.html?thread=1492873#t1492873 (Complete)

Title: Untitled
Prompt: Genderswap. Johnny Weir wakes up with ladyparts, and decides he's not going to miss the opportunity to see what sex is like for women, so he goes to seduce the first straight guy he thinks of - Evan Lysacek. Porn if possible, please!
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/1161.html?thread=1369481#t1369481 (WIP)

Title: The Outside Edge
Prompt: Frank has his champion, Johnny has his loss. Yes, I want a Frank trains Johnny *and* Evan fic. Suicide training, giving Johnny some new perspective. Driving Evan *crazy*. Whiny brat Johnny who finally gets his mind in the right place. Evan learning artistry from Johnny; Johnny learning how to land a quad on the nuts of his competition. DO IT PLEASE ♥
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/1161.html?thread=2389641#t2389641 (WIP)

Title: Overexposure ***
Prompt: Sex tape leaks. Everyone freaks. They have to go on a damage control press run. key: they still hate each other in the beginning, they are just fuck buddies but it gets all complicated*~ because all the reporters ask if they're in love and blah blah.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/1161.html?thread=1617801#t1617801 (WIP)

Title: Worlds 2011 ***
Prompt: People! We need more bodyswap fic! I want Johnny/Evan where they have to skate in each other's bodies and are fuming the entire time because it's so uncomfortable for them, and then Johnny uses the opportunity to say ridiculous things to the press as Evan and then they have hate!sex.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/1161.html?thread=1753993#t1753993

Title: Interventions and Lullabies
Prompt: This is kind of weird, but I want h/c fic about Evan and Mirai running away and escaping Carroll's clutches together. Like, one day Frank is yelling at Mirai for crying or something, and Evan snaps and is all NOO I CAN'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU TOO and bundles her into his Range Rover. (Okay, this requires Evan to have enough self-awareness to notice that he's emotionally fucked up and it's partially Frank's fault, but, whatever, ~suspension of disbelief~). So they go hide out somewhere and heal their emotional wounds and let themselves eat ice cream and everything. And possibly Michelle Kwan helps them out at some point, idk.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=2837345#t2837345 (WIP)

Title: Spaces For Dreams and Living ***
Prompt: Okay. I need a historical AU where Johnny is a member of Russian aristocracy and Evan is like, his sexy scullery boy or his stable manager or something of that sort.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=2846561#t2846561 (WIP)

Title: A Day in the Life ***
Prompt: So in some alternate timeline, Johnny and Evan have their exact same lives...except that they actually became friends and are now an item. (It can be a secret or open relationship, I don’t care.) And somehow, the Johnny from ~this~ timeline gets switched with the other Johnny. Both are aware of the switch, and they have to deal with it until it’s fixed.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=2881121#t2881121 (WIP)

Title: Chasing the Sun ***
Prompt: Parent!Trap AU. Because dude. If anyone's going to have kids who LOATH each other, and then become BFF, it's Swangoose offspring!
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=3556193#t3556193 (WIP)

Title: A Pure Flash of Lightning (Prequel to Chasing the Sun) ***
Prompt: J/E pre-offspring!
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=4196193#t4196193 (WIP)

Title: Good Health and Bad Memory ***
Prompt: We know Johnny and Evan have a strange sort of... not friendship/not enemies thing. I'd like to see one of them lose their memory (skating accident? something else? not too cracky though, please!), giving them another chance to start a friendship + relationship. Via magical bunnies and/or swangeese, if they get happy ending I would love you forever.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=3029857#t3029857 (WIP)

Title: At the Edges of His Shape ***
Prompt: The world finds out Johnny is actually a girl (I know we've seen him shirtless, but make it happen). Evan all "omfg he's a girl that explains so much" and dealing with the feelings. Porn not necessary, I just want a reaction!fic. :P
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=3092065#t3092065 (WIP)

Title: The Art of Spooning ***
Prompt: GIVE ME JOHNNY/EVAN NAPPING PORN, KINKMEME. I want those two to sleep together - and I do mean sleep. Give me spooning, give me yawns, give me bedhead and morning stubble. Naming no names, someone needs a goddamn nap, and I think he would sleep well with his orange face jammed into Johnny's neck. Bonus points if they're not actually dating or fucking when they start sleeping together.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=4009569#t4009569 (WIP)

Title: Someone On Your Side
Summary: I desperately need mystery-novel!fic starring Johnny Weir. He's framed for murder and has to clear his name! Evan ends up helping him and they form a reluctant partnership! There's hunting for clues and cop-evading and conspiracy-unraveling. GET TO IT, KINK MEME.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=3937633#t3937633 (WIP)

Title: The (After)Life of the Party ***
Prompt: Weir/Lysacek - Shortly after the Olympics, Johnny dies.* However, Heaven eventually gets fed up with his antics and/or moping, and decides to send him on a mission as a guardian angel to keep him busy, and maybe resolve his issues. Of course, Heaven has a sense of humor that Johnny can't appreciate. He's none too early, though, as Evan is doing pretty much everything short of killing himself to revive his sinking career. Johnny doesn't want anything to do with Evan, and Evan resents Johnny for taking away the shine of his one Olympic medal but, well, there they are. (Bonus points if Johnny's death was a suspected suicide, and the fickle media decided that never would have happened if only the USFSA hadn't favored Evan so much, thereby giving Evan the hit that sent his career on a downward spiral, and maybe also a vague feeling of guilt to go with the resentfulness...)
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/3425.html?thread=3749729#t3749729 (WIP)

Title: Johnny and Evan Plus Seven ***
Prompt: Monotone!Husband (Evan) and Diva!Wife (Johnny). Bonus:
-The kids have really unique names that make ~sense for who their parents are (bro!names vs beautiful names), and some of them have Evan traits, some of them have Johnny traits
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/4328.html?thread=5392872#t5392872 (WIP)
(NOT MPREG; Adoption!fic)

Title: Therapeutic Methods ***
Prompt: The USFSA is getting sick of Johnny and Evan's constant bitching in the media making the sport look bad, so they decide to stage an intervention. In order for Evan and Johnny to be allowed to compete next season, they have to enter couples' therapy. Can be lolzy or srs bsns or both, idc, I just want Evan/Johnny and couples' therapy.
Fill: http://wintergameskink.livejournal.com/4328.html?thread=5179112#t5179112 (WIP)

H/D recs

Because I was asked. (*** = favorite)

Gone Down The Angel On A Lonely Night - femmequixotic
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Eight years after the end of the war, Harry stumbles upon Draco in an unexpected place: Islington.
Warnings: post-war
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/hd_holidays/5710.html

Don't Look Back in Anger - charlottesometimes
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Everyone knew from the start that Harry Potter needed therapy. No one expected that Draco Malfoy would be the one to give it.
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=14250

***"Bywyd ar Mawrth (Life on Mars)" - NQ Donne
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Harry/Draco. When former Death Eater informants start turning up dead, Auror Harry Potter must take star Daily Prophet reporter (and owner) Draco Malfoy into protective custody.
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=15926

***Big Dick, Come Quick - Calanthe
Rating: So NC-17 it's ridiculous.
Summary: Draco's got a theory. About sex. And after much searching for the right candidate, it appears that only Harry Potter, his life long enemy, can help him test it out.
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=11954

In the Flesh - carylic
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Everybody gets tired of simply watching. Eventually they'll want more. (prostitute!Draco fic)
Link: http://carylic.livejournal.com/3390.html

The Astronaut Phase - pushdragon
Rating: R/NC-17
Summary: It's a little bit of Harry/Draco whimsy inspired by her comment that rather than casting Ginny as a villain, she prefers to see her "doing something amazing and feminist and far, far away".
Link: http://pushdragon.livejournal.com/55113.html

*** A Thousand Beautiful Things - Duinn Fionn
Rating: R
Summary: Draco Malfoy struggles with changed fortunes, shifted alliances, an ugly war, and an unusual spell, with the help of a concerned professor, an insightful house-elf, and an unexpected Gryffindor friend.
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=2226

*** Touch and Go - Arsenic
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Remus gets captured. Severus brews up new potions. Draco defects. It all comes together somehow. (Also RL/SS)
Link: http://www.mediageek.ca/arsenicjade/writing/touchgo.html

Reprieve - furiosity
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Seven years after the war, Harry heads up the Auror Office's Internal Investigation Division. One Tuesday morning, he runs into ex-Azkaban convict Draco Malfoy and after that everything turns upside down.
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=11223

*** All His Saints - Setissma
Rating: NC-17
Summary: It was eleven o'clock when Harry heard the knock on the door. He very nearly didn't answer.
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=6771

Whiskers and Wags - reversathon
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Harry can heal animals and save lives, but can a face from the past get him remember to live his own?
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/reversathon/80713.html

*** Bite Me, Hate Memes - pir8fancier
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Draco Malfoy becomes incensed when hate memes start flooding the Ministry of Magic and dare to try to usurp his undisputed position as the best Potter hater on the face of this planet.
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=14373

Seven Days in June - fourth_rose
Rating: NC-17
Summary: The war is over. The dust has settled; the survivors are moving on. The hero is finally allowed to go on leave.
Link: http://fourth-rose.livejournal.com/60069.html

*** Oscillate Wildly - Marks
Rating: NC-17
Summary: After a particularly gruelling Occlumency session, Harry practically comes apart at the seams and finds himself living partway between two lives. One is his life at Hogwarts. In the other, he's been in a mental institution for the better part of six years. What happens when Harry realises his whole life may be one elaborate fantasy?
Link: http://www.aparecium.com/fics/oscillatewildly.html

Love Always, Draco - Newshound
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Even though it’s been four years since Harry and Draco parted ways, when Harry’s career takes a nosedive, he turns to his past for help. Harry and Draco join forces on a project both hope will reinvigorate their lives, and a journey into the secret world of Quidditch, becomes the path to renewed love.
Link: http://www.thehexfiles.net/viewstory.php?sid=7385

*** What Separates Us - Amy
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Harry does something phenomnally stupid in Potions class, and the consquences are farther-reaching than anyone suspects.
Link: http://www.pornbunnyfarm.com/pages/wsuindex.html

*** Left My Heart - Emma Grant
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Post-Hogwarts. Auror Draco Malfoy has disappeared, and Harry Potter has been sent to find him.
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=4093

*** A Mile in His Shoes - Sansa
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Harry and Draco meet ten years after leaving Hogwarts. Harry has defeated Voldemort and is living his life quietly. His world is turned upside down when he meets Draco at a local shop. Draco is quite the flirt. Intense and passionate requested.
Link: http://thetwobroomsticks.slashcity.net/sansa/AMileinHisShoes.html

Starts With a Spin - Maxine
Rating: NC-17
Summary: It started with the spin of a bottle, and now Harry and Draco have gotten themselves so far into their own game there's almost no way out again. Except to keep playing.
Link: http://www.archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=5601

*** Momenti Diversi - zarah5
Rating: R/NC-17
Summary: In which you'll find the Italian sun, some sexual tension, a reluctant Harry and a persuasive Draco. (Post-Hogwarts, aftermath of war.)
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/16433?view_adult=true

Disturbing the Peace - MoonflowerRose
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Draco wakes with a hangover, no memory of the previous night, and a rather sore orifice
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=11573

*** Transfigurations - trickster
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Five years after Voldemort's defeat, Harry returns to England to help re-open Hogwarts.
Link: http://trickster.org/res/transfig.html

Two Playboys on the Pitch - Professor McKitten
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Harry is a famous Quidditch player. Draco's the Healer for a Quidditch team. What happens when they meet again after two years apart?
Link: http://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=13113&font=&size=

Ok that's enough for now. I'll dig through more of my bookmarked stuff later.


Today was a massive fail.

Got up in the actual morning. 9 am. What is this. DNW. Picked up like 598904 people with 20 lb instruments. Poor car. Drove to fucking Surrey, also DNW. Freaked out the whole way there that we were going to be late.

Turns out we weren't on until 12:30 anyways. Futzed around and were thankful to be out of high school. Realized 10 mins before going on stage our piano player was MIA. Called him, he was still in North Van, had forgotten. And all our music was Monk tunes. Monk with no pianist. FAIL.

Started without him. Concert was fulllll of lulz, I think we blew some minds. Pianist showed up second to last song, spent $80 on a cab there.

Then we wanted to go see Avatar on Imax in Langley but wanted food first so ended up doing an hour's worth of slapstick comedic trying to follow Cam's car around Surrey to find somewhere to eat. Ate, went to the theater. Fucking sold out FMMMMLLLLL. Then we all decided fuck it and went allllll the way home.

Arghhhhh. Planning fail.


Life is really scary and I have no idea what the hell I am doing. I wish there was some magic person to tell me exactly what to do. Choosing what you're going to do with the rest of your life is really scary when everything you love to do is going to end up putting you in the poorhouse it seems. How does anyone make a living in the arts anymore?

Just thinking about all this makes me so stressed I want to burst into tears. What am I doing!? Should I just forget it and go do something useful and job-guaranteed that I will be unsatisfied with for my whole life, or do I take the chance to be happy and risk losing... well, everything I haven't even had yet?
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    I See You - Leona Lewis

I Hate My Life So Much.

I never want to see Finale ever again. I can't believe I'm actually taking composition lessons next semester. What is wrong with me.

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    The joyous sounds of Finale's midi playback.
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Charlie Haden

So legendary bassist Charlie Haden held a clinic this afternoon at Cap for about 2 hours. Myself along with everyone else was super stoked. Most of the faculty was present for it as well as many graduates. I will precursor this entry by saying that there was MANY good things said, some great questions, and some great anecdotes from Charlie. Some very amusing moments of him picking apart Andre LaChance's bass what he was using with a rather disparagingly keen eye. To each their own of course.

Unfortunately, I think what happened at the end of that clinic overshadows the actual clinic. It was all anyone was talking about afterwards, much more so than the meager conversation about the topics he went over.

Quick rundown of what happened, someone requested that he play another tune at the end of the clinic. He asked who wanted to come up and naturally, the room was silent. Pretty intimidating. Then of course people called on Brad and he agreed to go up and play duo with Charlie on piano. Body and Soul was chosen. It starts off well, everything sounds great. Charlie then goes to solo and stops Brad completely and tells him to just play chords. Jaws drop throughout the audience. Brad acquiesces. They carry on momentarily until Charlie looks up at the ceiling and frowns, then stops Brad once again and requests that he just play close voiced block chords in the mid-range with no accoutrements. Jaws are beginning to look slightly dislocated. Brad again nods and they continue on. They head into the bridge and Charlie stops him AGAIN within the first 3 bars and tells Brad he's rushing! At this point it's like a car crash and I know I felt like burying my face in my hands and peeking through my fingers. Brad just says 'ok' and they take the bridge again and finish the tune.

Then when it's over, Charlie says the usual, 'sounds good' to Brad as is customary, and then asks him 'What's your name again?' Brad calmly replies, 'Brad' and walks back to his seat and the clinic ends.

The main thing that seemed to be being said in the halls afterwards was that Charlie was incredibly hypocritical. He had spent a good portion of time just previous to that episode speaking on the importance of listening to who your playing with and interacting with each other.

We all know Charlie is a legend and yeah, he's an old guy; he's got his own way that he likes things played. Fair enough. I still don't think it was appropriate for him to stop even the first time. What ever happened to adapting? I suppose when you're that age and you have the rather illustrious career Haden has had, adapting to others sometimes goes out the window and it becomes all about what YOU want. It's a shame if you ask me, and something that is rather common with some of the older legends in the business.

First off, nobody plays piano like that. Nobody! Nobody sits there and plays closed block 1/2 note chords behind a bass solo with absolutely NOTHING else. From what I could understand from what he said afterwards, he likes that because he needs to hear the chords before he actually plays over them. It's well known that Haden has hearing problems, but if he wants to be THAT specific with what he wants played behind him, (after all, it's not as if Brad was departing off into flourishing rhapsodies up the keyboard) it should have been mentioned beforehand instead of embarrassing Brad like that by requesting he play something that is unusual as if he should know better.

Second, the comment about Brad's time was ridiculous, plain and simple. He certainly was not pushing. Moreso, I don't think anyone in that room could have said with any certainty exactly where 1 was! Charlie's time is all over the place. It's extremely inflexible, on a CLINIC gig, playing with someone you have never played with before and Charlie in the position he was in, to be so unwilling to collaborate and share the music. Take into account Brad didn't volunteer himself to go up and more balls than anyone in that room to go up there and put himself on the chopping block. Respect was definitely due, in my opinion.

All these technical aspects aside, it was just inappropriate to stop Brad not once, not twice, but three times in that setting in front of the student body, fellow faculty members, and graduates. Just a dickhead thing to do, to be entirely honest. The fact that Brad wasn't even doing anything 'wrong' just amplifies the disbelief I think everyone was feeling.

The thing is, to the amateur, untrained ear, it would probably be surmised that Brad was playing poorly. We were all trained musicians in that room however, and it was clear to anyone what was or was not happening. So while it certainly must have been embarrassing for Brad, to the audience, Charlie just made himself look like an ass.

I don't think I've ever felt as much respect or been more impressed with Brad than this afternoon. The man is fucking classy as hell. His ego is to the point of being non-existant and he is incredibly humble and modest. If he was upset in the slightest he gave no sign of it while he was up there, only followed Charlie's orders without question. And the way Charlie afterwards asked him, 'What's your name again?'... well surely most professionals of Brad's caliber would feel somewhat defensive and reply with their full name and a slight air of brevity. We were all pretty proud of the way Brad handled it.

So it's really rather unfortunate that an altogether good clinic by someone who is a jazz legend had to be overshadowed with that debacle. Surely nobody learned anything from what was being played besides that Charlie is a picky guy and what not to play behind him should one ever find themselves in that position. Chances? Unlikely.