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|Thursday, December 24th, 2009|
To all out there in LJ-land, have a wonderful holiday and I hope the New Year brings many good things for you all.
As for me, I have Carols From Kings
and a glass of sherry. All is good.
I hope all my Midwestern friends aren't too
troubled by the Snow Mountain that has apparently been dumped on them.
Now to enjoy a full five days before I have to go back to work! Current Mood: festive
|Wednesday, May 6th, 2009|
And all because I want an HP drabble ;). Still, I don't think I have
ten readers, so it's not so bad. The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request a drabble of any pairing/character (from one of my usual fandoms). Original fic is also allowed--you can toss names, photos, descriptions of personalities at me--with the provision that none of the characters be from any works in progress. In return, those ten people have to post this in their journals, regardless of their ability level.
Like lareinenoire —
this can actually come from a work in progress, novel or AU, of which there seem to be rather too many.
"If x, then y. If y, then...q? Oh, hell!" rather applies to those. Current Mood: Down
|Friday, April 10th, 2009|
|Jumping on the Bandwagon
|You Are a Snow Leopard|
|You have learned that you must rely on yourself, and yourself alone, to live a happy life.|
You are understand the world better than most people you know. You are very perceptive and intuitive.
You need lots of space to think. If you don't get the space you need, you're likely to bite someone's head off.
Because you are so thoughtful and solitary, people find you to be intense and mysterious. You're even seen as intimidating.
And yes, I should not be watching this episode, because...just...Fred! "I walk with heroes."
Although Spike makes me giggle.
"There's a hole in the world. Feels like we ought to have known."
Damn, I'm going to get salt on my glasses and I only just cleaned them. Current Mood: sad
Current Mood: sore
|You Are Spaghetti with Pesto|
|Compared to most people, you have complex tastes. You're a bit of a walking contradiction.|
You like a little bit of everything, even if the things you like don't go together.
You aren't picky at all. You can find something to like about almost anything.
You don't judge on appearances alone. You like to experience something before you judge it.
|Friday, March 20th, 2009|
|Because I am a geek at heart
Science plus trippy theme music = win!
Things are looking up in some ways as I have holiday for a week or so and skating to look forward to. Current Mood: chipper
|Sunday, January 18th, 2009|
So I lack decisiveness. I have twelve books equidistant from each other, although The Cellist of Sarajevo
has disqualified itself by virtue of a blank page.
So here are my eclectic reading habits:
1. Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSESTThe Love That Dared Not Speak Its Name - H. Montgomery Hyde
: There is something vaguely unsatisfactory about the whole Castlehaven affair.Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand
: Le marquis assis sur les côtés, dans des poses insolentes.The Court of the Air - Stephen Hunt
: If the Beadle caught whichever boy or girl it was that had sloped off night duty, they would be for it and no mistake.The Deceivers - Thaddeus Holt
: So the forces for the operation were notionally concentrated in the Clyde on the west coast instead.The Thousandfold Thought - R. Scott Bakker
: Where once they had been bickering kings, the Lords of the Holy War, they were now little more than counsellors, and they knew it.The Edwardians - Vita Sackville-West
: I showed it to Frank, and 'Frank, I said, 'when you're sixty and need a nice piece of wood, you'll find it here, and don't you forget your father put it there for you.'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House - Kate Summerscale
: From his brief appearances in memoirs, newspapers and journals, Jack Whicher emerges as kind, laconic, alert to the comedy in his work.War and Peace: The Original Version - Leo Tolstoy
: "They barely managed to rescue the unfortunate man," the guest continued.The Balkans (1804-1999): Nationalism, War and the Great Powers - Misha Glenny
: Liberal nationalism had apparently suffered a catastrophic defeat.Kushiel's Scion - Jacqueline Carey
: It had to do with the vows he swore as a Cassiline Brother.Mud, Blood and Poppycock - Gordon Corrigan
: The casual observer would be forgiven for failing to notice that between the census of 1911 and that of 1921 the greatest bloodletting in British military history took place.
Yes, I know - I broke the rules. Whatcha gonna do? Current Mood: Bad to the bone
|Wednesday, December 31st, 2008|
|Once more into the meme
So I haiku'd.
Remarkably enough, it actually dovetails quite neatly with the last meme I did.
So I just had to post.
Aside from that, I wish everyone a happy New Year and a hope that it brings them good things.
::glances at the music:: Oh, lareinenoire —
, the rooftop is waltzing. ::grins:: Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, December 25th, 2008|
|Oh, Stephenie Meyer, No!
So I just finished reading the epic spork of Twilight
and associated novels by hernewshoes —
. Incidentally, she's a really good writer.
I am seriously displeased because SMeyer (who shall hence be known as S&M) got her greasy mitts all over my Will, Austen and Brontës. Plus she claims her characters speak to her. That's my
Ok, so mostly they complain, call me evil--
I'm not that--
Freudian Poster Child merely points at the Evil Subtext of Doom.
::rolls eyes:: You do one little thing and suddenly you're Evil Incarnate.
FPC Looks at her while Little Miss Wisdom throws mirrorshards
--and do that.
It's just that the chapter I should be writing isn't all rainbow sparkles.
::Is anything you write?::
Really, we have a very healthy relationship. Current Mood: drunk
|Monday, December 1st, 2008|
|A Poetical Bandwagon
Put your music player on shuffle, and write down the first line of the first twenty songs. Post the poem that results. The first line of the twenty-first song is the title.
Love makes me treat you the way that I do
I could lap up all the champagne in Paris!
Why do you build me up,
Ask me how do I feel.
What good is sitting alone in your room?
I've danced with love.
How many special people change?
I once believed in fairytales.
In tonight's timeless show a trance runs deep:
Rows and floes of angel hair
When that I was and a tiny little boy.
If we could see tomorrow
You've got me, girl, on the run,
Hanging by threads of palest silver.
Once I was the King of Spain -
Pride can stand a thousand trials.
I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.
Fill these spaces up with days
How could this happen?
When I am laid in earth
My gift is my song. ( The key lies beneathCollapse )
Not including instrumental or the Italian tracks I cannot translate. Current Mood: sore
|Thursday, November 27th, 2008|
::raises an invisible glass to all her American friends::
Hope you had a wonderful evening of nom. Current Mood: Should be in bed
|Friday, November 21st, 2008|
|I can has laptop!
Yes, lareinenoire —
is selling me her old one so I can be sitting here on the sofa watching figure skating at the same time.
Now, hopefully, this will mean more writing. Especially Dr Who fanfic, because that is fun. Current Mood: bouncy
|Tuesday, November 11th, 2008|
We just had a two minutes silence in memory of the dead of all the wars in which our soldiers fight.
My thoughts go out to all those currently risking their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most especially, their families.
About war in general I have to agree with the noted poet S Baldrick that "war's a horrid thing". I remain conflicted as to the rightness of war as a path. For instance, Afghanistan I can justify, but Iraq I really can't.
Perhaps someday I shall have an answer, or maybe it's more important to have that question in my mind. Whichever it is, I'll still remember the fallen of all sides and the people whose lives they touched.
Again, I turn to a poet for my last words:
"They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them" Current Mood: contemplative
|Saturday, November 8th, 2008|
|Life - who'd have it?
Been horribly sinusy and Redfern's birthday was the 2nd, so I took time off for that. As a result, I have until this afternoon been very behind on LJ.
I did see the election and want to give my belated felicitations to all my friends and especially naufiel —
for the work she put in to make it happen.
I'm so happy you guys got the President Elect you wanted!
Now I think I shall hibernate some more and look forward to pretty dancing and skating when I get home. Current Mood: exhausted
|Tuesday, October 28th, 2008|
|Irony or stupidity?
I saw a sign on a trailer for a program that said: Who would Jesus bomb?
Now, I'm an atheist and even I
know the answer to that is nobody.
I'm hoping irony, but I'm not holding my breath. Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, October 16th, 2008|
|Speak softly and carry a big stick
So this is a little behind the times, I admit.
I've not been well and only recently watched the 2nd debate. It did give me a laugh in the answer my title is referencing.
Mcain spent almost the entirety of it lambasting Obama for saying he would go into Pakistan if the Pakistani armed forces were unable or unwilling to go after bin Laden. And then he said that he, Mcain, would use force in Pakistan to go after bin Laden.
That's right. The exact same thing. Redfern and I laughed a lot.
Can anyone tell me what "preconditions" are btw? How do they differ from ordinary conditions?
While I'm on the subject of conditions, could Mcain please tell me what the conditions are which constitute victory in Iraq and why it's so damaging to give an estimate on how long it's likely to take to achieve them?
I have a theory about Iraq and Osama bin Laden, btw.
1) He is not a stupid man
2) He has access to the same media we all do
3) He knows, therefore, how much Iraq is costing the US and how much they cannot afford it
4) It's a really easy place to kill Americans without earning the censure of most people in the Middle East
5) If the US stays in Iraq indefinitely, it ends up bankrupting itself and destroying its ability to stand on the world stage. Which is what he wants
And this is why I suspect bin Laden wants America in Iraq for the foreseeable future.
Just my two pennies worth. Current Mood: pensive
|Friday, September 19th, 2008|
OK, I'm going to be unprecedentedly brave and do this meme.
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.
I don't know whether cropping counts, but that was the only editing. Also, I didn't take the picture - my partner did. Is that cheating?
See, my hair no longer goes past my hips. It feels very much lighter. Current Mood: anxious
So I'm currently reading Forgotten Voices of the Great War
(transcribed extracts of taped interviews with people who fought and were part of the civilian effort in the First World War - British, German, Australian, Canadian and American) as part of my research for a couple of planned novels inc the one starring the Freudian Poster Child and I came across this memory of Lieutenant--rank held at the time--Graham Greening of the 4th Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry:
He went to have a drink with the Second Coldstreams who were having a cricket match behind the lines. While he was there, "up came a young chap on a bicycle who looked about fourteen. This was the Prince of Wales. The poor chap was always trying to sneak up to the front line but was never allowed to. He had been taken onto the staff at General Headquarters, where he made great friends with some of those flying blokes, particularly a chap called Barker who got a VC later later. He got into terrible trouble for taking the Prince up on several occasions over the enemy lines and was nearly court-martialled for that. The Prince, to do him justice, wanted to get in on the act and serve as a regimental officer in the Grenadiers. He went and bearded Kitchener - who everyone was terrified of - at the beginning of the war and said, 'What does it matter if I do get killed? I've got four brothers.' And Kitchener said, 'I'm not in the slightest worried about you being killed, Sir; what we can't afford is to have you taken prisoner.' All that was part of the thing that irked the Prince of Wales."
Interesting, n'est-ce pas? Current Mood: relaxed
|Monday, June 30th, 2008|
"It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties — the freedom of association — which makes the defense of the Nation worthwhile."
---- US Supreme Court, 1967
Can I memo this to still President Bush and the current Supreme Court?
This is how a Constitution should be upheld...by actually reading it. Current Mood: sleepy
|Saturday, June 28th, 2008|
|Fangirl Mode On!
::Rosamund's higher brainfunctions have ceased operation. Please call later::
Note: Torchwood. BBC 1. One story. Five episodes. Consecutive nights. I have to wait for this. They torture me. Current Mood: crazy
|Friday, June 27th, 2008|
|So I should qualify...
that I do actually like Coldplay, but I heard them on The Daily Show
last night (Wednesday's edition for those in the Land of the Pancake-Wrapped Sausage on a Stick--yes, that one's stuck with me) and it occurred to me that the style sounded vaguely familiar.
Then it came to me: it was the evil lovechild of John Lennon and Radiohead.
My question is, am I losing my mind or can anyone else see that? Current Mood: curious