elaby: (Anthy - Adieu)
I just did an LJ-watch-list purge, almost exclusively of communities the purpose for which I could no longer remember, but if I de-friended anybody in my mad clicking or or left any communities that any of you all mod and you went "???" upon receiving notification thus, just refresh my memory and I'll probably re-join :)

Trying to give the dying flame of my creativity some oxygen by leaving communities whose posts I skim past, limiting myself to a set time on the internet, and setting daily creativity goals. [livejournal.com profile] caitirin created a tarot spread for me and we did a reading, and it was immensely helpful. She's a wonder :)
elaby: (Link and Midna - Trust)
I've reached the end of my f'list (filtered to personal journals and one or two important communities *coughHolmesficcough*) but all I've done is read above-the-cut posts and open cut posts and posts to be commented upon in new tabs. I think that after 13 hours in travel and... oh, I don't know how long I've been awake - since 3:45 this morning - my brain and eyeballs will die a horrible death if I try to do anything that requires the firing of synapses. So I'm going to save all those opened tabs for tomorrow after work and watch one of the old Sherlock Holmes movies [livejournal.com profile] caitirin got me for Christmas. Possibly the 1931 version of The Speckled Band, which I'm hoping includes eyeliner.

If there's any posts you'd like to draw my attention to, please link them here in case I miss them :) *loves her f'list*

We came out of the airport in New Hampshire with the air wet and 55 degrees, and the sky indigo and vibrant pink, and there were birds doing that wheeling shoal-of-fish thing they do outside my window at work. Tadaima.
elaby: (Twelfth Night - Olivia)
Those of you who are extremely observant (or who've gone to my actual LJ page instead of reading me on your f'list) may have noticed that I changed my journal title. It's now "57 Academics". I didn't spell it out fifty-seven because then the whole thing wouldn't fit in a Firefox tab.

The quote comes from Doctor Who, and it's one that [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ pointed out to me in particular because she thought I'd like it :3 Here, I reproduce it for you.

From the episode The Shakespeare Code, in which (surprise!) the Doctor and Martha end up in Elizabethan London and run around vanquishing witches with Shakespeare. Shakespeare's quite the hot ticket, as if we didn't all know that! He hit on Martha for a good portion of the episode. Also, this XD

The Doctor: Come on! We can have a good flirt later!
Shakespeare: *leer* Is that a promise, Doctor?
The Doctor: Fifty-seven academics just punched the air.

Ha HA! Vindication.
elaby: (TougaxSaionji - amite)
First, the only thing I'll say about the LJ strike: I don't care whether you str... stroke? Striked? Stroked? Ah! Participated in the strike or not, the only thing that bothers me is when people post condemning other people as stupid or bad for whatever they chose to do. I'm equally frustrated by someone who would post "All you people striking are so stupid and what you're doing is totally pointless!" as by someone who would post "Anyone who doesn't strike is a sell-out bigoted pansy!" I'm not talking about anyone who rationally expressed an opinion on the matter, either, because I read posts that did that and I completely respect them. Anyway.

[livejournal.com profile] caitirin, [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_, and her sister and I went down to Boston today, and it was wicked tons of fun! I had yasai katsu curry at Wagamama for lunch (SO good!) and picked up some nice stuff at LUSH. I also got a new manga at the anime store - Garden Dreams by Fumi Yoshinaga. She also wrote Antique Bakery - which I need the last volume of - and that was good. Not incredible, but at the top of the range as far as BL manga goes. Garden Dreams was a VERY different sort of BL manga, and I really, really liked it.

It's about a baron living in the "west" (these are the only distinctions they make) and two bards from the "east" who travel to the west after a large war. It looked generally around the 14-1500's from the clothing. The only kissing in the story is het, and backstory, and utterly tame, and obviously doomed to tragedy from the beginning. The story focuses on friendship between the baron and the younger bard, and between the younger bard and the older bard. It's also a story about how different people deal with loss.

The end is... well, it's very happy, but it's also really weird - not at all unsatisfying, but odd. Fumi Yoshinaga's art style is simple but beautiful, and it's really growing on me. I'm very glad I bought this one, and that doesn't happen that often with randomly bought boy's love manga ^_^
elaby: (Link - shock and confusion)
So [livejournal.com profile] queen_lily_rose mentioned Fell Ponies in one of her posts, and I had never heard of them before. They're mountain and moorland ponies and in the pictures I've seen, have lovely wild long manes and ankle fur (I'm sure there's a term for ankle fur...)

But the first thing I thought when I read the name was this definition of "fell":

adjective
1. fierce; cruel; dreadful; savage.
2. destructive; deadly: fell poison; fell disease.

And I was like O.O Thinking "Is that like... yell hounds? Like a dire pony or something?"

XD Obviously, they mean this definition:

–noun Scot. and North England.
an upland pasture, moor, or thicket; a highland plateau.

And I was just running around looking at random journals on LJ, and I came across some that made me think... what experiences (or personalities) would lead someone to fill their userinfo with defensive warnings about how while they couldn't care less about what someone thinks of them, people better not just read their journal to assume X, Y, and Z and to mock/harass them about it? About how they know everything about A, B, and C and people who don't understand it should just screw off? And then follow this up with tons of credentials, about things they've done and famous people they know and awards and accomplishments, etc.

It would suck to have to assume that everyone who happened upon your journal would view it with belligerence.
elaby: (Utena - sun)
I've been having one of those friends-locking dilemmas that I'm told people go through. Sometimes I feel like I should lock EVERYTHING, lest someone I don't know on LJ see it and take offense or something - though I don't really think anything I say would offend anyone - and sometimes I feel like I shouldn't lock as much as I do, in case someone I don't know is interested and wants to read my journal.

So, I have a question - if you friends-lock something, does that mean only people YOU have friended can read the post, or anyone who has friended YOU can read it?

On that note, today's dilemma was one of the former variety, and I've gone back and locked various school-related posts that do not fall under the "extremely vague and most likely upbeat" category. I plan to f'lock anything that pertains to school in detail (or is just me bitching about whatever), so if you're inclined to read that, this is a reminder to log in. If you're not inclined, and I don't blame you - move along, nothing to see :)

I'm going to do work now. Really.

LJ tagging

Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:54 pm
elaby: (Spock - *headdesk*)
[livejournal.com profile] hak_42 kindly brought it to my attention, through asking about some of my HP fanart, that I apparently am teh suck at LJ tagging. Because I can't find ONE PIECE of HP fanart through using my tags. And I know I've posted some. WTF. I also have been thwarted many times in the past looking for things and not finding them because I apparently haven't tagged them. In the move over from DeadJournal, which was a thousand times less complicated than [livejournal.com profile] caitirin's move, I managed to organize things very badly, I think.

So I've been going through my posts and tagging them better. Most of them are all right, but sometimes I miss stuff. I've also created some new tags - one for "words," and one for "utena" that's separate from my "anime" tag, which I usually file Utena stuff under.

Also, reading some of my posts about Brit Lit class when I was a sophomore = MORTIFYING.

Sophomore Year [livejournal.com profile] elaby: *rants about how stupid Gawain is and totally misinterprets everything* *goes on to talk about how Poe is so much more talented than Shelley*

MA [livejournal.com profile] elaby: *pulls shirt up over head in embarassment*

Yeezus, how could I have said that the alliteration in Gawain was ANNOYING? It's hysterical! And after reading Malory for four weeks, OMFG give me alliteration ANY DAY. I also didn't even APPROACH understanding of Gawain's character or the narrator's attitude toward purity and being a normal human. *hides under desk*

And while Shelley may drive me BANANAS sometimes, and while I might like Poe's lyrical style better and enjoy reading his poetry more, there is no denying that Shelley kicks Poe's ass in terms of being a... a... a wordsmith, I guess. Poe's stuff is beautiful and musical, and I can read it without my head threatening to explode, but it doesn't approach the level of care and attention that Shelley's does. You could probably write twenty pages on how Shelley's use of grammar mirrors his subject matter and never even have to break out the BS. His stuff is masterfully constructed in every aspect, not just in how it sounds.

That doesn't mean I have to like his poetry. But not to respect it would be just dumb.

Er, I think I got a little off track... what I was I talking about? Oh, yes, tags. I got up to 2004 and stopped there for now.

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