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19 July 2014 @ 08:25 pm
Found via angry asian man: oh wow, this song. ♥ Priscilla Ahn - Fine on the OutsideCollapse )

It's a perfect Studio Ghibli movie theme song, too (new Ghibli!! *___*).

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glass_icarus
21 June 2014 @ 11:13 am
:D  
Ugh, I keep messing up my sleep schedule. /o\ While I'm waiting for my tea to kick in, have some happy things:

+ My gembond babies hatched today! I'm giving them away, so if you want one just let me know. :)

+ In other FR news, I got yet another new dragon. My penchant for name-association grabs is maybe getting slightly worrisome, but I am so pleased with the dragons/colors in my lair right now! *___* Can't wait to experiment some more.

+ Mini-booklog (I'm just coming off a dry spell, oddly enough!):
- In progress: Someone Knows My Name, Lawrence Hill
- The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (reread)
- The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (reread)

I so love the way MWT writes politics/intrigue in this series. Anyone have similar recs to offer?

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glass_icarus
03 June 2014 @ 06:00 pm
Still recovering from the weekend; I was trying to recover some productivity before I caved to Flight Rising today. ^^; I foresee a lot of genetic crossbreeding experiments in my future procrastination time.

(Shiny dragons are shiny!)

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27 May 2014 @ 05:27 pm
Okay, this is officially the most beautiful advertising/pants-stretch-test I have EVER SEEN: Korea National Ballet- Levi's commercialCollapse )

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24 May 2014 @ 06:36 pm
Post-performance tab-closing!

1. To whomever decided it was a good idea to sell a $245 pair of chopsticks: are you NUTS?! I don't think my parents' entire chopstick collection tallies up to $245, and that's between the everyday ones, the nicer ones, the non-heat-warped ones we use for guests, the fancypants souvenir ones from Japan, and the unused packages that are probably still in a drawer somewhere. If chopstick-users around the world laughed you off the face of the earth this minute, it wouldn't be a moment too soon.

2. Free access articles on mobile technology in health/behavioral sciences, anyone? I haven't actually read any of them yet, but this one looks like it could be interesting: Gamification for Behavior Change: Lessons from Developing a Social, Multiuser, Web-Tablet Based Prevention Game for Youths.

3. NOW HIRING FOR PANDA NANNIES?! That is a job description I could totally get behind! Too bad I don't actually live in China.

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glass_icarus
21 May 2014 @ 05:51 pm
Happy things:

♣ Successfully fought off a minor job-hunt meltdown today! (I am considering starting a Me vs. Imposter Syndrome tally just so I can say TAKE THAT every time I kick its butt. >.>)

♣ Recent booklog! Obviously influenced by you guys. *g*
+ Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran, Fatemeh Keshavarz: Finally hunted this down! [personal profile] dhobikikutti recced it to me a couple years back, I think, and it is indeed fabulous and smart (and has a very nice section that breaks down "New Orientalism").
+ Coming Out Under Fire, Allan Bérubé: Also found this on [personal profile] thingswithwings's rec, which was quite interesting and informative.
+ Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie: Grabbed this on [personal profile] qian's mention; STILL SQUEAKING INCOHERENTLY. MULTIPLE IDENTITY(?) FORMERLY-A-SHIP PROTAG! Everything I did not know I wanted! ♥ ♥ ♥ *_____*
+ Maid Marian, Elsa Watson: Read in hopes that it would be better than Stephen Lawhead's Hood, because I was disappoint. Which it was, but I'm still looking for awesome Maid Marians!
+ These Old Shades, Georgette Heyer: Continuing my Heyer read-through (sparked by [personal profile] kate_nepveu's poll); this one was enjoyable, but not spectacularly so. I liked the cross-dressing, though!
+ One Piece v.2-4: As is frequently true, this one is [personal profile] inkstone's fault, though the sheer number of volumes is keeping me from blasting through ALL OF IT. Unlike Kuroko, which I inhaled at a truly ridiculous rate (and should really catch up on, sigh).

♣ I've uploaded In-Grid's Rendez-Vous album for [personal profile] littlebutfierce, but if anyone else happens to be interested, it is here. Some of it is quite tango-influenced, as you can see, but this remains my favorite song.

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15 May 2014 @ 11:01 am
♣ Check out these language maps of the US! So interesting!

♣ I am currently reading Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, so my face is pretty stuck like this: *_______* I think this is the first SF/F book that I've actually slowed down to savor on the first read, rather than my usual reaction of FULL SPEED AHEAD OMG MUST DEVOUR [/finishes in 3 hours or less]. It's kind of an interesting change, though commute-reading probably helped the slowness a bit?

♣ I caved and bought some yarn off Knitpicks, and my new project has grown a lot in the few hours since it began: beginning phase hereCollapse )

(Okay, it has also grown crookedly somehow- the cloth doesn't lie flat and there's something a little one-sidedly wobbly looking about the starfish arms and I am trying to decide whether I want to redo rounds 3-6, sigh. But stitch-counting practice is good for me!)

[personal profile] such_heights! I watched your Flyweight Love vid last night, despite only having watched 30 minutes of Thor! ♥ And then promptly got suckered into the rest of the Aims video album, hahaha... Anyway, that was an excellent video vortex, even though I don't know most of the fandoms. :D (I am also super tempted to watch Sleepy Hollow now- THOSE VIDS OMG.)

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13 May 2014 @ 11:39 am
Upon rereading Robin McKinley's Outlaws of Sherwood last month, I had the sudden urge to hunt down some more Robin Hood and have therefore managed to borrow all of Stephen Lawhead's King Raven trilogy. Sadly, the first book has left me feeling distinctly less than enthused. I wasn't bored or annoyed enough to stop reading it after I'd started, but now that I'm finished, I can't think why! Anyway. I think my strange completist tendencies are now satisfied enough to stop reading this trilogy (unless anyone is more pleased with the subsequent books than the first?), but this situation doesn't satisfy my need for DIFFERENT ROBIN HOOD BOOKS. Does anyone have recommendations? ;____; Moar Maid Marian, by preference?

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19 April 2014 @ 03:56 pm
Apropos of the smell exchange I ended up doing today (I thought I was just going to pawn off my BPAL stuff for the moment, but my dance friend ended up giving me her samples... one of which is labeled in a scrawl that looks like but cannot possibly be "fuck life"?):

Small Murders

When Cleopatra received Antony on her cedarwood ship,
she made sure he would smell her in advance across the sea:
perfumed sails, nets sagging with rosehips and crocus
draped over her bed, her feet and hands rubbed in almond oil,
cinnamon, and henna. I knew I had you when you told me

you could not live without my scent, brought pink bottles of it,
creamy lotions, a tiny vial of parfume—one drop lasted all day.
They say Napoleon told Josephine not to bathe for two weeks
so he could savor her raw scent, but hardly any mention is ever
made of their love of violets. Her signature fragrance: a special blend

of these crushed purple blooms for wrist, cleavage, earlobe.
Some expected to discover a valuable painting inside
the locket around Napoleon's neck when he died, but found
a powder of violet petals from his wife's grave instead. And just
yesterday, a new boy leaned in close to whisper that he loved

the smell of my perfume, the one you handpicked years ago.
I could tell he wanted to kiss me, his breath heavy and slow
against my neck. My face blue from the movie screen—
I said nothing, only sat up and stared straight ahead. But
by evening's end, I let him have it: twenty-seven kisses

on my neck, twenty-seven small murders of you. And the count
is correct, I know—each sweet press one less number to weigh
heavy in the next boy's cupped hands. Your mark on me washed
away with each kiss. The last one so cold, so filled with mist
and tiny daggers, I already smelled the blood on my hands.

-- Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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glass_icarus
18 April 2014 @ 04:26 pm
Happy things:

1. Dancing tonight!!

2. I finished Heyer's Cotillion and it was fantastic, and I don't think it is a spoiler to say that I think Freddy is the greatest, heh. :D

3. Reorganizing the closet, I stumbled upon a pile of BPAL things from a few years ago that I never really got round to trying! I tried one that seems to have aged well (Crow Moon) and which smells interesting enough on me that I may keep it, but knowing my usage habits, there's little point in me attempting thirteen more smell tests at this late date... I can put up a list, if anyone is interested?

4. Are All the Break-Ups in Your Poems Real?

If by real you mean as real as a shark tooth stuck
in your heel, the wetness of a finished lollipop stick,
the surprise of a thumbtack in your purse—
then Yes, every last page is true, every nuance,
bit, and bite. Wait. I have made them up—all of them—
and when I say I am married, it means I married
all of them, a whole neighborhood of past loves.
Can you imagine the number of bouquets, how many
slices of cake? Even now, my husbands plan a great meal
for us—one chops up some parsley, one stirs a bubbling pot
on the stove. One changes the baby, and one sleeps
in a fat chair. One flips through the newspaper, another
whistles while he shaves in the shower, and every single
one of them wonders what time I am coming home.

-- Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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