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Jan. 1st, 2020

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'Lo all! Memes and stuff are public, some entries are f-locked as a containment measure for my giggly, naive optimism, pessimistic whinging, and fannish asides. Think isolation ward, not super-secret clubhouse. If so inclined, leave a comment and I'll add you! :)

Aug. 4th, 2013

from paris street; rainy day

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I Aten't Dead

Jun. 14th, 2011

from paris street; rainy day

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I'm playing the other chapter two of Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, and haven't even gotten to touch LA Noire yet. I've played about two hours of inFamous 2. Is it me, or is the sound in that game either bugged or extraordinarily cheap? 

Also, the people I definitely told no, I won't be attending your school... have enrolled me anyway. So I wrote them another letter. It was so businesslike and professional. I'm an actual adult and stuff!

I had Cocoa Puffs for breakfast, which might scupper that last assertion.

Reading The Magic Mountain while listening to "Don't Cha" by The Pussycat Dolls. iPod shuffle roulette.

Apr. 18th, 2011

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20 Reasons to Be Excited About Skyrim

As if I needed "reasons". But some of them sound hot to death. Observe:

1. Killing a dragon involves knocking the enormous thing out of the sky, with a combination of arrows, magic and whatever else you can think of. When you do, it crashes to earth like a meteorite, its huge body skidding along the ground in front of you with a sense of weight and speed that would kill anyone caught in it.

7. The world is so much more alive. You’ll see packs of wolves hunting mammoths, you’ll see fearsome beasts such as giants wander by without bothering you because they’re off on other business rather than being mindless killers, you’ll see friendly passers-by running up to you with a sword you dropped earlier and offering to return it – or taking a pop at you with it if they have some reason to despise you.

12. You can dual-wield weapons and spells. Or dual-wield spells. Or wield the same spell in each hand, and thus cast an ultra-spell.

17. There’s a real in-game economy. If, for any reason, you decide to destroy a local lumber mill, you’ll find it results in a shortage of wooden objects such as arrows in nearby shops. You probably shouldn’t destroy the lumber mill, then. Alternatively, you could chop some wood for the lumber mill, which will earn you a bit of cash.

^^ If this is pulled off properly and isn't just a gimmick, I might resign my citizenship and just sort of live in Skyrim instead.

Apr. 16th, 2011

from paris street; rainy day

Ed Reardon's Week

Links for you!

The current seven series of the Radio 4 comedy Ed Reardon's Week, about the travails of a middle-aged writer struggling and snarking through his impoverished life literary. In many ways the series is a modern retelling of New Grub Street, Gissing's novel about the tension between hack writing the need to eat and artistic aspiration in late-19th century London, with a metric tonne of sarcasm and sitcom added to the mix. (Basically, unlike the novel, nobody dies of pneumonia by the grey, cold sea.)

You'll probably like it if you also enjoy: Black Books, middle-aged has-beens seeking solace in wit and the bottle, George Gissing's creative angst, George Gissing's creative angst undermined with fond, comic fatalism, etc.

All of the series are in convenient .zip archives, except series five, where I got confused. Anyway, I rather enjoyed the series and figured I'd pass it along.
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Mar. 27th, 2011

from paris street; rainy day

Bookshelf Meme

grabbed from lathaina

Favourite Type(s) of Books:

In sheer numbers ... general literary fiction, 19th century and Modernist.

Least Favourite Type(s) of Books:
Ones printed on cheap paper pages that tear if you breathe on them too harshly.

The book(s) currently on your bedside table:
Industry and Ethos, a book about Scottish history, Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnameable (all three novels in one slightly-too-bulky edition) by Samuel Beckett, and Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde.

The author of most of your books:
Terry Pratchett wins, with thirty-odd Discworld books. Dude's prolific! The mystery series probably come next. Rankin, Sayers, Dexter, and Hill.

The book (or author) which changed your outlook on the world:
PG Wodehouse. I started on him freshman year of high school. His brand of gentle humor was a life-saver. His books made me a lot happier and peaceful, and convinced me to laugh at everything because the world is an absurd place, which is what the average teenager needs amidst all the ... adolescence.

The book which taught you about the world you live in:
Alllllll of the books.

Favourite Fiction on your shelf:
You can't make me choose.

Favourite Non-Fiction on your shelf:
Benjamin Franklin's autobiography and Carl Sagan's works.

Favourite Memoir on your shelf:
... Hm. What's the difference between memoir and biography? The scope? I'd have to check.

Favourite Biography on your shelf:
John Adams by David McCullough. It's pretty great. If you're interested in that period of history and that particular figure (and his awesome wife), you should read it.

Favourite Poetry Collection on your shelf:
A collection of poems by Philip Larkin, recently.

Favourite Picture Book on your shelf:
I've got a copy of The Hobbit with big full-page stills from the animated adaptation.

The Book on your shelf you can’t quite finish:
Judith Butler, you do go on.

The Book you read in a day:
Maurice by EM Forster and A Passage to India ... also by EM Forster.

The Book on your shelf that you will probably never read:
I'm never going to read most of my reference-y books cover to cover.

The Book that still makes you laugh:
So many things in Inspector Morse. Mostly by dint of conversations with my best friend when we were both reading the series.

The Book that still makes you cry:
The Remorseful Day, Colin Dexter; Arthur & George, Julian Barnes ... I tend to get misty-eyed when a lot of books end because it's like when you've been visiting people for awhile, staying in their house, or they've been staying with you. You get used to having them around and then it's really sad to part ways.

Mar. 20th, 2011

from paris street; rainy day

James May at the Edge of Space

Something to make us all smile this Sunday.

James May, you wonderful man. "Do tell me if I'm rabbiting on too much, but I've never done this before." ♥

He's articulate. I'd probably just be laughing like a fool. In PURE JOY.

Mar. 9th, 2011

from paris street; rainy day

dara o briain on video games

"But the man's sadness seems undiminished by the regularity with which he has to mourn Snake."

Mar. 3rd, 2011

from paris street; rainy day

So I played the Fallout: New Vegas Dead Money DLC

Have terrible cold and sore throat. Send me your home remedies. I'm trying to drown myself in lemon-honey tea but it isn't helping, and I am loathe to turn to medical science until I reach a stage where I require, like, a tracheotomy. That point does not actually feel far off. Blah.

Anyway! Dead Money: 

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Then I'm going to watch the last episode of Mad Dogs again and try to make complete sense of Maria and Quinn.

Feb. 21st, 2011

from paris street; rainy day

happy 25th, Zelda!

The Legend of Zelda, that is! 2/21/86 (in Japan). My, that's a long time.

*is now distracted by all the pictures of Zelda-themed cupcakes, cakes, and cookies in Google*

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