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Link to race-bent Lady Loki: http://ninzz-minigoth.deviantart.com/#/art/Duplicitous-Creature-406620208?hf=1
To a tarot card deck of the MCU characters: http://ninzz-minigoth.deviantart.com/art/MCU-Tarot-Card-Set-Major-Arcana-376464297
In general I really like her art--her traditional art especially is stunning. (See http://ninzz-minigoth.deviantart.com/art/Gift-Tom-Hiddleston-322725607 because wow, the detail.)

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About female characters, because I am impelled to stick in my oar and cast the two cents into the deep dark ocean that is Thor fandom:

One day I shall not have to write these things anymore! )

More generally about Jane! )

Is it normal to go to a movie and think, off and on, how beautiful everyone is? It was kind of absurd. God, so many of them are gorgeous.

About Thor and Loki's relationship )

Odin )


Strong and weak points )

SO

Nov. 10th, 2013 07:49 pm
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I SAW THOR: THE DARK WORLD TODAY. THIS DEFINITELY MERITS CAPSLOCK. I NEED TO RECOVER.

Major spoilers immediately )
I have SO MANY thoughts but that should cover some of them. AHHHHHHHHHHH---

(PS to anyone watching: there are two scenes at the end. One after the credits for all the actors, and one after the loooong credits. Some people left before the first, but a bunch left before the second. Stay till the very end.)
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My brain is frazzled by economics. I have spent seven or so hours today studying, plus some five hours yesterday, and more in the last preceding weeks. INSTEAD LET'S TALK ABOUT BOOKS.

I am experiencing intense withdrawal from the Naamah trilogy.

Finished reading the Naamah Trilogy (Naamah's Kiss, Naamah's Curse, Naamah's Blessing: Jacqueline Carey) a few days ago and in the grips of fevered want for more. That is, I don't want a sequel, per se, or a prequel (though how she should be able to put Moirin, the protagonist, into a prequel, would be a definite problem: Kiss begins in Moirin's childhood; the Kushiel series, as I understand, take place about a century prior anyway). I don't actually want fic either, because I don't really want to explore anything else in the universe. I suppose what I'm after is instead a fresh re-reading of the entire series, like it were new - to be able to wallow in the story again. I've already re-read them all an embarrassing number of times.

thoughts on the whole thing. This is spoilery for all three books. )

If you like alternate history/alternate universe historical-fantasy, this is your book! Though if you're a prude I would recommend the skill of flipping pages quickly. There's lots of travelling and plenty of adventure and fighting, and some politicking on the side. AHHHH who am I kidding? I'd love it if everyone could read it and we could all talk and make meta and discuss and even make fic and have art. Go on, read it!
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I have finally, finally, finally found aida cloth. That is sold just as itself. Without the premade packages with more embroidery floss than I could ever use. *bounces* It's absurd how happy this makes me. This means--oh my God, I've been looking up patterns all day. Some of them look terribly old-fashioned, but there's other beautiful ones...

In other news, choir has started again (yay!) and we're doing some of Palestrina's music. Forget all the other pieces--I can't wait. It's like music history and choir are colliding! (They should, but they don't often enough.)
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It snowed this morning. D:
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Invariably, the WWF Conservation emails advertise products (which is fine, I don't mind) and occasionally urge political activism. You know, by "writing your congressman." They are also invariably US-centric, never mind their name (World Wildlife Fund?) is supposed to be global. *grumble*

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This diversity statement on dreamwidth makes me feel so hopeful. That maybe some people get it.

My favorite statement: we believe it's possible for people of all viewpoints and persuasions to come together and learn from each other. We believe in the broad spectrum of human experience.

And also this: You're not demographic groups. You're people.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Bold: read fully

Italics: partially read/heavily abridged

Underline: required reading


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings-JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations-Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Ubervilles-Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy- Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland-Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi-Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale of Two Cities-Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madam Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down -Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

 

 

 

31/100 read fully;  9/100 partially; in total, 40/100.

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Bill C-232 is now up for debate in the Senate. This bill, which can be searched for by Google would make it mandatory for Supreme Court justices to be bilingual.

In case you don't know, Quebec is one of the provinces, and they speak French (technically, Quebecois, since their version of French is not quite the same as Parisian French anymore). Quebec is also, interestingly, the only place in all of North America where French is spoken, owing to the French loss to the British way back during the Seven Years' War, in the eighteenth century. In consequence, I think the people of Quebec try to really guard their language and customs; they are, after all, in a sea of anglophones.

As far as federal policies go, all federal employees must be bilingual--even if they're Canada Parks rangers way out in the West, or people in the Parliament. All the websites of federal programs and so on can be accessed in French or English; the Prime Minister occasionally debates with other party leaders in French. Legislative work in Ottawa are published in both languages.

However, the farther you move away from Quebec (and New Brunswick, which is the only other province that mandates bilingualism in even the smaller courts), the fewer francophones you will meet. This is especially true for Western Canada (I'm defining this as Manitoba and west); there are few prominent francophone communities, and usually French is learned in schools. Western Canada is primarily anglophone.

And so this bill. I'm on the fence as to whether it's justified or whether we should implement them (being an anglophone, I realize I have privilege in being able to hear court cases in English). I'm not sure that I could really make a judgement on that, and I'm glad that I'm not going to decide this. I do have to say this, though: the application pool is already quite small to select Supreme Court justices from. There aren't all that many people who have the qualifications and the inclination to be a judge; by passing Bill C-232, that will shrink the pool even further.

And the bill won't shrink the pool evenly. No, Western Canada will be hit hardest, because honest to goodness the French culture is simply not here. You walk out onto the street every day of your life, and you will never be required to know French. A lot of kids opt out of learning French.

There's already grumbling from the West that they aren't being represented properly (if you like, take a look at equalization payments, how much Alberta is paying Quebec, and how Quebec is whining about Alberta. /annoyed). Alberta especially pays a great deal towards the East. This is not going to help the East-West division, superficial though it may seem. Citizens who appeal to the Supreme Court (or just have their cases tried there) are allowed to plead in either English or French; translators are used. Furthermore, three of the nine judges must be from the Quebec court; I'm not going to get into how this isn't representation by population, but whatever.

Even bigger of a problem is the familiarity one must have with a language to be a competent Supreme Court justice. It takes  years to become competent in the legal language of one's first language; imagine the time it'd take to acquire it in both. Even supposing you were fully bilingual, from childhood, and understood the nuances of both English and French, you would still need to learn it in both.

In summation: both sides, argh. I'm not too hopeful for this one.


tl;dr Bill C-232--not gonna be pretty, whichever way it goes.
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I have just assimilated a thwack of information (if you want to know stuff about cellular respiration, photosynthesis, biochemistry--at an intermediate level, of course) you can ask me. But other than that, the only thing I really remember about today was that it was nice outside. So much that I regretted carrying my coat, and decided to sit at the window seat on the bus to be in the pool of sunshine.

And other than the little clock in my mind going: "OH MY GOD THERE'S LESS THAN FORTY - EIGHT HOURS UNTIL THE PAPERS AND HALF OF THAT'S GOING TO BE SLEEP," I feel remarkably rational. Although I have to admit, the exploding (400 comments on the first page! It's got to be a record) on [livejournal.com profile] ffrantsrants was making me completely agog. I have no words. No words.
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May I suggest a way to avoid being attacked, put-upon unjustly, etc. etc. is to avoid making sweeping generalizations?

The thing about having the internet is not only does everyone (who has access to the Internet, obviously) has a more or less equal voice.  You can decide how to phrase your opinion: deliberate for days over wording, put it eloquently, and post it. People who find it hard to speak up in groups might find it easier to voice their opinion when they can go through it before blurting it out. A degree of anonymity can also ensure that a contrary, unpopular opinion isn't going to whip back at you.

This means that people who normally are quiet, even when their triggers are hit, are perhaps more vocal on the Internet--and I'm glad they are, because we need opinions of all sorts of people. And while I don't believe the Internet "levels the playing field", it at least provides a platform for people to express themselves.

That means, when you make a stupid generalization, throwing vast swathes of people together under one assumption, one presumption--it's not unlikely that in a community, your argument or statement will be torn to pieces. This goes even more so, I imagine, for issues that are polarizing, painful, or otherwise close to heart.

Think before you speak! Or at the very most, try to remove the "everyone does this", "all of us agree", "we"--referring to the whole society at large--or other blanket terms. I think it will aid you in avoiding the: "Let me tell you an exception...and another one...and another one." Or the less polite, cut-to-the-point responses.

Yes, a reaction to comments. Not very impressed by some of the sweeping assumptions that are sometimes made.
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The street outside my house is like a non-zamboni-ed ice rink.

The street is blinding in the daytime, because of the ice. And it's not flat ice, either; it's pitted and rutted from the cars passing over, blackened with the rocks and dirt that's been ground into it. Unfreezing in the mornings and refreezings in the night create ponds--and mini rinks--all over the place. Driving over that place is a nightmare.
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Watching the skaters after they perform, as they wait for their scores, is almost heartbreaking, to use the cliché phrase. That anticipation and dread--they're on national, international TV, and who wants their anguish splashed all over that screen?--is nonetheless painfully obvious. They wave to the camera--presumably us, but the skaters are usually too intent on what's going on now: I know I messed up here, I should have done this. I can't see the scoreboard, so they seem to be looking out into the distance just to my right; occasionally, one of the skaters will try to get the photographer to turn the camera around, making little "time out" signs, and I wince as they keep filming. Sometimes your best is simply not enough.

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