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dear flist:

Anyone know of interesting journals/blogs that write in either French or Chinese? LJ, DW, off-site entirely: I am looking for reading material. Things I am interested in: (erm) books-reading-language-literature-words. Anyone who you think has really good writing. About themselves or the world or anything you find interesting, really; I can always pick and choose. I'd just rather not have image-heavy ones, if possible, since I'm after the words and reading comprehension :)

*puts plate of cookies out*

I saw a robin red-breast yesterday and I've heard the geese honking (and the seagulls crying, which always makes me think of the sea, poor landlocked-city!). Also today there was ten centimeters of snow and equal parts of slush. :P

I've also got a flamingo. From 750words, I mean; that's one of the badges you get when you write for ten days in a row. A flamingo! Sadly, the next one will take another twenty days (the amazing albatross) so there's time yet for me to accidentally miss a day. Or for OpenID authentication to go down, which amounts to the same thing.
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I would like to buy seventeen weekends in a row, or just time, if you've got any in stock. Sleep-time. )

eta: and now I wonder if there's a bug [prev open, post to prev, backbutton works, etc: GET/POST error; replication tomorrow]
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I usually just read. Happy things, sad things--as long as it's not my problem, I can lose myself in the book.
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I love the views, I love the pristine and massive land reserves in the city, I love the size of the (and consequently goods/services available), I love the amount of sunshine, and I love the people who open and give when there's been a tragedy. (A few weeks ago, a young boy was killed by the LRT--when I went past the station later that week, I found piles of flowers and teddy bears and cards and gifts.)

I hate the snow that extends into June (I love snow, but not that late into the year), I hate the slowness of public transit, I hate the hilliness of some parts because cars and buses get stuck or slide down the icy slopes, I hate the fact that the City Council gets trashed by people all the time--I wish people'd be grateful, for once--and I hate the scorn that's often piled on top of my province (and city) for its oilsands.
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As long as they don't change their music, I don't really see why I would stop liking them.
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Generally annoyed, which is why I see them very rarely.
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Urban--with access to the rural areas. I'm lucky to live in a city with lots of parks and space. Also, I like the ability to go and get what I want in a quick bus trip or something.
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I really only know one of his songs, and it's always so fun to sing: We are the World. The original's singers--you can see by their singing, by their faces, that the intensity isn't faked.
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I would wish that I was happy with whatever happened or whatever I had, since I can't predict the future and know what wish x, y, or z would do. That being said, wishes are dangerous things. I'm glad that not all my throwaway wishes that just come out of my mouth become true.
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NOT EVEN GOING TO TOUCH THIS.

Actually, I change my mind. 300% of our personality. You can pick which one gets it.
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I don't think my bird is very sociable (I am quite sure he tolerates me only because I feed him), but I suppose the menu would be almost exclusively birdseed. Small birdseed--he knocked all the new stuff onto the floor of his cage when it was too big--and maybe a plant that he could maul. (You see, the plant next to Ray had some leaves within reach of his beak, and those were swiftly shredded to pieces.) Seed millet for dessert.

I suppose he'd invite a few sparrows or the small quail-like things that run around outside. But I doubt he's one for a party, anyway.

 


Is it me, or are there suddenly a great deal of pet-related writer's block topics? And really repetitive images?


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I know I complain about my life not infrequently, but really, I think I'm pretty lucky. I like my life, most of t he time, and I'm proud of what I've done; I wouldn't trade in my memories or life for a possibly better life. I'm not sure why I was born with so many things--freedoms and rights and education and all my basic needs met and more and a lovely family--and I wouldn't trade them in.
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I don't think I have specific dreams that recur, but I do get different dreams about the same thing: little things like being late and not doing this and that. I have no idea what they mean and even less inclination to examine what they mean. :)
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Maybe not "fundamental goodness of humankind" (ugh), but after seeing people pushing and fighting back against the Racefail '09, I felt like there might be some hope there. Incredible eloquence in the face of so much ugliness.
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They never taught us it, but life is fragile, death is inevitable, and humans have an infinite capacity for both extraordinary violence and hope.

Cheesy. I know.
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Not outright bullying, no, but there've been moments where I've thought: should I call them out on a bigoted/racist/homophobic joke? Should I ask them not to say that? and often enough, I don't. I feel guilty for not doing so, but there you go. I think that we should call people out on stuff like that, but it is hard in real life, and I'd like to keep trying to make people aware. 

*Edit: I've found one. Emotions pending.* And on a tangentially related topic--does anyone have a transcript of the conversation between Gillian Duffy and Gordon Brown? When I read the news over here, my first thought was to wonder if she was really being bigoted, because I don't think people throw those kinds of words around lightly. And if she was talking about immigration, I can hear the alarm bells ringing wildly. 
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Uh, in cases of war--certainly. It would do soldiers no good if the government was simply spreading all the information around...

And on the other hand: I think the scandal of what happened in the UK about MP spending may not be a bad thing. Transparency is good when it comes to most things, as long as lives aren't being risked frivolously by doing so. Moreover, sensitive things like medical or personal information is, unless the person themselves does not object, private and shouldn't be smeared all over the place. I dislike the digging that results in US elections.
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Love it. Quality is not a measure of validity, for those of you screeching that it's garbage.

And, well, here is a link to many of the amazing (most of them legitimate, in-print, highly acclaimed novels and works) pieces of fanfic that have been written by others, here.
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Yeees. More or less: I do volunteer work with the city, and wear the appropriate colours, but you know, since we didn't exactly have to shed blood for it, Canada Day is not a day for fervent patriotism, as far as I know (and we're not even that old. If you count the Queen signing the law allowing us to pass our own constitution and thus being separate from the UK, then we're approximately 28 years old.) I always hear about the American holiday, which, being quite close to ours, kind of overshadows the First of July in terms of celebration.
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It's kind of interesting how people are taking this question: some are answering it, straight up, and adding justification either for or against; others are squabbling over semantics (or telling everyone it's about semantics), or bashing the question (I paraphrase: "This is such a tiny issue; if we're caring about this, what about all those human injustices?") and the random spam, of course.

What's neat, though, is to see how people judge words. There are some that say changing the word doesn't make a difference, especially for the pet--they don't, to my knowledge, understand English/human language all that well. There is no point in changing this thing, say this group, and it's just quibbling over a set of words which are similar anyway.

And then there are people who feel that those words do have power. And frankly, though I don't care whether pets have guardians or owners, I agree with this. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" was either a sarcastic remark, or a statement from someone who hadn't felt the lash of words. The vocabulary I use influences the way I say what I my thoughts, how others interpret this, and thus the meaning they draw from it. Do not tell me that formal language, of which I am now using, conveys the same impression that colloquial English does. If I suddenly use words that are everywhere in daily life, I come across differently. Words have power. Sometimes more than we think it does.

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