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NEWSFLASH

PERFECT COMING-OF-AGE ROCK MUSIC DRAMA IS PERFECT

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I have been adventuring and therefore delinquent as usual, I see.

First there was a brief flying visit with [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth in New York. (UNIQLO, Organic Coffeehouse fro-yo, and karaoke--very fancy, I even wore a dress.) )


The following week I took a tiny tiny plane to visit my friend M. in the Adirondacks. We talked about poetry a lot; a lake tried to devour me; it was great. )


In between trips I caught a magnificent cold and got teary-eyed over the Declaration of Independence and the thought that people used to just WRITE like that. I mean, "When in the Course of human events..." BAM! Cue tears.

What writing gets you all teary at its sheer greatness?

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May. 27th, 2012 09:09 pm
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HEY

HEY

OMFG

GUESS WHO I MET AT WORK YESTERDAY

SEAMUS HEANEY

THAT'S WHO

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Look, a second post in as many weeks! Admittedly it is not very substantive, but that is because I have been busy doing things and not writing about them and also being exhausted by my job. Er. My life is a SOCIAL WHIRL, I tell you!

The weekend before last I acquired an [livejournal.com profile] a4yroldfaerie for a day, and she made me watch much hilarious and interesting television of the Vampire Diaries and Revenge variety, and we ate crepes and mac'n'cheese and went through all my free books. Then last weekend [livejournal.com profile] mousapelli visited our fair shores (or rather, crashed upon them, the fair shores being my floor) and I made her read a Roman steampunk oracle machine story and we watched a ton of Big Time Rush and listened to music and giggled a lot.

I have also gotten some reading done! THE FOLDED WORLD by [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna was everything I hoped and expected it would be. Also recently finished: STEAMPUNK!, a short story collection edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. Sometimes automatons (automata?) are just automatons (a?), but sometimes they are not! Also, "dirigible" is my second favorite new word. I am now halfway through an advance copy of TEAM HUMAN, the collaboration between [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales and Justine Larbalestier. I really need to make a separate post about Phillip Reeve's FEVER CRUMB and sequel, A WEB OF AIR, because I have many things to say about them, not least about the awesomely awkward teen engineer heroine. Namely: "awesomely awkward teen engineer heroine" are words that need to appear together more often!

My very favorite new word is one I found in a biography of Charlotte Mary Yonge, and it is "squarson". As far as I can tell this is a portmanteau of "squire" + "parson", as in, "The Yonges themselves produced squarsons." You guys. SQUARSONS! ;alskdjfl;ajdfaslkjfa;lkjfdsa;kldf Oh you wacky Victorians. ♥
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Look, a second post in as many weeks! Admittedly it is not very substantive, but that is because I have been busy doing things and not writing about them and also being exhausted by my job. Er. My life is a SOCIAL WHIRL, I tell you!

The weekend before last I acquired an [livejournal.com profile] a4yroldfaerie for a day, and she made me watch much hilarious and interesting television of the Vampire Diaries and Revenge variety, and we ate crepes and mac'n'cheese and went through all my free books. Then last weekend [livejournal.com profile] mousapelli visited our fair shores (or rather, crashed upon them, the fair shores being my floor) and I made her read a Roman steampunk oracle machine story and we watched a ton of Big Time Rush and listened to music and giggled a lot.

I have also gotten some reading done! THE FOLDED WORLD by [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna was everything I hoped and expected it would be. Also recently finished: STEAMPUNK!, a short story collection edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. Sometimes automatons (automata?) are just automatons (a?), but sometimes they are not! Also, "dirigible" is my second favorite new word. I am now halfway through an advance copy of TEAM HUMAN, the collaboration between [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales and Justine Larbalestier. I really need to make a separate post about Phillip Reeve's FEVER CRUMB and sequel, A WEB OF AIR, because I have many things to say about them, not least about the awesomely awkward teen engineer heroine. Namely: "awesomely awkward teen engineer heroine" are words that need to appear together more often!

My very favorite new word is one I found in a biography of Charlotte Mary Yonge, and it is "squarson". As far as I can tell this is a portmanteau of "squire" + "parson", as in, "The Yonges themselves produced squarsons." You guys. SQUARSONS! ;alskdjfl;ajdfaslkjfa;lkjfdsa;kldf Oh you wacky Victorians. ♥
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I've kind of been failing to update regularly, even with Ovid fixed and with his webcam mysteriously working again. You know how it is. You intend to write thoughtful, entertaining posts, and then you get distracted by your co-workers lending you Dr Who and gay romance novels about demons and cops who fight crime together (adorably) and the next thing you know, that Wizard Rock Smackdown was two weeks ago, wtf.

The Wizard Rock Smackdown was at night in Harvard Hogwarts Square. I went to see the final movie that afternoon to get in the proper mood, and sobbed through most of it (though what actually set me off was the trailer for War Horse. I started crying and kind of just... didn’t stop).

Ahem.

HARRY AND THE POTTERS! DRACO AND THE MALFOYS! Some guy calling himself MC KREACHER who rapped about cleanliness and intruders in the house. “DON’T TOUCH THAT!” XD I insisted on dragging one or two of my co-workers along. I bought a “Save Ginny” t-shirt, and the rain held off until the very end of the Harry and the Potters set (they were last). The stage was set up right on Brattle Street, and it was such fun being utter, utter dorks with everyone. I remember Harry and the Potters from The Witching Hour (how was that FIVE YEARS AGO?) but had never seen Draco and the Malfoys before, though I have one of their CDs. I was most pleased that they sang “99 Death Eaters”. The lead singer/guitarist was super into the whole rock thing... and the drummer was the cutest, flailiest little glasses-wearing dude you could wish for. XD And of course Harry and the Potters had everyone jumping around and singing along.

All in all it was a wonderful evening of unabashed dorkery. I promptly felt terribly nostalgic and consumed most of the third book while on reg the next evening (shhh don't tell!).

I also enjoyed horrifying my non-Potterhead co-workers with my new t-shirt the next day. XD
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I've kind of been failing to update regularly, even with Ovid fixed and with his webcam mysteriously working again. You know how it is. You intend to write thoughtful, entertaining posts, and then you get distracted by your co-workers lending you Dr Who and gay romance novels about demons and cops who fight crime together (adorably) and the next thing you know, that Wizard Rock Smackdown was two weeks ago, wtf.

The Wizard Rock Smackdown was at night in Harvard Hogwarts Square. I went to see the final movie that afternoon to get in the proper mood, and sobbed through most of it (though what actually set me off was the trailer for War Horse. I started crying and kind of just... didn’t stop).

Ahem.

HARRY AND THE POTTERS! DRACO AND THE MALFOYS! Some guy calling himself MC KREACHER who rapped about cleanliness and intruders in the house. “DON’T TOUCH THAT!” XD I insisted on dragging one or two of my co-workers along. I bought a “Save Ginny” t-shirt, and the rain held off until the very end of the Harry and the Potters set (they were last). The stage was set up right on Brattle Street, and it was such fun being utter, utter dorks with everyone. I remember Harry and the Potters from The Witching Hour (how was that FIVE YEARS AGO?) but had never seen Draco and the Malfoys before, though I have one of their CDs. I was most pleased that they sang “99 Death Eaters”. The lead singer/guitarist was super into the whole rock thing... and the drummer was the cutest, flailiest little glasses-wearing dude you could wish for. XD And of course Harry and the Potters had everyone jumping around and singing along.

All in all it was a wonderful evening of unabashed dorkery. I promptly felt terribly nostalgic and consumed most of the third book while on reg the next evening (shhh don't tell!).

I also enjoyed horrifying my non-Potterhead co-workers with my new t-shirt the next day. XD
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It is time to update the Monster Drama List! New entries are underlined for your browsing convenience, and I’ve updated my notes a bit.

Here we go again... )
timeripple: (riko says buzzer beat!)
It is time to update the Monster Drama List! New entries are underlined for your browsing convenience, and I’ve updated my notes a bit.

Here we go again... )
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH CITY HUNTER A;SLDKFJAL;SDJFALS;KJFAS;LKJFDSAL;
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH CITY HUNTER A;SLDKFJAL;SDJFALS;KJFAS;LKJFDSAL;
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It is officially spring here, and a rather cool and slightly damp one it has been this past week. I am pleased about this, and hope it continues for a bit. Things have been happening, but I have not been writing about them because there has been no tiiiiiiiiime. Going-away party for people: attended. Daquiris: consumed. Tiny socks for summer shoe wearing: acquired.

[livejournal.com profile] cadragongirl has left for a well-deserved vacation at home, leaving me alone to flail and have fashion crises in preparation for Book Expo America. I did not intend to see her off at 7:30 this morning, but I did because that damn alarm clock next door went off again at 6. REALLY LOUDLY. I compensated by going back to bed and sleeping until 11. At which point I got up, went grocery shopping, made a plan, and went downtown to look at purses and buy tiny socks. H&M’s spring collection is just sweet and lovely, and I really wish I were waiflike to pull off all the floaty layers in cream and pink and deep blue. Sigh. At least I got the socks.

The purse hunt was less successful, in that I hated everything that wasn’t too small or turquoise or over a hundred dollars. Having good taste in purses kind of sucks.

To compensate for my good taste crisis, I shall now make a post about We Got Married, which should put my Good Taste levels firmly in the red.

Otherwise known as The Variety Show Where KHJ Actually Has a Personality O_O )
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It is officially spring here, and a rather cool and slightly damp one it has been this past week. I am pleased about this, and hope it continues for a bit. Things have been happening, but I have not been writing about them because there has been no tiiiiiiiiime. Going-away party for people: attended. Daquiris: consumed. Tiny socks for summer shoe wearing: acquired.

[livejournal.com profile] cadragongirl has left for a well-deserved vacation at home, leaving me alone to flail and have fashion crises in preparation for Book Expo America. I did not intend to see her off at 7:30 this morning, but I did because that damn alarm clock next door went off again at 6. REALLY LOUDLY. I compensated by going back to bed and sleeping until 11. At which point I got up, went grocery shopping, made a plan, and went downtown to look at purses and buy tiny socks. H&M’s spring collection is just sweet and lovely, and I really wish I were waiflike to pull off all the floaty layers in cream and pink and deep blue. Sigh. At least I got the socks.

The purse hunt was less successful, in that I hated everything that wasn’t too small or turquoise or over a hundred dollars. Having good taste in purses kind of sucks.

To compensate for my good taste crisis, I shall now make a post about We Got Married, which should put my Good Taste levels firmly in the red.

Otherwise known as The Variety Show Where KHJ Actually Has a Personality O_O )
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Last weekend I said to myself, “Self, it is time to watch Dream High.” So I did. And I kind of love it MORE THAN ANYTHING. Who would have thought a drama about an idol factory high school--produced by a Hallyu star and starring, well, idols--would have solid writing, pitch-perfect pacing, nuanced character development, and...make so much sense?

Here there be rivalries, sabotage, and carefully plotted FLASH MOB DANCE NUMBERS )
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Last weekend I said to myself, “Self, it is time to watch Dream High.” So I did. And I kind of love it MORE THAN ANYTHING. Who would have thought a drama about an idol factory high school--produced by a Hallyu star and starring, well, idols--would have solid writing, pitch-perfect pacing, nuanced character development, and...make so much sense?

Here there be rivalries, sabotage, and carefully plotted FLASH MOB DANCE NUMBERS )
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I started watching Avatar: The Last Airbender back in December, and promised myself I could finish it after I finished That Damn Paper.

That Damn Paper is finished, and so last week I watched the second two seasons of Avatar within the space of about four days. (Look, eating and sleeping I was willing to eschew, but I had to go to work sometimes. Luckily some of my colleagues are even bigger dorks than I am. ♥)

Anyway I finally finished watching and it is PRETTY MUCH THE BEST THING EVER. Below the cut are some of my favorite lines and flaily real-time reactions to individual episodes.

KIND OF SPOILERY. AND FULL OF KEYSMASH. )

CONCLUSION: MIND-BLOWINGLY AWESOME
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I started watching Avatar: The Last Airbender back in December, and promised myself I could finish it after I finished That Damn Paper.

That Damn Paper is finished, and so last week I watched the second two seasons of Avatar within the space of about four days. (Look, eating and sleeping I was willing to eschew, but I had to go to work sometimes. Luckily some of my colleagues are even bigger dorks than I am. ♥)

Anyway I finally finished watching and it is PRETTY MUCH THE BEST THING EVER. Below the cut are some of my favorite lines and flaily real-time reactions to individual episodes.

KIND OF SPOILERY. AND FULL OF KEYSMASH. )

CONCLUSION: MIND-BLOWINGLY AWESOME
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I finally found subs for the SKKS finale. And? It gave me everything I wanted from it. It was SO AWESOME that I COULD NOT STOP FLAILING at [livejournal.com profile] mousapelli. Ep 19 was so awesome I punched the air in glee multiple times. Ep 20, I had to stop and recover again and again, it had that many moments that went beyond even my expectations.

Let’s do a little nonspoilery comparison to some other kdramas I’ve seen, in no particular order. with cross-dressing, hats, and smart, principled love interests for all )

ALL FABULOUS REASONS TO WATCH. GO, GO, WATCH IT!
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I finally found subs for the SKKS finale. And? It gave me everything I wanted from it. It was SO AWESOME that I COULD NOT STOP FLAILING at [livejournal.com profile] mousapelli. Ep 19 was so awesome I punched the air in glee multiple times. Ep 20, I had to stop and recover again and again, it had that many moments that went beyond even my expectations.

Let’s do a little nonspoilery comparison to some other kdramas I’ve seen, in no particular order. with cross-dressing, hats, and smart, principled love interests for all )

ALL FABULOUS REASONS TO WATCH. GO, GO, WATCH IT!
timeripple: (moribito: guardian of the badass)
It's been a few weeks since I even mentioned dramas! How did that happen?

Short answer: I am a productive member of society and thus have no time.

Long answer: Sungkyunkwan Scandal, OMG IT IS THE BEST THING EVER.

Plucky Heroine Yoon Hee (alias Yoon Shik) is forced (through a series of well-intentioned mishaps that were totally not her fault) to go undercover disguised as her brother at Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon-era Ivy League for future leaders of the land. The stakes? Well, the penalty for a woman disguising herself as a man and studying at the university is death, so...

The thing is, it doesn't stop there. There's a serious political plotline that ties into Yoon Hee and the other characters' personal journeys, it's beautifully filmed, and the music is great.

There are, inevitably, comparisons to Hanakimi. And actually it is kind of like Hanakimi. If Hanakimi actually had a plot that made sense, Mizuki was a smart-mouthed feminist advocate of the proletariat, Nakatsu was an idealistic bookworm, Dorm 1 leader was the smoldering series antagonist (that's right I said "smoldering"), Dorm 2 leader was in love with Sano the hot rebellious ninja archer, Dr. Umeda was an undercover agent on a secret mission, and Mizuki/Nakatsu was the OTP.

Yeah. It's that awesome.

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