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Via [personal profile] trobadora. I'm not flocking, because nothing here is exactly personal or identifying information to any but those who already know me.

Anyone wants to do it, consider yourself tagged.

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Aug. 9th, 2016 11:42 am
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gacked from [personal profile] legionseagle

Bolded to show ones I've read. It's hard with the older ones, which I may have read in translation 30 or more years ago.

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Tithe by Holly Black
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Synners by Pat Cadigan
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke -- didn't finish.
Survival by Julie E. Czerneda
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
King's Dragon by Kate Elliott
Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
Slow River by Nicola Griffith
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb -- didn't finish
The God Stalker Chronicles by P.C. Hodgell
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr
The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress -- didn't finish.
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Ash by Malinda Lo
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Legend by Marie Lu
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Thief's Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Old Man's War by John Scalzi -- what is this doing on the list?
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge -- probably.
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

That's one kitchen sink of a list.
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Gacked from [personal profile] lexin

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

"I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards."


Seems I am only talking about food recently. Must be the season.
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Jun. 16th, 2011 12:31 am
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No point, really.

Gakked from [personal profile] ceretaRead more... )


Jul. 14th, 2010 12:31 am
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The "I write like" meme:

Another ETA: Making Light strongly suspects that this is bait prepared by a vanity publisher. I didn't even see any "rest of the text". Advanced case of filtering, I guess.

(Note: Be careful if you follow the below links, the design is what I thought cool in the heyday of Geocities. Protect your eyes.)

I fed it nearly all of the stories I had written in English, and got
- Chuck Palahniuk for Burning Bright, for an attempt at Highlander fanfic, and for a fragment inspired by reading too much Torchwood fic.
- Isaac Asimov for an OC deathfic with dark romance, cosmic powers and deals with devils.
- James Joyce for Collisions in Time. (WTF?)
- Stephen King for First We Take The Fridge... (ROTFL)
- J. K. Rowling for The Black Dragon's Son (that actually makes sense)
- Dan Brown for A Winter's Tale (I'm really wondering about the algorithm now)

Summa summarum, inconclusive. Which is good as far as I am concerned.

Moar ETA: If I paste in Charles Stross' "Overtime", it says "Chuck Palahniuk". On Gaiman's "We Can Get Them For You Wholesale" it say "H.P. Lovecraft". It correctly recognises the first three pages from "The King of the Golden Hall" as Tolkien.

Son of ETA: They are playing around wit it on Making Light.


In other news, Snow and I fenced in the rest of the balcony today. It looks very chickenwire-y. Cats are outside now, enjoy the cool and wait for moths to hunt.


ETA: Link. Dear History Channel your programs on the so-called "World War II" are completely unrealistic
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RULES: Comment and I'll LJ stalk you to find THREE FANDOMS you apparently love. And then you answer these questions about them!

01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?
02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

I got Torchwood, Perry Rhodan and Highlander from [ profile] trobadora,

In chronological order:
Perry Rhodan )
Highlander )
Torchwood )
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Gacked from [ profile] alara_r.

I should be preparing a story for upload and find a title for it, so of course I'm doing memes instead.

Have you ever followed friends/favorite authors into a fandom without ever having seen/read the source material?

All the time. My usual way of getting into a fandom is, "Hey, cool people are writing this, let's find out what it's about. Looks interesting. Then, a) old version: Wonder if it's on TV any time soon? Sends a mental message to obliging TV fairy. Watches source material. (Happened with Sentinel, Buffy and Professionals). b) new version: Wonder how much the DVDs are? Gets DVDs. Watches source material (Happened with Doctor Who, Torchwood, Life on Mars. Jury's still out on Supernatural.)

Have you ever really enjoyed the source material, read the work of specific authors into a fandom, and yet have no interest in the fandom as a whole?

Most non-TV fandom. Harry Potter and LotR are something of an exception, because I enjoy the meta.

Have you ever been strenuously pimped by your friends into another fandom and immediately fell in love with the source material?

...No? I react very badly to "you have to see it, it's just so great!". I nearly missed Babylon 5 because of that. The best way to get me into a fandom if you are not some great fanfic writer who I never met is invite me over for a nice evening of watching TV or DVDs. That got me into B5, House, and X-Files.

Have you ever gotten into a TV show/movie before your friends and busily pimped the source material to them in the hopes that a fandom would ensue?

Yes, and I'm reasonably effective at it. Though my friends are more just fans that actually "in a fandom".

Have you ever gotten into a TV show/movie and tried to pimp it to your friends only to find out that they'd just gotten into it as well and were about to pimp right back?

Not impossible, but cannot remember at the moment.

Have you ever been part of a mass migration into another fandom?

No. I form strong attachments. I get into new fandoms strongly, but abandon the old ones only very gradually, if at all.

Poem meme

Feb. 5th, 2009 01:29 am
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(gacked from [ profile] cereta): When you see this, post your favorite poem.

I don't have a favourite poem. And many of my favorite poems are very long, or song lyrics, or halfway prose. But here are two I like a lot. (Two, because, bilingual.)

Looking at my selection, I seem to be in something of a strange mood today.

Bert Brecht: Die Ballade von den Abenteurern )
Joolz: Redemption )
and for an encore... )
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There is a "post poetry to your journal" meme going round on friends of friends pages, so:

"A while ago someone asked me
if I was less angry about things now that I was old,
if I had mellowed with age.
"Now, I realise patience is a virtue, but I don't have it
So, I said that in my case at any rate
time just serves to concentrate anger and outrage
until it's thick and strong like boiled-down blood
and reeks like a dry iron pot heating on the stove.
Because you can try to stand still
and hope to be passed over in many ways,
and in many ways you will succeed;
but time proceeds against your will
and makes all the world's bare bones of cruelty rattle in your face.
So you can either stick your fingers
in your ears and chatter as loud as you can to try and
cover up that stony clatter; or understand that fury,
in its infinite variety, does not wither or grow stale
and time is the bolting horse we none of us can dismount."
-- from "Age" by Joolz

Und, aus gegebenem Anlaß:

"Nicht wahr, eine Bank zu gründen
Muß doch jeder richtig finden
Kann man schon sein Geld nicht erben
Muß man's irgendwie erwerben.
Dazu sind doch Aktien besser
Als Revolver oder Messer
Nur das eine ist fatal
Man braucht Anfangskapital.
Wenn die Gelder aber fehlen
Woher nehmen, wenn nicht stehlen?
Ach, wir wolln uns da nicht zanken
Woher haben's die andern Banken
Irgendwoher ist's gekommen
Irgendwem haben sie's genommen."
-- "Gründungssong der National Deposit Bank", von Bert Brecht
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Found here:, or through pretty much everyone at the moment.

Link to the result that will not surprise anyone )

Also, what [ profile] thewhiteowl says:
What is Obama doing right down in the liberal left corner? By right-pondian standards he's a moderate conservative (authoritarian, fiscally right), or a at most a centrist. Probably it's the usual US rightward skew, but they have him at the same economic position as Stalin.

Book meme

Oct. 1st, 2007 12:50 pm
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Gakked from [ profile] legionseagle

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today whenever this meme started). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. To the list... )
It's amazing how many books I didn't finish not because I hated them, but just because I couldn't be bothered to pick them up again.


Sep. 1st, 2007 10:03 pm
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I played around some with LJ auto-post, which is kind of funny but not funny enough. I could put every single sentence it used in its right context from memory, and the whole was like a stew with too-large chunks.
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[ profile] kazaera tagged me.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
6. Tag five people.


I yielded to these arguments against my better judgement.

I must tell you a most extraordinary story that I heard about Camilla Galloway. It may perhaps have been mentioned in the English newspapers; but I don't imagine they would have thought it worth repeating in detail.

The first I heard at it was a Preveza.

(From "The Shortest Way to Hades", by Sarah Caudwell.)


Now comes the hard part: Tag five people. Honestly, I do not know of five people who are likely to read this who have LJ accounts. From the people on my friends list, I seem to remember that [ profile] bellatrys dislikes game-of-tag memes.

So: [ profile] cyrna, [ profile] mad_freddy (come on, write something! even if it's only for a meme!), [ profile] kindigo, and anyone (any two?) who might feel like it.
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gacked from [ profile] kazaera. I used San Francisco and Frankfurt/Main:

Note point #30.

Probably a good thing that I took the plane instead.

Meme trigger: If you read this and it made you laugh (and you have LJ), spread it!
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(And if it is, why am I still here?)

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Gacked from [ profile] lexin: "Go to page 123 (or 23 if it hasn't got that far yet) of your current WiP. Read down four sentences. Type out the paragraph that follows."

What's a "page" in this context?

I wanted to do that for my English WiP, but that's only at 7200 words yet, not even close to even a page 23.

So I'm doing it for the German WiPs I've worked most on in the last six months, and lo and behold, it's boring:

Read more (in German) )


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