starlady: Gryffinclaw: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check."  (question everything)

Oh, I heard it through the starlady.

Which song was this lyric from?
Get your own lyrics:

# Canadian sff author Dr. Peter Barnes was beaten and detained at the U.S. border this week, and now he's being sued for assaulting a border patrol officer. As the Cobell lawsuit proved earlier this week, fighting Uncle Sam takes time and money; think about donating, if you can.

# Cat Valente smacks it to literary fiction in this post at her LJ ([ profile] yuki_onna). I think she says some very perceptive things about literary fiction, which is a genre all its own (just like vanilla is a kink!), and its genre rules, and how these rules contrast with sff's.

# A post on tag wrangling 101 by my fellow wrangler [ profile] akamine_chan. I've been putting in my Yuletide sweat equity wrangling Yuletide fandoms lately--as I said in our chatroom, if tag wrangling is a degree in fandom, Yuletide is a Ph.D. (I might be getting us an icon that says that, actually). We need more wranglers to join our steampunk crew, please think about joining! It helps to be detail-oriented and slightly obsessive, I've found.

# Via my sister, American history, but with cats. (Read "U.S." for "American".)

# Speaking of Cat Valente and of steampunk, her steampunk story "The Anachronist's Cookbook" is now available on her website! Unlike many steampunk writers, CMV does not ignore many of the genre's problematic tendencies.
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
starlady38 goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Jedi.
atolm tricks you! You get a piece of paper.
atthis gives you 12 red blueberry-flavoured nuggets.
chibiyuuto gives you 4 red cola-flavoured gumdrops.
kindkit tricks you! You lose 5 pieces of candy!
kwviola tricks you! You get a wad of paper.
merin_chan gives you 5 brown vanilla-flavoured gummy worms.
olewyvern gives you 7 mottled green strawberry-flavoured gumdrops.
socair tricks you! You get a broken balloon.
spaiku gives you 17 red blueberry-flavoured nuggets.
sparowhawk tricks you! You get a rotten egg.
starlady38 ends up with 40 pieces of candy, a piece of paper, a wad of paper, a broken balloon, and a rotten egg.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
starlady: (serious business)
I realize this has mostly been Twitter recaps and/or radio silence lately. I don't have much to say atm, really, since I spent most of the last week reading books (@ work, no less) and translating. I had so much fun with the latter that I might do Arakawa's Yuriika interview from last June. Yuriika is a great resource that I criminally under-utilized while I was in Japan. Cue the microscopic violins.

My dad and I saw "The Taking of Pelham 123" tonight. What a weird movie. I liked it because subways! (and, honestly, a not too rosy portrayal of New York City), but seriously, very weird--a movie that doesn't know what genre it is, or even where its sympathies lie, much less how to tie up the umpteen plot-threads and insinuations it leaves dangling. On a similar note, avoid "Rudo y Cursí" like the plague, since it is just outright bad.

Between Love and Madness Lies Tempest
That pretty much sums you up!

starlady: A typewriter.  (tool of the trade)
OMG freakishly accurate, that's all I have to say. (Except for, thanks to [ profile] yhlee for the pointer.)
Know what it is. )
starlady: Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity. (kill some cats)
Interest lists are interesting; this is also another way to blather about myself. :-) My seven interests were chosen for me by [personal profile] naraht; leave a comment and I'll choose seven off your interest list for you.
  • chai: So easy to ruin, so delicious when done well. One of my favorite ways to consume caffeine, though I will readily admit that the only places I can seem to find a decent cuppa are in Indian restaurants (particularly in Japan), and at Small World Coffee in Princeton, one of my favorite coffee shops on the planet. Small World's is unsweetened and has a ton of ginger, while the Indian form as I've had it is often pre-sweetened (or, if not, takes at least three packets of sugar) and has a lot of different spices. Oh, yum. 
  • European Union: This ties in with my simmering interest in political science, human rights, and social justice. I'm well aware of the drawbacks in the EU's governing structure, but I also think that super-sovereign entities/regional unions are going to be a characteristic feature of the 21stC. Speaking from a human rights perspective, I think that's a good thing, and I also think the Union is a unique social experiment with its own idealistic charm. Though I am sad that it killed the drachma.
  • hearing chimes at midnight: this is me pretentiously inventing a unique LJ interest. More seriously, it's a reference to Shakespeare (2 King Henry IV, III, ii to be precise), towards the end when Falstaff and Shallow are reminiscing about their past. I'm not in love with Falstaff like Harold Bloom is, but I do think that the phrase encapsulates a certain sense of having lived life to the fullest, which is a worthy goal.
  • Jorge Luis Borges: The great Latin American writer of metafiction--Labyrinths is an iconic achievement. For my senior project in high school I read Borges' Collected Stories, House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, and made some pathetic attempts at writing my own metafiction. Yes, senior projects weren't very serious. A lot of writers owe a lot of unspoken debts to Borges, who might just be the quintessential postmodernist.
  • Quakerism: Until college, every school I attended was a private Quaker school (yes, privelege. also social justice, human rights, and graveyards). I basically consider myself a Quaker, although I still haven't yet been formally convinced as they say, but I think Quakerism is probably one of the least pernicious world religions, and I wish it had more adherents. The American Friends Service Committee, Quakerism's action arm in the United States (and located a block from my high school in Philadelphia), won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947. What's it about? Pacifism, freedom of conscience, and the idea that everyone has the Light within them (to the point that the last two can overrule the first). Oh, and you can't keep the truth in a book, as George Fox said. I'm aware of the irony of that statement when applied to me.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary: A quintessential project of the Victorian age, an expression of madness and obsession, an essential resource for writers, and anyone with a large vocabulary--I hope to own one at some point. My high school had an old condensed edition (the typeface can't be larger than 4 pt, it comes with a magnifying glass), and it's hard to think of more literate fun.
  • VNV Nation--An industrial band from Ireland to whom I was introduced by one of my college roommates. My sister and I saw them live a few years ago and they are awesome. Their newer albums are mellower, but their songs certainly appeal to my vestigial Catholic sensibilities. I listened to their song "Honor" on repeat for about a week after the 2004 election, which should give you an idea as to my interpretation of their politics.
starlady: (but it does move)

Your result for The Which Ancient Language Are You Test...


You are the Phoenician Alphabet! Teacher of the Greeks and Etruscans, you are the one all languages bow down to. That is, until the Romans decide to wipe out your civilization. That's the way the cookie crumbles.

Take The Which Ancient Language Are You Test
at HelloQuizzy

starlady: (plenipotentiary)
So like I said, Michigan tomorrow--wish me good flights and I'll see everyone in the New Year. I leave you with this set of predictions from the Times, which is hilarious at the end, and with this quiz result, which I found interesting:

Which Torchwood Character Are You?
Your Result: Ianto Jones

You most resemble the team's composed, sarcastic general support. Passionate but excellent at hiding it under a reserved exterior, you care deeply about people and have a hard time letting go. The downside of keeping such a tight leash on your external emotions is that sometimes you lose control and have to let it all out. Competent and hard-working, you like to be on top of things.

Gwen Cooper
Toshiko Sato
Captain Jack Harkness
Owen Harper
Which Torchwood Character Are You?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
starlady: ((say it isn't so))
In 2009, starlady38 resolves to...
Spend less time on chai.
Give up languages.
Become a better chocolate.
Go to post-westphalia every Sunday.
Lose ten dreams by March.
Connect with my inner nationalism.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Too good to pass up (or to be true).
starlady: (xmas penguins)
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Saturday I had a shoot-out with rival gang lords on the 5 near L.A. (-76 points). In June I saved a busload of nuns in Angola (326 points). Last Monday [ profile] olewyvern and I robbed a bank (-50 points). In February I gave [ profile] ladydarkmoon a life-saving blood transfusion (50 points). Last Friday I stole [ profile] my_wanderlust_'s purse (-30 points).

Overall, I've been nice (220 points). For Christmas I deserve a Sony Playstation 3!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:
starlady: (we're all mad here)
It honestly would not surprise me if my sister wrote this (taken from Neil Gaiman's blog):

Dear Mr. Gaiman,

With all due respect, what on earth are you thinking!

You sir, are an Englishman. Nevermind that you have seen fit to galavant over to the colonies for an adventure or three, you seem to have been taken in by those New World types.

I refer sir, to the fact that you seem to have GIVEN UP TEA!! Have you, at some moment in this overlong winter, taken leave of your senses? Think it through man! The answer is not less tea but MORE!! I suggest Assam, or failing that a pint of gin.

Yours worriedly,

ENGLAND (having a cuppa).

More later from me, as always.

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

Take the Quiz here!

starlady: (clamp-style meat buns)

Who is your inner CLAMP character?
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You scored as Kurogane

You are like Kurogane from Tsubasa. You are everything anyone could want to those who love you, and everything to fear from those who do not. Your are the type of person who comes across as being aloof and distant and your trust is not something easily earned, but once it is, you are a friend for life. And try as you might to fool them, those closest to you know you’re just one big cuddly teddy bear. <3






















starlady: (Hei)
I've been on a Valdemar kick lately (read: since Sunday night)lit crit lite )

So, as you can guess, I haven't been doing much. I did go see Nicole's production of "Beauty & the Beast," which was good overall, although I question the entire musical in the first place, if it's not Julie Taymor's "The Lion King" why not just watch the movie? I am, however, going to Boston this weekend.

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starlady: (hitsugaya smirk)
The Hero Without A Past
Must have gorgeous hair, blue or green eyes (a mixture is also acceptable), and be proficient in the use of bladed weapons. Instant and unconditional love for the Lovely Heroine a necessity. Must also have at least two of the following:
--At least 5 years missing from memory
--A dysfunctional relationship with 1 or more Reluctantly Protective Father Figures
--A distinct aversion to helping others (must be willing to go through attitude adjustment)

Examples: Cloud Strife, Squall Leonhart, Zidane Tribal, Tidus

A Final Fantasy Casting Call
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starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.


Serenity (Firefly)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Moya (Farscape)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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