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Oct. 7th, 2016 12:51 am
elfinblaze: (zamonia dangerous books)
Currently wearing: a perfume called Death and Decay (from Lush). Everything smells of lilies! I love it!

Currently loving: this video - 10 styles of metal.
I had to choke off a laugh so I wouldn't wake anyone. Those lyrics are so true!

Complete list of dead animals that have been pulled out of my backyard swimming pool so far:
- Innumerable insects (including spiders)
- A few lizards, mostly Fence Skinks and Eastern Water Skinks
- One frog (big, brown, and spotty)
- One rabbit
And today, one magpie!

Life Stuff

Apr. 22nd, 2016 11:11 pm
elfinblaze: (zamonia dangerous books)
- How did I become the mother of this household? I know I'm the eldest child (of the four of us siblings), but it hit me today, that I'm living with the two children I helped raise: my youngest sister (now 22) and her daughter (now 3). I never signed up to be a mother and yet here I am.

I'm running to house and doing everything at the moment because my sister's just been diagnosed with chronic pain, and she can't move well enough to do a lot of the chores, or even run after her daughter.

And while I made dinner yesterday, the kid drew all over herself. All over! She still has green hands. Argh!

- I am ecstatic that Birth.Movies.Death covered Wild Zero. I freaking love that movie! The most rock-and-roll movie I have ever seen! It's amazing. A guitar neck containing a sword, used to cut down a UFO! That is a scene I will remember for life!

- The Problem
To put it bluntly, The Problem is that DC wants to be Marvel, and they have for the past 50 years.
I call it The Problem and I think I have a pretty good reason for that, but to be honest, that desire has actually led to some of the best DC stories ever printed — arguably some of the best comics ever printed, so it’s not entirely a bad thing.

This is a very entertaining read on the history of DC Comics and their relationship with Marvel.
elfinblaze: (supergirl)
- When I was in high school, Brian Greig was the only openly gay politician I knew of. Today he's writing in The Guardian, reflecting on those times, and how little has changed:
History teaches us that wishing gay rights issues would just go away always backfires, and suppressing this issue will only serve to make it a key focus in the election.

- I love this article: Superman and the Damage Done.
Grace is a word that I have used a number of times here, and I have meant that in multiple ways, both as a description of physical movement and as a way of behaving. Superman can be firm, but is always polite, and he does not hold his powers as a cudgel above others... unless it's Zack Snyder's Superman.

Now I'm thinking of the DC trinity in spiritual terms. If Superman is grace, Batman is sacrifice, and Wonder Woman is mercy. At least, that's how I think of them.

I'm pretending the current cinematic "Znyder-verse" doesn't exist, LA LA LA!

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Mar. 22nd, 2016 10:49 pm
elfinblaze: (zamonia dangerous books)
- This is hilarious:
As question time began, Fairfax journalists walked out on strike in protest against 120 job cuts. The former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan was named and banned from the chamber for 24 hours. His colleague Stephen Conroy played Candy Crush while heckling the defence minister, Marise Payne.

A summary of the last sitting of parliament before the Easter break. And it's all true! (Well, I don't have a second source for the Candy Crush claim, but all the other activities described in the article are true.) They just forgot the mention the pyjama party at the end of the day. Yes, there are photos of politicians in pyjamas in the halls of parliament! I should also point out that Bruce Billson's valedictory speech went for an hour. An hour!

I can't help but think of The Muppets' song Cabin Fever. Imagining politicians as Muppets makes everything less headdesky.

- This is a good read too:
No healthy debate or productive engagement is ever going to be possible when attack on a person is considered equal to criticism of a property. That's flat-out ludicrous.

It a good job of explaining how people can sometimes over-identify with fiction in a way that becomes very personal. Too personal. I get that, but not the need to attack others who disagree. I'm a big fan of love what you love, live and let live.
elfinblaze: (quiltbag)
- Salted pistachios for breakfast. I win at being an adult!

- Also, I'm one of those people who eats the garnishes on restaurant plates, because I love parsley. Today, Magpie and I were tasting the mini herb garden we set up last week. The Oregano was fine. Magpie loved the Chives. The Rosemary was amazing, and the Parsley was just divine! We had to drag ourselves away.

- Australian artists release an album for marriage equality in Australia.
Including Jimmy Barnes, Australian Idol Wes Carr, John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire, The Black Sorrows, and Katie Noonan, among others.

- Films That Will Haunt You. Forever.
My personal entry would be Ring 0: Birthday (リング0 バースデイ). That last shot of the movie still haunts me.

- Jut found this blog post about my old university. It even includes my most hated building: the biology building. Most hated, because in order to get to the classroms you have to circle three sides of the entire bloody building (the fourth side is labs that you can't just wander through)!

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Jul. 10th, 2015 07:17 pm
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- I fell on our wood pile this morning. Achievement: dirty clothes and scraping skin off my arm. Well done, self.

- Two weeks ago all I could bring myself to do was to sit in bed, hiding from the world, hoping it would forget I existed, because it was all too much to face. Then I got an invite to [profile] viciousdisorder's house. It made me drag myself to the doctor and ask to go back on happy pills. Now, two weeks later I'm not yet ready to deal with Stuff, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel already. Doctor said I look happier too.

- Just discovered http://www.sockdreams.com/ ... I am in heaven!

- New trailer for Supergirl. I cannot wait for this show to start!

- German songs from 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC_DCCHJs74
Includes some good ones.

Randomness

Jun. 22nd, 2015 11:11 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- Mother is home from hospital. Not better, and she can't eat solid food anymore, but she reckons she'll hold on until September, when my sister gets married, cause she wants to be here for that. After that... we'll see.

- I just discovered the touch keyboard on my laptop. Ooooh. Now I can type with just my mouse.

- Open letter to the couple threatening to divorce if Australia passes marriage equality:
You are 'quitting' not because of anything having to do with your own marriage or family, but because another family might be given the opportunity for security, honor and growth. Your rationale is not sound, it is not compassionate, nor would anyone on any side of it grow better because of it. Your proposed actions are, in a word … childish.
I agree. Very much: "No, mine!" and "If we have to share our toys with the homos, we don't want them!!" With an added dash of: "ME! It's all about MEEE!!! Me! Me! Me! Your gay marriage is all about me! I'm the important one here! See what those nasty gay people are making me do?"

My suggestion still stands: Let's co-opt breathing so that the stupid people will stop doing it.

- Man, I'm in love with Matthew James Thomas' voice! He played Pippin in the 2013 Broadway revival of the musical.

- Ok, this Star Trek VS Star Wars video made me laugh. All so true. And I like them both.

Randomness

Jun. 1st, 2015 12:22 pm
elfinblaze: (Arrow Laurel)
- This is so cool: Altas of the DC Comics Universe.

- Of all the comic book TV shows I do watch, I wasn't going to catch Lucifer because it sounded boring. Then I saw the trailer. It looks fun. And ridiculous. Thus fun. The fact that it's pissing off conservative Christians is an even better reason for me to check it out. Maybe at a fitting time like Christmas. [/bitter lapsed Catholic]

- I have not, however, seen Constantine, mainly because FUCKING GOYER!!

- From Bill Shorten's speech:
The Labor leader also argues that legalising same sex marriage sends a message of inclusion to younger Australians. “We are proud of you, for who you are. You belong.”
Everyone needs to hear that, not just young people. Thank you, Bill Shorten.
(The pictures I re-posted to my tumblr will tell you exactly what the government thinks of this bill.)

- But I completely agree with this too:
Parliament passed the Same‑Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws—General Law Reform) Act 2008... that gave same-sex couples the same legal status as straight de facto couples... It could just as easily have been 'An Act to get those rowdy gays off our backs without us actually having to legislate for marriage equality...'. Of course it was still a huge achievement, but as is typical for Australia on these matters it was the kind of victory that left a lot of people tapping their watches and going 'yeah, well, about time, isn't it' rather than leaping into the air in celebration.

That's the thing about all these announcements of support and progress from politicians. They never leave me wanting to shout for joy. I only ever want to roll my eyes and go, "yeah, I'll believe it when I see it", or "well, that was half a step forward." No jubilation. Just a vague sort of despair tinging everything.
elfinblaze: (Arrow Laurel)
- I just spent three hours digging a wood splinter out of my thumb. Three hours! I kept sweating with anxiety and nausea, because I knew I'd have to take a small chunk of skin out with it because of how deep it went, so I had to pause and wipe my palms constantly. (The first sign I'm going to faint? Getting hot.)

But now that it's done I'm freezing again, and I can't hold anything in my left hand, so I'm eating a spring roll by holding it like a cigarette (and typing with my right hand).

I think I might need gardening gloves just to bring in the firewood from now on. I'm just a disaster.

- The Supergirl trailer looks fantastic! I'm not a Super-family fan, but this show looks like it will be a lot of fun.

- The Legends of Tomorrow trailer is equally exciting.

I know what shows I'm watching next year.

Randomness

Apr. 30th, 2015 01:43 pm
elfinblaze: (Arrow Laurel)
- My unpopular opinion of the week: I kinda like the new Jared Leto Joker look. It's different. Different interests me. Plus, grinning man with surgical glove = nightmare fuel. So it's working for me.

Of course, I am also one of those crazy people who likes Arrow better than The Flash, so what do I know?

- Quick dose of faith in humanity: Men around the world are painting their nails in support of Bruce Jenner
#PaintYourNailsForBruce

- Former homophobes reveal what changed their minds
Yes, reddit, I know, but I promise this thread is worth reading.

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Apr. 23rd, 2015 04:50 pm
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- Six months and I haven't managed to kill my cactus yet! I haven't been trying, but normally I kill everything I put in the ground. Or it never comes up in the first place.

- Pictures I took of the Parramatta River today. Banks? What banks? If you walk past, you can still see that the water was much higher yesterday; the nearby roads are all dusted with sand and soil, in ripples like water currents, where the high water washed it on shore. It's a mess.

- I am caught up on Arrow and The Flash! Finally. Such fun shows.

- The only internet comment section worth reading is at Slacktivist, and especially this post, where people discuss whether a human/kryptonian hybrid is possible.
I'm not saying that interbreeding is tremendously likely, but anyone who says "Oh, I can accept that an alien would look and act recognizably human, but interbreeding is beyond the pale because of the astronomical odds involved" isn't on solid scientific ground. The odds of two species that are so similar not being able to interbreed might be high, but the odds of two species being so similar is many many times higher.
Ahh, nerds.

- No, that's not true. The comment section of Badass Digest is also a good place.

Randomness

Apr. 1st, 2015 05:10 pm
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
- Down For Everyone Or Just Me? is the most helpful website ever. Yes, Ticketmaster's website is broken for everyone and not just me.

- Tunnel to the other side of the Earth.
So, if I were to start digging in my back garden, I would end up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. However, if I were to try to run as far away from Sydney as possible without drowning, I'd be living in the Azores. Cool.

(Did you know that a lot of people from the Azores emigrated to Brazil? They still maintain their own small cultural groups there. /Random fact I remember from Anthropology.)

- I hate April 1st, but these made me smile.
The Australian Sex Party issued a press release this morning announcing they had merged with the Shooters & Fishers [Party]. The name of this new alliance? The Sex Pistols, of course.

- I have a bone to pick with TOR's Best Shakespeare Adaptations For Teenagers. How can this be a complete list without the inclusion of Were The World Mine? It is the best take on A Midsummer Night's Dream that I've seen, because it gets to the heart of the original play but explores those ideas in a modern environment. At least someone mentioned it in the comments. *harrumph*

I do agree that Romeo Must Die is an excellent spin on Shakespeare's play though, and it's my favourite one on the TOR list.

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Mar. 31st, 2015 06:29 pm
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter Hermione)
- If you'd like a dent in your forehead, try going through the "homosexual agenda" tag on tumblr. Guaranteed headdesking.
It's all: "Don't you see that intolerance of intolerance is intolerant? You should let me 'live and let live', the way I don't let you. So stop being such a hypocrite."
No, I'm not a train wreck enthusiast, really. :)

- I am so unfit. I started a simple daily 5-10 minute exercise routine last week and now I ache all over. Owwwww...

- On the other hand, books I have read so far this week:
Hero, by Perry Moore
Princesses #2: The Mermaid's Madness, by Jim C. Hines
Princesses #3: Red Hood's Revenge, by Jim C. Hines
And it's only Tuesday. What am I doing with my life?

- Where have all the lesbians gone in TV and film?
I was just thinking about this last week. Plenty of shows currently featuring queer men, but not so much women. It sucks that I don't like prison shows, so Orange is the New Black is right out for me. Glee is over, Lost Girl is ending this year, what does that leave? Maybe Orphan Black, but the lesbian on that show is dying, and clones don't really interest me (I'm making myself trudge through my sister's DVDs, hoping the show will hook me, but no luck so far). There's not a lot of options out there right now.

- I'm still trying to untangle all the historical threads of Christianity, so I love this quote:
"One of my Calvinist friends... describes the branches of the Reformation this way: If you picture the Church as a chest of drawers, the Lutherans went drawer by drawer and discarded items they felt were wrong. The Calvinists dumped out all the drawers, then methodically sorted through the stuff and returned only that which they thought was essential. The Anabaptists took an axe to the whole thing and resolved to start over with a new chest of drawers."

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Mar. 25th, 2015 08:31 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- I just found an old bag containing at the bottom: old tissues, an empty plastic bag, two (slightly flattened) markers, and an anthropology sheet on women in post-colonial India. Yes, bag, you've made your point, you've been abandoned since my university days.

- Also need to stop knocking things off my windowsill. First my cactus, now a solar panel... At least the latter didn't leave its spines behind in my palm.

- Interesting tidbit before the New South Wales election this weekend: The Greens are close to toppling the Nationals in their heartland.
For non-Australians, the Nationals are the conservative, right-wing, country party. The Greens the left-wing environmental party. Shockingly, the Nationals haven't noticed how concerned country people are about their land and environment. Thus, when the Greens stepped up to the issue, suddenly those traditionally conservative voters were looking to the political left for their local representatives.

- As I said on tumblr, when it comes to board games, my current personal style of play is losing. Or rather, being experimental and trying out new ways of playing the game, which more often than not then results in me losing.
"I wonder what happens if I do this? Ok, and now I'm stuck in a swamp. Good-o. And look, there goes the last of my sanity. *dribbledrool*"

- New favourite Boardgame blog: The Misery Farm!
For fuck's sake, I have too many sheep and not enough everything else. The free pen is too small for any more sheep, even with a barn, so I have acquired a house sheep. I'm fairly certain it's going to smell.
Help! I'm dying of laughter!

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Mar. 7th, 2015 11:20 am
elfinblaze: (quiltbag)
- Happy Mardi Gras! My (straight) brother is going. I'm not. I'm staying home to watch and blog Glee. I'll watch the parade on TV tomorrow. *lazy*

- I hear that the 90s are back. So where's my damn rock music?

- Earlier today, I dropped a whole jar of dried herbs all over the kitchen and pantry floor. Just now, I knocked my cactus off my windowsill, getting rocks and soil all over my bed. How did I catch my cactus? By grabbing it. I've just spent ten minutes picking spines out of my palm, because ow. I'm a disaster today.

- I've finally found a use for those Gideons bibles we were given in high school. I'm currently using mine to press flowers.

- Also, this week I worked out what that old building was that I used to walk past. It's the infamous old Parramatta Girls Home.

- I don't visit board game forums every day, but sometimes there's interesting discussions I get caught up reading. Like which games you'd pass on to the next generation. Generally I'd say "all of them" and let the kids decide on which ones to keep. But I also realised my family's into its second generation of playing Talisman (introduced by the parents of girls my sister and I grew up with), and goodness only knows how many generations of my family has played Chess (I don't even know where our old set comes from).

Randomness

Feb. 25th, 2015 11:43 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
Q: If you have a cricket ball in one hand, and a cricket ball in the other hand, what've you got?
A: One bloody huge cricket.

- NSW Labor leader now supports marriage equality.
Another tiny step. Too slow and tiny for my taste, because I'm so tired of trying to be satisfied with other peoples' tiny steps.

- Any old Hornsby Girls recognise this tune? You should! We had it drilled into our heads for six years, albeit with different words. The song is called The Vicar of Bray.

You're welcome for me getting it stuck in your heads once again.

Randomness

Feb. 18th, 2015 09:38 pm
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- It's nice to feel appreciated. Like when people appreciate one of my blogs. Feels good.

- Sci-fi/geek conventions around Australia, 2015.

- How to start an arguement among a bunch of Germans.
It's clearly das Nutella!

- More from FFA:
We have the Princes Highway in Australia. It goes right around the entire country, meaning that every single person living around the coast can argue about whether it should be Prince's, Princes' or Princes. Occasionally Princess, which is how most people pronounce it.

I always figured it was Princes' Highway but no one could ever be bothered remembering the apostrophe at the end. Huh.

Randomness

Feb. 3rd, 2015 02:22 pm
elfinblaze: (quiltbag)
- I'd just like to point out to the Australian government that Vietnam is now more progressive than Australia as far as gay rights are concerned. But I know it would be too much to hope that my government would feel ashamed by this news. The fuckers would probably feel proud instead.

- Sometimes it sounds like the wind howls outside my house. More often than not it's a race happening on the car race track two suburbs away! Whose brilliant idea was it to stage car races in the middle of suburbia?

- Played Elder Sign with my sister recently. First time playing, and she almost single-handedly saved the game. Meanwhile, guess who had their brains sucked out through their ear with a straw? Still favouring the dying, over here.

- This is one of the best covers of The Last Unicorn that I have ever heard. Love it!
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- I am covered in glitter. Not because it's New Years, but because I went looking for art/beading/fishing tackle storage boxes, but the art storage boxes I found in the shop were covered in stray glitter. It refused to let go of me.

Anyway, happy new year, everybody!

- And no, the storage boxes were not for my craft supplies for once, but for my newest board game, Twilight Imperium. I couldn't unpack all the little bits and pieces in the game before I had somewhere to store them all.

- I also go my period today so I'm spending New Year's Eve snuggling in bed with my old friend, painkillers, and detaching 348 spaceships from their frames so I can eventually play the actual game. :p Honestly, I'm quite happy with this state of affairs.

- I'm less happy with the teenagers up the street setting off illegal fireworks, drag racing down the street on skateboards, and drinking and yelling in the street. Now I sound like an old grouch but... It's going to be a long night.

- Angelina Jolie and Miyavi, talking about his role in her film. I would not have recognised Miyavi without the crazy hair and make up. Wow.

- [livejournal.com profile] viciousdisorder, how much would you like these shoes?

Randomness

Dec. 15th, 2014 08:28 am
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter Hermione)
- Christmas presents are all bought and wrapped. Now Christmas can start. :D

- Walked around the neighbourhood looking at Christmas lights last night, because it was the first dry day in weeks. Magpie loved the lights! She kept yelling "Oh, wow," trying to touch the lit-up trees we passed, and asking for "more?"

- I haven't read the 2014 editions of Harry Potter, but I'm intrigued by some of the little details they include.

- If I weren't stuck with this reader's block, this would be awesome to try: a reading list challenge. Maybe I could write them out and draw ten from a hat? Cause just ten books a year will be a challenge for me next year.

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