"Land!"

May. 4th, 2009 11:10 am
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (secularism-octopus-me)


It's like "Beware, the light at the end of the tunnel might be an oncoming train," except it's "The land you've just spotted from your lifeboat might be a GIANT SQUID."

Bwahahah.

And yes, you can get it on a t-shirt, there, if you click.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Remember the "They Fight Crime" generator?* I was reading LP's condensed guide to Tokyo or something and it sparked this:

Blind in one eye, Lafcadio Hearn is a famous writer, expert on Creole cooking and voodoo, and collector of occult tales, fluent in Japanese and French. Born into a samurai family, dapper and gloomy Natsume Soseki is a renowned novelist and accomplished poet, voracious reader, and teacher, fluent in English. Together, they fight crime!



*actually I don't think this is the original one, but maybe it is.

*cackle*

Jan. 25th, 2009 10:54 am
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SF/Fantasy novels of your adolescence, now with overly truthful titles photoshopped onto the covers (or at least overly truthful as some perceive them); e. g. Mary Sue Gets a Dragon. (I loved half of these books either as an adult or as a kid, mind you, and some of them are still worth re-reading.)

Part 2; Part 3 (Scientists Can Do Anything!)

Warning: some rude humor and four-letter words.
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for MMORPG/MUSH types and those who'd get the humor:

US Democracy Server Patch Day

Heehee!
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is amusing because it is entirely logical, when you pass by a door in a cave and hear machinery, to yell "OH MY GOD WHAT IF HE'S BUILDING A ROBOT ARMY!" even if you have no other evidence.
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For you Regency fans on my f'list:

Regency Heroine Flash-Based Paper Doll
Hero Version (four different sideburn choices, or none, haha)

(you'll pardon the slightly anime-influenced faces, as these are basically kisekae dolls.)

(via [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda)

Also, apparently there may be a TV show based on the Fables graphic novel series (I know Steve Leialoha, one of the artists). I can't imagine this being done well (especially since I think [livejournal.com profile] yendi said something about the writers from the Elektra movie, wtf), but it'd be amazing if it were. Sigh.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] hillarygayle, since I never do Friday Fives but I could use a bit of dreaming right now. :)

Theme: International Travel

1. You have the summer and plenty of money to travel abroad. Where all would you go?
I'd rather not go to Japan in the summer, but...I'd go to Japan. I'd take one or two weeks to go to Taiwan, visit old haunts in Taipei (including the National Palace Museum) and finally visit the south and central parts of the island. I'd spend the rest of the time in Japan. I'd revisit and better explore all the places we went to on our honeymoon (see [livejournal.com profile] alwayshoneymoon). But we didn't get to see Kinkakuji or Arashiyama or the costume museum in Kyoto, or Akihabara or Otome Road or several museums or old shop districts in Tokyo, and I want to spend more time in Kurashiki. And I really want to visit Kyushu. SOMEONE PAY ME TO GO WITH YOU.

And since this question doesn't ask it, I'd take [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor and [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz if I could. Well, there are a bunch of other people I'd also love to take with me ([livejournal.com profile] toratigris, [livejournal.com profile] hillarygayle, [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora, etc.). It'd be awesome to go with a huge group of likeminded people. But if I had to choose one non-[livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor person, it'd be [livejournal.com profile] kyspaz, because she's never been to Asia and I think she'd really enjoy Japan (if we could avoid the seaweed). And we'd have so much fun together. (The only drawback is that we might get thrown out of Japan forever.)

2. What foods would you be sure you got to eat?
I'd like to try a bunch of the fish and stuff that I couldn't handle the first time I was in Japan. And I'd like to go to some of the sushi places featured in the seasonal sushi TV specials, especially the place with the hand-caught tuna. AND. Honey toast again. AND. DESSERT VIKING. (I can't find the link I had before, but basically, an all-you-can-eat buffet of nothing but beautiful desserts.)

In Taiwan, stinky tofu--there were a lot of things I didn't order because [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor wasn't with me and I didn't want to waste food if I couldn't eat it.


3. What landmarks would you be sure you got to see?
Kinkakuji, Sakurajima, the Shimazu family house, a ton of museums we missed the first time, Yakushima ...

4. What airline would you use?
Probably whichever partners with AA, which I believe is JAL (and we used them last time). You know, I always thought JAL was the Japanese airline to use, but all of my Japanese friends use ANA. Hmm.

5. Would your knowledge of other languages influence where you went? (i.e. would you be more likely to go to France if you spoke French)
Kind of--I really prefer to go somewhere where I can at least say "Where's the bathroom?" and "Is this train going to $destination?" But I'm certainly not fluent in either Mandarin or Japanese, That said, I'd be interested in going to almost any country in the world if I got the chance, barring places I felt were unduly likely to result in death and dismemberment.


Theme: USA Road Trip

1. Who would you take with you on a road trip?
[livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor and any variety of LJ and RL friends.

2. What states would you visit?
Well, I've seen the south, and I don't really enjoy the urban clog of the northeast, so ... how about San Diego, CA, to Vancouver, Canada (I know, I'm cheating again!)? Balboa Park, trip to Catalina or Channel Islands or whatever, museums and Japanese & Korean areas in LA, up the coast with random fun towns, Santa Cruz, Monterey, show off my favorite places in the Bay Area (various sites in San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto/Stanford, Fremont, Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco), cross the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Big Sur, all that pretty coastal stuff in extreme NorCal and Oregon, Portland, more coastal stuff, Seattle, Vancouver ... phew! IT WOULD BE AWESOME. WHO'S WITH ME?!

3. What national parks and/or monuments would you go see?
Well, due to the vagaries of our system, there's not much along the way--tempting as Yosemite and Lassen are, they'd be way out of the way (Not that the So Cal islands aren't.) Possibly Channel Islands, Pinnacles, Muir Woods, Redwood, and Olympic, I guess. North Cascades?

4. Las Vegas: Overrated or a Must-See?
Overrated. I hate cigarette smoke, and you can't escape it there. When we went they were having a (supposedly) freak heat wave, where it was 95F at midnight, so ... ugh, misery. Everything's expensive. I did enjoy some of the wacky architecture and stuff, and I kind of want to go back one time when it's cool out so I can better see the wackiness, but that's it.

5. How long would you be gone?
I think the above trip would take several weeks, but longer would be better--we could go to some of the more inland stuff, or do what someone on my f'list did once and drive as close as they could get to the Arctic Circle. Woohoo!
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (wachifield-pirate-me)
Also astonishing: m_cat's Master and Commander: The Acheron's Call posts. In these, [livejournal.com profile] m_cat documents the world's worst naval MMORPG in obsessive very detailed detail. I think they're pretty funny and ring true to MMORPGing in a lot of ways (and no, I don't write [livejournal.com profile] m_cat!). Take a look if you are into Patrick O'Brian and/or play MMORPGs, etc.

Someone needs to tell Wil Wheaton about the posts! On the off-chance he'd find the "wilw" character funny, that is. Sadly, he doesn't follow me back on Twitter, and I doubt he'll get down to the comment I left on his blog about it. If you know him and you think he'd think it's funny, please pass it on. [livejournal.com profile] m_cat's writer typist would love that.
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(click for blase')


(click for squeeage and incoherent details)

(and yes, I'm so very giddy that I even posted with no makeup or photo-editing or anything. :p Behold my hideous teeth and face that has decided it is 13 again, in terms of break-outs that is)
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SixApart, the owners of LJ, are looking for QA engineers for their San Francisco HQ.


Between the puns and the alliteration: I think Stan Lee may be working for ANG. At the Safeway news rack, headlines from the Oakland Tribune and Argus included "Climate Ruling Receives Warm Welcome,"* "Salt Ponds Peppered with Praise," and "Dying Tradition" (about New Orleans-style funerals).

*Climate something. Agreement, proposal, ruling, something. That's not the important part. :p


I read some of the business section of the Mercury today. One article mentioned something called the "coincident index," which made me imagine a "coincidence index." In a setting like Bordertown, where Faerie can be near or far, there might be a Coincidence Index in the mundane world. Coincidence families, like Nielsen families, keep track of the number of coincidences in their daily lives, allowing the experts to determine when the border to Faerie is getting thinner.

Why not?


History/gamer geeks take note: WWII as online gaming chat window messages. (Chock full of offensive language and so on, but that's the way a lot of gamers talk online. Very funny if you've ever had a peek at the chatter during online strategy games ... too accurate! I especially love the part where Hitler accuses Roosevelt of hacking the game.)

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