Mar. 3rd, 2009


Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:51 pm
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)
Edited to add: Go check out [ profile] springfluff's userinfo if you are in need of cheering up and can think of something of which you are a fan (you know, a TV show or something) and so could request or make a virtual or real gift relating to it, even if you're not necessarily a part of "fandom." [ profile] rachelmanija and [ profile] yhlee are trying to cheer up the Internets!

It's pretty wet outside, but I wouldn't say it's been "pouring" like the local people claim it is--I almost never have to turn my wipers past low in Bay Area rain "storms." On the other hand, the wind last night down in southern San Jose was genuinely alarming. And it's definitely been raining steadily--I'm getting a bit worried as to whether my sidewalk is going to flood.

One of those "rules" of "correct English" that I have problems with is possessive+gerund in certain phrases where I tend to use the object pronoun+gerund instead. Good to know that it's not just me being strange (OK, I did that one on purpose :P): according to Language Log, there is ample and educated precedent.

Male and female paycheck graph from the NY Times (honestly, I've started posting this kind of thing to Facebook--I see why [ profile] starfishncoffee started to do that more and more; it's just easier than posting individual items like that to LJ.)

The economy, I has stimulated it. I went to B&N and bought The Demon and the City: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel by [ profile] mevennen, as part of my goal of supporting authors by buying their books new more regularly. This series is really good and you should read it if you like urban fantasy and Asian settings, and don't mind a bit of cyberpunk and nanotech mixed in. (And it has plenty of nonwhite characters, and it's not all just East Asian-white like in a lot of Asian-set fiction, either, and there are characters who aren't straight, too. Very refreshing! And there's a badger that turns into a teakettle! What more do you need?)

Alas, not available on Kindle, although there is a "Tell the publisher! I'd like to read this book on the Kindle!" link on the left. Just one click; no need to fill anything out. So I clicked. The first book, ditto.

I also bought Curry Cuisine from the discount book section as a random gift for [ profile] assaultdoor, who is a curry-of-all-colors nut--it has a modern from-scratch recipe for Japanese curry, so we'll want to try that. It has curries from all over India, of course, but also the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, Pakistan, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Caribbean, Britain, Africa, etc. Awesome (sauce).

And one more book for a friend.

And at Lane Bryant I bought three turtlenecks (rose, grey, black; all thin enough that I can probably wear them 7-8 months of the year here), a pair of soft blue pajamas with venetian lace trim that are decent enough to wear in front of other people (e.g., at the conference with roommate), a long-sleeved black t-shirt (good for layering), a bra, and a pretty strange-looking black and teal shirt (can't direct link to the black/teal one) that looked surprisingly good on, I guess because it actually has shaping for once. The one I bought looks much less like a snakeskin pattern, for the record. The total was about $50 plus tax. I will be good and go complain about the bra on the clothing filter.
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. (ueto aya-business-me)
~ the Remyth Project (read-only, in my case, obviously...)

~ [ profile] 50books_poc (see here and here for why; honestly, unless you're a writer of color yourself, if you read those two links and still think this is a dumb idea, I honestly don't want to hear it--I've about had it lately. Personally, I'd just like the authors I read to better reflect the composition of my local community* and my planet somewhat more than they currently do, because they currently remind me of that one time I looked up in that restaurant in Ohio and was unnerved to be entirely surrounded by blue-eyed white people.** EDIT: I'm not actually planning to count the number of books I read, but I think the community is a good resource for enriching reading lists with recommendations of books that will interest you/me. It is also not an attempt to get "cookies;" the only reason this isn't f'locked is because there are a couple non-LJ-users who read my LJ and might also find some stuff they want to read there.)

~ Other than the marabou feathers, Richard Ayoade was completely easy on the eyes and surprisingly natural as some kind of cosmopolitan shaman guy in two episodes (thus far) of The Mighty Boosh. (I had a suspicion he was cute, but it's a little hard to tell given how goofy he looks in The IT Crowd.) Therefore, someone really needs to write a urban fantasy or supernatural investigation show/movie he can star in. Pleeeease? Sigh. I think I might be waiting a long time.

*White people are a non-majority in Fremont; the plurality belongs to the largely meaningless category "Asians," so white people are still the single largest somewhat more cohesive group***, but boy, the people who've been living here for more than 10 years sure like to bitch about their declining grasp on power.
**No matter what my Japanese clients think, I have neither blue eyes nor blond hair.
***Three randomly chosen white residents of Fremont will have almost certainly more culture in common than than three randomly chosen Asian residents (e.g. a new citizen from Iran, a recent immigrant from southern India, and a fourth-generation Japanese-American).


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