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So, the amusing thing is that January seems to be wolf month, or something.  Last year it was [personal profile] akavertigo's ideas about Lupercalia, and this year it's

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ok, so i got sucked back into the deep joy that is student life and oh dear gods what am i doing to myself this semester?

last week was basically me hurtling myself from one class to the next, clinging barely to the readings, then wednesday and thursday our art history class was asked/requested to go to this amazing thing Japanese artists were doing called PIKA PIKA (their blog - you can see some of their other art/films) where they create animated films using flashlights and drawing pictures in the evening sky. 

Awesome event!  Even if there was a bunch of waiting around and a little weird direction, we made a face of light with 200 people!  It sounds silly, and it was, but that kind of silly that you're amused to do.  The next night, where the group premiered some of their work, was even better since I could actually understand some of it in Japanese.  But both nights ended at 10 pm, and I'm not used to doing that AND class every day AND reading for classes AND TA stuff AND the fearful preparation of having to actually ask someone to not only be your advisor but also head your committee.

On the good side, it all worked out!  ON the (not really bad, per se, just) other side, by the time I crawled to Friday I was good for absolutely nothing.  NOTHING.  I even took the dog to the dog park instead of walking her.

Which meant I did absolutely nothing this last weekend (well, not true, I read a little, and played a little catch up, but not as much as I would like).  OH, and also, have you heard of Fiasco?

Fiasco is a game about ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won’t go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. It’s designed to be played in a single session, usually around two and a half hours, with no prep. [ from the website ]

Believe it or not it's like playing/writing a movie out with friends.  SO MUCH FUN.  Of course it might have also helped that the company was fabulous too - hung out with my friends that for some reason I call the comp-lit kids.  They're awesome and all totally involved in narrative, so we geeked out together and made a weird bloody nerdy story.

This week?  it's raced along on running wheels, and I just remembered I have even more homework to do before Friday.  I've also managed to decide I'm going to start a tumblr for my cinema studies sections on the films we're doing (with some random additions based on whatever i feel like), so here, for the curious, is [ east asian cinema indeed ] (and yes, we talked about Lost in Translation the first day of class, so don't be surprised at bill murray showing up)

When it rains, it pours.  At least life is not boring!
katekat: (giles - sharp dressed man (SOG08))
A weekend late, but still, happening! Please pimp to all your friends if you are so inclined!!

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1. Do you all know why LJ sucks lately? It is probably because LJ is actually hosting someone cool:

Russian Government Blamed In LJ DDoS Attacks

LiveJournal Russia, the country's main platform for uncensored political discussion, recovered Tuesday from its biggest-ever hacker attack — which bloggers said could not have been staged without state resources.

The Cyrillic segment of the blogging service, which numbers 4 million Russian-language users, was first hit by a cyber attack last Wednesday.

Hackers used computers infected by malware, mostly in Asian and Eastern European countries, to flood the servers with requests, paralyzing them for seven hours. A second wave followed Monday, again rendering LiveJournal.com inaccessible in Russia.

[ more here at ONTD_political ]

2. I'm not here because I should be reading this book by my professor that we're talking about in class tomorrow. But I'm tired. And mentally burned out a little because I gave a presentation today on a paper I'm going to write for the end of the semester in another class, and it was conceptually ... challenging! And I had to be on my toes! Now all I want to do is relax! gah!

3. BUT, for those of you who have to make presentations, and don't like powerpoint (really, does anyone like powerpoint? well, even if you did, you should try this out because it will convert you), I give you PREZI.COM

you can take a look at my very own CRAZY ASS presentation here

Which gives you some (but only a tiny bit) of an idea about why Prezi is way more awesome than power point. Just be careful - if you're like me, the entire thing will EAT YOUR BRAIN. I literally spent three days working through the conceptual and the technical for this presentation. Hopefully the next time I use it the process will be slightly faster since I know what I'm doing on the technical side. It doesn't help that I was quasi brainstorming Sat night when I started all of this and then sat down on Monday and rewrote half of my talking points.

ok, I can do homework, really I can. I'm going now, really I am. *hugs all of you*
katekat: (Default)
Getting better.  Still have a great hacking cough, but I don't think I'm quite hacking as much as I was yesterday.  I get better in percents - say about 5% a day.  Which means, of course, that spring break has been eaten by the cold.

 In good news
  • got funding for summer!
  • got into Middlebury for summer!
  • parents are going to help for summer so i might even be able to go there!!
  • did laundry today including weird things like shower curtains (this is why it's worth it to buy fabric shower curtains - you can wash them)
  • dog is totally passed out from actually playing at the dog park, and we had a new first - she chased a ball when i threw it outside! This is a benchmark, really it is.  Mom had this idea that since Domino only fetched inside, that maybe fetching was  a play thing she only really did when she was relaxed and comfortable somewhere.  If that is true (which I think it might) then she's feeling like the dog park is her space
  • i am clean!  oh, and Trader Joes has this tingly tea tree body wash that actually tingles.... pleasing.
  • oh yeah, stopped smoking last friday... have had minor urges but have quelled them.  am looking forward to unstinky life in the future.

In things yet to do )

Wow, ok, the todo list could be way worse.  That's a relief.

Thank you to everybody who has bid on a movie poster!!  There's still open spots if anyone else has $5 to donate to relief in Japan and wants one .... my thread is here.

Other than that, nothing major is going on except for some amusing gossip that the ex may be in the market for boyfriends as well as girlfriends ... at least according to his facebook profile as tweeted to me by another friend.  (and Miranda, if you read this, call me, will ya? we need to discuss in person!)  Life is never dull is it?
katekat: (_nihon_lion)
In honor of the exciting Lupercalia celebration planned for the future at the just being created today kradamcakes, I give you a wolf picspam.

And by picspam I mean, well, PICSPAM. There are more images here than I've dealt with in a long time, and a link at the bottom to the photobucket that contains more. If you like wolves you will like these photos. And if you like the idea of Kradam & Wolves (and in the future, Kradam & mermaids, and possibly other cracked out things), keep your eye on kradamcakes (though probably not quite, you know, today).

Almost all images are pretty large (min 800x400, but lots 1280x1024) so right click and view in new window/save as to your heart's content!

A gentleman is simply a patient wolf. Lana Turner )
katekat: (angel - smile)
Hey darling flist, if you're bored and have an extra half an hour or so, please please consider taking my friend's survey about the way different components of your personality mix in with each other.

This is the survey link

Thanks guys!! It's anonymous (you give your first name so the survey can refer to you, but it doesn't track it), and would help her out bunches and bunches!
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I do.  I've been doing it.  Yesterday I had a great day with my boyfriend - we went out to breakfast, got caught in the serious downpour and decided not to go to a museum but instead to curl up on the couch and watch a movie (which we did).  But then I had to pay for my sins of fun.  And pay.  And pay. 

Which meant reading the first half of Frederick Jameson's A Singular Modernity in a night.  And then reading Tani Barlow's Introduction on Colonial Modernity.  Then writing a response paper, doing Japanese homework, studying for a dialogue check, writing out all of my notes and discussion questions for my class this afternoon, picking up coffee, taking the dog on a walk, making sure the plastic bag we have covering our back door was properly arranged as I left the house so that we can minimize the leaks in the office. 

Then Japanese, then doing a little more prep for theory, then class, then home to make dinner, and do more Japanese homework, and read Hiroshima Mon Amour and two articles pertaining to it (one of which actually has the title Excription/Antigraphy --- and if you can guess what either of those terms mean I'll make you a shiny graphic this weekend).  AND even though I was bad and didn't taken exhaustive notes on either piece, I'm stick-a-fork-in-me-done.

It's been a busy 24 hours.

I'm mostly making this post to remind anyone who hasn't seen my shameless plugs for it earlier, but [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti 's bidding closes tomorrow.  Even if you don't want graphics from me, there are a million other people offering magnificient and wonderful things, and if you have a few spare dollars they can use it.  And if you *are* interested in graphics from me, I still have two entirely open spots (because I said I'd take top 5 bidders), so you can have a katekat graphic of your very own for a donation to the approved charity of your choice for $5.  Just leave a comment here before 12 noon Eastern Standard Time Wed, June 20.

*falls down* sweet dreams all. 
katekat: (_against the wall)
the schoolish update )

which reminds me - I've made some new friends in the last couple of weeks - if you guys want to be on my academic filter, which is basically me wittering, plus article summaries/notes, and the occasional rough draft of a paper, here's a poll for you! Or, if you're currently on it and would like to be removed ... let me know! If you don't answer don't worry, I won't drop people off unless they explicitly ask.

[Poll #1512157]

a word on Japanese action movies - Shinobi: Heart Under Blade )

a couple of thoughts on Haiti news coverage )

and finally, a quick reminder / pimp (click the banner for my thread):

I'm offering stuff to the 5 highest bidders, and only have 3 bids (from awesome people) right now, so if you've got a spare $5 you too can have the graphic you desire
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Ok, first off, if you missed the posts about LJ turning off media embedding for a while (it's back on now, but it was because of an attack), you may want to check your privacy settings on old posts and make sure they're correct.  Check [livejournal.com profile] news for more info [ here's a link to the direct post ]

[livejournal.com profile] wesleysgirl and [livejournal.com profile] janedavitt wrote an absolutely beautiful addition to their Act of Nature verse (Giles/Xander, Adult) called To Have and To Hold, and they asked me if I'd do a banner for it, so ... I did! check the entire thing out here (and leave feedback for the authoresses here)

If you haven't already seen it, [livejournal.com profile] cmk418 is asking prompts for the Giles/Xander Fabulous Fall Fest right here. The idea is that you prompt up to 10 things you'd like to see (from Gen to NC17, from art to icons to whatever) and then pick and choose from the prompts there and do some of them to make happy-fun-Giles/Xander time!

and i was gonna do more with some Merlin links, but ... it is bedtime!

My horoscope for this week (and for all you other libras):

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): This is an excellent time to celebrate the pleasures of emptiness . . . to extol the virtues of the blank slate . . . to be open to endless possibilities but committed to none . . . to bask in the freedom of not having to be anything, anyone, or anywhere. Are you smart enough to need no motto to live by? Are you resourceful enough to rely on nothing but the raw truth of the present moment? If so, you will thrive in the coming days.
katekat: (giles - manly jaw (SOG08))
ok, first off, one of my all time favorite EVER WIPs just got a new update, so really, if you haven't read it before you should start now, even if you don't read WIPs, even if you don't read Spike/Xander, even if you don't read fanfic, and tell the author how you got swept up in its wonderful small imperfectness too:

And then, I spent most of the afternoon reading a Star Trek: Reboot Kirk/Spock called Breaking Point that was about two men whose weaknesses actually help shore each other up, and about a third man who sees way too much potential in them both and so makes things happen, and it was absolutely wonderful and plotty and kind of adorable and fun and most of all hopeful at the end.

And speaking of hopeful if you're ever going to venture into Buffy/Giles, you should really be aware that it can be done like [livejournal.com profile] glimmergirl does it in Love is an Evil Word because she does it well, she does it beautifully, and she somehow fixes Season 3 things that are broken with the delicacy of an architect who only works with dreams.

And finally here's a dirty, pithy (and yet nicely satisfying for a one-shot), adorable Merlin/Arthur fic by [livejournal.com profile] freudian_fuckup called Forgotten for Good that is not only hot but sweet with a slightly grumpy Merlin, a slightly snarling possessive Arthur, and even though they're in an a ... relationship, this is the big magic reveal and it's important and sweet and serious all at the same time.

Besides, you know you're bored, and you know you want to go read!

and we saw UP, the preview for the new Disney movie, and other random bits )
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[livejournal.com profile] lostgirlslair and I have been in the process of developing an idea. An IDEA (we hope). For anyone interested in graphic art who is tired of [livejournal.com profile] icon_tutorial as the only place where you find "how to's" on livejournal. And so, I'd like to introduce you to:

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GraphicSluts is intended to be a resource and discussion arena for multi-fandom graphic artists - the processes, the techniques, the theories behind making art. Once a month we'll be hosting an open discussion about some trend we see in graphic art. At the end of every month we'll have a guest speaker who will offer their own unique perspective on the kind of art they do.

Membership is open, posting access is restricted as we start up (although we have great plans for mid year), and if you've ever been curious about making icons, making wallpapers, making anything ... and curious about how others do that magic they do so well, this comm is for you.
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I'm in a warm house, with football on the TV (this is not by my choice, but the BF is a fan, and it means I find other things to do than watch TV), my mom is on one side with a book about eastern religion, and my D is on the other with a book about graffiti artists.

The best kept secret of the house is that my mom, master of many talents, has cornered the market on breakfast for the WIN.  The first morning she was here she did a simple scramble with spinach, tomatoes and cheese, the second morning we did waffles and butcher's thick-cut bacon (the only way to go, as far as I'm concerned), and there were three perfectly (and I mean PERFECTLY) done fried eggs.  Buttery, seasoned to perfection (so much so that Neil didn't even object to the pepper the way he usually does). 

But this morning?

We got fresh potato pancakes, perfectly formed, crisped to a fantastic golden color on the outside and cheesy and warm on the inside, parmesian scrambled eggs done to a soft fluffy perfection, and the rest of the bacon.  

If only breakfast was this way every day.

Now, for your entertainment, linksies:

The Bush-Shoe Game (not for conservatives w/out a sense of humor)

I Made This. You Play This. We are enemies.  The best po-mo game I've ever played.  Don't expect to win.  Don't expect to understand.  Just ... play.

Uncontrollable Semantics.  From the same digital/web artist (Jason Nelson) it's just ... beautiful.  I spent almost half an hour going from word to work and playing with the patterns and un-patterns.  Rootshape is my FAVORITE word.

play!  enjoy!
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(it's a big ficathon for long-buffyverse stories ... and has a section for artists/illustrators too!!)
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It's 12 midnight my time, and I'm supposed to be in bed, sleeping, so I'm doing a drive by post with links instead of full thoughts.  Will come back, soon!

Monday afternoon I saw two kabuki performances at KABUKI-ZA!!  Kabuki rocks when there are demons in it!

Tuesday I ran down to Akihabara for more kaiten-zushi (see previous post for link to that) and some present buying, then went to an Izukaiya with my rommie B and ate bite size chicken skin and livers and stuff and had my first sake in Japan on this trip

Wednesday was my last tutoring session, and after I took myself off to Yasukuni Jinja and found the best thing about the place, for me, was the little koi garden in the back.  (pictures forthcoming, promise).  After that I went to Ikebukuro for my first American fast food in Japan - KFC and did some shopping and met a school friend H for coffee and cigarettes.

THEN, I spent the rest of the night reading our homework assignment for class and:

EVERYONE INTERESTED IN ALTERNATIVE FICTION (i'm talking new forms of writing), please check this out - it was a sensation in Japan.  It's a supposedly true story from a single-men's BBS (online forum) in Japan - this guy was worried about asking a girl out on a date.  The BBS of single men (they call themselves poison men because they're the kind of guys who, here, are expecting to be geeky confirmed bachelors their entire lives) gave advice to the guy and basically coached / followed his story.  So, this happened on a forum right?  Well, the owner / mod of the forum compiled the threads into one single narrative, and then it was consumed by millions in Japan.  AND THEN.  they printed a book that is the *exact* same thing you can get on line... and know what?  It sold in the MILLIONS.  I sound like add copy, but it blows me away that the thing that most of us take for granted is our daily life online ... and it was published as a  new form of media and not only sold, but was one of the most popular books of the year here.  Also?  A TV series AND a Movie and I think also a manga and WHOAH.  That's a lot of readers.

I want to write more about alternative writing forms, but have to stop gushing.  Check it out here:  TRAIN MAN  電車男

Today!  Today G & I got together after my class and went to Ueno Park: the National Museum, and also the old black market of Japan that used to be right next door (it's now not a black market, but a market, still!).  And I had falafel that was FANTASTIC and should be on a show about Tokyo - a $5 falafel.  MMMM.  Then we finally, after two previous abortive attempts, saw the new Batman movie and ... well, it just about blew the top of my head off with the goodness.  Even though I was supposed to go home right after we stopped and got some food so that we could discuss because AH! there was so much to talk about!

tomorrow (friday) i'll try and put up the pictures - studying for my finals on saturday, yay, and then on Sunday I depart for LA!

(and this is what I call a short post)
katekat: (_nihon)
So, this is my last post before I head off to California before I head off to Japan.  I don't know if I'll have internet while in CA because the parents ... well, one of them does, and the other is doing dial up and I have lost the patience I used to have with it.  Besides, I kinda want to hang out with them a lot.  And then... JAPAN!

I'm sure I'll be boring you all with posts once I get there, as this year I'm supposed to have much better (and more reliable) internet access.  But until then, in the words of the goofy reprobates (and I seriously hope they don't remake this movie): Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!

OH, and PS, for all you Cordelia lovers?

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katekat: (_metal scream)
based off of [livejournal.com profile] secondalto 's post here...

The NY Times article Abortion Proposal Sets Condition on Aid:

The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control.

more importantly:

The proposal defines abortion as follows: “any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.”  [ emphasis mine ]

and finally,

“The proposed definition of abortion is so broad that it would cover many types of birth control, including oral contraceptives and emergency contraception.” [ emphasis mine ]

Feministing, as usual, has their own unique take on things, and even lovelier graphics, but I also believe they have a point - there seems to be some idea that if it offends somebody those who are offended have to be protected, which isn't quite how I think anit-discrimination laws work.

The full text of the draft memo that's sparked the whole debate [ in PDF form ]

A link to the Department of Health and Human Services' comment form (where you can express your displeasure.)

A link to the Planned Parenthood campaign form to "Stop President Bush's massive sellout of women's healthcare".

And, in my reading on this, I've found this site that has stories of people working in abortion clinics and the anti-choice women they gave abortions to (which makes for really interesting reading).  One of the many stories:

"I've had several cases over the years in which the anti-abortion patient had rationalized in one way or another that her case was the only exception, but the one that really made an impression was the college senior who was the president of her campus Right-to-Life organization, meaning that she had worked very hard in that organization for several years. As I was completing her procedure, I asked what she planned to do about her high office in the RTL organization. Her response was a wide-eyed, 'You're not going to tell them, are you!?' When assured that I was not, she breathed a sigh of relief, explaining how important that position was to her and how she wouldn't want this to interfere with it." (Physician, Texas)

And finally, an absolutely amazing rant by [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling .  She is not at all fair minded, but she's passionate, and tired of all the shit (and by shit I mean the government attitude and the common discourse about women's rights to their own bodies), and I respect that, deeply.

Although this is still in the draft stage, and I completely understand that, I'm saddened, disheartened, and frankly terrified that this kind of thing could even get to the draft stage.

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