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02 June 2012 @ 04:40 pm
A long, long while ago I made all those Saiunkoku Monogatari icons, but never got around to posting them. Here they are, finally. There was quite a lot more of them than I remembered...

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17 January 2012 @ 01:22 pm
I'd totally forgotten about that Fandom Snowflake Challenge thing. It's over now, 15th was the last day, but I'm still doing day 12 now.

Rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom.

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03 January 2012 @ 02:04 pm
Day 2

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

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03 January 2012 @ 12:42 pm

Having been away, I'm totally late with this! So, bear with me, you'll get the first three days all today.

Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Drop a link to your post in the comments.

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20 November 2011 @ 02:23 pm
Icons. Lot's of them. Yes, I should be writing. Ssh.

[36] Otogi Zoshi
[22] Hikaru no go
[58] Blade of the Immortal

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: lazylazy
20 September 2011 @ 10:40 pm
Alright, blind go round 12 fics have been posted. And... this time I think I might do that "guess me and win a drabble" thing. I'm really not good with drabbles, but... I'll try? ^^; So, leave a comment here with your guess. All comments are screened, naturally.

Some hints, then? Well, one could say that the title of my fic is a hint in itself... that's not much to go on, I know, but I'm afraid if I say more it'll be too easy.
02 July 2011 @ 02:02 pm
I happened to see a part of one nature program about the Baltic Sea the other day. There was this guy called Volkmar Herre, who was photographing on the Vilm island - with camera obscura. I found his photos quite stunning, so I had to dig him up on internet (took a moment, since I forgot his name...) Here is his home page: http://www.edition-herre.de/herre.php5

And as I was looking at the photos, I just got this idea that I could try to make some icons of some of them. Here we go, then. ^^

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If you use these, do credit the artists! Volkmar Herre was the name.
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24 May 2011 @ 10:41 pm
A while ago I told myself to stop buying so many things online, but I'm really glad I caved in and bought Otogi Zoshi. It's one of the best anime I've seen in a while, despite of some flaws. I just finished rewatching it - I had to see whether a second watch would help me decide what I think about certain things (which it didn't), and anyway, it's not too long, easily watched in a couple of days.

The story is divided into two arcs, the Heian arc and the modern day Tokyo arc. In the first arc the capital, Heian-kyo, faces hard times: there is famine and disease, and the politicians and rulers in general care more about their own power and the luxury it brings than anything else. A young samurai, Minamoto no Raikou (based on a real historical figure, as I just found out), is sent on the mission to find the stolen magatama, a strange...object, which is supposed to bring peace and prosperity, but he too has fallen victim to the disease. So his younger sister, Hikaru, has set out in his stead, pretending to be Raikou.

The Heian arc, I think, is my favorite. There might be some silly parts, and a bit of anime-style drama ("I will definitely save the city!!"), but the story stays together fine, has some interesting twists, and the art is just beautiful. Not to mention the characters. Seriously, this anime doesn't have a single character I wouldn't like.

The name Otogizoushi refers to a group of Japanese prose narratives written primarily in the Muromachi period (1392–1573). (Lol, you can see I copied that sentence from wiki. xD) There are many different categories of otogizoushi, but the most well-known ones are retellings of familiar legends and folktales. This anime, too, draws much from legends, especially of those that surround Raikou. For one thing, Hikaru's companions are based on Raikou's four legendary retainers. In addition to this, basically all major plotlines in this arc are taken from these legends (though they might be changed quite a lot.) There's the Tsuchigumo, Ibaraki, Shuten Doji, and Kintarou, for example.

The next arc takes place in the modern day Tokyo in which the characters have been reincarnated. It's time to fix everything that went wrong in the past. As the Heian arc drew on folktales, I'm quite sure the second arc uses many real urban legends. But somehow, it doesn't work quite as well. Many of the episodes feel somehow filler-like, not really contributing to the story. In fact, they seem to exist just so that the characters can at one point realize that hey, we went there and there and there, and something strange happened. ...there are some episodes I'll be sure to skip if when I watch this a third time.

That's only for part of the episodes, though, and not enough to ruin the story. There are some great episodes in this second arc too, and the art is still beautiful. I especially like the painting like quality the backgrounds at times have.

The ending... is... maybe ... a little weak. I'm not sure I like it. Or maybe I do. Perhaps it's the right way for this to end. And I don't say this just because it's a (semi?) sad ending - I don't mind sad endings, and it is kind of fitting. It's just that... actually, I don't seem to be able to put into words exactly what I don't like in the ending, and as I want to avoid spoilers, I guess I won't even try.

But. I'd say this anime is definitely worth a try, if you happen to come across it. Please do... the fandom is non-existent, and I want to read Hikaru/Mansairaku fics.

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09 December 2010 @ 10:51 pm
In the case you don't know about it, just stay away from a thing called Alphascript publishing.

I've been going to mention this, but I keep on forgetting... Yesterday, I was going through "my" shelves at work. (We all have our own sections we take care of, I have the so-called "small languages"... you know, these tiny languages like Chinese and Hindi and so on... xD That is, small in Finland.) Anyway, checking the Chinese shelf I found something I hadn't seen before, a book called Chinese Sign Language. A small booklet, and I took it out to check what it's like.

...for once, I lack words. First of all, these Alphascript publishing books are simply printed out wikipedia articles. Not edited in any way whatsoever. Secondly, this book that apparently should have been about Chinese sign language... well, it did have the wiki article about that subject too. It also had the articles for workshop, school, farm and so on.

Why would someone who's interested in Chinese sign language want the wikipedia article that tells you that a school "is an institution designed for the teaching of students (or "pupils") under the supervision of teachers"? Seriously. The price of the thing was 59,90 euros. Apparently it had been ordered via our internet site by some customer, who in the end hadn't wanted to get it. I wonder why.... >_>

I stared at it in utter amazement a while, then contacted our buyer and asked what the heck to do with it. He told me to throw it away, invalidate it, in other words. Which I happily did. I don't want to have rubbish like that among my books. Who in their right mind is going pay 60 euros for free wikipedia articles... that don't even have anything to do with the subject matter of the so-called book?

I'm kind of disgusted about it, really.

Wikipedia tells me that Alphascript (and Betascript, Fastbook Publishing and Doyen Verlag) are imprints of VDM publishing that specialize in publishing and selling Wikipedia articles in printed form. It says there that VDM responds to critic that "Wikipedia is a valuable, quality resource, that the company has no problem asking authors for content, that buyers are informed of where information comes from, that books are a convenient form to collect articles about interesting subjects, and that its customers are satisfied with VDM's products."

Customers are satisfied with VDM's products.

...I checked Amazon. Didn't find a single review that'd give an Alphascript publishing book more than one star.

*sigh* I chekced our database, and found out that there's a number of these books available via us... and our internet site has no information about them at all. So if customers order them... they sure don't want to keep them, and it's going to be our loss. I sent the buyer another mail, asking if we could do something about this... don't know the reply yet, cause I had no work today.

If you see a book "written" by Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster, stay clear. >_>
: cranky...
27 December 2007 @ 06:54 pm
It's been a while since I've posted any icons, I think. So... I thought it's time to post this bunch. Some of you might remember that one kids' book I mentioned a while ago, Can You See a Little Bear? As I said, I liked the images a lot, and... here we go. All of these pics aren't from that book, but they're by the same artist, Jackie Morris. (1-28 are from the Little Bear, 32 & 33 from the Snow Leopard, rest are... random.)

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29 July 2007 @ 01:55 pm
Yesterday I had some wonderful time. I took part on the summer university's archeology excursion ("Itäistä Uuttamaata jatulintarhoista kartanoihin.") It was a lovely trip, if a little tiring (we left at 8:30 am and came back 10 pm.)

The first thing we went to see was the old church of Sipoo that has been built in 1450–1454. One funny thing about that church is that it was first going to have three aisles, as was usual for churches in that time, but when it was already being built, they realized there's no room for eight pillars in such a small church. So, the plans were changed, and now, in the front part of the church there are three aisles, in the back only two.

The next place we went to was a stone age quartz quarry. Of which I would have walked over without noticing anything had there not been that "prehistoric relic, protected by law" sign there. ^^ From there we drove to Porvoo, where we took a boat to one island. But on the way there we stopped by the Porvoo river to admire the landscape. I'm afraid the pics I took don't quite do it justice...

From Porvoo, on the boat, we went to take a look on a very well preserved jatulintarha - something like the Troy Towns in Britain. The boat trip took two hours and it was one of the best parts of the trip (if a bit windy... ^^). The archipelago outside Porvoo is pretty... Once we came to the island where we were going to, we got some problems, though. It took us half an hour to get to land... you see, that island only has some summer homes, and no "official" harbor or anything, so first we had to get permission to get to land, and then to get some room at the harbor for our "big" boat... It was a bit tricky, and I think that in the future it might be a bright idea to contact somebody there before suddenly turning up with 50 something people (especially since to get to the "Troy Town" we had to walk through some gardens... ^^;) Well, everyone there were quite understanding and friendly. Though I can understand why they're not making any big number of their relic - I wouldn't want a group like ours invading the place every weekend or so.

The next target were two manors, Tervik Manor, and Rutumi Manor. The first one was an adorable place, it truly felt like a real manor. The problem with the second one..... well, I liked it too, it was a pretty place. But it had been made over into a cafe, and ... okay, so the difference between these two places was quite apparent in the two ladies of the manor who received us. The Rutumi lady was friendly and kind and putting up a show for us, the Tervik lady was friendly and kind and a Lady. As a result I took lots of pictures of Tervik, but apparently not one of Rutumi. ^^; (So check the link if you want to see it.)

By the time we were out of the manors we were an hour late of our schedule and didn't have time to go to see the barrows (which anyway would have been only piles of stones in the woods), so we went right to see one ryssänuuni. And I've no idea what to call that in English... stone oven, maybe. They are most often connected to making food, though they might have had other uses too. The Finnish name which refers to Russians is based on the fact that the ovens in the Turku archipelago are mainly found in the areas the Russian galleys were during the periods of Great Hate (1700–1721) and Lesser Hate (1742-43). They might have used them as ovens, apparently...

It wasn't a big thing, and we had some difficulty in finding it, as it was there in the middle of the forest with no signs or anything.

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: Teddy Bears' Picnic (in my head)
23 July 2007 @ 08:16 pm
Dad got our computer a new monitor. A flat one, to spare room on our quite crowded computer table. But... it's so big! I mean the screen... This'll take me a moment to grow used to. Besides, I have to change my wallpaper... and also, I have to do something about my writing journal. The background looks quite ridiculous on this monitor. ^^;; (I knew it probably would on big monitors, but didn't really care as long as I didn't have to see it. ^^)

I'm not sure if I like this monitor, though. It's one of those spread ones... (1440x900) *pokes the monitor* Stop looking so weird!

Hmm. I wish there were some code which would make the background pic always appear as big as the monitor is. That'd be handy. xD

Hmm. Here's answers to the song meme, btw. Yeah, I know, I was lazy and didn't do any bolding in the original post... ^^ Read more...Collapse )
20 July 2007 @ 09:33 pm
Random question: if you didn't know how old I am, what would you guess? ^^ I'm just wondering... first there was the waitress in Jyväskylä wanting to see my ID before selling me alcohol, and today I deeply shocked one coworker when she found out that I am not 21. And no, I'm not 23 either... xD

As I just can't remember what else I was going to write here about - there was something, I'm sure - here's one of those "guess the song" memes, again. Just because.

Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line(s) from the first 30 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Bold out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING.

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[edit] I'll be gone till Monday, btw. (edit2: I lied. Back already. ^^)
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18 July 2007 @ 09:19 pm
I've a plan. I'll try to write a little in my journal in Swedish. Because I really need to try to get that language activated - it's too difficult to talk in Swedish even about some totally every day things. I was thinking I'd make a post in Swedish every now and then, you know, something in the style "I am tired. I woke up at 8 and went to work. It was boring." and so on - something quite simple. The vast majority of you don't understand Swedish, of course... so I'll make a filter for those posts. If you for some reason or another want to be on that filter, let me know.

(As for the job... it is a little bit boring. There really aren't that many customers in July, and especially during the last hours of the day I don't have much else to do than to try to figure out where all those shoes people leave lying around really belong to.)
: determineddetermined
17 July 2007 @ 01:22 pm
I think it was back in April when I first time got some weird rash under my armpits. It went away, it came back, it went away, and... a week or two ago it spread to the bend of arms, then to the arms, then to hollows of the knees and on my chest. It's sweat rash, I'm sure, and I've had some trouble with it before. On sultry days I always have to have shorts under the dress, or otherwise I get it on my tights... Kind of annoying.

Anyway, it had never got this bad before (or this itchy!), and so yesterday I went to the health center where the nurse took a look at it and gave me time to doctor. The time was for 1 pm yesterday. My work started at three, but I thought there was plenty of time... at 1:45 I went to ask just when the doctor was going to see me, and it turned out she had some acute case right then, and it could take some 20 minutes still. I told them I don't have that much time, and so I got a new time for this morning, and... during the night the rash almost disappeared. ^^; Well, there's definitely something left still, but compared to what it was like....

And the doctor was kind of useless, anyway. She agreed with me that it was sweat rash, but somehow it felt that I new more of it than she after all research I'd done on internet. xD And she gave me something for the itch, but it's not itching anymore. Oh well, at least I have something now if it turns bad again.


I've been going to recommend this cat comic for ages, but always forget: Lackadaisy. The style's something awesome... It's made by the same artist as some of my favorite art at DA (like that one pic she uses at her home page) too. Too bad, btw, that the story that goes with that painting isn't so great. Or... well, I don't know if it's great or not, because I've huge problems getting past the first paragraph. ^^; Would that count as purple prose, I wonder...
(First page of the comic, as there seems to be some trouble in the archive. At least for me.)


A couple of random things from the con before I forget them again:

On Sunday I bought a drink at one place, and the woman there asked for my ID. xD I found out that I'm getting old enough to be flattered instead of being mortified - "shit, do I really look like a kid?" Actually, I think I'm somewhere in-between of those two reactions. Mostly amused... ^^

I was a bit disappointed I didn't get a picture of one totally awesome cosplayer at the con, but then I noticed he's on one of my random photos. It's not too good, but anyway, at least he's partially visible. He had a Santa Claus beard, white face, fun lights on his head and hand (it lighted on his knuckles when he closed his hand), black costume, and he was big. It was quite an impressive sight. ^^

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At the Saturday's party there were songs performed for the quests of honor. They were, in general, really good, and quite fun. I managed to find the lyrics for one that's responsible for the fact that "500 Miles away from home" is still stuck in my mind. Read more...Collapse )


I went to swim today after the doctor visit, at the outdoor swimming pool near my home. Good thing I was there early - the line in front of it was just crazy when I left. It's a beautiful day, of course, but... would all those people even fit into the pool at the same time? O.o
: 500 Miles Away From Home
10 July 2007 @ 02:02 pm
Finally I had time to try one Marguerite recipe I got from ego_chan some time ago. Lemon cookies with marmalade, meringue, and sprinkles on top (though I didn't have any sprinkles. Or I did, but... their "best before" was 2002. You think I could have used them anyway? ^^;;)
The thing is... I'd never in my life made anything with any kind of frosting. So... as I quite realistically was expecting, it didn't turn out quite as it was supposed to. I think next time I make the cookies smaller and thicker (I've no idea how the came out so thin this time... well, okay, maybe I should have used something else to cut them than the same cup I use for the Christmas tarts. Too big. I just grasped it quite automatically without thinking anything. ...that in general is my problem when I bake. I don't think. xD) Anyway. If they're smaller, maybe then I won't run out of the frosting like did now. (I guess what I should have done this time would have been to put it only on some of the cookies and leave others without, and not to try to put some on all of them...) Also, have to beat it bit longer, I guess. I thought it was "glossy and stiffened", but apparently it wasn't stiffened enough. (Glossy it was, though. Definitely.)

But anyway. The cookies are delicious, even if they don't look that great. ^^ And I've always been of the opinion that's it's much more important that something tastes good than that it looks good. ^^ As the saying goes, "moni kakku päältä kaunis..." (many a cake are beautiful on the top).

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On other news... I saw The General the other day - a silent movie from 1926. It was quite fabulous. It's been a long time since I've watched a silent movie the last time... but I think this became my favorite. So much fun. Also, it's the grandmother of all chase movies... Oh, and this thing I later read about one scene quite amused me: "[the director] did not tell the actor portraying the Northern commanding officer what to expect: his look of total shock was genuine." xD
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06 July 2007 @ 08:26 pm
My god. Those rains in southern Sweden are just not... real anymore. They've got one month's rain in one day. I was just reading news from Lund (I have this certain interest in Lund, after the exchange period, you see...)

"In Höje river, or rather, in what usually is a pasture by it, stand three horses" begins one article... (the horses are ok, there's just water up to their belly there... and they can't take them away before they find their owner.)

And... see that thing under the bridge in the beginning of this clip? It's a car.^^;;
(Edit... I just love the way that woman pronounces the word "Skåne". xD)
(Edit2: ...I don't understand what that man says. x.x Please don't speak Skånska. *ded*)

I think this was in Denmark... there's some big rock festival about to start, and authorities gave out this warning: "don't flake out on the ground. You might drown."

...I guess I shouldn't laugh, but I just can't help it.... ^^;;

Anyway. It's relatively dry here... I went to ride today, again. ^^ This was the fourth time, and I don't anymore get as stiff afterward as I used to. ^^ My legs/arms/back/stomach/fingers don't hurt anymore. Yay. ^^ I really hope I'll have money to continue riding when autumn comes. We'll see...

Heh. Today I saddled a horse. This is a noteworthy event because... I don't remember when I've done it last time. ^^; Well, I know it did happen in 1998, but after that... ^^;; But I managed to do it on my own today. Yay for that too. ^^ Even though the horse, once I came to it's its box, put its ears as back as they got, turned around and kind of... shook it's back hoof at me. Not any friendly fellow... And I had to ask some twelve-year-old to check that everything was ok before I left to ride... ^^

...have to go to eat now, apparently.
04 July 2007 @ 10:52 am
I've been going to write about this for some time, but keep on forgetting... (By the way... there might be some spoilers in this... as far as there now can be any spoilers about Cinderella...)

The other day I watched a Czech movie from 1970's, Three Wishes for Cinderella (Tři oříšky pro Popelku). I think it became my favorite adaptation of Cinderella right away... It's a little different from the other versions I've seen (or read.) There's no fairy godmother, for one thing (nor does she get help from her dead mother). The Czech title would directly translated mean "three nuts for Cinderella", I think... What's that fairytale where the princess has the three magical nuts with beautiful dresses in them? Well, anyway, in this version, Cinderella gets them. Their magic isn't really explained in any way, but that didn't really bother me.

I really liked Cinderella's character in this. She's not just a meek and obedient little girl... the "sweep the floor properly" episode springs to mind... xD Anyway. She rides and hunts and goes for a boy, but like the Disney Cinderella, she too has all these animal friends and is definitely a "good person". Oh, and she also meets the prince before the ball... throws a snowball at him and ruins his hunt. ^^

There's a video at Youtube about the movie, to the German version of the theme song. (It goes basically through the whole movie, just so you know.)

20 June 2007 @ 09:47 pm
Quickie update now that I've a chance: I just got news that my gradu's through the evaluation process. The grade: excellent. ^___^ Take that, Big G!

We've a three scale system nowadays (pass, good, excellent) and I was honestly expecting "good". That's what mostly everyone gets, anyway. Though I kind of wish we still used the old system (laudatur, eximia cum laude approbatur, magna cum laude approbatur, cum laude approbatur, non sine laude approbatur, lubenter approbatur, and approbatur)... but so what. I guess "excellent" sounds just as good as some fancy Latin term. ^^

And tomorrow I go to ride. ^____^
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