ichiji:2014-08-18 09:00

Does anyone use this anymore?

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ichiji:2013-01-05 19:24
hyouki:Still lurking.

Happy New Year.

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ichiji:2011-11-03 13:08
hyouki:Formative books

Since Linda mentioned it a couple days ago, I've been thinking about formative books. Not necessarily favourites, but the ones that have the biggest impact on shaping the reader. I've been considering how I have been shaped by the things I've read. A book becomes you, stays with you your entire life, even after you've forgotten its contents.

I learned to read on the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe. I understood the concepts of murder, vengeance, madness, and betrayal, well before I understood what family or love were all about. But that wasn't its real impact on me. When I read "The Bells," I could, for the first time, I could HEAR written words in my mind. The cadence of that poem still gives me the chills every time I read it.

Earth Abides was the first science fiction I ever read. In the third grade, I couldn't fully appreciate its greatness, but the concept of our world without human society as we know it? Totally grabbed me. Primed me from a young age to think about how people interact and what social structure is about.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was next. I hated it. I'm pretty sure if I read it again as an adult, I would enjoy it, but at age 8, I thought it sucked.

That soured me on science fiction for a while. Until fifth grade, when my dad read the Hitchhiker's Guide omnibus. He would not stop laughing, so as soon as he finished it, I picked it up and read it. That was when I discovered the Beeb-- my dad found the original radio show AND the tv series, which we both devoured together. And then I knew, the English do great things besides import tea.

Then in sixth grade, I found Elizabeth Boyer's "The Troll's Grindstone" in my school library. I picked it up because I loved the cover art. I had never read fantasy before, only classics, science fiction, and horror. I was hooked! Read the whole series in a few days. I went to my English teacher, Mrs. Friest, who thought I should read more age-appropriate material. I asked her about the books I'd just read and asked her where I could find more like it. She handed me David Eddings' first Sparhawk book, The Diamond Throne.

That was when I learned I have no patience, because book two hadn't been written. But I learned a valuable skill then-- how an impatient reader bides time between releases. Reading more shit! By the time I plowed through the Belgariad, the Lord of the Rings boxed set that had been gathering dust on my shelf for years, Yolen's Pit Dragon trilogy, and some Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels, the second Sparhawk book had come out. Go me!

In seventh grade, my English teacher Mrs Sasaki suggested the Anne McCaffrey books. I read some crap about a psychic dragon princess and hated it. Sasaki then suggested Rawn, which I likewise hated. I then decided all female fantasy authors sucked (nevermind that my first introduction to fantasy was a female author, or how much I loved Yolen). Hey, "formative" doesn't mean I liked it.

When I was fourteen or so, I picked up Annette Curtis Klause's "The Silver Kiss." my own hormones were stirring for the first time, and I developed an unhealthy affinity for paranormal romance which persists to this day.

I will expand this list later. It is now lunchtime!

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ichiji:2011-10-26 12:08
hyouki:Moar ink plz

I think I found my font.

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ichiji:2011-10-25 13:41

Getting tattoo tonight. Excited and nervous and scared. Eek!

Will post photos to facebook WHILE IN PROGRESS.

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ichiji:2011-10-19 14:37

I am getting my Night's Watch tattoo next Tuesday night.

Shit just got real.

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ichiji:2011-09-30 13:56
hyouki:ASOIAF audiobooks

Anyone know why the Ice & Fire audiobooks are so bloody expensive? $45/book is kinda ridiculous.

Anyone know where I could find reasonably priced used copies? (Say, $20 each?)

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ichiji:2011-01-03 09:02

I hate being depressed. You'd never guess, considering how often I do it.

I need to spend more quality time in the kitchen, I think. Might bust out the Egg and grill a prime rib if the rain lets up tonight.

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ichiji:2010-11-24 09:02

I need a roommate or two for RenoVation.

Also if any BWBers want to fly in to Sacramento I can pick you up at the airport and drive you to the con.

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ichiji:2010-07-19 15:32

As soon as my throat heals up enough that I can eat real food again, I am going to smoke myself a five pound prime rib, grill a couple pounds of asparagus with some lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, and olive oil, and wash all that down with a six pack of Tetley's. Hell yeah.

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ichiji:2010-07-19 15:29
hyouki:The Life of Tantalus

I still can't eat solid foods, and I have me a POWERFUL urge for some bacon.


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ichiji:2010-07-02 09:23
hyouki:Fuck this sport, rugby's better anyway.

Life is meaningless and full of pain.

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ichiji:2010-07-02 07:24

Brasil needs to score again so I can go back to bed.

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ichiji:2010-06-21 23:20
hyouki:Limey bastards.

Trying to explain to a Brit why Beckham is NOT the greatest footballer in the world, is like trying to explain to a stubborn four-year-old that Santa Claus doesn't exist.

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ichiji:2010-05-21 10:36
hyouki:KJ Parker

So, some of you may know that I was of very mixed feelings about the Engineer Trilogy, which I read a few months back.

Now, I am a couple hundred pages shy of finishing the Scavenger Trilogy, and I have to say I like this a lot better. Even though the author is essentially doing the same thing (there is no good or evil, it is the nature of the universe that wherever humans are involved, despite the best of intentions, events will always gravitate towards what we consider to be evil). My problem with the Engineer Trilogy is that I could not empathise at all with any single character. They were all so awful! It says something when the most likable character is the mass-murdering serial rapist. I find this is less the case with the Scavenger Trilogy; having a main character who does not know who he is, essentially wants to be a good guy (or at least, not to be a bad guy), only has everything turn out bollocks despite the best of intentions... well, who can't relate to that?

But one thing that really strikes me is the number of parallels between these two series:

* A powerful Empire opposes backwater, uncivilised "barbarians"
* Some whacky people think that moldy bread is a good preventative/cure for disease
* Someone pursues a crazy idea to make a weapon by putting exploding powder inside a big metal tube
* Long descriptions of mechanical creation processes, which turn into analogies for human nature, which completely escape you because the engineering crap made no sense at all

Huh. Well, in any case, I like Scavenger (hir's second work) better than Engineer (hir's third work). Maybe that means I'll like the Fencer trilogy (hir debut) best of all?

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ichiji:2009-05-03 15:22
hyouki:Wild Speculation on Dollhouse

After watching Briar Rose (omg Alan Tudyk is so sexy in this role!) I've developed a crazy (or maybe not-so-crazy) theory:

"Dr. Saunders" is a doll. Her Active name was Whiskey, and she was retired after Alpha attacked her, and imprinted with the personality of the previous Dollhouse doctor, who was the real Dr. Saunders.

Hear me out.

First off, there's that crazy conversation she has with Alpha.... "Did you always want to be a doctor?" "Yes." "That's a lie." and Alpha asking her to tell him about the first time they met. This has to be him trying to ascertain who Amy Acker's character thinks she is, IMO. Otherwise he's just wasting precious time that he could be using to rescue Echo. And he does say, just before he leaves, "Fascinating. I wish we had more time." There'd be nothing fascinating about anything she said if she was who she thinks she is.

Then there's the scene earlier in the episode, where they're interrogating Mr. Dominic. They're going to give him some kind of shot to make him talk, and he struggles, appealing to the people in the room: "Topher... Adele, please, don't give me the shot..." then as the "doctor" comes towards him, he looks up at her and says "Whiskey!" The "doctor" muses that "he wants a drink instead," but that makes no sense. All the Actives are named for the military phonetic alphabet; "whiskey" is the phonetic W in that alphabet. If "Claire" is a doll, she wouldn't know it.

So trying to put those pieces together, I'm guessing that Alpha killed the real Dr. Saunders (who was probably the older woman in her 40's - 50's that Joss initially envisioned for the part), but only scarred Whiskey (probably physically AND psychologically, otherwise the Dollhouse would have just given her plastic surgery and kept her as an Active). They likely made personality backups of all their important staff, including the original Dr. Saunders, and that in the post-Alpha-pocalypse, Topher grafted Whiskey's memory of Alpha's attack onto Dr. Saunders' personality backup, made a few modifications, and that's how we got the lovely Amy Acker as the introverted doctor.


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ichiji:2009-04-01 01:51

Any of you Westerosi have Parris' email address?

If so, could you please ask her to tell George that The Other Change of Hobbit has been fighting to stay afloat and is in very real danger of shutting down pretty soon? (I wrote him an email, but chances are by the time he sees it, the store will be long gone.) George is a friend of the store's and my hope is that, if he blogs giving Change of Hobbit a good word, perhaps his fans could bring enough online business to keep Change of Hobbit afloat.

Also, buy your science fiction and fantasy here. We cannot let the big chains completely destroy our independent bookstores. Do not go gentle into that good night! Also, it has an awesome name. Get it? Change of hobbit? Like habit? ...You get it, right?

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ichiji:2009-03-13 16:16
hyouki:Today Haiku

It's one of those days:
There was bone in my hot dog;
Gulls shat on my head.

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ichiji:2009-03-07 21:29

Who the fuck borrowed my copy of Watchmen and never returned it?!

...Probably the same asswipe who borrowed my copies of Shaolin Soccer, American Gods, Pillow Book, Windhaven, and my original copy of Uncanny X-men #153.

Whoever(s) you are, I hate you with the burning seething passion of a thousand Hindi who discovered McDonalds fried their potatoes in beef fat. Which is to say, a lot. I knew who you all were at one point but just because I don't remember doesn't mean that I don't still hate you.

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ichiji:2009-02-23 15:08

I hate my allergies.

I'd like to beat them with a stick.

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