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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2008|06:48 pm]
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Second year of uni is DONE! Almost. But for the most part: DONE!

The third module (involving a work placement) is the only one not over, as the work is not due 'til THE END OF JULY, but as that module is causing me so much grief, I will not talk about it.
However, the International English module was wonderful. I, for some reason, decided to write about Singaporean English for both my assignments, but I'm so glad I did: Singlish is AMAZING. The language situation of Singapore is just so interesting, and Singlish (that is, colloquial Singapore English) is wonderful; complicated but delightful. The particles especially, even though I may never be wise to the meaning of lah and all its intricacies. I am rather pleased with my epic second essay, shame it was a day late :/ I have a Problem with deadlines, I really will have to get my arse into gear next year.
The Japanese continuation class I did this term was also really satisfying. Although it only covered things I'd already done at Yamasa, I'd totally forgotten most of it, and I feel like it's stuck a lot better this time around. I'm hoping that Sensei will find a way to continue the course next year, even if it's just casual classes outside of uni.

However, thinking about miserable uni- and career-related things as little as is practically possible, I have things to look forward to this summer!
Two family weddings (one in Scotland, hurrah! I miss it so much, it's been well over a year since I was last there, and that was very briefly). Hopefully a big doll-meet somewhere in Yorkshire, providing I can actually make any of the dates. The York loli-meet in less than three weeks, which I am reeeeally looking forward to (although eek! I really have to get sewing!). Hopefully I'll be able to get to one of the big car meets or drag races this season, although sadly I've already missed Fins 'n Chrome as my parents were away that weekend.
What else? Hmmm. Other than that (my word, my life is dull!), I hope we have some good weather this summer so I can make good use of the yard. I want dinner parties! And picnics with ginger beer in the park! And warm, balmy evenings suitable for elegant outdoor lounging with cocktails and barbeques ♥.

Right, I should go sort out some dinner before Doctor Who starts. This episode looks amazing, hopefully well worth the two week-long wait. "Biggest library in the universe", you say? OMG, yes plz.
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"Step AWAY from the thesaurus!" [May. 19th, 2008|01:37 am]
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This post bought to you by the really-not-recommended but deadline-necessitated combination of thyrotoxicosis, Nescafe and sleep deprivation delirium.

So, there's only so many times the phrase 'linguistically-diverse environment' can be used in one essay (that number being one), and, as my brain would much rather be sleeping right now, my thesaurus-fu is woefully poor. Staring at pages thinking "is 'rich' a good enough synonym for 'diverse' or no, I wonder?" is not getting me far, but noticing that among the suggestions for alternatives for 'rich' were both 'dark' and 'bright', and both 'vivid' and 'mellow' did cause me some amusement. (Yes, yes, I know. That's why I'm an English major).

It's things like this that make me glad to have English as a first language. I can only imagine the headaches that things like this must cause to those learning our often ridiculously illogical tongue.

'Rich' does have some great alternatives, though. I am rather fond of 'sumptuous', 'florid' (thank you, Lestat, for that one), 'mellifluous' and 'opulent'. Had I my copy of 'Tale of the Body Thief' in the house, I would recount one of favourite quotes, on 'wallowing in opulence' (Lestat again, or possibly Louis. Anne Rice: queen of exquisitely florid verbosity), but alas, that opportunity for procrastination is lost due to my restrictively small bookshelf.

I think I should maybe just leave this until tomorrow morning when I'm a little more coherent. Apologies for spamming your flist page with my nonsense.

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Mmmmm [Apr. 21st, 2008|10:45 am]
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The city smells of chocolate and roasting cocoa once again. Spring must be here.

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(no subject) [Mar. 21st, 2008|07:46 pm]
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[Current Music |'The Battle of Evermore' - Led Zeppelin]

Just a few pictures of the new girl, Tabby. I was actually trying to photograph the faceup, but I got lucky and the lighting turned out unusually well, so I'm quite pleased with these. I also got a bit
carried away with layers and screens in Photoshop, but I kinda like it, makes a change to the natural style that better suits my other guys. Looking at these, I think I'm gonna redo the faceup; the freckles barely show up on camera and I'm not happy with the eyelashes anyway, too dark.

So yes, another girl, how did that happen?! When I first got into BJDs, the only sculpts I really wanted were male, and of the quartet of characters I wanted to doll-ify (which were the only ones I intended to get, back then) 3/4 are male. Ah well, more opportunities for pretty clothes, hm?

Details if anyone cares (or if any BJD folk should stumble into here and want reference); doll is CP Kid Delf Ani in the now-discontinued normal skin, old-style girl body.

Character based on is Tabitha Sheehy, an (at present) minor character in my 'verse, Sable's cousin and daughter of Fenn's boss. Age ~13, tomboyish, wanna-be-but-too-middle class-to-be street urchin type, can be bit of a smart-arse but generally good kid, hangs around with some mischievous sorts but doesn't cause too much trouble.

She needs some different, high-quality eyes, and eventually I want to compile some sort of Victorian street child + cute punk style outfit, but for now it's handmade clothes :)

Edit: OMG. OMG like... guh. I know no-one on my flist follows Tsubasa, but I don't care, I need to flail.

Chapter 185 = utter win, just... wow. I... am reduced to puddle of incoherent fangirly goo. Clamp, as long as this moment of pure awesome is not just making up for some up-coming cruelty, I forgive you for the previous, somehow-just-off chapter, because wow. Bitchslapping? Finger licking? You know how to make our brains melt. I like this new assertive Fai. A lot. And so does Kurogane.

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Things-I-Love Thursday. Err, Friday [Jan. 18th, 2008|04:45 pm]
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Blogger proposes using Daleks as anti-terrorist measure on the London Underground.
Hell yes, I like this plan! Guardian columnist has similar idea (scroll down to paragraph seven).

Gaijin On The Block - spoof rap video on living in Okazaki by some Yamasa students.
Fellow Yamasa-ite, if you're out there, this one's for you. For rest of you, this is where I went to school in Japan! Yamasa Institute, Okazaki city.
This is awesome, so many memories of Yamasa. Seiyu supermarket! The bike rack! Ping pong in the common room! Think I recognise a couple of people here, too.

Knitted dissected froggie. Cute!

Tentacle chandeliers: want want.

3 Mobile's 'giant dancing jellyfish' advert.
Love it love it, one of favourite ads ever. The singing cherry one was pretty weird, too.

And, finally, Nadya Lev photography. (Probably NSFW)
This is gorgeous. Creative fashion photography, there's bits of cyber, tribal, fetish, latex/vintage and steampunk in there, but all slightly unconventional. Particularly like 2, 4, 8 and 12 on that page, and pic 3 in Portfolio 1.

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A belated New Year's post [Jan. 9th, 2008|01:00 am]
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Yes, it's a little late, but here it goes anyway.

So, 2008 already; we're almost through another decade! 2007 was a mixed experience for me, a year of change, I guess, not all good. I won't go over the bad points, but there were good points too! Going on holiday with friends (and not falling out); all of us successfully organising more parties, outings and events; trying and discovering new things; and meeting lots of wonderful people.
The last one was particularly relevant this year; as well as meeting more friends-of-friends and attending my first Lolita meet (and being delighted at how lovely and not-snobby everyone was ♥ ), the BJD hobby has vastly improved both my social life and creativity. As I only started getting into the social side of it last November, we've come a long way. The Yorkshire community seems to have developed a lot, I've met lots of great people, and I would certainly have never expected to be now living with one of them, so this hobby has certainly been good to me this past year :)
The biggest change this year was of course moving out of the family home and renting a house myself. A scary thing, having to sort out bills, taxes, etc, but I'm enjoying having my own place, decorating and organising it, even the cleaning!

2008 is, I think, going to be a year of hard work and big decisions, education-wise. Finishing (hopefully!) second year and moving on to third means I have to narrow down my field of study and decide which areas I want to focus on for the rest of my academic life, and any reduction of options is a scary time! Of course, there's also that horrid monster called Dissertation to think about too.

However: one step at a time. Before that, I have new classes to look forward to. In particular: Japanese! I start Japanese continuation in three weeks, really looking forward to it. I was fortunate to be able to join Continuation when I didn't do the beginner's class here, as the material I covered at Yamasa seems to be equivalent to the Beginner and most of the Continuation level here. Which is just as well, as I've forgotten so much, I really need to revise it all D:

Hope you all have a happy, healthy, successful and enjoyable 2008!
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(no subject) [Nov. 21st, 2007|10:58 pm]
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Dear self; you appear to have been watching Naruto for the past three hours. Yes, NARUTO. How the hell did this happen? 
Actually, I think it came about through having no TV, limited internet, and having no DVDs that I haven't already seen, followed by discovery of discs of 40 episodes that I was given by a lovely German biochemist I met in Japan. Still; NARUTO. I fear for myself.
Possibly this is a sign that I need to stop being such a freaking hermit and go outside and socialise with human beings.

Um, in other news; I am sick with another cold (or possibly some Viking plague that Kafers bought home from work, who knows), buuuuut, the new house is going well! Even though it's terribly cold, I'm still really pleased with it. Although having to handle bills and taxes is terrifying, it's really nice having my own place. Plus, I have a Kafers as a housemate! ♥

Anyway, the first point of this post is to say; go watch the new CLAMP In Wonderland OVA! It's so good XD It's a music video featuring their series from 1995-2006, so go play Name That Character! Possibly only really funny if you know the series it's referring to, but still cracktastic. (See my new Kamui icon).
Er yeah, but the real point is: Autumn photos!


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And the White Knight is talking backwards, and the Red Queen's "off with her head!" [Sep. 9th, 2007|05:45 pm]
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First off : International 'Pretend to be a Time-Traveler' Day!
We go freak out the normals, yes/yes?  

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Went for a potter around town today with 

cicak and visited some of the Science Festival installations in Parliament Street. Not only was there a camera obscura (such good fun, very anachrotech-spy-like), but also the Colourdome: 



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And they say there's no such thing as global warming. [Jun. 25th, 2007|03:41 pm]
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So there's 2 inches of water in our back garden and water coming up through the drains in the road. Yeah, this is how the floods of 2000 started, so we're taking no chances this time and moving everything up off the floor. Lets see if Yorkshire Water respond this time, we got sandbags two days after flooding last time.
As far as I know, 2000 was the only time in its 50ish years this house has ever flooded, so if it's at risk again you can't tell me there's nothing happening to our climate. That, and our seasons are all screwed up and the weather in general's been getting weirder each year.
The weather here has been crazy recently, completely bipolar, and we've had a ridiculous amount of rain. The Met Office says it should be easing off in the next few days, but York tends to get floods a few days after rain as the water runs off the hills. The local news has been quite horrific; 4 feet flooding in some villages, and a guy drowned today after getting trapped in a manhole. But as the 2000 flooding was mostly due to the Council not knowing there was a beck running under our street (even though the residents did) and hence it hadn't been cleared in over a decade, we thought we'd be safe now.
Luckily the water doesn't seem to be rising, maybe the Council's doing something somewhere, so we'll see how it goes. Argh.
Oh, and don't worry, Kafers: I've moved all your stuff upstairs :)

Edit: All's well. The water went down a bit by itself, and a fire engine turned up to pump the rest out :D
So we're alright this time, let's hope the rain does ease off.
Feel sorry for Pocklington though; the whole village got hit, apparently there was a river going through the marketplace D:
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(no subject) [Jun. 8th, 2007|11:36 pm]
Um, it's kind of awkward to write it out, but blogs should record important life events, and I also need to apologise to those I'm usually in contact with for being rather absent lately.
Merlin, our border collie cross, has been ill this past week, and he was put to sleep this morning. He was in the early stages of kidney failure and had tumours throughout his abdomen, he had exploratory surgery today but they found too many tumours to operate on, and we agreed it'd be kinder to not wake him up. He could have had maybe another two weeks, but he would have gone downhill a lot and been in pain, so it wouldn't have been fair. He was 14 years old, so he did pretty well. I've never known another dog quite so expressive (and empathetic) as him, and even though he hadn't been eating or sleeping well in the past two weeks, and had lost a lot of weight, he was still  his usual playful, alert self.
We had him 14 years, my sister and I grew up with him, he really was part of the family. The house is very empty without him.
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