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2011-08-13 12:10 pm
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That fantasy & science-fiction book meme

I've seen it all over my friends- and reading-list, and it looked like fun? Plus, I can never resist rambling about books. ;)

I have to say, though, I'm a bit surprised at the books that are considered "classics" and at the absence of others (as well as the fact that I've read so many of them – yay for not playing well with other kids?). Surely it would have been possible to list Bradbury and Asimov not quite so often and add, say, Alan Dean Foster's Homanx Cycle? Surely that one's not considered Young Adult? What about Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover books? And I doubt that anyone thinks Jim Butcher's Codex Alera the more readable of his series.

Anyway. It's bold the ones you've read, italic the ones you intend to read, underline series/books you've read part of, and strike the ones you never intend to read.

100 books! )
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2011-08-02 09:05 pm
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I've talked about Kiva before, but I firmly believe that you can't talk about it enough.

In a nutshell, Kiva allows you to lend money to people all over the world who struggle to make a living. I've made nine loans so far, the majority of which have already been paid back in full while one's still running. I got to support a fish selling business in Cambodia, a food market in Uganda, a general store in Iraq, and a pharmacy in Ghana, among others. I won't lie to you: for me, Kiva is as much about the instant gratification of getting my money somewhere it'll actually do some good (something you rarely can be sure of with donations) as it is about the helping people. Helping people to help themselves, that is; it's still a loan, not a donation.

You can lend as little as $25 US, and right now, you don't even have to pay up. Simply click here for a $25 free trial loan, no strings attached. You get to give away money for free. If that's not reason enough to at least try this out, I don't know what might be. (They do say that supplies of free trials are limited, but seeing how Kiva has grown over the years, I really don't know where they draw the line.)

In the interest of full disclosure: if 20 of you make a loan by August 14th, they might give me a sweater for it, though I'm not sure that's valid outside of the US. Even if it is, I hope you believe me when I say that spreading the word isn't about a stupid sweater.

ETA: Apparently, all the free loans have been claimed already. I still say it's worth checking out the site if you have a little to spare, though.
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2011-08-01 07:48 pm

Hamburg: fun, but far too wet

In bullet points:

- I now has a Canadian mistress (again, welcome to the harem, [personal profile] chkc, and if I could I'd have taken her home and made her cook for me every day. ♥

- [personal profile] berlinghoff79 keeps making up reasons for calling me mean only so she can kick/hit/otherwise violate me. I maintain that this is, in fact, her being mean. So there.

- Hamburg was great. It would have been even greater if it hadn't tried to drown us on the second day.

- [personal profile] chkc, this is an American: Mmmmmmm! ) You should try one, they're yummy!

- There won't be any Sherlock fic (or any fic at all, really) for a while, as I kind of fell hard and fast for Charles/Erik from X-Men: First Class even though I usually try to avoid anything with a colon in the title. Um. Your regular(ish) fan-service will be resumed later? Fic recs would be appreciated?
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2011-07-26 06:45 pm
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We had Help Haiti, and Help New Zealand, and Help Japan, and Help Brazil, and Help Whatnot. Am I simply not seeing Help Somalia, or what?
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2011-05-21 01:32 pm
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Oh internet!

I missed you! Never leave me again! *clings*

I'm not going to do the skip=100000 thing, so if anything happened since Monday that you'd like to talk about, I'm here. Or, you know. If you just want to talk. ♥

ETA: Edward Hardwicke is dead. D:

ETA2: OMG internet fucking cooperate, will you?
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2011-05-15 09:36 am
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A minute of your time?

Anyone French-speaking available for a brief one-line translation check? I'm not sure I got my plural right.


Help was found, thank you!
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2011-04-23 07:14 pm
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Things. And stuff.

The weather's being spectacular this week (god, I forgot how utterly amazing spring smells!) so I went to the market this morning and walked around between the stalls for a bit. [ profile] broet_chan gave me Gaiman's Neverwhere for Easter, which I took into the forest just outside my door to read surrounded by birdsong and sunshine. That was nice. :)

The downside of days like today is that I'm finally developing my parents' raging hayfever and the meds make me tired, so I slept a significant portion of the afternoon away. I still could go straight back to bed, but, market, so I have sesame bread and cheese and crunchy honey, all of which need to be munched on. Food, I loves it a little too much. <3

How was your day?
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2011-04-05 08:12 pm
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Is there an upside?

I love how the current DDoS attack on LJ is making some people realise that, actually, LJ isn't all about fandom and hasn't been for quite some time. If this stops only a few of the "LJ isn't Facebook, and damn those ev0l Russians anyway!" comments on every news announcement, the downtimes do have an upside.

Fair warning to everyone who may have subscribed to me on the AO³, though: I'll still be transferring most of the content on LJ to the Archive as soon as I can, so expect spam e-mails. Or maybe you won't get notified if I back-date them? Whatever.

Everyone reading this (eventually) on LJ: are you on DW? If yes, and I haven't added you to my circle yet, will you tell me your name there so I can keep up with you when LJ is down? Or, if you aren't on DW but would like to mirror your content over there for times such as these, I have a handful of invite codes up for grabs. I'm not saying one service is better than the other (both have shiny things the other doesn't), but considering the apparent cause of the DDoS attack, one might reasonably assume that this won't be the last time LJ is down.
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2010-11-06 06:44 pm
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Damn you, Etsy!

I want this. And this. And this. And this, this and this. This, a lot. Possibly this. And these. And these as well. Dammit.

And this one. It would look marvellous in my kitchen. Also omg this I want like burning, my preciousssssss.
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2010-09-07 07:10 pm
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So that thing where my internet keeps breaking off at random intervals - not fixed. I'm not aware of any obligations other than fic-writing and behind-the-scenes fandom stuff right now, but if I let you down in any way, it might be that I don't have any internet access.

Of course, it might also be that I plain forgot. Or that you're getting on my nerves and I'm not sure how to tell you. First one's more likely though.
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2010-05-27 08:25 pm
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I can't believe how tired I am. My sleep cycle's all out of whack (oh, the joys of unemployment) and I have a hard time staying awake for any length of time. On Monday I got up at 5 a.m. and was so bored I took out my new (for me, at least) bike for a spin at half past seven. The streets were empty so at least I didn't make a fool of myself with my wobbling about, but it turns out you really don't forget how to ride a bicycle. I took the opportunity to explore a bit and ended up on the panorama trail (oh, the joys of living in a tourist-y region). Saw a fox, a deer and a squirrel and passed by the "road of the dead" (wtf, Oeventrop???) and lots of freshly cut-down trees that smelled of sap and resin. All in all a very nice morning, but I need a softer saddle. Ow!

Back to writing drabbles now.
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2009-05-11 04:58 pm
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Um. Hi?

It would seem that several people have granted me access to their journals and I have no idea who they are. So, while I'm flattered and everything - who are you? :)
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2009-04-14 07:31 pm
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Yes, I'm here too. Thank you, [personal profile] kate!