caithion: (Jamesie - nezumi)
Sooo, yeah. Even though I'm totally this person *points* on LJ, if you haven't seen Weird Al's "Word Crimes" video, you really need to. It's awesome.

Figure out the difference
Irony is not coincidence

Book swap?

Aug. 12th, 2014 11:48 am
caithion: (Bowie - Hmmm....)
I find myself with a small box worth of paperbacks that I know my local used bookstore won't buy back from me since they're trying to reduce inventory. I know if I give them to most places they'll just end up in the trash. Anyone else (in the continental US) have some books they'd like to swap for these?

Make no mistake, these are on the low end of the literary scale -- mysteries, romances, fantasy, YA, with maybe a biography or history thrown in. I'm looking for similar light reads.

I figure if I send them media mail they'll be fairly cheap to mail. Much cheaper overall than even browsing at the used bookstore. ;)
caithion: (Arizona)
Just letting everyone know that I'll be even more uncommunicative than usual this weekend. I'm off for canoeing and camping in the Adirondacks until Monday, and then jaunting down to Saratoga for a day, so I probably won't be properly injected back into the web until Wednesday.
caithion: (Indy - Cool Hats)
My latest excuses for not being online are amazing weather and finding four seasons of Fry and Laurie on Netflix. But they don't have Jeeves and Wooster. Life is hard.

Also, what the hell is going on in TW this season? I don't even watch the show, but the net has been blowing up with pictures of widdle Derek.
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Happy 4th of Jul. to those who celebrate it!
caithion: (Jamesie - nezumi)
*eyes cross*

I keep double-thinking this sentence, and I've gotten myself all mixed up.


I hate the particle "ni." It's a transitive verb, ok. So the "ni" is "to," and not the person causing the action. Right? It's not some special passive or causative verb?

He intends to sell you off to the count.


The count intends to sell you off.


The problem is that the second makes sliiiightly more sense in context.

Er, unless the "he" is Antonio, not Bartolo. Damn.
caithion: (Rika - TMM)
[ profile] jailbaitjello's prompt for the meme (feel free to keep adding prompts!) : But what drew YOU to this sparkly, sequin-y thing called Takarazuka?

(How did this turn into all-Takarazuka, all-the-time? *grin* I have another journal for that!)

Mmm, I talked about how I first was introduced to Takarazuka in a rather incoherent ramble here. But what, specifically, drew me to it?

The idea of it was interesting, in that it was all-female. I know now that it's not as rare as you might think, but at the time it was new and intriguing. A friend who was a fan had posted pictures of two of the actresses in costume as the characters Klaus and Eroica from a manga that I adore, and they really did look the part. (I want that show to exist so bad!) I watched Elisabeth, which has a certain aesthetic that I think appeals to anime/manga fans.

But I think the thing about Takarazuka which determines whether you are going to get drawn in or not is whether you find an actress that appeals to you. Once you've been hooked by an actress--be she center star or that girl in the back line of the chorus in an enormous helmet holding a spear--you're in trouble. Because Takarazuka is flashy and big and many other adjectives, but at its heart is Family. And you find your One and you adopt her as a sister or a daughter* and you watch her grow and you cheer her on and you empathize your heart out. Sure, part of it is the facts and figures that we learn and hoard worse than any sports fan, and part of it is hearts-for-eyes adulation for the stars, but really, feeling useful and like you're supporting them and helping them to grow... that's the secret to Takarazuka (and OSK)'s longevity.

* This is not actually as creepy as it comes across in black and white text, really.

I watched Guys and Dolls and I loved it, I loved the camp and the genuineness that Takarazuka manages to exude simultaneously, and I loved Rika's* larger-than-life Sky. Rika is the big sister I never had.

* Rika is the "nickname"** of Shibuki Jun, who was the top star of Moon Troupe in the early 00s.
** "Nickname" is a funny way of putting it, because all the actresses have them, and 40% of the time their "nicknames" are their actual names, since all of them adopt stage names while in the Revue.


Jan. 11th, 2014 11:18 pm
caithion: (Masaki)
I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! XD

Yes, see, I got side-tracked by Takarazuka things, but that's perfect, actually, because my topic for yesterday from [ profile] jailbaitjello was "Takarazuka." (And, yes, feel free to keep adding to the meme topics, because otherwise you'll be subjected to topics that I pick.)

Takarazuka means 'Treasure Hill,' and is the name of a town in Hyogo Prefecture that once wasn't known for much of anything except a lovely hot spring. However, it was rather remote, even from the cities of Kobe and Osaka. The owner of the railroad lines that led to Takarazuka decided he needed a relatively cheap attraction to lure people out. So, in 1914 he began a theatrical troupe composed entirely of girls. Their earliest performances were on an impermanent stage constructed over a pool in a bathing house. Kobayashi convinced the girls' families that they would get a nice year-long education in propriety and the things that would make them good wives and mothers, and of course they wouldn't remain as performers for more than a few years (thus meaning that Kobayashi wouldn't have to pay them much). Their motto became "Kiyoku, Tadashiku, Utsukushiku"--often translated as "Pure, Proper, and Beautiful," although I prefer the translation of "Modesty, Fairness, and Grace." I think the later captures more of what Kobayashi was trying to achieve.

These young maidens (many were 12-13 when they joined) performed folk tales and fairy tales for a couple of decades before the industry began to change and incorporate elements of Western revue shows from Europe in the 30s. It continued to evolve, and still remains today, nominally run by Kobayashi's grandson and their parent conglomerate. All of which grew from that small train company, Hankyu.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of this rather unique Japanese art form. And if they do more these days to draw in a younger crowd, and less attention is paid to preserving the performance folk arts that they once were renowned for keeping alive, well.... sometimes you have to change to keep going.


Jan. 5th, 2014 10:42 pm
caithion: (Grad School)
Grabbing this from [ profile] sanalith because I need incentive to sit my butt down and post more.

From the list of dates below, pick a date and give me a topic to post on. Feel free to pick more than one, can be anything...a word, a sentence whatever takes your fancy. Pick from fandom topics, real life stuff, and anything in between!

January 6:
January 7: What was the best/most important thing you learned from student teaching?
January 8:
January 9:
January 10: Takarazuka
January 11:
January 12:
January 13: what drew YOU to this sparkly, sequin-y thing called Takarazuka?
January 14:
January 15:
January 16:
January 17:
January 18: Which are your favorite book series Of All Time?
January 19:
January 20:
January 21:
January 22:
January 23:
January 24:
January 25:
January 26:
January 27:
January 28:
January 29:
January 30:
January 31:
caithion: (Default)
Oh dear. I'm translating a terrible running pun, and I need help thinking of synonyms I might be able to use to preserve some of the humor (?) in English.

The words are:

hoteru - hotel
hotaru - firefly
medaru - medal
taoru - towel
hokuro - mole (beauty spot, not the animal)
fukuro - bag
zakuro - pomegranate

The problem is that there are visuals, so I can't change the words entirely.

Suggestions? I think hotel, medal, towel, and mole (freckle?) are probably okay as they are, but I need words for firefly, bag (satchel?), and pomegranate.
caithion: (Nine & Rose)
I don't twitter (tweet?), but this is too cute.

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Movies I really want to see:

Delivery Man

The Monuments Men

caithion: (Nine & Rose)
1) No one told me that an official trailer went up on Saturday! It's so cool! (And so much better than their attempts to play at video editing that they did in The Name of the Doctor.) I've been rewatching it to see how many objects I can place, especially ones from Classic Who. (The robot parrot from The Pirate Planet is my favorite so far.) I shouldn't admit it took me three watches to even notice Rose, should I?

2) Looks like we're finally getting confirmation on the US 3D theater releases this week. Am really hoping it's going to be playing somewhere I can get to.
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13 1/2 hours at school. May beat my OES workday schedule. Ded.
caithion: (Nine & Rose)
Best Dr Who video ever!

Okay, she did them for OUAT and Sherlock, too. Eheheh.
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Totally used a random assortment of veggies instead of what the recipe calls for, but still delicious!

Shrimp and Veggie Stir Fry )


Aug. 22nd, 2013 11:21 pm
caithion: (Yuu & Kuwa - Hard Work)
I've been grabbing a lot of recipes off the internet lately, and bookmarking the more successful. But I'd like a better way to make certain that I don't loose them, so I think I'll start posting them.

Tonight's was a very simple success.

Easy Curry Chicken )

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This one was fabulous!

Moroccan spiced chicken and pomegranate salad with butternut squash and couscous  )

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This one was tasty and good for cleaning out the cupboards.

White Chicken Chili )

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I like the sauce recipe more than the loaf, to be honest. Mmmm, dill.

Salmon Loaf with Dill Sauce )

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Speaking of dill, I use this recipe a lot. Love the hot sauce in the tzatziki sauce. (I usually cheat and use naan instead of making the pita, though.)

Chicken Souvlaki with Grilled Pita )

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This was another couscous chicken salad that I loved! (In fact, I found the other while trying to re-find this one and failing at my google-fuu.)

Chicken Couscous Salad )

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I don't have a food icon. Mycroft will have to do!
caithion: (Bowie - Hmmm....)
Anyone know a meaning for グヂグヂ?


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