Festivids! \o/

Jan. 31st, 2015 03:26 pm
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I've watched almost none of the vids yet, but before I dig into them I have to flail about my gift for a few minutes. Because I got an absolutely brilliant Prince of Egypt vid, and it's perfect and amazing and everything that I could have hoped for all wrapped up into one package.

Moves Like Yaweh. "A love story. With plagues. (sorrynotsorry)"

And now, if you'll excuse me, I have a ton of vids to go watch. :D

ETA: If anyone's planning on playing Guess the Festividder, I made one vid this year, and it's in a fandom that I've never vidded before. Which I expect narrows it down precisely none.

The Musketeers - 2x04 "Emilie"

Jan. 31st, 2015 11:22 am
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There goes my theory about stealing episode names from last series. There weren't any people named ones.

I am, however, a mostly happy panda in regards to this episode. I had a few problems with it, most of them Rochfort and Aramis related, but otherwise the show is pleasing me this week.

Spoilers, etc )

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Jan. 31st, 2015 06:46 pm
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Meme swiped from [personal profile] sharpest_asp.

You know that meme that goes around sometimes where you post your five favorite kinks and then five favorite couples, and it's like a wish into the universe to see if anybody will write it for you? Let's make it a little more interactive.

Comment here if you want to play, and I will give you 3-6 couples that I associate with you, and you make an entry in your journal talking about those couples and fics that you wish the universe would write for you.


In other words, here's a primer on how to make me offer you my firstborn child. :D

Asp prompted me with Roddy, Cloud, and the turtles. )
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From Towleroad:



Peter Cohen, Manuel Flores, and Hiroyuki Furumoto have built an indoor playland for their 15 rescue cats which is unlike anything you've ever seen.

CatguysThe playland consists of dozens of platforms, tunnels, nooks, spiraling ramps, and holes that look like a shark's gaping mouth on which the cats can scratch their backs. It even has closets with filtration systems and exhaust fans to hold the many litter boxes as well as constantly cleaning Roomba vacuums.

Cohen, who lives in Goleta, California (near Santa Barbara), says that he has spent as much as $50,000 on the project.

viiiiiiiiids!

Jan. 31st, 2015 06:18 pm
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Happy Festivids, everyone! I got five (!!!!!!) wonderful vids: three awesome Cosmo/Don/Kathy Singin' in the Rain vids (:DDDD), Get Lucky, The Modern Approach and Singing Hallelujah; a lovely Wendy/Lacey vid for The Middleman, Afterlife; and a gorgeous Swallows and Amazons vid, Perfect Day. Thank you, mysterious, generous and talented vidders! ♥

I only made one vid this year, but if you can guess which one, I will attempt to make you a vid(let)! Comments are screened, guess as many things as you like. :D

And now to go and watch MORE VIDS. And possibly make some food.
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Shuan Sim's International Business Times article about thousands of cats caught from smugglers makes for distressing reading.

Police in Hanoi saved thousands of cats from potentially becoming barbecue after seizing a truck in Northern Vietnam carrying more than 3 tons of live cats smuggled in from China. While the cats will have to be culled in accordance with local laws, officers on Thursday indicated reservations about saving the cats bound for restaurants, only to have to kill them anyway.

"After receiving a tip, we searched the truck and discovered the cats inside," Cao Van Loc, deputy chief of police in Hanoi's Dong Da district, told German press agency dpa on Wednesday. "The owner, also the driver, said he bought the cats at the border area of Quang Ninh province," Loc said, adding that all of the cats were from China.

Photos and videos from the local An Ninh Thu Do newspaper showed the cats crammed into wooden crates with their limbs and tails sticking out. Loc told dpa that local laws dictate smuggled goods – that includes the cats – have to be destroyed. But the next day he told Agence France-Presse that they were undecided on killing the cats because there were so many. Loc said the driver will be fined around $350 for transporting goods without the correct documents.

The smuggling of cats from China into Vietnam is on the rise, according to local media reports, as cat meat has grown in popularity in recent years. Known locally as “little tiger,” cat meat is usually fried or barbecued, and served with rice wine at festive occasions or eaten as a snack in Northern Vietnam. Cat meat is seen as a delicacy and is typically eaten at the start of each lunar month, unlike dog meat, which is eaten at the end, according to AFP.
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Brian Clark Howard's National Geographic feature is hopeful.

More money has been spent on tiger conservation than on preserving any other species in the world, yet wildlife biologists have been seemingly unable to stop the decline of the iconic big cat in the face of poaching and habitat loss.

That appeared to change Tuesday, when the government of India—the country is home to most of the world's wild tigers—announced preliminary results of the latest tiger census that reveal a surge in the number of the big cats in its preserves over the past seven years.

India's environment minister, Prakash Javadekar, announced that its scientists had counted 2,226 wild tigers in the country, up from 1,411 seven years ago, a rise of nearly 58 percent. The country now hosts about 70 percent of the world's wild tigers, Javadekar said, calling the increase "a great achievement … the result of the combined efforts of passionate officers, forest guards, and community participation."

"The tiger community is thrilled to finally hear some good news," says Sharon Guynup, an author who writes about tigers, including co-authoring the recent book Tigers Forever for National Geographic.

A new global survey of tiger numbers is expected in about a year, says Guynup. Until then, scientists estimate there are around 3,000 living in the wild, down from an estimated 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century.

The big cats used to live in 23 countries but have been reduced to 11. Most recently, they disappeared from the wild in Cambodia and Vietnam in the past few years.

review of january

Jan. 31st, 2015 03:52 pm
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* I FINALLY GOT AN APPOINTMENT AT THE GENDER IDENTITY CLINIC!!! I have been waiting since november 2013.

* I got my secret stantler gift! it's called The Acorn and it's about Shaymin. it's a crossover with the Hobbit films, which I haven't seen but I know the basic plot of. I drew this, and the person who got it seemed pleased so that's good.

* so GIC right. well. it didn't go so good. the psych I saw was insistent that gender was all about performing as either male or female in public and so a) I had to try to live and pass as male if I wanted help and b) as I don't go out much I don't really qualify for help as if a Rax has dysphoria in the woods no one hears it cry. on the plus side! my gp has been super helpful and recommended a surgeon who would do top surgery (which is all I'm really after) privately. I could pay for it with my inheritance from my grandparents, and I wouldn't have to argue with ignorant people who trigger my PTSD about whether my gender exists or not.

* he also thought I have asperger's? which I'm taking with a whole box of salt seeing as his evidence was things like "likes star trek" and "likes things to be lined up straight". still, my brother has it and my dad probably does so maybe? eh, it's not like it changes anything one way or the other.

* and he thought star trek and doctor who were interchangeable! I mean, AS IF. but enough about him I am trying to put it behind me.

* my mother needs an emergency hip replacement :( it's been bad for about two years but now it's suddenly accelerated and she needs it within a month really. it's all very safe and routine and everything but naturally I'm mad scared because HOSPITAL. I would appreciate if those of you who do prayers or vibes or things of those sort could aim a few in her direction because I can't really do anything else.

* my new purple fluffy jumper I got for my birthday is so warm and fluffy I haven't felt cold at all even though it has been snowing! mind you I haven't actually been outside much. but the daffodils are coming up and that's nice.

* I love being healthy enough to study!!! I love being healthy enough to draw!!! please based shaymin let this continue!!!

[liste] lectures de janvier

Jan. 31st, 2015 04:24 pm
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Techniquement, j'aurais le temps de finir un bouquin d'ici ce soir, mais je n'en ai pas l'envie, pis j'ai pas grand' chose à faire cet après-midi, alors hop.

janvier 2015 )

Candy+Loren

Jan. 31st, 2015 04:48 pm
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I considered taking Saturdays off, but today I decided it was better to post something than to post nothing.

Talking Meme: Detective Conan!

Jan. 31st, 2015 10:57 pm
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[profile] ran_dezvous asked me about Detective Conan, a popular anime here in Japan!

When my husband and I first moved to Japan 15 years ago, we decided to watch some Japanese shows to try and practice our Japanese. One of the shows we chose was Meitantei (Famous Detective) Conan.

This was a terrible choice.

Meitantei Conan is a long-running animated series about a high school boy and amateur detective who, when he runs across the nefarious Black Organization, is given an experimental drug that is supposed to kill him, but (unbeknownst to the villains) de-ages him instead. He decides to pretend to be his own young cousin, taking the name Edogawa Conan (Edogawa sounds like Edgar in Japanese, from Edgar Allen Poe; Conan from Conan Doyle). Through a rather convenient set of plot devices, he eventually moves in with his semi-girlfriend Mouri Ran (who doesn't know who he is) and her incompetent detective father Mouri Kogoro. While searching for the secret of the Black Organization, he ends up helping Kogoro solve crimes by using a special dart that puts Kogoro to sleep at convenient times and a microphone that lets him impersonate and throw Kogoro's voice. Kogoro starts to become famous as "The Sleeping Detective" who solves crimes while in a sleep-like trance (it's Conan solving them, but Kogoro is happy to take the credit and even kind of believes he's doing it somehow).

It's a great show, but it's a terrible show to to be practicing your Japanese with, because a lot of the cases revolve around language riddles, and...wow, Japanese is not an easy language for that. So after a while we had to kind of give up watching it unsubbed, but years later we came back to it, because we had liked the characters and the conceit! We’re not caught up anymore, but for a while we were watching it very regularly. I think we’ll get back to it at some point, once the English subs have made some progress--we’re too invested in the long-term overarching plot not to find out how it all gets wound up someday...

Make a dragon want to retire, man.

Jan. 31st, 2015 02:16 am
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1. It's interesting how literal the term "juggling" feels when applied to projects sometimes. I just advanced a stage on my 1D Big Bang (and it's pretty close to completion now). I also just signed up for [community profile] bandombigbang Wave One. Up, down, up, down.

(My BBB possibly won't be done in time for Wave One, and while I'm going to try, I'm not going to push too hard - getting through 1D Big Bang has been rough because I pushed harder than I probably should have. But I have writing projects I definitely want done in February to supplement my non-writing BBB, so we'll see how it goes.)

2. Something I've been enjoying a lot lately, to my surprise - Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. It's an app game where you make a character who's ~discovered by Kim Kardashian, and you work on building a career through photographic/runway modeling, acting, appearances, parties, and a visible dating/married life. I originally DLed it in December because Sister played and wanted people around, and I figured I'd delete it in like a week, but it fits really well around everything else I do in my day and has enough of a challenge (save up enough money/K stars/energy to do what you want) without leaving me feeling super pressured to buy the in-app purchases. It's also nice to get a little Slytherin-style satisfaction when I'm feeling too crummy to do much in my life, you know?

3. A meme, if anyone's interested: Never Will I Ever meme: Name three fics you think I will never, ever, ever write. In return, I may attempt to write a snippet of one of them.

I might repost on Tumblr/Twitter later when there's more people around, but I'm really curious what people think I might not write, if nothing else.

Paisen gor married! :D

Jan. 31st, 2015 05:34 pm
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Lately, I have become quite a fan of voice actors, or seiyuu. I have been consuming a lot of seiyuu-related radio shows & events too.

For the last... 2 years(?) or so, I have been following this particular web radio show (with actual video) from Chou A&G+ called "Yahagi ・Sakura no Chotto Ojikan Yoroshii desuka?", which basically means "Yahagi & Sakura's Do You Have Some Time?".

(Translating has never been one of my strong points, regardless the language. Despite having quite a plethora of Japanese vocabulary up my sleeve nowadays, translating is just not something I'm good at. But still, I think I got the translation for that right, though it needs some polishing)

So this radio show is hosted by two female voice actors, Yahagi Sayuri and Sakura Ayane. Both of them are from the same agency, with Yahagi being the senior of the pair. The selling point of the show is their 'high tension' senior-junior combination. The 'high tension' here being 'high spirited' instead of hostile. Anyway, in the show they're both known as Paisen & Ayaneru.

I'm not good at expressing my thoughts, even in writing, but this show is just fricking hilarious. I cannot tell you how fond I have become of these two lately. And today, Paisen made an announcement that she has gotten married! :D

In the show, they once had a corner called "Please Marry Me!". Basically, in this corner, listeners would send the show their proposals of marriage to her as Ni-na (Paisen's favorite character from Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side). To think that she would actually get married so soon! Congratulations, Paisen! Yet another Hayate cast who has gotten married lately. 挫けないで松来さん!

Hello!

Jan. 20th, 2015 04:53 pm
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I have no idea when was the last time I updated my Livejournal and Dreamwidth accounts. Sometimes I make the posts either LJ only, or DW only, and so lose track pretty much most of the time.

And so in an effort to make both accounts somewhat active, here is the somewhat belated attempt, which hopefully will not simply end due to my laziness.

So to you who wandered here by some strange coincidence, hello!

And to you who have been around in my Friends List for some time, hey there!

I will try to be more active this year. I do admit that I have never been much of a blogger to begin with. And I pretty much do not use most of the social networking sites that pop up in abundance in recent years. I am aware it's there, I just can't be bothered to actually create an account to use them.

So as my baby step for being active here again, I am currently trying out new journal themes. Most of the LJ comms that I used to frequent for themes/style are now no longer updated (sadly), so if there are some good places where I can get customised CSS themes, do let me know. I am not a big fan of the ones LJ have. And if they can be applied to DW, that is a bonus. I still need to experiment a bit with DW's layout settings.

All the previous posts in this LJ will be kept under LOCK. I have no intention of making them public.

The upcoming posts may consist of Public posts mostly, though any personal ones will be Friends Locked.

--

Bonjour bloodstream.

Jan. 31st, 2015 09:20 am
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If you're sitting around biting your nails, waiting for Festivids to shower you with vids and feels, here's some good news! [personal profile] sdwolfpup posted her Selfie vid, so you can go roll around in that to stave your vid-hunger.

This Is What It Feels Like. Run towards the feels, my fellow peeps. I'll be joining you all on Monday to flail about in the comments :D
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I've been meaning for some time to link to Adam Radwanski's extended article at The Globe and Mail, originally published on Friday the 16th of January, about the revival of American Rust Belt cities. There's much that the Ontarian portion of the North American Midwest can learn from its neighbours.

[A]s young Americans recoil from the 20th century’s suburban sprawl and are priced out of New York City and San Francisco and Washington, the Rust Belt offers an alternative within the bones of once-great cities. Past glories have bequeathed a legacy of well-respected universities, cultural entities, attractive neighbourhoods and gritty industrial spaces. Courtesy of past exoduses, the cost of living is often jaw-droppingly low. And for those who seek a sense of community, there is a chance to be leaders in (re)building. “There’s this psychogeographic pull, this humanness,” is how Mr. Piiparinen puts it. “We all have this longing to be part of something.”

There has been less longing, in recent years, to be part of our own country’s version of a rust belt – the one that comprises such Southwestern Ontario cities as Windsor, London and St. Catharines, and patches of Eastern Ontario. Young people have fled in droves as the region’s employment numbers have tanked, seeing the loss of more than a quarter of manufacturing jobs in the last decade.

[. . .]

With oil’s current slide, Canada really can’t afford for it to remain a drag – and in fact there is some expectation that Ontario will instead reclaim its old role as the leader of Canada’s economic growth. Its premier, Kathleen Wynne, recently expressed optimism that plummeting oil prices and a sinking dollar will prove a boon to manufacturing. “I don’t wish for low oil prices and a low dollar for Alberta,” she said earlier this month. “But at the same time, we want our manufacturing sector to rebound. So if that [low oil price] helps, then that’s a good thing.”

While they could indeed help in the short term, it’s difficult to imagine those volatile factors leading to the lasting revival of traditional sectors competing with consistently low-cost jurisdictions such as Mexico, China and even the American South.

For sustainable renewal, Ontario’s old industrial towns will have to work harder at reinvention – and they should be looking to some of their counterparts in the U.S. A two-week road trip through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan revealed in often surprising ways how our neighbours are much further along in reinventing their most hard-hit cities, and how much we have to learn.

“The wind is at the back of these cities in a way that it wasn’t before,” says Jennifer Vey, a fellow at the Brookings Institute who studies the revitalization of old industrial centres. And although many of them will remain smaller than in their industrial heyday, the numbers bear that sentiment out. When the Manhattan Institute ranked America’s 100 biggest U.S. metropolitan areas for their economic performance in the wake of the Great Recession, mid-size Northeastern and Midwestern cities accounted for nine of the top 20.
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Gothamist featured Jordan G. Teicher's article describing how the upstate New York State city of Buffalo is thriving, an affordable community attracting migrants from across the United States as it recovers from its post-industrial nadir. (An implicit contrast is with an unaffordable New York City.)

I do have to go one of these days.

According to census data analyzed by the New York Times, from 2000 to 2012 the number of college graduates between the ages of 25 and 34 in Buffalo jumped 34%—more than Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

If moving to New York City is like dating the most popular kid in your high school only to discover "all the blemishes that aren't visible when gazed upon from a distance," then Buffalonians will tell you that moving to their city is like dating the girl next door who's undergoing a She's All That-style transformation.

In 1900, Buffalo was the eighth largest city in the country and had the most millionaires per capita in the world. In the first half of the 20th century, with the opening of the Barge Canal, Buffalo’s shipping and manufacturing boomed. The city was also the world’s largest supplier of grain. Things started to unravel in the 1960s after the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway; shipping went elsewhere, and eventually so did other industries. Over the next couple decades, the city’s population plummeted, and many homes and buildings were left vacant.

Part of attracting a younger demographic involves filling in those vacancies through programs like the Buffalo Building Re-Use Project, which provides loans for businesses to improve property downtown, and the Urban Homesteading Program, which offers $1.00 abandoned homes for qualified applicants.

It also requires jobs. In 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged a so-called “Buffalo Billion” for economic development in the city. The continued construction on the state-of-the-art Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is bringing new jobs and development to the surrounding downtown area. And sometime next year, Elon Musk’s SolarCity, a $750 million factory designed to produce high-efficiency solar panels, will employ thousands.

All these initiatives are starting to pay off. According to The Buffalo News, incomes in the Buffalo Niagara region grew about 1.5% a year (after inflation) between 2003 and 2013—double the average annual increase nationwide during that time. In 2003, per capita personal income in the region was 11% lower than the national average, but by the end of 2013, it was $44,301, just 1% less.

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