whynot: SPN: all hail (frenz)
Okay so, The Departed, right? I was all :DDD when I first watched it because YAY MASSACHUSETTS omg and I recognized all those place names! How exciting! LOL OF COURSE THEY GO TO WORCESTER FOR A COKE DEAL. Anyway. I recently watched the movie it was based on, Infernal Affairs. Also very exciting!

Infernal Affairs: spoilery bullet points )

The other thing about Infernal Affairs is Tony Leung's uncanny ability to look like a kicked puppy 90% of the time. "Hmm," I thought, "and why does that feel familiar?" Oh! Because that's also the face Castiel makes 90% of the time. Therefore,

[Poll #1724407]

HOLY SHIT SHE CAN POLL. I'm trying out the two weeks of paid time trial thingy. New icons! Polls at the drop of a hat! The nagging worry that I've installed Google Analytics wrong! It's gonna be a brave new world, folks, at least for a while. I can't do polls on Dreamwidth, so I'm just not gonna crosspost posts with polls, I think, because I'm lazy and can't be bothered.

But back to Tony Leung's face. I also watched Red Cliff in the same week, and my reaction to that is mostly *___* FEAST FOR THE EYES. It's not a subtle movie, but goddamn, it is entertaining as shit.

VID REC: The Humbling River by [livejournal.com profile] feochadn | RED CLIFF | ensemble
It's like watching a really epic trailer. Great editing and great song. Apparently I need all of Puscifer's songs in my ears, like, right the hell now.

What else. [livejournal.com profile] sharp_teeth is back, with a different format. [livejournal.com profile] queer_fest's last prompting day is March 30, so get to it. [livejournal.com profile] help_japan's last prompting day is March 31, and if you're interested in receiving a mix from me, you can place your bid here.
whynot: SPN: all hail (another country)
And [livejournal.com profile] castielfest is DONE, baby, BOOM, baby, chyyyeeeaaahhh. Here is the masterlist, which consists of 11 fanarts and 83 fanfics HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. AH CASFEST, I remember when you were but a germ of an idea being batted around chat. Won't you look at you now! If you had cheeks, I'd pinch 'em!

For Casfest I received an excellent fic from [livejournal.com profile] gabby_silang called Elysium, which is everything I've always wanted from expat!Cas. It is rarefied and sharp, and I love it so. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY READ IT.

In other news, I sank further into the depths of the intertubes and got a tumblr. Same handle as my Twitter, that's right. Dunno what I'll do with it yet, but so far it's full of caves, deserts, and angels. By the way, explain to me how this is not Castiel/Anna fanart, unless it's Castiel/Claire fanart. Or Castiel/Scully.

While merrily tumblring, I stumbled across this and was like MUST FIND MOAR, and lo, I did! Kolmanskop, the abandoned diamond mining town in southern Namibia. In 1908, Zacharias Lewala found a diamond in the Namib Desert, and he showed it to his German supervisor August Staunch, who was like, "oh that's nice I guess," and mysteriously thereafter, a bunch of German miners settled in the area and began to exploit the land. The town declined by WW1 and was ultimately abandoned in 1954, after which the land began to reclaim it. The desert sifted in through the windows and doors, and settled where people used to. It's not that the sand fills up the silence; the desert brings silence with it.

Or it would, maybe, if Kolmanskop isn't now a tourist attraction. oh god I wanna go.

So yeah, I'm totally late to Kolmanskop appreciation hour, but here's a picspam to make up for it: 'You do not go into the desert to find identity, but to lose it.' --Edmond Jabes )

Speak up if you got a tumblr!

[originally posted at http://whynot.dreamwidth.org/34542.html | comment count unavailable comments]
whynot: SPN: all hail (the smell of ozone)
And [livejournal.com profile] castielfest is DONE, baby, BOOM, baby, chyyyeeeaaahhh. Here is the masterlist, which consists of 11 fanarts and 83 fanfics HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. AH CASFEST, I remember when you were but a germ of an idea being batted around chat. Won't you look at you now! If you had cheeks, I'd pinch 'em!

For Casfest I received an excellent fic from [livejournal.com profile] gabby_silang called Elysium, which is everything I've always wanted from expat!Cas. It is rarefied and sharp, and I love it so. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY READ IT.

In other news, I sank further into the depths of the intertubes and got a tumblr. Same handle as my Twitter, that's right. Dunno what I'll do with it yet, but so far it's full of caves, deserts, and angels. By the way, explain to me how this is not Castiel/Anna fanart, unless it's Castiel/Claire fanart. Or Castiel/Scully.

While merrily tumblring, I stumbled across this and was like MUST FIND MOAR, and lo, I did! Kolmanskop, the abandoned diamond mining town in southern Namibia. In 1908, Zacharias Lewala found a diamond in the Namib Desert, and he showed it to his German supervisor August Staunch, who was like, "oh that's nice I guess," and mysteriously thereafter, a bunch of German miners settled in the area and began to exploit the land. The town declined by WW1 and was ultimately abandoned in 1954, after which the land began to reclaim it. The desert sifted in through the windows and doors, and settled where people used to. It's not that the sand fills up the silence; the desert brings silence with it.

Or it would, maybe, if Kolmanskop isn't now a tourist attraction. oh god I wanna go.

So yeah, I'm totally late to Kolmanskop appreciation hour, but here's a picspam to make up for it: 'You do not go into the desert to find identity, but to lose it.' --Edmond Jabes )

Speak up if you got a tumblr!
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I signed up for Racebending Revenge at [community profile] dark_agenda because do you know how long I've been threatening to write Indonesian!Winchesters? Since March, apparently. And then I missed the July 2 posting deadline because I was off celebrating someone else's independence day. LOL. Better late than never! ALSO, the icon for my Dreamwidth post is pretty much the appropriatest in many ways. Someone randomly made a map of Indonesia the background for a Winchesters icon, and hey! Now it's time for Indochesters.

I have grand plans to write more in this 'verse, but here are two ficlets for now. 'Verse summary: They follow the trail of the thing that killed their mother from West Java, Indonesia to the USA. This is Satrio. This is Dimas. Handy-dandy Indonesian/Sundanese translations are here.

North for the Winter
Pre-series. One of the few times their father took them north in the wintertime. "Do we even have a word for snow?" 590 words.

Jejak Kaki
Early S1. Brothers on the road, rediscovering. The title means 'footprints'. "It's not that Satrio has anything against his mothertongue, but Dimas speaks it like he's making a point." Also 590 words.

And now for some cultural identity soapboxing! tl;dr re: multilingualism and the monolingual bias )

I've also been wanting to write Indonesian!Pevensies since a year ago. That's still on the to-do list, as is Muslim Indonesian Jimmy Novak. I also just signed up for [community profile] mundane_bingo and [livejournal.com profile] spnsupporting because I am a crazy person. I've yet to get my bingo card, but my spnsupporting characters are pretty predictable.

[originally posted at http://whynot.dreamwidth.org/27062.html | comment count unavailable comments]
whynot: SPN: surprise!Indonesia (all in the family)
I signed up for Racebending Revenge at [community profile] dark_agenda because do you know how long I've been threatening to write Indonesian!Winchesters? Since March, apparently. And then I missed the July 2 posting deadline because I was off celebrating someone else's independence day. LOL. Better late than never! ALSO, the icon for my Dreamwidth post is pretty much the appropriatest in many ways. Someone randomly made a map of Indonesia the background for a Winchesters icon, and hey! Now it's time for Indochesters.

I have grand plans to write more in this 'verse, but here are two ficlets for now. 'Verse summary: They follow the trail of the thing that killed their mother from West Java, Indonesia to the USA. This is Satrio. This is Dimas. Handy-dandy Indonesian/Sundanese translations are here.

North for the Winter
Pre-series. One of the few times their father took them north in the wintertime. "Do we even have a word for snow?" 590 words.

Jejak Kaki
Early S1. Brothers on the road, rediscovering. The title means 'footprints'. "It's not that Satrio has anything against his mothertongue, but Dimas speaks it like he's making a point." Also 590 words.

And now for some cultural identity soapboxing! tl;dr re: multilingualism and the monolingual bias )

I've also been wanting to write Indonesian!Pevensies since a year ago. That's still on the to-do list, as is Muslim Indonesian Jimmy Novak. I also just signed up for [community profile] mundane_bingo and [livejournal.com profile] spnsupporting because I am a crazy person. I've yet to get my bingo card, but my spnsupporting characters are pretty predictable.
whynot: SPN: all hail (another country)
Things that happen in chat when you're supposed to be sleeping: Castielfest, ya'll! Raise your hand if you'd be interested in a Castiel-centric fic exchange. Gen, slash, het, whatever -- as long as Cas is top-billing. We're thinking sign-ups begin a few days after the S5 finale airs, stay open for a week or so, then participants have a month to write at least 1000 words upon receiving their assignments. [livejournal.com profile] vikki has a poll here to gauge interest, and it would be awesome if you could fill it out and let us know your questions/concerns/disagreements/suggestions.

It's Three Weeks For Dreamwidth time, trying to generate more Dreamwidth activity to celebrate its 1-year anniversary, hence the cross-posting. If you, like me, are still like "Dreamwhat?", it might behoove us to check out [personal profile] stepps's Lonely Planet guide to Dreamwidth. And, here's something cool that DW-clicking did for me recently: [personal profile] ephemere's thoughts on Filipino identity and writing about other cultures led me to the post that sparked it ('No Foreigners Allowed' by Charles Tan), which in turn led me to the sidebar of Charles Tan's blog, which is stuffed full of links to Filipino speculative fiction fkdjsfklkjk AWESOME.


This old meme:
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.


[livejournal.com profile] maboheme asked me five fannish questions under the cut. )

[originally posted at http://whynot.dreamwidth.org/19904.html | comment count unavailable comments]
whynot: SPN: all hail (there has been enough bargains)
Things that happen in chat when you're supposed to be sleeping: Castielfest, ya'll! Raise your hand if you'd be interested in a Castiel-centric fic exchange. Gen, slash, het, whatever -- as long as Cas is top-billing. We're thinking sign-ups begin a few days after the S5 finale airs, stay open for a week or so, then participants have a month to write at least 1000 words upon receiving their assignments. [livejournal.com profile] vikki has a poll here to gauge interest, and it would be awesome if you could fill it out and let us know your questions/concerns/disagreements/suggestions.

It's Three Weeks For Dreamwidth time, trying to generate more Dreamwidth activity to celebrate its 1-year anniversary, hence the cross-posting. If you, like me, are still like "Dreamwhat?", it might behoove us to check out [personal profile] stepps's Lonely Planet guide to Dreamwidth. And, here's something cool that DW-clicking did for me recently: [personal profile] ephemere's thoughts on Filipino identity and writing about other cultures led me to the post that sparked it ('No Foreigners Allowed' by Charles Tan), which in turn led me to the sidebar of Charles Tan's blog, which is stuffed full of links to Filipino speculative fiction fkdjsfklkjk AWESOME.


This old meme:
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.


[livejournal.com profile] maboheme asked me five fannish questions under the cut. )
whynot: SPN: all hail (motherfucking pendragons)
1. Hello, Merlin fans, by any chance could any of you be so kind as to Britpick/beta 2100 words of SPN fusion AU wherein Arthur and Morgana drive around the UK killing monsters and have family drama? I would be much obliged. :D

2. I'm crossposting this from Dreamwidth because I think there are maybe some folks here to whom the following might be of interest.

When I was writing Indonesian SPN fic, I found myself wanting to write Dean lapsing unthinkingly into Sunda. Sunda is the local language in west Java (WEST SIIIIIIDE), and my family on my mother's side would always lapse into it from Bahasa Indonesia when they are excited or surprised. Because of this (and systemic bias), it's a language I associate with intimacy and high emotion. Sunda!Wikipedia! I mean, I can totally see Dean going, "Dahar euy!" when Sam comes back with take-out.

I dunno how much sense it would make even if it's just a translation trying to capture the 'feel' of things. In the hypothetical world where the Winchesters speaking Sunda makes sense, though, I see Sam speaking less Sunda than Dean. Maybe when they were growing up, Sam and Dean used to speak more Sunda to each other and to their dad, but when Sam went to Stanford, Sunda was one more thing to distance himself from as he embraced the standard language and a standard life. Also, when Sam and Dean are pretending to be cops or whatever, they'd probably have their furtive exchanges in Sunda.

In the USA, this kind of multilingualism seems to be associated almost exclusively with immigrant/multicultural families, which Sam and Dean are kind of not. In Indonesia, people who also speak Sunda, Javanese, Batak, etc. have been there for centuries, but their language has been minoritized and deemed informal anyway. And so maybe this is why Sam and Dean can't speak Sunda, haha -- the sociolinguistic foundations just aren't the same, and the implications of being multilingual are different.

I wonder if this is one of the reasons why there are so many terrible Indonesian translations of things. It seems there is a higher percentage of multilingual people in Indonesia, but literary/translating conventions seem to favor monolingual stories, thus bringing up issues of how to best capture ~authenticity~. Perhaps this is changing, though. A recent Indonesian soap opera, Muslimah, had their characters speaking FOUR languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Sunda, English, and Arabic. There were subtitles. It was glorious, and utter crap, and my mother never missed a single episode.

I still want Dean yelling, "Kumaha atuh!" in frustration when butting heads with Sam, though.


3. Here are some things I read that I enjoyed and agree with: cultural appropriation, ally arrogance, 'strong female character' bullshit.

ETA: JIM BEAVER TWEETING IN INDONESIAN. MY WORLDS ARE FOREVER COLLIDING. \o/

This entry was originally posted at http://whynot.dreamwidth.org/17036.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
whynot: SPN: surprise!Indonesia (all in the family)
1. Hello, Merlin fans, by any chance could any of you be so kind as to Britpick 2100 words of SPN fusion AU wherein Arthur and Morgana drive around the UK killing monsters and have family drama? I would be much obliged. :D

2. I'm crossposting this from Dreamwidth because I think there are maybe some folks here to whom the following might be of interest.

When I was writing Indonesian SPN fic, I found myself wanting to write Dean lapsing unthinkingly into Sunda. Sunda is the local language in west Java (WEST SIIIIIIDE), and my family on my mother's side would always lapse into it from Bahasa Indonesia when they are excited or surprised. Because of this (and systemic bias), it's a language I associate with intimacy and high emotion. Here's what Sunda looks like, btw. I mean, I can totally see Dean going, "Dahar euy!" when Sam comes back with take-out.

I dunno how much sense it would make even if it's just a translation trying to capture the 'feel' of things. In the hypothetical world where the Winchesters speaking Sunda makes sense, though, I see Sam speaking less Sunda than Dean. Maybe when they were growing up, Sam and Dean used to speak more Sunda to each other and to their dad, but when Sam went to Stanford, Sunda was one more thing to distance himself from as he embraced the standard language and a standard life. Also, when Sam and Dean are pretending to be cops or whatever, they'd probably have their furtive exchanges in Sunda.

In the USA, this kind of multilingualism seems to be associated almost exclusively with immigrant/multicultural families, which Sam and Dean are kind of not. In Indonesia, people who also speak Sunda, Javanese, Batak, etc. have been there for centuries, but their language has been minoritized and deemed informal anyway. And so maybe this is why Sam and Dean can't speak Sunda, haha -- the sociolinguistic foundations just aren't the same, and the implications of being multilingual are different.

I wonder if this is one of the reasons why there are so many terrible Indonesian translations of things. It seems there is a higher percentage of multilingual people in Indonesia, but literary/translating conventions seem to favor monolingual stories, thus bringing up issues of how to best capture ~authenticity~. Perhaps this is changing, though. A recent Indonesian soap opera, Muslimah, had their characters speaking FOUR languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Sunda, English, and Arabic. There were subtitles. It was glorious, and utter crap, and my mother never missed a single episode.

I still want Dean yelling, "Kumaha atuh!" in frustration when butting heads with Sam, though.


3. Here are some things I read that I enjoyed and agree with: cultural appropriation, ally arrogance, 'strong female character' bullshit.


ETA: JIM BEAVER TWEETING IN INDONESIAN. MY WORLDS ARE FOREVER COLLIDING. \o/
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+ OH MY HOLY FUCK: [community profile] steampunk_nusantara -- a communal worldbuilding thingie for a STEAMPUNK SOUTHEAST ASIA. It kind of reminds me of a play-it-by-ear Museum at Purgatory. We inventory made-up artifacts! Fictional non-fiction! EXCUSE ME WHILE I HAVE THE VAPORS.

STEAMPUNK. SOUTHEAST. ASIA. My first contribution is a positive review of a questionable book. My first thought was actually, "Steampunk jeepneys would be so badass." Jeepneys* are already pretty trippy to begin with. Xzibit can learn a thing or two from them about pimping one's ride. And jeepneys all steampunked up? LIFE, PLEASE PROVIDE.

* Jeepneys are what happens when the American jeeps left in the Philippines after WW2 are pimped out for public transportation. Which begs the question: steampunk WW2?? GIMME. Keysmash capslock forever! \o/


+ In sorta related news, here's an experiment. Said experiment is me writing interrelated drabbles in French and Bahasa Indonesia. I'm not super comfortable in either language, but writing anything in them has been something I've wanted to do for a while, just to see if I can, to maybe ease into it. If you speak either of these languages, please feel free to correct my grammar and phrasing and stuff! I would love to improve. (Fic: making me engage in things I would otherwise never get around to.)

So I guess the drabbles could be missing scenes from Bring Out Your Dead, or something. Or otherwise, just 219 words about two guys road trippin' through the End of Days. I'm not quite sure what to think of the fact that I seem to be more comfortable writing in French than I am in Indonesian. I'm that estranged from my mothertongue, it seems.
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The following might also be an interesting topic for my anthro final paper. (Oh god, I gotta choose a topic and send an outline to my prof before the week is out.)

The Sociological Images blog recently posted about the relativity of feminist liberation that touches on some of the problems with how feminism is discussed and articulated. The post is specifically about women-only taxi services that have begun popping up in Dubai, Mexico, Moscow, and, weirdly, the UK. In Manila, the MRT (our El/subway) has a women-only train car. I heard (...but can't find online confirmation) that it was women passengers themselves who requested this service because they kept getting groped on the train, especially during rush hour.

On the one hand, the pro-womanness of such a service is superficial. It's still demeaning, and it reinforces gender binaries and perpetuates an unjust system. Well, yes, ideally we would be living in a world where you don't need a women-only taxi service, but on the other hand I'm hesitant to sacrifice the security of these women for the sake of ideology. Just like you can't juxtapose one country's democracy wholesale on another country's, you can't juxtapose one country's feminism wholesale either. It has to grow organically from within (and also a little bit without). But to go back to the one hand, is more segregation really the way to promote this?

The problem with these services is that they're end-of-the-pipe solutions. They treat the symptoms of misogyny instead of the causes. They send a message to the men that they can continue to act like misogynists because we can always remove ourselves from the situation and it's our fault if we don't. But on the OTHER hand, sometimes when people talk about bringing some good ol' women's lib from countries where it's more commonplace to countries where it's less commonplace, it reminds me of the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality of economic conservatism: "You don't need special treatment, you just need to be strong!" That's all well and good, but the bootstraps of women in, say, the USA are already pretty high up compared to the bootstraps of women in the Philippines. And these boots, they smell like White Woman's Burden. Equality among women != sameness among women.

I think women should be wary of insisting on solidarity based on what we are not i.e. men. We're not just not-men. However, sometimes the rhetoric of being not-men overpowers the diversity of women's situations around the world, reducing women in quote unquote less liberated countries to the subaltern of the subaltern. And yeah, that's one of the flaws of the women-only taxi service, in that it is totally based on being not-men. If the way women protect themselves in other countries is disagreeable to us, should we take their protection away because it's bad for their feminist agenda? For WHOSE feminist agenda? Can you use 'unfeminist' means like these taxis to further feminism? Or is that too much like fighting for peace and fucking for virginity?

And, I dunno, what if the woman trying to hail a women-only taxi is escorting her ailing grandfather or something?

The Huffington Post offers a stronger stance on why these women-only taxis are questionable indeed. Interestingly, the HuffPost article was written by a man, whereas the Sociological Images post was written by a woman. I have my reservations about these taxis, but I also have my reservations about dismissing the idea outright. At the very least, it provides a safe space. It reminds me of - and I wish I have the link - how some people were trying to make an organization/support group for Hispanic gays, and a non-Hispanic gay was like, "But what for? We're ALL gay!" But what he was really saying is "We're ALL not straight", which isn't the same thing.
whynot: SPN: all hail (veins and arteries)
Parts of this remix were written months ago in the comment section of the original fic because sometimes I get carried away when I write comments. Also, what is it about fic deadlines that makes you more productive on fics with no deadlines?


Post-War Miracles (The Rising Sun Remix)
Hetalia. Japan/Germany, Japan/America-ish. 1341 words. PG13.
Japan and Germany after the war. A remix of [livejournal.com profile] zempasuchil's 高度経済成長 / Wirtschaftswunder from Japan's POV.

There is a difference between ambition and passion, but it's easy to confuse the two. )
whynot: SPN: all hail (veins and arteries)
I reckon I should be organizing my data sets, but then I listened to Chimamanda Adichie talk about the dangers of a single story (via [livejournal.com profile] heather11483 and [livejournal.com profile] deepad) and my heart just swelled. I was originally going to flock this post because it has a lot of personal information in it, but then I realized that would be kind of defeating the point. So, here it is.

thoughts on my own stories: the ones I couldn't own, the ones I didn't want to own, the ones I had to fight for, the ones I still have to fight for )

So in the spirit of this, I'm gonna do new twist on an old meme. I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away. And I will answer in autobiographical narrative form.
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DEAR INDONESIA,

WILL I STILL NEED YOU, WILL I STILL FEED YOU, WHEN YOU ARE SIXTY-FOUR? AS YOU ARE NOW?

Happy birthday, you crazy country! Sixty-four years ago, Japan was atom-bombed into surrender, and Indonesia was like, "NOW'S OUR CHANCE," and was all *DECLARES INDEPENDENCE!*. Then Holland came along and tried being all, "Hey, thanks for kicking out the Japanese and saving our place. Now we can continue--" but Indonesia was like, "LOLOL NICE TRY, HOLLAND."

Independence day strikes me as kind of arbitrary sometimes, though. Indonesia as we know it is the Indonesia that the Dutch East Indies had carved out before Japan came along and occupied. THAT Indonesia is 64 years old. That's the Indonesia that Holland delineated being basically like, "This is where all the nutmeg and cloves are." It's like when Africa was divided and the borders didn't take tribal land into consideration. Indonesia's heritage goes back to before BC. We are FUCKING old.

Sixty-four years old since we shrugged off our last occupier. You know what it kind of reminds me of? It kind of reminds me of this xkcd comic.

Not to like, poop all over independence day or anything.

Some facts about Indonesia-as-we-know-it
1. Wiliam Shatner is older than Indonesia.
2. Being born on August 17, Indonesia is a Leo, indicating that it is enthusiastic and generous, but intolerant and patronizing. Other famous Leos include Hulk Hogan and Fidel Castro. Distinguished company! Its Chinese astrological sign is a rooster, indicating that it is delicious dipped in batter and deep-fried.
3. The Indonesian flag is the Polish flag turned upside-down, and a longer version of Monaco's.

Many happy returns!


Okay, so I was looking up The Beatles' video of "When I'm 64" to see how relevant the lulz are, and the video begins with the Beatles spontaneously growing beards due to some strange time warp, MUCH LIKE CASPIAN IN THE DAWN TREADER MOVIE APPARENTLY. WHAT. Oh Caspian, at least one questionable characterization choice for you per installation!

I was also clicking through http://fuckyeahemmawatson.tumblr.com/ trying to deny my secret crush and then I come across THESE PICTURES, and I was like hfjdksljflsjflksd. OMG GRINT IN A PINK JACKET AND HAT BEING SHAMELESSLY LIKE ":D!". And then vespas. jfldks!

While on the subject of pics that make me go "jfldks!": QUEENS OF NARNIA
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Words cannot express how much I want (and possibly need) The Manga Guide to Statistics. God, if only I had known about it last semester.

Speaking of comics, I went to my first Comic Con last weekend. I'm not usually a comics convention-going person, but my friend was working the audio equipment, so I went. One of Manila's most awesome bands performed, but unfortunately I only arrived as they were finishing their set. (Okay, so this band -- Gorgoro -- are awesome mainly because of one thing: they have a puppet for a frontman. A puppet who is only trying to find his estranged father, yes he has backstory.) There was also a large "Goodbye, Tita Cory" banner that people were writing farewell messages on. And I got some nice loot! 'Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci', 'Trese', 'Skyworld: Apocrypha', aaand )

And I'm not putting Purchase #4 under the cut, because.

4. My faaaaavorite purchase is a 4-part miniseries called Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan, which is an alternate history in which chickens became sentient. That's right, on February 3, 1979 -- or the Great Awakening -- chickens gained human consciousness. I prefer parts 3 and 4 because the allegory becomes less in-your-face, but the whole thing is quite intruiging. The premise is awesome and each part quite short that I couldn't stop. Gaiman-approved!

SENTIENT CHICKENS. CHICKEN MARRIAGE. EXTREMIST CHICKEN RIGHTS GROUPS. Hiding your chicken friends in the basement because otherwise your neighbors would kill them for being abominations! The protagonist gets beat up at school because he wouldn't cluck like his bullies told him to! BIRD FLU. omg.

The first part is available online here.

I admit, at first I wasn't sure whether Elmer is set in the Philippines (it is) because the characters have what I consider to be an American way of talking. Really, I feel I should've figured it out from the plants and architecture, and I shouldn't have been so unhinged by 'Americanisms', 'cos I mean, look at me. I drop U's, use Z's, and do your mom-with-an-O every night. The English in the Philippines is, so to speak, more American. I'm still deconstructing my own dichotomies.


I've been slow in replying to comments, sorry :(. Obviously the solution is to whore for even more comments. Meme me up, Scotty: Top 5 me!

Hey, remember yonks ago when I said there should be a Merlin crossover community? Someone was listening! BEHOLD: [livejournal.com profile] merlin_xovers \o/!

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