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2011-10-17 08:20 pm
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How about "thon"?

as a third person singular pronoun that is. It's my new favourite candidate.
(I'm just talking about third person pronouns for a person of neutral gender, no gender, both, etc., ruling out the options of going non-neologisms such as by both or by it or by they. For an unspecified person or a person whose gender I do not know yet or a generic person, I use they, while the very traditional thing to use is "he", which is sexist, or "he or she", which is binarist. I don't tend to use a neologistic word for this case, although some people do.)
Thon:
Just because it's phonetically perfect for it. It fits into an English sentence well. Pronouns with more complex and uncommon sounds in them like x or z are going to slur when they're in often used, unemphasized, and small words like pronouns are, and when they do they'll turn to something involving h or s sounds, which makes them hard to keep apart from other third person pronouns.
Another reason I dislike the more common options phonetically is because they're too close to female or male pronouns (zie, hir, for example). Not that people can't call themselves that if they don't see that quality in them or like it to describe them, it just makes them not perfectly neutral in my perception. For example for myself I don't mind "hit", which is middle English for it but declines as "him, his". Phonetically it sounds like it means something between he and it, which is why I'd use it for myself, but why it can't be a good new neutral pronoun.
And the ones that are them without the th I just find phonetically unaesthetic Because they either begin with a glottal stop or slur with the preceding word. Personal taste I guess.
(unrelated note: the quenya word for personal taste in phonetic aesthetics is lamatyalve)
Thon is a demonstrative (?) pronoun in some dialects, apparently, so that's why it fits phonologically as a pronoun in an English sentence.
I have no idea how to decline it. Demonstrative pronouns don't decline. Although I'd guess they did in middle english and certainly in old English. It might be easiest to just let it be the same in all cases. Or to decline analogous to "one": thon-thon-thons
I'd love to enforce bringing back accusative and dative cases for pronouns and getting rid of some prepositions, but anyway.

And yay, I managed to have some thoughts and write something.
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2011-10-16 05:03 pm

Update

- it's working ok with the veganism. I've had Indian food and Thai food and more Indian food, and stuff made with soy milk. And sushi. But besides the sushi it's working. Yes one can make mashed potatoes with soy milk and margarine, but it tastes rather bland, and half of what I'm finding to eat is composed of potatoes and oil.
-I've just spent the whole vacation watching Big Bang Theory and reading A Dance with Dragons. There isn't much to complain about with that book, except that I liked it better when people died and then stayed dead, by now I don't care who dies because they'll probably turn up again. I liked it better when there was less magic. The stakes were higher and things were more certain when there weren't a hundred different religions whose magic works. I wouldn't mind it in a work with mythological tone, because there its not really about what's happening in the first place, but here it rather de-grounds everything.
- I'm not sure I haven't written this before, but Lawrence of Arabia is a fascinating person. It's a great movie.
- obviously the part about me writing here some more during vacation didn't happen.
- I realised I have about a hundred days of high school left, ever, so I'm going to stop complaining about math class and try to learn some of those horrible german words for things instead. I'll just memorise how the example solutions in the textbooks are written before the exam, math is easy like that.
- I saw a paediatric endocrinologist, he called me a girl, I proceeded to not talk to him, which was childish, so he assumed I understand nothing and spent a few hours trying to explain it to me without using any words I might not understand. Which was sort of funny really. Also they have stopped lecturing me on neuroplasticity and the irreversible damage I am doing to my psyche and have instead taken up lecturing me on how effectless it all is. They change positions on a lot of things and give me a lot of false information. They're probably too stupid to realise how hypocritical they are instead of actually lying, though.
-no update on where I might be going to college yet, of course.
- I want to read a nice simple fantasy book where the good guys and the bad guys throw weapons and magic at each other, no genre deconstructing or parody or social criticism or moral discussion involved. My brother leant me this thing with Egyptian gods in it, I'll see how that is.
-and I forget to go to fencing this week too. Tomorrow though.
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2011-10-08 12:33 pm
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Vacation

which means I'm back, from using the fact that I've got college applications to finish as an excuse for not writing or reading or fencing or anything, that is. Finished applying.

-I've read another book, The Master and Margarita. Its a fun book, and I might get to write a research paper about a history of depictions of Satan, that would be my chosen topic. The problem might be that the topic is a bit Europe-centric and nothing to do with globalisation or world politics.

-math class is awful, as I'm sure I've told everyone I know and a few people I don't know about at length. Just so stupid.

-german class is great, at least from my perspective. The book has an automaton in it which I take as an excuse to monologue about Frankenstein, Metropolis, Bladerunner, and anything else I can think of.

-maybe I should get a tumblr? But then again my problem is not lack of places to communicate, just having nothing to say.

- I'm lending my computer to my brother (to play darkspore on), so that's a test of how well an iPad can completely replace a laptop.

-trying out whether one can make mashed potatoes with soy milk and margarine instead of milk and butter.
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2011-09-17 11:38 am
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Today: rowing trip, college application (open form, start filling out, do looking at which colleges I like or making appointments with counsellors or essay writing as necessary).
And that is entirely enough for today.
But no, I have to be such a self-loathing perfectionist that I think I'm failing at life whenever I don't finish twenty books a week, post deep world-changing insights daily, win at running and fencing and rowing four times a week, never not be best in school, write awesome fiction, and meet new people all the time. I am making my own life awful by constantly thinking there's so much I ought to be doing right now.
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2011-09-16 08:06 pm
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I just realised I have some of that type of sociological or whatever opinions that people are so fond of discussing. I thought my opinions were sort of the obvious ones that I don't need to tell anyone because it's so obvious, but apparently not.
So, the whole "born this way" thing, suddenly lgbt people have taken to using it rather a lot, as a general statement of pride instead of purely as a counterargument.
I am firmly of the opinion it is the wrong argument to be having.
People do realise we've been arguing this point literally at least for a hundred years? Do the simplest ideas always take this long? Are we really that slow?
As far as I can tell a hundred years ago the argument was that it's not their fault they're gay, they're not committing that crime on purpose, they just cannot help it and ought to be pitied.
That may have been a relatively sympathetic view a hundred years ago, but why are we still having the same discussion? We shouldn't be telling people that people regrettably just can't help being gay, we ought to argue that it doesn't matter the slightest why because people ought to be able to do whatever they want for any reason at all. I don't want to discuss some "gay gene" when I don't care whether it's genes or god or the flying spaghetti monster or just deciding you want to make out with a dude right now, they point isn't why the point is it doesn't matter why.
I think it isn't a good idea for queers or anyone to attribute their lives to genes or god or fate. Not that I'm saying it is a choice (that would be stupid), but quit focusing on how it's not their fault; it's entirely irrelevant whose fault it is when there's nothing wrong in the first place.
Can we just get it over with, making all the stupid cishetero people stop being so very stupid, and get on with it, and maybe come up with something interesting instead of waiting for them to catch up?

Ok, rant over. How am I today?
1. Sick.
2. Sick of peoples repetitiveness.
3. Sick of lgb people, bored with the whole obsession on sex and romance, although I suspect asexual people have the same obsession with their lack thereof, so
4. Sick of people saying anything at all, especially about themselves.
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2011-09-11 08:32 pm
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The middle bit of Paradise Lost

...and I'm just going to skip the beginning part about "I have no time and no ideas so here's something short and irrelevant", because it seems that type of situation is status quo.
And I ought to be translating a few lines of Metamorphoses right now. Which is way better than some things, but the fact that we've been on the Daphne story for a month and a probably not going to do much else is frustrating, because I already know that story, and because people have awful opinions on it.

So anyway, Paradise Lost.

It is brilliant. It's not too difficult either, easier than Shakespeare.
This is the book where Satan is the protagonist and is supposed to be evil but comes off as quite more reasonable and sympathetic than the other side.
The parts which retells genesis and the parts about Adam and Eve being in Paradise get a bit boring after a few pages of praising, but that's just about the only flaw, and even that is sometimes very nice when the cosmology is described, the layout and composition of the universe.
The newest developments:
Raphael is telling Adam about the war between angels and fallen angels, to warn him against sinning. In this story, Satan makes some nice speeches about not serving god (interestingly, questions whether god created angels, as he claims). Abdiel doesn't like it. Then there's a war, and they are about equal in numbers. On the first day it ends when Michael battles Satan and wounds him. On the second day, Satan invents cannons. I think this is the most awesome thing the author could have put in the story to make Satan human, because that's what humanity does, think of some really impressive invention when the problem doesn't solve itself through their preexisting abilities. Of course this looks evil, and cowardly, using machinery on angels. So this works for a while, until the angels go and throw mountains at them, which isn't so good for the dark side. On the third day, god sends his son, who of course throws them into hell. The Jesus in this book is not as peaceful and loving as other portrayals. He's mostly just an extension of God, who is the old testament version who does nothing but enforce worship.
After Raphael tells Adam this story, and retells genesis, Adam tells Raphael about his first few days of existing, and about god coming there personally to discuss creating Eve with him. Nothing about Adams previous wife in this story, so I don't know where I picked up the notion that there is such a thing. Also, god is male in this story, it says Eve is less in gods image than Adam. Adam and Raphael and Eve and the narrator go on for quite a bit about how great domestick, marital love is (theyre officially husband and wife without having gotten married, but i forgot why). Which is the less interesting bit and makes me want Satan to just get around to corrupting them already.
Also, apparently angels have love to, be running their essences through each other, or something like that, and the question makes Raphael blush. Which is slightly more interesting, I am now going to read some Satan/Raphael into this, because it makes me suddenly far less inclined to hate Raphael.
Raphael leaves ( there is some nice description of the angel, which also ameliorates my desire to punch his arrogant face for having been mean to Satan somewhat).
Adam and Eve are all blissful again for far to long, than they're worried about the whole Satan thing for a bit...
Satan posesses a snake, talks to Eve, and we all know how that turns out. Since I had been of the opinion that of course one should try eating it for years, I'm not having any new opinions on this.
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2011-09-10 09:27 pm
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Having some sort of moral conundrum, and nobody to talk some sense into me about it right now with it being the middle of the night. About feminism, I suppose, or maybe about art and culture, really about women, or about the portrayal thereof. I am just unable to remember whether it matters or why it should matter.
So I'm reading this book, which is a very intelligent and complex and nice book overall, but like most books female characters are nothing but plot devices that illustrate or influence actual characters' development. Which I probably would have protested some time ago. Objectification and all that.
So... does it somehow negatively influence the world if I do nothing to women in my own writings except use them as archetypes? (and I'm inclined to use romantic archetypes right now, the ones from grecoroman mythology and the tragic ones having to do with suicide and consumption and drowning and such, which are all quite idealising and quite removed from reality). It probably does generally not help society move on for me to do that, but I frustratingly just can't think of why it isn't perfectly fine for society to just keep on being slightly sexist like that.
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2011-09-06 10:48 am

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Oh look I forgot about writing, again.

Have got to go to school in a few minutes (am skipping out on a politics debate right now. Umm.) so I'll just inform the Internet of a random fact:

For absolutely no logical reason, I could listen to Kraftwerk all day. God am I German, but it's just so neat and organised, and it goes on forever. Not that I have any idea of music, but other stuff like Daft Punk is just so messy. Also, I like mechanically distorted voices ( purposefully to be mechanic, not just random synthesisers). And obviously I like old science fictiony things.

Next note: apparently I'll be attending a party cross dressed. My opinion on that: I wish more people would do so, it's not like it's a huge effort to wear a set of clothes, but people are acting like it is. Besides that I've got to find someone to borrow a dress from.

( maybe I ought to just post my summarising Paradise Lost via chat, as the part about what I've been reading lately)
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2011-09-02 09:01 pm
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Eating meat

im not going to lecture people on it, I'm going to try it.

I stopped meat about 7 years ago not counting fish, 5 years ago counting fish, but have been on and off about fish the last two years, and then I've been going towards vegan and no fish the last months.

I wrote earlier (or maybe I didnt post that) that heresy is certainly something everyone should do more often, and with that I don't at all mean heresy against God because that's meaningless if it doesn't matter to you, but any heresy which feels completely wrong, improper, immoral, etc. for no logical reason (that is, it doesn't actually harm anyone).
But I couldn't think of what I could do, probably because I was thinking too much in the direction of religion, where no amount of putting up or destroying symbols actually means much to me.

So I'm going to eat meat for a week.

Then I'll think about where that came from and be vegan for three weeks just to be safe I don't decide I like it? In penitence? That's how you can tell it is a habit that's gotten too established without logical reason, when you feel you must repent after breaking it, and is afraid to lose it.
I think everyone ought to find one and break it.
So obviously, no rules about what I do after that week.

One week = now ( friday evening ) to Saturday

First observation:
when you're vegetarian for five years you just plain don't see 70% of the food there is. It only just occurred to me that I haven't a clue what other types of sandwiches besides the three I've been eating offers or what's in them or how they taste. After a while you don't consider every food available, you just gloss over it.
Related: there's tons of food I don't know about. So apparently there exists (in Germany) something called mettwurst which as far as I can tell looks and tastes just like salami, not that I'm good at knowing how salami is supposed to be.

Could do with butter.
Really I am not having much of a reaction to this, mostly because I'm writing at the same time and it tastes more of salty than of meat and does not have conspicuous texture.

Observation # 3:
it is probably really easy to eat meat and never think about it if you're in the habit anyway and you're for example watching tv at the same time.
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2011-08-29 05:01 pm

Veganism

I can't think of anything interesting to write, which is bad as I've got to go fencing in an hour, so here's some more stuff I've already told people about.

Veganism, it isn't working because I forget half the time concerning milk and cheese and eggs that are baked into stuff or in chocolate or such.
Also there dont seem to be vegans that don't mind leather and such, most vegans or vegetarians seem to have a completely different motivation from me, which is not hurting animals.
I wouldn't mind killing animals, but animals which have been bred and kept and killed en masse disgust me, domesticated animals that have been made useless and sickly of any kind disgust me, to the point where I really do not want to put said animals or anything that came out of them in my mouth.
The problem is I am not finding vegans that aren't either wanting to protect animals or very careful about their health, and I want to hear about neither really, I'd just like cheese substitute that didn't come out of a cow, without the ideology.
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2011-08-28 05:20 pm
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I'd much rather be looking Into magic right now, but here's the essence of a ten to fifteen minute talk I am to give my german class tomorrow about society 1790 to 1815, during which time romanticism was happening in Germany. Which is the exact same stuff we're doing in history, so it's rather pointless, but anyway.

because even though I will not like talking about this for four school hours in a row with elaborate literature analysis, I do actually enjoy having written down a short list of what happened when, just for the information. (I am so sick of school and how long everyone takes to say anything right now).

1790 Germany (or rather german Länder) were not modernising much due to the fragmentedness of the different jurisdictions limiting the economy and due to the old feudal social hierarchy.
then the French Revolution happened and Napoleon invaded, making various monarchs realise they needed to reform to prevent revolution. they centralised and reorganised administrations (and took land from the clergy).
prussian Reforms, In 1807, in response to Jena and Auerstedt, which I ought also be writing history homework about right now too.
Abolished serfdom, guilds, instituted education, military conscription, which all leads to less importance of class.
And industrialisation because of farmers being freed up.
after 1815- population growth which the economy could not keep up with. And it ought to be mentioned a German Confederation was established at the Congress of Vienna. (the Holy Roman Empire ended 06).
by 1835 it started industrialising though, especially in mining, metal, and machinery.

there, now I just need to elaborate for 10 minutes.
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2011-08-27 07:57 pm

About that with the inside out perception

i wrote earlier (or maybe I didn't and just assumed it) that it's rather difficult because of all the sensory stimulus from the outside before much moreore than from the inside.
Upon reading some more of Paradise Lost I realised it probably really helps to be blind. Turns one's gaze inwards and towards the divine (writes Joseph Campbell in The Hero With a Thousand Faces concerning Tiresias, I think, in any case that thought got into my memory from somewhere). John Milton was blind, and he's got this whole cosmology and history laid out in his head, with heaven and earth and hell, which he sees as clearly as other people see the real world.
otherwise it might help to be otherwise isolated, if one were to sit in a blank room for ten years one might end up mentally living in a mythological cosmology permanently too. Mine might solidify, right now I have the nine worlds model and the three worlds model and science all not getting along.
Not that I really need that to happen, for my mind to turn inside out, I'm fine reading books occasionally.

Judging from the 40% of the words which are making any sense to me at all, Paradise Lost is a genius book. I don't think I need a translation, I just need to reread this a few more times.
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2011-08-27 12:00 pm

The Sandman

This morning I read Hoffman's Der Sandmann. How do I feel about this, besides awfully nerdy for having done my schoolwork first thing in the morning and way ahead of schedule?
It is a nice (and rather short) story. And it makes sense to me, although my teachers will impose some much less interesting and more didactic interpretation on it, and then ruin my liking for the story by making us write long boring tedious essays about their interpretation. So I had better write down what I think of it now:
Yes it is clearly all in his head,but that doesn't make it less real. The sandman stole his eyes = his father dying made him deluded and permanently dreaming. I think eyes and sleep are a theme in this because his mind sees things differently, and that's the problem. And then he just gets so frustrated nobody believes him, Olimpia never seems to think anything herself and Clara also doesn't say anything which is meaningful to him either, that he thinks they are automatons, which is the logical thing for him to suspect, given his fear of alchemy and experiments he'll blame that for everyone else seeming a bit off.
There, done. I can't write an essay about that and I really don't want to, what's fun about this is that it's so simple and logical in it's own way that that's all the interpreting I want to do. I am going to be so bored and annoyed at german class.
I like stories with automatons, robots, artificial humans, homunculi, alchemy, etc. in them, and this one also agrees with me that people are mostly just machines and pretty much indistinguishable anyway. This reminds me that the whole artificial life thing didn't begin with Frankenstein (this story was published two years earlier) and that the whole robot thing didn't begin with Metropolis. There are probably earlier stories for me to read involving people that run on clockwork (which is fascinating and creepy and is bound to be a theme in literature as a response to when society suddenly started running on clockwork) and alchemically created people.
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2011-08-26 05:29 pm
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So that poem praising romanticism which I was internally violently disagreeing with: it first asserts that people must not systemize and categorise but rather let thinking and I imagination mix. Which is all very well,but the next line states that only then will all that is wrong be cleared away.
It just frustrated me, that it suddenly turned around and called the thinking part of everything absolutely wrong, and asserted that there is a truth to be found. I think I'm too postmodern for this argument (although I'm still not sure I'm applying that word correctly). I am so bored of direct discussion in literature of emotional vs rational, it is so overused. And it is all the same to me:
Emotions are a much quicker and more generalising version of thinking, religion is protoscience, machines are very crude forms of organisms, cities are something like a fungus...
So I get bored of arguing religion vs logic, or computers vs brains, when they're all indistinguishable from a certain point of view and we should instead be thinking of what logic there is in religion or how we can make computers more like organisms.
That being said I have nothing against the romanticism, dream logic is just thinking that is too efficient and complex to follow, but apparently it spews out the right result in the end, because humans do stay alive and society stays alive. Whatever people's brains are doing when they're not making simple understandable sense works mostly, except we don't have the brainpower to understand it, which is too bad. I don't think like Freud that the subconsciousness is to disturbing and dangerous for us to know about it, I don't think it's stunningly complex either, I just think we don't have just a bit more metathinking and analysing power because we survive just fine without being aware what's going on there, in fact it's probably distracting to monitor one's own brain processing everything, and our reasoning skills didn't develop to help us monitor our mental maintenance systems for our entertainment and enlightenment, they developed so that we have another tool for figuring out how to not die and how to have our species not die. I suspect all the thinking were conscious of doing is the back-up tool, being the newest and not entirely essential.
Off-topic: can anyone mentally turn their skull inside out? That instead of the world being the outside and the brains being the inside, your thought mechanism are the general background while the world is a cavern within that which you look into and make adjustments to the inside of? It's not quite solipsism, since the perceived world is still separate and autonomous and mostly outside of one's control, just not as important. Since I can conceive of it it must be possible with just a little bit more mental flexibility. Ideally a person ought to be able to shift it like a reversible figure optical illusion, but a lifetime in "normal" mode probably makes it more difficult to switch one way than the other. Or maybe some people or most people are in the other mode and I don't know it. And of course a persons insides are objectively smaller than the world. Nothing that a lifetime of living in a culture where the assumption is that thoughts are more important and true reality wouldn't solve though.
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2011-08-26 05:09 pm
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Metaentry

So now I am back to writing something daily, I hope. Because really, how hard can it be to have one thought each day? I usually do, but I'm usually at school whileI get enthusiastic about random stuff.
In theory, I think this ought to help me keep upa general level of thinking and productiveness rather than taking away my work time (because I don't actually use much of it to work right now). This is also the reason I just volunteered for an extra german project, which might turn out to be sort of stressful.
This weekend:
Frankenstein, this might be my absolute favourite book at the moment.
Germany in 1780 to 1850 or somewhen, because that's what I need to do a project about anyway.
Romanticism, my reaction to an hour of german class on it (as usual it was to get disproportionately angry and frustrated because I think the author of an old poem is being quite unoriginal and dense and Is missing the point entirely and should not be celebrated for it just because it sounds grand).

Other stuff to do soon:
1805
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2011-07-28 04:03 pm
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Metropolis

Things I am so unaccustomed too that it's sort of creepy:

-dystopia, the variety with oppressed masses and capitalist oligarchs. (Looks almost identical to the variety with oppressed masses and communist oligarchs)
-silent films
-German. Dramatic, grandiose, philosophical-sounding german narrational texts.
-a cultural trend in acting where people are very emotional and dramatic and practically climb all over their conversational partner. All the time.
-there has got to be some biblical metaphor going on here.
-an overdose of (german) 20s art, clothing, architecture, etc. styles.
-impressive orchestra
-creepy huge industrial machinery

I am suffering the era-specific equivalent of culture shock with this film. Which makes it so much more interesting than anything contemporary. (Current trend in acting is towards exaggerated expressionlessness, which isn't inherently worse, in fact if I were form the 1920s I'd be quite astounded by that too.)
I just started watching this. There's going to be robots.
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2011-07-27 03:25 pm
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Spellcheck

Still reading short stories by Isaac Asimov, and they're still great.

"Galley Slave":
In 1957 it apparently seemed plausible that in the future we'd use a humanoid robot for the purpose of proofreading texts (on paper) for spelling, punctuation, &c.
Why not a computer?
"such a machine would require the galleys be translated into special symbols, at the least, transcribed on tapes. Any corrections would emerge as symbols. You would need to keep men employed translating words to symbols, symbols to words. Furthermore, such a computer could do no other job. It couldn't prepare the graph you hold in your hand, for instance".

Seriously, I only just realized that all only slightly old texts would have to have been proofread by people and then reprinted. Life without word-processing programs...
And they didn't have keyboards? They couldn't have typed something into a computer as simply as into a typewriter?
Now we can just scan texts and have the computer interpret the letters as letters, how cool is that? With really tiny devices that do unimaginable amounts of other stuff too.
So cool. Seriously, I am not calming down about this, in fact I'll continue being all like "Look people I have a tricorder, in real life, except even better!"
(We couldn't make holograms by putting tiny toroidal (?) magnetic fields into midair until it glows? Well probably not, I don't know much about this, wrong gas or something, or we'd be doing it. I want holograms and I'm out of ideas on this.)

Also I'd like to know whether widespread spellcheck has caused the development of neologisms, variant spellings, etc. to slow down, but I suppose we'll have to wait a few decades for that, and of course there's other possible factors for any acceleration or deceleration of language development which might be happening right now.
The & is a ligature for "et", and I don't think any new ligatures will spontaneously implement themselves either, just stuff like texting shorthand, which is different, because it's only new uses of preexisting symbols.
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2011-07-22 01:20 pm

Audiobooks

Never tried any.

Reasons for getting a subscription for getting one a month:
-it will guarantee I "read" one book each month
-about the same price as an actual book would be
-less effort to read, obviously

Reasons against:
-I already have a problem of trying to read 15 books at the same time without adding more
-cannot take notes in them, but then again I survived without writing in books just fine before I got an ereader
-I have no idea whether I like audiobooks

Because in real life, people (or at least a whole lot of people I know) trying to read to me is the most annoying thing ever and generally makes me want to punch them.
Also I find most narrators to have incredibly awful voices, especially the "calm old man" variety in children's stuff, who just sounds so condescending, and slow. The narrators in commercials all make me want to scream too, it's probably on purpose to get attention though. But maybe they don't use the most awful voices they can find for adult audiobooks.
I hate people talking slowly, it makes me so angry. At this point it's safe to say most anything makes me angry, so I maybe I ought to get over it by letting them talk to me about interesting stuff. After all I can choose what those voices talk to me about, and when, and in what language.

So I'll just try one...
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2011-07-21 12:09 pm

Redwall

I knew that whole making a list of all the books I've ever read was good for something: I suddenly remember what I was so busy reading all my childhood. And the list is suddenly 14 books longer, and a timeline doesn't look like I only started reading at 10 anymore.

So 6 years ago I thought I had read every single one of them (and that I was too old to read about talking mice anyway). Not anymore, turns out there's been a new one yearly. So that's some more stuff which is probably epic which I just have to read. Very long list, that, I want to nail my kindle to my hand so that I get some books done sometime.

What have I've read lately: Good Omens on one train ride and Tongues of Serpents on the way back. Both rather entertaining. The war seems to have escalated itself to a global conflict. Which means I want the next book.
All those books I'm currently in the middle of, I start to feel bad for the characters because I've let them for example stand around at a sort of awkward party for the last few weeks. And there's a trope for that:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TethercatPrinciple
Or I might just have a bit of a book addiction.
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2011-07-13 12:19 pm

1803

Next map )

Yeah, ports on this one for some reason. So the second coalition wasn't until 1805 and not much happened in between except minor territory seizing and trade blockades & intercepting between Britain and France only? That's the impression I have right now. Also small conflict on land in Spain/ Portugal (?).

The War of The Third Coalition: map with tons of stuff on it, next time.