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Books:
Plugging away at the Borges interviews. The interviewer dude is très French.

EDIT -- back to the Extraterrestrial Sex Fetish thing. (A boring Saturday morning spent in queue at the walk-in clinic.) Of the three main "paths," I'm most enjoying the exophilosophy series -- unsurprisingly as it falls in line with the Carson, etc. The same names crop up, except instead of the topic being love, or God, or time, it's aliens. (Man, after all that Borges I was dying to know what Berkeley thought about aliens!!!) The story path starts slow but eventually goes off in an interesting direction. The porn path... is not for the easily triggered. XD; Personally, I'd've preferred less conflation of "exophilia" with exploitation, but the link is wrapped up in a logical argument. Can't fault the writer for imaginativeness, anyway.

Comics:
All the Captain Marvel I had lying around (up to #11), one of Erin's volumes of Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (so... lots of Monica Rambeau), the first Avengers Assemble hardcover.

I'm not a hate-reader, but I gotta say, when I see ppl complaining that they don't like Filipe Andrade's or Emma Rios's art I'm like, YOU ARE WRONG IN A COMMENT SECTION! ON THE INTERNETS!

Movies/TV:
I've been getting an attack of sore throat/randomly spiking fever, sometimes exacerbated by other bodily dysfunctions (lower back pain, inflamed gums...), every month or two. The least-bad thing this could be is a recurrent sinus infection, in which case it's a pretty special one since my nose doesn't get stuffed up, and also I thought the antibiotics for the root canal infection that gave me stomachache (the drugs, not the infection) had taken care of the sinus issue, but that shiz keeps coming back like Ultron. The latest new symptom is tinnitus. :D :D :D So no, it was not a good winter, and this is starting to bum me out. In the meantime, I was afflicted with the inability to brain and so watched an evening's worth of JoJo. Think I'm on episode 11 now? 12? JOSEPH. Why are you flawless.

EDIT -- went and saw The Great Gatsby with the family, for Mother's Day. Spoilery for moviemaking, not for plot. But you know the plot. )
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Books:

Finished On Writing and went back to the other Borges essays collection, which continues to be better. But in general Borges turns out to be a good critic, in that he is not only insightful but makes you really want to read the books/authors in question, many of which/whom I had zero or even negative previous desire to read. XD (He is also the sort of critic, of whom I've encountered a few in music writing, who persistently relates new work to his own top ten favourite artists regardless of whether the latter are well-known and generally well-regarded or not. This is neither a good nor a bad thing per se, but it's a thing.)

Started Mythologies, which turns out to be a bit 101 for me (Barthes wrote it as a 101; another one of those books which would have started life as a blog, today). That is, dude was making his audience think about daily life, pop culture stuff they would normally not have tried to analyze intellectually, but said culture was that of 1950s France, i.e. I have to reconstitute the past in order to revisit it. I mean, I had no idea there was French pro wrestling in the 50s, did you? XD Also, everyone overanalyzes pop culture for signs nowadays. You've won, Roland.

Comics:

Usual serialization stuff. Read The Thanos Imperative which was the big cosmic arc before the current thing; so big that they probably had to soft-reboot. And the concept is rather clever.

As I keep mentioning I'm fascinated by the thematic underpinnings of all this )

I realize I've argued myself into the position that Peter Quill is basically Lawrence of Arabia. XD; Though, I've only just described what's going on in the comics -- all this is text, occasionally infodump text even, barely extrapolation -- so maybe they intend to go there. "We turned him blond because we felt like it" seemed rather thin, I have to say.

TV:

More JoJo. Up to episode 6. The weirdness is ramping up, but hasn't coalesced into a gestalt (my experience, which seems to be similar to everyone else's, was that this happens around Caesar's introduction). It's like the delicate moment when a mess of eggs turns into a custard.

I have figured out how to add the footer on a crosspost! Go me! /rollsalot (Original post is here: http://petronia.dreamwidth.org/53440.html)
petronia: (Default)
Books:

Finished On Writing and went back to the other Borges essays collection, which continues to be better. But in general Borges turns out to be a good critic, in that he is not only insightful but makes you really want to read the books/authors in question, many of which/whom I had zero or even negative previous desire to read. XD (He is also the sort of critic, of whom I've encountered a few in music writing, who persistently relates new work to his own top ten favourite artists regardless of whether the latter are well-known and generally well-regarded or not. This is neither a good nor a bad thing per se, but it's a thing.)

Started Mythologies, which turns out to be a bit 101 for me (Barthes wrote it as a 101; another one of those books which would have started life as a blog, today). That is, dude was making his audience think about daily life, pop culture stuff they would normally not have tried to analyze intellectually, but said culture was that of 1950s France, i.e. I have to reconstitute the past in order to revisit it. I mean, I had no idea there was French pro wrestling in the 50s, did you? XD Also, everyone overanalyzes pop culture for signs nowadays. You've won, Roland.

Comics:

Usual serialization stuff. Read The Thanos Imperative which was the big cosmic arc before the current thing; so big that they probably had to soft-reboot. And the concept is rather clever.

As I keep mentioning I'm fascinated by the thematic underpinnings of all this )

I realize I've argued myself into the position that Peter Quill is basically Lawrence of Arabia. XD; Though, I've only just described what's going on in the comics -- all this is text, occasionally infodump text even, barely extrapolation -- so maybe they intend to go there. "We turned him blond because we felt like it" seemed rather thin, I have to say.

TV:

More JoJo. Up to episode 6. The weirdness is ramping up, but hasn't coalesced into a gestalt (my experience, which seems to be similar to everyone else's, was that this happens around Caesar's introduction). It's like the delicate moment when a mess of eggs turns into a custard.
petronia: (another one of those days)
Helped sororial unit move today. Life's been kicking my ass in non-subtle ways recently (don't ask; I'll get around to it), and frankly I'm not good at understanding or describing my own feelings when they're set off by situations outside my daily-living norm, so it's going to be a struggle not to let the fact that I'm alone in the house trigger five-hour brown studies. Like a computer churning away at top CPU usage even when you don't have any windows open, running god-knows-what in the background. XD;; At that rate one would rather go on the Internet.

Notes on a few things I've watched and read:

Yumemiru Koto (Romance of an Ancient Dreaming City): In which Hoshino Lily does Erotics F, although idk if one can exactly say that this is to her BL work as Ristorante Paradiso is to basso. )

Steel Ball Run, volumes 13-19: This the first time I have heard anyone suggest that Jesus sailed across the Pacific from Japan to the New World, but that's why we love you, Araki. )

The version of Hamlet with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart: Brain-dead truism alert, but Shakespeare is kind of awesome. Cut for length not spoilers ahaha. )

If I were Russell T. Davies, and had gone to see this during its stage run, I think I would have found it very difficult to resist the temptation of cribbing from the best. XD; And so he did, I suppose.
petronia: (cell phone's dead)
* If you of the flist have a book in print and I haven't bought it... it's now because I forgot rather than because I'm broke. XD; Also, Jhegaala and Victory of Eagles. I'll get the Paarfi ones from the bookstore, they were there last I checked.

* The most recent volume of Steel Ball Run I own is #12 and #20 just came out. Also WTF is this and why is it on Gallimard, sad'lgj;gfdkgh Araki stans have a tough life of it. I finally got around to watching Gaga/Beyoncé's "Telephone" video while picturing Hirohiko crying manly sensitive tears through its 9 1/2 minutes. I could break it down painstakingly but if you care it'd be obvious, and if it's not obvious you won't care. So. XD;;

The damage )

Stuff to buy next round )

Stuff to get from the bookstore )

I think I will sell off some of my older books, no way is all this coming with me when I move. = =+
petronia: (another one of those days)
To the extent that it took me 48-plus hours to post about it. XD; But despite my best efforts this isn't really a RL journal. In fact the more involved and important RL happenings are, the less likely it is that I'd rehash them online, out of sheer lack of energy.

Wandering around Montreal )

Got Five Hundred Years Later from [livejournal.com profile] flemmings and read. Got Dragon from the bookstore and read half of. Vague spoilers. )

Tachiyomi'd Chuck Palahniuk's Snuff in the bookstore - it took 90 minutes. Sort of mildly satisfying minor Palahniuk, I guess. XD Was going to say that it seemed to have the scope of a short story rather than a novel, but come to think of it that's not right: what it really ought to be, is a play. Literally it only has about four characters standing around, monologuing away to themselves.

Also... well, didn't catch up on Steel Ball Run, per se, but read chapter 38. The last chapter I'd read before that was 34, and there were a couple missing before that. It's very close to wrapping up, I think, which is to say the last couple of plot twists have been awesome.

On the fly

Jan. 8th, 2008 07:13 am
petronia: (blue monday)
1) Came back to huge pile of mail. XD Thanks for the CD, Thien - I think it may have been stopped at the border, so glad it arrived in one piece. ^^;; Thanks for the cards, [livejournal.com profile] mbp and [livejournal.com profile] quixotic_sense and [livejournal.com profile] tsutanai!

2) The major revelation of the weekend may prove to be that 90s teenpop is back - back like 80s pop came back. BACK LIKE BACKSTREET. My brain's a flexible object but the sight of a hundred or so MBA students in their late twenties breaking into the Boys' dance from the video spontaneously and in unison has done something irreparable to it. That was the third and unscripted dance-off of the weekend. Unfortunately I was still relatively sober at the time, but that soon changed.

3) I apologize for, um, accidentally doing that to Bing. WILL TRY HARDER NEXT TIME. My strategy is to blame the whole deal on my sister, who has an illustrious history of inflicting me with RPS fandoms (that I usually get away with not mentioning on LJ); the really annoying thing here being that The Libertines are, in a nutshell, the Mirage of Blaze of bandslash. One can only wish that actual Mirage of Blaze had as much fic as this thing turned out to have, but I know exactly how deep (shallow) that pond is. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: there are fewer more distressing sights than that of the NME getting its yenta on.

4) I played the stuffing out of Up The Bracket over the past week, which really only has peripherally to do with item 3 and more to do with being in the passenger seat of cars more than usual, including the 12-hour round trip with a driver who will only listen to rock. Also, having to wake up at 6 in the morning. This interspersed with The Pipettes, like lime after tequila. All of which got piled on top of the mental essay on Beirut, hauntology, etc. until the structure began to totter on the brink of tl;dr collapse. The sort of thing that would happen to Suze all the time, then she would post, like, a gnomic one-line conclusion followed by "DISCUSS". EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Tommy february6 still wins the Derrida sweepstakes. DISCUSS.

5) Since no one showed any signs of scanning it for my benefit, I went ahead and bought the January issue of Jump SQ so I could read the new Kishibe Rohan side story. The first ten pages are possibly the most godly ten pages of manga I've ever translated - that is, I haven't yet, but I will. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Rohan is an awesome rock star, but the worst real estate investor of all time.
petronia: (happy place)
Tsubasa and SBR are all I'm following these days, mind you.

TRC to chapter... 173, I think. Spoilers. Does anyone care about TRC spoilers? )

The two chapters of Steel Ball Run to come in this space once I'm done reading them. XD

EDIT -- guys. GUYS. THE JOJO PART 4 NOVEL IS COMING OUT. IN A WEEK.

Turn around for five minutes and My Bloody Valentine reunites, now this. XD

Spoilery notes on SBR 30-31, more or less on the heartwarming tip. )

...Okay, seriously? HOW COOL WOULD IT BE IF "JESUS WALKS" WERE THE NAME OF THE FINAL STAND.
petronia: (another one of those days)
1) I figure I can manage three at worst and four at best of the following:
  • School and part-time work
  • Editing SSBB
  • Having a life offline
  • Having a life online (i.e. blogging and commenting)
  • Writing
The first two items are not really negotiable, and Writing has kind of been getting the shaft this whole year, so the other two will probably, ah, see a drop. ^^; Fair warning and all that.

2) Happy birfday to [livejournal.com profile] moderntime, and happy incredibly belated birfday to [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon. XD;;

3) Every day in every way, JoJo parodies on Youtube keep getting better and better and better. This is a fandom with too much free time on its hands and not afraid to use it. (Of course the same people will up stuff for other fandoms, such as this. Where is that song from btw, it's... not bad. XD;;;)

4) I finished watching the second half of Nobuta wo Produce last night - or rather this morning - after having come to the conclusion that an all-night marathon was the only way I was going to make time for it. Not the fault of the show, which is just as enjoyable and brilliantly written as everyone says it is (and only 10 x 45min episodes). The script is fresh, deftly characterized, and humane, and makes the direction and acting that much better. And magic realism! There's a lot else that could be said about it but I'd have to take each episode apart. XD Would foist on people in RL but I'd have to find direct downloads of a subbed version, or better yet a batch torrent. Or maybe just watch it with French subtitles on Youtube. XD

(I hold "Seishun Amigo" in high enough regard that I'd use it as a ringtone, which is saying a lot. My phone doesn't even do MP3 ringtones. XD; Does anyone know how to get a MIDI or whatever version?)

5) Also watched some anime with T: 2 episodes of Black Lagoon, and... 6 episodes of Texhnolyze. IT'S THE MILLION-DOLLAR MUSKRAT!!! I had to get that off my chest.

6) Patrick Wolf on October 5! ...I forgot to write a review of the Bebel Gilberto concert, didn't I. ^^; Pics to come shortly.
petronia: (plugging away)
Earlier than I'd expected - was given an estimated ship date near the end of September. It's red and black and very slight for its class, but I didn't name it Ed. XD Pictures and review that is actually informative, not going to bother myself ahaha.

Vista seems wretchedly slow, more so than on my sister's XPS, but I haven't finished setting up. Will probably have to disable a bunch of crap.

***

FMA progress: finished volume 14 last night, now it will have to wait until I can order the missing volume 15 (semester-start liquidity crunch). The idea of following the story at a rate of three tankoubon per year seems mildly insane - what if the X-Files had shown one new episode a month? More of the Conspiracy(tm) would fall out of the sieve that passes for my current brain than would enter it. But I've never been very good at serialization.

I horribly miss the JoJo fandom but there's not much I can do at this point other than make the occasional WTF-face over SBR and write vastly extrapolated fic. D: Should make a poll specifically for JoJo fic. Or just finish summarizing Stone Ocean, finally, since scanlations for that seem to be going nowhere. Hmm.

...Maybe I should fall back on Occam's Razor and call the GB challenge comm [livejournal.com profile] getbacksubrosa?

***

OH AND ALSO I'm going to Bebel Gilberto + Forro in the Dark on Saturday. This could only be awesome!
petronia: (happy place)
LAUGHING. Candidate for biggest nerd-out by members of the "respectable" scientific community since Planet Xena. But think, it could have been worse - the researchers could have insisted that their discovery be illustrated in moe-chara style. LIGASE-TAN WILL BIND YOUR SYNAPSES WITH LOVE.

Those of you who're Ph.D.-tracked, I'm looking at you.

In other hilarious news, apparently there are Viewfinder side-stories out? Love Prize 3, Naked Truth Zero )

Other updates: TRC 159-165, Holic 139-144. Contains spoilers. )

I've also read up to FMA vol.11, halfway through. Am however missing vol.15 which stands to become a problem in the near future. ^^;

I gotta ask

Sep. 2nd, 2007 08:42 pm
petronia: (jotaro)
Is it possible to get the Phantom Blood movie online, like, at all? Or have the Japanese been clamping down on camcorders in the theatre? XD;

SBR chapters 28-29. Spoilers though I'm sure no one is worried. In conclusion, balls. )

Following (at least in my mind) the Uncyclopedia article on Moe Moë linked by [livejournal.com profile] sub_divided: JOE☆STAR, part 5 version. I've garnered the impression from Youtube that Japanese JoJo fans are engaged in a one-way escalation of force against KyoAni. In future we'll see how that goes.

(P.S. did anyone see the cover to SBR volume 13 homg.)
petronia: (gourmet sensation)
Link back to Part IX, for reference.

LONG. Be grateful that I'm not threatening a DVD commentary, at least. XD )

***

Whenever I finish a fic I experience a bizarre fandom resurgence, like I have trouble letting go of the characters in some sense. Usually I read a lot of other people's fics (which is why a communal event like [livejournal.com profile] blind_go is so much fun), but in JoJo this is pretty much impossible, so I end up reading Japanese fanartists' 4koma instead. They have plots like "someone stole Giorno's pudding out of the fridge, suspicion falls on all"; it's pretty awesome. XD
petronia: (power corruption and lies)
FINALLY. XD I've been working toward this scene since last October. Suggest reading the whole thing from beginning to end, actually, or said end is liable not to make sense. It's only, what, 16,250 words? A novelette. Ahahahaha.

I'll probably need to edit the last bit tomorrow, if only because I had no idea Mista was going to do that. I MEAN.

[ Parts I-IV. ]

[ Parts V-VII. ]

[ Part VIII. ]

Part IX. )

[ Author's Notes ]
 
petronia: (dot dot dot)
SBR #27 is up. These are SOUL'd OUT songs, aren't they, should've seen that one coming. (It occurred to me to search the video on Youtube and ahahaha something looks decidedly familiar. orz Also I guess Araki didn't unilaterally decide to dress Shinnosuke up as the wizard out of Granado Espada, they did that themselves.)

Gyro and Johnny have changed clothes! Michigan winters are no joke.

Actually I read four chapters in a shot - #24-#27, pretty much a tankoubon in itself. Uh. The plot holes are kind of glaringly massive (why don't these powerful and fearless stand users take Valentine on themselves?? if it were me I wouldn't have a hope or expectation that Lucy would rise to the occasion, the odds are too slim), but I was suitably distracted by the Conan Doyle lesbian porno. Not words I would've associated JoJo with previously, but so it goes. Porcelain shepherdesses! Decadent library books! I'd kind of missed Italians-with-pasts-of-tragic-melodrama, too (particularly serendipitous since I'd been re-reading Privilege of the Sword all day). A Swiss Guard of all things, this time.

Hot Pants is a Bride of Christ, I think; reste à savoir how literally Araki is going to interpret that. My guess is very.

Next: catching up on TRC/Holic, as per usual. XD
petronia: (giogio)
I have three issues of Italian JoJo, that I bought second-hand from the comics/anime convention within the Turin book fair (...so I attended a con while I was there, WHAT OF IT). Nowadays I think Italy does tankoubon like everyone else but back when JoJo was being serialized - and according to the inside cover the Italian edition started in 1994 - it came out in "issues", where one issue is 6-8 chapters or thereabouts. So the end of part 5 (volume 63) was issue #94. By sheer coincidence the publication date corresponded exactly with the manga's internal timeframe: August 2001. XD Then they detoured for purposes of Araki completism, so Baoh was #95-#97, Gorgeous Irene was #98, Magical B.T. was #99, then #100 was the start of Stone Ocean. Part 4 and previous are flipped left to right, part 5 and onward are right to left. They're basically thinner tankoubon so I find it outrageous that manga serialized this way was collected into "proper" tanks afterward, but 'tis well known TRUFAX that otaku nerds will pay for anything.

It wasn't until last week that I realized this sort of farks up the way I described Pink Dark Boy in my fic? Uh. This level of authenticity is not required amirite.

Looks like this: )

Where the bottom three shelves are entirely JoJo. The issues I have are #52 (last bit of Josuke + Jotaro vs. rat, Reimi's introduction), #84 (all of Clash/Talking Heads - I got it for the map of Venice ahaha), and #94 (Gold Experience Requiem, Rolling Stone side story, the character profiles). I should probably make some scans or something but for the moment I'm too lazy. XD; Part 5 comes off like... reading Banana Fish in English. Where you sit and think, "Funny this was originally in Japanese when it's all about the US of A," and it's kind of hard to imagine except not.

I also bought volume 5 of Ouran High School Host Club, solely because I wanted to learn to say "reverse harem" in Italian.
petronia: (another one of those days)
I don't want to take ficbit requests (that never ends well) but I need to write something, so it's the personal fanon meme. XD One character per person? I don't even know if I have personal fanon for most of my characters, so I guess we'll find out.

(Off to see PotC3, will continue later~)
petronia: (jotaro)
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Desho Desho?: 10,000 points for title, the rest is historic inevitability. XD

Araki-sensei 20th anniversary video interview:
part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4

I was going to translate some of it but at this point I'd have to rewatch it again. XD What I remember of it. )

[1] As a card-carrying villain fangirl I've always been a little miffed. XD Though in light of this philosophy it's interesting that he chose to go into Diego's childhood in SBR.


OTHER NEWS, PART ONE: I finished reading the third volume of Ravages of Time, ahahaha. I knew something was off with the entire scenario but it's like every time you pin it with your finger it slips. XD Death Note without the benefit of being inside Light's head. Also I'm baffled as to what kind of brain could come up with the idea of making Diaochan a trap.

That's all Charmian sent me so now I suppose I have to source the rest, but I don't want to read it in English - I won't be able to keep track of who's who in the morass of crack unless I have the Chinese in front of me. XD;

OTHER NEWS, PART TWO: [livejournal.com profile] ashesto pointed out last night that Anissina and Gwendal out of Kyou Kara Maou are (almost certainly) named after Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat, the former ice dance champs from France. This caused instant head fanon whereby figure skating was the sport Yuuri's mom wanted him to be into, but nooo... this is so plausible I'm not sure it wasn't in canon at some point. D:
petronia: (giogio)
This section alone is 4,400 words. :0 Warnings for, um... Rohan-tasticness?

[ Parts I-IV. ]

[ Parts V-VII. ]

VIII. )
petronia: (jotaro)
Why I love JoJo fandom, part #153,220 in an ongoing series: doujinshi in fangirl Latin. (Actually I think Tusk speaking Latin is fanon, in that one doesn't really see it converse in the manga, but the idea is extra adorable for some reason. XD Gyro speaking Latin, uh... he's Italian?)

Yesterday I caught up with SBR to chapter 23, finally. Cut for stuff. )

Johnny drinks "herb tea" to help his nails grow. I'm not even going to comment on this.

I just re-read my Stone Ocean summaries in preparation for continuing them, and they are on crack. I knew it but (as with Mirage of Blaze) the impact is lessened when one is in the full swing of things rather than looking on. XD;

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