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Apr. 26th, 2013 12:05 pm
taelle: (Rylance Prospero)
I think I managed to find a proxy that lets me log in to DW and post, so here I am (basically, someone Russian once posted a stupid meme on DW about suicide, so our state (and major Internet providers) are thoughtfully protecting us from such nasty things by blocking the DW IP).

Yesterday I went to see a new Measure for Measure in BDT - which was an experience in itself, since unlike most theaters which are within a walking distance from me, this one (well, its new building) isn't - and besides subway the way included a 20-minute walk through a park. Which is basically nice, but there was (a) rain, and (b) wind of such force that it was useless to open an umbrella. But the park is nice.

So is the theater... which wasn't that full. The performance itself was rather striking - I usually expect Angelo to be the main character, but here it was definitely the duke. Who was vivid and unpleasant (more unpleasant than usual; like pawing Juliet in jail); and their version of Isabella was also fairly unusual - starting with wearing a red dress under her robes, and generally being quite aggressive and aggressively sexual and in her interactions with Angelo being a bit like a wannabe/beginner dominatrix... between her and the duke I felt a bit sorry for Angelo for the first time in my life (while I was seeing Isabella/Angelo for most of the play, my friend was shipping Angelo with Escalus). I am not quite sure what I think about their Angelo - he felt very tired, put-upon and kind of befuddled.

... interesting show, in any case, and rather visually striking (and less undressing than usual - I think most Shakespeare I have seen locally involves undressing onstage. Especially King Lear)

And I have photos from Japan to clean up and post, except that I am tired. I am having a semi-day-off today.

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Jun. 11th, 2012 02:49 pm
taelle: (Default)

So, taelle, your LiveJournal reveals…

You are… 10% unique (blame, for example, your interest in translating good books), 27% peculiar, 46% interesting, 13% normal and 4% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy fantasy). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are wary of trusting strangers. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 43


(The average level of weirdness is: 28.
You are weirder than 83% of other LJers.)


Find out what your weirdness level is!

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Mar. 26th, 2012 08:40 pm
taelle: (rain)
It's surprising how some people seem to believe that if they start their speech with 'It's not that I blame So-and-so', nobody will then notice their blaming So-and-so.

... also, I start thinking that the main difference between English- and Russian-language fandom blogging is that in Russian fandom you aren't quite supposed to be interested in social issues. You're sort of supposed to say, if you blog about a case currently in the news, that you're aware that everyone's sick of this; and there's people explaining that bloggers involved, say, in LGBT campaigns, are harming actual gay people because they raise such a fuss that everyone's sick of the issue...

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Feb. 14th, 2012 10:40 pm
taelle: (siennes)
I keep thinking about my attitude to blogging. Thing is, diary keeping is a habit of mine, but blogging - a public exercise by its nature - sometimes makes me worry that I am doing something merely to blog about it; or that I only ponder on things to blog about it. Does a thought exist if you do not declare it to everyone around? I mean, I do love sharing things and I come by this honestly - my father is always prone to grabbing people and giving them lectures about whatever interests him now (like all my friends by now know more than they ever wanted to know about Takarazuka), but... I still feel uncomfortable and at these times I count it as an achievement if I have done things I haven't blogged about.

Back to Takarazuka, today was the big news day - the announcement of the new top stars of Moon Troupe, long delayed: and I swear that since the first show with new tops will be Romeo and Juliette, they were waiting for Valentine's day! Of the news themselves... I'm not sure what I think - they are promoting people too young, and they're playing some complicated games with the internal hierarchy. I am worried, curious and impatient to know how this new arrangement will work.

Oh, and I finally got my prize from Ahmad  Tea company - a lovely green teapot, totally worthy of having to endure our post office (queues. Headache-inducing and dizzying queues. I do so hate queueing).

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Feb. 8th, 2012 05:14 pm
taelle: (cosy)
I think I have some unanswered comments. I am very sorry about this, and I'll get to answering them some time soon, I promise. (In vaguely related news, I think LJ is delaying/losing comment notification)

Also, I am tired of being unwell, except that I have yet to figure out how to get well (people possibly reading this, please don't tell me to go to a doctor. My experiences of going to non-recommended doctors while not having the precise 'here's my hurt place, please fix it' kind of thing includes advices like 'spend less time at the computer' and 'take vitamins'. I can take vitamins without queueing in clinics first, and I don't have a recommended doctor for this). ... strangely, I am well, too - the sun is shining, which always makes things better, and I have everything I need and not many troubling things ahead. (except that one thing about this unwellness is that I keep losing the small sure things to make yourself feel better, like taking baths etc. - they just don't work like they used to).

In possibly related news, I am rereading Viktor Frankl and loving it.

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Jan. 26th, 2012 05:23 am
taelle: (crafty)
Today was a terribly sleepy and slow day, with nothing in particular achieved. Well, some work. And some answering letters and comments - why do I keep delaying answering? Sometimes it feels like such a burden...

Oh, important goal reached: my father and I put up a set of my 'seasonal' cross-stitches. We've only been working towards that for about a year - that's how long they've been framed and a place has been chosen for them. Oh well, now I have a couple cross-stitchings that need to be framed - I wonder how long it will take (what with framing being expensive). But, well, I have decided that for a cross-stitcher's room mine is too bare of the fruits of my labour.

Speaking of the fruit of my labour, finished a sweater for a doll. Made from a sock, and not particularly delicate work and all, but - a result! How inspiring. And I need practice: I have a couple more blouses planned for this doll, and then I should move on to the other ones.

Reading Liz Williams's Precious Dragon and enjoying it very much, though today I made a detour for a Sharpe/Temeraire crossover - great work (and great dragons).
taelle: (books)
It feels like for me it makes senst to blog in the environment where most readers don't know me personally. It's easier when it's all about words.

One of the weirdest things in the blogging fandom are people who complain in anonymous comms that they friended a person for cool fandom stuff and now this person keeps whining about their tiresome problems and personal life and you have to wade through all this to look for cool fandom stuff.

... this is not why I've been trying not to whine online: I just feel like I know all the comments I'll get to my 'woe is me' entry even before I write that entry.

Meanwhile I'm reading James Shapiro's 'Contested Will', which is amazingly interesting. Full of stuff which I did not know before and which actually answers many of my questions (I think this description is kind of weird, but. For now it's the most precise one that I can formulate).

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Dec. 13th, 2011 03:43 pm
taelle: (Default)
Note to self:

self, regular blogging is one of the tools that help you to deal with the feeling of time disappearing somewhere.
taelle: (Default)
... though we have no snow yet. The last two winters were excessively snowy, but still I'd like some snow now, please - the last bout of springlike weather in December ended in snow staying for all of April. I'd rather have a snowy December.

Each year I send cards abroad too late. I like sending cards, but in my mind (a) it's New Year which is the holiday, not the 25th, and (b) the holiday time/feeling starts about mid-December. Maybe this year I will be better?

I am reading people who do a "100 days of happiness" in their blogs, but not sure whether I want to do this. One of the main reasons is that I see such memes as a way to spread cheer/good mood, and too much of my happiness is fannish; I doubt anyone else can cheer up reading about me finding a lovely photo of so-and-so online.

I'd like to learn to knit socks. But I still haven't managed to deal with that shawl pattern, and socks are scary, and even my scarves aren't that good yet.

My last xpost to LJ failed - wonder if this one will get through.

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Sep. 15th, 2011 02:55 am
taelle: (Default)
Apparently reading things is still the most soothing occupation. Well, at the present. Doing 3-D wooden models is better, because it occupies my attention more completely, but I don't have any at present. Maybe I should go make a trip to buy some more, for an occastional bad day. The trouble with those models is that I have almost no space for them afterwards. (Cross-stitching, unfortunately, occupies very little of my attention)

Actually, what should occupy my attention is an agreement form for some company to buy some stuff. Or to sell some stuff. Doesn't much matter for the purposes of blogging. But I find it hard to work when I feel really unhappy, and don't have surefire methods of becoming not-unhappy (the worse I feel, the less methods are available to me). BTW, the reasons for my unhappiness are partly unclear even to me and partly too stupid to say aloud. Which, of course, makes it worse.

Perhaps I should rename this blog into something like "Reading notes". Though it doesn't really matter.

Anyway, Oldington's biography of Wellington. In a really bad Russian translation. I still like Wellington (not sure about Oldington, though). And, after some thought, I added as a second book (I do tend to read two books at once) Georgette Heyer's Infamous Army. Which did go some ways towards making me feel better (oh Charles. Oh Barbara. Oh their courtship), until some people said some things and, well... too stupid to say aloud. Perhaps I should also finish Harry Potter and History, but I felt rather bored by the first chapters - too general-knowledge, and, well, too much of 'did you know our real world also has a history of magic' and too little of the analysis of all this in connection with the HP magic and history. Or it may be just me. And I am still too obsessive-compulsive or something to just skip ahead to look for more interesting stuff.

Also, still coughing.

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Sep. 12th, 2011 03:32 am
taelle: (Default)
Cough, I still have it. Running nose, I still have it. I did some thinking (hard stuff, when your head is woolly) and called off my tomorrow massage session. Which is a pity.

So, I spent today in bed, reading, or at my desk being stupid online. Online is a great place to be stupid, except that it's more fun when there are people to be stupid with. There were, but not all the time. I also read someone's blog back to the very beginning. I do that sometimes (and then feel weird thinking that the person noticed and now expects me to subscribe).

Also, had some mustard plasters. (I really hate it when you're ill and everybody starts examining you: "Are you doing this and that? Are you taking your medicines?", and if they're family members, they're almost bound to tell you that if you're still ill, you're not doing enough, not working enough on treating your illness). Mustard places, though, they're good. Now, pity no one invented brain plaster: I suddenly have to do some work tonight. Not hard work. But it's hard to concentrate. (I think I've been losing my ability to concentrate lately anyway. Is it age? Or just general feeble-mindedness?)

I haven't watched anything, and haven't cross-stitched anything (what with the coughing and the sniffling, it feels kind of anti-sanitary), but I did do a useful thing today: solved my Kindle problem. A while ago my Kindle for PC decided it was unable to actually download the archived/bought books. I wrote to Kindle support twice, and they couldn't help me and wanted me to call them so that they could work with this real-time. I did not want to. I mean, why the insistence on phoning? Do people with bad hearing not deserve technical support? They could have a chat or something. I don't exactly have bad hearing, but I don't always hear everything on the phone, and to do it across the world and in a language not mine... No, thanks. Anyway, today I managed to find a way to read the books in my browser. Good enough for now, and I'll see later what I can do with Kindle itself.

I was reading 'Harry Potter and history', and made a pause because of Kindle problem, but a discussion about Hogwarts education in that blog I was reading backwards reminded me of it. Even though I'm still on the first part of that book, and all this stuff about magic in our world's history and the use of languages in spells is... either it's general knowledge or I just know it. I can't always tell. (I've been also listening to a lecture course on Victorian Britain, and it's geared towards US students, I guess, and it's really weird in terms of background knowledge - the professor makes a detour to explain the 16th century church stuff - all these basic things with Henry VIII's divorce, dissolution of monasteries etc. Really weird: I mean, doesn't a person taking a course on Victorian Britain, which doesn't seem to be school level, already know all this?)

I'm tired of being ill. One of my favourite seasons is outside, waiting for me.

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Aug. 23rd, 2011 01:30 pm
taelle: (Default)
Maybe I am going to use this account again. I mostly write in my Takarazuka LJ for now, partly because I talk to people there, but I do at times want to write about other stuff. Only... when I post on my general LJ, I could do with no response, but when I get only spam comments in response, this feels kind of sad and discouraging.

And yet... I had that LJ account for 9 years now. Yes, I do get attached to things.

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May. 4th, 2009 04:07 am
taelle: (Default)
Test entry: for now I don't see much difference between LJ and this (though the posting page here looks prettier).

Not sure whether to import all of my LJ here: seven years of god-knows-what.

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