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I finished watching the Takarazuka version of Twelfth Night and enjoyed it a lot. They've got the right spirit for this play, I think. Also a bonus: Viola and Sebastian do kind of look like one another. Orsino is young and coltish and amusing, Viola is very nice, but unexpectedly I most loved Sir Toby. Unexpectedly - because he turned out to be much less ridiculous drunkard and more a handsome bonvivant than it's usually done (also, in this version there's Toby/Maria and it makes sense). I also liked Feste quite a lot.

All this, with knitting. For my cross-stitching projects I (a) need to redo some backstitch which I did in black and should have done in white - can't be done while watching videos. Maybe an audiobook? I got so annoyed with Hagrid that I paused listening to Harry Potter; and (b)I need to find a cord for finishing a project. I am bad at finishing.

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Nov. 4th, 2011 03:34 pm
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I looked at Yuletide ineligible fandoms, and practically everything I could have wanted is there. So... I can't go there with one fandom, guess I'm not going there. ... breaking a personal tradition, since I've done all the Yuletides since the very first one. And yes, I do care about things like that.

Also, another chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone got me rather annoyed with Hagrid. As if his using 'muggle' almost as a swearword weren't enough, I totally did not remember that when he got really angry with Vernon for saying bad things about Dumbledore, he attacked not Vernon (which still would be bad - he's physically larger and can do some magic - but understandable), but Dudley. That's just... nasty, imho.
taelle: (books)
So I finished the Victorian lectures and started listening to Harry Potter books (read by Fry). I read those once, ages ago, so it's very interesting on many levels. First, it (well, the three chapters of Philosopher's Stone that I've heard already) is just an interesting story, one you can imagine telling to a child, and wanting to know what happens next. Second, as a fandom person I can't help analyzing the world from a Watsonian position, paying attention to details I've missed. And third, the Watsonian in me is fighting with the Doylist, and it's all related to this being a children's story, very much so, more than the later books IIRC - I keep protesting inside me over the black-and-whiteness and grotesqueness of everything, especially when it's about the Dursleys (naturally, I identify at least a little with any Muggle in HP books). It all _should_ be black-and-white, but ... how would it be if it were real?

I forgot that Hagrid came to them not when they were at home. And even if Vernon and Petunia were a little insane in running away, Vernon's behaviour at Hagrid's coming is, imho, absolutely sensible. (also, Hagrid - good example of Muggle prejudice. He doesn't really know about Harry's life, he's surprised Harry doesn't know anything - so he mostly despises Dursleys because they were Muggles)

Also, I am weirdly intrigued by Dumbledore's put-outer. It works like a lighter, it puts out streetlamps one by one, but it puts them back on at once, releasing the somethings (lights) it took from them. Makes you wonder about magic not working in Hogwarts, and magic interacting with Muggle technology.

And the very beginning. No one knowing much of anything. How did they establish Voldemort dead? And Dumbledore did not know MacGonagall would be in Privet Drive, he merely guessed. And where was Harry all the day? If Hagrid took him before the Muggle emergency services came, it must have been that very night, and he brought him only the following night - why? And why Hagrid, indeed? (later Hagrid knows nothing about Dumbledore's wish for Harry not to be brought up famous).

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Sep. 15th, 2011 02:55 am
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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
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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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