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Next Top Models. Everybody's got one.

Jun. 4th, 2008 | 11:37 pm

Did you know?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/01/2047815.htm

Freedom. We bring it. All hail the West.


Now, of course about every country in existence has its Top Model these days. I've never watched Germany's Next Top Model, partly because I do have values, and partly because listening to Heidi Klum talk costs you more brain cells than an all-you-can-drink party with free tequila. Mostly, however, because I don't give a shit; imo there are few things more boring than people obsessed with their looks. And now I discovered we get America's NTM too, because ONE of those shows totally isn't enough. Right. I actually thought it was another of those audience response shows, like the Idol format, or Dancing with the Stars or what have you. Call me naive, but I was a little surprised to see it's a jury decision, just because it's become such a rare thing these days. It makes sense though. How could we, the ordinary people, possibly know what top designers are looking for. Or how to walk up and down properly. Or just how thin is thin enough. We are busy enough electing our pop idols, d-list celebrity ice skaters, and, oh yeah, our presidents and prime ministers and workers' union representatives. But God forbid we have a say in what constitutes beauty. Fashion, you see, is serious business.

Imagine this:

You're seeing an opera. Something classy and well-known, maybe La Bohème, or The Magic Flute. You're excited, you've got excellent seats, and you bought new, shamefully expensive shoes for the occasion. Now, out comes the Soprano... and doesn't hit a single note. And when the audience starts complaining, she's like 'fuck you, my voice is awesome; the music was shit to begin with, and who's this Mozart guy, anyway?' And you go, 'well, maybe she's got a point...'

Not gonna happen? Well, we've got designer whose clothes look good only on about 0,2% of all women and who tell us it's the women's fault for having icky curvy bodies. In how far is that different? Why don't we point and laugh and tell them to get a retraining, because as designers they're most definitely a miscast? Why the hell are we so stupid?

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STRIKEBREAKER...

Mar. 21st, 2008 | 01:16 am

...because it's ridiculous, and there's no way I'm going to support it. De-friend me, if you like, but I need to say this.

You know, the Iraq war turned 5 yesterday. Happy-fucking-birthday! It's one of so many wars that we've lost track of who's fighting whom, where and why, and how exactly OUR governments are involved in it. Chances are people died for you today. Chances are people killed for you today. A child dies of hunger every five seconds, and yeah, we're all tired of those TV spots. We're all tired of everything. There's nothing we can do about it, right? Seriously, does anyone ever care about the conditions under which those nice, cheap, made-in-Bangladesh H&M clothes are produced? Where our coffee comes from? With all this jadedness around, is there anything that can still cause some outrage? Well, yeah, apparently.

Ads. On lj. Whatever happened to freedom and democracy?

I mean, seriously. So you get to use an entirely free service, form connections, communities, have an easy way to publish your art and thoughts, get in touch with people from all parts of the world... but in return, you're asked to ignore the same Google ads you've ignored a million times before, and that's really too much to ask? Yeah, right, now there's a humanitarian cause to get excited about. It's like living in Lhasa, or running against Putin, or being a woman in Saudi Arabia. Except it isn't. Get.Some.Sense.Of.Proportion.

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And here's something to add some depth to my my omg!angry!rant!: The sale of advertising space in any kind of media outlet might be annoying but more often than not, it's the one thing necessary for independence. The earliest commercial radio stations were pirate stations, formed shortly before and during WWII, when radio was mainly a means of government thought control. And, of course, if you wanna sell, censorship is counterproductive, as you have an interest in reaching as large an audience as possible. You want a sensible agreement? 'Hey, lj, you let us post our fanfic, and we might have a look at your sponsors' is one.'

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Recs pleez? (Also: Pig spam & anti-thinspiration)

Feb. 9th, 2008 | 12:39 am
music: Bob Dylan

Is it too late to wish everyone a happy new year? I guess it is, but I needed a Christmas break from the www (first Christmas without Dad and all, dreadful thing). Anyway:

All the best to everyone, may 2008 bring you luck and happiness.



Now. Do you know this awful, nagging feeling that you need to change absolutely everything about your life? The feeling that almost always ends with a horrible haircut? I need new things. Everything new, please. Here's your chance to recommend anything you like. Music? Awesome. Movies, books, ships, waffle recipes, yoga positions, anything that left an impression with you. What's your favourite cat macro? Soup? Clinton/Obama crack fic? Please, my little flist, help a poor girl out. ;D

Also, I decided to fight society's obsession with thinness, dieting, and generally looking like a skeleton by getting myself a disproportionate amount of food icons. I love lj. :)

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News from Jo

Oct. 20th, 2007 | 04:10 am

http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/10/20/j-k-rowling-at-carnegie-hall-reveals-dumbledore-is-gay-neville-marries-hannah-abbott-and-scores-more

Sometimes, this woman is just plain awesome.

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Fic Rec

Aug. 9th, 2007 | 02:24 pm

Because it was recced to me as a reply to my Tom Riddle essay, and because I love it to death:

Platform 9.99999999999999999999... by trickofthedark, in which both Tom and Albus find the redemption they deserve. It's an illustrated story with lovely pictures.

Also, it seems I'm a soon-to-be fandom martyr. :)

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How will you be suspended from LJ? by Anonymous LJ User
Username
Years on LJ
Snape
Hours left until your suspension20
Your crimeAberforth/Frank the Goat fanart.
Who reported youarbor_vitae
Your fateWe'll never forget you, honest.


So, after all those years of spicing people's spaghetti with 100% pain hot sauce and telling little children the truth about flowers and underpaid immigrant workers bees, it's my new favourite pairing that seals my fate. o.O

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On Tom Riddle

Jul. 30th, 2007 | 04:35 pm
mood: frustratedfrustrated
music: Rolling Stones

My possibly expository, wannabe thought provoking, allegedly critical, ridiculously lengthy, and naturally highly spoilery essay on the nature of evil and a boy named Tom.

I've been around for a long, long year...Collapse )

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About Deathly Hallows (SPOILERS!)

Jul. 25th, 2007 | 04:14 pm
mood: restlessrestless
music: Morphine-I Had My Chance

Tonight on Siana's menu:

1. Crow soup
2. Crow au vin
3. Crow pudding with vanilla sauce

Ah, I like me some crow.

Join me for dinnerCollapse )

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Teh über-pwnage!

Jul. 18th, 2007 | 12:56 pm

A link for the hopeful:

http://jodel-from-aol.livejournal.com/820.html

How awesome would it be if this was a hoax? It's not like I couldn't imagine it. After HBP was published, so many said it read like fanfiction...if I was JKR, I'd so use what little it takes of my 800 million bucks to show the world the difference between an overhyped fanfic and a real Rowling. And fandom deserves to be pwned. Hey, if Trent Reznor can do it...

Seriously. The leaked DH? It's a joke. Even if it's the real one. A particularly bad joke in that case, but a joke nonetheless. Personally, I'm having a really good laugh.

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Fic Rec

Jul. 5th, 2007 | 02:03 am
music: Accidentally Like A Martyr - Warren Zevon

One of the best things I've ever read in the HP fandom, and trust me, I've been in this fandom for a very long time. If you enjoy IC Snape, any kind or ambivalence or ambiguity, or simply good writing, read this. It's the aftermath of war the only way it should be written.

http://cruentum.livejournal.com/82040.html#cutid1

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Picture Meme!

Nov. 17th, 2006 | 12:10 pm
location: home
music: No Ending-Delays

Or, if you will, a stupid attempt to actually use this journal. :)



10 lovely questions, answer each with a picture.


1. A bad habit of yours:

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

2. Your favourite colour:

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Read more...Collapse )

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