hymnia: (Songs)
I have about 3/4ths of a post for Hymnia Monogatari and about 1/3 of a review for The Boiling Rock, parts 1 and 2 written. But instead, I post a meme. XD

1. If you'd like to play along, reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. You then list at least five songs that start with that letter.
3. Then, as I'm doing here, you'll post the list to your journal with the instructions.

[livejournal.com profile] umadoshi gave me N:

”Not the Red Baron” (live) ~ Tori Amos: I'm fond of this song because it's one I like to sing a capella. Of course the piano is gorgeous, but the melody can hold it's own nicely without it.

"Not the Same" ~ Ben Folds: It's a little hard for me to explain why this song has such a special place in my heart. I like the way it describes religious experience—presumably from an outsider’s perspective—without being either overly critical or overly sanitized. And the live version, in which Folds has the audience sing in 3-voice harmony, is just sheer brilliance. Not only does it get the audience involved, but the effect comes across (to this long-time church-going evangelical Christian) as parodying contemporary Christian worship music. Not sure if that was Folds's intention or not, but that's how it sounds to my ears. Check out the live version, complete with tutorial at the beginning, here.

“New Future” ~ Changin' My Life: My favorite song from the soundtrack of the anime Full Moon o Sagashite. It has lots of synth cheesiness, but I just love the energetic chorus.

“New Way to be Human” ~ Switchfoot: This is old-school Switchfoot, from before they went “mainstream”. I first heard this song in college, when I was just beginning to learn that there was some “Christian” rock out there that didn't suck. XD

“Nothing Without You” ~ Vienna Teng: To me, this is the single introvert's anthem. This is my song.

“It's the crowded room that breaks me
Everybody looks so luminous, and strangely young
It's the crowded room that's never heard
No one here can say a word of my native tongue
I can't be among them anymore
I fold myself away before it burns me numb
Oh call my name
You know my name
And in your love, everything will change
Tell me it won't always be this hard
I am nothing without you, but I don't know who you are.”


Accent quiz

Oct. 1st, 2011 01:10 am
hymnia: (Hotaru flies)
Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] penny_sieve

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Neutral. Not Northern, Southern, or Western, just American. Your national American identity is more important to you than your local identity, because you don't really have a local identity to begin with.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

Yep. That sounds about right--at least as far as my accent goes. I don't know why having a neutral accent would imply that I "don't have a local identity", though.

hymnia: (Sleeping fairy)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] second_batgirl:

Top Five Things Meme: in which you ask me what my top five is (top five favorite bands, shows, ships, songs, celebrity crushes, flavors of ice cream, what ever you wanna know about me) and I respond with explanations and/or minipicspams.

Give me some good ones, please!

hymnia: (Bunny LOVE ME)
So I was kind of afraid my previous post would be a complete failure. The problem is that song lyrics are usually meant to have broad appeal, to suit feelings that are nearly universal. They are too general by nature to work as good clues. So only two people even guessed on my last post and while their guesses certainly made sense they were, I'm sorry to say, all wrong. Ah, well. It’s my fault, not theirs. I APOLOGIZE TO THE WORLD!!!! [/Ritsu] But I really liked the idea of this meme, so I hope you all will indulge me and guess on this second attempt, this time with what I hope will be MUCH better clues. (It’s the same 12 couples in the same order, so you can still use the songs as clues as well, if you want.)

12 Favorite Pairings, TAKE TWO )

Okay, I hope that’s better. Please come out and play! And post your own, too.

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Found while journal-surfing:

- Pick up to 15 favorite pairings.
- Describe them in less than 25 words.
- Have your flist guess them.

I chose to use song lyrics to describe the pairings, because, well…that’s just the way I think. And I couldn’t get any of them down to less than 25 words and still make sense.

Because song lyrics can get a little generic (though I tried really hard to find distinct excerpts), I’m going to give the additional hint of listing the fandoms represented at the bottom of the post. That way, you can try guessing without the hint, but if you get stuck, you can scroll down for a little help.

12 Favorite Pairings )

Hint: Fandoms used, some more than once )

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Swiped this one from [livejournal.com profile] alphabet26.

Instructions: Type these words into your iTunes (or whatever) search. Name the song that comes up first.

I skipped entries that were for the album title, as I think the idea is to find song titles with these words. Also, Into the Woods and a few other musicals cropped up multiple times, so I skipped those the second time they came up and went for the next song down the list instead.

Happy: “Act II, Prologue: So Happy” from Into the Woods
Love: “Accidentally in Love” by The Counting Crows
Home: "Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables
Hate: "Hate to Say I Told You So” by The Hives
Light: "Byakuya (True Light)” from DN Angel
Dark: "The Darktown Strutters Ball” by Ella Fitzgerald
Good: "All Good Gifts” from Godspell
Bad: "Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi
Smile: "SMILE" from Full Moon o Sagashite
Cry: "Cry" by Faith Hill
Girl: "Another Girl’s Paradise” by Tori Amos
Boy: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by The Andrews Sisters
Sad: No results for this. Haha, I broke the meme.
Lost: The album Lost and Gone Forever by Guster is what comes up, but no song titles.
Night: "All Through the Night” by Peter, Paul and Mary
Day: "Beautiful Day” by U2
Wolf: No results. This makes me sad. Rec me a good “wolf” song!
Robot: "I Am Not a Robot” by Marina and the Diamonds
Dance: "The Dance” from Miss Saigon
Time: "Baby One More Time” by Tori Amos (live cover - Oakland 2009)

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Thanks to Naruto fandom, I've taken to calling them "pairings" rather than "ships". Other than nomenclature, not much changes between fandoms when it comes to "pairings"--both the good and the bad.

Anyway, just for fun, a meme, stolen from quite a few of you:

♥ Runner-up
♥ Honorable mention(s)
♥ Crack pairing(s)
♥ Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't

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From [livejournal.com profile] umadoshi:

So, we hear a lot about how most male/female relationships in fiction are romantic, and most memes that involve relationships focus on shipping. So here’s something a bit different: list 10 (or more) platonic male/female relationships in fiction that you enjoy.


1. They interact in canon, preferably in a significant (apply your own interpretation of such) way.
2. They are not related. They can, however, view each other as surrogate family.
3. Neither has confessed or implied romantic love for the other in canon.
4. They have not dated, been married, had sex, or made out in canon, on purpose, and over their own free will.
5. A popular fanon ship is ok (though preferably not your ship) but a canon pairing you wish were just friends is out.
6. Try to avoid character/canon overlap.
7. They don’t have to be friends.

Many of these are popular fanon ships, so I might get some flack for declaring them non-romantic. I'll at least admit that there are some things between some of these pairs that can be interpreted as romantic, but I don't feel there's anything in canon that says any of these must be seen as having a romantic element.

1. Harry and Hermione (Harry Potter)
2. Rukia and Ichigo (Bleach)
3. Katara and Zuko (Avatar) (Runners up: Toph and Aang, Zuko and Ty Lee)
4. Kyo and Hana (Fruits Basket)
5. Obi-Wan and Padme (Star Wars)
6. Kaoru and Yahiko (Kenshin)
7. Laurie and Beth (Little Women)
8. Veronica and Wallace (Veronica Mars) (Runner up: Veronica and Weevil)
9. Shuurei and Eigetsu (Story of Saiunkoku)
10. Hotaru and Prez (Gakuen Alice)

Side note: This almost feels like a corollary to the Bechdel Test (aka The Rule), since it's hard to find good, multifaceted, totally non-romantic relationships between a girl who's "the girl" and anybody—male or female. If she's "the girl", then she tends to become a romantic object in a variety of situations, not just the main romance. Cases in point: Leia in Star Wars, who has at least some kind of romantic element with Luke, Han, and Lando; Elizabeth in PotC, who has some kind of romantic element with Will, Jack, and Barbossa.


Meme time!

May. 26th, 2009 10:23 pm
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Distract me from my laryngitis/horrible hacking cough, plz!

Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] umadoshi:

Name your 10 absolutely favorite couples (het/slash/canon/fanon) and ask people to see what trends they notice about your couples. Try to pick different fandoms:

1. Tohru/Kyo (Fruits Basket)
2. Gambit/Rogue (X-Men)
3. Remus/Tonks (Harry Potter)
4. OBHWF (Ron/Hermione + Harry/Ginny - Harry Potter)
5. Jesse/Becca (Life Goes On)
6. Willow/Oz (BTVS)
7. Anakin/Padme (Star Wars)
8. Mai/Zuko (Avatar)
9. Renji/Rukia (Bleach)
10. Logan/Veronica (Veronica Mars)

These aren't really "absolutely" my favorite couples. Since the point of this meme is to invite discussion I favored more well-known pairings over, for example, Ryuuki/Shuurei from Story of Saiunkoku.

Hmmm...I can already see some common threads. What do you think?

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My authentic japanese name is 道重 Michishige (heavy journey) 歩 Ayumu (walk, deeper meaning: walk your own way).
Take your real japanese name generator! today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

(Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] penny_sieve.)

Poetry Meme

Feb. 5th, 2009 10:18 pm
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From several of you:

When you see this, post your favorite poem.

Of course I don't have just one favorite poem, but here's one I recently--joyfully--re-discovered. It was a great comfort to me in my teenage years:

Advice to a Girl

No one worth possessing
Can be quite possessed;
Lay that on your heart,
My young angry dear;
This truth, this hard and precious stone,
Lay it on your hot cheek,
Let it hide your tear.
Hold it like a crystal
When you are alone
And gaze in the depths of the icy stone.
Long, look long and you will be blessed:
No one worth possessing
Can be quite possessed.

~ Sara Teasdale

Music meme

Nov. 29th, 2008 12:02 pm
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] peachespig and [livejournal.com profile] connielane:

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: Looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING! Though, really, can I stop you?
Step 5: If you like the game post your own.

I decided to skip songs that had the title in the first line. Also, I skipped instrumental songs and songs that are not in English.
Read more... )

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When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

"Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha..."

Book meme

Oct. 1st, 2007 10:25 pm
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] umadoshi and others:

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)
Anna Karenina (132)
Crime and punishment (121)
Catch-22 (117)
One hundred years of solitude (115)
Wuthering Heights (110)
The Silmarillion (104)
Life of Pi: a novel (94)
The name of the rose (91)
Don Quixote (91)
Read more... )
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values (45)
The Aeneid (45)
Watership Down (44)
Gravity's rainbow (44)
The Hobbit (44)
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences (44)
White teeth (44)
Treasure Island (44)
David Copperfield (44)
The three musketeers (44) (I liked Disney's version better, to be honest.)

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Stolen from pretty much everybody (even my mom):

-Go to IMDB.com and look up 10 TV shows you like(d).
-Post three official IMDB "Plot Keywords" for these 10 picks.
-Have your friends guess the show names.

1. High School – Wheelchair Basketball – Supernatural = Joan of Arcadia/[livejournal.com profile] ginnytoo
2. Girl – Curse – Cross Dressing = Fruits Basket/[livejournal.com profile] springdove
3. AIDS – Young Love – Special Needs Child = Life Goes On/[livejournal.com profile] tesgirl123 and [livejournal.com profile] major_dallas
4. Time Travel – Necklace – Sibling Rivalry = Inuyasha/[livejournal.com profile] springdove
5. Dead Girl – Social Conflict – Character Name In Title = the ubiquitous Veronica Mars/[livejournal.com profile] prettyannamoon
6. Swordplay – Compassion – Redemption = Rurouni Kenshin/[livejournal.com profile] markbrannan
7. Ensemble Cast – Blood – Chicago, Illinois = ER/[livejournal.com profile] tesgirl123 and [livejournal.com profile] major_dallas
8. Religion – Genocide – Brother-Brother Relationship = Full Metal Alchemist/[livejournal.com profile] springdove
9. Medieval – Family – Historical (a further hint: these were the ONLY keywords for this show) = Covington Cross/[livejournal.com profile] markbrannan
10. Life After Death – Cat – Fight = Bleach/[livejournal.com profile] meahtsingan

Five are anime and five are non-anime, if that helps anyone.

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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] springdove:

You'll Find Love Through Friends

Your friends get you better than any guy ever has, and they're the perfect people to introduce you to your soulmate. So look and act your best with them, even if it's a girls' night out. You never know who they might find for you!

You guys better get to work finding me my soulmate, because I'm getting impatient! :P



Sep. 13th, 2006 08:41 pm
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Two memes swiped from various friends:

Linguistic Skillz )

Personally, I would love to see the answer key for that one. I may not know much about languages, but I sure am curious about them.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] prettyannamoon did some research and has posted the answers in the comments! Yay!

And another one:

Look at your LJ userpics list. If you have fewer than 50 icons, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five icons, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five icons, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly why you have it, why it's interesting to you, what significance does it have.

Icons )

In other news, Oklahoma is now half done (one weekend down, and one to go), and I'm pretty tired. The following two weekends I'm in yet another play--The Legend of Robin Hood, Sort Of. I'm the Assistant Director, which is a lot of fun, but I'm also going to have a little cameo as a lady-in-waiting to Maid Marian.

I still plan to write up the rest of my stories about the end of summer--AFO, cosplaying, NYC, JKR, etc. But it may not happen for another couple of weeks. I got pics of AFO from one of my friends yesterday and they are really good. I can't wait to share them. But...not tonight.

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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] jediowl:

My interest collage )
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Fandom questionnaire

Yes, another meme. Isn't it exciting?! Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] alphabet26.

Pick six fandoms and answer the following questions. Don't look at the questions first.

2. HP
3. Star Wars
4. Veronica Mars
5. Fruits Basket
6. Full Metal Alchemist

The Questions )

Mom and I watched Out of Africa this evening. It's a beautiful movie.

On a completely different note, I would like to recommend another AMV, mainly because the song is funny (the choice of characters/clips adds to the humor if you are an anime fan, but it should be funny even to people who are not anime fans, because the song itself is amusing and appeals to anyone who knows general pop culture): The Ultimate Anime Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.

Must go to bed now. Good night!

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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] ashavah and [livejournal.com profile] prettyannamoon

Yeah, it’s another one of those guess the lyrics memes. What can I say? I like this game. :D

I have too much weird stuff in my complete library, so I used a playlist of about 90 favorites instead. Um…if a lot of these sound weird and unfamiliar, it’s probably because you don’t listen to much Tori Amos. ;)

Step 1: Put your iTunes on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 30 songs that play, not matter how embarrassing. (I won't cheat; you can't cheat)*
Step 4: Bold out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

*I did skip songs for the following reasons:
1) The song has no words.
2) The song title is in the first line.
3) Someone else on my flist who has done this meme already had that song.
4) I couldn’t figure out what the first line of the song says.

Lyrics )

So far, I’ve spent my summer break being really lazy. Yesterday I spent almost the entire day watching an anime series called Full Moon, which is 50-something episodes long, I think. It’s got quite an interesting plot device that really drew me in. I think it would actually make a good live action movie, if the story were streamlined a bit. Basically, it’s about this 12-year-old girl with throat cancer, who always dreamed of becoming a famous singer. She gets a visit from two shinagami (death spirits, kind of like Andrew in Touched by an Angel, who escort the souls of the dead into the afterlife). She’s not supposed to be able to see them, but for some reason, she can, and she finds out from them that she’s supposed to have only one year left to live. Hearing this news, she’s determined to make her dream come true, and she decides to go to this audition at a record studio, even though she’s not old enough (sixteen), and because of her cancer her voice, although pretty, is not very strong. One of the two shinagami feels compassion for her, and uses his power to temporarily transform her into a healthy sixteen year old, even though his partner warns him that messing with her fate will get him into trouble. He doesn’t really expect her to pass the audition, but—oops!—of course, she does, and he and his partner end up getting sucked in to helping her lead a double life as a sick little girl and a famous teen idol singer called Full Moon. As the story progresses, she learns some interesting things about the past—about her deceased parents, her grandmother (her legal guardian, who hates music), her doctor (an old friend of her father’s who was also a musician in his youth), a childhood friend that she fell in love with but hasn’t heard from in years, and, most significantly, the shinagami who changed her into Full Moon, who was once a human before his tragic death. It’s just a nice blend of teen dreams-come-true fluff, other-worldly mystery, and romance, and I think it would make an appealing film. I can dream, right? Hmm...I think I'll go look for some Full Moon icons now.



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