lace_agate: (breathe)
I started reading the books a couple of weeks ago because I wanted to read them before the movie came out. I raced through the first one and it just stuck in my head, so I went out and bought the second and devoured it in an afternoon. The third took me a bit longer because I was finding it a bit too grim, but I finished it the day I saw the movie and the ending made me cry in a good way.
spoilery )
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I seem to be turning into more and more of a lurker, but I thought I should post something to justify my continued use of this site. So here are some cool things I found around the internet recently.
How to Rebuild the Wizarding World, according to Foreign Policy magazine. This is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in politics, Harry Potter, or both.
A Complete History of the Soviet Union, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris (scroll down for the video). Be warned, this will get stuck in your head for some time.
Calm Blue Oceans, a fun webcomic.
Knite, an absolutely beautiful flash comic that I can't recommend enough. Go and read it.
Some of those Viking warriors were actually women.
Rainbow cupcakes!
And a non-internet-related rec: the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. I'm about halfway through this series now after [livejournal.com profile] shadowsinfire persuaded me to read it and it's lots of fun. It's military sci-fi with a disabled hero who survives on his wits, a left-leaning, progressive political viewpoint, a good sense of humour, and some really interesting ideas. It also crosses into other genres: whodunnit, political intrigue, and, I kid you not, Regency romance. Highly recommended.

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Jul. 9th, 2011 11:03 am
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So this journal is fairly dormant. I'm still checking my friends page regularly and I still post from time to time, but that's about it.
Anyway, I thought this was worth posting about.
There have been attempts in certain parts of the USA to cut off funding from Planned Parenthood. This seems to be mainly as part of an agenda that views all abortions as bad (regardless of circumstance) and PP as some kind of satanic abortion factory. This is patently false: Planned Parenthood is primarily a provider of contraception, STI testing, pap smears and other vital sexual and reprouctive health services. It is especially vital for low-income people where it may be the only health provider they have access to.
Melissa at Shakesville and Tami at What Tami Said have put together a blog carnival in response to recent attempts at defunding PP. A whole lot of people, men as well as women, have posted stories of their experiences with PP and what it means to them, in an attempt to raise awareness of the variety of work that PP does and how essential it has been (and continues to be) for many of them. I recommend that you go and have a look. It's well worth reading.

Book meme

Oct. 17th, 2010 09:44 pm
lace_agate: (reading is also cool)
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] rhap_chan

Book Meme
* Bold those you've read
* Italicize those you have started but never finished
* Add three of your own.
* Post to your Livejournal.

Book meme with occasional commentary and recommendations )
lace_agate: (dairine quotes ftw)
Uni starts up again on Monday. I feel as if I've barely recovered from the last semester.
I got my results today, though: A- in Political Science, A in Earth Science and A+ in Geography. I am slightly bowled over.
This is quite interesting, not to mention hilarious. It's a mash-up of clips from Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, showing how some of Edward's behaviour towards Bella is pretty disturbing, despite being portrayed as romantic. The comments are also worth a read.
Note: I have never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer and don't really intend to. I understand it also has some issues; however, this clip is brilliant.
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I have new userpics!  And I must post to celebrate this!
All my lectures are finished for this semester and my exams are in a couple of weeks.  Meaning I now have to study.  Fun.
And I recommend Gunnerkrigg Court.  So does Neil Gaiman.
lace_agate: (umm what)
I had two essays due this week and I've got another one due next week.  I have been busy, but I'm taking a break at the moment.  The weather here is foul - cold and windy, mainly, which normally I wouldn't mind except it's really cold and really really windy.  It's been like this for a few days and is expected to stay like this until sometime next week.
I've also got a cold.  It was worst on Thursday, which was also when I had to write the bulk of my Earth Science essay.  I did manage to get it finished and I handed it in yesterday morning.  I'm feeling better today.
I also have a new fandom. [livejournal.com profile] shadowsinfire finally convinced me to read Katekyo Hitman Reborn!  And, well once I got past the first 50 chapters or so (which are basically filler), I started to really enjoy it.

Possibly spoilery for Reborn!; discussion of shipping and what people read for )
Also, I got a book in the university bookshop sale about urban legends, UFO sightings and the (allegedly) paranormal in New Zealand.  Written by the head of the NZ Skeptics' Society.  I haven't read much of it yet, bud did you know that meteorites and shooting stars were considered myths by the scientific establishment until the beginning of the nineteenth century? 
Also: obligatory aliens in Palmerston North tag.
lace_agate: (scythes)
I have just read City of Glass, the third book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments trilogy.  Sure, it's definitely not great literature - it's somewhat overwritten and under-edited - but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spoilers under the cut )
Anyway, I recommend it to CLAMP fans (angst, messed-up relationships, love dodecahedron, urban fantasy, subtext etc.) and to urban fantasy fans and generally to most of my friends.

Read this.

Mar. 18th, 2009 04:13 pm
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The pro-choice/pro-life debate has always interested me (I'm on the pro-choice side), but I never even thought about this aspect of it (some of the comments are worth reading too).  It really upsets me that there can be all this stuff about the negative psychological effects of abortion but absolutely nothing on the negative effects for the birth mother in cases of adoption.
Just go and read it.

lace_agate: (scythes)
spoilers for recent chapters of Bleach, Naruto, Tsubasa and Holic )
Also, I highly recommend the manga Someday's Dreamers.  It's only two volumes long, but it's lovely.  The central concept is kind of like xxxHolic or Kobato (somewhere in between) and the tone of the store is more like the later volumes of Fruits Basket.
lace_agate: (scythes)
The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks"
Pretty much what it says on the tin.

Cake Wrecks

When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong.

Shakesville

Primarily a feminist blog, but many things besides.  You may not agree with everything that gets posted here (for example: some of them are quite cynical about Barack Obama, although they still voted for him).  Somewhat NSFW due to frequent and creative swearing and some sexual content.

BioBlog

The blog of Waikato University lecturer Alison Campbell (who was a close friend of my mum's).  Mainly about evolution; quite fascinating.

Timeline of Internet Memes
Also what it says on the tin.

[livejournal.com profile] wrongworddammit 

wordsmith.org
Home of the Internet Anagram Server, among other things.

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Jun. 19th, 2008 06:15 pm
lace_agate: (dance)
I'm leaving on Sunday for the US of A. We're going to be there for about three weeks to go to my cousin's wedding and visit some other relatives.  It should be interesting, going from the shortest day in New Zealand to the longest day in LA.

My stupid ankle still hasn't healed.  It's now more than six weeks since I sprained it and it's still quite swollen and I still can't dance.  The physio says if it's not completely healed by the time we get back she's referring me on to a specialist.

I highly recommend The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan.  It's a set of loosely connected snapshots of twenty high school students' lives, written in free verse poetry and it's just beautiful.  It has a huge range of characters: gay, straight, nerdy, sporty, cheerleaders, punks, musicians, Jesus freaks... and they're all likeable and believeable.  It also covers a huge range of topics: identity, love, sex, friendship, religion, graffiti, music, school and more.  I loved it.  Just be warned: you may end up thinking in poetry for a while.

I'd also recommend City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare: epic urban fantasy set in New York with a great cast of characters and some messed-up relationships worthy of CLAMP.  They have their flaws: the plots sprawl a bit and they would probably benefit from a bit more editing, but I still thoroughly enjoyed them.  They can get a bit dark and gruesome at times, but they also have some moments that are downright hilarious.  And Rhiannon's getting sick of me talking at her about them so I need someone else to talk at instead.

Oh, and look at this gorgeous coloured version of my pentagram knot!
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Yes.  I'm posting a list of things I recommend to everyone.

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