27 April 2010 @ 07:20 pm
Personal Entry No. 52  
What I enjoyed about this school year versus the last was that Spring was soon in coming. The crabapple tree underneath my window is in full flower; there are cherry and pear blossoms along the sidewalks I normally use to get to classes; the temperatures have been reaching 60° almost every day! There are even panicle hydrangeas and magnolias in bloom.

Though it had been raining for the past two days, the sun was shining brightly this morning. It was snowing.

Humans and nature just...don't get along, do they?



Pick 20 movies/anime/video games/literary works and put their summaries from Better than it Sounds and WITHOUT CHEATING have your friends guess.

• Two professional men's rivalry causes problems for England. Meanwhile, a man with unusual hair forcibly entertains a young noblewoman and a black servant.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] starlady_38 and [livejournal.com profile] lavender_88!

• Asthmatic 12 year old almost dies and is randomly selected to be the Lord of the Universe by part of a sentient legal document.
Keys to the Kingdom, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] starlady_38 and [livejournal.com profile] lavender_88!

• Convict escapes justice. Valiant capture attempt by devoted police force prove futile. Student uprising ends in massacre. And then there's a wedding.
Les Misérables, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] part_b!

• Vast armies fight over a piece of jewelry.
The Lord of the Rings, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] arha_chan!

• Even vaster armies fight it out for centuries over three pieces of jewelry.
The Silmarillion, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] arha_chan!

• Three kings start a land war in Asia. Nobody wins.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] lavender_88!

• Two Brits take a train ride, and spend the second half of the game wandering an old mining town completely stoned.
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] rhap_chan!

• A man walks around aimlessly all day while his wife does not cheat on him. Incomprehensibility Ensues.

• Humanity is saved by the common cold.
War of the Worlds, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] miss_no_face!

• A girl has to go into her brother's body and get his mitochondria working again.
The Wind in the Door, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] part_b!

• A reclusive, middle-aged, single industrialist invites young children to tour his business, which is operated by undocumented immigrants who live in the facility. As the tour progresses, he allows most of the children to be injured, deformed, or (possibly) killed while his employees sing songs mocking their poor moral character. He then bequeaths the entire works to the last child standing.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] part_b and [livejournal.com profile] arha_chan!

• Old man trying to cope with his wife's death kills their mutual childhood hero, steals his pets and vehicle.
Up, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] starlady_38!

• A ten-year-old girl helps and is helped by a spa employee with partial amnesia after her parents' bad table manners nearly cause her to fade from existence.
Spirited Away, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] arha_chan!

• The mail is delivered.
Letter Bee, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] lavender_88!

• The same story of a boy saving a girl from a pig, told over and over again six or seven times.

• Two Winged Humanoids and a mechanical she-male fight against an organization who's trying to turn the world into the Industrial Revolution. There are cards involved. And the bad guy in 20 years turns out to be you. That's right, you.

• A monk, a shapeshifting monkey, a perverted pig, a former general of Heaven and a dragon prince travel in order to obtain a set of religious texts.
Journey to the West, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] lavender_88!

• Crooked Space Cop has problems with his pre-owned vehicle. A very good argument to always buy new if there ever was one. (No one is going to get this, but it's the best one in the whole list.)

• Tranvestites defend the world by giving a giant dragon acupuncture.

• An abandoned girl has given up hope of meeting her mother and passes the time by playing with dolls.
Angelic Layer, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] part_b!



I'm lucky the due date for one of my papers was postponed to May 11th. Now all I have to do is write fifteen pages before then, and ten pages before the 6th, while preparing for the Russian and Japanese finals. ...Which, um, I'm obviously doing right now. Yes.
 
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[identity profile] part-b.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
I KNOW THE LAST ONE IS ANGELIC LAYER. Er. Now let me actually look at the other ones.

"A girl has to go into her brother's body and get his mitochondria working again. "

I know that one is A Wind In The Door by Madeline L'Engle. Great book.

"Convict escapes justice. Valiant capture attempt by devoted police force prove futile. Student uprising ends in massacre. And then there's a wedding."

...Is this Les Miserables?

"A reclusive, middle-aged, single industrialist invites young children to tour his business, which is operated by undocumented immigrants who live in the facility. As the tour progresses, he allows most of the children to be injured, deformed, or (possibly) killed while his employees sing songs mocking their poor moral character. He then bequeaths the entire works to the last child standing."

LAST EDIT I SWEAR. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
You're right on all counts! I didn't think anyone would get The Wind in the Door. (Someone in the family took the book out from the public library almost ten years ago, and it got sucked into my collection. I still don't know whether I can keep it now or if I should give it back and face the fine.)
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[identity profile] part-b.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I love the companions to A Wrinkle In Time far more than I loved the actual book, aha. (Keep it! They've probably forgotten about it, :P)
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
I think L'Engle overdid the POWER OF LOVE bit in A Wrinkle in Time. (That's what Jean Valjean would do, but is Jean Valjean a good role model outside of sticking it to the man, raising kids, and governing towns?)
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[identity profile] part-b.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Y-Yeah, just a bit. My favorite one was A Swiftly Tilting Planet. Mmmm time travel and unicorns. (Always!)
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
OH, ALSO. "Ex-cop spends the night in a cheap hotel counting the number of apples in paintings. If he thinks fast he can use a vending machine."
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[identity profile] part-b.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
AHAHAHA. There should be something about trying to open a million locked doors in there too. Those stupid doors.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
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He never really does get to watch television, either.
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[identity profile] part-b.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Nope. He bowls though! Bowling is fun.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Especially when you're destroying Old Man Dunning's favorite plants!
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[identity profile] part-b.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Best ever!
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[identity profile] arha-chan.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)



"• Vast armies fight over a piece of jewelry". The Lord of the Rings!! =D

"• Even vaster armies fight it out for centuries over three pieces of jewelry." The Silmarillion? XD

"• A reclusive, middle-aged, single industrialist invites young children to tour his business, which is operated by undocumented immigrants who live in the facility. As the tour progresses, he allows most of the children to be injured, deformed, or (possibly) killed while his employees sing songs mocking their poor moral character. He then bequeaths the entire works to the last child standing." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

"• A ten-year-old girl helps and is helped by a spa employee with partial amnesia after her parents' bad table manners nearly cause her to fade from existence." Spirited Away! LOL.

"• A monk, a shapeshifting monkey, a perverted pig, a former general of Heaven and a dragon prince travel in order to obtain a set of religious texts." Err... Dragon Ball? XD


What a beautiful weather you're having! here just started to get cold, and all the trees turned yellow and golden.

And good your due date was postponed! Something like that is always a good new lol.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
You got everything right except for one. Dragonball isn't too far from the real answer, though. :D
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[identity profile] arha-chan.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)

err... RG Veda? *is out of ideas* lol
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Now that's just right out. D:
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[identity profile] arha-chan.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)


*sees the right answer* I'd never guess that, I never watched it LOL. And i don't know what put the RG Veda idea in my head O.o
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[identity profile] miss-no-face.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Humanity is saved by the common cold.

... Is that War of the Worlds?
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 27th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
It most certainly is!
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[identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
The first one: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. The second: The Keys to the Kingdom.

• Old man trying to cope with his wife's death kills their mutual childhood hero, steals his pets and vehicle. Up!

• A monk, a shapeshifting monkey, a perverted pig, a former general of Heaven and a dragon prince travel in order to obtain a set of religious texts. Saiyuki, I think.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
You're right about everything except for the last, which is the "series" both Saiyuki and Dragonball were based on.
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[identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, Journey to the West, then?
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[identity profile] rhap-chan.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Two Brits take a train ride, and spend the second half of the game wandering an old mining town completely stoned.

That's Professor Layton! Um, I think the second game, specifically.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
It is! I sure hope the plot twist of the third game doesn't revolve around hallucinogenics.
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[identity profile] rhap-chan.livejournal.com on April 29th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
The third game is about ~time travel~

Whether that is better or worse, well.
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[identity profile] grass-angel.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Asthmatic 12 year old almost dies and is randomly selected to be the Lord of the Universe by part of a sentient legal document.
So familiar yet I can't place it.

A man walks around aimlessly all day while his wife does not cheat on him. Incomprehensibility Ensues Something by Shakespeare?

The mail is delivered.
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett? *is kind of useless at these things*
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
A man walks around aimlessly all day while his wife does not cheat on him. Incomprehensibility Ensues.

It does sound a little like The Comedy of Errors, but it's older than Shakespeare.

The mail is delivered.

That isn't it, but I imagine it could be. I haven't actually read any of Terry Pratchett's books--which is a horrible blasphemy, I know.
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[identity profile] pink-for-flower.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
A man walks around aimlessly all day while his wife does not cheat on him. Incomprehensibility Ensues.
EYES WIDE SHUT YES? Lol wild guess, I barely remember the movie |Db

A monk, a shapeshifting monkey, a perverted pig, a former general of Heaven and a dragon prince travel in order to obtain a set of religious texts.
... Uuuum, Saiyuki?

Also, yeah, spring makes everything so much more enjoyable :)

And good luck with your papers! I won't have to hand in any this term, so glad about that xD

This meme is so much fun, I might steal it...

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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, God, no! ゚Д゚

Saiyuki is close, but not quite the right answer!

Fortunately the weather is going to go back up to the seventies later this week. It's a shame that most of our time here at university is spent during the winter!

Thank you!
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[identity profile] pink-for-flower.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
LOL I fail xDD

Hm, I have no idea, then. I'll just wait until someone smarter than me comes up with the right answer 8D;

Ah, don't you have any classes during the summer/spring season? Your system is so different from the European one, I'm never really sure how it works xD

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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 29th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
My school, like many other colleges and universities in the U.S., operates on the semester system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_term#Collegiate_calendars). (To be honest, I don't know very much about the other American systems--there's no one standard.) Our fall semester is fifteen weeks long, beginning in August and ending in the middle of December; our spring semester is also fifteen weeks long, beginning in early January and ending in May. We do have optional summer programs, though!
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[identity profile] pink-for-flower.livejournal.com on April 29th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much for all the information :) I somehow thought there was a standard American system...

Well, in Germany we have semester system as well, but the dates vary from yours. Our winter semester starts in october and ends in February; the summer semester begins in April and ends in July.

I'm quite fond of the idea of summer programs, though. I know they're tough and stressful, but I think it's very practical if you can take some courses during the summer break. Sadly, they aren't offered over here.

PS. I love your icon! ♥

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[identity profile] lavender88.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
• Three kings start a land war in Asia. Nobody wins. (Romance of the Three Kingdoms)

• Two professional men's rivalry causes problems for England. Meanwhile, a man with unusual hair forcibly entertains a young noblewoman and a black servant. (Mr Norell & Jonathan Strange)

The mail is delivered. (Letter Bee)

• A monk, a shapeshifting monkey, a perverted pig, a former general of Heaven and a dragon prince travel in order to obtain a set of religious texts. ( Journey to the west)

• Asthmatic 12 year old almost dies and is randomly selected to be the Lord of the Universe by part of a sentient legal document. (Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix)

/creeps back to my pile of textbooks
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on April 28th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
They're all right! Good luck with your exams.
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