10 December 2011 @ 04:22 pm

Holiday Requests 2011

Comment with: a day, a fandom, a pairing, and a prompt, and I will do something* for you, to be posted on the day you claimed. Any fandom you know I'm familiar with is fair game, though I reserve the right to ask for a different prompt if you pick something I don't feel comfortable with, or a fandom I haven't been into in a long time.

*"Do something" here can mean "make colored icons," "produce an uncolored drawing" (to avoid the two-year-long Christmas debacle!), "make a music mix," or even "compose a MIDI ditty."

Please feel free to read more or make a request under the cut! )

This is my last week of the semester, and I have the following to do before I can go home in any semblance of self-respect:

1) Write a twelve-page paper on textile and garment industries in contemporary China by the 13th.
2) Take a grammar exam for Japanese on the 14th. (It's not a real final, thank goodness!)
3) Write roughly 4,000 words for a take-home final exam.
4) Go to my last voice lesson on Tuesday. (Okay, this will be fun.)
5) Recite a poem at Monday's Russian dinner.
6) Complete five graduate school applications by the 15th. (Cornell, thank you so much for having a January 1st deadline. Harvard, curse you for using such tiny spaces on an online application.)
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30 January 2011 @ 05:43 pm
Personal Entry No. 62  
(waves arms) Hello, there! I haven't been done in yet, neither by academia nor by CLAMP's persistent attempts to crush my heart. There are many things that need to be said -- but I'll spare you most of it, since there's only so much we can talk about at any given time.

Life in the Far North. )

Photographs of the great blizzard...or of a relatively great one, at least. )

Also, about illustrations and graphics. )

Sometimes, it feels like the world is falling down. )

On a more upbeat tone: a belated Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lavender88 and [livejournal.com profile] pink_for_flower, both of whom were born on the 21st! А с (поздным) днём рождения, [livejournal.com profile] fetterless -- желаю счастья!
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02 September 2010 @ 10:20 pm
We interrupt your scheduled programming...  
I apologize for not posting about Middlebury and what's transpired in my life since then, but here's something important for all of you to read.

Are you listening?

Are you listening?

Good! Now, you all know about the snafu surrounding LiveJournal's new cross-posting feature for Twitter and Facebook.

The problem is that LiveJournal is integrating somewhat with Facebook, most likely with some kind of contract between the two websites. The meaning is that we're all that much more unsure about whether or not the administrators will listen to the users' complaints.

Now, I'm not saying that it's time for us to finally pack all our bags and head on over to Dreamwidth (even though I do have invite codes available, and am looking for more friends for my account there); most of our respective fandoms and f-lists are situated pretty firmly here. I'm saying that, if you value your privacy and respect the privacy of the people on your f-list, please undertake the following measures:

1) Don't cross-post comments made in f-locked entries to Facebook or Twitter. (I think I've made it clear that I would very much like it if no one cross-posted anything from this journal or even [livejournal.com profile] momoizumu, if anyone still goes there to look at the tumbleweeds.)
2) Don't enable cross-posting to Facebook in your LJ settings, unless you want your Facebook (and most likely real) name to appear in your LJ profile and your LJ name to appear in your Facebook comments.
3) Install this handy code to get rid of the cross-posting boxes under all comment forms, for everybody, on your journal!
4) Take the poll. It won't hurt.

Finally, here is the response from the LJ staff concerning the changes. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] starlady38, [livejournal.com profile] vegetas, and everyone listed above for the information!

With all that said, I'll definitely be able to make that journal entry tomorrow. Good night, everyone.
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29 August 2010 @ 08:07 pm
Personal Entry No. 57  
Contrary to popular opinion, I am still alive. I am doing well. And I will tell you all about my time at the Russian School and other university-related things on Wednesday, since my Japanese lecture was canceled.

Fortunately, I was able to finally make a new header and layout for [livejournal.com profile] momoizumu, and have 92 icons ready for the next set. You can see a grainy preview of some of them below -- please tell me what you think!

Moving on to more important things: here are some links you've most likely seen already, but should be spread as much as possible: Aid for Pakistan via Azuire on Dreamwidth and [livejournal.com profile] help_pakistan, as well as [livejournal.com profile] la_vie_noire's own post on the Western press's fixation on death and suffering in Third World countries.

Also: if you're from the United States, or care about our political system, this article by George Packer on the dysfunction of the Senate is worth a read. Loosely connected to both the Senate and the recent leak of 76,000 military documents on the war in Afghanistan/"Operation Enduring Freedom" by Wikileaks is this piece from The Washington Post, the somewhat-tackily-named "Top Secret America". It details the U.S. government's massive intelligence and national security branches.

And I'm sure you all know that, following over three months of crude oil flowing freely into the Gulf and causing massive, still not fully measured, and possibly irrecoverable damage to the area's ecosystems, B.P. has finally succeeded in sealing the well responsible the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Or perhaps it hasn't.
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05 February 2010 @ 11:12 pm
Personal Entry No. 38  
All classes are proceeding smoothly, even if I can't speak up in POL 286: Conflict Resolution as much as I'd like to. That said, I wish I knew what went through our Japanese professor's head when one of the students asked her if she would like to drink some homemade cookies.

Speaking of foreign languages: I received financial aid for the Middlebury Summer Language program! The school raised its tuition rate, and the aid I received covers only about a third of it, so I'm currently looking into the FAFSA loan they offered. When all is said and done, there's a good chance that I'll be going to the Russian school this summer. :`)

Some useless information about my current health... )

...a slightly more useful handwriting meme... )

...and some entirely useless thoughts on Fandom Development! )

That aside, how have you been?
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24 December 2009 @ 05:46 pm
Personal Entry No. 34  
The Internet moves too quickly, especially during those times when one can't take an hour off to look at it. (Seriously, the CLAMP Fanbook was sent off and published already? My stomach churned just looking at the preview photos, since I'm sure the illustrations I submitted are subpar compared to the rest.) I'm sorry I haven't been responding to your posts, everyone.

The bad news is that, since I can't finish the rest of the requests by tomorrow, they'll have to wait until New Year's. I'll make this into a proper Christmas post complete with a shiny graphic and a preview of what I have finished tomorrow, since I only have about five more minutes before we leave for dinner tonight. Again, I'm sorry if you were looking forward to getting them on Christmas Day! I just didn't have enough time this week to do a good job on everything.

That said, I hope that all those who celebrate it will have (or have had) a merry Christmas, and those who do not will have a merry holiday season.
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21 November 2009 @ 07:24 pm
Personal Entry No. 30  
I'm going home for the first time since August next week. My school is stingy with breaks--we almost never get national holidays off, and school always resumes the day immediately after the dormitories reopen after the longer winter and summer vacations--so my bus back here leaves on the 29th, but...

...I'm just so happy I can go home!

And now for a matter of dire consequence. )
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31 October 2009 @ 04:46 pm
Personal Entry No. 26  
I only have about 500 more words to write on the longest essay, so I'm taking a break. Happy Halloween!

1. Create a graphic (200 x 200 max size) to represent your personal "candy". It should have your username on it, but otherwise can feature whatever you want. Make it something special since it's self-representative.
2. Make a post with the subject "trick or treat?". Put your "candy" somewhere in it, and be sure to repost these instructions.
3. Then, go around other people's LJs and reply to them with either "trick" or "treat". If you reply with "trick", they will give you an LJ dare that you have to perform before taking their candy. If you're too wimpy for that, simply say "treat" and take their candy.
4. List all your collected candies in your original "trick or treat?" post to show off your collection, being sure not to direct-link!

To be honest, it seems like it's too late for anyone to comment, but here's my candy:

The Halloween of the Future! )
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