xparrot: Chopper reading (books)
I'm assuming the Americans on my flist are already on this, but just in case, if you haven't yet, please vote!

(I'm afraid I don't have anything less stressful to offer! Fannishly speaking I'm still deep down the Supernatural rabbithole, with the fanfic and sideblog to show for it - I forgot how inspiring and yet agonizing fanning on an on-air TV show can be - but right now I'm mostly just biting my nails and trying to avoid the news for as long as I can hold out for...)
xparrot: Chopper reading (books)
Animal sighting today that I never expected! I was coming back from picking up takeout, and as I was pulling into the driveway I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. Glanced over, and sitting on top of the gate of our backyard fence, staring straight at me, was a bobcat - must have been 30 pounds (at a guess; it looked about three times the size of our ten-pound house cat.)(Indoor kitty, thank goodness!) and it stayed in place long enough for me to see that its black-tipped tail was longer than I expected. After a few seconds it jumped off into the backyard, then up and over the fence and into the row of trees dividing us from our neighbor.

I didn't quite have time to grab my phone to snap a pic...especially what with hyperventilating from excitement. I know bobcats are pretty common everywhere, but all growing up in rural New England I never caught a glimpse. Definitely never thought I'd see one here - we're in the suburbs, a more wooded neighborhood to be sure, and there are forested parks nearby, but there are houses or driveways on all sides here. One of our neighbors saw a coyote in the common drive earlier this summer, but no one's mentioned wildcats.

We've had a lot of (very tame though technically wild) bunnies around here, but haven't seen many in the past month or so...guess I know what's happened to them!

Now I can't stop peeking into the backyard, just checking...
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So eventually one looks at one's lj, realizes that that one has waited so long to do 'that big post covering everything' that it is in fact too long to do at all (if one even remembers half of what one meant to put on it, which one doesn't) and so, one just posts this. Mostly to say hi! Contrary to popular opinion I have not been abducted by aliens! Nor have I been swallowed alive by an errant gif on Tumblr (in fact I've managed to trim my Tumblring down to less-than-daily and just for fun, so don't rely on that to get in touch with me, as odds are I won't see anything there at all.)

I was away on vacation for a couple weeks (holidays in Australia is an amazing experience - New Year's Eve in Sydney was like the Fourth of July, hot and sunny and fireworks! ...And enormous flitting fruitbats freaked out by said fireworks, which is not like any New Year's I've had before. There were sulfur-crested cockatoos nesting outside our hotel window, and rainbow lorikeets flocking everywhere, and ibises in the park and prehistoric geese on the golf courses, and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef was beyond amazing. I've wanted to go to Australia for the animals since I was about six, and it did not disappoint on the creature features! I also got to meet [livejournal.com profile] alasen who is a lovely (non-marsupial!) creature herself, along with a batch of other marvelous fangirls whose names and screennames both I have...entirely managed to forget. But it was great fun!)

Then I celebrated my recovery from the jetlag by getting an awful cold which I'm only now recovering from (rather screwed up my fic-posting schedule - for anyone who is waiting for it, the end of the Loki fic is coming, soon!) and plunging into AO3 wrangling business for the year.

Also watched the end of Fringe! Which I...I don't know how I feel about it. But then I don't actually know how I feel about Fringe in general, so that's par for the course...some spoilery nattering ) In the end I would have to recommend Fringe as a show worth seeing, original in a lot of ways (and a lot of different ways, being one of the few shows I know that managed to pretty much change its entire concept with every season, while still remaining recognizable and true to its characters all along...)

on presents

Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:32 am
xparrot: Chopper reading (doctor meow)
*yawn* Kitties woke me at 7 AM, a couple hours before I had to be up - they'd somehow gotten into a bag of Christmas ribbons and bows, and Anna was coming and depositing bows on my chest. Christmas ribbons are surprisingly loud when pushed into your face by an eager kitty. After the second or third one I staggered out of bed to find the bag and stash it in the closet where I thought it had been all along (how they found it now, months later, is one of those feline mysteries.) I should consider myself lucky that they weren't just eating the bows (Anna especially loves eating shiny things and plastic. We have to be very careful about not leaving plastic bags around because she will, given the chance, tear them up and devour them. Unsurprisingly her digestive track does not appreciate such avant garde gourmet.)

...Also am lucky that we don't have mice. Or tarantulas. Because I suspect Anna would want to share those spoils with me as well, and that would be a much less adorable way to wake up.

In mostly unrelated news, in the pre-cat morning I was dreaming that I was reading/playing Homestuck. It actually made significantly more sense...
xparrot: Chopper reading (Default)
Back from Japan! Visited some of my favorite places, and while we were mostly staying in Kansai we went to Tokyo long enough to confirm is in fact still standing, mostly unscathed (though the lack of tourists feels weird) - went to the lovely Ghibli museum, gawked at Sky Tree already dominating the skyline and took the DRRR!!/IWGP tour of Ikebukuro (and dropped by Otome Road on the way, to refresh my doujinshi collection). And back in Kyoto we saw sakura on the Kamo river and climbed up to the monkey park at Arashiyama and on the last day we wandered down to Toji and lucked into a flea market.

More than anything it's great to know that I can go back to Japan and even if I forget most of my words (oh man...I can still understand basic Japanese but speaking it... orz) but I still remember how to use the trains, and Kyoto Station is still bogglingly enormous, and the Loft off Shinkyogoku has moved but the little Manraku used book shop and the Sanjo-Keihan Book Off are still right where I left them, and FamilyMart still sells FamiChiki (mmm grease!) Even if I've been gone a few years, Kyoto is still my city.

Also got to see [livejournal.com profile] naye (<3!) and [livejournal.com profile] shayera in Tokyo, and a bit of [livejournal.com profile] crashtestskater - not all together, so not quite a Saturday-nights reunion, but we did spend Saturday night watching stuff (note: gathering four Gintama fans in a small room to watch the latest episode is an ill-advised evening activity in a nice quiet hostel. Especially if it's the second ep of the 2-years-later arc (anpan-huffing! XDXDXDXD)

(Really, though, the new eps, ZOMG!!11!! Gintama in gear makes me laugh/giggle/hysterically shriek about as hard as any show I've ever seen...)

So, yay Japan, and have almost recovered from the jetlag!

In unrelated news, new new Who has started up - Moffat's in fine form, really bringing his A-game! spoilers for New Who 6x01 )
xparrot: (sad)
[livejournal.com profile] gnine's got an offer of art up on [livejournal.com profile] help_japan here. And [livejournal.com profile] gintama30's running a fundraiser.

Then there's Libya and all the rest of the Middle East & North Africa, upheaval as great as any tectonic plates shifting, and is anyone else finding themselves humming REM lately?

Try to stay safe, everyone.

on loss

Feb. 23rd, 2011 09:26 pm
xparrot: (sad)
I just heard that Dwayne McDuffie died yesterday, completely unexpectedly, at only 49. He was the creator of Static Shock, one of the main writers on JLU, and the head writer behind the Ben 10 cartoons I've been nattering on about for the past few months.

It's a strange thing, to lose a creator you admired; even if you never met them, it yet feels like a personal loss. I kind of feel punched in the gut - he had a website with an active forum, on which he did Q&As on occasion, and I always meant to leave a message, a quick question or whatever, and tell him how I really enjoyed the hell out of his shows, for all I'm supposed to be way too old for those. Never read his comics but I've wanted to, because I loved the way he wrote superheroes in his cartoons - with personality and depth, but genuine heroes all the same. Not to mention he brought some much-needed color to an overwhelmingly white field. And he made his chars fun and funny, and cartoons are going to be poorer for his loss. (...And I guiltily can't help but wonder how many Ben 10 scripts he left...not enough, I know.)

RIP, Mr. McDuffie. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and superhero fans everywhere.
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So, [livejournal.com profile] gnine and I survived the move, as did our luggage, all 6+ 50 lbs bags of it (minus the other six boxes that are coming by sea, which we'll hopefully see again in a month or two...keep your fingers crossed for them! Also keep them crossed for my marimo, one of them fell apart, and not sure they'll recover...) We're now ensconced in the brother's house in Seattle, which is slated to be my home for the next...um...I have no idea. [livejournal.com profile] gnine abandons me for the U.K. in a couple months, but for now we're settling in here...

Bit of a culture shock, being back in the U.S. (the store clerks chat with you! Everyone on the bus can understand what you're saying, and you can understand most of their conversations! ...And of course one of the first conversations we overheard were two teen boys discussing Final Fantasy...you can't get far from Japan these days.) Pluses to being back: cheap Mexican fast food (mmmm bean burritos, how I missed you!), cats I can pet (kitteh~~!) and the Star Trek movie is already out (opening today in Japan) so I got to see it last night:

As an old-skool Trekkie, it was for the most part, squee~~! for me, with a couple minor quibbles. thoughts on the new Star Trek (which I can't call the "reboot" because that just makes me think Enzo Matrix...mmm, Matrix...) )

Also, with the bro, there has been the obligatory YouTube sharing: I saw the Superman theme song a while ago, but I didn't realize the guy had done more - I especially enjoyed Jaws and Terminator 2, and the Batman theme proved what I've been saying since I saw Dr. Horrible, that there needs to be a superhero musical. Badly. Also liked Halloween even though I've never seen the movies - it's actually as creepy as it is funny, and weirdly effective for that.

fic therapy

May. 6th, 2009 04:57 am
xparrot: Chopper reading (muncle gaze)
In three weeks I leave Japan, moving back to the States. Coming back from Vietnam a couple weeks ago it really hit me, that it was our last time flying back into Kansai International, at least for a while.

[livejournal.com profile] gnine and I have been sharing this apartment in Kyoto for over three years. I'm going to miss it. I'm going to miss Japan. I don't know yet what I'm doing in America, but I've got a pretty stable set-up, so I'm not too worried about that. But I don't deal well with change, as a rule, and moving...it's a big change.

Not to mention I have three years of accumulated junk to sort through. Ah, the joys of packing!

So instead of dwelling on that...or getting down to the sorting...I'm writing Gnine ridiculous MUNCLE h/c. And go here for a very silly drabble, concerning Napoleon's particular expression on those occasions when Illya gets the Innocent.

(Also a lovely person recced my lone NCIS fic on [livejournal.com profile] crack_van, which means I've been getting new comments on it all day. This has made me unreasonably happy, as recs and comments always do. My ego-monster, she is (briefly) satiated...)

rattled

Feb. 18th, 2009 06:29 pm
xparrot: Chopper reading (oh shit)
I grew up in New England. I'm used to huddling inside during smothering blizzards and beautiful, dangerous ice storms that bring down powerlines for days, and weathering the occasional mild hurricane.

What I'm not used to is the ground under my feet deciding it doesn't want to be there anymore. One of the hardest things for me to get used to about life in Japan is the earthquakes. I haven't even been through any major ones, just a few tremors. This morning was one of the longest, and it was maybe 30 seconds (probably less), and it registered as a negligible 1 on the Japanese scale--didn't so much as knock down the manga precariously stacked on the top of the bookshelf next to my futon. (...I'm aware I live in quake country. I never claimed to be intelligent about it.)

Still, there's something about jerking out of half-sleep at ten of 7 AM with the floor rumbling under you like a monster truck rally is parading by--except our concrete apartment building doesn't quiver with any traffic--and when it's over the fusuma sliding doors are rattling in their frames for a minute afterward, just so you're assured that you didn't imagine it. It's the helplessness that gets me--a blizzard you can hide inside and stock up wood for the stove; a flood you can find higher ground; even a tornado you can flee to the basement. An earthquake is everywhere, all you see, anywhere you go; there's nowhere to go, nothing to do but wait. Lie on your futon staring up at the ceiling and hope it stops before it gets worse. And like all the most frightening disasters, if it's going to wreak havoc, it'll be over almost before you realize it's happening, too sudden and swift to do a damn thing about.

Yeah, I'm just not going to get used to that.

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