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I'm trying to make a decent photoset for tumblr, and I'm not succeeding. :(

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Somehow I can't make them work like I want to huhu. How do you make decent gifs that synchronize perfectly? Back to the drawing board I guess.

EDIT: Oh, it actually works pretty fine. I don't get it uh
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Ehehehee I have it and didn’t need to pay for it :) I somehow roped my aunt to buy it for me ahahaa

I'm almost through the first 'act' now and it's really different from the Harry Potter books - for one thing, words like fuck and cunt and penis are scattered all around (I was not expecting that offhand penis comment thing). The writing style uses more descriptions of beautiful old Pagford too, probably to lure us into a false sense of security. It's third-person limited, we go in and out of half a dozen characters, all of whom seem to be related to each other. It's a bit confusing and I'm not invested on any of them yet, but I'm curious enough to find out what the secrets are in this outwardly picturesque little town.

I read my hardbounds ‘naked’ to preserve the jackets. It’s real pretty naked too.

Now I have a problem. I'm reading The Casual Vacancy while twenty-plus books are still waiting for me to touch them ugh. Most of them are classics because /gasp/ I am a snob. I got most of these from booksales for P30! I love booksales...

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1. The Once and Future King, TH White
2. El Filibusterismo, Jose Rizal
3. On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
4. 101 Stories on the Philippine Revolution, Ambeth Ocampo
5. Smaller and Smaller Circles, FH Batacan
6. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
7. Dubliners, James Joyce
8. 2001 A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
9. 2010: Odyssey Two, Arthur C. Clarke
10-11. Sherlock Holmes The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I and II, AC Doyle
12. The Red Badge of Courage and Four Stories, Stephen Crane
13. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer, Joseph Conrad
14. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
15. Light Thickens, Ngaio Marsh
16. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
17. The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz
18. Star Wars Heir to the Empire, Timothy Zahn
19. Death of a Colonial, Bruce Alexander
20. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. Burton Raffel
21. The Curse of the Pharaohs, Elizabeth Peters
22. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
23. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
24. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift

And I've only really finished four of them,
1. Emma, Jane Austen. Half the time I was screaming at Emma 'you are so wrong! don't assume anything! can't you see can't you see!?'
2. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings, Edgar Allan Poe. Powerful and evocative, Poe is truly the grand master of dread. Also DUPIN!!
3. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Perfection!! Applause for this!! I need more Dostoyevsky!!!
4. American Gods, Neil Gaiman. Another instant favorite. I had to adjust myself to read contemporary lit ahaha you know my preference for Dickensian wandering sentences.

Help why couldn't there be more hours in a day! I desperately want to read everything oh god for shame this does not even include the Wolfe and Wimsey and Agatha Christie ebooks oh no

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Man, I can't wait to see the Elementary pilot already. They've been saying it's pretty good and LUCY LIU OMG
 
Also, the reviews I've read are mostly positive, especially on JLM's rude, but (possibly?) more humane Holmes. I mean, it's the only part I'm iffy on Ben's Holmes; he can be downright cruel and unemotional and sociopathic. I've been reading Adventures again and canon!Holmes is pretty civil most of the time, he even pats clients' arms to console them; the only time he was cruel was when whipping that bastard in A Case of Identity. (To be fair, he deserved it.)
 
Well, but since I'm not really an expert, I'll just enjoy all the precious Holmeses, thinking too much is making my head hurt.
 
I also have to remember to see Ben's Parade's End and the new Doctor Who episode!!! Aaaahh I missed Matt and Karen and Arthur. (I still laugh whenever I see the new companion, Jenna Louise Coleman - I can still see her as the chambermaid at Titanic ahaha).
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These days I never know how to update on LJ. I need to put more effort I guess.

Let's just make this post about this question:

What's the scariest story you've ever read?

The Pattern by Ramsey Campbell. By the time I got to the last two pages, I literally had to put the book down and do something else, watch TV, read something funny. It took me around two days to pluck up the courage to touch the book and finally finish it. (I think I flung the book away and cried in a corner afterwards; it was really traumatizing.)

It's about the inevitability of horror, that terrible things would happen, and like a typhoon, nothing you do can stop it from coming and destroying everything you love and hold dear.

Close second is Edogawa Rampo's The Human Chair. Creepy, perverted and twisted in all the good ways.

I read both of these in an anthology, My Favorite Horror Story, which is probably the only horror book I've ever read because I'm weak against those. Highly recommended reading!

What about you guys?

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I’m gonna post something that I’ll probably regret for the rest of my life.

 

 

 

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It was supposed to be a Filipino Sherlock Holmes parody and then IT MUTATED :U )

 

 

God wtf am I writing I’ve been reading too much Nero Wolfe and Wimsey stories

Un-beta-ed and probably full of awkward sentences

Is it alright that I’m laughing at my own jokes

Tell me if you spot the references there’s like a truckload of them

I started this last January after Asiong Salonga now I don't know how to finish

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Thus the only day when my Facebook gets used and useful has ended. Thanks to everybody who greeted me again!

I guess it's rec time again!

The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines
* It's named like/after the third Earthsea book, but this one's all about our beloved fantastic country. A dozen specfics perfect for everybody who wants a taste of the Philippines. I haven't read any of them yet, because I only found it now, for some reason, but I'm excited! It's been a long time since my last Filipino specfic.

(Actually, all this is because I'm reading Edgar Allan Poe again and he is the ABSOLUTE MASTER OF DREAD. He should be a DotA character.

Why is he the absolute master? Because according to Orson Scott Card:

"Dread is the first and strongest of the…kinds of fear. It is that tension, that waiting that comes when you know there is something to fear but you have not yet identified what it is. The fear that comes when you first realize that your spouse should have been home hours ago; when you hear a strange sound in the baby’s bedroom; when you realize that a window you are sure you closed is now open, the curtains billowing, and you’re alone in the house."

And this is the definitive dictionary definition of Edgar Allan Poe.)

Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology
* I wanted this for my birthday! But, well, maybe next time. Edited by Paolo Chikiamco, the cover by the amazing amazing Mervin Malonzo of Tabi Po fame, plus stories by Budjette Tan, Dean Alfar, Eliza Victoria, among other awesome people, what can a girl want more? Huh?

(I'm also reading The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks, and it reminds me of the good old days of playing Thief, which is the ultimate stealth game ever. It's about "wetboys", basically assassins with magical Talent which makes them the best in the biz. It's pretty dark and awesome.)
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Tomorrow starts my last semester as an undergraduate, and I am a wee bit queasy. Mostly because my first subject is something I should have taken back when I was in second year. And now I'm forced to take it with sophomores. I don't know anybody but what the hell, let's get it over with.

I just really hope there wouldn't be introductions anymore. God, I really hate that part.

OH And I'm really excited about PI 100 (Rizal) too, since it's his 150th birthday anniversary on the 19th and surely, this is a good time to study Rizal. I hope they make us go to conferences and stuff, but even if they didn't, I'd go on my own anyway.

I'm starting Bio 102 (Vertebrate Anatomy) too, and even if it tried my patience and perseverance during enrollment, I'm looking forward to it. I know I have to give time for studying it, if I want a good grade, something higher than 2, and I'm hopeful. I don't want a repeat of Chem 31.

Also, I'm Doccom this year in AME. I'm really unfamiliar with what they do there but I'm willing to learn. Aaaand I'm pretty excited about Kami to Ki. It's been a long time since I worked in a newspaper/magazine (lol high school) and... ah... let's just say I wanna draw comics again.

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Fandom stuff, I've caught up to Kuroshit, Pandora Hearts, Detective Conan, B&R. I tried reading Angel Sanctuary and I never thought I'd say this about Kaori Yuki but... it doesn't amaze me. It's confusing and that incest angle is distracting. I mean, is it totally necessary for the story or is it just a fetish, 'cause... it's not cool. I think she said somewhere that she's curious about it because she doesn't have a brother, but I'm telling you, it's not cool. NOT COOL. I have two brothers and just the thought of that makes me wanna hurl ok. It's not just socially deviant, it's biologically harmful too. I guess this here is one of my limitations.

I have Death Note too, but I haven't started reading it, I saw it years ago. Finished 20th Century Boys AND THAT WAS MY MOST SATISFYING READ IN A LONG TIME. Damn. Urasawa-sensei, whew, I adore his clean art, clean panels, and the way everything connects neatly, even after several layers, in the end. The last time I felt this for a manga was with his Monster run. He might just be my most favorite mangaka ever. When I have money I'll collect him.

Enrollment lines made me start on Oliver Twist and I'm near the end now and I might actually start collecting Dickens too. THIS is the kind of writing I love: satirical, long-winding sentences that go for whole paragraphs and loses you somewhere in the way, making you backtrack to read it over again. Victorian era fiction, mmm, delicious.

Lastly, I have finished the four seasons of The Tudors and I love the way they speak their English. Three seasons into Criminal Minds and shoot, that was a cliffhanger. I need more. But because the semester's starting, I may not have time at all.

Pahabol na painting )
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I'm sleepy but I still can't. Damned Org Chem probset is proving to be highly challenging.

Yesterday I thought about buying something for myself so I browsed the book shop inside my college. After some minutes of randomly staring at Neil Gaimans, the bookseller asked if I was looking for something. I blurted out Never Let Me Go without thinking. Unfortunately they didn't have it, but they did have other Kazuo Ishiguros. I had a hard time choosing between The Unconsoled and The Remains of the Day, but in the end I chose the latter. Because it won the Booker Prize and had Anthony Hopkins on the cover.

Moral of the story is that I have a thing for British writers. Nothing too exciting.
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I realized how much time I've spent reading Western comics when I did a double take upon remembering that Kaori Yuki wrote and drew Ludwig Kakumei.

I have become accustomed to seeing two separate names T__T

Can anybody recommend me some new manga to read? My current reading list is all Alan Moore. I'm thinking of taking up Monster already. But it doesn't need to be scarily psychological or something. I'd appreciate a cutesy shoujo manga with good art and a plot :D

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I had a fun day Christmas shopping the other day~ I finally picked up Miguel Syjuco's Ilustrado and got myself some new clothes. Then we went a-visiting my grandmother to show off my new grad pictures. And she ended up kidnapping it. The framed one.

Now I have to go back to the studio and have another one reprinted.

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IT'S BONIFACIO DAY AND I DON'T HAVE ANY ART FDAKLF;AIFEFMN I'll rush during SEA 30 class.
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Just how can somebody be together AGAIN for the FIRST time?? Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud are officially really cool 'cause they can be together again even if they just met for the first time.

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... OMG they're so cool.

Is this a Freudian slip? Meaning they got together before but then they kept it a secret because of circumstances not made to be known to the general public? I'm talking about politically sensitive issues, yes, thank you very much, of course. Er, no, non è una menzogne.

Wanna see the cover of that book? )

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