elementalhero: NO PANTS (ξstock | i am the lord your god)
I have an anecdote from my first summer working at the library.

It was a sunny day, midsummer. A woman walked in, someone I recognized by face as a member of my church. I had no books to shelve, and so struck up a short conversation with her as I checked her books out. I don't remember if I got her name. I don't remember it in any case, as I am notoriously awful with names. If my memory serves, she asked something like what books I had read recently. I told her I had read The Stand, by Stephen King, in all its one-thousand-page-plus glory.

She said, and I will never forget the offhand way in which she said this, as if it were completely normal and non-heinous, "Oh yes, I remember burning that book once."

I flinched as if physically struck. I remember my mouth working for a couple seconds, like a nutcracker with no nuts in it. But, I asked, but why would you burn it?

She gave me a look as if I had asked a childish question. "Well, because it was evil," she said. She took her books, her apparently fine, non-evil books, and left, not in a mood or anything. As if that was a perfectly normal conversation to have.

I felt disquieted and jacked-up for the rest of the day.


When I told a friend about it after my shift was over, explaining it almost in a blank daze, I remember saying, over and over, that it wasn't even that she was a member of my church that disturbed me so much. Nor was it even that it was a book by my then-favorite author. Or the fact that she was denouncing a book in which light triumphs over the forces of ignorance and darkness as "evil."

No, what disturbed me the most was the fact that she seemed so okay with the concept itself. Of burning a book. Any book. She had told me it was at a large book-burning. Like a party. I didn't know they existed in a civilized world.

The only sentence I remember saying word-for-word was a simple one. One I kept repeating to myself, once I had triangulated the purest, most naked form of my disquiet and horror.


"Books are not for burning."



Keeping those five words in mind, my thoughts on the Dove Church's movement for this September 11th should be crystal clear.

But just in case they aren't, have this video:

NO!

Jul. 19th, 2010 12:50 am
elementalhero: NO PANTS (ξポケモン | nice work you did)
oh man and I was just so happy from the last post.

http://www.mangatoshokan.com/forums/showthread.php?6426-Change-of-Direction&p=74579

MangaToshokan took down most of their manga, too. Including PokeSpe. Meaning my recaps will either have to continue without any pictures until I run out of manga volumes (and considering the pace at which Viz is bringing them over, that might take years), or be put on hold until I can find the damn stuff online somewhere else again.

I. I hate this. This is stupid and it sucks. I am buying this manga. I am not pirating it from the internets. I am probably quite selfish for making this statement, but I will make it anyway: why am I being punished for following the rules? For god's sake, I have Volume 8 on PRE-ORDER! /cries quietly

EDIT: It seems Onemanga still has up to Chapter 103 up (I thought those got taken down but I guess not - probably because they don't have the full series, it was overlooked). Better than nothing.

EDIT WHILE EDITING: Aaaaand, I found a new site. Hopefully this one will last us.
elementalhero: NO PANTS (ξポケモン | part of a balanced diet)
Things I Conceivably Could Have Been Doing Last Night:
~Working on my Aphra Behn paper for Brit Po (she was in the textbook! SO EXCITED)
~Researching the click tribes of the Kalahari Desert for Human Voice
~Studying history
~Studying for Human Voice test on Monday
~Studying for kanji test on Monday
~Tagging everyone
~Working on my Ruby app
~Working on my Silver app
~Writing fanfiction
~Contributing to society

Things I Did Last Night:
~Read Pokemon Special



...wow, I am a super duper human being, huh.

fml

Feb. 11th, 2010 04:31 pm
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Itachi [fight club quote])
Dear Roommate,

Febreze is not an air freshener. It is a fabric cleaning chemical. Please do not spray it into the air. It does not make the air smell nice. It makes my mouth taste bad, and occasionally, it makes me feel dizzy.

And then you open the window and let the cold air in. Dear roommate. Go to hell.

Love,
me.

/sob

Feb. 4th, 2010 01:42 pm
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Sasuke [Naburo!])
Okay, I resolved a few months ago to be the Happy Fandom Corner. And I will do it if it kills me. I will read chapter 481 without curling up into a ball and crying. I will do this with the help of digital tequila shots. \~/

in which I am completely incoherent I don't even )

whyyyyyyyy

Nov. 29th, 2009 07:47 pm
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Hunny [hisssss])
I have another virus. Some sort of worm that seems to be hanging out in my Drivers folder and messing with me every time I have the Internet open. I have major, major, major projects due in the next three weeks, and this decides to happen. I am now convinced something hates me. Also, I'm reasonably sure it was the result of a five-minute trek to deviantArt, once again. God, I need to just block the goddamn site.

Ugh.

So I might not be around as often for the next week or so while I try to fix this and get all kinds of shit done.

/throws everything
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Haruhi [yeah uh-huh okay])
So yeah, keep forgetting to make diet posts (which isn't really a problem for you guys, but I SAID I WOULD DO IT AND THEN I DIDN'T DO IT ;__;), what a surprise.

Also, why does my period never fail to begin on the day that it would be the most inconvenient for me??? We're going to have an awesome two-hour cross-training session in aikido tonight with the karate and tae kwon do students, and I was super looking forward to it, and now I'm not going to get much out of it because I will be in too much pain to properly concentrate. :F stupid farking masrkgrksjkfjdalvnlas

And today was supposed to be the best day ever! My morning class was canceled so I got to sleep in, and I'm going to get a bunch of people to go see New Moon with me (they're probably going to get drunk first, but whatever, I just want snark buddies because snarking by yourself is NO FUN).


nnnnnnnnnngh fail

BABBLING

Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:26 pm
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Okami [a softer world])
I dunno, I'm bored and I want to have comments to reply to, so I'm just going to kind of babble here about a number of topics until I run out of brain.

I have been playing Okami again, and all it's doing is fueling my secret wolf fetish. Seriously, I've read The Sight and Fell by David Clement-Davies, and most of the Julie of the Wolves series and I had a wolf photos calendar the one year and I prefer werewolves to vampires in all media and I just like them. I think they're some of the most gorgeous animals on the planet. (So the scene with Shiranui and Amaterasu and Oki all battling the giant clockwork owls was kind of filling me with squee :D)

I was thinking about this and wondering: DOES THIS MAKE ME A FURRY? I mean, I don't constantly wish I were a wolf (well, I went through a very brief on/off phase of that in like the fourth grade, but it was probably an imagination thing. Or a puberty thing. I used to pretend I was a puppy in preschool, but as far as I know, that's a common kid thing. Right?). I also don't dress up, or draw very well or anything.

Okay, maybe that was an insensitive question. I only really found out what the furry fandom is maybe seven or so months ago, and all I basically got out of it was: people who like animals who sometimes dress up and go to cons and stuff. I never even knew there was this huge stigma attached to it until much later. I always liked anthropomorphic art loooong before I even came to LiveJournal, to be honest with you. SO I'm not saying this like I'm afraid I'm going to... oh god, halfway through writing that out, I realized the whole Does This Remind You of Anything of this entire thing, and I'm just going to shut up before I look like more and more of an asshole.

Sigh.

My roommate was released from being quarantined in the residence hall basement since Sunday night. She had a fever, and they're being really crazy now, especially in our specific res hall because we have the smallest rooms on campus, so contagion spreads faster. She's okay, I'm fine, everybody's happy.

Her friends constantly come into the room looking for her when she's not around (like, they never call her on her cell phone? I guess?), and it's always when I'm either on the computer or playing Okami. So they think I'm some sort of human electronic vegetable. -_- I normally wouldn't care so much, but I'm, you know, not among my usual support system of friends to laugh it off with.

Is it terrible that I have had no papers to write yet, and I want some? I think I'm going a little stir crazy.

Urgh. I'm going to go line up for a flu shot. Fun times.

ickkkk

Sep. 4th, 2009 11:55 pm
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Naruto [keysmashing])
-_-

I wish people would quit puking in my hall.

Especially the people that come over from the substance-free dorm to party here and then vomit on everything and leave. This is the third time.

*completely over this*

*hissssss*

Aug. 13th, 2009 12:55 am
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Naruto [keysmashing])
I am just so infuriated.

Via a complex web of TV Trope tags, I ended up reading the page for Legacy of the Force, just to see what tropes were prevalent in the Star Wars EU series that I didn't read and refuse to acknowledge as canonical, and that led me to this entry.

Wordless rage.

I can't believe, via this person's review, how much shit they let Troy Denning get away with. I mean, he gets away with absolute murder to begin with, but apparently, they let him kill Star Wars forever.

I'm going to go cry now.

ARRGH

Jul. 6th, 2009 01:16 am
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Naruto [DO NOT WANT])
WTF WHY CAN'T FIREFOX OPEN MEGAUPLOAD LINKS?  NOT EVEN THE HOME PAGE WORKS!
elementalhero: NO PANTS (ZBPD [uhm])

I--I just want to see Dev Patel (on whom I have developed an enormous crush since Slumdog Millionaire) play Zuko...

Shameful confession time: I always feel awkward when discussing race on the Internet because I'm white and I'm afraid I'm going to have a "wrong" opinion.  I don't like the whitewashing in Hollywood.  I don't like Asian stereotypes in Western media, especially speaking here as a growing fan of anime and Eastern media in general.  I don't want to imply that I agree with any of these things.

But my friends and I want to see the movie, to see how they do.


I don't like that sometimes I'm afraid to make up my own mind, just in case I'm wrong.
elementalhero: NO PANTS (Orihime [*blush*])

Okay, Naruto fandom.  I need your help.

I am on the hunt for this fic, this Sasuke/Naruto fic, that I read once in my entire life and mentioned in
my big wangsty post about admitting I lked some slash pairings and etc., and I.  Can't.  Find it.  I have combed the archives of badfic_quotes, in case I saw it in a goodfic rec once; I have stalked the memories of at least three users looking for it; I have looked everywhere that I can remember being at the time of year that I read it, and I just can't find it.  I don't remember the title or the author.  I only vaguely remember the premise.

*fails forever*


ETA: You don't have to worry anymore!  [personal profile] dayadhvam_triad  found it for me BECAUSE SHE IS SO MADE OF WIN!

--

Also, while hunting relentlessly, I found this old four-way conversation of lolz between me, [livejournal.com profile] feilyn, [livejournal.com profile] redbrunja, and [livejournal.com profile] bellzooksabout pairings, Itachi/Sakura hate, how much time the Uchiha spend doing their fabulous hair, and various other madnesses.  It made me smile to remember.  (Hey, I think this was the first time I ever talked to Red!  WHOA.)

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