Mausoleum Of Augustus
I was tagged by shoecuterie
Nickname: Oh, many and varied! I think ‘Noogan’ is the most enduring. No idea how that one came about. :P
Birthday: 19 August
Sexuality: I like boys. I like short, clever, older, Irish boys. What I’m saying is I like Aodán.
Time zone: Australian EST
What time and date is it there: 5:24pm on August 30
Average hours of sleep I get each night: Between six and eight, these days.
OTPs: James/Lily, Roy/Riza, Eros/Psyche, Korra/Tahno
The last thing I Googled was: 'accented a', haha! I can't easily do accents on my keyboard. :P
First word that comes to mind: meatloaf - nearly dinner time!
What I last said to a family member: Just said goodbye to my brother, sister-in-law, and niece.
One place that makes me happy and why: Bangor (where I lived and studied for the past year), or maybe more just that whole area. The countryside is so spectacular and I really, really miss it. Also bed.
How many blankets I sleep under: Three at the moment, ‘cause it’s winter. A polar fleece blanket, a doona, and a comforter.
Favourite beverage: Well-made coffee.
The last movie I watched in the cinema was: Guardians of the Galaxy
Three things I can’t live without: The people I love, my kitty, maybe, aaaand… internet.
Something I plan on learning: Speech pathology! :D Also higher skiing skills.
A piece of advice for all my followers: Travel if you can! Also, if you really want something, you can make it happen. Might take a lot of discipline and saving and work, but you can do it!
You have to listen to this song: Matthew and the Atlas - Pale Sun Rose
I’m trying hard to live by Cat Principles.
1- I am glorious above all things
2- Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored
3- Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine
4- Show displeasure clearly.
6- Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time.
7- If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.
|—||Henry Jenkins (Director of media studies at MIT)|
It’s a katakana font (named “ゴウラ”) designed to look like Olde English fancy print
This must be the Japanese equivalent of that “asian” font you see on Chinese takeout boxes
(via a friend-of-a-friend on Facebook. hat-tip to artofemilyo)
The comments on the Language Log post about Gothic katakana are also interesting, including a link to The Structures of Letters and Symbols throughout Human History Are Selected to Match Those Found in Objects in Natural Scenes.
The Great British Bake Off: a summary
So I have some thoughts on the silly little baking program that is ‘Great British Bake Off’ and what went on in yesterday’s episode.
For anyone who has their life in order and doesn’t feel the need to watch shows in which amateur bakers compete for nothing but the title of star baker in a tent in the English countryside, basically in last night’s episode, it appeared that an (up until that point) harmless and lovely old lady took another guy’s ice-cream out of the freezer remarking “well you’ve got your own freezer haven’t you” when he came round to find it on the counter rather than in the freezer. This then led to him having a bit of a break down, and deciding to throw his cake in the bin and then leave the tent, only to return, presenting said bin to the judges.
This led twitter users everywhere to the logical conclusion that Diana had committed sabotage, and that it was unfair of Iain, who “chivalrously” took the entire blame for the whole affair and then ended up being sent home for not presenting anything.
Now when I watched this, initially I too was shocked at Diana taking his ice-cream out of the fridge, but as the episode continued I wondered why there had been no big bust-up between the two- clearly either it hadn’t been shown (unlikely-that would have been TV Gold surely), or there was no big bust-up, because there was no big-sabotage.
Following the masses of abuse that was aimed at this 69 year old WI member on twitter, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, other competitors, and even Iain himself spoke up to clear up the fact that the ice cream was out of the freezer for all of half a minute- a fact not made clear in the program, which would have you believe that it had been languishing there for half an hour, allowed to melt, when in reality, it had never actually frozen in the first place.
Diana herself has been on the radio to clear the air, a tearful granny having to explain herself and utterly overwhelmed by the amount of vehemence that has been directed her way, feeling that she has been “stitched up”.
And that’s the point isn’t it? We have all been stitched up by whoever edited that fucking episode. I get it, that’s what happens with “reality” TV. Editors edit and slice until there’s enough drama to raise the number of viewers, regardless of the truth of the situation, or the amount of people who are shit on in order to present this pseudo-dramatic scene. But honestly, this is a tactic I didn’t really expect of a BBC1 show about BAKING. I wouldn’t mind, but the Bake Off has surpassed all expectations of how successful a TV show it would be. In its 5th season, and now on BBC1 instead of BBC2, it’s doing really remarkably well. And I think one of the reasons for this, is that the dramatic aspects are (usually) silly and inconsequential. Oh dear, one of the biscuits fell on the floor, the tart’s got a soggy bottom, they put salt in, instead of sugar etc etc. But we like that. The BBC did not need to pull shit like this in order to get us watching- we’re hooked already- we care a lot about these people who are just normal like us, who fuck up their key-lime pies, but can make a mean chocolate brownie.
I lost a lot of respect for the Bake Off last night. I didn’t sign up for the X-Factor of baking with manipulated footage designed purely to get the show trending on twitter. I signed up for a light-hearted, dumb-ass, innuendo-laden show in which innocent little grannies are allowed to remain as such.
So Innocent Smoothies on Facebook just posted this!