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While I think I should totally give Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers a shot, I also kinda wanna get a "German Perspective" thing going. Here's a bit of a list. Not sure where I could find the movies yet. Wouldn't wanna buy the DVDs, though, becasue I'd run the chance of it being like with Dresden - no English dub and all in German. SO ANNOYING. I hate subtitles - I end up reading the entire time instead of watching the movie :/ Anyway...

The Edelweiss Pirates
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Downfall of Berlin: Anonyma
Swing Kids
Enemy at the Gates

I heard that last one has pretty major historical inaccuracy issues though. But, still, a Soviet-Germany stand off that's not entirely from the Russian/Soviet perspective? Yes, please :)



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Day 7 says to share something non-fannish about yourself.

I dance.

More specifically, I am part of my school's intercollegiate club ballroom dance team. I've been doing dance for about a year now but my partner and I only got together this fall and I had my first comp a few months ago. We compete in Newcomer and Bronze and did ok. I'm sure we'll only improve. As a kid, structured dancing was never really my thing -- my mom tried to put me in ballet and jazz and even hip hop and I quit all of them sooner or later. But this has really been great. I think I've finally found an interest/hobby outside of fandom and even writing in general - a sport/active activity to go out and do and I'm really putting effort and enthusiasm in it. It's really a good feeling :)
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So, if I had to change my (RL) name and it HAD to be an anagram of my current (RL) name, like for a pseudonym or stage name or something, the most coherent thing I could come up with -- given that I only thought about it for like 5 minutes -- is Alley Rosan Daxkott.
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Reading THSI NEWS STORY made me think...and rant and rage.
I think ALL PEOPLE are created equal. Not in the sense that all people are equally smart or talented or beautiful. But in the sense that all people are born with the same inherent rights. Among those rights, I believe is a right to respect. No person is born with a larger right for respect or with a right to more respect than anyone else.
I will NEVER voluntarily bow to anyone! It's humiliating and the British queen is in no way better than me or anyone else just because she was born into a specific family. I'm sorry but this makes me SO MAD >_>
 

Republic

May. 23rd, 2011 06:29 pm
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THESE PEOPLE  Thank you for existing, you are the hope and the light for Britain as far as I'm concerned :)
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Hey guys! Pay attention to me for a second! Consider this my pro-gay rights announcement/call to arms for the month or something.

From Avaas.org:

In 12 hours, the Ugandan Parliament may vote on a brutal new law that carries the death penalty for homosexuality. Thousands of Ugandans could face execution -- just for being gay.

We've helped stop this bill before, and we can do it again. After a massive global outcry last year, Ugandan President Museveni blocked the bill's progress. But political unrest is mounting in Uganda, and religious extremists in Parliament are hoping confusion and violence in the streets will distract the international community from a second push to pass this hate-filled law. We can show them that the world is still watching. If we block the vote for two more days until Parliament closes, the bill will expire forever.

We have no time to lose. Let’s get to one million voices against Uganda's gay death penalty in the next 12 hours -- sign now then spread the word about this campaign!
 
 

Please go HERE to sign the petition to block this bill!
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I don't really understand how it is possible to be homoromantic asexual or heteroromantic asexual. Like, I understand homo/hetero-romantic bisexual (ie, I'm attracted to both but only form emotional/romantic connections with men/women). But asexual? I don't know, maybe because to me what separates a really close friendship and a healthy romantic relationship is the fact that there's a sexual component in the latter that there isn't in the former but...I feel like if you don't have sexual attractions to people, don't care about the sexual component (not limited to intercourse here but like kissing etc), then your feelings toward them are platonic which then makes it a friendship. Perhaps, with guys this seems problematic because OMG if two guys want to hug or be sweet with each other they HAVE to be gay. But I think this notion is socialized and internalized to the point were such an idea becomes natural but in fact I don't think that's true. I think straight guys act like they have no feelings because they think they HAVE to act that way to be manlystraight//whatever not because, given a different mindset, they would naturally avoid hugging their friends. Sorry if this sounds narrow-minded to someone, I'm not trying to offend anyone. Everyone can identify as whatever they feel most comfortable with but xxx-romantic asexual, the concept of it, seems kind of...paradoxical to me.

Meme

Apr. 20th, 2011 04:52 am
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I've been doing way too many of these lately lol.

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] valkyriekat 

 

Meme questions )
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So I went to an Ellie Goulding concert yesterday night :D it was really awesome (the bitchy girls next to us and the fact that it was really hard to see aside). The music was great and we got to do a "meet and great" which basically equals an autograph and a chance to take a picture with her. It was a really great night and I can't help but flaunt a couple of pics here :D


A FEW MORE PICS UNDER CUT )
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I’ve been toying with the idea of an HP comm. focused on the First Wizarding War. This is probably brought on by the fact that I’m currently struggling to put together a FWW Death Eater focused vid.* Also, I’m selfish and want a comm featuring my fav time period in the HP fandom. It would also be really could if the comm got enough traffic to where we could run a prompt fest or an exchange (haha I wish)…

 

 

*Side Note: On Diary.ru there a team based game featuring the FWW. Order v Death Eaters. I’m, naturally, on the DE team. We’ve got fic writers and translators and artists and I’m the residing vidder. The hardest thing about making this vid, of course, is finding footage. Especially war/battle related things. I mean, I can cut bits and peaces from the HP films themselves but not much. The other kicker is that most movies (that I know of, and that’s not that much admittedly) don’t have their witches/wizards using wands which is very important for the HP world. SO if anyone knows any good movies/shows with usable footage….tell me! 

 
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] verus_janus   and [livejournal.com profile] valkyriekat 

I'm actually a bit suspicious about the accuracy of this but I do find it amusing that it identified me as introverted but wanting to be extroverted. Because that's kind of true...



Jung Explorer Test
Actualized type: ISTJ
(who you are)
ISTJ - "Trustee". Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.
Preferred type: ESTJ
(who you prefer to be)
ESTJ - "Administrator". Much in touch with the external environment. Very responsible. Pillar of strength. 8.7% of total population.
Attraction type: ESFJ
(who you are attracted to)
ESFJ - "Seller". Most sociable of all types. Nurturer of harmony. Outstanding host or hostesses. 12.3% of total population.

Take Jung Explorer Test
personality tests by similarminds.com

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Stolen from [info]valkyriekat 

Copy and paste the questions into the comments and answer them all as best you can. Feel free to post it on your LJ so that I can fill it in for you! :)

1) What is your actual name? (skip surname if you wish)

2) How old are you?

3) What country do you live in?

4) What country were you born in?

5) What is your OTF (Original Top Fandom)?

6) What is your OTP (One True Pairing)?

7) What is your favorite part of my Livejournal (my graphics, my RL stories, my memes, etc)?

8) What about me have you discovered that you really like? (Elaborate)
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  Progress check...

-Write my History paper.

-Write my PoliSci paper.

-Write my nextgen fest fic.

-Finish my commissioned fanvid.

-Finish icons for shipper20in20.

 -Survive that-one-art-class


Scrambling a bit to get number 3 done. Number 4 will have to wait until next week.


Things to do in the next 12 hours:

Laundry
Finish-up that fic...
PACK
....Sleep
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5 Things To Do In 7 Days:

 

-Write my History paper.

-Write my PoliSci paper.

-Write my nextgen fest fic.

-Finish my commissioned fanvid.

-Finish icons for shipper20in20.

 

Not necessarily in that order.

And through it all, I still need to survive that-one-art-class and and and….indulge my needs to write large amounts of War and Peace fic…

 

Agh.  

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I may have hated the class, but I think we did a good job putting together the video :) Come see my group's final project for out History or Jazz class :D (I think at least one person on my flist is a jazz fan :p)

OH ALSO! The credits are NOT the end of the video. There's a PS!

THERE BE VIDEO HERE
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It really amazes me how different people can be. There are people who really want you to succeed, who try to help, to will work through problems and issues with you, who will answer questions. Then there are people who have such an inflated ego that they can't see past anything but themselves, who are insensitive to the point of being rude, who will launch accusations without listening, who will do everything to not be forced to recognize that they may be wrong. It's amazing that these two people can exist within the area of a college campus. Actually, it's not that surprising but there is some awe-inspiring quality in that contrast...
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November 20

1. Finished "Wings." Had a lot more appreciation for it this time around.
2. Being fairly productive homework wise.
3. Rained hard last night and this morning which was nice. But the day turned out sunny.
4. Got my [livejournal.com profile] hp_yule_balls  story in.
5. Raining again super hard into the night. Will have nice rain to sleep to.

November 21

I am foregoing a PN post for today in honor of the mourning Gaucho fans are in today. Once in a lifetime opportunity taken away by a crew of refs who rigged the whole damn match. I'm not even get started on that but it was the most unfair thing ever. We were robbed and at a time when we were on the brink of a dream. It doesn't get much more disappointing than that/ 


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1. Really amusing Russian class today. We talked about dirty Russian words :p

2. Raining outside but it’s the weekend so I don’t have to go anywhere and can sit in my warm and dry room listening to the water :)

3. Reading “Wings” and it’s going a lot better this time around. I’m actually pretty into it.

4. Such Yuletide awesomeness! Can’t wait until we get our assignments now that signups are closed. Love finding more people who love microscopic fandoms!

5. On a similar note, my DYW letter is finally up! (It’s…ginormous.)

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1. HARRY POTTER MIDNIGHT PREMIERE! And I mean, this isn’t just about watching a movie I’ve been totally waiting for at first chance but it’s just that whole experience… It was amazing.

 

2. We beat Denver in overtime! Then rushed the field even though there was an explicit announcement during the game not to. That’s SB for you :p

 

3. Not going to jazz. I know ditching is bad but it was nice to just be relieved of that bullship for a day.

 

4. Bagals. I have some now. Can’t wait to eat one with cream cheese tomorrow.

 

5. The way it feels to be tired and know that’s because you’ve had a long but absolutely satisfying day :D

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