30 Days of SHAKESPEARE! What could be better than 30 whole days of Shakespeare? A YEAR OF SHAKESPEARE! A LIFE OF SHAKESPEARE! For the moment, though, 30 days.
Day #1 - Your favourite play
Actually, a really difficult question. Generally, I can narrow it down to a favourite history (Henry V), a favourite tragedy (Hamlet, unless I'm allowed to count Richard III as a tragedy), and a favourite comedy, which is where things start to go off the rails because I cannot choose between Much Ado and Midsummer. Sorry. Can't do it. Much Ado is hilarious and brilliantly witty and I adore it to bits. But Midsummer is Midsummer. The language just blows me away. And then, what about the romances? Because Tempest is also way up there on my list of favourite plays. I call foul. Unfair to put a question this hard first. Can't you just accept that there are a handful of Shakespeare plays that I love above all others? *clutches them* It's my journal, I can do whatever I want. So there.
So, yes... favourite plays
Henry V is my favourite history. I know, bad king, bad things, blar blar, but the LANGUAGE. (Most of my favourites have to do with the language) "O for a muse of fire" has been one of my favourite pieces of text since the middle of high school and "Now entertain conjecture of a time" still turns me inside out. So... Henry V. Suck it.
Honestly, I know that the tragedies are the funny ones and sooooooo much less cliché than the comedies, but most of the the main characters in the tragedies drive me up the wall. Romeo in particular makes me want to beat him to death with something heavy. Hamlet is therefore the least of the evils. And it does have lovely lines in it. I haven't yet found a production of it that suits me, but I do believe it's out there. (And stars Jamie Bamber as Hamlet and Douglas Sills as Claudius. Just saying.) If I'm allowed to pick Richard III (which is officially The Tragedy of Richard III) then all bets are off though, because I love RIII and he has AMAZING language.
Comedies... Comedy is hard. As I mentioned above, Much Ado About Nothing is so sharp and witty and sparkling and the Branagh movie cemented it fairly thoroughly into my heart. But A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is the play that I've done most frequently, 4 times so far, has imagery that absolutely gets me every time. Not to mention the glory of "We will meet and there we shall rehearse most obscenely and courageously", which describes every rehearsal process in the universe. So I refuse to pick. You can't make me, neener.
But those leave out The Tempest, which is glorious, and Winter's Tale, which is frequently irritating but Paulina is SO incredible, and Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night, and Mackers... And so many characters I love, like Joan of Arc and Hotspur (and his lady) and Cleopatra and Katherina...
Maybe I shouldn't do this meme. It may be too hard.
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Tell me about the book that has been on your shelf the longest.
Oh Lords, umm... probably something along the lines of Mr. Popper's Penguins or The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle? Or maybe The Colour Kittens? One of the ones that was my mum's as a girl and so arrived on my shelves before I arrived to have shelves. The Colour Kittens will always be a favourite because it's delightfully psychadelic but also quite innocent and it's EDUCATIONAL! Teaches about how to mix colours to make other colours. Things every child needs to know. *nods solemnly*
Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (i.e. a person, a place, a time, etc.)
For some reason, I have a very clear memory of sitting on the floor of my room, having pulled everything off my bed so it could be burped (water bed), surrounded by pillows, and reading Elizabeth Peters's Ape Who Guards the Balance while listening to the Beatles's Hard Day's Night album. It would've been right after the book came out, so, around 1998. It was sunny and my dad was clearing pine needles out of the rain gutters right outside my window. Crystal clear memory, no specific event attached.
Tell me about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used book store, prize, etc.)
I have a copy of the special crew only Andrew Lloyd Webber anniversary book because one of my TDs in high school worked on the big show and doesn't actually like musicals.
Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves.
Um... Technically I think it's Brian Froud's 25th Anniversary Faeries book, a gift from my mum out of the used book bin at the library. The last thing I bought is The Coyote Road, the third mythic anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. I haven't managed to read more than a couple pages though, because of Hedda. Hopefully in the next few days, that'll change.
Tell me about a book that has been with you to the most places...
Tam Lin comes with me whenever I fly or train. I read it at least once a year, oftentimes more, and it is, as previously noted in other entries, THE BEST BOOK EVER. It has Shakespeare and faeries and a small liberal arts college and 13th century Scottish balladry and Classics and theatre and it is *ahem* THE BEST BOOK EVER. EVER. EVER.
Tell me about a bonus book that doesn't fit any of the above questions.
Um... But... there are so many... Ooh! Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody mysteries, about an intrepid turn of the century female Egyptologist and her family! The first book is The Crocodile on the Sandbank and the most recent (I think, I missed a couple in college) is Tomb of the Golden Bird, the 18th in the series. Elizabeth Peters also writes the Vicky Bliss mysteries (about a female museum curator) and writes Gothic romance/mysteries as Barbara Michaels and non-fiction Egyptology as Barbara Mertz (her real name)
Your result for The Which Lolcat Are You? Test...
51% Affectionate, 42% Excitable, 44% Hungry
Slayer of darkness.
Longcat may seem like just a regular lengthy cat, but he is, in fact, looong. For proof, observe the longpic.
It is prophesized that Longcat and his archnemesis Tacgnol will battle for supremacy on Caturday. The outcome will change the face of the world, and indeed the very fabric of lolcatdom, forever.
Be grateful that the test has chosen you, and only you, to have this title.
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HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: 85 uploaded
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: 118
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: YUP. It's an addiction, I know...
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Um... 'Here are some things I like'?
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Shakespeariana
AND THE SECOND MOST: Battlestar Galactica
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: *facepalm* Pronger/Niedermayer/Selanne, all the others only have one.
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: Nope. Only one.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: 85 icons, 1 by someone else, you do the math
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: Meh. Some of them are okay.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: something I need to work on.
Coding can be found here
List the first ten series that come to mind. Your friends will comment with the character from each series that they think you are most like. Remember this is who I'm most like, not necessarily my favorites!
1. Battlestar Galactica
6. Due South
7. Slings and Arrows
8. Star Trek: The Next Generation
9. The West Wing
10. Sports Night
P.S. It's raining and one of our skylights is leaking. Boo.
P.P.S Dreams/nightmares last night included having pins stuck in the bottom of my foot and my mother laughing at me and scattering more, Bert and Ernie having some kind of massive fight, having to sell some kind of product by phone at school and the manager being a jerk and then inflating a la Aunt Marge in Goblet of Fire before having his spine broken by a giant something else, and something about a princess and two guys who wanted to marry her and kidnapping and other typical storybook fare.
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|dramaturgca ends up with 63 pieces of candy, a wad of paper, and a broken balloon.|
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Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...
You Are a Marilyn!
Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.
How to Get Along with Me
- * Be direct and clear
- * Listen to me carefully
- * Don't judge me for my anxiety
- * Work things through with me
- * Reassure me that everything is OK between us
- * Laugh and make jokes with me
- * Gently push me toward new experiences
- * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.
What I Like About Being a Marilyn
- * being committed and faithful to family and friends
- * being responsible and hardworking
- * being compassionate toward others
- * having intellect and wit
- * being a nonconformist
- * confronting danger bravely
- * being direct and assertive
What's Hard About Being a Marilyn
- * the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind
- * procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself
- * fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of
- * exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger
- * wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right
- * being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations
Marilyns as Children Often
- * are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn
- * are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger
- * form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent
- * look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel
- * are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent
Marilyns as Parents
- * are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty
- * are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence
- * worry more than most that their children will get hurt
- * sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries
You preferred Obama's statements 100% of the time
Voting purely on the issues you should vote Obama
Who would you vote for if you voted on the issues?
Find out now!
As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.
The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.
Brown v. Board of Education
De-segregation of schools, overturning previous decisions which said that black schools and white schools offered equal opportunities to children.
1. List your top seven character ships
2. Put all of them in order of your love for them; 7 to 1, 1 being your main fixation.
3. Name the movie/show/book that they're in.
4. Supply photos for said people.
5. Tag seven people.
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Fire Lord Zuko/Mei, Avatar: the Last Airbender
Marlin/Dory, Finding Nemo
Lady Jaenelle Angeline/Prince Daemon Sadi, The Black Jewels Trilogy
Haruka Tenoh/Michiru Kaioh, Sailor Moon
Capt. Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Torchwood/Doctor Who
Det. Olivia Benson/A.D.A Alexandra Cabot, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Kate Monday/George Frankly, Mathnet
Lt. B'Elanna Torres/Lt. Tom Paris, Star Trek: Voyager
Archie Goodwin/Lily Rowan, Nero Wolfe
Lt. Archie Kennedy/Capt. Horatio Hornblower, Horatio Hornblower
The Actual List ( Cut to spare flists )
If you could only pick 5 favorites out of the following things, which 5 would it be?
Music: Musicals, Menken & Ashman, Cirque du Soleil, Weird Al Yankovic, the Four Seasons
Movies: Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, The Philadelphia Story, GalaxyQuest, Ratatouille
Television Shows: Battlestar Galactica, Sling & Arrows, Due South, Firefly, West Wing
Travels: Want to go: England, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Chicago
Have been: New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco
Things you can't live without: Internet, friends, books, TV, theatre
Find Out Which Disney Girl You Are!
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|You scored as Tinkerbell|
She's sassy, she's sarcastic, and she's such a fashionista - Tinkerbell is definitely one of the rebels of the Disney girls - just like you! Sometimes that temper of yours can get you into hot water, but at least people know you're there for them in the tough spots!
How many songs total: 10535
How many hours or days of music: 25.6 days
Most recently played: Love for Sale - De-Lovely
Most played: Please - The Nylons
Most recently added: Shed a Little Light - Stephen Fox
Sort by song title:
First Song: A-Hunting We Will Go - Larry Groce
Last Song: 99 Red Balloons - Nena
Sort by time:
Shortest Song: Train Job Intro - Firefly (0:02)
Longest Song: Razor Roundtable (2:57:58)
Sort by album:
First album: A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars
Last album: 98 Degrees & Rising - 98 Degrees
First song that comes up on Shuffle: Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death - 16 , Life - 103 , Love - 532 , Hate - 33 (the entirety of the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack included), You - 1031 , Sex - 5 (but 2 are renditions of the Sussex Carol, which may not count)
2. Real or Artificial tree? - Artificial. Dad's allergic to the real thing
3. When do you put up the tree? - Possibly tomorrow night?
4. When do you take the tree down? - when we get to it.
5. Do you like Eggnog? only the ultra super rich stuff from Broguiere's dairy.
6. Favorite Gift you received as a child? My popple. The first one.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Me personally, no. The family has several.
8. Hardest person to buy for? My dad. He doesn't want stuff.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My mother. So many options...
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? Honestly...I don't really remember. I tend to block that kind of thing...
11. Christmas Cards - I'm supposed to be writing the family holiday letter right now...
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Muppet Christmas Carol and White Christmas.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? When I see a good Christmas gift. This year...July?
14. Have you ever "recycled" a Christmas present? Yes.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Candy cane pie and garlic cheese bread. Not at the same time.
16. Clear lights or colored or both on the tree? Coloured. They reflect prettier.
17. Favorite Christmas Song? I really like Good Chrstian Men Rejoice for melody. And the Sussex Carol. But the Gloucestershire Wassail is my absolute favourite.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Christmas is always at our house.
19. Can you name Santa's Reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. And Olive.
20. Do you have an Angel or a Star on top of your tree? Big red and gold star.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? Christmas day only. Stockings with breakfast and under-tree presents after lunch.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? People traveling and not being around.
23. Favorite Christmas tradition - My mommy singing lullabyes under the Christmas tree...I'm a baby. I admit it.
24. Family member you always try to stay away from during the holidays? Christmas? My dad. He gets cranky. Hanukkah...everyone?
25. Do you attend any actual religious services in celebration? Nope. Except when my mom was singing Messiah with the First Friends choir.