Thank you

Aug. 14th, 2010 03:54 pm
tea_and_ink: (one does not love breathing)
Universe for yesterday's sunset on the road. It was entirely too beautiful for words. ::is speechless::

And today, I'm grateful for finding this quote in an old notebook I'd forgotten I saved from the recycling bin:

"Stories are hope. They take you out of yourself for a bit, and when you get dropped back in, you're different -you're stronger, you've seen more, you've felt more. Stories are like spiritual currency"

-by Rober Rodi, from Little Extra Smidgen of Eternity, which is a story found in The Book of Dreams by several authors.

There, my soul gets to sing loudly now.

I'm back!

Jul. 25th, 2010 08:16 am
tea_and_ink: (Default)
Ha! totally fell asleep while trying to watch Terminator Salvation on the bus ride back here (from the mountainside, you see, where I had the bestest time ever), there were way too many night scenes to watch it in broad daylight on a plasma screen, regardless on how much of an improvement said screen is over the olde half-inch screens. Did not snore, though.

Also, I'm here to wish a mega awesometastically happy birthday to [ profile] jamesinboots  who rocks on so many levels I cannot even begin to count. You're a lovely person Jimmi and I'm so lucky to have you around because your continued optimism, even in the face of hardships, is always a good thing on my days (I know you're totally being this way to make me a better person. It's all about me, you know).I hope you get all the great things you deserve in life as you get older.

Um. I'll be heading back to my apartment this evening, so pictures to come when I'm there, like tomorrow, maybe. Man, such a great time with my mom and the friend I mentioned earlier, you have no idea the amounts of dorktiemz we indulged into. No idea.

Tres awesome.

I've things to mail over to people whom know who they are, so expect my dolphin noises of glee and excitement as soon as I have accomplished the trip to the post office, yeah?

Last, but not least, [ profile] robanybody  deserves my gratitude, of the endless variety btw, because I don't know that I'd given the Codex Alera series a go had it not been for her recommendation. I LOVE IT and I'm totally picturing your dream cast kicking butt like it's going out of style. ::blows kisses your way::


Aug. 24th, 2009 08:41 pm
tea_and_ink: (y canto canciones de amor y furia)
Okay. So, I only feel vaguely and partially bad for skipping school today (first days are never interesting, anyway) because I lost track of time reading this book I shall wax poetics about now:

Blindsight by Peter Watts has left me unable to form a coherent though that doesn't begin, end and mostly consist of oh, my God, this is pure genius. Complex setting and seemingly cheesy plot line mix and blend and twirl around each other to produce this exquisitely intricate and unpredictable treaty on human nature and how it traps us into humanity. It deals with ideas about intelligence, cognition, language...  ::loves::

When things started to get revealed, when theories were starting to take shape (not my theories, mind. They were sort of dead wrong. Or downright nonexistent, at times) things started clicking inside my head, I love how it explores all these concepts I've been engorging myself with for the last few years, ever since I learned about certain theories on the beginning/construction of the human animal as a political animal. I wish I'd have read this book before. Though maybe back then I wouldn't have had the tools (or patience) to think things through and find the core point that joins both ideas together.

Even if Psychology isn't something you're interested in, you should still read this book. It's science fiction at it's best. The style is bold and clean, hard science fiction melding with literary proficiency. The characters are so out there, so impossibly different to us that you can't help but relate, I guess this is one of those instances when the other's otherness calls to our own individuality. The story is woven and plotted in such a way that it's nearly impossible to cast predictions and expect them to be accurate.

It's simply brilliant. It depicts a background reality not so difficult to imagine. A (not so distant) future where society, apparently, has become everything we've been dreaming of becoming in a way, and it all seems as peachy as it gets, until it bites us in the ass. And doesn't unclench it's jaws.

Terrifying, incredibly original spin on the classic tale of first contact.

I'mma go and have some tea now. And feel really bad for skipping school.

tea_and_ink: (time lord)
Comment and I will give you 3 fandoms and then you have to answer these questions.

1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?

2. Do you think that you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?

3. Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?

4. Do you participate in this fandom (fan fiction, graphics, discussions)?

5. Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

Supernatural, Doctor Who and Firefly/Serenity )

Also? Is it wrong that I feel the utter need to read almost every singly book listed here?

meme time!

Dec. 12th, 2008 03:16 pm
tea_and_ink: (one does not love breathing)
"These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish."

bookish )

And this is what I'm doing to get away from studying. Go me!
tea_and_ink: (DA - OTP)
* I had planned how this was gonna go, but since me and planning ahead don't usually get along, I have forgotten what was the first point. ::shrugs::

* The other day the flower boy and I got into a pretty big fight and have been playing phone tag since, until today when he sent a friend of his (because we are total fifth graders) with a peace offering in the form of Slavoj Zizek's How To Read Lacan. Clearly I will call him myself as soon as I get home, because I know he has no idea what he did, but he's too cute for words and I'm weak and miss him.

* Bought two new plants and named them Sarah II and Tommy. THEY WILL NOT DIE BECAUSE I LAUGH IN THE FACE OF THE UNIVERSE, DAMMIT!

* Got me a new job, which means, there will be NO TA-ing on my part anytime soon. There'll be a lot, like A LOT, of research and statistics at play now, but there won't be any freshman involved and so ::blows raspberry::

* Cas, baby, I am organizing a Jensen pic spam just for you, because I know you need it and I can give it, this is how it works. Just, y'know, be aware of the first point of this post.

* Am listening to Def Leppard because there's nothing like reminiscing your childhood happy moments and actually get the lyrics you used to sing to the top of your lungs when you were wee enough to get away with it, is there?

tea_and_ink: (one does not love breathing)
Since I can't breathe properly without stopping entirely, I've spent the better part of the night reading (when I wasn't toying around with layouts and such), and finished an entire book in less than one night. I'm flabbergasted. Granted it wasn't such a long book, but the feat remains a feat.

Corollary to this, is the absolute erasure of any lingering doubt that García Márquez is the love of my life my most favorite writer, above them all he stands, tall and proud, no number of dystopias, no amount of epic fantasies can compete, that's right, not even the Professor himself stands next to him.

Ironically To Kill a Mockingbird (which, btw [profile] merykey you have to get your hands on this one, you cannot die without having read this book) remains my unquestionably most favorite piece of literature, so far. You know, in a perfect world, Harper Lee would have written more than one book but, alas. Either way, that's neither here, nor there.

Point is, a great step has been taken for me today, I can now honestly say that this is the man whose work I'll take with me to be stranded on a deserted island.

And in case you were wondering, the all-nighter was Chronicle of a Death Foretold, this must have been the third time round, I think. God, I love that man.

OK then, nut case signing off!

a meme

Jun. 24th, 2008 11:58 pm
tea_and_ink: (bookish)
Stolen from [personal profile] trystan830
"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

Not too bad, I'd say. ::grins::
tea_and_ink: (Alec)
1. Am taking a cigarette break without any actual cigarette being involved ::hides from supervisor::, I feel so sneaky.

2. The bf (whom from now on shall be referred to as S) brought me flowers to work this morning, effectively outing our relationship to my co-workers. But that's not the cool part, the cool part is that he was completely unfazed by my forgetting to mention my new "status" to the people I work with, that guy knows me well enough to last a while ::is happy::. Oh, and the flowers? are edible. I really, really like him.

3. I need recs of books/fanfiction about dystopias. This is of the most importance to my future and incidentally happens to be the reason I'm taking a cigarette break at all. So, get to it flist, hook a girl up and I'll bake and eat cookies in your honor, deal?
tea_and_ink: (bookish)
See? I have a job, school and a cat, and this is what it takes to get me back on track on the lovable art of reading.  There really should be a counting of how many books I've read this year, there's something about the security of numbers that just makes things seem so much more solid.

But I digress.
Now that that's done, I'm starting with "Crime and Punishment" which I am ashamed to admit I haven't read, even if it was right there on my mom's book shelf. Well, had to happen sometime, and of course it had to be now, two weeks before I kick-start finals... much headdeskery will ensue.


Mar. 29th, 2007 08:42 am
tea_and_ink: (bookish)
So, my students heard that I might have to be leaving school earlier than anticipated and thought that getting me something pretty would convince me to stay (if only it were my decision) a bit longer. They got me this book titled "A Biography of Rain" by some local writer who's name I haven't learned yet. Seems promising. But I really wanna know who came up with the idea and who actually bought the book...

Its now sitting on my nightstand, all pretty with and umbrella on the cover. It will have to wait though, I have midterms to worry about, and dude, didn't we just start the semester? ::scratches head::

The roommate is out of her mind. I mean, she did decide to come live with me, so its really not that shocking. What caught me unawares was my readiness to admit her altered mental condition. That would be like admitting my own insanity, but no, focus. She has lost whatever sanity I allowed her to have when she came up with the brilliant idea of getting The Cat Alec (yeah, that's his full name) a buddy... we live in an apartment, a one bedroom apartment, so another animal in... is a big no-no. She's lost it I tell ya.

::le sigh::

I may or may not be posting some new Transgenic Love fic, haven't decided yet. Encourage me.
tea_and_ink: (bookish)

You've been getting from me, is because we've just been informed that our reports on The Project of Doom, must be turned in by the end of April. We're in March, and we'd planned to have it done by June... the earliest. So we're very, very delayed. Hence my absence.

Hopefully our "Teaser Trailers" will buy us some more time. Highly improbable, but hope dies last...

Also, I've been using my rather scanty spare time to read Dean Koontz. 

Which means that Koontz is the new hero in town. I think I'm in love peeps! So far got under my belt "By the Light of the Moon", "Velocity" and I'm on chapter eight of "Dean Koontz's Frankenstein" co-written by Kevin J. Anderson, who also co-wrote Dune's prequel with Brian Herbert. I'm happy about this.  They're all good books, thought provoking and well plotted honest-to-god suspense. Oh yeah, I'm very happy.

On another depressing news, we get Supernatural on Tuesdays here, we also got a massive black out last Tuesday. At 9:54 pm EXACTLY... It was a boring night. And NO SPN. There is no justice in this world!

Well, this all.

tea_and_ink: (Default)
So, thanks to [profile] dazedizzy  I've spent the entire day listening to Josh Groban, and I don't mind, but the roommate has decided to take things onto her hands and now has the tv at top volume... it won't be long before some neighbor comes knocking on our door, asking us to grow up.

Also, I need some book recs, because I've been reading nothing but "Chapter House" and university's related material. I am BORED, don't get me wrong, I LOVE DUNE, but I need something else, before I start hating it... any rec?

My cousin called to tell me she crashed my car, but that I should not be worried, the other guy was kinda drunk so he'd pay for the fixings, what she conveniently neglected to mention was what kind of fixings were required. And please notice she said "fixings", plural, at least more than one. Plural can't be too good...

tea_and_ink: (huh?)

This morning I found this book about religion, society and political power and all that jazz. And you know what got me thinking? The pictures and the fact that throughout history, the ideal of male beauty has remained pretty much the same, whereas female model differs from time to time, and culture to culture.



Does this post make any sense? Anybody know about some kind of study or something about this subject or anything similar? I’m really curious now. And also? I love my “reproductive ends” theory  ::grins::



tea_and_ink: (junk_headphones)

So had this Kane's CD fall on my lap, and I kinda like it. Nice raspy voice there, the music itself isn't bad. Haven't really paid a whole lot of attention to the lyrics, so will have to get back to ya on that one.

Also, John Mayer continues hold his iron grip over my musical heart. I can't wait to get back to my place, where no mother can tell she's sick of the guy, and I can treat my obsession properly. It deserves it.

Been reading some high quality fics, so I'm a regular sunshine at the moment. Too bad no one's here to see it ::sight:: anywho, best fic of the day?


[profile] dazedizzy's "The Things We Carry" Awesome Dean, really good piece. Also got a very healthy dose of Max/Alec porn, and yeah, sun does seem kinda brighter.

My muse has decided to dose me with ideas, very small, very selected doses, that come along in the most inappropriate times, like the shower, or the car, but hey at least she's, y'know, doing her work a little. There's still hope for me, though the cry for help is still out there.
I even have some more SPN thoughts; guess those will come out when they make sense, or something like it.


That’s all for now… hopefully my life will get a little more interesting before the next entry.

EDIT: its "The Things They Carried" God I can't even pimp a fic properly...

tea_and_ink: (huh?)
I’ve finished reading Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” and I’m left with a buzz in my ears that sounds suspiciously like WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?!
I mean, the storyline made sense, the premise was great, I absolutely agree that our ever increasing need for technologies to make our lives easier, is somewhat limping us some more, and the idea that someday, when it all crashes down, our society will be left with a void of knowledge so great, it will send our civilization back into the primitive first attempts at understanding the world around us, falls into place within Asimov’s universe, and although my approach might not be as drastic as the one in the book, I can understand why it would have to be so, in order to create the plot.
What I don’t get is how such a good and original base idea got shut to hell when political and economical issues piped in. I get the feeling that the writer meant to face this topics and their developing was supposed to take a major part in the story, but at the end, all the hopping forward into the future made a lot of things go unsolved, and all that was left was this sense of incompleteness, that I just can’t bring myself to sympathize with. I can only assume that the reason why it was made this way was to create a background to the real action, the story that he really wanted to tell, is just that if he was gonna do that, wouldn’t have been better if he got it better explained? Or better yet, if he went explaining it as the real story progressed? I don’t think all that was necessary since it only made it harder for me to get it and that’s no way to treat a reader!
So all in all, I give him points for what he tried to do, the original idea behind all the jumping, but the jumping itself? Completely unnecessary.
It gave me the idea that the author got so wrapped up in the fact that he was writing science fiction, that he forgot what a tool that was! This is using the gender as an ending and not just as a mean, it lost the chance to study human behavior, and how people will react just the same despite the situation. ::shakes head:: 
Something else that bugged the hell outta me? The whole Scientology deal. If you’re going to use religion as a mean to control people politically, then try something smarter than technology, or perhaps it has to do with the base idea and its all pointing to the inevitable circles history moves in… hmmm, there’s a thought.
Maybe I just got the whole thing wrong, or, as I get the feeling, didn’t get it at all. My mind keeps zoning back to times when the Bene Gesserit had their planes, and explained them to the reader because it fitted the plot, it helped it. And the religion was based in a real god-like being with mental abilities developed through not-so-natural selection and expansive training. In Dune, science fiction was a mere tool that, granted, allowed certain situations to happen so the plot would dance to that tune, but THAT didn’t make the plot. The real story was told by the characters and not their toys (as cool as they were), Dune made possible the description of a political world where religion was a way to control masses, because said masses believed in something believable, they were not fooled by techies wearing robes. It dealt with Sacrifice, and choices, even ecology somehow skillfully thrown into the mix. Many details that were not left without explanation because they made sense in that universe, a sense I did not get with “Foundation” and is really sad, because this book is supposed to be a very big thing and I didn’t get it. I mean SCIENTOLOGY people!!!! That’s a real life religion and I just can’t get pass the feeling its all about people willingly accepting a lie because its just that much more comfortable, its easier to accept than metaphysical philosophies and intangible promises, it requires minimum effort, and really it fits our times, but STILL!
Or perhaps I expected too much from this book since I’d previously read “I, Robot” and that one was good, it dealt with ethics and SciFi goodies were left as background and nothing more. “Foundation” didn’t tell me anything, other than that capitalist economy will survive freakin’ apocalypse itself.
I think I’ll let this brew for a while and go back to the book, maybe the thing is so well written that you need a second time in order to grasp some of it… one can only hope.
Its actually a series so maybe the following volumes will explain something and that would allow me to see this first one under a new light, I don’t know.
So if anyone cares to help me here. I’m sorely disappointed, but I refuse to let go of hope, basically ‘cause I already used my time with it. I’d really like to make it count.
And I cannot, will not let slip the raging machismo in this book! The only woman mentioned in the ENTIRE length of it was a mere bridge, some kind of go-between for a feudalist dude and the established empire, or something like that, point is, she was an adornment and a spoiled one at that!! Jesus. Fucking. Christ! What is it with men not knowing how to write a female character; again, comparison cannot be helped, Frank Herbert was a genius, Dune was fundamentally a female world, ruled by men, but said men were more or less, ruled by women (in one way or another, i.e.: The Bene Gesserit, Lady Jessica, Alia, Ghanima, Chani), and so there was a balance of sorts that resembled reality in a more believable way. Seriously my feminism’s been beaten black and blue.
That out of my system, I can go elsewhere and do something else, with absolute peace of mind  :D

And yeah, coffee continues to rock loudly!!!!
tea_and_ink: (Angel)
I'm dumfounded in the face of all the amazing fanfics I read today! or is that last night?... whatever, point is THANK GOD FOR FREELANCE WRITERS!
They've made my day in the most absolut way possible.

I've been left heartbroken, full of hope and joy, mulling over life's ways and to top it all up, there was this awesome angsty porn, and that my friends is the best way to start a day that didn't really end. Such a flow of emotions, and yes some amount of cursing at stories that just made me waste my time, is so freaking vitalizing!

Its better than coffee and that is saying something!


tea_and_ink: (Default)
olé nonetheless
...and your heart held out like a tin cup to catch the rain...

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