Castle Rackrent Preface Quote

  • Sep. 7th, 2009 at 8:51 PM
vortex: (Colin: black and white)
This journal: apparently only used when I am being academic.

Have another interesting quote.

A plain unvarnished tale is preferable to the most highly ornamented narrative. Where we see that a man has the power, we may naturally suspect that he has the will to deceive us, and those who are used to literary manufacture know how much is often sacrificed to the rounding of a period or the pointing an antithesis.

From Castle Rackrent preface.


why do you build me up buttercup baby

  • Jun. 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 PM
vortex: (TARDIS: Cardiff)
I? Am boiling. This is ridiculous, it has been NICE and WARM and lovely and all but this dorm is not equipped for NICE and WARM and lovely which means I am not-nice and blegh and a bit bit sweaty. Oh, and hungry. Will take care of that soon enough.

Newest obsession: Star Trek. Went and saw the new movie with [personal profile] angryhamster, decided to peek at the fandom, decided that I wanted to know the rest of the canon. I love Spock so much. And Chekov. Chekov is about the cutest thing since sliced bread. Not that slices bread is particularly cute, but still.

Been a busy week or so. Good friend had a birth, massive amount of planning went into that (and drinking, drinking tends to happen, but not as much as it used to-I am behaving!!) And of course, MY birthday is next week. And then I have to move dorms. To another one that won't be any cooler, most like, but perhaps it will rain again soon. It's Ireland, it should.

I never thought I would ever complain about the heat before it reached 80F. Clearly living here has changed my body temperature in ways that were completely unanticipated.


I'm tired of castles in the air

  • May. 12th, 2009 at 11:38 AM
vortex: (Jack: Still waiting)
For some reason, I sort of want to update this journal more so than my LJ. I think it has to to do with the fact that I put so much effort into my layout and icons over there that the idea of revamping them like I KNOW I NEED TO makes me cringe. Because that was seriously a lot of effort to do.

So here I have a pretty simple layout c/o [ profile] thefulcrum, a concise profile, lovely icons and a clean slate. This pleases me. New sandbox, etc.

I finished the paper I was writing on Eureka Street and had a meeting with my supervisor on Edgeworth this week. I also went to Trinity Ball, which was brilliant in strange and freezing ways, and played insane amounts of cards until the sun came up. Later this week [ profile] duchessdollydot will be coming to Dublin for a visit, which is exciting because she is one of my oldest 'net friends, back from my pre-LJ messageboarding days, and when you think about it, one of my oldest friends period because I am one of those sorts that doesn't tend to hang onto people for long.

It's interesting, my time in Ireland is winding down, people are starting to head home and won't be coming back. Heading to lunch with friends in a bit to make the most of it. I like thinking on how we all became such good friends--throw a bunch of postgrads from a variety of different countries into one building and see what happens! Start everyone off alone and watch a community form. We got over the idea of house-cest long ago though. Too awkward to date someone you're practically living in the pocket of. Though it does make the walk of shame the next morning a bit easier, if more likely to be embarrassing. No need for going outside/buses/cabs/etc, but anyone you run into Knows What Is Up.

Fandomly speaking, I have a Merlin fic to finish where Merlin pulls a Jack and gets stuck for a millennium or so. As a tree and not in the dirt and with more Crazy after because he doesn't get to die at all. And with Arthur dreaming his way through legend. I haven't really worked out where it goes from there, but it should be an adventure, at least. I also joined [community profile] flashfic_hub so I might use that as a springboard to give TW fic a go. And I'm still slowly working my way through Classic Who in between keeping up with....everything else I watch.

Amazing I ever have time to sleep.

But for now, it's time for lunch! Have an eating Jack.


writing writing writing

  • May. 6th, 2009 at 2:46 PM
vortex: (Academic's work is never done)
Favorite passage from the book I'm currently writing on:

The city's surface is thick with its living citizens. Its earth is richly sown with its many dead. The city is a repository of narratives, of stories. Present tense, past tense or future. The city is a novel.

Cities are simple things. They are conglomerations of people. Cities are complex things. They are the geographical and emotional distillations of whole nations. What makes a place a city has little to do with size. It has to do with the speed at which its citizens walk, the cut of their clothes, the sound of their shouts.

But most of all, cities are the meeting places of stories. The men and women there are narratives, endlessly complex and intriguing. The most humdrum of them constitutes a narrative that would defeat Tolstoy at his best and most voluminous. The merest hour of the merest day of the merest of Belfast's citizens would be impossible to render in all its grandeur and all its beauty. In cities the stories are jumbled and jangled. The narratives meet. They clash, they converge or convert. They are a Babel of prose.

Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson, p215-6

bang bang, you're dead

  • May. 5th, 2009 at 11:35 PM
vortex: (John Hart: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
So! Dreamwidth. Right-o, here I am, when I still have other things I should be doing.

Sadly I could not resist the idea of having one of those truly snazzy sorts of usernames so I jumped at the idea of BRAND NEW SITE THING...that half my friends are jumping on the bandwagon for, let me jump on as well. [personal profile] vortex was just too cool to pass up!

I find it interesting that in the past year I've moved completely away from anime fandoms, which had occupied me for the better part of three years, and have shifted almost entirely to watching TV shows and being involved in those fandoms instead. I rewatch episodes for the hell of it and everything. But it's hard to let go of the past and delete things like icons and layouts so NEW START. With a Whoy username. THIS PLEASES ME.

Doctor Who, Torchwood and Merlin are my fandoms. THECITYRPG is my RP. TCD is my school. UNKNOWN in my future. Should be fun.

moving on up~

  • May. 5th, 2009 at 9:58 PM
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aka [ profile] themegaloo, makin' my way over to dw for the snazzy name!

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