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                                                               -- Ariane
November 21, 2022   No Comment   Blog, Memes & Asks, Personal

Really late with these but my answers to last Friday’s questions at thefridayfive@LJ

1. If you could pick any tee shirt in the world to wear, what would it say?

Nothing! I don’t like texts on my shirts. Instead it would have a cool pattern with pretty colors.

2. What is the one thing (apart from your family and pets) you’d save from your burning house?

My medications, my laptop, my phone, my important papers – how am I to choose one?!? I also think that because I live alone I might have time to grab more than one thing and those I listed are the ones I’d try to get, if the situation allowed, in that order. Of course it would depend on where each item is and where the fire is.

3. What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

I LOVE having my hair very short – sort of similar cut to what Morena Baccarin had when she was in V in 2009-2011 except the top is a little longer. Didn’t think I would and always had hair down to my shoulders or mid-back, but about 7 years ago I started wanting a really short hair, kept having it cut shorter and shorter but didn’t dare that short until about 5 years ago when I decided that it’s just hair – if I hate it, it’ll grow back! Well I LOVED it instead and felt like it was me from the first moment. I did grow it back to mid-back after about 1,5 years of shor but then went short again about after having a long hair again for a year or so, and have had this short hair ever since! I just love it. It’s so tidy and doesn’t get in my eyes and mouth when it’s windy (which is a lot of the time) because it’s so short. I have a blond, straight, very fine hair and there’s a lot of it, so windy always makes me feel messy and untidy and if I use enough product to keep it tidy when it’s long, the hair feels unpleasant and often looks oily because it’s so fine that most products aren’t really designed for that fine hair. So I’m happy with my short hair 😀 

4. What are you thankful for this year?

My Mom.

5. If you could do or go anywhere, what would you do or go?

On a space cruise on the first TNG Enterprise!

 

November 18, 2022   No Comment   Blog, Memes & Asks, Personal

Answers to Jo’s daily questions for November 16-31, 2022.

16. “Live hard, die young and leave a beautiful corpse” ~OR~ “Live long and prosper”?

Live long and prosper obviously – because Star Trek!

17. What are you most likely very wrong about?

I’m not sure. Probably something to do with Kokoomus on more than a few fronts. I keep getting surprised when they support things like womens’ abortion rights because their views on economics, the unemployed and poverty are evil and cruel and I expect the same from them on everything else too.

18. If you were put into solitary confinement for six months, what would you do to stay sane?

Can you get a tv there? Paper and pen? Books to read? Music to listen? If so, I’d watch tv, write a journal, read books and listen to music. I don’t know if solitary confinement for that long is even possible here in Finland.

19. Can you list three good things that happened this week?

No, no I can’t. My weeks are usually just “okay” and this past week has been resoundingly “okay”.

20. Are child-proof containers becoming increasingly adult-proof?

Donno about child-proof, but milk containers that were easy to open before, then were redesigned to be even easier to open by the elderly with bad fingers have certainly became harder to open in reality!

21. Does your morning “getting ready” routine vary much between work days and weekends (or other days off if you work weekends)?

I don’t work so my morning routine doesn’t change usually. It changes if I have a very short hair and need to go outside for things like grocery shopping, a library visit or to pick up a parcel or something like that. When I have a very short hair, on those mornings I wash it because otherwise it just sticks up greasily in a hundred directions and refuses to settle down and looks dirty even if I just washed it the night before. Otherwise my routine is the same every day.

22. Does stress cause to you eat more or does it kill your appetite?

Neither. It causes migraines, and when I was a child my atopic skin rashes would also get worse. That occasionally still happens too. But usually migraines. It doesn’t have any effect on my appetite.

23. If, in a multi-story building, you only have to go up or down one or two flights, would you prefer to use the stairs rather than an elevator?

Elevator to go up, and stairs to go down.

24. Is there some old family belief, practice, routine or tradition that you know is nonsensical, but you still catch yourself doing it anyway?

Using things until they fall apart. Like towels etc.

25. What makes you feel terrible while you’re doing it but great when you’re done?

Baking, these days. Cleaning, always.

26. How’s your sleep been this week?

I’ve slept okay, but wake up a lot like once an hour or every 1,5 hours.

27. What is the purpose of art in society? You can define “art” as broadly as you like.

To give you pleasure and lift up your spirits. Both creating it, and seeing/listening/reading it. To help you grow as a human being, to open you up to new experiences and points-of-views.

28. November 28 is “Red Planet Day”. Do you think humans will ever get to Mars? Is this an endeavour that we should be devoting resources toward or would the money be better spent here on earth?

Space nut in me says “Yes, let’s all go to Mars ASAP!!!” but the poor in me says to first we need to make things better for poor people, and to fix the planet.

29. If everything else about your life stayed the same, how well could you get by living homeless for a year?

I don’t know. They say that all/most people who live on the streets here in Finland is because they choose it over the homeless homes. So maybe I would be a place in one of those homeless homes or I’d be helped to get an apartment by the social services. I don’t think I could manage well otherwise – the fall and winter is cold so I’d need somewhere warm to stay. And I need meds every day to keep my Crohn’s in check and the meds need to be store in a stable environment, not subjected to humidity or cold and warm randomly. They also say that in the homeless homes your things often get stolen etc. so it’d be hard. I hope I never become homeless but it’s not very many steps away – if a certain set of bad circumstances all happen at the same time and don’t get solved speedily, I can see it happening to me.

30. What in your residence is approaching its last days?

Bathroom. The apartment complex did a humidity measurement for all the bathrooms in our appartments a few weeks ago, and while my bathroom is good as far as that goes, they also said that my bathroom (which is original, 24 years old) is coming up on end of life. So looks like a bathroom renovation is coming up in not too distant future. Not sure if I’m to do it, or if it’ll be done collectively for all apartments needing it.

Also, probably my fridge and couch.

November 17, 2022   No Comment   Fansite news, Information

My sites have been down since about 2.30am last night so almost 12 hours now. I’ve contacted my host about it.

Edit to add: heard back from WHP! One of the RAID arrays jave failed and they are working on restoring accounts as quickly as possible, but it takes some time. So the sites will be back ASAP!

Love these promotional photos of House of the Dragon, so made a bunch of wallpapers!

Recently I’ve been watching The Last Kingdom. Here’s two wallpapers and some random thoughts about the show!

Started watching The Last Kingdom a couple of weeks ago! I vaguely remember watching the first episode when it aired, but apparently I totally forgot the series existed after that because all the other episodes have been new. I’m enjoying the series a lot, it’s interesting and fun seeing an era of history explored on screen that I don’t think another series has focused on? Except maybe for Vikings but I’m not sure how much of a fictional fantasy that show is, haven’t checked because I watched the first season of that one.

The thing about this show is that literally all my (even mildly) favorite characters had been killed off by episode 4.03 – and so many so early, that by the end of season 1 I had already realized that was not a series that kept characters alive. Just in season 1 many of my favorite characters were killed off: Macfadyen!Uhtred, Rutger Hauer’s character, Leofric and Iseult along with several characters I liked a lot but who didn’t make it to favorite list such as Skorpa, Aethelred of Wessex and Earl Ragnar. Now that I’m half way through season 4, the way it’s going, literally all named characters will be dead, including the main character Uhtred son of Uhtred, by end of series finale 😭 😂

Another thing about this show is that there are a lot of interesting and fun characters! And strapping men playing Danes with fun hair styles. Somehow the show succeeds in making me care about all the characters… even when I hate them! They’re making them fun to hate – such as Aethelwold – instead of making me wish they’d die and disappear already. I can’t remember the last time when a show had so many fun characters. Brida is the only one I’d like to go and die already – from the latter half of season 1 through to first half of season 4 she’s been a superfluous, pointless character that I don’t enjoy watching. She’s the only one so far… all the others are at least interesting to watch, or fun to hate.

More fun things: the various accents all the characters have – it really helps to set apart the different tribes and nationalities. All the characters whose names start with “Ae” – whenever there’s a new character, I’m always curious to see what’s the ending of their name!

I think maybe the most interesting character has been King Alfred because the writers explore kingship, religion, responsibility, friendships when you’re the King etc. through him. David Dawson has really impressed me in the role; even when he needs to be kingly, distant, controlled and expressionless in the face of hard decisions, you can see it all going on behind his eyes.

Another thing about the series that delights me is the lighting and color work of seasons 1 and 2 – the show looks absolutely beautiful in seasons 1 and 2, lively colors and so well lit! Especially all the scenes that take place in the old Roman villa that is Alfred’s palace. Sadly, seasons 3 and 4 which I believe Netflix made along with season 5, are lit much darker, desaturated, murkier and with a blue/gray tint. :/ So much so that I’ve had to adjust the brightness, contract, hue and saturation settings on MPC-BE to see what’s happening well. That’s my only complaint with the show so far!