lukon_idein: (Roy "Studying")
Okay, I came across a Latin reference to someone wearing armor (or possibly a shield) blackened with lead. And so I was wondering if this was a common practice and if such a treatment could be useful in strengthening the leather, since the author made of point of saying it was hard (well, 'not soft' actually, well... 'no softer than himself' - kind of cool phrasing, really...).

So of course I go to google, type in 'leather armor blackened' and, silly me, I get twenty zillion WOW hits and "Frodo's Orc Armor - Boiled Leather Armor Scales"! Sometimes I wonder what possessed me to study a topic that is so close to the realms of fantasy as well as being spelled exactly the same way as one of the commonest words in the English language!!! (I lead many brave men into battle clad in my lead-blackened armor where they hurl heavy leaden bullets at our foes with their mighty slings. Or something.)

Fortunately only one more hour till gathering involving beer commences. Yippee! Mighty hops will frolic with sun-drenched barley in a delightful dance of... okay, no more Latin for me. : P
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Confessions of a watch cross dresser...


What the f*** is it with the pink? )
lukon_idein: (Trowa Barton crimson)
Yo. As has been the case for many others, it appears, I haven't really been up for writing lately. Mostly I'm attributing it to stress, though I've also felt more emotionally stable lately, which apparently translates into 'emotionally dead with no interesting thought in my head.' But last night as I was flipping through my anime pictures folder, I came across one that I'd always meant to write a story for, and for some unknown reason I went ahead and did just that. (I must have been possessed by demons.) It's not an emotionally deep or moving story, but it was fun just to get some words down on "paper" again.

So if anyone's still interested in Trowa, here's a quickie...

Title: Brace for Impact
Author: Lukoni
Characters: Trowa, Heero, mention of Trowa/OMC
Word Count: ca 900
Summary: Trowa finishes up a job and prepares to withstand the fallout.
Rating: PG
Warnings: References to gritty spy life, humor, as many metaphors for ‘junk’ as I could think of, minimal plot.
Notes: Set post-EW. Inspired by an old piccie by Kashie Chan . I’ve always wanted to write a story to go with this! No idea why I did it now, but I’m not complaining.

Read Story )

Book Meme

Jun. 26th, 2008 08:29 pm
lukon_idein: (Roy "Studying")
So, I find myself with a few free moments to check out my friends page over dinner and what to I find but [livejournal.com profile] raletha's evil book meme!!! Of course I had to do it. Just... couldn't... resist... AND it doesn't involve tagging anyone, so it doesn't make me feel all shy and uncomfortable. And of course I had to comment on lots of stuff along the way, cuz I'm mouthy like that.

SO, the deal is... "According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list." And so us memers are supposed to...

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.

Here goes... )
lukon_idein: (Roy "Studying")
Ok, a friend of mine came across this comic a while back and I just stumbled onto it today while procrastinating (*sweatdrop*). A must read for any slash fan out there. Cuz I do find myself doing this way more than is necessary! :)
lukon_idein: (Roy "Studying")
Ok, so I have gradually accepted the fact that no one seems to be able to spell 'definitely' and will come up with any number of variations depending on their own dialect and ear. Even though it's directly related to the words 'finite' and 'definition', so should be relatively simple, I understand that not everyone thinks about words as obsessively as I do. And I may someday stop cringing when I see the word 'defiantly' inexplicably used in its place - is MS Word's autocorrect function doing its best with what it's given? (Can we blame Bill Gates for this? Please?)

But my overload vent finally went off tonight. Why? Well, I'm glad you asked. My rant will now be presented in four parts. Thank you.

a) Mini Rant. In a story I was just reading, the word 'definitely' (spelled perfectly correctly) was actually used where 'defiantly' was meant. What the fuck??? How have these two words become interchangeable??? They have NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER. ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH.

and

b) Slightly longer rant. This incident brought me flashing back to a clothes-shopping incident from last summer that I'd thought I'd finally managed to block out. While I was out looking for some cheap summer-weight jammies from Target, two girls approached a nearby rack and after some sliding of hangers, one exclaimed "That is defiantly not it." ACK! It's gone verbal! It is possible that it was being used in all irony, and was some longstanding joke between the friends though there was no irony in her tone (or maybe it's just that everything she said was delivered in that same faux-ironic ennui-filled mocking tone that's worse than squeaking chalk boards). But even if they were joking, VERBAL, people! It's escaped the page and emerged into the spoken language! Holy Shit.

c) Analysis. The verbalization of the 'teh' phenomenon is annoying enough, and 'pwn' is, well, kind of amusing to me, actually, but these are new words created from the fabric of social interaction. Fine. That's how language works and all that. But this just ticks me off, because it's two well-established words being blatantly switched around. And it derails my reading pleasure when I'm minding my own business enjoying a story and then whammo! I have to stop and reread the sentence to figure out why there is suddenly conflict between characters where there was none a second ago, or vice versa.

d) Conclusion. I know not everyone is the best speller in the world, and that doesn't make people bad writers, so I'm not trying to get up on some elitist high horse. I just wish people could take an extra second with this word, since it is so frequently misused. Overall, I am pretty flexible and accepting in the world of online spelling, but He glared at Roy definitely just doesn't make any sense, goddammit.

Okay, sorry. I'll shut up now. Please don't flame me!

(Oh, and I can't believe it's been 7 weeks since I've posted anything. Writer's block continues unabated. Sigh. May need to eliminate sugar/carbs from my diet. Panic. Only have one chapter of thesis written. Groan. Am currently watching the movie trailer awards. Hangs head in shame.)

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Apr. 2nd, 2008 10:17 am
lukon_idein: (Default)
Huh. I just accidentally googled the string ["The] and the top four hits were:

1) The Onion
2) The White House
3) T.H.E. Journal Online (Technology Horizons in Education)
4) The Economist.


What a strange collection of items! I guess 3 of them, at least, are publications, so I guess they have that in common. #7 was the main page of Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia. Is it just me or is it creepy that they always manage to wrangle their way to the top of all searches everywhere?

Oh well. Back to sucking at life.
lukon_idein: (Trowa Nanashi)
So, I haven't written anything in over a month. It's been weird. I've wanted to, sometimes so badly, but nothing formed beyond the blind need to express myself. And now that it's the holiday season and everyone is coming up with festive, light, happy, playful fics all I can come up with is this. It's like someone killed my sense of humor and stashed the body in the root cellar. It used to be that I could find humor in almost everything and it buoyed me up. Not so much lately. All I can say is, thank heavens for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me. It still hasn't failed to make me laugh.

So please forgive my self-indulgent blues. Hope everyone out there is doing well and having a happy holiday season!

Title: Traces
Author: Lukoni
Characters: Trowa/Quatre
Word Count: ca. 850
Summary: Trowa hasn’t been sleeping, and it’s time to do something about it.
Rating: G
Warnings: Angst. Pointless rambling. It's like a songfic, without the song! (Oh great, we can hardly wait...)

Read Story )
lukon_idein: (Roy "Studying")
Yup. The Weirdness of the Ancients has struck again. And I'm so behind that I should not be letting myself get distracted, but really, when Aristotle goes on for a page and a half on semen, what else can I do???

My double take started with this...

"Further in time of cold and frost, oil thickens but does not freeze. Its failure to freeze is due to its heat - because the air is hot and impervious to frost. But it thickens because the air is coagulated and compressed by the cold. These reasons explain the behaviour of semen as well."

- Obviously. That was my first thought.



"Ktesias of Knidos is obviously mistaken in his statement about the semen of elephants: he says that it gets so hard when it solidifies that it becomes like amber. It does not."

- Sooooo, have you actually, um, checked on this personally? And, on a side note, I notice this is my second quote about elephants. I appear to have an obsession forming.



"It is, of course, true that one semen must of necessity be earthier than another, and the earthiest will be in those animals which, for their bodily bulk, contain a large amount of earthy matter..."

- Of course you're not fat, honey. You just contain a large amount of earthy matter.



"What is more, it is white in all cases. Herodotus is incorrect when he says that the semen of Ethiopians is black, as though everything about a person with black skin were bound to be black - and this too in spite of their teeth being white, as he could see for himself."

- Okay, this just makes me smile because his tone is so... exasperated. Duh, Herodotus. Are you a moron??



"We have now given the reason which solves the puzzle that was stated. And this also shows, incidentally, why semen does not freeze: it is because air is impervious to frost."

- Um, what? Again, does he know this from personal experience? I think this warrants a study. Sir, could you just step into this meat locker and, um, give us a sample?

(All quotes taken from Aristotle's Generation of Animals, 735b-736a)

Um... eew?

Dec. 1st, 2007 07:53 pm
lukon_idein: (Roy "Studying")
So, I'm still alive... barely. I've been sick for over two weeks and it's totally drained my energy and will to live. But, I'm back in the library at last, studying away. Or pretending to at least.

And since my friend, Ms. E., just asked for more insane Roman quotes, I will provide two for your reading pleasure.

First, from De Medicina by Celsus (VII.16), writing in the 1st century AD. It's pretty self explanatory, and frankly, freakin' icky - and yet, curiosity compelled me to keep reading:

"Sometimes the abdomen is penetrated by a stab of some sort, and it follows that intestines roll out. When this happens we must first examine whether they are uninjured, and then whether their proper colour persists. If the smaller intestine has been penetrated, no good can be done, as I have already said. The larger instestine can be sutured, not with any certain assurance, but because a doubtful hope is preferable to certain despair; for occasionally it heals up. Then if either intestine is livid or pallid or black, in which case ther is necessarily no sensation, all medical aid is in vain. But if intestines still have their proper colour, aid should be given with all speed, for they undergo change from moment to moment when exposed to the external air, to which they are unaccustomed. The patient is to be laid on his back with his hips raised; and if the wound is too narrow, for the intestines to be easily replaced, it is to be cut until sufficiently wide. If the intestines have already become too dry, they are to be bathed with water to which a small quantity of oil has been added. Next the assistant should gently separate the margins of the wound by means of his hands, or even by two hooks inserted into the inner membrane: the surgeon always returns first the intestines which have prolapsed the later, in such a way as to preserve the order of the several coils. When all have been returned, the patient is to be shaken gently: so that of their own accord the various coils are brought into their proper places and settle there."

There's more, but I guess I'll leave it at that. Yikes. Anyone who says they want a time machine so they can go back to days of yore might want to read this before they fuel up that flux capacitor.

And, on to the incomparable Martial. Writing in the late 1st century AD, he was master of the epigram - short poems usually with some sort of witty twist to them. He actually reminds me of Oscar Wilde, in that he seems to effortlessly stab people through the heart with his pen, and the world he reveals is populated with nasty, venal, vain and greedy people. But he is so brilliant you can't stop reading. And of course his blatant crass language is also engrossing. I came across this one the other day and *had* to share. Apparently the Romans were really into the removal of body hair. Who knew? Sadly, the translation can't reveal Martial's brilliant use of language, but the idea comes through loud and clear, and all I can say is OUCH!

-90-
"Why do you pluck your aged cunt, Ligeia? Why stir up the ashes in your tomb? Such elegances befit girls; but you cannot even be reckoned an old woman any more. Believe me, Ligeia, that is a pretty thing for Hector's wife to do, not his mother. You are mistaken if you think this is a cunt when it no longer has anything to do with a cock. So, Ligeia, for very shame don't pluck the beard of a dead lion."
lukon_idein: (Roy "Studying")
More crazy Pliny quotes that I feel compelled to share for some reason. Enjoy, or not, as you see fit!

"Gold has itself however a maleficent effect if carried over the head, in the case of chickens and the young of cattle as well as human beings." (XXXIII.84)
- So is there much occasion for chickens to have gold over their heads?



"The mixture is made with Cyprian copper verdigris and the urine of a boy who has not reached puberty with the addition of soda;" (XXXIII.93)
- I think I saw that in the Joy of Cooking just last week, actually.



"[Antimony] is of two kinds, male and female. The female variety is preferred, the male being more uneven and rougher to the touch, as well as lighter in weight, not so brilliant, and more gritty; the female on the contrary is bright and friable and splits in thin layers and not in globules." (XXXIII.101)
- Not sure what this has to say about the battle of the sexes, but there's gotta be deep insights in there somewhere...



"This gave rise to a mistake owing to the name 'Indian cinnabar,' for that is the name the Greeks give to the gore of a snake crushed by the weight of dying elephants, when the blood of each animal gets mixed together." (XXXIII.116)
- Every language should have a word for that, really.



"The male viper inserts its head into the female viper's mouth, and the female is so enraptured with pleasure that she gnaws it off." (X.169).
- "I didn't mean to your honor. I was just enraptured with pleasure."
- "Riiiiiight."


Guess I'll stop there. My eyes are about to go on strike. But hey, don't you feel so much more in tune with nature now? And be careful not to hold any gold over your loved ones' heads. This means you, all you married folks with your maleficent wedding rings!
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Ok, so I can be the dumbest git on the planet, but at least I amuse myself. So I was anime surfing last night, in a procrastination/feel-sorry-for-myself tag-team marathon from hell, and I came across Haru wo Daiteita. Looked like some hot man-on-man action (that would be the pronounced-ax-ee-own-in-a-bad-French-accent kinda action) so hey, who was I to say nay? So the main characters are rival actors who are trying to overcome their past as AV actors.

And what's the first thing I think of when I see "AV actor"? Yup, you guessed it, anime voice actor. And so I spent a good half an hour wondering why one of them is so ashamed of having been an anime voice actor. I was like, well, sure, it's not as prestigious, but is it really something to be ashamed? of? It didn't even dawn on me when they had a flashback to an audition which involved them nekkid in bed together. If anything, it just made me wonder what went on behind the scenes at Japanese anime recording sessions. ;P I have no idea what managed to knock it through my thick skull, but I finally realized that they were adult video actors - DUH! - and then things started to make a whole lot more sense.

*headdesks* Still, it makes me laugh to picture it... "You have a great voice - I think you'd be perfect for Ranma, but first, into the sack - let's see what you got." *guffaw*chortle*chortle* "I can't believe Ninjaball Q has gotten so popular... what if my mom sees it? She'll recognize my voice and know what I really am. It would break her heart." Bwahahahahahaaaaaaa!!! Oh God, I'm such a nerd.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled life.
lukon_idein: (Oslo)
Just minding my own business, trying to research ancient uses of lead, and what should I find?

"Leaden plates are applied to the region of the loins and kidneys for their comparative chilly nature to check the attacks of venereal passions, and the libidinous dreams that cause spontaneous emissions to the extent of constituting a kind of disease. It is recorded that the pleader Calvus used these platses to control and to preserve his bodily strength for laborious study."

Wow. Um. Great. Thanks for the info, Pliny. I take it there's no Latin word for OVERSHARE?? And no matter how much I might want this masters, there is no way I'm strapping lead plates to my nether parts for it!!!
:P
lukon_idein: (Trowa Nanashi)
Wow, I've been running around like crazy for at least a week now and I'm still not sure where all the time has gone. I certainly haven't accomplished much despite all the buzzing about. But I have been earning some extra bucks on an editing job, which is waaaay cool. Cash in the bank and another notch on the CV. Who can ask for anything more?? And I went on a really good dive last weekend. Practiced my buoyancy at my leisure and managed to maneuver pretty well around the cheezy sunken boat with camera in hand. It was really nice having a shallow, stress-free setting just to practice. Usually I just have to go straight into work mode and hope I don't screw up.

So I'm supposed to be going at my thesis with both barrels these days. Which means any time spent writing should be NOT be spent on writing smut. Sigh. Stupid real life. :P (I bite my thumb at you!) We'll see how long I can hold out!

Speaking of fic, I've barely had time to shower let alone write anything lately. Fortunately since everyone at [livejournal.com profile] gw500 was at Yaoicon last week, the challenge was to haul something out of your odds and ends basket for posting. And there is this one story that I'm pretty sure I never posted anywhere. I wrote it a while back - about 2 years, I think - but I was never entirely happy with it. I think it's a little too standard and not particularly insightful. (Not that my other stuff IS, mind you.) But I figured I'd post it there anyway, with a copy here so I can at least make an attempt to have all my fic in one place. (On that front, other happy news - someone left feedback on a couple of superold stories over the weekend and I was completely surprised but mega happy. It's so cool to know people are coming across these and enjoying them! *warm glow of sharing my perversion with the world*)

Title: Bad Dream
Author: Lukoni
Characters: Heero + Trowa
Word Count: 620
Summary: Heero has a dream that is hard to shake.
Rating: PG
Warnings: Tad of violence; possible cliche!Heero
Notes: Set just before Heero’s duel with Zechs in Antarctica. (I'm crap at episode numbers!)

Read Story )
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1) ...you see a ballerina wearing a white skirt and tights with black piping, and you think "Hmmm, she must be part Arrancar."

and

2) ... you read the title "Guide to the Benaki Museum" as Bankai Museum.


Sigh. And we wonder why I'm not making progress on my dissertation?? : )
lukon_idein: (Default)
I've been in one of those moods for the last couple of weeks - frustrated, uncreative, and highly susceptible to new music. I still haven't figured out when or why it happens, but there are times when I hear a song that catches my ear and sticks in my brain and I have to play it overandoverandoverandover for days. I remember when I was a kid, I spent a good 2 or 3 days doing a jigsaw puzzle and playing Side 2 of Abbey Road endlessly. My mom never indicated that this might be... odd, bless her heart.

So apparently the stars have aligned in spades for another cycle of craziness, and now I have 3 songs I can't get out of my head, and have just added a fourth today. I guess I'm just going to have to keep my mp3 batteries charged and try to soldier through.

It all started with that Linda Thompson song I posted a while back. From there it moved on to this other Song of the Day feature:

Saddest Sound by Lucy Wainwright. Such a nice, clear voice. And great, mellow but not overly-angsty song.

This was followed by two songs by Ore Ska Band - doesn't everyone love all-girl Japanese Ska bands? I thought so. Bubbly and fun and so freakin' catchy it will drive you insane!!!!!
Tsumasaki featured as a Bleach closing credit song (after being unable to download this, I simply played it on my computer and recorded it with my mp3 player, I was that desperate to be able to listen to it whenever I wanted!);
Pinocchio featured as a Naruto closing credit song.

And now, it's this one, also from NPR's Song of the Day.
Havoc in Heaven by Jesca Hoop. This one is full of cool chords and odd rhythms that make everything slightly surreal and off kilter. I just love songs like that. (Like The Usher Waltz by Nikita Koshkin - a guitar piece that is just on the other side of normal. So great!!)

So anyway, I'm stuck in autistic music loop mode and am not sure when I will emerge. Really want to write a fic, but inspiration is lacking. Have been feeling restless lately and may write a piece or two for (gasp) another fandom, just for a wee break. But it makes me sad that all my die-hard GW friends are into different "other fandoms" from me. It's like leaving college to strike out into the real world or something. Or perhaps moving away from all my friends to go to grad school and then being completely unable to make new friends and going slowly crazy locked in my bedroom while listening to anime theme songs on endless loops. Oh wait, I've already done that. ;P

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