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As [ profile] truepenny said in the post she kindly put up for me, I'm about to move the the UK and trying to get rid of some of my books, and since the Doctrine of Labyrinths series is available on Kindle I thought I'd buy it on that and pass on the copies i already have.

I have Mélusine and The VIrtu in paperback,and The Mirador and Corambis in hardcover; the paperbacks are in "Good" condition (acto Amazon standards ('') ) and the hardcovers in "Very Good" condition.

Let me know if you are interested; I have other books I'm looking to sell, they will be posted here too in future.

ETA:  I have sold The VIrtu and Corambis, leaving Mélusine and The Mirador still available.  I would like $10 for The Mirador and $8 for Mélusine and I accept Paypal.  I will give you my Paypal email if you message me looking to buy either of these boo
roisindubh211: (Real men wear Teddy bear pjs)
This will probably be longer in future, but for right now:

Regarding her reaction to Harry slicing Draco Malfoy open: Yes, it is appalling that she was happy about it, and wanted him out of detention.

But remember Chamber of Secrets? Ginny was possessed and forced to attack people against her will. It was undoubtedly the most terrible part of her life up to then, and may well remain so.

She knows who gave her that book. Small wonder that she'd rejoice at an injury to Lucius Malfoy's only child, after he so carelessly put her through hell. I don't think anyone should expect Ginny to be rational about that family, and it is not fair to take her to task over that particular instance.

I still think she's awfully bitchy and a bad combination with Harry, but that is out of my control.


Jun. 22nd, 2007 10:21 am
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Well, remember last year, when I promised, if I'm in the country, I'll go? Well peeps (I'm looking at you, nineseraph) are you going this year? Cause damned if I"m going to big scary anime party by myself. Please let me know.
roisindubh211: (LEMUR)
Well, the polls are in- Nicolas Sarkozy is the new French president. I was puzzling out what I thought, which candidate I'd support, and it was a very difficult decision to make. I believe I would have voted for Segolene Royal; I was not a big supporter of hers, nor do I agree with all of her plans. In fact I find more of Sarkozy's to be good, feasible ideas- her proposal for compulsory education from the age of 3 I found a bit worrying. I wasn't ready for school till I was nearly six, and I think this would have been very bad for the development of children. I also did not get any impression from Madame Royal that her economic policies were either wise or what the citizens of France wanted (nobody, it seems, wants to be stuck in a 35 hour work week).

My vote for Royal would have been a vote against Sarkozy, because, despite whatever I might like in his policies, he is too divisive- he will never have a great deal of support, despite his win (53% is not a comfortable margin). His track record is also poor- his policies and public statements have lead to riots and discontent among both students and the poorer sections of the country. This election saw 80% voter turnout in the banlieues, largely people inspired to do what they could to keep him out of office, and those people must be losing hope of the changes they need to improve their lives.

If he delivers on his promises, he may be very good for France's economy and therefore could help the people he has driven against himself. He will not endear himself to the rest of Europe because he is apparently very pro-American (oh, the horror, apparently). If he does not, I worry for whoever comes after him to pick up the pieces.
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This new technology sounds exactly like the "mites" in The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. I am very intrigued.

Read more... )
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Which Mix of the Hogwarts Houses are You?

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I decided to write something to be read out tonight, but I don’t really know where to start. There are no individual memories that stand out- I have too many of them. She’s always been there, since I can remember anyone. She is, forever in my mind, in her kitchen, often showing me how to make things- “letting me help” as she taught me things she’d learned from her mother. There are so many simple, everyday memories, maybe they don’t seem noteworthy, but that was it. Great Grandma was always there with me, happy to share her time, her skills and to tell me stories, all about her own life. So many little moments I got to share with her like that, talking and listening to her tell about her life. It’s what I remember most, our conversations and all the stories she’d tell me about when she was young, about her parents and about Great Grandpa. Enough stories that I almost feel like I know them too. I don’t know how many times I listened to some of the same ones, but they never got old. I listened and learned them- I tell them to my friends now, so that they can know her better than they have had a chance to before.

If anyone's interested, the wake is at 7 this evening (it's going on now, too, I don't know till when though). The funeral Mass is tomorrow, ask my mom I guess for where and when. Sorry I can't be more helpful. Can't even remember what funeral home, even though its the same place my grandfather was.
roisindubh211: (LEMUR)
Well, my great grandmother died Wednesday, sometime in the night, in her sleep. I'm trying to write something about our relationship for people to read at the funeral tomorrow, because I can't make it there.
roisindubh211: (Neville the hero)
cause nobody in fandom reads my lj...

This might be a bit out there and I'm cutting it for HBP spoilers: )
roisindubh211: (LEMUR)
We started discussing it in class today, in comparison to the Titanic. This might not sound like anything to get all weird over, but the fact is we were talking about the damn boat and the arrogance that it was built with, how it "invited its own destruction". Ow. I love that that idea's still there, and not considered something to argue against, just the obvious connection. We deserved it. It was our fault. Its a judgement on us.

Fuck off.

That's what I hate about being in Europe, what I was so scared of for my year in France- this damnable smug hypocracy- "Obviously we're better than you, more socially conscious, less commercial, less capitalistic, less racist, less sexist..." Et cetera

I spent a year not telling my lecturers what country I came from, grateful as all hell for my name and my good accent in French that would keep me from having to talk about it, having to justify myself for the deeds of my country, having to justify my homeland for the opinions of only half of it, for the actions of an (ALWAYS) unpopular president.

I am fucking sick of it. We are not worse than you. We are the same as you. Same issues, same problems, same human beings.

If we deserved, so did you. Watch out and change while you still can, Scrooge. Listen to poor Jacob Marley.
roisindubh211: (SNAPE CAN DANCE)
few things are odder than having one's current boyfriend start singing bits of the song one's former boyfriend was singing all summer at work, especially if it's from something like "Avenue Q".
roisindubh211: (LEMUR)
How do people do this? anyone out there overcome that wonderful trait of procrastination? How do you balance school and life? I'm trying to figure out how to get homework done and a paper at the same time- how do people break it down into manageable bits? How do you kick yourself into gear?

Since I'm on here when i have a paper and a lot of homework, I figured I'd make it at least a little constructive. I miss high school- I used to be one of the smart ones. What the hell happened?
roisindubh211: (SNAPE CAN DANCE)
So, it seems to me that I ought to warn you all, I'm coming home this year (yay!) and dragging my Irishman with me. Get-togethers shall ensue, I hope. Depends how many people will be living in my house over vacation...I have lots of cousins. But I'm back from Dec. 11 to Dec. 30, so come find me. Hit me with things if I forget to call- I need to be properly trained.
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my cat has injured himself during one of his wanderings. Possible broken foreleg. I am quite sad, but we're taking him to the vet in the morning.

He broke the other leg when he wasn't much more than a kitten, some asshole hit him with a car. Poor cat only escaped being put down by my brother's presence (we couldn't really afford the ridiculous price our old vet gave us, but my brother was six...). He's a tough old soldier and hopefully its just a bad bruising.
roisindubh211: (Audrey)
I am slightly tipsy from Sangria (lovely stuff indeed, I'm licking the drips from my fingers where i spilled it), and thus I feel like writing.

No wonder so many prolific authors were drunks. I feel suddenly as though I could write an epic, or rather a very long and fluting beautiful lyric poem.

I also just bought myself a new book, which always exhilerates me for a few days. Paper is my drug of choice. Peter S Beagle (whose book I just bought), especially- the few of his (sadly less than numerous) works that I own are all books I read and re-read many times, and still they make me tremble and dream and laugh aloud. Fill me with a sense of life.

I've also been looking at some Madeleine L'Engle books I've never seen or even heard of before. She's relatively well known over here as a sci-fi/fantasy writer (A Wrinkle in Time, for instance. Best book ever to start with "It was a dark and stormy night.") She makes me think about my place in the universe, and the likelihood and ways of God. No matter how I'm feeling, her books bring me back to that same sense of awesome purpose- sometimes my own, sometimes on behalf of the whole earth or each of its tiny tiny particles. Brings me back to a certainty that there is such a purpose, and that the universe itself is good, in and of itself.

And now, some appropriate Baudelaire:


Il faut être toujours ivre.
Tout est là:
c'est l'unique question.
Pour ne pas sentir
l'horrible fardeau du Temps
qui brise vos épaules
et vous penche vers la terre,
il faut vous enivrer sans trêve.
Mais de quoi?
De vin, de poésie, ou de vertu, à votre guise.
Mais enivrez-vous.
Et si quelquefois,
sur les marches d'un palais,
sur l'herbe verte d'un fossé,
dans la solitude morne de votre chambre,
vous vous réveillez,
l'ivresse déjà diminuée ou disparue,
demandez au vent,
à la vague,
à l'étoile,
à l'oiseau,
à l'horloge,
à tout ce qui fuit,
à tout ce qui gémit,
à tout ce qui roule,
à tout ce qui chante,
à tout ce qui parle,
demandez quelle heure il est;
et le vent,
la vague,
vous répondront:
"Il est l'heure de s'enivrer!
Pour n'être pas les esclaves martyrisés du Temps,
enivrez-vous sans cesse!
De vin, de poésie ou de vertu, à votre guise."

-- Charles Baudelaire
roisindubh211: (tea!)
to combat boredom at work, I've been mentally adding the phrase "in my pants" to the ends of other people's sentences.

TOday, my colleagues had a long conversation about how to answer someone who wanted to know what kind of lubricant to put on an insertion tube.
That officially made my day.
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(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

I miss somebody right now. × I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.
I wear glasses or contact lenses. × I love to play video games. × I've tried marijuana.
× I've watched porn movies. × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I curse sometimes. I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
it goes on... )
× I have broken someone's bones. I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal. × I hate the rain.
I'm paranoid at times. I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free. I need/want money right now.
I love sushi. I talk really, really fast. × I have fresh breath in the morning.
× I have long hair. × I have lost money in Las Vegas. I have at least one sibling.
I was born in a country outside of the U.S. × I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past. × I couldn't survive without Caller I.D.
I like the way that I look. I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months. × I am usually pessimistic.
× I have a lot of mood swings. × I think prostitution should be legalized. × I slept with a roommate.
× I have a hidden talent. × I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar I have. I have a lot of friends.
× I have pecked someone of the same sex. I enjoy talking on the phone. × I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants.
I love to shop and/or window shop. × I'm obsessed with my Xanga or Livejournal. × I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother.
I have a mobile phone. × I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months. I've rejected someone before.
I currently like/love someone. × I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to have children in the future.
I have changed a diaper before. × I've called the cops on a friend before. × I'm not allergic to anything.
I have a lot to learn. I am shy around the opposite sex. × I'm online 24/7, even as an away message.
I have at least 5 away messages saved. I have tried alcohol or drugs before. × I have made a move on a friend's significant other or crush in the past.
× I own the "South Park" movie. I have avoided assignments at work/school to be on Xanga or Livejournal. × I enjoy some country music.
I would die for my best friends. I'm obsessive, and often a perfectionist. × I have used my sexuality to advance my career.
× I think Halloween is awesome because you get free candy.  (No, i think its awesome because I can wear a costume without worrying people.) × I have dated a close friend's ex. I am happy at this moment.
× I'm obsessed with guys. × Democrat. × Republican(um. sort of. a real one, like, with the 'less government' and stuff.)
× I don't even know what I am. × I am punk rockish. I go for older guys/girls, not younger.  (as far as actors go, anyway)
I study for tests most of the time. × I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I've ever met. × I can work on a car.
× I love my job(s). I am comfortable with who I am right now. × I have more than just my ears pierced.
I walk barefoot wherever I can. × I have jumped off a bridge. I love sea turtles.
× I spend ridiculous amounts of money on makeup. I plan on achieving a major goal/dream. × I am proficient on a musical instrument.
× I hate office jobs. I went to college out of state. × I am adopted.
I am a pyro. × I have thrown up from crying too much. × I have been intentionally hurt by people that I loved.
× I fall for the worst people. I adore bright colours. × I usually like covers better than originals.
× I hate chain theme restaurants like Applebees and TGIFridays. I can pick up things with my toes. × I can't whistle.
I have ridden/owned a horse. I still have every journal I've ever written in. × I talk in my sleep.
I've often thought that I was born in the wrong century. I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions. × I wear a toe ring.
× I have a tattoo. I can't stand at LEAST one person that I work with.  (I don't actually know this woman. But she yelled and nagged my friend during his lunch break. Lady, he only gets so much time!) I am a caffeine junkie.
× I am completely tree-huggy spiritual, and I'm not ashamed at all. × If I knew I would get away with it, I would commit at least one murder. × I will collect anything, and the more nonsensical, the better.
I enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner. I'm an artist. × I am ambidextrous.
× I sleep with so many stuffed animals, I can hardly fit on my bed. × If it weren't for having to see other people naked, I'd live in a nudist colony. × I have terrible teeth.
I hate my toes. I did this meme even though I wasn't tagged by the person who took it before me. × I have more friends on the internet than in real life.
I have lived in either three different states or countries. × I am extremely flexible. × I love hugs more than kisses.
× I want to own my own business. × I smoke. I spend way too much time on the computer than on anything else.
Nobody has ever said I'm normal. Sad movies, games, and the like can cause a trickle of tears every now and then. × I am proficient in the use of many types of firearms and combat weapons.
I like the way women look in stylized men's suits. I don't like it when people are unpleased or seem unpleased with me. I have been described as a dreamer or likely to have my head up in the clouds.
× I have played strip poker with someone else before. I have had emotional problems for which I have sought professional help. × I believe in ghosts and the paranormal.
× I can't stand being alone. I have at least one obsession at any given time. × I weigh myself, pee/poo, and then weigh myself again.
I consistently spend way too much money on obsessions-of-the-moment. × I'm a judgmental asshole. × I'm a HUGE drama-queen.
I have travelled on more than one continent. × I sometimes wish my father would just disappear.  (certain other family members...) I need people to tell me I'm good at something in order to feel that I am.
I am a Libertarian.  (Read: Government, go away.) I can speak more than one language. × I can fall asleep even if the whole room is as noisy as it can be.
I would rather read than watch TV. × I like reading fact more than fiction. I have pulled an all-nighter on an assignment I was given a month to do.
× I have no piercings. × I have spent the night in a train station or other public place. × I have been so upset over my physical gender that I cried.
× I once spent Christmas completely alone because there was a miscommunication on which parent was supposed to have me that night. There have been times when I have wondered "Why was I born?" and may/may not have cried over it. × I like most animals better than most people.
× I own a collection of retro games consoles. × The thought of physical exercise makes me shiver. × I have hit someone with a dead fish.
× I am compulsively honest. × I was born with a congenital birth defect that has never been repaired. × I have danced topless in front of dozens of complete strangers.
I have gone from wishing I was a girl to revelling in being a boy to feeling like a girl again in the span of five minutes, and not cared a whit for my actual sex. × I am unashamedly bisexual, and have different motivations for my desires for different genders. × I sometimes won't sleep a whole night or eat a whole day because I forget to.
× I find it impossible to get to sleep without some kind of music on. × I dislike milk. I obsessively wash my hands.
I always carry something significant around with me. × Sometimes I'd rather wear a wig in day-to-day life than use my own hair. I've pushed myself to become more self-aware and thereby more aware of others.
× Even though I live on my own I still cry sometimes because I miss my mother. × I hand wrote all the HTML tags in this document. I've liked something which a majority of people claimed was either bad or weird.
× I have been clinically dead for a brief period of time. Instead of feeling sympathy/empathy with people and their problems, I simply become annoyed. × I participate/have participated in auto drag races and won.
I do not 'get' most comedy acts. × I don't think strippers are money-greedy or slutty for dancing. I don't like to chew gum.
I am obsessed with history/historical things and can't wait for someone to build a time machine so I can be the first to use it. I can never remember for the life of me where I parked the car. I had the TEEN ANGST thing going for at least 2-3 years.
I wish people would be more empathic and honest with each other. × I play Dungeons and Dragons weekly.  (oh, how I miss it) I love to sing.
× I want to live in my mother's basement when I grow up. × I have a custom-built computer. I want to create a certain someone's babies, even though there's a 0% possiblity of ever achieving it.  (crushing on a 60 something year old gay actor counts for this, right?)
× I would be in a relationship with one of my pets if they were human.  (this is too creepy for words.) × I've gone skinny-dipping. I've performed in three plays.
I enjoy burritos. I'm Irish and loving it. I have a thing for redheads.
× I am a twin! × Most of the times, I'd rather do something intellectual instead of doing something generically 'fun'. × Once I set out to finish something, I always stay at it until it is completed before I move on to something else.
I wish there were a way to erase past mistakes. × I sleep more than 12 hours a day. I wish I could be prouder of what I've accomplished, but it's never enough.
× I need more time to myself. I wish I was more open-minded. I hope that I go really prematurely grey.
× I download songs from the internet. × I've just reenacted chapter 58 of Death Note with my best friend. I say random things to freak people out.
× I'm still a little mad about the ending of Death Note. I love playing Truth or Dare.  (even though I always embarass myself. 10 Fingers is so much worse though.) × I love listening to slow music, but I hate singing to it.
Music helps me remember that I am not alone. Playing my favorite sport makes me temporarily forget my problems. I think this survey is particularly long.
× I prefer my LJ friends to my real-life ones. × I can only hate someone that I love. × I've ordered an extra two shots of espresso to an Americano at Starbucks.
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