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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 04:52pm on 26/09/2010 under , , ,
Garfield minus Garfield. Because when you actually think about it, that's all it was ever about.
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One thing I am fascinated by is the intersection of gender, class, race and religion and how social advocates who specialise in or expertly deal with one area can often downplay of other areas or completely ignore the more complex interplay and thus assign certain trends or features of society incorrectly. A Century of Fatherhood: The Good Father )Rude Britannia is still available as well which I urge everyone who can to watch. Rude Britannia )
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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 10:21pm on 28/11/2009 under , , , , , ,
... ink like this mutha then I would be... probably still nit picking over my work, but at least everyone else would think it was awesome.

Of Markets and Roller Derby )
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Things I feel Strongly About
Gay Uganda

I'm currently on the 8th week of a C++ programming course an I have to say, it's the best thing ever. On the joys of C++ )
There has been some source of win, however. I've been accepted for the Student Associates teaching scheme come June, which should be an awesome experience. I've been advised to wait until the new year about possibilities of research placements in the University, but, with the SA acceptance, I won't be able to do any corporate research experience (so goodbye National Nuclear Lab, even if I were good enough to get in) because it would cut into the term of employment. I will definitely apply for other Universities, however - York and Lancaster are the nearest but *sighs* Imperial and UCL would be worth checking into as well, in case I start craving the London scene again.

Last night - apart from an amazing Choir Practise - I attended a discussion about the dissolution [or evolution] of the family unit. Dude, some of these paragraphs are pretty long and you've heard it all before... )

*blows fingers*

Oh yes. Choir pactise was amazing. We have a mostly Russian repertoire which includes the Coronation scene from Boris Godunov (which, which - listen to me! - happens to be the musical theme for the 'Fountain of Youth' episode of the Mighty Boosh series 1. Amazing eh? Unfortunately it means I crack up laughing every time the tenors sing 'Da zdravstvuyet Tsar Boris Feodorovich' because those are the exact bars with which the 'King' of planet Xooberon is announced. Ah, lol), two Cherubic hymns (which make me want to convert to Russian Orthodox) and the Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor. It is all luvverly and now that my throat cold has gone, so wonderful to sing. Magic.

Saturday saw me at Leeds which was even better than the Birmingham convention Leeds! )

So... I'm feeling more or less content and have been for a week which is such an improvement. It feels amazing. I suspect I was just doing too much at the beginning of the year, but now I've cut out some societies - unless they're doing something genuinely interesting - I have spare time to focus on my degree, you know, the thing I'm actually getting money for *sighs*.

On a more devious note - because I want you all to be too distracted by the gorgeousness to do any work, comme moi - here are shiny new webcomics:

Moon Town


The Meek


Mathema

The last two are more recently started, so now you'll look extra cool by reading a webcomic not many people have heard of. That is, of course, until I publish this post and my MILLIONS of readers spread the word about their marvellousness.

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Goodness but I am in a good mood.

Off to break my neck in Jiu jitsu!
Mood:: 'creative' creative
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Did I mention that I love the Internet?



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The odd thing about selling out and doing comics by a deadline, is it gets other stuff out of you as well, like the magical ability to whip up a political satire in some three/four panels. It's sort of worrying, actually.

The last of the mystery tenants has now returned. Gio is very pleasant, friendly, easy to talk to and with a good sense of humour. He doesn't seem to mind sharing with us undergrads at all and actively tries to get us all talking which is great seeing as he's the only person who gets on well enough with everyone to make that a success. I actually did some work last night and fully intend to do more tonight. Here I come, Lagrangian dynamics!



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Arrived in Manchester yesterday after the train was delayed by over an hour. Got the key to our house, chose a bedroom and proceeded to indulge in a riot of silliness with my little sisters before traipsing off to the city centre to get bedsheets and stuff. Unfortunately, there was too much stuff to get, so I'm leaving most of it for tomorrow and Tuesday. So far, I've only met one of our surprise flatmates and luckily she seems quite nice, though clearly prefers her own company which is fine. The other guy - named Giovanni and yes, he's actually Italian - is apparently very easy going so all in all, that bodes well for the rest of the year.
me and my comics )

Now I'm all on my lonesome (sort of), with my beloved little sisters hurtling back Londonwards on a train and a depressingly long shopping list by my side. I'd like to think we had a thoroughly good time today - we were exhausted for a lot of yesterday which cut down our walkabout of Manchester - firstly at the Manchester Museum (which is such an odd jamboree of all things scholarly, I always liken it to a Victorian gentleman's chest of curiosities. There are dinosaur skeletons, live snake, frog and lizard enclosures, a plethora of stuffed animals and Ancient Egyptian mummies. The eclectic sholarliness is just insane!) and then around the shopping centre. My loving hatred of American Apparel has been successfully rekindled as has my littlest sister's obscene love for it.
District 9: so many spoilers ahead, this post has gone black with decay. My apologies. )

So, to sum up, 'District 9' is very very good. The jarring shift between documentary, realtime footage and traditional narrative is easily smoothed over by the pace and emotional potency of the film. There are indeed race issues, but not of the kind which are deserving of a boycott.

You can, of course, do so anyway, but then you'd miss out on an opportunity to blog about it.

Mood:: 'but happy at the same time...' but happy at the same time...
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Ey! Check out the Correspondents tribute comic on 2D goggles!

And if you don't know who they are, you can find their music here.

Read more... )

And I think I really need to add this movie to my 'bad fantasy movie' marathon...

And now I shall leave you with a selection of jokes from Diotima
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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 10:49am on 14/05/2009 under , , ,
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] apiphile, I present the first of (probably) many arte de procrastination a la Windows Paint:



EDIT: Comic link of the day, Perfect Stars because they are so beautiful. Like, if Julie Verhoeven did comics beautiful...




And yes, in my head, Richard Dawkins does sound like a south London gangster, why?*

*He gets a better deal than Hitchens, however, who always gets translated into lolcatz. I'm not quite sure why.
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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 08:38pm on 13/05/2009 under , ,

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