gothikmaus: (King Mark)
I celebrated my birthday with my friends last night. It was actually a double party, as one of my best friends' birthday is in a couple of days, so we did a "combined celebration" at a Mexican restaurant.

The food was delicious and I got A TON of presents. Also, my friends know me SO well. XD

♥♥♥ )
gothikmaus: (Daria skull)
Happy New Year! I celebrated at a friend's place with an impromptu dinner, complete with bad '90s music (Scooter!), K-pop and cards (Uno and a Harry Potter game I found somewhere). Yep, we're all very mature. XD

Since one of my resolutions for the new year is to read more non-fanfiction (I read TONS of fanfics in 2014, but a bit of variety wouldn't hurt), I've decided to pick up the 2015 reading challenge.

2015 reading challenge
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I already have some novels I want to read: my parents had 3 or 4 boxes full of books in the attic and I grabbed a few when we cleaned out a couple of months ago. When I saw the list I realised that most of those books fit into one of the categories, so I thought it must be fate. I'm usually a very slow reader, so I'm not expecting to finish the whole list or even half of it, but I'm curious to see how many I'll be able to read.

Also, when I got home last night I had a quick look at Twitter and saw this:



Mark, your inner supermodel is showing. ♥
gothikmaus: (Daria skull)
I really should update more often, but I rarely get online in the evening after work. Even if I arrive home early and have nothing to do after dinner, I just don't feel like sitting at the computer, so I just briefly check Twitter and my email on my mobile. Which is the reason why I still haven't finished that Lestrade/Molly fic I'm writing. There's just two scenes left, but I never seem to be in the mood to actually write. Oh, well.

Here, have a meme I posted on Tumblr earlier today.

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take but a few minutes, and don't think too hard — they don't have to be the "right" or "great" works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I'll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you've tagged them!

"1984", George Orwell
"Animal Farm", George Orwell
"Good Omens", Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
"The secret diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4", Sue Townsend
"All quiet on the Western Front", Erich Maria Remarque
"The Foundation Series", Isaac Asimov
"Harry Potter", JK Rowling (the whole series)
"La fine è il mio inizio", Tiziano Terzani
"Un indovino mi disse", Tiziano Terzani
"Piccolo viaggio nell'anima tedesca", Francesca Predazzi + Vanna Vannuccini

Also, these two tweets from a few days ago cracked me up. I bloody adore this man. ♥

<3 )

Booksss

Nov. 18th, 2013 05:26 pm
gothikmaus: (Daria skull)
I finally started reading "A summer birdcage" by Margaret Drabble. I read a review some time ago and was curious, but I wanted to finish another book I had abandoned and then started again before beginning a new one. I found the first chapter on Amazon (here's the English version and the Italian version) and I realised at once how similar to the main character I am. Her journey back home felt so much like one of my various trips in Europe, I just couldn't stop reading. I read 4 chapters last night and I can't wait to go home and read more tonight. It's been a while since I found a book that grabbed my attention like this.

Also, I changed my LJ layout to a more Christmassy one. Maybe it'll get my arse in gear and I'll be able to actually work on those Christmas cards.
gothikmaus: (Bloody Lips)
I went to see "A single man" with Eline yesterday (my flatmate got me a Gutschein for 2 people complete with popcorn and drinks for my birthday; I hadn't eaten popcorn at the cinema for ages). It was... weird. (World of the day: "Seltsamer Film".) I really liked the photography and some scenes were beautiful and very touching, but you could see that Tom Ford is a fashion designer and not a "real" director, some parts looked like photo shoots rather than scenes from a film. I also thought the story would be more about being gay in the USA in the '60s, instead it focused mainly on the life of the main character. It wasn't a bad film, though. Just... weird.

Also, last Saturday I did a very bad thing. I went to Dussman and got myself this:



I couldn't help it! I was done with the Asimov book a friend of mine had lent me and had nothing left to read! And when I saw this... and it cost less than 6€ per book... and... *is a vampire geek*
gothikmaus: (Dein Vampyr)
Kulturzeit post, to keep track of what I read, watch, do this year. Hopefully I'll do a little better than last year, especially in the book department, but I'm such a lazy reader. The first book I finished was "The Vampire Diaries - The Struggle", a Christmas present from my dad. It's the second book of a series and it was like watching only the second episode of a 4-episode TV series. It's not like the Harry Potter books: sure, there are seven different books, but each one of them has its own main plot with a beginning, a development and an end, while having a bigger plot in the background. This novel started right in the middle of an action and ended right in the middle of another one. But I'm not blaming my father, he knows I love vampires and just wanted to get me a present I'd like.

On a meta level, it's nice to notice that the novels were written at the beginning of the '90s and the setting is pretty much the same as in the Twilight series: American high school, girl falls in love with "good" vampire and so on. But the vampires here are closer to the classic vampire image: they drink human blood, and they love it. There's also an erotic subtext that's completely missing in Twilight (I can only talk about the first book, as I refuse to read the others). There's also the eternal triangle between the human girl, the good vampire and the bad vampire (the vampires are also brothers).

So, it seems to me that Stephenie Meyer took the idea behind this series, changed a few details, made everything tamer et voilà, she got her best seller. If I was an American teenager I would probably love the Vampire Diaries series, or, at least, I'd like it much more than Twilight (sparkling vampires, for Heaven's sake!), but as a European adult, I'm not so enthusiastic. I'll stick to Anne Rice, thank you very much.

Kulturzeit 2010 )

I <3 LJ

Aug. 6th, 2008 11:05 am
gothikmaus: (*LOL*)
9:15 AM: I turn on my laptop, all happy because there's very little to do at work these days and I have all the time I need to write more fic, and check my email. 23 unread LJ comments. What the fuck, people!? XD

Anyway, a few months back I heard a quote from a book ("La fine è il mio inizio", by Tiziano Terzani), it was about discovering cities not through tourist guides, but reading old books in which the story takes place there, and for some reason that reminded of Farin. I wanted to find the quote and send it to him once he starts getting emails again (probably in a couple of days, when DÄ go on tour for the festival shows), but I can't find it anywhere! And it's too late to actually read the book and find those lines on my own, it's almost 500 pages long, I'm far too lazy to do it before I leave on Sunday. Me and my damn procrastinating. Oh well, I'll just read it when I'm back from Prag, find the quote I need and send it to him next autumn, he'll surely be receiving emails during his solo tour.
gothikmaus: (B/F = OTP)
Oh, life is SO unfair. This morning I found out where the pic of Bela kneeling before Farin and offering him roses was taken. In Bozen. BOZEN. ITALIEN. And I wasn't there! *cries*

The above mentioned pic and two more )

Of course they played in Italy just a couple of months before I became an Ärzte fan. My timing's perfect as usual. Someone shoot me, please.

Other than that, I finished reading that book about Germany (and promptly started another one, hehe, I'm on a roll.) I knew Bela was playing up some kind of stereotypical guy in the "Unrockbar" video, but I didn't know which one. According to this book, the jogging suit is kind of an East German cliché. Is it true? I'm very curious about cliché and stereotypes, like, there's a way of dressing that we in the North consider quite typical from the South (really flashy clothes for young people and total black with shawls and rosaries for older women.) For example, when I went to see a dialectal play last month, there was a character from the South and you could tell it straight away just from the way she was dressed. I don't know much about this kind of clichés in other countries, so enlighten me!

Also, since we're talking about stereotypes...

Europe & Italy

So, so true. X)
gothikmaus: (Guh)
All right, maybe yesterday I overreacted. Maybe changing will do me good. If I have to change at all, which is still not sure. But damn, it always takes me so bloody long to open up with strangers, I feel perfectly comfortable here with these guys, why do I have to start all over again? *sigh* I'm not cut for this job, I'm really not. -__-

Anyway, last night's "meeting" went quite well, even if the keyboardist said she couldn't come at the last minute and the singer wasn't very happy about that. We chose a few songs we're going to play: "A forest" by The Cure (YEEEEEEEEESSSSSS! The easiest song ever to play on bass! And the first one I learned to play, I'll just need 10 minutes to refresh my memory :P), "King for a day" by Faith no more, "Enjoy the silence" by Depeche Mode (but we'll probably use the cover made by HIM as reference) and "Cochise" by Audioslave. Let's hope I'm not the crappiest one in the band and don't screw things up. *crosses fingers*

And damn, I have a toothache. The right half of my face (and throat) feels all swollen and weird and my right eye hurts a little. WTF?

Oh, I forgot to say I started reading one of the two books about Germany I bought last Saturday and I LOVE it. The title is "Piccolo viaggio nell'anima tedesca" ("Brief journey in the German soul"), it's a sociological essay, the first chapter is all about the German language, about certain words that don't have a translation in Italian and other languages, like Schadenfreude or Zweisamkeit, or terms like Rechthaber or Mitläufer or Männerfreundschaft. I'm such a language geek, I love it. X)

And since I'm not feeling very well today, let's move some positive karma around.

Comment and I'll pay you a compliment. Then post this in your own Journal - share the love.

Aaand...

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Then post this in your LJ to see what people say about you!

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