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Mnemosyne
10 November 2008 @ 07:07 pm

changeitback : a community for those who are dissatisfied with the new LJ profile page and would like to have it changed back, or at least to be given the choice to opt out.

Please join this community. Even if you like the way the profiles currently are, please join and support those who are upset. This is about more than how profiles look: it's about the lack of respect LJ has been showing its users by ignoring their opinions and not listening to their complaints. We just want to be heard, acknowledged, and have our thoughts taken seriously.


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Current Mood: angryangry
Current Music: Heart's a mess - Gotye
 
 
Mnemosyne
06 July 2005 @ 10:20 pm
 

Well, it was nice while it lasted (1 week), but as I was still not entirely happy with the previous layout I've now opted for the irresistibly named (and coloured) Flexible Squares 'Pink Punk' and will just add a couple of blank lines at the end of my entries to separate them from the tags field.


From prrrtalieloe, this book meme (finally!):

1. Hoeveel boeken heb je? / How many books do you have?

When I counted them on 20 May 2001 I had 1241 books. Since then some were removed but more added, so let's say 1280.

2. Laatst gekochte boek / Last book you bought:

Kuifje en het zwarte goud ("Tintin: Land of black gold") - Hergé :)

3. Laatste boek dat je gelezen hebt / Last book you read:

Het meisje en de Hongaar - M. Ouwehand (voor de 2e keer)
Ooit, eind jaren 70, geleend van een vriendin van een vriendin, en vorige maand dankzij het wonder dat internet heet, of meer precies www.boekwinkeltjes.nl, kunnen aanschaffen. Het was nog net zo mooi als ik me herinnerde.

4. 5 boeken die veel voor je betekenen / 5 books that mean a lot to you:

* De tuinen van Dorr ("The gardens of Dorr") - Paul Biegel
Mijn lievelingskinderboek. Een prachtig sprookje, geschreven in typisch Biegeliaans, over de aloude strijd tussen goed en kwaad, en de liefde die uiteindelijk alles overwint. Veel verhalen binnen het verhaal, die allemaal met elkaar te maken blijken te hebben. Spannend, humoristisch, ontroerend: wat wil je nog meer? Ik kreeg dit boek voor mijn 10e verjaardag en heb het sindsdien vele malen herlezen. Paul Biegel is heel lang, tot ik Joke van Leeuwen ontdekte, mijn favoriete kinderboekenschrijver gebleven.

* De donkere kamer van Damokles ("The darkroom of Damocles") - W.F. Hermans
Als kind dat gek was op sprookjes had ik het naïeve idee dat verhalen voor volwassenen allemaal waar gebeurd moesten (kunnen) zijn. Dat leek me van een dodelijke saaiheid. Aanbevolen door mijn leraar Nederlands was dit het eerste echt 'volwassen' boek wat ik las, en het was spannend!!! en geheimzinnig!!! en er gebeurden allemaal onverklaarbare dingen!!! Sindsdien wist ik beter. Anders dan Nooit meer slapen heb ik De donkere kamer nooit (durven?) herlezen, maar ik heb wel een mooie gebonden uitgave in de kast staan, dus misschien komt het er toch nog eens van.

* Hoe Mieke Mom haar maffe moeder vindt - Guus Kuijer
Na de middelbare school met de verplichte leeslijsten van minstens 15 x 4 titels had ik er even schoon genoeg van. Anders dan voor mijn studie keek ik geen boek meer in. Tijdens een buitengewoon saai hoorcollege Vertaalkunde zat het meisje naast mij een boek te lezen. Ik vroeg haar wat ze las; Mieke Mom dus. Ik ging meelezen en aan het eind van het college hadden we het uit. Ze leende het aan me zodat ik het begin kon inhalen. Ik vond het geweldig. Het gaat over een meisje dat vermalen wordt door de volwassenen met hun krankzinnige systemen, en uiteindelijk in het gekkenhuis terechtkomt. Het is een uitermate cynisch verhaal, en teruglezend zie ik wel dat het nogal clichématig is. Desondanks betekent het veel voor me, omdat het me a) weer aan het lezen heeft gekregen, en b) heeft geleerd dat je nooit te oud bent voor kinderboeken (met dank aan M.C.).

* The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy - Douglas Adams
I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is my survival guide to life. The first 2 volumes especially are beyond brilliance. It's extremely funny, it's poignant (aww, the sperm whale), it's philosophical, and, best of all, it puts life, the universe and everything into perspective, which I find very comforting. The perfect antidote to depression for me.

* The driver's seat - Muriel Spark
Picking the last title proved the most difficult. It meant leaving out f.e. Alice in Wonderland (which everyone knows anyway), and The mouse & his child ("Vader Muis en zijn zoon") by Russell Hoban (I've sung his praises in a previous entry — but please read it if you can get your hands on a copy, it is a very beautiful and wise book for all ages). This is one of Spark's lesser-known titles, I think, but my favourite, reread many times, and I was very pleased to read in an interview that it was her favourite as well. It's a novella about a 30-something woman who, as we learn soon into the story, will be found murdered in a park. The rest of the book deals with her journey there. The blurb on my copy reads 'A metaphysical shocker' and for once that is not exaggerated. This story also puts life and death into perspective, but not in a comforting way. At all.

5. 5 mensen van wie je de antwoorden op deze vragen wilt weten / 5 people whose answers you'd like to see:

_m_h_n
bezigebij
ankhgrl49
trop_vaniteuse
sophyq


And now I've got a lot of catching up to do.


 
 
Current Mood: workingworking
Current Music: Over and out - Foo Fighters
 
 
 
Mnemosyne
30 June 2005 @ 12:58 am

My LJ is 1 year old today. To celebrate the happy occasion I gave it a new outfit. While browsing the possibilities I remembered why I had chosen Punquin Elegant 'Be mine' last year in the first place: it was quick and easy, the only one I liked 'as is'.

For now I have chosen Unearthed 'Inaccurate lingo' (customised). In other nice layouts either the date didn't show the way I wanted or the tags field appeared right underneath the entry instead of separately with the music and mood fields, as you would expect.


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Current Mood: artisticmoe maar voldaan
Current Music: Four women - Nina Simone
 
 
Mnemosyne
02 September 2004 @ 11:59 pm

Last night I horked a cute weatherpixie from bookish_theoric (see my user info), and today, this book quiz from anouck_grrl:




You're Prufrock and Other Observations!

by T.S. Eliot

Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic
and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying
to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really
heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.



I basically agree (poetic and lyrical? oh yes, you should read my Sinterklaas poetry!); however, since I am far from short but quite skinny, I would like to replace 'short' with 'slim' (as in 'a slim volume', get it?)

I rather like this quiz, because it depends on your answer what the next question will be. I took the quiz again, changing 'odd' to 'even', and ended up as... Alice in Wonderland!Collapse )
 
 
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Simple song of freedom - Tim Hardin
 
 
 
Mnemosyne
14 July 2004 @ 10:27 am
 
HURRAH!!

I just opened my Friends page and I could see all the lovely pictures again. Yum!


 
 
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: Showdown - ELO (on the radio)
 
 
 
Mnemosyne
14 July 2004 @ 01:15 am
 
Well, at least I can see the pictures that I put up here. Be thankful for small mercies. (But I couldn't display my favourite one, perhaps that website doesn't allow remote hosting. *edit: I now use ImageShack, and I can) Collapse )

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us photo by Martin Stevens


Have been feeling a bit depressed for the past few days, but instead of wanting to sleep all day I have been getting along on very little sleep and rising early without even feeling tired, which is a really unusual combination for me. Not that I have put all that extra energy to good use in my spare time, I've just been surfing the Net for hours on end. Oh, well. It'll pass.


 
 
Current Mood: awakeawake
 
 
 
Mnemosyne
08 July 2004 @ 11:11 pm
Over the past few days I have updated my user info and now it's time for a few more quizzes...

You represent... hope.
You represent... hope.
You're quite a daydreamer and can be a hopeless
romantic. You enjoy being creative and don't
mind being alone at times. You have goals, and
know what you want in life... even if they are
a little far fetched.


What feeling do you represent?
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Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!


If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!


How grammatically sound are you?
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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: a repeat of Six feet under is on tv, and I'm half watching
 
 
Mnemosyne
01 July 2004 @ 11:07 pm
 
Well, finally managed to upload a user picture. All the others I tried were too large and I don't know how to downsize them yet. Still, I'm pleased.


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Mnemosyne
30 June 2004 @ 11:58 pm
 
Ah, the emoticon did show up after all. I didn't see it in the preview.

I am totally new at this thing and learning how to work it properly takes more time than I thought. Still have to find out how I can get a user pic up, but as it's nearing midnight and I have to be up at 6.45 tomorrow (and having slept only 4 hours last night), it's not going to happen today. I guess I didn't pick the best time to learn, as I have just started working again after 6 months of leisure, and I am really tired. But if I wait for the best time it is not going to happen at all.


Anne Rice
Anne Rice is writing your life. Go you goth girl,
go.


Which Author's Fiction are You?
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Hmm, never read Anne Rice (or any other vampire fiction), but I do watch Buffy at the moment...


 
 
Current Mood: tired and sleepy
Current Music: Vivonzeureux (but no Lewis Furey yet)
 
 
Mnemosyne
30 June 2004 @ 03:08 am
 
Just as I was trying to get this online journal up and running and typing in my interests, Vivonzeureux (Internet radio station) played 3 Lewis Furey tracks in a row. Yay!

Dead tired now, it's the middle of the night and I should have gone to bed hours ago.

Let's see what my first post looks like.


---Hmmm, why don't I see the emoticon? Have to find out tomorrow.


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