Tags: my brain at work

Medieval Lady

Practically writes itself into fanfic....

(wow, I really need to make my yearly resolution to, you know, be more present on LJ? Or anywhere?)

While taking a bit of a breather amongst assorted chaoses (yes, I'm pretty sure you can have a plural of chaos....) by watching assorted random Netflix movies, I kept running into a Japanese film in which a nun (okay) who is also a ninja (ummm....) has to infiltrate a religious cult (....because of... reasons?) and gets hit with, and I quote, a "sex spell."



So of course, mind boggled, my brain resorts to a) trying to figure out how the heck that-all would work, plot-wise, and b) more importantly, whether it would be funnier to take potential fanfic in the direction of, "no, no; we TOTALLY have a sex spell, it's one of our most secret essential stealthy tactics," hijinks or "oh, darn it, I've absolutely been hit with a sex spell, yup indeed, however shall we fix that" hijinks.

Either way, hijinks.

(in other news, the Wikipedia discussion of films featuring ninja includes a rather dry note in the section about the sexier sort of ninja films that these films often include bondage elements, but fails to add, "surprising absolutely nobody" to that sentence)
Medieval Lady

Sigh no more, ladies; sigh no more

Finally got around to watching Joss Whedon and Friends' version of "Much Ado About Nothing" (which, as copperbadge noted, is basically "Joss Whedon has some people over for dinner and then Shakespeare breaks out").

I think that the decision to use black and white was fascinating- and given that the Brannagh/Thompson version was so lushly colorful, it made sense. It also added to the vaguely mid-century feeling. I mean, it was clearly modern; people had smartphones and there was a very modern-looking photographer running around, but the overall vibe was definitely reminiscent of classic films from the 1940s and 50s, especially given that the soundtrack tended towards jazz.

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Medieval Lady

"Wait-- if you were counting flounder, would you use the counting-word for things which are flat?"

I continue to be SO GLAD that I did not have to learn English as a foreign language (would you want to try to learn a language in which you could construct sentences like "The polished Polish prince got into a row about rowing with the Moor who lives on the moor," and the months are logically named after Latin number-words, except for the ones which aren't, and oh, by the way, the ones that are are off by two numbers, because the Caesars decided to add extra months and name them after themselves, not to mention the hodgepodgery of Greek and Latin and Germanic and French and....yeah).

On the other hand, having learned the "normal" Japanese alphabet (hiragana) and then the "it's exactly the same, except for foreign words" Japanese alphabet (katakana), and having started on the "here are symbols we've imported from China, which can have entirely different pronunciations and meanings depending on whether it's a Chinese reading or a Japanese reading" alphabet (kanji), and now getting into things like the fact that adjectives conjugate (!), and counting things uses entirely different words based on the qualities of the things you are talking about.... yeah.

(on the other-other hand, I have so far resisted the temptation to ask, if there is one word meaning that a living thing "is" and a different word if it's a non-living thing that you're referring to-- "there is a dog" and "there is a book" have different verbs, in other words-- what do you use if you're talking about, say, vampires?)
Medieval Lady

Einigkeit und Recht and *Facepalm*

Today, we had Convocation, which is a festive set of inspirational speeches, and "light refreshments," which in this case meant standing in line for either water or lemonade. This year, they trimmed the speeches, and added the feature of having all the first-year students split up into small(ish) groups and be talked at have a conversation with a member of the faculty, with the goal of getting everybody excited about the liberal arts and what it can do for them. Yay. Excellent opportunity for silly-hat-wearing, etc.

Of course, this meant that there was a performance of the alma mater. Which I had managed to forget is, in fact, college-specific lyrics set to Franz Joseph Haydn's Movement II (Poco adagio) of Opus 76 No. 3.

Which most people probably know as this... or more likely this*, because that's the one that, um, turns up in all the movies and all that.

So that caused several moments of "Buh... wait, what?," trying very hard not to giggle, and pondering how many students might be having the same problem.

It really doesn't help that my own undergraduate alma mater, at least for the university as a whole** was college-specific lyrics set to the old Civil War ballad Aura Lea...

...which most people probably know as ...this

It is amazing that I managed to keep a straight face (mostly) for four years...

*Technically, the first one is the third verse of the second one, because using the whole piece became extremely problematic after the war, even though the original context was nineteenth-century unification, not twentieth-century conquest.. and of course the Haydn piece was originally set to lyrics praising Emperor Franz of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and was the Austrian national hymn until the abolition of the monarchy in 1918.

** Which was the same for the men's college-- the women's college had our own alma mater, thank you very much, composed by an alumna back in the 1920s. Which is cool enough to squash almost all "Hey, how come the song for the MEN'S college is the song for the university as a whole?" annoyance.
Medieval Lady

Thirty seconds in and NINJA!!!

So.... since I seem to be in some kind of "I WANT THINGS WITH PRETTY COSTUMES" phase, film-wise.... with possibly more of a tendency towards Asian-inflected, I was looking through the library to try to find films to watch over break. And, being also fond of Shakespeare, I thought, "Hey, here is the Brannagh "As You Like It," and the posters for that looked very pretty, and, well, heck, Shakespearean comedy set in 19th century Japan could be all kinds of interesting!"

I mean, I was having images of fantastic outfits, and, well, if the heroine is in disguise as a boy, that could totally work with a hakama and gi, right?

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"And the Wall was clearly built to keep out the werewolves!"

Dear Brain,

I understand that the creative process of bunny-generation requires taking bits and pieces of various influences and playing with them, re-arranging things into a fascinating mosaic which produces an entirely new blah, blah, blah.

Nevertheless, I am compelled to inquire, what the HECK are you doing that apparently involves repeated infusions of Disney's "Mulan" movie, crazy Korean historical costume drama, an exceedingly scornful aristocratic antihero, a heroine and her equally heroine-ish sister, and vampires?

*mutter* Seriously, this is shaping up to be the craziest mess since that time I mentally started playing around with the TV version of "La Femme Nikita" and ended up with a runaway Sidhe princess, a tech-inclined kitsune, a centuries-old vampire with a mad crush on Madelaine, a draconic security system, and a pack of Irish werewolves...
Medieval Lady

"I am asbolutely unqualified for this type of assignment!"

So, I recently read a book, which I really liked (a lot, as in "beware, friends, you are about to get copies once I can track them down and don't have to worry about lending you mine). And I've been trying to figure out a way to mention something from that book which I thought was really cool, but without, you know, being spoilerish. I mean, I guess I could always solve the problem by making up details in an attempt to confuse people ("It's a steampunk fantasy! Set in the Wild West! With steam-powered cowboys and ....um.... ninja who fled the Warring States period and washed up on the coast of California and have reorganized the entire area along clan lines!"), but an lj-cut for the extremely spoiler-averse seemed more reasonable.

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Medieval Lady

Annoyed ellipses of "argh"

Dear Brain,

If you are going to insist on waking me up thirty minutes before my alarm goes off, on a day when I'm already getting up at oh-ergh-thirty, because you've felt compelled to produce a creepy serial killer basement hideout dream...

... that is NOT a hint to spend the next ten minutes awake revising and expanding said dream to make it even creepier.

Argh. Argh. Argh.

Fortunately, there was a kitten close at hand who felt that any signs of life on my part = time to snuggle the cat.

Also fortunately, I have a back-up alarm clock for when attempts to snag another ten minutes make the first one go slightly wonky.