empyreus: (Ian relaxed)
( Feb. 28th, 2013 08:33 pm)
Just a quick note to say that yes, I'm still alive and that I'm trying to work my way through comments that I need to reply to (because ack, I suck at replying to them in a timely manner and I apologize for that) and challenge fics I need to repost.

I also want to thank the lovely people who left me notes on the VDSA. ♥ ♥ ♥ They really brightened my day.

In other news: life continues to be a series of ups and downs (I could do with less downs, though). At least the days are getting brighter.
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Happy birthday to Sheffield's gift to the world - Sean Bean!

May he never, ever find out how we celebrate. *g*

Subject line gacked from the Uncyclopedia entry for Sean.
Dear poster in a ficfinding community that shall remain nameless: if you refer to Hephaistion as "Phai" ever again, I will beat you with a sock full of coins.
empyreus: (temptation)
( Apr. 28th, 2008 09:16 am)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] camwyn: Check my fandoms, my favourite characters, the pairings I like the most, my kinks, my fictional crushes, anything. Now, in a friendly and possibly teasing way, point out the obvious and not so obvious trends or fetishes you see in my tastes. Maybe I'm nuts for all vampire stories, or have a thing for men in glasses, or I'm fond of kick-ass women, or scary-ass geeks. Let's point out all of those you've noticed I tend to squee about during our friendship.
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Aiee. Will someone tell Dean and Sam to leave my head? I can't focus on anything if the two of them insist on driving around in the Impala picking up hitchhikers, particularly since said hitchhikers are Connor and Murphy McManus. Who insist on shagging like minks in the back seat while the Winchester bros try to gawk and stay on the road at the same time.

Aiee. Why me? I haven't seen a single episode of SPN! I can barely tell Dean and Sam apart, for frell's sake.

[livejournal.com profile] azewewish, this is all your fault. *g*
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Most of the Ringers on my Flist will have seen this article on TORn already.

My first reaction was a flat, disbelieving "What.". My brain refused to connect the dots. The disbelief was soon replaced by irritation and anger, however. What the hell were they thinking, dropping Weta and PJ?

New Line is both biting the hand that feeds it and slapping the fans in the face. A non-Jackson Hobbit is more or less a guaranteed flop and a costly one at that. I don't want a new Gollum or a new Bilbo, nor do I want a new Middle-earth. And what is this "LotR prequel" twaddle?

The stupid, it burns us, preciousss. It burns us.
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I've missed two B2MeM posts already, so I have some catching up to do. No fic yet, I'm afraid. I can't seem to finish anything, bleh.

Earlier this evening, I was puzzling over what to have for dinner. I was all out of ideas, so I went hunting for a cookbook and in the process, I came across a printed-out recipe for some variant of lembas. This got me thinking about the food culture of Middle-earth.

We all know that Hobbits are the ones who delight in food and ale, and that Elves seem to live on lembas and light*, but what about the rest? There are cursory mentions of Gondorian and Rohirric food, but in both of these cases, it is made clear that the food consists of wartime rations, not average food. In other cases, there is only mention of a meal, but not of the specifics. The only thing we know of the farewell meal in Meduseld is that wine was taken. What food is described in more detail is the food a moving troop: "pale yellow wine, cool and fragrant, [...] bread and butter, and salted meats, and dried fruits, and good red cheese,".

The food Pippin is offered in Minas Tirith is likewise sparse: the white cakes (sweet or savoury? Do they serve ritual purpose?) and wine he takes at the audience with Denethor, and the light breakfast of bread, cheese and apples that Beregond brings.

There is a frustrating dearth of detail here. Yes, we know that they eat, but we're not told what they eat when they sit down and dine. All we are shown are simple meals taken to stave off the worst hunger. The men (and most likely the women as well) of Gondor are tall and strong, and you can't stay that way unless you eat properly. Ditto for the Rohirrim or the Haradrim. An army marches on its stomach, and light meals make for a light and weak army. I'm not saying Faramir should have dragged a cook with him, or that the eoreds hosted cook-outs each night as they rode across the wold, but that I find it hard to believe that there were no cooked meals had during the War of the Ring.

What do you think? Did Gondor's soldiers and Rohan's riders dine like kings or just chuck a coney in a pot with some vegetables when there was time?

As for times of peace: are there any dishes that you think would be typically Gondorian, Rohirric, Haradric or Numenorean? I think the Numenoreans would have had plenty of fish, as would the people of Dol Amroth and other coastal cities. The Haradric diet might have been rich in meat. And Gondor? I think I need to ponder that one a bit more.

I'd love to hear what people think, so feel free to pimp the post. If you have recipes you think fit the theme, post away. :)

*Before you tell me off, I'd like to point out that I'm aware that the Elves do eat regular food as well. There are several mentions of this: Gildor and his company offer the Hobbits food, there is a feast in Rivendell, and I'm sure the Fellowship were served heartier food than lembas while they were in Lothlorien. The reason I did not go into that was that I was interested in the food culture of Men.
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empyreus: (porn habit)
( Feb. 10th, 2006 12:52 pm)
Poll inspired by a few recent discussions on the Flist. Apologies in advance for the deluge of alternatives and ticky boxes. I've tried to include as many alternatives as possible, but I'm certain I've missed something somewhere, hence the 'other' box. If there's anything you'd like to add or point out, feel free to comment.

(Because I'm a spawn of the devil I write RPS, I've chosen not to include it as a warning-worthy thing. RPS may not be to everyone's taste, but it's not going to destroy the world, honest. Let's just play nice, okay?)

This way, ladies and gentlebeings... )

Feel free to pimp this poll. The more the merrier etc.
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Finnish tv showed Fellowship of the Ring tonight.

Am a big, tear-stained mess of a fangirl right now. I cried through almost the entire movie, and it was strange to realise I still react so strongly to it. It made me miss the early days of fandom, and that made me a bit misty, too.

I think it's best that I wait a few days before watching the extended editions, lest I end my days as a large puddle of dissolved fangirl.
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Please tell me not to even think about taking up this challenge/offer over at [livejournal.com profile] officialgaiman:
Terri mentioned that it was a pity that this blog wasn't up in Japanese, and while it took me a little by surprise that anyone would want to read it in any other languages but English, I gave it a ponder, and eventually concluded "Well, I know I'm currently translated into about 30 different languages, and it's quite possible that some of the people around the world would like to read about authors cleaning up cat vomit at 3 in the morning," but I wasn't sure how it could happen.

And then I thought, well, there are probably people out there who might want to give it a try, if only to exercise their language skills.

So if you feel like translating this blog, or selections from it, into any other language than English, then feel free. The only condition is that you translate as best you can and don't stick your own opinions etc in, or add exciting adventures for me where I don't have any in the original (and if you need to add stuff to make sense, then make it clear what's yours), and that, like the original, it's non-commercial, so you can't make people pay to read it.


I want to do it for the hell of it, and to keep up my translating skills (were I to do this, I think I'd be more comfortable translating into Swedish, though Finnish wouldn't be a problem at all), but the dear, sweet man posts far too often.

*vacillates* The language student in me is all excited, and my common sense is going deaf from the racket.
IhavesomuchIhavetodoannotimeinwhichtodoitarghhelphelp. *cries from stress*

Worked eleven and a half hours yesterday (around 80,000 cards stamped when I left, plus at least 7,000 not needing to be stamped), with one one-and-a-half hour break in the relative middle. My arms and back are killing me. I suspect this day will be just as long, and what's worse, I still have a hell of a lot of work to do on the costume (fecking ears, I hate them, I hate them so much, but I have to fix them) once I get home. And the three Slasha fics are still unfinished! And I have to get Christmas presents for everyone. Hello and welcome, nervous breakdown.

However, one speck of light in all this gloom: I got a package from the lovely [livejournal.com profile] ios_pillow_book! Chocolate! PotC soundtrack! Another cd the name of which I can't remember because I suck! And a gorgeous card! *attempts happy dance* *falls over from fatigue*

And the premiere for The Movie is tomorrow! OMG! Where did the time go? (And I'm so afraid the fandom will waste away after this. I don't want that! *clings to Flist*)

Help.
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