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14th-Nov-2010 11:42 pm - Dear Yuletide Author,
oxymora: (Default)
First things first: Thank you for doing this! This is my second Yuletide, and last year was amazing, so I'm really excited for this round, and I hope you'll have fun with my prompts!

Most of my requests were pretty broad and/or brainstorm-y. Part of that is because I really don't have particularly concrete expectations or must-have's, and the thing I like most about a gift is the surprise. In addition, I want the best you can offer (I'm picky like that ;)), and I want to give you free rein for that. So, seriously: everything I suggested is just that--a suggestion. Do whatever you feel works best for you and feel free to ignore pretty much everything I'm saying here or in my prompts if that helps you.

However, if you'd like some more info about my preferences, here it is.

about my general prefences )

about my fandoms )

I hope this helps. Most of all, I hope you have fun with my fandoms and prompts! Don't be terrified, I'm so happy you signed up for this, and I love you for it! And anybody who likes either of these fandoms has my implicit trust.
3rd-Oct-2010 12:13 pm - Happy 20th German Unification Day
oxymora: (Default)


Kinderhymne - Bert Brecht, 1950
14th-Sep-2010 02:40 pm - Home improvement
oxymora: (Default)
Random update out of nowhere. I've been putting up a lot of shelves and generally redecorating the apartment. Here's what you see when you come in:




I love it. I'll put up bookshelves over all of the doorways. We now have books in every room (except for the pantry).

Have a close-up of the R2-D2 I got for the 100$ Sideshow Collectibles gift card I got at Comic-Con.


11th-Apr-2010 12:38 am - so in love
oxymora: (DW -Doctor/Rose run!)
I was not completely happy with last week's episode--I loved the character introductions for both Amy and Eleven and the setup of Amy's relationship issues and background, but I thought the rest of the plot was, well, lame. Well, let's just say this episode made up for it. You have no idea how much I was squeeing.

CUT FOR SPOILERS AND EXCESSIVE SQUEEE )
oxymora: (xkcd - wtf)
A couple of days ago, this xkcd comic was posted, and I punched the 'bookmark' button about 30 seconds after I saw it in my RSS feed:

Porn For Women
(please notice the alt text)

I thought of posting somewhere about it at the time, but so many people did that I thought it wasn't necessary.

Then, [personal profile] afterthree tweeted about this gem, which claims that

Men clearly have an urge to blog that women lack.


because

Guys seek thrills and speed. They go for the adrenalin rush. They get pumped by going higher, faster, farther than anyone else. They want lots of action and instant gratification. That's also why guys like blogging – instant opinions, and lots of them.


On the other hand,

Women never held peeing contests. Perhaps that helps explain why women tend to be more restrained and less concerned with public displays of prowess. We are just as interested in listening as in talking, and more interested in relationships than scoring points. We also tend to lack the public confidence that comes so easily to many men.


I could start ranting about how much is wrong with this, but Chelle did that for me, so I'm going to tell you why this made me decide to post the xkcd comic after all. What made me so happy about that comic is not that it mentions porn, or that it shows an emancipated female character or that it's funny, or true. It was that, at least for me, it managed to convey two important points:

1. People are people. Men and women are not as different as you might think. Fundamentally, we're all human, and we share basic desires, instincts, motives and propensities. (The same goes for different ethnicities, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, what have you). Most of us go through the world sorting their counterparts into categories without being able to recognize that this other is a person, which means that a) he or she is probably not as different from ourselves as we might think and b) at the same time much more complex than a list of checkboxes. Paradoxically, stereotyping makes us undervalue a person's uniqueness and our commonalities at the same time.

That's the message of the comic itself. The second point is in the alt text:

2. There are gender differences. And it's okay (and important) to notice them, talk about them, analyze them, and make fun of them. As long as you keep point one in mind, and do your research. Gender (as well as the other categories mentioned above) is a touchy subject, and storming in and writing a column based on your and your girlfriend's non-experience is not helping.

Neither of these points is especially hard to understand or demonstrate (fuck, Randall Munroe did it in one strip) so please, World. Get. It.
13th-Mar-2010 04:20 pm - wanted
oxymora: (Merlin - pout)
Has anybody seen this season?



Name:
Spring
Characteristics:
Sunshine. Daisies. Butterflies. Kids skipping merrily over green meadows. An astonishing lack of snow.
Missing since:
About a month

If found, please return to:
Bamberg, Germany
Reward:
Eternal gratitude. Wardrobe change. Lower heating costs.



Seriously, can we just stop with the snow already?
26th-Jan-2010 03:30 pm - *headdeskheaddeskheaddesk*
oxymora: (STXI - little Spock)
So far, 2010 has started well. I met [personal profile] christycorr and Bá in Paris, which was great, and I'll probably see them again in Bamberg and if that doesn't work out, there's still Rome, or Venice, or London. Yay!

For something completely different, this is getting a lot of attention on German Twitter accounts and news media. I am cringing so very, very much right now:


(Don't be scared by the German, something like English starts after 30 seconds.) Warning: Extremely high cringe factor, multiplied if you are German, speak German, or have any connection to Germany at all.

*sobs* This right there is the new German member of the European Commission. Way to pick a respectable international representative for this country.

Oh, and please laugh all you want, this man is a) dumb as fuck and b) completely despicable. As in, he holds revisionist funeral speeches for Nazi criminals.

oxymora: (escapism)
Guys, I got the most awesome fic ever for Yuletide.

Title: Scones and Violence
Fandom: xkcd
Pairing: Hat Guy/ Hat Girl
Characters: Hat Guy, Hat Girl, Beret Guy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Summary: What do you give a girl who has everything? Or at least, enough firepower to get it.

You should go and read it immediately! Proven to cheer you up on the crappiest of days (that would be mine)!


16th-Nov-2009 09:38 pm - Dear Yuletide Author,
oxymora: (happy)
First off: thank you! I love all the fandoms I submitted, and consequently, I love you already for writing for me! This is the first time I'm doing Yuletide, and I'm appropriately excited.

Now that I've seen other people's prompts, I feel mine were really short. Part of that is because I really don't have particularly concrete expectations or must-have's, and the thing I like most about a gift is the surprise. In addition, I want the best you can offer (I'm picky like that :p), and I want to give you free rein for that. So, seriously: everything I suggested is just that--a suggestion. Do whatever you feel works best for you and feel free to ignore pretty much everything I'm saying here or in my prompts if that helps you.

However, if you'd like some more info about my preferences, here it is.

about my general prefences )

about my fandoms )

I hope this helps. Most of all, I hope you have fun with my fandoms and prompts! Don't be terrified, I'm so happy you signed up for this! And anybody who likes either of these three fandoms has my implicit trust.
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