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Small pleasant things
Sasha Blaze
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1. The editor of the student newspaper came to my office today with this and the sweetest note from the whole staff, to thank me for not hanging them out to dry with the administration when they screw up worse than usual. As they did last week.



2. The Dollicieux photo contest judges thought my picture of Pen and Simon Elias was cute enough to win a category. Eeeeeeee, I wonder what the prize will be??

3. I spent a good part of the day talking about photography with some of my colleagues. (And fingering the brand-new Nikon digital SLR that one of them just bought. Envy is a sin.) Guess I'm officially a photographer of dolls, now that I've actually shown non-doll people some of my pictures. There's a vague plan afoot for us to put a bunch of entries in the photography categories at the county fair this summer. I'm entertained by the idea of seeing whether I could pass off, say, one of those cheongsam portraits of Sejong as a picture of a real person.

4. The Jessica Hu jeans came in today's mail. The girl size is still too big on Sejong, but that leaves boxer room, and I really like the stitching and fabric. Et voila:



5. I saw this head on Y!J yesterday evening. And I bought it.

6. Kanbei in fancy pajama pants.
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Did you just utter that sweet, beautiful and forbidden word, "Digital SLR".

It has been plaguing my mind for ages... and I have been madly browsing through dpreview and other such websites that would give my mind some peace. LOL. I want one. Badly. 0_0

What do you suggest? I am all for the Canon range and I have been particularly drawn by the 30D. ^_^




Oh, wow, I have NO idea . . . my colleague's camera is so far out of my league that I was almost afraid to touch it! He's an excellent photographer, though, and here's what he told me: he was seriously considering the Canon 20D when it was first released (and I suppose the newest-best would now be the 30D, right?). But as soon as he heard that Nikon was releasing a digital SLR, he moved heaven and earth to get one--even to the point of refreshing the Best Buy website multiple times a day, so he could pounce on the camera as soon as it showed up on the site. He's a Nikon loyalist from way back, though, so that would make a difference in his decision.

You know who (I think) knows about Canon digital SLRs? Nikita, who mods on DoA.

First of all I really appreciate your time in replying to my silly questions. XD

But yes, indeed, this somehow cements my desire for a Canon 30D. It's their newest semi-professional digital SLR, and an upgrade of the already brilliant 20D.

Your photography is great though, I actually thought you were a professional photogrpaher. XD. What camera are you using? 0_0

*blush* *scraping toe of sneaker in the dirt* OMG, thank you!!! But I am so far from being a professional that it isn't even funny. I have some good luck sometimes, and I delete a ton of images for every one that I keep.

I'm using a Canon A75. And I've never read the manual, because I hate reading manuals.

Point. Shoot. Hope.

On the other hand, I'm starting to think it might be nice to know how to set the white balance, so--I may read the manual this weekend. Y'all are inspiring me.

my faith in humanity has been SLIGHTLY restored by those kids thanking you. really. that's awesome. and the flowers are beautiful.

that head really is neat. he looks like a boy.

glad you put the picture of Kanbei last, otherwise my comment here would be much less eloquent and filled with things like "grabby hands" and DROOL and GIMME.

Wasn't that nice of the newspaper kids? I was so touched. And they included an adorable note about the Symbolic Meaning of Purple Flowers, which is much more extensive than I would ever have expected . . .

You had a busy day!
1. Cool Flowers
2. Yay for Pen and Simon Elias!
3. LOL. I too lust for the Digital SLR...
4. Boxer room is good.
5. Still think he looks CH-like. ^_^
6. Leeda is drooling again...

5. He certainly does! Only grumpier. I think he's even grumpier than the original Han I lust after so much, and that's saying something.

6. Uh-oh. I'm worried that the acid in the drool will ruin the enamel on her fangs . . .

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Oh, that's it exactly, what I'm seeing in the new head only couldn't find words for! It has the potential to be a feral boy--a Mowgli before Disney castrated him. I'm surprised that I felt so strongly about this head, because I've never been so tempted by a head that I couldn't pass by. (Though if there hadn't been a reasonable BIN price on it, I might have been able to resist, after all.)

Of course, when the package comes, Sejong is going to assume that someone has killed his mortal enemy and sent him the head in a box to gloat.

And as for the flowers, I think a nice poem is exactly what we need. Though I kinda suspect Sejong is thinking, with considerable annoyance, "Even the effing flowers in this country are as big as I am."


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Hey, it was your idea! I just, um, grabbed it and brought it flailing and gasping to the surface. So to speak.

But I am now fixated on that head as a Mowgli variant. Is there a Japanese legend of a boy raised by wolves or bears or anything?

And oh, my, yes, Sejong will have plenty to say over the severed head of his enemy. *gleeful snorfle*

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No named Japanese variant that I can find, grrrrr. Or at least none that doesn't have a common-or-garden-variety kind of name.

However, I did come across a mention of Djuma, the wolf boy of Turkmenistan. Djuma. I think maybe I like it.

My fingers are crossed: I just put in a Y!J bid on a Heath body. I'm not sure whether my fingers are crossed that I'll win the auction, or be spared having to pay through the nose . . .

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Congrats on the contest! W00t! i will have to look at the magazine closer. :)

I'm still giggling over that--jeez, if I'd actually thought someone would LIKE that picture, I would have smoothed down the flyaways on their wigs, and done something about the weird patch of light on the top of Simon's head.

I am really happy with their poses, though.

Keahi: ::::walks into the room::::

::::throws confetti for Aunty Sedens::::: Yay....

Oh, wheeeeee! Thank you, Keahi, you cute thing, you! *popping one of those plastic champagne-bottle thingies with the confetti inside, to be sociable*

wow! I love that head! Awesome!

I never thought I'd wind up buying a bodiless head, but this one started talking to me and wouldn't shut up. Now I just hope it doesn't turn out to be full of air bubbles or lopsided or patchy-colored or . . .

*covers her off-cast head's ears* SOMEONE WILL LOVE YOU! X3

. . . or with a chunk out of its butt. Not that bodiless heads HAVE butts, mind you.

I'm terrified of sanding, gluing, and otherwise DIYing! I'm a coward! I'm manually uncoordinated! I don't deserve to own BJDs!

's okay, panic attack over. You can uncover Off-Cast's ears now. ;-)

XD;;; everyone plays differently! :D

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Agh. You really don't want me to get off this couch and go to work this morning, do you?

Also, it's keiko_kirin!!! I've spent--wow, it must be ten-- years readlurking on LJ and in various fanfic ripples (can't quite call them circles when you never surface to identify yourself). Keiko's writing makes me happy.

Since diving into the dolls, I've lost that rhythm of checking certain LJs and websites regularly. Though I can't help noticing some overlap in the two groups, which also makes me happy for no good reason.

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Why, of course! For drawings, that's it!

Do you have any particular favorite fandoms or pairings? I'm out of the loop on brand-new stuff, but I have quite a nice personal library (erm, milk crate of printouts) of older fanfic . . .

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Hmmmm. I don't have any Miami Vice, but I have a lot of lovely Highlander. I'm sure you do, but if you don't know Kat Allison's stories, those are keepers. And Dargelos's novel White Rabbit.

Do you read X-Files at all? Before torch got into boyband RPS, she wrote some of the best anywhere.

Several people were writing House last spring, though I wasn't watching the show yet and didn't really pay attention to the fanfic. Shalott was one of them, I think? Shalott has written some nice Master & Commander, too.

Hmmm, do you suppose I like period costumes a little? And swords? ;-)

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Swordspoint, that's the book. I wasn't as fond of the sequel, but ooooo, I think I need to reread Swordspoint rightnowrightnowrightnow.

Full agreement about the low-rez game versions--though I don't have any evidence either. I gave up after only a chapter or two on the only Tom Clancy novel I tried to read, because I couldn't stand to wade through any more techspeak.

Swords are so much more personal than guns--I think that's partly why the mystique/romance/whatever of dueling persists. (The clothes are another important factor, of course. ;-) I took one fencing class in college--I was beyond horrible at it, kept overrunning my foil and falling on top of my sparring partners--but that certainly showed me how intimate the act of killing someone with a sword would have to be. Guns . . . it was different early on, but at this point in the development of the technology of war, one stands way back and fires, without ever hearing the enemy's breath or heartbeat. Sniper skills--aiming and firing precisely enough not to do collateral damage--yes, those are impressive and would be fascinating to watch up close. But there's something (watch out, this is about to get seriously overblown) more--hmmm, moral? maybe I'll go back to personal--about acquiring the skill and accepting the responsibility for killing someone who's literally close enough to touch.

Now I want to backpedal and qualify and hem and haw! But I think that's some of what rumbles around in my mind when I think about the difference betwen the two methods. Of course, I first read Dumas when I was nine, so I can't be held responsible for my opinions. ;-)

Naval uniforms. But yes, period naval uniforms. Want a giggle? Check out this poor hapless Yukinojo who's working as a fit model for a Yahoo!Japan seller: http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/87804419

I wonder whether the relationship between samurai and their masters might have something in common with the one Kushner creates between St. Vier and his employers, or whether there's more mutually-loyal-feudal-retainership involved. I haven't done enough reading yet to know (*adding idea to mental agenda*).

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