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01. Your name
02. All the places you've lived

I lived at the same place for most of my life and still with my parents. I have no money for anything else yet but hope to have enough in the coming year, however first I have to care that my mom is doing better. 
In between, I lived three months in Shanghai and in Luoyang, both are great and very different places in China. Shanghai is a loud, rich metropolis, while Luoyang has - although it has a long history - hardly more inhabitants than a bigger Chinese village, is very off-score and definitely not your usual tourist area. Also it is friggin' damn cold. So if I ever go back I want to either be paid very well to live in the north or I will prefer a warmer place ;)
I am very sure I want to leave this area. I love this house, but we will have to sell it anyway. No well in hell will I ever make enough money to keep it on my own, so then I can leave this slowly dying and very hateful part of the city. I don't even know if I want to stay in Germany, it will probably depend on where I find work.

03. Your first best friend

04. Your childhood fears
05. What you were like in high school
06. Your favourite and least favourite subjects at school
07. Your first boyfriend or girlfriend
08. Your oldest hobby
09. Your sexuality
10. What you look for in a partner
11. Your kids, or your feelings about having kids
12. Your pets, past and present
13. Foods you love and foods you hate
14. What your life was like ten years ago
15. How much alcohol you drink
16. Your worst illness
17. What you do at work
18. A question or comment people should never make to you
19. The style of clothing you feel most comfortable in
20. Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert
21. Who you have a crush on
22. A friendship you lost
23. Three achievements you’re proud of
24. Your political views
25. Your religious beliefs
26. Your perfect night out
27. Whether you like to plan ahead or be spontaneous
28. What you look for in a friend
29. Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark
30. How you would like people to remember you
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Isn't it's great if you realize at the 3rd of the month that you have exactly 34€ (that's roughly $40) for the rest of the month? Even though you work 41 hours a week? And a couple of persons still owes you money that you probably will never see again.

Ugh. Looking at my account makes me feel sick :(
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Stolen from [ profile] jensi08

01. Your name

My name is complicated. Not literally, but well, I have like, a lot of names. The first one is ye goode olde Kate. Well, actually that's my second first name, the actual first name is of Iranian origin and that of a flower, it gives me a lot of trouble because a) everyone writes it wrong because another version of it is a lot more common. Also, people call me Yvonne or Yvanka because they only think of the Y b) people think I am Turkish or something. They do again and again I have no idea why, I am blonde and green-eyed, jeez. My mom named me after a friend who died in a car accident when she was 18. My third first name (this is starting to be ridiculous) is the classical German name of my godmother and it absolutely doesn't suit the first two, but I had it on most of my gradenotes during childhood -_- The fourth first name (I told you) is Sybille (french version), as my mom wanted it although my passport says Sibille because my father can't listen for shit, it's the name of my good grandmother. The fifth first name (and the last, at last!) is Maria, the name of my bad grandmother and I had to take it because the citizen office guy thought people couldn't tell if I am female otherwise (stop snorting, I hear you). I thought that was bullshit until the "intelligent" people of university proofed me wrong.

02. All the places you've lived
03. Your first best friend
04. Your childhood fears
05. What you were like in high school
06. Your favourite and least favourite subjects at school
07. Your first boyfriend or girlfriend
08. Your oldest hobby
09. Your sexuality
10. What you look for in a partner
11. Your kids, or your feelings about having kids
12. Your pets, past and present
13. Foods you love and foods you hate
14. What your life was like ten years ago
15. How much alcohol you drink
16. Your worst illness
17. What you do at work
18. A question or comment people should never make to you
19. The style of clothing you feel most comfortable in
20. Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert
21. Who you have a crush on
22. A friendship you lost
23. Three achievements you’re proud of
24. Your political views
25. Your religious beliefs
26. Your perfect night out
27. Whether you like to plan ahead or be spontaneous
28. What you look for in a friend
29. Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark
30. How you would like people to remember you
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Just read that California prohibits conversion "therapies" with the aim to change the sexual orientation, so that minor homosexuals and bisexuals will be safe from the perverse acts of misguided parents and bigoted "doctors". 

California, I am so proud of you, at least in this regard!
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I am so fucking angry about this I have to write a BLOGPOST! (omg)

I was excited for this book, okay?

I am a big Northstar fan and Marvel made a really big publicity stunt out of this gay marriage.

The story so far felt a bit rushed. I already hate multiple flashbacks in movies and it doesn't translate better to the medium of comic, but okay.

The artwork. Oh my god, the artwork. It is horrible. They have little pig eyes and everyone looks like they ate some four year old mussles. When Kyle tells Northstart "I love you" he looks like he wants to puke every moment and the group in the scene afterwards seems like one toilet won't be enough.
Then there is Karma who looks like a walking, ghastly distorted corpse. I thought she  WAS a ghastly distorted zombie, until the dialogue gave away something different.

The story really can't make anything up. We have some leftovers from other comics (mostly New Mutants, Av vs. XM) plus a lot of kitsch. It's like the authors looked up "pinkest possible gay marriage" on TvTropes and wrote a checklist.

And of all people to give the obligatory "You can't possibly love each other forever, you BOTH have penis!"-speech you chose the ALIEN?
The same alien that is covered in feathers, lays eggs and fucks everything that's covered in blood? Jesus fucking Christ, as if not enough Catholics, Jews and other morally obligated people were running around.

Oh the artwork. If I see Northstar making this "I grin myself through the vomiting" face again I'll start screaming.

And yes Havok, I am sure your grandma whose daughter in law was raped by an alien and whose son became a space pirate, who has two mutant sons, one of them atm a megalomaniac wannabe-republic (read:dictatorship) leader and the other together with the more often than not crazy, green haired daughter of a known terrorist, would only worry about two men marrying each other because they are in LOVE.



(btw the seat order doesn't make any sense)

And another one to the malartist: In the one after marriage group pic are so many stars traced (Sharon Stone, Bruce Lee, Ben Afflek ?, That guy from the 30s movies, Michael J Fox, Buddy Holly, Lucy Liu, and one whosthatface) that I have no fucking idea who is depicted. Except for that white old woman who should be Storm (aka a black, young woman).

This is it.
The big wedding.
Four pages of kitsch and a lot of necessary "oh by the way not everyone likes gays, I guess you didn't know that"'s. 

And then ending in a boom from another story. Not exactly what I call a well-fleshed-out plot or a subtle ending. Probably the writer and artists tried to go for the horror-movie- "everything seemed well until...." schtick. They just failed miserably.

You know what else fails?

This issue. This fucking issue fails so hard it's passing right by Australia, passes right by Alpha Centauri and falls into the nextbest sun, which at once turns into a black hole just to make sure that is abomination of comic history never gets out again.
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1. What's your favourite day of the year?

Every day with good weather, warm temperature, leisure time, friends and enough money on my bank account. I used to like Christmas back when it was fun and my  uncle wasn't angry at me for being able to get an university degree....

2. What's the latest addition to your wishlist?

The new Johannes Cabal volume. 

3. Who's your favourite animal on the internet?

That small owl that is addicted to pettings. 

4. What was your first word?

mampa, a combination of mama and papa, because--- I love them both very much?

5. Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Everyone who is not Scarlet Johannson. I don't think there is someone in Hollywood resembling my type so it would have to be someone with awesome acting- and costume skills so I go for.... Johnny Depp or Gary Oldman. Probably Gary Oldman. 

6. What's your favourite scent?

Chocolate-Vanilla-Nutmeg  mixture. And whatever the Charity Pot of Lush smells of, because I could sit in it for the rest of my life. I like the smell of violets and sushi.

7. Where's your favourite place to go out to eat?

The Mayuyasu central in the Schadow Arkaden of Düsseldorf, or the sushi restaurant in Rüttenscheid. We have no really awesome Thai food restaurant, which is a pity. I also love attending Mongos (mongolian buffet) if it isn't crowded.

8. Who was your first celebrity crush?

I don't think I have one. I was never one of those "omg I hope I meet my star an he'll marry me!" types. Seriously if there is a contest and the prize is meeting my star, I am just not interested, I wouldn't know what to say.
I was slightly crushed on the voice of 
Frank Lorenz Engel the voice actor of Simba in The Lion King (German edition). Whooooohooo!  Similar the died-too-young voice actor Matthias Hinze who spoke Kovu in the second part.
I was also slightly interested in the guy with that awesome long and flowing blonde hair who played the re-occuring Centaur in Hercules - The Series (Kevin Sorbo edition). Johnny Depp and Christian Bale came later when I was already an adult.

9. What is your favourite form of media? eg. books, films, comics, videogames

Books and comics. 

10. Are you religious?

I am variably religious. It is not my problem it is a problem of the religions. I would acclimatize to whatever religion is where I go if they wouldn't have those pesky religions. So at the moment I am between agnostic and Chinese popular religion adherent. 

11. Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I like both and wouldn't want to own neither. I think it's a bit on the cat side because until now every single cat loved me no matter how much they hate strangers usually. Also they are easier to cuddle. Dogs are okay I guess but I hate to be salivated on. I have no time to go for walks and the danger that a cat would walk through my house and kill books or throw down vases would make me crazy.

So yeah, I am a reptile person, kthxbye.
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1. What's the first movie you snuck into before you were legally old enough to see it?

"Queen of the Damned", when I was a few months short of 16. Can't say it was worth it. I was SO disappointed.

2. What's the last movie you saw in a theatre?

"Snow White & The Huntsman", what a glorious movie! With glorious men! And fleshed out characters! Only the ending is a bit of a let down. I won't talk about it yet, but to me it was so... meh. Somehow not finished. I sat through the whole credits to see if there was an AC-scene and a second movie, but... 

3. What's your favourite movie?

"The Lion King", nothing will ever change that, sorry. It was a fantastic movie, it had everything I wanted, and Simba was my first crush, lol. I have a lot of movies I do like, but nothing will ever challenge the utter perfection of The Lion King. Although The Avengers and Unbreakable came near.

4. What's your favourite scary movie?

For a few weeks now, Paprika. Or does Labyrinth count as a scary movie? Because that one I loved for ages. And no one can tell me those birds wanting to rip her head off aren't scary.

5. Think of your favourite actor or actress - what's their best movie role?

ooooh that's a hard one. No, I can't decide, sorry, not possible. So have my top three with no priority:
Shahrukh Khan - Om Shanti Om - in complete perfection
Christian Bale - Equilibrium - for atmosphere and fitness
Tom Cruise - Interview with a Vampire - because he WAS the PERFECT Lestat, with much thanks to the make-up artist.

6. What movie do you think is the most over-rated?

Star Wars. Period. I mean wth. I just don't get the appeal of those movies. 

7. What movie do you think deserves a sequel and doesn't have one?

Unbreakable. Afaik it should have been a Triology, if they had given it to Shyamalan we would maybe have been spared from his artist breakdown.

8. What movie do you think has a sequel and doesn't deserve one?

Sex in the City, it didn't deserve a movie in the first place. 

9. Name a book that you think should be made into a movie and hasn't been.

The Changelling Prince by Vivian vande Velde. I am probably the only person on this planet who wants this movie, or who even knows the book. It is a tiny 250p book by an author who usually writes kids literature but... but... it was so perfect, and sad, and tragic, and mysterious, and interesting and tensing and.... *SOBS SOBS SOBS* Vivian, why didn't you write moooore?
Anyway, it would make a great and entertaining movie and I recommend that book to EVERYONE.
Here, they are selling them for ONE CENT fcs!

READ! You will regret it if you miss reading it!

10. And finally - let's start a chain of our favourite movie dialogue! Leave all the previous answers to this question intact, then add your own answer along with the movie it's from, and also your LJ name.
"Infected with what?" "Rage." - 28 Days Later. [personal profile] violet_eyes

"I have an Army" - "We have a Hulk." - Marvel The Avengers [ profile] saciel
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Soooo today morning I had my job interview.

It was my first _real_ job interview with people who didn't already knew me or wanted me for a job anyway. So I have no idea how it went. I think it went okay - good, except if the other candidate has language skills I miss.

I sooooooo want this job! It's everything I ever wanted AND the payment is okay (for an entry-level economy job). But due to the holiday tomorrow I will only get to know Friday. However the choice was made today and I feel very anxious....and a bit bad. I hope it's only nervousness and no bad omen.
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Hi violet_eyes :D

1.What's on your door?
a bunch of old jackets and micro-fleece sweaters that would take up too much place elsewhere.

2.What's under your bed?
LOTS of dust and their offspring, probably 2-5 spiders with hopefully no offspring and some socks. Yes the underside of my bed is hard to reach.

3.What's interesting in your bedside table?
My dad built it, it's a large square table and fillable with both sides. On it is a an African bowl with green-blue mosaic on the inside where I keep meds and valuables. The table is mostly full of notes and books. There currently 8~ books that I started reading but haven't ended yet. Among them "The Sign of the Qin" (Chinese-themed YA novel), Raphael (horribly bad homo-erotic literature I only still read sometimes to see how it ends), Ovids Metamorphoses, an old lexicon of World Religions (as in: all religions they knew about, even small cults. I love it, although it is outdated) and the beginning of the Tristar-Triology (homo-erotic literature) which I will soon end if I ever manage to find the plot again among those chapter-long porn scenes.

4.Do you have something(s) under your pillow?
More pillows. Lots of them.

5.Do you have something(s) interesting on your walls?
I rarely see my walls. One is covered by the <strike>armory</strike> armoire, the others by my shelves and a writing desk full of cosmetics.

6.Do you have a tv/computer in your room?
Yes I got a TV that I rarely use nowadays. I am too tired to watch in the evening and in the mornings I used to watch MTV, but since it's pay-tv now I can only opt for breakfast tv or some stupid fake-judge.

7.Do you have shelves? What's on them?
Shelves cover basically all walls of my room. The books- and - media shelf contains a small tv for gaming (N64, I STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED ZELDA OoT!!!!) and P2, the dvds and games as well as books. Among my favorites old volumes of Tarzan and the Junglebooks. It used to store my Anne Rice collection but I got rid of most of the horrible ones.  
The bedside wall is covered with my comic- and - manga shelf which is pretty full >-> I have a full X-Men collection since 1998 and somehow the manga series I like are loooong (Yami no Matsuei, Angel Sanctuary, Rebirth (ok, manhwa), Silver Diamond <3) and the back wall on one side with cosmetics and a magnetic wall with all my posters. 

It also stores my most favorite collection item: A Gambit drawing by Gabrielle Dell'otto! <3
I met him on the Comic Action somewhen in the beginnings of the 2000's. You used to draw for a ticket if you wanted to get a drawing, signing were free. 
I didn't have a ticket but I asked nicely and he was SO RELIEVED almost happy to draw Gambit because most people had asked him for Spider-Mans, Beasts and Wolverines all over and over and over.... as an artist I can understand how boring that becomes after a while.
I loooooooove it! <3 He is a grand master of shading and shapes and I can only hope to one time become as great an artist as he is.
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I am sorry. I am so sorry to have been sitting there, in the back, nipping at some cocktail and waiting for one of you to speak to me.
This approaching-thing is SO HARD. My nerves are at edge. And you have to suffer through it so much more because society expects it. *BIG HUGS FOR ALL OF YOU*
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Jup. Suits. But what has it to do with Majoram?

Your Soul's Spice is Marjoram

You have a strong love for life, other people, and yourself. You see the beauty in everyone.

You want to be a positive force in other people's lives. You aim to do good in this world.

You are inspired by your love for the world. You have dreams of transforming the planet.

You are charismatic and driven. You have deep convictions that fuel you.

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You know it is bad when your best friend can't even remember that you already graduated although you did just one semester later than she.

You know it is bad when your best friend starts telephoning in the middle of your meeting for hours straight, repeatedly.

You know it is bad when she, who never left her hometown, promises to meet you when you offer her a bed place and she travels through your town anyway, and then she doesn't feel like it.

You know it is bed when she says she will be there for your ritual rpg round, but may be late and call if she will. And then she forgets you and leaves you sitting around there, alone, for hours.

But you know what is worse?
That you have no one to talk to about it, no one who feels with you the pain of losing, no one to cry your heart out to and who is just there and spends you some mild comfort.
Because in such a case, she would have been the person you would have talked to...
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to the page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences to LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
6. Tag five people.

Read more... )

Read more... )
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Friend Meme RULES
1. If you're on my friends list, I want to know 36 things about you. I
don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about
each other. Short and sweet or long and detailed, all is good.
2. Comment here with your answers and repost the questionnaire on your own

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
27) Do you believe in ghosts?
28) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
29) Do you swear a lot?
30) Biggest pet peeve?
31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
32) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
33) Favourite and least favourite food?
34) Do you believe in God?
35) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
36) Favourite band(s) of ALL time:
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I'm currently studying the book "Buddhist Cosmology. Philosophy and Origins" by Akira Sadakata in translation by Gaynor Sekimori. Published by Kôsei Publishing, Tokyo in 1997. The English version is also from 1997, my copy stems from 2004.

The book is hilarious.

Not because of the sometimes strange Buddhist cosmology - I'm acquainted with that because I have already written some works about Realms of Punishment in Hindu- and Buddhist lore.
Yet this book? I'm torn between laughing, crying and throwing a fit.

I would say it is eurocentristic, but it's written by a Japanese scholar so that one scholar is probably just as bonkers as a cat on catnip.

Because I don't want to be alone with these atrocities that came to my eyes, I want to share a "best of".

Before that let me say that the book in itself is not an abomination, the buddhist content is quite fitting, yet the style of writing makes me want to claw my eyes out. Many sources are used and indicated, there are many very beautiful and detailed diagrams that only a maths-fetishist can create in this glory. It is also a good comprehension of the cosmology both of early Buddhism and the Mahayana. But these are things that make me go crazy:

* Elements:
We begin with the structure of the world by separating it into elements. Sadakata evaluates the five (!) Buddhist elements in detail, which is fine, but compares them to the Greek study of elements. He is seriously saying that the Buddhist, who have a fifth element "ahkahsha"(space), grabbed the school of elements from the Greek but were too dumb to make it right, quote p.25: "... we can conjecture that they copied Greek philosophy but erred in interpretation". WHAT? Way to be condescending. First: This elements in Buddhism were developed long before there was Buddhist iconography, which really may be influenced by Greece, when shall these geek have arrived there to spread their school of elements?!
Besides, how about thinking of the school of elements of, I don't now, China maybe, which is THE COUNTRY RIGHT BESIDES INDIA?! And already contains five elements?!

* Geography in MY cosmology? ... it's more likely than you think!
Next there are some explanations of early Indian and Buddhist thoughts how the world and the continents could look like. Keep in mind that these are thoughts of 800-1200 YEARS AGO.
Now enjoy this tasty piece of condescending, mis-aimed superiority-complex:
p. 36: "The ancient Indians placed the four landmasses to the north, south, east and west, and though that their positions were unalterable for as long as the present kalpa lasted (a kalpa is an incalculably long period of time). Our knowledge of continental drift, however, tells us that this is not possible." Those silly ancient Indians! How dare they not knowing what we haven't known for 200 years more than 1000 years ago?!
"We know, through examining the directional flow of terrestrial magnetism and the distribution of geological forms, which allows us theoretically to fit continents together, that the Indian subcontinent was once located near the South Pole, connected with Antarctica, Africa and Australia." Yes, of course "we" know this for 1000 years or something... oh! Wait! We also just -recently- (in Earth Time) found out about that and our own cosmologies were no less silly! Especially you, Mr. Sadakata, who come from a country that was closed up from foreign development for several centuries, should know that *serious face*.

The following three pages educate us about the geological means of travelling continental plates. Great. It's 8th grade Geography all over again! "Mr. Teacher I know something! I know something! Pay attention to me!"
I absolutely needed that in my book about Buddhist cosmology.

* Oh those silly Indians! (again)
Page 38 shows another piece of Mr. Sadakatas chronologically-challenged status: After an description how the old Indians imagined the nature and movement of the sun and the moon, were the weaker light of the moon is explained with it being an embodiment of water, Sadakata adds: "Thus the sun shines brightly and is hot, whereas the moon gleams coldly. (The ancient Indians do not seem to have considered that the moon reflects the light of the sun.)"
No, WHAT? REALLY? Are you telling me, Mr. Sadakata, AGAIN that the people 1000 years ago didn't know about things we "educated" people haven't known about for 500-200 years? A-fucking-MAZING, Sherlock!

* Thou arrogance is not enough!
Right on the next page, 39, we enter the question why the days over a year are of different length. The old Indians explained that this is through the sun pendling between north and south of all four world continents, which isn't that far from reality.
I guarantee the following quote is not altered besides the bold print:
"The Abhidharmakosha says, 'When the sun moves to the southern part of Jambudvipa [...], the nights grow longer, and when it moves north [...], the days grow longer.' This analysis is faulty. It is true that the sun continuously moves between north and south. This movement, however, does not explain the changes in the lengths of day and night; for this, knowledge of the earth's roundness is indispensable. Jambudvipa, however, is on a plane surface."
OH MY GOD! The Indians thought the world was flat! Horrible, I say, horrible! How could they? And that were it only took 4000 years from the first Greek mathematician thinking about the world being round until it became a matter of fact! And may I remind you, dear Mr. Sadakata, that the Chinese and Japanese cosmology also thought the world was a SQUARE until the western scholars invading their countries told something different?

The following is not the fault of the author, I just include it because it is so sad it's hilarious. Referring to page 50ff. the seems to be a very special kind of hell for pedophiles (yay!) in classic India (6th century) as read in the Sutra of Stability in Contemplation of the True Dharma (Saddharma-smrity-upastha(h)nasutra), it's depiction in the Japanese script "Essentials of Salvation" (Ojô Yoshu) by the priest Genshin (942-1017) it is depicted that "Those who have taken hold of the children of others and done evil things to them, causing them to weep and cry, fall into this hell and receive its agonies"
However the first "torture" means that they see their children being tortured by having put hot iron rots into their genitals (wait... what? the children (even if illusions) are tortured for the sins of their parent?) and only after that hot liquid copper is put into the anus of the sinner. Thinking of the legends with Kappa-Yokai... I call fixation ;)

Calmed down a bit?
Great, so I hope you won't have a heart attack like I had reading the following.

After several pages about the formation and structure of different kinds of hells, we come back to the etymology of hell-names we had before. Three of the eight "cold hells" are called Utpala (blue lotus), Padma (red lotus) and Mahapadma (crimson lotus). It is said in some sources that the names refer to the colors of the hells. Now grab your seats, Mr. Sadakata writes the following:
"It is hard to understand how this description could cause terror, through perhaps the ancient Indians had some kind of psychological fear of these colors"..

Of course the Indians had a deep rooted psychological fear of red and blue! Every time they saw a red flower they SCREAMED IN HORROR and of course we all know that the old Indians lived like moles under the earth because looking at the blue sky made them SHRIVER IN FEAR.
This is also the reason why red is the most positive color in the Indian culture! Don't you see? You equal the most horrifying, hell-like thing you know with love, wealth and marriage!

This is especially great because on page 53 follows another explanation he deems better:
"[a scripture of Pu-Kuang] includes a more satisfying explanation. 'The hell called Utpala is so named because the skin of an evildoer splits open because of the dreadful cold, and the body resembles a blue lotus. The hell called Padma is sonamed because here the skin splits and resembles a red lotus. The hell called Mahapadma is so named because here the skin splits and resembles the crimson lotus'".
Uhm, yeah, of course giving the same explanation for three different colors makes totally more sense.

*I'm so creeped out!
The whole description ends with Sadakatas words: "It is hard to say whether the image of bodies that are like blue, red and crimson lotus flowers vying to bloom on the surface of a dark pond is horrifying or beautiful."

If it is... what are you... omg... *speechles, takes a step back*
Mr. Sadakata, you seem like a deeply disturbed person and I hope I will never meet you because I'm scared to my bones. If you really can't decide if split bodies are more horrifying than beautiful, maybe you should get some help. God.

If I find more pieces of rage, I will quote them here.
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For anyone interested, I've started a new fic for the Alice in Wonderland 2010 fandom.

You can find it here:

Rating: T(+?)
Tags: Adventure, Romance (hinted at for now, more later)
Summary: When Alice returns from China, her sister seems to plan something and she is in for a surprising visit resulting in the questioning of reason and reality. When people change in body instead in mind, she realizes a new enemy lurks in the shadows
Warnings: Nothing special until now, however later chapters may contain violence - there will be fights, duh. Also, magic. So, nothing new for AiW-fans.

I'm very happy about every kind of response - just tell me what you think about the plot, the characters, how good/awful my English or writing style as a whole is...
Every kind of review is welcome, especially concrit. I like to enhance myself, this is only possible if people tell me where I'm wrong or where I could do something better/ in a better way.

The plot synopsis follows under the cut:

Read more... )
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Auf Wunsch eines einzelnen Herrn, der mir sehr am Herzen liegt, poste ich dieses "Meisterwerk", denn es ist definitiv die beste Soße, die ich bisher gekocht habe :)

Answering the wish of a certain friend who I like very much, this post contains the receipt for my "masterpiece" because it is definitely the best sauce I've ever made :)

German )

English )
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Sometimes, it is really hard to like my study.
Translations can be very boring and exhausting, especially if the author uses corrupt chinese sources which make even in the grammar-lacking chinese language zero sense.

It can also be depressing if you have to read about all the worries and atrocieties Shaanxi people had to live through in the Ming Dynasty. After decades of no rain, famines and eating each other (alone in the 9 old sources I had that was mentioned 58 times!) I wonder how there were even any people left in that area.

However sometimes I love my job, it is when I stumble about things that are just more than funny for us old westerners (and most modern chinese, I guess).

Have your cake:

"Magic was used in the rebell attacks on Luzhou, Zhuzhou and Kaifeng 1642. In all three attacks nude women were involves, in two cases alive, in the case of Zhuzhou dead ones. They were collected and placed at the front to accumulate that much Yin principle in front of the city walls, that the fireweapons of the city would stop to work. "
"In fact, the canons of Zhuzhou lacked function and those of Kaifeng fired at their own troops. But then they choose to try magic counter measures:
In Zhuzhou, nude soil was poured over the walls to break the power of the nude women, in Kaifeng they placed naked buddhist monks on top of the city walls."

So their own troops were like "Ohh.... naked breast~~~~<3"
and then they were like: "Oh my gods... are those naked.... OH NO THESE ARE NAKEDMONKSTAKETHEMAWAYTAKETHEMAWAY!"

Thank you for the lulz, citizens of ancient Kaifeng.
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