― Jim Jarmusch
― Jim Jarmusch
Steve Rogers: Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away - what are you?
Tony Stark: Uh, genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist ...
Also, this trailer looks like loads of fun:
This Means War
Basically: two best spy friends from the CIA date the same girl and all hell breaks loose. Heavy fanfic material, y/y? Once Reese Witherspoon's character will leave them both for someone else at the end, that is. :D (Aw, come on, it's Ed Hardy and Chris Pine in one movie - tell me you didn't think of it, too!)
Days of Summer, A Very Potter Sequel
We got these days of summer to,
remind us of each other!
The time we have to spend apart,
Will keep us in each others hearts!
I'm hoping that the good old days
are something that I will dream about at night.
Don't matter if it's soon or later,
I know that it's gonna be alright!
I don't wanna see you go,
But it's not forever,
Even if it was you know,
That I would never let it get me down!
You're the part of me,
That makes me better,
Wherever I go!
So I will try,
Not to cry,
No one needs to say goodbye!
(A Very Potter Sequel)
Truer words have never been spoken (especially if you replace Hogwarts with "HP fandom").
Hence, book appreciation. Tell me something about books - what you're reading, your favourite book(s) and/or author, what is special about books, what makes you love them (or not?), quotes, anyting. Anything.
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart. ~Gilbert Highet
There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book? ~Marina Tsvetaeva
— Rainer Maria Rilke
Yes, often, I am reminded of her, and in one of my vast array of pockets, I have kept her story to retell. It is one of the small legion I carry, each one extraordinary in its own right. Each one an attempt - an immense leap of an attempt - to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it.
Here it is. One of a handful.
The Book Thief.
If you feel like it, come with me. I will tell you a story.
I'll show you something.
( Procrastination? I don't know this word. Speak the common tounge. )
So let me just drop a few quotes of a chapter that quite made my morning. Short info: the book is a prequel to the Dragon Age game and tells the story of King Maric, his outlaw friend Loghain and Rowan (to whom Maric is betrothed). Together with their rebel army, they try to free Ferelden of the Orlesian reign. The book is not an epiphany considering narration or style, but it's good in a solid way. And it's a great way to get to know the characters a bit more. (To think that I really, really hated Loghain before I started the book, and now he's one of my favourite characters in the DAO universe ...)
( (b)romance ahead <3 )
Dawwww.<3 Consider this shipped and slashed. XD
I am highly demotivated to do anything for our Uni project. The documentation has to be finished around Monday or Tuesday, after that there's the presentation on Thursday (in a probably full lecture hall *is so gonna die*). Luckily, most of the writing is already done, just some final additions to make and such ... but this is exactly what I'm not in the mood for right now. And then there's all the learning I really need to start with ... Blerch.
And just because I lovelovelove Sten and need to have him constantly in my Dragon Age party from now on:
Alistair: Don't you ever talk? You know, make polite conversation just to put people at ease?
Sten: You mean that I should remark upon the weather before I cut off a man's head?
Alistair: ... Nevermind.
(I am well aware that this post is entirely random and unnecessary.)
"I could move the city!" said Strange. "I could move Brussels! I could put it somewhere where the French will not find it."
"Put it where?" cried Hadley-Bright, grabbing Strange's hands and forcing them down again. "We are surrounded by armies. Our own armies! If you move Brussels you are liable to crush some of our own regiments under the buildings and the paving stones. The Duke will not be pleased. He needs every man."
Strange thought some more. "I have it!" he cried.
A sort of breeze rushed by. [...]
"Where are we?" asked Hadley-Bright.
"America," said Strange. And then by way of an explanation he added, "It always looks so empty on the maps."
"Waterloo? What a ridiculously odd name!" said Strange.
"It is odd, is it not? I could not find it on the map."
"Oh!" said Strange. "This was continually happening in Spain! No doubt the fellow who told you got the name wrong. Depend upon it, there is no such place as Waterloo!"
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
Day one: a song
Day two: a picture
Day three: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day four: a site
Day five: a youtube clip
Day six: a quote
Day seven: whatever tickles your fancy
"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live."
You know why it has to be this quote. ;)
Transformers. Leik whoa. A fandom full of crack (and it's so hard to find good fic *whines*). We're even playing a P&P RPG about it and it's so. Much. Fun.
Major Lennox. *squees* And Lennox and Optimus Prime together. Unfortunately, I still haven't got around to finish my fic about them.
Megan Fox. The sexiest, most edible human being on earth. *melts into a puddle of incoherence*
The Spirit of Man and Eve of the War from the War of the Worlds Musical. Don't ask. I don't even know. I saw the DVD in my vacation and it just got stuck in my head.
Harry Potter. Again. First love, last love, eh? ^^
The Little Prince. I don't need a reason for this one. It's wonderful.
... thought were relevant to me:
Wie ein Fantasy-Spaß zum "Killerspiel" gemacht wurde
Von Thomas Hillenbrand, Spiegel.de
Wenn Teenager in Gewaltverbrechen verwickelt sind, sucht man die Ursache gern im Konsum von Computerspielen. Ein ähnliches Phänomen war vor 30 Jahren die Kontroverse um "Dungeons & Dragons". Damals geriet das Fantasy-Rollenspiel in Verdacht, für Todesfälle verantwortlich zu sein.
For several reasons, this quote: "Any scientist will tell you that the chances of anything so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one. But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten." ~Terry Pratchett ♥
The wrestling match could, perhaps, be described as 'epic'. More realistically, it could be described as 'awkward', 'flailing', and 'vaguely homoerotic'. Of course, that last covered most wrestling matches, and thus probably didn't need to be pointed out.
From So Much to Learn, a High School Musical RPF fic from Yuletide.
I really, really like this book, but some parts just read as if written by Stephenie Meyer. Why, WHY do all vampires have to look like demigods? They, too, were once normal human people. Becoming undead isn't like plastic surgery, for chrissake. *is amused*
Then again, it's the protagonist's love interest, so this is probably more due to her slightly Sue-ish character. XDDD
Awesome. Just ... awesome. And marvelously cynical. Those among you who like snark and very black humour - watch it!
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Do not speak ill of society, Algie. Only people who can't get in do that.
("The Importance of Being Earnest")
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
("The Importance of Being Earnest", Act I)
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
("The Picture of Dorian Gray")
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
("The Picture of Dorian Gray")
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
("The Soul of Man under Socialism")
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
Pope Paul VI (