regndoft: (Winterlight {All the White Horses})
2014-12-18 06:07 pm

December Talking Meme - Day 9: Fave feelgood film/tv

Going back to Stockholm tomorrow over Christmas. Been a bit weirdly... not full of anticipation, but definitely preparing for it all week, fretting over what to do with the food in the fridge I can't eat up on time, thinking about what to pack... it takes up a lot of space in my mind. It's gonna be nice to go home and be able to relax for a bit. Today in particular has felt off after six hours of sleep, a trudge through the first heavy snowfall this winter, only to discover that the lecture I was supposed to attend had been moved from nine am to one pm.

As for the talking meme, I don't have much to talk about today-- [livejournal.com profile] liadtbunny asked me about my favourite feelgood film/tv series, but the truth is I... don't actually watch that much film or tv, much less when I'm feeling down in the dumps for whatever reason. There are some happy-making tv series out there that I've actually watched though.

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regndoft: (Rev. 12:4)
2014-12-18 03:06 pm

December Talking Meme - Day 8: Three Playlists

Since I'm so far behind I thought a shorter post was in order!

So without further ado: three-ish 8tracks playlists I've been listening to lately and why I like them.

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regndoft: (Tegan Jovanka {Black Orchid})
2014-12-16 05:25 pm

December Talking Meme - Day 7: A Love Spell

Went shopping for Christmas presents today and still haven't found enough. Not to mention I haven't shipped any of the ones that needs to be mailed internationally. I am the worst at Christmas shopping, especially since I managed to talk myself into buying one for myself before finishing anyone else's (and paid by using PayPal for the first time. Praying to whatever god willing to listen that I'll actually get what I ordered and didn't just throw money into the deep end of the internet).

Following up last week's post on queer stuff in ancient Egypt, here's a fun thing I found in a book just a couple of days before I wrote that post! I was thumbing through a book on ancient Egyptian magic that was dropped from the course lit list after I'd already bought it when I stumbled upon a reference to this spell made in passing. Frustrated with this lack of information, I decided to look up the book used as source in the university library.

Thus I now present: a lesbian love spell from Graeco-Roman Egypt, third century BC.

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regndoft: (Liz Shaw {She Blinded Me With Science})
2014-12-16 03:40 pm

December Talking Meme - Day 6: Favourite Companions

I have internet in Uppsala!

The internet-free weekend was pretty hectic without any distractions-- looked for Christmas presents in town on saturday before gf went with me back to Uppsala. Most of yesterday was spent cooking and baking (look at these nerdy gingerbread cookies we made!. But I had fun. Yesterday I went to Kalmar nation's choir's Christmas consert and had dinner at an Indian restaurant with friend from the dorm. (∪ ◡ ∪)

I'm more than a week behind on questions (ugh). Let's see how many I manage before I have to go study some more and make dinner...

[livejournal.com profile] lost_spook asked me about my favourite companions. I wasn't sure how to go about this question - did I want to mention my favourite favourite/s, or just companions that I like better than others? Doctor Who is a cornucopia of memorable characters. At the same time I'm not sure where to start. I considered doing my favourite companion for every Doctor, but that would get very long very fast and I'm not even sure who to choose in some cases.

So. My absolute favs and a couple of runner-ups.

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regndoft: (Vestal {Ab Antiquo})
2014-12-09 02:59 pm

December Talking Meme - Day 5

[livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa asked: Are there any figures you've come across in your studies that you think are lgbt, for any reason?

I love this question, but it's also... surprisingly difficult to answer? I think this has to do with the material, in more ways than one; with fictional characters there's a comprehensive narrative and inside perspective, while historical sources (at least from the time periods I mostly work with) don't necessarily let you get to know a person enough for you to get an impression of their sexuality or gender identity? I guess I just don't make a habit of developing headcanons about historical figures.

Also, my field is religious history, and while deities and other creatures are almost inherently queer, or at least have the possibility of being queer due to existing outside of normal social and uh, physical boundaries, that's the very thing that makes trying to define their sexuality or gender identity kind of difficult, almost superfluous.

(I'm using the term queer because it encompasses a greater variety of sexuality and gender expressions-- which feels more appropriate, especially when talking about deities).

But that doesn't mean I don't have any!!

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regndoft: (Time And Nyan In Space)
2014-12-09 01:48 pm

December Talking Meme - Day 4: What was your first fandom? Are you still involved with it?

Watch me do the December Talking Meme and fall behind after two days! In my defense, last week was super-intense; I had an exam and two hand-ins on friday and spent all week studying for that, spent most of the weekend baking and being with friends from the corridor, and yesterday I read in the library for hours and cleaned my room in the afternoon. I've barely been on Tumblr, much less had time to write several LJ entries.

Day 3 was blank, so I'm not sure I'm gonna try to fill it (maybe if I have time), but Day 4 had a question from [livejournal.com profile] spaciireth, who asked: "What was your first fandom? Are you still involved with it?"

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regndoft: (Anubis)
2014-12-02 09:30 pm

December Talking Meme - Day 2: Letters to the Dead

Today, I made bean stroganoff with mashed potatoes (good), had a foot bath (v good), started reading The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (good so far) and have studied much less than I should have for the exam on friday (not very good at all). At least I'll finish the hand-ins on time. Being able to memorise the 140 artworks we're supposed to be able to identify... a lot less certain.

But! I'm not actually supposed to talk about that. Actually, since I don't have a question listed for today I wasn't sure what to talk about. So I decided to do a short write-up about what's possibly my favourite genre of Egyptian writing.

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regndoft: (St . Michael {Sine Vinkulo Peccati})
2014-12-01 10:38 pm

December Talking Meme - Day 1: Who's your favorite author and what's your favorite book by them?

(From [livejournal.com profile] katje0711. I started writing this on December 1st, so let's pretend this isn't a late post.)

The worst question. The worst.

Choosing a favourite book is a question I've developed more and more complicated feelings about with age. I don't have the time or urge to read as much as I used to when I was young, and I think I'm not as easily entertained nowadays either. Having a book just reach out and grab you is sadly a rare thing for me nowadays-- I still like most of the books I read, but most don't absorb me completely or leave a deep impact either.

It's also hard for me to pick just one book/author. Especially since two of my favourite books/series are actually collaborations between two authors.

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I still have lots of empty slots so feel free to ask more questions!
regndoft: (Liz Shaw {She Blinded Me With Science})
2014-11-27 01:20 am

Hello Again + December Talking Meme

Life has been... super-hectic the past couple of months. I've maintained my Tumblring pretty well, but LJ/DW has kind of been left in the dust. This has at least partly to do with the fact that reblogging shit on Tumblr is just considerably less effort than trying to be interesting in a blog post. Which is somewhat ironic, because I've had a lot of stuff going on ever since I moved.

So uh, that's a thing. I moved! I no longer have to spend four hours per day on public transport! I live in Uppsala most days of the week and usually go home over the weekends. I don't see the guys in my dorm that often, but the girls have been very welcoming and we get along well. Everything else (studies, mental health, all being so-so) is details.

A lot of other stuff has happened as a result, and some regardless of that-- for example, I went to Dimensions in Newcastle and met People Who Play Characters I Adore (v strange) and am going to the Stockholm Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Gaming Convention this weekend to see Colin Baker (much less strange after Newcastle). Fandom life overall has been pretty weird and meh lately.

Anyway, since everyone's doing it and it'd give me a good incentive to start updating here again, I thought I'd do the December Talking Meme. Basically: give me one or more questions/topics/requests (+ a date, if you want to, or I'll just pick one at random) and I will talk about that (and/or post pictures). If I don't get any suggestions I'll just... try to come up with topics myself.

List of dates )