Sundry Sunday :: my urban dictionary: temporary BFFs

20 Jul

Def.: Unlike actual, lasting friends, these are the people you bond with intensely and instantly over common experiences or shared interests in a moment and then never see again.

Usage: I am in the habit of making temporary BFFs (as well as proper friends) because of mutual affinities for Sailor Moon.

–your fangirl heroine.

pushing zydrate

Sarcastic Saturday :: misanthropic meliorism in haiku

19 Jul

People as a whole
Perpetuate troubling things
And behave badly

A person has the
Potential to do something
World-shakingly great

People as a whole,
Their overarching culture,
Make me quite wary

A person has the
Capability to be
Something amazing

People are sometimes
Astoundingly impressive,
I admit this, and

A person can suck
An unbelievable lotBut I admit, too,

I find it a
Lot simpler to be hopeful
About a person.

–your fangirl heroine.

not to be underestimated

Fashion Friday :: really, this is too easy.

18 Jul

natasha romanoff (scarlett johansson)

Because my last Natasha post was general semi-hipster Natasha, and there needs to be a pinup one for the series, and this is basically my favorite colorset to work with anyway.

paris dress (stop staring!)

Black and red, that is.  Black and red is my jam.  Turquoise is my favorite color, but black and red is my favorite color combination.  This is for several very obvious reasons.  Paris Dress, Stop Staring!

donning chevron tights (modcloth)

And I feel completely comfortable in opining that black tights would also be involved in this outfit.  Donning Chevron Tights, ModCloth.

sts boot (steve madden)

Pinup Natasha’s “shoes that could also be used as murder weapons if need be.”  STS Boot, Steve Madden.

bronze spider necklace (etsy)

A spider necklace, worn tongue-in-cheek.  By paperpistolcharms at Etsy.

–your fangirl heroine.

noooooooooope

Things in Print Thursday :: the overall statistics of the Pulitzer Prize and women.

17 Jul

Because it just occurred to me that I… should probably do an actual roundup of the statistics overall, because I’m genuinely curious.

Fiction

17 out of 59 winners (or 28.8%) have been women.

25 out of 135 nominees (or 18.5%) have been women.

Drama

13 out of 84 winners (or 15.4%) have been women.

43 out of 144 nominees (or 29.8%) have been women.

History

7 out of 66 winners (or 10.6%) have been women.

17 out of 161 nominees (or 10.5%) have been women.

Biography

11 out of 127 winners (or 8.6%) have been women.

27 out of 193 nominees (or 13.9%) have been women.

Poetry

15 out of 67 winners (or 22.3%) have been women.

38 out of 163 nominees (0r 23.3%) have been women.

Novel

12 out of 26 winners (or 46.1%) were women.

Nonfiction

11 out of 53 winners (or 20.7%) have been women.

27 out of 152 nominees (or 17.7%) have been women.

Music

5 out of 69 winners (or 7.2%) have been women.

9 out of 137 nominees (or 6.5%) have been women.

Special award

1 out of 40 winners (or .25%) has been a woman.

Overall

92 out of 591 winners (or 15.5%) have been women.

199 out of 1172 nominees (or 16.9%) have been women.

To put this in perspective, there are only 8 more women winners overall than there are winners in the drama category overall.

There are only 6 more women nominees overall than there are nominees in the biography category overall.

The now-defunct Novel category has the highest percentage of women winners, where Drama has the highest percentage of nominees; of currently active categories, Fiction has the highest percentage of women winners.  In both of the currently active cases, the percentage is still under 30%.

–your fangirl heroine.

horrible stories

Whimsy Wednesday :: in which my girl Mercury shows up and nothing else matters as much.

16 Jul

I promise I’m working on a mix album for next week. It’s just that I know that the two this week are going to lead to my girl Mercury showing up and I really cannot wait for that to happen because I love her the absolute most. It occurred to me recently that she’s the reason for… most of my fictional lady “things,” honestly.

First an episode about a monster who’s attacking… a talent show, I think. “Usagi Learns Her Lesson: Becoming A Star Is Hard Work.”

Energy drink. Advertised by a celebrity I don’t remember but who’s probably going to be the monsterbait this episode.

Oh my gosh Umino’s ancient laptop.

Discovered right here in town. “Town” being Tokyo. That’s not really that surprising, random classmate.

“New spring series: Rock! Paper! Scissors! With Mikan.”

And once again, Jadeite preys on the semi-culturally compulsive interests of teenage girls.

“Just before my thought circuits short out.”

I also like that they’re singing along to… the themesong of the show. And making up a terrible dance.

I know why this episode had to happen before Ami, she wouldn’t put up with this shit. And/or she’d be secretly really way better at everything.

How does leaning forward and placing a paw on something constitute “sorry.”

Naru-chan manipulating Umino’s crush on Usagi to get him to… be in her dance routine?

Oh the terrifying shower monster who just transformed into the celebrity.

“The Cinderella Caravan.” Why is Cinderella such a role model? I mean, she’s cool for surviving an abusive family situation and being a good person and stuff, but like… this has nothing to even do with the ways that Cinderella’s life was transformed, you know? She didn’t have a talent show talent.

What the hell even is that dress that fake Mikan is wearing.

Poor Luna. Having to deal with this. Luna is basically Pepper Potts.

“You don’t understand the innocent dreams of young girls.” And neither does Mamoru, who is a jerk.

Oh my gosh where is Haruna-sensei to be like “stop it y’all.”

EVIL DISCO BALL

I’m still confused why Umino-kun has to be dressed up like a girl for their song and dance number.

“A fresh batch of energy.”

Aw Luna knocking on the door with her tiny kitty paw.

I don’t know why that little-bad is scarier than the others have been. Because it was in the body of a famous celebrity?

I also think it’s interesting that the energy batches only ever target like 20 people.

Sailor Moon is really, really good at dramatic entrances.

I know. Tuxedo Kamen could break the glass that came out of the shower monster’s mouth.

“You’re the star of this show now, Sailor Moon.” And then he leaves. He is the most useless character in the world.

It was definitely Moon Tiara Magic in the dub I grew up with. Moon Tiara Action makes marginally more sense, though, in a way.

There’s Usagi acting sorry, and it is the literal most ridiculous.

Anyway. Now onto MY GIRL MY DARLING.

Oh yeah, this monster threw report cards at people.

“Is The Girl Genius A Demon?! The Brainwashing Cram School Of Horror.” That is so freaking beautiful.

“So many human schoolhchildren have been made miserable because they are forced to study.” As Queen Beryl and Jadeite accurately analyze the flaws of a cultural obsession with fancy education as a status thing. “So what do children do after they leave a first rate university?” “I have no idea…” “I see.”

I don’t understand how hair color works in this cartoon. Honestly.

“Your destiny is to find the princess” YOU ARE THE PRINCESS

And Luna admitting that she’s not really sure what the monsters are either.

Luna and the control center in the video game. And everyone thinks Ami is a monster because she emits strange energy because she’s Sailor Mercury.

Ah, yes, Ami’s IQ of 300. I know Ami’s IQ and do not know my own.

And everyone misunderstands poor Ami-chan’s shyness for snobbery.

And Ami befriends Luna immediately because she’s a very sweet girl oh darling I have so many feelings about you.

FRIENDS WHO ARE LADIES THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TOO.

Oh and Ami is melting because nobody ever takes the time to be nice to her and now she’s worried that if she does too well people will think she’s showing off but she doesn’t say.

:”Studying is the only thing I’m good at.” Baby girl.

FLOPPY DISK.

The floppy disk is being used to suck energy. And Ami’s like “lolnope I don’t like this disk.”

“I’d hardly call it creeping.” No, Mamoru, it is definitely creeping.

OH MY GOSH and the floppy disk program is white lettering on a blue screen. And no Luna, but the disk isn’t something she’s perpetrating it’s something she has oh my goodness.

I like that she had to transform into looking like a doctor to… run into the building.

And Ami-chan’s probably like “what the hell is this naked girl doing twirling in circles in my cram school. Where did that come from.”

Evil monster who’s just preying extra on Ami ‘cause she’s super smart.

“Gifted minds are here to better mankind! I won’t allow them to fall into the hands of evil.” She also really got the hang of making inspirational speeches quickly.

And the monster is asking her academic questions and pelting her with razor exams that disappear once the questions are correctly answered. And now all the students are zombies this is also an effective metaphor.

THE MARK OF MERCURY and Luna flips in the air and makes a new magic pen. I’m so happy right now. I’m also happy that even Luna’s already calling her “Ami-chan.”

Mercury baby girl.

“Bubble Spray” is slightly less menacing than “Mercury Bubbles Blast.” I also love that her attack is basically just “make it foggy so the little-bad can’t see.”

I really love that it has to be “pretty sailor guardian,” not just “Sailor Scout.”

And things will totally be better! Because Ami is just as logical as Luna is and oh my gosh she’s just shaking Usagi’s hand.

–your fangirl heroine.

i will have every glasses picture i can

Television Tuesday :: True Blood cocktails, because I live in denial.

15 Jul

This is to say, while I am watching the rest, I choose to pretend that seasons six and seven don’t count.  Alternately, I name Game of Thrones drinks after dead girls with little canon personality, so why not True Blood drinks too?

braelyn

Braelyn
1 shot peach schnapps
1 shot iced cake vodka
1 shot red apple liqueur
Blood orange Italian soda

Since I already have a drink for Adilyn that’s based out with blood orange, I decided to make that my overall fairy girls base.  Because gosh darn it, these dead fairy girls represent a lot to me and they matter to me much more than they ever did to the show, apparently.  Anyway, this is probably the sweetsiest-flavored of the bunch.

Charlaine
1 shot peach schnapps
1 shot raspberry liqueur
1 shot lemon sorbet vodka
Blood orange Italian sodaAnd this is the most fruity-flavored of them.  It’s just fruit flavors, actually, and so it comes out tasting a bit more… straightforward, I suppose?  I don’t know.  I’ve attributed personalities to these dead girls despite there being little to no “canonical” reason to do, and it works.

danika

Danika
1 shot caramel vodka
1 shot red apple liqueur
1 shot vanilla liqueur
Blood orange Italian sodaAnd this one, despite the sweetsy flavors, is rather straightforward.  Adding caramel to apple neutralizes the sweet of it a bit, and as discussed last week vanilla is really less sweet and more just honest.  I don’t know.

–your fangirl heroine.

sweet revenge

Music Monday :: my thoughts on Alvvays

14 Jul

Another Monday, another round of “pick the NPR livestream that strikes my fancy.”  Today it’s a group called Alvvays.  I’ve never heard of them before, but there are ladies in the group, they’re from Toronto and the description says they’re about awkwardness and sound like beach pop.

“Adult Diversion.”  Yep.  There’s that beach guitar.  The lyrics website I found that already has this song posted has so many ?? where there should be complete lyrics, but they do list the phrase “is is a good time or is it highly inappropriate?” and I like that a lot, if it is in fact correct.  This is sweet and fun and could belong somewhere, I bet.

“Archie, Marry Me.”  Well, this is right to the point.  I admit that when I see the name Archie I will always think of Archie comics, so I assume this song is actually sung by Betty and/or Veronica.  It’s on the imperfect side of things, vocally, but in a plaintive kind of way that I don’t mind.

“Ones Who Love You.”  This has that indie movie atmospheric quality to it that I seem to gravitate toward somewhat unconsciously.  “And when lightning strikes I will be on my bike, I won’t be stuck inside, I will be taking flight.”  I really like that.

“Next of Kin.”  Oh, it’s so jaunty.  I’m not sure what else to say about it, but it’s very jaunty and summery and not in a way that makes me want to run inside and turn the lights off and hibernate (like actual summer does sometimes, I’ll admit).

“Party Police.”  I really love this title.  There is not a website that has these lyrics yet so I’m not sure if this is correct, but “walking through the trees I never really know what’s on your mind, is it ever me or just someone you’ve left behind, floating through a dream I never could make out the words you said, sentences are bouncing back and forth inside my head,” I really like that too.  I know what they’re talking about with the awkwardness.  These sound like things I write and say sometimes and I like that.  Also, “we could find comfort in debauchery,” I think that’s wonderful.

“The Agency Group.”  This is fun, too.  Jaunty and slightly snarky in its way, and that’s fun.  I enjoy snarky imperfect lady vocals over vintage guitar, I think.  That’s what I’m learning from NPR livestreams.  This is music that sounds like disaffected youth driving around in their cars.

“Dives.”  And it meanders along so pleasantly.  I need to sit down with some lyrics because I bet they’re lovely, I just can’t always make out a lot of them on the first go.

“Atop a Cake.”  I’m running out of articulate commentary, but gosh, this is just cute and fun.  “I’ll wait in the lobby for someone to show, and if they don’t come I won’t know where to go.”  Also awkward, also endearing in its way.

“Red Planet.”  These notes sound almost ominous in that vintage way that things sometimes sound ominous.  I quite like it.  Because space.  Ending on a wistful note, that can be effective, yeah.  I think it works.  Mellowing out.

–your fangirl heroine.

lonely times

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