Sunday, November 29, 2009

Catch 22 of sleeping cats

Aww, if only I had the camera here I could've taken a very cute video of Daisy sleeping. If I were to move and get it, she'd just wake up. Then again, if it was here on the desk and I had taken it up and put it on, she probably would've woken up too.

Maybe I'll put it in here for next time, just in case. She was very cute, flicking her tongue a little. Now she's snoring.

I shall have to show an old piccy instead, just so you can see how insanely cute she is when she's asleep.

Daisy, originally uploaded by me, duh

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Neither Christian, nor Fascist!

You are 0% Christian!

Please don't be offended by my quiz! If you don't know what it means to be a Christian it is simply living like Christ as much as is humanly possible. Being a Christian means giving your heart to God and living for Him according to His Word. He commands us to go to church, to dress modestly, to study His Word and to Pray... If you are a Child of God, or if you are Saved, which means that you have repented of your sins, then you are still saved regardless of what your percentage as a Christian is. Plus, this is a quiz I made up at a whim and does not neccessarily reflect what your actual percentage is. Only God knows and I am not a judge. I just wanted to do something that was spiritually educational!!!

What Percentage Christian are You?
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You are 0% fascist

You are not fascist at all. You support a diverse, multicultural community where all citizens are treated with reverence and dignity. You are determined to uproot prejuidices and correct unessecary evils before they evolve into dangerous situations. You are very suspicious and skeptical of government and religion.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Preaching to the crowd

I already know autumn is my favourite season, with all the colours and less pollen and misty mornings and harvesting and magic and the fact that I get insanely creative in the autumn. Which is interesting, as I'm suffering bad with hayfever through summer and then get SAD in the winter... but for a month or two, things are fab! Tehe.

Your Soul Is Connected to the Fall

You are a somewhat sensitive soul with a tough exterior. You are street smart and wise about the world.

You have the heart of a poet, but you're not too eager to let anyone else see it.

You are very creative and deeply talented. You are still looking for the perfect outlet for your expression.

You embrace change and think the cycles of life are beautiful. You don't shrink away from the darker elements of life.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fangirling is good for you

This is a response to a discussion about a celebrity worship scale which was discussed at the C19 forum, which I happened to sign up to today. They've got all sorts of goodies there, like book and history discussions and Jane Eyre fanfic - squee!

I was thinking... there is a condition called "erotomania", which is essentially, crazy stalker syndrome. They're the ones who are infatuated with someone (celebrity or not), and truly believes their love is reciprocated. Saw a documentary about it, it was rather unsettling. But that's a specific thing, and everyone's a fan of something to a certain degree, and most of us can tell the difference between fantasy and reality, and most of us (I hope) know how to behave toward the person we are a fan of. I mean, while we might think that we would get along pretty darn well as a couple with certain celebs, as we seem quite similar in many ways, we know it's never going to be, and we would never do anything stupid like become a stalker and convince ourselves that he's the perfect man for us, he just needs to get to know us to realise it... because in my book, that would be over-stepping a whole lot of boundaries.

I'm quite happy to be a fangirl, boring my friends to tears by rambling on and on about whatever I'm fangirling over at the moment (currently, Richard Armitage and Gisborne - occasionally interrupted by Mr. Rochester and Sam Neill or Ken Olin) and do things like buy their films on DVD, signed photos on eBay and drool over pictures online. When we went to London a few months ago, I went to a wine merchant and bought a couple of bottles of wine from Sam Neill's vineyard, as they're the UK importer and it's one of those things which you "have" to do as a devoted fan. If there was a fan convention to go to, I'd go there, but I wouldn't go lurking around people's houses.

In fact, in 2001, I went to Germany to attend a fanclub party for Thomas Anders (singer of Modern Talking - another thing you might hear me squee about). Every year, there's a "party" organised by the man himself (or, his people, rather), which you can attend as a fanclub member, and meet him in person, have your picture taken, get an autograph, ask questions and hear him sing and such. I've been to two and it was great fun! Anyway, some other female fans and I were walking around town, and one of them knew where the guy lived. It was a place which I had passed with one of them earlier that day. We just went past the apartment building, going "squee, this is where he lives!" when all of a sudden, his wife comes out to walk the dog. She's obviously used to seeing fans hang around, as she told us he would not be coming down to greet us, because they had friends over and he had a bit of a cold. My reaction (and luckily, at least two of the three other women in the group) was that of "Huh? Wait a minute, waiting? o.O We're not waiting for him to come out at all. We were just passing! We're actually off to have dinner somewhere, if we can find a decent restaurant!" She was quite happy to talk to us and even suggested a few restaurants which we could visit, and seemed so relieved that we weren't the usual group of clingy fans. I dunno, it just stuck with me.

I feel quite strongly about the whole stalking business. It doesn't matter if I feel like I'm someone's biggest fan - it doesn't give me the right to trespass! If I am not personally acquainted with them, I have no right to hang around their house all day and night, to knock on their door, lurk in their garden or anything like that. It's wrong! Not just that, I would absolutely HATE it if someone was to follow me around! Some of the fans I've met, while they're very nice, I still feel they push it, by appearing at every public place where their hero might be. As it happened, I went to the little town where TA comes from, first time I went to Germany. Very friendly people there, and they took me to see the even smaller part of town where he actually grew up, and showed me the house where his parents still lived. They asked if I wanted them to take a picture of me outside the house, but I declined. I was uncomfortable enough just stopping outside to take a picture! And even then, I only have that picture in my photo album - I didn't put it on my fan page (which I of course had ;)), because I thought it would be a bit too intrusive.

I'm a worship from afar kinda gal. If I were to bump into a celebrity out on the town, I might go and say hello if I could pluck up the courage to do so, and if it's someone whose work I really enjoy, and if it was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. I mean, if I bumped into RA, for instance, I would HAVE to say hello and ask for an autograph (but by golly I'd be embarassed to do so!) just so I could ask if he can do a Northern Irish accent. *cough* But yeah... I'd be reluctant do go up to him or anyone else, and if they seemed in a hurry, I wouldn't want to disturb them. I'm too embarrassed to even write a letter to anyone to say thanks for the work they're doing. I mean... if they're like RA, they'll probably appreciate it, but it's just... it feels weird to even think about, and it would be too weird to actually type it out, let alone mail it off!

A dose of fangirling does no harm, not to the celebrity or the fan in question. I mean, I get very happy and cheerful with watching pictures, reading interviews, watching fanvids or DVDs and that sort of thing, and surely that's a good thing? :) No need for medication here!

Monday, April 20, 2009

On "New Age Paganism"

Okay, so I had a rant on the IMDb boards again. :look This time, in response to the term 'New Age Paganism' being used on the Richard Dawkins boards:

New Age and Neo Paganism are two different things that don't necessarily go together. New Age = dolphins, angels, crystals, channeling, rainbows and generic fluff favoured in majority by quasi-Christian post-menopausal women. Neo Paganism is practiced by both men and women and is more about earthiness and connection with nature. Then there are some who like mixing the two (I know I do!), but most New Agers get a rather blank expression on their faces when a Pagan starts talking about athamés, cauldrons and circles - just like most Pagans would do the same when hearing a New Ager talk of having lived a previous life as a highly enlightened spirit-being somewhere in the vicinity of the Pleiades... so bit of a crowbar separation there. ;) (Okay, so most of the New Agers I know are a little more connected to reality than that!)

Neo Pagans normally frown upon New Agers and their "pay for salvation" policy on going on expensive courses and retreats, wheras the New Agers tend to look upon the Neo Pagans as being a bit too "dark" and potentially full of negative energy for them, as they're all about light and positive energy and stuff like that, and quite often with seriously Christian overtones, as a lot of them won't shut up about God and especially angels. Meh. Once upon a time I was the secretary for a spiritual organisation in my home town. We had a board meeting where we were trying to think of speakers for the upcoming period and I suggested maybe some of my Pagan friends would like to give a talk on what Neo Paganism is and that sort of thing, as I thought that could be quite an interesting topic. One of the New Agey ladies' response was something along the lines of "oh no, black magic is bad, mmkay? We don't want any of their kind here." WTF?! So basically, New Agers get my goat a lot more than Pagans do, and I count myself as belonging to both camps, while at the same time firmly believing in the non-existance of God and that fundamentalism is bad regardless of the faith that's being peddled.


For Wiccans to say that their religion is ancient is deluded - Wicca was invented by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. His religion might well have been INFLUENCED by ancient druidic beliefs, but Wicca in itself is a recent construction. There ARE pagans out there who really DO try to be historically accurate in regards to ancient religions (save maybe for the ritualistic slaughter which clashes with the "everything is sacred" and "an it harm none" beliefs), but for the most part, no. Most people just want to get on with their lives and try to live more in harmony with nature rather than trying to destroy it or have other things that are more important to them than to worship eg. Eostre in a historically correct fashion.

I've never personally encountered any Pagans "dressing up like a bunch of tits" at ceremonies, but then again, I have met a bunch of Pagans outside of ceremonies who insist on dressing in all black, dying their hair black and that sort of thing, which I don't get. I mean, just because you go Pagan doesn't mean you have to go Goth at the same time, right?

The two halves of nature - it's a Yin & Yang type balance thing. I like the duality aspect of Neo Paganism, I just don't buy into the duality as deity concept. If I want an invisible friend, I'll invent one that doesn't want me to kill everyone who doesn't believe in him/her.