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Alexandra
08 April 2009 @ 10:43 am
Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.

It's entirely true, and such a perfect way to put the issue of wealth in context.




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Alexandra
18 December 2007 @ 09:36 am
As part of my plan to revive this journal from the dead, here are some art icons/bases I created a while back. The icons are all from the works of Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, Alphonse Mucha and Vincent Van Gogh. Here's a preview:

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Alexandra
12 November 2006 @ 06:46 pm
This is a scale of the 'otherness' of fantasy settings ranging from 0 -7 that I came up with some time ago . As with any attempt to classify something so diverse and amorphous, it is not perfect, and there may well be some fantasy books that don't fit on the scale at all; however, I still find it is very useful.

0 - realistic fiction, stories that take place in what I term the 'consensus reality'.

1 - our world, with limited magical elements - i.e., no hidden magical societies. Half Magic by Edward Eager is an example.

2 - our world on the surface, but with hidden magic and magical societies - Harry Potter, most urban fantasy. Also, alternate worlds without other speculative elements.

3 - alternate worlds or alternate world systems with open magic - His Dark Materials series, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell.

4 - an 'other' world, but one that has clear analogues to ours - the Discworld series.

5 - other world that is not directly related to ours, but still quite influenced by our cultures, past and present - most traditional 'pseudo-medieval' fantasy

6 -  may have: uniquely created human cultures,  non-human species that are fairly important,   humanoid species that are as or more important than humans. In addition to the presence of magic the world may differ in more physical aspects. Steven Brust's Dragaeran novels are an example.

7 - non-human species and cultures more prominent that human ones, the mechanics of the created universe differ significantly from the mechanics of ours.

If a story involves travel between worlds that rate differently on the setting scale, take the average rating, using a rating of 1 for our world - even if there's nothing magical about our world in the story per se, the ability to go from our world to another is. Thus, The Chronicles of Narnia are 3 on the setting scale. Also, a rating may be fractional - I think of Magic or Not?, which has deliberately ambiguous events that may or may not be magic, as a 1/2 on my scale.

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Alexandra
14 October 2006 @ 10:01 am
Subjects include: · Discworld(7) · Young Wizards(6) · Chrestomanci(4) · Tamora  Pierce · Tam Lin(3) · the Abhorsen Trilogy · the Lymond Chronicles · His Dark Materials(2) · Crown Duel(1) · Credit and comment, but most of all, enjoy!

 
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Alexandra
13 October 2006 @ 06:24 pm
...That is, Friday the 13th.   It was appropriate, therefore, that today I had two chemistry tests, one regular one one and a quiz for lab. None of my classes have true midterms, but this week still felt like a testing week, since on Monday I had a test for math and on Wednesday a exam for my Ancient and Medieval Cultures class. This means I can really enjoy this weekend, however, since I don't have much to study for.
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Alexandra
23 July 2006 @ 08:26 pm
No post yet, though I'm planning one, but for now here are some astronomy icons I've been collecting for a while. The pictures are from the Hubble telescope gallery and apod.
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Alexandra
13 May 2006 @ 09:10 am
I have a little book of insults from Shakespeare's plays, and I realized they'd be perfect material for icons.  So, here are 24 Shakespeare Insult icons - 12 different insults, in both black-background and white-background versions. Enjoy! Tell me which icons you took, and please credit.


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Alexandra
15 January 2006 @ 01:15 pm

Ptolemy's GateCollapse )

The KinCollapse )

Zahrah the WindseekerCollapse )
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Current Music: The Old Ways - Loreena Mckennitt
 
 
Alexandra
04 January 2006 @ 06:41 pm
I've been fooling with the layout - I finally have a white-on-black layout like I wanted, but I reminded myself that it's more important to have good posts than a good layout. Therefore, I am posting. My library is having growing pains - the bedroom bookshelves where I keep my favorite novels has been overflowing for quite some time, but has gotten much worse since the holidays. I got The Art of Discworld for my birthday, and with the $40 in B&N gift cards I bought Mort and Soul Music by Terry Pratchett, Deep Secret and The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones, The Kin by Peter Dickinson, Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell, and Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin. Though I'm happy to add to my collection, I now have enough books to fill two extra bookshelves!
 
 
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Alexandra
15 December 2005 @ 04:26 pm
Double the number of icons! Either the people at LiveJournal knew it was my birthday and gave me more icons as a present, or this was a plain old coincidence, but either way I'm happy. Of course, choosing six icons is little easier than choosing three, but it's still nice.
 
 
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