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Li Mei Xing
24 July 2007 @ 09:30 am
Boo on the "can't think out of the box" bit, though. I have to think outside the box, because my cat peed on it, and who wants to think inside a box that's soaked in cat urine?

You scored as a Male
Being mostly male / masculine, within your structures of thinking simply means that your reasoning powers are (the way they are perceived in Western Culture`) higher than the one of the opposite sex. Psychoanalsis claims this to come at the price of creative expression - a rational thinker can not think out of the box, it is claimed.









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Li Mei Xing
21 July 2007 @ 01:30 am
For reals.

For definite.


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You are introverted, reserved, and quiet with a preference for solitude and solitary activities. Your socializing tends to be restricted to a few close friends. You can be easily upset, even by what people consider the normal demands of living. People consider you to be sensitive and emotional. Novelty, variety, and change spice up your life and make you a curious, imaginative, and creative person. People see you as tough, critical, and uncompromising and you have less concern with others' needs than with your own. You like to live for the moment and do what feels good now. Your work tends to be careless and disorganized.

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Li Mei Xing
20 July 2007 @ 07:53 pm
DISCLAIMER: Sedge isn't Zikael. Sh' dun know nuthin' 'bout nuna' tha' thar' book learnin'.

I said I would do it, and indeed I have: Sedge's big list of Wraeththu words she doesn't (or didn't) pronounce right. That's a lot of words, man! Possibly due to the fact that I'm a filthy American, and can't speak Englush good. Even worse, I'm Marylandonian. mɛɹ.ɪl.ʌnd

Note that I'm basing most of the actual pronunciation off the Wraeththu Companion, which doesn't give any ultra specific pronunciations, like in the vowels. So basically, I'm just making up whether "a" refers to "ɑ", "æ", or "ə" in the IPA and whatnot. Which, by the way, I'm using so I don't have to go "you know, like in ___" for every letter. Nobody needs that.

Oh, and it should also be noted that a lot of the pronunciations weren't in the Companion, so I had to make up how I thought they really sounded. I think you can see where I'm going with this.

And for the sake of my squishy American sanity, I'll just disregard the invisible and apparently silent "r" that shows up every so often.

Chart Time!

Word | Actual Pronunciation | Sedgian Pronunciation
Notes on how I arrived at such a sloppy pronunciation, and my equally sloppy attempts at understanding the IPA.

Abrimel | ɑb.ɹi.mɛl | æ.bɹɪ.mɛl
As I said, guessing on the correct pronunciation of that "a". The Companion stresses the first syllable, so I'll go with "ɑ", as in "father". It sounds more fancy-like (re: Gelaming), anyway. You'd think the name "Bree" would've clued me in, but no.

Almagabra | ɑl.mə.gə.bɹə | æl.mə.gɹə.bə
Ah, so you're not familiar with my method of cobbling together random letters in a word, and then basing my pronunciation on it? Well, you're in for a treat. I've since fixed the placement of that "r", but I still use "æ", as in the name "Al". Which is most likely wrong.

Bryony | bɹaɪ.ɔn.i | bɪɹ.ɔn.i
No idea if that's the actual pronunciation, but that's how I've been saying it since I learned how to spell it. The "y" could possibly be pronounced "ɪ".

Caeru | kaɪ.ɹu | keɪ.ɹu
The actual pronunciation sounds totally weird to me, so I'm sticking with mine until someone can tell me how the Japanese word "kaeru" is pronounced. Presented with the opportunity to make frog jokes at Caeru's expense, I'll concede defeat.

Colurastes | ??? | ???
I honestly have no idea how this is pronounced. koʊ.lu.ɹɑsts? koʊl.u.ɹeɪsts? kɑ? ɹæsts? stɛs? Any combination thereof?

Freybraiha | feɪ.bɹaɪ.hə | feɪ.bɹɑ.li.ə
I just don't know.

Galhea | gə.leɪ.ʌ | gæl.heɪ.ʌ
At least this time, it's a result of me stressing the wrong syllables, and not getting it totally wrong (see: Terzian). Still not sure on the "a", though.

Gelaming | dʒɛl.ə.miŋ | gɛl.ə.miŋ
I'm not going to lie to you: I think "Jelaming" is the funniest thing ever. If my dislike for them wasn't so very blatant, I probably wouldn't use it, but as it gives me an excuse to call them "Jello pudding pops", I think I can get used to it.

Grissecon | grɪs.ʌ.kɔn | grɪs.ɛ.kɔn
Okay, this isn't too bad. And I assume that "ɔ" would be correct for the "o" in "con". Close enough.

Hienama | haɪ.ɛn.a.mə | hi.na.mə/haɪ.na.mə
Now we introduce my insistence that more things should rhyme with "pie". I can never seem to make up my mind over this one. For a while, before I actually sat down and looked at the word, I thought the "ie" was "ei" and thus pronounced it like "hey-nama". I'm still doing it wrong, but at least it doesn't have "enama" in it. I imagine some immature/oddly accented hara have fun with that one; you gotta get that first "a" right! xD

Kamagrian | kə.mɑg.ɹi.æn | kə.mɑ.gɹi.æn
It should be noted that, were I to use the actual pronunciation, I probably wouldn't drift into "Kamalamalamalama...[etc.]" (or worse, "Karma Chameleon") as much as I do when I try to pronounce it my way. Additionally, mine reminds me of fruity wine. I have mixed feelings.

Kanene | kə.ni.ni | kə.neɪ.neɪ
WARNING! KANENE CROSSING! It takes a sick mind, man.
Turns out I was pronouncing nene wrong in the first place, so I don't have to give the joke up. xP

Lolotea | lɔl.ə.ti.ə | loʊ.loʊ.teɪ.ə
Maybe "oʊ" instead of "ɔ", like "Lola". It doesn't really matter, seeing as how he was ÜBER minor, but mine? Totally better. Just sayin'.

Parasiel | pɑ.ɹɑs.i.ɛl | pɛɹ.ə.si.ɛl
I still call them "Varrs", anyway, so it doesn't matter. xP [/evil]

Phaonica | feɪ.ɑn.ɪk.ə | faʊ.nɪk.ə
And for some reason, I used to put an "r" in there-- no reason. Like... faʊɹ.nɪk.ə or something. At least I like the actual pronunciation for once. @_@

Terzian | tɝ.zi.æn | tɛɹ.ɪ.zæn
Dear God, I have no idea. I don't pay attention. D:

Thiede |ði.di | ðid
Theeedeee. Theeeeeeeedeeeeee.

Tigron | ti.gɹɑn | taɪ.gɹɑn
Teegron? Teegron? I don't even know what that means! What kind of title is that for the King of All Wraeththu? Worst. Pronunciation. Ever. I blame Thiede and his "eeeee"s.

Fun Fact, though: Normally, I cannot roll "r"s. But I can with tigron. I seriously go to town on this word. Really, the only word I go to town on more is Teraghast. tdɛh.ɹha.ghæst Sure, I can pronounce it normally: tɛ.ɹə.gæst. But if I roll the "r", somehow I end up turning the "t" into something halfway in between a "t" and a "d".

Ulaume | jʊ.lɑ.mi | ʊ.lɑ.meɪ
I actually got over this pretty quick, which is rare. Though, I still use the "eɪ", because it's cool. For definite.

Additionally! From the Wraeththu Companion:

Kanene of Piristil

What, srsly? GTFO, "j" sound.
mood: crushedEPIC FAIL
Li Mei Xing
19 July 2007 @ 07:25 pm
Stop logging me out, you whore.
Li Mei Xing
18 July 2007 @ 09:56 pm
Okay, here's what I'm going to do.

Wait, no. First, let's assume that I can write myself out of a paper bag. I can't, but suspend your disbelief.

Here's what I'm going to do:

Epic childrens' fantasy series. 20 books long.

First book would a playful romp through a magical and whimsical fantasy world. Let's say about 200 pages long. Everything is very nice and family friendly and it all centers around The Power of Love and Friendship.

But! As the series progresses, each book gets progressively longer, darker, and more disturbing until.

The 20th book comes along, and it's just chock full of graphically depicted gay incestuous zombie sex and people getting their jaws ripped of, right and left, for PAGES on end. Fifty pages of the most gratuitous sex and gore you've ever read, followed by 10 pages of poorly realized plot, on and on. And I could totally get away with it because by that point, the books would be clocking in at about 2,000 - 3,000 pages, all of which are only available in leather-bound collector's editions, weighing approx. 28lbs, with 300 extra pages of high-quality full-color illustrations of the scenes therein. Plus, all of the 8 year olds I lured in with the 1st book would be 30 by the end of it, and nothing shocks them.

And at the very end?

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The movie version would star David Hasselhoff.

And it would be delicious.
Li Mei Xing
30 June 2007 @ 10:34 pm
I hereby dub this cat Diablo cat! For reals.

Additionally, I'll never get bored of applying "in ur base killin ur d00ds" to Diablo. Because, indeed, he is often in your base (Phaonica + Forever) and, while there, is most likely killing/kidnapping/mortally wounding your dudes. Unnamed staff member, Seydir, Azriel, Aleeme, Caeru... the list goes on. Okay no, maybe it ends there.

Sedge: Finding obscure connections between completely unrelated things est. rite nao.
mood: dorkylulz
Li Mei Xing
23 June 2007 @ 07:35 am
Now tell me: Do I look even remotely like any of these people? What's with Cheekbones McGeeJuliette Binoche, there? And Jack Osbourne?

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Li Mei Xing
22 June 2007 @ 03:37 am
Apparently, I look 96% like Beyonce. Now if only I could sing and not have a body like a 12-year old boy.

Also: That photo of me looks horrible, due in part to having just got off a 5 hour flight, but mostly because I was looking forward to the next 10 hours of a layover in LA, followed by a 15 hour flight.

Li Mei Xing
07 June 2007 @ 06:33 am
Is on vacation
Won't have interwebs, even
Do not talk to me

[Well, technically, I will after a few days, but that doesn't fit]
Li Mei Xing
02 June 2007 @ 09:48 am
So I came up with an idea a few weeks back: Leaving notes (on separate pieces of paper) in library books.

I wrote up a transcript of Jim Gaffigan's manatee bit to put in a book about manatees... but I forgot to put it in. xD

A few days ago, I found a postcard in a book I randomly decided to pick up; I'll scan it eventually.

So I'm thinking, maybe a combination of notes and postcards? Postcards addressed to characters in the book? Or maybe even random, "normal" sounding ones? Creepy, ominous ones?

Ooh, or I could do a fake story-type thing, replying to myself, and leaving each postcard in a random book.

Performance art, man!