corknut: (hercules- gods and goddesses)
The wireless connection is being weird and the French and British high school groups have turned the lounge into a rave party, so clearly this is the best possible time for me to write up this entry.

cut because this is long-ish )
corknut: (celeb- SUP)
First of all, I'm starting this post by saying I wish LJ Juggler would work I'm 99% sure I forgot my camera cord, so while I'm taking lots of pictures I won't actually be able to upload them until I get home. But anyway, I arrived today, and even though I've been doing a lot of resting I'm still surprised that I'm not more tired than I am. Because my four-and-a-half-hour flight left Boston at 9:30PM and arrived in Keflavík at 6:20AM (ten minutes early, whoooo), I obviously didn't get much sleep. The bus ride to Reykjavík took about forty minutes, but I wasn't able to actually check into my room at Reykjavík City Hostel until 2PM. Luckily, they let me store my suitcase and hang around using whatever hostel facilities that I wanted, so I sat and read/used the free wireless for a while, then opted to walk a ways towards the center of the city to find breakfast instead of just eating it there. (I had yoghurt and a chocolate croissant at a convenience store, which was ~*obviously*~ super healthy.)

I didn't really do too much walking because I was (... and still am, sob) fairly fatigued; the city center is about a half hour on foot from the hostel, and I only walked about fifteen minutes each way. On the way back from breakfast I sat and read on some rocks near the ocean, which was pretty cool (and actually not too cold because I was wearing a sweatshirt and sat on my coat). After going back and sitting in the hostel lounge for a couple more hours I bought a bus pass and rode around the city for a while. I was intending to go to the BSÍ (the main bus terminal) to turn in my tour voucher for tickets, but I accidentally missed my stop and stayed on for a bit longer before switching buses and doubling back. This was actually pretty cool, because I got to see more of the city and eavesdrop on gossiping Icelandic teenagers coming back from school (does it count as eavesdropping if you can only understand a little bit of what they're saying?). After that I could finally check into my room, where I met my current roommates: a college student/National Guardsman from Pennsylvania named Lacey, and an older German woman whose name I can't remember at the moment. They were both pretty cool and I talked to Lacey for quite a while before doing more mundane stuff like showering and getting online and reading (by the way, I started and finished the book Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman; it was amazing and I highly recommend it).

After deciding to skip both lunch and dinner because I was too tired to go walking to buy some (sorry, Mom), I waited outside the hostel for about half an hour, waiting for the pickup to my northern lights tour... only to find out from some boys that it had actually been cancelled due to the overcast weather. Oops. Probably should have checked with the hostel desk to see if it was still going before heading outside. The good news is that I was not only able to reschedule it (for tomorrow night), but I was also able to reschedule the glacier climb tour (for October 31st), which I had thought had been cancelled for good instead of just for tomorrow. This is probably a good thing, because it means I won't be staying up until after midnight tonight only to get up at butt o'clock the next day.

Anyway, that's... basically all I did. I realize that that was probably pretty boring to read if you actually got through it all. Hopefully days where I actually do stuff will be more exciting! Until then, go read Pigeon English.

Thoughts.

Oct. 24th, 2011 02:15 pm
corknut: (stock- shine on through)
One of the books I'm reading right now is A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, by Ismael Beah. Discounting the fictionalization claims-- I honestly haven't looked into them much, so I don't really have an opinion on how accurate or inaccurate Beah's account is-- it really makes me sad to see some of the things that reviewers (particularly at Amazon.com) are saying about him, and child soldiers in general.

"Beah should be despised, not "addressing the U.N." True, he may have "forgiven himself" in some feel-good workshop, but I for one haven't forgiven him. Look, if they gave him a Kalashnikov when he was 7 or 8 and bullied him into shooting up the town, that'd be one thing. But 15? That's old enough to know the difference between right and wrong in any culture. Murderer."

Even excluding the fact that he was thirteen when he was forcibly recruited, not fifteen, I just think it's really impossible to make a judgement like that when you've never been in the situation yourself. Imagine that you grew up in a war-torn country, and were given a gun, and essentially told that your choices are to kill or be killed. On top of that, your head is filled with horrible imagery of what the people you'll be fighting have done (or supposedly have done, depending on the situation), and you're told that that sort of thing happened to your parents and families, and that you need to avenge their deaths. Can you really and truly say that your response to that situation would be "No, killing is wrong; do whatever you want with me but I refuse to fight for you"? I can't, and I'm a serious, serious pacifist who is against the death penalty in any circumstance and can't imagine being able to kill somebody.
corknut: (stock- tower)
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Can I just say "everywhere"? If I chose one place I'd end up thinking of tons more I'd want to visit just as much, anyway.

If I really have to pick just one I choose the Falkland Islands.

Questions.

Oct. 10th, 2011 01:43 am
corknut: (real life- peace in iran)
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I think the world is too big for that. But I also think that things can (will?) be a lot better than they are now.
corknut: (winnie the pooh- lost)
I just poked around on AFC for a little while. Every time I go there I'm hit with a gigantic wave of nostalgia.
corknut: (celeb- gurl)
Am I the only one who didn't know about this until it happened? I didn't get any emails and saw no indication on the site that this was going down.

If you're like me and you lost a shit ton of bookmarks/content, you might still be able to export and download them here (that feature was supposed to end on the 23rd just like the transfer option, but it doesn't seem to have yet). You'll get a list of all your links, but they won't be organized by tag or anything.
corknut: (celeb- we are family)
mild spoilers for last night's season premiere )
corknut: (west wing- cruciatus in crucem)
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(This is supposed to say "9/11: Where Were You?", but that part got cut out for some reason.)

Sixth grade, at school. I lived in Plainsboro, New Jersey at that time (about an hour away from NYC), so I'm actually pretty surprised that I didn't know way more people who were affected by it. I wasn't really affected much, myself-- my aunt (Dad's sister) lived in Manhattan, and so I went down to the main office to see if I could try to reach her, but I wasn't all that worried because I doubted she would have been anywhere near the towers.

As for what exactly I remember... I'm pretty sure I was in Mr. McKenzie's science class, and they brought us all out into the sixth grade concourse and told us what had happened. I don't remember how much detail they went into, but I do remember that all my sister heard at school was that there had been "a plane crash".
corknut: (nim's island- awwww yeah)
So I haven't said much about this because I didn't want to get all excited and then disappoint myself if it didn't work out, but I've been looking into cheap flights/hostel stays in places where it's the travel off-season right now. At first I was seriously considering going to Guatemala to volunteer short-term with some building projects at Casa Guatemala (I'd love to volunteer/work somewhere like that long-term too, but it's not really possible at this point in my life for a variety of reasons), but even though I found some really cheap flights, it's still hurricane season until late November, so I ended up abandoning that idea. Thennnn I started looking into Europe, and ended up choosing Iceland, which has flights that are only a little more expensive than some of the Central America ones I found. Today I was finally able to finalize things, and unless something unexpected and horrible comes up, I'll be heading off to Reykjavík for eight days in late October/early November. I'm really, really looking forward to this; you have no idea. I plan on keeping in touch/hopefully doing day-by-day updates the way I did on my train trip-- the hostel I'll be staying at has wireless in the common rooms, as well as some internet-enabled computers if for some reason using mine doesn't work out.

I'm also going to try to get some pictures of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in 2010, for my sister (she likes the name, has named a music composition for school after it, and is proud of the fact that she can pronounce it correctly). I have a couple people friended on here who know her, so don't tell her! It's a surprise. :P
corknut: (stock- cutouts)
I've been watching so much Criminal Minds lately-- the sixth season came out on DVD last Tuesday and I'm on the last disc now. I JUST LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH? I'd love to try to watch it as it airs next season, buuuut I always either forget or am busy. I think the last thing I watched on TV regularly was the fifth season of House.

But yeah, Criminal Minds! "Safe Haven" and "The Thirteenth Step" have been my favorites so far, I think. I'm still wondering why they didn't use some kind of vocal recognition software on the unsub on "25 to Life". Not much else to say here, so this is going to be another boring entry.
corknut: (scrubs- crazy)
Have gone tubing in a long skirt and fancy shirt: check.

Have gone swimming in the ocean in jeans and a t-shirt: check.




I am so okay with this you have no idea.
corknut: (doctor who- oh god no)
I just cannot even handle this.

I've never read a fanfic that moved me so much. I wish I hadn't started out skimming (I rarely read long fics, mostly because I... don't read much fic in general), because the effect would have been even more... thwamping if I hadn't. Thwamp is a good word for it, BECAUSE THAT'S THE SOUND MY HEART MADE.

I love some of this fandom's fanwork even more than the original comic itself, you guys. 8(
corknut: (stock- umbrella days)
I don't usually (read: never) do friend-cuts, but I just removed a few journals that I'm pretty sure were spambots. If you were removed, are not a bot, and would like to be added back, let me know!
corknut: (avatar- laid-back)
I kind of want to update this thing more with like... actual substance, but since I tend to talk about day-to-day minutia on Plurk instead now, it'd seem kind of redundant to do it here too. I was going to make an entry about my sister's graduation last week and my ~*feelings*~ on that, but then I was too lazy.

I'm taking the train to Pennsylvania in a little more than a week to see [livejournal.com profile] rinhriveiel, which should be really really fun, and I don't even care that it's a seven-hour trip because traiiiiiiiiin. Also, major plus: I can bring books and read on trains, which I can't do in a bus or car because I'd get motion sickness JUST FROM GLANCING DOWN AT THE PAGE I AM NOT EVEN JOKING. How do I survive in this world.

And on a completely unrelated note, I was looking at some recent DDD stuff and re-reading this:



MADE ME SAD 8( POOR INSECURE RIDICULOUS BABY
corknut: (stock- ruby slippers)
Updated map thanks to my recent trip!

snip-snip! )

In before my dad anon-comments to remind me of one I missed.
corknut: (avatar- 8])
My last day of travel.

image-heavy! )

So that's it! We got back to Boston that night and I was picked up by my parents. I didn't take as many pictures on the last few days due to the aforementioned insanity (also: the east coast/midwest weren't as exciting to me as everything else because I live on the east coast), but hopefully these last few days' worth weren't a complete disappointment. Thanks for reading!
corknut: (house- ache)
image-heavy! )
corknut: (stock- make some music huh)
Oh hey, remember me? The last few days of my trip were pretty crazy and I didn't get a chance to post pictures or update, so I'm just doing it now... really, really late. Sorry about that.

image-heavy! )

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