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Osamu Tezuka - Princess Knight v2
Aki Irie - Rans magiska värld v1
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In happier news, my results for the Swedish course I took last term:

Spoken & listening comprehension: A
Grammar: B
Written & reading comprehension: B
Realia (= Swedish history and culture mostly): pass (no grade given for this bit, just pass/fail, but he wrote several + symbols after "pass" on my final paper, so I'll take that as a hell yes.)

I am especially shocked and amazed about the A, since they spent all term telling us that People Don't Get As On This Course, since it is judged more or less as though one were a college-level (err, that is to say, something like age 15-19) Swedish person.

Basically I am awesome? :D

One term left and then I can study regular Swedish courses as much as I want! :D
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Hi everyone, I know I never write. I am pretty terrible at this whole journal thing just now apparently. But I just wanted to drop you some important links.

BASICALLY, that forced sterilisation law that I talked so much about all last year? Not going anywhere, apparently, despite the fact that basically everyone except for the Christian Democrats has said it needs to be gone. Because you know, we can't upset the Christian Democrats! We are apparently cool with continuing to sterilise people against their will before we will let them change their legal gender in order to not upset the Christian Democrats!

Here is a petition you can sign.

Here is info about a demonstration that will be taking place on wednesday (info in Swedish) and here is an english translation of that information.
marshtide: (Snufkin - The traveller)
I still haven't got around to upgrading my LibraryThing account, damn it. So I guess I'm still keeping a running list here.

2011 in books )

I have a feeling I've already lost a thing or two from this list, actually, since I've not been as obsessive about writing things down since I got ill. But this is probably most of it, anyway.

I was about to start a to-read list as well but then I remembered what happens with to-read lists.
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If it seems like I've been really quiet that's because I've been really quiet. I've been really quiet because it's been November and the darkness has sapped my will to do anything at all. I'm going to have to wake up now because I have final exams, but uh, I'm not sure about energy for proper posts.

OTOH this lack of energy & refusal to get out of bed has given me the opportunity to read as much of Swan as is available in English. Err. We'll take that as an acheivement, OK?
marshtide: (Katherine Hepburn - Sylvia Scarlett)
”Kampen för rättvisa har också historiskt varit en stark drivkraft för rösträtt, mot apartheid, för jämställdhet, mot diskriminering och för rättsstat. För Moderaterna är rättviseperspektivet ständigt närvarande.”


Oh god, I have to go either cry or laugh until I cry now. Either way this merits tears.

Tr:

"The fight for justice has also from a historical perspective been a strong driving force for the right to vote, against apartheid, for equality against discrimination and for the constitutional state. For the Moderate party the perspective of justice is a constant presence."


OK, that's a horrible translation, but the original quote is also pretty horrible. *eyes it* I.. no really, that's just badly constructed. I refuse to take the time to do a nice translation of something so crap. Anyway, uh... guys? Remember how you voted against universal suffrage? And against sanctions when Sweden was considering its stance on apartheid? And against basically everything except lowered taxes, actually?

OH RIGHT, details like that are just the Social Democrats coming with silly, irrelevant questions about history! Like we should care about history! Haha!

(Whole article @ DN)
marshtide: (Katherine Hepburn - Sylvia Scarlett)
- Ulf Lundell var på Babel igår. HUR kan han vara så tråkig och samtidigt så provocerande? -_- Och nästa vecka blir det fler tråkgubbar - Franzen och Umberto Eco. Jösses. NÄSTA TORSDAG ÄR INSTÄLLD P.G.A. GUBBÖVERSKOTT.



- Kulturgrammatik börjar småirritera mig. Författaren ska vara så jävla förstående och förklara precis allt om kulturella skillnader men verkar ändå har visa... döda vinklar, så att säga... som han är helt omedveten om. Han skriver t.o.m. om en kvinna som på en av hans föreläsningar försökte påpeka en sådan. Han tyckte ju att hon var lite dum. Sorry to say, gubbe, men det ÄR möjligt att kvinnor kan ha lite bättre kol på könsdiskriminering än vad du gör.



- Nu vill jag sjunga dig milda sånger verka i alla fall vara en bättre bok än grabben i graven bredvid, MEN. Det känns ganska underredigerad. Jag vill ta en röd penna till det och kryssa ut typ minst ett stycke onödig beskrivning i varje kort kapitel, och det upprepar sig själv ganska mycket, och människor pratar på något jävla konstigt sätt som ibland känns helt orealistisk. Alltså... människor i böcker pratar inte som människor i verkligheten, och det är helt OK, men det ska vara en stiliserad avbildning som känns i alla fall trovärdigt, va, eller som funkar på något annat sätt som del av bokens stil. Ehh... ja, det som jag ville säga var att det är sällan ett bra tecken när man känner att man redigerar en bok som man läser.



- Alliansen jag hatar er. Ja jag vet, vilken överraskning. Men! liksom! Alliansen smygavskaffade mål om delad föräldraledighet. -__________________- Visst kan man bli trött på hela grejen med föräldraledighet som Enda Stora Jämställdhets Mål, men inte för att det är en dålig grej i sig - snarare för att fler saker behövs utöver detta, och för att jämställdhetsdebatten som det ser ut i riksdagen är så jävla hetero. (Fast det är tillsyntes inte längre någon pågående debatt överhuvudtaget.)

I alla fall. Man får inte bestämma hur folk ska leva sina liv, eftersom man är liberal, säger jämställdhetsministern. Det vill säga, man får inte FÖRUTOM NÄR MAN FÅR, alltså, när det är en grej som vi tycker om går det jättebra! :D Liksom, det är helt OK att bestämma hur transpersoner och invandrare ska leva, men man får inte ens ha åsikter om att det kanske vore bra om kvinnan i ett heteroförhållande inte förväntades ta hand om barnen ensam. Nej. Det vore att ingripa i folks liv och inskränka dem. MAN FÅR HA FRITT VAL! JA! MAN BEHÖVER VÄL INTE JOBBA MED FOLKS ÅSIKTER ELLER STIFTA LAGAR FÖR ATT NÅ ETT JÄMSTÄLLT SAMHÄLLE, DET KOMMER UTAN ATT MAN GÖR NÅGOT ALLS. DET ÄR TYP TROLLERI VET DU VÄL. :D

Alliansens liberal"feminism", what the hell.



- Ja förlåt mitt svenska är säkert helt obegripligt idag, jag känner mig fortfarande ganska förkyld och jättetrött och jag sitter här och skriva inlägg istället för att läsa Kulturgrammatik. Suck. XD
marshtide: (Katherine Hepburn - Sylvia Scarlett)
1. Nobel peace prize, OH YEAH.


2. My kommun (district, local governmental area) wants to know my opinion of their general everything! *sweet smile* I have just filled in the v. long form and dutifully crossed all the relevant boxes but really, I could just as well have written YOU SUCK. YOU ALL SUCK AND I HATE YOU. in gigantic letters. But that would of course not have been, uhm, productive.

It would, however, have been theraputic.

I considered writing them a little personal note telling them exactly what I think of their fucking obsession with The Road over and above all the actual terrible problems this kommun has, and also "the kommun's provision for environmentally friendly living choices" HAHAHAHAHA. But it's Norrtälje kommun. Can I really be bothered? :(

O kommun politicians, how I hate you all. ♥


3. Writing a report based on an interview I did over the weekend for university. It will be 5 or 6 pages long with photos and... stuff. It's basically the big final project for the term, so we're going to be working on it for the next couple of months and also presenting it in the spoken Swedish course when we're done. WHY IS MY SWEDISH STILL SO CLUNKY. WHY OH WHY. I know what beautiful Swedish looks like but cannot reproduce it. Oh well, we get to do a lot of rounds of discussion and revision. I'm sure it'll be fine.

(This course. I'm having really a lot of fun with it, but that comes with a whole pile of nerves and second-guessing. Am I doing OK/do people like me/do I talk too much/oh man I have to stand up and talk and my hands won't stop shaking/etc etc. It's a nuisance. I can feel pretty confident in some respects and then just crash and have absolutely no belief in my abilities suddenly, for no apparent reason. Fun times! I have what one would call in Swedish a "duktighetskomplex". Basically I MUST BE GOOD AT THINGS MY WORTH DEPENDS ON MY BEING GOOD AT THINGS. Be A Good Girl & all that. Oh so much bullshit.)


4. A volunteering possibility that I want has come up. Must write letter in Swedish. Aaaaaaah.
marshtide: (Mymlan)
Tranströmer! :D

If I may paraphrase Valborg, one would generally be annoyed at this stage that yet another white European heterodude has won a big prize. But otoh, Tranströmer is genuinely awesome. He can keep it. Some of the others need a good talking to.

Lesbians!

Oct. 5th, 2011 07:21 pm
marshtide: (Rei - go on you know you want to)
Reading Charlie by Margareta Suber. It's early 20th century Swedish lesbian fiction. It's pretty short, so I'll probably finish it today or tomorrow. Anyway, just have to say - o Charlie, be my drinking buddy?

Also, all the ladies plz to be having sex now? No wait, early 20th century. Longing looks and hands touching in suggestive ways it is then, I guess! (But rly, all the ladies.)
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Oh god. A brand of sweets is changing its packaging because it had one of those blatantly offensive asian stereotype things going on. NOW A DEBATE PROGRAMME ON SVT IS HAVING A THING ABOUT IT. WHY. HOW IS THIS EVEN A THING. THEY HAVE ASKED THE SWEDISH PUBLIC WHAT THEY THINK. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT THE SWEDISH PUBLIC THINK BECAUSE I HAVE A HORRIBLE SUSPICION I KNOW AND IT WILL MAKE ME SCREAM. ALSO SINCE WHEN WAS DECIDING WHAT IS AND ISN'T RACIST A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FOR THE MOSTLY WHITE POPULACE TO HAVE AT.

Wow sorry that was a lot of caps.

But I have... feelings.

(Also in news on a completely different axis of fuckery one of the resource books we're using for both the written and spoken parts of the course & which mostly contains articles and vocabulary practice and things like that, contains an article about LGBT - ok, no, I'm being too generous, they were only talking about the L and the G - parents and their families. Because you know, equal adoption rights, ability to build a family in a variety of different ways, still limitations, it's a thing. The article was fine as far as it went, mostly an interview with a lesbian couple with small kids. But! It came with a debate question! Those are always so much fun. I love it when people debate my rights! Just LOVE it! Especially when the question is phrased like, IS SOCIETY READY FOR THESE KINDS OF FAMILIES? DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE BAD FOR THE CHILDREN? ....hey kristdemokraterna is it you sneaking around back there?

We didn't get around to the discussion in the lesson it was scheduled for, but I will be wearing my most homosexual t-shirts until further notice.)
marshtide: (Katherine Hepburn - Sylvia Scarlett)
Today I have:

- made a rough version of a mind map about Sweden, which I must make beautiful for next week. Yeah, really. That was the entire instruction. I wonder how many other people's will include extensive sub-clouds on romantic nationalism... -_-;;

- edited a singularly vague and unstructured group project on idealism and materialism (as in philosophical concepts) until it actually made sense. IN SWEDISH. Because I am badass.

- glared at grammar.

- been to the shops like an ADULT.

- made minor adjustments to a story about the Mona Lisa, though it was passed on first draft because, again, badass.


I must now:

- eat lunch.

- prepare for the final discussion of Grabben i graven bredvid (and then I will be FREE OF THIS BOOK OH YES)

- prepare a word list from anything I've read this week, with example sentences

- glare at grammar some more.
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OH MY GOD SO MANY AMAZING BOOTS. Damn.

That's all. Long day today, super-tired. News is full of depressing, not talking about it. You guys have it covered for now, right? ;;
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Fantagraphics are releasing Heart of Thomas next year! You guys I am excited.

Valborg points out that Matt Thorn is totally a fanboy for that manga, so no-one should really be surprised. But yay!

That's all I had to say.
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[Note: This entry is in Swedish! As you, uh, may have noticed. It's about school and reading. Basically: we are reading a romance novel for school and I do not like it. But I can bitch about it in class so it doesn't matter! :D And I'm still reading that biography of Bang/Barbro Alving that I mentioned. And a new Liv Strömquist book is on its way.]

Då så. Nu har jag gjort alla mina läxor. Så fint.

Skolläsning:

- Grabben i graven bredvid av Katarina Mazetti. Jag ogillar den. Men har man saker att säga om boken så är den nog en lyckad val i alla fall. Den handlar om kulturchock! På ett väldigt övertydligt sätt! Dessutom är den romans. Jättejättehetero romans. Och ibland skojar huvudkvinnan med sin kompis att det skulle vara så praktiskt om de kunde vara lesbiska eftersom män är ju så jobbiga! HÖHÖ. Tyst med er. (Alltså, det handlar om en beige kulturtant och en bondkille. De förstår ingenting om varandra och allting är jättetraumatisk för alla förutom när de har otroligt bra sex. Gäsp.)

- Kulturgrammatik av Gillis Herlitz

- Idéhistoriens huvudlinjer av Gunnar Eriksson och Tore Frängsmyr

och artiklar osv osv. Den har veckan en om Nobel och en om Diana. Diana! Fy fan, har man verkligen flyttat från Storbritannien bara för att läsa om Diana? Nåja.



I fritiden håller jag fortfarande på med biografin om Bang. ♥ Så badass! Fast också skruttig. Så kan det ju gå. I alla fall, nu är hon vuxen och journalist och hon resa tåg för att träffa Elin Wägner och tycker det är JÄTTESPÄNNANDE. ELIN WÄGNER. Awww.

Och snart kommer det en ny bok av Liv Strömquist! Babel ska ha en grej om den ikväll tror jag, som gör nånting att balansera faktum att Jan Guillou ska också vara med. Bläääää, Jan Guillou. Men JAAAAAAAAAAA, Liv Strömquist!
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Hi! I'm working like a really hard working thing on my current Swedish course, and really enjoying it, except for the 5:30 am start yesterday to get to the university for 8 to have a two hour introduction to grammar, woe and sadness. Generally I'm only in at the university three days a week, sometimes four, but there's a lot of reading and a lot of tasks. Soon I will be getting started on the term's big project, as well, which involves interviewing someone, writing a report and giving a spoken presentation.

I suspect I should be doing some more blogging in Swedish, actually, because I don't tend to write much in Swedish over and above the minimum otherwise, which is no good, because that's where the standards are strictest and one of the things I need to work most on. Hum. On the other hand, it would probably be difficult for me to blog in two languages at once, and most of you don't speak Swedish.
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I'm a student again! I'm a student again! Back into the exciting world of second language lessons, which you may fondly(??) remember from last autumn. Just to clarify: I'm at the institute for Nordic languages this term and next term to get my requirements for general university study sorted out, IE to get my Swedish up from conversational fluency to academic standard.

A notable difference from last time is that since these classes are at Stockholm University there is actually structure, and clear goals. I am so excited by this after the local course in all its complete randomness, I can't even tell you.

There's also a lot of work! Right now I have enthusiasm about this too, since I spent a lot of the last Swedish course I took helping everyone else because I'd run out of work, but give it time - I'll soon settle into wailing about the number of assignments, I'm sure.

Another wide scattering of nationalities and native languages, and also another group made up almost entirely of women.

Off to do some more of my assigned reading!
marshtide: (Katherine Hepburn - Sylvia Scarlett)
While I am trying to get my brain back, I give you:



Since it has popped up on youtube in a good quality version since I last looked for it!

*sparkles*

(I FEEL LIKE THIS SOMETIMES. I mean I hate upper class prats and English ones are especially pratty but I still want their tailors, yanno? Also I have seen this book of which she speaks and yeah, there were some pretty hot suits in there. Many of them would have been made even hotter by being worn by Frida Hyvönen, SO.)
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(By the way, my routines have all fallen out the window over the last couple of weeks, including regular taking of essential pills, so I am in a haze of brainfog right now, which is why I've been a bit scarce. Sorry for being even less comment-y than usual, especially wrt actually answering other people's comments. I am getting myself back in line! I will make LISTS! Until I am ORGANISED!)
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So I've been reading Beata Arnborg's biography of Barbro Alving, AKA Bang, who was a famous Swedish journalist (amongst other things a war correspondant). My favourite feminist magazine is named after her. That's how awesome she was. Anyway, right now Bang is a teenager and this is not going to be really about her but we're starting from the bit where Warning for eating disorder & gender identity stuff )

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