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Favourite Sci-Fi

Shelley: Frankenstein
Orwell: 1984
Adams: H2G2
Wells: Time Machine, Invisible Man
Asimov: I, Robot
Banks: Player of Games
Card: Ender's Game
Stross: Saturn's Children, Neptune's Brood
Bacigalupi: Windup Girl

Ex Machina
Edge of Tomorrow

Orphan Black
Doctor Who


Windup Girl

It's a bit of a brick and I was about halfway before I really got my head around who's who in the various factions in the universe - Akkarat, Pracha, white shirts, Trade, Environment - but I was gradually sucked deeper and deeper into Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl. This is not a happy or optimistic read. Brutality, corruption, screaming injustice. "Tit for tat until we're all dead."

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Episode 7

Episode 6

Episode 5


Rudy: we had a purpose, just like you
Helena: no, you are rapist

We were on a coach and I was half-listening to a conversation my friend was having behind me and I think it was about uni and things that had happened to someone she knew, and I heard the line "well it depends on what your definition of rape is". Well if it wasn't rape it was probably sexual assault which is also disgusting, selfish, cruel. I don't know from hearsay or experience but sometimes I feel people can think themselves into believing that no, I'm/he's not a rapist, it wasn't rape, we were drunk or we were in a club and I wouldn't really mean to ever hurt anyone and it's acceptable to act like that in these circumstances, right?

Maybe it's simplistic and naive but I love how Helena boils it down. Rape is rape, your purpose is irrelevant, and you're a repulsive piece of shit. Murder can be in self-defence and can be morally justified sometimes. Torture I'm not sure, but you could argue that if it yields life-saving information, it's justifiable too. But rape? I can't think of any circumstance in which it can come close to being justified.

I (Don't) Want a Cat

A couple of times now I've been seized with the desire to own a cat. For hanging out with, talking to, cuddling with.

But what if it gets ill, fleas, pregnant, poops and moults everywhere?

So I want a cat but without the responsibility. I basically want someone else to have a cat but for the cat to be my friend.

But then I remember that cats hate me.

So much for that.

Cool Swag

Cool swag which I fancy but don't have seeerious intentions of purchasing which would usually go onto my fashion blog but I don't run it any more and don't reeeally feel like going back to at the moment:

gold tooth necklace: eBay [image]

ear cuff: Etsy

Clow Book wallet: Taobao

book clutch: p.s. Besitos

cape dress: Asos

skull DNA scarf: Hot Topic (curse their shipping fees)

cardiac cushions: Anatomy Boutique

Yet to find a pretty hardback of Frankenstein.

Non-exhaustive list of cool swag I actually already own, courtesy of parents and friends, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me:
Totoro money jar
TARDIS money box
Totoro pencil case
Pikachu bag
violin bag (which I haven't used in a while. I should fix this)
resin skull
tooth necklace
Triforce necklace
Evenstar necklace
One Rings
Sherlock cushions
dihydrogen monoxide containment unit
state alchemist pocket watch (which lives in the drawer when it really should be on display)
nice watch
nice glasses
nice family