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James made this in Iraq, with the help of a family friend who sent us these "Little Ugly" dolls to hand out to the kids when we went out on Convoy. Needless to say, not all of the dolls made it to the kids...
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From the AP-- only 3 hours left...

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We've still got a ways to go, but we've come a long way. Happy MLK Day.
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I am feeling SO utterly cynical right now. My faith in humanity is pretty low-- I know that in all honestly I shouldn't be feeling this way, but I really just can't help it today.

*sigh*

My state of mind: cynical cynical

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Gwee! A GOLD EGG! :)

Please click it gently...

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...and two Cave-Borns. Again: please click. :)

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My state of mind: accomplished accomplished

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Completely unsatisfied with the signatures file that I had over at Dragon Cave, I decided (as usual) to create my own. Of course, I just HAD to create one for chinook_wind, too. (My only request is: would it be ok if I joined "the Society?")

*grin*

Imperatrix's DragonCave Sig

Royal Pangolin Society

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My state of mind: geeky geeky

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The painter is Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee (1853-1928) and the title of the work is The Two Crowns (1900). While Dicksee wasn't officially a member of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, he was somewhat associated with that particular movement and his paintings are generally thought to be representative of their works-- lush, romantic, jewel-toned in hue and usually depicting the most ideal of medieval themes. Waterhouse (the Lady of Shalott and astouchstonementions, La Belle Dame sans Merci; it was Amy C. who had a giclee in her house) and Leighton (the Accolade) are of the same school. Dicksee also painted one of the other famous depictions of La Belle Dame sans Merci, which a lot of people are also familiar with.

In the Two Crowns, the composition is striking in it's depiction of two crowns-- one earthly one of jewels and gold, the other of thorns-- without seeming too contrived and more like "the perfect visual moment." The painting is impressive in that it manages to convey both the energy of the celebration of the mortal king's passing in full regalia, along with his expression as he looks with proper deference and respect upon the King of Heaven. The composition, energy, and tonal contrast between the lush color of the mortal world and the somber neutral and dark tones of the Crucifix is striking and won Dicksee the honor of "Most popular picture" at a Royal Academy exhibition. (In a discussion yesterday with shieldhaven , it was noted: "When looking at the Two Crowns, the crucifix is so muted in its colors that I didn't notice it until you mentioned it. You kind of have to drag your eye over there to notice it. I can't help but think that there's a message there, too." My reply: "...one thing I especially love about The Two Crowns is exactly that-- you don't really NOTICE the crucifix until you really look at the painting for a while. Once you know it's there, then the meaning of the image changes subtly-- initially it's just a pretty painting of a king and his course, with beautiful women throwing flowers in his path. Once you notice the crucifix, the meaning shifts, and there's a lot more depth to the image and you understand the somber expression on the king's face."

Despite their general depiction of medieval/classical themes, the Pre-Raphaelites were Victorian. They are called Pre-Raphaelites because quite literally they believed that everything that came after Rafael was utter crap. Pre-Raphaelites believed in portraying the ideal of humanity, and they felt strongly that the Chivalric Code and the romanticism of old was It. There’s more to their movement and some historians credit them with being the first Avant Garde movement, but for the most part the thing that most people come away with was the jewel-toned beauty of classical subjects that reflect a proposed golden age of humanity.

 

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My state of mind: nerdy nerdy

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Ok, so I can't just stand idly by and let the solitary, abandoned pink egg just... die. Ok, so it's pink. So what if the color of the shell is one of the least-favored colors in all of my circle of friends.

I just couldn't LEAVE it there. I mean... I just couldn't. Even if it's pink.

Edited to add...

Somehow I ended up with two. I'm utterly surprised at how this happened-- I think I clicked on something, somewhere. So... now I have the white and the pink, which is kind of silly and girly but there you go. If you missed the white one, can you click on it too?

Please click?

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My state of mind: geeky geeky

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I figure I'd start these up again, mostly because I enjoyed seeing what people would come up with.

Today's image is another quasi-famous one-- I'm willing to bet that most in the LARP and gaming circles will be more than passingly familiar with the work. Comment with what you know, what you think you know, what you like, what you remember, and the more factoids you can come up with, the better! Discussion to follow.

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I've always admired Uhura as a character-- Nichelle Nichols was one of my heroes growing up. Her character was the reason why I was allowed to watch "that space show" by my Grandmother. I can absolutely see why Dr. King insisted that she stick with it, so that Roddenberry's future would feature intelligent, beautiful, strong people of color on the bridge of it's flagship. Even if it got a little goofy at times. 

Sulu: "Ah-ha, fair maiden!"

Uhura: "Sorry, neither!"

 
So of course I'll be doing SOME kind of Uhura costume at D*C. What a way to rock the Suren ponytail even more.
 
(As if it even needed saying)


 
Saldana as Uhura

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