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Journal Entry: Wed May 1, 2013, 3:41 AM

I'm away again this month, prolly not too far away from internets, but expect delays in correspondences for up to a week or so ~

and

apologies for my lack of supportive/random comments over the last year or two, I do log in regular but usually skip my inbox, rarely have time to address anything other than direct queries.

I do keep an eye on things, but at more of a distance.

and

many thanks to all involved in projects that are too rough as yet to see light of day - those who know me, know how I adore rough works :}


backdrop by DanHowardArt

tis the season ~

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:43 AM




What a busy year this has been~!

You haven't been hearing much from me lately, hardly any comments - not like me at all~! - this has in fact, been the most productive year, artwise.

There's a lot of material created that isn't on dA, or anywhere else (such as the pretty backdrop), and plenty more in continuing production.
Much may not ever be seen - sketchy concepts, just how I like it :} but will remain influential for further projects.
We'll see more next year.

Manymany thanks to those artists who've kept the fires burning~!
Best wishes to you all :heart:


backdrop by doubleleaf

stay tuned~!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 3, 2012, 11:48 PM



I'll be away on holidays (again~!) for most of this month.

I'm sure to have internet access, but I know from past trips that I won't always have time for it.

From this weekend, I probably won't log in here until I get a day free, which I don't anticipate will happen for a couple of weeks, but you never know ~


Anyhow, although it might seem to be all quiet here, believe me there's a lot of projects in process~!!

Lots of busybusy artists, thank you all :}
Looking forwards to what you all come up with ..


and see you in August~!


backdrop is a wip of KaizenDesign's colours on THEJETTYJETSHOW's sketch fav.me/d4vz09s

hiccup

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 24, 2012, 2:05 AM
quick notice to say that I'll be away for much of next week ~

will still have internets, can't escape it anywhere~!
but my presence here and response to Notes & messages will be delayed, as navigating sites like dA on a mobile device is like tiptoeing through a minefield of clickables~!


Meanwhile, what's in the works at Alacrityland~?
Most imminent :excited: is the new look THEJETTYJETSHOW has been creating for a sci-fantasy Alacrity; a teaser for her face is above (and more on his own page & blog)

A few other character redesigns on their way, most notably by DarrenGeers. who has also been working on a magnum opus :}

Other character studies/references are in the works, by chaos-flare Wotwot and sami-hada, plus concept sketches by Durandus, and something rather different from Bastet-sama

LaceyCrombie and Meiphon have been collab'ing on an extensive pictorial bio, so many amazing sketches~!
Mei is also doing something else, which will simply blow you all away :}

The biggest thing right underway right now is a vid by Smyton4tw's animation team, including the talents of Pagatcha and Poch0010, amongst others.

There's several minisequentials in process, some related, others not, by SapphireGamgee, shinkatana CE-Rap and Nitrox-Marquez

and not least, check out FatalHolds's remarkable 3D compositions~!

Finally it would be amiss to not mention Marcianek and mrpranny, who it seems are always doing things for me, beyond what is apparent here on dA :}


.. plus a host of smaller yet still significant pieces I'm eagerly anticipating ~ (won't name you all)


~ A.

Ala's face by THEJETTYJETSHOW

phew, thank god that's over~!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 31, 2011, 6:19 PM
happy new year, everyone, am glad that we're embarking on 2012 at last~!!

the past year was prettymuch a blur for me, good and bad .. the usual childrearing challenges, plenty of travel (the type where we need a holiday after~!), chasing one personal/family drama after another .. wayy too much randomness than is healthy.

so, fini to the most random hectic and trying year in my memory, good riddance 2011 - the year of the 11ama - and not soon enough~!


but at least dA has been nice to me, what limited time I could escape here, and I hope to be more involved this coming year ~


To cap it off, a few recent features, and hints of some to look forwards to ..

HOLIDAY CG BUST : 16 by babydahl yay, finally received a lovely and distinctive bust from :iconnashya:
verymuch looking forwards to the other I'd commished, which from her last notes, oughta be up as soon as she can get a decent connection ..

Alacrity WIP3 by Tree-ink another wip by :icontree-ink: ..
Alacrity Blood rain WIP2 by Tree-ink .. and progressions of his alacrity giftart, thankyou so much~!!

Alacrity the jump by Nitrox-Marquez another fantastic present, by :iconnitrox-marquez:
Alacrity spider by Nitrox-Marquez and an amazing scene, muchisimas gracias~!

Commission: Alacrity by paper-hero wow, totally stunning lines by :iconpaper-hero:
which :iconkandoken: has offered to colour~!! how cool is that, thankyou kando~!

:thumb275772357: omg another giftart, from :iconlaceycrombie:, I do feel spoiled :}


Plus many, many thanks to :iconfatalholds: for continuing this series in my absence:


Also received (not on dA yet .. for 2012, perhaps):

a comic page by :icondrazebot:
costume design by :iconmeiphon: for her cosplay
wip's by :icondarrengeers: for a couple of projects
prelim sketches/animation by :iconmrpranny:
progressions from :iconalkemanubis:
sketches by :iconionen:
concepts, characters by :icondurandus:
character sketches by :iconkandoken:


(I've prolly missed a few .. apologies if I have)


Thanks to all of you :hooray: 


to 2012 and beyond~!






header sketch by Viviphyd

Gone for a bit ..

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 12, 2011, 1:40 PM

hello everyone~!



  • another journal to say I'll be away in few days ~ this time for a month.

    I'll have very limited access to the internet, as anyone travelling overseas with a toddler will know~!


Here's a feature of some recent artworks:


Alacrity rooftop escape by mrpranny You've seen this one before - but~!
this week, mrpranny has modified her for a smoother animation, put a spring in her step and a bounce to her breasts :}



3D_alacrity_closeup by anakdesa-baikhati An Alacrity-acrobat action figurine~?! :O_o:
Actually a 3D digital model made from scratch, in a kotobukiya style, by anakdesa-baikhati



Commissions for alacDA by doghateburger a pinup trio by doghateburger
As some of you already know, this past year or so I've been pushing Alacrity into a dark-future (with a handful of exceptions).
So here's some cool&sexy samples .. the artist is available right now, by the way ~ :eager:



Alacrity wip2 by Tree-ink still a wip, but well worth a feature~!
Again, part of Alacrity's dark future .. check the artist's gallery to get a better idea how she might turn out.
Tree-ink is also up for commission - sexy/cool art, fantastic prices and, most importantly, excellent communication :}



Alacrity body-suit design by DarrenGeers speaking of wip's - this is part of an ongoing project by DarrenGeers
A most cool concept, and verymuch in tune with Alacrity's redesign.
So much so, that this sketch has been a major reference for recent commishes.



  • and speaking of redesign, there are several other exciting projects in the works, much will be revealed next year ..
    (I'll be back before then~!)

    Although Alacrity will seem a little different than many of you know her, especially from her many fantasy-concepts,
    focusing on a dark-future will bring her much closer to my original take on her, a couple of decades back.



:pointr: The current adaptation of Alacrity, closest to that vision, can be seen in the works of FatalHolds
The Prize 42 by FatalHolds The Prize 44 by FatalHolds The Prize 48 by FatalHolds

A very dark vision indeed, but in fact dearest to my heart :}


See you in a month~!!





backdrop sketch by :iconshinkatana:
  • Listening to: languages I shoulda spent more effort learning
  • Reading: China Miéville
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: no time to play~!
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..

Random and Sporadic

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 13, 2011, 9:38 AM
that prettymuch sums up my activity here for most of this year ~

which will be even more unpredictable over the next few weeks, as I shall be away on holidays after this weekend.

There will be internets, but my opportunities to access it may vary from "nothing better to do" to a week's abstinence.


This is mostly a heads-up to the following artists, who've been in irregular contact over large~ish and ongoing projects:

:iconbastet-sama: :icondurandus: :iconfatalholds: :iconthejettyjetshow: :iconlaceycrombie: :iconmeiphon: :icondarrengeers: :iconsmyton4tw: :iconmarcianek: :iconkandoken:

yes most of them are my regular art-slaves, bless them :}


also the following, who have yet to invoice me:

:iconshikami: :iconkeh-ven: :iconbastet-sama: (for that second project)

You know I'm always prompt about these things, I'm mentioning it here so you know I haven't skipped the country.
well technically I will have but .. I haven't forgotten


I've messaged some of you already, and I should be back in touch by the 25th.




For the rest of you, nothing else new ..
I have been busy though~!
and always commissioning art, as expected. I've received plenty of sketches and other wip's, such as the one above - you know how I adore progressions~!
plus some speeds and completed pieces not here on dA.



To keep your interest, here's a few celebrated artists with Alacrity-art impending, whom you may already watch:

:iconbleuacide: :icondaverapoza: :icondrazebot: :iconnashya: :iconorin:

Actually I'm also listing these few here cos I haven't heard from them for 6+ (even 12+) months .. I know they're very busy~! so don't hold your breath for anything from them, not this year at least ..


There's also a lot of other artists whose works I greatly anticipate; I shalln't name you all, but you know who you are, and no pressure to get anything done, as always.
I'll be busybusybusy myself for the rest of the year, I know how it is.



*now there are contemptible handful I've written off, none deserve naming anywhere, :poo: oh well that happens.


The rest of you do make the effort to keep in touch, many thanks;
even those rough drafts you eventually discard are muchly appreciated :}

Shall be back in a couple of weeks~!!

sketch by Virus-AC
  • Listening to: some language I shoulda spent more effort learning
  • Reading: Morning Calm
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: no time to play~!
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..

.. almost back~!

Sun Jan 23, 2011, 5:38 PM
hi, am still overseas for a couple more weeks, but have a little time to look about online now ~ so many messages~!!

I won't have time until later this week (or next) to comment on anything
(and typing is awkward on this foreign keyboard)
but addressing emails, Notes and of coure any art created, will be my priority when I do.


Here's a quick feature of some works that have appeared in my absence ~

:thumb189467228:

Mature Content

Alacrity: Safe House by TTWorX

Battle Damage by omupied
Alacrity by SeriojaInc

Mature Content

Alacrity by Smirtouille

Alacrity, the thief by Durandus

Mature Content

Alacrity in the Shade by Durandus


Apologies for any I've missed~!!
[I can't actually view them very well here, have borrowed a little laptop]
I'll be able to comment on them properly when I have access to a better monitor + keyboard


see you all soon~!!




* Journal CSS and design by pica-ae (defaced by Presteza)
* sketch by :icondarrengeers:
  • Listening to: some language I shoulda spent more effort learning
  • Reading: Morning Calm
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: no time to play~!
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..

Away again ~

Sat Dec 11, 2010, 6:45 AM
in a few days, I'll be absent again, this time we won't be back until February ..

I imagine I'll have opportunities to drop by
but these will be sporadic at best


I'll wish you all merry christmas & happy new year in advance


~ cheers, A.




* Journal CSS and design by pica-ae (defaced by Presteza)
* sketch by :icondarrengeers:
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Reading: my messagelist .. eventually ..
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: no time to play~!
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..

this is fucking brilliant

Fri Oct 8, 2010, 7:24 AM
Feature Time~!

Well I was blown away .. and I'm not even a Stalker fan.


I'm not gonna post the entire thing up here, this needs to be read page-by-page


Stalker comics: DAD -page 1- by Tassadarh thanks to :icontassadarh::iconstorykillas-girl::iconsampriest: for translation

*another version that's been circulating on 4chan is here fav.me/d29h2xx
but the translation and lettering of the featured piece is far more intense ~


Original Art & Story: Роман Сурженко (Roman Surzhenko) www.robinart.ru/
Copyrights: GSC Game World www.gsc-game.com/





* Journal CSS and design by pica-ae (defaced by Presteza)
* sketch by :iconnitrox-marquez:
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Reading: my messagelist .. eventually ..
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: no time to play~!
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..

hey, did I miss anything~?

Tue May 4, 2010, 7:17 AM
actually I have been able to log on for brief periods over the last week, so have been able to attend most Notes and Alacrity-artworks .. I'll try to catch up with all the other deviations and messages, eventually ~

So we had a busybusy time, was fun and worthwhile. Now our holidays are over, I need some time off to recover~! :sleepy:
Travelling with a baby presents challenges and limitations, but we're glad we did it :}
We did everything we wanted to, and will be back much later this year :snowing: and for much longer too :}



As for Alacrity-art, I am already anticipating plenty of pinups and similar portraiture over the next year or three, so I'll be looking at commishing less of those, and more of larger works - scenes, sequentials and maybe some animations, but who knows~? good pinups are irresistable :}




* Journal CSS and design by pica-ae (defaced by Presteza)
* sketch by :iconmeiphon:
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Reading: my messagelist .. eventually ..
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: no time to play~!
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..

Absence ..

Wed Apr 14, 2010, 7:00 AM
as of tomorrow night, I'll be away for a few weeks ..

partly to attend a wedding,
and also so we can introduce our 4-month-old to his distant relatives, and to the big wide world in general,
but mostly any excuse for a holiday :}


Altho I'm sure the internets are better where we're headed, I doubt I'll have time for anything as frivolous as dA ~

So I shalln't log in here till early May


to those whom I've commished,
I expect a lineup of Alacrity-art awaiting my inspection
there's no hurry to get anything done by then,
I'll have prolly have hundreds of messages & thumbnails in my deviant-box to sort thru~!

cheers, A.




* Journal CSS and design by pica-ae (defaced by Presteza)
* with sketches by :iconmarcianek:
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Reading: my messagelist .. eventually ..
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: GW
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..

OC meme/tag thing

Fri Aug 7, 2009, 8:06 PM
it's time for a journal change ..

well I could go on about our recent lifechanging events (it's mostly good), but I'd fill pages~!
I'm sure many of you can say the same ..

nor was this intended to resemble a blog, so I'll do one of the shorter OC-meme/tag questionnaires that pop up around here ~
and it's an excuse to play with the text codes news.deviantart.com/article/62…



. Choose one or a few of your own characters. Five at the most.
2. Make them answer the following questions.
3. Then tag three people.
4. Feel free to go ahead and add some questions yourself!!



Alacrity


 What is your name? What does it mean, if anything?

- Alacrity, which means effingfast~!


 Where are you from?

- Cantha .. never heard of it~? well if you don't know, I can't help you :}


 How old are you?

- how old do I look~?


 What's your sign?

- at the Canthan New Year Festival, the Court Astrologer said I am a lil Dragon~!


 What's your height?

- [stands on tiptoes] five feet~! well not quite .. but almost~!


 Do you have any bad habits?

- umm .. spouting random observations, esp when unsolicited:}
.. not finishing my sentences .. or starting them even ~
is answring a question with a ? a bad habit~?
I don't do what I'm expected to



 Are you a virgin?

- lolno~!


 Who's your mate/spouse?

- [cries] boohoo~!
o, well that was a long time ago, why, are you interested~?



 What's your favourite food?

- warm flesh:}


 What's your favourite ice cream flavor?

- it's like snow~!
except when you stuff it down someone's back it leaves a sticky mess :}
I likes pink icecream best~!

wut, eat it~!? lol, I'll stick to raw liver thankyou~!



 Have you killed anyone?

- o silly~!


 Do you hate anyone?

- no, never, don't understand hate
I hate to see suffering, specially when I'm the cause :{
I do understand fun tho, even if it's lethal :}



 Have any secrets?

- haha, if I told you it wouldn't be a secret ..
no, none really, how boring



 Do you love anyone?

- no, not anymore ..
er, pass



 What is your job?

- I don't really have one, I'm a mascot, oh and freelance assassination on the side


 Boy or girl?

- o lolz, can't you tell~? o .. you can't ..


 What do you do to relax?

- I like to run & jump & play


 What's the weirdest thing that happened to you?

- multiple attempted cybers whenever I enter the Temple of Balthazar, ew


 Have you kissed anyone?

- of course
(who makes these things up~?)



 Favorite genre of music?

- that traditional oriental stuff, y'kno, sounds like cats being tortured


 Ever went on a date?

- are raids counted as dates~?


 What's your talent?

- being cute whilst killing~?


 Who was your first?

- my first kill~? can't remember, I never keep track of that kinda stuff~!



*no, not tagging anyone, and there must be better examples of these somewhere out there ..




* Journal CSS and design by pica-ae (defaced by Presteza)
* with sketches by :iconmarcianek:
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Reading: my messagelist .. eventually ..
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: GW
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..
no not mine ~

:iconnewplancomics: is holding a contest with cash prizes, entries are due 15th July

for more info, his journal turbulence1973.deviantart.com/…


I'm on the panel, and yes I take bribes ~

however there are seven other judges so I can't guarantee anything ..
  • Listening to: the radio
  • Reading: Amy Tan, China Mieville
  • Watching: mostly those I commish regular ~
  • Playing: GW
  • Eating: seaweed
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..
One summer afternoon, years ago, we got it into our heads that our visit to London would not be complete without a WestEnd play. The only thing on that evening with decent seats was Steven Berkoff's "MasterClass in Evil: Shakespeare's Villains". I'd heard of his name but could not place him, other than a vague awareness that he specialised in baddies ..
So with no expectations whatsoever we proceeded to be totally blown away by an acting performance with no props, just an awesome presence who commanded the entire space in the theatre.

When I heard that he was to perform at our local theatre, I almost salivated. This time his "One Man", another feat of pure acting (well two actually), showcases his comedic talents.
Berkoff's rendition of "The TellTale Heart", entering the mind of the madman .. I never imagined Poe could be so humourous~! I will always recall his vocal replication of sawing through flesh and bone ..
~ and "Dog", an energetic performance. Those familiar with footie hooligans will smile inwardly as well as laugh outwardly as he plays both thug and his pitbull.


I have since identified several films in which Berkoff has pivotal roles, all impressive, but somehow, he is more, in person, than onscreen ..








hm, this is becoming rather bloglike, not my intention here .. but I felt it time to be rid of that tag ~
  • Listening to: watever's onthe radio ~ alternative/classical
  • Reading: Amy Tan, China Mieville
  • Watching: um .. not as many as I ought ..
  • Playing: ~ in the jungle .. er, garden
  • Eating: healthystuff ~ fish, tofu, edamame ..
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..
the very nawty :iconadensyra: tagged me with this, so :sigh:

TAGGING FORMALITIES
1. Post these rules:
2. Each person tagged must post 7 childhood secrets about themselves
3. Tags should write a journal/ blog of these facts
4. At the end of the post 5 more persons are tagged and named
5. Go to their page and leave a comment telling them they're tagged

i) I loved playing with all manner of creepycrawlies: spiders, snails, you name it. Now I cannot stand em (tho will toss em into me neighbour's patch rather than squash any)
ii) I'm a lefty, and my handwriting remains horribly illegible to this day
iii) I was addicted to american kiddie programs [Sesame Street, Banana Splits, not to mention all those cartoons~!] and totally ignored the local fare. These days I rarely watch tv, but appreciate homegrown film more, even if it's nowhere near as slick as those from the US
iv) for some reason early in my childhood I swore I'd never marry, and my folks still sometimes tease me about it [no, I come from a stable nuclear family]. Of course I've been engaged a coupla times and nicely hitched for quite a few years already:}
v) hum, does adolescence count~? I have a halfdozen or so tatts that are craftily positioned so that only close friends and intimates know about em .. not even my parents suspect~!
vi) I was a very bright kid and got dux of my junior school. The principal didn't want to give it to me cos I hung round the rougher kids and wasn't one of his favourites
vii) I was an avid reader, we had to travel for almost an hour on the train to school each way, and our mum kept us well supplied with reading material


hmm... now whom shall I tag .. nah, this plague stops here~!
  • Listening to: watever's onthe radio ~ alternative/classical
  • Reading: Amy Tan
  • Watching: um .. not as many as I ought ..
  • Playing: ~ in the jungle .. er, garden
  • Eating: healthystuff ~ fish, tofu, endamame ..
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..
shall be absent for about a week, back on 4th or 5th .. and this time there really will be no internets .. yes more holidays ~

you must be thinking, all I do is jet around .. but it's more, due to staff shortages and an unsympathetic boss, I must grab my leave when I can .. after this my nose will be pressed firmly to the grindstone for the rest of the year, give or take the odd break
~ however we DO happen to prefer travel in autumn or spring :}

anyway, if any commishees happen to complete a work in that time, please submit already, no need to wait for my approval ~


in the meanwhile, check out :icongravija-sunrise:'s irresistable offer, otherwise I'll be grabbing all the slots

and :iconereshkigal234: is having a commish drive to cover those unpleasant medical expenses, so please consider :}
  • Listening to: watever's onthe radio ~ alternative/classical
  • Reading: Amy Tan
  • Watching: um .. not as many as I ought ..
  • Playing: ~ in the jungle .. er, garden
  • Eating: healthystuff ~ fish, tofu, endamame ..
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..
  • Listening to: watever's onthe radio ~ alternative/classical
  • Reading: Amy Tan
  • Watching: um .. not as many as I ought ..
  • Playing: <3 GuildWars~!
  • Eating: healthystuff ~ fish, tofu, endamame ..
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..
hum, about time I gave kudos to those I stalk a lot ~ including a few whom I've commished, repeatedly, they are a pleasure to deal with :}

I may not have faved much, the list would get so messy~! so instead it's tidier to just go straight to their own gallery than fave dozens of items ..
So check them out, here in no particular order:

:iconghoner: :iconhydek: :icongh-mongo: :icondestinyfall: :iconxcupcakesx: :iconhungrysparrow: :iconadensyra: :iconjenbroomall: :icondominicabra: :iconttworx: :iconvortexqueen: :iconblancdelilah: :iconkatiedesousa: :iconwrenstormbringer:
  • Listening to: watever's onthe radio ~ alternative/classical
  • Reading: Amy Tan
  • Watching: um .. not as many as I ought ..
  • Playing: <3 GuildWars~!
  • Eating: healthystuff ~ fish, tofu, endamame ..
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..
have spent a few weeks in Japan/Korea, the easy way - staying with peeps we know - so our accommodation, meals, interpreter, tour guide, and local transport needs were almost entirely catered for~! :}
~ of course we do the same whenever someone visits us ~
Many homes have underfloor heating so despite below-zero temperatures, sleeping on a mat is cozier than it sounds:} Because of all the pampering, my vocabulary hasn't improved much, even though I received lots of exposure to their TV and yep, manga too ~
I did get to experience life as close as a visitor can get to being a local, in such a short timeframe. There's so many details that the guidebooks don't mention~!
Although this part of the world has one of the highest costs-of-living, shopping can be inexpensive - my head is still spinning here, every block has almost everything you'll need~!
Eating out can be affordable too - and no, that doesn't mean rice & noodles .. but expect to pay more for extravagant delights, such as steak or pizza or live sashimi - yes, the unfortunate mollusc/crustacean is served with its dissected pieces crawling about the table, yummy~! I'm sure most of you have seen this ~ lolita-art.deviantart.com/art/… Yes, I've had it before and may order it again :}
No I didn't sample any of the notorious fare such as dolphin or doggie or fugu - my hosts had never eaten them either, and said that most locals, let alone westerners, wouldn't appreciate those delicacies.
The big deal about Fugu is not that you get to swallow an ugly critter, which, if butchered inelegantly, may kill you .. if that was the case then your perfectly prepared puffer would be hard to distinguish from any other fish dish. Supposedly, the point is that the diner is supposed to ingest some of the toxin - just enough to create a euphoric buzz, with perhaps aphrodesiac qualities. The true skill of the Fugu chef lies not with his filleting knife but in his competence in sizing up his client and administering the correct dose of poison. The course is not meant to be shared, and no seconds~! (*here my informant was intoxicated himself, and had never personally taken any, so the exact effects may be exaggeration, but makes a great story~!)
hm, what else .. when purchasing a cooking knife there are lefthanded versions for us lefties - which way the bevel faces actually makes a difference .. then you must decide which, of scores of designs, some near-identical, you'll use the most ..
Korean dogs say "mang mang" instead of "woof" or "bowwow", and cats go "yeowm" instead of "meow". I thought it amusing at the time .. I didn't think to catch what they say in Japan; although there are many petshops with all sorts of species, keeping an animal there is an extravagance and status symbol.
I was advised not to use "gaijin", the popular appellation for foreigner/nonJapanese. No language teacher will admit this (most will be unaware in any case, unless they have a linguistic background), but this word apparently has quite derogatory roots. Not as overtly offensive as, say "n***er", it's way more subtle than that - but in japanese, subtlety is everything. It's ok amongst friends, just don't go around strangers identifying yourself as "gaijin-san", even if it is easy to pronounce.
Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan & Korea but with their own twist: on Feb 14th, girls spoil their bf's with flowers/choccies etc. Then a month later, March the 14th is "White Day" (no idea why it's called that), and the guys get to reciprocate~! Sweet eh :}


ok enough trivia ..
I've kept my watchlist low, yet still there are a couple hundred entries to catch up on~! .. including quite a few artworks of Ala, thanks~!
perusing all these shall keep me occupied for quite some time ..
My goodness you'll all been so busy~!
  • Listening to: watever's onthe radio ~ alternative/classical
  • Playing: <3 GuildWars~!
  • Eating: healthystuff ~ fish, tofu, endamame ..
  • Drinking: enough caffeine to kill a small mammal ..
well - this is more for those whom I watch a lot, and also for you who are doing commishes/requests for me ~

in a coupla hours am going away for a few weeks :}

shall be back at the end of the month, and, altho the internet will still prolly be only fingertips away if I want, this is meant to be a "get away from it all" thing, soo ..

shalln't be able to comment on anything till I get back~!
(and have been a bit lax on that in this week leading up)

.. if any art is completed before then, please submit it as you like, no need for my thumbs up~!

shall be in touch sometime end of Feb/March

~ A.