kutsuwamushi: (music 2)
I feel like posting, but I have nothing to post about in particular, so I am going to post about the artist who is my most played during the past week.



Asakawa Maki (浅川マキ) was a Japanese jazz and blues singer who was active from 1967 until she died in 2010. She has the perfect voice for dimly-lit, smoky bars--deep and husky. It's hard to say what her style is, because it varies from groovy, to more straight-up jazz, to blues so steeped in old fashioned sleaze that you expect a jaded private detective to step out of the shadows at any moment.

Here she is covering "House of the Rising Sun":



I prefer her earlier recordings for the most part. Here are a few of my favorites, including the above song.

夜が明けたら / Yo ga Aketara / When Dawn Breaks
ちっちゃな時から / Chicchana Toki Kara / Since I was Little
朝日のあたる家 / Asahi no Ataru Ie / House of the Rising Sun
ゴビンダ / Govinda
セント・ジェームス病院 / Saint James Infirmary
ちょっと長い関係のブルース / Chotto Nagai Kankei no Blues / Kinda Long Relationship Blues
あの男(ひと)が死んだら / Ano Hito ga Shindara / If He Dies
眠るのがこわい / Nemuruno ga Kowai / Scared to Sleep

Thank [personal profile] sudaki for translating the song titles so you don't have to deal with my terrible terrible attempts.
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So this one is based on the real Tai Fu Tai mansion in Hong Kong, with some modifications.

The story of my version is that it was a private mansion at one time, then fell into disrepair and became an infamous brothel, and now is being restored partly with funds from hosting events on the bottom floor. My game has two caretakers (who live upstairs) and a ghost in it, not included in the DL.

I can make a list of custom content if anyone wants it.

Lot type: Residential
Lot Size: 20x30
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2 bathtubs, 1 toilet room



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images )

If the slideshow doesn't work here's the image folder.
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... I've been drinking Nescafe.

Because I don't want to get dressed and go to the grocery store to buy real coffee. For the past three days.

I do actually have some real coffee beans, but I'm saving them for tomorrow, when I feel I will need some real coffee as an incentive to get out of bed and go to work. Also, I don't particularly feel like the whole COFFEE PROCESS right now. Grind, steep, press - SO MUCH WORK OHMIGOD.

What have I come to.
kutsuwamushi: (music 2)
Zhou Xuan (周璇), nicknamed "The Golden Voice," was one of the most popular Chinese singers of 1930s and 1940s. Her style is usually classified as Shidaiqu, a blend of Chinese and Western styles that began in the 1920s in Shanghai.

She had a turbulent life, but an extremely sweet voice. This is a clip from the movie 1937 movie "Street Angel," which launched her into stardom.


So the quality isn't great, but you can still hear the emotion in her voice that captivated Chinese audiences.

I haven't seen the movie. Apparently, she performed another song in it, "Four Seasons of Heartache." This may or may not be the same version:

四季相思(一) [.m4a]
四季相思(二) [.m4a]

And here is a version of the song from the above clip:

天涯个女 [.mp3]

She died in 1957, at the age of 39, in a mental institution, after a series of breakdowns and suicide attempts.
kutsuwamushi: (they see me rollin')
Lot Type: No Visitors Allowed (Subway)
Lot Size: 14x6
Playtested: No



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Historical value? Pfff. Add some lights to it, the tourists love that kind of thing.

Lot Size: 10x10
Lot Type: No Visitors Allowed
Playtested: No



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Custom Content

Packages [Download All]

Chinese Palace Fences at M&Tsims
Chinese Decoration by iamcoming
The Golden Buddha by Lisen
Grunge plaster patterns by Quatla
Basic column 4 from the DIY build set by Armiel

Sims3packs

Golden spire by tee sang boy
Cottage fakewall 1 from the half-landing stairs by Gosik and Inge
Chinese Straight Couplets couplets by satrc
Asian Hanging Lantern by dgandy
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Your friendly neighborhood police station....

Lot Size: 40x20
Lot Type: No Visitors Allowed (Police Station)
Playtested: Yes (it's just a shell with a rabbithole in it)



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From Demonic's Sci-Fi Set:
  • Cornice C
  • Cornice F
  • Big Holographic Screen
  • Deco Facade F
Grungy plaster patterns by quatla
Roof satellite dish and antenna by Simmami

Store Content
Linear Lunette
Lunar Lakes Police Station Rabbithole

Special Notes: I decided to use the rabbithole portal from Lunar Lakes because I like imagining that in the future, you can't get into a police station without getting scanned. But you could easily replace this with a door and one of the appropriate rabbithole rug.

Huh.

Mar. 14th, 2012 07:39 pm
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Apparently, Paypal decided to forbid people from using its services to buy or sell dirty books.

Apparently, Paypal has now reversed that decision, for the most part - but will still forbid "obscene" images.

I missed this entirely. That's what I get for not reading my friends list, I suppose.

This wouldn't have affected me much; I don't use Paypal to start with. But in a broader sense, when one company has the ability to basically shut down small internet publishers with a change of policy, that does affect me. Our reliance on private companies for the technology and services that drive the internet means that free speech online is in a weird place.

This is just a couple days after I ran across yet another story of PayPal arbitrarily shutting someone down on Regretsy. Regretsy itself has an interest in this kind of story because of PayPal's shutting their charitable drive down.
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[Edit Mar 17 2012] I made a few changes and re-uploaded the lot and the package files.]

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There's probably only one person reading my journal who might be interested in this, but what the hell.

The reason that I've not yet written the next Great American Novel is that I've found a much more productive use of my time: Playing the Sims. Well, more building stuff in the Sims.

Right now I'm working on a town that's supposed to be a slightly futuristic, dystopian version of Macau, if Macau were more like Hong Kong. There are limitations, but sometimes that's half the fun. I figure I might as well start posting the lots as I complete them.

Regarding custom content, store content:

I tend to use a lot of custom content, and some store content - because hey, this isn't supposed to be Sunset Valley. But I do tend to use a lot of the same stuff in my lots. All of the custom content is available somewhere for free*, and the store content is replaceable.

Stuff in .sims3pack files should be included with the lot. Stuff in .package files needs to be put in your game in the usual way.

My lots usually aren't always playtested, because Sims are boring. If you notice a problem with them, let me know. I avoid things I know should be issues, but sometimes things do pop up.

First up, a luxurious apartment by the sea...

Lot Price: 14,652
Lot Size: 19x20
Lot Type: Residential
Playtested: Yes



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Special Notes

The Caravan double bed is supposed to make it possible for two sims to use it even though it's against the wall, but the animations will be off.

The bathrooms are set to be public, but I haven't set any of the other doors as NPC doors because I hate puddingface.

* Arrrr.

Update

Mar. 11th, 2012 06:52 pm
kutsuwamushi: from a Married to the Sea Comic (edumacation)
Wow, the last time I updated was August. It's strange. I guess I feel that I don't have much to say.

But things have happened. I completed my degree, applied - and was accepted to - some PhD programs, and am now considering moving to what would be my third state of residence. [Details left intentionally blank.] I've been to New York for a conference, been moving back and forth between my home town and my current place to do some work for my family's business, dropped in and out of a sort-of relationship, and -

...

You know, it's weird. I'm content to let these things happen and not really talk about them much. What do people talk about with each other? I relate best to people I can argue with.

Anyway, this is just a heads up that I'm still alive, and still around, even though I can be pretty negligent with checking my friends list. A couple people have asked if I'm okay - yeah, I'm okay. Maybe I'll start posting more, or maybe I'll just lurk, only to appear when SOMEONE IS WRONG.
kutsuwamushi: (music 2)
It's Saturday and I was up at 5AM! Yesterday was my probability final, and after I got home I was just bushed. I am not so hot at this math stuff, y'all. What the hell am I doing?

I really should just hire a dominatrix to beat me. It'd be cheaper.

ANYWAY

San Chuan is a trio of Chinese zheng players who make beautiful contemporary Chinese classical music. Here is a particularly energetic piece.



Their website has more videos and some downloadable MP3s.
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I always feel a small sense of accomplishment when one of my pens runs out of ink.

I should start buying really crappy pens.

Huh.

Aug. 7th, 2011 08:01 pm
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I am strangely fascinated by Billy the Exterminator.

Mostly, it's the accents - but also, it's how everyone FLIPS THE FUCK OUT when they find out there is NATURE in their NATURE.

OMG THERE'S A SNAKE IN THE BUUUUUUUSH

I know people have phobias and all, but I can't remember a single person on this show, including the titular Billy, who has not overreacted to the presence of a creepy crawly. It's great. My favorite scene is when a python wraps around Billy's forearm and he starts screaming about how much it hurts and how much danger he's in, while the snake guy is obviously trying not to tell him to calm the fuck down and ruin the shot.

I think everyone who doesn't freak out gets edited out.

(On a more serious note - I wonder how much portrayals of people flipping the fuck out at any sign of a snake or bug encourages people to flip out in real life. People are really susceptible to suggestion like this. See: If you fool people into thinking that they're drinking booze many will actually act intoxicated.)

What

Aug. 4th, 2011 11:40 pm
kutsuwamushi: (*raises eyebrows*)
Just about a year ago, I noted that this post on Little Details has been getting comments from hapless anons who think it is a forum for discussing what it's like to live with a broken pelvis.

They're still going. The last anonymous comment was made today.

I believe I have previously PMed the owner of the original post to ask if they could friends-lock the entry, but got no response.

And I have a feeling it's only going to get worse. This post is now on the second page of results for "broken pelvis" on Google.
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So, as you all know, the day of fools which occurs in April will soon be upon us. This means that it is time to plan the joke that will be played on [community profile] little_details.

A short history:

Previously, we have announced little_details is being taken over by Russians.

We have also had questions about zombie sex.

The best, though, was when all questions had to be submitted in LOLcat.

I don't have much inspiration this year, but here's the tentative plan:

Recruit as many people as possible to post completely wacky answers to the posts made that day. I mean, "airplanes stay in the air using crystal energy" levels of wacky.

This will only make an impact if I can get a lot of people to do it, though. There will be other commenters answering the questions seriously, and the joke won't make an impact unless they're kind of drowned out. So if you're willing to post one or two (or hopefully more) crazy answers, give me a comment. I'm allowing comments on LJ this time so you don't have to comment on DW.
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I have this problem with books: I'm really bad at reading things for fun.

That's not to say that I deliberately pick something torturous, but I nearly always pick something that requires careful attention. I have perverse puritan work ethic; I can procrastinate for hours doing something of no value whatsoever, like building elaborate temple complexes in the Sims, but when it comes to reading--if I'm reading, it had better learn me something!

So, about a week ago, I picked up a book that has been sitting on my to-read shelf for about ten years that I'd been put off reading because although I love the author, when I'm reading fiction I usually just don't want to read anything too political.

It was The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin.

It's a really good book, although it can sometimes come across as a little didactic, and I had a hard time believing that political theories and systems in an entirely different solar system would be so similar to our own. (The characters are supposed to be related to humans, but I would have had a hard time buying it even if they were fully human.)

One thing that LeGuin is so good at is drilling down and exposing the shaky bedrock on which her societies are founded, and then not proposing any solutions for fixing it. In the end, I think we find that the protagonist's anarchist society is preferable to the capitalist, highly stratified society that he visits, but it's never portrayed as perfect. He leaves it only to find there's no place else to go.

Yeah, I suck at reading things for fun. That was depressing.
kutsuwamushi: (can has yaoi?)
I should have known that a book I found clumsy and amateurish when I was a teenager would be even worse now.

Yes, I am talking about Wraeththu. Why did I pick it up again? Curiosity, I suppose. Despite the bad writing, I did enjoy it enough to finish it back then--and that's saying something because the thing is damn long. I can still see the appeal now.

But oh my God, I somehow managed to block out the floofy fantasy name syndrome even though it's right in the title. I did remember the hilariously flowery portrayal of everything sexual, though.

(Icon so totally appropriate for this post.)
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My new favorite meme is "You can't explain that," courtesy of Bill O'Reilly, who tried to prove the existence of God by pointing to those mysterious tides. We don't know why there are tides, so God exists. QED.



And here's one that points out the problem of the God of the Gaps:



Man, sometimes I wish I could just throw everything else out and study how people communicate through internet memes. It would be fascinating and funny at the same time, and it would have implications for modeling language far beyond just mocking Bill O'Reilly.
kutsuwamushi: (strike a pose)


Ever since Eun Chan's father died, she's been taking care of her younger sister and her mother. Her outward appearance is so unfeminine that she's usually mistaken for guy. Han Kyul is a rich son given a project: Clean up this coffee shop and make it profitable. He ends up hiring Eun Chan, and OMG AM I GAY romance happens.

I had reservations going in. Hell no, I didn't expect something progressive. In the end, most of it turned out as I expected, but there were some parts that pleasantly surprised me.

THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW

Spoilers )

To sum up: Coffee Prince has problems, but it's cute. And it's only about five episodes too long, rather than about thirty episodes too long, like most k-dramas.
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Look at this ad for Kewpie mayonnaise, [personal profile] sudaki:



Don't you just want to put it on EVERYTHING?

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