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09 March 2007 @ 09:49 am
Presents From Thelana, and Friday Ramblings  
May be kind of a spammy day, if I get my Meme-ing act together....

First, I got a package from thelana last night! "John Doe" Season 1, and "Northshore" (also with Dominic Purcell), and a gorgeous postcard of the palace in Vienna.

But the fabulously unexpected part of it was a 10-cent Euro coin with Botticelli's Venus on the back! \o/ I don't know how she came across that, but I was thrilled to get it. Scroll down to the E 0.10 display here to see it. Thank you, thelana! *huggles*


That definitely helped the mood of the fallout from the Prison Break Fanfic Awards nominations. I had a number of stories nominated there (many in competition with each other, I'm afraid), and very few made the cut. In the main, four authors really dominated the awards, and it looks as if Gen really took a downturn in general. Even the non-Michael/Sara categories seemed to be mainly M/S works. :( I'd at least hoped that Penguin Break would make it to the final round on "Humor/Crack" (because you all know I don't do Crack very often), even though it wouldn't win. But! ferrynheit's Good Therapy is there, which is a huge relief. Absolutely one of the funniest things I've seen ever in fanfic. aeroport_art has a Slash piece in the finals, alazysod has a couple of pieces up, as does badboy_fangirl (American Outlaw). miss_mandy's "Vivid" from the last PB Fic Exchange is in the finals for Best Villain (Haywire). gatheringlight has a Lincoln/Veronica piece up that I nominated! Whoo!

Don't let me get started on the "PR" and political aspects of it all. :( Let's just say that, although I'm sure the authors themselves had nothing to do with it, having a bigger cadre really affects the voting process. The number of "Slash" votes for non-slash writers, well... Best left unsaid.

Okay! On the plus side, I am now amused becase a co-worker just came by to discuss a Customer that wants to do a Feature-Rich implementation on several Feature-Free products! Whoo! We had a good chuckle about that one.

AND... a beatiful Venus coin waits by my home computer, where it will make me smile everytime I see it. ♥



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The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on March 9th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :D I'm so glad that you didn't have it already :D

Euro coins are slightly different in every country (basically one side of them are free to design for each country, but they are still the same coin and can therefore be used in every country). Some of them are really gorgeous and I like collecting the ones that I think are pretty. My favorite one is the 1 Euro from Greece because it has a on owl (from Athena's owl, a symbol of wisdom and Sophie is Greek for wisdom). Another coin has the famous abduction of Europa by Zeus as a bull :D

LOL, I usually always collect the coins and then always have to spend them when I run low on money and I'm too lazy to go to the bank :D

Anyway, the venus coin is Italian of course and when I found it again recently, I was thinking, damn, I have to send it to you before it is wasted on emergency spending. I wish I would have had a newer, shinier one, but I thought I better send it to you immediately, before I forget :D

I'm soooo glad you didn't have it already :D

I hope you have fun with John Doe and co :D

BTW, you can find pictures of the Italian Euro coins here.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: 1ww dark grumpythelana on March 9th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Damn. there's a whole lot of ":D" in this post!

The whole Euro thing is actually quite fascinating at time. For example Slowenia recently joined the Union. They are on the lower border of Austria, near the province Carinthia. Carinthia is kinda like the Austrian version of Texas as far as bad reputations go and they have a long standing feud with Slowenia that goes back to the World Wars. Anyway, the Slowenians put the so called Fuerstenstein on their coins, a monument that is now in Carinthia but that has some sort of Slowenian symbolism too (please, I have no clue about the details). As a result the Carinthians turned completely psychotic and consider it pretty much a deathly insult. It's a bit on the crazy side :D

Errr and so much for your (hopefully last) lesson in Austrian rural politics.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on March 9th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Anyway, the Slowenians put the so called Fuerstenstein on their coins, a monument that is now in Carinthia but that has some sort of Slowenian symbolism too
I can see how this would create trouble. Much like "Mecca" and Jerusalem being the same thing.

I hadn't realized until college that Czechosolvakia is two countries with two languages-- Czech and Slovak. And never the twain shall meet. :0

And don't get me started on Africa and all the name-changes there over my lifetime, though since most of them are returning from Colonial names to their own country names, that's long overdue. Just confusing.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, and subsequent skirmishes, it was fairly useless to buy a globe or an atlas for a really long time. Might as well wait for the dust and bounaries to settle!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on March 9th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
This was one of the things I hadn't realized, and really like-- that though the commerce is still Euro-based, the sample coins can be country-specific, which I just love! Some very pretty ones indeed-- and I like the Leonardo da Vinci one quite a bit.

Another coin has the famous abduction of Europa by Zeus as a bull :D
That one has to be for Greece, of course. I was wondering whether Wales would be able to put the Red Dragon on theirs, and Scotland the Red Lion (both on the individual country flags), but then I remembered that they'll probably get lumped in as "U.K." (grrrrr) and not individual countries. Cymru am byth, I say!

I hope you have fun with John Doe and co :D
:) I'm looking forward to seeing those again (maybe I can add John Doe drabbles into my ficlet offerings again then), and for the eye-candy aspect of Northshore. :)

Thanks so much for sending it all. What a wonderful treat!
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on March 9th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
It's really lovely because that way you get a feeling how far the coins have traveled. Though some countries are really boring and have put the same thing on all coins. Ireland has a harp on all coins, but at least the harp is pretty. But some others just have the face of some queen or some other leader, boring!

Actually the UK, those traitors don't have the Euro and neither has Norway. Argh, European politics! Sometimes I wonder why the UK even bothered to join the EU since they don't have the Euro, don't pay any money into the EU fund (the bigger countries pay in so the poorer countries like Portugal or Greece can be supported) and they generally act like they would rather be part of NAFTA than the EU :D [well, mostly I'm just pouting because you still have to get pounds if you want to go to London for a shopping trip; Damn you UK, why can't you be more understanding of my inherent laziness!]

I hope you have fun with John Doe and Northshore (heh, keep in mind that Dominic hated that one and repeatedly complained how much he hated being on there and how awkward it was for him. I think for that he wasn't half bad. But that might just be me). I'm hoping to hear some squeeing! Though maybe you should wait till the season of PB is over? So you can use it to get you through the hiatus?
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on March 10th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: 3way02_by_agent00badboy_fangirl on March 9th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
John Doe is SO DIFFERENT than Lincoln. Please post so we know what you think when you've had a chance to view it.

And just recently I saw those episodes of North Shore with Dom. I love the cocky-I-want-you-right-now Alpha male. Call me the 1950s housewife if you want, but RAWR! ;D

There were some noms that I was quite disappointed in as well, but I just had a light bulb moment over it and I'm going to post about in my LJ.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: 1ww grab swordthelana on March 9th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
I loved him on Northshore. I was kinda watching it before he came along and it really was my first exposure to Dom. Before he came along I was mostly hanging on to gaze at the guy with the dreadlocks, but even he got boring once he got together with Tessa. The show was just so bad and stupid and by comparison Dom's character and storyline was just so much fun.

It helped that I couldn't stand either of the characters in the main couple and couldn't wait to see them broken up.
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Let me be hot from jatiebkbadboy_fangirl on March 9th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hey thelana I've heard much about you but I've never actually met you.

You know, Dom is quite embarrassed by his stint on NS. I think it's cute he's embarrassed by it, when really you could tell he was too good for the material, but he did the best he could with it. And he looked so damn hot! Every shot of him is just beautiful. I especially liked him with the 'do rag while they were *cooking*. What a babe! *sigh*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on March 9th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
I actually watched "John Doe" in its single season-- it's why I became a fan of Dominic Purcell and began watching "Prison Break" in the first place.

But I'm looking forward to seeing them again, mainly because 1) Dominic is more yummy to me with that hair (Rrrowr!), and because every now and then I open up a drabble challenge and it's nice to have extra fandoms. The last time I included "John Doe" I also had "Millenium" on there, and got a request to write "John Doe/Millenium crossover with slash" and I was all, "Ack! I sort of know both fandoms, but Crossovers are hard! And AU! Plus, Frank Black vs. Dominic (John), well..." I made the drabbles one-sided slash. ;)

There were some noms that I was quite disappointed in as well, but I just had a light bulb moment over it and I'm going to post about in my LJ.
I'll probably take a peek if I ever get out of my all-afternoon meeting again.

But when I look at some of what advanced while, for instance, all of aspensnow's stories fell off the map... I can vouch for simply "being known" as a big part of what sways the voting (she hasn't written much or been online much this year). And some of the slash noms obviously kind of peeved me-- mostly voted on by non-slash lovers, which is not at all good. I don't vote on the Michael/Sara fics, because I don't read them-- my opinion is non-informed.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: 1ww sg fly against sunthelana on March 9th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
I was rather surprised at how sweet John Doe was when I downloaded it after I started watching PB. I actually remember when it came out because I was buying various scifi magazines around that time and John Doe was one of the new shows being discussed. Heh, I remember thinking back then that it sounded fairly stupid and like it wouldn't have a lot of longterm potential. Sadly I couldn't find the relevant mags again, but I do remember getting the impression that the reviewers were rather fond of it.

I do think that if I had watched it I probably would have gotten bored with it/I don't think that I would have watched it if I hadn't known of Dom first. So, *with* knowing him, I'm glad that I did watch most of it, because it really did have some sweet episode. I really like the first one (with the girl on the lake), the one where his "girlfriend" comes to town and it has some really sweet moment between him and his friend (like when they are playing basketball together or John steals his friend's stuff so the friend will have to stay with him and will have to shape up for his divorce hearing).
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on March 10th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: AO from rogue_missybadboy_fangirl on March 9th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah Aspensnow and Miss Mazzie were two who were robbed for sure. But I do believe you're right about the known factor.

Yes, Dom with hair = YUMMEH. I know he keeps hoping (as do I) that the producers will let him grow it back at some point on PB.
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aeroport_art: jayruudaeroport_art on March 10th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
That Botticelli coin is purty, and so very you XD

Hey btw, this might be completely random but what are you doing for Picnic Day (Apr.14)? I'm pimping the annual fashion show left and right, since I'll be showing my line there. If you plan on joining the Davis festivities with your family anyway, I would be beyond ecstatic if you stopped by. You wouldn't need to say hi or anything either, hahaha. So there, that's my official invite *__*

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
I'll try to put this on the calendar and see what my husband says as we get closer to the date. We'll be back from Disneyland then, and since we've never been to Picnic Day... I want to go before the kids lose the pure joy of watching Weiner Dog races!

Pimp more as we get closer, because my memory is not what it used to be!
aeroport_art: :Daeroport_art on March 10th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
Weiner dog races! Those are cute, lol.

Yay! I will definitely pimp more as the date gets closer. In the meantime I'm still rushing to even finish the garments @_@

Disneyland!!! Ahhh I love that place.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on March 10th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
In the meantime I'm still rushing to even finish the garments @_@
And your PBFE story, of course. ;)

Are you finished when the garments are done being designed, or do they have to actually be realized (i.e., sewn and possibly modeled by someone)?
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