Berkin Elvan, after 269 days in a coma, died today, age 15. He was shot in the head with a gas canister by the police during the Gezi riots, while going to the market to buy bread. Not that it matters. He *could* have been protesting and it wouldn’t (shouldn’t) have made a difference.
I love this illustration of Berkin by the very talented merttugen (which remind me of Mexican votive tin paintings), titled “Gaz Fiseginde Yasayan Cocuk” (“The Boy Who Lives in a Gas Canister”). Alas, the boy lives no more.
uhh what is the hardest thing for a Catholic mom to give up for Lent
wow giving up facebook for Lent, major, MAJOR sacrifice. *my* mom would slit her wrists.
I think I’ll just give up chocolate?
This is something that slips past the Western viewers- it looks like it’s reaching out for Chihiro, in a malicious way, to the Western viewers. It’s what I thought growing up.
However, now, that I know that it’s a way of signalling for someone to ‘Come here!’ in Japan, the scene takes on a whole new meaning.
That spirit knows that if Chihiro doesn’t eat the food, she will disappear. And it knows if it offers the food, she cannot be cursed as a gluttonous pig because it wouldn’t have been stolen.
Just a unique take when you have all of the context.
And also, the red lanterns spell out ‘おいで’ which translates to “Come here” or “Come in” :)
I guess I have Japanase eyes, I had read the scene a lot more favorably. can’t say I had come up with the “not stolen=not gluttony” bit but I’d thought the Casper lookalike fella was up to something good.
wow, genius. if this is no joke, deserves a Darwin Award. almost.
these little charming shrines (?) from the elephant village in Melbourne Zoo. note the happily waving monkeys.
Hi! Can you suggest to me words that are related to books and/or reading? Thanks! :D
the fear of running out of reading materials
the characteristic, faint, musty smell of old books
tsundoku 積ん読 (つんどく) (n. Japanese)
the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books
vāde mēcum (n. Latin)
favorite book carried everywhere; a handbook of useful information kept at one’s side lit. “go with me”
dhvani (n. Sanskrit)
lit. ‘sound’ or ‘echo’; the feature of a poem/line of having a hidden meaning that strikes you in the second or further readings, but not the first
peki dunyanin gelmis gecmis ennn iyi yuz temizleyicisi olan (ustelik 5 dolar?) noxzema, benim her sabah kalkip bir paket %60 kakao bitter cikolatayi duzenli olarak yememle bas edebilir mi?
pride and prejudice mi persuasion mı? (p&p rulz!!!)
bu konuda gelip gidiyorum. donem donem favori JA romanlarim da degisiyor. P&P sahiden o kaddddar iyi ki. ama Persuasion’daki Anne’in o ezikligi de hep icime dokundugundan belki, ve iste yine secim yapmakta zorlandim.
ama Anne mi olmak ister insan, Lizzie mi? Elbette ikincisi.