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Rice with ketchup because that's the only thing that comes with a halfway interesting story.

A long time I was in Prague and the cheapest thing in a fairly cheap restaurant had on offer was rice. Just cooked rice with nothing. Since I was hungry and broke (or maybe just cheap when it came to food, I know I spend actually money on an illustrated copy of the Heptameron (if you judged by those illustrations (scantily-glad women all the time) you would never guess that the author was 16th Century queen)) I ordered the rice. They had ketchup on the table, some weird Czech ketchup I had never heard of before.

It was delicious. But then I was hungry and the ketchup was really, really delicious all by itself. I took home a bottle I bought in a supermarket (no joke.) It was still delicious at home but it's been a long time and the deliciousness that used to be rice with ketchup has lost its appeal. These days when I make rice I made actual sauces where I thrown in a boatload of spices, some vegetables and sweet soy sauce and call it day.
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I can remember places very well. I have trouble remembering people, especially their appearance though. As a result my memory turns every place I remember as a place (and not as part of a specific event) into a ghost town.

It's weird because there are plenty of places I've never seen without a ton of people in them. But my brain takes them all away.
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I skipped the past three days of this meme because I don't like posting pictures of me on the internet.

My favorite fictional book is probably The Book of Sand from Jorge Luis Borges's short story of the same name.

It can be basically seen as the infinite version of The Voynich Manuscript, which I think is awesome, or as a even more cruel version of The Codex Seraphinianus.

The Codex (Not gonna lie, I bought a copy) is like an encyclopedia of an alien world, written in a legible but incomprehensible script but unlike the Voynich manuscript it has an actual living author who made that book intentionally to vex people forever. With the Voynich manuscript - which looks a bit like a book about herbology and astronomy (maybe, because it also makes little sense and is written in an incomprehensible script) - no one knows who to blame and what their reasoning was.

The Book of Sand is a book that has no beginning and no ending. (It's impossible to get to the first or last page.) And every time you open it, you find a new page. You'll never find one you've seen before again. The script is undecipherable, the language incomprehensible and ever so often you'll see a new illustration. So basically the internet in a nutshell.

My second favorite fictional book is probably Douglas Adams' Encyclopedia Galactica just for the mere idea of it. My third is probably everything from Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel, proving that most jokes are really older than dirt. (I really wish Folk Dances for Heretics was real though.)
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There are plenty of political photographs that make me any combination of angry and sad.

But this photo only makes me sad )
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(Day 6 was a free for all, which I decided it was an opportunity to not post.)

Florence: the view from the Ponte Vecchio

I took this picture and I know 1000 percent that it did not look like that in reality.

The picture seems really calm, devoid of people when in reality left and right and behind me were tons of people taking pictures, talking, swarming around. It's very saturated, very colorful which it obviously wasn't quite like that either.

Now it was a beautiful view, even reality, but the Florence that it shows does not exist.

Except, and this is perhaps why it makes me so happy, it is very much like I remember places. I have a fabulous memory for locations. And I remember places I loved much more vividly and romanticize them quite heavily insofar as I remove things that don't quite fit into the postcard-ness of it all.

This photograph makes me so happy because it takes me back to a memory rather than a reality.
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I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

And thank you so much for the virtual presents. It made me so happy. ♥ (And I miss you, [ profile] eolivet.)
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I don't have one. I had one when I was seventeen but I haven't read it in a decade, the English translation is less than enjoyable and I have my doubts on how well it would hold up if I read it now.

But I do have something else. )
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It's Monty Python's Flying Circus. But this one's so old, it's deader than their dead parrot sketch.

So it kind of doesn't count. I think my favorite TV show in the last decade is probably Wonderfalls. It had such a short run and so much promise that it ended before it needed to deliver and before it could get bad. I loved other shows more but when those got bad, they got bad.

The one that's currently on... Doctor Who. I like Being Human and Dexter but Being Human's production is just kind of distractingly shoddy and Dexter even when it's excellent (like right now) never fully works its premise. It always flinches away. Take that "innocent" guy who Dexter killed this season. He just happened to be a rapist who only got away because he paid the victim of. How convenient.

Now Doctor Who can be a terribly show. But it fully embraces what it is. Unlike True Blood (which would be excellent if it fully embraced its crackaliciousness instead of wasting 2 and half storylines each season on earnest, attempted "good" tv and falling embarrassingly short), it fully embraces its rubber monsters, stupid premise and inevitable running sequence. It's what it is and out of its cheese it can come up with moments of genuine emotion. But it usually finds its way back to the cheese.

And here's the really funny thing about it. It can be wildly entertaining tv. During Waters of Mars I think I looked away from the screen exactly three times. Hard to think of another show that can capture my attention this well.
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This meme is totally stolen from [ profile] iridescentglow but it does look like a lot of fun.

Day 1 - Favorite Song

My favorite song is The Chemical Brothers feat. Richard Ashcroft - The Test

It's an incredibly layered song. Kind of like Death in Vegas' Dirge but a lot less gradually and noticably layered. Dirge is the song where the addition and integration of new sounds drown out the older sounds until you have this huge noisy thing with hardly any individually distinguishable sounds.

The Test is similarly layered and new sounds are added and integrated all the time to drown out old sounds and to disappear. Ashcroft's voice is always distinguishable. Can't say the same about the lyrics. The internet consensus says that he sings "I'm seeing waves breaking form to my horizon" that one time and it sounds like it but that doesn't even make sense.

But I love the lyrics. I know it's about an LSD trip but the part about "my heart and soul are free" make me still kind of emotional. If it was a shorter song it would be the most listened-to-song on my ipod. It is certainly the one song I've never grown tired of and I've been listening it since it came out. Incidentally it was the first DVD single I ever bought.

But then this was the time when music videos in general still had budgets and production values, so the video has abstract dream-like landscapes, underwater sequences and houses falling down. And a whale. Nowadays production value extends to hiring Swedish cable actors and dancing in a leotard in front of a white wallpaper. And that is deemed THE BEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME. I think I'm growing bitter so I better stop.
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