dancing_moon: Luffy with stars in his eyes (so-damn-cool)
So, after a week of utter bumming around and hardly lifting a finger except when in the pool (yes, I have started to swim a bit again) I decided that my break from the world was over and that I'd better start doing stuff again. Among those stuffs, alas, I count my two 12-page essays.

Still, as Sunday evening rolled around, I realized that I was not going to get any studying done in the remaining hours before next week. No disaster, I did allow myself seven days of leisure... but I also realized that I hadn't left my block during the entire week (and my room only about half the days) and that was a bit embarrassing. So I hauled ass off to Potsdamer Platz and plonked myself into a cinema seat. When in doubt, watch a movie - it's almost Doing Something With Your Life.

Saw 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' )

They also showed the trailer for MiB^3. It looks awesome!!!

Monday I finally got around to visit the Berlin Guggenheim. I've been thinking of going there ever since I learned that it was free on Mondays - because I am both a cheapass and utterly ignorant about modern art, so it's not like I expected to get that much out of a visit.

My fail at comprehending very modern art )

Tuesday was spent writing stuff for work (still no essay, but at least I'm writing something beyond blog posts!) and going on a language tandem with a girl who wants to freshen up her Swedish before she does a project for her Masters. By the by, if someone has a room/bed/sofa to let to a nice student who is going to Stockholm for about 3 weeks in April, do gimme a shout.

Still, I don't want to slack off now that I'm not busy as hell in school. It's my goal to experience as much as possible of Berlin outside of both the university halls and my room. So, step one! Buy a Tip magazine and see what's on offer for the coming two weeks.

It's already paid iteself off, too ^_^ Because tonight they held a open discussion about the human/machine interaction in advanced experimental implants entitled "Werden wir Cyborgs?" (Are we becoming cyborgs?) at the Max Planck Science Gallery.

Since the two debate guests were an engineer working in brain-research and a philosopher/biologist working in ethics and medicine history, I figured I would probably not grasp every detail but also not be utterly lost.

Really glad I went there, it was very interesting both in what was said and how they had built the discussion. The audience were allowed to pick themes, by choosing among three short movie clips that where shown on a screen (Choose with laser pointers!!1! Empirical evidence I just gathered shows that if you give a bunch of adults, several of whom appear to hold at least doctorates, a laser pointer each they will turn into gleeful kids for the first five minutes). We also decided who was to "get the word" though I think both guests got to talk every time they signaled that they wanted. further questions could be asked either normally or sent in by SMS, which I appreciated very much. Mostly due to the "omfg a bunch of professors so not opening my mouth to speak German in here!!!" factor.

I learned interesting tidbits about the frontline of medical research, that we shall (alas) probably never be able to download an entire foreign language into the brain and heard many other interesting things. Some of it tied back quite nicely into the Body/Machine seminar I've had.

Then I got to visit the showroom of the Max Planck Institute and OMFG! SO COOL! Touch screens that wouldn't look amiss in the latest Star Trek movie, some kind of curved screen thing where it looks as if a molecule is hovering, amazingly beatiful photographs of cells and molecules in a room that I could best describe as iArchitecture. I'm going back during daytime to have a closer look, felt a bit tired right now. But that was seriously a room from the future, looking even better since it was in a classical old building by the Gendarmenmarkt.

How I love this city!
dancing_moon: My books: Never enough shelf space (books)
This post is the product of cold weather and my reluctance to leave the warm confines of the library just yet, as well as the slight sense of shame I always feel when I take up communal work-places to laze around on the internet. So, instead, I shall take up the communal work-space and write a Serious Post of Seriousness. Well, not really, but at least I won't spend another half hour looking at the funny macros George Takei keeps posting...

As a background, please see my previous post: Stundenplan @ HU [1] a.k.a. "Wot I actually do in school here in Berlin"

Wednesday : Language & History / Body/Machine Interaction (a.k.a. CYBORGS) )

And now the library is closing, so my favorite class, which is on Thursday, will have to wait until later.
dancing_moon: Text: Resistance is ohm (resistance is ohm)
Yesterday I went to see Das kunstseidene Mädchen (The Girl made of Artificial-Silk) in the Aufbau Theatre. This is one of Berlin's many small private theatre companies, and it just so happens that it lies about one block from my apartment.
Which, I'm sad to say, totally proves that they need a better PR-responsible, because I pass the building where the theatre is every morning on my way to school, and we're currently studying the book (written 1932 by Irmgard Keun, quite worth a read) and I knew neither of the theatre nor this play. Luckily enough, one of my fellow students has stronger Google-fu and informed the class about the play last week.

The play: Girls shouldn't be made of fake silk, because it wrinkles so easily )

The day before Das Kunstseidene Mädchen I also did things, I barely know how to keep my head straight with all this sudden social life ^_^;;;

Anyway, two other exchange students had, inspired by the fact that it was Australia Day called together an event called Australia, which turned out to be a very nice gathering of Australians, Germans and exchange students from other countries to learn about post/colonilism from an Australian perspective.
We gathered in the cellar of a pub and there followed an evening with poetry readings (Oodgeroo Noonuccal, some others and new poems by one of the organisers), historical information (the dictation test and the ethnic cleansing of the Tasmanian peninsula, both completely new things to me) and looked at the works of a photographer whom is involved in the struggle for indigineous rights and whose name I have utterly forgotten. There was supposed to be a film showing too, but considering we discussed until a bit after midnight, that didn't really work out. Still, a lively discussion is both something less solid and more engaging than even a really good movie, so I think it all worked out quite well.

Otherwise, I've spent most of the week thinking of a poem by the East German poet Karl Mickel, which I'm supposed to present on Monday. With a few clear and well-formulated interpretation theses. orz

...and apparantly while I'm sitting in a library writing this post, there's a load of police cars and whatnot outside of work in Stockholm, in the aftermath of a robbery on a nearby goldsmith o.0
dancing_moon: To Victory! Daleks can win the war (victory!)
Gosh, so tired. Just gotta get this off my chest, then I need a nap!

Today began horribly but ended with a partial triumph!

Yesterday, I discovered two very AUGH-worthy things re my university classes.
My mistake and their rescheduling equals panic )

The third yay is not really related to my university stay here, but is about my bachelor and general geekery
While listening to a rather boring lecture (not from the topic, but we had a guest lecturer who spoke at a super-rapid, low monotone in a rather echoing classroom and my brain just couldn't handle the effort of trying to listen) I began thinking of my bachelor essay, which I will begin to work on here in Germany. My last essay was for Sailor Moon and the role of the female hero. While the topic I worked with there was one I wouldn't mind returning to, I didn't really feel like doing it for the bachelor essay. Two reasons Firstly, I'd rather wait until the new English edition is out, because it was tricky to switch editions like I had to do. Second, all the literature regarding female heroes is apparantly crap (or I just fail at searching for it) and if I'm going to do some kind of meta-critical analysis of my theory books too I should either split it into two essays or I'll nead a heck of lot more pages than a bachelor essay gives me. Also, variety is good for you, or something, and since I already knew I want to write about something with a gender focus I might as well switch canons.

Anyway. In class, half dozing and doodling names of mahou shoujo manga in some vague notion that I could always compare the female portraits in general (Sailor Moon kicks Tokyo MewMew's ass might not be an approved thesis, but it's one I fully stand behind) or go the safe old route of body-shape analysis, I am suddenly hit with a lightningbolt of inspiration. CLAMP. I like them. A lot. They have a large enough body of work, which can be grouped in various ways, that it makes sense to compare their different series with each other along a given cross-section. Question is just which aspect to poke at...

Their female portraits are varied but I have a hunch - and this really is just a hunch, not to mention I've slept like five hours tonight! - that there portrayal of women complicated. CLAMP's got a very unique moral view, not just compared to Western media, but also to many other manga and there's bound to be something worth poking at there. So I'm writing down interesting points of attack; narratological analysis of female agency, image analysis of male vs. female protagonists, eye-poking-and-sacrificial-death-!

That's when it hit me.

Suicide.

Unless there turns out to already exist a fantastic essay about the theme, I'll ask my teachers (once they're back from the holidays) if I might write an essay analyzing the motif of chosen suicide* in chosen manga from CLAMP. Probably along the lines of gendered differences (are there any and what) and narrative outcome of the suicide (what happens in the story because of this?); though the latter perhaps only for one or two examples.

There's literature on the theme, I know that much, and since the topic is more narrow than "function of the heroine in a superhero story. which btw has nine superheroines", I can also juggle more canons without getting completely swamped in plot retelling.

CLAMP manga with Meaningful Voluntary Suicide that I remember from the top of my head is, uhm, worryingly long. And, also from memory, I can already group them in four categories 0.o
Death-spoilers for RG Veda, Tokyo Babylon, X, Magic Knight Rayearth, Clover )

I think this could be really interesting to do ^_^ If someone has meta-thoughts on my rambling little rant, please share! I need to go through all my CLAMP canons carefully looking for more cases, as well as check up on the ones that I only remember vaguely. I also have no idea what outcome I'll get, so that is interesting too.

Hopefully my teachers agree...a

*chosen suicide here is my own, made-up-just-now, term for a narratively active suicidal act. It basically has no counterpoint in the real world, because there a Hero/in sacrificing themselves won't save the world from blowing up.
dancing_moon: My books: Never enough shelf space (books)
So, a few people asked if I wanted to write a bit about my studies in Germany. All comparsions will be to the Swedish university system, which I shall simply except you to know. If for some reason someone who isn't a Swedish student has questions, do ask and I shall do my best to answer

Since I currently possess the IQ of a mashed potatoe (Tuesday is the Long Lecture Day) you'll get it in chronological order, because everything else would be too complicated.

I should perhaps also point out, that this term, I have mostly taken classes in literature history; that is, thematic studies. They looked more interesting and since it's still not 100% certain that I can remain next term, I'd rather do these here and the pure literary analysis classes (which I'll need for my bachelor) in Sweden.

Overall impressions )

The names of my modules, btw, are "(German) Literature History III (1800-today)", "ERASMUS Module Literary History I, II, III" (though all my seminars are modern-ish, ehehehe) and "Text- and Media Analysis". I've also got an extra class that falls under Kulturwissenschaft (Cultural Studies?), but I'll get to that later.

Monday: German-language lyric / Crime and Literature / Franz Kafka )

Tuesday: Literature & Photography / Lost Illusions )

Aaaand because this post is already massive, I think I'll cut there. Wednesdas to Fridays aren't that heavy anyway, but I'll try to scribble them down later in the week :) Have got some interesting classes there too!
dancing_moon: Text: Resistance is ohm (resistance is ohm)
Wrote a mail to the leader of the Projekttutorium "Marginalized identities & their representation" asking for further information, but unless I've grossly misunderstood everything I'll sign up and visit this seminar series.

Of course, before I got that far, I had to figure out what the heck a projektutorium is. Since I activated my Humboldt e-mail account, I've gotten several mails daily inviting me to various things. Some was just crap, some was events happening at the university and then there were all these "projekttutoriums"... Does that mean tutorials? Open lectures? Wut?

Luckily, the one that finally tickled my interest enough to click through to the main site also contained a handy link to the university page explaining what a PT is.

Basically, it's a series of classes/seminars lead by a students about topics that do not fit into the regular study topics (or there's no-one interested in teaching it, I guess, since intersectionality and identities totally seems like a "valid" topic) and you get no points/ECTS-credits for them. However, the university supplies rooms, a bit of money and you can add it to your schedule through the AGNES-system, where you add all regular classes. I think it's a great idea and, even if this PT wouldn't have had a topic which I'm really interested in, I would've liked to visit some PT just to see how it works. I can't think of anything similar on Swedish universitites, there everything seems to be done either through the student union (completely free, but also rarely economic support from the university) or it's part of someone's thesis work, comes from a faculty or similar.

Anyway, I think I'll take part of the PT about Marginalisierte Identitäten und deren Repräsentation. The topics are Queer History, Race, Trans* liberation, Rights of children (ex. Intersexed children), Religion/Visibility of Islam in Europe, HIV/AIDS, Disability Studies and Methods & Language.
It all looks quite interesting, also the time-plan seems well-structured with a (so far I can judge) varied and relevant reading list.

Since I'm strictly verboten from taking regular classes that aren't offered by the Philosophic Faculty II (basically, German + a bunch of European languages) I think it will be a nice break from only lit. classes. And, of course, it connects nicely with my interest in gender-studies. I've also never before had the time or possibility to take classes directly concerning racism or other non-gender opressions, nor a "pure" minorities studies class, so this is a good chance to try something new.

Is anyone else familiar with this kind of student-lead studies? Do they tend to work well?

In further somewhat study-relevant news, I managed to nab a place in one of the super-cheap sport groups that are on offer for students. I'm going to lern fencing! With a sabre! Wish me luck, I'll totally need it ;P
dancing_moon: My books: Never enough shelf space (books)
My univeristy library has a lovely system which sends out mails approx 2 days before you need to return a book (and then you get increasingly stern mails that you should Really Return That Book, NOW PLEASE, once the date has passed). For some reason it's called millenium, so I have a bunch of mails from "millenium". It feels a bit like being in contact with a Dan Brown novel

Anyway! I borrowed a whole bunch of books for my paper and have re-loaned all the ones I'm still working with. However, since there is absolutely no room for anything more in the paper as it is and I have no time at all to read them, I am returning Maria Nikolajeva's books about the structure of childrens literature. I managed to read her first one - Barnbokens byggklossar (The Building Blocks of Children's Books) before the essay writing began, since it was included in the reading suggestion list for the essay course. It was really good! I've also got "Power, Voice and Subjectivity in Literature for Young Readers" here, but I'm gonna return it unread and hope to pick it up later some day.

She uses narrativism to pick apart and analyze the structure in children's literature. It interested me, because it's a much better approach to studing manga than many other lit science entrances I've seen - not as good as actual, y'know, mangastudies but there is still a lack of a good "comic analysiz + story tropes + solid step-by-step analysis - Orientalist exoticism = GOOD FRAME FOR MANGA ANALYSES" book. What I like about using a structure such as Nikolajeva's children's focused narrativism, is that you can get to grips with the text as such, and (I hope) not get tangled up in Western perceptions of Japanese culture. I am, anyway, more interested in How Manga Reads Here than But What Does it Mean There? At least when it comes to trying to do any work of my own, I loved Kinsella's study of the Japanese publishing industry in Adult Manga. But hey, I'm in lit science, not sociology plus I don't speak Japanese - it's not like attempting to update her study will ever be anything that I can or should do :)

Anyway! Nikolajeva: Easy to follow, very structured, I haven't actually tried to apply any of her stuff, but it seemed nice and comprehensible.

This, and the intimatopia idea put forward by Elizabeth Woledge are both tools/theories that really ring true to certain experiences I've had as a fandom-focused reader, writer and all-around participant.
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Written 7 pages today for the paper. Most of it is very, very rough and the footnotes are a bit of a mess. But it's still a lot and I got in the bulk of the girl/shôjo background I wanted plus the first draft of the series summary. Which leaves the big bulk of the hero background and the analysiz, but I'm trying to be positive here.

I also found a good scan of the gorgeous transformation sequence image that Takeuchi drew in the first artbook, which I'll use on the front page. So no need for me to scan my artbook, yayness!

Also had great use of an article [personal profile] unjapanologist linked me to, Young Females as Super Heroes: Superheroines in the Animated Sailor Moon because it defines a bunch of things so that I don't have to. It is, however, riddled with fact errors about the Sailor Moon canon. For instance, even with all the cutting up that the NA edition of the anime received, I am fairly certain that Haruka and Michiru turn up in the third season, not the second. I'm also sceptical to the claim that Usagi is called Serena Moon in the dub, can't recall that.... Oh well. Another of my sources, Hourihan's "Deconstructing the hero" is also full of a bunch of small, weird things. Like calling the Doctor "Dr Who" in one place, and claiming that the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a good example of a non-patriarchal hero for children (wtf??). And yes, I will try to make note of this somewhere in my footnotes >_>
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They approved my subject =D Now, they actually pretty much approved all the subjects, but I'm still happy. And my supervisor is specialist on literature dealing with queer theory, the female body and identification. Sweet!

Now, I've already started a bit, mostly gathering books and trying to find other research on the subject. Problem no 1 is that I already have a bit too much theory, but the question is at least well-defined and, I believe, narrow enough: "How is the Heroine portrayed in Sailor Moon?"

First leg to support me will be Joseph Campbell and his Hero archetype works. This turned out to be trickier than I expected, actually, since I (naively) assumed that there ought to be s-e-v-e-r-a-l works regarding the female heroine, or aiming a gender-critical light on Campbell while lifting an alternate theory... but either I fail at searches or there isn't much. I found Lichtman's little book, and will use it, but I'm deeply grateful if someone can link me to anything else *hopeful smile*
It's not even like I like Campbell that much, but at this level we have to tie our work to previous research and I can't find anything that really interests me and is relevant for the topic, especially since I want to work with the manga and not the anime. Alas, I wish I could read Japanese.

On the positive side, there's been some really good, very concrete stuff in the books about children's literature which I basically stumbled on because some kind teacher put it on the reading list for the intro seminar for the essays. I've got far too limited space to do a comprehensive "this is how the heroine's journey works in SM" analysis, but with the help of the narrativist methods in those books, I think I'll be able to make a handy little table of archetypal moments/attributes and use those. Nifty!
It also saves me the headache of trying to, say, draw a conclusion of only the first "saga" of Sailor Moon, which I am really glad I can escape since her role changes so much in the later parts of the manga.

Conclusions so far: The state of manga and anime studies in Sweden is dreadful. I mean, the state of such studies in the US aren't all that much to shout hooray about either, but it's really improved in the last, oh, five years? regarding published books. Since I haven't been attached to a university and had time to research and access the trends, I am assuming that it started to get better within the academic world before this, and only took a while to leak out. But, anyway, compared to the fairly orientalistic, Othering, unrelevant and downright erreneous works I met the first time I dipped my toe into manga/anime-related academic texts it's gotten much better. That is not to say that all early works were bad - Schodts books for instance still hold up very well - but plenty of them were. Mostly due to a limited amount of material which skeeved the results, something that was too rarely acknowledged imo. (I talk big here, and I might totally get to eat it when it comes to my own wrigting. But fuckit, self-confidence FTW. Yeah?)
Already found a nice little book called Girl reading Girl in Japan which is, alas, only relevant to a very small part of what I want to write about but I'm gonna read all of it some time anyway because it looks interesting.

Anyway, of the student essays and thesis works and whatnot that I've found from Swedish universities (mostly searched for in hopes to find good literature lists) the only one worth a positive mention is the "Kissing Cousins" essay, about the portrayal of homosexuality in the japanese vs US versions of Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. Not a brilliant work, but, you know, it actually makes a relevant question, answers it with relevant material and doesn't claim that this is a golden rule of all anime ever (I am looking at you, Susan Napier, you hack)

Last but not least, I have been, let's call it 'heavily encouraged' by my supervisor to include an appendix with a few relevant scenes. Which means that I did the right thing saving all those dreadful magazine editions because they're THAT much easier to copy than a tankobon mwahahahaha~

Lastly, a question... Why, in pretty much all English-language work I can find, do the authors always use the word shojo when they're talking about girls and girls stuff?
It's not like essays and books about Astrid Lindgren borrow the word "flicka" or for that matter "pojke", do they? And, like, hardly anybode bothers to explain why they do this I am confuddled

I am also hyper on coffee, chocolate and too little sleep since I handed in my last exam today (with 3 minutes to spare wheee~) so, uh, excuse the rambleyness of this.
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So I signed up for a non-credited (but darn useful, I think) little course in how to write a term paper, which I believe is the English term most comparable to the Swedish B- and C-uppsats.

We had the first seminar today, three more are planned plus two hours of individual guidance if we feel we need that once we have started with out papers. And it was a really good seminar. The seminar leader, a rethorics teacher at the school, briefly went through the different principles if the sciences and humanities and then focused on the different methods and aspects one can choose and which fit best etc.

The seminar series are open to 20 people, but only 14 turned up. Still, this meant that there was plenty of time to talk with each student about their particular paper and what method we would chose/should chose. I also think it was really quite useful that we came from so different areas - economy, pedagogy, economy, linguistics, tourism/marketing, some kind of crosscultural-something-studies* and me from literature.

Next week is a library tour and database search class. Which isn't that valuable to me, as we have that planned in my course too, but I hope they focus on different aspects, and after that we have a seminar on the formal shape and how to plan a paper realistically. If they're as good as this, it might end up the most informative class hours of this term.

* My college has lots of inter-field courses and some of them end up with a bit unyieldy names.
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So today I rushed from work, late because I miss counted, and of course the trains were thus also late (sometimes, I am so epically fail it hurts) But at least I managed to reach about half of the rethorics seminar I'd been looking forward to since I saw it some weeks ago.

The title was FAN(G)S: Fan's fictions about the vampires of popular culture and it was held by Maria Lindgren and Malin Isaksson of Umeå university. I went to the Textual Poachers symposium that they was hosted at Umeå and it was, hands down, one of the most interesting and stimulating days in my life. The internet is a great tool for communicating, but actually talking to enthusiastic, knowledgeable people? Nothing beats that

Anyway, the part I heard of todays seminar was quite interesting and the discussion afterwards was also very interesting. I really know very little of fandom tropes in Twilight fandom, which was one of the main focuses, but they seem fascinatingly different in some ways - while at the same time clearly being a fandom among others, with ships and slash and canon-affirmative vs canon-protesting writing.

And! So super cool (and proving how small Sweden is) I met Anna of The Swedish Shortsnouts, one of the more successful wizard rock bands here! It was great talking to her and hear about this entire world of RL-Harry Potter fandomness that I more or less managed to miss even though it took place in my own country.

Then to celebrate (or something idk) I sat down to re-read a bunch of my favorite Katie Forsythe stories. She writes classic Sherlock Holmes and she does it exquisitly well. It hurts to read these stories sometimes, but they're so brilliant that even the pain goes beautiful.
dancing_moon: Kermit goes "YAY Ohmygod" (Yay)
Pratade mer med universitetet igår och skickade in lite av mina insamlade papper. 15 januari är Ansökningsdatumet med störst A, så det börjar röra på sig... Men mina betyg *host*förutsattattsistatentaninterök*host* ser helt ok ut, jag har ganska många poäng från SH och ansökningstrycket till Tyskland är väldigt lågt just nu!

Så HT 2011 tillbringar jag /ta i trä/ i Berliiiiiiiiiiiin!

In English: If everything works out, I'll spend next winter term in Germany~
dancing_moon: [APH] Austria getting his hair teased (Stress)
So, because I so obviously don't have the time right now, I decided to start reading to Jenkin's Textual Poachers in bits and nibbles. Since there is only so much lit studies I can get through before my brain melts and I spend hours in the library anyway...

But, whatevs. Only a few pages in, I realized how aged this book is. It's still a very important work and a lot of what he writes ought to be as valid now as then - but if anyone has some commentaries, good critical articles etc, they'd be much appreciated ^^

Also, why is Iceland separated from Europe in the foreword? 0_ô

Let's switch topics, to the real reason I'm sitting in the school library!

My thinky thoughts about school )
dancing_moon: Farin Urlaub is shot by Lara Croft. No, really (Farin U)
The Diffusion of Foreign Cultural Products: The Case Analysis of Japanese Comics (Manga) Market in the U. (pdf)

At work, don't have time to read this paper during my break... But it seems to be an interesting paper, collecting and analyzing the stats of published manga in the US.

I like the links from ANN's "academic" column but I have a tendency to forget to read stuff I go ohh, cool! over ^_^;;
dancing_moon: To Victory! Daleks can win the war (victory!)
Quick bookmark to myself. ANN has added another interesting column to their already good and varied group of scribblers ^_^

Brian Ruh, whom I have never heard of before (but then, I know very few names in anime/manga academia) is going to write about japanese media from a more studious perspective. He'll also present other interesting writings and starts of with Mia Lewis's study about kanji/kana wordplay in manga as used by CLAMP to torture translators

Sounds great, I'll follow this column with interest.
dancing_moon: Kermit goes "YAY Ohmygod" (Yay)
Finally! My book has been sent from the states. I've been waiting for Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre for quite a while now, but it seems as if there were delivery problems or somesuch. Hope it arrives today or on Tuseday ^_^
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Call for papers on the visual cues of manga over at fanficforensic.

Now, break is over. Back to bookkeeping *sigh* It's too hot to juggle numbers today, honestly
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I think I want to send everyone from SL up to Umeå and ask them to take a bus.... This is how you do commuting traffic. You can pay with your credit card, there are electronic signs that show what's going on with the traffic and they have a similar load'em'up system for the bus cards as Stockholm/Göteborg. A perfect mixture and so far there's also always been a bus every time I wanted to take one, or three minutes later.

Splendid.

But that was not quite the point of this post. No. Textual Echoes symposium talk, cut for length )

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