cloud_wolf: rearshot of robin!damian, batgirl!steph and red robin!tim (sphinx)
1. Happy new year! Eide Nowrouz Mobarak! (Tis the first day of spring, the start of the new year for Persians and Iranians all over the world) It was a great first day of spring, with lovely weather and daffodils and hyacinths in bloom and sunshine. Except I also had my exam today, but I think I did okay, so I suppose it could be worse. My mother also made Saabsi Pollo. I really love Iranian food. But Eide Nowrouz also means that a million family members I don’t know call to talk to us. My Farsi sucks. The result: highly embarrassing conversations until my mother bails me out.

2. For all you offended Avatar fans, check this out! It’s a picture essay about the history of yellow facing (and black facing) and pretty eye opening (At least it is for me). I really didn’t know about how widespread yellow facing was and still is.

3. Another Avatar link (thanks to [ profile] fandomsecrets, lol) but of a different kind. Some girl made an Avatar webcomic and haha, it’s so offensive it’s hilarious. Some of the offences: Katara bloodbends Mai until she dies because she poisoned Katara’s son (Zuko is the dad). Azula has been forced into the role of a Purity Sue and she’s in love with Sokka ("How can anyone forgive me if I can't even forgive myself *gasp*") Aang still has his baby face, but the body of a bodybuilder on steroids (and he’s in love with Toph). And check out Katara's Disney Princess dress. Seriously, this comic is everything Avatar isn't (luckily) but it makes me laugh so damn hard.

4. My uncle (from Vancouver) visited us after his trip to Iran (to be at my other uncle’s funeral) and he came back with presents! My aunt (I haz a big family) gave me a diamond necklace because I got into uni. My uncle totally fixed my laptop. My other aunt, who visited us last autumn, was so impressed with violin play (LOL, it was so bad) that she gave me a scorebook with music written by the Persian violin master Abolhassan Saba.
Me: ???
Dad: OMG, childhood memories.
Me: *hesitates* Okay, let me try. *plays* This is haaard. WTF, is this even a melody? Geez, I didn’t expect the culture gap to be so big. Let’s Youtube this. *search*
Family: *listens to song*
Parents: *sigh* so beautiful.
Me: ...
I like this song, though: Ey Iran, sung by Darya Dadvar, an Iranian-French soprano. Sooo pretty.
And this one (especially when the singer starts at 1:45), one of those traditional songs, very stately and very Persian, this actually made my dad tear up, lol. The rest of the evening was spent going through YouTube searching for singers my parents still remembered.
cloud_wolf: rearshot of robin!damian, batgirl!steph and red robin!tim (sphinx)
So, I've finally gotten the bulk of the books I need for Medicines. And now I'm seriously getting scared. These books are effing huge. I don't just mean big, I mean huge. And I have like 21 of them. I seriously hope they're meant for 4/6 years, because I'll die if I have to use them all in one year. On the other hand, they're all in English so I'll have an edge over most of the other students.

Also, Iranian marriage/divorce law is just fucked up :(. I saw a documentary yesterday, Divorce Iranian Style, and seeing how Maryam had to give up her child to her jerk of an exhusband because she got a second marriage was just heartbreaking. And it was so amazing to see the clerk's little girl pretend to be a judge and scold an imaginary husband. And then hear her say how she'll never get married after she saw all the shite husbands in the court. I really want to punch a mullah.
And I also discovered my filthy rich uncle (a bit of a Littlefinger) has another secret wife (and kids). Legally. Two wives. My dad's reaction was a combination of "bitch, are you for real" and "I wash my hands of this mess". I can't blame him. Apparently the rest of the family knew for years, but never told my dad because we live here in Europe. My parents went on and on about how they didn't fight in a revolution to get such shitty laws.

I've never seen a Pixar movie onscreen before I saw Wall-E with my dad and bro. It's such a beautiful movie. The graphics and sound effects are amazing and the story is so touching. I swear, there were so many moments where I almost cried. Like others have said, it really has Rousseau morals in it. Also? EVE is just about the most badass girl in any childmovie ever. I loved how she saved herself instead of waiting on Wall-E to help her. (I also saw the Dark Knight. WOOOOW. I'm just happy the movie theatre is only ten minutes away.)

Also, I still haven't voted in the Sexiest Man competition. I'm so torn. :(


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