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Olympics 2012/Shocking story

So in the 2012 Olympics I will of course be rooting for the Lithuanian men's basketball team, as always (if they make it - they still need to qualify in July...*bites fingernails nervously*).

I will also be rooting for Kayla Harrison, USA, to win the gold medal in Women's Judo (under 78 kg weight class). She is the 2010 world champion in this weight class, so she certainly has a reasonable chance! I randomly came across her name in a local publication because she trains out of a dojo in Massachusetts, and they were profiling local Olympic hopefuls. I was of course interested in reading about her because I used to do Judo (if not nearly as well as Kayla) but as I read on, I realized she got her start in the Southern Ohio Judo community, in which I really got my start in competition as well. It was then that I received a shock. (Rather disturbing story under the cut).

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Birthday Greetings

Hope your birthday is a happy one,
orthoclase !

White Men Can't Jump?

I've been really enjoying what I can catch of the Olympics, but am now getting really excited about events I did not get to see - the games so far of the Lithuanian men's basketball team. 

SQUEEE - Kids and HP

What is an LJ for if not to bore my friends with things that make me happy?  

As I have mentioned before, I am raising my kiddos to be bilingual, in English and Lithuanian. I am also (yes, I know this will shock you all) an avid fan of the HP series, and this created a dilemma. I want Josh (5, and soon to start kindergarten) to share my enjoyment of all things HP, but I don't want to spend hours reading a book to him in English - he gets that from everyone else in his life.

The obvious solution - buy the translated books, available from an online book club in Lithuania that will, for a price, ship books around the world. Not too bad, actually - I paid less than I would for all 7 books in hardback in the US, and got a copy of "The Amulet of Samarkand" (which I have not read despite recommendations from several HP liking friends) as part of a promotion the club was running for the release of DH (in March, when I originally ordered the books, in Lithuania).

SQUEEEEE! They arrived! And they look nice. They are hardbacks, and use the US cover art, only printed onto the covers instead of on a book jacket (cool, cause I lose/destroy those promptly). And I can complain in great detail about the lousy translation, too!

I am soo looking forward to starting to read them with Josh, hopefully tonight. I already tested the waters with another Lithuanian book I borrowed from my sister, who has older kids (Lindgren's "Brothers Lionheart", not so far as I know available in English), and Josh does has the attention span for chapter books, if they contain adventure. And of course, he has seen the HP movies, so he is primed to like the book... It has been a long wait. The place does nto take credit cards, so I had to mail a paper check in US funds, and then wait for over a month for it to clear with the bank in Lithuania, and then have the books shipped to me.

Guy Gavriel Kay

So, as my flist know very well, I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series.  I am also a big fan of the fantasy genre more generally. A favorite writer of mine is Guy Gavriel Kay, who writes really amazing fantasy novels (he also helped to edit "The Silmarillion", for the Tolkien fans among you). His strengths are writing a large cast of interesting characters, avoiding trite "happy endings", and creating a detailed sense of a world in a way that reminds me of well-written historical fiction.

I have recently comverted a couple of HP friends to this author, and we plan to embark on a reading of his novel "Tigana", a wonderful book set in a place similar to medieval Italy. (Here, to tempt you, is a review of the book from the Toronto Star: http://www.brightweavings.com/reviews/revtigana.htm ). We've started up a Yahoo! group for this activity, and would love to have others join us if this sounds like fun. Just post here if you are interested, and I can send you an invitation.


Triwizard Tournament

Chamber of Secrets Forums is having a “Triwizard Tournament”, a contest for its members consisting of three tasks which in some way mirror the three tasks of the tournament of the same name in the Harry Potter books. I thought it would be fun to join in, so I am among the many “champions” competing.
The first task was to create a fanart representing dragons (the entries can still be seen, by those interested, here: http://www.cosforums.com/showthread.php?t=11494). It was judged by a panel consisting of CoS Staff members. The second task was to write a fanfiction of not more than 1000 words, which includes the Lake at Hogwarts as a key element. I guess the staff don’t want to read a bunch of fanfics, because this task’s judging will be done by popular vote.
Anyone wishing to participate in the judging may do so here:
(You must be a CoS member, naturally!)

Birthday Greetings

 I have not seen you either here or at CoS in ages, but in case you still check in...


Jan. 30th, 2008

Ilgiausų Metų, nomeda_g !! 

(That's Happy Birthday, folks!)



 Well, the podcast reading of my story is finally up. I love it - the voice actress has a British accent! She sounds sooo much better than the American accent of my mental voice writing it, tee hee.