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Monday, January 23, 2012

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Happy Lunar New Year

Heads up: if you're planning to reproduce in the near future, babies born between today and February 9 of next year are believed to be especially lucky. (That's a mid-May conception cutoff, by the way.) Easier ways to celebrate the lunar new year include eating delicious food.

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The Lady of Shalott

Gung hay fat choy!

All lions are fierce

@The Lady of Shalott This. Where did this come from? I learned to say this in kindergarten, and then my brother lived in China for three years and told me it was completely not words. I always figured it was just some weird thing my teacher messed up...?

The Lady of Shalott

@All lions are fierce Well, it depends. If the tones are right, it's the Cantonese equivalent of "happy new year" or words to that effect. If your brother was in China proper, he was probably speaking Mandarin? In which case, it would be different. And plus, teaching kindergardeners a Cantonese phrase is probably not super-easy to begin with since English-speaking kids would probably have issues picking up on the tones, etc.

All lions are fierce

@The Lady of Shalott Life mystery=solved. He asked a few of his Chinese friends and teachers but you're right, they were all Mandarin speakers. Thank you!

Craftastrophies

@All lions are fierce Yes, in mandarin it's Xin Nian Kuai Le (sin knee-en kwai le).

EpWs

'80s Dragon baby checking in! I had no idea I was supposed to be extra smart, strong, and lucky. I'd better get working on that.

LolaLooksFrench

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Ugh. Me too. I'm hoping since this is the year of the dragon/2012 age of Aquarius (idk, ask my mom)that this year I can use my college degree for more than waiting tables.

EpWs

@LolaLooksFrench Me too! Good luck!

WaityKatie

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Dragon babies represent! Nb: I have pretty terrible luck, though.

highjump

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Earth Dragon baby here tooooo! I did not know that Dragons were the luckiest sign (I thought that was Rabbits actually?) but they are obviously the most awesome. I mean, Dragon.

Diana

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher

And we're Earth Dragons, so we're the most grounded of the dragons - not flighty and flaky those those OTHER watery dragons *ahem*

Diana

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher

And we're Earth Dragons, so we're the most grounded of the dragons - not flighty and flaky those those OTHER watery dragons *ahem*

EpWs

@Diana I'm an air dragon, so flighty but not damp?

SarahP

DDUK! Omg I want some right now. To the Korean Store! (...after work.)

werewolfbarmitzvah

@SarahP I'm headed there on my lunch hour to pick up goodies for tonight! The office fridge is going to smell sweetly of fermentation for a few hours...

parallel-lines

"The best time I got knocked up on the advice of a fortune cookie" story coming January 2013.

RK Fire

<3 <3 <3 Thanks Edith and Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

OhShesArtsy

My husband and I discovered that we are both fire tigers over the weekend. We celebrated this by drinking lots of (too much?) Hot Damn (Damn Hot? I don't know, I was drunk on shitty cinnamon stuff) and yelling "Flame on!!" whenever the occasion presented itself.

Related: We are big nerds.

area@twitter

@OhShesArtsy Somewhere Johnny Storm is raising a glass in your honor.
(I get the tiger part- birth year, right?- but where does fire come in?)

MoonBat

@OhShesArtsy
Ohmygod I am in awe of anyone who can tolerate enough cinnamon schnapps to get drunk. I am ADDICTED to the red hots candy and yet feel my bile rising in memory of a few attempts at doing shots of Hot Damn.

EpWs

@area@twitter I also want to know where the fire part comes in! Because if I'm a fire dragon, that's just a cause for party.

area@twitter

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher From what I can gather on Wikipedia, it has to do with your birthdate among the cycle of five elements. I am apparently a Water Dog.

::shakes fur vigorously over entire comments section::

OhShesArtsy

@area@twitter Yup, that's how it works. You are assigned an element by birthdate.

OhShesArtsy

@MoonBat I have to mix it with other stuff until I'm drunk enough. I'm just trashy enough to like Hot Damn and cola.

EpWs

@area@twitter AIR DRAGON. Sweet. Peace out, y'all. ::flies off::

Four Horsemeals of the Eggporkalypse

@OhShesArtsy I'm sure you know this already, but I'm pretty sure you married a perfect man.

Bittersweet

@area@twitter: I'm a Yin Metal Pig, which finally explains my eating habits and emotional issues. Or I'm just ROBOT PIG, bent on world domination. *snort*

Holden Cauliflower

@OhShesArtsy
Earth snake! Obviously I should spend more time rolling around on the floor. I mean drinking.

dale

@Bittersweet High-five, fellow Metal Pig! I say we form an awesome band, which is also bent on world domination!

Lila Fowler

새해 복 많이 받으세요!!!! Happy New Year and Happy National Birthday! May your day be full of ddeokguk. (Mine so far has been full of frozen pizza because all the stores/restaurants are closed. But it is delicious and I love 4 day weekends!)

solaria

sayhae buk mali badusayo!!

p.s. everyone should probably buy a spam gift set for their boss just in case.

Lila Fowler

@sunshinefiasco The Spam Gift Set is a classic, indeed. The most direct route to anyone's heart (attack)

Also, let's make this the Official Korea Pinup Thread! If you're currently living in the ROK or considering quitting your job to come herd small children, we want to hang out with you!

Interrobanged

@fusion Wait, are you an English teacher? WHAT IS IT LIKE.

Hella

@sunshinefiasco Is this serious advice? Because actually I live in the #1 Spam State, and have been pondering what would make a good gift for my future Korean public school coworkers/boss...

Lila Fowler

@Interrobanged I really really like it. I'm definitely not going to be a career teacher, but the work is really satisfying and enjoyable. The perks are badass (free flights, free apartment, health insurance). And Korea itself is a great place to be. Moving here was one of the best decisions I've made and I'm having a really hard time talking myself out of moving back in summer. (I told myself I'd only do one year, but ahhhhh.)

If you've got questions, I'd be happy to help you out. It's not 100% great, but there's lots of good stuff and good good jobs to be had

Lila Fowler

@Hella Wait... are you moving here? If you are, don't bring more Spam! We have too much already!

Good co-worker gifts: American candy. English books for your school. Booze. Everyone loves booze.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

Tulip luncheon meat is way tastier than Spam, imo

solaria

@Hella OMG they super love spam. And yours would be brand name SPAM spam.

Megasus

I passed the God of Fortune at the mall on the weekend and didn't take a red packet! AM I GOING TO DIE THIS YEAR!?

EpWs

@Megan Patterson@facebook I'm not quite sure what any of that statement means so YES, PROBABLY.

Megasus

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Well, I live in a predominantly asian part of town, and the local mall was having Chinese New Year's stuff going on all weekend, and they had this dude dressed up like the "God of Fortune" giving out the little red packets that I think are full of coins? They are supposed to be good luck anyway. I am not Chinese though so I don't know the whole exact story on that one.

EpWs

@Megan Patterson@facebook Ah, well I don't know then. I think you might be okay?

Craftastrophies

@Megan Patterson@facebook I think traditionally those are for kids. Adults give kids red packets with real money in, like christmas stockings but with less plastic. So, you're probably fine.

heyladies

Not to worry--I'm having the dragon baby so you don't have to. Seriously.

tortietabbie

@heyladies Have you already picked out your monogrammed fire-retardant blankie?

heyladies

@tortietabbie I think blankies have officially been declared instruments of death. She'll be warmed by her own dragon glow.

Marzipan

BRB, off to convince my brother to name his imminent Dragon Baby a sweet Dragon name.

Suggestions welcome, but it's a girl, so keep that in mind.

EpWs

@Marzipan So no Trogdor then?

tortietabbie

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Trogdorina?

Marzipan

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I did suggest Smaug, but, you know, he does have a wife, unfortunately, so that is going to be a real obstactle for the whole venture.

Maybe we can compromise to get a middle name. Evelyn Smaug? Grace Trogdor?

OhShesArtsy

@Marzipan Smaugarella. Clearly a delicate, feminine name.

EpWs

@Marzipan Drat those wives. Love the idea of Smaug as a middle name, though.
@OhShesArtsy LOVE. Also, maybe Smaugette?

RK Fire

@Marzipan: What about Dovahkiina? Or Dovah? No?

area@twitter

@Marzipan Alexstrasza?
(NERRRRRRRRDDDD)

EpWs

People, people, this is 2012. I want to see some proper unnecessary "y"s and apostrophes in these names.
Tryg'dr
Smaug'y'rella
Alyxstr'szya

RK Fire

@tortietabbie: Trogdora the Explorer?

RK Fire

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher: Awww, my suggestion got no love? What about Dova'kyyna? Although part of me wants that to rhyme with "vagina" now, which should be a selling point to any expecting parent.

tortietabbie

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher And they have to end with -aden. So ...Tryg'draden?

Mira

@Marzipan Kazul?

EpWs

@Mira King of the Dragons!
@RK Fire Didn't mean to leave you out! I was just picking ones at random. Dova'kyyna is much better. :)
@tortietabbie Perfect.

Megasus

@Marzipan Daenarys!!!!!!!

Moon of My Life

@Megan Patterson@facebook Obviously the only option is to name that baby Daenarys IMMEDIATELY!!

RK Fire

@hannahdoll001: I'm not too stoked about Dany right now after the fifth book.. so maybe Rhaella? Or some other Targaryen name.

Lorelei@twitter

@Mira Kazul! I should have scrolled down farther before rushing off to look up the name of the King of the Dragons.
Stealth dragon name: Ruth. Or any other name ending in -th. Are there other girl names that end in th?
Oh, oh, Orm Embar! Kalessin! Earthsea dragons are The Best Dragons. Kal'essyn is completely plausible, she could go by Kallie.

Somebody here spent a lot of time searching the library catalog for the keyword "dragon" when she was 14.
(it was me)

EpWs

@Lorelei@twitter I feel like you and I need to be friends.

Megasus

@RK Fire You could always say she's named after the first Daenarys Targaryen? +like a zillion nerd points

RK Fire

@Megan Patterson@facebook: That would be SWELL. Also, I've been lurking on reddit/r/asoiaf, and I've decided that you can't castigate yourself for being a true ASOIAF nerd until you read the stories of Dunk and Egg.. which I have not. Apparently half of the people on that sub-reddit have though, and I might have to pick it up during this current, interminable wait for the sixth book.

But yes, dragons. :D

EpWs

@RK Fire Okay, real talk time: what's the odds on GRRM dying before this series gets finished? I CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER DECADE FOR THE NEXT BOOK.

RK Fire

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher: :( I don't want to think about it...

I think the 6th book will come out in within 3-5 years, because of the HBO show. I don't know about the series finishing though...

Brunhilde

@Lorelei@twitter "Or any other name ending in -th. Are there other girl names that end in th?
"

Ummmm, maybe EDITH?

Lorelei@twitter

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I like this feeling!
Is it ok that I haven't read any Song of Ice and Fire? I want to wait until it's finished because I am terrible at not getting closure!

Megasus

@RK Fire I've only read the newest one, because the other ones aren't in print anymore? Or at least I can't find them.
@TheEverPresentWordsnatcher I dunno, he seems to be in pretty good health, I think it could happen. Although he has been traveling a lot again lately and NOT writing, which is kind of annoying. He's not so much involved in the production of the show except for the one episode a season he seems to be writing, but he does seem to like to go to all the parites. (I follow him on Livejournal, this is how I know. I am NOT outside one of his many houses, peeping in, though I totally would)

RK Fire

@Megan Patterson@facebook: no no no! You should be able to find them on Amazon, at least! I actually started the series last year, around Memorial Day, when I was flying down to Georgia to visit my family. I picked the first two up in airports.

area@twitter

@Lorelei@twitter Oh my God YESSSSSSS. Earthsea dragons!!! Irian! Tehanu! Her nickname could be Irri.

Megasus

@RK Fire Nono, I meant the Dunk and Egg novellas! You can get ASoIaF literally anywhere, you can even get like a $200 special edition, that I kind of (a lot) want.

Lorelei@twitter

@Brunhilde Edith!! Wow, I have no excuse for missing that.

@area@twitter I once had a very important debate concerning unicorns vs. dragons, and the hierarchy broke down like this: Earthsea dragons > The Last Unicorn > all other dragons > all other unicorns. Tehanu seems like kind of a sad name for a child, but Irian is great!

and elsewhere in my social internet networks, people are talking about their first websites. I don't remember a specific First Site, but the first one I remember regularly seeking out was this random dragon image compilation site on Angelfire so I could download dragon pictures to print and hang up in my locker. I am reliving my dragon youth today.

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

@Marzipan Evelyn Smaugh is clearly a male name

dk
dk

I knew getting accidentally knocked up last month was no mistake! Also, I just found out that my husband is a Dragon. I will be the lonely unlucky snake in our home. Damn.

catfoodandhairnets

@dk Me too! All of those things!Except I accidentally got knocked up in November.

EpWs

@dk @catfoodandhairnets Congrats (I hope?)! Hopefully you will be infused with the auspiciousness and luck of your respective babies!

dk
dk

@catfoodandhairnets Creepy! And, congrats. At least it appears that I'll be birthing a tiny little Virgo, just like ME, for the husband to deal with. Good luck with yours!

Bebe

I am a Rat, married to a Rat, who got married in the year of the Rat. Being a Triple Dragon couple would be soooo much cooler.

BattyRabbit

Noooo I'm not ready for my bunny-year to be over! It was supposed to be my year, as a Rabbit, and I didn't do half the things I planned :/

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