May 23rd, 2013


Singing princesses

Normally, we'd go to Lumosity right after work, but we finished before the CD did, and this CD has songs with singability, which are not very helpful when playing games that are supposed to measure your brain abilities. These songs are so singable that we try even when we don't know the words! And that makes it even worse! Oh, but who are we kidding? We do that all the time anyway. If the song is singable enough, we'll pretend we know the words.

As for the CD in question, it's an Anime Tenchou song collection. We actually did stop work so we could sing the choruses for Double Dear (which we do know all the lyrics to...we think). It's enough to make me wonder if we should stop listening to songs with lyrics at all during work. But then when would we ever listen to them!? Maybe when we get our own car...ha ha ha. Actually, we're usually pretty good at staying focused on work, unless we run into something that's hard to translate. Then we'll start singing while we wait for searches to pan out or while we're staring at the sentence, willing it to make sense. Oddly enough, the singing doesn't really help.

But at LiveJournal, it doesn't matter if I randomly stop typing to sing a song. You'll never know! I've done it several times already!

...Not that our clients would ever know, either, but we like to get our work done efficiently and well, so there you have it. I think it was actually umadoshi who linked to some article about how texting while studying makes you not learn stuff. Probably the same goes for stopping to sing (incidentally, we just stopped to sing the first two verses of the main theme song; such an awesome song). And since good translation of dialogue depends partly on continuity, we think it's important to focus continuously.

Anyway. It's not like I had anything in particular to talk about today, but we did go back last night and find out what the third descriptor that comes to mind when people (by whom I mean the blogger) think of princesses. It was "rescued." I thought about it and started to wonder if our beloved video games are the very things perpetuating the falsely negative perception of Disney princesses. In video games, you rescue princesses all the time, so of course princesses are "rescued" in them. In Disney movies...well, I started taking a tally.

I mentally replayed the princess movies and counted all the times each princess was rescued against the times she rescued somebody else. Snow White and Cinderella came out even, then once again I hit a snare with Sleeping Beauty. ...To be honest, I didn't really do a tally for Sleeping Beauty, because I skimmed the scenes in my head and was like, "Yeah, she doesn't really do any rescuing." Then I realized I wasn't being fair, so I looked in more detail and I still didn't really come up with anything. On the bright side, I only came up with two instances of her being rescued, and the first one was when she was an infant.

I came up even for Ariel, and then Belle's count came out in favor of her being more of a rescuer than a rescuee, and then I got to Jasmine and got confused. I mean, did she save herself from Prince Achmed, or did Rajah? Rajah did all the work, but she's Rajah's master. On the other hand, they seem to have more of a friend relationship than a pet/master relationship, so... And then I stopped because my brain was getting tired of keeping track.

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It kind of reminds us of an episode of the Weekenders (that we haven't gotten to yet) where somebody starts saying that everybody owes them (we think it was Tish), so somebody else took a tally of how many favors everybody owed everybody else. It came out with everybody owing Tino about a million favors. We think that might be what happens when we get to Mulan.

Today I'm thankful for finishing work a little early, the awesome songs from Anime Tenchou, finally getting Last Leaf (even though by level 90, we probably don't need it), Kinokuniya finally listing volume four of Liselotte, and remembering our password.