- Yes its a crap summary, but it's only one chapter, so go on. What else are you going to do? Homework?
- A/N: This is NOT a depressing fic. It is about the lighter side of death.
- Warning: Part 1 is written in script form.
- AN: Sorry about all that. I just wanted to get threw that chapter as quickly as possible. This should be a bit better though.
- Avril Lavigne's song KEEP HOLDING ON is the theme to this story. I'm trying to make it so you can hear the song in your head as the scenes play out.......Lyrics are in all caps........
Original Title: ヒメゴト～十九歳の制服～ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Krim + Kurokishi Scans
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.
Chapter Summary: The next day at school, Kaito waits excitedly to see which of the new outfits Yoshiki will wear.
Chapter 27: Stifling
Last week, China was gaga over Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg for gamely, if somewhat lamely, speaking Mandarin before an audience of Tsinghua University students:
"Zuckerberg's Mandarin" (10/23/14)
In the days following his sensational performance at Tsinghua, while not universally showered with adulation (and Facebook is still blocked in China), Zuckerberg was generally acclaimed for his gutsy, good-natured effort to speak to Chinese people in their own language.
In stark contrast, poor Tim Cook (Apple CEO) was mocked by the Chinese netizenry for his declaration in Bloomberg Businessweek: "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay…."
"Tim Cook Speaks Up" (10/30/14)
The resultant hullabaloo on the Chinese internet was instantaneous:
As Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian put it:
Crude puns and derogatory remarks relating Cook's orientation to Apple products often seemed to drown out praise for his courage and support for his company's wares. One particular joke, repeated so often in the hours immediately following the release of Cook's article that the state-run Guangming Daily reported it as a typical netizen reaction, played on the Chinese term "bent man," slang for gay man. "No wonder the iPhone 6 bends so easily!" wrote user after user. (Tales of the ultra-slim iPhone 6 bending under light pressure have circulated both in the United States and abroad since the iPhone's release in September.)
In order to understand the connection between iPhone 6 and gaydom, we need to focus on the Chinese term wānnán 弯男 ("bent man / male"), which obviously signifies the opposite of zhínán 直男 ("straight man / male"). So far as I know, wānnán 弯男 ("bent man / male") has not been confused or conflated with the widespread Orz posture emoticon, which depicts a kneeling or bowing person, but has a completely different set of connotations.
Incidentally, the basic notion of "bend, curve" is conveyed by the bottom part of the character for wān, whether simplified 弯 or traditional 彎, since it depicts a bow (gōng 弓) (the top part is the phonophore).
It didn't help Tim Cook's case that he was recently in China to discuss with top officials Chinese hacking of iCloud. Bravery comes in many forms. It was one thing for Mark Zuckerberg to hold forth to an admiring Chinese audience in his newly acquired Mandarin, but it was another for Tim Cook to confront the Chinese leadership and to declare something very personal about himself to the whole world in the same week. From that vantage, one may say that Tim Cook stands straight and tall (6'3" / 1.9 m).
[h. t. Ben Zimmer]
In other news, it is the weekend. Social occasions are planned, sleeping in will be achieved, books will be read. I'm currently reading Elizabeth David's French Provincial Cooking. Her style is so briskly, crustily sexy, vibrant and bossy.