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05 September 2007 @ 06:12 pm
About Me  
Here you'll find some basic information about me. It's basically just an extension of my profile which I prefer to keep as short and clean as possible.
You can always find this entry in my memories filed under Personal or via the !! misc: about me tag.




Facts


  • Born June 12th, 1971
  • Female
  • German (Rhine-Main area)
  • Eyes: brown | Hair: dark blonde, dyed red | Height: 170 cm (5'7")
  • Reading glasses (since January 2013)
  • Unemployed due to chronical sickness
  • No siblings, no children
  • In a relationship since early 2000, married since May 2015
  • No pets (except for an entire army of plush animals to compensate for the lack of a dog)
  • Passionate dog lover and tea (GREEN!, white, Earl Grey, herbal, spicy) addict

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General


Personal Sites and Stuff
Rain Harbour - My graphics resources are hosted there. You can access them via this entry. (closed/on never-ending hiatus)
Pfefferminzchen @ deviantART - Many of my resources are available on DA as well. Feel free to watch me. (not updated anymore)
Darciana @ Goodreads - Find out about the books I've read and whether I liked them or not.
FloppyEar @ Last.fm - I don't have floppy ears (I love them, though), but this is what my ears are fed with every day.
Ellie McSteiff @ FollowShows - All the TV series I (currently) watch.

About Me
If you're new on my friends list, please read this entry (friends locked) for some important information. I try to keep my profile and the entry you're reading right now as up-to-date as possible, so you should find everything else there that's worth knowing about me.
Please keep in mind that I'm not a native speaker, and unfortunately never had the chance to actually practice English. My last English lessons are part of an era when our forefathers were still living in caves. So most of my entries might sound a little clumsy.

Call Me Names!
Please don't take this literally, I'm just explaining where my name Darciana comes from. It's actually quite easy: I love Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" for almost 20 years now, and Mr. Darcy is one of my favourite heroes in literature history. There you have it, Darcy - Darciana. Simple, huh? ;o)
I'm also using Pfefferminzchen, (Peppermint) Patty, sometimes Aliena or Alienelle (no reference to "The Pillars of the Earth"; it's derived from alien, as in E.T.) and - just recently - Ellie McSteiff (don't even bother to ask where that comes from) and Floppy Ear as usernames. It always depends a little on what's still available and what I'm in the mood for when I register somewhere on the net.

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Likes and Dislikes


Likes
snow. rain. clouds. cold weather. white and green tea. science fiction (films, series and books). daisies. blue and turqoise. spring green. sunny yellow. gummibears. caffe latte. dogs. stuffed animals. Bruno. Photoshop. pretty things made of paper. my sofa Karl. paper books. indoor plants.   (» see profile for more)

Dislikes
sunshine. heat. animated icons. the smell of fried eggs and molten cheese. gossip. vampires, werewolves, angels, demons and the like. extreme fangirling. fandom wars. bashing. all kinds of fanatism. boring pretty actors and actresses without talent. twitter and most other social networking sites. Internet Explorer. terribly coded websites. Flash websites. animated GIFs (with very few exceptions). soaps and reality shows. pink (ugh!). caraway. cola. (non-canon) slash. non-canon fan fiction in general. (too many) muscles. beauty and weight obsession. greasy food. milk. LOLcats. soppy love stories. butchering (aka remakes or reboots) of old shows and movies. raping languages. rap. hip hop. German television. dubbed movies. squeaky voices. Pride & Prejudice 2005. spiders. hairdressers. Capslock of Doom.

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Favourites


Films
Fight Club, Hachiko: A Dog's Story, Samurai Rebellion, Seven Samurai, High and Low, White Bim Black Ear, Red Dog, The King's Speech, Red Beard, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, The Bad Sleep Well, The Boondock Saints, Indiana Jones Tetralogy, The Lord of the Rings, Moon, Ratatouille, Gilda, The Painted Veil (2006), Lawrence of Arabia, L.A. Confidential, A Beautiful Mind, Proof (1991), Priest (1994), The Hidden Fortress, Stray Dog, Harakiri, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Wars Episodes IV-VI, Gattaca, WALL·E, Ice Age, How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, Rush (2013), Empire of the Sun, Catch Me If You Can, Breakfast at Tiffany's, How to Steal a Million, Roman Holiday, Hunted (1952), The Big Heat, A Patch of Blue, Lilies of the Field, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Beguiled, The Twilight Samurai, Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), Black Narcissus, Rashomon, Woman in the Dunes, Misery, Back to the Future Trilogy, Big, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Revolutionary Road, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Cinderella Man, The Sum of Us, Penelope, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Dark City, The Usual Suspects, Witness, Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Birds, Rebecca, High Fidelity, Lawn Dogs, The Shipping News, The Man from Earth, Superman (1978), In Bruges, Miss Austen Regrets, The Price of Milk, The Secret Garden (1993), Galaxy Quest, X-Men: First Class, Source Code, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Juno, Chocolat, Road to Perdition, Cast Away, Braveheart, Gladiator, The Truman Show, Mirage, Es geschah am hellichten Tag, Witness for the Prosecution, Zorba the Greek, The Crimson Pirate, Inherit the Wind, 12 Angry Men, Frost/Nixon, Rosemary's Baby, The Chalk Garden, and many more

Mini-Series
Jane Eyre (BBC 2006), Pride and Prejudice (BBC 1995), North & South (BBC 2004), Crime and Punishment (BBC 2002), The Impressionists (BBC 2006), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (BBC 1996), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (BBC 2008), Middlemarch (BBC 1994), Sense & Sensibility (BBC 2008), The Forsyte Saga, Sex Traffic, State of Play (BBC 2003), The Lost Room, Brides of Christ, Charles II: The Power and the Passion (BBC 2003), Wives and Daughters (BBC 1999), Casanova (BBC 2005), Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, The Pillars of the Earth, Blackpool (BBC 2004), The 10th Kingdom, Der Tanz mit dem Teufel - Die Entführung des Richard Oetker

TV Series
Person of Interest, Life on Mars (UK), Star Trek TOS, Star Trek Enterprise, Star Trek TNG, Star Trek VOY, Farscape, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Wonderfalls, Futurama, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Babylon 5 (Seasons 2-4), The Mentalist (Seasons 1-6), Space: 1999, Early Edition, Travelers (2016), Battlestar Galactica TOS, Wings, Johnny Staccato, The Streets of San Francisco, Columbo, Kommissar Rex, Mad Men, Bates Motel, 12 Monkeys, Westworld, Cracker (UK), Wire in the Blood, Garrow's Law, Life, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Eleventh Hour (US), Invasion, Surface, Love My Way (Series 1), SeaChange, Mission: Impossible (Seasons 2-4), Shaun the Sheep, Due South, Twin Peaks, Spaced, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Gilmore Girls (Seasons 1-3), Northern Exposure (Seasons 1-3), Eureka, Haven, M*A*S*H, Coupling (Series 1-3), Earth 2, Doctor Who (Doctors Nine, Ten & Twelve), Sherlock

Actors
Absolute Favourites - Toshiro Mifune, Michael Emerson, Nestor Carbonell, John Simm, Rufus Sewell, Damian Lewis, Clint Eastwood, Edward Norton, James McAvoy, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Connor Trinneer, Ben Browder, Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, Jeffrey Combs, James Stewart, Russell Crowe
Honourable Mentions - Simon Baker, Toby Stephens, Andrew Buchan, Richard Coyle, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Jackman, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Dillane, Cillian Murphy, Lee Pace, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tobey Maguire, Michael Shanks, Kyle Chandler, Dirk Bogarde, Bruce Boxleitner, Martin Landau, John Cusack, Ian McKellen, John Noble, Paul Newman, Glenn Ford, Colm Meaney, Cary Grant, Liam Neeson, John Cassavetes, Dan Stevens, JJ Feild, Andy Serkis, James Callis, Peter O'Toole, Masayuki Mori, Michael Sheen, David Morrissey, Peter Dinklage, Sam Neill, Sam Rockwell, Geoffrey Rush, Robert Duncan McNeill, Tom Hiddleston, Tobias Moretti, Christoph M. Ohrt, Tom Cruise, Alan Bates, Alan Rickman, William Fichtner, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Paul Henreid, David McCallum, Terence Stamp, Albert Finney, Malcolm McDowell, James Mason, Peter Finch, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Jack Davenport, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, DeForest Kelley, Roy Scheider, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Takashi Shimura, Rentaro Mikuni, Robson Green, Tom Wilkinson, Ewan McGregor, Peter Capaldi, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Robbie Coltrane, Tim Daly, Sean Connery, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Armitage, Harrison Ford, Heinz Rühmann, Colin Hanks, Adam Baldwin, Sean Bean

Actresses
Absolute Favourites - Audrey Hepburn, Naomi Watts, Vera Farmiga, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Deborah Kerr, Olivia Williams, Julianne Moore, Michiyo Aratama, Susan Sarandon, Sigourney Weaver
Honourable Mentions - Claudia Black, Katharine Hepburn, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Ehle, Miranda Otto, Emily Watson, Christina Hendricks, Rachel Griffiths, Shirley Henderson, Lesley Sharp, Kathy Bates, Rachel Weisz, Claire Danes, Hideko Takamine, Yoshiko Kuga, Amanda Tapping, Joanne Woodward, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Hartman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lauren Graham, Claudia Karvan, Danielle Cormack, Anne Bancroft, Michelle Dockery

Directors
Steven Spielberg, Peter Weir, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Clint Eastwood, Akira Kurosawa, Lasse Hallström, Masaki Kobayashi, David Fincher, Duncan Jones, Ron Howard, Billy Wilder, William Wyler, Don Siegel, Sergio Leone, Blake Edwards, Robert Zemeckis, Rob Reiner, Christopher Nolan, Roman Polanski, Neil Jordan, Fritz Lang, Elia Kazan

Music
Popular - Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Spock's Beard, Rush, The Flower Kings, Yes, Genesis, Duran Duran, Toto, Kamelot, Transatlantic, Steven Wilson, Neal Morse, Enchant, Steve Lukather, Phil Collins, Led Zeppelin, U2, Tommy Emmanuel, Loreena McKennitt, Metallica, Dishwalla
Film and TV - John Williams, Murray Gold, John Powell, James Horner, David Arnold, Jerry Goldsmith, Joel Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, Trevor Morris, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Miklós Rózsa, Two Steps from Hell (Trailer Music)
Classical Composers - Antonín Dvořák, Ludwig van Beethoven, Camille Saint-Saëns, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Glazunov, Max Bruch, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Vasily Kalinnikov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Anton Bruckner, Joaquín Rodrigo, Johannes Brahms
Classical Musicians - Itzhak Perlman (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano & conductor)

Authors
Alastair Reynolds, Robert Charles Wilson, Jasper Fforde, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanne Harris, Nevil Shute, Stephen King, John Scalzi, Dan Simmons, Terry Pratchett, Vernor Vinge, Peter Robinson, Timothy Zahn, Robert Harris, Jane Austen, E. M. Forster, Alfred Bester, Charlotte Brontë, Anne Brontë, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Cartoonists
Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Charles M. Schulz (The Peanuts), Mark O'Hare (Citizen Dog)

Books
Pride and Prejudice (Austen), Spin & Vortex (Wilson), Thursday Next, Nursery Crime Division & Shades of Grey (Fforde), The Left Hand of Darkness & The Lathe of Heaven (Le Guin), House of Suns, Chasm City, Redemption Ark & The Prefect (Reynolds), A Deepness in the Sky (Vinge), Old Man's War (Scalzi), A Dog's Purpose (Cameron), A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray (Martin), Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky), Jane Eyre (C. Brontë), The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), Emma & Northanger Abbey (Austen), A Town Like Alice & On the Beach (Shute), The Naked Sun (Asimov), The Name of the Wind (Rothfuss), Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro), Pompeii (R. Harris), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (A. Brontë), Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations & Oliver Twist (Dickens), A Passage to India & Howards End (Forster), Nineteen Eighty-Four (Orwell), Hyperion (Simmons), Thérèse Raquin (Zola), The Shadow of the Wind (Zafón), A Place of Execution (McDermid), Misery, The Dead Zone & Under the Dome (King), Rebecca (Du Maurier), The Ice House (Walters), The Pillars of the Earth (Follett), The Demolished Man & The Stars My Destination (Bester), Chocolat, Five Quarters of the Orange & Blackberry Wine (J. Harris), The Shadow Out of Time (Lovecraft), Discworld Series (Pratchett), Alan Banks Series (Robinson)

Artists
Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Franz Marc, August Macke, Lyonel Feininger, Camille Pissarro, William Turner, Utagawa Hiroshige, Alfred Sisley, René Magritte, Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel

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To be continued if something else shows up...