random pic of something I love

Christel is another human making noise on the Internet. She also goes by as Kirisame and taotrooper. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela on June 19th, 1982 but now she's stuck in Spain. Native Spanish speaker, obviously, but she thinks her English is quite good. Sun in Gemini, rising sign on Pisces, under the year of the Water Dog.

(She's aware this sounds silly, but what did you expect from a domain with an astrological reference?)

Kiri likes many things, and web design is a very casual hobby that's embodied by this domain. She's a frustrated IT student so this means she can write a little code sometimes. She really enjoys fictional stories, either myths and legends or the usual modern ones. Into manga, anime, video games, books, TV, animation, comics. Mostly fantasy, or at least fantastic enough in both senses of the word. Laughter over wangst kind of gal overall, but balance is also great.

Calls herself an INTP Ravenclaw although some sorting tests put her in Hufflepuff. Might end up claimed by Cabin Eleven of Camp Half-Blood. But that's just a geeky classification of her personality because she's still a Muggle and a mortal.


Mercury-Retrograde.net was registered on September 12th, 2006. It's hosted by Aruba.it. Ironically, that would make the domain a Virgo, so its ruler should be... yes, Mercury.

I used to have a personal domain before: Lovegood.net. In the end, I let it die because while I still love Luna Lovegood, I'm not so much into Harry Potter anymore. So I wanted a pretty domain with shiny words and a hyphen. I ended up buying MRnet. I also owned two anime-manga domains years ago: Hiiragizawa.net and Kimihiro.net. As I'm not in the CLAMP fandom anymore and I was short on cash, I couldn't maintain them anymore and decided to keep only this one.


This is the version #4 and it's just me testing CSS and PHP tricks. I wanted to try a soft, clean look this time. The fonts used for the header were Cooper Std, Lithos Pro, Rockwell, and AstroGadget for the astrological wingdings.

Mercury what?

Mercury retrograde. I chose my domain name from an astrologic concept.

"If observed from one night to the next, however, a planet appears to move from West to East against the background stars most of the time. Occasionally, however, the planet's motion will appear to reverse direction, and the planet will, for a short time, move from East to West against the background constellations. This reversal is known as retrograde motion."

In astrology, "a planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way, due to this optical illusion."

Mercury as a planet rules thought and communication.

"Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or awry."

Some people call it the Murphy's Law of astrology.

However, Mercury retrograde, besides the regular disasters, can also help a lot with introspection. It's ironic, but things like meditation or writing or doing artistic stuff are good things to do when Mercury is "going backwards".

Since this is my personal space of sorts, and Mercury is really important in my astral chart, and the concept of Mercury in retrograde has always been intriguing to me, I thought it'd be a nice name with a cool ring to it :)