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|Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011|
Sometimes I think I might be too empathetic to write third person well.
Then I worry I'm just being narcissistic. I wonder which it is.
|Monday, March 22nd, 2010|
|Writer's Block: News development
What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?
Only interesting because as soon as I read the question I was transported, suddenly a little girl staring at helicopters and buildings on TV and a crowd. I couldn't quite understand what it was about, just that it was Viet Nam because that's what my brother said. It was only years later, in history classes, that I realized what I had seen was the fall of Saigon.
The more interesting incident was the second time I remember something in history- about a year later. Larry Flynt was in trouble with the law in Cincinnati (the world's most repressed city.) In order to show his magazine was not pornography, he sent a publication of what he considered obscene to anyone who might be connected to the case. That included my family, so we got a copy of it in a plain brown sleeve. I always got the mail because at six it's like the world's most exciting job- so I looked at the mailer since we'd never had anything arrive in a plain brown wrapper like that. It was the first time I'd ever seen pictures of mangled bodies and other war atrocities. Mom had a hard time with that- much more so than me, I think. Years later when People vs Larry Flynt came out, I didn't go see it. I might be utterly behind the first amendment, but Flynt was (and will always be) a jerk.
|Tuesday, January 6th, 2009|
|Is It SUP Yet?
So it seems Sup slashed 20 of 28 SF jobs which, by the way, happens to be the section that runs Livejournal. What do you all make of that? Personally, my focus is Typepad anyway, which I think is still SixApart.
|Friday, January 2nd, 2009|
|Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008|
|Hey look! A post!
Here's your musical interlude for this week.
First up, Jack Black, NPH and others in the musical
sweeping my eeenternets today.
And then, since I'm on topic, here's another
|Thursday, October 30th, 2008|
Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you're in a non-same-sex marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
Why is it so hard for certain groups to accept that other people's personal lives are neither their prerogative nor their playground?
I'm past the point of being nice about this. After all, I can't imagine any way writing selective rights into the state constitution could be considered polite. Or even human.
|Thursday, October 23rd, 2008|
|Open Comment to Lusty
I can't comment in your LJ. Dunno why. Haven't been able to in months. But it's one of those where I feel strongly enough to reply regardless. So this should actually be in the comments of your post:
My friend died in a private hospice when I was in college. His father put him in there and restricted access because he blamed us, his friends, for 'turning him gay.' I wasn't there when Eppy died. It still breaks my heart a little.
But I'm not anti 8 because of my friends. I'm anti 8 because it is unjust and it is wrong. I've got loads of emotional background on this but really, that's all there is to say on the matter.
|Tuesday, October 21st, 2008|
|Wednesday, September 17th, 2008|
Because I *always* do what I'm told, I'm posting a bit of Douglas Adams in my LJ because antennapedia
posted some. She also posted that when you read the passage, you should immediately post some on yours. So, do that. It would mean absolutely nothing to her because she doesn't know you and won't read what you've posted, but that's rather Adamsian, don't you think?
"Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation."
Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy (the book that changed my life and I didn't even know it 'til years after it did.)
|Monday, September 15th, 2008|
|This is a Test
I am not really posting anything important, I just took a picture of a bracelet I made and wanted to see if the picture was too dark to use for an icon. Run along, nothing to see here. :)
|Monday, August 25th, 2008|
Haven't posted much here lately. But to be fair, neither have most of you. Anyway, PAX
is on the near horizon and that's my focus right now. All things geeky gamer are go.
I think I can safely say I'm pretty much out of fandom right now. I haven't had much interest in writing HP since the last book came out. I guess the real fascination for me was the mystery of the end. JKR finished it. Story is told and even tacked on the reunion tour in the final pages just to really kill any interest in it for me. There's no 'where to go from here' impulse for me because she went somewhere albeit way down the road.
I have written little original pieces here and there but decided this is not the forum for them. In fact, LJ has mostly gone into receive only mode for me. I don't feel like I have anything to contribute to anyone's discussions anymore, but I still like keeping up with what they're doing. So that's why the lack of updates.
Anyway, carry on. :)
|Monday, July 21st, 2008|
|Always Last in Line
Finally caught the 3 eps of Dr. Horrible that have been floating around. Should have gotten them earlier what with Mr. N's Felicia Day following, but what's to do- we saw them tonight. Since I have a thing for radio shows and melodrama and Mr. N has a thing for humorous music, we both found it well worth our time. It's a lot like the stuff I used to write in college. Plus, every time I see NPH in something I adore him a tiny bit more, it's hard to remember he was the twerpy kid in the twerpy tv show all those years ago.
|Sunday, July 20th, 2008|
I don't need a Multistrada. I don't even need an FZ1 dolled up to look like a teensy FJR, and that would only be 2/3 the price. I'm sure I'm only contemplating such things because I'm in the middle of BikeLust central and MBS is not only contagious but epidemic here. Mr N is no help, telling me they're turning my head because I need a new bike. So I put it to you, dear readers, which is the better choice and why? The old, faithful Trumpet, the sexy, little Italian Job or the sensible, stock UJM?
|Saturday, July 12th, 2008|
So MotoGP is next week. However, instead of thinking about all the fun I'm going to have at the track, I've started freaking myself out about parking on Wolf Hill again. I think it's because the first time they opened that stoopid cow pasture up to motorcycles was when I got heat exhaustion and did an amazing mastodon-in-the-tar-pit impression when I hit a spot where the vegetation had worn down to sand dune. So I'm literally dreading the trip for that.
As soon as we get back, my best friend comes out to visit and I'm looking around the house wondering why I didn't attack all those home improvement projects a month ago as if my Marxist pal gave a whit about material objects. Why am I not getting out the travel guides and rubbing my hands gleefully?
At the end of August is PAX, and I've already backed out of being an enforcer. That bothers me a lot, but I just don't think I'll be able to do it this year with all the other things going on. The whole trip is the highlight of my summer right now, mostly for the train trip up and back.
That is the telltale I think, the fact that my brain wants to be on some enforced incommunicado r&r.
Huh. I don't feel like I'm stressed about anything, but the signs are all there. I've even had a couple of plots percolating in my brain, and I know from experience I only start writing scenes when the grey matter wants a little escapism. I guess all the stuff going on with family and friends is quietly depleting the EP reserves, or maybe it's just the tinnitus doing it again. Regardless, I guess it's good to know I'm stressed. But mostly, it's just annoying.
|Friday, July 11th, 2008|
|Wednesday, June 25th, 2008|
|Change the name (to rats) and It Could Be You
Ganked from Hob, the book quiz:
You're Watership Down!
by Richard Adams
Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
That last line is oddly apropos, no?
|Tuesday, May 27th, 2008|
|WOOT! JoCo is a Go!
I found a partial list of confirmed bands for PAX. Since they're all somewhat fringe, confirmed means somebody asked the performers themselves, since Khoo is being his usual genial but clandestine self. (I *know* the lineup is already fixed.) Anyway, huzzah. Johnathan Coulton, MC Frontalot and MC Chris all made the list. As did the Minibosses who aren't really my thing, but they do make all those NES themes worth dancing to. There is also evidently some Lovecraftian sort of band, but I've been loathe to look up who they are as I remember from Call of Cthulu that every point of arcane wisdom removes a point of sanity in return.
OK, got some 'official' news. In addition to JoCo, MC Front, MC Chris and 'Darkest of the Hillside Thickets' the Cthuloid band (imagine how much fun their minions must have carving a name like that into the top of their desks in homeroom-have a heart, guys, shorten the name) there will be the Minibosses, who I actually like better live than on disk, TheOneUps, Freezepop and Anamanaguchi.
Keynote this year will be Ken Levine of Bioshock fame. And while I <3 that little Randian sendup to no end, I don't think he'll be anywhere as good as Wil Wheaton was. Maybe I'm just sour grapesing because Joss Whedon's name was tossed about somewhat (as was Bruce Campbell's who would have been my choice) and the malicious little irony demon in me would have enjoyed that. But neither have really been active in the game market this year. And Levine is sure to have some interesting tidbits to hand the crowd, what with a movie in the works and B2 looming on the horizon. I can't wait 'til August.
|Saturday, May 10th, 2008|
|Leaving a Mark
I was listening today to an interview with a Holocaist survivor from Holland. I am always fascinated by these stories, both because I grew up helping Mr. Lieberman or because I am so shocked at the absence of empathy and even humanity that has to have been prevalent in the German Nazi regime. I guess that's topical because of that Austian monster who finally got caught last week. But more important was her message about leaving a mark and the will to live. The amount of suffering this woman has gone though is unimaginable to myself or to anyone I know. It's like wrapping your brain arount the actual distance around the earth. Can't be done, only experienced. The vastness is too much for us to actually picture, we just fool ourselved into thinking we can. But the idea of leaving a mark, a link in a chain that stretches off into the distant past and reaches forward into the future? That I can understand at a fundamental level. I think most of us on LJ or any other blog can- after all that's what we're doing here. We are leaving a bit of ourselves for others to discover. Jen's journal was very important to me before her hisband usurped it for personal gain. I visit most of my friends' blogs even if they don't update often. It's still good to check up on them, and hitting the blog is an inobtrusive way to do so.
|Wednesday, May 7th, 2008|
|One Word Meme
Ganked from White Raven 'cause I could:
The kind of answers I usually get from my husband when he's in a raid.
|Thursday, May 1st, 2008|
|WoW (the gaming kind, not the motorcycling kind)
First, a picture of a behbeh Tauren
, and then the flash10's I wrote a few weeks ago, just so they're posted somewhere:
1. Unstealthed by the dog, he knew his death was imminent.
2. “Silversage,” he cried, running straight into a pack of Infernals.
3. She loathed their healer the length of her corpse run.
4. It is never a pleasant, sunny day in Alterac Valley.
5. The Wolpertinger gnawed happily on a gnome rib and mewled.