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2nd-Apr-2013 12:06 am - Not dead
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Given Amazon's recent acquisition of Goodreads, I'm considering posting reviews here. So there might be a revival of this space.

In related news, does anyone have experience with/of Audible? The foremost question I have right now is whether or not you can preview audiobooks. Turns out I'm very particular about how my books are read.

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18th-Aug-2012 01:25 pm - Looking for…
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Technically, I think I'm looking for a new drama (Japanese, Korean, I've even loved a Hong Kong drmaa!). When MU was taken down, the communities I got new dramas from dried up, and I don't even know what's out there anymore. Also, I am a particular fussy-pants who generally has to try five or six new dramas before finding one that doesn't make me twitch in horror.

So, if you know of a place to find out about new shows, link me? (Other journals are fine, people who watch/review/rec are fine, or anywhere on the Internet. It's getting pretty desperate.) The only caveat is I need subtitles, either in English or French.

In fact, it's so desperate that I'm considering domestic stuff. (I don't consider domestic stuff inferior; I just prefer Asian dramas because they're contained. You generally know how many episodes it will be. Also, I'm gonna bet that something like Ando Natsu, frex, would never in a million years get made in North America, but I enjoyed it very much.)

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22nd-Apr-2012 11:51 am - AAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHH!!!
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I just vacuumed and there's a fucking clump of Daisy fur in the middle of the room! (No, not Daisy; she's sprawled about a foot from this clump of fluff.)

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That wallet in your back pocket ruins the line of your butt. Do you want that?

The BlackBerry at your side messes with the line of your suit jacket right at your waist. Do you want that?

If you are of a certain embonpoint, your tie should still reach your belt, not where your gut starts to recede.

On the subject of ties, if you're going to be seen on TV, be sure you're not lolling in your chair with your tie off to the side. What's with that? I don't want that.

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7th-Apr-2012 03:53 pm - Good news and bad news
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The good: Teavana has opened.

The bad: The store design is so bad. I was all ready to buy four types of tea all on impulse and maybe some sugar from beets, but there was just no way at the counter, and I couldn't deal with all the noise around me.

Also bad: Guy out front handing out samples didn't know their hours. I know the store's new, so his job is new, but come on.

Overall, unimpressed.

(In related news, I have to remember not to bring David's Tea bags to the House of Tea. But they're my usual shopping bags! Oops.)

Also also bad: I called my Ysa, and she didn't answer. I had to leave a message. *sad*

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25th-Feb-2012 08:37 pmuntitled…
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via [personal profile] karenhealey, If You Liked The Book, You'll Hate The Movie an X-Men First Class AU high school fic. Yeah, I know how that sounds, but wow, I really enjoyed it.

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Rachel Swirsky recommended this story about zombies with an interesting new take on the topic. It's very powerful.

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So I don't mind at all that the mail person left the package (of yarn!) in front of my door today. I really don't. What I find perplexing is that it was waiting for me as I was on my way home from the post office to pick up the package (of pre-yarn!) that the mail person wouldn't leave in front of my door the other day (Sunday!). The one I had to get from the post office was smaller, lighter and less valuable. No, before you ask, it didn't require a signature or payment. It's the inconsistency.

In happier news, I have lots of yarn and pre-yarn! Mineallmine!

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I have just placed what is becoming my annual Elann order. Two sweaters' worth of yarmz will be heading my way as soon as they pack 'em up and ship 'em out! (You may say something silly like "only two sweaters a year?" but rest assured, I have many many yarn sources.)

It's also becoming pretty much a tradition to say in January that I'm going to knit from stash this year. I start out well, with only a small slip-up or two in the first nine months or so. (There are exceptions: anything for a gift or whatever I need to complement a stash yarn for a project is just fine.) The real problems start as the weather cools and I get needing warm fuzzy comfort. Yeah, in the last three months of 2011, I bought yarn for three cardigans. I did get one of them finished, and the other two are right up there in the queue. But you see how it is.

The new plan is one I found someone else doing: for every amount of yarn from stash I knit, I can buy half that much in new stash. Theoretically, the stash will always reduce. Theoretically. (Also, there's quite a lot of stash to reduce.)

Also also, I "supported" Laughing Rat's "closing my Etsy store for now" sale by buying some spinning slivers. La! (I learned today that worsted spinning [what I do] uses slivers, not roving; roving is for woolen spinning, and the fibres go in every which direction. Who knew? Now I do.)

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18th-Nov-2011 07:47 amuntitled…
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Thanks for all the cute things yesterday. They did help. ^_^

Now, if only customer service would get back to me about my request to trade in November for another May. And since they're a matched set, I should return December, January, February, and March while we're at it.

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17th-Nov-2011 08:09 am - November, my old nemesis
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I've been fighting it. It's winning.

Would demanding that people send cute things even work anymore? Let's try it.

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11th-Oct-2011 12:02 pm - Also
intellectual snobbery
Before you utter (or even think) the words "My tax dollars at work," wherever you are, think about how much you paid in taxes last year. Then think about the services you enjoy: roads, traffic lights, police protection (which some enjoy more than others), emergency services, hospitals, even doctors depending on where you are. Some of you might've presented at City Hall or to a government committee. Did you send mail? Yeah, that stamp didn't cover the cost. Think about how much those services cost and how much you paid. Because unless you are very wealthy and didn't get your accountant to exploit every possible tax loophole, you likely didn't pay enough to cover the cost of the services you used, much less my salary or someone's food stamps, welfare assistance, disability assistance, &c.

I will cut you with my words.

Huh, still cranky, even after tea and tylenol and half my oatmeal. Oh well.

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Never mind. It got rambly, and there was an ode to tea, and then there was a question, and my head hurts, and I'M ON VACATION AND STILL SICK AND THIS SUCKS!

Just remember: nouns are nouns and verbs are verbs, and they work so very well together, and sure you can verb a noun, but that weirds language. (In other words, no, happiness is a noun, not a verb. You can say Epictetus said it was a verb, but the only reference I can find to that is a "reinterpreted by" on Twitter, and that ain't contemporary, and that sure as shootin' doesn't give your bullshit meme of wrongness any legitimacy. And that sucks, because I was in the middle of reading a post about being kind to your body with food, a thing I need to work on, and that ambushed me, and there was a 15-minute interruption for a rant that got deleted for being rambly and off-topic and …)

My head hurts. *whine* (At least I don't seem to be feverish. Maybe.)

Wait, there was another thing! When you're defining something, you should define it using an equivalent grammatical unit. IOW, nouns should be defined by nouns and noun phrases, verbs should be defined by verbs and verb phrases. So to say "True happiness is a verb. It is the ongoing, dynamic performance of worthy deeds" is to be not only wrongsauce, it is to define a noun you're claiming isn't a noun by a noun phrase, thus undermining your argument doubly. *nodnod*

[Also, I didn't proofread this because did I mention my head hurts? So maybe there's a grammatical error easter egg for the finding.]

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6th-Oct-2011 02:46 pm - One drawback to every election ever
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I don't know why, but the "go vote!" exhortations on election day really get under my skin. Don't get me wrong: I dragged my sorry, whiny, feverish ass outta my sickbed to go vote (whyohwhy didn't I use the advance polls?), and I even think that voting should be mandatory (a co-worder disagrees but proposed some sort of bonus [like a tax break or something] to voting—oh HELLZ no!). But "go vote!" gets under my skin almost as much as "ZOMG vote splitting!" does. I just can't explain it.

All that said, if I know you didn't vote, and you try to complain about something the government does, I will shut you down hard. (Spoiling your ballot? That totally counts in my book. I even know someone who ate his. Ooooh-kay. Whatever floats your boat, but maybe a little sauce at least?)

So I guess the takeways are don't tell someone to vote in my presence, don't go on about vote splitting around me, and don't tell me you didn't vote.

Contrary much? *shrug*

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19th-Sep-2011 04:56 pm - Home, beat.
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I'm pretty sure a circle of hell is a long line for customs in a carpeted space—if not, it should be. WTF, Pearson?

Now, to try to make it to a reasonable (local) hour without constantly doing the time conversion in my head. Yeah, good luck with that, self.

In happier news, I'm unpacked and have tea. *pleased*

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11th-Aug-2011 10:31 pmuntitled…
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Things that make me sad:
I have only 2 (maybe 3) songs sung by India Adams. That is just wrong!
Dolores Grey wasn't in Funny Face (or much else). I understand her reasoning, but she's another awesome woman Hollywood didn't treat right.

Thing that fills me with scorn:
NPR released some top 100 SF/F list today. I'm not the first to note the shortage of books by women on that list. The Rothfuss books would be condemned and as [oops!] gross Mary Sue wish-fulfillment if this were a just world. Oh, and Thomas Covenant, White Gold Wielder and rapist?! Please give me a fucking break.

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24th-Jun-2011 07:10 pm - I can haz Halifax
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I'm currently in the lounge at the island airport. I'm supposed to be in the air or possibly on the ground in Ottawa on the stopover. And there's the problem. I don't even want to go to Ottawa. There's storms there? I'm sorry to hear that; I hope the damage isn't too bad. Could I get a direct flight?

*whine*

This is your cue to distract me from my interminable wait in an increasingly crowded lounge with ever more people milling about.

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22nd-Jun-2011 08:15 pmuntitled…
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A rather long but entirely worthwhile-to-read explanation of why what's happening in Greece should matter to everyone everywhere: Democracy vs Mythology: The Battle in Syntagma Square. (via)

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18th-Jun-2011 09:52 am - Something I learned this week
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I'm still not over the G20 bullshit—not that I thought I was, but it appears that some people are already and able and want to discuss it lightly or as some kind of bullshit object lesson. I really am not. No, I don't want to discuss it. I want a full inquiry at the highest levels (never gonna get it, but that don't make me want it less), but I don't want to follow that inquiry closely.

This gets at a bit of the tip of the iceberg of my feelings on the subject. (Trigger warning for discussion of violence and the G20.) (link via La Ysabête.)

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27th-May-2011 09:22 pm - Meatpuppetry
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Day two of oogy tummy wrapping up. It's less oogy than yesterday, but I've fed it a lot less and less interesting food today (and that's saying something since last night's dinner at Korean BBQ was a bowl of rice, a bit of pilfered tofu, and ginger ale). My tastebuds are so bored.

*whine* Even the tea makes it cranky. WTF, meatpuppet? Why you must disprove my maxim that tea makes everything better? hmph!

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So, I … um … might'vegotasmartphone. It runs Android, and I'm looking for a Twitter client. Recommendations?

Any other apps y'all think I should use? Show your work.

ETA: I'm the diametric opposite of a power user. I don't use lists or multiple accounts. I read regularly but reply and update infrequently. I like pretty (hellooooo, Nambu, why are you Mac-only?). Also, I think there are enough non-Air-reliant clients out there that I can say non-Air only. (Yeah, information I should've put out there at the beginning. Sorry!)

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1st-May-2011 11:39 am - I defy you, Hansard style!
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All weekend, I've been using the Oxford comma (although a couple of times, I've had to go back and add it) and putting periods and commas outside quotes. Even these parentheses are against Hansard style.

I'm such a rebel.

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30th-Apr-2011 08:39 amuntitled…
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Tomorrow is Blogging Against Disablism Day. For its eve, I submit a short roundup of uses of "crazy", "insane", and "lunacy" as code. Crazy doesn't mean "incomprehensible and illogical". It is not an intensifier. It doesn't even mean "violently dangerous". It is an indication of a psychiatric diagnosis, and it should be used with care--very great care.

The percentage of violent crimes committed by people with a psychiatric diagnosis is in the single digits. A person with a psychiatric diagnosis is far more vulnerable to violent crime than a neurotypical person.

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29th-Apr-2011 08:58 amuntitled…
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I guess when you're the Archbishop of Canterbury, you get to touch the Queen. [personal profile] shiroiko, did you see what the Queen wore? I thought of you as soon as I saw it.

I think the bridesmaid dress (all I saw was the one holding Kate's train [a little too high, dear]) was lovely.

I really like the jacket Princess Beatrice wore. I do not approve of the hat.

Okay, that's it for royals for another bunch of years.

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25th-Apr-2011 07:46 am - Lies and context
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This story is a little heartbreaking. Khadr was captured as a child soldier and treated like anything but. Reading the story, all I can think of is that bullshit narrative, "Just give them what they want, and they'll let you go." In fact, they kept him precisely because he was giving them what they want. :(

On the other hand, change the characters in this story, and you've got an exciting adventure tale of a successful military operation to rescue a bunch of comrades right out from under the nose of their incompetent and corrupt jailers--a story that would be a best seller.

Our world is deeply fucked up.

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9th-Apr-2011 08:42 am - Gratuitous cat photo!
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click the cut!Collapse )

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3rd-Apr-2011 03:43 pm - Holding you responsible
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for what you choose to quote.

Sure, one could be cute and say, "That's not me; that's someone else." But if you're spreading that quote, perpetuating that thought, passing it along, can you really turn around then and disclaim any responsibility for the sentiment therein? I say no.

Also, irony's had a pretty shit time of it lately. First Alannis Morrissette made a song about things that aren't at all ironic and called them ironic. Lately, a whole group of people have taken to saying objectionable things and claiming they're being ironic. How 'bout no, m'kay? Hurtful and oppressive things are hurtful and oppressive, not ironic.

Finally, in case anyone wants to be all "I'm sorry if* I offended you," the word you want is "contemptuous," not offended.

*An apology with an "if" in it ain't no great shakes, neither.

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27th-Mar-2011 02:15 pm - Random bits
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Overheard in Ginlandia:
Me: Darlin', my username is not Ginnikin.
La Ysabête: Why isn't it?!
Me: Because I had my journal before I met you, and you gave me the name Ginnikin.
La Ysabête: Get a rename token!

Now I face a conundrum: How do I say no to La Ysabête? But my online identity!

We just heard "Whenever You're Away From Me" from Xanadu. I ♥ Gene Kelly. As it was winding down, she commented that it's a twisted song. Oh, you have no idea. Xanadu was a favourite when I was about 8 or so. As an adult, I watched it again and was all O_o. That is one messed up story!

I … um … might've bought a Coach bag yesterday. La? If this keeps up, I won't be allowed to continue to be all anti-consumerist. (Okay, there's a long way to go before I become all consumerist, but slippery slope! Slippery slope!)

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20th-Mar-2011 12:02 pm - More photos: Knitting this time
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I've knit two shawlettes so far this year. I ♥ knitting lace!

Maia

Asterope

You can see more at my photostream.

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20th-Mar-2011 12:02 pmuntitled…
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I had a crafternoon, and there was cute! Alas, the cute is shy and doesn't photograph well, so there's just one picture.

From A story of Ginlandia


La Ysabête returns today! Wheee!

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