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I haven't actually been using this journal in the last several years, but recent news items about LJ indicate to me that it's really, finally time to abandon ship. I don't really want to lose my old content though, so I created a Dreamwidth account, same user name. Just started the import process. (In case you're looking to do the same, the process is easy, go to and follow instructions.)

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Hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve! Me and my husband had a nice, quiet night in after a fun afternoon of board gaming with a friend. One of my resolutions this year is to finish my various projects. That includes writing, as well as sewing projects I've started and not finished, and ditto with house projects. Wish me luck!
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It's 2010, where's the flying car I was promised? ^_^ Hey, how has everybody been? I've been doing a lot of offline stuff (besides work, mostly SCA, and I have an active social life again) so I apologize for my absence, but I'll be checking in from time to time.

I've gotten more involved in sewing SCA garb, for myself mainly, but I completed a project for someone else as a Christmas present, and I'm quite proud of myself. I made an Irish ionar for a friend; it's a kind of a jacket with hanging sleeves, and I made it out of wool, lined with linen, and the recipient was very pleased! Next I'm going to work on a fencing jacket for myself. I have one that I don't like currently and I'd like to have the new one completed by Gulf Wars in March. I've also been going to fencing practice with my husband, and while I kind of suck at it, I already participated in the field battle at Pennsic War, so an extra body at least is usually helpful. I haven't been going to practice lately though since the husband blew out his knee again about a month ago, at fencing practice. Same knee and about the same move that blew it out last January! He says he's going to retire that move. We'll see, but I hope so!
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Hope you have a great one!

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There is more bizarre shit on Youtube than can be comprehended. I was looking for more Bollywood WTFery when this inexplicably came up.

It's kind of long for a trailer...were they too stoned when they were putting it together or what? Is there really a movie called "Italian Spiderman"? Why is Italian Spiderman so gross? What's with the close-ups of his mustache? Too many existential questions are raised by this piece.


Nov. 21st, 2008 12:12 pm
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Seems to be a very persuasive meme!

Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
Turn to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post that sentence along with these instructions on your LJ.
Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


"Had Hideyoshi's fellow generals and the two regents cooperated against him, then the chance of a Toyotomi triumph would have been very slim, because between them they had Hideyoshi surrounded."

From Essential Histories: War in Japan 1467-1615, by Stephen Turnbull. Top of the stack next to the computer. And the sentence actually came from page 57, since page 56 had a large illustration and sentence two continued to the next page!
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Brought to you by Bollywood, it's, uh, well, you'll have to see for yourself. This is so WTF, it's amazing:

Or maybe I just need to go to bed. Yeah, that's it.

ETA: I finally cornered got my husband to watch it. He says that music will haunt his nightmares forever.
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Happy Birthday, [ profile] ouatic_7 !!!

I raise my glass to you! Hope you're having a pleasant evening!
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Dude, I am tired. My dad came up from Miami to visit this weekend, and hubby suggested that we go out to Eglin Air Force Base (a couple of hours away) and take him to visit the museum they have there. It was a huge hit. Both of them, dad and hubby, were geeking out over the vintage planes they have scattered around, including several WWII planes and Cold War relics. (I myself was thrilled to see an actual SR-71 Blackbird, because that's the plane the X-men use! Yes, I am a comics nerd.) We took the scenic route back along the coast, which took about 5 hours instead of 2. We got back a little while ago.

Not sure what we're going to do tomorrow, but I suspect that for the guys at least it will involve football-watching in the living room.
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Happiest of Birthdays

[ profile] inusaga 


[ profile] forthrightly !!!

(Got in under the wire!! Hope you guys have had a wonderful day!)
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I borrowed the new book by Stephenson, Anathem, from the library, and it's due tomorrow. I went online to renew it, and I got a "renewal failed" message, because apparently someone else has requested it. WTF, I haven't even gotten through a quarter of it yet!! This is Neal fucking Stephenson, who writes dense, weighty tomes that take weeks to get through! He invented another language and inserted some words randomly! It has math in it! And I'm only just now getting out of the explanatory and into the interesting bits!

Well, damn. I have a conundrum. There is no way, even if I stayed up all night, for two or three nights even, that I'd be able to finish it. I read fast, but this is Stephenson. I really didn't want to buy it in hardcover, hence the library. It looks like there's a reserve queue for it, so once I turn it in, I won't get access to it again in a hurry. Shit. I wish I had started reading it as soon as I got it, but I thought I'd be able to renew.

Speaking of books, here's a book meme:

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.

Well, yeah. Rather obvious.
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That's what they call them around here; they show up out of nowhere during hurricane season. I can't remember what their real name is. Of course, now when I see them I think of Inuyasha, and specifically Kikyou . (As a matter of fact there are images of them for this month on my Inuyasha calendar...the plants must keep to the same schedule their progenitors kept in their ancestral homeland.) It always thrills me to see them, since they will bloom out of a seemingly bare patch of ground--they have no leaves, just a flower stalk. It's harder to tell here, since they're blooming out of a patch of weeds.

Here's a close-up:

So dramatic! I hope we get a few more in unexpected places. We knew there were at least a couple of them in this area, which is why it doesn't get mowed.

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Happy Birthday Patchcat! 

Hope you're having a good one!
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Found this, seemed a little more interesting than the average quiz:

I'm a Mandarin!

You're an intellectual, and you've worked hard to get where you are now. You're a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world's problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you're determined to try.

Talent: 36%
Lifer: 46%
Mandarin: 64%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

They explain what their categories (Talent, Lifer, Mandarin) mean here. I definitely love the job I have--it's very intellectually demanding, and I learn something new nearly every day. On the flip side, it always feels like we're short staffed so I'm burned out and tired when I come home. Like right now--I'm idly looking at blog quizzes instead of doing something more useful. Time to go do something else!

ETA: Still here. I rediscovered this. Love the 'corporal cuddling'--I thought we were the only freaks who did this to our cats.



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There was an interview with Rumiko Takahashi published today in a Malaysian paper that I thought was interesting. I'm not sure at what point the interview was conducted; the writer indicates the series just ended, but Takahashi is quoted as saying,

When it came to the fate of the series’ heroine, even with a publication deadline already on the calendar, Takahashi told me: “I still don’t know what I should do with Kagome in the end.”

Takahashi said she does not decide things in detail when she creates manga for weeklies since some improvisation is necessary for such publications. “My story in a way automatically develops according to the characteristics of the characters.”

I wonder when she made up her mind? Wish the article had given some hint as to what her next project is. Whatever it is, she probably has an outline for the first 10-20 chapters, and she'll wing it after that. lol Takahashi.

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I was just out watching my neighbors across the street get a tree chopped into manageable pieces; it was a big tall pine that fell, looks like onto another tree in their back yard. Thankfully it did not fall on their house! The tree crew was moving pretty fast--there must be trees down all over the area, and they were looking pretty cheerful. They must be getting overtime for all this tree-felling.

We're under a tornado and flash-flood watch right now. Fay hasn't been bad; we lost power briefly last night, and we've had power surges and flickers, but mostly have had no interruption in service. It's been raining steadily since last night. The only thing I'm really worried about is how saturated the soil is, and the likelihood of one of our own tall trees coming down on the house. We've got a lot of tall trees. :/ They're nice to look at but are pretty big compared to the house.

Hubby and I both had to work all day yesterday, so of course the weather started getting bad right around 4. Of course. This has been kind of a week from hell--one of the kitties had an unfortunate problem which had turned out to be expensive (from the surgery) as well as messy and upsetting to all.

It's been busy as hell at work, too, which wasn't helpful. I was a gibbering wreck by the time they let us go yesterday. It's actually been kind of restful to be in the house and listen to the rain come steadily down. As long as it doesn't get IN the house, I'm doing great. :) However, I forgot one vital thing when we stopped at the supermarket yesterday, an essential hurricane supply: I forgot to stock up on booze. :( We're out of cider, but we might have some beer left. I am off to investigate.

ETA: The cat managed to tag me good when we were giving him his meds. He dug a claw into my arm, right above my wrist, and scored a hit on one of the big veins there--blood started pouring out and my husband freaked. It was just one little hole, though, pressure took care of it until I could get a bandage on. I wonder how many experience points I'm worth? The cat went up a level, I bet.
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Supposedly this is coming to theaters in Europe in September...hope it makes it over here soon after!
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Guess I should call my mom and find out if she's evacuating. She lives in Key West and just got back from vacation overseas--she might not even be completely unpacked yet. The storm track as they've projected so far will impact my mom, possibly a number of in-laws in the Tampa area (and Quillwing too--how close are you to the ocean, btw?) and then head right up towards us in the Big Bend. Great. Hubby's out in the garage looking over the plywood he got for the spate of hurricanes a couple of years ago and contemplating boarding up the windows. I hope it doesn't come to that.

Other than paying attention to the Tropical Update, it's been a nice, lazy weekend. Our anniversary was yesterday; we didn't go out, hubby hurt his back somehow and he took it easy, so we went out for brunch this morning. It was yummy, and I had two cups of cafe con leche--delicious! Hopefully I can get to bed tonight at a decent hour--tomorrow's going to be interesting.


Aug. 10th, 2008 11:37 pm
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We're back from Pennsic. God am I tired. We drove all day yesterday and today; the trip back home was not as bad as the trip up (we hit Atlanta at rush hour on the way up Friday before last--it took us TWO HOURS just to get through) and even Knoxville wasn't as bad. (James, what's up with that I-40/I-75 detour crap? It only seems to be northbound.)

We had an amazing time, even more fun than last year because we did stuff instead of just wandering around goggling. I will try to get some pics up tomorrow.
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I couldn't stand not posting it, though I suspect I'll want to tweak it some more. But we're leaving for Pennsic on Friday morning, so I'm gonna be pretty much offline for the next week. Tweaking would have to be done after work tomorrow night (unlikely, since I mostly HAVEN'T PACKED YET) or when I get back. No computers in the Middle Ages, yo. We are staying in a hotel in Kentucky Friday night (we're driving this time) so if some horrible mistake suddenly registers as we drive through Middle America, I have a last chance to fix it before I land in another fandom. (SCA is a fandom, yes? It's certainly geeky enough.) Will take lots of pictures, promise.

Hope the chapter satisfies in the short run. Next chapter should be fun to write, so hopefully will go swiftly once I'm back to the current century.

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