Oh yeah...

Dec. 27th, 2009 09:25 pm
orbitaldiamonds: open book on grass, trees and sky in distance, white heart ([ books ] book grass heart sunny day)
I created [community profile] whole_books a few days ago, where I post books in the public domain, chapter by chapter. I'm starting with Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. I've also had [community profile] sidetrackedery for awhile and keep forgetting to update it, but I'm doing better now. :)

Book Meme

Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:36 pm
orbitaldiamonds: open book on the beach, sunny day ([ books ] book love)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] colbertobsessed.

The Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth full sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


Well, the book nearest me happened to be The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, by Quark (as told to Ira Steven Behr), and there was only one full sentence on the page. Anyhow:

#113

Always have sex with the boss.

:P
orbitaldiamonds: Claire Hooper looking incredulous ([ gnw ] claire omfg)
Note: I didn't come up with any of these. I found them via the hashtag.

Various #rejectedpalintitles from Twitter:

>> Rogue Elephant
>> Seven Habits of Failed Politicians
>> Alaska Family Values
>> You Should Elect Me to a Position of Trust
>> Lipstick on a Quitter
>> Breakfast at Neimans
>> "You Can't Arrest Me, I Quit."
>> "I Actually Know What the Hell I'm Talking About"
>> Sarah Palin the Salmon Slayer
>> Going Rong: Fancy Pageant Stalkin'
>> Soap Opera on Ice
>> Going Rouge: Putting Lipstick on the Pig
>> Palling Around with Separatists
>> While Putin Rears his Head
>> "I'm Just Not That Into Governing, or Who Moved My Cheese to Iowa?"
>> Chicken Soup for Quitters
>> Everything I Need to Know About the World I Can See From My Window
>> A Life of Righteous Rogueitude
>> How I Learned to Love Voodoo - The Sarah Palin Story
>> I Really Do Read All of Them
>> Going Low: My Descent into Fear-Mongering, Brainless Politics
>> Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf (from a Helicopter with a Machine Gun)?
>> I Quit It My Way!
>> I See Russia
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign ([ text ] sidetrackedery)
Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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:: From [info]lady_sci_fi at [info]olberfanns, CBS Interview and bio of Keith Olbermann from 2007
:: From [info]sarken, VVC Premiere Vid: Oh My God (Better Than Chocolate) (from [info]butterfly)
:: I love this. From [info]sarken's weheartit, I love this style and the fun words that get put where "Keep Calm and Carry On" would go.
:: From weheartit, this, this, this, and this. :)
:: From weheartit, Dexter the Screen Cleaner XD
:: From @newsminer, Report: Gun case, Bible among gifts sent to Palin
:: These gems from [info]zevshir:

"The frontal assault is the least preferred method of attack. Unless of course you're a marine, and then it's hey diddle diddle everybody up the middle."

-- from a lesson on infantry tactics this weekend

(Ranks right up there with the advice on why you need to get yourself squared away: "If you suck as a platoon leader, your company commander is gonna be all up in your kool-aid.")

:: And another from [info]zevshir:

overheard

W: I'm inebriated off life.

R: Well, don't drive if your blood-life content is .08 or over.

:: Neato! From @newsminer, Fairbanks Special Olympians let the bocce roll :D :D :D
:: ZOMFSM DO WANT. Saw the commercial on MSNBC just now, and Googled it: KEITH OLBERMANN BOBBLEHEAD. XDDD
:: Cooool! From fleursdesoleils at xanga, Books-painted staircase!
:: From Weather.com via Google search, Major Hurricane Bill: a threat to land? *keeps watching, worrying*
:: From military.com, Time for 'Don't Ask' Policy to Go? Good article, but I'd recomment avoiding most of the comments. *facepalm*
:: Also from military.com, Vision Care Center Still out of Sight *sigh*

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From August 20th:


I made a Sidetrackedery blog!

It's here. Because I can.

Ah, for people who like random links without bothering with my personal journal, I suppose. :P

I'll still be posting Sidetrackedery at LJ and DW, though. :)
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign ([ text ] sidetrackedery)
Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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From July 29th:

:: From [info]atheism, Pilot who paused to pray in emergency gets 10 years FOR GREAT JUSTICE. (from irishtimes.com)
:: From [info]syntaxia, Oversaving, a Burden for Our Times (from nytimes.com)
:: Just saw this site mentioned on MSNBC Live. (Jul. 28) bakemeawish.com Soup from a stone, fancy that!
:: A public service announcement from [info]kawaii_not.
:: From [info]sarken, Keith Olbermann looking into the camera and saying, "tit." WIN.
:: From [info]exceptindreams, The Crickets Have Arthritis. Yeah, I cried. But I think a non-nutter would cry upon reading that too.
:: This recipe for microwave bread from [info]poor_skills:

Microwave Bread

2 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of milk
1 egg.

Mix all ingredients together in a glass bowl and stick it in the microwave for 5 minutes or until solid. Eat while hot.

If you like sweeter bread add some more sugar into it.

There are also several recipes similar to this on the internet if you want to check them out.
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/312
http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=15995.0

:: From Fizzy via Gtalk, Shaken but not stirred by stadium-rock spirituality (from theage.com.au):

Christian pop, ’80s power anthems, Metallica meets Cheap Trick. A mosh pit for Jesus was jumping with teenagers in rapture and a balcony of Planetkids went off for Christ. Music blared from the stadium sound system while the screen seduced us with slick videos edited so fast the phrase ‘‘subliminal image" kept popping into my head. Lyrics flashed up: "Come like a flood and saturate me now." I wondered what Freud would have made of the disproportionate use of such words as ‘‘come’’, ‘‘touch’’ and ‘‘feel’’, and the phrases "move within me" and "being filled". My favourite was "King of Glory, enter in".

and

A pastor banged on about sacrifice and said it wasn’t important how much we sacrificed just as long as we gave as much as we could. No matter how small it was. I didn’t know what he was on about until the giving cards came round. And a little bucket for coins. No lid with a slot. A big open bucket, so you could be shamed by your paltry donation.

Then there were the plugs for the Mighty Men’s night and Beautiful Women Seminar. Male volunteers were encouraged to get involved with the ladies’ seminar with the promise of ‘‘being able to tell 3000 women what to do’’. Beautiful women. Mighty men. Note: not mighty women and beautiful men.

:: Bookworm WIN. From Fizzy via Gtalk, Library fan nears 25,000th book :D
:: From [info]klaudie via a train of links I can't follow back to its source, You Can Do Better!

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From August 6th:

:: From Fizzy via Gtalk, Weekly Bonus Question Some good ones! (from bbc.co.uk)
:: Another from Fizzy, From chip shop owner to doctor In the words of Fizzy, "good on you, Dr Chippie" :D (from bbc.co.uk)
:: And another from Fizzy: Great Parliamentary Brawls From Around the World Niiice. (from asylum.com)
:: Oh look, another from Fizzy! No, she's not spamming me, these are over the space of a few days. Get a grip. Have a nice day. And lighten up, dude. (from theage.com.au)
:: From [info]_53 at [info]atheism, Woman Accused of Church Theft Blames Satan (from weirdnewsfiles.com)
:: Also from [info]_53 at [info]atheism, Malaysian Woman Jailed For Worshipping Tea Pot Lordy fuck, it's not like they were hurting anyone. (from weirdasianews.com)
:: From random surfing, this and this about the "birthers" from news.bbc.co.uk, which is good at explaining things in Q&A format.
:: This NSFW gem that Chris just sent me. (8/5) (from somethingpositive.net) Have one more, also NSFW.
:: And another. I swear, Chris and I might as well be under those speech bubbles. :P
:: Another from Fizzy. This is awesome. Strong African communities will defeat terror recruiters (from theage.com.au)
:: So there was a mention of Rule 34 in a conversation with Fizzy. She suggested I Google "maths porn." I wound up at the TV Tropes page for Rule 34, so of course I haven't found it yet. But I did google one of the things I did find...WHUT. LHC - The Large Hardon Collider NSFW.
:: Found at the DW comm polybigbang, this excellent primer on polyamory.
orbitaldiamonds: Chris and myself on our wedding day ([ love ] my wedding day)
Last night:

I got a call saying that Chris and his group wouldn't be getting in until 8:45 or 9pm, so I took a nap, setting my alarm for 8pm. I got up when my alarm went off and did some last minute cleanup, including making the bed with new sheets and pillowcases since I procrastinated too long on washing the other ones. (They'll be in the wash tomorrow. :P)

I headed out at 8:45 and got a great parking space, and was one of the first in. :D

I took pictures of the welcome-home signs that were inside (my camera's downstairs, I'll post a picspam later on), and sat down in the front row of seats in this gigantic building. More and more people kept coming in and I wound up sharing the row with a nice family that kept me company (which was especially nice once the text tweets slowed down, 'cause most of my tweeps are in the Lower 48). When Chris got into Eilson AFB (not far from here), he called and said that processing was going on (o hai hurry up and wait!), and I talked to Richardson for a bit (he was wondering about his car, which was being held with the Reids), and I called the Reids (well, Karen and the rest, Reid himself is on a month-long training mission) and later they showed up and I went and got a seat with them.

More waiting, as seats kept filling, children played in front of the seats, and the band practiced. YES, a brass band! :D

And as two big ol' semi trucks went right into the building (and only took up a little bit of one corner), and some soldiers sorted the incoming soldiers' bags by last initial. My mind was blown. Efficiency? In MY army? :P

After what seemed like an eternity (because the last few hours of waiting are always the worst!), the band was struck up and the 250 or so of the soldiers got out of two large buses, formed up, and marched out onto the floor. My camera's flash wasn't working in such a large building, so I tweeted it all (especially since Karen and Cynthia were both taking pictures--Karen even took video!) instead. Kenny made fun of me, but fuck it--y'all stuck with me throughout the deployment, and I thought that y'all should be part of the homecoming! Whether y'all were up then and reading your Twitter feeds, or if you saw it later, or if you only see my tweets at my LJ...thank you all, you're awesome. Thank you so much for hanging with me!

It took a long time for me to find Chris, even though he was in the front row. But the plastic lines between us and them were cut and there was a stampede, and I lost track of them. Karen, Cynthia, Justin, Kenny, and little baby Sophia followed me because Karen wanted to take pictures of the happy reunion. Eventually I went to call him (he had the GoPhone I got him the day he deployed, and that he was able to use for the first time yesterday), and I heard my name hollered, and it was Chris! :D :D :D

And it was magic. We hugged and kissed, and we were told to do both more by Karen and Cynthia so they could get their pictures. ^____^ And we did, and Chris lifted me up, and had to do that another two times so Karen and Cynthia could get pictures (it looked cute, but it hurt!), and then Chris went of to do something (turned out to be getting one of his bags), and then we found the other two (I carried the lightest one, which was still fairly heavy) and Chris and Justin and I carried them out to the car, and then went back in (we were the only ones that went back inside :P) to meet up with Richardson so I could say hi. After all, he's my friend too, and I wanted to hug him and say "welcome home." But he'd left with Kenny (who'd arrived separately from Karen, Cynthia, Justin, and Sophia) so Chris and I went straight home.

And then there was dinner (I made Chris chicken and rice and had an Atkins shake myself), and my gift for Chris (the first three seasons of Red Dwarf, that was a fantastic idea, Fizzy!), and in the middle of the second episode, we went upstairs where Fatso didn't get a show this time because I actually remembered to bring him downstairs to hang out on the couch (pictures of that to come eventually too ^_^), and then we went back downstairs and Chris played video games and eventually I nodded off on the couch, and later went to bed and stayed there until 10am, and Chris was up the whole time because he couldn't sleep.

Today:

We went to Barnes & Noble and got some comic books and Repo! The Genetic Opera, and to GameStop, where Chris got...some geeky gamer stuff, I dunno :P ...and then we went to Wal-Mart and we got the thing Chris knew would be needed to fix the toilet (and now it finally works properly again!), and a gallon of water (so I'd have a jug to make tea in ^__^), and a few other things (including more geeky gamer stuff), and then we went to GCI, where we paid our bill (they SUCK at telling me when stuff's due, but we're sure as hell paid up now!) and then we went home.

We watched Repo! The Genetic Opera and while I liked the imagery, and the plot, it's a shining example of why I don't like musicals. Why the fuck sing a conversation? Music for the opera, bitchin' rock music in the background and as part of the soundtrack, but singing conversations? I know it's Fancy Art Stuff, but I just find it annoying. So I usually don't watch musicals, but Chris really recommended it, and it's quite the allegory to the clusterfuck that's the US health care system at present.

After that it was Countdown time (and TRMS is on now), and Chris has finally went to bed.

At each place we went to we'd see a friend of Chris's who was also just back from Iraq, and most of them hadn't slept either or had just napped. I think part of it is jet lag and the time difference (Iraq is 11 hours ahead of Alaska), and the rest is just being wired-tired.

Anyhow, that's how it went, and I'm tickled fucking pink to have Chris home. Now I just have to get used to sharing a bed again, because I'd been sprawled out in the middle with a bunch of pillows while he was gone. :P
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign ([ text ] sidetrackedery)
Sidetrackedery, n.: the weird, interesting, and/or fun stuff I find via my ever-behindness in my LJ flist, from Twitter, emails, going back through friends' LJs, and elsewhere.

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From May 22nd:

:: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] colbertobsessed, Greg Rutter's Definitive List of the 99 Things You Should Have Already experienced On The Internet Unless You're A Loser Or Old Or Something.
:: A book for 'Children of Valor' (from military.com)
:: Camp Liberty Shooter's Dad Blames Army (from military.com)
:: From [livejournal.com profile] mil_wives to [livejournal.com profile] cat_macros to ICHC to shopplasticland.com: DO WANT.
:: From [livejournal.com profile] fizzylizard via Gtalk, Six Insane Discoveries Science Can't Explain
:: And from there, Six Unsolved Mysteries (With Really Obvious Solutions) and Six People Who Just Fucking Disappeared.
:: Edit: One more: The 10 Most Perverted Old School Video Games.

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From May 28th:

Some more links from [livejournal.com profile] fizzylizard/[personal profile] vasco_pyjama:

:: 10 Craziest Products Inspired By Bacon.
:: 15 Coolest Bookshelves.
:: 15 Most Insanely Titled Books.
:: Another 10 Insanely Titled Books.
:: World's Most Bizarre Magazines.
:: Coffee Kiss Illusion by Tsang Cheung Shing.
:: The Teletubbies Drinking Game

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:: From Cake Wrecks, The Way All Apologies Should Be Made

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From Military.com,

:: WWII GIs receive French Legion of Honor
:: Remembering Seoul's Hidden Heroes
:: Defense Chief Praises the Pink Boxer GI

pink boxer gi,badass!

"Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage," Gates said, adding that Boyd may have hit on a new kind of psychological warfare. "I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that - a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his crosshairs."

:: Warrior Returns to His Unit
:: For Some GIs, a Proxy Road to Marriage

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From the Huffington Post:

:: Carlos Watson: How the Prop 8 Ruling Will Help Gay Marriage
:: Rob Thomas: The Big Gay Chip on My Shoulder

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orbitaldiamonds: Original photo by februar at Flickr. Spiderweb on flowers, cream background ([ nature ] spiderweb on flowers)
I read the book years ago. I'd never heard of Jodi Picoult, I was just the sort of person to look at the pretty trade paperbacks at Target and spend an hour reading the summaries on backs and inside front covers of books.

This particular book, I read it in one sitting. I remember this very clearly. It was 2005, and it was back when I was still with Dayne. I read it in bed while Dayne slept beside me. I'd sit and read, then lay and read, and for six straight hours or so I devoured this book. And once in awhile I'd look over at Dayne, sleeping peacefully.

And like any Jodi Picoult novel, there's a surprise ending--but I won't spoil it.

I'm afraid to see the movie. I'm worried that it won't be true to the book. I'm worried that it's going to super suck.

Then again, I had that fear regarding Star Trek XI and I was pleasantly surprised.

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TV Meme

Jun. 24th, 2009 01:21 am
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign ([ rachel ] tinfoil hat)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] gaia_kiari...

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever, so LJ has a TV meme :)
1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italic the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Post your answers.


Also, I'll be strikethrough-ing the ones I haven't heard of.


50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica

12. Family Guy
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24
05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign (Default)
Hm, I should have just made it a comm, but here it is anyway: [personal profile] simone_jester, where I'll be posting chapters of whole books that are in the public domain, thanks to Project Gutenberg. I'll be starting with the classic young-adult sci-fi series Tom Swift by Victor Appleton, and since that'll take a very, very long time to post at a chapter a day (when I remember *meep!*), I have plenty of time to decide what to post next.

And now, I'm off to update [community profile] heatherslibrary, [community profile] heathermacicons, and [community profile] good_news_week, since I've remembered to. :)

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orbitaldiamonds: Adam Hills with cloth that says "Go you big red fire engine" ([ text ] go you big red fire engine)
I need to remember to just write my entries here and cross-post them.

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It has been since I got up. I don't even get it.

I just...felt good. I slept for twelve hours, which is nice, but I oversleep all the time and don't feel good while I'm up. But today was just...nice. I haven't feel ugly, stupid, useless, worthless, or inferior at all (and those are normal, everyday things for me) since I got up around ten last night. I hope it's like this tomorrow too!

Had a great chat with Fizzy, lots of laughing, lots of funnies, especially with the short story based on her in-the-works original novel she's writing and my trying to help with it. I laughed at First Look, I laughed at Morning Joe, I laughed at stuff I'd DVR'ed a couple of months ago (most notably John Oliver: Terrifying Times, which I'd seen before, but it doesn't get less funny the second time ^___^).

After Fizzy went to bed, I went off into town to check out the new Torrid (and I filled out an application), and needing a few things (I seemed to run out of nearly all of my bathroom stuff at the same time--toothpaste, Q-tips, soap, astringent, shaving cream, and I also got 2-in-1 body wash/shampoo for Chris when he comes home for R&R IN LESS THAN A MONTH!!!), and was also, after that conversation, looking for a couple of Things.

I went to The Toy Quest, and didn't find the main Thing, but I did get a bag of green plastic army men and a personalized Alaska bike tag with Fizzy's name on it. I went to Michael's and talked to an employee who said they didn't have anything like the Thing there, but recommended a toy store past The Toy Quest near Gulliver's Books that I then went to. Didn't buy anything at either place (a rarity for me with Michael's). Since I was near Gulliver's, I stopped in there too, looking for the Thing and also just browsing. In the used books section on the second floor, I found some cherished books from my adolescence (Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block, Violet and Claire by Francesca Lia Block, This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger, Star Trek: The Best and the Brightest by Susan Wright) and one I haven't read, The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block.

Also, I got two maps, one of the US and one of the world. I'll put out a separate post asking people for their city/state or province or whatever/country later, but if you want to put that here, I'd appreciate it. I won't put your location up unless you comment to this post or that future one. Be as narrow or vague as you like if you do comment with your location; this is only going up on my library wall; it's not going online (then again, there are places that log your IP and do that automatically, but...whatever. I won't put a tack with a tag with your info on my wall without your permission).

AND THEN I went to Wal-Mart...where I found the Thing. It was in a box of other similar Things, but the box of Things was only $15 and I really wanted the Thing, so I went and got it, and the other Thing to go with the first Thing, I found not quite what I was looking for but the next best Thing.

So, now I'm home. I've written a non-filler post (yays!), and even with a headache brewing it still feels like a good day.

Yes, they're that rare. The last "wow, this was an awesome day" day was the Friday that SPC Niceguy helped me put my bookshelves together and the fun-ness-itude of Bookshelf Weekend as I finished cataloging and stickering my books, and shelving all the books that would fit.

What have I learned from that? I learned that like the bad days--this day was no different than a bad day in any measurable way--the good days are all in my head! (And no, I can't just "make up my mind" to have a good day every day. It doesn't work like that.)

I really hope Torrid calls back. Selling plus- and junior-plus clothing is something I'm very, very good at. (I'd better be after nearly two and a half years at Dillard's!)

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