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I am going to moderate a panel at 4th Street about gesture and body language in written fiction (it's a fantasy convention, but I think this particular topic is fine with examples from other genres). What are some of your favorite / least favorite / most memorable written descriptions of gestures, expressions, postures, and other forms of non-verbal communication?
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We're going to a convention next week, and I am on a panel. It is a panel I thought sounded interesting, because it's not a topic I know much about....

"When our heroes settle down, what do they bring home with them from their journeys? The Emperors of Byzantium were defended by Vikings, many of whom lived out their lives in the Varangian Guard, and some argue that Marco Polo and other silk road traders brought pizza and pasta to Italy from China. What examples of religious, cultural, and technological transfer can we think of in fantasy, and what would we like to see?"

I am having the damnedest time thinking of examples from fantasy rather than history (or historical fiction, which is not always the same thing). Help me out here.
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At some point, when songs like Nine Inch Nail's "Closer" come up on shuffle when I'm making dinner or sitting at the computer or what-have-you, I should probably start hitting "skip". When do you suppose that point is?
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I don't really do New Year's resolutions, mostly because I don't typically experience time in a way that chunks neatly into years. But this year, we've been in the house a little over a year and we've had the dog almost exactly a year, so there are some natural boundaries to 2010 encouraging me to think of it as a more coherent whole than usual.

There are a few things I want to do a bit differently this year:

1. Take more photos. I wrote Christmas cards for my grandparents, and thought it would be nice to print out a few photos of interesting things we've done this year to include. But when I looked, I didn't have any photos of interesting things we've done this year -- I had a few good shots of the chickens, and the coop-building process, and a few one-person stills here and there, but not really any adventures.

2. Use my vacation time for more three-day weekends. They're very relaxing, and having them spread regularly through the year helps keep me from burning out quite so badly as I sometimes do.

3. Go camping. We didn't go camping at all this year! Must fix that for 2011. (Must introduce dog to tent first.)

And some fuzzier, less time-bounded intentions:

4. Get back into the piano habit. I have been playing the piano a bit in the second half of this year, but after the Evil Hand Fungus kept me from playing at all for six months, it never really got back into being a habit the way it had been.

5. Relatedly, work through that how-to-compose book. Possibly learn the recorder to go with (it recommends doing the simple exercises for a woodwind, and while I do not have any proper woodwinds, I do have this plasticwind I used to play in elementary school...).

6. Travel more, locally. Particularly, I'd like to do more hiking, visit the Wave Organ, head out to the coast a few times, and have [livejournal.com profile] brooksmoses show me around Carmel like he keeps meaning to.

7. As usual, I would like to spend more one-on-one or small-group time with friends, so if you want to plan a trip to one of those above-mentioned interesting places, or do something on a semi-random three-day weekend, let me know!
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I like to be complimented about things I made or did. Intention is key -- if someone compliments me on something I am, rather than something I meant to do, I often miss that it's a compliment and take it as more of a general observation / conversation starter, as if it were a comment on something else I had nothing to do with, like the weather. (I do recognize the very common general compliments and respond to them appropriately, but that's because they're social scripts and not because they feel like compliments.)

If the comment's specific enough, it doesn't even need to be positive for me to take it as a compliment. You were interested in the thing and examined it closely and understood at least bits of it and then stayed interested enough to want to talk about it! That's great! Even if what you're saying is "I don't think these colors here quite work together. Do you think something with more contrast might look better?" I will eat it up with a spoon.

What do you like to be complimented on?
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There's a black-and-white photograph in our living room of a woman wearing a poncho with her hair in two braids. In our previous apartment, it was on the top of a bookshelf, near the window. In our current house, it is on the shelf between the dining table and the hallway. (Here is a rather blurry scan for those of you who would like to play along at home or confirm that you are thinking of the correct photo -- sorry about the quality; I didn't want to take it out of the frame.)

People who have seen this photograph, please answer the following poll:

[Poll #1618913]

The correct answer will be posted in the comments.
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I was reminded this evening, collecting my bike from the shelter, that there's an interesting side effect of having performed an action repeatedly, in slightly different ways, when I don't have much of a temporal memory, and that is that when I get to the shelter in the evening I have to look for my bike rather than remembering where I put it, because I am remembering 60 zillion instances of putting it away in various parts of the shelter and I have no idea which one is the most recent unless it was very unusual.

The same thing happens with my car, if I've parked it in a lot I've used more than, oh, three or four times.

I know my temporal memory is bad, but I'm not sure whether it's unusually bad. Let's find out!

Hm, that got long. Let's put the poll back here, for tidiness. )
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From [livejournal.com profile] aliseadae:

Were I a summonable creature, what kind of ritual would you craft to summon me?
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If I came with a warning label, what would it say?

Poll Time!

Oct. 31st, 2009 06:42 pm
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[Poll #1479105]
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It occurred to us[1] recently that we have probably got enough saved up for a decent down-payment now. Sunday, we[2] drove around to a couple houses I'd seen online that were having open houses, then on the way home spotted a few more open-house signs and followed them around. (There were a lot! It was like an Easter egg hunt!)

We[3] were expecting to just get a better sense of what's available locally than can be gleaned from website listings, figure out what "1,200 square feet" and "1,700 square feet" actually look like, that sort of thing.

Instead we, um, found one we really like. I wasn't expecting "really like" and "in our price range" to overlap quite so much as they apparently do at the moment. So we[4] are precipitously and impulsively flinging ourselves headfirst into the real estate market. We are meeting the real estate agent who was at the house we liked again on Tuesday; she had a whole list of other properties she thought we might be interested in. And there will be a Bank Person there. And Andrés is setting up a meeting with another Bank Person for probably-Wednesday-morning. And we need to contact USAA and the credit union to see what they have to say about this because they probably have happy low-interest-rate things to say.

And, uh, I guess then we find a buyer's real estate agent? Are they the same bunch of people as seller's agents -- can we just have the one we met yesterday do this for us, assuming we interview a couple of others and still like her? Or do we need to go find some other sort of creature entirely?

And we need to write our wills! Might as well do that while we're already drowning in paperwork, that's what I say. In case we all die in a tragic housing accident.

So. Yes. Any and all advice welcome, especially from local homeowners and/or people who have done this housebuying thing recently.

[1] Andrés and me
[2] Andrés, Brooks, Cathy, and I
[3] I
[4] Andrés, Cathy, and I
You see why I don't normally specify?
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One of the things we did at 4th Street was sit around in a big circle and read Midsummer Night's Dream. It was fun. I think I'd like to do it again.

[Poll #1429949]
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What would you put in your Fortress of Solitude?
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[Poll #1362268]

Sick in Bed

Mar. 2nd, 2009 07:53 pm
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[Poll #1358658]
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[Poll #1339584]

Note: If you brush, floss, and use some other method of tooth-cleaning, just answer for the brushing-and-flossing part. If you do different things at different times, answer for whichever you feel is most representative and/or most thorough. (For instance, I brush twice a day, but only floss once. I'll answer for the time of day when I do both.)
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