Libriomancy

Jan. 8th, 2017 09:01 pm
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The instructions:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Turn to page 117.
3. The 2nd sentence is your life in 2017.

Turning to the nearest book that has a page 117 (I am sitting in the living room next to the shelf of children's books), I find:

"That's what I don't understand. It doesn't make any sense."

I laughed out loud.
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From [livejournal.com profile] rushthatspeaks, a meme! Various things beginning with the letter T:

Something I hate: Terror. I get very frustrated when the reaction to criminals attempting to sow chaos and foment hate is to ramp up airport security theater and bluster about some minority group or other and generally cooperate with the entire goal of the bad actors. No you are giving them what they want! Don't do that! Hug your family. Join hands and dance. Sing cheerful drinking songs and/or your national anthem loudly, at the top of your lungs. Make lewd gestures with your fingers and refuse to be intimidated.

Something I love: Tea. Lately I have been mostly on herbal tea, as I had gotten caffeine-dependent again and needed a reset. I do love a nice cup of Assam, with a bit of milk, and soon enough I will be in desperate enough sleep deprivation that I will have frequent excuses to have a good proper caffeinated cup of standard tea. In the meantime, mint is lovely, and so is Bengal Spice.

Somewhere I've been: Tied House. This is a sort of pub here in town, where they have many interesting beers (which I don't like), lots of burgers (which I am likewise not much interested in), and really good nachos (target acquired!). We used to eat here pretty frequently but we haven't been in a long time. I should suggest it next time we feel like going out.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Titan. I mean, probably not personally go as such, space exploration is exactly what robots are for, but it seems like a very interesting place worth quite a lot of detailed looks! Nitrogen atmosphere, largely composed of water ice, methane cycle quite similar to Earth's water cycle -- what's not to like?

A film I like: Toy Story 2. My first date with [livejournal.com profile] andres_s_p_b, we went out to watch Toy Story 2 and got ice cream. It was nice. And, you know, worked out pretty well as dates go. We still like kids' movies. Who's up for Zootopia?

Would you like a letter? Comment and I will lovingly hand-select one for you based on an arcane formula involving how puckish I feel at the time.

Top Five

Sep. 17th, 2015 09:11 pm
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In which I steal a meme from [livejournal.com profile] wordweaverlynn:
Ask me for my top five of anything, and I will try to answer.
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I changed jobs a short time ago.


At my old job, I changed words in questions about numbers and how they work to make sure that all the parts of the questions were true. I also made sure that the words were not too long or too hard, and that the questions used the smallest number of words that said what they were supposed to. I made sure that the right answer to each question was there and that the wrong answers were wrong because of not understanding how numbers work (instead of wrong because of not understanding the words).

I did the same thing for questions about how the world works. I also put these questions in order to make groups of questions taken all at once. I made sure that each group had questions about all the different parts of how the world works that each age of student was supposed to know, and that each group had easy, less easy, and hard questions about each part of how the world works.

Before I had the job of changing the words in the questions, my job was to check that other people's changes to the words in the questions happened the way they were supposed to, and that the changes did not make new problems in the questions. I still did that sometimes when my biggest job was changing the words.


Right now my job is to play with my baby. I give her food from my body to help her grow. I keep her safe and help her learn how to feel safe. I show her fun things to play with and take her to new places. I help her to sleep when she is tired and change her clothes when they are wet. I read books to her, I make songs for her (and play songs other people have made), and I talk to her a lot. I wave her around in the air and pretend to eat her head, which she thinks is very fun.

She is learning how to move around in a room by herself and how to eat food that I didn't make in my body. I think she might be learning what some words mean, but it is hard to tell what she knows about words since she can't say them yet.


Soon, I would like to have a job where I help people learn about how the world works. I would most like to help people learn about the places where animals live and the ways that different living things change each other and the world they live in. But I like helping people learn about other parts of how the world works, too. I like helping people learn by talking to them sometimes but not all the time. I would most like to help people learn by writing and making things for people to look at and play with. In a month or so, I will start looking for a job like that. I plan to start with jobs that don't pay money, because there aren't very many jobs like that that do pay money, and I want to make sure I have the right kind of job for me.


I used the Up-Goer Five word checker to make sure all the words I used here were in the ten hundred most used words. I was surprised that these words weren't used enough: math, science, milk, plants, common, affect, interact, cannot, sing, teaching.
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These are from [livejournal.com profile] timprov.


1. If someone started a eugenics program to breed superhumans in the sixteenth century, what kind of superhero powers might they have come up with?

Hmmm. Just eugenics? Superhuman as a goal, but actual reality as a substrate? Well, let's see. You could probably get some really alarming levels of strength and speed, if you tried hard. More interestingly, I might focus on people with excellent senses of direction and see where that goes when you spin it out deliberately. (Maybe there is subtle magnetic field sensing? Maybe there is extremely high subconscious attention to detail? Either could produce really cool second-order effects!). Also they should have six fingers and play otherwise-impossible harpsichord compositions.


2. What's your favorite dinosaur or dinosaur-era creature, and why?

Oh gosh. I have always had a fondness for Protoceratops, as they are very pleasant peaceful-seeming early members of the GIANT SPIKY FACES tribe. Utahraptor as described by Bob Bakker is an excellent creature, very modern and sleek and also huge and stabby. Hadrosaurs look so cool. Wee tiny baby sauropods are just adorableness. Pterosaurs are awesome, especially the big ones. And the little teeny ones. Plesiosaurs! Oh gosh plesiosaurs! And ichthyosaurs, one of the more impressive examples of convergent evolution even if you don't fall in love with their wonderful kinked tails, in which case you are heartless.

I'm not very good at "favorite".


3. "Urban Fantasy" tends to have a very narrow view of urban life. What's one actual urban thing that you would like to see in a fantasy novel?

Public services. Police turn up reasonably often in contemporary urban fantasy, but there's totally room for, say, urban fantasy firefighters: the special dragon response team, the absolute headache that is a fairy-arson spree, the salamanders that crawl away from major fires and start new ones the next day in the basements of nearby apartment buildings. Plus firefighters are sexy, so this would work very well with the whole paranormal romance trend.


4. One of your chickens lays an unusually interesting egg, and you (and possibly your family) are drawn into a fantastic tale of wonder and intrigue. How does it happen?

Definitely the family would come along. That's not in question. I'm envisioning someone starting to lay Easter eggs or pysanky, which is not so much a drawing-in kind of beginning as just a strange event, so that won't do. Golden eggs, perhaps -- definitely wonderful and intriguing. We'd have to put better security on the coop, once word got out. I would be concerned about radiation; I wonder if I know anyone with a Geiger counter. If it was only the one golden egg, there might some conflict around how to examine the chicken, with some force (could be an outside force, if informed; could be [livejournal.com profile] chinders) advocating for riskier or potentially destructive testing, and me on the defense side, but still of course wildly curious.


5. If you were going to take over a foreign country, which one would you choose?

China's huge and has great resources, so assuming I am just magically in charge and going to stay that way, it sounds like a good pick to me. Magic Queen Me would be a definite improvement in terms of human rights and so forth. If I actually need to take over myself, I'd need something smaller. I've been abstractly fond of Liechtenstein since I wrote a report on it in 9th grade; that might be a nice choice -- teensy, peaceful, rather conveniently located for travel. I feel like a whole existing country might be a bit much for me; buying up some islands and seceding always appeals.
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I have questions! These questions are from [livejournal.com profile] mrissa. If you would like lovingly handcrafted questions of your own from me, comment below and ask for them.


1. What is the most unexpected thing about the chickens?

Sunday, I cleaned out the coop. This is not unexpected, just obnoxious, but it's important background. So I cleaned out the coop, filthying up many rags and dampening much ground and wearing myself out entirely, then covered the bottom of said coop with nice clean rice hulls to replace the rather horrible mess of sand and food dust and god-knows-what that had developed since the last time I cleaned out the chicken coop. Ah, bliss. Clean bliss.

Each morning I scoop out obvious lumps of waste and deposit them in a small trash can near the coop for later transport to the compost heap. Monday morning, while I was bent over depositing a scoop, Dragon kicked a bunch of rice hulls out of the coop onto my head. The unexpected part is how they then filtered down into my undergarments.

Rice hulls are itchy.


2. The sword in your icon: how often do you pick it up? Can it be sheathed without drinking blood?

That particular sword is a cavalry saber. Like the shirt I'm wearing in that icon, it wasn't (and isn't) mine, just brought along to share for the photo shoot. (When I was in the UT fencing club, we did a photo shoot for a calendar for a fundraiser one year. The calendar did not come out well, but the original pictures were excellent.) I don't think it actually had a sheath, so its blood-drinking requirements are unknown to me.

I don't pick up any other swords regularly these days either, which is a shame.


3. What part of your life would be hardest to explain to your 20-year-old self? your 10-year-old self?

Hmmm. 10-year-old me I think predates our AOL subscription, so perhaps the amount of socializing and information-finding I do online would be hardest to explain. Or I could go into detail about how to get a mortgage -- I don't really fully understand that now and I've done it, so explaining it would definitely be a challenge. "Why I don't really, 100%, with every fiber of my being, want to go to Mars" would also be a tricky one.

20-year-old me... I'm not sure. I was going to say certain aspects of my job situation, but 20 was after I'd graduated, so the seeds of that were already well-planted and predictable. (Not inevitable, but obviously likely enough.) It'd be slightly depressing to explain, but not actually difficult. This sense I've been having lately of my life being fated, in a seasonal circle-of-life kind of way, would probably be hard to explain to a lot of 20-year-olds but I don't think I was one of them. Politics, maybe, but 20-year-old me had vivid recent memories of the World Trade Center towers coming down and would not have been surprised by anything. I may have to fall back on the mortgage again.

I wish 40 or 50 or 60-year-old me would come explain something. It doesn't have to be anything difficult.


4. What is your reading missing most these days?

Spanish. And picture books. But I will get to those.


5. What do you wish you could send out as a postcard (image, text, whatever)?

Plans for a low cost, very safe, easy to build teleporter. Or possibly the resume and cover letter to end all resumes and cover letters; that'd be handy to have in a nice easily-distributable format.
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[livejournal.com profile] cobalt_00 started a meme:

Post a comment, and I will comment with one or two reasons why I think you're great. In return, you have to post this same meme on your blog and comment for other people.
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The five things meme has come back around again!

"Let's make 2011 a creative and crafty year. I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They in turn must post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011."

Who's in?

(Me being me, you will probably get your thing sooner if you leave me an idea-sparking word, phrase, or image.)
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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!

Authors

Nov. 10th, 2010 12:28 pm
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It's been going around.

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

In no particular order:

T.S. Eliot -- The Wasteland has a special place in my heart. My dry, black, bitter heart.

Robert Heinlein -- Can't say I like his stuff so much anymore, but it was certainly influential.

C.S. Lewis

Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

Roald Dahl

Lois McMaster Bujold

Stephen Jay Gould

Steven Brust -- Not so much influence, I don't think, but a memorable body of work.

John M. Ford

Ursula K. LeGuin

Sherri Tepper -- I don't like her work that much, but I find it interesting.

Kage Baker

Stephen King -- Umney's Last Case

Terry Pratchett

Neil Gaiman


(The "influential" part means this is biased towards authors I encountered fairly young, so there's been time to be influenced. Authors I've read more recently who will belong on this list in a few years when their work's had time to marinate include Peter Watts, Pamela Dean, and Jo Walton.)

Color Meme

Apr. 1st, 2010 11:17 pm
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Via [livejournal.com profile] labelleizzy: Comment here and I will give you a color. Then, in your journal, list ten things you love that are that color.

I have "aubergine".

This may take a while.

1. Actual eggplant, when properly prepared. The best eggplant I've had was at a pizza place near a church that hosted a Vienna Teng concert in San Francisco, the name of which escapes me. It was creamy and wonderful and in a pasta dish with other tasty things.
2. The color itself, which is a nice rich excessive sort of shade for things to be. Over-the-top without being eye-searingly bright.
3. Internal organs! Terrifically useful, those.
4. Red onions. Possibly not quite on hue, but the skins can be pretty dark.
5. The beech bedsheets. Again, not quite on hue, but close. They're very soft.
6. False-color astronomy photographs. (Hey, they usually contain a lot of different colors. No reason aubergine can't be in there.) Informative and beautiful.
7. Plums! Actually the right color, and very tasty when properly ripe.
8. Certain portions of the dog's skin (near the crease of the thighs, and one spot on his tongue; also gums, I suppose). I am not particularly fond of those spots, but I do quite like the dog as a whole. The tongue spot's cute. I may particularly like that one.
9. The sky, occasionally. One spot on the University of Texas campus tended to have this strange, luminous, greeny-purple overhead at night.
10. Iridescence. Oil slicks, many glossy bird feathers, and other dark refracting things create lovely colors, including aubergine, and are really interesting to watch in the way that they catch the light from different angles.
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From [livejournal.com profile] aliseadae:

Were I a summonable creature, what kind of ritual would you craft to summon me?

Poodles

Dec. 11th, 2009 05:03 pm
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(Questions from [livejournal.com profile] compilerbitch)

1. The Standard Poodle measures 0.37 cubits, or a small fraction of a furlong. What is your favourite inappropriate unit of measurement?

I've always been fond of furlongs per fortnight. Hands are also entertaining.

2. Poodles actually are pretty neat dogs. Do you like dogs? Why? Why not?

Yes, I do. We're planning on getting one after the holidays, if we can find one that fits our rather complicated requirements. I like them because they are soft and warm and friendly. Advantages to having a dog include: company will encourage me to take more walks; soft and nice to pet; fun to train and have trained. Disadvantages include: may be obnoxious until trained; will complicate daily scheduling; ongoing expense; potential for destruction of household items.

3. Roast poodle is not a common dish. How would one go about roasting a poodle?

Um.... They're fairly large, so you'd probably have to take it apart. Or do a sort of luau-style firepit thing. Perhaps one should look for instructions on roasting goats, as a baseline.

4. Are swords effective against massed zombie poodle attacks?

Not for a big enough mass. You'd need some kind of zone defense. Now, if the zombie poodles were coming at you one by one through a door, you could probably take down quite a few with a sword. Or just close the door.

5. Would you vote for a poodle that ran for office? Why or why not?

No, because a poodle is not competent to sign contracts for itself, much less for a larger polity.

I might vote for one that ran for dogcatcher, if dogcatcher were an elected office, because I am magnetic and it is hard to resist sufficiently large deposits of irony.
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(Questions from [livejournal.com profile] tenacious_snail)

1. How does an introvert manage three relationships?

I don't find interacting with a person I know really well much of a strain, so maintaining close relationships is much easier than going out and interacting with a bunch of new people. It helps that my partners like quiet at-home things rather than going out to parties or crowded places, and that they all have other partners to distract them and other friends to do more social things with. It also helps that they all get along, so we can overlap together-time for efficiency. :)


2. When did the Greek mythology names for ratties begin? How many have you had total, and what is the most you've had at once.

My first rat, in middle school, was Io[1]. Before I got a rat, I was planning to name it either Justin or Nicodemus, after characters in The Rats of NIMH, but neither of those seemed right for a female. I think I got it out of a dictionary of mythological figures I had.

Later, in college, when I got the next set of rats, I wanted their names to match. I thought it would be kind of neat to have other rats match as well, and Greek mythology provides a nigh-inexhaustible source of matching names. So those two were Eris and Metis, and I've kept it up since then.

Counting, it looks like... 16 girls (Io, Eris, Metis, Maia, Tyche, Astraea, Niobe, Ariadne, Clio, Thalia, Echo, Calliope, Hera, Aphrodite, Tethys, and Calypso) and Cathy's 5 boys (Loki, Odin, Thor, Huginn, and Muninn). Most at once was 10, when Andres and I had 5 and Cathy had 5 and we moved in together. (Never again. 5 is about the maximum I can give proper attention to.) As it turns out, rats fall under the small animal rule in the Mountain View city laws, which means you're not supposed to have more than 4 without a permit. But what the city does not know will not hurt it.


3. If your daughter wanted to have muttonchops, how would you handle it?

Uh, hm. Well, if she was young enough that she hadn't figured out that other people sometimes react badly to particularly unusual personal presentation choices, we'd have that talk first. Then probably visit a... costume shop? Or maybe a wig shop? Okay, no, before that I'd ask some of the people I know who've been involved in theater whether they have any suggestions.

Depending on how much this costs, it's probably coming out of her allowance. I don't mind tossing out a couple bucks for spirit gum, but I bet reasonable-quality artificial facial hair is pricey.

If this is for daily wear, I'd have some health concerns, so if she actually kept it up for, say, a week, I'd want us to go talk to a dermatologist or something about adhesive safety and proper skin care. (But I'd expect it to be more of a special-occasion thing, or a passing phase, so I wouldn't be too concerned to start out with.)

And then for the next gift-giving occasion I'd get her a top hat, because if you are rocking the muttonchops as a teenage (preteen?) girl, it is a truth universally acknowledged that you must be in want of a top hat.

(If she wanted to grow muttonchops, I would be sympathetic but unhelpful.)


4. When did your parents get to Canada and why didn't I know?

May this year. I probably didn't tell you. I mentioned when they were planning to move, and I might have talked some about the delays when they were happening, and I've relayed Mom's description of some of the weirdest features of their rental house to a few people, but I don't think I've been terribly comprehensive about making sure everybody knows what my parents are up to.

Hm. Hey everybody, my parents are visiting for Christmas! So if you want to see them and you're around in the latter half of December, drop me a line.


5. Esta Susana en casa?

No, Susana está en el trabajo.



[1] She was a most excellent rat. When she died, I posted on an AOL rat-owners board for sympathy. I got the sympathy, but because of the sans-serif font used on the board, I also got an awful lot of people thinking that her name was Lo and I hadn't capitalized it. So no, two vowels, thank you.
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(Questions from [livejournal.com profile] chinders)

1. You're pretty opted-out of mainstream culture- how do you find that affects your interactions with folks who aren't?

I have fewer of them.

This is a really good question, but I don't have much of an answer because I don't have a similar opted-in version of myself to compare -- I've not ever been substantially more or less immersed in the mainstream, so I don't have a temporal comparison, and I don't have any particularly mainstream-invested friends to compare with either[1]. I'm also not always sure where the mainstream is -- I've always had comfortable alternative streams, with nice temperate water and oxygen over my gills, so I haven't been flapping madly towards the mainstream the way I might if I'd been entirely stream-deprived.

Oh, yes, there's one -- I use fewer metaphors with normal people, because I expect to lose them in the middle somewhere. Actually, I expect to lose the weird people too, but they're usually willing to take a minute and retrace the conversational path with more attention, or at least ask questions. Weird people think being confused is fun and challenging, rather than distressing and hostile. (Well, the ones that are likely to get on well with me do.)

Anyway, as I haven't much needed the mainstream, I don't have the kind of practice keeping track of it that folks who are either invested in it or invested in avoiding it do. Trying to blend in, for me, starts with a research phase.

Perhaps paradoxically, I'm not all that obviously opted-out. People don't look at me from across the room and go "Holy shit! It's a weirdo!" You have to get to know me a bit before I start looking funny (assuming that you met me in a fairly mainstream context to start with). Most of my daily interactions (with coworkers, grocery store clerks, other people on the train, etc.) don't involve the ways in which I'm not mainstream, so those differences can't have a direct effect on the interaction. More subtle effects could exist, but then we're back to not having a good comparison. The increasing fragmentation of culture helps, too; people don't really expect everyone to have watched the same television show or sporting event or what-have-you any more, so not being able to join in water-cooler conversation of that type is much less of a handicap than it was 15 years ago. (Also there doesn't seem to be as much water-cooler conversation of that type. Around my workplace, people talk about food and vacations a lot.)

But overall, I don't spend much time in mainstream contexts, so I don't have many interactions with mainstream people, and that's probably the biggest effect.


2. What do you think of Dreamwidth? I haven't even looked at it much, and wonder if I should be considering switching.

From a user perspective, it looks almost exactly like LiveJournal, with a little overlay of hippie open-source hand-made style. I went and got a username over there because it looked like several people I keep track of were planning to switch, but in practice nearly all of them are posting both places, so I don't actually go look very often.

I think it's probably a little nicer as a system -- I don't think it has any ads, and separating you-can-read-my-filtered-posts from I-get-your-posts-on-my-reading-page is useful -- but I've got more people over here, and people are the point. If a large contingent of interesting people flee entirely to Dreamwidth and I need to follow them, I will probably start doing the cross-posting thing myself rather than entirely switching.


3. What is is symbolic of the holidays for you?

For Secular Christmas, which is my particular winter holiday, I require some sort of gesture in the direction of a decorated tree. A pine tree with lights and decorations, a wholly-un-pine-like houseplant with origami birds in the branches, or a string of lights tacked to the wall in a sort of jagged triangular shape are all acceptable gestures I have been involved in.

If one is making a particularly desperate gesture at tree-ness, a gesture at stockings over a fireplace is good to add. The first year my sibling and I weren't in a house with a fireplace, we hung the stockings on a closet rod and created a fire beneath by putting a strand of Christmas lights on the floor, covering the bottom foot or so of the closet opening with iridescent cellophane, and cutting flame shapes out of posterboard and attaching them to a track powered by Capselas so they went around in circles between the lights and the cellophane, creating a sort of flickering effect. More typically, I've hung a representative stocking on a cabinet knob.

The Ur-Christmas in my head is being curled up on a nice comfy couch in my pajamas with a blanket, a nice cup of warm beverage, a Christmas tree softly glowing off in a corner, a fire in the fireplace, and a few family members.


4. What is a cool book haven't I read?

Blindsight. If you don't want to follow the link, we have a nice bound paperback I picked up from the book exchange at work to attempt to lure Andres with.


5. How did you discover fanfic?

You know, I don't remember. I know I started with X-Files fanfic exclusively, so probably I either found some via the old Yahoo directory system under X-Files (I think that was before your time. Once, long ago, these guys thought they could write an index for the Internet. Then they learned better.) or one of the folks who introduced me to the show recommended some at some point. But I think I'd remember a personal introduction, so I'm going to go with found via searching for show information on the 'net.




[1] That I know of. If you've been trying real hard to be normal, e-mail! Let me know what it's like! (Don't take my not noticing as an affront -- I'm not too clear on what normal is, so my failure to notice you've achieved it does not reflect negatively on your achievement at all.)
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If I came with a warning label, what would it say?
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* Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
* I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity.
* Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
* Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

From [livejournal.com profile] spectatrix:

1. Why rats?

They are very personable little creatures, yet easy to take care of. They like attention, but they don't need it on any kind of fixed schedule, so they're okay if you are suddenly very busy or head out of town for a weekend. They're a lot of fun to watch; my favorite is when I've just cleaned the cage and rearranged everything, so they are immediately compelled to climb in, on, over, under, and through every single box, bag, stick, ladder, hammock, and piece of paper in the cage.

That said, between Hera's tumors, Aphrodite's whatever-the-hell-that-was, and Calypso's brain tumor we are thinking maybe no more rats for a while. I've thought that before, and it has not to date survived the application of cute little ratty faces, but perhaps the chickens will distract me.

2. I know you have a bio degree and have worked in various part-time jobs. What are your future school/career plans?

I don't have future school plans; the more I hear from folks in academia the less I want to be involved. It is possible that I will at some point be struck with a vocation and head back for a degree to support it, but I was kind of hoping that would happen when I went off to work after getting my BS and no signs of secret life purposes have made themselves known yet.

Likewise, I'm not strongly career-driven. I like working -- I seem to function best when I'm working (including any commute time) somewhere between 25 and 50 hours a week -- but it isn't the one thing I live for. So my plans are largely based around finding niches where I am being appreciated for doing something I'm good at, that is ideally generally positive for the world as a whole or some part of it, and that does not eat the rest of my life. There are quite a few different fields in which there are things I can be useful doing, so I expect I will continue to bob in the gentle currents of serendipity, which have been pretty good to me so far.

3. Ice cream vs. frozen yogurt (ala Pinkberry, not TCBY). Which is your preference?

Ice cream, but I can't say as I've ever seen a Pinkberry. Maybe it's good too.

4. You've mentioned future hellspawn -- er, offspring. How many do you want to have and when? (Chris is pushing for in our 40's... lol)

First one some time soon -- "by 30" was my original plan, and 30-ish seems to be reasonable timing from the closer distance here. Could be later, biology not being super-predictable, but I expect we'll at least be trying by then. I will have to see how the first one goes before making any decisions about follow-up offspring.

5. Favorite sci-fi and/or fantasy authors/series?

Let's see. Lois McMaster Bujold is good; both the Vorkosigan series (science fiction) and the Chalion books (fantasy) are eminently rereadable. Steven Brust is pretty cool. Peter Watts' Blindsight rocked my socks. Vernor Vinge (A Deepness in the Sky and A Fire Upon the Deep) is also quite good. Charlie Stross (the Laundry books, if you want a series). Neil Gaiman. Terry Pratchett. Elizabeth Bear (she's got a broad range of different things, so poke around a bit to find a setting you like). Emma Bull. Jo Walton. I have recently discovered Tanya Huff, who appears to write very commercial standard urban fantasy, but so far it's pretty good standard commercial urban fantasy. I liked The Enchantment Emporium, which isn't a series (yet), but most of her other work seems to come in chunks of at least 4 books. Tim Pratt. China Mieville. Octavia Butler's shorter works.

... that's probably enough. I expect I am leaving out a great deal of awesome that didn't happen to wander across my brain at just this moment, and will feel silly when I think of it. (Peter S. Beagle!) (Nalo Hopkinson!)

Icons!

Aug. 29th, 2009 04:52 pm
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The way this works is, you say "Icons!" and I pick out a couple of yours and then you talk about them a bit.

Here, [livejournal.com profile] the_siobhan and I will demonstrate.

Like so. )

It's true!

Aug. 19th, 2009 05:44 pm
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The best anagram of my name is, in fact, Noblest Geek Charmer. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] tenacious_snail!
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(via [livejournal.com profile] fluffthebunny)

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. Don't use the same band I did. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "my life according to (band name)."

Are you male or female?
We Are The Dinosaurs

Describe yourself:
Closer To The Truth

How do you feel?
Cracked Up

Describe where you currently live:
11 Easy Steps / The Window / My Front Door
(3 songs is a nice thorough description)

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
The Sun And Moon And Stars

Your favorite form of transportation:
Back When I Could Fly

Your best friend is:
Two Brains

What is life to you?
These Are The Good Times

Your fear:
Nothing Tonight

What is the best advice you have to give?
Would It Be So Bad?

How you would like to die:
Not Fade Away

Your motto:
Who Are These People?

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