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Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Subject:Moving to Blogger
Time:6:56 pm.
Mood: geeky.
Okay, kids, I've given this some thought and I've made a decision.

I'm moving my blog to Blogger.

I know, I know, it's a big change. I'm sorry. I know it's going to be hard to get used to. But the interface is so much handier and I don't have to pay for all the nice features.

I'll still be in touch. This LJ is staying right where it is, so I'll still be able to keep up with my flist and comment. You can watch my blog with Bloglines or Blogflux or any of the other sites that let you form flists for non-LJ blogs. If you like, Blogger allows you to set up an RSS feed to LJ. Mainly the only people who use it are Neil Gaiman and Theresa Neilson Hayden and other People with Names You Know. But the option is there, if it makes your life easier. Gods know, I don't want to be blogging to an empty house; comments are most of the fun.

And there you have it. My new blog will be at http://wanderingslade.blogspot.com/. It's all set up and I plan to move there forthwith.

If you're having trouble with the transition, there are people who can help you. Don't be alone. It's not personal. Everything's going to be just fine.
1 never played Risk|Invade Russia!

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Time:11:03 pm.
Mood: black.
There's this thing called the Enhancement Fund that's essentially a pot of extra money left over from whatever Uncle Bobby's given the HC this year, and which students can apply to take from. It's a good system. I asked Rick (useful thing that he is) when Enhancement proposals were due. "Oh, just get it to us sometime in January." Well, when would they be reviewed. "We don't know yet. Sometime in January."

Well, it's now Sometime in January, and I'm trying to get my proposal done before I return to college so that I can just get it signed and turn it in, no worries. I was doing well, too. I had a decent rough draft, and I just went back through it and polished it up to a nice shine. One more go-through just to make sure I hadn't fucked up somewhere, and it'd be good to go.

And then MS Word crashed, and took my files with it. Distressing, but usually it recovers whatever changes you've done. And anyway, there's still the previously saved copy.

Not so.

The entire file has vanished. Not just my new changes gone, but the file no longer exists on my flash drive. I ran a search of the computer -- nothing. I've looked everywhere. It never existed.

Say it with me: OMGWTFBBQ.

I'm going to kill this fucking computer. I'm going to make a citizen's arrest and have it executed for murder. This is not acceptable.
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Time:10:03 pm.

Houston, we have a Slade.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

I like.

Life otherwise uneventful/un-noteworthy/as per normal. 9 days left on the lam till I'm sent back up the river to college. Working on scholarship shite. Working tomorrow, WorD tomorrow, must return library books.

Anybody heard anything about H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden? It came out in September and I've been dying to read it since summer. The premise: Hogwarts for Supervillains. How cool is that? Fucking cool, that's what.
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Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Subject:Imagination in fiction
Time:2:05 am.
Mood: why the hell am I still awake?.

This is why I still love YA fantasy--or rather, why YA fantasy is what I love. It doesn't fake you out or fuck you about or try to be bigger than it is or take itself too seriously, and it isn't scared to do new, bizarre, extremely cool things. It's still young and free and happy to be so.

And it's why I haven't read many of The Classics. Not because they suck, necessarily, though some of them do,* but because they tend to be ponderous. The sheer weight of their Impressive Meaning, Cultural Impact, and Big Fat Meaningful Ideas About Life does not exactly make them enjoyable reading.** Where's the adventure? Where's the wonder? The fun? The imagination? Why the fuck should I care about the size of some author's intellectual penis when he can't even use it to write me a decent story? This is why The Thief remains one of my favorite books, and why I vastly prefer The Horse and His Boy to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.*** Being an adult does not mean being a boring old fusspot constrained only to reading the Great Epic Works of other boring old fusspots.

*Moby Dick, I'm looking at you. And Stranger in a Strange Land...well, you just be glad there was cannibal stew at the end of you, that's all I'm saying.

**With the exception of Fahrenheit 451, which I bloody well fucking adore. The pacing is painfully slow, the characters are crap, the plot is simplistic, and the whole novel rides on the strength of the world-building (much like the Foundation trilogy on its idea-building). But that world is so fucking scary and wrong and bad and twisted and all those words like that, that it somehow works. (Well, for me anyway. I have a visceral hatred of desecrating books. Kill all the babies you like, but there's a special place in Hell for people who dog-ear pages.)

***Okay, in all fairness, I prefer the fine print on a Cialis commercial to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Jesus Lion, ye are retarded. I discovered in rereading the series that my memory had deleted the entire conclusion of Prince Caspian. I remembered Caspian being really awesome and doing heroic battle with his Talking Beast infantry, and I remembered the whole bit with the kids coming to save the day--I just skipped over the bit where Jesus Lion did all the saving and then everything became a weird, G-rated bacchanal skipping through the daisies. Those books are the original modern crackfic.
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Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Subject:Your stomach is soft like a pillow is soft
Time:9:54 pm.
Mood: full of chocolate.
Some points of interest:

1. Meme
(And to think I hated Stranger in a Strange Land.)
I am:
Robert A. Heinlein
Beginning with technological action stories and progressing to epics with religious overtones, this take-no-prisoners writer racked up some huge sales numbers.

Which science fiction writer are you?

2. The title of the 7th book is out! Check out Mugglenet for what it is and how to find it yourself. Bloody ridiculous scavenger hunt, but I like scavenger hunts.
My eloquent editorializing in regards to the titleCollapse )

3. Speaking of fandom, Ursula Vernon has cool things to say about fic and dialogue.

4. I'm nearly done with my Christmas shopping.

5. Chocolate is wonderful.

6. Chocolate with plenty of milk is better. (We've just run out of milk.)

7. You go with your bad self.

8. Goodbye, now. Take care.

9. Be well.

10. Yes, I am one of those people who has trouble hanging up the phone. Don't know what it is to you, thanks.
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Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Time:6:47 pm.
Mood: jubilant.
This semester has been evil, and it is DONE. DONE DONE DONEDONEDONEDONEDONE! I cannot even explain how wonderful and relieved I am to be DONE. Unlike most of my roommates, I'm not gradumacating -- I'm breakifying. I like break. Break is my fucking wonderful friend. Celebrated being done last night by drinking, watching The Tenth Kingdom, and going to Eat 'n Park. This morning, drove Laura to the airport and then CAME HOME.


I've got a rather hefty to do list for break, but it doesn't even matter. I don't care. Is it a paper comparing gender roles and Westernization in Modern Japan Through Its Weddings: Gender, Person, and Society in Ritual Portrayal and Persepolis? No. No, it's fucking not. How about a research presentation on the settlement of Saudi Arabian Bedouins? Or a thesis discussing national security as a threat to individual liberty? Or an examination of Orhan Pamuk's portrayal of late sixteenth-century Ottoman society as compared with Suraiya Faroqhi's scholarly work on the subject?* One more trip to the HUB computer lab with my (mum's borrowed) flash drive (because mine was stolen a couple weeks ago) to convert a WordPerfect file to a Word file and fix EVERY LAST FOOTNOTE BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS GET FUCKED UP, and I'd have shot myself in the face. Lorelei is now done for the moment and can be sent out AT LONG FUCKING LAST, because I'm DONE.

I feel like I should be doing something, like something must be due tomorrow -- but no. Tomorrow, I get my work schedule and put in an appearance in the afternoon's lawncare expedition. Tonight, all I have to do is sleep. In the last week, my sleep hours have ranged from 7 to 2 per night. I need 9 (more than most). I cat-napped in the car this morning leaning a rat cage, for the gods' sakes. I have so missed sleeping.

In unrelated news, for those in teh Wex: Have you tried the sushi at the China Palace, by Monticello's? It's AMAZING. Honestly the best sushi I've had in a year, possibly ever. Not terribly expensive, either. Why the hell aren't you eating there right now?

And finally, to prove that my pain has not been for nothing, I give you:
a camel in a truck.Collapse )

*A sampling of this semester's papers; the ones I actually remember writing. I seem to have done well on them, and some of the subject matter is quite fascinating -- but PRAISE JESUS THEY ARE FINISHED. DONEDONEDONE.
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Monday, December 11th, 2006

Subject:'Nother meme
Time:5:07 pm.
Mood: five hours of sleep, baby.

create your own visited country map
or check our Venice travel guide

I so need to get on that shit. Look at all that whitish-gray! The map ought to be as red as the Chinese flag!

Your travel type: Rough guy</b>

When the going gets tough, the rough guy gets going! Sleep outside, hike up mountains, eat raw lizards for breakfast, that's his perfect holiday. Ten days of hiking through unspoilt jungle between Colombia and Panama, that kind of thing.

top destinations:

Ciudad Perdida

stay away from:

</ br>get your own travel profile

Fair accurate. I discovered that I'll have a month and a half of Christmas break next year in Egypt and that the dorms will be closed, and my first thought was "YEAH! I'll get a tent and a pot and camp out in the DESERT!" Reeeeeeeally big cities make me nervous; I nearly had a heart attack every ten minutes in Beijing. Africa, here I come.
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Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Subject:Mind your head: Sexy comin' through
Time:12:45 pm.
Mood: tired but upbeat.

And there we have it: sex in a holster.
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Subject:Eragon trailer
Time:11:33 am.
They're making a movie of Eragon. Go watch the trailer. I laughed that hard.

Related to which, am I the only one who pines for crappy '80s animatronic monsters in place of the trend toward equally crappy CG monsters? They're both ridiculous, but I think the CG is the more ridiculous of the two. At least stupid-looking robot dragons look like they're inhabiting the same plane of existance as the human characters and the scenery. I mean, obviously, really good computerized effects or really good puppetry are infinitely favorable. But watch that trailer and tell me the dragon doesn't make you laugh your face off. Give me some models and clever camerawork any day. There's no style to stupid CG; it's got no soul.
2 never played Risk|Invade Russia!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Time:12:40 pm.
Mood: good times, man.
Best. Shirts. Evar.
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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Subject:Coffee percolator in the sky
Time:12:27 pm.
Mood: PAPERS!.
In keeping with my blog's latest trend of posting links instead of content, here's a link to an awesome music video done with googly eyes.

As for content, well, I'm three weeks from the end of semester. Three papers due this week (one on a book I've yet to read), and next week a paper and a quiz, and the week after that is a research presentation and finals. And then NOTHING! WHOOOOOOOOOO!!!

(All right, technically in this case "nothing" means a job at a fancy giftshop, applying to two different universities for study abroad, applying for scholarships till my fingers fall off, reading lots of books, hanging out with cool people I miss, praying that my residency requirement will be waived, and having to go back to Wadsworth for a couple of days. But in comparison to college...yeah, it's a whole wonderful lot of nothing. Anything that's not a paper makes my soul sing for joy.)
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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Time:1:09 pm.
Mood: can't wait.


Stupid hair!Collapse )
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Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Time:2:26 pm.
Mood: this semester is too fast.
So, this is going to end in feelings of inadequacy, because I've never managed to read most of the classics, but here goes anyway.

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished, and put an asterisk* beside the ones you loved.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov*
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury*
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett*
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card*
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling*
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Whatevs. I love the books I did grow up with.
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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Subject:For those among you who don't read Neil Gaiman's journal
Time:11:58 am.
Mood: exhausted.
Finns singing about Finnish and non-Finnish things. "We always lose to Sweden in hockey and Eurovision. Christmas gets earlier every year...And why is the cord on the vacuum cleaner always too short? Just like summer."

(And why the hell don't you read it? There's even an LJ feed. Go, friend him; being one of the cool kids has never been so easy.)
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Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Subject:And in more upbeat news...
Time:12:40 pm.
Mood: bouncy.
I just came across a huge chunk of my afterschool childhood on the Hype Machine.

The Quantum Leap theme song
The Law and Order theme song

Plus The A-Team, which I didn't watch, but remains an awesome theme song.

Now if only I can find the Night Court theme, I'll be set...

(plus, believe it or not, I'm walking on air...)
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Subject:Coffe makes me sleepy
Time:11:56 am.
Mood: cranky.
So, I need to vent about my goddamn useless computer.

Lorelei is a laptop. That means she's portable, right? Which is cool. Except that her battery charger is dead, so she must remain on AC power all the time.

But that's just a hassle, really. I mean, I can still, like, check my email and get my daily computer needs met, right?

Sometime in September, she stopped talking the wireless card. (This is probably a problem with the card.) But that's just wireless access. I have a bajillion ethernet cords. And her ethernet port has been fritzy and spastic for over a year, growing fritzier and spasticer as time slogs on.

Fine, so I need to stop by the computer labs a couple times a day while I'm on campus. At least I can still get my classwork done.

Over fall pause, I did a system restore to solve her software problems before I send her in to the Circuit City service guys. (She'd been running slow, the screen flickered, crashing up to twice a day, not responding to Ctrl+Alt+Del, and a million other little problems.) That's when I discovered that Circuit City must have installed Microsoft Office themselves, because it's not there anymore. Neither are a bunch of other nice programs I'm going to miss. I have WordPerfect.

I didn't even know there was an up-to-date version of WordPerfect.

Okay, whatever, that's a pain in the ass, but I have everything on backup DVDs. It'll be okay eventually. I can still Ctrl+S. It's just annoying.

Lorelei won't print on my printer.* I installed it fine, there's paper in the tray, the printer's not flashing any "Danger, Will Robinson" lights at me. I say, "Print, you bitch," and Lorelei replies, "Yes, ma'am, it's what I'm for. One journal, coming right up!" Happy as you please.

And nothing happens. Nothing.

Well, Jesus Christ on a goddamn tire fire, that's useless! But I have a flash drive,** so I'll just suck it up and put out the 4 cents/page for the computer lab printer. It's a pain, but that works out fine. Word can open WordPerfect documents.

WordPerfect thinks this is entirely too generous. It will not reciprocate.

Which is how I end up with all these goddamn Wordpad and Notepad documents saved onto my flash drive, so that I can start a paper Wednesday evening and finish it before class on Thursday.

And yesterday, her screen turned off. Just went black. I was saving my homework, and poof! Like the Angel of Darkness That Really Pisses Me Off swept into my room like a patch of starless mobile night, and bitch-slapped my computer. She deserves bitch-slappage, but this is not cool.

But, wait, if Lorelei can't get to the interweb, print, is barely useful for writing papers, and her screen may die at any moment, what can I use her for?


Thank you for your time. It's been special.

*His name is Edmond Dantes. There is no history of a language barrier between these two. I think they communicate in sign language.
*1GB, $20 on eBay from Hong Kong. Brand name? "Mr. Flash." I love the world market.
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Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Subject:Doobie dance!
Time:11:58 am.
I love this man. He makes my days worth living. Everybody, doobie dance! [rocks]
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Monday, November 6th, 2006

Subject:Homework is for losers...
Time:12:05 pm.
...wasting time on eBay is for winners!

Check it out, yo. Kudos to anyone moved to bid on it.
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Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Subject:Givin' the love
Time:11:42 am.
Mood: lalala!.
Some of you have probably heard me wax rhapsodic about The Fabulist. It's the awesome blog of two lovely ladies with a penchant for music, weird things (including videos, art, and appliances), and popart. They've especially had a great run of cool shit over the last couple of days. For instance, there's Level 5 Charm Spell Mix (vols 1, 2, 3) and a truly impressive Indian vampire music video.

Go check them out. Give Olga and Jewlie some love; they deserve it.
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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Subject:Socrates is an asshole.
Time:12:07 pm.
Mood: going to kill Plato dead.
You know you're reading The Republic when:

1. In order to spice up your homework, you title your second journal response on the book "Plato 2: Revenge of the Forms."

2. You have to do a Ctrl+F on you journals for the word "asshole" because you can't not point out that trait in Socrates' arguments.

3. You consider writing the entire journal on Socrates' asshole qualities.

4. Only the sense of unconditional love you get from Java City Mayan Mochas is keeping you from stabbing out your own eye. (You're careful to keep one within reach at all times.)

5. Ten pages is plenty to base a journal on. You don't really need to absorb the full assholosity of the bastard to pull a couple pages out of your own.

6. You look back on the time you bought this book, years ago, on the theory that reading The Classics of Western Civilization would be Good For You in some cosmic intellectual sense...and dissolve into horrified laughter.

7. You regard the nutrition facts on your study break snack food as pleasure reading.

8. You calculate how much nutritional benefit you would get from eating the book instead of reading it.

9.You start a Facebook group called "Thrasymachus for Guardian."*

10. And the number one reason you know you're reading The Republic is: you're caught up on sleep for the first time all semester.

Thank you. I'll be here all week.

*Thasymachus is the guy who disagrees with Socrates and gets his ass kicked to a sulky, resentful pulp. Let me repeat: Socrates is an asshole.
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