helvirago: (music2)
Bored. Bored, bored, bored. And I just got a student loan check (which I should Spend Responsibly, of course).

So! I'm asking for song suggestions, and maybe I'll go on an iTunes spree. I've been trying to think of my favorite artists, but I've decided to go with my Most Played instead. Behind the cut are some of my favorite songs, to give you an idea of my taste. Got a song you think I'd like? Let me know! Think my taste sucks? Uh... well, you could tell me, but really, what's it going to accomplish?

(Oh, and pardon my crappy icon-making skillz. I mean, I have this outrageous amount of space for them, and only MSPaint and a complete lack of natural ability to fill it with!)
Read more... )
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From... oh, everyone:

Type out all the (readable) text that appears on your icons. Alphabetize the words and phrases and post them in your journal.

Aaah! Christmas!
Beware teh(tr) editor
boo.
Capt. Hook was a Slytherin
Choose Subvert
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful
Fascinated
Goyle & Book: OTP
Hel
Hel
Hel Slash OTP
I don't drink any less, either
Imperio
Inside out me
Math
This is my birthday hat
Virago
Whim
you ready yet?

Rather a large number of those are HP-related in one way or another. Ah well. I came late to the icon game. In honor of my icons, here's the least-recently-used one, a graph generated by my master's project data.
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About Lash... it was David Lash, right? Not, say, Timothy?
helvirago: (Default)
Because I have trouble resisting a meme, here's my attempt at Hel!dolls: Read more... )
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Red Dwarf? Quite a funny show. Red Dwarf actors' commentary on the DVD? Pure. Comedy. Gold. Particularly listening to the whole cast singing the theme song, quite badly, and clearly without really knowing the words. It's nice getting some of the jokes I've been hearing running around in scifi fandom. Also, I've run across the one episode I'd seen before, where Holly gets an IQ of 12,000 and, not coincidentally, quite a sexy hairdo.

Yes, I'm done with classes for a couple weeks.
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Huh. You know, for the past week my friendslist has been crammed with posts about how people don't want to be spoiled, won't put up with being spoiled, for the love of God please no spoilers. So I kind of thought, hey cool! No spoilers. Except I just went through the first page of my friendslist, and I was spoiled before I even got to the massive spoilery troll post (which in fact I managed to avoid reading, thanks to some very helpful posters).

Let me clarify, folks -- saying, "I'm not going to be spoilery, but boy she'd better make one of my favorite characters back into a mammal by the end of book 7" is, actually, spoilery. (This is a totally madeup example. I think. Actually, for all I know the entire pureblooded community ends up as a colony of newts, but I doubt it.)

Alas. It's not really that I want to be shocked and amazed at each new page -- it's that I will now approach the book with trepidation, waiting for the spoiled part to come. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about this, other than not read my friendslist -- but, see, I can't read the book until next Sunday at the earliest, so that's kind of hard. Oh well.
helvirago: (Fraser)
you beef me digram me you affable me tremendous me you distinguish me cushman me you proximity me psyllium me you selfridge me concessionaire me you trichrome me divorce me you nucleotide me boxwood me you dispensable me brae me

(And now, back to your regularly scheduled Reflection on State Education Frameworks.)

Dr. Whoooo

Jun. 24th, 2005 09:44 pm
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So, I've just finished the last one. Which is great! Except... now I have to go hunting through the last couple weeks of flist to find where people have talked about it. Yuck.
helvirago: (imperio)
Netscape slips this beauty into its "news" tidbits:

There are many women who will not like this one bit. New research from Britain's Institute for Social and Economic Research has shown that married men make more money than their bachelor friends as long as their wives stay home and do the housework, reports Reuters.

Um.... duh. The only women who will be upset by this news must have had their heads in their asses. Could we get the corresponding study, please? That married women make more money than their maiden friends as long as their husbands stay home and do the housework? What am I, an idiot? Oh no! If only I stayed home, my sweet husband would be making more money! Of course, I would be making, let's see now, carry the one... nothing, so maybe it balances out.

Next "news" item: We have become a nation divided. There is an ever-growing class of people who pay no taxes and a shrinking class of people who do. The people in the class of "non-payers"? People who don't make enough money to owe taxes. So this is a story about... rising un- and under-employment, right? No. Somehow they've managed to make it about "people who don't pay taxes!" Weird.

Okay, so I'm crabby. So sue me. My downloads are being ridiculously slow recently, which puts me in a bad mood. Plus, last night I watched that Law & Order where the war protester gets killed and the entire episode is spent either blaming or slagging the victim and protesters in general, and that pisses me off.
helvirago: (Legs)
Ah, I see. This Dr. Who thing really is quite delightful*. And Eccleston is much more attractive in motion than in still photos. Lovely. Also, [livejournal.com profile] dxmachina is very helpful and a wonderful human being.

Oh, no. Netscape's main page did not just try to tempt me with an article entitled "How to Win an Argument with a Woman." Nuh-uh.

On further inspection, it seems to be more "how to conduct yourself in an argument with a woman with whom you're in a relationship, particularly if you're what is known as a 'typical' man and she's what is known as a 'typical' woman, however reductionist these categories may be, because honestly there are some commonalities we've observed in couples' arguments." Which I'm pretty okay with.

But "How to Win an Argument with a Woman"? I'm sorry, did I reset my home page to 'the Man Show'?

* And it's not because I'm a sucker for English accents. Well. Not entirely, anyway. I spent an entire weekend watching Red Dwarf and Wire in the Blood. You'd think it would wear off eventually and become un-exotic. But no, strangely enough.
helvirago: (Shoulder)
(Because I'm a sucker for these things.) Fire up your MP3 or other player, put it on 'shuffle' and show what ten songs came up first.

1. Santa Monica - Everclear
2. Gigantor - Helmet
3. Snakedriver - The Jesus and Mary Chain
4. I Wanna Be With You - The Sneetches with Shoes
5. Bell Bottomed Tear - The Beautiful South
6. Swingin' from your Crystal Chandelier - Austin Lounge Lizards
7. Carry Me Away - Concrete Blonde
8. From Where I Am [Instrumental] - Enya
9. Dust in the Wind - Sarah Brightman
10. Horse Tears - Goldfrapp

Interestingly (to me, anyway), the first four items on this list are either from soundtracks (the Crow, Saturday Morning Cartoons) or mix CDs given to me by other people ([livejournal.com profile] pyrric, [livejournal.com profile] theodosia). And then there's the Sarah Brightman album, most of which I hate with the fury of at least a dozen red-hot fiery suns but haven't gotten around to deleting yet.
helvirago: (Math)
Unexpectedly tagged by [livejournal.com profile] denonymous with a music meme!

"list five songs that you are currently digging. it doesn't matter what
genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they're any
good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. post
these instructions, the artist, and the song in your journal, then tag
five other people to see what they're listening to."


Hmm. Excellent question. This is particularly hard because what I've mostly been doing is going through trying to rate all my songs. This sounds dumb, but it actually means I'm getting to hear all of them, particularly the ones I'm not very familiar with (and therefore can't just rate by looking at the title). Thus all the songs on my Most Played list are ones that I don't know very well (or keep not remembering which ones they are) so I have to listen to them several times before I can rate them. Still, I'll give it a shot. Not to be outdone, however, mine goes to six as well:

1. Annie Lennox - Cold
2. Poe - Spanish Doll
3. June Tabor and The Oyster Band - All Tomorrow's Parties
4. S.A.L.T. by the Orb.
5. Lamb - Softly
6. Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny

Notes on the music: )

Extra-bonus piece: Giles's song from the Buffy episode "Restless". I used this piece to test my homework in a Windows programming class years ago. "Strange, it's not like anything we've faced before..."

I know people are tired of tagging, but hey -- I never got tagged before! So (trying to pick people I think might actually read this), how about [livejournal.com profile] vwbug, [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred,[livejournal.com profile] noradeirdre, [livejournal.com profile] the_leewit, and [livejournal.com profile] pyrric? Only if you want, obviously.

And now, back to trigonometry.

Math poll!

Jun. 9th, 2005 04:31 pm
helvirago: (Math)
In a clever attempt to distract myself from the calculus reviewing I should be doing right now, I have instead created a poll to help me decide what order I should do the rest of the reviewing I need to do before July 29th. So, weigh in!

Note, as the poll is unclear -- here 1 means "study this next," and 5 means "study this last."

Mathy opinions! )
helvirago: (insideout)
So I gave blood today. Yay yippee me. The little finger stick kinda hurt and wouldn't stop bleeding (and is still, eight hours later, a little sore). The needle going in was very hurty and then there was that weird "there is something in my arm. In. My arm" feeling that I hate (I suppose it's just a side effect of not having had very many medical issues at all that I've never gotten used to that feeling). So, yeah, little needle, big needle, blood loss, yay. These are not a problem. Afterward, the nice lady put on some gauze, covered it with a bandaid, and then added two strips of tape to help hold the gauze on.

This is the problem.

I had thought this was a good idea, since it means the gross yellow antiseptic crap didn't get on my clothes (why does it need to be that nasty color, anyway?). But having just taken one of those pieces of tape off? No. Because a) there's hair under there, and b) the nasty iodine stuff formed like a second layer of adhesive to attach the tape to my skin. It took me at least five minutes to get off, and it hasn't stopped hurting yet. I'm leaving the second one until tomorrow, man, because OW! Take all the blood you want, people, but no tape on skin! No tape! Ow!

Because I'm a pussy. That's what it comes down to. Now I must clean the catbox.

Pimm's cup

May. 29th, 2005 04:33 pm
helvirago: (Whim)
Have any of you ever had one of these? I was browsing for summery things and things using cucumber, and ran across this concoction. Is it any good? It seems like a ridiculous amount of work for a drink, so what's the deal? Is the fruit (and vegetable) really good to eat afterward, or is this some kind of conspicuous display of wealth thing -- "I have so much money, I can waste food and servant time making this bizarre thing"?
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1. I never was known to treat no one man right/ I keep them working hard both day and night.
-"Wild Women Don't Have the Blues," Ida Cox (among many, many others)
2. And should I go/ You won't say so/ I know it's true
-"New Favorite," Alison Krauss & Union Station
3. Mister God, For his squad/ A marine, For his queen/ A G.I., For his cutey-pie/ Is not.
-"Too Darn Hot," Ella Fitzgerald (for one) -- really surprised no one got this!
4. Will there be any freight trains in heaven/ Any boxcars in which we might hide?
-"Hobo's Meditation," Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris (how's that for a trio?)
5. Let's chronicle the dark side of a life/ Did you ever keep the date with the steel side of the knife?
-"As Girls Go," Suzanne Vega
6. Some things are just pictures/ They're scenes before your eyes/ And don't look now/ I'm right behind you
-"Coolsville," Laurie Anderson
7. Don't you know/ Honey, nobody ever gonna love you/ The way I try to do.
-"Cry Baby," Janis Joplin
11. Eat me/ In the space/ Within my heart/ Love you for God/ Love you for the Mother
-"Black Milk," Massive Attack
12. My whole life's been a torrid affair/ Cause I've had too many bottles of gin
-"The Wine," Clare Fader
14. So keep your candles burning/ And make her journey bright and pure
-"Into My Arms," Nick Cave
15. It doesn't have a floor/ it's kind of small/ but there's no wall between us here
-"Battle Room," Michael Penn
18. Well I've been faithful/ And I've been so good/ Except for drinking/ But he knew that I would
-"Jesus Gonna Be Here," Tom Waits
19. Train game, moss monster, playin' down in the woods of bamboo/ Mr. Black Snake ate all the bad snakes, Mr. Black Snake'll eat you too
-"Main Road," Lucinda Williams
20. I visit Magherclocher/ On Middletown heights I stand/ Beneath me lies the ocean wide/ and Machergallon strand
-"The Green Fields of Gaothdobhair," Clannad
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Hmm. I think I'm going to give some genre hints, on the off chance anyone wants to try again:

1. Blues: I never was known to treat no one man right/ I keep them working hard both day and night.
2. Country-ish, maybe: And should I go/ You won't say so/ I know it's true
3. Jazz: Mister God, For his squad/ A marine, For his queen/ A G.I., For his cutey-pie/ Is not.
4. Will there be any freight trains in heaven/ Any boxcars in which we might hide?
5. Let's chronicle the dark side of a life/ Did you ever keep the date with the steel side of the knife?
6. Some things are just pictures/ They're scenes before your eyes/ And don't look now/ I'm right behind you
7. Classic Rock: Don't you know/ Honey, nobody ever gonna love you/ The way I try to do.

10. Monday finds you like a bomb/ It's been left ticking there too long/ You're bleeding-"I Saved the World Today," Eurythmics, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] gblvr
11. Eat me/ In the space/ Within my heart/ Love you for God/ Love you for the Mother
12. My whole life's been a torrid affair/ Cause I've had too many bottles of gin

14. So keep your candles burning/ And make her journey bright and pure
15. It doesn't have a floor/ it's kind of small/ but there's no wall between us here
16. So back in town in 95/ Filling in for a drunken DJ/ I tried to keep the floor alive-"Music for Girls," Baxendale, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] pearl_o

18. Well I've been faithful/ And I've been so good/ Except for drinking/ But he knew that I would
19. Train game, moss monster, playin' down in the woods of bamboo/ Mr. Black Snake ate all the bad snakes, Mr. Black Snake'll eat you too
20. Celtic: I visit Magherclocher/ On Middletown heights I stand/ Beneath me lies the ocean wide/ and Machergallon strand

Update

May. 23rd, 2005 01:24 pm
helvirago: (Default)
Have finished semester. Bought Sims.

See you when my computer dies.
helvirago: (insideout)
To do a lyrics quiz. Yay! Lyrics! )
helvirago: (Shoulder)
So here are the favorite characters, guessed and unguessed:

1. Buffy - Tara (or Oz), unguessed
2. Angel - Wesley, [livejournal.com profile] la_perkins
3. Firefly - Kaylee (or Zoe), unguessed
4. Stargate SG-1 - Daniel, [livejournal.com profile] vwbug
5. MASH - Hawkeye, [livejournal.com profile] seankozma
6. Wonderfalls - Jaye, [livejournal.com profile] la_perkins
7. ER - Doug Ross, [livejournal.com profile] seankozma
8. West Wing - CJ, [livejournal.com profile] vwbug
9. CSI (Las Vegas) - Catherine, unguessed
10. WKRP in Cincinnati - Bailey Quarters, [livejournal.com profile] dxmachina

I can't believe nobody guessed Catherine for CSI. I mean... Catherine! I keep expecting her to be uncool, but she keeps being cool instead! She has perspective on her past, she has compassion without at all being soft, and she provides the cool voice of "hey, different strokes for different folks" when Nick's being all, "Ew, dominatrices and bondage!"

Mind you, CSI does bug me with the episodes which go essentially like this: "Oh, hey, we're all hip and blase about all this stuff, but most people would be all titillated. See? Titillation! Look at that, that's just the kind of thing that would titillate someone. Let's see that again."

Also, I'm headed out of town for a week and may not be able to keep up with lj (gasp!). Have a good one.
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