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Wow. If On a Winter's Night a Traveler fic -- which I would not have thought was possible to do well -- so good as to show up any pretensions I ever had to writing. Wow. Link.
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Huh. Actually, yeah. All those jobs sound nice and soothing (except for the pilot ones. Pilot?). And low in homework. Well, okay, except for 17.

1. Electroneurodiagnostic Tech
2. Cardiovascular Tech
3. Computer Engineer
4. Avionics Tech
5. Nuclear Medicine Technologist
6. Broadcast Technician
7. Helicopter Pilot
8. Pilot
9. Medical Imaging Tech
10. Computer Support Person
11. Disc Jockey
12. Database Developer
13. Web Developer
14. Power Plant Operator
17. Mathematician
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The phrase is "intents and purposes," not "intensive purposes." It doesn't both me particularly, not as much as the inability to get reign and rein straight. It even charms me a little, because "intensive" is nearly always spelled right, so clearly the person does care about their words! But, indeed, it's "for all intents and purposes," which I think makes a little more sense than "for all intensive purposes," since the point is that the purposes need not be intensive!

And now, back to grading, wherein not only does "intensive purposes" not come up, but students often use the wrong pronoun for each other and drop "not" more often than you'd imagine.
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O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag—

It's so elegant

So intelligent




Jun. 29th, 2006 11:19 pm
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Anthony Lane reviews "Superman Returns" for the New Yorker, and begins with his view of the audience demographics:

"Dotted here and there will be Supermaniacs—some of them sporting red underpants, others in panty hose of royal blue, none of them happily married." Brilliant. )
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Why couldn't I just fall recklessly in love with some person I hardly know, and use them as an excuse to move to their city? Even if it's a bad basis for making the decision, at least it'd be some basis! Right now my bad bases include such non-deal-makers as "$5,000 signing bonus" and "free tattoos" and "my brother lives there." Maybe I'll just eenie-meenie-minie-mo. Aaargh!

Los Angeles? San Francisco? Portland? Totally up in the air.
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"The Ethics of Flight, Sex, and Newly Mastered Shape-Changing Spells: Is it rape if we were both dragons at the time?"
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I think more than half got guessed this time, so that's pretty good. Read on for the answers... )
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One more chance at the unguessed lyrics -- I've added another line or two where possible...Read more... )
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Cause it's been entirely too long. And besides, if you're annoyed by these, you totally don't have to play, do you? Hope some of these are familiar this time )
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So I realized that there are still episodes of due South I haven't seen (Vecchio era) and thought I'd go check on my trusty Netflix. All they have is the Call of the Wild, the blurb for which... wait, I have to stop laughing... the blurb for which goes like this:
Canadian Mountie Benton Frasier and his partner, Detective Stanley Raymond Kowalski are exported to the streets of Chicago from up north to fight crime. Endless humor comes into play as they are only armed with a deaf, lipreading K-9 and their traditional moral code.

My take on this is that it was written by someone who'd once woken from a drunken stupor in a friend's living room and stumbled to the bathroom and back and fell back asleep while a (Kowalski-era) episode was on the TV, and nobody else on the staff knew anything about it, so they got him to write the blurb.
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Just requested that Netflix carry Wilby Wonderful (because I never managed to see it!). Anyone else on Netflix? You might want to weigh in as well (unless you already have, cause I am mighty slow in these things).

Book thing

Jan. 23rd, 2006 08:54 pm
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Here are the current top 50 books from www.whatshouldireadnext.com. Bold the books you have read. Italicise the books you might read. Cross out the books you probably won't read. (What about the books I might have read?) Pass it on:

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) - J.K. Rowling

Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) - J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson

The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Ender's Game (The Ender Saga) - Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath Note: I tend to get this mixed up with The Bell Curve. Dumb, I know.
Dune - Frank Herbert

Most books not annotated at all go in the, "Eh? Who knows?" pile. It could happen. I don't have anything against them, but they're not exactly in my life's plan. Also, sometimes I've never heard of them.

My birthday

Jan. 4th, 2006 04:17 pm
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... a week late. Well, I spent my birthday flying home on about two and a half hours' sleep, then sitting in front of the computer, conscious enough only to read yuletide recs and email. And that means I didn't get to use my birthday icon, which simply can't be allowed to continue. Yay, I'm not 30 anymore!

Two days of work left. Just finished cleaning out my email from 1999 to the present. Good lord, didn't I ever delete anything? Of course, it does give me a kick to find the "How my mother taught me computer science" email from 2002, and the abridged Beowulf email my mother forwarded in 2000, and the letter she wrote to the local paper chastising them on using "lay" and "lie" wrong, or responses to the email I wrote asking my parents if it'd be okay with them if it maybe took me two years to finish grad school instead of one and a half (in fact, it took me three years to finish that program, and I won't actually be done with grad school until this spring). Good times, man, good times.
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Livejournal finally told me my password was too easy to guess. I was starting to feel left out.

Yahoo! Avatars
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Everybody seems to be writing these posts, so why not me? I'm not sure what to say, but that's okay. I'll come up with something. I have, I suddenly realize, requested three detective fandoms and one slash with sports. Hmm. Normally, I'm all about the smut, but in this case it really only applies in one case (the slash!) and totally isn't mandatory there. I'm more into the dialogue and character exploration, really, and the quirks of the characters in question.

Oh! And I like happy endings. This is pretty key. I'm not married to happy endings, but we have a very close friendship and we're together more than we're not.

This was probably not helpful. Do whatever occurs to you, and I'll be happy, because -- present!

Now off to attempt more research on my recipient. Why did I volunteer to write this fandom? I can't do this, the source material was too good! I'm not worthy! I can't write, it'll be crap! I should go crawl under a rock and die!

Better now. Shower beckons.
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From, well, everyone, but let's say [livejournal.com profile] serenada:

Set your iTunes to Shuffle. Use each song that comes up, in order, to answer the following questions...

I'm a little worried about what my music collection says about me... )
Speaking of iTunes, it has associated U2's "The Sweetest Thing" with Cher album art, and I can't convince it otherwise. Strange.

(Er. Just convinced it otherwise. But I swear, I tried before and it didn't work!)
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the song of mehitabel
by Don Marquis

this is the song of mehitabel
of mehitabel the alley cat
as i wrote you before boss
mehitabel is a believer
in the pythagorean
theory of the transmigration
of the soul and she claims
that formerly her spirit
was incarnated in the body
of cleopatra
that was a long time ago
and one must not be
surprised if mehitabel
has forgotten some of her
more regal manners

toujours gai toujours gai )
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In catching up with my friendslist, I'm seeing a lot of people wanting to donate clothes/food/supplies directly. Which is, of course, laudable. But if you take things directly to the Red Cross, it costs the Red Cross money -- they would have to inspect it, sort it, and ship it. In fact, at the moment, they won't take these donations: http://www.redcross.org/article/0,1072,0_312_4498,00.html

That said, it looks like people are taking things into their own hands to avoid donation-center bottlenecks, so there are some possibilities. http://beenthere.typepad.com/been_there/ is running a clearinghouse for goods donations and looks like it's matching up the need with the supply. It's also worth noting that people who are in need of help locally are no less so because there are suddenly thousands more in the southeast, so it's always a good idea to take the stuff to your local helping place.

And I got that information from [livejournal.com profile] katrinarelief, so if you're looking for ways to help that's a great thing to keep an eye on.

In any case, people are going to need help for a long while. The chance to help will not rush by if you can't catch it right now.

Ooh look, cool stuff on the Red Cross online store! Shiny. Er, sorry, easily distracted. I'm off to Virginia to see my father, so take care, everyone!
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