Oct. 13th, 2008

Fandom sins meme from EK )

Oct. 8th, 2008

I finished the 50 book meme earlier this week! :D So here's the final book list for the 50 book meme, though I'm considering keeping up a record of what I'm reading and seeing how many books I can get through in a year. I'll probably start this project in January of 2009, tho, just to get a more realistic picture of what's going on. For now, I shall savor the victoly.

50 books 3/8/2008-10/8/2008

1.  A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
2.  Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold
3.  Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
4.  The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
5.  Night by Elie Wiesel
6.  Animal Farm by George Orwell
7.  A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
8.  The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
9.  The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
10.  Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
11.  Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey
12.  Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey
13.  Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
14.  The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
15.  Owlsight by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
16.  Exile's Valor by Mercedes Lackey
17.  Survival of the Sickest by Dr. Sharon Moalem with Jonathan Prince
18.  Owlknight by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
19.  2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke
20.  Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey
21.  Winds of Fury by Mercedes Lackey
22.  Switching Time by Richard Baer
23.  The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins
24.  Winds of Change by Mercedes Lackey
25.  The Cosmic Landscape by Leonard Susskind
26.  Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
27.  You Can Run But You Can't Hide by Duane "Dog" Chapman
28.  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
29.  Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall
30.  Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
31.  Animate Earth by Stephan Harding
32.  The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
33.  The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller
34.  Panic in Level 4 by Richard Preston
35.  Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
36.  The Postman by David Brin
37.  Origins by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
38.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
39.  Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
40.  Bonk by Mary Roach
41.  Spook by Mary Roach
42.  In the Blink of an Eye by Andrew Parker
43.  Earth the Biography by Iain Stewart and John Lynch
44.  Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
45.  Grendel by James Gardener
46.  Dracula by Bram Stoker
47.  New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
48.  Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
49.  Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
50.  Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Oct. 2nd, 2008


1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Humor-- at the cadaver's expense-- was tolerated, condoned even. "There was a time not all that long ago," says Art Dalley, director of the Medical Anatomy Program at Vanderbilt University, "when students were taught to be insensitive, as a coping mechanism."

Modern educators feel there are better, more direct ways to address death than handing students a scalpel and assigning them a corpse. In Patterson's anatomy class at UCSF, as in many others, come of the time saved by eliminating full-body dissection will be devoted to a special unit on death and dying. If you're going to bring in an outsider to teach students about death, a hospice patient or grief counselor surely has as much to offer as a dead man does.

If this trend continues, medicine may find itself with something unimaginable two centuries ago: a surplus of cadavers. It is remarkable how deeply and how quickly public opinion regarding dissection and body donation has come around.

(Stiff by Mary Roach, p. 56)

I would have done pg. 56 of Guns, Germs, and Steel but honestly I'd moved the book over the course of the evening AFTER resolving to do the meme. Stiff was actually sitting next to my chair from where I stuck it after I let Chellemi borrow it.

Sep. 28th, 2008

Holy Controversial Survey, Batman!

Figured this was an interesting enough meme making the rounds to post a version myself.

[01] Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
Gee, let me think...

[02] Would you do meth if it was legalized?
No. Meth is bad and trippy shit.

[03] Abortion: for or against it?
I'm firmly pro-choice and I think it's high time people stopped using abortion rights as a political football. People who are very anti-abortion would do better to help make a world where abortions are not necessary. All the time, effort, and money could go into making 100% safe, cheap, and effective birth control and you'd see abortion rates drop. Put some of that money you'd spend towards those stupid fetus signs into providing medical, financial, and social support to mothers and children and watch abortion rates drop. BAAAAAAAAWing about sanctity of life isn't going to stop abortions, and life doesn't end when you get ejected from your mother's womb.

[04] Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
Hasn't yet. What, you didn't know that there are female presidents already? As long as a female president wasn't elected purely on the virtues of her T&A, which is more and more strongly what Palin seems to be for on McCain's ticket, we'd be just fine.

[05] Do you believe in the death penalty?
Yes. I do believe it's a court of last resort, but for some extremely sick souls it's necessary.

[06] Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Frankly, I'm with the Dutch. If people want to kill themselves with drugs, go ahead and let 'em do it already under medical supervision so their stupid doesn't end up getting anyone else killed. Take away the mystique and we'll see far fewer people getting hooked.

[07] Are you for or against premarital sex?
Considering there's no legal way for me to get marital sex, hell yes. Of course, I also think that we should just stop beating around the bush about sex in our society and get frank with kids when they reach the age they start getting interested in it, rather than all the flailing and the don't do its.

[08] Do you believe in God?
Yes, but probably not the same God most people worship. God is much bigger than the boxes people try to pigeonhole Him into.

[09] Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Yes. I'd like to get married, thanks. Not to mention the unconstitutional nature of banning same-sex marriage, since it amounts to legislating a biblical mandate.

[10] Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
That Hispanics are coming here? No. No matter how shitty we think things are here, they're much shittier in Mexico or wherever. I think it's wrong that there are so many people who are taking shameless advantage of desperate people trying to live the American dream, though, by making them work horrible jobs with little safety and oversight for shitty wages no American would work.

[11] A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
It's a personal issue that should be decided by the child and her family.

[12] Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
Might as well. There are enough 18 year olds getting into the hooch on a regular basis as it is. Alcohol is like sex, I think. Kids overdo it because of all the mystique that's built up about it. You don't see a lot of these problems in Europe, where the drinking age is much lower, because of the different attitude there.

[13] Should the war in Iraq be called off?
It was a snark hunt from day one, and yes, it should be called off. We should have focused on finishing things in Afghanistan before ever breathing a hint about Iraq.

[14] Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
Only if it's treated like any other high-risk medical procedure-- where you have to get consent from a million people and everyone needs to be informed with all ducks in a row, and oversight in place in the medical community to make sure nobody's getting fishy. People who are really determined should get the option, but people who don't wanna hear about it shouldn't have to feel pressured.

[15] Do you believe in spanking your children?
Heck yeah. There's a big difference between spanking and abuse that not a lot of people seem to get, but a properly-dramatic whack on the butt for a big infraction never killed anybody.

[16] Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
Considering that the proper disposal of a flag involves burning it at the end of a short ceremony, sign me up. Trashing your worn-out flag is actually a lot more disrespectful.

[17] Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama?
I'm pretty appalled at McCain's performance all through this whole presidential election and I'll be voting for Obama. I think getting the nod made McCain lose his mind over the chance to be president, and I actually know more about Obama's plans and stances because he actually, y'know, has been talking about them. Frankly, I'm pretty appalled in general at the Republican Party at the national level, since I was hoping that this round would see a firm split from Bush and his crazy and a return to the old skool Republican values, which I can agree with. At least the crazy hasn't hit the guys at the state level yet.

[18] Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
Not particularly.

Apr. 19th, 2008

Personality Test woooooo

My Personality
Openness to Experience
You do not experience strong, irresistible cravings and consequently do not find yourself tempted to overindulge, however you don't usually get angry too easily but some things can annoy you. You tend to feel overwhelmed by, and therefore actively avoid, large crowds.  You often need privacy and time for yourself. You enjoy a certain amount of debate or intellectual thought, but sometimes get bored with too much. You see no need for pretense or manipulation when dealing with others and are therefore candid, frank and sincere. People find it relatively easy to relate to you, however you are not adverse to confrontation and will sometimes even intimidate others to get your own way. You have strong will-power and are able to overcome your reluctance to begin tasks.  You are able to stay on track despite distractions.

Take a Personality Test now or view the full Personality Report.

The best Buying Pet Gifts.

That.. actually kinda nails it. I am an intellectual introvert who dislikes having to deal with lots of people and will often yell or intimidate people in order to get my way on those rare occasions I really want something.

Makes me wonder if that's true of all Leos or just me.

Also, Jose Cuervo Mararita mix is not weaksauce. I don't care what Moose thinks. :D

Apr. 10th, 2008

deal with it, nerd-boy

NerdTests.com says I'm a Dorky Nerd God.  What are you?  Click here!

That's right. I am your god ceilingcat  now.

Mar. 9th, 2008

lol internets

bedroom toys

In other news, curse Bush and the horse he rode in on for moving Daylight Savings up so early in March. I'm gonna be all sleep-deprived and weird for WEEKS.

Jan. 17th, 2008

Comment meme

Who comments the most on this journal? )


Dec. 31st, 2007

Year in review meme

2007 was kind of interesting since I switched journal systems midway through. Also didn't update as much as in previous years, but work kicked my butt in some major ways once it cycled into the picture. Plus, sex. :D

January: My throat is sore, I'm achy, and I'm sleep deprived. Goddamn it!

February: untitled
Fandom: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

March: Survived week! (yay!)

April: Yo, it's true. When he's born, we get presents. When he dies, we get chocolate. We ♥ you, Jesus. XD

May: It's hot here now. Spats of rain. Not helping head or ankle problems.

June: Naturally someone else on Eljay managed to say it better, first, but this post by [info]czircon basically sums up why I will most likely be moving on later this month, and why I think anybody else who actually values stuff like free speech and even the LJ community itself should move the heck off LJ(1).

(About a week after that, I moved to IJ. XD)

July: Spent the last week or so at Chellemi's place. Rosy and I got Chellemi's Godot cosplay for Otakon mostly completed-- all we have to do is get the hair situated (the dye is on order) and get an eyebrow pencil for Godot's manly stubble.

August: I need to rant here so that I don't take off someone's head in gchat.. here goes.

September: ZOMG. Chick actually played the dinosaur card.

October: Gregory the cat had his vet appointment today. He goes in again at the end of the month for another distemper shot, and I'll have to look into getting one of his teeth pulled (alas, but it's a really bad tooth) but otherwise he currently checks out okay.

November: That's about all the excitement we have around here. I caught an infection and had to get the good meds from the doctor.


IT HAS BEGUN. </mortal kombat>

Dec. 11th, 2007

Silly band meme

Stolen from [info]emilie_burns:

Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name. Click random article again; that is your album name. Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

Group: Yasser Talal Al Zahrani
Album: Anomeric Effect

1. B-H Analyzer
2. Murray Davies
3. Thompson Ridge, New York
4. D.U.S.T.
5. College of Santa Fe
6. John A. Brown, Jr.
7. Allandale Railway Station, New South Wales
8. Francisco Sanches
9. Khertek Anchimaa-Toka
10. Ansch├╝tz
11. Rio Olympic Arena
12. Koreagate
13. Beaumanoir
14. Heavy Duty (G.I. Joe)
15. BAe Dynamics

Hidden Track: Equatorial Bulge

..I think my dream band definitely sounds as though they couldn't agree on anything and just hit Wikipedia's random button a few times. XD

Though some of those words would make awesome song names in a kind of Modest Mouse sort of way.

Sep. 13th, 2007

baa baa meme sheep

I'm off for Rosh Hashana! Now I will post a meme before I go get my car's emissions inspected and spend the rest of the day playing Animal Crossing. My brain needs a break.

And now, meme nabbed from [info]emilie_burns...

(1) Go to http://www.careercruising.com/.
(2) Sign in with username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
(3) Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
(4) Post the top ten results.

1. High School Teacher
2. Child and Youth Worker
3. Director of Photography
4. Director
5. Professor
6. Social Worker
7. Clergy
8. Addictions Counselor
9. Music Teacher/Instructor
10. Foreign Language Instructor

LOLLERSKATES.. didn't see that one coming.

Jun. 22nd, 2007

LOL first meme

It's an old one, but a good one. Answers optional, alas.

28 Questions Later )

Yesterday I went swimming with Rosy and then deflowered her grill. It was awesome fun. Got some more sunburn and had most excellent steak and boozeahol. I still have to show her Kaiju Big Battel like I've been meaning to. (There are no words to adequately describe Kaiju Big Battel. You just have to watch it and be amazed. And yes, it is correctly spelled battel!) We talked a bit about Otakon-- it looks like what we'll do is us lawyers will all meet up in the morning and get provisions and stuff together before heading to the hotel so I can get us checked in. Then it's the pass line and then dinner.. I'm thinking of moving our attack on Cheesecake Factory to Thursday night rather than Friday lunch this year in honor of it. Since we'll be stuck down in the Inner Harbor anyway. Unless there's somewhere cooler someone would rather go. (There's a Japanese place nearby that sounds lovely, but Chellemi doesn't eat veggies. :/)

Alas, the hotel doesn't have free breakfast. Just free coffee/tea and paper. Rats. (There's high speed internet, though. Not that it does my hulking great computer tower any good, but the lappy people will be happy.)

Sewing party is next Friday~! I should really find a way to secure the shirt and tie before then. And hopefully Rosy can hook us up with her dye supplier so that we can get that squared away as well. (I like having things well in advance for cosplay things. There are always things that need fixed or jury-rigged at the last second... speaking of, I'm gonna need to find a button and safety pins. Little ones.)

And now I head to the great rural north in honor of my brother's birthday (tomorrow). We shall eat really good Tex-Mex and raid the local Borders and a fun time shall be had by all. :3 See you sometime Sunday.