I realize that doing that "Post Photo of Yourself As Teenager" meme I saw on a plethora of friends' journals might totally destroy any babybat cred I had going, but c'est la vie. I think I was fifteen when this was taken:

Teenage Emily Headshot

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I tend to do most of my atoning in the Spring, but a new calendar year is as good a time as any for reflection. Thus:

In 2008, chalepa_ta_kala resolves to...
Give treacle to miss_delphine.
Overcome my secret fear of ghosts.
Stop editing with goldenmean.
Go to massage every Sunday.
Learn to play the compassion.
Find a new hedwig.
Eat more leaves.





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Hm. Just added to list: Back up LiveJournal archives.

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( Dec. 1st, 2008 09:23 am)

UrbanDictionary is generally lame, but I did this meme in solidarity with [livejournal.com profile] iterum, who's stuck in g-dless Ohio due to flight cancellations.

Go to urbandictionary.com. Type in your answer to each question in the search box, then write the definition it gives you.

1) Your name?
2) Your age?
3) One of your friends?
4) What should you be doing?
5) Favorite color?
6) Birthplace?
7) Month of your birthday?
8) Last person you talked to?
9) One of your nicknames?


1) A code word for alcohol or Ecstasy.
"Emily made my pupils so HUGE!"

Read more... )

In sum, most random words can be used as code to refer to a) drugs, b) sex, or c) drugs and sex.
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J is for Jawbone


J is for Jawbone, indeed. Brief recap: In June of this year, I underwent lower jaw surgery (called a bilateral sagittal split osteotomy). Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful, and my surgeon told us that I wasn't a good candidate for further attempts. Read previous posts and see my cool bionic skull here.

So I met with a different specialist last month (Dr. P at Kaiser Oakland) to find out about alternate therapies. However, to our surprise, he seems to think that if he performed the same surgery (BSSO, like Dr. T at Kaiser Santa Clara attempted), it would be successful. I'm cautiously optimistic, and the procedure is scheduled for 16 Jan 2009. He seems very confident, but I do want to make sure that he works closely with my previous surgeon to ensure success (with as little nerve damage as possible), since my surgical team ran into trouble before.

Regarding recovery, he does things a little differently. This time, I'll have a splint between my teeth and I'll be wired shut, but only for ten days. All incisions will be intraoral, which is nice. And there will be metal plates to anchor the bone, instead of just screws. I can't say that I'm looking forward to another surgery, but if when it succeeds, I'll feel that all the effort and funds we've invested haven't been wasted. I did heal very rapidly last time, and didn't really have any adverse side effects, so that bodes well.




And this seems to be floating about again (last seen at [livejournal.com profile] la_veuve_chibi): Nearest Book Meme )
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The 10-9-8 Meme, via [livejournal.com profile] serenejournal:

Ten Things I Wish I Could Say to Ten Different People Right Now
[NB: I find this odd, because if one really wishes to say something, then it ought to be said, unless one is hampered by some sort of communication-impeding device and/or is trapped under something heavy.]
1. Please don't capitalize prepositions in titles.
2. Dry pasta rarely contains egg.
3. Yes, they're twins, and yes, I do have my hands full.
4. Where do YOU get your protein?
5. Um, don't correct me. It sickens me.
6. Yes, but why male models?
7. Thank you, but you shouldn't really wish someone "Happy Yom Kippur."
8. MLA format, mofo. Learn it. Live it.
9. Shyness isn't usually why I'm quiet.
10. If life is really as short as they say, then why is the night so long?

Nine Things about Me
1. I've kept a LiveJournal for 1,546 days.
2. I collect enchanting images on my we♥it page. Add [livejournal.com profile] nullaluxhearts to see.
3. I wish I had your head in a box.
4. My food is problematic.
5. I make things. Mostly I make a mess.
6. I eat the flesh of the living, and I VOTE.
7. October is my favorite month.
8. I have your heart, I have your heart, I have your heart.
9. Sometimes I stay up late doing geeky memes.

You have to understand the way I am, mein Herr... )
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Lest I forget my obligations, here are my lists for this round of the Letter Meme.

~Post a comment and I'll randomly assign you a letter (A-Z in the English alphabet).
~Then you have to respond by listing ten things you LOVE that begin with that letter.
~Afterward, post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own.


Sublime [livejournal.com profile] owlacrobat gave me S:
Sappho (Although they are only breath, words which I command are immortal.)
subjunctive mood
Sweeney Todd (What happened then, well that's the play, and he wouldn't want us to give it away.)
Stoicism (Where is the good? In the will. Where is the evil? In the will. Where is neither of them? In those things which are independent of the will.)
Spencer (This weekend, I dreamt he got out and was hit by a car...when I awoke I hugged him until he meeped in surprise.)
squares
stories ('Are you sure of what your Mummy told you?' said Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog. 'Are you quite sure? Perhaps she said that when you uncoil a Tortoise you must shell him out of the water with a scoop, and when you paw a Hedgehog you must drop him on the shell.')
shark tonic/hypnosis
second base
science, mad
stockings

Wicked [livejournal.com profile] eriktdahl gave me W:
wordplay
wang
Watership Down (Why don't you get washed, Hawkbit?)
wheat beer (preferably unfiltered)
wasabi
Wonderland (For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.)
my workshop (I stay home, reading books that are beneath me, and working on my work, which no one understands. I am a sensitive artist.)
whistling in the dark
worms in love (Well, most worm-like critters actually creep me right out. But I suppose I find their wormitude fascinating. In a creeped-out way.)
Wednesday Addams

The lists, of course, are in no particular order.
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Carmen 72
Dicebas quondam solum te nosse Catullum,
Lesbia, nec prae me velle tenere Iouem.
dilexi tum te non tantum ut vulgus amicam,
sed pater ut gnatos diligit et generos.
nunc te cognovi: quare etsi impensius uror,
multo mi tamen es vilior et levior.
qui potis est, inquis? quod amantem iniuria talis
cogit amare magis, sed bene velle minus.


Once you used to say that you knew only Catullus,
Lesbia, nor did you wish to hold Jove before me.
I loved you then, not just as a commoner loves his girl,
but as a father loves his sons and sons-in-law.
Now I know you: therefore, even if I burn the more,
to me you are nevertheless much less worthy and more trivial.
How is this possible, you ask? Because a hurt such as this
compels a lover to love more, but to respect less.


I find that my previous translation differs a bit. My strength and balance are returning after the events of the last month, albeit not as quickly as I would prefer. I have yet to return to my workshop, however, and look forward to getting back to my tinkering.

Thus, a meme from [livejournal.com profile] labelleizzy:
Your result for The Steampunk Archetype Test...

The Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer

9 Swashbuckling Engineer, 54 Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer, 40 Charming Noble, 8 Roguish Pirate, 0 Mechanical Fian and 25 Aetherist Bodger!

What is life? If something simulates life so well that no one knows that it is simulated and treats it like it were alive, would that be just like life? And if you were the one to create this simulated life, would that make you a god of some sort? Quite possibly, and that may be one of the many motivations behind your projects. Your clockwork mechanisms started off simple and cute, but as you attempted to replicate life in your machines, you created bigger mechanisms, golems of gears, that do your bidding. You are a genius, but a crazy genius.

Take The Steampunk Archetype Test at HelloQuizzy


As promised, a brief analysis and summary of responses to my Ideologies and Affiliations Poll. Read more... )

Regarding the amusing Relationship Poll, several respondents seem to have very ambitious projections regarding my stamina in such matters! In truth, I have varying levels of intimacy with some of my lovely cuddlesome friends, but I maintain only a few more serious connections. I also feel compelled to note here that Spencer is my cat, and further, while he is quite a handsome gentleman, we have a strictly platonic relationship.
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In a few days, I'll post a summary of the results from my recent polls, along with my answers. If you can't see the entry, add me to your LJ friends list and I'll be happy to add you in return. I'm finding it a very interesting experiment thus far.

I'll be staying with [livejournal.com profile] fan_boy at BayCon this weekend (not so much for the programming, but certainly for the parties and shows). Ta!

A meme from [livejournal.com profile] mactavish: 59 Queries )
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My lovely grandparents are coming for my pre-op appointment on 30 May, which is awfully nice of them. Before then, I need to have the final maxillofacial model taken, which I can't do until 16 May. Oddly though, it won't be ready until 19 May, which happens to be the deadline to turn it in to my surgeon at Kaiser Santa Clara so that she can prepare the splint. So I need to pick it up in Menlo Park before work, and then drive it all the way down to Santa Clara after work. You would think the model were hiding the Crown Jewels or something. Although no doubt even the Crown Jewels could be sent through the gorram mails. I'm also fretful that I won't get to ask all my questions until a week before the surgery itself. But generally, I'm in pretty good shape about it all. Dear wonderful [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis has that whole week off work, and we've had staggering offers of assistance from friends and family.

I'm working crazy hours from 9-14 May, including the weekend. Besides that period of time, however, I'll now be coming in earlier during the week and leaving early on Fridays, which is stellar. I'll be trying to squeeze in lots of social time before I'm out of commission in June. I'm especially looking forward to the Dresden Dolls show, BayCon, and [livejournal.com profile] shaix's birthday celebration later this month.

Oh! I mustn't forget to bake cupcakes tonight. What kind shall I make?

Here's the newer -OLOGY Meme, courtesy of most everyone: -OLOGY )
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Moshe
Moshe
Originally uploaded by nullalux.



Freylich pesach!

[livejournal.com profile] tutordennis took me out to the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf recently. It was awesome. They had an hysterical Jewish exhibit, which included the above maniacal rendition of Moses née Charlton Heston. Nearby was a sign saying, "The restrooms are located just past the Last Supper." Also, the disciples were in the wrong places around the table, leading me to wonder about all the excellent possibilities for wax museum practical jokes. Other blurry cameraphone photos are here.

I am really very glad that [livejournal.com profile] karenbynight and [livejournal.com profile] soof are in our lives. They're both so sweet to [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis, and are unfailingly respectful, thoughtful and kind. In short, I adore you guys!

My orthognathic surgery draws nigh. (Original post here.) It's been scheduled for 9 June. On one hand, it's that much closer to being over. The whole process (oral surgery, orthodontia, plus the operation itself) will take over a year by the time it's done, and it will be wonderful when it's finally all behind me. On the other hand, eek! They're going to take a bone saw to my skull and elongate my mandible with a bone graft! I'll be in the hospital for three days and off work for three weeks. Someone has to be with me around-the-clock for the first week home, I can't lift over 10 lbs. for four weeks, and I'll be on a liquid diet for six weeks. It will be another six months before they remove these accursed braces, which are seriously cramping my style on several fronts. On the plus side, I will most likely get lots of happy drugs. I'll find out more about the recovery process at my pre-op appointment on 30 May.

A one-word meme that I did on Tuesday and never posted: One. Word. Answers. )

It's sobering to realize how much children internalize from spending time with someone (in this case, with me). Sammy said today, "Ms. B—, I have a 'glow' and a 'grow' for you. The 'glow' is that your Spanish is getting better every day. The 'grow' is that you sound funny." Nice. [During Workshop, we give 'glows' and 'grows' when we give feedback.]

Then, a parent came to me after school with this anecdote: "Antonio was misbehaving, and I told him that he was being a bad boy. He responded that 'bad' was too absolute, and said that he was simply making some poor choices." She wanted to know where he'd heard that. I teach five- and six-year-olds, by the way.

Wow. There must be dozens of little parrots-through-a-glass-darkly by now. On the plus side, when our Instructional Coach came in to observe, she asked Jimi why the indefinite article 'a' was listed under the /eɪ/ sound on our Word Wall, when it's sometimes pronounced /ə/. He looked at her oddly and said "But, see, it has the diacritical mark that shows it turns into a schwa when you speak with fluency." Score.

From [livejournal.com profile] sylvan: Image Meme )
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Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] curieuse: Take any 5 sentences from the first 15 entries found at http://www.livejournal.com/stats/latest.bml. String these sentences together in any order to create a narrative. Do NOT identify the progenitors or contexts of the original posts. No modification of grammar or punctuation is allowed. Post the result in your own journal for all to see. [I couldn't really do a narrative this time; everything seemed to lend itself to poetry (nonsensical, at that). Perhaps I'll try for narrative later.]

subjects are pointless ill make you cry and kiss me bloody. 9. Jestures of the articulators. Tounge, hart, non moving parts of the sate just exicted me for Rent. i need to talk to God. as gay as that sounds. Si no escuchas Miss Kittin; no eres COOL xD im a bloody genious

I love the spelling and mechanical problems. So perfect.
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nullalux: (Gorey)
( Sep. 6th, 2004 10:55 pm)
From [livejournal.com profile] phthoggos via AQUEOUS POPE:

The Count
The Count's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

It started with a simple affection for counting and
the terror it induced in others, didn't it?
But now it's turned into a full-blown
life-consuming chaotic nightmare of order,
repetition, zealousness, and perfectionism.
You used to be so grand, but now you find
yourself obsessively worrying over the littlest
things--like, maybe if you don't check the
light switch at least once every two minutes,
the electricity will go out (and damnit, you're
a vampire--that shouldn't be a problem!), or
maybe if you don't wash your hands until your
seams are coming out, you'll get some fatal
disease. Get yourself some treatment.

Which Sesame Street Muppet's Dark Secret Are You?
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Vun two tree, vun two tree...batty, batty, batty, batty, bat, bat-bat!♬ Vun, vunderful bat! Ah hahaha! ♪
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nullalux: (Batty)
( Sep. 6th, 2004 07:51 pm)
301-400 of the Book Meme )

So I don't read much sci-fi. Sue me.

[livejournal.com profile] threetimes scored some free passes to a sneak preview of Shaun of the Dead on the 23rd of this month. Should be fun; everything's better with a zombie. Or a midget. I wonder if it has any zombie midgets? (Exception to zombie/midget rule: porn. Although it would no doubt spice up some of the more insipid blue movies out there.)

[livejournal.com profile] tutordennis has been sanding, treating, staining and varnishing some new album shelves for our vinyl collection. They turned out to be this lovely deep reddish color. I think I'd like to do our coffee table as well. The bunnies and birds are enjoying basil from the garden; it smells so nummy that now I feel like making pesto. It's been quite warm this weekend, but we have plenty of ice tea and lemonade popsicles to ward off the heat. Papers are graded, I'm caught up on sleep, and Geo brought home goodies from SiliCon. I'm gonna go love my people now.
201-300 of the Book Meme )
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nullalux: (Aorist)
( Sep. 1st, 2004 09:44 pm)
From [livejournal.com profile] whobunkyboo, of course:
DNA
You are DNA. You're a smart person, and you appear
incredibly complex to people who don't know
you. You're incomparably full of information,
and most of it is useless.

Which Biological Molecule Are You?
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Quite so. Although said useless knowledge generally serves to keep me amused, at any rate. I do make my own fun.

My voice always hurts whenever I begin teaching again. I'm not used to speaking at such length, much less projecting. My plants miss me, but my students are blooming. Sigh. It feels very much like a Wednesday.

NB: I seem to have acquired a Gmail account. It is nicer than the ucdavis-alumni.com server, so I've routed my mail there.
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Hee hee. I got to teach a bunch of education grad students the IPA. I think it would have been easier for them if I'd just replaced the phonetic alphabet with random symbols (rather than using a system that is based largely on the Roman alphabet, with seemingly bizarre glyphs sprinkled in). It was difficult for them to grasp the idea that we were focusing on sounds, not letters. The consonants were tough enough; I left the vowel-beast for another day.

It looks like I won't get to show Cold Comfort Farm to [livejournal.com profile] threetimes until this weekend, and he's working SiliCon Thursday through Monday. At least I'll have a three-day weekend; perhaps I'll finally get some sorely-needed filing done.

Relationship Meme )

So what does "tend to work out your frustrations in the bedroom" mean? And points if you guess my "odd, ritualized vice."

If I don't go to bed right now, I'm going to wake up at 5A with my laptop keyboard imprinted upon my cheek. There's been a dearth of actual repose of late.
nullalux: (Rabbit)
( Aug. 29th, 2004 07:06 pm)

If you were a cat!
Name / Username
Your age would be: 6 weeks
You would look like:
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How terrible is that? Again with the incredibly accurate memes.

Nobody knows...the trouble she's Bean. The Bean escaped from her area last night. Dennis found her this morning reclining behind his stereo system. This would be fairly unremarkable except that Fava is the most destructive rabbit ever. She has, at one point or another, decimated the three computer systems in the office, ate an entire baseboard, and pulled up and shredded the hallway carpet. This is a partial list. And we're seasoned bunn wranglers, well-steeped in the niceties of bunnyproofing and husbandry. Plus, to add insult to injury, she's spotted. [Edit: She's white with black spots. Somebody get some spot remover.] Fortunately, the stereo remains unscathed.

So much time in the teaching profession seems taken up by drudgery: collating, stapling, copying. Dude, I need a grad student.
From [livejournal.com profile] curieuse: Three Things Meme )

We enjoyed seeing Forbidden Zone last night at the Lumiere in the City. We went with [livejournal.com profile] davebydesign, and we met [livejournal.com profile] rosefox, [livejournal.com profile] sinboy, and others at the theatre; it was nice to see them all. Richard Elfman spoke afterwards, and [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis won a signed poster. For Rose's explanation summary notes on the film, click here.

[livejournal.com profile] threetimes, [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis and I spent some quality time tonight at Bookbuyers, after dining well at Garden Fresh. Tonight's bookstore findings: How Are We to Live? (Peter Singer, signed copy!), Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (S. Bok), The Gashlycrumb Tinies (Edward Gorey), The Luther Bible of 1534, Illuminations from the British Library, some Dr. Science texts, The Mosaic Idea Book (R. Wates), Huggermugger (the word game), and lots of gorgeous decoupage fodder, including Erotica in Renaissance Art. Can't wait! I have to find a good craft store in the area to stock up on supplies.

And now we've all retired for an evening of debauchery. Well, not quite. We stopped at the Quik Mart (Oh the horror! Madness!) for a forty of OE (Dennis), Boone's Melon Ball (myself), and a forty of MGD (No, Geo, no! Don't do it!). All of which, of course, are being drunk properly out of paper bags.
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