• 11:34 Hot cereal w/ brown sugar and mug of PG Tips tea. The Philosopher seems a good deal better; the Professor and I are much relieved. #
  • 14:55 Rabbit finished reading "'Til We Have Faces" (C.S. Lewis) to me last night. It's one of his favorite books, and now it's one of mine, too. ♥ #
  • 15:03 RT @laughingsquid: Last week at SXSW, @kevinrose launched wefollow.com, a new user-powered Twitter directory. #
  • 15:08 @wefollow: #bayarea #handmade #steampunk #
  • 16:22 Nipping out for coffee with Hoi Didymoi. Perhaps even iced frou-frou coffee. #
  • 19:03 Watching the Watchmen. On Wednesday. w00t! #
  • 00:15 Tonight is epic. So many things going on and I love all of it. #
  • 00:34 RT @unwoman: Subway as art gallery, with cellist: tinyurl.com/d3hncm SF is hella jealous. [Another stellar Improv Everywhere gambol.] #
  • 02:40 RT @qikipedia: Here is today's archaic word; try to use it: Mastigophorer- a fellow worthy to be whipped. #

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A sneaky peek:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Perhaps I should give Austen another chance.

( More ephemera from 15 March 2009 )
  • 14:17 RT @choklit: Huzzah - Stache and Skyeboy's Hennepin Crawler is also in the new MAKE mag! tinyurl.com/make-kbc #
  • 15:20 Kept pointed filigree ring on since trip to Borderlands. Still regretting lack of "What Shat That?" book though: tinyurl.com/WSTbook #
  • 15:23 Happy National Grammar Day! nationalgrammarday.com/ #
  • 15:36 The @Exploratorium (Museum of science, art, and human perception in SF) has free admission today. www.exploratorium.edu #
  • 15:42 Confession: You told me in which direction to look to find a rainbow during sunny storms. Since then, I don't even mind driving in the rain. #
  • 15:58 @kimvermillion: Now I want pie. #
  • 19:46 @ZKitten: In a bio, I'm always tempted to write: "I make things. Usually, I make a mess." But srsly, trot out your credentials, girl! #
  • 23:42 Wizard. Somebody find my pants. #
  • 01:09 MAKE: Talk's inaugural radio show Fri, 12P PT/3P ET, featuring @garethb2 and @vonslatt! Listen here: www.blogtalkradio.com/maketalk #
  • 01:34 ThinkGeek/Instructables contest: create w/ any ThinkGeek product, publish on Instructables, prizes for best mods tinyurl.com/hackmod #

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  • 14:52 Happy Mustache Monday! Who wants a mustache ride? tinyurl.com/dfzu4s #
  • 14:57 @TotusMel: Death is clearly contraindicated here. *hugs* #
  • 15:21 Anatomical knee-highs: tinyurl.com/cz8zc8 #
  • 16:23 The weather here is most caliginous; might I adumbrate that we recall the happy hours we spent aestivating not so very long ago? #
  • 19:35 Futzing about on Soup.io: nullalux.soup.io/ #
  • 19:35 Dinner w/ @teawiththecheat, @tinellaq, @tutordennis at good old Uncle Chen's. #
  • 19:45 My Twitteristics: Tweets 6.2/day, Engaging (above average: 42%), Good Connector (above average: 45%)! mrtweet.net/nullalux?gr #
  • 01:17 Plinky asked me to name a book that changed my mind or opened my eyes: plinky.com/links/7VK #importantbook #
  • 02:10 "They...said I was crazy to try and create a four armed robotic vampire weasel!" Mad scientist photoshop contest: tinyurl.com/madsci #
  • 02:25 Listening to American Gods on audio. I adore @neilhimself, but find myself wishing for Rabbit's dulcet tones reading to me instead. Soon! #
  • 02:45 "Where It's At" graph. Let the x axis be 'Items Possessed' and the y axis be 'Quantities' nullalux.soup.io/post/13111747/Image #

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  • 3:20 AM Peruse Deanna Molinaro's Not-for-Children children's books: http://tinyurl.com/y38jot #
  • 3:44 AM An alligator can't be held responsible for his sudden conniptionous egocentrocities. #
  • 3:56 AM Calendar of reproductions of original collages depicting inventors of fantastical creations: http://www.lulu.com/content/5002069 #
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  • 06:04 Huh. Orchids sure cast interesting shadows on the ceiling by candlelight, particularly when one has stayed up very late watching The Grudge. #
  • 07:17 "Morons, your bus is leaving." www.moviesoundclips.net/movies1/groundhogday/moron.wav #
  • 07:26 @vonslatt: I imagine tiny Doozers gnomes from Fraggle Rock in utility belts, mending me w/ radish dust. I don't know that this is effective. #
  • 07:48 @vonslatt: No, not to fret, my dear, but they are doing a splendid job of osteological osculations to mend my recent mandibular mania. ♥ #
  • 20:42 RT @shoutingboy: An invaluable resource for gaslight & steampunk roleplayers/cosplayers: tinyurl.com/cjov86 #
  • 20:51 Encouraging Kids to Become Makers: MAKE visits Bay Area schools tinyurl.com/MAKEkids #

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201-300 of the Book Meme )
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.
101-200 of the Book Meme )

Note to self: Do not spellcheck text containing 100 author names.

My Linguistics class was cancelled tonight, so I have a morsel of unexpected time. Of course, I should be doing myriad things with it, but I can still revel in a bit of bookery.
nullalux: (Story)
( Aug. 21st, 2004 06:53 pm)
That interesting but heinously long Book Meme is going around. I took it from [livejournal.com profile] pause4paws, by which time it had crept up to 500 titles. So I decided to do it in installments. 1-100 of the Book Meme )

I've been fretful of late, and haven't been sleeping or getting random things done that need doing. But [livejournal.com profile] threetimes and I stayed up all night listening and talking to each other, and I feel like anything is possible. I fully believe that we can do anything we want, together, including helping each other to become better people. For my part, I want to learn to articulate negative feelings and hold my own in potentially tense conversations, because my usual non-confrontational methods don't work well for him. I want to show him that I take him and his concerns seriously, while not hitting my keep-things-positive critical mass in the process. It's funny (peculiar, not haha) that I'm usually calm and patient to a fault (in fact, others complain that it infuriates them), but due to the time and place in which Geo and I shaped our dynamic, we left that aspect of my personality out of the loop. However, I confidently believe that the dynamic between loving, intelligent people can evolve and change through thought, intent and desire.

I'm off to do some of my linguistics reading and listen to some records with [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis. Hmm, what shall we do for our dinner date?

You're The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!
by C.S. Lewis
You were just looking for some decent clothes when everything changed quite dramatically. For the better or for the worse, it is still hard to tell. Now it seems like winter will never end and you feel cursed. Soon there will be an epic struggle between two forces in your life and you are very concerned about a betrayal that could turn the balance. If this makes it sound like you're re-enacting Christian theological events, that may or may not be coincidence. When in doubt, put your trust in talking animals.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Okay, this is just creepy. I would never have chosen the Chronicles of Narnia to represent myself right now, but I think this meme just hit the sharpest tool on the head (not to mix metaphors). Oh well, it's not rocket surgery.

The new lantana in the back is doing well; I now have white, yellow and purple. The morning glory vine has really taken off, and we're getting lovely big purplish-blue blossoms. In the front, we put in a couple salvia plants that I just love. The next project, I think, will be some verbena in the plot under the bunny room window in back.

I just received the latest Bust mag, and [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis should be back with coffee and delectable pastries any minute, so I'm off to go perpetrate some evil on these Champion City people.
I'm spending today alone, which is quite a rarity. [livejournal.com profile] tutordennis is in Sac for a few days, and [livejournal.com profile] threetimes is out and about. I've been puttering around the house and yard with the critters and reading Christopher Moore's Lamb (trying to get in some more pleasure reading before school starts). It's my last week of freedom! I'm looking forward to setting up my classroom starting next week, and meeting the new TFA Corps Members teaching at our site. I'll also be taking an evening Linguistics class at NHU (I hope it's at least reasonably academic, and not one of those applied "teacher education" courses), so I'll be in class until 9:30P on TR. This does not bode well for my leisure time. This Saturday I'm going to a seminar on "Disciplining with Love and Logic," which should no doubt be titled "Asserting Your Absolute Authority over Children without Feeling Guilty." Ick.

When Dennis and I went shopping recently, we parked by the Jamba Juice (which is in the same strip mall-type lot as Albertson's, where we were shopping). So we were heading back to the car with about six bags of groceries and a case of bottled water, when, about 20 feet from the car, the cart's wheels locked up. Apparently, the store has some sort of anti-theft device on their carts. Fine. But we were still in the same parking lot! So, thanks to the anti-helpful device, we had to go back and forth lugging the bags and the case of water across the just-far-enough-to-be-annoying distance to the car. If I were a grumbly sort of person, I'd be grumbling.

Okay, the cats are looking expectant, so I will feed them and then go out to feed myself. Heavenly Salad from Vegetarian House is calling to me! Yummy food, and cult propaganda. What more could one ask?

Disturbing link of the day: Empower yourself!.

I haven't been sleeping at night, as you can tell by my participation in the following meme:
Kissing Survey )
[livejournal.com profile] threetimes penned what I think is one of the most resonant eulogies that we could offer up for Sam. You may read it here, and here you'll find a photo of Sam and his bonded companion, our kitty Spencer.

The landlady walk-through yesterday went well; she ascertained that we hadn't burned the house to the ground or anything, and she liked the landscaping we've done. Geo and I took all of the bunnies for a bonding ride in the back of the Jimmy, and managed to bond Nina with the gruesome foursome (Henry, Chana, Naomi and Porcini); it's amazing how a bumpy trip and the indignity of having one's nails trimmed will make bunns forget their petty differences. However, Noa was too truculent, so she's still a solo. We finally had the old Honda towed, so we now have a two-car driveway again. I'm halfway through my second Christopher Moore title (probably the last of my summer reading), Fluke.

Now, with our tummies full of pasta, polenta, and wine, we're off to watch 1776. I think a quiet, snuggly evening at home sounds just right.
nullalux: (Rabbit)
( Aug. 5th, 2004 04:42 pm)
There are those who don't care for people posting memes in their LJs, but I've always thought that memes are what you make of them. I consider the results to be a springboard for discussion, or indicative of my character or personality in a way that I'd like to record in my journal. They can be thought-provoking, which is usually a good thing. And sometimes they're just darn funny.

You are Fiver!

Find out Which Watership Down Character you are.

Hmph. I'll have you know that 5'2" is a very good height to be, and not at all "runty." Apparently I'm the Watership Down equivalent of Kassandra (he's got that whole the-house-reeks-of-death-and-dripping-blood thing going on). The clairvoyant thing would be nice, if I had any respect for those sorts of claims, which I don't. Why couldn't I have been Blackberry, the lapine genius, or Blackavar, the wounded poet? Oimoi. Still and all, Watership Down remains one of my favorite books. I've always preferred it to other epics, such as Lord of the Rings.

In other news, I've just finished applying Soft Claws® to Madeleine's front paws. That was an experience, to put it mildly. Madi has always been vocal, and she lost no time in telling me exactly what she thought of the whole procedure; needless to say, she did not think highly of the idea. But I persevered, and with the help of a beach towel (the "kitty burrito" technique), her dragon-lady talons have been capped. The furniture, as well as [livejournal.com profile] threetimes's lap, is safe once more (until Madi manages to chew the caps off). I feel a Tick-like episode-ending speech coming on...

Meme results (and commentary). )