Spirit Day

Oct. 4th, 2010 01:17 am
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


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This is such an interesting little meme. It is presented as a series of beautifully filmed videos that ask you to answer four question in order to determine what type you are. Surprisingly, there were no mechanisms to automagically share your results with the social media site of your choice at the end.

Apparently, I am Plastica. I had a hard time choosing between Traditional and Progressive. In the end I decided that I lean a bit more toward being traditional. Had I chosen progressive I would have been Dot Matrix.

Plastica

What Type Are You?

Music Meme

Jun. 21st, 2010 12:55 am
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via [livejournal.com profile] misslynx

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal (preferably with links to where people can hear them, and some kind of comment) with these instructions.

[livejournal.com profile] misslynx gave me "G". Wow, "G" was hard! It turns out that I'm not that crazy about most of the songs in my library that begin with "G". Even so, I managed to picked out ten songs which then took well over an hour to narrow down to six (yes, I threw in a bonus track because everything is better with lasers bonus tracks).

Ghost by the Indigo Girls - If I could only choose one artist or group to write the soundtrack of my life it would be the Indigo Girls. This is one of the songs I always turn to when I'm heartbroken. Sometimes you just need to hear something that echoes your feelings and this may be the most perfect expression of the pain of lost love that I've ever heard.

A Guy Named Joe by Coyote Grace - Coyote Grace is one of my favorite new folk groups. This is a song that Joe, who is trans, wrote about his transition. Here is another little snippet of Joe and Ingred (the other half of CG) speaking and performing at a transgender workshop.

Gotta Have You by The Weepies - just a sweet little song about how when your having a bad day, sometimes the only thing that will make it better is the one you love. I love this little fan made vid. It's adorable.

Gasoline by Garrison Starr - Dysfunction junction. Garrison describes it best in the interview snippet before the song.

Gravel by Ani Difranco - There's always someone that you know you shouldn't let back into your life.

And just to prove that I occasionally listen to something other than folk music. ;-)

Gone Daddy Gone by Violent Femmes - Why? Because I <3 femmes. ;-)

Interesting things I learned about my music collection while working on this post:

There are four songs in my collection named "Gasoline", all by different artists. Garrison Starr, Sheryl Crow, Jann Arden and Po' Girl.

I have five different recordings of "Ghost", "Galileo" and "Get Out the Map" by the Indigo Girls.

I have ten distinct songs in my collection that begin with the word "ghost". The aforementioned "Ghost" by the Indigo Girls, two more named "Ghost" by Live and Namoli Brennet, "Ghost Boy" by Coyote Grace, "Ghost in the House" by Laurie Geltman, "Ghost in the Machine" by Randall Williams, "Ghost in This House" by Alison Krauss, "Ghost of Stephen Foster" by Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Ghost of the Gang" by the Indigo Girls, and finally, "Ghost Train" by Counting Crows.

I have a copy of "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by none other than the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith. How the hell did that get in there?!
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A few days ago [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire posted a list of 100 things that make her happy and asked everyone what was on their list. Here's mine, a bit incomplete. I cribbed a few things from Seanan's list and also from the comments on her post but that doesn't make them any less happy making. :-)

In no particular order...

  • Girl Genius webcomic.
  • The Indigo Girls.
  • Live music.
  • Fresh blackberries.
  • Warm apple pie (NOT a la mode. The ice cream makes the pie soggy.)
  • My cat Max.
  • When Max, who is not very cuddly, cuddles with me.
  • LOLcats.
  • Playing with cats.
  • New episodes of Leverage.
  • New episodes of Bones.
  • Taking long walks.
  • Buying art supplies.
  • Beautiful photography.
  • Trying to take beautiful photos.
  • Successfully taking beautiful photos.
  • Old cameras.
  • New cameras (Shiny!)
  • Places where I might stumble across an old camera (antique shops, flea markets, consignment shops, tag sales, etc.)
  • Tasty Indian food.
  • Tasty Japanese food.
  • Going to the theater (stage).
  • Going to the movies.
  • Movie theater popcorn (with real butter).
  • New trailers for movies I want to see.
  • Musicals.
  • Katharine Hepburn movies.
  • Monty Python.
  • New episodes of Doctor Who.
  • New episodes of Torchwood.
  • Used bookstores.
  • New bookstores.
  • Amusement park rides.
  • Rollercoasters.
  • Steampunk.
  • Legos.
  • ZOMG, Steampunk Legos!1!! (with bonus Star Wars geekery)
  • Dating someone who is geekier than I am.
  • Sushi.
  • Discovering new music.
  • Discovering new books/authors.
  • Discovering new foods.
  • Dark chocolate.
  • Dark beer.
  • Coffee.
  • Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (as individuals, as artists and as a couple).
  • Akitas.
  • Maine Coons.
  • Bengals.
  • Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
  • Teaching.
  • Learning.
  • Getting lost in a great book.
  • Geeking out with friends.
  • Watching/listening to Rachel Maddow.
  • Being able to shop for Valentine's Day at ThinkGeek.
  • My magic phone (as [livejournal.com profile] tikiera put it in a comment on Seanan's post and for pretty much all the same reasons).
  • Lasagna (especially my Mom's).
  • Red wine (but not too much or else it makes me really unhappy the next day).
  • geeky t-shirts.
  • Smartly tailored men's clothes.
  • Wearing smartly tailored men's clothes.
  • Being a geek.
  • Pocket watches.
  • When Spring springs.
  • Adventures.
As Seanan said, that's my list. What's yours?
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Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity.
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

[livejournal.com profile] curgoth asked me:

1. What is your favourite blue food or drink?

I would have to say it's this...

The Kool-Aid that was served to all of the new-hires at my first store meeting at Apple. Not kidding. *snerk*

drinking the Apple kool-aid


















2. Would you rather have a unicorn or a dragon as a pet/housemate?


Oh, definitely a dragon! I'm thinking of the Pern variety of course. Not only are they fabulous friends, they are extraordinarily handy for traversing great distances in an instant. Also, and this totally appeals to the nerdy, social-outcast kid in me, nobody messes with a dragonrider. >:-)

3. If you could travel through time and swipe one thing, what and why?

Ramoth's egg. Oh, wait, wrong universe. Um, wow, I don't know. There are lots of things I'd want to see or hear, but I can't think of anything I'd want to swipe.

After some thought there are a few things that I might consider lifting from the past. Literature that is lost in the present time such as Shakespeare's original manuscripts or as many scrolls from the library of Alexandria as I could cart away. Alternatively, I would consider taking something small and seemingly insignificant that would prevent a horrific event, such as the Holocaust. That would take considerable research though to determine what that small, insignificant item might be. "For want of a nail the kingdom was lost." I would have to find out what the nail was and make sure it was missing.

4. Name three TV shows that would be improved by the addition of unexpected laser beams.

Little House on the Prairie. I can totally picture laser beams coming out of Nellie Olson's eyes. Uh oh! Nellie's on a rampage again! Run for cover! ::pew, pew, pew::

Jeopardy would be so much more interesting if contestants got blasted with a laser when they lose. Wait, wasn't that an episode of Doctor Who?

The Martha Stewart Show. "Today we're going to learn how to create a simple home security system with our own homemade class 4 lasers. They're a good thing."


5. What is best in cookies?

Well, that's obvious. Love (and LOTS of chocolate, preferably dark chocolate).

Ugh

Oct. 27th, 2009 11:24 pm
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Awful night at darts tonight. Mostly my fault I think. My back and shoulder were bothering me and I never quite got in the groove. Was throwing like shit for most of the night. Meh. I'm not a terribly competitive person (at least I didn't think I was) but it still sucks losing as badly as we did tonight. 11 to 1. Yes that's right, we won a whopping one out of twelve games. Again I say, ugh! 
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Your result for The Steampunk Style Test...

The Scientist

50% Elegant, 62% Technological, 40% Historical, 24% Adventurous and 29% Playful!

You are the Scientist, the embodiment of steampunk’s academic side. Where other technological styles might emphasize the gadgets of the genre, you realize there is more to science than doohickeys and gears. Your accessories are medical bags, test tubes, measuring instruments, and academic papers. You are more likely to carry a compass, quadrant, or ether-attuned spectrometer than a wrench or welding torch. You probably carry a timepiece, and your prolific reading gives you every right to wear spectacles. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of your style is that it combines the frock coats and bustle gowns of the 19th century with the trappings of Victorian science.


 


Try our other Steampunk test here.

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The perfect accessory for my evil costume of evil. Bwahahaha! Did I mention that it's free?










 
Cover Art
 
Horrible Remote

CP3 Inc.


iTunes


Release Date: Apr 03, 2009
Genre: Entertainment
© CP3, Inc.
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Oh no! I got sucked into GoodReads. Not.Enough.Time! It's all [livejournal.com profile] suricattus's fault. If you don't know what GoodReads is, here's a blurb from their about page that sums it up nicely: "Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have over 2,400,000 members who have added over 59,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more."

Come on. You know you want to. ;-) Check out my books on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/profile/g33kboi

Actually, there's not much there yet, cuz, you know, not.enough.time. But come play with me anyway. :-)

Wow!

Sep. 10th, 2009 10:57 am
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Locus Magazine just asked if they could use one or two of my Worldcon photos in the next issue!  ::head explodes::  Of course I said yes. They're even paying me for them. :-)
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Original image tweeted by Miss Amanda Palmer.

Cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] lolgaimans 

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To [livejournal.com profile] indigocaz  and [livejournal.com profile] indigokare !

(about 50 minutes late. whoops.)

That is all. :-)
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An interesting use of Twitter to promote a novel. Phillipa Gregory posted tweets for approximately two weeks as her protagonist in her latest novel, The White Queen. Read the whole thing here. via The Guardian

My latest musical discovery is Po' Girl, a Canadian folk group that I think is currently based in Vancouver. They are opening for one of my favorite bands, Girlyman, on several of their US shows and Girlyman is opening for Po' Girl on several Canadian shows. Those are going to be some amazing shows!

Awful Library Books, A blog set up by two public spirited librarians from Detroit cataloguing the worst books on library shelves. via The Guardian (again)

Because I was looking for good places to play darts in Toronto, I found this extremely useful site, TorontoDarts.com.

More amusement from The Guardian and continuing with the zombie invasion thread, apparently The British Zombie Invasion, in which John, Paul and George are all zombies (Ringo is a ninja), is slated to be published in June of next year.

I've decided to read all of the World Fantasy Award Winners for Best Novel. Not all at once mind you, and not to the exclusion of everything else. Just bit by bit. There's no self-imposed deadline on this and I've already read many of them, like The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip, the first winner of this award. This idea came to me after reading, you guessed it, an article on The Guardian (via [livejournal.com profile] cherylmmorgan) and thought this would be a great resource for picking the next good book to read.

Now I'm off to the gym because I didn't go on Tuesday after all.

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A brief update: I got a few of the things on my to do list done. Sort of. Laundry. Well, I have clean clothes for the week.  That counts, doesn't it? Posted pics of Worldcon, but still no real post about it. Hmm. Maybe later this week. Falcon Ridge pics? Ha! Still way too many to sort through. Maybe in a few weeks. Household chores? Don't make me laugh. I did get a big chunk of the yard work done though with a lot of help from my housemate.  There's still one corner that needs to be dealt with, but I think it can wait until this heatwave breaks.  So I feel like I accomplished something, but there is still lots more to do.

Now, off to the gym and then ruining it all by eating wings and drinking beer with a friend later tonight.

Here's some random stuff that entertained me today. Maybe it will amuse you too.

Encyclopedia Dramatica. Wikipedia with snark. From the ED's About page: "Encyclopedia Dramatica's purpose is to provide a central catalog for the e-public to view parody and satire of drama, memes, e-pals and other interesting happenings on the internets. The goal is to provide comprehensive, reference-style parody, to poke fun at everyone and everything on the internet."

Apparently Canadians are concerned about a zombie invasion. via [livejournal.com profile] cherylmmorgan 

Spoken word artist Alix Olson interviews Rachel Maddow for Velvet Park, a queer online magazine. via Geek Porn Girl

Good Show Sir. The worst sci fi/fantasy book covers. via The Guardian

LEGO pr0n!  Italianate rowhouses in Albany (just a couple of blocks from my office) recreated in LEGO blocks. via All Over Albany

Lightsaber Chopsticks! I totally want these, just because they are so utterly geeky.




















You're still here? It's over! ...Go home.
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...are here. Read the comments on the photos. They may be the closest thing to a post that I come up with. :-)
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  • FUN!!!!!
  • Mud! Lots and lots of mud. I think the money I paid for the cheap mud boots I bought before the festival is the best $18 I've ever spent.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Sun! A surprising amount of it considering all of the rain and mud. Note to self: sunblock only works when properly applied. I'm now sporting a rather spectacular farmer's tan.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Only one mosquito bite all weekend! Wow! That is unheard of.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Volunteering for the first time. Worked at Gate Ticket Sales putting wrist bands on festival attendees. Great crew. Awesome people.  Fantastic way to meet people and make new friends. Definitely volunteering again.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Swing dancing for the first time at the Dance Stage. Awkward but fun! :-)  Going to look for local queer friendly/gender free dancing in the area.
  • Big! Scary! Storm! OMG! The Ticket Gate Sales crew gathered at the front gate tent, even some people that weren't working at the time, watched the storm roll in, listened to incoming weather reports on the walkie talkies and drank red wine that Pam our fearless leader brought for the occasion.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Missed a quintessential Falcon Ridge moment when some of the performers who got rained out of the Song Swap on the Main Stage decided to play in the Volunteer Tent instead. Heard it was an amazing night. Missing that wasn't so fun, but I was helping a frightened, lonely friend get back to her camp site in the rain. Some things are even more important than music.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Holy crap! That cheap, crappy tent I borrowed didn't leak!
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Music!!!!!!!!  Lots and lots of fabulous music!!! Ahhh!! I feel completely rejuvenated and restored. Like my batteries have been recharged.  Ember Swift says that music is her religion. Amen, sister! I feel like I just came back from a spiritual retreat.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • The Paul Simon Workshop. Susan Werner dancing like a maniac and inciting Nerissa and Katrina Nields to join her while other performers played. She was definitely in her happy place and it was completely infectious! :-)
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Lots of children, big and small, running and playing in the mud and not caring how dirty they were.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Pierce Brothers Fogbuster Coffee! Oh, how I'll miss you. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Janis Ian recounting the tale of proposing to her spouse over IM (while they were both at home but in different rooms of the house). Janis to her partner: "Let's go to Toronto to get married. I have to be there for a science fiction convention anyway." Janis's partner: "How fitting." Hotel clerk in Toronto: "Are you here for the convention?"  J: "No we're here to get married." Clerk: "Oh! Well then we'll give you the Bridal Suite."  Cafe barista: "Are you here for the convention?" J: "No, we're here to get married." Barista: "Oh! You're lattes are on us." And so on all week. She said that they had been together for 15 years before they got married and that neither one of them were the sort to get sappy and teary eyed but they both cried once they were actually married. In retrospect, she said that it was because for the first time ever an entire country treated them like they were normal. Really, truly, I just love Canada.  I really hope that the United States grows up to be just like it one day.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Sunday Morning Gospel Wake Up Call. Girlyman singing the Girly Benediction followed by Son of a Preacher Man. Perfection! Spying Pam and Anne, fearless leaders of the Ticket Gate Sales crew dancing together behind Main Stage during the Gospel hour. Sweetness!
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Spent too much money on silly things like jewelry and a henna tattoo and I don't care.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Hanging with Wendy on Sunday afternoon while Natalia played with the Nields on Main Stage.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Post festival volunteer dinner at Four Brothers in Hillsdale. The traditional cutting of the bands. Pam wielding Ed's swiss army knife to cut everyone's volunteer bands off, thus releasing us from service until next year. Singing Happy Birthday to Dave Navarro's son Joseph who had just turned thirteen.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Took a zillion photos. I'll post those as soon as I have to time to sift and sort.
  • Did I mention that I had fun?
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Update on the application situation...

...behind the cut to spare those who could care less about databases )

Moving on to happier, more vacationy thoughts. I have rain boots and sunscreen now for the festival. One wouldn't ordinarily think those two things would go together, but this is Falcon Ridge. It's always sweltering hot and it always rains. Still need bug repellent that won't give me cancer as soon as I touch the package. Going to go down to the festival grounds early-ish tomorrow to check in as a volunteer and sign up for shifts as well as pitch my tent, then it's back to Albany for work at job #2 and one last night of sleep in a clean, dry bed before music and mud. :-)

My must see events at the festival...

...also behind a cut to spare those who could care less about folk festivals. :-) )
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"Is that an analog Kindle? I haven't seen one of those in ages."
- Barely post-pubescent co-worker, in reference to the paperback I was reading 
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This was pretty much my day today. I rolled out not one but two application updates today. At first things seemed to go smoothly, in spite of the lackadaisical attitude of the dba I was working with. The database updates went smoothly. The executables were pushed successfully. No screams of protest from the users. Waiting... waiting... cricket... cricket... think I'll get lunch. Yep, that did it. It's like saying, think I'll take a walk on a cloudy day and leave my umbrella in the office. Best way to ensure a torrential downpour.

The gruesome details... )

In other, happier news, I finally got my volunteer confirmation from Falcon Ridge (Two days before the fest! Cutting it close much?).  I am working on the gate ticket sales crew which I think will be pretty cush so I'm happy.  I've got a tent and a bed and they're going to feed me most of the time so food is not a big issue.  I mostly just need clothes, sunscreen and bug repellent. And rain boots. And an umbrella. Tomorrow night - shopping for missing items and packing.
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