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Oct. 1st, 2007 @ 06:50 pm Probably the big news of the week
Current Location: the room
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: nothing, it might wake the kitten
I've got a kitten. It's a boy, very tiny, and black and white -- a little too white to be a proper tuxedo, but still very cute.

The long, weird story of why I have a kittenCollapse )

I don't have a name for him yet, but I'm thinking. The front-runner right now is Saburo, but maybe that's too weeaboo?

Anyway, here, have some poorly-taken digital camera pictures:

He's exploring!

Such a pretty boy.

"Giant terrifying human! I am ordering you to desist at once!"

Name suggestions, of course, will be cheerfully accepted.
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desert flowers (iconsdeboheme)
Sep. 22nd, 2007 @ 03:27 pm ding
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: State Shirt, "Straw Man"
Today, I am 24 years old.

It's probably not going to be a very exciting birthday -- I have no plans and don't even have any interesting ideas -- but hey, it happened. I survived another revolution of the Earth, and that's always good.
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baby plant!
Sep. 13th, 2007 @ 10:59 pm I don't normally post these things, but this was too good.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Erin McKeown, "Paper Moon"
1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top ten results.

1. Taxidermist
2. Veterinarian
3. Communications Specialist
4. Print Journalist
5. Translator
6. Critic
7. Market Research Analyst
8. Writer
9. Zoologist
10. Veterinary Technician

Seriously, meme... taxidermy? You're sure? ... Should I be insulted?
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Helen Narbon (narbonic.com)
Aug. 30th, 2007 @ 04:23 pm BEWARE, I LIVE
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Jonathan Coulton, "Creepy Doll"
Tags: ,
Okay, so:

1) I am back from PAX / the Nebraska trip. "What trip?", you may well say. Well, uh... the reason I didn't post about it was that I thought I'd have internet access during it, at least sporadically, but that turned out to be a terrible mistake. So, uh, sorry I mysteriously disappeared for like a week.

2) PAX was pretty cool. More later.
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mt. itoi, my god it's full of robots
Jul. 26th, 2007 @ 03:08 pm *ahem*
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: Neutral Milk Hotel, "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"
Ladies and gentlemen of the Internet:


And it only took almost eight years longer than it takes most people! Gosh, I'm talented.

Seriously, though, I'm more excited than this warrants. This has been a long, strange, demoralizing process for me, and now it's over and I have a little card with a terrible picture of myself. (The picture is really hideous, but this too does not faze me.) I can drive places legally! It's exciting!

... Yeah, uh, I got nothin' else, besides the usual promise to update about my RL situation at some point. So it goes.
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Eaglelanders party hard
Jun. 15th, 2007 @ 01:59 pm An exciting new family recipe
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: the rhythm of the falling rain. No, really.
Sandy's Suspicious Spaghetti

One jar of pasta sauce, or at least something that looks very much like it
One-half package spaghetti noodles (or substitute)
One loaf sourdough bread, plus butter, cheese, and garlic powder


1) Prepare spaghetti as normal, using the first jar that appears to contain spaghetti sauce that you can reach in the recently-reorganized refrigerator. Also prepare a delicious garlic bread.
2) Realize you have insufficient spaghetti for everyone, so use rice to substitute for your portion.
3) Serve spaghetti and garlic bread in living room, where your husband and daughter are watching Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?, morbidly amused.
4) When your husband or daughter comments that the spaghetti sauce tastes kind of strange, mention that you're trying a new brand.
5) Observe that spaghetti sauce tastes kind of strange.
6) Go back to kitchen and check jar; observe that you have, in fact, used a delicious pepper-and-honey salsa in the place of spaghetti sauce.
7) Apologize, look sheepish, and accept comfort. Notice that both husband and daughter still ate more than half of their serving.
8) Relax and watch a grown woman demonstrate on national television that she has no idea how many feet are in a yard.

I <3 you, Mom.
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THEP-U-MAMAN (not by me)
Jun. 4th, 2007 @ 02:27 pm Graduation, one year later
Current Mood: lonelylonely
Current Music: The Police, "Tea in the Sahara"
I realized today that I owe the '07's congratulations, so here they are. To the Class of '07, Williams and otherwise: congrats. To the Williams '07's, you're some of the greatest people I know -- bright, funny, kind -- and I hope you can start on the wonderful futures you deserve. To the other '07's... you've probably been graduated for a while now, but I wish you the same.

That said, graduation is a time I greet with mixed emotions. I know I should be viewing it as the beginning of great potential, but it's hard not to see it as the ending. Graduation is and was the diaspora, everyone spreading out to their new homes and new lives. I know it's a point so cliche that even mentioning it feels farcical, but so many of the people who graduated a year ago or this year -- people whom a year or two ago I was as close to as anyone in the world -- I haven't seen since, at the latest, January, and may well never see again. The ones I still talk to I by and large only talk to via LJ, and who knows how long that'll last?

I know what a stupid thing this is to focus on, and by and large I don't focus on it much, but it still has power to hit me hard when I least expect it. Today I was reading Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, a powerfully sad novel about three boarding-school friends and their strange fates -- but the part I found so sad wasn't their fate so much as the invocation of the closeness of school days, and the sensation of the loss of it. This also punched me in the gut reading Wicked, a novel which otherwise bored me. It's been a year since graduation; why does the realization of loss still hurt?

I'm sorry, I know I should stop whining, but... I miss you all. I miss the conversations and the games and the Mad Cow and all of it. I miss the feeling that I was vital and social and interesting, instead of someone basically fated to be lonely. I know we're all going onto better things, but I miss the thing we had. It's too easy, out here in the world, to cave into the old fears that nobody ever really liked me and are just as happy to be rid of me.

(Gee, and here I thought literature was supposed to be cathartic? Maybe catharsis is now a two-step process involving a blog.)

Despite all this glurge, I should point out that I really am doing better, for the most part. I'm making progress, starting to think through the questions about next year, finding things to do... I know I haven't updated in way too long, and I should fix that. Que sera sera.
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blue glass heart
May. 1st, 2007 @ 04:09 pm Because it's been too long since I posted a meme...
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: The New Pornographers, "Falling Through Your Clothes"
... and this one is kind of cool:

That Golden Compass daemon meme that's going around. Cut for people who don't like Flash on their friendslists.Collapse )

It's starting as a gibbon (?), but feel free to poke the damn thing into shape.

EDIT: And now it's a ladybug? (I will probably be doing more edits as this thing changes, since this is what makes the meme interesting.)

EDIT: Ocelot!

EDIT: ... Tarantula?

EDIT: Ocelot again...

EDIT: Now some kind of falcon?
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Electric pride
Apr. 18th, 2007 @ 06:50 pm Aaargh
Okay, so, I'm a moron. Somehow (I'm guessing via visiting a site with these popups -- oh, Keenspot, you disgust me) I've managed to get my goddamn laptop infected with Error Protector, which is of course merrily throwing around popups for Winantivirus and its whole nasty brood. (Yes, I pulled the network cord to keep anything else from crawling on the thing; I'm typing this from my parents' computer right now.) Sophos appears to be flaking on it, and Spybot wasn't any help either. In other words... it's time to ask the Internet.

I need help on a few things:
1) A program that will kill this damn thing, and
2) A solution that will actually work. To Sophos's credit, it caught the initial trojan, but that doesn't seem to be doing much good; clearly I need a better AV suite, and my adblocking is also clearly below par. Yes, I am suitably frustrated with myself, but right now I just need to figure out how to keep this from happening again.

Any advice/reliable spyware removers?
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lock the taskbar, Sharif don&#39;t like it
Apr. 11th, 2007 @ 06:33 pm Breathe in, breathe out... breathe in...
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: The Flaming Lips, "The Spark That Bled (The Softest Bullet Ever Shot)"
A flash-update, because I haven't in a while:

I'm doing okay. My mood is stabilizing, more or less, although I still have the occasional bad day. I've started counseling, and it has helped.

Right now I'm working on helping my mother de-wallpaper and paint the bathroom. This is turning Herculean, because whoever applied the hideous wallpaper did so very thoroughly. It's all gone now, though, and now we can get on to spackling and priming.

I finally got a copy of The Flaming Lips's The Soft Bulletin, and I am cursing myself for not getting it earlier. This is one of the most perfect albums I've heard in some time: beauty from start to finish, not a song out of place. Masterful. The fact that it's also about superscience certainly doesn't hurt.

Finally, because I am basically shameless, a meme that's been going around my flist:
We all have things about our friends that make us slightly envious.
Not in a bad way, but in a 'Wow! I wish I had that person's hair/eyes/money/relationship/toenails/whatever.'
So tell me what about me makes you envy me. . . then post this in your LJ and see what makes me envious of you.
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blue glass heart
Mar. 18th, 2007 @ 04:28 pm Help?
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: R.E.M., "Wanderlust"
Okay, so: I got Pokemon Mystery Dungeon on Friday. It's a fun little game -- a little clunky by Roguelike standards, and oh god frustrating escort missions, but generally enjoyable. I've been cruising along making progress... and then, with two new recruits I don't want to lose, I get stuck in Great Canyon 11F (C-rank). Help, please?

The password:

Please, someone on the Internet, save my Phanpy!
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Helen Narbon (narbonic.com)
Mar. 12th, 2007 @ 04:09 pm Shameless pimping for the Shameathon
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: JBB, "Red Robot"
As some of you already know, thejennabides is launching a new fanfic-exchange/ficathon called The Shameathon. The goal of the Shameathon, as implied by the name, is to match story prompts that the writers can't bring themselves to write (because of shame, block, or whatever) together with those who can write them, producing a communal sense of guilty joy. All is awesome... the only problem is that, due to this not being advertised outside of friends-of-friendslists, the proportions of fandoms represented have gotten a little skewed. Or, to put it more simply, there are apparently 37 metric buttloads of Gundam Wing prompts and a lot of fandoms with only one prompt. Since there appears to be very little overlap between those who prompted GW and those who prompted anything else, the organizer has extended submissions so things can get evened out a smidge and everyone can get some fic.

I'm posting this here because a) a lot of my friendslist is in fandom and does some pretty eclectic things, b) the Shameathon has the potential to be a lot of fun, and therefore c) hopefully some of you will be interested. Signups are open until next Sunday the 18th and are here. Shame on!
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THEP-U-MAMAN (not by me)
Feb. 27th, 2007 @ 07:05 pm Newsflash: still a dork
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Current Music: Barenaked Ladies, "Lovers in a Dangerous Time"
I finally decided to give in and make a separate journal to cordon off my Mother-related fanstuff, so as to improve the signal-to-noise ratio on this LJ a bit. It's over at wasurerareta; feel free to friend it if you have any interest or ignore it if you don't. I've gone ahead and started it off with two fics: Wind and Snow, a Mother fic I wrote back in January and never posted to LJ, and And We Shall Play A Game of Chess, A Mother 2+3 fic I wrote last night in a fit of inspiration. (The latter is prompted by draegonhawke's "Write What You Hate" challenge, and despite it being two years overdue, I'm glad I finally managed to write something for it.

I'm also thinking of using that journal for something a little more ambitious: a scanlation project. I have a copy of Mother 2: Nesu no Boukenki ("Ness's Adventure Record"), character designer Benimaru Itoh's manga adaptation of M2 which, much like the game, is both endearing and strange, with a very Western-feeling art style and some sharp plot changes from the game. I've scanned and uploaded the splash page, which is a good example of the art style and strangeness level (na na na na SYMBOLISM!). It might well interest people, and if not, hey, I could use some more translation practice.

I swear I will start updating about something else at some point. Really.
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Eaglelanders party hard
Feb. 18th, 2007 @ 02:46 pm Bad ideas are the best kind of ideas
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Current Music: Donovan, "Season of the Witch"
So! In the spirit of procrastinating from RL, and as an expansion of a thought I just posted as a comment to draegonhawke: I have a strange idea. I call it "The Mutual Fandom-Appreciation Society," but (to borrow Magi's phrasing) you could also call it "The Fandom Singles Bar."

The idea is inspired by the lament that seems to echo across my friendslist on a regular basis: "I really want to fan out with somebody about $THING, but the fandom is (huge and frightening/maddeningly lame/tiny and inbred and frightening/nonexistent/otherwise unsuitable)!" It attempts to solve this problem by bringing people together for mutual appreciation of be-fanned things, in hopes of creating some interesting discussion and a bit more satisfaction. Here's how, in my ideal world, it would go down:

The Mutual Fandom-Appreciation Society itself would be quite small; I envision somewhere between 5 and 12 people working out okay. These people wouldn't have to be friends beforehand, but ideally they would be of similar temperaments and be able to get along with each other pretty well. The three major qualifications for being in the Society would be a) this ability to get along with the other members, b) an experience of the same vague fandom dissatisfaction described above, and c) a willingness (and the time required) to experiment with new things.

The willingness to try new things (and the relatively small group size) would be because of the core of the project: each Society member would recommend their current fandom pleasure/source of dissatisfaction to the others, and everyone would try each other's media recommendation out. (Obviously, there would be guidelines for an appropriate media rec here: "relatively accessible and appropriate for all," in both the "you can find this easily and legally" and "probably not super-raunchy porn" senses.) Of course, there would be no requirement that you would have to like anything you sampled, and if your response was "eh, not for me," it'd be understood that everyone's tastes vary. Still, if all went well at least a few people would end up intrigued by some of the things they'd tried... and, hopefully, everyone now has a couple of similarly-temperamented people who are interested in the same thing they are. At that point, well, fanning out of whatever sort people enjoy could commence: discussion, speculation, fic writing/recs/sporking...

Yeah, this would basically be a "pimp your fandom" thing, but with a little more intimacy and commitment involved, and hopefully a better payoff. I realize intellectually that this would be a lot of effort and would probably be doomed to screaming-flames failure, but on the other hand, it would be so awesome if it worked. Ah, well. Maybe once I have the time for fan-herding and watching tons of stuff...
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Helen Narbon (narbonic.com)
Feb. 7th, 2007 @ 06:54 pm Hope grows greener than grass stains
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: The New Pornographers, "The Fake Headlines"
I am, in the middle of the damn mess that is my life, contemplating getting back into writing.

Hey, it could work!

At bare minimum, I'd very much like to get moltenslagtears back up and running. Needless to say, this requires a backlog of drabbles... which, at the moment, I do not have. Thus, it's time to appeal to the Internet: I need some fic prompts! Like, now! These can be in any format you want, but there are two I've seen elsewhere that strike me as interesting:

1) A song title, and
2) (stolen from Anacrusis) The first six words of a drabble. (Obviously, that's a non-trivial amount of a 101-word story, so it's going to be meaningful.)

This is not a meme; I'm not going to take this post as binding, "I-have-to-write-whatever-you-goons-give-me"-style. But I will try, and I'd very much appreciate it.

Longer-form stuff may also be coming, although I'm still trying to figure out how that'll work. I should really revive vitrified, in which I have not posted since 2005... but on the other hand, maybe I should just get a new journal. And then there's the matter of "is it time to send Mother-fandom stuff to the cornfield another journal of its own before it overwhelms my real one?" Sigh. Being a fan: it's all about The Tough Decisions[tm].
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freaky like me, kuroi ame
Feb. 2nd, 2007 @ 05:26 pm You knew it was coming
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Wolf Parade, "Fancy Claps"
So, guess who finished Mother 3 quite late last night/early this morning? And who is now going to write about the experience at great length?

(A: Me.)

Let's start with the gameplay/actual playing experience.Collapse )

Now, then, onto the story...

Some discussion of the narrative, as spoiler-free as I can make it for now, but, uh, I might slip. SNAPE KILLS MONOTOLI, PAGE 606, COMPLETELY TRUECollapse )

A final note on localizationCollapse )

Absolute final thought: I really need an icon of Wes doing the Osohe Castle Dance. This is all.
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THEP-U-MAMAN (not by me)
Jan. 19th, 2007 @ 04:36 pm Before the soup gets cold, we must write a Mother essay. Before the knife gets rusty...
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Current Music: No Doubt, "Tragic Kingdom"
I recently beat Mother 1+2 (er, that is, the Mother 2 portion, after previously beating Mother). Obviously, it is time for a lengthy essay about my thoughts on the matter.

Comparative gameplay analysis. May get tl;drCollapse )

Narrative consideration, or 'So What's The Deal With Giegue and Giygas?' Almost certainly tl;drCollapse )

Of course, this means I have no excuse not to start Mother 3 now, besides possibly "games entirely in Japanese without comprehensive English translations/walkthroughs to refer to are scary! Ack!"
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Eaglelanders party hard
Jan. 15th, 2007 @ 08:50 pm Aaaand we're back
Current Location: home
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Yuki Kajiura, "In The Land of Twilight Under The Moon"
Home from the weekend! (Despite close calls in Albany and Philadelphia and a bag still AWOL; thanks, Laura and Teresa, for keeping me calm-ish at the airport.) There's a lot to write about, but overall, it was good: we made a credible showing in Trivia, and I got to spend a lot of time with people I miss a lot.

There definitely needs to be another Oh-SixFest, sooner rather than later. I love and miss you all. (And yes, the '07's can come too. They can bring the kegolator... kegerator... prohibited beer thing!)
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Dec. 16th, 2006 @ 12:57 am Aaand because I didn't get around to updating the original post...
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: Sufjan Stevens, "Holland"
... because I lose at life...

Here are the answers to the last song-lyric meme, with who guessed right. Warning: if you never did that one, you'll get spoilz0red, obviously enough.

Mmmm, lyrical. Now with extra kibitzing!Collapse )

In other news: WTF, new Update Journal window.
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baby plant!
Dec. 11th, 2006 @ 08:04 pm Yeah, I can't produce actual content lately.
Current Mood: boredbored
Stolen from mirisa_ardruna.

Step 1: Put your iTunes or equivalent on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 30 songs that play, no matter how embarassing.
Step 3: Bold the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

Notes: I have obviously used my discretion with what counts as a "first line." I've skipped some instrumentals, unfair covers, and really obvious ones. Some of them will probably still be obvious anyway. Others are quite obscure; if it helps, there are tons of Songfight tracks on here... Also, some of these might not be all the way correct, since I didn't Google lyrics for them. Caveat lector?

The LinesCollapse )
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lock the taskbar, Sharif don&#39;t like it