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Feb. 9th, 2017 | 08:03 am
mood: amusedamused

Schrödinger's Cat is not dead.

Also, be sure to visit Julian Beever's page for such wonderful pavement drawings as thisCollapse )

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Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.

Dragon in the dark,
Your eyes move across the stars,
Your breath moves the moon.

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Jan. 7th, 2013 | 12:56 am
mood: aggravatedaggravated

My mouse managed to disable itself. Very annoying, as it took me two hours to figure out how to turn it back on.

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In lieu of me actually doing things I've been promising myself...

Nov. 11th, 2011 | 02:19 am

Have a meme.

You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod or mp3 player and write down the first 20 songs. No cheating or skipping songs that are shameful. That is the fun!
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In other news, my laptop is telling me that there's a problem with the battery. It's still working while plugged in, so fingers crossed that it keeps on keeping on.

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What to do with open tabs

Oct. 19th, 2011 | 01:24 am

I'm pondering what to do with one of my open tabs

Now, I keep open tabs for as long as possible, saving the window when necessesity states that I must close it and restart the computer. Mostly because somethings I don't know if I wish to keep.

Some are stories, or articles, or random other things that I've stumbled upon but have not yet had a chance to go through.

Or, they're a jumping off point. Say with Delicious. When something is saved to delicious, you can see how many other people have saved it, too, and then their other bookmarks. So, if I'm in the mood for a certain type of story, I'll go to a similar one that I have saved (or know someone who has something like it saved) and jump. But, because of how small the pages are now, and how many links some people have, I open each new reccer in a new tab, one at a time, so that I can find my way back

The problem becomes that eventually I have Too Many Tabs and must weed them out. Some of them, being short stories, are quickly gone through and either kept or closed out, with little thought to it. Others, are much longer, or require me to be in a certain frame of mind to fully appreciate them, so they get kept for another day.

But then, there's this last one that is what I'm pondering now. I've read the story, you see, and while it was all right, normally it wouldn't be something that I would keep.

For four parts it's decent and amusing and I like it well enough, but not something that really sticks somewhere, you know. It's something that I might think of in passing, sometime down the road, but not with any real weight to it.

The last part, though, is something more. It's no longer a simple story, but rather a kind of metaphor for who we are as indivuals, and as a people, and how we change and grow by viewing ourselves through someone else. It's more than just a simple story, that last part, and it does speak to me.

But still. One out of five parts? Should I save it? Or toss it? Save it on the fifth part so as not to have to go through it all again? Or save it at the beginning, just in case? Do I just copy the pertenent parts to a doc and save it on my harddrive, or do I share the link to the world, implying that the whole thing is something that I enjoyed?

Decisions, decisions.

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Jul. 24th, 2011 | 04:47 pm

Ok, so I know that I don't really have a big flist compared to, well, a lot of other people. And that a lot of people have friended me back... but don't actually read my (few and far between) entires. Or they friended me for reasons other than fic. That's all cool! I'm totally going to use an lj-cut, don't worry.

So, it all started with me talking to my friend about this fic I found, which I referred to as a "golden egg", being incredibly rare and all.

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I really should learn to keep my mouth shut sometimes.

May. 4th, 2011 | 05:57 pm

So, I was talking to my Human Sexual Behavior professor about Supernatural fanfiction, and how it's the only big fandom I know that has incest as it's main pairing.

She had never heard of Supernatural. Or fandom. She had, at least, heard of incest, but had discussed it more as a "this is why incest isn't more common" type of thing instead of a "incest happens sometimes: here's why and here's why there tend to be pressures against it". Me and my big mouth, huh? I ended up agreeing to write up a kind of fannish introduction (as I couldn't find a good one to fandom in general), with a Supernatural Sam/Dean bent.

Then my big mouth struck again. See, I have a therapist. It's a good thing, most of the time, as I can rant and rave about almost anything and still come out of the session feeling ok with myself instead of shitty that I'm such a bitch. Also, he encourages me to get out of my shell more and actually interact with people (I know, what an amazing concept, right?) so I mentioned that I had actually gone to my psych professors office hours and talked for a long time with them. He was very pleased. I then mentioned what we talked about, and he was intrigued. I further clarified, wondered over into an old CSI: Episode where Horatio referred to Sibling Incest as "rather deviant behavior", and by the time we wandered through sex of various kinds I found myself agreeing to forward the e-mail I wrote for my professor to him.


Since I'm apparently sharing it around, even though it isn't anywhere near my best work, I might as well post it here. For anyone who's curious.

In which I meander but eventually hit all the big things, I thinkCollapse )

Anyone have any different links or definitions that I should have included but forgot? Cause trying to explain your culture to people not of your culture is hard. Darn that fishbowl perspective.

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Looking for...

Apr. 15th, 2011 | 09:22 pm

Once Upon a Time, I seem to remember there beings something like a Fandom primer, or maybe specifically a slash primer. It wasn't something that EVERYONE was linked to, I think, but it was written coherently and mentioned the evolution of the term slash, and of K/S and other things. Other than the mention of Star Trek, I don't think it was for a specific fandom, but rather was for Fandom in general.

Or, hey! Maybe there are other things out there that are like this, but not the thing that I remember. Or maybe someone has a link to one of those fandom studies that were going around for dissertations and articles and such.

See, I'm taking a Psych class right now, that deals with human sexual behavior. We were discussing the ways that internet changed the way people got information on sex and sexuality, and I happened to mention fanfic (which is where a big part of my sexuality was discovered and explored), and how normal taboos aren't quite the same in fanfic realm, and that there had been some minor studies floating around about it.

Now I get to introduce my (thankfully cool and young-ish) professor the joys of fandom and slash. Merp?

Any links to such primer-ish or academic studies would be amazingly helpful. And fingers crossed that MY coherence will be acceptable would be appreciated.

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Dreamwidth & AO3

Apr. 10th, 2011 | 02:23 am

So, I have 11 Dreamwidth codes for inviting people. Ask and ye shall receive. It's kinda quiet, but it's getting more active all the time, and it's good to have a back-up.

Backing up there is easy. Once you have an account, just hit "organize" and then "important content". Poof! All your entries/tag/icons/comments are right there. It's maaaaagic.

A03, I have no invites, alas. But! They will totally send you one, if you have a valid e-mail address. It might take a couple of days (so do the dreamwidth in the meantime), but soon the AO3 will be available for all your fic needs. If you have fic that has no archive, AO3 is the archive for you. If you have multiple Pseudonyms that you don't mind linking? A03 is the place for you.
It's like FFN for grown-ups!
OH! And another cool thing about A03? They're trying to be an Archive For The Ages (note: not what they actually call themselves), so they allow you to upload a story, and then abandon it. So if one day you go "Oh crap! My homophobic/prudish boss now knows my internet name! I really don't want them reading my slash/porn! Maybe I should just delete it..." or "I wrote that? I really shouldn't have done that. I mean, people seem to like it, but I don't want to be associated with it anymore" then you can Orphan it on A03, which means that they keep a copy that's still findable in their archives, so new readers can still read it, but it no longer lists an author. It is a story made for the internets, by the internets (shush, I'm almost asleep, and I did this once but LJ ate it).
A03 also has a new feature that allows you track an author, and get alerts to when they update their fic on the site. So, if you love what a person has written, but they don't have a writing filter, and you really don't want updates on their day to day life (and face it, your flist is long enough as it is), you can go to A03 and read their fics there (caveat: providing that they're actually archived there. This is why you should poke your favorite authors until they upload fic there).

This attack that is limiting our access to LJ is annoying, but I firmly believe that LJ will not end because of it. In the mean time, back-ups are our friend, and it's always good to have multiple ways to find fic, just in case. Dreamwidth is kinda quiet, but getting more active all the time, and Yuletide is associated at least slightly with A03, which gives it automatic cool points.

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The only way that I have listened to this song, and hopefully the only way I ever will

Apr. 1st, 2011 | 10:39 pm

Stephen Colbert and The Roots preforming Friday. With special guests.

In case the embed fails, it's here: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/blogs/2011/04/stephen-colbert-sings-friday-with-the-roots/

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I made a speech! I R Productive!

Mar. 30th, 2011 | 11:21 pm

So, I'm taking a Persuasive Speech class, and it's only the second day and it's going to kick my BUTT. Because in this second day of class, we have to present a two to three minute long speech on some current event. So, because I actually finally DID the damn thing (at 11pm the night before, go me), and because I'm clocking in at about 2:30 (right on schedule, cause I'm AMAZING like that), and because it's SLIGHTLY more interesting than Maths, I present it to you.

Um... may be slightly triggering? It's about Blaming The Victim in cases of rape and harassment. And how it demeans everyone to buy into that mentality (hey! There's that word I was looking for earlier! Now that it's not important to the speech, of course).

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