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From [personal profile] rosefox, here.

When did your particular affinity for cats first come into existence, or how did you first become aware of it?

I grew up with a cat, and so I think it was baked into me from an early age.  She was a black cat who was part Siamese, and was called Calamity Jane or CJ.  She passed away when I was 17, alas.

Since then, the longest I've gone without living with a cat was when I lived with my ex for about a year or so.

If you could easily and temporarily dye your hair, would you? What color?

Some kind of dark blue that isn't neon or pure.  Like and such as.

Have you ever wanted to be short or average height? What do you think it would be like?

I have never had a desire to be short or aver-- oh, I am above average height, okay.  Anyways, no real desire for this.  I have no idea, because all my ideas involve currently being tallish, and so all my assumptions are based on losing height, not on being short.

How do you feel about boating, swimming, and other ventures into open water? (Swimming pools and ponds don't count.)

I have no particular feelings on the matter.  So long as I'm following safety procedures, I'm not fussed.  Plus I know how to float and how to propel myself (I wouldn't really call it "swimming", but), so it's all good.

If you could skip being an undergraduate entirely--get the university equivalent of a GED--and go to graduate school, would you? If you did, what would you study?

I would not!  I do not have the temperament for grad school.  If I could magically acquire a college degree, I still have no idea, because I'm not temperamentally suited for focusing on any one particular topic for multiple years of my life.

Alls I really want to study nowadays are various techy things for certifications and the like.  I'm somewhat interested in Agile methodology, and so will probably further investigate better testing procedures and such as.
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Ways I know I have a cold:

* I tear up when I have to make small decisions, like what I want to eat.
* I whine non-stop about my symptoms.  (I am so not the person to suffer in silence.)
* I can't smell the ginger honey "tea" that I make when I'm sick.  (It's great for a clogged and sore throat.  It's unbearable when I'm not sick.)
* Also, the usual symptoms.

Two things I enjoy about having a cold:

* I can temporarily slack, totally guilt-free.  I've been feeling super wicked active all year (read: the last month and a half), and it's nice to spend a weekend not expecting myself to go do something.

* I don't have laryngitis currently (this is a sneezing cold, not so much a coughing one), but when I do, it's fantastic.  I love being freed from the responsibility of having to talk.
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Dear lord do I adore the living fuck outta Rory.

(I am catching up; season 5, episode 5.)

Also!  Related to this episode!

Possible spoliere. I take no chances. )

--

A note!  Unlike other situations, I actually do not want spoilers for Doctor Who.  Josh and I are watching these together, so.  It's not a Sacred Thing, it's just a thing, but it's still a thing, so.

I don't really talk about Doctor Who much except for in meatspace, but I figured I'd rather be clear.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far:
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Dear lord do I adore the living fuck outta Rory.

(I am catching up; season 5, episode 5.)

Also!  Related to this episode!

Possible spoliere. I take no chances. )

--

A note!  Unlike other situations, I actually do not want spoilers for Doctor Who.  Josh and I are watching these together, so.  It's not a Sacred Thing, it's just a thing, but it's still a thing, so.

I don't really talk about Doctor Who much except for in meatspace, but I figured I'd rather be clear.
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Three random things time!

--

I found the Guinness World Records YouTube channel.  Some are decent; a lot are stupid.  I, naturally, played them for like 5 hours today, while Josh grumbled about the lowered standards of today's Guinness World Records something standards something.

X: *after 15 similar videos*  Crushing eggs with toes in one minute!
J: razzafrackin gargabarga nchlbnchl gnrrrr
X: Oh oh, how about number of [ballet twirls] someone can do in 30 seconds!  Boys versus girls!
Video: *dumb fuckin' stereotypical gotdam jokes, yarr*
J: SO DUMB AAAA
X: Here's one, on drinking Tabasco sauce in one minute!  Sez here this is the first time this has ever been done!
J: THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S STUPID
X: Oh wait, here's one: something about making the longest BMX jump.
J: ...that sounds not bad.
X: "(male)".
J: *the heaviest of sighs*
X: *cracks up*
J: It's machinery!!

Later:

J: *swears a lot*
X: Josh, I have never loved you so hard.
J: I hate you.
X: *cracks up*
J: With fire!
X: *can't breathe; laughing*
J: *flails*

--

The physical reasons I tend to dislike food and eating it:

1: I have a blandish and narrow sort of palate.  This makes it hard for me to really care about my food.

2: I find eating to be interruptive.  I'm hip-deep in this concept that has branched out 15 ways!  If I leave now, it'll collapse into nonsense!  Like if you're trying to pick up a stitch you dropped 15 rows ago in some lace knitting you're doing.  Except it's lunchtime, so just throw it in the corner, quite literally; I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what you were doing a minute ago!

I need some sort of electroshock "don't rewrite the system you're using while you're using it for time-sensitive stuff" feedback thing in my chair.

3: Sometimes, a weird confluence of food makes me throw up.  Like today!  Lunch was pesto and olive oil and bread, with some wine+water.  (I wanted some wine with lunch, but it was only 14:00, and I was hot besides.)  Snacks during the videoing was Tostitos.  A rogue creature in my belly flipped the "EVACUATE" switch on a dare, and yup, time to throw up.  Under-pleasant!

4: I'm lactose intolerant, and it has never quite figured out how to react to this cutting slight.  Sometimes, I'm perfectly fine.  Other times, there's abrupt TMI.  Who can say!

5: Did I mention the periodic acid reflux thing?  Where some months are mostly fine, and others feel like I am, in fact, one steel will away from throwing up?  Pro-tip: reflux-triggered emesis is just never anything like a win.

This all translates into me not really doing much with food.  At all ever.  When I can't eat things that most would call "not that harsh" and get sick to my stomach, and have that not feel like an uncommon thing for me, that's about when I stop caring about this whole "experimentation" bullus shittus.

Although that is the sad, because I really like pesto and bread and olive oil.

One day, I will discover the perfect food routine, and I will enfold it lovingly into my DNA.  It'll make it hard to travel, and I'll have to get up at the same time every day including weekends, and finding places to live may become oddly restricted, but PERFECT FOOD ROUTINE.

...I abruptly have a new goal.  And here I just wanted to go on about throwing up and how it sucks!

--

Please do not give me eating or cooking or food advice, unless either you know me well or you are in the advanced class of giving advice to a $topic-resistant subject who was ranting in the first place.  (I mean, it can be done, it's just not a novice-level thing.)

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far:
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Three random things time!

--

I found the Guinness World Records YouTube channel.  Some are decent; a lot are stupid.  I, naturally, played them for like 5 hours today, while Josh grumbled about the lowered standards of today's Guinness World Records something standards something.

X: *after 15 similar videos*  Crushing eggs with toes in one minute!
J: razzafrackin gargabarga nchlbnchl gnrrrr
X: Oh oh, how about number of [ballet twirls] someone can do in 30 seconds!  Boys versus girls!
Video: *dumb fuckin' stereotypical gotdam jokes, yarr*
J: SO DUMB AAAA
X: Here's one, on drinking Tabasco sauce in one minute!  Sez here this is the first time this has ever been done!
J: THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S STUPID
X: Oh wait, here's one: something about making the longest BMX jump.
J: ...that sounds not bad.
X: "(male)".
J: *the heaviest of sighs*
X: *cracks up*
J: It's machinery!!

Later:

J: *swears a lot*
X: Josh, I have never loved you so hard.
J: I hate you.
X: *cracks up*
J: With fire!
X: *can't breathe; laughing*
J: *flails*

--

The physical reasons I tend to dislike food and eating it:

1: I have a blandish and narrow sort of palate.  This makes it hard for me to really care about my food.

2: I find eating to be interruptive.  I'm hip-deep in this concept that has branched out 15 ways!  If I leave now, it'll collapse into nonsense!  Like if you're trying to pick up a stitch you dropped 15 rows ago in some lace knitting you're doing.  Except it's lunchtime, so just throw it in the corner, quite literally; I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what you were doing a minute ago!

I need some sort of electroshock "don't rewrite the system you're using while you're using it for time-sensitive stuff" feedback thing in my chair.

3: Sometimes, a weird confluence of food makes me throw up.  Like today!  Lunch was pesto and olive oil and bread, with some wine+water.  (I wanted some wine with lunch, but it was only 14:00, and I was hot besides.)  Snacks during the videoing was Tostitos.  A rogue creature in my belly flipped the "EVACUATE" switch on a dare, and yup, time to throw up.  Under-pleasant!

4: I'm lactose intolerant, and it has never quite figured out how to react to this cutting slight.  Sometimes, I'm perfectly fine.  Other times, there's abrupt TMI.  Who can say!

5: Did I mention the periodic acid reflux thing?  Where some months are mostly fine, and others feel like I am, in fact, one steel will away from throwing up?  Pro-tip: reflux-triggered emesis is just never anything like a win.

This all translates into me not really doing much with food.  At all ever.  When I can't eat things that most would call "not that harsh" and get sick to my stomach, and have that not feel like an uncommon thing for me, that's about when I stop caring about this whole "experimentation" bullus shittus.

Although that is the sad, because I really like pesto and bread and olive oil.

One day, I will discover the perfect food routine, and I will enfold it lovingly into my DNA.  It'll make it hard to travel, and I'll have to get up at the same time every day including weekends, and finding places to live may become oddly restricted, but PERFECT FOOD ROUTINE.

...I abruptly have a new goal.  And here I just wanted to go on about throwing up and how it sucks!

--

Please do not give me eating or cooking or food advice, unless either you know me well or you are in the advanced class of giving advice to a $topic-resistant subject who was ranting in the first place.  (I mean, it can be done, it's just not a novice-level thing.)
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A thing:

In chat, I tend to use proper capitalisation and punctuation.  In in-game chat, though, such as Dominion or Fantasy Online, I don't bother.  Too busy playing, you see.

Originally posted on Dreamwidth.  Number of comments so far: comment count unavailable
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A thing:

In chat, I tend to use proper capitalisation and punctuation.  In in-game chat, though, such as Dominion or Fantasy Online, I don't bother.  Too busy playing, you see.
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Oddly enough, though not much of Christmas fits me, I really enjoy deep red and deep green together.

http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/christmas-ornaments-red-green.jpg

[eta] Now I want to make this scarf with appropriate red and green yarn, except I can't find any from the same kind of yarn.

Possibilities:

* http://www.berroco.com/images/1y_nz/pure_merino/8560a.jpg
* http://www.elann.com/Commerce.web/images/productimages/y5229541.jpg

* http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-220.asp

Nurr.

2009-05-13 15:48
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I think I just need to not listen to music if I'm not at home, in my room, with the door shut.  I always get massively irritated when I'm interrupted in listening to my music - and I live in a world of extroverts and the phone and argle and bargle.

This came about when I realised that I'm a lot less irritated when I am not listening to music on the bus, as there is no safe-for-me level that also drowns the talkers out.  And that most of my irritation at work at the phone is being interrupted, yes, but a lot of that is being interrupted mid-song.

Sad cat is sad.  I like music.  But if I can't detach from it in the Buddhist sense, then I shan't be allowed to have any.

--

Holy jesus my script makes life better.

Nurr.

2009-05-13 15:48
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I think I just need to not listen to music if I'm not at home, in my room, with the door shut.  I always get massively irritated when I'm interrupted in listening to my music - and I live in a world of extroverts and the phone and argle and bargle.

This came about when I realised that I'm a lot less irritated when I am not listening to music on the bus, as there is no safe-for-me level that also drowns the talkers out.  And that most of my irritation at work at the phone is being interrupted, yes, but a lot of that is being interrupted mid-song.

Sad cat is sad.  I like music.  But if I can't detach from it in the Buddhist sense, then I shan't be allowed to have any.

--

Holy jesus my script makes life better.
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- My arms feel like twisted bits of leather, and my hands feel like bruises.  I'm bored stupid at home, and have to do work at work, so I can hope this'll change... but...

- On the bright side, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is on Hulu, so I can watch that instead of knitting or typing more.  And maybe I'll just fill the sink with ice and soak my arms for a bit.  :P

- I'm now one of the co-mods of [info]knittingpix!  Nifty.

- I had wicked insomnia last night, and only got two hours of sleep.  I am woozy and vaguely ill.  *lists to starboard*

- Hey, free 12oz beverage from Borders coupon.

- I got that from this blog.  I am a total sucker for freebies.  Combination of free, small things, and being able to try something without buying it?  I'm so there.

- Oh hooray, I can get my 14-day pass from a machine!  So I don't have to rush to leave work in order to get to the office on time.  *phew*
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- My arms feel like twisted bits of leather, and my hands feel like bruises.  I'm bored stupid at home, and have to do work at work, so I can hope this'll change... but...

- On the bright side, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is on Hulu, so I can watch that instead of knitting or typing more.  And maybe I'll just fill the sink with ice and soak my arms for a bit.  :P

- I'm now one of the co-mods of [community profile] knittingpix!  Nifty.

- I had wicked insomnia last night, and only got two hours of sleep.  I am woozy and vaguely ill.  *lists to starboard*

- Hey, free 12oz beverage from Borders coupon.

- I got that from this blog.  I am a total sucker for freebies.  Combination of free, small things, and being able to try something without buying it?  I'm so there.

- Oh hooray, I can get my 14-day pass from a machine!  So I don't have to rush to leave work in order to get to the office on time.  *phew*
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All of my words are tied up doing documentation and collections research today, so I link instead to posts by folk who I agree with, on this DW "versus" LJ thing.

* [livejournal.com profile] rho: On LiveJournal and Dreamwidth

* jadelennox: dreamwidth -- it's not all or nothing

* If you have concerns about policy stuff (apparently both denise and mark were part of the LJ abuse team): on being a Dreamwidth optimist, and on commenting, by the_shoshanna.

* If you like comparisons, check out the wiki pages Dreamwidth changes from LJ and LJ features not in Dreamwidth.

* rho: Lists, in no particular order

--

One thing you, the DW user, may not know about is the "lj user" tag implementation here:

1) It is now <user name="name">, although <lj user="name"> still totally works.
2) It can also be <user name="name" site="livejournal.com"> (or other LJ clone type place), which is awesome.

Mwaha.

Alas, this is not yet easily translated over when crossposting, which means when I use any of the above, I'll probably edit the LJ post to show the right information.  I am picky cat, and so will do this.

--

I am not sure where I stand on moving here versus staying at LJ.  I've been feeling discontented by LJ for some time now, partly due to personal fluctuating internet/LJ usage desires and partly due to LJ management.  I do know that I am still posting here, when it would be just as easy for me to not bother.  But I like it here.  *pats ground*

--

As a random aside:

I hear people being annoyed by the invite codes thing.  To which I say: what?  That is the primary thing I missed about Livejournal, are you kidding?  A way to cut down on spam, socks, and bots?  A method for managing user influx?  Gosh, yeah, we can't have that!  *thpft*

Anyways, yes, hello.
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All of my words are tied up doing documentation and collections research today, so I link instead to posts by folk who I agree with, on this DW "versus" LJ thing.

* [livejournal.com profile] rho: On LiveJournal and Dreamwidth

* [personal profile] jadelennox: dreamwidth -- it's not all or nothing

* If you have concerns about policy stuff (apparently both [staff profile] denise and [staff profile] mark were part of the LJ abuse team): on being a Dreamwidth optimist, and on commenting, by [personal profile] the_shoshanna.

* If you like comparisons, check out the wiki pages Dreamwidth changes from LJ and LJ features not in Dreamwidth.

* [personal profile] rho: Lists, in no particular order

--

One thing you, the DW user, may not know about is the "lj user" tag implementation here:

1) It is now <user name="name">, although <lj user="name"> still totally works.
2) It can also be <user name="name" site="livejournal.com"> (or other LJ clone type place), which is awesome.

Mwaha.

Alas, this is not yet easily translated over when crossposting, which means when I use any of the above, I'll probably edit the LJ post to show the right information.  I am picky cat, and so will do this.

--

I am not sure where I stand on moving here versus staying at LJ.  I've been feeling discontented by LJ for some time now, partly due to personal fluctuating internet/LJ usage desires and partly due to LJ management.  I do know that I am still posting here, when it would be just as easy for me to not bother.  But I like it here.  *pats ground*

--

As a random aside:

I hear people being annoyed by the invite codes thing.  To which I say: what?  That is the primary thing I missed about Livejournal, are you kidding?  A way to cut down on spam, socks, and bots?  A method for managing user influx?  Gosh, yeah, we can't have that!  *thpft*

Anyways, yes, hello.
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Now I will wait for the hundreds of concerned comments that explain to me patiently, as if I am a slow learner, that if I have any sort of skin problems after shaving off perfectly normal hair from a perfectly healthy body part that doesn't need to have the hair removed from it, I am obviously doing it wrong and if I just use X product that cost X amount of dollars and was invented just for this purpose, and if I do X time consuming beauty ritual before I do the totally unnecessary shaving thing, then I won't have those annoying problems! Most of the time. Although it seems to me the most efficient and cost effective way to avoid having those problems is to, you know – not do it.

- Amananta, commenting in Use it or lose it: humanity vs porn over at I Blame The Patriarchy.

I do still shave my legs.  I have tried just not shaving them, but I die in a pool of anxiety once there's the chance I'll be engaging in clothing-optional activities with anyone.  Where "anyone" includes people who have explicitly stated that they don't care, explicitly stated that they prefer I don't (stubble suck, you know), or don't shave themselves.

I kind of wish I could get over that more.  While I do like the feeling of smooth legs, (a) that only lasts for the better part of a day, and then the suck settles in, and (b) I actually also like the feeling of not having shaved for ages.  It's kind of pleasant.  And, yeah, saves time, water, and bandaid money.

Originally posted at Xtinian Thoughts.  Comment here or there.

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This has been sitting in my head for a couple of days now. It's a jumble of thoughts and things. Like my head.

To be completely honest–

Which means "Usually I don't talk about this", not "Usually I lie about this". I am so picky about that phrase, I swear.

–I don't usually pay attention to politics, largely because I can't. And I am using "can't" nonliterally – yes, I could pay attention, but the problem is twofold:

1) I need to be able to get out of bed in the morning, for serious. I posted this elsewhere: I know it probably makes me a weak person, but I strongly prefer to get my news from feminist-leaning sites (as that's my strongest leaning; after that is "generic moderate-liberal"), because it helps knowing someone is on my side. A real-life equivalent would be reading newspaper sections aloud to a like-minded friend (or having them read it, whatevs) – I feel less alone.

2) I am not good with my time sense, so it's hard for me to process… I can't explain this well. I can't see the forest for the trees, is the best expression. I see all the little things piling up day after day, and it's fantastically hard for me to pull back and go "Things are improving", in a way that leaves me feeling like my contributions even matter.

Not to mention the usual anxy things of "What if I don't have all the facts?" and so forth. Feh.

But damn, yall, Obama. I seriously teared up when he gave his speech on Tuesday. I've been watching videos and viewing photos all day today, and have continued to get all sniffly. I tried looking at McCain videos/pictures, but it turns out I'm not always big on schadenfreude. Earlier on Tuesday, I went to the elections office to drop off my ballot*, and I was practicing thinking of other people as real, important individuals, even if I don't know or like them. I couldn't turn that off for the McCain folk, it seems.

* Oregon has mail-in ballots, but I don't trust the USPS, and I do trust my anxy procrastination. Sounds weird, but it's true. And hey, I dropped off my ballot, with plenty of time to spare. Portland made it wicked easy – it's right on a bus route, and they had street signs for directing traffic to the drive-up drop-off box. *pleased* I like it here.

And he and his wife are going to get their kids a shelter dog on the way to the White House. Good heavens, I beamed so widely at that.

I rankle at people talking about how we should get to work now. But then, I tend to rankle when people are being patronising. copperwise here put it best: "Quite a few people are posting cranky things which indicate to me that they don't know the difference between hope and naivety." And Naamah encapsulates it perfectly:

I'm not expecting anything out of Obama, really, more than some good speeches, looking swell, and not embarrassing us to the world at large. And being able to say "nuclear." WE are the ones who have to do all the work. And that is the part that makes me think we chose well. We chose someone who CAN inspire that in us, and who won't attempt to tear it all down.

HELLO YES THX.

It's not hope like blind faith. It's hope like inspiration, like motivation.

Originally posted at Xtinian Thoughts.  Comment here or there.

"No!"

2008-10-31 23:43
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I can't, however, post much about my reaction to the end of the last episode of season 4, because it strikes too close.  Maybe later I'll be able to talk about what an utter loss that was, and how angry I am at the ending… but not any time soon.

Originally posted at Xtinian Thoughts.  Comment here or there.

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A bit about Doctor Who, season 4.  There was, "was" because this came out ages ago, a bit of feminist commentary about how Donna was cast as the non-attractive one.

If the "more" link doesn't work in LJ, then potential spoilers alert, for the end of season 4.  (This is the first time I've used the "more" thing in Wordpress, so what do I know.)

Read the rest of this entry » )

Originally posted at Xtinian Thoughts.  Comment here or there.

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