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Okay, this made me laugh:

September 27th, 2012 (11:39 am)


Let's see if I can get LJ to embed the picture:

&quot;In any war between civilized man and the cabbage, support the cabbage.&quot;

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July 18th, 2011 (10:19 am)

Band I was given by Matt "Grettir" (what's the story there, Matt-whose-last-initial-as-far-as-I-know-is-'H'?): P. J. Harvey

Song I love: I own three of her albums (_To Bring You My Love_, _Is This Desire_, and _Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea_), and I can listen to any of them over and over -- but the song that really stands apart from the others is, "You Said Something."

Maybe it doesn't have the critical eye on people and society that gives her work its sharp edge, but it captures so well the feeling of remembering certain people and conversations years down the line. Like another of my favorite songs, Innocence Mission's "Happy, the End," she leaves an ambiguity right at the center of her lyrics and weaves her music like a border around that empty space, inviting sentimentality and challenging it all at once.

Song I like: "To Bring You My Love."

I could listen to this over and over.

Song I hate: you know, I'm a musical lightweight. Some of the songs on _TBYML_ are more raw and, frankly, yelley (it's a real word! a palindrome, even!) than I can really enjoy on their own. But the song that I have to program out of listening to _SFTC,SFTS_ is "The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore" -- it's a weak song to begin with, and it comes off to me as disrespectful of actual sex workers. No linky.

Comment on this, and I'll do my best to give you your own band to praise/flog!

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All's well.

September 27th, 2010 (10:08 am)

Baby is here. We're managing pretty well, all-in-all. Not spending much time on the internet: I've undoubtedly missed anything interesting in the last few weeks, and I probably won't be popping up much for at least a few more.

Thank you for all the wonderful well-wishes! Now: nap.

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Not secret, but not Public for Internet, either.

April 30th, 2010 (05:26 pm)


If you've bothered to friend me, you'd probably be interested in a fun bit of news I have. It's not so secret that I can't talk about it, but for some reason I'm not feeling like it's something to post. Comment here or send me a note or carrier pigeon or something if you're in the mood to share my fun!

I also have some fairly entertaining (for people who aren't me) work drama I could regale you with. This is definitely not going up in public, but the same offer applies.

Definitely go for the fun, though.

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Stormy storm storm

January 20th, 2010 (10:24 am)

People, the storm broke my umbrella into two-and-a-half separate pieces this morning and was not yet done with me.

The rest of the story involves my HR manager's flooded-from-above office and the really, really good shower I'm going to need tonight.

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I keep *saying* this...

January 19th, 2010 (03:36 pm)

SF is like a mystery where the world and the history of the world is what’s mysterious, and putting that all together in your mind is as interesting as the characters and the plot, if not more interesting.

...from Jo Walton's essay "SF reading protocols."

I've had this conversation with quite a few people, and a respectable handful of them recently: it's not that I have anything specific against straight-ahead literary fiction, but I get the most pleasure out of reading when the book shows me a world whose inner workings are surprising, perhaps never fully revealed, but hinted at and developed.

The whole essay is worth a read and, surprisingly for the internet, a lot of the comments are thoughtful as well.

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January 8th, 2010 (09:52 am)

I have been off the internet for a few weeks. It's going to take me a while to catch up with you all.

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This morning's linguistic developments

December 3rd, 2009 (10:31 am)


Rowan: Papa break cappuchimo, maker. Mama, new one.


Rowan [pointing at utility truck]: MY truck!
Me: Is that really your truck?
Rowan [pointing at man drilling a gas-test hole in the street]: HIM truck.

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September 23rd, 2009 (09:38 am)

Oh, dear. Can't stop laughing.

"Caveman Science Fiction" (at the webcomic Dresden Codak)

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Games and play

September 3rd, 2009 (09:11 am)

A while back, Dorothy Gambrell's Cat and Girl comic had a sequence of strips about playing games that started out delightful, in the way that keeps me reading this comic after who-knows-how-many years:

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Scientific Method

...but then took a turn that got on my nerves:

(January 15th, 2009)
(February 19th, 2009)
(March 17th, 2009)

...with a sort of follow-up in the same vein here:

The Game of Life

I'd shelved them away in my head as something to write about -- maybe object to the metaphor of "playing the game" as a stand-in for dog-eat-dog consumerism (or something else which Gambrell doesn't like), maybe observe that my experience of what it means to play a game is consistently more like that depicted in "Scientific Method" than any of the others, maybe talk a little bit more about Vardibidian's Maximum Fun Quotient -- but now I don't need to, because Chris Baldwin's Little Dee series this week contains the perfect rebuttal:

(Week of August 31, 2009, especially the third and fourth strips down)

(EDIT: fixed the link to "Scientific Method.")

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