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Meme seen everywhere: Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

"TIP: Specifications should detail the desired behaviors, not the specific implementations."
- The Web Testing Companion by Lydia Ash

Yup, that sounds about right.
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Snagged from [personal profile] fifteendozentimes

Comment with a pairing I'm invested in and I'll tell you:

who is the big spoon/little spoon
what is their favorite non-sexual activity
who uses all the hot water in the morning
what they order from take out
what is the most trivial thing they fight over
who does most of the cleaning
what has a season pass in their DVR
who controls the netflix queue
who calls up the super/landlord when the heat’s not working
who steals the blankets
who leaves their stuff around
who remembers to buy the milk
who remembers anniversaries
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All the travel worked out in an orderly fashion and was easy, which naturally meant that something else had to go wrong--namely, I got my period mid-flight in a drastically bad way, and the resulting tension from nausea + altitude change + turbulence turned into a set of all-over cramps that left me curled up into a ball on the airport floor for a solid hour before I got my legs to stop trembling enough that I was able to leave the airport. On the way out, I stopped at one of those ridiculous airport spa places that always offers massages for some reason, and I GOT A MASSAGE, and literally that is the reason I was able to make it to [personal profile] oliviacirce's place.

UM SO I'M MOSTLY BETTER NOW. And it's generally only one day out of each period that is this bad, so I'm crossing my fingers that tomorrow will be substantially better because PANIC(!)! NEON TREES! BLACK CARDS! ETC.

So... if you expected to hear from me today (for instance, if we were trying to make plans for this weekend) and you have not... that is why. I am currently using a laptop for the first time today.

But while I was in the air I finally finished reading every story in the eyai verse, and that was *well* worth the entire day, really. If you haven't read the eyai verse, it's a shared origfic universe done by a group of brilliant fannish writers, breathtakingly beautiful, all gorgeous Victoriana and clockwork and nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. [personal profile] nextian's got a primer here, and [livejournal.com profile] girl_wonder's got a masterlist here.

On reflection, I think my two favorite individual stories are billet-doux and torque & other nouns, but in large part it's because the worldbuilding is so fabulous and they each provide an intimate side-view of it from characters who are not centrally involved in the main arc of the revolution and counter-revolution. And, who am I kidding, also because they're the two stories that hit the gender and sexuality angles of the eyai and I am nothing if not predictable.

Also! sasha_feather asked me about five of my icons. note: one of the icons behind this cut is animated. )
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The new plan is not "START MOAR WIPS." It is FINISH EXISTING WIPS. To encourage myself to do that, I am doing the WIP meme. Then I will be inspired and finish things, right? RIGHT? I WILL NOT DECIDE THAT MY LIFE NEEDS SEYMOUR/AUDREY II FIC?????

Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. Feel free to ask about anything and I'll tell you the premise or paste you a tidbit for any of these.

Multiple questions encouraged.
DISCUSSIONS OF HOW SWEETLY CREEPY "GROW FOR ME" IS ARE NOT.

"The Wizards of Silicon Valley AKA burned-out corporate wizards AU"

"Brendon/Brendon Mona Lisa AU (Pay to See You Frown)"

"Brendon/Brendon Time Travel"

"like we're pulling teeth (fake not-ex-boyfriends)"

"Isherwood AU"

"Bodyswap!"

"for her country"

"Fate's Wide Wheel"

"la la enemas la la"

"Tube grub fic"

"Soul Bonds Are for Suckers Anyways"

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"THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT", HOW ARE YOU SO DELIGHTFUL?

Meme time!

Saturday, 30 July 2011 14:54
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Ok, it's Saturday and I don't actually want to spend my afternoon writing unit tests like I planned, so MEME! (Via [personal profile] fifteendozentimes, [personal profile] lalejandra, and others.)

The Hypothetical AU Meme: Take any one of the fandoms (crossover fandoms count as "a fandom", or feel free to just choose pairings) you know I write AND give me a type of AU (space opera AU, pirate AU, superhero AU, etc) or another time period (Ancient Rome, Regency England, etc). I will then explain what story from that fandom I would AU in that era.

Completed:

Clark/Lex Rockstar AU
Ryan Ross: Faily Revolutionary Poet
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On the occasion of [livejournal.com profile] bluestalking watching the Deep Space Nine episode "The Ascent" (aka The One Where Quark and Odo Climb A Mountain):

bluestalking: WHY ARE THEY CLIMBING A MOUNTAIN
epershand: THEY WANT TO HUG THE MOUNTAIN
bluestalking: TO EMBELLISH
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bluestalking: THAT MOUNTAIN
BUG THE MOUNTAIN

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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So, [personal profile] oliviacirce is applying for an internship at her university's archives, and is being angsty about writing a cover letter. So I wrote one for her.


So, [personal profile] oliviacirce. I think you need to take a long look at this GQ motherfucker, because she is the one you are going to hire.

Lemme tell you about her experience for the job. She has a motherfucking Masters of Research in Renaissance Lives and Letters, and you better fucking believe that to get that baby she kicked some archive ass. She can read more fucking alphabets for transcribing English and Latin than you can take a stick at and even those bitches at the British Library were all "woah, back up" and let her look at the physical copies of the Countess of Bedford's letters when she told them their microfiche copy was bullshit.

Fuck, the world wouldn't know about fucking stares for starlings if it weren't for this glorious badass. Now she's getting her fucking PhD, and you better fucking believe that her research foo is going to knock you all on your motherfucking asses, and that she will be all up in your primary documents before you can say "woah, Olivia banged your mom too?"

You better be giving her a stipend for all the time she's going to be in your archives. Look at this badass fucking photo she took:

The motherfucking Countess of motherfucking Bedford has some tight-ass handwriting


(Olivia claims that some of this is factually incorrect. But who do you believe, me or her?)

Meme!

Monday, 14 February 2011 08:38
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Everyone's doing it: Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.

(Because I may not ever FINISH anything, but I certainly start things....)

Cantus Ricardus Salidinisque [notes for a critical introduction to epic poem from Dragon In Waiting universe about Richard I and Saladin fighting vampires]
oh aral [Aral/Cordelia remnant from kink bingo]
jake + nog = awkward funtimes [s7 era DS9 fic about Nog coping with sexual identity and Ferengi vs. Federation mores]
girl!gee! [what it says on the tin. Spin-off of [personal profile] oliviacirce's "Every Man"]
Ariel's Night [um, History Boys/Habit of Art crossover? Britten/Posner? Don't look at me like that! It's epistolary!]
Meanwhile, Back in the Prime Universe [ST Prime universe after the events leading up to ST '09]

(This is only things I've touched in the last year, there's a bunch more random stuff on my external HD)
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I'm back in San Francisco and had a relaxing day cooking, reading fic, and sort of leering in the direction of the mostly-completed filing I left behind last week. It's funny, it was really good to be home for the last few days, and now it's even better to be back home again. (Multiple homes HOW DO YOU WORK.) Curling up and reading in my traditional spot in the stairwell at my parents' house was incredibly comfortable. But then again, so is being back in my own space.

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Today's cooking: pasta with pesto for lunch, vegetable soup for dinner, and the inauguration of my waffle iron's future in cooking things it is not rated for, in the form of waffled oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. This poor waffle iron did NOT know what it was getting into when it came home with me, for I am filled with all the evil plans that waffleizer.com infected me with last summer. (Tomorrow when [personal profile] oliviacirce gets here, I imagine she will make lots of Connor/Geoffrey jokes and then find a way to combine waffles with celery salt in order to achieve the Smallville fluff POWER COMBO. [References: Conflicts of Interest, Omiai])

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Yesterday, I went adventuring to Fort Bragg to meet [personal profile] meloukhia. I can't even say how exciting it was to confirm that there in fact queer geeky awesome people in relatively close range to home. I am still a bit confused about the fact that we apparently spent four hours together, because it doesn't seem like it was anywhere close to that long. The weather, which started and ended the day violently, cleared up for a few hours in the afternoon, allowing us to poke around the cemetery downtown without getting soaked.

The thing I love the most about cemeteries is the stories they tell. You can wonder through a small plot of land and find out a lot about a community. You find out which families have enough wealth and hubris to build themselves monuments, you find disasters that took down large groups of people. The variety of languages represented on tombstones tells you about histories of people who traveled a long way to live and die in one place. Family plots tell you a lot about the relationships between their denizens, and children's graves even more so.

The thing I found the most fascinating at Rose Memorial was the clusters of markers from people who couldn't afford tombstones. The wooden and corrugated metal and sometimes paper markers are a striking memorial families who cared enough to leave a marker but didn't have the resources to make one that would last in the soggy coastal climate. They drew a fascinating contrast with some of the really garish modern graves, emblazoned with laser-etched representations of hobbies and interests.



Hopefully the next time [personal profile] meloukhia is down in the Bay Area, there will be Colmafest 2011--I haven't been to Colma since my great grandparents were interred, and there is some excellent grave-viewing to be had there.

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icon meme, yay! )

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I don't suppose you read Lackadaisy? If so, did you see the Christmas mini-comic from this week? Mordecai! My heart!
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Tulle: Once upon a time I was in a wedding party. That wedding involved a lot of tulle. Tulle, as it turns out, is sticky. And difficult. I ultimately defeated the tulle in epic battle, and then donned it as a ninja garment. That might go partway to explain the fact that 5 years (and two children on the part of the couple in question) later, I have neglected to change my LJ name back from "Molly, tulle ninja"

Here is a fun fact: according my alergist, I am not allergic to oranges. I just... happen to have topical reactions to them as a result of overactive histamines that can be stopped by taking prescription antihistimines. See? It's TOTALLY NOT AN ALLERGY. She SAID SO. (Apparently, the key distinction is that I am never going to go into anaphylactic shock and die from any of the numerous fruits that give me hives. I support this analysis.)

Eggplant is an awesome vegetable, that goes into any number of foods I really enjoy. I was cooking with [personal profile] yarngeek a lot the summer I discovered the wonders of eggplant and tried to make it fit into every meal I cooked.

[personal profile] yarngeek calls my complex relationships with dead people historical stalking. Just because I find out all sorts of details about their lives and deaths and irrational obsessions with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves [Alan Turing]. Whatever, at least it's not pop stars.

After she came back from the dead, I renamed my laptop Persephone. This began a pattern of naming all Apple products that come into my life after things related to Pluto's realm. My red iPod nano was Pomegranate; my work laptop is Zagreus [son of Zeus and Persephone eaten by Titans]; my black iPod is Erebus [the river of darkness].

GHIJK

Sunday, 30 August 2009 18:55
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Before I jump into my next round of friends, I'd like to mention that I'm diluting my internet presence even more with lemele.net a knitting and other crafts blog. [livejournal.com profile] weetziefae and I have pledged to post on our craft blogs once a week (and to harass each other if we don't!) so you might actually see some content there on a regular basis. For now, at least...

I'm starting off with a post about making a plastic yarn shopping bag (inspired by [livejournal.com profile] digitalemur something like 8 months ago) and am generally excited. Yay!

[livejournal.com profile] gabby_silang is one of many people I'm glad to have met through [personal profile] oliviacirce. Her fiction is always thought provoking, even if I don't know the fandom it's in.
[livejournal.com profile] glasere_rev is one of the people who became family at MHC. She's not online much these days, but I still love her and hope she's reading this, even if she isn't updating her own journal.
[livejournal.com profile] goodbush always posts interesting links about paganism.
I met [livejournal.com profile] gwinna_flyaway my first year at MHC, and then again my sophomore year, and then finally became friends with her senior year. I'm so glad we became friends, and I wish it had happened sooner.
[livejournal.com profile] haelix turned 30 on Friday! He is a good argument for copying people's emails off of mailing lists at concerts and then stalking them down and forcing them to be your friend. Not that I endorse that sort of behavior. I'm just saying it works, is all. (It was a Jonathan Coulton concert. And the Paul and Storm mailing list.)
[livejournal.com profile] inkydragon has an incredibly fascinating career and blog.
[livejournal.com profile] ithiliendweller and I used to rule the world of final exams at MHC with iron fists. She would be able to turn that into a really clever Lord of the Rings metaphor, complete with accurate Tolkien quotation. ::Evil laugh::
I have bisexual tendencies for [livejournal.com profile] jemmiefer. But then, everyone does. You know how it is.
[livejournal.com profile] juliarchy has a keen sense of design, and had, I think, the classiest wedding I've ever seen (at least, according to the photos I saw.) Clearly, she's come a long way from those middle school nutcracker costumes.
[personal profile] karlht is yet another argument for arbitrarily turning strangers into friends at public events (in this case, a Neil Gaiman reading). He makes me smile.
[livejournal.com profile] katieftw has recently started blogging again, and I'm so glad. She's one of very few people from high school I'm in touch with, and she had fallen out of that category until recently.
[livejournal.com profile] killerbeautiful and I are so much more in touch since the invention of Twitter. Weird how that works sometimes.
[livejournal.com profile] kittydoll82 has awesome monster feet slippers. I miss hiding in Rooke Theatre and watching her work her lighting magic.
I first introduced [livejournal.com profile] klburche to my parents by saying "This is Kat! She's my boss!" She was upset because I didn't say she was my friend. But I thought that went without saying, because she was obviously awesome, and I'd never had a boss before. She's the most active feminist I know of my generation, which is also awesome.

Seriously, if you based your expectations of my relative shyness on this entry, you would think I just ran around forcing strangers to be my friends all the time. In fact, I am really quite shy. But also in fact, I had a long conversation with a stranger about Unitarianism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints today, so WHO KNOWS?

Definite

Saturday, 22 August 2009 13:06
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Continuing the "talk about your flist" meme. Hopefully I'll do this more than every other week in the future, eh?

[livejournal.com profile] demonstrable once took apart a Mac SE for me so I could see the signatures of the engineering team on the inside of the case. It was fracking awesome.

[livejournal.com profile] diadem_chi is in the process of moving up to Seattle and thus converting into one of my friends who used to live in the Bay Area. This makes me pretty sad (I would rather that she keep being a friend who lives in the Bay Area) but I'm excited that she has found such a cool house. Incidentally, if she could explain to me why her husband's IM status message has been "I want my house back" for the last month, I'd be grateful.

I befriended [livejournal.com profile] digitalemur when I used to lurk in her office all the time. Ironically, via the power of the internet, I've gotten to know her a lot better since I left college and we became internet friends. I love her witty and interesting posts and links. And having obscure facebook conversations about Torchwood.

I haven't seen or been in touch with [livejournal.com profile] discolympics since we graduated, which is ironic because now I know rather a lot of people who went to high school with her. ::Evil laugh.::

[personal profile] dmp was my favorite Harry Potter fanfiction author when I was in high school, which made me excessively shy about meeting her in person when we wound up going to college together. I wish I hadn't been. Most recently she's been writing fascinating essays about race and steampunk.

Ironically, I don't think [livejournal.com profile] douxquemiel have ever had a fannish conversation in person, since our RL friendship was mediated almost entirely by Eliot House and the MHC religion department.

I really miss [livejournal.com profile] e_4. I get wildly excited any time ze or [livejournal.com profile] glasser_rev venture onto the internet, and I wish them both the best.

These days I mostly follow [livejournal.com profile] e_clare via Twitter. People have voted, and the following is certifiably true: she has New York City's most comfortable couch for a visitor to sleep on.

Every time I have a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] eccentric_hat, I feel so lucky that someone as smart as she is is my friend. Recently she has taught me rather a lot about wolves, and she can always be counted on for a fun Teddy Roosevelt fact. Also, I shamelessly stole her interior decoration via crayon art scheme.

[livejournal.com profile] ellen_franklin is another family member I acquired through [personal profile] oliviacirce. She's had a huge impact on not just me, but my immediate family as well--my mother is currently working on her dissertation under Ellen.

[livejournal.com profile] emmihead first introduced me to Dinosaur Comics, and for that I sing her praises to the high heavens.

Mostly I know what happens in [livejournal.com profile] emmyskier's life via a gossip chain that involves both of our mothers as intermediaries, a very sorry state of affairs for two people who live in adjoining counties. For those who want to point fingers, she is entirely to blame for my love of the grotesque.

[livejournal.com profile] empress_elle is very far away, geographically speaking, and very close, emotionally speaking. I think we're going through a lot of the same emotional experience as we think about running away from the big corporations where we work to become the sort of lawyers who do good in the world. Man I miss her.

Just thinking about [livejournal.com profile] eslafunnynunny makes me smile and want to hold a spontaneous one-song dance party in a dorm room.

I don't know quite what to say about [livejournal.com profile] falxumbra, but it involves bluegrass covers of pop songs, incredible artistic talent, and my introduction to D&D.

[livejournal.com profile] februaryfour is one year and one day older than me, and is wicked smart.

Has [livejournal.com profile] fitzee become the next Tina Fae yet? Because maybe when she does I'll start watching network tv again.

[livejournal.com profile] flame_of_kali was, once upon a time, my fencing buddy. I miss those times.

Easy as A, B, C

Thursday, 6 August 2009 17:11
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[personal profile] wild_irises has been doing a delightful meme where she works her way through her flist and says something brief about each person. I've been enjoying it so much I thought I'd do the same. I'm working through in alphabetical order, favoring Dreamwidth username for those who have migrated over this way, and LJ username for those who are still primarily in LJ land (even if they have DW accounts). I'm condensing those with multiple journals into their primary journal, but if I skip you, let me know!

And if you've moved to Dreamwidth and see that I'm still following you on LJ, let me know about that too--I haven't been very good at keeping up with who's migrated.

[livejournal.com profile] alc517 is a person who I didn't get to know as well as I could have at MHC. Her blog and tweets are always highly entertaining, and I enjoy hearing about her glamorous journalistic life.

[livejournal.com profile] amicitia6 impresses me with her dedication to the aphasia center where she works. When I was back at MHC during her graduation, I ran into her family without her, and still recognized them instantly because of the family resemblance.

[livejournal.com profile] anarqkiki is still "one of my sophomores" in my head, and I'm pretty sure I'm still one of her firsties in hers. She was a long-term holdout on telnet, and I am in awe of her bravery as one bad thing after another happens to those she loves. Also, philosophy majors FTW!

I met [personal profile] aria though [personal profile] oliviacirce, and I'm incredibly glad I did. I love her fannish enthusiasms, her fic, and the fact that I get to watch her women's college experience vicariously, because I miss mine so much.

[livejournal.com profile] arniandblag are two people who I miss a whole lot, and who I wish I was still in touch with. arni was my roommate, and I love following the fiction she blogs. I used to have an excuse to see blag every time I visited [livejournal.com profile] eccentric_hat, and now I don't any more, which makes me sad. I guess this means I need to start reaching out to both of them myself instead of talking to them through other people.

[livejournal.com profile] ayanamiblue doubly made it onto my radar her first year at MHC as a cool Latin person and as a cool SGA person. She was my last source for current SGA gossip, and I wish her all the best now that's she's graduated.

[livejournal.com profile] bedbug_sintheta left LJ a long time ago, and I don't actually know what's going on in her life these days. Based on my knowledge of her, though, whatever it is... it's incredibly interesting.

[livejournal.com profile] bigwillinhell was my fellow high school CS prankster and the first person I ever dated, even if it wasn't very successful. I'm so glad that he and Hannah found each other.

I always find [livejournal.com profile] blackdrago's speculation on religion fascinating. I've had a ton of great conversations with her, and wish I knew more people as thoughtful and expressive as she is on the topic of faith.

[livejournal.com profile] camelpack is one of the few people I know of my generation who is genuinely putting herself at risk every day by being out. She lives her life with grace and dignity, and I have a huge amount of respect for her ability to cope, let alone shine.

[livejournal.com profile] coolsashy is one of my favorite people, the perfect match for [livejournal.com profile] emmyskier that I didn't know existed until I met him. It's a very good feeling indeed when your best friends fall in love with someone as awesometastic as [livejournal.com profile] coolsashy.

Ships meme

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 13:29
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So, I've actually got a long meaty post in the works, but for now, here's a meme from [livejournal.com profile] killerbeautiful. My patterns, they are... strong.

Name your 10 absolutely favorite couples (het/slash/canon/fanon) and ask people to see what trends they notice about your couples. Try to pick different fandoms.
  • Elim Garak/Julian Bashir: Star Trek: DS9

  • Ethan Raine/Rupert Giles: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • Clark Kent/Lex Luthor: Smallville and also Superman comics in general

  • Dick Grayson/Tim Drake: Batman comics

  • Remus Lupin/Sirius Black: Harry Potter

  • Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr: XMen movieverse

  • The Doctor/The Master: Doctor Who

  • Sam Beckett/Al Calavicci: Quantum Leap

  • Herman Melville/Nathaniel Hawthorne: history

  • AE Housman/Moses Jackson: The Invention of Love

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