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new information [Oct. 19th, 2008|02:54 am]
We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.

-Sarah Palin, 10/17/2008 (Greensboro, North Carolina)

Ah-ha! So it turns out that, in addition to primarily containing a lazy, unpatriotic and anti-American citizenry, urban areas are not the real America.

Please make a note of it.
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The Oxmoon of our childhood [Aug. 6th, 2008|10:37 pm]
[Current Mood | pink gin]

Darlings, I have simply too much to tell you all about, I'm quite certain I shall never get around to it all. In any case it takes less energy to write up some of my thoughts on The Dark Knight, which I had always planned to see in a vague way but then went to see much more concretely due (1) to Hans having seen it, failed to dissolve in fits of ecstasy over its brilliance in the manner of most others in our peer group, and imploring me to see it and return my opinion so he could determine whether he was taking crazy pills, and (2) to all the cousins mounting an expedition to go see it when we were in Farmington a couple of weeks ago for a family reunion.

Here is a bulleted list.Collapse )

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merp [Jul. 7th, 2008|02:58 am]
Below is the Entertainment Weekly's list of 100 Classic Movies of the past 25 years. Bold the ones you've seen.

MOVIE MEME'dCollapse )

Aaaahhhh i still don't have a computer

I've got to change my user icons.
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You were the worst mistake she ever made [Jul. 2nd, 2008|11:19 pm]
So I've been kind of planning for a while now to get a new computer-- although I've made some upgrades to my current machine (second drive, extra RAM, new ethernet port to replace one that got fried... new monitor... new keyboard... new mouse...), it's over six years old, and in computer years, that's pretty old. Plus the main hard drive has been kind of iffy for a while now. Then a month or so ago, it got so it wouldn't start up... I managed to Recovery Console my way to glory back then, but the same damn thing happened two nights ago, and I've had no luck since then.

At first I was like, "ummm, I'll just buy a nice new hard drive and install Windows on that... then I can just transfer it to the new computer I shall someday be able to afford!"
... except the only kind of drive I can put in my current machine is one with an ATA/100 interface (as opposed to SATA), and I don't want to deliberately purchase outdated technology just to keep propping up more outdated technology. :/ (Nor do I want to waste money on an adapter to make the outdated and current technology play nice.) SO I decided to suck it up and have something custom-built! (I ALSO CONSIDERED CUSTOM-BUILDING IT MYSELF, but I lack confidence and occasionally fail to be detail-oriented. Also, Altex doesn't charge for assembly, only parts. So booyah.)

I've ordered a 500-gig Seagate drive from Newegg (drives are significantly cheaper there than at Altex-- the model I got was $85, whereas a 320-gig Seagate at Altex is $95-- plus I got free shipping, bitches!). So it'll be three (ish) business days before that comes in... then it'll be three to five more days for Altex to actually put it together. So yeah, I'm looking at... a while... without my own computer.

It's not that bad, since I can use mom's. ... Only she's got IE 6 for a browser... and not only does the lack of tabs distress me, but for some reason Gmail refreshes the inbox at an extremely leisurely pace. I have to keep clicking 'inbox' if I want to see new messages in a timely manner. ... Also, she plays Spider Solitaire with four suits! (Four suits!)

tl;dr I shall soon be getting the following PC made:
  • Thermaltake Wing RS 101 (case)
  • Asus 4600+ X2 Dual Core MB
  • 1GIG DDR 800MHz (2)
  • Liteon SATA DVD+/-RW BK LS
  • Seagate 500GB SATA-II 3GB/s
  • Windows XP Professional (I have my own copy)
Total cost: ~$500. WHO HAS APPLICABLE KNOWLEDGE / SUGGESTIONS / CRITIQUE? :>
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I thought of something I wanted to use as a subject line, but I forgot it [Jun. 30th, 2008|01:27 pm]
According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.Collapse )

I didn't italicise that many, because honestly, I don't know which ones I "intend" to read. I kinda figure I'll read 'em if I read 'em. :'D
Also, who put this list together? I can detect no organisational pattern whatsoever. These can't seriously be a top 100, like, with the best one being #1 or something, right?? They included The Da Vinci Code, for god's sake! (GJ on listing The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe separately, too.)
You are now probably an official member of my rogues gallery, The Big Read.

His Dark MaterialsCollapse )

My paid account ran out a while ago, so all my userpics except six became 'inactive' (since my extra userpic time extends longer than my paid time did, they weren't just deleted). Only it turns out the six that got saved (default + the five I'd most recently used for entries) aren't really my favourites... :( There's no way to go in to my userpics and choose which six I want to be active / make the ones I don't like inactive, so the only way to get back one of the ones I like at this point is to delete one of my 'actives,' delete the inactive version of the one I want, and completely reupload it. Apart from being stupid, this is also too many steps for my lazy self to go through (also I have no idea where on my computer some of those icons are saved, lol). ... So yeah. :D

p.s. this is not a veiled 'someone buy me more paid time pleeeeeease~?' request! please do not buy me more paid time. ¦D

p.p.s. that was not an attempt to use reverse-psychology to get someone to buy me more paid time.

p.p.p.s. probably.

p.p.p.p.s. but seriously, don't do it.
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dibs on rainbow [May. 24th, 2008|03:58 am]
[Current Music |ELO - Strange Magic]

Hey HEY HEY, party people! Who's:

1) Going to A-Kon
and
2) Still has room for one more at the hotel,
or
3) Is willing to kick out one (or even two!) of the less-deserving current occupants?

I don't take up much space, and I'm told I have a number of practical applications.



p.s. Hans if I don't find a place to stay at A-Kon I will have to ditch you and go to Schlitterbahn instead 8|

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Knowest thou the muffin man? [May. 19th, 2008|07:34 pm]
[Current Mood |5/19/07 nevar forget]
[Current Music |Shiina Ringo - Meisei (camouflage)]

So I got a sweet new phone that's all pink and shiny! It's a Samsung Gleam.
... but after shelling out like $50 extra for the memory card and 'Music Essentials Kit' so I could also use it an mp3 player (since I haven't got one), I have run into nothing but frustration. The damn thing won't connect at all on my computer (even though I install everything the way I'm supposed to, and the computer actually says 'oh, new hardware! ... okay, it's installed and working properly! :)'), and while on mom's I got it to work (WHICH MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE IT'S THE EXACT SAME FRICKING DRIVERS), it... freezes partway through transferring music onto it... at which point the phone goes completely catatonic, and won't work at all unless I remove and replace the battery. The music that's already been transferred, while it shows up in the 'my music' menu when I check the memory card usage on the phone itself, can't be played. Any attempts to access it through the 'music library' menu (or to finish transferring music through the music manager utility on the PC) cause it to completely freeze up again.
FORMATTING THE MEMORY CARD SOLVES THE PROBLEM...
... until partway through the next attempt to put music onto it, at which point the fabulous little rondo begins anew. I'm all troubleshot out, so I'm just going to (g-gently) slam it down on the counter at the Verizon store and say "MAKE IT WORK. =_= "

But more importantly, guys, listen up... don't forget. Believe in yourself.
Not you, who believes in me.
Not me, who believes in you.
Believe in you, who believes in yourself.

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Noruwei no mori [Apr. 15th, 2008|11:30 pm]
[Current Music |Strauss II - Die Fledermaus - Overture]

I have a ton of things I should be writing journal entries about, but instead of any of those I'm just posting some passages from Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood because I have to give it back to the guy I borrowed it from tomorrow.

... p.s. I don't know why almost all of the passages that occurred to me to preserve are erotic, orz. Especially since I've always loved Murakami and, until Kafka on the Shore, I had no idea he even ever wrote anything sexual aside from a description of nudity here and there. ... Eh, actually, maybe there was some stuff in earlier novels? ... yeah okay thinking back on it I guess there was BUT IT INCORPORATES SO SEAMLESSLY INTO THE NARRATIVE THAT I NEVER NOTICED.

mai waifuCollapse )

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empty sponsor screen [Mar. 1st, 2008|11:42 pm]
[Current Music |Kaiji - Chest]

I've returned from the depths of hell to do battle with y'all. How's it goin'.

but seriously, this last Wednesday I somehow contracted a mysterious killer virus that kept me up until 6 in the morning vomiting, having ____, and thinking that honestly, what's so bad about (the sweet release of) death anyway? The actual symptoms pretty much ran their course over those twelve hours or so, but they were so severe that I spent most of Thursday and Friday in a dehydrated, unconscious heap. I'm still slightly what you might call 'weakened,' but I feel comfortable saying I've made an 87% recovery! (I think I misled Angela and mom by telling them on Thursday that I felt '100% better' despite the fact that I was obviously still in pretty rough shape; it was just that I'd been so goddamn miserable all the night before that it seemed disingenuous to claim I only felt 50% or something better than that when all I had to deal with anymore were things like headaches and dizziness.)

so yeah, who knows. It was kinda like having a moderate-to-bad case of the flu, but with all of the suffering highly condensed for greater efficiency?

Forgot what else I was going to say!

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GET FIRED UP [Feb. 5th, 2008|07:03 pm]
GUYS I was all fired up to vote today

But then this morning I discovered that Texas actually is not one the states that does Super Tuesday

and our primary's not until March.

>:B

(seriously, who knew?! I can't remember the last time I cared about a primary. In fact, the reason I can't remember it is because it's never happened.)
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