Not dead

Apr. 2nd, 2013 12:06 am
ginny_t: An image of bunnies and a teapot, text "the bunnies kept all their love in a teapot" (tea)
Given Amazon's recent acquisition of Goodreads, I'm considering posting reviews here. So there might be a revival of this space.

In related news, does anyone have experience with/of Audible? The foremost question I have right now is whether or not you can preview audiobooks. Turns out I'm very particular about how my books are read.
ginny_t: Me at a computer, plotting...something (geek)
Technically, I think I'm looking for a new drama (Japanese, Korean, I've even loved a Hong Kong drmaa!). When MU was taken down, the communities I got new dramas from dried up, and I don't even know what's out there anymore. Also, I am a particular fussy-pants who generally has to try five or six new dramas before finding one that doesn't make me twitch in horror.

So, if you know of a place to find out about new shows, link me? (Other journals are fine, people who watch/review/rec are fine, or anywhere on the Internet. It's getting pretty desperate.) The only caveat is I need subtitles, either in English or French.

In fact, it's so desperate that I'm considering domestic stuff. (I don't consider domestic stuff inferior; I just prefer Asian dramas because they're contained. You generally know how many episodes it will be. Also, I'm gonna bet that something like Ando Natsu, frex, would never in a million years get made in North America, but I enjoyed it very much.)
ginny_t: WTF spelled out in ASL (WTF?)
I just vacuumed and there's a fucking clump of Daisy fur in the middle of the room! (No, not Daisy; she's sprawled about a foot from this clump of fluff.)
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" (intellectual snobbery)
That wallet in your back pocket ruins the line of your butt. Do you want that?

The BlackBerry at your side messes with the line of your suit jacket right at your waist. Do you want that?

If you are of a certain embonpoint, your tie should still reach your belt, not where your gut starts to recede.

On the subject of ties, if you're going to be seen on TV, be sure you're not lolling in your chair with your tie off to the side. What's with that? I don't want that.
ginny_t: The world's tiniest violin? It refuses to play for you because it has higher standards. (unsympathetic)
The good: Teavana has opened.

The bad: The store design is so bad. I was all ready to buy four types of tea all on impulse and maybe some sugar from beets, but there was just no way at the counter, and I couldn't deal with all the noise around me.

Also bad: Guy out front handing out samples didn't know their hours. I know the store's new, so his job is new, but come on.

Overall, unimpressed.

(In related news, I have to remember not to bring David's Tea bags to the House of Tea. But they're my usual shopping bags! Oops.)

Also also bad: I called my Ysa, and she didn't answer. I had to leave a message. *sad*
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" (intellectual snobbery)
via [personal profile] karenhealey, If You Liked The Book, You'll Hate The Movie an X-Men First Class AU high school fic. Yeah, I know how that sounds, but wow, I really enjoyed it.
ginny_t: Me at a computer, plotting...something (geek)
So I don't mind at all that the mail person left the package (of yarn!) in front of my door today. I really don't. What I find perplexing is that it was waiting for me as I was on my way home from the post office to pick up the package (of pre-yarn!) that the mail person wouldn't leave in front of my door the other day (Sunday!). The one I had to get from the post office was smaller, lighter and less valuable. No, before you ask, it didn't require a signature or payment. It's the inconsistency.

In happier news, I have lots of yarn and pre-yarn! Mineallmine!
ginny_t: Me at a computer, plotting...something (geek)
The paid account fairy visited me! Thank you, paid account fairy, whoever you are! I'll be getting my account all fixed up … well, as soon as the knitting and the Starcraft allow it. Then I'll be all blathery about knitting and Starcraft. La!

ginny_t: several skeins of sock yarn, text reads "See the hope in small things," a Tom McRae lyric (knitting)
I have just placed what is becoming my annual Elann order. Two sweaters' worth of yarmz will be heading my way as soon as they pack 'em up and ship 'em out! (You may say something silly like "only two sweaters a year?" but rest assured, I have many many yarn sources.)

It's also becoming pretty much a tradition to say in January that I'm going to knit from stash this year. I start out well, with only a small slip-up or two in the first nine months or so. (There are exceptions: anything for a gift or whatever I need to complement a stash yarn for a project is just fine.) The real problems start as the weather cools and I get needing warm fuzzy comfort. Yeah, in the last three months of 2011, I bought yarn for three cardigans. I did get one of them finished, and the other two are right up there in the queue. But you see how it is.

The new plan is one I found someone else doing: for every amount of yarn from stash I knit, I can buy half that much in new stash. Theoretically, the stash will always reduce. Theoretically. (Also, there's quite a lot of stash to reduce.)

Also also, I "supported" Laughing Rat's "closing my Etsy store for now" sale by buying some spinning slivers. La! (I learned today that worsted spinning [what I do] uses slivers, not roving; roving is for woolen spinning, and the fibres go in every which direction. Who knew? Now I do.)
ginny_t: Me at a computer, plotting...something (geek)
Thanks for all the cute things yesterday. They did help. ^_^

Now, if only customer service would get back to me about my request to trade in November for another May. And since they're a matched set, I should return December, January, February, and March while we're at it.
ginny_t: The world's tiniest violin? It refuses to play for you because it has higher standards. (unsympathetic)
I've been fighting it. It's winning.

Would demanding that people send cute things even work anymore? Let's try it.

Also

Oct. 11th, 2011 12:02 pm
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" (intellectual snobbery)
Before you utter (or even think) the words "My tax dollars at work," wherever you are, think about how much you paid in taxes last year. Then think about the services you enjoy: roads, traffic lights, police protection (which some enjoy more than others), emergency services, hospitals, even doctors depending on where you are. Some of you might've presented at City Hall or to a government committee. Did you send mail? Yeah, that stamp didn't cover the cost. Think about how much those services cost and how much you paid. Because unless you are very wealthy and didn't get your accountant to exploit every possible tax loophole, you likely didn't pay enough to cover the cost of the services you used, much less my salary or someone's food stamps, welfare assistance, disability assistance, &c.

I will cut you with my words.

Huh, still cranky, even after tea and tylenol and half my oatmeal. Oh well.
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" (intellectual snobbery)
Never mind. It got rambly, and there was an ode to tea, and then there was a question, and my head hurts, and I'M ON VACATION AND STILL SICK AND THIS SUCKS!

Just remember: nouns are nouns and verbs are verbs, and they work so very well together, and sure you can verb a noun, but that weirds language. (In other words, no, happiness is a noun, not a verb. You can say Epictetus said it was a verb, but the only reference I can find to that is a "reinterpreted by" on Twitter, and that ain't contemporary, and that sure as shootin' doesn't give your bullshit meme of wrongness any legitimacy. And that sucks, because I was in the middle of reading a post about being kind to your body with food, a thing I need to work on, and that ambushed me, and there was a 15-minute interruption for a rant that got deleted for being rambly and off-topic and …)

My head hurts. *whine* (At least I don't seem to be feverish. Maybe.)

Wait, there was another thing! When you're defining something, you should define it using an equivalent grammatical unit. IOW, nouns should be defined by nouns and noun phrases, verbs should be defined by verbs and verb phrases. So to say "True happiness is a verb. It is the ongoing, dynamic performance of worthy deeds" is to be not only wrongsauce, it is to define a noun you're claiming isn't a noun by a noun phrase, thus undermining your argument doubly. *nodnod*

[Also, I didn't proofread this because did I mention my head hurts? So maybe there's a grammatical error easter egg for the finding.]
ginny_t: The world's tiniest violin? It refuses to play for you because it has higher standards. (unsympathetic)
I don't know why, but the "go vote!" exhortations on election day really get under my skin. Don't get me wrong: I dragged my sorry, whiny, feverish ass outta my sickbed to go vote (whyohwhy didn't I use the advance polls?), and I even think that voting should be mandatory (a co-worder disagrees but proposed some sort of bonus [like a tax break or something] to voting—oh HELLZ no!). But "go vote!" gets under my skin almost as much as "ZOMG vote splitting!" does. I just can't explain it.

All that said, if I know you didn't vote, and you try to complain about something the government does, I will shut you down hard. (Spoiling your ballot? That totally counts in my book. I even know someone who ate his. Ooooh-kay. Whatever floats your boat, but maybe a little sauce at least?)

So I guess the takeways are don't tell someone to vote in my presence, don't go on about vote splitting around me, and don't tell me you didn't vote.

Contrary much? *shrug*
ginny_t: The world's tiniest violin? It refuses to play for you because it has higher standards. (unsympathetic)
I'm pretty sure a circle of hell is a long line for customs in a carpeted space—if not, it should be. WTF, Pearson?

Now, to try to make it to a reasonable (local) hour without constantly doing the time conversion in my head. Yeah, good luck with that, self.

In happier news, I'm unpacked and have tea. *pleased*
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" (intellectual snobbery)
Things that make me sad:
I have only 2 (maybe 3) songs sung by India Adams. That is just wrong!
Dolores Grey wasn't in Funny Face (or much else). I understand her reasoning, but she's another awesome woman Hollywood didn't treat right.

Thing that fills me with scorn:
NPR released some top 100 SF/F list today. I'm not the first to note the shortage of books by women on that list. The Rothfuss books would be condemned and as [oops!] gross Mary Sue wish-fulfillment if this were a just world. Oh, and Thomas Covenant, White Gold Wielder and rapist?! Please give me a fucking break.
ginny_t: The world's tiniest violin? It refuses to play for you because it has higher standards. (unsympathetic)
I'm currently in the lounge at the island airport. I'm supposed to be in the air or possibly on the ground in Ottawa on the stopover. And there's the problem. I don't even want to go to Ottawa. There's storms there? I'm sorry to hear that; I hope the damage isn't too bad. Could I get a direct flight?

*whine*

This is your cue to distract me from my interminable wait in an increasingly crowded lounge with ever more people milling about.
ginny_t: A close-up of chess pieces, the text reads "the queens we use would not excite you" a quote from "One Night in Bangkok" (intellectual snobbery)
A rather long but entirely worthwhile-to-read explanation of why what's happening in Greece should matter to everyone everywhere: Democracy vs Mythology: The Battle in Syntagma Square. (via)
ginny_t: Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism. (rampant intellectualism)
I'm still not over the G20 bullshit—not that I thought I was, but it appears that some people are already and able and want to discuss it lightly or as some kind of bullshit object lesson. I really am not. No, I don't want to discuss it. I want a full inquiry at the highest levels (never gonna get it, but that don't make me want it less), but I don't want to follow that inquiry closely.

This gets at a bit of the tip of the iceberg of my feelings on the subject. (Trigger warning for discussion of violence and the G20.) (link via La Ysabête.)
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