kitanzi: (firefly geese jugglers - by _m)
While ACat is out in California for the weekend, I'm going to Dragoncon tomorrow.I know at least a few people who will be there, and will probably meet up with me at some point (and would be glad to hear from anyone else who'd like to!), but I'm not particularly looking to anyone to entertain me - the people watching alone is good for hours, as I recall. What I *am* looking for is any idea of what time registration opens? The website doesn't say, far as I can see...

I'm taking MARTA to avoid parking logistics and expenses, and only having to coordinate myself so I expect to be there pretty early. I sometimes feel like the only morning person in all of fandom - anyone out there who might prove me wrong?
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The guy who sits next to me at work is a real history buff, and puts up a dozen or so "On this day..." type bits every day for everyone's education and entertainment. I'm going to start putting up "History of the future" in the same vein, just cause I think it'd be fun, but I'm going to need to come up with a LOT of stuff if I want to keep it going.

So, just for shits and giggles, throw the History of the Future at me. "August 8th, 2010: Nessie comes out of the loch, demanding her share of the tourist profits." "Time capsule from 1910 is opened, reveals mummified fairies who were apparently trapped while trying to steal the contents." "Starlet sets new record for high altitude childbirth, delivering in the middle of a skydive with the help of a specialized team of midwives."

I'm sure folks can do much better than that. Anything you like, silly or serious. It doesn't have to be consistent with anyone else's idea of things, doesn't even have to be worksafe if you want to have fun with it (I'll just edit things around to fit what I need, but you all go nuts!) I WOULD like to not tie in with current politics in any button pushing or agenda pushing fashion, but otherwise.... whatcha got?
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On behalf of [livejournal.com profile] cadhla, via ever so many people (but it still bears repeating):

A fire sale is what you have when the house is on fire and you need to get things out of it, right? 'Here, buy my stuff before it gets smoke-damaged'. Well, a very good friend of mine has a house that's on fire right now, and that means I'm having a fire sale to try to help her put it out.

For the next week, all proceeds of sales from my first album, Pretty Little Dead Girl, will be going straight to her and her family, to help them get through a rather nasty financial crunch -- basically, she starts her new job in two weeks, but until then, there's no money to do fun things like 'feed the resident small child' and 'keep the electricity running'. If we can manage to sell forty copies of the album, at $15 a pop, we'll raise six hundred dollars, and get them through this stupid speed bump.

To order Pretty Little Dead Girl and donate the proceeds, go to:

https://www.seananmcguire.com/secure_order.php

Put 'fire sale' in the comments field. We still have to charge postage (and the international order surcharge, for people outside the US), since I don't have any money either, but all actual sale-of-CD proceeds will go straight to the donation pool. I'm probably going to do a few art sales or auctions to help this along, later in the week.

Please, feel free to repost this entry, modified as necessary, especially if you have a reading list that differs substantially from mine. The fire sale will run from Thursday, June 28, through Thursday, July 5.

Thank you.
kitanzi: (suit in a hampster wheel - by unknown)
Really, I should take time to post about the good stuff in my life lately, and there's been plenty. Some I have, like the wedding, and some I haven't, like the Aphelion microcon and our second trip to the ren faire.

Right now, though, I'm stuck with endless, endless printing, copy, and coallation for this idiot project here at work. Naturally, my mind isn't very engaged in this and tends to drift. For some reason, today it's insisting on dwelling on every stupid or painful thing I've ever done, none of it to any useful purpose.

So, if you have any good memories of me or anything cheerful to tell me about in your life, or anything at all that makes you smile - share?
kitanzi: (firefly/dr who Old Soldiers - by locker_)
I don't really know how many folks might read this who haven't already seen it, either on [livejournal.com profile] autographedcat's LJ, or back on the journals of our friends [livejournal.com profile] davehogg and [livejournal.com profile] aiela, but just in case, Dave posts -

"Angie and I have a dear pair of friends - R&S. Rob just got back from his third overseas tour of duty in the Air National Guard, his second to Iraq. Last month, a non-profit group that helps military families in this situation made their mortgage payment ... and the check bounced.

This has left them in a very ugly financial situation.

So, we are having the first Virtual Arts, Crafts and Bake Sale.

If you donate $10, S will send you a plate of brownies.

For $20, I'll send you an 8x10 of any picture on my Flickr page.

Want a picture taken of something/someone specific? Want your picture taken with Spark? Want to babysit Britt? Want to do Angie's math homework? Feel free to make us an offer!"

ACat and I are kicking in once the paychecks drop into the bank tomorrow. I don't know R or S, but I do know Dave and Angie (both excellent people), and I firmly believe this is a legit fundraiser, and it's for an excellent reason. I hope anyone who can spare a bit will go and do so, for whatever amount. (And, btw, if you haven't seen Dave's Flickr photo sets yet, check them out. He's good!)
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Which is to say my pants are utterly bankrupt, but we're home. Got home and to bed a bit past one am this morning, in fact, and we're both up bright and early for work today. Gaaaaaah.

Consonance was a great con, though, and I'm glad we went. The family visit went quite well, too, so I am actually more enthusiastic about the whole thing than my fatigue addled expression would make anyone believe. If I missed anything I should know about since last Wednesday - anything exciting, anything happy, anything that would make me wake up enough to open my eyes wide and yell YOU DID WHAT? - let me know, ok?
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[livejournal.com profile] joyeuse13 has finished her poll and posted the results, for those who are interested! Thanks again if you followed my link to help out with that!

http://joyeuse13.livejournal.com/308633.html?nc=4&style=mine
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My friend [livejournal.com profile] joyeuse13 is looking for people to answer an interesting linguistics poll she's doing. Apparently most of her responders so far have been American - can I ask any of my non-American friends to help her out? (And any American ones who'd be interested, for that matter - the bigger the sample size the better, she's just hoping for some diversity as well.)

http://joyeuse13.livejournal.com/307199.html
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I'm considering making a square for next year's Gafilk quilt with my best attempt at a replica of one of Dave's buttons and his filkhaven name on it. Does anyone have a reference book they would recommend to a complete newbie trying to do this? Thanks for any help...

Disturbing

Dec. 7th, 2006 02:25 pm
kitanzi: (fat girl revenge squad - by slackerbitch)
There's been some news lately about a (very little) backlash against super skinny models, and I say amen, I'm all for that. I never have understood why curves have become a horror and a dirty word in fashion and advertising. Obviously your mileage may and does vary, otherwise all the bony models wouldn't be making money. I don't get it, but then I'm hardly their demographic anyhow and wouldn't be even if I lost 100 lbs - I don't do glamour, even though I appreciate it.

I'm curious about the general attitude, though. I know the people likely to be reading this are not very representative of the "mainstream", but I'm still curious. Which of these women would you call more attractive, and why?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=416341&in_page_id=1879

Edit: You may want to also read the article. The woman in the bottom photo was told by the top woman (and many other "experienced" people) as part of some TV reality wanna-be-a-model show that she was too fat for fashion. Insanity.
For more information, a rather interesting interview, and another model style photo of the woman in the bottom photo check this out:
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=420299&in_page_id=1879&in_a_source=

(Thanks and credit to [livejournal.com profile] mosellegreen!)
kitanzi: (calvin dance - by foofee25)
Just because I'm getting fidgety and impatient waiting (this will be the longest short work week ever!), who out there is going to OVFF besides ACat and me?

Boundaries

Sep. 25th, 2006 08:34 pm
kitanzi: (curiosity killed the cat - by btfl_decad)
I had an interesting discussion with a friend earlier today about the boundaries between public and private, and the non-obvious line where venting and asking friends for help and support shades into talking about someone else's business, perhaps even more so online. When does your need for support run into someone else's wish for privacy? I've had this come up in my life often enough that I've put a lot of thought into it, but I thought this would also be a good place to ask other people's experiences - please feel free to add anything you like in comments.

[Poll #830069]
kitanzi: (firefly ain't that somethin - by niceven)
Vectored from [livejournal.com profile] 5tephe with great admiration:

The best Idea I've heard thus far, regarding today.
O.K, so this is my September 11th post.

I heard a lady on the radio this morning with the best Idea ever.

Go out today and do something tangible, that makes the world better.

Visit someone in hospital, give blood, make a $5 donation to a charity, bake a cake for a neighbour, fix up that hole in your mother-in-law's fence, write a letter of congratulation to a nobel peace prise winner, hand in that umbrella to lost and found, pick up litter outside your work, drop off a bundle of tinned food to the local homeless refuge, scrub off some graffiti from a wall, change the lightbulb in the hall of your block of flats, sweep off the sidewalk outside your house and clean out the gutter, help Mrs Johnson across the road to carry her groceries in.

Just go out and do something. Make sure it is physical, tangible. Make the world a better place in some way. Help someone. Help each other. Make today not about the death, and destruction, and violence, and intolerance, but about the gift that you can make, yourself, right now.

Change the world.

Pass this idea around folks. Link to my little spiel, or copy it into your own journal. Then make a comment (and encourage others to, also) letting each other know what it was you did today.
kitanzi: (suit in a hampster wheel - by unknown)
Starting tomorrow, for about six weeks I will be working 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 8-5 on Saturday. (Crisis at work, long story, no choice.) As may be obvious, that doesn't leave me a whole lot of time for other stuff, and I probably won't even try keeping up on LJ. Not that I've been terribly active lately anyways, but if anyone has anything they think I should see or would even really be sorry I missed, please have pity and point me at it!

Otherwise, see you all when I get back....
kitanzi: (calvin lucky underpants - by rushofsilen)
No matter how much I want to.

A couple weeks ago I baked a cake, as a practice run for the birthday cake I planned to make for ACat's birthday this weekend. It baked fine, but came out of the pans VERY badly, which I figured was because I didn't flour the pans enough. Ok, stupid mistake but easy to fix - I never tried baking a cake before.

Today, I decided to bake a cake for his birthday to take along to dinner with friends tonight. If it turned out well, I'd make another tomorrow for just us. Well, I greased the pans and floured the pans until they were nice and floury white on the insides. I baked two layers in them, and they smelled and looked lovely. I took them out and let them cool while we went out shopping, came home and took a short nap, work up cranky with a headache, and went to take them out of the pans, perfectly cool.

It was a fucking disaster. It wouldn't come out and it wouldn't come out. I whacked the pan, I beat on the pan, I tried to gently cut it loose with a knife, ACat tried whacking the pan, and finally tried to pry it out with a fork while I fumed and tried VERY hard not to act any more like a frustrated five year old than I already was. It ripped into several messy pieces, and came out in handfuls, with much of it visibly coated with flour on the bottom!

I haven't even tried to get the other one out - we're eating the ruined one with icecream and chocolate syrup to make lemonade out of my lemons, but can anyone tell me what the hell I did wrong? I was so sure I'd figured it out and fixed it, and I would REALLY like to try again and make him a proper birthday cake. The box does say to let them cool in the pans - is that wrong? I've even contemplated trying next time in the springform pans I have for cheesecake, but I don't think I have two the same size.
kitanzi: (lost - iconomania)
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me. It can be anything you want—good or bad—BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

Why not... however, I should also say I dunno how much LJ I will be reading in the next week or two, or if I'll be keeping up much at all. My surgery is rescheduled for a week from yesterday, and I'm doing about 2 hours overtime every night to try and cover the missed time - still temp, still no sick pay. As a result, by the time I get home I'm in a fair bit of pain and not really sitting at the computer much, and may or may not catch up in the morning. If I miss something you wanted me to know, please have pity and just tell me?
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I'm kind of curious, and this seems a reasonable place to ask. I know a lot of people who talk about chosen family (or clan, or whatever), either in addition to or instead of the more traditional biological family. Sometimes it's in relation to poly, but not necessarily by any means.

If you describe yourself as having chosen family, how do you choose that family? What defines, for you, family as opposed to friends? Is the boundary fluid? Do you ever have people who are friends eventually come to feel like family, or do you drift away from people and eventually count them as friends instead? Are family relationships necessarily more intimate? Are you more likely to try and build a relationship with someone based on the fact that they are involved with someone you consider family, or a friend, or does that make any difference at all? I've recently seen it described as a distinction that's easier for someone from a close knit, loving family to make than someone who wasn't, based on what it feels like - does this describe what most of you have observed? Does it make a difference to you if someone you consider family doesn't consider you so, doesn't choose you back?

It's a far more complicated concept than the standard biological family where the relationship is clearly defined - you are born with a standard set of relations, and expected to evolve emotional attachments to match. My own family is definitely not close, and I do tend to feel that I have people who are chosen family, but recent conversations and observations have made me think about it a little more. Somewhat like poly, it's not a simple thing, and means many things to many people. It's also prone to assumptions people may not even realize they're making, or at least so I find, so I'm curious what other people may come up with if I get you all thinking about it too!
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It's a very short work week, only three days long, and you just know no one's getting much done if they can help it. Well, a couple of my coworkers were trading amusing stories from childhood, and I stopped to listen when one mentioned that she was/is hyperactive. It caught my attention, since my ex F's kids were all diagnosed ADHD or ADD long before I ever met any of them. It was an interesting conversation, with her stories from the kid's perspective and mine from the (stepish) parent's perspective. We agreed that the condition tended to go along with high intelligence, and was often overdiagnosed but still a genuine problem. Then she casually mentioned she was pretty sure that I was ADD or ADHD as well, and the other coworker nodded vigorously, both of them listing what made them think so.

It's something I've considered before. I do have some of the indicators, but then I have some indicators for other things as well, and in my opinion, in *my* case, it doesn't matter. Sure, I twitch a lot and I get bored easily, am easily frustrated, and I multitask like hell, etc etc etc. In the end, though, these are things that I cope pretty well with and mostly turn to my own good advantage, so I'm not concerned with whether a diagnosis fits me, because I'm not looking to be treated for it, if it even is so.

It was an interesting conversation, not in the least because it highlighted to me how not-new an idea this is to me, and how little I'm actualy concerned about it. From what I gather, there's a spectrum of behavior which is part of what makes diagnosis of ADD and ADHD difficult *as a condition*. I'm curious (in a hopefully flame resistant fashion) what experiences you all have had with this, in whatever context? Please do keep in mind that I'm not even vaguely interested in arguing whether ADD and ADHD exist, valid and invalid courses of treatment in general, possible abuses of the diagnosis, or any of the hot trigger issues that abound with this. I just find this kind of interesting, especially since two rather casual acquaintances apparently think they see this in me as well.
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My surgery is scheduled for Wed, October 26th at 8:15 am. I'm not sure how long it will take, but the surgery center wants me to promise that I'll have someone with me for the rest of the day since I'll be loopy on painkillers. This is a real shot in the dark, but is there anyone in the Alpharetta or Atlanta area who would be home during that day who might be able and willing to have a genuine couch potato on their couch for that afternoon? ACat seriously can't get more time off - he's already borrowing vacation time from next year from his job to go to OVFF and they politely made it clear that that's a one time favor they're doing for him.

Personally, I think I would be ok if he got me set up on the couch at home with pills, water, cellphone for emergencies, and tv remote before heading back to work - he's only five to ten minutes down the road. But the doctors seem pretty set about this, and while I may wind up just smiling nicely at them and telling them what they want to hear, I thought I'd ask around first.
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I really need some more of one of the Lush shampoos (http://www.lush.com/ if you don't know what I'm talking about, it's some great stuff) but their shipping prices are a bit extreme. Anyone live near a Lush store who might be able to buy me a large bottle of Daddyo (I can pay back with check or Paypal) and ship it by any fashion for less than $12, do you think? Please?

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