Wandering Through Time

A history girl's thoughts

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proper grammar
historychick49
My upstairs neighbors are arguing (have been, in the evenings at least, for a few days now). I can't hear everything that's being said loudly, but I've heard enough f-bombs, plus a few instances of "Go ahead! Call the cops right fucking now!" and threats to get lawyers, to know that it's serious. I'm keeping an ear cocked for sounds of violence and/or actual threats, at which point I'll call 911, but that's it.

I haven't been in this sort of situation before and I'm not sure if I should do anything else. Advice?

Relatedly, I'm rather proud of myself for not reacting more strongly to their arguing. Time was, I'd be cringing or maybe crying by this point. (This was a physiological reaction to being in the same vicinity as someone yelling or loudly arguing, even if I wasn't involved; dating from when I was very young - under 6 - and Mom raged at me.) I'm still not entirely at ease, though.

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Pandora should probably take a closer look at whatever it's using to sort tracks/artists for its genre stations... Marilyn Manson is not industrial. Nor are Rob Zombie, Tool, or Rammstein.

Oops
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Work is having us read Speed of Trust, which is turning out to be a decent book. However, it includes quotes from Joe Paterno and Rupert Murdoch. Painfully prescient quotes, in hindsight.

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urkel
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I found a yummy-looking recipe for Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup (though I'd use diced fresh tomatoes)... but it calls for half and half, which I shouldn't have due to lactose sensitivity. Any suggestions for an alternative that won't leave me on the toilet for an hour?

Thanks!

Dad
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Some of you on my flist may remember that we found out my dad had cancer about four and a half years ago. Well, he passed away yesterday morning, at the age of 62.

West Virginia 4-H has lost a great man.

Bye, Dad.

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(Ganked from mahasin)

The problem with LJ or DW: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me (real life or fandom related,I don't care). Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.

Test
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Testing posting from my phone...

Links on the LJ screwup
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First of all: for those of you with paid accounts, please check to see if autopay is turned on! Many people are reporting that although they'd turned autopay off in the past, or never had it on in the first place, their accounts are now set to autopay. This is, for obvious reasons, Not Cool.

SF-D post shortly after the changes went live. Information on what led up to the changes, as far as we know, reactions, and confirmation that the dumbass responsible for all of this, igrick, is actually the head of LJ Russia.

SF-D mod post on layout changes and workarounds.

Personal post with links to the new prototype LJ (in Russian). (Check out the video in the first comment!)

Personal post with information on Release 88, an overview of the issues, links to comments by LJ staff, and more.

Personal post with comprehensive overview of the layout changes and several workarounds.

Also, LJ Hook for Firefox and Livejournal Extension for Chrome both allow you to view all LJ pages in your journal style and/or the light style, regardless of your account type. They also have a notes feature similar to the LJ notes for paid/perm accounts. Automatic thread expansion seems to be borked for now, but the rest works.

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Just a reminder, since LJ fucked up again with the latest updates: I'm on Dreamwidth! I haven't posted there in forever, but I'm in the process of importing my LJ account over there. Feel free to friend me!

Writer's Block: Bah Humbug Day!
duh_ows
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Take a deep breath. Now rant about something.
Dear LJ:

Fuck this mess of an update, and fuck you. I'd been planning on becoming a paid member this coming year, but now? Forget it.

Good times
radar
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Want to know why I can't stop smiling?

1. I got a promotion at work. :) More responsibility, stress, and money.
2. Because of 1, I was able to turn in my two weeks' notice at Macy's.
3. I don't have to work at Macy's next week - my last week - because of wonky hours assignments. :)
4. Yesterday I ordered a long sleeve top and a cashmere sweater (my first!) from Macy's. Total cost, with employee discounts and everything: $45. :)
5. I just found out Stromkern, one of my favorite groups, is releasing a single in March and a full album in June/July. :D

This was shared during the Mithlond weekend...
rammstein
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And yes, that's really Christopher Lee.


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urkel
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Because I know I'm not the only one who felt that... yes, that was an earthquake.

I work on the fourteenth (top) floor of a slowly deteriorating building that's almost a century old. It was NOT fun walking all the way down the stairs.

Edit: I'm still having slight balance issues and generally feeling slightly iffy... and I'm really regretting having worn heels today.

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Random question: is anyone else not getting email notices (such as while tracking a post) from LJ? This morning, and maybe since last night, I've only gotten five notices, despite tracking a number of still-active posts. This includes the latest sf_drama post, which had 34 comments when I started tracking it. It's now up to 49 comments and I haven't received a single notice.

Or maybe it's Gmail, since I didn't receive an email yesterday that was sent.

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Via firerosearien.

Comment with "Come at me," and:

- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

1) If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be? Staffing the state camp I'm going to in a week and a half... I can't wait!! Other than that, knitting.

2) favorite place you've ever been to? Ooooh. I'm going to go with Paris, because it was gorgeous, the people were friendly (contrary to stereotype), and I fell in love with Notre Dame.

3) favorite holiday? I don't know, I generally see holidays as a) paid time off from work, and b) family-time. So maybe the Christmas-New Year's holiday week, because that's the most time off.

4) Worst fear? Spiders Losing my bodily autonomy while retaining my mind, or losing my mind while remaining physically healthy.

5) Words to live by? What will be, will be. It sounds kind of trite, I guess, but it's my Serenity Prayer-type phrase.

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grant
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How the hell have I not watched Firefly before now?? (And, uh, I just finished episode 3, so no spoilers, mmkay? That goes for Serenity, too.) It's funny how many times I've already recognized quotes and pictures from LJ and my friends.

So... what other SF classics should I watch? BSG is on my Netflix queue. I haven't touched Dr. Who yet, partially because I'm not sure if I should start with the original series or the current one. Star Trek is going to be a whole undertaking in and of itself.

Best Old Spice Parody
radar
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... for geeks, that is.

funny gifs

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I'm slowly working my way through the books in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. (Why? Because I'm a bookworm. And a SW geek.) Most of these books I've never read before, or maybe read once in the year or so after TPM came out.

From Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, this might be the funniest passage in the entirety of the EU:
Obi-Wan Kenobi opened his eyes to find himself staring at what he strongly suspected was Anakin's butt.
It looked like Anakin's butt--well, his pants, anyway--though it was thoroughly impossible for Obi-Wan to be certain, since he had never before had occasion to examine Anakin's butt upside down, which it currently appeared to be, nor from this rather uncomfortably close range.


I swear, I haven't consumed any alcohol.

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rammstein
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There's a joke (I first saw it in late 2002, on an office door of my old county extension office) about how easy it would be for rednecks (sometimes a specific state is mentioned, sometimes not) to find Osama bin Laden and take down al Qaeda. It usually says something like, "Just tell them the following things: 1) There is no "bag limit". 2) They're responsible for Dale Earnhardt's death. 3) They hate Jesus. 4) [Something I forget]. This will be accomplished within a week." It's a little tired by now, but still kinda funny.

It takes on a whole new meaning, with this post I found (via the Daily Dish):

The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That’s great. There were over 600,000 hunters.

Allow me to restate that number. Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to help keep the deer menace at bay.

But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan’s 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.


The commenters raise some very good points against this idea, but it's still interesting.

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This is from a blog post which is, quite possibly, the most amazing thing I've read in a long time:

"Nearly half of living trans people–surviving trans people–have attempted suicide.
Nearly half of those of us who did not succeed in killing ourselves have tried.
Nearly a tenth of us will be murdered. Nearly half of us will be raped. Most of us will experience violence from loved ones and almost all of us will be denied homes and jobs. This is not hyperbole. These are the numbers as the world currently stands. But the most devastating one, as far as I am concerned, is that first one. Nearly half of the living have tried not to be. That is: let’s leave behind all the nearly. More than half of us have tried to end our own lives and many of us have succeeded. We are a heartbroken people."

Read the rest here.

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