geekchick: (seasonally appropriate laugh)



(Tangentially, you should all go buy, rent, or go see a local showing of Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary film about the impact of "Calvin and Hobbes")
geekchick: (doodle)
It's almost that time again. If you'd like to get a winter holiday sort of mail thing from me, please leave me your address in a screened comment here or PM me on Facebook. If I had it before, I may well still, but I'm having a hard time with the organization thing and I won't swear that I could find it right now.

LISA

Oct. 23rd, 2013 01:38 pm
geekchick: (geek chick)
So, any of y'all planning to be at LISA next month? I'll be there Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; mostly commuting but I might get a local hotel room for Monday night just because it's less annoying than the Metro commute.
geekchick: (charismatic)
http://www.xojane.com/fun/ghosts-of-livejournal-past

(Bookmarking, essentially, for later noodling.)
geekchick: (banana!)
https://www.humblebundle.com/

The Humble Origin Bundle
8 triumphant games. Pay what you want and get the terrifying sci-fi horror third person shooter Dead Space 3; the original bone-chilling horror shooter Dead Space; the intense action-packed supersoldier shooter Crysis 2 Maximum Edition; the high speed open-world crash happy racer Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box; the authentic modern warfare sim Medal of Honor; and the first person parkour thrill ride Mirror's Edge. Pay over the average and receive the beloved life sim The Sims 3 (along with two expansion packs in The Sims 3 Starter Pack) and the unrivaled military shooter Battlefield 3.

Fire it up on Origin. Buying the Humble Origin Bundle gets you the games to play on Windows through Origin , with The Sims 3 also available on Mac! Electronic Arts has also provided Steam keys for some of the games!
geekchick: (charismatic)
And now comes the “Hopeless Wanderer” video, which features an all-star cast of famous comedy bros — Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, noted bluegrass aficionado Ed Helms — all doing their best Mumford impressions and making what might be the most Mumford video of all-time. The video stays pretty straight-faced most of the way, which only serves to further skewer the band’s deathlessly sincere old-timey pose. And honestly, isn’t it a little bit brave for a band to hire famous people to make their whole thing look stupid in their own music video? I think it is. Either way, whether you enjoy liking or detesting this band, it’s a fun video. (Stereogum)


geekchick: (housecleaning with metaphors)
I had to be home today because the county inspector's supposed to be here "between 9 and 3", and I decided that I am in the sort of mental state where "take PTO" was the right decision rather than "work from home". Unfortunately, I can't actually go run any errands until the inspector comes and goes, or go work upstairs because I might not hear the doorbell when he does show up. I'm trying to not spend the whole day sprawled on the sofa watching cartoons and being a mopey lump, so I put on my shoegaze-ish Pandora station and I'm trying the "do 15 minutes' worth of cleaning and then take a short break" method. Make the job smaller.

I can't wait for therapy day, but distraction via housecleaning is probably not a bad thing either. Perhaps if I get some noticeable amount of housework done, I will feel less like a complete failure. :-/

QOTD

Jul. 13th, 2013 02:36 pm
geekchick: (reading)
I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible. I pulled down a handful of my mother’s old books, from when she was a girl, and I read about schoolgirls having adventures in the 1930s and 1940s. Mostly they were up against smugglers or spies or fifth columnists, whatever they were, and the girls were always brave and they always knew exactly what to do. I was not brave and I had no idea what to do.

I had never felt so alone.


Gaiman, Neil (2013-06-18). The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel (Kindle Locations 843-847). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.



(Huh, I have never noticed that the Kindle app adds the attribution when you cut and paste. Handy, that.)
geekchick: (charismatic)
Caught the tail end of this on NPR the other day, and it was a perspective I hadn't really considered.

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.

geekchick: (charismatic)
I am down almost five pounds this week, completely unintentionally. o.O

Perhaps after five more, the Rack o'Doom will fit into the aforementioned bikini top.
geekchick: (travel)
I am strongly considering getting out of town this weekend because reasons. Boulder, New Orleans, Minneapolis, all too expensive for last-minute airfare, plus would want more than a day and a half. Philadelphia? NYC? Richmond? Chattanooga's an all-day drive, so probably not good for a quick weekend away when I have to work on Friday and Monday. Same for Atlanta. Just get in the car, pick a direction, stop when I get someplace interesting?
geekchick: (insane)
Man, is Stephanie going to get an earful tomorrow. HOORAY, IT'S THERAPY DAY!
geekchick: (crazymeds)
Anxiety Open Thread at Captain Awkward. So much nodding in recognition going on over here.
geekchick: (hee!)
"My wife is a musician named Kaki King. When we first met I told her she was cute and she said 'you ought to see me in a panda suit.'"

-Jessica Templin


I think that is going to be my go-to response to compliments from now on: "You oughta see me in a panda suit".
geekchick: (peek)
When they name it "Superboost", there is some truth in advertising there. Yikes.



I took the opportunity when Simply Be had a 60% off everything sale to order a bikini:
http://www.simplybe.com/bikinis+tankinis/gossard-plunge-superboost-bikini-top/invt/ro528el/
Perhaps it would be somewhat less, er, superboosting if it came in a 40D, but 38DD is the top of the available range.

To forestall the expected: no, there are not now nor will there be any photos anytime soon.

QOTD

Jun. 7th, 2013 03:53 pm
geekchick: (charismatic)
Cat Valente (talk of body image issues and weight loss, in case this is a topic you wish to avoid):

There was a lot of carob, is what I’m saying, and I will go to my grave insisting that carob tastes not of chocolate or treats but a fallen world and your parents’ lies.

QOTD

May. 24th, 2013 02:26 pm
geekchick: (charismatic)
Desiree at Pull Your Socks Up!:

If someone invited me to an event requiring a dress code, I'm not sure what I'd wear.
I'm so steeped in dressing to please myself that an evening frock, tail coat, floral tiara or a tutu have simply become daily wear.
Does it make special events less special?
I have no idea ... I rarely go anywhere fancy.
Neglecting a clothing collection due to a sparse social calendar doesn't sit well with a vintage-aholic, thus my decision to wear what I love every single day, everywhere I go.
I figure if I'm lucky, I've got another 40-odd years on this planet.
That's potentially a long spell of "greige" track pants and hoodies if I fancy merely existing in a half-life.
Sod that, I'm wearing it all!
I'm gonna grow old disgracefully.


QOTD

May. 10th, 2013 03:29 pm
geekchick: (charismatic)
John Scalzi, on his experience at the RT Booklovers' Convention:
In the evenings, I would be hanging out at the bar with other writers and friends and I would look around and every other person around the table would be a woman. And I would go, huh, and then go back into the conversation.

This is something that I think might be worth noting out loud: At a largely female-oriented convention, as a man, I was never excluded, resented or made to feel unwelcome. There were folks who were surprised I was there, but that surprise was always “Oh! Cool! You’re here!” rather than “Why are you here?” And that, of course, is a salient difference. No one questioned my reasoning for being there, or suggested, say, that I was a Fake Romance Boy, or quizzed me about who my favorite romance author was or if I could recite that author’s bibliography to their satisfaction. I certainly wasn’t skeezed on. On the contrary, people went out of their way to ask me if I was enjoying myself and to let me know they were glad I was there. When I admitted ignorance about certain writers or genre details they were happy to expand my knowledge, and they wanted to know more about what I did and my own experiences as a writer. I met lots of new people and made new friends and in many ways it was one of the best convention experiences I’ve had in a long time.

This leaves wide open and hanging the question of why was it so easy for the folks at the RT Booklovers’ Convention, fans and creators both, to welcome a stranger of the opposite gender into their midst, while other enthusiast communities that skew male still have creators and fans who blow a gasket about women doing their thing in that genre. It’s not difficult to be welcoming and friendly. I wish the genres I am actively a part of could do as good a job of it as romance and the RT Booklovers’ convention did for me (and, I will note, the other men I saw at the convention).
geekchick: (charismatic)
the phone rings and it brings Niagara Falls
and 3 o'clock in the morning
'You'd better be dyin'- and you were
- So we talked about time
and where it went,
unremarkable events,
and how one day took two days
and they got spent.
how you'd continue, carefully, in degrees
trying to do one true beautiful thing



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