geekchick: (lemming)
Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

The Twitter service makes it easy for you to find people you'd like to follow. (The Backchannel: How Audiences Are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever)

I can envision all the rude jokes starting up already. Let's pretend this never happened, mmkay? Maybe whatever's up on my ereader will be more entertaining.

"They call it hot chocolate," says Peeta. (The Hunger Games)

Well, it's better than comparing my sex life to Twitter.
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Give up flirting? Bwahahahahahahahahahaha! Right. Otherwise, it's generally pretty spot-on. :)

In 2012, geekchick resolves to...
Buy new tattoos.
Put fifty pin-up girls a month into my savings account.
Pay for my hair bands on time.
Find a new bhangra.
Give up flirting.
Go to sushi every Sunday.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
geekchick: (meme)
I am brain dead, still feeling pretty miserable, and really ought to be home asleep until sometime tomorrow afternoon. Instead I'm here working on knocking out some of the 20 Trac tickets in my queue and taking a break with a meme from the ol' f-list (edited slightly).

  1. Anyone who looks at this entry feels like it should can post this meme and their current wallpaper at their LiveJournal.

  2. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper.

  3. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this.

Here, have a screenshot. (Click to embiggen, if you want.)

Why am I using this wallpaper? Because I like it.  Not sure that I can come up with another three or four sentences on the topic.

screen shot
geekchick: (lemming)
In 2009, geekchick resolves to...
Take evening classes in victoriana.
Get back in contact with some old corsets.
Give some relationships to charity.
Buy new mountains.
Go to the wombabes every month.
Be nicer to hopeforyou.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
geekchick: (bag o'bliss)
I was all out of cope within three minutes of opening my email this morning, so I'd be highly appreciative if y'all would be willing to help distract me by playing along with this little game last seen at [ profile] jessicamelusine's:

Tell me something I don't know. It can be anything--a wish, a dream, a secret, or whatever you feel like. Anonymous commenting is allowed, as always, and all comments are screened.

[Edit: Replying to screened comments unscreens them, which makes them visible to anyone tracking a post even if they're subsequently re-screened, so I may not reply directly in comments unless you tell me it's okay for your comment to be unscreened.]
geekchick: (Default)
(Swiped from Background over here, for those who have no idea what this is about.)

geekchick: (wishlist)
I've seen this floating by a few times already this year, and I'd like to collect links to take a look at later. (I'm afraid if I start surfing for them now, I'll not get any of the work done this week that I absolutely must finish.) If you've posted a link of your own, or would like to direct folks over to the list of someone you know, please add a link in the comments. Anonymous commenting is on if you don't want to post links with your name attached; IP logging is still on, but I don't have the energy to go tracking them even if I had any desire to do so and nobody else can see them. =)

I love this particular meme, and I do try to play anonymous wishlist fairy from time to time if I can manage it. If you don't know which meme I'm talking about, here's the text:
Step One
- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

I'm unsure whether I'll post my own list; I might do it later, once I've had a chance to think about it.
geekchick: (meme)

William Shakespeare

O excellent! I love geekchick better than figs.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

geekchick: (lemming)
A cook? Nah, my Mamaw did her own cooking. I've been trying to replicate her buttermilk biscuits for ages, without much luck.

Your Score: Dixie Royal

You are 91% true Southern!

You are pure belle or gentleman! You know your Jones Soda, Nehi and RC colas, your Moon Pies and sweet potato pie; you'd absolutely die without air conditioners in the summer, and you've seen Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes (or read the book!). Your grandmother lives in an antebellum home and has a cook who makes the best fried chicken and asparagus casserole and summer squash and everything else in the world. And you know the taste of honeysuckle and the feel of grass between your toes.
You are blessed.

Link: The Southern-ness Test written by gwennykate on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
geekchick: (reading)

  1. The Potter's Field: The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters. While tilling a field recently given to the Benedictine abbey at Shrewsbury, the body of a young woman is discovered. It may be the missing wife of the previous tenant, who left his wife abruptly a year earlier to join the abbey. Or maybe not, because the younger son of the landowner claims he has proof that she was recently seen alive. When an itinerant peddlar is arrested for the murder, the son is able to clear his name as well, making Cadfael think that the son may know more than he's saying about what happened. The overall mood of this one seemed more melancholy and dark than the other Cadfael books I've read so far. Still enjoyable as all of them are, but a little bit of a slog because of the gloom.
  2. Strapped : Why America's 20- and 30-somethings Can't Get Ahead, Tamara Draut. There is a strong assumption made in this book that everyone wants to do the "get married, buy a house, have kids" thing. These days, in order to achieve the comfortable middle-class existence (get middle-management job, get married, buy a house, have kids) previous generations could enjoy, you have to go to college. Going to college means starting out many thousands of dollars in debt. Since you've got so much student loan debt, you end up forced to live on credit cards and you can't afford to buy a house and can maybe barely afford to have kids. In short: you're screwed. Honestly, I'm about 20 pages from the end (where she lays out her suggestions for how to address the problem) and I just can't go back and pick it up to finish it. I hoped it would be more engaging than I found it.
  3. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Diana Gabaldon. The upcoming remarriage of Lord John Grey's mother introduces him to a new romance, and coincides with the mysterious receipt by his older brother and his mother of pages from one of his father's diaries which has been missing since his death (supposedly a suicide after being accused of being a Jacobite agent). John tries to find out who is sending the diary pages and to clear his father's name, which requires grudging assistance from Jamie Fraser. The real heart (as it were) of the story though is John's romance with Percy Wainwright, who is the stepson of the man John's mother is about to marry. If the idea of two men having a romantic and physical relationship bothers you, this is not a book you should pick up.

Also interspersed in there are chapters from "Databases Demystified" as part of a class I'm taking.

And now, a meme ganked from [ profile] chadu:

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. As usual, bold what you have read, italicize what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. (I've added asterisks next to the ones that are tagged "unread" in my own library.)

the titles )
geekchick: (lemming)
That Career Cruising meme thing? You might want to consider taking down the login information from your posts. It wasn't necessarily clear, but that login belongs to a company that's paid for a license to use the website that almost certainly doesn't include permission to post passwords all over LJ. See this post for information; the person in question apparently doesn't work for the org whose password's been posted, but is familiar with licensing for the site. (via [ profile] sistercoyote)
geekchick: (meme)
What I should be doing: working on a set of perl scripts for something due at the end of the week. What I am doing: taking a few minutes to not look at them anymore and playing along with this thing, swiped from [ profile] dangerpudding:

Make a comment in this entry. I'll go to your profile, pick 3 userpics and interests, and then you explain them in your journal. Include this text or not. Or, hey, if you wonder about more of my icons or interests, ask away.

Here are the picks:

keywords: cruise director (For the US pop-culture illiterate, the photo is of the character Julie, the cruise director on a long-running TV series of the late 70s-mid-80s. You of a certain age, all together now: "The LOOOOOOOOVE BOOOOOOAAAT". ) I generally use this for posts tagged "bein' social", where I'm either actively trying to organize a get together or am posting a "hey, I'm going to be here at X time on Y day, show up if you feel like it" note.
keywords: math This is the sort of thing I would've been sorely tempted to put on an exam, but wouldn't have actually done. I can't remember where this icon came from, but it made me laugh. Algebra I was good at, in geometry/trig/calculus I was never more than mediocre at best.
keywords: low flash point Swiped from some industrial sign vendor elsenet. I realize I have kind of a large percentage of icons devoted to being in a bad mood. =/ This one I use to indicate to you, my dear readers, that I am feeling particularly crabby and that you might want to tread cautiously.


  • boiled in lead I was first made aware of Boiled in Lead by virtue of being a resident of Middle Southeast Elbonia, and I think my first real exposure to them was a house concert many years ago at LSE, the NoVA edition. Antler Dance is a long-standing favorite disc for road trips. The website describes them as "Rock’n’reel. Punk-folk. Country music from many countries." If that sounds remotely interesting, I encourage you to go check them out. (Also, I know some of y'all are Steven Brust fans; you know about Songs from The Gypsy, yes?)

  • the flash girls The Flash Girls (Emma Bull and The Fabulous Lorraine) were a musical discovery I made through the Leadheads mailing list (see previous "BiL" note) and I strongly suspect mention in Neil Gaiman's blog. Probably in exactly that order.

  • rubber duckies Rubber duckie, I'm awfully fond of you. I have one or two next to my bathtub:

geekchick: (meme)
So how did I manage both "shy" and "outgoing"?
I cut because I care )
geekchick: (meme)
As part of an effort to get myself more consistently answering comments/email/etc., I think I'll try participating in this.

Ask me a question, and I'll answer if I can. Comments are screened, anonymous commenting has always been allowed.

Caveat: I will be driving to Boston tomorrow and back on Sunday, and will not have much (if any) access over the weekend, but I'll try and catch up with any weekend questions on Monday.
geekchick: (meme)
Because I could use the ego-stroking:

Crush this person!
Get your own CrushTag!

[Edit: "Crush this person!" Sheesh.]
geekchick: (meme)
It's Monday morning and coffee's not kicked in yet, so here's a silly meme instead of lofty discourse. (Of course, if you're looking for lofty discourse, why are you reading my journal?) It made me laugh, and I like the title; I think I shall adopt it and put it on my business cards.

If You Ruled the Land . . . by wackyweasel
Your first name:
How you gained your rule:
Your title is:Your Great Grand High Awesomeness
Your symbol is:the fox, because you're foxy!
You rule from:a mountaintop mansion
At your side is:your trained cheetah, Speedy - go fetch me a soda!
Your enforcers, troops, and guards are all:archers with mad skillz
Your most popular law is:No more speakers on cars that rattle windows of homes
Your least popular law is:Banning of the quote marks hand gesture
Your worst enemy is:those awful clashing tapestries in your great hall
Your popularity rating is:
Your chance of being overthrown is:
geekchick: (meme)

What do you want to marry geekchick for, anyhow?

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

(That is not, by the way, a prompt to explain it to me. XD)

I gotta admit, this one caused insane giggling. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the grande pumpkin spice latte and cup and a half of regular office high-test. Nope. Not at all.

We can't stop here. This is geekchick country.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:
geekchick: (bucky xmas)

There won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time,
The greatest gift they'll get this year is geekchick.

Do They Know It's Christmas
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

I'm also rather fond of this one:

He knows if you've been bad or geekchick,
So be geekchick for goodness' sake.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

Perhaps tonight I'll finally get around to putting up the full-size Christmas tree. (I have the Charlie Brown tree set up in the office.) Christmas kind of snuck up on me this year; I haven't felt like doing any shopping (which is a pretty big sign of depression for someone like me who takes the phrase "retail therapy" quite literally), which is kind of okay since the gift exchange thing this year is going to be exceedingly small by necessity, and I haven't yet sent out cards. =/ Maybe tonight. Y'all don't mind getting cards post-Christmas, do you? My plan to boost festivity levels by putting up lights on our front porch was thwarted by virtue of that outlet apparently being one of the several in the house that is currently dead and in need of an electrician to diagnose the problem. =( Maybe I'll go drive around and look at other people's Christmas lights; we used to do that every year when I was little, and it still makes me happy. Maybe even shell out for the Bull Run Festival of Lights ('ware the cheesy autostarting music) at some point, although I can see a lot of it from 66 on my commute home.
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Hogfather icon, or lemming icon? Decisions, decisions...

my xmas stocking )

I promise I'm not going to spam you all today, now that you've gotten used to my infrequent posting habits. =) I have one more post brewing for today, but it'll take some time and won't happen until later tonight.
geekchick: (meme)
I'm feeling too depressed and misanthropic to write about anything resembling politics today, so here's a fluffy Friday Five instead.

1)What TV show(s) do you find yourself watching the most?

NBC Nightly News.  The Daily Show. Xiaolin Showdown. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. The Venture Brothers, InuYasha, the Adult Swim block in general.  Not that I watch most of these on a particularly regular basis either, but if the TV is on and it's not a DVD, it's likely to be one of these. (Escapist? Me?)

2) What if any TV shows do you own on DVD?

Oh lord, way too many to make a complete list without looking at my DVD shelves or having access to my Readerware database.  TV on DVD is the best idea ever.  

Let's see, off the top of my head: House (seasons 1 and 2); Lost (season 1); the entire run of Coupling (the British version); the first season of the new Doctor Who;  The Venture Brothers;  Firefly; Wonderfalls; The Tick (the original animated series, not the live-action one); Animaniacs;  I think every Tenchi Muyo variation currently available in the States;  Aqua Teen Hunger Force; a couple of early InuYasha discs; Chappelle's Show; MacGyver; Family Guy; Futurama; Red Dwarf seasons 1-4; a few Lexx discs; a few Andromeda discs, particularly the one containing the episode with James Marsters); MI-5 season 1; a couple of seasons of Buffy; Battlestar Galactica season 1 (the recent series); a couple of early seasons of The West Wing; one season each of The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Will and Grace, and Sex and the City; at least one season of The X-Files; some French & Saunders; A Bit of Fry and Laurie;  The Muppet Show vol. 1;  Robot Chicken...

3) Can you name your favorite TV show theme song

Massive Attack's "Teardrop", aka the House opening theme.

4) Have you ever been on TV and if so for what?

Once, in high school, on the local NBC channel.  It was a Knowledge Bowl competition.  (Yes, you may all now either laugh or nod in sympathetic recognition. ;))

5) What is your favorite YouTube video.

At this moment, it's a toss-up between Where the hell is Matt? or the Free Hugs campaign. They both make me smile.


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