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|Thursday, September 17th, 2009|
|Thursday, September 3rd, 2009|
| LJ collab with MySpace
, srsly? I mean, come on
people. That is one of the dumbest things I've ever read. LJ loves
to make fun of MySpace. LJ prides
itself on not being MySpace
. Well, the users do, at any rate. 6A, of course, couldn't care less. Infidels! :p
Anyway. If I was really that bothered by 6A I would have flounced and left, instead of just being negligent :p
I was originally going to write about something...but then I forgot :p Ooops!
|Tuesday, September 1st, 2009|
So, it's been almost a week since I began running Ubuntu off Kurt, and I have to say it's going pretty well. It's occasionally a little slow, but that's not really an issue :p and USB 3.0 is coming out relatively soon, so speedier operation may be in the future :) I can't put Dja (my computer) to sleep while I'm running off Kurt, because waking up makes the system freeze, but again not really an issue, since I have little reason to put Dja to sleep when I'm running Ubuntu. Being on a *nix system again has been exciting times, especially because I had to learn (i.e., am still learning, and cheating in the meantime) how to configure iptables and mysql (it interfaces with an intrusion detection programme called Snort). All I can say is, thank Thoth for tutorials. But apart from that, Ubuntu is exceptionally user friendly. Almost excruciatingly so :p I didn't even have to learn how to use apt-get because Synaptic is so friendly and graphical, and will get updates from the Universal repository for you...all the same, I really should learn how to use apt-get and write cron scripts.
So, today was my last day at the Spoon, and it was sad :( Especially since it was also Dolly's first day back after a year of exciting adventures (ie, visiting Italy and working in the City). But that's just how things go... OMG we were on the news today! MSNBC came and filmed stuff...Gab showed the newslady how to make nectarine sorbet, and it was sooooooo adorable. The newslady looked so intimidated when Gab handed her the burr mixer :p And the whole thing was just adorable in general :) Also, the newslady was very pretty.
|Wednesday, August 26th, 2009|
|...this seems vaguely sexual
Boot from Kurt is a success!!! For some odd reason, I need to unplug then replug him during the Ubuntu splash screen, but that keeps him from hanging and grub from getting all impatient :p
|Yaye install discs!
Part one was a success!!! Windoze was successfully restored :) I'm slowly re-installing all the apps I lost. One reboot now for config, then I'm going to try booting Kurt. *nervous*
To type this, I am running the Ubuntu 9.04 Live CD, Jaunty Jackalope.
tl;dr, I FUCKED UP LOL.
I was trying to install Jaunty on Kurt (the 1Tb Matchstick got for me), and I screwed up...I let the installer put grub on Storm (my internal hard drive), and now there is major errorage going on. So, I'm going to reinstall Vi$ta (I cannot believe I just fucking typed that) on Storm and see if I can install Jaunty on Kurt properly.
In other news, my last shift at the Spoon is Tuesday. D:
But on the plus side, I'm back to Amherst on the 7th!
OK, posting and logging off now, just in case I blow something up (again).
|Saturday, August 22nd, 2009|
((I was going to post this before, but Firefox crapped out on me))
How not to run a blog: neglect.
I haven't posted for nearly two months. Which is very bad of me. I haven't even had a whole lot going on. The big things that happened were Matchstick coming down to visit for two weeks, which was interesting, and for the most part fun. In the second week, we went to Wildwood with my family, and got a bit of sunburn. I enjoy the ocean, but the Outer Banks are still my favourite place to go. The Jersey shore could never compare; it's composed of sketch and tack, each region being differentiated by its relative ratio of the two. The two exceptions are Island Beach State Park (by dint of being a state park) and Cape May (composed solely of kitsch). I would want to live by the ocean, except (a)gardening is difficult in sandy soil and salty air, and (b)no mountains or fields. If there was somewhere in America where I could be relatively close (Jersey close, i.e., 45 minutes by car) to both the Rockies and a beach where the water was warm enough to swim in, I would kind of really want to move there.
Wednesday before last, I went up to RI to see Matchstick for five days, which was fun. In addition to a bit of cooking and lots of sex, we also spent two days gardening. I bought him a hubman
, which is adorable. He bought me a lovely, lovely half-apron, which I am very excited about, and (I was kind of mad at him for wasting money like this) a 1Tb external harddrive, Western Digital brand. Matchstick named him Nightcrawler (well, the device is "Kurt Wagner" because Nightcrawler was too long, but his shortcut is "Nightcrawler"), and I'm very excited because I'm going to try to make him into a live device and boot linux (possibly Debian, but most likely Ubuntu, because I'm a sellout) from him, which would kick so much ass. Of course, I also felt like an ungrateful shit because he spent so much on me. But then I got him a dozen roses, and bought him a new custom collar when his got run over (he left it on top of the car and forgot it). So then I felt a bit less shitty.
Matchstick moved into his apartment in Amherst the day after I left RI.
I am exceptionally good at upsetting Matchstick in various ways. I can't ever really make it right, and yet for some strange reason he doesn't hate me yet. I managed to make him very resentful this time, though.
Anyway. During one kitchenware shopping adventure, my mother bought a madeline pan, so I made the lemon madeline recipe from the Martha Stewart cookie cookbook, and it rocked very much. My one problem with them is that they have to be eaten within 48 hours or they sort of collapse in the middle. I also got a cast-iron skillet (finally!), so I'm going to try to make proper Southern cornbread at some point (not tomorrow, though, because I have work).
Also. I had laryngitis and pinkeye on the 19th and had to get antibiotics, which of course kicked the infection's ass, but I hate eyedrops so. Fucking. Much. So much. But the bottle will be empty soon, which is super.
Also. My brother was speeding (at night, in the rain, without his license) around a curve and totalled the Volvo. He was uninjured, as was his passenger, and is going to court. And apparently the points on his license are mandatory, so our insurance is going to go sky-high. Yet, for some reason, he is still permitted to drive (albeit not "about") and spend evenings with his disreputable friends. My father said something today about him not comprehending how lucky he is that he's not grounded, and it took all I could not to turn around and say, "if you disciplined him as you disciplined me, he wouldn't be so impudent." I know I harp on this a lot, but looking at porn was cause for harsher punishment than stealing and selling prescription drugs in my father's eyes. I contend that if my brother's punishment was proportionate to his crimes he would have a much greater sense of filial piety, morality, and responsibility.( Angst goes hereCollapse )
I have developed a taste for avocados. It's a shame that the supermarket only had insanely expensive Hass avocados today, because I am craving fatty, fatty testicle-fruit
. On the plus side, though, we are having pesto tonight, which is also green, and also delicious.
I am excited for school to start again. I need to get my shit together.
I may also buy a hookah.
Bits and pieces from LJ:Concerning social healthcare
, which I am for
, btw.Poking holes in the religious right's opposition of sex-ed and reproductive rights
|Sunday, June 28th, 2009|
This was posted to Twitter a couple hours ago in a series of tweets.( Imprisoned in Tehran: Reza's StoryCollapse )
This is unconscionable. Why is the whole world not censuring Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah--at the very least?
Real update later, after I've slept a little. Today was exhausting.
|Thursday, June 25th, 2009|
...and also *CRANIOMENSAM* and *KOPF-->TISCH* for good measure.
I just read this letter to the editor in my local paper, and I just went "O NO YOU DI'IN'!!" My markup is in red:George W. Bush was right WTF
President George W. Bush's rightful place in history is coming even faster than I thought. What chance would the uprising for freedom in Iran have ("Protesters clash with Iran police," June 21) which was a shitty article anyway, and days too late
if not for our hard work of bringing freedom to Iraq and Afghanistan? That sentence is SO UTTERLY FALLACIOUS that I do not have the words to express it. We != bringing "freedom" to Iraq and Afghanistan. The only thing that has changed in Iraq since the invasion is the emphatic absence of Saddam Hussein. The country is balkanised. We are not winning in Afghanistan. Women there are still chattel, crazed conservatives terrorise those who would oppose their radical interpretation of shariah, and the Taliban is encroaching from Pakistan. None of this has any bearing on the Green Revolution whatsoever.
Once, Israel stood alone as the only real democracy in a sea of dictatorships. Except for the whole theocracy thing, and look where they've ended up.
The actions of courageous American leaders and even more courageous fighting men and women blah blah blah buzzwords buzzwords buzzwords. This has nothing to do with the topic you are "addressing."
of the U.S. armed forces have indeed irreversibly changed the tide of human history -- for the better. STFU. Not in the situation you are talking about. Also, that sentence is post hoc ergo propter hoc at best.
--Veny W. Musum, Basking Ridge Dear Veny, you are stupid. No love, me. I sincerely hope that not all the inhabitants of Basking Ridge are as ill-informed as you are.
I think my markup is longer than the actual letter. AGH! People like this just make me want to hit my head against a pylon until the stupid goes away.
|Thursday, June 18th, 2009|
I was dragged to see The
ReTaking of Pelham 123
. It was a shit movie. Stick to the original. It would take more time than I want to spend to count everything that was wrong with it, but let's just say that I knew it was going to be bad when the intro music was 99 Problems
I am going to seem Matchstick tomorrow *excited*. VERY early train. Sleep tonight is a maybe :p Although I know he'll want me conscious when I arrive :p So perhaps I shall sleep at some point.
Also! I got to see blue Lisa today! And it was very nice. I met her girlfriend, of whom I approve.
I'm really worried about the Tweeters I'm following. The situation in Iran has gotten worse, and agents provocateur are out in force. One of them apparently hacked the Mir Mousavi FB page to sow confusion about the prayer/sermon being held by Ayatollah Khamenei. *fret* It's hard for me to get out of bed in the morning because I'm anxiously following the feeds on my laptop.
|Wednesday, June 17th, 2009|
|*Is a silly bird*
@MurrowNYC @jeffjarvis on #iranelection: "The retweet is the shot heard ’round the world...[that can] survive any dictator’s game of whack-a-mole."
Just a quick update...
Sometimes, I almost feel silly because I'm so invested in the Green Revolution and all of the Iranian Tweeters. Hell, I don't even know them, but whenever any of the feeds I follow is silent for a long time, I get worried. I've prayed for them by name (or username) every night since I got involved. It sounds silly, but I'm really invested in them and their cause. I want them to be successful. I want it really bad. I guess "Everyone needs to believe in something," but "I believe I'll have another beer" just wasn't cutting it for me!
Anyway. Real life, I'm going up to RI on the 5.30 train on Friday, and I am excited as all fuck. Seriously.
Also, Ami said that I am like this
. I am entertained. On the other hand, that was such a terrible pun...鋤焼 <=> 大好き焼...that is seriously an Abram pun :p
|Tuesday, June 16th, 2009|
|Present day, present time! Hahahahahaha--
I just read this quote on the #iranelection tag:
"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." -- John Gilmore, computer scientist
I guess this is why things like strikethroughgate and Clear Feed (and to an extent, #amazonfail) caused such violent reactions. Kind of cool.
IRL, I AM SO EXCITED! I AM GOING TO SEE MATCHSTICK ON FRIDAY!!!
I MIGHT SHIT MY PANTS I AM THAT EXCITED.
|Monday, June 15th, 2009|
|Sunday, June 14th, 2009|
|Saturday, June 13th, 2009|
(a) Fucking fabulous, in the "I'm so fabulous I piss glitter" way.
(b) Big girls are beautiful.
(c) The vocalist should stop listening to the pop-industry's bullshit and let loose. She has a really nice, emotional, chesty voice, and she shouldn't compromise it for the sake of sounding "bright."( The Gossip--Heavy CrossCollapse )
Also, I did not just sit and stare at the wall all day. I worked the Vespa at the "block party" in Princeton, which is essentially all the local businesses pimping themselves. Really fun. I was working with Sunny and a new guy, Pat (TCNJ English major, so he's gotta be cool). We were across from the Thomas Sweet's booth, and we comped them icecream, so they comped us popcorn :) And Sunny bought jumbo Pixie Stix for us :D After the shift ended, we went and sat on the green to watch the screening of The Wizard of Oz
, and I enjoyed it much more than I remember I did as a child. Also, Sunny was her usual crazy self and was silly during the movie :p A storm rolled in when Dorothy was captured, and it started raining when the Wicked Witch got splashed with water. Apropos :p I got rather wet walking from Palmer Square to my car, but it was nice because it was such a warm, humid night.
Also, I made chili last night, and it was very good, but next time I should definitely
make it a day ahead so the flavours can blend. I ate leftover chili for dinner tonight, and it was waaaay better than last night. Much less bitter, and the spices were more pronounced. Will definitely make it again (hell, I have enough chilis to make five batches!).
|Thursday, June 11th, 2009|
Sometimes, there are good things on FAIL Blog:
| This Metaquote
is entertaining, especially if you're a foodie/Food Network Whore, or if your brother has ever gone on at length about Paula Dean (i.e., "Matchstick, it mentions the buttered-beef lady your brother was talking about."). Also, it pokes a lot of fun at Bobby Flay. I...I hate Bobby Flay. He's such a cunt. He's trying to be this super-cool, all-American, badass, cutting edge fusion chef, but he fails so much. Maybe he tries too hard. Or maybe his idea of "innovative" is too formulaic (κακοζηλία, anyone?). Either way, his personality sucks. I used to be a total fanboy for his "rival," Masaharu Morimoto (that scenario was laughable, but the NYC battle was fantastic, and Bobby got a shock from his induction stove), but now that I've learned more about food and cooking (and possibly now that I've "become more mature"), I'm not as keen on him as I was. I think he's a bit too flash. Not that I don't still admire him. He's fucking amazing. And, like Masahiko Kobe, I WANNA PLAY WITH BLOWTORCHES! Seriously. Morimoto would always
whip out a pair of crème brûlée torches and flambé something with them. Everyone wants to imitate him :p
OK, off to the store now, so I can get groceries.
PS, I know "flambé" is not the right term.ETA:
Fixed GRAMMAR FAIL. Thank you, Matchstick, for pointing that out.
|Wednesday, June 10th, 2009|
|"Just like seventeen,/You know what I'm saying?"
"Jimmy is my punk-ass brother,/You know what I mean?
01. Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper at their livejournal.
02. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper.
03. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this. The point is to see what you had on.
(by the agency of elena_morning
Why, you ask? Well, I browse DevArt occasionally, and I faved this picture. I like the slightly-weird colour scheme, and it reminds me of some places. It was just big enough to use as a BG, so I put it up. Not much to it :p( Not my fault, Ami roped my into it.Collapse )
There has been much troll-induced hilarity over in linguaphiles
. "Is your name Ben?" (in whatever language you fancy) is now apparently the comm's meme. For some reason, to me it keeps sounding more and more like "
Are you Ben?
Are you gay?
ARE YOU BEN?
ARE YOU GAY? Pick up the phone! If you no pick up the phone...you
gay. Nn. Because, only
gay...SCREEN CALL!!!" ...perhaps I have listened to too much Margaret Cho.
Today, it rained torrentially in the morning. There was thunder and lightning, and it was pretty fantastic. The only thing that made it slightly less fantastic was that I had to be online for "office hours" for my German class, but WebCT was being a brat and first refusing to load the voiceboard applet, then ultimately crashing my browser. All the while it had slowed my computer down to a crawl. *does not have fond thoughts about WebCT* But apart from that it was nice :) Later in the day, I went shopping and got a 640 GB external harddrive (only ten dollars more for that at Best Buy than the 500 GB model at Wal-Mart! Data pricing is weird), a roadmap of the Eastern US, and a set of padlocks that were on sale (what can I say...they were shiny). I also stopped by Pet-Smart to see if I could get more snails for the fish tank, but they didn't have any (wtf). I did see a milk snake for only $100, and for about five seconds I was tempted to buy it. But I realised that I have no idea what its care and feeding would entail, and I had none of the requisite supplies to keep it happy. Anyway, I'm holding out for a corn snake when I get my first apartment, so no snakes until then :p I also went by Borders AND THEY'RE REARRANGING THE WHOLE STORE OMG WTF BBQ SPQR CCCP MALPT &c., &c. Needless to say, I did not find anything to buy there. DDD: They are rearranging the stooooooooore! *sadface*
Anyway, I'm transferring pretty much all of my files over to my external. I'm almost embarrassed to say it, but I decided to name my storage media after X-Men. My computer's HD is now Storm (in keeping with the computer's name, Dja-Seqedit, "Travelling Storm" in Egyptian), the external is Wolverine (the next one I get will either be Rogue or Gambit, I can't decide. Unless I get a 1TiB+ drive, in which case it'll be Professor Xavier lol :p), and my memory cards and thumb drives are going to slowly acquire the names of people who make cameos in the comic series. One of my SD cards is Misty Knight, who has her first cameo in...issue 102? Maybe? *is just making up numbers* Anyway, black lesbian SD card ftw.
I may or may not switch my laptop over to *nix at some point, depending on (a) how I feel (b) whether or not I can get it dual-booted and (c) the compatibility issues. I'm leaning towards Ubuntu, but Fedora has a special place in my heart since it was my first distro (Fedora 3)...maybe I'll use a different distro altogether? Suggestions?
The muffins I made were generally liked, so I'm going to fiddle with the recipe again to see if I can make them more to my taste :p I.e., more coffee, more rum. Also in the vein of food, I'm trying to decide if I should make carne guisada
on Thursday, or try a new chili recipe
. Decisions, decisions...