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Ages ago, someone on my flist posted a link to a site full of pictures of heavily tattooed people in casual wear next to pictures of the same people in their work clothes. I can't remember the name- Corporate Ink? Ink Inc?- but Google ain't giving me shit. Anyone have the URL?
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(No, this is not the Life Update you are looking for. It is coming, I swear! I need to tell you all about what an exciting time I'm having working two jobs and eating granola! Just... not today.)

Let's say I was planning on making a snark/nostalgia review book based on a series of books I read as a child, a la BSC Revisited.*

Would you be interested in reading about

a. the Animorph books;
b. Tamora Pierce (Tortall and Emelan); or
c. some other series I love(d) but happen to not remember at the moment?

* I'd probably have to tweak the format a little, especially if I was reviewing Tamora Pierce books- they are too fucking long for single-post updates/reactions. I like the idea of contrasting my nostalgic reaction with my current reaction, though.
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Questions for... well, everyone, I guess:

1) How big is the gap between Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning autism? (From what I understand the two overlap a lot. Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

2) What is the Baptist Church's official stance re:stigmata? (Any info about the Baptist Church would be useful, actually- I know very little about it.)

3) What does it feel like to have a nosebleed? (I've never had one.)

4) How do you know when "coffee" is not just coffee but coffee? (Because I just made plans to go for coffee with a friend, but I think said friend may be under the impression that these plans are for coffee instead of coffee. And, um, that could be problematic!)

5) How much does Thomas Hobbes suck? (Like, a lot, right?)

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ETA: From the essay I am currently writing on Hobbes' theory of the state of nature:

"Hobbes would have us believe that people tend not to murder their children because of the power of law and the state, but this is nonsense: anyone who has ever been in the same room with a fussy baby for more than ten minutes is sure to wonder why its parents do not simply drop it into the nearest lake and tell the authorities that dingoes ate it."

I don't even care if I am grossly misrepresenting Hobbes here,* I am not cutting that sentence.

* I am, but only because I don't like him.
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Have any of you ever attended any kind of Christian summer camp/retreat/youth group/etc? What was it like? Did you enjoy it? Were/are you religious? I've been thinking about my experiences at Jesus camp recently and wondering what other people's experiences were like in comparison. (I may write a long, rambling story about that at some later date. Or I may just write a book about it. Who knows, really.)

Comments are screened, so be as honest as you like.
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Longquiz is long. )

ANYWAY. What I really logged in to ask: can anyone rec any rock/metal-esque bands who play (or are influenced by) traditional Celtic music? I ask in the name of NaNoWriMo SCIENCE!

(Extra imaginary Internet points if a fiddle is involved.)

Question!

Oct. 11th, 2009 02:56 pm
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Can anybody recommend any books, sites, etc. on Dianic Wicca that aren't either all "look at these manhaters hatin' on the menz!" or "KILL THE DICKS"? I've been interested in paganism for years- even had a brief, kind of embarrassing ~*~sparkly Wiccan~*~ phase back in junior high- and I've found myself increasingly drawn to Goddess worship lately, at least in theory, but some of the resources I've found on the subject have been... er... sketchy.

(This is one of the few exceptions. Oh, Monica Sjoo, I love you despite your weird anti-BDSM tirades.)

There's a pagan society at MUN that I've been meaning to check out as well, but they're more oriented towards more mainstream Wicca, with the sacred dualities and the Horned God and the Maiden-Mother-Crazy Cat LadyCrone thing. Which is fine and good and more power to them, but doesn't appeal to me as a genderqueer person.
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On the last day of 2008 I went for a drive with my sister and my father. She had a camera, I had a pen, and he had the wheel of the car.

It was a snowy day. We slipped when we walked.

There's a place called Cape Spear where you can stand on the rocks and look out across the ocean and see England if you squint. There was a high wind and spiders sleeping under the lighthouse, dreaming of summer. The fog was too thick to see the gulls, but we could hear a helicopter miles out to sea. It was a lonely happy sort of place, the kind of place that makes you want to jump off the rocks and turn into a bird.

When we got back into the car we smelt like salt and pollen and lights at night.

I tried to capture the feel of it when I was choosing songs to drive to. I don't know how well I did, though.

U2- Running To Stand Still
Joel Plaskett- Love This Town
The Arcade Fire- Keep The Car Running
Basia Bulat- I Was A Daughter
De Capulet- The Paradigm
The Decemberists- Engine Driver
Wintersleep- Jaws Of Life
Stars- Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
The Killers- Read My Mind
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Cheated Hearts
Death Cab For Cutie- The Sound Of Settling
Tracy Chapman- Fast Cars
The Used- On My Own
Leonard Cohen- Suzanne
The Sundays- Wild Horses
Wolf Parade- Shine A Light

Later that night Older Sister and I wandered into a sketchy bar with a man playing folk songs and "Drunk Girl" on the jukebox, where they gave us free champagne as the year changed.

Goodbye, 2008. I'm not gonna fucking miss you.

Some things that make me happy right now:

This brilliant insight in John Mayer's songwriting process. I've kind of hated John Mayer ever since that fucking "Daughters" song, but it turns out he's kind of funny! And self-deprecating! "If I can't get the girl why don't I just tell her I'm John Mayer?"

This All-American Rejects sea shanty cover of "Womanizer."

Sir Terrence of Pratchett. :}

The Making Of "America's Suitehearts." Cassadee continues to charm the bejeesus out of me.

[livejournal.com profile] iamsupernova's Suicide Girls picspam. (Not safe for work for reasons of boobies.)

The fact that baby platypi are called "puggles."

Also, I'm about forty pages into House of Leaves and I already want to write something just like it.

(Random question: Does anyone have any pictures of crows, especially sketches/cartoons/paintings/etc? My Google-fu is sadly lacking tonight.)
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Two things:

1) My little sister has recently decided that she is destined to marry Brendon Urie,* and wants me (or, as she puts it, "your friends in the computer") to find her funny Panic clips so they'll have something to talk about on their wedding night. So if anyone's got some links to videos of those ridiculous boys and their ridiculous faces I'd be much obliged!

(She wanted me to say it like this: "Listen up, all you cool cats and hip chicks! I be lookin' for some funny Panic At The Disco vids for my little sister, 'cause she's cool as ice." Which... no. But I do think you are all very cool cats, hip chicks, and groovy otherwise-identified people! And it goes without saying that Little Sister is cool as ice.)

2) What is a better idea for a Hallowe'en costume, zombie Catholic school boy or vampire Oscar Wilde?


* And Nick Jonas. And Pete Wentz. And Michael Cera. And Gabe Saporta. And Shia LaBeouf. And Travis McCoy. And Johnny Depp. And William Beckett. And Pharrell Williams. Her love is pure, there's just a lot of it to go around.
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... is this tiny baby in footie pajamas laughing so hard he falls over.



TIIIIIIIIIIINY BABY. *seal clap*

No, Ma, I swear I'm childfree! Really!

What is making you grin like a doofus right now, flist?
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You know, since I am absent-minded, clumsy, and prone to carrying on vague, one-sided conversations, I sometimes wonder what it must be like to hear me puttering around upstairs in the kitchen.

"Aha! Grape juice!"

*crash*

"Well, I should have seen that one coming. Now, where did I put the-"

*beep*

"Shut up, won't you? ... What did I come in here for?"

*sound of water overflowing onto floor*

"Oh, yeah, that's it. I should get a turtle. Do cats eat turtles?"

*beep*

"Bury you under the cushions, THAT'S what I'll do. A Lit survey! That's the course I needed! Man, that is totally gonna clash with Philo- oh, the floor's wet."

*thump*

"Fell. On m'bum. And I've lost one of my slippers, how distress-"

*faint beep*

"HOW MANY CUSHIONS DO I NEED TO PUT ON YOU YOU DREADFUL... awful... ooh, Ritz crackers."

*faint beep*

*rhythmic thumps*

*muffled weeping*


In an entirely unrelated note, I've a question for any Manic Street Preachers fans on the flist:

Given that I listen to "Yes" on repeat for hours on end, and given that I tend to like bands with ridiculously devoted fan bases and tragically androgynous musicians, and given a third thing what I can't remember, should I buy The Holy Bible? And, if I do, how likely is it that I will start weeping every time I put it on, writing vaguely socialist rhyming couplets on bathroom stalls, and throwing myself off of any available cliffs?
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Three questions.

1) Assume you're making two mix tapes, one themed "Winter" and one themed "Women and Robots." Theoretically, what songs would you put on each?

2) I've noticed that when a lot of Americans on the left side of the spectrum rant about American politics, they tend to preface everything that they say with "I love America, BUT..." or something along those lines. I've noticed far fewer Canadians doing this- maybe because we normally don't express much feeling for our country at all other than mild exasperation. Is this a nationalist thing, or do you just honestly love your country way more than the rest of the world loves theirs?

3) Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sam from Garden State, and Gretchen from Donnie Darko. Shag, Marry, Push Off A Cliff?

(This applies only to the people on my flist who like girls, of course. The rest of you... um, Watch A Movie, Go To Disneyworld, Punch In The Face?)

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