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|Monday, February 18th, 2008|
|Cory Doctorow's Three Laws
1. Don't punish the innocent to get at the guilty.
2. Never declare war on an abstract noun like "terrorism".
3. Free speech is more important than business models.From the interview accompanying the IDW comic adaptation of Doctorow's short story I, Robot.
What would your
Three Laws be? Current Mood: contemplative
|Tuesday, February 12th, 2008|
|Monday, February 11th, 2008|
|Newfangled times and old-fashioned fun
I didn't expect it to happen so fast, but I have a job! That's right, I am the newest project manager at Newfangled Web Factory
in Carrboro, NC. When I say it happened fast, that's not hyperbole. In fact, from the time I sent in my resume to when they offered me the job, it was less than a week! It's a fantastic organization, full of friendly, dedicated folks. They also love to play Quake, which comes installed on every Newfangled computer. The Quake name they assigned me (without my input, mind you)...Silver Bullet. I can't think of anything they could have done that would have made me feel more welcome.
We are in the middle of what is already the most exciting Presidential election year in a generation, and I have turned into a real political junkie. It starting to look like both parties are going to have to wait until their respective national conventions to decide the nominees. I don't want to get my hopes up, but maybe--just maybe--the North Carolina primary will actually mean something this year! It's no secret that I am a fairly left-leaning Democrat, and, despite the online candidate quiz that recently said I was an 81% match with Mike Gravel
, I am rooting for Barak Obama.
So is Jonathan Coulton
Speaking of Jonathan Coulton, here is a video I made for his song Kenesaw Mountain Landis
I started it back in November, and it was supposed to be in an episode of This Day In Alternate History
. Unfortunately, that project is on indefinite hold, but I figured it was a shame to waste all the hard work I had already put into it. Plus Lulu made me give my MacBook, and the copy of Final Cut that was on it, back to them. :(
And lastly, gentle reader, I present to you the debut of The Guild of Justice-Minded Citizenry
(aka steampunk Justice League)!(left to right) Supergirl (Michelle = naiad_kitty), Zatanna (Annie = halogencat), Batgirl (Leah = cleahpatra), The Flash (Nick = ghsthckr), Power Girl (Alison = evilchick), Nightwing (Mike = mixmastermike), Green Arrow (yours truly!), Superman (Jared = planetx), and Sandman (Matt = victor_von). Taken at What-The-Hell?! Con 2008. Current Mood: optimistic
|Tuesday, January 8th, 2008|
|New Music Tuesday: The Pipettes
Is it cheating to declare something I only just heard in the first week of 2008 to be one of my favorite albums of 2007? Maybe it is, but I don't care. We Are The Pipettes
, the UK trio's full-length debut, is, in my opinion, worth a bit of retconing. The Pipettes (Riotbecki, Gwenno, and Rosay) are a retro delight--60s girl-group pop with a punk attitude. Matching outfits and synchronized dance moves...what's not to like? (It also doesn't hurt that all three are really, really
To see what I mean, take a gander at the video for "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me"
Other stand-out tracks: We are the Pipettes (so freakin' catchy!), Pull Shapes
, Dirty Mind
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thepipettes( Incidentally, if you are intersted in my other favorites of 2007, look behind this cut.Collapse )
|Friday, January 4th, 2008|
|les machines de nates - a steampunk menagerie
I just stumbled upon this amazing set
of photos (by Claude Joannis
) on Flickr. I'm not sure what the story is behind these wood and metal marvels, but it makes me happy to know that I live in a world where giant mechanical (and apparently drivable!) squids, deep sea angler fish, and elephants exist. Current Mood: envious
|Thursday, January 3rd, 2008|
Did you know January, 3rd was Cyst-mas? Well, it is...would this cat lie to you?
(ps, this is not the "real" post that was promised earlier) Current Mood: numb, sore
|Saturday, September 15th, 2007|
|What do I want to be when I grow up?
Succumbed to the latest LJ meme, and I was pleased and surprised to see that it selected "paleontologist" as my number one career pick. How did it know? Of course when Ryn took the same quiz, it said "taxidermist" was her top career pick. (Everyone who knows her knows how ridiculous that is!) Although instructed to only post the top ten results, I decided to post through number 13 because I'm a loner, Dotty, a rebel!
Go to careercruising.com
Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
Post the top ten (or thirteen, or whatever) results
3. Casting Director
7. Special Effects Technician
8. Veterinary Technician
11. Marine Biologist
|Friday, September 14th, 2007|
|Friday, August 24th, 2007|
|Uber-nerdy post about Dragon*Con
Kicking the cosplay up a notch this year and attempting three
(Jack Knight version, from DC Comics)
My costume from HeroesCon 2006, not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
I need to do some repair work on my cosmic rod (*snicker*), and I'm not sure if those cloths fit me anymore (as I realize it is now too late to loose weight for the con), but even if I flake out on the other other two, I will
be Starman.Death Eater
(from Harry Potter, natch! Not sure which one...maybe Yaxley?)
I couldn't help myself and bought this (and a wand) from BuyCostumes.com
. I need to find some gloves and probably some new black pants. What kind of shoes does a Death Eater wear anyway? Also, a dark mark temporary tattoo would be HAWT!Doctor Byron Orpheus
(from Venture Bros.)
Also got a red smoking jacket from BuyCostumes.com. Need to pick up a pair of pinstriped pants from Target (thanks for the tip planetx
!) and, again, figure out the shoes. I'll probably go sans-cape, but I will try to find or replicate the gold medallion-cross-thingy. Maybe I should look for a bluuuue windbreakerrrr!
How I'm going to fit three costumes in with the work stuff I'll be doing (panels, interviews, filming, etc.), I'm not sure.
Let me know if you're going to D*Con and doing the costume thing too! We can be giant nerds together! Current Mood: geeky
|Monday, August 20th, 2007|
Anybody have any recommendations for an iPod docking/speaker system? (mixmastermike
I am looking in your direction!) I want something that won't sound like it's coming out of tin can, but I think that $200 is my outer limit. I'm particularly tempted by the JBL Radial
...any opinions? Current Mood: cheerful
Here's a science fun fact...
The first dinosaur to be scientifically described, Megalosaurus bucklandii
, was originally named Scrotum humanum
. The distal end of the femur of a large, unknown animal was discovered in 1676 in a limestone quarry near Oxford, England. Originally thought to belong to a giant person, the specimen was redescribed in 1763 by Richard Brookes and named after the fragment's resemblance to human testicles.
Whether this was a joke on Broooke's part, or if he really thought it was pair of petrified balls, is open to debate. Although this name theoretically had priority over Megalosaurus
according the rules of binomial nomenclature, the rules also state that if a name falls into disuse for 50 years after publication, it is no longer in competition for priority. Therefore, the name Scrotum humanum
is a nomen oblitum, or "forgotten name".
The fossil wasn't recognized as belonging to a large reptile until 1815, when famed French comparative anatomist George Cuvier visited Richard Buckland, who had come into possession of it and some additional material which had been found at the same quarry. Buckland assigned the bones to the genus Megalosaurs
(Greek for "Great Lizard"), and Gideon Mantell gave it the species name bucklandii
in 1827 in honor of Buckland. Incidentally, the term "dinosaur" wouldn't be coined until 1842. Current Mood: nerdy
|Saturday, August 18th, 2007|
|Top 10 Soundtrack Songs
For no particular reason, I decided to compose a top ten list of my favorite songs from movie soundtracks. To make the list, a song had to be one that I either hadn't heard before seeing the movie it was featured in, or one that I gained a new appreciation for after hearing it in a film.
10. "Gut Feeling" by Devo
From Dogtown and Z-Boys
I was working at an art house theater in Chapel Hill, NC when this documentary about the early days of skate culture came out. "Gut Feeling" plays during the credits, and although I already knew this song from the Devo Greatest Hits/Misses compilations, I never realized how awesome it was until hearing it twice a shift, two days a week, for several weeks in a row. This video is a live performance from 1982.( 9-1 behind the cutCollapse )
Let me know what you think and which songs would be on your list! Current Mood: up too late
|Wednesday, August 15th, 2007|
|Feed your head
These days I only seem to use LJ to post YouTube videos, like some sort of Web 2.0 Ouroboros.
This is the best thing I've seen in while. It made me really happy this morning. Current Mood: amused
|Wednesday, August 1st, 2007|
|Saturday, June 23rd, 2007|
|Tuesday, June 19th, 2007|
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|Wednesday, April 18th, 2007|