jesso: (Yellow Rose)


I was going to do this last night, but the settings page was down so I couldn't change my phone number to my current number. Boo hiss. But here it is now. Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] opaleyes and [livejournal.com profile] hullabalo_o.

Instructions: Make a voice post and answer the following questions.

Your name and/or username
Where you're from
The following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Orange, Coffee, direction, naturally, aluminium and herbs
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

It cut me off at 5 minutes, because it is LAZY. I got through all the questions, but I was going to add that even though I grew up in Texas, I don't like the Texas drawl, so I try not to have it. So I hope I don't sound Texan in this.

PS: MY VOICE SOUNDS WEIRD.

Meme

Sep. 6th, 2010 03:22 pm
jesso: (Musicheart)
I like memes sometimes, especially when they are easy. This one's from [livejournal.com profile] schwimmerin:

Comment and I'll give you a letter. Post a list of ten songs you love beginning with that letter in your journal.

She gave me the letter I:
"I'm a Little Airplane" as covered by They Might Be Giants
"I'm OK, You're OK", by MxPx and as covered by Joy E
"(I Am) Made From The Wires" by Joy Electric
"I Belong To You / Mon Cœur S'ouvre À Ta Voix" by Muse
"I Disappear" by The Faint
"I Enjoy Being a Boy" as covered by They Might Be Giants
"I Will Survive" by Cake or The Puppini Sisters. Really, this is just a great song no matter who is covering it.
"If I Only Had a Heart" by Ozma
"Invincible" by Muse
"It's My Life / Confessions Pt. II" from Glee


Bonus songs, aka I don't LOVE these, but I really do like them:
"In a Beautiful Place Out In The Country" by Boards of Canada
"I'm Blue" by Eiffel 65
"I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge
"Is This Art?" by The Levellers
"It's Not Me, It's You" by Simon & Milo (I love how they used the tune from "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy", okay?)
"It's Only Pop" by Norway (Nostalgariffic!)
"Invincible" by OK Go

Meme

Sep. 6th, 2010 03:22 pm
jesso: (Musicheart)
I like memes sometimes, especially when they are easy. This one's from [livejournal.com profile] schwimmerin:

Comment and I'll give you a letter. Post a list of ten songs you love beginning with that letter in your journal.

She gave me the letter I:
"I'm a Little Airplane" as covered by They Might Be Giants
"I'm OK, You're OK", by MxPx and as covered by Joy E
"(I Am) Made From The Wires" by Joy Electric
"I Belong To You / Mon Cœur S'ouvre À Ta Voix" by Muse
"I Disappear" by The Faint
"I Enjoy Being a Boy" as covered by They Might Be Giants
"I Will Survive" by Cake or The Puppini Sisters. Really, this is just a great song no matter who is covering it.
"If I Only Had a Heart" by Ozma
"Invincible" by Muse
"It's My Life / Confessions Pt. II" from Glee


Bonus songs, aka I don't LOVE these, but I really do like them:
"In a Beautiful Place Out In The Country" by Boards of Canada
"I'm Blue" by Eiffel 65
"I Wonder Why The Wonderfalls" by Andy Partridge
"Is This Art?" by The Levellers
"It's Not Me, It's You" by Simon & Milo (I love how they used the tune from "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy", okay?)
"It's Only Pop" by Norway (Nostalgariffic!)
"Invincible" by OK Go
jesso: (TMBG - Birdhouse in your soul)
From [livejournal.com profile] la_bellisima33: Google "You know you're from {insert your state here} if", copy and paste the results, and bold the ones that apply to you.

Oh geez, here we go )
jesso: (TMBG - Birdhouse in your soul)
From [livejournal.com profile] la_bellisima33: Google "You know you're from {insert your state here} if", copy and paste the results, and bold the ones that apply to you.

Oh geez, here we go )
jesso: (Musicheart)
It's the one where you list facts about your iTunes library )

I have a Plan for tomorrow for a ridiculous thing.
jesso: (Musicheart)
It's the one where you list facts about your iTunes library )

I have a Plan for tomorrow for a ridiculous thing.

Reading

Jan. 16th, 2010 02:42 pm
jesso: (PD - Books)
So [livejournal.com profile] daisho posted this question in his LJ, from someone else who posted it in hers, and I like it enough that I'm posting it here:

When did you start reading? What were your favourite books when you were a kid?

I don't remember exactly when I learned to read, but my mom has a letter I wrote to Santa when I was 3 1/2 years old, so I was reading and writing at least by then. I remember my favorite book when I was really little was "Hop On Pop", because I loved the part with all the kids jumping on their dad. I thought it was hilarious and always told my dad we should do that. I also loved "Oh Say Can You Say", which was full of tongue twisters. I loved having my dad read this one so I could laugh at him when he messed up. Looking back, I'm pretty sure he probably could have read the book perfectly after so many readings, but he knew it entertained me so he messed up on purpose.

When I was a little older, I loved the Mandie series. They were simple mysteries, set in the 1890s, and sold pretty much exclusively in Christian book stores. I seem to remember getting the next set of 5 books every year for Christmas, which says a lot about how fast this lady was churning out these books. I loved them, though, and reread them countless times. I still have them on my bookshelf, and someday I'm going to buy the last few so I can have the full set.

I remember going to the library all the time, and getting as many books as I could carry. Eventually I got smart and started taking big brown paper grocery bags with me, and filling them up. Unfortunately, once they were full, they were really hard for little me to carry. I would usually finish one before getting home, or at least make a significant dent in one once I got into chapter books. I remember sitting in the van in the garage, not wanting to stop reading for long enough to get out and walk into the house. My mom would have to come back out later and pull me away from the book and come inside. Then I would retreat to my room and read and read and read.

When they built the new library that was closer to my house, the children's fiction section was right next to the beginning of the grown-up fiction section. I was close to 10 by then, I think, and I was bored with the kid books. I finished the whole YA section, which at that time was two spinning racks of Babysitter's Club book, Sweet Valley Twins books, and Choose Your Own Adventure books. So... I wandered into the adult fiction. Looking back, I'm kind of shocked at some of the things I read, but at the time I had no idea of the more "mature" stuff. I mean, I wasn't reading smutty romances or anything, but pretty much every novel had at least one "mature" scene. I usually skipped over them, because I didn't understand them, and I just wanted to get back to the story. I thought those bits were very weird, especially since they never really got explicit so they were vague.

But I liked the stories, and I really liked that these books were thicker so they lasted longer. I mostly read the books by "A" authors, since I felt like I shouldn't be in the adult section. I felt shy going over there, because when an adult saw me, they definitely noticed me, and I was so painfully shy then that I hated that. So I stuck to the "A" authors, where I could make a quick escape to the kid section if I needed to. Watership Down (Richard Adams), Superstition (David Ambrose), MEG (Steve Alten), and even Digital Fortress (Dan Brown). Eventually, as I got both more confident and a little older (so I looked less out of place), I ventured further and further down the row of books. The library had all of the adult fiction along the outer wall, so it wrapped around the entire non-fiction section, but I always went to the kids' section and started with A and walked to whatever letter I was exploring that day. I felt like I was hidden that way, I guess.

I really wish I'd had access to something like Goodreads when I was a kid, so I could keep track of how much I was reading. I read a LOT. You know how parents always tell stories about their kids and the wacky things they do? My parents have very few about me, because I was definitely the good one, and spent all of my time reading instead of getting into trouble like my brother.

Moral of the story: Books are delicious.

And now I need to go get things done. I've spent way too long writing this!

Reading

Jan. 16th, 2010 02:42 pm
jesso: (PD - Books)
So [livejournal.com profile] daisho posted this question in his LJ, from someone else who posted it in hers, and I like it enough that I'm posting it here:

When did you start reading? What were your favourite books when you were a kid?

I don't remember exactly when I learned to read, but my mom has a letter I wrote to Santa when I was 3 1/2 years old, so I was reading and writing at least by then. I remember my favorite book when I was really little was "Hop On Pop", because I loved the part with all the kids jumping on their dad. I thought it was hilarious and always told my dad we should do that. I also loved "Oh Say Can You Say", which was full of tongue twisters. I loved having my dad read this one so I could laugh at him when he messed up. Looking back, I'm pretty sure he probably could have read the book perfectly after so many readings, but he knew it entertained me so he messed up on purpose.

When I was a little older, I loved the Mandie series. They were simple mysteries, set in the 1890s, and sold pretty much exclusively in Christian book stores. I seem to remember getting the next set of 5 books every year for Christmas, which says a lot about how fast this lady was churning out these books. I loved them, though, and reread them countless times. I still have them on my bookshelf, and someday I'm going to buy the last few so I can have the full set.

I remember going to the library all the time, and getting as many books as I could carry. Eventually I got smart and started taking big brown paper grocery bags with me, and filling them up. Unfortunately, once they were full, they were really hard for little me to carry. I would usually finish one before getting home, or at least make a significant dent in one once I got into chapter books. I remember sitting in the van in the garage, not wanting to stop reading for long enough to get out and walk into the house. My mom would have to come back out later and pull me away from the book and come inside. Then I would retreat to my room and read and read and read.

When they built the new library that was closer to my house, the children's fiction section was right next to the beginning of the grown-up fiction section. I was close to 10 by then, I think, and I was bored with the kid books. I finished the whole YA section, which at that time was two spinning racks of Babysitter's Club book, Sweet Valley Twins books, and Choose Your Own Adventure books. So... I wandered into the adult fiction. Looking back, I'm kind of shocked at some of the things I read, but at the time I had no idea of the more "mature" stuff. I mean, I wasn't reading smutty romances or anything, but pretty much every novel had at least one "mature" scene. I usually skipped over them, because I didn't understand them, and I just wanted to get back to the story. I thought those bits were very weird, especially since they never really got explicit so they were vague.

But I liked the stories, and I really liked that these books were thicker so they lasted longer. I mostly read the books by "A" authors, since I felt like I shouldn't be in the adult section. I felt shy going over there, because when an adult saw me, they definitely noticed me, and I was so painfully shy then that I hated that. So I stuck to the "A" authors, where I could make a quick escape to the kid section if I needed to. Watership Down (Richard Adams), Superstition (David Ambrose), MEG (Steve Alten), and even Digital Fortress (Dan Brown). Eventually, as I got both more confident and a little older (so I looked less out of place), I ventured further and further down the row of books. The library had all of the adult fiction along the outer wall, so it wrapped around the entire non-fiction section, but I always went to the kids' section and started with A and walked to whatever letter I was exploring that day. I felt like I was hidden that way, I guess.

I really wish I'd had access to something like Goodreads when I was a kid, so I could keep track of how much I was reading. I read a LOT. You know how parents always tell stories about their kids and the wacky things they do? My parents have very few about me, because I was definitely the good one, and spent all of my time reading instead of getting into trouble like my brother.

Moral of the story: Books are delicious.

And now I need to go get things done. I've spent way too long writing this!
jesso: (Musicheart)
So I got this idea from [livejournal.com profile] calita623 and I liked it. From my Last.FM play stats:

Top 10 artists of 2009
1) They Might Be Giants - 2,083 plays
2) Muse - 1,775 plays
3) The Weepies - 972 plays
4) The Faint - 796 plays
5) Revolver - 480 plays
6) Carpark North - 363 plays
7) Chairlift - 229 plays
8) Athlete - 213 plays
9) Kaiser Chiefs - 162 plays
10) Joy Electric - 155 plays

I'm kind of surprised that TMBG beat Muse. I am not surprised to see The Weepies on there, because that's my go-to album when I've had a crummy day. I'll loop their album "Say I Am You" when I go to bed, so it will play for 2 hours straight. That is pretty much all of their plays. I've very surprised to see Chairlift on there- I bought their album on a whim, listened to it for a few days, and haven't really touched it since. Same thing with Kaiser Chiefs. Revolver is kind of surprising, since I only got their music a few months ago, but I listen to it so much (obviously) that I'm not really surprised.


Top 10 Tracks of 2009
1) Carpark North – Human - 82 plays
2) Muse – Time Is Running Out - 76 plays
3) Muse – Uprising - 75 plays
4) The Faint – The Geeks Were Right - 66 plays
5) The Faint – Machine in the Ghost - 65 plays
6) They Might Be Giants – New York City - 63 plays
7) Hybrasil – Golden - 61 plays
8) The Faint – Get Seduced - 58 plays
9) They Might Be Giants – Boss of Me - 57 plays
10) They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng - 57 plays

(I went ahead and took out the Weepies songs, since they are mostly looped to lull me to relaxed sleep. I figured they shouldn't count for this.)

Biggest surprise: That "Human" only had 82 plays. I'm really impressed that Uprising made third place, since it's on an album that only came out in September. All three songs by The Faint are from their new album, too. I'm a little surprised that "Golden" made it up there while none of my other "Fall" songs did- it's the first song on my Fall playlist, and that's the only time I listen to it, so I would expect to see the next song on the list up there, too. Weird.

Interesting: Muscle Museum was #13, and I would have expected it to be in the top 10.


Top 10 Albums of 2009:
1) The Weepies – Say I Am You - 913
2) They Might Be Giants – Dial-A-Song - 653
3) The Faint – Fasciinatiion - 503
4) Revolver – Music For A While - 480
5) Muse – The Resistance - 330
6) Muse – Absolution - 313
7) Muse – Black Holes and Revelations - 255
8) Chairlift – Does You Inspire You - 229
9) Muse – Origin Of Symmetry - 212
10) Carpark North – All Things To All People - 167

Simple math will tell you that about half of the Carpark North listens are the one song, "Human". I don't know if this is shameful, or just funny. Also, the newest Muse album has the most listens, but Revolver beats out ALL the Muse albums. This is unexpected!

This reminds me that I need to check up on the ~sooper sekrit thing~ that is still hidden and secret-like. And then I need to go to bed. GOODNIGHT.
jesso: (Musicheart)
So I got this idea from [livejournal.com profile] calita623 and I liked it. From my Last.FM play stats:

Top 10 artists of 2009
1) They Might Be Giants - 2,083 plays
2) Muse - 1,775 plays
3) The Weepies - 972 plays
4) The Faint - 796 plays
5) Revolver - 480 plays
6) Carpark North - 363 plays
7) Chairlift - 229 plays
8) Athlete - 213 plays
9) Kaiser Chiefs - 162 plays
10) Joy Electric - 155 plays

I'm kind of surprised that TMBG beat Muse. I am not surprised to see The Weepies on there, because that's my go-to album when I've had a crummy day. I'll loop their album "Say I Am You" when I go to bed, so it will play for 2 hours straight. That is pretty much all of their plays. I've very surprised to see Chairlift on there- I bought their album on a whim, listened to it for a few days, and haven't really touched it since. Same thing with Kaiser Chiefs. Revolver is kind of surprising, since I only got their music a few months ago, but I listen to it so much (obviously) that I'm not really surprised.


Top 10 Tracks of 2009
1) Carpark North – Human - 82 plays
2) Muse – Time Is Running Out - 76 plays
3) Muse – Uprising - 75 plays
4) The Faint – The Geeks Were Right - 66 plays
5) The Faint – Machine in the Ghost - 65 plays
6) They Might Be Giants – New York City - 63 plays
7) Hybrasil – Golden - 61 plays
8) The Faint – Get Seduced - 58 plays
9) They Might Be Giants – Boss of Me - 57 plays
10) They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng - 57 plays

(I went ahead and took out the Weepies songs, since they are mostly looped to lull me to relaxed sleep. I figured they shouldn't count for this.)

Biggest surprise: That "Human" only had 82 plays. I'm really impressed that Uprising made third place, since it's on an album that only came out in September. All three songs by The Faint are from their new album, too. I'm a little surprised that "Golden" made it up there while none of my other "Fall" songs did- it's the first song on my Fall playlist, and that's the only time I listen to it, so I would expect to see the next song on the list up there, too. Weird.

Interesting: Muscle Museum was #13, and I would have expected it to be in the top 10.


Top 10 Albums of 2009:
1) The Weepies – Say I Am You - 913
2) They Might Be Giants – Dial-A-Song - 653
3) The Faint – Fasciinatiion - 503
4) Revolver – Music For A While - 480
5) Muse – The Resistance - 330
6) Muse – Absolution - 313
7) Muse – Black Holes and Revelations - 255
8) Chairlift – Does You Inspire You - 229
9) Muse – Origin Of Symmetry - 212
10) Carpark North – All Things To All People - 167

Simple math will tell you that about half of the Carpark North listens are the one song, "Human". I don't know if this is shameful, or just funny. Also, the newest Muse album has the most listens, but Revolver beats out ALL the Muse albums. This is unexpected!

This reminds me that I need to check up on the ~sooper sekrit thing~ that is still hidden and secret-like. And then I need to go to bed. GOODNIGHT.

Meme time!

Apr. 13th, 2009 12:12 am
jesso: (Wonderfalls - Jaye Camera)
I took pictures as requested! Plus lots of extras, just because. )

And then, [livejournal.com profile] sngingcircusdog posted a meme about ICONS. Since I have about a billion icons (where a billion = 160), I decided this would be a good idea. TEH RUELS:
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


Iconses! )

Whew. I've been working on this entry for over an hour! Geez louise. Time for bed!

Meme time!

Apr. 13th, 2009 12:12 am
jesso: (Wonderfalls - Jaye Camera)
I took pictures as requested! Plus lots of extras, just because. )

And then, [livejournal.com profile] sngingcircusdog posted a meme about ICONS. Since I have about a billion icons (where a billion = 160), I decided this would be a good idea. TEH RUELS:
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


Iconses! )

Whew. I've been working on this entry for over an hour! Geez louise. Time for bed!
jesso: (Default)
First, the desktop meme, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] callita623. Only mine is going behind a cut because my screen is a wide-screen. 1440x900 pixels of prettiness here )

In other news, I got to babysit my cousins last night. They were pretty good, except for the minor tantrum from the small one when I had to put him to bed. I calmed him down pretty quickly by telling him I'd tell his mom to let him play with the magnet toys his sister had been playing with. Oh, the drama of being a small child.

After sister went to bed a little later, I had almost three hours of writing time. My uncle apparently did pretty well in a pool tournament, so they didn't get home till after 1am. SO I got paid for writing while watching Doctor Who on a gigantic TV with surround sound- niiiiice. Didn't get a whole lot of writing done, but hey, I made 20k (words, not dollars) last night, so it's all good. I'm still ahead.

Okay, off to do another war with myself. Then laundry. Must do laundry. Got $5 in quarters at the grocery store, so I'm finally going to wash that big bag of clothes that's been in the trunk of my car since I moved into this apartment in January.
jesso: (Default)
First, the desktop meme, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] callita623. Only mine is going behind a cut because my screen is a wide-screen. 1440x900 pixels of prettiness here )

In other news, I got to babysit my cousins last night. They were pretty good, except for the minor tantrum from the small one when I had to put him to bed. I calmed him down pretty quickly by telling him I'd tell his mom to let him play with the magnet toys his sister had been playing with. Oh, the drama of being a small child.

After sister went to bed a little later, I had almost three hours of writing time. My uncle apparently did pretty well in a pool tournament, so they didn't get home till after 1am. SO I got paid for writing while watching Doctor Who on a gigantic TV with surround sound- niiiiice. Didn't get a whole lot of writing done, but hey, I made 20k (words, not dollars) last night, so it's all good. I'm still ahead.

Okay, off to do another war with myself. Then laundry. Must do laundry. Got $5 in quarters at the grocery store, so I'm finally going to wash that big bag of clothes that's been in the trunk of my car since I moved into this apartment in January.
jesso: (Default)
First, a meme. I thought think this one is kind of interesting )

Last night I was zonked by 9, and at some point Megan called me. I remember hearing the phone ringing, and I remember saying "MEH" to the phone. She left a message, and I slept on. But! My phone likes to remind me that I have messages periodically, so it beeped at me throughout the night. I guess it woke me up a few times, because I have the memories of getting up and going over to my alarm clock to hit snooze, and then being very confused by the lack of alarm. This happened a couple times. On the plus side, when my alarm went off for real, I ended up hitting snooze fewer times than normal, because part of my brain thought I'd already hit snooze a couple times. Go, brain!

Someone buy me this. I need it. For star parties, for my porch, for NaNoWriMo writing in parks... It is necessary. Clearly.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo! I have a big post brewing on that very topic. It is currently about half finished, waiting patiently in a private post for me to get around to finishing it. I should do that tonight.

I had sushi today. I'd been craving it since Sunday, when I got an ad in the mail that included pictures of sushi at a local Japanese place that finally reopened. Oh man. When you are craving something, and you finally get it? Bliss, lemme tell ya.

Oh, and my phone's battery died today (while I was composing a text to [livejournal.com profile] wistfulmaid). I would just like to say that on the day that a cell phone manufacturer makes a phone that doesn't use more energy to say "OMG LOW BATTERY AAAHHHH" every three seconds, I will give that manufacturer three firstborn children. And a handful of souls. I mean, seriously? With all the beeping, lighting up, and vibrating that phones do when they are low on juice, they could probably last days longer if they'd just shut up about it. Why can't it pop up a message ONCE, and then shut up once the user acknowledges the message? Oh, that's right, because that would make sense.

Also, I should probably get a real phone charger to replace the one Hawking chewed through. I'm currently using my USB cord to charge it, which is inconvenient because I can't do anything with the phone while it's charging. No talking, no texting, no nuffin'. So I put it off for days, and then my phone dies while I'm texting. I blame the media. And video games.

Going back to the topic of NaNoWriMo, I need an idea. You see, I've been playing with yWriter (I'm actually starting to poke at and sort-of edit Syrup!), and while it is a cool program, I can't really dig into it unless I'm writing something new. Plugging in a pre-existing book is okay, but kind of meh. So I'm thinking I'll use it for NaNoWriMo, for two reasons: 1) I want to see if I can do a novel without flying by the seat of my pants, and 2) I want to play with this program. My plan is to use yWriter to set up an outline, and figure out all the scenes, then transfer the scene descriptions to index cards for portableness. Then when I'm off writing with others, or just over there on my couch, I can pick an index card and write that scene, then plug it into yWriter when I feel like it. I'll leave plenty of room for improvisation, of course, because I don't think I could completely give up the madness that NaNo writing can bring (a certain fishy dream sequence comes to mind). But, overall, I'd like to have the thing plotted out.

The problem with this, though, is that I have no idea how to plot out a novel. I'm so used to my highly organic writing style that planning is completely foreign to me. Like Greek, or Slovakian. I think that if I had a starting idea I could pull something together, but I don't know what I want to write. Maybe an "ensemble going after a MacGuffin" novel would be fun, a la "Rat Race". Who knows. WHAT SAY YOU, LIVEJOURNAL?
jesso: (Default)
First, a meme. I thought think this one is kind of interesting )

Last night I was zonked by 9, and at some point Megan called me. I remember hearing the phone ringing, and I remember saying "MEH" to the phone. She left a message, and I slept on. But! My phone likes to remind me that I have messages periodically, so it beeped at me throughout the night. I guess it woke me up a few times, because I have the memories of getting up and going over to my alarm clock to hit snooze, and then being very confused by the lack of alarm. This happened a couple times. On the plus side, when my alarm went off for real, I ended up hitting snooze fewer times than normal, because part of my brain thought I'd already hit snooze a couple times. Go, brain!

Someone buy me this. I need it. For star parties, for my porch, for NaNoWriMo writing in parks... It is necessary. Clearly.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo! I have a big post brewing on that very topic. It is currently about half finished, waiting patiently in a private post for me to get around to finishing it. I should do that tonight.

I had sushi today. I'd been craving it since Sunday, when I got an ad in the mail that included pictures of sushi at a local Japanese place that finally reopened. Oh man. When you are craving something, and you finally get it? Bliss, lemme tell ya.

Oh, and my phone's battery died today (while I was composing a text to [livejournal.com profile] wistfulmaid). I would just like to say that on the day that a cell phone manufacturer makes a phone that doesn't use more energy to say "OMG LOW BATTERY AAAHHHH" every three seconds, I will give that manufacturer three firstborn children. And a handful of souls. I mean, seriously? With all the beeping, lighting up, and vibrating that phones do when they are low on juice, they could probably last days longer if they'd just shut up about it. Why can't it pop up a message ONCE, and then shut up once the user acknowledges the message? Oh, that's right, because that would make sense.

Also, I should probably get a real phone charger to replace the one Hawking chewed through. I'm currently using my USB cord to charge it, which is inconvenient because I can't do anything with the phone while it's charging. No talking, no texting, no nuffin'. So I put it off for days, and then my phone dies while I'm texting. I blame the media. And video games.

Going back to the topic of NaNoWriMo, I need an idea. You see, I've been playing with yWriter (I'm actually starting to poke at and sort-of edit Syrup!), and while it is a cool program, I can't really dig into it unless I'm writing something new. Plugging in a pre-existing book is okay, but kind of meh. So I'm thinking I'll use it for NaNoWriMo, for two reasons: 1) I want to see if I can do a novel without flying by the seat of my pants, and 2) I want to play with this program. My plan is to use yWriter to set up an outline, and figure out all the scenes, then transfer the scene descriptions to index cards for portableness. Then when I'm off writing with others, or just over there on my couch, I can pick an index card and write that scene, then plug it into yWriter when I feel like it. I'll leave plenty of room for improvisation, of course, because I don't think I could completely give up the madness that NaNo writing can bring (a certain fishy dream sequence comes to mind). But, overall, I'd like to have the thing plotted out.

The problem with this, though, is that I have no idea how to plot out a novel. I'm so used to my highly organic writing style that planning is completely foreign to me. Like Greek, or Slovakian. I think that if I had a starting idea I could pull something together, but I don't know what I want to write. Maybe an "ensemble going after a MacGuffin" novel would be fun, a la "Rat Race". Who knows. WHAT SAY YOU, LIVEJOURNAL?
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] oneminutecloser

Open up iTunes (or your music library program of choice) and answer the following:

How many songs total: 5788 (But that includes audiobooks and podcasts)
How many hours or days of music: 17 days, 11 hours, 14 minutes, 35 seconds.
Most recently played: Muse- Exo-Politics
Most played: Boy In Static - Bellyful. However, I don't think that counts since I used to loop it to fall asleep, so my actual answer is Carpark North's "Human"
Most recently added: NoMeansNo - Oh Canaduh! (someone posted it on Canada Day)

Sort by song title
First song: Goldfrapp - A&E (on one of Tom's mixes)
Last song: Fischerspooner - ! @*$%#

Sort by time
Shortest song: They Might Be Giants - Fingertips #11 - 0:04
Longest song: Mozart's Requiem - 1:03:38 (after ruling out audiobooks and Wizard People, Dear Reader) (also, as an aside, I love this for word warring with myself during NaNo, because it ends with a crowd cheering and applauding)

Sort by album
First album: Muse - Absolution
Last album: Echoing Green - 6.18.98

First song to come up on shuffle: Joy Electric - True Harmony :D :D

Search the following and state how many songs come up:
death - 27 ("Aquabats Vs The Floating Eye of Death" making up most of that)
life - 92
love - 221
hate - 40 (It counts "Whatever"?)
you - 473
sex - 2
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] oneminutecloser

Open up iTunes (or your music library program of choice) and answer the following:

How many songs total: 5788 (But that includes audiobooks and podcasts)
How many hours or days of music: 17 days, 11 hours, 14 minutes, 35 seconds.
Most recently played: Muse- Exo-Politics
Most played: Boy In Static - Bellyful. However, I don't think that counts since I used to loop it to fall asleep, so my actual answer is Carpark North's "Human"
Most recently added: NoMeansNo - Oh Canaduh! (someone posted it on Canada Day)

Sort by song title
First song: Goldfrapp - A&E (on one of Tom's mixes)
Last song: Fischerspooner - ! @*$%#

Sort by time
Shortest song: They Might Be Giants - Fingertips #11 - 0:04
Longest song: Mozart's Requiem - 1:03:38 (after ruling out audiobooks and Wizard People, Dear Reader) (also, as an aside, I love this for word warring with myself during NaNo, because it ends with a crowd cheering and applauding)

Sort by album
First album: Muse - Absolution
Last album: Echoing Green - 6.18.98

First song to come up on shuffle: Joy Electric - True Harmony :D :D

Search the following and state how many songs come up:
death - 27 ("Aquabats Vs The Floating Eye of Death" making up most of that)
life - 92
love - 221
hate - 40 (It counts "Whatever"?)
you - 473
sex - 2

Meme!

Mar. 2nd, 2008 10:15 pm
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] beezelbubbles:

Instructions: Comment on this post. I will then choose seven interests from your profile and reply to you with them. Repost this meme in your own journal along with the explanations of what each chosen interest means and why you're interested in it.

And the interests she picked:
analemmas- Analemma pictures are dang cool. An analemma is the shape that the path of the sun makes over the course of a year. If you were to stand at the same place and look in the same direction and take a picture of the sun at the same time every day, and then mash all those pictures together, you would get a picture of the sun's movement in the sky over a year. APOD has a good picture, and a better explanation.

Count Archibald- RIP! Count Archibald was a stray that started hanging around my parents' house in he summer of 2003. I secretly started feeding him, so that he kept coming back, because he looked like a female cat that had just given birth. His stomach was all saggy loose skin, and he had patches of fur missing, and he looked rough all over, but he was so sweet to me. Eventually I convinced my parents to get him to a vet, and we took him in. Found out that he was a (fixed) male, and that the bald spots were from allergies. Allergies! The vet gave him some shots and eventually his fur grew back in (mostly), but I named him Count Archibald in memory of those patches. He pretty much was my cat, and my cat only. He haaaated people, especially kids, but he loved me. I think he knew that I rescued him. I also think that the people who owned him before us treated him badly, because he just did not trust people. But he trusted me, and he slept with me every night, and he rarely left my room. He was old, though, and after about a year he got really sick, and the vet couldn't do anything to help him, so we put him down instead of letting him suffer until he died. I still cry at the memory. Since he was my cat, I was the one who had to make the decision, and it was awful. But I remember him, and he lives on in my interests list, and in my heart. He was a good cat.

frappucino faeries- I've done this meme before, and every time this interest gets picked. Hee. When I worked at B&N in the cafe, we sometimes got new drinks or pastries, and we had to sample them out. Usually this was done just on a tray by the register, but sometimes we got to carry the tray around the store. At one point, we got a couple of new frappucino flavors (strawberry creme, vanilla creme, and double chocolate chip, I still remember) and we were under orders to sample them around the store every so often. When we did this, we were supposed to read this stupid scripted announcement over the loudspeaker. Matt, however, decided not to read the script, and when I went out with the tray of delicious fraps, he announced "Attention all customers, be on the lookout for the Frappucino Faerie! She is wandering around the store, and if you spot her she will give you a free sample of one of our new frappucinos!" and on like that. And then, while I was upstairs, I heard someone call out, "HEY! FRAPPUCINO FAERIE!" and it was the best thing ever.

gazillionaire deluxe- I love this game more than ought to be allowed. Here, just read this. Otherwise this post will get really long :D

infp- I am an INFP to the core. Holy geez. It's a personality type, and it stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. This is a pretty spot-on description. Learning my type has been pretty interesting- I've joined some comms and it's like a breath of fresh air. I'm not the only one who does [this], or thinks [that], or reacts [like this]! It's helped me understand myself better, I guess. I'm not crazy, because look, these other people do this, too!

the promise book- A band! Or it was a band. I think the name has changed about 5 times since I added it to my interests, and probably 5 more times since I started typing this entry. The main guy of the band is Jacob Graham, and he is a Special Snowflake, and has a "new band" coming out with a new Ep/CD/song/whatever about every thirty seconds. He's a dear.

the foxglove hunt- Another band! It's Ronnie Martin from Joy Electric and Rob Withem from Fine China. It is love. I cannot wait for their actual album to be released. I got the EP last year at Autobahn, and love love love.

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