Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:14 am
mountain_laurel: (whiskey tango foxtrot)
a couple of amusing things from yesterday:
  • i saw a woman wearing a t-shirt that proclaimed, in elaborate sparkly pink screen printing of the sort that usually says something like 'Princess' or 'Spoiled Brat', 'Wheatgrass Tastes Funny'. i wonder if she got it in Japan. the Japanese, of course, are famous for their love of t-shirts with nonsense English on them. conversely, i once had a shirt with a couple of kanji characters on it. when i wore it to work one day at Tai Yim Kung Fu, sifu burst out laughing as soon as he saw it. i finally got him to tell me it said, 'Buy Me, I'm Beautiful'. i still think that was pretty awesome. i wore that shirt till it fell apart.

  • a guy tried to hit on me while i was reading in the pharmacy waiting area. he had a not-too-bright look about him, and my suspicion was confirmed by his attempt at conversation. "Fiction or non-fiction?" he asked me. "Fiction," i told him. "Oh, so it's based on a true story?" he said. "Um... right," i said, and pointedly went back to reading. i really didn't feel like explaining. he tried to chat me up again a few minutes later, but i just said something like "hmm" and ignored him otherwise. i guess it's nice to know somebody still finds me attractive. one day, perhaps it will be someone with an IQ over 100, but i'm not holding my breath.

  • i finally got to watch Snakes on a Plane. it was just as awesomely dumb as i expected, and twice as gratuitous. also, that kickboxer character was HOTT.

in non-amusing but possibly interesting news, i've finally got my Adderall prescription again, and i already feel better after one dose. hopefully this will make it easier for me to stick out full days at work instead of leaving early when the boredom becomes too crushing.

oh yes, and on Sunday i read my lj friend [ profile] ladyjaida's book, Havemercy, co-written with her friend [ profile] danibennett. it was so delicious i put it away in one sitting. it's a damn good first novel, well-written and well-plotted, and they made me love all of the main characters, even the least likable of them. it's a fantasy, set in a world that feels more or less like 19th-century England, except with magic and mechanical dragons. near the end they do gloss over a couple of things i wish they'd explained, but otherwise i thought it was excellent; it's a book i'll definitely read again.
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happy birthday to [ profile] avahgdu!
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1. post three things you've done in your lifetime that you don't think anybody else on your friends list has done.

2. see if anybody else responds with "I've done that."

3. have your friends cut & paste this into their journal to see what unique things they've done in their life.

so. here are mine:

1. worked for a grandmaster of kung fu. Tai Yim, in case anyone's curious. he's one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet.

2. had the job title "Alarmist".

3. starred in my own music video. which i WILL get online one of these days, when Tony finally gets off his butt and sends that new, digitally edited version he promised me.

your turn!


Jun. 8th, 2008 06:27 pm
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i'm watching a documentary about gender outlaws, shot in san francisco, and i am desperately, desperately homesick.

i don't suppose anyone knows of any tech writing jobs in the bay area that might pay relocation costs?

i want to go home to my farmer's market and my fog, not to mention my gorgeous drag queens and kings and all the other fine things that make san francisco so worthwhile.

two things

Jun. 8th, 2008 03:27 pm
mountain_laurel: (clutching my head like a stunned monkey)
one: i've seen actor commentaries, i've seen director commentaries... but producer commentaries? why? who the fuck cares? (the guilty movie: X-Men 3, which was actually pretty decent otherwise, although the director/writer commentary was worthless too, unless you get into a lot of "this is great," "this is great too," "dumb joke," "dumber joke," "this is great.")

two: i realize that the documentary market is getting a bit played out, what with so many documentary channels out there, but honestly -- Nova: Absolute Zero, the history of refrigeration? and yet nobody has done a good documentary about Paganini.



Jun. 5th, 2008 01:14 pm
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8-year-old blues guitarist's agent gets death threat.

what the hell kind of an asshole goes to such lengths to screw things up for an 8-year-old? on the other hand, the existence of such an 8-year-old is pretty damn awesome.
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i've written a lot of songs about a lot of people over the years, but until now, no one's ever written one about me. i don't really know what to say except that i'm incredibly touched by this. thank you, [ profile] avahgdu, for the wonderful song.
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"Find a piece of artwork that represents where you'd most like to be, right now. Post in your LJ with the header, 'I wish I were here'. Invite others to do the same, should they choose."

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1. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.

2. Go to Google Images and search for that word.

3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results (don't tell me the word).

4. Put this in your own journal so that I can do the same.
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i've had no work to do at all this week. i managed to make about 5 minutes of work for myself when i stumbled across the documentation template, which was not in the "template" folder in the "documentation" directory as you might expect, but instead on the desktop buried among a ton of random crap the previous writer left there. i fixed all the errors in the boilerplate and read through it for clues on how to deal with some of the trickier formatting issues, but that's everything i've done since last thursday.

i had lunch with [ profile] peglegpete yesterday, since he came through Austin on his way to Burning Man Flipside. he was looking fine in his utilikilt and good conversation was had. i must say that i was unnerved by how much gray there is in his hair -- when did we all get so goddamn old?

20 years ago when i was still making my name in talk.bizarre, i never pictured myself still being friends with so many of its denizens after this much time. i didn't realize i was making friends for life, but now i can easily picture us still hanging out online (in whatever form the net may have taken by then) in another 20 years, and perhaps another 40 if we live that long. i find it comforting to know that no matter where i go, i'll always have this core group of friends online. (most of whom still will not have grown up. like me, for instance.)

in sad news, Robert Lynn Asprin died suddenly yesterday on his way to Marcon, but i can't find an actual news source for it yet.
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funniest tattoo i've seen in years. look carefully, now.

i especially like how the unicorn couldn't wait till after for a cigarette.

this one's pretty good too: )
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a friend from my fanfic lj, [ profile] ladyjaida, and a friend of hers have published their first novel, Havemercy. Jaida is a fabulous writer, and this review would seem to indicate they've done a good job of it -- despite being 19-year-old college students who wrote the book in between class assignments.

look, how can you not love a book with steampunk dragons and gay rockstar mages? check it out.
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George Takei is marrying his partner of 21 years. this makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

congratulations, George.
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so after getting some work done Thursday, i was supposed to have some more work Thursday afternoon. that turned into Friday, which turned into Monday. it turns out the guy who needs to walk me through the stuff to be documented is out on vacation today.


in other news, i read all of the xxxHolic manga over the weekend (awesome) and a good chunk of the Gravitation manga (extremely difficult to follow). oh, and i did a load of laundry. my life is so exciting.
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well, that was a nice 4 hours of work. i wonder when i'll get to do some more.

the previous writer sucked giant festering donkey dick, but this should surprise no one. the previous writer ALWAYS sucks giant festering donkey dick. and in this case, it's not just bad writing (though it's very bad), it's missing words, flagrant typos, and a complete ignorance of tech writing conventions. the guy knew OpenOffice really well, but that appears to have been his only actual skill.

(yes, i'm working in OpenOffice. at least it's not Word.)
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work is pretty much EXTREME BOREDOM CHALLENGE at the moment. they've got plenty for me to do, it's just that they're too busy to actually set me up to do any of it, so in nearly three weeks i've done maybe six hours of work total. i spend the rest of my time goofing off online, which isn't nearly as fun as it sounds when you have NOTHING ELSE TO DO.

i'm still feeling really low-energy. i'm hoping once i have real work to do it'll energize me a bit, but right now my routine is basically get up, go to work, go home, eat the quickest thing i can manage, read for an hour, fall asleep.

iceberg continues to be ultra-whiny, but otherwise fine.

money will continue to be tight until i get paycheck #3 in early June; paycheck #2 will be going to rent, a traffic ticket, and catching up on bills. still, i can at least spend a little money now to eat a bit better than i have been. now if i just had the energy to actually cook. night before last i was so tired when i got home that instead of cooking the salmon i'd bought, i ate it as sashimi. (it was previously frozen, never fear.)

i want to learn to make real sushi. sashimi isn't as satisfying to me as nigiri sushi; the combination of fish and rice is very soothing to my stomach. it's a good option when i'm feeling anxious, but i can't afford to be eating out much, particularly not things like sushi.

today there was a spectacular show of lightning on my way to work. it was really beautiful, even if it did make NPR keep cutting in and out.

i need a haircut.
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Some of you may remember that back when I lived in Charlotte, I had a friend named Mike, better known to Usenet as "Mike the Homeless Guitarist". At the time I met him he was living out of a 70s vintage Monte Carlo left to him by his grandmother, and he spent some time on my couch as well before I left for the west coast. I even got a halfway decent song out of him.

However, we lost touch once I got to California, and it's hard to track down an itinerant musician from 3000 miles away. Still, I held out hope that he'd get on the net one day and I'd stumble across him.

Instead, he stumbled across me... )
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Monday I saw something amusing at lunch. There were cars merging into a drive-thru line from two different directions. The guy behind me shouted at the guy in the other line, "I'll let you in if you're voting for Obama!"

Guy #2 yelled, "Go Obama!"

Guy #1 let him in.

In other news, my energy level is so low that I'm barely managing to stay awake for one or two hours after I get home from work. Even though I haven't had anything to do yet. Right now I'm getting paid to sit here and catch up on LJ (which I haven't read for months) and chat on IRC while I wait for my co-workers to make one of their incredibly rare appearances.

Hopefully things will improve with time, but man. I just can't seem to get enough sleep lately.

In other other news, Iceberg seems to like being an only cat, except for the part where he's left alone all day while I'm at work. I'm hoping he'll adjust, because I don't really want to get another cat anytime soon. I'm still crying over Daddy-O every time I think about him.


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