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19 January 2012 @ 09:35 pm
uh hi, I joined tumblr

I realized that I was following some friends and some fun things on RSS, and looking at other tumblrs sometimes for fun, so it seemed kind of silly to not have one.

So how do I tumblr and can you be my friend?
happiness is not a potato
08 January 2012 @ 08:46 pm
Okay, I have to confess: I can't really hate on Tebow winning. I mean, I hate hate hate the Tebow media phenomenon, and I'm pretty sure he's not a good quarterback, but I can't hate it when he wins.

As far as "Tebowing" goes, I'm too accustomed to watching pro sports to mind anything of that sort. I've seen approximately a million baseball players cross themselves -- same thing. Now, I'm not saying it wasn't hilarious when Stephen Tulloch sacked Tebow and then knelt in imitation of him, because it was, but if Tebow wants to keep doing that after big plays, fuck it.

I just wish the media didn't make A Thing of Tebow kneeling to thank God after big plays. Nobody gives a shit about it in baseball, right? Nobody gives a shit even in football, if a running back or receiver kisses his fingers and points at the sky. Sports players in general are superstitious and inclined to thank Jesus for a whole bunch of things.

... this just in: Tebow passed for 316 yards in this game. Tebow 3:16. AUGH. Someone get out the rainbow wig.

I sure don't want Denver to win the Super Bowl, but I'd like them to beat New England, because fuck the Pats. I'm kind of hoping that, in the course of time, they get beat by the Ravens. I grew up a Cleveland fan, but nowadays I don't hate the Ravens anymore -- sure, they used to be the Browns, but it wasn't the players' fault they moved to Baltimore. I will hate Art Modell until the day I die, but the players don't deserve to suffer for that.

Football is fucking weird. After the Lions' loss last night, we've had to figure out who we're rooting for. Honestly, it's got to be Green Bay, as much as we hate them for beating us a whole lot. They're still representing our division. So... Ravens/Packers for the Super Bowl? Who's with me?
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07 January 2012 @ 07:28 pm

When I've talked to people from non-deer states who don't understand hunting, I've told them a story from a few years back of a guy who hit a deer on the freeway, sending it across the median and into another guy's windshield, killing him (the second guy). This is even better evidence that DEER ARE OUT TO GET US. Or, at least, that deer and people attempting to share the same space is a bad idea -- for the people.

I know that we're responsible for this: we killed off the deer's natural predators, and we expanded into its natural habitat. But, understanding this, we are now responsible for culling the population and encouraging the deer to stay away from us. Hence: hunting season.

We're working on reintroducing wolves, but let's bear in mind that we don't want to reintroduce them into populated areas. There are still plenty of areas in Michigan where wolves can go about their business without much trouble, and kill deer as they see fit, but in other areas? Well, we need to handle the deer, because we sure don't want to have to handle wolves.

Don't get me wrong: I like deer just fine. I love to see them in the woods. But on a public thoroughfare? That's a problem. And, as I learned last year at a party, deer are also delicious.* So let's manage the population ourselves, since we fucked up the natural process. It's the least we can do.

*At this party, out in the county, some attendees saw a car clip a deer in the head and continue on. Midwest rules say if you kill a deer with your car, it's yours, no matter if it's out of season or not; as the driver didn't seem to want it, the partygoers took it, strung it up, and did their best at field-dressing it without proper hunting knives. This was late in the night, but the grill was still hot, so we had fresh venison steaks. Rather gristly, due to the impromptu butchery, but very tasty regardless.
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16 December 2011 @ 04:53 pm


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14 December 2011 @ 02:03 pm
What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Die Hard, duh.
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13 December 2011 @ 04:24 pm
Gordon Freeman is canvassing the neighborhood.

Not even kidding. Orange and grey jacket, thick-rimmed specs, dark hair and goatee.

So far he's working the other side of the street. If he ignores my "No Soliciting" sign, I'm going to ask him where his crowbar is.
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13 December 2011 @ 01:49 pm
What is on your holiday wish list this year? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Here's a kind of weird thing I would like: an owl triptych.

Durer's Little Owl

Picasso's Owl


I know, they wouldn't match all that well in aspect ratio, and for some reason I can't find a cheap print of the Picasso anywhere (though that one you could probably just print), but I think it'd be cute anyway.

Someday I might just try to find high-res versions of all three and make my own owl triptych.
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09 December 2011 @ 01:09 am

So we had early Christmas with my parents because we're going to Vermont for actual Christmas, and I asked for an Amazon gift card because I wanted Kindle books.

Weeeeeellll it turns out buying other stuff is way cheaper than buying Kindle books, so I got a whole bunch of crap, and I thought I'd just go ahead and share what we got with you:

Shirley Jackson, Novels and Stories (The Lottery / The Haunting of Hill House / We Have Always Lived In The Castle/Other Stories And Sketches)

Shirley Jackson, The Sundial

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Lathe of Heaven

Alistair Reynolds, Terminal World

Samuel Shem, The House of God

Classic Quad Set 9 (All About Eve / Beyond the Valley of the Dolls / The Inn of the Sixth Happiness/Valley of the Dolls)

The Fifth Element

The Muppet Christmas Carol - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition

Pride and Prejudice - The Special Edition (A&E Miniseries)

I finished The House of God and The Lathe of Heaven in the past two days, and I've read all the rest. As far as the movies go, I've seen all of them except All About Eve and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness -- I bought that set for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but it was one of those where the box set was only a dollar more, so what the hey.

In other news, I was reading articles on Know Your Meme, and I read a couple about "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," so then I watched the first episode, and now I like that show. This is kind of weird for me, not because I don't love cartoons -- I do -- but because I have always maintained that late '80s/early '90s cartoons are far superior to the toons of today, and I really have to admit that this show is way fucking better than the original MLP toy commercials. That's way weirder for me than admitting I like cute colorful ponies.

Fortunately for my, er, ~*dignity*~, if past trends continue, I will read all the articles on the My Little Pony wiki, watch all the episodes, and then lose all interest. Because God forbid I be accused of actually liking something for real.
happiness is not a potato
09 December 2011 @ 12:16 am
I'm reading The Lathe of Heaven for the first time.

Only about thirty pages left, but I have to say, this is one of the most terrifying books I've ever read. I haven't been this scared since The Haunting of Hill House, but in an entirely different way. I keep putting it down and going to other things because it scares the living fuck out of me, and that is something I've never experienced.

By the time I see your comments on this, I'll be done, so go ahead and post spoilers if you've read it -- other readers, take this as your spoiler warning.


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29 November 2011 @ 06:21 pm
Last night I dreamed Jerry Sandusky was an Edwardian white-slaver, and that one of his men had kidnapped the young son of a peer, who hired Sherlock Holmes to investigate.

My mind is a strange place.
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Aaaaargh they're making fun of themselves that is my Kryptonite I can't hate them anymore even though I really really want to

Also: Robocop.
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18 November 2011 @ 05:51 pm

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15 November 2011 @ 07:06 pm
What would you do if you had a million dollars?

The obvious: Pay off debts. Invest and live off interest.

The less obvious, though still kind of a no-brainer if you know my husband: buy a train car, furnish it as an apartment in a Pullman-inspired style, and travel around the country. Amtrak will haul your private car. :D

He would love the train-riding part, I would love the decorating part. And I would learn to cook on a moving train. That would be cool.
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11 November 2011 @ 03:27 pm
US military suicide rate exceeds combat fatalities

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Charles points out that we are much better than we used to be at keeping people alive on the battlefield. True enough. On the other hand, we might also be better at tracking suicide rates.

I say it every year: we're not keeping up our end of the bargain. We should all be ashamed.
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08 November 2011 @ 08:43 pm
So hey, anyone else been following the Penn State scandal?

Don't click on that link unless you're okay with reading about child sexual abuse and, more importantly, people covering up for a serial abuser. I have no abuse in my past and this is still making me sick.

Let's talk in comments. There's just so much to unpack. Institutional codes of silence, the difficulty of accepting that people you know can be that bad, the difficulty of accepting that anyone can be that bad, the limits of legal/official duty versus moral duty, the bystander effect...
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08 November 2011 @ 05:21 pm
I am heartily sick of hearing about the Duggars. Yes, they're fundamentalist Christians. Yes, the older children raise the younger. Yes, they have a lot of kids and they aren't planning to stop any time soon. These are all well-publicized facts, and yet every time Michelle catches pregnant again, it's time for shock and disgust and judgment.

I love that this time it's disguised as concern for her health, which is always an awesome excuse to give a lecture about one's moral and/or intellectual failings. (See also: fat-shaming, preachy veg*ns.) Enough already. She's a grown-ass woman and she can make her own mistakes.

Added here, because it wasn't relevant there: I have read testimony from former Quiverful followers that suggests the ideology is harmful to those involved, especially women and girls. However, I don't think that necessarily means I have to distrust women who claim to find happiness in that lifestyle. People find happiness in all kinds of situations that would probably kill me. After all, I can't imagine living happily as a babyfur, or a TPE slave, or a Scientologist, but I'm pretty sure other people can and do.
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24 October 2011 @ 05:09 pm
I don't feel like making a real update. Here is a meme, borrowed from merlyn4401.

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15 October 2011 @ 09:46 pm
Hey, everybody! You might have been wondering, since John Carpenter's The Thing is one of my favorite movies of all time, what I think about the prequel in theaters now!

I'm not going to post spoilers, since the spoilers would really fuck up both this movie and the Carpenter version. But first off: I will say that I was previously disposed to like this movie. See, there have been rumors floating around for the past couple-five years about a The Thing remake, and the fan reaction was always "Shut the fuck up, the Carpenter version was fucking perfect." Well, the producers who eventually got hold of this property said "We could not make this better than the Carpenter version. So we'll do a prequel." Y'all have no idea how grateful I am to them for this. Like I said above, Carpenter's The Thing (1982) is one of my favorite movies ever, besides Aliens and Robocop. I don't care who does what with the "Thing story," as long as you don't fuck with the Carpenter.

For the Carpenter fans: it's really not bad. They are very, very faithful to the original, while choosing a different tone overall. There are a lot more jump scares, but those scare the crap out of me, so shut up SHUT UP I MEAN IT. And about the CGI shit, let's be frank here -- Rob Bottin would TOTALLY have done that shit if he could have. I mean, I would have preferred more practical effects, but I've also seen Bottin's concept drawings, and he totally wanted to do this shit. There's only one version of The Thing toward the end that I hated, but it wasn't there for too long, and it definitely went Lovecraft's Nightmares, so whatever.

For the novices: If you are into super-gross horror, go watch the Carpenter version (1982) before seeing this. I know it's out of order, but I still think that's the best way to do it. If you are not into super-gross horror, do not watch either of these films. Both are big on the HEY LOOK AT THIS FUCKING GROSS BULLSHIT.

If you're not sure whether you can do super-gross horror, go watch the Carpenter version. Can you ride through the first gory scene? Then you can stand the rest, and you may well enjoy this prequel. If you can't, no problem, it's pretty fucking gross.
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07 October 2011 @ 09:05 pm
Baseball people! Specifically, National League fans!

I'm in a quandary because I know slightly less than jack shit about the NL. I have two preferences which may or may not be in opposition:

1) I would be thrilled with a Tigers/Brewers Series, because the sports media does not pay nearly enough attention to the Midwest;
2) I would prefer, generally, that we face the weakest of possible opponents.

This raises two questions:

1) If I want us to face the Brewers, who should I root for between St. Louis and Philadelphia?
2) If I want us to face the weakest of the three, who should I root for to win the NLCS?

We're not talking about the possibility of the Rangers beating the Tigers, not because I don't accept it as a possibility, but because it renders both of my questions meaningless, and I would like to know the answers to them whether or not they end up being relevant.

EDIT: I will leave my previous questions here for posterity, but obviously things have changed. I watched St. Louis win and enjoyed it, because I will never not enjoy a bunch of grown men hugging and yelling and hopping around like they don't give a shit about any standards of masculine behavior. I just love how sports guys don't have to follow any rules whatsoever, because they are all that is man, and fuck you if you don't get it.


If I want the Tigers to face the weaker of the two teams, who should I root for in the NLCS: St. Louis or Milwaukee?