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June 5th, 2014

Accidental haiku: on human fallibility. @ 05:57 pm


The following passage comes from page 138 of Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled By the Numbers by Charles Seife. The source is an anonymous statistician, the context is a discussion of disputed elections, and the formatting is my own.

Humans counting things:
I don't care what the things are--
They're going to be off.
 

May 23rd, 2014

Quote of the Day. @ 07:36 pm

Current Music: "Doctorin' the Tardis", by the Timelords.

In the process of looking for something completely unrelated, I happened upon woogledesigns' thoughts upon the nature (and, indeed existence [or rather non-]) of Doctor Who canon:

Here's what I think: The Doctor remembers every Doctor Who story ever told. Every episode, target book, comic strip and every game of companions and TARDISes you played as a kid. The universe he lives in has no record of it, because paradoxes and divergent dimensions and the time war have reset things. But the Doctor remembers and sometimes when he is sad it's because you've stopped being 8 years old and he can't run around the school playground with you anymore.

(And the comments proceed to kick around the Timey-Wimey Calvinball.)
 

January 26th, 2014

Happy birthday to Dungeonwriter... @ 04:48 pm

Current Music: See below.

...on a day that makes the distinction between icing and frosting moot, both being in devastating abundance.

Your virtual birthday present: could I interest you in some strapping young military men (not Israeli, regrettably) performing an energetic Broadway musical number?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbLwmUdee64
 

July 6th, 2013

Happy birthday, Doc Hermes! @ 04:28 pm


Brithday links will follow; I just wanted to get this in on time.
 

February 11th, 2013

Gung Hay Fat Choy. @ 07:32 pm

Current Mood: busy
Current Music: "Union of the Snake" by Duran Duran

Beyond the shadow of the ship,
I watched the water-snakes:
They moved in tracks of shining white
And when they reared, the elfish light
Fell off in hoary flakes.



http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/171/8/3/big_bear__water_snake_by_xuniquelyxweirdx-d546s5i.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNS3gibU9qA
http://www.artsycraftsy.com/dore/mariner_watersnakes.jpg
http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/pogany/16.html
http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/5810333

Your own faith's chief winter holiday may fall a month or two after most people's, but I won't allow it to go overlooked; Happy New Year to kosaginolegion!
 

January 26th, 2013

And now, a special message from the Lord of Mischief to his Big Kahena: @ 12:00 am

Current Music: Roaring Tiger and Squalling Dragon noisily being brothers in Kosagi's living room.

http://sexy-salmon-loki.tumblr.com/post/37403593955/i-need-this-in-my-life-give-to-me-loki-black

(Which is to say: give 'em Elle, dungeonwriter!)
 

December 5th, 2012

And now, a word for the Royal-watchers and armchair obstetricians out there: @ 05:02 pm

Current Mood: vexed

News of a pregnancy is automatically the cue for interminable gossip, speculation, and unsolicited advice; when you're the Duchess of Cambridge in the age of Twitter, the globe is your Old Wife Pool(1).

I'd like to take the opportunity to address one old saw that I keep hearing relentlessly repeated in the media coverage: no matter how hard you folks may be longing for a little princess to squee over, GUT-WRENCHING PROJECTILE MORNING SICKNESS IS NO GUARANTEE OF A FEMALE CHILD.

(Disclaimer: I am neither a certified Old Wife nor a mother--but I know one whom I'm pretty sure I can cite with absolute confidence.)

(1) Particularly when your father-in-law happens to be an alternative health-care buff who no doubt has the cream of Britain's Old Wives on call.
 

November 24th, 2012

Dear Roaring Tiger: @ 03:30 pm

Current Mood: hyper hyper
Current Music: "Heart of Sword" by T.M. Revolution.

You are not getting this for Christmas.
 

October 31st, 2012

Pfeffermuse, I suspect you've had one hell of a birthday. @ 05:02 pm

Current Music: See below.

It may be a while before you're in a position to check this out, but I thought I'd share a beautifully executed fanvid for "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, set to footage from Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride fro a Danny Elfman trifecta; this is one that I like to cite as a demonstration of how timing and the precise marriage of lyrics to imagery can make a video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UbGtjnluyY
 

October 30th, 2012

New York shout-out. @ 05:54 pm

Current Mood: somber

dungeonwriter, it's good to hear that you and yours are alive and accounted for; that said, I'm not even going to pretend that I can understand how you must be feeling right now; I wish I were in a position to offer you hot minestrone and tuck you in.

dochermes, good to know that you made it through all right (and I hope Lajka hasn't taken it into her fluffy little head to go surfing down Wall Street or any such foolishness.)

dferguson, you were around at least as of midnight or so, when you posted a link to your SKY CAPTAIN review over at Doc's; weigh in and let me know how you're doing.

pfeffermuse? I know that your LJ activity these days seems to be limited to an occasional fanficrants post, but let me know how you (and your household) are doing when you get a chance. (I've been given to understand that an increasing number of shelters are taking in pets, but there can't be many places prepared to accommodate horses.)
 

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