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October 3rd, 2014

Quote of the Day. @ 07:40 pm


From Froborr on My Little Po-MO:

The other night, I was rereading Terry Pratchett's Night Watch, and I wondered: would Ferguson be as bad as it is if all cops were required to read the Watch books?

And the answer is, of course, yes, because the human ability to compartmentalize and justify via special pleading is infinite, but still, I can't help but think that things might be slightly better if the prevailing cultural image of cop-as-hero was more Vimes and less Dirty Harry.
 

September 5th, 2014

Dear kosaginolegion... @ 05:14 pm

...Thank you for (among a thousand-and-three other things) being exactly the person I want at my side during Pulpfest; it's curiously validating to know I'm not the only one snickering at a New Pulp author's cameos by old Shaw Brothers characters or speculating about Kato's nationality.

A birthday gift of cyberflotsam: Emily Asher-Perrin on the subconscious intent (and perhaps karma) underlying the Doctor's metamorphoses: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/08/not-some-new-man-the-hidden-pattern-behind-the-doctors-regenerations

 

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.
 

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