jinian: (purple bangs)
Flashback meme time. )

And if you don't want to read all that, did you know that when boats are in dry dock, they move them around using giant fork lifts? I saw it this morning!
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Ten: One confession.

Okay, I do in fact have a confession here. I've been reading a book for two days that embarrasses me enough that I'm consciously hiding its title when I'm reading it out in the world because I don't want people to judge me. I got it on purpose when I saw it on the new shelf at the library, it's not like someone forced it on me. That book?

The Land of Painted Caves, by Jean M. Auel.

The inside of the cover says it's the conclusion to the series, so completism is thus satisfied. That is my excuse. Why I started reading these in the first place, well. They were some of the very few books I could read as a kid which had... herbalism. (Yes, really.) And, you know, self-sufficient tomboy heroine hunts and survives even when everyone tries to actually kill her. The books also had sex, which was highly interesting, though the first book's was rapey rape obvious even to a ten-year-old. Also animal friends! Inventing ALL THE THINGS! How to make leather white!

I mean, you have to just ignore Jondalar's INFINITE MANPAIN because his dick passion is TOO BIG. This is a lot of ignoring, but the frequent didactic infodumps about coltsfoot making things taste salty are completely worth it.

The overall premise of the series is a walking tour of European artifacts and cave paintings, so there's a lot of fairly nifty art described in detail too. Sketchy generalizations based on a few artifacts are presented as official-sounding fact more often than I am really happy with, but it also means Auel got to make up the sounds of semi-related languages a bit. She does a decent job of this, though we only see it for Homo sapiens sapiens in people's names. (The Italian Tribe was a little disconcerting.)

The thing that kept cracking me up as I read this volume (and kept me subdividing my bookmark to share things later) was that apparently the people in this volume are all quite consistently named in the language that prescription drug trade names come from:

Proleva. (antioxidant)
Echozar. (angiotensin antagonist)
Palidar. (antimalarial)
Levela. (anti-aging serum)
Jemoral. (jemoral jossa is below Poupart's ligament)
Garthadal. (did you mean Gardasil?)
Wylopa.
Jondecam.
Norava.
Tivonan.
Farnadal.
Jonokol.
Siralana.
Demoryn.
Lorigan.
Jeviva.
Jonclotan.
Marsheval.
Tremeda.
Sergenor.

Look at all that trademark potential waiting to happen! Any name not already glossed is available to YOU for creative branding opportunities. Go to it, my friends.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.

1.
[Finishing up the Dyke March on Broadway in the evening shadows]

The Dyke March! The opening rally was pretty boring except for "Portions for Foxes" and the adorable rainbow-people dance number, but oh well. Lots of amazing people. Dressed as huge sparkly vulvas! Dressed as a bee! Mostly it was too cold for toplessness, but there was a bit. Note the orange barrels at right, where there's a giant streetcar-related trench in the street; an organizer was standing in it with a megaphone calling out, "I am in a hole! Do not fall into the hole!" approximately. (As far as I'm aware she did not say "hello ladies," but she should have.) The people with that rainbow flag were running around hooting and getting people to run under it, or running around them themselves.

2.
[Empty raspberry receptacle]

I picked and ate my raspberry bushes' first ripe berries today. It is summer.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Ten: One confession.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.

1. Articulate intelligence. Especially if you're talking about something I don't know so well, so I can learn all the things or just let the smart wash over me. Being faster than I am with words is great, and thankfully not so rare in my life any more.

2. Purposeful gender play. I particularly like Dorothy Surrenders for very fine posts full of women in drag; somehow the internet as a whole lacks hot pics of Angelina Jolie dressed as a man in Salt, though. Cross-dressing men: also very nice. Genderqueer folks: more complicated. Androgyny is intriguing, but unless I perceive the person to be playing with gender on purpose it doesn't feel erotic. (Which I'm glad about, since objectifying identity would feel gross.)

3. Some things appear to work only in fiction.

3a. Arrogant/smartass geniuses. For instance, Tony Stark from the Marvel movies. This is not such a turn-on in real life, and for some reason it doesn't extend to, say, Nathan from Eureka. A brainy person being obnoxious about it so reflects my inner "fuck you I'm awesome" impulse that I am gleeful whenever Tony busts it out and gets away with it, and the thrill transfers. Also, hey, cute. Lucca from Chrono Trigger goes here too.

3b. This one just jumped out at me over the last couple of weeks, and I am not at all sure whether to post it, but apparently I am feeling foolhardy. Ridiculous girl-girl submission scenarios: I appreciate them. See Gokujou Drops (manga) by Mikuni Hajime or K.K.S.P.S. (web fiction) by Christine Love.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.

1. Well, lack of enthusiastic interest, obviously.

2. Gender essentialism. Literally nothing about sexuality is predicted by gender. Reproductive roles correlate pretty well with sex; otherwise there are so many exceptions and counfounding factors as to make anything you can say meaningless.

3. Baby talk and infantilizing. I am really enjoying Ouran High School Host Club except for the creepy thing where Tamaki wants Haruhi to act more stereotypically-Japanese-girly and refer to herself in the third person like a toddler. Other things could be creepy if I thought they were meant seriously, but that bit I cannot take as funny.

4. I have run out of inspiration, though I am sure not out of turn-offs. I texted [livejournal.com profile] marzipan_pig about it and got a whole list to choose from, but many are either obvious ("bad hygiene", "racist", etc.) or already covered. I am going to go with "too pressury, including too pressury to enjoy yourself" and "selfish" since those are kind of the same thing.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)

Offline people only! There are more than five of you guys reading this.

1. Yearmate M, who dresses like Mr. Rogers and has somehow been my favorite from the minute we met, even before I knew about the "earnestly sings really cheesy stuff on Rock Band" trait.

2. My PI, who can be very difficult to deal with but pushes me to get better and better all the time, while occasionally surprising me with silly and sweet moments.

3. Yearmate C, who is fantastically cynical and funny while modeling very good boundary-setting behavior, and who stays in contact with a scary family of origin while making better alliances for the future.

4. Grad friend M, who is smart, organized, supportive, and sweet with everyone.

5. Former undergrad H, who gave a detailed yet vernacular presentation at the undergrad research symposium and is definitely going to do great at a first big conference this summer.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.

Note: These are things that were upsetting or negative in themselves, but I don't mean I regret the life that came from what happened.

Cut for BUMMER )

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.

1. Wow, that's cool. [Today in re: my fingernails.]

2. I wish I could sleep right. [Last night was good but still operating at a deficit.]

3. Where am I going for my postdoc?

4. How will I get the cats there?

5. What will I get to study?

6. Why has this fine person not emailed me back yet? [Generally multiple targets per day.]

7. Why am I not getting anywhere on the project I have now argh.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.

1. Validate my love for clothes. Watching Project Runway or thrift-shopping makes this easy! Giving me stuff/links with Rarity on may also fall into this category.

2. Tease me a bit. After a history of being given a hard time by my parents and yelling at them about it, I admit that they have won; I take perceptive teasing as a sign of love.

3. Send me snail mail. I love sending it, I love getting it. The most recent thing I got was a Betty and Veronica comic about Lady Gaga, but it doesn't have to be that amazing to make me happy.

4. Consensual backrubs. I have a lot of shoulder tension almost all the time, probably due to a combination of low-grade migraines, crafts, and lab work. Just check whether it's a good time first.

5. Let me help you with something important. Lunch dates, care packages, intense emotional analyses, and financial support are all stuff I've been allowed to give to people and felt really good about. Not all of that works for everyone, but if I can help you I feel closer to you.

6. Play video games with me. Scott Pilgrim or Rock Band are great for this. I love video games, always have, and playing them with people (in person) taps into really happy memories.

7. Honestly share your feelings. This includes having a fight with me if we need to have a fight! If you're my friend, I want to know what's up with you. If people don't tell me, it seems like they don't care.

8. Get interested in my work. It even happens with other scientists: people ask about my work and I give the overview, they draw me out more, and then they tune out. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT. I'm happy to talk about other subjects in the first place, but I love teaching and explaining things and I'm not going to shame you for not knowing molecular biology if you ask questions. (I might be briefly appalled if you don't know photosynthesis exists at all, but then I will tell you about it, and I've gotten pretty good at figuring out where to start in the basics without annoying me or you.)

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.

1. When I got my first period I was ten. I knew perfectly well what was going on, but I had no idea how to tell my mom. She'd already had a hysterectomy, so there were no supplies in the house. My solution? Ignore it! Luckily I didn't bleed that much. I think I worked myself up to mentioning it three days in, and pretended to have been oblivious.

2. I am bisexual but for obvious statistical reasons have had an easier time meeting men who like me back than anyone else.

3. Someday I hope to be a grumpy professor emerita who asks beady-eyed questions in seminars. (This might also be fun at Wiscon. I can start attending the pseudoscience panels and give them hell!)

4. And then goes home to her blueberry farm and crafts and pets and family.

5. My mobile phone is a little Nokia brick (6010) so very old that I have started getting retro-hipster cred for it.

6. When my bus came the other day, I was too busy photographing a wasp (carrying a paralyzed fly!!!1!) to get on it, and waited for the next one.

7. Copyediting is both automatic and fun for me. Sometimes I screw up anyway, but typos almost always jangle my nerves and I notice. There's a P.C. Hodgell book that I have never finished because the error-alarm going off all the time is just too distracting.

8. My house now has two walls that are falling apart. I never had a satisfactory explanation for the first one, which was like that when we moved in, but the second is clearly due to the messed up gutters letting water into the wall. Wim is unhappy about this, but I'm kind of fascinated.

9. I love gardening and study plant molecular biology but am tragically allergic to several common types of airborne pollen and to contact with grass.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
Well, I was reluctant to do this, but apparently I am coming up with turn-ons left and right, which had seemed like the hard part. So here, have some random things.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.

(Taking a page from [personal profile] oyceter and making it people I don't know online.)

1. It's not that I don't want to know you, I just keep screwing it up.

2. Were you trying to intimidate me?

3. I lied to you about what I'd already done, but I did make sure to catch up later. I'm sorry it didn't help in either case.

4. Have you been fired or what, please say yes.

5. I didn't create the situation, but I'm sorry for my part in resolving it only because that inevitably hurt you.

6. You are completely right about yourself.

7. Your work is so great, but somehow I don't like very many of your "influences."

8. Congratulations on your first steps to dorky earnestness as a club officer!

9. I am so glad that you're seeming more okay.

10. Don't text me!

You can look forward to...
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.

... but maybe not too much, because what I have written right now for the last one is "Ha ha ha no."
jinian: (birdsquee)
http://www.onemilliongiraffes.com/

Goal reached! Maybe my jeans will be in the book.
jinian: (c'est la vie)
(Hi! I disappeared halfway through IBARW! I am still alive, and here are the links I've been squirrelling away.)

1. On being literal, which I am (sometimes to the point of problems):
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergers-diary/200811/joe-and-the-mega-sized-smoothie-language-and-aspergers
(from supergee, I think)

2. On government-organized health care:
http://libertango.livejournal.com/357829.html
from ?

3. Katamari goodness at Boingboing
http://www.boingboing.net/2009/07/29/katamari-damacy-wedd.html
(needs more cowbear)

4. The stereotype of the fat woman speaks:
http://clawfoot.livejournal.com/896283.html

5. Privilege quiz result:
Y .................................................................................. (+35)
N ...............................................
Some interesting comments at link.

6. Dear NSF,
Learn to do a mail merge already. (m_pig can help!) I do not need to apply for the GRFP again this year because I AM ALREADY AWESOME KTHX.
Love,
K.

7. http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/08/06/the-new-cover/
YAY.

8. http://contexts.org/socimages/2008/05/21/human-interaction-as-chemistry/
Wonderful science-promotion video from the EU.

9. http://notesfromthegeekshow.blogspot.com/2009/08/open-letter-to-john-c-wright.html
A little overwritten, perhaps, which is what I thought of Vellum, but it picks up partway through, which is not.

10. New favorite nonsensical/menacing web command (from Picasa): Sign in to like this photo.
jinian: (king of all cosmos)
After over a week of waiting for it, I finally had the opportunity to make the best ridiculous internet/SF pun ever. See, pizzelle turn out to have no dairy, so I brought some home for [livejournal.com profile] hattifattener, and of course they were immediately pronounced as "pizzle" because we are thirteen. A couple of days later, the joke occurred to me, but I needed the right situation. I waited and waited but he never offered me one. Until, finally, on the last one, he asked if I wanted it, and even cajoled me a little. I had thought I wouldn't get to say it, so it took me a moment to bust out with, "Women do not revere the lemon pizzle as men do." (It is okay if you don't agree that I AM AWESOME, but I totally am.)

Also this week: had teriyaki with a wombat skull.
jinian: (Wiscon braid)
Take a picture of yourself right now. Don’t change your clothes. Don’t fix your hair. Just take a picture. Post that picture with no editing. Include these instructions.

jinian: (clow reads)
The meme (brought to me by [livejournal.com profile] firecat) goes: "The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed." But what Big Read came up with this list?

Google results, fun, and snark )

Where is this list actually from? I find it, without comment or justification, at the Telegraph. No sign of the "only 6" business.

I have read rather a lot of these )
jinian: (king of all cosmos)
25 of 1671 songs )
jinian: (hats)

Your Score: Egon Spengler


133 Heart, 173 Genius, 137 Cool, 100 Excitability




Dr. Egon Spengler - (Harold Ramis) [at far left]

Ghostbusters (1984)



The scientist's scientist's scientist. You don't have time for frivolous pursuits or the attentions of the opposite sex. There's nothing wrong with being perfectly rational, and if people can't realize that, well, that's their problem. You're the one who won't break under pressure.



"Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought."



Other scientific possibilities:


Gary Wallace



Wyatt Donnelly



Peter Venkman


Jordan Cochran


Egon Spengler


Doc Brown


Newton Crosby


Paul Stephens


Ben Crandall


Wayne Szalinkski


Winston Zeddemore


Ben Jabituya


Lazlo Hollyfeld


Ray Stantz


Buckaroo Banzai


Chris Knight




























Link: The Which 80s Movie Scientist Test written by xxyl on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test


Real best quote: "Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light."

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