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New Definition of Torture [Sep. 13th, 2007|01:02 am]
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[Current Location |work, where else?]
[mood |beset]

So after years of putting it off (to the occasional detriment of various endeavors--some of them work-related), I finally entered the 21st Century & bought myself a laptop.  

It arrived today.  Dell only took 10 days after I ordered it to get it to me. 

10 days of waiting with bated breath--on pins & needles every time I walked into the theater, 6 days after the power brick arrived.

This long-awaited & much desired day finally comes, and it turns out to be: 

The first day of Tech....

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Nothing says terror like..... [Aug. 7th, 2007|01:22 am]
[mood |post-panic numbness]

coming home to your petsit, only to discover that none of the pets are there.

lucy, the cat, showed up about 45 mins ago.

maizy & vinny, 2 highly enthusiastic black labs, are nowhere to be found.

please, God, please let them be the pair of black labs that the hotline says Animal Control picked up in the Arb this afternoon.

now I just have to make it through til noon (when the shelter opens) to find out if it's them.
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We are Pleased to Announce the Following Sign of the Impending Apocalypse [Jul. 27th, 2007|12:13 pm]
[Current Location |work]
[mood |unmoored]
[music |Jack Johnson -- Curious George Sdtrk]

I'm sure many of you never thought this day would come, but after multiple years & umpteen attempts, I am finally moving to the World's Smallest Apartment....

in Ravenna....

This weekend.....


And there was much rejoicing (along with no small amount of panic).
Let the marathon packing sprint commence!

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fifty books meme [Nov. 18th, 2006|01:22 am]
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[mood |procrastinatory]
[music |Neko Case--Fox Confessor]

Thank you, plaidbrat

This is the Science Fiction Book Club's list of the fifty most significant science fiction/fantasy novels published between 1953 and 2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson *
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley *
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.*
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson **
 
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer


Lessee, some semi-random statistics:

Read:  16 (a surprisingly low percentage, considering how much SF I have read)
Loved:     4
Hated:     0
Was disappointed by on second reading:  1
Liked ok, but loved a followup to:     2
Started but didn't finish:     3  (tho in one case I got 3-5 pages into a borrowed copy, had a major life interruption & had to return it)
Saw the movie:    6
Started but didn't finish the movie:    2
Saw the movie & didn't read the book:    3
Unsure whether or not I've read the book:       5
Authors listed here that I've read something by, but not the book mentioned:   19
Recognize neither author nor title:    2

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This program brought to you by... [Sep. 10th, 2006|10:14 pm]
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[mood |informed]

So I was listening to NPR the other day while I was driving up to Chinook Pass to visit some friends. "All Things Considered" winds to an end, and as usual, I hear the familiar mellifluous tones of Frank Tavares reading one of NPR's standard underwriting credits. Only this time, he said something I NEVER thought I would hear:

"This program brought to you in part by....Pabst Blue Ribbon."

The mind boggles. I check the Memo-Master; I can't possibly have heard what I thought I did; but it's true.

What makes this even more hilarious was that the PBR credit was immediately followed by credits for Mercedes Benz & Vanguard Insurance & Financial Services.
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