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( Mar. 27th, 2010 12:30 am)
September has come, it is hers
Whose vitality leaps in the autumn,
Whose nature prefers
Trees without leaves a fire in the fireplace.
So I gave her this month and the next
Though the whole of my year should be hers who has
rendered already
So many of its days intolerable or perplexed
But so many more so happy.
Who has left a scent on my life, and left my walls
Dancing over and over with her shadow
Whose hair is twined in all my waterfalls
And all of London littered with remembered kisses.

-Louis MacNeice
So hi!

I know, I know, I suck. I totally neglected my journal due to WoW EATING MY FACE OFF. Now that it has finally grown back, I am able to communicate with you all once again. I've been meaning to post for weeks actually, but knowing that I missed out on birthdays, posts and general camaraderie makes me feel like a filthy deserter and those of you who know me well know that this means I AVOID AVOID AVOID.

Regular random posting will commence asap.

<3 to you all.
Neil Gaiman posted this link on his Twitter (yes, I'm such a fangirl that I follow his tweets) and I thought it was so sweet and lovely that I wanted to share it with you all as well. He wrote this for Tori Amos just before she gave birth to her daughter, Natashya. I love the way he reads it and the adorable accompanying illustrations and I hope you guys like it too.
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( May. 1st, 2009 07:33 pm)
So, I finally hopped on the dreamwidth bandwagon (with many, many thanks again to the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] tree). You can find me here, though there isn't much to see just yet.
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( Feb. 26th, 2009 04:46 pm)
Taught myself the basic knitting stitches last month, LOVE it. Trying to teach myself to crochet and finding it next to impossible. Urge to stab with crochet hook rising...
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( Feb. 25th, 2009 08:38 pm)
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[livejournal.com profile] goodbye_sun gave me 'G,' which turned out to be more difficult than I thought it would.

1. Jack Off Jill - Girl Scout
2. Hannah Fury - Girls That Glitter Love The Dark
3. Voltaire - Graveyard Picnic
4. Rasputina - Gingerbread Coffin
5. Amanda Palmer - Guitar Hero


Your result for The Steampunk Style Test...

The Aristocrat

54% Elegant, 38% Technological, 53% Historical, 32% Adventurous and 26% Playful!

You are the Aristocrat, the embodiment of steampunk elegance and poise.  For you, dressing steampunk is first and foremost about simply looking good, with accessories and details to follow.  However, this does not mean that you ignore the demands of creating a “steampunk look.” Your outfits weave together a balance between technology and style, and between period accuracy and beautiful anachronism.  While your fashion inspiration may come from anywhere across the Victorian social spectrum, you always find a way to make your outfit beautiful.  You will probably be found in the clothes of the steam age elite simply because of the greater elegance available to them.  Chances are you dress this way because you like it, and you would still dress in this manner even if steampunk was not a popular interest.


 


 


Try our other Steampunk test here.


Take The Steampunk Style Test
at HelloQuizzy

What the... It's like he's channeling Eddie Haskell. There aren't... I... This cake is a lie?


ETA:
Ok, this totally makes up for everything.
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd
 

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Drama Nerd
 
Social Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
Musician
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
I came across this link in one of the thousand lj comms I'm in and got so excited I had to show you all right away! How cool is this, seriously?!

Also, I hope you've all had a lovely Halloween/Samhain/All Hollow's Eve/Dia de los Muertos! We bought candy (and four fabulous cupcakes with marshmallow frosting - mmmm) but we had no trick-or-treaters, however we also had all the lights turned off so maybe that was a factor. One can never be sure, hehe.

And, to those of you about to jump into the madness that is NaNoWriMo, I salute you and wish you chatty, verbose muses.

And lastly, if you happen to like dark cabaret music, which I love, this is a great site with news and lots of music and of course last.fm has tons of free music for listening happiness as well.
I saw these posted to a steampunk community and thought they were fantastic. (1, 2) This isn't the first time I've been envious of those liviing in NYC. I've always wanted to learn to sew and make costumes but wow, these outfits make me want to learn RIGHT NOW.
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
lingeringviolet goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Countess Elizabeth Báthory.
aikea_guinea gives you 16 light orange grapefruit-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
angelsfall gives you 3 purple vanilla-flavoured gummy bats.
fated_oph3lia gives you 1 dark green raspberry-flavoured wafers.
goodbye_sun tricks you! You get a rock.
hapsburgxx gives you 2 dark blue grapefruit-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
liegenschonheit tricks you! You lose 13 pieces of candy!
lithium_lily gives you 15 light orange orange-flavoured gummy worms.
pooklet gives you 18 white blueberry-flavoured jawbreakers.
sixtylilies gives you 15 softly glowing banana-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
tree tricks you! You get a dead frog.
lingeringviolet ends up with 57 pieces of candy, a rock, and a dead frog.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.



Lieg stole all the candy back that I stole from her and then some. From goodbye_sun I get a rock, how very Charlie Brown of you. But er, tree, a dead frog?!
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( Aug. 24th, 2008 01:48 am)
Grooviness totally stolen from [livejournal.com profile] goodbye_sun.



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( Jun. 17th, 2008 01:40 am)
So I found a couple of interesting links today regarding depression and anxiety.

E-couch "provides information about emotional problems - what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It includes exercises to help you understand yourself and others better. Even better, it provides you with a set of strategies that might help you to improve your life" and "is co-funded by Australia's beyondblue: the national depression initiative and the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University."

MoodGym, a sister site of e-couch, claims to "deliver cognitive behaviour therapy
for preventing depression."

Has anyone heard anything about them? I'm especially looking at you, aussies-on-my-flist. I've seen a couple online comments from people who say they definitely do get something out of it. Anyway, I signed up for e-couch so far. They ask you to take a couple of short quizzes to help determine your anxiety and depression levels. I thought it was interesting. Will update if I actually find them useful.

my scores )
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( Jun. 8th, 2008 05:20 pm)
While reading my usual news sites this morning (afternoon) I came across this and this.

"Discrimination against albinos is a serious problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but recently in Tanzania it has taken a wicked twist: at least 19 albinos, including children, have been killed and mutilated in the past year, victims of what Tanzanian officials say is a growing criminal trade in albino body parts."


I suppose an African safari vacation would be a no-no for me.
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( Jun. 5th, 2008 04:20 pm)
I received this poem in my inbox this morning from the Poetry Foundation and I really liked it so I thought I'd share.



For the Tattooed Man by Sharmila Voorakkara

Because she broke your heart, "Shannon"'s a badge--
a seven-letter skidmark that scars up
across your chest, a flare of indelible script.
Between "Death or Glory", and "Mama", she rages,
scales the trellis of your rib cage;
her red hair swings down to bracket your ankles, whip
up the braid of your backbone, cuff your wrists. She keeps
you sleepless with her afterimage,

and each pinned and martyred limb aches for more.
Her memory wraps you like a vise.
How simple the pain that trails and graces
the length of your body. How it fans, blazes,
writes itself over in the blood's tightening sighs,
bruises into wisdom you have no name for.



It also came with this little blurb by Ted Kooser which irritated me:

"Among young people, tattoos are all the rage and, someday, dermatologists will grow rich as kings removing them from a lot of middle-aged people who have grown embarrassed by their colorful skins. I really like this poem by Sharmila Voorakkara of Ohio."

You know, because everyone who gets tattoos are drunken college kids who do it on a whim. *eyeroll*



* I totally stole that from a lovely little [livejournal.com profile] tree.
So sitting here reading one of the multitude of lame vampire novels that I can't keep my hands off of (except for Twilight, even I'm not that far gone) and I'm reminded of something my American Lit. II professor brought up last year. Is there a difference between literature and Literature (said with a snooty accent)? For example, are Harlequin romance novels considered Literature? Does it have to be Shakespeare or Joyce to be considered worthy of the title? If there is a line between them, where is it drawn?

My professor didn't have any answers and neither do I. Most of the students in my class said that cheap paperback romances are definitely not Literature and pretty much stuck their noses in the air but they couldn't define why. And now I've lost my train of thought after Poof decided she can has snuggles...NOW. (Plump kitty cuddling ftw.)


ETA: Ok fine, I admit it. I did in fact read the first book of the Twilight series last year and it does indeed suck just as much as everyone says it does.
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