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1st January, 2025. 12:00 am. Disclaimer

Oy! This journal ain't friends-only!

Alright, I think I finally figured out how to crosspost stuff correctly, so here goes:

I read a lot. I read almost everything. You'll find ramblings about many subjects here - expect a lot of non-fannish content. I limit how many shows I watch and how many fandoms I'm involved in, but that doesn't always work - expect non-HP non-GoT entries. I rarely post non-public entries, so this journal will be public until further notice.

I crosspost from Dreamwidth. Comment wherever you want (though I prefer Dreamwidth). No biggie.

I think that's all. Yep yep.

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1st January, 2024. 12:00 am. Masterlist of... Stuff

A to-do listA work in progress:

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13th January, 2014. 8:53 am. Hello 2014

2013 was shit for 7 months and great for 4.

2014 will be different. No more of this not moving forward business.

That's my new year's resolution, I guess.

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10th July, 2013. 6:33 pm. Hello friends!

How's everyone doing? I started a full time job and fell out of fandom again. Even the odd visit to [ profile] fandomsecrets (which I used to get ideas of what's hot in fandom) was too much to keep up with. It was nice seeing some of you there though!

I don't think I'll be back doing fannish things any time soon. Unless one of you can give me a time-turner, there won't be enough time in a day for writing and everything else *g*!

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1st July, 2012. 7:05 pm. Happy Canada Day! (and early 4th of July)

Canadian flag flapping over a gold and purple sunset
(photo by loneprimate on flickr)

Hope y'all and your loved ones are happy and well!

I'm alive and okay, just have a lot of real life matters to take care of at the moment. Hopefully I'll be back in a week or two. *crosses fingers*

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31st May, 2012. 4:33 pm. North Carolina's proposed sea level measurement policy

I have a headache and I don't know whether I'm interpreting this correctly or not but...

Is "GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA. SESSION 2011. H. D. HOUSE BILL 819" a real proposal? I don't think the bill is a bad idea per se - it will regulate how the rising sea-level is measured, for insurance purposes (I think) - but I do not agree with this excerpt from Section 2. (e):
"Rates of sea-level rise may be extrapolated linearly to estimate future rates of rise but shall not include scenarios of accelerated rates of sea-level rise."
I'm fine with the gov stepping in and making sure the insurance companies ain't running amok with each company quoting their own figures. But to deny the possibility of a more realistic model by legalizing only one way of extrapolation data and thereby making all other methods illegal? I don't get it. If the data say exponential growth, it doesn't not happen just because the governing body says so.

Is this what the NC government is actually proposing? Unfortunately, the .pdf file is the only non-reactionary source I found. Does anyone have other sources?

For some reason, I'm reminded of Twoflower and Inn-Sewer-Ants in Ankh-Morpork.

And now for something completely different, here be an awesome .gif:

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29th May, 2012. 12:06 am. Fun links - possibly NSFW for discussion of Roman sexuality

Hullo everyone. I haven't been around for the last while and I can't apologize enough for it. Let's just say computer+internet problems, family health issues, and general apathy did a number on my online presence. I don't know about you but I'm sick of reading about depressing events around the world. So, here are some really fun and awesome things that really cheered me up yesterday:

Normal face + hideous face
People take pictures of what they look like normally and a picture of their most... disturbing faces. Completely work safe and absolutely pointless, but oh! What fun!

User-submitted favourite science and mathematics jokes
I am a sucker for puns - even bad puns - and my brand of humour might be bewildering at times. However, this page brought on full-out laughter, which I haven't been able to do for a while now. I hope the jokes here might give you guys as much joy as they gave me.

I have a degree in Ancient History with specialty in Roman Sexuality. Ask me anything! (NWS)
This gal (the original poster) is pure awesomeness. Her answers are intelligent, informative, or witty (or all three). There are other helpful users too, supplying (links to) examples of Roman and/or Greek lewd graffiti and insults. And facts + citations, not just porn. I've been learning loads! (Pun intended =P) And the abundant innuendo is just icing on top! *smirks*
Note: though there are no NSFW images on the reddit page itself, many links on the page do point to sites with NSFW images. Plus, there are lots of naughty words floating freely in the Q and A text. I'm not sure what the rule is with explicit text, but I rather err on the side of it being not work safe as well.

Enjoy ;)

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13th April, 2012. 7:09 pm. What is this I don't even

I blame my friends.

Not mein. Never ever.

(Just dropping in. Still behind. Be back soon? *hopeful*)

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7th April, 2012. 11:28 am. RIP Canadian Penny

It has been a good 150+ year run. Even though you're older than Canada itself, inflation and hoarding (and other methods of keeping you from circulation, like being stuck in storm sewers) have sounded your death knoll. Alas, you're the only coin with maple leaves on its tail side. There are no others like you.

So long and farewell, "one-cent piece".

[*cue bagpipes*]

Here's the National Post's infoposter about the penny.

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25th February, 2012. 2:07 pm. Our weird and wonderful brains

Since the "dead" comp is still dead and the "working" comp is behaving itself amazingly, here are some fun and interesting neuroscience blog posts from Steven Novella, MD. (Just for the record, I don't remember how I got from dead harddrives to brain science. ^_^;;)

And no, I started reading these after writing all those zombie fics.

1. A step forward in Alzheimer's Disease detection. Still need a lot more work though.
2. Survey finds that many patients without the ability to move their bodies except eyelids (locked-in syndrome) report being happy. Our ability to adapt to our circumstances never fails to amaze me.
3. Paraplegic patients who still have some partial sensation in their limbs can walk with the aide of electronic stimulation directly to the spinal cord.
4. Crossing arms/legs confuses the brain's perception of which body parts are which, and thus reduces pain perception.
5. When given two products/things that are similar to each other without any obvious advantages and disadvantages, we will choose the item closest to our dominant hand.
6. Some deaf people have learned to navigate and ride bikes by using claps, clicks, and/or artificial noise makers. Holy human batman!
7. Mammals started out with two colour cones, but apes later developed a third cone carried by the x-chromosome. This is why red/green colour blindness is so common among males, and why some humans females have four cones. Yes, a small number of the 4-coned folks have significant differences in colour perception. Is this why some girls take forever to decide which cloths to wear? =P
8. We can fool our brain into thinking other body parts are ours, or that our body parts are not there. You know, I've always wanted to pilot a giant robot. This is so much better - I can now be a giant robot and be myself at the same time!

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