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Meme: Reincarnation Placement Exam

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Humor, Memes | Posted on 11-09-2008

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Your result for Rein­car­na­tion Place­ment Exam…

Gypsy Camp

59% Intrigue, 44% Civ­i­liza­tion, 66% Human­i­ty, 59% Crowd­ed, 33% Busy.

You sing! You dance! You flee from the author­i­ties!

You were a bit dif­fi­cult to place, because you like civ­i­liza­tion and human­i­ty — but when it comes to work, you don’t real­ly fit into the sys­tem, the ruts and the rit­u­als, that mod­ern civ­i­liza­tion embraces. You like your own ways… your old ways.

We’ve placed you among a hardy Gyp­sy fam­i­ly. They’ll have you pluck­ing a vio­lin before you can talk, and danc­ing before you can walk. The road is your home, and your hors­es are mem­bers of your fam­i­ly. You get to wear lots of shiny things.

We expect that you’ll have a good life. Even if your peo­ple are sur­round­ed by a world where they don’t real­ly fit in, they have each oth­er, an oasis of com­pat­i­bil­i­ty in an unbal­anced world. We know you’ll make the most of it!

Take Rein­car­na­tion Place­ment Exam at HelloQuizzy

Ouch

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Health | Posted on 10-09-2008

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How do you crack a rib with­out even know­ing it? Damn. At least, we think that’s what’s wrong. And it isn’t going any mag­i­cal­ly, dan­git!

I guess I have to go to the doc­tor 🙁

It Burns!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Kvetching, Reading | Posted on 09-09-2008

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I was read­ing Eileen Wilks’ Tempt­ing Dan­ger and most­ly enjoy­ing it, until I hit one of the sex scenes. And then, she wrote some­thing like, “This time ada­gio, rather than for­tis­si­mo.

There wasn’t one edi­tor or proof­read­er with any musi­cal knowl­edge? Those are very basic terms.

Of course, at one point a character’s name changes from “Therese” to “Jose­fa” with no expla­na­tion. And while I won’t swear to it, I’m pret­ty sure that the orga­ni­za­tion called “Church of the Redeemer” had a dif­fer­ent name at one point (“Church of the Exalt­ed” maybe).


1 Mean­ing “slow, leisure­ly tem­po”

2 Which means “very loud”

Giggles

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Movies | Posted on 08-09-2008

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We’re watch­ing Hog­fa­ther. It is insane­ly, delight­ful­ly sil­ly.

Review: Rogue by Rachel Vincent

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 08-09-2008

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Rogue Rogue by Rachel Vin­cent

My review

rat­ing: 2 of 5 stars
I am offi­cial­ly annoyed. I want some kind of law, or at least an indus­try stan­dard, that requires pub­lish­ers to label any nov­el that doesn’t tie up all its lit­tle plot threads in ONE vol­ume. This is one that would def­i­nite­ly have that label, as we’re left wait­ing Impor­tant Things on the very last page. Blech.

It takes a lot of tal­ent to write good poet­ry, to com­press mean­ing into those few, per­fect words. Writ­ing short sto­ries is, again, some­thing that requires skill, tal­ent, and dis­ci­pline. Nov­els give the author more lee­way, and the best, in my opin­ion, are those that are pared down to the essen­tials. More and more, I see the ser­i­al nov­el as the mark of a very undis­ci­plined writer. I like series, certainly—as long as each vol­ume can stand on its own mer­its, enjoy­able with­out hav­ing to read sev­er­al oth­er books. Ms. Vin­cent is nowhere near that lev­el of pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

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Time Sinks

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 07-09-2008

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Thanks to an LJ friend, I spent a whole lot of the last few days read­ing The Law Dog Files. The man real­ly does need to put togeth­er a book of his sto­ries, or maybe a few books, because he is hilar­i­ous. I don’t entire­ly agree with his pol­i­tics, but I don’t entire­ly dis­agree, either. His sto­ries are more than worth bypass­ing a few things that might oth­er­wise annoy me. I high­ly rec­om­mend perus­ing the archives any time you’re in need of a laugh.

Thanks to Law Dog, I’ve also been read­ing a bit at The Cor­nered Cat, which is an emi­nent­ly prac­ti­cal site about guns, writ­ten by a woman and includ­ing far more infor­ma­tion about deal­ing with fem­i­nine cloth­ing and con­cealed car­ry than I’ve ever found before. I’ll be spend­ing more time over there.

I read Night Life by Caitlin Kit­tredge, and am hop­ing that the library will come through with a copy of Pure Blood soon.

Since I don’t have Pure Blood here right now, I went on to Rachel Vincent’s Stray, and went on to Rogue. It’s nice to read about were­cats instead of were­wolves for a change. I am occa­sion­al­ly annoyed by the main char­ac­ter mak­ing the same mis­takes over and over again, but I haven’t felt it nec­es­sary to toss the books across the house, so it’s bear­able. So far.

Nerd Joy!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery | Posted on 06-09-2008

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We’ve been scan­ner-deprived for many months now, because the mul­ti­func­tion print­er gave up the ghost. We acquired an old­er mod­el HP scan­ner via Freecy­cle a while back, but it wouldn’t work. The mov­ing bit inside had been locked down for trans­port, and just wouldn’t unlock. It is nev­er a good thing when you get a burn­ing smell out of a piece of com­put­er equip­ment.

But Sam attacked it with screw­drivers and pli­ers and brute force tonight, and made it work! Squee!

Methinks I Need to Safeword

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Reading | Posted on 05-09-2008

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I’m about 34 of the way through The Devil’s Right Hand by Lilith Saint­crow — 3rd of 5 or 6 books in the Dante Valen­tine series — and I don’t think I can take any more.

I want to know how the sto­ry ends. I real­ly like some of the char­ac­ters. I just can’t stand the main char­ac­ter! She’s a total har­ri­dan. I’m start­ing to think that Saint­crow is inca­pable of writ­ing a female pro­tag­o­nist who isn’t set to the high­est bitch lev­els at all times, espe­cial­ly with any­one who is nice to her. What are this woman’s per­son­al rela­tion­ships like, I won­der?

When I was in 10th grade, a new girl moved to my neigh­bor­hood. We quick­ly became close friends. A few months into our friend­ship, I remem­ber her say­ing some­thing about me and my friends being “so pas­sive.” What? That is not an adjec­tive I had ever imag­ined any­body had ever used in ref­er­ence to me or the peo­ple I hung out with. We were all pret­ty opin­ion­at­ed, intel­li­gent, tal­ent­ed, and most of us were some­what prick­ly in one way or anoth­er. Not door­mats, pushovers, or “pas­sive” peo­ple.

We didn’t fight, which, to her, meant pas­siv­i­ty. I tried to explain that we could dis­agree with­out fight­ing, and knew the dif­fer­ence between debates and argu­ments, but we nev­er did see eye to eye on that issue. I’m sure that a major dif­fer­ence in our fam­i­ly back­grounds had a lot to do with her per­cep­tions. In her fam­i­ly, scream­ing was a dai­ly occur­rence, after which the air was cleared and all was well. In mine, raised voic­es meant phys­i­cal vio­lence. If some­one raised his voice any­where near me, I expect­ed vio­lence, and the whole fight-or-flight thing start­ed. I nev­er con­sid­ered wast­ing ener­gy by yelling back. If she heard yelling, she’d wade right in and yell back fear­less­ly. (I’m pret­ty sure that she wasn’t ever hit in anger, prob­a­bly not ever hit at all by a fam­i­ly mem­ber.)

I’m not going to be friends with some­one who is con­stant­ly pick­ing fights with me or any­one else. I have zero inter­est in argu­ment for the sake of argu­ment. What’s the point? I val­ue my peace too much for that, so com­bat­ive, aggres­sive peo­ple quick­ly get an invi­ta­tion to the world when I encounter them.

I think that friend might relate to Saintcrow’s female char­ac­ters. Valen­tine sure as hell isn’t pas­sive. She can’t man­age assertive, either, though — she’s unhealth­ily aggres­sive.

Blah — Spammers Are Scum

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Family | Posted on 04-09-2008

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Not that it’s news to any­one, I know. But Defen­sio was down this evening (because of an Ama­zon serv­er fail­ure), which meant that all of our sites have been slammed with com­ment spam. They all get hit con­stant­ly, but it’s usu­al­ly a non-issue because Defen­sio fil­ters almost 100% of the crap before we see it. These out­ages serve to remind us of how great the ser­vice is.

I notice that my old­er posts are the ones that get the most spam com­ments. I’ve looked for some sort of plu­g­in to auto­mat­i­cal­ly dis­able com­ments on posts after a week or so, but I haven’t found one so far. I final­ly gave in today and start­ed back with the very first post on this blog, dis­abling com­ments. It is a tedious process! I’m sure that some­one could write a script that would do the same thing in the MySQL data­base much faster, but I’m not that some­one.

Sam has to go back to work tomor­row. Pout. I’ve real­ly enjoyed hav­ing him home.

TotD: Ray Kurzweil on Change

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Thought of the Day | Posted on 03-09-2008

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Ray Kurzweil, The Sin­gu­lar­i­ty is Near: When Humans Tran­scend Biol­o­gy

Cen­turies ago peo­ple didn’t think that the world was chang­ing at all. Their grand­par­ents had the same lives that they did, and they expect­ed their grand­chil­dren would do the same, and that expec­ta­tion was large­ly ful­filled.

Today it’s an axiom that life is chang­ing and that tech­nol­o­gy is affect­ing the nature of soci­ety. What’s not ful­ly under­stood is that the pace of change is itself accel­er­at­ing, and the last 20 years are not a good guide to the next 20 years. We’re dou­bling the par­a­digm shift rate, the rate of progress, every decade.

The whole 20th cen­tu­ry was like 25 years of change at today’s rate of change. In the next 25 years we’ll make four times the progress you saw in the 20th cen­tu­ry. And we’ll make 20,000 years of progress in the 21st cen­tu­ry, which is almost a thou­sand times more tech­ni­cal change than we saw in the 20th cen­tu­ry.