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Feb. 15th, 2015

Things That Smell Good

This is a really interesting article about how American perfume preferences differ from perfume preferences of people in other countries. I like to wear perfume, although I sort of got out of the habit when I worked in foodservice (apparently scents can cause problems with taste of the food, so if we got caught wearing perfume the sorta-boss would yell at us), and I haven't quite managed to get back into wearing it all the time.

The article does go a bit off on a tangent in the bottom third of the article (and never does really explain where she got some of her ideas, or what the back up for it is), but overall it's really interesting, and I thought I'd share it with you guy.

Dec. 12th, 2014

Quick Survey

1:Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette? : Yes, I haven't smoked in... holy crap, has it already been seven years?

2:Are you single/taken/heartbroken/confused? : Single but there is someone who I care for. I don't think he thinks the same for me though.

3:What if I told you that you were pretty? : Uh, thanks?

4:Ever been told “it’s not you, it’s me”? : No.

5:Are you interested in anyone right now? : Yes, there is someone.

6:What are you looking forward to in the next week? : Sleeping! My last exam is on Monday so then I won't have anything to do until January.

7:Do you want to be single?: Not really, but I am.

8:Did you go out or stay in last night? : I went to get dinner, does that count?

9:How late did you stay up last night? : I think I went to bed at 11:30

10:Can you recall the last time you realized you liked someone a lot? : Yes, it wasn't that long ago really.

11:Last three things you had to drink?: Uh... iced tea, Diet Cranberry Sierra Mist, and water.

12:Have you pretended to like someone? : I don't think so?

13:Have you ever told somebody you loved them and not actually meant it? : Yes

14:Honestly, has anyone seen you in your underwear in the past 3 months? : Does the doctor count?

15:Is it hard for you to get over someone? : Not really.

16:Think back five months ago, were you single? : Yes

17:What were you doing at 12:30 this afternoon? : Making soup.

18:Hold hands with anyone this week? : No.

19:Could you go for the rest of your life without drinking alcohol? : No, I like wine too much.

20:What would you name your future daughter? : Well, I hope I have sons, but I always thought if I did have a daughter I would name her
Arisa.

21:Do you miss anyone? : I guess?

22:Have you kissed three or more people in one night? : HAHAHA. NO.

23:Did your last kiss take place in/on a bed? : No

24:Are you good at hiding your feelings? : Yes

25:Have you ever cried from being so mad? : Yes

26:Who did you last see in person? : My mother

27:Are you listening to music right now? : Yes

28:What is something you currently want right now? : A billion dollars!

29:What is the last thing you said out lot? : I think I asked my mother if she wanted to go to the next town with me.

30:How is your heart lately? : I think it's fine? I haven't had a heart attack, if that's what you're asking.

31:Do you wear the hood on your hoodie?: No, I hate wearing hoods and hats.

32:Are you wearing socks? : Yes

33:What do people call you? : My name?

34:Will you talk to the person you like tonight? : I don't think so.

35:Are there any stressful situations in your life? : I have an exam on Monday.

36:Who did you last share a bed with?: Oh sheesh, I have no idea. I think it was with one of my best friends about five or six years ago when
the place we went to only had one bed? I don't usually share a bed with anyone.

37:Did you do something bad today?: I spent some money I probably shouldn't have...

38:When was the last time a member of the opposite sex hugged you?: I can't remember unless you're counting relatives. My little nephew is very huggy.

39:Do you get stressed out easily? : Yes

40:Will you sing today? : No, I sound like a dying cat.

41:Have you ever wanted to tell someone something but didn’t? : Yes

42:Who do you go to when you need to talk to someone? : I guess my friends?

43:Have you ever been taken to the emergency room in an ambulance? : Yes

44:What are you listening to right now? This

45:What is wrong with you right now?: I'm kind of sick

46:What is on your wrists right now?: Nothing

47:Where did you get the shirt/sweatshirt you’re wearing?: Shirt came from PacSun, sweatshirt is from a touristy shop in Colorado.

48:What do you like better: hot chocolate or hot apple cider?: Eurgh, I don't really like either, but I guess hot chocolate.

49:Do you make wishes at 11:11? : Sometimes.

50:Are you a good artist?: HAHAHAHAHA, god no.

51:Love really is a beautiful thing huh? : Uh, sure.

52:Do you miss the way things were six months ago?: I guess, things weren't that different six months ago than they are now.

53:Ever been on a golf cart? : Yes

54:Do you have trust issues? : Yes

55:Ever stayed up all night on the phone, with who? : A friend of mine- it was a complicated situation.

56:Do you own something from Hot Topic? : Yes...

57:Do you use chap stick? : Yes

58:Have you ever slapped someone in the face? : Yes, it wasn't my proudest moment.

59:Do you have a little sister? : No.

60:Have you ever been to New York? : Haha, I just went there.

61:Think of the last person who said I love you, do you think they meant it? : I guess?

62:Have you hugged someone within the last week? : Yes

63:What were you doing at midnight last night? : Sleeping I think.

64:Have you ever regretted kissing someone? : Yes

65:Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile? : Yes

66:Were your last three kisses from the same person? : It's been a really long time, but I would say yes.

67:Have you kissed anyone in the last five days? : Ha, no. More like the last five years.

68:Would you rather sleep with someone else or alone? : Alone, I hate sharing a room with anyone.

69:Will next Friday be a good one?: I hope so!

Jul. 19th, 2014

Escape Plans

Last night I had dinner with some of my friends, and we got to talking about current events. They're convinced that the world is about to head into WWIII, what with the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Russia and this latest iteration of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict flaring up. I'm not so sure, but they did raise some good points. If the shit really hits the fan, what are we going to do? Living in America, I sometimes fear that we'd be directly in the crossfire if things ever really got out of control. I have a passport and I have enough money stashed that I could probably get a plane ticket to Japan or Australia if things got really bad, but I wonder- would it be enough? My father seems convinced that if things got bad staying in the US would be the best plan of action, but I'm not so sure. It seems like we'd be likely to get involved- better to go hide out somewhere that's not as likely to be targeted by whatever country is pissed. As far as I know Australia hasn't really pissed anyone off, and Japan isn't likely to be attacked by religious militants. Now, if North Korea got involved it probably would be safer to go to Britain or Australia,

Of course, if the shit really hit the fan I'd probably be doing good to not get shot trying to get out of the country at all.

Apr. 15th, 2014

Some Scary Shizz

A friend of mine who knows I'm interested in geology sent me a link to a story that takes place in a cave. I was captivated. Mother of god that's some scary shit, but really well-written. I actually kind of wish I hadn't read it now, because there's some things I cannot fucking handle, and ghosts and shit are one of those things. I can't do ghosts. Zombies? Fine. Crazy dude with a chainsaw? Eh. Ghosts and demons? OH HELL NAW. But if you're interested, go check it out.

Mystery Cave, by Ted the Caver

Feb. 19th, 2014

*Snorfle*


I'll be honest, this is pretty snarky and kinda bitchy. But it made me laugh and cheered me up.

Skating Fugly, compendium of gloriously tacky figure-skating outfits. Some are okay and I don't think they're that bad, but holy crap, anything designed by Johnny Weir looks like a rhinestone store exploded. I love it!

Feb. 14th, 2014

Well, this is awkward...

One of my brother's friends found my fanfiction through my My Little Pony fics. He found my blog and based on some of what I talked about figured out I was his friend's elder sister.

So now anything that is either not MLP fic, or anything rated PG or under has been locked down and I'll be using a different username to post my fic from here on out, except, again, for pony fic and any in-progress stories I already had going on. If you want to know what the new username is leave me a comment here or email me at kaboomisthebest@aol.com.

And if you're reading this, brother's friend, in the future, maybe don't tell people that you've found their fanfiction, because that's a bit alarming and stalkery. I know you're a brony, but still, did you have to tell me you found it? Yikes.

Dec. 23rd, 2013

Aw

If you're having a bad day and start to think that humanity sucks, take a look at this:

Heart-Warming Random Acts of Kindness

Sep. 3rd, 2013

Back to School

Last week I started classes for this semester, and I'm already exhausted. I know I say that twice a year, every year, but this time it seemed like it happened faster than it usually does, and it's especially marked by the fact that I only have classes four days a week, as opposed to last semester, where I had classes six days a week (I had Saturday class). But last semester I had one class a day. Now, most days I have two or three classes a day, and on Thursdays I'm basically either in class or commuting from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM with some really awkwardly-placed breaks in there. I have a five-hour break between my second and third classes, but most of that time is battling rush hour traffic to get to the satellite campus in the next county over. Which can take anywhere from forty-five minutes to three hours depending on traffic and any other circumstances. Once it took me five hours to get home because some fool got in an accident on the one-lane part of the road and blocked traffic from both sides. I think my mother was about ready to call the FBI.

But that's not really important. Today, at least in my district, the kids from kindergarten to the 12th grade went back to school. Unfortunately it wasn't an easy way for them to get back to school this year, and some of them are probably facing today in an entirely new school due to redistricting. Apparently, due to explosive population growth in our area over the past few years, they're shuffling around the school boundaries for the kids. But... I don't really see what that is supposed to do, because the same amount of kids is still going to be there, and the schools were already overcrowded to begin with. At my high school, things were already reaching critical mass while I was there, and to hear my younger brother tell it, it's only gotten worse. However, apparently the redistricting was supposed to make my brother attend school at another high school not too far from where we are... which was worse-off on the overcrowding than our high school. They decided to defer the incoming transfer to next year's incoming class, but I honestly do not think it is going to make a difference. What they really need to do is build another school, but oh t3h noez, the budget constraints! We can't build another school, we can't buy new textbooks that were printed sometime in the 21st century, oh and of course we can't actually fund anything useful. Let's throw money at the sports and buy bigass television sets instead! Yeah!

...can you tell I've been talking to my brother and his friends? I had to pick them up from track practice today and they ranted at me the whole way home.

Jul. 20th, 2013

Armpits4August

Along the lines of Movember there's now a new no-shaving campaign for PCOS in August (PLEASE be aware that the subject of the photo at the top of the article is... quite hairy, and her outfit is very revealing. I do not advise clicking if you're at work).

On one hand, I can respect the reason they're doing this. I have endometriosis, which is somewhat similar to PCOS, although it doesn't have the same symptoms (you usually do not gain weight from endometriosis itself, although the medicine they put you on is another story, and you don't really get hairy). So I can understand why these women are trying to bring attention to it. PCOS is a painful, embarrassing condition- an acquaintance of mine who has it once told me she has to shave twice a day because if she doesn't she'll turn into a giant fuzzbucket.

But I just don't see how growing out your armpit hair is going to make a difference. The whole point of Movember was to raise awareness for prostate cancer, and the mustache thing makes sense in that context. A guy's face is a very visible part of his body, and most people are going to notice if Bob from accounting shows up at work one day with a mustache that he didn't have before. “Oh hey Bob, you grew a mustache!” That is a perfect excuse for Bob from Accounting to tell his colleague about why he grew the mustache.

But armpit hair?

I don't know about you, but I don't really make a point of going around showing off my armpits to the general public. And there's just something intrinsically horrifying to me about people making a big deal out of their body hair. Head hair I can deal with. But making a big deal out of your armpit hair, or your leg hair, or your chest hair, or your pubic hair? Eurgh. No thanks.

At least this campaign is about PCOS, which makes it more understandable. In the past, campaigns of this sort have centered around people's right to be as socially unacceptable and unhygienic as possible. Last November I read an article, penned by an activist, who was not only not shaving for the entirety of the month, but was refusing to even use a shower for thirty whole days, supposedly to “fight against oppressive patriarchal beauty standards.” I was not aware that taking showers was now considered oppressive, but whatever. I hope she at least had the decency to do the laundry and wear deodorant, but somehow I can't imagine she was particularly popular with her coworkers, friends, family, acquaintances, people on public transit... blergh.

So, my advice to you, if you're participating in Armpits4August, is: shave, don't shave, do whatever you want. But for the love of god, at least maintain normal patterns of bathing.

Jun. 1st, 2013

Wow...

I have been involved in fandom since... oh, maybe fifth grade or so? But even though it's been a long time, almost a decade now, I was never involved in anything as bugfuck crazy as what I found out about what happened in old Harry Potter fandom.

Seriously, this is like a television drama or a movie in the way it's so... batshit. The MsScribe story is a fascinating look into Harry Potter fandom's history, including the absolute lunacy of some of it's big name fans back in the early 2000s. The whole thing started over a fight about pairings, and whose pairing was going to become canon. Let me just say that i've never been more relieved to be primarily a slash fan then I have as I read this account. Stalking, angry emails, hacker attacks, threats of litigation.. apparently fandom was serious business back in the day, enough so that people were willing to cause real-life harm to the people who they were arguing with.

And then MsScribe showed up and things got really, really weird. Even as I read this I can't help but wonder about this woman's state of mind. It's generally accepted that she was an extremely dedicated troll, but holy shit, I can't imagine keeping up a troll persona for years. Maybe I'm just lazy, but dear god. Someone should make this into a television drama, I would watch the hell out of it. It's like Gossip Girl, only with a whole bunch of grown-ass adults that should know better than to behave like a bunch of bratty kids. For something spawned from a group called “Harry Potter for Grown-Ups” it seems woefully lacking in, well, grown-ups.

Just... wow. Even if you're not really interested in fandom, this is worth reading. All of this happened before my time, but it's a useful cautionary tale for what happens when things get out of control in fandom. I have, unfortunately, seen some of the fandoms I like to read in starting to go down the wank path (although not so much with regards to pairings), and given the current climate on some of the more popular websites, I have a feeling that we could end up with MsScribe 2.0 on our hands here if we're not careful. Already I've seen some things happening with the vaporware video game project that shall not be named.

Anyway. They say that those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it, and I am a bit frightened that such a thing may be happening again, only with less ship wars and more politics.

Oct. 25th, 2012

I... uh... WAT?

Some Sexy Mormons.

I honestly don't know what to say about this other than that it is NSFW, and damn those guys are hot.

Sep. 9th, 2012

Hahahaha!




Found this on tumblr, and it cracked me up enough to post it here.

May. 11th, 2012

Do you have kids? Or are you someone's kid?

These links are for survey on math software, for market research. A friend of mine is studying this, so if you have the time, head on over and fill it out. It's very short and won't take more than a few minutes.

Survey for parents
Survey for students

Apr. 16th, 2012

Some encouragement for this week

image reading "punch today in the face."

I'm going to have fairly spotty Internet access this week, because I'm doing a major system upgrade on all three of my computers, and I'm also working extra hours, so this may be the only blog post for a while. I'm not dead, just working my ass off. We'll be back to your regularly scheduled ranting soon.

Apr. 2nd, 2012

A Rather Alarming Realization

You ever have one of those moments when you click through your Internet browsing history and think “Mother of god, what am I even doing with my life?”

Yeah. That happened to me today, when I looked at my most frequently visited websites (these aren't in any particular order)

4chan.
plus4chan.
Youtube
Email.
Tumblr.
InsaneJournal.
Livejournal.
Dreamwidth.
FIMFiction.
FFnet.
AO3.
Online retail (JetPens, Amazon)
Banking stuff (PayPal, bank website)
University Blackboard page.

Outside of most of the online retailers, university crap, and banking... I am the kind of people my parents warned me about. And I'm not sure how that makes me feel. I AM SORRY UNIVERSE!

Mar. 11th, 2012

SOPA in a nutshell

While it's been killed for now, we need to remain vigilant, because if there's not an attempt to try something similar this year, I'll eat my computer. But until then, here's Kronk trying to explain it.

Video Description: 4-second video of Kronk from the Emperor's New Groove stammering over his words while pointing to a picture saying "SOPA."

Mar. 8th, 2012

Ladybug Invasion!

My room has been invaded by ladybugs.

Now, I don't like bugs much, but I don't mind the ladybugs so much. They don't bite and they just sort of chill in my room, crawling up on my blinds and my mirror and my closet doors. They're kind of funny little things- I guess they just wanted to be somewhere nice and warm that's out of the wind. I don't want to squash them, because they're not really hurting anything, but I will say this: it is quite alarming when you're just getting ready to do some stuff in the morning and then all of a sudden your window blinds start shaking, because a ladybug crashed into them. Nearly gave me a heart attack!

Feb. 21st, 2012

Breaking News: In a Zombie Apocalypse, People Don’t Always Act Their Most Civilized

And stay tuned for a special report at 11:00- Scientists have just discovered that the Pope is Catholic!

But no, seriously, That One Blogger Who I Can’t Stop Reading Because She’s A Stupid Trainwreck is at it again, being a complete moron when it comes to television programs, movies, and books. Her target, this time? The Walking Dead, a show about a fucking zombie apocalypse. What is she blasting it for this time? The fact that the main characters are the ones making all of the decisions for all of the other characters. Welcome to Every Form Of Entertainment Ever. That’s why they’re the main characters. The whole point of having main characters is to have them drive the action. If they weren’t, they would be the main characters! I mean, come on, this is like 101 level stuff here.

But it’s not enough to complain about the main characters driving the show, oh no. Captain Dingbat here has to go on a rant about how the characters are so horrible to one another, backstabbing and fighting and forming into their own little survival “tribes,” with one character at the top of it. She complains that no one asks anyone else what to do, and that this is so disturbing because of… real-world politics about abortion and shit? Lady, you need to calm your tits, and that’s putting it mildly. It’s a television drama about a zombie apocalypse. I’m willing to bet that if there was a whole horde of the undead out there who would think your brains would taste quite nice on toast, you wouldn’t be all “Oh, why don’t we take a democratic vote on what to do next? Should we, or should we not, shoot the zombie?” No, you would want to shoot the zombie, unless you wanted to become dinner.

While I’ve never been in the middle of a zombie apocalypse (obviously), I’ve been in some situations where, while it wasn’t quite life-or-death, making a fast decision was incredibly crucial. I did not have the time to sit down and consider all possible outcomes of that decision. Sometimes it was more along the lines of “if I don’t do this right now the shit is really going to hit the fan OH GOD WHAT DO I DO? LEEEEROOOOOOY JEEEEENKINS!” Sometimes you just have to charge in headfirst and the devil take the hindmost. And that probably goes double if there’s zombies out there who want to snack on you.

Another thing that I think would probably apply to a zombie apocalypse is that you have to do the best you can to protect the greatest number of people. What good is it if you save one person, but five more get eaten? And that’s what I think makes the whole premise so fascinating. In a post-apocalyptic scenario, there is no black and white anymore, just varying shades of gray. What would have been moral will now get you killed, and what would once have been immoral may be the only way to survive. You would not be able to act like you’re having tea with the Queen. After all, it’s not like the zombies would be all, “pardon me, old chap, but would you mind terribly much if I ate your brains for my supper?” No, they would be all, “GLAAARAGH! BRAAAAAAINS!”

Or maybe it’s just a damn television drama and everyone should just shut the fuck up and watch it like normal people, huh?

Sep. 15th, 2011

The Tweet of God

Apparently, God has a Twitter account.

And it's pretty funny.

That's all I wanted to say.

Aug. 27th, 2011

Hurricane Notice

Longcat on a stick, it seems like the universe is ending. Earthquakes in places where we never get earthquakes, hurricanes... what's next? Aliens or something?

Anyway, from past experience when there's a hurricane here, I tend to lose electricity, so if I don't show up for a while, that's probably why. 

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