I got it in my head last night that How I Met Your Mother is the same show as Friends. Ted Mosby is Ross Geller - I mean seriously, is there any aspect where they aren't the same person? They're all 20-somethings in NYC living in apartments way too large for actual NYC 20-something salaries. They're all obsessed with dating, and sometimes dating each other.

So what do you think? Discuss!

Originally posted on Dreamwidth. comment count unavailable comments there. Comment here or there.
One of my team members for the MIT Mystery Hunt this weekend was planning to fly from DC to Boston tomorrow, but, ya know, snow. They've already told her her flight is cancelled. She trying to rebook to Thurs, but if it's not possible, she'll be looking for either advice on how to get to Boston in such weather, and/or a carpool.

Anyone doing DC to Boston for the Hunt, Arisia, or other purposes this weekend? If not, what would be your preferred method to travel up the East coast just after a blizzard?


Aug. 20th, 2009 09:47 am
asterroc: (doll)
Or, An amusing incident in race identification.

A few days ago I was killing time at the Mall while T$ was getting fitted for a tux, so I decided to pop over to Sephora and pick up a new powder foundation since my old one was almost out. (I don't wear a lot of makeup, but towards the start of the semester especially I do wear just a little bit, intended to give a natural but nicer look, so I'll be a bit more respectable looking. On those days I generally wear foundation, a subtle eye shadow, and lipstick.) I wasn't sure which of two colors fit my skin tone best (I thought Light or Lighter, though they had other fancier names), so I went over to a couple of assistants and asked them. The first woman said she thought Lighter (in a thick French accent), but the second woman said Lightest. "No no no," interrupted the first, "she's not White." "She's not?" queried the second with a puzzled look on her face, swinging her gaze between the French woman and my face, looking for signs of non-white-ness. "Nope," I interjected, "my mother's Chinese." "She is?" the second woman asked again, apparently stupefied, continuing to search my face. "Yep, you can tell from my eyes," I added, grinning, which emphasizes the tilt on the sides of my eyes. "You can? I can't tell," the second woman said again, and ended up leaving me to the French woman's care in her confusion.

I do have the eyelid folds that all Caucasians have, I wonder if that was what was throwing her. And I wonder what signs specifically the French woman saw that triggered it for her. And interesting that the Lightest shade is apparently only appropriate for full Caucasians - though the photo they show of a woman appropriate for that shade is always a freckled redhead (of Irish descent), so I would think that most Caucasians shouldn't even be using that Lightest shade.

Okay, enough procrastination. Time for power cleaning since the house looks like we're in the process of moving (we are rearranging furniture) and we have two people sleeping over tonight.
[livejournal.com profile] seekingferret will be interested to know that, as predicted, I don't actually much mind "Sense and Sensibility" (that is, the writing style) in audiobook format. I'm on Chapter 9 right now, and while I will admit that the first two chapters with their plethora of characters were a bit confusing, but when I've done Jane Austen books in the past I found them ridiculously dry and boring. While some of the change may come from increasing maturity on my part, I really do think most of the difference is the audiobook format. If an audiobook is slightly dry, I can tune out and listen with half an ear, doing something else like washing dishes or knitting, and come back in when it gets more interesting.

This particular production (the male Libravox narrator) leaves a bit to be desired, in that it's distributed as a podcast (so my iPod stops at the end of each installation, which is a chapter, around every 10-15 minutes), each "episode" starts with a 30-second boilerplate, and the narrator's voice is relatively toneless, but it is not bad - in fact I would call it a couple small steps above tolerable.

So, I don't much mind the writing style (though I probably would not choose a repeat of this author, I can definitely get through this book), but I have to say the content is somewhat boring. It's a pre-women's lib. soap opera. Maybe it'll get better, we'll see.
OMG, I finally "get" knitting! Thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] soapfaerie and [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina who made it possible! If [livejournal.com profile] soapfaerie hadn't sent me the "ingredients," I would've sat on my @$$ forever before getting started on this. And [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, one thing that KnittingHelp.com made clear to me through it's many videos on how to do the exact same thing, is that there really ARE many ways to do each thing. By comparing the "suggested" video with the book [livejournal.com profile] soapfaerie sent me, I was able to put together a 3-D image in my head of which string is going where, and realized that I didn't have to hold the string like either was showing me and could instead do it the way I was used to doing for macrame (friendship bracelets) with only very minor modifications, so what looked to me (in my previous attempts at knitting) like a Gordian knot of sixteen steps for each individual stitch, is now just one or two steps!

Next step: learn purl. :-P Maybe I'll change my mind about the ease of this now... But thanks so much guys!

Edit: OMG, purl is so much harder! Not impossible, but significantly more difficult. I think it'll take me a few rows to feel comfortable with this one. Then I'll get to switch it up! I want to learn cables and braids - I'm going to need to buy more stuff for that.
Well, off to NYC for a few days for [livejournal.com profile] rosefox's birthday fun this evening (my Mom says one of her coworkers says the spa place is great!) and to see my parents and Nga Boo the rest of the weekend. I probably won't be reading much LJ, but then again I'm so addicted I might...

Grr, stupid going back to an unpaid account and my NYC icon being gone. I don't feel like feeding LJ any more money right now though.
If you or anyone you know is in the Boston area and has a dog, a professional pet photographer I know is looking for models. She's on LJ as [livejournal.com profile] amavia (personal) and [livejournal.com profile] rubicat (professional), and her professional webpage is Rubicat.com. She took awesome photos of Gabe when I first got her, and she's got a great rapport with animals.

I am in need of some more dog models for various pet care books. I need both inside and outside shots, and I even need a few shots in my studio (on a white background). I live in Arlington Center. I am hoping to get a good mix of shots taken around town (for dog-walking shots), in parks, and inside homes.

For your trouble, I will give you a CD of all the images I take. I will require a model release for each dog, and if any humans are in the shots, I'll need releases for them as well.

Breeds needed:
Basset Hound
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Cocker Spaniel

Feel free to pass this along to anyone who might have a pup I can photograph. Thanks!
asterroc: (xkcd - Escher)
Blame [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina and her poll for me changing themes. I like the colors of this one, I don't like the picture at the top.
I'm trimming my friends list, removing people I don't read as often. Not meant as an insult, but if you get removed and aren't happy w/ it, let me know.

Wacky humor

Nov. 2nd, 2007 09:31 pm
asterroc: (*Hyuk!*)
For people like [livejournal.com profile] blue_102, [livejournal.com profile] gemini6ice and [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, it's the [livejournal.com profile] shitty_advice community. Go wild.

Man crush

Nov. 2nd, 2007 08:04 am
asterroc: (*Hyuk!*)
For [livejournal.com profile] l0stmyrel1g10n: Phil Plait and Wil Wheaton apparently have mancrushes on each other. If I had your "no homo!" icon I'd be using it now.

In a conversation on [livejournal.com profile] keithlard's blog, I said the following and I am curious what y'all think.

But where do you draw the line? Should one be drawn at all?

* Should people in Germany be allowed to deny that the Holocaust ever took place, that up to 11 million people, primarily Jews but also all other "imperfect" peoples, were killed in furnaces and experimented upon?

* If a radical Islamist preacher urges his congregation to bomb an embassy, but himself goes home and sips some decaf tea, should the Islamist preacher take no blame?

* Is hanging a noose on the doorknob of a black professor's office a form of protected expression, or a hate crime that should be treated the same as a death threat?

I don't know. I can't decide. I would rather people punched me in the face than called me names, I really wish I could stop these hate-mongers; if we stopped the inciters and teachers, then we wouldn't have them riling up followers and educating new generations of bigotry. But I don't want to condone censorship either.

(I was torn between using this "peace on Earth" icon, and the "The Power is Yours!" icon.)
Collage from random friends' icons )

Kinda scary how much [livejournal.com profile] irespritek looks like Howard Taylor...
Test your vocabulary and feed the hungry simultaneously!

Just for you, [livejournal.com profile] jethereal, though I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] framefolly won't turn down a time-waster. ;) Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina here.

ETA: After donating some 200+ grains of rice, I'm hovering at level 39-40. Not quite as awesome as you, [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, but pretty damned good for a scientist. And I'm sure I'll get there if I don't get bored first. :-P Meanwhile, I'm tempted to calculate these grains of rice in a more meaningful unit, such as volume or mass...

ETAA: 700+, and I'm bouncing from 39 to 43. :-P

For [livejournal.com profile] q10

Aug. 30th, 2007 05:54 pm
There was a discussion (in a locked post) in which I said "if you play internet poker anymore" and someone asked if I was from Western PA (I'm actually from NYC, though I've spent time in PA and Western NY). The alternative phrases being "if you still play internet poker" and "if you're playing internet poker these days". Once the alternatives were pointed out to me, I guess he's right that my construction is less common, but it doesn't seem particularly unusual to me either.
No I'm not going to lj-cut this.

The [livejournal.com profile] parrot_lovers community is really driving me nuts. The mods have a policy there that as long as something is not a direct attack it's okay, and indirect attacks are perfectly fine. So saying "that's a stupid thing to do" is perfectly acceptable, as is yelling at someone in ALL CAPS to "STOP BREEDING!"

For those on my friendslist (or not) who care, here's a few comments I put in threads there lately that help sum up my thoughts.

Seriously, this reminds me of grad school where I was told "your work isn't good enough" and "men need to be taken care of by a woman." Tell me how that's any less insulting or demoralizing than telling a grad student that she's stupid, or that she specifically should be taking care of her man instead of being a grad student. Try and tell me that's not a hostile atmosphere discouraging open communications.

I don't mean that critiques should be discouraged. I mean that *value judgments* should be discouraged. Saying something like "letting a child breed birds is stupid" is a value judgment of the person's actions, and is a subjective opinion statement that cannot be discussed with any real purpose. Saying something like "successfully breeding healthy well-adjusted birds takes a lot of time, energy, financial commitment, and research" is an objective statement that can be backed up with evidence, contains information allowing the person to make an informed decision, and is a debatable point. Value judgments, regardless of whether they're aimed at an individual, the person's actions, or the person's ideas, are not constructive critiques.
Of course I do know I'm welcome to go elsewhere. However, I like this community - and the majority of its members the majority of the time - enough that I think it's worth my working to improve it instead of giving up on it as a lost cause.

*sigh* It's frustrating, just like work drives me nuts at times, but really, it has to be WORTH something to be willing to put up with that frustration.

And in the end, in a comment to mod [livejournal.com profile] bloolark:

I personally feel that borderline comments by members of this community should be responded to by other members publicly in the comments, in a calm and rational way ..., while the policy as it now reads discourages that in favor of our tattle-tale-ing to the mods. Tattle-tale-ing leads to a climate of fear, where the mods are an ultimate authority. Self-policing leads to a stronger community where we can come to a consensus of what is acceptable. What I was hoping you would put in this post was encouraging members to be respectful of each other, and instead what I read was encouraging members to keep their mouths shut when they are insulted or notice other members insulting each other, unless they want to act as a whistle-blower.

BTW, I appreciate your efforts to make yourself clear, and to make this an open community where we can all speak our minds. I happen to disagree with how you're going about it, which leads me to continue to appreciate your efforts to hear me out and try to understand my point of view. As I mentioned in comments elsewhere, I value this community as a wonderful resource, and I feel it's worth my time and effort to work on improving it. I've been tempted to leave a couple times since I joined a year ago (hadn't mentioned it b/c I saw no need to do so), but I reminded myself that this is a good GREAT community with people who care immensely about birds and are very knowledgeable about them, and instead decided to channel the frustration into trying to get myself heard. Once again, thank you for your time and efforts, and for listening to me even when we don't agree.

My desire for self-moderation by community members is inspired by this saga.
None of the below are available any more, as I've completed the cleaning and moveout. Yay!

If you are within driving distance of me and want any of the below, let me know; some are small enough to be mailable. Some of it's vague b/c I'm too lazy to write too much about it or b/c I haven't yet created a full pile but I know I will by the end of the summer; I can clarify more if you want stuff or want to know what it is. Nearly everything is used, with condition ranging from "needs cleaning" to "like new," with a few random items being unused. Clothing that does not get claimed will go to Goodwill, the others will go on the sidewalk with a "free" sign or to Freecycle. As items go away I will strike them off the list. New items will go on the top.

  1. Assorted bath/shower/floofy stuff - fizzy bath scents, bath beads, hair spray/goop, scent spray, lotions, etc. Most have been partially used, some I've had for years.

  2. Assorted purses/handbags

  3. Assorted computer/wiring items - 2 keyboards, 1 mouse, wireless keyboard/mouse (having problems), phone wires, speaker wires, Win98 copied CD, parallel port wire, wires for old HDs to motherboards... Put on lawn w/ FREE sign for first taker.

  4. Reading glasses Ditto.

  5. Book on tangrams - book and 2 sets of plastic pieces. Good for kids already in school. Mailable if you reimburse me. Ditto.

  6. Bike Computer - one of those little units where you have a sensor on a wheel and it measures your speed and distance and things like that. Mailable. Claimed by [livejournal.com profile] rumorofrain

  7. Logo T-shirts - sizes S, M, L. All have been worn, most are in like-new condition. Being donated to the family of a student at my school whose house burned down w/ all their posessions inside. (No injuries reported.) Family includes two adult women (a college student and her mother), 2 young girls, and a young boy.

  8. Assorted other clothing - I wear size S/XS on top, M (8 or 10) on bottom. Ditto.

  9. Assorted shoes - I usually wear size 7 or 7.5 in dress shoes/boots, and size 8-9 in sneakers/causual boots/shoes. I've more dress to get rid of than casual ones, as I buy them thinking they fit and after an evening of wear I'm limping, and I forget to return them, so most of these are worn once but will be dusty or scuffed from sitting in boxes. Ditto.

  10. Christmas gift bags - some are generic winter holiday. Mailable. Free-signed

  11. Nintendo NES w/ assorted games - I have two NESs, one does not work, the other needs blowing on most of the time. Going to [livejournal.com profile] kelsin.

  12. Assorted winter hats, including a Sherlock Holmes -style one. Goodwill

  13. Handmade clay plates set, dark green glaze, clunky style. Sizes from cake plates to dinner plates, flat bottoms w/ a lip, some have small chips, not dishwasher or microwave safe. These served me well throughout college from a friend's roommate, but I haven't used them in years. Free-signed

  14. Random other useful pottery Free-signed

  15. Stuffed dolls - from 6" tall to 3' tall, mostly bunnies and teddy bears. Need a dusting, vacuuming, or washing machine. Good for you or gifts. Designated for neighbors

  16. Birdcage in POOR condition - this one probably should go to the trash, but I can't bear to throw it out w/o seeing if anyone wants to fix it up. It's 13"x17"x24", 3/4" bar spacing, rounded top, metallic rusted bars - new owner should paint the cage w/ a non-toxic paint that won't flake, or get it powder coated or something. I will NOT give this to you if you're going to use it as-is or resell it, it's dangerous to a bird as-is, and is why I'm/Gabe's no longer using it. Garbage

LinkedIn. use your real name, and put in your real school/employment info, and find people you know. no photos. intended for actual business networking. look me up if you know my name. seems interesting so far.
I'm going to be doing a purge of my friendslist in the next few days or weeks. If you don't comment on my entries and I don't comment on yours, you can expect to be removed. If you're on any of my custom filters (including people I have met or soon will meet in person, people who've figured out who I am or could easily, people with whom I've had interesting conversations on controvertial topics, and people I trust not to spill the beans when I blab about nerd camp or academia), you will not be removed.

This is not intended as a personal insult or attack, insult or attack on your writing style, nor to give offense in any other manner. (People take LJ-friending too damned personally.) This *IS* intended as a time saver on my part, with the added benefit of removing privledged access to friendslocked posts from people who I don't actually know anything about even virtually.

If I remove you and you feel hurt or would otherwise rather I left you as a friend, or even if you *want* me to unfriend you, please let me know.



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