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...but you can still see the crack in that motherfucker's reflection [16 Mar 2010|10:22pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Wow. I may have to be a Lady Gaga fan after this; it's just so deliciously cracky. 
Music video for Telephone

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I've had days like this. . . [01 Dec 2008|08:07pm]
Cookie monster as horrible ref desk patron.

The flaily librarian hands are my favorite bit. I do that on the inside all the time on the desk.

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Seriously? SERIOUSLY? [03 Nov 2008|03:23pm]


I'm really not sure what this woman was trying to accomplish. I mean, seriously, little kids don't vote, you know?
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Aiming for Half Dome [28 Oct 2008|09:42pm]
So my dad and I have decided that hey, since we live in California and all, and have never actually been to Yosemite (bad Californians, bad), we're going to participate in the Half Dome hiking prep program run by the Kinesiology department on campus. We went on our first hike this past weekend, and whew, it was a wakeup call - I'm sad out of shape (not news of itself, but definitely to just how bad it is). Still it was a lot of fun, even though I spent a lot of it seriously huffing and puffing. I am also totally not used to walking on anything but nice even sidewalks, so I managed to take a spill at one point (and wow, I have seriously sore calves/entire lower legs now). So now I own these:Pic spamminessCollapse )
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Not without my cell phone [25 Oct 2008|06:02pm]
Random irritation of the day: my cell spontaneously decided to stop dialing out or receiving calls! Awesome.  Especially because my parents were on the way, and I need to know when to go out and open the gate so they can get in and park (cuz this is LA and everyone and their brother has gated parking lots. LAME).  I was able to send them a txt, but never got one back from them. 

Then I tried support - but no, they close at 6 EST on Saturdays. Sigh. Then, like a good techie, I remembered that the first computer problem solution is always to reboot, so I turned my phone off and back on again - and MAGIC all was right with the world again.  Stupid phone. I am not amused. 
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Boy, oh boy, I'm a book nerd (not that this is news) [20 Oct 2008|09:50pm]
Along the lines of the true tv titles, here comes some true book titles:
Mightygodking.com » Blog Archive » MGK Versus His Adolescent Reading Habits

Is it bad that I was totally familiar with them all except for the Terry Goodkind and Raymond E. Feist (and that that title kinda makes me want to read the Feist)?
Blogged with the Flock Browser
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For all my fellow media lovers. . . [17 Oct 2008|07:34pm]
Check out these truthful tv title cards.

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Seen an urban fantasy book cover lately? [15 Oct 2008|10:10pm]
In the funny cuz it's true category: 

Spotted via apocalypsos 


ETA: Oh man, I can't decide if it's cool or if it makes me want to freak out (in the bad way): Zach Quinto as Spock on EW cover. Sorta leaning towards ew, at the moment.

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In my world. . . [24 Aug 2008|08:13pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

there's an IQ detector that determines whether you can use the self-checkout at the grocery store.  Sigh. Or at least a button that turns off the stupid instructions ("Please place the item in the bag" - really? what else would I do with it? gah. )

- brought to you by a Sunday evening trip to the grocery store

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ALA Anaheim homage en cupcake [21 Jul 2008|11:30pm]

So, I'm bringing treats to work tomorrow for our brownbag where we're going to rehash ALA. . .


ALA Anaheim cupcake homage

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ALA Anaheim cupcake homage

Not the best things I've ever made, but heh, I find 'em amusing.

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That's the ALA Philadelphia bag! [08 Jul 2008|10:54pm]
I never really remember my dreams. I mean, I remember them for a moment or two after I wake up, and then, wham, they fade. So, I'm kind of amused/amazed that this dream snippet stuck with me: I'm in the doorway of a largish hall, with lots of people in it. A group of people are walking away from me, I think the Buffy gang, with lots of bags over their shoulders, logos showing as they walk off. I then yell accusingly (for some reason that has been lost to me): "Giles, I know those bags! You were at ALA!"  
 
Obviously, I need to let the free bag/schwag high go, because it's invading my dreams.

In other strange but true news, even after sleeping horribly last night - the "nap" that lasted from 8:30-12:30, and then getting up and playing on the computer and watching tv until 3:30, rousing briefly when the alarm went off at 6, then getting up for reals at 8 - I'm amazingly not dead tired. Usually on low sleep days (or weird sleep days, like this one), my eyes feel on fire and I'm totally a zombie. Surprisingly, I'm just kinda tired (think wistful longing for nap vs. active struggle to keep eyelids propped open).

Not so good news: the magna-power-cord-thingy for my laptop died. Trip to the applestore in my future (must.keep.wallet.closed)!
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Free stuff and the 4th [05 Jul 2008|10:38pm]
[ mood | mellow ]

Back from ALA Annual and I did a final count of the free schwag I grabbed (yay for having a car to dump it in, instead of schlepping it on the plane):

  • 14 pens (for work, since I was running out and the work provided pens are not up to my standards for pens)
  • 37 books (woo! must remember to not buy anything or stop at the library for a while)
  • 18 bags (to be used for grocery shopping and such, split amongst me, my mom, and my grandma. Plus my dad got the Twilight bag, since he's digging the series  - I started reading New Moon and kinda wanted to kill Bella, so I thought he should have the bag).
So, overall, fairly successful convention. Now if only I could get an awesome spidey sense of which program is going to be most useful. ...

Then for the 4th, I headed out to my parents. It's been years since we've done this, but we packed up some goodies (my dad put his Twilight bag to use immediately for this purpose) and a blanket and chairs and walked up the street to see what we could see of the fireworks display. It's held in the football stadium of the town's university (which is fairly close to us), but you have to pay to get in, and it's crowded, and it was seriously crazy hot today. So we went with the cheapskate low budget version and sat on the grassy verge near the curb, staring towards the stadium. And man, it's been a while - we used to look out over an empty field, which has since been filled with houses and trees and such to obscure the view. I guess that's why we were able to wander out a little before 9 and get a spot - you used to have to go over early and the whole street pretty much filled up (not so anymore). It was still a pretty awesome display, and something about sitting on the grass, low to the ground, made the temperature pleasant, almost cool, so that was a bonus.

In other news, woo, now I own DDR, and it is kicking my ass. So much fun to be had!
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I swear, it tastes really good [08 Apr 2008|11:41pm]

I swear, it tastes really good
Originally uploaded by dannikate
I actually cooked tonight! For the first time in far far too long. Mainly I'm just tired of all the options at work - not even the kind of tired where you really like the food, but you've just had it too often. Nope, this is the total, man, I don't actually enjoy this, but it beats the can of soup in my desk drawer and it's close way.

So, I made a homegrown Thai yellow curry dish - sauce from TJ's (woo!), tofu (cuz I'm still a freak about touching/cooking raw meat), and potatoes (for the oooh goodness, plus when I've had yellow curry it's usually had potatoes). Not really authentic looking - far less soupy for one thing. But close enough for me. Yay, exciting lunch tomorrow. Probably not all that healthy (although I did decide that rice would be overkill, given all the starchy potato goodness), but really, it probably beats the crappy cafeteria/fast food.
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Duuude, if only I'd already taken a socks on two circulars class. . . [05 Mar 2008|08:54pm]
[ mood | amused ]

From the mighty friendlist:

Welcome to the original and bloodiest death-by-knitting tournament.

Sock Wars III kicks off on 9th May 2008 and will run until only one blood-soaked champion remains.

If you are brave enough sign up to do battle you battle you will be emailed a top secret assassination dossier on 9th May 2008.  This file contains the details of your target and an exclusive, never-been-published-before knitting pattern with which assassinate them.

To kill your target you must knit them a pair of socks in the pattern (your "weapon") and mail it to them.  Once your target receives your parcel they are dead and must post their death on the website.

They must also send you details of their intended target (who becomes your next person to assassinate) along with their unfinished knitting (which becomes your new weapon).

All the while this is going on, someone has been assigned YOU as their target!

Prepare to live in fear... kill or be killed!
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Urban adventures [15 Jan 2008|05:14pm]
So today, I finally made it to a doctor for the crud. And on the way I saw this:

urban geyser

Some poor soul was in an accident and hit a fire hydrant, I'm assuming. It sure was an impressive sight. However, I mostly felt bad about all the water being wasted when we're pretty much in a perpetual state of drought.

And then I felt bad because apparently I just have a regular old chest cold. No antibiotics, no special instructions, no sure way to prevent getting this crap again. Dammit. Ah well.
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VIP dinner [12 Jan 2008|05:14pm]
I took a pic, but flickr is down right now so I can't upload it, dangit. I guess I'll try again later or tomorrow. [edit] here be the pic:

VIP dinner

I've totally got the crud again, so instead of being social and going out and sightseeing, I did some napping and then purchased these lovely supplies from the VIP market and buffet(!) across the street (directly across, thank goodness). Someday I'll go to a library conference and not have some sort of issue (blisters last time, the crud this time).
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Fine soap (I was here) [11 Jan 2008|11:57am]
Fine soaps (and I was there)

I passed this cool looking soap shop on my way to the convention center - I'll have to go back when it's open. Also, photo proof that I exist - the camera and I captured for posterity in the window reflection.
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Not cheesesteak. . . [10 Jan 2008|07:17pm]
Cheesesteak? Pshaw.

I'm in Philly, but did I get cheesesteak? Nooooo. I went to this lovely dining establishment, More Than Just Ice Cream. Very yum, fairly reasonable prices. And a whole bunch of desserts. :)

Now if only it doesn't rain tomorrow, and I don't get any sicker, I should be able to roam around and take touristy pictures of Philadelphia. And then, of course, go do professional stuff at the conference, eventually.
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Hoping my car will be okay. .. [09 Jan 2008|10:21pm]
Where's ceiling cat?

I guess I can't make fun of Stormwatch LA anymore - check out the lovely hole and fallen plaster (awesomecakes). At least it's not the apartment below me, but still, kind of worrisome.
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Did the earthquake knock these trees over? [08 Jan 2008|11:19pm]
trees leaning away from each other
These trees have always caught my eye, so I finally snapped a pic of them today. I love how they frame the palms across the way. Also, check the squirrel near the lamppost -  it crossed the path in front of me moments before I took the picture, ad at first it kind of followed me (or looked like it). My family's got squirrel issues, so it weirded me out!
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