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I am a meme sheep following sfmarty  's lead.

If you're maybe noticing that you're older than you used to be, and are feeling sad/angry/confused/worried/frustrated that you haven't accomplished as much as you/other people in your present or past/annoyingly critical voices inside your head think you should have, and if you're maybe feeling something like "I'm not a real grownup like everyone else," and if you're maybe also feeling sad/angry/confused/worried/frustrated that your body isn't working the way it used to, and you're maybe thinking, "if that's true then how am I going to DO all those accomplishments that I/other people/voices in my head think I ought or want to do?", and maybe you're also wondering how are you going to dig out from under the accumulation of habit and procrastination and self-doubt to some sense of satisfaction in your life again, then post this same sentence in your journal.

Don't stop too sharp, Mart.

Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
Current Music: Seder on Sundays Podcast (curse you Air America)

Now THIS is more fucking like it.

Your Score: Exclamation point

You scored 61% Sociability and 58% Sophistication!

Yes, you are fine around others. Fine. But you wish you could have just a *little* more alone time. Okay, well, a lot more alone time. In fact, you'd be happier if you didn't have to go out nearly as much. You get along very well with the period, who tries mightily to take up as much of the load as he can. But fools will not listen. You want to scream, "Cut it out, for the love of Safire!"

But, all of that notwithstanding, you do your duty. And, if sometimes you feel like a Chicago street hooker, you also remember that you really do have an important role to play. Your soul remains pure. Hold your head high!

Link: The Which Punctuation Mark Are You Test written by Gazda on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Taken from the elliptical arliss

Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

Well, goddammit.  Some fucking thing will have to be done about that...

So Damn Cute.

Hidden Universe video podcast.

Absolutely gaw-juss.

Current Music: Battle of Thermopylae-History Network Podcast

They responded very well to the wrath of  hilleviw

Better not to have incurred it in the first place, but at least we've established they do have ADA accomodations.

Disability rights are civil rights.

Current Music: Decoder Ring Theatre: Red Panda Adventures Ep 1

First of all, Acoustic Long Island is a live performance podcast issued every Wed. 

I've listened to only one session so far, the June 6 session, Hero for Another Day, but it was really enjoyable, and I think some folks on my friends list might enjoy it as well.

Curt Siffert is a jazz pianist from Colorado who does a podcast of piano improvisations, Curt Siffert's Piano Musings .  By definition, it's more uneven, but I love this kind of musical exploration.

I found both of this by browsing the Arts podcasts in Itunes.  Worth a spin to see what you can discover there.

Be sure to share.

Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: Dallas Does Indie Podcast-Dallas Indie Music Scene

What color is your soul painted?


Your soul is painted the color brown, which embodies the characteristics of calmness, depth, nature, stability, tradition, poverty, roughness, down-to-earth, uncertainty, and neutrality. Brown is the color of the element Earth, and represents soil and, to a lesser degree, fertility of the Earth.

Personality Test Results

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Quizzes and Personality Tests

Also, please boycott the Grey Fox Blues Festival.

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Current Music: Seder on Sundays Podcast-06/17/07

Yes, it's politics.

How to Win a Fight With a Conservative is the ultimate survival guide for political arguments

My Liberal Identity:

You are a

Social Justice Crusader
, also known as a rights activist. You
believe in equality, fairness, and preventing
neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from
rolling back fifty years of civil rights

Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: I Found Someone-Cher

Just mostly not on Livejournal much, though looking through my friends entries, I'm thinking perhaps that should change.

If I come back for long, I'll probably go ahead and trim my friends list.  Life has marched on for all of us.

So, this is me waving at ma peeps, and if you still remember me and want to stay on the friendslist, consider yourself invited to drop a comment.


Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Goodbye My Lover-James Blunt

GWW Drabble 2:

“Not this time, you belching fornicating mound of useless putrescent flesh.” She fairly spat her defiance at him with all the venomous vigor twenty years of matrimonial captivity had soaked into her-flesh, blood, and bone.

Her bags were packed and already stowed in young Yancy’s fancy sports car ready to make their escape with the life insurance paperwork safely ensconced in the zippered compartment up front. There was only one bulbous bellied thing between her delicate flower scented self and freedom, and Yancy would be coming out of the closet anytime now to take care of that.

Anytime now.


GWW Challenge #57

Deliberately Bad Writing.

The One He Didn't See Coming

It was quiet tonight. Too quiet.

He’d been at the front too long.. His piercing blue eyes penetrated the new mooned night. Little movement from his vantage point even when his weathered face scrunched his crow’s feet into deep, ravaged furrows.

Too damn quiet. Hadn’t been a night without gunfire and mangled screams since the truce was broken. Not that it mattered much. He had nothing to go back to.

He pulled her last letter out of his shirt pocket, streaked and torn.

He had just unfolded it one last time when the bullet-the one you never hear-entered his brainpan.

Wow. Wow. This is some storm. Going to log off for a while now, just when I was going to do an LJ update.

Here, though, is a little somethin' something I stole from Debg:

The Network. Fnord.
The Network:

You are the Voice of World Control.


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Social Sec Calculator.

There is no crisis.

Well, not in Social Security.

Propagandagate, is however, may be approaching critical mass, crisis wise.

Miss Rio (Hosted on Snapfish, which is free but requires a login.)

I got the call about an hour ago. "Rio passed on." It's a short sentence, but it carries a lot of weight.

There are all sorts of little stories that could be told. How she hated it when I was on the road all the time. When I finally got back, she would sleep with her body full length against my arm so she'd know if I made any move during the night. Her ferocity towards a cat she could see through the glass, couple with her extreme timidity when confronted face to face. The way she watched every visitor so very carefully to see if they were an acceptable addition to our tribe. When my parents came to visit, she found them so suspicious looking that she stood guard by my door all night. All 8 pounds of her.

She hadn't been noticeably failing, but she was almost 16. I knew that she would not be with me many more years. Nonetheless, you can never really be prepared, either.

I found my sweet kitty unmoving about 8:30 last night. I thought she might be dead, but she responded slightly to my voice. So I packed her up and took her to the emergency clinic. Chanting all the way.

She was having seizures and they determined she may have had a stroke. The vet couldn't determine what was wrong. Tests would need to be run. Her blood pressure was twice what it should be, so it was possible she had had a stroke.

Given her age and uncertain prognosis, I gave them a DNR order. The doctor was going to call me after he had the blood work done. I was able to go see her before I left. Though she was unconscious, I petted her, and chanted "nam myoho renge kyo" in her ear.

Then I came home and chanted for the best outcome.

An hour or so later, the phone rang.

Good night, my beloved kitty. I miss you already, but I know you will be reborn with much fortune, and will be greatly loved then as well.

Current Mood: distresseddistressed

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In all seriousness (well, as serious as these quizzes get, anyway) I'd have guessed Professor McGonnigle.

You scored as Albus Dumbledore. Strong and powerful you admirably defend your world and your charges against those who would seek to harm them. However sometimes you can fail to do what you must because you care too much to cause suffering.


Albus Dumbledore


Harry Potter


Hermione Granger


Draco Malfoy


Remus Lupin


Ginny Weasley


Ron Weasley


Severus Snape


Sirius Black


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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Stolen from a whole lotta people:

You Are 30 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

1. Reply to this post, because I would like to say a couple words about you.
2. I will also tell you what song(s) remind me of you when I hear it.
3. I will also tell you what celebrity/public person you remind me of, either personality-wise or looks-wise.
4. I will also give ONE WORD that I
associate with you when I think of you.
5. We all could use a boost now and
then, so steal this for your journal and make someone else's day as well.

You are Wash. Not only are you a great pilot, you
are also the joker of the group. Your devotion
to your wife is admirable, though you sometimes
feel insecure. Thank god you shaved off your

Which Firefly character are you?
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Huh. I think I took this once before, and was Inara.

Either works for me, though...

I&apos;m Nicola Tesla! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

Written by a friend of mine (who can out her LJ self, if she likes).


One of my favorite of too many brilliant paragraphs:

He makes me think of old-fashioned words like "rake" or "libertine." He's pretty, like Pan-meets-street-person, with green eyes and a curving smile that really do rock my socks. But he has a few too many stories for his age, so I am wary. I am still trying to get over someone who can't wait to tell me about his new someone. It's been five weeks since he left, claiming his heart was broken because I couldn't come with him, and he has somebody else already. That was quick.

Now, that's a writer.

The death toll is climbing higher, some sources saying more than 50k dead.

And, that's not counting the people who are likely to succumb to the diseases that arise from bodies decaying before they can be buried, and the likely malnutrition if the difficulty of getting food and clean water to the survivors isn't overcome promptly.

My bills will still be there in a month. Some of these people won't be, without massive help from the rest of the world.

So, I'm taking some post Christmas cash and sending it to www.unicef.org and www.doctorswithoutborders.org. It makes my heart break a little bit less to do something, though I haven't completely stopped crying after reading some of the news stories yet.

Both of these organizations have proven their dedication and financial responsibility in the past. If you can send a little scratch their way, I think it will be put to good use.

If you have another organization to suggest, please feel free to add it in the comments.

Well, I'm officially a fucking impressive hostess.

My Christmas Eve dinner was a big hit. Even with 3 additional guests, (added an hour before dinner was to start)and a roast that I was afraid had stayed too long in the oven waiting for tardy guests to arrive.

From the spinach salad to the mashed potatoes to the melty in your mouth roast beef, I RULE!!!

I just thank festivus I bought an Italian Cream Cake instead of trying to make dessert, because I used every single dish and piece of silverware in my kitchen.

I've committed unnatural acts with garlic mashed potatoes on my kitchen counter, and I clearly must finish the wine before it goes bad, but my first dinner party in my new house has ended well.

I wouldn't have predicted it 4 hours ago.

Now, where's that wine?

ganked from jenlp:

What Will ro-astarte Get ?
Xmas pressie predictor
Big wooly jumper knitted by peterwiggin
Pair of Socks from lyrajane
Bottle of Whiskey from cashmerepett
Cd from amchau
Something Cuddly from serasempre
Something Intoxicating from laughingvulcan
Something Silly from lysana
Something Funny from askye
Lump of coal from montjoy
Something Pretty from aimeejmc
Something Shiny from jonquil
Something Naughty from pnbsillytail
Something Smelly from jidimus
Something Breakable from jb1234
Something Useful from prncsmoonbeam
Something not useful from silverwind126
The Black and Decker Tool Kit from thundersinger
Livejournal account from thethirdage
The Make-up Bag from stroppet
Stack of DVDs from calligrafiti
Something Geeky from justmemalinda


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I'm playing Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1. It's the next internet Shakespeare production (Internet Shakespeare, you ask? Why yes! check out Richard II, the prior production on the http://www.dsproductions.org website).

Thrilled to bits, and slightly terrified.

More thrills and terror to come, no doubt. I'll keep y'all posted.


Very pretty. I've been working long hours, and it's chilly in my house. I think it's going to freeze tonight, so I need to cover the plants and drip the faucets.

But, I don't want to do any of that. I want to indulge in RotKEE dvdage.

So, this may be my last post for a few days. Hee.

Merry Christmukkah, everybody.

To let y'all know I'm fine. Just have been busy in 3d life, and not keeping up with my usual cyber haunts.

Thanks for the call, Joshy, and to all who mentioned they missed me. I didn't even realize how long it had been since I poked my head in around here. Got some catching up to do.

It's raining like a sonofagun here, with tornado warnings and floods in adjoining counties. So far, I'm snug and safe in my new house, and I don't expect that will change.

Will post more soon, if I'm not rowing for my life. Love to all.

While this is not personal bad news, I still feel kicked in the gut at this story and its implications.

I'd like not to believe it. Very much so. But in a war that has brought us Abu Ghraib, and a burgeoning insurgency fueled by the arrogance of our leaders, I can't dismiss it out of hand.

The blog entry has a link to Seymour Hersh's interview in which the transcribed text was delivered. The whole interview is very worth listening to if you're interested in cleaning up our rusty free press in America.

As for his credentials, Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist who not only broke the story about the atrocities at Abu Ghraib, but who has been writing about the abuses and uses of power since he broke the story of My Lai Massacre over 30 years ago.

This story is incendiary. It may prove to be untrue. We must pursue it, however, rather than assume it is untrue. If it is true, the consequences of again turning a blind eye to sins being performed in the name of democracy and America will be hard to bear.

I feel physically ill as I finish this journal entry.

Current Mood: distresseddistressed

Who was put on leave after a private email she sent describing the REAL conditions in Iraq for foreigners started circulating on the internet?

What could she have said to trigger that?

Current Mood: defiant

to positive response.

Also, had a good discussion with a friend about why I'm not writing when that's what I dream of doing.

So, although it took me to 2:00 a.m., I did also get another page or slightly more on Jewel.

One page at a time.

Whether you agree with the before or after position, if the shoe fits,dump the wearer.

Snerk yourself, Mr. Vice President


Atrios points out a Time/CNN poll that shows Kerry gained and Bush lost ground in the over-important likeability contest.

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NPR did an extended story on the extent both sides. There's a lot more detailed evidence against the Bush side, but both sides do require tickets to get into rallys.

The audio for the NPR story


Voting closes 10/31, so share with your international friends.

Never underestimate the cynicism and contempt for truth of the Bushies. They're not even trying to hide it anymore.

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I'm not thinking this is helpful in regime change  but it could be a taste of things to come if BC04 win the election-particularly by a close margin.

Global test, I got your global test right here...

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