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Thursday, May 14th, 2009
4:53 pm
Star Trek meme
Your results:
You are Will Riker
Will Riker
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Mr. Sulu
Jean-Luc Picard
Beverly Crusher
Geordi LaForge
Deanna Troi
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Mr. Scott
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
At times you are self-centered
but you have many friends.
You love many women, but the right
woman could get you to settle down.

Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character am I?" quiz...

Current Mood: bored
Monday, March 30th, 2009
10:05 pm

Created by OnePlusYou - Free Dating Site

Better than average, I guess.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
3:22 pm
Things I'd rather not be doing on a day like this...
Today will be a house-cleaning day. I need to have Robin's room done by the time she leaves for her dad's tomorrow. It's kind of sad, because today is really, REALLY nice. On the other hand, I might see if I can persuade a family member to watch Robin this afternoon so I can go for a run.

Current Mood: busy
Sunday, March 8th, 2009
10:36 pm
I found an old folder on my desktop with about 25 old Changeling documents in it-- a mix of fiction, rules, and random stuff. Good times.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
9:58 pm
Last night I had a dream that there was a Bones/Burn Notice crossover episode. It was pure, unfiltered awesome. At least in my dream.

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
7:16 pm
Oscar meme
The usual-- bold the ones you've seen. Read more...Collapse )
12:23 am
My inbox claims that there are five unread messages. Yet I only have four messages (of any type) in my inbox. I'm no math genius, but I can handle numbers that low. Furthermore, the headbar reads:

Messages 1-4 of 7 Go to First page | Go to Previous page | Go to Next page | Go to Last

Seven? I guess it thinks that there are three extra messages, two of which are unread. And that they're hiding somewhere in my inbox.


All better. I don't know how, but since I didn't know how it happened in the first place, I won't ask questions.

Current Mood: puzzled
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
11:37 pm
Boot party manifesto: Redux
(Mostly) cross-posted to the Indy list, since most of my friends can relate to the pain of running a combat involving a 15-person boot party. And because sending it to the list didn't quite get the rant-y venting out of my system. (Also edited slightly, since I found some typos and decided to re-word some things from the original email.)
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6:11 pm
Here's hoping...
According to Amazon, A Dance With Dragons is scheduled to be released on September 29, 2009. While that sounds cool, at this point I refuse to believe anything about the book's release until I am holding it in my hands.
Friday, February 6th, 2009
10:24 pm
Computer resolution
The spellchecker is fixed. I asked my dad for help, and after fiddling for about ten minutes, he renamed the proofing registry. When he re-opened Word, it reset the proofing system, which fixed the problem. My dad is awesome.

Current Mood: pleased
Friday, January 30th, 2009
2:56 am
Computer question
I cannot get the spell-check for my desktop's Word to work. I activate it, and it says it's complete, despite the fact that I've typed 'gbfdmosihgbilb.' I've gone into the menu, and it seems to think that spell-check is on. I can get it to check grammar (inasmuch as Word does that), but it refuses to recognize when I misspell a word. Even more baffling, Jessi's desktop on the same computer works just fine. It seems to have identical settings. Any ideas on what could be causing this? It makes writing a pain in the ass. (I never realized how much I use spell-check when typing.)

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
3:36 pm
Jeebus. Indiana University actually closed. As one of my friend's friends put it, Hell has indeed frozen over.

Current Mood: amazed
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
10:23 pm
I was impressed. I think that sums it up pretty well. My friends list is full of posts going into more elaborate detail, so I won't add another page. But I feel inspired.

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
11:38 pm
A few bits of Random
It seems that John Quincy Adams kept an alligator (or maybe two?) in the White House bathroom. I can't help but wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that a few states have (or have had) laws specifically prohibiting the keeping of an alligator in the bathtub. I know Arkansas is one of them, and I vaguely recall there being a few more.

Indiana has no specific prohibition on dueling. In fact, few states do. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duel#State_constitutional_provisions_and_military_laws_prohibiting_dueling) Yeah, yeah, there are all those "murder" and "assault" laws, but still... dueling isn't inherently illegal. eeeexcellent...

Setting off a nuke with the intent to commit terrorism is only a B felony in Indiana. (Unless you kill or injure a person; then it's an A.) But if you nuke a cornfield to destroy all the crops, it's only a C felony. (http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title35/ar47/ch12.html)

Current Mood: calm
11:19 pm
A halfling?
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Current Mood: calm
3:02 am
By the way...
The sink was fixed a couple days ago, and the garbage disposal was fixed today. Our front doorknob also broke when the maintenance guy showed up. I had to unscrew the doorknob itself and manually pull the latch back. He fixed that too, but I wasn't even really surprised. It'll be nice to get out of here come summer.

Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
6:19 pm
The ongoing saga of the kitchen sink
It seems that that clog is even worse than I thought, and has spawned other problems as well. First, the standing water that's been in there for about a week has weakened the garbage disposal, so that the mechanism itself is leaking water and rotting. Then the leak from the disposal paired with an existing leak to corrode the particle board under the sink. So now we have a rotting crater under our sink. (Incidentally, this existing leak was caused by the landlord's failure to securely attach the pipes after he came over to inspect it. This was *after* the maintenance guy had already looked at it and told him that a professional was necessary.)

The plumbers finally showed up today. However, it didn't help. They put a 20-foot motorized pipe snake down there, but it didn't do a thing. Upon entering the crawlspace, he found that the pipe goes about 50 feet before it intersects with any other lines. However, I give the guys full points for effort; they just didn't have the equipment to deal with it on hand, and they're coming back tomorrow. They were also very courteous and helpful.

I'm mostly annoyed that it took the landlords this long to get someone over here. I started calling them around Christmas. They kept asking if I'd tried using a plunger, and if so, whether or not I'd plugged up the other side of the drain when I used it. Seriously, three different people (the person at the office, the maintenance guy, and the landlord himself) asked me that question at various times, and two of them tried plunging it themselves. This was after I told them that I'd plunged it, described the various methods I had used for plunging it, told them that I'd used liquid plumber, and told them that I'd used a pipe snake (and given them the length). And while they dicked around for two weeks, we haven't been able to use our sink. Our kitchen reeks of a variety of unpleasant smells, we've had to wash dishes in the bathroom sink, and the area under our sink is full of mold and rotting wood.

Current Mood: cranky
Sunday, January 4th, 2009
10:40 pm
Holy spontaneous automotive combustion, Batman!
Not mine, thankfully. The automotive curse hasn't progressed that far; it still seems to require other vehicles to fuck up any car that we own. But I think we may have passed the curse on to my dad. Yesterday, he and my uncle were at my grandfather's house helping him install the cable antenna that they got him for Christmas. At some point, they realized that Dad's car was on fire. It pretty much combusted for no discernible reason. It wasn't even running.

They called the fire department; fortunately, nothing of great importance was lost (other than the car itself, of course). He lost a nice GPS and a few other gadgets, but his laptop and camera were in the back seat and thus survived. And the car was fully insured.

Apparently, while uncommon, this has been known to happen to cars of this type (Pontiac Grand Prix)-- http://www.autoblog.com/2007/02/05/nhtsa-investigating-pontiac-grand-prix-engine-fires/. All in all, it could have been a lot worse. Pictures (during and after the fire) herein:
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Current Mood: awake
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
11:35 pm
Dictatorial reform
I used my currently-unlimited power as the HST of Indy to administratively pass the game's charter, thus limiting my currently-unlimited power. Slightly ironic, but definitely for the best. Actually, I don't even think it will change the way I do things.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
8:51 pm
Occasionally I have to remind myself that being a 6-year-old character does not mean I should start browsing Morality Paths. Still... I love me some Scorched Heart.

Current Mood: geeky
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