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Nov. 18th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm Too damn funny to be kept to myself...

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Oct. 17th, 2008 @ 06:56 am (no subject)
Are you receiving me?
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Oct. 7th, 2008 @ 09:58 am (no subject)
Current Mood: other
Listening to: Beats Antique (last.fm)

There is no "Truth of what I am", other than the fact that I am. All else is mere description of varying levels of usefulness.

(thought inspired by the Astrologick class I'm taking at Maybe Logic Academy)
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Sep. 16th, 2008 @ 07:34 pm "Jesus Is A Friend of Mine"
Well, he's a friend of Sonseed's anyway. And they wrote a very funny song about it.

I did resist listening to it at first - but the BB plugging was too much for me. I listened, and I lolled. I lolled hard.
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Sep. 7th, 2008 @ 10:27 pm Busy day
The house still looks like crap - but the yard looks incredible. I added two roses, two verbena plants and a rose geranium a friend saved from the dumpster. I also put down stepping stones as I noticed people walking through the garden bed, and one of the apartment-mates gave me some that he's stocked for his back yard. And then I spent some time evening out the dirt levels.

It was a hell of a lot of work, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. The extra plants really filled out the garden, and the stepping stones pulled it all together. Pictures tomorrow.
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Sep. 2nd, 2008 @ 01:39 pm It's so unfair
location: sssh! it's a secret
Listening to: The Terrordactyls - Zombie Girl

I finished that whole bleeding thing last week, so why do I feel so hormonal?
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Jul. 23rd, 2008 @ 12:02 pm Good news, everyone!
Current Mood: pleased

I am apparently in excellent physical shape! If my resting heart rate were any lower, I'd be dead! And I have the blood pressure to match! I'm much more flexible than most other people who take this test (i.e. ones who feel they need to be assessed), and fabulously flexible in general. I also (this surprised me) have excellent upper body strength...I guess the dance arm undulations (painful as they are) and push-ups (when I remember to do them) have paid off!

My only trouble area is my body fat. Now, while I generally think they set the bar way to low (percentage-wise), in this case I agree. I'm carrying more belly fat than I feel comfortable with. But, now that I've been assessed, I can talk to a trainer and get help getting rid of it! Yay!

This place does have some excellent benefits...
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Jul. 22nd, 2008 @ 06:21 am Fire Sale! Low, low pricing!
EPA is slashing the value of human life! Get it while it's hot!
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Jul. 20th, 2008 @ 04:44 pm What I did today
Current Mood: accomplished

I now desperately need a shower...

Some part of me wishes I could do this everyday, or at least every weekend. There's something deeply satisfying about beating the everliving fuck out of the ground with a pickaxe.
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Jul. 18th, 2008 @ 08:25 am Review!

The latest Bound Up With Books is up, reviewing Harry Stephen Keeler's Riddle of the Traveling Skull.
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Jul. 16th, 2008 @ 10:22 am I find this story of Confucious and Lao-Tzu fascinating
Confucius visited Lao-Tzu and lectured him regarding the virtues of charity and duty to one’s neighbors. Lao-Tzu listened patiently, but then had this to say:

“The chaff kicked up from winnowing grain will blind a person’s eyes so that he cannot see whether he is coming or going, much less the points of the compass. Mosquitoes will keep a person awake all night long with their incessant biting. And just in the same way all this talk of charity and duty to one’s neighbors drives me insane! Please sir! Let’s try to keep the world’s affairs in their original state of simplicity. Let us try to maintain our natural modesty. Just like the wind blowing where it will, let virtue establish itself. Why do you feel the need to force these issues so? It’s like you’re trying to hunt down an escaped convict while all the while beating a loud drum.

“The snow-goose is white without having to bleach itself. The raven is black without having to apply any dye. The original simplicity of black and white are not something you can argue about. The fabricated worlds of fame and reputation are not worthy of expansion. When the pool in your courtyard dries up, and the fishes you have supposedly cared for so lovingly are left on dry ground, moistening them with your spitty kisses will provide pitifully little consolation to them. Better that you had left them in their native waters in the first place.”

When Confucius left Lao-Tzu that day he would not speak for another three. He returned to his disciples and they grew concerned: “Master, so how did it go? Did you set that old codger Lao-Tzu straight?”

“I saw a rainbow-colored creature,” replied Confucius, “soaring amid the clouds as naturally as he lingered upon the meadows and threaded through the trees. Wavering hues danced upon his hide as he lead us to a sparkling stream, both lit by the same dance of sunlight. He fed on earth and sky, the formed, and the unformed, the visible, and the invisible. How could my mouth not fall agape? I struggled to close it. How then would you suggest that I should set Lao-Tzu straight?”

from alterati
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Jul. 14th, 2008 @ 12:18 pm You know it's a good day when...
Current Mood: probably pms-y

Stuff like this flits through your brain:

Can we all just die now? Cos the anticipation is killing me...
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Jul. 11th, 2008 @ 04:25 pm descending

This is a very interesting story by Tom Disch (who recently committed suicide). The tone and structure of it reminds me quite a lot of Kafka, and Stanislas Lem's Memoirs Found in a Bathtub.

I highly recommend reading it.
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Jul. 10th, 2008 @ 05:51 am This is a collective reply
I'm not voting for Obama. The lesser of two evils is no longer acceptable, especially when it comes to the tearing up of the Bill of Rights. "But those are the choices we have!" you say. "A third party candidate will never win!"

Not if you won't vote for them, no they won't. But that's an old argument...and something I'm not really going to debate. The whole thing makes me livid. The point is this: Obama doesn't get to do whatever the hell he wants because my vote is hostage to McCain's possible election. I'm not fucking playing that game. He voted for warranteless wiretapping and telecom immunity. We've not had a terrorist attack, or anything close to it since 9/11 nearly seven years ago. It's bullshit, and he lost my vote. Period-end-of-fucking-sentence.
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Jul. 8th, 2008 @ 06:54 pm I've got ginger!
Current Mood: pleased

It's growing quite nicely in the shade of my HEEE-OOGE tomato plants. I'd actually pulled one of the ginger plants up thinking it was a weed - I mean, I'd planted it so long ago and nothing seemed to happen I'd just totally forgotten - but the root didn't look like the root of a weed. So I stared it, and washed it off, broke it in half and sniffed it. Ginger!

I stuck part of the root back in the soil...hopefully it will keep growing. I've got another one plant, too. I'm so excited!
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Jul. 8th, 2008 @ 06:28 am So sad...
i wonder how long it will be before Irr explodes. It used to be interesting and fun, and now it's drama central...

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Jul. 5th, 2008 @ 07:33 pm That was my whole day...
10 hours to take a 3.5 hour test. Good gods, the public transport sucks ass on the weekend.

On the plus side, I bought a decent pair of pants to replace one of the many pairs getting holes. I think I can survive the summer with only one more pair...I just hate shopping so much.
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Jul. 2nd, 2008 @ 09:18 pm Well, I did want to wash the floor...
but that wasn't quite how I wanted to do it.

It started when I started filling the sink. I turn around, and the critter has come in with a trophy. It's a bird. It's a live bird.

"Oh, no," I tell him. "You can bring me dead birds, but you are not killing a bird in my house."

I manage to grab the poor thing before the critter can snatch it and mangle it, and take it downstairs, while kitty makes pissy noises from the landing. People fuss and we wonder whether or not the little thing (it's a tiny bird) is going to make it. Finally I come upstairs to get a shoebox for the bird to rest and recuperate in. There's a funny noise in the kitchen...

Holy fuck, I left the water on in the sink! It's overflowing like mad! There's a lake on my kitchen floor! And it's hot!

I manage to turn the water off, and unstop the sink, which, of course, does nothing for the lake on the floor. Thank heavens for neighbors - one of my apartment neighbors had a shop vac. Otherwise I'd sill be trying to mop that shit up with a towel. I mean, it still took ten minutes to get up all that water even with the shop vac.

Never a dull moment, I tell ya.
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Jul. 1st, 2008 @ 07:32 pm Where do you go when the moon disappears?

This is a very simplistic version of a painting I want to do, if I ever...you know, get talent or skill. It's based on a comment made in someone's journal. Like the comment itself, the image would simply not let me go until I did something with it.

It's not all that close to what I want to do with the painting, but there's only so much I can do with the box of colored pencils.
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Jul. 1st, 2008 @ 09:02 am (no subject)

The lastest Bound Up with Books is up. This time I review Child of a Rainless Year.
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