kayjayoh: (the meme thing)
2008-06-05 07:21 pm

Heat and Humidity, How I've Missed You!

It is fairly cool in my building right now, and with the clouds in the sky, I'd just thought it was chilly out, too. However, when I went outside, it was like stepping into a shower room--delightful.

I'm sure that anyone living in the south has an entirely different view on heat and humidity, but I'm from Wisconsin, where we spend more than half the year in coats, and at least a good three months with nature actively trying to kill you the moment you step outside, both through the freezing air and the icy ground. In January, I dream of what it is like to be "too warm" and it has to be pretty extreme for me to complain of the heat.

Neither the heat nor the humidity today are extreme. (76 °F with 87% humidity) And when I was locking up my bike at the grocery store, the sun popped out for a moment or two. Bliss, I say.

In other news, I stopped at the library to pick up some holds, and now have the audiobook of Neverwhere: the author's preferred text. Excellent! Uncle Neil is going to read me a bedtime story! (Mildly tempted to wear my LARP character's belt of keys while listening.)
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2008-06-05 05:44 pm

Good News, Bad News

The good news is that I called my car insurance company to tell them that my ca hadn't been driven since December and wasn't going to be driven again any time soon, and they were able to put me on a "storage plan" which knocked $90 off my premium, which is due in a few days.

The bad news is that when I went out to get the mileage for the CSR, I discovered that the car won't start. I though I'd been good about starting the engine and letting it run from time to time, but apparently I wasn't as good as I'd thought. (The check engine light had also come on back when it was still moveable, but that can mean almost anything.) So when I do finally get the car fixed, it is probably going to take a bit more money than I'd thought it would. Nice.

Ah well, I will cross that bridge when I come to it. Nothing I can do about it right now.
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2008-06-05 01:18 pm
kayjayoh: (find x)
2008-06-04 01:55 am

Twas in the merry month of May

Which we have just finished...

Anyway, "Barbara Allen" just came up on my iTunes, and I have to admit: I don't get it. No matter how many times I listen to the song I just do not understand the story.

So, sad guy is in love with Barbara Allen, and starts to pine. She hears about this and pretty much just says, "Sucks to be you." He dies, immediately afterward she settles down to *also* die and then a rose and a briar grow from their graves and twine together. Um...WTF??? Like, was there a point to all of that? It doesn't come across as poignant or moving to me, it just seems dumb.

While we are on the topic of pointless, I am also annoyed by the end of the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. Poor sweet Bess blasts a hole into her chest and dies in order to warn her lover that the British are waiting to ambush him and save his life. And then what does he do as soon as he finds out about this? Does he change his ways, settle down, and live a long life to honor her memory? Does he carefully plot revenge so that he can effectively take down the people who caused her suicide? No, he goes charging right back into the midst of the British and gets himself killed. Way to make her sacrifice worthwhile, buddy.

By the way, if you remember the 1985 movie of Anne of Green Gables, Anne recites the poem at a hotel concert near the end of the film, when she is about 16 or so. However, this is complete anachronistic, as the poem was published in 1906 and Anne would have been 16 in 1881. (Of course, I've heard that the film makers later made a "Continuing Story" sequel which completely tossed the perfectly good plot of the rest of the book, as well as historical continuity, aside by having it set with a young Anne and Gilbert during WWI...nevermind that they would have been in their 50s at that point and their *children* were the young folk during the Great War. <sigh>)
kayjayoh: (Genevieve)
2008-06-03 11:49 pm

Just because it melts, doesn't make it cheese

I went out tonight to catch the weekly Pat McCurdy show at the Regent Street Rereat, and ordered a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner while I was there. What came was a nice looking sandwich, but when I bit into it, I discovered that the "cheese" was actually some Velveeta-like substance. Disgusting. I know some folks like to use it because of how nicely it melts, but I'll tell you something--there are a lot of things that melt nicely, but it doesn't mean you should eat them.
kayjayoh: (Ida)
2008-06-03 04:06 am

A Wet Night in the Duck Pond

The rain started shortly after the gates opened at 5:30, and continued on and off until the game ended, a little after 10 (and was still going when I got home, about 20 minute later). Despite the weather, there were plenty of people in the park. Maybe they were just there for the free Bucky Book, but a good bit of the crowd stayed in the stands for bulk of the game.

I got an excellent seat in the reserved bleachers, just on the first base side of home plate. I was it the first row of those seats, with plenty of legroom and a good view. It was also under the grandstand roof, far enough forward that I didn't get rained on from any direction. The more expensive box seats ahead of me were all pretty wet. Between the roof and the poncho I brought with, I stayed dry the entire night.

I had wondered if the game would be called on account of the rain, but there was no lightening and the rain wasn't the hard, driving sort. It was the wettest baseball game I have ever seen. I don't know how much the rain influenced the play, but the in the end the Mallards trounced the Mankato Moondogs 11-5.

A few observations I made during the evening:

They have a sandwich called "the Glazer", which is a bacon cheeseburger between two glazed donuts, rather than a bun. Um... I think I will pass on that, thanks.

I really wish that ballgames would go back to having someone "lead the singing" of the National Anthem, rather than "perform" it. Come on, folks, you can sing it! I know you can. Doesn't matter if the high notes are a bit much, you're singing with several thousand other people--no one is going to notice. Ditto if you are shaky on the words, but really, it's only one verse and didn't we all memorize this in grade school?

When it comes to the uniforms, I think I am really a bit of a traditionalist, in that I love the look of the knickers/long socks combination. The long pants on players looks so sloppy in comparison. I see a player in the traditional uniform, and I think they look like a *real* player. Only four of the Moondogs and one of the Mallards wore this style, as far as I could see. Sadness.

In other news, I shall also be seeing some soccer soon, too. Hurray!
kayjayoh: (the meme thing)
2008-06-02 11:44 am

iTunes reads my mind

Regina Spektor's "Sailor Song" has been in my head since I woke up this moring, so I decided to fire up my Regina Spektor playlist, which is set to random. Guess what song started playing first? Thanks, iTunes.

I've also noticed that when I put the entire library on random, it sometimes tends to develop a theme of one kind or another.

<repeats to self: iTunes is not an AI, iTunes is not an AI>
kayjayoh: (Default)
2008-06-01 10:25 pm

Everyone's got a list, it seems.

This guy does.

1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die....well frankly, I've read only a very, very few of those and most of them are things I have no inclination to, either. Maybe this means I'm a barbarian, but mostly I think it means that everyone has different taste.

I do have my own List, both for books and for movies. The List isn't written anywhere other than inside my own head. It is a very long list, filled with things that I believe will have quality. And The List keeps on growing. I'm pretty sure that I won't have gotten to everything on it before I die, even if it is the long way off that I hope it to be. Sometimes I get a little twinge of guilt when I admit that I have never read/seen X, but it doesn't last for more than a second. The world, it is big.

On that note, for someone who has never read Vonnegut (I know!) and would like to, how about some recommendations for where to start? (I'm thinking either Slaughterhouse Five or Cat's Cradle perhaps.)
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2008-05-31 02:12 pm
kayjayoh: (Default)
2008-05-28 03:37 pm

Too Unbelievable

This was passed along to me on a message board.

Dunkin' Donuts yanks Rachael Ray ad

I thought maybe they yanked the ad for something reasonable, like the fact that Rachel Ray is insufferably annoying. Sadly, this is not the case.

Does Dunkin’ Donuts really think its customers could mistake Rachael Ray for a terrorist sympathizer? The Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in which the domestic diva wears a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men.
more stories like this

Some observers, including ultra-conservative Fox News commentator Michelle Malkin, were so incensed by the ad that there was even talk of a Dunkin’ Donuts boycott.

‘‘The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad,’’ Malkin yowls in her syndicated column.


What. The. Fuck?

If there was ever a doubt that the far right has gone completely nuts, this should put that to rest.
kayjayoh: (oblique)
2008-05-27 11:54 pm

Late for BBQ

Has anyone heard anything from [livejournal.com profile] cvillette? I was a little surprised when he didn't have a weekend report posted today, and since [livejournal.com profile] txanne had reported that he'd stood her up without a word, I'm a wee bit concerned. I realize it is probably just post-trip business at the office, but still....

[4th wall alert: Katherine the Shadow Unit reader knows all too well what is up, but kayjayoh the LJer is ignorant.[/4th wall alert]
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2008-05-27 09:33 am

The Plague

I seem to have woken up with a bit of WisCholera, however, it seems to be pretty mild. It probably helps that I haven't eaten much of anything since 6:30 PM yesterday. I'm glad I didn't get sick *at* the con, but I'm surprised that I am sick now, since all the "wash your hands, gloves and tongs with food" precautions were put into place on Sunday morning and norovirus generally take 12-36 hours to icubate. But, I guess that even with precautions, things can sometimes still get through. Ah well. I don't feel too bad and I don't have to do anything today.

Update: Ok, I guess it can take up to 48 hours to incubate. Also, from what I've read, I'm going to need to give my apartment a good cleaning with bleach, and avoid preparing food for people for a bit of a while.

It has been more than 24 hours since I've eaten anything more substantial that a few saltines, so some of my symptoms have lessened. However, I've also got the aches. I'm trying to decide whether to risk taking any ibuprofen. I don't *think* it will upset my stomach, but I don't know.

I really wish I had some ginger ale, preferably Reed's.
kayjayoh: (oblique)
2008-05-26 02:38 am

I will post more when I am more coherent...until then....

Today was an amazing day. I <heart> fandom.
kayjayoh: (oblique)
2008-05-25 06:07 pm

Happily Avoiding the Bug

My tummy hasn't been terribly happy, but that is due to the amount of sugar and caffeine I have ingested in a short period of time, rather than from the stomach bug that has hit various con-goers.

I've currently taken a brief run home during the dinner break, so as to drop off my daytime bag and change into my outfit for the Fancy Dress Party, the theme of which is fictional, fantastical schools.

It required a bit of thinking, as there are so many possible choices: Harper Hall, Miskatonic University, Battle School, etc. Hogwarts would have been super easy, since I've already gone as Hermione and have that nice black academic robe. However, it almost seemed too easy, and I imagine that there may well be quite a few "Hogwarts students" around tonight. After much consideration, I decided to go with Larwood House from DWJ's Witch Week. The book doesn't really describe the school uniforms or colors or anything, so I am at liberty to use my imagination. I'm going with the fact that the school is drab, dreary, and awful. I'm going to dig through my bin o'neckties to see if I can find one that works for a school tie. *Maybe* I'll post a picture, but I'm not promising anything.
kayjayoh: (Genevieve)
2008-05-24 02:51 pm

Two Very Interesting YA Panels in a Row

I just came from a panel on boundaries in YA literature, which had some really interesting views on where to draw the line on topics like sex and violence in YA lit, as well as censorship and self-censorship. The panelists were Mary Anne Mohanraj, Sharyn November, Tamora Pierce, Sarah Beth Durst, and Alma Alexander. Now I'm attending a panel on villians, antagonists, and opposition figures in YA lit. The panel features Tamora Pierce, Gwenda Bond, Cecil Castellucci, Sharyn November, and P. C. Hodgell.

The interplay between Sharyn November and Tamora Pierce is very droll.

There is some question of how much perspective plays a part in how we judge the actions of the characters. How much do we let the actions of the protagonists off the hook, that we would judge harshly from the villians, and how much do the protagonists deal with the consequences of their actions?

Another question was in regard to complex, conflicted villians and/or anti-heroes and how we view them.

Tamora Pierce started growling when someone asked what they thought about the vilification of Susan in the Narnia books.

Woo! Lots of Diana Wynne Jones commentary. (Suddenly wondering if there might be a possibility of getting her as a GoH some year. I'd love to hear her.)

It's really cool to be having these discussions of YA lit, especially since that is the bulk of my reading, really. It is also giving me some ideas...
kayjayoh: (the meme thing)
2008-05-24 12:40 am

Home Safe

The first full-on night of WisCon is over for me, ad I've been having a blast. I have finally stopped smelling like curry, but I still really, really want samosas. Maybe I will get the sis to accompany to the buffet for lunch sometime this next week...if I can afford it.

I am really looking forward to the next few days. I know I will need to take a time out at some point to do more job search stuff, but it's been really nice to not think about that. Being surrounded by fellow sf/f geeks...not just sf/f geeks but *feminist* sf/f geeks has been a nice mental break...as opposed to a mental breakdown.

Now I need to do some chores and get myself to bed.
kayjayoh: (Genevieve)
2008-05-23 08:37 pm

I am attending a panel on punctuation and grammar.

It's an odd choice of panels, tis true. However, I wanted to hear a couple of the panelists *and* considering my own erratic approach to punctuation, as panel entitled "Punctuation, Grammar, Usage: Who Needs 'Em?"seemed like it might be a good idea.

The curry in my pocket is starting to get to me. I feel like I'm being following around by an Indian buffet. The desire for samosas is growing.

Update: It was a very lively and enjoyable panel. I'm glad I went. Am now off to obsevre karaoke until it is time to catch my bus.
kayjayoh: (the meme thing)
2008-05-23 06:37 pm

I hope I will have no need to run from bloodhounds.

One pocket of my coat smells strongly of curry and the other pocket smells strongly of BPAL, both obtained at the Gathering at WisCon. The curry is in a double set of plastic baggies, and comes from the mix-your-own curry table. It smells divine and I am looking forward to making something with it.

The BPAL is a handful of assorted imps from the testing booth, also wrapped in a napkin and another baggie. I'm not entirely sure about some of the scents, because I got little bits of many of them on my fingertips, and so it was hard to tell what each one smelled like on its own. I plan to try them out over the course of several day, but probably not until after the con, because they are urging people to go light on fragrance, due to some folks having allergies. That totally makes sense to me, and I will be respecting that.

I'm hanging out in the consuite right now, getting a bit of dinner in me. I've run into some folk I know and/or sort of know, including [livejournal.com profile] maevele, who I haven't seen in a dog's age. (In fact, I still owe her prints of the photos I took of her and Baby H, back when H was actually a baby.) She is here with her two lovely wee ones, so I got to see the much bigger H and meet the wee little (and very adorable) I. <squee!>

I'm trying to decide which of two panels to attend after the opening ceremonies (which are in about 40 minutes). One of the panels I like for the topic, the other I like for the panelists. It's a tough call. It may end up as a coin toss.

For the moment, think I am going to go in search of a bit more snackage. They have fortune cookies, and I am hoping to be able to add a few to my fortune collection. I'm getting closer to the amount I need for the collage, but it will be a while yet, I believe.