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Of Amusement

March 4th, 2009 (03:15 pm)

where in the world: apartment
do you feel: hungry
can you hear: beep

Unless you're emotionally invested in something else, pleeeaase take a second to go vote to name the new ISS node "Serenity." Vote here!

Of Coming Spring

March 3rd, 2009 (02:55 pm)

where in the world: apartment
do you feel: tired
can you hear: Bewitched

I just ran into a wall. It was skillful.


There's still snow everywhere and this is probably one of the coldest days of the year. But if robins are a sign of spring then spring is on the way. There are about twenty redbreasts hopping around in our yard, congregating in the spaces where the sun's melted the snow. It's adorable.

Of Shocking Events

February 20th, 2009 (02:02 pm)

where in the world: apartment (not blown away yet)
do you feel: tired
can you hear: Bewitched

So it's time for a thunderstorm. I got an arcing shock from my car door at about four inches that I could feel all the way up to my shoulder. I tend to be highly static, but this is just silly (and kinda painful).

Not much going on in life right now - school, work, waiting for graduation. I have a project I really should be working on right now, and several smaller assignments. But I'm not. Obviously.

...Really starting to think the apartment's gonna blow away one of these days.

Of 25 Things

February 5th, 2009 (07:05 pm)

where in the world: apartment
do you feel: amused
can you hear: tv

Meme in the news!

I'm always amazed at people's amazement that things like this hit home. They go on and on about how our digital culture simultaneously isolates us and makes us more comfortable sharing personal information with strangers, and yet seem to have no actual concept of how this whole "online culture" thing works.

How are "25 Things" memes any different from classic games like "Truth or Dare?" or "I Never" (except, in the case of the latter, without the added social lubricant of alcohol or Pixie Stix)? People naturally want to know more about the people they associate with - and, yes, being "friends" on Facebook is a form of association (actually an increasingly important one, I guess).

People, especially young people, also want to stand out from the crowd. In today's society, being a little odd or having done something different from everyone else is a way of making oneself memorable. And how can you be memorable if no one knows all the weird things about you or cool things you've done?

Yet even while attempting to stand out, people want to fit in (the human conundrum, that), and seeing all the similarly weird or cool things about other people helps a lot with that. It's a kind of "We're all different together" mentality.

Everything else aside, how in the world is a "25 Things" meme stranger than teenagers playing "Spin the Bottle" or "7 Minutes of Heaven" at a party? That tidbit of American culture has always been incomprehensible to me.

Anyway. I could probably go on about this all day, but I thought I'd just share the link.

Of Our First December Holiday!

December 6th, 2008 (04:52 pm)

Happy St. Nicholas Day, everybody!

Of Shadow Art

December 2nd, 2008 (09:19 am)

where in the world: Whitmore
do you feel: cold

Visual art...isn't really my thing. I appreciate (some) of it, and I enjoy it, but I don't have the amazing patience required to study or create it. That said, this is absolutely amazing and makes me want to run out and buy a pile of junk from which to create my masterpiece (because the contortions of the other style look kinda painful).

Of a Moment

November 15th, 2008 (04:38 pm)

where in the world: apartment
do you feel: peaceful
can you hear: 3rd Rock

I love the way the world looks when the sky right above is black and stormy, but the sun is low enough on a still-blue horizon that it streams in underneath the storm-cap. Evergreens are especially pretty in this light. It makes me really happy, for some reason.

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