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Here's my art for Mandraco's lovely story "With Open Eyes" for the Gabriel big bang. Such a cute pairing! Drawn digitally with Sketchbook Express on Intuos tablet. It took me foreverrrr to get their faces to look decent. @_@;

(Of note: I never use this journal anymore except to comment on other people's stuff. Find me on Tumblr, AO3, and DeviantArt instead. :3 )
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This journal is friends-only. If you would like to view entries, please leave a comment and tell me where I know you from and what filters you would like to be on.

The filters available are as follows:
- Angst - Sometimes I need to get things off my chest. They may not necessarily be rooted in reality.
- Memes - Everybody posts silly quizzes and pass-it-ons sometimes.
- Mission - Things related to Truth of the Spoon.
- Musing - I wax philosophical and occasionally eloquent.
- Poetry - I want people to read it but I don't want to throw away first publishing rights.
- Queer - Gender/sexuality comments, rants, or education.
- School - Everyday stuff, classes, frisbee, work, and/or location specific stuff.
- Sex - Not necessarily the sex I'm having, but I talk about sex kind of a lot.
- Spirituality - Pagan, Unitarian Universalist, House of Netjer, conversations with deity, divination, etc.
- Writing - May either be bits posted for critique or help, or just metawriting.
- Random - Grab bag; may be subdivided if there is a need.

Please also let me know if you don't want to hear about a certain topic ever. It's conceivable that I will at times be angsty about gender, or musing about religion, or writing poetry about sex. I will try to select the best filter for the individual post, and strike a balance between flooding pages with multiple entries and shoving many unrelated topics into one post.

Make wise choices. If it's going to be awkward for you to look me in the eye if you read what I might have to say on any of these topics, don't select that filter. This is a place for me to hammer out my thoughts and be as in depth as I want to be, which is less likely in everyday conversations. I'm not going to turn anyone away from a filter they request.

Thanks.
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Holiday giving-type meme: I’m all for it. Here’s the cut and paste (from Essin' Em):

Step One
- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered…whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LJ or Myspace or Blog. The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just an email address at which you can be contacted by potential wish-grantors, real or imaginary.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your post, so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
- Surf around your friends list/blogroll/RSS feeds (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list.
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes someone’s trash is another’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use–or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free–do it.

You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not–it’s your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just…wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.

Put up your own list and I'll see what I can do (comment here with it if you want to make sure I see it). If you can hook me up with any of these things, comment here or contact me through email. I will love you forever.

Here's the List )

Let me know yours!
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Since I decided yesterday to do up my concept in cyberpunk instead of run-of-the-mill sword-and-sorcery fantasy, I realized I already had the perfect playlist to accompany my writing.

Inside of You, In Spite of You - ThouShaltNot
Heaven's Gaze - The Crüxshadows
White Rabbit - Collide
Extreme Ways - Moby
Ready Steady Go - Paul Oakenfold
Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups
Battle Flag - Lo Fidelity Allstars
Tears - The Crüxshadows
Tesko Suicide - Sneaker Pimps
Girl and the Sea - The Presets
Cherry Blossom Girl - Air
Don't Panic - Coldplay
Dissolved Girl - Massive Attack
Dirge - Death in Vegas
Requiem for a Dream - Paul Oakenfold
Eden - Hooverphonic
Angel - Massive Attack
Silent Shout - The Knife
11h30 - Danger
Technologic - Daft Punk
Reinvent the Pain - Neuroticfish
tiktikboom - Peter Gresser
Aletheuo (Truthspeaking) - DJ Krush feat. Angelina Esparza
Let Go - Frou Frou
Natural Blues - Moby
Boten Anna - Basshunter
Dragostea Din Tei - O-zone
Bale Out - RevoLucian
Sinnerman (Felix da Housecat's Heavenly House Remix) - Nina Simone
Ordinary World - Aurora feat. Naimee Coleman
Leva's Polka (bbm remix) - Loituma
Face the Music (Kascade Club Mix Edit) - Conjure One

I call it EEPROM because it resonated for some reason, which at one point I backronym'd, but can't remember what I came up with (it really stands for Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory).

I might, for the purposes of this writing experiment, add in some .hack//SIGN and Ghost in the Shell tunes (See-Saw, Origa, and Yoko Kanno for the most part) which aren't originally in this mix but have the appropriate mien; also wishing I had more Imogen Heap.

(Heh. The auto-detect location thinks I'm in St. Louis.)
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Because Nikol asked, and my favorites don't fit in 129 characters. Pick and choose as your need suits you!

Good

Richard Shindell, 'Are You Happy Now?' )

Dave Matthews, "Gravedigger"
Gravedigger
When you dig my grave
Can you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain


Most of Tom Lehrer ever.

Ani Difranco, 'Little Plastic Castle' )

April March, "Chick Habit"
oh, how your bubble's gonna burst
when you meet another nurse
she'll be driving in a hearse


Belle and Sebastian, 'I Don't Love Anyone' )

Belle and Sebastian, "If You're Feeling Sinister"
But if you are feeling sinister
Go off and see a minister
Chances are you'll probably feel better
If you stayed and played with yourself


Emerald Rose, "Goth Baby"
Now I've got one heart beating
Two holes in my neck
And for three nights running
I've been a nervous wreck
Won't you come and get me honey
For all eternity
You know I've got to love you
You made a vampire out of me


Carly Simon, "You're So Vain"
You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
Don't you?
Don't you?


Citizen Cope, "Pablo Picasso"
Helicopters and cameras all shottin' for the station
They say that a wild man defending his lady
But for some odd reason they keep calling you a painting


Dar Williams, "As Cool As I Am"
You look out of the kitchen window and you shake your head and say low,
’if I could believe that stuff, I’d say that woman has a halo,’
And I look out and say, ’yeah, she’s really blond,’


The Dresden Dolls, 'The Jeep Song' )

The Dresden Dolls, "Perfect Fit"
i used to be the tight one
the perfect fit
funny how those compliments can
make you feel so full of it


Bad

I love them, but They Might Be Giants has some really bad lyrics. "I turned off my hearing aid," "What's that blue thing doing there," "Please pass the milk please," "Mysterious whisper," etc.

I'm trying to think of something that's not completely obvious--I can't even listen to a lot of modern popular music because they lyrics are so inane.

I also love Ben Folds, and I enjoy "Song for the Dumped," but I can't honestly say the lyrics are good.
Give me my money back
I want my money back
Give me my money back, you bitch
And don't forget to give me back my black T-shirt


Then there's Neutral Milk Hotel. Love them--but their lyrics make no sense. They sound great, but if you just look at the words your brain wants to run away and hide. Example from 'Two Headed Boy.' )

As I understand it, the lyrics of Pearl Jam's "Yellow Ledbetter" aren't the point of the song--which is good, because I really struggle to find the story in them. The song is good, but the lyrics appear to be gibberish )
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Meet Belladonna, the latest addition to my electronics family, thanks to Graydancer.

I'll update more eventually.
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What is the difference between sex and !sex (not-sex)?

[rant]

Aug. 16th, 2007 01:49 pm
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One of my huge pet peeves is people who post anything on the internet under their significant other's account/screen name.

I can understand if it's a joint computer and someone forgot to sign out, or you're borrowing your SO's machine and forgot to switch--but for the love of codependency, if you have to make more than one statement on any particular registration-required medium for any reason, get your own damn account.

Group creative endeavors squeak by, as do multiple systems--but if you occupy a separate body, you are physically and mentally capable of posting to the internet yourself, and there is no good reason for co-opting another's account (laziness does not qualify): please, please, please, claim a distinct internet identity.

As a side-note, while I can understand the convenience of one account per physical pair of hands, it would also be great for system journals who do not have separate accounts for each member to at least identify each post by who's fronting to write it. If you're not sure, or your system doesn't work like that, or all/most posts are collective efforts, fine; but if you are separate people and writing as such, it's a whole lot easier not to have to piece who's writing what together by writing style or attitude. You have a name for a reason; use it.

[/rant]
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But for some reason, I have been playing this song on repeat all day, after I listened to Polyamory Weekly #119.

Also, I find it kind of funny that posting from IM has the effect of turning my LJ into a sort of extended Twitter. Since only...two people who read my LJ also follow me on Twitter, I guess I send tweets all day and don't want to repeat all of it in long form for LJ, so my LJ friends miss out.

Anyway, the movers come on Wednesday so I'm going a little crazy and my mom is yelling at me. But it'll be okay.
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Why don't zombies eat other zombies?
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Still kind of apathetic about LJ posts, and writing in general, unfortunately. But I wanted to tell everyone to go see Stardust as soon as possible, because it is truly amazing.
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I have just discovered that I can post to LJ from IM. Let's see if this works.
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Just wanted to share some links, I'll write more after I eat and finish cleaning the house. It's been too long.

NeverWear, Neil Gaiman T-shirts.

EscapePod and PseudoPod, two podcasts that serve as an audio magazine for sci-fi and horror short fiction respectively, read by skilled podcasting notables.

Beowulf movie trailer. If you don't already know, watch the trailer, and then watch it again if you need to. See if you can figure it out.

Omni Sanctuary. If you're not so hot on Flashy things, please be a little patient and actually give it a look. There are audio tracks and video if the text is too much to jump into right away.

I'll write in more detail about these links later but I didn't want to forget that I was OMFG EXCITED about their existence and wanted to write about them.

[fan rant]

Jul. 12th, 2007 07:43 pm
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I just finished Dragonseye, and there's a problem.

This book is set at the beginning of the Second Pass. There is no mention of the drum towers.

I know for sure that Todd McCaffrey's Dragonsblood speaks of the drum towers while Wind Blossom is still alive, sometime during the First Pass and soon after the emigration to the Northern Continent.

I think that either Dragonsdawn or Chronicles of Pern: First Fall mentioned or detailed the invention and inception of the drum towers, both of which were written before Dragonseye.

If they did, what was Anne smoking when she wrote Dragonseye to thus disregard her own canon with no explanation?

If I'm remembering wrong and they don't, what was Todd smoking when he wrote Dragonsblood to thus disregard his mother's canon with no explanation, and even base a significant part of the story in a setting that places the creation of the drum towers during Wind Blossom's lifetime.

That said, my trawling of the internets turned up no help on this subject, but it did reveal that another Pern book is expected for 2008. Ann was born in 1926. She's 81. Wow. May I have the fortune and the strength to make a comparable impact on the world.

[/fan rant]
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We may not be fighting a war on American soil, but Iraq is taking a therefore un-addressed toll on American civilians.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/05/us/05contractors.html

I'll edit with some thoughts later when I actually have time.

I need to do a real update, I know. Maybe this weekend. Or once I get a job.


ETA: If you want to literally know what's going on, Twitter me. Many micro updates are easier than a real LJ update so that's all I've got for you for now.
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I think it's time to give my computer a name.

Ze hasn't suggested one so far, so does anyone have any ideas?

FYI, my video iPod's name is Prince, and I think my photo iPod had a few names but has been Valar Dohaeris for a really long time now--GRRM, you better not reveal it actually means something nasty or I will be upset.

EDIT: I think ze's name is Ginger. And my external hard-drive, who also needed a name, is Junior. Thanks guys. :)

LOL

Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:06 pm
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My fairy name as Rob is Fire Rainbowfilter.
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Was exploring Neil Gaiman's blog today and found this, talking about the importance of having a literary will. I know many on my Flist are creative and might benefit from such considerations.

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