book meme!

Apr. 18th, 2011 12:23 pm
speccygeekgrrl42: (nose-deep in a book : Sherlock)
Stolen from [ profile] beggar_always:

☇ Take four books off your bookshelf.
☇ Write the first sentence
☇ Write the last sentence on page fifty
☇ Write the second sentence on page one hundred
☇ Write the next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
☇ Write the final sentence of the book
☇ Let your friends guess what book it is.

-1- Rant, Chuck Palahniuk
First sentence: Like most people, I didn't meet and talk to Rant Casey until after he was dead.
Last sentence on page 50: Funds was their money, to buy whatever they wanted.
Second sentence on page 100: At home, he had a closet full of shirts and pants and jeans and vests.
Next to last sentence on page 150: "Part of my strategying," Rant goes, his head turning to cover two quadrants, our three to nine o'clock.
Final sentence: Toni Wiedlin (Party Crasher) continues to participate in Party Crash events but denies all rumors that she's assumed the role of game organizer.

First sentence: The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed sub-category.
Last sentence on page 50: The walls are lined with illuminated signs, each one bearing the image of some Old West desperado.
Second sentence on page 100: Outside in the yard, it was very hot and he felt bad.
Next to last sentence on page 150: "Well, she doesn't know that he killed the guy," Squeaky says.
Final sentence: "Yeah, home seems about right."

-3- The Golden Compass, Phillip Pullman
First sentence: Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.
Last sentence on page 50:"So," she said, "sometime in the last two hours there must've been Gobblers here...."
Second sentence on page 100: Lyra listened enthralled to tales of the fen dwellers, of the great ghost dog Black Shuck, of the marsh fires arising from bubbles of witch oil, and began to think of herself as gyptian even before they reached the fens.
Next to last sentence on page 150: You will find him at the sledge depot at the end of Langlokur Street.
Final sentence: So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.

-4- Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
First sentence: The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself.
Last sentence on page 50: Richard found himself remembering a theatrical production of Robinson Crusoe he had been taken to as a child: this was what Robinson Crusoe might have looked like, if he had been shipwrecked on a rooftop instead of a desert island.
Second sentence on page 100: "Do you like it?" she asked.
Next to last sentence on page 150: The little gray man blinked shortsightedly at Richard as Richard grabbed him, and then he said, lugubriously, "Sorry about that."
Final sentence: And they walked away together through the hole in the wall, back into the darkness, leaving nothing behind them; not even the doorway.
speccygeekgrrl42: (libraries are fun. : Sherlock)
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My bookshelf is severely limited at college. I own a good six shelves packed full of books, but I only have one shelf of them now, and part of that shelf is DVDs.

DVDs: there's a lot of them )

Books: not as many of these )

This doesn't count my shelf of textbooks and to-read books, and it is missing my copies of If Not, Winter and Watchmen which are being loaned out at the moment.

And conclusions? I guess people would conclude that I have a fairly broad range of movie interests, I love RDJ and I like sci-fi, I dig gay poets and authors, I like fantasy that has some connection with the real world, and I like Sherlock Holmes. And all of those conclusions would be true.
speccygeekgrrl42: (nose-deep in a book : Sherlock)
Not in any particular order, since I'm a habitual re-reader and god only knows when I actually first got my hands on any given book. The first four were all around sixth grade or slightly earlier, after that I came across most of the rest of them in middle school and high school, only a couple since I started college in 2003.

1) The Lives of Christopher Chant, by Dianna Wynne Jones

2) So You Want To Be A Wizard, by Diane Duane

3) The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

4) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

5) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

6) If I Pay Thee Not In Gold, by Piers Anthony and Mercedes Lackey

7) Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

8) Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

9) Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

10) The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson

11) Diary, by Chuck Palahniuk

12) Survivor, by Chuck Palahniuk

13) If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, by Anne Carson

14) The Wounded Sky, by Diane Duane

15) Abhorsen, by Garth Nix
speccygeekgrrl42: (*tub time*)
I promised a vlog and here it is.

I didn't get a chance to watch Sherlock because I had to record this vlog FIVE FUCKING TIMES. If I had known that YouTube upped the time limit to 15 minutes, I would have only recorded it four times, but I was interrupted by my family twice, I was boring once, and I went for eleven minutes once, so this is the result of almost an hour of talking to myself. I hope you all enjoy it. xD

New people: I make video blogs when I'm in the bathtub. It's my gimmick. People seem to like it. I'm going to have a problem when I get to campus and don't have a tub any more, I'll have to come home on the weekends to do my vlogging.

My mother just got back from Pennsylvania and a Joyce Meyer conference. Joyce Meyer is one of those inspirational Christian speakers. My mother adores her. I think she's kind of fruity, honestly, but she's the least objectionable of an annoying bunch as far as inspirational Christan speakers I've been forced to listen to go. She brought me back a book called "Animal Colony", which, as I flipped through it, looks like an anti-welfare rewrite of Animal Farm. I'm not too enthusiastic about reading it but it would be rude not to read a gift. I may have to re-read Animal Farm in order to get the nasty Republican taste off my brain afterwards.

What I really want to read right now is A Series of Unfortunate Events. I was looking at my VFD tattoo while I was in the tub and I got struck with the desire to revisit Violet and Klaus and Sunny. I own the entire set, actually, and I could probably finish them all by Tuesday if I did nothing but read for the next couple of days, but I want to watch Eleven more than I want to read ASoUE, so that won't be happening. I may just read The Bad Beginning and see if that satisfies the craving, but I doubt it will.
speccygeekgrrl42: (bookworm at home : Gabriel)
yoinked from [ profile] jaxxamundo.

1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Not usually. If I do, I try to make it something healthy, like apple slices.

2. What is your favorite drink while reading?
Cranberry juice.

3. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I never mark books up. Not even textbooks.

4. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ear? Laying the book flat open?
Bookmark. I almost never dog-ear, and I'll only leave a book laid flat for a minute or two.

5. Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Both?
Much more fiction.

6. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
Chapters are there to give you good places to pause, why wouldn't you use them for that purpose? That said, I do a lot of reading while I'm waiting, and I can stop in the middle of a chapter when I'm done waiting.

7. Are you a person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
No! I would never treat a book like that, even if the author pissed me off. (Well, maybe I might consider it if it was a used book.)

8. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
No, I try to figure it out in context first. I'll look it up if I really can't guess at the meaning.

9. What are you currently reading?
Bending the Willow. It's about Jeremy Brett playing Sherlock Holmes. I'm only a couple of chapters in.

10. What is the last book you bought?
I think Bending the Willow is the last one I bought.

11. Are you a person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
Generally, one at a time. I've made exceptions, but when I start reading more than one at a time I run the risk of never finishing one of them.

12. Do you have a favorite time/place to read?
Now that we have a hammock, I love to go out in the late afternoon and swing on it and read. It's very relaxing.

13. Do you prefer series books or stand-alones?
All my favorite books are parts of series.

14. Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
Douglas Adams (specifically The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Diane Duane (specifically So You Want To Be A Wizard), and Chuck Palahniuk (specifically Survivor and Rant)
speccygeekgrrl42: (forgot towel; brought gun. : John)
Lots of people asked for them, so here they are! First one's read by Stephen Fry, the rest are read by Martin Freeman.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Life, The Universe and Everything

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

Mostly Harmless
speccygeekgrrl42: (high-functioning sociopath : Sherlock)
+ Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper on their LiveJournal.
+ Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
+ Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on.

three guesses what you'll find under here, and the first two don't count )

I'm going to eventually put up a post asking if people would like to buy some DVDs and books. Right now I've got both seasons of Jericho, the third and fourth seasons of Dinosaurs, and a hardcover copy of Superfreakonomics. There will be more as I finish cleaning out my bookshelves, but if anyone wants to call dibs on those, I'll take any reasonable offer, pretty much.

I'm about halfway through rereading that book I was asking about, too. You know that one book that's not really objectively very good that you can't help loving anyway? Yeah, this is that book for me. It has Serious Issues with Gender Relations, but also one of the more interesting genderqueer characters I've ever come across. I have started at least two different AU stories based in the universe this book is set in, because I am really intensely intrigued by one of the species, but nothing ever came of them and anyways I don't think I've ever met another person who's read this book. It's If I Pay Thee Not In Gold by Piers Anthony and Mercedes Lackey AND YES, I KNOW, I should know better, but there was a period of my life in which Piers Anthony was actually my favorite author... I don't like to think about that era of my literary development too much. Now that I'm aware of things like gender issues and responsible sexuality, I shudder to look back on most of those books. (Still fond of the Incarnations of Immortality series though.)

Anyways, I bet I can finish this book before I go to sleep, if I stop dicking around on the internet now.
speccygeekgrrl42: (tired.)
I made a vlog in the tub again, but it turned out to be almost 20 minutes long. YouTube won't go over 10 minutes, so I uploaded it to Megavideo... and I'm still waiting for it to process. Basically I went from blackberries and took a rambling trip through my school years and hit on Prop 8 and my thoughts on marriage as relates to me, the Salvation Army and how my parents got into it, and a bit of rambling appreciation of you, my friendslist. Also a request for further vlog topics. Like I say in the video: seriously, just ask me to talk about something, I will talk about anything you request. (not necessarily in the bathtub though.)

Like [ profile] dougs said: this is the vlog your vlog could smell like, if your vlog was recorded in the bathtub. With Lush bath bombs. Mmm.

I started trying to knit. I cast on thirty stitches with no problem and then... problems started happening. I don't want to have to unravel it but I'm thinking I'm going to have to do a lot of things I don't want to do before this calorimetry is done.

Julia made me a hemp necklace today. It has a dragon medallion on it. She swears hemp stops itching if you wear it for a few days, so I'm just not going to take it off unless I'm bathing and see how long it takes to soften up a bit. It's not actually irritating my skin, but it's... weird to have a weight around my neck. It's been a long time since I've habitually worn any jewelry-- the last one I used to wear constantly was a lizard necklace [ profile] moorishflower gave me, which I'm not positive the location of at this moment, but it's still one of my favorite necklaces. My favorite is the teardrop garnet on a silver chain, which matches a silver (I think steel actually) ring with a red jewel in it that doesn't quite fit on my finger any more. I only ever wear silver, if you ever see me wearing gold it's a shocking occasion, I hardly own any gold. I do have one string of pearls I inherited from my grandmother, that's about the only proper jewelry I have.

I don't even have my ears pierced, and that seems to be an oddity for a woman my age. The assumption is that everyone has pierced ears. I just never saw the point in putting more holes in my head than the ones I was born with. I'm not big on accessorizing, it would bother me having something in my ears all the time, I think. Sometimes I admire my mother's earrings, but never in an "ooh I wish I could wear those" way. I'll be honest, it used to be a fear of needles, but four tattoos and over half a dozen blood donations have pretty much cured me of that particular problem. Still, I don't feel the need to get a piercing, even though I've been told I'd look good with a more unconventional piercing like a tragus (which Julia has) or a daith. Someone told me to get an industrial once but that isn't happening while I'm sane.

Tomorrow's supposed to be revoltingly hot again. With, again, thunderstorms on the forecast that I doubt will materialize. I'm dying for a good thunderstorm already. Yes, I know I talk about the weather a lot, I promise as soon as it stops trying to kill me with humidity I'll stop talking about it.

Pretty soon I'm going to have to start unloading my bookshelves into plastic totes. I'm not looking forward to it. Books need to be displayed, not stashed away where nobody can look at them. When I get my own place, my bookshelves are going to be more prominent than my television in my living room. I own a lot of books and I love most of them quite a lot. Although I keep acquiring new ones I have no place to put... oh, and I still owe [ profile] saena17 a book, I'm sorry Saena, I'll get right on that, I've had it set aside for weeks now, I just need to wrap it up and address it. Anyways, I'm pretty sure I can fit my favorite series all together in one tote, even though Harry Potter takes up a lot of room since they're all hardcovers (and I don't even own a copy of Deathly Hallows, I just read Kristin's), and Harry Dresden takes up a lot of space because there are so darn many of his books (and I include all the compilations with just one short story by Jim Butcher in this number, I could get rid of most of them after Side Jobs comes out), and there are quite a few Young Wizards books too... maybe I'll need more than one tote.

Okay, time for bed. Tomorrow I'm going to spend some quality time with and then maybe I can take this ball of yarn out to the hammock and chill out in the shade when the heat in my room is too bad to bear.
speccygeekgrrl42: (bookworm at home : Gabriel)
At like 1 or 1:30 [ profile] shigogouhou linked me to the download page for For the Win, a YA novel by Cory Doctorow.

I just finished reading it. I could not STOP reading it. I can't even explain how good the book is, just... I could not close my computer. I had to keep reading. It made me cry. If you think unions are a good idea, or if you like the way virtual worlds and the real world interact, or if you want a very interesting look at economics, I strongly suggest downloading this book.

And the author says it's okay for you to download it, too. :)

Now, I can't believe I just stayed up past dawn for two days in a row, I must have brain damage, but it is time for me to get some sleep, finally.
speccygeekgrrl42: (bookworm at home : Gabriel)
Bold the books you've read completely; watching the movies or cartoon doesn't count.
Italicize the ones you've read parts of.
More than seven is above average.

but you all knew I was above average already )

In other book news, Switch Hitters got here today. How much do I love Paperbackswap for bringing gems like this into my life? So much, you guys, SO MUCH.

Now I am full of Chinese food and pretty soon I am going to make friends with Johnnie Walker and probably commit some terrible acts of drunk writing.
speccygeekgrrl42: (*threesomes solve everything!*)
I am up to current on the Sookie Stackhouse novels now, and I just have to say, Sookie's life would be a hell of a lot easier if she would just have a threesome with Eric and Bill.

...just sayin'.

Also, I just finished reading that book in a little under three hours. Things are like popcorn, I swear. At least Sherlock Holmes is taking some brainpower to read, these vampire novels are total fluff (and I love them)!
speccygeekgrrl42: (maintain cover : Chuck/Sarah)
Maybe the Nohari window wasn't such a good idea. Now I'm all worried about who thinks I'm inflexible and childish. I mean, the rest of them I'll own up to, and maybe I'm immature, but childish seems kind of harsh. And I'm one of the most flexible people I know and I don't even mean that in a prurient way (although I'm pretty flexible like that too, ifyaknowwhatImean).

"defensive" isn't one of the words, but it probably should be, because that I'll also own up to.

Also it's funny how people will let me know who they are when they praise me but not when they criticize me. Either be anonymous both ways or keep your big girl panties on when you tell me what you think of me. I promise I'm not going to be offended just because I know what you think my bad points are.

Aaaaanyway. I just finished Ship of Destiny and I almost want to go reread the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies because I think they were a lot better. Not that the Liveship Traders books were bad, just... I read them out of order and now that bothers me a little bit. Also, when Amber was recarving Paragon, I started thinking about Fitz (obviously) and I thought, hmm, I would totally cast Brandon Routh as Fitz if they ever made a movie out of the books. They'd have to do something about his nose, but I think he could carry the part. I can't think of a single person who could play the Fool, though. He'd be the hardest to cast.

...and maybe three of you will even know what I'm talking about here, so I'm going to stop now. xD

I should watch Chuck, it did finish downloading, but I think I'm going to go to bed early instead. I don't think I can maintain 45 minutes of focus right now.
speccygeekgrrl42: (bookworm at home : Gabriel)
I was watching Chuck when I got a call from NY Upstate Medical doing a follow-up survey to something I filled out at the State Fair last year. I have successfully quit smoking, so it was a very short survey, but I still missed an entire segment of Chuck, so I decided to go away. I'll download it and watch it through before I go to bed tonight.

Still: I'm getting a $10 Starbucks gift card. Score.

I'm trying to cultivate more of a sense of pride in my accomplishments when I think about how long it's been since I've had a cigarette. I sometimes kind of want one if I'm in the car with Julia and Jake, but for the most part they gross me out now, and I should be happy, because that's a big thing, going from smoking almost a pack a day on my worst days to not having had a single cigarette in seven months and not smoking more than a whole pack in a year and three months. So... yay me, I'm awesome. xD

I am within 20 pages of finishing Ship of Destiny and I think I'm going to go back and try to finish that book about the CIA I started a few months ago. Now that I've covered recent history in Western Civ, what's being discussed in the book is a little more relevant. After that, I'm going to go through at least another 200 pages of my Sherlock Holmes book (which I still have a good 700 pages to go, yikes), and then maybe finish A People's History of the United States, which I've been reading since, um, 2007? 2008? It's been a good couple years. I was reading it the last summer I was in Plattsburgh and then set it aside... I really should finish it.

And tomorrow I think I'm going to try to clean my room. At least my bedside table and the shelf by the door need to be organized. I'll have plenty of time before my doctor's appointment.

OH HEY IT'S A MEME: (yoinked from [ profile] pocky_slash)

Pick one of my icons and I will write a drabble based on it.

My icons live here!
speccygeekgrrl42: (#vortex# gaze lowered : Gabrielle Gray)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

"No, I mean it," Miki whispered, her eyes wide in the red glow of their flashlights. "I'm going to get some help."

"Are you sure? Maybe we should...," Aya started, but Miki was already dashing toward the stairs, calling for the others.

-Extras, Scott Westerfeld

Have I talked about the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld already? I know I've mentioned it in passing, but I don't think I've talked about it at any length. I started reading the series last year, and as we all know, I'm a sucker for good young adult sci-fi. I might even be willing to say I prefer YA sci-fi and fantasy to the stuff produced for adults-- my favorite series of all time is YA lit, and probably six of my top ten favorite series are aimed towards young adults. (That'd be Young Wizards, the Weetzie Bat stories, The Keys to the Kingdom, the Abhorsen trilogy, the White Jenna books, and Harry Potter. Well, seven if you count the Uglies series.)

So these books are about a society that's the descendant of our own, after wars and a virus that eats oil do a lot of work toward decimating the population. The premise is that when a person turns 16, they undergo surgery to make them beautiful, and also healthier and stronger and more resilient-- but not smarter. After you undergo the surgery you're a "bubblehead", and the only things you have to worry about are what to wear to tonight's parties and what fun you can get up to with your clique. So post-surgery, you're a Pretty, and anyone younger than 16 is an Ugly-- not altered in any way, just waiting for their chance to join Pretty society and live it up.

Which sounds pretty awesome, except that the Pretties all have had their brains altered to make them happy and uncurious and easily pliable. Pretty society, effortless living and constant partying, that's the new opiate of the masses, and the masses don't even notice that there's anything wrong with that.

So the books follow one certain girl, Tally Youngblood, as she learns about what's messed up in her world and sneaks away to join the Smoke, a group of people who escaped the surgery and live like people of the past-- "Rusties"-- and how she changes the entire fabric of her society by being curious and brave and tricky. And the books are AWESOME. The lingo is really infectious-- it's silly how much I want to adopt the slang from these books, because isn't "brain-missing" an excellent way to describe something or someone stupid? And "bubbly-making" to describe something that makes you happy? I love it.

So if you take one recommendation from me about anything, go find these books. It goes Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras, and I promise you that once you pick up the first one you won't want to stop until you've gotten to the end of the last one.
speccygeekgrrl42: (bookworm at home : Gabriel)
I spent most of my afternoon putting my book collection into my LibraryThing. I did the west-side bookshelves and my to-read shelf. The east-side shelves will have to wait until I feel like turning around every thirty seconds. I'm up to 164 books so far. I think I'll probably end up somewhere around the 230 range without counting the ones in boxes in the basement.

I also caught up on Big Bang Theory. My plans to catch up on Fringe were derailed by people talking to me on AIM though. See, I never used to have that problem! But it's kind of nice making contact with people. Even if most of the people who talk to me are guys who think I'm hot, which is kind of unsettling. Where the ladies at? xD

I started the Wells College application last night and, ugh, I'm going to have to get my transcript from SUNY Plattsburgh. I think it's a total ripoff that I have to pay them for it. It's just a few freaking sheets of paper, seriously, it's not even like someone has to look through a file cabinet to find the information, you print it right off the computer. Anyway, I have my high school transcript already so I don't need to worry about that.

I am kind of worried about the faculty recommendation letters though. I mean, is it weird to go back to a teacher to ask them to do it? It can't be that weird, but I feel odd about asking Dr. Aikman to do one for me. I'm going to ask Alyssa to do the other one since she's had me as a teacher twice and I think she knows how I am as a student pretty well. This insecurity thing has got to ease up already.

Tomorrow at 9:30 I'm going to see Alice so she can help me with the application... I'm not exactly sure how she'll help, but whatever, it gives me a reason to be up at a normal kind of hour. Maybe I can even get some stuff done like going to the post office...

oh, tomorrow is my mother's birthday, too! It's a good thing I already have a card for her, I just have to write in it. It's kind of religious, so I feel a little bit disingenuous about giving it to her, but she'll like the sentiment. And I'm taking her out to Olive Garden for dinner on Thursday because that's when we go into Syracuse. I should probably do something like vacuum the house, too, just to be extra nice and stuff.

Matt asked me if I want to join a Serenity RPG on Saturday night. I don't know how I feel about that. On the one hand, getting out and socializing would be cool. On the other hand, it's been years and years since I've played a tabletop RPG and I don't want to be "that chick" or do it wrong or something.

Seriously, I used to have a little more self confidence than this, what happened to it? I'd like it back please.
speccygeekgrrl42: (waiting on the world to change: Raj:TBBT)
The psych test was not in the academic support center, which either means it's tomorrow or I have to talk to Dr. Sanzotta directly about taking it. That means I have time for a quick nap before Forensics, though!

Something scary happened today when I went to work out. All of the treadmills were taken. I had to hop on an elliptical for almost ten minutes and let me tell you internets, my legs are not happy with that turn of events. Luckily someone vacated a treadmill around my ten minute mark and I finished up my 45 minutes almost exactly to the minute.

I am almost done with Superfreakonomics, which I started last night after I finished Dead Until Dawn, which I really enjoyed. The next book on my list: the most recent Dexter novel. After that, I think I'm going to dip back to the fantasy side of things and finally get to the Dragon's Milk books that [ profile] moorishflower gave me for my birthday. It's good to have a plan. xD

Wednesday is my practical exam on plants for Botany. I am pretty confident that I can identify anything he throws at us by the common name, and pretty sure that I am going to completely bomb out on knowing the scientific nomenclature for everything except poison ivy (because he drilled Toxicodendron radicans into our heads from day one). We'll see how it goes.

Sometimes I wish I had a personal photographer. I look totally cute today (well, except for my hair) and I really can't capture the sweetness of my outfit with arm's-length self-photography. xD And it's way too weird to ask my little sister to take pictures of me. Oh well. Trust me on this, guys, I am rocking the Raj look, and when I say rocking I mean like whoa.
speccygeekgrrl42: (bookworm at home : Gabriel)
Stolen from [ profile] ciara_belle

1. Pick 10 of your favorite books or series.
2. Post the first sentence of each book. (If one sentence seems too short, post two or three!)
3. Let everyone try to guess the titles and authors of your books.

I doubled up on two authors. Can you guess which ones? )
speccygeekgrrl42: (...huh? : Spock)
I just finished The Universe in a Nutshell and I don't feel any smarter for having done so. In fact, I feel really dumb, because I lost what was happening way before M-theory and I don't get anything about branes or strings. My understanding fell off somewhere around the quark level.

Good thing I'm not majoring in physics, right? I'll stick with the humanities, they're less weird.

That said and done, my copy of the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy arrived today, so I'll be settling in for a leisurely re-read of one of my favorite series in the world to coddle my brain after being braned.
speccygeekgrrl42: (bees... WIT bees. : Farseer)
This weekend was kind of emotionally train-wrecky. Not that I was in one of the crashing cabooses, but there's only so much arguing and sniping and bitching that can go on around me before it just soaks in and colors everything miserable. Some day, I'm going to go back to New Bedford and only do things I want to do, and have the freedom to walk out the door as soon as one of my relatives becomes too much to bear. This was not that time by any stretch.

Everything I brought with me smells nasty like old cigarettes and dusty house and the worst odors of party food cooking. I tossed my blanket in the wash and it dyed everything else in there pink... I'm glad I didn't put in my striped sweater. I'm waiting for it to spin out again so I can get it in the dryer, but I'm probably not going to have it by the time I pass out tonight. And I need to pass out.

I didn't get much out of the party itself-- I went in early with everyone, made the deviled eggs and didn't get sick (but it was close), burned my hand on a metal spoon (because I'm brilliant), then went out and slept in the minivan for an hour. My mom woke me up to eat some of the food we spent the weekend making, and then I went back out to sleep again. I didn't even say hi to my grandfather and stepgrandmother, and I feel kind of douchey for that, but man I just felt so crappy all I wanted to do was nap.

On the way home, for the most part it was... not quiet, but tolerable. I read until it got too dark, and then I watched the first two episodes of FlashForward, which I REALLY like. I mean, I like the premise and the story completely apart from the fact that Joseph Fiennes and John Cho and Jack Davenport are all ovary-scorchingly hot. I don't even know what day it airs, I should probably find that out. But yes, new show to add to my list of love.

After I finished up with that, I had to deal with Rachael listening to country music the rest of the ride home, because my iPod was out of juice. AND my mom and I got into it, prompted by Rachael, about euthanasia, legalizing marijuana, and abortion. If she'd brought up gay rights, that would have hit just about the whole list of Things I Hate Talking To Her About... but luckily we made it home before that happened. I had a small but definite freakout in a lull in the conversation. I am getting pretty good at crying silently. I don't think this is something I should be proud about, but there it is.

I took a bath and I feel kind of better now.... my muscles were all completely tense from the emotional buildup and the poor sleep and everything this weekend, and they're a little bit more relaxed.

Julia's turning 18 on Saturday. I am, to be perfectly honest, kind of terrified to see what happens that day.

Hopefully, financial aid checks should be coming this week. I'm going to pay off my netbook, hand most of the rest to my parents, and see what that leaves me with. I'd like to get a new winter coat before it reaches the point where I desperately need it, and I might get Kings on DVD because I can't get my parents to watch things on the computer with me and I think they'd both be interested. I can't remember if they actually watched it when it aired, but I know none of us watched it through to the end. And aside from giving them money for, you know, not kicking my ass out on the street, I want to take my parents somewhere halfway nice for dinner. And I have to get Julia a birthday present. We'll see how much of this I can actually accomplish, I guess.

I'm skipping Botany lab because a) I don't want to get up at 7:30, b) I know for a fact that if I go out, I'm going to have another dizzy spell, and it's going to be worse than the ones before just because of how I feel, and c) I like the letter C. I'm going to go in for 9, since Julia has a class then, so I can make up everything else I need to do on campus. is amazing how stressed I can be when I really don't have anything important happening, really. And how stressed I can still be with a calm-me-down pill in me.

I am halfway through Fool's Fate and I have a bad feeling that I'm going to not particularly like how the story ends. I've enjoyed the series so far, but... I'm so sick of my favorite characters dying in, like, everything ever. :/
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My mom is being ambitious, which means I have to do a lot of work. Ha.

Does anyone know much about VHS to DVD transfer? What equipment I'd need, how easy or hard it is? I'm definitely not anticipating it to be easy enough that she can do it on her own but it would be nice if I could do it without screwing up too badly. xD

I wonder how long it will take before making a joke using "abort/retry/fail?" gets more blank stares than it does laughs. I don't think my sisters would get it...

Okay, I have a metric ton of fic to comment on, so I'm going to waste time with a meme. xD And stop trying to think of original things to say.

Stolen from [ profile] moorishflower
BOOK MEME. Count how many you've read! Apparently the BBC thinks that most people will only read 6 out these 100 books. (EXCEPT IT'S NOT ACTUALLY 100 BOOKS. Whoever put this list together fails at telling a single book in a series from a series entire... anyhoo.) Put an 'X' after the ones you've read. (FOR EXTRA FUN: Bold the stuff you've read more than once!)

I'm startlingly UNwell-read. )

Unlucky for me that I'm not a big fan of Austen or Dickens, I could have broke 40. xD Oh well. I do much better than this in top 100 sci-fi books lists... and speaking of which, I would most definitely replace one of those doubled choices with Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

What do you guys think? What vital book has been left off this list?


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