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flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Awesome)
Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word is now your catchphrase.

I am the Therapist; the 3rd me wanders about fixing tragedies in a red plaid dressing gown. My companion is [livejournal.com profile] elucreh who asks me what things are, and part of my reply always includes the words "made of awesome".
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Since everyone has rough patches and everyone likes getting mail from friends, it is time to combine these tendencies into a balanced whole. Our friends love us and it stands to reason we should make it as easy as possible to make each other feel better.

Things that I like that can be easily sent in the mail: secondhand books with notes in the margins, ridiculously brightly colored socks that will fit a women's size 11 (including toe socks), raw walnuts, small rocks and coins from interesting places, leftover beads and old buttons and broken jewelry, and any gluten-free candy that is from other countries.

If you do not have my physical address, or it is more than 2 years old and no longer the one I am living at, then comment me or email, and I will fix that part. If I do not have yours, I will ask.

Note To Self - I need to get the wacom tablet out and make a Brain Weasels icon for insomnia.
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Sunshower)
It's been too long, flist. Let us meme together!

You know the rules.

When you see this, post a poem.

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Yule be sorry)
When you see this, post a poem.

Every morning the maple leaves.

Every morning another chapter where the hero shifts

from one foot to the other. Every morning the same big

and little words all spelling out desire, all spelling out

You will be alone always and then you will die.

So maybe I wanted to give you something more than a catalog

of non-definitive acts,

something other than the desperation.

Dear So-and-So, I'm sorry I couldn't come to your party. )
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Harley Quinn)
There's a fandom meme going around, and like a sheep I am going with my fleecy, adorable herd. In no particular order except when I came up with them:

1. Kaylee and Inara from Firefly respect and support each other, and do not try to enforce social norms that would imply a lack of approval. They're okay with having wildly different backgrounds, personalities, prospects and social status. They just admire each other for their different talents and offer support and encouragement. I like how simple they are together.
2. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from the Batman animated series. They fight commit crime! Shenanigans ensue!
3. Sophie and Stacia from Promethea are snarky, catty, they have conflicting goals, and they STILL support each others rights to bang ancient hippies and talk to imaginary people and fight demons.
4. Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax from The Discworld books. Have you ever read The Sea And Little Fishes? Our true friends are the ones we rely on to keep us the kind of crazy that doesn't involve pitchforks and angry villagers.
5. Francine and Katchoo from Strangers In Paradise are complicated and simple, and they are the best friends In the whole of my Top Ten. I've always wished I had a friendship with any girl that was that enduring. Maybe I will, someday.
6. Deety and Sharpie from The Number of The Beast by Robert Heinlein are strong, independent women who don't let being step-mother-and-daughter interfere with being good friends, good captains and having the kind of solidarity you could bounce a quarter off of.
7. Sally and Gillian (yes I had to look up the spelling, stfu) from the movie Practical Magic. Now some people might be purists who say that sisters don't count toward a list of friends and to those people I say LA LA LA FINGERS IN MY EARS I CAN'T HEAR YOU. :P
8. Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase because they were my first adventurous-girl-duo. Pushy, headstrong Bonnie and cautious, thoughtful Sylvia were my early pattern for what female friendships were supposed to look like.
9. Sara and Ermengarde from A Little Princess were like two sides to the same coin: one had all the cleverness and the other had all the luck. But they weren't jealous of each other, they just shared fortune and misfortune as though it never occurred to them not to pool their resources. I always thought that was how friendship should be.
10. Susan and Sally from the BBC TV show Coupling are not perfect people. Susan is sometimes suspicious and irrational; Sally is jealous, neurotic and vain. They understand and accept each other without recourse to self-deception about the other's faults. They love each other and rely on each other and while they have men in their lives they are more honest and trusting and solid together than with any man. Their characters are much more strongly defined by their friendship than by any of the romantic entanglements onscreen.

And to finish off, a poem for those of you who haven't seen it:
A Monstrous Manifesto by Catherynne Valente

If you are a monster, stand up. )
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Shamelessly swiped from [livejournal.com profile] gryphynshadow, mostly because I gave up on trying to figure out what I was good at last time before I got to ten. Some of these are stolen from other people's lists, because I'm a pirate like that.

1. remembering things that I read
2. riding bikes
3. dancing
4. baking cookies
5. writing poetry
6. sing-alongs and harmonizing
7. being enthusiastic
8. preparation for contingencies
9. pressing just enough to release a muscle without pain
10. beading
11. maintaining a comforting presence
12. being forthright
13. observing my own mental processes
14. being flexible
15. google-fu and internet stalking
16. making lists
17. critiquing
18. remembering the lyrics to songs
19. turning off my emotions
20. recommending person-sensitive interesting things to read, see, and do.

This was harder than it looked, so I made one of my co-workers do it with me. She's still in process. It is harder than it sounds. Our culture teaches us to be proud of our looks, our possessions, and things that we may or may not have done anything to accomplish. This is foolish. I scoff in it's general direction.

Also, I'm glad I had this typed up and saved, because now I'm on a bunch of drugs because my knee just went out. Argh.
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There's a discussion I'd like to be part of, and to provide meaningful input to others they will want to see this:

I've never considered my sexuality in terms of a "goal" before, and it's a little uncomfortable to think of it in those terms now. I'm with the partners that fit my sexual and emotional needs while fitting into my life. That (to me) has nothing to do with their gender. Boys tend toward direct, and that's a lot easier for me. I must admit that most women continue to baffle me with their subtlety and reliance on emotional tools that I can not use, but that's largely cultural. Black women, nerd women, and riot grrls do not apply those standards to themselves, and I get on much better with them romantically.

Also I am, by inclination, attracted to men ~2x as often as to women. The fact that women are underrepresented in my dating portfolio to this degree has more to do with the fact that the kind of women I like are generally above my pay grade.
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Like You Mean It)
Stolen and nefariously re-purposed from [livejournal.com profile] sushi_slave:

This is simple.
You must have a:
- Lead Vocalist: Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco
- Drummer: Spencer Smith (the fifth!) also of Panic! At the Disco
- Lead Guitarist: Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, dude in the icon
- Bass Player: Me! Look at the kind of crackheads who can play bass! I could totally do that.
- Song writer: Amanda Fucking Palmer, formerly of the Dresden Dolls
- Misc. instrument: Saxophone played by [livejournal.com profile] elucreh (I'm not being in a band with this much fail without her to protect me.)
- Name of your band: Leia and the Wookiees
(optional) keytarist/rhythm guitarist: Imogen Heap, formerly of Frou Frou
- Title of Hit Single: Keep Your Chin Up (You Can't Keep Your Head Down)

Tour Shenanigans:
This lamecore StarWars-filk-influenced post-hardcore band opened for the new Queen and My Chemical Romance on the spring 2010 The New Rock Tour. Thanks to excellent management and security staff, it was a quiet tour until The Wookiee's mascot was penguin-napped in a late-night raid. This set off a prank war that culminated in singer Gerard Way performing for the city of Minneapolis while his skin was dyed blue. Frank Iero finished the tour with one foot in a cast, although this may have been unrelated.
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1. Anyone who looks at this entry has to can post this meme and their current wallpaper at their LiveJournal.

2. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper:

1) The graphic doesn't interfere with identifying my desktop icons no matter how sleepy-stupid my brain is.
2) I saw AVP and somehow napped through the last quarter of the movie. This WALLPAPER is more intellectually stimulating than THAT ENTIRE MOVIE.
3) I found it on /b/. Bonus points for lameness and geekitude.
4) I love cracktastic juxtaposition, recontexting, and WTF. This has all of that.
5) It's Alien vs. Predator, the chess edition. The concept is cute, it's technically well done and visually appealing; what more do you need?

Full view available for the curious.

3. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!
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Your results:
You are Will Riker
Will Riker
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Geordi LaForge
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Mr. Sulu
Beverly Crusher
Mr. Scott
Jean-Luc Picard
Deanna Troi
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
At times you are self-centered
but you have many friends.
You love many women, but the right
woman could get you to settle down.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

The first time I took this I forgot to scroll down and answer the rest of the questions. It gave me Kirk. Either interpretation is valid, considering my life choices. :D
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1) Comment to this and I will give you three people. (Bandom, HP, Discworld, SG1, SGA, Supernatural, all Whedon'verses, DC, X-Men, Babylon 5, Torchwood, Dexter, PotC, LotR, DCVertigo; please state whether you want boys, girls, or both)
2) Post this meme with your answers.
3) Provide pictures and the names of the three people I give you.
4) Label which you would shag, marry, and throw off a cliff.

[livejournal.com profile] elucreh said "Blonde!Ruby, Jon Walker, Luna Lovegood."

Pics behind cut; they feast on bandwidth. )

You can pick a fandom and a preference, or if I know you I can probably hazard some close guesses as to what your fandoms/sexual preferences/difficult decisions would be. I'll try not to be too evil about it.
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Bob Bryar :))
Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] elucreh. I would do Panic, but my favorites are a bit less brightly colored. :) I would like to go on record as saying that I don't even much like punk music, ok? That I'm doing the '5 things about my favorite band' meme about My Chem says nothing about my musical taste, which you know very well I haven't got any of.

1. Gerard Way reminds me a bit of Tony Aubrey, [livejournal.com profile] willnobilis and some of the fanboys from Lone Star. The same idealism, that willingness to use your life as a social experiment: my favorite geeks are brave and possessed of a kind of trollish fortitude that outperforms less enthusiastic persons. They're all geeks, but they're geek rock stars, out winning Eisner's and doing what they always wanted to do - cutting off the nose of expected social roles to spite conformity's face. It's kind of nice to know that, statistically speaking, at least some of the awkward guys who used to follow me around during Magic and Warhammer tournaments went on to lead happy, fulfilled lives. And maybe some of them also went on to live their dreams of rock stardom. *shrugs* It's not like me and my limited contact with pop culture would know. So, they give me reason to believe in my friends and acquaintances, and that's the first reason they're my favorites.

2. I identify with these guys. I went on a kick of watching interviews of my heroes, and Neil Gaiman is too lucid and well-spoken and just fucking cool to have a thing in common with me. Mikey Way is the internet's darling because we can tell that he's one of us. He's learning to be less self-conscious, letting his unabashedly dorky self shine through. They don't just remind me of you guys - sometimes they remind me of ME, which is a lot more rare.

3. The Black Parade is the song I needed to hear when I was thirteen. I didn't have it then, but they made it so that the kids after us will have something that tells them not to be ashamed of being broken. My Chemical Romance Saves Lives: maybe it's a cliche and maybe I was already saved, but I was lucky, and they're working to take it out of the clumsy hands of luck. I mentioned the dedication to idealism already, but did I mention that they have a fan update community here on LJ with six thousand people watching it? So they're competent saviours, and you all know how I feel about that.

4. Frank. Trickster guitar yoga enthiasts = <3. My old friend Brandon Cordrey was this tiny ADHD maniac who got me sent to the principles office weekly if not daily. Did I ever back out of my share of getting into trouble? Not once. I miss having somone around to be dangerously irresponsible with. I want to risk grievous bodily injury and restraining orders. I want an even-more-miniature Frank Iero to keep in my pocket, like a not-very-blue Nac Mac Feegle. Or maybe just a talking action figure of him that tells people to go fuck themselves. I'm negotiable.

5. They're just lovable, normal geeks. They blog about their dogs, new computer hardware, their favorite cereal, movie references and reality TV shows. They're not playing at being legends, they just have a job to do and they do it. I respect the hell out of that. I need more role models to enforce my notions of living my life exactly as I please, of not needing to be cool or even mainstream-friendly, of believing that I am loved and appreciated just as I am. They give me so much more than hope.

So, while I may not like punk music, I'm still buying their Desolation Row cover off iTunes tomorrow. And pretty much anything else they do. They are my very favorite band, and those are five of my best reasons why.
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India rocks the lunar landing while American news media don't like to admit our lack of spaceworthiness.

Accidental AIDS cure FTW!

There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama! And a random Prince Charles LOLcat!

In 2008, flamingsword resolves to...
Get back in contact with some old hacks.
Start a sci-fi fund.
Connect with my inner gandhi.
Tell my family about electromagnetic fields.
Apply for a new snark.
Take copperbadge biking.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Dark and Wrong)
1. Lost a bet by only having 163 scars, when the other guy had 181. Austin Hester: incompetent pyromaniac!

2. Taught myself to be ambidextrous.

3. Scared a ghost.

Things most of you haven't done, but I'd love to hear the stories if you have:
Gotten brain damage
Had a foursome
Been arrested but not formally charged
Jumped off a balcony, off a roof onto a trampoline, off a swing at the widest point of arc
flamingsword: Aziraphale, the flaming sword, and Crowley (Yule Teyla)
This week in the news, Bush sings "End of the World" by REM, the climate is more fucked than we thought, and poetic justice prevails. I don't want to move that far north, but if I lived nearby and enjoyed it I'd totally give up US citizenship to be part of that.

So have a Happy Cephalopodmas and an anthropomorphic New Year!

*sighs* And a stupid D&D meme )
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This is a meme going around. Blame it on [livejournal.com profile] dartpoly. Then do it yourself.

1. Yes, I AM really you from the future. You see things sometimes that you're pretty sure aren't real, and some of them aren't. This one's not like that.
2. Some of what you remember isn't real. Even ordinary stuff you have no reason to question is sometimes made-up, is gibberish, for about a year and a half after Larry died. The gas affected you in ways they are still doing studies on in my time, and your memory and how you think about time and people is a bit off because of it.
3. It's OKAY to be that bit different. And it's only a bit. Other people have psychic powers, too. They have alcoholic families and violent tendencies and all kinds of weird shit. Some people are much better at hiding it than you, but are weirder than you for no other reason than that they are. There's nothing being kept from you other than the usual. Nobody has secret, reliable ways to live and interact that work so much better. Everyone else is making it up as they go along, just like you.
4. Joe is an ass. You may have to live with him for as long as it takes Mom to figure this out, but seriously, it will be okay. What will cause the most trouble is you deliberately screwing yourself and others up, talking about particle physics and then getting bad grades just to fuck with him. I know it's fun, but you have classmates for that shit.
5. Learn how to sneak around better, how to have back-up lies, and how to fix footprints in the mud outside the bathroom window. You're not as smooth as you think, and it will really come in handy.
6. Hang out with people. Hang out with ones who aren't like you, and the few who are. Watch for the tricks other people use in difficult situations and steal those tricks if you can. Some things only work for certain kinds of people that you are not one of. Try to find things that people who are different still have in common. It'll help with that sense of disconnection.
7. Take calculus and at least one year of sign language. You'll regret it later if you don't.
8. You are bisexual. All your friends think that you know this, and just choose not to talk about it. So is Tina, and yes, she is flirting with you. Your not flirting back makes her feel unwanted and probably like shaking you lots.
9. It's not your fault.
10. Sex is a big deal, but a differnt kind of big deal than everyone you know is making it out to be. It will take a long time to figure out all of what's going on, and some of that is biological. But you will figure all this out, and one mild and rainy day you will come to realize that you are no longer a basketcase. Crazy, I know. But it will happen.
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New rule for CMA: no more than 2 nights of drunken debauchery for me per event. It interferes with the amount of available processing capacity I've got, and that's damnably annoying. So for better participation and less chance of heat prostration loss of fun, only two nights. Please hit me in the head if I'm being a bad kitty next revel fire.

Now everyone go read The Commandments of Coyote again, because it's time to pass this around again. I've been hearing a lot of grouchiness, and not all of it for reasons people didn't create themselves.

And because I can't hold out forever: The Four Things Meme. )

And how unfair is it that I didn't know about this when I was a champion coffee slinger?


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