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Yeah, just keeping the LJ around.

I don't know why - it's like LJ is less intuitive for me to use and therefore I use it less often? Also, I think that Tumblr does a better job of tying in a blog with the rest of the social community - my blog there is necessary for having friends, where on LJ I basically have the blog in order to join comms where I then talk with people. So I feel like this main blog ends up being a thing I update periodically so they don't delete it/so I can prove to social comms that I'm still alive and well because they can't see my traffic on the other comms.

May. 10th, 2012

Making the occasional obligatory post as to not get my account deleted or anything - although given that I'm active in communities even if this blog isn't, I would hope that the blog doesn't go away just because I'm posting elsewhere on lj.

In the case that anyone reads this random post, I'm looking for an AO3 invite code. If you have a spare, please send it to my inbox! :)
I would comment on this in the thread, but rules say I'm not allowed to post anything in that thread until the sorting is over, so I'll put this up here (and tell everybody in the community later, since I don't think that anyone will actually run over here to check this out.)

To answer the question:

My doctorate was in pharmacy. Yay drugs! (But now I have to work my butt off to go get licensed.)

My undergrad degree was in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Classical Civilization (you know, ancient Greek and Roman history and archaeology, with a smidge of Egypt thrown in on the side.) This tended to get funny stares when I said I was double-majoring and people asked "In what?" but I like humanities and I like biology/chemistry, so it worked out.

And because I'm fond of elaboration:

I also took some English and women's studies courses in my free time, although not enough to do a minor or anything - but I did get to indulge my loves for Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and European history, as well as a "History of Witchcraft" course spanning something like 600 BC to the Salem Witch Trials, which was awesome. Big universities are terrific - especially mine, since the Royal Shakespeare Company came to town for a couple months my senior year, and I got to see Patrick Stewart perform (and the RSC did Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest, and I looooove Antony and Cleopatra.)
If you check this out, it's a (semi-)active journal (I did discover tumblr this year) but most of my posts are friends-only and therefore invisible. I'm trying to get back into LJ a bit more. Please don't reject! *waves*

One HBP thought...

I know I've pretty much commented about HBP on everyone else's blog, but a sudden thought that came to me recently: 

Dumbledore's throwaway comment, "Ah, to be young and feel love's keen sting..." 

He sounds nostalgic. Dumbledore? As in, y'know, the young Dumbledore who got "stung" so badly his sister died, possibly from his own spell, who then had to hunt down and duel said love? 

...and to make it worse, his major audience for this comment is Snape. Unless Dumbles is just being bitchy because Snape's getting all antsy about not killing him.

Okay, okay, I know it was probably just written in as a throwaway comment, but it still strikes me as really, really odd. Just proof that in the hospital you've got way too much time to think, I guess.




(Must. Win. Lottery. Must. Win. Lottery.) 

(Also, randomly: I just found out the origin of the popular Internet phrase DO NOT WANT. It's from a badly subtitled version of the last Star Wars movie - when Darth Vader wakes up as Darth Vader for the first time and goes "Noooooo!", the Chinese subtitles rendered it as "Do not want!" Did anyone else know this? I love finding out random stuff on the Internet.) PS. Does anyone know how to embed media into an lj post? I'd love to get a picture of that onto this blog. 



This is the equivalent of a Twitter post, I suppose: completely useless.

Did anyone else know what serif fonts were versus sans-serif? I wondered about it today, and Wikipedia is my friend.

It turns out that serif fonts have extra details on the ends of some of the strokes that make up the letters, where sans-serif fonts look much more regular (okay, I stole that pretty much word-for-work from the wiki, but I can't figure out how else to rephrase.) And serif fonts are easier to read in print, but harder to read on a computer screen. This makes me feel better - I've always liked the look of fonts like Book Antiqua, Sylfaen, Perpetua, and Baskerville, and once tried to reformat some of my personal writing with it, but thought that it looked too hard to read. Now I know that I'm justified in thinking this, because they're objectively harder to read (i.e. the difference isn't all in my head, as I previously supposed.)

In an odd twist, it turns out that Times New Roman, which I do mostly use, is actually a serif font too, but I figure that my brain's just adjusted from years and years of use, given that it was the default for Word/required for typed documents at school for so long. But other fonts that I've used, and that new Word likes to default to, like Calibri, are sans-serif.

It's a random and useless piece of information, but I thought it was interesting. Did everyone else know this already? 

Writer's Block: Listen to This

If a friend asked you for some new music recommendations, what would you suggest?
Tastes in music tend to be more individualized than, say, tastes in reading, and everything I listen to seems to drive everyone else around me nuts. But here's a 10-song sample playlist of what I'm listening to now:

Etude No. 5, Philip Glass (Minimalist piano; it depends on a simple, repeating motif with varied phrasing weaving around it. When I say "this music drives everyone else nuts!", I specifically refer to music like this.)
"Elephants," Rachael Yamagata from Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart
"One by One," Unkle Bob, from Sugar and Spite
"An Ocean and a Rock," Lisa Hannigan, from Sea Sew
"Sundrenched World," Joshua Radin, from We Were Here
"Welcome to England," Tori Amos, from Abnormally Attracted to Sin (though the album itself is a disappointment)
"Dark Blue," Allison Crowe, from 6 Songs+
"Losing Touch," The Killers, from Day and Age
"All Along the Watchtower," Jimi Hendrix
"The Scientist (Live)," Aimee Mann (a cover of the Coldplay song), Lost in Space (the deluxe anniversary edition)
"Karma Police," Radiohead, OK Computer

Heavy on the whisper-rock, segueing into things that people have actually heard of (maybe?)

Also, on a pair of random notes to end the post: "segueing" looks strange, spelled out like that, but it's correct (and I don't know how you'd spell it otherwise.) Also, spelled vs. spelt - when did the irregular verb form die out? Or is it even dead? Like "dreamed" vs. "dreamt,"  with both being acceptable usages but the regularized form being more common.

Writer's Block: Meant to Be?

Do you believe in fate? Why or why not?
There's a part of me that really wants to respond to this with a one-liner: "All of this has happened before...and all of this will happen again," strictly tongue-in-cheek, of course.

No, there's no such thing as fate. Of course there isn't. Life tends to be constrained by natural ability (or lack thereof), circumstances, and, as the avatar says, shit that happens. But none of it is fate. I'm a big fan of free will. Your choices are on your own head - you can't blame fate for fucking things up.

I wonder what would happen if you tied the above question in with luck. Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in luck? Or do you believe in one and not the other? Why? I would actually be interested to see what those answers are.

Writer's Block: Musical Affliction

Have you had an earworm lately? Exorcise it by inflicting it on your friendslist. Post the lyrics or - even better - a video.


Bear McCreary's arrangement of All Along the Watchtower. Ironic, as it's on the BSG S3 soundtrack and I haven't yet reached the episode where it appears, so I have no idea of the context, but this tends to get stuck in my head.

The other two that are getting frequently stuck in my head at the moment are Gavin DeGraw's stripped version of "I Don't Want To Be," and Tori Amos's new single, "Welcome to England." I can't find a link to the first at the moment, (but you've probably heard it anyway), the second is here: 


And I wish I hadn't clicked on the "answers" to this: Beyonce's "Single Ladies" is an awful earworm. You know, the Pistons did a version of this with the Spare Tires. View here: