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- Tag: t: homestuck - This blog is currently pretty much only about Homestuck and my brain problems. And maybe Homestuck is a hallucination I'm having! And this is just, like, some folie à deux shit when people comment on my posts about it as if they're familiar with the subject matter. So, it could be it's just a blog about my brain problems.

- Tag: Kazuya Minekura's blog - Kazuya Minekura, the artist of the amazing Gensoumaden Saiyuki, was diagnosed with some pretty serious health issues a while back. She's been writing some very funny, angry, honest blog entries about her situation.

I've translated a number of these posts, but have fallen ridiculously behind; I encourage anyone else who'd like to pick up where I left off to do so.

- Post: The Very Small Problem - In the fall of 2010, I was diagnosed with a small tumor in my right frontal lobe. I was able to have it successfully removed in March of 2011, before it could cause any permanent brain damage. If it weren't for the existence of state high risk pools, a provision of 2010's Affordable Care Act - which some lawmakers are presently trying to repeal - it's very likely that I still wouldn't even know the tumor was there.

This post was written specifically to make American Republicans feel like jerks. I use my power for good, people.

- Tag: manga tropes - The Encyclopedia of Manga Tropes. Girl Power Corrupts may well be how you found this blog!

- Tag: a: kubo tite - In which I roundly scold Kubo Tite, artist of Bleach! Bleach vs Women and Bleach and power fantasies may well be how you found this blog! (Both of those posts contain spoilers up to chapter 395.)

- Post: TODAY I AM A DARKOVER BOOK may well be how you found this blog!

- Post: Anne Bishop does not CARE what you think and Heir to the Shadows may well etc.

- Tag: manga - I just talk about manga a lot in general.

- Tag: books - I also talk about sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal romance novels a lot!

- Tag: i teach english - In 2009, I spent seven months teaching English to Japanese kids in Shibata, Japan. Wacky antics ensued!

- Tag: i study japanese - And in 2007-2008, I spent a year studying Japanese at the Yamasa Institute in Okazaki, Japan. Wacky antics ensued!
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There in the dim light of the candles, he was settled atop the stairway banister, hunched in on himself, his eyes bright and fevered. She remembered, unwillingly, disbelievingly, what Prasit - Prasit, the were-betta, the ancient enemy of Egberd's clan, had told her:

"Beware the midnight screeching," he had said.

"It's super annoying."


- my were-budgie book, to be the first installment in my hit The Alphas of PetSmart series, which a person has inspired me to write. That person will regret this.
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Dreamwidth and Tumblr are upset in roughly equal measure about a con, but not the *same* con. This gets confusing when I’m sleepy. “Is ‘ballpit’ what we’re calling Jim Frenkel now?”
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Dad: [name] is sitting over there! He ordered ice cream. Should I go talk to him?

Me: He's suing you. Are you allowed to talk to him directly?

Dad: But he's still working for me! He's working for me on the X case and suing me over the Y case.

Me: How is he supposed to get you his report? Like he sends it via counsel?

Dad: I got it in the mail. Should I go over and say hi? What's the protocol, honey?

Mom: *heavy sigh*

Dad: I'm going to go talk to him. *leaves*

Me: If Dad grabs a spoonful of his ice cream and then runs away, we'll know the conversation's gone badly.

Mom: Let's just leave. We came in separate cars, anyway.

uh oh

Jul. 16th, 2014 07:12 pm
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Someone on Tumblr really does not appreciate it that I compared Murakami Takashi's body of work to Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff. Plainly I am just too dumb to appreciate such subtle social and aesthetic commentary.
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1) I think that Cedramber is the faux-ambergris that's in Cathode. It smells very close initially, if a little off on dry-down. And it appears to be the cheapest one - which would, y'know, make sense. I still need to try Cetalox, though.

2) I can't believe that I ever felt at all negatively about Shoyeido Kinkaku.
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I suspect that Kickstarter would be more thinly-populated if not for manic episodes with delusional features.

* A Christian fantasy novel with a $100,000 goal.

This is a God-given vision and many people might not understand the amount I'm asking for, but I'm doing what God asked me to do and how He asked me to do it! So, if you won't pledge, please pray for me!!!

I want to get enough pledges to print at least 5,000 copies of "S.O.L.A.D.(TM)" by Spring 2012.

I will also use the funds to conduct a successful marketing blitz that will shoot this Christian, Sci-fi novel to the top of every bestseller's list out there.



* Someone who wants $5,000 to start an ill-defined "self-publishing resource" company, for which they have a scribbled logo and no business plan.

Risks and challenges: staffing, still working out a business plan but need funding to continue...


* Someone who wants $10,000 to save the world using her music, or maybe her book?

The composer's soundtrack album of songs to her non-fiction book she wrote, heals the world -- with YOUR BLESSING!

YOU CAN SEND ME ON WORLD TOUR TO SAVE PLANET EARTH WITH MY BOOK AND MUSIC, THE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS, THAT WILL TURN ITSELF INTO A MOVIE BLOCK BUSTER HIT!

I just need to get noticed to make the right contacts - like Jerry Bruckheimer to make the movie and Katy Perry to play the lead !

The funding will pay for the marketing, the transportation/air fare, the musicians to play the concerts; housing and food; the miscellaneous fees and expenses for advertising and printing -- it's simple!


It's simple! (Her album is about her cat.)

* Someone lost custody of his kid, wrote an angry fantasy novel about the evils of the court system, then berated Kickstarter for not caring enough about his problems.

The unique challenge that his project faces is that nobody is interested in it and my attempt at finding subscribers is a total flop. If we don't reach the funding goal then nobody pays anything and the book doesn't get published. Which is sad for those of you who wanted a copy.


He actually got more than £300. My educated guess is that this came from the other non-custodial fathers complaining about the corrupt court system on his website.
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* This one doesn't really explain what it is. The impression I get is that we're funding a serial killer's serial killing.

* An unsettling horse coloring book.

* Someone who has strong feelings about both Legend of Zelda and Jesus wanted some money to talk about these feelings. Amazingly, he got more than a thousand bucks! But the goal was $5,000.

* Some people who put out a single volume (single issue?) of a Christian comic in 2009 wanted $300,000 to make it into an anime. There's this little bulleted list of people ostensibly "involved" with the project, all with strained descriptions of credentials - except for the animators, who are helpfully identified only as "Japanese animation studio."

These people definitely knew what they were about! I have no idea what went wrong. They say they had Vic Mignogna on board, surely that's all they needed.
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Searching for "self-publish" or "ebook" or something on Kickstarter, and looking at the projects that didn't get funded.

The stuff by teenagers doesn't bother me - excitedly asking the internet to fund a print run for your awesome book that's almost a whole hundred pages long! strikes me as a pretty healthy thing for a kid to do. But the adults...
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The moment I leave the house, my parents descend into Senior Squalor with a force comparable to the gravitational pull of a black hole as experienced within the event horizon.

People who have done physics since high school, did what I said just now make sense?
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1) Everyone probably already knows this, but I've come to the conclusion while researching this stuff that there's no fucking way Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is using nothing but straight essential oils in their scents. Real oakmoss is not cheap, and there is no combination of plain plant oils that smells like ambergris. They've got to be using ambroxan or some other synthetic for the latter; I have not yet decided which is in Cathode, my favorite perfume, but hope to resolve this shortly.

2) My Perfumer's Apprentice order keeps getting bigger and less thematically-focused. I must be stopped. I was supposed to be figuring out the formula for Cathode, but roughly half of the crap I'm getting is unrelated. I'm just ordering the Iso E Super and vetiveryl acetate because some company's been selling them diluted for about $140 (1, 2), and this has irrationally made me curious. They are $3 on this website. I already have some ambroxan, which is the third thing the hella total con artists are selling at a huge markup; it was $6.50.

The crap I'm ordering is under the cut, as I am very sure that you care about this.

Read more... )

3) I was wearing straight synthetic oakmoss and ambergris yesterday, and have had a headache ever since. Probably should have diluted that stuff! I smelled excellent, though. And I think I've convinced myself that Grisalva is not the ambergris that's in Cathode.
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Heritage of Hastur is like some ominous fucked-up psychoanalytic artifact now.
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Sorry, it is strenuous. If you are interested in learning about my recent assortment of existential horrors and video games, they are chronicled on Tumblr.

Today I

* visited Papaw in the hospital. He got pneumonia in the last hospital he was in; he is now in a different hospital, where for all we know he will get Hepatitis B from his roommate. Hospitals. Man.

* cut my hair very short.

* brought home a tiny stray dog who had been dumped outside the mall wherein I got my hair cut very short. He is covered in ticks and was very calm and cheerful about the whole procedure. Dad has named him, but is not allowed to keep him; he is going to the shelter.
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Dad: You know that big house in town? It's for sale.

Me: What would you do with this house?

Dad: It'll be a new satellite law office -

Me: Like twenty yards from your current one?

Dad: I'm going to go into business doing social security law, I want to be like local hero Eric C. Conn!

Me: Okay, then.

Dad: It's a nice house, though, Sarah, have you seen it?

Me: I thought you were going to retire to a house in Florida on the intracoastal waterway. I thought that was your house fantasy.

Dad: Do you want it?

Me: Sure, Dad, just up and buy me a house.

Dad: Well, [employee] needs a place to live. So does [friend]. I could buy the house and you three could live in it. And maybe other people.

Me: This is a very radical idea, buying a house and letting people live in it. Are you sure you're not a communist?

Dad, sulkily: I am a liberal democrat.
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Dad: You have to vote tomorrow, you have to vote for [his friend] and against [mom's enemy]!

Me: I don't know anything about the people they're running against. - wait, in Papaw's neighborhood today, there was this guy going around hassling people, he was sort of shaped like a cinderblock and had a buzzcut, who was he?

Dad: Uh... probably [name], he's running for [office].

Me: Okay. He was parked in a stupid place so I couldn't pull out, so I'll vote so I can vote against him.

Dad: His opponent runs a pit bull puppy mill, though! Keep that in mind.

Me: I'll write in my own name or something.
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I dreamed that a little boy was searching a video game for his father, and I was with him in the guise of the corgi who follows you around in Rift. He found his father, but he was moving around in ways that did not sync up to his walk animation, and the boy couldn't get close enough to him to hug him, and I kept losing small amounts of HP.

I finally realized that the animations and dialog for the "Find Father" sequence had somehow been applied to a Rare mob, a giant alligator with a distinctive movement pattern and AOE attack that I'd fought before. I had to kill it, presumably with some secret corgi jutsu, just as the boy was about to hug his "father." He dropped an alligator-tooth necklace that raised spell attack power.

Why was the alligator wearing an alligator tooth necklace, who knows.
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It was several years later and people were still sharing horrified little stories about what a negligent administrator Dumbledore was. The dream forgot that the series was set in England, so a lot of the stories were about him forgetting to pay insurance bills, and the professors finding they had no coverage at inopportune moments.

Also, Mindfang had been a professor. Possibly all of the ancestors - the Handmaid and the Dolorosa were also there. Going to assume that in this AU my subconscious made up, she lost her arm because of some problem Dumbledore caused.

To get this dream even more thematically off-track, the Dolorosa was Lord English. She tricked us all! She seduced Porrim and turned her to the side of evil. At that point in the dream I was Kanaya, running around anxiously trying to figure out a way to get the Dolorosa contained before she turned all the students at the juku where I used to work evil. The juku was re-organizing as a wizarding school.
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There's no screen, so I can't open it in the evening unless I am prepared to host a gnat party. Tiny paper plates and pizzas the size of dimes and such.
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Today I went somewhere with my grandfather, who's in his eighties. We were wearing identical clothes except that his khakis had been ironed, and his loafers were less scratched-up.
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Me: Hello?

Guy: Hello. This call is in regards to... a computer. Okay?

Me: ...okay, then.

Guy: This is a call about a computer. Am I right in thinking that you are the main person in charge of this computer?

Me: You're going to have to tell me which computer this is.

Guy: The "Windows" computer. The computer that runs the "Windows" operating system.

Me: I'm afraid we've got quite a few of those around here! You'll need to be more specific.

Guy: Well. I am calling to tell you that this "Windows" computer has downloaded a virus, bad software, that is damaging your computer. And that you need to get it off there.

Me: *waiting in silence*

Guy: Ma'am? Ma'am? Can we help you fix your -

Me: I am an IT person, and this is a law office. Please do not try to scam the law office IT person. It's not smart.

Guy: *laughs* Okay, then. Sorry, ma'am.

"Sorry I wasted your time with my con, I'll just call someone else! You have a great day, now."

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