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12:42pm 26/07/2009
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01:31pm 10/05/2009
  Hi internet!  
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02:24pm 05/03/2009
  I am in the library.  
07:54pm 27/02/2009
  I still exist, I just don't have the internets yet.  
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06:00pm 30/12/2008
  Dear Friends,

This email is about the treatment of Muntader al-Zaidi, the correspondent for Al Baghdadia who threw his shoes at President Bush recently. If you're not interested, this is the place to stop reading

We know that Mr. al-Zaidi was beaten immediately after the incident; his screams were heard. According to a guest on NPR this afternoon, Mr. al-Zaidi has been tortured and will likely be sentenced to 15 years in prison.

It would be magnanimous of President Bush to pardon the journalist. Let him know.

Here's the contact info for the White House:



The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

This gesture might make a difference for one person. Please forward this email.
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10:20pm 07/12/2008
  Hi everybody. I have a new computer but it's not plugged in yet. How are you? I am fine. Dan and I went to Boston and then we came back because my rabbits need me.  
11:59am 09/09/2008
  Everyone remember to vote! Particularly for Priscilla Lord Faris!  
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03:37pm 10/08/2008
mood: editing
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Book Meme   
08:07am 21/07/2008
mood: tired
I like books. This meme is copied from tastycactuar and beg_john13. Ah, books.

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.

The instructions:
Look at the list and bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read.
Underline the books you LOVE.
[Strike those you didn't really like or for some reason don't wish to read EVER.]
Reprint this list in your own LJ (if you want to; I'm not big on keeping up chain letters).

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte I read Villette. <3
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible Got up to Job. Dull, dull, dull.
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. 1984 - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman Just the Golden Compass.
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy I hate this book.
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare Some of them. And I've seen some done. I think that counts.
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy I am in the process.
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy Love.
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Summer Sherman Loved Me - Jane St. Anthony Oh my! My mom wrote this book. I certainly didn't add it to the list myself...
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan No, seriously. This is literature?
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas I was twelve at the time.
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom Ha ha ha ha ha.
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare Why does this need it's own entry if the rest of Shakespeare gets lumped together? And, I saw it at the Guthrie.
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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07:05pm 09/07/2008
mood: cheerful
My brother is here from Maine!
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02:25pm 05/07/2008
mood: happy
I went to the happiest place on Earth yesterday. It was lovely in a surreal kind of way. Graham and Johnny and I had all kinds of fun and ate McDonalds and all the rides were cool except Space Mountain, because Johnny kept talking about roller coaster decapitations and then Space Mountain was pitch black and way to fast so we couldn't see the things that were about to take our heads off. Then we went on the baby rides like Snow White and the teacups.
06:53pm 13/05/2008
mood: tired
I hung out with the cutest bunnies today at Petco. (Explanation: I'm a volunteer rabbit socializer. It's not depressing like being a clinic escort.) So last bi-week I hung out with Tempest and Spree, but they got moved, one to a different Petco and one to a foster house. I was sad to see Tempest go because she was such a cute girl. And this week there were new bunnies and they are friendly butts and I am in love with them. Chevy is a little white male (he has priveleges) and he spent the entire exercise time doing laps around the x-pen. He only stopped to poop. He did at least two incredible binkies. And Bambi was the most loving rabbit I have ever met, and she looked like she's going to learn to climb someday, and then where will we be. She kept standing up as far as she possibly could with the help of the x-pen and she had the concept of moving her front paws up the rungs for maximum height. I got into her pen to play with her and she put her head down right by my leg and said, "Pet me." And Chevy gave me kisses. Oh, bunnies. One weird lady came by and told me about her own bun. She asked me if Bambi was for sale and I said, "Through the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society." "How much?" "Their adoption fee is $100." And then she shook her head and walked off. That's why their adoption fee is high, lady, to keep the precious bunnies from being impulse buys.
She dies.   
08:19pm 12/05/2008
mood: tired
I've finished reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles. It was compelling enough to finish reading, but I have a hard time putting down books I don't like. Tess dies, but not without even more shame, humiliation and obnoxious descriptions of the English countryside. Let me spoil this book for you, in case you are ever tempted to read it (if I make it sound good, read away, then discuss with me). Tess is divided into seven phases. Let me paraphrase each one.

1. The Maiden: Tess is innocent and pubescent. Learns she is descended from aristocracy.

2. Maiden No More: Tess gets raped by spurious relative.

3. The Rally: Tess has baby who conveniently dies. She spends a lot of time blending in with nature. Nothing happens.

4. The Consequence: Tess milks cows. Falls in love with gentleman milcher. Oops.

5. The Woman Pays: Tess tells her new husband gentleman cow milker that she was a shamed woman. Formerly ideal husband gets in touch with his Victorian values, huffs off to Brazil.

6. The Convert: Rapist hangs around Tess acting creepy. Tess digs turnips and is acquiescent like a pheasant.

7. Fulfilment: Thousands of coincidences, all of which need to happen for the book to be a tragic allegory. Tess kills rapist. Husband runs away with Tess. Tess is executed because Thomas Hardy is clever.

I think I will start writing my thoughts on books in my LJ, like pyani was doing with movies, because I like books and no one is ever reading the same books I am at the same time (exception: Harry Potter. Speaking of which, interesting essay I read: What if Harry is still in the cupboard under the stairs? Like Buffy in the mental institution), so I can talk about books on my lj and maybe I will join an lj book group but not now 'cause I spend too much time online and not working on my novel. Cheers.
12:48am 10/05/2008
mood: happy
And I made Dan pancakes this morning. It was very exciting.
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12:47am 10/05/2008
  In other news, I am reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Thomas Hardy is a condescending toolbox. It has very much the same flavor as Lady Chatterly's Lover or The World According to Garp: a "tolerant" depiction of current sexual mores from a completely male perspective with a condescension and inauthentic voice for the female character and he keeps beating her with a judgement stick because he's not too sure if her rape is her fault or her mother's fault. I think I'm going to read to the end because I've already gone this far, but I'm getting to the point where Thomas Hardy and Tess' new husband start punishing her for being raped (after eighty pages of milking cows. Thomas Hardy was paid by the word). Also Tess ceases to be an autonomous person every time she goes outside (not that she's terribly autonomous at any time), but when she's outside she embodies the full beauty of Dionyesian womanhood in the rustic country passions of her class and sex. Thomas Hardy can't even bring himself to let Tess make a decision based on thought. Everything she does is based on instinct. Seriously. This book is a classic because it scandalized people and so they hid it under their beds and said, "Ooooh, bosom" and then they recommended it to their children as an educational tool to avoid discussing the ethics of date rape with them themselves. And eighty pages of wandering through the meads milking cows. He doesn't explain anything interesting about cow milking, it's just Tess wandering guiltily through a bucolic idyll. Later on she dies, based on the back of the book.  
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Great Honk   
12:23am 10/05/2008
mood: excited
I am credited in a film! I have eternal celluloid fame like all Americans. Is very exciting. I feel quite unworty of it, but it was very nice of them to list me as Assistant Set Design (I forget the exact wording). Basically, the guy who made American Movie made a second movie last summer that was partially filmed in my condo (you can see Bertine's trash can when they haul out the dead body) and Dan and I went to the premier last night at the Riverview. Most of the movie takes place in the basement and is filmed in black and white, which makes my really nice and freshly painted condo building look like a dingy apartment building full of Satanists and sexy divorcees. Part of the movie was filmed in someone else's basement, as well. I think our laundry room looked too community-cheerful for them. There's one scene where the main actor walks down the hall in the basement and the camera swivels around his head and then he walks back down the same hall, goes through a door and walks down the hall in a different building. My building caretaker wrote the script, which is about the horrific adventures of a building caretaker. So these guys came back last fall to do some reshooting of things and I volunteered to supervise them so that they didn't leave the doors open or pour buckets of blood down the stairs (big kerfluffle) because my other neighbor is an anal-retentive control freak who expressed a worry about liability to cover a dislike of the caretaker who wrote the movie (the sequel to The Hagstone Demon will be The Hagstone Asshole Who Makes Wine in the Laundry Room and Leaves His Shoes in the Hall). So while I was supervising the reshooting I helped make one styrofoam wall. It was very interesting. The set design guy had two sheets of styrofoam, we sprinkled dirt over them and painted them grey. Then they were propped up perpendicular to each other and formed a cement wall in the boiler room where the main character slips through the manhole cover into the secret room where his dead wife's body is possessed by a demon after fucking a succubus. I had my eyes closed during that part of the movie. And the guy was so nice and put me in the credits just because I helped him paint his cool wall (it's one of the best walls in the film; my storage locker makes a cameo as well). So that's so sweet. The movie also had other quality bits like scariness of a tolerable level, a demonic sphinx kitty and my building caretaker did a few walk-ons. I was kind of surprised that the movie had several main characters who were women because I didn't see any women when they were filming it, but they all had incredibly cliched roles which may not have taken very long to perform. So that is a quality horror film. It is called The Hagstone Demon. Everyone should watch it.
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08:30pm 26/04/2008
  I made pancakes!  
Egg Braid Saga: Volume 2   
08:54pm 03/04/2008
mood: happy
My egg braid worked! I totally made a soft, moist, slightly crust, sourdough-based, braided loaf. I am so cool. Unfortunately, I didn't save back any of my sourdough starter (propogate my bacterial colony) because it seemed wrong. But it hasn't killed me (yet) and I can make a new cultivar on the radiator in three days. Baking!
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Egg Braid Saga: Volume 1   
08:17pm 02/04/2008
mood: excited
I've created liiiiiiiife!

I cultivated flour and water bacteria on my radiator. I have Sourdough Starter. I combined it with a cup of warm water, a package of yeast and a cup of flour. In twelve hours, I will have SPONGE!

Then I make dough, rise dough, braid dough, brush dough with egg. Egg braid!