April 19th, 2004

firstgrade

Welcome xanath

I keep meaning to mention, but for those of you who know her from the Wraeththu fandom, Kris (xanath) now has an LJ! I'm posting this because this way people can find Kris and she can find them. Sometimes with all these nicknames we have, it's hard to figure out where those online acquaintances are exactly.
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Boob Tube

Just posted to vaysh about this but I thought I'd put it here too.

I had unexpectedly good TV experiences last night. First Caleb and Daniel were over watching Spartacus, which notably historically accurate in terms of architecture and hairstyles.

Caleb had to go home around 10:30 as that's around his bedtime, but when he left Daniel changed the channel and TLC was doing this GREAT show all about boobs! It was nothing but discussing every aspect of boobs -- breat implants, changing boob fashions over time, Hooters girls, burlesque performers, girls' boob feelings during puberty, the "Skipper" Barbie whose boobs were designed to "change," etc. All of this was accompanied by lots of pictures, like old movies as well as today's stuff, including ladies dancing around with huge boobs and pasties (and one burlesque performer who mixes a martini using her cleavage). I liked the show because it didn't come off at exploitative ("Oh, look, lots and lots of boobies for you men!") and they had a lot of pretty good experts (all women, ranging from models to Smith College types) talking about boobs.

All right, TLC!
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Hmmm, interesting view

The are Mexicans hanging outside my window.

No, really, there are three Mexican guys literally hanging outside my bedroom window from one of those hanging horizontal scaffords as they continue the process of repairing our building's facade and windows. They're havish a pretty loud conversation now but not using any power tools (yet).

I just find it amusing to look over and see three guys there... Not often I get that on the fifth floor.
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Hmm, work

Whoah, the new media people over at UGA actually sent out a job on their list I could actually bid on! I'm an alumni of their program and stay on the list because they always have a lot of interesting news about wireless communications, web stuff, and sometimes jobs. Usually the jobs say on them that they're for students but this one didn't and sounded right up my alley -- some sort of informational site for the Georgia Board of Regents to look at some 20 maps. Anyway, wrote off a proposal right away. Hey, could end up going out to Athens to meet if I get it, which would be a fun bus ride and trip back to someplace I haven't visited in probably 6 years, even though it's only like 1 1/2 hours away. Probably I'll find out I'm too expensive but who knows, they might actually have a budget and actually pick me.
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Ganked from yakalskovich and cobweb

Since I am such a reader, this was a good one for me!

1. What was the last book you bought (for yourself, not a gift)?
As far I recall, the last time I bought books was at Lunacon last month, when I bought the new edition of Storm's Hermetech and this quirkly little 1895 book called A Boat House on the Styx (which I somehow lost here in Downtown Atlanta about 3/4 of the way through reading). Also I Lunacon I was given (as comps for editing work) copies of the Sime-Gen Unity Trilogy and the IP versions of Fulfilments and Wraiths.

2. What was the last book you borrowed from a library, and when was that?
Borrowed Affinity by Sarah Waters earlier this year, when our book group chose it to read. I wasn't sure I'd like it so I didn't buy the book per usual. Actually I really did enjoy it -- and if you like dark supernatural thrillers set in Victorian London with a touch of lesbianisms, I recommend it big time!

3. Your favorite bookstore?
I love so many bookstores, especially used places or antiquarian or independent. Most of the ones I've ever really had a super fondness for are up in Massachusetts, particularly in Cambridge. Naming just one... hmmm, it's kind of hard!

I will say that one of my favorite shops, Victor Hugo on Newbury Street, recently closed and I was sad when I saw it. I have no idea how the heck they had even managed to stay open on that street for so long or how they'd kept their ancient building from caving in under the weight of all those ollllllld books but damn, I'm glad I got to enjoy it for at least a few years.

4. Last book you slogged all the way through even though it was hard to read?
I had a lot of trouble making myself start, and then keep reading, The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling -- but at long last I managed to overcome the weird antipathy I had towards it and got through. Actually it wasn't "hard" to read, I just kept pining so badly for Alec and Seregil from her Nightrunner books. Are far as a book that was hard to read because it was bad, I really disliked Mistress of Dragons by Maragaret Weis. This book had both dragons AND badly drawn, one-dimensional lesbians... urgh!

5. Worst film adaptation of a book you've ever seen?
I know I've seen some that are really, really wretched, but personally one of the most disapppointing I've seen is Interview with the Vampire. I have nothing against the way the movie looks, costumery, setting, all historic stuff was great, but the way the story is told (and changed), the special effects, some of the casting, really make me squirm and say "No, it's NOT like that AT ALL!"

6. Book you're just waiting for, that you will buy as soon as it's published?
Oliphan Oracus by Neil Robinson. It's coming up of Immanion Press this month I think. I read the MS months ago when Storm shared it and I think it's fantastic, want to reread and share with friends!

7. The last time you gave a book as a gift, what was it, and to whom did you give it?
I gave several people books for Christmas. The only one I can clearly remember giving is 2 cookbooks (Italian and soups, I think) to Daniel.

8. If you had to move right now, are there any books you'd probably sell or donate so you wouldn't have to move them?
No, books stay. They're not hard to move anyway, especially since when I move, using a moving company.
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I am REALLY

REALLY

REALLY

sick of industrial matting.

Ugh. I'm proud of myself for sticking with working on this web site for like 5 hours but yuuuuuuck, it is SO boring. Flashbacks to producing the Georgia health department info pages, one set (stats, map, local trivia, clinic addresses, etc.) for each of 159 counties....
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Boys don't cry, but Wendy does

OK, wuss alert: I tuned in to Animal Planet's show "Amazing Animal Videos" for 10 minutes and besides getting emotionally involved in all the stories (stranded cows, dog with 7 legs, dachsund with 12 puppies) I burst into instant tears at the sight of a St. Bernard that had slipped down a hill into a soggy stream and couldn't get out. I love those dogs and it was all muddy and cold. They managed to rescue it (otherwise it wouldn't be on the show, they don't show grisly animal deaths) but by then it was too late, I was crying... When it comes to large dogs, Me = Wuss.
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Can you show me some ID?

I was messing around in my desk drawer and found a box I keep of expired IDs and other cards I seldom use. Found these old IDs and decided I'd scan them as a little historic ID portrait gallery. I also scanned my driver's license.

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Any votes for worst or best?
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firstgrade

From the FF archive

Got this one from August 23, 2002

1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not?
Web designer, self-employed. Yes, I chose it, I quit my job on purpose. I like doing it. Good enough?

2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?
Just writing, with web design only for fun.

3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?
My dad is a retired mechnical engineer who has a dozen patents. His word involved a great deal of physics, chemistry, mechnanics, math, and ingenuity. I can't say I got any of the math ability (ha... no... not at all) but my dad definitely is a creative problem-solver and used his knowledge both at his work and at home, where he would make blueprints for any household project. My mom has also insisted I get my writing and verbal abilities from him, as her writing is kinda of clunky and she doesn't spell well (which I always have though was because she grew up speaking German).

My mom earned a degree in industrial psychology but stayed home with the kids for about 25 years. Then in the early 80s she went back to school and got an assocciates's degree in computer science. She started up doing temp jobs and eventually wound up doing desktop publishing in a big corporation. After a few years of that, she went into teaching computers to others. She taught for I think 10 years at a for-profit computer center, everything from Word to HTML to Access to whatever other programs she was asked to teach. She worked with mainly students w/o college educations, including many immigrants, learning computer skills so they could get professional jobs. My mom really really loved her job, even though it was a lot of work. She finally sort of retired after the school folded but she still does occasional work teaching courses at local ed. centers, community service, etc. I'd say my mom influenced me a LOT because she is such a computer geek an it was because of her being in school that our family got our first computer back in 1982. She is totally my computer mentor and I still call her for tech support.

4. Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family?

No. I don't think I will have a family either. Though maybe if I could find myself a nice wife to keep this place clean... *ducks*

5. In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why?

Easiest job? I would feel pretty presumptuous saying anybody's job is easy since a lot of jobs are a lot harder than they look. Even something unskilled isn't easy because it can be incredibly monotonous or damaging to your health or not paying enough for you to live on. And I could name certain government jobs (like maybe postal clerks) but that's an unfair slur on the people who *do* do their jobs. So I can really answer.

As for the hardest job, there are zillions I can think of, but from what I see, I think being the president has got to be really, really hard -- the fishbowl, the schedules, all the crap... it's as bad as being Michael Jackson! It was no accident Clinton's hair went salt and pepper!
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