Monday, February 26, 2007

Moody

I'm pissy now for some reason. It's one of those moods where everything is annoying: how my housemate keeps opening and closing doors; the way the Safari window sizes on my computer were all effed up; how most soc classes next quarter (including the ones that look interesting) seem to all be during the time that I have a required class; the fact that's cold and rainy; etc.

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Bored and Tired

I'm sitting in section right now, not doing any work. I'd rather just write nonsense here than do the extra credit homework problem. I'm tired. My anxiety level is high. Whine, whine, whine.

I started making one of the white ones. Don't have enough white yarn, so I'm making one in dark pink. If anyone has money, I have a few skeins on my Amazon wishlist....

When I get the yarn I'm planning on making one of the big blue ones, too. Totoros are so cute.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Old-school VG character crafts

These are so awesome. I remember playing with those things when I was little. I am totally going to have to get the supplies and make some.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Political Correctness

You can read my thoughts regarding political correctness if you want.

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Women's Rights

An interesting report on the current condition and trends of women's rights.

Global Issues: Women's Rights (Updated 2/15/2007)

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Lyrics meme

Step 1: Put your iTunes or equivalent on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 30 songs that play, no matter how embarassing.
Step 3: Strike-out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

(I admit that I cheated. I had to skip through at least 50 songs that were instrumental or in another language. I also skipped repeat artists, otherwise all the songs would be by only two or three different bands. I also adjusted the first lines to what I would need to hear to recognize it.

Some are easy, some no one will probably get. If I get attempts at guessing ten songs, I'll post the list again with the song name and artist info.)

1) The day has come to an end, the sun is over my head

2) Pushing through the market square "Five Years" by David Bowie (Jacob)

3) I want to, I want to be someone else or I'll explode

4) I work all night, I work all day

5) It was only one hour ago. It was all so different then

6) Oh, I was moved by your screen dream. Celluloid pictures living

7) Stoplight, lock the door. Don't look back.

8) Tension, tension. Tension is all that I know

9) She's addicted to nicotine patches

10) After all these implements and text designed by intellects

11) Stick me with pins. Peel away my skin

12) Come on in, sweetie-pie. Have an apple, have some lye

13) Little salamander, where did you go?

14) Let's take the time to find out what's inside, away from all this wind and rain

15) She's got a smile that it seems to me

16) All around me are familiar faces

17) Man, it’s a hot one

18) Another head hangs lowly, child is slowly taken.

19) You won't admit you love me. And so, how am I ever to know?

20) I was five and he was six. We rode on horses made of sticks

21) As soon as you're born, they make you feel small

22) Gummed up, brain dead and can't decide

23) Reaching over, life to life, feeling sugared skin

24) The stranger sang a theme, from someone else's dream

25) Killing in the name of...

26) When you feel all alone and the world has turned its back on you

27) Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk

28) Just two guys and we're having a good time

29) There isn't any water

30) Don't tell your man what he don't do right

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

"Fuck" in writing

(All words in this entry used de dicto- i.e. of the word, not the meaning- are in quotes. Thus, there is much mentioning of "fuck" but none of fucking. Sad, I know.)

Y'know, I rarely say anything worse then "damn," "sucks," or "crap"... but somehow the word "fuck" insinuates itself far too much in my writing. That does, of course, heavily depend on what character I'm depicting.

But I think the overuse of "fuck" is more comical than offensive. Also, to me, it's an easy way of characterization.

Example:
"His tone of voice when he said, 'Yeah, right,' clearly indicated his incredulousness that Tom would actually do it." versus the more succinct "'Yeah, fuckin' right,' he said, smirking."

I think those two sentences send the same message. But maybe I'm wrong.

I also use the word to infer a character's less-than-stellar vocabulary.

Examples:
"Scared as fuck", "what the fuck", "fuck if I know why", "one fuck of a risk".

I've also used it in POV narratives as a defensive ploy. A character may excuse a dumb lie by telling the reader: "First thing that popped in my head, so fuck off." (You could also see it as the author's defense of a subpar idea, though I would never tell readers of my writing to fuck off.)

I also use it to show surprise. I admit that I like the sound of the word- it's a harsh vocalization. (A comparable circumstance is my preference for the word "cock"... but-*ahem*-back to the fucking topic.) And the literal meaning makes it an effective attention-getter. It also conveys emphasis and elicits a reaction from the reader, whether she is offended by the use of the word, amused, etc.

So, like most Americans, I rarely use the word for its intended purpose with its intended meaning. If you read the word only with its literal meaning, I don't mean for it to be offensive. And don't get confused. If you can't exchange the word "fuck" with "lick" (or any other verb, for that matter) without it making sense, then I'm not talking about sex.

Examples:
"Fuck! Fucking stupid table...." does not mean "Lick! Licking stupid table...." but "I'm gonna fuck you" does mean "I'm gonna lick you."

But sometimes I may intentionally use the word ambiguously.

Example:
Okay. I'm tired of this topic. Time for me to take a fucking break.

:)

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Update

Went home for the weekend. Ah, life at the ranch. Waking up to find a note on the counter saying "It you want venison for dinner, there's a deer by the road," and having to go and check the condition of the spring where we get our water and making sure that the neighbor doesn't greet us with a shotgun.

Got a lot of cool stuff for my birthday, including two of my favorite comedies on DVD: Delicatessen and My Man Godfrey. Awesomeness!

Had to leave my statistics class 20 minutes early. I was falling asleep and was afraid that if I stayed longer I wouldn't be able to walk back to my apartment. As it was, I was weaving when I reached my building.

Here are a couple links for ya'll:

Too tired to walk, man steals cop car

Orgas-Alarm: Best car alarm ever

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