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tilting at windmills: the musical!

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Poll #1765742 the dead-o-meter
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: Friends, participants: 27

Is livejournal truly dead?

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yes
7 (14.3%)
no
10 (20.4%)
it's still truly truly truly outrageous
16 (32.7%)
ynes
12 (24.5%)
noe
4 (8.2%)

But like what sort of dead?

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lively zombie
12 (24.5%)
hamster from 3rd grade buried behind parents' apple tree (RIP Fuzzy 1988-1988)
4 (8.2%)
shall we say, like Lenin. Clearly dead, but still in a preserved conditon
13 (26.5%)
the alive kind. glorious. I still read here every hour!
11 (22.4%)
I'm not even here so it's not possible I'm checking this because it's dead. I wouldn't be caught dead here! so I'm not checking this box because I can't.
4 (8.2%)
if only they would bring back Brad!
3 (6.1%)
[un]fuck that sellout
2 (4.1%)

But yet, you are still here. What is your favorite kind of cake?


Writer's Block: News development
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What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?

First question listed was submitted by rabbitswift. (Follow-up questions, if any, may have been added by LiveJournal.)

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Oh! I know this one! When Michael Jackson's hair caught on fire at that Pepsi commercial, in January 1984.
What an auspicious first memory!

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http://awfullibrarybooks.wordpress.com

friends list cut part 1
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stage one of friends list cull:
removed people who have unfriended me or never added me to begin with.
planned stage two: weeding out some comms I never read.

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My Valentinr - jayinchicago
Get your own valentinr

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i wrote a pathetic "poem" about myspace and it won't let me post it as a blog, so here:

i haven’t been on here in a long time
my myspace
is dissociative
full of people who i don't talk to anymore
& who don't talk to me
& pictures that don't look like me.
it's not really "mine" at all.
it's like a postcard from 2006.
--
un/relatedly i want to slam a bedroom door shut and listen to team dresch in a huff. lol.

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Severus Snape, harry potter, Franz Liszt
see famous look-a-like faces

THE OBAMA DILDO???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?
SICK SAD WORLD!
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palin posse
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Order one today!

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Poll #1279623 cat limbs
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So, you know how cats have four limbs and four paws? Yes? Are the front two limbs/paws...

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arms. definitely arms. and hands.
6 (13.6%)
they have four legs and four feet.
7 (15.9%)
it doesn't make a damn bit of difference, now, does it?
3 (6.8%)
the front two are kind of arms and legs.
13 (29.5%)
they sort of have arms and feet on the same limb(s).
8 (18.2%)

do you think animals can tell the difference between human hands and feet?

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no
4 (9.1%)
yes
25 (56.8%)
nyes
13 (29.5%)
yo
2 (4.5%)

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Poll #1259279 this icon is perfect right now
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13

Are you on fire?

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Y
7 (53.8%)
N
5 (38.5%)
?
1 (7.7%)

What would you give for your kid fears?


Writer's Block: 9/11
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What were you doing on September 11th, 2001? How do the events of that day hold meaning for you now?

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I was going to school at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. I was in the student publication office, checking my email on yahoo. After I logged out yahoo dumped me back on their news page. I happened to notice a small story about a plane hitting an office building in New York--it must have been right after the first plane hit. The story was very tentative. I had to go my 9 o'clock class, but I remember as I was leaving the school paper adviser said something like "this is no accident." Read more...Collapse )

i did that pick 7 interests thing again
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MORE INTERESTS
(i'm afraid this one isn't quite as interesting.)
from go_team_venture

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the pick 7 interests meme
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I ponied up and dashingdeviant picked 7 of my livejournal interests and I explained them. Comment if you'd like to be put on the spot about 7 of your livejournal interests as well. (;

1. (not) destroying the gender binary.
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body prejudice
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this is probably something i should have posted about a long time ago, but just as an fyi--
if you post something somewhere that equates fatness = bad eating habits (and/or a certain activity level), and fatness = unhealth, and you do so in a "THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN! OBESITY OBESITY!" moral panic tizzy, *and* you aren't open to hearing about how it's a lot more complicated than that and somewhat inconclusive irt 'health effects'--you will receive OMG SO MEEN comments from me: a smart, thinking fat person. if you aren't a doctor, don't be judging someone's "health" based on the way they look--unless they are coughing up blood or something.

If you want to lose weight because you want to modify your body, fine. kudos. i have absolutely no problem with your body and what you want to do with it. i want people to feel good in their bodies however that can be.

but remember to fucking think once in awhile and, uh, examine your prejudices. if you have internalized fat phobia, as we all have: fucking own it, for once. it's not just that i hate prejudice. i really and truly hate lazy thinking.
further food for thought: http://kateharding.net/but-dont-you-realize-fat-is-unhealthy/

i think this is almost true
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What type of person do you attract?
Your Result: You attract artsy people!

Those free spirited artists with great imaginations find you interesting. They are usually interesting themselves, so its not a bad thing, but they CAN be a bit wifty and choose odd goals. If you like life to always be a bit 'different' from the norm, but not too extreme in any one direction, these are the people for you. If you seek logical decision making skills and good money management, you may want to change something in the way you appear. Artsy people are fun for adventure and exploring, so, have fun! (smoking weed helps too)

You attract unstable people!
You attract geeks!
You attract Yuppies!
You attract rednecks!
You attract models!
What type of person do you attract?
Quizzes for MySpace

catherine the cat
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catherine's having her routine, necessary surgery today. no more howling! wish her luck.

borrowed from tonerz
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Behold... My Future
I will marry that one target checkout lady.
After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in your mom's house in our fabulous Shack.
We will have 69 cats kid(s) together.
Our family will zoom around in a 1991 neon green city bus.
I will spend my days as a bovine university adjunct, and live happily ever after.
whats your future

words people get wrong
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sometimes i like to keep a little list of words i see people misusing.
list for today:
penultimate
nonplussed
perused
bemused

have you noticed any others? i try not to correct people, but i just did and am probably going to get flamed for it. i think misuse of penultimate bothers me most of all--because if you are just parsing it "extra ultimate"--where have you seen "pen" used as a prefix that way?
ps: this is not meant to say i'm the super most awesomest (penultimate?) word man or something...i frequently have to think through affect/effect and emigrant/immigrant in writing. lucky for me you can fudge it in speech!

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Seeing Julia Serano speak at Northwestern today was super awesome cool. She even skewered J. Michael Bailey, who evidentially still teaches at NU, to this day.
One thing she pointed out at the end was how any bruhaha over the APA DSM appointee debacle (added a link: http://www.bilerico.com/2008/05/uh_oh.php; if you have a better link let me know) must be focused on how it could/does affect gender non-conforming children, particularly male assigned gender non-conforming children.
I also asked her a question about the usage of transgender as an overarching political term, and how transgender doesn't resonate with me, though I do know that "transitioning" is considered (i suppose highly) gender non-conforming--I still have trouble with that because I lack any identification with a female or feminine past, and don't want a "label from above" that claims to know my past better than I do. But I have been thinking about it and I do see some cause for solidarity under a "transgender" banner; though it is hard for me to accept that because of how mis-nomerish that seems.
She also said something like "Judith Butler never said 'all gender is performance'" and I about fell out of my little lecture desk with glee. She might have said "performative" and not "performance", but same idea. I enjoy laughing at Judith Butler jokes, especially faux-J.B. that's been filtered through a decade of minor engagement with her theory, and JB in pop culture.
She also poked fun at her own book cover as she was talking about how books involving trans feminine spectrum people tend to depict what can be viewed as feminine artifice, but books about trans men just feature straight on pictures of dudes. (She didn't say "dudes".)
The only thing that bothered me even slightly was the discussion around the privileging of trans masculine people and the devaluing of trans feminine people (especially in queer women's circles, and she lives in SF after all)--and it didn't bother me because I disagree with her (um, eta: this is phrased somewhat awkwardly. i agree with her, if that makes it more clear). It's a troubling phenomenon and it bothers me to realize how complicit I am in it.
Anyway, this is getting long. I wonder if I'll ever engage with critical theory again and become someone important. I have the brains for it--I just am so fucking lazy. And I'm an ideas person and not a details person.

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what is up with this city
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http://www.savechicagoculture.org

i made a pi
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Poll #1036693 the most important issues of our time
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Is it totally disgusting to find toast crumbs in the jam?

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only as evidence of double dipping
1 (3.7%)
it happens
9 (33.3%)
yes. blehky.
1 (3.7%)
not as gross as: there are about ten times as many bacteria as human cells in the body*
0 (0.0%)
that bacteria outnumbering human cells thing is actually kind of cool
1 (3.7%)

Why do people upload videos of their cats pooping, on youtube?


*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteria_in_the_human_body

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Poll #893585 How do you take your chocolate chip cookies?
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flours/dry ingredients

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white flour
7 (23.3%)
whole wheat flour
2 (6.7%)
a few oats
1 (3.3%)
a lot of oats
0 (0.0%)
finely shredded "consolidate now!" notices
1 (3.3%)
nut flour?
1 (3.3%)

Bits and Pieces

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semi sweet chips
10 (33.3%)
white chocolate chips
0 (0.0%)
m&ms
1 (3.3%)
coconut shreds
0 (0.0%)
walnuts
0 (0.0%)
peanut butter chips
0 (0.0%)
tinsel
0 (0.0%)
those weird candied unknown things for fruitcakes
0 (0.0%)

Grease

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Butter
22 (75.9%)
Oil
3 (10.3%)
Gobs of Crisco
4 (13.8%)

Extras

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extra vanilla
12 (42.9%)
dash of cinnamon
1 (3.6%)
sprinkle of nutmeg
0 (0.0%)
a good week's soaking in some brandy
3 (10.7%)

Should chocolate chip cookies ever be minty?

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Oh hell no
12 (40.0%)
maybe
13 (43.3%)
why not
5 (16.7%)

How do you measure out your ingredients?

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with a civilized scale
3 (10.0%)
with imprecise but available cups
19 (63.3%)
with a cupped palm
7 (23.3%)

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