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azurelunatic: A baji-naji symbol.  (baji-naji)
Via [personal profile] katieastrophe:

Find the nearest book to you, turn to page 45, and read the first sentence: this describes your sex life in 2018.

Mine is Cyteen.

Let her take me into her staff.
In context, this is about a sexually harassing boss attempting to add a pretty young thing to her harem.

Oh, dear.

20 things.

Aug. 30th, 2017 01:04 am
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (blue star)
I haven't necessarily had brain for much posting. So, snagged from [personal profile] wild_irises:
  1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
    A scrap of bacon from the evening's cooking project.

  2. Where was your profile picture taken?
    Current default icon was taken in the Batcave, my apartment in Pacifica.

  3. Worst pain you've ever experienced?
    Physically, Read more... ). Emotionally, the terror when my partner risked the wrath of their abusive ex by moving to safety, or the terror of possibly leaving them behind if I didn't survive the cancer.

  4. Who was the last person to make you laugh?
    Probably my partner; we chatted this evening after they got out of work.

  5. How late did you stay up last night?
    I went to bed early with The (physical) Woe, so 10:30-ish.

  6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?
    I just did! Tacoma.

  7. Ever been kissed under fireworks?
    Not yet.

  8. Which of your Facebook friends lives closest to you?
    Possibly [personal profile] rynia?

  9. How do you feel about turkey burgers?
    No, thank you. I like turkey just fine, but it is a non-food to me in ground form.

  10. When was the last time you cried?
    Tonight; something forcibly reminded me of some of the worst parts of 2007/2008.

  11. Who took your profile photo?
    I took my current default userpic. It's a little button I made at OSB '16, on the backdrop of a shiny little box.

  12. Who was the last person you took a picture with?
    My partner, at the solar eclipse. I took a picture with their cat this morning.

  13. What's your favourite season?
    I haven't met all the seasons yet in my new home, but I suspect Fall.

  14. If you could have any career.
    I very much liked my job being Department Assistant for that team at Virtual Hammer.

  15. Do you think relationships are ever worth it?
    Yes. This one has been literally life-saving. I'm not sure when I'd have noticed the cancer otherwise. Plus it's made both of us so much happier.

  16. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?
    There's an alternate-universe self I used to chat with a lot in high school. I could probably use to chat with her tonight.

  17. Are you a good influence?
    My internet daughter seems to think so.

  18. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
    Only on [personal profile] jd's.

  19. You have the remote, what channel are you watching?
    If it's the GBBO, it's probably BBC something.

  20. Who do you think will fill this out?
    IDK, half the internet?

azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
(As ever, DW keeps its stuff in the same place as LJ, so I've retrieved mine; this grabs about 5,000 comments at once, so you can do the math to get your 5000 most recent.)

Stats on recent comments )
azurelunatic: Vivid pink wild rose.  (wild rose)
[personal profile] littlebutfierce is hosting a love meme. This is the sort where comments are screened and approved, and pronouns are requested. (I tend to be hesitant to nominate others for auto-screened love memes, because screening means that the person who leaves the comment gets notifications, and I believe that unscreening in a thread you've subscribed to does not generate notifications.)

My thread is unscreened and may be replied to.
azurelunatic: Prayer to the Bastard from Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls (bastard)
  1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth? I was not in the room where it first happened, but I was in the room where it continued to happen, after [staff profile] denise and [staff profile] mark announced Hypothetical Journal. Therefore I was so there. [identity profile] azurelunatic.livejournal.com is userid 50, although I waited a little longer before actually creating my permanent journal, in case something needed doing, testing-wise.

  2. Why did you choose your journal name? There was a punk band name generator on mp3.com back in 1997-ish. There were a number of silly names that I wrote down, but this was the one that magnetized me. It compelled me, even though I was hesitant to commit for a few years.

  3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not? "Somebody That I Used To Know" is my song for LiveJournal. "I don't want to live that way." (Yes. I do have to treat them like a stranger.) I do not crosspost, but I did set up a syndicated feed for the public entries there, for the ease of my friends who still live there.

  4. What do you do online when you're not on DW? Reading fanfiction, email, Twitter, IRC, ICB, various other forms of instant message. Sometimes clicky-games. Writing, though that can be offline as well. Work, too. Many of my previous jobs have been heavily computer, if not 100% online.

  5. How about when you're not on the computer? Housework, spending time with family and friends, reading books, the portions of work which are not computer-enabled. Errands. The odd walk.

  6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you? I'm fairly social for an introvert, but at the end of the day that's who I am. This means layers and layers of self-protection against exposure to too many people.

  7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth? Lately it's been [community profile] awesomeers, actually. A daily-ish reminder that I am still doing things, even when they seem small.

  8. What community do you wish was more active? I miss the regular screaming in [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth.

  9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet? I was just running an encircling meme! [personal profile] sithjawa and [personal profile] silveradept should meet, though.

  10. Tell me about your default icon. My default icon shifts like the Aurora Borealis in the solar winds. Right now it's the Bastard's Prayer, from Lois McMaster Bujold's Five Gods universe, and it goes like this: "And the Bastard grant us, in our direst need, the smallest gifts: the nail of the horseshoe, the pin of the axle, the feather at the pivot point, the pebble at the mountain's peak, the kiss in despair, the one right word. In darkness, understanding." As soon as I met the Bastard, I knew that I was one of Theirs. They are the god of the out-of-season and weird, and while Bujold defaults to "Him", I feel rather strongly that the Bastard's gender cannot be encompassed by normal measure.

  11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently? This is a difficult one for me too, because when I think of one it goes into [site community profile] dw_suggestions. More work on the API and image hosting would be awesome of course!

  12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile?

    • the bullhorn of viola swamp: This is the magical item from Hogwarts which I would pull out of the Sorting Hat.

    • center for talented youth: Nerd Camp, which I adored. This probably says a lot about my childhood.

    • fishmumming the unfishmummable: While I wouldn't claim to have a "maternal instinct" as such, at some point I became the most likely grown-up in the room. Unless [personal profile] synecdochic is in the room, at which point I revert to being the one most likely to cause an item to be added to the local equivalent of Skippy's List.

    • magick: extra k and all.

    • [unicode goes here]: I wouldn't be me if I didn't test systems that I'm trying to use by also trying to break them. (Hold my flower.) I also have an enthusiastically frilly and/or sentimental side which is well-represented by the odd flower.

  13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there? I've got a bunch. They mostly got there as the result of bizarre injokes and references, some of which I have already forgotten.

  14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW? It was, technically, Star Trek. The animated series. As novelized by Alan Dean Foster. Or perhaps it was Pern. Dragonsong got me hooked on science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek introduced me to other people who liked the same things I did. Slightly different gateways. There are various Star Trek-related communities about. I haven't sought after Pern-based community, though I hear there are excellent angry feminist rants available in other parts of the internet. And I do love me some angry feminist ranting.

  15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination? I don't believe I have a fannish obsession at the moment. Generally, though, the common themes when I dive deep into something tends to be that there are a lot of things to be discovered and delighted over. ... Or yelled about. I've had projects at work which qualified as obsessions where there was more yelling than delight. Still a lot of things to discover. So, infinite discovery with strong emotion, perhaps?

  16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about? I ... did not walk into any stationary objects on the night of June 23rd??? I mean ... the most recent thing that I am delighted with has been the removal of my murderous uterus, but I've had the chance to post about that. So ... *hands*

  17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL? I stopped counting about 25% through the list and had already hit 30-ish, just with the people I have met at least once in person that I could think of, not including the people I have never met in person but who have become a part of my life. A lot.

  18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy? It turns out that with an appropriate and sufficiently tight filter, I will talk about a lot of things on Dreamwidth. But there are a lot of things I won't talk about in public. Other people's business, mainly.

  19. Any questions from the audience? Do feel free!

  20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi? The format isn't my thing, but being queer means that m/m romance is My People, even though one might argue that people who look like me are not fully represented in it.

  21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth? I'm going to say what I said elsewhere: the conferences. I feel that some of the loveliest and luckiest moments in my recent life have been at conferences where People From Dreamwidth were about.
azurelunatic: A castle with rockets and fire cannons with the DW D on it. (Castle Dreamwidth)
After a long hiatus, one of my friends has returned to Dreamwidth, and I thought: what better an opportunity to throw an encirclement meme?

I think my circle are nifty people who might possibly get along with each other. Feel free to introduce yourselves in the comments, and get to know other potentially like-minded people!

My crowd includes a lot of people who are tech-ish, who are writer-y, and who love a bad good pun.
azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
Previously: http://azurelunatic.dreamwidth.org/7445756.html

http://www.katewillaert.com/ljstats/ will work if you substitute "dreamwidth.org" for "livejournal.com", as DW keeps its stats in the same place. This tool grabs about 5000 comments at once, so if you have more than 5000 comments in your journal, you can do some quick math to see where you want to put your startid if you'd like to see the most recent rather than the people from the beginning of time.

Read more... )
azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
[personal profile] nanila gave me a P quite some time ago.

Something I hate: Procrastination. It's a problem. I do it, and I don't like that I do it. The ADHD meds/depression meds are helping, and the PCOS meds are giving me more energy. (PCOS. Another thing I loathe. I don't think I'm too fond of progesterone either, given the effect the Pill tends to have on me...)
Something I love: Painting. I really enjoy taking colors and creating something out of nothing, and controlling the tools to get the exact effects I want. I like capturing a friend's expression in its essential lines and shadows.
Somewhere I've been: Pearl Creek. In winter there's not much there to see except for ski trails, but it's along Ballaine Road in Fairbanks, near where I grew up.
Somewhere I'd like to go: Prince Edward Island. Anne grew up there!
Someone I know: Purple, keeper of the One True Shade of Purple. Such a dear friend by now, even though his hair is in fact not purple as one might think.
A film I like: (The) Princess Bride. It's a struggle to think of any movies I've seen, but this was good though it scared me a lot the first time I saw it (I was small).

I will give letters if you ask for one!
azurelunatic: Teddybear that contains ethernet switch.  (teddyborg)
When you think about stuff on the internet, where do you picture it being physically located? Even if you know it's not really how things work, is there a place you imagine websites and social media posts sitting before you look at them? If so, where is it?

A heavily air conditioned white room with large racks of equipment and a zillion cables and blinking lights. Some of the equipment is running programs that have been touched by people I know. The room is in a building that has one or two pieces of large construction equipment digging outside, ready to take down both of the redundant connections to the rest of the internet. There is an angry man with no cranial hair and a lot of tattoos with a mallet in a control booth, berating and occasionally beating people who interfere with those connections.

azurelunatic: "I survived Dreamwidth closed beta" (closed beta)
Via [personal profile] highlander_ii: http://www.katewillaert.com/ljstats/ will work if you substitute "dreamwidth.org" for "livejournal.com", as DW keeps its stats in the same place. This tool grabs about 5000 comments at once, so if you have more than 5000 comments in your journal, you can do some quick math to see where you want to put your startid if you'd like to see the most recent rather than the people from the beginning of time.

Read more... )
azurelunatic: "One Day Only: the irresistible force meets the immobable object. Tickets, five marks."  (irresistible force)
Letter Meme

The letter I was given is L!

Something I hate: Losing. I am not great at competitive games. Both just kind of not good at them, and especially not good when I lose.

Something I love: Limerence.

Somewhere I've been: I've driven through Lawrence, CA. It's nice.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Liverpool. It has a great name.

Someone I know: I'm thinking of a particular friend from middle school. She had a reputation as a slut, because she talked to boys. She was actually a lesbian, as I later learned.

A film I like: Lion King was nice.

A book I like: Somehow, I suspect that Leaper may not hold up to re-reading as an adult.

Would you like a letter? I can give people letters.
azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
Still working out my exact Thanksgiving plans.

There's a love meme over at [personal profile] kaberett's, with nominations open until the end of November. http://kaberett.dreamwidth.org/331001.html

I'm not formally doing the December Posting Days thing, because that sort of schedule-thing and I usually get awry of each other, but if anyone has things that they would like me to hold forth on for a bit, I could probably do a thing.
azurelunatic: Blue koi, captioned "And the new day was a great big fish."  (great big fish)
I expect that this one will be all over my reading list by morning, and I hit a really depressing bit of the book before crashing out last night and then waking up OMG STARVING at 1:30 in the morning.

This is on shuffle from my top rated, which coincidentally also contains my top played. First lines. Songs with no lyrics, lyrics not in English, and lyrics that give away the title in the first line have been skipped. (In the interests of me not having to sift through a truly ridiculous volume of music, there may be some repetitions of artist.)

Guess the title & artist (or an artist who's done it, since some have been covered). Comments are screened, but may be unscreened once they've all been guessed by somebody. Googling the lyrics is cheating; Googling to figure out if you were right after making your guesses is fair play.

1. When the world is a monster bad to swallow you whole, kick the clay that holds the teeth in, throw your trolls out the door
2. Bust out the thought before its drip became insistent
3. Let's start in style let's dance for a while Heaven can wait we're only watching the skies
4. The time to rise has been engaged you're better best to rearrange
5. How do you document real life when real life's getting more like fiction each day?
6. In the town where I was born lived a man who sailed the sea
7. Please baby can't you see my mind's a burning hell
8. As you brush your shoes and stand before your mirror
9. As I raise my head to broadcast my objection
10. Smashing through the boundaries storming through the burning fields
11. I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad. I got sunshine in a bag
12. I returned a bag of groceries accidentally taken off the shelf before the expiration date
13. Oh baby you're young but that's okay, what's give or take nine years anyway
14. I met her in a club down in old Soho
15. Sundown all around walking through the summer's end
16. Dusk is dawn is day where did it go? I've been laughing fast and slow
17. Baby, don't understand why we can't just hold on to each other's hands?
18. How'd you do? I see you've met my faithful handyman
19. First the tide rushes in, plants a kiss on the shore, then rolls out to sea
20. Edith Sitwell giving readings 14 Moscow Road

Bonus 1: The internet is not - the internet is not a big truck. The internet is not something that you just dump something on.
Bonus 2: I thought about the Army; Dad said 'Son you're fucking high'
azurelunatic: Cartoon woman with wild blue hair, glasses, black lipstick, and very small smile.  (Azzcalm)
[personal profile] rydra_wong asked me about these icons:

A small and large capybara strolling, captioned 'Freedom's just another WORD'

The decision process behind choosing the capybara as the mascot for the complex network of interrelations between liberty, that state of desperation when one realizes that one really doesn't have anywhere to go but up (but only if one claws and fights and yells in order to get there), activism, and ill-advised pasting of Janis Joplin lyrics onto CC-licensed images, is one that is best not examined at hours that aren't 3am, but I assure you, it made *perfect sense at the time*. This icon represents the struggle for one's liberties, rock bottom and nowhere else to go, and drunken decisions made on the internet at well past one's bedtime.

A teapot, cast out of chocolate, already starting to melt at the bottom, on a table set for tea.

The phrase "As useful as a chocolate teapot" delighted me. This icon is equally well-suited for tea parties and rants about software.

A polished piece of striped fluorite, purple, green, and clear, on a neutral background.

Like many small children, I had been given a stuffed sheep shortly after I was born. Concerned that if something happened to the sheep, I'd be completely inconsolable, my parents attempted to dilute my attention by introducing a stuffed cat, which I immediately clung to twice as hard. When I was 11, my bedtime preparations included sleeping with one baby blanket worn like a scarf over my head, one on top of my other blankets, holding my cat tightly. Within the next year or so, I had acquired a boyfriend. He gave me a cute little piece of carved soapstone. It fit nicely in my hand, so I added it to my nighttime-keep-the-evil-away setup.

When I went off to sleepaway camp, the cat and blankets stayed home, but the soapstone bear came with me. I wound up getting a pretty little piece of rose quartz between the sessions of camp. It was nice and felt friendly. Since the bear was a bit fragile, the rose quartz was the newest symbol of safety while sleeping. I tragically lost it the following Thanksgiving, and had to replace it with another, lesser, piece of rose quartz. Since then, I've been holding various rocks in my hands when I sleep off and on. They're collectively known as my "huggy rocks", and are picked for appearance, shape to fit in my hand, and friendly feel. This is not actually one of my rocks, but the appearance is not dissimilar. I like fluorite.

Silhouette of a raven and a depiction of a golden apple with the Greek word 'Kallisti' written on it, captioned 'Shiny' in flowing golden script.

I had a hilarious conversation a while ago. A youngish friend was relaying some of the history of one of their other friends, an older man. He mentioned that the fellow's affiliations included Raven.
"Ah," I said. "Would you tell him, 'Hello, cousin,' for me?"
The message was relayed, though my friend was deeply confused.
"I was born in Alaska," I explained.
This was also relayed, and the fellow and I shared a moment of understanding. My friend was, however, out of the loop.

Sometimes, when a young Lunatic is born in Alaska, Grandfather Raven claims her as one of his many own. Sometimes, when a young Lunatic is coming into adulthood, Eris smiles and says hello.

A profile portrait of a serious-looking White Leghorn hen with a relaxed neck; she has several layers of wire cage behind her.

So in December '09, along with all of the other things that were going on then, my aunt asked if I wanted to come to a clicker-training workshop with her. She didn't want to go alone, and the practical bits of the course were to be on chickens. I agreed to come along. I had a lovely time, bar all the other stress I was under, and had great fun with the chickens. They had White Leghorns, Brown Leghorns, and a few very beautiful, very soft, very talkative, very pecky Black Star hens. This was the first hen I got to use in the training. She was soft and somewhat tentative, but got more confident after she figured out what I was asking her to do. The White Leghorns were all rescues; they were retired laying hens who would have otherwise been in deep trouble. I dubbed her Miss Puffy ButtMeringue FancyPants, "Butt Meringue" for short, the entirely possibly urban legend being fresh, if that's the word, in my mind. (Chickens have a feathered rump; on white chickens, it does look rather meringue-ish.) Not quite the sweetest hen ever, but close.

If you'd like me to look at your icons and pick ~5 that I'd like you to talk about, please include the word 'sigilism' in your comment.
azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
Questions from [livejournal.com profile] eternal_vows:

1. If there wasn't any financial restrictions, where in the world would you want to live?
I really like the SF Bay Area, but if there were a major transit line that is also on the coast, I think I would like to live there.

2. Favorite movie?
This is tough, because I do not often bond to movies! I think that The Fifth Element has to be somewhere up there, though.

3. Which writer in history is underrated? On the other hand, which writer in history is overrated?
Dan Brown's writing career needs to die a horrible flaming death. More people should read John M. Ford.

4. How many languages can you speak? (Which ones?) How many would you like to learn? (Which ones?)
I can only speak English with any reliability, though I have a handful of words here and there from at least five others. This is not actually useful. I would like to pick Mandarin back up again from where I left off in my father's wake, because that's very useful in the Bay Area; I'd also like Spanish and Russian for practical reasons and because they're both beautiful in different ways and because of friends; Japanese for entertainment; German to talk to more friends.

5. What is the clumsiest thing you've done?
That would have to be the time that I accidentally stabbed my arm on a steak knife that I had carelessly left point-up in a glass. It was unpleasant. I will show you the scar sometime.
azurelunatic: musical notes and rainbows (notes)
Put your iPod/mp3 player/iTunes/music player of choice on Shuffle mode.

For each question, press the 'Next' button to get your answer.

Write the song name down that comes up, no matter how silly it sounds as an answer to the question or how embarrassing it is.

Make snarky comments as necessary.

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azurelunatic: Quill writing the initials 'JL' on a paper.  (quill)
What's the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
Does it count if my parents have it? I told stories to Mama and she wrote them down and put them in little books. "Happy Year Duck" might have been the first. It's complete nonsense.

Write poetry?
Yes. Sometimes even structured poetry!

Angsty poetry?
Not so much these days, but yes. The most epic one was the free verse letter to my high school best friend's new girlfriend, and also his old (dead) girlfriend.

Favourite genre of writing?
To read or to write? To read, I have to say science fiction and fantasy. I adore it like no-one's business.

Most annoying character you ever wrote?
I'd have to say Harry [from Home Movies from the Cutting-Room Floor]. I wrote him on purpose to be an amazingly annoying antagonist. He has a number of troubling personal habits. He is probably mentally ill, but merely in a way that irritates the snot out of everybody around him, not in a way that's actually harmful to himself or others. (He is pretty miserable, though, and he makes the people around him miserable too. Fortunately, after he gets a chance at happiness, things get a lot better for everybody.)

Write fan fiction?
Relatively rarely, but yes. I only relatively rarely get plot bunnies for SF that are sufficiently persistent that I write them.

Do you type or write by hand?
Mostly I type, but if there's paper and pen, it's by hand. I can do either. Sometimes, if I need to diagram something, as opposed to just writing it, it's paper time. Sometimes I feel like I have more freedom to screw up on paper.

Do you save everything you write?
I try to, but I don't get obsessive about every little phrase.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
I rarely actually consciously ditch ideas. I mostly just put them aside in case I feel like dealing with them later, and then rarely come back. Sometimes I do revisit stuff.

What's one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Ahahaha. Don't say that, or I might try to write it.

Do you want to write for a living?
Yes. Actually.

Have you ever written something for a magazine or newspaper?
Just the Summer Fine Arts Camp magazine thing.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Yes. If it isn't spelled correctly, I fix it. Due to my father's influence, most of the things I write are automatically grammatically inoffensive, if not scrupulously correct. I make an exception for conversationally natural things, and dramatic sentence fragments.
azurelunatic: California poppies, with a bright blue sky and the sun. (California girl)

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