The Chapel

Nov. 22nd, 2011 05:46 pm
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I'm not sure if I have posted this here before. I do know I shared it with family and friends about a year or so ago.

TheChapel. A short film. (HDR timelapse) from Patryk Kizny on Vimeo.

TheChapel is a short film paying tribute to an exceptional protestant temple in Zeliszów, Poland, designed by Karl Langhans and built in 1796-1797.

Please enjoy also the "Making of The Chapel":

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A Linguistics professor was lecturing his class:
"In English, a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative."

From the back of the class, a student spoke up:
"Yeah, right."
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I can always tell when I must be nearing ovulation, because I suddenly find babies more interesting. This can be annoying, especially since I've generally always found babies slightly disturbing with maybe a half-dose of that's-kind-of-neat-but-why-is-it-falling-over-like-that thrown in. Also, there's the added bonus of having sat in a chair when I was four years old and watched my mom give screaming, bloody birth to my younger sister (she had an episiotomy with me, and it ripped back open), which pretty much killed my desire to ever have ANYTHING that large come out of my vagina.

So right now, I want to produce a baby. Of course, I know this will go away in four or so days, and I know that I'll look back on it and think I must have been NUTS, but right now...I want a baby.


I don't want a father figure in the picture. I just want the kid. I like the idea of being a single mom, even though I know it's a hell of a lot more work.

Urgh. Four days. Then it will go away. Four days.


Sep. 19th, 2010 09:29 pm
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One of my coworkers has this as his desktop wallpaper on one of the office computers. He has it up specifically to annoy a few of the Bible-thumper members of our staff, and it seems to be working, but I think it's pretty cute. Anyway, I'd like to talk a bit about cheeses.

I like cheese. I like many, many different kinds of cheese. There are some cheeses that I don't like - there are entire cheese families, in fact, that I don't care for. But there are far more that I adore. Here are a few of my favorites (the descriptions have been stolen from various places around the internet, with my editing and some comments added).

Cablanca )
Bergenost )
Rembrandt (Gouda) )
Petit (P'tit) Basque )
Pierre Robert )
Tintern (Cheddar) )
Black Mountain (Cheddar) )
Cotswold )
Dubliner )

Okay, that's probably enough for now.
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I really admire Cory Doctorow's work. His narratives are both interesting and and pertinent to modern events - his stories function as commentaries on popular society, culture, and technology, with the added bonus of having fun characters and instruction-manual-style endnotes on the research behind the book and the gadgets in it. I love this, how transparent he makes things for the reader. (For those who aren't familiar with him, go take a look - he makes all his stuff available for free, on his website, and still manages to make the best-seller lists with his books!)

He's got a very interesting commentary on the iPad up on BoingBoing, and it really touched on some of the things that are driving my own uneasiness with the current trend in modern media technologies. The user as a consumer rather than an innovator being a big one. I'm the first to admit that I'm not the most techy of people - there are many things about computers and other tech that I almost know, but don't quite have a firm grasp on. But I don't want to be relegated to the role of helpless, resourceless consumer. I want to still be able to crack things open, get at their guts, and risk breaking them myself in order to make them work the way I want them to work.
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I want a Kindle. Where did this come from? It hit me out of nowhere. And they're only $140 nowadays. I actually prefer the aesthetic of the Nook, but the Kindle accepts a wider range of file formats (.txt, .doc, .html, .rtf, .png, etc), and the Nook does NOT accept those formats, which is a serious sticking point with me. So I want a Kindle. Hmmph. Don't know yet if I'll give in to this urge.

In other news, Aiko's new body (Aria Doll 14 Years Elegance girl) arrived yesterday, and is delicious and perfect for her. I'm not a big fan of one-piece torsos, but this one works for this particular character and head. The neck is a tad long, and I will have to fix that at some point, but for now I can live with the .7 cm or so of excessive length. Delightfully, her clothes all seem to still fit (or at least what I've tried on her so far does).

In other other news, Williams/Hunter is in the mail, presumably, and will hopefully be here tomorrow or the day after. His tracking number is not updating at all, but apparently that's what everyone's LE dolls from the NY Dolpa have been doing. It seems the accepting PO didn't bother to scan any of the dolls when they took them in, so the numbers are only being scanned once they reach the destination post offices. Go figure.
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Apparently I accidentally paid my credit card bill TWICE this month. I am now a pretty hefty chunk of change overdrawn on my bank account.

Life, she loves me.

At least I have food in the freezer and cash for crickets. I am good to go. Not happy, but good to go.


Aug. 6th, 2010 01:43 pm
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So, Paramount is being a pain in the ass about this trailer, which was released at Comic-Con. They're threatening to sue anyone who posts it online for copyright infringement, because they've not yet released it online themselves.

Thankfully, the Russians don't really give a damn.

Full-length Thor trailer viewable here.

Fuck yes.
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Well, I'm going to be joining my first Minimee order. Someone on DoA started a group for Thane from Mass Effect, and it finally filled up. I'm apprehensive, but hopeful. I've liked such a small number of the Minimees I've seen, but the ones I do like tend to be the ones that are less human, so here's hoping this guy will turn out well.

He'll have no body, as of yet. I haven't yet decided if I'll get him one. I'm mostly jumping in so that my floating Milwha head, the FemShep, will have someone around that's from the same storyline as she is. (If only there was a Garrus Minimee preorder...then I could have my Garrus/FemShep/Thane floating heads threesome, and be content.)
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Want to see some awesomely terrible pictures of me? As well as several of my local friends? Check out the Mad Tea Party entry over at Absynthe & Arsenic.

Home Safe!

Jun. 10th, 2010 08:27 pm
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After some minor delays and almost getting bumped to another flight, I am home safe and happily unpacking.

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For anyone, who hasn't seen it yet, a "suspected" bank robber tampered with (eg: destroyed) evidence by eating his demand note while the arresting officers were searching him.

Lesson Learned: Don't ever put any of the things you take off of a suspected criminal where the suspected criminal can reach them, even if you're "only setting them down for just a moment."

And, to honor the intarwebs: OM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

EDIT: Thinking about it, I wish I could be on the jury that gets to sit and watch that video in court, as part of the evidence. SO HARD NOT TO LAUGH. Judge would have to call for order. LOL.
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Because if we can't make fun of ourselves, we're being too serious.

I laughed so hard I think I pulled something.
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Oh, the wonderful things overheard in the Security Office at the hospital. ^_^;;


ME: "You do like the shiny silver ones, don't you?"

TED: "They're fucking pretty! You pull your awesome gun out, and BLAM! The last thing they see is something beautiful blowing their fucking head off!"


TED: "If I only had that staff!"

ME: "Then you could rip people's faces off?"

TED: "No, I don't have a rip people's faces off spec - well, I kind of do, but it only works with certain classes."


TED: "Lesbians! First they steal our women, then they steal our soda!"

(Note that Ted has no problem at all with homosexuality - but one of our lesbian coworkers had just stolen his soda. Ted has a...special relationship with his soda. Which is ironic, because "his" soda comes from my locker.)
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I'm in the process of overhauling my entire website. It's going to be divided into three different sections. Here's the front page of one of those sections - it's inert right now, nothing is active, but this will eventually be functional.

I'll readily admit that I'm very old fashioned in my coding. All handwritten HTML and I even use frames (not iframes, but actual frames). CSS is beyond me. But I usually manage what I'm trying for, even if my methods are outdated. ^_^
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I'd forgotten how much I love this movie (and the first Ghost in the Shell, too). I'm not a big fan of the original manga by Shirow Masamune, and the Stand Alone Complex series just leaves me disgusted, but I truly love Mamoru Oshii's interpretations of the story and characters. His interest in Hans Bellmer's work becomes really apparent in this opening sequence, for anyone who is familiar with Bellmer's doll photography.

I really need to buy copies of both films, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

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Gakked shamelessly from [ profile] zoi_no_miko. I'm just spreading the pro-feminist love.

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Reposting this, ganked from [ profile] nagasvoice, who ganked it from someone else, who surely ganked it from another person, and so on. This is the viral power of the internet. Maybe we can put it to good use today.

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The official trailer for Tim Burton's new film, 9. I've been meaning to post this for a couple weeks now, but keep forgetting. I think it looks awesome. Post-apocalyptic steampunk voodoo dolls FOR THE WIN. I mean, really. What's not to love there? Maybe if they made them post-apocalytic NINJA-ZOMBIE-PIRATE steampunk voodoo dolls, they could have hit a few more trend buttons, but that might have been overkill, don't you agree?

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Gakked shamelessly from [ profile] dharma_slut.

"This post is about ladybits!
So in 2004, a woman doctor who had gotten around to doing careful dissections of female genitalia published her findings for the general public.
And Oh My Gods, did she RAWK our world. *raises a toast to Dr O'Connell*

For the first time in human history, the clit is becoming mapped and understood. It's huge! The whole thing - the labia, the interior walls of the vagina, the clitoris itself, they're all part of the same structure.

NONE of these links are worksafe!!

Wikipedia updated its entry just a few months ago. Click on every picture!

This site offers a side view diagram.

And as a bonus, here is a MegaPorn video on oral sex lesbian style - really. ReallyreallyNSFW-really.

I think everyone should see this, whether they're male or female, gay, straight, or otherwise inclined, in a relationship or single. Share this with everyone you know! Gakk the entire entry, my friends, and spam the world!