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28.3.10 13:01 - Fail: an Open Letter to Livejournal

Dear Livejournal,

I've been a regular user of your site since 2003, since my early high school years. I looked through a lot of other sites before choosing your service. I stuck with that service for years and years, though many corporate shifts, much downtime, and hostile attacks to your servers. I've been patient and understanding. And now, you put ads on my journal without so much as a by-your-leave.

I had a free account, not a plus account. I refused to 'upgrade' because I severely detest ads. So y'know, Livejournal, I'm not too happy with you. I didn't hear a word about this change, these ads just suddenly appeared.

You disappoint me.

See you on Blogger.

29.10.09 20:55 - An open letter to the Internet

Yeah, my journal's going Friends Only. I didn't want to do this, in fact, I avoided it for as long as possible. I used to have it public for Simon, who didn't always post with his LJ account, and for the random people passing by. I had a good time talking randomly with Arancaytar from Spiderweb forums, and with Eli Dupree, who found my journal via a Google search, but I guess those days are over. Recent events has shown me this is no longer an option. While I respect the individual in question, I had rather thought he'd have respected my wishes better than this.

Maybe in a few years, I can open this back up to the public. 'Til then, it's been fun, y'all. May you have more sunshine than storms, an abundance of laughter and good music, and God's still small voice directing your feet onwards in this life.

Sarah/Arcblade/that random girl

13.10.09 08:32 - The Passover Game, and why today is a good day

Today is gonna be a good day.

The Passover (the overpass from KE to main campus) has a game that I and a few others play as we walk over and back every day. While crossing the bridge, we walk directly over East Beltline, which has four lanes of traffic. As I pass over each lane of traffic, I check to see if any cars would have run me over if I were walking directly on the road.

There's no particular point system, but the larger and more exotic the vehicle I get hit by, the better I feel the day is going to be (because I didn't actually get hit).

Today, I got hit by an EMT ambulance. :D Today is a good day.

22.9.09 10:41 - Free software!

Apparently Calvin just joined some kind of Microsoft program that gets the staff and students in CS and Engineering Departments free Microsoft software. Not Office, but XP, Vista, and Windows 7, along with some coding software I may just yoink merely 'cause it's free.

It's funny, though, because now I have a copy of Windows XP Professional. And it was free. And legal. This is ironic, because maybe 2 weeks ago I finished installing/setting up a bootlegged copy of XP Home on a partition in my laptop. And y'know, if I'd just waited, I could have had it legally, easily, and not had to use a DVD to burn stuff on. Or had to fiddle with that stupid WPA kill application because the dratted thing wouldn't validate.

Think maybe God's trying to tell me something here. Heh.

15.9.09 08:23 - Why I don't name my stuff

I realized this vaguely awhile ago, since I do most of my processing in my head, but I figured other people, who find my insistence that I NOT name my stuff perplexing, may want to know. That last sentence was horrible grammar.

Anyway, I don't name my stuff because I consider it merely an extension of myself. My car, for instance, is not me, but allows me to almost grow wheels and reach speeds I could only dream of running. The same idea applies to my computer. It extends my capabilities. It is not my beloved friend who has accompanied me through several years of my life: it is like my hands, or my legs, or perhaps more aptly, like portions of my brain.

There are portions of the brain that deal with specific body parts and specific human capabilities. Damage the temporal lobe, and you'll have issues with the things it deal with. But you don't name the temporal lobe "John" or "Leslie" or even "Alexander the Great." It's just "the temporal lobe."

Hence, I don't name my stuff.

1.8.09 08:55 - If crazy, then ?


In which I find diamond dust, don't fit through a window, can't make small talk, and encounter George W Bush.Collapse )

31.7.09 12:52 - The BBC didn't factor in high school, apparently

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

Books, yoCollapse )

31.7.09 09:44 - oh dreams...

Golly, it's long.Collapse )

29.7.09 13:53 - Stuff 'bout me 'cause Lou got me on Facebook...

You've been tagged. If you are reading this, please copy all these goofy questions, writing your own response, and tag 25 other victims. Tag me to, so really you just need 24 more people. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you - but not in a creepy stalker kind of way.

To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your PROFILE page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your title as "Getting to know each other!", tag 25 people including me (tagging is done in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
7:54 AM- my clock runs fast.

2. How do you like your steak?
Kindly treated from birth to death. After that, medium rare. Unless you're talking about getting one around the Northeast, where medium rare means "dripping red." In which case I prefer medium well.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
UP! It was fun. I had a good time talking with Joe.

4. What is your favorite TV show?

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Eh... I guess I'd probably want to live somewhere on the West Coast. The weather's nicer there.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Mostly Cheerios, with a bit of cinnamon Life on top for flavor. In skim milk. And a strawberry yogurt on the side.

7. What foods do you dislike?
Quite a few veggies, sadly. I also dislike balut on principle. And curry. I really don't do hot stuff that well, I guess.

8. Favorite Place to Eat?
Noodles. Cheap *and* delicious. :D

9. Favorite dressing?
Ehh... I actually don't use dressing on salad anymore. It used to be ranch, though.

10. What kind of vehicle do you drive?
1997 maroon Ford Taurus. Nothing flashy.

11. What are your favorite clothes?
The kind that don't cut off my circulation, preferably with lots of pockets.

12. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Do I have to pick one? I need to get to Japan at some point. Portland, Oregon as well. Possibly England. Maybe Austin, Texas, also.

13. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Needs refilling, either way. Seriously, I'm not singularly optimistic or pessimistic. I have both, along with some cynicism, idealism, and the particularly stupid brand of optimism that'll hope against all hope.

14. Where would you want to retire?
Meh. Maybe somewhere on the West Coast. Or, if I get good enough with Japanese, Japan would be nice. Or, if Ipvy ever gets around to conquering the world, I'll settle down to rule New Zealand quietly for him.

15. Favorite time of day?
Early morning (if I'm not dead tired) and late afternoon. They both have this amazing golden sunlight I love.

16. Where were you born?
Some hospital in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

17. What is your favorite sport to watch?

18. Who do you think will not tag you back?
Haven't a clue.

19. Person you expect to tag you back first?
Dunno, don't care, really.

20. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
I haven't even decided who I'm tagging yet. :P

21. Bird watcher?
Sometimes, but it's not really a hobby so much as an occasional pastime when I'm bored.

22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Definitely a night person.

23. Do you have any pets?
One red albino cornsnake, who recently stopped starving himself. ^_^

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
What is this, the gossip panel?

25. What did you want to be when you were little?
It varied. I never really settled on one thing.

26. What is your best childhood memory?
Best? Meh, my memories aren't that organized. I do recall biking to the Northwest Racquet Club fondly. All by myself, a couple miles, and then I could have my run of this big athletic club. They had a pool and weight lifting machines, ping pong tables, racquetball rooms... even an indoor track, unless my memory deceives me. Anyway, I loved the place.

27. Are you a cat or dog person?
Eh. I like animals. Both cats and dogs have their problems and awesomenesses. I'll take either, really.

28. Are you married?

29. Always wear your seat belt?
Yep. I don't really feel safe in the car otherwise.

30. Been in a car accident?
Not really, no. Doubt a rear-ending counts, neh?

31. Dirty dishes in the sink when I wake up in the morning?
If there are, they're not mine.

32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Pepperoni (which I can't have anymore) with pineapple. Mmm...

33. Favorite Flower?
I like Forget-Me-Nots, but I don't really have a favorite.

34. Favorite ice cream?
Cake Batter, curse you Calvin College. Sooo tasty!

35. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Dun really have one.

36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Once. I ran a stop sign that was the most faded piece of crap I'd ever seen. They replaced it within the next month, the bastards.

37. From whom did you get your last email?
Er... I think it was from Twitter, telling me some spambot wanted to follow my nonexistent updates.

38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
No credit card.

39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Eh, not really.

40. Like your job?
Meh. I volunteer. I just got back from the one I don't really like (the pound). The library's not bad.

41. Broccoli?
Fortified with vitamins and minerals. I don't like it, but I eat it.

42. What was your favorite vacation?
Grandpa and Grandma VA's 50th anniversary got us a week in Cancun. Good times.

43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Er... Must have been my parents. Sunday dinner thing.

44. What are you listening to right now?
Squeakings of the house, birds outside, and the music in my head.

45. What is your favorite color?

46. How many tattoos do you have?

47. How many are you tagging for this quiz?
Said to do 25, right? So 25.

48. What time did you finish this quiz?
Why is this not the last question? I'm not done yet...

49. Coffee Drinker?
Nope, I likes my tea.

50. What foods do you dislike?
Did I not answer this question back at the beginning? (checks) Yes, I did. Question 7. Bah.

24.7.09 21:20 - Revelation of the day?

Today's thought:

Telling a person with anxiety problems to relax is like telling a person on fire to calm down. It just doesn't work.
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