holly_evolving: (lolgham script)
A fanfic writer discusses the Star Trek financial canon, and it makes me think:

http://mijan.livejournal.com/170082.html

If I didn't need a job to survive, I'd probably have contributed something to society by now.
holly_evolving: (hedgehog & mouse)
Oh my crap this is awesome. Also adorable.

Big ones

Feb. 1st, 2010 02:58 pm
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This is all from www.wikipedia.org, so, citation needed. Although for the Indricotherium, I can look it up when I get home.

Biggest modern horse currently on record was a draft horse that stood 7 feet, 2.5 inches at the shoulders.

7 feet tall is the normal height at the shoulder for the Alaskan moose and at the hump for the dromedary camel.

American bison (buffalo) and white rhinoceros both average around 6.5 feet at the shoulders. Buffalo are around 10 feet long, while white rhinos start at around 11 feet long.

The largest land mammal on record was the Indricotherium, a prehistoric Eurasian species of rhinoceros with a shoulder height of around 16-18 feet and a maximum head height of around 25 feet. The biggest species of mammoth came close, but didn't quite make it that high.
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So I just found out that someone who is my good friend NOW used to follow Midnight Society...which was me and a couple of friends in high school (led by the guy with the job and the car, naturally).

HOLY COW. That's just so rad.
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http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10302009.shtml

**Edit: Good point. I promise to never pitch a fit if my character dies as a result of my own stupidity. And damn right that partners should not receive preferential treatment (in plot; I'm totally behind people helping each other to better use what they have). If I saw that, I would walk.

Car Pr0n

Oct. 7th, 2009 12:28 pm
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A work of art with a serious pedigree, and my favorite car of all time:
http://editorial.autos.msn.com/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=1091965&icid=autos_979>1=22008#5
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1) boyfriend. Still with Jay. It's awesome.
2) family. Sometimes their political views confuse me, but they are an awesome family and we have lots of fun and I love them, so it evens out.
3) friends. I've been hermit-ish lately. I need to work on that.
4) kitty. Registering him with the town. His health seems good, although he's down a pound to 11 since we moved. Will be asking the vet for advice when I pick up his special food this Saturday.
5) apartment. The landlord has been having trouble getting the contractors to do the work on the new apartment up to standard, so we haven't moved into it yet. It's supposed to happen at the end of this month now. Frustrating, since I can't unpack my stuff. Also, what is wrong with contractors? This has been since June.
6) job. Working for the SSAT Board - www.ssat.org - as someone who is not a fan at all of the way the current private school system functions, it's a weird job for me. But I get to treat private school parents like they're not special, so that's nice.* A couple of my coworkers have some religious and philosophical views that I find...well, frankly insane, but they're all really nice and we still have plenty of good conversations when we're not busy on the phones.
7) health. I'm doing research on private health insurance. I'm pretty sure that I can afford it while I'm on this temp assignment, but it's what happens after this job ends in February that has me worried. It takes 3-6 weeks on average to find me a new job, and unemployment pays less than half of what I earned. I'll have to see what kind of savings I can build up.
8) money. I have no bad debt, and $1200 left on my student loan. So this insurance thing is possible.
9) politics. On www.politicalcompass.org, I graph as -7.8, -3.5. I'm pro public funding (within reason), pro choice, AND pro death penalty. Hi, I'm weird.
10) WoW (that's World of Warcraft, relatives!). My night elf druid hit level 60, and I made a death knight. I love this game.

*My issue is multi-faceted. Why do private schools that receive tuition from parents also receive any government funding? This takes funding away from public and special-needs schools. Also, and this is one problem that I can't fathom a way out of, private schools existing contributes to the deterioration of public schools. Think about it: if parents counldn't remove their kids from the public system, they'd be more willing to approve tax increases that go to the funding of public schools. There are flaws there, but the argument is basically sound. Problem is, some public schools have gotten so bad from lack of funding that parents would riot if they had to send their kids there now. What do you do?

***Kevin makes a really good point about this in the comments. Read before you reply!***
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I don't love everything about him, but he is decidedly our most fun president:

Large photo, totally awesome )
holly_evolving: (Lily Toon)
This conversation happened via email, and should be read from the bottom to the top (note timestamps).

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From: Loretta
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3:18 PM
To: Jason'
Subject: RE: OMG

O.O

She was my HERO.

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From: Jason
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3:17 PM
To: Loretta
Subject: RE: OMG

no idea. i'll look into it.
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From: Loretta
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3:16 PM
To: Jason
Subject: RE: OMG

OH MY GOD GRACE O’MALLEY WAS IT FILMED???????

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From: Jason
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3:15 PM
To: Loretta
Subject: RE: OMG

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's The Pirate Queen, the spectacular new musical from the authors of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, comes to Broadway following a world premiere engagement in Chicago. Tony Award-winner Frank Galati directs.

The Pirate Queen is an epic musical adventure celebrating the legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O'Malley. Based on her real-life story, the musical tells of a compelling, inspirational woman; a heroine who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, chieftain, lover and mother in 16th Century Ireland. Commissioned and produced by Moya Doherty and John McColgan, the producers of Riverdance, this new musical combines classic storytelling and a sweeping score, with the powerful, vibrant traditions of Irish dance and song, to create a modern musical event that is both an historic romance and a timeless epic.

Opened on April 5, 2007
Closed on June 17, 2007

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From: Loretta
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3:13 PM
To: Jason
Subject: OMG

There was a movie or musical or something out in NY in June of 2007 called Pirate Queen. What is it??? I. MUST. KNOW!

In reverse

Jul. 21st, 2009 10:00 am
holly_evolving: (kapow)
I was sick yesterday with the heartburn that ate Tokyo, and I figured continuing the sleep deprivation of the last few weeks would only make it worse, so I stayed home and slept till 2:30 or so. Then I got the Burning Crusade (finally), so should I want to, I can make a Drannei. I soloed King Mukla in Booty Bay and made level 43, then decided my headache was bad enough and signed out. I really need new glasses. Spent the evening snuggled with Jay and watching Burn Notice, then took some Benadryl and went to bed early.

I'm currently reading The King's Grace, because everyone who reads Elizabethan fiction eventually moves on to Henrician.

Rewind to Sunday:
Breakfast with Jay and Melissa at the country diner. Maybe I shouldn't have had the potato pancakes? But they were so good!
Jay and I returned [livejournal.com profile] fatherdog's car to his house, then drove up to Waldwick for the mass family birthday party. Thanks to turnpike traffic, I missed my mom's cousin OC (Owen Charles). Still had a nice time with the family, and Jay cut through all the Dell bs to get my aunt's internet and wireless printer up and running. I cook, he networks. We are useful couple!
We stopped by Wanaque to pick up some more stuff from the apartment, but it was 8 PM and I was exhausted, so we didn't get as much as we could have. Picked up my lil coffee pot, though. Now I just have to get some white vinegar to clean it.
Also, Sunday was my birthday. I am officially 29 and proud of it. Thank you everyone who wished me a happy. Got a couple of nice lil prezzies, but more importantly, people kind of made a fuss about me. I like fusses when they're happy.

Saturday:
Got up around 10 to drive out to Clinton for an 11:30 oil change...which the owner never bothered to inform his mechanics that he had scheduled, so let me tell you, they were THRILLED to see me 30 minutes before close. But, it got done. Then we went over to WalMart and got a couple of camp chairs, and stopped for sushi lunch before going home to shower and play video games.
Melissa came by around 4 and we hung out till Dave showed up around 6, and then we went to Ewing for a Bear Tavern party & BBQ. It was madness on par with the usual. Objects of interest were a cute baby, a broken rusty trampoline, a pair of agitated mini schnauzers, a moth, cookies, Dancing Bill, and a pile of cushions on the floor. I laughed till I hurt, which in retrospect may have contributed to the evil, evil heartburn, but fsck it. Also, if you own hentai and get married, your spouse now also owns hentai and needs to accept that. Photos/video if I get them.
Got to see Aaron before he moved away to Seattle, so that was bittersweet.
[livejournal.com profile] fatherdog got drunker than I've seen him since college, so after putting some water in him, we decided to drive him home and call it a night.

Friday:
Went to the Red Rooster Grill in Flemington with Jay and had a lovely fancy-pants dinner. The place is Zagat rated Excellent. Om nom a nom nom. Then we went to see Potter. I understand why the detractors don't like it, but honestly I was perfectly satisfied. There is also already some good fan-parody out about it. It is kinda weird how ripped Rupert Grint is. His biceps are as big as my head.

Tonight's plan is to visit with Travis and Kelly for a bit, and give Kelly some of Flap's extra things that Jay and I don't need anymore now that the kitty has only one home.
holly_evolving: (Hippie Yay)
Enough with socially conscious dialogue! Time to just ramble.

Actually, I'm not dirty at all. But I am kind of a hippie.

I bought a jar of dandelion leek miso at the whole food store yesterday and had a spoonful with my steamed rice and veggies...and it was so satisfying I didn't need seconds. O.O Also, it was delicious.

I'm still using the Aveeno stuff for sensitive skin even though the rash is gone, and my skin is clearer and softer than it's been since I was in college and had no stress.

And in WOW, my level 30 druid is more than halfway to the achievement: "To All the Squirrels I've Loved Before," which involves /love-ing a bunch of low-level critters.

I wonder if I can get a WOW gnome figurine for when I start my balcony garden...
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568: the number of the Platypus

If anyone knows how to convert names to Hebrew numbers, I'd love you to PM me for a double-check, if you're so inclined.

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