shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
WELL THAT HAPPENED

I am going to post only POSITIVE REACTIONS. Yes.

TEN TOTALLY NICE THINGS )

IN OTHER NEWS: The Fortunes of Boromir II! Because LotR + Calvin and Hobbes = win.

(Your mission, should you choose to accept it: the series are posted backwards, but the individual comics are in order. You must view them in a sequence that makes sense. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck.)

::BOOM!::

POR QUE

Oct. 21st, 2011 11:11 am
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)


AND THEN I GOT STOOD UP ANYWAY.

On the plus side, last weekend I went to NYComic Con with Courtney (I was femme!Eleven, she was the Black Canary: together, we FIGHT CRIME! And go to panels featuring Tamora Pierce), and this afternoon I'm heading down to Homecoming! Hopefully I will not arrive only to discover that William and Mary has shut down and completely vacated the premises, leaving only empty buildings and tourists.

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 6: Most Annoying Character )
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
Legend of Korra delayed to 2013

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :(

(On the plus side, comics! Wherein everyone is happy to be back having adventures except Zuko and his epic eyeroll. Of course, he's never happy.)

Thirty Days of Genre

Day 5: Character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).

When I was eleven, on the first day of summer vacation between fifth and sixth grade, I tripped over a curb and broke my arm. Since I couldn't go swimming at the pool, my mom took me to the bookstore to buy me some new books to help occupy myself, and I stumbled across (literally, it was on a pile on the floor) Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. It had everything I wanted in a book (awesome heroine! adventure!), and more (magic! camping! baby dragons!); even better, Daine (the aforementioned awesome heroine) had brown hair and blue-gray eyes just like me. Amazing! Granted, it was unlikely, but I too had a chance at becoming the protagonist of an epic fantasy series, despite not being a spunky youngster with red hair (or a blonde princess)! I devoured the rest of Pierce's books and eagerly awaited the conclusion of Daine's story, set to come out that winter, and incidentally sealed my fate in becoming a huge fantasy geek.

(Of course, in the last book 16-year-old Daine ends up hooking up with her teacher, which I identified waaaaaaaaaaaaay less with (DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME) and my love of Pierce's books cooled somewhat. Fortunately, I later discovered that all of Tolkien's coolest characters had dark hair and gray eyes. I mean, they don't have baby dragons, but you have to admit that the elves and the Numenoreans are kind of badass.)

That's just looks, of course. I didn't realize it at the time, because fish don't notice their water, but one of the reasons I enjoyed so happily the snark, battles of wits, bitching, and cheerful scorn heaped upon one another by characters in The Belgariad was that it basically reflected every one of my family gatherings ever. Because seriously, I would never make it through an epic quest without baiting my friends and complaining about the weather either.

TRADEGY

Sep. 6th, 2011 09:16 pm
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
1. Rain whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :(

2. Magic Phone whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :(



3. STEVE THOMPSON WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :(

wtf

Apr. 1st, 2011 09:17 am
shadydave: (...en fuego?)


HAHA. VERY FUNNY, WEATHER. YOU CAN STOP WITH THE APRIL FOOL'S DAY PRANKS NOW.
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
Haha, remember that time a noreaster rolled in during the five minutes it takes me to walk down the block to Starbucks, and then it immediately stopped raining as soon as I got there? ME TOO. ::wrings out khakis::

In other news, on my commute this morning, I honest-to-God saw one of these trucks.

It's probably just as well I don't have Lance in my pants; he'd be soaking wet by now.

Spam, Spam, Bacon, Links, and Spam:

Any article that mentions kuru is a winner in my book - FYI: Could Scientists Really Create a Zombie Apocalypse Virus?

The pizza you save may be your own - Alert Pizza Delivery Driver Saves Customer's Life

Said Bookisms: the edible ball-bearings of the writing world - The Use and Abuse of Dialogue Tags

SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE - Time Lapse Videos of the Universe

Seriously, anyone who doesn't put Isabella in the Lawful column clearly didn't pay any attention AT ALL during Measure for Measure - Shakespeare Alignment Chart

Damn you, British theater-goers! WHY CAN'T I HAVE NICE THINGS - Danny Boyle's Frankenstein (Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Lee Miller) (HAHAHA HIS FAAAAAAAACE.)
ETA: Woohoo, broadcast!

The Christian Science Monitor: boldly going where all 12-year-old minds have gone before - Need Help Finding Uranus? (And don't miss the follow-up article, Scientists Plan Uranus Probe. Did you know Uranus has the most powerful wind observed in the solar system?)
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
Dear PennDOT:

You cannot claim to be "prepared" for a snowstorm when you have removed approximately NO SNOW WHATSOEVER from the roads and have limited your "treatment" of them to DUMPING FOOT-HIGH PILES OF CONGEALED SALT where UNWARY TRAVELERS CAN PLOW INTO THEM because THEY CAN'T SEE ANYTHING ON THE DAMN ROADS.

PLEASE DIE IN ALL THE FIRES.

No love,
Dave
shadydave: (Default)
Dear PennDOT:

DIAF.

AT LEAST THE FIRE COULD HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THE FUCKING HALF-INCH OF SNOW ON THE ROAD.

UNLIKE YOU.
shadydave: (Default)
GODDAMMIT
shadydave: (Default)
Suck it.
shadydave: (Default)
BUFFY REBOOT SANS JOSS WHEDON

--AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH



POR QUE
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
So, technology. We meet again.

GOOD NEWS:

- I have a magic phone!

BAD NEWS:

- It's full of my brother's crap, because he didn't wipe it before he gave it to me.

- Trying to get rid of said has so far required copious erasing and restoring to factory settings, which has gotten rid of everything except THREE HUNDRED EXTRANEOUS CONTACTS WHICH WILL NOT GO AWAY, POR QUE, AND has upgraded me to the OS I did not want, to boot.

- Meanwhile, our database at work has decided to just flip all the toggles to default settings in the most recent new entries. It's not like I was using them to KEEP TRACK OF VITAL INFORMATION OR ANYTHING.

- Also, plz don't repost comments on my LJ to Facebook/Twitter, k. I work very hard to maintain my status as Facebook Amish.
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A DRAMATIC RE-ENACTMENT OF YESTERDAY EVENING:

DAVE: ::watching Youtube video::
HAL 9000: ::freezes::
DAVE: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
DAVE: What's the problem?
HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
DAVE: AKJHFBKJHFD ::emergency shut-down::
HAL: I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid.
DAVE: AKJHFBKJHFD! ::tries to reset and reboot::
HAL: Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do...
DAVE: AKJHFBKJHFD!!!!!

So currently I'm letting the HAL 9000 recharge and think about what's it done (i.e., refuse to boot up, even in safe mode). It also doesn't help that I can't remember if I got AppleCare for it or not; I thought I did, but I don't have the box/paperwork, and my computer wasn't registered to me. Por queeeeeeee.
shadydave: (do not taunt the octopus)
Got side-swiped by an O'Hara kid on Tuesday, who apparently didn't notice I was in the lane he was trying to occupy. (How you could miss the Loser Cruiser, I don't know. It's not exactly a ninja car, people!) Fortunately, there's only about a six-inch scratch and a couple dings, and the kid's parents are paying for it.

(Weirdly enough, the estimate put it at about $1000 worth of damage. It only cost $1100 to fix that door after I lost a fight with that garage in Toronto, and it was in WAAAAAAAAAAY worse condition then. I dunno.)

However, I did see THE COOLEST PERSON ON THE ROAD today. Her bumper stickers consisted of:
- the Autobot symbol
- "Sylar is my boyfriend -- he loves me for my brain."
- "WINCHESTER '08"

FTW.

FAIL

Sep. 24th, 2009 11:42 am
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
So, I don't have a lot to say about Mackenzie Phillips (apart from "Poor Mackenzie Phillips, that's horrible") but I am kind of enraged at the way CNN's article is written. Comparison:

CNN
The Times

Blame the victim much, CNN? So not cool.
shadydave: (DEEP HURTING!)
Guess whose power went out this morning, and, since she had pictures at work, had to wash her hair in the bathroom at Wawa!

PSA

Jun. 9th, 2009 03:39 pm
shadydave: (Default)
So, some serious linkage on rape culture! An extremely fun subject, I know, but being as this is kind of an important problem, worth sharing.

The Problem:
On Rape and Men by [livejournal.com profile] cereta

How To Be Part of the Solution:
Thoughts on Men and Rape by [livejournal.com profile] jimhines
shadydave: (DEEP HURTING!)
I mock because it FAILS )

::big no::

Jun. 4th, 2009 09:31 am
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
RIP David Eddings :(

Apart from children's and YA stuff, The Belgariad was literally the first fantasy series I ever read. (This may have had a lasting effect.) Except by the time I was allowed to read it, I already knew several of the best parts, because on car trips my sister would start laughing at them and we'd make her read them aloud. Several years later, I was still laughing, knew the definition of the word "defenestrate", and secretly wondered why all the other fantasy characters in other books, on their own quests to save the world, never complained about the weather, eating the same food all the time, getting attacked by the bad guys, or each other. And upon a particularly woeful character bitterly railing against the Universe for their fated role in the epic battle of good and evil, I cannot but help think how much better it would be if the Universe always made fun of them and told them to shut up and stop whining.

Looking back, I wouldn't exactly call David Eddings the BEST AUTHOR EVER (I didn't even finish his last series), and some of his stuff now makes me cringe a bit, but while he wrote to a formula, he did it because it was FUN, and that translates very strongly into his work. Besides, his characters? MADE OF WIN.

He once called his contribution to fantasy "the literary equivalent of peddling dope", which I think pretty much encapsulates his particular brand of awesome. He'll be missed.
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
You know what sucks? Finding out that an author that you like has jumped headlong into writing race FAIL. It's bad enough READING it, but at least in some cases you can MAYBE attribute it to carelessness or ignorance (HAI THAR TOLKIEN) as opposed to active malicious intent. Whereas this is just so shockingly insensitive, if not purposefully offensive, I don't even know what to say. Actually, I do: if ORSON SCOTT CARD can address this "problem" SO CAN YOU. Granted, I think that was pre-radical/CRAZY Orson Scott Card, but STILL.

In conclusion: please don't buy "The Thirteenth Child" by Patricia C. Wrede. I love her other books, but this is unconscionable. (And while we're at it, don't contribute money to The Last Failbender either.)

Dear Entertainment:

YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ENTERTAINING, NOT PERPETUATING HARMFUL SOCIAL PREJUDICES AND INEQUALITIES. STOP THAT RIGHT NOW.

Sincerely,
Dave

ETA: Here's an archive of the discussions.
SON OF ETA: ::headdesk:: ARRRRRRGH WHYYYYYYYY FOR GOODNESS' SAKE LISTEN TO YOURSELF WOMAN ::headdesk:: ::headdesk::

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