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posted by [personal profile] digitalemur at 10:13am on 01/05/2009
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Regardless of the details, it's not good when you're reading a novel and you think, "Ooooh, that's bad, I know what happened to Rosalind Franklin." This applies regardless of whether the issue is sexism and recognition in science, or whether it's ovarian cancer. Ouch.

I have to hand it to the author, though, for not killing off either of the people I presumed were goners.
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posted by [personal profile] digitalemur at 02:18pm on 29/04/2009
Oh best beloveds, which shall it be? Hamdemic or Aporkalypse?
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posted by [personal profile] digitalemur at 04:11pm on 23/04/2009
Tonight, I will have ramen.

Why?

Because tonight it will be ten years to the day from when I made a small gesture that has netted the biggest of rewards in my life.

I invited [livejournal.com profile] a_dodecahedron to come over for ramen.

Happy Ramen Day, my dear.

PS: No, I don't have any idea when Varelse Day is. And yes, I think we'd heard that joke by year two.
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posted by [personal profile] digitalemur at 04:09pm on 22/04/2009
[livejournal.com profile] ladysisyphus, I see your Tweenbots wandering the streets of New York, and I raise you Classic Queen on Classic Electronics.

I hate things that buzz. That this youtube clip got me actually LIKING a buzzy thing is astounding. I realized it was my favorite instrument in this... and then I realized it was going to get to rock out on one of my favorite parts of the song... and then it did in fact rock out.

I am full of love for technology.

ETA: By the way, did I mention that I only found out last week that the song's actual title is "Daisy Bell?" And just now I found out it was first sung by an IBM 704 in 1962 at Bell Labs Murray Hill. (And Clarke happened to be visiting, so he lifted the idea of a computer singing "Daisy Bell" and made it famous.) Oh, the internets, I love you so.
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Yesterday I bought a reciprocating saw and a random orbit sander.

They just sold them to me. Gift card money, in fact.

I am amazed that they'll just let me out of the store with powerful electrical tools like that. Shouldn't I have to take a class? Get a permit?

It was scary to stand in front of all the miter saws and realize that I can buy one of _those_ whenever I want, too. I'm not ready for that sort of responsibility! (And also, I really hate circular saw noise even more than other power tool noise. As it is I need earplugs for things that do not bother typical human beings.)

I dunno, guys, I'm not really a grownup yet, I dunno why they're letting me buy a house and power tools and shit!

ETA: OMG I NEED A SHOPVAC!
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posted by [personal profile] digitalemur at 10:06am on 16/04/2009 under
I got home Tuesday night from Texas, but I only dug back into my Gmail this morning, and I haven't taken a look at LJ since last Friday. So, uh, if you need anything, email me or phone or tell me here?

Oh, but wait, I _have_ caught up enough to see [livejournal.com profile] ladysisyphus' Very Important Poll with the best tag ever.

Wow, so many things get better when you replace select words like "peace," "mankind," and "hope" with "monkeys."
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posted by [personal profile] digitalemur at 11:46am on 11/04/2009
Wow Wait Wait is really good this week! Ravelers make me proud!

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