Jan. 19th, 2006


Jan. 19th, 2006 08:36 am
No, I am not a columnist. Z, ironically enough, is now a columnist. Starting today, he is having a short column published every other week in his magazine.
Here is the first column: The One With The Wires. (He's got more boring titles for them.)
The week after next, it'll be the one with the springs, and after that, I think the one with the cheese. He's written five months' worth already, and they're just going in at the editor's whim.

They're funny.
Z's really excited about it.

... He's more a published writer than I am.

(edited to add) The column is called Gewgaws and Gimcracks, and while it's ostensibly your run-of-the-mill column by the resident Geek about Nifty Gizmos, in Z's case he somewhat sarcastically twisted the assignment, and instead of doing the usual "The iPod Makes Me Jizz" reviews, he's simply telling stories about gadgets in his life. So today's saga is the story of how he tried to install a wireless handsfree adapter in his car but the auto-mall salesman was a total idiot. The next one, two weeks from now, will be about how his mother's elaborate Cork Removal System for wine had a humorous malfunction. Etcetera.

Now that the Editorial department knows he can write, his life will never be peaceful again. But it had to happen...
Everyone uses YouSendIt.com to do music posts. I thought I'd give it a shot.

My experiment will be done using an awesome song:

Squirrel Nut Zippers: Hell: from their album Hot. 3772 kb.

This song is awesomeness itself: old-fashioned-styled modern music. A fast-paced swinging rumination upon the afterlife.

teeth are extruded and bones are ground
and baked into cakes which are passed around

Link expires in 7 days or after a limited number of downloads, whichever comes first.

I have other stuff I was going to post but for the moment, this is the soundtrack to me mopping the kitchen floor. I know! Mopping! Whoa.


Jan. 19th, 2006 03:37 pm
Right. Have been slogging away at Barbarians Novel and feel a need to have accomplished something-- but have not yet.

Took a break to do some yardwork. it is very, very soggy, but the breeze is warm. Compost pile coming along offensively. No doubt neighbor will be infuriated. Am preparing offensive response to her yelling at me about it. Also am thinking how much better response would be if delivered while wearing bikini. Ha!

I am not actually wearing the bikini today. I did wear it for a little while. I need a lower half for it, of course. I think the lower half should be ruffly and should be red, white, and blue, but of course, where to find such a garment?

I also need some slightly more toned abs, but we won't talk about that.

I took a moment to visit the avatar generator [livejournal.com profile] claudi007 linked to in his last post. Idly fiddled with it. Just clicked on things that appealed to me. Does it surprise anyone that the result had my eye and hair color and was wearing leather, fishnets, and baby seal slippers?
It shouldn't.

Eh well. I need to be struck my inspiration. I am astonished that I am not inspired. I had so much I wanted to do. Feh.
I am in such a posty mood today, I suppose. I keep making short entries and forgetting to say things I really meant to say.

1) At work the other day I was so bored I read all my coworker's womany-magazines (I used to call them "girly", the Cosmos and Glamours and Seventeens and what-have-yous, but when you say "girlie magazines" people think something entirely other, which it took me a while to realize). I learned that a blue-eyed person should wear eye makeup in shades of purples, greens, or browns. I have some Lancome free samples in purple and brown, which are the only eye makeup I own, and I feel clever that they're sort of my colors. I guess. I do want to buy some Real Grown-Up Lady Makeup one of these days, and I assume I should do so through Mary Kay, given that my dearest darling sister Fiona is a sales rep for them. (Read: she gives them money and they give her makeup, but somehow it's better than Avon!)
Her Mary Kay website is here, fascinatingly enough. I don't know if people from elsewhere can use her as their Representative-- I think there's some sort of honor system where she's supposed to adhere roughly to her geographic area. But if anybody's ever wanted to try Mary Kay and is too antisocial to know anyone who's a sales rep, do feel free to contact my sister. She could use the business.wittering on about fashion sense )

2. Yesterday at work my coworker picked up a tube of moisturizer that someone had dropped on the floor as they rushed off to get on their plane, and handed it to me. "Hand cream," she said. "You've always got problems with your hands. Here."
I took it home and used it, and of course looked it up on the Internet. It's L'Occitane de Provence Shea Butter Hand Creme. The tube's been redesigned: the label on this one is pink rather than the green in the picture on the website, but I'm pretty sure that's the same stuff. The text is different but conveys the same information.
It smells heavenly, a replacement tube would cost $23, and it's been ridiculously effective on my hands so far. I may be in love. Even Z likes how it smells. I'm going to keep using it until the tube's gone, I think. I shall let you-all know the results. Shea butter: who'd'a thunk it?

3. I am slogging through despair on this novel. I should make up a time-budget. Maybe I should set aside one day's writing time per week so I can write about four hours' worth of fanfiction a week, just so I can get the I Finished Something And People Are Reading It buzz I seem to need. This thought gets filed squarely in my Good Ideas For Once I Get organized file, but do feel free to comment and poke me about it. I should. It'd be nice. Writing's a treat, but writing something people will read now is an even bigger treat.
I really do need a fairly strict time budget, though. I know that just sitting and staring off into space is extremely important for my mental health, but I actually only need so much of it before it starts getting ridiculous.
Meme. Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] lenine2. Memes are more interesting when you've had a bit of Scotch, which I have, on top of a bit of Turkish coffee, which I have. Yay!
I am also doing this one in cooperation with Z, because it's more interesting and easier that way.
beneath the cut is much rambling, and also free music. Clicky clicky! )

I'm supposed to tag people, I guess, but the few times I've actually done so, most of them have ignored me. Still, chosen at something of random:
Hmmm, who would be interesting? and who don't necessarily know each other, and so won't see this otherwise? Hmm...
I tag:
[livejournal.com profile] jennnlee
[livejournal.com profile] radaromalley
[livejournal.com profile] kkatowll
[livejournal.com profile] silverwerecat

But, of course, only if you want to. I'll have forgotten I tagged you in about two hours. ^.^ It's just lame to do the thing and then forget the end bit, like i always do.



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