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I just discovered an extension that let's me download vids from youtube and, more interestingly, Stage6.  And theoretically most anywhere else.

This is awesome.
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Terry Pratchett announced that he has early-onset Alzheimer's.

Folks,

I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news.  I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".

We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism.  For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers.  Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)

PS  I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'.  I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else.  For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell. I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.
My soul weeps. 
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Because I'm pretty sure none of you can afford to buy me a PS3.
  • Something from The Obama Store, just in case you haven't figured out which candidate I support yet.  The various tanks are $10 (for the love of god, not the pink one with his face plastered on), and I like the $2 1" buttons.  You can probably find most of that stuff in tourist central DC.
  • Books: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie... and that's actually it for what all the reading want right now.  And if I really wanted it, I would've bought it for myself already.  Books are probably a bad idea since I'll basically be on a mad reading spree for Banned Books class next semester.
  • Used DS games may be within a reasonable price range, not sure.  I like Kirby, RPGs, and that's about it.  If there's a reasonably priced Phoenix Wright game (the first of the series, ideally) sitting in EBgames, I want it.
  • Used PS2 games may also be in the price range and I still don't have Tales of Abyss.  Used PS1 games definitely are and I have never played FF8, though mostly due to lack of interest.  Just not a huge FF fan like some.
  • Plastic Bracelets: bangles moreso than bracelets, if you want to be exact.  You know the sort, big, bold, plastic.  If you call it tasteless, it's probably good--not too multi-colored though.  Nothing fine-worked, I have enough of those, and they don't match my style.  I think I could go for text on them.  Big, beaded bracelets too perhaps.
  • Necklaces: Necklaces.  Not tiny chains with a little dangly charm.  Not something minimalist.  Big medallions maybe, beaded works, stuff that looks like mod art.  I like wood/stone, painted beads, that sort of thing.  Prefer neutral, match-able colors.
  • Rings: No bands with a rock on top.  Don't like those.  Think of that gimongous silver rose ring I favor.  Just bands with a design worked into it, preferably big designs.  Very minimalist in material, the less the glittery the better.  Been looking at wooden rings with a tribal flavor lately, but never bought any.
  • Scarves: many and any?  Functional scarves, not the flouncy decorative ones.  I already have a deep blue and the traditional tan red/black plaid scarf, so no repeats would be nice.  Again, I prefer bold colors or neutral colors, nothing delicate or pastel.  No scratch material either, for obvious reasons.
  • I... actually could use some socks.  As it stands, I flat out don't wear socks now.  You probably don't want to give me socks though.
  • Makeup: I could use foundation, but I figure I'd have to buy that for myself.  Dramatic eyeshadow, I suppose.  The shimmery, bright-colored sort, including white.  Not that I'd use it much though, maybe a few times a year.  ...Same for foundation, really.
  • Shoes: Rainboots.  Or snow boots.  You know the sort, plastic, rubber soles, heavy-duty.  A good sale should land a decent pair at about $20 (and my assumed price range for you all is $0-$20), not looking for anything nice, but preferably something not blatantly ugly.  No fur lining.  Size 7.5, but get the receipt just in case.
  • A planner.  Smaller the better, but not, like, stupidly tiny.  Use common sense.  I'd say pocket-sized, but my pockets are pretty big.
  • I don't think any of you were even considering it, but gift cards are probably a bad idea unless it's to B&N.  I don't go to Borders or Waldenbooks.  A Macy's card may work out too.
  • No chocolate.  No candy.  No food.  Else this diet thing is going to go boom over Christmas break.
  • I need a nice throw rug.  Because the floor by my bed is COLD in the morning.  Nice throw rugs do get pricey though.
  • Wall posters, perhaps.  Can't say what I'm looking for.  Artwork posters, for sure though, definitely not celeb posters.  I love Pollock, Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh, pretty much all modern art, the more schizophenic the better is a good general rule.  I will also totally love posters of sheet music.
  • USB stick.  Cheap ones, just 2gb or so, 1gb would work even, just that my PC's CD/DVD drive is busted so I need USB sticks to move stuff from my computer to my laptop.  I've been borrowing from my parents, and it'd be nice to have my own.
  • I want new music, but I don't know what.  I know I want Yasunori Mitsuda's Au Cinneut (or however it's spelled), but it's a rather expensive import, so no.
  • To lump onto Sonya, I would be happy to receive all the seasons of House, but I'd be satisfied with just the first or second (on the second, but the first is definitely worth rewatching).
  • Similarly, I'd like the first season of Rome, Deadwood, and Heroes.  Probably in reverse order, come to think of it.  House takes precedence over them all anyhow though.
Even Wolef's got to be able to afford a $2 button, so I figure my work here is done.

ETA: OH HAY GUYZ.  If you're going to knit me a pair of gloves, make sure to actually give me a pair of gloves.  I still don't know what to do with the single glove I got from last year.

A request

Oct. 16th, 2007 08:39 am
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Hey, guys, I was wondering for those of you on my friends list (*cough*Wolef*cough*Sonya*cough*) to leave the expletives out of the entry titles.  I happen to bring my laptop to classes and while I know I'm not exactly supposed to be on LJ in class, it's much harder to explain away when there's a big fat $@!# $*@%$&& at the top of the page.

Not Funny.

Oct. 4th, 2007 05:51 pm
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Britney Suicide Watch Contest, $1000 to whomever guesses her deathday.

I've never been a Britney fan and I find her trainwreck of a life thus far a pretty good cautionary tale.  I always thought she didn't deserve all the media mockery she's gotten though, mostly because no one deserves that.  In fact, I have no clue what the details of her life thus far are, besides the general notion that it's not so hot right now.  I'm normally pretty indifferent to dumb stunts the media pulls for publicity usually.

But seriously, what sort of fucked up bastard thought up this contest and what sort of fucked up bastard approved the idea?

Whoa

Oct. 2nd, 2007 08:09 pm
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I have, for the first time in my life, considered a career in law, medicine, or business.

And by consider, I mean seriously consider.

It's kind of sad.  And shameful.  I've spent the past seventeen years telling people I definitely do not want to be a lawyer/doctor/businesswoman, and here I am wondering what on earth I plan on doing with my life otherwise.
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Because it's interesting.

I must say, 29% civilian death rate in Baghdad is nothing short of disgusting.  Death rates are pretty much the only numbers that're rising, minus the amount of money being spent.

Four years ago, re-electing Bush seemed like a good idea.  In fact, I'd argue that Bush is a better president than Kerry could've been.  But Kerry would've been a good democrat and started bringing the soldiers home by now, and that alone would've made him an amazing president.  Kinda sad, really.
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Though if you wanted to be accurate, the title probably should've been "Images That Changed America".

A lot of them are pretty amazing.  "Amazing" because I can't think of a better word right now, but I'll tell you that's not the right word to use.

The one of Omayra Sanchez is new to me and it was... sad, I suppose.  Never saw the Tianmen Square ones either, but I had heard about them before.

The Falling Man.  I wanted to say something about it, but I'm having a hard time coming up with any words.

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