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2008-12-30 11:17 pm

Japanese name

My authentic japanese name is 羽鳥 Hatori (feather bird) 美晴 Miharu (beautiful clear sky).
Take your real japanese name generator! today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

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2008-12-08 09:00 pm

Me complaining.

I hate having a free account. I hate the ads on my page and the non "my style" page for cut pages and comments. And the not being able to polls. I don't really have any money left on my US check card to pay for an account though. Boo.
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2008-11-12 02:49 pm

Boots!

I want these. All colours.

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2008-09-13 10:39 am

Chas found this and posted to his blog but I stole it.

I don't think I have many (if any) Mc Cain/Palin supporters on my flist, but this is not meant to offend anyone. I just think it is amusing that someone put these two characters together like this and thought of the parallel.

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2008-09-09 01:17 pm

We all know LOLcats...here's LOLgoth (there's also LOLmetal too)

I saw LOLgoth a while back but generally they're pretty hit and miss...these 2 we saw last night were pretty funny though...




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2008-06-27 08:16 am

Doctor Who Meme from Fran

Ok, so it is really hard to narrow it down to one quote because there are so many fab quotes from the show, so I have a bit of a scene here...it was this scene here that sealed the deal with David Tennant playing the 10th Doctor. And this was the Christmas special...not even the start of Season 2.


Harriet Jones: Who is this!?

Rose: That's the Doctor.

Harriet Jones: Not my Doctor! Or is it just an honorary title that gets passed down?

The Doctor: No, I'm him; I'm literally him. Same man, new face. Well, new everything.

Harriet Jones: That can't be!

The Doctor: Harriet Jones. We were trapped in Downing Street, and the thing that scared you most wasn't the aliens; it wasn't the war; it was the thought of your mother being alone.

Harriet Jones: [realising] Oh my God!

The Doctor: [smiling] Did you win the election?

Harriet Jones: [nodding] Landslide majority.

Sycorax Leader: [angrily] If I may interrupt...!

The Doctor: Yes, sorry; hello there, big fella!

Sycorax Leader: Who exactly are you?

The Doctor: [Grinning] Well, that's the question!

Sycorax Leader: [Bellowing] I demand to know who you are!

The Doctor: [Mimicking] I don't knooooow! [normal] See, there's the thing. I'm the Doctor, but beyond that.... I-I just don't know, I literally do not know who I am. It's all untested. Am I funny? Am I sarcastic? Sexy? [winks at Rose] Right old misery? Life and soul? Right-handed? Left-handed? A gambler? A fighter? A coward? A traitor? A liar? A nervous wreck? I mean, judging by the evidence I've certainly got a gob! And how am I gonna react when I see this? A great big threatening button. Ah-hah.

[sees the control matrix and runs up to it]

The Doctor: A great big threatening button which must not be pressed under any circumstances, am I right? Let me guess, it's some sort of control matrix, hmm? Hold on, what's feeding it? And what have we got here? Blood? :[tastes] Yep, definitely, blood, human blood, A-positive, with just a dash of iron. Haagh. But that means.... blood control; blood control!! Awwww, I haven't seen blood control for years! You're controlling all the A-positives. Which leaves us with a great, big, stinking problem. 'Cause I really don't know who I am. I don't know when to stop. So if I see a great, big, threatening button -which should never, ever, ever be pressed- then I just wanna do this!

[Presses the button]

the youtube clip with the scene above in it for those interested in the context )
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2008-06-23 06:44 pm

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

Ok, I am NOT the kind to watch reality or eliminations based shows, but this one has gotten my attention, as it has to do with finding someone to play Maria form The Sound of Music, a movie close to my heart. Andrew Lloyd Webber is doing a production of this in Toronto. Anyhow, so they had the auditions and whatnot, then "Maria School" and then a big round of cuts, then a performance in London, another cut, and now we, CANADA, can cast our votes and so on. Anyhow, it has JOHN BARROWMAN from Dr Who and Torchwood among things. *drools*

This youtube clip is a collage follwing one of the contestants, Janna.


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2008-06-19 02:11 pm

Simpler things...

Sometimes it takes a migraine for me to see the simpler things in everyday life. For me, today has been one of those days. I decided to let Chas sleep in the bed since he is on the flip side where he is up all night and sleeps in the day (happens every few weeks or so, maybe less) so I slept on the couch while hoping my headache would go away. I just grabbed the eye sleeping mask and pulled a soft blanket over me. I decided against closing the blinds figuring the mask was enough. It's interesting to hear all the sounds that go on during the day here, both inside and outside. And while there was noise, with my eyes closed and covered with the mask, and with the blanket over me, I had a strange sense of calm. So in that way it was simple.

My food today has also been simple. Usually, my migraine food of choice is Campbell's Chicken and Stars soup. I know it's not a "grown up" soup and it is a very basic and mediocre soup, it has a few things that appeal to me. Mainly it is just comforting and tastes good, but additionally, the small bits make it easier to eat and doesn't make me feel sick or sicker. Of course it is easy to prepare and eat on days when the nausea won't simmer down. So that's why I try to have a can or two of that around at all times. But right now I don't.

So I looked at my pantry and fridge for easy to make and eat foods that wouldn't cause more stomach distress. This morning I had some multi-grain oatmeal and I stirred in some peach yogurt. Not amazingly gourmet or tasty, but bland enough to keep down and keep the hunger pains at bay (oatmeal is always good for keeping me full). So it was sorta like my own peaches and cream oatmeal. It could have been a tad sweeter for my tastes but it was still not bad. But it was simple.

For lunch I grabbed a few handfuls of bowtie pasta and cooked in my skillet (boiled for about 10 minutes or so). I know, I should use a pot to boil pasta in but for this small amount my 10" everyday pan works just fine. I drained the noodles the cheater way by placing the lid on the pan, and with mitted hands held the lid on while tipping over the sink to drain the water. I returned the pan to the stove (with the burner off) and added some olive oil (a light quick drizzle), Cavender's Greek Seasoning (a light sprinkling), and Parmesan cheese (a few good shakes). Normally I'd have preferred to use real parmesan and grate it rather than the stuff in a can, but in this case it was ok as it was easy peasy. I didn't really measure the amounts, but if I had to guess, I'd say maybe a half a tablespoon of the olive oil, an 1/8 teaspoon of the seasoning, and a tablespoon or so of the cheese? Really, I just eyeballed it.

Thing is, at least with the last dish, it really is a tasty and simple dish that can be made and eaten whenever...it just took a migraine for me to decide on something so simple like this. And it definitely has that comfort feel too. I think that too many people think that food has to have all these complex flavors and combinations and such...and while that is good to experience, there is something to be said about simple cooking and tasting food.

Well, I guess that is all for now. I think I may go have a hot bath now.
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2008-06-09 05:44 pm

Today sucked for various reasons...

1. It's 10C/52F out and was raining til a little bit ago. Still super windy thouugh. It's JUNE. WTF?! I want spring and/or summer dammit.

2. Work was back to back calls with half the day in an outage in eastern PA, south NJ, and Delaware.

3. Both of my main programs at wok today were having issues for most of the day. For a while it was just the one, but then it was both.

4. I had a super long call at the end of my shift and missed the 3:40 bus home, missed the 4:03 bus, but barely caught the 4:11 home. In said sucktastic rainy, windy, cold weather.

5. I saw that gas is up to $1.46/litre which is $5.75/gallon.

Listened to my shuffle on the way home and this song came on. And at least made me smile. I love Komeda's first cd, "The Genius of Komeda" and this song is one of my favorites, perhaps because it is structured around a minor key, and has a very simple yet complex structure. Don't know how else to describe it.


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2008-06-06 02:50 pm

Happiness...

I love Goldfrapp's first cd, Felt Mountain very much even if the pace of the songs is slower. I like them for the architecture of the songs and the imagery and aesthetic feeling of the songs. The second release, Black Cherry was a slight departure from the soundscapes I got from Felt Mountain, and while it was not bad, I lost a bit of interest in them after that. The songs from Black Cherry I think were fairly influential to other bands/musicians too. I like "Train" and "Strict Machine" but never really wanted to get the whole cd...it was too hit and miss for me. Anyway, Seventh Tree is out and this is one of the singles...Happiness. Goldfrapp have won me back in their favour with this one. Maybe it is just a catchy tune, or maybe the guy in a white suit hopping/jumping through the whole video did it for me, but I sure like this one.

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2008-05-24 11:19 pm

A Shoulder to the Wheel Lyrics...

You're conquered and your blood is pounding
in your ears
but you're doing fine
find the broken pieces and then start anew
you make yourself believe that you did
something right
you're denying your only wish
by forgetting your promises
once and for all
and for ever more
if you finally reach your aim
you will never be able to
gain back the time you lost between

you're trying hard to reconstruct your image
and you're doing right
but I think that you will always stay like this
when you put your idle shoulder to the wheel
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2008-05-24 08:31 pm

From Kristen

Comment on this post and I will choose seven interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers to your own journal so that others can play along.


I was tagged with the following:

1. bel canto
2. winged migration
3. krispy kreme
4. kasha
5. caramel
6. cuddling
7. danger mouse

I may not be able to explain why she is interested in them other than she is my best friend and has known me a while, but here we go anyway..

1. bel canto--means beautiful singing I believe, but in this case of interests I am referring to a band from Norway that I like that an ex used to play for me, and even though we broke up fairly early on in the relationship, I still went out and bought the cd he played me, eventually collecting more of them. I admit when they changed directions with their music I was less enthusiastic. Still, the first 3-4 cds are great. Both of the top 2 videos here are from Birds of Passage, their second cd. The first video is of the title track and the second is "A Shoulder to the Wheel" which is an all time favorite of mine. The third is a self made video to "Spiderdust" from Shimmering, Warm and Bright (3rd cd) which is a bit odd but has interesting imagery, including Elvira, Nightmare Before Christmas, Dali and Waterhouse. The last one is not a true video either...just a still with the song. Also from Shimmering, Warm and Bright. Ok, so one more, to illustrate the direction they went into...a little more poppy and funky (Jah Wobble on bass for the 4th cd) and less ethereal poetic electronic etc. It's not bad...just different. Watching these clips makes me sad for the lost friendship and plants seeds in my head for our future as friends...or not.

the videos... )

2. winged migration--a movie that came out several years ago that was basically a nature documentary on migratory patterns of birds. A movie about birds? Flying? YES! A movie about birds flying filmed exquisitely with an amazing soundtrack including Nick Cave and Robert Wyatt...got interested in Robert Wyatt this way. Will the gods of youtube have a clip for me to show?

Why yes! The trailer, some clips, and the last one is for Samantha... )

3. krispy kreme--perfection in light airy doughnuts. Some people say they're too sweet, and yeah, they are. But I love them and that's that. :P

Mmmm...donuts... )

4. kasha--quite simply, kasha is buckwheat and also considered to be Jew food. I love cooking it in butter with shallots and cumin for more nutty earthiness flavor.

pics... )

5. caramel--other than the sticky sweet stuff...an "in" thing with an ex. The rest stays private, m'kay?

6. danger mouse--a British cartoon from my childhood...surely I have done this one before.

Baron Greenback's surrendered... )
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2008-05-18 01:35 pm

As [livejournal.com profile] lady_delerium put it...

"Here's a little bit of awesome for you to start your Sunday with."

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2008-03-09 02:12 pm

I know it has been a while since I posted.

I haven't done much posting lately. Sorry. It's just for a lack of anything interesting to say. Current thoughts are about my hair...should I cut it shorter again and should I dye it again, and if so, should I get it back to my natural colour or try to find the old stuff I used to use and use that. So, yeah, nothing much there.

Also finding recently that my tolerance for fried foods is bad right now. The last few times I have had fish n chips I have had gastro issues. I think it is more a grease/oil related issue. A while ago I discovered I could not eat hashbrowns with your regular brand of diner grease brekkie, but maybe it was not the hashbrowns after all. Maybe it was the combined effect of diner grese cooked bacon nd eggs with the diner grease hashbrowns. A few weeks ago I had gastro issues after a pasta dish I made with a sauce based in olive oil, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta. I thought it might have been cheese overload (I do loves me my feta) but I wonder now if I just made it too oily and that was the problem. I thought maybe I had issues to fairy, but maybe it is the oil content rather than the dairy content that is causing the gastro issues. If I have these grease/oil issues, how can I possibly stay married to Chas the Grease-Eater?

In other health news, I think I am drinking more water and fluids in general, and I am walking more, so I hope that they will have a combined health benefit soon. Hope to do more outside stuff once the weather warms up a little. There is a Tai Chi class (among many others) starting in April at the nearby community center/school...7 classes for $49 if I understand the pricing correctly. And the classes are in the evening so I can get there after work easily. I can grab a light snack and walk there (probably about 20 minutes) or hop a bus (probably about 5 minutes...Google Maps says the drive is about 2 minutes, so with stops on a non-direct route, 5 seems about right). Not bad. I wanted to do this a year ago but I fell on my ankle and felt that it would be bad to use that leg for serious balance or stability. It is not 100% healed but way better than it was last April.

Feeling lovies with the Maple Flavoured Mini Wheats Chas got me the other night.

I need to find something to eat that won't screw with my tummy. Ciao!
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2007-12-30 10:57 pm

New year, new friends.

I think I am about ready for another friends list purge, but this time I want to trim down my communities as well. As for friends, typically cutting will occur based on the amount of mutual contact between me and you (the reader/user). There are exceptions to this that will be considered as well such as you read me but rarely comment, etc. Comment that you want to stay, though some of you won't have to, as I either know you in real life or we regularly communicate already.

I won't be purging til the 1st, or thereabouts, so you all have time to chime in.

Oh, I have also been toying around with names again, but I haven't settled on anything yet. Maybe I will think about it more and do a pole in the new year as well.
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2007-12-24 12:37 pm

My new toothbrush...

Mine is the green one shown in this link.

I love the colours and design, and the battery vibrations. I just think it was designed well, except perhaps that the head is not replaceable on its own and thus the whole brush needs tossing when worn. My previous toothbrushes have been made from recycled plastic and could continue to be recycled if you sent them back which made me feel better. But yeah, this one is flashy. :P
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2007-12-08 10:28 am

Whee!

Really excited about The Golden Compass. At long last it is finally out in theatres. I am trying to go in it with an open mind, knowing that some things will have been changed, and that it will not be exactly like the book...that's a given. I do hope they did not veer too far off the path though. I am hoping to see it today, since we were with some friends last night [having a great time].



EDIT: Wow...the new global trailer gave me chills. (whining like a 6 year old) Wake up Chas, and let's go already!

EDIT: I found a discussion of the movie at urbanlegends.about.com and thought the following comment in response to the post and other commenters, regarding anti-religious themes, preaching atheism to children, yadax3...

(7) Catherine says:

Interestingly, only one of the above commenters had read the books. My question, why is okay to leave “The Narnia Chronicles” (which I have read) on the shelf and in the movie theatres and not “The Golden Compass” trilogy. Is it perhaps because “The Golden Compass” encourages our children to question the all powerful church and adults that follow it without thinking whereas “The Narnia Chronicles” glorifies Christianity? Is it because CS Lewis became “perfected” when he converted to Christianity and Philip Pullman is a self-professed atheist? I just don’t understand why Christians feel so threatened when their children are encouraged to think! I read “The Golden Compass” with our 12 year old and encourage others to read it before denouncing it. Of course, that would be asking alot, certain people would have to think without being told what to think. Recall the Harry Potter nonsense.

The whole thing here.
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2007-12-07 12:45 am

From [livejournal.com profile] estokes

I was originally just going to send this to my brother, but I thought that since he reads my journal, he'd see it here and I could share with all you lovely people too! :)

The only thing I can think to say about this is "wow" because it really is impressive...so enjoy!!