December 18th, 2001

Kind lady

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okie doke... so I dug into social crit last night.

the two short essays (well, one was a speech, but you know what I mean.) were nice, and I got about midway into C&P. (I also discovered I have about 5 more holiday cards that I thave to send out today.... oopsie, but that's beside the point) Well... it is translated from Russian. Character names are still foriegn, lots of "ov's" like Raskolnikov, Svidrigaïlov, Zamitov, and Marmeladov. So far, the book's about the planning and the execution of a murder, a poor man wiping out a nasty pawnbroker for the money that she has. Quite a lot of imagery, dreams of him visiting his mother's grave with his father, seeing a horse beaten to death, his cramped apartment, drunks and people being beaten and having reputations ruined by folks who have money... Ultimately the idea of killing goes from a repugnant idea to something that's reasonable.(He rationalizes it, thinking that he'll do good works with her money, and that she's never done anything good with it in her life...so that polishing her off is actually a lesser evil) He ends up blunting her skull with the flat of an axe, and is discovered by her sister, who got her head cleft for her trouble... that's where I called it quits for the evening.

Overall, it's a lot quicker read than I'd thought.... maybe a 1/4 into the tale. I'll be interested in seeing where the religious overtones start to really come in.
Kind lady

heterodox

heterodox (HET-uh-ruh-doks), adjective:
1. Contrary to or differing from some acknowledged standard, especially in church doctrine or dogma; unorthodox.
2. Holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines.
Heterodox comes from Greek heterodoxos, "of another opinion," from hetero-, "other" + doxa, "opinion," from dokein, "to believe."
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    wakeful
Kind lady

the first, very evil... the second, about a good cause, but it mentions colonoscopy, which makes me giggle immaturely.

US Government Crazy Since 60's
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"In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba."...

The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years.

Going Up Katie Couric's Bunghole
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This year alone, over 129,000 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer — a disease that is 90 percent curable — if caught early. The trick is to get tested. On NBC’s “Today” show, in part two of a week-long series, “Confronting Colon Cancer,” the show takes a look at having a colonoscopy — considered the most effective test for colon cancer. In this case, it’s Katie Couric’s colon that’s going to be tested. The story begins the night before, as Katie prepares for her first colonoscopy. Watch this special report from Katie Couric.

and now, I'm off to the PO to send off some gifties. :)

Quote of the day, from The Daily Show - "Tolkien fans make Trekkies look like dilettantes." So true.
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    Flight of the Green Linnet
Kind lady

question and factoid.

Anyone remember when HP stood for Hewlett-Packard, not Harry Potter?

Random Scotto factoid #5908346

Also, any time anyone in a movie says, "I mean it!" I can't stop myself from thinking (in a deep, slightly slurred voice) "Anybody want a peanut?"
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    Something by Simply Red on the radio
Kind lady

Ack!

"Hey, Scotto, the program doesn't work."

"No?"

"No."

"Oh, the duece you say."

"Well... why?"

"I don't know. What error did it give you?"

"Error?"

"Yes, error. I'm assuming that you know that it doesn't work because you got an error."

"Yeah."

"Well, what was it?"

"Um. It said 'Failure' or something."

"'Or something'?"

"Yeah."

"Well, then. Thanks for that exhaustive problem report. I'll get right on it."

[update] 2:20pm

Error corrected, when it turns out the printer was out of paper. Blarg.
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    cool
Kind lady

another Scotto factoid. random number in a series.

bagpipesI admit it.

I like Bagpipe music, and the instrument itself. It's just cool... weird spindly wooden legs, a big belly that can have neato plaids or designs on it... a capacity to send folks that don't like it running for the hills at a record pace. Draws nifty images in my mind of skeletal armies from Bedknobs & Broomsticks and thoughts of taking my sweetie to Irish / Scottish festivals... just being out in cool weather on a green field. I have an urge to toss a hammer, throw a caber, and dance.

I also like Banjo, Dulcimer, and Fife. So there. (But I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for brass... must be the German in me.)
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    bagpipes in mah haid
Kind lady

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I've noticed that I seem to get more comments posting from my mind as opposed to little regular things, like the word of the day or evil news. That makes me feel really good, sort of an ego boost that there's a conversational level to the writing.

I slept the sleep of the dead last night...mixed visions of axe murder and tolkien swirling through my mind...I don't remember my dreams, as they evaporated with the phone ringing this morning at about 6 am. A wrong number, and it was enough of a jolt to bounce any memory (if there was any to begin with) out of my skull and down the road. An idea that I've put forth before, probably a few times, because I think it's a neat one is this... the brain works on electrical impulses following pathways feeding information back and forth... I was thinking that just the right combination of thoughts could make all the impulses run in one direction, thereby magnetizing your head. some combination of the memory of the scent of bunt toast, your shoes on the first day of school and wiggling the fingers on your left hand, perhaps.

I think It'd be neat to be able to stick, or even attract paperclips and other small metal objects to your forehead.... ball bearings and such. I need to get info on how much voltage and amperage the brain runs on to figure out how powerful a magnet a person could make of said brain.

Confuse your camping friends! upset the compass, or frighten away salmon with similarly charged heads! attract would be attacker's knives and bullets! (hmm... maybe that last one isn't so great)... maybe tug them around by buckles. Degauss monitors?
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