This has been one of the most interesting weekends I've had in a while: my parents and sisters were out of town for a soccer tournament in Las Vegas so I had the whole place to myself for the long weekend. Well, myself and three dogs and a cat. All of whom are very needy individuals. =]( Let's take a look at the poor choices I made, shall we? )
I would like to return from several weeks of silence to bring you this important PSA, courtesy of everyone's favorite vastderp/Luka on behalf of the awesometastic rainbowbarnacle. It's important, yo, but I'm going to guess that most of you have already seen the backstory floating around tumblr, so you can skip on past Luka's orginal post if you want. Feel free to catch up if you need to!( Read more... )
RainbowBarnacle has written some of my very favorite works in the Homestuck fandom, and her work on brainbent has been nothing short of awesome. (Oh the love I have for her Gamzee!!). She's going through some crazy stuff right now, and I want to help out as much as possible with PROJECT LESBISNATCH, and there's only so much I can afford to send (sometime in the near future, when funds clear. =/ ). SO, here's what I'm going to do:
You send funds (whatever you can spare!) via PayPal, to the appropriate party at email@example.com, and let me know in the comments/via e-mail/telepathy that this has happened. And then I will read you thing(s) of your choice!! Podfic is love, right? You pick your fandom and pick your story, and I'll try my damnedest to take care of things like Characterization and Author Permissions. Please keep in mind, though, that things on the shorter side (if you feel like counting, <1500 words is ideal -- the longer your pick, the longer it will take to get to you!!) and not too graphic (busy house & little sister) will be easiest for me, but you're the boss, and I can't think of anything that's really too squicky when it's for a good cause! =D
Hell, I'll read you the entire restaurants listings in my local phone book or the PROJECT LESBISNATCH: LET’S STEAL THE DYKLERATION OF INDEPENDENCE as quoted above if that's what you really want. And you'll get your very own shiny "Read For: GENEROUS YOU" tag in the intro to the reading. (If you want. That shit's tooooooootally optional.)
"But daeseage!", you ask, "you can barely keep up with all the grand plans you already have! How're you gonna swing this??"
The answer, lovely, generous reader, is that where doing it man
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Yeah, me neither.
In the interests of brevity, let's just jump straight into the 5.
1. The last Friday of October is a holiday here in Nevada, so I took the chance to visit my best friend in LA. It was so much fun! I got to see the California Science Center on the USC campus; take LA public transportation for the first time; meet a bunch of her friends; go to a lesbian night club (where I got danced on before I was drunk enough to deal with new people, and had a very close call with a panic attack -- yay crowds and strobe lights! I make a terrible queer. =/ ); drove to Sea World (which was kinda neat!); and got to go to the Santa Monica beach just before I left. I had so much fun, and I got to see the bestest best friend ever! (She is also my moirail, so step back, y'all.)
2. The downside to having a weekend of fun and not quite debauchery is that I fell behind on everything. Most of it wasn't too bad to catch up on, but I just can't manage physics. Lectures are at 8 am, and the exam this morning was the first time I've been since before the last exam (which I slept through). I crammed last night, and feel so-so about the exam. I just have to try harder on the remaining two! If I get at least a B on both of those, I should be peachy keen. The high A in the lab, helps, too. (I've got the best lab partner EVER. I so wish he'd been in my other labs!)
3. It's about the time of the semester to be starting on all my independent projects/term papers/etc., and I'm really looking forward to the one in my ecology lab! Sunday my group is going to go out to the University Station Farm, and walk up into the hills North and West of it, to (drumroll please!) collect wild horse dung! Well, what we actually want are the seeds that may or may not be contained in the horse fecal matter -- we're looking at whether or not wild horses contribute to seed dispersal. Personally I think that this would be a better summer study, and it completely overlooks things like sticker burrs and goatsheads that will stick to the coat, but aren't likely to be eaten and pass through the horse's digestive system intact. But still, SCIENCE! I'll let you know how it goes. =]
4. As some of you may know...the End of Act 5 flash animation was posted last week! I know I'm a bit behind the curve on gushing about it, but it was (is!) fantastic. Personally I think that it makes a lot more sense after reading the 4-part explantions Andrew Hussie posted on his tumblr, but it's still a delight to the eyes and ears. I'm working my way back through the archives, and boy does it take a while! I think I'm in Act 3 right now; Jades's just been introduced, and I love her so much! Okay, time to step away from the exclamation points...
5. Because I couldn't let you run away from Homestuck just yet (seriously, why would you even try?!), I'd like to plug one of my favorite AU's: Brainbent. It's a Humanstuck, where everyone is either a resident or employee of The St. Lobaf Residential Treatment Center (LoBaF = Land of Brains and Fire; the author reeeeallly loves Sollux). My favorite thing about it? (Well, besides everything.) It's run by LUKA DELANEY! That's right, folks, author/draw-er dude of my very first favorite web comic, Kagerou. So go check it out -- it's not like you were doing anything else, right?
In other news, I picked up some inexpensive sheet music at Goodwill this weekend: "Ständchen" by Franz Schubert, and "Danny Boy", arranged by Fred. E. Weatherly, both published in 1923. I think this makes the fourth or fifth copy of Danny Boy I've bought...In my defense, it's a pretty song and I left all of my sheet music at my parent's house. There just wasn't enough room in the car and I forgot there is a piano in my building this year. =/ I did start playing the Schubert piece today -- I first looked up some some videos on YouTube, and couldn't figure out why none of the videos had the the intro shown in my copy. After about an hour's worth of practice, just trying to get the (rather tricky) fingering down on the first two bars, it dawned on me: that's not an intro, it's a set of arpeggios!
I guess I'm rustier than I thought. =| I can't wait until I have time to start in on the rest of the piece! And here, have a listen to some really talented people performing Ständchen:
Alas! If only I could play like Horowitz!