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Originally posted by kate_nepveu at con memberships available: Lunacon, Balticon, Odyssey Con
Separately from the usual assistance process, the following con memberships have been donated to Con or Bust to help fans of color/non-white fans:

Three memberships to Lunacon, March 16-18 in Rye Brook, NY (two from the con and one from an individual). Its guests are: Author Guest of Honor: John Ringo; Artist Guest of Honor: Howard Tayler; YA Writer Guest of Honor: Tamora Pierce; Gaming Guests of Honor: Andy & Kristin Looney.

Two memberships to Odyssey Con, April 20-22 in Madison WI (donated by the con); its Guests of Honor are Larry Niven, Steven Barnes and Kenneth Hite.

Two memberships to Balticon, May 25-28 in Baltimore MD (donated by the con). Guests: Guest of Honor: Jody Lynn Nye; Artist Guest of Honor: Jim Odbert; Music/Filk Guests of Honor: Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps; Science Guest of Honor: Dr. William D. Phillips Laureate, The Nobel Prize in Physics 1997. (Personal note: I've heard Dr. Phillips speak and he's terrific. Also, my husband did his PhD with his group.)

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Please spread the word that these are available!

19 March 2012 @ 12:43 am
What is the most timeless article of clothing or fashion accessory?

That would be the argyle sweater vest, naturally. Always and forever.
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Current Music: Legend of Korra soundtrack, SUCKAS
27 February 2012 @ 05:22 pm
You have been given an opportunity to have a movie made about your life. What actor/actress would play you? And what would the plot of the movie be?

Man, idk who even looks like me. I mean, obviously, that doesn't actually matter-- if in my hypothetical movie about myself, big enough names are attached, they will slap a wig and makeup on whatever star is getting ready to play me.

Though my dad, for some strange, strange reason, thinks I look like Q'orianka Kilcher. LOLWUUUUUT. (Don't get me wrong, she's stunning, and I love that she's a Super Activist, but that, like, already kills any angle I may have had? Unless this is in an alternate future or something where I start being Cool and have some kind of Accomplishments instead of sitting around blogging and conjugating Spanish verbs into the subjunctive tense whenever I'm bored.)

Otherwise, I think I will be played by Morgan Freeman, on account of my melodious voice and my genetic destiny for moles absolutely fucking everywhere.
11 January 2012 @ 10:12 pm
...because I got tired on only logging in when dramatic things happen in my personal life. :P

Expect links to my other blogging ventures and more fannish posts!! Probably no fanfic until the summer, after the 100th Year Girl Scouts Anniversary (internship! :D), because my schedule is gonna be packed like WHOA with that, work, school, and WisCon proposals for May.
10 October 2011 @ 06:59 pm

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Where is one new place you’d like to visit?
Maaaan, Columbus is a lot less fun to troll than John Smith. That's because Columbus was at least marginally competent (despite thinking he had hit the Indian ocean-- dude, Eratosthenes of Cyrene would have bitch slapped the shit out of Columbus, check your goddamn math), and was really, really good at spinning P.R. bullshit. A skill I admire, despite the guy being THE BIGGEST ASSHOLE.

ANYWAY. Everyone who knows me irl (what, the three of you?) knows I have a China-boner about a hojillion miles long, and it is hard as a non-monocot angiosperm. Oh, yeah. It's that hard. I am also jonesing to visit Spain, though I know I'm probably going to cry salty light-skinned tears (OF RAGE) when I eventually end up with my face pressed against the glass pane of Spanish racism. Look, as long as I'm looking at Gaudí and the Guggenheim and eating a lot of shellfish with garlic I can put aside a lot of feelings for an indeterminate amount of time, okay? I am super good at compartmentalization.

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT BUT ACTUALLY NOT REALLY: In theory I'd also like to visit sub-Saharan Africa and Amazonian South America, but I suspect that's because I've been drawn in by a lot of '90s into early '00s travel brochures, so I don't actually want to go when I remember that southern hemisphere bugs are on a whole other level. Sort of how I don't actually care to visit Australia ever (EVER), but me and New Zealand are cool. (Until I hit my Racism Angst Threshold, as described above.) Also, India for ALL of that, but part of that is the pronounced class divisions and my general frothing rage about the concept of saṃsāra and how it plays into/has been used to justify maintaining the hierarchy/caste system, even unofficially, AND the cultural weirdness of Westerners venturing to Darkest India to "find themselves." FUCK AAAAAAAAAALL OF THAT NOISE.

Intellectually I'm fascinated by the idea of hitting up South Korea, since there's so much more available in the US written about Japan, but even though I think both countries officially deny any cultural link/common heritage, the parallels (and the scarcity of popular mainstream-accessible information) ARE FASCINATING. I think that one can be cured with books, though. Like so many of my ailments.

This post has specifically avoided going into fictional verses to spare you from the author's rants about strawman ethnicity, sexual metaphor, and gender iniquity in SF/F that she doesn't have time to write and you don't have time to read. You're all very welcome.
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Current Music: Tightrope - Janelle Monae ft. Big Boi
03 October 2011 @ 11:54 am
Finally fixed my computer! I am officially mobile again, particularly once I visit my university's tech support people and make them let me into their network.
Current Mood: anxiousheadachey, but accomplished
Current Music: Lily Allen - The Fear
08 September 2011 @ 08:06 am
Shamelessly ganked from aiffe, because if I'm going to have to be diurnal, by God, I might as well be online. xD

Give me a fandom and I'll tell you:

The first character I fell in love with:
The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
The character everyone else loves that I don't:
The character I love that everyone else hates:
The character I used to love but don't any longer:
The character I would shag anytime:
The character I'd want to be like:
The character I'd slap:
My five favorite characters:
My five least favorite characters:
My deep dark fandom secret:

Go go Gadget flist!
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07 September 2011 @ 10:15 am
I got sorted into Ravenclaw, NATURALLY. (LOL, I had a tiebreaker question at the end of the sorting quiz: would you rather be in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw? STORY OF MY LIFE.) There was also a quiz to get your wand, which was kind of neat.

Anyway, if any of you guys are on, I'm HeartWolf77!

/boring note before going to boring job
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Current Music: "Nature Trail to Hell (In 3-D)"
13 March 2011 @ 08:13 pm
If your pet were a person, what occupation would they choose?
Sofie? She'd be minister of the Herp a Derp. Nala would be a drill sergeant, I think.

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Current Mood: sleepysleepy
01 January 2011 @ 02:47 pm
Alright, friends, family, and f-list, it's that time of year again! If you are interested in a collaboration, gift, or swap, now's the time to place yer orders with good ol' Nijireiki.

Comment on this post, please! I'm keeping it up at the top of my journal until the beginning of next year, and/or whenever I get everything done!
Current Mood: shocked*festive carols*
Current Music: Rent soundtrack
22 November 2010 @ 12:06 am
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Current Music: Hip Hop Docktrine
21 November 2010 @ 09:30 pm
MY DAD LIKES THIS MOVIE. Swooning over the special effects and shit. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? NO, REALLY, WHAT?

As proof that I am not just sour-grapesing up the place thanks to the Racebending scandal, I took one for the team, bit the bullet, and otherwise butched it up, buttercup. And I can say without question, this movie was so effing bad, dude. Like, SO BAD. SPACE JAM BAD. QUEST FOR CAMELOT BAD.

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Current Music: Mom watching Dexter, haters hating off somewhere to the left
20 November 2010 @ 10:09 pm
*mimes shooting of self in the head* If I get tired enough that this movie gets into "so bad it's funny" territory, I will be sure to share the crackahol laughing gas we got into, no worries.

We're going grocery shopping tomorrow, ie did not go grocery shopping during the week, so no Nova Scotia week. :( We will have a boss Thanksgiving menu, though, whether or not it's "really" Midwestern. Whatevs.

Dad is watching Star Wars Clone Wars, and I gotta say, when MY sci-fi/fantasy strays into potentially problematic/stereotypical/racist/sexist territory, I'd like it to at least be acknowledged and/or network-mandated. You know?

Star Wars: "We've got foreign gangster stereotypes, gay stereotypes, and various racial/ethnic stereotypes! Not to mention that female characters find their purpose based on relationships with meeeeennnnnn!"

Viewer: "Um. Jar Jar Binks is annoying and offensive. Also, did Amidala just die of sadfais?"

Star Wars: "...Did we mention we've CGI'd Yoda into a ninja? OH LOOK! R2D2! Boop beep boop."


Star Trek: "Look at our progressive stance on history, science, technology, and race/gender relations! BLUETOOTH, Y'ALL."

Viewer: "Why doesn't Uhura get to do anything?"

Gene Roddenberry, Lucille Ball, & Nichelle Nichols: "LOOK, THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN SAYING. ...We're sorry."

Also, a problem I've recognized in writing WatX BoM fic: I have issues with character voices! Example:

Domino: WatX canon snarky exterior covering a nougaty center of meta-fangirling and fondly remembered mercenary past!
Avalanche: WatX canon extra-Greekness and tough guy exterior covering an awesome sense of humor and bewildered confusion/anger at the BoM's lifestyle!
Quicksilver: ...X-Men Evolution Pietro.


And I'm writing up a list of the ways Marvel has failed me with Namor the Submariner, and why Disney should cast Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the role; and also why a Namor movie won't be made for at least the next decade. D:
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Current Mood: fullfull of pumpkin pie ice creamm
Current Music: The Graham Norton Show
15 November 2010 @ 02:02 pm
I figured I'd do some of the older ones over, see if anything changed. I didn't re-do the really excellent Find Your Hogwarts House Sorting Hat test because it's really, really long, and I always get either Gryffindor or Ravenclaw depending on how I'm feeling that day, and varying between the two by less than ten points. GRYPHONCLAW FTW.

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HOT DOG! I say, "Cool it man, I don't wanna be the President of America!"

So I know I fell behind on the Disney 30 Day Challenge, WHATEVER, I'll make it work. Also, I'm considering yesterday and today "research days" for Nova Scotian food week because I forgot to make a menu this weekend I'm figuring out what my game plan is.

NOVA SCOTIA, aka NEW SCOTLAND (LOL), has a lot of Scottish people, and therefore a lot of SCOTTISH FOOD. Which... I know about haggis, and salty oatmeal, but I'm an ugly American a simple rube, so I don't know much else. ALSO, MI'KMAQ FIRST NATION FTW!! Otherwise, it's also a very cosmopolitan area (African-Canadians! Arab-Canadians!), with a bunch of different national and ethnic groups represented. OOOOOHHHHH, CANADA. <3 Plus, Nova Scotian locally available food is like a combination of the awesomest bits of Northeastern Atlantic cuisine I associate with New England, and the awesomest bits of Upper Midwestern cuisine I tried in Wisconsin to boot! SCORE. Apparently it's not a popular place for people to move to, which is I guess because it's not sexy. Still, check it out for yourself. WHY DON'T I LIVE HERE, is what I'm saying.

OM to the NOM, y'all.

I also was thinking about Oprah this morning (idk) and how she promoted that New Agey crap for "The Secret." Which, you know, positive visualization is really great psychologically to harness positivity, and it's certainly bound to give you more success than, say, negative visualization, but all that "ask the world to give you what you want" is BS. Like, what if your enemy gets a copy of The Secret, too? Do your opposing cosmic wishes cancel each other out, or is it like artillery fire or something? Are they blasts of psychic energy that warp around each other and careen off in unintended directions, one wish shooting towards Neptune and the other toward Detroit, striking down all in its path? It's okay if you're using your world-askin' as a way to be more aware of some of the opportunities the world presents to you, but otherwise it really just sounds like glorified "prayer," in the same way that "asking God for shit" is "prayer."

I mean, I pray on occasion, but mostly it's a meditation type of thing-- like, I don't do anything fancy, I just repeat The Lord's Prayer or Hail Mary (...those are the only two I know, for serious) mentally or out loud if I'm really super can't-handle-it stressed out or overwhelmed or something, and then that calms me down enough that I can figure out a solution to whatever I'm dealing with on my own. If I knew another chant or prayer I'd probably use that, because "fruit of thy womb" reminds me too much of underwear. And I don't pray to ask for anything because 1) dude, what the hell, and 2) no, really, God isn't Santa Claus. That was the Wise Men, and Jesus was the Easter Bunny. Plus, what does it, go on God's voicemail? I don't think he checks that thing a whole lot. You can apply the "secret" to try and end world hunger or cure AIDS, but you're on a waiting list.

Hum de dum.

Oh! I learned something about myself: I'm not a naturally introverted person. I mean, I'm quiet enough, but that's because I like to feel new situations out first before acting in case I accidentally do something totally rude, and, like, when I'm in school, which, duuuuuhhhh, I'm here to be in school. I'm not gossiping because I'm taking notes and making you look bad, screwing up the grade curve.

Anyway: the situations in which I've been the most shy are also the situations in which I've been the most uncomfortable (and/or depressed). Naturally, I think I might be kinda bubbly. Downright peppy even! Egads. I already know I'm hilarious, and a talented chef and artist with a keen wit, an eye for detail, and an impressive debater, but I'm effervescent and charming to boot? LORD, WHAT WILL I DO WITH MESELF? I'm such a catch.

/sort-of sarcasm

So yeah. I think part of the reason I'm full of energy is that my body has kind of a store set up for dealing with toxic shit, and I just walked away from it today. Also, it could be the sugar rush from the free cotton candy I got as a reward from the universe for walking away from haters at the UNF International Student Association World Flag/World Peace March that I walked away to. :DDD (I'm always this scatter-brained, though. Just checking in this time.)

P.S. Also, I really dislike this Mac keyboard. Stupid shallow keys and community grime making them sticky...
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Current Music: Queen - Bicycle Race
10 November 2010 @ 11:34 am
I'm going to try and participate in the globalcookalong. Unfortunately, 1) I am late to the game and it's the middle of a week, and 2) I can't tell based on the calendar on the profile page vs. the posts made whether this week is Midwestern (American) food or New England (American) food.

Either way, I'd be pulling whatever this week's food selections are out of my ass, sorta; what most people think of as Midwestern food is pretty heavy fare, and loads up on dairy. My way around that is that there are very sizable Middle Eastern populations there, as well as a large Hmong, Chinese, and southeast Asian presence. Decent Hispanic population, too, but after I got some recipes I could stretch as being from AMURRICUH'S HEARTLAND I stopped looking. :/

If it is New England week, I may have to skip to next week, because we've got tilapia in the freezer but no other fish. I mean, we've got a can of Manhattan clam chowder in the pantry, but I don't think that's really in the spirit of New England cuisine. Also, the week after New England is Nova Scotia. I DON'T EVEN KNOW. Like, am I doing indigenous food? More fish and/or smoked sausage?? I'm not sure what exactly I'm supposed to do, here.

ETA 1: It is New England week this week. Balls. The schedule was redone so that a "traditional" Thanksgiving dinner/Midwestern foods week would end up on the week of Thanksgiving. So, New England, Nova Scotia, Midwest, then back on schedule with Switzerland. *intends to be subversive*

Anyway. Today's menu:

BREAKFAST: Publix Breakfast Bread (fruit & nut bread), water

MORNING SNACK: store-brand diet cola, a Nature's Own granola bar thing to calm my stomach down

LUNCH: a sandwich baggie of Santita's tortilla chips, Tyson Southwestern grilled chicken strips + microwavable Southwestern vegetable soup (Progresso, I think??)

ETA 2: I spilled a goodly amount of the (HOT) soup on myself at lunch, so I bought a "cheese croissant" (read: highly processed shelf-stable danish-like product in a plastic baggie) and a packet of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies (for the hormonies). WHATEVER.

EVENING SNACK: a navel orange (imported from South Africa)

DINNER: ((Improvise something with chicken thighs and brown rice))


We actually ate chicken a lot when we lived in Wisconsin, so WHATEVER. We can't all be eating weinerschnitzel and bratwurst and chili dogs and square pizzas all day.
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Current Music: A Kiss Is Not A Contract - Flight of the Conchords
09 November 2010 @ 03:12 pm
Picspam + wall of text below the cuts.

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09 November 2010 @ 11:11 am
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04 November 2010 @ 05:04 pm
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ETA: What the holy shit, this HTML is fucked. I just can't use the rich text editor.
29 July 2010 @ 10:02 am

I write like
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02 June 2010 @ 02:22 pm

The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!


Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest."

Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang, Padma Patil, and Luna Lovegood.

The sorting hat says that I belong in Gryffindor!

Score: 71/100

Said Gryffindor, "We'll teach all those with brave deeds to their name."

Students of Gryffindor are typically brave, daring, and chivalrous.
Famous members include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, the Weasley family, Albus Dumbledore, and Minerva McGonagall.

Take the most scientific Harry Potter Quiz ever created!
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02 June 2010 @ 11:30 am
What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

And if you're not from the West, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Pittsburgher - the quiz can't tell the difference;
(b) Someone from Canada (probably southern Ontario) who doesn't have a Canadian accent;
(c) Someone from northern New England who doesn't have a New England accent; or
(d) Someone from Texas or the Heartland who was born after 1980.
You are definitely not from New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, the Deep South, etc.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

ACCURACY BOMB! Anyone not related to me want to take a guess from whence I hail?
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