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I did manage to pick up in life that the "stomach flu" was not really the flu at all, but I thought that meant that real flu was just a nasty version of the stomach flu. Based on that understanding, I never got a flu shot because I knew with great certainty that I never got the flu.

Jokes on me it turns out because the flu is a respiratory virus and is more two week head cold from hell than serious puke fest. Which means that I get the flu all the time. Flu shots for life, guys. I will be good from now on, I promise. That is my future.


Anyway. Shit I have managed to get done in the last month, despite a combination of flu + an unexpected business trip:

SGA reversebang
ST: Reboot reversebang (5 times!)
Dean/Cas Dystopia reversebang
KakaSaku reversebang (twice! sort of)
"Treehouse Reversebang" for Miss P

Re: treehouse reverse bang (call that mainly because I cannot call it “me reversebang” without feeling like a douche) -- I managed to finish Miss P’s picture and 80% of [livejournal.com profile] lar_laughs ’s picture before the flu hit. Still working, just slowly...

brb

Jan. 6th, 2012 10:01 pm
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Have spent whole day looking up apartment listings -- do not understand apartment owners who put 4 exterior photos, 4 pool shots, and then none of an actual apartment interior. Feel my haaaate.

Anyway. Heading to belated family Xmas gathering. Have more sketches started for your prompts -- ok, a to do list and one sketch, which has a single canon character in it out of the 6 people standing there -- but I won't be doing anything with them for a few days. Have a nice weekend. Later, gator. :)
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Nice Young Man D has informed us that we've spent 200+ USD on stamps over the last six weeks. I've chosen to think of this as an accomplishment.


The kittens at the Guilin hostel really liked my postcard kit (There are many zippers and a variety of supplies).

If you asked for a postcard, it is in the mail! Pangolins were the new camel, but then terracotta horses became the new pangolin. 3 more weeks to go! I am really looking forward to Christmas dinner and the American tradition of large pieces of meat next to potatoes.

If anyone else would like a postcard, COMMENT TO THE PREVIOUS POST (or LJ) (this post you are at now does NOT have screened comments, FYI).

Please include your country and what name you want me to put at the top of the address. I don't keep your info. You could also include a fandom or a general interest, but that is most likely to be successful if it falls into (or is) the category of creatures, costumes, or women. (Also if we share any yuletide fandoms. :P)
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ETA: OH YEAH, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! WE HAD "FRAGRANT DUCK", WHICH IS BASICALLY FRIED DUCK SPICED WITH AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF BAY LEAVES. HEAD WAS GRACIOUSLY INCLUDED. IT WAS DELICIOUS. HOPE YOUR BIRD WAS YUM. PLEASE VICARIOUSLY TELL ME ABOUT IT AND HOW MANY RELATIVES THERE WERE HELPING YOU OVER-EAT. <3


Okay, I spoke too soon. The last time we went to the post office we dropped off 42 postcards (only 3 were to the fannish sort), and we clearly need some kind of 12 step program. There is also academic interest in how many times I can draw a camel before I get tired of camels (impossible) and start drawing dinosaurs labeled "camel".



Having made postcards for the folks who gave me their addresses in the last post, does anyone else want a postcard?

COMMENT TO THE PREVIOUS POST (or LJ) (current post does NOT have screened comments anymore, FYI).

Please include your country and what name you want me to put at the top of the address. (You could also include a fandom, but that might be wishful thinking unless your characters of choice look good with camels.)
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7 more days here, and I have so much to do I actually consulted my calender for which day would be the least inconvenient for a nervous breakdown. Deep breaths.

The last print sale will close today. I put the date as tomorrow, but I haven't heard from anybody new for a while, so I'm going to send the order to the printer tonight or tomorrow morning. I really appreciate the response to the pictures, whether people bought a print or just enjoyed them. I've nearly managed to pay for my round trip ticket with the proceeds, so I am hugely grateful to everyone for contributing to this terrifying, awesome trip I'm going to attempt in a little over a week. Thank you. :)
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Guys, if you are somehow not reading XKCD, you should be. The author/artist has a fantastic knack of explaining little known or counter-intuitive concepts in different fields and then making them funny. So, you, like, learn stuff and generally feel really great about being a geek.

Anyway, this latest was even more educational than usual -- I had no idea! My friend who is in comp sci confirmed that the comic is true facts. Even more hilariously, when I tried to put it into practice, the site for which I was altering the password forbade me to use the format suggested in the comic because the algorithms most sites use to check password strength are apparently not that smart.

In other words, I learned, tried, and failed. Good day.

XKCD on what actually makes a good password.
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Yeah, so I had a pretty awesome dream about an Xmen First Class AU. Great drama with a lot of politics and tension as it became more and more clear that Erik Lensherr, the darling of the high command, would be playing favorites for Charles Xavier, new recruit.

In one "scene", another recruit watches Erik's body language change as he passes Charles in the crowd. Somehow this had BIG negative implications for Erik's political standing with the Big Boss, which had so far been on the rise. That's not even counting the other looming threat -- that Erik wasn't quite human; he was something sinister and dangerous, and some of the people in the program knew.

Then I woke up and realized that the revelation was that Erik was a vampire hamster.

Yeah.

Characters were reading reference books and encyclopedias with pictures and diagrams -- of vampire hamsters. All while Erik, in his true form, lurked outside the building trying to reach Charles, but he couldn't enter because the program was housed in the building of a Catholic school, which somehow made it holy ground. (Yes, the two things I've done in the past week were watch True Blood and read Methos fic. How could you tell?)

So, epic drama, except. Vampire Hamster.


T: HE WILL GNAW YOUR ANKLES!
Pen: IT ONLY TAKES ONE BITE.
T: HE LURKS BENEATH THE KITCHEN TABLE! WAITING! BREAKFAST WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!
Pen: But Charles thinks he fits nicely in the curve between your neck and shoulder.
Pen: He's quite nice really.

....it got even better when I realized that despite all the language about vampire hamsters, the photos in the encyclopedias were clearly of guinea pigs. I'm going to blame that on that Power Rangers fic I read four years ago (it had ninjas!). So.

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I need your help!

OK, so it's for my sister's annual 4th of July pub crawl and the associated Family Feud style games. But the pub crawl is happening in like 6 hours, so priority is HIGH even is severity is LOW [unless I have those backwards]. And it is fun.

Please answer only those questions that you find interesting:

1. After area 51, which US city or landmark is most likely to be a top secret military repository of alien artifacts?

2. After the White House, which US city or landmark is most likely to destroyed by alien invaders in a show of force?

3. Which US city or landmark is most likely to be the secret headquarters of the human resistance forces?

4. Which group is most likely to be a member of the human resistance forces? [e.g., IT professionals, Tenured professors, Card carrying ACLU members, Tea Party presidential candidates, Star Trek fans in full Klingon regalia, etc]

5. Which group is most likely to betray humanity by joining with the alien invaders? [e.g., IT professionals, Tenured professors, Card carrying ACLU members, Tea Party presidential candidates, Star Trek fans in full Klingon regalia, etc]

6. Which US tradition, food item, or movie cliche is most likely to lead to total and utter annihilation of the alien invaders?



I'm screening comments so you won't be biased by other answers (I think that is how Family Feud works), but I'll unscreen all of them after the pub crawl for your enjoyment. As a bonus preview, best answer so far for #6: pop rocks. :)

Thank you!!

Xmen

Jun. 12th, 2011 09:50 pm
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Saw Xmen, loved it, and the radio is playing a song whose repeating lyric is "I want to reconcile the violence in your heart." Oh, Erik.

Now I keep clicking on fics whose entire plot is that telepathy gives Charles a headache and that makes Erik sad. That is my life at this moment.
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Today, I grated my knuckle in a microplane. I got it into a band-aid so fast I don't think I even saw the damage.

Anyway, two things --

1. Short term: could you give me a prompt of character(s) and a line of dialogue? Any fandom, bonus for fewer slash OTPs and tropes, more character quirks, bff, girls, gen -- even het! etc.

2. Longer term: could anyone prompt me with some Star Trek (2009) prompts? Bonus for less Kirk, more Uhura, Winona, Sulu, Chekov, McCoy, etc...
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Well, my first thought was that the thing I stepped on that crunched was oddly mouse-shaped for a dry leaf, and also oddly more crunchy than crispy.

My second thought was Oh, right.
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Tonight marks the second time my cat has been faced with the choice between two pieces of bacon and a bowl of greens side by side -- and chosen to steal lettuce.

note: after watching all of SG-1 and much of SGA, my sister's favorite line remains the throwaway bacon line uttered by the canon fodder marines at the beginning of SGA's The Storm. It speaks to her deepest beliefs, basically.
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My cat likes hidden mysterious crevices. Her new game: sticking both front paws as far down the garbage disposal as she can manage. It's so exciting down there.
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Places my cat wants to be on a multi-hour highway drive:
1) The dashboard.
2) The driver's side footwell.
3) My lap and arms.
4) EVERY WINDOW AT ONCE.

Luckily I'd wrapped her in a collar, a harness, and a leash, which provided many hand holds to keep her from her heart's desire. (Eventually she settled down.) Pulling off the highway for McDonald's was, as far as I could tell, the greatest thing that had ever happened to her, excepting the strange, big house into which she was set loose at the end of the trip.

Exhibit 457 on Why My Pet is a Dog Trapped in a Cat's Body: COMPLETE.
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On Saturday, I went to an end of season party for a coed sports team I played on in an attempt to appear social. This was moderately unsuccessful until the manly men decided they were playing flip-cup, a game which I had never seen and had associated with a vague image of improbable physics with plastic cups. Now, normally, I would not be in danger of being recruited for this game -- ever, thank god -- but the mechanics tonight were that Captain A chose Captain B's team and vice versa, transforming me into the first pick on the playground -- that is, the most likely to make sure team B lost horrifically.

40 minutes later, after 6 "best of seven" rounds (we first won best of 3, then best of 5 then best of 7, until I really wanted to make a Bill and Ted reference) and about a dozen elimination rounds, Captain A was glaring at me a lot, as me and his second choice for "You suck the worst" finished kicking the shit out of him in the finals. After round one, my goal was to keep a straight face and pretend it was all intentional. My resident Irish Catholic* and culturally expert drunk responded to my text with: "I have never been more proud."

So that was pretty hilarious, and I didn't even die biking home. The end.

*The sort of American-Irish who celebrate their heritage by getting really trashed on St. Patrick's day and ordering drinks with politically incorrect names.
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I went to see Due Date on Friday. Don't do that. Not even Robert Downey Jr could make it worth it, though he was pretty.

I went to see RED last week -- definitely go see that. Not only was it entertaining, hilarious, and a pretty fucking awesome action move, but - GUYS, GUYS - when Helen Mirren has to switch from "Elegant, Formal Outfit" to "Asskicking Assassin Time", she takes off her heels and puts on hiking boots. Do you know how long I have been shouting this at TV and movie screens with no real hope? It's right up there with "Tie your god damn hair back, Black Widow*." I may have made some really undignified noises of joy in the theater.

Also the love interest was really adorable. So was Bruce Willis' character, actually. N'awwww.

Bonus: my cat keeps trying to attract my attention by stretching adorably, at which point she stretches too far and falls off the bed. But that has nothing to do with movies.

*Iron Man II. One of the most egregious examples of hair as an obstacle to vision. Iron Man one features Pepper Potts running on steel mesh in 4 inch heels. Double trouble, Iron Man Franchise.
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(I have very long, very curly hair.)

Drunk girl: Sorry, this is an inappropriate question -- is that your real hair?
Me: Yes, it's real.
Drunk girl: Oh my god, I want to kill you.
Me: ...uh, thanks.

Mulan

Oct. 3rd, 2010 10:23 am
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I went to a small high school production of Mulan, which was about what you'd expect from a young drama class in a small town and therefore great entertainment, even without everyone wearing long black halloween wigs tied up with scrunchies on top to look Chinese. Also? Shang looked like Spock.

In the final fight scene, Shang shouted at Shan Yu, "You killed my father!"

In the audience, I instantly hissed at my friend, "PREPARE TO DIE." At the same moment, the girl on his other side comes out with, "I AM your father!"

So, I think we covered all the bases.

BONUS: Shan Yu - most effortlessly bad-ass Disney villain ever, Y/N?
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I woke up this mourning wondering how the new cat was making this much noise with a plastic bag and how it was following her everywhere.

THIS. THIS IS HOW.


...and more photos taken half asleep and mostly naked. )

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