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I came to the realization today that I may want to get a Dreamwidth account. The thought has crossed my mind more than once in the past, but I've hesitated because, well, I have enough trouble keeping up one journal, let alone two. But on the other hand, it would make seeing delicious writings and artses easier, so I dunno. Those of you that are on DW, what are your thoughts on it so far? How have you used it, and is it working out?
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At some point, every year during pollen season, I have this thought, in part because the place where I live turns downright YELLOW with the stuff. I'm not exaggerating. There are some parts on campus where if people don't walk on it on a regular basis, it's bright yellow from pollen. I probably mentioned it last year, but I'm going to go ahead and reiterate it, for the heck of it:

Have you ever thought about the fact that, during pollen season, we're basically all walking, working, and breathing in one big, fat, giant, TREE ORGY?

Think on that the next time you go outside! XDDD
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Monday, my music player began showing signs of dying. Quite inconvenient, but considering where it's been and what it's been up to, I'm kinda not surprised. So, I've started looking for a new one. I'd kinda like one with a bit more space (The current one I have has 256MB), so I'm not going to get the same model I have now. That's where you folks come in. I'm looking for recommendations for a particular brand/type of music player.

The things I'm looking for in it are:

--Inexpensiveness. Let's say less than $100, preferrably under $75 if it's doable.
--Bigger storage, as mentioned. I was thinking maybe 1 or 2 GBs. More is certainly fine, but I suspect that'll knock off the inexpensive requirement. As long as it's more than 256MB, I'm happy.
--The ability to receive radio.
--Durability. This thing has to be able to handle being with me while I'm working, where it's subject to potentially being dropped, pressed by other things in my pocket, and otherwise being rough and tumble. Luckily, I only fell on it once. >_>;

So, if anyone has any recommendations for something that would fit those requirements, I would really appreciate it. <3
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Thanks to the fact that after planting one of the studies we had a fair amount of bedding plants left, and because the prof wants to get rid of them, I came into possession of a few purslane plants today. They're very pretty--pale green succulent leaves with delicate flowers that are yellow in the center and blend into pink pink PINK. I'm not a huge lover of pink, but it goes so well with the yellow and the green, I can't help but like it. I think, since they're creepers, I'm gonna try and get them into a nice big pot so they can coalesce into one big pretty color mass. My only lamentation is that they're annuals. Foo.

While walking around with them today (as I got them kinda towards the middle of the day, and subsequently they had to accompany me on my journeys), I started having a strange thought: With the advent of trucks and other forms of transportation, and the fact that said trucks are used for transporting flowers, and simply the fact that people move flowers from one place to another, how do bees react to such an ocurrence?

I mean, I'm sure it's a very new thing to them to discover potential food sources moving around. Usually they're quite stationary. Are there rucukses in the hive? Are there discussions along the lines of "OMG the food stalks are moving they have learned the art of ambulation girls we must ADAPT. We must learn to herd the food stalks, thus preventing us from having to pick up and move our hive with them because DAMN that'd be heavy."

And how would a bee give a dance that would accurately describe a moving target? "Okay round dance NO WAIT waggle dance and it's north NO WAIT it's east and it's a mile away NO WAIT it's one and a half NO WAIT..." It would make for a very messy dance.

Although on the other hand, maybe the bee that was performing a dance describing moving flowers would cause her sisters to LAUGH at her and commit her to the bee sanatorium with padded hive cells. Hopefully her roommate wouldn't be the bee suggesting that the hive ditch the happy happy pollen collecting mindset and go carnivorous.

...this is what happens when I'm low on sleep.

OH. ALSO. ONE WEEK. ONNNNNE WEEEEEEEEEK.
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Oh, I forgot to mention this. I don't know how many of you heard about the boy scout that got lost in the mountains of NC, but when I heard not only that he was found, but that he was found by a search and rescue dog named Gandalf, I had several thoughts:

1.) Dogs with Awesome Noses: 1 High Tech Thermal Technology and Helicopters and Such: Big fat ZERO.

2.) I hope Gandalf got some sort of reward for finding the kid, who should have known better than to go wandering off on his own.

3.) Just like the original Gandalf--following his nose!

Ponderances

Mar. 6th, 2007 07:46 pm
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Ponderance #1: I've been debating the possibility of getting a paid LJ account. I see a couple of advantages to this. One, icon goodness. Six slots is not enough to fully indulge my love for icons. Two, voiceposts. I suspect I'll be traveling a fair bit in the spring when we really get into the growing season and need to get out to places to run trials, and I'm fully expecting some of them to be overnighters. I think playing with voiceposting might be a good way to at least occupy a little time when I'm alone in my hotel room feeling lonesome. Thoughts?

Ponderance #2: I've heard a lot of good things about the series Firefly. I've read a little about it, and the concept intrigues me. I wonder, therefore, if it'd be worthwhile to try and get ahold of a copy of it so I can watch it. What did you folkses who have watched it think of it?
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It's a little late, but I guess I wanted to reflect on things, or something to that effect.

May as well throw in my two bits. )
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In other news...

You know something that's awesome? Something that's awesome is finding a shirt that I got at least seven years ago, likely more, and discovering that it still fits. It's doubly awesome because it's a really cool shirt from the University of Vienna from when my Dad went there on a business trip. I thought I had grown out of it ages ago.

Also, I've been seeing a lot of previews for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and I'm thoroughly convinced now that the movie is going to feature, among other things, Cthulhu the Pirate.

Merger

Apr. 29th, 2006 08:30 pm
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Today was move-out day. I'm now officially permanently out of the dorm, which is a rather strange feeling. It's weird to know I'll never be back there again, after spending four years of my life there.

This whole moving thing has left me with a problem, though. I've essentially been living in two places for four years, and now I've found myself needing to merge the two, because the clutter has reached critical mass. This isn't going to be easy, particularly since it's probably going to require copious amounts of thinning things out, getting rid of stuff, donating old clothes, that sort of thing.

See, I'm a horrible, horrible packrat. I have issues getting rid of, well, just about anything. Pretty much everything I keep I have memories associated with, like who gave it to me, why I kept it, things like that. In some cases, it's that I feel that the thing I'm saving will be useful sometime in the future, so I'm reluctant to get rid of it, in case I find out I needed it later. In the case of things that were past presents, I feel really guilty getting rid of it, somehow. I'm not quite sure I can completely explain it in words. Maybe it's something like the feeling that I don't care about them because I got rid of something they gave to me once. I know. I'm horribly neurotic.

But in any case, this results in me accumulating a lot of clutter that I'm reluctant to part with. At the same time, though, I'd like to be able to move around significantly in my room. So, do any of you folks have any advice for someone who needs to get into the mindset to get rid of clutter, but either feels that anything that's being thrown away will be useful someday or simply feels guilty doing so? I'd love some pointers for this. <3
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Okay, until I get through some of it, I'm not allowed to add any new books to my reading list. No more. It's gotten to be astronomical in size, and I think adding any more would be simply dangerous.

On Friday one of the library groups held their annual book sale. I love book sales like this, seeing as you can get nifty books really cheaply. I came out of it having spent $6 on 6 books. Considering I wanted to limit myself to $5, this isn't too bad. I picked up a drawing book, two Terry Pratchett books, a book of warped fairy tales, and Dante's "The Inferno". Not too shabby. I was feeling rather proud of myself for having found them there.

Today I come back to the area where the sale was held and discover that the tent is still up. Interesting. I come closer and realize that not only is the book sale going on still, but that it's been turned into a book giveaway. All the books are free. SCORE. Well, not score so much, because all I ended up doing was accquiring more books and adding to my list. It was pretty picked over (I found it interesting that the majority of the fiction books still left were mysteries), but I still managed to snag some interesting finds, among them being a couple sci-fi books, a book on landscaping vocabulary, a book on the nature of serendipity, a satire that I peeked in and featured the Buddha being annoyed at Michael, which intrigued me, and a horror-type book that initially drew me to it due to the fact that the title of the book was "MEG" in big huge letters. Yes, I am enough of a dork that mention of a certain grumpy electrician fizzy is enough to make me take a closer look at a book. I went ahead and picked it up, because from the looks of it, it essentially involves people being terrorized by a megalodon. So it's like Jurassic Park, but in the water. Sweet.

So now, not counting the drawing book and the landscaping book, I have ten books added onto my reading list. At this rate, I'll never see the light of day, reading-wise. Oh well. At least I'll have plenty of time to dive into my book list in about a week and a half.

On that note... )

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