beowabbit: (Local: Stata Center)
What I do, explained using only the ten hundred words people use the most:

I help computers do the things people want them to do and try to fix them when they do things people don't want them to do. I help people who use computers to learn about computers and about how computers can do things that people do like speak and walk and move things. I especially help people use computers to send notes to each other. I work in a crazy building that looks like blocks knocked over.

(ToolOriginal inspiration.)
beowabbit: (Geek: LiveJournal)
(Cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] aroraborealisannual confessional thread. Anonymous postings are on and I’ve temporarily turned off IP-address logging, in case anybody wants to confess anything or criticise or praise me anonymously here, or point to a comment of theirs at the confessional without revealing their identity.)

I most humbly and sincerely confess, with great disappointment, that I have not carved out the time to participate in this year’s confessional, and I’m unlikely to manage to. If anybody noticed anything I really shouldn’t miss, I would love to have my attention called to it.

(Two thousand five hundred comments!?!? Wow!)
beowabbit: (Geek: LiveJournal)
I know that 2009 was pretty horrid for a lot of people. One way we might make 2010 a bit better is to spread some love around. So if you care to reply to this post I will give you a response of something I like about you.
(I may be a bit pokey about getting to these, but I will get to them eventually.)
beowabbit: (Geek: LiveJournal)

I got this meme from [livejournal.com profile] joyeous:

Please reply to this post with three boring things about you. [If you feel like it.]


  1. I am nearsighted, but I wear glasses or contact lenses, so I can see.
  2. In the winter, I get cold sometimes.
  3. Sometimes I put twist-ties on my desk, because I think I might need to use them soon. But usually I don’t need to use them soon.
beowabbit: (Geek: LiveJournal)
Yanked from [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever:

[As mentioned in [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom’s thread, this is a very idiosyncratic list. Empire is a UK magazine, so maybe some of the shows we Americans loved weren’t distributed over there.]

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italic the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Post your answers.

The list. )

[livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom writes:
So this best 50 of all possible TV shows? Where is 60 Minutes? Where is Nova? Where is Masterpiece Theater?
and I agree. And a commenter also asks about M*A*S*H and All in the Family. My own personal list of the ten greatest TV shows (I don’t think I’ve seen enough TV to get to 50) would definitely include M*A*S*H and All in the Family, and probably also Hill Street Blues. [EDIT:Oh, and The Twilight Zone, and maybe The Mary Tyler Moore Show.]
beowabbit: (Pol: Kilroy Planet)
Yeah, yeah, according to the political spectrum quiz all the cool kids are doing these days, I’m a left-libertarian¹ non-interventionist cultural liberal. We all knew that.

I agree with the criticism somebody on my Friends-list (not identified because s/he posted it in a locked post) made: A lot of the questions were in two parts, like “22. Laws regulating private behavior are put forth by the weak, who prefer security to freedom.” Well, what if you think that laws regulating private behaviour are put forth by the strong, who prefer security to freedom? Or that they’re put forth by the weak, who prefer Cocoa Puffs to freedom? Or that they’re put forward by the strong, despite preferring freedom to security, but that they are still an Abomination in the sight of the [livejournal.com profile] majes? There were a lot of two-part questions like that where the answer I had to give probably obscured rather than clarified my actual political beliefs. (And of course there were a lot of “No, really, it’s an awful lot more complicated than that” questions, but that’s sort of unavoidable.)
¹ I originally mistyped that as “libertartian”; I think that’s actually a better description of me.
beowabbit: (Misc: spines of old books)
Found via [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth:
  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open the book to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the next few sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST
 ‘What about if it’s got an urn or a plinth or a potted plant?’ said Nobby.
 ‘Have you got one in mind, Nobby?’ said Colon suspiciously.
 ‘Yes. The Goddess Anoia* Arising from the Cutlery,’ said Nobby. ‘They’ve got it here. It was painted by a bloke with three i’s in his name, which sounds pretty artistic to me.’
That’s watchmen Nobby Nobbs and Fred Colon in a museum discussing when pictures of nude women are Art, and when they’re just dirty pictures, in Terry Pratchett’s Thud. The footnote explains that “Anoia is the Ankh-Morpork Goddess of Things That Get Stuck in Drawers.”
beowabbit: (Me: swimming at the Ledges)
I haven’t done one of these in a long time, but [livejournal.com profile] coraline encouraged people on her F’list to, so I decided I would. I had been planning on taking a new picture with the wonderful new camera [livejournal.com profile] plumtreeblossom, [livejournal.com profile] eisa, [livejournal.com profile] beetiger, [livejournal.com profile] docorion, [livejournal.com profile] mrpet, [livejournal.com profile] nex0s, and [livejournal.com profile] angeltigriss got me for my birthday (THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! IT ROCKS!), but it’s late and I have a very big day ahead of me tomorrow, so I’m just going to reuse an old picture from the mid ’90s or so of me swimming at the Ledges in Vermont. It shows off my best assets: my smile, and my joy in being among people I love. ([livejournal.com profile] sionnagh, [livejournal.com profile] zzbottom, and his then-wife whose LJ name I’ve spaced on were there with me.)

Me at the Ledges Me at the Ledges
Me in the water at the Ledges (Harriman Reservoir, Vermont), probably mid-’90s.


Hmmmm. I look a lot different now, but I think I’m still that happy pretty often.
beowabbit: (Me: taking pictures in Hawaii)
First picture I’ve ever taken with my laptop camera. Sorry about the poor lighting; the walls and ceiling are better lit than I am.

Photo here. )
beowabbit: (People: me with plumtreeblossom May 2007)
I love my sweetie, and I love writing about her! I confess I had quite a bit of trouble with some of these questions, but here goes...

1. They are watching TV. What are they watching?

If this means actual broadcast or cable TV, then either Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Denver at a bar in East Somerville tomorrow, or election returns on election night, or news of some major event like 9/11. She’s not a TV-watcher.

If this means looking at moving pictures on a TV set, then a movie on DVD.

If this means “video”, then most likely something funny on YouTube, with a political speech on YouTube a close second overall (but maybe first during election season).

21 more questions and answers. )
beowabbit: (People: me with plumtreeblossom May 2007)
I love my sweetie, and I love writing about her! I confess I had quite a bit of trouble with some of these questions, but here goes...

1. They are watching TV. What are they watching?

If this means actual broadcast or cable TV, then either Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Denver at a bar in East Somerville tomorrow, or election returns on election night, or news of some major event like 9/11. She’s not a TV-watcher.

If this means looking at moving pictures on a TV set, then a movie on DVD.

If this means “video”, then most likely something funny on YouTube, with a political speech on YouTube a close second overall (but maybe first during election season).

21 more questions and answers. )
beowabbit: (Misc: rigging of the schooner Fame)
Arrr! I ain’t got time to do today th’ justice it desarves, but I been meanin’ to post a link to this 'ere post on Mongolia, so I reckon as that’ll have to do. If’n that post grabs yer interest, ye may wish to check out th’ rest o’ Team Alala’s swashbucklin’ jarney ’crost Eurasia.
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[livejournal.com profile] starkeymonster and several other wonderful people on my Flist have called my attention to International Blog Against Racism Week. From starkeymonster’s post:
It's International Blog Against Racism Week! YAY!

How to participate? [livejournal.com profile] oyceter says...
1. Announce the week in your blog.

2. Switch your default icon to either an official IBAR week icon, or one which you feel is appropriate. To get an official IBAR week icon, you may modify one of yours yourself or ask someone to do so. Here's a round up of IBARW icons.

3. Post about race and/or racism: in media, in life, in the news, personal experiences, writing characters of a race that isn't yours, portrayals of race in fiction, review a book on the subject, etc. (Linking back here ([livejournal.com profile] ibarw) is highly appreciated!)

For inspiration, here are last year's IBARW posts. You can also check out this post for further resources.
...

PSST: It will help a lot on del.icio.us if you title your entry something topical, as opposed to just "Intl. Blog Against Racism Week."
I’m unlikely to manage to actually manage to post anything appropriate, since I’ve been busy enough lately that I haven’t even found time to post about the important stuff that’s happened to me personally¹, but I think it’s a great idea and I wanted to point people at it.
¹ F’rinstance, I twisted my (other) ankle on Saturday and fell down in the middle of the street. Got an awesome bruise on my thigh from the curb. I’m fine, though; the nice drivers stopped and didn’t hit me, and I’m back to walking almost normally now.
beowabbit: (Geek: LiveJournal)
So this “ten things you’d tell your 16-year-old self” meme is really interesting, and I’m learning a lot about people from it, but I’m having a hard time putting myself in the right mindset to come up with interesting answers. The point of the thought-exercise would be to change the past, but if I change the past, I would risk losing people who are very very important to me because what led up to my meeting them didn’t happen. For instance, Boston would have been a better place for me to go to school than New Haven (and I say Boston rather than Harvard because I think UMass or Tufts would have gotten me into the same urban setting), but if I hadn’t gone to Yale I wouldn’t have met [livejournal.com profile] beetiger, among other people, and I wouldn’t want to give her up. And if I’d found myself in Boston several years earlier, I would have found a different social circle and the community dynamics would have been different when all my actual friends and sweeties showed up in Boston (if I’d even meet them), and I might not have those relationships.

However, for the purposes of this exercise, I’m going to ignore all those issues and pretend that shuffling the deck and dealing a new hand is something I’m OK with. Otherwise it would be all “Make absolutely sure you go to this party that your friend invites you to, and be really certain you say yes when this other person asks you if they can bring a friend to your party, and don’t be late to this event, but make sure you’re late for this other one”.

So anyway, here’s some information for my 16-year-old self:Some things I’d tell myself at sixteen, if I were going to tell myself stuff at sixteen. )
beowabbit: (Geek: LiveJournal)
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Once upon a time there was a similar meme floating around LiveJournal, which let people theoretically say which of their LJ friends they had a crush on (and implied anonymity, although didn’t state it outright, I think), and after a while the person who ran it decided to make some money by selling people’s lists of crushes. Über-creepy. Anyway, the moral is: don’t trust sites like this that collect potentially sensitive data. This one at least lets you register a crush without entering personal data if you choose, but I suppose it could theoretically be collecting IP addresses.

Moreover, I don’t know why anybody who knows me would need this, since you can just tell me if you have a crush on me. But anyway, all the cool kids’re doing it, and the first one’s free, and all my friends are jumping off a building, so here you go:


Crush this person!
Get your own ThisCrush.com CrushTag!
beowabbit: (Geek: LiveJournal)
There are many things I should be doing right now instead of posting to LJ, but I’m a sucker for interview memes and I’m feeling slothful. :-)
Put the seven deadly sins in your personal order of preference (your favorite first, most despised last).
I had to look them up to get the list. In order:
  1. Lust (but not the original luxuria ‘extravagance’) — I’m all for this one!
  2. Gluttony
  3. Sloth
  4. Envy
  5. Avarice
  6. Pride
  7. (in the sense of ‘hubris’, not in the sense of pride in a job well done)
  8. Wrath
Is there a new skill you hope to acquire this year?
answer )
How long can you go without checking your email before you get antsy for it?
answer )
What scares you?
long answer )
Can you think of any wrong that someone's committed to you or a loved one that you're unable to forgive?
long answer )
beowabbit: (Lang: Rosetta stone)
Via [livejournal.com profile] mzrowan, my OKCupid World Languages Test Results:

330 out of 400 )

Unsurprisingly, given that I was a linguistics major in college, I did well on the actual language questions (e.g., “is language X a member of language family Y”), and not so well on the political/geographic questions (“is language X an official language of country Y”).
beowabbit: (Pol: Kilroy Planet)

Got at b3co.com!
I’m pretty sure I must have been on the subway in Chicago, but it would have been a long time ago. I’m pretty sure we rode on the subway when I was in Amsterdam, but not 100% sure. I may have been on the subway as a child the summer we lived in Baltimore, but I think the chances are less than 50%, so I didn’t put it on here. Oh, and I’m sure I’ve been on the San Francisco Muni; don’t remember whether I’ve been on the BART as well. [Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] sionnagh!]
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