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DAMMIT INTERNET

Dec. 19th, 2011 | 04:38 am

Why you gotta have Google autocorrect me when I am looking for this comic so I wind up finding Sanderson's super-homophobic Dumbledore essay

I'M A VIN FAN INTERNET, WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO ME :( :( :(

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EXCITING ELDER SCROLLS NEWS

Nov. 29th, 2011 | 11:29 am

So in Oblivion and Skyrim there is a horse named Shadowmere. It is the same horse in both games, even though the games are set 200 years apart, because Shadowmere is implied to be a sort of demon Daedra horse (and also sentient).

In Oblivion, characters use female pronouns for Shadowmere. In Skyrim, characters use male pronouns for Shadowmere.

My flatmate and I have decided that clearly, Shadowmere is genderqueer.

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So my friend and I were talking about sex

Nov. 26th, 2011 | 03:50 am

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Lol SF

Oct. 3rd, 2011 | 06:13 pm

Folks on TQC are kvetching about SF public transit again, calling it "the shittiest ever" and so on. Man I love SF but it's sure got a lot of whiny residents. Favorite gripe about SF transit that I have ever heard: "I had to wait 15 minutes for a bus! And then I had to stand on the bus!" Bro, you are so spoiled that I just cannot even.

Maybe we should make a new rule: every time you whine about MUNI, you must live in Memphis for 6 months without access to a car. Bet there wouldn't be repeat offenders!

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IN WHICH I STAN FOR MY NEW FAVORITE SCI-FI AUTHOR

Jul. 3rd, 2011 | 04:58 pm

In this post I am going to pretend Shards of Honor never happened because it is awful. ON WITH: WHY I LOVE THE VORKOSIGAN SAGA

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On the DSK rape case

Jul. 3rd, 2011 | 02:52 pm

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THIS IS THE NEW SYMBOL FOR MY IDENTITY

Jul. 3rd, 2011 | 12:16 pm



(via aariele on tumblr)

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Contraltos and countertenors!

Jun. 27th, 2011 | 09:18 pm

Can we get some contralto/countertenor love up in here? (Non-musicians: contralto is the way bottom end of the female range, countertenor is the way top end of the male range.)

I will start with my current favorite female singer:



Lacuna Coil IIRC counts for both categories.

(yes this is inspired by a post on d_t_s, because I am easily distracted by Lzzy Hale's voice.)

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Leaning About Foreign Cultures From Tourists

Jun. 27th, 2011 | 08:02 pm

I have been observing foreign tourists, especially on the commute to and from my work (which I make either by foot or by scooter.) I have seen a lot of French and German tourists, and I feel I know a great deal about their etiquette now from these frequent observations. Here goes:

In France, it is customary to stand in the aisle of a store with all of your friends and family members. The narrower the aisle, and the more trivial the item, the more friends and family members it is necessary to have with you. A purchase of a shirt in a clothing store requires only 3 or 4 friends, while a purchase of orange juice in a convenience store requires at least 5 friends, as well as all of your children who are in the city with you. In addition, the more trivial the item, the longer you must take to purchase it. It is these small purchases, such as eggs, that are most important, after all, as they are the ones you are making the most often.

In contrast, in Germany, it is the custom to stand at the end of the aisle of the store making such decisions. You cannot, of course, allow people to move past you into or out of the aisle, as their deliberation process should take at least as long as yours; for them to take less time suggests a lack of judgement on their part.

In both countries, it is exceptionally rude to presume that you have made a decision about a purchase of, say, your half-gallon of milk, before the group in front of you has done so. And to suggest that, perhaps, you are ready to leave the aisle, when they are not, is equally rude. Thus, calls of "excuse me" or "pardon" (or the equivalents in French) will be ignored for the insults that they are. To push past after a minute or two of such calls is unthinkable.

In France, it is the custom to move slowly along the sidewalk, taking no more than one step per second, and ensuring that step moves your foot forward no more than one foot. This is, again, part of the deliberation process. In the event that you come to a crosswalk in France, you should stand in the crosswalk's ramp, gathering your family and friends with you (as you would in a grocery store when purchasing bread). Again, the length of time that your deliberation on the crosswalk should take is proportional to the size of the traffic trying to get across the crosswalk. In a lightly-trafficked intersection, the appropriate length of time to stand in the crosswalk ramp is one or two cycles of your crosswalk light from "walk" [indicated by a person] to "don't walk" [indicated by a red hand]. In busier intersections, you should stand in the crosswalk ramp for at least three cycles. To interrupt this deliberation process by trying to walk or wheelchair down the crosswalk ramp is exceptionally uncouth.

While this is not the custom in Germany, the Germans have similar practices regarding taxis. Should a taxi be hailed for you, or should you hail a taxi, proper etiquette insists that you and your friends and family line up across the sidewalk deliberating whether or not to enter it. Should someone else be so bold as to squeeze through your line to continue their walk along the sidewalk, glaring at them is right and proper.

I know American tourists are supposed to be nightmares but you guys what the hell is this

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Pride

Jun. 26th, 2011 | 06:31 pm

Pride was really fantastically amazing. Everyone there was really supportive, there weren't any hecklers or anything, just folks having a good time being queer/allies and other folks selling water and beer and rainbow necklaces. A couple of my friends were in the parade but I only actually saw one of them. I wound up leaving halfway through because I was getting all emotional and worked-up with all the happy people basically going "YAY QUEERS" all around me. (It was a happy sort of emotional though.)

Also there was at least one dude there who was only wearing a cock ring. Considering how strong the sun was today I am pretty sure he made a mistake there.

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