Things I wonder to myself

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:32 pm
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- yes, it is too early to start putting together a list of holiday/Christmas cards
- should I try to make my own Christmas mix this year?
- one that doesn't include the entire "Christmas with the Ventures" album?
- should I try for Drawlloween again? idk if I want to do the same prompts, that wasn't easy the first time around.
- maybe a new set of prompts?
- when was the last time I updated my WIP/UFO list? should I dig that up and see what's left?
- what's for dinner?

Elizabeth Bohm alphabet cards

Sep. 18th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Cards of the Elizabeth Bohm alphabet series
Карты алфавита Элизабет Бом

These are the cards I have of the series.
Это карты, которые у меня есть в серии.

Card images. Карты )

100 Days of Duolingo

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:13 am
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I've done 100 days in a row of German on Duolingo. I can tell I'm better at reading (and guessing) the language. But I doubt I could speak it. Apart from trying to translate in my head while someone waits for my response, you really need someone to practice against.

Still, I'm getting there, and some parts of it are making more sense to me as I go on. When I said "guess" above, I mean that I can look at the choices and pick out the one that feels correct, and most of the time it is correct.

Conjugations are still trouble, of course, but boy does it help that English is, at root, Germanic, and so many words are the same. If anything, when there's a peculiarly different word, it stands out like a sore thumb.

Also, Duolingo occasionally throws in a sentence I find amusing, like "No soup for you!" or "The boy is eating bugs" or "The mice read a book".

Note to self

Sep. 17th, 2017 04:20 pm
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Do not go grocery shopping after reading apocalyptic novels

And for writers of period work...

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:24 pm
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Mirriam-Webster has the link above that shows when a word was first recorded in print. Note that this doesn't prove that was when the word was first invented, just when it was actually recorded. This is handy when writing something in the recent past.

The Uncomfortable

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:18 pm
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"The Uncomfortable is a collection of deliberately inconvenient
everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani"

These seem like passive-aggressive horror movie items to me. Like, to avoid the Certain Torture coming, you have to successfully use these things somehow.


Sep. 17th, 2017 10:56 am
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I bumped into this today.

Yeah, sometimes that's what playing Apollo feels like. X)

Judgmental Map of Houston

Sep. 16th, 2017 03:59 pm
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There are others at, they appear to be entirely reader-submitted, which makes sense, since a resident would best know the area.

Houston )

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Sep. 15th, 2017 10:20 pm
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why is Texas on its way to becoming an open PVP zone

Plenty of handmade cards for sale!

Sep. 14th, 2017 01:28 pm
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I now have 120+ Handmade quilted postcards for sale!

Updated today with 40+ cards, including science, cute foxes and woodland themes, glow in the dark, Halloween and holiday cards!

Handmade postcards, on display now

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:06 pm
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I took several of the handmade cards I've received and put them in a photo collage frame I've had unused for years. Now I can enjoy these cards and display them for the world, too! :)

Cards are from the following groups:
404 - Needlework (taebbig, nannie)
409 - Blue and Gold (NattalieK, Alienne, Dwaipayandc)
411 - Own Style and Theme (nannie, MinaM)

As you can see that's only 7, because some people in some groups never sent cards as far as I can tell, but I had a separate handmade needlework card to help fill in the collage.

I'm so happy that I'm able to display these, because they're definitely worthy of it!

Types of writers

Sep. 11th, 2017 11:47 am
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Which are you? )

I'm totally The Researcher.

Sims 2: Hurricane Challenge Rules

Sep. 10th, 2017 09:22 am
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2017 By Laridian and

Google Docs version available here:


Be aware that if you hate to torture Sims, or love to have big families that carry over from generation to generation, you probably won’t like this challenge. Then again, maybe you want to break out of your comfort zone. If you like starting over every time, or gleefully giggle over Sims flailing in death throes, this is probably a good challenge for you.


Hurricane Challenge Rules )

The Plight of Cats

Sep. 9th, 2017 12:36 pm
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Dear Humans of the World,

We're supposed to be a highly developed species. Can we please do better by our animal companions?

If you have a cat, please keep it indoors. Buy a harness and leash and take it out in your yard/garden for supervised outdoor fun. Don't overidentify with your cat's "sexuality", and do SPAY/NEUTER. PLEEEEEEEASE. Cats like peace and quiet. Do not tease or pull pranks. Treat your cat with dignity and respect, and you'll have a loving friend.


Jerry Pournelle RIP

Sep. 9th, 2017 08:29 am
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I read a lot of his anthologies in college (esp There Will Be War). I never got around to Lucifer's Hammer but I really should. I've been putting it off because the paperback copy on our shelf has tiny print.

The eventual postcrossing quilt

Sep. 8th, 2017 03:04 pm
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On my Postcrossing profile, I asked for swatches of fabric to use in a(n eventual) quilt. The gallery link is here:

Of course there's only two of them so far, but gotta start somewhere :) This will likely be patchwork since the pieces aren't going to be same size or type or anything.

Updated 18 Sept 2017

PX Fabrics )
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I just spent 4 hours putting together rules for a rather dark legacy challenge...

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