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26th-May-2020 01:59 pm - Friends Only

This journal is "Friends Only." I will usually add anyone who adds me if we have interests or friends in common.

I will delete anyone who hasn't posted in over a month.

I POST A LOT. If you add me, my posts will probably take over your entire friends page. You have been warned.

My public blog is It feeds to my Twitter and Facebook accounts.

If you came here to argue with me, CLICK HERE.

Please visit my CafePress shop!

And my Etsy shop!
3rd-Oct-2013 02:21 pm(no subject)
Tires Plus destroyed my transmission and now expects me to pay for the labor of replacing it. Please spread this around. Here is my Yelp review, which I copy-pasted from my complaint to the stat attorney general:
Tires Plus, 3421 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

2nd-Jul-2012 11:34 pm - VIDEO SPAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know I've shown y'all this several times...

And this...

Now here's one to make up for the boring cello part:

Turn up the volume for this one:

The song doesn't really lend itself the the marimba...

... which stops no one.

Well, there are a LOT more of those, but I'll spare you.

The MCR version (and unlike a lot of other modern musicians, Ray Toro was at least doing this on purpose):

And of course the original:

21st-Apr-2011 01:02 pm - Sale!
I just marked down all my "Beowulf" items because it's the end of the school year and people are looking for graduation gifts. I also reorganized the shop so it's easier to find things. CLICK HERE!
Reposted from

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP's War on Women

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).

1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011

"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011

2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011

3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011

4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011

5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011

6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011

7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011

8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011

9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011

"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011

10. Ibid.

"Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011
26th-May-2008 11:32 pm - Best writing links
My hobby is bad!fic. I discovered fan fiction while bored at work, and discovered bad!fic minutes later. I left feedback. People started me asking questions like "Why do I have to put a comma there?" and "Why can't I call Draco 'the blonde Slytherin'?" So I started looking for web pages that could explain things better than I can.

These are my favorites. First general writing tips, then fiction, then everyone's favorite, Mary Sue!


Commonly confused words

Ten Guidelines for Stronger Sentences

Elements of Style by Strunk and White
The full text of the original 1918 version. It's in its fourth edition now, but surprisingly little has changed in 90 years.


Includes a long list of examples, what's wrong with using them, and when you should use them.

How to punctuate and capitalize dialogue

Making Dialogue Tags Pull Their Weight

Avoid Creative Dialogue Tag Syndrome

Multiple Points of View

Mary Sue:

Wikipedia actually has the most exhaustive explanation of Mary Sue I've seen.

Silly Novels by Lady Novelists by George Eliot, 1856
The earliest known Mary Sue rant.

Essays on Mary Sue:

Who is Mary Sue?
150 Years of Mary Sue
Shameless Setteis and Mary Sues
Whatever Happened to Mary Sue?
A Historical Perspective on Mary Sue Issues and Trends

See Teresa Nielsen Hayden's famous essay, Namarie Sue, for even more links!

But don't get the idea that you're safe from Mary Sue just because you're not reading/writing fan fiction. She lurks everywhere.
11th-Mar-2008 11:06 pm - Punctuation
How to punctuate and capitalize dialogue, stolen from here. (Edit: That site is apparently closed. Good thing I stole this.)

1. Steve said, "Good morning."

2. "Good morning," said Steve.

3. Steve said, "Good morning," then sat down.

4. "Ladies and gentlemen," said Steve, "good morning."
Inspired by Cathy calling my new acquisition abstract.

Abstract Expressionism
For example, Mark Rothko
The art does not depict anything in the natural world. The artist instead uses the paint (or whatever media) to convey emotions or abstract ideas. (IMHO, this is the only true abstract art. I say that if you can tell what the image is, how can you apply the word “abstract” to it? I understand that when cubism first developed most people couldn't really interpret the images, but they were still meant to represent real-world things.)

For example, Georges Braques
Cubism represents a real-life subject from several perspectives at once in order to get at the essence of it. (IMHO, the most important development in all of art history.)

For example, Kasimir Malevich
Minimalism is only about the visual impact. It makes no attempt at narrative or expression or representation. To some people, this is the only pure art. (I'm not a fan, but there are some pieces I really love, like the one I linked to above.)

For example, Joan Miro
Surrealism may or may not depict real-world things. Most of Miro's doesn't; most of Dali's does.
From Artcyclopedia: Surrealism is a style in which fantastical visual imagery from the subconscious mind is used with no intention of making the work logically comprehensible.

For example, The painting I just bought.
This is a broad term that can be applied to art from a lot of different styles and periods. Think Munch, El Greco, Van Gogh, Goya. I like the Wikipedia definition a lot: Expressionism is the tendency of an artist to distort reality for an emotional effect; it is a subjective art form. This is my favorite kind of art to look at.
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