sofiaviolet: rear view of a woman wearing a heavily burdened tool belt (handy)
Lots of snow, but we didn't lose power. Ellie and I have spent most of the weekend cleaning the house. This included trying out our new Laundry Pod (which we got at a pretty steep discount from for Christmas), for washing nice wool sweaters and delicates. It is pretty much a giant salad spinner with a drain hose, but it seems remarkably effective as long as you don't over-fill it with clothes. My bras and tights rejoice at the gentler handling.

I bought a lot of groceries a week ago and have been succeeding reasonably well at feeding myself. The only failures have been one under-flavored curry and a poor understanding of how fast the baby bok choy would go bad, meaning I didn't get to use it (and want to replace it before making my first attempt at at-home shabu shabu).

I have taken over the email newsletter for the local historical society.

Planning to do Mardi Gras nails for Tuesday. I have a decent collection of nail polish but I don't wear it very much. I am unskilled at painting my nails and, because I work with my hands a lot of the time, it chips quickly.

Signed up for SuperBetter. I think gamification will help me form better habits.

Hater-Free Wednesdays is a new tumblr aggregating reviews and stories about comic shops to help people find local shops that will not shit all over their gender/race/etc.

I bought a ticket for Fall Out Boy's Boston show in May! Very pleased to have them back. I'm not exactly in bandom any more - I am hardwired mono-fannish, and got into the Avengers thanks to the movie (and then I slid sideways into ALL THE MARVEL COMICS EVER, sort of, so that's a huge canon and fandom) - but I miss going to concerts.

[personal profile] stultiloquentia: Fictions and Elsewheres
Yesterday on the train I read Scientific American's special report on parallel universes. Briefly: they ain't science fiction. They're theoretical, of course, but at least some of the theories are at this point pretty darned solid and make sense of increasingly huge heaps of data.


Why should fandom care? Well, mostly because science is cool. But also? It means our stories are real. Quite literally. Every course of events and configuration of particles, every decision and every outcome you can possibly imagine is, in an infinite universe, occurring right now. Kurt and Blaine? Somewhere, incomprehensibly far off, they're as solid as you and I, and muddling through snowstorms and love. Somewhere slightly off to the left, they've already been married for eighty years. We'll never meet them, and nor will our descendants, because, among other problems, the multiverse is expanding faster than it's possible to travel though it. But they're out there.

They're making up stories about you.
I knew there was a reason I made an entire religion in Auriel whose cosmology says that everything is stories and god is a writer. (Well, a reason besides ego. Heh.)

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 20:01
sofiaviolet: stone steps with moss (stone steps)
Have talked to professor and workplace, and filled out Louisiana Historical Association annual meeting reg form - will mail tomorrow. Wheeeee! Now to stalk JetBlue's site for the best possible deal.

(And then this weekend is the Flea - totally different kind of gathering, lol. *has awesome roomies, needs to figure out when to get to the train station*)

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 18:17
sofiaviolet: im in ur history, emphasizin ur poc (emphasizin ur poc)
It's been a very uneven start of the semester for me - everything usually just feels kind of off (although I do have stretches of time where everything is going well and making sense, too).

So I've been doing so much ordinary stuff and feeling so weird so much of the time that I haven't been posting.

I'm going to try and attend the Louisiana Historical Association annual meeting, because there's a lot of things that mesh really well with my interests. I'll have to miss at least one class session (conference begins on Thursday, I have class on Thursday, sigh) - I'll talk to my professor tomorrow and see how to work it out.

my semester )

I have decided that from now on I should only take 9-12 classes. Any other time of day interferes with my work schedule and/or my ability to have a few empty blocks of time in my week.
sofiaviolet: pocket watches (steampunk)
  • Pack for Muskrat Jamboree
  • Attend MJ
  • Write capstone paper
  • Create 30-45 minute presentation for music seminar
  • Edit capstone paper
  • Write a few more blog entries for The Networked Society
  • Write two short papers for TNS
  • Write paper for music seminar
  • Possibly make Shiny Thing(s) to try and give to MCR after one of their shows
  • Go and see MCR a bunch of times
  • Remember to take my meds consistently (essential if all of the above is to get done, get done well, and get done on time)

  • And here are a few links for today:
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    Monday, March 28th, 2011 21:19
    sofiaviolet: knotted strands of white and grey pearls (feminine)
    Good news: the massive loss of appetite that resulted from my late February illness, secondary bacterial lung ick, and antibiotics? Gone.

    This message brought to you by lunch last week (I have gone up a size in french fries, from small to medium) and dinner Thursday night (ate an entire entree, poori, and a pakora - no leftovers).

    On Saturday, I went to a combined mac & cheese party and clothing swap/Big Moves costume spring cleaning. Several of the things I took home with me were Big Moves San Francisco or Big Burlesque costumes that came into Cameryn's possession when Heather MacAllister passed away. Now that Big Moves Boston is on probably-permanent hiatus (Cameryn's one-woman shows having taken over her life, and no one else having stepped up to run things), Cameryn wanted to get things out of her house while keeping them connected to their history.

    And speaking of Cameryn, she is looking to sublet her apartment while she's on tour this year. Apartment near Stony Brook, with one roommate. There is a cat (supremely fluffy) who will, I believe, be staying with other people.
    sofiaviolet: purple textures and dots (retrospective)
    [Originally posted at The Networked Society]

    A bit of a throwback to our strength-of-weak-ties conversations: Tenured Radical: The Social Network: Or; Does Networking Really Matter To An Academic Career?

    In this post, Tenured Radical argues that deliberately "networking" (or strategically cultivating lots of weaker ties) is not particularly beneficial to academic historians in terms of their career prospects. Knowing the right people will not automagically get you the job you want. (I suspect this to be broadly true almost everywhere, actually.)

    I think one of the most important parts of this post is Tenured Radical's differentiation between the various things that can influence a hiring process. Networking for its own sake: not so helpful, especially when compared to the kinds of influences over which you have more limited control. On the other hand, given the general hype surrounding networking and the fact that you can make an effort to network, I am completely unsurprised that people glom onto networking even when it's of limited utility for their concrete goals: it's popular and it can give a sense of greater control over one's life.

    Tenured Radical does see upsides to networking for less concrete and less self-centered goals (Getting Shit Done, exchange of information and ideas) than the job search. I think it's best summed up in this bit from the end: This, I think, reveals the basic value of networking: when it works, it isn't about you. It's about you in relation to others.
    sofiaviolet: im in ur history, emphasizin ur poc (emphasizin ur poc)
    I am finally completely confirmed for my capstone, with mini-deadlines set up and everything. First a proposal, then a really detailed bibliography, then my research trip. (Amount of research that needs to happen still uncertain, but I will still have time to hang out with Cameryn, who's going to New Orleans for other reasons at the same time. Unfortunately, Cory probably won't be able to meet me there, because he's too broke for plane tickets.)

    I continue to have a job! Unfortunately this iteration of my archives employment requires that I answer the phone.

    Urban Social Problems looks really cool, but I am going to drop it because it's too much. One of my seminars is on classical music, performers and performance thereof. Interesting but ultimately not really my thing, but I actually need this one for my honors requirements.

    But the other seminar is going to kill me with awesome. It is all about social networks. Wheeee!
    sofiaviolet: Can I change my major to demonology? (demonology)
    Subject refers to icon.

    Day of Epic Personal Responsibility! Got shit done at work. More importantly, wrote emails I'd been putting off to history advisor and my closest contact in the honors department. Haven't sent them yet; I am going to read over them one more time after dinner.

    Tomorrow's Epic Personal Responsibility! Print off paperwork and spend part of lunch break chasing down people in order to declare my minor in women's studies. Because I took all the courses, dammit. (This may be a multi-day project...)

    Other things I need to do: senior clearance, apply to graduate, register for classes (while I'm in North Dakota, hence the urgency of the emails: if something goes wrong, I don't want to be trying to fix it over email with no advance warning to whoever has to deal with it/me).

    Senior pictures are next week, apparently. I feel kind of meh about it, but then I am pretty meh about most things like that. I mean, I tried to skip my high school graduation (and while I don't have any strong feelings now that it's over, I still think it was a waste of an afternoon). It's kind of telling that the main thing encouraging me to bother with it is the fact that my hair will be super-purple (since this weekend is my last chance to do that before I need to have very bright hair for Halloween). I might even be willing to order prints, for the sheer awesome of being able to give them to my stodgier relatives.

    • Things I Don’t Have to Think About Today
      Today I don’t have to think about still not being equal.
      Today I don’t have to think about what it takes to keep going.
      Today I don’t have to think about how much I still have to hide.
      Today I don’t have to think about how much prejudice keeps hold.
      Today I don’t have to think about how I’m meant to be grateful that people tolerate my kind.

      Today I don’t have to think about all the things I don’t have to think about.
      But today I will.
    • The Slutcracker
      Boston/Camberville-area people! We should make plans for this. I quite enjoyed it last year.

    • NaNoCraftMo
      I don't think I'll be officially participating, but I could certainly do with some effort in the craft arena. (I'm still undecided about NaNoWriMo, too.)
    sofiaviolet: from WWII British propaganda: crown and text: keep calm and carry on (keep calm and carry on)


    Yeah, I know. But getting used to the full-time job has been really rough this time around. IDK.

    The BARCC Blogathon auctions are running through 2010-08-03, 17:00 Eastern.


    Work was fun today. In that special way where my eyes aren't used to contacts yet and I spent the whole day using a computer, and also in the way where one of the door alarms was going off pretty much all day because it was broken.

    I was supposed to go to a concert tonight, but I just could not manage it. :( I napped instead. After I write this post, I'm going to go back to bed.

    Signs I am tired: I am trying to read my dreamroll using ?ship=300. /o\

    Retail Therapy

    I ordered some stuff from Fire Mountain Gems over the weekend, and it shipped today. \o/ So that'll be here next Monday, approximately. Unfortunately, I can't bring my travel jewelry kit to Grand Forks. I don't think the TSA would approve of my pliers. :( :( :( Plus I am only bringing a carry-on. DNW to pay stupid fee for checked bag.


    Ask Me Anything: You get to ask me any one question. Any question, which I will answer to the best of my ability without violating anyone else's privacy. I am the only person who can see the poll responses.

    Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 2

    Ask me anything!

    4 links )

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    Friday, June 11th, 2010 23:02
    sofiaviolet: Sorry, up late. Internet porn. (because the internet is for porn)
    Another good day of research. Tomorrow is haircuts for Mom and I - I desperately need one; it's been about a year. (My hair has a rapid growth cycle, so the ends get very thin if I forgo trims, which makes them even more prone to tangling.) And I'll probably do at least one more day of research before I head home, but even if I don't manage that, I'm satisfied with the materials I have.

    I'm getting caught up on my dreamroll. I had to use the ?date=YYYY-MM-DD argument to view the older posts, but I have finally caught up to the point where ?skip=NNN works. Links from the past two weeks forthcoming; I foresee a heavier dose of fic recs than usual, because of [community profile] kink_bingo and [ profile] bandombigbang.
    sofiaviolet: closeup of a book titled Practical Voodoo (this counts as research)
    Productive morning of research, despite my bout of Academic Impostor Syndrome (resulting partly from the fact that I don't have the college credit aspect of this paper nailed down very well). Then Mom and I grabbed lunch and I went to the dermatologist. I have had this little red dot on the tip of my nose for years, and today I got it fixed with some kind of electronic zap via needle.

    More research tomorrow.
    sofiaviolet: sign reading "ART" on a paint-splattered wall (ART!)
    No pictures today; my outfit was kind of boring. Pinstripe pants and a Threadless shirt. (I will try to get up a picture of my jacket, though, because it's fucking cool. Black, with larger versions of these clasps.)

    The good news is that the next few days may be warm enough for me to wear some of the cute stuff I picked out. And I have actual reasons for leaving the house, which forces me to put clothes on. \o/

    Plans! I am having a busy weekend, it looks like. Friday night is Slutbutter, because Cameryn Moore (most of my weekend is because Cameryn Moore). Saturday, I want to go to Sowa Open Market, and then Ellie and I are heading out to Wilmington again for roller derby. Sunday is the Flea at MIT again (note to self: visit ATM beforehand), and then Phone Whore, and then Fuckbucket.

    My Monday is currently 100% empty, and I am going to nap hard, motherfuckers. I will have earned it.

    Daily Song (right-click): Cobra Starship - Move Like You Gonna Die

    1. [community profile] history: Another book, and a consideration of a historiographical problem

    2. [personal profile] jjhunter: dreamsheep poem

    3. [personal profile] trascendenza: On Cantonese tones.

    And since it's now technically Friday... [community profile] boston (which I co-mod, as of recently). And [community profile] unfunnybusiness_dw exists. I love reading [community profile] steampunk_nusantara.

    I'm actually pondering pruning my dreamroll... so I suppose this would be a good time to declare amnesty: if you're tired of my face or my links or my frequency of posting or my whatever, you can unsubscribe!
    sofiaviolet: crafty-style letters spell out "make something" (make something)
    In my enthusiasm for this whole enterprise, I'll be continuing the daily link roundups. I never thought I'd be that kind of blogger, but I seem to have developed the habit, even before I was doing a specific kind of link-gathering. But while link-collecting is a useful service, I also want to be making other posts, especially in the context of [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw.

    One thing I'd like to do is provide a new song every day!

    Daily Song (right-click): Hole - Celebrity Skin
    Within the first week this song was on my ipod, it went straight to the top of the most-played list. It remains in the number one spot, with almost three times as many plays as the next song down.

    [personal profile] blnchflr has asked me to write about unreliable narrators, although this will take a few days. (I shake my fist at the end of the semester.) I am still accepting prompts, questions, et cetera, via comment/pm/email/carrier pigeon.

    Poll #2898 Some ideas I already have...
    Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32

    I think you should post about...

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    ... your physical surroundings.
    25 (83.3%)

    ... history.
    19 (63.3%)

    ... your artistic endeavors.
    22 (73.3%)

    Physical surroundings:

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    Fashion and/or the contents of your closet.
    19 (63.3%)

    Your apartment.
    15 (50.0%)

    Your neighborhood.
    23 (76.7%)


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    Life in the archives.
    16 (61.5%)

    Your research interests.
    22 (84.6%)

    Artistic endeavors:

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    23 (76.7%)

    Other things involving wire.
    20 (66.7%)

    20 (66.7%)

    10 (33.3%)

    13 (43.3%)

    10 (33.3%)

    14 (46.7%)

    sofiaviolet: im in ur history, emphasizin ur wimmenz (emphasizin ur wimmenz)
    Took my final for Soviet Secret Police today. I think I did well - there was one "identify this document excerpt" that I swear I had never seen before, but it was a small part of the test.

    I foresee using this icon a lot while I'm in New Orleans this summer, and I need to upload one of the "emphasizin ur POC" icons as well.

    I have missed my one-year anniversary on Dreamwidth. But it was because I had papers to write, so I will just commemorate it now.

    links galore )
    sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)
    Follow Friday: all-communities edition )

    As always, please share your Follow Friday posts at [community profile] followfriday.


    Today is Dad's birthday. (I am not actually sure if he still reads this. Mom does. I already said 'happy birthday' on the phone, but it doesn't hurt to mention it again.)

    I've bugged my honors advisor again, about the junior/senior project this time. It's not a requirement for the honors program (one can earn a course distinction and/or project distinction, and I'm on track for the former), so unless the history department will let me count it as my capstone, I don't think I'll do it. The effort:tangible-benefit ratio just isn't good enough.

    blah blah spring blah )

    Why yes, yes that is two days off and no class earlier than half past one in the afternoon. *smugface*

    Oh dear.

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 20:42
    sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)
    I bought 30 blank CDs to give my mom some new music, and I have used. Them. All. And I still have stuff I need to burn. *facepalm*

    I'm doing well with my writing, at least. And we've been having some good family times, even though Dad has had a fair bit of work. I have a new pair of glasses, and I got new lenses in my old frames.

    I think we're going to Rock n Bowl tonight. :D

    Links built up over the past few days...

    From my friends, friends of friends, and acquaintances:

    [personal profile] fleurdeliser knows we need to keep fighting. The post is also available on LJ.
    [ profile] thelemic has a few things to say about who he is.
    Is your child someone you raise, or something you own?
    Gender and graduation.

    From the wider web:

    A living testament to Dr. Tiller's legacy and the people who continue to provide abortion services.
    Domestic terrorism - hate speech and hate crimes.
    Pink sheep of the family. I'd like to thank my parents for accepting me and my sister - especially Ellie.
    One of the many reasons I'm grateful for my excellent experiences in my major-specific writing courses - I had to do this type of research for one such course, and chose to for the other.
    On rape, fear, and "helpful advice."

    Fic recs:

    [personal profile] shoemaster: Rising With the Heat, Frank/Gerard superhero porn. Also available on LJ.
    [personal profile] tuesdaysgone: Purgatorio, Frank/Gerard, written for Bandom Big Bang. "While on leave from the police force, Detective Frank Iero occupies himself with three things: drinking, brawling, and being alone. But when a series of brutal murders calls him back to active duty, he must find a killer while confronting people from his past, including estranged best friend turned businessman Mikey Way, and deal with his unwilling attraction to Mikey's enigmatic older brother Gerard."
    [ profile] jjtaylor: Gerard Way's (Vampire) Detective Agency, written for Bandom Big Bang. "Pete, in Decaydance Mansion, with a yarrow stake. Frank and Gerard, in the greenhouse, with a plant of questionable origin. Bob, everywhere you look, with a gang of assassins for justice. Vampires, valets, pamphlets, haunted furniture, dub-thrall, disembodied voices, zombie couriers, and sinister rituals."

    Also, [syndicated profile] bandombigbang_feed to keep up with BBB posting if you're reading primarily on Dreamwidth.

    Also also, does anyone have a good Trans 101 to recommend? Like, really entry-level stuff, defining terms, etc.

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