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December 21st, 2007

09:46 am

meganbmoore is watching Princess Tutu. (Link goes to her Tutu tag. She's through eps 1-13 as of now.)

11:28 am - How to turn telophase off of your book...

Earlier this week I grabbed a couple of books on the Han Chinese custom of footbinding, after seeing them recommended on little_details and finding they were in the library. One of them, Dorothy Ko's Every Step a Lotus, is quite interesting and analyzes the practice as more than just a barbaric practice inflicted on women* or a bizarre erotic thing.**

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01:24 pm - TELOPHASE'S BASIC GHOSTBUSTING KIT

This is a slightly edited version of a couple of comments I posted on another LJ, on an entry talking about paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State.

I love watching these shows even though I'm a hardline skeptic. I find it fun to shriek "OF COURE THE EMF READINGS ARE GOING OFF THE SCALE! YOU'VE GOT THE METER NEXT TO A WIRED-UP LIGHTBULB AND ARE FILMING IT WITH A CAMERA ATTACHED TO A HUGE BATTERY PACK YOU NITWIT!!" at the TV. And my basic love of puzzle-solving and interest in culture and psychology lead me to spend the time working out how they're getting the results they're getting, and what it means to the people involved, and what it says about our society and our beliefs.

As most skeptics will say, I'd love to find evidence that various paranormal things are true, which is why it drives me nuts when people who don't know much about the equipment they're holding point to the results they're getting as evidence.

Here's a basic rundown of what I know about equipment and what can happen, so you can sort out a lot of the stuff that's due to mistakes from stuff that's actually unexplained:
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11:24 pm - To Whoever it May Concern...

As soon as I finish downloading things from Audible.com, it's off with the computer and into bed to get up, pack, and drive home for Christmas. Saturday and most of Sunday I'll be away from the intartubes at my aunt and uncle's place, but after that should be at Mom's. And she's just got DSL, so I'll probably be well-connected, if I don't ignore the computer altogether* and sit around and read.

But if the worst happens and her connection to civilization the net drops, dear yuletide writer, renji_rukia artist/writer, commenters, people wanting me to beta fics, people trying to sell me things, etc., then I won't be able to log on and see. If I seem to have vanished completely, that's why.

And now I've wasted enough time composing this entry and there's less than a minute left on my downloads. Ta!




* Except on the 25th for yuletide, natch.
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