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April 6th, 2009

10:31 am - Five random things make a post?

1) Won $50 this weekend. One of the survey companies I fill out surveys for (Opinion Outpost) gives you three choices when you fail to qualify for a survey: an entry in the $5000 sweepstakes, donate a little bit ($.10 or .15, I think) to charity, or try to win $50 instantly. I've been doing the latter, on the basis that I'm more likely to win $50 than $5000, and hit it yesterday. :D It was paid in points, which I then redeemed - should be seeing it in 6-8 weeks.

2) Did three more kanzashi yesterday - looked at the 40 or so kanzashi I had ready, and realized there were no blue ones. I have no idea if this is because I never made any, or because I sold out (keeping a photographic record of everything is really hard). So I made three. Also made plans to do a really spectacular one that won't be ready for Anime Matsuri, but should be ready for A-Kon. It'll have several falls - the long strings with petals or tiny flowers on them - and as none of the things I've used to make falls so far have worked well, I'm braiding some with my kumihimo disk. Rather time-consuming, but it'll justify me charging an arm and a leg for it (partly so that it *won't* be sold easily, so I can use it as an attention-getting piece).

3) Woke up out of a weird dream where I'd attended a conference for a several days at a hotel, and a letter the hotel had sent me quoted $200/night as the price, while the front desk, as I was checking out, told me no, that was a misprint and the actual price was $800 a night, bringing my bill to over $3000. I argued that the letter was a form of contract and that they were in breach of it, then in an attempt to scare the impassive desk clerk into lowering my bill, asked for use of the phone so I could call my lawyer, and called someone and complained loudly about breach of contract. About this point my subconscious decided it was too damn serious, and the front doors of the hotel opened and in walked my lawyer - Yasu from Nana. Unfortunately the alarm (and the kitten) woke me up before I could watch the fireworks that were, I'm sure, about to ensue.

4) puppleball went shopping yesterday and got me some Japanese ingredients to try to make some things from the izakaya cookbook. Yay!

5) Also read janni's Bones of Faerie. Overall good, but unfortunately there was one thing near the end that made it Not A Book For Me At This Time. (spoiler from climactic scene) I burst into tears of rage - unfortunately not at the character that did it, but at the author - when the cat was killed, and the book lost me at that point - I ended up skimming so fast that I missed Liza trying to bring the cat back and failing, and had to go back to reread that when it was mentioned a couple of pages later, which made me even more angry at Janni for making me have to do that. Um, yeah, I knew it was irrational even at the time, but abusing and killing cats, even fictional ones, is, obviously, one of my Huge Irrational Trigger Points. Although I can handle it if it's done to a cat that we haven't gotten to know: I read some book recently that had a scene with a dead cat in it, killed by someone else, that was just mentioned as the main characters finding the dead cat and realizing what had happened. That was fine. Naturally, I haven't the slightest idea what book I read this in - it was sometime in the past few months. So, sorry, janni! This is not a book I'm going to be able to reread, and I shall probably pass it on to someone else who wants it. :)

10:51 am - By the way...


American History in Video is live! And now, through April 30th, it's free on the Web at the URL below.
Since launching this online collection of streaming video, we've been inundated with trial requests. So, we've decided to make it as easy as possible for everyone to take a look.
This new online resource for teaching and research is growing to include thousands of rare newsreels from 1929 through the 1960s, including the entire series of both Universal and United. You'll also find the historic Longine Chronoscope broadcasts and hundreds of hours of documentaries from leading producers such as The History Channel®.
Freely access the entire collection on the Web now through Thursday, April 30th.

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No username or password required—enjoy!

11:43 am

Via a coworker, a living library, basically a collection of volunteers that library patrons can "check out" for 20 minutes at a time to talk to.

01:16 pm

aaaargh I wish I could direct AD/HD hyperfocus better. It's been awesome at home this weekend in getting ready for Anime Matsuri, but at work, not so much.

Off to get more caffeine, as that's said to occasionally help.

ETA: Plz to be noting that I have only now - 1:45 - managed to get away from the computer and get the caffeine. Aaaargh!
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07:44 pm

sarahtales just got the Japanese cover of her book, and it's drawn by the mangaka of Fullmetal Alchemist!

09:33 pm - To purchase list

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10:24 pm - KITTYSPAM!!

Lots and lots of kittyspam!

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