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So there is an article in this week's Economist - Youthful Spirits. It's primarily about how "...the blood of young animals... may be able to ameliorate at least some of the effects of ageing..." which, yeah okay, that's a pretty big MAY there, guys. But the best part of the article (after the line, No jokes about vampires, please) is a description of parabiosis experiments carried out by a dentist named Kamrin in the 1950s. Essentially, he cut a small bit of skin from each of two rats, then sutured them together at the site of the wounds. He discovered that in a matter of weeks the animals' blood vessels began to merge, and the animals essentially ended up sharing a circulatory system. All well and good, but (1) the point of these experiments was to prove that sugar causes tooth decay (no, really, this was the best experimental design he could come up with to prove that) and (2) the revelation that the technique was "...kind of gross and crude..." and that the rats "...unsurprisingly, were not always keen on the procedure."

Rats had an opinion on being sewn to other rats? Yeah, go fig.

And scientists wonder why people have trouble trusting them.

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In happier news, Sean Spicer resigned. (Apparently over a matter of principle - no, really) Who had Friday, July 22 2017 before 12 noon in the pool??

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Who writes these headlines?

Minnesota Girl Has Surgery after Being Bitten Severely in the Lake.


Which part of her is the lake??

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Cinvidiosa sent this my way : Puritan Names.

She's going to be Job-Raked-Out-of-The-Ashes Invidiosa from now on and I am going to be Search-the-Scriptures Wilde.

How about you?

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Maybe need Puritan Names For A New Age.

I propose:

Eschew-Facebook Smith
Flee-Snapchat Jones
Erase-Those-Nude-Selfies Lee
Embrace-Mass-Transit Bexington-Smythe
Climate-Change-Is-a-Real-Thing Fumble-Dunce (of the Newquay Fumble-Dunces, natch)
Flash-Flood-of-Mosquitoes Wonderhourse

Any ideas?
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I made a thing. Feel free to tell me how unspeakably awesome it is:

Cookies!

Dec. 11th, 2016 11:30 am
maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
Look what I made!

sweater_cookies.jpg
So awesome!
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Nothing exciting to share today.  I know I did something today, I must have.  But ... yeah, I got nuthin'.  'Missing time' as they used to say on the XFiles.

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Look at this cool quilt.  I love it.  I think I will make one.


Not, you know, today or anything.  But eventually.
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What do you hope people remember about you after you're gone?

I hope they have a happy thought about me.  I don't even care what it is.

How about you?
  What do you want people to remember about you?
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Running late again.  Sigh.  I do fuck-all and it takes all day.  How is that even a thing?

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This commercial, with the guy milking the giraffe an getting a bucket full of skittles?  WTF?
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I googled "modern Christmas" today.  Everything it showed me was basically black and white.  That's even a bit too modern for me.  But I liked this:



and this:


All I need is lots of PVC pipe and lots of ambition. Yeah, that's all.

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Today's prompt:

Pretending you have the expertise to make the product a reality, what do you wish you could invent?

Well, the top two contenders are (1) the Star Trek-style transporter (because I like being places, but not getting to them) and (2) a machine that takes the story you are thinking and puts it on paper.  Or into your computer.  Whatever.  I think both of these inventions would benefit mankind.  Or at least me.

How about you? What would you invent?
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I'm being dragged, er, taken to see Spectre at 10:30 pm (and it's 2 and a half hours long because why?? No, really, why?) so I am posting my oh-so-brilliant prose now so all y'all won't be left without.  Give, give, give - that's all I do...

(Wow - 'give' is a weird looking word, esp three times in a row.)

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I need one of these:



I might just have to make one.  Or an XFiles version.
For reasons.

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I can't recommed this book enough:



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Have you read anything good lately? 
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OMG! Today was so DULL! SO DULL! DULL DULL DULL!
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Let's see: what have I missed?

What is the most controversial thing you've ever written on your blog?

I think it was suggesting Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush was not the best song ever.

What compelled you to write it?

They played it on BBC4 and it became obvious that, yeah, it wasn't.

So, is my 'blog' controversial? Not so much. (I really have no desire to be controversial.)

Is it even a blog? Not so much.
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I'm going to make some of these (to give as stocking stuffers) tomorrow:


Because, why not?
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I'm also going to make these:


They are the "must-have" ingredient of the moment, and they don't sound as un-delicious as horseradish vodka.
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So the new Star Wars trailer. How do we feel about this?

  I understand I am supposed to be giddy, and yet...hmmm.  Not so giddy.

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So there I was, driving along, minding my own business, listening to the radio (hmmm...how can I describe 'radio' to you young people?  TV without pictures?  Ipod without making anyone at Apple rich?  Hmmm...that is a puzzler)  when I hear A Christmas Song!!!!  And not a great one either.  Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea, (No, I won't link, cuz it's just not very good) which contains such deathless lyrics as:

And it's been so long
But I will be there
I sing this song
To pass the time away
Driving in my car
Driving home for Christmas


I mean, come on!  If you are going to jump the season, radio programming gurus, do it with something passable!
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Today's topic:

What is the one appliance you can't live without?

I like to think I could live without most modern conveniences, that, come the zombie apoclypse, I'd be one of the bad-asses with a poor attidue and a blow torch.  But let's be honest: I'd be New! Improved! Conveniently Packaged, ZombiChow!

If we do not conisder the computer, (or the internet, for which it stands) or telephones as appliances, then I'd have to say....

The electric rice cooker.

HEAR ME OUT! Some meals call for rice.  And for no reason I can fully comprehend, any attempt I have made to cook rice in a pot on the stove has been abysmal.  The microwave method is okay, but for the 12.95+tax I spent 12 years ago, I can have perfectly cooked rice every single time.

So that's it. The electric rice cooker.

Unless we are including the modern washing machine.  Because that wins, and will always win. Forever. (If you don't believe me, watch THIS.  It's eye-opening.)

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Dictionary.com chose exposure as its word of the year.  Seriously?  It's like they weren't even trying.
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Watched the first two new episodes of Ripper Street.  It's one of those shows - when it's good, it's great.  When it's bad, it is really really really profoundly bad.  So far for this season, so good.  (And Louise Brealey is in it!)
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Need something for a fancy holiday function?



You're welcome.
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How is it the 10th of November? How???
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Target has the best reasonably priced Christmas decor (including this and this).

I want all of it. I bought none of it.

Today. (The season is young...)
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Pinterest decided I'd want to know how to bleach pine cones. Why? What purpose could bleached pine cones serve? What about me made their algorithm think "oh yeah, she want the pine cones, and she wants them bleached!"

But I clicked, didn't I? Of course I did.

Odds are, there will be at least one bleached pine cone in my future. Just so I can see if it can be done.

Curse you, Pinterest!
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We have an actual topic today!

What knowledge do you have that others don't? Write a "how to" post about anything you've got skills for, small or large

I have some knowledge, but most of it is not of the 'that others don't' variety. But I do have a recipe for the easiest, most delicious dessert that you can whip up in no time. Amaze your friends, baffle your enemies, be the hero of the party!

Caramel Apple Dip )
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And you?
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Good lord, how is it not even 5 pm yet? It's been Wednesday for at least two weeks...
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I have spent part of the day gluing glitter to squirt guns. Well, mostly waiting for the glue to dry between applications of glitter to the squirt guns. I am not sure I really qualify as sane anymore. Or ever did.
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I've been invited to two holiday "do's" in the past two days. I am not mentally, emotionally, or spiritually prepared for the procuring of evening wear this entails.
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Today's prompt:

Do you feel you have found your voice on your blog? What techniques have you tried to develop your voice in your writing? What are some characteristics of your personality in your writing?

What they heck are they talking about?

So instead, let's go with this question that everyone thinks about all the time everyday almost pretty much:

What's your favourite kind of architecture?

Why, thanks for asking! I have a weakness for Mid-century modern! You know, butterfly roofs and clerestory windows and linear, open design and and pony walls made of concrete screen block - all that stuff. (All the furniture should be Danish, teak, and profoundly uncomfortable, but a feast for the eyes and soul. Kay, maybe just the eyes.) Think the Brady Bunch House. Or Fred Flintstone's place.

Why do I bring this up? Because there's a place about half a mile from here that is a glorious example of this design and it's being let go to rack and ruin! (or maybe wrack and ruin - style guide differ) It breaks my heart! It makes me want to form the RSPCAA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Awesome Architecture, since you ask) so I can rescue this work of maddening art! Only, you know, people are a bit funny about you 'rescuing' their houses away. I have an uphappy feeling someone is going to knock all its one-storey wonderousness down so they can build a giant ugly grey stucco monstrosity with a four car garage on the lot. It will be a real shame.
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Clear sign of creeping old age? Giving a shit about who builds what in your neighbourhood. Get off my lawn!
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My husband is not going to be home for dinner tonight, so I am trying to decide if I should have leftover curry or leftover Halloween candy for dinner. (But not Leftover Halloween Candy Curry - that would one fusion dish too far.)



Just Say No.


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Well, that killed an hour. Netflix and leftovers, ho!
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My car is full of ants. ANTS!!!!!!!!!  Happy fucking Monday to me.

Today's suggested topic: 

18. Share your favorite fandom places/sites outside of LJ.

Um, I don't really have any inside LJ, so, um. Yeah. Honestly, I don't exactly get how LJ works, or is supposed to work (since sometimes "works" and "LJ" seem incompatible terms). So I do all my fangirling at the usual places:

Haven

Ephemeral

Gossamer

AO3

FF.net

Sherlockology

Geekcrafts

Craftser (how do you not love a place with the motto "no tea cozies without irony" ?)

(I also fangirl the Vlogbrothers a bit.  John more than Hank, but well.  Yeah, Nerdfighter from WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back)

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Today's entry comes to you in three parts:

Décor Status:

(1) Three more rockets - still AWESOME!

(2) Death Star - also awesome

(3) Tardis - refuses to stay glued. She is a difficult mistress.

(4) Yellow car - acquired

(5) Glitter - everywhere!!! Must vacuum.


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Today's suggested topic:

16. What are your favorite doomed ships? (And a bunch of other stuff blah blah).

My first thought was "Well, I don't have any of those." My second was "Unless you count..."

The first is David Addison and Maddie Hayes (Bruce Willis had so much hair!) Moonlighting. One of the first shows that really gave us what we thought we wanted. And then OMG, what a mess. Her real-life pregnancy, his ballooning ego, problems behind the scenes, and the fact that these two characters, no matter how hot they were together, were not even a bit compatible. Doomed, my friends, doomed.

Then there was Hunter and McCall. I never even watched Hunter, but when  [livejournal.com profile] syntax6 recently introduced me, it was sooooooooo easy to see all the chemistry that would end up going to waste.

Then there were the doomed ships of the Jossverse:

* Buffy and Angel

* Buffy and Spike

* Cordelia and Xander

* Cordelia and Angel

* Cordelia and Quinn

* Cordelia and Wesley

* Angel and Darla

* Willow and Xander

* Willow and Oz

* Willow and Tara

But the most horrible and egregious

* Wesley and Fred !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, yeah, I guess I do have a few of those, after all. ;)

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There's Glitter Everywhere!!!!!!
(or)
Sci-Fi/Fandom Tree Check-In

(1) retro-rockets - made three. They are AWESOME! Making more asap.

(2) death star - first attempt led to something else altogether (the way things so often do). Making a second attempt later today.

(3) Tardis - cut, prepped and painted. I need it to dry so I can finish it.

(4) Realized that the fandom bit of my tree needs a yellow car. And maybe a lemon. Or a Toblerone? Hmmm.

When I figure out how to take decent pictures, I will.

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Also[livejournal.com profile] xf_santa sign-ups are under way. 750 words! How easy is that? So easy!!!




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The X-Files gift exchange for the holidays, signups end November 25!

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On to today's prompt:

(15) ...pimp something you've made and/or written.

I've made and/or written lots. (It's all at gossamer, I think. Definitely at my site. I intend to make and/or write more. The road to hell and all that.

I would like to pimp, er, promote the Xmas Holiday Reading List.   I know it's early to start partaking (what with American Thanksgiving STILL not being over), but I am always looking for new fic to add to the list. If you know of some, let me know!

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Today's suggestion is:

14. Write about your first fandom crush(es). (Post a picture of them if you can!)

but I've done this already, haven't I? Batman, Star Trek, etc etc etc.

So instead I am going to tell you about today's exciting plans! My husband is en route to Montreal, my kid borrowed the car, so I am home and refusing to do anything useful or adult!

Instead, I'm going to make ornaments for my sci-fi x-mas tree!!!

Click for the thrilling origin story! )


Since then, we've had a sci-fi tree every year. (As we say around here, "It's not really Christmas until there's a Klingon with a bat'leth hangin' on the tree!)   We/I make new decorations every year (we could buy them all, sure, but what fun is that? None at all, that's what.) Today I have decided to start on this year's additions:

(1) some retro-rockets from up-cycled dollar store ornaments

(2) a Death Star  

(3) a Tardis (probably using a toothpaste box)

(4) an IOU apple

I will post the results, you lucky people!  :D

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I have to do all the things today. I really do not want to do all the things today. (doing things generally involves putting on pants and what's that about?)  I don't even want to do any of them, really. Poor, poor pitiful me. Weep for me! WEEP!!!!! 

Or not.

So, moving right along, today's prompt is:

9. Who is your favorite villain?

Seriously? That's like asking which is my favourite toe! (Is it, Amanda? Is it really?)

On X-Files, my favourite recurring villain was CSM. He was just a looming presence of no-goodness. Moreover, he genuinely believed he was on the side of right. True believers are always a problem.

My favourite XF guest villain is Tooms. That guy was creepy as fuck. (Of course, he was a mutant. Was it his fault? Or was he just a victim of his own skewed biology, doing what any of us might do in order to survive? Discuss.)  

Second runner-up is Donnie Pfaster. He wasn't a mutant. He was just fucked up.

Andrew Scott's James Moriarty, nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, with his Westwood suits, lilting Irish voice, and big bucket of crazy-sauce, is also great. Amazingly written and fantastically acted. But apparently he's dead now. Or so they say. Is anyone ever all the way dead on tv?

Shout out to The Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. Scary. Really, genuinely scary.  So scary I'm making one for my Xmas tree. (Like this one. Or maybe this one. Probably some hybrid.  I'll keep you posted)

So who is YOUR favourite villain. And which is YOUR favourite toe?

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