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Help me out, please?

I started one of those dragcave thingies, and I really, really want my eggs to hatch and more importantly NOT DIE. Please click on them? I'm http://dragcave.net/user/calaloke or you could click on the images below to help the little saurians along or set yourself up with your own.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Come on, It'll only take a few seconds and they're frigging gorgeous once they're grown up. And I've seen full grown dragons with as few as 10 clicks, though it's also based on unique views and I don't know those stats for that dragon, but still. I would think if all my buddies from here click on them they ought to hatch and maybe even grow up just fine right quick.
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Alas!


I am nerdier than 62% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!


How can this be? Well, I always knew it. Even with nerdishness I don't really fit, and I only wish I was as nerdy and intelligent as the real deal. Computers wouldn't hate me the way they do if I was a true nerd. *sighs* Sometimes life would be easier if I had this convenient label. It's definitely the one to which I am the closest.

Ah well, most times I prefer being a freak and misfit. ;)
  • Current Music
    The Keyquest music on Neopets *hides*
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Writer's Block: Know by Heart

Have you ever thought you knew the words to a song and then been shocked to find out what the lyrics really were? What was the song? Did you like your version better?


Well then...

Yeah, this is an old one, I meant to post this when I first saw it but that kinda didn't happen, because the DSL has not cured my laziness and short (more like variable? ADD-ish?) attention span.

So, late, yet not unwelcome I trust, I present my own list of Truly Ridiculous Mondegreens, in which I humiliate myself Most Terribly for the Benefit and Amusement of my Dear Friends.

Mondegreens is the the non-technical technical terms for misheard lyrics or phrases, from a columnist who first wrote about them I believe in the fifties, recounting how when she was a girl she loved a Scottish ballad that went "And they have slain the Duke of Murray and the Lady Mondegreen," which she thought was so noble and tragic, the Lady dying for her lord, but as it turned out actually they slew the Duke of Murray and "they laid him on the green." Ooooops. XDDDDDDDDDDD

I have several doozies to my record. The worst to come to mind off-hand is "Nine days we braved her might" from the Odyssey by Symphony X, best band ever btw, even officially inching out the Chieftains imho after a couple years angsting over that one. I knew it couldn't be right, but one of the first times I listened to the song trying to figure out the lyrics I heard "Nine days we wait in line" and I just couldn't get it out of my head no matter how hard I tried, I just heard that every single time. These things can just get deep into your brain sometimes...a lot of these are like that, I would like to stress, I didn't actually think what I heard was what was sung (even I'm not quite that crazy), I just couldn't convince my brain not to anticipate what it strangely thought should go there. Or else I already knew what it was and it just randomly sounded like something else one day when I was tired or not paying enough attention or for no real reason at all. Excepting when that happens I'm actually fairly good at picking out lyrics when I try.

Second place goes to Irresistible by The Corrs.
Real lyrics: If you'll just let me show you, I'll be your summer rain
My brain: I'll be your celery

I spent countless minutes laughing at myself trying to figure it out before I finally caved and looked it up online when it started bugging me. Good times.

Now I'll just throw them out as they come to me, and probably edit more in later (and possibly organize this a little better while I'm at it). I've quite the collection. And btw, for those so inclined, amiright.com is a good site for mondegreens (or used to be, now that I actually went there the layout gives me a headache and I want the old one back but I assume all the good stuff is still there if you figure out how to find it), and there are a lot of hilarious misheard Nightwish misheard videos on youtube, though they've become such a fad there are many cruddy ones also.

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Felis needs to post more often

Yeah, been a while. I didn't even do a good job of checking the friends page the last week or two, shame. And I have no excuse! Well, I have a weird lame one for not posting, lol. It just feels weird and awkward to me to go on to other things in my journal before I figure out what to call this icontest I want to start and actually do something about that. There's some things about this that I need to have a talk with the OCD-Imp about, because it doesn't do any good to abandon a site entirely for such a long while--it certainly doesn't help me be more creative in regards to it. I almost missed the voting on an utterly adorable bunny themed icontest on account of this, too.

Also I imagine I wanted to delay posting that baby Lillian did pass on very shortly after I originally posted about her. It's all so sad. SIDS is about the cruelest thing in the universe. So sad thinking about all the things she never got to do...but I guess she's got the chance in heaven now, so that's kind of all right if you think about it. Requiescat in pace, you dear little girl.

Well, anywho.

I've been doing various things. I really do need to start making posts about all the stupid cartoons that I love because that saga has become more important to me than it rightly should be. *sigh* So few of them left. If I didn't like writing novels so much more I'd think of trying to write cartoons/kids shows because there's absolutely no quality left in the market.

So, I have discovered that now DVDs at my library are one week checkout and we get one renewal on them, instead of three days and no renewals, and we can have ten on our cards at once (up from five). SO MUCH WIN!!!! Though the section for the new/popular DVDs is still the old system. Makes sense. So. This has allowed me to finish watching seasons 1 and 2 of the original British Whose Line is it Anyway? and season one of Freakazoid. Yeah, I'm a dork. Any show that's just completely random and insane I can't get enough of. Nowadays even more so if it spoofs superhero cartoons when I've been watching so many of the real thing recently-ish. And along those lines I have Superman: The Animated Series season one to watch, which is great because the library didn't have a copy of that for a while and I assumed they weren't getting another one but obviously they did! Yay!

I've been spending truly atrocious amounts of time on Neopets lately. And I've created my max number of side accounts now, too, and they will undoubtedly all be full in time...or nearly so. I don't think I want all the different kinds of pets I thought I did when I looked more closely at the redraws, so unless I get lucky enough to find someone willing to trade their UC pet to me (fat chance, and it's so much more important to me to make absotively sure a pet was going to a caring, responsible, long-term owner than to get a nice pet in return)...yeah, I don't want a Hissi, Koi, Cybunny, Xweetok, or Lutari, not that I could've had one of those anyway.

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  • Current Music
    Technotronic~Move This
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Prayers, please

Reading my friends page now I learned of a three month old little girl named Lillian who suddenly stopped breathing Monday and now is in the hospital and not expected to live.

I don't know the family, indeed I don't even know the man who posted about this originally (George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire which I enjoy immensely--he asked his readers for prayers), but you can't help being affected by these kinds of things. So, I'm asking my friends to join me in prayer. And I feel like there's something else I should say here but I don't know what it is...and again with the tired...I'm always tired these days...so I guess that's all for now...
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So then...

Since searchingstars and my brother have signed on with the icontest idea I think I'm just going to go ahead with it and hope for the best. If I don't I'll probably never do it, you know? And it's not going to work if I don't get serious and start promoting/affiliating some, you know. And of course it's good to just create the community asap so I can get a good name for it. Problem being that I have no idea what I should call it.

Help please? Anyone have an idea of a good name for a general icontest?

There are other things to be decided of course, but let's just talk about those later after this most vital point is decided on. It seems very strange and silly that I'm not creative enough to come up with something.

EDIT: I do rather like the idea of something with the word challenge, but beyond that I can't really think of anything. Of course the real obvious ones like iconchallenge are long since taken.
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Something I've been pondering for a while

With what LJ just did, and I'm sure I don't have to explain it to anyone, I'm always the last to know, this seems like the silliest possible time to be thinking of this, but seeing as it's ever sillier to assume the site is going to imploding for no reason in a few days I figure I'll go through with it just to prove the point...and because I've already wasted enough time on this post to stubbornly worry at it like a demented terrier until I GET something out of it!

Some of you know I used to have quite a lot of fun over at the icontest comm 100x100beauty and will no doubt be doing so again now that it has reemerged from its slumber with pieds_joyeux at the helm. I have also joined themed_icons which looks to be fairly similar and a nice active place.

I know that should be more than enough to keep me busy, and yet I am considering making my own icontest comm now more than ever. Crazy, huh? But it's been going around my brain on and off for a while now, and my love for those places is at the moment only making my desire to do so even stronger.

I'm sure I could find a few more places that have rules that I find followable if I look hard enough. That's not really the issue, though it is true that 100x100 going away for a while scared me on that point. The issue is, I think it would be fun, and I'd learn even more, and that even 100x100 is getting to be a bit too structured for someone like the girl I was when I first joined it to consider doing so now.

I'd like to make a community that would still have enough interest and challenge for the kind of great, experienced icon-makers I admire but still be really laid back about certain things, without a whole lot of complicated rules and polls and things (of course there'd have to be some for it work at all, I'm not that stupid, but I just mean keeping them to the amount you'd need for it to function and explaining things up-front), and maybe with like a sister community where we could post tutorials and brushes and other stuff to help out the beginning types. Maybe even let said beginners pose questions there. It'd be a perfect playground for me, and I think it might have an audience that would find it very helpful...if my own experience is anything to go by (but really who knows if it is?).

So far I've been jonesing for more icon-making challenges, too. There hasn't been enough posting in those comms with the holidays and all.

Anyway, I can only imagine it as being a rather general icontest as opposed to one with an ongoing theme, probably I'd do the same thing as themed_icons and just have people write a suggestion for themes and we use the winner's suggestion for the next challenge...or, I could do that and alternate whatever I feel like challenges so that I can force all these hypothetical wonderful people to make icons about subjects I like! IF THEY FEEL LIKE IT! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, 'cause I'm like, evil like that, and stuff, and junk, and whatnot. I think generally an upper limit of five icons per person is good, that really seemed perfect to me in the old days of 100x100, enough that I mostly didn't have to abandon ideas that I really loved but also few enough that I really had to come down to it and make some tough decisions and trim the fat. At the moment I'm leaning toward a two week time limit, with the whole being laid back idea, but that might change upon further reflection or if I get some helpful feedback explaining why it's stupid. Of course, doing that makes me want to make another contest be going on at the same time, a new one starting every week but the first not finishing until the week after, but that kind of kills that whole simplicity idea. So yeah, that's not gonna happen.

So...basically I'm posting here to see if anyone would be even vaguely interested in helping me out with this. Some of my friends are really good icon-makers, but I have no idea if they'd want to help out. kirin76 for instance is a great icon-maker but hardly has time to post on LJ anymore and has quite enough icontests on her plate that adding one just because it's her friend's baby might not be such a great idea...besides that I know aracelebearwen and searchingstars are good, but no clue if they'd care about this. I have a few ideas of people I don't know all that well but whose work I really admire that I'd like to invite if I saw a spark of hope for this thing. I'd need at least a couple people to start this thing off...hopefully I could draft my brother to help out with modding if not to enter the contests much.

Then there's the whole problem of banners for the winners. Sure, I could make them if I had to, but they wouldn't likely turn out to be the kind of thing anyone would want to display. So really if I can't figure out someone to handle that this is probably not going to work, unless I really surprise myself. I've never tried to make anything other than avatars before, and it's kinda a whole different world with that stuff. Not entirely of course, but close enough for me when I'm so mediocre at all of this in the first place, and severely limited in what I can do by only having Photoshop Elements, and still learning most of everything there is to learn about that program.

I'm so tired now. I should really, really be in bed now. I hope I was sort of coherent and I didn't revert to old versions of ideas in my semi-wakefulness. At this point I'm so sick of waiting I'm going to push post and hope for the best and leave the rest up to editing later.
  • Current Music
    Bryan Adams~You Can't Take Me
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Not allowed

I seem to be singing that song an awful lot these days. Many people have been dying the past several years that were on my list of people who were not allowed to do so. Right now the lady in question is Eartha Kitt. I was just thinking a couple months ago how her voice alone is the thing that makes it worth watching The Emperor's New School every now and then when I'm bored. She was just so hilarious as Yzma, and I've always been fascinated by sound and language and the human voice, and hers was so utterly unique. What a terrible loss. I probably wouldn't have heard for a long time without having the internets back and at high speed, it's kind of a double edged sword that way but my not knowing wouldn't make it any less true. I always prefer to know. To at least be aware of where I stand.

Catwoman was always one of the characters that seemed most herself to me on that crazy old TV series. I do love that show and hate it. It's funny because it's bad on purpose, but I can only take so much of it at a time! Seriously...Waynebow. *facepalm* That poor horsie. lol. She and the Joker and the Penguin must be my faves from that. I dare say Eartha's Catwoman is the only one that's a legitimate rival in my heart for the best portrayal of the role with the Batman: The Animated Series people. She was so beautiful and saucy and perfect. I almost want to cry.

You get back down here this instant, my dear lady. I told you you weren't allowed...
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Public service announcement

Just wanted to let everyone know that Whiplash Radio is now no more. Hasn't been for a while now...at least a few months, I really haven't been paying attention. I meant to at least drop by and post about that as soon as it happened, but...*sigh*

Yeah, it's been that long since I posted anything here beyond hi and bye or NaNo stuff, lol.

ANYWAY, point being that the DJs have moved to a new home, Ocean Front Jams, and Mike's show is still the same slot as before, Sundays 4:00 to 6:00 PM central.

...

No, I have no idea why they called it that. It doesn't make any sense with them playing mostly rock music...I mean, I'd figure that'd be a station that plays stuff like steel drum bands, lol. Never even mind about the site design...But that's the name, and even if it's weird what really matters is there's still great content to be found there.

And now for yet more important news, you're not going to believe it...no, wait for it! I'm not gonna tell you if you spoil the moment for me! WE'RE GETTING DSL! IT IS ACTUALLY ALL FINALIZED AND WE'RE JUST WAITING FOR THE MODEM AND STUFF TO GET HERE!!!!!!!! I AM SO FRIGGING EXCITED!! Yes, you may expect to see a great deal more of me around. Which is why I have got back on Writer's Resource Center and am trying to stir things up again. I think I'm gonna e-mail all the people I know that used to be around there and see if I can convince them to come back...I might not have current addresses from all of them, but I'm sure gonna try. Any of my writer type friends those that HAVEN'T been on there before should totally give it a try because it's the nicest little place and the people are uber-smart and uber-helpful; I mean you pretty much CAN'T ask something so obscure that someone doesn't have a pretty good idea how to start researching, if not a direct and definitive answer, and they're beautifully random and pleasantly insane, too. And there's lots of random fun things to waste time on too, of course. *grins* I'm hoping I get some entries in the caption contest...the last couple there's only been one or two because the place has been nearly dead for so many months. *sigh* I'm as much to blame as anyone.

However, more related to the overall theme of this post, my dearest aniki Jim (kagejim) is going to be getting a show on Ocean Front Jams as well now that we're finally getting reliable high speed internet, so you all are invited to be tortured by listen to that too! lol

No, seriously, it's going to rock. And so far the plan is it's going to be Thursdays from 10:00 to midnight central. I'll try to post again if and when I have any more info, especially once I know when the first show will actually be. It might be the Thursday after this one.

So, that's what's going on now.

Oh, and there's the fact that I did somehow manage to win NaNoWriMo. I had to write like 15,000 words on the last day, and I had absolutely no idea I could do that, and I am so happy about it. Seriously, I have such a high going these days from that. I'm going to have to push myself a lot more with my writing in general now that I know what I'm capable of! Just not quite that much...I would post one of the winner graphics here but I don't feel like bother with uploading them to my scrapbook, so...later.
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I believe the appropriate term is "lol," however I am not fluent in Netsian

Yoinked from aracelebearwen. There are few enough of this kind of meme that I really care for, but GOOD LORD this is funny! =^.^=

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