hildy89: (roll tide roll)
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I was a freshman at the University of Alabama at Julia Tutwiler Hall, their freshman girls high-rise dormitory. And guess who lived on the 11th floor during a power outage? At least it didn't last long.

My best power outage stories are actually the causes of them. The icy morning we woke up to no power because the sand truck had plowed into an electrical pole. Or the afternoon I came home to watch the Olympics only to have a nearby tree from the golf course crash through our sideyard and cut the power and cable.
hildy89: (virginia abstains)
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My New Balance 993 have been squeaky since day one. I think there's no seal between the orthotic insoles and the shoe. A little Chapstick on the bottom of the orthotics and voila! People can't hear me coming a mile away. It's hard to perfect your ninja skills when your shoes squeak, I'm just saying. Also more than a little embarrassing at the office.

Not quite saving the world with shoelaces and safety pin, but you take what you can get.
hildy89: (thursday)
Meme from [livejournal.com profile] mscongeniality:

If you see this, post a quote from Douglas Adams, the late, great and dearly missed creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in your blog.

Today this one seemed fairly appropriate:

"This must be Thursday," said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer, "I never could get the hang of Thursdays."

-- Arthur, on what was to be his last Thursday on Earth.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

My parents were quite fond of Mr. Adams. I never quite had the same fondness sadly. For all that I love British science fiction and mystery, their humor leaves me cold sometimes. My clearest memory of the tv adaptation was when they tried to answer the question of the Life, Universe & Everything and wound up with that famous math equation 9X6=42. As I recall the followup line was something like "No wonder the universe is so messed up."
hildy89: (Vote Saxon)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] pinkpolarity:

1. Go to the Wikipedia home page. Select your native language and click Random article. That is your band's name.
2. Click Random article again; that is your album name.
3. Click Random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

Band Name: Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

Album Title: Freckleton

1. Wyoming State Capitol
2. Residence hall director
3. Aviandina (Peruvian airline)
4. Manius Pomponius Matho (Roman consul)
5. Data compaction
6. Ruitz (town in pas de Calais in France)
7. Sequence (Latin poetry)
8. As-Suwayda (Syrian town)
9. AOL disk collecting (floppy or cd?)
10. Relief of the Poor Act 1782 (Gilbert's Act)
11. Suessenguthiella caespitosa (plant native to Namibia)
12. 1968 Surfers Paradise 4 Hour
13. Interaction point (particle physics!)
14. Pitchfork (obviously my "If you listen to it backwards..." song)
15. Kilton Thorpe (ceremonial county of north Yorkshire)

Hidden track: Administración de Ferrocarriles del Estado (Uruguay's railroad company)

I'm not really sure what to make of my results. Maybe something techno/electronica with the occasional hidden message?
hildy89: (blue box)
Meme from nearly everyone:
When you see this quote Doctor Who:

MIKE YATES: Yes, but, but, Doctor - a planet's a big place.
DOCTOR: Yes, well, I always leave the actual landing to the TARDIS herself. She's no fool, you know?
MIKE YATES: You speak as if she were alive?
DOCTOR: (Smiles.) Yes...yes, I do, don't I? Bye, Mike.
-- from "Planet of Spiders", Pertwee's swan song
hildy89: (hilary booth)
Shakespeare quote meme )

Reloading got me "The play's the thing", so it's convinced I'm in theatre. Or just being dramatic. Or something.

Dragon meme

Oct. 2nd, 2007 09:42 am
hildy89: (regal dragon)
When I posted the last Pocket Dragon cross-stitch finish, I mourned the lack of dragon icons besides Maleficent. Mind you, she made a lovely dragon. It wasn't her fault the nasty old prince wanted to stab her in the heart. Not that I'm bitter...

[livejournal.com profile] jordannamorgan has posted a set of dragon icons on [livejournal.com profile] wolfbane_icons, including my current choice.

Since I posted my Five Vampire Influences, I've chosen to post my Five Dragon Influences.

1. Dragons in myth and folklore - It doesn't matter whether they're Celtic or Oriental, legends around dragon have always fascinated me.

2. Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern - Arguably one of my first major fandoms. I saw Anne McCaffrey at Dragon Con back in 1989 when Renegades of Pern had just been released. I was intrigued enough by what I saw to go looking for the books. But I didn't have anyone to tell me where to start, so I actually started the books with the one that looked the most interesting -- Moreta, set several Passes before the main crop of books. I guess I've always liked the backstory. *grins* I never quite liked the post-Aivas era of the Pern books. The early ones are still my favorites.

3. Maleficent in "Sleeping Beauty" - Like I said, she was such a magnificent dragon, especially when she rises up in her full form. The ending was much more traumatic than Bambi ever was.

4. Smaug in "The Hobbit" - I confess I watched the animated version of the "Hobbit". I even remember half liking it as a child. I did like protective Smaug watching over his horde like a proper dragon and giving his riddles.

5. Naomi Novik's Temeraire books - I never would have expected dragons to mix with the Horatio Hornblower/ Napoleonic Engand / Age of Sail crowd so well. Her latest Empire of Ivory just came out. I like the mix of the different breeds/styles of dragons.

Honorable mentions include: Lockheed, Kitty Pryde's pet dragon from X-men comics, R.A. MacAvoy's Tea with a Black Dragon, the cross stitched beauties of Dragon Designs & Teresa Wentzler, and yes even the Harry Potter dragons.
hildy89: (does anybody see what I see?)
Rather than do my usual July 4th posting of Mr. Adams' famous letter, I will take a page from [livejournal.com profile] marag:

When you see this, post a quotation from 1776 in your LJ:

John Dickinson: Fortunately, the people maintain a higher regard for their mother country.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Higher, certainly, than she feels for them. Never was such a valuable possession so stupidly and recklessly managed, than this entire continent by the British crown. Our industry discouraged, our resources pillaged... first of all our very character stifled. We've spawned a new race here, Mr. Dickinson. Rougher, simpler; more violent, more enterprising; less refined. We're a new nationality. We require a new nation.
hildy89: (reading glasses)
Comment and I'll give you a letter. Using that letter, you have to list 10 things you love that begin with the letter. Afterwards, post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own.

I was given W by [livejournal.com profile] confettiofstars

1. Writing
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Winter Olympics
4. Wars of the Roses
5. Websites
7. words
8. Witch Hunter Robin
9. World building
10. Wonder Woman
hildy89: (Default)
I think I've done this one before, but it never gets old:

1. Grab the nearest book
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Joanna nodded. "General Grant asked for water, and so did Marie Curie. And Lenin."

"That's funny," Richard said. "You'd expect Lenin's last words to be 'Workers arise' or something!"

Vielle shook her head. "The eternal verities aren't what's on people's minds when they're dying. They're much more concerned with the matter at hand."

-- Connie Willis' "Passage"

Those lines remind me of an odd little book I own called "Cancelling Out" that includes stamps of famous people along with their supposed last words, epitaphs, and various sayings related to dying. It's a rather morbid little collection to page through.
hildy89: (Default)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

1776 by David McCullough

"The people -- why the people are magnificent: in their carriages, which are numerous, in their house furniture, which is fine, in their pride and conceit, which are inimitable, in their profaneness which is intolerable, in the want of principle, which is prevalent, in their Toryism, which is insufferable."
-- Henry Knox describing the city of New York to his wife Lucy

1. [livejournal.com profile] sventhelost
2. [livejournal.com profile] celestialnature
3. [livejournal.com profile] havocthecat
4. [livejournal.com profile] lizbetann
5. [livejournal.com profile] menikoff

Appropriate quotation for the coming month. Hopefully I will have a slightly better opinion of New York than Mr. Knox... hopefully.
hildy89: (the big three)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] jennifer_dunne:

Sci Fi's "Who Wants to be a Superhero" has enlisted Hero Machine on their website so you, too, can create your costumed alter ego. Not liking a lot of options, I wound up with Libra, defender of justice with her trusty whip.

Libra )

I did a ctl/print screen to capture the picture, since you can't save to jpg/gif, just their string of special characters.
hildy89: (haunted bpal)
The Wikipedia birthday meme seen everywhere:
Go to Wikipedia. In the Search box, type your birth month and day (but not year). List three events that happened on your birthday. List two important birthdays and one interesting death. Post this in your journal.

August 26

1346 - Battle of Crécy: Hundred Years' War: The military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crécy.

1920 - 19th amendment to U.S. Constitution gives women the right to vote.

1939 - The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn, New York.

1743 - Antoine Lavoisier, French chemist (d. 1794)
1935 - Geraldine Ferraro, U.S. Vice Presidential candidate

Jasper Fforde fans might understand why I'd choose a French chemist over say MacCaulay Culkin and Tom Ridge who also share my birthday.


1974 - Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (b. 1902)
hildy89: (Default)
Apologies for those who've already seen this, but I did do one of those Johari windows.

I've been dutifully following the Olympics every night. For the second straight games, I'm fascinated by the half-pipe competition for sheer thrills and "how'd they do that?" Seriously I think Road Runner is a snowboarder, because they really were breaking the laws of physics sometimes or at least defying the laws of gravity. The right commentary makes even cross country skiing interesting to me, so maybe curling isn't far behind. The pairs competition left the thrills (and spills) on the ice. The Russians were their usual selves, while the Chinese wowed and awed us both for their skating and their strength. A nice change from 2002's cries of "I'll never watch this sport again" from every corner.

The snowstorm is over. It's time for the pandas to play.

ABC Meme

Dec. 28th, 2005 03:49 pm
hildy89: (irulan)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] havocthecat:

ABCs of me )
hildy89: (does anybody see what I see?)
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] neadods to quote something from "Schoolhouse Rock".

And the shot heard 'round the world
Was the start of the Revolution.
The Minute Men were ready, on the move.
Take your powder, and take your gun.
Report to General Washington.
Hurry men, there's not an hour to lose!

I always did enjoy the history sections the best, although I still have pieces "I'm just a Bill" stuck in my brain for time immemorial.
hildy89: (bree)
Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] suricattus

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want, either good or bad.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.
hildy89: (library theater)
Seen everywhere: When you see this on your flist, quote some Shakespeare.

"When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts my self almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings."
-Sonnet XXIX
hildy89: (good and evil by teh_indy)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] sailormac and [livejournal.com profile] normadesmond:

Make me an icon. (Or get someone else to make it for you, I'm not picky.) It can be just a cropped picture or a simple line of black text on a white background. However, what I'm looking for is an icon that you really, really think I should have or use. Something that you feel typifies me. Soemthing you feel would make an appropriate default icon. Show me what you think of me and/or my journal.
hildy89: (writer's block)
Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] koshkaphoenix:

How do I write? meme )


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