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21 October 2008 @ 10:53 am
Another brief birthday update  
If you missed it, wenchpixie posted a lovely J2 RPS story yesterday for my birthday. It left me with such a warm, happy feeling! Softly stated schmoop, Night Breezes Seem To Whisper (PG-13). I hope you like it too. :)

At this point in my life, I don't need a lot of physical presents, so the present-giving at home was low-key:

* A small in-kitchen under-counter TV/DVD player, for those nights when I get stuck in the kitchen while my favorite TV shows are on (can't see the living room from there). It'll add complication when everything goes digital (we're running coax off of an antenna), but still!

* Marcy Playground: MP3. Their final CD, with a really unfortunate title given recent technological changes. For awhile, I thought it was a single-track download. ;)

* The True Meaning Of Smekday. I raved about this book when I got back from summer vacation. It's juvenile fiction, but so what? Fantastic story, lots of dry humor, very creative. I had it in my hands for all of about 10 seconds before Christopher ran off with it to re-read it, but that's okay. ;)

I thought about adding a digital camera to the list, but the one I have is only 5 years old (40th birthday present)! Takes great pictures still, but it eats batteries like blazes. Unfortunately, that attitude has spread to the pictures themselves. I spent several hours in the last couple of days trying to get it to transfer the pictures from the in-camera memory disk to my PC. Success after about 20 tries, thank goodness, but still-- how aggravating. Suckers aren't cheap though, so I'll wait as long as I can.

Last night's Chuck-- oh Sarah/Jenny, your high-school pain explains so much. If only the show wasn't compounding it by moving your fake job to a place with a skimpy, form-fitting 'uniform' instead of the still-revealing but loopy Wienerlicious alpine maiden thing. :( Oh, and? Adam Baldwin FTW in last night's episode. He was clearly having fun. :D

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The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on October 21st, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that I'm so belated: happy, happy, happy birthday, hope you had a great time :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
:D I did, thank you!

I sure miss seeing you around-- your posts are few and far in between! I hope that isn't because life is being mean to you. *hugs*
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on October 21st, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
I was a bit sick this week and there were some (school) exams. Plus, evil soapy fandom is more forum based than livejournal based.

Speaking of fandom... any chance you might sign up for yuletide this year? I just immediately thought of you and some of your more rare fandoms like Millenium (yet, still remember you ficcing that!). Sure you can think of some movies, book or tv show where you always wished that fic for it would exist :) Gotta find some other people who share my love for obscure fandoms and maybe I might actually find the courage to sign up myself :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
I just immediately thought of you and some of your more rare fandoms like Millenium (yet, still remember you ficcing that!).
:D I've only done Millenium in drabbles and in the "Stories I Never Wrote You" setting, though I had such inexplicable love for Frank Black.

I hadn't thought about it, and there ARE some rare fandoms I'd love more stories in ("Houston Knights" slash comes to mind).

Gotta find some other people who share my love for obscure fandoms and maybe I might actually find the courage to sign up myself :)
That would be nice!

And I'm sorry you were sick earlier, and that school is SO busy these days. I remember (via the wayback machine) when you were online daily, and I miss that. :D
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: KANK orange prettythelana on October 21st, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Blame tv for being so non-fannish to me. :) It's kinda weird, I remember back during season 2 of PB even if I had no intention of following the show I could still usually get an impression of something happening on the show just by seeing the "Squeeee!" or "Gag!" on my flist. Now I don't even have the slightest idea of what they are doing or not doing (shhhhh, don't tell me, I like it that way; though I did get oddly nostalgic when I saw a whole bunch of Michael/Lincoln being posted at the current round of rounds_of_kink).

Right now it feels like that British Merlin tv show might be the best candidate for a slashy fandom I might enjoy but even there I don't feel particularly motivated to seek out fic. Sigh!

Maybe once that darned election is done (yours I mean, US guys and gals) it might be easier to focus one's mind on something new. The whole economonic crisis had ripples here true. Even if there is no worry about banks crashing and your money being gone, etc, it's still intimidating to think about what it will do to economic growth and such things.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on October 21st, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
BTW, you should totally check out the yuletide list of fandoms (of course more can be suggested; and I think just suggesting a fandom doesn't even mean that that you have signed up for it; so you an just suggest a fandom and then never do anything for it again :).

The most fun part is looking through it and thinking "OMG, that never occurred to me as a fandom! I totally want that" :) And of course the kickass feeling that you weren't the first person to suggest the fandom in question :D
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on October 21st, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Also: best icon ever! Penguinbreak for the win! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Haha! I love Badtz Maru-- he's so crabby and inappropriate, pretty much all the time. It was a lucky find-- I stumbled on the Internet image and made it my own!
I can read Sam's mind: Balloonswendy on October 21st, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Happy late birthday honey!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Wendy! And I loved your LJ Gift-- what a wonderful surprise, when I knew you were at Wincon and hadn't the faintest hope of you remembering. ♥
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Hughalfshellvenus on October 22nd, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry it ws a wee bit late (but we could just call it extending your birthday because you deserve it for longer? I think that works ;))
I'm just thrilled you remembered! And it was a lovely story-- those things can't always be rushed. :)

That take the signal that comes through the co-ax and decipher out the digital elements? They're about £15 over here and that would fix the issue with the signal for your new tv.
We have the converter boxes, which would be about $40-$50 over here (you can see that the pound is MUCH higher than the dollar right now). But since this would be the 4th TV, that starts to add up. And add junky equipment onto the scene. ;)

Might try basic cable for a few years, though I had to add on expenses.

I tell you, I'm with Lauren. She wants to know what the purpose of this is other than to result in a lot of TVs going into landfills, and I wish I could tell her. I don't see the necessity of it, mainly.