icewolf: box of hearts (box of hearts)
Over on LJ, a friend of mine ([ profile] disc_sophist) started a book meme. I've been wanting to jump-start my blogging, and this seems like as good a way as any.

Day 1: the best book you've read during the past year

Without a doubt, The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King. I'm dying, waiting for the followup, The God of the Hive, to become available through the library.

To get first things out of the way first, yes, Mary Russell is married to Sherlock Holmes. Yes, that Sherlock Holmes. Technically, all the Mary Russell books are Holmes pastiches, but they are really so much more. Awesome historical detail, an incredibly intricate but not unintelligible plot, and a healthy dose of humanity, which the Doyle works so often lack, make all the books impossible to put down. Additionally, in Russell King has created a character who is strong and breathtakingly intelligent. She's also emotionally backwards in that way that only genius can be. She is, at once, ahead of her time (currently 1924) and completely a product of it (flying deeply disturbs her explicitly because it is such a new technology). You don't need to read the entire series to follow The Language of Bees, but you do need to read them in order to fully appreciate the book.

Spoilerrific details )

Tomorrow, The Most Underrated Book.

List of Days )
icewolf: amused Elizabeth Bennet (amused)
Swiped from the inimitable [personal profile] zvi :

Ask me for five things about a particular character and/or show/movie/book and I will respond with a list or a ficlet. You know the drill: "Five things Wesley wouldn't change if he could," or "Five times Neal couldn't talk his way our of trouble".

As an added bonus, I'm opening this up to my original and RPG characters as well. Have at!
icewolf: snowy wolf (gaming)
Well, the results have changed since the last time I took this. Kind of radically, too. Gee, you think I've had a life- and outlook-changing event in the last two years? :)

The short version is that I'm a third level Lawful Good Human Paladin/Cleric.

The Long Version )
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
The following was lifted from [ profile] theferrett It's kind of a gloomy day on the Internets, so I'm going to try to generate some cheer: Tell me about something good in your life. Leave a comment expressing something beautiful and happy that's lifting you up today. Feel free to cheer on any other commentators while you're at it.

Here, I'll start: Herself has the sniffles. This, in and of itself, is not necessarily good, but it does mean that the perpetual motion machine actually occasionally slows down. It even means that Miss Independence actually wants some cuddling, and will sit still and just be with me on the couch. We watch Sesame Street and VeggieTales Silly Songs and she'll talk to me about them in her incomprehensible toddler-speak. She occasionally chuckles. Dude, chuckles. It's awesome.

Also, I'm married 5 years today. Torberg's sick as a dog (as he actually was on our wedding day), but we're here, and we're together, and we're still an inseparable team. Yay us.

Now you tell me something lovely and enlightening. Happiness is best shared.
icewolf: snowy wolf (cubans in rowboats)

The Blogalyser reveals...

Your blog/web page text has an overall readability index of 13.

This suggests that your writing style is conventional
(to communicate well you should aim for a figure between 10 and 20).Your blog has 11 sentences per entry, which suggests your general message is distinguished by complexity
(writing for the web should be concise).


male malefemale female
self oneselfgroupworld world
past pastpresentfuture future

Your text shows characteristics which are 55% male and 45% female
(for more information see the Gender Genie).
Looking at pronoun indicators, you write mainly about yourself, then the world in general and finally your social circle. Also, your writing focuses primarily on the present, next the past and lastly the future.

Find out what your blogging style is like!

Writing for the web needs to be concise? Seriously?

Also, My weirdness, quantified. )

icewolf: snowy wolf (no standards anymore)
Okay, so I resisted this right up until the point when [ profile] angevin2 posted it.

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me.

My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year. No guarantees when, it will be a total surprise!
- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be a mix tape. It may be fic, or a poem. I may draw or paint something. I might bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? You must repost this, and repost right away. We can all make stuff and make someone's day a little bit brighter!
icewolf: snowy wolf (she runs lunatic)
'Cause [ profile] packy  poked me!

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

I'm not tagging anyone, but here we go.
  1. I'm not a registered anything. (Except to vote.)
  2. I hate being cold with a passion that really ought to keep me warmer than it does.
  3. The last five boyfriends I had before [ profile] torberg all married the next girl they dated.
  4. I really want to get a first draft of Holly's book done by July 1.
  5. I was tagged for accidental plagiarism right before I graduated with my M.A. (I had tested out of 101, and had been flying by the seat of my pants for four years regarding documentation.)
  6. I actually took Latin in high school and positively detested it, learning only what was necessary to get a B on the test, and then would promptly forget everything.
  7. I still have a wicked crush on my husband.
  8. My grandparents, were they still living, would all be over one hundred ten years old.
  9. According to various doctors and professionals I've consulted over the past few weeks, I am a serious chronic depressive and will probably be on some med or another for the rest of my life. (Bonus fact: And I'm okay with that.)
  10. I read the Star Trek: The Next Generation novels in high school first, and then started watching the show.
  11. The first fantasy novel I ever read was Arrows of the Queen, which [ profile] arakasi1 handed me the summer I was 19.  
  12. I grew up with a white miniature poodle named Boomer.
  13. I just don't feel ready to face the day until I have shoes on.
  14. My favorite tale of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket is the one written by his biggest fanboy, John of Salisbury.
  15. I think St. Jerome was so far back in the closet that he smelled of mothballs.
  16. "Shakespeare's Sister" and "A Room of One's Own," by Virginia Woolf, first turned me on to the serious impact writing could have.
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
On the twelfth day of Christmas, icewolf010 sent to me...
Twelve ladylonglocks drumming
Eleven zorrothedogs writing
Ten ednorias a-gaming
Nine antares021s cooking
Eight werewolves a-lighting
Seven bones a-worldbuilding
Six politics a-knitting
Five go-o-o-oofy vampires
Four rupert giles
Three meta jokes
Two patricia briggs
...and a theatre in a medieval history.
Get your own Twelve Days:
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
If you saw ME in the back of a police car, what would you guess had happened?
icewolf: snowy wolf (politics)
The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your journal. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) The theory is that you post it off the top of your head, more or less. Although given the room, you might want to double check the case's details before you post.

My offering:

Dred Scott (v. Sanford) [I had to look that part up.]

In this decision, the Court declared that no African slave or African-slave-descended person could ever become a United States citizen. It also laid the formal groundwork for considering slaves property, rather than people, which could not be taken from its owner without due process.

Full verbiage here.
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
Snagged from [ profile] dejla 

Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your LJ.

They also talk of our being guilty of injustice, and their being the victims of an unjustifiable war. Brandy, and Tom got increasingly close-mouthed and sour. Although a certain sense of tripartite society survived down to Christian times, the three classes described in the Eddic poem "Rigdthula" bear little resemblance to Dumezil's three. It is often argued, and still oftener thought, that none but bad men would desire to weaken these salutary beliefs; and there can be nothing wrong, it is thought, in restraining bad men, and prohibiting what only such men would wish to practice. At its nearest point the wall was little more than one league from the City, and that was south-eastward. When he saw Jack Hare jump towards the fire, and the Practical Man brandishing the toasting-fork, Sir Isaac grabbed the strings of gravitational force that bound Jack to his destiny and PULLED--- That's a seventy-four gun privateer, besides. To honour a group of British nobles, treacherously slain at a conference by Hengist's guards, Aurelius decides to erect a great monument near Amesbury. That being so, he did not chortle when he went upstairs. Let stand. This ensures that when the garbage collector runs, it has complete access to the memory in the heap and can perform its tasks safely without the threat of being preempted by another thread. And then you may begin to laugh. The data are stored in Column 1 and renamed "Age." Pull your hand back. I don't remember that any secrets were revealed to me, nor do I remember any avid curiosity on my part to learn something I wasn't supposed to--perhaps I was too young to know what to listen for. You don't remember how awful it is being normal. Highlight the desired state tax table and press Enter. Abraham had now reached a ripe old age, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. This doesn't alter either string, any more than 2+3 alters either 2 or 3. And I will say firmly that it is the author who says, "One does feel," who is really an egoist; and the author who says, "I believe," who is not an egoist. The police have agreed to let us show this video. She was particularly fond of Union Maj. Joseph Willard, some years her senior, who courted her amid the competitive field of Blue and Gray. "Only one?" he asked Ulfmaer stupidly. I thought for a second and said "You shouldn't have to tap-dance around the ladder climbers to do your job." Damn the girl -- who, by doing nothing, was doing everything right: others who had come against him, by doing something, had succeeded in nothing -- and made themselves easy marks. How could she be dead? The language is good late WS, written with great consistency.

1) Ranger Rick 2) Rialian 3) Elenbarathi 4) Starsandfishes 5) Echthros 6) Doltaghey 7) Ebonhost 8) Tibicina 9) Browngirl 10) ceo 11) roozle 12) quietann 13) Dale (achinhibitor) 14) tigerbright 15) autographedcat 16) kitanzi xvii) annonyno חי)thnidu 19) smallship1 20) vashti 21) xydexx 22) Zannah 23) Lanna_kitty 24) Rodlox 25) dejla 26) icewolf010
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
Okay, here we go, November 10...

Four events...

1444 - Battle of Varna: The crusading forces of King Vladislaus III of Varna (aka Ulaszlo I of Hungary and Wladyslaw III of Poland) are crushed by the Turks under Sultan Murad II and Vladislaus is killed.

1619 - René Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy.

1995 - In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) are hanged by government forces.

2007 - ¿Por qué no te callas? incident between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez.

(A lot of bloodshed on this day... besides Varna and Nigeria, there were numerous battles and mass executions.)

Three birthdays...

745 - Musa al-Kazim, Shia Imam (d. 799)

1728 - Oliver Goldsmith, English playwright (d. 1774)

1973 - Patrik Berger, Czech footballer (Exact same day as me!)

Two deaths...

627 - Justus, Archbishop of Canterbury

2007 - Norman Mailer, American author (b. 1923)

...and one holiday.

Ancient Latvia - Martini


Aug. 6th, 2008 10:25 pm
icewolf: snowy wolf (grad school)
Here're my first four answers to[info]disc_sophist's interests meme. Drop me a line in the comments, and I will pick seven of your interests for you to explain.

1. My interest in Brehon Law is about ten years old. It first skittered across my radar in Peter Tremayne's mysteries featuring Sister Fidelma. While I feel that the quality of Tremayne's writing has gone downhill (he crafts a good intellectual puzzle, but his interpersonal relationships are crap), the interest in the law system of pre-Angevin Ireland has stuck. It was, in many ways, a law system ahead of its time. Women had significantly more rights under it, and all persons were bound to it, including the kings, long before English barons foced the Magna Carta on John. It also has the interest of something completely alien. The Roman legal system, which has so colored the legal systems of Europe, Great Britain, and by extention, the United States, never made it to the place they called Hibernia, and the English managed to pretty much completely extinguish it, even in the West. So it's a completely different kind of legal system from what we're used to.

2. Oh, Lord, I'm being pried out of the aging-fangirl closet. I got interested in herbalism when I read Mercedes Lackey's Owl Mage Trilogy (I'm one of about four people who actually liked it). The female lead is a village herbalist, and I was intrigued, so I started looking things up. Then I got involved in the SCA which dovetailed nicely into this interest. I like it because way, way, way deep down in a locked room I don't like to talk about, I keep my Survivalist Nut. I like knowing things that might help me in case of dire emergency. (Yeah, I watched too many "Kids/Animals Stranded in the Wilderness" Disney movies as a kid.) That and I like the idea of making useful stuff (TM) out of things I can grow in my backyard. To complete the hattrick, my family doctor growing up was an osteopath, and I while I firmly believe in better living through pharmacology in case of multiple root canal, I don't actually like to take medication. I'll do it if I need to, but it's difficult for me to form the habit.

3. Oooh. Lighting. Pretty. 'Nuf said. :) It's like painting, but with light!

4. Ah, meta jokes. I love it when fandom takes a poke or twelve at itself. For example, at one point in Bones, David Boreanez's character calls for back up to the--wait for it--Hyperion Hotel. And I adored the way poor Ando was kept hanging at the end of Hiro's missives from the past, much as we were left hanging at the end of each episode of Heroes. They're just goofy, and they amuse me.

Sigh. It is late, and I am pooped. Old Irish, paleography, and Rupert Giles shall have to wait 'til tomorrow.
icewolf: snowy wolf (cunning tricks)
First the quote:

I'm not sure we've ever seen anyone "like" Tiger Woods. If he weren't such a charismatic and sympathetic figure, he'd be positively scary. I, for one, am relieved that he decided to devote his unimaginable focus and determination to golfing excellence and not to, say, world conquest.

-Eugene Robinson, "A Performance Worth Every Exclamation Point"

Gene doesn't stray from politics very often, but when he does, it's a hoot. (He's got an annual American Idol column, too.)

And now, a fun, nifty meme swiped from [ profile] bunnyjadwiga. Emphasis mine to prevent mistakes.

Look at the comments to this post, and then post the name of a pre-1980 famous woman that could be seen as a heroine, that nobody's mentioned yet. Add a short (one sentence or so) description/why, if you like.

Just to make it interesting, I'm also excluding Eleanor of Aquitaine and anyone who was at the Seneca Falls Convention.

Now have at!
icewolf: snowy wolf ('re not in a straight jacket this)
If you commented to the Five Questions meme I posted a couple of days ago, I finally got around to answers here.
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
Memage from [personal profile] packy

Leave a comment and I will:
a) Tell you why I friended you.
b) Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a colour, a photo, etc.
c) Tell you something I like about you.
d) Tell you a memory I have of you.
e) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
f) Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.

In return, post this in your LJ.
icewolf: snowy wolf (oh crap)
Of course, well over a dozen--maybe two--are a result of the Great Slash Debacle of 2006.

Who comments the most on this journal? )
icewolf: snowy wolf (Default)
Here's my current desktop:

I tend to change my desktop monthly, when the UK's National Gallery puts up the new painting of the month desktop.

Their information on the above scene: )

I still have September's Painting of the Month on my computer at work:

Background on the grisly scene... )
icewolf: snowy wolf (do not feed the actors)
It's meme time! Moooooooo.......

The D&D character that I am is... )


Nov. 16th, 2007 06:40 pm
icewolf: snowy wolf (chuck)
Swiped from [profile] sabine42. To quote:

What are some of your particularly specifc and unique skills? At what point does Tomoyasu Hotei's "battle without honor or humanity" (that song from Kill Bill) start to play as your own personal background theme music? When do things start moving in slow motion? What's the thing that you do that nobody's voodoo can do nearly as well? At what point in the movie would everyone else back away and step off of your bizness? When does Salieri just need to deal with the fact that the composition simply sounds better after you muck with it a bit?
  • Stage Managing, duh.  Assembling all the pieces and watching them click into place as opening nears, and then watching everything tick right along. Theoretically, if I've done my job right, I have extraordinarily little to do during the actual run of a show.
  • Take standardized tests. I've got to be the only ADHD person on the planet actually good at those beasts.
  • Write under pressure. Give me a year, and I can only hand you a chapter. Maybe an outline. But give me an hour and a pen and I'll hand you something really good.
  • Wrapping disruptive students around my finger. It was hard-won knowledge, but now it is mine.
  • Dealing with difficult people in general. Hint: most people/customers get cranky because they don't feel listened to.
  • Arguing. It's a gift. My mind just seems to speed along a hundred miles a minute.
Additionally, [personal profile] torberg and I were stood up by another real estate agent today. That's the bad news. The good news is that we arranged to meet her at the office, and I got to bitch at what I think is the office manager and a senior agent, whose daughter is taking us out on Sunday at noon.

If this one doesn't work out, I swear I'm setting up housekeeping in a refrigerator box on the corner.

Also, I have a shiny new Chuck icon. And it makes me happy.


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