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Dear friends inside the internets machine:

Hello! It's been a while, hasn't it? Here are some things that are going on with me right now:
  1. I have a Dreamwidth account. I don't know what I'm going to use it for yet, because let's face it: I've been pretty crap at LiveJournal recently anyway, and I've been out of active fandom for almost a year at this point, but I have the account. Do with that information what you will, and as soon as I get my own shit together, perhaps I will do with that information something as well.

  2. None of you have asked me this question, but approximately fourteen other people have over the course of the last two weeks, including at least six just last night, so the answer is: no, I am not going to Shakori Hills (a kickass roots music festival 45 minutes from my apartment). Reasons for this are three: I'm broke like a joke and weekend passes there are fucking expensive; we have tickets to all three UNC/Miami baseball games this weekend anyway; I don't fucking camp, because I am too old to sleep on the goddamned ground anymore. The last of those three seems to be the reason that best gets people off my back about it. Musicians, oddly, don't seem to understand the commitment to baseball.

  3. Here is the answer to another question, though I'm not going to tell you what the question is; just know that this answer has been a fairly constant refrain here at the Alpha Site over, oh, the last couple of months: because we don't know any normal people.

  4. I've been doing a fair amount of shooting in studio while musicians record lately, and I am craving the opportunity to do more. Do you live in the Triangle? Do you have a band? Do you want me to come over and take pictures while you record and/or rehearse? :D? :D? I promise not to fall off chairs onto anyone, puts cats in anyone's hair, or have complex arguments about who's actually out of tune, the guitar or the banjo. I am quiet and unobtrusive and I won't drink all your beer! I swear! :D?

  5. I personally feel that the world would be a better place if more people played the banjo-ukelele. The banjolele, if you will.

  6. About, oh, two months ago, they started renovating the previously-empty bar next door to my office. This distresses me on multiple levels, the first being that I'd lusted after doing a promo shoot with some friends in a band in there, before the construction workers ripped out the gorgeous old vintage mahogany bar, but I didn't get to that stage in my friendship with those boys before they ripped it out. The second level of distress is that we were treated to two straight months of jackhammering and pounding and walls shaking as they ripped out of the old floor and then the concrete below it, and today we have a noise respite -- but the varnish they're using is seeping into our office and I'm high as a fucking kite and I have a headache, even though we have the doors open and a fan going, and I've only been here two hours.

  7. I have sucked at my job lately, which has caused me to avoid my boss, which has caused me to not have anything to do aside from the stuff I'm avoiding doing, and it's just this vicious circle of suck at my day job and all I want to do is run off and become a professional rock and roll photographer, which is not at all feasible for a variety of reasons. I have one thing to accomplish today, something I have been putting off for a week out of laziness and grumpiness, and I have to get it done. Or I'm going to put myself on notice.

  8. Also it seems to have started raining. Eff you, North Carolina, I just want some consistently nice weather for a while, Jesus Christ.
That's all I know, friends in the internets machine! I hope you are all doing well. You could tell me cheerful things, if you wanted, so that I do not lose my shit and punch someone in the face today.

Love and kisses,
Mood:: 'grumpy' grumpy
Music:: Press -- Superchunk -- No Pocky For Kitty
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ursamajor: Mulder and Scully playing baseball (baseball!)
posted by [personal profile] ursamajor at 02:49pm on 15/04/2009
Cheerful things?

1. I've fixed two bugs so far over on that thar' yonder Dreamwidth! One is invisible ("English-strip the inbox," which sounds much pervier than it actually is), one is quite visible ("Make LJ blue go away").

2. I had brisket for breakfast!

3. I found my camera battery charger!

To stay cheerful, we will not discuss how my baseball teams are doing, fantasy or otherwise. But my brain thinks I need to filk "Mike Piazza, New York Catcher" to "Nick Swisher, Yankees Pitcher." >_>
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 02:54pm on 15/04/2009
... I can't lie, the state of your MLB team makes me cheerful, because I am a bitter Orioles fan who hates everything and is sure that terrible things are about to befall her own team, because they usually do. And by "usually" I mean "have you looked at our bullpen recently? this will never last".

But for the moment, I will take all that I can get. *grin*

Congrats on the DW bug fixing! That is trufax awesome. ♥
posted by [identity profile] janet-carter.livejournal.com at 05:41pm on 15/04/2009
I agree with #5!

Small things that make me happy today: (1) One of our most-interlibraryloaned items is A Stripper's Guide to Canoe Building (http://www.amazon.com/Strippers-Guide-Canoe-Building-David-Hazen/dp/0917436008/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239816798&sr=8-1); it may not be a sign of sophistication, but it makes me laugh every time the title pops up.

(2) I bought a headband with ridiculous feathers.
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 11:13pm on 15/04/2009
that book title makes me laugh and laugh and laugh, because i am picturing diablo cody teaching people to build canoes. AMAZING.

headbands with feathers are always good.
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posted by [personal profile] starfishchick at 06:52pm on 15/04/2009
I'm not un-cheerful, but I don't really have anything cheerful to share.


I am about to order tomato seeds.
I am reading a good book, The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler.
I have water fitness tonight, which, yay.
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 11:14pm on 15/04/2009
tomatoes! i would love to grow tomatoes but i have a black thumb and i would feel terrible when i eventually killed them. i am envious of your tomatoes.
posted by [identity profile] smithashley.livejournal.com at 08:44pm on 15/04/2009
I would take NC rain to VA rain any day, so you have that going for you.

Also, I love your pictures and I think I need to bribe you to give me lessons on how to make my camera behave. I've had my digital SLR for four years now, and I still have not quite figured out how to do all the things on it I used to do on my film SLR.
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 11:14pm on 15/04/2009
posted by [identity profile] joyce.livejournal.com at 08:48pm on 15/04/2009
Something good: WeatherFox claims that we get the sun back Friday. :) (Of course, that's for Greensboro, and NC being what it is, who knows if that's relevant over there... )
posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 11:14pm on 15/04/2009
thank god, because if i'd had to sit in cold rainy weather for baseball this weekend, i'd have ... well, i'd have done it. but i'd have been grumpy.
posted by [identity profile] callahat.livejournal.com at 12:25am on 16/04/2009
I may have become grayhame, and older before my time, but I listen to NPR a lot, (stupid pun) all things considered. (That was totally not intended as pun but recognized as such. Just, y'know, for the record.)
Anyway. "Talk of the Nation" today centered around a guy, who was talking about when he started writing. I forget the more salient details of the guy as I tuned in late, but I was curious, as my mind kept turning to you as the callers kept talking about when they started to write and writing their first novel and suchlike: when did you start writing? Was it an "aha" moment?
Also: you might want to try to dig up the podcast of today's "Talk of the Nation." And. 7.? I lived there three weeks ago. Sympathy. It's better now. Just kick yourself in the ass. ...wait a second... I'm still there. Oh well. Now, answer! :)
Up until, oh, say, almost two years ago, I had been writing as long as I remembered. I wrote simple stories when I was a very small [livejournal.com profile] minervacat, I started writing fanfiction as a slightly older pre-teen [livejournal.com profile] minervacat and kept at it through my 28th year, I wrote poetry and kept -- as you well know -- obsessive journals from my freshman year of high school on. And now, well.

And now I take pictures. The reasons I don't write as much as I used to -- because I still keep a journal, fiddle with poetry, muck about with short stories that will never be finished, so I write, I just don't Write -- are varied and complex and, frankly, nobody's business but mine, but long story short, I wrote for as long as I can remember because I had things to say, but now I take pictures because I still have things to say but I'm not as comfortable writing, where the things I say are pretty clear to read. When the stories I was writing got too personal, I stopped writing and started taking pictures.

Because it's the same sort of drive to make something, really, and I can say a lot with photos -- but nobody sees it but me.
posted by [identity profile] riverlight.livejournal.com at 12:10pm on 16/04/2009
Hello darling I am sending my love from across the ocean!

Cheerful things today:

2) I'm newly in love with running. Yeah, I dunno, either—I'm like the world's least athletic person ever, but these days it's my new favorite thing. I just feel so alive when I do it. What can I say, it's making me cheerful!
3) Swedish tabloid magazines feature pictures of famous gay dudes kissing right alonside of pictures of famous straight dudes kissing. I don't know if American tabloids do that 'cause I don't read them at home, but it makes me happy.

posted by [identity profile] minervacat.livejournal.com at 02:02am on 19/04/2009
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