talkingsoup: (RP schizophrenia)
The time has come, my friends. I am a writer. I play Pokemon and other silly video games. I have participated in online LJ RP games. I have long discussions about various sci-fi shows and watch things like Star Trek, Farscape, Doctor Who and Firefly. I respect William Shatner. I watch anime with a somewhat religious fervor at times. I have conversations about the merits of certain weapons, the various histories and lifestyles of the Middle Ages, and complain about historical or logical inaccuracies in movies concerning the era. I have been to a Renn Faire. I have gone to sci-fi and fantasy cons, as well as anime cons. I read comic books, webcomics and manga. I play WoW. I collect Magic Cards. I'm an amateur astronomer and I listen to shortwave radio. I can readily quote Star Wars.

In short, I am a full blown nerd. And the time has now come to tackle the last bastion of nerddom, to venture into the fearsome, Mountain Dew-soaked, Cheeto-stained basement in the nether regions of the House of Nerd.

Yes, my friends. I speak of Dungeons and Dragons.

I am, as we speak, in the process of building a character and will soon start a campaign involving my similarly nerdy Ithaca friends. I am learning all about Spot Checks, Ability Modifiers, and D20s.

With this, I say my final farewell to the world of coolness, fashion and all semblance of sanity. Farewell, Lady Gaga, Eat, Pray, Love, 24, and True Blood. Goodbye, Justin Bieber and Louis Vuitton. Auf wiedersehn, mainstream media. To make a nerd quote, "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." I go now to the Land of Fun, the Plane of Silliness, and the House of Nerd, and never shall I return to hipness, coolness and popularity. Good night...and good luck.

Just be glad I'm not LARPing.
talkingsoup: (v for pink floyd)


Watch that. It has all the info about it spelled out in much better terms than I could put it.

And about Twitter. Apparently all of this information has been coming in from Iran via young Iranians with Twitters, and they've been tweeting almost nonstop in an effort to spread the information to the rest of the world. Since, as everyone knows, you can't really rely on the "legit" media, especially not in a country so known for its censorship (oh but am I referring to Iran or America there? Zing!).

Anyway, apparently Twitter was supposed to have some downtime the other day, but so much information was coming in that the United States State Department intervened and forced Twitter to reschedule the downtime so that information could continue to move freely.

Man. And they say the Information Age is making us lose connections with people.

Go young people of Iran. I'm rooting for you guys.
talkingsoup: (honey and clover...revolutions)
1. 14-hour van rides cross-country can be AWESOME. ...No, that's exaggerating. BEARABLE. Bearable if the people in your van are awesome, that is.

2. Katrina was bad, but so was Rita, and no one really knows about Rita. The area we were in, New Iberia, had houses with four or more feet of water. There were the same X symbols that you see in New Orleans, designating the date and how many bodies were found in the house. Rita was two years ago, so the devastation has alleviated somewhat. But it shouldn't take that long to rebuild.

3. I get along with people older than me more often than I do with my peers.

4. Caulk jokes never, ever stop being funny.

5. I can now scrape, foam, caulk (I'm skilled with the caulk OH SNAP), prime and paint. I can work with asbestos, wood, scaffolding, ladders, and I can do all of the above without dying.

6. Louisiana is humorous without trying to be. It helps not to know that "diabetic shoes" are a real thing, and that either way, they shouldn't be associated with pepper spray.

7. "I'm on dat jigga juice" is possibly the most amusing phrase EVER.

8. I'm not the only one who invents songs about random things.

9. Ithacapella is actually pretty freaking sweet.

10. All that stuff they tell you about how it's better to give than receive, how nothing feels quite as good as when you really help someone, and when they're thankful to you? It's all true.

11. Southern food is AMAZING, particularly cajun food. You haven't lived until you've had corn-crab-shrimp chowder.

12. It is, in fact, possible to see flamingos--real, live, wild flamingos--in Louisiana. Don't ask me how it is possible, because they're not native to the US.

13. People are constantly impressed by my knowledge of really random trivia, like the fact that armadillos carry leprosy and that the fleur-di-lis is associated with French royalty. I honestly don't know where I pick it up.

14. A bayou is not, as I believed, a swamp. It is sort of like the halfway point between a creek and a river and it can, in fact, be swampy.

15. Le petit baton rouge means "the little red stick."

16. The French Quarter is beautiful, beignets are delicious, and New Orleans is generally everything they say it is.

17. It's amazing what a group of people can accomplish when they want to, and when they really care.
talkingsoup: (ginko-san)
Oh my. Sea monsters.

Anyone heard of this? The Bloop? Apparently it's the more famous of several underwater, unidentifiable sounds picked up by an old underwater sound recorder used to track enemy submarines. Now the system is used to track underwater earthquakes, volcanoes, and whales as well. But it's also picked up a handful of sounds that no one can identify.

The Bloop is the most famous of these, recorded several times in the summer of 1997. It's got a ridiculous name, but it sounds ridiculously awesome. As far as I know, it's the only one of these unidentified sounds that's most likely an animal. It sounds a lot like a whale.

How did I not hear about this until now? I love this kind of stuff!

Anyway, you should all hear it, because it's amazing. Personally I like the idea that it's some kind of deep sea creature. We certainly don't know all of what's down there, although the thing making it is supposed to be huge, a lot bigger than a blue whale, and who knows if that's possible? There's a chance it could be something supposedly extinct--they keep finding coelocanths, megamouth sharks--but who knows?

Of course it could all be a hoax, but I like to dream ^_^ We don't know half of what's down there.

Here's the sound file, here's the Wiki page, and here's the Acoustics Monitoring Site that tracked and recorded the Bloop and the other unidentified sounds. Check them all out--it's interesting and awesome at the very least.

Well that's your random stuff for the day.

Went to HP5 again today with my mom this time. She loved it. It was as great as it was the first time.

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