catslash: (can't brain today)
( Nov. 8th, 2010 05:22 pm)
And while I'm talking about what a genius I am, I got back an essay exam for my German history class, and I feel it is only fair that I share the results so you guys can make fun of me.

The topic was on the factors that led to the fall of the Weimar Republic and subsequent rise of the Nazi party; first a list, then analysis of a few of the factors listed.

I did really well with the list for the most part! I got the hyperinflation and the Versailles Treaty and the 1929 stock market crash and the political extremism and all kinds of stuff. My professor only had one note to offer, about the one teeny-tiny little factor that I forgot to include. The note reads as follows:

"also - Hitler."


I don't even know how I left him off the list. Talk about missing the forest for the trees.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go finish reading a book. About Hitler. So I can write a paper tomorrow. About Hitler.

catslash: (NO)
( Nov. 8th, 2010 11:40 am)

DISCREET: Subtle, careful, under the radar. She discreetly pushed her bra strap back under her shirt. (Is it possible to do this discreetly? I haven't figured out how. But I digress.)

DISCRETE: Separate and individual. I will steal Merriam-Webster's example because I have way less practice using this in a sentence: There are several discrete sections to this vast medical complex, including a college of pharmacology and a research center.

If you need a trick to remember it, try thinking of the E's in "discrete" being two discrete units, separated as they are by the T.

Please. Stop making this mistake. It's almost as bad as loose/lose, and it is damn embarrassing to see when I know for a fact that the person doing it is too smart to get tripped up by homonyms HOMOPHONES see I'm not perfect either, nothing wrong with that.

That is all.
catslash: (Default)
( Nov. 5th, 2010 03:29 pm)
So I just finished rereading the MsScribe story for the first time since it came out, and I was just idly wondering - was charlottelennox's fandom identity ever revealed?
catslash: (Default)
( Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:13 pm)
Today I attended an author's reading of an excerpt from his book, because I am required to write a couple of analyses of readings for my Oral Interpretation class. I feel that the following description of his own character is all you need to know to understand this experience.

"The most compassionate person in literature as I know it."

Also he went just long enough in the Q&A after for me to run to the corner just in time to watch the bus go by and have to wait an hour for the next.

It's a shame that his actual reading was good, because it means I won't get to tear him apart properly in my essay.

catslash: (Nicola - ew gross)
( Nov. 1st, 2010 11:10 am)
Why do the daddy longlegs think our bathtub is a great place to live?

Why? Why now? Winter is coming! Fucking DIE already!

And why do I always forget this and start my shower without checking first? I've only lived in this apartment for four years, you'd think I'd be used to it. (Yeah, it's a thing.)

At least they aren't real spiders.
catslash: (can't take this bullshit)
( Oct. 23rd, 2010 01:07 am)
Wow, Supernatural! That was really impressive!

Spoilers! And sarcasm. )

Ugh. I can't believe this is what I decided to make one of my increasingly-sporadic posts about. I'm going to bed.
catslash: (Sam is not so sure about this.)
( Jul. 6th, 2010 10:49 am)
Oh my god. It's like a million degrees out and someone somewhere in the neighborhood is mowing the lawn. At least I think that's what that sound is, though there isn't a whole lot of lawn to mow in this neighborhood. Maybe someone's finally attending to the grass outside the school across the street.

Anyway, my point is: It is a million degrees. Why would someone do that? Because in an hour it will be two million degrees? Okay, but in the evening it will probably only be half a million degrees. What is so urgent about mowing a lawn that it can't wait until you're less likely to get heatstroke doing it?

(As I type, the sound has ended, so it probably wasn't that, but I need an excuse to post, dammit. Maybe it was just a really small lawn.)

The first thing I did today was crawl into the bathroom for a cold shower. I don't think I've ever done that before in my life. The heat: I do not handle it well. At least I'm not living in any of the places where it's worse.
catslash: (can't take this bullshit)
( Jun. 11th, 2010 11:29 am)
Okay, so, just FYI for people: my modem has decided that it doesn't have to work, or my connection has, or something, and right now I'm leeching off a very unreliable network that is bizarrely strong at the moment, but that probably won't last. So, in the event that I'm not around, that would be why.

There is the possibility of getting a new modem, if I can find a ride to the center. Otherwise, there's a technician scheduled to come out on Wednesday. I guess I better clean my room. (Easier said than done.)

If this interferes with my getting hold of Doctor Who tomorrow, I will cry. Real tears.

The last time I had to have a technician come out, it turned out that my connection had somehow been severed. That was special.

This is the worst timing ever, you guys, I'm just starting on a month with not a whole lot going on; I've finished the Kubrick class and my next class starts in July. And I don't have a job. And I'm superbroke while I wait for some money I'm supposed to be getting on Monday. So. HRRRRRGH.

I do have about five million books I haven't read, though. So there is that.

ANYWAY. If I all but disappear for the next few days, that would be why.
catslash: (Sam is not so sure about this.)
( Jun. 7th, 2010 07:03 pm)
So my flist is full of squee over the news of a new series of Torchwood, but I know I am not the only one making skeptical faces at my computer.

Who wants to be skeptical with me? :D
catslash: (wtf is this shit?)
( May. 13th, 2010 03:18 pm)
Aaaand then I didn't post for a week and a half, oops.

In honor of tonight's Supernatural finale, I'm going to make an effort to pull together some of the thoughts I've been having this season - for the last season and a half, really - and finish by trying to justify why I still watch this show.

cut for: your friends list, spoilers for seasons four and five, and negativity. If you don't want to read negative thoughts on the show hours before the season finale, I recommend not clicking. )

(And if you disagree with every single thing I have just said, I think we can still find common ground with this question: What the fuck are they going to do for season six?!)
catslash: (Owen is not impressed.  (credit alazysod)
( Apr. 28th, 2010 05:06 pm)
So I got some blood drawn to test for anemia and thyroid issues, just to see if there might be anything going on there that is not doing me any favors with the insomnia. I can't remember the last time I got got blood drawn, but I am pretty sure that ripping off the bandaid (which I firmly believe in doing all at once) is not supposed to do MORE damage than the needle. Stupid industrial strength bandaid glue.


(My Owen icon mostly thinks I'm a wimp.)
catslash: (Terri facepalm)
( Apr. 24th, 2010 09:04 am)
So I tried going off the Ambien last night; as I expected, I didn't sleep.

Cut for people sick of hearing about my insomnia. I know I am! )

My major problem right this second is that it is now nine AM and I have an entire day to get through before I can Ambien up and go back to bed. At least it's a day with Doctor Who in it.

Also: could I use a few more semi-colons in this post?
catslash: (Sam is not so sure about this.)
( Apr. 22nd, 2010 09:40 pm)
Wow. So I happened to swing by Philip Quast's IMDb page, which I rarely do because IMDb doesn't cover stage appearances and that's primarily what I'm interested in for him, and I discovered that he's in a movie called The Devil's Double - playing Saddam Hussein. Yes, that one.

I, uh. I gotta say, that's not the casting I might have expected, but I'm dying to see what he does with it.
catslash: (Default)
( Apr. 8th, 2010 02:10 am)
Insomnia continues. I'd guess I've had about ten hours sleep in the last three days, and for well over twenty-four hours now I've felt - I don't know how to describe it. Like I drank too much coffee, or like I'm a few minutes away from throwing up. That shivery ants-under-your-skin feeling. It just won't go away and it's keeping me awake more than anything else. I thought initially that it was caused by the NyQuil I took a couple nights ago, but surely that's long since out of my system.

I'm kinda freaked out by it at this point, though. I've never before had insomnia this bad, so I haven't got any prior experience. Is this feeling normal? Is something wrong? It's keeping me awake more than anything else at this point, and I just don't know what to do. I'm going to hit the student health center on campus tomorrow to see if they can help me out with anything. I don't know how much longer I can even function if I don't get some real sleep soon.

In the meantime, though, reassurances from insomniacs on the flist that I'm not dying or something would be much appreciated. I'm gonna go back to bed, but I expect I'll be checking my e-mail again before long.
catslash: (Malcolm - fuck off)
( Apr. 5th, 2010 08:46 am)
Wow, so, I don't know why getting little to no sleep before I have to get up early has become a theme in the last month or so, but I'm really over it and am ready for it to go away now. Attending my four PM class is going to be an impossibility now, as my current goal is to survive the next three hours or so and then come home and (hopefully) sleep until four, after which I will work on a project I have due Wednesday. Which is something I should be doing this afternoon, but I will be sleeping instead, because my brain and body hate me all of a sudden.

Note to self: no early classes next semester. This shit is not working out.
catslash: (Hamlet faxed me - credit greydruid)
( Apr. 2nd, 2010 06:06 pm)
Oh, internets.

I'm glad I thought to get a screenshot; as I'm sure you can imagine, that didn't stay up for long.
catslash: (yes! wait . . . - credit I have no idea)
( Mar. 21st, 2010 12:25 pm)
I am so excited for new Doctor Who next month that I keep dreaming about it. Seriously. Last night I had my second dream featuring Eleven in three days. (Amy was there too, I think, but my brain cares less about the companion we haven't met yet than it does about the Doctor.) Dreaming about TV or any kind of media at all is highly unusual for me. Dreaming about it twice in such a short span must mean that my excitement for new Who is so overwhelmingly powerful that I have to process it in dreams lest I explode.

catslash: (can't brain today)
( Mar. 8th, 2010 07:31 pm)
Today I had two classes, Medieval Popular Culture and Historical Construction of Sexuality.

Each of my professors took the opportunity to discuss Jesus's foreskin.

I don't even know, you guys.
catslash: (Nicola Murray is not impressed.)
( Feb. 17th, 2010 03:49 pm)
Wow. LiveJournal is so happy about purchases I made last year that it's sending e-mails thanking me again. I better not be getting charged twice for this shit.

Is this happening to anyone else?
catslash: (I'm here - Victor/Sierra)
( Jan. 15th, 2010 11:48 pm)
Ways to tell I am tired and sick:

Major spoilers for Dollhouse. )

But ugh I feel like such crap, I think I'm coming down with what's been taking people out left and right at work. Which, since I just gave my notice (fuck you controlling manager I am done with your shit HAHAHAHA), is really fucking terrific.

I had best be better by Tuesday, when classes start.


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