beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (I'm on SPEEED!)
I'm sitting in a computer lab right now taking notes off a PowerPoint (oh god, horribly behind AGAIN - how does this HAPPEN??!), and I'm listening to the sound of typing happening all around me, and I had to stop to type myself. I don't really have anything TO type as of yet, but I felt the very desperate NEED to type something. So I am.

I think this, more than anything, demonstrates that typing has become my primary mode of written expression. Years ago, I would have been more likely to be typing and would have felt the desperate need to write something down by hand. Now I am so much more comfortable typing; I can nearly keep up with the flow of my thoughts this way, which is something I could never, ever manage to accomplish when writing by hand. My graphic motor skills are just too weak for me ever to print with any speed, and I cannot write in cursive at all.

(I don't know if this is good or bad for my RSI, since both typing and writing aggravate it. It's just something I'll have to deal with as I go along, but I think at this point typing is actually the better option because I'm more relaxed at it...AS LONG AS my workstation is physically suitable, and I take breaks.)

So by the time I get to a class which is very heavy on hand-written notes (i.e. med school, if that EVER happens, which I am doubting more and more each day), I am going to NEED a notebook computer to take notes on, or I'll never keep up.

Feeling a bit better now that I've typed a bit. I don't want to spam you guys, so I'll just add to this post behind a cut if I feel the strong urge to type some more.

Also, random note: all my mood icons will appear as red x's for a bit because falling asleep in front of Livejournal is really HELL on my bandwidth. (Which I've been doing a lot because our computer monitor is so buggered right now that it keeps dying on me every few minutes, which means I stay up much later trying to work in between it's little fits, which means I'm that much more tired, which means...UGH, FML.)

Cuuut, it's a cuuut, which doesn't have the same ring as snaaaake, but whatever )

Mmmmbop!

Oct. 7th, 2008 02:44 pm
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." ([DW] never give in and NEVER give up)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] griffen:

The brains of liberals work differently from the brains of conservatives.

Apparently left-wing brains, "tolerate ambiguity," better.


...Totally wild.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." ([DW] Ten & Donna - adventure!)
(ETA: This took longer to type up than I expected, but I swear I will get to comments later tonight.)

Just finished watching, "The Ark In Space," from the Fourth Doctor's era. I also watched, "Inferno," from the Third Doctor's era a while back. But since that was the only other Classic Who story I've watched I could only compare it to NuWho, and the contrasts are huge.

Now I can compare them to each other! The fun never stops around here.

Just some random thoughts about Three, Four, Ten and their respective eras:

Inferno )

The Ark In Space )

The Fourth Doctor, though! I was concerned I might not like him. Mainly because he's such a well-loved version, I suspected I might end up hating him out of spite.

But nope! I like him bunches already. Mainly because - and ooh, this would make some people sputter - he reminds me so much of Ten. Which I know is just a bit backwards, but hey, I saw Ten BEFORE Four, so it makes sense to me.

People have said that David Tennant borrows most from the Fourth and Fifth Doctors in his own performance, and now it's retrospectively obvious where he's been channeling Four. He's got a lot of similar physical mannerisms that he gives Ten, like the pop-eyed toothy grin and the excited exclamations from the back of his throat. Which is full of win, and now I can't wait to see what parts of the Fifth Doctor he's channeling, too.

There's just one major problem with starting to get more into Classic Who, though: NOW, when I read fanfic, I hear Ten's lines in Tom Baker's voice!

Which is, oh god, DO NOT WANT. MAKE IT STOP.

I really hope that side effect goes away, or fanfic will be forever ruined.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (Callisto)
The July 2007 issue of Scientific American has an article called, "The Evolution of Cats." It's unfortunately not available online, though, or I'd link you guys.

From the "key concepts" summary:


  • The family history of the cat has been murky because cat fossils are sparse and difficult to tell apart. But advances in the study of DNA have made it possible to construct the first clearly resolved family tree for cats.

  • The DNA evidence shows that all living cats trace back to a pantherlike predator that lived in Southeast Asia 10.8 million years ago. The great roaring cats were the first to branch off; seven other lineages followed.


...And apparently the domestic cat comes from the most recent branch ancestor, which lived 3.4 million years ago!

I opened the magazine to the page showing the "cat family tree" and held it in front of Callisto's nose today. (See my icon; that's Callisto, the biggest of our four.)

ME: Look, Callisto! It's your genealogy!

CALLISTO: *sniffsniff* *looks at me: IZ NOT EDEEBALL!*

ME: Well, you're not supposed to eat it, cat.

CALLISTO: *disdain* *rolls over* *look: PLZ TO BE RUBBIN MAH BELIE*


Conversations with him generally go something along those lines.

In other news - because everyone's doing it, and it's actually rather attractive - my personality.info badge )
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (uncertainty - you are here)
A personal essay of sorts I wanted to record:

A lengthy history of my relationship with my sister and art )

R.I.P

Feb. 10th, 2003 08:23 pm
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (Default)
I have to thank everyone who responded to my last couple of posts. So many people here know what it's like to lose a pet, and I love you all for the support.

But, you know what? It's okay.

My mom and my sister got hit harder. I think they were only thinking of what they were losing.

But I kept thinking of...the day we met him in the pet store. And how he was caged up in that white wire box, and how he cried in there. New cats and dogs got little glass displays. But he didn't have a pedigree. He was a mutt, and an abused stray. Who would want him? So he got this little cage, and everybody who came into that store looking for a pet passed him by.

But we weren't looking for a pet.

I remember how he reached out to claw me, so desperate to get my attention and love. And I remember when we noticed his whiskers were short and curled and black, and the pet store owner told us his whiskers had been burned off with a lighter.

Here: he was a scrapper. Born a scrapper, died a scrapper. And when you're a scrapper...you get all the bad breaks. All of them. You learn to take care of yourself. And pick yourself up every time you get knocked down, and lick your wounds clean, and try again.

But every once in a long while, you get a clean shot at something good. And I believe that's what happened to Lester.

So really...I'm not that sad. I sort of think he got what he deserved; when he died, he had a family that loves him. And if he had to go, well, that makes it all worth it, doesn't it? I think so.

And I think he'd agree if he could.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (Default)
Today my room got cleaned out a bit *gasp*, because a whole bunch of crap old schoolwork is being tossed out, and what did I uncover? "The Kid", by Dan Savage.

Dan's the man! )

The cat has been chasing a moth around the living room tonight, including between my legs...it's so cute. I haven't seen the ole' fatso this active in a long time. She keeps crying, it's really cute.

I need to go to bed. After I eat.

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