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January 1, 2008 [1010|1010/20000] [Jan. 1st, 2008|09:40 pm]
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Originally published at ianmcorvidae.net. You can comment here or there.

As some of you may have read on my Writing page or a few posts ago, this year I’m intending to write 20,000 words per month as part of a group of several writers in my area, 5,000 a month each to novels and to short stories.

I will be making these daily posts every day I actually get around to writing, to update my word count and talk about what I’ve been writing.

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Privilege Meme, via syrinxkat [Jan. 1st, 2008|02:22 pm]
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That's syrinxkat  if you want a clickable link.

Bold the ones that are true for you.

The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

If you post this in your blog, please leave a comment on this post. To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the above list into your blog, and bold the items that are true for you. If you don't have a blog, feel free to post your responses in the comments.

Apparently, it's supposed to be some indicator for whether or not an individual will go to college?

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home - No, but only because we get rid of books due to space concerns (and because Bookman's and libraries have plenty of books for us)
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively - hahahaha no
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 - sort of, a debit card and it was a result of my own philandering (via PayPal)
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs - speculation, same with next one
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school - nope, didn't need to with UHS around.
Went to summer camp - sort of as an accident, but yes
Had a private tutor before you turned 18 - didn't need one, or it's possible I would have
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 - nah, why waste money? We could have, but it would be silly to do so. Savers has perfectly wearable and comfortable clothing.
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them - No, that's out of our range. Plus, we have an old broken car sitting around, I might as well use it ;)
There was original art in your house when you were a child
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child
- I'm an only child. This one's kind of a gimme :) <-- seconded
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course - why bother? I got 2330/2400 without it.
Had your own TV in your room in High School - I don't watch TV; I'm counting my computer (but damnit, I paid for that myself)
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College - they have these cool Education IRAs which naturally have to be partially in my name.
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 - how about before I turned 1?
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up - Whenever possible.
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family - Same comment as syrinxkat about not so much heating in Tucson, but still; I don't know jack about our bills. Even when I ask.

Ok, so I think I probably fit. *whistles innocently*
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WebUrbanist » Shopdropping aka Droplifting: Beginner’s Guide to the Subversive Art of Reverse Shopli [Dec. 27th, 2007|01:19 pm]
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Originally published at ianmcorvidae.net. You can comment here or there.

As the title may indicate, the article below is about an interesting new form of social commentary, or marketing, or annoyance, or all manner of other things. “Shopdropping” (also known as “Droplifting”) is the act of putting new stuff into a store (as opposed to shoplifting, which is taking things out). Documented uses include marketing one’s own product, social commentary, blunt illegality, and so forth (the article has lots of cool images and videos).

My own take on this would probably be technological; I’d very likely drop something like Ubuntu CDs in pretty packaging, for the sake of spreading usage of the OS; or even something like The Open CD (even though it’s no longer in active development), for incurable Windows users. In any case, enjoy (and include me on any good ideas… the Contact page is a great place for this)!

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D&D Character meme, via flist [Dec. 25th, 2007|06:34 pm]
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I Am A: Chaotic Neutral Elf Sorcerer (3rd Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-12

Dexterity-13

Constitution-14

Intelligence-17

Wisdom-14

Charisma-12


Alignment:
Chaotic Neutral A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom from both society's restrictions and a do-gooder's zeal. However, chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.


Race:
Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.


Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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Works in (or not in) progress, and goals [Dec. 23rd, 2007|10:55 pm]
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Originally published at ianmcorviblog. You can comment here or there.

As part of my plan to get back to actually writing something, it seemed it might be appropriate to clear up (for me, at least, and possibly for others) what exactly that entails. Therefore:

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Now with more wordiness! [Dec. 23rd, 2007|07:58 pm]
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Originally published at ianmcorviblog. You can comment here or there.

Just in case the above title was a bit cryptic, this post is here to announce my new site and blog at http://www.ianmcorvidae.net and http://www.ianmcorvidae.net/blog/. For those of you reading this from LiveJournal, I’ll still be cross-posting everything for a good while yet (if not indefinitely), so don’t worry about that; then again, considering how much I tend to post on that blog, you probably weren’t worrying anyway.

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This had to be posted. [Sep. 25th, 2007|02:03 am]
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From the Planet Debian aggregate feed (Debian is a Linux distribution, iirc):

This.

I don't know where he got it, but I was laughing out loud, quite literally, when I saw it...
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I'm certifiable... knew it. [Aug. 9th, 2007|11:36 pm]
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You're One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!

by Ken Kesey

You're crazy. This has led people to attempt to confine you to a safe
place so that you don't pose a danger to yourself or others. You feel like you pose a
great danger to the man (or maybe the woman) or whatever else is keeping you down. But
most of the time, you just end up being observed. Were you crazy before you were
confined?



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

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Ah, gotta love the random meme every so often. Make what you will of it. [Jul. 11th, 2007|06:46 pm]
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Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. harry potter score: 8
2. dancing score: 7
3. sociology score: 7
4. love score: 7
5. drawing score: 7
6. sleeping score: 6
7. rain score: 5
8. johnny depp score: 5
9. friends score: 5
10. terry pratchett score: 5
11. video games score: 5
12. musicals score: 5
13. poetry score: 5
14. slash score: 5
15. mythology score: 5
16. leather score: 4
17. anime score: 4
18. shoes score: 4
19. sex score: 4
20. stargazing score: 4

Type your username here to find out what interests it suggests for you.

coded by ixwin
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Whoo, linux. [May. 18th, 2007|10:32 pm]
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Ok, I haven't made a post in a while, so I thought I should about now :P

So, here's the cool stuff I've been doing recently. I figured out that I can set up my home computer such that I can connect to it via SSH using my laptop, from mostly anywhere (anywhere that doesn't block the ports or services...); using this, I can then attach to a convenient linuxy thing called screen, and have my IRC client and (new and improved command-line) email client (called mutt) available to me. And, I set up IRC to also do my IM stuff. Therefore, I can access the exact same login of email, IRC, and IM from anywhere with internet.

Badass. I love this sort of stuff :)
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