Aug. 30th, 2017 11:31 pm
ysobel: (Default)
Ahahaha um. Despite not having seen Fiddler on the Roof in ages, I randomly got one line of one song going through my head persistently. But it took me forever to place it. I had notes and rhythm and *wrong fucking words*.

I don't know why Fiddler occurred to me tonight as a possibility, nor why I was able to grab the right song on the first try. It's from Tevye's "dream" sequence, the bit where dead relatives are congratulating him on his daughter's wedding to someone other than the guy she's pledged to, and the line in question is Tevye's "you must have heard wrong, Grandma, there's no tailor" -- except all I could think for several days was "da da da daaa daaa, daaaa daaa, he's no oyster".

...kind of not the same.

Brains are weird.


Aug. 12th, 2017 01:56 am
ysobel: (Default)
I was going to complain about how my brain keeps trumpifying the songs going through my head. "Oh, I stuck my head in a little trump's hole" and "hey, mr tangerine man..." and the like. (As opposed to skunk and tambourine.$

And being awake at 1:30 and feeling smartass, I was going to jokingly refer to the first of these songs as "the song about boundaries skunks"


I realized

it really fucking *is* a song about boundaries

and this is somehow (see also the fact that it's 1:30 and I should be asleep) blowing my mind.

(For those not familiar with the song -- there are several tunes, and some variants, but it starts: oh I stuck my head in a little skunk's hole, and the little skunk said well bless my soul, take it out, take it out, take it out, remoooooove it. Well I didn't take it out, and the little skunk said, if you don't take it out you will wish you were dead, take it out, take it out, take it out, remoooooove it. ...and tl;dr the narrator gets sprayed and "phew! I removed it ,,, too late". As a kid this is the epitome of hilarity. As someone who is struggling with enforcing boundaries? It's ... kind of profound in a weird way.

I'm a dork

Jul. 4th, 2017 11:30 pm
ysobel: (Default)
...the epitome of Independence Day, for me, is not so much official fireworks -- and definitely not about personal ones -- so much as lying in bed afterwards, eyes closed, listening to 1812 Overture on repeat, waving my hands during the fun bits like I'm conducting.



Nov. 22nd, 2016 06:28 pm
ysobel: (idiot with a garbage bag)
My apartment may not have drop bears -- wrong country and all -- but it sure as fuck has drop kittens.

Loki (who, despite the eternal 'kitten' moniker, is over a year old and probably at least 11 lbs) launched himself *downward* from the top tier of the 7' cat tree, smacking my face (far side!) and upper chest as he bounced off me and onto the ground.

He didn't draw blood, but I had to check...

(Note to self: check cat tree occupancy status before approach)
ysobel: (Default)
...or at least Ravelry famous.

So, okay: there has been this gigantic tempest in a teapot about sheep designs. Item A: a cute hat design with sheep, which became fairly popular. Item B: a different designer made a matching cowl, with an added alpaca but mostly very similar because matching, and released it as a pattern. Cue indignation because designer B didn't get designer A's permission and therefore stole her work. (It would have been apparently okay to have done it as a personal project but how dare she release the instructions!) Not helping was the fact that Designer A was working on her own cowl. Also not helping was the fact that designer B released the pattern and headed off to Rhinebeck, thus allowing for indignant "it's been a while DAY how have you not taken this down yet". As well as "I'm buying the cowl from the REAL designer" when Item C, designer A's matching cowl, got released. (It's worth pointing out that A started out free but changed to paid; item C is a paid pattern; item B was released for free.)

Relatedly, Designer A released a sheepy Christmas ornament pattern and, when someone pointed out a similar pre-existing pattern, designer A made a fuss about taking her pattern down to respect copyright.

Some of us watching this whole thing got kind of eye-rolly about how much fuss was being made. So I commented, in one of my forums, that I was tempted to do my own design with (sheep)(sheep)(tall alpaca)(sheep), in the approximate shape of a hand with the middle finger raised. A Paint-drawn mockup ensued.

Then someone pointed out that I should make the pair of sheep loop like boobs, and the alpaca like a penis, just because lol. So I did a Paint mockup of that. And then charted it out. And then wrote up a PDF. And then added it to rav. Explicitly under a Creative Commons Atteibution license allowing for unlimited use, distribution, modification, imitation, etc.

Now: Ravelry has a "hot right now" ranking of patterns that are being looked at right now. I was curious to see if I could get my design in the top 20 list.

So I watched as it climbed... third page of hot-right-now sorting ... second page ... first page ... top 20 ... past the Item A hat ... past the Item C cowl ... into the top 5 ...

Right now, it is the top fucking pattern in the HRN list.


(Link for posterity, image NSFW: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/menagerie-2 )
ysobel: (fail)
Emphasis mine:

"The symptoms of bunions include irritated skin around the bunion, foot falling off, pain when walking, webbed toes, joint redness and pain, and possible shift of the big toe toward the other toes."

ysobel: A kitten staring at its reflection; text: through the looking glass (through the looking glass)
Browsing Audible, and came across this:

Game of thrones (asoiaf 1) runs 33 hrs and 50 mins.
Book 2 runs 37 hrs and 18 mins
Book 3? 47 hrs and 37 mins

For comparison, HP book 1 is 8 hrs and 33 mins. The longest book, OOtP, is 27 hrs and 2 mins. LotR is 19 hrs and 11 mins (FotR) + 16 hrs and 40 mins (TTT) + 18 hrs and 18 mins (RotK) for a total of 54h9m.


Sadly, one cannot search Audible's catalogue by length...
ysobel: (Default)
Dude, I just had a revelation

You know how sometimes cats freak out at nothing?

*They're totally seeing Pokemon*


Jul. 14th, 2016 09:29 pm
ysobel: (Default)
Apparently I blew my mom's mind with the concept of aphantasia.

I mentioned it offhand as part of telling her about a thing yesterday that involved a guided meditation -- which has never worked for me, but now I at least know why -- and I could practically hear her thoughts screech to a halt, and she spent twenty minutes asking me about various things and going "huh".

The best metaphor I was able to come up with was -- the number 1 has a visual representation but there also is the concept of one, and I can hold in my mind the concept of one-ness but don't get a numeral or a word or a representational dot. So I can have the concept of a tree or beach or sunset in my mind, but there's no image.

(I do have the aural equivalent of visualization, though most often it manifests as uncontrolled earworms, not deliberately generated sense memory. I also do dream in images, which isn't true for all aphantasics but isn't uncommon either, since again it's a conscious vs unconscious divide.)

My mom was just ... floored by the whole thing. I guess if my revelation/discovery about people actually being able to see things is like someone who's colorblind being told red and green are actually different for other people, she's allowed to be surprised at colorblindness existing.
ysobel: (welsh)
When am I going to ever need to say "I want 91 apples"????

I mean, really.

(Dw I eisiau nau deg un afal)
ysobel: (welsh)
I have no idea why welsh is so much fun for me; it has no practical use. (Spanish is useful in California; Russian is useful with a Russian aide; German is useful for reading the books I own in German; welsh is completely and utterly random.)

But anyway. One thing that amuses me is that at least so far, if I blank on the Welsh word for something, more often than not "phonetic with some w'a and y's thrown in" works. I was given the audio for the welsh word for burger, which sounded like berger, but then I went "...not welsh enough" and changed it to byrger. Which was correct.

I do realize that a lot of that is that I am still in the early stages and Duo is giving me easier words. (For example, the translation given for "hello" is helo, and the translation for "sorry" is sori, and I'm sure there are welshier equivalents; and the vocab is skewed towards Lots Of Things What Are Similar -- bacwn and reis and jins and trowsus and sgert and pasta and lemon and pitsa and tost and coffi -- it's not entirely that, but I suspect there's a higher proportion of loanwords/cognates than in overall welsh.

On the non-loanword side, I find it easy to remember the word for cheese. (Caws, pronounced like English cows.) And it somehow amuses me that dress is ffrog.
ysobel: (Default)
...the sort of profound that comes at midnight-thirty when one was out way past ones bedtime and is therefore still too wound up to sleep.

Okay, so. I was singing "On Top of Spaghetti" in my head for no particular reason (earlier I was out-loud singing "thwre was an old lady who swallowed a fly" but I couldn't remember what came after the dog, though I have since looked that up), and there is the more commonly known short version, and then there is the version that I learned with an additional verse.

lyrics, full version )

The bracketed section is not always included. Now, without that verse, the moral makes sense: meatballs are yummy (assuming one is not vegetarian), dirty mushy meatball remains much less so. But *with* the additional verse -- dude, if sacrificing one meatball gave me a magic meatball tree the next year? Hell yeah that's worth it!

(Of course, around here it would be "...and onto the floor, then Yahtzee was helpful, my meatball's no more", so it wouldn't get as far as the magic meatball tree stage. But still.)
ysobel: (Default)
Elsesite, someone mentioned having free Kindle erotica, then said "Let me clarify that: erotica from the Kindle store, not erotica focused on Kindles."

So, naturally, I had to do this:

"I stroked one finger in circles around the little nub, teasing, not putting pressure where she wanted me to ... my other hand caressed her spine, making her shiver under my touch ... at length I gave in to her longings and pressed down on the power button, and her screen lit up with ecstasy ..."
ysobel: (Default)
*sung-mumbled to an unnamed (and probably of problematic origin) perky children's song that's in my head but can't place*

Ohhhhhh... I feel like crap and wanna cry,
Or poke somebody in the eye,
Or eat a whole darn apple pie...
Gosh, I love my prednisone!

...and song number two...

Oh prednisone, oh prednisone,
How fucked-up are your side-effects!
You make my mood go here and there
And make me sweat, like, everywhere
Oh prednisone, oh prednisone,
How fucked-up are your side-effects!

Oh prednisone, oh prednisone,
I really dislike taking you
The anti-inflammation's great
But all the rest is cause for hate
Oh prednisone, oh prednisone,
I really dislike taking you

Oh prednisone, oh prednisone,
I can't wait til I'm done with this
You taste like shit, and what's more wrong
You made me filk this stupid song
Oh prednisone, oh prednisone,
I can't wait til I'm done with this
ysobel: (Default)
There is a Federation vessel named Valdemar.

I. I just. What. *giggle*

...Yes, all right, Valdemar is actually a valid RL name, and brief googling suggests http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdemar_Poulsen as a probable naming candidate, but still. SPARKLY TELEPATHIC HORSES IN STARFLEET wheeeee
ysobel: (learning german)
1) One of the UCD chorus songs this quarter is in Finnish (woo!) and I have practice singing Finnish so I'm mostly okay with the pronunciation except for one word: rajoilla.

Now, Finnish pronunciation dictates that j is a 'y' sound, and doubled consonants are longer, so this ought to be rah - yoy - lllllah (very crude approximation).

But I keep parsing it as Spanish, and doing rah - hoy - ya.


2) Another piece is in Russian (also woo), and there is one word that I don't sing but would consistently want to parse wrong if I did.

In Cyrillic, which I can read, it's непщевати -- and I'd be fine reading it from the Cyrillic. It's the transliteration that gets me. Transliterated, it's nepshchevati. Syllabified in the music as nep - shche - va - ti.

I look at "nep" (latin alphabet) in a Russian mindset and see it as "пер" (cyrillic alphabet), which transliterates to "per".

Which is why I'm glad it's not a word I sing, because nepshchevati and pershchevati are not close.
ysobel: (Default)
Data: "I have studied a great deal of human literature on the subject of love and romantic liaisons. There are many role models for me to emulate."

My first reaction: DATA, NO, stay away from the glitter ;_;
ysobel: A kitten in a too-big santa hat (christmas)
My mom: "Do you ever go to ... [thinks, fails to recall] ... that place dot com?"

I sort of snarfed coffee.



Happy Christmas and/or Yuletide and/or Wednesday. ♥
ysobel: (dork)
Mom asks about my current crochet project. I cheerfully show her the third-of-a-sphere I have, made from green yarn. She asks what it will be.

Under the assumption that pictures are best, I show her this picture. (Pattern is here.)

Mom: ... ... ...is that an octopus?
Me: Nope! Issa cute'n cuddly little Elder God!
Mom: ...
Me: Well, he usually is depicted like this [google image search for cthulhu], so less cute and cuddly, but...
Mom: ... Elder god?
Me: Cthulhu?
Mom: ...
Me: From the works of H.P. Lovecraft?
Mom: ...

Yep. That went well.
ysobel: (Default)
So I went to see Elysium last night, and the three non-spoilery things I took away:

1) I really wish OSC weren't such a homophobic [insert eloquent, appropriate, non-problematic but suitably insulting phrase], because I want to see Ender's Game.

2) Thor 2 comes out the weekend after my birthday. I should totally do a rewatch of Thor/Avengers and then go to the movie.

3) There were conversations in Spanish, and while I still needed the subtitles to know what was being said, I actually understood a fair amount of it holy crap it's almost like learning stuff is USEFUL!


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