Not Sure if Trolling

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 11:39 am
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This is another Death!School entry. Since there's no more "did I pass?!" anxiety, I wanted to tell you about my embalming final. We can all have a laugh about it.

As you know, Embalming is the most important class I have, since I don't want to own my own funeral home. So of course, I studied like crazy for this final. Our teacher's one of those jovial-yet-eccentric types- imagine Ralph Kramden in a good, confident mood and if he ran a funeral home. Let me tell you about this final exam he gave us. I am not exaggerating or kidding about any of this.

We start off "easy" with a question any teacher would give to make sure someone is paying attention. What is the standard rate of pressure for a normal embalming case?
Two answers with the number 16 in them. One says "pounds per hour", though, when it should be "pounds per minute".

But then we get into stuff like this-

Question: What is the tool used for raising an artery or vein?
The answer is "an aneurysm hook". These were the answers we had to choose from:
a. Anuerysm hook
b. Anyuresm hook
c. Aneurysm hook
d. Anurysm hook

If you didn't look away, go to a separate page, and write "aneurysm" the way you knew how to spell it, you could get pretty confused. Especially considering there were other little typos in the exam.

Here's what's so scary about typos + questions like that.

We learned the term "Agonal algor", which is a pre-death drop in temperature. On the final exam, we were faced with this question in the true/false section:

True/False: Algonal Algor is a pre-death drop in temperature

... Did he mean to write it that way? We know it's "Agonal Algor", and it's easy to see how he could've slipped, but... if we write "true" is he gonna think we think it's "algonal"? If we write false, is he going to know it's because of the typo? And he wasn't even in the room giving us our final, so we couldn't ask. To complicate things further, right at the start of the exam, our proctors told us "For the embalming final, mark down D for question 65" so maybe he checked it for errors and maybe...

Every time I take one of his tests, I feel like if I look up at him, he'll somehow have trollface superimposed over his head and he'll be wearing a shirt that says "problem?"


Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 12:54 pm
harp: (Hooray!)
Monday: No phone call from the school so far to say that I bombed the final and need to take another one. So either they'll call early tomorrow or I'm actually clear. Clear to worry about Chemistry and all of the other things that want worrying about, that is.

Today: Got a text from classmate El. Dean Smith made all the scary phone calls yesterday, and since I didn't get one, that means I'm moving on to semester two of McAllister School for Deathcraft and Deathery.

The next semester starts on the last day of the month. I'll be looking at
Chemistry (Aieee scary! D:)
Pathology (wherein we sit and listen to the teacher describe various diseases and we imagine we're getting them)
Color and Cosmology (make the dead sexy)
Accounting (Yeeeeah, math... I don't know how to math...)
Anatomy II (bones, bones, bones)
Other classes I can't recall right now

And, of course, embalming II. Every week, there's a thing called "Morgue" which is 'zactly what it sounds like- we go to the morgue and we embalm John and Jane Does. I really wish I could take pictures, but that would get me kicked out of school quicker than blinking :(

Going to go search for youtube videos about chemistry now. Wish this headache would go away.
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And I'm studying like a mad eejit with these self-quizzes I made.


And then watch as the reality is:

:( Save me, Santa Muerte.

Good news: We got a mock Anatomy final. I was convinced, on leaving, that I'd gotten a 60 at best. A few days later, Professor MicroBio Teacher came in and said that the grades were abysmal and that she was worried for us.
Got back my grade, fully expecting a big ol' F. Instead, got an 86. Which is my lowest grade in anatomy, but far better than I expected. Guess I do know the stuff and I don't need to puke myself sick over that final, at least.

Ah well, back to Biz Law. Don't take offense if I'm wickedly silent until the 10th.
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For now, my biggest concerns are:

Business Law Final
Anatomy Mock-Final / Embalming Final
Small Business Final

The way it's set up, even with grosser than gross law grades, a decent-ish grade on the final will solve the problem completely and forever. The students are huddling together out of a common dislike for the teacher (most of them; I can't seem to find it in me to dislike him) and everyone's helping everyone.

Of course, I'm all worried-like. To think that one failed class will get you kicked out of the school. No exaggeration, people; that's how it goes. I'll know everything by April 9th.

Wicked as it is, sometimes the only thing that helps is knowing that there are other people in the class that wish they only had one "all or nothing" final.

Chemistry is a Monster )
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There's an all-day tutorial on the Circulatory system tomorrow, so I won't be able to make the [ profile] ontdcreepy FFA. This saddens me.

Today seems like a good day to lose friends and alienate people.
You might not like this entry. Click back as soon as you can, for I promise you that it's not going to get any better as it goes along.

The Etymology Psycic Appears )
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I've been staying after school every day this week, just reviewing anatomy and studying with the white board. Tried to get others to stay, too, but they mostly all live closer than I do and don't have as annoying a commute. I don't blame them; the school's effing freezing >C

But it was worth it today. We went over circulation to and from the abdomen, the hepatic portal, and the venous return, and everyone was like "BWUH?!" but Harp was like ":3 Learned it yesterday :3 :3 :3". Not out loud, but inwardly. I'm allowed to be secretly happy about that, because my grade in Business Law is vile >:C Guess it's time for reviewing that spit all next week.

And besides, I left an anon message on the whiteboard to help. See, all the arteries in the abdominal circulation are paired left and right, and we'll get points taken off if we aren't specific (As in "Left Superior Mesenteric Artery" >P ). Stay with me, now... the superior and inferior Mesenteric arteries (blood for the small et large intestines) are the only ones without a left and right. So on the board:

Mesenteric Arteries = ME-centric Arteries. (No sharing) (No left or right)

Which looks like a joke Rapunzel'd make. "Mesenteric arteries? Moar liek Me-Centeric LUULLLL amirite?"

OH! OH! SPEAKING OF WHICH! In microbiology, we're learning about controling microbes and stuff, so we're getting definitions like this:

Sepsis: Condition resulting from the presence of pathogenic bacteria
Asepsis: The absence of microbes from a given object
AntiSepsis: Process by which bacterial growth is inhibited on living tissue

And then we get the levels of controlling said microbes, which include "Disinfection" (chemicals directly onto the inanimate object), and Sterilization (destroying all life on an object).

So of course, I'm wondering, "They should put a bacteria into the bacteria. But they should put a bacteria within that bacteria to kill it."

That process, of course, would be called


(I don't feel like hearing it right now, so next week, the Psycic Cometh)
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I bet we get a new anatomy teacher next year, especially if they merge our class with the group that started in September. I hope they do, because trying to self-teach anatomy is getting exhausting. For everyone! Our first circulation test was so bad (one person passed) that a re-test was given Friday.

"Yeah, I don't even pay attention in class anymore. I tune it out and read it by myself while she talks."
- Unnamed classmate from "the A-Team"

The Psychology test on Thursday was a lot of fun, though. It was scantron, which means nothing we write on the exam paper will be counted.

Answer the following with A for Grief Therapy, B for Grief Counseling, C for Grief Support Group
#34. A young hospice worker who had been working with a patient every Tuesday is trying to come to terms with the death of her patient before she is assigned a new one. What would you recommend?
Scantron Answer- A
Written on the paper: "Tuesdays With Maury". It might not help, but it's a good book, and she might appreciate the irony.

The Etymology Psychic is coming, and the predictions are upsetting.
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Business Law, Small Business Management, Anatomy, Microbiology, History of Funeral Service, Sociology of Funeral service, Embalming, and Funeral Home directing. Those are the tests I have next week. This week, rather.

I am doing just terribly in those first two. You would not believe how bad. Well... technically I'm only doing badly in one of them, but I'm not sure which because we have them both on Mondays and I can't tell one test from another. So I'll just say I'm doing poorly in both.

Doctor MicroBio says it's because I put all my studying effort into Anatomy and Microbiology. She has a point, but at the same time, I can't help it. I'm not good at science. Or I don't think that I am, which is just as bad (psychologically speaking) when it comes to tests so if I don't study extra hard for those things,

This is kind of a "hell of an unsatisfactory situation" having tests in all of these. It also doesn't help much that for law and business, there's this "feck-all" attitude because we don't talk about death. But it's required.

I always hate reading about people's grades and how they're doing in school, which is why the cut is here. Additional thoughts and lulz about said classes follow.

Sociology of Funeral Service
Confession: I have trolled in this class.

It was the second time meeting and I was still shy. Our teacher, a dear woman who is very enthusiastic, was doing the "go-around-the-room-and-make-each-person-answer" thing, and she asked me twice to speak up. "If you're going to be a funeral director, you've gotta be outgoing and speak up!" She had a point, yes. Just not one that applied to me. I was feeling like I had a spotlight on me already, and then, a few minutes later

Teacher: In fact, what's your religion? *Points to the first person in the first row*
First person: Catholicism
Teacher *points to next person*
Next person: Anglican

Dear God, that's a bit of a personal question, isn't it? I don't really want to-

Teacher: *Points to Harp*
Harp: *Says something quietly*
Teacher: What was that?
Harp: *A little louder, but not understood*
Teacher: Wait, what was that?
Harp: *dead pokerface*... Cthulhuism
Teacher: I... what's that?
Harp: It's a subsection of Lovecraftianism.
Teacher: Is that like Paganism?
Harp: Not at all.
Teacher: Can you spell that for us? *Writes on the board "Cthulhuism" and "Lovecraftianism"* Alright! I'm going to have to look that up! *Moves on to next person*
Harp: *Feels better*

I regret nothing. Shuttie.

Additional Lul )

And on Friday, unexpectedly, the super-duper-mega adorable cute girl with the striped scarf walked right up next to me on the start of the walk home. "Hey, Harp! I thought about you last week!" she said, "My friend was telling me about a geeky burlesque show and last week's theme was Cthulhu!" We talked the eight/ten blocks home. I barely noticed the walk.

I better get the heck to sleep. Feels better now that I got all of that out. Really should X-post this to my DeadJournal.
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Derping around in the kitchen, thinking about livejournal and how much it's changed and how much things in general have changed. That was at around 5:17.

As of 5:19 PM today, I have decided to officially start making my way off of the fence and towards, er... Bronyness. Brony-Dom? Whatever, joining the herd.

It's not so much the show, although I do find it super cute. It's the fandom. The adult men. I need more grown up men in my life, friendly ones at that. More adults in general. I miss the Harry Potter fandom of LJ and those grown up people. With the series over, we've sort of disbanded a lot and the only people left are the idiots on Tumblr. They really are idiots, too; I'm rather shocked. Potterheads at LJ/journalfen/FictionAlly have mostly fought ourselves tired and stopped giving a darn if Joe Schmoe across the street likes Harry/Molly and not Harry/Bellatrix. While we have retired to a life of reading our own ships, it seems that on Tumblr, everything got distilled into the purest form of emotion and hedonism, strained through a cheesecloth to catch any thought at all. It's all sensory over there. No words. Nice for pictures, but breeding ground for stupid. And those, unfortunately, are the most active in the Potter Fandom right now.

Potter Fandom's Potted.
My usual RP partners are mostly M.I.A
Fangirls have utterly taken over yaoi and (please don't be alarmed) have made me utterly bored with male slash. Can you believe that? Used to be that if two men sat next to each other, I'd be writing fanfic about them in my head. Nowadays, they could cart in thirty pairs of gay couples and have them all make out in front of me, and I'd be like

You've finally done it, yaoi fans. You've killed one of your own veterans. You've perv'd the market out, oversaturated, given a bad name to the fans, but ultimately, you've gotten your spoiled rotten way in that it's all over the place and you can swim in it now. I look at the rainbow pool of manlove you're all splashing in and I want to care about it again, but...

So I'm off to watch ponies.
And I can't even bring myself to care about shipping them beyond thinking that some of the innocent fan art is cute.

I miss the spinoff jokes and pictures and memes. I'm going to get in on the Brony scene. They seem like cool friends. It's going to be painful, I'm sure (with the irrational Brony hatred) and I'm sure that my more BAWing friends will have something to say about the word "Brony" but in general, those are my mean, nasty, hateful friends, so I don't care.

Anybody got an icon of Flim and Flam for me? Oz? I need one.

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Sunday, February 5th, 2012 08:28 pm
harp: (Gaga Bright)
Good lord, I hate Business Law and Small Business management. I don't even want to open my own funeral home, not in a billion, squillion years. Just want to be an embalmer. Work for an established funeral home, have an embalming lab down in the basement decorated with glass jars on a shelf. Listen to audio books during work. >:C

But it's required, those dumb classes, since most people want their own funeral homes. A million pain-in-the steps and forms, people try to sue you, property taxes, re-ordering inventory, having to set up the whole thing, insurance, employees, blegh. What's the appeal in that? Money, I guess. For them. But if I'm getting paid enough for rent, internet, and a cat (and food, I suppose?), the rest is just emergency money.

Tunica Adventitia, Pleural Cavity, Aponeurosis
There's so darn much anatomy to do. Tuesday: A test on everything we've learned since January. In theory, it's not too bad, but I'm not sure what I don't know. If that makes sense. I feel like I know everything I need to know, which makes me wonder what I'm not...

I'm boring myself with this entry even. Jeez.

Distal Thoughts
No art for a while. My computer has something most dreadfully wrong with it and will not go past the start screen, and if I tried fixing it now, I'd just end up upsetting myself big time, so it's the Netbook for now. Un/fortunately, netbook doesn't have a tablet hookup.

You were all right about not being paranoid about The A-Team Deathschool Clique. They wouldn't shun a person if they slipped up. Still, I don't want to slip up. Imagine if every single one of them gets inducted into the Death Eaters and I don't? Of all the worst things that could happen that wou-

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The first three tests (Microbiology, Anatomy, Funeral Directing) went incredibly well. The one we had on embalming on Friday... not so well. Fortunately, I'm not the only one.

Our very first test was on the history of embalming, and wow, is there a lot of history. Who invented the Trochar? Who got caught photographed embalming in the Civil War and made it so that we have to get licenses? Who invented embalming fluid? Who was the first black embalmer?

Professor M must've known we were worried, because he trolled us gewd with the first test. I kid you not, these are some of the items in the "match the name to the things" part of the exam:

"Discovered Capillaries"
"Invented the Trochar"
"Father of embalming"
"Father of modern embalming"
"Embalmed Lincoln"
"Did none of these things"

And then this one: "Derp's Catacomb is named after him" with Joe Derp and William Derp right next to each other as options in the names column.

The first black embalmer was a man named Prince Greere. The other class had that as a multiple choice question. With the other answers multiple spellings of Greere, including "Green". I could practically see the trollface/rage comic spawning from that. I'll probably make it one.

Asexual People Not-Problems for Skipping )

English Major Hack

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 08:32 pm
harp: (Usagi... er)
This entry is tl;dr bo-ring me ranting about Anatomy I class, so instead, why don't you LOL at some RP inside(ish) jokes?

Feel it, Breathe it, Believe it, And you'll be walking on air )

No Barrier Fun!

Monday, January 9th, 2012 07:57 pm
harp: (Gaga Bright)
[ profile] fracturates wanted pictures from my embalming text book, so here they are. I'm Friends-locking this because I'm paranoid about this being something I'm not supposed to do as a student. Iunno. Dear Mr. Harp, you are being kicked out of the school for scaring everybody with scary pictures from your text book. We are trying to make funeral directors less scary, Goddamnit! Love, Funeral Directors

Body Shots, lulz )
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Heiyo Death School!


No picture this week, but I'm updating at least. Right! )

Who wants pictures from my embalming book?! :DDD

I'm Listening

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 06:05 pm
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Can someone explain to me how the heck I got from Humon's DeviantArt page to Vivid Random Existence only by following links?

It's always tempting to read those kinds of things with your mind already made up, "Eeeew!"ing all the way through, but I figured that I have all sorts of strange and different friends that only seem strange and scary from a distance. As Lovecraft said, the oldest type of fear is fear of the unknown. So I went reading that because really, none of us (at least nobody I know) knows exactly what those people feel like.

It really doesn't make a difference what I think about it, but here are my thoughts:

1. Firstly, I feel honestly and profoundly sorry for Zoophiliacs. It must suck to be sexually attracted to something that everyone else says is bad/wrong/disgusting automatically. We really should consider how good we have it if we're sexually attracted to something that most people would say "yeah, so what? No1Curr" about.

I often think about how lucky I am to not have a body/mind that produces feelings of being sexually attracted to anything. Especially after looking at how much of a hassle it is for other people!

2. My only issue with people performing the actual act is, of course, for the safety of the animal. If the animal is being hurt, confused, distressed, stressed, or unhappy about it, then that's totes not ok. After reading a few articles, it looks like it's the same deal with any sex act that's done out of genuine attraction- the (whatever)lover loves (whatever) and doesn't want to hurt them.

Makes sense. With rapists and child abusers, it's about an easy target. What they do doesn't speak of any kind of attraction.

3.The author talks about, quote "tonic immobility, a condition in which an animal is in a natural state of paralysis. However, this alone does not equate to being “unethical”[. Y]es, the human possesses more knowledge than the gator he’s having sex with, but whose to say that makes it any more or less ethical? After all, sharks in the wild have sex all the time with each other while they’re under tonic immobility.
That's not really fair. When sharks do that, it's probably more to do with reproduction, so people shouldn't be allowed to get the same pass.

4. From the Blog:
"I also understand (and agree with) the argument that intercourse with a python is unethical. So I went on the Internet to see if I could find alternatives. Sure enough, I did. What I found was information about zoophiles who “ethically love” pythons — for example, they will let the Burmese python slither around on their naked bodies. From a utilitarian point of view, this is a perfectly acceptable activity because neither the human nor the python is being harmed.

Upon further reading, I also discovered that people ethically love pythons by using masturbation; zoophiles who are attracted to small animals often use masturbation techniques in order to avoid what would be cruel intercourse. Again, from a utilitarian point of view, a person who lets a python slither around their naked body and masturbates is not causing either of them (the human or python) harm; however, whether one would count this as “bestiality” is questionable since intercourse never occurs."

I would not be one bit surprised if I found out that most of my friends were into this. Or if I found out that any of my friends was. In fact, I don't think that anyone would be surprised by this. "Oh, you like it when a snake slithers around on you while you get off? Sounds like a music video."

If when these situations came up, or the word "Zoophile" came up, people would take the time to ask "what exactly do you mean by that?" instead of shutting down completely, we might have a bit more peace in the world. But I can't even fault them for getting skeeved out just from hearing the word. It's textbook psychology. The only time people ever hear that word, it's in the context of a joke involving horrendous animal abuse. Schemas get formed. They can't help it.

If only people would realize that they'e working under the influences of schemas, they could decide "is this a time when it could harm me to follow my schematic instincts?" If someone has informed you that you've just left your pet with a person who practices bestiality, then yes, you ought to go running just to make sure. If you're presented with a book or article written on the subject of zoophilia and you have some spare time, then no, that's the time to realize that a little education might be interesting.
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Hurricane Irene Playlist that I intend to share with the FFA today. I'm going to ask them if they have any suggestions. Speaking of which, I better head down to 4shared... got some more songs to download.

And I'm absolutely going to try walking around in the hurricane, yes I am. I don't want to be stuck inside with unpleasant... ness. So I'll either be outside or inside at the ONTD_Creepy FFA.

Drawing "Rapunzel Dormir's Rainy Day Karaoke and Drinks Fortress" is a good idea, but like most of them it'll pass. Man I should really... I should call her...

Wait For It...

Friday, August 26th, 2011 06:45 pm
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So the news reporters are all "Irena's coming!"

So I guess I should be like

But instead, I'm like

Which means that when the hurricane does the worst it can possibly do to me (which is to knock out my power and internet) I'll be quite like

But everything has been charged up and a gameboy and good lighting and a shytt-ton of candles which were supposed to be for the woods) are right here in the Harp Cave, so I'm good. Though I maybe better get out to the woods to secure some of my stuff down... in fact, I really better do that now.

In case any of you get worried and want to check on stuff, the area I'm around is Monroe/Tuxedo/Chester.

In case I'm not back for a while (though really, how would you know; not like I update every day...) I want to give you my stupid RPG inside jokes Tumblr

See y'soon.
(Hell, it's not even raining yet)
harp: (Theodore)
Driving lessons commence next week, and so do my adventures as the washer of the dead ( :D) I'm mostly writing this because I need very badly to cheer the eff up. I have a feeling it's the main cause of my recent medical troubles.

Cut warning: If you're one of my brothers that hasn't yet started T and today isn't the day you need to hear someone go on and on about their own, don't touch the cut.

Werds )

Now for something fun! Logical Fall and [ profile] sugar_for_sugar won the FFA Creepy Contest, so I drew them both as Hogwarts Student ghosts.

Sad Ravenclaw Logic and Sugar Hufflepuff who was forgotten in detention )

Oh, I Shuldn't

Friday, August 5th, 2011 12:53 pm
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I really shouldn't go looking at things like this on Tumblr, but... but it's just so fu-hu-hunny that I can't resist.

For the linkpobic, a rundown-

Anon says: "About the spelling ableism. That is ridiculous, that's like saying people who are able to walk and do so are discriminating against people who can't."

Blog owner replies: "um, I didn’t say that spelling “correctly” is an act of discrimination, the idea that there is a “correct” way to spell something is oppressive. I love the ridiculous nonsensical analogies that privilege-denying assholes always give me— it doesn’t work to take a thought and apply it to something across the board. Anyway, read this zine before you ask any more questions please, I’m not willing to have a conversation about this if you don’t make any attempt to educate yrself:"

... Did you miss it? One more time!

"um, I didn’t say that spelling “correctly” is an act of discrimination, the idea that there is a “correct” way to spell something is oppressive. I love the ridiculous nonsensical analogies that privilege-denying assholes always give me— it doesn’t work to take a thought and apply it to something across the board. Anyway, read this zine before you ask any more questions please, I’m not willing to have a conversation about this if you don’t make any attempt to educate yrself:"

So tempted to click on the "ableism" tag... must... resist...


Thursday, August 4th, 2011 12:33 pm
harp: (Watch The Language!)
Promise I'll get back to my drawing and links and fun things next post. This one's sort of important.

While I don’t know what most of you look like, I can think of only three perople on my Flist who might relate to what I’m saying (because I’ve spoken to them directly about it). I swear that the entry’s only reason for existing is to say this- “Here are some downsides I’ve noticed regarding my weight”.
I mean, I'd like it if someone on my flist read this and for the first time got to open up and have a happy!bitching session about being skinny, and I'd like it if someone read this and it reaffirmed a "healthy is the real ideal" (or "thin isn't a rose garden") mentality, but I'm keeping the goals real here. And even though this is my journal, if I said something you thought was wrong, tell me. I tried not to use the word "fat" because... Iunno, it kinda feels like a "that's our word" kinda thing.

The last thing I want this entry to look like is this. Hell yes I’m asexual. Hell no, I don’t think I’m “oppressed”. I know I’ve got it pretty good as far as sexualities and genetics. I know that the unkind remarks made about my weight are really lacking. I know that there are plenty of people that wish they had my “problem” of having long bouts of disliking food.

Harpsiccord journal entry explaining the dangerous/emotional side of my weighty issue. Click it if you get too mad at this entry.

About Being a Slenderman )

Sleep, Walker

Friday, July 29th, 2011 06:37 am
harp: (Electric Blue)
Previous Post: The Friending Meme. The responses were great, but there are a few of you that haven't yet given it a try, or who have filled it out but been too nervous to leave comments on other comments. It's a mixer!


Guess I should get to posting what I've been meaning to, but just like with other things, I'll probably put it off out of fear/anxiety. It's way too easy to get stuck in places. Or so it seems at 6:27 AM (current time). But it's early, so I'm just going to wait a bit for the day to get better.

Next post will probably be the one that I expect only two or four people on my F-list will like and the rest will really, really dislike. This post ends with Val Walker, a poorly raised vampire stuck in the Jazz Era. He likes shacking up in crummy apartments with lovestruck mortals involved in the jazz scene (musicians, jazz club employees, singers), spending all night in jazz clubs, and crashing beneath beds or in bathtubs.

If you decide you like pictures of sleep-related stuff, There's Sleep Away which is nothing but sleepy-related stuff!

(no subject)

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 09:32 pm
harp: (Theodore)
Out to the city tomorrow to get my Hepatitis B immunity test- two hours on the bus, then another hour on the train. But it's (supposedly) better than catching the hep.

I have lots of fantastic words to say about etymology and Kevin James and tumblr and fishing float nets and netbooks and all of that... but the bus gets here at 6:40 AM, so I'd better go to bed now. Even my art's gonna be an unfinished piece this time. Jordan's unfinished birthday gift.

Conor about to be mauled by a cougar )
harp: (Upside-Down)
There are an awful lot of Radical PCers on livejournal. I'm not talking about reasonable feminists, homosexuals, and transpeople. Not at all. I'm talking about Radical!Queers, Radical!Wyminn, Radical!Not-Racists. People who are so not-racist, sexist, or homophobic that they loop around and turn a hateful eye on all non women, non ethnic people, and non-queers. I call them BAW-ers.

Comforting to know that as an FTM, a person has two options with BAWers :
1- Be read as a guy and get lumped in with every single male ever and get blamed for everything
2- Come out as trans so they back the Hell off of us, but get seen as not really a guy but a "poor thing, let's humor him".

Shoot, I don't want to constantly have to talk about "blah blah I'm trans" because I don't wanna be that guy, but they sure don't give us many options. And a few of 'em are too proud to even take it back after a person comes out and says "excuse me, Capslock Harry,I just happen to be one of the people you're supposedly fighting for."

They really don't like us unless we're pots of misery whining and crying about how miserable our lives are because of who we are and how we can't do anything about it. We're totally helpless. New theory: BAWers just have a huge surpressed humiliation/discipline/punishment/sadism kink for women and queers and are fapping to the thought of us being oppressed.

They're twice as destructive as the fiercest Limbaugh Stan. Limbaugh stans will vote to take away our rights. BAWers:

* Are "Screw rehab, nail all offenders to the wall" ("It's not my job to educate you!") They are anti-intellectual. What do they hope to accomplish by yelling and raging and accusing people of being (blank)ists?

* Will accuse their own peers of high treason and sleeping with the enemy if said peers have different opinions (The mod of Trans_Rage and the old mods of queer_rage come to mind)

* Make those of us who are in the minority feel as though everyone hates us. They're like a cult- "All of them hate you. Look, see what he just said? It means he hates you. I'm your only friend. I'm the only one who accepts what a freak you are."

* Make others spend energy doing damage control for their stupidity. I often imagine that we're all on a wooden boat, and they're running around boring holes into the hull and we're running after them trying to patch the holes with duct tape.

* Make us second-guess ourselves when we're offended. "I feel hurt, but what if I'm just being a whiny crybaby like them. I don't want people to think I'm them."

* Give the real bad guys cannon fodder when we try to talk about a real problem ("Oh, they cry about everything. Whatever, I'm sick of it.")

* Turn would-be allies' rationality into contrition and spite.

*Drive would-be allies away with their constant accusation and broad hate speech. There's a difference between an insult and a slur (Advance Protip: If you're at war with Japan, but you have Japanese friends, the following sentence will not go over well- "Oh, God, another incident. I bet they're letting the fucking nip who did this walk."
Intermediate Protip: No, not even if you add "I wasn't talking about you. You're not a nip. The nips are the bad ones."
Beginner's Protip: You know how we don't like it when people use "gay" as an insult...?
Basic! Protip: "Neckbeard" is as much of a sex-based slur as "bitch", Professor)

I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't end by saying this: Jessica Valenti is the most lovely and wonderful thing ever. She has a book out called He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know. The book looks, at title glance, like a list of fifty depressing facts, but it isn't. She doesn't just talk about how bad women have it. She talks about how this stuff hurts everybody, including heterosexual cismales. She even gives several huge props to heterosexual cismales who are clearly part of the solution. And does Ms. Valenti stop at just listing the bad things? Hell no! At the end of every section is a page titled "What you can do about it" where she offers advice on how a person can undo the sort of hurtful thinking. She's constructive, helpful, and dedicated to the cause. And unlike those BAWers, she does it without resorting to using hate speech.

No art this time. U Mad?
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I don't know if it's LJ or my computer that's doing this whole "Comment Not Posted! Page Could Not Be Displayed! U MAD?" thing. I suspect it's compy.

Year and a half on T and my voice has finally cut on the male edge. I admit that at the moment, I'm not above exploiting my status of one foot on each side. Not in a way that would hurt or deprive anyone of anything, but in little ways, such as not correcting people who are likely only being nice to what appears to be an adorable college freshman girl or pulling out the baritone when unwanted (always male) attention of the flirty sort (regardless of sex or gender, if it's attention of that sort, it's never welcome) jumps in. Mostly, I think this is the "wadda ya suppose that is?" stage, and I don't mind.

Any of you New Yorkers feel like going out somewhere? I don't care where we go, but there's so much of the city that I'm not seeing. Museums, planetarium, who knows what else? Trapeze school! Did you know we have one?

I also need to find a fairly bohemian place to peddle my dream interp, 'cause Washington Square Park doesn't seem to do it. One more try (with the rainbow umbrella this time) then we shall we try the F Train Stop on a Friday. Columbus Circle? Union Square Park? Absolutely.

The Love Affair of the red hair continues )
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[ profile] dancingcarrot21 posted a meme about Fandoms as Lovers, and the answer to the question about the cruel lover was, for her The Harry Potter Fandom!!!. She ranted beautifully, and when I went to comment, it was so darned lengthy that I made it into a post instead. I suggest... no, I ask you very kindly to skip this entry if you aren't familiar with the moldy, scum-and ejaculate-covered locker room shower drain of the Harry Potter fandom. It's wanky, rabid, and the truth is, unless you were in the forums during the release of OotP through Deathly Hallows, it's really not going to make any sense to you. Really, it doesn't make sense, but when you're in it, for those few hours, it makes a world of sense. To put it into internet terms, "it was srs bznss at the time!"

Instead, please enjoy the latest Harpsiccord Entry about the morgue. Or Fill out the RPer Friending Meme if you haven't! You don't have to be looking for a game to fill it out.

Carrot (and everyone else who did a tour on LJ, FictionAlly, and Journalfen), lets get ranty. P.S- Carrot if you want me to delete your quote or use a different one, tell me.
Fandom is a Battlefield )
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But First you have to sit through my Drawin'... )

That's not watcha came here for. You came here for
The Roleplayer Friending (:D) Meme

Copy-Pasta this code into the comments and fill out. Erase any questions you don’t want to answer. Read the other comments. Comment on others' comments. Chatter and spam my journal talking to one-another. Come back whenever you like. Pick up new RPers. Make friends. I am excite.

There is no such thing as “late” to this meme, so don’t even.

Edit: I forgot to ask you for your genres and the editor was being a sunuva, so... I've added that now.

Edit #2: Roving Commentary )

Two Special Ladies

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 07:00 pm
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*Met Roy Blount Jr. on Tuesday, and boy was I nervous. He signed my external hard drive and my book, and I gave him a gift- a little Russ puppy (stuffed). His book is really entertaining so far. Red, I think you'd really like it.

*There's an entry about my first day as a mortician's assistant in [ profile] harpsiccord and there'll be a second one soon, hopefully.

*Growin' some radishes in the woods. Don't know what to do with them when they're done, so I'll probably leave them out for the woodland creatures.

*There'll be a Roleplayer Friending Meme here tomorrow, so stop by and pick up a new RP partner or two.

My friend [ profile] cursedangel 's journal entries have been really sad recently, so I drew a picture of our RP characters. They've never met (we've never RPed) but they'd get along. They're both atypical females (anatomically speaking) but I don't think they let that get them down.
Sully and Bailey )
And here's just Bailey.

((The shirt wasn't as much of a pain as I thought it'd be!)

From Gaia

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 04:25 pm
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Easter art gift for the Gaia user FragileCompassion. I'll have to put this on my LJ, too.

It's come to my attention that I'm a hub for certain social groups. No wonder I'm so antsy about communication. No wonder I'm best at 3-person dialog. I was wondering what my big project regarding it would be... relatively speaking big. Big in comparison to making little 1x1 connections. And then, talking to my friend Cricket, I had it. A friending meme! Right on my LJ!

This one'll be for RPers first, but hopefully I'll make one for Bois, too. That'll be harder 'cause I'll have to F-lock it.

*Potential Questions*
-RP Medium- (Journal, IM, E-mail)
-Three to Five Genres you're really into- (If applicable...)
-Number of current games- (Meaning games in which you have posted in the last 2 1/2 months

-Introduce us to one of your characters (either from a past game, current game, or any game-
-Which two characters (that you've played) would you like on your team for the outbreak of the zombie virus?- (standard Z-question)
-Wanna give us an RP Confession?-

I feel like I'm missing some questions...

Execution Style

Monday, April 11th, 2011 03:49 pm
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This entry describing semi recent developments is

1) To commemorate the one year anniversary of The Undead Odd Couple
2) For [ profile] sophiaplease, because every time we meet up, s/he lets me talk for five years and we never get anything done.
3) For the others of you that have a mild interest in mein RPJizzle (*Looks at Ninja*)
4) Heavy on the gifs and intentionally bad shooping. If you collect gifs, please come in and take all you want.
5) Because smiles are good medicine.

Suffer, The Children )

I can't imagine there's anything to discuss, but since I have no other way to tell who read this, hit the comment button and leave an emoticon with some kinda face you made in the last three hours, plz.
Or gift me with your gifs!


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