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Writer's Block: Back from the dead

Jan. 24th, 2010 | 06:54 pm
: United States, Massachusetts, Somerville
mood: giddygiddy

If you could experience being dead for one day to learn what happens in the afterlife, and were guaranteed to return to life the following day, would you do it? Why or why not?

Of course I would. Even if I ended up in hell, I'd only be there for 24 hours. And if my soul got away from me somehow, I'd still have this gorgeous body. Plus, as long as I knew it was going to happen, I could arrange to die in a very cold environment so as to avoid corpse rot. I've already got blue undertones in my skin; I'm pretty sure I wouldn't look much different after a day in the freezer. Sexy zombies FTW.

Living Dead Girl

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Writer's Block: Name that tune

Nov. 30th, 2009 | 08:23 am
mood: drunkdrunk

Is there any song you'll never grow tired of hearing? If so, what is it, how long have you loved it, and why?
Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, because it's brilliant. I don't even care that it was way overplayed on the radio... that didn't diminish its awesomeness.

And about a thousand others, but that's the one I heard most recently... I have a list of about ten or 15 songs I'm utterly obsessed with, and I try never to put them all in the same playlist because that might be too much. The list also changes regularly.

And just for the record, Frank the Goat is wasted but I am only mildly hungover at this point.

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Bird (abstract)

Nov. 21st, 2009 | 08:36 am
mood: artisticartistic


Made with the GIMP image editor, from a photo of a soap bubble.

Source photo: Mila Zinkova. License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.

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Writer's Block: Book review

Nov. 18th, 2009 | 07:32 pm
mood: contemplativecontemplative

What (if any) books would you ban from a high school library? Are there certain subjects that you feel are inappropriate for teenagers regardless of literary merit?

I would not ban any book from any library, ever. Are certain subjects "inappropriate?"... well, the first things that come to mind (hate group propaganda, some types of pornography, how-to guides for making or modifying weapons) are pretty awful no matter who is reading them.

There's one type of book that probably hurts teenagers and pre-teens in particular: memoirs or novels that glamorize eating disorders. I hate it that those books are out there (often in the Young Adult section, to make things worse), but I still wouldn't ban them. If I had a teenage daughter I might ban them from my house, if I thought she was at risk for developing a problem with food.

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Don't do Squidoo

Nov. 9th, 2009 | 04:52 pm
mood: determineddetermined

I've just started the Rebel Squid, a new blog about writing on the web. Its long-term purpose is to get people to realize that they need to branch out instead of publishing all their content on one vaguely creepy, secretive, hierarchically structured network platform.

Some of the authors who write for Squidoo are good friends of mine and I have nothing but respect for them, but I wish they were less involved with this company.

Squidoo doesn't offer detailed earnings reports (although it does take a 50% commission on Amazon and eBay sales made from individual member-published pages).

It has an inner circle of devoted volunteers who spend huge amounts of time promoting the network and mentoring new members. The company and its inner circle urge "lens-masters" (active members of the network) to crank out 50-100 web pages of original content to be published on the Squidoo domain... for unspecified rewards.

It's a pretty sketchy operation, and at this point I would not encourage anyone to publish any more than a page or two on Squidoo. Use it to promote your blog or your business, if you want; that shouldn't take more than one page and maybe half an hour of your time.

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I think I'm in love.

Nov. 8th, 2009 | 11:28 am
: United States, Massachusetts, Somerville
mood: enthralledenthralled

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Writer's Block: War and peace

Oct. 22nd, 2009 | 04:31 pm

Many countries require all citizens to fulfill a mandatory period of service in the armed forces. Do you agree or disagree with this policy? Do you think the current recruitment system creates or sustains socioeconomic inequality?

Disagree. I think the current recruitment system in the United States both creates and sustains socioeconomic inequality, but making military service mandatory for all citizens wouldn't solve this problem. I'd rather increase scholarships and other financial aid for kids who can't afford college, so they won't have to join the military in order to get an education.

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How to Be a Fascist Web Editor

Oct. 19th, 2009 | 09:12 am
mood: annoyedannoyed

Nah, I don't really mean it.

Well, maybe a little. Four minutes after I wrote and published my first wikiHow article, the image had been changed and the links (all two of them) had been removed.

It's supposed to be cool because you can edit it, right? Here's what isn't cool: other people can edit it too, and they will not hesitate to do so.

I'm also not sure I get the reason for why how-to manuals should be open to edits. If you understand this, please feel free to enlighten me.

... so I can punch you.


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Itty Bitty Bra Committee on LJ

Oct. 13th, 2009 | 11:10 pm
mood: bouncybouncy

I've created a new community, ibbc a.k.a. the Itty Bitty Bra Committee. Only one post so far, but there will be lots of little bras showing up there soon. Go, bite-size snack racks!

In other news, a couple hours ago I made a pretty birthday card on Facebook for a friend. It even had an animated .gif of a butterfly that wasn't annoying. And then... here comes the mega-tragic part... that bitch FB totally lost the card before I could send it.

I was unreasonably upset and angry about this, as I often am about many things. But I wrote on my friend's wall and told her about the card, and now I feel better. I may be moody and crazy, but I'm good at bouncing back from my freakouts.

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Writer's Block: Cyberstalking

Oct. 12th, 2009 | 08:56 am
mood: indifferentindifferent

Do you keep tabs on ex-boyfriends and -girlfriends over social networking sites? Do you think it's emotionally healthy or dangerous? Amusing or painful?

I try to avoid going to the tedious trouble of "staying friends," whatever that may mean. I like a clean breakup: no further involvement, period. No drunken phone calls. No epic late-night emails. No awkward forced pleasantries.

I've never been stalked (via internet or otherwise) by anyone from a previous relationship, nor have I been a stalker myself. I've done plenty of dangerous and stupid things in my life, but stalking isn't really my cup of stupid.

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