apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Black Swan - Natalie close up)
This is the "Who I Am" meme, snagged from [livejournal.com profile] isisanubis, whom I have yet to properly say hello to. (HELLO!)

You save and post pics from the andthatswhoiam Tumblr that describe you. I skipped all the fandom-specific ones (well, mostly) and the TMI deep shit confessions (again...mostly!) The Tumblr is very focused on the feels of teenagerhood, and thus is likely to trigger a lot of self-conscious nostalgia. There were lots of "that's who I am" pics I wanted to find (I love science, I am confident, I am queer, I make stuff, I'm always on time, I do my best to avoid saying negative things about myself, I want other people to love me but not as much as I want them to respect me, etc.) and maybe I'll get around to making those some day.

In the meantime: a completely self-indulgent pictorial representation of various aspects of the person I call 'me'. )

Book Meme

Sep. 19th, 2012 10:13 pm
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
Book meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] venivincere! All attempts to google international book week led to instances of this meme, so if international book week does exist, it's...probably not now. But no matter! Every week should be International Book Week! Also: Public Service Announcement: Banned Book Week (sponsored by the ALA) runs from September 30 to October 6, and this year is the 30th anniversary. Get you some banned books ready to read! It starts at the end of the month.

Meme: It's (probably not) international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post.

I am not good with rules that I don't make up myself, so have a varied selection of books I found within rolling chair distance of my computer:

~You see all these isolated facts, together with many minor ones, all pointed in the same direction.

~I shuddered, putting my hands over my ears, so that I couldn't hear any more of her ugly tirade.

~"He was the president."

~And there are a lot of record-industry types hanging around in the Nipponese Quadrant--which looks like the other quadrants except that it's quieter, the tables are closer to the floor, and it's full of bowing and fluttering geisha daemons.

~"Bwuvver Fwancis the gardener says that I mus' selfwesswy pwactice virtue an' wuv to all wivving fings," said Warlock.

~But I said that it wasn't a proper book because it didn't have a proper ending because I never found out who killed Wellington so the murderer was still At Large.

~She was there in the store for
him to look at, not those others.

~"Zalu, why do I get the impression you're not glad to see me?"
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Downton Abbey - Sybil's Lips)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] tracy7307 & others.

Because (as we all know) I am familiar with roughly 3 fandoms, I will open this up and let you pick any pairing from any fandom, provided it's something I can google. (If you do want to pick a canon I'm familiar with, you might try browsing my icons. I do Doctor Who, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Firefly, Hunger Games, Austen, Room With a View, lots of other classic lit, ummm...X Files... *brain runs out of potential fandom names*

ANYWAY! The meme is executed thusly:

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing that I'm familiar with, and I'll tell you something about the story I'd write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write)

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. High School / College

(I have the day off tomorrow, so come on: load me up some fuel for procastination!)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Velociraptor "How You Doin'?")
I have an insatiable lust for memes tonight, so I made one of my own. It works thusly:

Type each letter of alphabet into the address bar of your main browser, and note which site pops up first. Leave off the naughty ones if you must, but give us a little hint as to what it was!



A Archive of Our Own
B BBC
C [website redacted] Not for naughty reasons: it's just my credit union's site, and I'm paranoid.
D Doctor Who LJ Comm
E Doctor Who Eleven-era kinkmeme
F Flickr
G Google
H Hotmail
I ISO hunt
J Jessica's journal!
K Keith Palmer's Multi-Purpose Home Page (I do not know Keith Palmer, nor do I remember visiting his page, but it's MST3k-related, which is surely how I ended up there.)
L LJ
M More Than This: Menage and Polyamory Reviews (I still have a guest post up there, if anyone's interested!)
N NPR (Would have to sacrifice all my liberal nerd cred if this weren't on here.)
O OK Cupid (Strangers still want to meet me and do filthy things. I should update on this soon.)
P Pinterest (I'm AmyGaertner over there.)
Q no 'Q' sites. :(
R Runonopolis (My current team @ [livejournal.com profile] pulped_fictions. Only a select few are cool enough to view this comm. HOLLA! :P)
S Sherlockmas (SHERLOCKMAS! ♥ Best Sherlock fans on the net. :D)
T Twitter
U UK Nova
V Victoria Coren (bit of a crush...)
W WordPress
X no 'X' sites. (Surprisingly...)
Y YouTube
Z Zombi-fic-ation (Hellz yeah.)


What have we learned? That my life is incredibly boring.

Also, I was talking to some baby nerds today at the anime art class my friend teaches. They were talking about Tumblr, and I confessed the "interaction" on that site still baffles me. "I'm old school," I said, "I'm on LiveJournal."

Only one of them had even heard of LiveJournal.

And just like that, we have become dinosaurs...
apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] the_willows:

Non-Denominational Music Player Survey



Read more... )

Only real surprise: Suddenly Seymour? Really? What was that phase I was going through??
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (A is for Amy)
Snagging a music meme from [livejournal.com profile] junkshop_disco. The directions make no sense (at least, they didn't to me...), but once you see my list, the procedure is pretty easily grasped.

Open your iTunes (other weird holder of music) and press the corresponding letter into the song name (find a song you love, put it in the post) then the artist (find the band you love, put it in the post) and THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Indeed.



A is for "Acid Tongue" by Jenny Lewis and Anaïs Mitchell
B is for "Beast of Burden" by the Rolling Stones and Billy Bragg
C is for "Cecelia" by Simon & Garfunkel and Carolina Chocolate Drops
D is for "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell and Daft Punk
E is for "Ek Shaneesh" by Das Racist and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
F is for "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star and Florence + The Machine
G is for "Gangsta" by Tune-Yards and Gogol Bordello
H is for "Heartbeats" by The Knife and Hot Chip
I is for "It Ain't Me, Babe" by Bob Dylan and Imogen Heap
J is for "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band and Johnny Cash
K is for "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin and Kate Bush
L is for "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men and LCD Soundsystem
M is for "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by The Decemberists and Massive Attack
N is for "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf and Neutral Milk Hotel
O is for "Once in Love With Amy" by Norman Wisdom and Outkast
P is for "Pure Morning" by Placebo and the Pixies
Q is for "The Queen and the Soldier" by Suzanne Vega and Queen
R is for "The Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog and Ratatat
S is for "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys and Sigur Rós
T is for "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" by Talking Heads and They Might Be Giants
U is for "Ulysses" by Franz Ferdinand and Ultramagnetic MCs
V is for "Victoria" by the Kinks and Vampire Weekend
W is for "Written in Reverse" by Spoon and Wilco
X is for "X" by Lacquer and The XX
Y is for "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon and Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Z is for "Zombie" by The Cranberries and The Zutons



All right folks: it's music chat time!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Lolita)
(I love books. I love talking about books. Ergo: I LOVE THIS MEME! ♥) (Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] venivincere)

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1.) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2.) Italicize those you intend to read.
3.) Underline those you LOVE.
4.) Put an asterisk next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read.

THE LIST )

Not so high a percentage as other 'Top 100' lists, but still a respectable number. :P
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (A is for Amy)
Content is content, right?

To play along at home, go into your music library of choice, hit "shuffle", and record the first 20 songs that come up. (Without editing, naturally.)

Starting with the song that was playing when I came across this meme on [livejournal.com profile] usamichan13's journal (because I already had my iTunes on shuffle): Samples from my iTunes, a.k.a. 'The Worst Dance Mix Ever' )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
Preserving, for posterity, some of my favorite questions that came out of the 7 Questions Meme. (There are more I need to track down, and that will involved trolling through friends' journals.)

If you asked or answered any questions you particularly liked, throw 'em here and I'll add them to the list. I think this will be a useful resource for those days when you want to write a blog entry, but can't think of a topic.

ZE QVESTIONS! )

Meanwhile, have an answer to one of these? Like to share? Do it here in the comments, or on your journal. I always like to solicit questions from people in these memes, because I think you learn so much about other people from the questions they ask you. Likewise, I think you learn a lot more about people letting them choose the questions they want to answer.

More ?s

May. 15th, 2012 09:27 pm
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
via [livejournal.com profile] planejane:
1. Dream dinner date: where, when, who?answer )
2. You get a starring role in a movie. What movie, what role?answer )
3. Ice-cream or sorbet?answer )
4. Your epitaph.answer )
5. The thing you've most wanted to say to a customer but haven't (not least because you would lose your job).answer )
6. You get to go around the world in 80 days. Do you do it the Jules Verne way, or use all mod cons?answer )
7. Your most coveted electrical item.answer )

via [livejournal.com profile] lewisian_gneiss:
1. What do you like to read most? Why? How are the books organised on your shelf?answer )
2. Why did you decide to get your recent piercing?answer )
3. If you could achieve one thing in the next ten years, what would it be?answer )
4. Where do you most want to visit? Why? Would you go once or want to go back repeatedly?answer )
5. How are your strawberries coming on?answer )
6. Talk about cake!answer )
7. Happily ever after. Yes or no? answer )

via [livejournal.com profile] roh_wyn:
1. What is the most interesting color you've ever dyed your hair (or wanted to)?answer )
2. IIRC, you used to live in Ann Arbor. What do you miss most about it?answer )
3. What is the one thing on a first date that would definitely prohibit a second date with that same person?answer )
4. What's the most brilliant/beautiful/memorable line of prose you've ever read?answer )
5. Your writing playlist. Preferably all of it, but a list of top 10 tracks is fine too.answer )
6. Your favorite math joke (because, yes, there is such a thing, lol).answer )
7. A fandom you want to get into, but just can't and why.answer )

My first post dedicated to this meme is here. If I haven't given you questions yet, go ahead and request 'em.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Math - PiMP)
So, y'all know how this meme works, right?
Comment on this post with ‘Hit me, Amy, one more time!’ and I’ll give you seven things I want you to talk about. They may make sense or they may be very random. Then post that list to your journal with your commentary. Other people can get lists from you and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

[livejournal.com profile] junkshop_disco gave me these lovely questions to answer:

1. If you could know the time and circumstances of your own demise, would you want to?
Answer: )
2. We are going to a karaoke bar - what will you sing, and how drunk will you need to be?
Answer: )
3. What's your biggest regret?
Answer: )
4. You can take a time machine back to the year when you were 17 - what do you tell yourself?
Answer: )
5. Do you believe plants grow better when talked and sung to?
Answer: )
6. What's the biggest crime against fashion you have ever commited?
Answer: )
7. Which is your favourite track on the Heartbreaks album? (see? Now you have to buy it)
Answer: )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Nerd - Math)
[livejournal.com profile] jdbracknell put this together for her excellent 100 things challenge. (Which now has its own comm! [livejournal.com profile] 100things_index.) I plan on getting on with my 100 Ideas That I Had project just as soon as I scrape together two or more brain cells to have an idea. In the meantime, I could use a new "About Me/Intro" entry, so here we go! A questions meme-type thingy:

Call Me Ishmael... )

That's the end of JD's questions. Since this is going to be my new About Me post, I just thought I'd throw in a quick summary of me: I am 30 years old. I am a bisexual lady-type person. I am an atheist. I am politically and socially very liberal. I like to cook, and garden, and knit, and craft--I LOVE music, and making things myself, and farmer's markets, and libraries, and Doctor Who, and Haribo gummy bears. I value honesty and respect. It doesn't bother me if you are very religious, or you are politically more conservative, or whatever. Everyone and anyone is allowed to disagree with me openly, but please keep in mind: my journal is a place for friends. If you find my ideas and opinions to be so wrong or so offensive that you cannot discuss them with me politely and respectfully, then you won't want to be my friend. That is fine! Anyone should feel free to friend or de-friend me as it suits you. (If you do friend me and want me to friend you back, please do say hello: on one of my public entries or in a PM. I like to know who my friends are!)

Anyway. Old friends and new, do you have any questions? Is there something I left out?
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Nerd - Fanfic)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] venivincere, pretty much immediately. (Fic and stats? Oh, be still my heart! ♥)

Top 10 By Hit Count: )

Top 10 By Kudos: )

It's nice to see that "Two Rivers" topped the kudos list, as it's definitely one of my favorite pieces of fic I've ever written--probably that one, and "Almost Anyone" are, I think, my best works.

Other works I am really fond/proud of but which failed to chart are a lot of my Amy/Rory stories. In particular, I really like Where Two Paths Cross and I Thought of You. (I also really like The Woman She'll Turn Out To Be, but it's kidfic, and I am forever alone in my love of kidfic. :P) These probably didn't make the list because of the relative un-popularity of Amy/Rory. (Any Doctor Who fic I write that includes the Doctor, even in a cameo role, automatically gets twice the hits. Le sigh.)

Also interesting to note: my most popular fic on LJ is, by far, Lightning Fast, and it has yet to receive a single kudos on AO3! Who'da thunk?

{Also, it occured to me while compiling this list: I have written many, many fills for [livejournal.com profile] eleventy_kink, and have made a grand total of three prompts. (Two of them just the other night when I was tipsy and in need of a social outlet.) Someone, somewhere, owes me fic!}

/self-indulgent self-indulgency
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Triplets of Belleville)
(You know when I start using Phish lyrics to title my entries, I have nothing in particular to talk about.)

First, the business!
  • It seems I have set a goal of finishing 1,000 words of my [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon fic by tomorrow. What time tomorrow: I am not sure. Number of words I have written so far: 0. Who wants to write with me tonight?!
  • Going to the SPLASH PARK with my friend, her adorable two year-old, another friend and her friend and her adorable four year-old TOMORROW. There will be a water slide. HELLZ YEAH!
  • I will be making my foreign language post for that 15 Day meme I never finished this weekend. I promise.
  • I picked the first major harvest from my garden today! Two heads of Chinese cabbage, a bunch of swiss chard, a lovely yellow squash, a yellow Hungarian pepper, and one little mini cucumber that fell off the vine while I was messing with it.
BEHOLD: Vegetable goodness! )

I also seem to have picked up another meme from somewhere [livejournal.com profile] lemniciate. This one is about my journal. Read more... )

Last but not least:

apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Glue Gun)
(I had this whole entry typed out and posted yesterday, but there was a minor thing I wanted to fix which resulted in me accidentally deleting the whole damn thing because I am SPECIAL. I know, I know: don't be jealous! I was in a sulk post-deletion, so I waited 'til today to throw the thing back together. Which means I will be spamming your flist yet again, because I have another post to make today, too! Lo ciento.)

15 days meme


Day 01: Introduce yourself. List your likes and dislikes.
Day 02: Make a bulleted list of everything that happened in your day.
Day 03: Smile! We want to see your teeth today. Post a self-portrait.
Day 04: Share your favorite quote/song lyric.
Day 05: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 06: List 5 countries you'd like to visit.
Day 07: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes.
Day 08: Create a bucket list, whether or not your aspirations are rational.
Day 09: Describe your food consumption today.
Day 10: Share some of your current favorite tunes.
Day 11: List some of your favorite tumblrs.
Day 12: Set a goal.
Day 13: Provide the HEX code(s) of your favorite color(s).Read more... )
Day 14: Post a Youtube video that makes you laugh/inspires you.Read more... )
Day 15: Make a voicepost in another language besides your native one.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (PiMP)
Today (6.28 for Americans; 28.06 for people who are wrong*... :P) is Tau Day, a day dedicated to Pi's obscure rival: Tau. There are those who argue that π (the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter) is not the best choice as the circle constant, and τ (the ratio of a circle's circumference to its radius) is the better choice. The website I linked to makes a compelling argument: after all, just look at how many times "2π" appears in mathematical formulas.

Anyway, since a circle's radius is half its diameter, τ is always equal to 2π, or approximately 6.283185307179586… Here, snagged from The Nerdist, is a clip of Michael John Blake's musical tribute to Tau: (It's gorgeous!)



(*Kidding! You're not wrong. I agree it makes more logical sense to go Day-Month-Year. But my birthday is 1.23 under the American system, and I am not giving that up. :P)

15 days meme


Day 01: Introduce yourself. List your likes and dislikes.
Day 02: Make a bulleted list of everything that happened in your day.
Day 03: Smile! We want to see your teeth today. Post a self-portrait.
Day 04: Share your favorite quote/song lyric.
Day 05: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 06: List 5 countries you'd like to visit.
Day 07: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes.
Day 08: Create a bucket list, whether or not your aspirations are rational.
Day 09: Describe your food consumption today.
Day 10: Share some of your current favorite tunes.
Day 11: List some of your favorite tumblrs. Read more... )
Day 12: Set a goal.
Day 13: Provide the HEX code(s) of your favorite color(s).
Day 14: Post a Youtube video that makes you laugh/inspires you.
Day 15: Make a voicepost in another language besides your native one.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Amy "Oh Dear!")
5 questions meme


Questions from [livejournal.com profile] switchbladesis: Read more... )

15 days meme


Day 01: Introduce yourself. List your likes and dislikes.
Day 02: Make a bulleted list of everything that happened in your day.
Day 03: Smile! We want to see your teeth today. Post a self-portrait.
Day 04: Share your favorite quote/song lyric.
Day 05: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 06: List 5 countries you'd like to visit.
Day 07: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes.
Day 08: Create a bucket list, whether or not your aspirations are rational.
Day 09: Describe your food consumption today.
Day 10: Share some of your current favorite tunes. Read more... )
Day 11: List some of your favorite tumblrs.
Day 12: Set a goal.
Day 13: Provide the HEX code(s) of your favorite color(s).
Day 14: Post a Youtube video that makes you laugh/inspires you.
Day 15: Make a voicepost in another language besides your native one.

Since this is a music-related post, I have some questions and observations:

1. I am irrationally annoyed with this singer calling herself Eliza Doolittle. You DO NOT get to call yourself 'Eliza Doolittle', you have a song called "Rollerblades" for Christ's sake! Can we leave the iconic literature/film characters out of it, please?

2. Sondre Lerche, Of Montreal, Wombats, and TV On the Radio all have new albums out. Has anyone heard any of them? Good? Worth buying?

3. I am want to see Fleet Foxes and the Walkmen in September, but I do not want to spend almost $45.00 to sit in the 'upper balcony', TYVM!

4. Still trying to convince my friends to see Foster the People with me next month. $15.00! Such value!

5. Any other new music out there I should be checking out? I CRAVE NEW MUSIC ALL THE TIME.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Tea)
15 days meme


Day 01: Introduce yourself. List your likes and dislikes.
Day 02: Make a bulleted list of everything that happened in your day.
Day 03: Smile! We want to see your teeth today. Post a self-portrait.
Day 04: Share your favorite quote/song lyric.
Day 05: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 06: List 5 countries you'd like to visit.
Day 07: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes.
Day 08: Create a bucket list, whether or not your aspirations are rational.
Day 09: Describe your food consumption today.Read more... )
Day 10: Share some of your current favorite tunes.
Day 11: List some of your favorite tumblrs.
Day 12: Set a goal.
Day 13: Provide the HEX code(s) of your favorite color(s).
Day 14: Post a Youtube video that makes you laugh/inspires you.
Day 15: Make a voicepost in another language besides your native one.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Simpsons (Independent Thought Alarm))
15 days meme


Day 01: Introduce yourself. List your likes and dislikes.
Day 02: Make a bulleted list of everything that happened in your day.
Day 03: Smile! We want to see your teeth today. Post a self-portrait.
Day 04: Share your favorite quote/song lyric.
Day 05: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 06: List 5 countries you'd like to visit.Read more... )
Day 07: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes. Read more... )
Day 08: Create a bucket list, whether or not your aspirations are rational.
Day 09: Describe your food consumption today.
Day 10: Share some of your current favorite tunes.
Day 11: List some of your favorite tumblrs.
Day 12: Set a goal.
Day 13: Provide the HEX code(s) of your favorite color(s).
Day 14: Post a Youtube video that makes you laugh/inspires you.
Day 15: Make a voicepost in another language besides your native one.

(Yes, I'm aware that I'm unable to follow the very simple rules of a one-a-day meme.)

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