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I am:
Ayn Rand (Alissa Rosenbaum)
This charismatic cult leader occasionally used science fiction as one of her recruiting tools for new converts.


Which science fiction writer are you?



O Rly?
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via [livejournal.com profile] charliesmum and, later, [livejournal.com profile] anderyn:

You Are An ENFP
The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!

In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. You break a lot of hearts.

At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding

When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused


This is a different result than I am used to. But, OTOH, I feel more comfortable in my skin these days than I think ever before, so take that FWIW. (Are there enough acronyms in there?)

I haven't been posting much lately. Being busy is part of that, but not everything. I continue to be interested in reading yor stuffs, though.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] nuadha_prime
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate
with you. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

He assigned these topics to me:
Buddhism
Well, this is either a very tangled subject or a very simple one. Like many Westerners who gravitate toward Buddhism, I had and have problems with the faith in which I was raised. My birth family attended a Presbyterian church when I was a kid (still do, just a different one), but I have other relatives who tend toward the evangelical. Some parts of Christianity make sense to me, but other parts I find utterly nonsensical, and the nonsensical parts were usually the tenets considered most important and central. I was rather reluctant to actually declare any other religion for a long time. I researched other faiths, but they were all just sources of interesting stories to me. Nothing resonated, even when I tried, sometimes tried hard, to make myself fit into them. I'm not really sure what turned me on to Buddhism, though I suspect it may have been me reading Mark Epstein's Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, which I did about seven or eight years ago. Buddhism, like other major faiths, have lots of different sub-types. Some of those are devotional in nature, like much of Christianity. Some are not. It's quite possible to be a Buddhist and an atheist/humanist at the same time, unless I am much mistaken. And that's what I have gradually decided I am, after a lot more reading, trying out Vipassana ("lovingkindness") meditation, and other adventures in the last several years. I'm still not really "official" in that I don't have a sangha (congragation) and haven't gone through formal training or acceptance. Some of the stories about the Buddha strike me the same way the story of Jesus' conception does, as allegories that have little literal truth in them, but they do not seem so central to Buddhism in the way that the virgin birth is central to Christianity. And the basics, the central points of Buddhism: the Four Noble Truths, the Triple Gem, the Eight-Fold Path...those *do* resonate for me. So there it is.

Kids
I love my kids, and I tend to like kids in general. I sometimes wonder if I relate to kids better than to other adults. :/ I certainly act more like a kid than an adult at times. But, I'm in step with the times on this point, I think. lol.

Board Games
Easier to schedule than role-playing games, these are my major hobby. I only wish they didn't involve so much sitting! I actually got started with cribbage and pinochle as a kid. Dad was a ruthless cribbage player. My sister M and I learned pinochle at age 6 and 7 respectively. It was our evening family entertainment nearly every night for a long time. I didn't really get into the hobby in its present form for me until college, when it became the biggest thing [livejournal.com profile] illyaa and I had in common. They are an easy escape, especially now in the age of online games. It keeps my too-brainy-for-my-own-good self busy when I might otherwise be tearing my hair out. By the way, have you tried BSW? I've been playing a lot of Dominion lately. And Power Grid before that. And I'm teaching my kids to play board games. And other people and other people's kids when I get the chance. And helping run train games tournaments at the major conventions.

Cooking
I have always liked cooking, but it is a love I have been re-discovering the in the last couple of years. I have been using my crock pot more often. I even acquired a second, smaller one, since there have been times that the leftovers, though delicious, were too much. The larger one is the right size for roasting a chicken. The smaller one is just right for a curry for dinner. Too much of our diet had become factory food...pre-prepared foodstuffs with unpronounceable ingredients and no care in their preparation are not good for our health, in my firm opinion. Slowing down to cook also helps fight the temptation to go along with the hurry-up world out there. There are so many great cooking resources on the internet. And I'm very grateful for the Michigan Lady Food Bloggers. I'm a rather peripheral member of this group, have not yet contributed to the joint blog, and am grateful to have been included in some of the gatherings.

Mythology
The myriad ways humans tell stories to explain the inexplicable and contain their own fears and doubts are endlessly fascinating. We create gods in our own images, the best and worst images included, to try to get a handle on the big, wide, wild world. And then we re-tell, and morph, and alter and re-combine and tell again. Mythology is storytelling with high stakes.
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...'cause this made me laugh hysterically:

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I *love* that pun.
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I had waaaaay too many potatoes sitting around in my cupboard, and a couple of cans of clams, and some bacon fat I had saved, so I made chowder.

I chopped an onion, cooked the onions in the bacon fat until they were translucent, and then put them in the crock. I chopped up six potatoes and three stalks of celery and put those in the crock too. Then I opened my two cans of clams; juice and all went into the crock, along with some black pepper, and about three cups of water. I cooked that on high for about four hours, then added about a cup of soymilk and some arrowroot slurry, more black pepper, some lemon pepper blend, some salt, and a little paprika. It still wasn't as thick as I would have liked, but it was very tasty. I am adamantly against loading up soup with flour to thicken it, on the grounds that lots of refined flour in the diet is not a good thing.

Both [livejournal.com profile] illyaa and S ate a bowl and declared it was good, so I am satisfied. M ate a cream cheese bagel and some olives. She hardly ever eats what we are eating, it seems. OTOH, I remember many a night of eating rice with salt and pepper on it when my family were having chop suey and I couldn't stand it. I figured out later that I have a strong reaction to MSG, so there was a very good reason to avoid the La Choy soy sauce in that dish. Which is why I don't force my kids to do more than try things I make, and offer alternatives. Sometimes the body is wiser than we know at the time. S eats a good variety, and she used to be a good deal pickier than even M is now. So was I as a kid. It will all resolve in time, I expect.

Meow

Jan. 17th, 2009 06:46 pm
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via [livejournal.com profile] jixel and [livejournal.com profile] neoliminal

1. open paint
2. close your eyes
3. draw a cat



That was really hard.
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It's about -10 our there right now. I don't even want to think about the wind chill. The predicted high is about 5 above. There is no school due to the cold and wind chill.

And my husband didn't check before he got our kids up.

Sigh.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/14/al-gore-democrats-us-news

No one thought Al Gore would be a loveable president, but, after eight years in the White House, he has gotten truly tiresome. The droning voice, the purchase of an eco-friendly robot dog, the campaign for carbon-free diamonds - all these things were hard to take, and he has been way too smug about reversing global warming.
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Yay! I have applied for my Project Grow plot. I *really* want one at the location nearest my house...it's only about a mile away.

Hey Patti!

Jan. 7th, 2009 09:56 pm
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I just added an lj feed for the Project Grow Blog: [livejournal.com profile] a2prjctgrowblog
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From Credo, previously known as Working Assets:

Dear Friend,

Last year, the Senate failed to get the 60 votes necessary to force an up-or-down vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would mandate that women receive equal pay for equal work. Now, with a new session of Congress in place, the House is ready to take up the fight again.

With President-elect Obama soon to take office, we now have a real chance to pass this legislation that could do so much for so many American women. There will be a battle in the Senate, and the best way to come out of the gate strong is for the bill to pass by an overwhelming majority in the House.

Women across America are counting on Congress - I just took action to tell my member of Congress to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. I hope you will, too.

Please have a look and take action.

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/support_ledbetter/?r_by=2085-231554-4pN43Gx&rc=paste

Thanks!
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I haven't posted to the blog yet, myself, but there is now a Michigan Lady Food Bloggers blog. It's a kind of meta-blog, I guess. I want to watch it on my friends list. So I made a livejournal account for the feed.

For your food-related reading enjoyment, you can find it at [livejournal.com profile] mlfb_blog.
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In 2009, cherydactyl resolves to...
Give some kids to charity.
Become a better eureka.
Find a better peace.
Keep my impermanence clean.
Cut down on my walking.
Take evening classes in children.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
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Have confidence in your own spiritual potentiality, your ability to find your own unique way. Learn from others certainly and use what you find useful, but also learn to trust your own inner wisdom. Have courage. Be awake and aware. Remember too that Buddhism is not about being a Buddhist; that is, obtaining a new identity tag. Nor is it about collecting head-knowledge, practices and techniques. It is ultimately about letting go of all forms and concepts and becoming free.

--John Snelling, Elements of Buddhism, from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book

Veg 100

Dec. 27th, 2008 01:22 pm
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via [livejournal.com profile] fierce_femme21

1) Copy this list into your own journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Natto - It is a fermented soy food traditionally eaten for breakfast in Japan, and I have heard that westerners generally think it's vile. I'd try it, but I wouldn't expect to like it.
Read more... )

Wii Fit

Dec. 27th, 2008 12:46 pm
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Wow, is Wii Fit fun! We've been arguing about who gets to use it next. It includes a "body measurement" function that checks and tracks your weight and BMI (Body Mass Index), but it's pretty dependent on the user either weighing themselves with similar clothing load each day, or estimating how much their clothes weigh. It includes a reminder to use the measurement tools every day, which can be done without putting the Fit disc in the Wii via the installed 'Wii Fit Channel.'

I suck at the balance games much more than I thought I would. The aerobics look useful. I tried a few, and they definitely got my heart rate up. I wonder if they are all just a few minutes at a time. Hopefully as you unlock higher challenges one of the things increased is time. I have only done one strength exercise, but it seemed like the starting exercises were more advanced that I would have expected. I started out with push-ups and side plank, which was the one of first exercises available, for example. I had to do the six suggested push-ups from my knees.

I've done the first few yoga poses, and I think it will be helpful in developing my home practice regularity. I'm even thinking about the World Yoga Practice Month for January...30 minutes of yoga every day for the entire month. The apparent order of new yoga poses is a little baffling to me, as Dancer appears to be in the lineup before Up Dog. It teaches tree pose, one of the starting pose options, with the leg on the thigh, which is usually very challenging for a beginner yogi. The pose names are a little off...Sun Salutation seems really to be a half Sun Salutation according to S's report of it, and the Wii Half Moon is not Ardha Chandrasana that I am used to, which is a fairly advanced one-legged asana, but rather a simple side stretch, similar to the "blown palm" that my yoga instructor uses on occasion. I worry about anyone using the Wii Fit as their first yoga instruction, as my trainer/model's knee did a bad thing in Warrior (really Warrior II). One should never, never, never let one's knee slide to the front side; always keep it directly over the foot. Anything else could be really bad news for your knee.

The biofeedback aspect is really interesting. Using a target for center of gravity on the screen in games like the ski jump and slalom are really useful. Some yoga exercises also use a center of gravity target to measure steadiness and help focus. Interestingly, the Wii Fit BMI measurement seems to be getting S and M more aware that they are underweight and need to gain a little. I never would have expected that.

As you complete more activities and master challenges, the game unlocks extra exercises and tools. It doesn't just unlock new things in the area you are working in, but in other areas. I assume that's a deliberate attempt to get the user to change their focus and balance the activities. It really is exercise, because I'm feeling that beautiful soreness that shows I have been working out.
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Thanks for coming over, [livejournal.com profile] slammer2012! We had a blast playing Rock Band and Mario Kart with you. Thank you for lending us Mario Kart.
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The Friday Five


1. Do you enjoy reading?
Yes

2. What is the first book you remember reading?
The Little Engine That Could. Yes, really.

3. Who is your favourite author?
::Whines:: I could never pick just one. Um. Fine. Terry Pratchett.

4. What is your favourite book?
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Only because reading it aloud is such a treat.

5. What is the last book you read and the first you'll read next? [sic]
I am almost ashamed to admit this, but I recently completed New Moon, the second Twilight Book and have just started Eclipse, the third one. I'm not reading the series so much because I like it, more because I want to see what the fuss is about. And because I have a 10 year old daughter, so refreshing myself as to how stilted adolescent thinking can be might be helpful. But the heroine is just so dumb about herself and some of the things that go on around her (which can alternately be interpreted as Stephanie Meyer being really bad at writing a character who's clueless compared to the reader). It's not horrible, but it's not great either.
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If you are in Ann Arbor/Southeast Michigan this holiday and are reading this message, you are invited for board games and hanging out this Boxing Day (December 26), noon to 7pm. We will provide soup or sandwiches or chili or something like that, and will have lemonade, iced tea, and/or kool aid on hand. We will probably make some popcorn, too. If there is a beverage or food you would like to bring to share, please do. But also don't let it stop you from coming if you don't!

If you need directions or have questions, please email me (cherydactyl@livejournal.com works). If you either will be coming or might be coming, please reply or let me know in some way so I can make sure we're not woefully underprovisioned. :)

Have a wonderful holiday. We hope to see you!

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