cherydactyl: (lesbian sex)
On Saturday, I went to visit my friend A. A and I have been friends since middle school. In high school, she turned me into a movie watcher with numerous movie nights which inevitably included Little Caesars "garbage can" (everything) pizza. We lived together my freshman year at UM, which was her sophomore year, and lived in apartments together the next two years after that. But we haven't seen that much of each other in the last few years, partly because I have kids and she doesn't, partly because her work life has largely been drama-filled in the last several-to-many years (which appears to be well and truly over, yahoo!), and partly because it's a pretty far haul between our residences (especially if you don't use the freeway, like I didn't on Saturday).

Anyway, the reason I went was to pick up a very important item for our family Christmas... they gave us an extra Wii they had, which came from a misunderstanding about who was buying a group gift among some other friends. Shhhh. Rock Band 2 is in the closet, along with an extra controller and some other accessories. Double Shhhh.

In any case, as is common when we get together, I had to make myself leave, several hours later, because we can talk for hours and hours. I told her and her husband of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, of which they had not heard. They showed me some Top Gear video (of their amphibious cars episode). We talked and talked and talked. About Tibetian Buddhism and roleplaying and movies and our lives and many other things. And there was tea.

Which leads to the revelation of the day: Agave nectar is a low glycemic sweetener. Score!
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ah the internets are funny!



Thanx, MQ!
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This is mainly so that [livejournal.com profile] curiouskendra sees it, but please enjoy. :)



This same group has a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody that is priceless. Look that up too.
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In a long list of reasons to give presents in a recent blog post of why we should all buy art from the Comics Legal Defense Fund auctions, Neil Gaiman included not only Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc, but also "I'm-An-Atheist-But-I-Don't-See-Why-I-Can't-Have-A-Party-And-Presents-Day." That acronymnizes to almost-pronouncable IAABIDSWICHAPP, or ya-BID-switch-ap.

Oh I suppose I could go one further and name the day for myself as "I'm-A-Buddhist-slash-Atheist-But-I-Don't-See-Why-I-Can't-Have-A-Party-And-Presents-Day" or IABABIDSWICHAPP (YA-ba-BID-switch-ap).

Is that too silly? ::bats eylashes::
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which is of course a dangerous pastime.

Anyway, it occurs to me that Christianity, Pastafarianism, and other monotheisitc religions require faith in a creator-god-being, aka faith in a personification or agent. Buddhism is about faith in a *set of principles*, starting with The Four Noble Truths (which I will paraphrase as: suffering exists, we create a lot if not all of it ourselves, there is a way to end it--and it's not suicide, and that way is to follow the Dharma, or teachings). Buddhism is about faith in a set of ideas instead of a Being (or Beings, if you're a polytheist). It's no wonder I prefer the Buddhist model.

P.S. If someone gets a Flying Spaghetti Monster applique for my car (like the catholic fish...you've seen those, right?), it will be applied forthwith.

P.P.S. I wonder if there is a Dewey Decimal designation for Pastafarian-related works. Are they in religion or comedy or education or politics?
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I was wondering what 42 might be in the Dewey system, so I did the meme from my last post over again with my first name only. Those results amused me greatly, especially the paragraph about what the first one supposedly says about me.
C'est bien amusant. )
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via [livejournal.com profile] fossilapostle
When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

As you wish... ;-)

Inigo: Who are you?
The Man In Black: No one of consequence.
Inigo: I must know...
The Man In Black: Get used to disappointment.
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Google Vanity Score game, via [livejournal.com profile] presterjon and [livejournal.com profile] spiziks.

Here's the list of the names I checked using the Google Vanity Score gadget, from highest to lowest score:

86 Linux
80 Torchwood
76 Joseph Stalin
Cute to save your friends page from the silly statistics )
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I was browsing around on Dover Publications' web site and came across this:


The Dalai Lama Paper Doll Book:
"Complete with faithfully re-created costumes — yellow benzhida hat, puja worship shirt, and 20 more — this collection features 7 costumed dolls of the revered Buddhist leader and his parents at various periods of their lives. Educational, inspiring, and unique"

I am almost tempted to buy one on the longshot that I might get a chance to have him sign it when he's in Ann Arbor next month, since I am being given a ticket to go see him speak (thanks [livejournal.com profile] sorcycat and [livejournal.com profile] curiouskendra!!).

[More or less crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] buddhists.]
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via [livejournal.com profile] tammylc

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result as a comment in this post. Also, pass it along in your own journal because it's more amusing that way.



This was very fun. [livejournal.com profile] tammylc's album cover came out like a Windham Hill release. Mine's a bit more punk/thrash, I think.
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On Chore Wars, my main character currently has 9966 experience points, which I am referring to as a "point palindrome." That is, it is point-symmetrical. If you don't know what point symmetry is, you're just going to have to ask.

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