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Somehow I managed to miss the following IMs last night:

[livejournal.com profile] qousqous: ok so i have a question for you

[livejournal.com profile] qousqous: say rehnquist dies this weekend, and there is a lawsuit over the election, and it goes to the supreme court

[livejournal.com profile] qousqous:what happens if the court splits 4-4?

[livejournal.com profile] qousqous:because i for one have no clue.

I have no answer, except, "Then your Election Night party becomes even more of a slumber party than it already was," and "Dammit! This is why the Supreme Court shouldn't be allowed to get involved in deciding elections in the first place!"

In happier news, I got up because of a phone call from a piano mover and tuner who sounded way more competent and friendly than anyone I called yesterday, so I think he's my guy. Soon I will go to Rachel's house to check out the piano in question, and then we will go to tea. Yay tea! Also while I'm downtown, I will get Dan Bern tickets for Thursday night.... hey, I wonder what happened to the library books I was going to return? Mysteries abound.

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So I finished Dhalgren today, and now I'm taking notes on all the pages I bookmarked and dogeared (I know, bad me) so I can finally return it to the library more than a month overdue (and that's double-bad me for abusing a library book, yes). And then I ran across this little gem, which seemed entirely appropriate for inflicting on my LiveJournal:

What other days from my life have gone? After a week, I can't remember five. After a year, how many days in it will you never think of again? (732)

Delany, Samuel R. Dhalgren. New York: Vintage Books. (A Division of Random House, Inc.) 1974.

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in no order except what my brain randomly produced them in:

  • Go to Saturday Market and pick up our first CSA box! Woo! (done as of 3:30 PM Saturday)

  • Share said box of veggie goodness with [livejournal.com profile] theshytiger

  • Get groceries: laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, sundried tomatoes, and maybe others depending on the contents of the CSA box (mostly done as of 7:15 PM Saturday, and I got a nice bike ride in by going to Trader Joe's, so that's good too)

  • Do more laundry, hopefully without enduring loud screechy morons at the laundromat this time. (partially completed as of ~7:45 PM Sunday; I washed work clothes and mostly had the laundromat to myself the whole time)

  • Work on The Witchworld, in an effort to have some new chapters to show [livejournal.com profile] kuddliphish when she visits next weekend.

  • Finish Dhalgren and return it to the library because it is ever so very overdue.

There's probably more but that's enough for now. I can always update the list later anyway.

So.

Sep. 27th, 2003 10:26 pm
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I got this email from NaNoWriMo headquarters and without thinking too much about it followed the link in it, and sha-wham! I'm registered for this year. So now I really have to figure out what I'm writing, I guess.

When I realized what I'd done, I fled the house, checked out some yard sales (the neighbors weren't the only ones taking advantage of the weather to go all mercantile), got my library card renewed, shopped for shoes and other stuff without buying anything (Birkenstock insoles do look pretty excellent, though, and I tried on and to my dismay actually kind of liked some cloggy-slipper-type things that were on sale), got my haircut, and generally wandered around Eugene for several hours today. It was pretty relaxed and mellow, in a massive run-on sentence kind of way, but the "I should be working on writing stuff now" thought did cross my mind a few times. Sigh.

Now I am sleepy or I would finally be watching the writer's commentary track on our Princess Bride DVD. Maybe I will use it to bribe myself into doing some writing or something tomorrow. Or something. Time to drink water and sleep. G'night!

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So help me, I cannot remember figuring out the concept of mathematical inverses (multiplicative and additive), let alone when they were first introduced to me. I guess at the time I didn't even think it was cool, probably because it was only explained to me in terms of how to solve simple algebra problems, and not in terms of "ok, so this is one of those basic recurring concepts that'll keep turning up to interconnect all the math you know". Which is a shame. I'm trying to explain to my pre-algebra student about addition and subtraction are kind of the same, only opposite, and multiplication and division are the same, only opposite, and I don't know if I'm getting through at all. I'm trying to put it in terms of turning math problems inside out so they look prettier and easier to solve, but I don't know if that's the right thing to do. Part of the problem, I think, is that he's still struggling with complicated multiplication and division. Part of me wants to stop and work on those, but mostly I want to give him a calculator for the arithmetic and work on the concepts, since they're ever so much cooler. What I remember most about pre-algebra is Mr. Gelfand, who taught it: I swear, the man had a different suit for every day of the month, but he seemed particularly fond of a burgundy-red number that he wore with a yellow shirt. Also he apparently had a really bad toupee, but I never noticed. I'm kind of unobservant about that kind of thing; hairpieces have to be really, blatantly fake (like a different color from the rest of the person's hair), or else on someone I know to be bald, for me to pick up on them. But I digress. I digress so much, in fact, that I just took time out to write one of the few people I knew in middle school who might remember Mr. Gelfand and/or even be able to tell me when we learned inverses. I'm dork-tacular.

In other news, I still need a haircut, and Mother Kali's Books is probably going out of business, which means it's time for me to buy a copy of all the Alix Olson CDs they have in stock, because ack! Nowhere else has them in stock! I might complete my Dar Williams collection and finally get me some Toshi Reagon, while I'm at it. Did I mention waaaah? I knew Mother Kali's hadn't been doing well for some time, and that they'd gone through a horrific traumatic reorganization last fall, but wah!

Um, what else? Contact improv tonight (yay hippie dance!) and I should probably go get myself some binders and stuff to better organize my tutoring course materials and suchforth (plus, any excuse to go play in office-supplies land! Woo!) Maybe a trip to the library as well. Also food. Yes. Food would be good.

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So lately it seems like everything I read is sad: currently it's Kelly's copy of Stone Butch Blues, before that it was a reread of the Dark Tower series, because Book 5 (The Wolves of Calla) is coming out this year or I'm going to go seriously Misery on Stephen King's ass. To counter this trend and try to win back the feeling that there's hope for humanity, I started in on The Zinn Reader ("writings on disobedience and democracy") this morning. Actually, by that point it was probably afternoon, but that's because we slept in and had waffles for breakfast --- thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge and [livejournal.com profile] nedthealpaca for the hand-me-down waffle iron! It's not often that I turn to nonfiction for my feel-good reading, but so far, so good. Still, if any of y'all want to recommend some relatively light-hearted, entertaining fiction that won't bludgeon me with an emotional 2x4, that would be great. Bonus points if I can get it at my friendly local public library (the link is mostly for my own reference, so I can check the online catalog for any suggestions that appear in the comments to this entry).

I swear I had more to say than this, but of course I've completely forgotten it. Drat.

Update, 17:14: Oh yeah: we had tostadas for dinner last night and they were super-tasty. I am pleased by the outcome of this experiment, yes indeedy. I'd gotten corn tortillas on an impulse-buy earlier in the week, but wasn't really sure what to do with them: huevos rancheros? tostadas? In the end, the latter won out, but I might have to try making me some rancheros in the not-too-distant future. We'll see. Yay for trying new foods!

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So I'm at the Eugene Public Library feeding my LiveJournal and Everything2 addictions, with varying degrees of success (Internet Explorer can suck it! I want my tabbed browsing, dangit!) I want very much for our DSL to start working now please. On a related note, if you've sent me email in the past five days, I haven't gotten it. Sorry. Them's the breaks.

Hrrrm, what else? Um, our housewarming party was a laidback, low-key, fun affair, with a dizzying Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle interlude in the middle for me, [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge, [livejournal.com profile] acapnotic, and Peter's mom. It made my head hurt, especially Cameron Diaz. So... much... cognitive dissonance! I took notes. Film is text, baby! Ok, I'm shutting up now. I should probably go home and have pie with Peter and his mom before she leaves, but I'd been without Internet for way too long. I'm a dork.

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The title of this entry comes from an actual wine review published in today's New York Times. It made me giggle, especially when contrasted with the rest of the article, which was much more highbrow: "Reds Easy to Drink, Easy on the Budget" (I think you need a login to view it.)

In other news (longer discussion hidden behind <lj-cut> tags for your convenience), it turns out hormone replacement therapy increases risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. )

And finally, my generation apparently trusts the military a whole lot more than the baby boomers do/did. )

In news of my life, it sounds like I'm not in big trouble for missing my student yesterday. Another tutor filled in for me for a bit, then decided I wasn't coming and sent my student home. Unfortunately things are total chaos at the Learning Center right now, so they couldn't find my student's phone number, so I'm going to have to just apologize and reschedule tomorrow. So much randomness!

Today I think I'll go take a closer look at one of the potential rentals I played phone tag about yesterday. Also I will strive to return my much-overdue library book, pay my fines, and pick up the books they've got on hold for me: Kevin Crossley-Holland's book on the Norse myths (recommended by Neil Gaiman's bibliography to American Gods), and [livejournal.com profile] springbok1's sister's novel Fires of the Faithful. They had bell hooks' Feminist theory: from margin to center ready too, but I guess the hold expired because I didn't pick it up on time because I suck like that. Sigh.

Finally, I started writing this entry at 11:19 am but got distracted and did some dishes in the middle of writing it. I wish there was a "started writing" and "submitted" time stamp for entries. That'd be kinda neat.

Dude!

May. 16th, 2003 03:53 pm
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Matt Ruff's new book is out! It's called Set This House in Order, and it's about two people with multiple-personality/dissociative identity disorder, and as of about 30 seconds ago I'm 3rd in line for it at the Eugene Public Library. I don't know if I can wait that long, although I kind of want to wait for the paperback before buying it, since it would better match my pocket book copies of Ruff's previous novels, Fool on the Hill and Sewer, Gas, and Electric (you can feel free to mock me for my anal-retentive ordering of my library now, yes). There's all kinds of good links about the new book from his homepage, including an essay he wrote about the book for Powells.com; I'm still exploring them and it's very exciting.

(Matt Ruff, for those of you who don't know, is one of my very favoritest fiction writers. His books may not be great literature, but they're always damn fun to read, and I wish I could come up with anything half as clever as even a small fraction of his characters. Here's what I wrote about him for Everything2, although it's sort of out of date now.)

In other news, we're watching Cassie the neighbors' kitten this weekend while her family goes camping, and the weather outside sucks so there's currently two cats of cuteness curled up on our couch. You know you envy me.

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