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Mar. 4th, 2025


New blog!

I was here on LJ earlier, replying to someone else's entry, and realized I hadn't yet made my announcement.

I have a new blog over on WordPress and as a result, I'm probably not going to be posting here anymore. At least, not much (not that I posted much to begin with). I thought about cross-posting entries, but upon reflection, I think that's more work than I want to bother with - unless someone knows of a way to auto-cross-post?

And I'm keeping my LJ account so I can post comments and such.

Anyway, please stop by the new digs! :-)


Jun. 29th, 2010


I Joined - Have you?

"Blame" starrynights24 for this. ;)

Jan. 27th, 2010


I'm a bona fide copy editor!

I don't know exactly how often I've mentioned it here on LJ, but I'm sure it's come up that I've been working with Uncommon Knowledge since last June, as copy editor for their UncommonHelp.me site. What started as me doing spit-and-polish on Mark's self-help articles (85 articles, to date) has steadily expanded as new responsibilities get added to my role. And I've welcomed all of this with open arms, fitting it in around my "regular" job(s) and other responsibilities and avocations, loving that I get to help and eager for the experience. (Yes, I was a proofreader/word processor for a geotechnical engineering firm and an editor for that small publishing company in San Diego, but this is the first time I've felt like a genuine editor. It's fantastic!)

My newest task is to "rewrite" articles for syndication: rephrase and alter articles so that they can be published on non-Unk websites while avoiding duplicate content issues. The genius is still all Mark; I'm just neatening and tightening.

We just got word that the latest syndicated article on exercise motivation was not only accepted by PickTheBrain.com, it was featured on the front page! Pardon me if I take a little pride in that. ;-)

(Another syndicated piece is here.)

And if you're on Facebook, you can become a fan of Uncommon Knowledge! They've consolidated all of their various blogs into one easy-access page, and it's a great space to interact with Mark and Roger a bit. You'll probably spot me haunting the page, too. ;-)
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Jan. 26th, 2010

Facepalm: Owen

Talk about a wrong number!

It's been a loooong time since I got one of these:

"Subj: Sorry, if I'm wrong and you are not single

"Hello, I write you and may this is a mistake and you are not single now, but my friend helped me to make search in the Internet and I like you as person. I'm looking for a good man, some older when me for creating family. I attach one picture, and if you are interesting in getting me know better please, reply to ________@aol.com and I will tell you more and send more pictures I�m educated and family oriented Sorry again if I disturb you.. Olga"

...I was going to post the accompanying photo (looks like a nice enough girl), but I sincerely doubt it's the actual person behind the email and don't want to put whoever it is at further risk.
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Jan. 23rd, 2010

Out of my mind

Dream On

Tuesday night, I was up late enough that my Brit friends on Twitter and Facebook started waking up on their Wednesday morning and wishing me a happy birthday. So I stayed up stupid late, replying to many of the wonderful and kind messages.

When I finally stumbled to bed around 3:30am (yes, yes, I know), I was mildly berating myself about the fact that I had to be at work in a few short hours. As usual, I turned the Zen to one of the lads' sleep programs, just to slip that much more effortlessly into Nod. I don't think I even made it through the pre-talk. :-P

Plummeting seemingly instantaneously into REM, I had a long and crazy dream about trying to get to work on time but being delayed and interrupted by the people I was with, or family making demands on my time, or bizarrely convoluted complications in my travel (that of course made complete sense in dream logic). The dream has since faded into the muddled amorphousness of half-remembered images, so don't ask for details.

When I awoke a mere hour later, I couldn't help laughing at my unconscious.

"Geesh, I wonder what I'm worried about," I muttered sarcastically before rolling over for a bit more sleep.
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Remember the Rules

Zombieland is playing at the bargain cinema. We handed out Twinkies to the other audience members. And two packs of SnoBalls. If you've seen the film, you'll understand this; if you haven't, see the film, gain understanding. ;-)

We also wrote Columbus's Rules on the Twinkie packages, to share the wisdom. But given that I can't remember ever seeing a website that had the rules properly quoted (and in the right order), I wrote them down as they came up in the film. So for your edification (and my future reference), here are

Columbus's Rules for Surviving Zombieland

1) Cardio.
2) Double tap.
3) Beware of Bathrooms.
4) Seatbelts.

7) Travel light.

17) Don't be a hero.
18) Limber up.

22) When in doubt, know your way out.

31) Check the back seat.

And, my personal favorite...

32) Enjoy the little things.

I leave you with Tallahassee's call to arms:

"Nut up or shut up!"
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Jan. 20th, 2010


The Snow Plow Story

Hey, it's my birthday! *party horns* Thanks to everyone who's already wished me a happy day and advance thanks to those who will as the day goes on (this is not an attempt to "guilt" anyone into saying the words; I'm just saying).

On her Facebook Wall a few minutes ago, my mom posted an abbreviated version of a family lore story about my actual birth day. It's one of my favorite stories, so I wanted to share it with all of you. Obviously, my parents tell it much better than I do, since they were there and all; but I'll do my best. (And hope that Mom and Dad forgive the errors.)

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Dec. 11th, 2009

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Season reason

One of my Twitter & LJ buds pointed me in the direction of a truly excellent post by alyxbradford on the origins of this season's celebrations and why the right-wing Christian nutjobs really need to STFU and realize that no, actually, you don't have sole discretion to dictate how this time of year gets observed.

So please, go read it.

And while you're at it, check out greyduck's web comic, Quacked Panes. Is very cute and often punny.

Nov. 26th, 2009

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My Mayflower ancestor

Yes, I'm still behind on my travel blogs (so behind that I'm back in the States now!), but it's Thanksgiving and my mom just sent me some information I didn't know before about our ancestor who was on the Mayflower. Thought I'd share.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Nov. 9th, 2009


UK 2009: Day the Second

Churchyards. Candid photos. Chocolate. Crab (not really, but seafood). And "understated elegance".

(Reminder: photos here.)

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