August 7th, 2005


still pining for the fjords.

truepenny just made a cool post on The Annotated Sherlock Holmes and fannish obsession. Among other things, I always like being reminded that online media fandom is not the only fannish subculture in existence, but just another island in a well-packed archipelago of Ren Faire followers, fantasy sport guys, ballroom dancers, photobugs, Beanie Baby collectors, obscure fishing lure enthusiasts, and so on, so on, anoraks everywhere you look. Somewhere out there on the web has to be the ultimate list of unconventional hobbies. I want that list!

liviapenn posted happy commentary on "Duet," which is part of a balanced diet for people like me who might otherwise get too focused on DH's giddy flaming or the mystery of imported salad bowls.

I think I'm going to have a crumpet and go to the gym. Meanwhile, I think you should all read Attacked by Thugs!, which was pointed out by katallison. I wheezed with laughter and I'd like other people to wheeze too, though when you're done wheezing you kind of have to wonder and worry about Warsaw police recruitment.

Unrelated to anything, this article about fjords offers "fjords in literature":
  • Slartibartfast, a character in Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is noted for having crafted the fjords in Norway.
  • In Monty Python's famous Dead Parrot sketch, Michael Palin asserts that John Cleese's deceased Norwegian Blue parrot is, not dead, but rather "pining for the fjords".
  • Pinky, of Pinky and the Brain fame was known to, on occasion, exclaim "FJORD!" for no apparent reason.
(Okay, it was actually "fjords in literature and popular culture" but I think you have to let a phrase like "fjords in literature" stand alone.)


That's the mental sound of my Sunday.

I forced myself into the office today to get a few hours of work done, and now that I'm here, I'm like, whatever. If I were home I'd just be watching B-movies though. So. What to do.

*crickets chirp*

I should create a macro to insert frequently pertinent phrases into my posts, such as, "I want to write but have no impetus" and "Bored now" and "If I die of an aneurysm tomorrow, I'll feel better knowing I had one last cookie."

Today I saw:

* A man sitting on his stoop with a cat wound loosely around his neck like a stole. They were looking attentively at each other. The cat was totally mellow.

* At my gym, little kids watching "Avatar" on Nickelodeon with big mesmerized eyes.

* A man playing basketball with his daughter.

* A group of incredibly talented student violinists playing Mozart in the market.

Oh, and I bought a silver, hand-hammered affirmation bracelet at the market that says "Be the change you wish to see." (Gandhi) I'd never heard that before. I love that.

All this is good, but I definitely have to up my dose of Ritalin and stop staring off into space.

questions for the LJ hive mind

1) I got a free manicure kit a while ago. It has the usual tools, and one thing I've never seen before: it's a little instrument with a double-pronged tip, like a tiny, tiny fork. I've googled and looked over all sorts of kits, but I haven't found anything like it. Does anyone know what this could be?

2) I keep trying to get rid of a redundant memories category--"stargate atlantis." I have most things in "SGA Misc" and "SGA recs" now. I keep recategorizing the remaining 3 posts, but the edit doesn't take, and the category won't go away, probably because it's never "emptying." I know I've done this in the past. Is there a current bug of some kind, or am I forgetting how to do something?

Meanwhile I'm watching "The Day After Tomorrow" and celebrating my femininity by painting my nails. Or something. *g*