hushpiper: (telephone game)
I am somewhat lame and have lately been focusing on boring adult things like working and keeping things clean and folding the bajillion clothes I just washed (my god, Matt, why do you have so many t-shirts?). So here, have a few things I've been rolling around in my head:

So, nukes, right? Nuclear power plants, to be more specific. Here in the US--and some other places as well--if you mention the words "nuclear" or "radiation", people immediately think "cancer", "cold war", and "danger". It's bad enough that the first thing the dental assistant says when I'm going in for an x-ray and she's fitting on the heavy lead jacket over me is, "The radiation really isn't dangerous, you know--that's just a myth--but we like to play it safe."

The thing is, the only power plants that produced meltdowns like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl are the ones that were built with 70s technology (or earlier). Modern nuclear reactors produce little to no waste (some of the ones they're developing have completely closed fuel cycles--others are capable of using the depleted uranium that is the waste product of older reactors as their fuel), have no negative effect on the surrounding environment, and are incapable of melting down because they fail closed: if they start to overload, the reaction shuts down. This isn't a computer-based shutdown either, which would fail if the computers went offline--the reaction itself can't be sustained above certain temperatures. You couldn't make them melt down if you tried.

It bothers me that, even with my consistent interest in clean and sustainable energy going back to my high school years, I only found out about this a couple months ago. It seems like, since we're at the point where people are talking about not only "peak oil" but "peak energy", and running around clutching their hair trying to find alternative energies, it would be about time for the comeback of the one technology we have that actually has a chance of replacing fossil fuels for most of our energy needs. Right?

(By the way, with regards to the tooth x-ray: even if they'd left the lead jacket off, the radiation I got from that would only be about equivalent to flying from New York to LA and then back again: http://imgs.xkcd.com/blag/radiation.png I'm not too worried about it, to be quite honest.)
hushpiper: [Tim] Mother whose heart hung humble as a button / on the bright splendid shroud of your son / Do not weep. War is kind. (Tim)
Defeat, my Defeat, my solitude and my aloofness;
You are dearer to me than a thousand triumphs,
And sweeter to my heart than all world-glory.

Defeat, my Defeat, my self-knowledge and my defiance,
Through you I know that I am yet young and swift of foot
And not to be trapped by withering laurels.
And in you I have found aloneness
And the joy of being shunned and scorned.

Defeat, my Defeat, my shining sword and shield,
In your eyes I have read
That to be enthroned is to be enslaved,
And to be understood is to be levelled down,
And to be grasped is but to reach one's fulness
And like a ripe fruit to fall and be consumed.

Defeat, my Defeat, my bold companion,
You shall hear my songs and my cries and my silences,
And none but you shall speak to me of the beating of wings,
And urging of seas,
And of mountains that burn in the night,
And you alone shall climb my steep and rocky soul.

Defeat, my Defeat, my deathless courage,
You and I shall laugh together with the storm,
And together we shall dig graves for all that die in us,
And we shall stand in the sun with a will,
And we shall be dangerous.
hushpiper: flesh of thy flesh, bone of thy bone / I here, thou there, yet both but one (snuggle)
 I was asked today what sort of tattoo I'd have, if I had to get one. Since it's one of those get-to-know-you questions that you tend to get asked a fair bit, I figured I'd repost my answer here.

My tattoo would be something like this:



On my feet, with geometric designs in the style of North African henna.

Why?

Because it's meaningless. I've long been of the opinion that anything you're going to have to live with for the long term--names, tattoos, etc.--should be simple, meaningless, and have no particular personal connotations other than aesthetic appeal. People change too quickly--or at least I do--for anything based in personal meaning to fit for long; soon you'll start to grow out of it, and names and tattoos are hard to erase. But meaningless things can comfortably stretch to fit whatever shape you are, rather like a particularly nice pair of leather gloves.

As for why feet: Feet are inherently pretty, moreso with designs on them, and they're easily covered at work or in whatever situation you don't want people to see your tattoos. It would probably hurt a hell of a lot more, but whatevs. I'm a tough girl. ;)
hushpiper: my life had stood, a loaded gun / in corners, till a day / the owner passed, identified / and carried me away (grunge)
From the USA Today front page article on the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case, a quote on "Victim 1":

'...Victim 1 was not actually Sandusky's first alleged victim. In the report, the boy is Victim 1 for a different reason: He spoke up, went to the police, and triggered the sex abuse investigation of Sandusky that has resulted in the removal of top Penn State officials and legendary football coach Joe Paterno. [...] "Had this individual not come forward, this investigation may not have happened. Who knows how many people he saved from abuse.

'"He's a hero. That is the truth."'

Amen.

In other news (mood whiplash!), here's the final word from Diane Duane on how to cure hiccups: a spoonful of sugar, then a spoonful of salt, then a lemon slice. Try one, wait a bit, if the hiccups don't go away try the next one. I get hiccups a lot when I eat, so I'll be trying this one out.

I'm still in love with the Google "Search On" commercials. Here's one.

Funniest currently trending topic: #idonotthinkiwillbeplayingskyrimbecause
Thing I can't figure out why people talk about so much: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Thing I really really want: "hard drive toaster"
Today's cool dude dancing video: Stretch Armstrong
Hoax that I really wish was true: Rossi's E-Cat cold fusion.
Most awesome tweet I found recently linked: Libyan opposition leaders sent coded messages through dating site
Movie that might be really cool and might be awful: Snow White & The Huntsman
List that is too long: This one. :D

ETA: Lawsuit that made me roll my eyes today: here.
hushpiper: Help, disaster, fire and smoke! Robin's trod on Batman's cloak! (batman-belt)
I've grabbed my copy of the new Humble Bundle, and I think I'm gonna continue to do so as they come out. I pay about $5 average for them, so it's a lot cheaper than many other impulse buys that I make, and the payoff lasts a lot longer. Plus, I can use it to donate money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which I like. (I'm donating a lot lately. A few days ago I donated to UNICEF to get a short story by Diane Duane, a favorite author of mine. I like it when giving money for things I like does more than just getting me something I like!)

The current bundle has Voxatron as the lead game, plus Blocks That Matter and The Binding of Isaac if you exceed the average bid ($3.95 last I checked, and likely to go up dramatically as time runs out). As usual, I'm not quite sure what to expect, but they look interesting. (The Binding of Isaac probably needs a trigger warning tho. It appears to be something like a very cartoony Silent-Hill-meets-Jhonen-Vasquez, with heavy overtones of religious child abuse. Kind of funny, very surreal, been getting very good reviews.)

I still need to learn to play Frozen Synapse from the last bundle, and to pick up SpaceChem again (I hit a triple-bonding puzzle and bounced). I reeeeeeeeeeeally wish that my computer was beefy enough to be able to deal with playing these games and recording myself playing them at the same time, because I adore LPs and would love to do some. It does really well considering it's just your average midline laptop, but still not quite good enough.

On that note, it would be really fun to do some Minecraft multiplayer stuff, but how exactly does one go about finding a server to play on and people to play with? A difficult question...
hushpiper: my life had stood, a loaded gun / in corners, till a day / the owner passed, identified / and carried me away (grunge)
 The cute dude I've been sitting next to in my astrobiology class every day since the beginning of the semester finally asked for my phone number (just as I was considering asking for his), and we've been idly texting throughout the day so far. :D

lol

Oct. 17th, 2011 02:48 pm
hushpiper: Help, disaster, fire and smoke! Robin's trod on Batman's cloak! (batman-belt)
 Biology teacher is referring to sperm as "sailors". Old joke? Yeeeeaaaaah.

lol

Oct. 12th, 2011 12:35 pm
hushpiper: 'The time has come,' the Walrus said, 'To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings (rawr)
Dude in a neon green morphsuit and black mask came by and sat down next to me, casually leaning on the arm of my chair and fanning out his handful of flyers advertising UFO expert Robert Hastings, who is coming to speak at the university next Tuesday. I giggled, took one, and crisply said, "Thank you." Whereupon he nodded slowly, leaped out of his seat and galloped off to embarrass some people on the other side of the room.

Ah, well. I was planning on going to see at least some of the talk Tuesday anyway, what with the way my teachers have been ranting about it. The astronomy department has been lobbying to ban all advertisement of the event in the science buildings. XD

oh. lol.

Oct. 6th, 2011 09:38 am
hushpiper: 'The time has come,' the Walrus said, 'To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings (rawr)
 Turns out MSN blocked my account, making me obviously unable to sign on to IM. Probably someone hacked it or something. *le sigh* On the bright side, now I know why Pidgin wasn't working. :)

It was a very old ID anyway. Maybe once I regain access to it, I'll grab all my contacts, delete it, and make a new one.

Of Science

Sep. 13th, 2011 08:17 pm
hushpiper: 'The time has come,' the Walrus said, 'To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings (rawr)

Bill Nye came to my university and made a Doctor Who reference.

It was amazing. )

hushpiper: my life had stood, a loaded gun / in corners, till a day / the owner passed, identified / and carried me away (grunge)
My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun -
In Corners - till a Day
The Owner passed - identified -
And carried Me away -

And now We roam in Sovereign Woods -
And now We hunt the Doe -
And every time I speak for Him -
The Mountains straight reply -

And do I smile, such cordial light
Upon the Valley glow -
It is as a Vesuvian face
Had let its pleasure through -

And when at Night - Our good Day done -
I guard My Master's Head -
'Tis better than the Eider-Duck's
Deep Pillow - to have shared -

To foe of His - I'm deadly foe -
None stir the second time -
On whom I lay a Yellow Eye -
Or an emphatic Thumb -

Though I than He - may longer live
He longer must - than I -
For I have but the power to kill,
Without--the power to die--

Emily Dickinson

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