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Monday, November 29th, 2010
10:36 pm
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And no sudden movements!

current mood: indescribable

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
10:59 am
I just completed something of a f-list purge. My list has been getting very cluttered with stuff I don't read, and I've been growing steadily more annoyed by it.

Therefore, PURGE!


FYI: If I did delete you, it's nothing personal. What it means is that we haven't been in contact in any way in a very long time (if ever). If you wanna be added back again for some reason, comment and let me know.

current mood: indifferent

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Sunday, November 19th, 2006
8:15 am
I had an interesting night last night. I will share the details of said night when I have anything resembling time.

Today is my mother's own personal Thanksgiving a week early (My family is strange. Don't ask.) So of course 8 am is going to be the most appropriate time for me to go to Stop and Shop and buy wet Swiffer pads.

I'm slightly cranky.

current mood: sleepy

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Friday, November 17th, 2006
11:01 am - Book nerdiness
So, in one of the communities I belong to, a question was presented about what the ultimate classic children's picture books are. And needless to say, that got me thinking. Therefore, I now present to you for your critique and review, my Top Ten list of All-Time Favorite Books to Grow Up With. (In no particular order)

The Little Engine that Could- Watty Piper et al.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel- Virginia Lee Burton

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie-Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond
(this book actually spawned a series, including things like "If You Give a Moose a Muffin," and "If You Give a Pig a Pancake." I chose mice and cookies because that is the best read of them all)

Make Way for Ducklings- Robert McCloskey
(I'm from Boston. I couldn't make this list without Ducklings on it!)

Madeline-Ludwig Bemelmans

The Wind in the Willows-Kenneth Grahame

The Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Williams

Goodnight, Moon-Margaret Wise Brown

Cloudy, With a Chance of Meatballs- Judi and Ron Barrett

The Complete Works of Beatrix Potter- Beatrix Potter

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Ok, I know that's 11. There are just way too many to chose from. Just be glad I limited myself to English!

current mood: nostalgic

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Thursday, November 16th, 2006
1:17 am - Gakked from tricksterquinn
meme!Collapse )

current mood: awake

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
12:52 pm - And the World Gets smaller
Long term visitors to this blog may remember several semesters ago now I had a serious falling out with a girl in the Honors Program with me.

She has gone down in the annals of history as "The Girl we hate."

I mention this because she has once again reared her head and made an appearance in my life.

As it turns out, she has been working as the Legislative Aid for Rep. Jeff Sanchez for the past 4 months.

She's still a nit wit.

Needless to say, I feel an incredible sympathy for Rep. Sanchez, as well as a slight trepidation for the people of the 15th Suffolk. What kind of person hires this woman?

current mood: bitchy

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
1:07 pm - Gay Marriage Should Be Illegal
StopGeek explains why.


This is it, ladies and gentlemen! The ultimate manefesto!

*giggle*

I'm really far too entertained by this.

My favorite?

"Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract"

current mood: amused

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Thursday, November 9th, 2006
11:08 am - Internship: Wow
Um.

I just walked through the biggest crowd of protesters I've seen since the Presidential Inauguration.

The street in front of the State House right now is just frankly surreal. The "Let the People Vote" crowd are on the side closest to the Common, and the Marriage Equality people are on the side near the building. Crossing the street was an incredible experience.

There's a lot more I could say, but I'm gonna hold off 'til after 1 this afternoon when the Convention starts.


Marius got called a communist by one of the callers this morning 'cause we won't the people vote.

They're getting pretty nasty.

current mood: excited

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
5:00 pm - Rock the Vote- Part 2
I'm sitting here at the State House, and exactly no one is around except me and the secretary. Since the only things I have to do are:

1) Answer the phone and
2) Enter Mass Equality postcards into our constituent tracker system,

I would just as soon post something here.


Obviously, today is Election Day. Americans all over the country are casting votes on any number of candidates and issues. The People are speaking even as I am typing this.

This year is sort of unique, in that it is the first time I've ever been in this particular vantage point. I am participating more directly in politics than I ever have before, and it is giving me a totally different perspective on things.

I've had a lot of discussion with people the last couple weeks about "the process." Usually, I hear frustration with it cited as the reason the people I spoke to aren't planing on voting. According to them, voting seems like a vain attempt to impact a distant, corrupt and hopelessly entrenched government that has long since forgotten about regular people. I hear that same thing all the time, and I have never ever understood it.

You know what, though, that's not totally true. I do understand it in a way. I understand how easy it is to take that position:

If your vote doesn't really make a difference, then you aren't responsible for what's going on around you. It is a comfortable idea that things are just being done to you, your consent notwithstanding. You aren't responsible for the problems you see, nor are you responsible for trying to come up with solutions for them. It means that you are free to complain about the government, about your taxes, about the war, and about whatever the latest event of the day is without having to worry about actually doing anything. After all, what can one person do?

As I said, it's a comfortable idea to have, and I imagine it makes sleeping at night a lot easier. It is also categorically untrue most of the time.

Office holders, believe it or not, honestly care about who their constituents are and how they feel. They also care about how each and every one of them votes come election time. This is why there are so many opinion polls floating around. This is why candidates spend millions of dollars running ads. This is why volunteers canvas neighborhoods, knock on doors, send out mailings, make phone calls, air drop leaflets over densely populated areas...

They aren't out campaigning for their health. They want your vote, and they will do anything in their power to get it. They will bend over backwards to get it.

If they are convinced by election results, or by those polls I mentioned, that their constituents don't favor something, they are going to change their game plan. It has a direct impact on policy at every level.

I always wonder who exactly these apathetic people think are being polled when Gallup or the New York Times or CNN comes back with numbers. And further, what they think is happening once those numbers are published. Don't they get that these aren't made up statistics? These polling numbers are contributed to by real, honest-to-goodness people, and decision makers read them very very carefully.

Almost as carefully as they read election results. Which are also contributed to by real, honest-to-goodness people. Voters, curiously enough.

The one thing I will give the apathetic among you is that officials are out of touch with one notable section of the population. The ones who don't vote. There's no way they can know what we want if we don't tell them. The official All Mighty Crystal Ball is broken. You have to raise your hand if you want to be counted.

This, incidentally, is exactly why issues like Social Security, Medicare, and prescription drug coverage have become major areas of discussion. Because older Americans are the ones that vote, and those are some of the issues important to them. Conversely, higher education, the environment, crime, drugs...these are things further down on the priority list because there are fewer people speaking up. You better believe that public schools in poor districts would get a hell of a lot more attention if the people in those districts started putting up more of a stink. If suddenly 60-70 percent of them started turning out for every election, you bet your butt those schools would be cathedrals.

And that's really my point. You want something done, you've got to get it done yourself. No one's going to know it needs doing otherwise.

Decisions are made by the people who show up.

current mood: thoughtful

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9:26 am - Rock the Vote- Part 1
This cartoon was published a year ago today in the Boston Herald. I thought it kinda fit.
In a (belated) attempt to avoid being obnoxious, I've put said cartoon behind a cutCollapse )

current mood: pissed off

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
3:17 pm
People give me a headache sometimes...

That is all

current mood: cranky

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
10:27 am - SQUEEE!!!
I have some exciting news! My good LJ buddy artaxastra has just had her absolutely terrific novel accepted for publication!

The book, formerly called Black Ships and now to be reborn as Oracle, was born here on Livejournal. It will hit store shelves the end of next year. The author has also been given a contract that allows for an option of at least two more books.


To anyone who claims that blogging is a waste of time that never amounts to anything, I hereby suggest that you eat your hearts out.

current mood: proud

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
10:34 am - Let the TPing begin!
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Welcome, one and all, to Halloween 2006!


Tonight's revelry and debauchery has been brought to you in part by the ancient Celts.

According to ancient Celtic lore, this night, the last night of the year by their reckoning, is the night when the wall between this world and the next fades for a time, and spirits of the dead return seeking living bodies to possess for a year. The tradition of dressing as hobbgoblins and ghouls was born of a desire to dissuade the souls from possessing us.

Halloween has also been brought to you by a contribution by the Roman Catholic Church.

In Catholic tradition, this night is All Hallows Eve, which makes tomorrow All Hallows Day (or All Saints Day). The day following that, November 2nd, is All Souls Day. This last event is how we in the 21st century arrived at the practice of giving out candy and sweets.

In Christendom of old, it was popular on All Souls Day for the poor to canvas a village begging for "soul cakes," in exchange for which the beggar promised to say a prayer for the donor's departed relations. This might seem a little one-sided until you understand that according to church doctrine at the time, prayers for a departed soul, even from a perfect stranger, counted as points toward release from Purgatory.


So in honor of these contributions, and in an effort to remain true to the spirit of the evening, I have compiled a list of suggestions for my readers that might help you enjoy yourself more tonight.


~ Keep an eye on your friends and neighbors. There are spirits on the loose, and one never knows who could end up the victim of a possession. In the event that you suspect a possession has taken place, set up a pier on your front lawn. Burning the victim both forces the spirit out of him, and serves as a disincentive for the other spirits in the area.

~ When distributing candy, you may consider handing out rosary beads as well. Insist upon at least 5 Our Fathers and a Hail Mary before you'll hand over the Snickers.

~ Go old-fashioned and carve your Jack-O-Lantern out of a turnip rather than a pumpkin. If it was good enough for Jack, it's certainly good enough for you.

~ Keep that shotgun handy. You never know who or what might show up at your door now that the Spirit World has sprung a leak.


With these helpful household tips in mind, I'm sure we can all have an unusually eventful Halloween.

current mood: halloween-y

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Monday, October 30th, 2006
3:26 pm - Jess' Deep Philosophical Thought of the Day:
Life is an enormous game of Frogger.

current mood: hungry

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
4:02 pm - FYI
The New Jersey Supreme Court has just officially coped out.

They ruled that while same-sex couples are constitutionally entitled to the same marriage benefits as everyone else, it is up to the legislature to determine whether they want to amend the marriage statute, or come up with some alternative.

So, civil unions.


As Delia just finished saying, this is seperate-but-equal reasoning all over again. I'm not sure I can disagree either. We all know by now what my feeling is about the marriage issue. What I continue to not understand is why the lawyers in charge of this thing wouldn't just use an equal protection argument, using the suspect classification of gender as their main point, rather than calling it an issue of sexual orientation. Instead, we are once again in a position where we could very easily be creating second class citizens.

*grumble* Damn lawyers

current mood: geeky

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Friday, October 13th, 2006
10:08 am - Happy Friday the 13th!
Once again, we here in Jess' Garden of Enchantment and Verbosity find ourselves presented with a Noteworthy Occasion.

Friday the 13th of October.

In an effort to contribute in my own humble way to the collective intelligence of mankind, here are a few little tidbits about why this day is considered so unlucky and... well, spooky.


Paraskevidekatriaphobia: (n) "fear of Friday the 13th"

Now we know there is actually a technical name for it. (This should be casually dropped into conversation next time you hear someone considering whether Freddy could kick Jason's ass, or vice versa)


Fridays in general in much of European tradition have always been unlucky. No one would ever do things like court or marry on a Friday, fishermen said that "Friday's sails always fail." Friday was also traditionally the day set aside for public executions.

Thirteen as well tended to be a number associated with execution. There were traditionally 13 steps leading to the gallows. 13 was made more wicked through its association for many with paganism and sin of one kind or another. Many pagan traditions followed a 13 month lunar calendar, rather than the 12 month one Christians followed. There is also biblical evidence of the evil of 13. For example, Judas, the disciple who ultimately betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of the party to arrive at the Last Supper.

And of course, in 1306, on a Friday the 13th, the King of France ordered the Knights Templars arrested and tortured, which according to legend has forever marked that date as evil.

For all of these reasons, as well as a considerable amount of sheer foolishness on the part of the general public, Friday the 13th is a unique manifestation of superstition in the 21st century.


So let us not forget to celebrate this auspicious event!

In honor of thousands of dead Templars, let us toss some salt over our shoulders, crack a mirror or two and sic our black cats on the unsuspecting public!

*Evil laugh*

current mood: hungry

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006
9:48 pm - Jury Duty update
So, I forgot to mention this, but I was thinking about it just now. And, you know, I'm sitting here...


I got a summons to appear for jury duty a few weeks after Renee got hers (which I posted about a little while ago). Needless to say, I was all excited.


Life happened, and it took me a little while to fill out the little RSVP card they send you. I had finally gotten around to it last week, and I was putting it into a pile of stuff to take with me so I could mail it.

I also happened to have been standing in front of my mother while I was doing this. She saw me put the card in the pile, says "I'm sorry, I thought you saw this," and hands me yet another white and blue envelope.


My jury duty has been cancelled.



Again, needless to say, my reaction was as follows:


%#$(#$*&#@#!!!!!


...well, more or less.

The Universe has obviously decided it's gonna mess with me for a while.

current mood: aggravated

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
8:33 am - Happy Birthday to me!
It's official now:

I'm 22.


I can't tell you how weird that particular statement is. I just got used to being 21, damn it!

*grumble*

I feel old.

current mood: good

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
5:31 pm - Comics!
I just unearthed this, and had to share.

Please forgive the horrible quality. I used my cell phone and photoshop to get it as decent as it is now.

This is from the Boston Globe a year ago or soCollapse )

current mood: amused

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4:18 pm - Meme!
Yes, ladies and gents, another wonderful edition of "Crap to Waste Everyone's Time!"

This episode is brought to you by tricksterquinn
MEME!!Collapse )

current mood: bored

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