bliumchik: batface + batpalm = batfacepalm (facepalm)
Let's get back into the swing of things with a meme! via [personal profile] nny. It can be kind of like a roll call to see who's still hangin' about even though I've sorely neglected the place.

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...she likes office supplies." I'd love it if every single person who friended me would do this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.) Then post this in your own journal. In return, ask me anything you'd like to know about me and I'll give you an answer.

In other news, I just checked my timetable for the upcoming semester and swore heavily. I only have one class for the rest of the year, due to some beaurocratic snafus and that one class I failed in first year. And I've had a recurring problem with everything happening on Wednesdays - my escrima class, Writer's Society meetings, random events people feel like having midweek for whatever reason... whatever. I get overbooked, I overcommit, I decide it's totally plausible to be in the city at one and back in maroubra at three and in kensington at six and back in the city at eight, I have misadventures.

Guess when the one class I have next semester is scheduled? ARGH.
bliumchik: Item: trebuchet. Item: zombie. Sound effect: braaAAAAaains. Zombie Badminton: priceless.  (zombieminton)
Mwaha! Okay, now it is time for linkspam! First off, remember Formspring? Not sure I ever linked it here. I AM INCREDIBLY FRANK, YOU GUYS: YOU KNOW THIS. Ask me things!

Bee tee dubs, I meant to tell you how awesome the compliments meme was! Some of the people I was thinking of when I wrote about the i'm-so-fat thing and my puzzled flail about it did not comment though, so I had to ambush them on facebook. And while I was there I said what the hell, and got through another twenty or so of my friends. It was amazing! I highly reccommend it, I went to sleep grinning my face off. I turned on my capslock before I started. NOTHING IS AWKWARD WHEN YOU SAY IT IN CAPS LOCK :D

Speaking of Facebook, I thought y'all might find this recent exchange of mine amusing.

It's true, I really would watch Battlestar Gaylactica. Don't lie, you know you would too.

In slightly more Srs Bzns lately, I found this article incredibly interesting. Back when I first read the Zombie Survival Guide in high school I had plans to write up detailed Zombie Contingency Plans for the event of securing my house, my school and a long-term fortress such as an island (because you know. it never hurts to be prepared awesome. I also spent a lot of time trolling the [profile] zombie_survival community, but I got tired of it being full of people who had not actually read the book and either took the whole thing too seriously or were obsessed with proving their own points about some strategic detail. Plus: the curse of a thousand American gun nuts!)

I never got beyond vague ideas and a hilarious diagram of my school with zombie-vulnerable points circled, but as part of the long-term plan I was considering data storage. I had some idea of a cool dry cellar in which we'd keep archival computers that could be powered with our generator or even a hand-crank - for all those bits of information we're not sure if we'll need or not. They'd be powered down all the time except when we need to check something, or yearly maintenance I guess. I never got round to doing the research on how long they would last. Things are made pretty disposable these days.

Idle speculation on future archeologists is also a bit of a hobby of mine. Last year there was an archeology thread on the Whitechapel forums, and one user who studies in that area pointed out that the default explanation for Stuff That Baffles Us is to file it under Religious Purposes. I found it amusing to look at modern art pieces and imagine them being dug up in a thousand years by next-civilisation scholars who invent elaborate religious rituals on our behalf to explain them. But gods, is it creepy to think about all those ghost-databanks, lying fallow all over the world for lack of decryption technology.

Think about what's on your hard-drive right now. If that one computer was all some future pastgeek could access, what would they infer about our civilisation?

Okay, now MOAR LULZ.

The Worst Sex Scene In Comics. I think I ruptured something giggling at this. (PS it is SFW in the sense that there is clearly sex happening but it's been blackboxed.)

SPEAKING OF SEXYTIEMS. Am I a bit of a perv for finding Venom licking a dude hot? COME ON, GUYS. LOOK AT THAT LITTLE HEAD-TILT. COME ONNNN.

Hope you've got your lulz/srs bzns whiplash neckbrace on because I really like this article about Taylor Swift. Basically assume I am nodding vigorously at everything in that article.


also it is apparently delurking week! or it was, and can be, like, extended. jussayin.
bliumchik: (fight the system)
Good evening, internet! It is for once Before Midnight and I am writing a blog post!

I have been a busy little maggot this week, for varying values of busy that alternate between internet-cyborg-zombie and person-who-leaves-the-house-wearing-clothes. My casual online tutor work has started up again, so now I have an EXCUSE to sit in front of the computer for hours at a time! Also on Friday I accidentally went to a trance club. The night began promisingly, with young ladies stealing my roll of gaffer-tape to prepare their breasts for later semi-naked acrobatics and all, but I went home early because I had forgotten my wallet and felt too awkward sober. Also, I was hungry. So I came home and made a steak at one in the morning. Class~!

Anyway, a thing which I wanted to talk about was the Ladies: Why You Be Putting Yo'selves Down stuff going round earlier this week. I shall link to the Tiger Beatdown post because that is where I came across it and also because I agree with pretty much all of it, Sady is a sensible person and I love her blog. She and Amanda Hess continue the conversation here, and that post in particular felt oddly, nay, horrifyingly familiar.

You see, people do this around me all the time. I shan't name names, but I've been dealing with various close friends moaning about how fat they apparently are since I was fourteen. And I never got it, and I could never think of an appropriate response, because "no you're not" got old fast when it was clearly making no impact, since the conversation would repeat verbatim ad nausea, and talking about how stick-thin is not the only way to be pretty skirts the minefield of calling them fat by dint of not gushing about how skinny they are. Sometimes I'd cynically think to myself, "She is just fishing for compliments, god!" but I never particularly minded handing them out - it was just, you know. Boring.

I never really thought about this weird female habit in context, in terms of the whole patriarchal structure of feminine downplaying and tearing down and submissive gestures. I never really felt the urge myself - I guess those couple years of preadolescent socialisation I missed out on were good for something, huh? On the other hand, I am always going on about how clumsy and forgetful I am. It's not in a "please reassure me" way, it's more an instinct to lower expectations, I suppose, but now I'm wondering if that's part of this phenomenon, or if it has more in common with the gender-neutral Class Clown syndrome, as I've always thought.

All that can't hide the fact that this really is a Thing, that women are taught to do, and it still sucks. It's hard to know what to do about it. I still don't know how to respond when people (read: women) (...and Shaun, now that I think about it) put themselves down. I'm thinking of a compliment-ambush strategy, or something, I don't know. But if you're reading this, if you're reading the posts I linked above (and I hope you read those because they are awesome) and you are thinking shit, that's me, then I'd like to hear about what goes through your head in those conversations, what it is that I never got from your perspective. And yeah, I'd like it to happen less often, but not at the expense of your feeling able to express your insecurities to me, because what else are friends for? I only want to hear that stuff less because you're thinking it less. And I of all people know how tricky and unpredictable brain-hackery is, but I do believe that sometimes, when we're aware of a Thing we do that we do not want to do, we can do something about it. Remember when I used to have panic attacks on buses? You probably don't. Hell, I barely do. But I do remember it's slow, it starts small. And here this rambling dovetails neatly with a meme I've been meaning to post, via [ profile] jk_rockin and [ profile] mishka_jayne!

Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then repost this [if you like] and spread the love.

Except! Amendment! Especially for if you are a lady (or shaun)!

Reply to this post with something you like about yourself. No cop-out complinsults please! I know you've got it in you! And if you don't I will still do the original meme above, so no pressure or anything, but try. For me.

AND IF YOU DON'T COMMENT, Certain People, well... I know where you live (on the internet). I will hunt you down. And some day, when you least expect it... I will... SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT YOU.
bliumchik: (nothing sus)
I got one of those Formspring thingies people are getting. I'm such a sheepling.

Today, I thought I was seeing ads for one movie everywhere, but it turns out they were for two different movies. They both had a middle-aged white chick with blonde hair and a middle-aged white dude with brown hair giving each other sideways eyes against a beige background. Really, hollywood? Really?

Music meme!

Step 1. Put your playlist on random.
Step 2. Post lyrics from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3. Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly. NO GOOGLING

1. Steady your boats / Arms to shoulder / 'till tides are pulled / Hold our grounds Sons and Daughters- The Decemberists [ profile] jk_rockin
2. You're so unpredictable and I'm so typical / I tried to sell you a heart before you saw the world
3. Say whatever you have to say, I'll stand by you. Do whatever you have to do, to get it out and not become a reactionary Sway by The Kooks [ profile] miss_186
4. How can I decide what's right / When you're clouding up my mind? Decode - Paramore [personal profile] stepps
5. We built this city, we built this city on rock 'n' roll!Jefferson Starship - we built this city [ profile] cookiedough
6. Did I pass with the centuries in your Coventry house / Did I did I call your name too loud?
7. Pushin' the law again
8. ... *swelling brass chords* ... okay I don't expect y'all to recognise a piece of classical music by anything I can say about it. I'm gonna skip most of the foreign songs too, while I'm at it.
8.5 Imagine me and you I do / I think about you day and night Happy Together by The Turtles [ profile] miss_186 and [ profile] cookiedough
9. When you’re out with your friends in your new Mercedes Benz and you’re… on drugs
10. With your hook and line, I still blow away
11. I could make a dress / A robe fit for a prince The Dresden Dolls - Perfect Fit [ profile] cookiedough
12. We were watching as the sun was slowly setting / We were talking like the world was at an end
13. We should order up, wash the wine out of the coffee cup
14. All our accidents went purposeful and fell, stripped of providence or any way to tell that our intentions were intangible and sweet. Benediction by The Weakerthans [ profile] miss_186
15. ‘Cause you’ve been left behind / And the world has its shine, I would drop it on a dime for you. Cobra Starship - the world has its shine (but I would drop it on a dime) [ profile] cookiedough
16. I said, "Come here, if there is a fire 'cause I want you to burn first" You Burn First by Alexisonfire [ profile] miss_186
17. What's that writing on your shelf / In the bathrooms and the bad motels?
18. Knock so I'll know you're still there, half listening, interpreting the air. Full of failing foreign tongue, my dialect of stammer come undone.
19. Early told a lie / Afraid to be blind / Now go for a while / Shut off the world
20. A spider in a sea of cobwebs moves no more in a house that no-one's called home for too long
bliumchik: (quantum)
Grah, firefox killed all my tabs agaaaaain. You would think I'd learn, and start saving things to my "to read later" folder more often or install Chrome or soemthing... argh.

Meanwhile, a meme:

Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."

• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

I got two sets of questions! and the answers are under this cut )
bliumchik: Dr. Horrible laughs evilly (mine is an evil laugh)
And in one final hoshit I really did lose my blog for six months post, I have decided to combine a whole bunch of random stuff into a Things I Have Made post!

In no particular order:

My best two sketches from the life drawing class we dropped into on a whim. I tried to clean them up a little in photoshop because I spilled water and they dried crinkly so there were random shadows everywhere, but I got distracted by colour washes halfway through :P uh platonic nudes are also NSFW I assume so lol cut timne.

cute girl with and without awesome chair )

Hanyway. Some of you may have caught the WHOSE RESPONSIBLE meme - those who didn't, it's here in reverse order. The meme had a mild case of Trying Too Hard and so ultimately flopped, but it will always hold a special place into my heart right next to YOU HAVE RIGHT SLAP WENCH. Also, I wrote a filk about it and they totally linked it :P I thought I should post it here for posterity, with the lyrics since it's rather quiet at the start.

Banned From Yiffstar )

Now let's see, what else have I made. Some lolcats, a Discworld drabble from a [profile] transcendenza prompt... OH YES. *facepalm* how could I forget, this was one of the whole reasons I wanted to do this post.

I wrote a leetle comic about swans for the UTS Writer's Society Zine, Streetcygnes (yes, I am the Queen of Puns, why do you ask?) and then spent about a year bugging [personal profile] frostickle to draw it before throwing up my hands and turning to [ profile] mishka_jayne who did this awesome job:

swans \o/ )

I took the zine to the TINA festival - which is a story in itself AND another Thing I Made because I then wrote about that trip for my Creative Non Fiction class final assignment travel writing piece. It was a bit of a stretch on the term "travel writing" consisting mostly of EPIC FLAIL, but I shall post it :D

I have also signed up to [ profile] yuletide but have not written a Dear Yultider letter because I can't think of what to put in it. I rambled quite a lot in my prompts :P I am so excited to find out which one got written! :D I only got one prompt in one of my fandoms, which is ironic because I went the whole hog and put myself down for about twenty of them, and was then sort of disappointed that I couldn't write all of them XD maybe I will finish this early and put myself on the pinch hit list.

PS LJ is spotlighting [ profile] kitchenfaqs... guess which letter I misread? Just guess :P
bliumchik: (quantum)
...and some of you may have forgotten who the hell I am. This meme is going round my flist:

You know how sometimes people on your friendslist post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-word answers seldom help anyone out.

Now, I'm a weird one who can ramble forever about some stuff and volunteer personal information at length while completely sober, yet apparently completely random topics will make me cringe and hide unless somebody has specifically asked me a specific question about them. And also I'm not very good at being able to tell what bits are the need-to-know bits. So the meme is slightly altered: I'm going to write some stuff, idk, and if there is anything missing that you're curious about you may ask me in the comments.

meeeeeeeeeeeem )
bliumchik: (Default)
meme! because I feel guilty for writing the long post you guys are due when this essay is waiting for me. But rest assured, this weekend I am going to spam the fuck out of you.

Go to and type in your answer to each question in the search box, then write the most amusing definition it gives you.

lulz below the cut )
bliumchik: THIS IS NOT SPARTA. I AM LOST. (scenic detour!)

(but still wanting whatever feedback whether anon or otherwise on the last exercise)

actual post imminent! no, more like upcoming lol.
bliumchik: (Default)
This is the meme evolution meme. Copy this text, make some sort of change to it, and repost it in your own journal. Remember to post a link to your version here as a reply to the person whose text you altered, so we can see how it evolves!
bliumchik: (nothing sus)
Today the internet has brought me fluorescent puppies, kaleidoscope and cupcake awesomeness, and this.

Have a meme from [profile] perfectdays: The first TEN FIVE TEN ACROSS BOTH LJ AND DW people to comment in this post get to request a drabble or a poem or something of any pairing/character/misc of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level.

PS this is also awesome.


Mar. 26th, 2009 09:57 pm
bliumchik: (quantum)
Oh hey look, my comment about Skinner's pigeons made it into Neil Gaiman's blog. \o/

(whenever I send anything to a ~famous person, by which I mean anybody I admire who does not know me personally, I always feel terrified that they will look at it and go "who is this awkward person >:[ this is dumb." So it is good to have proof otherwise :P)

Real entry to come soonish. Meanwhile I have to vacate this computer so have a

From [ profile] soberloki: Dear readers,

I have suffered complete identity-loss amnesia. Please fill in the blanks. Tell me who I am! I trust you, my friends, to tell me only the truth and to steer me in the right direction.
bliumchik: (Default)
I am:
Olaf Stapledon
Standing outside the science fiction "field", he wrote fictional explorations of the futures of whole species and galaxies.

Which science fiction writer are you?

I... I have to google this guy now :P

I have half an hour before my Cinematic Cultures tutorial. In the screening today we watched Breathless, by Jean-Luc Godard. It was an interesting film, if a bit inexplicable in plot on occasion, and featuring Jean-Paul Belmondo's very distracting shoulders and Jean Seberg demonstrating the European obsession with thin black and white horizontal stripes. They were both very good. He sort of oddly reminded me of Brendon Urie plus ten years. I think it was the lips.

Also why is everybody in France called Jean?
bliumchik: THIS IS NOT SPARTA. I AM LOST. (splode?)
1. God will give him / blood to drink
2. All these things we'll one day swallow whole / And fade out again and fade out again [ profile] bentley
3. Give us a light and god's good love / we know what you've been dreaming of [ profile] bentley
4. When the last days come / We shall see visions
5. And stumbling through the street they say, Sir do you got a light? / And if you do then you're my friend / And if you don't then you're my foe / And if you are a diety of any sort then please don't go [ profile] bentley
6. Collect calls to home / to tell them that I realize that everyone who lives will someday die and die alone. [ profile] soberloki
7. I'm a fool, whose tool is small / it's so minuscule, it's no tool at all.
8. Sometimes (sometimes) / You might find (you might find) / A crack or (a crack or) / A fault line (a fault line) [ profile] soberloki
9. Said she's not sorry the wind blows her way [ profile] soberloki
10. So look up / Take it away / Don't look da-da-da-down the mountain
bliumchik: (Default)
List the first ten series that come to mind. Your friends will comment with the character from each series that they think you are most like. Remember this is who I'm most like, not necessarily my favorites!

EDIT: for some reason i thought it was just TV series, and dropped in some totally random ones uh. Changed around slightly now?

1. Torchwood
2. Firefly
3. Supernatural
4. Discworld
5. Burn Notice
6. Harry Potter
7. Stargate: Atlantis
8. Sandman
9. Batman! (any continuity)
10. Heroes

I am Syphilis. Don't Screw With Me, Or I'll Give You Dementia.
Which Horrible Affliction are you?
A Rum and Monkey disease.

wait, what?

Dec. 4th, 2008 08:30 pm
bliumchik: (Default)
On the twelfth day of Christmas, maggiebloome sent to me...
Twelve ladybugs drumming
Eleven memetics writing
Ten chokers a-drawing
Nine bunnies acting
Eight stories a-reading
Seven cats a-singing
Six heroes a-procrastinating
Five andro-o-o-ogynous boys
Four toppling dictatorships
Three cool belts
Two funky hats
...and a tea in a psychology.
Get your own Twelve Days:

Also my last post does not ACTUALLY make a bizarre leap from lolcats to Amanda Palmer, that was a formatting error. DAMN YOU CLOSE TAGS, DAMN YOU.
bliumchik: (nothing sus)

Your result for What's your key signature?...

B Minor

Hey, what's an emo's favorite key signature? B MINOR LOLOLOL

Congratulations, you’re B Minor, which is surprisingly not the depressing key signature, as the pun up there would indicate. B Minor is the equivalent of a crazy guy on a rooftop shouting at the top of his lungs angrily during a fireball storm in a war zone. It’s the key you turn to when you want something angry and rocking. The key isn’t too hard to play in for most instruments, but guitars and bass guitars can really slash it up on B Minor if they know what they’re doing. Sure, you could be forlorn and quiet, but who the hell wants that when you could rip the heads off some innocent bystanders?

All right, dude. Calm yourself down and read this, I know that description got you all pumped up and ready to rip the heads off some innocent bystanders. This is the key of aggression and power, and with great power comes great responI’m going to stop before you rip MY head off.

SONG EXAMPLE: The finale from the musical Godspell. (Only B Minor could make the death of Jesus seem like it’s a fucking rock concert.)


* One of the most popular compositions for guitar of all time, Concierto de Aranjues, is in B Minor. And even for a nylon stringed acoustic song, it rocks your socks off.

Take What's your key signature?
at HelloQuizzy

Quiz from [ profile] shorelle. I loled. The questions are great.

My procrastinatory tool of choice for today has been this discussion on [ profile] woodburner's journal. Because who wants to do actual work when there are theoretical zombie whores to contemplate? *facepalm*
bliumchik: (Default)
AN AWESOME THING. And a... whoah.

Flist meme! There are 30 questions.
Answer each question with one name.
Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing the meme

Read more... )
bliumchik: (Default)

So, maggiebloome, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 24% unique (blame, for example, your interest in viscous sarcasm) and 16% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy writing). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 52

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 91% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

Still ded on lj but would like to note that a) Lofty Words was reasonably successful and b) Panic/TAI/Cobra tonight!!!

PS: it is raining SO FUCKING HARD - I hope it clears up by this evening but at the same time squee!
bliumchik: (Default)
I am so sorry I haven't posted in so long. I've spent so much time out of the house that the amount of stuff to write was intimidating and I didn't feel like I had enough time while at home to tackle it. Also, kind of depressed for no good reason. Did you know that medicare makes you jump through some really weird hoops to see a psychologist?

My GP: Quick, give me three complaints.
Me: ...?
GP: I need to write three things on this form. No, anxiety and depression are one thing. Or, maybe not. Okay, I'll just put down stomach aches.
Me: But. I don't have any-
GP: Now there's a brief survey, but someone has to come to your house to do it, when's a good time?
Me: ...wednesday?

Your result for The Steampunk Archetype Test...

The Roguish Pirate

9 Swashbuckling Engineer, 31 Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer, 7 Charming Noble, 58 Roguish Pirate, 23 Mechanical Fian and 25 Aetherist Bodger!

There is treasure on those airships flying back from the Imperial colonies and you can be found wherever there is treasure. Sometimes you don’t know what you prefer, having the loot or getting the loot. You have your own crew of engineers, bodgers, tinkerers and fians to keep your airship fast and powerful. Those lumbering cargo ships can’t withstand your assault after you fire off the grappling hooks. Oh there is always a fight, but that is part of the fun.

Take The Steampunk Archetype Test at HelloQuizzy

But I'm very cross-genre! This song title makes no sense.

Have the following: FridgeHenge, butterfly crab fish.

Also, Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, two acts so far, plus hilarious side comic.

Sincere Apologies! Expect actual post soonest! That was a lie, expect sleep soonest. Expect post soonish!


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